Life is a flower

I really need to get a blogging schedule sorted out…

….and have some witty titles for blog posts in mind!

It’s currently lashing down with rain and I’m babysitting my sick niece so finally have time to post these photos that were taken at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens last week. I’ve already posted a few of the photos on my Instagram and wrote about the delight my youngest niece had at seeing pretty flowers but had waaaay more photos to post.

My style at the weekend tends to be much more relaxed than my usual weekday work wardrobe but I still like to look put together.

I’m pretty much going to live in this beret until Winter is over….

So pretty!

As I knew Zara would inevitably have me trailing round the gardens 13 times I swapped the red Miss KG heels for some black pumps. Also had to rope Zara into taking these photos of me and have to say for a 4 year old she ain’t half bad!

My favourite spot to take photos is in the Queen Mother’s memorial garden as this fab little hideaway has a shelled wall background.

Let me know in the comments what you think of my look x

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Unicorns and Face Masks

If anyone seen my Instagram on Tuesday you’ll know I had a difficult day at work and rewarded myself for surviving it by drinking Patron for dinner! Tequila Tuesdays are awesome until you have to work on a Wednesday. To turn my frown upside down I put on my favourite unicorn PJs and ranted to the girls in the group chat while wearing a Olivia Buckland X Skin Republic face mask.

These super cute unicorn jammies were a Christmas present last year from my mum.

Exactly what a gym ball should be used for!

This AMAZING necklace is from Frank loves Doll. I’ve had it for a while and had to buy one for my sister too, the only downside is the chain is so thin and fragile that I’ve managed to snap it.

I know Tequila for tea isn’t healthy but it was well deserved that night!

Any tips for a healthier way of dealing with a bad day??

Embracing the Belly

I ordered this top from SHEIN because I like a slogan as well as making a statement with my clothing. Also it is highly appropriate…

Knew it was going to be cropped but didn’t realise how cropped. Previously I was never body confident enough to wear anything cropped but as I’ve gotten older I’ve developed more of a “fuck you” attitude!

I recently had the misfortune of being laughed at while in my gym stuff. I’m not asking everyone to like me but if you’re gonna come for me then at least slate my character, not my looks hun. I try to be a role model to my nieces and teach them to be accepting of people and I’m proud when I see them not batting an eyelid at those with a different aesthetic. When I see someone bigger in the gym, my first thought is always “well done you, making a positive change”. Negativity breeds negativity and I don’t want to be a part of that. While I’d been pissed off at first I pummelled that rage into the treadmill which led to burning off more calories so I turned a negative into a positive.

This was a super casual look for me, like I would never usually leave the house like this but zero fucks were given today! Went for carvery lunch with Megan and ended up having an impromptu photo shoot in the car park afterwards 😂

That’s right I also had spilt toothpaste down my top but didn’t have the time or inclination to change. My sister said of this look “OMG you look tiny and about 12 years old with your hair scraped back like that and no make up on” I’ll take a compliment from that! I’m not gonna be going around with my belly out all the time now but I felt empowered doing it this time. I don’t care that you can see stretch marks or that my stomach isn’t the flattest, folk should be able to wear what they want when they want.

How freakin stunning is my Kate Spade bag?? I adore the colour and got at a massive reduction at the outlet in NYC.

Outfit details

Hoodie: SHEIN

Joggers: DKNY

Trainers: Adidas Gazelles

Bag: Kate Spade NY

Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

How do you feel about exposing the midriff? Let me know in the comments.

I’ve been dreaming of your silhouette all night…

So a few weeks back I was kidding myself on that it was still summer and put together this little ensemble, nod to autumn with the boots though.

I do love me a dramatic sleeve!

Top is last year from SHEIN: their clothes are super affordable but sizing be crazy 🙄

Skirt is New Look from years ago

Belt from H&M, also years ago

Gold hoops were a present from the sis

Boots are Kurt Geiger

I wore this for a night of cocktails with the mother and friends, we had a blast but man was I rough the next again day. Prior to everyone arriving I asked Linda to take some photos of my outfit, she gave up after 3 shots- where was my niece when I needed her?! These photos ain’t the best so had to cheat and change one of them to black and white.

I felt quite 60s in my little mini, also it was a chance for me to flash the legs one last time before having to succumb to tights during Scotland’s eternal winter.

Makeup wise I went for my usual winged liner and MAC Russian Red.

The title of this post is taken from Grace Carter’s song Silence as I am OBSESSED, like listening to it on repeat obsessed. Cos I’m an idiot when it comes to technology if you wanna listen to the song then you gotta click the link below.

https://youtu.be/NvFkkmiZMuA

Anyone else mourning the loss of summer already?

My Fave Beauty Products

I was talking to a friend the other day about growing better looking with age (not that I’m big headed or that) but I think a lot of it comes down to cosmetics and the gazillion tutorials available that show you how to apply them. I’m all for people wearing make up if they want to, I’m all for people who choose not to wear make up but personally it makes me feel better.

My friends and family laugh at the weight of my makeup bag and it’s a proper workout having to cart it around when I get asked to do their faces: Megan, Lauren and Linda I’m looking at you guys!

I’m all about the skincare these days as there’s little point in painting your face with a shitload of beauty products if you aren’t taking care of the basics. My go-to make up look is winged black liner and red lips but sometimes I’ll mix it up and go for a coloured eye and pink lip.

Here’s my unfiltered bare face although I do have eyelashes, semi permanent brows and a bit of a tan right now. Yes I am aware I look drunk but no I wasn’t.

To start I’m alllllllllllllll about adding moisture as my face had a tendency to be dry. Nip+Fab are amazing and I cannot live without the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot now. Honestly the difference in my skin in the few weeks I’ve been using it is immense. Mixed with Sanctuary Spa’s Firm & Smooth Gel Crewe (bargain from TK Maxx) it plumps and hydrates my face. Because I’m not getting any younger and I’ve noticed the crow’s feet creeping in I’ve been using Monu Skin’s eye cool gel that I got in a Glossybox. Lastly Urban Decay’s Quick Fix Priming Spray. It might seem excessive to some but I totally notice the difference in how my makeup lays and lasts if I don’t do this.

Yes I sprayed the Urban Decay primer but that’s more for added moisture, this Nip+Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur really does work it’s magic on the pores. I alternate between this and Benefit’s Porefessional.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve no brand loyalty especially when it comes to foundation. Maybe I just haven’t found the right brand/consistency. Saying that these Revolution ones from Superdrug are cheap and cheerful and I use the shades F4 and F5. The reason for the 2 is depending on how tanned I am and can blend these easily to create the perfect shade.

That’s right I regularly use 11 different makeup brushes for my face but it’s about using the right tools for the right results. The bane of my life is washing all the brushes (I have way more than 11) but needs must. Every 2 weeks without fail you’ll find me spending a couple of hours cleaning my brushes. Time consuming yes but essential for ridding the brushes of bacteria. I’ll pop on a face mask, have a bottle of wine and watch serial killer documentaries while doing it and if they isn’t living my best life then I dunno what is.

Again cheap and cheerful but the Barry M contour duo works for me, I prefer a cream to a powder contour.

There is no way to look glam when mid contour! Once that’s all blended I’ll set it with a translucent powder, this one is another Glossybox product.

I picked up this BH Cosmetics palette when I was in New York in June and have only used it a couple of times but the eyeshadows are super pigmented and easily blendable. The lightest pink one (2nd from the left on the top row) is a mixture of pink and gold and is just dreamy 😍. The packaging is lovely and if I remember correctly this was only about $20.

The Kat Von D liner was another NYC buy and I’ll be sad when it’s finished, why didn’t I buy 2?! Although my brows are tattooed I’ll set them with Benefit’s Gimme Brow in shade 5.

I’ve been using Benefit Hoola for well over a decade and I can’t see me changing bronzer anytime soon. The blusher is another product I picked up through Glossybox and adds just the right amount of colour to my cheeks.

Another NYC buy from Sephora I’ll be stock piling this on Cult Beauty when I run low. I was recently told someone could see my highlighter from the other side of the office and I LOVED that compliment. Some folk are all about a subtle glow: not me! As you can see I’ve used all of the colours and use Marshmallow for the corners of my eyes and brow bone.

Here’s another secret: I seldom use lip liner *gasps* what a shit blogger I am! I got this Karl Lagerfeld+Model Co one from September’s Glossybox so thought I’d give it a go. Can’t say it made much difference tbh

I don’t feel like my face is finished until I douse it in the legendary All Nighter Setting Spray from Urban Decay. This travel sized one is almost finished so I need to buy a full sized one ASAP. Have tried some other setting sprays but this is my fave.

And that’s my face done! It may seem like a lot of product but it works for me!

Let me know in the comments below your favourite make up brands x

Jail Bird Chic!

Due to weird body proportions I usually struggle with playsuits and/or jumpsuits but came across this beauty in H&M recently. Black and white stripes: of course I had to try it on and was pleasantly surprised to find that it not only fitted but fitted well.

I don’t usually wear the same outfit often but I’ve worn this 3 times in as many weeks. First up was to the Paloma Faith concert in Princes Street Gardens, I teamed it with flats, hoops and a topknot. Next was to a day out team building (getting drunk) with work folks. Then finally I wore it to work. My team are blunt and say it like it is. One comment I got was “you’re giving me prison yard realness, but in a good way”. This immediately prompted me to demand someone take a photo against the bars on the window…

It’s easy to wear and I got a lot of compliments. The only annoying thing is wearing it when drinking, breaking the pee seal and having to strip every time I go to the toilet 🙄. I will never get bored of these chunky Guess sandals, bought them last year in NYC and have worn them to death.

Outfit posts will be more regular if I can find a decent photographer: no offence Jen (she was bullied into taking this one)

Does anyone else struggle with jumpsuits??

3 year break over

So after an extended sabbatical from blogging I am happy to say I’m back! The reason for my hiatus was a culmination of things but with a clearer direction of where I want my blog to go I’m raring to get back into it. This time I’m doing things for me, I have my own style and point of view: there are loads of bloggers I admire and previously I felt pressured that I wasn’t stylish enough or trendy enough. Now I say bugger that! The whole reason I started blogging in the first place was to document my ramblings and I lost sight of that. In the time I’ve been away it seems that blogging has changed, for the better in my opinion: there seems to be more of a shift in empowering each other and accepting that everyone is different. I’m not going to get stressed out by site views or if I’m invited to swanky events etc. I had thought about starting a brand new blog but this one was my baby for so long and I feel I’ve come such a long way that it should become evident quite quickly with new posts versus my old posts. Now it’s about saying my piece (hopefully somewhat eloquently) and posting random photos.

 

With that in mind this photo was taken by my 11 year old niece yesterday, I spy a future in photography when she’s older! No photoshop, editing or filter: I’m thankful for natural lighting.

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My niece was amazing and didn’t mind taking 8 different photos until she got this shot, in fact she ended up giving me some direction!

My mind is already brimming with ideas for blog posts so I need to sort out a schedule for blogging and stick to it. Any tips??

Lastly I’d like to say thanks to those that have inspired me to get back into blogging , love you guys x