Tuesday, 31 March 2015

OOTD: Urban Outfitters Peter Pan Collar Dress

OOTD: Urban Outfitters Peter Pan Collar Dress

OOTD: Urban Outfitters Peter Pan Collar Dress
Cardigan: Zara
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Belt: New Look
Boots: Topshop
Bag: Accessorize

A throwback outfit from a few weeks ago that I completely forgot to post. Obviously I wore a coat, plus a scarf, gloves and hat because it's still bloomin' freezing! I totally love this dress, and it was such a good find in the Urban Outfitters sale. It's got a slight gingham print with buttoned down front, peter pan collar and lined all the way through. Their stuff is great quality but a little over price for me sometimes, but you can find some gems in the sale rack. It'll also be perfect for the summer with a denim jacket and a pair of Converse (of course) with a brown suede fringed bag. Ooh, I can see a new Pinterest festival board in the making...

What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Sunday, 29 March 2015

My Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins

Besides scrolling through Pinterest for quotes and fashion pins, I'm obsessed with the Home Decor boards. When I eventually move out, I'll definitely be pinning like crazy and have a ginormous mood board by the end of it! For now, I thought I'd share a few of my Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins:


My Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins via Pinterest

I can't stand rooms that don't have any natural light. It makes me feel so trapped and vampire-like! The double window doors would be perfect for spring and summer, yet the rugs and fireplace still make it feel cosy and homey. 

My Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins via Pinterest

Fairy lights! I have a string of bauble lights draped across my bed and just love switching them on the evening. Like a proper teenager, I used to have posters covering my walls (S Club 7, Enimen etc) because it just adds personality to the room. Also the bed/sofa looks so comfortable! 

My Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins via Pinterest

And some more fairy lights... This reminds me of a city apartment in London or New York with the brickwork still showing through and all a little rough around the edges. I also think the ladder is pretty cool. Imagine just popping upstairs to the kitchen for a cuppa?!

My Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins via Pinterest

My bedside table is filled with so much rubbish, but thankfully they're all hidden in boxes! I just thought this was pretty cool, as you can see all your books and magazines. Plus it's quite small, so i couldn't fill it all with crap!

My Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins via Pinterest

If I could have one wall covered in Chinese or Japanese silk paintings then I'd be so happy. I have these two paintings on my wall, as I just adore the delicacy or the blossom and birds. If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know just how obsessed I am with Japanese culture!

So there's my Current Favourite Bedroom Inspired Pins - which one is your favourite?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x



Saturday, 28 March 2015

Wardrobe Classics Pt.2


Following on from my Wardrobe Classics Pt.1 - here's all the other stuff I forgot! WARNING: Fairly text heavy a.k.a a ramble...

1. Dresses
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Excuse the weird posing, I had to go through all my archives to find a half decent photo of these dresses!

First dress is a classic oldie that I can't really live without. From New Look's basic collection, it's a t-shirt shaped dress with light cotton fabric in grey. This dress is so versatile, I'm wearing it during the winter with tights and boots then sandals and a denim jacket during the summer. Plus it's the perfect dress for travelling with as it barely creases!

As the whole 70's mini skirt and dresses trend is coming back for this autumn and winter, I'll probably be dragging this favourite out again. I got this from Topshop a few years ago but still love it. This dress does crease like anything, but I'll forgive it for its amazing cut and shape. It has buttons going all the way down, so getting in and out can be a little tricky, but it does sit just perfectly on my shape without swamping it.


2. Skirts
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Even though I am a skinny jeans girl through and through, I can't help but adore this A-Line aztec skirt from Topshop. Made from the thickest material ever, this skirt has been a major game player in my all-trouser wardrobe. You've probably seen it crop up a lot in my OOTD's but I think a good fitting skirt that you can work with many different outfits is definitely a keeper.

This pink loose fitting skirt was a new discovery this year. It's always been buried in the back of my wardrobe, but I found it after looking for something that's not too short, but still wearable for work. It works perfectly with a stripey top and I know I'll be getting a lot of wear out of it for summer too!


3. Scarves
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We're now delving into the accessories area, which was probably one of my hardest to narrow down!

I've blabbed on about this New Look winter scarf enough times to have actually made my own scarf. It was a Christmas present from a friend last year and has saved me from winter winds and rain. It's reversible, so one side is black and whiter tartan and the old blue and green tartan, or as my sister would say 'ginger friendly colours'! Because it is so big, it also doubles up as a cosy blanket, so a must-have for those who feel the cold more like I do.

And even during summer I'm still wearing scarves. This time more lightweight and a little more jazzy, like this classic Primark scarf. It's a hot pink shade with tiny gold detailing sewn throughout. It's great for throwing on when you really can't be bothered with jewellery, and is so lightweight that it can be easily thrown into your bag!


4. Bags
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Funnily enough both black bags, I tend to stick to classic shapes when it comes to my bags and don't really buy many. I'd rather spend it on scarves...

My friend gave me the black fringed bag a few Christmases ago (they all have great tastes!) and it's been my go-to weekend bag for a while now. It can fit all the essentials, plus a bottle of water and book if you like and has a short and long strap, so you can decide which length you'd like it. I know H&M have recently brought this back as it was a great success, so I'd totally recommend investing!

I really need to shop somewhere else other than Zara, but their stuff is just too good! I was lucky enough to pick up one of their famous City Bag in black a couple of years ago - and trust me, this is all that got me through college. The gazillion compartments can fit a laptop, tablet, books, textbooks and more importantly, lunch. The fabric hasn't faded or been scratched, but I did have some trouble with the zips.

5. Shoes
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Wardrobe Classics Shoes
If I could've fit three pairs in, the other would've definitely been my Converse! But these two have been my absolute staples for work and college, so they deserved a place in my Wardrobe Classics.

I picked up these black boots from Topshop around a year ago, and they have barely left my feet since. It was that time when cut-out boots were all the trend, but I didn't want so many holes that I only had half a shoe left! Even though I do have to be careful of puddles, I know I'll be getting these boots re-heeled once they've given up on me because I can't stop wearing them!

Because I'm obsessed with shirts and masculine tailoring, I picked up my first proper brogues from Clarks last summer. These are the Hamble Oak in Dark Tan Leather and are £60, so a great investment for work wear. These have hardly changed since I bought them, and I have worn them a lot. Even though Clarks reminds me of getting a new pair of school shoes, you know you'll be getting a pair of long-lasting shoes with them. 


And breathe! That's the final installment of my Wardrobe Classics, click here to catch up with part 1 and let me know what your wardrobe classic is in the comments!


Thanks for reading,
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Nails of the Month

Nails of the Month with Rimmel London, Barry M and O.P.I

Last month I had a slight nail polish addiction going on. From my crazy amount of nail polishes that have spanned over the years, I brought out a few new favourites and classics in March. The only downside of painting your nails is waiting for them to dry - why must you take so long?! Which is why I do love a Gelish manicure from my sister every now and then, they just won't budge for weeks!


Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Lychee

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Lychee


Probably my first ever nude nail polish I bought and one of my favourite nail polish ranges. Barry M Gelly Nail polishes are of such good quality, that I now have quite a few in my growing collection. Usually I'm skip the a clear bottom coat, then add a top coat to avoid chips. It's a great colour for pale skin people like me and doesn't wash out your skin too much. I did a full review on this nail polish here if you fancy reading more!

Rimmel London in Rose Libertine

Rimmel London in Rose Libertine


This nail polish is so old that you can't actually buy the shade anymore - definitely need to clear out my collection! Even though the colour is so pretty, it would definitely work better with a tan. The brushes on Rimmel London polishes are the best, wide enough to coat your nails in just two strokes they're ideal for people who can't be bothered to wait like me! Because it's so old, the consistency was really rubbish and hard to work with, so I'll be throwing this one out and re-stocking with all the new shades.

Barry M Nail Polish in Diamond Glitter and O.P.I Nail Polish in Lincoln Park After Dark

Barry M Nail Polish in Diamond Glitter and O.P.I Nail Polish in Lincoln Park After Dark


I'm not normally a glitter kinda gal, a little sparkle around Christmas time is my glitter style but I adore this nail polish combo! I've never tried O.P.I nail polishes before, and received the mini set of classics as a present last year. The colour and consistency work like a dream and dry slightly quicker than your bog standard nail polish. Barry M's famous glitter range are brilliant for adding an extra something to your nail polish. Diamond Glitter deposited just the right amount of glitter for that starry night kind of style - totally intentional of course! 

What's your favourite nail style?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

OOTD: A Peplum Top and Stripes

OOTD: A Peplum Top and Stripes


OOTD: A Peplum Top and Stripes
Coat: Warehouse
Top: New Look
Stripey Top (worn underneath): Mango
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: H&M

Definitely one of my favourite outfits of the month. I've never layered tops with a long sleeved top underneath, I'd just normally throw on a cardigan and hope for the best. It's opened up a ton of more options in my wardrobe, and especially as we're in that in between weather of it's still cold enough for a scarf, but I could get away without gloves kinda weather. I also adore mixing patterns and textures, and love wearing bright blue colours. Even if it does remind me on my old school uniform (fyi royal blue polos and sweatshirts

What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Sunday, 22 March 2015

My Current Favourite Fashion Pins

Instead of the usual Instagram Sunday post, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite fashion pins. You might notice a trend of greys, blacks and whites, only because it's still so cold in the UK and summer is where I show off my colours!

My Current Favourite Fashion Pins

The jeans. The shoes. The bag. There probably isn't much I don't like about this outfit! More often than not, I'll be wearing my well-loved H&M ripped skinny jeans and grey jumper with a battered pair of Converse. It's the perfect slouchy weekend outfit with that all-designer handbag (lets face it, I'm much more of a Chanel girl than Celine...)

My Current Favourite Fashion Pins

As if Alexa Chung could ever put a foot wrong?! I'm totally into the 70's trend and adore wearing mini skirts and dresses. They can look so classy with a high necklace and flattering shape. I think the lace details look so gorgeous and add a feminine slant the the outfit, as well as keeping your arms covered. 

My Current Favourite Fashion Pins

My two favourite combinations: casual t-shirt with heels and fancy skirt. I'm yet to delve into pencil skirts, mainly because I feel like you have to wear heels with them. And I don't think a walking penguin in heels will go down well at my work! The gold jewellery and accents on this outfit bring together what would be a rather plain outfit otherwise. 

My Current Favourite Fashion Pins

Can you tell I like lace? I'll dress up in Converse and slouchy jeans at the weekend, so adding a touch of lace can make the outfit much more girly. This dress would be perfect for a summer wedding with a white blazer and navy clutch. I find flared skirts suit my shape better than a body con style, because they give me the waist as well as the illusion of longer legs. 

My Current Favourite Fashion Pins

You know those trends that you just love to bookmark but will never actually where yourself? I love the idea and comfort of dungarees, but just can't force myself to find a pair I like and will wear. I guess it just makes me feel like I'm 5 again! Again it's a monochrome outfit with laser cut shirt layered underneath with the tiniest bag that you'll probably only be able to fit your phone in!

What do you think of these pins? Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x





Saturday, 21 March 2015

Wardrobe Classics Pt. 1


I've wanted to do a post on wardrobe classics for a while now, because there's a few key pieces in my wardrobe that I can not live without. These are the items I'll be wearing on a regular basis, but styling them up with a few seasonal trends. WARNING: Slightly text and picture heavy...



1. Coats and Jackets
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Both from Zara (surprise surprise!) but if you're looking for a good quality and simple coat or jacket that will last you, I'd totally recommend checking them out.

First up is my favourite leather jacket. I only purchased this a few months ago, but it couldn't be anything more than perfect. Not too cropped or long, and not made from the cheap pleather fabric. It only cost about £60 at the time, so I'm pretty pleased with it!

My second favourite Zara coat is my thickest winter-survival coat. It's a green parker coat with a massive hood and lined with leopard fake fur. Instead of swamping me, this coat as a tie in the middle so you can cinch it in at the waist and when the weather starts getting warmer you can detach the leopard fur! I think it was over £100, but I've had it for ages now and I know it's got a good cost-per-wear going now!


2. Jeans
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Nine times out of ten, I'll be in a pair of skinny jeans over a skirt or dress. Skinny jeans are the most flattering on me, although I do love a comfy boyfriend or super flared pair.

Black skinny jeans are my staple, I own about 3 or 4 pairs in my wardrobe, all from M&S as they're the best quality without I ridiculous price. Luckily, I'm allowed to wear jeans to work, so I'll normally pair my black skinnys with a pretty shirt or jumper then add jewellery.

I've only just invested in a high-waisted pair of jeans - but boy are they comfortable! These are the ASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans in Della Dark Wash at a super affordable price of £30. ASOS jeans have always lasted me years before they start to loose their shape, so I'd definitely point you in their direction for jean shopping. Just make sure you get the right size first!

3. Shirts 
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I have a theory about spotty shirts, it might sound weird but bear with me. The smaller the spot, the better quality and high-end it is, the bigger the spot the cheaper and lower quality it is. Feel free to argue, but it's just something I've spotted (excuse the pun) This spotty one came from New Look or Topshop a few years ago and I'm always wearing it. No matter how creasey it gets, you can't really tell because of the spots. A lazy girls dream...

Once again ASOS came to my rescue with the perfect fitting white shirt, This one on the other hand, creases like hell. But unless you want a shirt starched to death, then you just have to live with it. Not too constricting on my neck (hello strangling shirts!) or around my waist, I've been wearing it as it is or layered under dresses and jumpers.

4. Knitwear
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This one was pretty hard because I have so many jumpers and cardigans! So I thought I'd pick the best of the bunch...

In my opinion, everyone needs a standout jumper than you can just throw over jeans and a shirt with minimal effort. This lime green jumper from Primark was so cheap, that the quality surprised me. Even though the colour might not be the most flattering for my hair, I love how it stands out against the rest of my wardrobe.

The Grandad Cardigan has to be my all-time favourite. I remember picking this up in a Zara sale years ago. And I mean years ago! It was under £20, and has been patched up so many times I don't think I'll ever be able to part with it. It's a fairly chunky knit with brown tortoise shell buttons, that I wear with practically anything and everything.

5. T-Shirts

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If there's anything just as big as my jean collection, it has to be my plain t-shirts and vest collection. My friends actually laugh when they see how many I've got!

You can never beat a white v-neck t-shirt. I've worn this with jeans for casual days and also with skirts for work. This one came from Forever 21 and is made from that soft fabric that you just have to stroke your face with it (no? Just me?) I know over time it will go all bobbly, so I'll be going back to stock up on my basics there!

The Oversized Boyfriend T-Shirt has really taken off this year. Along with masculine tailoring, pair this with a pair of ripped jeans, Converse and a leather jacket and you're good to go. This came from Primark and is actually labeled as the Boyfriend T-Shirt, funnily enough. I love how slouchy this is, but I still feel like I can wear it for work.


Phew! Sorry how text heavy that was - once I start writing about clothes, I can't really stop...

What's your favourite Wardrobe Classic?


Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x



Thursday, 19 March 2015

Diaries



2015 is the year where Rhiannon will write in a diary every day. So far, I've managed to keep this up, only just though! I've always liked the thought of keeping a dairy, documenting your every day thoughts on something other than social media. I currently have three diaries - I know, why have just one when you can have three?! All three have different purposes though: 1 is my day-to-day diary, 2. is my daily one line a day diary and 3. is my work diary which stays in my desk, hence why it's not in this picture!

I thought it was going to be pretty difficult in keeping a diary - my life isn't that interesting, but I've found it a great way to just express my day to day moans or share a really happy moment. I had my first diary years ago for Christmas and it was a Sleeping Beauty diary with it's own padlock, until I lost the key and that was the end of that. 

Some people love their diaries and use them for different purposes, like writing lists, appointments or things to remember. I like keeping a diary because it's a memory. They say a photo tells a thousand words, but I think words are so much more powerful. And it's not just the words, your handwriting can show what kind of mood you're in. For example, scrawly and misshapen handwriting can perhaps show that you've had a long day and just want to jot something down quick, or if you can feel the impressions left by your writing, maybe you were feeling frustrated or angry that day.

I just wanted to share my thoughts on diaries and what they represent and mean to me. In some ways, this blog is an online diary (number 4 to add to the list...) but it has a few more people reading it!

What are your thoughts on diaries? Do you have one?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

OOTD: A Casual Jumper and ASOS Jeans

OOTD: A Casual Jumper and ASOS Jeans

OOTD: A Casual Jumper and ASOS Jeans
Coat: Warehouse
Jumper: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Boots: Topshop
Scarf: New Look
Bag: H&M

Sometimes a casual jumper, jeans and boots can be your most comfortable and fashional outfit for the weekend. I adore this jumper for its versatility - I've worn it with skirts for work and with jeans and trainers for the weekend. If there's ever a cheap cost-per-wear jumper, this is definitely it! It's got a gorgeous gold detailing that dresses up the outfit without even trying that hard. 

The high neckline is also a favourite part of mine, I can wear statement necklaces so easily with this. Thrown on with my classic white coat (another amazingly affordable cost-per-wear item) blanket/scarf/cold weather saviour from New Look. and Topshop  boots, which are literally falling apart inside. You know that item of clothing you just love to death and wish you bought like 10 of them? This is definitely it. When these boots eventually start falling apart on the outside, I might have to consider taking them to the shoe shop to get them re-healed. 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day!


Just a quick one from me today! With it being my big sister's birthday on Monday, Mother's Day today and leaving for two weeks in Japan next Thursday, this weekend has been pretty busy!

This week has had so many highs and lows, that I don't even know how or where to start. Work can be a funny thing, some days you love it, and others you just can't wait to leave. There's been quite a few bumps and events that have happened in the last 8 months, but once Easter is over and done with, I'm hoping things will return back to normal.

I've been furiously scheduling in blog posts for the next three weeks, so there's still something to keep this blog running whilst I'm away. Right now, I'm about to getting ready to have an afternoon tea with my family. Eight of us will be having afternoon tea today, so it's going to be a little crowded, but so much much.

I hope you all have a brilliant Mother's Day and are spoiling her rotten, or just giving yourself some TLC.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Recently I've been getting through my books so quickly! This one lasted about a week on my commute to and from work and kept me on my toes because it's unlike any book I've read before. I love John Green's The Fault In Our Stars Book (book and film review here) and I've now got the full John Green collection. I'd say The Fault In Our Stars is his best by far, then Looking For Alaska is pretty good too. But on to the review...

Background: The lead character is Quentin Jacobsen and he's spent his whole life in love with this neighbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman. One night she opens his window and asks him on an adventure with her that involves risks, revenge and fish. The following day Margo disappears, leaving a bunch of clues for Quentin and his friends to find where Margo is...

Review: It's one of those books that has a great beginning, dips in the middle, then picks it back up again for the ending. Although the ending did disappoint me a little bit, the overall message from the book was powerful to me. There's the continuous metaphor of 'strings' and how the strings inside you can get tangled and messed up, but they'll eventually straighten or inevitably break. It takes teenage love, adulthood and all the scary things about growing up and brings those issues to light. 

It isn't my favourite book of all time, but it is something I'll probably pick up again and re-read now I know what happens. I'd totally recommend reading The Fault In Our Stars (try not to cry...) and Looking For Alaska, as they're my top John Green books. I'm interested to see how Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff play Margo and Quentin in the film later this year - I think they're both pretty fitting for the parts!

Have you read this book before? What do you think of John Green's books?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Beauty Tips I'd Tell My Younger Self

Beauty Tips I'd Tell My Younger Self

I spotted this post on Helen aka The Love Cats Inc blog and just thought I'd share my own too! Even though I've never had a really beauty faux pas (fashion on the other hand...!) there's definitely a few things I'd tell my younger self, so here goes.

1. Match your make up. 
Being a pale, ginger kid with just her pocket money to go on, there wasn't much choice back in the day. Mostly Seventeen or Natural Collection and maybe a little splurge on a Maybelline product, I always had trouble matching my foundation or eyebrow pencils! And lets face it, the orange foundation look was not a good one...

2. Go easy on the eyeliner. 
Again, because I didn't really know what actually suited me, I piled on the black khol eyeliner on my lower lashline. This made my eyes look a lot heavier and droopy, and most of the time the eyeliner would smudge for lovely panda eyes too!

3. Embrace your freckles. 
I was obsessed with covering up my freckles across my cheeks and nose with foundation then a heavy duty concealer, but I've learnt to embrace them. They're not actually that bad and add another feature to my face which I quite like.

4. Frizzy, crimped hair is not a good look. 
My hair is crazy and wavy anyway, so couple that with crimped hair and I ended up looking like Scary Spice. I used to plait my hair in tons of plaits the night because then untie them the morning after and job done!

5. Take care of your skin. 
Now I realise how important SPF and not picking your spots are (come on, we've all done it!) Also getting a good cleansing, toning and moisturiser routine going is good, even if it is just the basics.

There's still tonnes of beauty things I've got to learn, how to contour for example, but I think I've come a long way from my old school beauty days!

What would you tell your younger self?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

OOTD: Casual Jumper and Wedge Trainers

OOTD: Casual Jumper and Wedge Trainers with Zara, Tesco and Asos

OOTD: Casual Jumper and Wedge Trainers with Zara, Tesco and Asos
Jacket: Zara
Jumper: F&F at Tesco
Jeans: ASOS
Trainers: River Island
Scarf: New Look

Some days all I want to do is throw on a jumper, jeans and trainers with minimal make up and hair. Rather than show you an OOTD with the bells and whistles that really isn't me, I wanted to share something that I'm (almost) wearing every weekend. The wedge trainers give me a little height and girliness to the outfit, but still toughens it up with the deep burgundy colour. I'd definitely say I was feeling a little biker grunge with feminine touches this weekend!

As I was on my way out to the cinema, a massive scarf that doubles up as a blanket was a must. Why are cinemas so cold?! It could just be me though, because there's a running joke at work that I'm always cold and wearing my wooly scarf, which is made worse because I'm the closest to the windows :( Also, I've gone on and on about this jumper, and you'll just have to get used to it because there's a few my OOTD's coming your way with this lovely jumper...

What's your standard weekend OOTD? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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