Sunday, 30 August 2015

What The Perfect Sunday Means To Me

So you only get 52 Sundays every year, but there's that 'Perfect Sunday' routine that you'll always remember.

1. The BIG Breakfast.
I'm talking pancakes, full English, croissants - the works. No Sunday is without a proper breakfast to get your day going!

2. Relaxing with a book.
Or a good blog! I can spend hours in a good book that I just don't want to put down or end up clicking through (i.e. stalking) so many blogs.

3. Getting my exercise on.
After a massive breakfast, I just want to put on my running shoes and throw on my headphones for a jog or walk round my local fields.

4. Family time.
Our weeks are so crammed with work and social lives that Sundays are the time when my family gets together for a classic Sunday roast and chat about our weeks.

5. A pamper night.
Before work/school/uni, there's nothing better than applying a face mask, painting your nails and sitting down to have a few moments of 'me' time.

What's your 'Perfect Sunday'?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Friday, 28 August 2015

5 Tips For Surviving Your First Job

5 Tips For Surviving Your First Job

So last month I celebrated my first full year in a full time job! It's gone crazy fast (cliche) and I can remember my two interviews, not really thinking I'll get the job, then being offered a 6 months contract the day after.

This time of year everyone are receiving the results, whether that be for A-Level, GCSE or at University, so there's a lot of 'thinking' about your future involved and I thought I'd share a few (not so wisdomous) tips for surviving your first year at a full time job.

Be Prepared

So you've got through the interview stage and have been offered the role - congrats! But now the serious work kicks in. Try and find out as much as possible about your role and the company you'll be working for, as you'll have to know them inside out. It also shows that you're dedicated to the job and company.

Don't Be Afraid

Easier said than done. I was a bag of nerves on my first day, after navigating two trains and a walk into central London. Just remember that they chose you for a reason and believe you have great potential for this job.

5 Tips For Surviving Your First Job

If You Don't Know, Just Ask

I had a particularly bad work experience at a newspaper (all male writers and editors) when they didn't show me the kitchen or where the toilet was. In the end I just asked, rather than sitting there unsure. Now I never feel embarrassed about asking silly questions because that's how we learn!

Get Stuck In

Join LinkedIn groups under the same job role or industry as you and talk to them! Interact with other people and you'll get a much better picture of how the company works and feel part of a team. I'm forever being taken into subjects that aren't my speciality but are still interesting and most of the time, useful for my own work.

Enjoy It!

Like I said at the beginning, my first year flew by so quickly that I can't believe I've stuck at something for a whole year and am still enjoying every day. It's all about experience and learning to better yourself and remember that life is short!  

What are your tips for surviving a full time job? Are you on the job hunt?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

They see me haulin'....

Fashion Haul H&M ASOS Primark New Look Warehouse Accessorize Clothes

Rather than the usual 'Fashion Haul' post title, I thought I'd shake things up a bit. Although it's cringe to say out loud because I'm a stereotypical pale British girl.... Onto what I've been spending this month!

Fashion Haul H&M ASOS Primark New Look Warehouse Accessorize Clothes

The Basics

You know when you have your favourite white t-shirt then it comes back all bobbly after a few washes? Mine have pretty much gone past that, so I knew it was time for a trip to H&M for a few basics.

If you're ever on a budget and need those key basic pieces, then H&M is the one I'd recommend. I picked up a white and black scoop neck t-shirts and also a super creasy white v-neck t-shirt. I manage to go through so many plain t-shirts as they've my favourites to tuck into skirts and pair with patterned trousers (see below).

Along the same lines as my t-shirts, my basic black blazer was looking a bit sad and old. It was almost like fate, but I couldn't find a size 8 plain black blazer any where until I found this one randomly hanging on the end of some jeans. It's almost like it was meant to be, right?

Fashion Haul H&M ASOS Primark New Look Warehouse Accessorize Clothes

The Patterned Trousers

I'm not normally one for a pair of pattern trousers (give me black skinny jeans any day!) but I was drawn to these flower print pair in Primark. I'm very into monochrome at the moment, so I've been wearing this pair with a white jumper and black pointed flats and just love it. 

Venturing out of my black skinny jean comfort circle, I'll definitely be trying a few more patterned pairs in the future! 
Fashion Haul H&M ASOS Primark New Look Warehouse Accessorize Clothes

The Beach Edit

So I'm off on my holibobs soon and was in desperate need of a new bikini. Something that isn't too expensive but will last for more than one holiday. I spotted this bandeau and high-waisted pair from Warehouse on ASOS and prayed that they had my size (they did!) and then a new love story started. 

Similar to my bikini search, my old flip flops were more of a flop now. Accessorize, in my opinion, do the best flip flops - always long lasting, great quality and comfortable. I found this pair in the sale and have since been wearing them non stop around the house.

Fashion Haul H&M ASOS Primark New Look Warehouse Accessorize Clothes

The Winter Shoes

It's kind of ironic that I'm talking about boots and plimsolls when I took these photos in 30 degree heat. But I find the summer sales are the best time to get new boots! Obviously no one is really thinking about buying new boots in July, so when I found this pair in New Look, size five, wide fit and real leather = fate. 

Maybe I'm on a bargain sale finds roll, but these ASOS leopard print plimsolls were also a great find. Just £12, I found my size and a new pair of shoes that I can actually wear to work. I've worn this pair to almost death, so I knew it was time to invest in a new pair!

Fashion Haul H&M ASOS Primark New Look Warehouse Accessorize Clothes
Fashion Haul H&M ASOS Primark New Look Warehouse Accessorize Clothes

The British Weather Buy

Again, you're probably thinking "Why has she bought an umbrella in August? And why is she blogging about it?!" I ask, have you seen the weather recently?

Primark umbrellas have been letting me down recently, breaking all over the place and just one big faff. I spotted this Totes umbrella in Boots, whilst there was a full on downpour outside, again, fate! It's easy to open and close (nothing dodgy about this umbrella!) and it has a super pretty blue floral print that might actually make me feel better about the rain.

But the best bit is the size, it's tiny. Even smaller than my purse, so much so that it actually gets lost in my bag. Umbrella rant/appreciation over.

What's been your best buy this month? Have you found any sale gems?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Beauty Review: Primark Make-Up Brush Cleanser

Primark Makeup Brush Cleanser Cleaner Review Beauty
 Primark Make-Up Brush Cleanser £2

Normally I'm sceptical about Primark beauty products, you're just not sure about the quality or yellow-y shades in the bottle! But another thing I'm not too sure about is washing my makeup brushes. Every Sunday comes around and my makeup brushes are clogged with product, calling out to be washed or they'll silently judge me for the rest of the week. 

At £2 I didn't have much to loose and I genuiely wasn't expecting too much from this product - I've always been a soap and water gal!

Primark Makeup Brush Cleanser Cleaner Review Beauty

I tested it with my new Sephora Multitasker Brush (review here) as it's the one I use every day for my liquid foundation, so I knew it was pretty dirty!

The instructions are spray directly onto the brush, then clean the bristles with a paper tissue or towel. I usually give it a good 6 sprays then swirl it around on the towel and massage it in to get all the makeup out. 

Primark Makeup Brush Cleanser Cleaner Review Beauty

And it wasn't half bad! Okay, so I'll be doing a good deep clean probably once every two weeks but for the in between time, this is a fab product. It has got a chemically smell, but also something floral-y that I can't put my finger on, which isn't too over powering.

It also dries super quickly - and I mean quick! So even if you're in a rush in the morning but all your makeup brushes are too dirty with product to use, a few spritz and a quick wipe with a paper towel and voila, it's ready to use.

Have you tried this makeup brush cleanser before? What's your favourite makeup brush cleaner?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Instagram Week: Eating Healthy, Brighton Beach and Festival OOTD

Healthy Eating Muesli Nuts Banana Blueberries Millied Linseed Yogurt Breakfast

It might just be the weather, but I've been eating seriously healthy stuff these past few weeks! Usually I'll opt for the chocolate granola (hey, I need a treat in the mornings?) but I found a super nutty, which means super healthy, muesli instead. Just add a few blueberries, a sprinkle of milled linseed, a banana and yogurt and I'm good to go!

Along with every other British person, I've barely cracked out my summer flip flops and shorts because the weather has been SO RUBBISH this year. I posted my What To Wear To A Festival OOTD the other day and it just makes me so sad that the next week is full of rain and storms!

Brighton Pier Summer 2015

I did make the most of the good weather on Friday though and headed down to my favourite city, Brighton, to watch Pulp Fiction on the beach. It's part of the Brighton Big Screen company, where from 14th August to 13th September 93 films will be played on a massive screen right on the beach! Just next to the pier, you've got a few food and drink trucks to keep you going and even better films to keep you entertained. I'd definitely recommend it - especially as tickets are only £3 how good is that?!  

What's been your highlights this week?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sephora Beauty Review

Sephora Face Mask, Smart Roller and Multitasker Brush Review Beauty Blogger

Not a Sephora beauty haul per se, but my friend went on holiday and brought a few bits back for me as a birthday present that I thought were rather good. I haven't actually bought anything from Sephora before and have only been in a store once, now wishing that I had bought something!

Sephora Face Mask, Smart Roller and Multitasker Brush Review Beauty Blogger

Even though I've tried a few sheet masks before and never really got on with them (#funnyshapedface) the Sephora Lotus Mask is by far the best fit I've found. Enough room to fit around my eyes and nose, I actually managed okay. 

The results weren't half bad either. Ideal for hydrating and nourishing, I woke up the next day with sifter and refreshed skin. It does say to not wash away and leave the hydrating gel on after using, which can feel a little sticky! 

I've long been a fan on the Real Techniques brushes for basically anything (are there any brushes more worthy?!) but the Sephora Multitasker Complexion brush has definitely earned its spot. I'd liken this as an in between of the Expert Face Brush and Buffing Brush from Real Techinques, so mainly used for foundation but I've also applied cream blusher and bronzer too - really is a multitasker! Gorgeous quality, super soft and so easy to clean, it's definitely a great one to pick up.

Sephora Face Mask, Smart Roller and Multitasker Brush Review Beauty Blogger
Sephora Smart Roller

If I've ever shared my extensive nail polish collection on my blog before, this has been another well chosen addition! Forget Barry M crackle paint and starry glitter that takes an age to take off, the Sephora Smart Roller is my new favourite.

Sephora Face Mask, Smart Roller and Multitasker Brush Review Beauty Blogger
Sephora Face Mask, Smart Roller and Multitasker Brush Review Beauty Blogger

Super easy to apply, you just tear a section off (all precut perforation) then apply the sticky side down on a DRY nail. Add a few coats of a coloured top layer, leave for a few seconds then peel off the stencil and voila!

 They do lots of other patterns, so if you're into nail art then I'd definitely give this a whirl as it's so easy! Only downside is that I can't actually paint my nails very well, but they do say practise makes perfect.

What's your best buy from Sephora?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 20 August 2015

OOTD: What To Wear To A Festival

OOTD: What To Wear To A Festival Primark Topshop New Look River Island Converse

OOTD: What To Wear To A Festival Primark Topshop New Look River Island Converse

OOTD: What To Wear To A Festival Primark Topshop New Look River Island Converse
 Jacket, Top and Kimono: Primark
Leggings: Topshop
Bag: River Island
Earrings: New Look
Shoes: Converse

This post is probably way out of season now, but hey, there's still a few more festivals this summer! Although I haven't got any more planned, my highlights have to be Reading & Leeds, V Festival and Bestival so there's still a few more to come. I wore this last month to Citadel Festival in London (seriously one of the best day festivals I've been too) to see Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club. 

It was a fairly last minute outfit as the weather was looking okay, but colder in the evening so a jacket was essential. Leggings are a great idea as they're not as thick as jeans but will still keep you warm in the evenings. Because of my pale English complexion, I didn't fancy getting burnt so opted for this light kimono which actually turned out to be a great buy!

On the other hand, I wouldn't recommend wearing white trainers, why? Because festivals are dirty and dusty or wet and muddy. I'm hoping to resurrect them in the washing machine! Hand bags are annoying to wear too, so I'd opt for a cross body bag so your arms are free but your bag is still safe. Also wearing light and loose clothing is essential, because we all hate sweaty mosh pits...

What are your go-to outfit essentials for festivals?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

5 reasons why we all love The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off 2015

For just 10 weeks per year on every Wednesday evening, we're glued to our TVs watching the next set of bakers create three themed bakes with one contestant leaving each week. It's tense. There's ovens not working, mousse not setting, mixture curdling and cakes with a 'soggy bottom'. 

#GBBO starts trending hours before, as everyone excitedly tweets about who they reckon will leave and what floral blazer Mary will be wearing this week. But what makes over 10 million viewers watch each week? Here's 5 reasons why I think we all love The Great British Bake Off.

- Because we love the presenters. 

Stuff Paul and his amazing bread kneading and Mary with her ability to pick out the finest of ingredients in a cake, the show wouldn't be the same without Mel and Sue. Their easy one liners and quips create a humorous tone that you wouldn't get in competitive competitions like this. And when they try to help out the contestants and it goes disastrously wrong is hilarious!

- Because of the drama. 

#bingate and soggy bottoms trending on Twitter must mean something?! We were outraged when Iain's Baked Alaska was ruined after Diana took it out of the freezer and responded with these memes that still make you laugh a year on. I predict a similar incident this year...

- Because we're British. 

Only would the Brits get competitive over whether a a Victoria Sponge is light and fluffy enough for them. Imagine trying to explain to someone across the world why you get so angry when a contestant on the show decides to 'try something new', which ends in a completely predicted disaster?

- Because we all want to be pro bakers. 

Even if you say you're 'just watching for fun' you are mentally taking tips and notes for your next bake. Then wonder why no one has discovered you're the next Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood...

- Because we all want to eat the cake. 

I'll admit it, I have to make sure I watch The Great British Bake Off on a full stomach, otherwise I will be tempted to start baking and eat it all! And if you say you wouldn't want to eat one of their cakes, then we need to have a talk. 

What's your top reason for watching The Great British Bake Off?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Instagram Week: Ice cream, Eastbourne Airshow and a favourite OOTD

Two weeks into August and it's already gone so fast! Although I don't feel like we've had a proper summer and like everyone else, I'm moaning about it. Come on weather, you can do so much better than that week long heatwave in July...

I'll freely admit, I wore this outfit more than once. Literally the exactly same accessories and everything, because why fix something that isn't broke?! Also I've found my new favourite pairing - stars and stripes!

In a last bid to salvage a bit of summer, I had the best gelato I've ever had. Granted, I haven't actually had that much but it's definitely in my top 10 of desserts. I opted for the delicious Salted Caramel and Pecan Gelato from Gelupo in Soho, well worth a visit if you're in the area!

Even though it's only been two weeks, I've managed to get through three can't-put-down books already which is a pretty good record for me! Summer At Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond is a highlight for me this month, centred around a family with a lot of secrets to share. Read my full review here.

Eastbourne Airshow 2015

Eastbourne Airshow 2015

The summer did make an appearance yesterday at the Eastbourne Airshow though! My grandad used to love going down for the day, so we thought we'd take a trip to the coast to see what's going on. The planes on show were bloomin' amazing, the tricks they can do are spectacular to watch. Of course I picked up a burger, although it was healthier as it was the vegetarian version so not technically my cheat meal for this weekend...

What's been your highlight this week?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Beauty Tips You Never Knew About

Like any other blogger and beauty follower, I love a quick and easy beauty tip that saves time and money. I spend my days scrolling through Pinterest to find my favourites and putting them to the test.

As sharing is caring, I thought I'd write a post about my top tried and tested beauty tips, so enjoy!

  • Use a wet cotton bud to wipe away eyeliner and mascara mistakes
  • Try gently squeezing wet hair with a towel, rubbing can cause split ends and breakage
  • Running out of shampoo? Add a little water to the bottle and gently shake to get the last bits out
  • Dab some lip balm on to dry patches on your face, works just as as well as face cream!
  • Apply foot cream and hand cream just before you go to bed - it works magic over night
  • Get rid of nail polish mistakes with a cotton bud and nail polish remover
  • Body buff your skin once a week. I do this on a Sunday with either an exfoliating mitt or dry brush
  • Always wash your brushes with the facing down under the tap. The water and soap can get into the glue and cause the bristles to fall out.
  • Translucent powder helps set lipstick too. 
  • To dry nails quickly, dip them in cold water for a few minutes and voila!

Obviously most are common knowledge and you do automatically without thinking, but there's always a few a forget! Share your favourite tips and tricks in the comments - I'd love to know!

Rhiannon x

Thursday, 13 August 2015

OOTD: Primark Daisy Trousers and Red Shoes

OOTD Primark Daisy Print Trousers Red Shoes White Jumper Denim Jacket Black Backpack ASOS

OOTD Primark Daisy Print Trousers Red Shoes White Jumper Denim Jacket Black Backpack ASOS

OOTD Primark Daisy Print Trousers Red Shoes White Jumper Denim Jacket Black Backpack ASOS
Jacket, Jumper and Trousers: Primark
Shoes: Internacionale

Back when I first started blogging my outfits I used to use quite cryptic and mysterious titles depending on my mood. There's probably a lot of double meanings in them! Whereas nowadays it explains the post in a few simple words, which is so much easier!

Wearing printed trousers is anything but simple for me. It requires planning and the usual 'oh but can I pull them off?' thoughts. I was drawn to these daisy flower print trousers because the monochrome colour means I can pretty much wear them with any colour! And also because they're slightly retro and I love it when old styles are reinvented for the current day (hello a-line skirts!) Obviously to throw on a bit of colour, I wore my red pumps but during my black and white moods, this is as far as I will go! Maybe the sunnier weather this week will bring out more colour to my outfits...

Are you stuck in the black and white mood? What's your favourite retro style at the moment?

Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Book Review: Summer At Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond

I know, another book review?! You're on a reading streak Rhiannon! More often that not my head has been stuck in a book recently, even over watching TV or blogging. Which means that it must be a good'un...

Book Review Summer At Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond

"A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more?"

I have previously reviewed The Year Of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond and loved the book split between the three characters and the way each story seamlessly moulds to each other. Summer At Shell Cottage took in not only three, but a whole family tree of stories to contend with! It focused mainly on three central women (Mum, Daughter and Daughter-in-Law) and also their families and the troubles that followed them to the seaside town of Silver Sands Bay. And trust me, there was a lot of drama!

Olivia is a widow after her husband Alec, a famous author, suffers a heart attack following a mysterious phone call. She struggles through but plans her usual summer holiday with her children and grandchildren to Silver Sands Bay, but arrives to the town with an unexpected surprise...

Her daughter Freya is known as 'the coper' but life as a GP, mum and wife becomes too much and she turns to a bottle of wine instead. Freya's sister-in-law, Harriet discovers her husband and young daughter have been hiding secrets from her, which threatens to tear apart their relationship.

As you can tell, it's definitely a story that keeps you on your toes and throws you from one drama to the next. I love the variety of characters in each chapter, they each have their own personality and voice that you're bound to love at least one of them. Summer At Shell Cottage is an intriguing and wise read, that'll leave you with thoughts of love and friendship.

As the saying goes, 'don't judge a book by its cover' but I am so guilty of this! All of Lucy Diamond's front covers follow a running theme and are always so enticing with their strap lines, this one being 'Sun. Sea. Sand. Secrets...' - how can that not make you want to read it?

I'd totally recommend this as a great summer read, with a touch of chic lit and freshness about it.

Have you read of any Lucy Diamond's books? What's your best summer read?

Rhiannon x

Sunday, 9 August 2015

How Not To Get Bogged Down With The Numbers

A totally spontaneous post today, where usually my weekly Instagram posts fills the spot but I haven't actually done anything that interesting this week to share with you guys! The idea of numbers, specifically follower counts, has been a subject that's played on my mind, and I'm sure other bloggers too.

Before when you blogged, it would just be for the fun of it, another hobby that you could enjoy. But as blogging as a whole has grown in the past few years, numbers have become more and more important.

Like any other human, you compare yourself to other bloggers and think 'how have they got more followers than I have?' It could be for a number of reasons like they've been blogging for longer/blog consistently/produce on point and engaging content each time/are total website whizzes - pick your reason, but that doesn't mean your numbers don't count.

Ways to not get bogged down with the numbers:
  • Be grateful for the followers you do have.
  • Everyone started with one follower, it'll grow with time.
  • Learn from others - explore their blog/Twitter/Instagram etc and find out what they are doing that you're not and how you could improve on that.
  • Find your niche and perfect that until you can do it with your eyes closed
  • Let it go. In this digital age, a number is just another among millions. You'll have some that stick around and others that don't, so don't let it get to you too much.
 I know some of my closest and oldest friends read my blog, and whenever I see them back from uni they'll say "I've been keeping up to date with your blog!" which is super sweet. As well as a lot of my family who read my blog, which I imagine is where most of my stats come from!

What I wanted to do with this post was reassure others that numbers and follower counts aren't crucial to every day life. Of course, for some bloggers and youtubers who do this for a living the numbers are one of the, if not the, most important things of their careers, so this won't apply to everyone.

It's just a topic that's been niggling in my mind for a while now that I wanted to share. Please let me know your opinions on followers, numbers and all that jazz in the comments - I'd love to know whether you disagree or agree with the above!

Rhiannon x

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Beauty Review: Angels On Bare Skin by Lush

Angels On Bare Skin By Lush Cleanser Review Beauty Skincare

Angels On Bare Skin By Lush Cleanser Review Beauty Skincare

Initially I was unsure of this cleanser, as I'm usually a cream or gel cleanser kinda gal and this was totally new territory for me! But as you can see, I've grown to love Angels On Bare Skin and the results it leaves behind have deemed a blog worthy review...

How To Use

I can see why Angels On Bare Skin is one of Lush's top sellers, once you get the hang of using it! I find it's best to use in the shower as it's quite a messy product, although just be careful of getting any water inside the pot. Simply wet your hands and take a small amount into your palms, then rub into a paste and massage onto your face. It's made from natural ingredients from the sea, like seaweed and sea salt, to calm and gently exfoliate your skin.

Why I Love It

I'll generally use this in the evening as my second cleanser of my double cleanser routine, but have also been using it in the mornings to refresh and exfoliate my face. I love the lavender smell as it really calms my face and helps reduce any blemishes I have. Once I'm happy that I've massaged it into my face and across my neck and decolletage, then I'll wash it off and apply a toner and moisturiser.

Would I recommend it?

The main ingredients come from essential oils, as well as ground almonds to exfoliate, so you know it's not damaging or polluting wildlife either! I'd recommend trying this out if you have dry or spot-prone skin as it helps to reduce redness, whilst gently exfoliating any dry patches. Next up on my list to try is the Ultrabland Cleanser - has anyone tried this yet?

What do you think of Angels On Bare Skin?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 6 August 2015

OOTD: A New ASOS Skirt and Starry Belt

Jacket, Shoes and Top: Primark
Skirt and Bag: Asos
Belt: Topshop 

As it was my birthday last month, ASOS sent a little 10% off code as a present. Of course I first picked up my beloved Ridley Skinny Jeans in Clean Black, seriously the best and most affordable high waisted pair of jeans I've come across. I've also been on the hut for a black midi skirt that's suitable for work, cue the Black Midi Skater Skirt

Not too short and not too long (and sounding like Goldilocks!) I needed something that I could wear to work in the summer, survive the heat and still look smart. Even though my milk bottle legs are a stark contrast to my new skirt, I adore this outfit. Anything with stripes get a thumbs up from me (obession much), the starry belt is a long-time favourite and the rest are part of my core collection of work staples. 

Have you got a new favourite skirt for this summer? What's your go-to outfit for summer work days?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

This Month I...

See, I am sticking to this monthly review schedule! Albeit it is a few days late, but you can't have everything. July was officially my birthday month and was so jammed packed with seeing friends and exploring new places, that I still have a massive to-do list to tick off in August! See what I got up to in June here.

This Month I... was treated to an extra special birthday cake! I've shared a few of my big sister's amazing cake creations before, but this one is definitely one of my favourites. Deliciously sweet butter icing on the outside and a yummy raspberry Victoria Sandwich in the middle, with light and fluffy meringues on top. Of course I had to share it with my family, otherwise that would've been a little mean to keep it all for myself...

This Month I... bought and caved in to the Z for Accessorize Collection! All the pieces are made from semi-precious stones and are so beautifully delicate, with the majority of the range gold plated featuring turquoise blues and baby pinks. Usually gold plated isn't my style but recently they've introduced a small line of silver jewellery which is right up my street. The stone is Aqua Chalcedony and is silver plated, so make sure you keep an eye out for it!

The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul By Deborah Rodriguez

Another Way To Fall By Amanda Brooke

This Month I... read a few new books! I got through so many good reads this month and finished three books, where as usually it would take me a month to finish one. Ones I'd definitely recommend are The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul By Deborah Rodriguez (review here) and Another Way To Fall by Amanda Brooke (review here) - they're both different to usual chic lit or anything else I've read actually. 

Citadel Festival 2015 London

This Month I... watched Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard at Citadel 2015 Festival, possibly my highlight of the month. I loved this festival so much, there was tons to do from arts and crafts tents, sport day activities and exercise masterclasses to comedy tents, key journalist speakers and of course, awesome music. I spent the day with one of my best friends, which makes it so much more fun! Definitely one to bookmark next year and it's in central London too!

What's been your July highlight? Have you got any favourite moments?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x

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