Sunday, 27 July 2014

You're A Topshop Princess

Denim Shirt: Topshop
Beaded Shorts: Topshop
Orange Satchel: Topshop
Kendra Fringed Shoes: Topshop 
I don't think I can imagine a more perfect-for-a-festival outfit than this, fitting really as yesterday a few friends, the boy and I hit up Tramlines (Sheffields music festival) for a day of beverages in the sun, listening to bands and just general soaking up the atmosphere-ness creating memories with loved ones. Today I feel surprisingly fresh although this could be something to do with the amount of food I've consumed in the last twenty four hours, I'm talking poached eggs, a Dominoes pizza, BBQ food and the ultimate pulled pork burger from Sheffield newbie Smoke - definitely one to try if you're ever in the neighbourhood.

This was going to be my ensemble for the day but as it was so sorchio (remember that?) I decided on my Whistles co-ord and New Balance instead throwing this on for a BBQ today with the sort of in-laws. Topshop princess couldn't be a more appropriate title for this post seeing as everything I'm wearing is from the high street mecca, brownie points if you get the song reference. Back in the day (I'm talking late teens here) nearly all my wardrobe was Topshop, old habits clearly die hard. The newest addition to my wardrobe line up are these beaded shorts which took forever to track down in my size, if you fancy these then size up guys, I couldn't even zip up my usual size! Thankfully after trying three London stores (more about that later this week) I tried my old friend and the rest is photographical history. Paired with a relaxed denim shirt and fringed shoes this is the ultimate laid back, slightly folky ensemble, just throw a tasseled backpack into the mix and you're good to go. Oh how I'm craving one of those.

Things are looking peachy this week - I can't wait to celebrate my mums birthday, enjoy a road trip to York with Craig and pull out the party poppers for Cagney and Laces second birthday in just three days time. I feel a celebratory giveaway coming on...

Have you been having fun in the sun this weekend? What would you wear to a festival?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Rambling On A Rooftop

V Neck Tee: Topshop
Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Topshop
Feather Necklace: Alex Monroe
Kaleidoscope Print Skirt: Whistles
Cut Out Boots: Topshop
Friendship Bracelet: Accessorize
Alexa Bag: Mulberry
In the words of Alan Carr, what a week it's been, I had the best intentions of posting yesterday but I was genuinely too zonked to type. This past week I've gallivanted to London and back, sorted my mums MOG outfit (more on that here) and attended and celebrated my brothers wedding, no biggie. Weddings are always a joyous occasion but I think family ceremonies are just that tiny bit more special - seeing my brother that happy is a memory I'll never forget and hearing him say his vows made me one proud sister, woop woop Mr & Mrs F. If you fancy a sneak peek at a few wedding snaps then get over to my Insta.

These photos were taken on the rooftop of John Lewis, Oxford Street who have opened their rather spectacularly put together roof garden to the public until the end of August, it'd of been foolish not to take advantage of such a photo opp right? I picked up this Kaleidoscope print skirt from Whistles (via JL funnily enough) after they rather generously decided to throw a 20% brand match day my way, I even picked up the matching top, ya'll know how much I dig a crazy patterned co-ord. If you fancy getting your Whistles lovin' mitts on this set then act fast, it's seriously discounted in the sale right now. Keeping things cas and daytime appropriate in the city I said nay to the matching crop and yes to a grey marl tee, Topshop you are bringing it right now on the basics front. For stomping the streets of London there was only one footwear choice, no-one wants city filth on their feet!

One thang I haven't mentioned is my make-up, my mum and I happened to stumble upon Charlotte Tilbury in Selfridges and the rest is photographic history. Can you spot the tiny Selfridges bag? Don't even think about venturing to CT unless you've got mula to spend, you will want everything! My mum rather sweetly treated me to a lipstick, brow pencil and eyeshadow quad (all which I'm sporting above). I can't wait to show ya'll that dreamy rose gold packaging.

What do you wear to keep cool in the city? Do you lust over the Charlotte Tilbury brand?

Friday, 18 July 2014

New Balance Love

Blue Adrianne Dress: Whistles
Leather Jacket: Zara
New Balance 420 Trainers: Urban Outfitters
Cute Lakeland Terrier: Models Own

Today I'm tapping away at my MacBook from a different location to Cagney and Lace HQ, the reason? Remember me mentioning a last minute trip to London? Well my mum and I stayed (well it will be stayed by the time you read this) at The Thistle Hotel Piccadilly which may be the most perfectly placed hotel in London for 24 hours of retail madness. It's a stones throw from theatre land, the M&M store and Burberry on Regent Street where my mum bought the most divine mother of the groom (MOG) dress and where I tried on that scarf/blanket/poncho. Need. I may have also devoured my first Ping Pong and have found my way into Topshop where bad things happened to my bank balance but that's for another time. What found their way onto my feet for an afternoon of London fun? My New Balance, see my wordy introduction was going somewhere.

I got my first pair of New Balance back when I was a teen so to see them scattered all over the Scandi bloggers makes me one happy bunny. After umming and ahhhing over when to commit Urban Outfitters forced my hand when these 420s went in the sale from £60 to £40. It'd be wrong not to buy right? Worn with a simple Summer dress (hai new Whistles friend) and a bright lip these sneakers bring that high-low mix to the outfit party and I'm more than ok with that. Oh and did I mention they're darn comfy? I'm not talking Nike Free comfort but pretty damn close.

Right now we're off to get a table at The Breakfast Club and finish the all important MOG outfit all before our 2pm train home. I'd say wish us luck but it'll all have happened seamlessly by the time you read this. Can you hear my wishful thinking?

What do you make of my New Balance trainers? Have you ever owned a pair?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Empties #7

With a brightly coloured array of plastic packaging building up in my bedroom window sill I thought it was about time I tidied up, got friendly with the recycling bin and introduced you to my collection of empties...

Rituals Yogi Flow Shower Gel - As a bath lovin' gal shower gels are never something I go crazy for, that said my first venture into brand Rituals was a happy one. With just one pump of the canister this Yogi Flow shower gel quickly changed into a fragrant foam of almonds and roses, a luxe Imperial Leather if you will. For me the scent is the real winner here although at £8.50 I'm not sure if I'd repurchase, plus life's too short to buy the same shower gel again. It did last an age though.

The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter* - Oh Body Shop, do you ever get it wrong? If you're a regular around these parts you'll know how much I dig a body butter and this raspberry scent is no exception - I absolutely adore raspberries so this one was a no brainer for me, I mean who wouldn't want to smell like raspberries? Next time you pass a Body Shop you need to give this a sniff.

Cane + Austin Acne Treatment Pads - This is my third tub of Cane + Austin pads and I've already got another tub winging its way to me as I type, they're that good. These play a crucial role in my newly streamlined skincare routine and I'm crediting them (along with a few other gems) with taming my breakouts. Packed to the rafters with salicylic and glycolic acid these miracle pads slough away at the skins surface to reveal brighter and clearer skin. Due to the high concentration of acid involved these are pretty pricey (£48 for 60 pads, say it quickly) but beyond worth it to me.   

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo - Before team Pureology stepped into my life my hair was one crazy individual - thick, unruly, wavy and colour treated it was a real magnet for frizz and looking, well a bit lacklustre unless I straightened it within an inch of its life. Enter the Hydrate range and as they say, the rest is history. Will I ever use another shampoo? I doubt it. This stuff is the bomb and manages to keep my mane in check without the use of sulphates or nasty parabens. I love it that much that I already had a back up in my stash before I finished this bottle, and I am never that organised.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - I've used this every night since picking this up in a sale gift set in January 2013 and now I can't sleep without it, a bold but genuine claim. There's just something about this lavender and wild chamomile scent that sends me into slumber quickly, which is amazing as I think of everything you could possibly imagine as soon as my head hits the pillow. A truly worthy repurchase and one to check out should you struggle with knocking the zzzzs out.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara - I may never be a mascara (or eye make-up) expert but I know what I like and what I don't when it comes to mascara. The False Lash Effect offering from Max Factor is one I come back to time and time again as it's well priced, gives a real fluttery, full and separated lash look without looking over the top and it stays put all day long.

Have I tempted you to try any of these products? Which shower gel do I need to try next?

*PR Sample, all thoughts my own.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Time To Get Co-ordinated

Palm Beach Top: Oasis
Palm Beach Shorts: Oasis
Black & Tan Sandals: Zara
Alexa Bag: Mulberry
Well this weekend has been a serious babe and a right ol' novelty as Craig has been off work the entire time. I'd like to say we've been out doing something jazzy but he's been suffering with a chest infection so while he's been chilling I've been running around keeping things ship shape. Saturday morning saw me finally go for a run after saying I'm going to forever (it wasn't terrible either) and in the afternoon my mum and I took advantage of the sunshine with a long walk to my local shops. We downed Costas, grabbed fresh fleurs and homemade Italian cakes which went down a storm with an evening cup of tea. My favourite part of the day? Reading my favourite page turners in the sun with a glass of water stacked to the brim with fresh lime, is there anything better than turning off the technology and kicking back with InStyle and Red magazine? I think not.

When it comes to prints nowhere nails it like Oasis, I picked up this palm print co-ord just before my birthday in April and have been itching to wear it ever since. As an ex Oasis staffer (I worked there in my uni days) I always feel a sense of pride when I find something amazing in there and really believe the brand has got it goin' on right now, especially with the Mollie King collab. Paired with simple sandals and my Alexa satchel this co-ord is just dreamy for an out and about Summer ensemble although I think this would be even more perf on my Sardinian holiday, 48 days and counting ya'll! Can you tell I'm ready for a vacay?

Sunday brought a whole lotta goodness, not only did my garden gain a few new friends but a rather last minute London trip got booked in this week! Not only that but on Saturday the wedding of the year is taking place as my brother finally says 'I do'. I think this week is going to be pretty magical.

Do co-ords float your boat? Have you got a memorable week on the cards?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

So I Went Into Space NK...

For the last few months my skin has taken the role of embarrassing uncle, you know the one who causes a scene at parties and is generally one to avoid? Well that has been my face, I think it all started when I used a Chanel foundation but we'll not dwell on that. I don't want to tempt fate but since introducing a few noobs and an oldie into my routine things have been getting a whole lot better so without further ado I present to you my Space NK purchases...

Talking oldies but goodies say hello to a long lost friend, the Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser. I stopped using this in a quest to find something more bank balance friendly and that's where I went wrong. From this day forward if my skin likes something, I'm sticking with it. I love how this leaves both my combination skin suitably moisturised and how make-up glides on smoothly afterwards. 

A more than welcome noob entering my bathroom stash is the Elemental Herbology Cool & Clear Facial Cleanser. Now this cleanser is dreamy stuff, not only does it smell amazing but it works brilliantly with my skin morning and night to remove make-up and general grime all while keeping pesky blemishes and crazy congestion at bay. Elemental Herbology you've knocked it out of the park again.

Purchased but not pictured (I may have got a little snap happy before realising) is a babe of a face exfoliator from Caudalie which in the realm of Space NK was a bargain at £18. As the name would suggest the Gentle Buffing Cream really is a sympathetic prod that packs a serious skin munching punch leaving your visage feeling soft but nourished, perfect for those with sensitive skin a la moi.

Now for the piece de resistance a Laura Mercier Luxe Travel Brush Collection which I snapped up in the on-line sale for an amazing £22.50 (I had £10 on my N-dulge card FYI). I've had my eye on this since Christmas so I'm thrilled to finally own this beautiful collection. Inside are four double ended travel sized make-up brushes and a full size cheek colour brush which retails on it's own for £39! Feeling spendy? The Space NK sale is still happening now and it's pretty damn awesome for Laura Mercier goodies.

Do you ever allow yourself to splurge in Space NK? What skincare buys keep your face in check?

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Five Ways To Step Out Of Your Fashion Comfort Zone

Image found on Pinterest 
Fashion is my home girl, it never lets me down, provides me with endless joy and is something I'll never fall out of love with. That said even I can find myself playing it safe and falling into that dreaded style rut (yes really) so in true Carrie style I got to thinking and came up with five ways to steer clear of that fail safe arena. You can thank me later.

1 - Visit shops you'd never normally dare

We all have our happy, never-let-us-down stores (for me I'm talking Zara and Topshop) but recently I've found myself only perusing their rails and popping my noggin' in nowhere else. A recent catch up with a friend meant I stepped into the unknown, namely Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse and Urban Outfitters and you know what? I spotted a whole load of goodies calling out my name. If the thought of trying new stores scares the living daylights out of you then I'd suggest pairing up with a pal or browsing on-line first.

2 - Make a personal shopping appointment

I'm a huge advocate of personal shopping experiences, every service I'm aware of is 100% free and it's the perfect opportunity to try out new looks, fits and trends that you've never considered before. I love the Topshop service (I reviewed it here) as the girls really know their shizz, give you access to a whopping changing room and if you decide to buy there's no queues. Dreamy right? All appointments are nonobligatory although proceed with caution, I'd be amazed if you didn't buy something fabulous.

3 - Look for what you're missing

If you're a regular around these parts you'll know how much I crave patterns and texture but gosh they can be limiting in your wardrobe. Try and find great basics on my rail and you'd be hard pushed yet I still struggle to buy pieces I deem boring! This one is tricky to tackle but I'd advise enforcing a ban, shopping with a tough talking friend or thinking how many ways you can wear something before purchasing. Broadening your horizons will ultimately mean you've got more mix n match options in your stash and who doesn't want that? 

On the reverse of this it's important to give your wardrobe a good heave-ho every so often too, if you've not worn an item for six months then it's time to say goodbye. Be brutal.

4- Be inspired

Who's style gets you hot under the collar? Which blogger do you wish you shared wardrobes with? Get on Pinterest, cut well-put-together ensembles out of magazines and start a style scrapbook, any excuse to go to Paperchase right? Even Instagram, celebrities (Millie Mackintosh is my pick) and someone you see out and about can make you think of a combination you've never thought of before. Fashion is all about having fun so don't be scared to push the boundaries but most of all, be confident!

5 - Start small

Baby steps are always the way to go when easing yourself away from your comfort zone, I'm not saying go and change your entire style but be open to change. The best way to tackle this is start with inexpensive, trend led pieces - don't buy that pricey Topshop kimono if you might only wear it once, head to New Look instead or go down the jewellery and accessory route. Never underestimate the power of a well accessorised outfit.

How do you take yourself out of your fashion comfort zone?

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