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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