Sunday, 10 December 2017

Lace Flare Sleeve Top // Outfit Of The Day


Lace Flare Sleeve Top // Happy Sunday guys, hope you're having a great weekend. I'm really excited to be sharing another look from my new favourite online retail store, LOTD.com. I was lucky enough to be sent a few pieces from the fashion brand {see my other outfits here and here}, but this lace flare sleeve top could possibly be my favourite! When I first spotted it on the gorgeous model, I knew it had to be mine. I mean, it seems to compass so many elements that I look for in clothing right now: Lace - check. Floral - check. Flute sleeves - checkSeriously, what is not to love? 


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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Printed Floral Shift Dress // Outfit Of The Day


Printed Floral Shift Dress // Good morning loves, hope you're having a great day so far. In my outfit post last week {you can read it here}, I was sharing the love for brand new online fashion store, LOTD.com. The brand does an amazing job at offering current, on-trend stylish pieces that won't break the bank - result! The company got in touch and kindly offered the chance to send me a few pieces to try on. Now, you guys know me - dresses are just my thing. Seriously. I must have over a hundred dresses (if not more) hanging in my wardrobe. I wear dresses everyday and always love to add new additions to my collection. I spotted this cute printed floral number out the corner of my eye on the LOTD.com website, and knew it had to go straight in my basket!


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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Red Frill Sleeve Top // Outfit of the Day


Frill Sleeve Top // Hello lovelies, hope you're having a great weekend. Now, you'll know by now that I absolutely love to discover new online fashion brands, particularly ones that offer stylish products on a student budget. I was thrilled to come across LOTD.com, a new fashion site that offers just that. LOTD.com (Look Of The Day.Com) showcase a wide variety of lovely items ranging from going out tops, casual day dresses, and perfect outfits for the fast approaching Christmas party season. The lovely team behind LOTD.com got in touch with me a few days ago and very kindly offered me the chance to try on some of their clothes. Let me tell you, it was a difficult decision trying to narrow down my options, I could have bought the whole shop, haha! :-)


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward // Book Review 2017


"I like to think I know what death is. I like to think that it's something I could look at straight."

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Black and White Gingham // Outfit of the Day


Black and White Gingham // Hello loves, hope you've had a good week? Well, I am exceptionally late to the 'summer gingham' party - this trend was huge a few months back but seemed to just pass me by... Anyways, I've had this dress in my wardrobe for a number of years now (it's a good thing patterns like gingham are forever in fashion...) and thought I'd wear it on an outing into town a couple of weeks back. Since summer ended a looooong time ago (when on earth did it become November?!?!), I paired my dress with my trusty black cardigan from good, old Primark (and, of course, a big thick coat, not pictured!). This cardigan has honestly been my wardrobe staple/ lifesaver. There have been so many times that the cardigan has helped to make an outfit look instantly chic and smart - I actually call this my 'lucky' cardigan, as I tend to wear it to job interviews and, even though sometimes I didn't end up getting the job, at least I know I looked good... ;-) 

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Oasis Paisley Dress // Outfit of the Day


Oasis Paisley Dress // Hello lovelies, I hope you're having a great weekend. I'm sharing another blue outfit today (you can see my last outfit here). Over the last few months, I've enjoyed incorporating more blue items into my wardrobe, as it was never a colour I wore much of in the past. This paisley print dress from Oasis has become one of my favourites though. It looks really smart for work but can easily be dressed up for a night out with the girls.


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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Warehouse Floral Dress // Outfit of the Day


Warehouse Floral Dress // Hello lovelies, hope you are doing well. I've honestly had, what feels like, the busiest few weeks - the days seem to be flying by and I've hardly had a moment to sit down and get a post written for this wee blog of mine. I suppose it's good when life feels like it's zooming past though, it means that things are exciting and I'm constantly kept busy, which I like. Anyways, I wanted to quickly show you all this new dress from Warehouse. I say 'new' but, you know me, I won this dress on eBay and it's been in my wardrobe a few months now...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Autumn at Go Ape // TreeTops Adventure at Crathes Castle 2017


Autumn at Go Ape // I've always been a bit of a thrill seeker, and having been born and raised in Scotland, I'm also a big lover of the great outdoors! Last week, I was contacted by the team at Go Ape, who challenged me to experience their Tree Tops Adventure course at the idyllic Crathes Castle site in Aberdeenshire. I jumped (quite literally) at this opportunity - I've heard so many amazing stories about Go Ape from friends and family, and was dying to try it out for myself. I was told to gather my tribe and head into the wilderness, where adventure would await us... 




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Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini // Book Review 2017


"I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realise I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years."


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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Silver Glitter Dress // Outfit of the Day


Silver Glitter Dress // Morning lovelies, how has your week been? I can't honestly believe it's been four weeks since my friend Rachel married her long term love Paul. It was such a wonderful day filled with happy tears and colourful confetti. If you follow me on Instagram (@electricsunrise), then you've probably already seen my outfit and the hundreds of photos of the actual wedding and the downright gorgeous bride. For those that haven't seen my outfit yet, I thought I'd turn it into a blog post  - after all, I'm absolutely obsessed with this dress and had to share it with you all.


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Filofax Notebooks Review 2017


Filofax Notebooks // Happy Wednesday! It's almost time to go back to school (or university in my case #PhDStudent), so what could be better than treating yourself to some brand new stationery? The guys over at FiloFax have just launched a wonderful notebook collection, perfect for any stationery lovers out there. The collection features a wide range of vibrant colours and designs to choose from, and with refillable pages, these new notebooks will fit perfectly with existing Filofax journals and diaries - how brilliant is that?! I have very kindly received two notebooks to review on this old blog of mine, so keep on reading to hear my thoughts...

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My Life In Pictures // Instagram



Instagram // Hello loves, how are you doing? It's been a while since I've shared some Instagram snaps with you all. Even if I go a little quiet on here, you can guarantee I've probably posted on my Instagram account, it's funny that isn't it? Anyways, here's a combination of some yummy treats, pretty flowers and some fabulous butterflies that called our garden home over the summer. Also, can you tell that I like coffee?...


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

New Season Wardrobe Inspiration 2017


New Season Wardrobe // It's that time of year again! Yup, that's right. Slowly but surely, it's now Autumn. So, it's time to ditch the thin summer dresses and get stocked up on cozy jackets, chunky knits and winter boots. I really love putting together a product wish list and it's the type of post that I used to feature quite a lot on this blog (100 points if you remember the 'Lust List'?). I realised I hadn't done one of these posts in a while, so here we go! I thought with the arrival of the new season, this would be perfect timing to share some Autumn fashion inspiration. I've chosen a collection of products from various brands including All Saints, Miss Selfridge, River Island, Topshop, Reformation, etc, etc. You can click on each item and it will take you to the product page, you can thank me later ;-)




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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Oasis Tropical Dress // Outfit of the Day


Oasis Tropical Dress // You may have noticed but this dress is incredibly similar to one that I showed off quite recently (you can see it here)... I'm no doubt late to the party but I've really fallen in love with this style of dress - it's just so damn comfy. The bell sleeves are a lovely touch and make the dress look so delicate, and this print was too pretty to ignore - it's covered in little, colourful, tropical birds. I paired the dress with a belt but it probably wasn't needed - it actually has a lovely detailed pattern at the waist which is just as nice!


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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice | Book Review 2017


"I see..." said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room towards the window. For a long time he stood there against the dim light from Divisadero Street and the passing beams of traffic. The boy could see furnishings of the room more clearly now, the round oak table, the chairs. A wash basin hung on one wall with a mirror. He set his brief case on the table and waited."



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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Pink Brocade Dress // Outfit of the Day


Pink Brocade // I spotted this pink beauty in the Warehouse super sale last week. I say super sale because items were discounted, and then an additional 20% was taken off - result! I ended up getting this pink brocade number for £12! It was such a great find - not only does the pattern look lovely paired with tights and wee cardigan, but the thick material makes it a really sturdy, durable item that will no doubt last a couple of years. I'm looking forward to wearing this in Winter, I have a feeling it might be quite a cozy one, matched with a thick chunky knit... 

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Muse by Jessie Burton | Book Review 2017


'Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve. Many moments that change a life's course - a conversation with a stranger on a ship, for example - are pure luck. And yet no one writes you a letter, or chooses you as their confessor, without good reason. This is what she taught me: you have to be ready in order to be lucky. You have to put your pieces into play'. 


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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Monsoon Floral Freida // Outfit of the Day


Floral Frieda // Do you ever come across a piece of clothing that you just feel was designed specifically for you? I spotted this floral mix dress in the Monsoon sale last week and nearly gave out a little scream - I just loved it that much! Everything from the pattern, to the length, to the subtle bell sleeves, to the comfy stretch material - this dress just had my name written all over it. It's actually so rare for me to go into town these days and wander through the shops searching for bargains - you'll know I'm such an eBay / Charity shop kind-of-gal... but after shopping in town that day, I actually came home with eight (yes, 8!) new dresses, haha! It's true, a girl can never have too many...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Vero Moda Dress // Outfit of the Day


Vero Moda Dress // Hello loves, hope you had a great week. I was searching through my wardrobe one day last week and came across this navy blue dress from Vero Moda. It's the only piece of clothing that I own from the brand, and I remember it was a very spontaneous purchase during the ASOS sale a couple of years ago... I'm really happy to have rediscovered it this week - it's shocking but it's been one of those items that just sits in the wardrobe, still with its original tags. I've no idea why I haven't worn it because it's gorgeous - and yes, it also needs a very good iron - apologies in advance...!

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood | Book Review 2017


'The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one option: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs'. 

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Broderie Anglaise Dress // Outfit of the Day


Broderie Anglaise // hello loves, hope you've had a great week. I've spent the last few days staring out the window at the grey Scottish rain, dreaming of the warm, hot sun of central Europe... I came across these pictures on my phone, taken last month on a rare day of sunshine... I had completely forgotten to post them earlier, and it made me feel depressed about the weather - yet again! I wish I could wear simple, summer dresses all year round, and not have to worry about thick tights and carrying an umbrella with me everywhere I go...


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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Girls by Emma Cline | Book Review 2017


"I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls. I noticed their hair first, long and uncombed. Then their jewellery catching the sun. The three of them were far enough away that I saw only the periphery of their features, but it didn't matter - I knew they were different from everyone else in the park..."


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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Embroidered Top - Outfit of the Day


Embroidered Top // Happy Sunday! I have a quick outfit post for you all today. As you'll probably know by now, I really love to hold onto my clothes and continue wearing them for years and years. I've never been one to follow trends and fads, and I like to think I'm doing my bit to save the planet by reusing and re-wearing my clothes as much as possible. I've had this white and black embroidered top from H&M for years now - I remember picking it up from a summer sale for £7 and just knew it would be sticking around for a while. With it's lovely design and shape, it's a great piece to have for any formal occasion. Only problem is though, it kind of needs to be worn with jeans, and as you'll also probably know by now, jeans are not for me...


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Lanzarote Travel Diary // Canary Islands Holiday 2017 - Part One


Lanzarote, Canary Islands // Welcome to the land of Blue. My boyfriend and I spent an idyllic 10 day holiday in the Canary Islands and I wanted to share some of the snaps that I took whilst we were away. It was the first time either of us had been in the Canaries and we were instantly impressed with the great weather - the sunshine was constantly beating down with very little clouds in the sky. We went at the beginning of May and it was already reaching 25-28 degrees ... I can only imagine what it must be like when full summer hits... bliss! I was amazed at the landscape in Lanzarote - it can only be described as prehistoric, with old volcanos situated all across the place. The island is known for it's volcanic soil and black ash/ rocks - however, I was taken aback at how blue the entire island was and I think you can see that reflected in the photos...










Playa Blanca // We stayed in the popular seaside resort of Playa Blanca. I think it's smaller and quieter than some of the other resorts on the island, for example Puerto Carmen, but it was a great area full of shops, restaurants, bars and more importantly, the beach. The island is really small so it's easy to travel about, either by car or by bus. 











Puerto Calero // I would really recommend travelling around the island, particularly to the idyllic seaside towns. Puerto Calero is between Puerto Carmen and Playa Blanca - spend time wandering around the marina and enjoy a drink or two at any of the seaside restaurants and bars.








Papagayo Beach // This beach has got to be one of the most gorgeous places I've ever been. Hands down. It was such a wonderful place to spend an afternoon sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Be aware of the awful road that takes you there though - you have to travel for about 10 miles on this horrendous off-road track - we were really scared that the tyres on our rental car were going to blow. The local council should really think about investing in a proper road - other than that though, it's a fabulous place and very memorable. 








The Sunsets // Every evening there was a dramatic sunset, which was a wonderful thing to experience. The colours were so intense and bright, as you can see in the picture below... #NoFilter...




I think sometime in the near future I will plan a 'What to do in Lanzarote' type post, as Owen and I had some very memorable experiences... For now, I just wanted to quickly share some holiday snaps and share the love for this beautiful place. Keep your eyes peeled for Part Two soon!

Have you been to Lanzarote before? Let me know in the comments below. 

More soon,

Helen
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Checked Skirt - Outfit of the Day


Checked Skirt // Happy Sunday! I was doing a little clear out last week and came across this old skirt from Topshop. It's been such an old faithful over the years, and it's always great when you discover a piece of clothing you had completely forgotten about! I remember why I love this skirt so much; the elasticated waist makes it one of the comfiest items to wear ever, and subsequently, is great for when I've eaten too much and have a growing food baby... It's also a great skirt to throw on quickly and create a simple outfit like this one. You can't really go wrong with monochrome, am I right? 

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

See with IOLLA - Review of Scottish Eyewear Brand 2017


IOLLA EYEWEAR // Happy Wednesday, hope you're having a great week so far! You might remember back in December, I discovered that my eyesight was going a bit funny... I realised after a quick eye test, that I needed to start wearing glasses. Ahhhhhhh!! As someone who has always prided themselves on their 'absolutely amazing 20/20' vision, I did not take this news lightly. Since then, I've been on the search for some stylish glasses that will suit my big face and wonky nose... and I've found them - ladies and gentlemen, I'm thrilled to introduce you all to Glasgow based company, IOLLA, who have managed to answer all my eyewear prayers.

Bruce Glasses in the colour 'Plum'
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Leopard Print Skirt - Outfit of the Day


Leopard Print Skirt // Happy weekend - hope you've having a great one so far! The weather has finally decided to improve lately and I've been trying desperately to show off the remaining tan that I have from my holiday back in May... I think it's definitely time for another holiday soon! Especially since I spend most of my time stuck behind a computer, sitting at my desk... I am really busy right now getting ready to start a new job in August (which I'm incredibly excited about), but if I'm being honest, I could do with another holiday - who agrees with me? ;-)


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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Black and White Dress - Outfit of the Day


Black and White Dress // Happy Sunday! I hope you've had a great weekend so far. I'm sharing a quick outfit post today - this time, I want to show you guys a dress I got from my local charity shop for £1... Yes that's right, £1! You guys know I love a bargain, and although this dress is an old design from H&M, I couldn't resist. I am trying to wear more colour lately, as I always seem to throw on some monochrome clothes, but I really loved this dress paired with a simple black cardigan and tights. 


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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Black and Yellow // Outfit of the Day


Black and Yellow // Happy sunday! I hope you've had a great week so far. Well, it's official... summer is over in Scotland. This past week it has felt more like October than the beginning of July... remind me  to move to a warmer country in the very near future... I feel like I need to go on another holiday asap - I'm sick of looking out the window and seeing rain... Anyways, on a more positive note, I wanted to share a bright and colourful outfit (for obvious reasons) to cheer myself up and inject a bit of colour into the dull, grey days. 


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Friday, 30 June 2017

My Life in Pictures // Instagram


Instagram // Happy Friday! I'm excited to share another dose of daily pictures with you all - I love sharing a wide variety of pictures - maybe it's my breakfast or lunch, maybe there's a gorgeous bunch of flowers growing in the garden or maybe I want to tell you about the book that I've been reading ... Instagram allows me to share very quick snippets of my everyday life, which might not always be featured on here... 



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