Style - Off Duty Monochrome

The 'off duty model' look is one of my favourite go-to styles for the day time. It's really easy to throw together, it's simple yet has a well put together feel about it and really doesn't take much effort at all. It's a style I always feel very comfortable wearing. It makes me feel that little bit 'dressed up' whilst still keeping that casual daytime look. Always a confidence boost.

Style - Off Duty Monochrome Primark Newlook Boohoo

Style - Off Duty Monochrome Primark Newlook Boohoo

Style - Off Duty Monochrome Primark Newlook Boohoo

Style - Off Duty Monochrome Primark Newlook Boohoo

Style - Off Duty Monochrome Primark Newlook Boohoo

When it comes to shirts and blouses I'm a bit of a hoarder. I have tonnes in my wardrobe and when I spot one in a shop that I like, I just can't resist. Although I'm not the biggest fan of Primark, their shirts have never disappointed me and the lovely one in these pictures was no exception. The combination of a very light weight fabric and low cut front makes it perfect for the warmer months. It gives you cover whilst still feeling and looking cool. The dainty buttoned front gives it a girlie edge but it still looks very grown up.

I teamed it with my favourite New Look black jeans that are very well loved and after seeing a good few washes have faded a little. Being petite and having a shallow back I struggle finding jeans that fit well but these are just perfect. My favourtie pair of shoes where also added to the mix. Are they a boot, are they a shoe?! Who knows! I think they're the perfect combination of simple and edgy.

The duster jacket was a nice little find from Primark and only about £15 too! I'd been after one for so long and finally found this in my local Primark mixed between a few different jackets. When I find the last one in my size I always take it as a sign to buy it. It's a really versatile piece in my wardrobe and I always feel a little more fancy when I wear it! I particularly love styling it with a mini A-line skirt, combining the short skirt and long jacket gives a really nice edge to the outfit.

Jacket - Primark, Shirt - Primark, Jeans - Newlook, Shoes - Boohoo, Sunglasses - Raybans, Bag - Fiorelli

Kelsey xx

Judges Court Hotel, York

A review is better late than never, right?

A couple of months ago me and my boyfriend went on a little overnight trip to York, which you can find out more about here. We stayed in a wonderfully quirky little hotel that was tucked away down a little path, right in the heart of the city. It's really the perfect location. Just a stones throw away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the shops and the restaurants, but set far enough back that you can easily escape and have a very peaceful nights sleep.

Judges Court Hotel, York

Judges Court Hotel is a 4 star, boutique hotel set in a little courtyard hidden between shops in the heart of York's city centre. If you didn't know it was there, you'd barely even notice it. In fact, I almost walked past the little path that leads to it's front doors! When we arrived we were greeted by the loveliest receptionist who gave us all the relevant information, showed us to the room and talked us through some of the facilities that came with the room. I was really excited, as I've never really stayed in a proper English hotel before, and I really can't fault this stay in any way!

The room was absolutely beautiful. From the crisp bedding to the quirky imagery on the wall. It was all stunning! The mix of modern furniture and vintage touches, such as the beautiful old fire place, gave it a really lovely feel. The room was spacious, the bed was comfy and there was plenty of light to do my makeup in the morning! Hidden in one of the cupboards was a well stocked mini bar along with complimentary hot drinks and a nespresso machine for the coffee lovers out there. Oh, and of course there was free wifi, making it the perfect hotel for a business stay or a few nights away.

Judges Court Hotel, York

Judges Court Hotel, York

Judges Court Hotel, York

Set down a little corridor in the far corner of the room was the en-suite. It was spacious and the lighting was absolutely amazing! The finish was crisp, clean and modern with everything you could have needed. The shower absolutely huge and I couldn't wait to jump in when I woke up in the morning. Towels, flannels and tissues were all provided along with the most lovely scented Cowshed toiletries. The beauty lover in me was really excited to try Cowshed and they didn't disappoint, the scent was fresh and very natural. Perfect for waking you up in the morning.

Judges Court Hotel, York

Judges Court Hotel, York

The beautiful room and modernly fitted bathroom made it really easy to get ready in the morning. Plenty of space, lots of natural lighting and a good selection of mirrors. The stay was absolutely wonderful and it's definitely a hotel I would visit again. We were ever given a complimentary late checkout which was fab if you're like me and always take longer than you think to get ready! Whoops!

The history of the hotel is really fascinating too and we were talking to a member of staff about it for a while before we left, but you can find out more about it here.

Kelsey xx

Favourites from the High Street

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I love treating myself to high end products. There's nothing quite like the enjoyment of opening fresh Nars lippy or applying a blush brush to that pretty pattern for the first time. But, buying high end isn't always that great for my bank balance, so it's to the high street brands I go! I think high street brands sometimes get a little over looked in the blogging world, but there's tonnes of hidden gems out there and you don't always have to spend a lot to find a wonderful product!

Colab Aussie Soap and Glory Maxfactor The Body Shop Favourites from the High Street

Colab Aussie Soap and Glory Maxfactor The Body Shop Favourites from the High Street

When Ruth Crilly first announced to launch of Colab dry shampoo I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, being the first blogger release that's actually got me excited and wanting to buy it. Quickly after first giving it a go Colab dry shampoo became a staple in my beauty regime and I haven't used a different dry shampoo since. It's perfect for refreshing hair between washes or just giving it that extra bit of volume. It's light weight, smells amazing and doesn't leave that grey, matte finish!

Another hair product that I absolutely adore is Aussie's Miracle Hair Insurance. I've been using it for years, it was actually one of the first products I reviewed on my blog nearly 3 years ago! I use it along side my trusty Tangle Teezer after towel drying my hair, to help de-tangle and prevent it breaking. It's not a wonder product but it does exactly what it says on the tin. Oh, and it smells amazing too!

Skincare wise I'm pretty obsessed with The Body Shop's Vitamin E Moisture Cream. When it comes to face creams I like something pretty simple and this one from TBS is just that. It's lightweight and adds the perfect amount of moisture, plus it doesn't take too long to soak in. Oh, and it makes a great makeup base too.

Soap and Glory's Thick & Fast mascara has been my one and only for a good couple of years. I probably can't even count on one hand that amount of times I've used it! It ticks all the boxes; good pigmentation, lengthens, creates volume and doesn't clump. It's just an all round good mascara and I really recommend it. I did a review on it last year, here, with before and after pictures, so you can see how amazing it is yourself!

Lastly is a foundation that I can't recommend enough. On the whole, me and drugstore foundations don't really get along. It seems hard to find a good coverage foundation, in the drugstore, that isn't heavy and doesn't leave you feeling like your wearing a mask. However, Maxfactor's Whipped Creme foundation has this covered. It's got an amazing silky feel to it and glides on to the skin effortlessly. The satin finish means it suits my skin all year round and it covers my redness without me even knowing it's there, it's one of my favourite foundations!

What's your favourite from the high street?

Kelsey xx

Father's Day Gifts from IWOOT

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With Father's day almost here it's time to start thinking about that perfect gift for your Dad, Granddad or any other deserving male! I always find picking gifts for my Dad pretty tricky. Although he always appreciates the generic chocolates, toiletry sets and alcoholic gifts I feel like they kind of lack imagination and are just a sort of 'easy' gift that doesn't take much thought. Plus, I never like to keep getting him the same gift!

Father's Day Gifts from IWOOT

IWOOT (I Want One of Those) recently contacted me asking if I'd like to review some of their Father's day gifts. Obviously, with it being one of my favourite sites to browse for quirky gifts, and being in desperate need of some gift inspiration myself, I couldn't wait for my mystery gifts to arrive! They have a huge selection of gifts for Father's day from gadgets to quirky chocolates and tonnes of novelty gifts. If you're stuck for gift ideas for this years Father's day then peek at their website because they have all sorts to match everyone's budget! It's a great place for gift hunting if you're wanting something a little unusual any time of the year.

First thing I found when I opened my mystery packing is a perfect gift for the man who enjoys a tipple or two, Whisky Rockers* glasses. The set of quirky whiskey glasses have a completely rounded bottom and gentle rock on the table and, although originally meant for whiskey, they're generously sized so great for wine or whatever drink they desire (although I'd probably stay clear of anything too fizzy!). They're a great novelty gift that's also really practical, they were originally designed to be used on ships as the rounded bottom allowed them to gently sway with the waves. And, if you're on a bit of a budget this year, they're only £9.99 and can be found here.

Father's Day Gifts from IWOOT
Father's Day Gifts from IWOOT

The second item in my mystery package was the Immerse Virtual Reality Headset*, a gift for any man that's a bit gadget mad. It's really fun gift that you simply slip your phone into and then watch away! There's tonnes of free apps that work along side the headset, such a VR Roller Coasters, and also small clips and movies to watch through it too! The straps and lens positions are completely adjustable so it's a gift that's perfect for those of all sizes! It's a really fun to use product and, although you may feel a little silly at first, once you get in to it you completely forget. Oh, and you can use earphones with it so don't worry about it being noisy! This VR Headset is on IWOOT here and at £22.99 it's a pretty budget friendly buy!

IWOOT currently have a free next day delivery offer on for all spends over £35 so, if you leave all your gift buying to the last minute, there's still time to get that fun, quirky gift!

Kelsey xx

**PR sample. All opinions are my own.


Style - A Little Bit of Khaki

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Right now all I want is a wardrobe full of white, black and khaki, maybe throw in a bit of camel and nude for good measure. But I seriously can't get enough of these colours! I know they're not exactly Spring/Summer colours, I'm just not too sure if the classic bright summer colours are for me. Newlook are completely winning me over at the moment and I think they've seriously nailed the khaki trend. I actually bought a beautiful khaki playsuit from them not so long ago but unfortunately it didn't fit so ended up returning it. When I say return, I mean exchange, as I couldn't bare to leave the shop without a shirt I'd been eying up (as it's completely justifiable cos I wasn't actually spending any extra money, haha)!

Styling the khaki military look for spring summer 2015
 
Styling the khaki military look for spring summer 2015

Styling the khaki military look for spring summer 2015

Styling the khaki military look for spring summer 2015

The shirt itself is pretty basic, but it's one of those essential basic items that you can be pair with so many different things and get an endless supply of different outfits from. I've already worn it tucked in to a skirt and I reckon it'll be great when it's warmer, chucked over the top of a plain cami. It's slightly over sized, but nips in at the waist, so it doesn't leave you too shapeless. I always worry about this as, with being petite, over sized clothes can sort of drown me out! Today I went pretty simple and wore it slightly tucked it to my favourite pair of Miss Selfridge jeans with my faux leather worn over the top. It gave a slightly military/grungy look but I think you could easily style it up with a pair of jeans if you were going out for drinks or a meal. Shoe wise I went for the newest addition to my shoe collection, a beautiful pair of peep toe shoe boots with a double sling back, that I found whilst browsing the Boohoo wesbite.  I've been looking for peep toe boots for such a long time and when I saw these I knew I had to have them, they're the perfect Spring shoe, aren't they!? They have a little bit of a heel, which gives me a bit of height, but the platform-esque sole means they're really comfy. I walked around York all day with these on and it was just like wearing a pair of flats.

Shirt - Newlook, Jeans - Miss Selfridge, Jacket - Miss Selfridge, Shoes - Boohoo

What are your thoughts on the khaki trend?

Kelsey xx

El Piano, York - A Vegan Restaurant

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So, last Monday me and my boyfriend (He's called Jake) took an over night trip to York. We've visited the city a couple of times previously for days out and it's truly beautiful, it's one of the places in the UK that really steels my heart. Jake planned an over night trip for us as it always feels a bit rushed when we just go for the day, so it was nice to get to spend a bit more time there. Plus, I had two days off in a row (which is normally unheard of!) and his cousins band, Amber Run, were also playing there as part of there tour, so it seemed like the perfect excuse! We left mid afternoon on the Monday, stayed overnight in an amazing boutique hotel (which I'm blogging about soon) and then spent the Tuesday exploring the city. I had planned to get a few outfit photos done whilst I was there but it was so windy they all turned out awfully!

Whenever we go to York we try to eat somewhere different each time and avoid any chain restaurants that we can easily go to back here. York is so full of beautiful, quaint little eateries that picking where to go can be a little over whelming. The first time we visiting we ended up eating at a truly awful place out of pure hunger. So, if you go, do a little research of tripadvisor first so you don't end up picking somewhere bad cause you're just so damn hangry!
 
El Piano, York - A Vegan Restaurant
 
El Piano is a beautiful, quirky little restaurant down one of the quieter streets in York. It's not far from The Shambles and next door to the Mulberry shop (I had a perfect view of their window display from where they seated us)! El Piano is a completely vegan restaurant and they also cater for intolerance's such as gluten and soya, so it's perfect for me and Jake. It was so nice to eat somewhere where I could literally pick anything from the menu. I didn't have to ask about diary, I didn't have to ask what is vegetarian or why a seemingly meatfree meal didn't have the green 'V' next to it.
 
El Piano, York - A Vegan Restaurant

El Piano, York - A Vegan Restaurant
 
El Piano, York - A Vegan Restaurant
L-R / Jake's Main, My Main
They have a small, select menu with the perfect amount of variety and I definitely had more to choose from than normal! The mains on the lunch menu are set out in a sort of tapas style, where you kind of create your own meal. You choose a main hot dish, a side and then a little salad. It was really nice to be able to mix and max, try different flavours and have an endless combination of meals to choose from! The mains were absolutely incredible and really filling (but not it that horrible way were you feel like to need to nap for 12 hours), I actually didn't finish mine and passed on some of my side to Jake. I went for the Mexican trio, Pestolitos and the Japan cup, Jake had the Fiery kababs, Tinas and Big E salsa. It was all truly delicious and there actually wasn't anything on the menu I didn't want to try. I had to tell the waitress I needed a few more minutes to pick...more than once! The staff were all really lovely too, very friendly and very contentive. I can't fault this beautiful little restaurant at all!
 
El Piano, York - A Vegan Restaurant
L-R / Jake's Drink, Root Vegetable Chips, My Drink
Oh, and I mustn't forget to talk about their rather impressive drinks menu that had something for all! Vegan beer, wine, shakes and then your usual soft drinks. Jake went for a chocolate style milkshake, made with coconut milk (they let you choose which vegan milk you want), and I was a little boring a got a cola. Honestly, it's a lovely little place and I'll definitely be visiting again next time I'm in the city. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. It was so yummy I reckon even the meat eaters will love it!

Kelsey xx

Review - Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

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When it comes to limited edition makeup products I rarely give in to the hype. However pretty a limited edition product may be, I want something I can repurchase, not be scared to use and worry about it eventually running out! That being said, when I first heard about the release of the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette I knew I had to have it! I'd had my eye on a couple of their Dual Intensity single shades for a while and getting a palette with not one, but eight, beautiful shades was the obvious thing to do...

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
Top: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra // Bottom: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax
Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Wet and Dry Travel Brush

The palette had the typical sleek Nars packaging that never fails to impress. I particularly like their new mirrored design as it adds a really chic edge and looks lovely sitting in pride place on my dressing table. It's made of a good, sturdy plastic and isn't too bulky so you can easily travel with it. Plus, the edition of a travel size eyeshadow brush makes it the perfect go-to travel palette. Each eyeshadow is 1g, and there is eight all together, so it's pretty good value for money at £45 for 8g, especially when the single shadows are £21 for 1.5g!

All of the shadows have a beautifully creamy texture and blend out just as well as I hoped. Having never tried Nars shadows before my expectations were going purely on the rave reviews from others and I must say I have not been let down! Overall I found the pigmentation pretty good, although slightly lacking in the darker shades but they build up beautifully so it's not really an issue. Oh, and there's barely any fallout, which is a godsend if you're a bit slap-dash with your eyeshadows like me! The great thing about these shadows is that they can be used wet or dry, depending on the look you're going for, and using them wet adds more intensity. I've only used them dry cos I'm a little scared of using them wet!

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
L-R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra
Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
L-R: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax
The seven shimmery shades in the palette are all available as single shadows with the only matte shadow in the palette, Ursa Major, being a new addition. Himalia is by far my favourite shade in the palette. It's a beautiful champagne bronze and so easy to wear. It looks beautiful with a nude makeup look and also pairs well with a bold red lip. Andromeda is a pink toned highlighting shade which I love using in the inner corner and under the brow bone, but I think it would look stunning as a cheek highlight too. Subra is the perfect Autumn/Winter deep shimmery purple and, although it needs some building up, looks so pretty on the lid. I love wearing this for a grungy smokey eye and it stays put throughout the entire day.

Have you tried any of the Nars Dual Intensity shades?

Kelsey xx




Moisturisers for Spring and Summer

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When it comes to skincare I very rarely make a conscious decision to switch up what I use depending on the seasons, I just don't find that I need to! If it's not the central heating drying out my skin, then it's the air conditioning. Us dry skinned girls just can't catch a break! However, although I still long for that moisture and hydration during the summer months, it's lovely if it can be in a slightly lighter form (Oh, and SPF would be lovely too) so here's the moisturisers I'm going to be leaning towards during these warmer days.



Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting moisturiser is a blogger favourite and smells absolutely divine, it reminds me of a Terry's Chocolate Orange! It has a cream gel consistency which I think is perfect for thing time of year and although it has a very light texture it keeps the skin really hydrated and creates a lovely health glow. I love how it sinks right in to the skin and doesn't leave any greasy residue on the surface so it doesn't only make a great makeup base but gives the skin a lovely finish on it's own.

Garnier Moisture Match Revitalising Hydrating Gel another of my favourites for the summer months. It's kind of a budget version of the Origins Ginzing, smelling exactly the same, but with a gel consistency. The texture of it feels amazing on the skin when it's warm and sinks right in without leaving that greasy film. It doesn't quite have the same brightening effect as the Origins but it's pretty damn close and for a fraction of the price you can't fault it!

A-Derma Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream UV* is perfect for those days where your skin is feeling a little drier and sensitive. A-Derma make an amazing range of products aimed at those with sensitive skin and this cream is no exception. It sinks in beautifully and gives that much needed hydration, without being too heavy, and really helps to tone down my redness on bad days. They also do a rich version that I think would be great in Winter, but maybe a little too much during the Summer months. Oh, and it also contains SPF 20 so it's perfect for these approaching summer days!

Lastly is the newest addition to my skin care collection and one I wish I'd picked up months ago, The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. It's a truly amazing moisturiser and makes my skin feel like a babies bum. It's amazing. It has a beautiful creamy gel texture that just melts in to the skin as soon as it touches and has an amazing cooling effect. It gives that lovely soothing feel like when you apply after sun to sunburn, it's divine. It really helps to hydrate and smooth out the skin but looks and feels like nothings there. Oh, and it makes an amazing makeup base too! Have I rambled on about this enough?!

What are your skincare picks for summer?

Kelsey xx

*PR sample sent for review. All opinions are my own.

Style - Casual Monday

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We've finally had an actual sunny day were it's been pleasant enough to stand outside! I'm so excited for Summer to properly arrive, to not have to layer up, and to were sandals without having chilly toes. Today I went for a lovely drive around Rivington, stopping to look at the view and have a chat with a couple of ponies. The sun was beaming into the car and I even needed to were my sunglasses! It was lovely! 

Today was one of those days were I couldn't be bothered over thinking what I was going to were. I just wanted to throw on some comfy clothes and enjoy the sunshine while it lasted! I ended going for a simple tee and jeans, a perfect transitional outfit that isn't too slouchy but is casual enough for a little woodland walk and a coffee.

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

 I've recently been on the hunt for a new pair of jeans, which is always a ridiculous task. Miss Selfridge have rebranded their denim department, and I can no longer find any there that fit me well, so it was onwards and upwards to a different shop. Luckily I didn't have to look too far and found these really comfy pair of skinny jeans from Newlook, washed black in style with a simple ripped knee. For £25 I really can't fault them and I was really impressed with their selection of sizes and lengths. I paired the jeans with a simple Coca-cola tee that I got from Primark a while ago, that also has that vintage washed out style. On my feet I popped on my trusty old Vans that have really served me well. They're great for going on walks were it might be a little muddy as they wash so well. To keep the wind off my arms I grabbed my new faux leather that I got from Miss Selfridge a few weeks ago. I absolutely adore it and the fit is perfect. It's great for pairing with a girly outfit to give it a bit of edgy-ness but also goes great with a simple outfit like this! My last leather from there lasted me three years so I have high hopes for this!

Jeans - Newlook, Tee - Primark, Shoes - Vans, Jacket - Miss Selfridge, Sunglasses - Raybans, Bag - Fiorelli

What do you wear on simple days?

Kelsey xx

Review - Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb

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It's no secret that I love a good bath, with a pretty Lush bathbomb, and I'm currently trying to cram in as many as possible before it (hopefully) gets too hot to have a nice soak. At the moment I have an overflowing box full of Lush goodies and I've have to control my Lush hauling a little bit as I actually still have stuff from their Christmas sale!

Review - Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb

Review - Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb

 I picked up the Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb after the valentines day stock had been realised as I'd had my eye on it for a while, after seeing it pop up on a few blogs. I'm not gonna lie, the first time I saw it I actually thought it was a bubble bar, due to it's quirky flat shape. It kind of seems like it wouldn't work, but it floats around on the surface fizzing away and making the prettiest pattern in the bath water. When it comes to bathbombs I like ones that make a big song and dance. Lots of fizzy and lots of colour, I see no point in ones that gently float around not doing much! However, the Granny Takes a Dip bomb definitely fits the bill! There's lots of fizzy and the different circles of colour create a beautiful bath rainbow. Not only that, but it takes a good 15 minutes to fully dissolve so you really do get your monies worth (It's £3.35 but so worth it!).

Lush's Granny Takes a Dip bathbomb has a lovely fresh scent, very lemony with hints of ginger, making it a great for a morning bathe. It's not at all overpowering but lasts with you for the entire bath and lingers on your skin afterwards. It's not at all sweet or girly so perfect for those who find the sweeter products a little too much. As it contains oils from lemon and ginger it leaves your skin silky smooth!

Have you tried Lush's Granny Takes a Dip? What should I try next?

Kelsey xx

Spring Shoes at Newlook

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I'm desperately longing for Spring to make a proper appearance. The cold, wet weather and the need for coats and boots is getting a little tiring now. Don't get me wrong, I know it's not going to turn into shorts weather over night, but if it could just warm up enough for a scarf not to be a daily essential I would be so happy! 

My spring wardrobe is pretty lacking at the moment, especially when it comes to shoes! I own a lot of boots, I own a lot of summer sandals but anything between these two seems to be kind of non existent. I desperately need to add a couple of staple spring shoes to my wardrobe and then I'll be happy (Not that I think I could ever own enough shoes, but you get the gist!)


Spring Shoes at Newlook

 When it comes to shoes New Look always deliver for me. They have such a huge range that there's definitely something for everyone and every style. Not to mention that they have amazingly reasonable prices yet that quality is second to none. They're always my first stop when I'm looking for a some news shoes and even if I don't find exactly what I'm looking for, I always leave with a huge wishlist! Peeptoes and chunky heels are my absolute favourite at the moment, I just can't get enough of them. I think they're a perfect way of wearing a heel causally and  keeping a dressed down look, but still with the height. Peeptoe boots make a fantatsic transition from Winter to Spring and the chunky heeled sandals are perfect for those warmer days. I think everyone needs a pair of 'ugly shoes' in their wardrobe and I've been really drawn towards the white brogue style shoe. The addition of the slingback gives them a great quirky edge!

Have you spotted any great Spring shoe finds recently?

Kelsey xx

Review - Colab Dry Shampoo

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I like to think of myself as a kind of high street dry shampoo connoisseur. There honestly isn't many I haven't tried, and whenever I see a new one, it's straight in to my basket. Very few have won me over though because of they just really don't deliver and I'm normally just go back to my old friend, Batiste. When Ruth Crilly announced the launch of her dry shampoo line, Colab, I did a little silent squeal of excitement. Her video about the launch made me want to run out and buy it there and then. It was clearly a product that had been created with a lot of thought and consideration. It was basically everything I wanted from a dry shampoo and more!

Colab Dry Shampoo

Colab Dry Shampoo

All together there are five scents in the Colab Dry Shampoo range and Tokyo is by far my favourite. It's girly, sweet and fresh, an absolutely perfect scent for this time of year and keeps your locks smelling fresh all day. It's just divine. The formula itself is extremely lightweight and has a real 'barely there' feel. Having quite dark hair I quite often find that dry shampoos leave a kid of white sheen to my hair, making it very apparent that I've used it. However, Colab does no such thing. It's completely and utterly invisible in the hair. No white sheen, no powdery look, no mattifying finish.

I tend to reach out for a dry shampoo when my hair is on it's third or forth day and in need of a bit of a pick me up. By these days it's usually looking a little limp and lacking in volume. To give my hair that much needed boost I've been using it directly on the roots and then throughout the lengths to create texture, which works wonders! It's honestly so lightweight but 100% does the job. It gets rid of any slightly greasy areas that form (perils of having fine hair) and puts the volume back in. Oh, and as it's completely invisible you don't even need to brush it out,just a quick ruffle with your fingers and jobs done! For a dry shampoo that only retails at £3.49 it's a must have hair product!

Have you tried out this dry shampoo yet?

Kelsey xx

Flawless Work Makeup

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Makeup has always been the part of my morning routine that takes the longest. I love trying out new products and new looks, meaning I can easily spend half an hour messing about with eye shadows and not even realise. However, when I'm getting up for work in the morning I'd much rather have an extra half an hour in bed (cos really, who wouldn't), so I just go for products that I know and love! My work face makeup routine is all about getting a flawless, long lasting base and making myself look awake enough to avoid the dreaded 'you look tired' comments.


 For the base I start off with my beloved Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Foundation. Not only is it quite and easy to apply but it also always blends in well with a brush, so you don't have to faff around for ages making it look seamless. It has a kind of velvet matte finish, without being cakey or drying. Best of all it lasts the entire day and still looks as fresh after a 9 hour shift as it did in the morning. To brighten my eyes I go in with the ever famous YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch which is great for concealing and brightening my tired eyes. It doesn't crease or shift throughout the day and definitely earns it's high status (and price tag!). To set that all in place I use No 7's transparent loose powder with a big fluffy brush. It does the job without making the base look heavy and still allows a natural glow to shine through!

 For my eyes I always start off with the Urban Decay Primer Potion to keep everything in place. I normally switch up my eye shadows between shimmery and matte depending on how I feel but I always stick with my Naked 2 and Naked Basics 2 as they contain my go to shades, keeping it pretty simple though! For eyeliner and mascara I always stick with what I know, Soap and Glory! The eyeliner is creamy, pigmented and doesn't give the dreaded panda eye and the mascara does exactly what you want from a mascara. I'm constantly raving about the Soap and Glory mascaras because they never let me down!

My brows are probably the area I spend the most time on when I do my makeup purely because I'm a little obsessive when it comes to their shape and making sure they look even (I know people say 'brows are sisters, not twins' but uneven brows annoy the hell out of me!). To get a defined shape I use another Soap and Glory cult product, Archery, and keep it all in place with the Maybelline Brow Drama.

To finish off the look I contour and highlight, being ever hopeful that defined cheekbones will stop people thinking I'm 18! I use my very well loved Nars Laguna Bronzer underneath my cheekbones to give that defined look and then blend it upwards to warm up my face. If you're gonna splash out on a high end bronzer, Nars is worth every penny. Lastly, I highlight with MAC's famous Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle because it's just so bloody pretty, not only in the pan, but when applied to the face as well!

(Oh, and on the way in I normally stick on whatever lippy is in my bag because I always forget when I'm in the house, aha!)

Kelsey xx

The Topshop Wishlist

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Just recently I've been really drawn towards Topshop's range of clothes and there's been tonnes of items I've absolutely adored. I don't know if it's because they've upped their game a little bit or because I'm no longer living on a student budget (or maybe a mix of the two) but I can't seem to go in their anymore without leaving with a huge mental wishlist.

Topshop Spring 2015

I'm currently on the hunt for a worn looking faux leather jacket and love this collarless one. Leather jackets are a staple in my wardrobe and I desperately need to replace mine! I really like wearing dressed up tees, as they're a great way to throw together a pretty outfit without really trying, and the two above are both beautiful. The white will be great for summer with a nice shirt or denim shorts and I love the grungy edge of the black one. Khaki seems to be in this season and, although at first I wasn't too sure, no doubt I'll end up with a few khaki pieces in my wardrobe. The floral textured skirt is really pretty and a great piece to take you from Winter to Spring. When I saw the asymmetric dress in store I wasn't sure if I could justify the price for such a simple piece but I still really want it. It will be great for a night out, teamed with a pair of healed boots and a statement necklace, or daytime shopping trip kept simple. What do you reckon to this dress with a nice plaid shirt over the top and some sandals in the summer? When it comes to Topshop jeans every blogger and their dog seems to love them. Surprisingly I haven't owned a pair for a good few years but I think it's time to test them out again. I love ripped jeans and desperately want a black pair. Lastly is the lovely peep toe sling back boot. If you follow me on Twitter you'll have seen me tweeting about how I want a pair of peep toe boots for Spring and, although these aren't exactly what I want, it's an excuse to get two pairs!

What are you lusting over at the moment?

Kelsey xx

Style - The Bear Coat

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I couldn't let Winter pass by without showing off one of my favourite coat purchases of the season (not that Winter seems to be going anywhere fast, I can't believe it's been snowing again!). When it comes to coats I'm quite the hoarder and I just couldn't resist this purchase. I've been wanting one of the 'bear' style coats since last Winter. They're a super cosy, statement coat that I think really sets off an outfit. Plus, they make me feel really chic, aha! I actually wanted a cream one but when I thought about it practically I decided that probably wasn't a good idea. No one wants to see a cream coat covered in coffee and food, I'm far too clumsy for cream!

Style - The Bear Coat

Style - The Bear Coat

Style - The Bear Coat

Style - The Bear Coat

 I got this beautiful forest green bear coat from Red Herring at Debenhams, a colour that I wouldn't normally go for but it really appealed to me. Because it's quite a deep green it's not too 'in your face' but it still stands out from your plain old black coat. The blazer-esque collar gives it that smart casual look and I think it has a really lovely fit. It's not too fitted but also not so boxy that it doesn't give you any shape. 

I always keep my outfit quite simple when I wear this coat so it doesn't look too over the top. In this outfit I paired it with some simple leather look jeans from Miss Selfridge and a striped boxy tee from Primark. I can't wait til Summer so I can show you the detailing on the back of the tee! To finish it off I wore my stud detailed booties from Forever 21, which I love pairing with a simple outfit.

Bear Coat - Red Herring, Tee - Primark, Jeans - Miss Selfridge, Boots - Forever 21

Kelsey xx
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