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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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Best Instagram Stores for your Last-Minute Holiday Buys 2017


Instagram Stores // I love Instagram just as much as the next person, and I love it whenever the creators bring out a new feature. First it was 'LikeToKnowIt', then it was 'Instagram Stories' and now you can literally purchase the clothes you see through Instagram... technology amazes me sometimes! Anyways I thought I'd share some of my favourite Instagram stores, perfect for anyone looking for some last-minute holiday inspiration...

You can't beat online shopping for those last-minute holiday purchases - with offers such as next-day delivery and free returns, it's the easiest way to get your wardrobe holiday ready without spending hours and hours trawling through the shops. Instagram stores make it even easier for the shopaholics out there - you can literally shop when you're scrolling. Keep reading to check out some of the top Instagram stores to try... 


{ image sourced from Pinterest }
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Romwe White Lace Top // Outfit of the Day


Romwe White Lace Top // Happy Sunday! I'm really excited to show you all my new white lace top from online brand, Romwe. I hadn't really heard of this brand before and so when they got in touch, I was intrigued to review some of their items... I opted for this cute white top with lace detailing - just look at those sleeves! I think this top could be perfect for those summer BBQs or chilled out Sunday brunch... Even dressed up, it would be great for the office or any formal occasion... Keep reading to read and see more!

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Friday, 23 June 2017

How to spend 24 hours in Glasgow, Scotland 2017


Glasgow, Scotland // Hello lovelies, hope you've had a great week so far. I'm sharing a travel post about one of my favourite Scottish cities, Glasgow. As someone who has lived in Scotland their whole life, I know that it's very easy to forget just how wonderful the place is. I think it's always worthwhile taking a moment to appreciate your own surroundings and enjoy being a tourist in your own country. I've loved many opportunities in the past to enjoy adventures around Scotland (see my previous posts about Stornoway, Caithness and Edinburgh), but today I'd like to shine a light on, and share the love for, Glasgow. 

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city, bursting with culture, exciting things to see and do, oh and let's not forget the delicious food spots and eateries.... so, let's start! 

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Mini In The Box Jewellery Review 2017


Mini In The Box Jewellery Review // Hello loves, hope you've had a great week. I'm really excited to share some costume jewellery from online boutique, Mini In The Box with you all. Those who know me, know that I'm an absolute sucker for costume jewellery, particularly necklaces. I'm slowing but surely growing a huge collection of statement pieces - most of which I've found on eBay at a bargain price. The right jewellery can help to transform the simplest of outfits, and it's always such a great investment if you can't afford a whole new outfit. I was really excited to select some items to review, keep reading to hear my thoughts... 




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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Monochrome Flowers // Outfit of the Day


Monochrome Flowers // So I really wasn't lying when I said I own about 100 black and white floral print dresses... but can a girl really have too many? I think this print is really classic, perfect for any occasion and will stand the test of time - quite literally - I've actually owned this River Island dress for about three years now and it's still going strong... 


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Friday, 9 June 2017

Sony Xperia XZ and DIY App Review 2017


Sony Xperia XZ by Vodafone UK // As you’ll know from my previous post [here] I am a big fan of Apple products. I always have been – my first ‘proper’ smartphone was the iPhone 3GS which kept me going until the winter of 2015, when I finally gave in and decided to purchase an iPhone 6 – and I’ll probably wait 3 more generations before I switch again… But before the age of smart phones, let’s not forget the epic Sony Ericsson phones that pretty much everyone had in the school playground. I remember I had the most amazing purple phone that would light up at the sides whenever I got a text or a call and if I'm being honest, I wish I was still using that phone today… Nevertheless my friends, the purple Sony Ericsson’s of the past have grown up  - let me introduce you to…. The Sony XZ.


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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin // Book Review 2017


Eilis Lacy, sitting at the window of the upstairs living room in the house on Friary Street, noticed her sister walking briskly from work. She watched Rose crossing the street from sunlight into shade, carrying the new leather handbag that she had bought in Clery's in Dublin in the sale. Rose was wearing a cream-coloured cardigan over her shoulders. Her golf clubs were in the hall; in a few minutes, Eilis knew, someone would call for her and her sister would not return until the summer evening had faded. 



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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Pretty In Pink // Outfit of the Day


Pretty in Pink // Hello loves, I'm finally back on track with my outfit posts - and this outfit is actually one of my favourites. You'll probably know by now that I just love everything pink and floral, so this really is a winning combo. I love finding new ways to wear old dresses, and this black and pink one has had a special place in my heart ever since I got it a couple of years ago. It's always given the most flattering shape and the pattern is so lovely - the combination of dusky pink, grey and black is perfecttttt. 


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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Anne Klein Diana Chain Handbag Review 2017


Anne Klein Handbag // Hello loves, I've been a little 'out of the loop' lately. Ever since I got back from holiday, my blogging pattern has been a bit funny, but I'm finally back in the swings of things. I thought I'd show you guys my new black and gold handbag from Anne Klein. This was actually a surprise present from my boyfriend, who very kindly chose this wonderful accessory. Those that know me, know that I love any accessory that is black and gold - it's just such a classic combination! I love that this bag is similar to some of the Gucci bags out there at the moment, but my gorgeous lion logo beats them hands down - just look  at how cute it is! Love, love, love! 



Anne Klein // Diana Double Flap Chain Handbag 

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer // Book Review 2017


At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts , turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses. Entire streets swirl with the, flashing white against the cobbles. 'Urgent message to the inhabitants of this town', they say. 'Depart immediately to open country'


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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Glasses Shop Review and Discount 2017


Glasses Shop Review // Hello loves, hope you're having a great week so far! I'm excited to share another collaboration with online glasses boutique, GlassesShop.com. Unfortunately, I'm slowly becoming as blind as a wee bat and have become quite reliant on glasses, particularly for things like watching TV and driving... I was very kindly sent these retro-style glasses, created for my unique prescription. Although they do make me look slightly 'Harry Potter-esque', this quirky pair is a great additional to my growing glasses collection - it's always great to have multiple pairs of glasses for any kind of emergency... I think I'll leave this pair over at my boyfriend's house, just so I know there is always a pair there, and it's one less thing to worry about...


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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Salt and Pepper Coat // Outfit of the Day


Salt and Pepper Coat // Happy Sunday, hope you've had a lovely week. I bought this 'salt and pepper' coat from Oasis about three years ago, and it's been a staple piece of my wardrobe ever since. It was honestly a fantastic purchase - it was £100 but I also think it's a good idea to invest in a quality coat, and this one has been such a great purchase. I've had it dry-cleaned a number of times but it's still looking as good as new. The speckled black, white and grey design complements so many of my existing items of clothing, making it such a versatile jacket. 


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Friday, 28 April 2017

My Life in Pictures // Instagram


Instagram // Oh how I just love the arrival of Spring and the warmer days... It just makes everything better. I've always told myself that I'm destined to live in the sun - I think it was all those summer holidays spent travelling around Europe, mainly Italy, when I was younger. I am now a full-blown sun worshipper and can honestly say I'm only truly happy when in the sunshine. So, as you can imagine, living in cold and wet Scotland can be difficult and I'm pretty sure I've suffered from S.A.D at some point in my life... Still, Scotland looks extremely pretty when the sun does decide to shine, and I thought I'd share some of the pictures that I've been snapping lately. 




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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

How to spend 48 hours in Copenhagen, Denmark



Copenhagen, Denmark // At the beginning of March, I travelled to Copenhagen to celebrate my lovely friend DeeDee's 30th birthday. I was so excited to return to CPH - I spent a wonderful 6 months living in Denmark whilst studying at University - I was fortunate enough to take part in the study abroad Erasmus programme and attend Teko University in a small danish town called Herning. Now, Copenhagen was a good 3 hours away on the train, but it didn't stop us from visiting every couple of weeks, and I soon fell in love with the city. Going back there just deepened my love for the country even more, and so I thought I'd share my short trip with you all. We arrived on the Friday night and left early Monday morning, so we had a solid 48 hours to enjoy the beautiful city... 



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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Aztec Print // Outfit of the Day


Aztec Print // Hello loves, hope you're having a great weekend. It's been a relatively quiet week for me, but I still managed to have a wander through the local charity shops in search for some bargains. I'm particularly excited to show you this little black and white number - I was drawn to the busy aztec print and cute cut, and sold by the £4 price tag! As much as I love finding pieces on eBay, charity shop bargains are just as great. I know it's not for everyone, but I love being able to find new pieces for a little price tag. 


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Friday, 21 April 2017

Imagise Personalised iPhone 6 Case Review and Giveaway 2017


Imagise iPhone Case // Happy Friday, hope you've had a great week so far! Exciting news: I was recently contacted by the lovely team over at Imagise, who kindly offered me the chance to design a personalised iPhone 6 case! I'm definitely one of those people who are obsessed with their phone and it's constantly in my hand or extremely close by... I've always loved buying cases for my phone and making it as pretty as can be, so when I got the chance to design a new case, I was really excited. I'm a sucker for bright patterns and recently came across this pastel, watercolour design on Pinterest. I was particularly drawn to the pink, purple and blue colours (my favourite!) and was instantly in love when the case arrived in the post last week. I am really impressed with the quality of the case. It's made from thick plastic which is protective and will keep my iPhone completely safe and secure - perfect for anyone who is clumsy like me! :-)


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Parade // Outfit of the Day


Easter Parade // Hello loves, hope you're having a wonderful weekend. It's Easter - the only time of year that it's acceptable to eat as much chocolate as you like, and nobody will judge. Hope you're having a great mini holiday with family and friends, and I also hope you've got easter eggs coming out your ears. Brace yourselves but I'm about to admit a big secret: I'm actually not a fan of chocolate. Yup that's right, I hardly ever eat it and when I do, I feel really sick. It's just not my go-to snack or treat. Now, crisps are a different story. I'm always the first to open a bag of crisps or dip my hand into the big bowl. I could seriously eat crisps for daysssss and I'm known for always carrying an emergency packet in my handbag... I really wish there was a British holiday that celebrated crisps, not chocolate! ;)


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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt // Book Review 2017


While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. 

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Feeling Grey - Outfit of the Day


Feeling Grey // hello loves, how's your week been? I picked up this grey jumper from the H&M sale last week. It was an absolute bargain - £5! and it's blended with cashmere and wool, making it feel like such a luxurious piece for the tiny price tag. I usually hate the itchy feel of wool against my skin but this jumper is lovely to wear and doesn't irritate at all - yay! 

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review 2017


Amazon Fire TV Stick Review // Hello loves, I have a slightly different post for you today. I was recently asked if I wanted to review an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Now, I’m going to be perfectly honest and let you in on a little secret.... I had no idea what an ‘amazon fire TV stick’ even was but with a name like that, it was too exciting an opportunity to miss, haha! :-)

I quickly learned that an amazon fire tv stick is a sleek, black USB-shaped stick that you plug into your TV through the HDMI port. It’s an easy way to enjoy over 7,000 channels, apps and games (yes, really!!), AND it gives individuals the chance to watch over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, ITV Hub, HBO Now, HULU to name a few… Yes, that’s right. This is pretty much every TV lovers’ dream and a real game changer when it comes to the way we now watch TV. We have all seen the success of channels like Netflix and the huge trend of watching TV and movies in a portable, wireless way. 


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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Daniel Wellington Watch and Discount 2017


Daniel Wellington // Hello loves, hope you're having a great week so far! You'll know from my previous posts [here, here and here], that I have a slight obsession with my new watch from Daniel Wellington. The Swedish brand very kindly sent me one of their Classic Sheffield watches and I was over the moon. These watches are gorgeous and are the perfect accessory for any outfit - seriously, this watch goes with everything. That's why I love a black and gold combo so much, it's a timeless look that means you can honestly wear this watch pretty much everyday. 



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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Another Floral Dress - Outfit of the Day


Another Floral Dress // Wow, it's April, when did that happen?! Anyways, here's me in a floral dress - what's new? It's true, I must own about 100 different floral dresses, but to me, they are all unique in their own way. It's kind of like it's become my wardrobe staple, just like some women love black jeans or a classic white shirt, I love floral dresses. To me, you can't really go wrong with them and usually go well with my jackets, black tights, and accessories. 

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