Monday, 25 August 2014

The Barcelona Lookbook

topshop cami // topshop hallie hotpants // motel kimono // miss selfridge sandals // topshop hat // zara bag

topshop crop // topshop shorts // primark sandals // new look rucksack

primark dress // kurt geiger heels

triangl bikini top // asos bikini bottoms // new look clubmasters

primark jumpsuit // primark wedges // topshop bag // barcelona bracelets

The last of my holiday posts seems to have coincided with the last day of Summer as it's currently tipping it down outside, but hopefully you'll still enjoy seeing what I wore during my recent trip to Barcelona. It was a really fun one to dress for because it was both a city and beach break so you could keep things really casual or dress up to the nines. I still absolutely love my Primark jumpsuit (full outfit post here), but I also really like my airport outfit which was both chic and super comfy largely thanks to the brilliant Topshop hallie hotpants. Also, any outfit where I get to wear a big floppy hat is a winner in my books! I've also put together a lookbook video where you get to see all these outfits in action -poor dave aka makeshift camera man- as well as some snippets of the sun, sea and sephora. For even more snippets you can take a peek at my holiday snaps in this post. I'm also sooo close to the big 19K subscribers on YouTube now so if you don't already please do subscribe and I'll be a very happy bunny! Today I'm trying to fit in as much filming, photo taking and blog post writing as possible before Dave returns from Reading festival, then I'll spend the rest of the bank holiday chilling with him. Providing he has a long bath first... Have a good one whatever you're up to :) 

What's your favourite Barcelona look?

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Brilliant Barcelona

It already seems like a long time ago (I've started my new adventure in the big smoke since- more on that later!), but this time last week I was exploring all that brilliant Barcelona has to offer with my very favourite person. Me and Dave had such an amazing time and seeing as Barcelona was as beautiful as it was brilliant I thought I'd share some of my holiday snaps with you... 

We stayed in a lovely hotel called the Gran Ronda which had the best little balcony overlooking a quaint Spanish street. The breakfasts were great, we had free wifi (#winning) and it was about 20 minutes from Las Ramblas which is essentially the big tourist strip. Even though we were just 20 minutes from central Barcelona, we walked soooo many miles everyday as we didn't want to miss anything and there were endless windy little sidestreets, markets, art, statues and parks to explore. One of my favourite things about Barcelona was actually the architecture as every building, be it only a bank, was so huge and impressive. A lot of the buildings were designed by Gaudi so had amazing colourful abstract details and I couldn't get over how stunning his cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, looked even though it won't be fully finished for a good few years. We also acted like big kids at the zoo and poor Dave got dragged to Sephora three times because I couldn't get enough of it- haul to follow of course! It was an action packed few days but we did make time to soak up the sun on the beautiful (if not rather naked) beach and head out for tapas dinners and jugs of sangria each evening as well as displays of the Font Magica. Overall I'd highly recommend an escape to Barcelona because you get the best of both a city and beach break. There's so much to simply walk and see that you don't need to take a lot of spending money and you'll find everything is slightly cheaper than it is in the UK too. I would suggest taking a good pair of comfy walking shoes though as my sandals ended up killing my poor little feet and pre book anything you want to do like the zoo or Sangrada Familia online to avoid queuing. Any time you save, you can spend in Sephora afterall...

So that was my delightful summer holiday -lookbook to follow tomorrow- but now I'm getting into the swing of my brand new London job as Social Media Coordinator for Feel Unique! I've absolutely loved it so far and we're going to be doing lots of really exciting new things, especially with bloggers, so make sure you're following the Feel Unique Twitter and Instagram so you don't miss out. This also means I'll be leaving Chelmsford at the end of September and moving back home for a bit before moving in with Dave after Christmas in London. Such exciting stuff!

Where did you go on your summer holidays this year? 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Review | L'oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly

We all get excited by those products that promise big changes, especially in the hair department, but sadly more often than not they just don't deliver. So when I heard about the new L'oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly which gradually gives you sun kissed locks without the damage, I decided to hold back my excitement until I'd given it a proper go. My previous 'mousy to blonde at home' quests had resulted in orange hair with damage to boot, hence why I now go to the professionals. However, I'm pleased to report the lightening product we have here actually works and will give your hair a permanent refresh without the salon price tag! 

This miraculous jelly comes in three shade solutions so you can find the one that fits you. I went for the lightest offering and have been applying it to the ends of my hair to enhance the ombré, as well as a tiny bit through the top and midlengths for a summer sheen. Application is so simple as you literally pop a dollop in your hands and put it where you want to (Even I can't struggle with that). You can't make mistakes, don't need to wear gloves and can put it on wet or dry hair so it really is an incredibly easy product to work with. I chose to pop it on damp hair before blow drying because heat intensifies the results, hence why I also dabbled with the dry hair option whilst in Barcelona. Well, after patiently applying this for a few weeks my blonde ends have got blonder and I now have subtle honey toned streaks through my darker sections with no brassyness/unnatural shades in sight and I love it! Usually when lightening products actually work you can feel them in your hair and they also dry it out, but I haven't had either of these problems and my hair actually feels glossy and gorgeous! At just £6 a pop for a bottle that goes a long way this is a proper little gem and if you want all over highlights or fancy trialling the ombré trend, I would highly recommend.

Have you given this 'summer in a tube' a go? 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Jumpsuit

primark jumpsuit // primark wedges // barcelona bracelets // gelish nails

Holllaaaa, I'm backkk! I've just had the most incredible week in Barcelona but sadly it was time to return to rainy England yesterday. As I'm a real happy snapper I've got a whole lot of photos coming your way of this amazing city as well as a little lookbook and VLOG video, but today I thought I'd show you my last night dinner and drinks outfit. Every day after hours of exploring and beach bathing me and the boy came back to our hotel to freshen up in store for evenings of sangria and sea food and on Thursday I thought I'd pull the stops out with my new jumpsuit and flatform wedges. I have good old Primarni to thank for both of these little gems- the jumpsuit was even in the sale down from £15 to £8!! Being the little shorty that I am I've never found a jumpsuit that didn't swamp me, but this one actually flatters my petite frame, nipping in at the waist and rolling up just above the ankles, with saucy open back detailing (oo la la). The print is pretty gorgeous as well and I love the bold colour clash. Due to it being such a statement piece I kept the accessories/make up pared back with some simple Barcelona bracelets and a bronzed summer sheen, which left room to rock things up a bit with the chunkiest and comfiest wedges ever and a gravity defying quiff to boot. I must give a special shout out to Laura who did my nails with gelish before I left too, they're the most perfect minty colour and have lasted like a dream all week. That's a dreamy week all round then :) 

Are you a jumpsuit kinda girl?

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