Thursday, 20 July 2017

OOTD: Primark Maxi Skirt Love

Jacket, Top and Skirt: Primark
Bag: Accessorize
Shoes: ASOS

Do you know what the hardest thing about taking outfit photos is? Trying to act natural in the them. I find it really hard to look normal in them, to the point where I have to look down until it's time to take the photo (like Chandler does in Friends!) It's also a pain in the butt to get a nice background, but it's definitely an improvement to the days when I took photos in the mirror...

This is my one and only maxi skirt and I love it to death. I picked it up from Primark years ago, around the time when everyone was wearing maxi skirts then I left it in my wardrobe covering dust until recently. It's a super lightweight jersey fabric in dark grey, so it pretty much goes with everything. The slit up the side isn't too daring but enough to allow me to walk it - after a previous experience with a maxi skirt when I could only hobble around not getting anywhere fast. 

What do you think of maxi skirts, love them or hate them?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Best Products For Wavy Hair

My hair is naturally wavy and thick, but sometimes it needs a little helping hand to define my waves and curls. If my hair was left to air dry itself, there would be a whole lot of frizz and corkscrew curls to deal with! So here are those products for wavy hair I can't live without...

Hair masks are a proper treat for me because a. I'm lazy and b. they make my hair go all swishy! I've never tried anything from Bumble and Bumble until I won their Curl Conscious Nourishing Masque at a raffle. This really helps to make my curls feel lightweight and define them as my thick hair generally weighs them down. It smells gorgeous and applies like a dream to my hair, and thankfully only takes 10 minutes so I'm not impatiently waiting...

My lovely sister bought this for me a little while ago and it's still going strong! I must be towards the end of it now because I use it regularly. Once I've washed and towel dried my hair, I apply a large pump of the TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls in my hands then run it through my hair and particularly on the middle and ends of my hair. It smells super sweet and delicious, almost like you want to eat it... I find this is the best product for giving me natural and pretty waves, especially after air drying.

If I'm in a rush and want to quickly add a few natural waves to my hair, this is the product I turn to. A few years ago the Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray was everywhere and everyone was using it to add texture and beachy waves to their hair. On either damp or dry hair, I just spritz this across my hair and give it a bit of a squeeze to help encourage a few waves!

Sometimes because my hair is so thick and heavy, my waves can fall down quite easily if I don't use a hairspray. At the moment I'm using the ghd Final Shine Hairspray that not only sets my hair and stops my waves from falling down, but it also adds a gorgeous sheen to my hair. It's not crunchy or stiff like some hairsprays can leave your hair looking like either.

What are your favourite products for wavy hair?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Current Favourite Bloggers

I love catching up with my favourite blogger's latest posts - reading them gives me such happy pleasure and inspires me to do better with my own blog. Generally I try to get half an hour of reading three times a week, which isn't much and is something I want to do more of!

Each morning I open my Bloglovin app, Roxie always brings in the goods with another cracking beauty post. I love how relatable her posts are and genuinely honest, I can take a good few recommendations from Roxie and trust that they'll be true.

You know those blogs that have everything you need and more? Kirstie's blog is just that. From Things I've Learnt From Love Island, money managing advice to Disney themed posts and beauty favourites, Kirstie's blog is one to bookmark.

Holly's photography and overall blog theme is so on point, if I could include the heart eyes emoji I would ten times over. Not only are her photos dreamy but I love that she's honest, there's a no-nonsense about her and she doesn't feel the pressure to please feel - real blogging at its finest!

If you haven't read Jemma's blog before, go read it right now, then come back. Done? Good. There's not ever a time when I start reading Jemma's blog that I don't smile, her whole blog just yells happiness and it's totally infectious. Her art and crafts are amazing too, so make sure you check them out.

I'm in awe of people who daily blog, simply thinking of those many blog ideas, planning them and scheduling all of the social media posts is enough to make my head hurt! But Amie does it each day and so well that I'm always excited to see her latest posts from lifestyle and beauty to food and her favourite vegan recipes. 

Who are your current favourite bloggers? Put their links in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

OOTD: Another Striped Top and Casual Outfit

Top: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Florence Market

After I offloaded my casual outfit thoughts in last week's OOTD post, I've decided to keep things real round here. The outfits I do wear regularly are because they're comfortable, practical and because I like them! I do feel like I should take the 'fashion' out of my blogging description, because when you compare my blog to the amazing fashion bloggers on top of your Bloglovin' feed, there's no real comparison. I know I shouldn't really be comparing, but it's hard not to ya know? 

My main reasons for not wearing anything that exciting on here recently are because it's too darn hot and I've actually had a cold. I know, a cold in the summer! This week I've only just started to feel human again and get my mojo back, it's crazy how being ill can really take a toll on everything you do.

Anyways, I picked up this cute top from Primark a few weeks ago because a. it's striped, b. it's super soft and loose t-shirt style and c. I really like the shoulder cut-aways. The jeans are super old ones from Topshop and only come out on lazy weekends, but I like how the loose style of the jeans and top compliment each other. I'm so glad I picked up this leather satchel in Florence last year, it's got three sections that fit all of my crap in perfectly and the shoulder strap is so comfortable too. 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you feel the pressure of fashion blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Guide To Nail And Hand Care

The Guide To Nail And Hand Care with Vaseline, Leighton Denny, Nails Inc, Sanctuary Spa

My hands and nails are probably one of the parts of my body that get neglected the most. There's nothing against them, just that I kinda forget that they need some TLC too! During the winter months my hands are so very dry, to the point when they're painful and then in the summer months I love to paint my nails, so they require a lot of nail care too. I've discovered a good routine that's become my 'fool-proof' guide to nail and hand care that I wanted to share with you...

First up is washing and scrubbing them. My germaphobe OCD kicks in when I haven't washed my hands after coming home from work each evening - imagine all of the invisible germs I've got on my hands?! I tend to use natural hand washes or Heyland & Whittle which have gorgeous fragrances. Once or twice a week I'll use a body scrub in the shower and at the moment, it's Sanctuary Spa Mela Black Pepper & Ginger Body Scrub, and whilst I'm using that I'll give my hands a quick scrub too. There's no need to by a specific hand scrub, but make your body scrub a 2-in-1 product!

Hand cream is a must for me, especially when I've just washed and scrubbed my hands. I keep one on my bedside table, in my bathroom and at my desk so they're always on hand (pun not intended!) There's no particular brand, although L'Occitane is a guilty pleasure of mine, I'm using Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Cream at the moment. This has keratin which is proven to strengthen nails and Vaseline to nourish hands too. Try and apply hand cream just before bed to allow the cream to work its magic overnight.

When my nails are feeling particularly dry or brittle, I turn to my trusty Leighton Denny Renovate. Inside is a nail repair cream, which includes essential oils and you can apply daily to hydrate nails and a buffer to smooth out ridges along nails. You use the buffer Refine side once every 2-3 months to smooth out ridges, then you can use the nail repair cream whenever along with the buffer Shine side to work in the cream. I find my nails look so much healthier after using this kit and feel stronger too - definitely recommend!

So who's not the only person to forgo a base coat when applying nail polish? I used to always skip this step, thinking it was a waste of time but since using Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Base Coat, I've been converted. Not only is it packed full of vitamins and healthy stuff, but my nails are definitely feeling the benefit from it. They're much stronger and not as damaged as they would be after wearing nail polish. I also find my nail polish applies smoother and removes a lot easier with a base, especially if I'm wearing a glossy red shade. 

What are your best tips or product recommendations for nail and hand care?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Don't Beat Yourself Up

I'm pretty sure we're all guilty of beating ourselves up too much and being too hard on yourself. You're an amazing human being, and that's surely something to celebrate, right?

As bloggers we can be overly critical of ourselves with our blog layout and content to how many tweets we post a day or comments we leave on other blogs. Sometimes my blog is the last thing I want to look at as there's so much improvement that can be done to it. But you know what, I'm fed up of comparing my blog to other blogs and myself to others. It's draining on me and such a waste of time, when it could be spent doing other things! Comparison is a big weed in my garden when it comes to beating myself up, it's like the dandelion in my sunflowers. 

In my opinion, social media plays a big part in us comparing ourselves to others. Did my photo get more likes than his? Am I taller/shorter/slimmer/prettier than she is? It's a never ending vicious circle! I was lucky enough to not grown up with a smart phone and tablet, only a pink Nokia flip phone on a pay as you go contract that only did texts and calls. I had to wait until the next day to talk to my friends about what happened on the Simpsons last night - can you imagine?! With no social media or advanced technology, there wasn't such a big pressure on comparing yourself to someone else's Twitter followers or Instagram likes. 

What I'm trying to get across is that your uniqueness as a person holds no comparison to anyone or anything else, so don't beat yourself up about it. Hold that thought whilst you're scrolling through Instagram or having a browse/stalking session on Facebook - and celebrate yourself just the way you are.

What's your opinion on this? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading.
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

OOTD: Denim and Daisy Prints, plus a ramble

Jacket, Top and Shoes: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Bag: Zara

I've come to the realisation that my outfit posts aren't exactly groundbreaking, and this is an example! Instead I like to show a realistic outfit from my day, this is genuinely an outfit I wore last weekend to go shopping and I took a few photographs because I thought it looked cute. They're all clothes I've had for a fair while now and are very well loved, I can't believe this Primark denim jacket is pushing 5 years or more...

These past few weeks have been crazy busy and mind-spinning. To the point where I barely know what the date is - also how is it July already?! Just to prove my point of how I've seemed to completely skip June in a blink. My workload has been growing and growing in size, with new brands and product launches in the pipeline for this summer. I get that excited butterfly feeling in my stomach every time I hear about a new product, then my brain starts listing off a bunch of ideas of how we can market it online and I'm away with my planning and plotting for the next few weeks. Today I'm actually on a tutorial shoot for one of our brands, so crazy, right? I've never actually been on a set before or organised one myself, so I'm so excited to get started. Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading my ramble - sometimes it's just what you need to start the day afresh.
Rhiannon x

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