River Island Haul

I do love a bit of River Island and I found a few lovely pieces that I am so happy with. First is a classic skinny black jeans (£40 in 12L Amelie Superkinny). I love the longer length of these. I am wearing it with another purchase – the Beige Laser Cut Bomber Jacket (£40).

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I really like this little jacket and think it works really well with a simple top and jeans. Perfect for the summer!

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I also picked up this is lovely dark denim button up midi pencil skirt (£38). A classic simple skirt, and the buttons give it that extra something!

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Silver Shoes?

I didn’t know if I could get away with silver flat shoes, but then Clarks came out with this gorgeous t-bar pair (Taylor Palm £45) and I fell in love!

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They are so cute and the slightly matt silver leather makes them extra special! They look really good with loads of different outfits. I know these will really come into their own in the summer (or on holiday) so I am super pleased to have them ready and waiting for the sun (whenever that comes!).

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Temple Spa Cleanser

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When Caroline Hirons, skincare guru, recommends something, I generally pay attention , especially if its on an amazing offer. That was the case with this In the Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt cleanser from Temple Spa (£28). I love a good cleansing balm and this one looked right up my street! It was also on offer at 2 for the price of 1 which I am so glad I didn’t resist as £14 for this cleanser is a massive bargain!

This balm is different to other cleansing balms that I normally use as this one has little beads to exfoliate that then melt away (i.e. not plastic beads!). I’m not a fan of physical exfoliation but this is gentle and works really well. The balm also smells amazing and is full of lovely ingredients including Calendula, Clary sage, Lavender, Vitamin E, OIive Oil and Basil.

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I use this as my evening cleanse to remove makeup and give myself a mini facial. I also regularly leave the second cleanse on my skin for 10 minutes as a face mask.

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I am so impressed with this and am almost finished with my first tub and just as excited to start the second tub – always a good sign!

Zara Holiday Haul

As I have mentioned I am off to Cape Town for Easter so couldn’t resist two holiday dresses (one for day and one for night) and Zara was the shop for me! First is this simple blue tunic dress, with slanted pockets (£29.99). I love the relaxed feel of this dress, its light and easy to throw on. I would wear this over jeans too The perfect daytime dress!

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Next is my evening wear purchase – this gorgeous silver textured v-neck dress (£25.99).

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Again I love how simple this is yet so stunning. I would wear it casually with a cardigan and maybe a cami under as shown in the pictures below.

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Cami and Cardi

I have become obsessed with this combination – the camisole and cardigan. There is something so chic about the delicate silk and lace next to wool that works so well. I think it can be both casual and dressy and most definitely sexy but subtle.

My obsession started a while ago with a lovely blush pink silk and lace camisole from H&M. I have worn it so much it is starting to fray and look a little tired (not that this stops me from wearing it)! I love the length which makes it easy to wear with jeans with a small side tuck or completely tucked into a skirt. I have also worn it under dresses, letting the lace peek through at the décolletage!

After a long time of intermittent searching for camisoles that fit the bill I found these in Zara (£25.99 each). They are almost identical to the H&M one which I was so happy about! I had to get the pink one to backup the H&M one and of course once I saw the charcoal I knew it had to be mine! I got these in a large as I want them long and draping.

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So having found the perfect camisoles, I needed the perfect cardigans. Weirdly enough Zara have also just upped their cardigan game! I picked up these beautiful, light knit ones (£17.99 each) recently and they are perfect. I love the colours and the way they hang. Of course the cream and the pinky brown complements the pink camisole perfectly and they grey the grey camisole..shades of shades!

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I did also get this lovely soft, batwing cardigan also from Zara (£12.99) and also in grey which is a bit warmer and in Spring can work as an alternative to a jacket.

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The Printed Shirt Dress

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I am going to South Africa for Easter and its going to be warm and sunny (hurray!). So when I saw this long printed shirt dress in H&M I had visions of me wafting about in the sunshine with this on wearing skinny ripped jeans and flip flops!!

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I love the sheer material, the print and the length. I would only ever wear this with jeans – I don’t think it would suit me as a dress.

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I really hope that vision comes true!!