Tuesday, 12 December 2017

10 of the best Faux Fur Coats

Don't wear real fur.

I thought of 20 different ways in which to start this post but really, it came down to one plea. Don't wear real fur. 

Recently I spotted a blogger promoting real fur coats and my mouth dropped open in shock. It's 2017, we all know better. There is no reason to wear fur. There is no necessity. The only issue that remains is people's desire to wear animal fur and really that's incomprehensible to me personally. The production of faux fur has exceeded expectations, a lot of faux fur out there now looks and feels just as luxurious and sumptuous as some people argue real fur is. There is no excuse. 

With that in mind I've rounded up 10 of the best Faux Fur Coats available right now. They are beautiful, cosy, stylish and above all else... more ethical! 


Whether you're looking for something similar to a real fur coat or you want to just have fun with this particular style, there is something to suit everyone. There is an abundance of choice, long, short, cropped, with lapels, without collar, real in appearance, faux in appearance - whatever your preference is, it is catered for within the faux fur spectrum. 

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My own favourite on this list would have to be the gloriously showstopping Simply Be Faux Fur coat however it is selling fast, my next favourite would have to be the Joanna Hope snow queen style coat, my reasoning for this isn't necessarily personal preference - it's simply what is available to me in comfortable sizing. This is the only issue with faux fur coats, there are not enough retailers catering to the plus size market. Sure, things have gotten better but this is one area of style in which it is glaringly apparent that plus size women are left out in the cold. Having said that, it still wouldn't encourage me to go and search for a vintage or modern real fur counterpart. It's not a consideration on any level.

So remember, the next time you see a blogger or influencer promoting the use of real fur products for fashion, there is always a fantastic faux alternative! Choose that option. Choose faux. 

Don't wear real fur. 





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Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Bouquet from Prestige Flowers

I'm a flower obsessive. I love having fresh flowers around the house from week to week to brighten the place (and my mood) right up. My love of flowers stems from my time spent working as a florist, and the fact I can't keep plants alive. Flowers, I can work with but plants hate me so I love flowers. They're easy, pretty and cheery and if I'm completely honest, flowers that are delivered to you are some of the absolute best!

I usually treat myself to some posies over the weekend and use them to lift our home however this week's flowers are a real treat. I was kindly sent a Christmas Bouquet from Prestige Flowers and the box was a joy to open. I've used Prestige Flowers before when ordering flowers for friends and family and they've not let me down yet.

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I was very generously sent the Noel Bouquet which is comprised of some beautifully festive flowers. It came packed with greenery, snow tipped acorns, a stunning glittery star, silver sprayed thistles, frosted purple berries and the most perfect white roses and chrysanthemums. A real silvery wonderland in a vase.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Cosy Lounge Wear to make you Feel Good

Over the last few years I've had the opportunity to seriously road test pyjamas and lounge wear. I've tried many different brands and styles and two places stand out for having and executing the perfect pyjama equation:

Budget Friendly + Stylish + Cosy + Comfortable = The Perfect Pyjamas

Whether you just like to jump right into a pair of cosy pyjamas as soon as you cross your front door, or perhaps you save a special pair for that after-bath / fresh bed sheets glow or you find your own personal situation means having to adapt clothing wise, to wearing pyjamas or lounge wear more frequently because of health reasons. Whatever the reason, pyjamas and lounge wear play an important part in our lives, they provide comfort. They are the uniform of self care and are worth investing in.

As I mentioned earlier, in my own experience, two stores stand out in regards to good quality and budget friendly options when it comes to pyjamas and lounge wear. In fact, some of the pieces I'm about to show you I have already bought myself and wear frequently so I can offer some insider knowledge here!

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Shaggy Fleece Cardigan / Lace Trim Cami / Velvet Rabbit Slippers / Lace Trim Lounge Pants

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

AW Transitional Makeup Favourites

Anyone who doesn't have much time to spend on a makeup routine will understand me when I say that, much as though I love makeup, I need it to be easy. I need products that do exactly as they claim, I need them to last (because I never touch up!) and I need the look to come together without much effort. Add to that the fact I like makeup looks that will take me through transitional seasons, looks that bridge the gap between Summer makeup and glittery festive looks. Recently I've found some serious mainstay contenders that I wanted to share with you.

Firstly, I've personally found that the most important step in any makeup look is prepping your base. That means skincare before applying makeup. I spoke to my Mum about this recently who seemed rather shocked at the prepping I do before even attempting to apply makeup. I double cleanse, tone, apply a serum and then a moisturiser. Sometimes I'll use a moisturising primer instead, a favourite lately has been This Works In Transit Camera Close Up which is such a multi functional product I can't believe it's not spoken about more often! It acts as a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one and it has made such a difference in how my makeup lasts and also how my skin copes with having makeup on. 

If you're going to all that bother with prepping your skin you will want a serious foundation. By serious I mean one that glides on smoothly, evens out tone, covers any blemishes and lasts through the day. I have no time for anything less. Recently I discovered a new foundation love and admittedly I've found it hard to move away from (even to just try another!). 

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Budget Copper Home Accessories

Since first posting about my love of metallic home accessories, that fleeting affair has become a fully fledged obsession. More pointedly, copper home accessories! Copper accents make any interior instantly appear more cosy, while adding a touch of scandi style or industrial home style without much effort at all. Accents and accessories are a brilliant way of introducing some freshness in to your decor without having to spend big, which is fantastic if you're anything like me and change your home accessories season to season.

Recently I was looking for a few budget copper home accessories and happened to notice one store in particular really killing it with this trend. Whether you're aiming for cosy or scandi style, George at Asda have everything you could need and at affordable prices!

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Copper Globe / Copper Wall Clock / Copper Succulent / Copper Hi Ball Tumbler / Copper Bell Jar Lamp / Copper Wine Glasses / Copper Leaf Plate / Copper Photo Frame / Copper MirrorGeometric Side Table / Succulent in a Copper Pot

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Beauty | Empties

In all my years blogging there is one style of post I've yet to write, which is surprising considering it's one of my favourite types to read. Every month I pore over these posts, reading with curiosity the details of products my go-to bloggers actually used. Reviews are fantastic and a great source of opinion but I find empties posts to be more of a tell as to which products have been used in their entirety. How often have you seen a blogger chat about a product only for it never to be mentioned again? This is a way to combat that. To give you a glimpse into the products that I use up and either never purchase again or hastily restock when I'm running low. These are recommendations that I live by personally so I hope you enjoy!

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Please keep in mind, being my first empties post this may be a little longer than the usual but I'm hoping it will be a frequent instalment here on The Style Guide Blog. I've kept it to just Beauty Empties this time around and trust me, there are some ride or die products in here (for me anyway!).

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Plus Size Fit and Flare Winter Coat | Simply Be

Winter coat season has always been an exciting time in our family. Since before I can remember, I would have always gotten a good winter coat and as I grew older I found more and more care went into selecting that piece of clothing. Fast forward to recently turning 33, I find I still put as much effort into securing a good winter coat around this time of year. One thing is for sure... there is more choice than ever before - especially on the plus size winter coat front!

The one type of coat I've always been drawn to is a fit and flare style coat, because I'm bigger on the bottom than I am at the top, this shape provides what I want in a coat, neat on top and a nice skimming skirt on bottom. When Simply Be offered to let me choose a winter coat, I went straight to their Premium Fit & Flare Coat and though I did browse through others, I knew this was the exact shape I'd been looking for. 

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This coat spoke to me on a number of levels.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Constellation Print

I have to admit the star trend, when it hit a few years back, never really grabbed me personally. There were some lovely pieces to be found, especially the Simply Be star print maxi dress, but it just wasn't for me. There's a similar trend appearing and I find myself falling ever so hard for it.

Building on a base of star print, we're seeing a new trend emerge in the form of Constellation Print and I am so ready for it! How better to remind ourselves to look to the stars a little more than wearing a celestial print?

Whereas this is a print beginning to appear now, I've a feeling we might see it a lot more on the high street when the winter styles hit the rails - at least I hope we do!

I recently came across some constellation / celestial prints that made my fashion heart flutter. The first that drew a real-life gasp was the Celestial Dress that is coming in October from Collectif London. Blue velvet, with a print to inspire the dreamer in us, I am incredibly excited for this drop.

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Keep an eye on the Collectif London Facebook Page to be the first to know when this lands online. They are hoping for the first week in October so consider this fair warning - I think it will be a fast sell out.

Next, I got a heads up about some Constellation Print dresses in Marks & Spencer, however, the initial dress that was recommended is now out of stock so I won't torture you with that now BUT have a look at some of the other constellation print stock in M&S available at the moment because, hand on heart, there are a few I'd love to see in my wardrobe right now...

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Mesh Flared Sleeve Printed Dress / Printed V Neck Flared Sleeve Top / Constellation Print Half Sleeve T Shirt / A Line Midi Skirt /  Printed Tie Side Flared Sleeve Midi Dress

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Hairdressers and Red Hair

Since shunning the coloured dyes, the pinks, the electric reds, and embarking on the journey back to my roots, quite literally, I've found some serious ginger hair issues that have been somewhat tricky to navigate. Firstly, my roots are no longer my own natural colour of ginger anymore because at the grand age of 32 (almost 33) my ginger hair has begun to turn white. Gingers rarely go grey, we go white. With this in mind it has to be understood that colour will bond differently. If you have used box dyes you'll find your hair colour is made up of a build up of colour - sometimes you'll be lucky and get that shade to relatively reflect your own natural colour but it largely may appear patchy and just not in the best of conditions. Added to all of this the lack of natural style ginger / red dyes on the market - both in salon and on shelves - it can be tricky to age somewhat gracefully with red hair. At this stage of my life I passionately want a hair colour that is as close to my natural shade as possible, so I sat down with my hairdresser, Nicolle at Hairoscope, and we discussed options.

The first thing I will advise you to do is to ensure you get your wording just right. There is such a huge spectrum for redheads and if you go into a hairdresser asking for ginger hair... well, let's just say it's best to be as specific as possible. Nicolle advises that the most important part of the process is the consultation, your hairdresser needs to understand what colour of red or ginger you would like to go so don't be afraid to come armed with a photo of your desired colour. This will help narrow down the particular shade, whether it's gold apricot, cinnamon, auburn or cherry... there are a plethora to choose from and each will be starkly different to the others.

We opted to try a mix of a good grey cover base and a copper by Goldwell to achieve a more natural shade of ginger / red this time around and the photos really do speak for themselves.

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Nicolle did an amazing job considering what she had on her hands was pretty much just a build up of poorly distributed product and the aforementioned root situation from hell.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Teddy Bears' Picnic with Asda

What a wash out of a Summer! Between torrential rain (I'm not really complaining - I love it!) and a sick Kiddo, our Summer took a bit of a hit and we've not been far travelled unfortunately. All was not lost though and instead we focused our efforts on making our own stay-at-home fun and holiday activities.

Recently we dedicated some time to digging out The Kid's Teddy Bears, some that he still has sitting at the foot of his bed and others that maybe needed a little TLC. To help us with our Teddy Bear repairs and spruce up efforts, Asda very kindly sent us some little treats for a Teddy Bears' Picnic. As an adult, I had forgotten just how much fun can be had by throwing a picnic blanket down on the floor, digging out the Teddy Bears and just having a good old fashioned picnic!

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We were kindly sent a few treats from Asda to kit out our Picnic and The Kid's Teddy Bears. They included a beautiful Sourdough loaf, scones, lattices and mini pies as well as everything a kid could wish for in the form of mini brownies, decorate your own gingerbread men and a gorgeous Ice Cream Sundae Cake (this was the star of the picnic according to Kiddo).
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

DIY with Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint and Metallic Spray

I haven't checked in for a while because we've been busy busy bees! I decided to finally set about redecorating our bedroom, and add those finishing touches to the rest of the house to make it more homey. Something about the prospect of another Autumn / Winter season approaching that makes me want to nest and begin making the home cosy for those dark hygge-filled nights.

Since before I can remember we have had an old pine style chipboard furniture set in our bedroom, don't get me wrong, we were grateful when we were given it second hand by my Mother-in-Law but they're not necessarily our own style and I've noticed as time has gone on (we've had them years now!) that they pulled down the lighting in the bedroom. I've had regular opportunities to become even more acquainted with my bedroom over the past year and it looks to be more of the same upcoming so I was eager to make some changes, light and airy changes. We went and found a perfect new bed in a local store (which will arrive in a few weeks) and had decided that the silver grey velvet headboard would be the focal point of the room meaning it was time to change the furniture.

But the bed somewhat eliminated our budget. Isn't that how these things go? So we had to get creative in changing the furniture.

First we checked Gumtree, buy and sell groups were monitored (like a hawk), charity shops were scoured and auctions were picked over however there was nothing suitable at all and any bedroom furniture sets in white we did look at buying would have cost pretty much what the bed was already costing us... it seemed futile for a while and I almost gave up - until we decided to take a shot in the dark and pick up some budget friendly chalk paint... I mean if everyone on Pinterest could do it, surely we could too?

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For all my planning in life, DIY is something I can never really plan for and if I do make the decision to give it a go it's usually spur of the moment, with supplies purchased in haste and it has always turned out disastrously. I don't mind telling you that because this is a story that has a happy ending!

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Cien Tropical Summer Beauty Range by Lidl

When Lidl announced they'd be venturing into the beauty world with extraordinarily budget friendly price points I was hesitant but intrigued. It's been a while since we've seen a beauty range arrive onto the scene with lipsticks etc priced at just £1.99, we've become accustomed to paying almost extortionate prices for the most basic of beauty products so it was with great excitement that I delved into the latest releases from Cien at Lidl, especially considering the fact it was a range dedicated to all things Tropical. Perfect timing for Summer!


Whilst some of us will be lucky enough to be jetting off this Summer, a lot of us will be making do with Staycations or no vacations at all but that doesn't mean we have to miss out on the scent and feel of Summer. The new Limited Edition Cien Tropical Summer Beauty Range is perfect for both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. It's budget friendly (to a ridiculous degree) and the products I've tried are impressive.

I've been a fan of the Cien lipsticks for a while and their BB Cream blows higher end ones I own out of the water but how does the Summer range stack up?


You heard it here first. THIS product, the Honeymelon Body Butter from Cien has to be this Summer's must have body cream. It is scented beautifully and smells exactly how it is described, like honeymelon. It is soft and buttery and dries wonderfully on the skin, I've been using it in the evenings after a shower. The only way this product could be more perfect is if you were using it ON holidays whilst leisurely sipping on a sangria. This generously sized tub is a steal at just £2.99 and I've used it liberally since it arrived. Without a doubt a must-have from the collection.


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Monday, 17 April 2017

Local Focus: CFC Interiors and a Giveaway!

I've been focusing my efforts recently on sprucing up our living space, hunting out bargains in order to finally make our house a home. Imagine my excitement when news came through of the massive relocation sale due to take place with CFC Interiors! Considering their stock includes sumptuous beds, Kylie Minogue bedding, Yankee Candles and Emma Bridgewater, this is not an opportunity one can afford to miss.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Local Focus: Monsoon and Accessorize at Moores of Coleraine

I was very kindly invited in to visit the girls at Monsoon and Accessorize in Moores of Coleraine recently and it resulted in a serious food for thought moment in regards to online shopping versus the in-store experience. You all know I'm a huge fan of shopping from the comfort of my own home, nothing beats browsing pretty dresses, feet up, with a cuppa in hand... or so I thought. Perhaps I've been visiting the wrong stores because I came away from my visit to Monsoon thoroughly inspired by the in-store experience. This isn't because I was treated differently, in fact, after a lovely chat with the wonderfully brand focused Amanda and a quick hello to the gorgeous Tierna, I went about my business snapping, photographing and noting down information on what was available. The clothes themselves inspired me. Thinking on it I really do believe this has a lot to do with how the team have worked within their space in Moores of Coleraine. The Monsoon and Accessorize area is tucked neatly at the back of the first floor but it feels anything but cramped. It is well lit and spacious feeling and though it's not a huge space and they have a lot of different stock, you feel as though you're in something of a larger store whilst perusing the wares on the rails.

From the most dream worthy little girls dresses that look as though they've stepped straight out of a Disney movie (perfect for flower girls!) to affordable Communion dresses and tiny shoes any adult woman would desire, I fell in love with Monsoon at the first kids stand.

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Prices ranged from £20 upwards with the Artisan Communion / Flowergirl dresses coming in at affordable prices (£48 and up). I am hoping someone makes that blue dress in adult size, and maybe the butterfly shoes too!

I was already rediscovering why I loved Monsoon before I headed to their ladies department. Monsoon has been a staple in my life since my early teens, thanks to a wonderfully boho fashion focused Mum who adores anything remotely folky in appearance. The amount of luscious velvet and colourful boho skirts of hers that have made their way into my own wardrobe over the years is a true testament of my Mum's patience!

Staying true to their luxurious yet slightly folk-inspired roots, Monsoon have everything you could possibly need whether you're looking for casual luxe wear for the Summer or you happen to have an occasion coming up. I've narrowed down some of my favourite pieces (there were 296 photos after this visit and it really did pain me to omit any!)

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Fragrance Files: LOVELILY by Accessorize

I had wanted to start a new series based around perfumes this last while, mainly because I devour scent reviews as I'm always looking for that new fragrance that will set my heart aflutter. I adore perfumes, so much so that I currently have a cupboard pretty much dedicated to my ever growing collection. Some people collect china, I collect perfumes. I think this harks back to when I received my first ever fragrance growing up, Ghost (original), and quickly fell in love with how a scent can lift your mood and cement that moment in time. When I smell that scent now I'm immediately transported back to those times. Scent is incredibly evocative and so intrinsically tied into our emotions and memories. We all have those perfumes that bring us back to a particular moment or memory and I find that to be just a little bit magic!

Today's post focuses on a recent launch by Accessorize, not my first thought when I think of perfume but when LOVELILY* landed on my desk, the packaging alone was enough to send my heart beating a little faster. Reminiscent of all things Spring and Summer, this perfume came packaged in a resplendent pink flowered box, it is bold, rather sweet and gloriously stunning. Rather like the perfume itself turned out to be...

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LOVELILY, Accessorize, Review, The Style Guide Blog, Beauty
Spring Perfumes, Fragrance Files, The Style Guide Blog, LOVELILY

This little perfume from Accessorize might pass you by simply because it is found somewhere you maybe wouldn't be looking for a perfume but I implore you not to make that mistake because, honestly? It's impressive...

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Devine Nails launches a Nail Subscription Box

When I first posted about Devine Nails and the brilliant re-usable false nails they offer, I was already impressed by the quality of the products and the service itself. Then something wonderful happened! Devine Nails launched a nail subscription box! I was so excited to hear this and when I was asked if I'd like to trial one, I couldn't refuse, especially knowing the sheer gorgeousness of some of the false nails on offer on the site.

The premise is as simple as any other subscription box. Devine Nails have called their sub box the Monthly Delights Box and that it is! The theme each month is slightly different and is announced during the first week of the new month. Included in the box are 2 wonderful sets of reusable false nails, nail glue and a surprise gift.

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My subscription box* included a beautiful set of pink nails with white heart accents and icy glitter statement nails and a love-themed set of red nails which included glitter statement nails and some lovely hearts. Also included was the best bright red nail polish I think I've ever tried (and I've tried a LOT of red nail polish!) by Beauty UK, a brand I'll definitely be looking more into!

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Budget Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I sat down to write this post last week sometime and the gifts I was sourcing, when I glanced at them again, one thing really stuck out to me. They really weren't budget friendly at all. Granted, when Mother's Day comes around we all would love to go all out and spoil our Mums and, if we are mums ourselves, we'd like to be spoiled for the day but since when does that mean breaking your back to afford expensive gifts?

Here's a little secret I want to let you in on. Your lovely mum doesn't want you to go broke in order to give her gifts this Mother's Day. It's a lesson I've only learned recently myself. Year after year, when I asked my own mum what she'd like for Mother's Day, her answer has always been, ''don't be worrying about that, I don't need anything''. My Mother In Law was the same. It never sunk in. Until this year... This year my little kiddo is turning 7 - I know, I can't believe it either! Finally it clicked. I don't need expensive presents to know he worships the ground I walk on. I see it in his eyes everyday when I tuck him in or read him a story or bring him his snack. He tells me every day he loves me, he remembers to say thank you when it's necessary and he fills my days with such wonder that I couldn't possibly ask him for anything. No gift is greater than what he already gives me.

With all of that in mind I've comprised a list of some budget Mother's Day gift ideas because honestly? As a mum, a daughter and a daughter in law, I know now it's the little things that really matter. A few little budget friendly treats, a pretty card, a lie in, breakfast in bed and all the cuddles - THAT is what Mother's Day is about.

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For my own Mum I swiftly set aside some of the beautiful little gifts the lovely folks at Asda had sent out to me, she adores Lilies and I know she'll care for these far better than I ever could! Asda is somewhere Mr Style Guide Blog would head to for budget friendly presents often. In fact, my Mother's Day gift from last year was a glorious floral stag head from Asda that came in under £10!

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Loveheart Cafetiere | Floral Pyjama Set | Drink Me Teapot | Floral Dressing Gown | Peonies in a glass bulb | Floral Slippers | Oil Burner Gift Set | Butterfly Scarf | Initial Cushion 

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Bow-tique by Sinead: Luxury Organic Scented Candles

At this point I really do think I'm becoming something of a scented candle connoisseur. I have definitive opinions on what I like and what I don't, what makes a candle worthy of a purchase and what doesn't, suffice to say not every scented candle I try makes it onto these pages. This could be because they simply don't scent a room how I'd expect them to, or they might smell cheap and give me a headache or perhaps they'd be perfectly fine for the first few days and then they splutter and burn unevenly. This is especially frustrating when it's a candle I do like and I find it can be a common issue with some double wicked brands. However, none of these issues popped up during my time reviewing today's luxury scented candle and I have to admit I've fallen so hard for this brand, Bow-tique By Sinead, and it's safe to say I'm already considering what scent I'll opt for next.

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I had been following and chatting with Sinead for a while before she took the leap and launched her luxury candle range and so when she popped one in the post for me I was hesitant, as I always am when it's a local business - I have an inherent want for their products to be amazing so that I can sing it from the rooftops. Well, consider this post as me singing from the rooftops because I am absolutely 100% blown away by this candle.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

February Favourites

Kicking it old school today with a throw-back to the old bloggers' favourites post! It's funny because these are some of my own favourite posts to read when I'm clicking on to my favourite blogs but when it comes to putting together my own I usually find I've too much I want to chat about and then I feel overwhelmed. BUT! I have been using some bits and pieces over the last month that I found I was excited to tell people about, some you will recognise from my snapchat (seraemily) and others can be classed as my unsung heroes of February.

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I absolutely, without a doubt, have to kick February Favourites off with the pyjama top from Simply Be! I managed to snap this up in their sale for under £8 and, though I don't wear it with jeans as an actual top, it has become a huge staple in my loungewear collection - perfect for lazy Sunday mornings! It's silky soft and makes you feel very Pinterest (you know what I mean!) plus did I mention it's still priced at the steal worthy price of £7.75? You'd be mad not to!

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Style Watch: George at Asda

It started with a top... A soft-to-the-touch, flared sleeve, marl grey, astoundingly cosy top. I'd spied it sitting out of place on the rails in my local Asda store recently, in the wrong size for me but other than that everything I could wish for in a top and so I searched through the store to find more in the hopes my size would be sat waiting for me to arrive - and it was!

I grabbed my treasured prize and headed to the checkout, delighted with my £10 find. It's two days later and I'm still wearing it. No judging! If they had had it in black I'd have gotten that too because I've convinced myself I could legit pair this jumper with anything and everything; jeans, maxi skirts, tube skirts, trousers... in fact, it wears very well as lounge wear too due to the softness of the material.

Because I found myself so incredibly taken with my new purchase, I decided to head to George online to have a little nosy at what else they might have to offer because, much as though I love the fact it's available to us locally, the in store stock could be a little better in my opinion. There are much better options online than in my local store and so the jumper served as a prompt to do some digital window shopping and boy did George at Asda come up with the goods.

My focus was tops, I'm of the belief that if you have a few staples in the bottoms department ie; a pair of jeans, standard trousers and a couple of skirt options, you only need a few good tops to make it appear as though you've opted for a stylish capsule wardrobe. I was blown away by the amount of choice available at the moment and have picked out 15 favourites for you (trust me when I say I had to do a few rounds of narrowing the number down!).

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Bottom row, left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Body Positivity

What does body positivity mean to you?

It's a big question, right? It's a very personal question and it can only be answered by you.

I don't write think pieces a lot anymore, quite simply because there are so many who can voice it better than I but what I can and will do is relay my own experiences and hope that it maybe helps even one person feel a little more positive about their own body.

Throughout my life, since childhood, I was the chubby kid. Chunky and big boned were words frequently used to describe my pre adolescent body. When I hit secondary school it became even more frequent an occurance, in fact, it became a taunt. I had a big butt, wide hips and a round face. Or so everyone around me seemed to have me believe. I was an easy target for bullies, they knew my soft spot, the one little tiny opening for causing hurt and people weren't afraid to use it as a weapon. This was only made worse by family who would comment on my weight citing my health as a concern. By the time I was headed into 3rd year it was starting to affect my self esteem and confidence hugely.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Hot Tips for a Quick Blow Dry

I'm forever on a quest to achieve that 'slightly styled but low maintenance' blow dry look at home. Up until now I've had limited success. Between hair gadgets and appliances that promise a quick dry, salon sleek 'do, through to shampoos that promise quick dry and frizz free, I've tried it all. Until now every single product I've tried to reduce frizz has come up incredibly short. Unless I used heavy duty straighteners I simply could not achieve anything close to smooth hair.

All of that changed recently when I had the chance to trial a few new products. It just so happened that they had all arrived in and around the same time and all seemed to offer round about the same promise: quick dry hair and a smoothing ability, with the additional promise of being a little more caring for my hair. I was doubtful initially, my hair chronicles are well documented in this house and my frustration has piqued many times over so would they actually deliver?

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Face Masks for Cold Weather Conditions

All Summer long I look forward to the cosy Winter months. Does that make me the worst? I simply prefer the hygge that the colder months afford us. The hot water bottles, endless cups of hot tea, hunkering down under a soft blanket with the latest series I'm hooked on. Bliss! What I always tend to forget though is that the Winter months wreak havoc on my poor skin. Between being blasted with central heating, being flushed from the heat of the open fire and then getting lashed with rain, hail, sleet and (on a rare occasion) snow and that's not even mentioning the cold wind that feels as though it could cut right through you, our skin goes through a LOT in Winter so it's only right if I'm pampering myself with a little hygge in the evenings I should be affording my skin the same luxury.

It stands to reason then that I've taken to doing a face mask every other night so today I'm going to take you through the face masks I've been using to combat the cold weather conditions and the effect they have on my skin.

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The emphasis has been on hydration and masks that help with stressed skin and I've discovered some new gems as well as revisiting old favourites.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

SALES BUYS

It's safe to say that this last break has proven to be a longer hiatus than I had anticipated but when life happens, well... it just happens, doesn't it? But I'm back with passion and ready to nail down a great blog schedule packed full of engaging content for you all.

With that being said, my post today is all about what I've shopped in the recent sales. I think it's natural that when you're feeling down or you're ill or going through some stuff, the need to treat yourself to something nice or pretty is fairly normal. I tried to hone that this time around, and I tried to shop smart and consciously make an effort to buy pieces in the sales that I could make good use of throughout the year, as one of my resolutions for 2017 was to undertake a complete reworking of my wardrobe so I needed to find actual, wearable clothes, instead of being swayed by ALL THE PRETTY DRESSES that I don't really wear if I'm being honest...

My first stop was Simply Be, who have some amazing reductions in their ongoing sale. And ok, ok, ok.... I bought ONE pretty dress BUT in fairness I don't own a red dress and since the red dress effect was recently proven, I figured now was as good a time as any, especially considering the price I managed to get it for!


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