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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Nails Of The Day #2: Glittery Mint Green

A lot of you seemed to like my last NOTD post, so I thought I'd share another one with you all. If you aren't already aware, mint green is one of my all time favourite colours. It's in my bedroom, on my clothes & pyjamas and even both of my prom dresses were mint green - so of course it's going to be on my nails too. 

Since my post about wanting to try more Essie nail polishes, I have bought two more shades to add to my collection, one of them being the shade I am wearing in this look, which is Mint Candy Apple - don't you just love the name? It's one of Essie's most popular shades and I have wanted to try it for quite some time, so to finally own it is such a great feeling. It applies like a dream, just like all of Essie's polishes, and it's one of the prettiest shades of mint green I've ever seen. Definitely the perfect shade for spring in my opinion. 

To go over the top of Mint Candy Apple, I dug out an old favourite glitter polish of mine, which is Topshop's Ice Crush. It contains fine and slightly chunky pieces of silver glitter, which glimmers and sparkles when caught under the light. Despite containing chunky pieces of glitter, this polish doesn't feel rough on the nails. It feels smooth to touch and actually provides a good top coat for Mint Candy Apple too, making it even more chip resistant than it already is.

Since creating this look with these two polishes, I can't stop admiring my nails. They look seriously spring-ready and oh so sparkly! I'll definitely be coming back to this look time and time again for days when I feel like a nice pop of colour on my nails - and lets face it I'm never going to get tired of mint green, it's my fave.

What's on your nails today? Have you tried either of these nail polishes?

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Monthly Catch Up: March

I don't really tend to do life updates that often on my blog, so I thought it might be a fun idea to start a little series where I can fill you in on a few things concerning my day to day life (whether you're interested or not I'm not sure but hopefully this might be a nice change every now and again to an ordinary beauty or fashion post).

The beginning of the month was filled with oh so fun university assignments. I've only got around five assignments left now, including exams, until the end of term. The first year of university is nearly over - I can't believe how quick it's gone! I'm thinking of doing a post on my experience of the first year of university, being a stay at home student. If anyone is interested in that then please let me know below!

Aaron came home to visit for a weekend in mid-March. Since we only get to see each other every few weeks, we try to make the most of our time together. We went to the cinema to see Sacha Baron Cohen's new film Grimsby, which was bloody hilarious - quite crude, but hilarious. After that we went for a bite to eat at Turtle Bay, a Caribbean themed restaurant. We both went for the double dipped jerk steak, which was tasty but SO fiery, and sweet potato fries. The decor in the restaurant was lovely. We were seated underneath a beautiful large canopy with fairy lights surrounding it; it seriously felt like we were sat outside somewhere in the Caribbean.

Throughout March I've also really been into two series' - Orange Is The New Black and My Mad Fat Diary. Aaron and I have been watching OITNB together and we are seriously hooked. If any of you have Netflix subscriptions and are thinking about watching it, go for it. My Mad Fat Diary is what I've been watching when Aaron isn't around to watch OITNB with me. It's a similar sort of vibe to the film Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging, so if you like that then you will LOVE this. It's full of teen drama, tears and romance and I bloody well love it.

On a less positive note, this month I've been suffering quite badly (warning: slight TMI coming up) with issues concerning my, well you know, down below. I've been getting really bad cystitis symptoms, and if you're a girl reading this who has had it before then you will totally understand my pain. It's the most uncomfortable feeling and I just want it to go away. The doctor isn't quite sure if it's definitely cystitis or not, but I'm currently waiting on some test results, so hopefully things will get sorted soon and I will find out what the hell is going on. It's driving me nuts! Also, who has tried the cystitis relief sachets? Most. Disgusting. Things. EVER.

Now I'm on Easter break, Aaron and my best friends from school are all home from university, so it's been great getting to catch up with everyone again. I've eaten a lot of chocolate over the Easter weekend and I definitely feel as if I'm about to pop!

What have you been up to throughout March? 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Spring 2016 Wishlist

There's nothing better than a wardrobe revamp for a new season, even if the weather in the UK isn't quite fully blown spring yet (typical, eh?). I've got to a point where I'm fed up of wearing big thick jumpers and coats to keep warm. I'm ready for t-shirts, thin jackets, day dresses and lots of new fun colours. 

You may notice there seems to be a green theme going on. I am obsessed with the River Island top, located top right. I love the monochrome, but then bam there's a huge pop of a gorgeous bright green. Speaking of bright green, the Topshop jumpsuit, located the top left, is probably the prettiest jumpsuit I have ever seen. This would be perfect for a really warm Spring day and could definitely be carried through to summer as well. 

There are three more basic tops here which I have chosen, all in the middle of each row, which would be perfect for tucking into a skirt or wearing with a pair of jeans. I'm loving the whole cold shoulder trend at the moment so the ZARA top, located bottom middle, definitely had to make this wishlist. The Topshop grey high neck top would look great with a black denim skirt, don't you think? I like that the Miss Selfridge khaki green top is a little more dressy, meaning I could wear it on a night out as well as during the day.

Vertical stripes seem to be in too. I've chosen a lovely striped shirt dress from New Look, located bottom right, which is khaki green (yay) and is in the petite section (YAY). What more could I want? Kimonos are also great for spring, and summer too while we're at it, and I'm totally loving the pop of pastel blue in the one from New Look I chose, located middle right.

Since the sun is out shining a little more than before, now is the perfect time to invest in some new sunglasses. This pair from Topshop are the nicest ones I've seen so far. I nearly bought them the other day in store and now I regret leaving them. I think next time I take a trip to Topshop, they might end up coming home with me. 

And finally, a pair of shoes. I don't really own a pair of trainers that I can wear on an everyday basis as opposed to just working out. I adore these Nike trainers so much, they look so comfy and I have a feeling I'd get a lot of wear out of them.

Below are the links to my picks. What's on your Spring 2016 Wishlist?

// Top row (L to R) //

// Middle row (L to R) //

// Bottom row (L to R) //

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

How I Edit My Photos

For me, photography is definitely one of the most important parts of a blog post. I love taking photos and I always want to make my blog photos look great, as for me the photography is definitely the main thing that will attract me to someone else's blog post. I've seen a lot of posts like this floating around the blogging world, so I thought it was about time I shared my own way of editing photos. I have a few different ways of editing my photos, so I'm going to run you through the different apps and programs I use.

VSCO // VSCO is a great mobile app for photo editing. It has so many filters to choose from, a lot of which are free, plus it has so many advanced tools to make your photos look amazing, such as brightness, sharpening, tint, shadows, etc. Recently, I have been loving the HB1 filter, which really brightens the photo, whilst adds more cooler, bluer tones to the photo. You can change the intensity of the filter between 1 and 12, 12 being the most intense. What intensity I use depends on the photo, but on average the intensity level I use is between 6 and 8.  I then usually go ahead and up the brightness slightly, sharpen it up and play around with the contrast a little. What I do really does depend on the photo, but its always fun experimenting with different tools on different photos!

Afterlight // Afterlight is another great photo editing mobile app I like to use for tweaking my photos. I don't tend to use the Afterlight filters as often as the VSCO filters for my blog photos - I find a lot of them are better for selfies, haha! However, I do use the app to tweak elements of my photos with all of the useful tools, again especially brightness, contrast and sharpness. I find Afterlight's cropping tool particularly good as it lets you crop freely as opposed to cropping in fixed proportions. Afterlight also lets you tint the shadows and highlights a certain colour, which you can adjust the intensity of. I sometimes do this with the colour pink and bring the intensity right down, leaving my photo with a slight cool pinky tone.

Photoshop // Photoshop is really great for doing some serious photo editing. There's so many tools, a lot of them which I have no idea how to use, therefore I use this program in a fairly basic way. I use the Brightness and Contrast tool, as well as the Curves and Levels tool to brighten the photo, but making sure the photo doesn't look too washed out. I also use the Photo Filter tool and select my own colour. I usually choose a cool toned light pink and bring the intensity right down, and this cancels out some of the yellow tones within a photo. 

Picmonkey // Picmonkey is a free photo editing website, however does have some premium payable features. I have used this website for years now and it really is great. It's particularly good for adding text over a photo or creating a collage, which is what I tend to use it for the most - you may notice this from my OOTD posts! It has some basic tools such as brightness, highlights and shadows, plus it has a ton of filters and clip art that can be put onto a photo. If you're just starting out with photo editing, I would really recommend Picmonkey.

I hope at least one of you found this helpful and/or interesting! How do you edit your photos?

Saturday, 19 March 2016

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks in Ruffle Trim & Bedtime Flirt

Drum roll please... it's the thing that we've all been waiting for. It's the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks (what a mouthful). Now I don't know about you, but I jumped at the chance to get on Boots' waiting list for these, because as soon as I saw them I knew it was love. Sounds sad, doesn't it, but you all know I'm a sucker for lipstick - plus an entire collection of twelve nude lipsticks to choose from?! What more could you want? I went for shades Ruffle Trim and Bedtime Flirt, which are both middle of the road nude shades. Not too light, not too dark. Just how I like it. 

Ruffle Trim, photographed at the top, is described by NYX as a cinnamon pink, and is the darker shade of the two. It is of a warm tone and has brown undertones to it. I'd actually say it's fairly similar to Velvet Teddy by MAC. Bedtime Flirt, photographed at the bottom, is described by NYX as a red toned pink. I personally wouldn't say it is particularly red toned. For me, it's a dusky pink shade that isn't too warm toned and isn't too cool toned, and I imagine that this shade would be extremely flattering on a lot of skin tones. Both of these shades are definitely 'your lips but better' shades.

These liquid lipsticks are definitely more of a moussey formula compared to a true liquid formula, which I actually quite like as I find they are less messy this way and apply slightly more easily. The doe foot applicator is also great to help them glide on smoothly and easily. In terms of pigmentation, these liquid lipsticks nail it right on the head. They are so pigmented in only one swipe, which is amazing, plus the shades that I have tried don't appear streaky and are actually really opaque - sounds good right?

When it comes to longevity, these liquid lipsticks really do last. They have such amazing staying power. Once they're on they won't budge for a good few hours. After a few hours of course, especially after eating and drinking, they will start to fade, more so in the centre of the lips. But for the affordable price of £6.50, that's pretty good going if you ask me. 

Now it's all been good so far, but there are a couple things that aren't as great about these. I guess some products can't be completely perfect, can they? Anyway, when you apply them, they feel moussey and smooth, however once they have dried, they do have the tendency to feel a little sticky every now and again. However for me, it is bearable, simply because all of the good things about these lipsticks override it. Also, these liquid lipsticks do become slightly drying after a while, although I think this is expected with a liquid lipstick. The idea of them is for them to be completely matte, and the matte feeling is something that I am used to, so this doesn't really bother me too much. 

So, there you have it. Despite the slight hiccups, I do like these liquid lipsticks. I am so happy with the shades I chose, they're so gorgeous, and I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of them. Plus, they're long lasting, and for the affordable price of only £6.50, I think NYX deserve a pat on the back.

Have you tried any of the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks? What do you think of them? Or are you planning on trying them out soon?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

A Day Out: Tasty Pizza, Sunny Walks & Aquarium Fun

The Easter holidays are finally here - so I've finished uni for three weeks, yay! One of the hardest parts about being at uni is being apart from your best friends that you made through school. It's the first time in your life where you don't get to see them everyday, which is so sad. That's why the holidays are great, as everyone reunites again and you get to have a good girly gossip and catch up. My two best friends and I were reunited again yesterday, which was honestly the best feeling ever; I was beyond excited to see them. To celebrate everyone being back at home, we went on a day out, and it was the best day I've had in a long while. 

We went for lunch in a lovely beachfront restaurant in our hometown, which I had actually never been to before. The food is slightly pricey, but let me tell you was it delicious. I had half a pizza, fries and a side salad. I actually managed to eat pretty much all of it, but to be honest I wanted to make the most of it because it was so damn yummy. Also, random, the salad dressing. Omg. Literally the best dressing I have ever tasted. It was sweet but zesty and just so yummy! My two best friends had burgers, one southern fried chicken and one beef, and they looked bloody lovely. I will definitely be eating there again so I can try more of the food!

In our hometown there is also an aquarium, which we decided to go to for something a bit different. None of us had visited it since we were little kids, so it was fun to go back there and see what had changed. There were so many pretty fish that made great photo opportunities, however the best part of the visit had to be watching feeding time for the penguins. Penguins are one of my favourite animals, so I am always fascinated by them, and aren't they just so cute? 

Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to venture out into the countryside. This was a pretty spontaneous decision, so a lot of laughter was had as we tried to jump over the mud in not the most practical shoes. Wellies were definitely needed! More importantly, the views were just beautiful. We sat in the sun by a lake and it was so peaceful. It definitely made us appreciate the beauty of nature a lot more! We also were lucky enough to come across some beautiful horses where we parked the car. I have to say I'm pretty proud of the photo I took of one of them. Isn't it pretty?

All in all, it was such an amazing day and I wouldn't have wanted to spend it with anyone else. Catching up with friends is always lovely.

Are you apart from your friends due to going to different uni's? How have you been spending this gorgeous weather we seem to be having in the UK at the moment?

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Dainty Jewellery

When it comes to jewellery, I'm not really one for huge statement pieces of jewellery. I must admit, some of them are gorgeous, especially when paired with the right outfit, however I much prefer dainty jewellery that is a little more understated. Dainty jewellery suits my style a lot more; I find that it always looks so girly and elegant and can dress up any outfit. I don't often see many jewellery related posts, so I thought why not share some of my favourite pieces that I like to wear everyday, and of course on more special occasions too. 

The necklace with the black pendant is from Topshop. I received this necklace for Christmas after I briefly mentioned how pretty I thought it was to my Mum when we were out shopping a few weeks before, so when I opened it on Christmas morning I was pleasantly surprised. Ever since I received this I've worn it so much. It really dresses up a simple top or jumper and adds such a gorgeous touch to an outfit. I love the black sparkly pendant, it's so simple yet so pretty and is so different to anything else I own. Usually small pendants are either silver or gold however I think this is a unique take on a dainty jewellery piece, and I bloody well love it. 

The other necklace with the heart pendant is a rather special necklace of mine, from Essential. I received it for my 18th birthday, so it's definitely a jewellery piece that I will treasure for a long time. I think the combination of the gold and silver on this necklace looks beautiful, and I just love the little heart pendant. The chain on this necklace is so delicate too, which I love. I don't like huge chains on necklaces, I often find they can look slightly cheap and distract the attention away from the pendant, but that's just me.

The ring pictured is from Pandora. This ring is the only piece out of the three I could still find online, so if you like the look of this ring you can see it on Pandora's website here. I've had this ring for a long while now and I love pulling it out on special occasions. Pandora rings are just so gorgeous, plus there's so many to choose from and there really is something for everyone. I love the design of this ring, the silver and the white look stunning together, don't you think? I have a Pandora leather bracelet too with a couple of charms on it, so I was thinking I might do the occasional post on that whenever I buy or receive a new charm. So far I have two charms, both from my boyfriend, so they both have such a nice meaning behind them and are so special to me. If you're interested in seeing that then let me know!

What are your favourite dainty jewellery pieces? What do you think of mine?

Friday, 11 March 2016

Crunchie Rice Krispie Cakes

Surely everyone likes Rice Krispie cakes, right? They never fail to go down well in my house and they're a firm favourite for everyone, especially for my Mum because she is on a compulsory gluten free diet, so she can't have proper cakes made with flour. The ingredients I've used are the ingredients my Mum always uses when she makes them, however my measurements might be a little off (she wasn't in when I made these so I just went from memory). I'm not sure if I've made them quite to her standard but they still taste amazing to me! I decided to put my own little twist on them by adding some chopped up Cadbury's Crunchie bars on top. It just makes them look so cute - and makes them taste even better! So without further ado, here's the recipe so you can make and devour these for yourself.

// Ingredients //
(I made 10, but this number will depend on how many Rice Krispies you add)
2 tbsp of butter
3 tbsp of golden syrup
3 tbsp of icing sugar
1 tbsp of cocoa powder
Rice Krispies (add as many as you feel you need so they are evenly coated in the chocolatey mixture)
1 Cadbury's Crunchie bar, chopped

// Method //
  1. Put your butter, golden syrup, icing sugar and cocoa powder into a sauce pan and heat up on a very low heat. 
  2. Stir the mixture every so often, keeping an eye on it making sure the mixture doesn't start to overheat. You will be able to tell that it is overheating if it starts to bubble.
  3. Once the mixture is completely melted, you should end up with quite a runny, but sticky, chocolate brown mixture. Wait for it to cool slightly before adding it to the Rice Krispies.
  4. Place some Rice Krispies into a bowl and then pour over the mixture. Don't go overboard, as otherwise you won't have a good mixture to Rice Krispie ratio, and there won't be enough mixture to coat them all. 
  5. Continue to add Rice Krispies and stir in the mixture until you feel that all the Rice Krispies are evenly coated and you have enough to make a sufficient amount of cakes.
  6. Evenly distribute the mixture into cake cases and then chop your Crunchie bar into small chunks.
  7. Press a chunk of Crunchie bar onto each cake whilst the cakes are still sticky. 
  8. Wait for the cakes to set and you're done! Enjoy!
I know this recipe is really simple but I hope you like it! Have you done any baking recently?

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

For ages I've used Rimmel's Match Perfection foundation, and loved it. I'd finished another bottle of it, so took myself into Superdrug last week to replace it. However, the shade I use was completely sold out. I couldn't go without a foundation, so I decided to take the plunge and try another foundation from Rimmel instead, which is their Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation. I'd read good things online about this in the blogging world, plus one of my best friends said she uses it and loves it, so I thought why not try it? I have now discovered, even after only using it for about a week, that I also love it too.

This bottle is pretty much the same as Match Perfection's bottle, however Lasting Finish is red and Match Perfection is blue. I love the fact this foundation has a pump, as it keeps things mess free. This is actually a really good pump and pumps out a good amount of product. Are there such things as good and bad foundation pumps? Personally, I think this one is pretty great.

In terms of staying power, this foundation does a fine job. Sometimes I like to touch it up with a bit of powder if I'm heading back out to uni or something later in the day, but other than that it's pretty good, especially compared to other foundations I've tried that slip and slide all over my face. I wouldn't go quite as far as saying that it lasts 25 hours - not that I would really know, as I don't ever wear foundation for 25 hours anyway...haha! 

This foundation feels very similar to the Match Perfection foundation, however is slightly less dewy and feels a little more matte on the skin. I wouldn't say it's a completely matte finish; it looks natural on the skin and is definitely very buildable, despite being a full coverage foundation. But, this is something I like about this foundation, as I can't stand it when a foundation looks too cakey. With this, you can build it up to a full coverage slowly and naturally, which is so much better. It's also very easy to apply and blends beautifully, so there's no patchiness in sight. 

There is something called 'comfort serum' in this foundation. I'm not 100% sure what this exactly is or what it means, but I'm presuming it means that it's supposed to feel very comfortable on the skin - self explanatory really, isn't it Hannah? Haha. But if that is its purpose, then it obviously works because this foundation sits beautifully and very comfortably on the skin. So comfortable that I can barely even feel it once its applied, result.

Overall, I really like this foundation, and will definitely be repurchasing it when it runs out. I also think I've found my favourite foundation brand. Rimmel just never fail to do a good job! Plus at £7.99 for such a good quality foundation, it's a steal.

Have you tried the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation? What's your favourite foundation at the moment?

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Vaseline Skin Saviours

Vaseline is a company that, in my opinion, always pull it out of the bag. They have the care for the customer's skin in mind at all times, so their products always deliver by incorporating deep healing properties within them. I've always been a fan of their products, and these are two that I have been using recently on a regular basis to keep my skin looking and feeling tip-top. 

The Intensive Care Advanced Repair Hand Cream is one of Vaseline's products that I have most recently started using, but of course one that I have been absolutely loving. This hand cream lives on my bedside table and always has my back whenever my hands are resembling the appearance and texture of a lizard. That's right, my hands get extremely dry. This hand cream is fragrance free and is very gentle on the skin, so it doesn't sting when it soaks into the cracks on my dry hands. It's very rich, so it soaks deep into the skin and really feels like it's working. As it is so rich, it does take a little while to soak in fully. However, I recommend applying a good lot of this at night before going to sleep to let this cream do its work overnight, and I promise that you will wake up with super soft hands. This stuff is great, and will definitely be one I carry on using. 

The Intensive Care Spray & Go Moisturiser is a product that I have repurchased a few times and have been using for a long while now. I don't know about you, but I hate body moisturisers that take ages to soak in. I hate feeling tacky and having to wait around for ages for my moisturiser to soak in before I can get dressed. With this moisturiser, that problem is no more. It's such a unique product, as the product comes in a can with a spray diffuser, so you literally spray this moisturiser all over your skin, instead of pumping or squeezing it out of a bottle. It's such a fun idea that makes the application process so quick. It's a light moisturiser, so it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy, but it really does put the softness back into my skin. The greatest thing about it though is that is dries within a couple of minutes, so I can get dressed pretty much straight away without any fuss. What more could you want?

Have you tried either of these products from Vaseline? What are your skin saviours?

Friday, 4 March 2016

February Favourites

I know I'm a bit late to jump on the February Favourites bandwagon, but I couldn't resist sharing with you the products I've been adoring this month. Maybe these posts will become a monthly thing here, who knows?

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette shades Bootycall, Tease, YDK & Busted // I've been loving these shades this month to create a shimmery brown eyeshadow look with hints of mauve. I place YDK on the majority of the lid, then blend some of Busted into the outer corner to add some depth. Tease is a matte mauve shade, so it works perfectly as a crease shade for this look. Then to finish off the look, I place Bootycall, a gorgeous shimmery pearly shade, in the inner corner to really brighten up my eyes.

Benefit Rockateur Blush // I've never really worn blush that much. It was more of something I experimented with when I was younger and then I just sort of forgot it ever existed. But after receiving a small version of the Rockateur blush in one of Benefit's Christmas sets, I've gotten back into it. This is such a gorgeous rosy shade that adds such a nice pop of colour to the cheeks. 

MAC Twig Lipstick & Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Pencil in Cappuccino // I've paired these two products together because this has been one of my fave lip combos this month. The lip pencil is a dark cool toned brown and is great for contouring the shape of the lips. I apply the lipliner more heavily on the outer parts of my lips, then go ahead and apply Twig to the centre of my lips to add some pink/mauve tones. The two shades blend together perfectly and it really does look so flattering.

Benefit The Porefessional Primer // This primer is great for reducing the appearance of pores and it really creates a smooth and almost silky base for my foundation to glide onto. My foundation looks great when I use this primer, and as I've only got a small little tube of it, I like to save it for slightly more special occasions when I want my makeup to last an extra long time.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle // I mentioned my love for this product in my post about my favourite contour & highlight products, which you can read here, so I won't blab on about this product too much. It gives me a gorgeous glow, makes my cheekbones pop and it just looks stunning every single time.

Essie Nail Polish in Go Ginza // I mentioned this in my post about wanting to try more of Essie's nail polishes, which you can read here, so again I'll keep this short. The staying power is amazing - seriously this stuff takes a good while to start chipping. And the colour is just gorgeous too, don't you think?

What products did you love using throughout February?

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Day & Night Outfits with Boutique of Molly*

Today I've got another outfit post for you all. But, I've done something a little different. I have created two outfits, a day look and a night look, using pieces from Boutique of Molly, who kindly contacted me asking if I'd be interested in blogging about some of their clothing for them - and I jumped at the chance! They have some gorgeous pieces and I was thoroughly impressed with what I received. Here's a breakdown of both of the outfits.

The Day Outfit // This outfit, pictured left, features Boutique of Molly's Clara Trench Coat, which I unfortunately can't find on their website anymore so am unable to link it, however I only bought this under a week ago. I am obsessed with anything khaki green, so this piece really stood out to me. This is actually a size 12, which is the smallest size they had in stock, but I decided to try it anyway as they told me that the sizes were of a small fit. Luckily, this piece fits me pretty well, despite being a little baggy around the underarms, but it's barely noticeable at all, so I will definitely get my wear out of this. I love the tie around waistband, which can be tied as loosely or tightly as you like. I love that I am able to do this because I can tie it up and cinch the coat in at the waist, which looks so flattering. The colour of the coat is true to the photo shown on the website which I was pleased about and the material is thick and of a good quality. I paired this trench coat with all black to make sure it really stood out. My black long sleeve top, jeans and bag are all from Topshop.

The Night Outfit // This outfit, pictured right, features Boutique of Molly's Evie Lace Up Eyelet Crop Top, which you can find on their website here. I absolutely love crop tops that can be paired with either a skirt or high waisted jeans, and I'm really into the whole eyelet design, so this top was one I knew I had to have. I have to say, I absolutely adore this top. It's a size 10, and again is a slightly smaller fit, so it fits me perfectly. It's not too cropped, so there's not too much tummy on show which I like, and it sits beautifully and really flatters my figure. The eyelet design is even more gorgeous in real life too; it has gold detailing which really adds a nice touch. The material of this is of the same high quality as the trench coat. It's thick and of great quality and you can really tell it has been well made. This is definitely a top I'll be wearing a heck of a lot, especially on nights out! I paired this top with a leather skirt from H&M and a clutch bag from New Look. 

What do you think of the pieces I chose from Boutique of Molly? Will you be shopping there anytime soon? 

These items were sent to me to review, however all opinions remain my own. See my disclaimer for more information.
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