Thursday, 29 September 2016

This Month I...

September has gone all too quick for me - we're almost at the end of 2016! As always, it's been a busy month for me. I love the start of September as it's a new season and start again, like going back to school and October doesn't look like it's going to be much quieter either...

This Month I... ate a lot of afternoon tea! In one weekend I had two afternoon teas, not that I'm complaining... One was for my sister's hen party at the Mews Of Mayfair in London and the other (above) was with a few girls from school at Alexander House in West Sussex. My afternoon etiquette always begins with savoury, then onto the scones and finally the cakes, leaving the best until last!

This Month I... went to Skiathos, Greece! Instead of spending money on buying new clothes, makeup etc. I saved up to go on holiday. It was the perfect break before starting a few full on months before the end of the year. Skiathos is a tiny little island, with loads of beaches and sunny weather, plus scenes from Mamma Mia! were filmed there too.

This Month I... read My Sister's Keeper. On holiday I took 4 books with me, and read 3 and 1/2, not too bad going! My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult has been on my to-read list for ages and I finally got round to reading it whilst on the beach. I did really enjoy reading it, again it's a split narrative and on a subject I haven't read about before. If you've seen the film, the ending it totally different to the book, which really really annoys me because films should always stick to the original books!

This Month I... watched Bridget Jones's Baby. Being a big Bridget Jones fan from the films and the books, I was so looking forward to watching this film! Despite it being totally different to the third book, I actually prefer this version. What I love about Bridget Jones is that she's so relatable, never gives up and always has a positive attitude. There are some real funny moments, like Bridget going to her first festival and in labour. Definitely go see it with your friends or mum!

This Month I... experience my first hen party! My sister is getting married in October, so on the 17th September we took her and 18 of her friends and family up to London for a day of afternoon tea eating and cocktail making. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed the whole day! Cocktail making was my favourite part because I do love a good cocktail...

What did you get up to in September?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

OOTD: Primark dungarees and all black

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

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

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

What do you think of dungarees?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Blogging Myths

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

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

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

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

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

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

What blogging myths do you know?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

OOTD: More Stripes and Jewellery Chat

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

My Perfect Pamper Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's in your pamper routine? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Blogging Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's your best blogging tip? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

OOTD: Zara perfect white dress and marble earrings

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Current Favourite Lip Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's your favourite lip product? 

Thanks for reading! 
Rhiannon x 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

My Favourite Places In London

I've worked in London for just over 2 years now and have really enjoyed working in the capital! Luckily, I'm about 45 minutes away on the train so travelling isn't too difficult. There's still lots of areas of London I'm yet to explore, but for those who are visiting and staying central, then here's my favourite places...

1. Soho
I live and breathe Soho, literally. My work place is smack bang in the middle of it and I can't get enough of it all. Every Friday a few of my friends and I from work go out for lunch and always end up trying somewhere new as there's so many different places to try. China town is just across the road, so there's a lot of sushi, chinese and thai restaurants or if you want italian there's a ton of places too! My favourites are either Honest Burgers, Vapiano or Yoshio sushi.

2. Embankment and South Bank
I put these two together as they come as one really! On Embankment side, you've got the Tower of London (see my recent post here), the Strand, Big Ben, Westminster and so much more. On Southbank, you have the Shard, the Globe Theater, the London Eye and usually a lot of food stalls and entertainment too. If I had a spare summer evening, I'd definitely spend it walking along here!

3. Covent Garden
If I had a pound for every lunchtime I've spent in Covent Garden, I'd be rich by now! It's only a 10 minute walk from my work in Soho and always has something going on. There's the usual street performers at every corner and usually some elaborate architecture like these balloons last year. During the summer, there's lots of seating outside and a secret church garden behind the market, which I like to eat my lunch in to escape the crowds.

 4. Kensington
The 'posh' side of London in my opinion! I've been here a few times, but I've been meaning to go back again. Hyde Park is just on the edge of Kensington and is a must-see when you're in London - remember to take a picnic! It's been a while since I've been to the Natural History Museum and Science Museum, so they're on my to-visit list too.

5. Camden 
My personal favourite food-spot of London, it's the proper food market of London. They're got everything you could imagine coming out of their little huts with enough to feed an army. Besides the food, Camden is a great spot for shopping and homemade souvenirs, try and pick a week day with good weather as the majority is outside!

What's your favourite part of London or where you live?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 8 September 2016

OOTD: Elephant Print Skirt and Classic Blazer

OOTD: Elephant Print Skirt and Classic Blazer, New Look, Converse, H&M, Blazer, Black Blazer, Elephant, Skirt, Fashion, Outfit

OOTD: Elephant Print Skirt and Classic Blazer, New Look, Converse, H&M, Blazer, Black Blazer, Elephant, Skirt, Fashion, Outfit

OOTD: Elephant Print Skirt and Classic Blazer, New Look, Converse, H&M, Blazer, Black Blazer, Elephant, Skirt, Fashion, Outfit
Blazer and Skirt; New Look
Top: H&M
Bag; From Italy
Shoes: Converse
Watch: Olivia Burton
Necklace: Forever 21
Ring with Blue Stone: Accessorize
Silver Rings: Pandora and Present

Sometimes you just can't beat a good blazer. I own two black, one light lilac/blue and another white, feeling like I've ticked most of the boxes! Because this outfit felt quite casual with the trainers and t-shirt, it needed a smart element to make it wearable for work. Nothing ground breaking, but a blazer is one of my must-have desert island pieces of clothing. Although wearing it on a desert island probably wouldn't be the most practical!

I adore the print on this skirt, it's got cute elephants and swirly floral patterns and is the perfect fit for me. It can work for both winter and summer, just add a jumper and boots for the colder months and you have something that works all year around. 

What do you think of this outfit? What's your desert island piece of clothing?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

My Brow Routine featuring Benefit and L'Oreal

My Brow Routine featuring Benefit and L'Oreal, Eyebrows, Benefit, Benefit Cosmetics, Colorsport, 30 Day Brow Tint, L'Oreal, BeautyUK, Gimme Brow, Goof Proof, Makeup, Makeup Routine

Brows have become a big thing in the past few years, before was the over plucked and pin-thin eyebrows and now it's the era of full Cara Delevingne-esque brows. I'll admit that before now, my eyebrows weren't in the best condition. They were very fair, so pale that I once had a no-eyebrow passport photo for 4 years! And they had no shape, mainly because I left them to do their own thing and avoided the over-plucked stage. 

Now I have a set routine and products which I use to keep my brows looking semi decent, because lets face it I'm never going to have the full and defined brows I want! So here's how I keep my brows looking their best:

My Brow Routine featuring Benefit and L'Oreal, Eyebrows, Benefit, Benefit Cosmetics, Colorsport, 30 Day Brow Tint, L'Oreal, BeautyUK, Gimme Brow, Goof Proof, Makeup, Makeup Routine

1. Tint

Like I said, my eyebrows are so fair that you can't even see them sometimes. Which means if I want them to look natural, an eyebrow tint is the best way to go. I work for the company Colorsport as part of their online marketing and ecommerce, so I get to try out the products and one of my favourite ones is the Colorsport 30 Day Brow Tint. All you have to do is mix the Dye Cream and Developer Lotion with the white stick in the dish, then brush onto your brows and leave for 5 minutes. Take off and volia, you can now see my brows and their shape! Although they do still require makeup to be full defined, but on makeup-free days it helps to accentuate their shape.

2. Wax and Shape

Before August, I had never had my eyebrows waxed before but now it's part of my monthly brow routine. I had my first wax at the Benefit Cosmetics and Marie Claire Event and can't believe what a difference it had made. My eyes were instantly lifted and arches defined, plus the girls from Benefit were so lovely that I'll definitely be going back!

My Brow Routine featuring Benefit and L'Oreal, Eyebrows, Benefit, Benefit Cosmetics, Colorsport, 30 Day Brow Tint, L'Oreal, BeautyUK, Gimme Brow, Goof Proof, Makeup, Makeup Routine

3. Everyday Makeup

With only 15 minutes to apply my makeup each morning, a quick brow routine is a must. I received the mini version of Goof Proof Brow Pencil as part of my Look Fantastic Haul and have literally found it fool-proof. It's a natural and soft pencil, shaped to a point for each definition and easy to use. Next up is Gimme Brow, which has changed all brow products for a long time to come! If I'm feeling really lazy, I'll just sweep it through my brows and they're ready to do. It does take practice to get the right amount onto your brows, without getting splodges in random places.

My Brow Routine featuring Benefit and L'Oreal, Eyebrows, Benefit, Benefit Cosmetics, Colorsport, 30 Day Brow Tint, L'Oreal, BeautyUK, Gimme Brow, Goof Proof, Makeup, Makeup Routine

4. Full On Brows Makeup

If I'm feeling a little fancier than my usual brow makeup, I'll head for this duo. First I'll apply the BeautyUK High Brow Kit in the lightest colour with an angled brush. This really helps to define and add colour that my everyday eyebrow makeup doesn't quite do. The only thing with powders are that I find my brows can look quite 'flat' afterwards and need a brow gel to define again. For this I use the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, which is a clear gel that just lifts the hairs and shape.

What's your brow routine? What are your favourite products?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 4 September 2016

My 5 Favourite Bloggers

One thing I miss about being a student, is the time to comment on my favourite blogs. After school I used to come home, do some homework, write a blog post and spend my evenings reading other blogs. Now I manage to read a few blogs on my commute to work and keep up with new and old favourites!

So it's time to share my favourite blogs with you, the ones who make me super excited to read their latest posts:

My 5 Favourite Bloggers, The Makeup Directory, Sally O'Kelly, Blog, Blogger

The Makeup Directory by Sally O'Kelly

As if her dreamy flatlays aren't enough to make you want to follow her, but Sally is genuiely a lovely person. Her new Weekly Wishlists are a fab feature and reviews on all things beauty, will make you want to buy more lipsticks and Essie nail polishes!

My 5 Favourite Bloggers, Robowecop, Rhianna, blog, blogger

If you're looking for no-shit-taken straight-talking blogging then Rhianna is your gal. Her blog is a mixture of beauty and life tips and motivational posts, all brilliantly written. It's hard to get across your personality in a blog post, but you can really see Rhianna's wit and sass shine through.

My 5 Favourite Bloggers, Britton Loves, Lauren, Blog, Blogger

For someone who is only just getting the hang of flatlays, Lauren's photography tips are more helpful than you can imagine! Her blog is not only gorgeous, but her unique posts and delicious recipes have me always looking forward to her new posts. Plus I've met her at events before and she's such a friendly gal.

My 5 Favourite Bloggers, From Roses, Rebecca, Blog, Blogger

From Roses by Rebecca

Rebecca's blog is always the first one I read on my commute to work. What I love about From Roses is that Rebecca posts every day but always keeps her content fresh and relevant. It's a mixture of fashion and beauty - my favourite blog genres to read!

My 5 Favourite Bloggers, The Life & Loves Of NineGrandStudent, Chloe, Blog, Blogger

The Life & Loves of NineGrandStudent by Chloe

I've been reading Chloe's blog for a long while now and every post is always a must-read! Her lifestyle posts are fab and photography skills are some I need to learn, but the posts that always excite me are her food posts. Especially her Malteaser Blondies post, which I still need to make!

Who's your favourite bloggers? I hope you found a few new ones to follow!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

OOTD: School Girl Dress and Bomber Jacket

OOTD: School Girl Dress and Bomber Jacket, Outfit, Primark, Bomber Jacket, New Look, Jewellery, Watch, Olivia Burton, Summer

OOTD: School Girl Dress and Bomber Jacket, Outfit, Primark, Bomber Jacket, New Look, Jewellery, Watch, Olivia Burton, Summer

OOTD: School Girl Dress and Bomber Jacket, Outfit, Primark, Bomber Jacket, New Look, Jewellery, Watch, Olivia Burton, Summer

OOTD: School Girl Dress and Bomber Jacket, Outfit, Primark, Bomber Jacket, New Look, Jewellery, Watch, Olivia Burton, Summer
Dress: New Look
Jacket and Shoes: Primark
Bag, Earrings and Ring with Blue Stone: Accessorize
Watch: Olivia Burton
Patterned Rings: Pandora
Silver Band Ring: Present

My go-to Friday or weekend hairstyle is always pigtail plaits or a side plait, by this point I've really lost all enthusiasm for my hair and this seems like the easiest option! Even though I may look like a school girl with my checked dress and backpack... I wore this last week to work when it was another super hot day and had to find something work appropriate but still cool enough for the commute home. I know I'm still going to be wearing bomber jackets throughout autumn and winter, and might upgrade my current khaki suede number to a silky black one, a bit more sophisticated I'd say.

If you saw my jewellery collection, you'd think I'd have a problem. But it's years of collection rings, earrings and necklaces that has brought me to the stage where I'm always wearing the same thing. I'm a sucker for silver rings, and show me anything with an aqua blue stone and I'll be buying it. If only I had more fingers to wear more rings....

What do you think of this outfit? What's your favourite style of jewellery?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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