Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review: PS, I Love You

This review has been a long awaited one, as I finished the book about a month ago! But with all the crazy things happening at the moment, I haven't had to chance to actually write it yet. So on to the review...

I had really high hopes for this book, as I first came across Cecelia Ahern in How to Fall in Love (review here) and I absolutely loved it! Despite not seeing the film, I heard a lot of positive hype around it anyway, so I was a bit disappointed to say the least. I think the thing that disheartened me the most was probably the ending, I was like 'Oh is that it?!' The whole story seemed a bit too chick-lit for me, and that's saying something! It did keep me captivated though, probably because I was waiting for the big surprise at the end (obviously I knew he wasn't going to come back, but I expected something better!) and I was always wondering what the next note said.

Overall, I liked the book, it's a good escapism but I probably won't be picking it up again. The concept was well thought out and I loved all the characters, I just wish there was something more, it felt like the ending was missing almost!

Have you read this book or any other Cecelia Ahern books? What did you think of it?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Wardrobe Malfunction

Cardigan and Jeans: M&S
Top: Primark
Boots: Topshop
Necklace: Forever 21

This is probably one of the most uninspiring outfits to have graced my blog in a long time, but sometimes simplicity is good right? Despite spring cleaning my wardrobe and finding some old gems I guess I'm in a style rut at the moment! I'm forever in this grey t-shirt and black skinny jeans, so I'll try to shake things up a bit more!

There are a few reasons for the plain outfit; first day back to college, raining (as usual) and I had to get up earlier to buy my train tickets. So that might make up for it?! My necklace decided to break on me at the last minute, but pliers to the rescue! I managed to tighten up the ring quickly and without any help from a man *pats self on back* Boy is this necklace heavy though! It's a pretty coral coral, plaited with gold beads, so I know I'll definitely get some more wear out of this in the summer.

Have you ever had any wardrobe malfunctions? My sole and heel of my shoe once ripped off, so I had to borrow a pair of my friends boots!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Sample Stash #1

I fancied doing something a bit different for today's post. As this blog is a bit of a mixture i.e. fashion, beauty, lifestyle, reviews and anything else, so whenever an idea comes to mind for a post I just can't wait to share it. 

This idea came to light when I was rummaging around in my 'beauty box', which is just all my spare stuff that I'm not using at the moment, when I found a few sample packets that I hadn't used yet. I've picked something from each category as such, skincare, haircare and make-up. I'll say this now, I'm not a beauty guru or blogger, but just dabble in that area once and in a while! On to the point....

Review: Across many beauty blogs I've seen, this product has popped up an awful lot. Claiming to keep your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours in a rich but non-greasy formula, it's done pretty well in my books. I have dry-ish skin on most days, so it did help combat those patches well and it wasn't too greasy either, like it promised. But I don't feel like it kept my skin hydrated for a whole 24 hours, as I had to re-apply after cleansing but whilst I used it it worked surprisingly well.

Verdict: I probably would buy this moisturiser again. The price is good for how much you get and what it's like on the skin, but I'm loving my Korres moisturiser at the moment, so once that's gone I might have to try this one out!

Review: Nivea Q10 has made a massive difference to my skincare routine, I'm putting it out there. Since I discovered it a few years ago when my mum didn't want it anymore, it's been the one body skincare product that I always revert back to. Promising to firm and tone your skin, this actually made a noticeable difference to my skin, although you have to be persistent with it and not expect miracles over night. It smells lovely and is very light, so when you apply it you don't have to wait for ages for it to dry. It is quite lotion-y (surprisingly!) but what I mean is that it's runny and can get quite messy sometimes. 

Verdict: I'll 100% be purchasing this product again, in fact, I think I have a spare one somewhere that was on offer a while ago. But this is a basic body lotion that I'd recommend to any one with any skin type!

Review: First of all, I'm sorry about the horrible sample! I had the idea for the post after I started using this one, hence the missing top part! In my opinion, this is more of a foundation than BB cream. It's a lot heavier and gives a medium coverage, which is great for those days when you want a bit more, but I'm definitely a less is more person! It's very runny and as you can see, I managed to get it everywhere. I'd say it's just a standard foundation really. The colour matches my skin quite well, but it clings to every single dry skin patch, so its not very forgiving in that sense but its very long lasting

Verdict: I'm not sure I'd buy this product again, the price is okay-ish but it's definitely not a summer foundation or BB cream, so I may be tempted in the winter if I'm in need of a new foundation. 

Review: I more or less tried these out on a whim after I got them free in a magazine and didn't really expect much! As a firm lover of the Aussie haircare range (and forever will be!) I didn't think I'd like these products as much as I did. The shampoo and condition were a bit 'meh', smelt quite a lot like the strong hair salon smell but the overall result was quite pleasing. I don't actually have frizzy hair as such, more wavy than anything, but applying the serum made a lot of difference to the texture of my hair. It's clear gel formula was easy to apply and did what it said on the tin!

Verdict: I won't be buying the shampoo and condition again, not because they're bad products but just because they don't live up to my Aussie favourites! But I'll more than likely get the serum once my current product has run out, as it's good value for money and made a noticeable difference to my hair.

What did you guys think of this post? Is this something you'd like to see more of?
Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Shard, Lewes and Easter Chocolate!

The weekly Instagram update is looking pretty good this week, but now I'm back to college in Brighton this week I can't promise that it'll be as interesting as this week was! I'm over on Twitter and Instagram for more of my daily musings (always wanted to throw that word in a blog post!)

My week started off with a yummy breakfast at The Shard with a beautiful view. There's more on this post here, but I'd really recommend doing this if you get the chance! It costs about £25 to go to the top or about the same if you go halfway (and still get an amazing view) and get breakfast!

I did a little OOTD this week with a few old bits I found when spring cleaning my wardrobe. Like shopping again but without having to spend anything! On the bright side, my feet have slowly recovered from my loafer experience!

So I didn't actually post this on Instagram, I did a photo collage instead of doing numerous photos of Lewes! It was such a beautiful day and all the blossom and spring flowers were out, which got me all happy! I did a more thorough post of Lewes if you want to have a gander! 

Oooh look at all the antique nick-nacks (another word I've always wanted to use...) If only I had the house to decorate....

At the moment I have managed to restrain myself from only eating one egg and soldier and a few mini Lindt bunnies, which is an achievement! Easter is always an indulgence for me and involves lots of family visits and dinners together, lovely memories. 

Happy Easter and thanks for reading!
What's been your highlight of the week?

Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Spotty Shirt and Comfortable Coatagain

Coatagain: ASOS
Cardigan: Zara
Shirt: Primark
Jeans and Shoes: New Look

Shirts will forever be to go to piece when wanting to look smart at work or my internship. I've pretty much got a rainbow of patterns, shapes and sizes in my wardrobe right now, and I don't see that ever changing! This shirt came from Primark last summer and I'm still in love with it. Cropped and pastel blue with spots, it's an easy throw on. Although these jeans aren't actually high waisted, I make them that way just for the shirt! 

And my loafers are no longer the comfiest shoes in the world, they gave me the worst blister from London the other week and it's in the right wrong place, so I'll be stuck in my Converse for the next few weeks, not surprisingly. Also, I'm sure this coatagain will be making a few more appearances this spring as the weather turns warmer. It's such a smart shape, but really slouchy and comfortable too, so its the best of both worlds really. 

Have you got a favourite spring piece that you're looking forward to wearing?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

The Lovely Lewes Town

As I mentioned in the OOTD last post, I thought I'd share some pictures of one of my favourite towns, Lewes. It's in East Sussex, not too far away from Brighton or Eastbourne and about a 45 minute car journey for us. 

We visit almost on a monthly basis, mainly because we have family in that area and it's just the perfect traditional English town. My mum and sister grew up there, my grandad and grandma use to live there and most of my uncle and aunties live in or outside the area, so it holds a lot of special memories for out family! 

There are a million places to eat in Lewes. From all the chain restaurants like Pizza Express to the local cafes. We always stop at Robsons of Lewes for a cake and coffee, mainly because it's supporting local businesses but also because they do the best cake selection! I chose the Easter Cake, plain sponge with butter icing... yum.

 Then we'll go on to the Riverside cafe which do a wide range of sandwiches and pannis that are THE best. I always have the Bacon, Mozzarella and Tomato Chutney panni because I'm yet to find a sandwich that beats it! The second photo shows the entrance to the cafe, where they've also got a florist, butchers, fishmonger and sweet shop, all locally sourced. And just down the road is Bills cafe, the original one! Mum always shows off that they used to be in the same class at school together and how small he had started out as.

Lewes is probably best known for its Harveys Brewery (and also its Bonfire Nights!) My mum would always tell me stories about what the town looked like when she was a child, which makes me wish we still lived there! When the Brewery is working (like it was that day) the air absolutely stinks. What of I don't know, but it smells horrible! 

Along the cobbled high street is various antique flea markets, which we love having a nosey around. I literally can't count the number of flea markets on both hands there's so many! There's always some great bargains in there, like my silk bird paintings, and we've collected many a things in this particular one.

Usually on our way home we'll stop by the cemetery to leave flowers for my grandad, grandma and other family members. On clear days like this, all the blossom and flowers come out and the views are amazing. You can see part of the South Downs and the whole of Lewes from some areas!

There's still so much more I can blab on about at Lewes but I don't want to bore you! It's a really spectacular place which holds a lot of childhood memories for me and I'll continue to visit for a long time coming, I'm sure of that.
Have you guys been to Lewes before? What's one of your favourite things about it?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Distressed jeans

Jacket: Topshop
Top and Shoes: Primark
Jeans and Bag: H&M
Watch: Oliver Bonas

Sometimes the most plain outfits are the best. Primark have been on form for the past few months, this top was in the sale for a fiver and I think the t-bar shoes were under £10! Although its not the same quality as Topshop or New Look, their styles are right on trend so I'll keep shopping there until.... well until they close (God, imagine that day?!) I wore this to go to a town called Lewes yesterday and ended up taking off the jacket for most of it as it was so sunny. I love the contrast between the distressed jeans and tough biker jacket to the pretty pink top and girly shoes, represents my classical style on most days!

I realise that I talk about Lewes quite a lot, so I took a few pictures of my favourite spots to compile in a post tomorrow! It holds a special place in my heart and if I could live there I would! Right now I'm off down to Brighton for my editor's at Latest 7 leaving drinks :( :( and have spent the day doing more work for BN1 magazine, which has been very productive, unlike the rest of the week!

Have you ever visited Lewes before? What's your favourite town or place? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon xx