27.05.2016- Beauty Buys: Travel Essentials

Friday, 27 May 2016

A little bit later on this afternoon, I'll be heading to the airport for a much anticipated trip to Ireland with Hannah, Elodie and Lily! We've got lots planned so I'm sure I'll be sharing a look at the trip with you when I get back, and I've already got my suitcase packed and ready to go. Travelling light with just the one cabin bag, I've been on the hunt for some travel beauty essentials which take up minimal space but which pack maximum punch:

Garnier's Micellar Water has been a staple part of my skincare routine for the last year or so, and it's definitely a daily essential which is a boon to any travel beauty bag. This 'on the go' size is perfect for holidays, and it's a great space saving option too- meaning that there's no need to be weighed down with makeup wipes. This mango lip balm from Kiehl's is another staple of mine, and as well as being wonderfully long-lasting, it's another compact essential which offers plenty of protection from the unpredictable elements! 

Something to pick up airside is Impulse's Why Not? body spray by Charli XCX (*), a tropical inspired scent infused with bergamot, lemon and orange- great for keeping fresh on the go. Finally, I'd be well and truly lost without my Creme de Corps from Kiehl's- and, luckily for me, it's available in a travel sized bottle to comply with those under 100ml rules!

What are your travel essentials?

*PR sample

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do nor reproduce without permission.)

25.05.2016- What I Wore Today #261

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

If there's one thing which can be completely relied upon, it's the ability of the Great British weather to be completely and utterly unpredictable. Whether it's sleet, hail, torrential rain, thunder or intermittently tropical temperatures, the passage through spring to summer is one punctuated by emergency umbrella purchases, lots of layering up and usually being caught unawares in a downpour or two. In short, navigating the climate at this time of year is a feat which I'm convinced should warrant some shape of prize! Having said that, investing in some seasonal sartorial staples is a strategy which I've found has paid dividends over the last few years, so at the outset of this spring, I pooled my pennies into a practical purchase which I know will well and truly stand the test of time: 

Coat- Archive by Alexa for Marks and Spencer 
Top- Zara 
Jeans- Weekday (via ASOS) 
Shoes- Adidas (c/o Spartoo)
Sunglasses- Ray Ban (via John Lewis) 
Bag- Radley 

This trench coat of dreams is one of two pieces which I picked up from the Archive by Alexa range for Marks and Spencer (keep your eyes peeled for purchase number two in my next outfit post!), and I couldn't be happier with it. It's slightly longer than the trench styles which I'd usually opt for, but is really well cut and fits wonderfully (as well as allowing me to channel some Victorian detective style too..!) The tartan lining adds a lovely contrast, and it's already become fairly indispensable, saving my bacon on a fair few rainy days! Here I layered it over a printed top from Zara's selection of summer styles (gorgeous as always!), and my go-to jeans from ASOS. 

What are your all-weather wardrobe essentials? 

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

23.05.2016- Most Wanted: COS Cool

Monday, 23 May 2016

As I've mentioned in a few previous posts, there are a selection of shops which I only tend to visit sporadically for fear of snapping up everything in sight- and one such destination is COS. Over the years, I've picked up a fair selection of staples from this Scandi style sanctuary, and every time I pop in I fall head over heels in love with all of their latest offerings, becoming more and more determined to embrace a minimalist aesthetic and invest in some top notch basic buys. My most recent visit was no exception- and I'm already anticipating payday so that I can make a little dent in my current wishlist:

Cross Over V-Neck Denim Top, £59/Layered Sleeveless Top, £49/Cotton Silk Melange Skirt, £69/Shirt with Scalloped Hem, £49/Belted Split Level Dress, £89/Wrap Over Leather Sneaker, £89/Concrete Disc Necklace, £19/Press Stud Back Top, £59/Cropped Silk Shirt, £79/Unstructured Leather Backpack, £125, all COS.

This cross over top is one of those staple purchases which would well and truly pay cost-per-wear dividends, and it's a great investment buy for the summer too- just as easy to style with denim cut offs as it would be with culottes or jeans. At the slightly smarter end of the style spectrum is this gorgeous layered sleeveless top, which packs some serious understated punch- again another elegantly effortless piece which would prove a boon to any wardrobe. This summer, I'm determined to embrace the humble skirt more than I have of late, and this cotton style is a great basic to begin with- I love the practical touch which the pockets bring too. 

Regular readers will know that I struggle to resist blue shirts, and this scalloped hem style is a definite prospective purchase in the making- especially with the Great British summer never proving a guarantee of good weather! A dress for all seasons comes in the shape of this glorious green split level design- a piece which is as versatile as it is simply stylish, and one which has unlimited outfit potential too. You can never go wrong with simple shoes in my book, and these wrap over sneakers tap into a distinctly Scandi sense of casual cool. With similarly simple accessorising in mind, this concrete disc necklace is a great option for adding an extra layer of detail to any outfit. 

I've been searching high and low for some basic tops to stash in my wardrobe for a fair while now, and I'm sure that I'll be snapping up this stud back style in no time- another essential to see you from season to season in style. With block colours on the brain, this cropped silk shirt is another must have- and I can imagine it looking great teamed with a statement skirt for the summer, can't you? Finally (and because no wishlist post is complete without a bag in some shape or form!), this slouchy leather backpack- another excellent investment buy.

Are you a fan of COS?

(Image credit: COS.)
Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground