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15 February 2017

Galentine's Bubbles, Brunch and Beauty with Intu Victoria Centre

On Sunday I was invited for an incredible brunch by the amazing ladies at Intu Victoria Centre, all in the name of Galentine's! We met at the new, and beautiful, prosecco bar, Caffe Rizzoli.

Caffe Rizzoli is located on the first floor of the Intu Victoria centre, its' chic and elegant design is stand out all in itself, but the cake and ice cream cases are enough to draw in even the most determined shopper!

I joined our table and perused the menu, despite it only being 11am, I opted for a Peach Bellini because it was Sunday and why not! The fizz of the prosecco and the zing of the peach puree was a match made in heaven. Bubbles ordered, it was time for the food, we were told that we could order whatever we wanted, and we were utterly spoilt for choice! It was a tough decision, but I decided that I was going to stick to the breakfast theme and opt for the granola.

The service was perfect, the team at Caffe Rizzoli made you feel very welcome and relaxed, especially the owner Jeremy. The presentation was also impeccable, everyone's food looked amazing. I loved the glass dish and fruit arrangement on my granola. The attention to detail didn't go unnoticed.

The granola was tasty and crunchy, which contrasted beautifully with the thick, creamy yogurt on top. I can honestly say it went down a treat! We were told we could also have a dessert, but having had my fill of food already I decided I should perhaps forgo more food! Though admittedly, I was insanely tempted after seeing what some of my other blogging girls had ordered! Instead I treated myself to another cheeky cocktail by the name of Country Breeze.

After munching our way through Caffe Rizzoli's menu we headed over to House of Fraser for make-overs. On arrival we were greeted with more champagne, we were very spoilt! We were then given the opportunity to have a look around the beauty counters. I headed over to Clarin's, Urban Decay and Bobbi Brown.

For my make-over, I had chosen Bobbi Brown as I've never tried any of their products before, so I was keen to see what they were like. The make-up artist was incredible, I told her to do what she liked as I already had a lot of make-up on. She touched up my existing make-up, added some highlight and gave me a pretty, muted, lip colour using the lip liner 'Pink Mauve'. I was really pleased with how it looked. It was nice to relax and enjoy being pampered.

Even though we had already been extremely spoilt with lavish food, drinks and beauty treatments the pampering didn't stop there! We were given some amazing gift bags and a stunning present from Skinny Dip in the form of a super sparkly iridescent purse, which was such a thoughtful surprise.  Skinny Dip actually have a counter in the Intu Victoria Centre!

We received two gift bags which contained some incredible samples to try out. I've already begun using Clarin's multi-active jour cream, and so far I'm really impressed with it. I'm looking forward to working my way through these generous samples, and will definitely give you my thoughts on them soon!

I would like to thank Intu Victoria Centre, Caffe Rizzoli and House of Fraser for their generosity and for putting together this amazing Galentine's event. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday and I'm so grateful for being invited.

When your next in the Intu Victoria Centre I would highly recommend stopping for a drink or a bite to eat at Caffe Rizzoli, I will definitely be taking my husband on our next shopping trip!

What did you get up to this Galentine's?

11 February 2017

The Striped Embroidery Shirt You Need this SS17


Although spring feels a million miles away right now, I am over my winter wardrobe. I am yearning for some spring warmth, to break out the pastels and floaty fabrics, and no longer be buried under layer upon layer of clothing.

I made my first spring purchase recently, which is this gorgeous, blue striped, embroided shirt from Next. I love the light weight, structured fabric, it'll be perfect for those warmer days. For now I'll be wearing it with a coat!

Embroidery is set to continue being a key trend this ss17. It's translating everywhere, from clothes to bags, to shoes. I personally love the intricacy and vibrant colours that these embroided flowers have on this shirt. They give a staple item a beautiful edge.

I wanted this outfit to be really comfortable and casual, so I decided to wear it untucked and loose with my black faux leather skirt, which is also from Next. This skirt goes perfectly with most shirt's and jumpers and it's an easy to wear piece, which is why I reach for it on a weekly basis.

I popped on some thick cosy tights, and plain black boots to complete the outfit. I decided to keep the rest of the outfit very simple and plain as I wanted the shirt to take centre stage.

My jacket is from Primark, and is classic and structured. I needed to add a black coat to my wardrobe as I have and array of different coloured coats from pink to khaki to camel, but no monochrome, so therefore I needed to add a neutral 'goes with anything' piece to it.

I've seen many stores coming out with very similar styles of this shirt, so it should be easy to find one to suit you.

What do you think?

31 January 2017

A Valentine's Day Inspired Make-Up Look

I wanted to put together a make-up look that was fit for Valentine's day, one that could be worn for having brunch with the girls, a date night with your partner or having a bit of 'me' time. I decided to stick with what I know best, a bold lip. I absolutely love this purple toned pink, and I think it would suit most people.

For my base I used this Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, which I apply a small amount evenly all over my clean face. This helps my foundation apply much more seamlessly by smoothing out my pores.

For foundation I used my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear, in the shade Cool Bone. This is my every day holy grail beauty product. If I could only ever buy one foundation it would be this one. It's easy to apply and you can build it up from medium coverage to high coverage.

I then used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. This helps to brighten up my face and conceal any redness.

For my cheeks I have used Sleek's 'Chantilly' Blush from their Blush by 3 palette, which is a stunning coral colour. I sweep this over the apples of my cheeks, for a fresh faced 'pinched' look.

I then use Sleek's Solstice Highlighting Palette. I have opted for the 'Equinox' highlight, and applied it all over the tops of my cheekbones. I've received so many compliments about how radiant and glowing I am when I've worn this highlight, that I'm going to do a whole separate review on it!

Finally, I apply a bit of Collection's Pressed Powder along my nose and chin, to keep the shine at bay.

For eyebrows, I have again, used two of my favourite products, the Benefit 'Ka Brow' and 'Gimme Brow'. I was lucky enough to try these products when they were first launched and they have quickly become my eyebrow staples.

Ka Brow is a brow pomade that I apply in light strokes along my brows, to make them look much fuller. I then apply Gimme Brow on top, which adds texture and extends my natural brow hair. The two together are a Brow match made in heaven.

For my eyes I wanted a smoky gold eye with a hint of purple. I used Sleek's Vintage Romance Palette. I started by applying the shade 'Meet in Madrid' which is the gold shade, second along on the first row, all over my lid. This gave a warm shimmery look to the eye.

I then took 'Marry in Monte Carlo,' the purple shade, second along on the second row, and applied this in the corner and crease of my eye. I blended this out to be very light smoky wash of colour.

To finish I applied a mid toned brown from my Urban Decay Naked palette to deepen the whole look up.

I created winged liner using my Rimmel Scandaleyes liquid liner, which has an easy to use pointed tip. To finish I applied Nyx Doll Eye Mascara to my top and bottom lashes.

I love these colours together as they give a really soft, romantic edge to my make-up. By using a purple tone shadow with the golds and browns it gives the whole look a unique twist.

For my lips I've used Nyx's Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Prague' as the focal point of this whole make-up look. It's a stunning purple toned pink, that really pulls the whole look together.

 The staying power of this Matte Lip Cream is incredible too. I went for afternoon tea and it lasted really well, which makes it perfect for Valentine's Day dinner and drinks. The consistency is light and it isn't too drying, I only had a small amount of flaking right on the inside of my lips, but I had been scoffing cake and coffee, which probably did it no favours!

I hope you enjoyed this make-up look, what are your plans this
Valentine's Day?

24 January 2017

Finding My Dream Dress

I couldn't be a fashion blogger without sharing the most special outfit I'll ever wear, my wedding dress. It was love at first sight when I tried this dress on, it was every bit me. I felt glamorous, sophisticated, and most importantly beautiful. Who doesn't want to feel this way on their special day.

From the moment we got engaged I was hooked on wedding planning, furiously pinning on my secret Pinterest board, buying all the magazines and pouring over Rock My Wedding. Of course one of the things I looked at most was all of the dresses; strapless, beaded, white, tulle, fitted, flared. All that choice. How was I meant to decide?

I knew I wanted a white dress with sleeves, and when I first stepped foot into the store, I had to admit the overwhelming feeling surged. There were rails upon rails of white and ivory dresses, it was hard to know where to start! Me and my mum spotted this one first, hanging in all it's white, sparkly glory. Call it luck or fate, but it was the first one I tried on, and though I tried on more after it, I just knew this was the one

It's a white, tulle and lace dress. The bodice has delicate beads sewn all over it, and the back is all lace. It has a delicate scalloped neckline which gave the whole dress a soft, feminine, elegant and timeless feel. It had a long glamorous train, which was definitely a show stopping feature I loved.

Prior to visiting any bridal stores, I had first thought that I wanted an all lace mermaid style dress, but after trying on two in that style, after this one, there was no comparison. This one fitted me in all the right places, was comfortable to move in, and made me feel confident.

 I love the button detail back, and the illusion lace. All carefully crafted together, with delicate beading, that sparkled when it caught the light. The moment my Dad first saw me on the morning of the wedding, and how he had tears in his eyes further instilled in me that I had made a very good choice with this dress.  
If you'd like to see how I accessorized for my wedding day, I have a post up all about it here.
My advice to Bride to Be's who are looking for their dream dress would definitely be; to be open minded and try various styles, listen to your own gut instinct, and go with what you feel your best in.
I really hope you've enjoyed reading this post, as much as I have enjoyed writing it 


20 January 2017

How I Find My Style Inspiration

Fashion is very much an individualistic thing and with social media taking centre stage, there are so many ways to express your personal style. For those days where I'm left staring into the abyss of my wardrobe, wondering what on earth I'm possibly going to wear, I turn to a few, select platforms, to help give me inspiration.

The following platforms not only help me with my day to day outfit struggles, but are also really useful for; seeing the up and coming trends, helping you style specific pieces, or just for a plain old nosey at what other people are wearing.

 I thought I would share with you where I turn to for my style inspiration.


1. Instagram.

My favourite social media platform, I could spend hours scrolling through this app. I'm going to be featuring a blog post all about my 5 favourite fashion accounts on Instagram soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that one. However, it's not just about individual accounts, the use of the #hashtag also gets my creative fashion juices flowing.

 Most stores have clocked the effectiveness that social media has on fashion, and therefore have devised clever hashtags for individuals to show off their items. There's #myboohoostyle #imwearingri #thisisnewlook and many more. I love searching through these hashtags, as you get to see pieces from your favourite stores, styled by real people. I love to see how people style pieces differently, as this gives me my own ideas on how I would style it.

My number one fashion inspiration platform has to be Instagram.


2. Pinterest.

Pinterest is a site where you can create mood boards/wish lists by pinning pictures you like to 'boards', a bit like a virtual mood board. I literally love Pinterest, I have a home d├ęcor board, fashion board, travel board, you name it I have it. You can pin what your heart desires. It's a particularly great platform for fashion too, by typing in key specifics such as 'summer fashion' it brings up pages and pages of pictures that people have uploaded of their summer fashion looks. You can then pin these to your own board for future reference, like when you need a cute outfit for that girly picnic you have next week, or that date you've been looking forward to. You can also search for specifics like 'white tshirt outfit', and you will be shown hundreds of ways to style a white t-shirt. Great for those days where you just don't know what to put on.


3. Primania.

 If you've followed me for a while, you will know that I shop a lot at Primark. They have the latest trends for great prices. I love looking through Primania, to not only see how people have styled pieces, but also to see what's new in store. I can often be found on youtube watching Primark hauls and jotting down a quick wish list of things I need to pick up on my next visit. You can upload your own photo to Primania of yourself styling their clothing, this is then shared on their website where others can get inspiration from your style. I love it, yet still haven't plucked up the courage to post my own looks yet!


4. New In Section.

 Ahhh the one thing that makes my bank account cry, the new in section. I am forever re-freshing these to see what's just come in to store. It's a great way to see what trends are coming up for the next season, and also to help you see what items to expect in store. I like to see if I have anything similar in my own wardrobe, and then decided whether there are any key pieces I feel I need want to add to it. Beware though, things can get a little spendy.

5. Street Style.

I did a lot of this whilst backpacking around Europe. Find a cute coffee shop and perch outside and watch the world go by. Sometimes my greatest fashion inspirations are the people you see out and about doing their own thing. I love how unique everyone's style is, and this really helps me to develop my own personal style as well as admire other's. Grab yourself a cuppa and a notebook and off you go. Simple as that.

I hope this has helped you out of a style rut, or maybe your looking to expand your wardrobe for the new season ahead and didn't know where to start? Well all of these platforms are perfect places to begin, and most of them don't even require you to leave the house! Hoorah!

Where do you find style inspiration?
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