Autumn Homeware Wishlist

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I've been going crazy for homeware recently and I've been collecting quite a bit, ready for my new home next year. This seasons trends are right up my street, from the deep teals and blues, velvet fabric and glittering gold to all of the beautiful 'forest' prints, everything looks so sophisticated but the deep shades make your room feel warm and cosy. I've found some wonderful bits and pieces so far, heres whats next on my 'to buy' list....


H&M home is my go to place for homeware, they have so many lovely things at such affordable prices! I love that they have a lot of the 'plant' or 'forest' like prints which is so on trend this season as well as the gorgeous deep blues and navys. I also loved this skull print towel, mainly because it reminds me of Alexander McQueen!




Next on my wishlist are these two items from Next Home. I adore gold when it comes to homeware and how blumming BEAUTIFUL is this floor light?! I fell in love when I saw it. & of course you cant go wrong with a gold stag head on your wall either. Love, love, love. 






Lastly, I have these two pieces from Oliver Bonas. They do some really lovely, unique homeware though a little on the pricey side. I think this olive green cushion is gorgeous and the vase features a lovely deep blue that I keep talking about! Both very on trend for this season.



Whats on your Homeware Wishlist??

xox


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The Best Beauty Advent Calendars of 2017

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It may only be the end of September, but this is the time of year when I dig out my thick wooly jumpers and the dark red or purple lipsticks and start getting way too excited at the fact its nearly Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas isn't too far away either! I absolutely love this time of year as I adore autumn/winter fashion and makeup looks.
I thought I would start my autumn/winter blog posts with something a little festive; Beauty Advent Calendars. Because if there is something better than chocolate, its got to be makeup and skincare! Here are some brilliant calendars I have found for 2017:


Elemis Skincare Advent Calendar. Available from Elemis.com for £150.


Feelunique Advent Calendar. Available from feelunique.com for £35.



ASOS Advent Calendar (My personal fave!) Available from ASOS.com for £55. 



Jo Malone Advent Calendar. Available from Harrods.com for £300.



Cowshed Advent Calendar. Available from cowshed.com for £90.



Charlotte Tilbury Naughty and Nice Magic Box. Available from Charlottetilbury.com for £150.









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Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review

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I first saw this beauty on the ABH instagram page and knew I had to have it when it was released. If I'm honest it was the packaging that got me first, the same velvet style of their previous Modern Renaissance palette just in a gorgeous deep blue with mustard yellow lettering. It features 14 shades; 11 mattes, 1 metallic and 2 duo chromes, along with the usual double ended ABH eyeshadow brush. The colours are pretty unique, I have seen this palette described as 'grungy' which I totally agree, I just love the mixture of dark burgundy, teal and green shades, I imagine these will be very 'in' this coming fall/winter.


CONTROVERSY

So, there has been very mixed reviews on this palette, probably with more bad than good. I didn't want anything I had already seen to influence my own opinion so when I first swatched I made sure to keep an open mind. 
What I have kept hearing is about the terrible 'kick back' of the shades and it being very powdery, especially with the shade 'New Wave'. Below I have pictured using a Unicorn Brushes flat eye shadow brush on this colour, dabbing it in like I usually would. Well, I actually didn't find it that bad at all, & I feel like if I hadn't already read reviews I wouldn't be looking for this problem and therefore wouldn't even notice anything. It left the pan looking ever so slightly powdery but nothing I haven't seen before, and it coated the brush pretty well, I thought it looked super pigmented myself!







CONS

I do however have a bad point to say about this palette, and that is about the shades 'Electric' and 'cube'. Basically, as you can see (or not see) below, my swatch is more or less non existant of these colours. Would you have even noticed  there was a seventh swatch on the photo on the right?! Yes, Cube did show up in person more than the photo, but it was nothing more than a little sparkle and that was after 2 or 3 swatches. Electric was a little better, but still took a few goes to show, this was the maximum pigment I could get out of them both, which is such a shame as every other shade only took a light dab to produce the swatches below.




Top to Bottom: L; Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge, Rowdy. R; Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury, Axis 


THOUGHTS

Overall, I like this palette. I'm completely in love with the packaging and equally love the autumnal shades it features, I can't wait to do a dark smoky look with it. There is a problem with a couple of the shades in the palette pigment wise which is a shame, I think I will be avoiding them ones but the mattes are the stars of the show in this. I don't think it deserves the bad reviews it is getting, but maybe some palettes are worse than others. It still hasn't over taken my favourite Anastasia palette which is the World Traveller, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting new eye shadows for the fall.



Get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette here for £41



Thanks for reading!

xox



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10 Tips For Getting Married Abroad

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As I type this it is just over 10 months until my wedding day, it feels like a lifetime away but everyone keeps saying how the time will fly by, which hopefully it doesn't fly too quickly as I haven't even got my dress yet! 
We are doing things a little bit different to the traditional British wedding in an old, stately home and jetting off to Florida to tie the knot, I'm so happy to be getting married in my favourite place in the world but with an abroad wedding comes the anxiety that you wouldn't normally get the big day was in your own country. I have done so much planning that I have gained some excellent knowledge when planning an abroad wedding, so for anyone thinking of or doing the same, I have put together my own top tips to hopefully help you along the way!


1. Do Your Research. You are thousands of miles away from your wedding destination, so if you cannot take a quick trip to scope out some potential venues, you are literally basing your booking on a picture online. The more research you do, the more confidence you will have that your chosen venue is 100% what it claims to be. Looking at reviews from other brides will also really help. I personally wouldn't book somewhere if I couldn't find any reviews on the place.

2. Trust Your Wedding Planner. Like I said in my previous tip, you are thousands of miles away so will likely have no clue on what exactly things will look like and how smoothly the day will run. This is why having a good wedding planner is important, but trusting them is key. Small things like how quickly they reply to your emails I see as a really big thing, if they cannot do the minimum then I would be panicking about how they are handling my wedding day.

3. Budget. The same as any wedding, a budget is important. An abroad wedding can often be really cost effective but don't get carried away because of this. You also need to consider exchange rates when paying in a different currency, the rate when you book might be better than when you actually pay the balance so make sure you factor this in and prepare for the worst rate.

4. Pick The Right Time Of Year. Make sure you know what the weather is like in the country you are planning to get married in. As I am getting married in Florida I needed to consider the heat, humidity and storm season, this is why I picked May, as it will still be really warm but it wont have the humidity of July or August and storm season is usually May through September.

5. Travelling With A Dress. Many bridal shops will help you pack your dress into your hand luggage if they do not have a special box for you to take it in. You can also order a box cheap enough off Ebay, Amazon or if you are flying with Virgin they also provide these at a cost. Do not pack your dress and items like wedding rings in your main suitcase in case it gets lost, keep these in your hand luggage so you can keep an eye on it.

6. Small & Intimate. One of the negatives about getting married abroad is that usually not many guests will be able to come. At my wedding there will be no more than 20. Don't take this to heart, as many people will have genuine reasons why they won't be able to make it, cost being the biggest factor. Usually with abroad weddings the friends and family who really care about you will be there, and you won't be paying for a load of 'plus ones' like if you were having a local wedding, wahoo!

7. Don't Forget Your Honeymoon. Make sure you factor in some special time alone with your new husband/wife. My partner & I are booking into a Disney World hotel the day after our wedding to start our honeymoon for a couple of weeks. We will still be spending time with family while we are there but are making sure we have a few special meals booked to celebrate being Man & Wife.

8.It Is Still YOUR Wedding Day. This point is something that I in particular needed to keep reminded myself and others during my planning. Just because you are not having the 'traditional' wedding ceremony in a church with loads of bridesmaids, ushers and an organist playing 'here comes the bride', it doesn't mean it is any less important. I am still making my husband-to-be and dad do speeches at the meal afterwards, they wasn't getting away with it that easily!

9.Dress Appropriately. If you are getting married in a hot climate you might want to consider a slightly different type of wedding attire. This can be suits without jackets or even shorts and flipflops for the men. You also might want to forget about that big & heavy princess dress you had always dreamed of, unless you want to collapse of heat exhaustion!

10. Relax. One of, if not the best thing about having an abroad wedding is how stress free it is. Yes, you will still have worries that only come natural to a bride to be, but make sure you trust your wedding planner and stay relaxed, and everything will fall into place, simple!


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