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With most people taking the time to consider fashion a little more these days - either for sustainable reasons or the after effects of lockdown, making pieces in our wardrobes work hard is the easiest way to keep things fresh and not spend a fortune. Investing in key pieces that can be styled up in multiple ways for lots of different occasions is the goal. With that in mind, I have taken one of my favourite pieces from Mint Velvet and styled it up four different ways. *I am a style advisor for Mint Velvet, and I love to help my customers feel great, look amazing and enjoy the feeling of knowing they can pull together a look with little to no effort.

This shirt is a classic white shirt, with an oversized fit, longer in length with rolled up sleeves - perfect to wear alone or layered. I always recommend this shirt to customers in store as it really is so versitile.....as you will see from the below looks - giving you a casual daytime style as well as something a little more dressier for those elusive post-lockdown date nights.

All items featured in this post are available now instore or online at Mint Velvet.


1 shirt - 4 Ways - styling ideas

Outfit One 

Shirt used in all looks - White Oversized shirt

Faux Leather leggings, Black Fedora Sparkle Trim Hat, Black Leather Cowboy Boots & Gold Charm Necklace

Utilising the longer length of the shirt, teaming it with leather look leggings - a staple for any Autumn/Winter season, gives it a modern take on rock chick chic. Adding a statement buckle boot (these are an amazing pair, perfect heel height for everyday and they look great with dresses as well as jeans), a classic fedora hat and a long charm necklace. Think 2020 boho styling. If the leggings are a little out of your comfort zone, this outfit would work just as well with a pair of skinny jeans.


Outfit Two

Khaki Cargo Trousers, Denim Jacket & Hailey Stone Trainers

Styled with these cargo trousers gives the shirt a much more casual feel, wear it tucked into the trousers to define your waist. Layering the denim jacket adds a little structure to the shoulders and the two tone trainers, with a splash of sparkle make it a great everyday look. I would wear this for a day out with my little boy - easy but still so stylish.


Outfit Three

Maryland Black Skinny Jeans, Cropped Leather Jacket, Debbie Biker Boots & Leopard Print Headband

A classic monochrome look, mixing the white shirt with black skinny jeans and a leather jacket - cropped to show off more of the shirt and highlight the waist. Teamed with the IT boot of the season a chunky biker boot, perfect for keeping your feet cosy whilst looking chic. The leopard print headband is just a nice pop of print to a very simple outfit. This outfit could also be layered up with a winter coat as the finishing touch when the temperature drops.


Outfit Four

Joliet Grey Skinny Jeans, Dusty Pink Cities Sweatshirt & Palmer White Velcro Trainers

My favourite look - Easy casual styling with the shirt layered under this gorgeous blush pink sweatshirt, with the sleeves rolled up. Teamed with a classic skinny jean (I have gone with grey but any colour would work) and my favourite new season trainers - Velcro is not just for kids anymore. This is the perfect everyday outfit....throw on a classic tote and your ready for the day.

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

Also worth noting that this shirt comes in other colours too.....check out the Mint Velvet website for the alternatives.

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



1 Shirt - 4 Ways


With most people taking the time to consider fashion a little more these days - either for sustainable reasons or the after effects of lockdown, making pieces in our wardrobes work hard is the easiest way to keep things fresh and not spend a fortune. Investing in key pieces that can be styled up in multiple ways for lots of different occasions is the goal. With that in mind, I have taken one of my favourite pieces from Mint Velvet and styled it up four different ways. *I am a style advisor for Mint Velvet, and I love to help my customers feel great, look amazing and enjoy the feeling of knowing they can pull together a look with little to no effort.

This shirt is a classic white shirt, with an oversized fit, longer in length with rolled up sleeves - perfect to wear alone or layered. I always recommend this shirt to customers in store as it really is so versitile.....as you will see from the below looks - giving you a casual daytime style as well as something a little more dressier for those elusive post-lockdown date nights.

All items featured in this post are available now instore or online at Mint Velvet.


1 shirt - 4 Ways - styling ideas

Outfit One 

Shirt used in all looks - White Oversized shirt

Faux Leather leggings, Black Fedora Sparkle Trim Hat, Black Leather Cowboy Boots & Gold Charm Necklace

Utilising the longer length of the shirt, teaming it with leather look leggings - a staple for any Autumn/Winter season, gives it a modern take on rock chick chic. Adding a statement buckle boot (these are an amazing pair, perfect heel height for everyday and they look great with dresses as well as jeans), a classic fedora hat and a long charm necklace. Think 2020 boho styling. If the leggings are a little out of your comfort zone, this outfit would work just as well with a pair of skinny jeans.


Outfit Two

Khaki Cargo Trousers, Denim Jacket & Hailey Stone Trainers

Styled with these cargo trousers gives the shirt a much more casual feel, wear it tucked into the trousers to define your waist. Layering the denim jacket adds a little structure to the shoulders and the two tone trainers, with a splash of sparkle make it a great everyday look. I would wear this for a day out with my little boy - easy but still so stylish.


Outfit Three

Maryland Black Skinny Jeans, Cropped Leather Jacket, Debbie Biker Boots & Leopard Print Headband

A classic monochrome look, mixing the white shirt with black skinny jeans and a leather jacket - cropped to show off more of the shirt and highlight the waist. Teamed with the IT boot of the season a chunky biker boot, perfect for keeping your feet cosy whilst looking chic. The leopard print headband is just a nice pop of print to a very simple outfit. This outfit could also be layered up with a winter coat as the finishing touch when the temperature drops.


Outfit Four

Joliet Grey Skinny Jeans, Dusty Pink Cities Sweatshirt & Palmer White Velcro Trainers

My favourite look - Easy casual styling with the shirt layered under this gorgeous blush pink sweatshirt, with the sleeves rolled up. Teamed with a classic skinny jean (I have gone with grey but any colour would work) and my favourite new season trainers - Velcro is not just for kids anymore. This is the perfect everyday outfit....throw on a classic tote and your ready for the day.

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

Also worth noting that this shirt comes in other colours too.....check out the Mint Velvet website for the alternatives.

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



My 2020 Skincare

So I decided to take control of my skincare this year and lockdown has proven to be a great time to strip things back and embrace lots of no make up days. My skin has been ok this year, but my cheeks have been a little bit blotchy since the end of February after I reacted to a cheap face mask. I decide to strip my skincare back to basics and use some old favourites as well as trying out a couple of new products, which I know can be risky with problem skin, but I did my research and chose products specifically targeted to my skin type/issues and from trusted brands. Overall the combination of products I have been using has worked wonders for my skin.....I have really found that tailoring the products I use based on what I've done that day and how my skin is feeling, rather than a strict regimen has been key. 

So my skincare is split into three sections - cleansers, masks/peels & moisturisers. The only thing I don't use currently is a toner....but I am gonna look to add one in now I have found a combination that works. Most of these products are night time only, I tend to keep it very simple in the morning with just a sweep of micellar water followed by a good moisturiser and face specific SPF.

So here are the products I have been using.....
- Cleansers -
My 2020 Skincare - Cleansing

First up cleansing products...this is the main area that varies dependant on the day. If I am wearing a full face of make up (usually a work day) I will double cleanse - Garnier Micellar Water with a reusable bamboo cotton pad (this is also my morning product of choice) followed by Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm.....the best combination to remove all the make up especially black mascara - but I do find it too intense for everyday. For all other days, where I am usually wearing little to no makeup, I will use a hot cloth cleanser, normally this would be the cult classic Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but I ran out of it during lockdown so thought I would give the Aldi Lacura vitamin C version a try & I am really impressed, it has left my skin soft and glowing (especially as its £3.99 a tube with muslin cloth vs £15 for Liz Earle). Each of these cleaners leave my skin clean, soft and helps to limit blemishes.

- Masks & Peels -
My 2020 Skincare - Masks & Peels

I have always used a face mask, but I introduced a liquid peel to help resurface my skin particularly my cheeks where I have the texture. I aim to use my The Body Shop Drops of Light Resurfacing Liquid Peel twice a week to help remove dead skin - this frequency has helped to maintain smoothness, I was doing it three times but have dropped it down to twice as my pores are visibly reduced and much smoother. I then use a face mask once a week - usually as a Sunday evening treat. For the masks I alternate between The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and Primark's Pore Balance Clay Mask (read a full review of this product here). Both masks are intense enough to really penetrate the skin, but don't leave it dry afterwards, I especially like the charcoal/clay elements as I really feel the deep cleansing. I will occasionally use a lighter fruity mask or I do like a sheet mask to refresh the skin but usually as a treat. I am super careful though with the brands/types I choose as it was a cheap gel formula mask that left me with horrible red blotchy cheeks earlier in the year.

- Moisturisers -
My 2020 Skincare - Moisturisers

Last up is moisturisers, this is the part that is most important as my skin is naturally very dry. I will use The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting moisturiser first thing in the morning. I then use the Epaderm cream at night, as this is an intensive moisturiser, that really gives my skin plenty of TLC while I sleep. Not a normal choice but it was recommended to me by the doctor to help replace the moisture in my skin that it was severely lacking, and it has really helped (although I do look a bit like a Moomin whilst it sinks into the skin!). I will sometimes also use the Primark Sleep Spa Sleeping Mask if my skin is looking like it needs a little extra - this leaves my skin soft and plump when I wake up in the morning and works well in combination with the Epaderm.

So that's it - not too many products and as I said this combination is really working for my skin, although I will have to keep working on it, as this wearing a mask addition to everyday life (even a breathable cotton one) has left me spottier than I have been in years! my poor little nose is starting to look like a dot to dot!!

Do you have any skincare recommendations particularly toners, as I need to find one to slot into my routine?

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



My 2020 Skincare

My 2020 Skincare

So I decided to take control of my skincare this year and lockdown has proven to be a great time to strip things back and embrace lots of no make up days. My skin has been ok this year, but my cheeks have been a little bit blotchy since the end of February after I reacted to a cheap face mask. I decide to strip my skincare back to basics and use some old favourites as well as trying out a couple of new products, which I know can be risky with problem skin, but I did my research and chose products specifically targeted to my skin type/issues and from trusted brands. Overall the combination of products I have been using has worked wonders for my skin.....I have really found that tailoring the products I use based on what I've done that day and how my skin is feeling, rather than a strict regimen has been key. 

So my skincare is split into three sections - cleansers, masks/peels & moisturisers. The only thing I don't use currently is a toner....but I am gonna look to add one in now I have found a combination that works. Most of these products are night time only, I tend to keep it very simple in the morning with just a sweep of micellar water followed by a good moisturiser and face specific SPF.

So here are the products I have been using.....
- Cleansers -
My 2020 Skincare - Cleansing

First up cleansing products...this is the main area that varies dependant on the day. If I am wearing a full face of make up (usually a work day) I will double cleanse - Garnier Micellar Water with a reusable bamboo cotton pad (this is also my morning product of choice) followed by Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm.....the best combination to remove all the make up especially black mascara - but I do find it too intense for everyday. For all other days, where I am usually wearing little to no makeup, I will use a hot cloth cleanser, normally this would be the cult classic Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but I ran out of it during lockdown so thought I would give the Aldi Lacura vitamin C version a try & I am really impressed, it has left my skin soft and glowing (especially as its £3.99 a tube with muslin cloth vs £15 for Liz Earle). Each of these cleaners leave my skin clean, soft and helps to limit blemishes.

- Masks & Peels -
My 2020 Skincare - Masks & Peels

I have always used a face mask, but I introduced a liquid peel to help resurface my skin particularly my cheeks where I have the texture. I aim to use my The Body Shop Drops of Light Resurfacing Liquid Peel twice a week to help remove dead skin - this frequency has helped to maintain smoothness, I was doing it three times but have dropped it down to twice as my pores are visibly reduced and much smoother. I then use a face mask once a week - usually as a Sunday evening treat. For the masks I alternate between The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and Primark's Pore Balance Clay Mask (read a full review of this product here). Both masks are intense enough to really penetrate the skin, but don't leave it dry afterwards, I especially like the charcoal/clay elements as I really feel the deep cleansing. I will occasionally use a lighter fruity mask or I do like a sheet mask to refresh the skin but usually as a treat. I am super careful though with the brands/types I choose as it was a cheap gel formula mask that left me with horrible red blotchy cheeks earlier in the year.

- Moisturisers -
My 2020 Skincare - Moisturisers

Last up is moisturisers, this is the part that is most important as my skin is naturally very dry. I will use The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting moisturiser first thing in the morning. I then use the Epaderm cream at night, as this is an intensive moisturiser, that really gives my skin plenty of TLC while I sleep. Not a normal choice but it was recommended to me by the doctor to help replace the moisture in my skin that it was severely lacking, and it has really helped (although I do look a bit like a Moomin whilst it sinks into the skin!). I will sometimes also use the Primark Sleep Spa Sleeping Mask if my skin is looking like it needs a little extra - this leaves my skin soft and plump when I wake up in the morning and works well in combination with the Epaderm.

So that's it - not too many products and as I said this combination is really working for my skin, although I will have to keep working on it, as this wearing a mask addition to everyday life (even a breathable cotton one) has left me spottier than I have been in years! my poor little nose is starting to look like a dot to dot!!

Do you have any skincare recommendations particularly toners, as I need to find one to slot into my routine?

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



Sunday Saves #2

Second instalment of my Instagram #tgfsundaysaves, where I share my favourite post from the week.

I really do get so much inspiration from Instagram on style & homeware. I also find it very interesting seeing the images I have saved, and the themes that start to appear - helps me to define my taste & style especially when it comes to colour & print. As you will see from this months saves I love dresses!! in all shapes and lengths, especially as they are my summer staple. Also I am obsessed with floral prints, especially the feminine ditsy kind. I also over the last few months been really drawn to close up images focusing on accessories - I think because I am trying not to shop as much, accessories revamp existing outfits at fraction of the cost of something new.

I also love finding new accounts and these are the ones that keep popping up in my saves....give them a follow!
1. Natasha @inmystyle
3. Katie @katiepenny
4. Lisa @cityrunmum
5. Manon @manon_calleja
6. Anais @lora_luneee
7. Cat @ohhidiy
8. Charlotte Olivia @iamcharlotteolivia

Sunday Saves #2 - all the details
What is your favourite image?

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




Sunday Saves #2

Sunday Saves #2

Second instalment of my Instagram #tgfsundaysaves, where I share my favourite post from the week.

I really do get so much inspiration from Instagram on style & homeware. I also find it very interesting seeing the images I have saved, and the themes that start to appear - helps me to define my taste & style especially when it comes to colour & print. As you will see from this months saves I love dresses!! in all shapes and lengths, especially as they are my summer staple. Also I am obsessed with floral prints, especially the feminine ditsy kind. I also over the last few months been really drawn to close up images focusing on accessories - I think because I am trying not to shop as much, accessories revamp existing outfits at fraction of the cost of something new.

I also love finding new accounts and these are the ones that keep popping up in my saves....give them a follow!
1. Natasha @inmystyle
3. Katie @katiepenny
4. Lisa @cityrunmum
5. Manon @manon_calleja
6. Anais @lora_luneee
7. Cat @ohhidiy
8. Charlotte Olivia @iamcharlotteolivia

Sunday Saves #2 - all the details
What is your favourite image?

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




Budget Room Makeover

As I am sure many people have been doing during lockdown I decided to finally do some DIY and re-decorate my downstairs toilet. Probably sounds like the least exciting room, but starting small, to practise my painting skills! Now this room has been completely untouched in the six years we have lived in the house, we never really used it as we had our cats litter tray and stored little man's buggy in there, so it was a just basic new build downstairs toilet - magnolia walls, white ceiling and honestly all that was in here was the bog brush & loo roll. A room much in need of a makeover and on a more practical note, little man is starting to potty train so having an accessible toilet downstairs is a must have. I decided I wanted one room in the house to be dark and dramatic after finding some gorgeous rooms on Pinterest but I was a little scared so I thought this was the perfect room to try out a darker paint colour as it isn't massive and if I like it then maybe there will be a little more drama else where in the house in the future.

So I began the process how I always do......went straight to Pinterest for ideas! The two below images are exactly what I wanted to achieve. Dark walls, white ceiling & skirting with gold accessories. I decided to keep our original wood effect lino flooring as there is nothing wrong with it and I liked the touch of wood within the room, plus it helped to keep my costs down. My theme was Opulent - rich, deep colour and lots of gold accessories.

Budget Room Makeover: The Inspiration
This project was planned to be a quick update, and I actually managed to paint this room in one day! The navy walls had two coats, while the ceiling & skirting just needed one to freshen them up as I wasn't changing the colours. I opted to use a paintbrush on the walls (controversial maybe) as there just isn't space to use a roller without lots of splatter and I wanted to keep mess to a minimum! Very proud as I did this room all by myself and aside from one rogue blob of navy on the ceiling, it went without a hitch. So are you ready to see the difference a lick of paint makes....

Before & After
Budget Room Makeover: Before & After

So annoyed at myself, I didn't take a true before shot - it looked no different to this other than there was no plastic covering the loo! (I got too excited and forgot!). I am so pleased with the end result, looks so much more like its part of the house rather than a cold, magnolia cupboard - gone is the kitty litter box and in it's place an inviting space. I was a little worried the dark colour would make the small space seem smaller but actually it works so well, the bright spotlights and white ceiling really help to light up the room. Hubby wasn't 100% on my colour choice but really likes the outcome.

The Finishing Touches
So there are so many elements to this room that I want to share, I completed this on a budget so everything in this room came in under £100 total.

First up is the sink - while the actual fixtures in the room were completely fine and didn't need replacing, I wanted to update the splashback tile as it was a beautiful cream tile with iridescent giraffe print on it, but as the builders only used one tile the pattern is lost and you only see it from certain angles, plus the cream shade looked odd as all other elements are white. I found the most amazing tile stickers from Amazon through a lady I follow on Instagram, updating the basic boring cream tile to these amazing subway tiles - just stick on top of a clean tile.....and they peel off again too. I love how they look and how clean and simple the sink looks, plus they were really easy to apply, the joins lined up perfectly and will be easy to wipe clean. 

Budget Room Makeover: The Sink

Now onto the decorative touches - kept these fairly simple, didn't want to clutter the room, just added the basics in. 

Budget Room Makeover: Toilet roll, Cactus & Happy sign

One of the hardest pieces to find for this room was an attractive toilet roll holder. I didn't want to have to drill holes in the wall so a free standing one was my only option. I loved the design of this one and it works so well in the space and it didn't cost a fortune. I was going to spray paint it gold but decided this was a little overkill so have left the grey as is and I think in the corner it has a nice contrast against the dark wall and white radiator. This came from B&M and is also available in a gorgeous blush pink shade.

The little cactus vase on top of the toilet was actually the piece that started this room off - I bought it a few years ago from Primark and its has just been sat on a window sill, but I knew it needed to be in this room. I have had it sat on the loo with a tester swatch of paint sat behind it for about 3 months! but the combination of gold & navy made me so happy. I have dressed it up with some faux eucalyptus branches from IKEA and I love it! Sat next to it, a reed diffuser, which is a must especially in a bathroom - this Primark peony scent is my go to scent. Finally in this area the HAPPY sign was a recent post lockdown find also from good old Primark, originally it was mint green but I spray painted it gold just to tie it into the room, and it's a cute addition and helps to break up the block colour on the back wall.

Budget Room Makeover: Artwork & Basket

The artwork in this room was actually repurposed, these two Paris prints (that we bought when visiting the city) were originally in this room but in cheap clip it frames. I opted for something a little more luxurious and these chunky gold frames from EBAY are perfect on the large wall, again breaking up an expanse of navy and I like these pictures have meaning, not just something pretty.

Another item that has been sat in my house for a few months, I bought this navy/natural basket in B&M along with a grey version and it is the perfect finishing touch. Currently has wellingtons in but this may change. I like that it is a practical piece as well as looking pretty nestled under the sink.

Budget Room Makeover: Plant & Mirror

Now can we take a moment to talk about my gorgeous faux plant. I bought the gold pot/wooden stand back in 2017 from my favourite little boutique in Market Harborough (sadly no longer there) and spent weeks trying to find a plant to go in it. I finally found this one in Matalan and it is just the perfect shape and size to sit down the side of the toilet. I love faux plants (I kill the real thing way to easily!) and I felt like green was a great partner to the dark navy walls and bold gold accessories. Something about plants makes a room seem a lot more homey and finished.

Finally the mirror - this was something I bought when we move in six years ago, but I can't remember where it was from. It used to live in the family bathroom but wasn't big enough for the space so I moved it downstairs and it works so well. A antique distressed gold finish with a rope hanger.

So that's the room..... below is what I bought and my final cost for this project.....

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My Shopping List
Walls - Dulux Walls & Ceiling paint in Sapphire Salute 2.5L £18
Ceiling - Dulux Brilliant white (free from a neighbour)
Skirting & Door - White Gloss (free from my dad)
Painting tools - Homebase/B&M, brushes, roller, tape etc £15

Mirror - Bought years ago, can't actually remember where from! (all ready owned)
Faux plant - Matalan (all ready owned)
Gold pot & Stand - Lily Loves Shopping (all ready owned)
Happy sign - Primark £3.50
Gold spray paint - B&M £3.79
Cactus vase - Primark (all ready owned)
Faux Eucalyptus - IKEA £2.50 each
Reed Diffuser - Primark, Pink Peony £3
Loo roll holder - B&M £8
Artwork - Paris (all ready owned)
Picture frames - EBAY £18
Two tone Basket - B&M £7.99
Hand Towel - Primark £3

Total: £85.28

Feel like I now have the decorating bug, have been looking at paint charts to start planning the next room!
Check out my Instagram @theglitterfashionista to see which room I tackle next!

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




Budget Room Makeover

Budget Room Makeover

As I am sure many people have been doing during lockdown I decided to finally do some DIY and re-decorate my downstairs toilet. Probably sounds like the least exciting room, but starting small, to practise my painting skills! Now this room has been completely untouched in the six years we have lived in the house, we never really used it as we had our cats litter tray and stored little man's buggy in there, so it was a just basic new build downstairs toilet - magnolia walls, white ceiling and honestly all that was in here was the bog brush & loo roll. A room much in need of a makeover and on a more practical note, little man is starting to potty train so having an accessible toilet downstairs is a must have. I decided I wanted one room in the house to be dark and dramatic after finding some gorgeous rooms on Pinterest but I was a little scared so I thought this was the perfect room to try out a darker paint colour as it isn't massive and if I like it then maybe there will be a little more drama else where in the house in the future.

So I began the process how I always do......went straight to Pinterest for ideas! The two below images are exactly what I wanted to achieve. Dark walls, white ceiling & skirting with gold accessories. I decided to keep our original wood effect lino flooring as there is nothing wrong with it and I liked the touch of wood within the room, plus it helped to keep my costs down. My theme was Opulent - rich, deep colour and lots of gold accessories.

Budget Room Makeover: The Inspiration
This project was planned to be a quick update, and I actually managed to paint this room in one day! The navy walls had two coats, while the ceiling & skirting just needed one to freshen them up as I wasn't changing the colours. I opted to use a paintbrush on the walls (controversial maybe) as there just isn't space to use a roller without lots of splatter and I wanted to keep mess to a minimum! Very proud as I did this room all by myself and aside from one rogue blob of navy on the ceiling, it went without a hitch. So are you ready to see the difference a lick of paint makes....

Before & After
Budget Room Makeover: Before & After

So annoyed at myself, I didn't take a true before shot - it looked no different to this other than there was no plastic covering the loo! (I got too excited and forgot!). I am so pleased with the end result, looks so much more like its part of the house rather than a cold, magnolia cupboard - gone is the kitty litter box and in it's place an inviting space. I was a little worried the dark colour would make the small space seem smaller but actually it works so well, the bright spotlights and white ceiling really help to light up the room. Hubby wasn't 100% on my colour choice but really likes the outcome.

The Finishing Touches
So there are so many elements to this room that I want to share, I completed this on a budget so everything in this room came in under £100 total.

First up is the sink - while the actual fixtures in the room were completely fine and didn't need replacing, I wanted to update the splashback tile as it was a beautiful cream tile with iridescent giraffe print on it, but as the builders only used one tile the pattern is lost and you only see it from certain angles, plus the cream shade looked odd as all other elements are white. I found the most amazing tile stickers from Amazon through a lady I follow on Instagram, updating the basic boring cream tile to these amazing subway tiles - just stick on top of a clean tile.....and they peel off again too. I love how they look and how clean and simple the sink looks, plus they were really easy to apply, the joins lined up perfectly and will be easy to wipe clean. 

Budget Room Makeover: The Sink

Now onto the decorative touches - kept these fairly simple, didn't want to clutter the room, just added the basics in. 

Budget Room Makeover: Toilet roll, Cactus & Happy sign

One of the hardest pieces to find for this room was an attractive toilet roll holder. I didn't want to have to drill holes in the wall so a free standing one was my only option. I loved the design of this one and it works so well in the space and it didn't cost a fortune. I was going to spray paint it gold but decided this was a little overkill so have left the grey as is and I think in the corner it has a nice contrast against the dark wall and white radiator. This came from B&M and is also available in a gorgeous blush pink shade.

The little cactus vase on top of the toilet was actually the piece that started this room off - I bought it a few years ago from Primark and its has just been sat on a window sill, but I knew it needed to be in this room. I have had it sat on the loo with a tester swatch of paint sat behind it for about 3 months! but the combination of gold & navy made me so happy. I have dressed it up with some faux eucalyptus branches from IKEA and I love it! Sat next to it, a reed diffuser, which is a must especially in a bathroom - this Primark peony scent is my go to scent. Finally in this area the HAPPY sign was a recent post lockdown find also from good old Primark, originally it was mint green but I spray painted it gold just to tie it into the room, and it's a cute addition and helps to break up the block colour on the back wall.

Budget Room Makeover: Artwork & Basket

The artwork in this room was actually repurposed, these two Paris prints (that we bought when visiting the city) were originally in this room but in cheap clip it frames. I opted for something a little more luxurious and these chunky gold frames from EBAY are perfect on the large wall, again breaking up an expanse of navy and I like these pictures have meaning, not just something pretty.

Another item that has been sat in my house for a few months, I bought this navy/natural basket in B&M along with a grey version and it is the perfect finishing touch. Currently has wellingtons in but this may change. I like that it is a practical piece as well as looking pretty nestled under the sink.

Budget Room Makeover: Plant & Mirror

Now can we take a moment to talk about my gorgeous faux plant. I bought the gold pot/wooden stand back in 2017 from my favourite little boutique in Market Harborough (sadly no longer there) and spent weeks trying to find a plant to go in it. I finally found this one in Matalan and it is just the perfect shape and size to sit down the side of the toilet. I love faux plants (I kill the real thing way to easily!) and I felt like green was a great partner to the dark navy walls and bold gold accessories. Something about plants makes a room seem a lot more homey and finished.

Finally the mirror - this was something I bought when we move in six years ago, but I can't remember where it was from. It used to live in the family bathroom but wasn't big enough for the space so I moved it downstairs and it works so well. A antique distressed gold finish with a rope hanger.

So that's the room..... below is what I bought and my final cost for this project.....

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My Shopping List
Walls - Dulux Walls & Ceiling paint in Sapphire Salute 2.5L £18
Ceiling - Dulux Brilliant white (free from a neighbour)
Skirting & Door - White Gloss (free from my dad)
Painting tools - Homebase/B&M, brushes, roller, tape etc £15

Mirror - Bought years ago, can't actually remember where from! (all ready owned)
Faux plant - Matalan (all ready owned)
Gold pot & Stand - Lily Loves Shopping (all ready owned)
Happy sign - Primark £3.50
Gold spray paint - B&M £3.79
Cactus vase - Primark (all ready owned)
Faux Eucalyptus - IKEA £2.50 each
Reed Diffuser - Primark, Pink Peony £3
Loo roll holder - B&M £8
Artwork - Paris (all ready owned)
Picture frames - EBAY £18
Two tone Basket - B&M £7.99
Hand Towel - Primark £3

Total: £85.28

Feel like I now have the decorating bug, have been looking at paint charts to start planning the next room!
Check out my Instagram @theglitterfashionista to see which room I tackle next!

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Wearing My Wardrobe

So after what feels like years, lockdown for me is over! I returned to one of my jobs on Wednesday and it was a weird experience but good to be getting back to somewhere near normal! Whilst I have found the last 15 weeks to be a very intense time, stuck in the house with a toddler really tests your patience to new levels, but one good thing to come out of lockdown has been rediscovering my style, forgotten items in my wardrobe and finding new ways to style them up....I have found myself reaching for things that have been in my wardrobe for years, pieces that I either haven't worn in so long or had totally forgotten I even owned.....sound familiar? Now in some cases this is because they were not practical with a baby and mum life trumps fashion (I know who am I!) but now little dude is older, independent and most importantly walking I have no excuses. I had already decided as a loose New Years resolution to try and not buy as much fast fashion and I was doing really well - hadn't bought anything new for two whole months (that's a lifetime to me!), but lockdown has really changed the challenge goalposts, actually making it easier as I can't just pop out to the shops. I have been so impressed with myself on just how much I have worn from my existing wardrobe - will say I have bought a few new pieces (it would be rude not to when H&M are having such an epic season!) but all the pieces have been items that I felt like I was missing, and that slot into and can be styled with many items I already own. 

I have also found my photo style too, have always been a little bit awkward in outfit shots, favouring a good mirror selfie or from where I stand shot - but with the help of my amazingly patient husband I have found my spot in the garden and been practising my poses.....I actually look forward to taking a photo everyday, but totally now understand why bloggers take 100 photos for that perfect one!

So this post is going to look back at my favourite outfits from lockdown (yes I was a bit overdressed for chilling at home but it made me happy), how I styled up some of my oldest items and also share some history on my favourite pieces.....I love when items have a backstory/style memories.  

So the outfits....my favourites
Wearing My Wardrobe: Playsuit
New Look playsuit, Primark tee, Mint Velvet necklace, New Look sandals, Hat from Turkey, Amazon Heart sunglasses

Starting off with a true summer outfit - this look deserves 2 photos....not only because it's cute but because up until now I would never have had my photo taken in shorts let alone a playsuit, but I seem to have found my happy place between style & my body. This playsuit was bought two summers ago during a heatwave. I chose to style it up with a basic white tee underneath, 90s style which makes it a cute summers day outfit and balances out the flesh on show. Sunnies are a daily staple but I also added my Panama hat to the outfit as it was a very hot day. The rose gold sandals are about 3 years old and my go to during the summer....they go with everything! This outfit really sums up my lockdown style, comfy but stylish. I needed outfits that looked cute but were easy enough to be running/crawling around after a very active toddler.....#mumstyle.

Wearing My Wardrobe: Swirl & Sparkle
H&M dress, Moto Denim Jacket & Primark Trainers  |  Primark Jacket, New Look dress, Converse high-tops, Accessorize straw tote

Next up two of my favourite dresses on repeat... The first, was the IT dress of last year, this tulle spotty dress is the perfect mood lifter, I felt like a total princess swishing around Sainsburys in it. I kept it casual though by throwing on my trusty black converse trainers and my Vintage Moto by Topshop denim jacket (yes I count it as vintage as I bought this my first year of uni, which means it is 16 years old and still looks fabulous).

The black boho dress was bought for a Christmas drinks party back in 2017 after I had bubba, I wanted something loose but still cute and this little beauty with its metallic thread fit the bill. A smock shape with fluted, floaty sleeves perfect for skimming the old mum tum. Looks great styled casually like this in the summer but also with tights & boots in the winter. Worn with my favourite khaki jacket, bought for my 30th birthday trip to Paris and still my go to with dresses & jeans. These hightop converse are technically new, I got them second hand, although not quite sure if I am cool enough to pull them off!

Wearing My Wardrobe: Dressing Up
New Look jumpsuit, New Look sandals & Amazon sunnies |  River Island vest, Primark skirt, Dune sandals

I would like to call these two looks, my dress up day outfits....no where to go but wanted to be a bit fancy! First up is the outfit I wore for my wedding anniversary (just a pizza party with my boys but nice to make an effort) a spotty midi skirt, that was bought a few years ago - I was drawn to the spots and the beautiful pleats, teamed with a cropped black jumper, perfectly french tucked into the elastic waistband. Now the shoes in this outfit have a sad story....I found them when looking for shoes for a friends wedding, not in my size but I tracked down the last pair in the UK and then when it came to the day, the typical British weather happened. Coral suede + rain + English countryside, not a good combo so they never got worn. Teamed with this skirt though they are gorgeous, so I got them out of the box for a special day.... a look to remember for post-lockdown.

Next this floral jumpsuit is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe, I bought it to wear to my sisters birthday barbecue two months after having little man, I wanted to feel like me but didn't fit into a lot of my pre-baby clothes yet. This was the best thing I ever bought!! Fit me back then, and still fits me now thanks to the adjustable waist - never before did I think I would ever find a flattering jumpsuit, but is the perfect shape for larger boobs and a mum tum. I love the dark floral too, not your typical girly print. Teamed with my rose gold sandals but worn with trainers during lockdown too.

Wearing My Wardrobe: From Where I Stand

One very obvious thing I noticed collecting my images for this post....I am obsessed with "from where I stand" style photos and especially these black Converse-esque trainers. Have worn them non stop and am so pleased with how versatile they are, especially as they are £6! I love to wear them with a really girly dress just to toughen up the look a bit. It also makes me realise just how much my style has changed since be becoming a mum....I very rarely wore trainers and now I live in them but by choice not just for practicality.

Wearing My Wardrobe: Green Floral
New H&M Dress, Topshop sandals  |  Primark Trainers, Cambridge satchel

Now breaking my rule slightly. This dress was a new addition, I was drawn to the beautiful print and it was a step outside of my comfort zone as I don't normally wear green but something about this makes me so happy & considering I have worn it every week of lockdown my cost per wear is already very low!! Accessories & shoes in both looks are all old favourites though. The sandals were an odd Christmas sale find years ago and I loved the fringing detail, for some reason they always remind me of something Carrie Bradshaw would wear. With a good block heel they are a great all day sandal and my go to heel. The Cambridge Satchel is a medium push lock and was a present from my hubby for my 30th birthday.....I love it so much I also have it in coral and black!

Wearing My Wardrobe: Summer dress
New H&M dress, Primark sandals, Primark sunglasses  |  Same dress, white New Look tee, @Tlmedit layered necklace, Primark trainers and tote bag

Another cheeky new addition, but this sundress was a must....only £17.99! and honestly the best summer dress I have bought in years. It fits beautifully and is so cool to wear even though it is black. Styled up with these zebra sandals (vintage Primarni darling) and oversized sunnies (a staple) but also layered over a white tee, with trainers and a cute summery tote....either way, easy summer style.

Wearing My Wardrobe: The Accessories

Now it wouldn't be a Glitter Fashionista post without discussing accessories. I am a total magpie for accessories and I have loved digging deep into my collection and wearing pieces that never normally leave the house. This is my current arm stack, all personal and a little bit boho...the Mama & Mark bracelets are from @loverubyross & my L♡VE bracelet is from @ezzys_wristcandy - two amazing sellers I found on Instagram, the rest are from Estella Bartlett. I love the colour and metal combination with a pop of black, perfect to wear everyday.

This headband is a gorgeous pink paisley print from New Look from 3 years ago - I don't wear headbands that often but I do love to add a pop of colour to a monochrome outfit. The heart sunglasses (which are new) are just a fun addition and I love them, so much so I went back and bought a tortoiseshell pair too...from Amazon of all places! The gorgeous pink Birkenstock style slides were a cheeky Bank Holiday find from TU clothing - but at £3.75! I had to have them! a nice upgrade from my standard pink Primarni flip flops and a great everyday shoe.

This "Wanderlust" tote bag was an impulse "Instagram made me do it" purchase, influenced by @hannahgale back in 2017 but I love it so much and always get compliments on it. I will admit I haven't used it very much as the last time I used it, was as an accidental hospital bag! I grabbed it when I headed to the maternity assessment unit, stuffed in my purse, magazines, bottle of water etc. Only expected to be there for a few hours.....nope came home with a baby!! but it was a nice pretty thing to look at in my room, just not the most practical! I have been using this so much in lockdown though, especially when I pop to the local shops - have actually not used a proper handbag in weeks!! The "Hello Sunshine" tote was a Primark find a few years ago and is another summer favourite, Primark make the cutest accessories and I find them to be better quality than the clothing.

Wearing My Wardrobe: The Bag

Adding this image in as I love it - this bag was a birthday gift from my in-laws back in 2014! I fell in love with the stripe and embellishment mix. Not the most practical but I have enjoyed using it to pop my purse, phone and keys in for a lockdown walk....will be making sure I use it more often, it is currently hung on my rail so I don't forget about it. I used to only carry big "Mary Poppins" bags but in the last two years have really discovered a love for something a little smaller.....plus a good excuse to carry less.

Now the rest of the outfits....
Below are the remainder of my "simpler" outfit photos - I wish I could discuss all of them in detail but if I did we would all be here forever (maybe even longer than lockdown!) but if you do want more information on any of the images featured in this post, head over to my Instagram....

Wearing My Wardrobe: My Outfits

Now the plan is to keep "wearing my wardrobe", limiting my fast fashion shopping.....and hopefully keep photographing the outfits.
Lets see now lockdown is over if this is as easy!

🖤
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Wearing my Wardrobe

Wearing My Wardrobe

So after what feels like years, lockdown for me is over! I returned to one of my jobs on Wednesday and it was a weird experience but good to be getting back to somewhere near normal! Whilst I have found the last 15 weeks to be a very intense time, stuck in the house with a toddler really tests your patience to new levels, but one good thing to come out of lockdown has been rediscovering my style, forgotten items in my wardrobe and finding new ways to style them up....I have found myself reaching for things that have been in my wardrobe for years, pieces that I either haven't worn in so long or had totally forgotten I even owned.....sound familiar? Now in some cases this is because they were not practical with a baby and mum life trumps fashion (I know who am I!) but now little dude is older, independent and most importantly walking I have no excuses. I had already decided as a loose New Years resolution to try and not buy as much fast fashion and I was doing really well - hadn't bought anything new for two whole months (that's a lifetime to me!), but lockdown has really changed the challenge goalposts, actually making it easier as I can't just pop out to the shops. I have been so impressed with myself on just how much I have worn from my existing wardrobe - will say I have bought a few new pieces (it would be rude not to when H&M are having such an epic season!) but all the pieces have been items that I felt like I was missing, and that slot into and can be styled with many items I already own. 

I have also found my photo style too, have always been a little bit awkward in outfit shots, favouring a good mirror selfie or from where I stand shot - but with the help of my amazingly patient husband I have found my spot in the garden and been practising my poses.....I actually look forward to taking a photo everyday, but totally now understand why bloggers take 100 photos for that perfect one!

So this post is going to look back at my favourite outfits from lockdown (yes I was a bit overdressed for chilling at home but it made me happy), how I styled up some of my oldest items and also share some history on my favourite pieces.....I love when items have a backstory/style memories.  

So the outfits....my favourites
Wearing My Wardrobe: Playsuit
New Look playsuit, Primark tee, Mint Velvet necklace, New Look sandals, Hat from Turkey, Amazon Heart sunglasses

Starting off with a true summer outfit - this look deserves 2 photos....not only because it's cute but because up until now I would never have had my photo taken in shorts let alone a playsuit, but I seem to have found my happy place between style & my body. This playsuit was bought two summers ago during a heatwave. I chose to style it up with a basic white tee underneath, 90s style which makes it a cute summers day outfit and balances out the flesh on show. Sunnies are a daily staple but I also added my Panama hat to the outfit as it was a very hot day. The rose gold sandals are about 3 years old and my go to during the summer....they go with everything! This outfit really sums up my lockdown style, comfy but stylish. I needed outfits that looked cute but were easy enough to be running/crawling around after a very active toddler.....#mumstyle.

Wearing My Wardrobe: Swirl & Sparkle
H&M dress, Moto Denim Jacket & Primark Trainers  |  Primark Jacket, New Look dress, Converse high-tops, Accessorize straw tote

Next up two of my favourite dresses on repeat... The first, was the IT dress of last year, this tulle spotty dress is the perfect mood lifter, I felt like a total princess swishing around Sainsburys in it. I kept it casual though by throwing on my trusty black converse trainers and my Vintage Moto by Topshop denim jacket (yes I count it as vintage as I bought this my first year of uni, which means it is 16 years old and still looks fabulous).

The black boho dress was bought for a Christmas drinks party back in 2017 after I had bubba, I wanted something loose but still cute and this little beauty with its metallic thread fit the bill. A smock shape with fluted, floaty sleeves perfect for skimming the old mum tum. Looks great styled casually like this in the summer but also with tights & boots in the winter. Worn with my favourite khaki jacket, bought for my 30th birthday trip to Paris and still my go to with dresses & jeans. These hightop converse are technically new, I got them second hand, although not quite sure if I am cool enough to pull them off!

Wearing My Wardrobe: Dressing Up
New Look jumpsuit, New Look sandals & Amazon sunnies |  River Island vest, Primark skirt, Dune sandals

I would like to call these two looks, my dress up day outfits....no where to go but wanted to be a bit fancy! First up is the outfit I wore for my wedding anniversary (just a pizza party with my boys but nice to make an effort) a spotty midi skirt, that was bought a few years ago - I was drawn to the spots and the beautiful pleats, teamed with a cropped black jumper, perfectly french tucked into the elastic waistband. Now the shoes in this outfit have a sad story....I found them when looking for shoes for a friends wedding, not in my size but I tracked down the last pair in the UK and then when it came to the day, the typical British weather happened. Coral suede + rain + English countryside, not a good combo so they never got worn. Teamed with this skirt though they are gorgeous, so I got them out of the box for a special day.... a look to remember for post-lockdown.

Next this floral jumpsuit is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe, I bought it to wear to my sisters birthday barbecue two months after having little man, I wanted to feel like me but didn't fit into a lot of my pre-baby clothes yet. This was the best thing I ever bought!! Fit me back then, and still fits me now thanks to the adjustable waist - never before did I think I would ever find a flattering jumpsuit, but is the perfect shape for larger boobs and a mum tum. I love the dark floral too, not your typical girly print. Teamed with my rose gold sandals but worn with trainers during lockdown too.

Wearing My Wardrobe: From Where I Stand

One very obvious thing I noticed collecting my images for this post....I am obsessed with "from where I stand" style photos and especially these black Converse-esque trainers. Have worn them non stop and am so pleased with how versatile they are, especially as they are £6! I love to wear them with a really girly dress just to toughen up the look a bit. It also makes me realise just how much my style has changed since be becoming a mum....I very rarely wore trainers and now I live in them but by choice not just for practicality.

Wearing My Wardrobe: Green Floral
New H&M Dress, Topshop sandals  |  Primark Trainers, Cambridge satchel

Now breaking my rule slightly. This dress was a new addition, I was drawn to the beautiful print and it was a step outside of my comfort zone as I don't normally wear green but something about this makes me so happy & considering I have worn it every week of lockdown my cost per wear is already very low!! Accessories & shoes in both looks are all old favourites though. The sandals were an odd Christmas sale find years ago and I loved the fringing detail, for some reason they always remind me of something Carrie Bradshaw would wear. With a good block heel they are a great all day sandal and my go to heel. The Cambridge Satchel is a medium push lock and was a present from my hubby for my 30th birthday.....I love it so much I also have it in coral and black!

Wearing My Wardrobe: Summer dress
New H&M dress, Primark sandals, Primark sunglasses  |  Same dress, white New Look tee, @Tlmedit layered necklace, Primark trainers and tote bag

Another cheeky new addition, but this sundress was a must....only £17.99! and honestly the best summer dress I have bought in years. It fits beautifully and is so cool to wear even though it is black. Styled up with these zebra sandals (vintage Primarni darling) and oversized sunnies (a staple) but also layered over a white tee, with trainers and a cute summery tote....either way, easy summer style.

Wearing My Wardrobe: The Accessories

Now it wouldn't be a Glitter Fashionista post without discussing accessories. I am a total magpie for accessories and I have loved digging deep into my collection and wearing pieces that never normally leave the house. This is my current arm stack, all personal and a little bit boho...the Mama & Mark bracelets are from @loverubyross & my L♡VE bracelet is from @ezzys_wristcandy - two amazing sellers I found on Instagram, the rest are from Estella Bartlett. I love the colour and metal combination with a pop of black, perfect to wear everyday.

This headband is a gorgeous pink paisley print from New Look from 3 years ago - I don't wear headbands that often but I do love to add a pop of colour to a monochrome outfit. The heart sunglasses (which are new) are just a fun addition and I love them, so much so I went back and bought a tortoiseshell pair too...from Amazon of all places! The gorgeous pink Birkenstock style slides were a cheeky Bank Holiday find from TU clothing - but at £3.75! I had to have them! a nice upgrade from my standard pink Primarni flip flops and a great everyday shoe.

This "Wanderlust" tote bag was an impulse "Instagram made me do it" purchase, influenced by @hannahgale back in 2017 but I love it so much and always get compliments on it. I will admit I haven't used it very much as the last time I used it, was as an accidental hospital bag! I grabbed it when I headed to the maternity assessment unit, stuffed in my purse, magazines, bottle of water etc. Only expected to be there for a few hours.....nope came home with a baby!! but it was a nice pretty thing to look at in my room, just not the most practical! I have been using this so much in lockdown though, especially when I pop to the local shops - have actually not used a proper handbag in weeks!! The "Hello Sunshine" tote was a Primark find a few years ago and is another summer favourite, Primark make the cutest accessories and I find them to be better quality than the clothing.

Wearing My Wardrobe: The Bag

Adding this image in as I love it - this bag was a birthday gift from my in-laws back in 2014! I fell in love with the stripe and embellishment mix. Not the most practical but I have enjoyed using it to pop my purse, phone and keys in for a lockdown walk....will be making sure I use it more often, it is currently hung on my rail so I don't forget about it. I used to only carry big "Mary Poppins" bags but in the last two years have really discovered a love for something a little smaller.....plus a good excuse to carry less.

Now the rest of the outfits....
Below are the remainder of my "simpler" outfit photos - I wish I could discuss all of them in detail but if I did we would all be here forever (maybe even longer than lockdown!) but if you do want more information on any of the images featured in this post, head over to my Instagram....

Wearing My Wardrobe: My Outfits

Now the plan is to keep "wearing my wardrobe", limiting my fast fashion shopping.....and hopefully keep photographing the outfits.
Lets see now lockdown is over if this is as easy!

🖤
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