A Nose Around My Dressing Room!

A much requested post, particularly when I was teasing everyone a few months back on Instagram by posting 'work in progress' shots of my dressing room whilst I was decorating it (which I mostly did by myself I hasten to add, I'm not bad with a paint brush!) 

We moved into our house around three years ago and for two years this room was not a nice place to be at all.  The 'dressing room' consisted of a grey carpeted floor, a large Ikea mirror leant against the wall, a small Ikea table with my make up on it and underneath a pile of hair appliances in a big tangled heap, a small chest of drawers with underwear and other clothing in it and then the piece de resistance... four (broken!) rails of clothing gathering dust.  I used to do my make up and hair in the mornings sat on the floor!! 

So, in the Spring this year I made a start on sorting this room out, we had a company come and fit wardrobes and storage into both this room and our bedroom (which, by the way, is still not finished!)  so I was lucky enough to be able to design where I wanted everything.  Our house is fairly old so has a lot of original features that I also wanted to keep. 

As you walk into the room to your left hand side are two wardrobes.  I'd really wanted the interiors of these to be white but apparently this wasn't possible, it's not so bad though. 

The first wardrobe has blazers, smart blouses, day dresses and work separates.  I also bought one of those hanging shelves from Ikea to pop little bits and bobs in such as hats, my hair dryer and straighteners etc. 

The next wardrobe along has a bunch of shoe boxes (also from ikea) with my more 'Wintery' shoes are kept in the Summer months.  I also have coats in here, work dresses and also all my going out and evening dresses.  The two Ikea storage boxes at the bottom are also additional 'seasonal' storage - Winter accessories in the one and bikinis, beach towels and hats in the other. 

The small full length mirror on the wall is from Ikea, I looked for ages for a nice mirror but really like the simple design of this Ikea one. 

Moving clockwise around the room....this is where all the magic happens! ha! :)

So the dressing table itself is the Beauty Bloggers favourite, the 'Malm' dressing table.  I really like the glass top because it makes it an absolute dream to clean make up off it.  My mirror is also from Ikea (ok, this isn't an Ikea sponsored post although it's beginning to sound like it!)  My stool I got from Amazon and the rug is, ahem, from Ikea too. 

Next up we have 'shoe corner' :)

I have to say that since I've had my shoes on shelves like this, I'm wearing them all a lot more regularly.  I think this is because I can see them all so I can't forget about them!  At the moment the shelves are in 'Summer mode' and of course as soon as the weather starts to get a bit cooler my boots will be replacing the flip flops and Birkenstocks!

Next we have my 'happy' wall consisting of some quotes and also pictures of all the people (and animals!) that are special to me.  If ever I'm having a bad day I look up at this wall and it always makes me smile :)

Bag storage is next (although some of the larger ones are on top of my chest of drawers further around the room! 

Another wardrobe.....this one is my 'casual' wardrobe and is the home to all the t-shirts, vests, casual tops, jeans, shorts, shirts and casual coats. 

This is an awesome chest of drawers because I can fit SO much into it and I've tried to keep it really organised by buying some drawer inserts.  I'm a Virgo...what can I say?!  I was going to include a picture of this but have decided that sharing my underwear with you probably is a bit TMI!!! So you can look at the sunglasses in the top drawer instead! :) (side note - my Miu Miu's are currently being repaired and I miss them a LOT!)

This is where Clicquot likes to sit while I'm doing my make up and hair,  it's one of my favourite parts of the room (it's also hers!) 

And lastly we have my chandelier from Next I thought it was going to take me forever and a day to find a light shade I liked and because of the intricate ceiling rose I didn't want anything too fancy.  This was absolutely perfect and looks even better in the evening! 

So I hope you've enjoyed having a little nose around my dressing room.  I couldn't list where I got all the bits and pieces from in the room but if you've spotted something you like just let me know and I'll tell you where I got it from! :)

Hope you all have a great start to your week! 

New Shoes

So after weeks of lusting after buynow/bloglater's Topshop footwear purchases from a while ago and many many near attempts of buying online (I can't even tell you how many times I put these into my shopping basket on the Topshop website!) I finally caved in a pretty major way and purchased both the black leather and the snake skin versions of the Topshop Kingdom Ghillie Flats and I have to say I'm not disappointed that I did! 

They are a great copy of the Aquazzura laced flats, available here, but without the hefty price tag and what I love about them is how you can dress them up with something like black jeans and a floaty top with a blazer for more evening appropriate look or they can be worn with ripped jeans and a t-shirt or vest for a more casual look for the day time.   

I also thought they'd be pretty good for the Autumn weather.....Always one to forward plan me! (or am I just desperately trying to justify my purchases! ha!) 

An added bonus, they're super comfortable, something which I didn't think would be possible for a shoe with copious amounts of lacing and lots of potential bits that could 'dig' in! 

As some of you may have noticed from my Instagram account (link at the top!) I have been in Harrogate this weekend for my sister's Wedding.  It was a fantastic day and Harrogate is such a gorgeous place...

Beautiful scenery,  impressive architecture, little boutique shops, SpaceNK (a bit of a novelty for me since we don't have one in Cardiff) Harrogate is without a doubt, very Instagram-worthy! and since I'm not one to waste a photo opportunity, here is a little outfit of the day for you with my new shoooooes! :) 


  • Shoes - Topshop Kingdom Snake Effect Ghillie Pointed Flats - get them HERE
  • Jeans - J Brand Jeggings in Black (so comfy!) - get them HERE
  • Shirt - Topshop - get similar HERE
  • Bag - Smythson East West Panama Tote - similar HERE

Hope you all have a great start to your week!  :)

A Great Concealer!

I put off purchasing this until I used up a few of my concealers, hence the reason being so late to jump on the band wagon with this one! This was an effort to try and keep my make up collection under control (who am I kidding?!) 

I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed with the Nars Creamy Concealer that everyone raved about.  Don't get me wrong, it was a 'nice' concealer, but that's about the only word I could use to describe it.  It wasn't ground breaking and it certainly wasn't as good as the cheap as chips, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (that incidentally I'm on about my 6th tube of!) 

I'm in my mid-thirties (shhhh! We don't talk about this fact too often!) and I suffer with the problem of my concealer creasing under my eyes after a couple of hours of application, therefore, I'm constantly on the prowl for something that will combat this. 

Then, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer happened! Finally, a concealer that doesn't crease! 

First let's talk about the packaging and applicator.  Both very impressive.  The concealer is part of the Urban Decay Naked range and the packaging looks sleek and minimal, just how I like things :)

The applicator is also very good, it's an effective shape and distributes the product evenly onto the skin. 

What I love the most about this concealer is the texture, it feels lightweight and thin in consistency but packs a punch in the pigmentation department meaning it hides a multitude of sins without looking 'cakey',

It wears well, especially if set with a lightweight powder (I'm using a loose powder by Laura Mercier at the moment) and as I mentioned previously, doesn't seem to settle into fine lines. Yay! 

Here is a picture of myself taken last week before an evening out to see the concealer in action (some of you may have already seen this on my Instagram account!) Sorry for looking like a bit of a miserable cow! :) 

The concealer also acts as a light reflector, which means it's great for using under your eyes but I also find it works really well on other areas of the face such as the chin, nose and forehead for that extra bit of coverage. 

So in short, this has definitely made it to Holy Grail status in my concealer collection, along with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (great for covering nasty spots) and the aforementioned, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. 

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend! 

For All You Nosy People!

So I ummed and ahhh'd about doing this post.   Would people be interested in knowing the contents of my everyday handbag or would any of you actually even care?!!!

Then I thought, no matter how many times I watch a 'Whats in my Bag' YouTube video, I'm always intrigued about what crap other people cart around with them! 

The decision was made :)

Now, I'm not the type of person who travels any situation! (holidays, weekends get the picture!) And my every day bag is no exception!

So here goes....

Just a brief bag introduction for you.  

This is the Smythson East West Panama Tote and I have to say it is fast becoming one of my favourite bags.  I love that it works so well for work, I can pile all the essentials into it  (those are coming up!) plus my breakfast, a pair of flat shoes, my folder if I'm going on a meeting etc but it also serves me well for shopping and travelling (especially for flying!)  It has been a great addition to my bag collection and one I'm using a lot. 

To begin things, let's start with a fairly new addition to the handbag squad.  

I originally bought this to pop into my clutch bag for a night out so I wouldn't have to take my purse with me but I got tired of hunting around for the cards I use the most in my small purse and decided to use this in my everyday handbag.  Since I pay for most things with my debit card, I find it a lot easier to grab.  It's from Anya Hindmarch and you get something similar HERE

I've had my Louis Vuitton purse for a long time and although I often see larger wallets that would probably be more practical for me, I'm not a big fan of larger wallets.  I love this little Louis Vuitton purse because it's the perfect size to keep my change in and those cards that I don't use on such a regular basis and even though I've had it for over 5 years, it still looks as good as it did the day I got it! 

Another newish addition to the gang.  I used to carry around a large hairbrush, but got so fed up of the long stray hairs that kept collecting in my bag and how cumbersome it was.  I wanted something small and compact to carry around and I have to say, I'm really pleased with this.  I have very long and very thick hair and this little gem makes easy work of taming my mane! You can get one HERE

Now not many of you probably know this, but I'm supposed to wear glasses for reading, watching tv and driving.  The truth is, I'm not really a big fan of wearing them so they tend to only make an appearance when I have a bad headache or the words are all merging into one on my computer screen at work! These are from Gucci and I got them back in 2009.....I could really do with an update!!! 

The good....and the very bad!!!

First the good.  We have my beloved iPhone 6, (housed in a Louis Vuitton imitation print case I got on eBay for £3.99!!) I have nothing but good things to say about my iPhone and I love it, perhaps a little too much sometimes, much to the annoyance of my poor Fiancé!

And then we have the bad, and not to mention ugly!!  I was given this Blackberry at work and to say I hate everything about it would be an understatement.  The functionality, the usability....I just loathe it.    I'd replace it with another iPhone in a flash if it were up to me.  But beggars can't be choosers and all that - at least it works...just! 

I cart around way too much make up with me.  Always have, always will.  My reasoning behind this is you just never know when you might need it!  I carry more in this make up bag than some may have in their whole make up collection! and let's get this straight, I'm not proud of that! It's just the way I am!  The make up bag is by Anya Hindmarch and also has a little pouch for brushes on the side.  You can get it HERE

I live in the UK and you can never predict the weather here so it's always good to cover all eventualities!

Hence the reason I am never without an umbrella and a pair of sunglasses.  At the moment I've been gravitating towards these Celine New Audreys.  I love the shape of them and as most of you probably realise by now, I'm a huge (no pun intended!) fan of over-sized sunglasses!

Last but not least, we have my Saint Laurent Pouch.  I got this in Bicester Shopping Village in the UK so can't find the exact same one online anymore but many brands and high street shops do cute little pouches and I find this really useful to put all my smaller items in.  It also makes swapping bags an absolute cinch because the changeover is really quick and seamless 

I pop in here painkillers, tampons, a small sewing kit, toothpicks, iPhone charger, a pack of tissues, plasters, a plastic bag (because you have to pay for a bag when shopping in Wales!!) a pen and a small notebook.  

This pouch also doubles up as a great clutch bag when I go out in the evening.  I love a multipurpose purchase! :)

So now you all know what's inside my bag you nosy lot! 

Hope you're all having a great week so far :D

Zara Sale Blazer

Ever since my local dry cleaner (not mentioning any names!) destroyed my beloved Zara off white blazer it has left a void in my wardrobe.  Right there, next to multiple black blazers (addicted? me? no!), was a gap that needing replacing....

Enter new sale purchase from Zara :)

This is everything I want in a blazer, well cut, comfortable and has a little stretch in it so the sleeves stay up if I need them to.  I actually almost bought this full price a month or so ago, so very pleased that I didn't! Don't you just hate it when you find half the things you bought full price a few weeks previously there on the sale rails? Nothing more frustrating!

I love pairing a lighter coloured blazer with darker jeans and favour this combination for when I'm wanting to feel a little more 'sophisticated' and less 'here's me in my Nike Airmax and jeans...again' ha! 

Outfit Details

  • Sunglasses - Prada (discontinued now I believe but they are a cat eye tortoiseshell shape and many other brands do these kind of sunnies)
  • Shirt - Topshop - bought last season but they're doing a similar one this season HERE
  • Jeans - Citizens Of Humanity
  • Blazer - Zara - I can't seem to find this online anymore but they do this kind of style every season and I've nothing but good things to say about Zara blazers! Get one! (you might be lucky and still be able to grab this one in store, it was £39.99) 
  • Ballet Flats - French Sole - get them HERE
  • Bag - Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Damier - get it HERE 
Lipstick is Clinique Long Last Lipstick in 'Tangerine' .....a Summer favourite of mine!

And then....I stuffed my face with pasta at 'Ask!'

 'Ask' is a chain of restaurants in the UK that I usually don't gravitate to because I usually prefer to support local small businesses, however, I sometimes make an exception and the Italian food in Ask is pretty authentic and tastes really good.  They could with a few 'truffle' additions to the menu though (obsessed with anything 'truffle' at the moment!) 

That's it for now, hope you're all having a good week? I have been going to the gym a lot and consequently can't move much today, my arms and legs feel like lead! :(

Rainy Day Lipstick FOTD

I had been meaning to do a blogpost about this lipstick since I bought it a couple of months ago and then, typically, life took over and I forgot.  So here I am 4 months behind everyone else with my Nars Audacious Lipstick post. (insert laughing emoji!) 

Today seemed like a great day to crack out something a little bit bright and bold to combat the dreary, cold, miserable weather in the UK (blah blah blah, yes I know it's so unbelievably British to talk about the weather but today it has been beyond awful and I am going to have a little moan about it!) 

It's not very often that I do my makeup and I'm 100% pleased with the results (and these days are few and far between now at age 35!!) but today happened to be one of those 'good' days.  Yay!

Of course, as per usual, the make up was troweled on!

  • BASE - Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream (I love this stuff in place of moisturiser at the moment, creates a lovely glow and has an SPF in it too) followed by Estee Lauder Double Wear (also amazing!) Set with a bit of Laura Mercier Loose Powder (not photographed - oops!) 
  • CONCEALER - Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
  • BRONZER - Tom Ford 'Gold Dust' 
  • BLUSH - Nars 'Deep Throat'
  • HIGHLIGHT - MAC 'Soft and Gentle' 
  • EYEBROWS - Revlon Brow Fantasy in 'Dark Blonde'
  • EYESHADOW - Bobbi Brown Nude and Nectar Palette
  • EYELINER - In the lower water line to open up the eyes Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in 'Nude'
  • EYELASHES - Givenchy Noir Couture on top lashes and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on the bottom (obvs!) 
  • LIPSTICK - Nars Audacious Lipstick in 'Fanny' (stop laughing!!) 

The formulation of this lipstick is great and I'd definitely consider buying another one (what are your faves?- I need suggestions!) It easy to apply and doesn't smudge too much so no need for a liner.  

Lasting power is good but not totally amazing (after a Birthday lunch at my parents today and a cup of coffee it had worn off but not in a bad way leaving quite a nice stain) 

Anyways, I'm off to enjoy what is left of my Sunday evening and to look for a nice serum for my face online - again, suggestions would be appreciated for those of you bored with nothing to do! haha! :)  

Have a great week! 

#OOTD, Hat Loving and Glowing!

The hat is back. 

I've always enjoyed wearing hats, even when I was about 10 and those really floppy velvet hats where fashionable and I remember dragging my poor Mum around 'Tammy Girl' to purchase said floppy hat! (I think mine was burgundy - delightful!) 

I just love how a hat can totally change an outfit.  Take this outfit for example, it was unusually hot today in the UK and I wanted something cool and comfortable to wear, without the hat this outfit looked a bit, well, frumpy for want of a better word.....add the hat though and suddenly it looks a lot cooler and 'put together'.  

I'm all for hats! this particular one I actually picked up whilst in France but it's just a basic Panama which is replicated in many high street stores around the world, in fact I'm pretty sure I've seen a similar one in H&M recently. 

Outfit details

Hat - from France - replicated in lots of major retailers, similar one HERE

Navy Vest Top - Alexander Wang - I bought this from the Outnet but can't find it in navy anymore, get similar ones HERE though 

White Denim Skirt - Topshop - years old, I think I bought this when I was about 25....I probably shouldn't be wearing it anymore!!! 

White Birkenstock Arizonas - every so comfortable, little bit ugly but I love them anyway! Get them HERE

Bag - Mulberry 

In other news, I have been really loving the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream that I bought last week.  I've been using it every morning under my make up instead of a moisturiser (it hydrates and contains SPF) and I'm really loving the effect it gives when worn under a foundation like Estee Lauder Double Wear (my other favourite at the moment!).  

It just makes everything just a little more radiant and dewy without compromising on the staying power of the foundation and I think it may also be improving the condition of my skin a tad too. Winner.  

So that's it for another weekend! Hope you all have a great start to your week :) I'm aiming to eat healthy breakfasts this week, so I'll be reporting back on how that goes soon!  

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