30 Degrees

Summer is almost over and I am well and truly worried about changing over my wardrobe nd prepping for autumn.  I need to live somewhere hot in the sun with my skin out for at least 8 months of the year.  I do not feel ready to wear layers upon layers of clothes yet.

One of my last summer outfits is this gorgeous cutout dress from Zara.  The colours are perfect for reminding you of the long days and summer skies. It’s just a shame I probably won’t get to wear it again until next summer…

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Dress: Zara | Converse | Bag: Mulberry

Ren Skincare

I love my beauty products and love trying loads of different things…however sometimes, my skin does not.  I never got my teenage skin until quite late (around 18!) and it has taken about 10 years to get it back in shape.  Bad routines, late nights and hormones meant that I would get the occasional spot or 10.  This wouldn’t ordinarily be a problem for most but I am a picker. Gasp! I know it’s a terrible habit but sometimes you just have to get these things off your face!  As a result I have been left with some scarring on my cheeks.  Even now that I make a conscious effort not to pick, spots still leave marks.  Normally these fade with time but that’s not helpful when you want to have a no make up day.

I believe I may have found the answer.   I have been for a few Ren facials in my time and their products are what you would call “luxurious yet clean”.  They are clean in the sense that there are minimal baddies  in them and I feel as if I am having a mini spa treatment whenever I use them.

For my scarring, I was advices to use the  Resurfacing AHA Concentrate Serum for 7 days at a time with a 2 week gap in between.  I use a few drops of this on the scars for the recommended time and have seen a noticeable difference after my 2nd week of use.  This contains pineapple extract and has a slightly odd smell but it really works and lasts ages!

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The second product I have been using is the Glycolactic  Radiance Renewal Mask. Both of these products act as a mini peel and help to even out complexion and the surface of the skin.  I apply a thin layer of this smooth textured mask all over my face, leave for 5 minutes and just remove thoroughly with a warm muslin cloth.  This really leaves your skin radiant and bright and I especially like to use this on a Saturday evening before going out.  The brightness is noticeable and this is definitely going to become a cult product.

Come Rain or Shine

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope that Monday is treating you all well and no one has post weekend depression!  It is raining in London and I feel like the 30°C heat of Saturday is a distant memory.  With that being said, when getting ready yesterday it was so hot and humid, but pouring with rain.  I was reminded of something my bestie  once said, “If you wear shorts in the rain it’s better; your legs will fry quicker than wet trousers”.  As strange as this logic is, it actually works.  Time to start a brand new trend, if it’s raining, get your legs out! Hmm, I should find out what her logic is on open toed Mules in the rain too!!

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Knit: Marks & Spencer | Shorts: River Island | Mules: Mango | Umbrella: Primark | Bag: Michael Kors | Pearl Bracelet: Zara

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Friday Feeling

I love you, there’s no need to fake it
But staying at the house every weekend, I just can’t take it
How ever
And if I don’t let myself go, let myself go, let myself go
I just might get through
And if I don’t let myself go, let myself go, let myself go
I just might get through

When it comes to house every weekend
House every weekend, house every weekend
How ever
House every weekend, house every weekend, house every weekend
And if I don’t let myself go, let myself go, let myself go
I just might get through

• • •David Zowie – House Every Weekend • • •

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Waistcoat: Topshop | Shorts: H&M | Bag: Just fab | Heels: Forever 21

Scent of Summer

I love summer and August reminds me that it is almost gone.  I have always been the type of person who loves the sun and warmth and all it has to bring.  The sounds, sights and smells are so different in the summer.  For me, the smells are one of the most important things as smells evoke memory.  BBQ’s, freshly cut grass and flowers are all great examples.

In terms of perfume, I like something that embodies summer on my skin.  Roberto Cavalli Paradise is a light and sweet perfume, ideal for this time of year.  I do like Roberto Cavalli perfumes in general even though some can have a slight soapy smell after a while.  This is quite an uplifting and “happy” smell! I’ll be using this long when the summer is gone!

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Roberto Cavalli Paradiso perfume 50ml £50

Come Back Kid

As I write this post, I’m looking out of the window of my office (I’m on my lunch break, not skiving!) at the most torrential rain storm I have seen for ages.  Normally a British summer consists of intermittent days of sun and rain with the odd few days of blistering heat.  Not this year; it has been consistently warm for the most part with the odd few stormy days.  I feel like the rain has been saving itself all up to make it worthwhile…a bit like me when I eat healthily all week to splurge at the weekend.

These shorts are my summer staple and I wear them at everything from summer festivals to holidays.  They always seem to make a comeback- no matter how old or tatty they get. They are the perfect length and cover my modesty…yes, I do sound like a woman from the 50’s but you all know what I mean, I know I’m not the only one who has seen far too much of too many women in “long bottom shorts”.

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Shirt: H&M | Shorts: Levis | Shoes: Forever 21 | Necklace: DIY | Bag: Michael Kors

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Nothing To Wear

“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

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T-shirt: Forever 21 | Skirt: Zara | Bag: Michael Kors | Shoes: Mango

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• Kick Like a Mule •

Do you ever go through your shoe collection and think to yourself “I have a lot of the same style?!” That’s me all the time.

I find that once I find a style I love…I go crazy and buy it in every way, shape and colour.

My current obsession are Mules.  These are like heeled sliders; pretty much anything without a strap and I am head over heels in love!  I wanted to share some of my current favourites with you all:

The Fringed:
So I am starting with my newest addition, but these are just amazing.  A super chunky heel and a masculine edge make these so easy to wear.  I do have a soft spot for fringing on some items…well anything; and the detailing on these is just up my street!

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The Colourful:
These are the ultimate holiday shoes, OK,  there are a hell of a lot of colours and things going on, but these are comfy and look amazing with a plain with dress.  I love this style of mule, as they are more like sandals and don’t enclose your entire foot.

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The Nude:
Any regular followers to the blog know how much I love these shoes.  These can only be described as “my babies”.  Although they are really quite high (perfect when you are 5 ft 1!), these look so nice with everything.

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The Basic:
Perfect for work, or even with jeans, these are my go to for a simple black pair of

heels.

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Have a great day everyone!

Bianca xx

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Can’t Get Enough

I’m finding it harder to put this cropped jacket down.  It has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe and in my day to day style.  Dressed up or down, I think it’s magnificence is due to the boldness of the colour.  I know everyone who has it just says wow when they wear it.  There are always a few key items in your wardrobe that really stand out- this is definitely one of them for me!

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Jacket, Jeans and Bag: Zara | Tee and Shoes: Primark

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Summer Picnic

Where is the sun in England?  I’m very concerned for it’s whereabouts and am seriously considering putting out a missing persons ad!  Well it is still officially summer for the next 2 months so, sun or no sun I intend to enjoy it :)

Is there anything better than a picnic in the summer?  I love being outside, laying on the grass and eating little treats feeling the sun on my skin.  Its so peaceful even in the middle of a very busy city.  Something that always reminds me of the summertime is gingham!  I love how cute and feminine it is and for me as much I may look like I’m wearing a picnic tablecloth (yes- this has been said to me, you know who you are haha), I still love it!
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Denim: Zara (as old as time) Skirt: Primark | Shoes: Bank | Bag: Zara (now on sale)