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Monday, 23 January 2017

My First Kiko Haul & Swatches

Kiko has always been a shop that I regularly walk past, sometimes have a look, but somewhere I've never purchased a single thing - very unlike me. 

After having to leave early from a recent work trip to Milan due to illness, I was sat at the airport feeling sorry for myself and decided that then was the perfect time for my first Kiko Milano haul. I mean, when in Milan and all that! 

I was in the shop a good half an hour before I settled on my purchases and I'm so happy with them, they're all now a staple part of my daily make up.

 First Kiko Haul & Swatches
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Haircare Favourites Review and Wishlists

Whilst I know I'm not big on hair styling, and you'll very rarely see be branching away from my simple and straight blonde hair, there are some hair care products I literally couldn't live without. Some have been in my collection for many years and some are new products I've tried in the last 12 months. But all are, in my opinion, amazing. 

Haircare Favourites Review
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Recipe

Anyone who knows me will tell you I have the biggest sweet tooth. I'd be quite happy living off cakes, biscuits and chocolate for the rest of my life, but sadly, I'm not that lucky!

Just before Christmas, we had a Christmas Bonanza at work so I took the opportunity to get my bake on and make some Chocolate Orange Shortbread Biscuits. Shortbread is my favourite type of biscuit as it's really sweet and literally melts in your mouth - if you have a good recipe!

This was the first time I'd tried out this recipe and I have to admit, I did improvise a bit from the original due to lack of ingredients so I've pretty much just made up my own version! Baking is all about experimenting any way right?

This shortbread doesn't need many ingredients and is a perfect recipe to try to replicate for beginners but also experiment with flavours for the more adventurous.

Chocolate Orange Shortbread
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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Karen Millen Belted Cape Coat - OOTD

If there's one item of clothing that I could safely say I've never felt good in, it's a coat. Partly because I'm so small, and usually they're so long and thick, I feel like a waddling penguin whenever I wear a coat. Trust me when I say Luke and I trawl every single shop every winter in search of the perfect coat.

A couple of weeks before Christmas whilst shopping at Westfield, I walked into House of Fraser and this gorgeous Karen Millen coat was directly in front of me and it was love at first sight.

It's not exactly a traditional coat as it's more like half coat half cape. I absolutely love the cape trend but don't have any as all the ones I've bought in the past were poor quality and didn't sit right on my body. But this one however, was the dream.

Karen Millen Belted Cape Coat - OOTD
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

11 Serious Life Lessons Learnt in 2016

Paris under the Eiffel Tower

As with most of us at this time of year, I’ve spent the Christmas period reflecting on the year just past and thinking about what the coming year might bring. As the year draws to a close I always like to think about what I’ve learnt in the last 12 months and remember the lessons going forward.

So here’s what I’ve learnt in 2016;

Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so don’t take today for granted

2016 has been full of loss from public figures to friends and family members, most of which came as a complete and utter shock to us. If the past year has taught me anything, it’s that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. The trouble is, we all think we have time. 

This year I’m starting off by writing a list of things I want to do and achieve in the next 12 months and putting a plan in place to make sure I complete most, if not all of them. I’m also trying to take more time out to spend with friends and family and treasure that time with them.
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