Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mustard


I love that someone decided this year to make colors that are traditionally reserved for Autumn, cool in Spring and Summer... It's a nice departure from the pressure to wear pastels and bright corals if that's not what you're in the mood for. While I love a good bit of color, I don't like to be told what to do and rarely let trends dictate my wardrobe, so I sometimes end up rebelling and wearing black all Spring & Summer like I did last year. Mustard seems to be big this year and I'm happy to embrace this trend if for no other reason than that this deep shade of yellow can actually work as a neutral and never truly goes out of style. I picked up this cute trapeze dress at H&M in a number of colors and it's super comfortable. It also has pockets, which is always a win for me!

On a side note, if you're not shopping for sunglasses this summer at T.K. Maxx, you're missing out - these studded Versace shades were just £19.99 and I can tell that I'm going to love them forever! Now, someone hide my credit card before the weekend... I'm turning into a crazy sunglasses hoarder!




 Dress: H&M / Cardigan: Benetton (old - similar here) / Bag: Aldo
Earrings: Tory Burch (old - similar here) / Necklace: Accessorize (old - similar here)
Boots: Jigsaw / Tights: Gap (old) / Ring: Accessorize
Sunglasses: Versace (found at T.K. Maxx - similar here)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream

Skin Therapy Cream (c/o Outdoor Hands)
Moisturizing your hands is always important, but as the temperatures rise and we all head outside for a bit of fun in the sun, I think a lot of us put our hands through their paces more than usual, making hand cream all the more important. I'm currently a little obsessed with Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream. Though this isn't the glamorous make-up counter hand cream I normally put in my purse, it's a perfect, no-nonsense option for really looking after the hands.

Known as the "hardworking cream for hardworking hands," this cream is perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors or puts another type of stress on their mits. I personally find it so lovely after I've been doing weights at the gym, which can cause skin tightness, calluses and dryness. I also love to rub this on my elbows and on the heels of my feet because they always seem to be so dry. It's great after doing the dishes too, preventing the dreaded dishpan hands. With natural butter, botanical oils, vitamin E and aloe vera, Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream has a light, comforting, citrusy smell that won't interfere with any fragrance you might be wearing. The cream is easily absorbed and not at all greasy, not to mention that it's paraben free. Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream can also be used on feet, elbows or any skin that's dry, cracked or chapped.

Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream is made in England and comes in a 100ml tube, which makes it perfect for packing in your carry-on luggage. If you're heading out this summer for an adventurous holiday where you may be waterskiing, climbing or doing anything that will put your hands to the test, you'll want this in your suitcase!

Outdoor Hands Skin Therapy Cream is £6.95 and available online at www.outdoorhands.co.uk

Accessories Affair


Lately it seems I'm having a bit of a love affair with accessories... Scarves, bags, jewelry, sunglasses... I can't get enough! I found this adorable little bag on sale at an Aldo in Central London after eyeing it for weeks. Seeing it on sale felt like a sign, so I finally caved in and bought it. I'd originally passed it by time and again because I thought it was a bit small, but as it turned out, it's just the right size and I'm carrying it all the time! I'm also pretty obsessed with these sunglasses that I found on holiday in Ireland for just €3 - it's hard to beat a bargain like that!


Shirt: Gap / Scarf: From Paris Street Market (similar here) / Puffy Vest: Gap (old)
Ring: Accessorize / Jeans: Gap / Sunglasses: Primark / Boots: Jigsaw (similar here)

What great bargains have you been finding lately? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

15 Fabulous Quotes About Style


Style is a very personal thing and people always seem to have something to say about it. Whatever your personal style, embrace it, enjoy it and most of all, have fun with it! Here are a few of my favorite quotes about style:

1. "Fashion Changes, but style endures." - Coco Chanel

2. "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." - Orson Welles

3. "Fashions fade, style is eternal." - Yves Saint-Laurent

4. "Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it."
- Audrey Hepburn

5. "Create your own style... Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others." - Anna Wintour

6. "Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose."
- Lauren Hutton

7. "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." - Rachel Zoe

8. "In matters of great importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing." - Oscar Wilde

9. "You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It's a way of life. Without it, you're nobody." - Diana Vreeland

10. "Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever." - Ralph Lauren

11. "Too much good taste can be very boring. Independent style, on the other hand, can be very inspiring." - Diana Vreeland

12. "Style is a simple way of saying complicated things." - Jean Cocteau

13. "Style is primarily a matter of instinct." - Bill Blass

14. "Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself."
- Oscar de la Renta

15. "Style; all who have it have one thing: originality." - Diana Vreeland

Do you have a favorite style quote or one that you came up with yourself? If so, please share it in the comments below... 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Energized with Sunsoul

Kaffir Lime and Lemon Energy Drink (c/o Sunsoul)
I attended an event a few months ago and the goody bag contained the usual suspects like ink pens, energy drinks, press releases and the like... I wasn't really paying much attention when I grabbed one of the energy drinks the next morning for a bit of a boost (it was a late night after all), but what I stumbled upon was a marvellous thing! The Raspberry and Elderflower Sunsoul Energy Drink became one of my favorite things. It gave me energy, laser focus, it tastes great and it's all natural. Rather than giving me a hyper feeling followed by a miserable crash like so many of these drinks do, I got so much work done, felt amazing and I didn't crash at all. What's not to love about that?


Because I'd taken my husband to the bash, we had 3 or 4 cans of this magic juice in our fridge, but I knew that wouldn't be enough and I was right... I went through them within the week. I immediately set out to Whole Foods, Waitrose and any other shop I could find to get my hands on more of these lovely drinks and my efforts ended in disappointment. I couldn't remember the name of the drink exactly, which made online search efforts nearly useless.


Luckily I've finally nailed down this wonderful 100% natural energy drink and it's available online! Trying it again, this time during a long walk for exercise, it was just as I'd remembered. This time I opted for the Kaffir Lime and Lemon flavor which is delicious. If you're a fan of 7-Up or Sprite, this would be a great alternative for those of you trying to give up soda. I got enough energy to plough through a 5 mile morning walk with great speed, run my errands and get through a full day of work afterwards. Magic, I tell ya!


Carbonated, fruity, flavorful and delightfully refreshing, these little cans contain a delicious treat and there's no guilt necessary. Sunsoul drinks are 100% natural, each can is just 84 calories and the drinks contain no refined sugar, unnatural sweeteners or Taurine. With ingredients found only in nature including natural fruit juices and spring water, Sunsoul uses guarana, baobab and kola nut to prolong energy delivery. While these drinks are not 100% sugar-free, the sugar comes from fruit - I don't know about you, but that makes me feel a bit better about drinking it compared to the alternatives with chemical sweeteners or hefty amounts of refined sugar.

Puffy Vest: Gap (old) / Headband: More Mile / Shoes: Brooks Ghost8 (also found here)
Seamless Jacket: Manuka Life / Sunglasses: Primark (similar here) / Headphones: Sennheiser

Sunsoul Energy Drinks are available in three flavors including Kaffir Lime and Lemon, Spiced Mango and Pineapple and Raspberry and Elderflower. The drinks can be purchased online in cases of 24 for £26.40 per case. For more information or to buy, visit www.sunsouldrinks.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
If you haven't already read the New York Times Bestseller #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, you've probably at least seen the hashtag about a bazillion times on Twitter and Instagram... It's a book, it's a movement, it's a radio program and soon it will be a television series on Netflix. Though she may seem to have it all now, Sophia Amoruso didn't start out that way and has had a super untraditional path to success. If you often feel like you have a snowball's chance in hell of being successful, either as an employee or an entrepreneur, then this is the book for you! Irreverent, fun and easy to read, #GIRLBOSS is both an inspiration and a modern-day how-to for winning at life. 

Sophia Amoruso didn't have what most people would consider to be a great start at life. She didn't do well in school, was diagnosed with depression and ADD and basically fell through the cracks. Fast forward to her quitting school, hitchhiking and dumpster diving a few years later and it's not entirely surprising to find out that the first thing she ever sold online was stolen. Amoruso is proof positive that there's no one path to success and that no matter who you are, what you've done or what schools you attended, if you have a good work ethic, common sense, a bit of creativity and a lot of fierce determination, you can make your own way when the traditional paths have failed you.

#GIRLBOSS chronicles Amoruso's path to e-commerce success from the beginning when she worked in retail stores, shoplifted and later took a job as an ID checker at a university in order to get health benefits. It was there that she was so bored that she came up with an idea for selling vintage fashion on eBay and it changed her life. She discovered something she was excited about and invested, finding that the need to make it happen took over, gave her focus and something to be proud of. With no managerial experience, very little education and no financial backing, Amoruso traded an MBA for some good old fashion common sense and took the online vintage market by storm. Having no credit, investment or debt of any kind in the early days of Nasty Gal, Amoruso shows that you don't need to be rich or have support to create something successful and get some money in the bank... Simple things like responding to customers regularly, giving customers what they need to be confident in their purchases and managing money well can go a long, long way. 

A tongue-in-cheek book that reads more like talking to your best gal pal than typical business books, #GIRLBOSS kicks tired old traditional theories about how to achieve success in the teeth in a way that's current, relevant and written for today's hungry go-getters! Whether you work for someone else, have your own business, write a blog or are contemplating a new path, this book is a gem for the modern age workhorse. Sophia Amoruso is a total badass and her passion for the work she does is contagious. The world is changing, in many ways for the better and #GIRLBOSS is a book that embraces that change and encourages more of it. I definitely recommend this book. It's inspired me beyond all expectation and taught me a lot of things about about business that I didn't learn from my traditional university education... If you haven't read this book yet, it's time to let out your inner independent woman and channel your inner #GIRLBOSS with this fun, enjoyable book.