Sunday, 25 January 2015

Instagram: NOTD, New Jumper and an OOTD

We're finally making our way our of January, and I am so glad! Even though January signals a 'new start, new me' it's just one of those months that gets you down. Weather is rubbish, having to pick up at work from a few weeks off at Christmas and generally wishing you weren't in the office until 5:30pm on a Friday night...

Embellished Jumper from Tesco

Even though I'm on a sort of spending ban, I couldn't resist this £5 (?!) embellished jumper from the Tesco sale. Grey sweaters are my weakness, and the jewels mean I can wear it at work! Good job all round. 

Nails Of The Day with OPI and Barry M

A new NOTD still reminiscing over Christmas sparkle and glitter. I used a dark purple OPI nail polish ( I think it's Black Cherry Chutney) and painted one layer of Barry M Diamond to create a starry night sky. Totally intentional of course.

London and The Shard View

And here's another view! Since becoming a blogger, I've become snap happy and basically take photos of everything that interests me or just looks pretty. I caught this view when coming out of Blackfriars station last week and couldn't resist getting a picture of it!

TIGI Small Talk and Foxy Curls

I posted a review of the TIGI Small Talk and Foxy Curl products on my blog last week. They smell amazing. Like a sweet shop! Plus they do everything they say on the tin. 

OOTD Fluffy Coat and High Waisted Jeans

And yesterday I was obsessing absorbed by my new ASOS jeans. High waisted. Dark blue. Super skinny. The perfect pair of jeans to mark all jeans. I also cooed over a new Primark buy too!

What's been your highlight this week? Let me know :)
Rhiannon x 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

OOTD: New Cropped T-Shirt and Jeans

OOTD Primark Cropped T-Shirt and ASOS High Waisted Jeans

OOTD Primark Cropped T-Shirt and ASOS High Waisted Jeans
Coat and Top; Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Converse
Bag: H&M

Instead of doing the usual haul, I thought I'd show you two new purchases in an OOTD! I could probably wear this outfit to death, and would still be if they didn't need washing... The Primark top I found on my lunch break (so dangerous being a 5 min walk from Oxford Street) and it was total love at first stripe. I think it was £8 and is made from a kinda thick ribbed material so it can work for all seasons. 

The second purchase are the ASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans in Della Dark Wash. M&S has always been a firm favourite for picking up my favorite black skinny jeans, but ASOS jeans have always done me well and I've found them to be great quality. They're a thick but stretchy material (but not the type you know will stretch and never bounce back) and a in gorgeous dark blue. The best part is the high waisted style, as I've never owned a high waisted pair of jeans before. And man are they great! If it's hard to tell, I'm pretty besotted with these jeans. 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you found your perfect pair of jeans? Let me know!

Rhiannon x

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Review: TIGI Bed Head Small Talk and Foxy Curls

Review: TIGI Bed Head Small Talk and Foxy Curls

It's not often that I feature haircare on my blog, but I received these way back at Christmas (feels like a lifetime ago now!) and I've basically fallen in love with them. Bit of hair-stylie background, I have wavy-ish hair that I like to keep in pretty good condition, even if it does get a little frizzy sometimes. Along side these products, I'll use a hair oil and heat protection spray and sometimes a smoothing balm if I'm feeling a little fancy...

I've never used any TIGI Bed Head products before so I don't know whether this is the same for all products, but they smell so sweet! It's a pleasant sweet scent that does linger on your hair after using them. Both have a pump, which is so so handy compared to pots or pour bottles.

Small Talk primarily adds body and volume to hair, whilst also defining and controlling. This stuff is amazing. Not that my hair needs any help in the volume department, but using just a little pump of this and my hair is ready to go. I can imagine people with thinner hair would love this product too, as it doesn't leave the hair looking heavy or any product reside, but just lifts it that little bit. 

But Foxy Curls is definitely my favourite of the two. Anything that can control and define my curls is a winner. This one has a slightly different texture, more like a gel, and is so easy to work into your hair without leaving a sticky mess! It adds the shine that I like in curls and holds them too. All in all, it's a great all rounder for adding texture and definition to curls!

What do you think of these two products? Have you tried Bed Head before?

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

OOTD: That Aztec Skirt and Grey T-Shirt

OOTD: That Aztec Skirt and Grey T-Shirt via Everything But The Kitchen Sink

OOTD: That Aztec Skirt and Grey T-Shirt via Everything But The Kitchen Sink

OOTD: That Aztec Skirt and Grey T-Shirt via Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Coat and T-Shirt: Primark
Cardigan: New Look
Skirt and Boots: Topshop
Necklace: Accessorize

So I've finally combined my two favourite fashion items! I wore this a few weeks ago for a few drinks with friends, and just fancied wearing something casual but still dressy. As I've explained in many posts, this skirt has probably been my favourite purchase of 2014 and will continue to be in 2015. I paired it with a new necklace that I got for Christmas and I'm already obsessed with the simplicity of it. Layering jewellery seems to be a trend this year and I'm totally on board, although it's such a pain when it gets all tangled up!

What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Instagram: Cupcakes, Stylist Magazine and a View

Positive Minds, Positive Vibes, Positive Life from Pinterest

Even though the weather is rubbish (yes I really did say that typical British thing!) and it's so dark all the time, January is actually pretty good at the moment. I personally think that it's all about what attitude you have and I'm always in awe of those people who are constantly positive and upbeat, so it's a sort of mid-month resolution to stay a little more positive

bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum

A new favourite skincare product has landed. I mentioned this product in my New In: bareMinerals Youth Revealed Kit post and have definitely fallen in love with it! All my dry patches have gone, my skin is quite clear now and it's generally a great product. Highly recommend it.

Stylist Magazine London

Last Tuesday marked the first 2015 issue of the Stylist Magazine. If you don't get one, they have a download on the Newsstand on smart phones so you can always read it from there. Each week they have thought out features, great fashion spreads and in depth beauty reviews, it usually lasts me the journey home!

Red Velvet Cupcake from Hummingbird

Friday treat days in London can be dangerous. Hummingbird Bakery is literally round the corner from me, and every week it's so tempting to get a cupcake (or two...) Last week I caved in and picked up my fave: Red Velvet, it's just too good!

A View

'Pink sky at night, shepards delight' is what my mum always says! This photo definitely doesn't do it justice either. I took it from the top floor of the cinema in my local town and you can see across the town and towards the fields. Local beauty at its best!

What's been your highlight this week? 
Rhiannon x

Saturday, 17 January 2015

OOTD: Back To Work Featuring Jack Wills

OOTD: Back To Work Featuring Jack Wills

OOTD: Back To Work Featuring Jack Wills

OOTD: Back To Work Featuring Jack Wills

OOTD: Back To Work Featuring Jack Wills
Coat: Warehouse
Jumper and Scarf: New Look
Dress: Jack Wills
Shoes: Clarks
Necklace: New Look

Is it kind of weird that I was looking forward to wearing my brogues back at work again? They're just too comfy. This outfit is probably best described as my 'inner geek' it just reminds me so much of a librarian style! But it was so warm...

I actually got this dress in the January sales, at Jack Wills of all places. On the same level as Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch, it's not a shop I always visit or have an urge to see what they've got in stock but I saw they had quite a good sale on. I think it was down from £50-something to £34, so a fair discount as it's super thick wool fabric, which'll last me an age. It's that great just-above-the-knee length but not so long that I look like I'm from the Victorian period. Plus it has pockets. Enough said?

What do you think of this outfit? Let me know in the comments!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Review

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Review
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

As mentioned in my previous Christmas: Lifestyle and Odds and Ends Presents post, I asked for the Girl Online book by Zoe Sugg for Christmas. 

It was the fastest selling debut novel by any UK writer, which can be explained through her millions of adoring followers and general (and scarily massive) presence on the internet. She was criticised for not writing the book entirely by herself, but having the help of a ghostwriter. Ironically, she named the ghostwriter in her acknowledgements, but that's her choice and if I was in that situation I would have been more open about the process of writing the book, but again, that's her choice. Now on to the review!

Plot: In short, Penny is an anonymous  blogger and uses her blog to talk about her feelings, relationships, school etc. Then her family take a trip to New York where she meets Noah, but his secret threatens Penny's blog and friendships, and I think you can work out the rest from there! 

Review: With any teen and chic-lit book, they're something enjoyable and relaxing to read. It was an enjoyable book to read, and I liked seeing something that features blogging and internet hate, because they're only just being picked up by the press an public. 

Personally, I feel like more time and care could've been taken into writing it, as it did feel rushed and slightly clumsy at times. I know fiction is suppose to be just that, fiction, but the character Noah just seemed too perfect, as well as their relationship and you're left thinking "Could that really happen though?" The characters themselves were well thought out and of course I loved the references to the places and shops in Brighton!

Overall, it is a good read for young people and teens. It draws you into their relationship and immerses you deeply into the book, as all novels should do. I'm curious to see what the second book will be, whether it'll be a sequel or another online-influenced book.

What do you think of this book review? Have you read it yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x