The weather is starting to get colder and I’ve been loving plenty of transitional pieces in September so I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you this month.
First up is a fashion favourite, a gorgeous pair of pearlescent Superga trainers. I was given these by my lovely husband for our wedding anniversary in September and I’ve been wearing them every since. They go with everything and look so stylish and I mustn’t for get to tell you how comfy these trainers are. They needed no wearing in and I’ve walked so far in them already. I’m thinking of going back to get the black leather ones with the white sole soon too. I think they’ve started an obsession.
Next up is a book, I Heart Forever by Lindsay Kelk. I’m a big fan of all of her books especially the I Heart Series that follows Angela and her friends so when the most recent instalment was released in September I hot footed it down to my nearest shop to get it. I do love delving into the world of books especially when it’s cold, wet and windy and I read this within just a few days. It’s a great read and it has a real cliff hanger at the end of the book too so go and have a read.
Next up is a mascara that I was ultra keen to try out. It’s the Paradise Extatic mascara by L’oreal. It has beautiful matte and shiny rose old packaging which looks expensive. I love the brush size and shape as it gets to all of those hard to reach eye lashes but still maintaining the ease of use. The formulation of the mascara is great too and it gives amazing length while combing through and separating the lashes.
The Pixi 24K Eye Elixir is a recent purchase and it’s one that I loved straight away. It’s a great multi tasking product as it has plenty of anti- aging properties that will help with freshening the eyes and the roller ball itself that you can also pop in the fridge for a ice cold treat for the eyes. I feel so awake after using it and it’s ultra delicate too.
Bobbi Brown have recently brought out the Crushed Lip Colours and I’m loving using these fab colours in the past month. The one that I went for the most is the colour Bare – it’s a lovely darker nude that really looks great at this time of year. The product itself feels like a lip balm but has a deep colour pay off and they aren’t drying either. Perfect!
Last up is this Candle from Tiptree at Wilkin and Sons. This company is really close to where I live and they’re normally known for their yummy marmalades and jams but they’ve also branched out into making other products too. We’ve tried the diffuser in the Lemon Curd Scent and it was amazing – it smells just like freshly baked lemon meringue pie. The smell makes my mouth water every time I get a whiff so I thought I should pick up the candle too. They’re organically made and naturally sourced which is a bonus. They also have tiny versions of these so that you can sample a few so if you spot them anywhere do go and have a sniff.
Let me know if you have been loving any of these products a much as me or if you’re off to order some of them after reading my favourites.
Happy Music Monday, this weekend has been seriously warm for a mid October! I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest and had a wonderful time.
It’s getting towards the end of the year now, and while I’m not quite ready to start looking back over the year and putting together ‘best of’ music lists yet, I have been thinking about where I’ve travelled this year and where I want to visit next. One of the highlights this year was a weekend in beautiful Barcelona, and while in a coffee house there I heard a track by Jessy Lanza that I wanted to feature this week.
Jessy is a Canadian vocalist who broke through back in 2013 with her debut album Pull My Hair Back, a collection of electro-pop tunes that received glowing reviews across the board. Her follow up album Oh No, released in 2016 received even more praise, and earned her multiple award nominations. The track I heard in Spain was Going Somewhere, a confident yet smooth slice of electro-pop that shows of her vocal range, with some effortless switching of gears.
Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what’s been coming through your speakers this week.
Autumn is that transitional time of year when the lighter layers and the boots come out and it’s one of my favourite times of year. I mean who doesn’t love Halloween and Fireworks night. I thought I would gather together a few of my favourite bits in the shops right now to show you.
Chanel – City Lights Palette
First up is this beautiful Limited Edition Chanel City Lights Palette . Four pretty Autumnal colours, there’s a natural pink to illuminate, an auburn toned brown, a grey toned brown both to blend over the eye and a deep brown to add depth. They’re all different textures matte, satin, iridescent and metallic. They make for a really gorgeous look and it’s one that everyone should go and test out.
Mint Velvet – Rose Gold Metallic Ombre Knit
I must really be really loving this metallic trend because this is the second item in this Wishlist. This Rose Gold Metallic Ombre Knit from Mint Velvet is a really pretty colour with a fab warm knit. I’m loving the ribbed effect as the style really reminds me of a Victoria Beckham jumper that has been all over Instagram. It’s also in the sale so I might just rush out and buy it now.
H and M – Monkey Patterned Skirt
I love my basics but occasionally I love a beautiful item to change up my wardrobe a little and this gorgeous monkey patterned skirt from H and M is that item. It’s super neutral and would be fab with a neutral jumper and heels or boots. I love it!
New Look – Black Floral Print Pocket Front Midi Shirt Dress
At this time of year I love wearing tea dresses and shirt dresses with a little warm jacket or a jumper. This gorgeous black floral print pocket front midi shirt dress from New Look is a perfect dress to do that with. It would be so pretty with a high sock boot, which is so on trend right now.
Office – Logan Point Chelsea Boots
Lastly I’ve chosen these Logan Point Chelsea Boots from Office . I live in a heeled chelsea boot in the Autumn. They’re so flattering on the legs, and they really do go with everything. You could wear these with a dress and tights or with a pair of jeans and the wide heel is also great if it gets a little frosty too. This particular pair are also currently in the sale. Bargain!
What items have you been picking up now the weather has got a little colder, and will you be picking up any of these items? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter.
I recently got back from a few days in Berlin and really did love taking in the city sights. It’s jam packed with heart breaking history, great shopping, beautiful architecture and friendly people. It’s a great place and it’s one that I already can’t wait to go back to.
There are so many things to see and do but I thought I would choose some of my favourite things that I came across during my trip.
Berlin Wall: The Wall Museum & East Side Gallery
The Berlin Wall was a significant part of the cities history after being up for the best part of thirty years so the first stop after landing, grabbing some food and a jumper was the The Wall Museum, East Side Gallery. It’s a concise yet really informative museum in a trendy part of town. Take a walk down both sides of the wall here, it’s the biggest surviving section and there’s some really amazing art work, some of which is really famous. It’s well worth going to see.
Brandenburg Gate is an 18th century neoclassical monument and is one of the most iconic and well known land marks of Berlin. It was the entrance to Unter den Linden, the gorgeous trail of trees that leads straight to the Royal City Palace of Prussian Monarchs further up the road. It’s now seen as symbol of unity and peace for Berlin. It had a great atmosphere while we were there and it really is a must see for everyone that goes to the city. It’s particularly beautiful at night lit up.
Berlin Zoological Gardens
Berlin Zoological Gardens is considered one of most popular zoos worldwide. They are particularly well known for their polar bears and giant pandas. The zoo is open all year round and the animals looked well looked after. They’re all about conservation and they often collaborate with other zoos, universities and research institutes. They also have one of the largest Aquariums in Europe and it’s a must see. Make sure that you go to the Monkey Bar, which is part of Hotel Bikini,Berlin which overlooks the zoo grounds. It’s beautiful but can get very busy so get there in the early evening for cocktails and music.
Check Point Charlie
There’s plenty of history surrounding Check Point Charlie, and for that reason it became an iconic symbol of the cold war. It was given it’s name from allied troops and basically one of a few check points where they could move from the East to the West sides of the city. After the Cold War, it was made into a tourist attraction with American food chains and shops close by. You can now also get your picture taken and your passport stamped for a few quid. It’s well worth going to see and there ‘s also a small museum just across the road about all that happened there too.
This beautiful building sits on a section of the city called Museum Island in the Mitte borough of Berlin. There has been a church of some kind on this site since 1441 and according to Wikipedia, The Evangelical Supreme Parish Colleiate or in short the ‘Berlin Cathedral has never been the seat of a bishop so isn’t a Cathedral in the actual sense of the word. It’s still pretty spectacular though and really worth a wonder around.
Are you planning a trip to Berlin or perhaps you’ve already been. Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend. I was in London as I went to an inspirational festival with lots of meditation and I was a bit of a tourist in a part of London I don’t go to much. So fun to do that every now and then.
Even though this song has been out since the summer, I heard this fab song Why from American Actress/singer Sabrina Carpenter on a dance video where Kyle Hanagami taught his choreography to a room full of dancers. He then chose 6 to then go meet and dance with Sabrina Carpenter herself. Such a cool experience for everyone involved.
With influences of Christina Agularia and Selina Gomez, this electro pop track is ultra catchy, cheeky and has a fun vibe to it. I love the fast pace of the song and how she’s telling you that opposites really can attract. The video features American RiverDale actor Casey Cott and it’s a really cute insight of how a couple who are completely different still end up together.
I’ll be listening to it for weeks to come. Go and check out the dance video as well as the original and let me know what your thoughts are on Twitter.
Most people spend around 45 years of their life at work and if you have an office job then the impact that sitting down constantly should be something that is thought about seriously. We think about our health outside of work, maybe go to the gym or run in our spare time but thinking about our bodies while we’re at work is equally as important.
This is something that Fellowes think about a lot and this was obvious when they recently put on a fab event to introduce the new Viking sit stand desks and I jumped at the chance to be involved. The desks available easily adjust to raise and lower so that you can work both seated and standing – that’s the key alternating between the two. There have been endless articles about the research on the advantages of using these kind of desks but the main benefits that stood out to me are that it really helps increase productivity while at work and that can’t be a bad thing as everyone always wishes the were more hours in the day. It also helps with maintaining good posture too.
What I didn’t know is that using one of these desks can also help reduce the risk of obesity as allowing the movement between sitting and standing makes a person more alert, hence the productivity. This in turn can help you burn 50 more calories per hour and reducing the risk of loads of other nasties like heart disease and diabetes. Bonus!
My background in dance has always given me a love for looking after my body so as you can tell this was workshop was right up my street. Fellowes teamed up with Graze box and had also arranged for a smoothie and juice talk where we sampled some of both. It’s important to think about what you eat and drink while you are at work too, while it’s easy to snack on chocolate bars and crisps, reaching for a handful of nuts, seeds or dried fruit can be a far healthier alternative and we tried these while we were going around the event too.
One thing that is often overlooked is your mental health and managing your stress levels in the work place is really important. Fellowes teamed up with a fitness instructor that taught us some simple stretches and breathing techniques that can help with short term effects of stress. Stretches help to loosen up muscles, prevent injury and will help with posture too. It’s all relevant!
The last people that Fellowes had on hand were some massage therapists who were giving shoulder, back, and arm massages. It can be the perfect way to unwind.
Overall I loved learning about the new sit stand desks and I’ve already started to put a few of the tips that I learnt in the workshop into practice in my own life.
Tweet me and let me know if you’ve tried a sit stand desk in the comments below.
Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a great weekend travelling or having fun – I just got back from Berlin so mine was seriously chilled.
I normally like to feature a new track from an artist I’ve been following for a while or to dig out a classic, but this week I’m simply picking a great tune! It’s a track from early 2011 that I’ve heard loads over the years without ever really knowing what it was, but after hearing it in an advert I did some research and found it!
The track is Another Girl by Canadian producer Jacques Green, who really hit the mark with this release while falling short with some of his other efforts. The track features a syncopated post-garage beat with simple chords that are brought together to become more than the sum of their parts by vocal samples that layer beautifully as the song progresses. It’s a great example of how a simple hook can create a great track with the right timing. I just love it!
Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been playing lately.
I love when there’s a new shop opening, I was invited down to Chelmsford for the opening of the brand new Dr Martens shop on Bond Street and the celebrations did not disappoint. People flocked to the shop with queues seeping into the town centre, to see the new products and the local band that were performing. With influences such as The Clash and The Streets, Ratboy had the crowd both inside and outside the shop working up a storm. People bounced, chanted and sung along with them as they enjoyed not one but two sets due to how many people there were.
There was cool art work and Dr Martens products also all around the shop for people to enjoy and I picked out a few of my favourite pieces. First up are these gorgeous Magdalena Aunt Sally boots, they’ll go with anything as they’re so versatile. They’ll work fabulously with a dress and cardi for the Autumn and for the Winter they’ll go great with jeans and a warm jumper.
I love these Vonda boots – with the iconic Dr Martens flat boot and red embroidered roses, this stunner will make any outfit. They’re a stand out boot, and ones that you’ll want to bring out year after year. The Tassel Brando Leather Saddle bag is a roomy bag with a card holder slot inside. It’s a beautiful colour with an over the shoulder strap and is one that will get many people talking too.
Are you loving any of the Dr Martens products talked about? If so let me know in the comments below or on my Twitter.
Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
This week’s track is a little different in more ways that one. It’s from Italian producer Sam Paganini, famous to techno fans for many years for his heavy hitting releases on labels such as Drumcode and Cocoon. Much of his success has been based on his consistency, producing tracks that follow an exciting yet very familiar formula.
His newest album however has seen a break in this formula and experimentation which a much different sound – a more positive and melodic one. Gone are the thudding kick drums and darker atmospheres, and in their place are strings, pianos and good vibes. I’ve picked out the track Gravity, a tune that has split his loyal fanbase but definitely captured my imagination. I love it when an artist tries something new and it just works – you get to see a different side their creativity and let’s face it, it can get boring when you do the same thing over and over. Here’s to embracing change!
Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been playing this week.
I’m off to Berlin next week with my husband as it’s our wedding anniversary – three years, how did that even happen. The weather is getting colder so I’ve put together a few things that might be nice to wear for this special trip away.
1. First up is this gorgeous red and black skirt from H and M, it’s the star style of skirt for the season and the print of this one is so pretty. It will go perfectly with a black t-shirt or an all in one and a leather jacket.
2. Next up is this gorgeous long sleeve black and white spot dress from New Look. In the Autumn I live in these dresses with heels and a cute cardigan or jacket. This one is perfect for walking around the city, and exploring, teamed with some trainers.
3. Next up is this gorgeous Ted Baker dress. I love the Kyoto Gardens pattern and the style, it’s so effortless to wear. Teamed with a pair of heels and a pale jacket it’s perfect for a wedding but teamed with cardi or a leather jacket and some heels. This outfit is perfect for an anniversary meal.
4. I saw someone wearing a beautiful and unique pair of Converse on the train the other day. I spend most of my time running errands, and walking a lot of miles especially when exploring a new city like Berlin so this black leather pair of Converse with white soles seemed perfect. They’ll go with everything.
5. Debenhams shoe hall is full of amazing designer dupes. I love these Faith lace up boots particularly as they’re really fab dupes for the Gucci heels that are everywhere right now. They’ll go with skirts and jeans and see you right through Winter too. Bonus!
6. Finally I’ve been looking for a red bag for the last few months that would go with my wardrobe and I think this might be the one. As I’ve said before red is going to be big this season, so this Belsize bag from Hobbs with it’s cross strap and its smaller size will be great for travelling as well as every day use.
Have you been loving any of the items in this weeks wish list? Let me know in the comments below or over on my Twitter.