I’m so excited to share this post with you all as I feel like working with this brand sums up perfectly the reasons why I love being a blogger. For those of you who have followed my blog for a little while – you may have read my previous post back in April reviewing Buth Bheag Candle Co.
Since the spring this luxury brand has gone from strength to strength with the help of bloggers and influencers from across the UK sharing the love for their stunning range of products. They have now landed themselves over 30 stockists and two brand new shops.
Sometimes when a project or new venture takes shape and naturally progresses a re-brand can be a really exciting and refreshing way to move forward and celebrate the success you’ve made. When the team announced the re-brand I instantly couldn’t wait to see what this meant for them as a company; I was pleasantly suprised to see that they are still taking their inspiration from their beautiful home of the Scottish Isles by keeping their scents named after the many beaches that make up the stunning coastline.
SENT WITH LOVE
When I opened the parcel up to reveal the two beautifully packaged items I thought for a moment what good gifts they would make. The re-brand has taken on a slightly more mature, sophisticated vibe.
You can tell as soon as you open the box that it’s a luxury item – from the on trend marble exterior to the minimal, slick glassware. Each and every perfectly executed little detail completely sets Essence of Harris apart from the other brands on the market. Everything down to their scent collections, packaging and brand story is unique and you truly feel like you have a little bit of paradise in your home when you purchase from them.
Each scent collection comes in a different colour palette, each with rose gold lettering which makes the new range ideal for gifts with the festive season coming around.
Another reason that makes this new collection special is the fact they’ve gone right back to basics by discussing how each of the candles and reed diffusers are made on the side of the packaging. Absolutely every single item is hand-poured with love in the Isle of Harris and you can even learn more about the creators of the brand on the ‘Our Team’ section of their website.
WINTER SCENT REVIEW:
A sophisticated, deep and sensual scent with top notes of pomegranate, plum and rose.
First of all, Happy New Year to all of you! I really hope you had a fantastic festive break and spent it with your loved ones. New Year is such a good time to reflect on the last episode of your life and think about what new goals you want to work towards in this new chapter. If you’re in need of some motivation or tips on how to stick to your resolutions then have a read of my New Year Motivation post.
In this blog post I’m reviewing one of my new favourite accessory brands which I cannot wait to share with you! It’s rare that you come across an independent brand that has both incredible products and a super friendly team working behind the scenes. Personally, I feel as a blogger it’s important for me to only share with you the companies and brands that I truly love and support, that I feel proud to be associated with and honoured to wear.
I first heard about US brand Kozha Numbers while on holiday last year, I was recommended to take a look at them online by a friend. So I headed straight to their stunningly chic Instagram page and instantly fell in love! Their sleek leather designs are minimal and sophisticated – making them the ideal accessory for pretty much any outfit combination.
The two products I knew I had to add to my Christmas list! I’d been on the search for a new purse for a while as my old one was falling apart at the seams! Plus recently relocating back to London meant that I was also keen to purchase a Cardlet, just a little wallet style pouch which keeps your cash card or oyster safe when you’re travelling. I would highly recommend purchasing one of these as they eliminate the hassle of pulling out your purse every time you want to touch in or out on the tube.
Both the Cardlet and Cashlet from Kozha Numbers are made from super soft and sleek latigo leather and fasten with a thin silicone string which wraps around the purse keeping your items safe inside. Both products also feature the stunning Kozha Numbers logo which I’m a huge fan of. The gold writing against the high quality black leather is just stunning and so unique. If like me you have a love for simple minimal designs which have a big impact, you need to get to know this brand!
BAGS & OTHER ACCESSORIES
Kozha Numbers have an exceptional range of products on their website – all which follow the same slick and minimal design. You can browse the full collection by clicking here.
KOZHA NUMBERS, The Large Ket, $295.
For UK shipping enquiries or any questions regarding their products contact my friends llona & Lena at KOZHA NUMBERS email@example.com.
For serious fashion inspo and brand updates make sure you follow them on Twitter & Instagram.
Camden has always been one of my favourites spots in London – both for shopping and enjoying the colourful nightlife. I celebrated my 18th birthday in a club called ‘Proud’ situated in the famous horse stables market & had the most amazing time. Camden is in a league of its own with a huge food market, hundreds of independent stalls and super friendly atmosphere. There isn’t anywhere else like it – which is why I love spending time there.
On a recent visit, I walked down the cobbled market street and literally fell in love with a coat. Honest. I don’t know if it’s my love for fashion and styling or if I’m just a certified shopaholic but when I fall in love with an item of clothing, I have to have it.
Outfit Details: Faux Fur Coat, £129 Unit 11c, Camden Lock Market. Chunky Knit Jumper, £65, Zara. Joni Jeans, £39, Topshop. Cut Out Boots, £32.99 New Look.
At first I was struck by the super plush white faux fur hood, which can easily be detached so that you can wear the coat more casually or when it’s not so cold. I am a sucker for anything faux fur at the best of times but this coat encapsulates everything I love about styling for winter in one item. The oversized design combined with the soft tailoring detail is stunning & makes the coat an eye catching statement piece – ideal for when you want to still feel glam when it’s freezing outside!
The coat is one size, which can sometimes be a complete nightmare but it turned out to be my lucky day and the fit was perfect. With it being a Korean design I had a feeling when I put it on for the first time that it would be miles too small, but I was pleasantly surprised – the sizing translates to a UK 10/12/14 depending on desired fit.
Personally, I like to style the coat with a chunky knit underneath and keep the rest of the outfit minimal. The coat is a typical Korean design with a flattering dipped hem and darted sleeves. There’s something a little All Saints-y about the cut and shape of the coat – the material is also very similar to the heavy industrial standard fabrics that All Saints have recently used for their capsule AW collection.
If you’re a Londoner like me or even if you’ve got plans to visit soon, I would highly recommend visiting Unit 11c, their unusual designs are well worth browsing and the staff are absolutely lovely. For stock availability please contact 02074286483.
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So as some of you may already know I’ve relocated back to my hometown of London and last week my good friend and fellow blogger babe Lauren came down to see me before an event – which called for shopping! We visited the one and only Selfridges first and browsed the designer jewellery sections on the first floor and that’s when I fell in love…
In the Chanel section, I spotted a coin style necklace on one of the mannequins which they’d styled with a classic two piece blazer and skirt suit. The necklace caught my eye as soon as I walked in because of its intricate detail and striking design. After seeing the full selection and trying on several items, Lauren and I decided to go to the Chanel flagship store on New Bond Street to browse their collection and compare it to Selfridges.
When we arrived I basically became the love heart eye emoji and got a little bit excited about the new A/W accessories campaign, not to mention the ready to wear capsule collection on the first floor! When one of the advisers approached us, I explained what I had seen at the Selfridges concession and the assistant then showed us their jewellery display. The Chanel flagship had a much bigger and varied selection of jewellery, I would recommend visiting the store as opposed to Selfridges, I would point out that the service is much better at the Chanel store too.
The necklace itself is timeless. The medallion style is similar to the vintage Chanel pieces which sell for over £16,000 on the vintage classic markets and the rich deep golden colour gives it that high end designer edge.
What I like best about the necklace is how you can adjust it to suit your mood. The necklace has two length options both of which I love.
When the necklace is set to its shorter length which is near enough a choker style, the excess golden chain hangs down your back with the tiny Chanel logo at the bottom. This style is absolutely ideal to wear with backless dresses along with a slick up-do to show off the stunning design.
The second longer setting is the one I choose to wear on a day to day basis as it looks fabulous either over a top or hanging down underneath a shirt.
For anyone looking for that perfect accessory to add instant style to any outfit this necklace is for you. It’s the perfect combination of class and elegance, its understated small detailing is eye catching in an enchanting way. I find a lot of designer necklaces to be very ‘in your face’ and brash – this piece is the opposite.
Another benefit to this necklace is that the beautiful design is so striking that it doesn’t need earrings, bracelets or even rings to match. Less really is more when it comes to accessorising an outfit.
If this post has inspired you to shop, I can recommend my adviser Yaneff at Chanel New Bond Street for appointments.
Last weekend I attended 2000 trees festival which is held in Cheltenham. This year was my third year running and I have to say it’s the one event I look forward to every summer. The festival itself showcases new & underground music from across the world of varying genres and personally, I find it so refreshing. Day to day I listen to house/electro/dance music mostly but aside from that I really rock & indie (especially live) so 2000 trees is a must for my inner rock chick!
You can catch up on last years line up & music review here.
The weather on the first day was gorgeous but I had to remind myself that we are in England so I wore an outfit prepared to adjust to any sudden showers. I absolutely LOVE this little dress by Boohoo, the embroidery reminds me of the Dolce & Gabbana SS Collection (see photo below). I teamed the dress with a western style belt just to give a little more shape and pull the outfit together.
Recently I’m liking feminine dresses and maxi skirts worn with distressed military boots, the combination is striking and suits pretty much everyone as you can put your own spin on it. This kind of grungy/rebellious style is perfect for festivals and I channelled this for Look One.
The second day wasn’t as sunny and it had rained the night before which called for the wellies! One thing I really like about festival fashion is that you can throw an outfit together in seconds and it works. I will admit I panicked slightly the morning of day two because the weather had predicted sunshine! I love the sequin top but I really wasn’t sure how it would look over a swing dress (plus the lack of full length mirrors really doesn’t help) so in true English festival style, I literally just threw it on and went with it. Looking back at the photos this outfit reminds me of the iconic Kate Moss Glastonbury snaps, have a look below for some glittery inspiration.
This year I kept my base make up natural by using a mineral foundation instead of my usual full coverage liquid one. I also find that using a mineral foundation makes it much easier to blend in your bronzer & highlighter which is ideal for festivals and holidays when you want to enhance your glow. My favourite products for festivals are listed below and you can find the tutorial for this heavy pigment eye make-up on my festival guide here.
Foundation – Bare Minerals
Bronzer – Mac ‘Give Me Sun’
Highlighter – Mac ‘Mineralize’ Skin Finish in Light/Medium.
For your festival make up bag…
Lips are a tricky one for festivals, I remember wearing a full red lip to a festival style day party in Ibiza and regretting it almost as soon as I arrived! High pigment coloured lipsticks are high maintenance at the best of times which is why i opted for my go-to natural lip combination of Mac ‘Soar’ lip liner pencil and Mac Satin Lipsick in ‘Faux’ these two products blend beautifully together and last all day. The colour is so similar to my natural lip colour that it doesn’t matter if I forget to re-apply. TIP: run a thin layer of liquid Carmex lip balm over the top to keep your lips from chapping and add an SPF 15.
Flower crowns are an absolute must have for any festival, a simple flower band instantly completes any outfit and compliments your face, hair and make – up. Plus they’re so easy to wear. My favourite has to be the ‘Cloud Nine’ crown from Candy Flower – you can find out more by reading my brand review here.
Harnesses are another simple accessory that I’ve found really make a difference. I was sent this black choker style harness a couple of weeks ago and I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear it. I personally love pulling together monochrome outfits and teaming black with crisp whites, so i decided to wear the harness underneath my favourite long t shirt dress by Missguided and threw my Zara leather jacket over my shoulders. The perfect combination for the journey to the festival.
For my nails I chose ‘Minted‘ by True Brit London from their Classic collection. I wanted to wear a fresh summery colour that would match every one of my outfits so this creamy peppermint shade was just right. The high gloss colour also has a pearly white tint which gives off a luminous glow – the perfect partner for silver jewellery.
I would recommend applying a coat of their caviar base coat and then two coats of the colour and finish it off with their high shine top coat for prolonged wear at a festival.
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Last week saw my blog turn one year old which feels crazy because it only seems like the other week I decided to launch it! When I first started I had no idea how successful it was going to become – I had just graduated and thought blogging would be a good way to keep in routine and start my career. I could only dream of collaborating with companies and other bloggers…
Now, a year on, I can say I’ve worked with a huge selection of fantastic independent brands that I feel honoured to be affiliated with. From my first collaboration with True Brit London, a luxury nail lacquer brand from London, to my most recent one with JD Women’s. Hard work and persistence really does pay off!
So, to celebrate one year, my friends at Saltwater in Nottingham offered me the chance to throw a little blogger party…so I jumped a the chance! It was so good to finally meet other bloggers that I’d come across online and get to know them. When I planned the event I also wanted it to be about networking. I recently attended a Blogger social in London which gave people like me a chance to link up and make new friends with other people in the industry. I remember walking out wishing there were more events like that up here in the East Midlands which would bring more people together, so, that’s what I did!
A couple of days prior to the event I was deciding on which cocktails to offer on the night and with the bar tenders, we came up with a ‘Strawberry Russian’. One of the reasons Saltwater is my favourite bar is how knowledgeable the staff are, if the extensive cocktail menu isn’t enough – you can tell them what your favourite flavours are and watch them come up with something just for you. I’ve always loved White Russian cocktails but fancied something a little different for the party so the strawberry twist was just perfect.
As well as delicious cocktails and personalised cupcakes from the wonderful Rachael’s Kitchen, the Saltwater chef’s brought out some nibbles for us. If you’re ever out and about in Nottingham and fancy a bite to eat, check out Saltwater’s new menu here. One of my absolute favourite things to do in Summer is sit out on the rooftop bar with a cocktail and enjoy the food! Their steak is the best in town and the sweet potato fries are amazing!
For the event I kept my outfit classic and opted for a midi LBD teamed with a thick black choker and nude heels. I’ve recently started wearing midi dresses much more frequently, they’re perfect for this in-between weather and show just the right amount of skin.
You can shop each item in the ‘Shop my Style’ section of this page.
Thank you to everyone who attended my event last week and made it so special & a huge thank you to all of you reading this, my followers! This past year has been a dream come true and I’m incredibly excited to see what this next year holds…
Firstly, I am just so excited about this collaboration! The two mega babes behind popular blog A BIKINI A DAY Miss Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman have been my absolute idols for the past few years. Aside from travelling the world and working with some of the most desirable and luxurious swimwear brands from all four corners of the globe they’re mantra has always been to inspire girls to feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin by promoting healthy and natural bodies, which is something I fully support.
Their blog covers fashion, beauty and lifestyle and the duo are constantly addressing serious issues and using their fame for good purposes; read their latest article about why you shouldn’t pay to ride elephants in Thailand here.
Now that you’ve got a good idea about the girls behind A BIKINI A DAY lets talk about their recent collection with my favourite on-line retailer Missguided!
The sexy collection launched earlier this month and features a variety of cuts, shapes and styles. Personally, I’m really glad the girls chose a wide range of bikinis to feature in this collection because every girl is different; there really is something for everyone. The colours used are perfect and bang on trend, they range from pastel nudes to bright reds so you can find the perfect bikini to flatter your skin tone.
When it comes to the A BIKINI A DAY X MISSGUIDED collection, the stand out selling point for me is that each bikini is designed to fit the female body perfectly; the bikini top from the ‘Mesh Mix Triangle Bikini Set Red‘ has over the shoulder style straps that hook into the back straps to spread the support evenly just like a bra & I have to say it’s the most comfortable bikini top I’ve ever worn! I’d highly recommend this swimwear collection to anyone with a bigger bust C-D/DD the cups are wider and slightly longer than most I’ve seen on the high street and support you perfectly so that you feel 100% confident.
If you’re more of a halter neck girl then have a look at the ‘Mesh Panel Tie Bikini Set Nude’ which features a gorgeous gold tasselled neck tie with matching tie side bottoms (perfect for curvier hips).
Since following Natasha and Devin on Instagram I’ve become much more aware of what cuts suit which body shape. Before following them I would always wear full coverage bikini bottoms (to be honest I didn’t even know what ‘Brazilian cut’ meant!) In my mind I’ve always found full coverage bottoms quite annoying, they can easily become saggy or uncomfortable, which is definitely not what you want at the beach! I bought my first ever Brazilian cut bikini actually by accident, I ordered a bikini on-line without inspecting it and when it arrived I really wasn’t sure whether or not I’d get on with it. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised and haven’t looked back since. I find the Brazilian fit very flattering and comfortable so now my bikini collection at home now has a good mix of full, medium and small coverage bottoms to match my mood.
The ‘Mesh Panel Tie Bikini Set Nude’ is a great introduction to Brazilian Bikinis so if you’re a bit apprehensive like I was at the beginning, I’d say this set is for you! The colour is just to die for and the adjustable ties mean you will get just the right amount of support.
Still unsure? Read up about why you switch to Brazilian bottoms on the A BIKINI A DAY blog here.
LUXURY FOR LESS
One other reason to treat yourself to a couple of pieces from the collection is the price vs quality. The fabrics used are super soft and supportive, they’re not scratchy or clingy at all and in fact are very similar to the fabric used in Natasha and Devin’s luxury swimwear brand Monday Swimwear which I bought and reviewed earlier this year, you can catch up here. Monday swimwear is roughly triple the price of the Missguided collaboration and when I’m comparing the two, there’s little/no difference! The same high quality design and fabric of the luxury brand is used in the Missguided collection meaning you get a beautiful, perfect fitting bikini without the hefty price tag!
This is the reason I’m so glad that Natasha & Devin decided to work with Missguided as opposed to the other on-line retailers. I will always head straight to Missguided for on trend fashion for less and this collection is no different, ranging from £20-£35 you really can’t go wrong.
Here are a couple of my favourites from the collection, click to shop.
View the whole collection on Missguided here and let me know in the comments section which style you went for!
I’ve been a huge fan of luxury nail lacquer brand True Brit London for a while now, being a Londoner myself it feels so good to wear and support a brand that are so proud of being British and centre their entire brand around my favourite city; London!
Since their launch back in 2014, I’ve had the privilege of reviewing their extensive selection of beautifully crafted nail lacquers for you (you can catch up on previous posts here). Their Spring Collection however is a little different; each nail varnish has a soft glittery shimmer making them light reflective and even more eye-catching!
SO, lets start with the colours! First off, they are all to die for, Spring is my favourite time of the year and their carefully developed colour palette consisting of beautiful blues & perfect pinks pretty much sums up what Spring is all about; each unique and perfectly packaged shade has it’s own personality – making them the perfect addition to your favourite summer dress.
Rainy day is the summer pastel blue. For me, when it comes to styling this shade, it looks incredible with an all white outfit; the muted blue tone is a stand alone show stopper. I would recommend taking this shade on holiday & pair with chunky silver rings for the ultimate bohemian look. Feeling blue? Shop ‘Rainy Day’ here.
This one is for my Queens & Princesses, the candy pink colour makes ‘Street Party’ look edible, it’s the sweetest shade of the S/S collection and looks stunning on all skin tones. Make the colour pop by teaming up with a floral outfit & Party this way!
I am totally obsessed with this peachy hue, it’s not only bang on trend but the sparkly orange colour is simply perfect for festivals, holidays, BBQ’s or traditional English garden parties! Team this nail colour with matching peachy orange lipstick ‘Sexy Sienna’ by Charlotte Tilbury for extra style points. If this is the shade for you, shop here.
‘APPLES & PEARS’
My pick from True Brit London’s S/S collection.
‘Apples & Pears’ is the ideal nail lacquer for S/S, when I opened the box I instantly fell in love with the Turquoise colour! This versatile shade can be worn with a range of coloured clothing making it the ideal varnish for daily wear. When I’m wearing it, it puts me in a good mood (if you think this sounds silly, you haven’t worn True Brit!) the vibrant and eye catching colour is like nothing I’ve worn before, it reminds me of the ocean and sipping cocktails on the beach, the ultimate mermaid nail varnish.
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Like every single one of their nail laquers, the Spring collection is no different, each shade contains the same nourishing formula infused with Vitamin E, Elderflower & Rose extracts that protect and look after your nails underneath. The experts at True Brit London always recommend using the best selling ‘Caviar Base Coat’ and ‘Gloss Top Coat’ for extended wear and salon finish.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading about True Brit London’s brand new S/S Collection and I can’t wait for you all to see for yourself how beautiful the new colours are!
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Buth Bheag is an independent handmade candle company based in the beautiful Isle of Harris, Scotland. This week I was sent a sample of two of their popular scented candles to review for you and I can’t tell you how impressed I am with both the quality and fragrance!
Like a lot of girls, I’m a little candle obsessed at the moment! I usually buy high end scented ones from Yankee Candle or for special occasions Diptyque but pay a lot for them. It’s rare that you find a candle range that smell amazing without a hefty price tag.
Buth Bheag is the first range I’ve tried and tested that has the same quality fragrance as the high end brands and half the price. Their full candle range is inspired and named after the stunning beaches surrounding the Scottish isles and I was lucky enough to trial two, ‘Losgaintir’ and ‘Huisinis’, read my reviews below!
Pink Champagne and Pomelo.
Husinis Beach, Isle of Harris.
As you probably already know, I love champagne (what girl doesn’t?) So when I read that the Huisinis collection was a blend of citrus fruits, Brazilian orange and sweet grapefruit, I was sold! After all, every girl needs a pink champagne flavoured candle!
It’s not surprising why they’ve nicknamed this candle ‘Paradise Beach’, the combination of fresh bergamot, bright orange and rich amber remind me of beach sunsets, tanned skin and perfect summers. The almond and vanilla notes are quite warming, this candle is ideal to burn at dinner parties, romantic nights in or late evening drinks with friends.
These stunning scented candles are the perfect addition to your home just in time for spring, make sure to visit their brand new mobile friendly website where you will find their full collection and the perfect scent for your home.