Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Easy Summer Glow Guide

When it comes to Summer I am all about less makeup, natural wavy hair and easy-going styles. But that's not to say i don't enjoy feeling a little bit bronzed, it just means it has to be easy for me to do. I've never been a complex beauty regime type of girl. Yes, i love me some beauty products as much as the next girl, but I mostly like to enhance rather than cover up. That's why today i thought i would share my favourite summer Glow pieces that are tried and tested and easy to use. Nothing complicated, nothing expensive, just good, economical products that will help create a bit of that summer Glow.

Preparation is key..

Tanning requires a little bit of prep work to enable a flawless finish. I find if i prep like a boss first then it makes the outcome much better, every time. 
First up, in the shower i use an exfoliating scrub to rid any dead skin(oooh lovely) and leave me silky smooth. The Soap & Glory Orangeasm Exfoliating Body Polish is a beautiful fresh smell and really gritty, which is what i want from a body scrub. This is also excellent for ridding previous tan applications too.
After I've showered and dried I moisturise. Now, it's taken me years to moisturise, i was previously so lazy it was just something i would never do, terrible i know. So i had to find something quick and easy that worked for me to stick at it. The Vaseline Spray Formula is perfect for lazy girl me. It absorbs quickly, doesn't leave a residue and smells delightful. I also find it perfect for getting to all areas that can be tricky like my lower back etc.


I have tried A LOT of tan products over the years and these are the two i always fall back on. Quick easy and reliable.

There are two different types of tan that i opt for. Gradual developing Tan which is more subtle, and 
Full on Instant Tan. I use both for different occasions. 

If i have an event then i will use the Rimmel Instant Tan in the cream formula (mouse formulas always let me down, i find the bottle dispensers always break or leak), I apply this evenly with a Tanning Mit (which i would say is the one and only vital tool!). 
There are number of great things with the Rimmel Instant tan: 
Firstly the obvious, no developing time, it's on and its done, it dries down really quickly and you can head out the door. Convenience is king for me.
There are no streaks as you can see where its been put as it comes out a browny tan colour, this enables you to see where you've tanned and where needs rubbing in.
It washes off, yet is water resistant. If theres a small rain shower, your tan isn't going to run off, but it does come off in the shower. I like this because for me, this is kind of an event tan. If I'm going to a wedding or something special, i like to apply this. The fact i can wash it off the next day usually works out perfectly for me.
And no smell! There doesn't seem to be any of that strange biscuity smell with this tan, which is definitely a plus point in my eyes.

My second tanning product is the Gradually developing Tan. A lot more subtle and natural looking. I opt for an oldie but a goodie, Palmers Natural Bronze. The spray formula again is just what i love. Its easy to use and evenly distribute. I still rub this in afterwards to make sure the skin is evenly covered and then wash my hands afterwards. I've used two cans of this so far as i really do like it. It smells good, and is a really good moisturiser too. 

Summer Glowing Makeup

Come Summer I always switch up my foundation, from a heavier product to a lighter more moisturising product. I've tried a lot of BB & CC creams, and know what i like and what i don't like from the products.
I've recently tried the Estee Lauder Double Wear Glow BB Cream( I go for Intensity 02, which is the most perfect shade for me) and it is dreamy.. Just beautiful. Its glowy and light but still has great coverage for evening my skin tone. I've tried many BB creams and with my oily skin they do tend to wear off by about 1pm, but this one stays intact all day, which really surprised me.

Another oldie but a good Benefit's Hoola. This gets dragged out every summer as it never fails me. Its the perfect bronzer as its is completely matt. I don't like my bronzer to have shimmer, as if i want shimmer i will add it with some highlight (like the above Rimmel trio above), its not orangey, its just warming and so easy to apply. It also matches my tanned body with my face perfectly.

For lipstick i like a hint of coral for those holiday, beachy vibes.
A fabulous find again from Estee Lauder, is the dual use Cheek & Lip tint.. this bad boy is fantastic! The cheek tint is the best blush I've used in a long while, the colour pay off is intense, but easily rubbed in, creating a creamy glow on the apples of your cheeks. Not only is it great on the cheeks its also a perfect lipstick and gloss too. I've been wearing this non stop lately. I love the staying power of the cheek tint, it really does last all day.

And for the nails. There's nothing that shows off a tan quite like a light pearlescent colour. A little bit of shine and shimmer really works a treat. Any light colours will contrast against your healthy glow, i used the Maybelline Super Stay.

Do you have any Summer Glow products that you would recommend? I'm always in search of something new to try so do share!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Pitfalls of Capsule Wardrobes

I wanted to write this post for me as well as you as the past couple of weeks i feel like I've been ever so slightly failing on the capsule wardrobe front.
Its been a tough couple of weeks with one thing or another and I'm openly admitting there are days when I will be just sat in my scraggy dog walking jeans and a tee all day.
I started evaluating why this capsule wasn't working as well as my Spring capsule and i had a few realisations about capsule wardrobing that i thought i would share with you. I've waxed lyrical about it previously, so its only fair i show some of the pitfalls as well.

When capsule Wardrobes Don't Work Out

I've said it 546205873 times before, but British weather is just not consistent, we don't tend to have true seasons (apart from wet.. we do wet really well) and therefore summer can be cold, wet, windy or sunny. The past 10 days have been consistent at least, but consistently raining.. Not what you want for your summer capsule. I planned a slight contingency of a raincoat, but did end up having to dig out a couple more pairs of jeans as my 'Summer Capsule' really only had 1 pair of plain jeans. The khaki jeans were fine, the coral jeans looked horrendous in the rain as they show up every little rain drop, and the chinos are too light in fabric for such rainy conditions. So stretch that over 10 days and i had 2 pairs of trousers to wear, With washing and drying taking forever (no tumble drier here and no heating on ..'cos it's june!) as it's always sodding raining, this left me trouser-less. Rachel in her panties is sooo not a good look, and so i caved and brought a few more trousers in to the mix.
The other thing I noticed was that even though it hasn't been freezing, it is definitely not warm. My capsule has lots of lovely cami vest tops, which i've tried layering with cardi's, but faced with a day of rain and a little cami top is hardly my item of choice for the day.

In the space of 1 day i managed to stain not one, but two white tops. I shouldn't be allowed to wear white. Tshirt number one was my cream scoop neck, it was first thing in the morning, i was walking around with my coffee in my hand, obviously desperate to be caffinated as i got the children ready for school. I turned a little to briskly to do something and emptied half a cup down the front of me...Pfftt! My first thought was what a waste of good coffee, second was hells bells, this top is most definitely ruined.
Later that day after i had changed in to a creamy white Topshop cami I was making bolognese... well that was a rookie mistake wasn't it. And i call myself an adult.
The tshirt I have tried numerous methods of stain removal and nada. The cami has hope.. it may live another day, but its still a casualty none the less.
And then lastly, bleach. Friendly warning: don't bleach your bathroom in your nice jeans.. i lent on something I shouldn't have and needless to say i have white spots of colour removal on my once lovely jeans.

Weight Loss
I have been working on my health and eating clean. There's been something a-miss with my body and some food types for years. I've narrowed it down and eliminated the things that appear to be making me feel ill. I have actually just booked a food intolerance test for myself in July so i am interested to see what the outcome will be. Recently I have been eating more and more of a plant based diet, I have been Vegetarian for a while and eating gluten free naturally led me to Plant based recipes too. This way of eating as made me so happy. Its like my insides are thanking me. I've cut out almost all processed foods and just eating as clean as possible. My skin has cleared up and i have lost weight and a lot of bloat.
So from that a lot of my clothes are now too big. I never started this food-lifestyle transition to necessarily loose weight, (although i had been trying loose a pesky few pounds) and add in the walking i've now added in to my daily routine, it has now left A LOT of my bottoms too big. My beloved culottes are huge, even belted they look like a sack tie round the middle and my Madewell jeans are saggy everywhere... sad sad times for bottoms. I'm currently looking for a good local seamstress, but this again could be a lengthy process, leaving me slightly disabled once again on the Capsule front.

So what does this mean for me and my Summer Capsule?
Well I'm not going to go too hard on myself.. its just dressing after all, and honestly I've had enough problems to deal with (broken fridge-freezer, car broken down, tap broken off integrated sink, just to name a few of my day to day issues), so I've allowed myself a couple of new items (hello jeans that fit like a dream) and flexed in from storage a few more things. My original number of 38 items has now flexed up and I'm currently at about 45 items of clothing. That's still with shorts and little vest tops, dresses and all things summery, which are soooo not getting worn right now (Actually sat here with a blanket wrapped around me as it is cold, plus rain forecast for the week, oh the joys of old Blighties climate).
So yes, I am persevering with it, even if the number is a little higher, i think the most important thing is to make it work for you, the number doesn't matter. If you need 50 things you need 50 things. The idea which i keep reminding myself of,is that i do not need a bazillion dresses and a whole load of other articles that just don't get worn. I don't need a different outfit everyday... I am not Victoria Beckham(pity). Even with a flexible number i am wearing them and getting use out of them, plus shopping SO much less, which for me was very important. Yes i may have to invest in a couple of pieces, but i don't do so lightly.. I shop knowing that those pieces will have to work bloody hard for me.

And that's where I'm at right now, wishing the weather breaks and we final get a bit of a summer, because if when it does, i will be ready for it with dresses and skirts and pretty little tops.

Have you ever had a capsule Fail? Or if you've never capsuled, don't let this put you off, I have written about the positive of the process here and tips here!


Friday, 24 June 2016

#OOTD June Update ( & #Passion4fashion Link-Up)

 Today I thought it'd just bring my outfits from my Summer Capsule so far.
I started my Summer capsule on June 7th (i think) and so far i have to say it's been tough.. I won't go in to now as i have a complete post planned explaining the pitfalls of capsule wardrobes coming next week, but yeh there has been a couple of struggles (I mean, I use the term 'struggle' loosely here, it is after all just getting dressed every day, not life altering stuff, lol!)
But the one good thing about posting my daily #ootd on my Instagram (do you follow along? Honestly it is my most favourite social platform, lets be IG friends) is that i get to look at what outfits I've created so far from my capsule. And looking at them makes me realise that it's definitely not been all bad, and i am still enjoying a lot of what i have in there.
But like i said, more on that next week.
So far this month I have been loving:

Wearing my boden patterned bomber jacket from last year(above), so cheery. This one is lovely and super similar

 My seasalt jacket had to be brought in to action due to torrential rain, but its happy yellow colour at least made things a little brighter. Also bandanna's.. so fun!

 Madewell Hi Riser jeans with a button up front are new faves, love the interest the button detail gives. Also this cream cardigan (is half off, which i'm a tad upset about, but seriously, grab yourself an absolute beaut of a bargain) is so useful.
My Coral jeans had so many compliments the day i wore them, slightly bright for me but i just sorta love them. They were a wild card in my capsule, but they just work. Also the new Yosa summer scarf is so so pretty!
 Navy chinos and a stripe shirt for a bit of a tomboy vibe, which i loved wearing. Also on constant repeat is my tan Madewell bag which i adore and look like it was made to be worn with my lotus shoes loafers.
 This blush cardigan is so soft and now on sale, it also works so well with khaki jeans and tan esparilles ( i actually wore this two days in a row :)
 Shirt dresses are standard for me come sunshine. I still love this one i bought from Whistles
last year,This one is DIVINE, please can someone buy it and show me so i can shop vicariously through you.

 A simple khaki maxi dress, simple but effective
 My bargain Aldi denim button through skirt, it was only £6.99 and i absolutely love it, this one online is similar and still a great price.
 Mango Black jumpsuit, the perfect wardrobe staple for when you cant decide on a top or a bottom (good option here too)
Denim culottes, Stans and stripes = standard Friday uniform
Floral maxis FTW


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Discussion: Social Media main source for Learning Traditional Skills rather Than Grandparents

I got talking to a colleague this week, a topic I hadn't thought of until it was brought to my attention, but really struck a chord with me. At heart I am quite traditional, nostalgic and whimsical even. I love to look back over yester-year, reminisce and remember a time gone by. Friends, colleagues and family have always said I was quite possibly born in the wrong era.. of which I tend to agree.

A recent study for Deramores Online Knitting Store shows that Social Media is now the main resource for learning traditional skills, such as cooking, knitting, sewing instead of from our Grandparents.

With the ever growing on-line presence it seems more and more youngsters are opting to turn to social media rather than ask a family member.
Children are far more comfortable having on-line conversations rather than chatting and learning from their elders.

This astounded me.

Are we loosing the traditional methods of passing down skills from generation to generation, and instead opting for the likes of YouTube and twitter to be taught?

My grandparents sadly died before I could be taught anything from them, but my mother was taught by her mother how to knit, and she then in turn taught me how to knit.
The one thing that stands out from the time she took to teach me was the bonding that took place whilst we sat together and i listened and learned while she taught and encouraged.
I remember asking her numerous questions, her fixing my mistakes and showing me how to cast on and knit and pearl.

I wouldn't have swapped that bonding experience for anything.

And now, my mum as a Grandmother has started to teach her Granddaughters how to knit, with fun projects like the Cbeebies programme The Clangers knitting pattern, she is bringing fun in to traditional skills to a younger generation.
And by teaching them, she not only imparts a great skill but also has built memories that will last them a lifetime.

You just don't get that from social media.

Just to play devils advocate here, the other side is of course that some of us don't have relatives to pass on traditions, whether that be due to distance, or loss, or just generally busy.
Social media is a 24 hour business, allowing us to dial in whenever we have a spare, convenient minute, it opens avenues that were possibly closed to us before, offering tutorials and blog posts with intricate instructions from people who know what they're doing, and happy to share this information.

Social Media definitely plays an integral part in our lives these days and a big part of our learning process.

My personal opinion is: Both are great sources for learning.
But traditional skills learned from our elders not only creates new abilities but are memory makers also. Learning from social media won't deepen the bond, or create those lasting thoughts of that time you spent with a loved one, whether than be knitting, cooking of gardening!
And if we turn to our elders, then maybe our children in turn will do the same.

A mix of both old tradition and new traditions, perhaps grandchild can show grandparent YouTube and new digital formats.

In this fast passed, throw away world we live in, bringing traditions forward with us a wonderful way to keep us grounded.

What are your thoughts on traditions? I would genuinely love to hear.
Were you taught any traditional skills by parents or grandparents?

I really fancy sitting down with my mum and picking my knitting back up, its been years and I could do with a refresher course with her over a cuppa and a chat.. You don't get that from social media now do you. Great coffee, great company, great memories made.

Thanks for reading and supporting RTH and the brands I very happily work with. I love a bit of thought provoking conversation.

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