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Beauty Cabinet | Vegan Skincare Top Picks

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  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018


A vegan lifestyle seems to have become extremely popular of late. I feel like no matter where I look, vegan options are becoming more readily available and I think it’s great!

I have been trying to work more vegan and plant-based foods into my diet and have heavily reduced my meat and diary intake recently. There are so many positives when it comes to vegan produce in terms of health and the environment, however it isn’t all about the food. 


I have also been a lot more conscious when it comes to what beauty products I use. As a huge lover of everything that the beauty world has to offer, I have tried my fair share of products from a wide range of brands. 

However, there are so many beauty products on the market that are artificial and pumped full of chemicals, which surprisingly aren’t all that good for us. I find that using products that have simple and natural ingredients within their make up are much more friendly.

One of my favourite brands when it comes to vegan products is non other than Lush. I have been a huge lover of Lush products of a number of years, however it is only in the last two years or so that I have branched out into using their skincare options. I find that their moisturisers and facemasks work wonders for my skin, and I am convinced that this is down to the all-natural, vegan ingredients used.


Another favourite is Dr Botanicals, which I was introduced to last year. I have been fortunate enough to use a range of their products from serums to conditioners, to body bars to cleansers. All of their products are beautiful and I have enjoyed using each one with great results. Again, I am sure that the fact that these products are made up of all natural ingredients adds to the success of these beauty picks. 

Finally, I have also been using a couple of face washes by Urban Veda, which also featured in my January Favourites post last month. These face washes are amazingly effective and are made up of vegan-sourced ingredients. They smell incredible and I feel as though the natural formula of the washes is great at keeping breakouts at bay. 


Have you tried any vegan skincare products? 
What are your favourites?
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Style Diaries | How To Dress Up When It Is Freezing Cold Outside

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  • Friday, 16 February 2018


Dressing up for a night out during the winter months, especially here in the UK, can be a nightmare when deciding what to wear. It is a constant struggle trying to find something that is nice, pretty and dressy, yet won't make me freeze my nips off!


Introducing this beautiful, black, swing-style, long-sleeved dress from Tobi. This cute little black number is the perfect combination of a dressy, going-out outfit, which will keep you warmer than a tiny little cocktail dress. 

I love the crossover detail on both the neckline and at the back of the dress. It adds an element of femininity without leaving anything over exposed. The fact that it is made from cotton and that it has long sleeves, means that it is a perfect option during the winter months. 


I wore this out at the weekend for my friend’s birthday and decided to wear it with a pair of black, satin leggings and some heeled ankle boots. To finish the look I opted for messy, volumised hair, silver hooped earrings and a bold red lip. I really enjoyed the ‘rocker chic’ effect of the outfit, and found that it was ideal when battling the cold in-between bars. 


Shop The Post | Tobi | Cross My Heart Swing Dress

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Sharing Some Love With A Few Of My Favourite Bloggers This Valentine's...

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  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not usually one to celebrate the day of love, so I thought instead that I would share a few of my favourite bloggers, as I have LOVED the content that they have been producing lately. A lot of these lovely ladies are not only talented bloggers but also have some truly amazing content on Instagram – so be sure to check out their pages! 

Have a scroll down for some truly inspirational content…


Wish Wish Wish | Featured in the post: Wrapped Up In Reykjavik



Noelle's Favourite Things | Featured in the post: Hearts On My Sweater


Alice Catherine | Featured in the post: January Favourites | The Belted Blazer


Pretty Little Fawn | Featured in the post: The Problem I Have With Blogging


The Elle Next Door | Featured in the post: What You Can Expect From Me/"Elle Next Door" In 2018


The Little Plum | Featured in the post: Fat & Happy One Year On

However you are celebrating today whether it is with your partner, your girl friends or not at all, I hope you have a lovely Wednesday!

Madolyn
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Style Diaries | The Perfect Sunday Jumper...

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  • Sunday, 11 February 2018


Is there anything nicer than finding that perfect ‘Sunday’ jumper…

Sundays for me really are a day of rest. I don’t really like to make many plans and tend to spend the day relaxing and catching up on things that I have left lingering throughout the week. 

I enjoy taking it slow, maybe mooching into town for a coffee, spending some time in the kitchen doing some food prep, tidying the flat, catching up on blog work or just chilling on the sofa a while. 


No matter what my plans, I always like to make sure that I am wearing my comfiest clothes, to add to that chilled out and relaxed vibe that comes on a Sunday. Even if I am just in the flat, I still like to shower, get dressed and pop on a little bit of makeup, to wake me up and stop myself from staying in bed until mid-afternoon (god, I miss being a student…!) 

Over the past few Sundays I have loved wearing this latest addition to my jumper collection from Tobi. This over-sized, blush pink jumper-dress is so perfect to wear with leggings and warm fluffy socks. It has a cross over neckline making it a little more flattering for those of us with slightly larger lady lumps, as I can often feel a an over-sized fit looks a little boxy. 


It is made from really soft cotton that is so comfortable and easy to wear. I like that this jumper can be pulled down and worn as a dress, however, I have also folded it under and tucked the front section into mom jeans. This creates a really casual and easy vibe, perfect for lazy Sundays… 

Shop The Post | Tobi | Winter Romance Oversized Sweater Dress

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A Few Ways To Relax & De-Stress...

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  • Saturday, 10 February 2018



Life can be so busy and hectic day to day that sometimes we can forget to take a step back and take some time for ourselves to relax and de-stress. 

Whether you work from home, study at school or college or work a 9-5 office job, it is so easy to get stuck in a routine. Once you’ve finished work, gone to the gym, made dinner and done some house chores, the day is nearly over. That’s not even including socialising, spending time with loved ones or doing boring adult things. 



It is important however to take some time for yourself to allow your brain to chill out and relax. This is something that I have been actively trying to make time for recently and it has certainly made a difference. 

One thing that I have really got into of late is colouring. When I was little my mum would always pull out the colouring books for me and my brother on a rainy day to keep us entertained. But it is funny how you ‘grow out of’ this and stop doing it, as you get older. 



With the madness of the western world, we are constantly striving to find ways to relax and adult colouring books became an instant success when they hit the market a few years ago. I love colouring in with pencils (I wonder if it is a bit of nostalgia from when I was little) and I love these ones from Reeves


This pack of twelve wooden pencils provides a perfect rainbow of colours to create any perfectly coloured picture. Reeves are the perfect go-to brand for any creative supplies whether you love to draw, paint, use watercolours and everything in-between. They are an extremely affordable brand with amazingly high quality products that are readily available on Amazon or in a number of stores.



I love to set some time aside, even if it is just fifteen minutes, to make myself a coffee, put on some music and sit at my desk with my colouring book and a pack of Reeves colouring pencils. 

OTHER WAYS I LIKE TO RELAX & DE-STRESS

Have a bath 
Read a book
Go for a walk
Listen to music
Take Photographs
Watch Disney films
Go out for coffee


There are lots of different things to do to relax and de-stress. Getting creative is a fun an easy way to chill out and I would really recommend giving it a go!


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Style Diaries | A Casual Date Night Outfit

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  • Friday, 2 February 2018


Don’t you just hate it when you’re trying to get ready and you’re stood in front of your wardrobe, looking at your clothes, thinking ‘I have absolutely nothing to wear!?’

My absolute worst is a spontaneous ‘date night’. As lovely as it to go out for a drink or a nice meal spare of the moment, I hate having to decide what to wear last minute! However, I think that this Checkmate Plaid Shift Dress from Tobi might just be the answer to all of my problems. 


It is the perfect mixture of casual and date night attire. The darker colours, deep-V neckline and shorter hem make it very date-worthy when paired with black tights and a pair of black, heeled boots. Yet the checked design, cotton material and over-sized fit of the dress creates an informal and casual vibe. 


I love the fact that this dress can be styled to create so many different looks, making it the perfect, universal addition to my wardrobe. I have been fully converted to the shirt/dress trend and this will be an ideal piece to take away with me on my Road Trip to America next month!


Shop The Post | Tobi | Shirt Dress

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