Sunday, 1 March 2015

Spring Green & Denim Hues

Khaki Split Back Duster Coat: Topshop
Ca Va Logo Tee: Whistles
Lilac & Leather Trim Jacket: Sandro
Blue Leigh Skinny Jeans: Topshop
Medium Navy Pashli: 3:1 Philip Lim
Black Ceramic Watch: Michael Kors
Ash Gang Boots in Midnight Suede: c/o Cloggs*

Well hello March. You may have arrived with premenstrual weather but I'll let you off. How nice does it feel to wave goodbye to February and embrace a, dare I say Spring month? It's all just far too exciting in my book. My mum turned photographer yesterday to take these pretty snazzy snaps (thanks mum) before we headed off to lunch at Couch which was SO good, I've now had cake and lunch there and both times the scran has been exceptional. Don't be thinking I had a chilled out day though, oh no - I clearly had a nesting spree spending most of the day cleaning and then doing a mini changing rooms on our dining room. Fingers crossed I can keep it looking so darn pretty.

Khakis making huge fashion waves this season so it felt right to get some in my wardrobe pronto. I actually featured the classic beige version of this mac in my Wednesday Wishlist but after spotting Suzie in this khaki hue an order had to be placed. I love how this jacket just screams Spring with it's chic cut and lightweight finish, Topshop you've done good. The real piece de resistance though has got to be my new Ash Gang boots, you thought I was going to say my newly acquired Ca Va tee didn't you? Well that's pretty smart too, especially for the bargain price of £20.50. Who doesn't love a forgotten gift voucher? I've admired Ash boots for as long as I can remember, the designs are timeless and give more than a nod to certain high-end designers plus you never hear a bad word said about the brand so I'm thrilled to finally call a pair my own, thank you team Cloggs - you speedy delivering little lot.

Are you craving khaki for the Spring season? Have you swooned over my new Ash boots?

 *The Ash boots were kindly sent to me by Cloggs.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wednesday Wishlist #19

It feels like an age since my last Wednesday Wishlist, if I'm completely honest it's been a while since I've had a proper online perusal with house renovations, baby browsing and wedding pinning all taking priority. I'm now 24 weeks pregnant so while I should be concentrating my efforts on maternity ware it's pretty dull, even if my mum tells me it's way better than when she had my brother and I. So instead of going cray, we all know how much I love my clothes, I'm picking classic pieces that can be worn after the baby arrives along with a few homewares that have caught my eye too. Can you believe we only have the nursery left to decorate? Hallelujah! 

(L-R) Grey Felt Basket £6 - Asda Home isn't somewhere I regularly browse but after spotting this felt basket on Abbys blog I was enchanted. I love the idea of buying a couple of these for our living room shelving unit to hide any unsightly items, or even for storing smaller items in the nursery.

London Map Canvas £16.99 - Dunelm Mill is full of unsung hero pieces that really bring that extra somethin' somethin' to your home. I spotted this canvas on Emilys blog and thought it looked incredibly chic. Craig and I have been looking for a map print forever and while he'd prefer a map of the world I'm sure he could be convinced otherwise, especially at £16.99.

Utility Pocket Dress £130 - Whistles never fail to astound me with their easy to style, timeless pieces, something I'm always keen to add to my wardrobe. I love how this could be styled in an understated way with sandals and a large tote for Summer or with tights and ankle boots now.

Small Wooden Tray £9.99 - H&M Home never miss a beat and while I certainly don't need an occasional wooden tray with a hint of pastel it doesn't mean I don't desire it. A lot.

ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand £110 - I've tried and tried to get this waving wand out of my mind but it's not happening. I'm yet to see a negative review against this curl creator and I love the undone curl it produces, it seems pretty easy to use too. One for the birthday list?

Flower Satin A-Line Dress £70 - Two months after bambino is due I have two weddings a week apart.  If I'm feeling back to my usual body confident self I'll be reaching for this floral number which is the same shape and cut as that striped number Bey and I both own. You know the one (I'm wearing it here) plus the pattern would hide baby sick. Thinking like a parent already.

Tab Side Tunic £38 - This top. If I could insert a heart eyed emoji I would, maybe there'd be two. From spotting it on the Topshop site to seeing both Barbara and Lily look sensational in it, the need for this tunic is real. It's not something I'd usually go for and I think that's why I heart it all the more.

Split Back Duster Coat £79 - Akin to a Chanel bag macs are one of those staple items every girl should own. Throw one over any ensemble and things get a touch smarter, never a bad thing especially if you're sporting a jeans and tee combo. I've had my current mac for nearly ten years so a second, more relaxed style could never be a bad wardrobe addition. Right? 

What are you lusting after right now? Which item is your fave?

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Dinner At Rub & Beauty Chat Live

Thursday eves are always a fave, it's nearly Friday which means it's almost the weekend, you feel me? Throw into the mix a trip to Space NK Nottingham for Beauty Chat Live with babin' bloggers Lily and Anna and you've got a pretty spot on evening. 

After finding ourselves near the Lace Market with rumbling stomachs we stumbled into Rub, with just an hour to spare before things got beauty we were ready for fuel. From the exterior Rub looks like your standard American fare but once you're inside the vibe is instant, making you feel like as though you're in the only place to be in Nottingham. The staff are amazing, not only are they incredibly attentive but accommodating too - managing to find us a table and getting to us super quickly as they knew we were against the clock. Claire and I shared the Bigfoot Burrito which was pretty epic and quenched our thirsts with homemade cloudy apple lemonade, so good. Definitely one to check out if you ever find yourself in Nottingham.

After getting our American fill we dashed to Space NK full of excitement and beauty filled brains - when there's a £50 gift with purchase at stake you know things are gunna get spendy. The girls at Space NK were super sweet offering elderflower presse and mini macaroons before Lily and Anna appeared for the casual beauty chat. Both girls looked even more beautiful in real life and we couldn't help but admire not only their make-up but their outfits too, I've had my eye on Lilys top for a while and after hearing it comes up big it could just be a winner for my pregnancy bump.

Fashion aside the girls answered questions from Twitter and the audience before chatting to anyone who was interested. Claire and I had a lovely convo with the girls who are incredibly down to earth and articulate plus they don't just know their MAC from their Charlotte Tilbury - we discovered Anna used to work in Mothercare so I couldn't help but ask a few pregnancy related questions! I could have quite easily spoke to the girls all evening which is a true testament to just how lovely they are.

Rave aside I know you're all wondering what I splurged on - after discovering Nars Sheer Glow was sold out in Deauville (damn you Nars stock issues) I settled on a repurchase of the Nars Creamy Concealer as like my foundation it's almost empty and a full size Diptyque Baies candle. While there was a million and one things I could have splurged on my make-up drawer is fit to burst and my skin is looking pretty good right now so I didn't want to rock the boat. I may already be the queen of candles and have around three full size Jo Malones still to burn but I don't think there's anything more chic (and fragrant) than Baies. The gift with purchase was pretty killer too, definitely better than Space NKs usual offerings - keep your eyes glued to my Insta for a cheeky peek.

Do you rate Lily and Anna as much as me? What would you have splurged on in Space NK?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Ripped Knees & Maternity Stripes

Coral Coat: Reiss
Premium Soft Jersey Breton Stripe Maternity Top: ASOS
Pastel Statement Necklace: Anthropologie
Friendship Bracelet: Links Of London
Maternity Ripped Knee Jamie Jeans: Topshop
Leopard Print Chelsea Boots: Warehouse
Medium Navy Pashli: 3.1 Philip Lim
You know that feeling when you get your hair done and you love it that much you don't want to wash it? Yeah that. I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, how do hairdressers manage to get your hair so perfectly coifed? If only I could wake up with such a curly mane - I miss my four year old locks. Todays outfit shots may look like they've been snapped in a local park but this teeny peace garden is actually a stones throw from our house, literally. Must take more pictures here stat.

I'm sure if you look closely (and not even that closely) you'll spot my rapidly advancing baby bump - I can't believe I'm 23 weeks pregnant, where does time go? Dressing the bump is a doodle with Topshop maternity jeans by my side, I'm building quite the collection and my latest ripped knee pair could just be the best yet. While ripped knees may not be a fave with my nan I love them for adding a tough edge, the perfect accompaniment to my breton striped top non? I've been avoiding maternity tops like the plague until now - this ASOS number doesn't scream maternity and that's why I love it, ain't nobody got time for looking mumsy. Shout out to my Anthropologie necklace which I found in the sale just before Christmas. I'm obsessed. I'm also thrilled to be digging out my coral coat on ze blog, it's been a while since this baby made an appearance.

Tomorrow my bud Claire and I are heading to Nottingham for #BeautyChatLive and I could not be more excited, not only has it been a while since I stepped foot in Space NK but I finally get to meet two of my favourite bloggers, Lily and Anna who seem like the kinda girls that I'd be friends with in an instant. I'm far too excited for beauty chinwags and a Bills fish finger sandwich. Life priorities guys.

What do you make of my ensemble? Which bloggers would you love to be pals with?

Monday, 16 February 2015

Empties #9

It's that time again, say hello to the empties post. You guys know the drill by now, I tell you my thoughts on the products I've actually scraped the bottom of - no flash in the pan reviews in sight, just good ol' wholesome empties reviews. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - It's pretty standard that you'll find a bottle of micellar water standing prettily in my empties posts but it's usually of the French variety, well all I can say is move over Bioderma 'cos there's a new girl in town. For a fraction of the price the Garnier offering removes all my make-up just as successfully plus it's easier to get hold of and gains me Boots Advantage points. My only negative is that it can leave a bit of a residue, not really an oily one but just a bit of a film which is something to bare in mind.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut SoufflĂ© Body Creme - I actually finished a tub of LM SoufflĂ© Body Creme in my last empties so for fear of repeating myself I'll keep things simple. The scent and packaging of these LM body cremes is second to none so to me they're the perfect luxe gift (Mothers Day anyone?) That said I think you'd be a tad disappointed if you bought one for yourself as they're nowhere near as moisturising compared to something from Soap & Glory or The Body Shop and at such a premium price I think that's a massive no no.

Pai Camelia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser - I've been using this Pai cleanser everyday since November when I discovered a whole host of Pai goodies so it was a sad day when it took it's final pump. I've already bought a new one (and a mini version for travelling) which shows just how much I adore this sweet smelling, non-skin-disturbing creamy cleanser for both am and pm cleansing. If you're at your wits end with sensitive skin then I'd definitely suggest giving Pai a bash.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave In Conditioning Spray - I remember adding the Dove Leave In Spray to a Boots shopping list ages ago after I saw Kate mention it, that gal knows hair. I'd never used a detangling spray before and after too many fights with my Denman I thought it was about time I got on board. This is now my second bottle and this one's lasted a whole year and I use it every time I wash my hair. The scent is incredible, sort of like parma violets, it rids knots like nothing else and more importantly it's a damn bargain. A back up is already in my beauty stash.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter - Now we're talking moisturisation, if you're anything like me and love to slather on a thick layer of body butter after bathing or showering than this little beauty is the one for you. Soap & Glory never fail to disappoint and The Righteous Butter is no exception with it's signature S&G scent, you know the one right? My all time favourite scent of theirs is the Smoothie Star range so while I won't be snapping up another Righteous Butter it won't be long before S&G is back in my bathroom cabinet.

Have you ever tried any of these products? Are you tempted?

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Chilling Out & Dining At The Milestone

Whether you're enjoying a super coupley Valentines weekend or are having a pamper sesh and enjoying such much needed me time I thought it was high time I brought you a fresh blog post. Since discovering I was pregnant I've found myself relaxing a whole lot more, a real high five for my wellbeing and baby Wild but not so much for Cagney and Lace - that said I'm all about quality content so I hope ya'll forgive me.

Last Sunday Craig and I met up with our soon-to-be-married-one-year friends Claire and Carl for a Sunday roast come double date at The Milestone (remember when I did a cookery class there?) as why not take advantage of a Living Social deal when you spot one? The company was top drawer and the food was pretty divine too - I devoured pea and ham soup (I think #babybrain), a traditional beef roast and the brownie for pudding (it was good but not the best brownie I've ever destroyed) - the sticky toffee pudding however looked like a real winner.

This weekend I'm overjoyed to be spending some quality time with C, it's rare he's off work on a Saturday so we're making the most of our two days together. This Valentines we've enjoyed a long and lazy brunch, a trip to the local antique stores and a visit to Bragazzis - a portion of their olives and homemade pesto may have made it home with us. I'm now sat with Elle magazine (Keira Knightley looks beaut) while Craig whips up a three course feast, he's a good un'. Tomorrow I've got a few errands to run in town so I'm hoping to finally get a new outfit post together. Donuts may be involved too as a new-ish coffee joint has found it's way onto my radar. I promise to report back...

What are you up to this weekend? Have you ever dined at The Milestone? 

Monday, 9 February 2015

An Afternoon In York

Last week was pretty epic, not only did I work a one and a half day week but I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with friends and family in two different cities, York being one of them. After a much needed pamper break at Aldwark Manor (who have the sweetest staff and the best tasting chocolate fondant around) my friend Scarlett & I stocked up on chocolate filled croissants (are you sensing a pattern?) before heading into York on Friday for a shop and a trip to the Dungeons.

York is one of my favourite cities to explore (see my last visit to York here). I love how everywhere you turn there's something archaic yet beautiful to peer at from the classic cobbles to the quirky shop fronts. While York may be steeped in history they do have some techy benefits like CityConnect. Did you know you can connect to wifi anywhere in York centre? Scarlett and I found this a real bonus, especially as we were hunting for a MAC and wasn't sure if York had one (they do, it's in Fenwicks!) I wish Sheffield had a service like this as it's so handy when you want to check out an opening time or find out where something is. After a mooch in Zara, H&M and The White Company, purchases may have been made, we braced ourselves for the Dungeons*. 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect at the Dungeons but after handing our tickets over and entering the waiting area I knew things were going to be both educational and a little bit scary. With just six of us on the tour the experience was pretty intimate, adding to the scare factor - my hand may have been squeezed a fair few times! I don't want to give anything anyway if you've never been before but I will say the actors are absolutely mesmerising and each scene really tells a forgotten historical tale, I could have stayed and listened to some of the cast all day. Whether you're a historical buff or just fancy something different to your usual cinema/shopping day out I'd highly recommend a trip to York Dungeons. Just be prepared to jump!

Do you love York as much as me? Have you ever visited York Dungeons? 

*The tickets for York Dungeons were kindly gifted to me by CityConnect, all thoughts my own.

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