M&S

 

Yesterday I was invited into my local Marks & Spencer store to browse and try on there ladies wear collection. I have to honestly say I was so surprised Marks & Spenser have uped there game in the fashion industry recently and are growing from strength to strength.

For me it still has that top quality sophisticated look, which I love. It offers flattering printed dresses and wear forever coats and essentials that will take you from season to season  but keeping you on trend.

 

I loved this outfit (Links attached)

The colours were so vibrant and fun and the quality and fit was perfect.

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I have to mention these little boots I fell in love with. Butter soft leather, will update any outfit, and the kitten heel means easy to walk in. What more could you want from a boot!

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I also loved these mustard yellow heels I know I would get so much wear from these.

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I had to share a snap of the holly willoughby dress this is from her new collection I loved the whole range and can not wait for her second collection but I absolutely loved wearing this dress. So girly so floaty and so me. I think this dress is actually a very versatile piece and could be styled many different ways.

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Autumn look book

I was supposed to do this every week but maybe once a month might work out better.  Sometimes  life just gets so busy it’s hard trying to keep up with everything.

Here is another update on my autumn wardrobe.

 

Pink and red has to be one of my favourite colour combinations since I was a kid. I know I have said this before but I really do love it. When I seen this jumper in the Newlook sale, I had to buy it straight away. I paired it with some old topshop trousers and pink heels from boohoo.

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A snake print blazer from sequin cinderella. The biggest print of the season and I love it, here I paired it with some green trousers these are paperbag topshop petite trousers. I have them a few years and always wear them. I’m wearing my trusty old white boots from zara. If you don’t own white boots you need to. And a printed tee from h&m new-in mixing old with new to update my look.

 

This green dress from primark I just loved. Very flattering on and very similar to a zara one I spied but at a fraction of the price. You can see I wore it with some glam heels also from primark and my biker (old from newlook).  later I changed to some addidas and borrowed a Louis Vuitton. I feel both worked, I love when pieces are versatile and you can dress them up or down meaning multiple wears.

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This teddy bear coat from Bershka for me will be the coat of the season. I love the comfort of this and the look, glam but cosy so in my eyes totally practical and a necessity for autumn.

clutch is mango limited edition and I’m loving the Chanel vibe from it.

Belt is Gucci

 

The shacket I have seen everywhere at London fashion week and loved it. This will be a staple for me. I have worn it open and causal here on a day out, but I will be rewearing this for sure. layers are always so important to me when choosing an outfit.

Shacket and trousers are Bershka bag and belt Gucci.

 

More nude tones for my wardrobe and black trousers. These are staples and will always help me build outfits so if your trying to build a wardrobe up always start with basic key pieces that will help you build your outfits. Nude top is Bershka

 

My last look im sharing is this one from the weekend.

Green culottes primark, white top dv8, yellow boots next, blazer hm, belt pull&bear.

The fit of these culottes was so flattering I just loved them and the white top added texture making the look a little more glam,  the checked blazer worked wellwith the green and the yellow boots just pulled the whole look together.

 

Natural touch spa

I visited natural touch spa on pump street.  A hidden gem in the heart of Derry city.

A01F97CA-FA9C-4E4F-8BEE-3163429F0C31Behind this door lays a luxurious spa, offering treatments to improve health, wellbeing, beauty and most of all relaxation. From the moment you walk in You are greeted by the beautiful aroma and and the soothing sounds. Not to mention the stunning decor.

I shared my spa day with the beautiful Natasha we both had Thalgo facials

Recently my skin has become very congested, like little lumps all along my contour and jaw line. And it has been driving me insane! I have tried so many skin care ranges and have loved them. But they are just not working for me right now to achieve the results that I would like which is glowing skin.

I explained all this to my therapist Leigh. Leigh is also the owner of  natural touch spa and is a highly skilled therapist. She advised me on the best course of action to achieve the results I want.

 

 

She used the Thalgo range it smelt and felt incredible. She explained each step and what it would do from the deep exfoliation to smooth the skin and allow optimum penetration of the active ingredients mainly the collagen which I just loved it went on cold which felt so soothing I actually could have slept.

As that was soaking in I had the most incredible shoulder, head and neck massage. And it was Devine I felt like I was floating.

As far as Monday’s go it was a great day and it also got me thinking about self care it comes in many forms it dosnt always have to be a Spa day but none the less it’s very important to make self care a priority and take some time out for your self to relax and today I most certainly did that it’s somthing I don’t do enough.

since getting the facial I have been so happy with my skin it’s glowing and the best it has been in a while I will definitely be getting this facial again and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Chunky knits

My new favourite thing to wear oversized lightweight chunk cosy knits. expect to see them on me a lot. They are so soft and I love them. I pull them out every year and of course I add a few new to the collection.

This outfit was inspired by the Gianni skirt. I loved it but it was way out of my price range, so I opted for the zara skirt and the hm jumper.

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Another cosy knit this beautiful orange primark jumper. I wore it with some leather look trousers. I have had these years they are topshop petite and they are sadly coming to an end of there wear life. but I’m so attached to them and I feel like I will never find another petite pair that fit so well.

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Natasha is also wearing a chunky chenille wool jumper from newlook I love the colour of the jumper and how she has styled it.

Autumn is my favourite season I love layers and adding texture to your outfits.

Some of the beautiful jumpers available from http://www.sequincinderella.com and these fab skirts that I just loved I tried these on last week the comfort and fit Is just perfect I loved them.

just a few examples of cosy knits dressed up and down thanks for reading xx

Re wearing

 

So after chatting on Instagram to a few different girls it got me thinking. A lot of people say to me omg you never wear the same thing twice!!. Well I really do but I always wear it differently. It got me thinking about rewearing. No matter what or who we are we all have to rewear our wardrobes we are not millionaires! And this is nothing new. Each season brings us fresh ideas that we may have forgot about from previous years so I decided to share a few of my rewears in the hope that it may inspire a few of you out there to rework, and rewear what you have in your wardrobe.

7EBA4DE2-4D28-48C1-898F-30A336E58750So here I am wearing a hm suit I got last year. (I’m pretty sure they have an almost identical version still available)

Outfit 2 old black trousers (We all have some black trousers), a basic cropped hoodie from primark, again last years but they always have these and they are only £4. Worn with the blazer.

Outfit 3 my trench coat (old newlook) you can pick these up everywhere right now. Same hoodie. Worn with the skirt, I  rolled the skirt at the waist just to shorten it a little, popped on my trusty old white ankle boots from Zara, that were the best present I ever got. (thanks cuz), and that’s another look.

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Outfit 4 I wore a primark tshirt and some mustard mules.

363993F3-31D5-4691-9BD7-F7DFFAB7BDCAThis rust coloured coatigan from Zara has been a favourite of mine for years. I feel like it will be in my wardrobe forever!. Also the orange trousers trousers from primark, they have a similar version instore now. I love the fit and comfort of these so I know I will also be wearing these year in year out and all seasons. I have worn both items together and seperatly to create different looks again with the same items.

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Finally my all time favourite item my topshop red skirt I got in a Christmas sale for £15 I think maybe 5 years ago. I will never part with this I have worn this way more times than this but I’m not on instagram long enough to show you all. I love the pink and red combo this colour combo was featured on rissole from grease back in the day. And I have always loved it.

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And this sweatshirt I have loved and worn and reworn and I will forever it’s from s&l clothing on instagram and it’s so versatile it can be worn glam,casual, what ever way you like it best. I just adore the Gucci vibe and again the Gucci colours, green and red will always be another favourite colour combo that I will wear forever.

Thanks for reading If you find blog posts like this helpful drop me a message and I will show you’s all some more xx

Checks & white ankle boots

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Its officially time to rethink checks this season, with bold colours and large scale design, that bring a new age to the grunges classic print.

To me it screams 90s mixed with a little clueless vibe. Not my normal go to of the prints but I have to admit I kind of like it. As I have said before I do like to step out of my comfort zone and try things I wouldn’t normally. So when I seen this in primark I had to have it.

Light layers and accessories will help you bridge the gap between the hot and cold weather. So I paired it with a maxi cardigan and some white ankle boots.

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Accessories are always my favourite thing I love how they transform your outfit.

This  dress would also look great with black tights as the weather gets colder. Or with an oversized hoodie and some vans.

But for now I will be wearing it with my white ankle boots from zara sale last year. These  little beauty’s are one of my best sale finds ever.

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These are out of stock now so I have found a few more that are currently in stock.

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1. Topshop

2. Newlook

3. Zara

4. Asos

My autumn look book

Week 1

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I am so ready now for autumn, its my favourite season of all year. And one of the biggest trends to feature this year is animal print, any animal any print. Cow, snake leapoard zebra you name you will find it. And I will be wearing them all  I love print.

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Outfit 1

Dress primark

Boots Miss selfridge

Belt Gucci

Bag Micheal Korrs

Jacket newlook

The dress I have on above I bought in pennys and it sold out in one day.  Its a beautiful dress with a side split featuring some asymmetric buttons. Buttons are also still a huge trend for autumn. I love how they add a little detail to your outfit.

Outfit 2

Mustard culottes pennys

Boots stradavarius

T-shirt zara

Biker jacket newlook

Bag Micheal korrs

Outfit 3

Jacket mango

Skirt Asos

T shirt topshop (hannah vail)

Belt Gucci

Boots stradavarius

Bag Micheal Korrs

Leopard print will heavily feature in all my outfits but red will also feature as its one of my absolute favourite  colours.

Bellamianta luxury tan range

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I’m going to start with my most favourite product from the range the ultra dark self tanning mousse. This has been my holy grail this summer I’m currently at the end of my second bottle, I have worn this tan non stop. I always used liquid tans but gave this one a go and just fell in love with the rich olive shade,the mousse was a different texture for me and applied so easily and dried quickly. My tan lasts perfectly for 7-9 days then I remove it and apply a fresh layer and it’s always flawless. I love that one layer is enough to give you a dark shade.

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Next up let’s talk liquid gold and omg this is actually liquid gold, I don’t think I have ever had as many dms about a tan as I did about this one, another tan that I will never stop using. Its so stunning! I even took it to Dubai with me in March to top myself up when I was out there.

Along with the skin perfecting instant tan which gives a flawless finish on your legs. I like to top up my tans on nights out with this just for a little extra coverage. I have a few imperfections on my legs that I don’t like and this works a treat, I nearly don’t even see them when I have this on. A few years ago I wouldn’t have dreamt of exposing my legs, even in summer I wore black tights. So to say I have come along way is an understatement but somthing I am very greatful for. And all down to great tanning products.

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Lets talk crystal clear the scariest of the range because there is no guide colour. Once you pass the fear it’s so good! No body prints on your white bed sheets and no tan stains on your white garments. This is so good for wearing white and also a lovely shade of tan. I will be honest I was afraid of this. I still remember the disasters before guide colour was invented but I think over the years I have developed tanning skills so had no need to worry.

I have also tried the lotions in shade medium and dark. I loved both, it just depends on my mood and what I’m wearing. I think this summer I just loved the ultra dark but as we head in to autumn I will prob go back to liquid gold for a while and keep the ultra dark for my nights out.

bellamiamta tan is a completely clean formula. no parabens or harsh chemicals and no sulphates are included. There is no tan smell and all there products give a beautiful olive tone.

Shandon hotel and spa

So yesterday I had the honor of  attending the shandon hotel Spa. I had already been last year and had the best experience so could not wait to get back down.

Its in dunfanaghy Co Donegal which is about 40 minutes from letterkenny but very easy to get too, it’s such a  scenic drive making it such a pleasure to get to.

when we arrived at the Spa we were greeted by the salon manager who showed us round the Spa and showed us all the facilities. They have everything covered hairdresser, nail bar, thermal suite, relaxation rooms, treatment area, outdoor hot tub.

We started our day off with treatments I had some phi brows done in there new clinic that will be held once a month at the shandon. The clinic will be run by Leigh Fitzpatrick from natural touch Spa on Derrys pump street Leigh is highly skilled and has trained all over the world and closely with Kim o Sullivan from the Dublin makeup academy she not only has her own salon but runs clinics all over Ireland and has customers traveling miles just to get appointments with her. Her appointments are always limited so best to book well in advance.

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I was delighted with my brows I could not get over how natural they look and how they transform my face.

we then had some reflexology and foot and leg massages. Best experience ever,I almost fell asleep the room is so relaxing and my therapist was just the best.

After treament we went to the relaxation room where you can have fruit and water tea or coffee and we had the most delicious lunch followed by processo and I’m not joking I have never tasted a nicer processo don’t know what kind it was but I will be finding out and stocking up.

Then  we spent some time relaxing in the thermal spa with delicious cocktails and a dip in the outdoor hot tub.

I honestly had the best day so relaxing and to be treated so well is just fabulous the staff at the shandon are a credit to the hotel nothing was a bother thankyou so much to all of you for the perfect day.

 

 

Bperfect carnival palette

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My thoughts on the bperfect carnival palette. I always wore brown and I know I liked it, It was me, and it was safe. But if Im honest I wasn’t very excited about any of my makeup looks they were just always the same until now that is.

Experimenting with colour has been fabulous and exciting my favourite look was probably the pink. Here, I used wifey, funki, and sinner in the inner corner.

It was very daring but also very wearable. I’m not a makeup artist but I am very interested in makeup,and always have been. I have done many makeupcourses and still love Demos and watching YouTube or Stacey Marie’s live.

The blue and green were the colours I was most afraid of and I didn’t really want to try as I had already decided I didn’t like them. But I made myself try them when I was going to pro store opening , and I absolutely loved this look and would wear it again. it was very dramatic but as I was going to a makeup store opening I thought sure why not.

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I love that you can adapt the palette to suit what ever look you want here is a softer look I created using shuffle, keen, queen, which is the mustard shade  it’s still soft and wearable but also colourful and below I have used rowdy, basic, hush again a very wearable look and not too heavy.

The colour pay off from every eyeshadow is so strong a little goes a long way and there is very little fallout this also allows you to create a look faster in my opionion which is always a winner for me I do not have time or patience to spend hours on my makeup. But I also like a glam eye look when I’m going out or to events.

My most used colour in the palette is basic it’s an all rounder I start every look with it

The colours I use daily are shuffle, rowdy, lit, guilty, hush and moony which I Keep using

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This palette can do no wrong in my eyes I have used every single colour  and the highlighters. I know when new products like this come out it can be hard to know if you should believe the hype or not. when I first seen this palette I thought god it’s so lovely all them colours but it’s not for me I don’t wear colour how wrong was I. I honestly don’t know what I would do with out this palette now and I love that I’m no longer afraid of colour I’m glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone.

I would highly recommend buying this when it’s back in stock my favourite ever to use I don’t remember ever being this excited about eyeshadow.

Thanks for reading xx