10 Gift Ideas For Any Occasion

Beauty, Fashion, Favourites

With Christmas just around the corner you’re probably thinking about what to get for the special people in your life. It can be difficult buying presents for people for any occasion particularly if you are under a tight budget. Here are a couple of my favourite unique finds…

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For the Tavel lover – Scratch Map

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They can scratch off the places they’ve been on the map and plan trips they hope to go to. The idea is that they will try to scratch off as many places as they can. I have one of these my self and I love it.

If they are a student there are loads of gap year and bucket list books by lonely planet that you can get on amazon or any good book store.

For the book worm – Book cover locket

I think these are so unique, they do a variety of book covers so you could find their favourite classic novel to put on to the locket.

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For the film lover – popcorn machine and bags

I mean it is their own cinema at home!

or for the person who wants to get into movies… a scratch off 100 bucket list movies poster 

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(photo from amazons website linked above) 

For the music lover – (if they have vinyls) a vinyl frame, new earphones or portable speaker. For the person who I into hearing all the classics there is also a scratch off 100 albums bucket list poster.

For anyone – books

I don’t think anyone can go wrong with a book, it can be about anything they are interested in from gardening to traveling. There are loads of thoughtful books on Urban outfitters if you need some ideas.

 For the fashion aficionado – The new fashion rules by Victoria Magrath

I have followed Victoria’s blog for a long time now and she has the most amazing style and knowledge of fashion – definitely something a fashion lover would love to delve into.

For the Make up addict – Makeup storage or a set from their favourite brand. ASOS do some great ones by a variety of brands or if you want to go more upmarket SpaceNK do some beautiful sets as well from bath and body to lipstick and eyeshadows.

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For the foodie – something for the kitchen or you can get books of the best places to eat in different cities.

For the sentimental – A photo book

I recommend Snapfish as I have used them before – the quality is really good and they are the cheapest company I can find that do them. I did one for my Dad documenting all the places we had travelled to and adventures we had been on. You can customise the pages yourself, adding text, changing the layout of the pictures and the background.

For anyone – Candles or bath things

Everyone likes gifts that they can use to relax. My favourite bath oils are from Aromatherapy – they can be a bit pricy but smell amazing.

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I hope this little guide helps! Do you have any go to or unique gift ideas that you love? Tell me in the comments 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

Sustainable Fashion

Fashion, Style

Sustainable fashion is a concept that I have recently been intrigued to find out more about, with the environment and what we can do to help being in the news so heavily in the past few years. I recently read an article by Marnie Woodmeade for Huff post In which she discusses how far the fashion industry has come in terms of sustainability, in which she claims ‘Is on the rise’ but ‘Is not enough’.

Wikipedias definition of sustainable fashion:

“Sustainable fashion, also called Eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. It can be seen as an alternative trend against fast fashion.”

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Plastic and how we can reduce its use has been in the news a lot in the recent months, with the plastic bag tax and the reduction of plastic straws. However, another way in which we can reduce our carbon footprint is by reducing the amount of clothes we throw away. With shops opening that sell cheap quality clothes, we have become a throw away society – we buy things that are ‘In trend’ and throw them away after only a couple of uses due to the bad quality.

I hadn’t realised how much waste the fashion industry produces until doing a bit of research on it – according to Edge (used by Huff post) ‘the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world’. Apparently ‘Last year alone, 12.8 million tons of textiles were discarded’.

Reducing Waste

Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers to be an advocate for reducing waste in the fashion industry and she recommends that consumers “Buy less. Choose well.” and to “Make it last. Quality, not quantity.” And she mentions that “Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.” Her recommendation is to buy good quality clothes that suit your own individual personal style, to buy items that you will still love in years to come and will last that time. Westwood has also been a pioneer and activist to climate change, openly talking about her concerns – she says to the guardian ‘I’m just hoping that people will realise that climate change is on our doorstep.’

These ‘good quality’ clothes don’t need to be expensive, there are many reasonable priced shops that do some great quality, unique clothing too. My personal favourite is Zara, sometimes little rips can form in the clothes but I have not brought anything yet that I couldn’t sew back together easily.

If you do have items you no longer want, why not make a bit of money by selling them online. My favourite is depop, its easy to use and is mostly used by people who want to sell and/or buy clothes but there are many others out there too such as eBay or shpok, Or you can give the items to a charity shop – one mans trash is another mans treasure.

For some other ways to think about how to shop more ethically heres a great article by ‘ELLE’ titled the lazy girls guide to sustainable fashion.

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Brands That Focus On Sustainable Fashion

There are also certain brands who are making an effort to be more conscious of where they’re sourcing the materials to make clothes, who is making them and the chemicals that are being used to make the materials, here is an article by the independent highlighting some of last autumns best sustainable fashion brands. And here is another by Marie Claire. I found these really interesting because some of these brands are ones that I’ve never heard of before and I will certainly consider shopping in some of these in the future.

These aren’t all high end brands, many high street stores now are making an effort to keep the environment in mind, for example, H&M came out with a collection a couple of years ago called H&M conscious that focuses on ethically sourced materials.

Being conscious of your clothing choices and reducing waste of clothing is only a small step but it will certainly make a huge difference to the environment.

5 Summer Clothing Items I’m Loving

Fashion

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I’ve been having all the holiday vibes lately – led outside in the sun with a good book and an ice cream. But also, summer is a great opportunity to mix up your wardrobe, pack the coats away and grab your sunnies. If you are looking for some summer wardrobe inspo then look no further because you’ve come to the right place. Here are my favourite 5 items i’ve been wearing so far this summer.

  1. Miss Selfridge button down yellow dress.

I brought this dress in the sale a couple of months ago and absolutely fell in love with it, it’s really comfortable, the most beautiful subtle warm yellow and great for layering over a bikini. This style of dress is something I have seen everywhere this summer, so if yellow isn’t your style there are loads of gorgeous ones in different patterns and colours for you to own your summer look. I am a firm believer in tailoring your wardrobe to you, whats the point in looking exactly like everybody else, right? Dare to be you and choose items that feel like your personality is written all over it.

I then love styling this item when it’s a little chillier with an oversized denim jacket that I hand painted. (check out my Depop page for more information)

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2.  Reebok classic trainers

These white trainers are great because they are super comfortable and look great with almost any outfit. I love that they are leather too because they are easier to clean and should last longer than my canvas vans.

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3. Zara shorts

I feel like I could be in Jurassic Park when I wear these but I have no problem with that – just living out a childhood fantasy haha. But nevertheless these shorts are so comfortable, sometimes I find denim shorts a bit unbearable in the heat so these are a great alternative.

4. Pull & Bear Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are easy to wear and loose fitting perfect for warm summer days. I love the stripe pattern on this one, it has a beachy vibe. IMG_2837

5. Sunglasses

I love these because they are such a unique pattern with the tropical banana leaf print so they really spice up an otherwise fairly plain outfit.

On top of these items I mostly just love wearing a t shirt and a pair of shorts or trousers, fairly simple put easy to wear on these hot days.

Thank you for reading 🙂

What is your favourite outfit to wear in the summer?

It cosmetics CC cream review

Beauty, Style

I have been using the IT cosmetics cc cream for around 2 weeks now which isn’t a long time to be trying out a new foundation, I know, but I have been so impressed with it! I don’t think I could go back to my normal foundation now. I brought it when I was in London a couple of weekends ago after seeing their posters in Selfridges showing how flawless the cover was, so I was intrigued to see if it really was that good. The lovely makeup artist there did my makeup for me and I tried it out as we continued shopping, and it felt so light on the skin and whenever I passed a mirror couldn’t believe how great my completion looked so immediately went to go and buy it.

The main reasons I have fallen in love with this CC cream is…

  1. The coverage is amazing, it eliminates any redness and it is buildable so you can wear it lighter or go fo a full coverage when you’re going out.
  2. It contains skincare so fells like it helping your skin rather than breaking you out.
  3. It has a 50+ SPF so its great for protecting your skin too
  4. The packaging, its in a tube which easy to take around with you, and the pump is really useful for dispensing the right amount.
  5. It feels really great on the skin, I don’t feel like I’m wearing any foundation. And it doesn’t separate if my skin gets oily which is really helpful, I don’t have to worry that It looks like my makeup is sliding off.

So I would definitely recommend IT!

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you found it useful if you are looking for a new product that covers and conceals everything whilst not feeling like you’ve got tonnes of product on your face.

What foundation do you use? Would you recommend it? xx

Disclaimer: all photography is my own, unless stated otherwise. 

The ‘you beauty’ advent Calendar 2017

Beauty

A review…

P1010727For the past couple of years i have had the Youbeauty Advent calendar leading up to Christmas and I evidently like it to go back to the same one each time.

I think the reason i like it so much is that it contains a variety of beauty products from skincare to makeup to hair. And each year has been completely different. It also isnt too ridiculously over priced.

So this year in the advent calendar i got ….

An eyeshadow brush

a revolution eyeshadow palette

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Nip and fab travel palette

ciate gel kohl liner

the organic pharmacy lip and eye cream

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Kitsch elevated bobby pins

The white company home spray

dr. organic snail gel eye serum

Whitening toothpaste

sport fx face mist and fix

sukin hydrating mist toner

Bare minerals skinlongevity

skinfix hand repair cream

illuminating primer

body oil

nail varnish

Oribe texturising spray

maroccan oil hair mask

shampoo and conditioner

Browcote

Some i loved, some i might not use as much like the anti ageing products and snail gel because i don’t really need to use ant ageing yet haha. It would be really good if beauty brands could do advent calendars by skin type or something like that. like one to hydrate, one for anti ageing, one for acne prone, something like that would be really helpful.

My favourite products were the travel palette because i think it will be a really useful ‘one stop’ palette to take places with me.

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I also really liked the browcote as it truly does keep my eyebrow makeup in place for a lot longer.

Hair wise i was super excited to get the oribe texturising spray and it is really good for my fine hair to add a bit more volume and style.

Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas! thanks so much for reading 🙂

 

 

 

Interiors: velvet emerald green

Interiors, Style

Velvet is really on trend at the moment, not only in fashion but in interiors too. Emerald green In particular is one of my favourite looks to include, it looks great on cushions or to really incorporate it into the room in a sofa.

Velvet adds a lot of luxury to a room when it is in such a deep colour like green, purple or navy.

I think the best way to incorporate it is with white walls and giving it a more industrial feel. For example in these photos with plain white walls and metal accents in the tables etc. Keeping the furniture around the luxurious sofa really adds to the space and accentuates the sofa and keeps it as a focal point.

I love the black and white prints behind the sofa in this and the shaggy rug really adds to the style making it feel more boho and less old fashioned.

We recreated this look in the conservatory, bringing the greenery inside on a more luxurious way.

Make up I’m loving…

Beauty, Style

Its now October and feeling very autumnal so today I thought I’d do a post on the makeup I’ve been loving recently.

In terms of eye shadow I’ve been reaching for the more autumnal browns and oranges. So I’ve been loving the urban decay full spectrum palette because I’m completely in love with the yellows and shadow colour’s like midnight blaze that has a slight khaki green undertone to it.

For days when I’m wanting a more neutral look, I love either the Chanel quad (in 204 tisse vendome) or the urban decay Naked original palette. The Chanel palette has some beautiful browns and a really pretty rose gold in it which you can build up to make it more smokey or wear quite naturally. From the Urban Decay palette I love the colour’s smog, darkhorse, toasted and hustle. These are some gorgeous brown and burgundy shades perfect for autumn.

 

 

Scent wise I’ve been loving these two from Gucci: Gucci flora and Gucci Guilty. They are both quite fresh and floral scents.

In terms of mascara the Maybelline lash sensational mascara is really the only one I reach for as its affordable and makes the lashes look long and thick but it is quite a clumpy mascara which I quite like but I know some people don’t. Then I use the  soap & Glory supercat eyeliner because its so easy to use and is really black; I’ve used some other eyeliner pens before and they come out a more grey colour and I end up having to apply a few coats of it but with this one it glides on easily and looks great. For eyebrows I use the Bobbi brown eyebrow pencil in the colour Ash, I’m really liking it so far but it is a little pricey so I don’t know if I will buy it again or not? let me know if you know any really good cheaper alternatives. Then sometimes I will use the Tarte tinted brow gel if i’m out for a long time to set the brows in place for a bit longer.

For the foundation I really like the finish of the Bare minerals powder foundation: it makes the skin look really glowy and fresh however it can be a bit drying particularly if you have dry skin. I always put on a good layer of moisturizer before applying it.

Then for highlight i’m loving the Topshop one in the shade crescent moon, it leaves a really beautiful highlight on the face and stays for a long time.

For lips I’ve been wearing this liquid lipstick from NYX in shade 04. Its a really nice rosey- nude that I think will suit a lot of skin tones.

To read about my outfit read my previous blog post 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading about my current everyday makeup routine and the makeup I’m loving at the moment for autumn. What are you loving? How are you feeling about autumn so far?

Please feel welcome to like and comment, I’d really appreciate it! And let me know what posts you’d like to see in the future 🙂