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Boohoo Dress of the Month | OOTD

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

Boohoo Dress of the Month OOTD black satin slip dress christmas party

This month I'm taking part in Boohoo's Dress of the Month campaign which is aimed at challenging bloggers to show off their unique style by all wearing the same dress in any way that we want to. The dress in question this month is the Emmaline satin slip dress* which comes in both silver and black. 

It probably comes as absolutely no surprise that I went for all black with this outfit. The dress gives me some serious Christmas party vibes (it's never too soon to think about Christmas party season) so I got all cosy with a polo neck top underneath and decided to bring out the platforms to dress it up a bit.

I'd love to know how you would style this dress! Don't forget to check out all the other fab dresses over at Boohoo.com.

If you're into the slip dress trend then I'm sure you'll enjoy this OOTD post too (which also features in my all black lookbook). 

How To Holiday On A Budget | OOTD

How To Holiday On A Budget picnic outfit OOTD

How To Holiday On A Budget picnic outfit OOTD

How To Holiday On A Budget picnic outfit OOTD

How To Holiday On A Budget picnic outfit OOTD

How To Holiday On A Budget picnic outfit OOTD

How To Holiday On A Budget picnic outfit OOTD
Shirt - Primark  |  Skirt - H&M  |  Belt - Primark  |  Shoes - Office

How To Holiday On A Budget girl laying in the grass

How To Holiday On A Budget picnic OOTD

How To Holiday On A Budget | OOTD


I often get comments and tweets about the locations that I shoot my photos in, asking where it is and saying how lucky I am to go to these places. And people that know me in real life often ask how I go away so often. The answer is that I do it on a budget. So here are my little tips for holidaying on a small budget.

Go out of season
I think everyone realises this but still not many people seem to do it. I've been to Scotland twice in the winter and stayed in some very nice places for very affordable amounts. These same places cost literally three times as much in the summer months. Perhaps this is a personal thing as Lee and I actually prefer the cold weather so have no problem galavanting in the snow but even if you don't like the cold, if you're going somewhere with beautiful landscapes then I can guarantee it will be worth going in winter (late autumn and early spring are also much cheaper if you don't want it to be that cold).

Get self-catering
One of the biggest costs of a holiday can be the food, but this is easily avoided by getting a place where you can cook for yourself and prepare lunches to take out with you. We usually will still have a meal or two out but it saves so much money. 

Shop around
I tend to go for places on Airbnb as it's often cheaper and works out even cheaper due to having kitchen facilities, as mentioned above. I've found that places tend to get booked a lot further in advance though so try and be prepared. It also seems to depend on location, twice this year I've stayed in Brighton and both times it's worked out cheaper to get a hotel, so it's always worth checking both.

Take a gamble
But not too much. Last summer we managed to get a beautiful little cottage in the lake district for about half the price of everywhere else. The reason being that it had no reviews on Airbnb yet so it was being offered at a reduced rate. This was obviously a little bit of a risk but there were plenty of photos and luckily it was all just as described.

Stay close to home
If you can get cheap accommodation, that's fantastic. But there's also travel costs to consider. Depending on what car you have and how many people are travelling, it's most often going to be cheapest to drive places. It can also be a great way to see a lot of places along the way. When we were heading to the Lake District, we went over to York on the way and to Manchester on the way back, two cities that I would never have seen otherwise. I think a lot of people take for granted what's close to them and forget to explore their local areas but you can have just as nice a holiday a couple hours drive from home as you can jetting off to the other side of the world.

These photos were taken whilst having a picnic in a field a 10 minute walk from the house, don't forget you can always holiday in your own back garden (metaphorically or literally, you decide).


Budget Lipsticks For Summer

Budget Lipsticks For Summer sainsbury's boutique review

Budget Lipsticks For Summer sainsbury's boutique review

Budget Lipsticks For Summer sainsbury's boutique review
Lip Liner in Chinese Whispers  |  Lipstick in Don't Rest On Your Coral  |  Lipstick in Lip In The Bud

I did a similar post to this for Spring lip colours so I thought I would do it a little differently this season and give all budget options. As you'll have seen if you watched my instagram story. I was recently sent these from Sainsbury's Boutique and Lip in the Bud has become a new favourite. I'm not normally one to go for pink in a lipstick but I adore the colour and it's a lovely matte formula. Unfortunately, it is a bit drying by the end of the day, but nothing that some lip balm can't sort out.

I've spoken before about my love of nude lip liners so it's no surprise that I've been wearing this one a lot since it dropped through my letterbox. The colour is quite a pale nude on the lip so it suits my skin tone wonderfully. I managed to find this one online and it only costs £2, an absolute bargain. Even if you aren't keen on the colour by itself, it makes a great base and I've been wearing it underneath Lip in the Bud which really helps it last longer and fade evenly.

The final colour Don't Rest On Your Coral is such a classic summer colour, how could I not include it?! It's the same formula as Lip in the Bud but seems a bit less matte. Semi-matte, I'd say. Personally, I find this colour too bright for my fair skin but for those of you with a tan at this time of the year (i.e. most people), it would be a great pop of colour. If you love the colour but are pale like me, I think it would work well with the makeup look that I did in my Summer Glow For Pale Skin tutorial. 

I have a confession, until I was sent these items I had no idea that Sainsbury's had their own makeup range. But I can tell you now, with the range of colours that they have (and the fact that they do not test on animals) I'm sure Sainsbury's Boutique will be featuring in my Autumn lip colours too. Can we also just take a second to appreciate how photogenic these products are?!



All Black Summer Lookbook | Video

All Black Summer Lookbook Video

For those of us that like to wear all black all year round. I've linked similar items below where possible. Apologies that these outfits aren't all that summery, Britain doesn't have hot weather. They would make great transitional outfits into Autumn for those in warmer weather! 




OUTFIT ONE
Blog post for this outfit
Jumper - American Apparel
Night Dress - Primark
Dr Martens

OUTFIT TWO
Lace bodysuit - ASOS
Jeans - Primark
Shoes - Gamiss
Sunglasses - SammyDress

OUTFIT THREE
Cardigan - Primark
Tank top - AllSaints
Bralette  - H&M
Skirt - Primark
Sandals - F&F


Unique Watches for the Cliché Blogger | OOTD & Giveaway

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women

Jord wood watches for women
Shirt (similar) - Forever 21  |  Skort - Romwe  |  Wooden Watch* - Jord  |  Shoes* - Gamiss

Jord wood watches for women
I don't know about you but I feel a bit naked without a watch. I've been wearing one almost every day since I started in secondary school. I used to love wearing ones that were a bit different to the norm, and I also went through a Barbie watch phase but I've never had a 'grown up' watch. But now I do. Jord have a whole range of unique watches all made out of wood. I'm completely in love with this watch. I love that it's not leather, I love the packaging it came in, I love that it's black and gold and I love that it doesn't make me feel childish. I'm very aware of how prominent the large face is against my tiny wrists and the ebony wood against my pale skin but it's great to make a bit of a statement and the whole style of it just feels very 'me'.

I happen to have a little giveaway for you too! Jord are giving a $75 gift voucher to one winner and everyone else that enters will get a $20 voucher too! All you have to do is follow this link and pop in your name and email address. If you also want to show some love then you can follow me on Instagram and on bloglovin! The giveaway is open until Sunday 11th September.

This outfit is a little bit cliché for a fashion blogger, isn't it? Check out my last outfit post for another one that you'll have seen all over the blogging world!

Jord wood watches for women



Mens Wooden Watches




That Nightwear Trend | OOTD

isle of skye landscape all black outfit fashion blogger

isle of skye landscape all black outfit fashion blogger

isle of skye landscape all black outfit fashion blogger
Jumper - American Apparel  |  Necklace - Primark  |  Dress/Nightie (similar) - Primark  |  Boots - Dr. Martens

isle of skye landscape all black outfit fashion blogger

isle of skye landscape all black outfit fashion blogger

isle of skye landscape all black outfit fashion blogger

isle of skye landscape all black outfit fashion blogger

I think by now we've all seen the pyjama and nightwear trend, I love delicate and silky fabrics and I've been using this nightie (and the cream coloured one that it came with) as a dress for a good few years because I just don't see any reason for it to be exclusively nightwear. I actually found the two pack of nighties on sale in Primark for £3. So this dress cost me £1.50. Absolute bargain. 

I had intended to wear just the nightie and my docs but alas it was too cold so I popped on a jumper and tights and I thought it'd be a great way to show how the pyjama/nightwear trend can be worn in a really subtle way. You can see some more of this outfit (and without the jumper) in my upcoming All Black Summer Lookbook so make sure you're subscribed to my channel to see it.

Am I alone in the wearing nightie's as dresses thing? I'd love to know if this is an outfit that you would wear! 


3 Tips For Learning To Drive

tips for learning to drive


The subject of driving is something that often comes up with my family and friends and I realised that it's been over eight years since I passed my driving test so I thought I would share my thoughts and tips on the subject. I am constantly trying to persuade my boyfriend to get lessons so that we can share the driving the next time we take a road trip to Scotland. But alas, it's a pretty expensive thing to do. I was lucky that my mum kindly paid for half of my lessons as my 17th birthday present so it was a lot easier for me to save the other half. What also made it easier for me was that I learnt in one week. 

I say easier but I only mean that in the sense of it being over and done with. It was actually super, super tiring. I did an intensive course of 30 hours of lessons over five days, and then my test on the Friday afternoon. Six hours of driving in a day would make me fairly tired now, let alone when I'd almost never driven before and did it five days in a row! I remember having sore hands from holding the steering wheel and I would just come home, eat dinner and go to bed. The feeling when I did my test and managed to pass first time though made it so completely worth it. If you've got the spare time (I did it in the Easter holidays, over summer would be perfect!) and you don't want your lessons to drag over months and months whilst you forget everything between each lesson then I'd definitely recommend it. 

It's certainly not for everyone though and probably not the best way for anyone that's really nervous about learning (I was nervous but wanted to just jump in the deep end anyway). But that's enough rambling, here are my little tips for when you're learning to drive. You should also check out the Book Learn Pass website for loads more tips and to start booking your lessons online!

Find your own pace
People are different, you might know someone that got into a car for the first time and instantly felt comfortable or you might know someone in their 50's that still hates driving and only does it when they have to. When learning you need to find what works for you, whether that's two hour lessons three times a week or just one hour a week (though most of my friends found two hour lessons much more beneficial than one hour as it gives you time to settle in). It's not a race and if you're keeping up with it regularly then you won't fall too much out of practice.

Find the right teacher
I don't know anyone personally that has had to change their instructor, but you should definitely feel comfortable with them. Instructors are people too and thus come in many varieties and with different teaching methods. Don't be afraid to switch if it's not working with the first one you try.

Do it as soon as you can
If you're able to learn whilst you're still in school and all your friends are also learning then jump on the bandwagon. I live in a small town where it's pretty much necessary to drive so I always thought of it as the norm to start learning as soon as you're 17. However, when I was at university just a year and a half later, I was in the minority and most of my friends didn't drive. Personally, I think learning before you go to university is the best way. You probably won't be able to afford it as a student and when you graduate you'll be focusing on finding a job. Depending on the type of job you want having a driving license can open up a whole lot more job opportunities. All of the jobs I've had since graduating I've needed to drive, either because there was no regular public transport in the area or I had to take equipment with me and move from location to location.

And another little bonus tip that is so important - practice makes perfect. Because I didn't have my own car, I didn't feel fully comfortable driving until my mum stopped and I had to drive a lot more regularly. This was about 4 years after I'd passed my test. Which kind of leads me to another point, even if you don't have or can't afford your own car, it's still worth learning that skill because you never know what's going to happen in the future.


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This post is in collaboration with Book Learn Pass but all opinions are my own.

The Denim Shirt | OOTD

The Denim Shirt Outfit british fashion blogger OOTD

The Denim Shirt Outfit british fashion blogger OOTD

The Denim Shirt Outfit british fashion blogger OOTD


This was a rather impromptu shoot, not an outfit that I had planned to photograph but we were killing time until sunset and I wandered in front of Lee's camera as he was taking some shots so I thought I would just share with you what I wore for a bit of hiking that day which is why I don't look too glamorous. 

We had started the walk up to the Lost Valley in Glen Coe but we weren't sure about how far it was and didn't have much water so we just went as far as we could in the very humid weather, which was just to where the path starts to go up and up and up. It was still lovely though and was when we shot a lot of the photos of my raincoat.

I always wear my docs for any hiking or mountain climbing we do as even though they still aren't fully worn in and rub my heels a bit, they are by far the most sturdy shoes I own and mean that I can go stomping around without worrying about getting wet feet. I do wear my trainers on walks that I'm pretty sure won't involve puddles though, like at the fairy pools. Sometimes you just have to be practical.

The Denim Shirt Outfit british fashion blogger OOTD
Denim shirt - I'm not sure but linked is one similar  |  Charcoal T Shirt - ASOS  |  Jeans - Forever 21  |  Boots - Dr Martens

The Denim Shirt Outfit british fashion blogger OOTD

The Denim Shirt Outfit british fashion blogger OOTD

The Denim Shirt Outfit british fashion blogger OOTD


A Fairy Tale | OOTD

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger


You might have noticed that I went to Scotland recently (there is a vlog and a photo diary coming soon) and if you follow me on snapchat (hollysparkly) you'll have seen that this was where I spent the hottest day of the year. I have to admit, the walk up to the Fairy Pools was a bit gross and horrible in the heat (it's not a long or difficult walk, I just hate hot weather), but when we got to the top and found a beautiful spot that no one else had claimed, dipping my toes in the cool water was completely worth it.

I've had these shorts for a while now but the elasticated waist and poofiness always throws me off and I struggle to find something that doesn't make it look like I'm wearing something made for children. I'd like to think I managed it with this outfit, just about. 

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger
Sunglasses* - Sammydress  |  Choker - Etsy  |  Top - Primark  |  Shorts - Primark  |  Cardigan (similar) - Vintage  |  Belt* - Gamiss

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

fairy pools scotland isle of skye british uk fashion blogger

Sneaky photo of Lee that he will probably disapprove of but I'm putting it in anyway.