Having their moment… Party bags

No I don’t mean the ones you get at a five year olds birthday party, I mean the bags that complete any outfit, whether you are going to the work office party or for Christmas dinner with your old school friends that you haven’t seen in years. 

If you want to stand out from the crowd, don’t just pull our your plain leather clutch or your boring chained suede bag. Mix it up with frills, embellishment, velvet, shapes and prints! High streets are jumping on board and are bringing out amazing bags at bargain prices! I will definitely be getting the embellished floral bag from asos as pictured below!

December must haves

This winter, make sure you are knitted out with three of the best trends this winter: 
1. Ankle boots. Each season we see clothing trends mirrored in shoe trends. This season is all about embroidery, velvet and patent. Embroidery is for the more daring, making any outfit instantly a statement look. I already bought mine from Asos back in August, but they are only getting bigger and better and more embroidered! Velvet is a more subtle way to jazz up your ankle boots, making them look extremely luxurious and plush. Or go one step further and combine print and velvet, why not!? Last but not least is the patent boot, which has been around for years but has been reinvented using bright colours and tonal prints, what’s not to love?

Here are a few of my favourites:

2. Staple skirts. Embroidery and velvet also feature in skirts, with the addition of pleats and tulle midi’s. Dress them up or down, add flat shoes or heels, these skirts can take you anywhere. My favourite is the pleated midi skirts, team these with a chunky roll neck during the day and transform to a plain Bardot top for the evening. 

3. Winter knitwear. No one wants to look like they are wearing thousands of layers during the winter, regardless of how cold it is. Make sure this winter you combine the latest trends with comfortable cables. These knit picks will be sure to do both st the same time, double tick. 

Having their moment… Zara christmas

Zara is always my fave, what’s not to love about on trend picks amongst beautifully made garments, adding a bit of luxury to a bargain hunters shopping bag. 

Zara always seems to get it bang on, using ruffles, embroidery and lace in their garments teamed with metallics and unusual textures. 

Here are my top seven from this weeks collection (one for every day of the week):

How to: Christmas jumpers

The time of year is nearly upon us, where the tedious task of buying a suitable Christmas jumper commences. Novelty jumpers are everywhere, and I mean everywhere!! However, nobody wants to mistaken for an extra in a Bridget Jones film. 

Thankfully, I am here to point you all in the right direction of the best jumpers out there right now. Whether you hate the thought of a tacky tradition, or are someone who loves wearing them at every opportunity, here are my top picks from lowest to highest on the Christmas scale:

For people who are anti Christmas jumpers:

1. River island cream fluffy cable knit, £38. 2. Boohoo Hollie, reindeers and snowflake jumper, £21. 3. River island gold and cream tinsel knit, £61. 4. John Lewis cashmere grey tree jumper, £134. 

For people who are partial to take part, without going overboard:

1. Dickinson & Jones cracker knit, £34. 2. Warehouse holly Christmas jumper, £36. 3. Warehouse bauble grey knit, £36. 4. Coast black embellished jumper, £49. 5. Warehouse grey mistletoe jumper, £36. 

For people who are not afraid to embrace all things Christmas: 

1. Topshop sequin gingerbread man jumper, £54. 2. Topshop black sequin bauble jumper, £100. 3. Boohoo red reindeer knit, £21. 4. Markus Lupfer black sequin reindeer jumper, £315. 5. Boohoo navy reindeer fairisle jumper, £21. 6. Topshop mistletoe kisses jumper, £36. 

Which one will you be buying?

Pleats updated

Finally a new take on the traditional pleat has arrived. Plisse! 

This is a form of pleat, where the fabric is puckered or crinkled permanently to give a beautiful effect. The shops are completely saturated with this fabric in every way possible. Whether its evening gowns, culottes or simple tshirts, there are a million ways to add a piece of plisse to your wardrobe. Better still, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, what are you waiting for?

Micro trend – Cacti

If you haven’t already come across an oddly placed cactus recently, whether they are on cushions or candles where have you been? They are everywhere. Bringing a hint of the hot desert to cold mornings and Christmas carols, cacti are the new micro trend to hit the high streets. My favourites come in the form of cute trinket boxes and novelty shaped candles (I already have my stash ordered from eBay). However if you are more of a trend seeker, try and grab Asos’s best selling pj set or Charlotte Olympia’s canvas pumps. If you aren’t fond of the real deal, these sweet alternatives are perfect and not a prick in sight!

2016 is loving lace

Self Portrait were first off the mark with their lace cut out designs and sheer silhouettes, oozing glamour and detail. Now all the high street shops have followed suit, consisting of a variety of colours and shapes to suit all sizes. The perfect dress for a summer wedding or a day at the races, the detail on the dresses is breathtaking! Can’t wait to get my hands on one or two!  

1. Self portrait, £290. 2. Self Portrait, £215. 3. Zara, £70. 4. Phase Eight, £150. 5. Topshop, £100. 6. River Island, £110. 7. Warehouse, £99. 8. For Love and lemons, £275. 9. Mango, £56. 10. Warehouse, £67. 11. Rebecca Taylor, £720.

Which is your favourite?

Beauty review: Liz Earle

For a long time I have heard many people tell me how amazing the Liz Earle cleanse and polish kit is. Consisting of a cleanser and Muslin cloth, the two are said to leave your face feeling extremely smooth and have radiant feeling skin. I have to say I am really bad when it comes to treating my face. My makeup routine only consists of a face wipe which may sound like blasphemy to some of you. I suffer with dry and sensitive skin and have tried cleansers before but they only seem to make my skin worse, so I have always returned to my trusty face wipes. After one of my friends reminded me again how amazing this product was I thought I would try it for myself. Initially I bought the cleanse and polish kit 100ml with two muslin cloths for £15.50 directly from the Liz Earle website. 

Cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser:

Goodbye face wipes, hello new skin! I saw results after just one week. Using the kit twice a day made my skin feel really soft and fresh. It removes all your makeup effortlessly and doesn’t feel too harsh on your face. The cleanser itself is creamy and smooth. Applied in circular motions, you can massage your face for a few minutes or alternatively quickly apply if you are in a rush. The muslin cloth is equally soft but gently exfoliates your skin as you remove the cleanser. I couldn’t believe how simple it was and there were no streaky black marks left from my mascara. The directions on the bottle say one or two pumps of the cleanser but I only use one, otherwise there is too much excess that I don’t need to use. 


In my opinion the cleanse and polish kit has left my skin feeling smooth, soft and has removed red blotches that often appeared on my face.

I was hooked!

Due a well timed promo I luckily came across a deal consisting of 200ml cleanse and polish kit with 2 muslin cloths, 200ml instant boost skin tonic, 50ml skin repair moisturiser and 10ml super skin concentrate for night. All products separately would have amounted to over £85, however the deal was only £45. I love a bargain. Another little perk of Liz Earle is that you get a freebee if you spend over a certain amount of money, plus free delivery. 

Oh did I mention how cute the packaging is, little touches really do mean a lot. 

 Instant boost skin tonic: 

Simply apply to your face and neck after you have used the cleanse and polish. This refreshes the face and leaves you feeling extra moisturised. I always use this after the cleanse and polish! A must have!

Skin repair moisturiser:


I use this sparingly as I didn’t want my face to feel greasy after application. After using it for a month it looks hardly used so it is brilliant value for money. It completes the routine and is the best moisturiser I have ever used. 

Overall I can safely say I will not be looking back and my face wipes are well and truly history! A little treat for your skin really will go a long way so if you haven’t already tried it, become one of the stats and agree that this product is perfect! 

What’s your beauty tips? 

River Island Design Forum X Sibling

It’s finally here, another high street and designer collaboration for you to feast your eyes on! 

It’s usually the likes of H&M that are the culprits that showcase designers joining high street stores, but this time River Island surprise at this low priced collection with top designer brand Sibling. Priced between £15-£55 you can get your hands on a little piece of luxury. Past collaborators with River Island Design Forum include Zoe Jordan, Christopher Shannon, Katie Eary and Eudon Choi. Sibling’s 2016 spring collection collaboration focuses on Girly gingham and luxe knitwear to create simple shapes that ooze Sibling’s statement style.   

 Shop online now or check out in store tomorrow, below are my fave picks of the bunch! First is the cute take on the denim jacket.. It’s pink and gingham! What more could you want? Priced at £55. Perfect for spring and will surely brighten up any wardrobe. And don’t forget accessories with this sweet fluoro pink transparent clutch with additions Pom poms, for only £18!   

 See the promo video here:  http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KnoVoCJuMFo