Stylish Sequin Bridesmaid Dress

Monday 30 October 2017

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Last week one of my best friends got married! She was the most glamorous and relaxed bride EVER. Her dress was absolutely insane (sooo luxe) and she let her bridesmaid squad pick their dresses, using her theme of gold/sequins.

I think it's so important your maids feel confident on your big day and I definitely wanted my ladies to look and feel great at my wedding last year. For my friend's wedding, I opted for the Maya long sleeved maxi with sequins and tulle (£90) from ASOS.

Stylish Bridesmaid Dress
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FENTY Beauty by Rihanna Review: Harvey Nichols Exclusive

Friday 27 October 2017

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Pour it up, pour it up, watch it all fall out! Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that last month Rihanna launched her first makeup range, FENTY Beauty. I was invited to the pre-launch at Harvey Nichols Bristol but I couldn't attend as I was partying in Brighton at one of my best friends' hen do. Luckily for me, the team knew I was a HUGE Rihanna fan and sent me a couple of items to review.

I've seen Rihanna perform twice, and both times I was in awe of her beauty. Her makeup is always flawless. When I visited Barbados a few years ago, after winning a giveaway she ran with HTC (while drenched in Rihanna x River Island), I SQUEED when my tour guide stopped outside her family home. Before she was famous she also used to be best friends with one of my best friend's cousin's best friend. YEAH. So we've always had a connection.

First impressions? The packaging is incredible. It reminds me of an edgier KKW Beauty. I soon discovered her products are for women of ALL colours as it boasts 20 shades of concealer and 40 different foundation shades. Yes, 40!

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UNIF Frost Sweater Alternative

Tuesday 24 October 2017

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If like me you've wanted a UNIF Frost Sweater since forever, but you aren't prepared to pay extortionate custom fees, fear not because I've found an alternative! At a mere £24.99, this Missguided pink multi stripe jumper is a fantastic dupe.

So it's not exactly the same, but it's definitely warmer and has a very enjoyable oversized fit. This jumper has completely sold out on the Missguided site but I managed to snag one from ASOS! I wanted to size up but they only had a 10 in stock so I just went for it and HUZZAH, it wasn't made for ants, so actually fits me.

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The Luna Cinema + #SummerofSurprise with Not On the High Street!

Saturday 21 October 2017

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As a continuation of the #SummerofSurprise campaign we worked on with Not On the High Street, a few weeks ago I headed to Bath to attend an outdoor cinema event. The Luna Cinema is extremely well known and although I'd previously heard of this outdoor cinema company, I'd never been to one of their movie nights!

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Joanie Clothing: Flirty Fifties Prom Dress

Wednesday 18 October 2017

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I'm all about leather, faux fur and skulls but I do have a softer side, and sometimes I gravitate towards more feminine, romantic styles. In the past, I've described my style as eclectic - I just like a bit of everything and dress to suit my mood. This Joanie Ria Prom Dress has been hanging in my wardrobe since the summer. I wanted to wear it for a special occasion or a wedding, but the right situation never presented itself.

Fast forward to a warm autumn day and me throwing caution into the wind by slipping into this fabulous fifties number. Within 30 seconds of stepping outside my door, I received a "Wow, that dress is BEAUTIFUL", from a friendly (American neighbour). Gosh, you've gotta love Americans. With a spring in my step, I headed to the Bristol Harbourside to meet a friend for some Sunday fun. 

Joanie Ria Red Floral Prom Dress
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Grey Leopard and Studded Leather

Monday 16 October 2017

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GREETINGS. Yeah, that's right. I'm back atcha with another style post from the streets of Bristol. I've rekindled my love for blogging and I'm here to stay... So get used to the frequent updates.

Last weekend was unusually warm, and rumour has it, the weather is going to be beautiful this week. Thank RPattz. Despite the heat, I couldn't resist throwing on my favourite Senso boots (inspired by Amy), my new leopard sweater, some gothic-esque jewels and this studded Dr Martens satchel. I'm pretty sure this is my favourite bag of ALL time. It's extremely hard wearing and still looks brand new even though it's five years old. I absolutely need to put on the matching boots sometime, because they are equally as awesome and deserve an outing.

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DuoBoots: Joiners Leather Riding Boots

Thursday 12 October 2017

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Ah, Autumn. Last Sunday was surprisingly warm, so I stepped out wearing a just a light blazer and still felt overdressed. I'm not complaining because I've changed my mind and I don't think I'm 100% ready to embrace the rain and cold, just yet.

I've been meaning to feature this blazer on the blog for a few months after buying it from the The Bloggers Market in London earlier this year (thank you Kristabel). It was the perfect piece to style with my brand new black Joiners riding boots from DuoBoots. Aren't they awesome!? If you read my post earlier this week, you'll know that I recently attended their relaunch blog event in Bath and went home with these beauties from their AW17 collection.

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DuoBoots of Bath

Monday 9 October 2017

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Duo are BACK! The day after I returned from my honeymoon to Canada, I made my way to Bath for an exciting blog event. DuoBoots might sound somewhat familiar, I was a big fan of the brand for years and in 2015 they changed name to Ted&Muffy. This name change wasn't fully embraced by everyone (in all honesty, I liked it) so after a couple of years they listened to their loyal customers and... Changed it back! 

I have to tip my fedora to them for giving the new direction a go and accepting that it didn't work. The brand is actually under new ownership now and DuoBoots are determined to bring it back to its former glory. This relaunch has received great feedback from the press and most importantly, Duo's dedicated following. I'm just really pleased their styles are still hella cool and fashion forward! To celebrate their name change, a selection of local bloggers were invited to see the new store and latest Autumn/Winter 2017 collection

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CLUSE La Bohème Rose Gold Watch

Wednesday 4 October 2017

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Guess who's back on UK soil!? So If you haven't been keeping track, I recently went on my (belated) honeymoon to Canada! It was incredible and very snowy (Banff is a DREAM). Visit my personal Instagram for the evidence. I will most definitely be blogging about my trip soon, I just need to wade through a few hundred images first... Standard.

Now it's October and I don't have any trips planned for the rest of the year, I'm focusing all my energy on sorting my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Huzzah! I naturally gravitated toward an all black ensemble as soon as the temperature dipped this week, but I'm hoping to order some cute fluffy knits and bold faux fur jackets to brighten things up. I've already started buying Christmas gifts (I KNOW) and started thinking about what I'd like to open on Xmas morning. If you know me well, you probably won't be surprised to learn I have a few watches on my list for Santa. 

I think I have about 15 watches already but I love them all! They genuinely bring me joy and so yes, I always want more. One new watch label I've been seeing a lot on Instagram over the past few months is CLUSE, a brand that hails from Amsterdam. They claim their timepieces represent elegance and minimalism. I was keen to try them and thanks to Browns Family Jewellers, I was able to do just that! I managed to get my paws on the gorgeous CLUSE La Bohème rose gold and grey watch.

Browns Family Jewellers Review

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn - The Beauty Products I'll Be Taking Into The New Season

Sunday 1 October 2017

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So here we are in October and the start of a colder season, which for a lot of us means a switch up in beauty products such as a heavier face cream maybe, or a vampier, darker lippy. There are a few bits that I discovered in the summer that are so good that I just can't let them go, so I thought I'd share them with you. My keepers!

First up is the Know Cosmetics No Thin Lips, hailing from US beauty mothership Sephora, this fiery lip plumper has been a big hit in the US, and also in my makeup bag this summer. I don't have really thin lips, but as I've got older I have noticed them getting less pouty shall we say, and I've tried a few plumpers in the past but none have really thrilled me, until now - yey!

No Thin Lips is a smooth, clear gloss that can be worn alone, or under/over lip colour and contains Aloe and Vitamin E to keep lips hydrated. I apply it on my bare lips while I'm doing my eye and skin makeup to give it time to react before I reach my lips. I've found that it works best if you apply it slightly over your natural lip line, and yes it tingles but it's not deeply uncomfortable like some others I've tried (ouch!), think cinnamon hot, not fires from the depths of hell hot. As it works you'll see your lips turn a pretty natural pink, plumping out fine lines and generally looking fuller. When it's time to make up my lips I give them a gentle blot (not enough to take it all off mind) and start with my liner. It definitely makes it easier to line lips and I find that any lippy of choice sits better, even the matte ones. Now don't get me wrong, don't be expecting Kylie Jenner lips here, but it does what it says on the box and at around £15 it doesn't break the bank either. You can find it over here in Superdrug, Oliver Bonas and Lloyds Pharmacy if you fancy giving it a go. 

P.S. If you kiss someone after application, even with another lippy on top, turns out they can feel the tingle too. I kissed my man goodbye one morning last week and he was like, J, what have you got on your lips?! Luckily Red Hot candies are one of his fave US sweets so no harm done ;)

Know Cosmetics No Thin Lips Review
Know Cosmetics No Thin Lips Review

Next up is the Diptyque Eau Rose Body Lotion, £32 for 200ml. I bought this early in the summer after winning a candle and finding a few Diptyque samples in the box, they were all beaut but I really fell for the scent of Eau Rose. You're probably thinking urgh, old lady smell, but honestly, it's more like turkish delight and chocolate, super sweet and feminine, and the scent lasts forever on your skin. I would have the full range of this and wear it everyday whilst burning the candle, but alas I am not made of money. Oh life!

Diptyque Eau Rose Body Lotion Review

Another must have is the Aveda Shampure dry shampoo. I was lucky and was gifted one of these on a recent blogger trip to the fab Aveda Blow Dry Bar in Debenhams Liverpool, but it retails at £23.50. £23.50 sounds a lot for a dry shampoo, but it's lasted a good 2 months of every other day usage so far and there seems to be a lot more in there so I'm definitely getting my pounds per wear out of this bad boy. It's a non-aerosol powder mist, so basically you squeeze the bottle and it poofs out like talc. This takes a bit of practice but I've mastered it now and can confidently get dressed in black before application ;) It smells amazing and is also handy to give freshly blown hair a bit of last minute, lasting volume. Fine holiday fun, two thumbs up.

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo Review

Finally, and don't laugh, I can't get enough of Loreal Colorista Dirty Pink. It's a £6ish washout hair colour and I've been tipping my ombre caramel blonde ends with it all summer to compliments ahoy. I've bought so many of these that I probably could have got it done permanently and professionally at a salon for the amount I've spent on this product, but who has the commitment for that when you can be Jerrica in the working week and Jem at the weekends? One tube does about 6 inches of hair, twice, and it really does wash out without trace in about 3 or 4 washes. There's loads more colours to choose from, but Dirty Pink is perfect for me (Peach looked pretty awful against my caramel tones, and Pink was too light), definitely one I recommend trying if permanent home hair dye scares the bejiggity out of you.

Loreal Colorista Dirty Pink Review

So those were a few of my favourite things. Did you do any summer loving with new beauty products that have become firm favourites since? 

J xoxo
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