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Monday, 28 July 2014

2True Colour Quick Nail Polishes

L - R: Shade 18, Shade 20, Shade 15

2True is a brand I've generally paid little attention to in the past, but after trying one of their polishes back at Easter time and falling in love with it, I decided to expand my collection to include these gorgeous blue shades. 2True is a Superdrug budget brand and typically most products from the range cost around £1.99 each.

Being a budget brand, this range comes with no airs and graces - the polishes don't go by names, just by number. Shade 20 is a pretty periwinkle blue, Shade 15 a soft, light blue with a hint of grey and Shade 18 is a blue-green that emulates the sea. The above shades only need one - two coats to reach opacity and dry nice and quickly too. For such a low price, I couldn't recommend this range enough.

Have you tried the 2True polishes? 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Yankee Candle - Indian Summer Range

Yankee Candle recently launched their new Indian Summer range, and kindly sent me one of the new fragrances to try - Honey Glow*. As a candle obsessive I consider myself knowledgable when it comes to candle scents and this is gorgeous - it's a soft, spicy, sweet fragrance that surrounds you with warmth. I don't think the colour of the candle is the most beautiful I've ever seen, but the scent definitely outweighs that. 

Yankee Candles are also currently holding a competition to celebrate the launch of their new range, giving you the opportunity to win your very own 'Indian Summer' escape with a bespoke holiday of your choice, up to the value of £5,000. Despite the UK going through a heat wave, I've been missing cooling off in a pool or crystal clear waters so would be delighted to win this! Will you be entering?

Do you like the sound of the new range?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Marks & Spencer Summer 2014 Styling Project

Marks & Spencer have recently launched a Summer 2014 Styling Project which looks at sharing trend-focused outfit ideas on their site, providing inspiration on how to wear their current summer collection. Some of the trends they've been focusing on are floral, neon/colour block, white-out and print trends. They kindly asked me if I'd like to get involved with the project and I was lucky enough to pick a dress and accessory to style on my blog. 

I decided to go for the print trend and picked this gorgeous aztec print jacquard dress* as it was completely different to what I currently have in my wardrobe. I've been looking for a smart, professional dress that I can wear to a work event or evening out and I thought this classic cut skater dress was perfect. 

I decided to pair it with this charming little clutch* bag as the gem closure is really unique and I thought the subtle pop of colour would work really well with the grey and ivory of the dress. To match the bag, I styled it with a pink Primark belt and some black wedges from New Look. 

The only thing I'd mention is that although I ordered my usual size 10 this dress was a little too big for me, so it might be worth sizing down on it. Marks & Spencer's website actually has a really useful review section that allows customers to share their experiences of the products including overall quality and whether it's true to size. 

What's your favourite Summer 2014 trend?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Be Yourself
Do not to be scared of being different.  Those that can't learn to accept you for who you are simply aren't worth the time, no matter what you think of them. Those that stay by your side are the ones to trust. 

Be Grateful
You can be anything you want in your life, but you should never be ungrateful. Be a dreamer but be grateful for what you have and who gave it to you. 

Say Yes
If you're not willing to look stupid, nothing great will ever happen to you. Learn to stop saying no to those things you're afraid of and say yes to the adventures that await you. Take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves, because some don't come around very often. 

Be Strong
No matter what, one day someone will hurt you. Though with every tear comes a life lesson - be strong enough to stand alone and be brave enough to reach out and ask for help. Fortune favours the brave.  

It's OK to say No. 
There's nothing wrong with changing your mind sometimes, it's good to know what you want and set boundaries - it'll only help you in the long run. 

Learn To Hurt
Some of life's most important lessons and times of personal growth happen after a fight with a friend, your parents, or a breakup. Learning to embrace those times will only benefit you - always remember "this too shall pass'. 

What would you tell your younger self? 

Monday, 14 July 2014

OOTD: Sheinside Black & White Dress

Dress -*
Shoes - New Look

Everybody appreciates a budget buy as much as the next person, so when I was asked by to pick an item for review, I gladly chose this classic black and white striped dress. This is a gorgeous skater style dress with sweetheart neckline that's particularly flattering as it accentuates the waist and leaves other areas well hidden. Although the material of the dress isn't as nice as I had hoped, the dress is pretty and I can imagine it coming in handy for an impromptu summer evening or holiday (unfortunately I haven't any on the horizon). The dress is on sale for $17 which I think is reflective of the quality - you get what you pay for, although my experience has been positive. My only recommendation is that their sizing comes up small, so go a size up if unsure. 

What do you think of my dress?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Currently I am...

Lifestyle posts have long been some of my favourite to write, but are also some the most rare on my blog. When I saw this gorgeous little post on Rosie's blog, it inspired me to do something similar on my own.

Watching - After racing through the much awaited Season 2 of OINTB at an alarming rate, I've just started watching Gossip Girl. I know I'm a million years behind everyone else on this, but I started watching when I was ill a week or two ago and haven't been able to stop since.

Eating - I've been on a healthy eating kick recently, but instead of just doing my usual routine of cutting out the junk and eating less I've actually been looking at ways to change the way I view what I put into my body so that it's something that I adapt my life to. If you'd be interested in knowing how I've been doing this, I'd be happy to do a post on it.

Listening - I'm totally obsessed with Ed Sheeran's new album - 'Thinking Out Loud' is a personal fave.

Spending - As I've moved into a new house, the majority of my spending has moved from makeup and clothes to cushions, rugs and general home ware accessories.

Wishing - I'm wishing that this beautiful weather sticks around and I get to enjoy more of it outside. At the moment I'm stuck in the office all week and as soon as I get the opportunity to spend some time outside come the weekend, it starts raining again.

Thanking - After a bit of a stressful month, I'm thankful that my mum is better after being unwell.

What have you been up to recently?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

OOTD: Topshop Digital Floral Silk Top

Top - Topshop (Blog Sale)
Wedges - New Look

There's little I like more than a bargain, so when I saw this gorgeous top on a recent blog sale I snapped it up for £10. It's a beautiful silk like top that's covered in a digitalised floral print with a dipped hem at the back. It's perfect both for throwing on before work for an easy look, or smartening up with a pair of heels for an evening out which is how I wore the outfit this weekend. I received lots of compliments on the top so I was delighted with my bargain purchase and would definitely recommend you having a scout when other blogger's are selling their old bits. If you have a blog sale on - leave your link in the comments!

What do you think of this look?

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