Thursday, 30 July 2015

OOTD: A Very Creased Coral Top and Navy Trouser Combo

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 Cardigan, Top and Trousers: Primark
Shoes: new Look
Bag: Miss Selfridge
Necklace: Accessorize

I can guarantee you that since washing this top and putting it back in my wardrobe, it's already been creased to no end! It's one of those linen fabrics that always creases no matter what you do, but I have discovered the art of using my hair straighteners to iron out creases on my clothes as a quick fix - although this was after a few near missed burns!

There's something about incoporating something that is coral coloured into your outfit that just brightens your mood. I love wearing navy with coral and red shades, the two complement each other perfectly and the outfit carries itself without me having to do much (except iron it of course...) The weather has been so up and down recently that a pair of cropped trousers, boxy top and light jacket/ cardigan has been my go-to style for the office. Just throw on some gold accessories and you're good to go, just don't forget the sunglasses!

What colour always brightens your mood? Have you got a summer staple?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Book Review: Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke

Book Review: Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke

You know those books that you bought years ago, intending to read straight away but never do? This is definitely one of mine. Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke got left on my bookshelf for a good year or two, before I picked it up recently and was intrigued by the blurb.

"This is the story of Emma's life. For three long years, she has battled with bravery and always hope. The one day Emma is told that they've reached the end of the road... So Emma begins to write the story of the life she has always wanted to live and something miraculous starts to happen."

The main character is Emma, a 29 year old with so much life and dreams ahead of her, as well as a battle with a brain tumour that is never going away. Realising she has little time left, she writes about the story of her life, not the one with the tumour but the one without. It starts with her getting the all clear and starting her life the way it should be.

It's incredibly heartbreaking. There's no way around it really, so if you're looking for a lighthearted book, then you may want to try somewhere else. Not to say it's all doom and gloom, it's actually quite a funny and smile-to-yourself style of book. Amanda Brooke flits effortlessly between Emma's present condition and her future life story with such well thought out characters that you're drawn into Emma's world, willing her to go on and fight her tumour.

Although I find some books which feature cancer can sometimes glorify it, this one keeps to the reality of the disease, which makes it a 'can't put down book'! Amanda shows how Emma's friends and family are just as affected by her brain tumour as she is, and is a totally relatable story. I think this is mainly down to Amanda's own son fighting, and sadly passing away from cancer when he was just three.

It's moving, heartbreaking and emotional, but Another Way To Fall is a gripping and must-read book in my opinion. It's almost like taking a peek into another world and getting lost within the words. A total must-read for me!

Have you read this book before? What's your recent must-read?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Instagram: Birthday Celebrations, OOTD's and Cake


As of Tuesday 21st July, I left my teenage years and turned 20! Being the youngest out of my friend group, this was a long awaited birthday (seriously, you have to feel a little sorry for the summer birthdays!) 

My big sister baked this amazing and delicious cake, which we shared with my family last weekend. Her endless cake designs and talents are something that always makes me feel so proud, so if anyone needs a birthday or celebration cake, you know where to come ;) Check out my 20 Things About Turning 20 post.


Last Sunday I headed back up to London to the Citadel Festival at Victoria Park. It's definitely one of my favourite day festivals I've ever been to, with such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The main music acts were Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard in the evening, but during the day there was so much to do and explore. Look out for a post on this very soon!


I found a Sass & Belle in Covent Garden! The next closest store would've been in Brighton, so I'm very happy that I have a shop nearby me. They do fab little gifts at reasonable prices, so I'd totally recommend checking them out. Although it is almost too close for me on my lunch breaks...


I've gone a little Pinterest crazy recently and have been filling up my Fashion & Beauty board with tonnes of pictures, mostly of Kendall Jenner. Her fashion and style is always on point, obviously she probably receives help from stylists and gifts from designers, but still. 
 


I'd never say my wardrobe is very courageous and is pretty much find something that isn't creased/stained/that-I've-worn-in-the-past-week, otherwise people will wonder if I have any other clothes. Once I stick with something, it's pretty hard to breakout of a routine. This was my casual drinks outfit from last night, with a purple/pink smokey eye and straight hair (well, as much as my wavy hair would let me!) 

What's been your highlight this week? Let me know!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Review: Korres Lip Butters and CC Cream

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Last week I reviewed the new Korres Water Lilly bodycare collection, and this week it's the turn of their amazing Lip Butters and new CC Cream! The lovely guys at Korres PR asked if I'd like to try out a few of their latest makeup additions, and of course it would've been rude not to.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/wild-rose-cc-cream-spf-30-30ml/p/p22405147

First up is the new Wild Rose Colour Correcting Cream, a gorgeous CC cream with added SPF30. Almost all my foundations have a SPF as my skin is super pale and sensitive that even the British 'summer' can cause sunburn and irritation. So an added SPF in my foundation is a perfect addition! The small size also means it's great for taking on holiday too.

The colour itself is a great match, like I said I'm fairly pale and the light shade suited my complexion perfectly. It almost moulded itself to my skin tone, as I blended it in with my favourite Real Techniques Buffing Brush. It's also fairly glowy and moisturising because of the rose properties. Because of the added SPF, I find the consistency quite thick which doesn't bother me too much, you just need to spend an extra few seconds blending!

As it's from the Wild Rose collection, it has a light floral scent which I think is just lovely. So refreshing in the morning! The only problem I had with this is that I suffered from a few breakouts after using this. Obviously it could've been multiple things that set my spots off, so who knows. 

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On to my favourite products! I much prefer a tinted lip butter for during the day, rather than a full on lipstick as it's hassle free and easy to apply. The above picture shows, from lightest to darkest, Jasmine, Pomegranate, Quince and Wild Rose Lip Butters.

These mini lip butters are perfect for throwing in your bag and touching up on the go, I usually end up with all of them in my bag as I just can't decide! My current favourites are Pomegranate and Quince, besides the delicious scents, they both have a beautiful colour pay off and really moisturise my lips without clinging to dry patches.

The added Shea Butter helps smooths and nourish my lips and with just a small amount, I had glossy and tinted lips. I've got my eye on the Mango and Guava lip butters - I bet they smell just as good.

Have you tried any Korres products? What do you think of their Lip Butters and CC Cream?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannnon x

*Of course with any product review, whether gifted or bought with my own money, I'll always share 100% my own opinion and be totally honest with you guys. Because honest is the best policy. For more information, please view my PR page.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

20 Things About Turning 20






So today is officially my 20th birthday! I'm finally out of my teen years and starting to feel more like an 'adult' lets hope anyway! Even though I was at work, everyone made such an effort to make it a fab day, especially as I had my interview for the job on my birthday last year.

I was thinking of a blog post that wasn't just showing what I got for my birthday, but something that could reflect back on my good old 20 years. And here's a few embarrassing, funny, cringey and awesome things I've learnt in my 20 years...

  1. Crimping your hair is never a good look. I spent a good few of my teenage years with crimped hair, it was all the range.
  2. Being nice gets your far. It's a good lesson to learn and understand that it's nice to be nice!
  3. Pretending like you're part of S Club 7 worked in the 2000's but not now... Now it's One Direction all over.
  4. Your friends are important. Even though I've never had a massive friend group, the close girlfriends I have are the best!
  5. WKD and Smirnoff Ice are not soft drinks! Remember those days?!
  6. Put your mind to it and you can conquer your fears. I used to hate flying, but I flew to Japan this year so anything is possible!
  7. Space Hopper + Trampoline = Disaster. Fractured both my wrists at the same time, funnily enough I haven't tried that again...
  8. Keep your family close. Because you never know when you will need them the most.
  9. Bell bottomed trousers were cool before...But they really don't suit you now...
  10. Do those scary things out of your comfort zone. You learn and grow as a person and doing things out of your comfort zone helps that.
  11. Be warned of the Heelys. They were cool one day, but you really can't walk in them!
  12. Some things work out for the best. If you just let go, then everything falls into place for the right reason. Just trust it.
  13. No matter what, you'll never be able to rescue Princess Peach. Even at 20 years old it still baffles me how she manages to get captured.
  14. Hard work pays off. Stick to your guns, get your head down and watch it all pay off. 
  15. Bowl haircuts never looked good, Mum. Every year during primary school I had a Lego head haircut!
  16. You're a lot stronger than you think. You'll be tested and tried, but you'll come out a better and stronger person. 
  17. Even though you tried, you'll never be able to ride a cow. Don't ask, but I had this idea in my head when I was younger that I could ride a cow in a field near my grandparents house.
  18. You've achieved a lot. Like most Brits, I don't take compliments well, but looking back on 20 years and I've not done half bad.
  19. Karaoke is one of the best inventions. And I have the homemade videos to prove it...
  20. If the past 20 years are anything to go by, the next 20 will be just as amazing. 

What's been your favourite memory from your teenage years? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

OOTD: Zara Dress Down Denim Shirt

OOTD Outfit Of The Day Zara Topshop Accessorize Fashion Blogger

OOTD Outfit Of The Day Zara Topshop Accessorize Fashion Blogger

Jacket and Shirt: Zara
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Topshop
Necklace: Accessorize

Before buying this denim shirt, I thought my shirt collection was complete - but boy how wrong was I. You can tuck them into skirts, shorts, wear them underneath dresses and jumpsuits or wear them as the humble shirt, buttoned up with a statement necklace and you're good to roll. 

I wore this a few Fridays ago (before the heatwave, otherwise I would've melted in these jeans!) as it's the perfect dress down outfit but still acceptable for work. Usually I roll out of bed, double check it's actually Friday, then snooze for another five before getting up, so my outfit isn't something I plan ahead usually. It's more or less, what's not creased/stained/something I've worn this week already, which helps to make the decision!

What's your Friday dress down outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

When Social Media Turned Dark


It's been a heavy debate ever since the emergence of the term 'social media' but recently I've started to question just how social it actually is and whether it's has a negative or positive impact on our lives.

Obviously for bloggers, it's an indispensable tool that we all rely on every day to help with our readership and exposure. Twitter gets your RTs for sharing a particular thought or post that day, Instagram helps with likes for that perfect Valencia filter of your lunch and Facebook is a happy medium of both with comments and likes.

On a whole, social media is defined as creating and sharing content on websites and applications or participate in social networking. Socialising with others from across the world is something that wouldn't have been possible ten years ago, now you can Skype with someone in Australia like they're right in front of you. But that can also lead to exposure by 'trolls' and negativity.

With this post in mind, I came up with a few different sides to social media:


1. Look Up

Even though it's not a recent example, Look Up was created by filmmaker Gary Turk about the finding the balance of becoming addicted to your phones and social networking to experiencing life. It's a definite eyeopener and well worth a few minutes to watch.



2. The Benefit Cosmetics Fiasco

Last week the Benefits Cosmetics UK account joined in on the hashtag #MakeAMovieAFatty. Besides the totally unacceptable hashtag (who seriously comes up with this stuff?!) Benefit joined in with their own films, which resulted in a backlash from followers. They did admit to it and apologise for offending anyone, but I think brands who have a large reputation should think twice before posting something controversial.


3. Em Ford's 'You Look Disgusting' Video

If you've been hiding under a rock (or on a sunny beach with no Wifi!) then you wouldn't have seen beauty blogger Em Ford's video highlighting reactions from social media about her acne. It's an inspiring and revealing video that highlights the two different sides of social media, how it can lift someone up and also put them down with a few simple words.

So there's just a few thoughts that I've had recently about social media. I'd love to know what you think of the above!

Rhiannon x


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sunday Advice: Finding a Job

Job Advice Job Tips CV Tips Finding A Job

My 20th birthday is coming up this month, and it's weird to think that for my last birthday that I had an interview for my first full time job (and got it), without any real idea of what I was going to do for the rest of my life. For the first time in my life I had no school, no college and no plans for university, so all that was left was to find a job at just about 19.


Although I'm by no means an expert in this field, I thought I'd share a few tips that I picked up along my way:

- Keep note.
For a recent college-leaver, this was so important (and kept my organised mind happy!) Every time I'd apply for a job I'd keep notebook of what the role was, when I applied and through what website I saw the role advertised on. 

- Tailor your CV to the role. 
Again, super important if you want to stand out. If you're going for a particular job that you have specialists skills for, make sure you highlight those areas and put all experience and previous jobs related to it at the top of your CV. Total Jobs have a great CV tips post here.

- Shop around. 
And I don't mean shopping on ASOS! Nowadays there's so many places where companies are advertising new roles that you're spoilt for choice. Previously I've used Monster and Total Jobs as my main websites, but also Twitter and LinkedIn are great places to find a job. Also try signing up to industry specific newsletters who advertise the latest jobs in that field.

- Allocate your time.
Lets face it, looking for a job takes time and dedication. Make sure you set aside a couple of hours each day or how ever long you can spare to looking and applying for jobs. Or create a goal of applying for X number of jobs per day/week. It helps to keep you on track.

- Don't get downhearted.
There's that saying that rejection can only make you stronger. I totally believe that and it proves that there's something better waiting for you somewhere else. If you do get a rejection for a particular job, perhaps ask the interviewer if there was something you could've done better or if there's something that's missing from your CV, which helps improve on yourself for the next interview!

I hope this helps anyone looking for a job or advice on the next step!

What's your best tip for finding a job?

Rhiannon x


Thursday, 9 July 2015

OOTD: Stripey Top, Pink Skirt and a Backpack

OOTD: Stripey Top, Pink Skirt and a Backpack, ASOS, New Look, Primark, Topshop, Fashion Blogger, FBlogger

Jacket and Top: Primark
Skirt: New Look
Shoes and Necklace: Topshop
Bag: ASOS

I feel like I've shared this OOTD more than enough times - but if it ain't broken, why fix it? I've also noticed a recurring theme with this particular skirt in OOTD's, it's ALWAYS creased! Honestly, I never notice it before taking the photos and it's usually in the wash when I get round to uploading the images. Bad blogger? Maybe. Realistic? Totally. Almost everything is creased in my wardrobe...

Trying to stay cool on the #hottestdayoftheyear last week was a mission. Fans just blew warm and humid air into my face, so I resorted to the paper fan to help. This skirt is linen style fabric, so it's ultra cool and airy, whilst the crop top keeps my shoulders from burning (pale girl problems) and also looks super cute with the skirt! 

After the chill of the morning had passed, the denim jacket wasn't needed anymore and stuffed into my backpack. If you haven't seen my post on this backpack, I'll spare you the cringey gushing about how amazing it is by directing you to this post. It really is true, shoes and handbags are all that you need...

How do you manage to stay cool in the summer? Have you got a favourite hot weather outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

New Korres Water Lily Collection

Korres Water Lilly Bodycare Range New 2015 Beauty Review

I've long been a fan of Korres beauty products - they use natural ingredients and always live up to my expectations. Before, I've reviewed their Wild Rose Moisturiser (still a favourite!) and their White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser, which I now use on a daily basis. So the guys at Korres asked if I'd like to review their new Water Lily Collection, which launched last May - and it's safe to say I've found my new favourite body care products!

Korres is a Greek brand in Athens, with creating clinically tested, natural and environmentally friendly products at heart, so you know you're always going to get the best parts.

From first impressions, the Korres Water Lily Collection smells so refreshing and floral that you can't help but sneak a few sniffs throughout the day (guilty as charged...). They're the perfect body care products to awaken and refresh your skin in the mornings, as well as using high quality and natural ingredients.

Korres Water Lilly Bodycare Range New 2015 Beauty Review Body Milk
Water Lily Body Milk RRP £10 from www.debenhams.com 

At first I thought Body Milk would mean a lotion formula, but the texture is a cross between a lotion and body butter, so you haven't got the worry of spilling it everywhere or spending an age buffing it into your skin. Super light and non-greasy, it leaves soft and smooth skin with a delicate and uplifting fragrance. With almond oil, aloe, provitamin B5 and shea butterm it's an ultra hydrating formula to relieve dry skin.

Another reason why I love Korres is that they never hide any secrets about their formula. Each product states what percentage is natural (92.7% in this case) and lists what it does and doesn't include and whether it's vegan, vegetarian and nut allergy friendly.

Korres Water Lilly Bodycare Range New 2015 Beauty Review Showergel
Water Lily Showergel RRP £8 from www.debenhams.com

This product was honestly a highlight of my morning showers. With the same floral and fresh scent of water lillies, the Water Lily Showergel gently foamed like any other showergel and left my skin super soft and clean. Again, this product is 87.5% natural and no Korres products are tested on animals, so you know you're in safe hands with this brand.

I've got to mention the super cool packaging. Throughout their collections the bottles and tubes are in touch with their branding and depending on the collection, the labels will change from sunny yellows to my favourite blue greek-style skylines.

Overall I love both these products and can't wait to try out their other collections - Japanese Rose sounds right up my street!

Have you tried the Water Lilly collection? What's your favourite Korres product?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

*Of course with any product review, whether gifted or bought with my own money, I'll always share 100% my own opinion and be totally honest with you guys. Because honest is the best policy. For more information, please view my PR page.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Instagram: Shirt Dress, Salted Caramel and a Festival

 July is probably one of my favourite months of the year (besides December and Christmas, obvs), it starts turning sunnier, there's no more exams or school, BBQs and picnics become a weekly event and everyone is generally in a better mood.


And a new shirt obsession is born! Smart and still so easy to wear, I picked this khaki military-style dress up from Miss Selfridge a few weeks ago and it's become a staple piece for me. I posted this OOTD about it, but I'm still just as excited about wearing it now as I was then.


So this weekend was my post-charity walk time, which means I shouldn't feel guilty for eating whatever I want (see below as an example...) Since then I've raised over £300 from friends and family - so I can't thank you all so much for helping me out! Catch that post here.

Citadel Festival 2015 London Victoria Park Summer

Eeek! Another reason to love July and the summer is festivals! I'll normally try and catch one each year and this time it's a newbie: Citadel 2015. It's a one day festival in London with two of my favourite artists, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard, headlining. From the description, it looks like a chilled out festival so exactly what is needed!

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pot with butter Biscuits

And what a Sunday Instagram post would be without a foodie post? Feast (pun intended) your eyes on the glorious Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pot with butter biscuits. The dream... 

Pinterest Quote Eleanor Roosevelt

Any quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, you know you're going to love it. Being British, the tea analogy caught my eye and the clever double meaning. My Pinterest Quote addiction is back!

What's been your highlight this week? Let me know!

Thanks for reading.
Rhiannon x

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Book Review: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Book Review The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

"In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together."

 Before now I had no idea where Kabul was, I knew it was in the Middle East but wouldn't be able to point it out on a map to you! My mum kept bugging me to read this book, so after I finished the wonderful The Year Of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond, I picked up this book.

To say it opened my mind to a different part of the world is another thing, but because it focused on five very different women in Kabul highlighted the differences and clashes of culture and religion.  

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul focuses on five characters:

  • Sunny, an American who wants to help keep her cafe and customers safe 
  • Yasmina, a young pregnant woman stolen from her village 
  • Isabel, an English journalist with a secret, 
  • Candance, a wealthy American who has fallen for an Afghan 
  • Halajan, a sixty-year-old month with a romantic secret.

The book flits perfectly between each character and captures the sights, sounds and smells of Kabul - more than short news report ever could. The way women are treated is almost another post's worth of debate and anger, but it's unbelieveable what is considered 'normal' there. From bombings, secret love affairs and a new start, it's a book that has it all.

I managed to finish this book in just over a week, and it's one of those books that you never want to end! As well as leaving you feeling like you've learnt something. I'd totally recommend The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul if you're looking for something out of the 'chic lit' and 'Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Game Of Thrones' brackets.

Have you read this book before? What do you think?

Rhiannon x

Thursday, 2 July 2015

OOTD: New Khaki Shirt Dress


Khaki Shirt Dress: £39 Miss Selfridge 

Moving on from actual shirts, I've found a new obsession in shirt dresses. Smart yet so easy to wear, I've been pairing this dress with a black leather jacket and heels for evenings out, but also with a denim jacket and sandals for work. 

It does annoyingly crease like anything, but the fabric is light for summer and still thick enough for winter with tights and boots. The sleeves are also the perfect length - not too short and not too long. I'm starting to sounds like the Goldilocks of dresses...! I usually find this length of sleeve so flattering and sophisticated, without being too frustrating or annoying and the gold buttons compliment the shade of khaki perfectly. 

I'm not a massive fan of belts that come with dresses, so I'll add on a brown plaited or snake skin belt of my own. It's on of those belts with two hooks that just confuse me so much that I give up in the end! Although it wouldn't totally look out of place in a Jurassic Park film (Hello Chris Pratt...) it's become my go-to throw on dress for both work and social, just by adding a few accessories and I'm good to go.

What do you think of this shirt? Have you got a favourite dress style?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x


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