I was lucky enough to receive a few things from Monica Vinader as gifts from my husband, my parents and my closest friend for Christmas and my birthday. I then also purchased a few rings for myself so I though that as I had built up a nice little collection I would do a post on it! For Christmas my husband got me the Marie and Riva Diamond Shore Pendants. I wear these together or on their own and they are just stunning. My friend then got me the Bali Friendship Bracelet in Rose Gold with the Rose Gold Metallica cord for my 40th. I have worn this everyday since she gave it to me. It is such a classic yet trendy piece and goes with everything. These are the rings I bought for myself. I went for the stacking rings. In the picture below on my index finger is the Siren Stacking Ring in White Topaz and the Ava Diamond Ring. On my middle finger is the Siren Stacking Ring in Moonstone. All are in yellow gold. I think these are so classic and versatile and can be worn so many different ways. And finally I got the Diamond Pave Skinny Long Ring and the Baja Ring with Grey Agate stone. These were a birthday present from my parents. I absolutely adore these rings. They are so different to anything I have and yet work so well with the other rings.
I found this perfect white tshirt in the White Company sale for £30. Its the right shape for me with the right amount of slouchiness and even a little added sparkly bits!
I spotted these beauties on the Asos website for £25 and I couldn’t resist they just called my name! I love the slightly gladiator look, the old gold finish and the ankle straps! I think they look fab and go with everything!!
I rediscovered the “scrubby soap” concept recently. It is basically a bar of soap with bits in it that help exfoliate your skin leaving it soft and lovely!
The first contender is the Sanctuary Salt Scrub Bar (£5). This has got sea salt, loofah, sweet almond and evening primrose oils. It doesn’t really smell that much but I really like this. It doesn’t lather too much but feels very cleansing. The exfoliation isn’t too rough and it is great after a shave for avoiding any ingrown hairs!
Next is the Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Cream Bar (£1.35 for 2). This has got very fine exfoliants and 1/4 moisturising cream. Again I find this very gentle on my skin. This one lathers a bit more so feels more like a soap than the Sanctuary one. At that low price it’s an excellent staple to have in your shower at all times! I always take this on any beach holiday to make sure I keep my tan longer and my skin soft and smooth!
Will you be checking out the scrubby soap too this summer?
This month’s inspiration from magazines is mainly focused on festival fashion with a few extra bits thrown in! First up are festival related images. I am going to the Isle of Wight festival (in fact I am there now!) so that’s probably why I was drawn to some of these. I really love boho tops and dresses and this one from Mango caught my eye. This is can also be beach wear which is quite handy! I love hats and a trilby is a cute option for festivals. Sunglasses are of course an essential piece of festival gear and I am really loving this perspex trend. Of course a bit festival bling is always a good thing. I am so in love with all things Monica Vinader (post coming soon). Finally for some festival makeup inspiration I was drawn to this page which showed you how to recreate the Chanel runway glitter eye liner. I remember when I first saw this I absolutely loved it but never thought I would have an opportunity to actually wear it. Well I am going to give it a go and have got myself some of that Topshop glitter and some facial glue! Next for a little beach wear this kaftan looked like the perfect poolside accesory! I think body mists are a great option when you are on the beach and I am definitely getting this Body Shop Shea Body Mist as I have smelt it and its so nutty and warm – holiday in a bottle! Next up I spotted a couple of more elegant pieces that I am lusting after. First is the is Baia Bag. These are handmade in the UK and can can customised to your own colour scheme – genius! The Slouch Bag is on my wish list! I also love the dusky pink belt from Asos which would go perfectly with summer dresses. Below is a cape from COS – who doesn’t need a cape in their lives?! And finally to finish with a some home stuff – absolutely LOVE Tesco’s new pastel range – I have a few items and they are so gorgeous and very reasonably priced! And is there anything more perfect for the summer BBQ season than an old fashioned trolley – love this one from Ikea!
I found a few clothes recently that I thought would work really well for the Isle of Wight festival which I am going to today! I can’t wait and fingers crossed it won’t be raining. All these outfits will be paired with my trusted green Hunter wellies for the festival itself!
First is this beautiful cotton kaftan. I got this at the Spirit of Summer fair for £35 and I love it. The colours, pattern and and cut are just perfect. I am planning to either wear this with jeans or over shorts for the festival – depending on the weather! Also when I go to Malaysia on holiday later this year I can wear it on the beach over my swimming costume! Perfect! The next few items are from Asos. First is the simple black loose v-neck kimono top (£25) and embroidered shorts (£28.50). The shorts are so cute and I love the flash of red with the sequins! The top is very versatile and goes with so many things in my wardrobe. I am probably going to layer this with black leggings for the evening at the festival when the temperature drops! Finally I got this dress (also from Asos £28.50). I really liked the easy throw on look of this, the drop waist and the flowy material. I have been wearing this non stop and it will be so easy to style up for the festival with loads of jewellery and my new festival scarf (see below!). This is my “festival scarf”! I found it in TK Maxx for £12.95. It is from the brand Plomo o Plata. It is HUGE and so colourful! I am so in love with this scarf and it will keep me super warm too!
I have had a jar of coconut oil lying about for a while and decided to try using it as it facial cleanser. I had heard great things about it’s cleansing powers so I thought I would test it out. So I found myself a lovely glass jar (mine is Jasper Conran from Debenhams) and melted the coconut oil and poured it in.
To use, I scoop out a small lump (it will cool solid) and rub it between dry hands until it turns back into an oil. I then massage the oil into my dry face. I then use a flannel and warm water to get all the oil off my face. This stuff removes everything, all your makeup and mascara without any effort or rubbing. A tiny amount goes a long way so its great value for money.
I have to say I am sold. I have used this every evening for weeks now and love it. My skin is left clean and beautifully soft. Coconut oil is meant to have antibacterial and anti fungal properties, whilst being very moisturising for your skin and hair.
You can get pure coconut oil in loads of places and its not that expensive. I got mine from Holland & Barrett for about £10. I would highly recommend trying this out. And if you don’t like it as a cleanser you can always cook with it!