Tuesday, 30 September 2014

OOTD: Daisy Peplum and Black Skinny Jeans

Daisy Peplum and Black Skinny Jeans OOTD

Daisy Peplum and Black Skinny Jeans OOTD

Jacket and Top: Primark
Jeans: M&S
Bag: H&M
Shoes: Converse

At the weekends I ditch my beloved shirts and brogues and opt for more comfy styles, of course not leaving behind my black skinny jeans! I can't remember when I last wore my Converse, so I normally dust them off  and throw them on for my days off. I wore this on a recent trip out to Brighton and it actually turned out hotter than expected, so the black jeans were a slight mistake!

It's actually quite a simple outfit, but I think the no-fuss and classic OOTDs are the best. I am trying to take more pictures of my work-style outfits, but it's getting harder with little natural light when I get home, and that's even if I get back before 7:30! 

Today has been the usual day at work, sorting out the social media stuff for the new few days, coming up with more online digital marketing ideas and generally getting ready for our new website launch - which is super exciting! I'll be sure to keep you guys up to date, as it's so exciting and we've spent a long time on it!

What do you guys prefer, simple or all-jazz outfits? Let me know!

Thanks for reading,
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Instagram: Nails, Soap & Glory and Cupcakes

Another crazy and busy week - I swear they aren't getting any easier! Since starting this new job, I've found it so hard to get the right work-life balance, but I'm hoping that it will slowly start falling into place. 

As long as I have time for my beloved Downton Abbey and Great British Bake Off, that's all that matters right?!

Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Huckleberry

Even though it's supposedly Autumn now, I've still be obsessed with pastel nails. This is Barry M Gelly in 'Huckleberry' which is a pastel baby blue that I got in a 3 for 2 deal in Boots (always catches me out!) Expect a review to come very soon!

Coffee and Tia Maria Cupcakes

As it was National Cupcake Week a few weeks ago, my sister and I baked coffee and Tia Maria cupcakes, really, it was any excuse to bake cupcakes. They were so delicious! These are the ones my sister did, then the cakes I iced were subtly put in the 'reject' pile. Looks like icing isn't my greatest skill!

Soap & Glory Blusher and Eyebrow Pencil

Surprise surprise, another Boots deal. This time it was 'buy one, get one half price' AND the Boots assistant managed to get me to pay with my points. So weak. I actually only went in for the Brow Pencil and Brush! But these products are bloomin' amazing. I didn't take the picture with the Peach Party blush open because I'll be doing a full review of both in the next week or so (annoying, I know) but let's just say, possibly holy grail?!

Gail's Bakery Sandwich

Gail's Bakery, oh how I've fallen in love with your bread. Just by chance I found the Soho branch, after wandering round on my lunch break last week and now it's my favourite Friday treat. Their bread is all freshly made and sandwiches are to die for! I'd thoroughly recommend it if you're in the area.

OOTD Spotty Shirt and Brogues

I did a long-overdue OOTD post this week, can't remember the last time I did one of these oldies! It's just a classic 'Rhiannon' outfit and I'm still in love with these shoes. Totally underestimated Clarks! My outfits have to be comfortable and practical, but still smart enough to get away with wearing at a meeting. Jeans and shirts all the way now!

How have all your weeks been?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A Day in Brighton and Bill's

Brighton Beach Front
Sunny times on the beach. (look at that perfectly timed seagull!)

A few weeks ago I travelled down to my all-time favourite seaside city of Brighton. I met up with a friend for a catch up and the best Sunday brunch I've had in a long while! 

Brighton Station Piano
Only in Brighton would you get a piano in the middle of the station, free for anyone to play!

To say Brighton means a lot to me is an understatement. For people who haven't read my blog in the past year or so, I used to study in Brighton as a journalist, travelling down four or five times a week. My college was at the far end of the North Laines, which is my favourite part because of the bohemian vibe and unique shops and cafes. 

Brighton Beach Front

It was the perfect day, not a cloud in the sky and it actually felt like summer again! The train was rammed full of tourists and families travelling down for the day, full of happiness and optimism. 

Brighton Bill's

Brighton Bill's

As usual Bill's was super busy, but we managed to squeeze a spot next to all the prams but in the sunshine! I opted for the granola and yogurt with fruit coulis and the best drink of all time, Peach and Mint ice tea, seriously delicious. I've said this before, but nothing beats the original Bill's in Lewes, but across the whole chain, the overall 'Bill' message and aura is still the same. 

Brighton North Laines
My college was right at the far end of these lanes!

Coming back to Brighton after only a few months of leaving it, I genuinely became emotional. As I sat on the train, travelling back through the journey I've done over a hundred times, I camw to realise just how much I adore the city. 

It's difficult to explain what sort of attachment I have towards it. But I guess the only way of describing it is that because I didn't go to uni and 'discover myself' there, I chose an intense course that would speed me through a couple of years learning into just 10 months, which in turn taught me a lot about myself. 

Brighton will always be the city which discovered me, in its non-judgemental and cultural form.It's taught and showed me a hell of a lot about myself and one day I do hope to return to it for good. For now, it's trips like these that make me realise just how appreciative I am for the past year, all the opportunities and vibrancy of Brighton. 

Sorry for the ramble-type post, it's been something playing on my mind for a while! Maybe I'll do a 'Brighton Favourites' post and show you what parts I love best. 

Have you guys been to Brighton? What's your favourite town, city or place?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Beauty Review: Max Factor CC Cream

Max Factor CC Cream in Fair 40 Review

Max Factor CC Cream in Fair 40 Review

Ever since I got my first BB cream I've been very curious as to the colour correction creams aka CC creams. And as my Benefit Big Easy BB Cream is slightly too dark for my autumn skin (lets face, all year pale-face) it was time for a change!

I chose the lightest colour 40 Fair, which is okay but not an exact match due to the range of shades reduced to only three?! It's a creamy consistency which can look slightly cakey if you don't blend it in properly, but overall it's a quite good foundation with a medium coverage. 

Max Factor CC Cream in Fair 40 Review

The natural coverage does colour correct, in my opinion. I have slightly red cheeks and chin, but once I've applied this my skin is all fairly one shade. I love the added SPF, even if it's only 10 it's still good to have a small amount of protection and it covers most skin imperfections, with just a dab of concealer needed for blemishes and under the eyes.

The only downside is that I've found it slightly greasy around my t-zone, especially down my nose. I wouldn't say my skin was particularly oily, it's more combination with few dry patches across my cheeks. But I've found that I tend to powder my t-zone, which I don't do often, throughout the day to stop my skin looking too shiny. 

Overall it's a nice product to use, I do like the colour correcting elements and it does last all day, but I'd say this isn't one for oily skin and if you do, then powder away!!

What do you guys think of the Max Factor CC Cream? What's your favourite CC Cream?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

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