CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017
I don’t know about you guys but for me, there’s something about finding THE perfect gift for someone that feels SO satisfying. Although I usually leave it to the very last minute (and I NEVER know what to get anyone!), Christmas shopping for the friends and fam is something I actually really enjoy doing…usually from the comfort of my own sofa mind you. You guys seemed to love my Christmas gift guide posts last year so I decided to put one together for 2017 too. I’ve put TONS (and I mean tons) of ideas together for you guys and since it’s Cyber Weekend (as I write this) I’ve also included a huuuuuuge list of sales and discount codes down at the bottom of this post so you can get your Christmas shopping done for less this year! P.S. Stay tuned to the end to see my Christmas Gift Guide video where I mentioned loads and loads of different stuff! Put the kettle on, let’s get Christmas shopping SORTED!
FOR THE FREQUENT FLYER!
1. ‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS’ | 2. TRAVELLERS TRIVIA GAME | 3. PIXI SUN MIST | 4. WORLD SCRATCH MAP | 5. TRAVEL SIZE CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR | 6. INVISIBOBBLES | 7. MINI FRESH ROSE FACE MASK | 8. STELLA MCCARTNEY X ADIDAS WEEKENDER BACKPACK | 9. GHD TRAVEL HAIR DRYER | 10. TANGLE TEEZER | 11. CASHMERE EYE MASK | 12. NEW BALANCE ‘FLEXONIC’ SNEAKERS | 13. HAY TRAVEL PILLOW | 14. ALPHABET WASH BAG
FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT!
1. LANCOME HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE | 2. DIPTYQUE CANDLE DISCOVERY KIT | 3. DIPTYQUE PERFUME DISCOVERY KIT | 4. LANCOME TEINT IDOL CUSHION FOUNDATION | 5. PIXI ‘BEST OF BRIGHT’ SET | 6. PAT MCGRATH ILLUMINATOR KIT | 7. NARS ‘THE MULTIPLE’ | 8. FRINGED WALL MIRROR | 9. BRUSH CLEANSING PALETTE | 10. LAURA MERCIER STICK EYE COLOUR COLLECTION | 11. AESOP HAND BALM | 12. ‘LOOKING GOOD’ POSTER | 13. PIXI ROSE CAVIAR SERUM | 14. LIPSTICK SCENTED CANDLE (!!) | 15. FRESH SUGAR SWEETIES SET | 16. BY TERRY BAUME DE ROSE KIT
FOR THE STYLE KING!
1. ‘NEVER GIVE UP’ RING | 2. ‘BE BRAVE’ RING | 3. PANASONIC WET/DRY SHAVER | 4. HORN-EFFECT TAIL COMB | 5. CASIO WATCH | 6. ADIDAS TREFOIL ‘DAD CAP’ | 7. LE LABO PERFUME DISCOVERY SET | 8. PAI ‘CAMELIA & ROSE’ GENTLE HYDRATING CLEANSER | 9. UCON ACROBATICS BACKPACK | 10. COMMON PROJECTS CARD HOLDER | 11. HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO SLING BAG | 12. LE LABO HAIR STYLING CONCRETE | 13. ADIDAS EQT SUPPORT SNEAKERS | 14. THIS WORKS DREAM TEAM SLEEP DUO | 15. LE LABO SHOWER GEL
FOR THE STYLE QUEEN!
1. INTERSTELLAR NECKLACE | 2. MARC JACOBS ‘DEW DROPS’ HIGHLIGHTER | 3. ADIDAS BY STELLA ULTRA BOOSTS | 4. SHOOTING STAR EARRINGS | 5. ‘DAY SLEEPER’ TEE | 6. NARS LIQUID BLUSH | 7. CANDY STRIPE SOCKS | 8. BABY PINK SOCKS | 9. BLACK STRIPE SOCKS | 10. TRIANGLE STUDS | 11. CASIO WATCH | 12. SEQUIN GALAXY BAG | 13. RODIN ‘WINKS’ LIPSTICK | 14. RODIN ‘SO MOD’ | 15. RODIN ‘TOUGH TOMATO’ | 16. RODIN ‘RED HEDY’ | 17. YELLOW BEANIE | 18. HAIR TIES | 19. DAISY LONDON BRACELET | 20. PEACH LENS SUNGLASSES | 21. AMAZING GALAXY BOOTS
FOR THE HOME BODY!
1. FLUFFY SLIPPERS | 2. ‘SNOW LEOPARD’ FURRY ROBE | 3. CUTE FAIRY LIGHTS | 4. HEAT UP HUGGABLE SLOTH (OMG!) | 5. THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP BATH SOAK | 6. FRESH LEMON SUGARBATH CUBES | 7. FRESH SEABERRY EXFOLIATING SOAP | 8. THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP OIL | 9. COZY BLANKET | 10. HYGGE HOME DIFFUSER | 11. DIPTYQUE CANDLE DISCOVERY SET | 12. GREEN CRYSTAL RING HOLDER | 13. PINK CRYSTAL RING HOLDER | 14. SNUGGLY CUSHION
FOR THE HEALTH & FITNESS GURU!
1. NEAT NUTRITION MULTIVITAMINS & MINERALS | 2. NIKE INTERNATIONALIST JERSEY TEE | 3. MIO DRY BODY BRUSH | 4. ‘BED OF NAILS’ ACUPRESSURE PILLOW | 5. MOON JUICE ‘POWER DUST’ | 6. ADIDAS PERFORMANCE SPORTS BRA | 7. INVISIBOBBLES | 8. YOGA MAT | 9. NIKE FREE RUN SNEAKERS | 10. ‘THE BEAUTY CHEF’ BOOK | 11. MIO LIQUID YOGA SPRAY | 12. MIO ‘CLEAN SLATE’ WORKOUT WIPES | 13. FJALLRAVEN MINI BACKPACK
FOR THE LUXE LOVER!
1. TOM FORD LIPSTICK | 2. CUTE MOON NECKLACE | 3. COSMIC STAR BRACELET | 4. STARLIGHT STUD EARRINGS | 5. SILVER COMMON PROJECTS | 6. BELLA FREUD SWEATER | 7. MONICA VINADER RINGS | 8. B&O WIRELESS SPEAKER | 9. SLEEPER PYJAMA SET | 10. FORNASETTI CANDLE | 11. MARBLE SUNGLASSES | 12. HOURGLASS ‘AMBIENT LIGHT’ PALETTE | 13. FOREO LUNA 2 | 14. TOM FORD CREAM & POWDER SHADOW | 15. BY TERRY COMPACT | 16. BY TERRY DAY CREAM | 17. LE LABO ‘THE NOIR’ | 18. CULT GAIA BAG | 19. SARAH CHAPMAN OVERNIGHT EDIT | 20. MY FAVOURITE HEADPHONES
GET MONEY OFF THIS CYBER WEEKEND WITH THESE DISCOUNT CODES!
Most Cyber Weekend deals end at midnight tonight (27/11/17) so make the most of the discounts while you can!
• NEW LOOK 25% OFF •
MY FAVE PICKS!
FOR MY MOM!
Fun for Christmas Day!
Lipstick scented candle? YES PLS
I just know he would love this
That man is fragrance mad
Come to mama
BLACK FRIDAY HAUL & WISHLIST
I can’t believe it’s that time of year again but Black Friday and Cyber Weekend are officially HERE and that means bargains..bargains…BARGAINS! I thought that this weekend would give me the perfect opportunity to show you some pieces that I’ve picked up recently as well as give you a sneak peek at some of the things I’m hoping to pick up on SALE this Cyber Weekend. A LOT of the things that I’ve mentioned in my video and in this post will be discounted so I made a big list of some of the best sales as well as some discount codes that you might need down below. Stay tuned to the end of the post to watch a MASSIVE Black Friday Haul! I went a lil overboard with the shopping lately…in the mean time, here’s a HUGE list of discount codes for you guys!
GET MONEY OFF THIS CYBER WEEKEND WITH THESE DISCOUNT CODES!
• NEW LOOK 25% OFF •
FOR WINTER WALKS
A good quality coat and a cosy pair of snow boots are the FIRST items on my winter wishlist every single year. I spotted this beautiful padded jacket the other day and now I just cannot get it out of my head! I feel like it’s the right mix of practical and stylish, am I right? I’ve also got my eyes on this gorgeous pair of suede snow boots. I’m not sure if they look hardy enough to cope with a Canadian winter (I’m a loyal Sorel girl), but they sure do look like the kind of thing I’d love to throw on for a brisk morning walk with Reggie. P.S. I didn’t think I’d be such a fan of the Nike Air Max 97 trend but I actually think I might be coming around to them…this metallic pair do look kinda cool paired with the black mom jeans and cute fuzzy bag.
1. PADDED JACKET | 2. SUEDE SNOW BOOTS | 3. CLARINS HAND & NAIL CREAM | 4. ‘ACTUALLY I CAN’ COZY SWEATER | 5. NIKE AIR MAX 97’S | 6. FUZZY GLOVES | 7. BITE BEAUTY LIPSTICK ‘SPICED PLUM’ | 8. FAUX SHEARLING BUCKET BAG | 9. MOM JEANS | 10. FRESH CARAMEL LIP BALM | 11. SNUGGLY SNOOD | 12. L’OCCITANE ALMOND DISCOVERY KIT | 13. CUTE BOBBLE HAT | 14. MARC JACOBS SHADOW PALETTE
FOR WEEKDAY MEETINGS
Firstly I just need to take a minute to mention how IN LOVE I am with those faux snakeskin black boots up the top there…how beautiful are those!? A cool pair of leather ankle boots (with a lil bit of a heel) are one of my favourite things to wear in the winter time. I feel like they really help to amp up an otherwise casual outfit (plus you can also wear super snuggly socks underneath and no one will ever know!) My go-to ‘smart’ winter outfit is pretty much exactly what you see right here…cute boots, comfy trousers, a funky jumper and a tailored coat. I’m not really much of a burgundy girl but something about that mohair coat and the cute little bucket bag is giving me all the burgundy cravings. Also, I NEED that notebook in my life lol.
1. FENTY BEAUTY TRIO STIX SET | 2. SNAKESKIN BOOTS | 3. CUTE BUCKET BAG | 4. COZY LEATHER GLOVES | 5. OLIVIA BURTON WATCH | 6. SMART TAILORED COAT | 7. CHECKED TROUSERS | 8. FUNKY JUMPER | 9. AMAZING SLOGAN NOTEBOOK | 10. ADORABLE PEARL BERET | 11. TOM FORD LIPSTICK | 12. TANGLE TEEZER | 13. NAILS INC FESTIVE POLISHES | 14. DIPTYQUE ‘EAU ROSE’ EAU DE TOILETTE | 15. MY DAISY LONDON CHAKRA BRACELET | 16. DAISY LONDON CHAKRA EARRINGS | 17. WOOLY SCARF | 18. BY TERRY CLICK STICK CONCEALER
FOR WEEKEND ADVENTURES
As you can see I’m tooootally into the colour red lately so I was immediately drawn to the bold red puffer jacket as soon as I saw it! I’m already visualising this with a pair of funky jeans (like these two tone ones) a slogan tee (how cool is this Eternal Youth one!?!) and some comfy new balance (I love the way these sneakers would pick out the red of the jacket). I’m also loving mixing colours so I’m swooning over that neon pink beanie and the beautiful turquoise maxi scarf.
1. PINK BEANIE HAT | 2. HOURGLASS LIQUID LIPSTICK | 3. NEW BALANCE SNEAKERS | 4. RED CORD CHAKRA BRACELET | 5. SNUGGLY SCARF | 6. ETERNAL YOUTH TEE | 7. CONTRAST JEANS | 8. LOTUS FLOWER EARRINGS | 9. RED PUFFER JACKET | 10. GUERLAIN GOLD PEARLS OF POWDER | 11. STEVE MADDEN PATENT BOOTS | 12. POLAROID 600 INSTANT CAMERA | 13. MANSUR GAVRIEL PATENT BUCKET BAG | 14. NARS X MAN RAY PALETTE | 15. TOM FORD ‘VELVET ORCHID
FOR LAZY SUNDAYS
Lazy Sundays are my FAVOURITE kinda Sundays. Even though my pyjama collection is literally overflowing I’m always on the lookout for cute new comfies to add to my stash. Anyone remember THE duvet robe from last year’s Christmas Gift Guide video? Well…I’m sorry to say I haven’t managed to find anything quite as incredible as that, but I did stumble upon this super soft robe. I’m not usually a lover of fleecy stuff, but this robe looks soooo wonderfully soft that I might just have to make an exception and add this to my wardrobe! (It also has a hood!! Serious robe points…) Another ASOS gem that I found is this pair of faux fur slippers. These look EXACTLY like my amazing Ozlana slippers but they’re literally a fraction of the price…amaaaazing. I just want to slip my feet straight into these bad boys and never take them off! Can it just be Sunday already?
1. HOODED FLEECY ROBE | 2. OUAI ‘MORNING AFTER’ KIT | 3. STARRY SWEATER | 4. FRESH VITAMIN NECTAR MASK | 5. ‘YOU GUAC MY WORLD’ PJ SET | 6. OSKIA MASSAGE CANDLE | 7. PAI BRIGHTENING EXFOLIATOR | 8. SILK SLEEP MASK | 9. HERBIVORE COCONUT BODY POLISH | 10. HERBIVORE MOONFRUIT NIGHT TREATMENT | 11. NUXE MULTI-USE OIL | 12. CUTE MUG | 13. AVOCADO HAND MASK | 14. FUZZY SLIPPERS | 15. DEEP SLEEP KIT | 16. SUNNY SOCKS
I hope you guys enjoyed getting a sneak peek into my winter wishlist! Don’t forget that a lot of the pieces that I’ve mentioned will be on sale over Black Friday and Cyber Weekend so if anything is taking your fancy now is the time to grab a bargain. If you want to see what fashion, beauty and lifestyle goodies I’ve picked up recently then definitely make sure you watch my Black Friday Haul down below! All of the links to the pieces I’ve mentioned will be linked in the description box below along with any discount codes. Leave me a comment and let me know what you picked up over the weekend!
MY FAVE PICS FROM MY WINTER WISHLIST:
Snuggly Borg Gloves
A winter morning must have!
New Balance 996 Sneakers
Comfy, casual, COOL
Red Puffer Jacket
That red though
Yellow Pom Pom Beanie
So into yellow lately
Super Cute Notebook
I need this in my life guys
BEAUTY FAVOURITES | AUTUMN LOVES
I can’t believe we’re almost half way through November guys! Kinda scary right? It’s been a while since I filmed a favourites video and since I’ve found myself falling in love with so many exciting products (and things) this month, I thought I’d sit down and tell you a bit more about them. What have you been loving lately? Leave me a comment and tell me down below! P.s. Stay tuned to the end of the post to watch the full video!
You guys know I’m OBSESSED with pretty much every Fresh product in existence so it was a no brainer that I was going to end up falling in love with the Fresh ‘Instant Glow’ Luminizer. What’s great about this stuff is that you can use it a ton of different ways. On days when I cba to wear any make up I love wearing a super thin layer of the product on it’s own, but my favourite way to wear this luminizer is over the top of my foundation. All I do is squeeze a tiny piece of product into my hand and kinda warm it up between my finger tips before lightly patting it straight onto my skin. This luminizer is amazing at giving your skin a natural looking all-over radiance. LOVE!
How stunning is this rose blush by Milani? I have mine in the shade ‘Romantic Rose’ which works perfectly with my skin tone. A light dusting of this blush on the apples of my cheeks gives me a really gorgeous ‘English Rose’ pop of colour. There’s something really satisfying about swirling my brush into this stunner.
As soon as I saw this book I knew I HAD to have it, I think it was a mix of the pop of vibrant yellow on the cover and the fact that I’m obsessed with scandi style that got me all heart eyed. This book is great because it’s really informative and INSANELY inspiring. It gives you tips on how to create a minimalist wardrobe (something I seriously need to do!), mix and match patterns and create a scandi-style that works just right for you. This is one of those coffee table books that I can’t stop staring at. If you know someone who’s scandi-obsessed this would make a great Christmas gift!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried this new fragrance by Glossier. For some reason I kinda thought that this perfume would smell super sweet and sickly but it’s actually a really grown up scent and one that I’ve been spritzing non stop ever since I got it! It reminds me of Escentric Molecules (the perfume that smells different on everyone) because it doesn’t really have a scent that I can pin point, it just smells like ‘me’ but better (hence why it’s called ‘You’). It’s kinda creamy, musky and warm. Don’t be fooled by the baby pink bottle, this stuff is super sophisticated!
If you’re a fan of my book posts you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Rupi Kuar. Like her book ‘Milk & Honey’, ‘The Sun & Her Flowers’ is a collection of beautiful short poems and quotes. I’ve been picking this up every now and then and I absolutely love it. There’s something about the way that Rupi writes that makes me feel so empowered and alive. If you’re a poetry fan you’re going to relish this one!
As you can probably tell from the almost-empty bottle, I’ve been really enjoying using the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. I have super sensitive, dry skin and this serum does a great job at locking in a layer of moisture that lasts all day. It’s also amazing at reducing the appearance of dark spots and giving your skin a gorgeous, dewy glow. Another product that I’ve *almost* used up is the Schmidt’s ‘Charcoal & Magnesium Natural Deodorant’. I feel like Schmidts are one of the only natural deodorant brands that I’ve tried that actually works. Don’t be alarmed by the dark product inside the bottle, it doesn’t look that colour when you apply it to your underarms! This stuff smells super clean and I can always rely on a dab or two of this to keep me feeling funky fresh.
For haircare I’ve been enjoying using a teeny weeny scoop of the Ouai Matte Pomade to give my tresses some serious VA VA VOOM baby. I only use the smallest amount of product but it gives my hair a sexy ‘bed head’ look and helps to make my style last all day. Unlike some hair styling stuff, this Ouai Matte Pomade doesn’t leave my hair looking greasy or feeling heavy, it’s super lightweight and gives me a natural-looking ‘oomph’. Great for those of you with shorter hair like mine.
The Charlotte Tilbury ‘Instant Look in 5’ Palette is a product in my makeup drawer that I’ve found myself falling in love with over the past few weeks. You know I’m all about quick, easy, no-stress makeup so this palette is great because it really does have *pretty much* everything you need in one place. I have mine in the shade ‘Beauty Glow’ and I just adore that highlight mixed with that bronze. I feel like this is great for everyday but also makes a night time look feel super special.
It’s no secret that I’m a little bit of a fangirl when it comes to the Surratt Lipsliques and lately I’ve been reaching for one in the shade ‘Ladybug’ A LOT. What I love about the Lipsliques is that they’re super juicy and feel so comfortable on the lips. These have a sheer to medium finish so they’re right up my street. ‘Ladybug’ is a beautiful orange-toned red that I wore pretty much everyday that we were in Cambodia. Such a beautiful colour!
This month I was actually lucky enough to be a guest editor in one of my all time favourite magazines ‘Darling’! I wrote a little piece all about my top 10 tips to combat stress. Darling is a magazine all about strong, inspiring women, so I’m so thrilled to be a part of this issue. Pick up a copy here!
If you’re looking for a super easy, stress-free highlighter then the Lancome ‘Click & Glow’ Liquid Highlighter is a product that you NEED to try! This highlight looks absolutely beautiful on the skin because it gives a gorgeous, natural-looking finish. I have mine in the shade ‘Lumieres D’or’ which is kinda like an apricot shade. This stuff is stunn-ING!
I’ve been fangirling over Clé De Peau beauty products for as LONG as I can remember and when we were on the way back from Cambodia I finally caved and picked up a few pieces from the airport. One of the stand out products for me is this stick concealer. It’s definitely one of the more pricey pieces in my makeup wardrobe, but I kinda feel like it’s totally worth it. Unlike a lot of stick concealers, this stuff feels incredibly creamy and is super easy to blend. It’s great for under the eyes and also does a fab job at concealing any blemishes. This really met all my expectations and I’m excited to try more stuff from Clé De Peau.
I’m sure most of you have guessed by now that I couldn’t make a favourites without mentioning the amazing Reggie X Wild At Heart Foundation sweater. As a lot of you know I recently teamed up with this very special charity to create a sweater with my BEAUTIFUL SON printed on the front! The sweater is £50 and every single penny of the profits go straight towards the charity and their goals. If you want to read more about it make sure you go and check out the post that I put together all about this collab. Check it out here! BIG THANK YOU to every single one of you who has purchased yourself or a loved one a sweater so far. It means the absolute world to me, the Wild at Heart team and of course all the doggies in the world who need our help and love. Speaking of Reggie, how adorable does he look in my bright red scarf? I’ve been completely obsessed with this scarf ever since I got it! This one if quite pricey but I found a dupe that is pretty much identical > here <. Loving this pop of colour lately! P.s. I’m literally lolling at Aslan’s crocs and socks combo. What a statement!
Fresh Instant Glow Luminizer
I'm actually OBSESSEDDDDD
Milani Powder Blush
Isn't this absolutely beautiful?
'Dress Scandinavian' Book
Scandi style is LIFE
Surprisingly grown up
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask
My new fave mask by Fresh!
Ouai Hair Pomade
Style it up
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Gorgeous, radiant skin!
Charlotte Tilbury 'Instant Look' Beauty Glow Palette
Everything you need in one!
Surratt Lipslique 'Ladybug'
I think this is my favourite shade in the lipsliques
Lancome Click & Glow Liquid Highlighter Pen
Super duper easy to use
The other week while I was clearing out my wardrobe I noticed that I was missing something. I’ve got a lot of sweaters, a lot of t-shirts and a few silky cami tops, but one thing I didn’t really have to hand was a couple of easy-to-style blouses. I feel like blouses are SUCH a great piece to have in your wardrobe because they’re super easy to dress up or down. They’re the kind of piece that you can throw on with your comfiest jeans or your fave denim skirt and the whole combo becomes more of an ‘outfit’ (if that makes any sense). Over the last couple of weeks I’ve picked up a handful of blouses from the high street and I feel like they’ve really added something chic to my wardrobe and they’ve also encouraged me to spend a little more time planning out my outfits for the week. Inspired by my blouse ‘revelation’ I thought I’d start a mini ‘Style Spotlight’ series on my blog where I focus on a different item of clothing each week. Today I’m kicking things off with BLOUSES!
Until I started piecing this post together I didn’t realise I had such a *thing* for neck ties! I just think this trend is super sophisticated and always looks really chic. I love love LOVE this poppy print cropped blouse with the cute little flared cuffs. I feel like this would look super cute with some leather pants or some high waisted black jeans and a pair of badass boots. I’m also obsessing over that cute little embroidered blouse that I found on ASOS. I think this one has quite a boho vibe about it and I’m totally into that right now. Cuuuute!
I picked up a couple of simple blouses while on my mission and I’m SO glad I did because I feel like they’re so so handy to have. I love the first forest green one because it’s such a classic shape. I like to button mine up to *almost* the top and just have a cute little gold choker peeking out from underneath the collar. I also think these are great to wear unbuttoned over something like a sexy cami tucked into some trousers. The gold detailing on number 4 is super cute and adds something a bit different to an otherwise basic piece.
Statement blouses are great to have in your wardrobe because they make ‘dressing up’ super easy. I have a couple of super structured, statement blouses in my collection now and I think they’re great for those days when you want to look more ‘put together’ without making any effort. I am OBSESSED with this zip up red blouse (this was one of the blouses I actually picked up the other week) not only because it’s my current fave colour (loving that vibrant red) but also because it’s the kind of thing you can throw on, tuck into your jeans and go go GO! I love how this is kinda a mix of sportswear-meets-smartwear. I also picked up the short sleeve white blouse which I’m crazy about. What you can’t see from this pic is that it actually has slits in the sleeves. I like that little detail, it just adds something a bit special!
I hope you guys enjoyed this little post. Let me know if you would like to see more of this kind of thing from me. Maybe I could do a Style Spotlight on coats next time? Let me know what you think and leave me a comment down below!
Forest Green Silk Shirt
Structured Gathered Waist Top
Love this with denim
Sexy Poppy Print Blouse
Tie Neck Embroidered Blouse
Super duper cute, right?
Zip Up Red Blouse
New favourite piece in my wardrobe
OCTOBER INSTAGRAM OUTFITS
A SLICE OF PARADISE
A few weekends ago Aslan and I spent the weekend exploring sunny Santorini and we had the most amazing time! Santorini is 100% one of the most beautiful places I’ve EVER visited and it was absolutely lovely to be able to spend a couple of days soaking up the glorious weather. This is one of my favourite outfits from the trip, although I actually had to change right after taking this photo because it was waaaaayyy to windy to wear a dress with a slit that high (pretty sure everyone at the hotel saw my bum lol!) This dress is by a brand called Rixo London (you might remember that I wore > this < amazing Rixo number to the Glamour Awards) and I absolutely adore it! This dress is made out of the softest, silkiest material EVER and I luuurrve the beautiful orange-red colour, I feel like it really suits my pale skin tone! On this occasion I decided to accessorise the dress with my favourite bamboo bag by Cult Gaia and a classic pair of nude sandals. Of course I finished the look off with a pair of statement gold earrings from the new Lucy Williams X Missoma collection which I’m obsessed with. I really wish it hadn’t been so windy that night because I absolutely adore this dress! I guess I’ll just have to find another occasion to wear it to! P.s. If you want to see what we got up to in Santorini then click > here < to watch my vlog and > here < to watch Aslan’s!
Some of you might have noticed that I’ve become a liiiitttle bit (ok a LOT) obsessed with a brand called Paloma Wool recently because I literally cannot stop wearing their stuff! I wore this cute wrap-around ‘Flipa’ top on our last day in Santorini and I WISH London wasn’t absolutely freezing right now because I want to wear this every day! I actually have a pink version and a green version of this top (told you I was obsessed) but I decided to go for this one because I loved the way the blush colour looked with my super vibrant bubblegum pink Gucci Marmont bag! I decided to keep the rest of my outfit casual with a pair of my comfiest distressed denim jeans by Frame and these amazing rope sandals by a brand called ‘Nomadic State of Mind’. You guys know I feel most ‘me’ when I’m wearing a simple jeans and top combo so I’ll definitely be reaching for these pieces again next summer.
BACK TO REALITY
Another Paloma Wool piece that I’ve been obsessed with is this beautiful embroidered linen shirt dress. I didn’t think it was possible to fall in love with an item of clothing UNTIL I saw this baby staring back at me from my computer screen (lol!) What I love about this shirt dress is that it has these super cute embroidered female nudes and snakes all over it – super cute right? I’ve been really enjoying pairing this with some high waisted jeans underneath for extra warmth (in particular my Levis ‘wedgie’ jeans), but I’m also looking forward to wearing this in the summer with bare legs! I decided to stick with the all-white look and accessorised with a pair of Mansur Gavriel sling backs and my favourite Celine ‘belt’ bag. Also, can we take a minute to appreciate these amazing Celine ‘edge’ sunglasses? I think they’re the most badass looking sunnies I’ve EVER seen. They’re the ultimate ‘don’t talk to me’ sunglasses and I absolutely LOVE them!
I’ve never really been all that into the colour red but lately I’ve been enjoying adding a vibrant pop of colour to an otherwise monochrome outfit. I picked up this red sweater the other week and I’ve pretty much been wearing it non-stop ever since! I really like the way this sweater looks when it’s tucked into a pair of simple black trousers and these cuffed tailored joggers from ASOS are just the ticket. Here in London it’s *just about* warm enough to get away without wearing socks so I decided to make the most of the autumnal weather and slip on my trusty pair of Gucci ‘horsebit’ loafers. These loafers are pretty pricey but I always think it’s worth spending a little bit extra on a pair of shoes as these babies are going to last me years and years (they’re also so timeless that I feel like they will never go out of style!) I can’t find the link to the necklace that Aslan bought me but I did find this gorgeous gold one on the Missoma site. I’ve always been into wearing shorter chains but I love the way the gold looks against the red of my jumper. I’m such a summer baby but I have to say I’m enjoying playing around with my autumn wardrobe again!
Lately I’ve been love love LOVING this super cute ‘cool gang’ sweater by Sandro. In the colder months I’m all about wearing snuggly layers and I like to make sure that I have a few of those ‘easy to throw on’ statement sweaters that totally amp up an everyday casual outfit. This ‘cool gang’ one is sooooo soft and *just about* thin enough to tuck into a pair of trousers without feeling too bulky or bundled up. A classic, oversized leather jacket is my go-to for chilly autumn days like this. My jacket is by Acne and I can’t find the link for you guys but I did stumble upon > this < one on the Topshop site which looks pretty much identical! I also recently picked up this cute pair of patent leather boots by Whistles. I love these because they’re great at making an outfit look dressier but the heel is small enough to make them super duper comfortable and easy for everyday. Love them!
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
A couple of weeks back I was whisked away on a once in a lifetime trip with one of my all time favourite skincare brands, Fresh, and I had the most incredible time! I had never been to Cambodia before and I was soon excited to spend a few days exploring what the beautiful country had to offer. If you want to see what I got up to while we were out there definitely make sure you head over to my channel to watch my vlog and catch up on the blog post which I packed full with some of the photos that I snapped while we were out there, it was a truly magical trip. Before I left London I made it my mission to pick up a couple of summery bits from &OtherStories including this basic t-shirt dress which kept me nice and cool in the hot, humid air. I have a bit of an obsession with baskets at the moment (oops) so before the trip I also ordered this stunning round basket bag from Wood Grey to keep all my essentials in. I swear this looks like the most impractical bag ever but it was actually the perfect size to stuff all my necessities into.
AMONG THE LOTUS FLOWERS
The first day full of the Fresh trip was probably my fave as we got to spend the day SURROUNDED by lotus flowers. Since I knew we were going to be out in the sun all day I wanted to make sure I covered up my bod as much as I could (I burn WAY too easily lol) so I popped on a pair of super comfy trousers (these ones are by Citizens of Humanity) and a cute little white t-shirt. I picked up this basket bag at the market that morning so I can’t link you guys to this exact one but I did find a couple of basket-style beach bags on the ASOS site (like this one) which are just as adorable. Feeling the hand-woven vibe I decided to throw on my pair of rope sandals by Nomadic State of Mind as well as a sun hat for good measure. This was the best day everrrrrr!
MOST WORN THIS MONTH!
Classic Gucci Loafers
An autumn staple
Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings
Make a statement
Cute Red Sweater
Don't look at me
Missoma Gold Necklace
REGGIE LALONDE X WILD AT HEART FOUNDATION
This week was especially exciting for me (and Reggie!) because I finally got to reveal something that I’ve been working on with ‘Wild At Heart Foundation’. Wild At Heart Foundation are a charity who help animals all over the world and they’re an organisation that I’ve been following and supporting for quite some time. Wild At Heart fund and support animal welfare projects all over the world but one of their main aims is to reduce the world’s population of 600 million stray dogs. Most of you will know by now that I’m incredibly passionate about animals (especially doggo’s!) so when Wild At Heart agreed to let me work with them on a special project I jumped at the chance. The charity work super hard to read their goal and they do this by rescuing and re-homing dogs, as well as neutering and providing educational programmes to children and adults around the world. Wild At Heart Foundation are a small charity with BIG dreams and I’m so happy to be involved in something that will ultimately support the hard-working team and their mission to help animals all over the world.
One of the ways that the Wild At Heart Foundation raise money is through their beautiful collection of hand-printed sweatshirts which are literally the cuuuuutest things I’ve ever seen! Over the past few months I’ve been working closely with Wild At Heart and artist Simeon Farrar from Black Score to product our very own REGGIE sweatshirt and I’m so so SO excited to share it with you! I absolutely love Simeon’s illustration of Reggie because I feel like it really captures his personality and it was super special to see the drawing come to life on the sweater. The sweatshirts are quite expensive at £50 but that’s because they’re made from top quality, fair-trade and organic material. Not only that but every SINGLE PENNY goes straight to the charity. This sweater is one of the softest, snuggliest things in my wardrobe right now and I wish I never had to take it off! Click > here < to get yours! The sweaters come in sizes S, M, L and XL and can be shipped INTERNATIONALLY!
A few weeks back I actually went along to visit Simeon’s studio with Nadine who is the co-founder of Wild At Heart and I also brought Aslan along to capture the special day on camera. While we were there Nadine talked us through a little bit more about the work that the charity do and how the money from the sweaters helps to fund their important projects. Definitely make sure you head over to my channel if you want to learn about Wild At Heart and see me hand screen print the first ever REGGIE SWEATER! I really hope you guys love the sweater just as much as I do. Wild At Heart are such a special charity and I’m really honoured to be a part of this project. Don’t forget that you don’t have to buy the Reggie sweater to get involved in helping the charity, you can donate as much or as little as you like via their website. In this case, every penny really does help! If you do decide to buy the sweater I would LOVE for you guys to send me photos of you wearing it. Head to the Wild At Heart Foundation website for more details and watch the video to learn more! This is officially my favourite item of clothing EVER! Reggie, I love you!
GET THE LOOK!
Classic Camel Coat
Love this Topshop one
Silver Common Projects
I'm a proud Mom!
Snuggly Bobble Hat
A must for autumn walks
Topshop Ripped Jeans
LUCY WILLIAMS X MISSOMA 'THE ROMAN COLLECTION'
I’m pretty sure most of you will have heard of my good friend Lucy Williams from her blog ‘Fashion Me Now’. Lucy is literally a STYLE QUEEN and I find myself swooning over her Instagram every single time she posts a pic. Last year Lucy released her very own jewellery collection with one of my favourite jewellery brands, Missoma. To this day, the pieces from her previous collection are some of the most worn pieces in my own jewellery stash and they’re the kind of accessories that I know I’ll still be wearing in years to come. This year, Lucy has been working on a brand new collection of Roman inspired pieces with a modern day twist. Of course when I heard that Lucy was collaborating with Missoma on another project I just knew that the jewellery was going to be super stunning and I was totally right. Here are a couple of my favourite pieces!
Lucy and Missoma were kind enough to send me a couple of pieces from the new collection and I literally couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened up the packaging. THIS STUFF IS EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL IRL!! I was lucky enough to receive one of the beautiful apollo medallion necklaces along with a pair of show stopping gilded fan earrings. I pretty much wear one of the original Lucy Williams X Missoma necklaces every day so I was super excited when I saw this stunning medallion staring back at me from inside the box. What I love about all of Lucy’s necklaces is that they’re super easy to layer up and look great when you mix loads of different length chains into one look. I’m really excited to pair this baby with my Lucy Williams X Missoma Mini Fang Choker from her previous collection. Also how beaut does that gold look against my bright red sweater? Love that combo!
Lately I’ve been obsessed with statement earrings and this gilded fan pair have got me all heart-eyed. I love love LOVE wearing a pair of show-stopping earrings in my lobes but I hate the feeling of heavy jewellery weighing me down. What I love about these babies is that they’re really lightweight and easy to wear but they still make a BIG statement. I really want to get loads more ear piercings but since I just got my rook pierced I’ve got my eye on one of the cute mini ear cuffs from the collection. The cuffs are soooo beautiful and fuel my cravings without having to go through the process of getting it pierced!
Thank you so much to Lucy and Missoma for sending me this gorgeous jewellery to love and wear! These are the kind of accessories that I just know I’m going to be rocking for years and years to come. They’re beautiful, timeless pieces with a modern twist and I’m so happy to have them in my jewellery collection. Let me know in the comments what your fave piece from the collection is!
Lucy Williams x Missoma Coin Chandelier Earrings
Edgy take on a classic shape
Lucy Williams x Missoma Apollo Medallion Necklace
Layer it up!
Lucy Williams x Missoma Octagon Coin Bracelet
Lucy Williams x Missoma Tiny Orb Ring
Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings
Make a statement
Last weekend Aslan and I found ourselves waking up in ACTUAL paradise on the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. Despite travelling often, neither Aslan or I had ever visited Santorini so when the lovely team from Discover Greece got in touch and asked if we’d like to spend a weekend exploring some of what the island had to offer we jumped at the chance! Although we’re away from home a lot, its rare that we get the chance to really sit back and relax on a trip like this, so we were both super excited to make the most of a couple of days soaking up that Santorini sun in such an idyllic setting.
I had a pretty good idea of what Santorini would look like (thanks to loads of pictures popping up on social media) but as soon as we woke up that first morning and opened up the curtains in our room I was amazed at just how beautiful the island really is! I didn’t realise this but the Santorini that we know today was formed when an enormous volcano erupted on the island, causing the earth to form the infamous rugged landscape and iconic cliffs. Santorini is EXACTLY how it looks in the pictures (even better actually!) it’s a vision of beautiful white washed buildings, vast skies and blue water as far as the eye can see. I’m pretty sure Aslan probably got fed up of hearing me say ‘wow’ every time we reached a view point but I have to say, Santorini is one of the most beautiful places I’ve EVER been and I’m already dying to go back.
Before I tell you a little bit about what kind of activities we got up to on the island, I need to take a minute to mention how stunning our hotel was! While in Greece we stayed at the beautiful ‘Iconic Santorini’ which is a boutique cave hotel in the heart of the picturesque village, Imerovigli. As the name suggests, the hotel is literally carved from the volcanic wall of a cave so every one of the rooms is super cosy and unique. Aslan and I have been lucky enough to stay in quite a few beautiful hotels over the years, but I think we would both agree that neither of us have felt quite so relaxed and content as we did at the Iconic Santorini. Every morning we would wake up and head out to the balcony for breakfast and swoon over the view of the island while we munched on fresh fruit and pastries. I literally can’t even begin to express how breath taking the view from the hotel was so I guess you’ll just have to watch the video and see it for yourself! I swear if I had to describe heaven, Santorini would be it. Everyone who worked at the hotel was so warm and friendly, we really did feel at home!
RIXO LONDON DRESS
One of my favourites!
Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings
Make a statement
Cult Gaia 'Gaias Ark' Bamboo Bag
Maria Tash Hoop Earring
Love this colour
Despite the fact that we arrived in Santorini in October the weather was absolutely PERFECT. We were blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the entirety of our stay in Greece and the temperature was ‘just right’ – not too hot, but still waaaaaay warmer than it was back in the UK. Since the weather was so great we decided to spend our first morning on a 2-4 hour hike to the village of Oia. Hikes aren’t usually something I’d choose to do on a relaxing break such as this, but since the view from literally every where on the island is absolutely breath taking,I decided that it wouldn’t be so bad to explore the cliffs by foot. Not gonna lie, the hike turned out to be a lot more intense than either of us expected (especially in the beating sun!) but as soon as we reached Oia we decided that it was totally worth it. Oia is a busy town jam packed with cute little boutiques and ocean-view restaurants and according to Aslan’s research (lol) it’s apparently well known for its spectacular sunset views. This place is totally bliss!
MY HIKING OUTFIT:
Don't look at me
Lululemon Workout Top
Comfy and cool
Shock Absorber Sports Bra
The BEST sports bra you will ever wear
Urban Outfitters Cap
New Balance Trainers
My new fave shoes
Our second day in Santorini was definitely my favourite. I’m not the biggest fan of boats (any OG viewers remember that video from the Nordic Vlogs? *shudders*) We actually spent Sunday cruising around the island on a catamaran which was actually INCREDIBLE! Having spend the previous day high up on the cliff tops it was really cool to be able to get down to sea level and see the island from a totally different perspective. At a few points during the cruise the boat stopped and we were able to cool off and dive into the sea. I don’t remember a time Aslan and I had the chance to swim in the open water like this so it was absolutely blissful to be able to jump in and feel the sun on our faces. I hate to keep saying the word ‘paradise’ but I feel like at this moment we really did experience something close to it. If you fancy cruising around Santorini check out the website > here <
On our last day we spent the morning on a ‘food tour’ at a place called Nomikos Estate which meant that we got to try loads of local and traditional food from the island. Aslan and I are both big foodies so we were super excited to try some of Santorini’s delicacies and get a real taste of the island itself. Most of you will know by now that I don’t drink alcohol but I actually tried a small glass of sweet wine and OH MY GOD it was absolutely incredible! Santorini is also famed for its sun dried cherry tomatoes and capers and I can confirm that I’ve never tasted anything quite like them! YUM!! We got loads of stuff to take home with us and it goes without saying it has all been eaten up by now! Another food related place to mention was our delicious dinner at Mr E Unfortunately it was too dark to photograph, but take a look at the vlog to see what we ordered!
WHAT I WORE:
French Connection Dress
Love the embroidery
Pink Gucci Shoulder Bag
I'm in actual love with this
LANCÔME MATTE SHAKER 'ENERGY PEACH'
I adore this colour
Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings
Make a statement
JIMMY CHOO STUDDED MULES
I'm in love
Although both of us were so excited to get home to our beautiful boy Reggie, we were also super sad to leave Santorini behind. I honestly have never been to a place quite as stunning as this. The island itself is absolutely beautiful and surrounded by the most breathtaking views that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Before we’d even left the island we were already talking about planning our next trip. I can’t remember the last time I felt quite as relaxed and calm as I did in Santorini and I can’t wait to go back. Thank you so much to Discover Greece for whisking us away for a weekend that we’ll NEVER forget! A big thanks to the wonderful team at Iconic Santorini for making our stay so wonderful and another huge thank you to Aegean airlines who brought us from London to paradise and back again. We really can’t recommend Santorini enough so if you’re dying to go then definitely make sure you book that trip right away, you won’t regret it!
MY 'RUNNING LATE' ROUTINE
Out the door in 10 mins or less!
Waking up from a blissful sleep only to realise that you’ve overslept is one of the worst feelings to wake up to on a manic morning. Getting ready for the day with literally no time to spare isn’t something I particularly enjoy doing, but it is something that I seem to have perfected to a fine art. The idea of doing your morning skincare routine, slapping on some makeup and piecing together an outfit that doesn’t look totally crazy in 10 minutes or less might seem like an impossible task, but trust me, it’s *just about* doable!
My all time favourite cleanser to use in the mornings is the Lancôme Comforting Cleansing Milk. I actually usually apply this when I’m IN the shower which saves me an extra few minutes if I’m in a rush. This cleanser is incredible because it just makes your skin look so glowy, I’ve never had such an immediate effect from a cleanser as I have from this one, it’s honestly uhhhhhhmazing. Whenever Lancôme get me ready for an event they always cleanse my skin with the Cleansing Milk and if it’s good enough for the red carpet…it’s good enough for my day to day! You guys know I’m all about the mists so I just have to take a second or two to spray a spritz of the Omorovicza ‘Queen of Hungary’ Mist onto my skin. There’s something about this mist that helps me to de-stress in the mornings so I LOVE to use it when I’m in a rush. The Queen of Hungary Mist has a subtle scent of neroli and rose which is absolutely dreamy, not only that but it does a great job at locking in a layer of moisture on my skin which lasts all day. Love this stuff!
I don’t feel complete until I’ve applied a serum and lately I’ve been reaching for the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum on a daily basis. This serum is great for manic mornings like these because it does an amazing job at making me look AWAKE even if I’m almost falling asleep in my cup of tea! The Vinoperfect Serum is highly concentrated with an ingredient called ‘Viniferine’ which counters sunspots, blemishes and acne scars for a brighter, more radiant complexion (it also feels sooo incredibly silky to apply!) For moisturiser I’ll usually reach for the Garnier Rose Water Day Cream, it’s intensely nourishing but it’s not super heavy on the skin so it absorbs really quickly. Once that’s done I’ll apply a slick of the Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm before heading into my office to apply my makeup. Even on days when I literally have 10 minutes to get ready I will never ever skip my skincare routine. I would much rather leave the house without my makeup than leave the house without having cleansed and moisturised my face. If you watch the video you’ll see that I took a couple of minutes to do all these steps but when I’m not filming I can literally do this in about a minute if I have to!
When it comes to makeup I’m always in favour of keeping things simple, ESPECIALLY when I’m in a mad rush to get out of the house as soon as humanly possible. A base product that I’ve been loving recently is the Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra Wear Stick Foundation. I discovered this product when I was in New York with my Lancôme squad and I’ve pretty much been using it everyday since then. I’m not usually such a fan of stick foundations but this one is SO creamy and blends out really easily and quickly which makes it a great product to reach for when I’m running super duper late. I usually just apply the product straight onto my skin before blending it out with a damp beauty blender. I’ve actually been using one of the darker shades of the Teint Idol Stick Foundations to contour the hollows of my cheeks. Again, I’ll literally apply this shade straight onto the areas of my face that I want to sculpt and then pick up my sponge to blend blend blend baby! The Teint Idol Ultra Wear Foundation also comes in cushion form (Lancôme, THANK YOU for answering my prayers) which is also another great product to use on crazy mornings like these! Just grab the applicator, dab it into the cushion foundation and bounce it onto your skin for a lightweight, dewy finish.
To hide the fact that I woke up literally 10 minutes ago (oops) I’ll usually reach for my Glossier Stretch Concealer because it does a great job at making me look like I had a blissful, 12 hour snooze. Since I need to get my makeup done ASAP I won’t spend too much time covering blemishes and redness, instead I save as much time as I can and focus my attention on applying a light layer of concealer underneath my eyes to get rid of any pesky dark circles. I’ve tried a lot of concealers over the years but none of them look quite as glowing and dewy as the Glossier Stretch one does, I love it! Next up I’ll run the It Cosmetics Brow Power through my brows to give them a lil bit of definition and then tidy them up with one of my favourite gels by Chanel. For the eyes I’ll just keep things super simple with a quick sweep of the Tarte ‘Lights Camera Action’ Mascara. This mascara is my go-to when I’m in a rush because you literally only need the teeniest tiniest bit to give your lashes serious volume. To finish things up I usually reach for my stick of Glossier ‘Haloscope’ to give my skin some extra glow. Much like the Teint Idol Stick Foundation, the Glossier Haloscope highlighter is super quick and easy to use because you can just apply it straight onto your skin and blend it out with your fingertips. I feel like the Haloscope helps to give my minimal makeup look a touch of something special. Makeup is DONE and it’s almost time for me to run out the door…
On mornings like these I’m so grateful for all the staple pieces in my wardrobe. There’s nothing worse than standing in front of your closet on a morning like this thinking ‘what the eff am I gonna wear today?’. My go-to ‘in a rush’ outfit is a pair of good-fitting jeans and a simple tee. On this particular day I decided to opt for my favourite Levi ‘Wedgie’ Jeans which go with pretty much everything I own and paired them with a classic stripy long sleeve tee from Next. The other week I picked up this super cool pair of nude leather New Balance trainers which are perfect for busy days like this. You’ve probably noticed by now that I have a little bit of an obsession with coats (oops) and this camel coloured number by the brand Theory is one that I’ve been loving. There are so many classic camel coats out there and I’m always telling people that everyone should have one of these in their wardrobe! (Here’s a link to one I found from Topshop). Getting ready in a rush is made a billion times easier when you have simple staple pieces like these in your collection. All I need to do now is throw on a pair of my most badass ‘don’t talk to me’ sunglasses and I’m ready to face the day!
Lancôme Comforting Cleansing Milk
I love this stuff so much
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Neroli and rose scented
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Gorgeous, radiant skin!
Garnier Skin Active Rose Water Day Cream
Super nourishing and smells delicious
Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm
Smells like ACTUAL caramel
Replica 'By The Fireplace' Perfume
The PERFECT perfume for the holidays
Glossier Stretch Concealer
A lightweight, dewy finish
Glow up baby
IT COSMETICS BROW POWER 'UNIVERSAL TAUPE'
Perfect universal colour
Tarte 'Lights, Camera, Action' Mascara
MY WORKOUT ESSENTIALS
If you’re following me on Instagram you will probably have seen me working up a sweat on the treadmill A LOT lately (you might also have seen my secret jump rope skills lol). In order to get my heart racing and blood pumping I have to put 100% effort into my exercise, you know, really get into the zone. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than leaving the gym or a workout class feeling like you didn’t give it your all while you had the chance. For me, getting into that headspace is all about having the right tools; good-fitting, supportive clothing is a MUST, as is a comfy pair of ‘walking on the moon’ sneakers, not to mention some quality headphones and a playlist that makes you feel SO invincible that you could *almost* run a marathon…almost. I know a lot of you guys are always asking me what essentials I bring with me to the gym, so I thought I’d put a post together to show you my workout must-haves.
CAN’T HIT UP THE GYM WITHOUT THESE:
For me, the most important item in my list of workout essentials is a GOOD sports bra. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that finding a sports bra that actually does what it’s supposed to do is an almost impossible task! I’ve actually been known to double up and wear TWO because I just couldn’t seem to find a bra that keeps everything in place *and* feels comfortable at the same time. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally discovered a sports bra that actually works and > this < is it. I discovered the brand Shock Absorber while scrolling through Amazon and haven’t looked back since. The clue is in the title with this one, the Shock Absorber is the first sports bra that I’ve found that is actually super duper supportive and doesn’t leave me feeling like I’m bouncing around all over the place (lol). What makes these bras so great is that they have adjustable straps at the back so you’re able to play around with the level of support that feels right for you. I’ve seen a ton of reviews from ladies with bigger breasts who say that the Shock Absorber works just as well for them too. I started to lose faith in this bra, but I realised it was because I needed a smaller size. Give it a go and let me know what you think. I’m pretty confident you’ll love it!
Possibly the most obvious item on my list of workout essentials is a pair of comfortable sneakers. A couple of weeks back I picked up a pair of the Saucony Women’s Guide Running Shoes which have really changed things for me. I always knew that it was super important to wear a pair of good fitting supportive sneakers (especially for running) but until I slipped these babies on I didn’t realise just how much the perfect pair of shoes could impact a workout. These Saucony sneakers feel like they were made especially for me, they really mould to the shape of my feet and the big cushiony sole makes it feel like I’m running on actual air. I’ve actually been enjoying my workouts SO much more since I started wearing these shoes, it’s amazing how much the right sneakers can improve the way that you move your body. I would recommend these 100%!
For workout clothes I pretty much always wear a mixture of LuluLemon and Adidas gear. My ultimate favourite workout top is the ‘Box It Out’ short sleeve tee by LuluLemon. I love the way that it looks because you can tie it up at the back but it’s also really lightweight so it keeps me comfortable and cool. Whenever someone asks me what workout bottoms I would recommend I pretty much always tell them to get the Adidas by Stella McCartney Climacool Leggings. They’re quite pricey but in my opinion they’re absolutely worth it. These leggings do a great job at sculpting your body and sucking you in in all the right places which feels amazing. They’re also regulated with Climacool technology which helps to regulate the temperature of your body while you’re running. Defo give them a try, they’re my go-to.
ON MY GYM WISHLIST:
As well as talking you through the items that I won’t head to the gym without, I thought I’d show you some of the workout pieces that I’ve been drooling over lately. First up I just have to mention this incredible jersey and scuba sweatshirt which is part of the Adidas by Stella McCartney range. I definitely couldn’t wear this on the treadmill because I would get waaaaaay too hot, but it looks like the perfect piece to throw on for the post workout walk home (I would defo wear this as part of my everyday wardrobe too!) I also spotted these leggings which match the sweatshirt perfectly and now I can’t get this combo out of my head! If these Adidas X Stella leggings are anywhere near as good as the pair that I own I know they will feel uhhhhmazing. This pair is made with Adidas’ Climalite technology which helps to absorb sweat, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout your workout.
We live just around the corner from our gym so I don’t usually pack a gym bag but I will admit that I’ve had my eye on this Adidas X Stella gym bag ever since I saw it on the Net-A-Porter site. I definitely wouldn’t have enough stuff to fill this bag since we live so close but it’s super cool so I’m not gonna stop being all heart-eyed over it any time soon. Lately I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Yoga mat and I think I’ve found *the one* on the Lululemon site. I don’t actually do Yoga all that often (although it’s definitely something I want to get back into!) but mats like these are ideal for doing pre and post workout stretches so this is definitely something I’m going to invest in. This mat is 5mm thick so it’s extra cushiony and soft. Lululemon have a large range of different mats on their site so you can find one that’s perfect for you and your needs. Another thing that I’ve been eyeing up for a while is the Liquid Yoga Stress-Free Space Spray by Mio Skincare. You might have heard me talk about Mio before because I absolutely swear by their Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak for soothing my muscles post workout. The Stress-Free Spray looks just as dreamy because it’s actually described as ‘high intensity body care in a bottle’. All you do with this stuff is spray a little of the product onto your pulse points or on your pillow post workout and let the blend of chamomile, lavender and lemon calm your body and mind. If this spray is anything as soothing as the bath soak I know I’m going to love it.
Hopefully you guys found this helpful and enjoyed getting a sneak peek into my workout essentials. I’m always on the hunt for clothes and accessories that might help to make my trip to the gym feel like less of a chore. Please let me know in the comments down below if there is anything that you think I’m missing from my list! I’d love to know if there’s an item that you guys simply can’t head to the gym without. I’m also ALWAYS looking for decent playlists to listen to on spotify (you know, the kind that makes you feel like a badass workout queen!) so if you know any good ones then defo let me know!
Shock Absorber Sports Bra
The BEST sports bra you will ever wear
BKR Water Bottle
Saucony Womens Guide 10W Running Shoes
Your feet will thank you later
Jaybird Freedom Wireless Headphones
I swear by these
Mio Skincare 'Liquid Yoga' Bath Soak
Soothes muscles and relieves aches