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31 January 2016

Casual Faded Denim

    Coat - New Look | Shirt - Primark | Jeans - Primark | Pumps - Asda | Bag - Kurt Geiger | Sunglasses - Peacocks |
 
 



I love dressing up, but I love dressing casual even more. I find casual wear lets you be more creative with layering. Laid back chic is definitely the way forward. SS16 will see us donning more denim and more neutral tones. I thought this casual outfit marred the two of the perfectly, making it not only warm, but bang on trend too.

If you haven't already guessed, this camel coat is my favourite jacket at the moment, it's so easy to wear and goes with everything. I kinda need want to get it in grey too. I love how it has the structured fit, but also the relaxed feel to it. It's so cosy which is a major plus given he weather we've been having!


I paired a crisp white shirt (that's actually longline, but I tied it up!) and distressed blue denim jeans to finish off the off duty look.


I really love this look and definitely want to get some more fashion posts up soon!



What SS16 trends are you looking forward to?

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27 January 2016

Our Stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel*


 Last weekend I was invited to Scarborough, to stay at the stunning Ox Pasture Hall, a country house hotel in Yorkshire. I jumped at the opportunity to be able to spend time with my partner in such mesmerizing surroundings. The approach to the hotel itself was beautiful, long winding roads steeped with lush, green countryside, I was in awe. We arrived around 2:30pm and we were warmly greeted at the reception desk. We then were led through two picturesque court yards, which would make ideal spots to relax in during summer,  to our luxury suite*.



 We were shown into our room and I was immediately blown away by how impeccable it was. With huge windows over looking the grounds, and pretty, rustic chandeliers, it was impressive. What I admired most about the room was the attention to detail, and how the décor fitted so perfectly with the surroundings. It definitely captured that luxury country feel.


 The first room you enter is the sitting room. The focal point of this room is definitely the view, I loved being able to look out over then pond and watch the geese in the morning. It had a lovely comfortable sofa, large TV, CD player and a well equipped Tea station. Again it was the sweet little touches that grabbed my attention, such as the bottles of water and the little bag of delicious fudge. It's these little touches that made our stay at Ox Pasture Hall so memorable.

 

Just off of the sitting room was the bedroom, which also featured a captivating view, alongside a huge king size bed. After the mandatory bed test I was delighted to discover not only an iron and proper ironing board, but also two white fluffy robes! It's safe to say they didn't stay in the wardrobe long!





 Last up is my favourite room, the luxury bathroom. It is dreamy, featuring not only a free standing, rainfall head shower, but also a deep glossy bathtub and twin sinks! As you can see I put the huge bath tub to good use and indulged in a sensationally relaxing bubble bath, it was nice to have a bath where the water actually covered you completely!

  Included in our stay was the chance to dine at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel's Courtyard Restaurant.
We were seated in the cosy bar, in front of a roaring open fire, whilst we perused the menu.








 We were taken into the dining area and presented with a lovely bottle of Prosecco on ice. We had chosen our three courses*, which were served promptly and piping hot, just the way we like it. For starters I chose the Vegetable Soup and my partner chose scallops, both of which were packed full of flavour. We were also given an accompaniment of freshly baked breads in the flavour fruit and nut, and cheese and chive. The cheese one was my favourite!

  For mains I opted for Whole Hartlepool Landed Lemon Sole, and the Mr chose the 8oz Rump Steak. My Sole came with Brown Shrimp, capers and potato dumplings. My palette is, what I would call, quite juvenile, in the sense that I can be a fussy eater! I was apprehensive as to whether I would like my main, but it was very delicious and full of flavour. The Mr vouched that his steak was exquisite, as he polished off his plate.

 Dessert came around, and it's my favourite part of any meal! I opted for Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Lemon Tart Ice Cream and Frozen Pina Colado. This was super sweet and tangy from the lemon and passion fruit, it was the perfect dessert to finish the meal.  My other half chose the classic, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce, which I may, or may not, have had a nibble of, and can happily say it's the best I've ever tasted! We Finished our Prosecco and headed back to our room for tea and bed.


 
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is situated in 17 acres of land, right on the North Yorkshire Moors. It's the perfect base for exploring- and dogs are welcome! Why not bring your furry friend along and enjoy strolling through the moors.
 
 If this doesn't whet your whistle, Scarborough Town is only 2 miles away, where you can pop in and out of the cute boutique stores, or take a walk along the pier with fish and chips in hand (Watch out for those seagulls!). We enjoyed walking along the beach up to the pretty colourful beach huts and finished the day with fish and chips at Winking Willies Famous Fish & Chip Shop.
 




 We decided to make a whole weekend out of the trip and also pay a visit to the pretty seaside town of Whitby, which is only a 20 minute drive from Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. We went up to the famous Whitby Abbey (make sure you have your walking shoes on, it's 199 steps up!) and saw the stretch of embankment where Dracula was said to have landed. Afterwards we went in search of more food! The Mr munched away on Scampi, whilst I had fish cake and chips! It was very much a weekend of indulgence in all senses of the word!



 Overall, we had the best weekend away. It was refreshing to escape from it all, enjoy nature and spend time together. I would highly recommend a stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, it is the perfect base for exploring, as well as being a brilliant hotel to relax in luxurious surroundings. The staff are all friendly and attentive and we loved the attention to detail the hotel has. We would definitely love to visit again, especially in summer, as I can imagine just how beautiful it would be to sit outside in those courtyards!
 
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*All Items marked with the asterisk were gifted to me. Opinions given are all my own.

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25 January 2016

MAC x Ellie Goulding Lipstick Review


  As soon as I saw that Mac had brought out a range of products in collaboration with Ellie Goulding I knew I had to get my hands on them. I'm a total lipstick fiend and knew that's what I had to buy.

  The special, limited edition packaging of the range is absolutely stunning. It features Ellie Goulding's signature printed in metallic, rose gold and is set against a classic, glossy, black casing. It's practically a bloggers dream.


After some deliberation I opted for 'Only You', which is a gorgeous cream sheen, in a nude, beige tone. If you follow me on Instagram, or have read my blog for a while, you will know that I'm more of a bold lip wearer. Neutrals only really grace my eyes and not my lips. However, I really wanted to find a nude lipstick for those days I don't want to have too dramatic make-up.

 I opted for 'Only You', as it wasn't a pale creamy nude, but more of a darker beige nude, which I believed would suit me much better. Having pale skin means finding a nude shade is actually quite difficult, as they can often make me look very drained. With this lipstick however I find it doesn't do that.



 The cream sheen finish of the lipstick leaves your lips feeling very moisturised and soft. It almost creates a gloss effect, which, after wearing mainly matte lipstick for the past few months, is a refreshing change!


 When applied to my lips the lipstick almost looks like a 'your lips but better' kind of shade. It looks natural and muted. On first application it is quite a sheer swash of colour, but it can be built up to achieve this pretty tone. It's a perfect lipstick for those of you who love a more fresh, natural finish to your make up.


Overall, I am really impressed with this lipstick. It wouldn't be my usual choice, and I have always been one to avoid nude tone lips. However, this has always been because I have never actually found a one that suits me. Now that I have found one though, it is definitely a look I will be sporting more often. I like how it makes me look very fresh faced and natural. It will also be the perfect lipstick for the upcoming spring and summer months.

What's your favourite nude lipstick?
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22 January 2016

Winter Weekend Break Essentials


 I'm travel obsessed, and have been fortunate enough to have visited quite a few beautiful cities,  because of this I have learnt to pack better. I wouldn't say I'm super efficient- a girl can never have too many outfit options! However, I am better than what I used to be.

 When it comes to packing for a winter break, practicality should rule over all. Which I know sounds pretty boring, but it's essential. I visited Edinburgh one September and in the Midlands it was still fairly warm, so I just packed a thin blazer jacket. Needless to say I made a dash to the nearest Primark to stock up on Jumpers! I now always check the weather of where I'm going before packing!


 Footwear is key, it's winter, it's highly likely to be raining. Think about what kind of activities you'll be doing, where are you going - city streets or country fields? I always like to take one pair of boots and one pair of flats for day time wear. I'd also recommend looking at the clothes you're packing and choose footwear that can be mixed and matched for all the outfits. Some of you brave babes may wear heels in snow but I'd be flat on the floor within seconds!



 A flask! Now I know this isn't what most people deem an 'essential' when packing, but I find them so useful, especially in winter. Most hotel rooms have their own tea stations where you can make your own drinks as you please, if you're in a rush you can use this to fill up your flask and off you go, hot drink in hand. It saves you stopping at the nearest Starbucks, although the temptation is still there...


 Warm accessories; hats, gloves, scarves. These not only help keep you warm but they also can really put together an outfit. Plain tee and jeans? pop on a thick, snuggly scarf and bowler hat for instant chic. I like to take a felt floppy hat and a cosy bobble hat. One keeps my head warm the other keeps my face dry! Win, Win really?

 Also if you're not taking a hooded jacket, I recommend remembering your umbrella! It's one of the first things I pop into my handbag when going anywhere, even in summer!


Pretty Lingerie. Again not high on many peoples essential list, but I find that winter weekend breaks usually see me wearing an array of snuggly knitwear whilst I frolic about in the rain. Even in winter it's nice to wear something pretty, feminine and dare I say a bit sexy. Well sexier than that large knitted jumper I've just stuffed wildly into my case!

 So these are my not so conventional winter weekend essentials, of course you have your usual subjects- toiletries, underwear etc. But these are my little extra something's that I find handy on trips and hope you will too!

What are your trip essentials?


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20 January 2016

How To Make A Mint Chocolate Smoothie


 I started my #sheddingforthewedding health kick on New Year's Day (I know, all the clichés!). However, I have managed to stick very firmly to it this year, and dare I say, I'm actually enjoying it! I've been experimenting with new healthy food and have a few delicious recipes up my sleeve, keep an eye out for them!

  For the first delicious instalment I thought I would share this sweet, Mint Chocolate Smoothie. It's all kinds of tasty, and actually fairly good for you too!

You Will Need:

- Low Fat Natural Yogurt (always check the sugar content)
- One cup of Semi-skimmed/Skimmed Milk
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- One Frozen Banana (I pop mine in the freezer the night before)
- Dark Cocoa Powder



That's all that's in it! Peel and chop up your banana, wash your mint leaves and Pop all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until nice and smooth. Depending on how you like your smoothies add more yogurt for a thicker consistency, or more milk for a lighter consistency.

I use the Breville Blend Active and would highly recommend it, I got it in the Argos sale for roughly £20 but I've seen them in quite a few other places too. It's quick and very powerful, no lumps if you don't want them!



 Enjoy as a scrumptious filling breakfast, or as a rejuvenating post work-out snack. I love making smoothies and can't wait to share a few more of my favourites with you - peanut butter did I here you say?

Will you be trying out this smoothie?
Let me know what your favourite smoothie flavours are!

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17 January 2016

How To Style The Faux Fur Gilet

Gilet:Peacocks | Shirt:Peacocks | Jeans:New Look | Boots:New Look | Bag:Kurt Geiger
 
 
There's something about faux fur that makes any old outfit look luxe. I spotted this gem of a gilet in Peacocks and thought it was the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe. I imagined the many ways it could be styled;  layered with jeans and a tee for casual days or slunk over a staple black dress for a super glam evening look. It was because of this I practically ran to the counter with it. As well as looking good, the faux fur gilet also helps give you a bit of extra warmth for those colder days that you don't want to wear a big coat.
 
 I chose to pair it with a long line, split side, monochrome shirt, which I adore. It's very flattering as it skims over all the right places and hangs loosely over the hips. This makes it so comfortable to wear. Monochrome will always be my go to colour palette as it looks good all year round and never really goes out of fashion.
 
 The Blue Denim Contrasts perfectly with the monochrome and these skinnies by New Look are uber comfortable. They are very stretchy, making them easy for day time wear and you don't feel restricted or uncomfortable. They practically feel like a second skin.
 
  I had been looking for some knee length brown boots for a while, but because I have big calves I found it difficult to get some that I could zip all the way up. These stunning boots from New Look have elasticated sides, meaning they are the perfect fit - and I can put on some warm thick socks too! They are currently my favourite boots and I like to wear them with jeans, skirts and dresses.
 
  For accessories I chose a statement black and gold necklace, which I believe compliments the tones in my outfit well. I also picked my new beige Kurt Geiger Bag, which has pretty gold hardware and is very structured. For my lips I opted for a wintery deep berry purple.
 
 
What do you think of Faux Fur Gilets?
 
 


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