20 October 2016


When & Other Stories got in touch a few weeks ago about their new store opening in Leeds I was super duper excited… Not only do I love Leeds (unaaay nostalgia!) but I’m also a lover of the brand. It’s a site I head to and get lusty eyes over everything! They do those classic, simple styles that I love, perfect for updating wardrobe basics and adding stand out pieces.

In celebration of the new store opening I’m wearing a & Other Stories outfit, featuring some of the latest from their A/W range. I actually think this is my favourite outfit in a long time! It’s kind of smart, but has that fun, girly vibe to it thanks to the bare legs. Most of what I’m wearing revolves around that coat – isn’t it a freaking dream?! I think it’ll quickly become my most worn item this winter. I’ve always been into a long coat, but this one is made beautifully and makes me feel extra swishy when I’m dashing about. Love.

The new Leeds store is open from today at Victoria Gate, a really fun part of Leeds’ shopping scene. Across two floors, the new opening has a real mix of affordably priced accessories, bags, jewellery, beauty products, shoes and ready-to-wear collections. It’ll be the first place I hit up when I’m next in Leeds… I love heading over for a shopping trip as it has all the amazing clothes stores! The lovely pieces above are also available online, if you’re not able to make it in store. I’m already eyeing up another pair of boots… The new styles for this season are beautiful! 
Outfit - & Other Stories
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19 October 2016


With October in full swing I’m finally getting into all things autumnal – hot drinks, snuggly evenings and layering up on chilly days. I also love all the seasonal events at this time of year too… Halloween and Bonfire Night are my forever favourites! It goes without saying that Halloween is fun for dressing up, but planning winter warmers for Bonfire Night is also something I love – gimme those fluffy knits!

So, picking an outfit for Bonfire Night means I want something practical, without feeling like I look three stone heavier in thick clothing. Instead, I like to layer up so that I’m super snuggly, but still able to move my arms and legs. The outfit I’m wearing here is just the sort of thing I go for – it alwaaays has to involve a ridiculously cute, fluffy jumper! This one from LookAgain is probably the coziest thing I own right now, and with a long sleeved top underneath and the mac over the top I’m all wrapped up for an evening watching fireworks.

Alongside layering up, there are a few accessory bases I have to tick off the list before I dare venture to any bonfire. Yup, it’s the obvious ones, but where would we be without bobble hats, fluffy scarves and a good pair of gloves?!
BagHat  / Snood / Gloves 
So, not only do I want to stay warm, but I’ve also got no time for getting third degree burns with sparklers. I love the fluffy pair here – they’re just a fun take on what’s practical. The beret style hat is also something I’m obsessed with… It’s extra cute! Along with the cosy favourites I also make sure I've got a decent sized bag to chuck everything in if I do end up too toasty. The Quilted Rucksack from Laura Scott is just the sort of casual I love for a dressed down event like this - need. 

Have you stocked up on any A/W essentials yet?! I’m loving all the new styles for this season – I’ve been well overdue a wardrobe refresh!
Sunglasses - Celine / Long Trench Coat, Jumper & Jeans - Look Again / Boots - & Other Stories
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13 October 2016


It's been a good while since I had chance to do a beauty update. I don't change things up that often, but since my last favourites post I've found a few products that have become a part of my everyday routine. I think it's because I've been trying to mix my brands up a little - normally I just go for the same old stuff from the same old companies! NYX coming to the UK has made my bank account suffer, and I've also been stocking up on a few American beauty newbies via Beauty Bay. Even in the most rushed mornings (I've perfected a messy makeup routine to 5 minutes...) I end up using all these products. 
Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray
Me and setting sprays are a bit iffy. Sometimes I just don't find they 'do' that much. I was even a little dissapointed with the Urban Decay one. The thing is, I've got oil slick skin. In a few hours I can look like I've got no base makeup on, so really any product like this is fighting a losing battle anyway! Up to now though, the Slay All Day Setting Spray is probably the only one that I actually think makes a difference. It doesn't feel tacky on my skin, but does sort of feel like it's there, y'know? Anyway, it helps my foundation stay on my chops a little longer so that'll do for me. 

Benefit Ready, Steady Brow! Clear Brow Gel
Personally, this is just the sort of brow gel I like. It does dry kind of stiff, but I love feeling like my brows are lacquered into place! Mine can be extra unruly, which means I need something hardcore to get them under control. Up to now I've been using this magazine freebie, but I'll definitely go and buy one when it runs out. 

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm
I've raved about the Suede Lipsticks before as I love the formulation, but it's Sandstorm that's become my everyday lip colour. It's a taupe-y nude, something that goes perfectly with the monochromatic makeup I tend to go for. If you love those brown-ish nudes, then this is one to try. NYX would make my liiiife if they added some more neutral tones to the colour range. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera 
Because it's so prettyyyyy. Both in the pan and on the skin! I'd been wanting to try the ABH Illuminators for yonks and I've not been disappointed... In my opinion everyone needs a bit of rose gold shimmer on their face. Ha. It is quite a full on highlight - you definitely don't need much to get a good glow, but with highlight I guess you want it semi-noticable. Unless we're all thinking folk were born with glitzy cheekbones. 

NYX HD Finishing Powder
I started out on the Translucent version of this, but I've now moved onto Banana. It took me a while to find, but it was worth hunting down - I've heard NYX are low on stock across the country?! Both shades work really well for me, but Banana just feels like a nice option for olive toned skin. I'ld probably go for Translucent when I'm embracing pale, then Banana when I'm layering up on the fake tan. 

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11 October 2016


Jumper - ZARA / Jeans - ASOS / Bag - H&M / Boots - ZARA 
Uhhhuh. Bought another pair of jeans. I don't wear blue denim that often (generally because blue isn't black... lol), but I just wanted some basics to wear on casual days. Lighter denim always feels like a relaxed option, and while I like dressing smart-ish, it's nice to have something laid back for those jeans and a tee days. Or in my case, the love of my life that is the turtle neck.

The ASOS Farleigh Jeans are a fit that I'm a big fan of right now. That frilled pair are also Farleighs, and I find they work really well for my body type... If you've got a big bum and a waist then these are winners! When it comes to denim I need something that my hips won't be busting out of, while staying fitted to my waist. Praise the Lord when brands can find a fit that works for curvy shapes! The denim doesn't sag on me either - they're sturdy enough to hold everything in without feeling uncomfortable. 

Mayyybe I'll add another pair to my life. It's likely I'll go for black, but who knows... I could get adventurous and go for a bolder blue!

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9 October 2016


Sometimes I need to boost my motivation in relation to blogging, and often that includes reminding myself that it can have benefits wider than the blogging world itself. Blogging has had a huge impact on my career which now means I work in an industry I love... God knows what I'd be up to if it wasn't for blogging! 

So, aside from being a full time blogger, where can you actually go with blogging? I think there are so many transferable skills that you can develop from getting your blog on. Even just giving yourself a confidence boost can have a whopping impact on your career opportunities! For now, I'm just gonna talk five careersy routes which feel like a great fit for us bloggers. 

Social Media
I couldn't miss this one out, as it's the sector I work in and one I got into through blogging (there's more detail on social stuff here). Generally, having a blog without social media is unavoidable these days. Most of us are Snapchatting, Instagramming or Tweeting in some shape or form. If you can develop a general interest into skills that you could transfer to a brand though, then you're onto a winner. I'd say if you're a newbie at getting into social media, suss out your own strategy first. You're going to need to know more than the basics, but talking about how you built up your own presence with some detail is going to be an impressive start. 

It’s been really nice over the years to see plenty of photographer whizzes using blogging as a platform to get their name out there – I see some amaaazing photographyers working with bloggers these days! Blogging is not only fun, but it's also a great way to develop certain skills - photography wise you can work on building a portfolio and really getting some practise in. Everyone's gotta start somewhere!

Okay, general I know. One of the main reasons I started blogging was to practise writing as a struggling English Language student. In the end, blogging has taken me down so many routes writing wise. From print articles to writing copy, having a space to constantly work on my writing skills has helped me no end. It's a way to suss out the writing style you like and you've also got an online space full of work to show off to potential employers... Just make sure you've really gone to town with spell check!

Talent Management
Because talent management extends way beyond our regular celebs! I love the whole behind the scenes stuff that now goes on with blogging - there's so much more to it these days. If you're into blogging in general, management of blogging folk seems appropriate. You know first hand what it's like and how bloggers like to work. Working your way up in a relevant company can lead to managing the careers of big influencers, and with blogging constantly growing I think it's a great time to get into this sort of thing.

Blogger Outreach
Personally, blogger outreach has been one of my favourite jobs through blogging. Again it's one that really benefits from experience as a blogger. You totally get it, and you know that anything that's personalised or comes with biscuits is going to set a blogger's heart a-flutter. There's a whole load more to it than that, but my experience of it has been that it's really fun. From once being a nice add on to marketing jobs, blogger outreach has become a whole career in itself... There are plenty of blogger outreach roles out there now and they seem to be ever increasing on the popularity scale. 

None of these are easy options, but if you're at that 'what the hell am I doing' stage (this is still me 90% of my life) and love blogging then they're worth considering! 

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