When it comes to seasonal style, one thing in my wardrobe pretty much runs throughout the entire year, and that is that I am quite simply addicted to black, grey and neutrals. Yes, it's boring and yes, I do wish I had the balls to pick out the brightest item in the store and rock it with confidence but the truth is - give me a biker jacket, Breton tee and skinny jeans and I'm in my - very narrow-minded - zone.

This changed however when I noticed possibly the most seasonal appropriate dress I have ever seen in H&M. I absolutely love H&M and it's by far my favourite high street store so of course I bought it. All in the name of standing by my fave store, obviously... [insert guilty/"please don't kill me for buying even more clothes, boyf" face here]


Maybe it's the fact that I generally look slightly Casper the ghost/Corpse-like in the cooler months, or maybe it's the inner TOWIE in me (working on the show for a year has surely got to rub off in some capacity, right?) but I do love a good tan. It makes you look more toned, it gives you a healthy glow, and coming from someone who has only ever been to the gym once - for an induction day which I never followed up on #Slob - and lives off of Indian takeaways, that's pretty good going I'd say.

Which is why when I was contacted by the lovely people behind LDN: Skins to see whether I wanted to test out one of their products, I jumped at the chance. Now, considering I came back from Dubai little over a week ago - oh bore off love, would you give it a rest about Dubai... - I definitely wasn't in the market for a full on a fake tan, but a lovely deep glow that washes off allowing you to glam up for special occasions and swiftly eradicate all evidence with a simple shower - yep, I'm all for it.


If any of you reading this follow me on twitter or Instagram, you'll know I have just returned home from an incredible holiday in Dubai. Now, I'm going to be honest with you and put it out there - this holiday was based purely on relaxation, eating amazing food, not working - *insert hallelujah arms in air emoji here* and eating more food. So I definitely didn't want to take my DSLR, or worry about taking fantastic quality pictures... so this post won't be a review as such, or even a "this is Dubai, read all about it here" as my photo's can not do it justice at all, so I decided to do a post on things I learnt from my time in Dubai. (with some terrible quality iPhone pictures thrown in for good measure.)


I am one of those people that question their life often. Daily even. You see, I have a penchant for being slightly embarrassing/ridiculous at times and going to Dubai didn't stop that unfortunately.

Dubai's 'question your life' moment? The excitement, and I'm talking sheer and utter delight, I experienced at the sight of a Sephora at the Dubai mall. One day I'm sure I'll manage to get my priorities in check, but for now, I'll just rave about the Sephora purchases and dream of easily accessible Makeup Forever makeup until that day comes.

My first purchase was a nail polish. Did I need it? No, definitely not. Would it change my life? No, it would be a sad day if it did. But did I buy it and immediately fall in love with it and feel forever grateful that I picked it up? Yes, I did indeed.


There are many occurrences in life that brings on that trusty old hashtag, #BloggerProblems. Whether that be regarding to the weather, and trying to negotiate outfit of the days along side wind and rain - Oh hi Hagrid hair - Or if your boyfriend/mum/friend/[insert choice of photographer here] is away and you're having to fanny around with a tripod and a self timer - ain't nobody got time for that - but for me, and today's post, here's my first world problem...


You may remember that a little while ago now I attended the BloggerFestival organised by the lovely Scarlett London. I had an amazing time, meeting people and checking out some incredible brands and products. One item however, I was completely drawn to more than anything else. That item was the shoes in question today. 

Note: my feet are not fake tanned, or orange and patchy in real life... that would be the result of a dull day and overzealous vibrancy editing :)


I saw a tweet during a beauty chat once saying that hereditary dark circles don't exist. Drink more water, get more sleep, shove some cucumber on your eyes and you're sorted, they said. There are no excuses, they said. Well let me let you into a secret of mine - I have always had dark circles, right from young. And having experienced patches of life when I've slept for 15hours + for weeks on end and drank plenty of vodka and soda water (Oh Hi teenage years, you were a delight) and still not noticed any difference in the tone of my dark circles... I can tell you ladies that hereditary dark circles definitely do exist. So thanks for that Mum or Dad, really grateful for that one... ;)
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