Wednesday, 30 March 2016

What's In My Bag? Celine Edge - The Basics!

Just wanted to start by saying I am so unbelievably sorry for my lack of posts recently, I am in my final year at sixth form so as you can imagine its all getting a little bit hectic and scheduling time to shoot looks and write posts is becoming a lot more difficult with coursework and preparing for upcoming exams, so please don't think any less of me for it, I am trying my hardest! As of the end of June however I will be finish and I am taking a year to blog full time, so I hope I will be able to create the type and quality of content you all deserve. Ive wanted to do a whats in my bag youtube video for a while but I haven't had enough time (or daylight!) recently. So I will be filming one in the next few weeks hopefully so stay tuned! In the meanwhile subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

I switch between two handbags currently, my Stella McCartney falabella and this beautiful Celine edge bag that Joe very wonderfully got me for my 18th. This bag isn't actually made anymore, however many second hand sites like Vestiere do stock them. I really love this bag its a very robust and durable bag, it has a side pocket inside, and then a really great back pocked on the outside of the handbag that is absolutely ideal for putting my phone in so its easy to grab!

The first item I pulled out is my car keys! Now before you think anything, I know, I know, that I have a lot of fluff going on! I have fluffy keys since I passed by driving test and I seem to have been adding and adding to it since! I bought a long tail shaped key ring when I was 15 in Canada (absolute FAVOURITE place!) so that went on first, the a couple of other fluffy ones I picked up here and there. My favourite keyring is my Burberry bear, I bought him when I went down to London right before christmas time and I think I ended up looking in 6 or so Burberry shops or concessions to find him in the classic colours, everywhere was sold out! I finally found this little guy in Harrods and he was the only one they had in on display and I just had to have him. He's absolutely adorable!

Next on the list was one of my favourite purses, I am still on the hunt for the perfect purse as this one is really great for most of my bags but when I want to use my smaller side bags its always far too big, so I am on the search for the perfect longer thinner wallet to use for all my bags as I always loose things when I switch between the two! This purse is from Louis Vuitton and its part of their Suhali collection and when I went in to have my initials put on the purse the staff at Louis Vuitton were really surprised to see a piece from the collection so I must have something to definitely look after! I really do love this purse with its square shape as it isn't too big, and it has plenty of space for all my cards etc. I tend to carry around my bank card, discount and membership cards and then any cash I may have. I tend to find my purse has either a substantial amount of cash or absolutely none at all! Anyone else get this problem? (haha!)

Next my favourite perfume! Herm├Ęs Eau des Merveilles perfume is most definitely a more expensive perfume purchase which is why I make sure I don't wear this every day. My mum bought be a small thin handbag sized one a few years ago and I remembered absolutely adoring it but not being able to afford to buy myself a bottle after it ran out, however I finally got myself a new one this year and I am a happy girl! There are two scents of this perfume and I honestly love both of them, they aren't your stereotypical girl smell which is why I absolutely love them, they are almost a little bit musky. I highly recommend going in and smelling some of these if you're looking for a really extra special scent!

These were the beauty bits I had in my bag, for some reason I didn't have any lipstick or lipgloss however I always usually do! I currently am carrying around my Lancome Juicy Shakers as they are absolutely perfect for a little bit of everyday colour, they are also a really lovely consistency so its almost like a lip nourishing oil as well. I would really recommend checking them out here! I also love to carry around some form of make up wipes, these simple eye make up remover pads are the perfect size and are really useful for lipstick touch ups as well! A nail varnish I am currently wearing is always good to pop in your bag just incase you chip them or even if you suddenly have an occasion you need to quickly paint your nails for, they are super easy to just slip into the side pockets of a handbag and could save you when you need them!
My Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm is an absolute MUST. I either carry this around or my little pot of the 8 hour cream itself, either way its a must have for me. 

I also always currently carry around my Olympus PEN EPL-7 incase I want to shoot anything for my blog or any outfit shots on the go! I would really recommend this for anyone who wants a high quality image with little effort, especially if you tend to have your shots taken by someone else who is not a photographer but who is indeed trying their best! 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I was thinking of maybe doing a whats in my bag video on my youtube? What do you think?

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H x


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Alternate Your Style!

Hello all! How is everybody? Its been an eventful week really, and I wanted to first say my heart goes out to all those effected in the Brussels attacks. I would also want to send my love out to anyway confronted with the harsh realities of conflict around the world, as we sometimes tend to look past the ongoing struggles for those we don't expect to come along. However, I am sending love to all those effected. 

I wanted to try something a little different for me, now we all love an all black look every now and again (I know I do) but what about an all nude look? They may be tones that are better suited to the sun kissed hills of California or anywhere but England really, but why not? It is getting a little warmer in the UK at the moment, I am really putting emphasis on the word little there as well, so I thought I would go for a look that was a little bit more fitting to spring time. I am a great believer in mixing up your looks, even though you may have your 'go to' look or style, that doesn't be your confinement though. I am a great believer in seeing a piece you like that may not be your regular style, and just working around it and making it your own. 

In this case, I wanted to work around these tailored high waisted pants with this pastel waterfall coat that just happened to be a very similar shade, perfect! Now I was a little sceptical, I am not going to lie about going from combining a lot of darker tones with a sudden change to lighter ones. The trousers added a smart tailored edge I normally don't have in my outfits, so I wanted to make sure I didn't feel too smart and therefore too far out of what I deemed my own style, I thought an oversized slouched t shirt would sort this out perfectly for me. I have always deemed mixing smart and casual to be a really stylish mood, think the Devil Wears Prada, mixing everyday workwear with the current trends you love. A heel was a really simple edition to this look to bring it from more casual to dressy, I am a strong believer in wearing outfits you can easily switch from day to night with a pair of heels. This looks is definitely one of them, blog shoots always require walking around and going back and forth between locations for looks so I ended up throwing on some simple flats with this look and I really loved the laid back feel it gave, my idea of heaven, style AND comfort! How many times can we say that happens eh?

I am definitely not going to hang up my all black ways anytime soon, I am far too set in my ways, however experimenting with my style is something I really love to do every now and again, especially when it comes up with looks like this. I could not recommend more trying to experiment outside your comfort zones when it comes to your style, especially those of you who are perhaps wanting to blog yourselves, it is always good to mix things up every now and again to ensure you don't fall out of love with fashion, and instead, evolve with it. 

Coat - here (10% off the whole site with HAYLEIGH10)
T shirt - similar here
Trousers - similar here
Heels - here (these are the most comfortable heels I have ever worn)

I hope you enjoyed this post, do comment below your thoughts and what you'd like to see on here soon!

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H x


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Belated Mothers Day - Afternoon Tea with Watchshop

Last week, I took my lovely mother for a belated mothers day out. She is extremely busy so we managed to finally find some time that I could take her out for an afternoon. There were a lot of options for afternoon tea, but there was one place I knew would be able to provide something extra special. Cloud 23 is a bar at the top of the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on Deansgate. The bar is on the 23rd floor and they have the most beautiful view of the city of Manchester. I have never seen anything like it before and it was absolutely wonderful. The perfect setting!

We went for the champagne afternoon tea (of course!) and it came with a glass of fizz and 3 layers of afternoon tea. The first layer was the savoury bites, they were some of the best (and cutest) sandwiches I have ever eaten!
As we waited for our afternoon tea to arrive, I knew I had made the right choice of where we should come for this special occasion, we sat and took in the beautiful 360 degree views of Manchester City Centre. It was really nice to see the city from a completely different angle, I am always walking between spots in the city, and it was really interesting how difficult it was to spot areas you visit all the time from above, and how much closer they seemed to be to one another!

We were given out afternoon tea and it was amazing how perfectly formed everything was! The savoury layer was my absolutely favourite, it consisted of a parma ham pastry swirl, three different types of sandwiches (cheese and chive, tuna and pastrami ham) and then a surprisingly nice carrot and humous wrap. 
The desert layer was just as yummy, there was a chocolate and orange cake (so so good!) a lemon jelly trifle and a cherry Bakewell tart. Its surprising how filling all these little bits are let me tell you! I managed to have a bite of each as I knew I wanted to save myself for my favourite layer of all... scones! I don't have scones very often at all but they are one of my all time favourite deserts, this scone was one of the freshest I have ever had, it had pieces of pineapple within it and it was probably one of the best scones I have ever had! Alongside plenty of jam and cream too, a definite must!

We had such a lovely time at afternoon tea at Cloud 23, it is always really lovely just spending time with my mum, she's always been a really busy lady and a very hard worker and of course that is something I admire very much, but its not always easy to do things together, especially now I am much more busy myself! Its really lovely when we are able to spend quality time together, and with champagne and good food its always going to be a lovely time. Valuing time with those you love it so important and trying to spend time with the people closest to you is one of the best ways you can spend your time, even if its once a month you make sure you're able to get together and appreciate each others company. 

I can't wait to do something like this again with my mum as I value times like this more than anything, and I most definitely need to go back to Cloud 23 again, its one of the most beautiful bars in Manchester. I highly recommend it as a place to take your mum, grandma, auntie or even go with a friend, its a really wonderful experience (with unlimited cups of tea!)

 I hope you enjoyed this post, do let me know what you'd like to see soon! I am hoping to shoot some youtube videos in the next week or so, so please do comment below anything you'd like to see!

This post was in collaboration with Mum's on The Go campaign!


H x

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