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!

5 spring trends you have to try

Fashion, Style

Spring is only just round the corner (believe it, or not) so we can look forward to not having to layer up and to, hopefully, seeing a bit more sun. With that in mind our wardrobes may need a little updating, so I’ve done a little searching to find cheaper alternatives to my favourite trends seen on the catwalk. Here we go…

  1. The button down dress

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Above is a gorgeous white button-down off the shoulder dress from Warehouse on ASOS. It has a lovely sweetheart neck line and an A line skirt. Im not sure if I would be brave enough to wear this as I am far too clumsy to wear all white but I thought it was to beautiful to not include it in this post. So if you are not as clumsy as me and white dresses are right up your street this dress would be perfect for you for the spring season. Just imagine it with a straw hat and tan shoes… summer in an outfit.

Below is a lovely pale yellow button down dress from Urban outfitters. It has the same sweetheart neckline as the dress above but this one has straps instead of being off the shouldered the skirt is more relaxed with pockets. This is more casual than the dress above so would be perfect wearing casually, maybe with a denim jacket and a pair of white trainers. I love that it is yellow, it oozes sunshine and spring/summer weather.

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2. Floral dreams

Floral is always in at springtime; after all it is the season of new growth and new life. So these are a couple of my favourite ways to incorporate a little bit of floral in your life this spring.

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3. Rainbow: colour, colour and more colour.

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Inject a little more colour in your life with these items, you can go for a full outfit of multicoloured greatness or wear a multicoloured jumper or jacket – the choice is up to you.

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Or why not go for one block colour? I adore this one on urban outfitters that is in my favourite colour – YELLOW.

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As seen at the libertine Spring collection on the runway in a sparkly multicoloured suit.

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4.  Blazers

Smart or casual; blazers are great for everything. Smarten up an outfit for work with a more tailored blazer, go for one more loose fitting for a casual day out or go for something a bit quirky with a tux fitting blazer. The options with this trend are endless.

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Stradivarius Pinstripe Soft Tailored Blazer

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River island tailored tux blazer on asos. 

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(seen on Pinterest)

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As seen on Gucci Spring runway

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Forever 21 stripe blazer

5. Faces

Illustrations or photos, having people on your clothes is a growing trend. I already inject this style into my hand painted jackets and now it is becoming more and more popular with illustration graphics and photos of celebs. Who you want to wear on your clothes is down to you, there are a lot of options out there. Here a few Ive found….

ASOS and Zara also do some with celebrities like Whitney Houston and David Bowie if thats more up your street.

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Above – Stella McCartney faces sweatshirt

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Above – Missoni spring collection 2018 on the runway.

Photos are from the websites attached or Pinterest.

I hope you have found a trend here that you might experiment with this spring, please comment below if you do and if there are any other high street options you have found i’d love to know!

What I’ve been loving this month: fashion

Fashion, Style

Hi, I wanted to do a post about some of the clothing items I’ve been loving wearing and brought this month.

My favourite of all are these stunning red Chelsea style boots from Topshop. I’ve seen loads of red boots around this season but a lot of them were really expensive and it was difficult to find any I loved until I found these! i feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz! haha

I have quite big feet so it’s always been difficult to find my size, it says that they’ve sold out of a lot of sizes online but instore they are still stocking them.

They are a gorgeous suade in an orangey red and have a pointed toe which I love but I know many aren’t such a fan.

With the boots I have paired them with some black leggings from Zara that have a quirky leather stripe on the sides. I like these together because the red is so bright and the black tones down the outfit a little.

Jumper-wise I brought this oversized black jumper from H&M recently and I love it. Because of the colour it goes with so much and is super cozy for colder days.

I hope you enjoyed this short post, just to share some items that I’m loving.

X

No Rain No Flowers

Lifestyle, Thoughts, Travel

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Hello, Hope you are all okay!

So yesterday was world mental health day so I thought I would discuss some ways I deal with any anxieties and about why it’s so good to talk to each other about how we feel and be open about it. Mental health shouldn’t be a taboo topic as it is so common and talking about it is one of the best ways to help people with mental illnesses.

So one of the best ways to make yourself happier is to surround yourself with positive motivational people who support you and are always there for you. Make an effort to speak to these people often; with good friends you don’t need therapists.

Another way to feel less anxious is to look after yourself! Make sure you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet and make enough time for things you like doing. Exercise is also good for relieving stress; even just a small walk around the block can really help.


I have always been quite an anxious person, I wouldn’t say I have anxiety but I’ve always worried too much about things I shouldn’t have to worry about. And through those times I tend to use an app called ‘calm’ and it really does help. Having calming music or having something to basically remind you to breathe really helps. So if ever feeling a bit panicky I would I highly recommend using it.

Life is tough. It’s stressful. It’s annoying. It can be overwhelming. There are times we all get a bit down and anxious and even if you don’t have a diagnosed mental illness it’s still good to do these sorts of things or whatever works for you and makes you feel calm and happy.

So I’ve titled this post ‘No Rain, No Flowers’. this phrase is so true, without some negatives, some failures and some unhappy moments there wont be anything good, you wont be happy and succeed. Its good to remember that in the difficult times because you know you won’t be unhappy forever; there will be flowers.

Failure is something I’ve had to battle and continue to, its something I’ve had such a massive fear of when in reality the little failures we make make us who we are, help us to grow and better ourselves.

 

Overall love yourself! You are always enough because there is no one else like you and if you’re ever feeling down or anxious about anything talk to friends and family or anyone that makes you feel loved.

I hope you liked this chatty post about mental health and happiness. Please fell free to leave a comment and please like and follow to read future posts! 🙂

(All photos are from a walk around Kingston lacy)

(What I’m wearing: topshop teal crop top, vintage striped blazer (you can find similar on ASOS), topshop Jamie jeans, vans)

Autumnal

Favourites, Lifestyle, Occasions, Thoughts

Its getting chillier, the candles are out, the hot chocolate has been made, Hocus Pocus has been watched.. I think autumn is here!

Autumn is such a cozy season, wanting to wear the biggest over-sized jumpers and have fluffy blankets. You also start to see more khaki and oranges so I thought id do a little autumnal fashion post.

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Or read more about them here 🙂

I am wearing the trousers with a navy crop top from Hollister, I am not sure if they still sell the exact one as i brought it a couple of years ago. I then paired this with one of my painted denim jackets.

So I recently went to zara and oh my they have some incredible items in there! I love Zara so much because they always have some incredible pieces that look designer yet the price is so affordable. So I brought these khaki green trousers that have a navy stripe on the sides, these are super comfy and feel like you are wearing joggers which is amazing for those days when you still want to be looking smart and put together but also want to be comfortable and relaxed. Another pair of trousers i picked up are these grey almost tartan print one, these are also really comfortable as they are a really soft material and have a jogger style elastic waist. Again these are also smart,you could wear a blazer and a crisp white shirt and wear them to work.


Also at Zara I brought a couple of gorgeous shirts. A light blue one with a beautiful navy velvet stripe going down the arms leading to the cuffs which are embroidered with pearl-look beads. It looks so pretty and is the perfect length, comes to just below the waist. I also got a white shirt that has some amazing ruffled sleeves. It is v neck and is a but longer so you could wear with leggings like these from Zara that have a leather stripe down each leg, to go for a more casual look.

The shoes I am wearing in all of the above photos are my classic old skool black vans that I pretty much wear with everything because they are so comfortable and go with most outfits.


Hope you enjoyed this post! I’m so in love with these items of clothing! What willl you be wearing this autumn? X

 

 

Skincare Saviors

Beauty, Style

For the past 6 months or so I have been using the Proactive skincare 3 step core system which is their skin smoothing exfoliator, pore targeting treatment and complection correcting hydrator. If after reading this you want to try it yourself click here: https://www.proactiv.co.uk/proactiv-kits.html?ref=home-kits#qExwYzdulF3lRUR6.97

They often have discounts and it is much cheaper ordering it than getting it in boots.




Why does my skin love it?

My acne has cleared up so much since using it, the products don’t seem to irritate it and make it red and my skin still feels moisturized after using it.

The only thing I would say is that I wish they had more of the moisturizer because the exfoliator seems to last forever but I seem to run out of moisturizer much quicker.

The exfoliator is really good at clearing up my skin whilst not making it red and dry. Whilst the treatment and moisturiser close up my pores and keep my skin hydrated. I was told I have dehydrated skin so it gets really dry but also really oily and these seem to be the best products for my skin.

It has sylicalic acid in it which can make you more prone to sunburn so I do tend to use a foundation with spf in it like the Charlotte tilbury magic foundation or a suncream on my face most of the time.

New York Shopping!

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Whilst in New York it would have been criminal not to do a little bit of shopping as it is near christmas after all…

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The first place I was really looking forward to shopping was Bath and Body works, and it did not disappoint. There was an overwhelming number of scents but in the end i went for:

The ‘winter’ candle which smells exactly like the winter candle from the white company (but a hell of a lot cheaper) which basically has ints of pine, orange and a few spices- smells like christmas to me.

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The ‘autumn sky’ candle, which is more musky than than the other candles although very fresh at the same time. It says it has fragrance notes of ‘Crisp Autumn Air, Chilled Mandarin,Crushed Thyme, Amberwood and Black Pepper’.

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I also got a few room sprays and hand gels for friends in christmassy scents. If you spent $30 the you also got a free goodie bag worth over $80 so I gave that as a gift to my sister haha. At the moment I am really impressed with the candles as they burn really well and still smell absolutely divine. My friend had  got me a candle from there as well called ‘leaves’ which also smells amazing.

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Also on the theme of beauty, I went to Sephora (another shop we don’t have in the UK). I got a first aid beauty gift set which had 2 pots go their ultra repair moisturiser (one scented with vanilla and one not) my skin is quite sensitive so i don’t usually opt for the scented products but this set was practically the same price as it was for one pot so it was  a no-brainer to get this set which also included 2 lip balms  (one in clear and one with a rosy tint). I have tried the lip balms out and they are super moisturising and last for about 8 hours!

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On to a bit of Fashion; I then went to gap, which is so much better than the Gap in England and it really surprised me that I found this gorgeous cozy sweater. Its incredibly soft with a roll neck- my perfect jumper!

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I also got a blue shirt from Abercrombie and Fitch, it feels like amazing quality and is really comfortable to wear. My favourite part is the gold A and F on the collar as it adds somethings little different to it.