Beauty,  Lifestyle,  Style

Friday Faves – Checks, Fizz, Bags and Skincare

 

Welcome to the first of my new themed Friday posts. Each week, I’ll share a few of the things I’ve been thinking about, lusting after and generally enjoying each week. Sometimes I’m inspired by bloggers, sometimes my friends. Sometimes I see something whilst I’m out and about, and sometimes something pops into my head for no apparent reason! Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share some nice things to finish off the week. Without further ado, let’s begin!

1. This Diane Von Furstenberg dress

DVF High Neck Flare Dress

As I mentioned yesterday, one of my favourite bloggers is Lizzy Hadfield at Shot From The Street. She has a series called Testing Basics, where she compares 5 similar items from high street to high end. This dress recently featured on the series as the high end option, and there’s something about it that I immediately loved. The bold checks are playful but the cut of the dress is chic. The matching red checks are offset by the black and blue panels. The splits in the skirt are playful but classy. This dress has a bunch of contradictions which I love, and I like how it’s a different style to the quintessential DVF dresses that have been around forever.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s pretty much no way I will ever own this dress. I don’t have the budget for designer dresses sadly, and even if I did, this particular slinky number wouldn’t suit me. That doesn’t mean I don’t love it though! One thing I’ve learnt about stock photos is that most modern styles are made for the flatter chested lady. As someone with a more sizable bosom, I need to remember that something which looks fab on a lithe, leggy fashion blogger will look like an unflattering sack on me. Bearing in mind body shape and budget, I’ve got my eye on this cut out ASOS number as a more realistic alternative for my newfound checked midi dress needs! Check out (pun unintended) a few other checked dresses below which have caught my eye.


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2. Fancy Fizz

 

Sometimes I get home from work and pour myself a delicious G&T. I’m fond of a glass of wine with dinner, a pint (or few) after work on a Friday and the occasional splurge on a fancy couple of cocktails. It’s safe to say I’m a fan of a tipple. However, I don’t always want to drink alcohol, and since a recent Birthday I’m trying to cut back a bit more. Sometimes I’m driving but I still want to celebrate a special occasion. Sometimes I just fancy a bit of a treat! Enter the market of (alcohol free) fancy fizz.

My favourite fancy fizz is the Bottlegreen sparkling Elderflower, which is currently half price in Tesco. The sugar content is pretty high, so it’s not exactly a “healthy” alternative to it’s sparkling wine-ier counterparts, but ice cold in a posh glass it’s totally delicious!

Tesco Bottlegreen Elderflower Presse

Other sparkling favourites of mine are the Belvoir Raspberry lemonade,  Fentimans Rose Lemonade and Cawston Press Sparkling Rhubarb & Apple. It only comes in cans but it’s still just as fancy once you pour it in a pretty glass over ice!

3. Handbags

This is another item on my wishlist that’s definitely been influenced by the blogs I’ve been catching up with lately. This time I’m blaming another of my absolute faves – Rosie at The Londoner. Her travel, fashion and food blog is just heavenly and I find myself living vicariously through her every week. She’s been modelling this cute Cult Gaia bag (along with half of Instagram!) and it’s now firmly on my dream designer wishlist. An honorable mention also goes to Gemma at Lipstick, Lettuce and Lycra who recently posted an amazing collection of novelty handbags.

I’m terrible at accessorizing with handbags. My enormous trusty OdiLynch leather messenger bag comes everywhere with me. A recent effort to downsize showed me that I am, in fact, capable of functioning without the kitchen sink to hand, however the budget bag I bought to test this theory promptly broke under the strain of my every day use. I’m definitely planning on giving handbags another go soon though, and these ones are top of my wishlist.

4. Skincare

 

I wrote a review at the beginning of the year about trying out some products from The Organic Pharmacy. After a brief trial period with their travel sized starter set I invested in the full sized Carrot Butter Cleanser, Herbal Toner and Antioxidant Face Gel. It’s the first time in my life I’ve invested in skincare, and boy can I tell the difference. The cleanser melts off make up with virtually no effort, even on waterproof mascara. The toner feels refreshing and replenishing, and the antioxidant gel has done miracles for my skin.

I recently had some fairly bad problems with my skin, and I wasn’t able to wear make up or follow my usual skincare routine. It only lasted a couple of weeks, but being able to use these products again was such a relief! I never thought I’d say that about skincare. I’m still a mixture of baffled and in awe of the number of fancy facial treatments on the market. So many products making so many claims, it’s hard to know what to believe! As I get a bit older, I’m certainly more inclined to try the newest potions that claim to work magic, but for now, I’m super happy to have found this brand which makes my skin feel pretty special. An honorable mention should also go to trusty Bio Oil. I really believe the hype about this miracle product, it’s great stuff.

If I were to go on a beauty shopping spree, these are some of the other beauty products I’d like to try.

I hope you liked this post, I really enjoyed writing about something a bit different from my daily outfits! What are your favourite things at the moment? Any amazing new discoveries you’re keen to share? Let me know in the comments!

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