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Boilersuits made their first official appearance on the Sunday Express newspaper in 1928 and nearly 100 years later they're one of the top fashion trends worn by celebrities and designed by the biggest fashion houses. I love them because of their timeliness potential as you can purchase one now, and in 20 years the trend will have re-emerged with potentially the only difference being how you style it. 


This one piece garment covers you entirely, only leaving hands, feet and face exposed and can be easily worn from day to night and dressed up or down depending on the occasion, your personal style, the weather and the sort of accessories you pair up with it. 

It's a firm piece in everyone's closet as no matter what the current trends are on the high-street, every few years you can guarantee the boilersuit to make a comeback. 

I believe in 2019 we owe the surge in popularity to the infamous Ganni boilersuit as after it appeared during Scandinavia fashion week, it quickly made its way to Instagram and therefore found a place in every influencer's closet. 

Overall, you would have seen boilersuits in most catwalks from Jil Sander to Armani, trickled down to the most popular of the budget-friendly stores - Primark (which are the ones I am wearing here). 

There is something quite empowering about rockin this garment as it certainly isn't a piece meant to flatter you for the male gaze. I feel confidence pouring from every pore when styling this piece, even when males say it looks like a painter's/mechanic/Karate instructor outfit. (so what, I look great in it, watch me as I go!)


Retailing at £20, this Primark number is actually a really comfortable, good quality piece, made of thick material and easy to wash and look after. With summer creeping towards its end, it will be a great item to wear in Autumn with the season changing and enjoying the endless options of styling it as a functional piece of workwear for daytime or an edgy and urban nighttime look.  


Now, spill the tea and tell me what colour do you prefer?


 


Trend Talk: Boiler Suits



Boilersuits made their first official appearance on the Sunday Express newspaper in 1928 and nearly 100 years later they're one of the top fashion trends worn by celebrities and designed by the biggest fashion houses. I love them because of their timeliness potential as you can purchase one now, and in 20 years the trend will have re-emerged with potentially the only difference being how you style it. 


This one piece garment covers you entirely, only leaving hands, feet and face exposed and can be easily worn from day to night and dressed up or down depending on the occasion, your personal style, the weather and the sort of accessories you pair up with it. 

It's a firm piece in everyone's closet as no matter what the current trends are on the high-street, every few years you can guarantee the boilersuit to make a comeback. 

I believe in 2019 we owe the surge in popularity to the infamous Ganni boilersuit as after it appeared during Scandinavia fashion week, it quickly made its way to Instagram and therefore found a place in every influencer's closet. 

Overall, you would have seen boilersuits in most catwalks from Jil Sander to Armani, trickled down to the most popular of the budget-friendly stores - Primark (which are the ones I am wearing here). 

There is something quite empowering about rockin this garment as it certainly isn't a piece meant to flatter you for the male gaze. I feel confidence pouring from every pore when styling this piece, even when males say it looks like a painter's/mechanic/Karate instructor outfit. (so what, I look great in it, watch me as I go!)


Retailing at £20, this Primark number is actually a really comfortable, good quality piece, made of thick material and easy to wash and look after. With summer creeping towards its end, it will be a great item to wear in Autumn with the season changing and enjoying the endless options of styling it as a functional piece of workwear for daytime or an edgy and urban nighttime look.  


Now, spill the tea and tell me what colour do you prefer?


 



It's been a weak summer overall when it comes to weather, however we can all collectively agree that the sun has finally decided to make an appearance on our cold big island the last couple of weeks (hallelujah), making us enjoy life again. 

Dramatic? Maybe. 
The warmth, the cocktails and the beach barbecues bring me joy; especially if like me you're based near the sea, this is the only time of the year you actually get to see it and enjoy it.

 With the climate spicing up, I have felt inspired to share some of my trusted summer beauty staples which bring back some glow and make me feel like a Californian girl. Maybe you'll be grabbing one or two of the below when browsing and reading blogs on the beach. Online shopping when tipsy on cocktails anyone?! 
Here we go...



The Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Face Mask is certainly not a newbie in my stash, I originally bought this because I spotted a few bloggers rave about it on Instagram and after careful testing through winter as well to make sure it's worth the £50 price tag, I came to the conclusion that I love it as it leaves my skin feeling soft with a natural glow. Bonus points - it smells amazing. 

The Hempz Herbal Body Scrub is probably my favourite of the lot as it's been helping combat my back spots. This is a gentle but effective cleanser that helps get rid of dry and dull skin. It's perfect for any summer routine as it leaves you feeling smooth, soft and supple. I especially use this on my back where, as mentioned above, I tend to get breakouts and spots due to my sweaty gym sessions and overall oily skin. The scrub turns into oil when you rub it in the shower, which doesn't make it as rough on the skin as you'd expect, and it helps reduce redness. 


Another fantastic product is the Hempz Citrine Crustal & Quartz Moisturiser* which has been my go-to for after-tanning sessions as it helps retain moisture and hydration. The consistency is very creamy however it does get absorbed by the skin very quickly and keeps your body hydrated and feeling renewed for hours after application. I particularly love the subtle glow given by the quartz dust and once again, I am obsessed with the fresh smell. 


Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator is the bomb for all of us who can tan but sometimes want a little boost. I went to Spain for 3 days recently and I knew I didn't have enough time to come back with a full on tan but wanted to make the most of my time there.

I took this little gem with me to use on top of my SPF cream and man did it help. This is a fabulous lightweight, spray-on formula that enhances your natural tan. It's also nourishing and very easy to apply, leaving no stickiness or oiliness behind. 

Last but not least, a new comer to my routine, the Shea Moisture Detox Body Wash* and Body Lotion*
In contrast to the scrub I mentioned above, I use this all over my body, not just my back, and it's perfect to get rid of impurities without stripping your skin from its essential oils. It's great if you're on the sensitive side and suffer from flare ups or itchiness. You can feel the purifying power of this blend of shea butter, African water mint, activated charcoal and ginger which definitely helps detoxify, soften and even skin tone. You know it's a good product when you leave the shower feeling like a brand new woman every day. This product goes onto my 'need again' list. As for the lotion, it's amazing, however the one reason I won't rave about it too much is because it is sold out from their site and I am not sure if/when they will restock it. I have linked the body butter and here you can find the rest of the collection. Definitely worth a stalk. 



Summer Glow-Boosting Skincare Picks


It's been a weak summer overall when it comes to weather, however we can all collectively agree that the sun has finally decided to make an appearance on our cold big island the last couple of weeks (hallelujah), making us enjoy life again. 

Dramatic? Maybe. 
The warmth, the cocktails and the beach barbecues bring me joy; especially if like me you're based near the sea, this is the only time of the year you actually get to see it and enjoy it.

 With the climate spicing up, I have felt inspired to share some of my trusted summer beauty staples which bring back some glow and make me feel like a Californian girl. Maybe you'll be grabbing one or two of the below when browsing and reading blogs on the beach. Online shopping when tipsy on cocktails anyone?! 
Here we go...



The Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Face Mask is certainly not a newbie in my stash, I originally bought this because I spotted a few bloggers rave about it on Instagram and after careful testing through winter as well to make sure it's worth the £50 price tag, I came to the conclusion that I love it as it leaves my skin feeling soft with a natural glow. Bonus points - it smells amazing. 

The Hempz Herbal Body Scrub is probably my favourite of the lot as it's been helping combat my back spots. This is a gentle but effective cleanser that helps get rid of dry and dull skin. It's perfect for any summer routine as it leaves you feeling smooth, soft and supple. I especially use this on my back where, as mentioned above, I tend to get breakouts and spots due to my sweaty gym sessions and overall oily skin. The scrub turns into oil when you rub it in the shower, which doesn't make it as rough on the skin as you'd expect, and it helps reduce redness. 


Another fantastic product is the Hempz Citrine Crustal & Quartz Moisturiser* which has been my go-to for after-tanning sessions as it helps retain moisture and hydration. The consistency is very creamy however it does get absorbed by the skin very quickly and keeps your body hydrated and feeling renewed for hours after application. I particularly love the subtle glow given by the quartz dust and once again, I am obsessed with the fresh smell. 


Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator is the bomb for all of us who can tan but sometimes want a little boost. I went to Spain for 3 days recently and I knew I didn't have enough time to come back with a full on tan but wanted to make the most of my time there.

I took this little gem with me to use on top of my SPF cream and man did it help. This is a fabulous lightweight, spray-on formula that enhances your natural tan. It's also nourishing and very easy to apply, leaving no stickiness or oiliness behind. 

Last but not least, a new comer to my routine, the Shea Moisture Detox Body Wash* and Body Lotion*
In contrast to the scrub I mentioned above, I use this all over my body, not just my back, and it's perfect to get rid of impurities without stripping your skin from its essential oils. It's great if you're on the sensitive side and suffer from flare ups or itchiness. You can feel the purifying power of this blend of shea butter, African water mint, activated charcoal and ginger which definitely helps detoxify, soften and even skin tone. You know it's a good product when you leave the shower feeling like a brand new woman every day. This product goes onto my 'need again' list. As for the lotion, it's amazing, however the one reason I won't rave about it too much is because it is sold out from their site and I am not sure if/when they will restock it. I have linked the body butter and here you can find the rest of the collection. Definitely worth a stalk. 




I've been craving to discover some new makeup brands recently, as I have played it safe this year  and simply went back to my holy-grail products. We all do that, don't we? Experiment, try new things, then go back to what we trust the most. Lately, more than ever before, I have challenged myself to at least stick to cruelty-free and natural brands, so discovering Annabelle Minerals was almost like..a sign. 

The Brand 
Who are they? What is this company all about? 
Well, they're all about nature and natural beauty. Their mission is to make sure that every woman believes in the beauty that she has inside, which to be fair, in a world that profits so much from self-doubt, makes me want to like them even more. 

I found out that they use 4 mineral ingredients ( mica, iron oxides, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), they're vegan and they're made in Poland. All of their products have a delicate formula which is suitable for all skin types and the ingredients used actually have care properties which is a fantastic bonus. 

The Foundations
They have three types of formulas and each one of them targets a specific skin type. Matte is for individuals like me with oily skin and spots (struggles are real). This formula helps regulate the secretion of sebum and contains antibacterial properties that help overall with the well-being of your skin. It also contains sun protection of level 15 (so, still wear your usual sunscreen underneath) and the coverage is medium to high. 
The thing I like about it is how natural and lightweight it feels. It covers the redness and the un-even skin tone however you can still see my skin underneath. 
I found the oiliness easy to manage as my skin actually gets less greasy now, so I only require one touch-up if I decide to head out somewhere for drinks straight after work. 

The coverage formula is, as the name describes it, high coverage and created for people with dry skin. The finish is satin and the sun protection level is 30. Finally, the radiant formula, provides coverage from small to medium and gives a lovely glow that makes your skin look fresh and healthy. 
I wouldn't mind having all three of these in my collection so I can swap and choose another one depending on the time of year and the look I'm going for. 

In the past I have been put off by mineral foundations because they're messy however I found this one a breeze to work with and their foundation brush is a must-have as it applies the product evenly on your skin in two minutes. 



The Concealer 
Now, I had no idea how good a mineral concealer would have been. I was reluctant at first to leave my trusty liquid one on the side and give this one a fair trial but now that I have I am very happy about it. I found out that thanks to the titanium dioxide, the coverage is extra effective and the zinc dioxide helps decrease any inflammatory conditions. 

The Blush 
This was the product I was a little worried to use as I didn't want to end up with clown cheeks if I lost control and applied too much, however the intensity is easy to regulate and if you go step by step you will avoid piling it on excessively. 
There's also a decent colour selection to satisfy most people's preference in terms of tones and finishes. Personally, I suggest the shade Sunrise as it suits most skin tones and it's a great every-day option. 

The Highlighter 
Probably the most exciting product I was eager to try; the combination of minerals with vitamin E, blackcurrant seed oil and sunflower seed oil helps to regenerate the skin, as well as tightening it and making it overall more elastic. 
The shade I got is Diamond Glow which is a cool, beige colour, and it adds a natural golden glow. I think it's perfect for spring and summer to brighten up your complexion even more and I cannot wait to use every day these coming months. 




I'd love to know if you've heard of this brand before and if you have tried mineral makeup previously. 
Warsaw, Poland

Brand Focus: Annabelle Minerals


I've been craving to discover some new makeup brands recently, as I have played it safe this year  and simply went back to my holy-grail products. We all do that, don't we? Experiment, try new things, then go back to what we trust the most. Lately, more than ever before, I have challenged myself to at least stick to cruelty-free and natural brands, so discovering Annabelle Minerals was almost like..a sign. 

The Brand 
Who are they? What is this company all about? 
Well, they're all about nature and natural beauty. Their mission is to make sure that every woman believes in the beauty that she has inside, which to be fair, in a world that profits so much from self-doubt, makes me want to like them even more. 

I found out that they use 4 mineral ingredients ( mica, iron oxides, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), they're vegan and they're made in Poland. All of their products have a delicate formula which is suitable for all skin types and the ingredients used actually have care properties which is a fantastic bonus. 

The Foundations
They have three types of formulas and each one of them targets a specific skin type. Matte is for individuals like me with oily skin and spots (struggles are real). This formula helps regulate the secretion of sebum and contains antibacterial properties that help overall with the well-being of your skin. It also contains sun protection of level 15 (so, still wear your usual sunscreen underneath) and the coverage is medium to high. 
The thing I like about it is how natural and lightweight it feels. It covers the redness and the un-even skin tone however you can still see my skin underneath. 
I found the oiliness easy to manage as my skin actually gets less greasy now, so I only require one touch-up if I decide to head out somewhere for drinks straight after work. 

The coverage formula is, as the name describes it, high coverage and created for people with dry skin. The finish is satin and the sun protection level is 30. Finally, the radiant formula, provides coverage from small to medium and gives a lovely glow that makes your skin look fresh and healthy. 
I wouldn't mind having all three of these in my collection so I can swap and choose another one depending on the time of year and the look I'm going for. 

In the past I have been put off by mineral foundations because they're messy however I found this one a breeze to work with and their foundation brush is a must-have as it applies the product evenly on your skin in two minutes. 



The Concealer 
Now, I had no idea how good a mineral concealer would have been. I was reluctant at first to leave my trusty liquid one on the side and give this one a fair trial but now that I have I am very happy about it. I found out that thanks to the titanium dioxide, the coverage is extra effective and the zinc dioxide helps decrease any inflammatory conditions. 

The Blush 
This was the product I was a little worried to use as I didn't want to end up with clown cheeks if I lost control and applied too much, however the intensity is easy to regulate and if you go step by step you will avoid piling it on excessively. 
There's also a decent colour selection to satisfy most people's preference in terms of tones and finishes. Personally, I suggest the shade Sunrise as it suits most skin tones and it's a great every-day option. 

The Highlighter 
Probably the most exciting product I was eager to try; the combination of minerals with vitamin E, blackcurrant seed oil and sunflower seed oil helps to regenerate the skin, as well as tightening it and making it overall more elastic. 
The shade I got is Diamond Glow which is a cool, beige colour, and it adds a natural golden glow. I think it's perfect for spring and summer to brighten up your complexion even more and I cannot wait to use every day these coming months. 




I'd love to know if you've heard of this brand before and if you have tried mineral makeup previously. 

I have been in a style rut this winter and didn't really shop at all, but the last few weeks with the sun making a come-back, it's been lovely to look at my clothes with different eyes, hitting that refresh button and slowly starting to add bits my holiday wardrobe

I tend to only wear dresses and heels on summer vacations, or when going to a club, which to be completely honest with you is very much a rare occasion these days as I prefer to have a few drinks in a bar instead. My go-to date night look is actually the very popular "Jeans and Nice Top" combo, which is super easy to wear and considerably more comfortable than a tight dress. You can go for heels if there won't be much walking/running, however, if the date is somehwere you'll be bowing or mini-golfing then I tend to just go for converse or vans as comfort is key. 


I have two tops in particular at the moment that have been on rotation and I wanted to share with you. 


1. The Crochet Top


Of course you will still find me wearing black, even in the middle of summer, however the crochet-style makes this the ideal top to wear even in warm weather, as it's quite breezy and light. I love the square neck detail, it's a cut I never used to wear before but I can certainly appreciate now. The cropped style with the very tame lettuce detailing makes it girly and chic. 

Wrap Top - Quiz  / Shoes - Topshop (old) / Sunglasses - Primark / Bag - Gucci / Jeans - Topshop


2The Wrap Top 


I found this top to be so cute, easy to dress up or down and very comfortable to wear as all wrap-style items are flattering on most body shapes. It's definitely true to size, so stick to what you would usually go for, and I recommend wearing it either on its own to show off the sleeves or layering a leather jacket with slightly cropped sleeves to show off the ruffle detail just a little bit. 



Square Neck Top - Quiz / Jeans - Topshop / Bag - H&M / Sunglasses - Primark / Shoes - Missguided

The 'jeans and a nice top' look was the night-out slogan for most women everywhere during the late '90s and early '00s. For the last couple of years this trend has fully re-blossomed and I'm so excited to haunt down more cute tops to add to my foolproof collection. 

I'd love to know what your go-to date night look would be this season. 




Manchester, UK

Two 'Jeans + Nice Top' Spring/Summer Date Night Looks


I have been in a style rut this winter and didn't really shop at all, but the last few weeks with the sun making a come-back, it's been lovely to look at my clothes with different eyes, hitting that refresh button and slowly starting to add bits my holiday wardrobe

I tend to only wear dresses and heels on summer vacations, or when going to a club, which to be completely honest with you is very much a rare occasion these days as I prefer to have a few drinks in a bar instead. My go-to date night look is actually the very popular "Jeans and Nice Top" combo, which is super easy to wear and considerably more comfortable than a tight dress. You can go for heels if there won't be much walking/running, however, if the date is somehwere you'll be bowing or mini-golfing then I tend to just go for converse or vans as comfort is key. 


I have two tops in particular at the moment that have been on rotation and I wanted to share with you. 


1. The Crochet Top


Of course you will still find me wearing black, even in the middle of summer, however the crochet-style makes this the ideal top to wear even in warm weather, as it's quite breezy and light. I love the square neck detail, it's a cut I never used to wear before but I can certainly appreciate now. The cropped style with the very tame lettuce detailing makes it girly and chic. 

Wrap Top - Quiz  / Shoes - Topshop (old) / Sunglasses - Primark / Bag - Gucci / Jeans - Topshop


2The Wrap Top 


I found this top to be so cute, easy to dress up or down and very comfortable to wear as all wrap-style items are flattering on most body shapes. It's definitely true to size, so stick to what you would usually go for, and I recommend wearing it either on its own to show off the sleeves or layering a leather jacket with slightly cropped sleeves to show off the ruffle detail just a little bit. 



Square Neck Top - Quiz / Jeans - Topshop / Bag - H&M / Sunglasses - Primark / Shoes - Missguided

The 'jeans and a nice top' look was the night-out slogan for most women everywhere during the late '90s and early '00s. For the last couple of years this trend has fully re-blossomed and I'm so excited to haunt down more cute tops to add to my foolproof collection. 

I'd love to know what your go-to date night look would be this season. 




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