Wednesday, 25 May 2016

SUMMER STYLE WISHLIST

All I want to do at the moment is shop! I don't know whether it's because there are so many new pieces coming out for Summer in stores, or whether I am just in need of a shopping spree...(I think the shopping spree).

I've put together my current wishlist of items for the Summer time from some of my favourite stores; Topshop, ASOS, Zara, InTheStyle and Missguided. If only they could all magically appear in my wardrobe....

What's your favourite piece?

Dress: ASOS  / Swimsuit: ASOS
Skirt:  RIVER ISLAND  / Shoes: ASOS
Dress: ASOS / Jeans: MISSGUIDED
Dress: MISSGUIDED / Playsuit: MISSGUIDED

Swimsuit: MISSGUIDED / Dress: IN THE STYLE

Dress: IN THE STYLE / Shorts: TOPSHOP

Trousers: TOPSHOP / Dress:  TOPSHOP
Skirt: TOPSHOP / Shoes: ASOS

Shoes: ASOS / Dress: ASOS

Shorts: ASOS / Skirt: ZARA

Bag: ZARA / Jumpsuit: ZARA

Lots of love, 
Emily.
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

QUICK, EASY AND SIMPLE MAKEUP

Recently I've been wearing a lot less makeup during the day and keeping things really fresh and simple for Spring. During the warmer months I like to have more of a glowy finish to my skin and a lot more bronze/gold tones on the skin and eyes. 



I decided to spontaneously film my everyday makeup recently (linked below) which includes all of my favourite 'go-to' products to create a simple and easy look. There's only about 10 or so products used which means it's really easy to re-create quickly everyday, and I like to use a mixture of high-end and affordable products.



Let me know what you think!

Lots of love,
Emily.
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Thursday, 19 May 2016

TAKE A BREAK

Last weekend I took some time away from my university work and went home to see family. As much as I enjoy university life and living with my friends, sometimes it's nice to take a weekend off and relax at home, before the deadlines arrive and summer placement starts (taking the chance while I can)! I mean, obviously I would happily relax in a spa retreat for a week but ya'know, home is a good alternative for now whilst on a student budget!

It's okay to take a step back sometimes when things seem to be getting stressful and too much, because it's important to look after your own wellbeing. I'm currently writing my dissertation, and whilst it's almost time to hand it in and finally say goodbye to it, I felt like I needed some time out. Even when I wasn't writing my dissertation, it was constantly on my mind and I couldn't think about anything else, so it was good for me to take a moment to clear my mind and spend time with important people.




As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram, I have a dachshund and she's my favourite. She's 3 now, and one of the things I look forward to the most when coming home, is taking her out for walks and spending some time with her.  We don't live that far away from the countryside which means there are so many beautiful places to walk her, especially at this time of year. It's also nice to be able to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air as most of the time when I'm studying, I'm indoors for most of the day. It's good to change your surroundings once in a while so that you can get a different perspective on things, and find new inspiration.




Soon I'll be graduating and starting the next chapter of my life....whatever that is (haven't quite got that far yet...should probably start to think about it). But sometimes we just need a moment or two to relax and refresh our minds before starting up work again, and this creates new motivation and ideas. I'm so excited to finish my degree and taking this little break has given me the energy to power on through the last few months.




Outfit:
Jacket - Miss Selfridge
Top - Miss Selfridge
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - New Look
Sunglasses - Topshop
Watch - Olivia Burton
Bracelets - Pandora
Rings - Tiffanys and Essentials

Remember to take a break sometimes, even through exam period, busy schedules and work, as it's important to clear your mind and re-charge. You'll find it'll help you work better in the future.

Lots of love,
Emily
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Saturday, 14 May 2016

REASONS TO LOVE SUMMER

This past weeks weather has been amazing and it finally feels like Summer has arrived! I know we're still in mid-May which technically isn't really Summer yet, but it's made me think about all the reasons why I love the upcoming season so much...


1) Happiness
Everybody always seem a lot happier when the sun is shining and the weather is warmer. I don't know if it's because we are able to get outside more and become more sociable, but whatever Summer does to people moods, I LOVE. I'm always in a much better mood when the sun is shining because there is so much positive energy around and the days are so bright - well done Vitamin D.


2) Longer days
I love the fact that Summer brings longer and lighter days with it. It's not always great when you're stuck inside working during the day when the sun is shining outside, but it's nice to know that when you finish, you've still got a whole evenings light to enjoy. Because the days feel much longer, it enables you to get more out of your day and enjoy a slower pace as you're not racing against time with the sun going down.


3) Easy style
As much as I love Winter style and layering the knitwear, it's so nice to be able to wear sandals and dresses and get a bit of warmth on your skin. I find Summer style so much more relaxed and easy because you don't have to worry too much about wearing layers. Just throw on a dress, shoes and bag and you're ready to go! (Although I do always take a light cardigan out with me because the UK is known to throw all weathers at you in all seasons!)


4) Saving money
A great thing about Summer is that you can do so much more for FREE! You can go for more walks, organise picnics, have beach days, BBQ's in the garden etc, which you can't do when it's colder and wet outside. During Winter I seem to spend so much more money because I end up going shopping or to the cinema as the weather is too naff to be outside. It's nice to finally be able to enjoy the weather and outdoors with friends and family and explore your surroundings more.

Outfit:
Top - ZARA 
Skirt - ASOS 
Shoes - TOPSHOP
Bag - ACCESSORIZE
Sunglasses - TOPSHOP

What's your favourite thing about Summer?

Lots of love,
Emily.
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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

TOP 5 FESTIVAL ACCESSORIES

Since it's coming up to festival season here in the UK, I thought I'd share my top 5 festival accessories with you, to get you prepared for the fun weekends ahead!



Hats:
Not only are hats great for protecting your face from the sun, but they're also perfect for when you're camping in a field for 4 days without your normal hair products! It's the best way to hide your un-tamed hair whilst still adding a lot of style to an outfit. 

Hair pieces:
Festival style is especially known for it's cute hair braids and flowers braids to give your look the ultimate boho vibe, so remember to pack some different hair pieces that you can add into your daily looks to change up your hairstyles. I usually like to take some flower clips and lots of hair bands to create messy buns and braids.


Statement jewellery: 
Usually I like to wear simple, delicate jewellery, but at a festival you can definitely go all out. It's fun to experiment with more statement jewellery and colours to really mix up the textures in your outfit. Coming up to festival season you'll see lots of statement pieces coming into shops which incorporate tassels, beads and feathers into jewellery. I don't think you can really go overboard at a time like this, stack up the bracelets and rings!

Cross body bag:
You really don't want to be carrying around a big handbag at a festival because you want both hands free for dancing, exploring and holding food/drinks. So its really important to have a cross body bag which you can just swing over your body and not have to worry about leaving behind somewhere! Make sure you've got one with a secure zip on it too so that your money and valuables don't fall out in the crowds, especially when dancing!

Sunglasses:
Of course you can't complete a festival look without sunglasses! Hopefully the sun is shining on the festival weekends (we hope) but even if it isn't, I think sunglasses complete an outfit at a festival! I usually take a couple of pairs with me to mix and match (and also in case a pair break), and again, the more statement the better! 

What's your festival must-have?

Lots of love,
Emily.
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Monday, 9 May 2016

5 WAYS TO GET ORGANISED

I used to be the biggest culprit in leaving things to the last minute and feeling overwhelmed by the mountain of tasks I had to do, or deadlines that were looming. But I've finally discovered how good it feels to be organised, and how important it is in order to feel more relaxed in life.


1). Write things down
Making lists may seem like a boring and unnecessary task to do, but it really helps to empty your mind. When you've got lots of things going round in your head and you feel like your brain is about to explode (we've all been there), it's nice to relieve the stress by writing it all down. It helps to visualise your workload in order to prioritise tasks, and it gives a sense of achievement and relief when you can physically cross an item off the list after doing it. I usually write a list at the start of the week so that I know exactly what I need to do by the next weekend, and it means I don't have to worry about forgetting anything important.

2). Be realistic
Theres no point in setting yourself too many tasks for the week/month if they are physically impossible to achieve. I think it's great to push yourself and strive to be your best, but if that means you're taking steps backwards in being organised instead of forwards, then something is going wrong. When I started this blog, I said to myself I was going to post three times a week, but then as time went on I realised that alongside university, placements and a job, this wasn't happening. This meant that my organisation strategy wasn't working and therefore I was falling behind with my blog posts. However, now that I've made the realistic decision to post twice a week on my blog whilst still at university, it makes me feel more relaxed and able to achieve that goal and stay organised with my weekly schedule. 

3). Set a goal
As I said before, theres no point in giving yourself an unrealistic amount of tasks to do, because you will feel weighed down by them. However, I do think that it's good to set yourself realistic goals which will inspire and motivate you. I'm currently writing my dissertation which is something that I'm really struggling with and don't want to write, however, the thought of finishing my course and obtaining a degree is something that motivates me to keep going. Having that goal and achievement ahead of me helps to keep me organised and have a structured working pattern so that I don't feel stressed out by the deadline and get it finished in plenty of time. 

4). De-clutter regularly
It's really hard to feel organised in your head if everything around you feels cluttered. It's good to have a regular tidy-up to help clear your mind and ensure your environment is relaxing. If your surroundings are unorganised it can lower your mood and make you feel unmotivated. In order to organise your workload and schedule, you need an organised space around you.

5). Don't procrastinate
We're all guilty of doing this, and I still find myself doing all of the unnecessary tasks in order to avoid the boring important ones. But the longer you wait to do something, the more difficult and stressful it will become. If you try and just get on with the tasks you need to do (even if they're really boring), it will give you more time in the end to relax and they will be achieved quicker. Putting the effort in now will lift the weight off your shoulders.


I hope this will help to motivate you into becoming organised if you aren't already! I definitely feel a lot happier and relaxed when my mind and environment are organised. If you have any more tips then please leave them in the comments below, I would love to hear some different ideas.

Lots of love,
Emily.
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

APRIL FAVOURITES

It's favourites time again! Here's a little review of everything I've been especially loving throughout the month of April and as always you can watch the video linked below or just have a read of this post!



APRIL FAVOURITES:

EX1 foundation:
I've had this foundation for a while now and I honestly think it is my all-time favourite because it never fails me. It's long-lasting, medium/build-able coverage, semi-matte finish and very natural looking. This brand is designed for people with a more yellow undertone to their skin (olive toned) like me, and so the colour match is perfect along with the formula. It doesn't make me shiny throughout the day and makes you look like you're not wearing foundation which is also a big bonus.

Bourjois concealer:
I picked up this concealer on a whim last month because my usual concealer wasn't in stock. I didn't think much of it at first, but now I love it. The consistency is quite thick which means you don't need a lot of it under the eye area and you need to blend it quickly. But its really great coverage, brightens under the eyes and conceals any dark circles. It also doesn't crease under the eyes when set with a light powder.

Maybelline 24 hour super stay lipstick:
For a drugstore liquid lipstick these are great. They don't feel sticky on the lips and dry to a matte very quickly. The balm on the other end is really hydrating and makes sure that the lipstick doesn't crack throughout the day making it long lasting, and the pigment is also amazing (especially on the red shade). I'm not sure if they would last 24 hours but they definitely last throughout the day. I even wore one of these to a wedding and was able to eat and drink comfortably!


Soap and glory body butter:
Firstly, this smells amazing (like all of their products do), and it leaves you with a gorgeous scent all day. It hydrates my skin really nicely leaving it feeling soft and smooth and sinks in quickly after applying. But obviously the main reason I love it so much is the smell!

Liz Earle eye bright lotion:
This has been my savour this month! I've been quite busy with different occasions like a wedding, a hen weekend and lots of uni work on top...but this has stopped me from looking so tired around the eyes! It's really soothing on the eye area and helps to calm down any redness/darkness you might have there, and it also helps you to appear more awake and feel more awake too!

Misguided bomber jacket:
I've barely taken this off this month, even though sometimes its been way too cold to wear this on its own. It's a gorgeous dusky pink and has the two tone effect with the silk detailing on the bottom half. I like the fact that its not too bulky or puffy like some other bomber jackets are, and this one can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.



Paperchase Recipe Book:
This is essentially a scrap book for all things cooking! I use this to write down my own recipes or family recipes, and also keep recipe leaflets in here and scraps of paper with baking ideas on! It's a great way to keep all of your recipes together in one place and there are lots of pockets and labels to hold notes in and customise it to make it personal to you.

What's been your favourite item this month?

Lots of love,
Emily.
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