Monday, 16 October 2017

Mixing Comfort With Style

When it gets a little colder my fashion focus seems to be on every chunky jumper going. I love them with roll necks, cable knit, fitted, oversized, the list goes on. Sometimes when I chuck on a chunky jumper, I'll pull on a pair of jeans, whack on a pair of boots and I'm out the door, others I want to dress up a little more, mixing comfort with style. 
Full Length Outfit
I recently picked up this gem of a jumper from Primark. I was a little unsure knowing the material would probably cook me alive but I'm always cold and sometimes I just need the thickest, snuggliest things going. There was a huge range of colours (and I have my eye on the grey version too...) but I went for this deep purple colour, knowing I had nothing similar in my Autumn/Winter wardrobe already. 

I found it was the perfect jumper to wear without a coat, as it's thick enough to block out the wind and keep you warm. The sun made a brief appearance and it was just a liiiittle warm, so I'll bear that in mind when I chose to wear it out. 
Wanting to style it up a little more, I opted for a skirt and knee-high boots over going for black skinny jeans. Statement tortoise shell earrings and a dark Charlotte Tilbury lip added a touch more glam to the outfit as well. For me, I felt it was my ideal mix of comfortable and stylish.
-- What I'm Wearing -- 

ALL Primark (oops!) 
Earrings - Accessorize
Rings - Silverado 
Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury 'Glastonberry'
Nails - Barry M 'Almond'


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Friday, 13 October 2017

Relaxation with Made By Coopers

It's officially candle season, which means it's okay to spend every moment at home being as cosy as possible! I love to light candles on gloomy days, sip hot cups of tea and wrap up in blankets, particularly before bed, when I want to wind down peacefully with a spritz of pillow spray and a good book. 
Recently the lovely people at Made By Coopers scent me a few products to try out. The products are 100% natural made with essential oils and organic ingredients so great for being a little more eco friendly! 

At this time of year I tend to reach for sweet and spicy scents - all things pumpkin, cinnamon and maple. But every now and then I want something fresh. If the sun in shining outside and I'm working away at my desk indoors, I want a candle scent to pep me up. This 'Happy' candle is scented with Lime, Basil and Clementine. It is the perfect citrusy, fresh scent that gives me a little more buzz.
They also sent me a sleep spray, as someone who struggles to switch off in the evening, things like this are perfect for me. 'Sleepy Head' is scented with calming Lavender, Frankincense and Chamomile it's the ideal scent to soothe you to sleep. Just spritz around your room or lightly onto your pillows for a peaceful nights sleep. 
If you're on the look out for 100% natural products, I highly recommend having a snoop around Made By Coopers website (they're got some beautiful photography and styling on there too!) 

All opinions are honest and my own. 
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Monday, 9 October 2017

5 Things I've Learn About Working From Home

My 'employment' journey since I finished University has been up and down, but has recently taken me into being Self Employed. I'm still not working 'full time', but it means that my jobs are all over the place, routine is tricky and it involves a lot of working from home. 

Working from home sounds like working in bed, wearing pyjamas and finishing early, right? 
Nope.
Not if you want to get anything done - I've learnt the hard way. 

1. 'Bed Office' ain't a thang. 

Emails from bed sounds like a great idea, but in reality you'll nap, get distracted and probably feel pretty slobby by the time you get up! Working at a desk is way better for you productivity levels and better for your posture too.

2. You gotta put some clothes on.

You don't have to be wearing your best outfit or tight skinny jeans whilst crammed up against your desk, but I've found getting dressed, putting on some make up and making myself feel a little more human, made me feel way more prepared to get shit done. 

3. Routine and structure are key. 

I have to plan my days out and write a to do list or I find it's already 12pm and all I've done is checked my emails and watched some YouTube videos. I like to have one giant to do list, then each day I'll pick the tasks I need to get done to create a more realistic list. It's also good to have an idea of how your week is going to pan out. If it looks like it'll be five days of solidly working from home, plan to work from a coffee shop one afternoon or plan a workout one lunch time - it'll break your day up and stop you from feeling like you're going crazy looking at the same four walls! 

4. Treat yo' self. 

A clean, tidy workspace, a nice smelling candle and a cup of tea are just a few little delights that make my day a bit brighter and jobs a little easier.

5. Find things that get you motivated.

It turns out creating a playlist called 'Yaaaaas' complete with Britney Spears' Greatest Hits, old school Miley and sassy Little Mix is the key to feeling like the ultimate Girl Boss, ready to tackle all the emails and make a start on everything you've been putting off for weeks. When I need to focus a little more, I'm really enjoying listening to Podcasts.

bonus 6.
You WILL think about packing it all in and just getting a full time job with a salary to make your life much easier at least 3 times a day. But you won't, because if you're working for yourself, chances are you're doing so to do something you love. 

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This freelance life is still all very new to me and every week brings a new challenge to work out what works best for me, but I'm enjoying learning and finding my feet. 

What are your top tips for working from home?

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Pumpkin Patch

Every time Autumn rolls around I wish I lived in America to go and admire row upon row of pumpkins at a Pumpkin Patch. This year, however, I scouted out a local PYO farm that had pumpkins and squashes and headed down there on their last weekend of the season. 



I have always loved Pick Your Own farms.

There's something so exciting about finding endless coloured jewels of fruit and veg among the foliage. I'm used to picking raspberries and strawberries, pumpkins are a little easier to spot! I discovered Roundstone Farm last year in one of Zoella's vlogs and wanted to go this Summer for fruit picking, but having missed the chance I was excited to go for some Autumn goods instead!

We wandered through the field discovering cabbages, raspberries and all sorts of other vegetables before stumbling upon the pumpkin patch. After wandering about the patch, we picked our perfect pumpkin and headed off to weigh and pay! I also grabbed a a blue pumpkin which apparently are best for eating (but look like aliens!) and some pretty squashes from the farm shop too. 


 
 
I'd definitely recommend spending an afternoon at a PYO farm to collect up your pumpkins for Halloween or Autumn styling around and about the house. Roundstone farm is now closed for the season but just a quick google search will tell you where your local one is! 

p.s. there's a vlog of our visit coming on Sunday!
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn Make Up

I'm nervous to press post on this one! I love make up but it's not particularly my forte so it's a little scary putting a video of what I do on the internet! I just do what works for me and although I love bold eyes and lips, I'm not a fan of a lot of face make up at all, so recently I haven't been wearing foundation. I absolutely adore this look and it is a go to for Autumn/Winter for me. Using some very special Charlotte Tilbury make up to some of my highstreet faves and there's even a great new lip product discovery in there too. 

Autumn Make Up

Enjoy! Be Kind...! There's a new vlog coming your way Sunday, so stay tuned.
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Friday, 29 September 2017

Autumn Wardrobe Wishlist

With October rapidly approaching, I'm thinking about my autumn wardrobe and all the gaps that need filling. Autumn is my favourite time of year to shop for - all the layering, chunky knits and different textures - it's so fun to change up my usual style and have a play with new season pieces. Autumn Wishlist - jumper, skirt, jumper
Here's just a couple of things I've spotted recently, all relatively affordable with the most expensive item being the beaut Burgundy Suede Jacket from River Island. I have been after a jacket like this for years, and I really do mean years, the only probably was, it didn't exist anymore. I'd seen designer versions for over a thousand pounds and an old season Missguided one that was perfect, but alas they no longer sold it in that colour. With suede jackets being a huge trend this A/W it's good to see brands are catching on and hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on the jacket of dreams.  

I've got my eye on all the slouchy jumpers. Oversized, knitted, chunky and comfy - the usual criteria. I'm particularly loving the ASOS Twisted Back Jumper to give a simple outfit a subtle sexy edge and the La Redoute Oversized Cable Knit Jumper for when I all I want is effortless comfort. (I actually had my eye on this last year after spotting it on The Frugality, so think it might be time to bite the bullet - especially with the current 20% off!) 

I seem to have worn out every practical pair of boots I own, so a major shoe haul is needed. I'm on the look out for a stylish but practical pair, with a heel that isn't too high, a pointed toe and to come up to just above my ankle, so I don't ask for much...! This pair from TU at Sainsbury's are pretty perfect. 

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What's on your Autumn Lust List?

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Q&A

As I hit 2000 subscribers last week, I wanted to do a chatty get to know me video! I'd love to do a Q&A but thought I'd find a random questions tag online and answers those (and when I say random, I mean random!) Chatty videos are my fave as I can just put them on in the background and get on with other things whilst I listen. I can also talk for England so they're fun to film too! 

Enjoy! Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss my new vlog on Sunday! 

xxxx
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Friday, 15 September 2017

Seaside Guide: Polzeath, Cornwall

This time two weeks ago I was enjoying a beach bbq, complete with slightly burnt sausages and toasted marshmallows, the most beautiful sunset, great company and, thankfully, a big thick jumper (1st September evening beach BBQ's aren't that warm, just fyi.) 

The perfect final evening of our week long holiday in Polzeath, Cornwall.

I completely fell in love with this little seaside town, so thought I'd write up a Seaside Guide - similar to my St Ives one, with my top places to stay, eat and this time, surf. It's a mix of camera photos and personal phone photos as I wasn't concentrating on it too much, I just wanted to enjoy quality time with the family (and if I'm honest lifting anything heavier than a feather hurts after surfing for 6 days straight soooo...)


S T A Y 

We stayed in Drumfish, (found on Latitude 50) for a week and it was perfect for our family of 6. You can admire the beautiful sea view, with the most wonderful view of the sunset on the large balcony. It's got three double bedrooms and a lovely upstairs open kitchen/dining/lounge space. It's in a really practical place to pop back and forth from the beach too. 


We witnessed some serious sunsets during out stay, it was hard to pick just one photo! Every night we'd rush outside to capture the sun at different points as it disappeared and left behind pink/grey fluffy clouds and an orange glow. 


F O O D  &  D R I N K 

Surfside - I had the Lobster Mac & Cheese and Heirloom Tomato salad. If I could relive this meal every day, I would. All the fish dishes were amazing, but the tomato salad was the stuff of DREAMS.
The Cracking Crab - Delicious fish dishes alongside some crazy dressing up costumes - which of course, my family ended up wearing!
Rum Bar - absolute hidden GEM. If rum cocktails, palm trees and gypsy kings sound like your kind thing you'll fit right in here. The best on a sunny day - as there's little shelter for rain! - you'll feel like you've just landed on a tropical island. 
Cone Zone - Perfect beach pit stop for smoothies, ice creams and pasties!


S U R F

Surf's Up Surf School
There's plenty of choice when it comes to surfs schools in Polzeath, but if you want one with a team of absolute babe instructors who are there to help with anything and everything, then there's really no other than Surf's Up. From booking lessons and picking out your wetsuits to popping up on your board in the water and providing you with photo evidence, they've got you covered. Friendly and fun, these guys really are awesome and I really hope I'll get to learn with them again.

Big thanks to Nisha, Goose and Harry for all the help and to Ryan Perring for these awesome photos!

Already excited for another visit to beautiful Polzeath. 

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Autumn Primark Haul

Each year I find that Primark absolutely nail Autumn/Winter trends so I got in there early to kick of the wardrobe transition with some key pieces. I absolutely love the things I picked up... 


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