Friday, 30 January 2015

Casual in Grey Jeans and #Passion4fashion Linkup

 I have been after a pair of grey jeans to complete my grey obsession for some time. I previously had a pair that had become really saggy and generally not very cool, so i had been on the hunt for a brand spanking new pair that would fit nicely. To my surprise, last week the lovely people for House Of Fraser contacted me and asked if i would like a pair of jeans from their wonderful wide selection. Immediately i knew it would have to be a grey pair, as my wardrobe had a grey jeans shaped hole in it that obviously needed to be filled. These grey Bench jeans arrives super promptly after ordering (literally next day, i was shocked at how speedy these delights arrived!).
I popped them on as soon as i had a day off and loved how super skinny the fit was, especially seeing as my last pair had gone very very saggy, i could see the quality straight away was much more elasticated and form fitting. Perfect for what i wanted!
(fyi they also have a really great little tool that helps decipher the best size for you to order by using some rather smart algorithms which find out what brand of jeans fit you the best! its all very clever i have to say)I decided to go for a super casual look with the burgundy biker, a great simple black tee and my khaki scarf.Simple but effective.
I wore my jeans all day and well in to the evening (you know, to the point where it's pyjamas o'clock!) and i was so happy they didn't go baggy or saggy. To be fair, even hub's commented on what a great fit they are, like a glove in-fact (said in his best Ace Ventura impression.. remember that anyone?).

 Jacket & Scarf: Primark
Tee: New Look
Bench Jeans: c/o House Of Fraser
Boots: f&f
Bag: Very
Earrings: Yosa

Have you found a perfect fitting pair? 
Or are you still on the hunt for the holy grail of jeans?

Ps this may well be my last black haired post.. this week i started the hair lightening process, starting with the stripping.. which was super scary! But yep, bye bye black hair.. it's been fun!


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Stripe Dress with a Black Gilet and Tan boots

 Is it really only Tuesday? REALLY world? it feels like at least a Thursday on the scale of knackered-ness, actually i feel this tired all the time lately, so days of the week are no measure.
Yes i am feeling rather sorry for myself today! (tiny violins at the ready people) I am on the third week of severely disrupted  sleep and i am just about ready to throw the towel in on this whole being a grown up malarkey..
Oh how much i would love to trade lives right now and become a bear, and just sleep this out for a whole season.. oh yes my friends that would be sa-weet!
However i can't, so i shall just don my favourite dress and gilet and carry on regardless.
Funny thing about this dress, i did not realise how short it was! At 5'6" I have fairly long legs, when i try a dress on and look down it normally looks great from my heads perspective, it's only when i see photos like this and i think
"Eeeeee that is SHORT.. how did that happen? Why did nobody tell me?!"
But i love it, its sweatshirt material is lovely  and comfy and it doesn't fly up keeping my modesty intact, even if it is on the shorter side;)
I paired it with my trusty gilet that has fast become a winter staple and hid my tiredness behind some classic pattern mixing.
What i can't hide is the fact that it started pouring down whilst we took these photos, i looked like a complete weirdo stood in the rain.. in a gilet.. posing for photos.. what an absolute crazy person!
Meh #bloggerwoes

 Dress: & Other Stories
Scarf; Yosa
Bag: River Island
Boots: F&F (super old)
Gilet: Next

So enough about me, how the heck are ya? (genuine question there folks) How's your January been so far? Glad to see the back of it? Or what a great start to 2015?

Friday, 23 January 2015

Pale Grey & #Passion4Fashion LinkUp

My love affair with grey continues. I'm very much in to minimal input with maximum output lately. Clean lines with the added extra of a great necklace and some nice finishing accessories.
Prior the spending ban i had focused on getting some really good basics, good bags and shoes and some versatile pieces.
This H&M grey dress is one of those pieces. Grey again, i obviously fell hard and fast for it. But when i saw that it was a super soft thick sweatshirt material with an exposed back zip, well i was doubley sold.
I haven't much been in to dresses lately, but this one got me back in my dress groove. It's comfy swishy skirt feels lovely on and makes it nice and easy to wear. Perfect for my first step back in to wearing dresses.
Yet again i kept it all simple, with block basic colour of grey and just the black shoes and tights. 
Simple formulas are nice to repeat, i find it makes for easy dressing for when you're running on about 5 hours a night sleep for the past 6 nights and can't string together a co-coherent sconversation even if you tried. 
But at least i can string an outfit together;)

Dress H&M
Coat: New Look
Necklace: Yosa
Bag: River Island
Shoes: Mango

Ladies and gents i have the wonderful pleasure of introducing the gorgeous blogger Chelsea of Ginger Side of Life as this weeks co-host.
Be sure to go check out her fabulous blog.. she literally was a wardrobe to die for, plus she's super dooper pretty and lovely to boot.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The want for grey boots

The want for grey boots

I have been on the look out for the perfect grey boot to complete my grey obsession for some time.
Pre-spending ban, i hadn't quite found 'the one', or pair as the case may be,
so i have continued my search. Granted at the moment i can't actually buy any, its still nice to feed my shopping obsession with bit of window shopping... (what would i do without window shopping.. thank god it's free is all i can say;) 
So here are a few of the best i have found so far...
My problem is i don't know what i want, tall or short, high heel or low heel, pointy or round tow. Ladies, the choice of womens shoes these days is endless.. and i couldn't be happier... except for my lack of ability to make a decision and stick with it.
The shopping ban isn't the only thing that stops me shopping apparently i was born without the decision making gene..its a disorder i tell ya.

So tell me, if you were to buy a pair of grey boots, 
which would you buy?


Monday, 19 January 2015

Classic Camel and Black Outfit

 This is one of those everyday outfits that gets worn a lot! I'm besotted with the contrast between camel and black, and since buying this coat it seems to be an outfit that i reach for a lot!
Smart-casual outfits are high on my agenda of late. It's super cold here in Wales at the moment (hello -3 degrees celcius!) so comfy knits and thick jeans are all i can think of right now. I've been reading my weekly deluge of magazines and i have to admit i started to get a little bit excited for spring! The thought of not layering up so heavily became slightly appealing. I miss my light blazers and chiffon tops.
But having said that i do still love dressing for winter, i still love boots and layers and knitwear and coat, man do i love coats! Good job really, with it being a long ol' winter here in the UK!
So back to the outfit today, my be-loved black coated skinny jeans, teamed up with some camel on camel with the sweater and the coat. All finished off with a Yosa scarf, a camel hat and my favourite ankle duo boots.
I like to complete an easy look like this with red nails and red lips to take it from super casual to a little more chic. I find make-up can really make a big difference in a subtle way.

Are you looking forward to spring? Or are you relishing in the winter-goodness for a while longer?

And have you tried black and camel together? It really is one of my favourites!

 Coat: F&F
Sweater: Matalan
Dark Autumn Leaves scarf & Earrings(coming soon): Yosa
Boots: Duo Boots
Bag & Jeans: New Look
Hat: Primark


Friday, 16 January 2015

Khaki, red and houndstooth &Passion 4 Fashion Linkup

 This winter the combo of khaki, red and houndstooth has probably been worn on this back at least once a week. For a girl who's never dabbled with greem before, there's been a lot of it going on!
Funnily this chunky knit dress is super-dooper old (5+years) but has never been on the blog. Its gone a wee bit large now but i still can't bring myself to get rid of it (being a hoarder can be a hard life) plus it really big and chunky, perfect for those freezing cold days. I actually layer a thermal top underneath making it extra warm and toasty.Adding red was an obvious option.. i just can't help myself they just seem like they were made for each other, red and khaki = true love! Add in some classic houndstooth in the form of an oversized scarf and i'd say that makes one hellova menage a trois ;)
The knee high boots finished off the simple look. These are just the perfect knee high boot. I have literally turned to them so often this winter. They just add a chic-smart side to the fairly casual outfit. Plus haver i ever mentioned? They are so so comfy, they have padded little cushions inside for your feet, making them the nicest heels to wear. I actually wore them for our charity event where i was on my feet solidly all day and d'you know what? No achey feet at all! I was happily surprised!

Boots: c/o Shoetique 
Coat: Wallis
Scarf: New look
Knit dress: Next (old)


Monday, 12 January 2015

New Year New Skincare

new year new skincare

With winter in full swing i have really noticed my skin needing a little extra TLC.. with the weather being cold and the heating on constant high my skin is dry and patchy and just generally a bit ick.
Plus i have to say i had a few very naughty nights of not taking my makeup off over the festive period.. which is a cardinal sin in forms of skincare. So i'm now seeking out some back up and this Murad product is proving to be spot on (ha 'scuse the pun) those breakouts.
Here's my daily routine
Gentle exfoliate normally in the shower with the (1) Sanctuary gentle exfoliator. I love this one, its gentle for my face but yet feels gritty enough that its really deep cleaning my face and removing all the dirt that builds up.
Once patted dry i first apply (2)my Olay day serum. For my skin this is light enough to put under my make-up. i find a lot of day creams to oily for my already oily skin, or too thick to sit comfortably under make-up. This serum works nicely for me.
Then on to spot control with (3) Murad, and very importantly (4) eyecream with L'oreal's blur effect eyecream. This is the best 'high street/low price range' eye cream i have found. It has definitely worked well for me so far and i really love the thick cconsistency
After those lotions and potions i move on to my make-up (another post there possibly!)

Come night time and my bed is calling i like to remove all my make up with (5) Garnier
Micellar water,love this stuff. I am on my 3rd bottle and i find it perfect for my oily skin. It removes all my makeup and leaves my skin completely clean and ready for more (4) eyecream! twice daily for my eye cream is a must!
Then the wondrous (6)Elemis Maximum replenish Nigh Cream.. this stuff is wonder cream to me, after trialling it from a magazine sample i can no longer go back to cheaper brands. it just works and i wake up in the morning feeling like my skin has drunk in all its lovely moisturing cream that i fed it the night before :D
Finished off with a  slick of (7)Burts Bees lip balm and i am ready to hit the sack.. one of my favourite times of day. Makeup off, teeth clean, clean pj's on and in to bed.. Snuggle down and sleep!

So there we have it my new year new skincare routine. So far this has worked wonders for my skin and i am already feeling like its getting back to a more normal state! Just to keep this up now and to not fall in to bed with a days worth of makeup on my face! ( sacrilege!)

Do you have any skincare routine tips? Do share in the comments, i am a beauty novice and have loved discovering new brands and techniques over the last months!

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