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Monthly Favourites | January 2018

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  • Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Boy, am I glad that it is the last day of January today – does anyone else feel as though it has lasted forever?!


At the beginning of the month I was very much feeling the ‘New Year, New Me’ vibes. I was so excited for the New Year to begin, I had my bullet journal prepped and ready and I was looking forward to turning a new page. Four and a bit weeks later however I’m ready for January to be over. Bring on warmer weather, lighter evenings and a much shorter month! 


There are a few things that I have loved over the past few weeks however and here’s a mixture of beauty, fashion and lifestyle pieces…

BEAUTY


On the beauty front, I have been obsessing over a couple of new skincare products that I have been using lately. The Urban Veda Face Wash is a lovely daily product that is vegan friendly and the mint extracts really wake up my face in the morning. I have also loved using a couple of products from Exuviance, a lovey dermatologist developed skincare brand. You can read a more in depth review of the Facial Polish and Oxygen Detox on the post I published earlier on in the month, but they feel incredible on my skin – almost like having a home spa treatment. 

FASHION


Fashion-wise, this month has been the time for hats. Just before Christmas I picked up a black beret from Primark, which I ended up loving. Then, in the New Year sales I picked up this stunning hat from Oliver Bonas. I wasn’t sure if it suited me or not, but I had this image in my head of me wearing it as we travel across the US. It is a beautiful burnt orange, which strangely matches a lot of my wardrobe. For £12, I couldn’t pass it up! Have a read about what else I’m planning on taking to America in my USA Shopping List post.

LIFESTYLE


In terms of lifestyle bits and pieces that I have loved this January, I have literally not been able to put down the L’art de la Simplistic book that I bought at the start of the New Year. I had a bit of a book haul which you can read more about here, and I have been glued to this little number ever since. It is all about how to appreciate your mind, body and lifestyle and it has really made me question things and want to improve. I have also been lighting this beautiful ‘RELAX’ candle by Katie Loxton that I got for Christmas, every time I have a bath. The soft, jasmine scent is so peaceful and I love the matt finish to the outside of the candle that provides a perfect glow whilst it’s lit.  


What have you enjoyed over the past four weeks?

Madolyn
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Four Ways To Enjoy Valentine's Day This Year

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  • Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Valentine’s Day can be a funny time of year. There is often a lot of pressure built up around the day, whether you’re single, married or in a new relationship. James and I have been together for just over nine years and so we have had our fair share of Valentine’s Days together. 

We never make too much of a big deal about it however and don’t even buy each other gifts. We usually just like to have a nice meal at home and use it as an excuse to spend some time together. Although I know a lot of people like to give gifts or think of exciting and romantic things to do. So whether you’re wanting to treat you man to a Men’s Trimmer, or your lucky lady to a beautiful new fragrance, have a read through these ideas if you’re in need of some inspiration this Valentine’s day…


PLAN A SURPRISE


It may seem like a bit of a cliché but planning a surprise for your loved one for Valentine’s Day can make it truly romantic. I’m not saying that you need to book a weekend away in Paris and spend a fortune on a swanky hotel (although that would be freaking amazing and if anyone wanted to do this for me I certainly wouldn’t turn it down!) But something that they would love and wouldn’t expect would be a Valentine’s gift. You could buy them their favourite sweet treat to have for pudding, run them a hot bath to enjoy before you go out, or pack a picnic and drive to a romantic spot. 

BUY A GIFT


One way a lot of couples like to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by buying each other gifts. It’s a lovely time of year to treat the one you love with a little token to show them you care. Flowers, trinkets and chocolates are very popular gifts but if you fancied pushing the boat out then jewellery, watches or fragrances are another great option. 

SPEND TIME TOGETHER


One of the most important things about Valentine’s Day (and my personal favourite) is to take the opportunity to spend some time together. Whether you decide to treat each other to a surprise or a gift, be sure to spend some quality time with your partner. We like to celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a meal in and cracking open a bottle of wine. It’s nothing special but it is an excuse to have a good old catch up and a bit of a laugh together.

DON’T LET THE PRESSURE BUILD


So whether you’re single, spending your first Valentine’s Day with your partner or can’t think of a way to out-do last year’s celebration, don’t put pressure on yourself. Remember that Valentine’s Day is just one day out of the year as is not the be all and end all of any relationship. If you put too much pressure on yourself or your partner it will feel forced. Relax and have a fun time no matter how you decide to spend the day, as long as you’re together, that’s all that matters!


Will you be celebrating Valentine’s this year?

Madolyn
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A Few Simple Ways To Make Yourself Feel More Confident On A Daily Basis

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  • Thursday, 25 January 2018


Having confidence, or even a lack of it, can really affect my mood, my mindset and how I’m feeling day to day. Sometimes a bad day can become even worse if I also have a lack of self-confidence. However, if I’m feeling confident about myself, often things don’t seem so bad, and I feel a lot more positive about things going on around me. 

So I thought I would make a list of a few things that make me feel a lot more confident about myself. Not only to inspire a few thoughts for you guys reading this, but to also remind myself that doing just a few simple things can boost my confidence and help to improve my day.

 

SMILE 


Not only can self-confidence improve your opinion of the day, it has been proven that smiling and laughing promotes positive energy that will also improve your self confidence. Having a healthy white smile really helps me and so I love using toothpaste from Beverly Hills Formula. Their Perfect White Gold toothpaste not only keeps my breath minty fresh, it also keeps my teeth perfectly white. This combined with a red lip (read my top picks here) and I feel super confident knowing that my smile is on point.  

SKIN


My complexion can be so temperamental over the course of a month – thanks hormones! – and when I have breakouts, redness and de-hydration I can feel so self conscious and down about myself. So I like to work hard to ensure that my complexion is as good as it can be (I just have to accept that I will get breakouts every time my period rolls around I guess) But when my skincare regime is regular and my complexion feels on point, I feel so much more confident about myself. My current routine seems to be working well so far, read more on my How To Get Radiant, Glowing and Dewy Skin This Winter blog post.  

BODY

My body is probably the biggest (big being the key word here) issue when it comes to my self-confidence. When I’m feeling sluggish, bloated or un-toned I always feel rubbish about myself and this in tern makes other aspects of my life feel negative. However, I always feel more confident when I’ve looked after my body and done a bit of exercise. So weather that’s going to the gym, going for a walk outside, doing a bit of yoga in the flat or following along with a YouTube workout tutorial, I feel so much better about myself afterwards.


CLOTHES 


I find that clothes are one of the easiest things to throw on and provide instant confidence. I may not be smiling, I may have a tone of breakouts and I may have run out of time to do any exercise, but if I throw on an outfit that I know looks good, I can’t help but feel confident. For me personally it’s some skinny high-waist jeans, an over-sized shirt pulled in at the waist and a pair of heeled boots. I feel like this outfit highlights my good bits, hides my bad bits, adds height and makes me feel on top form. 


What daily actions make you feel confident about yourself?

Madolyn
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How To Create The Perfect Red Lip This Winter

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  • Tuesday, 23 January 2018


A red lip, the easiest way to take any look from casual to glam…

I love wearing a red or berry lip. I feel as though it transforms my makeup and instantly makes me feel more glamorous, confident and sassy. I find that during the warmer or summer months I will usually wear a red lip when I’m going out on an evening. However, during the cooler months, especially over Christmas and into the New Year, I love wearing a red lip during the day too. 

Below I have collected together some of my favourite red, or berry shades of lip products that I love wearing. There are a couple of different tones and finishes that I like to swap between depending on what sort of look I want to create. 

THE CLASSIC RED LIP


For days when I want to wear a classic red shade I am always drawn to Mac’s Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipstick. This was a limited edition shade but there are a few similar options on the Mac website. It is a beautiful, bright red that seems to suit my skin tone really well. It has a fairly dry formula that means that it lasts forever on the lips even when eating or drinking. This is a perfect day or night lipstick. 

THE HYDRATION PICK


If I want to wear a bold berry or red lip but want something a little more hydrating then the Bourjois Paris Velvet Lipsticks are a perfect option. They have a huge range of shades in their collection and they glide onto the lips like a dream. They stay kind of moist on the lips, which is great for me as formulas can sometimes be a bit drying. I do have to be careful though because they can smudge a fair amount if I’m not careful!


THE MATTE FINISH


For a quick and easy red lip that has a matte finish, I love the Nars Lip Pencil in Cruella. The texture of the product glides onto the lips providing a deep and full colour, and the matte finish is perfect for longevity and durability. Plus, it is dead easy to apply with its pencil shaped applicator that makes it extremely precise if needed. 

A LIQUID LIPSTICK OPTION


When applying a red/berry lip, I love using liquid lipsticks. I find that I can be really precise with the application and they last a really long time on the lips. I am a huge fan of the ones from Kat Von De. The doe foot applicator makes the product to easy to apply and the finish is almost like a stain, it is so so smudge proof and provides a fantastic colour. 

FOR LIPGLOSS LOVERS


It isn’t very often, but on the odd occasion I fancy applying a lip-gloss, I really like the ones from Tanya Burr’s beauty collection. I got this beautiful red one in her 12 Day Of Christmas set that she brought out last year. It provides a nice amount of red to the lips and a huge amount of gloss. It doesn’t feel overly sticky or slimy which is what tends to put me off wearing lip-glosses, so if I fancy a bit of shine, this is my go-to option. 


Madolyn
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Simple But Sensible Tips When Planning Travel Adventures


January can be a bit of a funny time of year. The weather is quite often horrible, money can be a little tight and the steady routine of work, gym, eat repeat can be mundane to say the least…

However, evenings in and the lack of money to go shopping with or spend on cocktails can give you lots of free time to plan what you want to do once you have a bit of money and the weather is a little easier to enjoy. One thing I like to plan is where I want to travel to during the year ahead.

You may already know, but come March I am going on a six week road trip around North America (yes, I am uncontrollably excited about it!) and so I have spent a lot of time researching what we want to do whilst we’re there. But perhaps a road trip isn’t your thing, or the thought of back packing across a country isn’t quite your cup of tea. But ‘State Hops’ or traveling more locally can be just as exciting and feed your wanderlust just as much.

Below are a few tips and pieces of advice that may help if you fancy popping to another state or county for a travel adventure.


"Straighten up and look planned

This little excursion is not without its pitfalls. It's okay, you can admit it, you’re not stinking rich. Money is something that doesn’t necessarily provide happiness, but it sure does give your options. Whether you want to rent a big enough car for all your friends, pay for meals in icon restaurants and buy cool souvenirs on the way, it’s all going to cost a bit of green. Don’t have extra few hundred or thousand just lying around, okay will here’s how to apply for a personal loan. Get thinking what kind of lending scheme you’re up for. Take a look at your options whether you want it secured or unsecured. Way up the risks and choose the right amount of funds to take with you on your state hop.

Know the quirks of the blues

America is a great place to live, but it's also huge and complex. Check out the basic laws in the state you’re going to explore. You never know you might be breaking a simple law that has a stringent fine to go with it. Something you are allowed to do at homes such as a U-turn or speed limit may not be tolerated by the men in blue who patrol the state you hopped into. All states have their own police departments and thus have their own website. You can check the law of the land on there and avoid any silly penalties.
  
Affordable sleepovers

It's tempting, but don’t skimp out on accommodation. Sure you may only be sleeping in the room for a day or two, but if there’s a quite a few of you, give the gang a proper resting place. Motels come with their own security issues, with the owners unable to guarantee the safety of your possessions. Plan the hostel, bed and breakfast or affordable hotel you’re going to stay at and make sure they have some kind of policy of reimbursement if they damage any of your things."

So whether you’re planning a big adventure, or a few days away in another state or county, it’s always a good to plan a little in advance. Even if it is just a quick Google to see what the weather may be like so that you know what clothes to bring!

Does anyone else enjoy some quiet time in January to plan travel adventures for the year ahead?


Madolyn
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Book Haul | New Reads

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  • Sunday, 21 January 2018


I could literally spend hours walking around bookshops…

I was so happy to receive Waterstones vouchers for Christmas and when the New Year sales started I had a bit of a shopping spree…

L’art De La Simplicite | Dominique Loreau


I feel as though I talk about it all of the time, but over the past year I have been on a bit of a mission to live a more minimalistic lifestyle. I have read a lot on the subject, but this little book really caught my eye and when I saw it was reduced in the Waterstones sale I decided to pick it up. Loreau grew up in France but has lived in Japan for the last thirty years, and she provides some amazing advice about living more, with less. 


Made In America | Bill Bryson


I spied this book last summer whilst killing some time when I was down in London for Fashion Week. I ended up reading the whole of the introduction right there in the shop and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since. I have never read any of Bryson’s work before now but he is well known for his witty-style of travel writing. Made In America is about the history of America and why their culture and the way that they talk is what it is today. It is so interesting and I’m trying to finish it before we head over there in March. 

Silence | Erling Kagge


I hadn’t heard of this book before, but it came up on my Waterstones suggestions and I was extremely intrigued when I read the blurb. It is about a Norwegian man who discovered the importance of silence when on an exhibition and his radio broke. It seems as though it will be quite an inspirational read that will make me sit back and think about things – one of my favourite genres at the moment! 



Pretty Iconic | Sali Hughes


I have been lusting over this book ever since it came out. It is her second book that she has brought out and is a must-read for any fellow beauty lover. I must admit, the price put me off a little bit, but when I saw that it was in the Waterstones half price New Year sale I popped it straight into my basket. In this book, Hughes writes about the best of the best in the beauty industry covering hair products to eye creams to foundations. It isn’t exactly a read that will have you turning page after page, but it is more of a book that you can easily dip in and out of when you fancy. 

Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte


Ok, so I didn’t actually buy this book for myself. I got this book for Christmas as my secret Santa gift and I couldn’t have been happier. I always want to read more Classic novels and as I have never read Jane Eyre so this was a great pick. This edition is from the range of cloth bound hardback classic books that are exclusively available at Waterstones. Each book has a beautifully designed cover and my collection is slowly growing. 

I started reading this at the start of the New Year and I love it so far. It isn’t how I expected it to be, although I’m not too sure what my expectations were but I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes.


Have you picked up any good books lately?

Madolyn
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A Wardrobe Update | Making A USA Road Trip Shopping List

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  • Friday, 19 January 2018


In less than eight weeks James and I are heading over to The States for a six-week road trip around North America. I don’t even have the words to express how much I’m looking forward to it. However, I do have a few things that I need to do before hand, including going for a shopping trip!

I feel like I say it all of the time, but James and I are constantly on a mission to live a more minimalistic lifestyle and so I want to be careful, sensible and practical when it comes to shopping for our trip. I don’t want to just buy things for the sake of it, so as anal as it may sound; I have made a list in true ‘Maddy’ style, which I plan to stick to. 

UPDATING MY WARDROBE


I like to periodically go through my wardrobe and pick out pieces that I haven’t worn, don’t like any more or don’t fit with my style. This most recent time however I started with the idea of what I might need for our road trip in the back of my mind. So whilst I was pulling out bits and pieces that I knew I wanted to donate or get rid of, I was also looking at what I might take away with me to see if anything was missing. 

It also gives me an overview of my current wardrobe to see if there is anything that I need or if I already have things that I can use rather than buying everything new. So, once I had gone through all of my clothes I then made a list of a few things that I want to buy in preparation for our trip.


MY USA SHOPPING LIST


A HAT – a little update, I have actually bought a hat since planning and scheduling this post. I wanted something that I could wear whilst we’re in the cooler places such as New York and Chicago, that would keep me warm. But that would also work as a sun hat in the warmer destinations such as Arizona and California. I picked up one from Oliver Bonas in the New Year Sales that I think will work perfectly. 

A BACKPACK- I would like a new back pack to take away with me that will be light enough to carry around all of my necessities on a daily basis, but that would also fit my lap top and camera. I really like the look of the Kanken back packs, which I have seen on practically every blogger of late. However, when I went to look at then in person at Urban Outfitters, I was really disappointed with the quality and finish, especially at the price of £75! So I think I’ll be popping on to EBay for a cheaper alternative… 

A JACKET – With us going to the US in March/April, packing a minimal wardrobe is going to prove a little tricky as we need clothes for a chilly New York, but also for a pretty sweaty Phoenix Arizona…! I would like to try and find a light puffer jacket that I can wear with jumpers to keep warm on the East Coast, but that will also be light enough, and be small enough to pack once we get to the West Coast. I have spied a pale green one from New Look for only £19.99, which so far seems to be ticking all of my boxes… 

SOME SHORTS – I have a couple of different pairs of shorts, most of which are cotton. These will be ideal for travel as we want to be as comfortable as possible, but I’m not sure how practical they will be for sight seeing. So I would quite like to get a pair of sensible, high-waist, denim shorts that I can wear for walks, day trips and visiting places like the Grand Canyon. I was thinking about investing in a pair of Levis, but I’m going to shop around a little longer to see if a cheaper alternative pops up. 

A UNIVERSIAL SHIRT – I think that one thing my wardrobe is missing is a crisp white or black, universal shirt. Universal in the sense that it can be worn dressed up, tucked into a little black dress, worn more casually tucked into a pair of high-waist jeans, or more casually still, unbuttoned with some shorts and a tank top. I feel like having a universal shirt like this will make my travel wardrobe feel bigger and like I have more outfit options. 


What clothes would you pack for a road trip around the states?
Is there anything on your wardrobe shopping list at the moment? 

Madolyn
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How To Meal Prep & Save Money On Food This January

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  • Thursday, 18 January 2018



January can be a pretty conflicting time of year. On the one hand, lots of new goals have been made, and I’m sure that I am not alone in wanting to be healthier, eat better and look after my body, but it is also the time of year when money can be a little tight. Being healthier can sometimes feel like the more expensive option what with gym fees and expensive fresh produce. And because the weather is rubbish, all we want to do is eat pot noodles, drink hot chocolate and sit under a blanket on the sofa watching Netflix. 

However, there are some ways in which we can eat healthy food and feel energised, whilst saving money and buying lots of fresh and wholesome food. 
 

EAT SEASONAL


One way in which to save money when buying fresh food is to shop for produce that is in season. In the winter months, root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and parsnips are readily available. So whether you shop at a farmer’s market, or in shops like Costcutter, be sure to pick out the produce that is in season, for a cheaper and healthier option. 

Not only is it cheaper and healthier for us, the consumers, it is also cheaper and healthier for the farmers, the environment and shops. To buy local, seasonal food means that we do not have to pay for air miles to ship across food that is only available at certain times of the year in certain climates. 


MEAL PLAN


One way in which to save money and be a little healthier in terms of food is to meal plan. Now, I am in no way saying that I sit down every week and plan exactly what we’re going to eat for every meal. Plans come up last minute and sometimes you want something quick and easy. What I like to do is have a little brainstorm of things we might fancy for tea that week, so that I know that I have the ingredients in. That way, I am more likely to use the food that I bought during my food shop and cook meals, rather than log into Just Eat because we ‘haven’t got anything in’. 

COOK IN BULK


Another way in which to save money is to cook in bulk. With it just being the two of us that we have to cook for, I still buy the bigger sized, portions of food. Not only is this more cost effective, it also means that I can cook less. For example, if we are having chili for tea I will cook enough for four or five portions, buying the family pack of Quorn Mince (which is more cost effective) and then serve up our tea, but portion up the rest. I then pop these in the freezer and then we have our own, ready prepared, healthy ready meals. These are great to have if one of us is out one evening, or if we’ve had a busy day we can just reheat and eat! 


LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS 


The final way to save money and eat healthily is to love your leftovers. I was challenged by Costcutter to cook a meal and create two more meals using the leftovers. At the start of the New Year I decided that I wanted to have more of a plant-based diet. I was tired of never knowing where my food was coming from, and have read about so many health benefits of having a vegan/plant-based diet. 


Costcutter sent me a lovely selection of seasonal vegetables as well as a recipe card to create a beautiful, roasted veg dish. I served the first meal with some pesto and pasta, which was a lovely tea for both James and I. 


I then placed all of the left overs in a plastic box in the fridge. Cooking tea the next day was super easy as all of the vegetables were already done. So I fried a bit of garlic and red onion in a pan, added a few pieces of Quorn and then some of the leftover vegetables. I used some sweet chili sauce and served the stir-fry with some noodles.


With the rest of the leftovers I decided to make some soup. I love vegetable soup and as these veggies were already cooked and seasoned, I simply had to add some stock and wiz it up!


This was a really fun challenge set by Costcutter and it really got me thinking about being mindful with food. It made me plan ahead and ultimately save money, as I was able to make three separate meals for two out of one lot of ingredients. 

Madolyn
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How To Get Radiant, Glowing & Dewy Skin This Winter


When it comes to the winter months, our skin can become dry, de-hydrated and a little dull, due to the elements and an increase of central heating. However, even in the cooler months of the year it is possible to maintain the radiant, glowing skin of summer with the help of a good skincare routine. 

I find that my skin is always at it’s best when I keep on top of a structured skincare regime. An obvious starter is to keep your skin cleansed and so I would always recommend using a gentle face wash on a morning and a cleanser to take off your makeup on an evening. However, there are a couple more steps that you can opt to implement into your routine that will help to create a radiant, glowing and dewy complexion.

SERUMS


One product I have been using lately is a serum, once I have cleansed but before I have moisturised. I find that using a serum at least once, if not twice a day, has really made my skin glow. I have loved using this one in particular from No7 and it gives my skin much more radiance. Its aim is to create clearer, younger looking skin, which is perfect for this time of year.


MOISTURISERS


This may seem like an obvious point to some, but one of the best ways to create a radiant dewy look that glows is to keep your skin hydrated. And the best way to do that?! Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!!! My mum always told me from a very young age that I should moisturise evening and night and I stand by that advice - she always looks incredibly youthful and radiant. Currently I have been using the Soap & Glory Speed Plump moisturiser and over the last couple of months I have also been applying an eye cream. I have found that this has helped with dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. 

EXFOLIATION


Exfoliating is a great way to make your skin glow and provide a more radiant finish. I have loved using the Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish by Exuviance* over the past couple of weeks.  This innovative formula aims to dissolve impurities and congestion and in tern stimulates cell renewal. I usually like to exfoliate three to four times a week, however this facial polish is designed to work best two or three times a week to avoid over stimulation. Getting rid of dead skin cells really adds a natural glow to the skin and will ultimately make it look radiant and dewy. 

DETOX


Following the facial polish I have also been using the Bionic Oxygen Facial*, also by Exuviance. This dermatologist-developed facemask calms the skin as well as energising and detoxifying stressed skin. It is like no facemask I have used before but I absolutely love it! I massage a generous layer onto cleansed, damp skin (once I have used the facial polish). After five minutes this gel transforms into a foam that will then slowly start to disappear. It creates a strange tingle as the bubbles pop; once the residue has been rinsed off my skin feels incredible. This can be used three to four times a week and it feels like a spa treatment. 


OTHER GLOW ENHANCING PRODUCTS


A Hydrating Mask 
A Hydrating/Dewy Primer
A Dewy Foundation
A Facial Peel 

Although skincare and make up products can greatly enhance your skin to make it glow, be radiant and look dewy, there are other things to factor in. I notice that my skin always looks radiant and youthful when I get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water and keep my diet on check, minimising sugar intake and upping the quantity of fresh food. 

How do you create a radiant complexion? 
Do you have any tips and tricks?

Madolyn
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Five Winter Fashion Trends That I Will Never Get Bored Of

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  • Friday, 12 January 2018



I have always been one to dress to match my shape and my style, rather than bow down to fashion trends. 


I am constantly attempting to maintain a capsule wardrobe and one of the ways that I have been able to do this is by shopping and buying staple pieces that correspond with pieces I already have, as apposed to buying one off pieces that will look good for a season, but don’t match me or my wardrobe. 

Saying this, there are a few winter fashion trends that I will never get bored of and that I feel will stand the test of time. Or at least the foreseeable future...


HEELED ANKLE BOOTS 


I have just bought my fourth pair of black, heeled, ankle boots and I can’t see this fashion staple going anywhere soon. I love how simple these shoes are; yet they add a layer of sophistication and glamour to any winter outfit. They are practical, comfortable, and completely universal. They work perfectly with any winter outfit and they keep my feet feeling warm and dry, no matter what the elements decide to throw at me. They are an absolute fashion staple of mine and they barely leave my feet during the colder months. 


CAMEL COAT


I have had this blazer style, camel coat for the last two winters now, and it is still standing strong as a fashion staple of mine. I fell in love with this fashion trend as soon as it hit the stores. I ended up buying a petit version of this Topshop favourite and I absolutely love the way that it fits me. It is tailored in a way that is flattering, without being figure hugging so I can still layer clothes underneath. I love the colour and find that in winter, coats are usually a dark shade and as I wear a lot of black clothes, I like having a bit of colour in my coat. 


OVER SIZED SCARF


I am a huge fan of an over-sized scarf and again, I can’t see this fashion trend disappearing any time soon. I have had one to hand for the last four years or so, and I am sure that I will have one for years to come. They are not only perfectly practical in keeping you warm, but they also add a level of casual effortlessness to any outfit. I really like this checked style that adds a bit of colour and depth to any outfit, either when worn with a coat or on its own. 


BERET


This is the newest fashion trend that I have welcomed into my wardrobe and I have to say, I have really warmed to it and love wearing it. I was inspired, as usual, by my Instagram feed, in particular Alice Catherine. I fell in love with the effortless style, and it is the perfect bad-hair-day cover-up! I love the way it looks and I know I will continue to wear it throughout the cooler months. 


BACKPACK HANDBAGS


I usually always opt for an over the shoulder handbag, finding them practical and easy to style. However, when I traveled to Bratislava last winter, I wanted something that I could keep all of my personal bits and pieces in, and allowed my hands and arms to be free. I found this little backpack in New Look and it was perfect. I love this trend and can’t see my love for it fading. I’m actually on the look out for another backpack handbag, this time a little bigger to take traveling with me when we go to The States in March…


Madolyn
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SHOP THE LOOK: HEELED ANKLE BOOTS | LINK, CAMEL COAT | LINK, OVER-SIZED SCARF | LINK, BERET | LINK, BACKPACK HANDBAG | LINK

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