Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Fashion | Femme Luxe Clothing Haul & Review!*

I love the summer, don't get me wrong, but nothing beats how great winter fashion is. Being able to wrap up in comfortable jumpers, jeans and coats makes me so happy. Winter is definitely one of my favourite times of the year so it's no wonder that I've already begun transitioning my wardrobe in preparation for the climate change! 

I was so excited to have received an email from the lovely team at Femme luxe to try out a few of their knitwear pieces. Over the last couple of weeks I've seen the brand float around the blogosphere so was really intrigued into trying out some of the clothes for myself.  I excitedly picked out three separate pieces and eagerly waited for them to turn up on my doorstep. 

The first thing I picked were the Carolina Beige Leopard Print High Waisted Skirt Shorts in 8/10. If you've seen my blogpost all about my obsession with leopard print recently, then this choice won't come as a big surprise at all! On the website these shorts are paired with a black cropped jumper and bare legs. I thought however that they would look nice styled with a pair of thick black tights, boots and a warm knit. I love how this looks when styled and know I'm going to get good use out of them. 

Next up was the Eden Cream Loose Fit Crop Knitted Jumper in Small. I had been looking for an oversized jumper for a while before I found this as  wanted one to wear with a pair of jeans for a casual daytime look. When I saw this online I knew it would be perfect! First thing to note about this jumper is how incredibly soft it is! I didn't have many expectations, but didn't expect the quality to be as good as this is. I have already worn this a couple of times now including with the leopard skort and my favourite white leopard skirt, can you spot a theme! The way the jumper has been designed makes for easy styling as it has cut out sides that make it hang nicely on the body. I am obsessed with this and think I am going to go back and reorder in the pink too! 

The final jumper I ordered was the Grey Cable Knit Jumper in Small. I wanted a cropped jumper to wear with a high waisted denim/leather skirt so thought this would be perfect. The quality of this jumper isn't as soft as the Cream, but it looks just as nice when being worn. Again, I know I am going to get a lot of use out of this in the weeks to come! 

Overall, my whole experience with ordering through the Femme Luxe website has been great. The website itself has lots of products on offer that are bang on trend with what you can get on the high street. I already have my eyes on a couple of other things I want to get next including the jumper in Pink and the cute two piece tracksuit sets! 

I would love to know what you think about Femme Luxe? Have you ordered anything on the website before?

Until next time! 
*All products in this post were sent to me to kindly review. I haven't been paid for this review and all opinions, photographs and wording are my own and are 100% honest. 

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Beauty || New In: Pixi Skintreats Toners

If you've been a reader of my blog for the last couple of years then you will already know my love and affinity for the brand Pixi. For over a year now I have been a big fan of the classic Glow Tonic so was extremely excited to receive this little box of goodies introducing the new #PixiPerfect trio collection. 

Amongst the blogosphere, Pixi has become one of the most iconic brands in terms of skincare. In particular the Glow Tonic toner, which has gained a cult following for it's ability to tone and refresh your skin. Personally, this has been a favourite of mine as it has always left my face feeling clean and refreshed after each use. 

The new launch, the #PixiPerfect trio of tonics, has been put together to target a different skincare area of concern. The idea behind the trio is to use them together to help balance the skin and make for #multitoning perfection. As mentioned, the Glow Tonic is already  a firm favourite of mine and I have only actually recently purchased another full size replacement! The other two tonics however look equally as cute and I am so excited to give them a try! 

First Impressions

Retinol Tonic | 100ml | £10.
This tonic has been created with the idea of rejuvenating the skin for a natural glow. The antioxidants and botanicals within the solution replenish the skin leaving it feeling smooth and soft. This product also states that it's great for soothing sensitive skin. My first impressions are that this product genuinely works nicely to refresh the skin. Unlike the Glow Tonic, the smell isn't as strong and it definitely feels more refreshing after use. I am exciting to continue using this to see how I get on! 

Rose Tonic | 100ml | £10.
Now I will admit I fell in love with the whole appearance of this product. What's not to love about a cute little rose bottle?! This product claims to sooth, tone, balance PH, minimise redness and calm skin. A lot of claims, which I am hoping after time truly does work! I used this product after the Retinol one to help hydrate the skin a little. Together these products work really well to leave the skin feeling clean, so I think I will continue to use these together. 

Overall I am really excited with this new release from Pixi. As exciting as makeup releases can be, there's always something special about getting down to the basics of beauty which is always skincare! 

A big thank you to Pixi for sending me the new Toners to try for this blogpost! I am excited as always to try them out and always enjoy receiving #PIXIPOST! 

Until next time,

*Items in this post were kindly gifted to me, as always all opinions and photographs are my own

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Fashion || Hello September & Jumping on the Leopard Print Bandwagon!

Hello September and a big welcome back to my blog! 

How on earth are we on the second day of September already? With X-factor starting yesterday, Strictly starting next week and rumours of celebs entering the jungle on the horizon, that's 2018 pretty much done! September is a funny month. For many people it's, in some way, a 'new' start to the academic year, so I guess that doesn't make it stupid when I say I am looking forward to starting this blog afresh. I am now 5 month's into my 6 month placement in a PR fashion company, which means this time next month I will either be unemployed again, or getting ready to start a new job. I jolly hope it's the latter! As much as a challenge this placement has been for me, physically and mentally, I am so glad I have done it and hope it helps my job prospects tremendously! 

Now that we're starting a brand new month, what better time than now to set a couple of goals that we can look back on at the end of September? 

1) Find another placement/internship or even better, a full time job! - This one should be achievable right? I mean it kind of needs to be. I have been applying like crazy throughout the last couple of months with interview's never really leading onto anything more than being told I 'need more experience'. Fingers crossed September will be the month I can secure something a little more permanent. 

2) Go to the gym at least 2 times a week! - Again this one should be achievable. One of the annoying things about working in London is the unreliability of tubes and trains. When they're working fine travelling can be a doddle, but throw in a delay or two my journey can be affected by up to 2 hours. Hopefully this month my train home every night will be simple and stress free so I can enjoy a visit to the gym! 

3) Read one book! - I read two books in the last two months, so hopefully this one will become easy for me to do. I currently have Wilde about the Girl by the lovely Louise Pentland sitting on my bedside table begging to be opened. Hopefully this will be the month that I do! 

4) Spend Less! - This one is easier said than done when your favourite hobby is shopping. Nothing makes me happier when I'm browsing a shopping centre, and don't even get me started on the ASOS and Zara apps! This month I have set myself the challenge to save as I'm attending Stylist Live at the beginning of November and I want to be able to enjoy myself without worrying about funds!

Now that my September goals are out of the way, let's get talking about the truly important stuff... Who else is completely head over heels with the Leopard print trend?!? If you can enter a high street shop without seeing animal print then you're shopping in the wrong places. Seriously, this trend has really taken over the world and I for one am glad that it has. Considering the fact I am usually three steps behind everyone else on the trend front, which is ironic when my current job is literally working months in advance, I'm doing pretty well in the Leopard print department. At my last count I own 2 Leopard print skirts, 2 leopard print blouses, 1 dress, 1 bag and a couple of scrunchies. Leopard print is just so easy to wear and so flattering on every body shape too. My favourite styling has been pairing a plain t-shirt tucked into my midi print skirt with a pair of converses and leather jacket thrown on for good measure. (I am wearing a skirt from Nasty Gal, Top River Island, Shoes Converse and Leather Jacket Julien MacDonald in this blog post imagery). 

Enough rambling for now, I need to get started planning the rest of September! I've got big plans and I'm hoping to reach them! 

Let me know if you're loving the Leopard print trend as much as me, and how else I can style this skirt! 

Until next time, 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Lifestyle: Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Love it or hate it, everyone has heard of the name Harry Potter. Whether it's the love of the books or the movies, the wizarding world has become such a big part of many people's lives. My family and I have always loved reading and watching the stories together so I knew a visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour was a definite must as a Christmas gift for my parents. Annoyingly the only date I could book back in December was for March so we had a long time to wait. Double annoyingly, our date in March was also then moved thanks to the snow and roads making it impossible to attend! So after a long 5 month wait, we finally visited the studios and had an amazing time. 

Although we had a long time to wait for our trip, I am glad we were delayed in visiting and went when we did. Our trip fell on the third weekend of the new 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' exhibition. I loved that we were attending for a special event as our only previous visit was when it first opened, so it was great to see new things that were brought in specially for the occasion.  There were so many differences from our first trip and the Goblet of Fire touch was great! 

Polka dot top - Primark
Khaki Jacket - Topshop
Jeans - Jamie Jeans Topshop
Sandals - ASOS
Bag - Michael Kors

First of all, I love how well themed the whole exhibition is. From entrance to finish, every single moment was FULL of Harry Potter movie memorabilia. The entrance to the tour was different from my first experience to the Warner Bros studio's. As the studios was being used to film for the new Fantastic Beasts movie, the entrance had been moved to allow privacy and filming to take place. I loved that we were able to see the staging for this film and it added to the magic of our trip. After the long security queue to get inside, then another long queue to actually go into the tour (if you've visited you know what I mean!) we started our magical trip into Hogwarts.  

This was the first 'Goblet of Fire' special that had been added to The Great Hall section of the tour. It was crazy to be able to see the goblet in person, as well as Fred and George laying on the floor! As part of the tour, you experience the goblet choosing a name to compete in the 'games'. As luck would have it Harry Potter was chosen, fancy that! 

I love hearing all of the random facts throughout the tour as it really gives you a behind the scenes look into what actually went on during filming. One of my favourite facts was about the costuming in the final two movies. Due to the storyline going from one extreme to the next, Harry needed costuming that reflected this. In the part one his clothes were tidy and clean, but throughout the movie the clothes were slowly distressed to reflect the action. By the end of part two not only was there many holes and rips in his clothing, there was also the added blood here and there! 

The tour itself is so interactive, and there's many parts where you can personally get involved with various sets. I tried out the broomstick 'up' scene from the first movie and can honestly say it was all my childhood self ever dreamed of! 

Now I know we're supposed to hate Umbridge, but I just can't help myself from falling in love with the decoration of her office. I mean, it's everything I could ever want and need from a workspace! Pink, regal furnishings and pictures of cats. It's literally my dream come true! #Officegoals?

How incredible are all these gorgeous witches hats? The detail that goes behind every single hat, wand and prop in the movies were so perfect and intricate to making the film the success that it is. I find it so interesting that despite the fact some of these hats would have been seen for maybe one second in a scene, the time and effort that went into making them unique and special would be the same as key props. Props truly do set the scene, and I'm so glad that this tour allows the time for these things to be seen! 

If only you knew how difficult it was to get a decent photograph of me on platform 9 3/4. There are MANY outtakes of me trying to attempt the typical flying in the air shot (check out these images below). 

Another highlight of the trip was our visit to the backlot cafe. Obviously a trip to Hogwarts wouldn't be complete without a butterbeer. I've been lucky enough to have tried it before at this studio tour and in Universal Studios LA, so knew I didn't like it. I was excited to see however that there was now the option to purchase an ice-cream butterbeer! Which, if you know me is right up my street. I am happy to announce the ice cream tastes NOTHING like the beer and was extremely delish. I was also given a souvenir dish that I wasn't expecting that was a nice touch for the trip. 

The model scale of the Hogwarts castle at the end of the tour is such an incredible sight to see, and it's so unbelievable that it was used to shoot the exterior clips for the movies. It's hard to capture through images the scale of the model, but again the detail and design's are so intricate it makes the whole thing come to life. Fun fact, the model actually had small LED lights which flicker gradually to look like little people walking throughout the grounds. As part of the 'Goblet of Fire' exhibition, the Beauxbatons flying carriage had been added, which again was a lovely special close to the tour. 

Obviously no exhibition tour would be complete without a HUGE gift shop at the end. For once I was good and didn't actually purchase a thing! But I couldn't help but capture my favourite section of the shop - the sweets! If I could have bought every single Honeydukes sweet I would have!

Overall my experience at the studio tour was even better than I had remembered from the first time. As a Harry Potter fan, being able to step through into the Great Hall and the wizarding world is such an incredible experience. Exploring all of the props, behind the scenes facts and physically witnessing magic happen before your eyes makes the wait to go worthwhile. To be honest, even if you're not interested in Harry Potter the trip is still a great opportunity to have a look at what goes into making such a successful film franchise. The amount of props that I have mentioned which are only seen for a split second in a film along with the more noticeable ones shows how much time and effort has gone into making the tour a success. I can't wait to hopefully visit again and immerse myself in everything magical again! 

I would love to know if you've ever been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour! Is there anything you loved about the tour in particular? 

Until next time, 

 The Outtakes