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Hello ! It’s been a while. I’ve got to be honest my motivation has really gone out of the window recently and I’ve spent more hours laying on my bed staring out the window than I’d like to admit. Does anyone else feel like that? But this idea came to me at 2am so I thought it would be a great a post to share some of my favourite things.

So, welcome to a new addition to the blog…monthly favourites! Where I’ll be sharing with you my favourite products, clothing, etc with you that I’ve been using or wearing over the past month. I’ll also start to include favourite recipes, books etc but I’m not going to get ahead of myself just yet and for the first one I’ll stick to beauty and clothing. Also I’d like to point out I will be doing my monthly favourites from the month just gone, so these were from April. So without further rambling, let’s get started.

Loveshack Fancy x Superga collaboration 

First up we have the Loveshack Fancy x Superga collaboration which omg how dreamy are THESE ! I’m not usually a trainers kind of girl but I’m in love with this whole colaboration it’s perfect. And it’s getting me into casual footwear, win win really.  Lovershack Fancy have taken their signature elements (think pretty florals, pastel colours etc) and made a collection of Supergas that are like a work of art. These were kindly gifted and you can find them here and here – but hurry there’s not that many sizes left!

Crisp Sheets

Ok next up we have a new bed-ware (is that even a word?) brand I’ve discovered called Crisp Sheets. They make the most perfect bedding in beautiful neutral tones, which stay crisp after every wash-they’re specially woven to ensure the soft touch stays crisp, like you’ve just made your bed. Also (and this is what sold them to me) they don’t need ironing!! Not that I even iron my sheets anyway but they are so creased when they come out of the dryer. I bought the Purity Sand Dune duvet set, and because they had a sale on, treated myself to the nude towels I had my eye too, they’re 100% organic terry cotton. Because let’s face it, I’m spending more time in bed and towels than anywhere else these days. I’m so happy with both purchases ! They’re such good quality.

 

Living Proof/Trinny London/Soleil Toujours/Lottie London

A few skin/hair care products I’ve been using and I’m really impressed with this month (in no particular order) Let’s start with the Living Proof full thickening cream. I’ve got fine (limp) hair and when I’ve washed it looks even more flat when I blow dry it so this is a lifesaver. A little goes a long way-just apply to damp hair and blow dry and you can see the difference. I never blow dry without it.

The Trinny London BFF cream, this was originally a gift but I have repurchased and I will continue to repurchase forever because it is THAT GOOD. I’ve got oily skin with large pores and I’ve tried every CC,BB, primer going for my skin and none of them worked. Until this miracle product. I put it on as my last step before foundation and my skin has never looked so good. Goodbye pores and oil I don’t know how this magic cream works, but it DOES. Plus it has SPF 30 in it-even more of a bonus. You can also wear it on it’s own too, as  it adapts to your skin tone. See Magic! Or some great type of science.

I was gifted a new self tan to try from Soleil Toujours (in medium deep) and I think this is my favourite one I’ve tried. Now I’m no fake tan expert (and I’m quite lazy when it comes to tanning) but this one is such a lovely colour ! I was glowing. It was a very believable bronze, I was so impressed with it. There’s a cream for your body and a serum for your face and it’s made from 70% organic ingredients, (it’s also vegan and cruelty free) it lasted for days and didn’t go patchy either. Bonus points for the nice smell and lovely packaging too.

Lastly on the skincare front (and it’s not really skincare it’s just fun) is the Lottie London freckle tint which is just fun! I’ve ALWAYS wanted freckles, curly hair and freckles that’s what I wished for when I was little. And now I can have the freckle part! Dead easy to apply, just dot it on, then I like to pat with a makeup sponge to make them look more natural. Above was my very first attempt so they don’t look toooo natural? but still so cute ! Oh also this is also vegan and cruelty free!

Margaux Studios

A new brand I’ve recently discovered via instagram is Margaux Studios and everything is so beautiful ! It’s all hand made and sustainability is at the heart of everything she does. She kindly gifted me some beautiful pieces that I’ve not stopped wearing including this beautiful bow, hand made using fabric shop off cuts, ensuring nothing goes to waste, and the daisy pearl necklace  made from freshwater ivory rice pearls and a hand blown glass daisy bead. These are definitely pieces I will be keeping in my collection forever.

Arket

Right! A shirt I’ve been living in since it arrived is this Arket one ! Just look at that collar. I’ve been lusting after it for a few months now and it finally came back in stock and I could get it with my gifting allowance. And I’m so glad I did. It looks great on it’s own or worn under a cardigan/jumper with some vintage Levi’s-it’s basically the vintage shirt I wish I could find but never do.

Wacoal

An underwear set that’s so pretty you’ll want to show it off is this one from Wacoal. In the most perfect vintage pink colour (it’s listed as ‘rose dust’ on their website and I think that captures the colour perfectly) wear a la Carrie Bradshaw in SATC under a sheer blouse to show it off. Thank you for the lovely gift Wacoal.

Sleeper

And finally, I’m now a member of the Sleeper Dress club after finally getting my hands on the pink gingham Atlanta when Studio B had a sale,then because I couldn’t stop thinking about this floral one above, I just had to get that one too. They are so so pretty, yet so so comfortable, just like wearing your pyjamas. And of course they make pyjamas too, they are the world’s first walking sleepwear brand after all-those feather ones I’m sure you’ve seen all over instagram ! Perfect for staying at home. Plus these ones come with matching hair ribbons! i’ll link them here from their own website too as they are nearly sold out on Studio B they’ve been so popular.

And that’s your lot, if you made it to the end of this post, well done and thank you so much for reading! I hope this post has inspired you to maybe discover some new brands, or to add something to your wishlist.

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With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, I know the easiest thing to throw on when we are all at home is loungewear-that’s if you plan on getting out of your pjs. As tempting as it to do this, what is the point of having a wardrobe of pretty clothes if you’re not wearing them-even if it is ‘just at home’. I’ve been lucky enough to work at home for the past few years and getting up, having a shower and getting dressed is an instant mood lifter for me. Plus I find I’m a lot more productive.

So here are three different outfits ideas that I’ve been wearing to work from home in that are just as comfortable as loungewear, I promise. And if you’re not buying anything new at the moment, these looks are so easy to shop from your own wardrobe.

comfortable trousers and a cardigan

Cardigan: Rouje, Trousers: Warehouse

Super chic and super comfortable, these trousers are a much more relaxed option than jeans but still looks stylish and put together, especially in a pretty Spring pattern such as gingham. And a cardigan (or a lightweight jumper) just adds to that cozy factor while you still look great, and perfect for a zoom meeting. A vintage cardigan would work perfectly here too, either plain or embroidered. Think pastel and Spring colours such as lemon yellow, cream, rose, lavender etc for a refreshing colour palette.

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vintage or vintage style maxi dress

Dress: Kitri, Slippers: Onaie (both gifts)

I don’t know about you but dresses are my favourite thing to wear ever. They are just as comfortable as loungewear if they are loose enough (and then they can allow for all that isolation snacking without you feeling uncomfortable-not the case for jeans!) and they are an instant mood lifter. The possibilities are endless here of course with dresses, but my personal favourite is a floral maxi. Throw on your favourite vintage dress and you’ll feel instantly better I promise. Bonus points if can co-ordinate your slippers to your outfit.

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Cute matching co-ord

Striped Top: H&M, Striped Bottoms: H&M, Loafers: Rouge Matilda (gifts)

Now, this one is the closest thing to wearing loungewear but a lot chicer. I feel as chic as a french girl in this matching set from H&M but I’m as comfy as if I was lying in bed. The added ruffle details elevate the set and this looks just as good out of the house (on your daily walk) as it does inside. Just make sure it’s matching-you can even recreate this with similar items of the same colour/pattern in any material you want. I’ve included the faithfull set below as another example, and a skirt option. These loafers in a contrasting pattern add a quirkiness to the outfit to break it up, or you could go full tonal.

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Recently I’ve just switched over to my Spring summer wardrobe as soon as the weather got a bit brighter and sunnier and I’ve LOVED discovering all my dresses from last year. The majority of the ones I own are super comfortable and they’re so easy to throw on, yet you look like you’ve made an effort.

I posted my first outfit video on IGTV here if you need some more ideas.

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This week I’m feeling Spring flowers, floaty dresses, escapism, shells, pearls and puff sleeves. Dreaming of shooting in fields barefoot. The warmth of the sun of my skin. Spring is in the air.

 

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Wow, where to start with this post. With everything that is going on, I’ve felt overwhelmed to say the least. Shutting the shop, everything shutting, adjusting to working from home for the foreseeable future. Now I work from home 80% of the time anyway so this wasn’t an adjustment for me-but having my boyfriend here at the same time, ALL OF THE TIME, I’m finding it so much harder to concentrate on anything, the flat is tiny so I can’t really shoot or do videos unless he goes on his once a day walk.And he’s now become my new photographer so I’ve had to patiently wait to shoot content (although he takes present bribes). Plus I do like to overshoot so I’ve stockpiled a ton of images so there’s no chance of running out of that.

I’ve got the worst organisational skills at the best of times, so trying to organise shooting ideas or videos is out of the window right now as they usually come to me in the moment. Plus the flat is an absolute state as we’ve had to take most of the vintage out of the shop to shoot, that’s all over the place, and guess who is our only cleaner? yours truly. Mini-rant over as it’s not that bad is it, in the grand scheme of things. It’s really not, I’ve actually never been so grateful to have someone here with me, and Stan too.

I’ve seen so many people over instagram being super productive and shooting videos/scheduling blog posts and Getting.Things.Done. And I just haven’t felt like doing anything and my motivation has really dropped. I’ve got anxiety I’m not going to get anymore work. I’ve got anxiety about my family-both my nana and grandad are 91 and my mum is on her own. My emotions are all over the place and I feel like I can’t concentrate on anything until this situation becomes almost….normal? Will it become ‘normal’?

This is a surreal situation that no one really knows how to navigate. There’s no right or wrong way. If you feel like you’re the most creative of your life-go for it. If you need time out to pause and reflect and look after yourself, now is the time. There is no right or wrong way to react to this situation as we’ve never been in it before, and I must admit when I’m sitting in the flat the outside world can almost feel as though nothing is happening and it’s just me sitting in, but what it is so important to remember is that we are all in this together. And it will pass.

So I just wanted to try and carry on as ‘normal’ as I possibly can, whatever that may mean in this current situation. Which doesn’t mean that I’m being ignorant to everything going on right now, but the absolute best thing for all of us is to stay at home, with the incredible NHS workers and everyone on the frontline of this pandemic holding our country and healthcare system together, we will be forever grateful. (PS: If you want to become an NHS volunteer I’ll leave the link here)

I’m just trying to provide some escapism for people, through my instagram and blog (and maybe YouTube if I get my act together) because creating content and posts is what I really enjoy, and to me, this provides escapism. That sounded very serious like some kind of school essay. Actually if it was a school essay I’d probably get told to use a different word than escapism twice. Oh god I’m trying haha.

Shot by Beatrice Rigby for a campaign for Arket, but too pretty not to post here.

Dress gifted by Arket

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Well I don’t know about anyone else but these random glimpses of sunshine recently have got me craving Spring even more. Literally as soon as the sun comes out even just a little bit I’m tempted to swap my wardrobe over and rediscover all my summer pieces again but I know I’m peaking that little bit too soon. I went out with no coat on the other day as it looked so sunny but let me tell you I was FREEZING. Big mistake.

However I thought I’d put together a little post on all the brands and pieces I am coveting and want to buy for Spring that I’ve been day dreaming about for a LONGGGG time now. It’s very easy to get carried away and impulse buy (which is something I am trying to no longer do) so be having this as a post I can see the things here on my wishlist and if I still want them in a couple of weeks/a month when it finally gets warmer I know I’ll be ready to make that investment. I’ve just chosen my three favourite pieces, otherwise we’ll be here all day.

White blouse gifted: Bohemy Shop, Check trousers: Sezane

First up we have Sezane, which suit I’m wearing in these photos. I love this french brand, every collection just gets better, it’s my favourite place to shop knitwear in winter, and pretty tops in summer. The white top is such a summer staple piece and one I’ve been searching for for a while, and the mustardy one looks like it could be vintage-I dream of finding something like that. I love how vintage inspired Sezane is (it started off as a vintage shop I believe) their quality is amazing, and this collection is their best yet.

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Second we have the whole new Faithfull collection. I want it all. I’ve always loved this brand they really epitomise summer for me. If I could afford to own it all I would. However, I’ve narrowed it down to three pieces (oh and also possibly this dress) which I feel would work well in my wardrobe. First up we have the vintage floral midi dress-how cute would this be with a cream cardigan and mules, or a basket bag come summer? The print might not be to everyones tastes but it’s definitely to mine. Next are those 60s inspired patterned trousers which I adore, there’s a matching bikini top that goes with them-or would look amazing with a cream puff sleeve or vintage blouse. And lastly we have the dress in the same print, I’m just sold on that sweetheart neckline, shirred bodice and puff sleeves. So flattering !

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Next on my wishlist, (and that first dress has been on it for a longgg while-I have dreams about that dress) is anything by Doen. It’s a little more of the expensive side so it’s definitely more of an investment piece, but they are woman owned ethical clothing brand from LA and really care for the environment. You can buy selected and exclusive pieces from Net-a-Porter so you swerve the customs charge too. I’m hoping they add more pieces soon but at the moment these three are at the top of my list.

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I feel like I’ve saved the best til last. I want everything from Dodo Bar Or! Just look at all. Have you ever seen a more me brand? It’s seventies inspired heaven. Omg I can’t wait for summer. I am definitely investing in something from Dodo. They do matching swimwear as well, I just love a retro print with a modern silhouette.

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Suit jacket: Sezane

All photography : Sophie Anneliese

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