OOTD – Vintage Fun

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Playing dress up for my friend’s recent vintage themed hen weekend was the most fun I’ve had with my clothes on! I managed to create the look on a reasonable budget too. For full details read on…

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The dress was my starting point and as soon as I realised I would be visiting Brighton before the hen weekend, I knew it would be the perfect place to find what I was looking for. On a recommendation I headed straight for Collectif on Bond Street. Specialising in 1940’s and 1950’s vintage style clothing and accessories, I was in heaven! The staff not only looked the part but were incredibly helpful (and complimentary which always adds to the shopping experience!) With their expertise I decided to go with the Lori Gingham Swing Dress  for a very reasonabe £42.50 but even better value right now as it is in the sale for £21.25.

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I had these shoes in storage after buying them over a year ago in a ‘I don’t know when I’ll wear these but I love them and they are a bargain so I’ll get them anyway’ moment in TK Maxx. I knew I would get use out of them one day! I paid around £15 for them. They are from the brand Truffle which you can also buy at ASOS and on Amazon.

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I often think the finishing touches can make or break an outfit and I love how this look came together with the accessories and make up. I borrowed the head scarf from a friend who bought it from a local market. The square shape and 100% cotton fabric made it easy to style and it stayed in place all day. The earrings and false lashes are both from good old Primark at only £1 and £1.50 and for a red lip with staying power I used the Sephora cream lip stain in shade 01 – Always Red.

Finally, a big thank you to the bride to be for taking these photos and being my creative director! You can find her on Instagram https http://www.instagram.com/peapodcarddesign

10 Achievable Tasks for 2016 – Update

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At the beginning of the year myself and a group of bloggers and vloggers set ourselves 10 achievable tasks for 2016. You can read my original post here. Today at just over halfway through the year I’m bringing you an update. As you’ll see I’ve achieved some, am on my way to achieving  others, and have completely failed in at least one!

1. Contact friends and family every day – ACHIEVED! (But could do better)

In the modern age of technology there is no excuse to not keep in touch. Whether it be by phone calls, texts, WhatsApp message, Twitter, Snapchat or any other medium I am in touch with friends and family every day. So yes, I’ve achieved what I set out to (although of course will keep it up!) However, sitting to write this has enabled me to reflect and realise there are certainly people I need to make more of an effort to speak to on a regular basis so am giving myself a kick up the bum starting with calling one of my best friends for a catch up today.

2. Reach 200 followers on Bloglovin – getting there slowly

I set myself this modest target because (as you might have noticed) I am a bit of a flaky blogger. It’s a hobby and therefore I never want it to feel like a chore. This means I only post when I both have the inspiration and the time, which isn’t that often! I’m sitting at 185 followers at the moment so still have time to reach this target by the end of the year. If you don’t already follow me on Bloglovin it would be great if you click the button on my homepage to help a girl out!

3. Start a weekly make up rotation – ACHIEVED!

Every Sunday I select my makeup products for the week and place them in a basket. These are the products I use all week. It’s become such a habit that I do it without thinking. It has been a great way to discover old favourites and make the most out of my collection.

4. Renovate our bedroom – Not yet!

Eight and a half years down the line our bedroom has still barely been touched. In our defence we have had a new kitchen fitted this year (although that still hasn’t been fully completed!) What can I say, we just aren’t the home renovating kind. There always seems to be something more exciting to spend our time and money on!

5. Make time for Headspace – COMPLETE FAIL! But it’s OK

Having discovered this guided meditation app last December I was determined to use it four times a week to get some relaxing me time. Want to know how many times I’ve used it in total since writing the original post? ZERO! I even deleted the app last week to make space on my iPhone. However, I have taken up colouring as a relaxation method so although I have not technically achieved this task, I have found an alternative way to unwind so I don’t feel bad about it at all.

6. Visit a different UK city – ACHIEVED!

As I write this I am recovering from a busy but amazing hen weekend in Bath. A beautifully unique city that I will definitely return to.

7. Restart social media free nights – not quite

My aim was to have social media banned at home one evening a week and to be honest this hasn’t happened (I blame my discovery of Snapchat!) However, we are still having them occasionally and I highly recommend them – there is nothing like good old fashioned conversation to pass the time!

8. Listen to 5 albums – On track (pun intended!)

I have actually surprised myself with this one! As much as I wanted to listen to more music my lifestyle means I rarely have the time to sit and ‘just be’. But by being inspired by a friend’s passion for music, listening to an album on a long car journey and making use of Spotify I’m on my way to my target. I’ve listened to three different albums so far this year which to many of you probably doesn’t sound much but before that I can’t even remember the last time I did this. Favourite so far? We come from the same place by Allo Darlin’ – beautiful.

9. Eat less takeaways – ACHIEVED!

I’ve kicked the bad habits I slipped into at the end of last year. Takeways are now (almost) exclusively reserved for weekends and even then I’m not having them every weekend. *smug face*

10. Try a new class at the gym – ACHIEVED!

OK, the new classes I’ve tried aren’t technically at my gym but at a fitness centre but that still counts in my book. I now regularly attend a few different classes including Boogie Bounce, Weighted Hula and Anti-gravity and can honestly say they have rekindled my love for exercising. Mission accomplished!