5 February 2016

Valentine's Lacy Lingerie & Self-Love | Boohoo.com*


 

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and who said it had to just be about treating your other half?! After all, who needs a reason to Treat Yourself? This Valentine's day splash out on yourself; indulge in a luxury bubble bath, with a glass of champers of course, binge watch Netflix eating a tub of Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough, Don your sexiest underwear, and relax in style. All in the name of Self-love, because your a sassy queen who deserves a pamper.

I love to wear pretty lingerie, it's one thing that really makes me feel good about myself! I like to wear them underneath chunky knitted jumpers or pretty sheer tops. There's no better feeling. This pretty, white, lace bra* from Boohoo is simply stunning, and fits like a dream. I love the long line lace detail, it gives the bra a very feminine feel - as well as providing excellent support!

 We all know that as soon as Christmas is over, the shops are full of hearts and chocolates. it's unavoidable. So I say instead of shying away from it this year, let's embrace it! After the January blues, Valentine's day could be seen as the perfect pick me up.  As someone who struggled with self-confidence for quite a few years, I can vouch for how important self-love is. It's something that we all should do, after all we deserve it right? So let's celebrate self love this year, and treat ourselves to something that makes us feel good!

 
What are you planning on treating yourself to this Valentine's?
 
 
 
All items marked with * have been gifted to me. All opinions given are my own.

2 February 2016

Get The Look | Cara Delevigne

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As soon as I saw the images of Cara on the FRow at Chanel's Couture Show I knew I wanted to re-create it. I'm an avid wearer of a dark vampy lip, and loved how clean and glamorous she looked. It is the perfect look for this time of year, it can even be worn on casual days, with a cream knitted jumper and ripped bleach wash jeans.



 The one struggle I had with re-creating this look is that Cara has such beautiful, flawless skin. She probably doesn't need a heavy make-up base. Me on the other hand, my skin has a very pink/red tone to it and I do suffer from break outs. In order to get that 'flawless' look, I used Benefit's Pore Professional as a primer, and then Estee Lauder's Double Wear in 'Cool Bone'. I applied this using my fingers as I find that it keeps the product warm, and much easier to blend.

 I then used Collection's Concealer in Shade 1, the lightest shade, and applied it under my eyes and on any red areas that needed more coverage. Afterwards I gave myself a slight contour to mimic Cara's gorgeous bone structure, I used Benefit's Hoola Bronzer to do so.

I finished the base with a tiny hint of mauve blusher, Cara doesn't appear to be wearing blusher in the photo, however, I find it gives my face more dimension.



For her eye make-up, Cara kept it very simple. No eyeliner, just a stunning peach toned shimmer for eye shadow and a thin coat of mascara. This kept the look very fresh despite the dark lip. In order to achieve a similar look I used Urban Decay's Gwen Stefani Palette. I used the shade 'Blonde', a light creamy tone, in the corners of my eyes and under the brown bone to create a natural looking highlight. I then used 'Baby' all over the lid, which is a mid-tone peachy champagne colour, which I gave some definition to by using 'Steady' in the crease, which is a more warm toned peachy orange. To finish I took 'Punk' on an angled brush and lined the outer lower lash line.

I then applied a thin coat of Catrice Jet Lash mascara, in Black, on both the top and bottom lashes. I also attempted to fill in my brows Cara style using Catrice Eyebrow Stylist, however, in all honesty, mine are in definite need of some TLC, and are certainly not eyebrows on fleek!



For the lipstick, I have been trying out a new range called Freedom. The option I went for is a lovely deep burgundy, and very similar to the shade that Cara was wearing. The lipstick has a glossy sheen to it and is very long lasting, meaning it would be perfect for day and night wear.


 I really enjoyed re-creating this look, it's definitely something I would sport myself on a daily basis, and I look forward to hearing what you think!

31 January 2016

Casual Faded Denim

    Coat - New Look | Shirt - Primark | Jeans - Primark | Pumps - Asda | Bag - Kurt Geiger | Sunglasses - Peacocks |
 
 



I love dressing up, but I love dressing casual even more. I find casual wear lets you be more creative with layering. Laid back chic is definitely the way forward. SS16 will see us donning more denim and more neutral tones. I thought this casual outfit marred the two of the perfectly, making it not only warm, but bang on trend too.

If you haven't already guessed, this camel coat is my favourite jacket at the moment, it's so easy to wear and goes with everything. I kinda need want to get it in grey too. I love how it has the structured fit, but also the relaxed feel to it. It's so cosy which is a major plus given he weather we've been having!


I paired a crisp white shirt (that's actually longline, but I tied it up!) and distressed blue denim jeans to finish off the off duty look.


I really love this look and definitely want to get some more fashion posts up soon!



What SS16 trends are you looking forward to?

27 January 2016

Our Stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel*


 Last weekend I was invited to Scarborough, to stay at the stunning Ox Pasture Hall, a country house hotel in Yorkshire. I jumped at the opportunity to be able to spend time with my partner in such mesmerizing surroundings. The approach to the hotel itself was beautiful, long winding roads steeped with lush, green countryside, I was in awe. We arrived around 2:30pm and we were warmly greeted at the reception desk. We then were led through two picturesque court yards, which would make ideal spots to relax in during summer,  to our luxury suite*.



 We were shown into our room and I was immediately blown away by how impeccable it was. With huge windows over looking the grounds, and pretty, rustic chandeliers, it was impressive. What I admired most about the room was the attention to detail, and how the d├ęcor fitted so perfectly with the surroundings. It definitely captured that luxury country feel.


 The first room you enter is the sitting room. The focal point of this room is definitely the view, I loved being able to look out over then pond and watch the geese in the morning. It had a lovely comfortable sofa, large TV, CD player and a well equipped Tea station. Again it was the sweet little touches that grabbed my attention, such as the bottles of water and the little bag of delicious fudge. It's these little touches that made our stay at Ox Pasture Hall so memorable.

 

Just off of the sitting room was the bedroom, which also featured a captivating view, alongside a huge king size bed. After the mandatory bed test I was delighted to discover not only an iron and proper ironing board, but also two white fluffy robes! It's safe to say they didn't stay in the wardrobe long!





 Last up is my favourite room, the luxury bathroom. It is dreamy, featuring not only a free standing, rainfall head shower, but also a deep glossy bathtub and twin sinks! As you can see I put the huge bath tub to good use and indulged in a sensationally relaxing bubble bath, it was nice to have a bath where the water actually covered you completely!

  Included in our stay was the chance to dine at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel's Courtyard Restaurant.
We were seated in the cosy bar, in front of a roaring open fire, whilst we perused the menu.








 We were taken into the dining area and presented with a lovely bottle of Prosecco on ice. We had chosen our three courses*, which were served promptly and piping hot, just the way we like it. For starters I chose the Vegetable Soup and my partner chose scallops, both of which were packed full of flavour. We were also given an accompaniment of freshly baked breads in the flavour fruit and nut, and cheese and chive. The cheese one was my favourite!

  For mains I opted for Whole Hartlepool Landed Lemon Sole, and the Mr chose the 8oz Rump Steak. My Sole came with Brown Shrimp, capers and potato dumplings. My palette is, what I would call, quite juvenile, in the sense that I can be a fussy eater! I was apprehensive as to whether I would like my main, but it was very delicious and full of flavour. The Mr vouched that his steak was exquisite, as he polished off his plate.

 Dessert came around, and it's my favourite part of any meal! I opted for Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Lemon Tart Ice Cream and Frozen Pina Colado. This was super sweet and tangy from the lemon and passion fruit, it was the perfect dessert to finish the meal.  My other half chose the classic, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce, which I may, or may not, have had a nibble of, and can happily say it's the best I've ever tasted! We Finished our Prosecco and headed back to our room for tea and bed.


 
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is situated in 17 acres of land, right on the North Yorkshire Moors. It's the perfect base for exploring- and dogs are welcome! Why not bring your furry friend along and enjoy strolling through the moors.
 
 If this doesn't whet your whistle, Scarborough Town is only 2 miles away, where you can pop in and out of the cute boutique stores, or take a walk along the pier with fish and chips in hand (Watch out for those seagulls!). We enjoyed walking along the beach up to the pretty colourful beach huts and finished the day with fish and chips at Winking Willies Famous Fish & Chip Shop.
 




 We decided to make a whole weekend out of the trip and also pay a visit to the pretty seaside town of Whitby, which is only a 20 minute drive from Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. We went up to the famous Whitby Abbey (make sure you have your walking shoes on, it's 199 steps up!) and saw the stretch of embankment where Dracula was said to have landed. Afterwards we went in search of more food! The Mr munched away on Scampi, whilst I had fish cake and chips! It was very much a weekend of indulgence in all senses of the word!



 Overall, we had the best weekend away. It was refreshing to escape from it all, enjoy nature and spend time together. I would highly recommend a stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, it is the perfect base for exploring, as well as being a brilliant hotel to relax in luxurious surroundings. The staff are all friendly and attentive and we loved the attention to detail the hotel has. We would definitely love to visit again, especially in summer, as I can imagine just how beautiful it would be to sit outside in those courtyards!
 
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*All Items marked with the asterisk were gifted to me. Opinions given are all my own.

25 January 2016

MAC x Ellie Goulding Lipstick Review


  As soon as I saw that Mac had brought out a range of products in collaboration with Ellie Goulding I knew I had to get my hands on them. I'm a total lipstick fiend and knew that's what I had to buy.

  The special, limited edition packaging of the range is absolutely stunning. It features Ellie Goulding's signature printed in metallic, rose gold and is set against a classic, glossy, black casing. It's practically a bloggers dream.


After some deliberation I opted for 'Only You', which is a gorgeous cream sheen, in a nude, beige tone. If you follow me on Instagram, or have read my blog for a while, you will know that I'm more of a bold lip wearer. Neutrals only really grace my eyes and not my lips. However, I really wanted to find a nude lipstick for those days I don't want to have too dramatic make-up.

 I opted for 'Only You', as it wasn't a pale creamy nude, but more of a darker beige nude, which I believed would suit me much better. Having pale skin means finding a nude shade is actually quite difficult, as they can often make me look very drained. With this lipstick however I find it doesn't do that.



 The cream sheen finish of the lipstick leaves your lips feeling very moisturised and soft. It almost creates a gloss effect, which, after wearing mainly matte lipstick for the past few months, is a refreshing change!


 When applied to my lips the lipstick almost looks like a 'your lips but better' kind of shade. It looks natural and muted. On first application it is quite a sheer swash of colour, but it can be built up to achieve this pretty tone. It's a perfect lipstick for those of you who love a more fresh, natural finish to your make up.


Overall, I am really impressed with this lipstick. It wouldn't be my usual choice, and I have always been one to avoid nude tone lips. However, this has always been because I have never actually found a one that suits me. Now that I have found one though, it is definitely a look I will be sporting more often. I like how it makes me look very fresh faced and natural. It will also be the perfect lipstick for the upcoming spring and summer months.

What's your favourite nude lipstick?