Thursday, 26 May 2016

OOTD: Primark Stripey Top and New Look Pink Skirt

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Mac Coat: H&M
Top, Necklace and Shoes: Primark
Skirt: New Look
Bag and Blue Stone Ring: Accessorize
Silver Rings: Pandora

So you know when we had the hot weekend that went into Monday? This is what I wore to work and now I am back in jeans and boots, armed with an umbrella. But apparently we'll be getting a 'British heatwave' soon, which'll include a few summer showers and warm days I bet! In any case, my trusty stripey top and pink skirt got their first outing since last summer, which I paired with a fairly neutral palette. 

For work, I much prefer longer midi skirts because they're still floaty but not too unprofessional, if you get what I mean? I've got similar black and striped (of course) versions of these skirts which I just wear with a different top or shirt and jacket. Ever since the pointy shoe trend came into force last year, everyone has been asking where I got this Primark pair from. Of course they're not available from Primark now, but I've seen a really similar pair from Office that are probably better quality and look so cool too! They're really great for both smart and casual, perhaps teamed with a loose white shirt and blue skinny jeans for weekends. 

What's your favourite shoe style? What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Beauty Review: Soap & Glory Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse

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It's been a while since I've done a beauty review of anything, but I've been sticking to a regular skincare routine recently and thought I would share one of my must-haves. First up, I received this at the CEW Awards (a big networking event with different beauty brands and industry specialists) and after catching up with a few of the Soap & Glory girls, they recommended trying the Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse for my dry skin.

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It's the first type of moisturiser-mousse I've tried and I'm actually pleasantly surprised by it. I wouldn't associate a mousse texture with hydrating and nourishing properties, but I was definitely proven wrong! The key ingredients are Actiginsend, Highdrate-24, Fruitylastic and Orange Flowerpower-HA Smoothing Complex, which all smell very fruity and sweet scent but not too overpowering or sickly. My skin had been covered in dry patches, especially across my cheeks and forehead before using this moisturiser.

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The air-wipped texture leaves your skin with a light moisture for dehydrated and tired skin (story of my life!) I just take a grape-sized amount out, pop a bit on my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin then massage in. I won't usually use a serum underneath this year because my skin does need to breath at night! As for the claims, I wouldn't say it plumped my skin particularly but it definitely works wonders on brightening and smoothing any dry patches, which is all I really need in a night moisturiser.

Overall I am really impressed with this night moisturiser, and would recommend it for dry skin gals like me who need an introduction into night moisturisers. It's now got a firm place in my skincare routine!

Have you tried any Soap & Glory skincare? What's your favourite night moisturiser?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Memories: Photos

Last weekend I spent time going through all my photos, writing dates and people on the back then filing them in photo albums. My photo collection started about 8 years ago, before that my mum has a bunch of albums with the whole family. I had some from school, prom, my 18th birthday right up to Christmas 2015 and they just got me thinking about memories, photos to be specific.

When was the last time you got your photos printed? Probably not recently if you're in the digital generation like me. How many photos do you have on your phone? Most likely into the thousands if you're a selfie and Instagram addict like I am. But there's something special about a live photo that you can touch, keep and cherish. An example of one was a picture of one of our family cats who passed away about 2 years ago now. I took it on my DSLR so the quality was there and because of that you could see all the rivets in his fur and almost touch out and stroke him like it was real. A photo from my summer holiday in Greece last year reminds me of the sounds of crashing waves and feeling of sand between my toes, whereas a Christmas party photo recalls laughter and lots of drinking and celebrating.

What started my spur of filing and dating my photos was looking through my grandparents photo albums a few weeks ago. Of course they're all black and white, but I'm sure to them they brought back a lot of memories. It was fascinating to browse through and see all the different fashion styles, foods and places they would've visited 50 years ago. 

It took me a good while to go through all my photos, but I'm up to date to this year. Throughout I was sending my friends and family pictures of us all which may not be on Facebook or on our phones, just little reminders of the good times together. Printing photos can be expensive but I always wait for a deal from Truprint and buy my photo albums from Tiger or on Amazon!

Do you get photos printed? What's your favourite photo memory?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

OOTD: Primark Grey Polo Neck and Green Bomber Jacket

Jacket and Polo Neck: Primark
High waisted black jeans and leopard print skaters: ASOS
Bag, earrings and blue stone ring: Accessorize
Heart and flower rings: Pandora

It's probably a cliche to talk about the weather in an outfit post, but where has the sun gone? I wore this at the weekend and it was 12 degrees, whereas the weekend before was 24. So out came the polo neck again, one of my favourite buys of last season, along with my new favourite bomber jacket from Primark of course. It's a soft (and fake) suede which you can't help but stroke all the time. It is on the thin size, but for £15 I can't argue with the price and I'll just have to wear it under coats until it's finally warm enough!

This was just a casual outfit to lunch and the cinema with a friend, we went to see Bad Neighbours 2 and we had a cheeky Nandos AND ice cream, that's like the perfect Saturday right? Currently, I have been loving silver jewellery, specifically small and dainty earrings and rings. These three rings are always my go-to style, as I stack the Pandora two on one hand and wear the blue stone ring by itself on the other. I do really rate the Z collection from Accessorize for affordable but pretty jewellery, or Orelia for earrings too, a fab brand with some really cool designs. 

What's your go-to high street jewellery shop? Have you been loving the British summer so far?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Book Review: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Before I've struggled with reading Jane Austen's books, mainly because they're pretty heavy to read and I always end up falling asleep after one chapter. But I've set myself the task to read books out of my reading zone and different genres. 

Mansfield Park starts with a young girl called Fanny Price, who is adopted into the household of her uncle, Sir Thomas, and cousins at a country estate called Mansfield Park. Soon after, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive at Mansfield from London to stir things up a bit! The whole novel revolves around romances as Fanny's female cousins make a beeline for Henry and Edmund sets his sights on Mary. But both the Crawfords are not the type of people with the best intentions or suitable personalities. 

Even though the exciting and shocking moments make not seem as eye-popping to us as it would now (take an innocent hand touching or eye gazing which can take half a page of detailed description as the most exciting parts) but it's an experience in values and etiquette from past times that you can't learn from a history book. 

Although I did get angry at Fanny for being feeble and sub-servant to her aunt, her refusal of Henry Crawford's hand in marriage shows a progression in the female position in society. Even if her uncle and relatives aren't understanding and react angrily, Fanny sticks to her guns and marries the person she's most suited to and loves in the entire world. She knows Henry wasn't the man she wanted to marry, even if he was a gentleman and someone her parents approved it, he wasn't who she wanted. 

Overall, if you're looking for a Jane Austen book to try other than Pride & Prejudice, give Mansfield Park a go. It may not start off the quickest, but wait for the build up to the drama!

Have you read this book before? What's your opinion of Jane Austen?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Instagram: Cocktails, Reading and a Healthy Breakfast

Hello lovelies! I hope you're having a relaxing Sunday. I thought it was about time for another Instagram catch up, especially as I have been loving Instagram (and Twitter for that matter!) at the moment. It's weird because I go in dips and dives of loving and hating social media, but right now I am obsessed. Make sure you're following on Instagram and Twitter too!

A few weekends ago I went out with a friend to Turtle Bay (a Caribbean bar and restaurant) for 2 for 1 cocktails. I wore my new ASOS jumpsuit, which I'm now so obsessed with! Once the weather starts warming up, I'll definitely be wearing this to work with a denim jacket and sandals. 

I finally finished Mansfield Park by Jane Austen! It actually got really good at the end, just takes a while to get into at the beginning. I've got a few more Jane Austen books to try, but keep an eye out for a review on this one soon!

As part of my walk home, I past Fortnum & Mason and their amazing windows. This week they have been promoting the new Alice In Wonderland film - and it's pretty magical! Besides the usual gorgeous displays, they also have animations in the window too. Definitely worth seeing if you love Disney and Alice In Wonderland.

The other day I posted my '24 hours with Rhiannon' a day-in-my-life diary style. It was really fun to create and take photos of - and just makes me realise how long my days actually are! Catch up with my post here

I started the weekend off super healthy with my berry and banana porridge, rather than the usual bacon sandwich! Just adding up to those 5 a day people...

What did you get up to this week? I hope you all had a great one!

Thanks for reading.
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 12 May 2016

24 hours with Rhiannon

Glamour magazine do this great feature every month called '24 hours with...' a celebrity, where they document what they do that day! I thought it would be a fun feature to share, especially as I love being nosy and finding out about what other people do on a day-to-day basis. I hope you enjoy!

5:56 am. Wake up. Yes this is a crazy early time, but I need a good 45 minutes to shower, get dress and organise myself for another day at work.

7:08am. Waiting for my train. I'd be lucky if I get a seat at this time in the morning, and if the train isn't cancelled too!

8:02am. Walking to work. Rather than get the tube from the station, I prefer to put my running shoes on and speed walk to work, especially as I get to past Buckingham Palace and Fortnum & Mason every morning.

8:30am. Breakfast time! I can't eat when I wake up because it's way too early. I normally have muesli and yogurt with fruit on top or porridge with raspberries or blueberries.

12:45pm. Lunchtime. My mornings are always so busy, catching up with emails and sorting through my to-do list that I like to get away from my desk come lunch. I'm in central Soho, so there's a few parks or a 5 minute walk to Trafalgar Square or 10 minutes to Covent Garden.

3pm. Sending parcels! My job role means I send out a lot of samples to bloggers, so I'll usually pop to the post office once a day to drop them off.

5:30pm. Finished work. I've finished for the day, so it's time to walk back to the station again. I'll always listen to music on the way home, it keeps me going!

6:05pm. Train home. I love reading on the train, every week I pick up The Stylist or read a few blogs on my iPad too.

7:05pm. Home. I'm lucky if I manage to get home before 7pm (I walk from work, get the train then drive from the station to my house) but it's always food first when I get in.

8:15pm. Chill out time. I'll have a quick catch up with my family and friends, jump in the shower and get everything ready for work tomorrow. Then it's finally time to relax with a book, Youtube video or reading my favourite blogs before doing it all again tomorrow!

What's your day-to-day routine? 

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!
Rhiannon x

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