Friday, 24 April 2015

WHEN YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY

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Even with the most positive mindset I think that it's only human to have a few bad days every now and then. I've had my fair share of bad days recently, here's a few things I like to do to lift my mood:

~ Have a Lush bath - Avobath (which contains uplifting lemongrass and bergamot oils) is great for morning baths, Twilight (infused with calming lavender oils) for evening baths.
~ Paint your nails with Essie glitter.
~ Read Harry Potter/your favourite book.
~ Indulge on your favourite treat - strawberries, doughnuts, chocolate, macaroni cheese & pizza.
~ Look up at the sky/stars.
~ Breathe.
~ Watch this video.
~ ...or your favourite feel good film, for me it's The Holiday, every time.
~ Drink hot chocolate topped with cinnamon and marshmallows (I love these vegetarian ones)
~ Have a pamper evening.
~ Write a gratitude list - 10 small everyday things that you're grateful for.
~ Exercise - even if its dancing along to the radio with the curtains closed!
~ Go outside.
~ Or stay in and get lost on Pinterest for hours.
~ Build a fort and fill it with fairy lights.
~ Watch Friends, laugh a lot.
~ Call someone.
~ Remember this - nothing is/has to be permanent. 

What are your tips for a bad day?
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A NEW SPRING SCENT - MARC JACOBS DAISY DREAM

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Review
I've been lusting after Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream for the longest time now, it has the most beautiful bottle scattered with little daisies and I've read countless positive reviews about the scent. I couldn't contain my excitement when I found Daisy Dream nestled on my pillow as a surprise and such a thoughtful gift from Alex, I spritzed it on straight away.

With notes of blackberry, jasmine, blue wisteria, pear and coconut water, it's such lovely scent that's perfect for spring. I normally gravitate towards sweet or spicy scents but this floral, fruity fragrance is  just beautiful. It has a slight hint of musk and smells delicate, warm, airy and light.

I wore Daisy Dream to a spring wedding and I can imagine that it will also be such a perfect scent for dining al fresco on light spring/summer evenings. It's breezy and girly yet slightly sophisticated making it also a great all round fragrance for everyday wear. 

Aside from the incredibly dreamy bottle which has taken pride of place on my dressing table, this has to be one of the nicest perfumes that I own. It's not overpowering on the skin and lingers for hours. It's my new favourite fragrance for the warmer months and will be a definite repurchase when I finish this bottle!


Have you tried Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream?
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Sunday, 19 April 2015

WHAT'S ON MY DESK THIS SPRING

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Here are a few things that have been on my desk this spring. I've added some decorative touches to brighten up the space and I've switched out the darker winter shades for something a little more bright and colourful.

Rifle Paper Co Cards: I picked up a few of these beautiful cards in Waterstones, I've been looking for some pretty postcards to pin up and they're such lovely designs. I love the way that they look on my wall, I just need to get some nice frames or pretty washi tape for them now!

Jo Malone Perfume Sample Cards: After visiting a Jo Malone counter for the first time last weekend I came away with three scent sticks that I misted with Nectarine blossom & Honey, Blackberry & Bay and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. I've fallen in love with the Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne, its such a fresh scent and different to any other perfume that I own!

Berries: My current favourite snack, I always try and have some berries in the fridge as they're packed full of antioxidants, vitamin C and fibre. As the weather gets warmer I like something sweet, light and fresh to snack on throughout the day and I just can't get enough of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries at the moment.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir: This refreshing spray contains organic balm mint, rosemary, grape, rose and orange blossom to smooth the skin and give the complexion a burst of radiance. I've been spritzing this on my skin daily to help give my skin back a healthy glow after the dull winter months.

Essie Cute As a Button Nail polish: This pretty coral pink nail polish is one of my favourite shades, it's been brightening my nails and desk this spring.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu: A slick of this dreamy blue toned pink lipstick brightens up any make up look and has been close to hand on my desk this month. It works so well for the warmer months and can be worn as a bold pink lip or dabbed on and rubbed in as a pretty pink stain to the lips. See it swatched here.

What's on your desk this Spring?
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Friday, 17 April 2015

FIVE THINGS I'VE BEEN READING THIS WEEK

1. Cameron Diaz The Body Book: I've flicked through this book countless times in Waterstones and after spotting it for only £4 in The Works I snapped up a copy straight away. It's full of interesting and detailed information about nutrition, fitness and the body. I love Cameron and I've learnt so much from this book already, I can hear her voice in the way that it's written, it portrays such a positive message and I find myself nodding along as I'm reading!

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass: I've nearly finished the whole series in less than a week. It's completely captured me and I've found myself reading into the early hours just to find out what happens next! The book is a captivating dystopian fairytale about 35 girls competing to win a Prince's love, it's a really easy and enjoyable read.

3. Blogs – I've been making Nouvelle Daily's delicious and creamy banana ice cream flavours, getting Honeymoon inspiration (and serious Wanderlust) from reading Rosie's Maldives posts and I've been lusting after the Christopher Kane for Nars collection (especially the outer limits eyeshadow!) on temptalia.

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – I'm just re-starting the third (and probably my favourite) book of the series; Sirius, Animagus, Firebolts, Hippogriffs and Time turners 

5. The Glam Guide by FleurDeForce – This is a great guide that's full of amazing beauty, fashion and lifestyle tips. It's such a nice coffee table book that's packed with so much information. There's everything from beauty ingredients, make up guides and fashion tips to smoothie recipes and to how to read your dreams. 

What have you been reading this week?
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

AN ASH JALOUSE DUPE

I've been after a pair of Ash Jalouse boots for a while now, each year in early autumn my finger hovers over the checkout button before I reluctantly click off, not wanting to fork out £155 for a pair of boots.

Last week, I spotted these beautiful New look boots. They look so similar, if not identical in style to the Ash jalouse boots, they're a lot more affordable, come in a darker shade of black (which I love) and are currently in the sale for just £14! 

They also go down to a size 2, I find it so hard to find shoes in my size and so snapped them up straight away! They feel comfortable to walk in so far, the heel isn't too high for everyday wear and I know these will become a firm staple in my autumn/winter wardrobe.

I can't wait to wear these, it's not too hot outside yet and so I'll still be able to get some wear from them until the weather gets warmer and then I'll tuck them safely away for Autumn/Winter. I think they will work perfectly with black tights, a skater skirt and a cosy knit, also with leggings or Topshop leigh jeans. I'm so glad I've finally found the perfect pair of boots! 
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