Thursday, 25 August 2016

Outfit: ASOS Jumpsuit and Zara Shirt Look

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Jacket and Shoes: Primark
Shirt: Zara
Bag: Accessorize

I'm always trying to incorporate shirts into every outfit, and lets face it, I've got enough for every kind of outfit! Even though I only own a few jumpsuits, I've found they could only be worn a few ways e.g. with a jacket, without a jacket, with heels, with trainers etc. But wearing a shirt underneath is a new style for me. I wanted it work appropriate but still comfortable, and this ASOS jumpsuit is like wearing a onesie all day. In fact it's the perfect smart/casual travelling outfit, but the only flaw is having to go to the toilet in one. However, I'm willing to forgive.

My outfits have been feeling a little less inspired recently, wearing the same or similar stuff every week. If you didn't know already, I usually takes my outfit photos in bulk, noting what I've worn and liked throughout the week and taking the photos at the weekend. It's not ideal but having a full time job leaves little spare time for outfit photos! Hopefully I'll bring you more exciting outfits in the next few weeks.

What do you think of this outfit? Love or hate jumpsuits?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Book Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

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Only when I've devoured a book within a week, you know it's a good'un. I tried to resist the hype around The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins when it was release January 2015, but alas the curiosity got the better of me.

It starts with Rachel, an alcoholic, who takes the same train into London and sees the same neighbours from the train window each day - one of them her ex-husband. She creates fantasy lives for one couple she sees every day, Jess and Jason, fulfilling the life she once had through them. You learn more about Rachel and why her life and relationship with her ex-husband, Tom, has crumbled since before their divorce. The story then changes to one year earlier to Megan Hipwell, who lives opposite the train tracks. From the outside Megan's life looks idyllic, a husband who loves her, a gorgeous house and opportunities ahead of her, but a haunting secret from her past plaques her. Then in the current time, Rachel sees something from the train and realises her insight and knowledge can help find the killer of Megan Hipwell.... but can she work it out and remember?

Throughout the story development, you'll start to see another crucial link between Rachel and Megan and her death. It's totally unexpected and took me by surprised! The story tackles a lot of issues, such as depression, alcoholism, controlling and abusive partners and teenage pregnancy - without revealing too much about the story. After learning about Megan's secrets, you automatically think it's the husband who killed her but Hawkins throws in a curve ball.... Another interesting supporting storyline is the relationship between Rachel, her ex-husband Tom and Anna, his new wife. At the end the story is left on a single sentence cliff hanger, which I'm still trying to get my head around!

I've noticed a trend of authors splitting chapters by characters and time frames, which I really enjoy reading. Hawkins uses three women; Rachel, Anna and Megan, as her lead females (a nice change to male leads!) with one in a different time zone to the others. If you like thrillers and something that'll keep you guessing until the end, I'd 100% recommend reading this book. It'll be interesting to watch the film when it comes out in October 2016, because I've heard it's been set in American, rather than the book's London location. But the amazing Emily Blunt is in it. so you know it'll be in good hands.

Have you read this book before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

A Visit To The Tower Of London

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The Tower Of London has been on my 'to visit' list for a while now. Somehow I managed to miss the school trips to visit and because of that, I've never visited. We had a lot of Tesco Clubcard points (all the cool kids have them) stocked up and cashed them in for tickets to visit the Tower Of London last week. 

It's so easy to get to and hard to miss too! We took the Circle and District tube line from Victoria Station, which took about 20 minutes, to Tower Hill then it's just across the road from the station. Tickets are £25 each, which does seem pricey at first but you get a lot from it!

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We'll start at the entrance (a good place to begin...) where we met a Yeomen Warder, also known as a Beefeater who would be our tour guide. The tour started in the moat, which is now empty of water because of a not-so-clever architect who didn't have the basic understanding of how to get rid of moat water! 

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Our Beefeater was called Barry and he took us around the grounds for about 40-50 minutes, talking about the history and the Beefeater role in modern history. Did you know there's still 37 Beefeaters who live and work at the Tower Of London still? It was really interesting to hear all about the crimes people committed and who was beheaded here. The story about Anne Boylen beheaded at the Tower was quite interesting.

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We moved around the grounds to different places at the Tower Of London. This famous gate is known as Traitors Gate, where prisoners were brought in by boat or barge into the tower. Of course, there's various towers, The Bloody Tower, The Martin Tower, The Beauchamp Tower etc. which all have mini museums inside about particular events which happened there. London Zoo used to be at the Tower Of London many years ago! 

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After our tour, we visited the Crown Jewels. If you like lots of sparkly and gold jewellery and objects, you'll love this place! It holds one of the largest diamonds from the Crown Jewels, which is over 500 carats and was cut from a larger diamond in a mine in South Africa. This area can get quite busy, so I'd recommend going there first to skip the queues!

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In the White Tower, you'll find four floors of history. From the armour to weapons and the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, it's the oldest medieval building at the Tower Of London and a must-see. Another tower you must visit is The Bloody Tower, it's only a little room but it tells you all about the torture equipment they used and punishments they would give to prisoners. 

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Finally, I'd recommend walking along the walls of the Tower Of London for the views and atmosphere. It's so close to the river and a great spot for photos of the Tower Bridge - if you get a clear and sunny day like ours, then it's a bonus! The walk doesn't take too long and allows you to visit each tower too, at your own pace.

Overall, I'd 100% recommend visiting the Tower Of London. It can take up to a whole day to do, if you visit every area and take all the tours, but it's well worth it for a flashback of British history. For more info, visit the Tower Of London website.

Have you been to the Tower Of London before? Where do you recommend visiting next?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 18 August 2016

OOTD: White Zara Dress and Lace Up New Look Espadrilles

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Jacket: Primark
Dress: Zara
Scarf and Bag: Holiday Souvenirs
Shoes: New Look
Earrings and Blue Stone Ring: Accessorize
Silver Rings: Pandora

There comes a point, usually every summer, when I end up blending in with my clothes. Even my grandad likes to point out just how pale I am in comparison. But will that stop me wearing white? No, the only thing that would is if I continue to spill food or drinks down me and I stain it (surprisingly, not the first time it's happened.) I like the simplicity of this dress, it has pairs of buttons together, a cute peter pan collar and a cross pattern on top. It's ideal in the summer as it's light and girly, but worn with black tights, a chunky cardigan and knee high boots and it works for winter too!

We need to chat about these sandals. Never would I think I would've bothered with lace-up sandals, they may look cool and different but having to re-tie them every few minutes is a pain. Plus the first time I wore then in Florence, I got gorgeous black marks right where the leather strap was that would not go away, even after countless scrubbing. I haven't worked out a solution for that yet, but I'll keep you well informed of my stained-feet journey. 

Saying that, I find they're so comfortable to wear! Finding sandals for my wide feet can be annoying, but these fit perfectly without rubbing. I'm now an expert in tying ribbon knots around my ankles and can successfully go without tying them up every few minutes. And I kind of feel like a gladiator/Greek woman!

What do you think of this outfit? Have you tried lace up sandals before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Look Fantastic Haul featuring La Roche Posay, Decleor and more

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When it comes to beauty hauls, I don't tend to purchase them as regularly as fashion hauls. Mainly because I work in beauty marketing and get a ton of products to try and test and then there's always the freebies to use! To prove a point, I have a very large box underneath my bed with everything from body scrubs to nail and feet treatments, it really shows my addiction to beauty products.

That being said, there's those products which I always use up quicker than expected and never have a spare lying about - plus reading a lot of beauty blogs, you're beauty wishlist grows longer and longer. For my 21st birthday, lookfantastic.com sent me a 20% voucher to spend on their website as a birthday gift. I've never shopped with them before, but I've never heard a bad review or experience so far. On to the haul...

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La Roche Posay is a brand I've been meaning to try for the past year or two. Bloggers have raved about the Serozinc Toner working well for oily and blemish prone skin and recently my skin has been breaking out a lot along my jaw line. I've really enjoyed using it both morning and night to prep my skin before moisturising, and so far so good! 

The La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + has been another lovely product to use with the Serozinc. I'll apply it after the toner and before my usual moisturiser to help clear out my spots and blemishes. It's super light and nourishing and I'm hoping to see some results a few weeks down the line.

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I went for a facial a few months ago and the beauty therapist recommended the Hydra Floral range from Decleor. Not only is this brand a favourite of mine already, but their skincare products just agree with my skin so well. The Hydra Floral is a SPF30 anti-pollution hydrating fluid with neroli essential oil and moringa extract, aimed for pollution and stressed skin. Working in London during the week, it's dawned on me just how polluted my skin has become since working there, which is why I chose this to help protect my skin.

SPF is always a bonus for me as my english rose skin doesn't always agree with the sunshine! With added neroli essential oil, which uplifts the skin and morgina extract that creates a protective film against pollution. The Hydra Floral range targets specifically dry skin, without leaving it too oily or shiny - a pet hate of mine! One downside is that the packaging did come damaged, but it luckily didn't affect the product inside.

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If you haven't been introduced to Korres yet, let me do the honour. Since finding this brand a few years ago from a Christmas present, there's been no going back! I picked up their Water Lily Blossom Shower Gel, which was on buy one get one free offer. I go through shower gels like there's no tomorrow and like to keep a few stocked up. I reviewed their range last year and have since returned to it! 

What I love about Korres is that it's a simply natural brand with no frills attached to it. Their skincare has been raved about, their bodycare ranges are being added to and bloggers love their makeup collection. If you're looking for more info on the brand, check out my Brand Highlight: Korres post.

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With orders over £55 on lookfantastic.com, you'll receive a free beauty bag! I didn't take photos of everything I bought, because there's a special present for my sister that I bought and I know she reads this blog sometimes and didn't want to ruin it. Anyway, what I wasn't expecting was a bag full of mini beauty products from my favourite brands!

First I received a shampoo and conditioner sample from Shu Uemura, which are for extremely damaged hair and will be good for after my holiday in September. Next was another shampoo and conditioner sample from a New York brand called Nexxus, which has a posh caviar complex! In the bag was a travel size Korres Body Milk in their Santorini Vine scent, a mini Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil (thankfully in my shade!) a label.m Sea Salt Spray, which I'll be taking on holiday with me and finally a Bee Good Plump and Firm Moisturiser. All in all a pretty good free product!

My overall first experience of shopping on lookfantastic.com was a great one - and somewhere I'd definitely return to shop again as their discounts and free products are amazing. 

Have you shopped on lookfantastic.com before? What's your favourite product?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Benefit Cosmetics and Marie Claire Event on the Good Ship Benefit

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On Thursday 4th August 2016, I headed on board the Good Ship Benefit with my friend Kamila for an evening full of beauty and brows. Marie Claire and Benefit Cosmetics got together to offer readers an opportunity to join them for eyebrow waxes, makeup master classes, beauty treatments and shopping! 

The boat itself is really cool and one I'd definitely stop off and see if you're near the Embankment area. They do afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails, my personal choice would be cocktails on the top deck at dusk - the perfect Friday night or weekend treat.

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As we were one of the first on the boat, so we headed straight to the complimentary brow waxing and shaping area, knowing that it'll be busy later on. We sat in these cute salon chairs whilst Benefit brow experts explained where our arches should be, where the brow should end and what's the best brow shape for our face. My brows were completed transformed and have made such a difference to my expression now!


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After getting our brows shaped and then filled in with the famous Gimme Brow, we enjoyed a glass of prosecco or two. The bar is themed pink and has a great selection of cocktails and beverages to suit all tastes. I think this would be a great venue for a hen party or birthday!

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There was also ghd doing different styles with their new pink straighteners, but we left the hairstyling as there was a massive queue already! We did sign up to win one of three pairs of the new straighteners so fingers crossed for us.... Nails Inc had an area too, but I had my Dinki Belle Nail Wraps on and didn't fancy taking them off just yet!

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Next up was our Brow Masterclass with Lisa Potter-Dixon, who is Head Make Up Artist and Brow Expert for Benefit Cosmetics, alongside the Marie Claire team and their eyebrow woes. Lisa used the new Benefit eyebrow products on each person, showing how they can help with filling in gaps, shaping and covering scars. I definitely learnt a lot more about brows in this lesson than ever before!

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Then it was onto the shopping.... Benefit were offering 10% off for the whole night so there was a lot to choose from! I picked up the popular Gimme Brow, after the Benefit girls used it on my brows and I couldn't believe the difference. Keep an eye out for my new brow makeup routine coming soon!

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And with every event comes the goody bag! Our included a full size They're Real Mascara, a £10 Nails Inc voucher, a sticker of your choice when you purchased something and the latest Marie Claire magazine. I'll be keeping the mascara for a special occasion and checking out the Nails Inc store very soon, who can never have enough nail polishes?! 

Have you been on The Good Ship Benefit before? What's your favourite Benefit Cosmetics product?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

OOTD: Primark Stripes and Maxi Skirt

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Top, Skirt and Shoes: Primark
Bag: Zara
Earrings: Orelia
Silver Rings: Pandora
Sliver Ring with Blue Stone: Accessorize

We're at that stage in the British Summer when it's cold in the morning, but could turn into a sunburn heat in the afternoon. My English rose skin doesn't agree with the sun, but sweating it out on the train home isn't an option either. When these dip hem skirts came into fashion a few years ago, I wasn't quite sure about them - who would want a skirt that's two different lengths?! But there's two good reasons why, 1. I don't have to worry about flashing anyone from behind if my skirt is too short and 2. There's none of the 'walking in a cocoon' situation with a full length maxi skirt.

This outfit was perfectly matched with my new rose gold Olivia Burton watch a.k.a the new bracelet buddy I'll be wearing for a long time to come. Even though I'm not a gold bracelet or ring person, rose gold feels a lot softer, wearable and feminine to me, whereas gold can be too harsh for every day wear. I hope I'm making sense! 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you have any dip hem maxi skirts?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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