Smock Frock

So, I got all my hair chopped again. If you're a long term follower it's no big surprise, anything longer than chin length and I get antsy and lop it all off again! I tried one of the newer hairdressers in town for this cut and it cost only £10 as opposed to the usual astronomical fee so I'm pretty happy. Whilst in town I also popped into New Look to do a quick refund and ended up walking out with this pretty smock dress in exchange instead. I'm loving the tile print trend at the moment and a cute frock seemed a perfect way to lever it into my wardrobe.

dress: new look / jeans: next / flats: asda / nails: nails inc notting hill carnival

Lush Top Five

Like many bloggers out there, and lots of other ladies I'm sure, I'm a teensy bit of a Lush addict. I'm not a fan of baths so I tend to gravitate towards the facial lotions and potions; I've even manged to convert the boyfriend to using their face spray which for someone who doesn't like 'anything girly' is a pretty big accomplishment! These five products are constant (cash flow withstanding..) repurchases of mine and therefore I felt worthy of their own post beyond the usual haul.

Tea Tree Water has been a firm favourite of mine for the longest time and the first item I always gravitate to in the shop. I find the spray super refreshing in summer and it definitely seems to prevent/help deal with any breakouts. I tend to use this after removing any makeup with the Ultrabland cream cleanser, which is super gentle and great for my skin which is prone to eczema. Both the Dirty Springwash shower gel and the Ocean Salt face and body scrub are every-morning products; I alternate the scrub between body and face every other day and it actually goes a very long way. The shower gel is super refreshing and really helps me wake up, not to mention how amazing it smells. Finally the Celestial moisturiser is incredibly soft and calming on the skin, again great as I'm a little eczema prone and harsh chemicals in face creams only make it worse.

What Lush products do you always rebuy? Give me your recommendations!

Saturday Florals

Phew, can you believe we're halfway through September already? It won't be long until I'm breaking out my winter boots and starting and ending my working weekdays in darkness. Not something I'm super looking forward to, to be honest! I'm not a huge fan of Summer (when it's too hot to even wear converse I have a problem) and Winter can be a little extreme for me too; give me Spring or Autumn any day. These kitty shoes are some of my favourites to wear with jeans as I find they look a little bulky to wear with dresses; that's probably a bit of paranoia on my part but ah well.

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top: dorothy perkins / jumper: new look / jeans: next / bracelet: gift / kitty shoes: c/o spartoo / nails: essie avenue maintain

Midnight Black and Blue

Though I try to be conservative with my fashion choice, I'm a little bit of a girly girl at heart. I love adorable shoes, cute dresses and sweet bags, and I often find them very hard to resist. I fell a little in love with these shoes when I spotted them on the Clarks website and when I saw them in person I knew I had to have them. These are the Griffin Monty t-bars in Midnight Blue and they retail at just under £50. Clarks tends to bring back memories of foot charts and school shoes but their latest collection has definitely changed my mind a little. Paired with my current favourite dress (kitties!) and some jeans for colder weather they are perfect to dress a casual outfit up a bit.

dress: h&m via ebay / cardi: h&m (old) / jeans: next / shoes: c/o clarks

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I wish I were more of a makeup person. I've got some lovely friends, such as the beautiful Jess, who are absolutely brilliant at the stuff from foundation to lipstick and everything in-between whereas I can just about handle a mascara wand and concealer! I'm such an amateur when it comes to application of, well, anything but foundation is a particularly hit-and-miss one. When this little sponge caught my eye in Boots I thought for just £5.99 I might give it a go. Reading around, opinions seem to vary on whether this should be used wet or dry and which sides should be used for what so I'll probably just muddle through and try all the ways though I would love some guidance on the best techniques to help me out.