Sunday, 31 August 2014

Instagram: OOTD, Wardrobe Clear-Out and Beauty Bits

After missing out last week's Instagram update, I've merged the two together! As always, it's been a super busy week, especially after the bank holiday and a training day I had last Thursday, it's all gone so quick! If you wanna follow my weekly musings (usually Monday morning madness and Friday nights with a takeaway!) I'm over on Twitter and Instagram :)

Since I've been travelling a lot more, I've had more time to read my books! I started this one about a week ago and I'm still not 100% on it. I can kinda guess what is going to happen in the end, but you never know!

Last weekend I just popped into town to get a few bits and I've been noticing that I'm reaching for this outfit or something similar for a while now. Mostly because it's super comfortable and so easy to out together for a quick-outfit!

I did a MASSIVE wardrobe clearout and this is what I sent to the charity shop. Yup, it's a lot! I you want to read my Four Easy Steps to Edit Your Wardrobe, you'll see just how tidy my clothes are now!

It was pay-day yesterday and I felt like treating myself in Boots! I've been eyeing up the Max Factor CC cream for a while now, and after trying it out today, I absolutely love it! I also got two Barry M Gelly polishes in Coconut and Huckleberry as I've seen them floating around the blogsphere and really wanted to try them out.

Heyland & Whittle had a massive discount on, so my mum went a bit crazy and got presents for CHRISTMAS! She's a serious planner. They also threw in this rose soap as a thank you, which is so cute!

Hope you've all had a great week and thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Confessions Of A Blogger Tag

After reading Sammy's blog post with the Confessions Of A Blogger tag, I thought I'd give it a go! It's always nice to see 'behind' the blogger and get to know them a bit more, especially as we all have different blogging experiences.

Confessions of a blogger tag

When did you start your blog?

I started it way back in April 2012, but didn't start taking it seriously until July that year! Before I'd just post random pictures without any text or ramble on about something and completely tail off on another subject.

Have you had any past online presence before (e.g. other blogs, Youtube)?

Before Everything But The Kitchen Sink I didn't have any other blogs. I used to write in my diary every day and make up stories. Most of them would be adventure stories that I could be really creative with! Obviously I had Twitter and Facebook and subscribed to various Youtube accounts and signed up to Instagram last year, so I guess my online presence is still quite small!

Why did you start your blog?

This is a question I get asked a lot about! It's always been a writing outlet for me, and as a journalist/digital guru I can't stop writing. I had been reading blogs for quite a few years before that and I liked the community involved and satisfication of pressing 'published'. Plus what girl wouldn't want to talk about fashion and beauty 24/7 on their blog?!

When did you start becoming serious about your blog?

After reading blogs for years before, I got my spark and thought 'I can actually do this, and well' When people started reading my blog, I became dedicated to it as I didn't want to let anyone down! I started to enjoy taking photos and writing about my day-to-day musings and it soon became like an online diary for me and way to communicate with people.

What was your first post?

My first blog-starter post was called Chocolate Brownie vs Rabbit Food, where I did a little article on diets but my first official fashion post was when I got my River Island wedge trainers (remember that trend?!) called I Think I'm In Love The photography is rubbish, but at the time I was so proud of myself!

What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?

Time. If you've been a follower for a while, you'll know this year has been crazy. I've found it harder and harder to blog with my college course and various jobs filling up my time, but I'll always come back to it. There's a quote that goes along of the lines of, 'if you can't find the time, make it', which is what I stick to when I blog. I'll always make the time!

Where do you see your blog in one year?

To be really frank, I don't even know what I'll be doing this time next year. It all depends on what's happening in my life at the time, but hypothetically I'll still be blogging and writing my usual content, perhaps with a better design and know a bit more about the logistics of having a blog!

What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging?

I guess I might speak for a lot of bloggers when I say the feedback and response from the blogging community is the most rewarding part of blogging. It's amazing and so rewarding to hear that people actually like your post and have nice comments to say about you. 

What is the most discouraging thing that has happened to you?

*Touch Wood* nothing as of yet! I think it would have to be something with quite a strong impact to actually stop me from blogging. Any nasty comments I deal with as 'sticks and stones' because not everyone is going to be a fan of your blog, and that's their opinion and they're entitled to it. 

What is your lasting motivation or inspiration?

Other bloggers! There's nothing more inspiring than seeing bloggers with a real passion for what they're writing about, it's almost infectious. Reading about someone's outfit or what they've done that day and wanting to share yours is a great inspiration. Sometimes I lack motivation, but I'll either have a quick scroll through Pinterest or read a few of my favourite blogs to get me feeling motivated again!

And those are my Confessions Of A Blogger! I hope you enjoyed this post - it's something a bit different and you get know a bit more behind my blogging story. Let me know if you'll be doing the tag or have already done it and leave your link below.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

OOTD: Lilac Cardigan and Grey T-Shirt Dress

OOTD Lilac Cardigan and Grey T-shirt Dress

Jacket: Primark
Cardigan, Dress and Shoes: New Look
Bag: River Island
Scarf: Next

Work uniforms can be such a pain, but luckily I'm allowed to wear casual clothes (even jeans!) but still with a slight smart edge. I still adore this t-shirt dress and it's amazingly comfortable for hot days, and I can add a pair of boots and thick jumper for when it's cold! This scarf was a present from my last birthday and it's come in handy for when London decides to unexpectedly rain! I did get stuck in it the other day, which I wasn't too pleased about...

My bag is another birthday present and it's about the size of Mary Poppins bag! I can fit everything in here. A pair of shoes, food, a book, diary and all my usual bag junk fits in! And it's got a long strap, so I can alter it for when I have to run for the train.Which is more often than I like!

Hope you're all having a great week!
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


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