January Mini Haul

In an attempt to try and save some money this month, just a mini haul to keep my fashion habit fueled. Some great basic's with a couple of sale bargains mixed in, whilst I am trying to hang on for the new season stock to come in before spending my hard earned pennies.

1. Hard case humbug striped clutch £19.99 New Look 
Perfect size and a great variation on a traditional clutch, saw this on Llymrs YouTube channel/blog and had to buy it. Surprisingly roomy for such a small bag.

2. Textured Insect sweatshirt, with exposed zip £12.99 H&M
Fell in love with this print the moment I saw it, originally on trousers which did not suit, glad it was also used on a great casual day piece. Great textured fabric and the print is very different.

3. Statement necklace £12 and long leaf pendant £4 Accessorize
Can never resist sale jewels - a bold statement piece with a beautiful mix of colours and a simpler leaf pendant, great as all my long necklaces seem to have disappeared.

4. Watercolour floral longline jacket £22 ASOS
My favourite sale item. Amazing print, great shape and perfect for layering both now and the approaching warmer seasons - have worn this week with a striped tee and jeans. Also a great price, down from I think £45.

5. Bright bead necklace £3 Primark
Not much you can get for only £3 these days but this necklace is great and an unusual colour combination for me, saw on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago and was pleased to find just as nice in the flesh.

6. Fashion print T-shirt £7 Primark
Great slogan tee, perfect for me. Was going to use for my zumba class but too pretty for sweat!

7. Oxblood Pony skin cross body bag £22 Dorothy Perkins
A replacement to an old faithful that finally fell apart, my favourite colour and the pony skin texture is a modern twist to a relatively simple item.

8. Slouchy cropped tee £16 ASOS
Great for lounging, and I couldn't resist the slogan.

9. Coconut and vanilla cream Candle £2.50 Primark
A new discovery - gorgeous smelling candles at a fantastic price. Had to resist the urge to buy all the scents, but chose this one, love hints of vanilla.

Would love to know what you have indulged in this month? 

My December

This year is all about new Christmas traditions - new house, new traditions, especially as this is our first year hosting the big day.

* So starting as we mean to go on - advent calendars. Cadbury Dairy Milk for the humans and weird green kitty treats for little Willow (who still has half the windows to eat even though it is now Jan). * It really is the most wonderful time of the year! * New festive Pj's (Primark long sleeved top and fair-isle Sainsburys bottoms) have to open pressies in an appropriate outfit. 
* Amazing light up star decoration, i couldn't resist. Paperchase gold and white paper chains covered in stars and stripes, which filled a Sunday afternoon with hysterics as hubby has never made paperchains before (sad!) and my beautiful tree - purple and silver with a dash of white, with one sad looking star that Willow chose to love and now looks a little sad with a hole in. 
* My boss knows me so well - yummy chocs and a bottle of bubbly, although not your run of the mill flavours, oh no - mint and strawberry and hot hot chocolate with chilli which burns the mouth, to name a few. * Christmas shopping isn't complete without a trip to the Disney store and this year a cuddle with Olaf! and some much needed DVD purchases for my collection - i am a bit of a Disney lover and was excited to see these on offer in HMV, a couple of classics and a modern favourite.

Think i may be a little obsessed with burgundy/oxblood!!!

* New high neck top from Topshop - sleeveless and longline, perfect with skinny jeans and boots. Will be a nice transitional spring item too. * Mixing it up for work with my new ASOS heart clutch bag, teamed with my grey M&S drop hem dress and ankle boots. This bag is amazing, oversized and large enough to fit in all my daily essentials, with a gorgeous gold magnetic heart fastening - £25, still on the site if you fancy a treat LOVE and the black version is currently in the sale too. * Another bag purchase a simple cross body bag from Dorothy Perkins, perfect for those hand free days, gold detailing and a touch of pony skin for some added luxury. * This month's delivery - My Little box in collaboration with Fleur de Force (my favourite youtuber with those most adorable sausage dog puppy), with more delightful goodies inside - click here for a peak inside - roll on the January box. * A small collection of "me" gifts this month, most of which you have already seen but also a fab little humbug clutch from New Look and my favourites of the month, my Pom Pom shoes from Topshop which you may have seen in my November post, so comfy and versatile even in the colder months. * The latest collection of street style inspiration on my Pinterest boards - a mix of snuggle and sparkle, which sums up December for me, check out the link for more. * My indulgent purchase from Topshop (present to me from me) this gorgeous furry cardigan, with a faux fur collar. I was instantly drawn to the amazing print and mix of colours but was put off by the price - £65 was a bit of a shock, so originally i walked away and didn't buy, but after 3 weeks of dreaming about it i gave in and managed to track one down (sold out online), and so glad i did as i haven't stop wearing it since, the perfect thickness for the office and so comfy over both jeans and dresses. Styled for work with a little lace detail dress and ankle boots.

Its Christmas!!!!!!

* Love this man sooooo much and was very impressed with the amazing spread he put on for the family, it was a raving success (he has been booked to do it all again next year), although bless him, he did feel the pressure cooking for three women who have been doing this for 20+ years!!! . * Family selfie before dessert. * Just a couple of my gifts - my mum knows me so well, a fabulous shopping bag (slogan so true) and a sparkly slipper with a mini bottle of Rose. The wine didn't last very long but the shoe has taken pride of place on my dressing table with my make up brush pot in it. Plus from my sister the book i have been very excited to read - as a footwear buyer i do have an obsession for all things shoe related and this book will be an interesting read (plus who doesn't love a good pair of flats these days). * Dressed up for the cold - my winters day uniform: jeans, UGG boots, jumper, coat and blanket scarf plus a fedora or bobble hat. * Snow day outfit - all the previous with UGG's switched out for my stunning lilac Hunter wellingtons, which were needed for the snow we got on Boxing day. * Out and about on New Year's eve with the family for a walk to tire out my neice - which did not work!!! With the obligatory family selfie needed if for no other reason than to show off the array of hats! (except my sister in law who was brave without one).

Happy New Year - i hope you all had a good 2014. It seems to have flown by and a lot of exciting things have happened - hubby and i finally moved into our own house, my little sister got married and i spent the festive season with all the people i love to name just a few. 
However i know this year has been tough for many so i am so thankful for my life and for all those that make it so wonderful - so here is to the New year and all the adventures it brings.

HAPPY 2015

A Christmas Message

To all my readers, i wish you a happy festive period, filled with lots of Turkey and mince pies and a cocktail filled New Year.....

See you in 2015!

From Paris for Christmas ....

So for the festive season, My little box at Christmas has teamed up with the gorgeous blogger Fleur de Force, whom I follow on YouTube (love her videos so much). I was worried what this box would include as a true Xmas box could have been a little OTT, but I was happy when it arrived yesterday. A good mix of the usual beauty and lifestyle items, this box also had a great balance between pretty and useful - so another happy month (plan to run with this subscription until i am disappointed)

My little world magazine, with great festive articles and an interview with Fleur
Christmas themed artwork
A reel of black and white thread
Pack of gift tags - various patterns
Pack of masking tape, which is actually pretty stickers in varying shapes
A cute pink/blush knitted headband (did also come in grey or black)
My little beauty lipstick
Cowshed Wild cow, invigorating body lotion
L'occitaine Precious face cream

This lipstick is fantastic, when in saw on Instagram that the box contained a red lipstick I felt a little sad, so far I have been able to use every beauty product in the boxes but I do not suit red lipstick, boy was I wrong..... Although it appears a bright vibrant shade of red it in-fact comes out on lips as a much pinker colour that is a good shade against my hair and skin. Something to do with fancy science that makes it wearable by anyone no matter their colourings!! according to the little information card.

If you haven't joined the box bandwagon, i can recommend this one - as usual now excited to see whats inside next month's.

My November

Can't believe another month is over.....almost 2015!!

* A great fall look, amazing fedora hat, my favourite textured sweater and statement necklace.....enjoying a iced treat from Starbucks. * Supporting my amazing husband as he did Movember for the second year, not my usual style of jewellery but proud to wear. * The best way to snuggle and be warm as the temperatures finally drop in the UK, a cute microwavable owl hot water bottle - Hooty. * Gorgeous free nail polish from Glamour magazine, a great shade of burgundy from Nail's Inc. * My daily makeup, only recently stared to wear everyday as i have to say i am lazy and struggle to get out of bed early to do it, but got a great new set from Bareminerals which i love, great coverage and an even better price. Simple products for a easy to wear look. * Part of my new makeup a deep berry lip colour from Rimmel - jury is out on this one still, a good colour but it doesn't last that long and in a bold colour i think that's important, any suggestions welcome. * Love the colour and print effect on my fur gilet from Forever 21, have had this a few years and I love when faux fur makes a come back so I can pull it out the wardrobe. * Best purchase of the season, finally managed to get a Fifi Lapin necklace charm. I normally miss out as I am not quick enough but I was so happy the new collection appeared when I was off work ill and I was able to get one, a small thing that helped to cheer up the patient. A bargain at just over £16 with free P&P, may have to get another after Christmas. * Not usually a knitwear fan as I tend to run a little warm and I boil in most jumpers but this lightweight number from Topshop with its oversized shape and contrast texture sleeves has been a November staple and the perfect thickness for the office. A fairly reasonable price at £38, potentially going to give in and buy the burgundy version too.

* Cannot get enough of this necklace - the shape, the colour, the detail (and it was on sale last year £4!!) * Finally found a way to wear my little white dress in Autumn, style it up with thick tights, a blazer and ankle boots. * This mixed print dress and statement jewels is a staple in my work wardrobe. Comfy yet stylish for the cooler months. * May have let my inner child go a bit crazy in Accessorize. Went in for Christmas presents and ended up with some jewellery and Minnie Mouse ears! not my normal attire but couldn't resist (true Disney princess at heart). * More gift shopping that went a little off course, ended up treating myself courtesy of Topshop and New Look. * A new combinations of oldies, stripe tee, glittery cardigan and jewelled bib necklace. Just the right amount of sparkle for my day. * My Pom Pom obsession has grown, first my keyring now these amazing velvet slippers from Topshop, cute and comfy. * The best ever jeans, I literally live in the Eden jeggings from Dorothy Perkins, in black they are the perfect autumn/winter trouser, especially styled with grey and burgundy shades. * Another treat item, have been on the look out for this since llymlrs.com featured on her blog a few weeks ago and finally managed to fine one after they sold out online. It's like carrying a giant humbug sweet.

* Sometimes a built in necklace helps. This Topshop tee is gorgeous and I love the mix or marl navy/grey jersey and pink embellishment. * "Beautiful" jewellery dish, a great stocking filler from New Look perfect for my everyday and favourite pieces. * This month's My Little Box theme....Cosy - check out my post and video here . * Nothing better than that new bedding feeling, soft and snuggly and this reversible stag and tartan set is perfect for the winter months. I really do have a weakness for tartan!! * Random kitty print from Pinterest, may print and frame. * A lovely gift from my mother in law, flowers that made me smile whilst stuck in the house with tonsillitis (not fun). * One of the collection shots from our Venture photos shoot, for more check out my Smile post. * Willow finding an alternative use for my faux fur gilet, a perfect spot for a comfy catnap. * Leicester highcross shopping centre decorations, silver, pink and purple tinsel - perfect inspiration for my Christmas tree. 

Hope you all have an amazing Christmas and a fabulous New Year...

My Little Box - Cosy

So i subscribed to My Little box in September and was impressed by the initial welcome box, less impressed with the October box as it was very specifically themed around Diane von Furstenberg with little focus on other things so the November box was going to be a tie breaker for me. Glad to say this one is great - Cosy is the theme and aptly so all, the products are cosy/autumn themed making me want to get in my pj's with a big vanilla latte and fluffy slippers.

Check out inside the box on my YouTube channel:

Inspirational Quote - Francoise Sagan
My Little World magazine
A Coffee Cup
My Little Bouillotte
Essie - Mini nail polish in "Cute as a button"
Arcancil Paris - Starliner black waterproof eyeliner
My Little Beauty - Volume and care mascara in black

I loved all of the beauty products, especially the nail polish as Essie is my go to brand. Excited to try the mascara as so far the other My Little Beauty items have been really good and who doesn't need another black mascara! I am intrigued by the My Little Bouillotte, which is a microwaveable cushion meant as a cute hot water bottle or for relaxation, something a little different plus i love the polka dot print although i can totally see Willow using it as a pillow, especially when its warm.

The one product i am disappointed in is the coffee cup - not sure who they think is using this but it is TINY and not everyone drinks americano's - think i may need to find an alternative use for it like to keep bobby pins in, as it is cute with a nice illustration on.

Overall another good box and really looking forward to the December box - i can feel a party or sparkle box coming on! 


Some people are lucky enough to be naturals in front of a camera, I have never been one of those people, the minute a camera comes out I either close my eyes or the awkward "Chandler" smile comes out. Luckily I married an equally awkward man and so any photographic moment has a 50/50 chance of being good, but we have both learnt to laugh about it. Our wedding pics were amazing but only because we had a great photographer who put us both at ease but also did less of the posed shots, sometimes the unknown captured moments are the best.

When we bought our house we were given a free session at Venture photography and after a bit of arm twisting, I persuaded hubby to go and see what could be done for two "cameraphobes". We went to the Venture studio in Leicester and met with our photographer Ross, to discuss the tone of the shoot and what we wanted out of the experience. Relaxed, fun shots was the brief we gave and armed with our bag of props (everything from cartoon tee's to my Accessorize camera bag) we embraced the hour shoot and had so much fun. Ross instantly put us both at ease and I have never laughed so hard in my life!!! He was particularly excited at the beginning about the hat i had worn purely to keep my hair dry and the statement necklace i was also wearing, so much so they became a large focus during the shoot. We went for a mix of romantic shots and silly playful ones, so as to "capture our essence as a couple". 

I left the studio with my face hurting from laughing so much but feeling like we would get some great shots and then came the two week wait before the viewing. A nice presentation of all the best shots set to music - Ross had chosen Lily Allen's "Somewhere only we know", which definitely helped to convey the emotion behind the images, which turned out beautifully and not an awkward smile in sight.

Whilst I did enjoy the shoot and we got some beautiful pictures out of it, I would say Venture is very expensive and that is a shame as we were restricted in what we could get based on our budget, however i was pleased with what we did get. 

Here are a few of my favourite images:

Say cheese....... and smile!

My October

* Autumn has finally arrived, so pretty. I love autumnal colours and this picture sums up the perfect palette. * Yummy new lip colour, Topshop lip bullet in shade "There she goes", nude with a pink shimmery undertone. * Beauty post on the blog, My latest beauty loves, from face wash to luxurious oil, what have i been loving. * The new love of my life, my gorgeous wool fedora hat from none other than Primarni. I am now a tad obsessed with this hat and cannot get enough of it, and now the weather has finally turned a little chillier it works perfectly. Stylish and truly fabulous for only £7!! * Willow's choice of seat for watching the footie, clearly a trendy kitty choosing to watch from the comfort of her Kate Spade bag,  * Every girl needs a bit of gold in their wardrobe, this Topshop pleated skirt was a last minute purchase for a work night out and I think will be my Christmas Day sparkly piece. Works perfectly with a black top, vintage clutch and peep toe shoes. * Tartantastic - the amazing print I have been loving and clearly so have the fashionista community. * Weekly wardrobe planning with my handy IKEA rail, a great mix of stripe & florals alongside some basic favourites. * The October edition of "My Little Box", all centered around the fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg and her fantastic, iconic prints along with the usual beauty treats including L'occitane hand cream.

* New bag bling, a furry pompom keyring to compliment my Beau, all the way from Canada as I didn't read the product location before buying. * Our orchid is still alive - MIRACLE, especially after two months. We are not plant people and have normally killed them by now. * A fashion quote from the late, great style icon Oscar de la Renta. A fashion legend who will be missed by the industry. * In honour of my new hat, a blog post all about my must have accessory - If the hat fits. * Cutest "your parcel is on its way" email from My Little Box, no standard email for its subscribers.... * Two of my favourite work outfits of the month, trying to embrace the transitional looks with winter accessories and my amazing River Island ankle boots. * Latest love from ASOS, this gorgeous ring is so simple yet very quirky and modern (bit worried my boss thought I had, had my finger pierced!!) * No sign of the Coke Cola Christmas advert yet, but just to get us in the festive mood, the Coke names have gone and now we have reindeer names.

* Diwali treats at work, so yummy but very filing especially at 10am. * Continuing the food pics, my amazing dinner at 1573 Bar & Grill in Leicester for a work leaving night out. Risotto and halloumi stuffed pepper with chunky chips and a big glass of Rose. * This months Pinterest top picks, autumnal style with some unexpected sparkle. * I have been waiting for this gorgeous midi skirt to come in store since I saw it on the Primark blogging master class session with Inthefrow.com. A stunning print, colour palette and the most beautiful full skirted shape - simply amazing at a steal at only £14. * My first YouTube video!!!! Was a little nervous but happy with how it turned out and I know how much everyone loves a good haul video so it was the perfect topic. * A very early Christmas pressie,  fell in love with this when I saw a WIT post with 25% discount, subtlety dropped hints with the discount code to hubby hoping for once he might get the hint.....and bless him he did, however it ended up being a "just for being you" gift. Made my day after a long week at work. * Working in some old favourites with my gingham shirt - Aldo gold sparkle Western boots and an intricate Topshop insect necklace. * Willow just had to pose for National cat day! * My kind of a pumpkin, nothing scary but sprinkled with sparkle - Happy Halloween.

Primark Haul

So i have been thinking about adding videos to my blog for a while now, and was surprised when even my husband asked why i wasn't doing video's especially on Haul posts - i have taken the plunge and here is the first Video post on The Glitter Fashionista.

I decided to do a Haul video as these are the videos i love to watch and as i have just been on a little trip to Primark, seemed like a good place to start.

Products in video: Long sleeve love to lounge top £7, Paul Frank pj top £7, Paul Frank pj bottoms £8, Floral mesh skirt £14, Bridesmaid DVD £5, Leather gloves £8, Hairbrush £2, Spotty make up bag £3, 
Lush Snow Fairy £7.50, Charity face&hand cream £1

Hope you enjoy and please leave feedback, either here or on My YouTube channel(while you're there fancy giving it a thumbs up?) And remember to subscribe if you haven't already! Let me know if there are any other videos you'd like to see and I'll see what I can do!

October Accessories Haul

"A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories" - Oscar De La Renta. 

This month has been all about accessories - a mix of being underwhelmed by the fashion in stores and discovering some hidden gems. The number one item has been my gorgeous Primark wool fedora, which if you follow me on social media you will see I am obsessed and have been wearing constantly but there have been a few other additions...... as you can see.

An essential item in my collection is neckwear - I love a good scarf, something so simple that can jazz up even the most plain of outfits. The gorgeous bold leopard print style (1.) came in the October addition of My Little Box and is an archived print from none other than the amazing Diane von Furstenberg - a beautiful silky square scarf that looks fabulous especially with black. The other scarf (2.) came from my highstreet favourite Accessorize, an oversized winter floral/tribal mix scarf complete with tassels. Featured in a how to wear video by the brand, as soon as I watched I had to have it - How to style this season's square scarf .

Next up jewellery: as a magpie drawn to pretty things I couldn't resist a bit of new sparkle in my life. A cute set of three bracelets (3.) from good old Accessorize, in this seasons colours - a fab mix of navy and burgundy, these simple bracelets are very detailed and great for everyday (although no good for wearing with knitwear as you easily get attached!). One place I have always found cute but quirky pieces is ASOS and when the mid season sale email came through that was my cue to pay a visit and I came away with a gold heart necklace (4.) for only £2 and this amazing ball cuff ring (5.) in black and gold at £6 - I struggle to find rings that fit my middle finger so thought this style would be good and it fits perfectly, also something a little different and modern about the design, like having mini mickey mouse ears on your finger. Also I couldn't leave without this polka dot headband (6.) with its interesting knot detail and a different colour for me that actually really suits the shade of my hair, another bargain at only £4. The last jewellery piece is another item from the October My Little Box - a lip brooch, the signature logo of the DVF brand (7.) simple, bold but chic.

The final item in my haul is something I have been considering for a while now but was struggling to find in the size and colour i wanted - a pompom key ring (8.) to accessorize my Kate Spade Beau. This little beauty arrived and I instantly loved it, my husband rolled his eyes and my cat looked very excited and intrigued (need to monitor her interaction as I do not want another shredding incident!). I found it on Etsy, somewhere I haven't bought from before but was inspired by the variety of beautiful handmade pieces, although I did not read the description correctly and didn't realise it came all the way from Canada! but was impressed it came much quicker than anticipated. If you fancy joining this furry trend check out Petalle Creations for pompom key rings in every colour of the rainbow. 

Can't wait to wear all of theses lovelies, check out my Instagram to see how i style them.

If the hat fits, wear it..

Winter Hats.....

Hats are an acquired taste, some people love, others loathe, I have never been sure, more about what suits me rather than the idea of fashionable head-wear. 

My hat relationship began with a girl's beanie from New Look, at the time when oversized beanies were in fashion but with short hair I looked odd with a big hat so I went for a kids version so that I could still be involved, it was cute - grey knit with a glittery threads running through. Then came a grey knitted bobble hat from Topshop, with 2 pompoms like ears - I loved it as it was so different whilst warm and snugly as well as making me look like a little bear, but I still wasn't 100% sure so would only wear when really cold. 

This season however I decided to embrace the hat as it is everywhere and is a chic way to battle against the incoming cold weather, but what style to go for - fedora, trilby, beanie, bobble or floppy brimmed? Overwhelmed by all the stylish looks on my favourite source of inspiration Pinterest, I settled on a structured shape and finally found my perfect partner..... Nothing extravagant, a classic wool fedora for only £7 from good old Primark but a gorgeous hat that seems to go with everything and is the perfect size & shape.

I have tried a few styles on this season but was cautious before buying as i knew they would probably end up being bought and then sitting on my mannequin because I wasn't quite sure or because I think people will laugh, which at 28 is a ridiculous notion. However with this hat it was love at first sight - I tried it on and then wore it for the entire hour and a half shopping trip round Primark, I almost forgot to take it off to pay which could have been embarrassing! My new hat has become like a third person in my marriage, I am addicted to wearing it whether that's to work or just to pop out to sainsbury's, much to my husbands dismay (think he was a little embarrassed doing this week's food shop with me and my hat). 

This hat also appears to be a hit with the fashion community, many photos on Instagram and some of my favourite bloggers have also fallen for its woolly loveliness.

Could you be tempted?

For more hat inspiration, check out my new dedicated Pinterest board - All about the hat

TGF Edit: Latest Beauty Loves

Although i have always loved beauty products, it has really only been the last couple of years that i have started to appreciate them. Before i would always buy the cheapest products, usually supermarket own brands but lately my taste has improved. Probably due to the amount of free samples given away these days with magazines, goodie bags etc that allow you try to before you buy, a concept i fully support. Here is a round up of my current beauty loves, products that i do spend money on and that i have see great results from.....

1. Soap & Glory - 3 in 1 daily detox facial wash £8
A gentle facial wash that not only smells amazing but has worked wonders for my skin, which i have struggled with since i was a teenager. It is a wash/scrub hybrid that leaves my face feeling refreshed and clean. This was part of a Soap and Glory gift set i got on offer last year and lasts for ages as a little blob goes a long way.

2. Topshop Lip Bullet in There she goes £8
The newest addition to my beauty collection, only bought last week but already a must have - i bought this after reading so many good reviews on the Topshop website and also many video reviews on YouTube. It is a great classic, everyday colour, that goes on smoothly, doesn't feel dry and lasts well on my lips. I am impressed with Topshops' make up range, most stores that branch out into beauty only produce average products but so far i have several lovelies that rival the major cosmetic brands including the best ever gel eyeliner and a gold eye crayon.

3. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi usage dry oil £17
A sample from the September My Little box, and although i did have to do some research into what this little bottle was for, i was pleasantly surprised just how versatile it is. Face, hair, scars, dry skin you name it Nuxe oil will help. Not the cheapest of products so may not re-buy however because you only use a small drop it will last longer than many products - will continue to use and see how I feel. A silky oil, that smells lovely and isn't sticky like some other oils I have tried.

4. Percy & Reed Wonder Balm £18
Thank you Elle magazine - the tester of this amazing product came free earlier in the year and i have not been disappointed. A great consistency that smooths my hair down before styling without leaving that horrible sticky residue that many serum/balms do. This product has enhanced my blow dry and has also helped to smooth flyaway hairs when straightening. The only downside of this brand is that they do not sell in many stores and i am yet to find once locally, although now i am in love i will probably just order online, especially as it is now stocked by ASOS.

5. VO5 Heat protect styling spray £4
A new brand for me - sadly my usual Lee Stafford heat protection spray was out of stock, so i decided to take a chance on this VO5 one instead. Although i have heard of VO5 i have never used any of the products before, this heat spray has a lovely scent to it and leaves my hair feeling smooth and silky after styling and is a great price.

6. Percy & Reed Finishing Polish £10
Another Elle free gift (please keep this partnership going!!) and another thumbs up from me. Worked alongside the wonder balm this finishing polish adds just the right amount of styling to my hair without weighing it down or making it greasy too quickly. This brand is fast becoming a solid favourite in my bathroom - not only the quality and results of the products but also the attention to detail in the branding. I absolutely love the illustrations used, they give the brand some personality and also make it look chic and modern, plus I am a real sucker for glamorous illustrations.

Would love to hear which beauty product you love?


Tartan or plaid, whatever you like to call it (tartan is the traditional but plaid is a term used by the US), has taken over the fashion world for Autumn. It is everywhere on scarves, dresses, trousers, coats even shoes. The fashionista community has embraced and shown us just how to wear it - as a highlight or a full head to toe look. These are just a few of the looks I have seen and loved on Pinterest, with a mix of casual and more refined looks - I really like the tartan pencil skirt teamed with a denim shirt and statement necklace, a look I may have to try as the mix of fabrications and texture is gorgeous.

For me Tartan represents Scotland and it's beautiful scenery (a stunning country I lived in as a child for a few years) however it's use within main stream fashion the last couple of years has given something from my childhood new meaning. This Fall/Winter season has seen the print reappear not as a minor player but a major trend on the catwalk and highstreet, with almost all brands including one piece in pretty plaid, with many colour variations - from the traditional to the modern interpretation.


Within my wardrobe I have a few tartan treasures - not brave enough to go full on head to toe I like to have pieces I can team with plain basics. A mixed print scuba dress (Matalan), a cold shoulder sheer dress (Primark), an open back blouse (Topshop) and my favourite lightweight scarf (Accessorize). I also have a really old Lilac and grey blanket scarf that I wear when it's really cold.

If tartan floats your boat be sure to head over to Lands' End who have taken tartan to a new extreme, from nightshirts & pj's to trousers, jackets and accessories - I am biased as I work for them but there are some perfect pieces coming for Christmas.

Tartan - love or loathe?? 


My September

* Celebrating hubby's birthday at Zizzi's, with the biggest pizza ever! Can highly recommend. * A unique mixed print - tartan with a leopard print overlay. A great little shift dress for the fantastic price of only £16 from Matalan. * My new ankle boots, a full leather boot with snakeskin heel panel and giant zip detailing - perfect for teaming with the many dresses in my wardrobe. River Island have some great new styles, well worth a look. * Vintage florals are a great look for the warmer days (not that it should be this warm still in September). * Cute little quote, wish it was true for me but not quite there yet - something to aim for. * Yummy new addition to my collection from ASOS. A bold cobalt midi skirt, with texture detail and a floaty full skirt teamed with slogan tee, purple ruffle heels and statement jewels for work. * Winter florals, a fresh take on the girly florals that dominated the summer months, this blazer has not left my body since i bought it last month. * My new office area complete with beautiful stationery and cute pin board full of inspiration. * Best area in my new house, the "accessories corner", showing off all my favourite pieces and quite often a sleeping kitty.

* Freshening up a summer staple with some autumn pieces - Dorothy Perkins White dress, H&M floral blazer, Topshop purple ruffle heels and my beautiful Kate Spade Beau - a lovely outfit and so many compliments in the office * An unexpected find from a few years ago, a feathered brooch from ASOS, that i found whilst un-packing and forgot i had. * First of my monthly Pinterest favourites, with a distinct fall theme to it - if you haven't already check out my boards (link in side bar). * Rocking my new ASOS skirt with last years plaid blouse from Topshop. * Fashion Week - my round up and all of the best bits, from my favourite shows. * The Mulberry SS15 presentation, no show again this fashion week but a beautiful collection, read all the details here... * The newest addiction in my life, not just an amazing beauty box but a slice of French chic, discover My Little Box on the blog today and fall in love too. * A glimpse into the goodies inside my little Parisienne box. * The cutest little laptop case ever, great size and amazing illustrations. 

* A great smart/ casual look for work, the feathered brooch finishes it off perfectly - Primark skinny jeans, River Island vest, Topshop sleeveless blazer teamed with Aldo sandals and my Beau. * New from Topshop, this flippy hem style dress is my favourite shape from the brand and this version with lace inlays is very simple yet beautiful. Perfect fit, colour and a bargain at £26. * Discover who has been Upping the Fashion Ante this season, with a great new advert and collection. * The rest of Septembers Pinterest lovelies, with a focus on the small details and accessories that make an outfit complete.

Finally to the highlight of My September - my little sisters wedding day........ Just a few of my favourite shots from the amazing day. * My updo for the day, complete with flowers (took 45 mins to do but well worth it). * My outfit, a gorgeous mint green dress with an embellished bust along with some beautiful vintage green peep toe Mary Jane's. * Instead of flowers we had wrist corsages, so pretty with pearls, jewels and flowers, however i did spend the day eyeing up the wand that my niece had (tried to steal but she was onto me and hid it!). * The lovely couple at the ceremony along with my new little niece and my amazing parents chilling out before the speeches.

What a crazy month, but looking forward to a quiet October.