DEBENHAMS AW15 PRESS DAY

You know those 20million times - slight exaggeration - that I professed to try and branch out of my "black, black and even more black" comfort zone and wear more colour?... Yeah, so, I failed.

... And big time it seems as today's outfit brings you literally nothing but the holy grail, mothership, saviour, lord beautiful colour that is black. What can I say? I am a boring bitch shallow excuse of a fashion blogger.

In slightly less disappointing - because obviously you are all devastated about my "failure to dress like a rainbow" - news I did manage to leave my pit where I spend 16hrs per day at least blogging, emailing, editing and repeating (basically, working) to make it down to the Debenhams AW15 Press day and my god was it worth it.

So, how about we get the boring stuff out of the way i.e what I slapped on my face and shoved on my body... and then we'll head over to the press day and swoon over the coats/shoes/bags/accessories/all the stuff, together yeah? Great, let's do it...

Hey, bitch Pigeon, stop trying to steal my thunder please!
Lycra/Nylon stretchy top meaning that it's perfect for those food baby moments i.e all day ehhrday: Zara 
Leather MC Hammer-esque trousers: Boohoo
Mules: Primark... because, where else?

Next up is a special mention to 3 gorgeous products I'm wearing below. We have:

1) The Body Shop Honey Bronze highlighting dome which is so ridiculously stunning. A golden, sheeny, coral pink which is just so perfect for Summer.

2) Mac Patina which I rave about constantly. A gorgeous olive green tones gold that is impossible to describe and impossible not to love.

3) and lastly, Rodial's Glamstick in Bite which is actually perfection in lipstick form. I raved about it here and I have a full review coming up next week. 
Now that we've established just how boring/safe I am when it comes to outfit and makeup choices, let's have a little look around #DebsAW15 press day shall we? Starting with the stunning flowers that greeted me at the entrance and have continued to grace my Instagram feed ever since. #SorryNotSorry
Flowers done, if I wasn't slightly adverse to the phrase "pinterest-worthy" I'd say they were just that!

Sod it, they were so pinterest worthy...

On to the fashion, prepare your eye balls for some very lovely pieces.
DebsAW15 Press day
DebsAW15 Press day
Debenhams Press day
Debenhams Press day
Debenhams Press day
BLUE MAXI DRESS
Debenhams Press day
Debenhams Press day
Debenhams Press day
Henry Holland
Henry Holland
Debenhams Press day
Debenhams fashion
Snakeskin boots
green snakeskin
Debenhams fashion
Debenhams fashion
Can we just take a moment to appreciate just how stunning those pieces were? From the dreamiest snakeskin print boots to seriously sequinned embellishment... Debenhams really does have something for everyone. I don't think I'm alone when I say that when I think of Debenhams, an older, slightly more mature line of clothes come to mind. But actually, they really do have such  wide variety of brands meaning that they cater for every age and ever need. Henry Holland's collection especially brings that, young, fresh, cool feel to the store.

Homeware time. Or what I like to call, Bloggers paradise...
Copper homeware
#CopperGoals You go Glen coco Debenhams! That is literally all.

Well, apart from just a couple of miscellaneous others...
As well as the most ridiculously dreamy clothes and homeware, Debenhams also had a little deli - with free sandwiches, salads, the best elderflower apple drink I've ever tasted and so much more - as well as an Insomnia coffee kiosk (which will soon be sold in Debenhams if I'm correct... I'm probably not). Plus, gel nails... Debenhams, you did so, so well!

So, this brings me to the end of my little "Yo Debenhams, fancy being BFF's"/boring OOTD/what's on my face type post. I had such a lovely time at the event so I really hope you enjoyed reading about it.

I just wanted to quickly squeeze in an apology for a slight lack of/delay in posts. I've finally got my shit together transferred my custom domain, which is great. What isn't great however, is the fact that Bloglovin take a lifetime to actually get back to you and transfer over the accounts on there. So apologies for any quiet periods, I promise - slightly shoddy - service will resume soon. ;)


As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

WESTERN, WHITES AND WELL LOVED IN MAY

Ellie AdamsEllie Adams
May favourites
For once in my life, I haven't looked back on the month and f**ked hated my life because I want to include all the products in my monthly favourites. I've actually loved few products this month, but I've loved them a lot. In amongst my favourites include the most gorgeous, unique, perfect pair of boots I own - which I was kindly sent by Chockers, thanks Chockers you little charmers, you... - which also haven't left my feet since I received them. Alongside said life changing boots - erm, yes, a pair of shoes can totally be life changing - are my white ASOS jeans which I've equally worn to death, so I thought... why not mix things up a bit and make a 'favourites'/'favourite items in an OOTD'/'thoughts on favourite things' type post.

... And that was obviously such a riveting idea that you're all just desperate to carry on reading...

[insert sarcastic/"I know you think I'm a knob tit twat right now but please just humour me, read the post and pretend you're not totally bored and actually enjoyed it anyway?" emoji here]

You could also add in a thumbs up emoji but I thought it might be too much. It's too much...
Chockers Sienna Miller boots
Chockers Sienna Miller boots
Chockers Sienna Miller boots
Chockers Sienna Miller boots
Sienna Miller western boots
Chockers Sienna boots* (sold out - boo! - gorgeous red version here) - So, these are the boots that I totally fan-girled over in my introduction and I think you might be able to see why. They are a cowboy style boot (which the inner Sienna Miller/Kate Moss in me loves) with a stunning mixture of prints and textures. MockCroc, velour/suede with gorgeous gold hardware on the zips, heels and toe cap. They're incredibly comfortable which my poor blistered feet - I am a girl that suffers for her art i.e uncomfortable shoes because they make the outfit photo's on point look so much better - are very grateful for. They're just a unique addition to my collection, which for the girl that literally owns all the black boots in the world (boots, are my thing FYI) that's seriously saying something.

White ASOS jeans - I haven't got a specific photo to show said white jeans as not only can you see them above, but it's also impossible to get a flattering photo. Unless you're a Victoria's Secret model, or Cheryl Fernakfnvakn Vergkfnvaejvnanvr or Michelle Keegan, or... you get the gist. However, despite looking like a tree trunk/McDonald's Ambassador, I have really been enjoying styling these up, and wearing them on a warmer day for a fresher, more summery feel. Whilst I love these ASOS ones, I am very open to flattering white jean recommendations...

If such a thing exists.
Stella McCartney Stella perfume
Stella McCartney Stella perfume
Stella McCartney Stella - I mentioned this product in my Spring essentials/chic things/whatever the hell I actually named the post, blog post here... so feel free to pop over to check out an in-depth, absolutely awful fragrance description there. (Jesus Christ, I'm serious selling that option to you aren't I? #FullTimeBloggerTwat) In short, it's a beautiful floral, fresh, slightly sweet - but not sickly - citrusy scent that is just perfect for the warmer months. It's subtle, it's fresh... and I've never come across a single person who hasn't really liked this.

If you are one of them however, it would be lovely if you could just keep that to yourself and refrain from making me look like a complete dick twat on my blog. Please and thank you ;)
Essie Peach Daiquiri
Essie Peach Daiquiri
Essie Peach Daiquiri - Oh Essie, you've done it again. Finding a nail polish that I love enough to repaint repeatedly over twice in a row when the time comes - i.e when they're chipped to f**k high heaven/look rougher than a witches tit sandpaper - is very rare, so Essie did so good with this one. It's a peachy pink, coral, slightly red toned colour - adjectives are not my strong point, don't judge - that I've already reviewed here in case you're after more swatches. It's very pretty, lasts at least a week without chipping and is perfect for Spring/Summer. 
Rodial Glamstick Bite
Rodial Glamstick in Bite* - Including this lipstick in my May favourites is a little naughty of me (I know, living life on the edge big time) as I literally received this a matter of days before putting the post together. However I couldn't not include it because this lipstick was just love at first use. Of course, a full review is on it's way next week, but ladies... this lipstick is so nourishing, it smells oh my god incredible, the colour is literally my ideal lipstick. In fact, scrap that, the entire lipstick is my ideal lipstick. It's love. Full on "I clearly haven't got my priorities in check yet hence why I'm able to profess love for a lipstick, but I will do soon" love.
So this brings what is technically my May Favourites - with a special fan girl to my favourite boots and some beauty bits - to an end. I actually really enjoyed putting this post together so maybe it'll be a new format to my favourites posts in the future.

As for me, May has potentially been the most stressful month of my life. [insert violin sound effect here] A mixture of incredible, unbelievable - but for me, because I am a huge over thinker and neurotic bitch - however slightly stressful/totally nerve-wracking blog opportunities, alongside putting in all the hours in the world in posts/collaborations/general bloggy stuff etc. plus health issues... I have kinda' been left a broken mess. The work/life balance is yet to even be discovered let alone be made more even so if any of you have any tips for not getting stressed/letting things get too much/generally how not to be a highly strung psychopath... those would be greatly appreciated :)

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.

xx
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