Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Indulgences

Indulgence: A thing that is indulged in; a luxury

Indulgences can come in many forms, whether it be food, a trip to somewhere exotic, a new make up product or whatever else you find pleasure in. Recently, I've been taking the time to enjoy my indulgences and remember the sight, taste, smell, touch and sounds of each and every one. 


I was travelling to work one day and as we went past the London Eye and Houses of Parliament, I just took the time to marvel in its beauty and thought about the millions of people across the centuries who had been staring at the same iconic buildings as I had just been. It's a little indulgence of mine: day dreaming. I imagine what the person next to me is like, their job and if they have a family. Day dreaming is something that takes me away from the stress of travelling, whether I'm going to be able to do a blog post today or if I'm going to have time to do that all-important-task. 


My indulgences also come in the form of food. Cheesecake is the cream of the crop for my food indulgences. I can probably eat it every day without feeling an ounce of guilt! In some ways blogging is an indulgence. It's a luxury to be able to write about subjects that I love and hope that other people do to. Spending your first pay-check on an item, be it clothing, make up or whatever else, that you've been longing for for so long is another indulgence. The quiet of just reading a book or lying in the sun add to my lengthy list of indulgences. 

I'll be cherishing all of these indulgences and many more for years to come. What I wanted to show from this post is that once you take a step back and asses, you'll see all the little indulgences and things in your life that make you happy and appreciative. 

What's your indulgences?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Wardrobe Edit: 4 Easy Steps


About two or three times a year I empty out my wardrobe from top to bottom and have a good old clear out. Usually when the seasons are changing, I find I need to update my clothes and add my winter or summer clothes onto my hangers. 

Recently it's been getting to the point where if I add a newly ironed shirt into my wardrobe, it'll most likely be creased to no end by the morning! Drastic action needed to be taken. I'll take you through how I edit my wardrobe and get everything in an organised state!


Before I get into the steps, I'll talk about my inspiration. I bought the Lauren Conrad 'Style' book about two years ago and it's such a handy book for sorting out your clothes, packing for holidays and generally just getting your wardrobe back into shape! I'll also look on Pinterest and Youtube for posts about how people sort out their clothes. I found the Vivianna Does Make Up video on organising your wardrobe particularly helpful! 



First thing first, I'll get all my clothes out of my wardrobe and separate them into jumpers, jeans, dresses etc. so it makes it easier when putting them back in order. I'd recommend trying on all your clothes, that way you'll know what fits, what doesn't and if anything is stained or ripped. It's a long task, but stick on Friends or a good girlie film and you're set for a few hours!



Next, get all your clothes into separate piles! Believe it or not, but was my getting rid pile! I have five different piles when I'm editing my wardrobe, but of course, you can add your own or change them around for whatever works for you:
  • Keep - this is the stuff that you know you'll wear again and will never get rid of.
  • Maybe - clothes that you wear occasionally and still love. Sometimes you find some gems that you forgot about! In the Lauren Conrad book, she recommends storing it in a bag then coming back to it in a few months time and see if you still need it. 
  • Charity - items which are a little old and you don't wear anymore, but are still in good condition.
  • Friends and Family - if there's ever an item of clothing I know my friend or family member loves and has been eyeing up for a while, I'll put it to the side for them.
  • Throw - anything ripped, stained or looking very worn and loved. 



Now your wardrobe is empty, give it a good scrub and clean! If you're anything like me, they'll be a few cobwebs hanging about and dirt on the floor. I also swapped around my foot shelf and tried arranging my clothes in a different way to shake things up a bit and keep it feeling refreshed


Finally, add all your Keep clothes back in!! This is where my supremely organised skills come in. 

The top two shelves are tops, third shelf plain tops and bottom shelf is jumpers, with an overflow at the very top! From Left to Right, I have my scarfs, comfy clothes like hoodies and jogging trousers and then my coats. Varying from Denim, Green, Brown to Black, there's not a lot of colour in my coasts! But it's good to finally be able to see them. Shoes are just thrown in any order, with my running shoes at the very front with sheep de-odour's in them!


My main section is organised in this order: Skirts, Trousers, Jeans, Dresses, Shirts and Jumpers and Cardigans. It's a system that works for me, because I can just pick out a dress or shirt and trouser combo easily, without having to search through the sea of clothes. You may have noticed I have them in a slight colour order too, just another highly organised tip! I also have a box of thick winter scarves, hats and jumpers that I'll get out later in the year, with my camera and tripod next to them. 

I hope you found this post interesting and that it gave you ideas of how to organised your wardrobe! Sorry if it's a little text and picture heavy, but I wanted to go into detail about how I attack my mess of a wardrobe, and believe me, you do not want to see the before pictures....

What's your top wardrobe organising tip? Do you love or hate editing your clothes?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Beauty Hype: hydraluron moisture boosting facial serum






After months of hype and miracle-working promises - I've given into the hype. And boy, was it worth it! I've always thought of serums as an unnecessary product to add to a lengthy skincare routine of double cleansing, toning, moisturising, eye cream etc. I'm definitely all about a quick and effective daily beauty routine! But then this wonderful product had to go and prove me wrong...

Described as increasing skin hydration and holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water, I had high expectations (especially due to its nice price tag!) It's a clear gel that doesn't smell of anything in particular and dries pretty quickly, leaving you with smooth, hydrated and non-greasy skin. You're suppose to apply it before adding your normal moisturiser, but, not going to lie, I do forget to and then add it on afterwards! I use a small pea-size amount to cover my whole face and I can see the tub is going to last me for quite a while.

Results: I don't know whether it's because I'm eating better and drinking more water, less stressed etc. but my skin hasn't been this clear and soft in ages. I was apprehensive of applying this over my skin problem areas, but it's helped to significantly reduce the appearance of blemishes and given my skin an overall boost. Personally, I find it most effective at night and follow it with my light Simple face moisturiser but it does act as a nice base during the day too. 

I could rave on about this wonder product for the next hour, but lets keep it short and sweet. Despite it's hefty price and masses of hype, it actually works. Sometimes the hype does have some truth in it!

What do you think of this product? Do you use serums?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Review: The Bridget Jones Series


Bridget Jones has become one of those cult books and films that no matter how old you are, you'll be able to laugh and cry along with Bridget through all her life woes. The film became a national hit with Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, but the films aren't as true to the book as you would think.


Bridget's hopelessly funny love life takes the centre stage, alongside her band of equally hopeless friends and hilarious job. She has a little love affair with Daniel Cleaver, to eventually realise his true colours and ends up with the charming Mark Darcy. It's loosely based around Pride and Prejudice (hence the names) but throws in a few modern twists that Lizzie Bennett would've been shocked of. But Bridget comes up trumps in the end to round off a year of counting calories, cigarettes and boyfriends.


Again, Bridget gets scrapes through the year with more than enough drama to earn yourself a long holiday in the Maldives. But her upbeat tone makes you believe that if Bridget can survive it, you most certainly can too. She interviews Colin Firth for his new film and TV series 'Pride and Prejudice' (oh the irony) and gets arrested in Thailand for drugs trafficking. But glorious Mark Darcy comes to save the day and Bridget ends the year back with Mark, like all true love stories!


Helen Fielding's most recent release took a turn from the usual bubbly and happy-go-lucky Bridget into a realistic reflection of the modern day woman. Fast-forward 14 years and Bridget now has two children, a screenwriting job and no Mark Darcy. Fielding explained that Bridget had to be single again for her life as a singleton to continue, even though I think it's totally wrong to kill off such a vital character. It involves school runs, Twitter, dating websites and nits, but still shows that classic Bridget-style. Like the previous two novels, Bridget's rollercoaster of a year ends on a high and Bridget Jones is still an idol to many women.

Review: I loved the first two books. Single women at their best, London-life and the worries of dying alone and getting eaten by Alsatians. It's one of those books that you'll cherish and keep coming back to to satisfying your chick-lit cravings. With that in mind, I had high hopes for the third instalment, so when I heard Mark Darcy had been killed off, I was a little disappointed and apprehensive of whether it would still work. The third novel is almost like a modern revival of Bridget, whereas the previous two hold a nostalgic theme before the likes of Twitter and mobile phones.

Despite that, it still works. I adore Bridget and her mad years, and I would still recommend this to anyone with an interest in chick-lit or just need a little bit of cheering up. She gets you crying and laughing along with her and shouting 'emotional fuckwits' with a glass of vino in your hand.

What do you think of the Bridget Jones series? Favourite book?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

OOTD: Blazer, Ripper Jeans and a White V-Neck







Blazer: New Look
T-shirt: Forever 21
Jeans: H&M
Ring and Necklace: Accessorize
Shoes: Primark

 If there's one word to sum up this outfit, I'd say minimalistic. This type of outfit has become my weekend uniform for the past few weekends - you wouldn't believe it was the middle of August! It's been no secret that I love white v-neck t-shirts at the moment. They're so versatile and can add a casual element to an otherwise smart outfit. 

Textures is another trend I've been loving at the moment, especially ripped jeans! There's some ripped jeans that look more holey than jean, but I much prefer the subtle kind of ripping! Throwing on my new Primark Snake Skin Slip-Ons, which I absolutely adore, even if they are a little too big for me. And a classic blazer and key jewellery pieces and I'm good to go! I wore this last weekend to a family friends dinner, so wanted something smart yet comfortable. 

What do you guys think of this outfit? What's your go-to style at the moment?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Instagram: Cat Onesies, Friday and London Rain

Another week and another Instagram post... This week has been another full-on seven days. Work has been going really well and it's nice to see some progress in what you're doing! I feel that I am slowly getting use to the 5:45 wake ups and long travelling, I just thank God that I've got my weekends free now! If you wanna follow my weekly musings up in London, I'm on Instagram and Twitter!

 
Sundays are my relaxing days, which means the cat onesie/dressing gown comes out! It was a birthday present from my sister and I absolutely adore it. Super soft and warm, I just can't help wearing it all day!


Because London Bridge is having refurbishments soon, I'm going to have to get the tube in a few weeks time, which means new Oyster card! Everyone at work says you're official a London commuter once your get your Oyster card. I pop it in with my train ticket and pass in my gorgeous ASOS ticket wallet I got for Christmas.


As the summer soon leaves us for 2014, the dreary days of cold winds and rain will be back in full swing! I do like the rain, but only when I'm inside and not outside getting drowned in it. I can see that I'll need a good umbrella for this year...


Weekends are literally the best thing after a long and hard week at work. I think I used to take them for granted when I was at school, but now I use them to catch up with my friends and family, which is much more relaxing. Also, I keep waking up on Thursday thinking it's Friday, which is massively disappointing and sad. 


Oooh, my new love. These came in the post this week and I cannot rave on about them enough! I've got a post planned for them in the forthcoming week or two, but they are amazing! They look more coral in the flesh than on here, but they're very very pretty. 

So that's my week done! Bring on Monday then it'll be bank holiday weekend! What's been your highlight for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,
Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Blog Your Heart Out Tag!

Blog Your Heart Out Tag!

The lovely Kate at daytodaydreamer tagged me in the Blog Your Heart Out tag and seeing as I haven't done a tag in so long I thought I'd do one, especially as it is related to blogging! Here goes:

Who/what encouraged you to blog?
I guess it started after seeing my friend start up her own beauty blog and I thought 'why not try it out?!' I'd read blogs for ages before I set up my own, so I knew I was going to start one at some point. No one really knew about my blog for a good year or so and I didn't put it out there on social media until a few months ago, so there was no one there to encourage me except myself and other bloggers! I think it's more my passion for beauty and fashion that drove me to start my blog and share my thoughts and experiences. 

How did you know what topics to blog about?
There was never a set agenda, it was more or less whatever I felt writing about! I started out writing about fashion primarily which then grew into beauty and lifestyle pieces - all of which I love blogging about. As most bloggers do, I pick ideas up from reading blogs, reading the news and I actually thought of one whilst filling my car up at the petrol station the other day! Just shows that blogging topics come out of nowhere!

What is something most people don't know about you?
This is quite hard because I do share a lot on my blog. I think quite a few people do this too, but I'm a memory hoarder. I've got cinema tickets going back to the early 2000s, holiday maps, concert tickets, random bits of wrapping paper, tube maps from the London Underground (as the artwork changes regularly), straws from cocktails I've had on holidays, magazine and newspaper articles and so much more. I keep almost everything that has a memory attached to it - that's probably one of the nicest things to hoard!

What three words describe your style?
I'm following on from Kate and go with my blogging style! I'd guess I'd say organised, friendly (I hope!) and cover just a bit of everything. Okay, that is more than three words, but you know where I was going with it!

What do you love doing when you're not blogging?
Obviously, shopping. Scouting out new beauty styles or fashion trends with my friends is one of my favourite things to do. Polished off with a Starbucks and Krisy Kreme donut and my shopping trip is complete! Seeing my friends and family is at the top of my list. I'll always try and catch up with people in my spare time and go out together. I'm a total film junkie, the whole cinema experience is just amazing and the film making is increasing in quality with each and every film. I'm actually so excited for the future of cinemas and films. Books take up a huge part of my relaxing time, there's nothing better than a book that can take you to another world. Baking and keeping fit are two other guilty pleasures too! Phew, that's quite a lot!!

Thanks once again to Kate for tagging me! I tag:

Laura at Lolly Loves
Sarah at Simply Sarah
Emsy at Emsypickle

Look forward to reading your answers girls!

Rhiannon xx