The River Island Wedding Guest Dress

River Island Wedding Guest 1 FINAL

Wedding season is upon us and at the beginning of this month, I had the great pleasure in attending one of my closest and oldest friend’s beautiful wedding.

My only problem came in the form of outfit choice. The only other wedding I’d ever attended day to night was my best friend’s wedding last September, but I was a bridesmaid, so I didn’t have to think about what to wear.

Enter River Island. I ordered this dress over Christmas as it was in the sale, (although technically, the boyf. did actually pick it, not me).

River Island Wedding Guest 2 FINAL

Turns out he has cracking female fashion sense and thanks to having my wisdom tooth out and being unable to eat for two weeks prior to the wedding, I was able to squeeze perfectly into this rather fitted and rather small for a size 10 dress.

RI Wedding Guest 3 FINAL

RI Wedding Guest 4 FINAL

Paired with some navy Primark heels and a F&F bag, I thought the overall outfit wasn’t too shabby to celebrate a perfect day in.

River Island Wedding Guest 6 FINAL

River Island Wedding Guest 5 FINAL

Sam, the gorgeous bride looked absolutely stunning, my girls all looked beautiful and even the boyf. scrubbed up well. It’s also safe to say that I’ll be calling on his fashion expertise in future…

– love Stef x

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Things I’m Loving #2

Things I'm Loving 2

1. Bloglovin’ app – I was at uni when I first became aware of blogs and bloggers and blogging, and it was through Bloglovin’ that I discovered my favourites. This site also helped me massively in my first two jobs as a PR and an SEO. The app is the perfect handy tool for catching up with your favourite blogs on the go – I’m (blog)lovin’ it (sorry).

2. Lush The Godmother & Rockstar Soap Stack – yes I’m a bit of a Lush lover, but when I saw this duo I actually squealed. In the store. In front of people. I have wanted both of these soaps for ages but have just never quite gotten around to buying. But, the clever people at Lush have put them together in a stack which is now sat in my room. Being looked at. And smelled. A lot (not sorry).

3. Charlotte Tilbury – another YouTube obsession is Charlotte Tilbury. Her how-to videos are amazing and her products are divine. They’ve made their way to the top of my wish/want/need list, but for now I’ll have to make do with drooling over the tutorials – if you love beauty, you should definitely check Charlotte out. Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Victoria Beckham’s gorgeous Allure cover are all recreated for your viewing pleasure.

4. River Island Gold Asymmetric Slip Dress – I heart a good ol’ sale and River Island never disappoints. This beautiful dress was just £15, (down from £45), and is very reminiscent of the dress worn by Teresa Palmer in my favourite film, Take Me Home Tonight. With a hen do coming up, this could be the outfit I’d been looking for.

5. Sex and the City – thanks to daily TV reruns, my love for Carrie Bradshaw and the girls has once again taken over. The outfits, the shoes, New York and more importantly, Berger. I loved Berger, and of all the SATC men, he is my absolute favourite. If there wasn’t a Big, I definitely feel like Berger should’ve been The One. And yes, I’m completely dismissing Aidan (bleurgh).

6. Greek yogurt & honey breakfasts – this month I’m making the conscious effort to get myself in shape. Eating will consist of healthy foods and I’ll be partaking in that strange thing known as exercise. I’ll be swapping brews and prosecco for green tea and water, and to kickstart my days, I’ll be chowing down on the delight that is Greek yogurt and honey (no sarcasm). It’s actually incredibly nice and does fill you up – if you want to be even more rock ‘n’ roll, you can add granola.

7. Real Techniques Brow Brush – by now it’s become apparent that I enjoy everything Pixiwoo/Real Techniques-related. The brow brush is something that has fallen in and out of favour, but I’m currently in a brush and eyeshadow mood for brows, so this is the tool I’ve been reaching for. The angled bristles are perfect for creating a defined brow and it’s extremely easy to use – win.

– love Stef x

Christmas 2014: The presents loot

Despite not having a clue what I wanted for Christmas, Santa clearly decided to put me on the nice list and rewarded me with lots of wonderful pressies.

So here’s what I unwrapped on Christmas Day (and just for the boyf. because I know he’s desperate for me to do this: #spoiltprincess #boydonegood)

2014 Christmas Loot

 

Clean Bandit Vinyl // Crosley Executive Record Player // Links of London Rose Gold & Diamond Studs // Lush Snow Fairy // Lush The Art of Bathing // Dorothy Perkins Blue Twist Knit Jumper // River Island Pointed Polka Dots Flats // River Island Pink Printed Shift Dress // River Island Black Leather Biker Jacket // Breville Vanilla Cream Hand Blender // Ghost Deep Night // Looking for Alaska // Gone Girl // Cheryl Storm Flower // Dorothy Perkins Black Knee High Riding Boots // Breville Vanilla Cream Hand Mixer // Babyliss Turbo Dry 2000 // Hunter Fuchsia Wellie Socks // Where She Went // The Historian // George Black Patent Satchel //

What did Santa bring you?

– love Stef x

The Casual Traveller…

I am preparing to visit Australia and Fiji in the New Year, so all I am thinking is “what do I need to be comfortable on a plane for 28 hours?” I am brainstorming ideas, but this seems the most obvious choice for me, because sometimes the only way to travel is to be comfortable, keep the shoes flat and layer up – it’s easier to warm up and cool down with easy to remove layers.
The a large tote is perfect for magazines, sunnies to hide tired eyes and a touch of lip colour to complete the look.
The Casual Traveller...

What is your travel style?

– love Carla x

The 25th Birthday Wish List

In three weeks I’ll reach the rather upsetting milestone that is 25 – a quarter of a century if you will. Halfway to 50. Nearer to 30 than 18… I’m super excited, can you tell?

While I cry in the corner and attempt to get my head around the fact that I am ageing more rapidly than I’d like, take a look at my birthday wish list:

25th Birthday Wish List

Anna Lou of London Rose Gold Personalised Name Necklace // River Island Collar Skater Dresses // Estee Lauder Aries Zodiac Powder Compact // Marc Jacobs ‘The Lolita’ Eyeshadow Palette // River Island Black Leather Biker Jacket // River Island Beige Satchel // River Island Rose Gold Metallic Platform Sandals // River Island Black Buckle Chelsea Boots // River Island Beige Classic Mac // River Island Rose Gold Slinky Tassel Necklace //

What would you have for your 25th birthday?

– love Stef x

10 Coats under £50

Well, it’s official – I’m skint. I am, however, on the hunt for a smart-looking coat for work – not a jacket.

Something that will keep me warm when I need to head out for meetings and have to park a million miles away from the destination, because with my luck, (and with huge thanks to the beautiful British weather), I will get rained on – I always do.

It’s hard to look smart with a coat on, but damn it I can try! So here are my favourite coats from the UK High Street.

I’m not sure which one I’ll go for yet, but if you want to voice your opinion, get in touch!

Which one would you go for?

– love Carla x

Pretty in Pink

“May I admire you again today?” – Duckie (Pretty in Pink)

I know I have already posted a shopping guide for spring in pretty pastels but on my hunt for new dresses, I saw so many pretty pink things that I just couldn’t resist sharing.

I can’t pull off pink, well not in the OTT way that I would love to, but it can’t hurt to look now can it?

Here are some of my favourite picks from the best high street stores the UK – and the tinterweb – has to offer.

What will you be buying?

– love Carla x