Friday, 31 October 2014

Everyday Glitz and Glamour

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what i'm wearing: Primark wool mix t-shirt // CelebLook sequin mini skirt* // Topshop boots (old)

A mix of casual and unique has always been my favourite combination, like this plain t-shirt mixed with a 'going out' sequin skirt. It's so comfortable to wear, yet stylish and can be worn both day and night! I love the wool mix top from Primark as it keeps me warm and cosy, whilst the sequin skirt from CelebLook adds a bit of glamour to an otherwise plain outfit.
You can also mix a glitzy top with a pair of jeans and some converse, a combination I really like, or a luxury dress made from velvet with a cosy sweater! The possibilities are endless when you experiment and try out different pieces.


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bimuno Immunoaid Review

Bimuno Immunoaid chewable pastels*

I was recently offered to review the Bimuno Immunoaid from the chewable pastels Bimuno prebiotics range which help to support your natural defences. It kind of works like most probiotic drinks available in supermarkets but its special formula contains vitamin C and Galacto-oligosaccharides which help encourage the work and development of your guts 'good' bacteria. So this product works in harmony with your immune system and provides an immune system boost.

You should take two of the chewable pastels after breakfast (as suggested, but you can take them any time of day) everyday. I kept to the suggested dose for a month and here is what I found:
I like the chewable tablets as I'm not a fan of swallowing vitamins because I constantly feel like I'm going to choke. So massive thumbs up for that aspect. The tablets aren't bad tasting either, they kind of taste like a very bland jelly. I was doing a lot of exercise and really watching my diet for the month and I think the tablets did help with the overall 'good' feeling, especially as before I couldn't eat breakfast without feeling a little sick and I think Bimuno helped out with that. They're really easy to carry around with you and would come very handy if you were to go to a foreign country where perhaps the food is slightly different to what you're used to and could potentially upset your stomach. I like the fact that Bimuno Immunoaid has vitamin C in it - now that we've come up to the colder, darker months we could all use a little vit C to boost our immune system.

I like the tablets and I like that they're easy to purchase either online or in Boots - which is where I would buy mine. If you're starting a health kick and generally want to boost the way you feel, as well as help your stomach with digestion give these a go (she says as she puts a picture of a pizza at the end of the post). I've actually got a pack in my bag that I carry around just in case (you can see the corners of my pack battered around from it being in my bag all the time!)



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Autumn Casual Layers Look

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn layers look
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn layers look
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn layers look
what i'm wearing: Topshop midi t-shirt dress // Primark faux shearling gillet // Primark scarf // ASOS beanie // Just Fab ankle boots*

I love Autumn and Winter layers - they're so cosy and so easy to wear! This is one of my favourite casual looks, as it's really comfy and easily dressed up or down. If you wear this during the day and have limited time to get changed in the evening just take off the fabric layers and layer on some chunky jewellery! I also love this look because it's casual enough for me to swap my boots for wellies and take the dog out to the fields for a run around!

So you might have noticed that I have had a change of background for my fashion posts and although I'm not keen on this new backdrop, I'm afraid I have no choice. We have recently had lots of problems with the house we moved in to 2 months ago, and we've had to move a lot of our dining furniture into the kitchen (my old backdrop) as our conservatory is now mouldy and most due to bad insulation and the landlord is refusing to do anything about it. I know, what a douche. So we're actually on the lookout for a new home - house hunting again, wish us luck!



Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Jo Hamilton at HomeSense Salisbury: Tips for Decorating Your Home

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Fashionfake, HomeSense Salisbury, UK lifestyle bloggers, Jo Hamilton
Fashionfake, HomeSense Salisbury, UK lifestyle bloggers, Jo Hamilton
Fashionfake, HomeSense Salisbury, UK lifestyle bloggers, Jo Hamilton
Fashionfake, HomeSense Salisbury, UK lifestyle bloggers, Jo Hamilton
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Fashionfake, HomeSense Salisbury, UK lifestyle bloggers
Fashionfake, HomeSense Salisbury, UK lifestyle bloggers

Last weekend I got an amazing opportunity to interview one of the most sought after interior designers in the UK, Jo Hamilton. Jo has been running a successful design consultancy for over 18 years and has made numerous TV appearances in programmes such as 60-Minute Makeover and What to do With the House When the Kids Have Left Home, as well as being a guest speaker for Grand Designs Live.
I have always been interested in interior design so this was a massive treat for me (thank you HomeSense!) and Jo was just the loveliest in person so the interview went fantastically well with lot so of tips and tricks on how to improve your home!

What are the key trends in interiors this A/W?
There’s a lovely mix of inky tones - deep navy, grays, blues and the elements of marine. Strong colours like navy will mix well with S/S 2015 powdery pastel trends so inky coloured accessories are a good buy which will carry you through seasons. I’m very excited about this trend.

What could you do to make a small room look bigger? For example, a living room?
Keep the colours light and cool - it opens the room up. A good trick is to keep your furniture the same colour as the walls so it all melts together and make sure to keep all corners of the room lit up, as well as the ceiling. Keeping the decor to a minimum and ensuring you can see the floor through accessories will help the space feel bigger.

Have you got any tips for creating more storage for clothes, but keeping a room stylish?
Most girls have lots of shoes and some shoes are beautiful - they’re our pride and joy! I once did a room for this girl who had a lot of shoes and we made it in to an art feature with square boxes over the whole wall. The boxes were lit up with little lights in the corner and her beautiful shoes were displayed. If your items are beautiful make a feature out of them and create extra storage.

What is your favourite way to make a room feel cosy and warm?
A mix of light, texture and colour. Let the light fall from the ceiling and make sure you’re using yellow based light as well as candles and an open fire is always great. Layer different textures with items such as cushions, rugs and throws in materials which makes you want to touch it - shearling, fur and chunky knits.

What are you tips for anyone wanting to decorate on a budget?
Dressing a room is very much like dressing yourself - I like to mix hughstreet with designer. Have one or two statement pieces which you spend money on like expensive cushions thrown on a high street sofa. Shops which sell reclaimed and vintage items are great for finding pieces to make your decor look expensive on a budget.

What is your advice to anyone who might be thinking of starting a career in interior design?
Get as much experience as you can. A good way to do this is to offer to design your friends homes which helps you build a portfolio. Ask interior designers for work experience and try to find places where you can talk to designers, like Chelsea Harbour. You can also gain valuable experience from working in homeward stores where you can work with the products and find out how everything works. I also think that having formal training is very important and helps you on your career path.

Was there anything that stood out to you in the HomeSense Salisbury store?
What I love about HomeSense is the vast range of styles and unusual pieces, like this bath (see photos above). It has so many great accessories and designer pieces which you can find for a bargain.

Reader Questions 

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Most of my inspiration comes from talking to clients and finding out what their interests are. I build a picture of the person I’m working with as the design is not about me. A lot of psychology goes into interior design! Also beautiful art from which I can pull out colours and designs.

Have you got any advice for people who rent but would still like to decorate?
Ask your landlord to paint the walls white before you move in, this will give you a nice canvas and it will be art and pieces of furniture which stand out. Include statement pieces of art and sculptures - your room doesn’t have to be boring and your personality will stand out with those statement pieces.

How would you get two different themes to work together, for example boho and modern?
I personally love that - there’s nothing worse than a recipe book approach on interior design. Boho style works great with straight modern lines for example an old character dresser in a sleek modern kitchen. You should have a colour story and decide on a colour palette to work with to make two different styles work.

There is a very interesting section at HomeSense: Unique Finds. How would you use the quirky items which can be found here to make the most out of them?
Don’t use too many of the same style items, choose one or two pieces which will become your feature. Let your feature pieces stand out by dropping everything back like having a modern coffee table with a sculpture on in, and a quirky design lamp in the corner of the room. Any feature should be well lit so if you have spotlights aim them at the sculpture to highlight the item.

You can visit Jo's website here and don't forget to check out your local HomeSense store for quirky accessories when you're next redecorating!



Friday, 24 October 2014

Sequin Skirt from CelebLook

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what i'm wearing: CelebLook sequin skirt* // Primark printed kimono top // Topshop t-shirt // Zara boots

I love mixing styles and one of my favourite things to do is mix fabrics like sequins or leather in to everyday looks. As it's Friday, I've gone for a little more 'bling' look with my new sequin skirt from CelebLook online boutique (which is absolutely groegous!) and I've styled it for a look that is wearable if you're browsing around shops, going for a coffee with pals or even just for the office. Monochrome is great for loud patterns and sequins as it makes them wearable to almost any occasion. I added chunky ankle boots with a bit of applique on the back of the boot, and also a printed kimono top to cas' the look up.

Sorry about the pictures - the light has been so bad in the mornings! I'm looking forward to styling this weekend and taking some photos whilst the light is perfect! Here's hoping anyway...



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Autumn Ankle Boots from JustFab

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what i'm wearing: F&F Tesco faux leather t-shirt* // ASOS floral pencil skirt // JustFab JF Raye ankle boots* // Primark chain necklace

I was so excited to receive my JustFab ankle boots which have a 'gold' plated chunky heel - perfect for Autumn/Winter! I styled these boots with a floral print skirt and a leather T for an office look, but what I'm really looking forward to is wearing these ankle boots with a flowing floral midi dress.
I love chunky heels on boots, they're so easy to walk in and comfortable! The boots themselves are really warm and comfy - you could spend a day in them without moaning about your feet hurting which is always a bonus for me. I used to wear ridiculous heels all the time before but recently I find that sometimes comfort just beats style (I probably shouldn't say that on this blog). I love how different the gold heel is and to me it makes these boots stand out from all the other chunky heeled ankle boots available this season. I'm mega paranoid about scratching them though! I think I'll be heart broken if in one of my clumsy states I knock the heel into something and get a scrape down the middle!
If you haven't checked out JustFab before I'd highly recommend it as they generally do have all the latest trendy styles for really affordable prices. And usually when I go on the site, they have offers like BOGOF - who doesn't like that?!




Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Weekend Away in Wales, Part 3: Hiking Outfit of the Day

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what i'm wearing: suede and faux fur gillet stolen from mum // Primark knitwear // vintage floral dress // H&M hat // Zara contrast shopper bag // Millets hiking boots (similar here)

So this is more of a fun outfit of the day post of one of the walks that I did whilst we were in Wales! I layered up a couple of cute and cosy things which I thought would be appropriate to walk around in, and also to stop off in one of the local towns. I absolutely love my new hiking boots, they're the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn! I layered my floral dress which has Autumnal colours with my camel loose fitting knitwear from Primark and a warm gillet I 'borrowed' from my mum a few years ago. In hindsight, I would have switched the bag for a backpack as it's more convenient!
About my slightly awkward smile - I was 300 ft high with a sheer drop about two meters away from me so I was a little bit nervous! These pics were taken whilst we were on our adventure at The Devils Bridge Falls in Wales - you can read the post about it here.