Tuesday, 28 June 2016

OOTD: Floral Kimono and Black Pointy Shoes

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Kimono, Crop Top, Denim Jacket and Shoes: Primark
Jeans: Marks & Spencer
Bag: Italy
Earrings: Accessorize

I didn't mean this outfit to be totally from one shop, but hey, I'm a Primark girl at heart! I wore this outfit last Saturday to The Bloggers Summer Hangout in London, my first blogging event as a blogger. It's weird because I've worked at blogging events before, but never been invited to one before which was nice.

On to the outfit, London was looking kinda warm but could also pour down in about 5 minutes. I love this kimono to cover up my arms, as I was wearing a sort of crop top I didn't want too much on show! It's so pretty worn open like this or tied up too, it's great for work as I can stay cool without showing off too much skin. I picked up this bag from Italy and LOVE it! It's got three compartments, perfect for fitting everything in, strong enough and lets me be hand-free too. 

I'll be doing a full blog post on The Bloggers Hangout, so make sure you check back for then! Hope you have a great day.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Instagram: London, Florence and Haircut

I wish I could say these past few weeks have been interesting and exciting to share with you, but besides my trip to Florence, it's been back to the usual time spent in London working and generally chilling out. There's a new This Month I... June edition coming up this week, so I'll hopefully have more to talk about then!

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Giving what the EU Referendum results were on Friday, London is feeling weirdly tense and angry at the moment but still patriotic. I love these flags all along Regent's and Oxford Street, plus it makes the perfect Instagram! London has been crazy busy with tourists this week, so I'm quite glad that I come home to Sussex every day for peace and quiet.

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I spotted these flowers in a cafe window and had to same them quick! Purple and pink flowers are my favourite, especially delicate shapes like this one. I'm trying to be more 'spur of the moment' with my Instagrams and not just have the same old images from my blog or whatever.

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It's been just under two weeks since I've been back from Florence, and I'm totally missing the weather, food and views like this! I did do a mini post on Things To Do and See In Florence so you can catch up there. This photo is a favourite of us together and the background is just gorgeous.

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The trains have been crazy annoying these week because of train strikes and flooding. But one silver lining is walking past Buckingham Palace at 7:20am on a Tuesday without any tourists! The sun hits the palace in the morning, so it's always a pretty picture.

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I had a haircut the other week and I'm so pleased with it now! Even though my fringe will grow out in 10 seconds (it's my measurement for when I need a haircut next) it's feeling a lot healthier and thicker now. I do want to grow it longer by 3-4 inches but I'm not looking forward to how long it'll take to wash and dry too!

What's been your highlight this week? What is your opinion on the EU referendum?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon  x

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Book Review: A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Despite the huge stack of books beside my bed, there's always time to purchase a fresh new novel to read. I found A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton at the airport before heading to Florence and few weeks ago, and I'll be lying if the front cover didn't have my sold straight away! 

The story revolves around one woman, Amaterasu Takahashi and her daughter, Yuko, who passed away in the Nagasaki bombin in 1945, along with her grandson Hideo. Amaterasu and her husband Kenzo then moved to America following the bombing to grieve for their family, after all hope was lost. But this story takes you before the bombing, how Amaterasu met Kenzo and his doctor friend Jomei Sato, who would later become a big part of Yuko's life that no one saw coming. Then in the present day, a man claiming to be Hideo finds Amaterasu and then the story of Yuko and Jomei becomes much clearer....

I adore Japanese culture, from the delicious food and crafts to their style of living and this book brings memories back from my trip to Japan last year. Each chapter begins with a Japanese word and explanation, which would relate to the following chapter - something which I love learning about! The lead character herself is quite cold and abrupt, but after reading the whole book you understand why her personality is like that. It's hard to do justice to the Nagasaki bombing and its event in a fictional book, but it doesn't focus too much on this - rather the events before the bombing and the re-building of lives afterwards. It's a heart-wrenching story of love and ultimately hope, and something I'll always come back to.

Have you read A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton before? What's your current read?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Things To Do And See In Florence

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I took a little trip to Florence, Italy recently! One of my best friends was studying in Florence as part of her year abroad for uni, so it was a great excuse to see the city and catch up with her.

We stayed towards the south of the city, which was about a 10-15 minute walk into the centre. The great thing about Florence is that everything is within walking distance, taking good walking shoes is ideal as most popular viewing areas do require steps but are well worth the exercise!

I basically followed the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide to Florence and Tuscany, which had a mini map and all the information you'll need for visiting places, times, entrance fees etc. So if you're looking for a mini city break (I'd probably recommend 4-5 days for Florence) keep reading for my top places to visit.

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Image taken from the bell tower

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Fresco inside the cathedral

1. The Duomo Group

This is Florence's most famous sightseeing spot, with a gorgeous cathedral, baptistery, bell tower, dome and museum. Tickets were around 15 euros for all 5 attractions and can be used over 2 days, which is great to spread them out! You can climb up both the bell tower and dome, we did both on separate days but the queues for the dome can be massive, however with the tickets you can book a time slot to go up the duomo and skip the queues.

The views were absolutely stunning and so typically italian that you're just left in awe. The cathedral itself is impressive too with it's intricate fresco and exterior design, just remember to wear something to cover your shoulders and legs when visiting otherwise they won't let you in. The museum is also good and perfect if it's a rainy day, which houses amazing architecture and a Michelangelo piece too.

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View from Forte di Belvedere

2. Piazzale Michelangelo and Forte di Belvedere

Save these two for a sunny and clear day, as the views across Florence are so stunning (and the perfect Instagram opportunity!) Piazzale Michelangelo is the most touristy spot for a panoramic view of Florence and it is great for getting photos, but our favourite was Forte di Belvedere - Kim Kardashian and Kayne West got married there FYI. This view was much more central and quieter to get photos of than Piazzale Michelangelo, at one point it was just us and a guard! 100% recommend going here.

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Piazza della Signoria Neptune fountain

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Santa Croce

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Ponte Vecchio

3. Statues, Churches and Bridges

Florence is also well known for its architecture, something which hasn't changed for many years. The above photos are just a few highlights which I would recommend. First is Piazza della Signoria that is described as an outdoor sculpture gallery, with pretty cool designs and a fake David by Michelangelo (the real one is housed in a museum in Florence). The town council is just off the square, as well as the popular Uffizi museum and gallery which you'd need to book tickets for! 

We visited a few of Florence's churches, which follow the same exterior designs as the duomo and are still very impressive in real life as they were hundreds of years ago. We didn't manage to get inside the Santa Croce church as we were running out of time, but it's been dubbed the "Westminster Abbey" of Florence with tombs of famous Tuscan figures. The Ponte Vecchio is another must-see bridge, which both sides hanging over housing silver and goldsmiths since the 16th century. Definitely visit at night too.

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4. Food and Souvenir Shopping

Eating food was probably the second most exciting thing on my list for visiting Italy. Luckily my friend had already spent 4 months in Florence, so knew all the good places to eat! We had white chocolate and meringue gelato from Edoardo and sweet salted caramel from Gelateria dei Neri and for fresh pasta and pizza, there's tons of places to visit. The food market off from San Lorenzo is a must-eat too, including this delicious pizza. 

For souvenir shopping, you'll always find italian leather bags everywhere, and at reasonable-ish prices too (we bartered for a few of ours!) The supermarkets were pretty well stocked which italian chocolate, honey, olive oil and everything else for souvenirs! 

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Holding the Leaning Tower Of Pisa up!

5. Visit Pisa

The famous Italian landmark is just an hour out of Florence on their high speed trains and cost around 16 euros for a return ticket. Besides the Leaning Tower and other buildings around it, there's not much else in Pisa. We spent about 5 hours or so in Pisa, once we got there we headed to get our tickets and booked to walk up the tower. They only allow a certain number of people up the tower every 30 minutes so you have to book a time to walk up there.

After getting the standard leaning tower poses, we grabbed a panini and sat on the grass before we walked up the tower. The views weren't as great as they are in Florence, but still worth the experience and weird gravity pull as the tower leaned on way and other. There's a few shops on the way to the station, which can kill an hour or two before heading back to Florence. 

Overall, if you're looking for a city break with lots of visit, see and eat, I'd 100% recommend Florence. It's less crazy busy than Rome or Milan but still has enough to keep you entertained and Instagram feed flowing with new pictures! 

Have you visited Florence before? What's your next holiday trip?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

P.S. Thanks to Kamila for letting me stay and for taking all the photos, and to Emily for being a fab travelling partner!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

10 Fashion Tips and Hacks

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One of my favourite posts to read are beauty or fashion tips and tricks, so I thought I'd share a few fashion ones up my sleeve! From shopping to packing for holidays, I've picked out a few of my favourites. I've previously done a few beauty ones here and here so make sure you catch them too. Share your best beauty tips and hacks in the comments below - I'm always on the look out for new ones!

  • Invest in a scarf hanger. If you like scarves like me, these are so handy for keeping them all nice and in place. Tesco have a bargain one for £2 here.
  • Wash dark jeans inside out. This stops the colour from fading so quickly, and not hanging them in direct sunlight to dry will also help them from fading too!
  • Put clothes in colour order. It makes picking out stuff a lot easier. I go one step further and separate them into categories too e.g. jeans, trousers, dresses
  • Keep sachets of lavender in draws and your wardrobe. This makes your clothes smell fresh and deters insects too. 
  • A pashima works in multiple ways. I have a few different colours and styles, perfect as a scarf, a shawl, umbrella and a blanket too!
  • Put lingerie and small delicates in bags when packing for holiday. This stops them from getting tangled up or lost.
  • Write a list before going clothes shopping. You wouldn't go food shopping without writing a list would you? It helps to avoid splurges on clothes.
  • Plan your 'shopping' outfit. For example, I'll always wear a white t-shirt, nude bra, blue jeans and pumps - something that's easy to wear and take off when trying on clothes.
  • Work out the worth per wear. If you're investing in clothing, make sure it's something you'll love and wear all the time, rather than just one occasion.
  • Carry a clear nail polish with you to stop laddered tights. This was a school-girl trick I learnt, but if you get a ladder in your tights just add a small amount of nail polish to stop it laddering further.

What's your best fashion tip or hack?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

OOTD: ASOS Bardot Jumpsuit and Leopard Print Skates

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Jumpsuit and Skates: ASOS
Jacket and Belt: Primark
Bag: Accessorize

I finally took my new ASOS Bardot Jumpsuit for an outing to work last week. Previously I've worn it for a night out with heels and a leather jacket, but for work I added my favourite leopard skates and suede green bomber jacket. It's made from a jersey stretchy material, so I basically felt like I was wearing pyjamas all day - which isn't a bad thing! The only issue with jumpsuits are that it's a slight palavour to go to the toilet, especially with strapless styles. As the first jumpsuit I've bought, I'm looking forward to trying it out with different outfits for work and going out too!

Have you ever tried a jumpsuit before? What do you think of the bardot style?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Favourite blushers ft. Sleek, MAC and Kiko

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When it comes to every day makeup, contouring and highlighting isn't usually my thing (I leave that to the professionals) but I'll always apply some sort of blusher. My preferred format is powder, just because I find that it lasts the most on me and is the easiest to apply. Saying that I do like the Benefit Tints and have a few cream formula's, but they're just a bit 'meh' for me!

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Not only is this a great price for three blushers, but they have an amazing colour payoff. Sleek have always done amazing and affordable contour, blusher and eyeshadow palettes, so I feel like they've found their niche market there. I usually save these bright coral shades for the spring and summer (when my face isn't looking like a ghost) but my favourite is definitely the pinky gold shimmer shade in the middle - adding a highlight and pop of colour to my cheeks!

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Another fab multi-tasking and affordable product, when I want to add a quick glow and shimmer to my cheeks I'll dig out this pretty one. Soap & Glory makeup has always been on point and I remember when these blush bricks came out and bloggers going crazy over them. Usually I'll swirl all the colours together for a pretty every day peach shade or I'll just take the light pink shade and use it as a highlighter. 

Full review here.

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If I'm ever in the need for a bog-standard pretty blush, I'll always go for Fleur Power by MAC. It has a Satin finish, which is really flattering on the skin and only needs a little bit to add colour to the cheeks. Baby and dusty rose pinks always suit my complexion without making me look like a clown! The reason why I like MAC blushers are for their staying power, it literally lasts me all day on my cheeks and doesn't require any applications throughout the day.

Full review here.

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So I know I said I prefer powder blushers, but there's an exception to all rules okay? Since Kiko have landed in the UK, I've been obsessed with their cream eyeshadow sticks and blushers. I received Hot Pink in the Glamour Latest In Beauty Box last September and found it to be a great swipe-and-go makeup product. It does come up fairly pink initially, but I blend it in with my fingers and it turns into a pretty flush on the cheeks.

Full review here.

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Slightly on the pricier side of my blusher collection, BUT LOOK HOW PRETTY! Ice Pop is a gorgeous baby pink blusher and highlighter - perfect for those hungover and dull skin days, Baked blushers are still fairly new to me and I never really want to use them because I'll mess up their pretty pattern! I'll use a big cheek blush and swirl across all the colours and pop onto my cheeks to brighten and lift my skin.

What's your favourite blusher? Which blusher should I try next? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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