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New pieces for autumn

I love fashion and I’m the first to admit that I like to buy something new every now and then. However, I’ve always kept my style pretty simple so only buy pieces that I know I will get good wear out of and can mix and match with items already in my wardrobe.

I love black, it’s my favourite colour. So I always try to add a pop of colour or print to my outfit. Take this dress (above) for example. It’s just a plain black dress but that leopard print pleating around the bottom of the dress just takes it up a notch on the fabulous level.

So, I’m waffling on a bit. I just wanted to put together some pieces that I’d seen recently that I think would work into your autumn/winter wardrobe and pieces that you can wear over and over again.

All items are linked with prices:

Jacket with a tie belt £34.99 H&M

Classic white shirt £29.99 MANGO

Black raw hem JAMIE jeans £42 TOPSHOP

Loafers £19.99 H&M

2 in 1 leopard chiffon dress £45 LIPSY

Leather shoe boots £60 NEXT

Fluffy cardigan £99 MINT VELVET

ALL SAINTS Silk blend tee £28 JOHN LEWIS

Levis 712 £85 JOHN LEWIS

Leopard trainers £70 DUNE

Leather biker jacket £199 JOHN LEWIS

Yasmin dress £99 HUSH

STEVE MADDEN ankle boots £125 DEBENHAMS

Slogan sweater £99 WHISTLES

MINT VELVET pleated skirt £89 JOHN LEWIS

AND/OR trainers £85 JOHN LEWIS

Double breasted blazer £79.99 MANGO

Green leopard print cami £12.99 NEWLOOK

Straight suit trousers £35.99 MANGO

Sling backs £69 OFFICE SHOES

Leather bag £89.99 ZARA

Merino wool jumper £45 M&S

Faux leather skirt £30 RIVERISLAND

Suede heels £69 M&S

Have a great Sunday, Joanna x

Rusty around the edges

I’ve been seeing this Rust Red creeping it’s way into the high street. It’s not normally a colour I would look at, but when I tried it on, i really liked it. It’s a lovely warm colour and looks good with blue or black denim and this tunic dress looks great with a black leather biker and ankle boots.

If it’s not normally a colour you go for, give it a try. You might feel differently when you try it on. I’ve linked a few pieces below that have caught my eye over the last few days. Let me know what you think?

Rust red wrap over skirt £39.99 H&M

Rust trench coat £39.99 H&M

Rust red suede shopper H&M

Rust me lipstick £8.99 from H&M

Satin camisole dress £39.99 ZARA

Cropped jacket £17.99 ZARA

Rust red stretch blazer £24.99 NEWLOOK

Rust spot jumpsuit £39 TOPSHOP

Rust tie shirt £33 WALLIS

Linen jersey top £9.99 H&M

Chiffon duster jacket £42 SILKFRED

Rust linen dress £24.99 NEWLOOK

Have a lovely day, Joanna x

A mooch around Boots

I thought I would pop into Boots and do a blog post on beauty and hair products that have caught my eye recently.

My biggest local store is at the Metrocentre in Gateshead and there is always good offers on, like the 3 for 2 offer and it stocks a multitude of well known brands.

The Boots advantage card is great too as it gives you 4 pence/points to every £1 you spend, which is great as it’s a shop I spend a lot of my time in. I’m forever buying toiletries and haircare products and always on the hunt for new makeup products.

Im going to talk through a couple of Boots own brands that you may not know about and also show you a couple of new products from some of the more well known brands too.

First of all I’m going to tell you about C.Y.O who are an insanely versatile makeup brand that gives you the freedom to create.

Lots of great colourful lip glosses and if you buy 2 cosmetics you receive a C.Y.O face jewel pack.

Their ‘Turn on the light’ illuminating mixing cream looks and feels fabulous. Use alone, mix with foundation or use on top. You can use it to highlight cheeks, brows and eyes. It gives your skin a natural sexy glow and instantly brightens the skin making you look more awake. I would mix it with C.Y.O long lasting foundation for a more natural glow.

Soap & Glory is another great brand. They have a wide choice of makeup, bath & body products.

Their ‘pillow plump’ leaves your lips looking lustrous, moisturised and plump.

They do some some great gift sets too and they would make fab birthday or Christmas presents for your daughters, sisters, mums or best friends. I know my daughter is a fan of the righteous butter lotion which she got in one of the gift sets last Christmas.

Gift set £20 BOOTS

If you love your eye makeup then you’re going to love the new ‘wonder swipe’ from Rimmel.

Available in a choice of gorgeous colours. You can transform your bold metallic liner into a sparkle shadow with the stroke of your finger. You just apply like you would a normal liquid eyeliner on the eyelid and then to reveal the sparkle shadow, blend it with a brush or your finger, whilst still wet. Simple as that.

The new Scandaleyes WOW Wings mascara is fab. With its unique 2 side brush, load up with the winged side, flare out with the curved side. Up to 11 times the volume.

(3 for 2 on all Rimmel London cosmetics)

OBSESSION is another fab brand in Boots. Mix up and make your own colour palettes. This is such a great idea as sometimes when you buy an eyeshadow or contouring palette there maybe some colours you don’t use. This way you can pick all your favourite colours. You have the choice of a 6 or 12 piece palette.

NYX cosmetics have some great products including the Ultimate eyeshadow palette in Brights. Packed with 16 high performance eyeshadows in a rainbow of tone inspired shades. This will certainly add a pop of colour to your outfits!

While stocks last, there is also an offer on if you spend £15 or more you will receive a free miniature ‘Worth the Hype’ mascara.

Their born to glow highlighting palette is perfect for those of you who like to shimmer. Packed with shimmery pearls to catch that natural light. You can use these alone or layered together.

All No7 products are hypoallergenic, even their nail varnish, so are great if you have sensitive skin. It is exclusive to BOOTS and their serums are clinically proven too.

One thing I didn’t know about No7 is, they don’t use models or airbrush any of their posters or ads, they test on real women! How great is that..

No7 is also the only counter that will colour match your foundation, concealer, blusher, bronzer and lipstick through their Match Made Service.

They always have great offers on including 3 for 2 and buy one, get second half price.

Their makeup Master Class and skincare perfection classes (which are free) provide one to one support and guidance allowing customers to apply what they have learned back in the comfort of their own homes. (Approx 40 mins) If you are local to the Metrocentre then pop in and ask to see Crystal, she is so friendly and will be able to answer any questions you have.

Their newest serum is a fast acting non-invasive wrinkle solution and one is sold every 7 seconds! You have to try it!

This was my finished look by Crystal at No7. She called this a ‘summer look’ it was very natural and It didn’t feel like I was wearing much makeup.

We started by taking the Match Made Service. This technique matches a foundation to your skin-true shade. You then get a card which offers all the best colours of lipsticks, concealer, blusher and bronzer that matches your foundation. Very clever. Everything that was used looked amazing, I was really impressed.

She started by removing my own makeup with the Micellar Water Then she applied the Laboratories Booster Serum followed by the Lift & luminate moisturiser.

Then Crystal applied a primer called Airbrush Away followed by the Instant Radiance foundation in colour Wheat.

The eyeshadow was gorgeous, it was called Rose Gold smoothing eyeshadow, which was really shimmery and pretty. The mascara used was called ‘Lash Extender‘ which is the newest mascara from No7

My eyebrows were slightly sculpted using the Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting pencil in brown.

For my lips we went for the Moisture Drench lipstick in Rose Mist and finished off with the Pop and Glow cream blush stick in Classic Rose.

You know I love my nail polish and Essie have got some great colours at the minute. One of my favourites is Peach Daiquiri which is a lovely coral summer colour.

They also do the Gel Couture, which is a long lasting gel-like shine polish. There is no UV or LED lamp needed and 31 lush colours to choose from. I’ve linked my favourite gel colour here ESSIE and if you spend £8.99 or more on Essie, you will receive a free gift.

The one question I get asked the most is, “How do you curl your hair” I always use a large barrel/tong. I take sections of my hair and wrap it around the wand and hold for about 15/20 seconds.

The BaByliss boutique salon soft waves hair wand is a great hair tool. It’s a good size to create that natural loose wave and it doesn’t come with a huge price tag. Check out my stories and highlights under the name of BaByliss on my instagram page to see a video of how I use it and the end result.

The only product I use on my hair once it’s styled, is the OGX coconut oil hydrating mist which smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling really soft.

Click here for more offers of the week with Boots. Including some fab deals on Fake tan

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

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Metallic & White Edit

One combination I love on holiday is a white outfit with metallic accessories. So with the weather being amazing over here I thought I’d pick out some summery whites and silvers that you might like to add into your wardrobe.

I always take a pair of metallic shoes/sandals on holiday with me as they just seem to go with everything. However I will still try and fit as many shoes in my hand luggage as possible..

I’ve linked a few pieces below including these silver sling backs that are now half price!

Silver sling backs £32.50 (reduced) RAVEL

White dress £154 (reduced) REISS

Silver sandals £19.99 HM

White dress £49.99 HM

Silver sparkle flats £20 SOLIVI

White v-neck frill blouse £17.99 HM

White denim skirt £24 NEXT

Tassel clutch bag £65 ASOS

Off the shoulder dress £32 RIVERISLAND

Silver metal trim mules £12.99 NEWLOOK

Sequinned dress £29.99 ZARA

Silver tote bag £29.99 MANGO

White linen dress £49.99 MANGO

BODEN sling backs £80 NEXT

Pute collection linen trousers £99 JOHN LEWIS

All saints Ida dress £98 JOHN LEWIS

Ancient Greek sandals £135 MARTHA LOUISA

White cropped jeans £40 RIVERISLAND

Lace trim top £28 ASOS

Broderie dress £49.99 MANGO

Carvela slip on mules £59 (reduced) DEBENHAMS

Hope you liked my picks!

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

Casual boho style

My outfit today was what I would describe as casual boho style. The colour in this top is amazing, it’s such a bright Mediterranean style blue. It was perfect for a sunny day like today.

It’s lower at the back, which for me is a bonus as I like things to cover my bum. HOUSE OF WINDSOR

I’ve paired it with these blue jeans from H&M which are a slim leg with regular waist and really flattering to the figure. H&M £17.99

My bow slides are from Oasis and come in other colours. They are really comfy and look great with a red nail. OASIS £26

My jewellery today is the moon flower necklace from Chlobo Jewellery and the bracelet cuff is from Bibibijoux

I’ve also linked up some other pretty tops below that have caught my eye.

I hope you liked my outfit today, Joanna x

Embroidered top £79 MINT VELVET

Embroidered blouse £79 MINT VELVET

Embroidered top £29.99 ZARA

Peasant top £98 ANTHROPOLOGIE

Embroidered blouse (reduced) TOPSHOP

Embroidered top £25.99 ZARA

Embroidered top £25.99 ZARA

My fave high street picks this week

flounced tunic £34.99 H&M

Raffia cross body £29.99 ZARA

Snake print blouse £39.99 ZARA

Studded flat sandal £69 HUSH

Stripe wrap midi dress £38 RIVERISLAND

Frill sleeve top £26 RIVERISLAND

Luxe palazzo trousers £45 OASIS

Button front dress £34.99 H&M

Gladiator stud sandals £28 NEXT

Button down tea blouse £26 TOPSHOP

Straight leg jeans £40 TOPSHOP

Flounced skirt £19.99 H&M

Bow sandals £26 OASIS

Cotton shirt dress £29.99 MANGO

Satin crossover blouse £29.99 ZARA

Frayed denim shorts £29.99 MANGO

Flat natural sandals £25.99 ZARA

Button through cami dress £65 RIVERISLAND

Hope you like my picks! Have a lovely day, Joanna x

The Denim Skirt

I love a good denim skirt. This one (above) is an old from H&M and it comes out every year. It sits just over the knee and the split isn’t too high. Too be honest it’s not been worn since last year and it’s feeling a bit tight! I’ll have to keep my hands off the croissants for a while…

The denim skirt is a wardrobe staple. It should be in every stylish woman’s wardrobe. It never goes out of style.

Styled up for spring with a basic tee and trainers, or a ruffle blouse and sandals. It’s also going to look great with a chunky polo-neck and boots in autumn/winter.

Do you have one? If not, don’t worry, I’ve linked a few below that are very similar to the one I’m wearing and a couple of button front styles too, as I really like things with buttons on at the minute..

Denim midi skirt £25.99 ZARA

Denim pencil skirt £36 RIVERISLAND

Button denim skirt £25 ASOS

Dark blue pencil skirt £32 NEXT

Denim frayed hem pencil skirt £39 VEROMODA

Denim split front skirt £36 reduced to 28.80 (limited offer) WAREHOUSE

High rise button front skirt £39.95 GAP

Split front denim midi £25.99 NEWLOOK

Denim split front midi £28 VERY UK

Knee length midi skirt £68 Free People HOUSE OF FRASER

Button front midi £25.99 NEWLOOK

Side split denim skirt £55 LEVIS

PEPE Jeans Skirt £65 HOUSE OF FRASER

Denim pencil skirt £55 HUSH

Slit denim skirt £35.99 MANGO

Because you always have room for more denim..

Wishing you all a fab Sunday, Joanna x

House of Fraser ‘Blackout Event’

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I was asked by House of Fraser Metrocentre to come in and pick some of my favourite pieces in the run up to their ‘Blackout Event’ where there are going to be some great discounts, including spotlight deals and secret sales. Starting today (Wednesday 25th April) from 5pm (online only) Thursday 26th April until Monday 30th April online and in-store. You don’t want to miss this!

(*not all brands included*)

When I arrived, I was treated to a full make over at NARS. Makeup artist Heba was so lovely and helpful, she talked me through everything she used and how I should use certain products.

Heba asked me what kind of look I preferred and then went away to pick the perfect products for my skin type. She returned with a tray full of colourful products (above) and began to talk me through them and swatch the colours on her hand to let me see if I was happy with what she had chosen.

I was blown away with the skincare products, they felt amazing on my skin. I was especially impressed with the luminous moisturizer.

The skin care products Heba used were..

Aqua-gel moisturiser £41 HOUSE OF FRASER

Optimal brightening concentrate (available in store) Total replenishing eye cream (available in store) Smooth and protect primer spf50 £28 House of Fraser

We then moved onto applying the make-up. I was in love with their eye palette which got me all excited about using a bit of sparkle again and the colours were just gorgeous.

Heba used the following products..

Radiant creamy concealer in Canelle £24 House of Fraser

Sheer glow foundation in Fiji £33 House of Fraser

Super orgasm illuminator £23 House of Fraser

Laguna Bronzer £30 House of Fraser

Wanted cheek palette 1 £45 House of Fraser

Velvet shadow stick in Corfu £21 House of Fraser

Velvet eyeliner in Kaliste £17.50 House of Fraser

Audacious mascara £22 House of Fraser

Lip liner in Cap d’ail £18 House of Fraser

Summer fire lip cover £21 House of Fraser

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My finished look was very natural with a bold eye (above)

My perfume pick of the day was Armani’s Prive. The two newest fragrances of the Prive range, Bleu Lazuli and Bleu Turquoise. If you would like to find out more about the Prive fragrances, pop in and ask to speak to Claudia Lawrence or click here

Described as ‘Mr Armani’s world in a drop’

A captivating fragrance inspired by spiritual journeys to exotic lands.

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Bleu Lazuli represents the infinite. The Lazuli stone contributes to elevate mental spirit, it is magnetic and has a strong spiritual intensity.

Captivating, sumptuous and radiant. House of Fraser

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Bleu Turquoise, where swirly blue waters meet. The Bleu Turquoise stone represents friendship and love. It is the oldest stone known to man.

Contrasted, distinctive and deep. House of Fraser

On we move to fashion and I couldn’t help but head straight for Tommy Hilfiger. Renowned for its preppy style, delivering premium fashion since 1985. Its womenswear collection forms the essence of the brand’s contemporary offerings, with ladies’ jackets, jumpers and tops influenced by classic Americana. Bold colourways and weekend staples delivered with a fresh twist.

I fell in love with the Kaylee stripe midi skirt which is such a flattering shape. I teamed it with the Brody H T-shirt This T-shirt also looks great with the Allegra Rome Jeans

Sticking with the jeans and going for bold colours, I picked this stripe comfort fit jumper. (available in store)

This gorgeous blouse is currently not online but available in store. Its a great blouse to dress up for a night out with jeans and heels or dressed down with trainers like my outfit above.

FOOTWEAR Michael Kors Irving lace up trainers £130

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Carvela Kath sliders £99 

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HANDBAG Michael Kors red crossbody bag (similar)

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My next stop was Biba. Bold, beautiful prints. This iconic 60s brand has been reimagined exclusively for House of Fraser, interpreting elements of its Deco design heritage for the modern woman. Relaunched in 2008, the new collection harks back to its roots, bringing glamourous retro styling.

This gorgeous off the shoulder Biba dress is the perfect summer dress for me. Its colourful, floaty, lightweight and very flattering. True to size.

This palm print dress. Team with sandals and straw bag for on holiday or with heels and a bright clutch for a night out. True to size.

These palm print trousers are just fabulous. They have a bold pink stripe down the side and the fit is true to size. Palm print trousers £70  The peach foil paisley swing dress is an ideal holiday dress. Its lightweight and sits just on the knee. The perfect dress for those holiday metallic accessories. Foil print dress £80

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Biba printed and stud biker jacket £140 For those cooler summer nights.

Biba black Stevie jeans £59 Which I have to say are an amazing fit!

FOOTWEAR Carvela Kurt Geiger gold sandals £79

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FOOTWEAR Nine West black caged heels £69

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BAGS Michael Kors Pink envelope clutch bag (similar)

Biba mini leather pouch in gold £30 (similar)

Last but not least I popped over to Issa London, known for its vibrancy and boldness of colour, Issa encapsulated elegant femininity with a playful edge. Now relaunched exclusively for House of Fraser, the new collection remains loyal to the brand’s design ethos and aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the Brazilian landscape of its heritage, Issa London creates striking occasion pieces that reimagine iconic styles and celebrated silhouettes.

This bold coloured Kate dress was one of my favourites. Its figure hugging and flattering at the same time. Its a great length, just over the knee and would be a great choice for a wedding, christening or a day at the races. For those colder nights, team it with the Lottie Marabou jacket in green. The black beaded clutch is also from Issa.

This yellow and black combo is so striking. The yellow Heidi dress has a lovely frill detail around the neckline and down the back of the dress. This was also teamed with the Marabou jacket in black. You can view the full range by clicking here.

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Moving onto shoes and handbags, my favourite part of the store! They have such a good collection and there is a lot of bling around for spring/summer.

I picked out a few styles below that caught my eye. All available in store and I’ve linked the ones available online.

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BIBA Frances crossbody handbags (various colours)

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Carvela stud crossbody

BIBA zip top chain leather clutch BIBA keyrings (various)

CARVELA banish snake print sandals Tote bag available in store, linked similar here

CARVELA red sliders 

MISS KG pearl detail sandals

BIBA poppy boxy leather bag CARVELA Lisa trainers

There will be loads of offers on throughout store and online, just click on any of the links above and it will take you straight to the House of Fraser website.

Most of my photos were taken in the Personal Shopper changing room (above) located upstairs. This is a free service that House of Fraser offer, so if you need any styling or fashion advice, click here for more information.

Also a big thank you to Olivia Smith on fashions who was so lovely and helpful.

Have a wonderful evening and happy shopping!

Joanna x

Holiday wardrobe ideas

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Holidays are exciting aren’t they? I must admit I’m the worst packer. I want to take everything and every pair of shoes I own. But with luggage restrictions these days it’s not easy and it’s a fight for space with 3 other people!

I have got better over the years learning from my mistakes. For example, high heels, they never get worn. I literally live in flats or espadrilles that aren’t to high, ones that I can actually walk in and not need to lean up against my hubby after half an hour.

So below I have linked up a few pieces that have caught my eye over the last few days. Everything from the swimsuit to the shoes..

SHORTS

Tailored d-ring linen shorts £23 ASOS Various Colours

Button waist shorts £35.99 MANGO

Ruffled bermuda shorts £19.99 ZARA

Denim shorts £19.99 H&M

TOPS

Lua embroidered top £68 ASPIGA

Broderie anglaise top £9.99 H&M

Embroidered cotton blouse £70 ASPIGA

Lace sleeve blouse £25 NEXT

TUNICS/KAFTANS

Crochet trim tunic £67 FANTASIE AT NEXT

Tunic with contrasting details £25.99 ZARA

Embroidered kaftan £79 ASPIGA

Embroidered kaftan £40 ASOS

Tassel beach dress £12 NEXT

DRESSES

Striped dress £75 HUSH

Stripes and florals dress £29.99 ZARA

Maxi dress £34.99 H&M

Dori linen dress £80 ASPIGA ( the one im wearing)

Windsor dress £89 HUSH

Off the shoulder dress £38 NEXT

Shirt dress £17.99 H&M (various colours)

SWIMSUITS

Jump in swimsuit £60 BODEN

Twist front swimsuit £78 FANTASIE DEBENHAMS

Seafolly ruched side swimsuit £95 BEACHCAFE

Secret slimming pink swimsuit £29.50 M&S

FIGLEAVES bandeau bikini £28 NEXT

SKIRTS/TROUSERS

Gathered waist skirt £69.99 MANGO

Printed palazzo trousers £39.99 ZARA

Asymmetrical beach skirt £41 LASCANA

Paris harem trousers £40 ASPIGA

SHOES

Pink espadrilles £82 ESPADRILLE.CO.UK

Gold flats £17.99 NEWLOOK

Striped bow slides £29.99 ZARA

Metallic strap sandals £29.99 MANGO

Rose gold flip flops £28 ASOS

BEACH BAGS

Personalised made to order beach basket £40 SEATTHREADS

Beach shopper £22 ANNE HUDSON BOUTIQUE

Pineapple beach bag £27.99 NEWLOOK

Beach bag £50 BODEN

Hope you liked my picks tonight, have a lovely evening. Joanna x

Polka dot love

My love of polka dots is still going strong. This gorgeous blazer from Baukjen is a great addition to my wardrobe, it’s going to look great with so many pieces.

A white t-shirt, jeans and trainers will look great, giving you a comfy, stylish look and when it’s a bit warmer, pair it with linen shorts and espadrilles.

I’ve styled it here with blue jeans, a black pearl detailed jumper (it’s still cold!) and my black Chanel bag.

Turtleneck jumper £19.99 ZARA (true to size)

Blue jeans £17.99 H&M (true to size) with stretch

Black court shoes £55 LOTUS SHOES

Polka dot Cecile blazer £169 currently reduced to £109 (Loose fit, size down) BAUKJEN

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter, Joanna xx