Tuesday, 23 September 2014

OOTD: Spotty Shirt and Brogues

OOTD Spotty Shirt and Brogues

OOTD Spotty Shirt and Brogues

OOTD Spotty Shirt and Brogues

OOTD Spotty Shirt and Brogues

Jacket: Primark
Shirt: New Look
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Clarks
Necklace: Accessorize
Bag; River Island

Recently, I've become more and more drawn to monochrome or all black outfits. I don't really know why, I'm not in a sombre mood or anything, perhaps it's because I always feel much more dressier with black! Although I don't think you can really call these jeans black anymore, they're more grey than anything.

Classic shirt with my new loves, The Brogues, and a statement necklace and this outfit defines Rhiannon! I've probably rambled on enough about these shoes, but they're seriously good for walking in, however I've already got them scuffed. It's almost like wearing a pair of white trainers for the first time and getting a massive black mark on them straight away!

This week has been Social Media Week, with loads of events happening around London, so I've got my pass to go round and listen to all the lectures, which should be fun! I literally can't wait for the weekend to come, I'm going back down to Brighton and my parents get back from their hols on Saturday, so there's a nice pile of clothes and washing up to greet them. Of course, I'm joking...

What do you guys think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Instagram: Journalist, Brownie and Brogues

Nearly half-way through September and my sister was kind enough to inform me that it's only 94 days until Christmas and 3 more pay days! Plus, when you know Downton Abbey is back, it's time for autumn and winter jumpers. 

Diploma in Journalism

Last Monday I finally received my certificate for my diploma in journalism! It's been a long year, but I'm so glad I've managed to get Gold Standard, this time last year I was only just beginning to get my head around shorthand! I am so glad I did the course and truly appreciate the opportunity. Definitely worth the long hours and days when I couldn't feel my fingers because of shorthand practice.

ASOS Discount Shirts

Eeek, ASOS had a 25% discount. I managed to restrain myself. But boy, was it hard!

OOTD Brogues and Navy

A little bit of brogues love this week! I paired them with a navy pair of trousers, loose white knitted jumper and my bargain navy bag from Accessorize. I did a whole post dedicated to these shoes if you wanna check that out. 

Healthy Lunch

I made myself a massive lunch today, consisting mostly of veggies! I had roasted vegetable couscous, cucumber, avocado, olives, peppers, lettuce, little bit of cheese and falafel. Needless to say I had no trouble clearing the plate...

Mint Chocolate Brownies

This is mainly why I had the uber healthy lunch above. My sister and I baked mint chocolate chip brownies for this months Brownie Club and coffee and Tia Maria cupcakes because it was National Cupcake Week last week! Both were delicious and are slowly getting smaller and smaller in size due to me eating little chunks. Got to eat all the cakes and sweets before the Monday morning detox of course!

After a pretty refreshing weekend, roll on Monday! What's been your highlight this week?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

P.S Check out Beth's 'Confession Of A Blogger Tag' inspired by my own a while ago!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Beauty Review: T-Zone Spot Zapping Gel

T-Zone Spot Zapping Gel

T-Zone Spot Zapping Gel

I'm sure I'm not the first person to admit that spots are annoying. They get me down on some days, and others I just couldn't care less! But when they are particularly bad, I'm always on the hunt for new spot treatment products.

T-Zone has always been one of those products that's well known for helping spot-prone and acne type skin. This new Spot Zapping Gel has added Tea Tree, Witch Hazel and Salicylic Acid which are known ingredients to help prevent and reduce spots. 

I'll usually apply this after cleansing, toning and moisturising, but if I'm having a quiet a 'bad' day then I'll add it on top of my make up too, as it dries quickly and clear. Although its green formula might put a few people off, it's Tea Tree and Witch Hazel scent is refreshing. 

Onto the more important part: Do it actually work? Yes, if you keep using it daily for a few days. Of course spots won't disappear over night, but this has been one of the best products, in terms of spot treatments, that I've found in a long time. 

Have you guys tried T-Zone before? What's your top spot fighting tip?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Brogues

Clarks Brown Leather Brogues

Clarks Brown Leather Brogues

Clarks Brown Leather Brogues

To say I've been after the perfect pair of brogues for a while is an understatement. I just can never find The Pair and would much rather spend the money on clothes and beauty products! But then I just stumbled across Clarks of all places and found these beauties.

From what I can remember, I haven't been, let alone purchase anything, in a Clarks store for years. It's always been the place you go to for school shoes, but never really think of it outside of that. Even though it's a higher price tag than what you would spend in New Look or Topshop, the quality more than justifies the expense. 

It's leather, which you already know is going to last years, even with a few scuffs here and there. They also do half sizes which is perfect for mildly annoying feet like mine who can't decide if they're a five or six! And it has cushioning in the sole. It's literally like walking on clouds. The heel isn't too high either, great still for running for the train and the last Pret sandwich (not going to deny it!)

But what I like most about them is the classic Brogue style. This particular style is known as a Full Brogue or Wingtips, because of the top cap is a 'W' shape which looks like a bird with its wings stretched out. It has just a few perforations in the leather, which I prefer, because too much might just look a little crazy.  

So there you go, my perfect pair of Brogues. I could probably babble on for ages about a pair of shoes, but let's keep my fashion crazy short and sweet!

What do you guys think of Brogues? Love them or hate them?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Instagram: Money Plant, New Brogues and London

I swear the weeks are just getting quicker and quicker this year! Most of my friends are back at uni in the next few weeks, which signals that summer is definitely over. Here's my Instagram catch up for the past week or so, as per, it's been a crazy one!

Last Sunday I visited the homeland that is Brighton. It's crazy to think that just a year ago I was preparing for my first official day as a journalism student and how different everything is now. I loved going back, especially when it was so sunny last weekend. I'll be popping up a post at some point this week with a few of my favourite Brighton spots!

As part of my Brighton trip, I picked up these gorgeous Brogues from Clarks. They're literally so comfortable and you can tell that they're great quality from the leather and finishing details. 100% my new shoe for autumn!

I was walking along the River Thames bank with a friend when we saw these cool Nike encouragement quotes. There's always a ton of runners along the north and south banks, with ten or more of these quotes dotted along the pathways. This one was definitely my favourite and looked very creative!

I also stopped by London Bridge one night, mainly for the Tower of London Poppy display, but this view was too good of a photo opportunity to miss! I love how the lights reflect in the water and how bright the lights were. Definitely my highlight of the week!

I was ridiculously excited to see my money plant had grown a little baby! My family has always had superstitions that having these plants around the house means you're financial future is secure, if that makes sense! I have two on my windowsill, as they're great plants that require minimal fuss.

That's my Instagram week rounded up! Hope you guys had a great week too!

Thanks for reading,
Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

I Heart Instagram Tag

Oooh, I do love a good tag! Especially if it's one that I've yet to hear and read of. The sweet Josie at Josie's Journal tagged me, and as I love tags and Instagram, its a match made in heaven...

What's your Instagram handle?
RhiannonBlog, it matches my Twitter and I couldn't think of anything else more imaginative! It pretty much does what it says on the tin. Plus 'Everything But The Kitchen Sink' is a pretty long name for both Twitter and Instagram!

How many accounts do you follow?
137. Mainly fashion and beauty brands, magazines and bloggers, who I tend to lust over their perfectly positioned photos with an all white background!

How many followers do you have?
71. I don't really look at the numbers too much, even if one person likes it then that's enough for me!

What are your favourite hashtags?
Probably my most used are #OOTD #fbloggers #London #Brighton because I like sharing my daily outfits and any cool images I get when travelling to either city.

What is your favourite genre of photo?
Definitely fashion or OOTD style posts! Even though I totally fail at taking them myself (I can never find the right angle/light) I do enjoy scrolling through and seeing what all the fashion bloggers are wearing.

How often do you post?
Really depends on what I'm doing that day and what I see. If I'm super busy and just flat-out from work, then I probably won't post, but I try to post at least one a day!

How often do you check your Instagram feed?
Wayy too often to be healthy! During the weekdays it might be just five times a day, but at the weekends it's more likely ten times or more...

What's your favourite filter?
I switch between 'Rise' and 'Earlybird' they're both very light and flattering. 'Earlybird' adds a vintage-feel to images, whereas 'Rise' is a white spotlight, great for OOTD.

Smartphone purist or rebel? 
Definitely a smartphone purist, I don't know any other way of posting an image?!

Your three favourite Instagram accounts:

@alexsteinherr - she's the Beauty Director at Glamour and has the most beautiful pictures of beauty products to lust over!
@parisinfourmonths - I discovered her Instagram through her blog and she just posts amazing pictures of Paris, croissants and macaroons
@whitneyeveport - famous for The Hills and The City, Whitney has her own clothing range and it. is. just. so. cool.

I tag Jessica Laura Chaitra and Kate!

What do you guys think of Instagram? Love it or hate it? Also, leave your Instagram links below :)

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

P.S Gotta mention the amazing @randomturtle account just for the laughs. Seriously, go look at it.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

OOTD: Rose Dress and Leopard Print Pumps

Cardigan: Zara
Dress: Internacionale
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Accessorise

Another dress, another day. This one has been waiting patiently in my wardrobe for a few weeks now, and as September kicks in I reached for it last Monday morning. It's a beautiful dusky rose colour in a skater style dress with high neck, that makes it comfortable and suitable for anything! Adding my trusty grandpa cardigan and ever prominent leopard pumps and I'm sorted for the day.

Update on these leopard print slip-ons, I've checked THREE H&Ms across Brighton and London and none of them have them in store! Disappointing. I'm always one of those annoying people asking the staff, then they look blank at me and ask if I've checked the website instead. Talk about customer service! Maybe it's just not meant to be.... seriously, who's kidding themselves?!

Slip-ons, yay or nay? Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx