My July Favourites.

My July Favourites.

Hello my lovelies! Can you believe we’re nearly in August? It’s madness. But even in saying that, I keep thinking we must be at the end of the year already, and I think that’s because lockdown is over. Do you feel the same way?

Anyway, onto what today’s post is about; my July favourites.

Over the last month or two I’ve picked up a few things that have quickly become favourites of mine, some are beauty and hair products, some are craftings supplies, and some are things I’ve been meaning to buy myself for ages.

With all that said and done, let’s get into it!

Number 1. My new bedding!

I picked this up from Amazon and it is so insanely soft and I think it looks really cute. I’m always a bit suspicious of getting bedding online just because you never know how it will actually feel against the skin but I am more than impressed with this! I am sleeping soundly with this set, they only downside is that I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning!

Number 2 . My sketchbook and new washi tapes!

Many of you will know that I absolutely love art (and if you didn’t, feel free to check out my sketchbook tour post!) and over the last month I made the decision to actively start studying and practicing drawing and creating artwork more. One of the things I picked up for my new sketchbook is a load of washi tapes that are so incredibly pretty! I got them all from small sellers on Etsy and I really love the aesthetic my sketchbook has.

Number 3 . My wireless earbuds.
Wireless Headphones

I had been meaning to buy some of these for the longest time and kept trying to convince myself it would be a waste of money, but these get used all the time. I got these with an Amazon deal for around £25 and I didn’t realise it when I bought these, but the case charges the earbuds as well as keeping them safe which is great for when you’re on the go. The charge on these lasts for days too and they’re noise cancelling so they’re great for travelling.

Number 4 . Native deodorant and body wash.
Native Deodorant and Body Wash

For the last 5-6 years I’ve struggled with psoriasis, and someone I unfortunately get flare ups is under my arms. Because of this, I have to be extra careful with what deodorants and body washes I use, as a lot of them can set my psoriasis off. I came across Native products when listening to my favourite podcast (the Trypod by the Try Guys, its hilarious and I love those guys) and used discount code ‘Tryguys’ to get a deal on everything. Native is paraben, sulfate, aluminium and harsh ingredient free and tells you exactly what’s in their products which is perfect for people who have sensitive skin. Plus their scents are so good! My personal favourite is cotton and cedarwood which is a seasonal scent for them!

Number 5 . My earrings.
Earrings

With undertaking my project 333 wardrobe I’ve been accessorising more than before if you can believe it! I’ve been wearing these pairs of earrings quite a lot, with my all time favourites being the cute boba tea cups! The alien ones are from Asos and the others are from small businesses on Etsy!

Number 6 . Shea Moisture hair products.
Shea Moisture

Since beginning my curly hair journey, I’ve been trying all sorts of products on my hair and one brand that just seems to work for me is Shea Moisture. And I had to feature these in my July faves because I finally got my hands on their ‘Manuka Honey and Yoghurt Hydrate and Repair’ line! Every time I’ve tried to find these they’ve been out of stock everywhere but I finally managed to get them from my local superdrug! These products make my hair feel so soft and healthy and are curly girl friendly (no sulfates or silicones). One thing I will say is that they are pricey, so try and get them when there’s a deal on!

Number 7 . The Flick Stick Eyeliner.
The flick stick

I found about about this eyeliner from a Buzzfeed As Is video where they had people try this out and the results and review of the liner made me want to try it for myself. I love a good cat eye liner but they take me about 20 minutes to actually draw them on and they’re never even so using a stamp which makes them exactly the same is ideal for me. I’ve been trying these out and it literally takes my less than 5 seconds to have a cat eye!

Number 8 . A Reusable cup with straw from Killstar.
Killstar Cup

Do you find that you drink my water when you have it in a certain cup or through a straw? Just me? Well I bought this cup from Killstar and it fits about a pint of water in it, and I probably fill this thing up more than 8 times a day. It’s so pretty and encourages me to stay hydrated, so it had to be a favourite for this month.

Number 9 . Glossier Makeup.
Glossier Makeup Review

I couldn’t not have all of my new makeup in my favourites. All of the products are of such a high quality and Glossier’s ethos around beauty and makeup is so lovely, focusing on enhancing your natural beauty rather than changing how you look to fit others opinions. When I put my makeup on I feel super cute and it gives me a little extra boost for the day.

Number 10 . DIY floral glass bottles and jars.
diy flower bottle

I was scrolling through tiktok and came across a video by @new.yorkie where she had made these beautiful floral glass bottles, and it inspired me to recycle some old nutella jars and a wine bottle myself! I went out and picked some flowers, dried them (you can use baking paper and an iron to speed the process up) and then decoupage them onto the bottle and jars! Once the flowers have dried the glue goes clear and you have these extremely pretty bottles and jars! I’m using the jars as savings containers and I’m looking to make some more bottles as bedroom decor.

And those are my 10 favourites for this month! Have you got any of these in your home? What’s in your favourite things for this month? Let me know in the comments!

I think my all time favourite for this month had to be between my sketchbook and washi tapes, diy floral bottles and glossier makeup! I use creativity and art as a form of selfcare so I’m loving my new projects I’m working on, and putting on my new makeup makes me feel amazing so that had to be right up there.

Well, that’s all from me for today my loves! Have a great weekend and don’t forget your mask if you’re heading out!

Love,

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My Project 333 Wardrobe.

My Project 333 Wardrobe.

Happy Saturday my lovelies! So, this week I’ve been taking a look at my clothes and my shopping habits. I’ve noticed that during lockdown I haven’t bought nearly as many clothes as I did before lockdown and the clothes I did buy were of a much higher quality from brands who have ideals I stand by. I’ve also found that I have a pattern with how I shop; and that pattern is, the second payday hits, I like to go and treat myself to something new to wear. The problem is, I don’t need any more clothes.

And I literally just bought a £65 jumpsuit from Asos that I simply just had to have because it was a bold black and white floral pattern. When it arrived yesterday I realised what I was doing and lucky for me it was way too long on my little legs so it’s being sent back for a refund – bad shopping habit 0 – Victoria 1.

So, as much as I love fashion and shopping, I need to change my shopping habits, not only for the sake of my bank balance, or my lack of space to put more clothes, but also for the environment. Granted the majority of clothes I decide I no longer want are donated to charity rather than just thrown away, but the amount of clothes that were worn once and then donated is much too high for my liking.

And this is where project 333 comes in. Project 333 is a bit like a wardrobe challenge, with the idea being that you only have 33 items in your wardrobe, including your clothes, shoes, accessories and bags; and you are only allowed to wear your selected 33 items for 3 months. The project was created by Courtney Carver who is a minimalist expert and author, with the aim of taking the stress out of deciding what to wear in the morning.

I personally don’t find getting dressed in the morning too stressful, because choosing my look for the day brings me joy, but there are still way too many items in my wardrobe which don’t get worn as often as they should. ( Or they simply shouldn’t have been bought in the first place).

Now, because I’m still a big lover of fashion and I love accessorising every single outfit I put on depending on my mood for the day, I know there’s no way I am going to be able to have 33 pieces in total including my accessories and bags, so for me, I’m going to do this project with just my clothes and shoes. Baby steps..

To give you an idea of what my wardrobe looked like before I decided on my 33 items, here’s what everything looked like when I decided to try this out and what my wardrobe looked like during the clearing out process:

For the record, none of the clothes are being thrown away, I’ve vacuum sealed them away in my loft because after 3 months I’ll swap some items out. And although my clothes rack before looked fine, I know that it was struggling to keep the weight of all those clothes up.

So, now that I’ve cleaned out my wardrobe, what 33 items are in my wardrobe for the next 3 months?

Well, my selection consists of 12 tops, 2 jumpers, 1 skort, 1 pair of shorts, 1 denim skirt, 3 pairs of mom jeans, 1 pair of checked trousers,1 pair of pink cargo joggers, 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees, a leather jacket, a pair of black boots, white birkenstocks, black flats and white converse.

Here’s the tops I’ve chosen:

Here’s the bottoms I’ve picked (I’ve got two pairs of blue mom jeans so I only took a photo of one pair):

Then we have my 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees and jacket:

In deciding on what to have in my 333 wardrobe I went with pieces that could make several outfits to make sure that I don’t get bored with my choices. So, here’s a few simple outfits I can make with the very basics of the wardrobe:

You’ll probably recognise a few of these outfits from my post from a few weeks ago, as they also gave me a lot of inspiration for these looks. I tried to make sure I picked pieces that made me feel good but were also comfortable and practical so the entire wardrobe could be pretty versatile for all occasions. And as for my shoes, I figured going simple would be the best option for me, one pair perfect for hot days, one casual pair for going out and about (not that we’re going anywhere haha, one pair for when it’s chilly and one pair that is a little more smart casual.

I think something I’m looking forward to with this challenge is being forced to look at my wardrobe and the clothes I own in a new way, and finding new and exciting ways to wear pieces that would have gotten lost in the mountain of clothes I had in my wardrobe before. Along with that, I can’t help but think of all the moments I’m going to have to catch myself before I buy anything new, so that will be an interesting challenge with a good outcome if I can stick to the project. My bank balance will certainly thank me!

At the end of each month I’ll give you an update on how things are progressing and going, and I think I’ll try and keep a weekly diary of outfits and how my now much smaller wardrobe is making me feel. Just looking at it now, it looks so incredibly empty compared to how it was before. After all, going from what must’ve been over 100 pieces to just 26 items of clothing and 4 pairs of shoes seems kind of insane, but it’s also quite freeing and calming. That corner of my rooms certainly seems a bit brighter which is nice.

Plus, if this works I can forget about over-packing for holidays! I’ll just take my entire wardrobe haha.

Hopefully this project will bring with it an even greater appreciation for the select items I’ve got and which ones I truly love to wear.

And with all that said and done, what do you think of my new wardrobe? Have you tried this challenge before? How did it go? Let me know in the comments! Wish me luck and have a great weekend my lovelies!

Love,

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My July Favourites.

My July Favourites.

Can You Believe QE

Hello lovelies! Can you even believe we’re in August already?! This year is going so so fast, and I’m not going to lie.. I’m already getting excited about the festive season. Autumn and Winter are by far my favourite seasons, everything is so cosy and the food is so good! Anyway, onto today’s post, my July favourites.

This week I’ll be telling you about my favourite makeup/beauty products, fashion pieces and other little things I’ve picked up over the last few weeks.

So, without further adieu..

Noughty Thirst Aid Conditioning and Detangling Spray

Noughty Leave in conditioner

I absolutely love this spay, it’s been a godsend for my hair, and makes it feel amazing. As someone who religiously straightened her hair for years this is a must, it also helps that I haven’t touched the hot tools for just over 4 months, but since my hair grows so slowly the damage is still on the ends, this is an essential in my hair routine now!

Yoga Mat

Yoga mat

This one has become a very new favourite of mine, I’m a bit of a yogi, but I stopped practising for a while due to back issues (post to follow in a few weeks) but I’ve just started up again. I found it’s good for my mental health (don’t worry, I won’t start preaching saying yoga solves everything – because it doesn’t) and I treat it as self-care along with helping with my back pain.

Cacti Packing Organisers

Cacti Bags

I’ve done a fair bit of travelling/staying away from home the last few days, so these have been amazing since I have a habit of being an over-packer. These have helped me stay organised and only pack what I need to, plus they are so cute and cheap (gotta love amazon!)!

Bare Minerals Powder Foundation, Highlighter and Brush

Bare Minerals makeup

In Edinburgh I spent some time shopping in Princes Street and went and got my makeup done at a Bare Minerals counter. It was my first time having my makeup done by someone else and I loved it. I finally found a foundation that I could wear without it looking cakey, too dark/the wrong tone and it covers my acne scars and rosacea! And the highlighter is a pretty with pinky lilac tones you can see in the light.

Overcooked – Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch overcooked

Overcooked is a cute yet manic cooking game made for the Nintendo switch where you have to run around the kitchen in all sorts of areas completing orders before time runs out. I love playing this when I just want to disappear from reality for a little while. And it can be played by yourself or with as many as 4 people!

Oversized T-Shirt Dress

Tshirt dress

I picked this up the other day and it’s already a favourite of mine. With it being so hot at the moment this is perfect for staying cool, and it’s great for travelling. I’ve paired this with bike shorts and vans for a casual look and as a bonus – it feels like wearing pyjamas! And who doesn’t want to walk around basically in pyjamas all day?

Dungarees and Balloon Sleeve Top

dungarees balloon sleeve top

You might remember the dungarees from my last post, where I embroidered them with a small sunflowers to brighten them up a bit. And I absolutely love my balloon sleeve top paired with them that I embroidered myself too! I just love that sense of pride when you’re wearing something you had a hand in making.

So those are my July favourites! What have your favourite things been for July? Let me know in the comments. If you like these posts then maybe I’ll make this a monthly or bi-monthly thing! Well, that’s it for me today, have a great weekend!!

Love,

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July Favourites pin

Favourite Outfits For May.

Favourite Outfits For May.

Hello my lovelies! Who’s looking forward to the bank holiday weekend?! I know I am! Finger’s crossed the weather holds up and it stays sunny all weekend. With May swiftly coming to an end, and the weather changing once again, I thought now would be a good time to show you some of my favourite outfits and pieces from this month.

And who knows, if you like it, maybe this’ll become a monthly thing!

So, let’s jump right into it!

1 . Baggy/loose oversized dungarees or overalls. I picked up this pair from Tesco’s F & F range and I’m so happy with them! What I will say is, if you want them oversized, and super comfy, go at least on or two sizes up! I love pairing these with a simple white tee and I love how chic they look.

2 . Ripped mom jeans and biker jacket combo. This outfit is perfect for a date night, or just out and about running errands, I’m not going to tell you where you can wear this; you do you! Also, I picked this cute crop top up from Tk Maxx for £2.99! Bargain! Plus if you’re after a cheap biker jacket, I got this one from Primark for the small sum of £14.

3 . Cutesy Paris crop top. When I first saw this top in Tk Maxx I was convinced it could only be a pyjama top; but once I’d actually tried it on, I absolutely loved it and had to buy it. I love baby pink as a colour, and the pastel macarons on it are super cute.

4 . Striped pastel yellow honey tee. This top is quite possibly one of the softest tops I own, it’s also super stretchy and its oversized so it’s so comfy. This top is so cute paired with my lighter mom jeans and bright bag. It’s cute, comfy and casual.

5 . My cacti shirt. Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore cacti. Whether it’s home décor or fashion, I’ll buy it if it’s got one on it! This shirt is one of my favourites for this month because it’s thin so you can wear it on a hot day or layer up and it’s great for when it gets chilly.

6 . Rust coloured tee and denim skirt. The colour of this t-shirt is so pretty and it’s been looking great with any form of denim. I like how this outfit can be dressed up or down so I like it for when I’m off out during the day and haven’t got time to change for going out in the evening.

What’s been your favourite things to wear this month? My mood dictates what I’m wearing every day, which means one day I’ll be styling a flowy feminine dress, and the next I’ll be wearing something androgynous or more masculine. Something I can’t wait to delve deeper into is fashion in Tokyo, because everyone there looks so cool!

And that’s it from me today! What was your favourite outfit? I’m torn between my oversized overalls and ripped mom jeans looks. Have a great weekend lovelies!!

Love,

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May Outfit Favourites