Winter Staple: Coats

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Winter Coats

If you haven't got your winter coat sorted yet, don't worry! You still have time. Usually by now, all the good coats on the market have been snapped up, but this year, there are so many to chose from and they're all still available to buy. 

There is something about buying my winter coat that makes the prospect of a bitter change of weather particularly appealing. With a number of trends to inspire you this season, the biggest challenge you will face is deciding which one belongs in your wardrobe!

My favourite trends this year are the masculine tailored and oversized waterfall coats. I also believe that every girl should own a good cape this season, my favourite being my pick above due to it's gorgeous warm tones. Cosy faux fur coats are timeless, and when I spotted the black and white number above, it reminded me instantly of the Fendi coat Kate Moss wore a couple of years ago, the only difference being the price tag! 

Happy shopping!

Shop my favourite pieces here...

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Catch up through Instagram

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I've been particularly snap happy on Instagram recently, so I wanted to post a little catch up through the eyes of my Instagram account! There's only so much I can cram into the little caption below each picture on the app, so I thought I would take you through what I have been up to recently.

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I hopped on a tube to Oxford Street for a little browse in the iconic Selfridges. Their sparkling lights and famous shop windows instantly put me in the mood for Christmas (not that I wasn't before, I don't think there is a time of the year that I'm not in the mood for Christmas!). 

The main reason for wanting to visit Selfridges was to have a look at the Charlotte Tilbury stand, which I spent far too long browsing around. We also had a look around their shoe department , dipping in and out of the boutiques. 

You cannot beat Selfridges at Christmas time!

When we heard there was a bar in London where you can play ping pong, we had to go! So last Thursday we got a taxi into Shoreditch at lunch and spent our afternoon trying to throw ping pong balls into cups, which was surprisingly hilarious. I hadn't laughed so much in so long! I can't wait to go back!

We finished off our night at Sushi Samba for some of the best cocktails in London. I had a cosmo, obviously ;)


After a hectic couple of weeks, a weekend away couldn't have come at a better time. My boyfriend and I spent the weekend in Hertfordshire where we relaxed at Champneys Spa. What I love about spas is that you can spend your entire time in your robe and slippers, roaming around without a care in the world! We returned feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready for a new week. 

My friend Ellise invited all the girls over to her place on Saturday for a spot of afternoon tea, and when we arrived we couldn't believe the spread she had put on for us. Well, I tell a lie, we could believe it because she's a domestic goddess when it comes to entertaining!

We ate our body weight in crustless sandwiches, scones with excessive amounts of clotted cream and jam, cakes and macaroons. We couldn't quite manage finishing it all off, so I took home a doggie bag to the boyfriend who was more than happy with the contents!

                                                

If you fancy keeping up to date with my Instagram posts, please follow me >>here<<, and be prepared to see a lot of food and prosecco!
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Winter Haul

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As the temperature began to drop over the last couple of weeks and I rummaged through my wardrobe for something warm to throw on, I suddenly realised I needed a complete winter wardrobe update!

What better excuse to go shopping? It's chilly outside therefore I must keep my toes warm in those new pointy Celine lookalike boots from Zara, obviously. 

After seeing how popular last year's Autumn haul post was, I decided to group everything together and show you what you'll be noticing me wearing over the next couple of months. 

I have also included a few beauty purchases that I am completely and utterly obsessed with at the moment. The 3 items worn together create the perfect Christmas party make up look, and you can see how I applied them all in one of my recent tutorial videos >>here<<.

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel >>here<<  to stay updated, as I am posting a new video every few days and will also be participating in Vlogmas this year (a video a day leading up to Christmas!), which I am looking forward to!

Unfortunately I couldn't find some of the items online, but I've included what I could find below in case you fancied a browse...



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Winter Staple: Boots

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Winter Boots

A winter wardrobe isn't complete without a good pair of boots. Trends come and go, but in my opinion, there isn't a style of boot that ever goes out of fashion. 

The latest obsession amongst celebrities and retailers at the moment are over the knee boots,  but this style of boot has actually been around for years. I am obsessed with the Next pair featured above which will look gorgeous paired with a mini skirt and finished with a baggy jumper to dress the look down. 

There are so many different types to chose from, but I have picked my favourites that are currently available at the moment. Click the pictures below to shop...

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Beach Waves Tutorial

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I've always dreamt of having beach style curls, but have always failed when trying to create them. I'd tried everything before eventually giving up and sticking to my classic smooth curls that I've become a pro at creating! 

Until now! Jose Eber very kindly got in touch and wanted to know if I wanted to try out a few of their products, one of them being their brand new Wave Styler which I have fallen in love with. Since being introduced to the wave styler, I've finally been able to create the beach curls I've always wanted!

To show you just how easy it is to use, I uploaded a tutorial video onto my YouTube channel to take you step by step through the process of creating perfect waves.

The wave styler comprises of three 22mm barrels, each individually heated to achieve quick and easy waves within seconds. Simply open and clamp down around a section of hair, hold for up to 10 seconds, then open the clamp and move lower down the hair, repeating the steps until you get to the bottom. It really is as simply as that!

I used a squirt of my favourite oil (which I swear by as my secret for healthy hair) at the end to tame and smooth, before gently brushing out the waves and ruffling the hair with my hands to give a rough, edgy look. 

For more information about the wave styler and all the other incredible Jose Eber hair products, visit their website here.


Please subscribe to my YouTube channel >>here<< to stay updated on my weekly videos. 
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The London Tag!

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Here is my version of the London tag, where I answer a few questions all about my favourite city!

I completely adore London, so I enjoyed sharing with you my favourite areas I like to visit, my tips and secrets! 

Questions:
1. Favourite place for breakfast?
2. Favourite Boots and Superdrug?
3. Favourite beauty hall?
4. Favourite area for everything?
5. Favourite park for walks?
6. Tip for the tube?
7. What would your perfect day out in London include?
8. Favourite gallery/museum?
9. Your London secret?
10. Favourite bar/club?

I tag...everyone! Please share with me your love for the beautiful city of London.

I hope you enjoy! Please subscribe to my channel >>here<< if you haven't already, to stay updated on my weekly videos. 
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Winter Contour & Lip look

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I have heard so many amazing things about Charlotte Tilbury make up, and I've spent so long lusting over the collection online. Finally, last week, I was able to see the collection up close and personal when I stumbled upon the Charlotte Tilbury make up stand whilst I was shopping in Selfridges. 

I was like a child in a candy store, overly excited and not knowing where to look first! The lovely make up artists must have picked up on this as they quickly offered me a seat and took me through the collection. 

My eyes were instantly drawn to the Filmstar Sculpt and Glow palette as I've been looking for the perfect contouring products for a while now, and after having it applied, I was sold! I also fell in love with a dark berry lipstick (called Love Liberty), which is the perfect Christmas shade, and I picked up the matching lip liner in colour Savage Rose.

The lip liner also has an added benefit of making your lips appear bigger and fuller, to help achieve the highly sought after "Kylie Jenner" look! 

I wanted to put together a quick video to show you how I contour my face and create a glowing winter look that I will definitely be rocking this Christmas!

I hope you enjoy! Please subscribe to my channel >>here<< to stay updated on my videos. 

Here are the products I used in the video:

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Winter Staple: Cosy Knits

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Cosy Knits


I've unfortunately spent this entire weekend indoors unwell with an ear infection and therefore feeling very sorry for myself! I decided the only thing that was going to make me feel better (except for pain killers & junk food), was to do some online shopping! Please somebody tell me I am not the only person to get an instant high after pressing the "order" button?!

Instead of doing what I usually do, which is buying the first items in sight despite them not being practical and not going with anything else in my wardrobe, I decided to make a list of the staple items I need this winter. The first item on my list was some cosy knits. This staple item never goes out of style, and can be teamed with practically anything. 

My favourite type this season are the baggy roll neck jumpers. Just looking at them make me instantly feel warm and cosy! 

Pair them with some leather trousers and boots for a timeless winter look, or with a mini skirt and tights for a dressier ensemble. 

Now that I have my jumpers sorted just in time for the bitter winter weather that's creeping up on us, the next and possibly most important staple item I need is a good pair of boots! I will feature my favourite winter boot picks in Part 2 of my winter staple posts which will be up within the next couple of days.

Happy shopping!


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Before and After Hair Extensions

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After 5 full months of wearing my last set of hair extensions, I had them safely removed last week and I couldn't believe how much my natural hair has grown. 

I have never felt so happy with my natural hair, so I wanted to write a post to break the misconceptions about hair extensions and how picking the right salon and professional to apply them can actually help your locks grow long and look healthy. 

I first discovered Inanch and began getting my hair extensions applied there 4 and a half years ago, and it's the best decision I ever made! Back then, my hair barely touched my shoulders and after years of bleach abuse, it was completely broken and frazzled! I wanted long Repunzel locks and the only way I was going to achieve this was by getting some hair extensions. I did my research and after discovering the multiple award winning salon Inanch and some recommendations by celebrities on twitter, I booked my consultation and a couple of weeks later I finally had the long flowing hair I always dreamt of!

Each set of extensions last me approximately 5-7 months and I always make sure I return to Inanch to have them removed professionally. There was only 1 time out of the 4-5 years that I made the mistake and booked to have them removed locally in Essex as I couldn't get into London, and I instantly regretted it. They had no idea what they were doing and it took them 3 hours to pull them out of my hair. I learnt never to make that mistake again and to stick to the professionals. Inanch, however, deal with extensions all day, every day, and are experts at it. They use a special oil to loosen the bond and within seconds the extension simply slides away from my natural hair, leaving no damage what so ever. The entire removal process takes around 20 minutes. 

I am utterly amazed each time I have a set removed, at how long my natural hair has grown in between. The first photo above on the left was taken in December 2013, and the photo next to it was taken last week, so you can clearly see that after 2 sets of hair extensions over 11 months, my hair has thickened and grown. The photo on the right was also taken after a trim too!

Although I am in love with my current hair length, I will still get extensions for thickness, mainly because I think I'm a little addicted and can't bring myself to say goodbye to them just yet!

I blogged about one of my visits to Inanch, which you can read >>here<<
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Straight & Sleek Blowdry Tutorial

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In this video I show you how to blow dry your hair straight and create a sleek, shiny look without the need for hair straighteners. I am using the new Jose Eber blow dryer (US link here) which has an innovative infrared light which infuses a gentle heat deep inside the hair cuticle, not on the surface of the hair shaft, decreasing drying time by 50%. 

Not only does it decrease drying time, but it eliminates the risk of hot spots, burns, and damage with its even heat distribution. Incorporating antimicrobial properties via Ultra Violet technology, the Infrared Blow Dryer helps to cleanse the hair as it dries, removing any bacteria or buildup leading to greater shine, smoother hair, and easier styling. Basically, this is the future of blow dryers!

It has 4 variable speed and heat settings, including a cold button for static control.

Previously when I styled my hair straight, I always had to straighten my hair afterwards in order to create the smooth, frizz-free look, but since using the Infrared dryer I haven't needed my straightens at all! 

I hope you enjoy my video, if you did please give it a thumbs up! 

Also, there will be a BIG Jose Eber giveaway coming soon, so please subscribe to my channel >>here<< and keep a lookout on my blog for the announcement.
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