Saturday, 30 April 2016

What I'm Packing For Florida

So I was packing my case for 2 weeks in Florida and thought I would give you guys a sneak peak of what I'm taking with me. When I go on holiday I'm guilty of buying a whole new holiday wardrobe, but that's part of the fun right? It's going to be about 33 degrees in Florida so I've packed lots of light and airy clothing as well as practical and comfy outfits. 

Pools and waterparks = lots of swimwear. I'm taking about 5 bikinis in total and I love these Triangl dupes that I bought from ebay (you can read more about them here!). I love sporty looking bikinis and my favourite is this long sleeved one that I got from Boo Hoo last year. It's perfect for Florida as it means my shoulders and arms won't get burnt, and I love the pattern

Comfy Shoes
Comfy shoes are a must in Florida. The parks are HUGE and that means a lot of walking and often spending all day on your feet. I've got 3 pairs of Disney Vans that I'm taking as well as my trusty converse. It's also good to have tight/lace up shoes as otherwise you have to take them off on all the rollercoasters which isn't ideal

Shorts, Shorts, Shorts
Shorts are my staple item in Florida. They are cool and comfy but also really practical for all the rides (because no one wants to be flashing their pants on Sheikra). I got loads of great shorts from Primark this year and I love the themed ones they have like this burgundy Harry Potter pair!  

Park Essentials
I'm going to be taking my Longchamp backpack to all the parks as it's small, light and durable. Inside I'll definitely have my sun cream (yes that bottle says factor 70, I am very pale), park tickets, money and a bottle of water. I'll also be wearing my trusty Ray Ban Wayfarers and a cap to keep the sun off my face. This goofy cap is actually Olly's but of course I'm planning on stealing it! 

What are your holiday essentials?

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Birthday Outfit Of The Day

Today is my birthday! Yay! My birthday is my favourite day of the year and to celebrate last night me and Olly went out for dinner and cocktails, because on your birthday you can drink a million mojitos. Fact. I went for a casual look with statement shoes and handbag. My grey Kenzo jumper was a birthday gift from my work colleagues so this is the first time I wore it but it is sooo comfy, I just love a jumper. The colour means it is perfect for spring and will go with so many different outfits.

My white jeans are actually Primark's finest, proof you can mix high and and low end effortlessly. They were a steal at only £7 and I can tell I'm going to be wearing them loads this summer. On my feet I wore my beloved  black Valentino Rockstuds which are probably the comfiest heels I have ever owned and they just make any outfit look amazing. I love pairing them with jeans for an edgy look. I also wore my black Rockstud bracelet to match my shoes, which looks great either on it's own or stacked. My Givenchy small Antigona completed the look, I just love the shape of this bag and it's so good for everyday use. 

Now I'm going to go and eat more cake (because calories don't count on your birthday ya know)

Sunday, 17 April 2016

A Bobbi Brown Haul

As you probably know by now Bobbi Brown is my favourite make-up brand and I love trying out their new products. Recently I treated myself to a couple of new items that I'd wanted for a while so thought I would write a haul post. Here's what I picked up...

Skincare To Go - I've been wanting to try Bobbi Brown skincare for a while as I love the make-up but I have really sensitive skin so I don't like committing to buying expensive new products. When I saw they'd brought out a set of miniatures I was so excited to give some of the skincare a go. The set includes the hydrating face cream, hydrating eye cream, soothing cleansing oil and a sachet of skin smoothing pore perfector. I've been using these for about 2 weeks now and at first my skin felt really fresh and smooth but over the last couple of days I've started to get some dry patches, but I think this may just be my skin adjusting to something new. I couldn't find this set on the website but there are some miniatures available separately here

Shimmer Brick in Rose - I bought this as I'd read loads of good reviews and had tried it a couple of times before when I'd had my make-up done at a complimentary Bobbi Brown lesson. When I applied it myself at home it was much pinker than I remembered, especially as my skin is so pale. I wanted to mainly use this as a highlighter but I think it's actually more suitable as a blusher as it is quite pink. You can shop the Shimmer Brick here

Art Stick in Bright Raspberry - I am loving this! I wanted to try one for a while and finally took the plunge and I'm so glad I did. It'd kind of a mix between a lip liner and lipstick, pretty much like a big crayon which is fun. It's really easy to apply, great texture and lasts really well. I'll definitely be investing in some more colours. You can check out all the colours available here

Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Sand - This is a regular purchase for me as I use it on top of my foundation to set it. I apply it with the Bobbi Brown powder brush and it lasts well throughout the day without making me look too orange! You can buy the powder here

Have you splurged on any new make-up recently?

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Hello Kitty Cupcakes

I really look forward to doing some baking on the weekend, especially when it is Hello Kitty themed! These cakes are just simple fairy cakes but I used Hello Kitty sugar paper toppers and little edible flowers and cupcakes to make them super kawaii. As usual I bought the Hello Kitty toppers from ebay and they were just over a pound for about 20 toppers. There were loads of different designs on ebay but I chose this set a I loved all the different designs. I bought the little sugar paste flowers and cupcakes from Sainsburys and again they were pretty cheap. For the icing I used pink and purple food colouring and then swirled this together although you can't see it too well on the photos.

The recipe for these cakes is the same as for my Lucky Charm Milkshake Cupcakes which I posted last month so I won't write it again but it's very straight forward and only requires a couple of ingredients. Have you been baking anything fun recently?

Saturday, 2 April 2016

The £5 Triangl Bikini Dupe

When Triangl bikinis started popping up all over Instagram last summer I convinced myself that I needed one. But although my heart said yes, my head said no, because at the end of the day spending almost £100 on a bikini is just silly. Now don't get me wrong I'm all for investment pieces and choosing quality over quantity, Chanel bag = yes, Valentino shoes = yes, but a bikini that I'll probably wear on one holiday then get bored? Na. I'd seen a few Triangl copies around on the high street but the style I really liked was the metallic rose gold, and no one was doing that, so off I went to eBay to search of cheaper alternatives.

Within about 30 seconds I'd found LOADS on eBay in every style and colour you could imagine, and the prices? Ridiculously low. I knew it would be a risk buying from eBay, the quality could be awful and it might not even turn up, but I decided that £4.89 wasn't too much to risk so I placed my order and eagerly awaited. It took about 3 weeks to arrive as it was coming from China and I was so excited when it was finally delivered, if not a little nervous.

To my surprise, and delight, the bikini was fantastic! It feels like real neoprene and is good quality. Unfortunately unlike Triangl you have to buy the same size top and bottom, which doesn't work for most women. As I wasn't sure about the size and had heard neoprene was rather snug I ordered a medium, when I would normally be a small. The bottoms fit perfectly, the top is a little bit big but it's fine, so I would suggest ordering a size up from your regular size. I was so impressed that I went straight back and ordered a second one from the same seller in a different style, which I'm now waiting for. I can't wait to wear them in Florida! If you'd like to take a look then the bikini I bought is this one

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