Sunday, 23 November 2014

LUSH | Granny Takes A Dip

Granny Takes A Dip - £3.35 | link

I am a huge fan of LUSH and I think everyone around this time of year loves to take a wonder through their scent filled stores. I'm not any different, I always find myself making multiple purchases and online orders. The final picture is actually from the first Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb that I used and the other pictures are from the second one that I used this weekend. As you can see, the patterns of pretty colours differs from every bath product which I love. Mine does look like it has leprosy or something as it got damp and dried to this funny dotted print, however it didn't effect the product at all.

The first time I used it, I knew I would be repurchasing it as it just smells amazing. With a mixture of ginger oil, black pepper oil and lemon oil, it's a strange combination but smells so lovely. It fills the bathroom and the scent lingers on the skin for a little while after as well.

I love the gorgeous colours of this bath bomb and how the colours stream out layer by layer, it looks so pretty in the water. The blue, pink, green and orange all mix together to leave the bath a beautiful deep pink/purple shade. The water is super moisturising and my skin is left feeling really soft.

Granny Takes A Dip is on the high end of the bath bomb budget at £3.35 however it is a hefty size and took a good 5 minutes to do it's magic. I love this bath bomb and will definitely be buying a third!

Have you used this bath bomb? What are your thoughts?

Friday, 21 November 2014

Love Stories | Love Lace Bralette

Love Lace Black Bralette - £48.00 | link

Back in the summer I was completely obsessed with lace bralettes, I wanted to own every single one that I found. I just love how feminine and pretty they are and since I wasn't blessed in the breast department, they are so comfortable and surprisingly, they give me a little shape too. 

Whilst looking on my favourite store the other night, Next, I stumbled across this beautiful black lace bralette from the brand Love Stories. I haven't heard of them before and I have never seen them for sale on Next. I fell in love and somehow it ended up on my doorstep the next day....strange how that happens....

The Love Lace black bralette has such gorgeous lace detailing all the way around the cup area, it looks so beautiful on. Even though it's not wired, the thick elasticated band gives great support and doesn't ride up. It's so incredibly comfortable. I much prefer wearing these types of underwear to bras now. I find that wired or supportive bras dig in and hurt me, I have been measured and I'm wearing the correct size, but I find bralettes are just so much better for me. I also love the look of a v-neck tee, or loose top with the lace poking out a little, so pretty!

Unlike most bralette's that you have to pull over your head, that does get annoying, this one has a bra-like clasp at the back which is so much better. With double-strap detail and a little label with "LS" written in gold thread, there really isn't anything to say thats bad regarding presentation, just stunning.

I love the cute little draw-string bag that the bralette came in and will continue to keep it in there so it doesn't get ruined or caught on anything. I can't get over how beautiful it is, I love it and will most definitely be going back for more!

Have you tried any underwear from Love Stories?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Brand Focus | Fiorelli

I have always been a handbag girl, I always used to buy mine from River Island and Topshop and probably bought a new one every season. I would use them for a bit and then sell them on eBay and buy my next one. Crazy I know. Recently I have fallen head over heels for the brand Fiorelli. I've always known about this brand, I just never thought about buying any bags from them. 

Recent Debenhams trips and surfing, I came across some styles that I just couldn't say no too. I don't know about you, but do you feel the need to own a bag in tan, black, big, small...etc...or is that just me?!

My most recent purchases are the Riva Mini Tote Black Mix and the Stella Large Zip Around Purse. I have loads of huge bags that can fit everything but the kitchen sink in and found this gorgeous mini tote for the days when I don't fancy bench pressing a huge bag all day. I love the combination of fabrics on the bag, faux leather on the front and back and a kind of suede on the sides. The gold hardware and logo look really pretty too. Considering it's a mini sized bag, it still fits in all of my essentials. I've just seen this in full size which is so dangerous as it's so beautiful but I just can't justify another black bag already. 

The purse wasn't a necessity however my current purse which I have is so scratched now. My lovely friend bought it for me a couple of birthdays ago, i'm still going to keep it but decided to get a new one in black. This way I can drop it all I like and you won't notice any scratches....hopefully. 

The only tan bag I have ever owned. I originally saw this in black, but they only had tan available on but now I actually prefer this colour. The Mani Tote is relatively big with a zip closure. It has so much room inside that I can still fit my 13" MacBook Air in and still have tonnes of room left. I've used this the most so far out of all the big bags and although they say you can't wear black and brown together, I do. I don't really listen to that rule anymore, I like the two shades together. 

The Kenzie Tote bag sadly isn't available online anymore but it was the first Fiorelli bag I bought. It's a great size that can fit a lot of things in. The only issue I have with this one is that the opening doesn't open as wide as the others but it's still a great bag overall. 

The Perry Crossbody bag has received the most love. I used this pretty much all over summer, on holiday and whenever I go out and just need to take a couple of things with me. I love how small and compact it is and even full to the brim, it keeps it's shape. The purse that slots in the back is fab and it fits loads of cards in and I was using this as my actual purse at one point. Sadly again, this bag isn't available online anymore but they do have lots of new different crossbody styles here.

Fiorelli is definitely a brand I will continue to love for many years. They may not be the cheapest of bags, but they are definitely excellent quality and are great investments. I do look after my things quite well but all these bags look as good as new. Excellent quality and design.

What's your favourite handbag brand?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Daily Look | LBD "Day to Night" Looks

I'm a regular visit to DailyLook as I love to see the items they have for sale. It's a website that is always being mentioned by YouTuber's (I know the site from Ingrid) however I've never bought from them sadly. A couple of days a go they contacted me and asked if I would like to create two different looks using one of their little black dresses and I decided I would. It's always fun to put outfits together. Chic is my day look, cute sophisticated but still pretty and then Edgy is my night look. I love to grunge things up a bit and I am so obsessed with the boots and dress that I chose. 

For my "Day to Night" look I chose the beautiful Dakota Rylin dress, the lace detailing at the back of the dress is just beautiful and it's exactly what I would buy to wear. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the dress to base my outfit ideas round.

Keeping things cute and simple with a pastel coloured coat and flats for more appropriate daywear. And since it's now winter, I of course had to add a chunky knitted scarf to keep warm.

To change the look to a more evening appropriate look I went straight to the edgy side of things. I love ankle boots and these ones are just perfect for an edgy evening look. Add some wooly tights to keep your pins warm as well. Pair everything with an assortment of rings and a studded bag, you're good to go!

Which style is your favourite? Chic or Edgy?

*Images created using Style Sets.

Friday, 14 November 2014

6 Months

Today marks the six months anniversary since my Grandma passed away. If you read my This Isn't Goodbye post, you will know that my Grandma loved to read my blog and suggest posts for me to write. I feel that writing a piece for her is kind of like my tribute for her. 

The past six months has been incredibly tough, not going to sugar coat it, it sucks. I still look through her living room window and expect to see her sitting in her chair doing a crossword puzzle, or to walk into the living room and see her sitting next to her ironing pile fast asleep.

I have mentioned in the past about my brother and cousin's project, "Lift" a short film that my brother wrote, starred in and directed and my cousin was cameraman and composed the music. Anyway, the music was played at my Grandmas's funeral and I listen/watch the film all the time as it reminds me of her. It was filmed in her house and the story just fits now. I still can't get through the whole piece without crying, even as I write this, I am listening to it and crying. It's such a beautiful piece and she loved it. 

I look around my work and see christmas or birthday cards with "Grandma" on that I know she would have loved. Last week Classic FM was playing and all I could think of was her humming along in the kitchen as she made dinner or washed up. 

I try and visit her every weekend if I can, lay down some new flowers. Christmas is fast approaching us and I dread the day we sit down at the table for Christmas dinner and her seat is empty. They say as time goes by, it gets easier. It doesn't get easier, you just learn to except that the person you love isn't here any longer. There isn't anything you can do about it, you can't change it, you just have to keep moving on. The tears will become less and less but the heart ache stays the same. It's not as raw as it was at the beginning but it's still there. She wouldn't want me crying all the time, she would want me to be happy, but sometimes you just need to let it out.

I said to Brent, "Do you think she's made friends with Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams?" and he just laughed and replied, "Probably". Knowing her friendly and chatty ways, she would be friends with everyone up there. If there is such a place, I don't really know, I like to believe she's watching over us all, it's reassuring. 

Not a day goes by that I don't think of her,  I miss her more and more every single day. Loosing someone is just exhausting for the mind and soul, but I will try my best to make her proud.

I miss you, and your amazing tea.
Love you Nanma,


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