Friday, 28 August 2015

The Supermarket Suede Jacket

Faux Suede Biker Jacket: George at Asda*
Oversized White Tee: & Other Stories
Blue Joni Jeans: Topshop
Lace Up Sandals: Zara
Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Tom Ford
Hibiscus Blossom Bag: Mulberry
Rose Gold & Mink Watch: Olivia Burton
There may still be one bank holiday around the corner but it's time to face facts, Autumn is well and truly creeping in - the weather's temperamental,  the nights are drawing in and the shops are full with new season wares. One trend that's shouting loud this Autumn Winter is suede, that beautiful yet slightly impractical material is making serious seventies waves across the high street and I for one am game. Now if you're a regular around these parts you'll know that I'm determined to buy fewer, more classic pieces in an attempt to build that elusive, mix and match capsule wardrobe however I'll always make an exception for trend led pieces. Why spend a fortune on buys that'll just last the season? Step forward this faux suede biker jacket from George at Asda who have a whole host of wardrobe updaters that can be picked up while you grab the pantry essentials, my kinda shopping.

For todays outfit post I've styled this super soft jacket in an understated way pairing it with a oversized white tee and my I-can't-stop-wearing-them Joni jeans but I can already imagine this working with everything from patterned trousers to a denim shirt dress. You could even go for a head to toe seventies look teaming this with a lace up top and a button down mini. Completing my lunch date look (shout out to my suede wearing girl Scarlett who I dined with) I went with lace up sandals, my regular Tom Ford sunnies, new Olivia Burton watch (I'm in LOVE) and Blossom bag by British wonders Mulberry. It's actually Blossoms first appearance on Cagney & Lace and I must say I'm thrilled to welcome her into the handbag family. Craig surprised me with this a few days after Sadies birth and to say I was over the moon is an understatement, especially as it matches my purse perfectly.

Today Sadie and I have dodged puddles left, right and centre after a sunny brunch at Tamper Coffee with two close friends, it's safe to say I won't miss you August weather. Next month Craig, Sadie and I are off on our first family staycation to the New Forest so I'm keeping everything crossed for a hint of sunshine.

Do you love picking up wardrobe updaters while you food shop? What do you make of the suede trend?

*PR Sample.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lifestyle: Grey & Copper Accents

With our house practically complete it only seems fitting that we'd start another project, yes we're that couple. If welcoming Sadie into the world wasn't enough add planning our dream wedding (April 2016 baby) to the life list and we'll soon be getting the ball rolling on project extend-our-cottage. What can I say? We like to keep busy. I'm already jumping the gun and dreaming of pieces that'll slot into our soon-to-be expanded kitchen/diner with the only exception being that cute as a button side table from furniture-making-favourites Loaf. That baby would be perfect in our living room NOW.

I may seem like a cliched blogger with my shades of grey and metallic copper tones but I just adore the simplicity of this subdued colour palette. I can already envisage pictures of our family in the faux gallery photo frame, a herbaceous plant sat on the window sill in the hexagonal copper planter and I have no doubt that Sadie and I would be incredibly comfy in that grey occasional chairwatching daddy make breakfast. At less than £100 pounds it'd be rude not to be spectators on pancake Sunday right? For entertaining with friends the concrete topped kitchen table is swish and practical (can you tell I'm a mum now?) We might even light that Tom Dixon candle, if our guests were special enough that is. Props have got to go to Nest where I found this Pinterest worthy scent thrower, those guys know how to make a website.

Now all that's left to do is actually build this extension, my ideas of family life might have to go on hold, for now.

What do you make of my grey and copper picks? 

*In collaboration with George Home, all opinions my own.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It

Remember that shampoo called Wash n Go? Well that's me when it comes to hair. I wish I could braid my hair, give my locks a proper blow dry or just curl those follicles properly but sadly these aren't skills I possess. In all honesty I'm just a bit lazy when it comes to my mane and I live for those not so perfect, slightly undone, cool girl locks. If this is the kinda hair that you covet too then I've got the product for you. Enter Bumble and Bumble's latest arrival, Don't Blow It (H)air Styler.

So how does this time saving hair product work? Simply wash hair as normal then add a generous helping of this cream based prod to towel dried locks by scrunching or twisting, then let the magic happen. After just one use of this wonder product I found my natural wavy locks looked healthier, more defined, less frizzy and even a little curler. A friend even commented on my barnet saying it looked as though I'd curled it with GHDs. Result non? I wondered if I was experiencing beginners luck so tried Don't Blow It for a second time to discover my hair looked just as fabulous as it did on first use. 

Could this be the answer to lazy girl hair woes? In my experience hell yes but I've already got wavy hair. Don't Blow It will only enhance the texture your momma gave ya so I'm not sure how this would work for straight haired gals but that just means you've got to try it and report back! Buy the mini size for £12 or commit to the big one, like I did for £23. As the product I've been waiting for all my life I'm pretty ecstatic, Bumble and Bumble you've done it again.

Are you low maintenance when it comes to hair? Will you be giving this a bash?

Sunday, 16 August 2015

How I Style A Midi Skirt

Cropped Cream Round Neck: Topshop
Colourful Crystal Necklace: Zara
Pink Leopard Midi Skirt: Whistles
Simple Nude Sandals: Dune
Grey Faux Fur Bag: Anthropologie
Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Tom Ford
No you're not experiencing deja vu yesterday Craig, Sadie and I headed off to another one of my school friends weddings, just like last Saturday although this weeks nuptials did include me jumping on a bouncy castle, don't ask. One thing I could easily get used to is getting my hair fixed up every Saturday, oh to be a famous and have an in-house hair stylist, wouldn't that be the life? I always feel like I could conquer the world, should I choose to, when I have fancy hair. Today things are looking decidedly less glamorous as I bring you this post from the chilly depths of my bedroom, I blame my cold. While we're on the subject of weddings can you believe the next one I attend will be my own? Where oh where did I put my wedding planner?

Now don't think I'm blowing my own trumpet but I'm pretty impressed with this ensemble. Why? Well my Whistles skirt is actually a pre-pregnancy number so to be able to wear it (albeit with the zip not entirely to the top) is something I'm feeling good about. Sadly all your pregnancy weight does not drop off once you've given birth, harsh right? Midi skirts can be an awkward one to style but as long as you add a heel, things can start to look a bit frumpy otherwise and a shorter top (this Topshop number was a winner) then you're good to go. As always it's the finishing touches that make or break a look so I wrapped up proceedings with a bejewelled necklace that looks far more expensive than its Zara price tag and a grey faux fur bag which holds a larger proportion of the kitchen sink than you'd imagine. The only thing missing is some arm candy, no I don't mean my other half but a watch or bracelet. After admiring my friend Scarletts Olivia Burton watch and Pandora bracelet combo for weeks I feel it's time to up my wrist accessory game, maybe by adding a leather strap watch to my collection? Watch this space.

Have you ever worn a midi skirt? How do you style yours?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Lifestyle: Sugar, Spice & All Things Nice

It's official, I've got a cold. One of those everything aches, sneezy, headache filled kind of colds so I'm doing what any self respecting adult does and thats feed the beast (healthily of course) while throwing in a few sweet treats courtesy of the team at Candy Hero*. Now I love British chocolate as much as the next gal (gimme all the Dairy Milk) but you've got to admit those Americans have some pretty tasty treats up their sleeves too which is where Candy Hero come in. Not only do they source those hard to find treats from across the pond (who even knew a laffy taffy wasn't just something rappers sung about?) but also goodies from around the globe. I know where I'll be heading for a cheeky Pop Tart fix next time I'm in Leeds...but seriously though s'mores flavoured pop tarts. Utter perfection.

While reading blogs is the de rigueur for most now I still love picking up a magazine or six, especially when I'm feeling under the weather - home mags are my usual jam however August is the month I grab all my fashion favourites as the September issues are packed with the latest Autumn Winter trends. Having spent months in oversized clothes and maternity wares I'm looking forward to adding a few key items to my wardrobe in the hope of building that elusive capsule closet. One thing being pregnant taught me was that you need far less than clothes than you think so from this season forward I'm determined to buy less but better. One item that I'm keen to invest in is leather trousers - for the past two Autumn Winter seasons I've sported a faux pair from River Island which are practically falling apart. I love how versatile they are, working seamlessly from day to night, giving any outfit an edge. I've spied a few pairs in Reiss that aren't eye wateringly expensive but would love your recommendations too?

Now where's that laffy taffy?

Do you salivate at the sight of American candy? What are you looking to buy for the A/W season?

*PR Sample, all sweet thoughts my own.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

A Summer Wedding

Short Loop Print Shirt Dress: Whistles
Willow Clutch: Mulberry
Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Tom Ford
Simple Nude Sandals: Dune

It's the afternoon after the night before and you know what? I'm feeling pretty fresh. I've done two lots of washing and I've eaten a pop tart (yes the breakfast snack hated by all parents) - let's just say this not drinking malarkey isn't so bad. Yesterday was the wedding of one my close school friends so in true wedding style we donned our finest and headed to the church with a nearly six week old baby in tow. Sadie was an absolute babe - barely making a peep in church, gurgling and smiling for all to see and enjoying (I think) some serious partying on the dance floor with her daddy #toocute. The day was a dream from start to finish with the newlyweds absolutely nailing those all important details including a mobile crepe van, sandals in a basket for when the heels started hurting, lawn games and presents on each table for the children, not to mention the most idyllic venue, a marquee overlooking the countryside *swoon*.

As a new mum (and one that's breastfeeding) finding a wedding guest outfit that allowed for easy access was a challenge but I must say I'm pretty pleased with my Whistles shirt dress find. With it's carefree, oversized fit and loud leopard print pattern it manages to disguise a multitude of sins whilst looking pretty jazzy. As with all Whistles pieces it wasn't the cheapest but I love how it can be dressed up or down (just add flats and a worn belt) so think it's a great investment piece. Keeping things wedding appropriate I added my nude block heel sandals, ideal for navigating the grassy banks and finished the look with my large Tom Ford sunnies and Willow clutch. A special mention has got to go to my amazing plaited hair do which kept me feeling cool (in both senses of the word) all day long.

Do you rate my Summer wedding ensemble? What's your go to look when it comes to weddings?

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Empties #12

You know it's time to pull together an empties post when there's a gang of empty products in your shower, is it just me who finishes all my products at once? Answers in the comments. As my twelfth empties post I'm sure all you all know the situation but in case you're a complete newb it goes a little something like this - mini reviews on products I've actually got to the bottom of, none of this first impressions business. Now let's get going...

Liberty London Geranium Body Wash - I daren't admit how long this beautifully packaged body wash has been hanging out in my shower but I will say I'm happy to finally complete such an epic sized bottle. Whilst I love the handy pump, something all shower gels should come with in my opinion, I found the contents to be ok. The scent was incredibly fresh but not one to linger, a quality I dig in a body product. At £16 I think there's much better shower accompaniments out there so this wouldn't be a repurchase.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc - Ah Serozinc, the humble French toner which the blogging realm went crazy for after a rave review from Caroline. This is the second can I've completed and while I was previously sat on the fence I've now decided where I stand, and it's team Serozinc. This will never be a luxurious toning step (don't worry Caudalie Beauty Elixir, you're safe) however what it lacks in luxury it makes up for in spot fighting abilities, just one spritz and any angry spot goes from hero to zero. Even though I'm not the most blemish prone gal around I can't imagine being without a can for those spot battling days. Definitely one to check out!

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo - Sulphate free shampoos are my jam and I'm yet to find one that does as good a job as Pureology. The hydrate shampoo manages to cleanse my hair whilst leaving things nicely moisturised too. Hydrate has that perfect balance down. Want a more in depth rave? Look no further. An easy repurchase.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm - Step forward the creme de la creme of lip balms. I've never tried anything else from Nuxe but boy can they make a lip balm. This thick Terrys chocolate orange scented balm has tiny exfoliating beads suspended in the formula to give you the softest lips around, ideal for pre lipstick application as this baby dries matte. At almost £10 this isn't the cheapest lip balm out there but trust me when I say this lasts ages.

Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub* - Rivalling Soap & Glorys Breakfast Scrub for pole position as my top body exfoliator is Body Shops Virgin Mojito Scrub. Not only is the scent the perfect zesty AM pick up but the unusual gel like texture means skin is exfoliated without things getting overly scrubby, you know the kind of scrubs I'm talking about (anyone else singing TLC now?) I've done a full review of this limey scented wonder here so I'll refrain from harping on. My advise? Give this a whiff next time you pass a Body Shop, you won't regret it.

Have you ever tried any of my empties? Do you have a favourite?

Don't forget there's still time to win a whopping eight products from Soap & Glory in my birthday giveaway here including the amazing Solar Powder Bronzer. What you waiting for? 

*PR Sample, all thoughts my own.
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