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The Body Shop: Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel Review
The Body shop is a brand synonymous with my teenage years, I was obsessed with their Peppermint foot lotion & the Satsuma shower gel, oh and those little round pearl like bath balls (wish I knew what they were called!) I loved to collect all the colours. It's only in the last few months that I became interested in seeing what the brand is about now...more specifically their skincare products, which were almost non existent when I was younger. One of the products I was most interested in, as I had heard so many positive comments about them, was the Liquid peel collection and I wanted to give one of them a try. Deciding between the three peels was a tough choice but with each offering something different for a targeted skin issue, this made it easier to choose - Drops of Light for Resurfacing, Drops of Youth for youthful looking skin & Vitamin C to reveal your skins natural glow. Based on my skin type I went for the Drops of Light peel to help smooth and resurface my skin, as I am prone to large pores and blemishes.
Drops of Light - Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel: This quick fix brightening essential will visibly brighten appearance after first use. Transforming gel-to-peel technology that traps and gently peels off impurities and dead skin cells to unveil healthy-looking skin that feels resurfaced from first use. With continued use, skin looks more luminous and skin texture looks refinedThis resurfacing peel has brightening elements, with Red Algae extract, which is rich in vitamin C, minerals & nutrients. - The Body Shop
How to use: Dispense two pumps of the liquid peel onto your fingertips and apply to cleansed, dry skin avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Massage into skin for up to 20 seconds until exfoliating residues appear noticeably and are peeled off. Rinse thoroughly with water. If needed, you also can use a muslin cloth with toner to remove the last traces from your skin. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.

My Review

    First impressions - the packaging is a sleek, simple design, no unnecessary extras just the bottle, plus I love the rose gold label, adds a touch of luxury to the design. A generous sized pump, allows for precise dispensing of the product, which will help to make the 145ml bottle last for months - a good thing as at £18.50 a bottle it isn't that cheap. The consistency and texture of the product before rubbed into the skin, is less gel like than I imagined, it reminds me of a lighter version of the Glossier Milk Jelly cleanser. I did notice the smell of the product is interesting, not bad just not recognisable like many Body Shop products, I assume it is the Red Algae extract, that gives it this distinct scent which has grown on me and I find quite relaxing.

    I first tried the peel on the back of hand, as I can have sensitive skin and like to test before applying to my face (have been left with red blotchy skin, so always test before you apply a new product). It applied smoothly, the product formed quickly into what I can only describe as soft "blobs" - not quite how I imagined it to come off the skin but oddly impressive and it left my skin feeling very soft.

    The first time I used it on my face, I found the recommended two pumps quite a lot of liquid to handle in one go but once on the skin it covered my face well and wasn't sticky. It kinda feels weird when you start rubbing it in and the "blobs" are forming on your face but it is strangely satisfying watching them appear on your skin....I like a product that you can actually see working. I will say I find removing the remainder of the product, easier with a face cloth/reusable pad, just splashing my face with water doesn't quite remove it all and it can leave the skin feeling a little greasy. Once rinsed my skin felt so soft, a tad dry around my nose (a problem area) but fine after my moisturiser was applied. My skin didn't react afterwards either, which it can do sometimes so very happy. I will admit I was a little aprehensive before trying the product, only because the term "peel" made me think of something quite intense & harsh like a chemical peel but I was so pleased to find this to be gentle on my skin. One final thing I would say, is that with any product like this that removes dead skin, you should always wear a good quality SPF the next day as your skin will be a little more sun sensitive.

    After using the peel for two weeks (3 times a week), my skin feels softer, smoother and my pores seem less defined. I have a small area of scaring on my cheek and that is much less obvious and smoother. I did think that with each use the amount of "blobs" forming would decrease, but they seem to be fairly consistent, nice to know the product is working just as hard now, as it did on the first application. I am interested to see how my skin looks after a few months of use - will do a little update in this post later in the year.

    Overall I would definitely recommend this product - clever, simple and does what it says. The price point is a little higher than I normally go for a product like this, but its really worth the money and based on how much you use in one application, should last for a few months...

    Have you tried any of the other liquid peels in the collection? would love to hear your reviews on those...

    Shop online at The Body Shop, or through your local Body Shop Consultant.... mine is a lovely lady called Sammy and you can find her on Facebook at Heaven Scents Bodycare and Make Up.


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The Body Shop: Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel Review

The Body Shop: Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel Review
The Body shop is a brand synonymous with my teenage years, I was obsessed with their Peppermint foot lotion & the Satsuma shower gel, oh and those little round pearl like bath balls (wish I knew what they were called!) I loved to collect all the colours. It's only in the last few months that I became interested in seeing what the brand is about now...more specifically their skincare products, which were almost non existent when I was younger. One of the products I was most interested in, as I had heard so many positive comments about them, was the Liquid peel collection and I wanted to give one of them a try. Deciding between the three peels was a tough choice but with each offering something different for a targeted skin issue, this made it easier to choose - Drops of Light for Resurfacing, Drops of Youth for youthful looking skin & Vitamin C to reveal your skins natural glow. Based on my skin type I went for the Drops of Light peel to help smooth and resurface my skin, as I am prone to large pores and blemishes.
Drops of Light - Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel: This quick fix brightening essential will visibly brighten appearance after first use. Transforming gel-to-peel technology that traps and gently peels off impurities and dead skin cells to unveil healthy-looking skin that feels resurfaced from first use. With continued use, skin looks more luminous and skin texture looks refinedThis resurfacing peel has brightening elements, with Red Algae extract, which is rich in vitamin C, minerals & nutrients. - The Body Shop
How to use: Dispense two pumps of the liquid peel onto your fingertips and apply to cleansed, dry skin avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Massage into skin for up to 20 seconds until exfoliating residues appear noticeably and are peeled off. Rinse thoroughly with water. If needed, you also can use a muslin cloth with toner to remove the last traces from your skin. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.

My Review

    First impressions - the packaging is a sleek, simple design, no unnecessary extras just the bottle, plus I love the rose gold label, adds a touch of luxury to the design. A generous sized pump, allows for precise dispensing of the product, which will help to make the 145ml bottle last for months - a good thing as at £18.50 a bottle it isn't that cheap. The consistency and texture of the product before rubbed into the skin, is less gel like than I imagined, it reminds me of a lighter version of the Glossier Milk Jelly cleanser. I did notice the smell of the product is interesting, not bad just not recognisable like many Body Shop products, I assume it is the Red Algae extract, that gives it this distinct scent which has grown on me and I find quite relaxing.

    I first tried the peel on the back of hand, as I can have sensitive skin and like to test before applying to my face (have been left with red blotchy skin, so always test before you apply a new product). It applied smoothly, the product formed quickly into what I can only describe as soft "blobs" - not quite how I imagined it to come off the skin but oddly impressive and it left my skin feeling very soft.

    The first time I used it on my face, I found the recommended two pumps quite a lot of liquid to handle in one go but once on the skin it covered my face well and wasn't sticky. It kinda feels weird when you start rubbing it in and the "blobs" are forming on your face but it is strangely satisfying watching them appear on your skin....I like a product that you can actually see working. I will say I find removing the remainder of the product, easier with a face cloth/reusable pad, just splashing my face with water doesn't quite remove it all and it can leave the skin feeling a little greasy. Once rinsed my skin felt so soft, a tad dry around my nose (a problem area) but fine after my moisturiser was applied. My skin didn't react afterwards either, which it can do sometimes so very happy. I will admit I was a little aprehensive before trying the product, only because the term "peel" made me think of something quite intense & harsh like a chemical peel but I was so pleased to find this to be gentle on my skin. One final thing I would say, is that with any product like this that removes dead skin, you should always wear a good quality SPF the next day as your skin will be a little more sun sensitive.

    After using the peel for two weeks (3 times a week), my skin feels softer, smoother and my pores seem less defined. I have a small area of scaring on my cheek and that is much less obvious and smoother. I did think that with each use the amount of "blobs" forming would decrease, but they seem to be fairly consistent, nice to know the product is working just as hard now, as it did on the first application. I am interested to see how my skin looks after a few months of use - will do a little update in this post later in the year.

    Overall I would definitely recommend this product - clever, simple and does what it says. The price point is a little higher than I normally go for a product like this, but its really worth the money and based on how much you use in one application, should last for a few months...

    Have you tried any of the other liquid peels in the collection? would love to hear your reviews on those...

    Shop online at The Body Shop, or through your local Body Shop Consultant.... mine is a lovely lady called Sammy and you can find her on Facebook at Heaven Scents Bodycare and Make Up.


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The TonieBox: First Impressions & Review
This is where the magic happens
Meet the Toniebox, your entry ticket to a whole new world of adventures and audio fun for children. Once downloaded, always ready to play. - Tonies.com

So today's post is a mum life piece, with a review of a recent find.... I don't talk about many kids products on here, but this is one I felt the need to share. So you may or not be aware of this kiddy gadget but this little green box of adventures is a Toniebox... The little box that is the perfect mix of modern technology intertwined with traditional story time, giving children the independence to choose what and when they listen to. Designed & developed in Germany, the Toniebox has been around in Europe since 2016 and has now taken the UK by storm.

Minimal in design yet so stylish (a lot of kids products look childish, but this is very sleek and sophisticated looking) with a sturdy padded outer, designed to withstand being dropped. Small enough to take out with you but mighty enough to have a kitchen disco. Alongside the Toniebox are the Tonies, little figures that are each loaded with stories & or songs....dependant on which character you have. My son was bought a Toniebox for his 3rd birthday so we chose to buy the Julia Donaldson classic Room on the Broom & Disney Pixar Cars as his starter figures (purchased separately to the box). You do get a creative Tonie with the box which you can load 90 minutes of your own audio onto.....perfect for adding favourite stories & songs, even better as you can get other people to record onto it too. Once you have your chosen figure all your little one has to do is pop it on top of the Toniebox and it will play....simple as that, as soon as they take off the figure it will stop....easy and so funny to watch their little face light up with excitement & a touch of confusion!

The TonieBox: First Impressions & Review - the Tonies

What I love about it...

First off I was very impressed with the products packaging, simple and all recyclable, no unnecessary plastic, a pleasant change from most kids products these days. Next up the fact that it took me less than 10 mins to set up the box using the MyTonie website, which was very easy to use and made the process quick & painless meaning Mark was straight into investigating the gadget. To begin with the box really confused him but within an hour he had worked out how to operate it and will happily sit and use it by himself.

We decided to get the Disney Pixar Cars Tonie first, as it is his favourite toy/movie at the moment and thought it would help him to hear something familiar whilst getting used to the box.... turns out this was a great idea as he was so excited to see Lightning McQueen come out of the box and he has loves bopping round the room to the soundtrack. Only downside is he keeps bringing all of his diecast cars over and trying them on top, obviously they don't work which leaves him perplexed! There is quite a good range of Tonies available, including Disney and Julia Donaldson books along with more generic songs & nursery rhyme compilations (small note make sure you get the UK Tonies, unless you speak German! Amazon has little flags next to the characters for clarification.). I also really like that there is such a wide range of creative Tonies to choose from....a builder, a fairy, a footballer, a conductor, a unicorn & a Grandma to name a few. A friend of ours loves music so bought the conductor for her son & loaded it with his favourite music...the personal touch.

We wanted Mark to have the Toniebox in his bedroom so he can listen to a story at bedtime (something I loved to do as a child), he likes to take it off his bedside table and have it in the bed with him - but because of the soft padded outer I am not worried about him hurting himself or breaking it. He knows how to activate the box and play his cars songs/story - "Life is a highway" is a very odd thing to wake up to on the monitor! but so proud that he can operate it by himself. It gives him some independence and allows him to choose what he wants to listen to, something he really likes to do at the moment. He can turn it on, operate the volume controls, skip tracks and change character. The Toniebox also comes with a headphone jack too, perfect if you don't want to listen to the same songs over & over again! I also love that the Toniebox will turn itself off once the Tonie has finished playing, meaning no fumbling around in the dark to turn it off once he is asleep, also saves on battery. Whilst I mention battery, the charging process is very simple and clever, the Toniebox simply sits on top of a white charging station and will flash blue when the battery is running low, so you know to pop it on.
                       

Toniebox - the technical stuff 

* The outer is made of sustainable material.  * Headphone jack.  * LED Status Display.  * WIFI.
* Robust, child friendly.  * Comes with a charging station.  * Automatic switch off.
* Battery operated, up to 7 hours - for use on the go.  * Squeeze the ears for volume control.
* Tap the sides to switch chapters/tracks.  * Tilt to fast forward or rewind.

The TonieBox: First Impressions & Review - the starter kit

Not a cheap item but in my opinion so worth it - the starter kit which includes the box (available in red, green, blue, purple, pink & grey), a matching creative Tonie & charging station comes in at £69.99. Additional creative Tonies are £11.99 and the story/music themed Tonies are £14.99. All are available on the Tonies website as well as Amazon.

One of the main things that drew me to the Tonibox was that it will last Mark years, as there are educational Tonies available too and the great thing about the creative Tonies is we can change up the audio saved on it as he grows. Could be a good way to help him learn words, even use for revision when he takes exams! so many possibilities..... So if you are looking for a gift for a child, I would definitely put the Toniebox on your list.

For more information about the Toniebox and all the Tonies available click here... 

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The TonieBox: First Impressions & Review

The TonieBox: First Impressions & Review
This is where the magic happens
Meet the Toniebox, your entry ticket to a whole new world of adventures and audio fun for children. Once downloaded, always ready to play. - Tonies.com

So today's post is a mum life piece, with a review of a recent find.... I don't talk about many kids products on here, but this is one I felt the need to share. So you may or not be aware of this kiddy gadget but this little green box of adventures is a Toniebox... The little box that is the perfect mix of modern technology intertwined with traditional story time, giving children the independence to choose what and when they listen to. Designed & developed in Germany, the Toniebox has been around in Europe since 2016 and has now taken the UK by storm.

Minimal in design yet so stylish (a lot of kids products look childish, but this is very sleek and sophisticated looking) with a sturdy padded outer, designed to withstand being dropped. Small enough to take out with you but mighty enough to have a kitchen disco. Alongside the Toniebox are the Tonies, little figures that are each loaded with stories & or songs....dependant on which character you have. My son was bought a Toniebox for his 3rd birthday so we chose to buy the Julia Donaldson classic Room on the Broom & Disney Pixar Cars as his starter figures (purchased separately to the box). You do get a creative Tonie with the box which you can load 90 minutes of your own audio onto.....perfect for adding favourite stories & songs, even better as you can get other people to record onto it too. Once you have your chosen figure all your little one has to do is pop it on top of the Toniebox and it will play....simple as that, as soon as they take off the figure it will stop....easy and so funny to watch their little face light up with excitement & a touch of confusion!

The TonieBox: First Impressions & Review - the Tonies

What I love about it...

First off I was very impressed with the products packaging, simple and all recyclable, no unnecessary plastic, a pleasant change from most kids products these days. Next up the fact that it took me less than 10 mins to set up the box using the MyTonie website, which was very easy to use and made the process quick & painless meaning Mark was straight into investigating the gadget. To begin with the box really confused him but within an hour he had worked out how to operate it and will happily sit and use it by himself.

We decided to get the Disney Pixar Cars Tonie first, as it is his favourite toy/movie at the moment and thought it would help him to hear something familiar whilst getting used to the box.... turns out this was a great idea as he was so excited to see Lightning McQueen come out of the box and he has loves bopping round the room to the soundtrack. Only downside is he keeps bringing all of his diecast cars over and trying them on top, obviously they don't work which leaves him perplexed! There is quite a good range of Tonies available, including Disney and Julia Donaldson books along with more generic songs & nursery rhyme compilations (small note make sure you get the UK Tonies, unless you speak German! Amazon has little flags next to the characters for clarification.). I also really like that there is such a wide range of creative Tonies to choose from....a builder, a fairy, a footballer, a conductor, a unicorn & a Grandma to name a few. A friend of ours loves music so bought the conductor for her son & loaded it with his favourite music...the personal touch.

We wanted Mark to have the Toniebox in his bedroom so he can listen to a story at bedtime (something I loved to do as a child), he likes to take it off his bedside table and have it in the bed with him - but because of the soft padded outer I am not worried about him hurting himself or breaking it. He knows how to activate the box and play his cars songs/story - "Life is a highway" is a very odd thing to wake up to on the monitor! but so proud that he can operate it by himself. It gives him some independence and allows him to choose what he wants to listen to, something he really likes to do at the moment. He can turn it on, operate the volume controls, skip tracks and change character. The Toniebox also comes with a headphone jack too, perfect if you don't want to listen to the same songs over & over again! I also love that the Toniebox will turn itself off once the Tonie has finished playing, meaning no fumbling around in the dark to turn it off once he is asleep, also saves on battery. Whilst I mention battery, the charging process is very simple and clever, the Toniebox simply sits on top of a white charging station and will flash blue when the battery is running low, so you know to pop it on.
                       

Toniebox - the technical stuff 

* The outer is made of sustainable material.  * Headphone jack.  * LED Status Display.  * WIFI.
* Robust, child friendly.  * Comes with a charging station.  * Automatic switch off.
* Battery operated, up to 7 hours - for use on the go.  * Squeeze the ears for volume control.
* Tap the sides to switch chapters/tracks.  * Tilt to fast forward or rewind.

The TonieBox: First Impressions & Review - the starter kit

Not a cheap item but in my opinion so worth it - the starter kit which includes the box (available in red, green, blue, purple, pink & grey), a matching creative Tonie & charging station comes in at £69.99. Additional creative Tonies are £11.99 and the story/music themed Tonies are £14.99. All are available on the Tonies website as well as Amazon.

One of the main things that drew me to the Tonibox was that it will last Mark years, as there are educational Tonies available too and the great thing about the creative Tonies is we can change up the audio saved on it as he grows. Could be a good way to help him learn words, even use for revision when he takes exams! so many possibilities..... So if you are looking for a gift for a child, I would definitely put the Toniebox on your list.

For more information about the Toniebox and all the Tonies available click here... 

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Dreaming of Dior

Dior has been one of my dream brands for a while but only in recent seasons have I really started to LOVE it. The 2019/2020 collections really impressed me - I think it was the use of beautiful neutral tulles and creating such sexy, yet ultra feminine looks. It may also be helped that two of my favourite fashionistas (Victoria @inthefrow & Lydia @lydiamillen ) have been spotted in many a Dior look. The mix of dark & edgy alongside the light, girly colour palette is so beautiful - a grown up modern day princess look.

Now although inspired by the collections, I am very sure that I could never pull of a Dior outfit (too many curves) but I would definitely invest in some accessories - the jewellery & bags collection of late have been gorgeous and much more thought-out. All are investment pieces but for the right item, totally worth it. So I had a good browse online (a lockdown habit of late #wishlistafterwishlist) on the Dior website last week  and rounded up my favourite items of the moment - all pieces I would invest in (if I had the money) and I wanted to share them all with you....

The Dior Tribal earring set would be top of my list, I love the mix of styles and how the pearl sits on the earlobe (I have a pair of pearl ball earrings from ASOS that remind me so much of these and I love them)… maybe mixed up with the ear crawler on my the other ear? #earparty. The bracelet set is so on trend right now but again quite classic especially in a simple colour like navy or black, and a nice inexpensive way to add Dior to your outfit. The lady Dior style handbag is for me very iconic but it doesn't scream designer (like say the Louis Vuitton branding does) - but the beautiful girly blush pink and wildflower print add that extra something to quite a classic shape. In the medium size you would able to use this as an everyday bag rather than saving for best, getting that cost per wear down to a reasonable level. Finally I included a bag strap because I love the idea of giving an older bag a makeover, adding a touch of designer but in a practical way plus you can swap it to match your outfit of the day, I love customisable fashion.

The below photos are just a small selection of Dior styled images that have caught me eye, all so feminine but with an tough edge. As per usual the beautiful Victoria from IntheFrow is featured heavily as for me she sums up everything about Dior that I love....

Dreaming of Dior: Inspiration
Image credits: Header UK Harpers Bazaar May 2020 edition, SS20 couture report. All product images from Dior.com (links above) & inspiration images from Pinterest, except those from Inthefrow

If money were no object what would you invest in?

I wanted to finish this post with an apology, for the amount of "wishlist" style posts of late. I have been on a limited spend over the last few months so there is a lot of stuff I would love to buy but am not letting myself, also just something about the lockdown has me scrolling through the internet and I just keep finding pretty things, which in the current situation are bringing me joy & I wanted to share them.....hope you don't mind too much x
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Dreaming of Dior

Dreaming of Dior

Dior has been one of my dream brands for a while but only in recent seasons have I really started to LOVE it. The 2019/2020 collections really impressed me - I think it was the use of beautiful neutral tulles and creating such sexy, yet ultra feminine looks. It may also be helped that two of my favourite fashionistas (Victoria @inthefrow & Lydia @lydiamillen ) have been spotted in many a Dior look. The mix of dark & edgy alongside the light, girly colour palette is so beautiful - a grown up modern day princess look.

Now although inspired by the collections, I am very sure that I could never pull of a Dior outfit (too many curves) but I would definitely invest in some accessories - the jewellery & bags collection of late have been gorgeous and much more thought-out. All are investment pieces but for the right item, totally worth it. So I had a good browse online (a lockdown habit of late #wishlistafterwishlist) on the Dior website last week  and rounded up my favourite items of the moment - all pieces I would invest in (if I had the money) and I wanted to share them all with you....

The Dior Tribal earring set would be top of my list, I love the mix of styles and how the pearl sits on the earlobe (I have a pair of pearl ball earrings from ASOS that remind me so much of these and I love them)… maybe mixed up with the ear crawler on my the other ear? #earparty. The bracelet set is so on trend right now but again quite classic especially in a simple colour like navy or black, and a nice inexpensive way to add Dior to your outfit. The lady Dior style handbag is for me very iconic but it doesn't scream designer (like say the Louis Vuitton branding does) - but the beautiful girly blush pink and wildflower print add that extra something to quite a classic shape. In the medium size you would able to use this as an everyday bag rather than saving for best, getting that cost per wear down to a reasonable level. Finally I included a bag strap because I love the idea of giving an older bag a makeover, adding a touch of designer but in a practical way plus you can swap it to match your outfit of the day, I love customisable fashion.

The below photos are just a small selection of Dior styled images that have caught me eye, all so feminine but with an tough edge. As per usual the beautiful Victoria from IntheFrow is featured heavily as for me she sums up everything about Dior that I love....

Dreaming of Dior: Inspiration
Image credits: Header UK Harpers Bazaar May 2020 edition, SS20 couture report. All product images from Dior.com (links above) & inspiration images from Pinterest, except those from Inthefrow

If money were no object what would you invest in?

I wanted to finish this post with an apology, for the amount of "wishlist" style posts of late. I have been on a limited spend over the last few months so there is a lot of stuff I would love to buy but am not letting myself, also just something about the lockdown has me scrolling through the internet and I just keep finding pretty things, which in the current situation are bringing me joy & I wanted to share them.....hope you don't mind too much x
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Kate Spade: Pastel Party

I have been a Kate Spade fan for years, but haven't loved anything enough to want to purchase for a while now but this seasons bags have knocked it out of the park for me and my credit card is itching to come out. The introduction of the brands new Twist lock last year sparked my interest but with more & more styles featuring this iconic fastening being introduced, I have become obsessed! The new season pastel palette is just gorgeous, maybe not the most classic but I already own a simple black Kate Spade so why not brighten up my day with one of these candy coloured leather lovelies (but most styles do come in the traditional black & navy if pastels are too much for your wardrobe).

One thing I love about this brand is the quality of the leather and materials used but at a reasonable price point...not cheap, still an investment in my eyes but not four figures like a lot of designer brand bags. I already have two bags from Kate Spade in my collection and they are both just as gorgeous today as the day I bought them...I have a black medium Park Avenue Beau (bargain find at Bicester Village) & a two tone Cedar Street Hayden (birthday present to myself), both neutral colours and a classic tote silhouette.

Now I wanted to share the four styles that are top of my wishlist from the latest collection....all a little different but with the twist lock in common and all coming in at under £400.

Kate Spade: Nicola Twistlock small top handleKate Spade: Nicola Twistlock small top handle
Kate Spade: Nicola Twistlock medium shoulderKate Spade: Romy medium satchel
If the handbag fairy is reading this.....one of each please.

Now I need to narrow it down to one ideally if I am gonna save up. Currently leaning towards the lilac medium shoulder bag, as it is the most practical but still stylish especially in the gorgeous pastel lilac shade (hate that I've become that person who considers practicality first in my purchases....miss being frivolous #mumlife). Although I love the Romy wicker I feel like this would be a little more limiting in terms of styling outside of the summer season and is maybe not quite as classic as I want for the price, but she is a beauty.

Which style would you choose.... leave me a comment below x
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Kate Spade - Pastel Party

Kate Spade: Pastel Party

I have been a Kate Spade fan for years, but haven't loved anything enough to want to purchase for a while now but this seasons bags have knocked it out of the park for me and my credit card is itching to come out. The introduction of the brands new Twist lock last year sparked my interest but with more & more styles featuring this iconic fastening being introduced, I have become obsessed! The new season pastel palette is just gorgeous, maybe not the most classic but I already own a simple black Kate Spade so why not brighten up my day with one of these candy coloured leather lovelies (but most styles do come in the traditional black & navy if pastels are too much for your wardrobe).

One thing I love about this brand is the quality of the leather and materials used but at a reasonable price point...not cheap, still an investment in my eyes but not four figures like a lot of designer brand bags. I already have two bags from Kate Spade in my collection and they are both just as gorgeous today as the day I bought them...I have a black medium Park Avenue Beau (bargain find at Bicester Village) & a two tone Cedar Street Hayden (birthday present to myself), both neutral colours and a classic tote silhouette.

Now I wanted to share the four styles that are top of my wishlist from the latest collection....all a little different but with the twist lock in common and all coming in at under £400.

Kate Spade: Nicola Twistlock small top handleKate Spade: Nicola Twistlock small top handle
Kate Spade: Nicola Twistlock medium shoulderKate Spade: Romy medium satchel
If the handbag fairy is reading this.....one of each please.

Now I need to narrow it down to one ideally if I am gonna save up. Currently leaning towards the lilac medium shoulder bag, as it is the most practical but still stylish especially in the gorgeous pastel lilac shade (hate that I've become that person who considers practicality first in my purchases....miss being frivolous #mumlife). Although I love the Romy wicker I feel like this would be a little more limiting in terms of styling outside of the summer season and is maybe not quite as classic as I want for the price, but she is a beauty.

Which style would you choose.... leave me a comment below x
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How to Wear: Chinos

Introducing the chino, the newest trouser style in my wardrobe and a welcome change to my normal choice of skinny jeans. Now when I say chino, this in my world means a loose fit style trouser usually made from cotton, with a rolled up cuff and they are typically in Khaki green but as you will see above there are some great other colours too - grey & a classic beige.

I have a khaki pair from last summer that I lived in, so much lighter than jeans, a stylish summer alternative. My chosen pair were from Mint Velvet (uniform allowance) and are back again in the range this season (Button Pocket Chino) along with a new grey paperbag waist style that are gorgeous - as modelled above (image 2) by one of my collegues, the lovely Emily and styled with the Tie Sleeve Sweatshirt. As someone who can really struggle with trousers, I have found Chinos a very versitile style for my apple body shape, especially as they show off a bit of ankle and sit a little higher on the waist.


What to pair with them?

My one style rule: keep your top half fitted - tuck it in (full or french), to show off the waistband. Chinos work best with a simple t-shirt or sweatshirt, a more tailored shirt, your favourite lightweight knit or a summery vest, anything that can be tucked in. In addition chinos look great with a jacket - a structured, slightly oversized blazer is perfect especially when paired with a simple white tee or for a more casual look opt, for the classic denim jacket or a more edgy leather jacket.

The Footwear

Trainers or flat sandals are no brainers with this style, playing on the casual nature of the trouser, but a wedged espadrille or classic court shoe can also look great and add some height - perfect for us vertically challenged ladies.  Dependant on the cut and length, ankle boots also work really well too but stick with a simple, slender pair - sock boots in particular are ideal as they sit under the cuff without adding bulk to the ankle.

The Accessories

I would personally go for a crossbody or tote bag, a summery straw style bag especially would be a great pairing, adds a bit of fun. If you do tuck in your top, pop on a belt and go for one with a statement buckle - adds detail and helps to define the waist. I also love adding a classic fedora on a cooler day, something so chic about finishing off an outfit with a hat.

How would you style a pair of chinos?

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How to Wear: Chinos

How to Wear: Chinos

Introducing the chino, the newest trouser style in my wardrobe and a welcome change to my normal choice of skinny jeans. Now when I say chino, this in my world means a loose fit style trouser usually made from cotton, with a rolled up cuff and they are typically in Khaki green but as you will see above there are some great other colours too - grey & a classic beige.

I have a khaki pair from last summer that I lived in, so much lighter than jeans, a stylish summer alternative. My chosen pair were from Mint Velvet (uniform allowance) and are back again in the range this season (Button Pocket Chino) along with a new grey paperbag waist style that are gorgeous - as modelled above (image 2) by one of my collegues, the lovely Emily and styled with the Tie Sleeve Sweatshirt. As someone who can really struggle with trousers, I have found Chinos a very versitile style for my apple body shape, especially as they show off a bit of ankle and sit a little higher on the waist.


What to pair with them?

My one style rule: keep your top half fitted - tuck it in (full or french), to show off the waistband. Chinos work best with a simple t-shirt or sweatshirt, a more tailored shirt, your favourite lightweight knit or a summery vest, anything that can be tucked in. In addition chinos look great with a jacket - a structured, slightly oversized blazer is perfect especially when paired with a simple white tee or for a more casual look opt, for the classic denim jacket or a more edgy leather jacket.

The Footwear

Trainers or flat sandals are no brainers with this style, playing on the casual nature of the trouser, but a wedged espadrille or classic court shoe can also look great and add some height - perfect for us vertically challenged ladies.  Dependant on the cut and length, ankle boots also work really well too but stick with a simple, slender pair - sock boots in particular are ideal as they sit under the cuff without adding bulk to the ankle.

The Accessories

I would personally go for a crossbody or tote bag, a summery straw style bag especially would be a great pairing, adds a bit of fun. If you do tuck in your top, pop on a belt and go for one with a statement buckle - adds detail and helps to define the waist. I also love adding a classic fedora on a cooler day, something so chic about finishing off an outfit with a hat.

How would you style a pair of chinos?

Image Credits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

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