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A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 6 years.

Friday, 21 October 2016


Outfits i've been wearing recently...

Outfit 1:
As you know I am an absolute fiend for anything leopard print, whatever my hair colour I love a lot of leopard especially when it comes to my day to day styling. My collared dress is from a charity shop (Gotta love the chazza!) and I am wearing it with a chunky belt also second hand, I just feel it breaks the pattern up a little bit adding a little extra interest. Chunky tights and of course a red lip, 'Russian Red' from MAC finished off the look, perfect for taking me from the office out for drinks.

Outfit 2:
I am absolutely loving shirt dresses at the moment and this zig zag / chevron print dress from Miss Selfridge is just the ticket and is a really great length for wearing bare leg without showing too much as it hits just above the knee. I am really into sleeves at the moment too so the rolled sleeves are a particularly nice touch. Another day, another bold lip but this time I was wearing 'Ruby Woo' also by MAC and kept my jewellery super simple with a skull ring from New Look and a friendship bracelet my parents brought me back from Portugal.

Outfit 3:
Going all out in grey in skater dress complete with a crochet collar, I love how this dress can be worn smart and chic and when paired with a pair of black and nude ballet flats the look came together nicely. Red lipstick? Yep! I'm wearing Russian Red again...Surprise surprise.

Outfit 4:
A more casual outfit for a day wandering around Manchester, i'm wearing black skinny jeans from Topshop, my silver ankle boots are also Topshop, my shiny top is from Zara and reads '1989' and my cropped, leopard print jacket which I absolute love is also from Zara. My bag is super super old and is a leather, tasseled number from Mango and of course my sunnies are from the one and only Pop Boutiques.

Which outfit is your favourite?


Tuesday, 18 October 2016


A few weekends ago, a sunny October Sunday was spent wandering around the Northern Quarter, one of my all time favourite parts of Manchester.

Having stumbled upon the Maker's Market, taking a pew in a deck chair as the heavens opened in (typical MCR style), indulging in super scrumptious lobster rolls @ Burger + Lobster and of course discovering a few little shopping gems I found myself coming home with a few extra bags and a lighter purse then I left with. 

And here's what I bought...

How is that I never been in Oklahoma before!? The super cute, kitch gift shop located right on the edge of the Northern Quarter is home to everything that tickles my pickle. Having recently upcycled my bar cart I wanted a few extra ornaments to sit on it. I found this quirky tattoo style palmistry hand and new immediately it would be a new home for my favourite cocktail rings. 

I found my design book mecca in the infamous Magma, in-fact I ended up spending almost half an hour in there engrossed in books on editorial design, fashion and of course...cats.

 I came away with a guide curated by creatives sharing cool hang outs in a super interesting city that i'll be paying a visit to in December. The plan is to turn it into a scrapbook of the trip and hopefully it reveals some total gems when it comes to where to eat and where to shop. I also bought a Mick Jagger portrait by Philip Norman for £4, which has to be the bargain of the century.

Even though we have two Pop Boutiques in Liverpool, I always think the Manchester store is better, I have no idea why but I always seem to find some absolute gems in there. I came away with a bag full...naturally. The purple jumper gave me Halloween vibes so that was a reason to buy it right? Not that it features super snuggly batwing sleeves and hugs me in all the right places? The office I work in has an air conditioning glitch and I often find myself freezing, slouchy, cool statement jumper? Problem solved.

So lurex is having a bit of a moment all thanks to the sports luxe trend which is dominating the fast fashion space, I saw this grey/silver sparkly shirt and knew immediately it had to have a place in my AW16 wardrobe. I like to wear it buttoned up with an A line skirt and tights or unbuttoned layered over a cami with skinny jeans and my statement, silver ankle boots which I featured in my staple AW favourites.

And finally onto the statement sunnies! I just LOVE these bad boys. Purple circular lenses, so retro.

Which is your favourite place in Manchester 


Friday, 14 October 2016


A few weeks ago, the digital marketing agency that I work for hosted a coffee morning to raise money for the fabulous cancer support team at Macmillan. The turn out of scrumptious home bakes was pretty awesome and we raised a decent lump of cash for the amazing charity. 

In the afternoon, the remaining cakes were loaded onto a trolley that appeared out of nowhere and went for a spin around the office. I was all caked out by this point...but what did catch my attention was the tea trolley which I learned was homeless...The cogs began to turn.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have seen me feeling pretty inspired recently by bar carts I just think they are wonderful components for any room and look super quirky. You guys know I am a fiend for antiques and anything with a retro / nostalgic twist and so I figured if the right 'cart' was found I was going to create my own. 

Remember that old tea trolley I mentioned?

With a good old scrub, a little coating of Brasso and some thought into how I wanted my cart to look, I finally created something that just pleases me so darn much and scratches my Pinterest inspired itch.

On the top shelf, I have a few spirits and mixers including Pimms and gin (obvs) as well as a vintage Babycham glass and a martini glass I 'acquired' from my favourite bar in town. I also have a few bits and pieces including a tea set from the V + A museum and an antique gold plated teacup that belonged to my Nana. For some reason a mint plant has also found its way on there too but I like the greenery and the touch of nature it brings to the party. 

On the second shelf I house some of my favourite books including a copy of 'The Great Gatsby' Alexa Chung's memoir and the classic Revolutionary Road which I chatted about here.  On the bottom shelf I store some stars and stripes cups that my Aunt bought me when I visited the US and of course my tonic which I love how retro they look with the charming yellow and red striped packaging. 15p from Lidl!

I dare say that I will shake up how I style my cart but I bloody love it and I hope to take it with me wherever I go.

What do you think of the bar cart trend?

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