Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Heels, heels and more heels...

I have a bit of a shoe obsession (as I think most girls do!), and recently I've bought a couple of new pairs to add to my collection. A lot of the heels that I currently wear are either pretty tatty now (because I've worn them so much and got too drunk in them), or too uncomfy, so much so that I end up bare-foot most of the night. In the summer I love to wear heeled sandals, so I've been doing a lot of online shopping for these.

So whilst browsing on ASOS, I can across these two pairs below.


These River Island rose gold leather ankle strap court shoes are reduced to £35 from £50, and they're incredibly comfortable to wear too. I love the rose gold colour, and so I'm excited to wear these.


These heels are by a brand that I hadn't heard of before, Pieces, and they are sam foil multi strap heeled sandals, costing £29, reduced from £42. These aren't quite as comfortable as the River Island shoes, but they are still a lot comfier than some of my other heels that I somehow manage to wear!

Some other heels that I can't stop looking at

As it's almost coming to the end of the summer now, I'm going to make sure that I keep wearing my summer sandals for as long as I can! Here's some of my other favourite heeled sandals that I've come across.

Carvela Gosh Gold Heeled Strap Sandals, ASOS, £120

Steve Madden Fringly Black Suede Heeled Sandals, £95

Steve Madden Fringly Cobalt Sude Heeled Sandals, £95

Daisy Street Black Ghillie Heeled Sandals, £34.99

Miss KG Freya Black Multi Strap Heeled Sandals, £70

ASOS East Town Peep Toe Shoe Boots, £45

As you can see, I've been doing a lot of shoe shopping recently...


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Bridal and bridesmaid dress reviews

Two of my best friends are now engaged - one will be getting married July 2016 and the other July 2017. Along with this excitement, I'm happily being a bridesmaid for both of them and so I'm extremely excited! I know that they will both be completely different weddings too, with very different bridesmaids dresses due to them having different styles.

So something that's taking up quite a bit of my time at the minute is looking at wedding idea's, along with shopping for dresses - both for the bride and the bridesmaids.

Here are some of my favourite dresses that I've come across so far, including a complete mix of styles.

Wedding Dresses

The dresses below are both from JDbridal.co. JDbridal specialise in bridal dresses, and they deliver worldwide so you can simply order online. The dresses are great prices and quality, with a huge selection of styles. I think it's important as a bride to try in every style first, even if it isn't exactly what you are looking for, as you never know what it will look like until it is on. It's also important to choose the venue and theme, so that you can dress to suit the theme.


Both of my friends are looking for A-Line bridal dresses ideally, and I absolutely love the dress above which is reduced to 230.60 USD. It is A-Line and strapless with a built in bra, and has lace detailing, with a lace-up back. It's very simple yet stunning, and would be perfect for a church wedding.


I equally love this dress too (more so for myself!), and I think it would be a great dress for a beach wedding. It is designed specifically for a beach wedding as it has that loose, free feel, and it also has a beautiful, delicate halter with a flower attachment giving some added detail. I love a simplistic wedding dress, and wouldn't mind getting married abroad either! This dress has been reduced to 129.99USD.

Bridesmaid Dresses

I love shopping for bridesmaids dresses - trying them on with friends is all part of the fun in the wedding planning!

Here are some of my favourites that I've seen online.


The above dress is from JDbridal.co, as they sell bridesmaid dresses along with bridal dresses, and retails at 124.83USD (reduced from 515.99USD). It is a gorgeous daffodil colour, in taffeta fabric. I love the colour and style - it's a really cute style, although I don't think either of my friends would go for a shorter dress.


This dress is from Dessy.com, which is a very popular brand for bridal dresses. When I was a bridesmaid for another friend almost 2 years ago I wore a Dessy dress, which can be seen here. I love the colour and shape of this, as well as the lightweight georgette fabric that has been used. I also love the splits in the dress, showing the layers off. The colour is similar to what one of my friends will be having too - a very dusky grey. This dress is 238USD, found here.



Dessy also sells wrap dresses, which are a great idea for destination weddings as the fabrics are packable and crease-resistant. They have instructions on how to wear them, and the prices range from 140USD, so a cheaper option too.

So, the plan is to keep looking until we find a dress that's perfect! Hopefully this gives you some inspiration if you are searching for dresses.


Pink Parcel - August 2015 Review



So last night when I got home from work, I was excited to see that my Pink Parcel for August had arrived, safely deposited in my outdoor storage room next to my front door!

Here's the details of what was in the box:

1. U by Kotex Click tampons x25 - these are the same as I had selected in July's order. These are my favourite brand of tampons, so I'll be sticking with them. I do have a HUGE collection now as I find 25 to be too many, but I'm not complaining!

Yummy treats include:

2. La Via Del Te Tisana Energy tea - a box of 12 retails at 6,96 Euros. This has a fruity taste of peach and ginger, so I'm excited to try this one out.

3. Jealous Sweets - Wild Cherries flavour. These come in great packaging, and cost £2.50 per box. I do think that they are overpriced for the amount of sweets you get, but I think that you are really just paying for the packaging more than the sweets. They do taste good though!

4. Fudge Kitchen Dipping Fudge. I have to say that I ate this as soon as I opened my box! It tastes delicious, and I'm excited to try out some of their other products that they have, particularly the fudge sauces. They have some great gifts on there which are more unique than buying a box of chocolates from a shop, and they have recipes on their too, so I'll definitely be having a browse soon!


Beauty Treats include:

5. Unani Absolute Day Care Cream. I tested this out this morning, and it's a really nice, smooth moisturiser that softens the skin. I'm guessing that this must be a new brand as I couldn't see the product online anywhere, so couldn't find out how much this retails at.

6. Bellapierre Catwalk Mineral Lipstick - Mandarina. I was slightly disappointed with this colour as I prefer more soft colours, whilst this is a very bold orange/red. I would wear this for a night out, however, I wouldn't wear it very often therefore would have preferred a softer colour that I would wear more often. This retails at £20.

7. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I was really excited to receive this sample as I love anything that smells of almond, and this definitely smells incredible! I do love L'Occitane products too. This retails at £18 for a 250ml bottle, so it is quite pricy, but it is a great treat. When used, it transforms into a soft foam and it really did leave my skin feeling soft.

8. L'Oreal Glam Bronzing Powder. This powder is something that I would wear in the evening rather than the daytime, as it is very sparkly.

Overall I'm very happy with my Pink Parcel for August, although a couple of the product choices I may not use too much (the L'Oreal bronzer and Bellapierce lipstick). Now I just have to wait a whole month to receive the next one!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Recipe: Vegetable and cheese omelette


As mentioned in my last blog post, I am really into omelettes at the minute and promised my recipe - so here it is! I actually haven't tried mixing up any different flavours because I just love this one so much and don't want to ruin it! Although the picture isn't the best (it's a bit dark), it really does taste great.

This recipe is for 1 omelette.

Ingredients
  • 2-3 eggs (depending how hungry you are!)
  • Chopped mushrooms
  • Chopped red onion
  • Garlic granules
  • Grated cheddar cheese (I use strong for added flavour)
  • Mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper
Method

1. Fry the mushrooms and onions until cooked. Whilst doing this, beat the eggs until fully mixed.
2. Heat up oil in a large frying pan, then when hot add the eggs and cook until the edges have hardened and the bottom is cooked, but the centre is still slightly soft - you can usually tell when the base has cooked as it slides around the pan. Whilst waiting for this (it will only take a 30 seconds or so), mix the onions and mushrooms together in a bowl with the cheese.
3. Add the mixture into the centre of the omelette and keep cooking for a further 30 seconds. Add the herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, Press down the omelette to cook a little faster.
4. When the omelette is getting less runny on top, fold over in half and press down again. Cook for about 30 more seconds.
5. Add salt and pepper if desired, then enjoy!

If you prefer a Spanish omelette, then you can see my delicious recipe for that by clicking here.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

7 things that are making me happy right now.

I feel like my life's been a bit up and down over the last year or so, with quite a bit of drama, and so I've decided to write this post so that I remember the things that I have to keep me happy and also things to look forward to.

1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S

I've been going through this box set recently and I still love it just as much as the first time round (and the second, third, fourth...etc!). I find that it just cheers me up instantly if I'm ever down, and it's just one of those feel-good shows.

2. Living in York.

York Museum Gardens

Sutton Bank, North York Moors

Sutton Bank, North York Moors

Ready for York Races

I still feel like I haven't fully explored Yorkshire, as I've always been busy doing other things such as working hard, seeing friends, etc. However, recently I've been getting in the Yorkshire-spirit by attending the York Races (and seeing Tom Jones), which was a great day out. I also took a visit to Sutton Bank at the North York Moors recently, and there's a lot of other places that I'd love to explore in the area.

3. Focusing on myself.

There's a lot of things that I haven't taken care with in my life in the past - basically looking after myself! For example, I've never bothered about being healthy, looking after my hair, etc. I guess I've been quite lucky in the way that it hasn't had a negative impact on me (so far!). But I've figured that now that I'm 25, I should start to bother with these things, otherwise I'll end up old, fat and ugly! So...I've joined the gym, I will be making sure that I eat more fruit/veg, and I actually got a haircut recently (the yearly chop). For the last couple of years I've been getting my hair dip-dyed (blonde at the ends), and the hairdresser informed me that because I haven't been using any special oils, that my hair's in bad condition and keeps splitting, meaning that it's getting thinner. So, because of this I've invested in some argan oil of morroco by ogx, as well as a silver shampoo by Trevor Sorbie, in order to keep my hair an ash-blonde colour, and I have to say that both of these products are great. My hair feels so much better already, and the shampoo is helping to lighten the colour.



4. Omelettes!

As I've started to try to eat more fruit and veg, I've started eating omelettes as they're healthy and a great way to increase your veg intake, and, they taste amazing! I'll be posting my really simple recipe after this post, so keep an eye out for it.


5. Baths.

Recently I've bought some Dead Sea bath salts, and they smell amazing and definitely relax me in the evening. I've always been more of a bath-than-a-shower person, as I just love getting in a hot bubble bath at the end of a busy day.


6. Candles.

You may have read some of my reviews of Flamingo Candles wax melts, and I have to say that they are certainly keeping my house smelling fresh! I bought 3 candles along with the wax melt subscription using the 10% discount, with one being Pink Lemonade that I have started burning. I love candles, and Flamingo Candles is now my favourite brand - I just can't stop buying them! Along with this I also bought the Pina Colada and Palma Violets - all of which smell delicious.


6. Thailand.

I'm planning to go away to Thailand for two weeks towards the end of the year - I have no idea where yet, but I'm getting really excited. There's a lot of places that I'd like to travel to and Thailand is one that is right at the top.

7. The sun.

Summer always seems to be over so quickly, so I always make the most of the day when it's sunny. I also love having a tan - it just feels so much better, and I feel like I can look OK (ish) without make-up. It also means that I can make my garden look pretty (see below).




Saturday, 15 August 2015

Let's talk about one of my favourite fashion brands: Mary Katrantzou



Mary Katrantzou's 'Travel in Style' collection

Mary Katrantzou is one of my favourite designers purely because of my love for prints, and these one's are pretty spectacular!

For those of you that may not of heard of this designer, Mary Katrantzou is a London based luxury brand, launched in 2008. The brand is widely known to have pioneered the digital print revolution, with a very distinct visual language that defines textile innovation to feminine yet architectural silhouettes. The thematic collections are very clearly inspired by art and culture, whilst relying on innovation to create the most perfect collections.

Mary Katrantzou has grown its brand offering to women's ready-to-wear, a leather goods collection, jewellery and a shoe partnership with Gianvito Rossi and also, more recently, Adidas. Mary Katrantzou shows four collections annually, with the collections being shown at London Fashion Week. By clicking the link you can see some of the latest collections, with the last one being the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.

I love her range of summer travel clothing, called 'Travel in Style', with some of my favourite pieces from this collection pictured below. Featuring indicators of far-reaching travel and a cultured eye, this collection of travel clothiing curates luxury swim and beach wear with day dresses and occasion wear to take you from daytime sightseeing to sunset drinks.



I love this scarf to take to cover up when it gets a little cooler in the evening. The canary yellow gives that summer feel, and the glossy silken base makes me just want to rub it against my face!



Silk and semi-sheer, this button down blouse dress is splashed with a vibrant array of flora and fauna draped streams and bridges - again, a beautiful print. With a pointed collar and front breast pockets the shirt dress is very relaxed, and simply slips over the body. I've got quite a few blouses that are the same style as this that I usually wear to work with leggings and converse, and this would be a great addiction to my collection.


I love a paisley print, and Mary Katrantzou has definitely made me love them even more with this re-imagined heritage paisley print. These shorts sit just above the hips and are great for a summer evening, adding some elegance to an outfit.




I'm a huge fan of sheer blouses, especially which have a great print. This semi sheer blouse is great for covering up on holiday but equally great to wear on a day or evening to work or a night out. I love the vibrant and ethereal feel, loose fit and pointed collar. Out of all of these pieces, this blouse is my favourite and I really, really want this so I may have to save up! Although I don't think I could pull the look off, I love it teamed with the bold leggings.



This is a great match with the kaftan featured below, so I'd love to buy these two together in an ideal world! The tropical ocean print is gorgeous, and the balconette style bodice creates a flattering feminine fit - perfect for lounging by the pool.


Kaftans are great for holidays, as they're so easy to slip on to cover up whilst you're by the pool and want to go for a walk. This kaftan has a very relaxed fit and a stunning vibrant oceanic themed print, perfect for a sunny holiday. The tie waist gives some shape too, rather than being loose which always makes me look bigger than I am!

Friday, 14 August 2015

A review of my trip to Rovinj, Croatia

The old town of Rovinj

If you've read my recent travel posts on Venice and the Plitvice Lakes, then you'll know that I recently visited Croatia during the month of May. I just wanted to share a few of my photographs from my visit, and also give some tips if you're planning to visit Croatia. The area that I stayed in is called Rovinj, located in Istria.

I stayed specifically at the Hotel Eden, which is a lovely 4* hotel nestled away on the coast and in a quiet area surrounded by a lot of nature - hundreds of pine trees and the most beautiful cliffs. The hotel location was perfect, as it was only a 10 minute walk to the centre of Rovinj (pictured above), and it was away from all of the hustle and bustle! There are a few other hotels next to this one which are slightly more grand, both being 5*, so if you prefer something a little more extravagent then these hotels looked lovely and a bit more upmarket. In terms of the food, it was really the standard hotel food - not amazing but equally not bad. These other two hotels close by would probably have a lot nicer food with them being 5*. But to be honest, I didn't go for the food or the hotel experience, I went more to travel around and see different places and so I saw the hotel as more of a base.

Things that I did whilst I was in Croatia include biking around the nearby parks; wandering around the old town of Rovinj; a lot of sunbathing as the weather was lovely; as well as obviously visiting the Plitvice Lakes and Venice. There were other trips that could be done, however, I wanted a balance between spending time relaxing as well as travelling to see different things.

Lavender shop in Rovinj (Grisia)

You will see a selection of photographs labelled 'Grisia'. This is the name of a narrow street in Rovinj, and is also known as being a one-day art exhibition on the second Sunday of August. I loved this street, as it has such a wide range of shops as you'll see from the photo's, and there is artwork all the way along the street. It is a very narrow and steep street, therefore it is quite a bit of effort getting up there! It leads up to the St. Euphemia church which you'll see on the first photograph.

Hotel Eden area

Food stop on the walk to Rovinj

Food stop on the walk to Rovinj

Hotel Eden area

Hotel Eden beach

Walk towards St. Euphemia church

Walk towards St. Euphemia church

Walk towards St. Euphemia church

Bike ride around Hotel Eden area

Grisia

One thing that I did whilst in the centre of Rovinj, was climb up St. Euphemia church, and as you can see the views were stunning (pictured below). Although the steps were pretty scary to climb, it was worth it in the end to get this view of Rovinj and the surrounding area's.

View from St. Euphemia church

View from St. Euphemia church

Shops/streets in Rovinj

Shops/streets in Rovinj

Shops/streets in Rovinj

I have to say that Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries that I've visited, so I'll definitely be back visit some more area's, specifically Dubrovnik as I was too far away from here to visit it. I hope you enjoy the photographs :)