Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Pretty House Inspiration

I'm not really sure why, but looking at pretty houses on Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr has become one of those things that I just enjoy doing when I've got some time to pass. I'm sure I'm not the only one who likes a bit of 'house-spiration' because, well, pretty pink and white houses! What more can I say??? Anyway, here you can see some of my most favourite house inspiration. 

Major door appreciation here.

Monochrome is life.

I literally always see this one come up on Instagram and I just can't help but swoon. Whoever lives here has completely got the right idea. I mean it's basically a human sized Barbie house.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Debenhams 'Flowers By Post'

It's only recently that I've started to appreciate the nice-ness of flowers. Is this a 'becoming an adult' thing or...

Anyway, I was lucky enough to receive possibly the prettiest bouquet of flowers I have ever seen from Debenhams. No one has actually ever bought me flowers before * cries * * dreams of Harry Styles buying me flowers * ..so I was pretty pleased. They have a full range of Autumn flowers of which I opted for the 'Pure Berry' bouquet. This consisted of lilies, white thistles, green berries and pink roses. The pastel pink roses completely won me over as I am always drawn to anything pretty and pastel. The bouquet arrived in a pretty box (always a sucker for pretty packaging) and the flowers all super looked fresh and radiant.

Queue cheesy photo's of me and my flowers..

This standard bouquet costs £35.99 including free next day tracked flower delivery. I would never spend that much on flowers for myself.. (well I personally wouldn't buy myself flowers) but I think these are well worth it as a really lovely present for someone who can appreciate the quality of a higher end bouquet. 

Debenhams were kind enough to give me a discount code for the 'Flowers By Post' range to share with you. You can use the code DFBLOG25 to get a 25% discount off your order. 

I also just thought I would mention that with Christmas on it's way, Debenhams Flowers have the most amazing Christmas flowers and Christmas hampers range. It's definitely well worth a look if your stuck on Christmas ideas (yes I know it is still early for Christmas but it always comes quicker than you think so...). 

What's your favourite type of flower?

* Gifted Item *

Monday, 19 October 2015

Pandora Autumn Rings

A little while ago I received my first Pandora ring from The Jewel Hut (You can see that here). It's become one of those staple pieces of jewellery that I wear all the time, just because it's so pretty and easy to wear. Because I love it so much, I decided it was definitely time I got my hands on another to add to my collection. 

I had a browse through their Autumn rings and this time I opted for something more minimal - the PANDORA White Enamel Ring. I already thought it looked nice (hence why I chose it).. but when it arrived, I discovered that it looks even nicer than in the picture. I love how it's sterling silver with the ellipse shaped, white enamel colouring. Sort of like a never ending eternity sign. Isn't that cute. It was only £35 which I think is really good for a lovely piece that I will wear pretty much every day. 

If you want to check out the Pandora Autumn collection on the Jewel Hut, click here. They have so many gorgeous new things! Plus The Jewel Hut offer free delivery on all orders over £10 which is pretty handy. I'm always one of those people that is cool with spending £100+ online but when it comes to that four pounds for delivery, I'll be there questioning the order..anyone else?  

Do you have any Pandora rings?

The Jewel Hut Links

* PR Sample *

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Witch Skincare & Challenging Yourself

Back in May I received the most amazing 'Exam Survival Kit from Witch Skincare (You can read all about that here). I was pretty excited when Witch contacted me again and asked if I would be interested in their latest campaign (and of course I said yes). Since the end of the year is looming, it seems very fitting that their latest project is all about challenging yourself by 'switching things up' with the #SwitchToWitch challenges. I'm definitely the kind of person that gets very stuck in a rut and tends to stick to the same old routine.. so I'm probably the ideal candidate for this! Every once in a while it's nice to 'switch it up' and try something new. 

The box I received contained a variety of things to assist me in completing the challenges, as well as lots of Witch skin care goodies (review post coming soon). In total there are 5 challenges to have a go at..

Switch Up Your Outfit

For this challenge, a £20 Asos gift voucher came in the box - how brilliant..now to decide what to spent it on! Trying out a new style is something that I find can be really helpful. I mentioned this very recently, but I got myself into a bit of a style rut and I realised I didn't feel very confident or happy in the clothes I was wearing. Since then, I've been trying out new things and it's made me enjoy shopping AND has boosted my body confidence a little. 

Switch Up Your Skincare

The range of Witch skin care products that came in the box are obviously going to be useful for this challenge! With it being Autumn (and Winter on its way), it's obviously the perfect time to try out new skin care products and change your routine. For me the challenge is more a case of actually sticking to a proper routine! I can be so lazy with it but I'm determined to be consistent and help improve the quality of my skin.

Switch Up Your Mornings

For this challenge, I was given a book of 'Mindfulness'. I have to admit, I do like a nice inspirational quote and the book is sort of just like lots of those. Very cute and motivational. I do think that changing your regular morning routine can really help to improve your whole day. Rather than starting my morning with an hour long social media scroll, I've been trying to get up and start being productive right away. If I start the day on a productive high, then I find it easier to maintain.

Switch Up Your Blog

From my own experience, I know that it's so easy to get into a blogging rut! Trying out a different style of post or coming up with some new topics to blog about can be really helpful in inspiring more ideas and even attracting some new readers. When I first started my blog, I pretty much focussed solely on fashion and beauty, but now I much prefer to mix it up with random lifestyle things as that's just what I enjoy most. I really want to introduce more foodie posts (because who doesn't love food) as well as lifestyle posts on specific topics.

Switch Up Your Hairstyle

For this challenge I was given a little box of hair chalks. I'm not entirely sure if they are going to work on my dark hair.. but we shall see! I have to say, I'm not remotely imaginative with my hair. I've had the same long hair for years. I'm kind of tempted to get it cut quite a lot shorter but at the same time, the thought doesn't exactly fill me with joy. As I said, I'm a person of routine and I tend to just stick with the things I get used to. I think this will be the biggest challenge for me!

Those are the 5 challenges that Witch have come up with and I have to say, I think they are quite fitting for me being the routine queen that I am! I hope this post has maybe inspired you to challenge yourself or think of some little changes that you could make to improve your mood or just life in general. 

My review of the Witch Skin Care products will be coming soon as well as a giveaway to win some Witch products yourself! 

Witch Skincare Links

* Witch were kind enough to send me the amazing box of things, however this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own!*

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Hair Care With Yves Rocher

I like to change up the products that I use on my hair a lot as I find my hair gets 'used' to products fairly quickly and they stop having as much of a good effect. Most recently I have been using two products from Yves Rocher. I really like Yves Rocher products as they're a bit different to the usual, they're inexpensive and they smell uh-may-zing.. not that the smell really makes much of a difference to the actual product, but, yeah. 

At first I was a bit sceptical of the Yves Rocher Lagoon Hair & Body wash. I'm not normally a fan of products that can be used for both your hair and body but I found this to be really quite nice. As you can imagine, the 'lagoon' scent was quite delicious and reminded me of a fruity-sun cream-beach-holiday kind of smell. To be fair the smell was probably the best thing about this. In terms of the actual product, I found that it left my hair feeling nice and fresh..although a little bit shiner than I normally like. I'm not actually a fan of my hair being shiny as I prefer it to have a bit more texture. Overall though, for a 2 in 1 product I was pretty happy with this. It would obviously be perfect for when you're travelling and don't want to take up too much room in your luggage. 

Next I've been using the Yves Rocher Low Sulfate Cream Shampoo. The shampoo contains no sulfate, parabens, silicone or colouring. I've never really been one to take much interest in the ingredients of my shampoo but it just felt nice to give my hair a break from anything chemical. I was also intrigued to see if it made an actual difference. The main difference I have noticed is in the level of soft-ness. After a few washes, my hair feels so soft and silky. Obviously that is a good thing but as I already mentioned, I prefer a more texturised feel so I do find that a bit of dry shampoo is a must. 

What's your favourite shampoo/conditioner?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

A Little Topshop & Boohoo Haul

For a while I've been wearing the same style of clothes and pretty much alternating between the same few outfits. I think it's been mainly down to the fact that I haven't felt very confident in myself recently. Everything I tried on just made me feel haaayuge which made me not really want to buy anything. I was stuck in such a clothes rut and I didn't realise that maybe it was time to change the type of things that I buy. 

From the age of around 15 to 18 I always bought the same kind of things - very skinny jeans, fitted skirts, short fitted shorts.. basically everything quite tight and short! The other day, I ordered a dress from Topshop. Not super tight. Not crazy short. Just a nice and 'flowy' kind of dress. I didn't think I would like it but I was very pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it made me feel. I'm not saying that I think I look amazing in it by any means.. but it was just nice to finally find something that I could wear without feeling so self conscious. Anyway.. buying that dress kind of inspired me and I have recently bought a few things to start filling the gaps in my wardrobe. 

Black Culotte Shorts, Boohoo, £6

I just got these as a staple wardrobe piece since they're super basic and go with pretty much any top/jumper. I find the 'culotte' style very flattering as it flares out and seems to make my legs look a bit slimmer. I'll be wearing these a lot with thick tights and ankle boots this A/W.

Embroidered Smock Dress, Topshop, £36

I think I'm a bit (a lot) in love with this dress. The embroidered design is so pretty and it goes perfectly with tights and Chelsea boots for a smart-casual kind of look.

High Neck Flippy Tunic, Topshop, £20

Again, a very simple piece that is so versatile and can be teamed with various things. I've got my eye on one of those blanket wrap things from New Look which I think this will go perfectly with. 

Geometric Print Shirt, Topshop, £42

I'm not normally one for prints but I saw this and I had to buy it! I really like the whole dressed-up-shirt-vibe thing. I think shirts are probably going to become something that I buy a lot.

Black Culottes, Boohoo, £4

I'm pretty sure culottes are a very 'marmite' thing. I would never have considered wearing them before since they're longer than anything I used to go for. I tried some out of curiosity and actually really liked them. They almost just look like you're wearing a dress but without the hassle of wearing a dress. Oh and can we just talk about how they were only FOUR POUNDS! Seriously how have I only just discovered how good Boohoo is?!

That's everything! I appreciate that the pictures don't really show off the full clothing piece.. but life is hard when your white Ikea table isn't big enough to get a good clothes photo..

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A/W At Zara

I have to say, I don't think I've ever bought anything in Zara! (not that I can remember anyway). That may be surprising to some but It's only actually recently that I had a good look on their website and discovered what I've been missing out on. They have the most amazing range of basics and mimial clothes.. very 'me' kind of clothes basically!

I picked out some of my favourite things from the website but obviously there are a whole load more and about 6 coats which are £80+ each * sighs *. As it is now October (the 1st always reminds me of 'Hello October'.. anyone else?), I am guessing that a lot of you have been trying to hunt down the perfect Winter coat. If you are, I would definitely recommend Zara as they have such a huge range and all of them are very classic and simple - so very much an investment piece rather than something you wear one year and buy a new one the next. 

I am loving the cape/blanket wrap trend at the moment. Partly because I'm always cold, partly because I think they look stylish and effortless.. and party because they cover you up which is good for those days when I'm feeling a bit self concious (basically every day) (meh). 

What shops have you been liking at the moment?