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10 Things I’ve Loved This Month

This month I’ve been prepping for sunshine with coral lips, new jeans and a brightly-coloured bag.

Mom Jeans

I’ve found myself living in these jeans this month. They’re high waisted, even on my long body, fitted at the top before becoming slightly baggier at the turn ups. They’re distressed, beaten up and really bloody rigid making bending hard work, but I love them. I’ve even surprised myself by wearing them with my tops tucked in. Who ever knew. And at only £40 a pair, they’re a decent price. Hail the Mom Jeans.

Smudge Print Chain Clutch

This joined my collection of Whistles clutches back in March and promptly became my new favourite. I’ve worn it out and received compliments on it’s beauty. It’s surprisingly spacious and can hold all my belongs making it perfect for both nights out and work. Expect to see more of this beauty this summer.

Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Soapy Suds

The smell of the blood oranges is so gorgeous it makes morning showers the best. I’s sweet but not sickly. I also use the matching moisturiser which soothes my dry skin. You can find the set here.

Rosie for Autograph Eau de Parfum

This has become my every day fragrance and is better than most celeb perfumes. It’s floral but not too sweet and has deeper undertones. It’s also well priced at £28 for 75ml, making it easy to repurchase. Get yours here.

My Favourite YSL Mascara 

I like to own this YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils a couple of months before I really start to use it. I like the formula to dry slightly as I find it helps hold a better curl rather than sticking my lashes together in small clumps. It has a thick brush which are my favourite and helps to add volume as well as length. What more could you want from a mascara?

Chick Lit

I am a firm lover of chick lit, always have been and always will be. It makes my commute more bearable and helps put a smile on my face. Two of my favourite authors are Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell and I’ve been reading books from both this month.

My Dry-Lip Saviour

I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream for longer than I can remember. For the past couple of weeks my lips have become extremely chapped and sore and are only just getting better now thanks to me constantly slathering this thick balm over them. This essential never leaves my bag.

Speedy Nail Varnish

My nails have only been painted in Barry M’s Speedy Quick Dry nail varnish this month. I’m loving the pale, almost grey shade, Pit Stop the most. It’s subtle, elegant and looks fab on. The fact that it takes minutes to dry means I can paint my nails and be done within 5 minutes. What a relief.

The New Coral

As soon as the sun starts to shine I’m drawn to the brightest of coral lipsticks. This month I’ve gone for L’Oreal Color Riche Matte 228 VIP. I apply a generous amount and then smudge it in to my lips to soften the colour.

Whistles Card Holder

This Lizard Card Holder from Whistles has made my life a helluva lot easier. It means I can carry smaller bags and prioritise the cards I need to take with me, rather than carting around my massive furry-red purse, change and all.

What’s been on your list this month?

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Adding to My Whistles Collection

Something weird happens to me every time I step into Whistles. I find myself instinctively drawn to their leather goods and jewellery displays. It’s like a magnetic pull.

This time was no different. I headed straight to check out the clutches and then magically walked out of the store with this Smudge Print Chain Clutch and card holder.

I already own a baby pink and black clutch in the smaller size, but loved the print on this and the fact it comes with a chain. I can already imagine using it as my everyday bag in the summer. And, as the lovely lady on the desk told me, you can never have too many of these. And she’s right.

As for the card holder, I’ve been looking for one for a while that looked super simple and could fit in my smaller bags. This one was completely perfect.

Whistles never disappoints.

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I Want a Denim Boiler Suit

A couple of weekends ago I spent some time reminiscing with my mum, looking through her gigantic collection of family photos, when one in particular caught my eye. My mum was casually lounging on the sofa rocking a pale yellow boiler suit with chunky zip and handy pocket.

That’s when I realised that I was missing this essential from my wardrobe.

This Whistles Chambray Shirt Jumpsuit is nailing it. We’ve got dropped shoulders, deep pockets, a rolled sleeve, tapered leg and a D ring belt.

It’s everything that I like in an outfit. It’s casual, comfy, relaxed, practical and can just be thrown on making you good to go. Essentially, it’s just a giant baby grow but in denim. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I for sure want one.

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5 Reasons You Need a Shirt Dress

A good shirt dress is an essential in any wardrobe and I’m about to tell you why.

But right before that, I’m going to share my favourite shirt dress with you. I got this blue and white version in the Whistles sale a good two years ago now. I couldn’t afford it full price but knew if I waited I could invest when it got knocked down in the winter sale. It’s a decision I haven’t regretted. I bought this in a size bigger than I normally wear, mainly because I like roomy clothes and also because I was afraid of it looking too tight around my hips. This leads me nicely on to my first reason…

1. They hide a multitude of sins
If, like me, you suffer from occasional bloating or are just having one of those days when you don’t really fancy showing off your figure in all it’s glory, a shirt dress is always the first option. They gently glide over your outline highlighting the good bits and blurring and softening the bad bits.

2. You can never go wrong with a collared shirt
Collared shirts mean business. They cry out to be adorned with sparkly jewels casually peeking out from under the sharp edges. They love being layered underneath a hefty knitted jumper. And I love them for that.

3. Eliminates the daily dressing dilemma 
You don’t have to worry about what to wear in the morning, which I feel is a dilemma that us females experience every day. With a trusty shirt dress, you can just pull it on and go. Although I would recommend buttoning it up first.

4. Day to night
Smart enough to wear to work with flats or a pair of boots but easy enough to vamp up for after hours with a swipe of lippy. Two dresses in one. Boom.

5. They don’t ever date
A shirt dress isn’t a fad. It won’t roll in one season and out the next. It’s a basic, a staple, a sure-fire hit, lurking in your wardrobe just waiting to be worn.

I’ve currently got my eye on this navy Oversized Shirt Dress, again from Whistles. Want to know it’s main selling points, it’s oversized and loose. Essentially, that’s all I need.

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Want it on Wednesday: The Verity Backpack

Let’s talk about backpacks. More importantly, let’s talk about how they make me feel. In the past, I’ve stayed away from the dutiful rucksack, instead always favouring an over-sized tote but this hasn’t always worked out well for me. I’m not a light packer so whether it’s a carry on at the airport, weekend away bag or just an everyday take-to-work kinda bag, I will always over pack.
This results in shit everywhere and very wonky shoulders. Now I’m lucky (I’m still not sure whether this bit is true) to have been blessed with ginormous swimmer-like broad shoulders, which I always thought could take the weight but recently they’ve been failing me. I’ve got an extremely knotty back and shoulders that constantly pop, which is not helped by my need to carry the kitchen sink around everywhere with me. And this is where the humble backpack comes in.

Let’s be honest, until Cara D started modelling her take for Mulberry, nobody took notice. But suddenly now they’re everywhere. And today I’ve decided I want this one. The very beautiful Whistles Verity Backpack. That’s partly because it’s practical and I can chuck all my crap in it before hauling it everywhere from both shoulders but mainly because I am loving the cracked metallic blue colour. 
It’s from my favourite shop in the world, Whistles, which instantly makes it far too pricey for me. But if you’re lucky enough to have £295 in your pocket before Christmas, I say go get it tiger. Just don’t tell me about it as I’ll get jealous. 
Practical (ugh), stylish and all-round genius, this bag is definitely a winner. 
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Christmas Gift Guide: 10 Under £10

Usually this is the time of the year that I start thinking about myself, a lot. What kind of prezzies would I like this year, what couldn’t I live without, what can’t I afford to buy myself because all of my money goes towards cushions and soft furnishes, but this year, I’ve decided it’s about time I focused on others. 
I love Christmas shopping, it’s a tradition in my family that myself, mum, auntie and cousin all take a day off work, hit the town and literally shop until we drop, mulled wine in hand. And this year will be no different. However, I have started researching and planning the best gifts for my loved ones and hopefully this guide will help you do the same. 
Here we have it, 10 girly gifts under £10. Knock yourself out.

1. Fox Eye Mask, £6, River Island
2. Red Smile Compact Mirror, £8, River Island
3. Nutella: 30 Best Recipes, £6.99, Amazon
4. Photographic Lipstick Make Up Bag, £4, Next
5. Slim Zig Zag Ring, £10, Whistles
6. Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, £2.95, Lush
7. Touchscreen Knitted Gloves, £9.50 M&S
8. Dog Print Hot Water Bottle, £10, Next
9. This Works Dream Team Duo, £10
10. Thread Wrapped Cut-Out Cuff, £8, Topshop

My particular favourite, the fox eye mask. 
Found any gifts that are just too good not to share? Pop a link below.
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I Need This Whistles Metallic Pleat Skirt, Right?

Help me out here. I’m trying to figure out whether this gorgeous, shimmery number needs to make it’s way to the top of my Christmas wish list.

Come to think of it, this skirt kinda screams Christmas. It’s a gorgeous silver, shimmers in the light and I imagine would swoosh dramatically when walked in.

Whistles, you’re killing me. This Metallic Pleat Skirt is an absolute beaut.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for a midi skirt.

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Want it on Wednesday: A Sexy Cropped Lace Number

I saw this shirt on Anna from South Molten Street Style and knew I had to have it.

It’s sexy, it’s lace, it’s cropped and it’s from my favourite shop, Whistles.

I say Whistles is my favourite, although I can’t afford to shop there nearly as much as I’d like. I always dream that one day I’ll be able to walk in and buy whatever item I like, without first checking whether it’s in the sale.

Anyway, my wardrobe always needs more monochrome and this Chay Cropped Shirt ticks that box. I’m adding this to my Whistles wish list. Along with a bijillion other things.

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Want it on Wednesday: Meet Mini Verity

Meet Mini Verity. Isn’t she cute.

Don’t you want to own her too?

She’s the baby sister to Whistles best selling backpack, Verity and she’s a stunner. Made of beautifully-cracked silver leather it’s like looking into my dreams.

I can imagine it brightening up any winter outfits. I want it. Sorry her. Dammit.

Get yours here for £185. Bargainous.

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Want it on Wednesday: Deliciously-Fugly Maya Gladiators

I happen to love a fugly shoe. It’s what my collection is built on; garish colours, chunky heels, buckles, heavy straps and general clunkiness.

That’s why I’ve fallen for Whistles Limited Maya Gladiators.

Garish green colour, check.
Heavy silver buckles, check.
Thick platform sole, check.
All-round fugliness, off the scale.

I want them. I want to pair them with jeans and tees as a punch of colour, or to add a tough feel to a cute summer dress. I want to run for the train in them and take them to the beach. I want to show them off to all my friends who laugh in the face of fugly shoes. I want to show them to one of my besties, Lisa, who will fully appreciate how good looking these sandals are. Holla if you agree Lis.

Yours MINE for £80 in the sale.

Get them here.