Time to Dust off Your Boots

It was just the other day, that I was randomly telling my Mum how excited I am to start wearing my boots now the months are turning colder. When it came to what I should blog about this week, my Mum suggested something to do with my boots.

So, that’s what I’m gonna do…

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Okay, so these boots are probably not suitable for rain or snow but you know them autumnal days that can still be really sunny and nice, I can wear them then. I purchased them from New Look a couple of years, so they have lasted some wear and tear. Because they no longer sell these exact boots, I will ty to link similar ones.

Mink Suedette Wooden Block Heel Boots

I found these on New Look and thought they were pretty similar apart from the studs.

IMG_4041These were my favourite boots last Winter, I bought them from Miss Selfridge and I’m just obsessed with the heel. Its probably a weird thing to like right? But I just love the pattern on them. I also really liked the height of the heel. I’m not one to be very good at walking around in really high heels, however, these were perfect for day-to-day wear.

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I always try to find similar products from the website I purchased them from just to give extra credit to the brand. This time I couldn’t do so, but I did come across these beautiful Delilah Nude Velvet Ankle Boots that I just had to include. Even if they are completely irrelevant…

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So these are actually my Mum’s boots, although I knew I couldn’t do a boots post without including some lace ups. The black ones are from Topshop and the nude pair are from Dorothy Perkins. I think these types of boots can bring so much edge to an outfit and if you’re really against a heeled boot, these are perfect.

Again I couldn’t find similar black lace ups on the Topshop website. But I did find a similar pair on ASOS ‘Pull&Bear Buckle Detail Worker Boot‘.

I managed to find a similar pair of boots on Dorothy Perkins to the ones my Mum owns: Pink ‘Magnolia’ Ankle Boots.

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I bought these late February, so I only managed to wear them a couple of times before I transitioned into Summer shoes. And I think these are the boots I’m most excited for. I purchased these from River Island and I know there’s so many outfits I can pair these with.

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When it comes to the shape I found these Public Desire Universe Pink Crackled Heeled Ankle Boots on ASOS, that I thought were quite similar.

Do you have a favourite pair of boots you’re ready to ‘dust off’?

Love, Sophie

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Early Gift Guide (Sponsored)

I’ve surprised myself this year and I’ve already bought a few Christmas presents for my parents. However I’m not finished, because of this I was open for ideas and inspiration.

So can you imagine how happy I was when UncommonGoods contacted me to collaborate on a post? I love that UncommonGoods have their own definition of ‘sustainability’ and are always striving to incorporate it in the decisions they make. They also haven’t sold products containing leather, fur or feathers.

Amongst the presents I’ve got for my Mum it ranges from skincare, clothing, jewellery (and the odd towel set).

MUM GIFT

I was in need of something different and found this to be just what I was looking for. Its a Mother & Daughter Letter book set, where there’s 40 cards you can ‘send, share and treasure’. I love the idea of this, both my Mum and I are super sentimental people. When I was younger, I used to always write letters to my Mum and now we both write notes to each other before we leave the house and know we won’t see each other much because of work and College. If you want to have a bit of a search for gifts for your mum, you can on this page.

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I find my Dad the hardest to buy for, maybe because he doesn’t give me a long list like my Mum does (THANKS MUM). So he usually gets the same; pyjamas, a watch and toiletries like shampoo.

TIE DADBut I always try to get him a humorous gift, so when I came across this I knew I had to include it in this post. My Dad is obsessed with my dog and for work he’s always wearing a tie. Could I get a better gift? Probably not, especially since you can choose which dog you want on the tie. I was surprised at the plethora and variations of gifts UncommonGoods has to offer for men in general, see more ideas for them here.

IMG_3993Is this bad I’m including myself in all of this? Obviously, I don’t buy myself Christmas presents, I just decide to treat myself all year round (oops). I just thought I’d highlight how easy it is to buy for someone like me; books; perfume; makeup and you’re sorted.

MY GIFTThere were sooo many temptations when I was scrolling through UncommonGoods and this was just one of them; a Scratch Map. I’ve definitely had my eye on one of these for a few years now. I just find them such a good idea and a great gift. You should totally have a look at the other Great Christmas Gifts UncommonGoods has to offer.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Disclaimer: This is a paid sponsored post in collaboration with UncommonGoods.

Love, Sophie 

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A No Makeup Week (FAIL)

When I first mentioned to my Mum that I was going to go without makeup for a week, her reply was “But you always wear makeup?” And that was the point. I was no longer putting on makeup for enjoyment, I was doing it out of habit. Mainly so people I go to College with didn’t judge what I see as my not-great-skin.

However, I wanted to push myself (and of course do it for the blog) to see whether there were any changes throughout the week to the appearance of my skin.

Monday

As you can probably tell from the pictures, I was definitely trying to hide basically all of my face. I definitely started this week with 0 confidence.

Luckily, I was starting this challenge easy, with just having to be in College for one hour. Easy, right? It was proved to be. Surprisingly no one noticed (or if they did they didn’t point it out) that I wasn’t wearing any makeup. So I either way didn’t look that bad bare faced or I look a mess with or without makeup. It’s probably the latter.

Tuesday

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Today was my full day at college (9-4) I had to face even more people. However, even within 24 hours, I had gained a slither of confidence to just get on with it. I’m pretty sure wearing my favourite pink coat had something to do with it. Even still, I’d be lying if I didn’t think numerous times in the day ‘Damn, I wish I had some makeup on right now’

Wednesday

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Since not wearing makeup, I had to listen to my skin, in doing so I noticed my skin was slightly oily. So to sort this I made a quick Boots order and picked up ‘Cetaphil’ (it was mentioned in a Cosmopolitan article). Immediately my skin felt the benefits.

Thursday 

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This was probably my most infuriating day with my skin. I had been drinking a lot more water than I usually would, I’d rearranged my skincare to suit my skin type but still I had spots and blemishes, with even more appearing. I blamed it on the fact that it’ll be ‘that-time-of-the-month’ in a few days and just decided to get through the last remaining day of this challenge.

Friday

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On the way to College my Mum turned to me and asked “So how has your no makeup week gone?” And after having being able to evaluate the whole situation, I realised its much easier to not care about what others think of you than I thought. And just because my skin didn’t drastically improve within a week, doesn’t mean it never will. Surely wearing no makeup has done more good than harm? And if none of those reasons matter, then I’m just glad I had that extra time in the morning.

I’m planning on not wearing makeup for a little while. Occasionally,  I’ll wear makeup again for College, but only when I want to. Because that’s how it should be.

Love, Sophie

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September Favourites 2017

Can anyone actually believe we’re now into Autumn? I certainly cannot. But I’m very excited for the colder months. I haven’t been loving much this month, probably because of the rush of going back to college. However, I can’t not do a favourites post…

Starting off with a tv favourite, I have been LOVING Victoria its on ITV every Sunday at 9pm. I am obsessed and you can bet I’m sat there waiting for it to start ever week. Just to prove what a true fan I am, I actually put it in my favourites after its first series (October Favourites 2016). Can you imagine my excitement to see it back on screens after a year?!

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I rarely have educational (ish) favourites but this month I have two. One being this whiteboard I bought from Tesco for £4! I use it to be able to see my timetable at college and I can clearly see when I have free time to do extra revision.

Another favourite of mine has been the ‘chegg’ flashcard app. I’ve already started revising for psychology and I’ve found this to be perfect. I like that I can make many categories and you can colour coordinate decks. So if you’re on the lookout for a good flashcard app, I’d recommend that one.

IMG_3937A couple weeks ago I purchases this Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream, its the first product I’ve tried from this brand but I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. I can tell it will last me a while because I’ve found I only need to apply the tiniest bit for my skin to feel moisturised. I also really love the scent which is just an added bonus.

Okay, so I know its only September but it is technically autumn now, which means I’ve whacked out the candles. Andd I couldn’t not they were only a pound!! So I stocked up on a couple (I’m sure a couple more soon). One of my favourites has been this Lavender  scented one, this is still priced at a £1! Because of price I wondered if the quality would suffer but I can smell this candle when I’m laid in bed (and its obviously not lit because that would be dangerous).

My music favourites have been:

  • Cross My Mind – Arizona
  • Dusk Till Dawn – ZAYN, Sia
  • Don’t let me be yours- Zara Larsson

 

“What have been your September Favourites?”

Love, Sophie

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How I Organise my Wardrobe

A quick read of a post from me this week, (college has been MAJORLY hectic).

I’d consider myself to be a fairly organised/tidy person but when it comes to my wardrobe, it ALWAYS ends up in a mess. So every so often, I have to go through it to put things back on hangers, find appropriate places for my shoes and usually put one or two things away for charity.

Today, was one of those days that I had to tackle the wardrobe and thought I may as well make a post out of it.

IMG_3925I’m ashamed to say this is what it was looking like before I managed to get a hold of it all. In all honesty, don’t be thinking this ends up looking like a whole new wardrobe, I’m not that good of a tidy uperer. (not a word? ok.)

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First thing to do is obviously put your clothes in colour order? It was my first step anyways. I made sure to put all tops together, then jackets and then dressy outfits. Then when they were each in their category, I put them in a bit of a colour order. I know it won’t last, I’m definitely not a Monica from Friends.

IMG_3923Next, it was to tackle the over head bit, I’m sure it has a proper name. Oh wait, its probably just a shelf, nevermind. Anyways, I like to be able to see my shoes and take great pride in my heels I probably only wear once a year. So, I realigned them and got rid of anything on that shelf that wasn’t a shoe.

IMG_3922Finally, I had to have a place to put a couple of my favourite bags. Which had to be in the last available space which was on top of my wardrobe. I have to admit, I’m not the fondest of having things on there, but I really don’t have anywhere else to put them.

Where do you store your bags?

Love, Sophie 

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Casual College Makeup Look

I’ve been back at College a week now and I’ve quickly adapted a much more time effective makeup look I can throw on before going out the door.

IMG_3852Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation (shade: soft beige)

Bourjois Blur the Lines Concealer (shade: ivory)

Starting off with foundation, I just use the tiniest amount and apply it from the middle of my face and blend it out (I read to do this somewhere and its just stuck). Then I use this concealer for any blemishes and I find because of its creamy consistency it gives that extra coverage.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (shade: fair)

Bourjois Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara

I use my holy grail concealer under my eyes and I find that the best to brighten and somewhat hide the darkness that forms after too little sleep. Since this is a really easy makeup look, I use nothing else other than a bit of mascara.

IMG_3854Maybelline Brow Drama (shade: Dark blonde)

Benefit Shy Beam

Bourjois Bronzing Powder

I still use brow gel in my easy makeup routine because somethings just need to stay in place (aka the brows).  I use a tiny amount of bronzer, just to ‘warm’ my face up a bit and whatever else it does. Okay so all makeup lovers out there don’t hate me for this, but I’ve really fallen out of love with highlighter. I just don’t want that sparkle anymore. So I’ve turned to my trusty shy beam just to give me a subtle glow.

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YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick (shade: 15 corail intuitive)

I’m trying to hold on to whatever Summer the U.K did have by wearing this coral pink lipstick. So I put a bit of this on and I’m ready to go…

This is what I look like, as you can tell very (very) basic. For some reason, because they were both live pictures they turned out blurry and I’m not too sure how to change that?

Have you been loving makeup recently? Or are you like me and are just wanting something quick and easy?

Love, Sophie

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DIY #1: Dining Chairs

For a few months, I have been upcycling (basically redecorating) some old dining chairs. We were going to get rid of them but I thought I’d try to give them a second life. I decided to take pictures of the whole process so I would be able to put them into a post.

IMG_3866So this was the original state of the chairs. I won’t be editing any of the pictures just so you can see the chairs in their true form. As you can see the seat covers were dated and there was numerous marks on the frame of the chair.

IMG_3867IMG_3868The next step was to sand them down. I just used sand paper that I bought for 99p a sheet. I’m sure it would have been easier if I had a machine or whatever people use, but I wanted this to be a cost effective project. There wasn’t any rough edges, it was more sanding down wear and tear marks.

IMG_3844IMG_3835The above picture shows a comparison, so the upside down chair on the left had been painted and the one on the right, hadn’t. I really liked the colour of the paint as I didn’t want a drastic change, I just wanted to update them.

Side note: I did polish them down before painting them, just so I had a clean base.

IMG_3859IMG_3862And this was the finished product! I’m so pleased with the outcome and I now have the DIY bug and will go onto paint other things around the house.

The fabric I used was from Dunelm and called Jakarta Plum Fabric. I bought two metres and that was more than enough to do 4 chairs (enough that I’m probably going to make some cushions out of it.) The paint shade was ‘Dark Rosewood’ and I think the red undertone in the paint complimented the plum colours in the fabric.

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Love, Sophie

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August Favourites 2017

August is usually one of my favourite months, so I’m kind of disappointed its nearly over. But I’ll just get straight into showing you what I’ve been loving…

 

Zoella

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Zoella, and if you haven’t, then I’m slightly confused. Anyways, I’ve been loving all the long vlogs she’s been uploading to her MoreZoella channel. I just find them really cosy to watch (hopefully that makes sense).

IMG_3755I’m not sure of my thought process when I decided to photograph an Ibiza fridge magnet and a bracelet (that I did get from Ibiza) together???? However, my favourite is obviously the bracelet and I’ve been loving wearing it. I’m the type of person who doesn’t wear much jewellery (apart from earrings.) So when I found myself reaching to put this on whenever I leave the house, I was impressed.

IMG_3753Let’s get the weird favourite out of the way now shall we? Fruit. That’s what I’ve been loving this month. Its become my ‘snack of the day’ and I guess its slightly healthier than chocolate.

Music.

It would have been hard to reduce this to just one song so I’ve just titled the favourite ‘Music’ instead. For example, after coming home from Ibiza I’ve been loving listening to Spanish music, a favourite being Felices los 4 by Maluma. Although, I’ve also been loving James Blunt, MKTO, James TW and of course the Queen that is TAYLOR SWIFT. I realise ‘Look what you made me do’ was only released less than a week ago, but I’ve been listening to it ON REPREAT.

IMG_3754My go-to perfume for the past few weeks has been the Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Pure. It’s a good scent for during the day. Also realised I’m not good at describing smells so lets move on.

Another favourite of mine is this YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick and its in the shade 15 ‘Corail Intuitive’. Its been my lipstick of choice most days. This is my first YSL product (and I’m sure, not the last) and I love the packaging. I think this has been perfect for the Summer.

This month I was fortunate to spend time away both abroad and in the U.K. I’ve been super grateful to have these experiences (I blogged one of them here) and I couldn’t not mention it in a post.

What have been your favourites this month?

Love, Sophie

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How I Style #3: A Corset Tunic Dress

It may have been over a year since I put together one of these ‘How I Style’ posts but that’s okay, were just gonna move past that. I’ve also made the small change from How to Style to How I Style, mainly because I think Fashion is totally personal and up for discussion. So this (clearly very short) series of posts are put up for inspiration, than anything else.

Anyways, before I get into it can I just ask why is it whenever I buy something full price it always go on sale when I come to write about it in a blog post? Its just my luck. So basically the Corset Tunic dress that’s featured in this post, is from Topshop. Currently on sale for £15 down from £28. You can get your hands on it here. If you would like to check out other clothes that were on sale at the time of me writing the post you can do here. Andddd miniscule rant over now.

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The first thing I’ve been loving to pair with the tunic dress is my all time favourite coat from River Island. I realise its a trench coat and maybe something that seems more appropriate for the cooler spring weather, which it is. But I feel like I can still wear it now, especially with the U.K’s weather. Plus the light pink shade definitely radiates summer vibes.

I was tempted to wear my COFFEE lace up trainers, only because the colour would have coordinated well with the coat. BUT, I soon realised, it just wouldn’t have looked right, and I didn’t want to clash the sophistication of the coat with the casual trainers. HOWEVER, I think if I’d paired this outfit with my Blush ‘Sonia’ Velvet Sandals, that have a small heel to them, then it would have upgraded the outfit from day wear to evening.

IMG_3742For some reason, putting together this outfit really made me feel good. I think because the more I realised what I was wearing, the more I realised how coordinated I was. For example (are you ready for this?) I was wearing this Thin Velvet Ring Choker Necklace (what a mouthful) and the ring matched the other rings that were the detailing on the dress. Both rings being silver, I opted for silver jewellery; an anklet, a bracelet and earrings. PLUS all that silver even matched the silver zip on the leather jacket, ok, that might be too far. And obviously I was wearing the choker, jacket, shoes, all black to match.

I also think this dress would look super cute with a denim jacket. I always read other peoples blog posts and I think someone had got theirs from River Island. But if anyone else has any suggestions. I’d LOVE to know. I even saw a camouflage jacket in H&M, I’m so annoyed I didn’t buy it and I think that’d look pretty cool too. This is probably when I’d wear my trainers if I had a more laid back jacket to wear.

Love, Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #6

Ooops I may have said I was back to being fully committed to blogging but then didn’t post for over a week. But I’ve now got a list of blog posts I could do that would take me up to December, soooo I’m thinking I’m organised again.

Anyways, when I was on Holiday, I managed to read two books that I thought would be perfect to put into my book club series…

IMG_3649The first book I read was ‘Every Day’ by David Levithan. It’s about a character called ‘A’ who wakes up in a different body everyday. He doesn’t know who it will be but he already knows how to handle it; to not get too attached and to leave things as they were. Until he wakes up in a body who has a girlfriend; Rhiannon. Someone that A wants to spend more than one day with.

This book is definitely unique. It pulled on the heart strings because he couldn’t just lead a normal life but at the same time I felt immense empathy for the other characters in the book. Whilst I loved the ending of this, it’s definitely not one you’d expect, I was also left with so many questions…How does this soul/spirit/body changing happen? Why does it happen? Surely he must have a body of his own to return to? I guess that’s just the joy of reading and it can be left to your imagination. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone, and its definitely one that would spark a discussion, at least it did with my Mum and I.

 

IMG_3648The next book I read was ‘Ten Big Ones’ by Janet Evanovich. It’s about Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter, who’s next on a local gangs hit list. She’s out to find a ruthless killer, before he finds her first.

I don’t end up reading these types of books very often because they seem so hard to find. But I love how light hearted it was and after urging my Mum to read this too, she also agreed. It had us both in laughter, with both of our favourite characters being the Grandma. I found the Stephanie very relatable, because we all have times when everything seems to be going wrong. I would 100% recommend this book, it was such a great read.

Once again I don’t think I’ve done these books any justice. But let me know what you’ve been reading recently.

Love, Sophie

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