Thursday, 4 July 2019

The trial size skincare you need to try

Recently I noticed they had some new mini skincare sets on ASOS. A little while ago I ordered this very pretty and pink Origins kit as a bit of a treat to myself for £20 and I'm so, so glad I did. I love having tons of products to play with, they have been amazing for crafting a little skincare routine and getting to know all of the different products without forking out for the full price items. I would never have been able to try them otherwise. It's fun being totally kitted out for a night in or pamper evening... complete with rose clay face mask, renewal serum and matte moisturiser!
girly skincare blog review
I decided to try one of the new Clinique skincare kits. Not long ago I sampled a bit of my sister's 'Take the day off' balm and it was really gentle and soothing, it didn't hurt my sensitive skin and it made my face look nice and glowy. It is as good as they say it is! The Clinique moisture surge is

How to deal with the next heatwave in style*

*this is a collaborative post, image from here
The UK isn't exactly reknowned for its massive heatwaves - or heatspells or even heatdays - but we’ve had a few over the last few weeks (with more likely to come). Sunny days are a joy here in Britain but the heat, when it builds, can be unbearable, especially when in the UK our houses are proofed for the cold and to trap heat in! Here are some ideas how you can deal with the next heatwave in style.

Dress For The Weather - Dressing for the weather means making sure you’re comfortable in the heat and in what you’re wearing. Have fun trying out different pieces to see what you feel good in. Not everybody feels comfortable wearing a crop top and short shorts, you definitely don't have to bare all if you don't want to! Light coloured and floaty pieces should help you to stay cool in the heat. A sunhat and sunglasses are great essentials too, I always forget but protecting your face and scalp from the sun is just as important as protecting your arms and legs. We can avoid oversquinting and premature eye wrinkles, as well as eye damage from the sun, all with a nifty pair of sunglasses.

Smother Yourself In SPF - Planning on spending all day in the sun? Make sure you smother yourself in the right SPF for you so that you can stay protected. High quality sun cream doesn’t have to mean the most expensive sun cream. It might be helpful to read reviews before you purchase to make sure it does what it says on the tin. Reapply every 2 hours, and apply carefully to the face too!

Invest In A Paddling Pool - A paddling pool from a place like Alice’s Garden can be a great investment for all future heatwaves. Not just for you, but for any kids or young relatives, too! It can be costly for a good one, but it’ll be worth it if you can use it again and again to cool down when the heat becomes unbearable. Just be sure to reapply that sun cream once you get out!

Get Creative To Cool Down - A spray bottle filled with cool water can be a great way to cool down both night and day. If you struggle to sleep in the heat (as temperatures are set to rise way above what they should be for optimal sleep), you could freeze a hot water bottle to help you cool down. Try putting your sheets in the freezer to see if that helps, too!

Stay Hydrated - Carry a huge 2.2 litre jug of water with you and make sure you drink from it regularly. Staying hydrated is key when the weather is super hot, and carrying a big jug with you will serve as a constant reminder. If you don’t stay hydrated, you could find yourself suffering from heat exhaustion. This is especially important if you end up visiting a beer garden and having a few drinks, as alcohol is very dehydrating. Following the advice here will help you to enjoy the hot weather and make the most of those sunny days - we don’t get many of them, so it's best to be prepared haha!
Friday, 21 June 2019

My dream girly bedtime routine

I decided to make a little 'midsummer night's routine' post haha, my ultimate night routine. I somehow managed to time this well with it being the summer solstice (and with midsummer's night itself coming up, traditionally held around 23rd/24th June. In countries such as Sweden, Norway and Finland it was believed that if a girl picked seven different flowers on midsummer night and placed them under her pillow, she would dream of her future husband). While it is still light outside it can be hard to settle in to slumber so here is a lavender scented bedtime routine (thanks to Lush's Sleepy lotion), a really sumptuous mini spa evening, the perfect OTT home spa night to relax and unwind. I had a lot of fun taking these photos and envisaging my dream night routine, I hope you enjoy! 

1. Dress bed with clean, fresh sheets - and open the window on summer nights, to let the sweet night smells and cool air in. I might make a little soothing playlist in advance. This is when I would do all my little duties for the night, brush up any excess bedding my gerbies have kicked on the floor and fill up their food and water bottles. I might also give them any veggie leftovers from tea.

I also tidy and arrange my things all nice, my goal recently is to live more minimally, have less belongings and invest in pieces that are special and spark joy within me. Rather than cluttering my wardrobe with all bits and pieces, I believe in saving my pennies to invest in only a select few pieces.
2. Make any cute snacks in advance - and hot drinks, for this will allow them time to cool, whether you want to drink green tea after the shower or have your chamomile tea in the bath. Now is the time to bring out edible glitter and marshmallows to put in your hot chocolate. You could make a little healthy feast too, bowls of banana, strawberry and peaches. Make your dessert a fruit salad with ice cream or chocolate mug cake with lots of fresh fruit to nourish your body on the inside.
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Unexpected changes when you first become a parent*

Learning what to expect when you have a baby is hard at the best of times, you always hear that you're never going to truly know until it happens. However, there are some things that nobody told me about at all! Definitely, the days of staying out late, getting a full night's sleep, or doing many of the things that you're used to taking for granted will be likely put on hold for a good few years - but also the impact on your home, surroundings and other areas of your life! Here are just a few more unexpected ways your life could totally change once your firstborn arrives... *this is a collaborative post
Thursday, 6 June 2019

Revitalising your household exterior, make it pretty!

When we talk about renovating a home, we usually think about the interior. However, there is a whole world of tips out there, a whole Pinterest movement dedicated to showing us that household design extends way beyond the front door; you can make the outside of your humble abode just as pretty and cosy as the inside! It's so true that even the littlest things will go a long way and make an impact, here are my favourite tips to change the outer appearance of your home and where to start...

Garden, garden, garden - One of the most fun ways to improve your house’s outer appearance! The simplest maintenance tasks can go a long way and work to change your home's entire image, like mowing the lawn, deweeding and trimming back shrubbery all nice and neat. It might seem insignificant, but it can make a huge difference to the aesthetic of your outdoor space. Think of it in the same way as tidying up in your house - plus you are learning all the time. Take a minimalist approach and really strip back the space, especially if it has collected clutter over the years.
Once you have prepped the space nice and neat you can get seriously creative with the exterior! When choosing plants and flowers think about sights, smells and seasonal produce, maybe a blossom tree
Sunday, 2 June 2019

My girly fashion bargains and how to find them!

Girly fashion tips and girly outfit ideas
I always try to take a minimalist approach to my wardrobe, constantly curating it and investing in only the pieces I really love, keeping everything clean, fresh and tidy, that is the dream! In a house of boys it can feel like the one area I have control over haha. Keeping less clothing and curating fewer pieces means I can dedicate more time to wearing, loving and appreciating each one, plus it helps me practise self control and is kinder to the planet! Because I only invest in a few pieces I love to fill the select spaces in my wardrobe with my favourite brands, however in the real world there is no way I can afford to spend £50-100 on a dress. I thought I would share with you my tips, exactly how I go about finding high cost items for much less, plus some absolutely adorable sales picks to go and grab now!

1. I subscribe to Love the Sales, I think I've mentioned this before on my blog but this is probably my favourite option because it delivers my favourite things to my inbox for me and I don't have to do anything else. I've been subscribed for quite a while now and I really like it. It caters for a lot of brands and shops... Disney, Missguided, GHD, Skinnydip, Nasty Gal, ASOS, you name it! I often use it to find fashion picks for my blog wishlists. It's kind of like the fashion version of Creative Market - it sends me pieces perfectly tailored to me, for example, if you are looking for Ted Baker...
Wednesday, 29 May 2019

A very vintage Father's day gift guide*

Vintage inspired style father's day gift guide ideas
 I pulled together a lovely little Father's day gift guide for the upcoming occasion. I thought I would put a vintage twist on it. This is from a person who can never seem to think of gifts for guys that aren't food! All of these ideas are from lovely menswear company Jacamo, brother of Simply Be. Hopefully these will not only serve to treat your loved ones, but take them back in time a bit too!

1. Ben Sherman round dial strap watch - this watch is so gorgeous. I love the vintage feel about it, the weathered tan strap and gorgeous dial design exude charm from another era.

2. Joseph Joseph Dot Active Grey water bottle - a stylish water bottle always comes in handy, it makes for one of the most useful gifts, especially for the summer months ahead!
Saturday, 25 May 2019

Girly beauty & fashion hacks that blew my mind

Girly beauty tips, girly aesthetic makeup blog
Here are a few girly hacks that blew my mind... genius beauty tips and fashion tricks that will help to transform your whole routine, plus a few handy lifestyle hacks too! I hope you like my tips, I thought I would include a few favourites I've never heard on the web before... let me know your faves below... PS go here to learn my ultimate ASOS fashion shopping trick!

1. Use clear nail varnish to stop tights laddering - keep a tiny pot of nail polish with you and paste it on any snags in the tights or on any frayed ends in clothing - something perfect to add to your on the go self care kit! That way, as soon as you notice any punctures in your tights when out, or catch them on anything, you can stop them from unravelling.
Saturday, 18 May 2019

Ways to become ethereal in real life

This is a little aesthetical edit I made. I hope you like it! The inspirations for this post came from ITV's Victoria. I really love Jenna's style as young Victoria, the whole set and costumes, especially the ethereal looking nightgown scenes by candlelight. Plus the fact that my favourite Stradivarius blouse came back in stock on ASOS again! I don't often feature pictures of myself so this was fun to do. I hope you will like these ideas, lovely things to put in place, practise and adopt in the comfort of your own home and/or out everyday! Here is everything you need, how to be ethereal in every day life...

1. Dress in floaty white things - here are some of my favourite picks below. I love incorporating symbols in to my outfits, like a secret language. White can represent purity and has angelic connotations. I recently repurchased my favourite Stradivarius blouse, so I always have one to wear when the other is in the wash. I am wearing it in the photos in this post. Vintage girl approved! PS check out my unmissable ASOS hack here before you order - it blew my mind!

Friday, 10 May 2019

Creating a sumptuous silky skin routine

Me having sensitive skin, the hailed skincare 'glo up' guides of the internet, with witch hazel, tea tree and all the other amazing sounding ingredients are lost on me. My skin burns and becomes badly inflamed moments after coming in to contact with any kind of tea tree product. Here is me attempting to slather stuff on my face to see what works haha. I'd love to have a dreamy kind of skincare routine of my own, I'd love to make it some special relaxing ritual to distract me and help me zone out.

Edit/heads up: Ahhh this set is back guys! You can pick it up while you can here, I promise it's worth the purchase, this set is a dream and perfect for trying lots of skincare products at once.
I purchased this set myself, just a girl trying to achieve good skin, wishing on glass skin and recommending good products when I find them. I became interested in Origins for their gorgeous face masks, how gentle they are said to be and how they benefit the skin.
Sunday, 28 April 2019

Home tour, just around and about

Dear Sunday, from last Sunday. There is no theme for this post, just good old fashioned blogging and me being let loose with my camera. I took these snaps on Easter weekend. It was such a special time, blossom everywhere, the weather 10c warmer than usual with no clouds in the sky, only hazy sunshine.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

What to wear to turn heads, plus asos hack!

Here are some universally flattering pieces to stand out and turn heads this summer, to add to your ASOS basket! For me fashion is all about sculpting the body and the face, drawing attention to your best features, dressing and shaping the body like a second skin. Sometimes fragility is the boldest statement you can make, I love using it to stand out. Read on to find out how to get noticed, why these will help you turn heads, how to style them to attract attention, plus a sneaky ASOS hack that will help you score your favourite items - and perfect size - even if they are sold out on the website! 
Sunday, 14 April 2019

On the go self care kit ideas

Girly self care kit whats in my bag
I've read a lot about making a self care kit and wanted to try it for myself. I wanted it to be functional and space saving for on the go, I love the idea of having a 'safety kit', full of pick me ups and things for every situation - things to fight a hard day. It can be handy when you are having a bad day to have a bag full of nice little necessities or pick me ups. These are just little things to make you happy, there doesn't have to be any great meaning behind them, or there can be, it's really up to you!
Girly self care kit whats in my bag
Introducing... new adorable bow bag! I got this really cute Yoki bag off ASOS, it was reduced to £15 in the sale from £46. Small, I know, but I think having a miniature size bag is so cute. The bow design is so quirky. Do snap it up quickly if you like it, it's even prettier in real life and gorgeous for spring!
Sunday, 7 April 2019

Girly daily confidence boosting tips

After putting together my tips to look pretty post, I decided to share some tips on confidence and self assurance, my go to every day tips you can use to feel a bit more confident. Real tips, whether you feel like an outsider or your self esteem is gradually ebbing away. I touched on it a little bit in my 'how to glow up' guide but I wanted to talk about it more. This post consists of everyday, on the surface tips and does not delve in to the deep caverns of hell that social anxiety can consist of, I understand it is such a flimsy term for what it really is! I would love to extend a loving hand to anyone who is suffering and I would love to hear from you! Do send me an email any time.
Unlike beauty tips, confidence can take some time to implement and grow. The key is to be patient, take it super easy and reward yourself frequently, celebrate every success. I'm hoping these might help to get you through the day, help you to look and feel effortlessly cool when you need it the most and
Sunday, 31 March 2019

Exact secrets to look pretty overnight

Here are some beauty tips you're gonna love, secrets to look and be pretty overnight, with or without makeup. When I wrote my 'how to glow up' guide I realised there are so many useful tips I didn't include that I use and swear by every day. I am the most tired person too so these should be super easy to implement, they don't take up, or cost you hardly any, time, perfect to do the night before school or work. They are perfect for working in to your morning/night routine to make it more fun. Here's how to look pretty instantly, even if you only have five minutes to scrub up and get ready!
1. Create a hair routine to get your dream lengths - Make a plan this summer to get your healthiest hair yet, no matter how long it is. Indulge and treat your hair to luxurious feeling masks and post shower treatments. Make it your goal to have the ends of your hair as healthy as the roots. My tips for this are to use a sulphate free shampoo, pop on nourishing hair masks while you are doing chores around the house and leave conditioner on for about five or ten mins - or the duration of your shower - for best results. Here are a few of my secret hair weapons...

I love the OGX shampoos as they are sulphate free and clean your hair gently, they are so kind to and perfect for oily hair, without being too harsh and stripping it completely. Ever since using them I have been able to squeeze in two extra days before hair washing day again. My fave is the purple one.

 dream lengths hair growth treatment split ends repair hair growth conditioner hair growth mask
I love love the Dream Lengths range, most of all as it gives such quick results. They feel like really intensive conditioning products, like those really nice conditioners you get with at home hair colour. They transform the ends of your hair, especially the mask and conditioner and my hair always feels incredibly baby soft and so silky. My hair looks great on the first day of washing, I don't experience frizzy ends anymore! I also love to alternate the Dream Lengths mask with Lee Stafford's hair growth treatment and I find these work beautifully alongside each other.

Friday, 22 March 2019

How to create, faux freckles vintage girl outfit

How to create faux freckles, vintage girl outfit
 Happy Friday all! The goal for this look was a soft and cute everyday look, with a flamboyant twist. It's a dreaming in plaits, poofy sleeves, ridiculous bows aka my favourite things, over the top girly edit, just channelled in to a soft look one can wear every day. Living life being a bit ridiculous and standing out is fun, I love to try to do that with my outfits. I love the vintage vibes I get from this one.
How to create faux freckles, vintage girl outfit
The theme for the Met Gala 2019 is 'Campness' in fashion and I got inspired to make a little look of my own. For me it means the joy of donning the most ridiculous, over the top cutesy, gorgeous pieces. All my favourite outfits are ones that have a strange and crazy kind of character about them...
Sunday, 17 March 2019

Princessy self care buys wishlist

Self care buys, ways to treat yourself, princess aesthetic blog wishlist
 For me self care can be a bit girly at times. For me it's less about mental health, as there is nothing I can see, hear, buy, purchase to assist or relieve my difficulties, the extreme fluctuations in brain chemistry, along with the very present flu like feelings. So I thought I would make a wishlist of fun things! Here are some girly 'me time' things on my wishlist, pretty things that are perfect to gift yourself and others as little pick me ups! These will hopefully be perfect for the pamper evening, the spa night at home and encourage me to set aside time for some self care, regardless if I am feeling bad.

1. Feather Bra - the comfiest thing ever to wear, I am seriously invested. These are kind of like sports bras so you can just lounge around in the house in them along with your checked pyjama pants. They are so soft and stretchy, the name 'Feather Bra' is definitely accurate. They are really versatile, are literally like wearing a cloud and perfect for every day. You really do forget you are wearing it, in a good way! I love the light pink, nude and black shades. One of the best 'me time' purchases I've ever made haha. If you've ever dithered around buying one of these, I say go for it! You will not regret.
Thursday, 14 March 2019

How to decorate your desk for spring

Spring girly desk or bedside table ideas for a girly shabby chic bedroom, how to makeover your room for spring
Ahh spring, when the sun comes out and fills your room with all kinds of pretty light. Even if it is still cold outside! Here are some girly ways to dress up your desk and give your space a mini makeover for spring, a home decor 'spring clean'. When sprucing up my space for the new season I always think small changes can have a big impact, especially if you have gotten used to your surroundings over time. Here are some pretty home decor ideas, how to makeover your bedroom, desk or home for spring.
Spring girly desk or bedside table ideas for a girly shabby chic bedroom, how to makeover your room for spring
. A pretty mug for your desk. Okay this doesn't count as stationery but you could use it, not only for hot drinks, but to hold pens and pencils, or even pieces of jewellery for a bedside table. 
Sunday, 10 March 2019

Girly free self soothing phone wallpapers

Girly free inspirational self care phone wallpapers
Here are some girly phone wallpapers with self soothing messages. These are really great little reminders, when it's cold and rainy or you need a little pick me up swap them around on your phone as a little act of self care. I can never choose just one for my phone so I made a compilation...
Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ways I'm glowing up for spring

Girly spring beauty glow up
 1. I bought me some pinstripe shorts from Shein for spring. They didn't have my size and I dithered for ages but they were so cute and had really good reviews. I trimmed and tucked them a bit smaller and they are just what I was looking for! I think these are so cute and will be perfect to pair with a vintage style blouse. I'm definitely a shorts girl this year, or a 'skorts' girl, I love how handy they are.

2. I got a slim white floor length mirror for my wall, only £10 from Dunelms. It opens up the room a lot more, I only wish I'd got one sooner as I can see and plan my outfits so much better, I have a few ideas I'd love to bring to the blog too, especially for spring and summer, my favourite season for fashion!

Monday, 25 February 2019

12 girly things to do for spring

Girly things and activities to do in spring, just girly things
Right now in the UK we are in the middle of our warmest February yet! It's about 16 or so degrees here in the Lake District which is exciting!! Plus it's not raining either, there are pure blue skies. 

I visited my family on the bus with a little help from my sister and the bus route is gorgeous, it was just bliss with the sunshine coasting the hills, I am so blessed to live here, every part feels like home. Hearing birdsong through the open windows, seeing all the lambs in the fields and the daffodils and the blossoms are starting too. I'm going to keep popping my sheets up to dry in the sun and blissfully pretend it's going to carry on in to next week. I thought I would compose a list of girly things to do for spring whilst I am in spring mode haha... I hope you like!
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

How to perfectly prepare for a shopping trip

Girly outfit aesthetic, shopping haul
Here's what I bought recently... I purchased these gorgeous boots from New Look whilst they were in the sale, I love the grunge look of them against the pink and pastels for spring. They bring a lush, vintage feel to pretty outfits. This ice cream coloured ribbed top came from Forever21, it's so sweet!
Girly outfit aesthetic, shopping haul
I also repurchased the Victoria's Secret shimmer body mist in Velvet Petals because I love it so much. And the cutest novelty socks from Forever21. It's so special visiting Mitch's family in the West Midlands and going to Birmingham because the city environment is so crazy and different, I love it.
Friday, 15 February 2019

How to smell like a snack, shower routine

How to smell like a snack, girly beauty routine
Here is my current shower routine, products I'm loving using at the moment. This routine makes you smell like an actual cake shop but also gives the softest skin I've ever known. It gives you insane silky, glowy legs for spring! I recently went a bit crazy on Soap and Glory with the 3 for 2 on soaps and lotion in Boots. Their scrubs are the best, I always end up coming back to them. Here is my routine...

1. First I scrub up. I use the Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub, it's my absolute favourite. Just lifting the lid of this to take a photo, you get this amazing waft of dreamy, rich, oaty, maple goodness. This is an absolute game changer for me, it's my number one best kept secret to