Now that Autumn is well underway I wanted to share a new outfit which I purchased the other day which I think is super cute for this season. I’ve been on the look out for Autumnal clothes recently because now I’ll be working in a school I’ll need to dress semi-smart everyday and it’s nice to have some things which are warm to wear but that look nice. When I as a student I used to retreat to my jeans and hoodies everytime it started to get a bit cold but those days are over!

There are some really nice Autumnal clothes in virtually all the high street shops at the moment – but these items came from Primark and H&M.

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Burgundy Swallows Shirt

This is a really light shirt but I like it because it’s got a really practical sleeve length for school and just general wear – between full length and three quarter length. It’s a really nice burgundy/brown colour which will go with anything and I love the pattern with the swallows on it.


Tartan Black and White Knit.

This is my favourite item that I bought and I’m not gunna lie I’ve worn it pretty much constantly since I bought it! It’s half cardie half blanket, basically a cosy blanket with arm holes! What’s not to love?? I really like the tartan pattern as well.


Dolly Shoes.

You can’t go wrong with these Primark dolly shoes so I got a pair in both beige and black as they both look nice with the outfit. I find that even though they are pretty much the cheapest flats around they are also the most comfortable! Some more expensive brands blister my wet so much, but these are dead soft. And if they wear out a bit quicker than other brands who cares?! I’ll get a new pair!


Suede Mini Skirt.

Lastly, my favourite peice of this outfit. This skirt is a really nice suede material and looks super cute with a pair of thick knit black tights. The colour looks slightly different in real life; it’s more yellowy beige rather than brown – and the buttons all down the front are such a cute feature. I’m looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of it this Autumn.


So there you have it, my new Autumn outfit on a budget! Have you bought anything new for this season?


So, I wanted to do a quick, haul-style post today with a roundup of what lovely gifts I received for my 25th birthday. I’m a very lucky girl! I’m not posting these to show off; more to remind myself in the future of what I got as I can never seem to recall!

Phillips Wireless Headphones

Pink Nike gym gloves & USA hair ties 

Paul’s main gift to me was an amazing day out in London full of treats, which I will write up in a separate post, but he also got me a pair of Bluetooth headphones for the gym. I’ve been after some for ages so I was so pleased with this gift! Also fitness related I got some lightweight Nike gym gloves which are pink (I like to keep it girly even when I’m working out!) and some workout hair ties.

Rose Gold Pandora Bracelet with pink glass charm.

Something I’ve admired from afar for a long time is the pandora bracelets. I just think they are so classy and stunning, especially the rose gold one! I’ve only got one charm so far, but even the bracelet on its own is beautiful.

Osprey travel day pack

For our adventure honeymoon!

Personalised teachers diary

Such a cute idea – it’s got lesson planning space for each day and a message on the back from Paul.

Body Shop Seaweed products and body brush

Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser & exfoliator

Molton Brown mini shower gel set

Disney DVDs Up & The Hunchback or Notre Dame

2 more to add to my expanding collection! You can see what else I’ve got here.

Incense sticks


My favourite sweets – what can I say!

I’m so grateful for every gift I received and am so lucky to have family and a husband who know me so well! Thank you everybody.


Ever since I had my own place there is one thing I cannot resist buying for my flat – pretty sofa cushions. There is so much choice! And so many lovely ones. Our sofa is overflowing. And I recently bought two more. Oops.

Primark’s cushion game is strong at the moment. In fact all of their home wear seems to be bang on trend and for £5 per cushion?? Come onnnnn how could you not? Look how pretty they are!


As far as I’m concerned there is no such thing as too many sofa cushions and these are a fabulous addition to my lounge. I’m seriously impressed with Primark’s home wear and no doubt I will be buying further cushions from them in the future! Keep it up, Primark!


I am DIYing my wedding makeup! Shock, horror! No, it’s sensible for two reasons. 1) (The most obvious reason) I’m getting hitched in Greece! Even if I hired a Greek makeup artist there would be not chance for a trial or see any of their work beforehand. 2) I hardly wear any makeup and I am soooo fussy about how it has to look.

So there you go, I’m doing it myself.

I did, however, admit to myself that I needed to spend some decent money on some decent products. So I set myself a £250 budget and have spent the last few months trotting around various makeup counters in John Lewis trying different things. Here’s what I have ended up with:


  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer in Original
  • Bare Minerals Original mineral foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Bare Minerals Warmth bronzer
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin under eye concealer in Medium
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage face concealer
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher in The One


  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic in Flax
  • MAC Eye Shadow Dazzlelight
  • MAC Eye Shadow A Natural Flirt
  • MAC Eye Shadow Corduroy
  • Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Coffee Ground
  • Laura Mercier Crème Eyeliner in Espresso
  • Lancôme Hypnose Mascara  (waterproof!)


  • MAC Lipstick Angel
  • Laura Mercier Lipstick Angelic

Coincidence that they are so similarly named! I can’t decide at the moment I love them both.

So, this is the look I’ve ended up with. I’ve practised the full look a few times and I’m really happy with it. The eye shadows blend well and give a nice pinky/brown which isn’t too pink and I love the Hypnose mascara.  I’m also loving the Bare Minerals base at the moment and I think its absolutely perfect for natural, barely there bridal makeup, and I think it will be perfect for a destination wedding too!  You can see my review of the Bare Minerals products here.

Overall I’m really pleased with the look and I think it will look lovely on the day 🙂

Any other brides doing their own makeup?




I don’t wear foundation. I never have, I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve never spent enough money on one before or whether I’ve just not found the right one before but I just don’t like them. I don’t like the way it feels on my skin and I definitely go for the more natural look anyway so, until this point, I have never really felt the need to find the perfect foundation. However, my wedding is approaching. I was receiving gasps from friends when I told them I was doing my own makeup. ‘But what about the pictures?!’ they cried! Enough. I decided to hit the shops and find a foundation that I actually like so I can feel my best on the day without feeling ‘caked’ as I call it.

I booked in for a few makeup ‘lessons’ or makeovers at various counters. I wanted to go reasonably high end as even I know that with foundation usually you get what you pay for. As I wanted to go for the uber natural and look like I’m not wearing anything at all look I booked in with Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown as I had heard good things about their makeup. Neither were exactly what I wanted. I’m not sure which foundation I tried at Bobbi Brown but it was a liquid and felt a bit thick for me and it seemed to come up a bit pale, although that may have been a dodgy colour match. The Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer was nice, but it was still a sort of liquid which was going on my face and I don’t know why but I just don’t think the feeling of it sinking into my skin! Weirdo.

As I was leaving I walked past the Bare Minerals counter and became intrigued. I’ve never used mineral makeup before but have heard whispers about how good it is for your skin and you can sleep in it etc (not that I ever would, my makeup comes off as soon as I’m in for the night! Lucky Paul.)

I decided to give it a go. I came back another day and had a makeup lesson with Bare Minerals… and I love it! It’s amazing and absolutely perfect for me. I ended up buying the Original mineral foundation, the mineral Warmth (their version of a buildable bronzer) and Mineral Veil (their setting powder). The only way I can think to describe the effect it gives is it just kind of makes my face look soft focus. It evens everything out, hides and redness or imperfections but you literally cannot see it. Even under a magnifying glass. No caking, no cracking, no worries. I also love the Warmth, it’s very dark so you only need the teensiest bit but it’s perfect to buff all over and it really looks like a believable sun kissed glow. If you’re a precision contouring kind of girl it’s possibly not the one for you, but if you’re like me and contouring makes you look like an alien.. It’s perfect! The Mineral Veil finishes it off with a nice matte look and sets it all. I’m addicted. I was supposed to be saving them for the wedding but now I wear them every day. Oops!

Have you tried Bare Minerals?