31 Dec 2016

2016: What A Year

2016 year in review uk blogger
2016, you have been...

Well. You've been.

It's hard to put 2k16 into words, isn't it? For me it's been a year of transitions, for many it's been a 'year of realising things'. Those iconic words from Kylie Jenner that everyone sort of laughed at, then it got too real too fast. It's been the year we've statistically seen more fake news on our feeds than real, the year print media decided to get its claws out, the year there was an actual impeachment in the Korean political system, and the year an awful lot of news was swept under the carpet. 

Oh, and the Brangelina split. 

2016 you have been a year that most want to lock away in a box, throw away the key, tie the box to some concrete, and chuck off a cliff. 

But I've also seen you be fab to friends and family, and me, this year. The silver lining in the storm cloud that you are. 


The Lilac Parka

how to style parka coat winter girly cute
I have four truly winter coats. The shearling aviator, the, toggled duffel, the ski jacket, and the parka. Basically almost all style bases are covered (apart from the camel/black long greatcoat I AM SEARCHING FOR YOU). Some were true investments, but some, like this beautiful lilac parka, were a little bit cheap and cheerful, which makes the cost-per-wear insanely good. 

I mean the cost-per-wear for all my coats is pretty damned fab but you know when you get that surprise bargain jacket and suddenly the world sort of feels like it's going a bit better? Yeahhhh. if you follow me on instagram, you've no doubt already seen it (if you're not following me yet then I post a lot of fashion, food and sky pictures heh), but here are the details.


24 Dec 2016

Ready for #partyafterparty with Boohoo

how to style party dress for winter

I'm generally not one for writing up events here on the blog unless they need to be spoken about, but festivities are happening and Boohoo certainly know how to throw a good party. Which is pretty much the actual epitome of needing to be spoken about. 

Seriously though, I've worked with Boohoo a few times now, and the team are always so lovely and welcoming, and really a general joy to collaborate with. It's also lovely how they put on these events so we can meet the rest of the team we don't speak to as often, and a lot of other bloggy and pr types. So it was really lovely to attend the Boohoo Bloggers Christmas Party at the W Hotel in Leicester Square

23 Dec 2016

Favourite Winter Warmers

winter essentials

It's only recently that I've given any love to the colder months. I used to be such a summer baby that almost 100% of my wardrobe was more suited to warm weather (seriously, the quantity of sleeveless tops I've axed is quite concerning) - and even though I don't claim I'm appropriately dressed for the weather most of the time, I've definitely found an appreciation for the cosiness of winter wear.

And fleece lined blankets.

Seriously. Nothing better than watching (winter) films whilst being hugged by blankets. I know that probably sounds like I'm going to start spouting off about Hygge, but once you've seen minus sixteen degrees centigrade for a full week, you gain a pretty solid appreciation for feeling toasty. 


20 Dec 2016

The Sales Assistant Survival Kit

shop assistant sales staff survival kit hacks
Probably one of the most common jobs around is the sales assistant position. It's the job that tides you over if you're lucky enough to land one once you turn 16, or during your gap year as I did, or at uni, or the step on the ladder to work your way up to managerial or in-house positions. For a lot of people it's considered a temporary position, something to plug a gap in the CV before moving onto other things, but it's a really fun role. Even if it is a little stressful at times. 

I'm currently working my second stint in retail - you might have heard if you follow me over on twitter - and I'm taking as much overtime as they can give me, so I've pretty much thrown myself back into the world of the Sales Assistant after four years out. It's both daunting and exciting, I'm in a much larger store than my gap year position; it's far busier, especially as it's peak trading period too. Shop floor is go go go, but there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make things a little more manageable and a little less frantic. Shifts when you're stressed are The. Worst. 


13 Dec 2016

The Death of Personal Style

the struggle for personal style uk fashion blogger
Dramatic much? Maybe slightly hypocritical, as I'm in peak 'perceived' blogger mode: aka the pj situation, glasses, messy half-up do, because ease and comfort (and also my hair is now too short again to go full on messy bun). I've swapped heels for slipper boots and fluffy socks and yet here I am, wanting to talk about personal style. 

That descriptor that identifies our uniforms of daily life as distinctly us. 


10 Dec 2016

review: Skin79 Rose Waterfull Mask

skin79 rose waterfull mask review
It's cold. The weather is forever unforgiving on our skin (and hair), and the deep moisturisors have made their way into our winter evening skincare and pamper routines. There are so many fab moisturisers and creams and products around to help keep our faces in tip top condition, but one that I've been really excited to try has been the Skin79 Rose Waterfull Mask

So I picked it up a while back, and slipped it into my skincare routine when the weather started getting a little bit nippy, as it's known for being really intensely hydrating. 


8 Dec 2016

Week 1 #Blogmas / #Vlogmas favourites

best of blogmas vlogmas 2016 first week december
The fact that so many people are doing blogmas or the youtube equivalent of vlogmas, in varying forms, is making me ridiculously happy. Although I wasn't planning for a stressful december, I've got one, and setting aside time at the end of the day to catch up on everyone's Christmas-y happenings really helps me to switch off, wind down, and not thing about how hard I'm going to have to adult the next day. 

(It's a scary amount, some days.)

But, with so many people doing daily or weekly content creation in the name of all things festive, it's hard to either find time to read or watch everything, or even work out who you'd enjoy reading or watching in the first place (especially if it's your first year). Especially as there are a lot of really fab creators that don't necessarily have the reach of Christmas Queen, Zoella. 

So I thought I'd share the bloggy love - it is Christmas afterall - and list a couple of my favourite blogmas and vlogmas posts so far from the first week of December.


7 Dec 2016

GIFT GUIDE ft small businesses

small business gift guide
Gifts are sometimes so hard to buy. Especially when you've got brands chucking you 'the best products for x relative or y friend' at you left, right, and centre, and the dread of panic buying sets in. I've seen some absolutely fab gift guides floating around the blogosphere this year (faves so far down below), and even though it's a pretty saturated area, one more won't hurt. 

Especially if it's some fab finds from small businesses and etsy. 


5 Dec 2016

Black Friday buys

black friday haul uk fashion blogger
Black Friday. Whether you're a fan or a think the whole thing is a fad, this year we were inundated with promotional media (all those emails) to entice us into spending our hard earned cash. There were some pretty good deals around, and it's always a little mini fist-pump moment when your favourite brands announce that they're offering a black friday promotion, or something you've been hankering for comes down in price. 

I wasn't planning to spend a lot over the Black Friday weekend, but I did pick up a few things that I've been wanting (and saving up for) for a while. Oh, and that I absolutely love. 


4 Dec 2016

Making memories when you're not that festive

how to be festive when you're not feeling it
It's the first holiday period I've had since I was tiny that isn't immediately followed by exams, or marred with the impending sense of doom that comes with assignments and essays and by taking a break you're not doing enough work. It's the first Christmas I've had where I genuinely get to relax -even though I'll be working retail during the busiest time of the year - and actually enjoy spending time with the family rather than everything being tinged by assessed pieces of work.

It's really, really freeing.

But... my family isn't exactly the most festive.


3 Dec 2016

The Statement Item Wishlist

statement pieces to buy now uk fashion blogger
This year has seen 'the statement piece' really come into its own. We've had statement denim; ornate embroidery; oversized sleeves, ruffles, sweaters, and flares; and accessories that aren't the most practical, but are certainly saying a lot. It's great to see, to be honest. I'm a massive advocate of fun and wearable fashion, and having one foot firmly rooted in the trends of East Asia, it's nice to see some of the more overt styles coming into what I'd consider western mainstream fashion. 

Statement pieces can be quite an intimidating purchase to make - not necessarily because they're a designer statement, but because they're usually brightly coloured, patterned, oddly shaped, and might not work with a lot of what is already in your wardrobe. Cue the 'I reaaally like this, but ...'s, ey.  

They needn't be, though. A statement item can really jazz up a casual outfit without too much planning beforehand - perfect for short notice event invitations - or be a talking point that doesn't really command much styling elsewhere. Personally, I lean more towards statement accessories - bags and shoes are a bit of a vice - but there are so many fun statement items around right now that I've got a bit of a wishlist forming. So here's an edit of my current favourites. 


1 Dec 2016

Winter Skincare Routine

winter skincare for good skin products used and routine

It's hit minus 6 degrees this past week so I think it's safe to say that Autumn is just about done, snow is on the horizon (quite literally for some), and the heating is on pretty permanently. Also, hello December 1st, it's nice to see you after the year we've had. 

Over the past three years - pretty much since the start of this blog, if we're going by exact timeframe - my interest in skincare has dramatically increased. I've shared a few posts on some tips and tricks to help with breakouts in a pinch, and steps to help improve the overall appearance of your skin, but haven't actually done a routine edit yet. 

Mostly because skincare is dependent on skin type and a whole host of other things - but I figured that maybe it'd be useful for some of you. Also it includes a lot of the products I've been using recently, as well as some holy grail favourites. 

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