Back to Basics: Spring

20 April 2014

Over the last year or so, I took on the challenge of pairing back my wardrobe. Ruthlessly throwing out unloved and unworn clothes, I began to realise how unmistakably fickle I was when it came to impulse shopping. I realised then that there was only a fraction of clothes hanging in my wardrobe that fitted me perfectly, that I felt confident wearing and that actually matched. 

Forgoing the on-trend-tat I would add to my basket on a weekly basis, I dared myself to actually wear the clothes I own and love - without having a binge here and there. What's the point of buying clothes - if you wear them once and discard them come next payday? 

Jumper - Gap ∙ Jeans - Gap  Moccasins - New Look  Necklace - Accessorize 

Slowly but surely, over the last few months I have been adding classic pieces back into my wardrobe.
After an accidental stumble into Gap, I was amazed (and soon hooked). Excellent quality but equally stylish, I've raided their knitwear department, found the perfect white t-shirt and thanked the lord for their jean department. Take the mint knit above, a complete steal (on offer for £16) I took it home in grey too. A number of welcome additions to my wardrobe, that won't hit the dust come next month.

Tell me: Are you an impulse shopper? Have you stepped foot in Gap since the 90's? How amazing is this bluebell forest in my village?

Skincare Refresh

16 April 2014

Whether you are a one gal cleanser or you have an army of oils at the ready, skincare is never just simple. A stickler for my staples, I'm not a girl who constantly switches in new product. Preferring to take it one step at a time, over the past six months I have found some worthy additions I wanted to share...

Hot Cloth Cleanser - Ren* Pore Refiner - Bioderma  Effaclar Duo - La Roche Posay  Eye-cream - Kiehls ∙ Oil - Josie Moran

Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser - Placing my trusty Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser to one side, the Ren HCC alternative did not disappoint. Thick and creamy, I found this cleanser to be a pampering treat night after night. Not only does it easily remove every trace of my make-up, but I found the experience more enjoyable than my Liz Earle (gasp!). Winning major brownie points for coming with a flannel rather than a muslin cloth (of which retains hardly any heat unlike the former), I find the product distributes more evenly across my face like a luxury cream. Bliss.

Bioderma Pore Refiner - After spotting the legendary Lisa Eldridge using the Pore Refiner in one of her videos, I knew it had to be mine. A very light lotion, the primer glides effortlessly on to the skin. Smoothing over pores instantly, it doesn't fill them (like the nasty Benefit Porefessional) but simply blurs the appearance. Long lasting, it also keeps skin matte throughout the day. The perfect base for make-up application, it neither rolls under foundation but creates a seamless base. Try it, now.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo - I'm late to the party, I know. But by god, I'm glad I RSVP'd. The Effaclar Duo is the spot treatment that works. Full stop. Slathering a thin layer of problem areas, the little miracle worker gets to work straight away. Not only does it make my pores on my t-zone appear smaller, it works wonders during the pesky PMS blighters that appear on my chin. I use this as a lotion at night, being so light I don't find it too clinical or heavy. In-fact, I'm quite addicted.

Kiehls Creamy Advacado Eye Cream - Soft and creamy to the touch, this thick eye-cream has been the saving grace of my dark circled peepers. It aims to do nothing more than moisturise, and by heavens it does. Sinking in rather impressively, I reserve this for night-time for a hydrating boost. I can never tell if eye-creams are doing the whole anti-ageing shebang - but with such good moisturing properties, you've gotta be onto a winner right?

Josie Moran Oil  - Come Wednesday and Sundays, I switch up my PM routine to include a nourishing oil. How fancy eh? I picked up a sample of the Josie Moran oil while stateside last year and now I'm a massive convert. Less fragrant than other oils I've tried (my eyes water at Trilogy's Rosehip Oil) I evenly spread a few drops on to bare skin, avoiding the eye area then moisturise with my night-cream over the top. Instantly sinking in, my skin simply drinks up this hydrating wonder oil. Waking up in the morning, I can noticeably see a difference with softer, smoother skin. Thankfully re-stocking my supply won't be such a chore, as Net-A-Porter now stock Josie Moran - phew!

I'm currently waiting for a new Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial to hit stores. I was lucky enough to sample a sachet or two, and I was so amazed I used both in one week.. Stay tuned for more details, I plan on purchasing as soon as that baby hits stores.

What skincare saviors have you discovered recently?

A Dash of Pink!

13 April 2014

It's been a while since I last posted, gasp - last month! It's been such a whirlwind, time has officially caught up with me. Work has been super busy, in a very exciting way. Sadly one of my darling work friends moved on to pastures new, so I've been holding the fort. But left feeling more inspired and creative than ever. Another chapter that has bizarrely made it's way into my life is fitness. Who knew you could feel such a high when completing a gym class? With the goal of feeling fit and strong, I'm pushing myself to heights I've been far too lazy to achieve in the past. But without jibberjabbering on too much, this weekend myself and some girlfriends headed off for afternoon tea and musical in Central. Girly days don't come better than this.

Trench - Warehouse  Blouse - Warehouse  Jeans - Gap  Necklace - Accessorize  Flats - Carvela ∙ Lily - Mulberry 

With the warm arrival of spring it was only fitting that I wore one of my new spring/summer wardrobe additions. Pink perfection it's best, the trench from Warehouse is soft to the touch, coming  in a fabric that simply flows. Paired with my equally as pretty floral jacquard top from Warehouse (they are majorly on fire this season), a look-at-me statement necklace, a slick of red lippie and my trusty Gap jeans I was feeling spring-ready.

Please sunshine won't you stay?

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical was simply hilarious and excellently written for theatre. The cheap seats at the back aren't so bad with a glass of bubbly and three booster cushions. Life is what you make of it after all!