27 May 2018

Falling Back In Love With Fashion


The past few months have been so incredibly busy with wedding planning, honeymooning, work and other bits & bobs taking over, I feel like I've been stuck in a bit of a fashion & style rut. I don't think the month-long blogging break I took helped, as I didn't have to conjure up fashion blog posts. I'm usually very motivated when I'm blogging.

Also, in winter it was very easy to get into the routine of wearing the same five jumpers on rotation each week... anyone else? Now that we are well and truly in spring (and almost summer - woo!) I'm struggling in the style department as my wardrobe hasn't been very inspiring.



To begin with (and I've mentioned this before) I don't consider myself to be very fashionable. My sense of style is very much comfort over aesthetic and most of the time 'fashionable' doesn't include comfort. I'm not a fan of heels, I like wearing all-black-everything and I rarely step out of my comfort zone when it comes to fashion.

Honestly, even as a blogger, I am quite lazy when it comes to style. I very rarely dress up and make a proper effort with my outfits but I feel like I've really been letting go recently and it hasn't been a good look!



I've been trying to get my mojo back by finding some motivation and inspiration. Instagram has been a really big help for exactly that. I love scrolling through and saving outfits I like and would like to replicate. I follow a lot of different fashion bloggers (and non fashion bloggers) whose style I absolutely adore and would like mine to be like some day - Emma Hill (@EJStyle), Sophie (@SopharSoSnaps) and Alice (@AliceCatherine) to name a few.

I also find that watching fashion vloggers on Youtube (Samantha Maria is my current favourite), reading fashion blogs and scrolling through the 'fashion' section on Bloglovin to be very motivating. I like seeing the outfits people put together and how they would style a particular item or look. I try to replicate these looks to try something new and potentially out of my comfort zone.



Another thing I've been doing a little bit of is shopping - of course! I've been picking up a few new bits to spice up my spring wardrobe because it was looking a bit dull and outdated. I also did a bit of digging around my mess of a wardrobe, found some older but still decent pieces and put together outfits to give me a bit of motivation.

I picked up this white blouse from Primark a few months back and I'm loving it for cooler spring days. The long sleeves are loose, light and airy so they are perfect for the warmer weather. I paired the top with a pair of simple navy blue jeans, a light pink side bag (to add a subtle hint of spring colour) and a pair of understated sunglasses.

A newer Primark buy - these sandals! The check print and big bow detailing drew me to the shoe section and I just knew I had to buy a pair. I love how easy they are to throw on and how they can add a little bit of something to what would otherwise be a bit of a plain outfit.



How do you get out of a style rut?

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OUTFIT DETAILS:
Top - Primark (similar)
Jeans - New Look
Shoes - Primark (similar)
Bag - New Look (similar)
Sunglasses - Rayban

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13 May 2018

Yes To: A Natural & Cruelty Free Shower Range



I have been on the hunt for more natural products lately and I began to look into the Yes To... brand. I've always been quite inquisitive about the brand and I noticed that their packaging states that they are 95% natural as well as paraben and silicone free, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try them out. I've heard some great things about their skincare line too but as I am having a bit of a mare with my skin - I thought I'd start with testing out some of their hair and shower products, especially since this is an area I don't switch up very often.

I was pleasantly surprised by the choice of products as they target different ranges for different areas. I decided to go with the Yes To Carrots Shampoo, as I suffer with a dry scalp, Yes To Coconut Conditioner, because my hair lacks in shine and the ends are rather dry, and the Yes To Blueberry Body Wash because it sounded so yum. They all sound like a delicious concoction (although the carrot is a little questionable).

As mentioned previously, the Yes To... brand is made from 95% natural ingredients and is free of potentially harmful ingredients such as parabens and silicones. Many shampoos and conditioners available on the high street are usually filled with these chemical products, however, this range breaks that stereotype as they are available in Boots and are inexpensive too.



The Yes To Carrots Shampoo doesn't lather as much as you would expect shampoos to do so but it definitely does give the hair a good clean. I believe it is chemicals such as the parabens and silicones that make shampoos lather up. I find that this shampoo is gentle on the hair - it is formulated for dry, flaky scalps and definitely keeps mine nourished. It isn't harsh or difficult to wash out and is really great if you do suffer with a dry scalp like me.

Moving on to conditioner, the Yes To Coconut Conditioner smells amazing, as you would expect. The scent aside, the conditioner does a good job of conditioning the hair and keeping it smooth and soft. You don't need much of the product as a little goes a long way - which is always great! I have incredibly dry hair and this product nourishes and keeps my hair soft.



The Yes To Blueberries Body Wash also smells heavenly... I love using the product because it leaves a soft touch of the scent on my skin afterwards - oh and the bathroom smells lovely of course. I can't really say much about a body wash but this one does the job and has the added extra of smelling delicious!



I highly recommend trying the brand out if you are after a natural option to show products. I think I'l give the ret of the products a try someday to see if they match up!

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Have you tried any Yes To products?
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6 May 2018

Office Essentials: The Desk Tour



When I started at my job, I loved how every desk was different and expressed a bit of the owners personality. I knew I wanted to make my desk a little more me and it is still a work in progress - so bear with me. I thought I'd share my desk essentials and what I've added to my desk to make it feel a little more 'me'!



My little cactus plant was actually a gift from my husband when we went on our first proper date! He bought me 4 little cacti but I decided one was enough to accompany me at my desk. It's a nice little reminder and adds a bit of greenery - plus everyone always comes around and notices the little guy and always ask whether he is real (he is!).



The beautiful marble base lamp was actually donated to me as our office has a 'thing' that everyone has their own little lamp on their desk. I quite like the aesthetic of this one - it's something I'd like in my future home someday.

My little pen pot was a personalised Nutella jar that my sister and brother-in-law bought me many many years ago. I couldn't bare to part with it so I cleaned the tub out and it has made its way from my desk at home to my desk at work.





The contents of my drawers tend to change but there are a few must-haves that remain there all of the time...

Hand cream is a must - I really like this body butter from The Body Shop. It came in a nifty little size so I thought it was perfect for my work drawer. Lip balm is obviously another staple. The current one of choice is another Body Shop buy, the Hemp Heavy Duty Lip Balm.



When I really want to concentrate or am not feeling the office music of choice (so sorry if my colleagues are reading this), I pop in my headphones which are by a brand called Urbanears.

Other bits and bobs in my drawers: notepads, diaries, post it notes, a box of dates (I love snacking on these), some chocolate (the unhealthy snack of choice) and hair bobbles.



What are your desk essentials?
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