Wednesday, 25 May 2016

4 Summer Scents

There are some BEAUTIFUL fragrances out right now so I thought I would share some of my faves, some of you would of already seen a few of these on Time2Gossip or my social media channels but these are my go-to scents for Spring Summer 16. For the warmer season you want a floral, lighter scent to make your feel like your running through a field of flowers. The image I have in my head is Jessa from Girls all floaty and whimsical. So which brands made the cut?
black opium YSL
Yves Saint Laurent, Black Opium Nuit Blanche
Now I first fell in love with Black Opium, YSL in the Autumn last year. YSL have done it again with a lighter interpretation in a sparkly bottle ready to party at every festival the world has going. The core notes coming through are coffee entwined in florals leaving a hint of white musk lingering. The bottle is pretty similar to the original but more translucent with a beautiful night sky. You can purchase from Debenhams for £47.

Jimmy Choo, Exotic
You have probably seen this bad boy on quite a few posts now and on my Instagram as it has definitely been MY scent since the launch, day or night it really does not matter. It looks so pretty and smells like summer with tiger orchids, patchouli, blackcurrant and pink grapefruit for a sweet and sexy fragrance. Check out my full review of Jimmy Choo, Exotic here. Buy from £44.
jimmy choo exotic
Narciso Rodriguez, Narciso Poudree
Everyone is currently wearing nudes and pale blush at the moment with the likes of Kim Kardashian bringing it back in trend and Narcisco Pudree is on fashion form for the season with this seductive scent in their signature style bottle. The core notes are jasmine petals, musk and wood. Buy from £39 here.
summer scents
Ferragamo Signorina, Eleganza
Like its name this elegant Ferragamo Signorina, Eleganza fragrance is perfect for the summer months especially as an evening scent for a more formal do - no Ibiza parties here. With fruity notes of grapefruit, pear, almond, golden osmanthus petals and patchouli you achieve ultimate luxe. Eleganza is £60 and you can purchase here.
Ferragamo Signorina, Eleganza

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Holiday Style in Guatemala and Belize

On my latest travel adventure I headed to Guatemala and Belize there is lots more to come to showcase these beautiful locations BUT first let me show you the outfits I wore as that is just as important. Guatemala and Belize are both very hot this time of year around 26° and 29° and depending on where you venture it is humid so be prepared with the right attire and a good bag for all your essentials!

Outfit 1: The Missoni Swimsuit Dupe
I love Missoni but can I afford it, NO?! It is OK though ladies Topshop have a winner and I am in love with this swimsuit for several reasons. 1. Missoni lookalike. 2. You can mix it up with cross over look at the neck. 3. It hides all those squeezy bits. WARNING you will look pretty darn sexy walking around so throw on a kimono like this this fun one with pom pom's from PrettyLittleThing you can purchase it in black or white. 

Swimsuit: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop | Kimono: Pretty Little Thing | Sunglasses: Miu Miu, Shade Station

Outfit 2: Welcome To Paradise
Now I am not usually one for outfits that are high neck I feel like its unflattering to the little bit of puppy fat under my arms. But I just could not resist this cute quote 'Welcome To Paradise' which suited my holiday perfectly and in metallic which my wardrobe was craving. I partnered this with the comfiest shorts in history another winner from Pretty Little Thing and the cute little bow at the front makes them so girly. Also become a proper tourist and buy a little bangle or bracelet to remember your travels mine is like a little friendship bracelet from Visit Guatemala, I still am wearing it today.

FYI: Hand wash the body as the metallic starts going back to black!
Outfit 3: The White Dress

Do not look at my hair, it is in desperate need of highlighting!! On another note I love this dress, a simple white dress. I never usually wear white as I find they are always see through but this one has triple layers so it is a dream. I also love the detailing of mini bobbles and intricate cutouts in the first layer. Just do not eat around the dress.
Dress: Topshop | Sunglasses: Miu Miu, Shade Station

Outfit 4: Blue on Blue 
Firstly I will give you a sneak peek of my article on Guatemala - the walls are incredible everyone is a beautiful colour like this aquamarine number, wait until you see the others. 

Now focusing back on the outfit this blue striped Zara smock style dress is quite different to my usual style with gathered detail. On the back the stripes go in a different direction for a bib look. The dress is really flattering and with the fabric being quite light it is perfect in the humid weather.
Dress: Zara | Shoes: Topshop |Sunglasses: Miu Miu, Shade Station

Outfit 5: Trekking in the Jungle
This is the day we went Trekking in Tikal, Guatemala and the Jungle was HOT. To fit the occasion I wore green Reeboks which you can not see here but I am in love. I matched these with BooHoo ripped high waisted, mom shorts. Usually I feel totally trapped in high waisted shorts but not with these, they have lots of room and look really flattering with ripped detail on the front and the back. The top I partnered with this ensemble is an old fave from Topshop. On my back to carry all my essentials including lots of water is from Smith and Canova and you can see more pictures of this here.
Top: Topshop (smilar style here) | Shorts: BooHoo | Backpack: Smith & Canova | Shoes: Reeboks, FootLocker.
Outfit 6: Colour in Antigua
Antigua was one of my favourites places in Guatemala, so full of colour and I needed to brighten up my outfits for the occasion although this was before I left my beloved Gucci sunglasses in the hotel room, fingers crosses they are in transit to my parents house.
topshop jungle print dress
Dress: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop | Backpack: Smith & Canova | Sunglasses: Gucci


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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Power of the Grape

Another stunning new product launch and they are all pretty in pink, this new collection is called VinoSource from Caudalie. I have used a few Caudalie samples before and my skin felt super smooth but I have never explored more of collection before. The main aim of VinoSource is to hydrate young skin with the power of the Grape.
I love grapes so they had me right from the get go. I could snack on grapes all day, a sweet and healthy choice which is low in natural sugars (trying to cut my sugar intake ATM so I am all about the sugar contentand it is the perfect ingredient to pack into a beauty product using mainly Merlot and Muscat 100% organic grapes with no GMOs or chemical pesticides. With the delicate nature of grapes it makes the collection suitable for all skin types.

I mentioned earlier about the pretty pink packaging and the fact it mirrors the rainbows of pinks that grapes come in makes the product even more delicious. Looking at my beauty stash there is not many pinks and it really makes the collection stand out. The entire collection has also been made handbag friendly as an added bonus.

So delving into the collection: 

Organic Grape Water 
The hero product is the VinoSource, Grape Water. Is there a grape water drink?! If not there should be I can imagine it would taste amazing and have fantastic health benefits, OOO the freshness. Getting back to the product, the Organic Grape Water has such a fresh scent, filling your senses with Grape. Made out of all natural ingredients the Organic Grape Water is one of Caudalie's best-selling products and I can see why. By spraying the mist on to your face or skin you instantly get a soothing, refreshing and moisturising sensation.  The grape water is instantly absorbed into your skin so you do not need to blot or massage.

The grape water contains anti-oxidants and minerals that help maintain the skin for a soothed and nourished feeling. The hydrating nature of the product reduces irritation and redness which I am prone to especially when its hot.

Limited Edition Bottle RRP. £6, perfect for the summer. 
beauty review

Some more products in the collection are these little moisturising tubes, full of grape goodness. Each one is £23, 40ml.
caudalie mosituriser
  • Moisturising Sorbet: A perfect treatment for sensitive skin which starts working immediately to sooth the skin. The sorbet is fill of anti-oxidants to strengthen the skin.
  • Moisturising Mattifying Fluid: This little one is there to fight shine, 100% mattifying after 1 hour and more refined skin texture. 
  • Moisture Recovery CreamCoined as a cocoon for the skin, the plant lipid nutrients care for the skin, reload the moisture and ensure its back to its supple state. 
  • Intense Moisture Rescue Cream: Nourishes the skin for skin that it soft, supple and tight. The rescue part using a blotting effect ensures that redness is eradicated.

What do you think of this juicy collection?
caudalie mosturiser
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Monday, 16 May 2016

Cocktail Recipe: The Sloe Spring

Afternoon lovelies it is the start of a new week and with the sun coming out most weekends I thought I would share a fun twist on one of my fave soft drinks: Appletiser and turn it into an easy to make cocktail. 

You may have seen an article recently where I was mixing cocktails with Appletiser at Ascot (you can see it here) and they tasted delicious, I never knew how good Appletiser tasted with different mixers. When I found a spare weekend I decided to make my own and after lots of 'mistakes' I have perfected the 'SLOE SPRING'. The core component of the drink is of course Appletiser with blackberries. 

Blackberries are usually only talked about in the Autumn but they are looking ripe and juicy at the moment and still very tasty. So mix both of these with sloe berries and you get a dreamy drink for Spring or The Sloe Spring.
the sloe spring cocktail
the recipe
50ml Sloe Gin
2 x Tbsp Sugar
100g Blackberries + Extra to decorate
Sprig of Thyme

  1. Make a blackberry puree: Blend or mash 100g Blackberries with the sugar.
  2. You will need to sieve the puree to remove any seeds.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add 2 tsp of the blackberry puree
  4. Add 50ml of Sloe Gin (if you are feeling really wild you could create your own Sloe Gin)
  5. Shake well
  6. Fill a glass with ice, strain mixture into the glass.
  7. Top up with Appletiser 
  8. Decorate as you wish I went for blackberries on a cocktail stick and then a sprig of Thyme as it compliments the flavours perfectly. 
To see this recipe on the Appletiser Moments page head here.
blackberries and thyme
appletiser cocktail
appletiser with sloe gin
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blackberry puree

the sloe spring
the sloe spring
 In collaboration with Appletiser but all thoughts and love for delicious cocktails are my own.
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