OOTD // Monochrome Florals

Dress Jumble Sale
Trainers Topshop
Belt From a Ted Baker playsuit
Choker Random bit of velvet I found

One of the things I missed a lot when in Dubai was shopping in charity shops and jumble sales. They are just ridiculously cheap and I always find great stuff that old ladies have had in the back of their wardrobes for decades. Case in point; this dress which is actually from Next, by the looks of the label about 15 years ago. 

In other news, I have stolen  acquired this Apple watch from my darling hubs. I mainly just like it because it has an activity tracker on, which tells me how many steps I've done, sets exercise goals as well as telling me when I need to stand up after being sitting at my desk for too long. Since using it I've definitely been moving more - I try and go out for a walk every lunch time and I get such a feeling of satisfaction seeing my step count go up! It tells me when I've done well and hit my targets - I like technology to praise me haha! It's also good for alerting you to messages/notifications which is helpful if you're in a meeting or something and can't look at your phone that exact second. All in all, very handy! 

Faye x 


What's in my new Zara bag?

Bag - Zara 

Got myself a new bag for the first time in a long time (I still love my backpack but sometimes the occasion calls for a slightly less casual option). I wanted a bucket bag for ages and this one was a total bargain from Zara. 

These are the things that can usual be found in my bag and why:

1. Mirror - this one is a personalised one from Abu Dhabi which my husband got for free on a press tour of the Abu Dhabi mall. #journalistwifeperks 

2. Liquid Eyeliner - I always have to top up my liquid eyeliner if I'm going out after work - it never stays black on me but fades to a lovely fetching grey-ish shade. If anyone has any recommendations please share. To be honest I don't really like this Soap & Glory Supercat liner as I think it fades quicker than most but it's okay for eyeliner emergencies.

3. Antibacterial Hand Gel - for when I have to touch the bus rail, which I'd imagine has more germs than a toilet seat.

4. Hairbands - absolutely essential, especially for when eating or  the end of the working day when I no longer care about my appearance. 

5. Sunglasses - If it's super sunny and I don't have sunglasses to hand I sometimes get a headache. These are by Spitfire via ASOS.

6. Nail File - I can't handle it if I get a jagged nail and I can't instantly fix it. 

7. Plasters - Handy for the transition into Summer sandal wearing. 

8. Batiste - My hair gets pretty flat throughout the day especially if I'm a tad sweaty from walking about. 

9. Tissues - these are especially handy if you find yourself in a bathroom with no toilet roll or exploding yoghurt situation.

10. Nail Polishes - I always have one or two of these to hand, for touch ups, as well as a top coat usually. As I change my nails every 2 - 3 days. I always find an amalgamation of different colours in my bag. And I wonder why it's so heavy. 

11. M & S Bag in a bag - Genius invention. GENIUS. Especially with the new 5p charge for plastic bags. 

12. Keys - Pretty self explanatory, I have a lip balm keyring that I got in a blogger secret santa last year, a cat pom pom which was a Christmas present from my cousin and a keyring from my hen do :)

13. Purse for all my monies, as well as multiple receipts, loyalty cards and other shiz. This one is from TK Maxx and was a bargain at £10. 

14. Headphones - I must have these at all times. I'm constantly listening to podcasts or Spotify.  

What's in your bag?

Faye x


OOTD // Pink Bomber Jacket

Jacket New Look
Jumper Ted Baker
Joggers Topshop
Trainers Topshop

Enter the comfiest outfit ever. Cashmere jumper + joggers + slouchy jacket = feeling like you're walking inside a cloud. How cute is this pink bomber jacket? I found it when scouting through the teenage 915 section of New Look, where I always unearth gems which are usually about £4 less than their 'grown up' section counterparts. I love these trainers too - I think I prefer non-branded white trainers like these to the Adidas Stan Smiths. Lots cheaper too :) 

Faye x

P.S. I'm loving Snapchat at the moment - I'm @iwishicouldwink if you are too! 


Why You Should Tag Brands on Instagram

Now, this is a story all about how my photo got re-grammed on Primark's Instagram. (Sorry for anyone born after 1996 who probs won't get that reference.) Anyway, I was minding my own business one day when I saw that Primark had written a comment on one of my Instagram posts, asking if they could re-gram my pic. I had used the hashtag 'Primania' as well as 'Primark' and I'd also tagged them on the actual pic, so I'm not sure if they saw the hashtags, or the tagging, or both. I think the fact that both my dress and shoes were from Primark probably made them notice the photo more too. I'm not gonna pretend I acted cool at this point - in fact I got pretty excited, especially when I saw that they had 2.8 million followers. 

So a few days passed, then a week and they hadn't posted my pic. At this point I just assumed they decided to give it a miss and I felt a bit gutted to be honest. Then, I was in work last week and I saw my phone flashing a lot out of the corner of my eye. It was mostly Instagram notifications, and I hadn't posted anything that day so I thought it was a bit odd. On closer inspection, I scrolled down and saw that Primark had posted one of my pictures. I was well chuffed! 

As you can see they didn't post the exact same pic as me (meaning they must have gone on my blog - how fun) and as you can see it got quite a few likes - many many more than my photos ever get anyway! 

On Sunday, they posted another pic from this very blog, and the same kind of thing happened again, an influx of likes and follows came my way. I'd say I got about 150 new followers from these - now I don't know if this is a lot or not to be honest, as it's a brand new situation for me, but I was delighted. I'm sure there are plenty of bloggers who get that amount of new followers per day, but I am not one of them, so to me it was great.

 Anyway, I thought I'd post about this fun experience to show that tagging brands on social media is definitely worth doing, and can put your corner of the internet in the spotlight for a few days - it's a win win! It would be wonderful if you fancied following me on Instagram - I promise you'll get a delivery of kittens/puppies/baby unicorns (delete as applicable) straight to your door the next day.*

 Faye x

* they will be invisible.


Banana Leaf Phone Case from Coconut Lane

                                                            Phone Case Coconut Lane 

I bought a phone case from eBay recently for 99p. Maybe the price should have been a warning because when it arrived, it did NOT look like the picture. It was basically a photo of some marble printed (badly) onto some thick paper and stuck on the back of a cheap rubber phone case. It was gross.

 This phone case however - what a beauty. I saw Coconut Lane featured on another blog and immediately clicked the link to see what other goodies I could feast my eyes upon. Their iPhone cases are all so so pretty but I knew this was the one for me immediately - I love any sort of palm/leaf print and this one is perfect. It's from the LUXE selection and the quality is excellent -  I like to stroke it. It also saved my phone from extreme crack-age this morning when I dropped it on to a step. 

If you also need a splendid phone case in your life, you can get 20% off of one (or in fact anything on Coconut Lane) by entering the discount code 'wink20' at the checkout! 

Faye x


The Shoe Diaries #7 - Silver Office Sandals

Sandals Office 

Behold the bargain of the year thus far. Went into Office last week by chance as my friend wanted to pop in en route to Pizza Express (I'd recommend the polenta fries seeing as you've asked) and I spied these with my magpie eyes as I've been after some metallic slider-type crossover sandals (specific) for a while. On the label, they were reduced from £40 to £24 and then at the till, they were only reduced again to £14 weren't they! Absolutely beaming I was - don't you love it when that happens? It happened when I bought my bridesmaids shoes too, it's the best feeling. 

Two things to note about these - firstly as they were the last pair in the shop you can blatantly tell that one of them has been tried on shitloads and the other has been in a box in the stockroom looking all pristine! Secondly, they had this weird plastic shrinkwrap stuff all over them, which I assumed you had to rip off. I ripped it all off of one (the one on the right) but then I panicked and got scared that I wasn't supposed to rip it off at all so I left it on the other one. Eventually I guess I will have to take it off that one as well but WHAT IF I've made a horrible mistake and it was supposed to stay on all along?!? Honestly, it's such a struggle. 

Cool story bro.

 What would you have done? Someone please tell me. 

Thanks for reading my waffle! 

Faye x


Bristol Fashion Week

Catwalk photos from The Mall 

This week I went to the Bristol Fashion Week catwalk show for the first time. It's held at The Mall in Bristol, I took my mum along and we had a really fun evening. We were told to wear an item of pink clothing in support of Race for Life, and I wore my new pink bomber jacket which I am VERY obsessed with at the moment. There's a pic of my outfit on The Mall's Facebook page here! My mum wore a fuzzy pink pencil skirt and someone complimented her on it so she was pretty chuffed.

The show was hosted by Denise Van Outen and Mark Heyes and was separated into British summer themed sections - Wimbledon, The Great British Bake Off, Bristol Balloon Fiesta and so on. They had a Summer Solstice theme - my mum is a big archaeology fan and my family and I take the mickey out of her for loving Stonehenge, so we did have a good old lol when a massive photo of it appeared on the screen. 

After the catwalk show there was a blogging party at M&S which was so cute! They had manicures and hand massages available plus treats from the summer selection (I heart the bright colours) and clothing/beauty from SS16. I think M&S have such good stuff in at the moment - I love that olive green co-ord above, and the leather wrap skirt from the catwalk show is an absolute beauty too. She needs! 

Faye x

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