Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Outfit: NEW LOOK Check Print Dress


Dress New Look / Jacket ASOS / Bag* NotOnTheHighStreet / Shoes Miss Selfridge (similar here)

A quick Outfit Of The Day from me today as I'm just about to dash out the house but I wanted to show you this dress which is from New Look. It is currently on sale on ASOS at the moment so it's only £13! When my order arrived through the post, I wasn't sure whether to keep this one - mainly because the waist is a little tight - I could do with an elasticated waist here. It's not too bad unless you are bloated but I'll just need to lay off the carbs when I've got this on. The leather jacket toughened it up, as always! Now that it's practically Autumn, I will be bringing out my leathers, thick coats and 200 denier tights out of storage!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Home Inspiration: Adding Personality To Your Home

A couple of weeks ago, I thought I would be moving houses because the landlord put the property on the market, but it looks like I'm going to be staying for the time being. I'm pretty relieved about that because I'm not in the mood to look for another place to live at the moment, it's such a chore when you're being forced to move out. Luckily, things have worked out (for now) and in fact, I have been given the permission to decorate the apartment so I've been deciding what to do with our space! 

If you're following me on Instagram, you may have noticed the slight increase in the amount of home inspiration photos that I'm posting on there. Up until now, I've been buying bits and bobs to try and make my stamp on the place so the question is do I continue to change things up with new home ware decoration or do I commit to a complete make-over? Of course, the latter might take some time as I've got to save up to do each room! Either way, I've been trawling the Internet for some ideas and here are some unusual things I found!

(Please note: I found these photos on Pinterest and have managed to track down the original source which I will credit but as most of these products are old they might either discontinued or sold out. Hopefully, though, they will still offer some ideas and inspiration for your home)

Biscuit Cushions
biscuit cushions

I know that there are lots and lots of these around and looking through NotOnTheHighStreet, you can see the various types of designs but I've never really taken a fancy to them until now. I love the dimensions of these as that they have piping around the edge which makes them look more realistic. I've got a set of matching cushions with goes with my sofa but I also have singular ones to make it more interesting. I'm also one of those people who love loads of cushions and pillows on my bed too! £20-£25 is probably the most I would pay for a cushion if they are as cute as this (it could be something to add to Christmas/Birthday wishlist) and I would only get the one. Which biscuit would you go for? 

Mean Girls Doormat
you're like really pretty doormat, etsy homeware, mean girls doormat

You sure won't find this item in every house! If you're a fan of Mean Girls (and let's face it, who isn't!) then this unique doormat with a quote on it will complete your home! I found it on Pinterest and then tracked it down on Etsy but it's currently sold out! It's hand painted by a lady called Katherine who lives in Illinois and the mat cost about £28 but then there are shipping (and possibly custom charges) to factor in. 

PASTEL PINEAPPLE DECORATIONS
pineapple homeware, pastel homeware
From Mybuckett

Not only am I obsessed with the pineapple print fashion trend, I'm also loving it for the home too! These pastel coloured pineapples are made of resin but they're are from an online shop that is based in New Zealand so it's not something I can buy because a) they don't ship worldwide and b) they have sold out of the pastel pineapples. All is not lost, however, as I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for something similar! 

CANVAS ART
pineapple wall art, pineapple canvas

Pineapple Canvas Print from hardtofind.com

The landlord has hung up a few "limited edition" paintings on the wall and they're really not to my taste. We were told by the letting agency that we could wrap them up and store them in the storage cupboard but I didn't want to risk damaging them so they have remained up on the wall. But now that we are allowed to replace them, I'm on the look out for new canvas art. Something very simple but cool like this pineapple canvas. Maybe I can paint something myself if I'm having troubles look for the perfect piece.

PINEAPPLE WALLPAPER
pineapple wallpaper


I'm toying with the idea of wallpapering a single wall in the living room. The idea of pineapple wallpaper sounds a bit tacky, but I looked in to it and I found a whole bunch of cool ideas. After a bit of Googling about, I found lots of pineapple wallpaper on a site called Hygge & West. It's a bit out of my budget but just look how beautiful their wallpapers are! 

pineapple wallpaper

What kind of interior and home decoration styles are you in to? 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Outfit: Motel Rocks Lace Shift Dress

motel rocks dress, lace shift dress
motel rocks dress, lace shift dress
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Dress* Motel Rocks via ASOS / Watch Citizen / Lipstick MAC Crosswires

I'm always perusing Motel Rocks website. After all, it is a brand that's featured on fashion blogs A LOT so it's hard to avoid them. After buying a dress from their website for a wedding I was attending last year and then subsequently processing a return as it the dress fell at an odd length on me, I experienced some troubles with the refund even though I was within the short timeframe given for returning orders. The annoying this is that Motel are now offering a 365 day return (which is actually awesome) but having missed the boat on that, that very same dress is still wrapped up in it's original packaging, plonked in a small corner of my bedroom 14 months later!

It's always a safe bet to order on ASOS and I was browsing for a dress to wear to a birthday party coming up soon. There's a 75% sale on so I had a long session on ASOS last weekend, several dresses were bought! When I spotted a couple of Motel dresses that I liked, I added them to the cart straight away. As I had issues with the sizing before, I decided to go a size down with this lacey shift dress. It fits really well but if you're gifted in the bust area, you might find the upper part of this dress a bit too tight. It's quite rare for me to find dresses like this that fits like a glove, AND it's the right length. Motel and I can be friends again!

I've no idea what shoes to wear it with but maybe strappy sandals or even some ankle boots so a casual day-time look! I'm not sure! Below are some ideas, but what do you guys think?


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pineapple And Coconut Soy Wax Candle


Pineapple And Coconut Candle from IW Natural Candle Co.*
£10.50 for a medium sized candle

I may have said in my previous candle blogpost that I wasn't going to light any new candles until I've burnt out my current ones because the amount of candles I've got lined up in a row on my window sill is ridiculous. Sitting a couple of feet away from my window, I can see at least 11 candles from large jars, small jars, votives and tea lights. 

I don't even light them all the time, maybe just once a week and when I'm having a really long bubble bath after a bad day! But I am such a hoarder when it comes to candles (and cute stationery), I seem to have accumulated a decent collection. I know what some of you are thinking... That it's just a typical ~blogger~ thing, bloggers love their candles but I really do think it has gone past that point! They do make nice decorations for the home and creates a nice atmosphere, it's just one of those things that cheers me up!

Choosing one candle from IW Natural Candle Company wasn't going to be easy as there are sooo many lovely scents that I could imagine being lit in the lounge on a cosy night in. Did I want a fresh scented candle? Or a comforting one? Maybe a calming fragrance, or perhaps something fruity? In the end, I picked Pineapple & Coconut because I want to feeling of summer to linger on a bit longer. Even if it doesn't look all that pleasant outside, it doesn't harm to at least smell like I'm on a summer holiday! Something as simple as a smell can take you back to a place or a memory - that's probably why I love candles! I haven't been abroad for a while (and Dublin doesn't count, especially as it was absolutely freezing when we were there) so this would explain my current obsession of all things tropical!

This Pineapple and Coconut candle is a punchy little thing and is everything you'd expect it to be even though it says on the website that there are a few hidden extras. I'm not sure what those "extras" are but the scent of pineapple and coconut really comes through, and it's a nice balance of the two key scents. It's tropical and fruity candle and when you smell it, you can almost picture yourself sitting by the pool, sipping on a cocktail and sizzling in the sunshine (with your factor 50 slapped all over your body, of course!). That sounds like my kinda candle (but who am I kidding? ANY candle is my kinda candle!) 

I have the medium sized candle which comes boxed, as does the large size, for an extra £2. All sizes come in a good quality glass jar. All of the candles on IW Natural Candle Co. are made of soy wax which burns cleaner with less soot than paraffin wax. Soy candles also burns more consistently meaning you get a steady delivery of the bespoke fragrance blends. 

Prices range from £5.50 to £15.50 which isn't at all bad for a good quality candle. You can buy IW Natural Candles directly from their website and get 10% off the Pineapple And Coconut candle this month with code August10

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Liz Earle Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanser

Liz Earle Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanser
Liz Earle Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanser

Limited Edition - £19.75

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has got to be my all time favourite skincare product! I'm not going to gush about it because I must have written about this cream cleanser about five times on my blog already but I wanted to let you know about the summer edition, Orange Flower and Chamomile. As you've probably guessed by now, as this is a summer version, it has been on the shelves for a couple of months already. I always look forward to these limited editions - my favourite was the Rose and Lavender from a couple of years ago - and as I'm not so keen on the fragrance of the original Cleanse & Polish so when the special ones are launched, I like to buy 2 or 3 bottles at a time and that usually lasts me about a year. Each bottle lasts about three months depending on whether you use it once or twice daily. I can't remember the last time I used the original! I've only just finished off the Grapefruit and Pachouli from last year, so it's rather good timing! I have to point out that I sometimes take a break from using this cleanser just to give my skin something else to try, I think it's good to switch it up to perhaps a gel cleanser, a milk one or even something oil based. I've got a few to pick from and I've tried to go for an alternative but I ALWAYS go back to Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish! I actually can't live without it!

The Orange Flower and Chamomile is lovely, it's a delicate, soothing and calming scent. I love the bottle design, I prefer it in white rather than the green. You will get the same results as it's the same formula but with a different fragrance. If you've not used this product before, it's a two-phase process in which the first stage is to massage the cream on to your face in a circular motion. The next part is to use the muslin cloth (included) soak it in hand-hot water and wring it out before gently polishing the cleanser off your face. The results are brighter, smoother skin as the dead skin cells, dirty and grime are removed to reveal a more radiant appearance. It also does a fantastic job of removing make up. It contains cocoa butter for it's moisturising properties, and the rosemary and chamomile in the formula gently tones the skin.

I don't know how much longer the Orange Flower and Chamomile cleanser is going to be around for, but get it while you can because it is limited edition and once it's gone, it is gone forever! It is available in 150ml and retails for £19.75. You can buy it directly from the Liz Earle website, selected Boots stores, John Lewis, Fenwicks and QVC. 

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