Monday, November 28, 2016

Constantly shopping my wardrobe | Fashion


I recently spoke to a close friend about my spending habits and she honestly nearly choked when I said "But I don't spend much on clothes". To be fair, she sees me posting pictures on Instagram and Snapchat sharing all clothes, bags and beauty etc so, I guess it comes across like I'm always buying new items. To tell you the truth, I rarely buy clothes and am a bit of a strange clothing shopper. I can't straight up go into Topshop for example and spend £50 on a dress or £45 on some jeans. I just can't part with that lump of money on a regular basis. Every now and again, I'll have a little spend, but all of which I'm very selective and clear minded with my purchases. 


So, how do I make it seem new and fresh? Well, changing up your wardrobe with the seasons allows you to feel quite fresh with the options you give yourself. If I'm starring at the same wardrobe from January through to December, I'm going to grab the same things over and over and would feel a little boring and mundane. Working in a rotation helps it to feel like you've been shopping because it might of been a whole year since you last wore that black fluffy jumper, but now your reunited, and it feels brand new.

Where do you store your second stash though? I'm lucky enough to have two wardrobes and have the one in my bedroom as my current seasonal collection, which is where I reach into every day. The second double wardrobe is in the spare room and houses everything I won't wear at the moment depending on colour palettes, texture etc. Some items are hung on a rail, but others are just folded and in storage bags until the next time I need them.

My thought process behind this method is being able to keep my spending down, but always feeling fresh and happy with the clothes I have to choose from. Some might say that this method is pretty similar to the capsule wardrobe, and I would agree that there are similarities and both do make you really think about the items you have and might need. 

 
I couldn't really get the detail in that I'd like, so depending on the response, I'll make a YouTube video to go alongside where I can show you exactly what I do and the motions of the process.

xoxo

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas gift guide | His stocking

 
Not everyone does a stocking from their partners nor receive one from family, but for me they are somewhat a magical way to give presents. In Christmas stories you read as a child, they all had stockings and that's just the way it's always been with my family. I've made a conscious effort this year to start shopping for stockings and small presents early on, so I can proudly say I've basically finished my boyfriends stocking, which lightens the load a bit on the lead up to the big day. I like to include small handy things in a stocking that Tony will need or uses on a regular basis (Tony is your reading this, I've made a point of not including anything I've got for you).

Wahl Sterling Beard Oil - If he doesn't have facial hair you could go down the moisturiser route or even hair clay, etc. Something that they use every day that is domestic. Tony has facial hair and without fail will get some sort of beard oil or treatment which he does use all the time and likes to have a range of scents. I know this set is probably a bit pricey for a stocking, but, you could split the set and gift two to someone else?

Star wars soap - My dad especially loves getting soap in his stocking. I find this strange as I can't stand the feel of original soap on my skin, but apparently this is a male thing. You can get so many designs to suit what they like and are pretty good on the price front, so if you know a guy who likes a good original bar of soap, then a funky design is the one for them. 

Novelty socks - Without fail I will get Tony socks. He doesn't mind going quite out there with socks and normally goes for a comic theme or Star Wars, but love the look of these Rudolf ones from ASOS! It's a way of letting out my inner child, I think, and feel everyone enjoys having a bit of fun with socks and underwear in general.

Boxers - They're useful and you can either go the fun route or the straight forward classic route. Personally, I mix it up and get a bit of both. Primark are great for some fun boxers if you want some funky colours or themes, but TKMaxx is up there for best price good quality sets. 

Beard or hair comb - For long beards, short beards, comb-over hairstyles every other male is sporting, the guys will love a comb in their stocking. This just looks cool and a bit retro which Tony loves, so this is a great addition to a stocking.If not a comb, maybe something like a male grooming tool if they use them, or if they should start to and just need a handy hint.

Marvel trivia game - Whether its a simple pack of cards, or a mini poker set, this would go down a treat. You never know when you'll fancy cracking out a game with family, friends or with your partner. I actually like the sound of this trivia game and would quite like to play it. They always go down well as a drinking game with a few bevvies.

Card holder or mini wallet - Great for a night out if they don't want to take their entire wallet, because if you guys have a boyfriend like mine who gets shot happy on a night out, I like to ban the credit card. This is plain, simple and stylish and I bet they'd use it quite a bit.

I'd love you for to link me to any gift guides you've done or seen as I'd like some more inspiration for gifts I still need to get.

xoxo

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Baking with pumpkins | Gluten free and dairy free


Baking is something I'm not afraid to experiment with. To try new recipes, create my own and to purely have some fun. I feel that there's no limit to what you can do and try and no real rules to stick to so naturally I had to try out something for pumpkin season. 

I'd seen Poppy Deyes post all about pumpkins and how she decorated her flat and made pumpkin loaf using someones recipe, which is also the same recipe I followed. Having successfully baked a banana bread before, I thought to myself, it shouldn't be too hard....... so lets take a look in picture form!


I tweeted the morning of my baking this about whether or not I should buy pumpkin puree or not or whether I should create the puree myself, and I'm so glad I did it myself. It was quite a lengthy process, but you feel like you're really accomplishing something and put something extra into your bake. My poor little Ninja got a little overheated doing this, so I think it's about time I invested in a proper food processor. 


Because I'm gluten free, I swapped normal flour for Doves self raising freefrom flour and left out the baking powder. Please don't forget to include 1 tsp of Xanthan Gum to help the  bake hold together well.  The only dairy swap was the butter I used to grease the tins with and have to say, I've found my favourite freefrom butter which tops all the others by miles, Flora


Even though pumpkins were mostly around at Halloween (which means I'm pretty late getting this post up) I think these look really Christmassy and would probably go down well on the big day! These were a bit of a faff but totally worth it, as me and the boyf scoffed the lot (of course with a bit of help) in just under a week.

Let me know if you try these out and whether or if there's any recipes you'd like me to recreate for the freefrom community.

xoxo

Friday, November 11, 2016

My lipstick choices | Autumn/Winter



As the seasons change, my choices change as do everyone's. From my choice of what herbal tea I want, the pjs I reach for, to the lipstick I want to wear. They all become very seasonal appropriate and feel like lipstick becomes quite a big thing during the November/December time period, for me anyway, as I'm often seen sporting a bold lip.


I'm finding that all five of these are either hanging around at the bottom of my bag, in my make up pouch or in my jacket pocket. All in their own way add a lovely bit of colour,
and is just my thing this time of year. From caring to my lips to bold and daring, lets get stuck in!

For days when I'm not keen on a bright or opaque lipstick, I reach for the Dr Paw Paw peach tint. This is more for days when I go a little heavy on the eyes and like to add a subtle sheen on the lips. This really does the trick and helps sort out any dry thing going on. My next step up is the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Double Dare. Being quite a deep cocoa and very opaque shade I just does well to coincide with a burnt orange or brassy eye look. Everyone needs a deep berry lippy for Autumn/Winter, and having the choice of keeping it sheer or building it up is just a big plus. This Revolution lipstick in Reckless is a shade I've not really been keen on, but always longed for the perfect one. Being able to wear it in a sheer and dabbed into the lip way as well as having the option of really building it to create a rich payoff is exactly what you need. 

Of course I saved the brightest and most in your face till last, being Revolution Red Carpet and Mac Heroine. Both very different in terms of type as Heroine is matte and Red Carpet is more smooth on application and not a matte finish. Both I enjoy wearing as a statement especially with a monochrome outfit. Both aren't bad in terms of wear however I do need to reapply the Revolution one more often.




Swatches from top to bottom- Dr Paw Paw | Kat Von D | Revolution makeup | Revolution makeup | Mac.

I'd love to know what lipsticks your constantly reaching for right now!

xoxo



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lover of monochrome | Style


On the countdown to Christmas I feel obliged to wear a bright red lip frequently and start swapping my flat white, to a Christmassy special. Around this time of year is when my constant sporting of monochrome outfits comes in handy, as they really let bright red lippy pop. Some might argue my following statement but, for me, believe it or not, is quite a Christmassy outfit!


Lets start with the huge (amazing) specs on my face. Glasses just add a little quirkiness to an an outfit don't they, and recon if I had worn my contacts, the overall look would be so different. I really love adding lots of different elements into an outfit such as this. I've thrown a red lip, fluffy jumper, layering, gold detail, a pom pom and a little touch of smart with my shoes of choice all together. I never do it on purpose, and never think 'oh lets mix that texture with that'. I just grab what I want and go with it. 

I'm really into subtle jewllery at the moment and loving my small dainty studs from Jewellery Box. As they're so small I leave them in day after day. And, being sterling silver, they don't aggravate my ears at all (which I know some people suffer with). The other accessory to this outfit which is actually really new, is the Pom Pom. Superdrug were having a deal that when you buy three beauty products, you get a free Pom Pom (on trend or what) so naturally this became the thing I had to do that day and actually really like it with this get up.



Deets as follows: Glasses | Missoni at Specsavers, Lipstick |  Makeup Revolution, Dress | Primark, Jumper | Topshop, Bag | Russell & Bromley, Pom Pom | Superdrug, Tights | Primark, Shoes | Topshop, Coffee | Costa, Studs | Jewellery Box

If you really like the dress, then get down to your nearest Primark asap as it was in the sale for £5! 

xoxo

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A touch of pink | Style

Bright, pastel or dusky, whatever shade of pink you can think of, it's hot this season. Even coming from someone who doesn't often wear much colour, I'm fully embracing incorporating a touch of pink into my outfits.

Jumpers/fluffiness ~ If your more adventurous than just including a touch of colour, there are lots of jumpers and tops around at the moment that are some gorgeous shades and have to say, I am a little tempted to get some more. I purchased this fluffy top/short sleeved jumper ages ago from H&M. I saw it pictured in Vogue and straight away drove to my closest store and luckily nabbed it. Its not the most flattering of tops but its such a gorgeous dusky pink and super comfortable that I seriously love it.

A scarf ~ this was a bargain from COS a while a go when the pink thing wasn't as hot as what it is now. A scarf is such an easy way of bringing in a bit of colour into a plain outfit to give it a little bit of a different look. I'm dressing pretty casual at the moment as the temperature has dropped and I'm not a fan of the cold, so layering and warmth are my top priority and scarfs fall into both of those categories. There's something really lovely about the autumnal colours alongside the pink shade of this scarf.

I'd love to know what your opinion on pink being a thing and how you are planning to or how your already adding it to your outfits.

xoxo