Thursday, 17 August 2017

OOTD: Summer Style Scarves

Jacket and Top: Primark
Skirt: ASOS
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Cath Kidson
Scarf: Accessorize

In classic British fashion, I'd definitely say this summer has been totally rubbish. Too much rain and cloud for my liking! Although there have been a few nice days that I've actually been able to crack out the sandals and wear something fairly summery. I've loved wear these lace up sandals this summer, they have a fabric canvas sole which means they're so comfortable to wear and keep my feet cool too. 

When I was at school and wearing a school uniform everyday, the only way I could express myself is through my hair and jewellery. I used to spend ages playing with my hair and creating new looks each day, ending up with a massive hair clip and hairband collection! I did keep this leopard print scarf which sits perfectly with my hair colour and adds a bit more to my otherwise plain look. 

What is your go-to hairstyle?

Thanks for reading!  
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Favourite Cleansers ft. Boots, Garnier, Aldi

I don't think there's a better feeling than removing your makeup after a long day and treating your skin to a nourishing cleanse. Skincare is my favourite beauty section to shop and explore, there's SO many new and innovative products launched in the past few years and that it so exciting.

There's so many different types of cleansers that I thought I'd take you through my favourites:

Micellar Water
Before micellar water came along, I was all about the wipes for removing my makeup. It now makes me cringe to remember then! I've tried a few micellar waters but always come back to the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It's great for removing really stubborn eyeliner or lipstick and doesn't sting my eyes. Plus point is that it's also available in Savers and Wilko, below the RRP price in Boots.

Cream Cleanser
This is the bread and butter of cleansing, my pillar of cleansers. I like to use a cream cleanser after removing my makeup, gently massaging it across my face then removing it with a flannel. Liz Earle is the pinnacle of cream cleansers clearly, but I found a great dupe from Aldi (of all places!) that it so soothing on my skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

Oil Cleanser
I've used a few oil cleansers in my time and they are really lovely to use in the colder months, as my skin tends to become tight, dry and uncomfortable. Sometimes I've been too lazy to use my micellar water and skipped straight to an oil to remove my makeup and generally they do work well to break down my makeup and cleanse my skin. I'd definitely recommend the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil, read my full review here.

Scrub and Gel Cleanser
Whilst my evening cleanse is more luxurious and a treat for me, my morning cleanse is a lot quicker and efficient. I'll normally opt for a gentle scrub or gel cleanser that refreshes my skin and preps it for moisturising. Simple has been a long love of mine, but Boots own are actually really great value for money. I love their Tea Tree range and now the Berry range has added gels and scrubs and I am obsessed with them!

What's your cleansing routine? Any recommendations?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Things That Make Me Feel Sassy

You know that sassy hand tipping point emoji? It's one of my favourite emojis to use and kinda inspired this post! If I'm in a down mood or had a bad day at work, there's a few things guaranteed to perk up my mood again and bring out the sass in me.

Things That Make Me Feel Sassy:

- Red lipstick.
I feel like this would be on many girls lists for boosting their mood! A red lipstick is the best quick-fix and there's so many types to choose from nowadays that you'll definitely find your match.

- Music.
The right song can make or break my mood, and there's so many songs that make me feel so sassy and almost strutting my way to work...! Beyonce, Little Mix and Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want To Have Fun are a few of my favourites.

- A gorgeous dress.
It might sound vain, but I always feel my best when I'm all dresses up and looking fab. A red dress is the ultimate mood boosting outfit for me, paired with heels and a smile and I'm good to go!

- Cocktails with my friends.
Never do I feel so sassy than when I'm with my friends having a few cocktails and catch up.

- Bossing a project.
I've been working really hard on a few projects over the past couple of months and now that work is really starting to pay off. It's great to feel that satisfied feeling when you've done a good day's work.

What makes you feel sassy?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

OOTD: Primark Stripe and Green Skirt

Jacket, Top and Skirt: Primark
Shoes: Missguided
Bag: Souvenir from Florence, Italy

I am a Primark magpie, it's one of my favourite places to shop and finding those hidden gems for a fraction of the price from other high streets is a massive win for my purse and wardrobe. It's lucky that I work just by the large Tottenham Court Road branch, but also my local Crawley shop regularly re-stocks it's shelves with fresh new fashion. I found this gorgeous green pleated skirt the other day for just £8 and I know it'll work just as well at winter with tights and boots too, a real multi-tasker!

The only issue I have with Primark is that it's fast and cheap fashion. I'd love to have a capsule wardrobe with great quality staples that'll last years and years until you've worn them through. And I do choose jackets and jeans for example from Zara, ASOS and Topshop because they will last me a good while before replacing. It's shops like Primark and New Look that fill that gap of having up to date fashion without spending too much. After my Primark clothes are looking a little worn and done with, they'll either head to the charity shop or for recycling, or even to friends if they can be re-used again. 

What are your thoughts on fast fashion? Do you love Primark too?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

My Relationship With Makeup

Me and Makeup. Makeup and I. It's a happy relationship at the moment, a working relationship that does the job and more. Some days we don't agree (especially when I've forgotten to remove my makeup after a late night out...) and we need a break from each other, but on the whole we're on a happy road to marriage.

For me, makeup is the thing that can turn my look from drab to fab with just a little eyebrow gel, mascara and blusher and maybe a bit more than that...! Makeup is that part of beauty where you get to have a bit of fun and be creative. Will today be an eyeliner flick day? Or a red lippie kinda feeling? Makeup gives me the confidence to catch the eye of that cute guy on the train or taken on the meeting with a great result. 

There are days when me and makeup spend time apart, and that's okay because confidence within your own skin is important too. I'm not the most knowledgeable or confident when applying makeup or using it, but I feel like I know what looks good and anything else I can learn. Definitely I'd like to learn more and find more looks to play around with, if you recommend any tutorials or Instagram accounts to follow, put them in the comments! 

Makeup is a great tool, you only have to see the The Power Of Makeup tutorials to see how much makeup can change a persons appearance and their confidence along with it too. I'll never stop falling in love with makeup, it's a match made in heaven.

What's your relationship with makeup like? Any favourite brands and products?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Things I've Learnt On My Three Year Anniversary

So lets make it clear that it's my work anniversary and not any other anniversary....! On Friday 4th August it was my three year work anniversary, and actually my three year anniversary for working full time in my proper first job. I like marking special dates and memories, and this one was filled with as much laughter in the office as it was on day one. In a non-cringey way I was reflecting on my 3 years at work and thought I'd share about what I've learnt throughout my time:

- Be patient
When I first started my job, I wanted to do everything and started working 100 miles an hour. However as they say Rome wasn't built in a day and I've learnt to be patient over time. There's so many things that can throw a spanner in the works and add extra time to a project, which can be frustrating but patience is an important skill to learn.

- Things happen for a reason
Bad news is not necessarily a bad thing but a new challenge. I've learnt that things definitely do not go plain sailing at my work and that means I have to adapt to the new situation. I've always wanted a job that isn't the same everyday and my current role is so much fun and different everyday!

- You're always learning
There's never been a point in my current role where I've thought, 'okay I've learnt everything that I need to.' Whether it's something to do with my job or a general work environment lesson, each day there's something new to discover. I think if you start to close off your mind to learning new things then new experiences don't come your way anymore.

- If it feels right it's right
When I first started job hunting I would apply for jobs that didn't feel right to me and come out of interviews not feeling like I'd quite fit in. Then when I went to my interview for my current job, my gut just told me this was the perfect place to kick start my career. So always trust your gut!

- A work and life balance is important
This one took me a good few months to learn, especially as I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed newbie who just wanted to do as well as she could. That also meant going to the post office on my lunch breaks, doing work that was outside of my job role and checking my emails over the weekend to show how eager I am. I believe that it get the best out of me during my working hours that it's important to take time out for yourself to recuperate and restart afresh the next day. 

What lessons have your learnt from your first job? Are you looking for a new job?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

OOTD: Peasant Blouse and Cross Bar Shoes

Jacket: Primark
Top: Zara
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Missguided
Bag: Cath Kidston
Earrings: Forever 21

This blouse has fast become one of my favourite tops to wear, considering it was a Zara sale purchase! I love seeing how the peasant blouse and embroidery trend has taken off and practically everything has some sort of stitching style. These Topshop MOTO Floral Embroidered Joni Jeans are so cute and would work casual and smart with a crisp white shirt. And of course Zara come up with the most gorgeous embroidered pieces, especially this Floral Embroidered Shirt. And now my shopping list has grown again...

This week has been crazy busy, like seriously busy! Usually work starts to quieten down during the summer but it's been the complete opposite these past few weeks. Because of that I've been taking more time out to step out of the office on my lunch breaks, even if it is to go to Primark (ooops!) I've also been reading more books recently and found it's such a great way to escape from the busy modern life. Never doubt the power of a good book!

What do you think of the embroidery trend? Any book recommendations?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

How To Keep Up With Blogging

Sometimes I even wonder how I keep up with blogging! It's such a fast pace and always-connected community that it can be overwhelming, especially if it's a hobby or side project to your full time job/uni/school. Now I've been blogging for 5 years now and doing it alongside college and working full time, there's a few tips and advice I have for those who need a helping hand.

Find pockets of time
Evenings are normally great for me and even during my lunch breaks I'm replying to emails and catching up on Instagram. It's those pockets of time and using them wisely and efficiently that help relieve some pressure later on. It might be Sunday afternoon or an hour or two after work, keep that time in mind for blogging activities.

Plan, Plan, Plan!
I couldn't live without my Paperchase notebook and colour coordinating pens. Each month I print off a new calendar and scribble down all of the new posts I have planned for that month. Then there's a colour coded system for when I've taken photos, written the post and scheduled the Twitter and Instagram posts too. It's the only way which I can keep up with posting each week so I don't get behind with anything!

Batch photos and posts
Similar to my planning point, but by blocking out one sunny morning to take photos for the next few posts it makes such a difference to your time. Then I can come to edit those photos and write the accompanying posts when I've got a spare evening. This is also helped by my monthly calendar as I can see which posts are coming up and what photos I'll need to take for them.

Don't put pressure on yourself
With all of the above tips, you definitely need to take time out for yourself too. I generally don't pick up my laptop or use my phone too much on Monday and Friday evenings, banking these hours as 'me' time. If your parents are anything like mine, they would've told you when you were younger that your eyes would go square from staring at the screen too much! For many of us, blogging is a fun hobby and doesn't need to be stressed over, so remember your 'me time' too.

What are your tips for keeping up with blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

This Month I...

July has been a great month for a number of reasons, there was a trip to Rome in the middle, drinks out with the girls and my 22nd birthday to celebrate. Plus Love Island pretty much brought a new purpose to my evenings again...

This Month I... ate another delicious cake from my sister. Obviously not all for myself! For my 22nd birthday, my sister made a fab flamingo cake for me. Inside were three sponges with pink butter icing and the amazing pink marble outside icing. I do love flamingos! There's also been many dinners, cocktails and afternoon teas with my friends and family, I think August I'll try to eat healthily again after over indulging in July....

This Month I... got bought lots of lovely presents for my birthday. I'm not going to do one of those 'what I got for my birthday' posts because I don't want to come across as bragging too much! A few favourites are obviously the chocolates, and even a chocolate drink and spread from Hotel Chocolat! My brother got me a few books, finally completing my A House Of Night series and a travel guide for when I go to Malaysia later this year. The cute travel bag and card holder are from Mango and came from my sister and brother-in-law, as well as the camera lens which I know I'll get tons of use on Instagram!

This Month I... have been reading Blogosphere and Cosmo magazines! Even though they say print is dying, I still love to pick up a new magazine to read. The hunt for the new Blogosphere magazine was a long one but I finally found one in my local WH Smith and grabbed it quick before it disappeared! It's a really great magazine for bloggers and I love finding new blogs each time. I actually got Cosmo for free because sometimes Gatwick Express have a magazine rack for you to take and read, so I always keep an eye out for my favourites.

This Month I... finally got round to watching a new film, Dunkirk! I've hardly been to the cinema this year, partly because there's nothing that amazing at the moment and partly because of the extortionate prices... Dunkirk is about the rescue mission of the 400,000 men on Dunkirk beach in France in WW2, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. Unless you enjoy history and are interested in WW2, I probably wouldn't recommend this film. Mainly because there's no back stories (you don't even know some of their names) and you're thrown straight into the middle of the action, so previous basic knowledge would be helpful! It was a slow burner and kept the suspense going for a good half of the the film before you saw much action. As always, Christopher Nolan is amazing at directing this film and I really love his style from The Dark Knight and Inception. 

This Month I... travelled to Rome! If you haven't been keeping up on my Instagram (sneaky plug there!) I visited Rome for a few days this month. I love Italy, not only for the food but for the people too. Rome is incredible because within this modern city is the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and amazing Roman artifacts and sights it's amazing to see them all kept so well preserved and such a part of their culture still. I've got a full guide on Rome Things To Do, See and Eat but I'll just leave it as one of my recommended European cities to visit!

What have you been up to in July? Any exciting plans for August?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

OOTD: White Shirt and Accessories

Shirt: ASOS
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Next
Coat: H&M
Bag: Cath Kidson
Scarf: Primark
Necklace: Accessorize

When I was younger I used to wear so much jewellery. I even when through a phase of big Pat Butcher style earrings, but the less about that the better! Nowadays I've limited the amount of jewellery I wear, only wearing a few rings and my watch and bracelet (more about them on My Special Jewellery Pieces post!) and this week I found myself missing wearing jewellery. 

How I choose my outfits is I pick a standout item e.g. stripey dress, then build everything around that item. Instead, this week I started a blank canvas with a fitted white shirt and my trusty black skinny jeans from Marks & Spencer (don't underestimate this place for good quality jeans!) then added jewellery. I love statement necklaces, the bigger and more colourful the better. They look especially pretty on top of shirts and roll neck tops too. I find Accessorize, Topshop and River Island do the best statement necklaces and stand the test of time too. 

What is your favourite style of jewellery?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How To Save On Your Beauty Shopping

Years ago I used to only shop in Boots, collecting those points and paying full price for my beauty products but now that's all different! Since working in the beauty and cosmetics industry for three years now, I've learnt that there's so many ways you can buy your favourite beauty products without having to pay the full price or getting some reward for it!

1. Discounter Shops
I never used to visit Poundland or Savers for my beauty products, but did you know they stock big brands to L'Oreal, Dove and Colgate? My favourite is definitely Savers and Wilko, they'll mostly stock all of the big brands at half the price they are in Boots or at the supermarkets.

2. Online Shopping
There's some real bargain online shops! I've always loved as they have my favourite Decleor brand as well as so many different perfume brands. Another one is and they stock lots of different and interesting products. Amazon are actually a great resource for finding your favourite products at a cheaper price too! People find it strange and unnerving to buy a branded beauty product from an unknown website, but I think as long as you've done your research and feel like it's a trusted website then give it a go.

3. Vouchers
Whenever I buying something that's fairly high cost, I'll have a quick Google online to find a voucher or discount code - it never hurts to have a quick search! I'll also have a rummage through my Boots and Superdrug vouchers, because they do generally tailor the voucher to whatever you regularly purchased in the past.

4. Points and Loyalty Cards
This isn't just related to beauty (as I recently found out after getting a free Nandos with my points card) but for fashion and restaurants too! If there's a loyalty card option, it's worth it and you'll use it often, then sign up to it. Boots Clubcard is an obvious one and easy way to save up on points to treat yourself one day. Some points schemes are really generous and also email you with discount codes as part of an exclusive club, so it's worth looking into if you love shopping like me!

What are your best tips for saving money on your beauty shop?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Rome Guide: Things To Do, See and Eat

Italy is one of my favourite places to travel to, the people, the places and the food are everything I look for in a city break. Last week I went to Rome with a friend for a few days and actually spent my 22nd birthday there too!

I'd say you need no more than 3-4 days to explore Rome at a good pace - and I'd probably not recommend travelling in July or August like we did, each day was over 30 degrees. Unless you're used to crazy city heat, it was quite hard and tiring to spend all day in the heat.

On to my Rome Guide Things To Do, See and Eat:

1. Colosseum

The obvious and must-do tourist attraction is the Colosseum of course! We purchased tickets beforehand from Musement which was just £10 each to visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum and included fast track on the queues too.

We went to the Colosseum early in the morning, which I'd definitely recommend as we missed the high heat and massive tourist groups. First we headed straight to the center of the Colosseum and got lots of the photos and then onto the outskirts for the museum, which was actually really good and well planned out. It's mad to see what's been uncovered from archaeological digs and how the Colosseum has been used over the past years.

2. Vatican City

Another must-do tourist attraction is Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Again we purchased tickets online before travelling because it does save you money and so much time queueing, some people were in the queue for at least an hour or more just to get in! We purchased tickets from the Vatican Museum website and added an audio guide to the tickets as there's so much to see there, the guide just helps us to digest it all!

If you're booking tickets before, book them at least a few weeks ahead to get morning tickets and hopefully beat the tourist groups. First we headed through the museum and the guide took us through an explanation of how the Vatican Museum has been used over the years and pointing out points of interest. Then we were guided to the Sistine Chapel, with the famous Michelangelo fresco. Generally you're supposed to wear something modest that covers your shoulders and knees but there were so many people who didn't, maybe they were lenient because it was so hot. The Sistine Chapel itself is amazing and the aura inside is so holy and sacred, it's pretty special.

3. Trevi Fountain

Famous in so many films, the Trevi Fountain definitely took our breath away. Before you're walking through a narrow street then suddenly it opens up to this amazing fountain. If you think Oxford Street is busy, then you've never seen anything like it at the Trevi Fountain! It was heaving with so many people, but you can grab a few shots if you're patient and we generally found the sides of the fountain were less busy too.

Just to note, there are guards with whistles who will shout at you if you dare to put your hand in the water or sit on the edge of the fountain. It's quite scary actually! We threw our coins over our shoulders to wish us another return to Rome in the future. Fun fact, the coins are collected each day (Roughly 3 thousand euros) and are used for local charities. I'd also recommend visiting the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum at night too as the lights are just beautiful.

4. Eating Pizza, Pasta and Gelato

With any visit to Italy you're going to eat your body weight in pizza, pasta and gelato. Whilst there's not one particular place that I would recommend, it'll be hard to find bad pasta and pizza in Rome! There were a few gelato places that did disappoint and there were actually around the main tourist hubs, so if you're a real foodie try TripAdvisor or ask your hotel for recommendations.

5. Enjoying the Italian life

Even though we were in a bustling city, you could definitely feel the Italian way. They really take the time to enjoy their food and have such a passion about it, that you can taste it in every bite. The Italians also know how to dress and we never saw a badly dresses Italian! Even though it was ridiculously hot to be sightseeing, we tried to look as fashionable as possible...

Have you been to Rome before? Do you have any trips planned?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

OOTD: Primark Maxi Skirt Love

Jacket, Top and Skirt: Primark
Bag: Accessorize
Shoes: ASOS

Do you know what the hardest thing about taking outfit photos is? Trying to act natural in the them. I find it really hard to look normal in them, to the point where I have to look down until it's time to take the photo (like Chandler does in Friends!) It's also a pain in the butt to get a nice background, but it's definitely an improvement to the days when I took photos in the mirror...

This is my one and only maxi skirt and I love it to death. I picked it up from Primark years ago, around the time when everyone was wearing maxi skirts then I left it in my wardrobe covering dust until recently. It's a super lightweight jersey fabric in dark grey, so it pretty much goes with everything. The slit up the side isn't too daring but enough to allow me to walk it - after a previous experience with a maxi skirt when I could only hobble around not getting anywhere fast. 

What do you think of maxi skirts, love them or hate them?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Best Products For Wavy Hair

My hair is naturally wavy and thick, but sometimes it needs a little helping hand to define my waves and curls. If my hair was left to air dry itself, there would be a whole lot of frizz and corkscrew curls to deal with! So here are those products for wavy hair I can't live without...

Hair masks are a proper treat for me because a. I'm lazy and b. they make my hair go all swishy! I've never tried anything from Bumble and Bumble until I won their Curl Conscious Nourishing Masque at a raffle. This really helps to make my curls feel lightweight and define them as my thick hair generally weighs them down. It smells gorgeous and applies like a dream to my hair, and thankfully only takes 10 minutes so I'm not impatiently waiting...

My lovely sister bought this for me a little while ago and it's still going strong! I must be towards the end of it now because I use it regularly. Once I've washed and towel dried my hair, I apply a large pump of the TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls in my hands then run it through my hair and particularly on the middle and ends of my hair. It smells super sweet and delicious, almost like you want to eat it... I find this is the best product for giving me natural and pretty waves, especially after air drying.

If I'm in a rush and want to quickly add a few natural waves to my hair, this is the product I turn to. A few years ago the Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray was everywhere and everyone was using it to add texture and beachy waves to their hair. On either damp or dry hair, I just spritz this across my hair and give it a bit of a squeeze to help encourage a few waves!

Sometimes because my hair is so thick and heavy, my waves can fall down quite easily if I don't use a hairspray. At the moment I'm using the ghd Final Shine Hairspray that not only sets my hair and stops my waves from falling down, but it also adds a gorgeous sheen to my hair. It's not crunchy or stiff like some hairsprays can leave your hair looking like either.

What are your favourite products for wavy hair?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Current Favourite Bloggers

I love catching up with my favourite blogger's latest posts - reading them gives me such happy pleasure and inspires me to do better with my own blog. Generally I try to get half an hour of reading three times a week, which isn't much and is something I want to do more of!

Each morning I open my Bloglovin app, Roxie always brings in the goods with another cracking beauty post. I love how relatable her posts are and genuinely honest, I can take a good few recommendations from Roxie and trust that they'll be true.

You know those blogs that have everything you need and more? Kirstie's blog is just that. From Things I've Learnt From Love Island, money managing advice to Disney themed posts and beauty favourites, Kirstie's blog is one to bookmark.

Holly's photography and overall blog theme is so on point, if I could include the heart eyes emoji I would ten times over. Not only are her photos dreamy but I love that she's honest, there's a no-nonsense about her and she doesn't feel the pressure to please feel - real blogging at its finest!

If you haven't read Jemma's blog before, go read it right now, then come back. Done? Good. There's not ever a time when I start reading Jemma's blog that I don't smile, her whole blog just yells happiness and it's totally infectious. Her art and crafts are amazing too, so make sure you check them out.

I'm in awe of people who daily blog, simply thinking of those many blog ideas, planning them and scheduling all of the social media posts is enough to make my head hurt! But Amie does it each day and so well that I'm always excited to see her latest posts from lifestyle and beauty to food and her favourite vegan recipes. 

Who are your current favourite bloggers? Put their links in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

OOTD: Another Striped Top and Casual Outfit

Top: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Florence Market

After I offloaded my casual outfit thoughts in last week's OOTD post, I've decided to keep things real round here. The outfits I do wear regularly are because they're comfortable, practical and because I like them! I do feel like I should take the 'fashion' out of my blogging description, because when you compare my blog to the amazing fashion bloggers on top of your Bloglovin' feed, there's no real comparison. I know I shouldn't really be comparing, but it's hard not to ya know? 

My main reasons for not wearing anything that exciting on here recently are because it's too darn hot and I've actually had a cold. I know, a cold in the summer! This week I've only just started to feel human again and get my mojo back, it's crazy how being ill can really take a toll on everything you do.

Anyways, I picked up this cute top from Primark a few weeks ago because a. it's striped, b. it's super soft and loose t-shirt style and c. I really like the shoulder cut-aways. The jeans are super old ones from Topshop and only come out on lazy weekends, but I like how the loose style of the jeans and top compliment each other. I'm so glad I picked up this leather satchel in Florence last year, it's got three sections that fit all of my crap in perfectly and the shoulder strap is so comfortable too. 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you feel the pressure of fashion blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Guide To Nail And Hand Care

The Guide To Nail And Hand Care with Vaseline, Leighton Denny, Nails Inc, Sanctuary Spa

My hands and nails are probably one of the parts of my body that get neglected the most. There's nothing against them, just that I kinda forget that they need some TLC too! During the winter months my hands are so very dry, to the point when they're painful and then in the summer months I love to paint my nails, so they require a lot of nail care too. I've discovered a good routine that's become my 'fool-proof' guide to nail and hand care that I wanted to share with you...

First up is washing and scrubbing them. My germaphobe OCD kicks in when I haven't washed my hands after coming home from work each evening - imagine all of the invisible germs I've got on my hands?! I tend to use natural hand washes or Heyland & Whittle which have gorgeous fragrances. Once or twice a week I'll use a body scrub in the shower and at the moment, it's Sanctuary Spa Mela Black Pepper & Ginger Body Scrub, and whilst I'm using that I'll give my hands a quick scrub too. There's no need to by a specific hand scrub, but make your body scrub a 2-in-1 product!

Hand cream is a must for me, especially when I've just washed and scrubbed my hands. I keep one on my bedside table, in my bathroom and at my desk so they're always on hand (pun not intended!) There's no particular brand, although L'Occitane is a guilty pleasure of mine, I'm using Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Cream at the moment. This has keratin which is proven to strengthen nails and Vaseline to nourish hands too. Try and apply hand cream just before bed to allow the cream to work its magic overnight.

When my nails are feeling particularly dry or brittle, I turn to my trusty Leighton Denny Renovate. Inside is a nail repair cream, which includes essential oils and you can apply daily to hydrate nails and a buffer to smooth out ridges along nails. You use the buffer Refine side once every 2-3 months to smooth out ridges, then you can use the nail repair cream whenever along with the buffer Shine side to work in the cream. I find my nails look so much healthier after using this kit and feel stronger too - definitely recommend!

So who's not the only person to forgo a base coat when applying nail polish? I used to always skip this step, thinking it was a waste of time but since using Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Base Coat, I've been converted. Not only is it packed full of vitamins and healthy stuff, but my nails are definitely feeling the benefit from it. They're much stronger and not as damaged as they would be after wearing nail polish. I also find my nail polish applies smoother and removes a lot easier with a base, especially if I'm wearing a glossy red shade. 

What are your best tips or product recommendations for nail and hand care?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Don't Beat Yourself Up

I'm pretty sure we're all guilty of beating ourselves up too much and being too hard on yourself. You're an amazing human being, and that's surely something to celebrate, right?

As bloggers we can be overly critical of ourselves with our blog layout and content to how many tweets we post a day or comments we leave on other blogs. Sometimes my blog is the last thing I want to look at as there's so much improvement that can be done to it. But you know what, I'm fed up of comparing my blog to other blogs and myself to others. It's draining on me and such a waste of time, when it could be spent doing other things! Comparison is a big weed in my garden when it comes to beating myself up, it's like the dandelion in my sunflowers. 

In my opinion, social media plays a big part in us comparing ourselves to others. Did my photo get more likes than his? Am I taller/shorter/slimmer/prettier than she is? It's a never ending vicious circle! I was lucky enough to not grown up with a smart phone and tablet, only a pink Nokia flip phone on a pay as you go contract that only did texts and calls. I had to wait until the next day to talk to my friends about what happened on the Simpsons last night - can you imagine?! With no social media or advanced technology, there wasn't such a big pressure on comparing yourself to someone else's Twitter followers or Instagram likes. 

What I'm trying to get across is that your uniqueness as a person holds no comparison to anyone or anything else, so don't beat yourself up about it. Hold that thought whilst you're scrolling through Instagram or having a browse/stalking session on Facebook - and celebrate yourself just the way you are.

What's your opinion on this? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading.
Rhiannon x

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