Sunday, 21 December 2014

Leather and Checks

I am wearing this jacket with everything at the moment! It's such an easy, throw-on-with-anything piece. I love pairing it with a casual pair of trousers and tee for a relaxed weekend look. I also picked up this Zara scarf at a car boot sale a few weeks ago for a bargain £5! I was very excited at the time, however I am now seeing every other woman I walk past wearing it. Every shop on the high street seems to have a version and it is just everywhere so I have kind of gone off it now... it will make a great picnic blanket in the summer though! 

Trousers- Monki
Top- Primark
Jacket- Warehouse
Shoes- Vintage
Scarf- Zara
Necklace- Estella Bartlett

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Radical Skincare- Radical Protection Kit

Radical Skincare is a brand I hadn't come across until recently. I picked up this little set at the Chalk PR Christmas event a few weeks ago and I have been using it ever since. 

Radical Skincare is an anti ageing skincare line formulated to protect and rejuvenate skin. The key to the Radical Skincare line is their Patented Trylacel Technology which maintains the potency of active ingredients by up to 300% by combining Multiple Antioxidants, Anti Ageing Active Ingredients and soothing Ingredients which enables maximum benefits and quick results.

The Radical Protection Kit contains the Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum and the Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30. I have been using both these products together as part of my skincare routine the last couple of weeks and I am loving the results. 
I begin with the Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum, which I apply both morning and night after cleansing.  Once you get past the ultra long, fancy name, in essence it is an anti-aging serum meant to improve skin firmness and complexion as well as skin tone.The serum works to fight all 16 identified causes of ageing and has 13 active ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even skin tone and improve skins elasticity and firmness. Although, at 23, I might not quite be ready for anti-ageing skincare,  I think the earlier you start, the better, Rather than waiting for ageing to set in, if you start with these kind of products early on you can defend against the signs of premature ageing (hopefully!). 

The texture of this serum is very light and does not feel heavy on the skin. It has a light, pleasant scent, which isn't too overpowering. As I've only been using this product for a couple of weeks, I can't say too much about whether it has any long-term effects on the appearance of my skin, but the serum definitely has a skin plumping and smoothing effect in the short term. My skin feels hydrated (but not greasy) and looks smooth and radiant. 
After applying the serum, I then use the Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30. As this is a cream designed to protect against sun damage, I only use it in the morning. The Skin Perfecting Screen protects against environmental aggressors and UV damage to halt the signs of ageing. I always make sure my day cream has an SPF of at least 15, and as this has 30, so even better! The moisturiser is also formulated without any chemicals, so you know it is not going to irritate your skin. 

The lotion is lightweight and easy to apply and doesn't leave any colour on your skin, like so many high SPF face creams. It feels really nice and light on the skin and not like you are wearing a 'sunscreen'. The matte lotion also contains light diffusing pigments to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections.  

All in all, I love the effects this duo is having on my skin. My skin feels brighter and more radiant after using it and I have noticed an improvement in the tone of my skin. As I said, I have only been using them for a couple of weeks so can't comment on the long term effects, but from what I see, it is very promising! 

The only, and very large, downside, is the price! At £75 for the set (available at Space NK),it is very pricey and definitely one you would add to your Christmas list as opposed to buying on a whim! 

Have you tried anything from Radical Skincare? 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Fake Jumpsuit

This is now my go-to outfit when I can't decide what to wear. I bought it a while ago from Monki and has been one of my most worn outfits as I can dress it up or dress it down. Every time I wear it I get compliments on it, mostly people saying 'I love your jumpsuit'.However, it's actually a top and trousers, which makes me love it even more as I can wear them separate as well as together. I have also now had to throw away my trusty vintage boots. These were actually my mums and are at least 30 years old... which shows as they have completely fallen apart after much wear and tear! I literally wore them to death and would still wear them while my feet would get absolutely soaking wet... but I have now invested in a new pair and said a very emotional goodbye to this trusty pair! 

Top- Monki
Trousers- Monki
Cardigan- H&M
Boots- Vintage
Necklace- Estella Bartlett 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownies

Watch out- even reading this might cause you to put on weight! Welcome to a whole new level of brownie- the salted caramel chocolate brownie! I made these beauties a couple of weeks ago and I can't stop thinking about them since! They are pretty simple to make and don't take much more commitment than your standard brownie. Follow the recipe below for the ultimate indulgence! 

100g dark chocolate chips
170g unsalted butter
200g milk chocolate
300g granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 can sweetened condensed milk 
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with foil. 
Combine the butter and chocolate in a bowl and heat in the microwave or on the hob. Heat until the mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from the microwave and leave to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with a whisk until light and thick. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Add the flour and salt, folding gently until well combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top. Finally, Pour the remaining batter over.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Leave for a couple of hours to cool before cutting and devouring! Enjoy! 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tartan in the Countryside

While I was in the Isle of Wight last week I managed to make the most of the beautiful countryside scenery and take some outfit photos. We began taking the photos with a scary looking grey sky before the heavens opened and we had to run back home again. After waiting for the storm to pass we headed back out in our wellies to continue (therefore- please forgive the wellies... all in the name of practicality!)

I was sent this gorgeous jacket from Warehouse which I am absolutely obsessed with. I have wanted a decent leather jacket for a while- something that can just be thrown on and goes with anything. This one is perfect- the details, the shape... I have a feeling I am not going to be taking it off for a while. I also got these amazing tartan trousers from a car boot sale in Pimlico recently. They are originally from Topshop so am guessing would be been at least £30 new and I picked them up for £3! I teamed them with this cute little top which I bought off Depop (originally form Oh my Love) and my mums old vintage boots. All in all a bit of a thrifty outfit! 

Jacket- Warehouse
Trousers- Topshop
Top- Oh My Love
Boots- Vintage
Wellies- Hunter

Monday, 17 November 2014

Isle of Wight

Last week I spent five glorious days in the Isle of Wight. After leaving it far too late and missing all the summer sunshine, myself and my boyfriend decided to swap the week on a sunny beach for a 'staycation' and headed to our home from home. My parents own a holiday cottage on the island which has been in the family for generations and we rent it out during the summer months. I have been going there my whole life with my family, and now it is the perfect retreat for a couples getaway! 

I was a little sceptical about spending so much time there as there really isn't much to do- walking, eating and drinking is pretty much all you can do... and that is what we did! We had such a lovely, relaxing week of catching up on sleep, watching lots of films, going on long, countryside walks, and of course, eating and drinking far too much! Evenings were spent by the fire with a glass of wine and a good film and days were spent walking on the beach and discovering the islands hidden gems! It was so nice to get out of the city and to have no plans at all and not have to worry about anything! Bliss!