Currently coveting

29 Sep 2016

Five Places I'd Revisit

It's easy to get fixated on pacing through that travel bucket list to try and conquer as many countries on that scratch-away wall map as you can, while you can. When there's so much of the world to see, it often seems backwards in returning to a place you've been before when there are so many new and exciting destinations at your fingertips. But, there's a reason why places linger in your mind; whether it's the food, atmosphere or memories that draw you back, it's something to take note of. Occasionally a place will stay with me and initiate that 'I'd go back in a heartbeat' response whenever it's mentioned or memory evoked. For me, looking back through holiday photos is a sure-fire way of identifying the places that mean the most, sparking that motivation to get back on SkyScanner and get flight-booking. These are a few destinations I'm keen to see more of..

Pamukkale | Turkey


27 Sep 2016


As last week marked the beginning of Autumn, what better reason to start thinking about new wardrobe/dressing table additions than a change of season as inspiration..

Currently coveting #1

25 Sep 2016

Backless Mules

Aside from the occasional sandal, mules have been the only style of shoe that I've been reaching for over the last few months. I'm all for a shoe that is not demanding in fastening or overly high in height (anyone who knows me well knows that balancing in high heels is not my strong point), so the effortless mule that slides on your foot no bother is right up my street. They have been on my radar all season and it seems like they're here to stay for the foreseeable future, but this time with an autumnal edge. 


17 Sep 2016

Autumn Wardrobe | High Street Edit

Autumn means waving goodbye to the denim cut offs and camis that saw us through the sunnier seasons and finally pulling out last years knitwear from the depths of the wardrobe. Once you're over the remorse, autumn is a time to relish before the cold truly sets in come winter and woolly tights and thermals become a necessity. This transition becomes all the more appealing when the clothes and accessories on offer are as good as they are right now. These are my favourite pieces from the high-street to help you dress accordingly with the changing seasons.

Mini Flare Fray Jeans | Zara £19.99


13 Sep 2016

High Contrast

An ode to sportswear, the contrast trend is transcending through the seasons. Extremely minimalist in design yet effortlessly chic, this look is appearing in every style. Topshop's offering this year came in the form of basic vests, tees and swimsuits. Teamed with a pair of culottes, contrast tees, bodysuit or sweatshirt instantly inject a dose of sports luxe and simplistic cool with no need for accessories. The ease of a contrast tee is more than enough reason for me to want to invest with very little time in the mornings to compose myself.

This one-piece came into play during a trip to Lake Garda doubled up as a body in very, very hot temperatures. It sold out extremely fast and has had it's heyday now summer is basically over (sigh) but there are more autumnally-orientated replicas hitting the shelves on the high street that sing the same tune.. 


11 Sep 2016

Chains to Chokers | Necklace Edit

From 90s-esque chokers to delicate multi-strands, necklaces are having a bit of a moment and even the prettiest of designs are surprisingly affordable. No outfit is complete without at least one, and that is more than fine by me. My jewellery box can get slightly neglected at times as I'm guilty of wearing the same things day-in day-out, but there's so many beautiful chains, bands and pendants at my fingertips at the moment I couldn't resist integrating a couple of new buys into my everyday collection..

Elena Circle Loop Skinny Plunge Necklace | Boohoo £5 
Paired with a V-neck silk cami, this necklace at only a fiver looks ten times the price in my opinion. It is a barely-there, lariat-style, delicate loose choker and it looks dreamy with just about anything. I only tend to wear gold jewellery but Boohoo also have this necklace in silver and it looks just as pretty. 

Double Strand Pendant Necklace | H and M £4.99
I've been looking for a necklace for a long time that dupes the exquisite designs that Missoma have to offer (If I had the money, I would buy ALL their jewellery). This double-strand gold chain necklace from H and M is the best I've found and I love how delicate it is. If you're not feeling the chunkier pendant (it doesn't go with the style of all necklines) then you can tuck it in and wear the smaller one solo. This is definitely my favourite necklace of the moment. H&M also do a wishbone pendant in this design here

Gold Three Strand Choker | Topshop - In Store £10 (similar here)
This is slightly out of my comfort-zone and not something I'd really wear in the day time (although, I'm sure many could pull this off), but I was drawn to the delicate lariat design of the chain teamed with the edgy choker band (90s throwback that I'm totally on board with). The lace effect of the choker material really softens the design and I've not seen one like this anywhere else. My only qualm with Topshop jewellery is that the gold does noooot last whatsoever so I better get wearing this asap. You can find this choker in store in most Topshops. 

Fine Chain Chokers | Accessorize £8
This pair of chokers are so delicate, look great layered with other chains or solo, and are amazing value.. I really love the thin chain in particular. The adjustable fastening means you can wear it as a choker or slightly looser at the base of your neck.

Best of the rest:
These designs are on my wishlist for the next upcoming months..

R-L: Mango £17.99; H+M £3.99; ALDO £15


4 Sep 2016

August Beauty Favourites

As a self-confessed hoarder of all things beauty, there isn't a month that goes by without a few new product purchases to try out and inevitably become addicted to. August was no different and thanks to a Space NK voucher, most of the purchases were slightly more indulgent than they should have been..

Diptyque Smoothing Body Polish Travel Edition | Space NK £20
Diptyque is one of my most coveted brands and to me just epitomises luxury and indulgence in the candle world. Since their skincare launched this year I have been longing to try something from the range but with no birthdays or Christmas in sight, a travel-size was all my budget could handle. Firstly, the packaging alone is seriously pretty and not a box I will be throwing away anytime soon. Exfoliating skin products are one of my favourites to buy as I know they are going to make such a difference to the texture and finish of my skin. As expected, it is nourishing yet effective in smoothing the skin's surface and smells like something straight out of a spa.

OUAI Wave Spray | Space NK £22
If it's good enough for the Kardashian's, it's gotta be worth a go, right?! Hair stylist to the stars, Jen Atkin, created the luxury OUAI  brand with classic and effective tags firmly attached to the range. The Wave Spray is one of Ouai's bestsellers and promises to answer all my beachy-looking hair goals. I thought it would be more like a serum (which can leave my hair oilier than before washing) but the formula is weightless and non-greasy. It really helps to create un-done, separated waves and I find myself reaching for it all the time (it may look full but I've used it 5+ times so I'm thinking one bottle will last a whileeee). I'm sold on the brand. 

This Works In Transit No Traces | Space NK £17
I've had these for ages and I'm finally down to the last few. I've loved using This Works products for years (the Sleep Spray in particular) and these are no exception. The In Transit range is aimed at skincare for long-haul journeys but I find this pot a little too big to travel with (the travel-size version would be more suitable) so I tend to use them at home when my skin needs that extra step of TLC. Rosewater and mint infused; they smell and feel so refreshing. I also highly rate the In Transit Camera Close Up moisturiser for thirsty skin. 

Diptyque Roses Scented Candle | Space NK £20 - £42
My first candle from Diptyque and probably favourite candle that I own, I am almost at the end of this pretty little pot (I didn't burn it for ages in fear of it coming to an end, sigh). The scent is gentle, lingering and if you like the smell of rose then you will undoubtedly be a fan (a given).  I think these are the perfect present and I can't recommend them enough if you want to treat yourself on a grey day. (Not a beauty product as such but how could I not include it..)

Omorovicza Rejuvinating Night Cream | Space NK £110 
A quick disclaimer - I don't own this in full size and I don't know if I could ever justify spending over a hundred pounds on a night cream.. Nevertheless, the sample I have of this product is making it hard for me not to want this. The formula is so buttery and hydrating, so soothing to put on before you go to bed and feels so luxurious. Uh, why are you so expensive.

Lanolips All-Over Everywhere Multi-Cream | Feel Unique £10.99
A new brand that keeps cropping up on my radar when scouring the shops, the Lanolips range is extremely cute and hard to resist. Their multi-purpose cream is a hydrating potion for every skin qualm under the sun; you can use it on your face, body, hands, baby.. I do find it a little too thick to use on my face but it is so nourishing and a miracle-worker for dry skin. Very good value and a hand-bag essential.

What did you try in August?


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