27.05.2015- What I Wore Today #220

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

I don't want to tempt fate too much, but it feels like spring has well and truly sprung- in fact I'd say that we're more or less on the home run to summer, wouldn't you? With things settling down and the sun proving a regular fixture in these parts at the moment, I've really enjoyed digging out some old wardrobe favourites, as well as shopping around for some new essentials. There's something really fun about refreshing key seasonal staples with some fresh new investment purchases, and for my trip to the Chelsea Flower Show at the weekend I opted to team some old favourites with an appropriately themed  new print:

Jacket- c/o Warehouse 
Top- Zara 
Trousers- Warehouse 
Shoes- Adidas (via Urban Outfitters) 
Necklace- Accessorize 
Sunglasses- Vintage
Bag- c/o Atterley Road 

I featured these trousers in a post a few weeks ago, and it will probably come as no surprise that they made their way into my basket fairly swiftly afterwards. Not only was the print ideal for embracing the botanical beauty of the day (full post coming soon!), but they proved perfectly practical as they are just so comfortable. Money well spent in my book (particularly as they come complete with an elasticated waist- the dream!) Keeping things co-ordinated, I reached for some black basics and contrasting accessories- as well as perhaps the comfiest pair of shoes in existence in the shape of these Adidas beauties- which have cemented their place as a failsafe footwear favourite after seeing me around the ground of the Royal Hospital Chelsea without a blister in sight! 

Have you picked up any new spring pieces recently? 

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

25.05.2015- On the Menu: Canteen

Monday, 25 May 2015

This is probably old news to regular readers, but brunching is rapidly turning into one of my favourite pastimes. Since paying a visit to 3 South Place and sampling their selection of mid morning goodies last month, I've been on the lookout for some new haunts to add to my ever increasing eating list, and a few weeks ago a spontaneous catch up on the South Bank afforded me the chance to sample the brilliant brunch bonanza at Canteen. I'd been to towards the end of last year for a cheeky pre-IMAX cup of tea and quick bite to eat, but with a little bit more time to investigate their menu on this occasion (and having skipped breakfast in favour of some valuable extra snoozing seconds!), I opted to explore their selection of seasonal foodie favourites:

Canteen's menu offers Great British grub at really reasonable prices, and varies from season to season to ensure that everything on offer is as fresh and sustainable as possible. I found the prospect of scrambled eggs far too tempting to resist (served perfectly with granary toast and chives), and my lovely friend Kate opted for the poached eggs and avocado- definitely an option which I'll be exploring next time I pop along. With eyes bigger than my belly (as always!), I also ordered the sausage roll and tomato relish, complete with a poppy seed topping- a lovely twist on a really satisfying staple- sometimes you can't beat a bit of comfort food, eh?! Finally (and because no meal is complete without pudding), we both plumped for the chocolate cheesecake as a sweet way to finish things off- and from someone who's not normally a cheesecake fan, it was a gamble which really paid off as it was absolutely gorgeous- although I wasn't entirely won over by the crème fraîche accompaniment.

Are you a fan of Canteen? Where are your favourite brunching haunts?

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

23.05.2015- Floral Favourite: Bloom & Wild's Chelsea Flower Show Bouquet

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Today I'm off to the Chelsea Flower Show (hooray!), so thought I'd take the opportunity to share a current floral favourite with you. In celebration of the botanical bonanza happening in SW3 this week, those lovely people at Bloom & Wild have created a bespoke bouquet inspired by all things Chelsea, and, as you'd expect, this is once classy collection of flowers:

The Chelsea, c/o Bloom & Wild

Comprising a selection of beautiful blooms, including roses and lisianthus offset with eucalyptus leaves, this is a real gem. I love Bloom & Wild's approach as it gives me the perfect opportunity to practice my flower arranging skills and every bouquet I have from them always lasts for such a long time, so if you're looking for longevity then I'd really recommend them. This selection is currently brightening up my room, and it's lovely to think that it will still be going (and growing!) strong long after the hubbub of Chelsea has dissipated. 

If you're a Bloom & Wild newbie and want to give their letterbox flowers a try then I've also got a little treat for you- enter SARAHCFS at the checkout to receive 15% off of your first order! (Valid for new customers only, excluding The Chelsea.) Do let me know how you get on with your blooms!

I''m also taking over Bloom & Wild's Instagram throughout the course of the day, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a floral fremzy!

 Are you a fan of Bloom & Wild?

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

22.05.2015- Beauty Buys: Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream

Friday, 22 May 2015

In beauty terms, finding the ideal moisturiser is a little bit like searching for the Holy Grail. Okay, okay- perhaps I'm exaggerating a little bit, but amidst a sea of choice it can prove pretty tricky to navigate the perils of purchasing the perfect product. Although I've always been quite lucky with my moisturiser choices, trying something new can be almost as scary as hitting the beauty counters for the first time, but when I found that my skin wasn't benefiting from previous purchases as much as possible, it was time to do a bit of shopping around and investigate the possibility of switching things up a little bit more. After having a look at the best of the high street and high end options, I found the perfect mid-range product- both purse and complexion friendly!

Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream, £20

I've been using Ren's Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream for a fair few months now and it's definitely become a new favourite. Not only is it comparatively reasonably priced and ultra-long lasting, the formulation is really lightweight and absorbs instantly, which makes it ideal for using as a base every morning- and, practically, it's perfect if I find myself in something of a rush (which, in all honesty, is 99% of the time!) I don't usually tend to suffer from dry skin as a rule, but more recently my face has been in need of some tlc, especially in the more sensitive areas where I'm prone to drier patches and flare ups. This has definitely helped to tackle them head (or should that be face?!) on, and I tend to find that even a really small slathering of it protects my complexion from environmental nasties and keep things hydrated throughout the course of the day. If you're looking for a product that ticks every box, then I think you'd struggle to go wrong here, particularity as it's suitable for all skin types too.

What are your favourite moisturising products?

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

20.05.2015- Skirty Style

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

If you've been tuned in to the trend radar recently, then you'll undoubtedly be well aware of the resurgence of the skirt in the style stakes. Day to day, I tend to be more of a trouser devotee for largely practical purposes, but as the slightly warmer weather looks like it's going to be with us for a little while yet, I'm definitely starting to re-evaluate my wardrobe allegiances. My pleated skirt from Whistles has been a real failsafe since I picked it up well over two years ago, and last summer was a piece which I more or less lived in. With fingers crossed in anticipation of rising temperatures, I've been on the lookout for some prospective purchase to add to my collection:

Suede Straight Skirt, £199, Marks and Spencer/Denim Pencil Skirt, £30, Warehouse/Boutique Silk Marigold Slip Skirt, £65, Topshop/Button Through Pencil Skirt, £35, Miss Selfridge/Calf Length Skirt, £39.99, H&M

First up- the much hyped suede number from M&S which finally landed online last week. It's a real winner for tapping into all things 70s inspired, and from a practical perspective I'm sure it would prove something of a failsafe for the approach of autumn and winter too. I loved the slightly high waisted fit and pocket detailing, so if you're still on the hunt for that 'must-have' piece for this season, then keep your eye firmly fixed on the M&S website as I'm sure it won't stick around forever! If you're embracing all things denim this season, then you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with this pencil skirt from Warehouse- who are delivering an amazing selection of pieces for spring and summer, don't you think? At £30 it's one of those purchases which won't break the bank but which will pay dividends in the long run as this is such a versatile style- whether teamed with a basic tee, printed blouse or lighter cami for the summer- I can imagine it being a real long term investment.

If print is more your cup of tea for the summer, then I'd recommend having a browse in Topshop as they've got some really pretty designs in at the moment, not least this marigold inspired piece from their Boutique range. Something like this is a must-have if you're heading off on holiday, or if you've got a special event in your diary- with the A-line shape adding a slightly more formal feel. With something slightly more everyday on the brain, this button-through style from Miss Selfridge  is perfect for spring, with the pale blue hue hinting at sunny days with no tights required- the best kind, am I right? The bow detail also adds a slightly retro touch which I love too- ideal if you're determined to tap into some vintage inspired summer vibes. Finally, this monochrome piece from H&M caught my eye when I was having a little browse of some of their new bits and pieces last week- and if you're after a simple summer skirt to wear to the office, then this has got to rocket to the top of your shopping list!

Have you picked up any summer skirts yet?

(Image credit: Marks and Spencer, Warehouse, Topshop, Miss Selfridge and H&M.)
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