19.02.2018- What I Wore Today #327

Monday, 19 February 2018

At this time of the year, perhaps more than any other, I tend to find myself stuck in something of a style rut, especially as the chilly weather doesn't really lend itself to all that much variety or adventure. Having been living in a succession of jumpers (all with a varying itch factor!) for what feels like an eternity, over the last week or so (boosted by the sight of some sunshine!), I've been switching things up a little bit with a pop of print here and there, as well as unearthing some long neglected wardrobe heroes:

Coat- & Other Stories
Blouse- Vintage
Trousers- Espirit (via ASOS)
Shoes- c/o Boden
Bag- & Other Stories

This gorgeous blouse was a piece which I inherited from my beautiful grandmother, and, if I'm honest, up until now, I've really struggled in terms of knowing how to style it. It's one of those pieces which I've definitely grown in to, and over recent weeks has been something of a smart style saviour- ideal for incorporating into my work wardrobe, with the perfect combination of colours as a nod towards the start of spring. I always forget just how great vintage treasures can be- and this really is a one-of-a-kind favourite which I know will become a real staple from now on. 

Have you happened across any old favourites in your wardrobe recently?

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

16.02.2018- Beauty Buys: Spotlight on Sheet Masks

Friday, 16 February 2018

With the weather having taken another chilly turn of late, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is finding their skin feeling a little bit on the sensitive side. Whether it's contending with wind, rain (and everything in between!), or feeling defeated by dryness, winter always packs something of a last brutal punch before spring arrives. With some serious tlc needed, I've been rummaging through my skincare stash- and have been reaching for a selection of sheet masks:

I'm a recent convert to sheet masks, and have amassed a lovely little selection over recent months- thanks mostly to Elodie bringing back a serious skincare haul from her Korean adventure! This dry mask from Charlotte Tilbury was a spur-of-the-moment purchase one lunchtime about a week or so ago, and was an instant radiance booster, as well as being really easy to deploy thanks to the handy ear hooks (seriously, what an innovation!) As well as that, it can be used up to three times, so is pretty good value for money too. From Korea, Real Nature's blueberry mask which is a great fifteen minute fixer for when things need calming down- it's wonderfully soothing and leaves your skin feeling super soft. I'm yet to use this TonyMoly green tea mask (primarily because I want to try and keep the packaging in tact for as long as possible!), but with the half an hour recommendation, it's one for the weekend. Likewise the Crème Shop jojoba moisturising mask- a gift from Secret Santa- is one which I'm stashing for the tail end of the winter. 

What are your favourite sheet masks? 

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

14.02.2018- Valentine's Day Vows

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Whether you're single, in a relationship or a confirmed cat lady for life, I'm sure the fact that it's Valentine's Day today certainly won't have passed you by. The shops are full of heart-festooned displays, and any foray into Paperchase runs the risk of being absorbed into a sinkhole of card upon card, each inscribed with messages ranging from soppy to seriously sassy. Don't get me wrong, any festivity which puts love above everything else is something to be celebrated (especially at the moment, am I right?!), but I suppose I always tend to grow a little bit weary of how singledom can feel oddly alienating at this time of the year, especially in the face of such crazy commercialisation. 

Keeping up with what you're supposed to be celebrating and when- can be pretty exhausting at the best of times- is it Galentine's or Valentine's?! Can I legitimately buy a card for my cat whilst treating myself to a box of chocolates the size of a small house, directly contravening my Lent plans to abstain from sugar?! Wasn't it just Christmas?! So.many.questions. If I've learnt anything at all over the last year, it's that life really is too short to worry about rules- treat yourself to whatever you want, don't fall into the trap of needing to be validated by one day of the year- or by other people. There's something to be said for self-preservation and self-care, and looking after number one is never something you need to apologise for. Whether it's postponing plans to give yourself an early night, planning a spontaneous getaway, making time for that appointment or dedicating some time to doing something you really love- putting yourself first, and knowing your value without having it ascribed by someone else is a philosophy for life- and perhaps a pertinent thought for today too.

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