Tuesday, 28 March 2017

OOTD: Missguided Swing Dress and Denim Jacket

Jacket: Primark
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Zara
Necklace: Accessorize

I'm totally guilty of dressing for spring and summer at the first sign of sunshine and warmer weather - it's hard not to get excited about dresses, sandals and bikinis again! That being said I really do need to get back into my fitness routine to be bikini ready by the summer... I've only just finished off my chocolates from Christmas and next month it'll be Easter again and I can't resist a Malteaser bunny or two. (I eat their ears first because my mum always told me it's so they can't hear themselves being eaten - we're a weird family!) 

I picked up this grey swing dress from Missguided when there was a 20% discount floating about and I thought it would be perfect for my trip to Rome in July. It's going to be boiling hot, so a few floaty dresses are going to keep this pale British gal cool in the heat! I also got this pair of Valentino-dupe shoes for the Rome trip too as they're so pretty and the perfect evening shoes. 

What do you love wearing in the spring and summer?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Things That Have Made Me Smile This Week

It's been a very difficult week this week and I'm sure we could all do with some cheering up! So I thought I'd put together a few of the things that have made me smile this week and could hopefully make you smile too.

1. Spring.
How nice is the weather right now?! Now the clocks have gone forward, we have that extra hour of sunlight in the evening which makes all the difference. My favourite times are either early in the morning at around sunrise or early evening when the sun throws out all kinds of beautiful light.

2. The Kat Von D and Makeup Revolution scandal.
When I saw what was going on Instagram and Twitter, I couldn't resist reading through all the comments and see what everyone had to think! Hayley from London Beauty Queen did a fab post on #DupeGate and weighed up the options of duping in the beauty industry. Well worth a read!

3. Eating cake.
I have a definite sweet tooth, there's no denying that! Last year we got a Christmas delivery from one of the digital companies we work with at my work and it was from Cutter & Squidge. And it was filled with loads of Biskies, which is a creamy, mouse type filling sandwiched between two biscuits. DELICIOUS!

4. Spending time with my friends and family.
This past week has been very friends and family orientated, with my sister's birthday last week, lunches with my work colleages, seeing my brother on Friday and going to see Beauty & The Beast at the cinema with one of my closest friends. There's no better medicine than your friends and family!

5. New cats.
So last week we adopted two cats from our local Cats Protection! Previously we had two cats from kittens for about 10 years and we've been missing them for some time. The new cats are called India and Cleo and they're quite nervous, but slowly getting used to us now.

6. Uniting everyone.
It's hard not to skirt around what happened on Wednesday afternoon and what a tragic attack is was. One quote I like is "The Flower That Blooms In Advertsity Is The Rarest And Most Beautiful Of The All" and dotted around many tube stations that evening.

What has made you smile this week?

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Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

OOTD: A simple work outfit and a throwback chat

I want you to cast your minds back to 2013, the days when I first started getting into my blog and posting daily outfits. Each day coming back from sixth form, I would prop my camera up against my dressing table or, in my advanced stages, take a photo in front of the mirror. Then I would chat about my day as I would to my mum or sister and probably mention little about the outfit. 

Nowadays the big fashion bloggers have professional photographers following them, tripods and fancy camera equipment. It's a whole new world out there! I knew I was never going to make it as a fashion blogger, which is probably a good thing as I'm not the best at it. And as my blog wound its way into fashion/lifestyle/beauty, the daily outfits got pushed out and now a weekly Thursday OOTD gets posted instead. I like the way my blog has evolved, it's natural to me that I talk about beauty and planning my lifestyle and advice posts are probably my favourite posts to schedule now!

See how I haven't even mentioned my above outfit?! This is simply my go-to work outfit, nothing fancy or special but it does the job. I live in my M&S Super Skinny Jeans, they're basically like a second skin to me now and I love how they fit around me. It would be a lie to say this top and cardigan weren't previously my sisters and now probably so old you won't believe! 

Do you post daily or weekly outfits? What was your blogging style when you first started out?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Which Eyeliner To Choose?

Eyeliner is as much as a staple part of my makeup as foundation or brow products are. Without it my eyes look a little dull and boring, plus it's a great way to add a bit of colour and creativity! I'm not very particular with what product I use, it's really whatever takes my fancy and what I have time for each day. 

Gel Eyeliner
This is my ultimate luxury eyeliner, if I have the time and patience to create an eyeliner flick - it'll be with my gel eyeliner! I use the Real Techniques Angled Eyeliner Brush from the Nic's Picks Collection to apply as it's great for reaching the inner corner and for building upon a bold flick. The reason I love gel eyeliner is because it lasts all day, smudge-proof and the colour pay-off is so much better than khol eyeliner.

A bit of a different type of eyeliner, but I like using the darker shades from eyeshadow palettes to create a soft and smoky eyeliner look. Because khol and liquid eyeliner can look a little harsh on my lower lashes, using eyeshadow is a good and easy alternative. I like using the Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Essential Mattes 2 as it has a nice mixture of nudes and browns to try!

Liquid and Pencil
Forever and always, liquid eyeliner will be my go-to for lazy makeup days. I've tried quite a few high street eyeliners, which are just as good as the high end ones, proof that you don't need to spend a lot of get a lot! My current favourite is the L'Oreal Super Liner, which gives you a rich black line and the nib is super flexible and easy to create a flick. Khol eyeliner isn't my favourite, but when it comes to coloured eyeliner I much prefer using khol. I have a few different colours, mainly blues and greens as they're pretty 'safe' in the colour spectrum! The Model Co Navy Eyeliner is the most used in my collection, easy to apply and smudge, but a right pain to remove afterwards...

What's your favourite eyeliner type? Any brands I need to try?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Your New Week Motivation

I didn't really have a post planned for today and thought I'd just write about whatever came to me first! The thing about Sunday evenings, is that you know Monday is just around the corner and sometimes that thought can make you wish it was Saturday all over again.

For me, Mondays aren't so bad. It signals the start of a new week and an opportunity to hit the refresh button. And starting the week off the right way is so important! Once I get my working week off to a good start, I know the rest of the week is going to be great. This could be waking up a few minutes earlier, so I'm not rushing around trying to get ready to leave for work. Or it can even start the night before with a proper routine of a beauty regime, followed by reading a book snuggled in bed.

My point is, Monday and a new week really doesn't have to be something that fills you with dread each Sunday evening. Start with your Sunday evening and do something relaxing, whether that's a Lush filled bath, taking your best book to bed with you or watching one of your favourite TV programmes. Then plan something to look forward to on Monday, like dinner out with friends, a new fitness class you've always wanted to try or buying a cheeky cookie or cake on your break just because!

What's your best tip for motivating you for the new week?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Things My Sister Taught Me

It's not every day your big sister turns 30 and this post is dedicated to all the wise things she's taught me! There's an eight year difference between us, but you wouldn't really be able to tell. Like all families, we've grown up together on holidays, family gatherings, Christmases and everything in between and she's as much of a sister as she is a best friend to me.

Here's The Things My Sister Taught Me:

To Trust - When I started learning to drive, my sister let me have a try in her Suzuki Swift - which is a very fast and sporty car! She trusted me to drive it and thankfully I didn't crash it....

To Believe In Myself - I almost didn't go to my interview for a journalism college course, but with a lot of encouragement my sister helped me with my portfolio and gave me the belief that I could do it (and I did!)

To Never Stop Dreaming - From the last photo, you can see my sister got married recently! She had this vision in her head of how her wedding would be and she achieved it, proof that you should never stop dreaming. 

To Be Generous - The amount of clothes, jewellery and beauty products I've gratefully received from my sister over the years is evident of just how generous she is! We also hold our coffee mornings throughout the year and regularly bakes cakes for family and friends for their birthdays.

To Have Fun - There are a lot of in jokes within our family, nicknames and a fair few embarrassing stories, but I will always remember spending time with my sister is so much fun. We've been known to laugh until we cry and end up in silent giggles, something I hope we'll continue doing until we're old! 

Happy Birthday Beka!

What things have your siblings taught you?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

OOTD: A Winter Primark Look

Jumper and Top: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Boots: Miss Selfridge
Coat: Debenhams
Bag: Zara

This outfit is an ode to the cold winter times and one I'll definitely be missing when summer comes around! I love wearing cosy jumpers and roll necks with jeans and boots during the winter, it's my usual go-to outfit. I got this jumper from Primark a few years ago and it's fab to layer up, either with a burgundy or black long sleeved top or one of my stripey numbers, which there are quite a few of...

I've been seeing a lot of the Chloe hoop bags in magazines recently (and not to mention my sister has actually got one for her 30th birthday!) and love this dupe from Zara that my friend got for my birthday last year. You can never go wrong with a classic bucket bag style and the size is perfect for going out.

What is your favourite winter outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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