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AW16 WISH LIST

So I know that Summer isn't over yet (let's be honest. it's hardly even begun) but with September edging closer I can't stop thinking about my Autumn wardrobe and all the lovely pieces hitting the rails that would look amazing hanging up on mine! Here's what I'm dreaming off for the new season...
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Usually I\d turn to dark denim for the colder months, but there's something about paler washes that I think looks so good teamed with chunky knits and oversized sweaters. There's a couple of pairs I've got my eye on from Zara and Whistles that are the perfect relaxed fit and shade. I'd pair these with soft grey printed tees and embroidered monochrome jackets to dress them up, or with baggy printed sweatshirts and pastel trainers for off duty days!
Something I also want to stock my wardrobe up with is some A line skirts, and I've fallen head over heels for a striped Zara number which would look perfect paired with a relaxed grey jumper tucked in, and a pair of pointed ankle boots for the finishing touch. I've got my eye on some beautiful accessories too, like Western inspired leather belts, pastel beanie hats and the most amazing leopard print boots!

Dare I say it? Bring on Autumn!!

What's made it to the top of your new season shopping lists?

Claire x

WHAT I WORE ON HOLIDAY

So I've been home from our holiday for nearly a month now (sob) and I realised I still hadn't posted any photos of my outfits what with the whirlwind of excitement since we got home! If you know anything about me, you'll know that one of my favourite things about going away is shopping for some new outfits to wear in the sunshine, and I sure did stock up on some perfect pieces. I thought I'd show you a handful of the looks I wore/remembered to photograph, even though it's giving me the biggest holiday blues!
Sunglasses - H&M // Off Shoulder Top - Lily & The Lamplight // Tassel Shorts - Primark // Sandals - Primark


Sunglasses - New Look // Two Piece Set - Boohoo // Metallic Sliders - H&M


Sunglasses - Black Five // Off Shoulder Top - Lily & The Lamplight // Denim Shorts - H&M 

Sunglasses - Shana // Lace Bell Sleeve Top - Lily & The Lamplight // Black Bikini - Very // Printed Shorts - Lily & The Lamplight


Left: Pleated Dress - Topshop // Drawstring Bag - H&M // Choker - Lily & The Lamplight
Centre: Knitted Camisole - Primark // Striped Trousers - H&M // Heels - Daisy Street // Clutch - Mulberry
Right: Crop Top - Shana // Culottes - Shana // Lace Up Sandals - ASOS // Choker - Lily & The Lamplight

You've probably noticed that a lot of my holiday wardrobe came from Lily & The Lamplight, which is a lovely brand of vintage inspired clothing, all designed and made by one of my fabulous friends (and bridesmaids!), Steph. She's super talented and her pieces are beautiful, so I'd definitely recommend checking her website out. She can also do bespoke orders, so if you don't see what you're after, just drop her a line and she will work her magic!

Seeing these photos again has given me a huge urge to get away again, but that will have to wait until our next adventure in 2017! Hopefully the sun sticks around here a little longer so I can pull some of these back our of my wardrobe and wear them all over again.

What are your Summer holiday fashion favourites? For me it's off the shoulder tops, high waisted shorts and super cute accessories!

Claire x

WE'RE ENGAGED!

So I may have been a little MIA recently, but it's all for one very exciting reason! If you follow my social media accounts you will probably have already seen the news, but if  not, then here it is! Whilst we were away on our holidays, Dan got down on one knee and popped the question, and I'm sure by now you've guessed that I of course said yes!!
Dan and I have been together for ten whole years now, and on our anniversary, on the beautiful sandy beach whilst out for a stroll in the morning sun, he asked me to marry him, and made me cry like the biggest baby for an embarrassing amount of time. I was a huge blubbering wreck and full of happy tears, so much so that any photos taken afterwards had to be changed to black and white to hide the blotchy cheeks of my makeup-less face (attractive). Aside from the mess that is me, the proposal was absolutely perfect, the ring is a beauty and I couldn't have asked for him to do it in a more stunning place. He knows me so well!

It's been such a magical few weeks and I literally could burst with happiness. Telling our friends and families has been amazing and emotional after keeping it a secret for almost two weeks whilst we were away (don't ask me how - I was ready to burst after a couple of hours and told anyone who would listen on holiday because I was that excited).


I can't wait to get stuck in to the planning. We already have an idea of where we would like it to take place, and my Pinterest board is out of control (I won't lie, it has been for years) but I won't be making it public just yet as I'd like to keep things to just us for a little while whilst we get the wheels in motion. We won't be getting married until 2018 as there's a lot of saving to do, so nearer the time I will let you all in on what our plans are, and when things draw closer I'll definitely be doing some wedding planning posts to show you things we love and things we buy or make for the big day, but for now we're just enjoying our news!

To those of you who already knew and have left us such kind comments, thank you for all the love! 

Claire x

VICHY DERMABLEND 3D CORRECTION | REVIEW

One of my favourite make up brands has to be Vichy. I always end up going back to their Dermablend foundation and it's probably the only one I've repurchased time and time again, as it's kind to my combination, sensitive skin, it covers stubborn blemishes and leaves my skin looking fabulous! When I heard there was a new kid on the Vichy Dermablend block though, I just had to give it a whirl!
The new Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation is designed for acne-prone or problem skin, and is formulated to act as numerous products in one to cover, correct and improve the skin's appearance and texture. 
In comparison to the regular Dermablend foundation, this one is slightly thicker in consistency, which I didn't think I would like, but after using these for a couple of weeks now I actually prefer. A little goes a long way, and a pea sized amount does my entire face. I'd obviously describe this as high coverage, as it's designed to cover up blemishes, and it does that really well. I'd also say this one has a slightly more matte finish than the original Dermablend, which again, I prefer as I can get an oily T-Zone as the day wears on.


I'm super impressed with this product, as I always am with Vichy! I love how it does exactly what it promises to, and I also love the sleek matte packaging that gives it a more premium feel. It is on what I'd describe as the mid-high price level at £21.50 for a 30ml tube, but I'd say if you suffer with problematic skin and want to try something that would offer you high coverage but not clog the skin or make you feel as though you are caked in layers of make up, I'd hugely recommend it.

Have you tried anything from the Dermablend range?

Claire x


THE FRAGRANCE SHOP - RADIANT EAU DE PARFUM | REVIEW

It's not often that a perfume comes along that I fall in love with. I can count on one hand my absolute all time favourites, and until a couple weeks ago, Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess would have been close to the top of that list. Then a friend pointed me in the direction of The Fragrance Shop where this new release had just landed, and oh my goodness! Radiant Eau De Parfum is an exact, if not better, dupe of Bronze Goddess, and as die hard fans may know, the Estee Lauder version is an Eau De Toilette, meaning a lighter, less powerful fragrance that doesn't last that long on the skin.

The best thing though? The price. A 100ml bottle of Bronze Goddess would set you back £50.00 (plus it's limited edition, so can be a tricky one to get hold of!) whereas the Radiant perfume from The Fragrance Shop is a much more affordable £30.00 for the same size bottle, and a more concentrated fragrance.
So, if you're in the market for a new holiday scent or just love the coconut-ty goodness of Bronze Goddess yet want something more affordable, then I'd definitely recommend getting yourself a bottle of this. They also do a men's version which is incredible, and a shimmering body oil that would be perfect to accentuate bronzed holiday skin.

Have you tried Radiant yet? Are you a fan of Bronze Goddess?

Claire x






FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS WITH HOME BARGAINS

If like me you were sat sobbing at the TV during Adele and Coldplay at Glastonbury last weekend (or if you were lucky enough to be there!) you'll be itching to get yourself to a festival this Summer! The lovely folk at Home Bargains hooked me up with their Summer survival kit that comes in at less than £14.00, perfect for festivals, holidays or a spot of camping, full of all the essentials whether knee deep in mud in the fields or sunbathing on the beach!
Volume Eyelashes, 89p: Perfect for a touch of low maintenance festival glamour, these embellished false lashes mean you can ditch the mascara and dance the night away come rain or shine without worrying about the dreaded panda eyes!

Face & Body Wipes, Deodorant Wipes, both 39p & Handy Wipes, 79p: An absolute must for any festival goer, these handy wipes fit easily in your backpack, bumbag or beach bag and are great for freshening up on the go.

Trilby Hat, £1.99: This pretty take on the classic trilby absolutely screams festival, and is great for hiding on those bad hair days and protecting your head from the rays (if you're lucky enough to be in the sunshine!)
Pocket Tissues, 12p: If you're a major hayfever sufferer like me and sneezing every five minutes has become the norm, then these are an absolute must, plus they'll come in handy in the porta-loos! 

Sunglasses, £1.99: If there's ever a time of novelty sunglasses, then it's definitely the festival scene. Cover up those tell-tale eye bags from late nights and shield your eyes from the sun with these fun heart shaped numbers with pretty daisy detailing.

Welly Socks, £1.99: This has to be one of the best ideas ever! These welly socks are the perfect length to keep your legs warm and dry underneath those all important wellies and are thick and fluffy to make sure your boots don't rub your feet.

Floral Headband, £1.49: A festival wouldn't be a festival with a floral crown! This pink rose headband is an absolute steal, and will keep your hair looking fabulous with minimal effort.


Dry Shampoo, 79p: Every festival goers secret weapon; pop a bottle of this in your bag and have fresh hair without washing!

Cooler Bag, £1.99: Perfect not only for festivals, but also for picnicking in the summer months, this cool bag is a handy size for carrying food and drinks for your in-tent snack stash.

Supersize Body Wipes, 79p: We all know that showers don't really happen at festivals, other than the rain kind that is. These Superzise body wipes fold out to the size of a towel, so are great for freshening up on the go.

Total: £13.61

What would you recommend to anyone heading to a festival this year? Have you got any top tips?

Claire x

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