What I Learnt On A Social Media Break

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a bit of a different one, as I am going to be talking about my mini break; my social media break.

Last month I realised how much of my time was consumed by aimless scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and I thought what am I actually achieving here? I would, without knowing, waste about 2 hours doing nothing but scrolling, and all I’d be left with was a deflated feeling. I decided that enough was enough, and wanted to have a life outside of my phone and bad social media habits. So I removed apps from my phone, I also removed apps from my home screen, so I wasn’t tempted to go on them and when I got home from work I left my phone on silent upstairs.

What I discovered from this whole process was how much I can do when I’m not on my phone and how much happier I am not getting so caught up in the social media world. Okay so now I sometimes feel like a recluse and have no idea with whats going on or if something is trending, but that’s about it. Social media is a way to escape from reality, but why did I want to escape from it? I’m very happy with my life, and I was miserable when I was looking on social media sites comparing my life and the way I look to people I don’t even know. I can enjoy spending time with loved ones without having to portray an image, having to think about posting something. I no longer have the Instagram panic of “I haven’t posted for 3 days”– it seems silly to think like that.

When I need a break from reality, I have found new ways to do this, which are actually more beneficial for my health and well-being. I do yoga twice a week now, which is really great in getting my body and mind to balance out again. I talk about things more with friends and family, instead of bottling it in and googling how to cope. I like that I can enjoy myself without having my phone out the whole time and capturing every single moment; instead I am living in the moment.

When I do go on social medai its only for around 15 minutes max and my main social media apps that I now use is Pinterest to get recipe ideas and Buzzfeed because I really like their quizzes (don’t judge). I’ve found enjoyment in losing myself in a book again, and in colouring in my mindfulness book. I got a new one for Christmas that I hadn’t even started, and its so relaxing taking a few hours to do that. I’ve also managed to actually watch TV and films- yes films all they way through without having my phone attached to my side.

Like I always say, I have such a love hate relationship with social media, but what this mini break has taught me, is that my life shouldn’t revolve around it. It wasn’t making me happy scrolling through aimelessly. I still have all my apps yes, but I’m more resourceful in the way I use them. I don’t go on them unless I need to go on them. It’s a last resort, instead of my first go to.

I hope you’ve had an amazing weekend and feel inspired to take a mini break yourself 🙂

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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The Hot-list

Hello again!

I’ve been loving so many trends and new pieces for Spring/ Summer and I thought I would share what’s on the hot-list for me personally. These are the hot trends that you need to get on right now!

Statement Earrings

Big earrings are making a strong comeback- the bigger, the better. I remember a time where it was all about the ear gear, and I had fluorescent colours, feathers, earrings bigger than my ears sometimes, and they were all the range! Although nowadays I don’t wear earrings (haven’t worn them for about 4 years) this trend is persuading me to get back out there and purchase some eye catching ear pieces. What I love about this particular trend is the simplicity of the statement. You could throw on some jeans and an off shoulder top, whack on some statement earrings and it immediately will give your outfit that extra ‘wow’ factor! Two high street stores that has been giving me so much inspiration for this trend are none other than Topshop and H&M. My favourites being…

 

Topshop Earrings: Beaded Earrings  and Circle Disc Earrings. 

H&M Earrings: Gold Plated Earrings and Long Earrings 

I love anything Kate Spade, so had to include these gorgeous Kate Spade earrings as my splurge piece!

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Kate Spade Spice Things Up Camel Earrings £76.63

Mellow Yellow

Yellow is everywhere at the moment. Thanks to Solange and her yellow frock from the Met Gala last year (remember this masterpiece), and Beyonce’s album Lemonade and that dress from Beyonce’s music video Hold Up; these Knowles girls got us hooked on yellow! Its a colour many of us tend to shy away from, as it can seem too much, but I’m glad that we are starting to embrace the yellow!

I love this frilled sleeve dress from ZARA. Its a great throw on and go dress (and I love pieces like that- the less tweaking the better). Its simple yet effective, and a bargain at £29.99.

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ZARA Frilled Sleeve Dress £29.99

A higher end piece is this breathtaking lemon print maxi dress from Own The Look. I saw this originally on blogger Samantha Maria’s Instagram page and couldn’t get over how amazing it was! Unfortunately this item is out of stock, but sign up to receive alerts on it!

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Own The Look Lemon Print Maxi Dress £84.95

My splurge piece for this section is this gorgeous crepe mini dress by Alice + Olivia on Net A Porter. I fell in love immediately with the style of this dress; throwing it back to the 60’s with its mini length. The perfect summer dress.

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Alice + Olivia Crepe Mini Dress £240

Gingham Girl

Now I myself don’t feel that I can pull of a gingham dress without feeling or looking like a school girl. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love gingham and haven’t got any lurking in my wardrobe, as it is such a great trend, and one that can be carried through all the seasons. Think gingham trousers for Winter and gingham crops and off shoulder tops for those Spring and Summer months.

ASOS has been the biggest deliverer when it comes to supplying those gingham goods, but my favourites have to be…

Off Shoulder Jumpsuit £35its cute, its fun and its the perfect Spring Summer piece for us UK folk– where we don’t know when the heavens are going to open up! Its also a piece you can get away with from going from day to night in these months too. Team this in the day with some black suede sliders, and for night- some tie up sandals and a leather jacket.

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ASOS Off Shoulder Gingham Jumpsuit £35

Daisy Street £24.99- This is a shirt that can be worn throughout all seasons, its another throw on effortless piece (my favourite), and just looks great thrown with some jeans, or with some dungarees (dress or trouser version), and is so easy to style. I also love that its red, as I feel the red makes it look more mature (and less school girl, which is great for me).

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Daisy Street Relaxed Skirt £24.99 via ASOS

Leaving ASOS behind (for now), Topshop also caught my attention for providing these dreamy frill hem gingham trousers. They can be worn for work, or causally and just again a really easy piece to style- like all gingham pieces are. I think that’s why I love this trend so much; as the gingham is statement enough and it requires little effort to style.

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Topshop Gingham Frill Hem Trousers £25

Slogan Tees

I was on a mission this year to sort out my top collection. I just seemed to have 15 of the same tops in different shades- black, white and striped- that’s it. Which is great for in winter when I’m layering outfits, but I always come to the same predicament year in, year out when it gets a bit warmer and I can bare my arms- and I have nothing inspiring. So, this year I was determined to sort out my t-shirt problem and so far I’ve got quite a nice and varied collection, but the type of tops I have really been loving are slogan tees.

Mango have been amazing in supplying such reasonable and catchy, and downright inspiring slogan tees- and this is where I have purchased the vast majority of mine from. My favourites are…

The only problem I’m finding with these slogan tee, is that I seem to like all the white coloured ones, and for clumsy me, it’s really testing me.

My splurge piece is no other than that Gucci top– its everywhere but I still love it.

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Gucci £285

Embroidered Excellence

I have been loving all things embroidered. For non floral wearer (glasses and afro problems- look like a granny), this is my perfect loop hole to incorporate florals into my wardrobe in a subtle way.

I’ve been loving these strappy heels from Missguided, they can make a simple LBD a bit more daring with these shoes.

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Missguided Embroidered Heels £35

But of course, ASOS have once again been my queens when its come to doing embroidered right and there are so many pieces I’ve been loving.

From the more higher end of the spectrum, I’ve fallen for this Floral Leather Jacket– its perfect for Spring and jazzing up and outfit. A bit more pricey, but its definitely an investment.

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ASOS Curve Floral Embroidered Leather Biker Jacket £200

I also love love love this mini dress– its so captivating and beautiful! And I really need an occasion to wear this to, just so I can purchase this (I’m open to invitations). Its got a 60’s vibe and is fun and flirty.

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ASOS Embroidered Mini Dress £75

Coming back down to earth, in prices, I love this frill sleeve shirt from Pretty Little Thing via ASOS. It’s so cute and the perfect Spring piece. I’d team this with some red heeled courts, frayed cut off jeans and oversized jacket.

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Frill Sleeve Shirt £20 Pretty Little Thing via ASOS

So those are the things on my hot list for this Spring/Summer.

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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May Favourites and Highlights

Hello!

I hope you are all really well! I can’t quite believe we are in June- where has the time gone?! May has been a really lovely and hectic month for me. There’s been birthdays upon birthdays and I’ve been up to my eyeballs with work. Remember when I said I was going stop online shopping? Yeah I’m back on it (guilty), but when you see the pieces you’ll understand why I just had to get them! Plus, I really needed some going out clothes- as its usually for a special occasion I wanted to look and feel fab!

I hope you’ve had an amazing month and enjoy this post 🙂

Beauty School Dropout

  • Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash £3.19

I’ve been breaking out in spots for the most of this year (I made it through my teenage years without them, and now they decide to attack me)?! So in a bid to beat the breakouts, I wanted to up my skincare routine and get a light, yet effective facial wash to use as part of my night time routine. After spending a good 15 minutes crouched on the floor in Superdrug reading the backs of the facial washes, I opted with this Neutrogena one, and no not just because its pink (well that was partly the reason). The main reason why I did opt for this one, over the others, was because it said that it would purify the skin without leaving it dry, which is what I find tends to happen when using a facial wash. This smells so good and is light on the skin, and makes a lovely creamy lather. It also comes off easily and my skin is looking more radiant.

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  • The Ordinary Primer £4.00

So if your a big ASOS lover (like me), then you’ve probably seen this flash up a bunch of times on your feed. Its also been featured on quite a few vloggers and bloggers feeds to- so why are we loving this so much? I thought I would see what the big hype was all about. With it being free of parabens, sulphates and minerals, its gentle on skin. Whereas most primers are tinted- this one was white, moisturiser colour, which initially sent me into panic mode and I thought it was going to lighten my skin- but it made no difference to my skin tone, but it did make a difference in reducing blemishes and giving my make up that flawless look.

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  • Maybelline The Falshies Mascara £7.99

I saw this advertised in Cosmpolition, and happened to be on the hunt for a new mascara. As much as I love my Max Factor one, I felt like I was constantly buying them, as they get used up quite quickly. I wanted a mascara to still give me the wow factor for my eyes, to be affordable and not to run out quite quickly– and so far? This one is ticking all my boxes. The curve of the brush really lengthens lashes and makes my eyes pop. As I wear glasses, I sometimes feel that my eyes can get lost behind the lens, but this really made my eyes stand out. Its not too overpowering to wear for in the day, but equally is great for a night out, teamed with a strong flick.

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  • Milani Eye Tech Bold Liquid Eyeliner £6.99

I wanted an eyeliner that in one application gave me the perfect flick– I wanted it to stand out! I’d been recommended to use Milani products before, as they are cruelty free as well as being great value for money. I was very impressed with how quickly this product arrived and instantly loved it! Its so easy to use and makes my getting ready time much quicker. It glides over your eyelids perfectly and is really captivating. I will definitely be purchasing more products from here in the future.

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  • Cantu Hair Cream £8.50

My hairdresser has been advising me to use this ever since I chose to go natural. She said it would be great to leave on overnight when I wrap my hair up and would reduce the amount of breakage, due to years of weaves and relaxing. But of course I thought that my hair would be fine and eventually big clumps of it would stop falling out on wash day. But I finally purchased it, and honestly- the motto of the story is to listen to your hairdresser. I cannot believe the difference in my hair. It looks so much more healthier! The past few wash days have been bliss and I’m not sat with hair covering me- hardly any fell out when I was combing in through and separating it. It was so amazing! I’m doing what my hairdresser told me to do and putting this on in the evening, and when I feel my hair is a bit dry- I use it as a mask. This is something that I don’t think I’d be able to live without now.

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  • Birchbox £10

Last week I did a review (see here) all dedicated to my first Birchbox, but this has definitely been one of my favourite pieces purchased in May. It was such a lovely thing to come home to and I was so pleased with all the products supplied. Its just a lovely little pick me up, and I can’t wait for my June one.

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Must Have Pieces

  • Black Satin Jumpsuit £32

As I said in my intro, I was really on the hunt for some more going out clothes this month, mainly because of the amount of birthday celebrations going on. A website I have been loving (which I will talk about more later on), is Silkfred, and they supply the best ideas and clothes for going out clothes. I feel I have a strong wardrobe for daytime and smart causal wear (such as causal drinks), but I lack inspiration when it comes to going out out. I really wanted a funky jumpsuit, as you know me, I love a good jumpsuit! And I fell in love with this 80’s disco inspired one. It was so easy to style and I can’t wait to wear this in winter with platform boots and faux fur.

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  • Boob Tube Side Split Midi Dress £25

Again, Silkfred sorted me out with another going out delight. I love this dress and it makes me feel so sexy! I was worried that it was going to come up a bit short, as that seems to happen whenever I order dresses, but this hugs my body perfectly. I love that its red, as red is my colour for this year.

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  • Floral Wide Leg Trousers £29.99

I really wanted some wide leg trousers for going out, but I was really struggling to find some that didn’t look basic! All of the wide leg trousers on my usual go to sites were block colours of nudes, pinks, camel and khaki, teamed with an equally uninspiring top. It’s not that I don’t dislike these tones, they just don’t suit me and I don’t feel comfortable. Zara being my ever saving grace, delivered when they had heaps and heaps of wide leg trousers that were patterned. As a woman who doesn’t usually opt for florals (like I said before I feel like a granny), I surprised myself that I wanted these. But I really love these trousers! They are the perfect Spring/Summer going out piece, as the material is very light, and the slits keep you cool.

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  • Bershka Cropped Trousers with Frill £14.99

I’ve been deliberating about purchasing some frill hem trousers for quite some time now, and finally bit the bullet and just got some. At only £14.99 these trousers were a steal, and as soon as I tried them on, I loved them! They are such an easy piece to style and really works for an effortless look. Although the picture of them is red, I got mine with black, and teamed these with a white oversized shirt, my Chanel inspired heeled pumps, leather jacket and red crossbody bag.

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  • Lee Freak Out T-Shirt £25

This was one of those ‘saw it, want it, got it’ moments. A typical Sunday morning scrolling through ASOS, and this flashed up- I loved it and got it right there and then. I was so excited when it arrived, but 10 minutes of having it on and my rabbit got poo on it- I was not impressed. So I haven’t actually left the house in this yet, but I can’t wait to wear this (rabbit not present).

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Music

Its been another month of great music, and I may have to do another music review soon, as there has been so much I’ve been loving.

  • Kendrick Lamar

I’m a big Kendrick Lamar fan, and although nothing is every going to compare to his ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ album, I always look forward to new music from him. This month we saw the release of his latest album ‘Damn’. The two songs that have really stood out for me on this album are ‘Humble’ and ‘Loyalty’.

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  • Paramore ‘Hard Times’

I was so excited when I learnt that Paramore were making a comeback, I used to love them as a teenager and I love this song ‘Hard Times’ by them. I forgot how captivating Hayley Williams voice is, and it made me go back and listen to Paramore and fall in love with them all over again.

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  • Beyonce ‘All Night’

I am such a bad Beyonce fan and haven’t actually sat down, headphones in and listened to Lemonade all the way through, and I really need to! But I was reminded after overhearing this song, how much I love this song and it just gives me goosebumps.

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  • Webiste: Silkfred

As I mentioned earlier, I came across Silkfred and am so in love with this website! It has such a wide range of items for every occasion, and I’ve also found the perfect grey knee high boots for Winter (getting organised). So far I have been really impressed with the quality of the clothes and also with the speedy delivery.

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  • TV: Riverdale

Yes I have actually made time in my life to watch something on Netflix! Miracles! I didn’t think that I would like Riverdale that much, but turns out I got hooked really quickly and was non stop watching it over the course of a week. It was such a great TV programme and I really hope they do a season 2 (please).

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  • Life Lessons from Ex-Friends by Anna Davies @Glamour

I really enjoyed reading this article, as Anna really highlighted how there’s nothing to help you when your dealing with a friendship breakdown. When we think about relationship break downs, we think of a couple splitting or a marriage breakdown, not have two friends falling apart. When I read it, it made me think about past friendships that have just ended for whatever reason, and what I learnt from them. There are a couple of people I hope one day to rekindle that friendship, but sometimes, just like in a relationship, you no longer suit one another. It was a really powerful read.

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Highlights

  • Stratford upon Avon

Wow going here seems ages ago now, but it was only at the beginning of May. I had such a lovely day out going to Stratford and visiting all things Shakespeare. Its such a lovely place to visit, with the tourist attractions of Shakespeare in the town centre, and the tranquillity and quaintness of the village by the river.

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  • Craft Event

I was so happy to accompany Bethan to Kirstie Allsop’s Craft Event in Warwick in May. It was something so different and was such a lovely event. Although we missed the day to meet Kirsite, we did see Liz Earle! It was so fun doing the craft workshops, although I really couldn’t get my head around origami and we decided that crepes and coffee were the better options. There were so many amazing stalls and items to be amazed at.

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  • Glee Club

I haven’t been to the Glee Club since my friend Ellie’s 21st – two years ago! Its something I really need to go to more, as I always have such a great time at them! The show was hilarious and its just such a great night out.

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I hope you’re having a lovely weekend and enjoyed this post!

Love always,

Gemma

xo

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My First Birchbox!

Hi Guys!

So this month I received my first Birchbox and it was the loveliest thing to come home too- as I didn’t  know what was waiting for me inside!

For £10 a month (excluding delivery fees), you can get an assortment of make up and beauty products to try out. It was really simple to create a profile on Birchbox, and they ask questions to tailor the monthly box to what you want. I was so pleased with everything in my Birchbox and couldn’t wait to try them all out.

So, what did I get?

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Mineral Eyeshadow 
Shade- Fifty Shades

RRP £14.49

I haven’t tried this out as of yet, (actually going to try this out tonight for tonight’s antics), but this looks so lovely! Because its a mineral eyeshadow its not going to be as heavy on my eyes, as I never ever get eyeshadow right usually and stay within my safety net of champagne colours. So this will be something different, but will look great I feel when I want a smoky and more mysterious look. I can’t wait to try this out and I’ll be sure to let you know what the verdict is!

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Doucce

Punk Volumizer Mascara

RRP £18

The brush on this mascara is absolutely insane and amazing! It catches every lash and really gives you the wow factor. Its the perfect evening mascara! For me, as a glasses wearer, I often feel my eyes get lost behind the lenses. I feel that they are not the first thing people notice about me when it comes to my make up. So on Monday morning when I had my work colleague’s commenting on how nice my eyes looked, it was lovely to hear- I do have noticeable eyes after all wahoo! Its a really great product; one that I will definitely be investing in myself.

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Beauty Protector

Protect & Volume Spray

RRP £18.50

Now this particular product I’m having to rely on my Mum’s verdict. As the clue is in the name- volume. A word that my hair and I do not want any more of. Since my mum has limp and lifeless hair (her words not mine, although I’d have to agree), she’s always keen to try anything going to boost her hair and add some volume. Plus it would cut down the amount of times she visits the hairdressers! Her verdict? So far so good! She says that it smells amazing, and its versatile, so you can use it on both wet and dry hair and it achieves similar results (great for days when your in a rush).

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Doux Me

Pure Spring Mist

RRP £16

Now this is something I have been so grateful for over the past few days. We are in a middle of a heatwave over here in the UK (well its been hot for more than one day, so that’s a heatwave for us), and its had us all sweating! To keep me cool and collected though, I’ve been taking this little gem out with me. You can spray it on both your face and body (yes with make up on too), and it instantly gives you that refreshed and cooled feeling you’ve been craving. I took this out with me on Saturday night and was spraying all the girls in the bathrooms faces (one way to make friends I guess!) 

Apologies this is no longer on Birchbox- but is available from Vinted.

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Whish

Firming Body Cream

RRP £27

This is again a product I haven’t tried out as of yet, but anything to help get rid of blemishes and tones me up without having to go to the gym, then I’m down to try it! I’ve had a sniff of this lotion and it smells dreamy! I can’t wait to try this out and see it work its magic to give me a firm, even skin tone.

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Benefit “They’re Real”

Dual Purpose Tinted Lash Primer

RRP £20.50

I’m absolutely obsessed with this product and will be purchasing this as soon as! This mascara lengthened my eyelashes, and gave them that wow factor, and it stayed on all day and night! No drunk tears could even break this mascara! As I don’t really get along with false eyelashes (glasses teamed with clumsiness makes for a disaster), I still want the false eyelash look. So products such as these, are perfect for me, in giving me the desired look I want, without all the fuss.

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This is such a lovely monthly subscription to have, and you can cancel at anytime. Its such a great way to try and test products before splurging on loads. (p.s. apologies for the spacing)!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are having a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend!

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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How To Style: Red & Pink

When I was younger I remember clashing colours were the biggest fashion faux pas that you could ever imagine. But nowadays, we chuck anything and everything together and it makes a statement in such a simple, yet effective way. One trend I have been really loving at the moment it putting pink and red together, and if your a bit unsure about this trend still, then maybe this post can convince you otherwise.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Outfit 1

Outfit Details…

VERSACE Jeans Boyfriend T-Shirt £80

TOPSHOP Faux Leather Skirt £29

STRADIVARIUS Pom Pom Trainers £29.99

Outfit 2

Outfit Details…

FOREVER 21 Frayed Denim Mini Skirt £15

MANGO Red Sweater £17.99

CARVELA Slim Boots £89

Outfit 3

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ZARA Poplin Shirt with Pleated Sleeves £29.99

NEW LOOK Frayed Hem Kick Flare Jeans £27.99

STRADIVARIUS Patent Sling Back Courts £29.99

ASOS Dusty Pink Coat £52.50

Accessories

Accessories Details…

SILK FRED Red Pom-Pom Keyring £6

STRADIVARIUS Leather Biker Jacket £99.99

MONKI Oversized Light Pink Denim Jacket £50

One girl who slays this look regularly is blogger Alicia Roddy and I’ve linked her blog here– be sure to check out her Instagram too, for all the inspiration you need 🙂

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend 🙂

Love always,

Gemma

xo

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Epilator Review

Hi Guys!

So today I thought I would do a full review of my Braun Silk-Epil Dual Epilator, as it has been 3 months that I have been using it and I wanted to share my results so far.

So, as you may know, I have a weird hair phobia- (I just really dislike having hair on my body). For years I’ve tried and tested a whole range of hair removal products and trends- from waxing to threading, natural remedies to salons own- you name it- I’ve tried it!

But I wanted a cost friendly way to banish those niggly hairs that keep coming back after every shave; which meant I would be saving a heap of money, instead of spending £15 a pop on a new razor every month or so. And it was in that moment (or at some point in the early hours of the morning, no doubt), that an epilator seemed to be the answer to my prayers.

Epilators seemed to be a foreign thing to me, and I was thrown back to being a little girl and seeing this weird thing in my auntie’s bathroom and it making this whirring noise that sounded terrifying and I never touched her things ever again! But that was the 90’s, and amidst all the horror stories some older women may tell you about the dreaded epilator; I wanted to try it for myself and see how the 2017 version differed.

After much extensive research I concluded that for my first epilator that I wanted one that I could use in the shower. We all know the pain that dry shaving causes, and there’s been far too many times in a rush for a spontaneous night out I’ve had to dry shave and it makes me shudder just thinking about it. If dry shaving was uncomfortable I didn’t want to even imagine how painful dry epilating your legs would be- you’d feel every pull, surely! So with that in mind, I opted with the Braun Silk-Epil Dual 7 Epilator, which provides you with the option to use both on land and sea (well bathroom floor or shower, but I was being poetic).

After lathering myself up on shaving gel and resembling some sort of snowy Bigfoot, I was ready to take on my first epilating challenge…

The sound is a little daunting and off putting, but it is something you get used to. The LED light is really great in revealing where your hairs are, and in guiding you to the right places- so no more missed hairs. Moving slowly with the device, I focused, initially, on my legs only. The first time I used this, I was surprised at how bearable it was. I was expecting for me to switch it off as soon as it hit my skin or scream in pain, but although you can feel a little bit of a pull of your hair from the root- its about the same pain threshold as you plucking a hair from your eyebrow or something.

As a now confident user of this product, I use this on both my arms and legs (haven’t quite braved it to my underarms just yet), but I am always so impressed with the results every time I use it.

After having this product for the duration of three months, I initially had to use this once a week. It then increased to once every 2 weeks and now I only have to use it once every 3 weeks! My skin is so lovely and soft- a result shaving could never achieve no matter how close to the grain I got it. I no longer have the fear of cutting myself with the razor and dealing with that excruciating pain! My legs are looking better than ever for leaving them untouched for such a long length of time, and they are no longer covered in cuts and marks.

Despite the initial nerves surrounding this product, this is definitely something I’m glad to own and if I had to be without it now- I wouldn’t know what to do.

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I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend 🙂

Love always,

Gemma

xo

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The Weekend

Hi Guys!

From now until the end of September I will be able to blog at the weekend 😦

This is due to me undertaking a short course through my work (exciting), but it means that my weekdays are now filled up with studying.

Stay tuned for Saturday or Sunday posts though 🙂

Love always,

Gemma

xo

Topshop Wishlist

Hi Guys!

I thought I would do another wish-list post, in a sort of backwards way to prevent me from spending money. I can admire from a distance, I guess! Me and Topshop have had our ups and downs over the years, but now we have a strong loving relationship and their clothes make me feel good about myself- the way it should be!

So here are my Spring Favourites from Topshop…

Stripe Shirt Dress (Boutique range) £75

On the higher end of the price range, but this is just the perfect stripe shirt dress I have come across yet. Its the perfect length, has great structure and definition; and the sleeves?! Just perfect! It’s also one of the view shirt dresses I’ve found that doesn’t make you look like wee willy winky running through the down in his nightgown. The slits in the dress and back detail, just make it that little bit more sexy. Its a great spin on a typical corporate shirt look and is ideal for both work and play. I’d team this with either white flatform trainers or with some grey flat mules.

Ring Midi Skirt £39

Another great work piece that I love is this black ring midi skirt. Its a simple classic black midi skirt, but the ring just makes something once so boring and again corporate, just have a bit more character about it. Who says looking smart had to be boring? I’d team this with either flat pointed ballet pump shoes or barely there heels, and with a ruffle white sheer blouse.

Strappy Floral Jumpsuit £42

This was a surprising pick for me, as I don’t do florals. I don’t even think I own anything floral (sits and thinks for 5 minutes and forgets the point). But I do love florals- just not on me. They just don’t suit me, and no matter how on trend the piece is, or the style of the piece- I just feel like a granny. Maybe its because I wear glasses and have curly hair? Who knows! But whatever it is, I can appreciate florals, just not wear them. But if your one of the lucky ladies who can- then this jumpsuit is a must have!

I love that the flowers are of an oriental design, and that the jumpsuit is of culotte length (aka the best length). This is such a versatile piece, and can go from day to night really quickly. This piece would look great teamed with some chunky black sandals (think Doc Martens), or if its a bit cooler, some black patent ankle boots and a leather jacket.

Belted Spot Plisse Trousers £34 (anyone know what plisse even means)?

These kind of crepe designed trousers are a must have! Keeping in trend with all things polka dot, they are comfy, practical and bang on trend. Again I feel that they are piece that can go from day to night. Keeping in causal in the day with trainers and a roll neck top, and then switching it up with heels, an off shoulder crop and a faux fur jacket for the evening.

Feather Heeled Sandals £49

I don’t know why I like these so much- but they are so girly and fluffy! Probably the most impractical shoe when I live in rainy Britain, but they look so cute! They are the kind of shoe that just instantly make you feel good and sexy. Okay so I wouldn’t wear these for a night out, but an indoor event or occasion? Yeah that will do!

I hope you liked this style wishlist, I really enjoy doing these kind of posts!

Have a great day!

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

Long Distance Friendship

When we think about long distance relationships, we automatically think about the romantic type. Where two lovers are miles apart, with Facetime being the only way they see each others face, and endless nights are spent scrolling through pictures of happy times when they were together.

Well I’ve got a different kind of long distance relationship going on- I’ve got a long distance relationship with my best friend Holly.

I like in the UK and Holly lives thousands of miles away in Korea, but she is still my best friend. Time zones are our pet hates- when I’m going to work she’s going to sleep- when I’m back from work- she’s going to bed (we can’t win)! I look forward to the rare bliss moments on a quiet weekend or a Bank Holiday where I can Facetime with her and see her warm friendly face. See the thing is, we message constatntly- but nothing is ever quite the same than seeing your best friends face and thinking thank god I haven’t forgotten what they look like.

For once I am praising social media- because thanks to it, I can keep in touch with one of the most important people in my life, I can share her journey without being there. And without it, well I don’t know what I would do!

So this post is a shout out to all those who’s partner, best friend or family live thousands of miles away from them, but you love them just the same- and always make time for them.

This post is a shout out to my bestie- who couldn’t be further away, but who I feel so close to.

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April Favourites

Hello! Another month is done and I can’t believe we are approaching May! Next we will be talking about Christmas again! I am sorry to say that there is no highlights post featured in this monthly, purely due to the fact that I have been ill and haven’t had the energy to do anything. However, I am feeling much better now and can’t wait to actually do stuff again!

I hope you’ve had an amazing April and enjoy this post 🙂

Fashion & Accessories

  • Bex Bea Rings

I really wanted some midi rings, as I used to have quite a few but lost them somewhere on nights out I’m assuming. But I really love midi rings, so thought I would make the rare purchase of some jewellery. I don’t tend to buy much jewellery (which is ironic since I work in the Jewellery sector), as I wear the same silver moonstone rings and occasionally a necklace. I am far too clumsy to wear any bracelets or thin chains, as I just end up breaking them! But I ventured out and purchased this set of midi rings from Bex Bea via Etsy. The rings are great and fit my fingers perfectly, so I don’t have the fear that I am going to lose them on a night out. Delivery was quick and efficient too, which is always a plus! I love Etsy, as its a great way to support the independent community.

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  • Gingham Off Shoulder Top

Gingham is so hot right now for Spring, but I didn’t want the classic black and white look, and felt like a school girl with blue and white. So I opted for this pink and white gingham dream from Topshop. I love that it’s off shoulder, and its such a pretty top that looks lovely thrown together with some high waisted mum jeans or with a denim skirt; teaming both with converse. Make sure you get yourself a gingham piece (and this one is a winner for me).

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TOPSHOP Gingham Sleeve Top £29

  • Fishnet Socks

Fishnet tights are a no, but fishnet socks on the other hand? I’ll take those! (And I have). These look great with a pair of loafers, and just a nice simple way to jazz up an outfit.

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ASOS Fishnet Ankle Socks £4

  • Denim Culotte Dungarees

I love dungarees, but at 23 and still having the face of a 16 year old (you know the ones that actually look 16, not 25 layered in make up?), I can’t really pull of old school dungarees. But ASOS, as it always does, came to my rescue and delivered this beautiful alternative. Denim- tick, culottes, tick, dungarees that don’t look like dungarees- tick tick tick tick! It’s so comfy and is super flattering on- another great Spring piece! Unfortunately the exact one I have is no longer available, but this one is very similar.

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ASOS Denim Dungarees £42

Media & Apps

TV

The People VS OJ Simpson

This was on the TV ages ago, but then some football thing happened and they cut the whole programme short and it never returned again (mysterious). But thankfully, Netflix presented us with it, so I was able to watch the entire series this time without football ruining my life. I didn’t really know that much about the OJ Simpson case, so it was very interesting to watch and read about further as well. There is a flawless cast and how its screened is really good- I’d highly recommend.

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Films

Beauty & The Beast

As they are remaking everything Disney (although I’m not happy about a potential Mulan remake *eye twitches *), I really wanted to see this, as I love Beauty & The Beast and also love Emma Watson. She was so beautiful as Belle and since I have only ever seen her as Hermione, it was really nice to see her in such a different role. As well I feel she was the perfect Belle, due to Belle’s strong character, and Emma is such a strong and inspiring woman. It was just as magical as the original (although nothing will beat the originals).

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

It has shamefully took me three years to watch this God damn film! I just never seem to have the patience to sit for three hours to watch a film. Plus if I watch it in bed (which has been my mistake I feel), then I just end up falling asleep. So, as it was on the TV one Friday, I decided that I would not get distracted and sit on the sofa and watch it- and I made it through the whole film. I’m really glad I watched it so I now understand the big hype it had, but I am never watching it again- once was enough!

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Music

The Amazons ‘Black Magic’

Here comes another Indie band. But this band really stood out for me, due to the lead singer (Matt Thompson’s) electrifying voice that just pulls you in. Its a bit more of a rockier band compared to what I usually listen to, but they are a new favourite of mine.

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ZAYN ‘Still Got Time’

I really love the tempo and beat of this song, plus Zayn’s voice is just lovely to listen to isn’t it? It’s a really nice chilled pick me up song.

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App

Natural Cycles

You may have seen this app advertised, but if you download an app today, make sure its this one. This is the little helper you need to help keep track of your cycle. Whether you just want a bit of a heads up for your period, want to avoid getting pregnant or are trying for a baby- then this is the app you need.

Using a basal thermometer (you can get these from any drug store), you input your temperature daily, first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. By measuring your body temperature, it can calculate your ovulation. You can add further data in daily, such as if you are on your period or if you’ve done an LH test. It’s a really clever and great app. I leave my thermometer on my bedside table on top of my phone so that when my alarm goes off, I know to reach for my thermometer.

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Discovery

Pukka Herbal Collection

As I promised myself to get back into drinking more herbal tea, this little selection of goodies from Pukka has been great in kicking me back into loving herbal teas. Coming with a selection of 5 different teas, its extended my love for herbal tea beyond mint. Detox has been a firm favourite of mine, its really refreshing and makes me feel awake and ready for the day, with its ingredients of aniseed, fennel and cardamom. As I’ve been feeling under the weather, the lemon, ginger and manuka honey has really been soothing for me, as well as energising. Finally, the night time blend of organic oat flower, lavender and lime flower has also been a strong contender, and given me peaceful nights.

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British Curlies

I stumbled across the perfect website on my hunt for some very specific hair cream. And it goes by the name British Curlies. I’m so happy that I found this website as it holds all the hair products a curly head like me could want, as well as styling tips, videos and articles. It’s just a hub bursting with curly and afro hair products and ideas!

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Apologies again that there was no highlights this month, unless you really want to hear about me going back and forth to the doctors? (Didn’t think so).

Have a lovely bank holiday!

Love always,

Gemma

xo