18.10.2017- What I Wore Today #318

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Whilst we're sliding towards winter quite speedily, over the last couple of weeks I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been making the most of the late autumn sunshine and slightly milder temperatures. It's always lovely to be able to give some summer favourites one final hurrah before packing them away for the next six months or so, and luckily an outing a few weeks ago offered a great chance to get another wear out of one of my favourite purchases of the year:

Blouse- Sister Jane (via ASOS)
Jeans- BDG (via Urban Outfitters) 
Shoes- Vans (c/o Spartoo) 
Bag- & Other Stories  

I picked up this blouse from Sister Jane at the start of the summer, and it's become a real favourite. Whilst it's a bit more over the top than some of the usual staples which populate my wardrobe, it's one of those wonderful pieces which always puts a smile on my face and which I always feel really happy wearing too. Whilst the floral embroidery lends itself more obviously to spring and summer styling, I'm really looking forward to seeing how it'll work for the (whisper it!) festive season too. Here I wore it with some weekend basics in the shape of these jeans from Urban Outfitters, my & Other Stories Bag and Vans, which I'm relieved to report have now been successfully broken in! 

How have you been styling your transitional wardrobe? 

(Image credit: Sophie Warner, please do not reproduce without permission.)

16.10.2017- Beauty Buys: L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara

Monday, 16 October 2017

As regular readers well know, when it comes to everyday beauty essentials, it's very rare that I switch up my old favourites for something new. There's something about the ease and routine of picking up the same products most mornings which seems oddly comforting, especially when it's dark and gloomy outside and the last thing you want to do is be parted from your duvet. Having said that, a few weeks ago the opportunity arose to road test a new everyday staple in the shape of L'Oréal's Paradise mascara:

With mascara perhaps more than anything else I tend to be a creature of habit, especially as I'm always reluctant to find myself confronted by an unwieldy wand when I'm sitting in front of the mirror in a bleary eyed state of a morning. I've been repurchasing the same products for a good few years now, never really thinking that much about changing my routine, but when an old favourite ran out a little while ago, I took the plunge and snapped up a recent release from L'Oréal. After using it for the last couple of weeks, I'm well and truly converted. It's really easy to apply, and with some serious lengthening and separating power, it's also great for making more of a statement for everyday eyes. I've noticed that it's really long wearing too, so needless to say I'm a convert! 

Have you tried any new beauty buys recently? 

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

13.10.2017- Night Away Essentials

Friday, 13 October 2017

Living just outside of London as I do, it's rare that I get the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of an overnight stay in the city- booking into a hotel always feels like a little bit too indulgent when home is just over an hour away on the train. Having said that, with Southern Rail being as unpredictable as ever (leopard, spots etc etc.), sometimes it's worth saving the stress just to be able to relax and enjoy a lovely evening out. Once such occasion arose last week when, in celebration of my gorgeous mum's birthday, I booked us tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and an overnight stay in the beautiful Covent Garden Hotel. Packing for a single night away can be a bit of a puzzle, especially if you're looking to travel as lightly as possible, but I've now accumulated a stash of essentials which make the process as hassle-free as possible:

In the beauty stakes, it will come as no surprise that I'm a huge fan of using Glossier's products when I'm away from home. They're so fuss free and easy to use- the Milky Jelly Cleanser acting as a brilliant one-stop shop for the end of the day, and the Priming Moisturiser proving to be a perfect everyday essential. Haloscope too, is a brilliant option for travelling light, especially as it's something of a multipurpose marvel- as brilliant for highlighting as it is for using as a base for a natural eye. Another everyday hero comes in the shape of the Kiehl's Butterstick- a lipbalm and colour lipstick combined, and a product which I've been reaching for everyday since I first purchased it back in the summer. 

Jo Malone's fragrances, as well as being ultra long lasting, are also ideal for stashing in your overnight bag, especially as the smaller bottles are lovely and light. Simple's travel sized moisturisers are brilliant for using on the go, and are especially handy if you don't want to be weighed down with the contents of your dressing table for a single night away. Finally, these laundry bags from Oliver Bonas which I picked up a few weeks ago, which are wonderfully compact and brilliant for keeping everything organised- as well as being fabulously patterned!

What are your overnight stay essentials? 

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