Tuesday, 27 September 2016

OOTD: Primark dungarees and all black

Short Dungarees and Shoes: Primark
Shirt: New Look
Jacket and Bag: Zara
Necklace and Blue Stone Ring: Accessorize
Watch: Olivia Burton
Silver Rings: Pandora

Now we're fully into autumn, I can wear head-to-toe black! Originally I wasn't convinced by the dungaree and pinafore trend, they look cute and all but so impractical. But when I needed an outfit
for my sister's hen party (more in that in Thursday's post!) trusty Primark came to the rescue. Of course I wore it with a shirt - what else would I wear it with?!

I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of use out of these dungarees, worn for work with shirts and boots and going out with a cute crop top and heels. I will admit, it's a right pain to get out of but I'm happy to sacrifice that for one day! I'm a big fan of mixing up the metals in my jewellery, I personally prefer silver rings to anything else and watches have to be gold or rose gold! I got this gorgeous one from Olivia Burton from my sister and her fiance for my 21st birthday.

What do you think of dungarees?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Blogging Myths

Whenever I mention that I have a blog, a lot of people assume that it's an easy job and doesn't take up that much time. But that's so not true! Only other bloggers can really understand how much work and time goes into creating a blog and promoting it, So today I bring you the many blogging myths I've heard:

You have to be a professional photographer/good at writing
The reason I started a blog was because I loved writing and the photography part came second, which I'm sure is vice versa for other people too! You don't need to be an amazing photographer or writer to have a blog, your blog is about you and what you enjoy so let that shine through!

It's quick and easy work
Writing and taking photos is only the start of having a blog, then it's the social media promotion, attending events and managing any brand paid work too. That's why people blog full time! I like spending my weekends and evenings on my blog, it's something I've taken time and put hard work into.

You have to stick to one genre
Another thing I love about blogging is the flexibility. There's no set rules to what you have to write and blog about, which is why you'll find the majority of bloggers are a mixture of genres! If you're passion is fashion and outfits but love afternoon tea, write about it too. There's no boundaries!

All bloggers have to have...
A marble background, a cactus, a rose gold iPhone etc. insert whatever cliche you hear other bloggers talking about! Similar to my last point, you don't have to have that flatlay background everyone has or that must-have lipstick. Put your personality into your blog and it'll outshine the masses of the same.

You need money to be a blogger
Writing the post hardly cost me anything, besides the obvious laptop, internet etc. My flatlays are either a pretty bed spread or wallpaper samples from Homebase. Tips and Favourites posts are low-cost and always a popular read!

What blogging myths do you know?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

OOTD: More Stripes and Jewellery Chat

Jacket, Top and Shoes: Primark
Skirt: ASOS
Bag, Blue Stone Ring and Necklace: Accessorize
Watch: Olivia Burton
Silver Rings: Pandora and Presents

And here come the stripes again! Would you be all that surprised to count how many things are stripey in my wardrobe? I feel like it would need it's own dedicated blog post to show the full extent. It's a classic anyway! When I bought this midi black skirt from ASOS last summer I knew I'd get a lot of wear out of it, but I really didn't know how much. You can literally put it with any top, shirt or blouse and you're good to go. What I love about it is the flow and shape of it, *insert lots of twirling around to demonstrate* Plus it's the most comfortable skirt I own, there's no zips or buttons meaning the elasticated waistband allows for those Nandos lunch babies that always seem to happen... 

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I own a lot of jewellery. For me, it's the finishing touch to an outfit and adds personality that a dress just can't do. But I am picky about what I wear. I'll only wear silver rings, maybe rose gold at a push but never gold. For earrings and necklaces I'm pretty easy, but the length and design of them has to be particular too! 

What do you think about this outfit? Are you picky about your jewellery too? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

My Perfect Pamper Evening

Like the majority of beauty bloggers, I love a good pamper evening. Mine will usually be on a Sunday, when I've had my roast dinner and everything is scheduled on my blog for the week and I can finally relax. I may have mini pamper sessions throughout the week, but I've got my full routine down to a T.

1. Soak in the bath
If I can get my mum out of it that is... First I'll apply a hair mask, usually something from Aussie or Percy & Reed as these are my favourite hair treat brands. Next it'll be a face mask, something from Una Brennan or Origins are my favourites, especially anything that can deeply cleanse my pores! 

2. Scrub and shave
If don't admit a good exfoliating scrub and shave is a proper pamper evening, then you need to try this!  Whatever scrub I have on the go (usually some kind from Soap & Glory!) I'll use all over my body with a hand mitt, as this helps to keep the scrub from slipping off. My favourites are Pulp Friction or their original Flake Away version, if I fancy something fruitier then it'll be a Body Shop scrub. After exfoliating all over, I'll wash with a shower gel like Molton Brown or Korres and use my Venus razor to shave my legs and underarms. And once out of the bath, a nourishing body butter to help keep my skin smooth and happy. 

3. Cleanse, tone and moisturise
The three steps to any skincare routine. I do swap cleansers quite regularly, usually between my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Una Brennan Skin Renew Oil, both of which are great for dry skin. Then onto my new favourite toner, the Serozinc from La Roche Posay, which I've become a little addicted to.... I prefer to not use a serum in the evening, but I'll choose my Soap & Glory Night Cream then apply a Decleor Night Balm on top, which is a godsend for dry and spot-prone skin as the essential oils soothe and nourish.

4. Paint nails
As if a pamper routine would be without this?! My nail polish collection is getting a little out of hand, with not enough nails to paint! I have a favourite nude from Color Club and a classic red from Morgan Taylor, which does last longer in terms of chip resistance than most nail polishes. Nail wraps are also really fun to try, like my Dinky Belle wraps I tried out last month. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and it's inspired your own pamper routine! 

What's in your pamper routine? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Blogging Tips

I love reading tips about blogging, anything that can help to improve my blog is always a bonus to me! Everything But The Kitchen Sink has been around for about four years now, but I've only really put the effort in about 3 years ago and have seen a massive difference in my engagement and following with other bloggers. Plus I'd say it helped me get my current job in online marketing too. But enough with the story of my blog and onto my top tips...

Don't let negativity get you down
It's so easy to get absorbed into blogging and feeling down about your blog. At the end of the day, it's something you enjoy doing and should feel happy. Yes there will be some bad apples, but the majority are so welcoming and friendly that I haven't personally felt that. 

Don't let the numbers get you down
Probably the thing that has got me down the most about my blog is that my numbers aren't the strongest, partly why I don't agree with the 'Help me out to get to 1,000 followers please!' tweets. If you get too fixated on the numbers and follower counts then that would take away the fun of it! Have goals and aims for your blog, but don't let the numbers get you down. 

It doesn't have to cost the world
I'll be posting a bloggers myths post soon and this one is included! But it's a really good tip to remember when blogging. I used to take topical pieces from the news and add my own spin and opinion to it, which doesn't cost a thing except for the Internet. There's tons of articles on doing free things in London and big cities around the UK, so create a post around those experiences!

Write about what you want
So important for blogging too! If you don't write about what you want, it'll show. People will prefer a quality post once or twice a week over a half-hearted post every day on subjects you don't even like. It's you who presses publish and have control over your blog, so you do you! 

Don't be afraid to get involved! 
I wish someone had told me about Twitter chats with bloggers at the beginning and which hashtags to use on Instagram. Getting involved in chats and hashtags is a great way to share your blog and link up with our bloggers you wouldn't have necessarily found. Don't underestimate using social media for you blog! 

These are just a few handy tips and tricks to try when blogging, they're not set in stone and strict guidelines to follow but something handy to read! 

What's your best blogging tip? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

OOTD: Zara perfect white dress and marble earrings

Dress: Zara
Jacket and Shoes: Primark
Watch: Olivia Burton
Bag, Earrings and Blue Stone Ring: Acessorize
Silver Rings: Pandora and Presents

Proving that pale girls can wear white! I adore this dress, it's my favourite combination of a shirt collar and loose fitting dress without being too Plain Jane. It may be a little on the short side, but I have to get some colour on those pasty legs somehow! I found it in a Zara whilst in Florence and thought it would be the perfect addition for summer and my work wardrobe. Although the whiteness has worried me around liquids and always checking benches for bird poo.... 

To go with my white dress, I love a marble earring. Yes I was late to the marble trend, but the main thing is that I'm here now and enjoying it all the same! I've found some great marble jewellery in the Accessorize sale, so definitely check them out if you're lacking a little marble in your life (and let's face it, who isn't?!) 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Current Favourite Lip Products

My favourite kind of lip products are the ones which look like "my lips but better". Give me a nude lip colour over a red any day! I also need my lip products to last the day, with minimal touch ups. Sounds like the dream right? 

First we'll start with the Clinque Lip Pop in Nude Pop, a freebie from Glamour Magazine last summer. This adds the perfect amount of shimmer without looking like a gloss overload, plus the shade is an almost match to my own lips so there's no need to faff with a lip liner either. I'm near the end of the mini sample and will be checking out the rest of the range, although I'll miss the compact size!

Next up is the famous NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, my shade is Istanbul and my go-to lip colour for going out. As the name suggests, it's a matte colour which doesn't dry out the lips or leave them feeling like sand paper. I do find a lip liner works best with this to prolong it's wear, but I reckon you can go without too. See what else I got from NYX with my haul post here. 

A classic lip product in my opinion are the Revlon Lip Crayons. A simple idea to make your favourite lip shade in a crayon form but still with the long lasting properties. I'll be wearing the shade Proudly Naked (now sadly discontinued) on most days as a nude "my lips but better" shade, and I'll be able to apply it without a mirror! As you can see from the swatch, it is a sheer shade but it can be built upon and the brighten colours offer more colour. 

It's probably boring to read my love for Korres products by now, but their Lip Balms deserve a mention. Created with Shea butter to smooth and soften lips and a natural colour tint. I have four different shades (I know I'm obsessed...) but my most used is Quince, a gorgeous pink that suits all skin tones. All the lip balms have their own scent depending on then colour and fit perfectly in all handbags! 

I know a clear lip balm is probably a cheat product to include in a favourites, but I've always got a Carmex in my bag and one spare in my draw at work too - just for lip balm emergencies.... The tingling feeling after applying it is a personal favourite for me and the scent reminds me of my sister, who introduced me to it. 

What's your favourite lip product? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x 

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