Monday, 31 March 2014

Gift Guide For The Men In Your Life

Recently I've had a lot of male birthdays and events to buy for. Dads, brothers, boyfriends, Grandads, I find men much harder to buy for than women and I'm always struggling to come up with new ideas. So, as I've had to get my brain in gear and buy presents for the men in my life recently, I thought I'd pass on my ideas to you guys and hope that it helps you out for when you're thinking of what presents to get them!

A Good Quality Man Bag


You can't go wrong with a good quality man bag. My boyfriend received one from his parents just like this gorgeous one from John Lewis and he takes it with him whenever he goes away. It looks effortless stylish, smart and expensive.

Ipad Cover


Most men have a tablet these days so a good quality case is a nice idea- and probably something that they won't have thought about getting themselves. This one from Mark Giusti is amazing quality leather and it can be used as a stand as well. 

Belt


Men always need to have a brown and black belt in their wardrobe so this is quite a safe bet- although I'd ask someone close to them for their measurements to ensure that you get the right size. This brown chunky one from Superdry will look good with any casual trousers and the colour can be easily matched to brown shoes. White belts are also quite popular amongst guys at the moment (I'm talking boyfriends and brothers here, not Dads!) and look great with a pair of blue denim jeans.

Wallet or Card Holder


My dad only ever uses a card holder, he prefers that to a wallet, but my boyfriend likes to have a wallet, so find out which one they prefer and invest in a good quality one for them. As these are items that men will have on them at all times, a stylish and quality one is a nice gift. They will appreciate it and you know they'll use it. This Mark Giusti one is really nice as it's very simple and you can tell the quality at a glance.

Aftershave


Aftershave is always a safe bet. Either find out what they normally wear and buy them a new bottle to keep them going or find one that you think will suit them. I personally love 1 Million so ensure that my boyfriend is stocked up on this at all times!

Does anyone else struggle to buy presents for men? What presents ideas have you got? I'd love more inspiration! 

Rosy x

Friday, 28 March 2014

My Current Skin Care Routine


I am a skin care addict. There, I admitted it. I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading about and researching skin care products. Yes, I love makeup, but if what's underneath is looking good in the first place then the makeup will only make it look better. Skin care is my passion and I truly believe in the philosophy that we only have one face so it's worth investing in it. There are so many products on the market, it's very easy to become overwhelmed and confused about what the best products are for your skin. I always have a skin care wish list as long as my arm (probably longer actually) of new products to try that I've read about.

First of all you need to work out what skin type you are. This sounds a lot easier to do than it actually is. Don't fall into the same trap that I did in confusing oily areas with completely oily skin, or using acne products for spots. Trust me, harsh products will only make your skin worse and you'll find yourself in a viscous circle of cause and effect- believe me I've been there. Speak to a skin care consultant or simply do research on the internet, paying attention to exactly what your skin is like. For example, does it feel really tight once you've cleansed? What happens to it as the day goes on? Analyse what is happening to specific areas: cheeks, forehead, nose and chin- chances are some bits will be oilier or drier than others and so you may be a combination of types. Once you've got this sorted then you can start looking for the right products.

A few months ago I cut out all the harsh products that I was using to try and get rid of my spots- my breakouts and skin were worse than they'd ever been, including in my teenage years. I was getting harsh spot gels that dried my skin out and made the spots angrier and redder. Instead, I swapped all the harsh products for gentler ones, i.e. ones that weren't solely about getting rid of spots but were more overall skin care products. The difference that this made is huge. Although my skin isn't perfect, and I certainly still get spots on my chin and cheeks- especially around that time of the month- it's much better than it was.

So I thought I'd share my current skin care routine with you, and hope that it helps. If anything that I've said sounds familiar, please don't hesitate to ask any questions and I'll answer as best as I can. Some of the best skin care tips that I have got are from other blogs, mainly: Caroline Hirons, Gh0stparties, Jennypurr and I Covet Thee. I would definitely recommend all of these blogs if you're into skin care!

I would describe my skin as normal-combination. It does get oily throughout the day and my foundation wouldn't last two minutes without a primer underneath. I also get dry patches, mainly on my forehead and chin. I get spots on my chin and jaw line the most but I also get the odd cystic spot on my cheeks, which is always very red, sore and takes forever to go! I am 25 years old so wrinkles aren't really a problem for me yet- touch wood- so the products that I'm using aren't aimed at preventing wrinkles, but more for clearing the skin and hydrating it. The products I use need to be fairly light otherwise I break out, and not too harsh as my skin is a little sensitive. It goes without saying that these products are the ones that are working for my skin type, but that's not to say that some of them won't work for other skin types. Also everyone's skin is different so I'm not saying everything will work on your skin, but these are the products that are doing well on mine at the moment.

Finally, before I get started, I think the best advice I could give about skin care would be to listen to your skin. See and feel what it needs on a daily basis- because this will keep changing depending on the weather, products used and hormones. For this reason I would definitely recommend having a number of different products on the go at one time (e.g. two or three cleansers, two moisturisers etc), as your skin (just like your hair) loves it when you mix up your routine daily. This is what I've tried to convey in this post, so here is my typical 5 day skin care diary...

Morning
I have the same routine every morning so this section is a short one, it's my night time routine that I like to switch up depending on how my skin is feeling. So for my morning routine it is simply:

1. Cleanse with the Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Cleanser or the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleanser. I shower every morning so wash my face in there. It's the last thing I use before getting out so no other products (i.e. shampoo or conditioner) can get into my pores. The cleansers are very different; the Clarins one is much more gentle so if my skin is feeling a bit sensitive or dry then I use that one.

2. Tone with the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner. To be honest, this is the first time I've tried this toner and I'm not overly impressed with it. I've found it a little too drying. I'm waiting to finish it and then I'm going to get an exfoliating toner, such as the Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner, and a hydrating toner to apply after it, such as the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, a Jurlique mist or Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I learnt how important it is to have an exfoliating toner, to clear your skin and unclog your pores, followed by a hydrating toner, to add the moisture back into your skin, from the wonderful Caroline Hirons.

3. Moisturise with the Estee Lauder Day Wear Moisturiser. It's the oil free version which is great for my skin. I love the cucumber scent and I like that it's got an SPF25 in it.

Night 1
Cleanse
I always double cleanse to make sure that all my makeup is removed in the first step and then all my pores unclogged with the second step. On night 1 I used The Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (I use the pink one for oily skin but they have quite a few different ones to suit each skin type) which removes all my makeup including my eye makeup. It's super gentle, doesn't sting my eyes at all, and is really quick and easy. This is a Holy Grail product for me and one that I will continue to buy for a very long time. Then I used the Elemis FreshSkin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, which I usually use about once a week/two weeks to give my face a really deep clean as it's a little congested at the moment- mainly down to the monthly hormonal breakout.

Tone
I used the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes (I learnt from Caroline Hirons to put eye cream on at this stage so that your eye area absorbs the eye cream that you want it to instead of anything else like moisturiser). I like the All About Eyes one because it's quite light for an eye cream and doesn't bring me out in milia like heavier ones do.

Moisturise/ Treatments
As I mentioned earlier, my skin has got a few spots at the moment so I used the REN ClearCalm3 Replenishing Night Serum. This calms and soothes blemish-prone skin so is great to have on hand when spots appear. I also put Eve Lom Dynaspot on the bigger spots themselves. My skin looked much, much clearer in the morning. Finally, I used my Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream, which smells absolutely divine, and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 2
Cleanse
I didn't wear makeup this day so I didn't double cleanse, I simply washed my face with the Estee Lauder Cleanser and took it off with a flannel. Incidentally, I doubt anyone does this but just in case, only use the flannel once and then put it in the wash, as that will definitely cause breakouts if not.

Tone
Again, I used the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner as this is the only one I have at the moment.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes.

MoisturiseTreatments
As I said, my skin is combination so as well as spots and oily patches (my nose, forehead and cheeks) I also get dry patches (usually on my chin and forehead). When the dry patches appear I dab the Clarins Lotus Oil* on them. I've never used a facial oil before and I love that this one is targeted towards oily and combination skin so it's not too heavy. It seems to be working well so far at making my skin feel soft and calm. I'm only using it about once a week at the moment as my skin has been breaking out quite a lot recently, but when it calms down I could see myself using this more often as my skin does feel lovely in the morning. I then used my Estee Lauder Moisturiser and Eve Lom Dynaspot on individual blemishes. Finally I used the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 3
Cleanse
I double cleansed with the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and then the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleanser, again using a flannel to wipe it off. As it was Liquid Gold night (see below) I usually use the Clarins cleanser beforehand as it is so gentle.

Eye cream 
Clinique All About Eyes

MoisturiseTreatments
I skipped the toning step and went straight on to Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Liquid Gold is quite a cult product in the beauty blogging world. It is an acid night lotion that brightens up the skin fighting hyper-pigmentation amongst many other things. I've been using it for about a month now and I like it but I'm not wowed by it yet- I think it's a little bit too early for me to review it properly at this stage. I then used the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 4
Cleanse
I double cleansed with the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and the Estee Lauder Cleanser.

Tone
Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes

MoisturiseTreatments
My forehead was a little dry so I applied Hydraluron to that and then my normal Estee Lauder Moisturiser on top of it and to the rest of my face. Hydraluron is a hyaluronic acid treatment that acts as a sort of magnet for moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally by the body but as we get older our body produces less and less, which is why we get drier skin and wrinkles. So Hydraluron is applied underneath your moisturiser to make sure that is fully absorbed, and deeper absorbed into the skin. I then applied Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 5
Cleanse
I double cleansed with the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleanser. I then applied a face mask. I alternate between two face masks at the moment, both of which are great. If my skin is looking a bit dull and lifeless, I apply the Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream. This really makes my face look refreshed, bright and clear. It only needs to be left on the skin for a minute or two to work so it's great when I haven't got lots of time- which is usually the case for me! If I do have a bit more time though, or my skin is looking and feeling a bit dehydrated, I use the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, which I smooth over my skin and leave on for about half an hour whilst watching tele or reading a book. It soothes my skin but also has antibacterial properties so clears it out as well.

Tone
Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes

MoisturiseTreatments
I applied my Estee Lauder Day Wear Moisturiser as normal and my Clarins Lotus Oil on a few dry patches. I then applied the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm.


And that's about it, I usually rotate this sequence of products every week as my skin loves having different products every night. My current skin care selection is far from complete, so here are some products that are on my wish list::
Emma Hardie Amazing Moringa Cleansing Balm
Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner, 
Liz Earle Instant Toner,
Caudalie Beauty Elixir,
Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance Moisturiser,
S5 Purity Serum,
Estee Lauder Night Serum,
Elemental Herbology Blemish Minimiser.

What do you think about my skin care routine and the products I use? As I said I'm always looking for new products to introduce to my routine, so what skin care products would you recommend? Feel free to ask me any questions about my skin care routine too :)

Rosy x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Investment Piece: A Designer Handbag

As I'm sure you're all aware, I love fashion and I don't believe you have to spend a fortune to look good or wear the latest trends. Yes, I want to own some timeless pieces that will keep for years, such as a good quality leather jacket, a black blazer and a well-fitting pair of jeans, but most of my clothes are from high street shops and my wardrobe is regularly restocked from season to season. 

However, I have a completely different philosophy when it comes to handbags. A very good quality handbag can make a whole outfit look one hundred times more expensive. Now, I don't have luxury handbag money coming into my bank account every month, I'm a PhD student after all, but what I do do is save for that one gorgeous item and treat myself once a year. Saving for a designer bag makes it seem even more special when you finally get your hands on it as you have that wonderful, self-satisfying feeling of having achieved something. Every time you use that handbag you will love it and be proud of it. Also, a handbag is worth investing in because a good quality one will last and last. Handbags will never go out of fashion and the real leather ones wear well, looking vintage and priceless after years of regular use.

So I thought I'd show you some of the handbags that I've got my eye on right now, and that I think are worth saving for...





This bag is simply stunning. It is made of very soft, high-quality saffiano leather by the Italian designer Rosalina Nacken. It's small enough to be the perfect evening bag but is big enough to fit all your essentials in such as your phone, keys and even tablet. I like that it has a long strap too as it looks elegant in gold. I love this colour, it's so unusual and would be absolutely perfect for spring/ summer to really brighten up any outfit. This bag also comes with a matching tablet case inside it which can also be used as a wallet clutch bag- so it's two bags in one! This makes the high price tag definitely worth it, especially considering the superior quality that you're paying for.




A big black bag is a classic and can be used any time, any day, any year. This one from Fendi has an unusual shape, making it a bit different. I love how big it is as I've always got lots of stuff with me, from books to makeup to flat shoes. It too is genuine saffiano leather, making it very durable- an essential when it comes to an everyday bag. I like that it is smart enough for day time or evenings too. 




A nude coloured bag is another investment piece that I am hoping to own one day. This one looks so sophisticated and classy, plus it will fit a lot in. Again, when paying high price points you need to make sure that it is amazing quality leather, which this one is. It will smarten up any day outfit. 



This bag from Anya Hindmatch is a real statement piece. It's made of orange goat leather and has a handy detachable shoulder strap for if it gets heavy. This one is also rather special as the sides expand, making it fit lots in- perfect for me!  




Finally, this little black Chloe bag is just beautiful. I love the floral shaped lock on it. It's simple and classic  but looks designer and quality. Again, it's superior quality leather and will go with everything.

What do you think about these bags? Do you believe in saving up for an investment piece? 

Rosy x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Umberto Giannini Morning After Dry Shampoo


This dry shampoo has two huge selling points: it smells really nice and it does not turn the hair white or grey! After spraying it all over my hair, concentrating on the roots, and rubbing it in/ really ruffling up my hair, all trace of the dry shampoo is gone. It sinks right in and goes completely transparent, simply making the hair not look greasy anymore. It also adds texture and volume, making your hair look styled and refreshed. I usually wash my hair every other day but using this dry shampoo I can go one more day without having to wash it without it looking gross! 

Overall, I think the gorgeous scent and the fact that it leaves absolutely no residue makes this dry shampoo a winner and the best one that I've tried.

Has anyone else ever tried Umberto Giannini's Dry Shampoo? What do you think? 

Price: £6* (Available to buy at Boots)

Rosy x

Friday, 21 March 2014

A Random Act Of Kindness


Top: Primark (similar here)
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: GetTheLabel.com (Similar here)
Rose Gold Bracelet: Debenhams*
Friendship Bracelets: Lucky Eyes London*

Pencil skirts and crop tops are a look that I've been wanting to pull off for a while now but never quite managed it. As I'm quite short, pencil skirts can be a little hit and miss with me, but the sheer panel in this one from Zara breaks it up a bit, so it's much more flattering on me. The crop top is a pretty little lace one from Primark, who have some great plain tops in at the moment. Lace is a great fabric for Spring/Summer as it's so delicate and dresses up even the most casual of items. The shoes are my mega high and tres-sophisticated heels from getthelabel which I always roll out for special occasions. 

Now on to my jewellery... Debenhams are currently running a lovely campaign called 'Random Act Of Kindness' where bloggers nominate two other bloggers to receive a bracelet from the Debenhams range. I was very kindly nominated by the lovely Victoria from inthefrow, who choose this beautiful rose gold bracelet for me. I love layering delicate bracelets up on my wrist, which is why I've teamed it up with these two gorgeous friendship bracelets from Lucky Eyes Jewellery. I haven't got much rose gold jewellery in my collection and so I'm really pleased that it is rose gold because it's such a pretty colour and it makes it a bit different. I just need some rose gold rings to match it now!

To share the love, I am nominating Lily Kitten and Laura Hyatt to receive bracelets next. Both of these bloggers are fab and have brilliant fashion and lifestyle blogs that I read on a daily basis. Hope you like your bracelets girls!

Rosy x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

I Can't Wait To Get: Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster


I've started to notice how pale I'm looking in photos recently and I really want to add a touch of colour/ tan to my face. In my opinion, Clarins are the experts in fake tan. I swear by their body tans, they're the only ones that have never left any streaks and they don't fade in a bitty way, just naturally. Also, I like Clarins's fake tan for the face, and I used to use this all the time, but it does break me out occasionally. No other fake tans for the face have looked good on me apart from that one- I just look like I haven't washed! So, when I got chatting to the lady at the Clarins counter the other day, I learnt about this new product that is being released on 30th March: the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster. It sounds like the answer to my pale face vs breakout problem in a bottle!

It is a made-to-measure fake tan, so you control how much you put on, making it very natural-looking. You simply add a couple of drops to your regular moisturiser in the palm of your hand, and then spread it all over your face for an even finish and tan. I love that you add it to your moisturiser as I don't think it will break me out. You only need to add one to three drops to your moisturiser so it will last ages and you'll definitely get your money's worth. It's odourless so you won't smell like biscuits and it even contains Aloe Vera Extract which will soften the skin. I really can't wait to try it and will be straight down to Clarins at the end of the month to get it! 

What do you think about this product? What do you do about fake tanning your face? 

Price: £18 Available to buy from 30th March.

Rosy x

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Dior Flash Corrector Pen


Having finally decided to give liquid eyeliners a go, I knew I would need a bit of practice before being able to create the perfect line. This Flash Corrector Pen by Dior is great for getting  rid of all my mistakes and ensuring that the eyeliner (and eye makeup in general) is looking good. The pen acts as an eraser and removes all makeup easily without smudging any bits that you want left on. It even removes Benefit They're Real mascara instantly- a notoriously tough product to get off! It has replaceable nibs for when one gets too dirty, meaning that it is hygienic and also lasts longer. The sales assistant recommended that I leave it stored tipped upside down so that the liquid is always on the pen-end.

This is a great little product to have to hand when applying eye makeup, especially as the pointed tip means that you can remove the tiniest of specks. It quickly erases any mistakes or smudges without removing any bits that you don't want to be removed. However, I think a cotton bud soaked in a good eye makeup remover (I would recommend the Clinique one) will do just as good a job and so, due to the price, I probably wouldn't buy this again.

What do you think about this Flash Corrector Pen?

Price: This was £22 when I bought it but it's now £11 on feelunique.com so much better value!

Rosy x

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Shoetopia Fashion Bloggers Event at The Trafford Centre

 

I recently attended an absolutely lovely event at the Trafford Centre, Manchester, called Shoetopia. As the name suggests, the event was all about shoes and I went along with my good friend Victoria from inthefrow, which made it even more fun! It was lovely to meet other bloggers, they're always a lovely bunch, and I got chatting to Hannah from Hannah Louise Fashion in particular. The event was held at the 360 bar which is on the top floor of the food court, which is a classy little bar in the midst of all the restaurants.

We spent the evening sipping on Skinny Champagne, a sugar free champagne that tastes exactly the same as a good quality dry champagne, minus any guilt! Amanda Thomson, the founder, was really lovely and I think the brand will go very far.

Kate Nightingale delivered a fascinating presentation about the psychology of shoes, informing us about what a person's shoes can tell you about their personality. I've included some of the slides from the presentation and I'd love to hear your thoughts on them!

We then did two quizzes all about shoes which was really good fun! In the first one we were shown pictures of shoes in history and we had to guess the decade, and the second we were shown famous shoes in films throughout the last century and we had to guess the film. I really enjoyed the quizzes as I'm quite competitive haha!

Finally, we each received a very generous goody bag filled with some awesome Vans trainers and lots of little goodies from Hotel Chocolat, John Lewis and The Body Shop to name a few. I'd like to say a huge thank you to Justin and the team at the Intu Trafford Centre for putting on such a great event, I had a brilliant time! 

I'd love to hear what you think about the psychology of shoes slides!

Rosy x

Friday, 14 March 2014

MAC Eyeliner in Coffee


I've always thought that brown eyeliner looks better on me during the day as it isn't quite as harsh as black is in the natural light. Usually I use the No 7 brown eyeliners but I fancied a change and so ventured into the MAC department in Selfridges. I was quick to be assisted and various ones were tried and tested on my eyes. In the end I decided to opt for this kohl-like liner in Coffee as it seemed to be the colour that suited me best and the one that was easiest to blend. It's a very deep and dramatic brown, verging on black, I'd call it brown-black in colour.

The texture of this eyeliner is very soft. It blends really easily and is very easy to smudge when first applied- I do so with a small eye brush to create a softer look. Once you've blended it to how you like it, it stays in place all day and doesn't come off or budge at all. The colour doesn't fade or lose it's intensity either. It's highly pigmented, with no shimmer and even though it's brown it is very bold. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who likes bold eye makeup or a smokey eye.

Has anyone else tried MAC's eyeliners? What do you think? Any other eyeliner recommendations?

Rosy x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Umberto Giannini Salon Launch Party at Harvey Nichols, Manchester


Umberto Giannini, the award winning hair care brand, have opened a gorgeous new hair salon in Harvey Nichols, Manchester. I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party of the salon and I must say it's absolutely stunning! Very chic and sophisticated, the salon offers a variety of services from cuts, colouring and even an exclusive at home service. It's monochrome and minimalist, with no clutter on display; all products are stored behind huge mirrors. It looks designer and the products used are all top of the range in terms of quality.

It all sounds rather expensive right? Wrong! As amazing as I thought it was, I did think I'd be dreaming if I could ever afford to have my hair done in this luxury- but no! The price list is very reasonable as there are varying levels of stylists there. Prices for a cut and blow start at £36 for the Graduate Stylist, to £43 for the Stylist, £48 for the Senior Stylist, £54 for the Senior Creative and £60 for the Principal Stylist. Considering the amazing Umberto Giannini products that they will use, and the level of quality even the Graduate Stylist will have to be at to work there, I think those prices are great! I am definitely going there for my next hair cut- I'm due one and now I'm really looking forward to it!

The Salon is on the Ground Floor in Harvey Nichols, Manchester and if you want to book an appointment call 0161 828 8840.
Rosy x

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Clothes Haul


With spring finally starting to make an appearance, I've decided to have a big clear out and update my wardrobe. For me, it's really important that clothes are comfortable as well as flattering and fashionable (probably in that order) and I've been pleasantly surprised to find a lot of shops are fitting the bill perfectly with their current offerings. I'm particularly loving Zara at the moment, which is probably my favourite clothes shop, but also Topshop and Asos. These are the clothes that I've bought over the last couple of weeks...

Primark


Primark is great for tops and basics; I always get simple tops from here as they look more expensive than they are. These camis were only £5 each and have a built-in support bra and detachable straps, so will be perfect for teaming with statement skirts and trousers, or under see-through tops when I'm not feeling brave! I also picked up this 'Bra First Aid Kit' which was only £4 as the nipple covers and tape will be perfect for any backless dresses (like one that I've got from Zara- see below!).

H&M

I'm loving plain white tops at the moment as they go with absolutely everything and look good. I love the texture of this one from H&M, and the fact that it's quite thick because it's still not that warm outside! These joggers are great because they can be dressed up with a nice white top and wedge boots, or down with pumps or trainers. They're riduculously comfy too!

Topshop


Topshop Leigh jeans have been on my wish list for well over a year now and I've just never made the purchase. I decided to finally go for it this month and bought not one, but two pairs! They're great as they're a little bit stretchy so will be comfier than pure denim jeans, and are super skinny so very flattering as they suck you in a bit!

Zara


Save the best until last! I could literally buy the whole shop in Zara at the moment. I absolutely love the clothes in there. They're very chic, quite plain (apart from the statement dress above!) and all look designer. I particularly love the backless purple dress as it made me feel so sexy and feminine, and the statement t-shirt dress as it just looks really cool. The peach coat is also perfect for spring- I've been looking for a pastel coat that I love all winter and I'm so pleased that I've finally found one. The length is perfect for me as other ones I've seen are a bit too long for my 5 ft 2" height!

What do you think of my items? What have you been buying?

Rosy x
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