Monday, 31 March 2014

The Grey T-Shirt

Jacket and Bag: Zara
Top: Primark
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: New Look

This top has gone straight to my favourites list in my wardrobe at the moment. Extremely comfortable, flattering and multi-tasking, Primark have definitely come up with the goods on this one! The sleeves are slightly fitted too, so its not the totally classic boyfriend shape, but a slight feminine version. I've missed wearing tube skirts for a while now, been stuck in my jeans for too long! H&M always go great quality plain skirts for under £10, which can be styled up in various different forms. And these loafers are going to get a lot more use in the spring, never rub my feet and are so comfortable for when walking round Brighton. I feel that since Spring is finally here I'll be digging out some of the spring time classics and ditching all the boring dark colours and heavy boots, which I'll obviously be cheering on, I'm just so fed up of all these layers now!

Hope you're all having a lovely week!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Afternoon Tea, Pretty Views and Blondies

Here's my weekly Instagram update, although this week seems to consist of mostly food and pretty views, two of my weaknesses!

I try to go jogging (Lets face it, 90% jogging, 10% fiddling with my music and taking photos!) whenever I can squeeze it in and last week was so sunny and gorgeous, that I just had to take this picture!

My sister has been 'delivering' brownies on a monthly basis to me and my mum on a yearly subscription. This month was a Cranberry Blondie, basically white chocolate and a ton of cranberries! Needless to say its all gone now...

A quick snap on the train always ends up blurry, but the gorgeous sun setting after a long week at college was too hard to resist! Views like these just make me too happy, definitely the little things in life.

I did a little haul the other day and got a few dresses! Looking back on this, they're all quite wintry, which isn't helpful when spring comes around but that's the perfect excuse to do some more shopping! 

As it was Mother's Day, me and my sister spent our Saturday slaving in the kitchen preparing a (if I say so myself...) delicious afternoon tea. By the time we finished the tiers and got onto the cheesecake we were pretty stuffed, but it was nice to get some proper girly time!

Sorry this post has been a bit meh, I'm currently suffering with hay fever/ the death that is a cold, so my creativity is at a minimum. Hope you've all had a lovely week! What's been your highlight?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Friday, 28 March 2014

A Flower Will Never Bloom Without The Sun

Cardigan and Top: Primark
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Internationale
Bag: H&M

Primark can be a bit sporadic with its clothing, sometimes you can find gems, like this top, which will last you for ages or it'll be crammed full with those branded t-shirts, like The Rolling Stones and Lady Gaga, that just look a little bit tacky. 

This top has been featured on this blog for a long time, and too right, it covers my stomach so people don't know when I've had massive lunch (lets face it, that's every day at the moment!) and the daisy print makes it feel more Spring like. I dusted off my old black velvet slippers (literally dusted them off... haven't worn them in so long!) and I forgot just how comfortable they are! Definitely going to be getting these out more often. 

And you can never go wrong with a good pair of black skinny jeans in my opinion. I did do a little bit of shopping yesterday, more in tomorrows post, and I did actually get some dresses, so you won't have to see my black skinny jeans for much longer. Well, until I get really lazy again!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannnon xx

Every Girl Likes A Good Dress Or Two... Or Three?

Last Thursday I met my sister in town for a spot of quick late night shopping and thought I'd share it with you all, as I haven't done a post like this in ages!

T-shirt: Primark, £3

First stop was Primark and excuse the socks, I was at home all day so I've got to do it in style!
It's actually a 'boyfriend' t-shirt, which just means its really big and I actually got this in a 6, whereas I'd usually wear a 10/8, as I knew it would be massive either way! I thought I could just throw it over a pair of jeans or my gingham leggings, or equally tuck it into skater skirts to add a casual touch.

Peter Pan Collar Dress: Primark, £13

I fell in love with the style and colour of this dress straight away and had it picked out for any upcoming interviews or work day outfits for the future. It's got a slight textured pattern to it, which just adds a bit more to it and it quite flexible and stretchy, making it so much more comfortable! I thought I could add a brown belt to it, tights and cute slipper pumps for days when I'm feeling a bit smart!

Gingham Print Shift: Primark, £10

Now, I know I ranted about how I couldn't wear those annoying gingham print leggings and how I was going to give up trying. Well, guess what? I'm not finished with gingham just yet! Maybe it's more wearable in a dress form?! I'd add a green or red cardigan with my usual black converse for a dressed down day. Also, it's pretty thick and warm for a dress from Primark. Top marks.

Tile Print Shirt: New Look, £15

By this point, it was getting late and the shops were shutting so we had a quick whizz around New Look, without trying anything on. And then I spotted this gorgeous dress. I'm a massive fan of the whole co-ords trend, and although this isn't exactly following it, it's close enough! As you might have guessed, I adore this pattern! I got it in a size 10, which is actually a bit too big for me, so I'm going back to exchange it for an 8, but it does have a lovely fit that I know I'm going to love! Plus it's long enough to cover everything, whilst looking professional. 

Aveeno Skin Relief: Boots, £4.77

I forgot to photograph this with everything else, sorry! I've been suffering with patches of eczema on my arms recently, probably down to stress and not eating and drinking properly. So I've swapped my skin care bits around and opted for this product. So far I've seen an amazing difference, it's helped me so much with my skin and my eczema has basically disappeared! I would say that it's not the nicest smelling lotion (oats anyone?!) but it does the job and I'd rather smell like porridge than have dry arms!

Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Tattoo 24hr in Pink Gold: Boots, £4.99

And the infamous Colour Tattoo has finally made it to my blog! I've been resisting partly because of the colour selection, nothing really shouted out at me, but I have been getting into my dusky pinks and purple plums recently. I have doubts of whether it'll actually stay on for 24 hours but we'll see, either way it's got great colour pay off and blends really well!

Have you  bought anything recently?

Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Review: Tea Tree Water

Lush: Tea Tree Water (Large 250g £7.40, Small 100g £3.95)

Lush is 9/10 times the shop all girls go to when they're in need of a good pampering. By now, I'm well versed in all their bath bombs, melts and bars, even the ranges that come out at Christmas and Easter. Which usually means that I totally (but not intentionally!) ignore the rest of the shop products. I'll be totally honest, some of it actually scares me. I mean, there's oat and weird brown/black face masks and jelly that's supposedly shower jel! But I'll definitely be dabbling in their skin care range after testing out their Tea Tree Water.

I love using Tea Tree products and after seeing a few bloggers reviews, I thought I'd try out the mini version. My skin is usually combination, sometimes getting an oily T-zone and dry patches across the top of my cheekbones but this product is mostly tailored to oily skin. Tea Tree has been known for its antibacterial benefits and this has definitely made a difference to my blemishes and pores. 

I normally use this after cleansing, spraying it onto a cotton pad and sweeping it over my face as a toner, especially if I'm having a bad skin day. I also use it after applying my make up or throughout the day, just spraying it directly onto my face to freshen it up a bit and add a dewy glow. 

Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone, especially people with more oily skin tones, as I found it was helpful with keeping my skin clean and refresh. As you can see I love it so much that I bough the full version and use it as my daily toner after cleansing.

Have you used this product before? What's your favourite product from Lush?
Let me know what other Lush products you'd recommend!

Rhiannon xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Gingham Fail Again...

Jacket: Zara
Hoody and Bag: H&M
Top and Scarf: Primark
Leggings: Topshop
Shoes: Nike

I'm still trying to find out how to style these gingham leggings! They're my definition of an impulse buy if anything is! I saw a girl at the Girls Talk event last week wearing her gingham trousers with different shades of grey, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Although it has massively failed... again! I'll still keep persisting until I find 'the look' with them, fingers crossed its soon. Annoyingly, they're extremely comfortable and warm, almost as think as usual jeans, so they definitely have the quality box ticked. I added my Nike trainers as it's 25 years of Nike Air Max (no idea what collection or style they are!) which I got in New York, almost five years ago now! So they've got a little place in my heart. Plus, they're extremely comfortable and they've got pink a pink Swoosh on them, girly and practical.

I've been pretty slack with my work today, I actually finished college at around 10:30 and then helped a friend out with some work, so didn't get back from Brighton until 1ish. Since then I've just been mooching on the internet, whilst ignoring the massive list of 'things to today TODAY'. It'll all get done, eventually....

Have you got a piece of clothing that you love but can never seem to style properly? Let me know!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Review: Bombay Bicycle Club

This time last week a friend and I went along to the Brighton Dome to see Bombay Bicycle Club play live. I've always been a massive fan, after my brother introduced me to them years ago, so since then I've been hooked on them! 

Their new album, So Long See You Tomorrow, has been playing non stop in my car and on my iPod ever since. It's a definite change of direction, although not breaking away from their signature indie style, it's another branch they've been trying out. Influenced from Bollywood samples and featuring blends of percussion, especially in Feel, which is a classic standout song from this album and the well-known Luna. But my favourite is probably Carry Me because it's totally different from what I usually listen to (Hello, One Direction and Bastille) and I just love how they've incorporate the percussion into it.

On to the gig.... we had pretty amazing seats where we could see everything, including the massive mosh pit in the standing area. Afterwards we were so glad we weren't down there! They had Rae Morris and Flyte supporting them but we only caught a little bit of them because we had a drink and were running late as per! Their set was amazing, seamlessly blending all three albums together, although I was quite disappointed when Shuffle was played with a lack of enthusiasm from them and and crowd. But they did the usual leave for five minutes saying they had 'Finished' then coming back out to play a few more tracks before the curfew! Overall, I'd 100% go and see them again, possibly at Reading Festival again this year.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Mundane Monday

Jacket: Topshop
Top: Mango
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Zara
Necklace: Forever 21

After the long and hard weekend (nope, I was just being lazy) I fancied wearing something that didn't involve a lot of effort. So the Breton striped top came out again with those ripped jeans that I will never part with! Although I did make a bit more of an effort with my hair, it's crazy how much just straightening your hair can make a difference. I usually let it do its own curly thing, out of laziness and just the thought of using heat products on my hair makes me sad. Sorry hair! Of course it didn't last long and started curling as soon as I got to college, but it's the thought that counts.

Another mundane day at college with not much done, but I have set out a plan for blogging and work for the rest of the week. Organised is my name and game! Hopefully involving sending another batch of work experience emails out, scheduling and planning some posts on here and getting my shorthand back up to speed as its dipped a little over these past few weeks :(

Hope you're all having a good week!
Rhiannon xx

P.S Who doesn't love a bit of alliteration in the post title?!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Go Think Big: Girls Talk

I'll definitely hold my hands high and say I'm an avid supporter of women. In a previous post on International Women's Day I found a bunch of statistics on women in the work force. Although we got the vote in the last century and things are becoming more gender equal, there's still a massive problem in that area.

Last Wednesday, I was lucky enough to got to Go Think Big's Girls Talk event, which brought together four women who were all successful in their careers to talk to us about how they got to the positions they are in today. It was a definite eye opener on how many issues stand in the way for women to getting to where they want, but with advice from the panel and from other audience members, we all shared our tips and experiences with each other to help us fulfil our own potential. Since leaving that event, I feel a lot more proactive and inspired to get to where I want to be in the future and would recommend all girls and women to go along to one (all ages were in attendance!). Probably the best bit of advice I got from the evening was to find what's right for you and what you like doing best, which I'll be keeping in mind for my job search in the next few months!

Have you been to an event like this before? What do you think should be done to create a more equal workforce?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Burger, Gingham and Girls Talk

Another Instagram round up of the week! And they're going too fast now, can't believe we'll soon be in April! Argggh!

Now, I'm not afraid to say that One Direction are an indulgence, and in Love Heart form, it's two indulgences put together! They weren't actually mine, my 27 year old sister had a One Direction themed birthday with cakes, banners and Love Heart sweets. Some people will just never grow up!

I've already posted a snapshot of my new gingham leggings, and boy are they comfy. Although when I wore them they didn't go exactly to plan (see yesterday's post) I just had to show them off, along with my red nail polish. I've fallen in love with the Rimmel London Salon Pro Nail Colour with lycra, although my particular shade had a massive brush, which was so much easier for applying it, but they don't seem to be selling them now?!

Ooooh, a classic cheese burger from Gourmet Burger Kitchen! This restaurant is seriously the bees knees for when it comes to burgers, like Nandos is famous for its chicken. I know there's only a couple around the country, some in London and up north but its well worth a visit and they do a cheap burger bundle for under £10!

I've been catching the train most days of the week to and from Brighton or London, so I'm used to whiling the time away with a good book or music. But since starting this course the train journey has helped so much with catching up on my work. Last Wednesday I went to an event up in London (see below image!) and from Brighton to London Victoria it took just under an hour, so I used that time wisely and got ahead with my Law homework. Nerd or what.

As I mentioned above I was lucky enough to be picked to attend Go Think Big's Girls Talk event last week. It brought together four panellists, who are all successful in their fields of work, and allowed us to ask them questions about how they got to where they are now and what advice they'd give. I went up on my own (which was absolutely petrifying!) but I met a couple of lovely girls and the whole evening was really inspiring. But more on that in another post!

What's been your highlights this week?
Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 22 March 2014

An Outfit to Regret

Jacket: Zara
Cardigan: M&S
Top: New Look
Leggings and Necklace: Topshop
Shoes: Converse
Bag: H&M

You know those outfits that you look back on and think 'Why the hell did I wear that?' Well this is definitely one of them! Annoyingly, the camera doesn't show up the gingham print but I do have an Instagram picture which shows it up much better! Next time, I might add a longer grey t-shirt or sweatshirt over the top. This is what I wore to the Bombay Bicycle Club gig last week (review coming soon!) so I wanted something comfortable and kinda stylish at the same time?! This is definitely an outfit for the book!

As exciting as Saturdays go, I've just been at work and doing the usual college work. And my evening is even more exciting, The Hills box set and the best fudge in the world, Roly's Chocolate Fudge! Tomorrow will probably run the same but recently I've been wanting to have a massive clear out of my clothes and beauty stuff, so I can feel more organised. Tidy house, tidy mind and all! 

Have you been having a Spring clean?
Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Friday, 21 March 2014

The Infamous Grey Hoody

Jumper, Top and Bag: H&M
Skirt: New Look
Necklace: Topshop
Shoes: Converse

When the sun finally comes back around, the skirts and pastels are out. Again, these photos don't do the spotty skirt justice, it's such a lovely printed thin material, which doesn't strangle or constrict you too much either! I do love this time of year where I can put away all my winter boots and massive jumpers and opt for skirts and dresses with pumps. Saying that, I'll be begging for cosy knits and knee high boots come September! I do find myself attracted to this hoody way too much, so I'll be making an effort to broaden my horizons a bit more. Fail that, I'll just buy another one which is similar but totally different, of course.

After another whirlwind week over and done with (nearly, anyway!) I'll be doing a little Instagram update on Sunday as usual. But today has been particularly exciting, having my Sophie Ellis-Bextor interview published and doing another interview with X Factor contestant Jahmene Douglas! He was super sweet and lovely person to talk to, which makes all the difference when interviewing someone. I also got another article published for Latest 7 magazine on Afternoon Teas, which was my first published piece for them! I feel like this is just a massive ramble post with links in, but besides that, I've just been mooching at home today, enjoying the sun and catching up on college work. It's a very glamorous life....

What's been your highlight this week? Let me know!
Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Coatagain is back....

Coatagain: Asos
Cardigan and Shirt: New Look
Jeans: H&M
Bag: Zara
Shoes: Converse

Ooooh you know the weather is looking up when it's officially coatagain weather again! I've been stuck in my Zara green parkas for way too long really. I don't think I'm ever going to fall out of love with shirts and statement necklaces, they just such simple pieces that work every time. Throwing on my ripped skinny jeans and Converse makes it that more comfortable and casual for a day at college, two other things that I doubt you'll ever be able to stop me from wearing!

Last night I went to a Bombay Bicycle Club gig and they were AMAZING. Literally they just get better and better each time. Their recent album is a new favourite of mine, although they added a rockier edge to their performance with crazy Muse-like strobe lighting, they did play their classic indie songs. Post-gig I am running on five hours sleep and got another late night tonight with an event up in London. But right now I'm reliving the night again and wondering whether I can get away with a quick nap in Law later, sometimes I wonder if I'm an 82 year old stuck in an 18 year old girls body!

Hope you're all having a lovely day! 
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Classic Oldie

Jacket and Dress: Primark
Bag: H&M
Shoes: Converse

Oooh this dress is a definite oldie but  goodie! I probably bought it at least a year or more ago and I'm so happy that the colour and pattern are still on trend. I wore this is afternoon tea for my sisters birthday last Sunday and the waitress complimented me thinking it was Ted Baker! It was tempting to say that it was that high end but I've gotta big up Primark for producing something that is still relevant a year on. Throughout the summer I'm always chucking on my denim jacket and as it was still pretty chilly my Converse made an appearance again. But if it isn't broken, why fix it?!

Tonight I'm sticking around in Brighton as I'm off to see Bombay Bicycle Club at the Dome, which I'm super excited about. Like ridiculously excited about. Before then I'm just going to have to fill my time with Friends quizzes and reading other people's blogs, it really is the hard life!!

Have you got a favourite outfit that you've had for years and just can't get rid of?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx 

Monday, 17 March 2014

St Patrick's Day

Jacket, Bag and Cardigan: Zara
Top: Topshop
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: Miss Selfridge

I have no idea why I look slightly apprehensive in these photos.... maybe it's because it's Monday again. The weeks are going so quickly now! I had someone email in a listing to put up on the Latest Brighton website for NEXT CHRISTMAS. I had to do a double take to make sure they had the dates right. Moving on, in light of St Patrick's Day (nope, not Irish at all, at least I don't think I am!) I thought something green, or mint green, was in order. Although I still can't break away from my black skinny jeans, the top adds a touch of femininity to my usual boy-ish outfits. Also, don't ask about the hair, my hairdresser cut it slightly too short at the weekend and it now looks like a mullet, much to my friend Kamila's delight with her gorgeous Pocahontas hair. 

I finally sent off my Sophie Ellis-Bextor interview today and I've got another one lined up for Friday but I'm not going to say who it is because I don't want to jinx it! As usual there's a ton of work piled up, just waiting for me to start on it but I'd rather blog than do any of it. I really did miss this blog and sharing my every day ramblings, it's almost therapeutic to get everything off my chest in a few paragraphs. I'll be doing another OOTD post tomorrow then missing out a post on Wednesday because I've got an exciting event I'm going to, which I'm sure I'll be posting later this week. Right now I'm gonna have a bath as I've got the house all to myself this week, wooo!

What St Patrick's celebrations have you done today?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

NOTD, Afternoon Tea and Fog

My blog has been a little quite over the past week and apologies for that! From shorthand exams to interviewing THE Sophie Ellis-Bextor and battling with my hay fever/cold and general work, I've literally not had the energy or time to blog. But, weirdly, I've missed it! So here's a start to a new week of blogging :)

I sported some lovely purple/blue nails this week, even though I got a few comments saying it looks like my nails are about to fall off! I never seem to get a good (and attractive? If that's possible!) picture of my nails, but Instagram makes everything look amazing!

It's strange how colourful flowers can actually perk up your day. My auntie and uncle brought these over last weekend and they're still going strong! 

If you live down south, you'll have most likely seen the crazy fog that descended on us last week. It was crazy thick and I had to get a picture when I was driving out, kind of reminds me of that scene from Pirates of the Caribbean when all the pirates/zombie things emerge from the sea (anyone know what I'm on about?!)

Today it was my sisters 27th Birthday (Happy Birthday Beak!!) and we thought we'd make a day of it with brunch at Bill's cafe. There's a few Bill's cafe's down the south east, Brighton, Horsham and Lewes that I know of and a few across the rest of the south, but for those who don't know, it's a cute, shabby chic cafe that does the best breakfast, lunch and dinner at really good prices. I opted for the banana, blueberry, strawberry and maple syrup pancakes! I'd really recommend Bill's to anyone!  

After brunch and shopping in Horsham, my mum, sister and I went to South Lodge for a girly afternoon tea session. We stayed there last December and it was just gorgeous. We took a walk around the grounds and then sat down for a delicious and filling lunch! I couldn't manage all the finger sandwiches, scones, mini puddings, a slice of cake and pot of tea, even though I am a massive afternoon tea lover!

This week is another super busy week, but I hope I'll have a few minutes spare to post here and there!

What's been your highlight of the past week?
Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xxx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Pancakes, Magazines and Football

Another weekly round up of everything and anything!

If any of you didn't know (and if you really didn't, where were you?!) it was Shrove Tuesday last week, which means Pancakes! Any excuse to have fried banana and nutella on a pancake is a good one in my books.

I've never really picked up Company magazine, only on the off chance that the interview is really good and they have content which I'll enjoy. I love that it's more high street market than other magazines and that's something that as a student I can really relate to.

With the out sun and shining over the past few days I've taken to running or walking round where I live, although most of it is muddy fields so I'm stuck with wearing wellies most of the time!

Another quote, what a surprise! This one came from Alexa Chung's It book which I started reading this week. So far it's mostly pictures with little snippets of text, which is quite refreshing to some text heavy fashion autobiographies that I've read before!

Yesterday my brother took me to the Brighton vs Reading game, as he's a massive Reading fan and its been a long while since I last went to a match. It was a draw but there's nothing like being in an away crowd as you get all the really loyal supporters and the atmosphere is just amazing when they score, literally one of the happiest feelings in the world!

What's been your highlight of the week?

I've got a pretty busy week ahead of me, tons to do and an exam to prepare for at the end of the week so I won't be posting as regularly. Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in something mid-week, if not I'll be seeing you Friday! Hope you all have a great week!

Rhiannon xx

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