The Real World

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Dress*: Ghost
Cardigan: New Look
Bag*: LYDC
Boots*: Rocket Dog
Necklace: Topshop

How beautiful is this autumnal weather? Me and my boyfriend went on a walk exploring the other day and the autumn colours and leaves scattered around were too pretty not to photograph. I also thought this beautiful dress from Ghost perfectly complimented the autumn hues, and so I paired it with my rust-coloured cardigan to give it more of a casual vibe and embrace all things autumn. I absolutely adore this dress - it is amazing quality, a gorgeous fit and is a total dream to wear. I also wore my beautiful baby blue bag from LYDC (I had to throw some pastel in there, obviously) and my Rocket Dog boots that I am head over heels in love with - I've not taken these off since getting them, they're seriously comfy and go with everything! 

Are you enjoying the autumn weather? I am so excited for Halloween and Bonfire Night and for getting well and truly immersed in all things autumn!  

Competition: Win a Chi Chi Dress!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Fancy bagging yourself a brand spanking new dress from Chi Chi? Chi Chi is honestly one of my favourite 'posh frock' websites and after featuring them countless times in the past, I thought it was about time I gave away a dress as a big thank you to you guys for sticking with me! As party season is fast approaching, it's the perfect opportunity to find the dress of your dreams - and trust me, competitions are always worth entering! 

So, what are the rules? Simply, follow the steps on the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance of winning a dress up to the value of £60. The competition is open worldwide so EVERYONE has a chance of winning. The competition will close this Friday, so get entering now! 

Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Faces Going Places

Sunday, 26 October 2014
Shoes: Boohoo 

Whoops - I've been a little MIA lately and for that I apologise. I'll hopefully be putting a post up all about why I've not been posting much on here and YouTube soon, but for now I thought I would pop a little outfit post up for your perusal. 

Now we're officially in the depths of autumn (clocks went back today and HOW dark is it?!) it's all about thick tights, pretty dresses and cute jumpers. This outfit is the epitome of the kind of thing I like wearing at this time of year, and I love how sweet and quirky this outfit looks. Both the dress and jumper are from Sugarhill Boutique and I love wearing them together. The dress is actually unicorn-print and is so adorable, as well as being a really flattering fit. The jumper is from Sugarhill's 'Poppy Lux' range and I love how very 'back to school' the pencil-design makes me feel. 

Are you loving the weather being cooler? What are your go-to autumn outfits? Let me know! 

My Favourite App for Fashion Inspo

Thursday, 23 October 2014

As much as I'd like to call myself a fashionista, there are (more often than not) times when I lack inspiration and find myself struggling to put outfits together. We all get like it - those moments when we stare at our full-to-the-brim wardrobes in despair, exasperatedly sighing that we have 'nothing to wear'. I've come to the conclusion lately that my main problem lies in not having enough 'basic' clothes to make up the bulk of my outfits, thus leaving me struggling to put outfits together as successfully as I'd like.

Whilst I think it's great looking to fashion blogs for inspiration, sometimes I'm looking for a one-stop-shop for outfit inspiration, as well as a place to get other peoples' opinions and, you know, buy clothes too. That's where Mallzee usually comes in. It's a fab little shopping app that makes putting together outfits, gaining inspiration and buying clothes an absolute doddle. You can save the clothes you like, as kind of an 'on-the-go' wishlist, as well as following style feeds, looking to other users for advice and the ability to quickly 'swipe to like' (or dislike) certain items of clothing. The app even has price-drop alerts, letting you know when the little black dress you've been lusting after has been reduced, so never again you get that 'crap, it sold out' feeling. As well as this, it can even learn your personal style and recommend clothes for you - basically like your own personal stylist!

Although there are individual apps for all our favourite highstreet stores, the great thing about Mallzee is that it combines them all into one as well as giving us valuable fashion advice. It's perfect if you have a shopping addiction, like me, but you're on the go a lot - this way, you can keep tabs on the clothes you have your eye on, buy them at your leisure, as well as browsing the new trends. It's every fashion lovers perfect app, I think, and a must-have for anyone who's ever had a style conundrum!

Have you used Mallzee before? Let me know if you've bought anything through it and what you thought!

Debenhams A/W 14 Blogger Style Challenge

Wednesday, 8 October 2014
You know me, I love a good style challenge, and this one I stumbled across on the Debenhams website sounded too good to pass up.

Debenhams is definitely one of my favourite places to shop when autumn/winter comes round. There's just something about going into the store, Christmas shoppers in abundance and thick woolen coats aplenty, fairy lights dazzling and perfumes being spritzed that reminds me completely of this time of year, with the buzz up to Christmas and the endless party outfits to buy.

So, what better time to take part in their A/W 14 Blogger Style Challenge to win an amazing £500 for you and another blogger to spend at Debenhams?! Imagine the shopping spree! The competition is welcome to all bloggers and basically requires you to put together two outfits based around the six key A/W trends; Modern Military, Pastel Palette, Autumn Luxe, Blue Notes, Pinks & Berries or Winter Greens. One of the outfits has to be for you, and another picked out for a blogger friend.

Can you guess which trend I picked for myself...?

Red Herring Grey Checked Embellished Collar Pinafore DressMantaray Dark Cream Pom Pom Knit Bobble Hat / Floozie Pale Pink Heart Hand Watch / Floozie Pink Tweed Cross Body Bag / OPI Princesses Rule! Nail Lacquer / J by Jasper Conran Designer Light Pink Panel Brogues / Miss Selfridge Shawl Collar Fur Coat 

Of course, I just had to go for the 'Pastel Palette' trend. As you probably know by now, pastels are my favourite and I would 100% wear this outfit myself - I mean, can I have it now please?! It's just too adorable and perfect for the coming months. I love how the dress is grey and the pale pinks bring everything together and make the outfit super girly - and how cute is that bobble hat? I also love how the checks on the dress tie in nicely with the tweed on the bag. I can imagine getting wrapped up warm in this on a wintry day and feeling ridiculously stylish! 

In contrast, the outfit I chose for my friend and fellow blogger Steph from Stephanie Dreams is a much more fiery, rock n' roll vibe. Me and Steph actually have quite a similar style in that we love girly pastels as well as grungy, rockier looks, so we could have all the fun in the world swapping outfits! In terms of the trend, I decided to go for the 'Pinks & Berries' trend for Steph as she has gorgeous reddy-brown hair that would look amazing with this outfit...


Definitely a contrast, but I absolutely love everything about this outfit, and think it would look amazing on Steph. The dress is stunning and the brogues and the jumper give it a boyish vibe, whilst the bracelet, lipstick and nail polish glam things up. The dark pink bag is gorgeous and works so well with the dress, it's almost like they were made for each other. 

So, all that's left to say is that I nominate Steph from Stephanie Dreams to take part in the Debenhams A/W 14 Blogger Style Challenge. 

Will you be entering the style challenge? Follow the hashtag #DebsAWStyle to check out all the entries! Wish me luck! 

September Favourites

It's that time again - okay, it's an ever-so-slightly delayed September favourites. Apologies for the delay in getting it up, but better late than never, right?

This month I've been loving a mixed variety of makeup, skincare and random bits and pieces.

First up, Biore's Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser* is something I've been wanting to share on the blog for a while now. I received it a little while ago and I've been using it non-stop ever since. Ideal for oily/spot-prone skin, this cleanser works deep down to clean and purify skin, getting right to the nitty-gritty and getting rid of dirt, grime, blackheads and impurities. It has a rather cooling consistency (probably because it's clay-based) and it leaves my skin feeling super smooth and looking really clear.

I've actually been using it religiously with my Sanitas Cleansing Brush* from Lidl. The two of them together work amazingly well to get rid of my makeup and then give my skin a really thorough cleanse. I've popped up a full review of the cleansing brush here.

In terms of makeup, I've reignited my love for MAC's Impassioned lipstick. You know sometimes you misplace a makeup product and completely forget all about it, only to then find it months later and wonder how you ever coped with out it? That's basically what happened here. I left it in one of my many 'night out' bags and it sat forgotten for months on end, but now I'm reunited with it I couldn't be more pleased. Impassioned is a gorgeous bright pinky red, and makes a really lovely colour for this time of year.

I also discovered a new foundation in September, which is a pretty odd one for me, as I swear by Estee Lauder's Double Wear and never really stray far from it. I stumbled across this after my sister recommended it - I'd ran out of my beloved Double Wear and pennies were tight so I thought there was no harm in giving this £6.49 17 Stay Time Foundation a go. For the price this is by far one of the best foundations I've ever tried - it is seriously thick, full-coverage and fairly long-lasting. I will have a full review up on it very soon, so watch this space!

Another Lidl spesh, I couldn't resist putting their 'Suddenly Diamonds' fragrance* in here, as I definitely got a lot of wear out of it over the month of September. A really fresh floral scent, I received countless compliments when wearing this and for the amazing price it is totally worth a try.

Finally, on to random favourites and there's just a couple this month. First up, the lovely people at Pets Rock sent me over this awesome 'Power Bank'*, which is basically a portable charger that you can use to charge multiple devices up at once. If you're a complete computer nerd and have your devices on the go all the time (like myself) then this would be ideal - it also has enough room for a fair few phone charges and one tablet boost. The best thing about it? It lights up and has a cat that looks remarkably like Katy Perry on the front. What more could you want?

The last thing I was loving last month was stationery-related, of course, in particular stationery from TK Maxx. I could have dropped about £100 in there but luckily I refrained, coming back with only a couple of bits including this cute little 'Notes' book in pink and gold. It looks very Kate Spade-esque to me but was a mere £3.99 so thought it was well worth a mention!

What were you loving throughout September? I'd love to hear!