30 October 2015

House of Florrie

House of Florrie Watches
It is not every day when a new brand is introduced to you which captures your immediate interest. From the intricate feminine design to the timeless vintage vibe I feel these watches from House of Florrie are sure to interest many.

House of Florrie is a British brand which produces a beautiful range of elegant handmade watches. There are currently eight different collections, all of which contain some truly stunning pieces. The Pearl Slim Strap Collection is extremely pretty and soft, making this range in particular ideal for those with small wrists. Whereas the Pearl Expander Collection offers a more modern twist to the brand, all within keeping a graceful design.

Today however I wanted to share with you two pieces from the Eleanor Collection as for me this is my favourite. This collection allows you to be much more flexible with your watch choice as you are able to choose from a variety of different straps for your watch. Not only does this make things a little more fun, it also allows you to match your watch for your outfit and occasion which I think is a wonderful idea. 

House of Florrie Watches

The Eleanor Rose Gold Suede Floral Watch* for me is a perfect time piece to wear at this time of year. The dark navy blue suede strap features soft pink, blue and yellow flowers, making this a wonderful addition to any outfit. The watch face is matte white and has a satin rose gold finish, I like the fact that this watch isn't over the top, in fact it for me anything but as I find it to be incredibly feminine and petite.

House of Florrie Watches

Of course to show off this particular collection in all its glory I find that it is only appropriate to show you the same watch only on a different strap as it can completely change the whole look. The Eleanor Rose Gold Polka Strap* is in my opinion even more delicate than the first; for me this would not look out of place at a spring wedding. Over the last few weeks I have spotted a selection of brand new straps which have been added to the ever growing Eleanor collection; they are just as, if not more beautiful than the originals.

The Eleanor Collection starts at £105.00 with additional straps priced at £30. Personally I do think that when a brand is this good that the price is more than justified. It is clear to see that a lot of care and attention has gone into this British brand as both the presentation of the watch and indeed the product itself is faultless. We are these days at a time where everything seems to be mass produced therefore it has been a welcome change to experience House of Florrie; it truly has been delightful.
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26 October 2015

My Invisalign Journey | Introduction

Invisalign-Journey It seems like a rather long time ago since February when I first sat and wrote my entry to the Oasis Dental Care My Smile Matters competition. For a good few days I hovered over the publish button as I wasn't quite ready to put my smile out there for reasons which are obvious; my teeth are crooked. Nevertheless, the comments I received on that post made me feel much better about myself. They made me realise that I was perhaps being far too self-critical and that I also wasn't the only person who felt like this; thank you.

As some of you may know I somehow managed to win that competition from the post I wrote. It is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to me where this blog is concerned, especially as I believe it will help me in terms of my confidence which has always been lacking.

Naturally Oasis Dental Care had to ensure that I was a suitable candidate for Invisalign in order for me to undergo the treatment. This simply involved a twenty minute check-up in order for my Orthodontist to have a look at my teeth and to take some impressions; it didn't take long and it also gave me the opportunity to find out more about the treatment itself. If you are new to the concept of Invisalign then you can read more about it over on the Oasis Invisalign page, however put simply it is a teeth aligning process which is, as the name would suggest pretty invisible. Of course nothing is ever completely invisible, however Invisalign is one of the most discreet options available when it comes to straightening your teeth as the clear plastic aligners means that there are no metal wires or brackets on the teeth. What is more, you can also remove the aligners to eat which saves the somewhat awkward food stuck in the braces factor.

After I was given the OK for Invisalign I then had to have a few impressions carried out of my teeth. This involved a rather odd sticky type substance which was moulded around my teeth whereby after a minute or so it set and I was left with a representation of what my teeth looked like. I will be straight up and honest that this wasn't a particularly nice experience, it wasn't painful in the slightest however the taste of the product wasn't too great and it was far from dignifying, especially with green plastic stuck to the side of my lip....nice!

Once my moulds had been taken I also then had to have a couple of x-rays in order to ensure everything was ok. These were super quick and straight forward; in fact I think it took me longer to walk to the room than it did to have the x-rays taken. Once they were over my first consultation and step towards Invisalign was complete. I was informed that the next step would be to send off my impressions to America where Invisalign is based. After a few weeks I would get a call back in order to see a visual of what my treatment would look like over the coming months; I was super excited as I just couldn't wait to get started on the path to nice straight teeth.

Since writing this post I have seen my visual and I'm really happy with what the portrayed outcome will be. I will be writing about that within my next post on my Invisalign journey as I am hoping to get a copy of the Clin Check video from my Orthodontist in order to share it with you. It is incredible how these tiny bits of plastic are going to align my teeth; it sure is unbelievable how much dentistry has moved on over the years.

Have you had Invisalign?

I was given the opportunity to enter a competition to win Invisalign back in February 2015 where I am delighted to say that I won. Throughout the course of my treatment I will be writing about my journey as part of the rules of the competition. My treatment is free, courtesy of Oasis Dental Care however my opinions and my shared experience of my Invisalign journey will all be that of my own.
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20 October 2015

Life Lately #3

Blooming Gifts Flowers

Life, it is a funny old thing isn't it. Over the last month or so I have being struggling with one or two things which have seemed to only escalate as the weeks have gone by. My job whilst I love it is taking its toll on me as I find the travelling to be quite tough. I catch a total of four trains a day and two buses, whereby if I happen to miss one of those it is rather long walk to the train station. Despite this I do really enjoy it, I feel valued as a team member and I honestly work with a lovely bunch of people which more than makes up for the travelling.

Just last week I also started my Invisalign journey, as in I actually now have the aligners and will have had them a week today! It is incredibly exciting and I cannot wait to share with you the first instalment next weekend (it should have been today but the photographs had turned out awful, oh the woes of rapidly fading sunlight). I will be documenting my journey for you to read from start to finish so if you are a bit curious and want to find out more about Invisalign then please do pop back for the updates.

For those that follow me on twitter it will hardly have escaped your notice that I have being watching the Rugby World Cup. I have loved every minute of it, well, maybe not the 80 minutes in which we went crashing out to Australia, yet all in all the tournament has been incredible; we sure do have home nation teams to be proud of. Hats off to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales!

Moving onto something far more personal we recently received some extremely sad news within my family in which saw us loose a vibrant and caring young man who had only just started university. It has, without a shadow of a doubt put things into perspective for me as life can be cut short within the blink of an eye. It is a thing we hear often I guess but it is true. We need to make the most of our lives and live life to our fullest; I truly intend to start doing just that. 

Despite a rather sad and thought provoking end there I wanted to look towards something positive, something which demonstrates the beauty within this world and which shows just how wonderful it is. Flowers for me are symbolic of just that whereby just this weekend I was kindly sent a bouquet from Blossoming Gifts. The Fall Bouquet* is made up of a range of flowers, my favourites of course being roses which look perfect for autumn; they truly are stunning. 

Blossoming Gifts is a lovely site which offers flower delivery so that they are delivered by post straight to your door. They have kindly offered me a discount code which will entitle you to 33% off a bouquet, just use 'BGIFT33' to obtain your discount, although please bear in mind that this does exclude the flowers by post range. 

Seeing as I am writing this the night before I am now heading off to catch up on Downton Abbey as I missed it last night. I find that it always gets me in the mood for Christmas as it tends to air at this time of year and don't even get me started on the clothes that they wear, I was definitely born in the wrong era that is for sure.


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17 October 2015

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition
Harry and me go way back, I am talking year 7 English class, where once feeling rather scared and nervous having started a new school, I suddenly found myself discovering the wonder of the wizarding world and a whole heap of magic which would somehow keep me hooked for the rest of my childhood and into my twenties.

Over the years I have read the whole series more times than I can remember, therefore when I heard that an illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was being released I was instantly incredibly excited. I knew that it would be something which I would want to purchase as I adore artwork, which when combined with one of my favourite things, that being Harry Potter I just knew that it would be a wonderful collector's item, let alone a beautiful book to put on my bookshelf.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition

J K Rowling has created a world full of magic, friendship, good vs evil and laughter which will live with me personally for the rest of my life. I believe it must have been so exciting and such a great honour to be able to illustrate this book; a book which means so much to so many people. Jim Kay is the illustrator behind these utterly beautiful images which fill the book throughout; they truly are magical in their own sense and for me do the book justice. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition
Of course we all have our own ideas of how we imagine Hogwarts, Fluffy, Diagon Alley and of course not forgetting our big friendly giant Hagrid, yet I truly believe Jim Kay has captured the magic of Harry Potter within his illustrations. This book would make for a perfect gift for someone new to Harry Potter, however for me I think it would make a particularly extra special gift for those who have grown up rooting for Harry against all the odds that faced him, for those that queued in the cold waiting to get their hands on the latest release in the series and for those that wished that just maybe, just maybe they would get a letter through their door delivered by owl inviting them to Hogwarts.

Looking through this book instantly made me feel like I was discovering Harry Potter for the first time; it truly is beautiful.
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12 October 2015

Amber Lights | An Autumn Morning

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                Wonderfit Skinny Jeans c/o George (Asda), Short Parka Coat c/o George (Asda, Fleece Lined Ankle Boots c/o George (Asda).


This last week truly felt as though autumn had arrived here in the UK. Several crisp mornings with the sunshine shining and the mist hovering over the fields left me longing for the weekend. I wanted to get out in the fresh air and go for a early morning walk as they are one of my favourite things to do, especially because we have such beautiful scenery on our doorstep.

Just last week I was set a challenge by George at ASDA as part of their #OffDutyDenim campaign, therefore this weekend I took it upon myself to head off into the woods, camera and the obligatory scarf in tow in order to share with you my weekend in denim.

A few years ago now I had a pair of womens jeans from George and they were hands down the best pair that I had ever had. I think we have all been there before when once skin tight jeans suddenly become baggy at the knees and loose their shape, leaving you feeling a little less than flattering. From a positive experience long before I started blogging I was curious to see how several years later the new line of denim from George would hold up. The Wonderfit Skinny Jeans* have once again confirmed to me that jeans from George are not only good value for money but also keep their shape and skinny tight feeling. 

Paired up with those snugly Fleece Lined Ankle Boots* which I thought would be handy for the somewhat rocky terrain and a trusty khaki Parka Coat* which is super cosy, I felt as though I was very appropriately dressed for a nice autumn morning walk. There were so many people who clearly had all had the same idea as me as I came across lots of dog walkers and horse riders which added a really lovely atmosphere to the morning; I was even a little cheeky and snapped the pooch above whilst he played with his toy by the lake.

It goes without saying that I'll be heading back up there again soon. It is so peaceful and relaxing which is especially welcome after a long and busy week at work.

How do you spend your weekend?
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5 October 2015

September Beauty Favourites

September Beauty Favourites
September somehow disappeared right before my eyes this year. As the month started I had so many plans and goals that I was aiming to achieve, however it is safe to say that they fell by the way side. As we head into the start of a brand new week I thought it would be quite nice to look back at some of my beauty favourites from September.

Kate Spade 2016 Planner

Quite simply I blame this purchase on Nikki over at The Lunar Lights who not only has a gorgeous instagram account but also has great taste in stationary. Whilst this planner is quite expensive I found myself justifying it quite easily because it will last me the whole of next year and the remainder of this year too. From a very early age I was always incredibly excited about stationary, I distinctly remember each year before school re-started in September I would head off and buy a new pencil case and pens; needless to say I haven't grown up much in that respect. My planner was purchased from Magpie Decor which stocks an array of gorgeous stationary.

Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh

Marc Jacobs fragrances are incredibly beautiful to look however not all of the scents in the past have appealed to me. Eau So Fresh however has always been the one that I had hoped to purchase one day, I find it much lighter in comparison to Daisy meaning that over the summer it has become one of my favourite scents to wear. Out of all my fragrances that I own I would have to say that this is the one which stands out from the rest as the floral and fruity notes are quite different to the wood notes I tend to favour. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlight*

A couple of weeks ago I posted all about Make Up on the Go in which I was kindly provided with a few products to try in order to produce the post. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlight wasn't something that I expected to love however it has fast become my most reached for product of a morning. It is so incredibly easy to use and acts not only as a great highlight but it also packs pretty great coverage too making it for me a fantastic multipurpose product.

Clarins Instant Concealer 

The Clarins Instant Concealer was a product I picked up about a month ago and ever since it has been a product that I have used daily. Since receiving the Estee Lauder BB Highlight I have found that I haven't needed to use both products of a morning therefore I find myself alternating between the two depending on how much time I have. This offering from Clarins really is great and if I had to be picky I would say that this is more hydrating under the eye in comparison to the Estee Launder BB Highlight, although having said that I don't think it provides as much coverage.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick - Rose Tweed

Moving onto my final beauty favourite for September I have chosen the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in the shade Rose Tweed. This shade had been on my list for a while however it had always been quite hard to find in my local Boots stores. When this line originally launched a few years ago it was one that immediately caught my eye, in fact Peche Cosy became my summer lipstick back then however this year I am really enjoying wearing a mauve toned lip, especially now we are officially in autumn. 

What have been your beauty favourites throughout September?

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