Thursday, 22 June 2017

How To Re-Organise Your Wardrobe

There's nothing I love more than spending my weekend sorting through my wardrobe - I end up rediscovering old favourites and clearing room for new clothes! I have my routine pretty set now and tend to only do large clear outs a few times a year. But for those times in between when your clothes are getting a little messy, I have a few fail-safe tips:

1. Separate into categories.
The organisational fan in me start getting excited when there's categories involved! I sort mine by type of clothing e.g skirts, trousers, dresses, then I organise those by colour. So I know if I have a top that would go great with a black skirt, I just flick to the back of my skirt category to find it. It saves so much time and gives my heart a squeeze when I see everything in order.

2. Pack away seasonal clothes.
You see those two clear boxes towards the left of my wardrobe? Those are my winter clothes, things like thick jumpers, warm dresses and cosy tights all get folded in there. This helps to make room for my summer clothes, rather than cramming everything in as you won't be able to see anything properly!

3. Repair
This is also a good time to pull out that cardigan with a missing button or a top with a big stain that you've been meaning to soak since you got it. I make a little pile of things to repair or deep clean then after I've done re-organising my wardrobe I set to work sorting them out.

4. Take to charity
Anything that you're looking at and thinking it's a bit old now or too small/big etc. it could go to a much better home elsewhere! We have a few local charities that are always happy to take a few bags off our hands. If it's something that has a dirty mark on it or good do with a wash, put it in the washing bin beforehand. Also if it looks like it's had better days, you can find local places to recycle or sometimes your bin collection take clothes too!

How do you re-organise your wardrobe? Any tips?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review: Aldi Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser vs Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

I've always been in the mindset that when paying more for skincare, you get better results and quality. But I have been proven wrong with the Aldi Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser! I've tried Aldi skincare before and found it a bit 'meh' then gone back to my usual routine, it was actually my mum who told me about the very similar Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser in Aldi and that I should get it as I loved the Liz Earle version. 

I do need to point out that the Aldi version is sold out online but there may be a few floating about in store still and they may bring more stock out, fingers crossed! The Aldi Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser is £3.99 for 200ml, in comparison to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser which is £26 for the same size, so there's quite a difference in price. But how did the Aldi version shape up against Liz Earle?

The Packaging
Pumps are my preferred way of dispensing my cleanser, but tubes aren't the worst (FYI I don't like pot cleansers - so many things can stuck in it!) The Aldi cleanser allows you to easily dispense the right amount, although I can imagine if you're a bit heavy handed and suddenly half of it is in your palm! With the Liz Earle cleanser I know two pumps are just the right amount for cleansing my face and neck and the bottle itself is very tactile too. 

Both cleansers come with muslin cloths and this is probably the biggest difference in quality between the two. You can tell that spending a bit more of your money with Liz Earle that you get a better quality muslin cloth, it's thicker, soft and generally lasts a long time. Whereas the Aldi muslin cloth isn't the best quality, it's not horrible but slightly rough on my skin!

The Ingredients
As I work in the health and beauty industry, I take an interest in the ingredients in my skincare products. Both products include the same first four ingredients, which generally make up the majority of the actual product:
- Aqua (water)
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
- Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
- Ceteryl Alcohol

After that the ingredients change between the both, however they do both include Eucalyptus, Rosemarym and Chamomile essential oils and smell exactly the same. The texture of both are very similar too, I think the Liz Earle cleanser may be slightly thicker and creamier than the Aldi one.

The Results
And this is the bit that matters! How did they fare against each other? From being the skincare snob that I am, I didn't have high expectations for the Aldi cleanser but I was pleasantly surprised. It removed my makeup effortlessly and left my skin feeling just as cleansed, soft and smooth as compared to the Liz Earle cleanser. If Aldi bring their Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser back again, I'll definitely be picking up a tube or two to stock up but for in the meantime I'll be working with my trusty Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser!

Have you tried the Aldi Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser or Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Printing Memories with Printiki*

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I love taking and printing photos, saving those memories for another time to share with yourself, family and friends. Printing photos has always been a favourite thing of mine to do, choosing them then waiting for the postie to deliver them before I write on the back of each one the place, people and date of when it was taken. The content feeling I get from such happy memories is like nothing else! If you're a regular reader, you'll remember my Memories: Photos post!

So when the guys at Printikiasked if I'd like to sample one of the photo printing services I jumped at the chance! It was around the same time of when I went to Edinburgh, so it made sense that I'd take a few of my favourite snaps of the Scottish city as a keepsake. In a digital age, Printiki have really brought back the power and significance of a printing photos and memories to cherish.

How to print photos with Printiki

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The overall process was so easy and surprisingly quick too, as I've been known to spend hours ordering photos! First you choose what type of photo style you like, I went for the Retro Square M as I like to write on my photos and thought the space below would be handy. Printiki also do larger sizes, rectangular shape, photo books and posters, which would all be a lovely birthday gift.

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Next up you choose where you upload your photos from, and this is the cool bit. You can actually upload them from Instagram! Shameless plug here, but on @RhiannonBlog I post every day and love the idea of having my own physical Instagram photos to keep.

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Once you've chosen the photos, you can then change the quantity, crop or add text underneath the photos. I prefer to hand write my captions as it's much more personal!

After that you click Print on the right, choose Matte or Glossy then it's the checkout process! Don't worry, you have the chance to review all the photos before you print them and if you want to come back to them later, Printiki will save them for you. My prints came within 3 working days, which is one of the best delivery I've had for photos before and Printiki kept you up to date with their process too.

I'd definitely recommend checking out Printiki if you're a photo obsess like me! And if you need a little inspiration, their Instagram is a fab page to follow too. For my next trip to Rome in July, I'll definitely be using Printiki again to order my photos!

Have you tried Printiki before? Do you like printing photos?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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*This post is in collaboration with Printiki. All opinions and views are my own. Because honesty is the best policy. For more information, please visit my Work With Me page.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

My Special Jewellery Pieces

Over time I've found myself collecting pieces of jewellery which have a sentimental meaning - *touch wood* I haven't lost them yet! These are the jewellery pieces I pretty much wear every day, unless I have a particular necklace or ring I want to wear that day instead. They're the objects that hold memories, something that I will always cherish. 

Watches were never something that I was 'in to' when I was younger, I think my brother bought me a Swatch watch for my first watch and that's still going with a few new batteries! But for my 21st birthday last year, my family asked me what I wanted and all I could think of was a watch. Specifically an Olivia Burton watch because they're great quality and stand the test of time.

My sister and her husband got me the Midi Dial Rose Gold Bracelet and had 'Happy 21st Phunt' engraved on the back - Phunt is a nickname and a long store! I wear it every day and love how it goes with all of my outfits and completes my look. I don't think a day will go by without me wearing this watch for a long time! 

Pandora Heart Ring £40 (Sorry I can't find the others!)

My rings were the first pieces of jewellery that I wore religiously every day, my fingers feel naked without them! The only issue I have with rings is when the soap gets stuck in them when washing my hands, such a pain.

The first two are Pandora rings, both I received from my family for my 18th birthday. I generally stack them together as they look so lovely alongside each other, the flower one is particularly pretty. The third ring is two silver bands in one ring and my friend gifted this for my 21st birthday (can you see why all of them are so special?!) and I wear this next to my other Pandora rings. I can't remember what the brand is as I think she got it from a local store in our town!

Bracelets were never a big thing for me, but since wearing them every day they've really grown on me. The first is a silver bracelet from Tiffany's which my sister and her husband gave me as a bridesmaid present. It's such a pretty and dainty bracelet and I love how it looks on my wrist, it's quite small just because I have very small wrists.

Next up is a favourite from Oliver Bonas that another friend got me for my 21st, it has two bands: one pink with gold beads and a gold ball chain. Some people are really funny about mixing different metals together, but I wear this with my silver Tiffany bracelet and they look fab! It is getting a little tarnished now because I've worn it so much, but I'll still keep it.

Finally a necklace! Probably my least worn piece of jewellery because with wearing everything else, I don't want to look too blingy! It's a simple silver chain necklace, also looking a little worn with a few of my favourite keepsakes. The first is a gold heart ring which I think my parents bought for me when I was younger, I can just about fit it on my little finger now. Next up is a heart locket I found at a car boot sale or flea market once, I don't have a great sentimentality towards it but I do have a few photos inside. And on the end is a silver heart which I think was my Grandma's that my Mum gave to me. I like wearing all three together as the hearts tie in nicely!

What pieces of jewellery do you wear every day?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Edinburgh Guide: Things To Do, See and Eat

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As planned on my Bucket List, I wanted to visit Scotland this year and Edinburgh in particular. I've never been that far north in the UK and never visited Scotland either, so it was definitely a big trip for me! We traveled on Bank Holiday Monday via an easyJet flight from Gatwick (roughly an hour) then had rest of the afternoon, Tuesday, Wednesday then flew back home Thursday afternoon. I'd say 3-4 days is the perfect time to visit all the main attractions at a leisurely pace. We stayed at CityRoomz Hotel, which is more on the budget side but great value for money. It was easy to walk to places and to take the bus or tram to the airport, definitely recommend!

First onto the things to do and see in Edinburgh:

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1. Arthur's Seat

If you're fairly fit and don't mind doing a bit of hiking, Arthur's Seat in a must-do! We couldn't find the start of the path, until we realised we weren't going in the right direction.... so it would be worth asking someone beforehand. It is a difficult climb, a lot of jagged stones as steps and towards the top it's uneven and you're literally using your hands to hike yourself up. But the view is definitely work it, you can see all across Edinburgh and on the other side of Scotland over the sea.

There's a smaller alternative to Arthur's Seat, Calton Hill which has an observatory tower and still great views!

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2. Edinburgh Castle

Word has it J.K.Rowling took inspiration from Edinburgh Castle for Hogwarts and you can sort of see it! The castle itself is built on an extinct volcano and does look very impressive from Princes Street. I'd 100% recommend buying tickets ahead, we actually purchased ours with our bus tour tickets for the same price and skipped the queues. You do have to pay extra for an audio guide, but there are free speaking tours leaving every hour which are worth it. Again, the views from the top are amazing as are the old and ancient buildings and museums.

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3. Edinburgh Zoo

Much like London Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo is a big attraction and their giant pandas are the only pandas in the UK, so they're a pretty big deal even if they don't really leave their beds! We spent an afternoon wandering through the park and seeing all the animals, including rhinos, zebras, chimpanzees, koalas and penguins. If you can try and visit when there's a feeding time or something going on, we saw the penguins go for a walk during the afternoon. It's just a short bus ride out from the town center, and I should mention that Edinburgh had some of the best and easiest public transport I've experienced on holiday!

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4. National Museum of Scotland

This is a fun place to head to if it's a cloudy or rainy day, the National Museum of Scotland is totally free and provides hours of entertainment. We unfortunately didn't have long in the museum, but long enough to explore Natural World and Science and Technology exhibits. I was so impressed with how well thought out the museum was as you wandered from one exhibit to the next, and how interactive each area was.

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5. Palace of Holyroodhouse

We couldn't not go to Edinburgh and not visit the Queen's summer holiday palace! The Palace of Holyroodhouse is near Arthur's Seat and the Scottish Parliament, so we headed here after visiting those two. We didn't booked tickets and the queue wasn't too bad on a sunny Wednesday, but it may be a good idea to book ahead. We chose to just visit the palace as we didn't have ages to spend there and not that much of an interest in the rest! An audio guide is included in the price and all you have to do is push a number for each stop for them to tell you a bit of history, you go round the palace and see the rooms Mary Queen of Scots lived in, then outside to the ruined abbey and finally round the pristine gardens.

And finally, places to eat! We had a buffet breakfast at our hotel for two mornings, ate out one morning and two evenings. Otherwise it would be picking up something to snack on to keep us going throughout the day! My friend is gluten intolerant and I found most of my recommendations from and we were so surprised that a lot of the places offered great gluten-free versions.

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This place came up as the best place for breakfast in Edinburgh, and it didn't disappoint. The do gluten-free bread, omelettes, french toast and a build-your-own breakfast. We chose 3 poached eggs, 2 slices of bacon, mushrooms and 2 slices of bread with a raspberry smoothie - and it definitely filled us up! It was on the pricier side for breakfast, but well worth the money. 

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2. Mamma's

A recommendation from and a real gem of Edinburgh. With so many pizzas to choose from and a gluten-free version, which my friend said was the best gluten-free pizza she's ever had, you are spoilt for choice. The sweet potatoe fries were also excellent and the waitress was so lovely and giving us recommendations of what to do in the city.

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As if I would go to another city and not have a burger?! This was a recommendation from Hayley from Honestly Russell (who was a total angel in giving us so many recommendations!) and just around the corner from our hotel. I chose the Butter Bacon Burger with cheese, fried onions and chopped bacon and we shared sweet potatoe fries, obviously! They also do a gluten-free burger bun for my friend too and again the service was very good. 

Our next trip will be Rome in July, so if you have any recommendations there please do let me know!

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

An Unexpected Blogging Break

I really didn't mean to not blog for over week, it just sort of happened! After coming back from Edinburgh last Thursday it was right back into work and any spare time I had, I just didn't feel like blogging. I don't think you should put pressure on yourself to blog or feel guilty for not blogging, especially when you're not in the mood as you can totally tell! This week I do plan to get a few blog posts up, definitely something about my trip to Edinburgh and maybe a fashion tips post I have been planning for a while.

Hope you're all well and I look forward to getting back into blogging!

Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

This Month I...

May has definitely been my favourite month yet! I got to tick off a few of activities off my bucket list and explore new places. As this post goes live I'll be on my last day of my Edinburgh trip and then we'll be starting another new month...

This Month I... ate a new favourite afternoon tea. Brunch and afternoon tea are probably my favourite meals of the day, who doesn't like avocado and finger sandwiches with mini cakes?! This month me and my friend tried the Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea in Soho, London. We were thoroughly spoilt in their secret garden with various finger sandwiches, savoury scones and so much cake, I had to take some home.

This Month I... bought some more things from Primark! I think I should get a gold card for being such a loyal customer to Primark... I picked up a few things from various Primark stores over May and put them all together in this haul post. They're definitely upping their dress selection right now!

The Month I... read Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes. I haven't quite finished it, but I'm making my way through it! Previously I didn't get the hype around this book and now having read it, I can see why it's become so popular in the beauty industry. It's my new beauty bible.

The Month I... watched Pretty Little Liars. I know it returned to TV in April, but last month was all about Line Of Duty and PLL took a little while to get exciting! It just gets crazier and crazier with each episode and there's so many theories flying about that I really want to find out who AD is...

This Month I... experienced my trip to Edinburgh! This might be a cheat as I'm coming back from Edinburgh today, but I couldn't not include it. I've been so excited for this trip for so long, from booking the tickets to planning the itinerary. I've got a few blog posts planned in for June all about my trip, so make sure you're following on Bloglovin!

How was May for you?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

My Travel Beauty

As you're reading this, I'll be exploring Edinburgh and ticking another thing off my 2017 Bucket List! One thing I love about travelling is packing all my travel beauty. Having my favourite cleanser or shampoo in a small sample size makes me too happy inside.

The essentials I'll be taking with my are my toothpaste, cleanser, moisturiser, eye cream and SPF. I could not live without my SPF right now, I'm obsessed with wearing it every day. Now I know how important it is and how much damage it can do to my skin, I'm super vigilant applying it now.

Because I'm travelling with first time just cabin luggage, I've got to be careful with my beauty allowances. Keeping everything under 100ml and not taking too much will be firmly in my mind! I don't have too much trouble with my hair and I've been saving a few magazine sachet samples to take as they're small and don't weigh too much.

Primark are a great place to pick up small bottles and pots which you can decant your products into too. Plus all those products from last year's beauty advent calendars and events that you've kept stashed away can finally be put to some use.

If you want to see what I'm up to in Edinburgh this week, make sure you're following me on Instagram too!

What are your best travel beauty tips?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

I'm A Creature Of Comfort And I'm Okay With That

There's a lot of reasons why we don't like change. It might be because you like the status quo, you don't want to lose control or simply because you don't like surprises. I'm a creature of comfort and generally change makes me a little fearful - and it sounds weird to say that out loud!

The saying we're all creatures of habits is very true, too many differences and changes can be distracting and scary. Fear seems to be a big part of not wanting change, scared of making the wrong decision, wasting time or losing face when something goes wrong. 

But fear can be a good thing actually. And without sounding like an expert or too preachy, change sometimes comes at the right time! If you're grieving for a loved one, recently broke up with someone, moved to university or left your job, this change can be the energy to fuel you into the next chapter of your life. 

From now on I'm going to take change and turn it into a positive, believing that there's nothing that I can't take on with a little courage. There will be some days when I want to be a creature of comfort (that's why there's Netflix and Just Eat deliveries) but it's time to embrace change. 

What's your opinion on change?

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Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

OOTD: Spotty Top and Mac Coat

Blazer: New Look
Top: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Clarks
Coat: H&M
Bag and Scarf: Souvenirs 

Sometimes it's the basic clothes that are the best. I've had this mac coat for a few years now and recently got it dry cleaned for a spring refresh! I like that it goes with everything, even if I'm wearing tracksuit bottoms... Another essential clothing is a blazer, again I've had this one for so long that it's done pretty well to last me this long. Some blazers can be a bit hit and miss with their shape and fit, but I found New Look do a great selection of work wear.

I wore this outfit when I went for afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge a few weeks ago with my friend. We're currently rating afternoon tea's near where we live and in London. I found this one after being sent their famous Biskies as a Christmas present last year and falling in love with them. The afternoon tea was held in their secret garden and was amazing, have a nosey on my Instagram to see my photos.

What do you think of this outfit?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Packing For A Weekend Trip

So a week from today I'll be on my first city break of the year to Edinburgh. It's actually the first time I'll be travelling with just a cabin bag on a plane, previously I've always had hold luggage and never had to worry about what I packed! So I thought I would share my tips for packing for a weekend trip.

1. Roll everything.
I've always done this with my clothes as not only does it help with avoid creases, but rolling clothes saves a lot of room! I generally roll most things except for bulky jumpers which lie better flat.

2. Plan your outfits.
As well as looking at the weather before you go, I like to plan my outfits ahead to make sure I'm getting the most of out my clothes! On Day 1 and Day 2 I can wear the same top, but maybe I'll switch up my jeans for skirt. 

3. Keep the things you'll need for the plane in a separate bag.
My mum once had to put her cabin luggage in the hold because there wasn't enough room on the plane overhead lockers for her case. So always make sure you have everything you need for the plane in a separate bag!

4. Bring extra plastic bags.
I generally keep my shoes either in a bag or in the little shoe pockets, but it's a good idea to put them in a plastic bag to keep any dirt away from your clothes. I also use the bags to put any dirty clothes in, so I can just take the bag out for washing when I'm home.

5. Check your luggage.
Make sure it's cabin luggage size and if you're not sure, check what the correct size is with your airline. I'd also recommend choosing a luggage bag with the extendable zips because if you're anything like me, you'll be bringing back more shopping than when you came with! 

What are your best tips for packing for a weekend trip?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Why I'll Always Read Magazines and Books

Some say that in a few years time that magazines will be dead, everything will be online only and you'll read all your books on a Kindle instead. But I'll always read magazines and books because sometimes I need a break from the digital world. From my earliest memories I've always been a bookworm and having my current read next to my bed is going to be a given. 

Every so often I hear about a big magazine closing down and moving online, making the magazine selection in Wh Smiths smaller and smaller. It used to be given and common thing that you would get your paper delivered every morning from the paper boy and pick up your weekly magazine from the local newsagents. I used to love getting my Scooby Doo magazine delivered each Saturday to collect my Scooby cards, it was such an exciting thing each week! 

Then buying a new book, oh my god the smell of a new book is nothing that you can catch in a candle (but isn't that such a great idea?!) Turning the page over onto a new chapter in your character's story and discovering the rest of their story in just a few hundred pages is something you can't get on Netflix. I have a full three shelves full of my favourite books, as well as a stack on them next to it. Books are something familiar for me that I can pick up and fall into a comfortable pattern when I'm having a rough day. 

Perhaps I'm a bit resistant to turning magazines and books into something digital because they're something that's been around for so many years that it's a part of history. The experience of having your favourite monthly magazine delivered or picking up the latest book from the exciting author at the time is not the same as picking up a tablet or clicking onto the latest article. 

What's your opinion of it? Do you prefer books and magazines over digital?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

OOTD: Primark Embroidered Silk Shirt Dress

Dress and Shoes; Primark
Coat: H&M
Bag: Zara
Belt: New Look
Watch: Olivia Burton

It's not often that I'll jump on a trend bandwagon because more often that not it'll be done and finished with by the time I get round to shopping it! But this dress was too pretty to miss. I like shirts and I like dresses, so it was a given that I was going to pick it up. It's a very light silk fabric that it so delicate that I'm definitely worried that I'm going to catch it on something. But the plus point is that it doesn't require ironing! 

It has a gorgeous floral embroidery along the top on both sides and ends at the waist, so I can add a belt. There's some embroidered shirts and dresses that don't look like the best quality or have a really odd print, but in Primark you can generally find a few pretty styles. I'll definitely be wearing this more in the summer with sandals and a cute belt.

What do you think of this outfit?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Products You Need For Your Hair

If there's one thing I'd like to spend more time on, it's my hair. Its current state is thick, unruly and wavy with a mind of its own! My hair has always been fairly difficult to work with, if you try to straighten my hair it will still end up with a curly flick on the ends. And because it's so thick it will take a hairdressing army to curl my hair every day. That being said, I've found my holy grail products that are totally affordable and easy to find...

label.m Honey & Oat Shampoo £8.70 from Amazon or in Toni & Guy salons.

I also have a sensitive scalp, it gets itchy and sometimes a few dry flakes near my roots, so my hairdresser recommended the label.m Honey & Oat Shampoo. It's a super soothing on my scalp and I've definitely stopped itching less since I've had it (not that I was itching constantly...!) I also love that it smells so good that I want to eat it...

Disclaimer, I do work for Natural World but hair oils in general are one of my holy grail products! Whenever I skip using a hair oil, I definitely notice the difference after blow drying as my hair is frizzier and dryer too. I apply a hair oil to wet hair before blow drying my hair, concentrating on the ends of my hair and avoiding the roots unless I wanted a greasy root situation! I also love applying hair oils to dry hair, again applying it to the bottom ends of my hair.

Besides shampoo and conditioner, I couldn't live without a heat protection spray. Even though I only use a hairdryer regularly, I have to use it for long periods of time because of how thick my hair is so I do get a few split ends. The Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray is amazing for smoothing out my waves and frizz too and all it takes is a few spritz on wet hair before blow drying!

As mentioned before, there's literally no point straightening my hair because it'll bounce back into waves within seconds. So to help create defined curls rather than crazy curls, my sister bought me the Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream a while ago. It's near the end and I'll probably be stocking up on a new one because it's so good! I just add a few pumps into my hands then massage into my hair the air dry for pretty curls. Plus it smells like sweets...

What are your holy grail hair products?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Keeping On Top Of It All

A lot of people are surprised that I run a blog whilst working full time in London and keeping an active social life, and truth be told it does get on top of me sometimes. And I don't think I would be human if I didn't admit it! 

Sometimes it's a matter of priority and working out what should go first, do I want to write a few new posts or fit a workout in? I like that I have a regular schedule, working from Monday - Friday, socialising on Saturday then chilling with my family on Sunday, whilst adding in blogging for the week. It's tough to fit in spontaneous moments when you have a blog to run and are trying to fit in 'mindfulness' every night. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and a little stressful, which in turn makes me feel even more stressed out about being stressed out! 

I do have a few things that help me to keep on top of it all, like my Staying Organised Whilst Working Full Time post. I literally couldn't run my blog without scheduling everything in, whoever made up that tool should get a pat on the back seriously! For me it's just a matter of using my time wisely and productively and making copious amounts of to-do lists that have a satisfying feeling when you finally tick them off...

How do you keep on top of it all? Any tips to share?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

New Primark and H&M Haul

I normally have a pretty good eye for picking out the good stuff from Primark and I can generally find 'on trend' clothing similar to those from Zara and Topshop etc. I'll chose clothes from Primark and other affordable stores then pick staple pieces from high end highstreet shops that I'll spend the money on to last longer.

Men's Gingham Shirt £6 Primark

Gingham is a big trend that's happening right now, so I combined my addiction to shirts and the latest print together. Another shopping tip that I use a lot is shopping in the men's section, for example this shirt may have cost £10 for a similar version in the women's department but only £6 in the men's. I can wear it tucked into my leather skirt, with the collar poking out of a sweatshirt or as it is with trousers or jeans.

Off The Shoulder Dress £13 Primark

The bare shoulder trend is another one that I love and Primark have got a great selection of various tops, as well as this pretty boho dress. It has a lining underneath that means it's warm for the evenings but light and airy for summer days, and also these pretty lace cut outs across the sleeves. I'll definitely be wearing this for when I go to Rome in July for day trips out!

Pink Embroidered Shirt Dress £13 Primark

So I probably didn't need this dress but it was calling my name anyway... I like the shape and embroidery detail across the front sections, plus the blush pink shade is too pretty to miss! Shirts are my downfall and shirt dresses are also an addiction for me know. I've been wearing this with a brown plaited belt and black lace up pumps for Sunday lunch a few weeks ago and managed to get chocolate brownie on my dress *typical*

3 Pairs of 80 Denier Tights £3.50 Primark

A classic purchase from Primark. Tights are essential for me throughout the year and these are supposed to have weather 'sensors' to detect when it's warm and cool. 80 denier is what I usually go for as it's thick enough to keep me warm and not so thin that they're prone to holes!

Remember my Buying The Basics post a few weeks ago? I have replaced my blue pin stripe shirt that has been wearing thin for a while now. H&M are a great place for buying the basics as they have such a variety and are always good value. This shirt was usually £12.99, but as you can tell from the price tag I picked it up for £7! The fit is really nice and tailored, plus ultra light and breathable too. I had to go a size up to a 12 in this shirt to avoid flashing anyone!

What clothes have you picked up recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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