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20.01.2017- Outtakes: Northern Ireland Adventures

Friday, 20 January 2017

I don't know about you, but I always tend to find that there's something about January which makes me more eager than usual to embrace a change of scenery and get away from it all. I'm lucky enough to already have a couple of trips in the planning (including a long overdue trip to see Elodie en fran├žais), but my feet are still fairly itchy and I'm eager to explore some different horizons, as well as revisit some favourites. One place which I'm desperate to revisit is Northern Ireland- after a wonderful trip last May, I've found myself missing the Emerald Isle more than ever:


It's hard to put into words just how at home I feel in beautiful Norn Iron- it's a place which holds so many special memories for me as it's where I can trace my roots back to, and where I spent so many wonderful days with my grandmother when she lived there- as much on the beach as in Belfast. Having said that, there's still so much which I haven't seen too- so last year it was lovely to spend time soaking up some truly spectacular scenery, and learning more about the history of a place which, for me at least, feels more like home than anywhere I've ever visited before, and somewhere I can't wait to go back to. 

Where are your favourite places? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

18.01.2017- Beauty Buys: Pixi Skin Treats

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

At this time of the year, contending with the cold can feel like something of an ongoing battle, particularly in the skincare stakes. Whether you're feeling a little bit grey around the gills, are seriously missing the sunshine or dreading another day of dry skin- the toll which winter weather takes on your complexion can sometimes feel never ending. I don't know about you, but I always tend to forget just how much my skin suffers as the temperatures tumble, particularly in terms of lack of radiance and an onslaught of dry patches...not fun! Having said that, in an attempt to combat these complaints as far as possible, I've assembled some new weapons in my skincare squad, and am seeing some seriously impressive results so far:


I treated myself to Pixi's Best of Bright kit just before Christmas- needless to say that the opportunity to sample some of their much praised products for only £20 was too good to turn down! The Glow Tonic is a product which I've long wanted to try, and it's fast become a firm favourite in my daily routine- especially in lieu of any weather induced form of glow! The Glow Mud Mask is a wonder facial in a tube, formulated with sea salt and aloe to gently remove all of those seasonal nasties and rejuvenate. Finally, the Glow Mud Cleanser is a once or twice weekly treat which really makes a difference to how my skin looks and feels- in short, a trio which I'm confident I'll be reaching for regularly in the build up to spring! 

 Have you tried any new skincare staples for winter? 

 (Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

16.01.2017- Most Wanted: Whistles Wonders

Monday, 16 January 2017

Although we're still in the grip of winter, I'm sure that I'm not the only one willing the weeks away until the arrival of the spring. Whilst the shops are still choc-a-bloc with sale bargains a plenty to be snapped up, it's also really lovely to have a little peek at some of the new season pieces which are filtering their way onto the high street- even if there's no guarantee of suitably spring-like weather to match! This year, I'm determined to start saving my pennies more effectively (a resolution which seems to be working fairly well so far- two weeks in to 2017 and I've already got over £200 put aside!), stashing the cash for some bigger investment buys rather than frivolous impulse purchases- and I've already got my sights set on a beautiful new selection of staples from Whistles:
Briar High Neck Top, £170/Bell Flower Print Shirt Dress, £140/Briar Cutwork Dress, £250/Pansy Cropped Trousers, £110/Chunky Circle Stud Earrings, £20/Marble Stone Circle Ring, £20/Union Double Zip Cross Body Bag, £110

You can rarely go wrong with a white blouse, and this high neck design is a real classic in the making. The high neck perfectly captures a really fresh, modern feel, and the embroidered details make it a spring essential- as perfect for wearing to work as it would be for stashing in your weekend away bag. For me, a new dress is always somehow synonymous with spring, and this flower print design is a real winner. Not only is the colourway a real eye-catcher, the collar detail and fluted sleeves capture a really elegant aesthetic too. Speaking of which, how beautiful is this red cutwork dress? It caught my eye adorning a mannequin in store last weekend, and it's one of those essential purchases which you didn't realise your wardrobe was missing until you spot it- definitely one worth saving up for.

Looking slightly further ahead (however optimistically!), these pansy cropped trousers are a great summer investment- perfect for warmer days in the city as well as for those much anticipated holidays. Keeping things simple, these circle stud earrings are an ideal option for every day, much like this marble stone ring. Finally, for lazy weekends, look no further than this gorgeous cross body bag- the perfect pop of colour with which to punctuate the countdown to the end of the winter!

Have you picked up any new season pieces yet?

(Image credit: Whistles.) 

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