Tuesday, 26 May 2015

15 pouches you probably don't need (but definitely will want!) in your handbag

With very limited storage space in my little house, I have to keep things pretty concise in my wardrobe - but there's three things I have managed to accumulate tens of. Nail varnish, lippies and zip top pouches apparently are my shopping kryptonite. 

Nevermind the fact that I usually carry a big slouchy bag around with all the contents rolling around inside, I've managed to accumulate a neat little pile of pouches and zip top clutch bags, sitting on one of the shelves in my wardrobe.

Thing is, pouches and clutches are just so versatile for summer. Use them as bags, storage, whatever, they are worth their weight in gold (although admittedly that's not much!!!)

Pouches from L-R:

Thursday, 14 May 2015

L'oreal make up haul: saving with a £5 Diet Coke discount and 3 for 2

All this for £20!
I have one heck of a beauty bargain for you: if you buy a 500ml bottle of Diet Coke in Boots before 26 May, you get £5 off L’Oreal Paris Color Riche L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick, making it just £3.99!

I went on a mini beauty binge the other day and managed to save £12.99 thanks to Diet Coke and an in-store 3 for 2 offer on L'Oreal, so *of course* to justify it on my bank balance, I thought I would share it with you here...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

17 summer fashion pieces you can buy at the supermarket

When it comes to shopping, fashion I love, food I detest. There's something about the monotonous wandering around supermarket aisles that does my absolute head in - so I often find myself wandering up the escalator to take a look at the clothes racks.

hanging on those racks there are some real hidden gems, at absolute bargain prices. I've had everything from smart work dresses to long-lasting staple tees, most of which have lasted just as well as my High Street buys.

As the weather's getting warmer, I thought now would be the time to pick out the best on offer and share it with my fellow fashion hunters!

First up is George at Asda. I don't go to Asda that often but whenever I do, I make sure to browse through the clothes (and the homeware too, for that matter). My favourite here is the pair of versatile cut out boots, a winner with bare legs and they will transition to autumn too.

1.Patterned pleat skirt, £8 (on sale); 2. Cat eye sunglasses, £5; 3. Cut out shoe boots, £18; 4. Tile print skinny jeans, £16; 5. Crochet dress, £18, all George at Asda
The designs at TU at Sainsbury's always have a bit more of a classic feel to them. Each and every one of the picks below you could have for years to come without them losing their fashion appeal.

1. Pointed tan pumps, £14; 2. Mesh panel swimsuit, £18; 3. Collarless coral jacket, £25; 4. Cream blouse, £12; 5. Cut-out floral pumps, £14, all TU at Sainsbury's
And finally, we come to Tesco. F&F is slightly more seasonal fashion, and probably not as long lasting when it comes to trends but it does mean you can emulate a really chic look for an incredibly low cost.

1. Striped tube skirt, £12; 2. Colour block pouch, £8; 3. White waterfall jacket, £28; 4. Cream floral shorts, £14; 5. Metal trim cage sandals, £10; 6. Striped peep toe pumps, £12; 7. Laser cut clutch bag, £12, all F&F at Tesco

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Primark haul: splurging on summer wear

I'm going to apologise straight off and say I have no idea what the prices are for half of these products. Brilliant blogger, right? I was supposed to keep the receipt in a safe place - and I did. It's just so safe, I forgot. 

Anyway, let's just mosey on with the vague assumption that this came to about £60 in total.

Black suede material kitten heels, Primark
First up are this lovely little kitten heel slingbacks. So not me, I hate pointed shoes (I always think they look like penguin's flippers, for some reason) but I was in total Primark binge mode so I thought I'd try them anyway. They had really nice baby pink ones as well, which I kind of wish I'd bought over the black - but you just can never go wrong with a good black heel so it was a function over fashion choice.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

On being more impulsive in little ways

I am a very stressful person by nature and have to have things planned exactly - and if those plans don't go as I want them to, usually it really affects my mood.

The last few years have seen all that change though, moving in with a man who is intrinsically laidback has meant that I've really had to tone down the Type A so that we work better together.

And one part of that has meant becoming more impulsive, and less controlling. Our house isn't the Pinterest-perfect haven I want it to be (yet), and I've achieved less in the last year overall than I would have liked to but, weirdly, considering it's not the life I would typically stress over achieving, I'm a lot happier.

The lovely ladies at Diet Coke emailed over some really interesting stats recently, as they launch their new 'Regret Nothing' campaign, inspiring women to be more impulsive, and encourage us to create positive experiences, adventures and fulfilment. According to their survey, only 31% of women do something outside their comfort zone every year - and the average female has five major regrets to obsess over.

In the modern age of having all, this is quite shocking. Yes, I read all the magazine features on fear of missing out etc etc. But when you put into such succinct numbers, it seems personal. For the majority, myself included, to still be fairly reserved and worrying that they're not living an Instagram ideal life is a blunt reminder that we really do put far too much pressure on ourselves.

Now it's all very well and good me harping on from behind a keyboard but just exactly how can you be more impulsive? Surely planning impulsive acts makes it non-spontaneous?

Well the way I do it is to just say yes to the little things, and for every bad thought I have, I make myself flip it on its head.

So every once in a while I turn down extra work because I just want a little time for me; I have an extra biccy with my tea just because I fancy it; I book little trips away and don't worry about the money or taking tons of photos to share on social media...I just enjoy myself.

It's not the most glamorous life, and it's certainly not the most exciting but acting on these little impulses has made me a thousand times happier.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

9 denim dress that won't make you look like a cowgirl

March 2015 is becoming the month of the denim dress. Everyone seems to be obsessed with getting the perfect one. Lucky old me picked a really cute pale blue smock version with pockets from Topshop last summer (during the sale obv) but I'm seriously considering eBaying for an upgrade.

The thing is that most of my current wardrobe leans towards the smart work wear side of things so any denim garment I buy has to be stylish enough to detract from the material. Denim dresses tend to look like they're better suited to cutesy cowgirls - a big no-no for a reporter like me. 

Each of these dresses may look fairly casual in themselves but with denim it's all about adding accessories to a a versatile canvas: a blazer here, or a statement necklace there and you can completely change the look of any of them. 

From top, left to right:
  1. La Fee Maraboutee sleeveless denim dress, £53.40, House Of Fraser
  2. 1969 pleated denim dress, £15.99, Gap
  3. Utility shift dress, £45, Oasis
  4. ASOS waisted denim t-Shirt dress in textured fabric, £32, ASOS
  5. Hudson long sleeve denim shift dress, £25, Missguided
  6. Buttoned denim shirt dress, £21, Forever 21
  7. MOTO Indigo Wash T-Shirt Dress, £38, Topshop
  8. Sugarhill Boutique denim polka skater dress, £18, House Of Fraser
  9. Denim stripe sleeveless wrap dress, £35, River Island

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Zara and Topshop haul: this is why you should always shop end of sale

No matter what time of year it is, When I go shopping I head straight for the sale racks. Call me crazy but there are some real gems to be found hanging on that little rail tucked at the back of the shop.

Sure, there's a lot of make up stains, missing embellishments, and pulled and scagged material to wade through, but I've found some of my best bargain buys at the end of or outside sale season.

Navy and khaki linen t-shirts, Zara, £3.99 instead of £15.99 each; Tassel necklace, Freedom at Topshop, £1 instead of £7.50 
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