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September Favourites - Fashion, Beauty, Random | Video

September Favourites  - Fashion, Beauty, Random Video






Embroidered Boots
These remind me of something my mum would have worn when she was younger which makes me question my fashion choices a bit but alas these were too beautiful to pass up. I'm a bit worried at how that might wear, I try to stay away from suede type shoes despite my innate love for them because they just aren't practical. But sometimes you just need some shoes that aren't primarily for function. BUY THEM HERE!

It was probably about a year ago that I first wanted a belt like this, and now I finally have one! I did get a black belt not long ago, as seen in this outfit post, but I managed to leave it on the side of the road when I took it off whilst filming this lookbook. So I'm very happy to have a replacement that I like even more. BUY IT HERE!

This is a bit shorter than I imagined it would be but other than that it fits me perfectly which I'm so happy about as there's always that doubt when ordering things online. It actually reminds me a bit of a cushion that I saw in Ikea. Even though it seems very autumnal, I feel like this could be worn year round as well. BUY IT HERE!

I was so excited when I first read about these sponges. It took me a little while to decide on which one I wanted to try as I have a few skin issues at the moment. But because of that, I thought it would make sense to go for the combination skin one which is green French clay. I haven't been using this as regularly as I probably should have so I haven't really noticed any long term effects from it yet but immediately after using it my skin feels and looks so much healthier. BUY IT HERE!

Autumnal Eyeshadows
You really must go and watch my last video to appreciate how lovely these shadows are. I really like red/burgundy eyeshadow but I'm not Lily Melrose so I can't pull it off too well by itself (unless I'm being a vampire) so this is a great way to get a lovely deep colour that's not too in your face. BUY KIKO EYESHADOW!

Plants
I'd seen the fake grass plants several times before and had no interest in them, maybe they had different pots then? But all of a sudden I needed this one when I saw it in the showroom. I'm also so excited about my new spikey one, I think he's actually grown a bit already which is a bit scary. I'm planning to get some small slate pieces to put on top of the soil to make it a bit prettier too.


I'd love to know what some of your favourites are, leave me a comment here or on my video!



The Late Summer Outfit | OOTD


The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger
T Shirt Dress - ASOS (similar)  |  Aztec Skirt - (similar)  |  Denim Jacket - Primark (similar)  |  Sandals - Primark (similar)

The Late Summer Outfit autumn fashion blogger

I've been meaning to share these photos for a little while. I was browsing through my lookbook account recently to look at some old outfits and I came across this one. I realised that I still have the skirt and top so I wanted to re-share it as I think this is a lovely late summer outfit or for a summer evening stroll. 

Here's a random fact for you, I think this top might have been my first ever ASOS purchase, before I even had an account. I added it onto an order my sister was doing and I'm fairly sure it was on sale for a ridiculously cheap price. I actually used it for a lot of my work in uni so it's definitely got a good cost per wear!

As much as I love autumn and winter, I do feel like summer went rather quickly. I've only just started getting used to having bare legs outside of the house. 

If you're getting in the mood for autumn then you'll probably enjoy my last post, an autumnal makeup look. And if you're really getting into this time of year, go check out my Halloween posts!


Autumn Makeup Look & Spectrum Brush Review | Video

spectrum marbelous brushes review video

An easy autumn makeup look with a red smokey eye and berry lip colour. I've been loving this makeup for the transitional season and it's great for a day to night look. I've also tried out the Spectrum Marbelous Sculpt Set to see how good these brushes are.




PRODUCT LINKS
Spectrum brushes*
Foundation (similar)
17 Concealer*
17 Bronzer*
Kiko eyeshadow
Boutique eyeshadow*
Collection Eyeliner
Too Faced mascara
17 Lipstick*
Models Own lipstick

boots seventeen 17 makeup review skin wow concealer mega matte lipstick

spectrum marbelous brushes review video

6 Easy Ways To Improve Your Blog Photography

6 Easy Ways To Improve Your Blog Photography

If you didn't know, I was one of the judges for the photography category in the Blogger's Blog Awards. This means that I had to look through the photos of over 200 different blogs and give them ratings. Seeing as photography is obviously a huge part of blogging and I'm  often seeing people asking for ways that they can improve their blog photography, I thought it would be useful to give you a little list of the technical things that made me deduct some points here and there!

If you like this post and want even more ways to improve your blog photography then make sure you check out my post, Photography Tips From Photographers.

Bend, and snap
Straighten up those photos! This isn't really an issue with flatlays, and of course perspective comes into play here but if you're photographing a product straight on and you can see where the surface ends behind it, make sure that line is straight!

I said brrr, it's cold in here
Correcting the white balance can make so so much difference to a photo. Even most apps will let you do this by adjusting the temperature and tint. Creating a colour cast on photos can definitely have aesthetic appeal and it how a lot of people keep a theme going across their images but if that's not your aim then try to keep it neutral. Don't quote me on this but I read somewhere once that cool toned photos receive more engagement on Instagram, so maybe keep that in mind!

Don't lose focus
Make sure you're focusing on the right part of your photo. This can be a little harder if you're using a shallower depth of field (especially if you're taking photos of yourself...) but the result will be so much nicer if you get it spot on. I think it's worth mentioning here too that it's not always best to use the widest aperture you possibly can. 

Shine bright like a diamond
Lighting is the most important part of photography. It can, and will, completely change the look of your image. Photograph near windows if possible and use a reflector (a piece of white card or similar will work well) on the other side to even out the light. Unless it's the look you're going for, photographing at night is generally not a good idea, nor is using the on camera flash. If you don't want harsh shadows then photograph on cloudy days or in the shade instead of direct sunlight.

Don't lurk in the shadows
Expose correctly. Light, bright photos are what everyone wants most of the time, but you don't need to overexpose the whole photo to achieve that. This applies to upping the brightness too much when editing too. If you're losing information in the subject of the photo then you've done it too much. This is something that's fairly easy to rectify in editing if you're only a little bit off, especially if you shoot in RAW.

Fix up, look sharp
Use a higher resolution. Depending on your camera, you could be able to take photos in a better quality, and when you're saving your photos, keep them at a higher quality so that they don't pixelate. This wasn't a problem I noticed all that much, but it's worth keeping in mind that more and more people looking at your photos (including myself) now have retina screens which are less forgiving.


If you have any other easy tips to improve blog photography then leave them in the comments below! Or if you have any questions then just ask away!


Summer Scottish Highlands Adventures | Video

Summer Scottish Highlands Adventures | Video


A summer vacation in the Scottish Highlands, exploring the mountains around Glen Coe and the Isle of Skye including the Fairy Pools, Old Man of Storr and a little visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct. We also went to the town my grandfather grew up in and had a wander around Edinburgh and Glasgow. I separated the videos into two parts to make it a bit easier to watch if you don't have half an hour spare!






If you liked these videos then make sure you have a watch of my winter in Scotland vlog and my trip to Snowdonia.


Socks With Sandals | OOTD & Giveaway

Socks With Sandals OOTD & Giveaway

Socks With Sandals OOTD & Giveaway

Socks With Sandals OOTD & Giveaway

Socks With Sandals OOTD & Giveaway

Socks With Sandals OOTD & Giveaway

Socks With Sandals OOTD & Giveaway

I've always been a fan of (certain) socks with (certain) sandals. It's so much more comfortable to wear and just looks adorable, no? So here's how I'm currently styling the look for the new season.

I'll tell you a little secret, I have another blog post from almost two years ago with basically the same title. I'm cringing a bit at how I look in those photos, my hair was desperately trying to repair itself but I just kept whacking on the bleach. Looking back it makes me realise how much thicker and healthier my hair is now, even though it's still rather damaged and longing for a good cut.

These socks are a little bit special, in case you hadn't realised. You can find them at Item m6 and are incredibly comfortable to wear. They have a wonderfully silky feel and in true Item m6 fashion they, of course, have technology woven into them. The heat and moisture management keeps your toes cool on hot days and keeps away the chills on cold days - perfect for this not summer but not autumn either weather!

If you're into cute socks like I am, then make sure you enter the giveaway below to be in with the chance of winning your own pair! None of the entries are mandatory so just pick and choose the ones you would like to do to enter!

I don't think I've worn the socks and sandals combo with jeans before but jeans have actually been my go-to lately so I wanted to dress them up a bit with heels. I went for this simple but super cute shirt that I found at a thrift store in Atlanta, it's such a great casual shirt, I don't know why I haven't been wearing it more!


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This post is in collaboration with Item m6 but all opinions are my own.

My Boyfriend's Skincare Routine | Kiehls Facial Fuel Review

My Boyfriend's Skincare Routine Kiehls Facial Fuel Review


Lee is a bit more regimented with his skincare than I am so I thought it would be interesting to share what he uses now that he's found a routine he's happy with and maybe it'll help some of you out there.

Name: Lee
Age: 27
Skin type: Oily with dryness in the winter
Concerns: Oiliness


I bought it because I wanted a light, refreshing facial cream that I could use daily to help my dry skin during the colder weather, one that didn't feel greasy or heavy and would also possibly help control my oily skin. It doesn't eliminate the oil completely, but it has definitely helped (what I eat makes more difference) and has helped with blemishes and spots too.

It's quite expensive for the amount you get compared to others but I've used it daily since mid-January and it's still going, a little goes a fair way. I typically use it every morning after washing my face with Coalface from Lush. It's a bit tingly and cooling when you apply it which is really refreshing in the morning and doesn't leave you feeling like there's something on your face. It complements the squeaky clean feeling that Coalface gives really well.

I wouldn't recommend the moisturiser (or Coalface for that matter) for people who suffer from dry skin badly all year as when my skin was really dry it didn't fully fix it but for the majority of time it gave enough moisture. Although I like the design of the packaging, the only downside is that it's really hard to tell how much is left because of the dark coloured tube.

I wanted a new scrub to use once or twice a week to exfoliate more. I've only used it a few times but I've found it very refreshing, especially compared to Coalface.

Unfortunately, we've only just realised that this scrub has plastic microbeads in it which is a huge shame.

You can buy both the moisturiser and the scrub on the Kiehl's website. I'm currently trying out a sample of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate so I'm sure I'll let you all know how it works out for me!


If you're wondering about the lovely tray in the photo, it's by Hay and was sent to me from the Trouva Boutique which has a huge variety of brands and products from independent UK boutiques, lots of lovely unique homeware!



Hereford Indie Food Festival

Hereford Indie Food Festival flower wall

Hereford Indie Food Festival handmade pizza

Hereford Indie Food Festival handmade pizza

Hereford Indie Food Festival handmade pizza

Hereford Indie Food Festival

Hereford Indie Food Festival flower wall

Hereford Indie Food Festival churros stand

Hereford Indie Food Festival shack revolution

Hereford Indie Food Festival

Hereford Indie Food Festival


Over the bank holiday weekend, I went up to Hereford to have a gander at the Indie Food Festival. We went on Sunday afternoon but there were separate events on both Saturday and Sunday night too with Gus from Alt J djing. 

During the day, the festival only cost £1 to go into which I think is a bargain. To begin with, there were independent non-food stands which I loved and is how I discovered the fabulous Bardot Living, their homeware is so Pinterest, I'm in love with the Suki print tableware. Sin Eater are also worth a look if you're into illustrations with a bit of dark side, the hare is my favourite. 

I was pretty hungry by the time we got there so I immediately hunted down the pizza stand. It was so fun to watch the pizzas being made with super fresh ingredients right in front of us, but it did get a bit toasty standing by the fire! The dough was so delicious, and as someone that really dislikes tomato, I'm going to shock you and say that the sauce they used was just amazing. We went for the onion and herb toppings (costing £6) and the onions weren't too strong which I had been a bit apprehensive about. It was a damn good pizza and I'll definitely be dragging Lee over to Rocket Cafe to try their other food the next time I'm there.

Probably my favourite thing at the festival was the wall created by The Great British Florist, which you'll have already seen on my Instagram of course. So after taking a few snaps of this, we headed over to the Shack Revolution stand to get some juice. We both went for the pear, cucumber and mint juice which was really tasty but could have done with being colder. I also found it a bit too much after half a cup and felt myself begrudging the £3.50 I'd spent on it, but Lee had no complaints about his.

Lee was still hungry after his few slices of pizza so we went over to A Rule of Tum (aka The Burger Shop) who are also the guys that put the whole festival together. Lee got his usual Farmer Tom burger and I decided to try out the chocolate and hazelnut ice cream - delicious just FYI.

Hereford is a pretty good place for independent shops and food places, after this weekend we'll definitely be branching out more from our usual two burger places (the other being Beefy Boys, the Leafy Boy is my favourite).

If you want to know a bit more about Hereford Indie Food then check out this lovely zine they put together.


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?!