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Sunday, January 22, 2017

BIG YELLOW TAXI

BIG YELLOW TAXI
Sunday, January 22, 2017
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I love how a simple pair of heels can transform a casual weekend outfit in to something a little more special and that's exactly what these Office snakeskin heels from Very did to my laid-back Saturday get-up of chunky roll neck knit and cropped jeans. I love a good pair of pointed toe heels as I think they do the world of good for us short legged ladies, and with the addition of a snakeskin print they're perfect for the transition from Winter to Spring.






Paired with my new straight leg cropped jeans, its a match made in heaven! The stepped raw hem of the denim draws attention to the gorgeous shoes, and the ankle strap is shown off thanks to the shorter leg.


The snakeskin colouring sits perfectly with the nude shade of my Missguided roll neck jumper, and the side split detail is made for layering, so I've paired it with a huge oversized grey tee to play with proportions. Add to that a splash of luxury with my beloved little Mulberry pouch and you've got the perfect smart/casual look for every day.




Jumper - Missguided
T Shirt - Ellesse at ASOS
Jeans - ASOS
Heels - Office at Very
Clutch - Mulberry

I'm now off to crash in front of the sofa and probably won't move very far until Monday. Bliss! Hope you're all enjoying your weekends, my loves!


C x


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LACED IN LUXURY | LINGERIE BY SIMPLYBE

LACED IN LUXURY | LINGERIE BY SIMPLYBE

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Like most girls, I'm a sucker for pretty lingerie and I definitely own far too many sets, so many in-fact that my underwear drawer is full to bursting! I still keep adding to my collection though, and my latest editions come from SimplyBe's lingerie range. It was a pleasant surprise for me to find these on the site, as I always assumed that the brand was aimed at a more mature customer, but lately I've spotted some really cool advertisements for the latest fashion collections, and have noticed some lovely pieces popping up on their site. Simply Be offers clothing from sizes 12 to 32, so sitting right on the edge being a size 10 to 12, I wasn't so sure I'd be able to pick anything up. I was pleasantly surprised though to see that my sizes were available in the items I chose!




Pretty Secrets Lottie Longline Wired White Bralette - here*
Naturally Close White Lace Shorts - here*
Figleaves Curve The Artistry Black Balcony Bra - here*
Figleaves Curve The Artistry Black Brazilian Briefs - here*


I chose two very different bras, one beautifully feminine in delicate white lace, that resembled a bralet in it's shape, and matching knickers. Then I also chose a black lace bra complete with strap detailing at the chest and rose gold hardware, and again went with the matching briefs. This one is something I could see looking amazing under a sheer black oversized tee, or worn with a loose low cut blouse so that the strap detail just peeks through. Obviously when I saw the rose gold I just couldn't say no - I have it  in my house, on my phone, my watch, glassware in my kitchen, in my make up bag, so why not have some on my underwear too?! 

Everything fits like a dream and is super comfortable to wear. I've been having a look on SimplyBe since these arrived and have been eyeing up some more pieces that may be making their way in to my collection soon, but first, I think I need to free up some space in that drawer!

C x

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

FRILL SEEKER

FRILL SEEKER
Saturday, January 14, 2017
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Every once in a while there's an item that grabs my attention so much that I just have to have it, and this Lost Ink dress was definitely one of those pieces! I'd been trawling the ASOS sale for much longer than acceptable and stumbled across this beautiful floaty number from one of my most favourite brands that I've recently discovered. Lost Ink seems to embody everything I love when it comes to fits, shapes, colours and details, and has become a firm favourite of mine in the past few months.



The dress is a girly dream yet it still has a cool vibe and a monochrome colour palette that makes it feel older and much more wearable than others I've seen in this style lately. The print, on first glance, looks like a generic floral design, but if you look closely you'll see a mixture of mushrooms and even teapots! I'm also obsessed with the design detail - not only does the frill detail go across the chest, but it also continues round the back and across the arms which gives the most amazing silhouette.


I wore this look on Boxing Day and it was just the right mix of informal and dressed up for our little family get-together, plus I've also worn it for work as it feels smart yet stylish without being over-the-top. Winning!


I've styled it here with a simple combo of my dreamy H&M boots, black opaque tights (because omg its cold) and a thin black choker, and personally I think that's all it needs. The dress can do all the talking! I know I'll be wearing this through the summer months too with bare legs and ankle boots, and on holiday in the evenings with some lovely lace up sandals.


Boots - H&M
Choker - Primark

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Have you bought anything from Lost Ink recently or spotted any other pieces that you think I would love?

 C x
Friday, January 13, 2017

4 EASY WAYS TO ACCESSORISE THIS WINTER

4 EASY WAYS TO ACCESSORISE THIS WINTER
Friday, January 13, 2017
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If you’re looking for a handful of ways to add some fun to your winter wardrobe, you’ve landed on the perfect blog post for you. Accessorising doesn’t have to be difficult or too expensive, so today, I’m covering just a few of the easiest ways you can give your standard winter wardrobe a twist for the new year. From furs capes to charm bracelets, I hope this gives you some fashion inspiration.



 1.     Make a feature of fur
Faux fur practically bursts out of the high street at this time of year, so no matter what your budget, finding colours and styles to suit you shouldn’t be too difficult. From simple scarfs and trimmed gloves, to full shawls and fur-lined capes, you’d be hard-pressed to ignore this classic accessory that will always add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your party dress. I would always recommend deep colours for furs, such as luxurious plum tones or midnight blues. This is an especially good way to accessorise an all-black party outfit, as it adds some dimension to an otherwise fairly flat look.

2.    
Layer up
Layering has been a huge trend all year, and it’s not going anywhere this winter as the temperatures drop, and we instantly reach out for the nearest piece of clothing. However, aside from layering knitwear, and swapping a typical coat for a fur gilet this winter, have you thought about layering your jewellery too? Whether it’s different colours and stones on your arm, or lots of different lengths and metals of necklaces, this can create a stunning effect for the simplest of outfits. There’s a huge selection of necklaces and charm bracelets over at the ChloBo website.



 3.     Rose gold
This is proving to be the colour of choice this season, as every shop is littered with sequins, glitter, heels and clutch bags that all focus around the soft tones of rose gold. If you’re opting for a tradition LBD for the office party, using layered rose gold bracelets and necklaces will give your outfit some colour as well as much needed sparkle. For an every-day look, you could pair your new charm bracelet with a rose gold watch and blush coloured clothing. 


4. Go for subtle colours
Some shades will always be useful to have in your winter wardrobe; camel browns, olive greens and soft beiges are true seasonal favourites. Plus, they’re very easy to mix and match with bolder, autumnal colours, such as bright reds and burnt oranges. Try to buy key pieces of clothing in these colours, so that your outfit will always be tied together. You could opt for a classic, long camel coat with some chestnut coloured boots, or opt for a short, forest green fur with charcoal grey knee boots. 

Do you have any more top tips for accessorising? I’d love to know if you have any ideas of your own for readers, so don’t forget to leave a comment in the section below…

SPORT MEETS SPARKLE

SPORT MEETS SPARKLE

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If you follow me on Instagram then you may have spotted a sneak peek of this outfit a couple of days ago! This has to be one of my favourite looks in a long time, partly because of how ridiculously comfy it is, but also because I've found a way of wearing one of my favourite items from the festive period that's typically worn for party season; sparkly culottes! 







The culottes are from Lily & The Lamplight, a brand set up by one of my super talented BFFs, and are made by hand in the UK. I wore them out at Christmas with a lace up long sleeved body and heels and they looked gorgeous, but I wanted to make sure I still got some wear out of them now that the party season is over. They're just too nice to be left hanging in the wardrobe!




I wore them with my new favourite tee from Reebok that I picked up in the ASOS sale for just £15, and tucked it in loosely for a relaxed feel. To go with the sports luxe feel I went with my most loved Adidas trainers. I LOVE how they look with the culottes, dressing them down perfectly. I also threw on my faux leather biker jacket to pull everything together and to contrast against the wide leg fit of the trousers, balancing out proportions.








To tie in with the party that is the glittery trousers and add another texture, I carried my faux fur bag that I got from Quiz earlier this year. It's the perfect size for day or night, and is subtle enough to go with absolutely everything, yet adds just the right amount of interest. I love clashing textures, and the faux fur against the shimmer of the trousers and the leather look jacket is a match made in heaven.



If you haven't checked out Lily & The Lamplight yet, then you definitely should! I'm all for girl power in the fashion industry and I'm so proud of my friend for making it on her own with amazing quality pieces that are made with love and care, and stand out from the crowd! You can check out her full collection here, where there will be some exciting new arrivals dropping in the not too distant future!



Biker Jacket - Zara
Trainers - Adidas Stan Smith
Bag - Quiz 


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Have you got any genius ways of styling festive partywear on this side of Christmas? How would you style these culottes?

C x
Thursday, January 12, 2017

SENSODYNE PRONAMEL | REVIEW

SENSODYNE PRONAMEL | REVIEW
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Suffering from sensitive teeth is no fun, let me tell you. I've had issues with my bottom teeth for a few years now - most of the time they're fine, but then every now and again I'll be enjoying some ice cream or a nice cold drink and BAM! There comes the sensitivity - a nasty little pain that sticks around and makes talking, eating and drinking feel rather unpleasant. I've been using Sensodyne for a while now as its the only thing that keeps this at bay, but never the Sensodyne Pronamel range, until now.

Sensodyne Pronamel is designed to protect the enamel of your teeth and combat the effects of acid wear. Being an avid (decaf) tea and coffee drinker, wine lover and fan of juices and fizzy drinks, I'm not really doing my teeth any favours, I think we can all agree! Weakening the outer layer of enamel can cause the teeth to look yellow, which is a big no, so I've been using the Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste, Toothbrush and Mouthwash religiously for a couple of weeks now. I've been really liking the toothbrush for a break from my electric one which can sometimes be a little harsh on my gums, and the mouthwash is a nice taste that doesn't overpower or leave that 'spicy' feeling that others do!

Now obviously this kind of thing doesn't show any immediate results, but what I have noticed is that my teeth feel much cleaner for longer, my mouth feels fresh thanks to the minty taste, but most importantly it's great to know that I'm now using something that not only makes my teeth feel clean and look brighter, but also protects them in the long run. I absolutely despise trips to the dentist thanks to bad experiences as a child, so anything to prevent visits there is a big plus in my books!!

Have you tried anything from the Sensodyne Pronamel range? What other products from Sensodyne would you recommend for a sensitive teeth sufferer like me?!


C x

Sunday, January 08, 2017

WINTER WARMERS

WINTER WARMERS
Sunday, January 08, 2017
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Some days, only a cosy coat and ridiculously sized scarf will do. This weekend has been so cold and wet and foggy, so naturally I decided to go outside.... Good one Claire! All in the name of keeping up my resolutions, I dragged Dan out to shoot some photos of my outfit, and it's one of my favourite combos of jeans, shirt and trainers for ultimate weekend comfort.




The coat is one that I picked up in the ASOS sale just before Christmas, after searching high and low for a camel coat for months. The ones I found were too fussy around the collar, too long or not the right fabric, but I spotted this boyfriend fit one with it's oversized cocoon shape at a bargain price and just had to have it. I've worn it so much already and love the way it looks with my huge Anthropologie scarf as the colours fit perfectly!


To add a bit of colour to the look I went for a trusty blue pinstripe shirt that I've had for a while now from Topshop, but these kind of shirts are always available on the high street. I love how it looks worked in to a casual look, as it usually only gets worn for the office! I paired the shirt with failsafe black skinny jeans and slipped on my favourite trainers, my Adidas Stan Smiths for added comfort and to add to the preppy tomboy style of the rest of the outfit.










I feel like I've been wearing these trainers to death lately, partly because I lived in heels over the Christmas break for all the festivities and my feet were ready for being closer to the ground, but also because they're just so easy to wear! I'm thinking of picking up a couple more versions of Stan Smiths over the coming months, especially for Summer, in baby blue to tie in with my blue obsession that I have right now, and maybe even a metallic pair!



Also something I want to talk about for a moment is how good Primark's jewellery collection is at the minute! You can't see it on many of these photos because, you know, scarf. But I'm wearing a tiny fine gold choker with a sweet little triangle on it and I love it so much! It was part of a pack of 5 or 6 chokers for a measly few pounds and I am so impressed. All of the designs I got look so much more expensive than they were, and I'm sure you'll be seeing all of them sooner rather than later!



Cocoon Coat - ASOS
Pinstripe Shirt - Topshop (similar here)
Skinny Jeans - Miss Selfridge
Trainers - Adidas
Scarf - Anthropologie

I'm now off to unwind ready for a busy week at work. Hope you've all had lovely weekends!

C x

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JOHN FRIEDA LUXURIOUS VOLUME COLLECTION | REVIEW

JOHN FRIEDA LUXURIOUS VOLUME COLLECTION | REVIEW

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Hands up if you have flat, limp, lifeless hair like me that is so ridiculously fine (not in a good way) with fly-aways x 156734! Well I may have found the solution to all of your hair woes. I've been test driving the Luxurious Volume Collection from John Frieda which has now got a shiny new look, and I think it could be love. I've been using the 7 day volume shampoo and conditioner for every wash (usually every two days) and the In Shower Treatment once a week, plus spritzing the Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion before drying and my hair has been LOVING it.
The shampoo and conditioner alone are great, and leave my hair feeling much more manageable and bouncy when blow dried, and I've also noticed even after straightening or curling, there's still more volume there than there would be with other products I have used, but when I use the In Shower Treatment that's when I can really see an improvement! I used this on New Years Eve before doing my usual blow dry and curl routine and the volume of my curls was insane! Usually after a few hours they start to drop and flatten around the crown of my head, but they stayed bouncy and luscious all night long, and even the day after!


Luxurious Volume Shampoo 250ml - £5.99 at Boots
Luxurious Volume Conditioner 250ml - £5.99 at Boots 
In Shower Treatment 100ml - £9.99 at Boots
Root Booster Blow Dry Spray 25ml - £1.99 at Boots

The only thing from the collection that I'm not so sure about is the blow dry spray - on a couple of occasions after using this my hair has become a little static, but this seems to only be when I straighten it. If I use this and simply blow dry or even go on to curl my hair, its absolutely fine and adds a nice extra boost of volume, particularly at the roots. I've never had this happen before when I use my straighteners, but for some reason this product (which I apply to damp hair before drying and styling) and my GHDs just don't get on! Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
When I don't use the straighteners though, it's brilliant, and I am loving the collection on the whole!


As you can see above, my hair is looking much bigger when it's straight after using the shampoo and conditioner. Usually after straightening my hair tends to go very flat at the roots and lacks shape, but now I've got volume and bounce in abundance!

Have you tried the Luxurious Volume collection?

C x


Saturday, January 07, 2017

ALL BLACK EVERYTHING

ALL BLACK EVERYTHING
Saturday, January 07, 2017
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Aloha lovelies and happy weekend! We made it through the first week back to work and that sure deserves a gin in my opinion! Before I settle down for chilled night of spaghetti and carbs in general, I thought I'd show you what I wore today, and a variation on my New Years Day outfit of choice. I got my hands on this pretty sweet shirt in the ASOS sale for £20 and I'm in love with it! I wore it on NYE with some pale wash Mom jeans and heels, but got it back out for another wear today with a slightly more casual slant. I actually bought it to wear for work but I think it's almost too nice for that! 






Today I styled it with some busted knee black mom jeans that are also from ASOS. These are the Farleigh jeans that I have in a couple of other colours, and I love the fit. They're half way between a boyfriend and skinny fit, and make the perfect off-duty jeans for days when I want something stylish but comfy at the same time. I also wore my favourite boots of all time, which are from H&M. I'm obsessed with ankle boots, but patent pointed ones are where it's at, and these with their buckle detailing are the dream. I pulled everything together with a simple black choker with circle detailing (which is probably the most basic af thing in my jewellery collection but I love it).


I adore how this outfit turned out and even in today's rain I was a happy bunny with no coat prancing around for these photos as I loved it so much. Looks like this are what I tend to gravitate towards a lot lately - a good pair of jeans, a loose fitting blouse and some killer boots, as they're just so easy to wear and simple to pull together. I actually picked up another of these floaty pyjama style blouses in a slightly different fabric and style with white and grey panels, which I'm sure you'll see soon enough in an outfit not too dissimilar to this one.

Blouse - ASOS
Jeans - ASOS
Boots - H&M
Choker - Primark

That's all from me today - I'm off to spend the evening on the sofa and enjoy the weekend!

C x

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