Thursday, 26 November 2015

OOTD: Green Military Dress and Mac Coat

Dress: Miss Selfridge
Coat: H&M
Shoes and Bag: ASOS
Scarf: Present

It doesn't seem quite right to be posting about a fairly summery outfit when it's bloomin' freezing outside, but we did have a pretty warm November! I'll be sad to give up these leopard print skater shoes (does anyone else call them that, or is it just me?!) for the winter in favour for a pair of warm boots, but they'll definitely out again next year.

Normally I breeze past Miss Selfridge as I can never find much that I like and it's fairly pricey, but this dress has been a great work and casual throw on this year. Sometimes I'll add a belt with it or wear it loose as it is, and I love the length of not-too-short but just above the knee which is very flattering. 

Have you got a wear-to-all dress?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

5 Ways To Save Money On Christmas Presents

5 Ways To Save Money On Christmas Presents Vouchers Online Shopping Points

It's that spendy time of year again, the season for giving and receiving but also a great time to grab a deal! I'm much more quality over quantity when it comes to Christmas or Birthday presents and over the years I've worked out a good system for getting the most out of my presents and cash.

Saving money doesn't mean that your present isn't worth any more than it would be at full price, just that you're being price and money savvy!

  1. Shop the offers. You know the famous Boots 3 for 2 present sticker? Stock up on mini stocking fillers and make sure you're getting the most out of your money i.e. two items that are £12 and £8, try and get your third free item for around £7 to make the most of it. 
  2. Try online. More and more people are choosing to avoid the crowds and shop online instead, and I don't blame them! This week is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two American-style sales days but also perfect for grabbing a bargain. Alternative, just Google of 'Topshop Discount Code' and I bet there will be more than one to choose from.
  3. Spend your points. Stop saving your Boots or Tesco Clubcard points and spend them on Christmas presents instead! I stock up on my Boots points to spend around Christmas time, saving me money. Tesco Clubcard are a great way to buy and save money on presents. Hint: Try shopping when their Boost is on to get double of your points worth!
  4. Set a price limit. Between friends or family, setting a price limit is a good way to make sure you don't over or under spend on your presents - and it sets you a challenge too.
  5. Do the alphabet presents. This is something I picked up from a family friend, where every year a letter is picked out of the alphabet and everyone picks a name out to buy a present for with the letter that's under £15. There's the tricky X and Z but it's a great way to really think about what present to give, as well as saving money.
What are your best tips for saving money on Christmas presents?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Instagram: Belgium, Christmas Decorations and OOTDs

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

A new week and a new place to explore! This time I headed across the Channel to visit an old colleague and friend last weekend in Belgium, which involved shopping, drinking hot chocolate and eating too many waffles. Blog post to come on this.

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

London is starting to feel very festive in the past week or so. Fortnum and Mason have got their Christmas displays up, Oxford Street and Regent's Street are looking very sparkly, Old Bond Street and the Arcades are a gorgeous example and my favourite Covent Garden is currently my go-to Christmas spot!

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

Polo necks are a trend I didn't think could get any better before I saw this stripey version! I posted this OOTD on the blog a few days ago and have basically been wearing this top ever since (obvs I've washed it a few times...)

A short and sweet Instagram post on the blog today. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with posting 3-4 times every week, but the run up to Christmas does get super busy! I hope you all have a great week.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

OOTD: A Casual Friday Stripey Polo Neck

Coat, Bag and Shoes: ASOS 
Stripey Polo Neck: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Blazer: H&M

Right now, I'm a little bit in love with the polo neck scene. Saves me from having to wear a scarf and they're super cosy. This stripey Primark version featured in my Primark Haul and has been worn and loved many times since. Tucked into skirts? Done that. Worn underneath dresses? Done that. Paired with rolled up jeans? Done that. Polo necks are my new favourite kind of top, even if I do feel like I should either be skiing in the snow or back in the 1970s . This was another Friday-casual-but-still-have-to-look-smart outfit, which I think (and hope!) I caught the balance well. 

Do you like the polo neck trend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

How You Can Give To Charity Tips and Ideas

How You Can Give To Charity Tips Ideas

There's a great quote from Anne Frank; no one has ever become poor by giving. And that is so true and a quote which I believe in because even the smallest things can help grateful people in need. So I thought I'd compile a list of how you can give to charity, from the small to the big:

1. Host your own event. It doesn't have a to cost a lot and you can play up to your own strengths. Great at baking? Host a bake sale or challenge your work colleagues to a bake off! Amazing at hair and makeup? Run a how-to workshop and donate the ticket price to charity. Love singing? Start a battle of the bands at school or university, sell tickets and put the proceeds towards a charity. Macmillian do a coffee morning pack to help you get started.

2. Run, walk or swim for sponsorship. There's so many different marathons, walks and sporting events which you can take part and raise money for. Not only are you raising money for charity, but you're also improving your fitness too! My favourites are Age UK 10K Series and Cancer Research's Shine Night Walk.

3. Donate your time. Got a spare few weekends ahead of you? Red Cross are always looking for volunteers at charity shops, emergency response or helping young people out. TimeBank help you volunteer for projects near you and help build your life skills along the way.

4. Shop at charity shops. Personally, I've found so many gems in charity shops that I spend as much time in them than I do in the traditional high street shops. A polish or wash can make clothes and shoes look brand new, and you never know what you might find!

5. Set up a monthly direct debit. Most charities have regular donations schemes, where you can choose from as little as £2 per month to send to your chosen charity. £2 a month isn't a lot or something you might miss greatly, but it can be put towards helping those in need.

What do you do for charity? Any other tips or ideas to give to charity?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Book Review: You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

"Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end if the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had. And that's the problem"

There's no surprise that I am slowly becoming addicted to Giovanna Fletcher's books. Yes it is chic lit and yes it's another soppy love story, but that doesn't make it any less. See what I thought of Fletcher's first book, Billy And Me.

Although I'm usually sceptical of any book which takes the characters from when they were 5 years old until they're 40, You're The One That I Want actually pulled it off well. The issue I have with these timeline-style books are that the characters progress from their teenage to adult years just isn't convincing enough, in terms of their personality and the way in which they speak.

Maddy, Rob and Ben have been best friends through childhood, Maddy a young and shy new girl, Rob a 'mans man' and Ben, the understanding and gentle type. It's obvious that one of the boys will end up with Maddy, but which one? A typical love-triangle which ends surprisingly well and without much heartbreak. It provides the foundations for a girl-boy friendship and how to overcome betrayal and falling in love with the wrong girl.

Girly, mushy but totally realistic and down-to-earth, it's like a warm hug and chat with your girlfriends rolled into one. It'll brighten up any miserable day and keep you holding on to each page.

Have you read You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher? What's been your best read recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 12 November 2015

OOTD: Comfy Checked Shirt Dress

Coat: Warehouse
Checked Shirt Dress: Primark
Shoes and Earrings: Topshop
Bag and Leggings: H&M

When it comes to the weekends, I'm all about the comfy clothes. Sometimes its the full-on tracksuit bottoms and hoody (on those weekends!) and other days all I need is a checked shirt dress and pair of leggings. This was another impulse purchase from Primark, someone really has to stop me going there on my breaks! But it's actually a great dress for those chilly weekends when all you want to do is relax in front of a fire with a good book or film. 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got a comfy weekend outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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