Cosy Winter Wishlist


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Recently I've been loving the range of knitwear available on the highstreet, which has inspired me to share with you some of my top picks to achieve a fail-safe cosy winter. After all, who doesn't enjoy wrapping up nice and warm when it's freezing outside? 

1. This American Apparel shawl caught my eye quite a while back and has been on my mental wishlist ever since. I love the laid-back slouchy vibes it exudes and think it would be the perfect layering piece for pretty much any outfit, especially considering its neutral grey colour.

2 & 3. There's no denying that I love a good turtleneck jumper, and these ones are no exception. The black one on the left would fit in perfectly with my predominantly monochrome wardrobe, while there's something disgustingly beautiful about the sludgy green-brown colour of the one on the right that surprisingly I'm a fan of. H&M have some brilliant knitwear pieces in stock at the moment, and if you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I'm currently loving an insanely fluffy blue number I picked up a few weeks back. Definitely worth having a look at!

4. A fleece lined winter jacket is a must-have during the colder months, and this one from Fjallraven looked especially comfortable and is bound to keep you snug even if the weather takes a turn for the worst. The fact is contains multiple spacious pockets means you wont have to lug a bag around with you, as you can simply put the essentials in them and you'll be good to go. I personally love its minimal design which ensures it'll never clash with what you decide to wear, plus it comes in a variety of season appropriate colours, bonus!

5. I'm obsessing over the arrival of blanket-esque scarves in the fashion world at the moment because when it gets cold I'm definitely one to opt for comfort, although I like to look on-trend at the same time. This can be tricky when you're layering knitwear, but this scarf from Asos particularly appealed to me due to its subdued colour and chic yet casual air.

6. Two words: copper hardware. Whether it's homewares or accessories, I can't get enough. A good pair of winter boots is a staple in any girl's wardrobe, and the zip detailing on the front of these gives them an extra va-va-voom that an ordinary pair of black boots wouldn't have. Love!

7. When it comes to knitwear it can sometimes be difficult to avoid looking frumpy, however I think this particular dress is incredibly flattering and would look amazing with an oversized coat and the boots mentioned above. I adore the racer neck detail as I think it makes an otherwise ordinary bodycon dress a little bit more unique.

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


October Favourites

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I've been extremely busy lately with college work and applying to university so I know this post is rather belated, but better late than never!

1. 'Black Coffee' sweater from River Island: Until recently I'd never been the biggest fan of River Island, but while doing my usual round of online window shopping I decided to have a look at their website out of interest. I've developed quite a penchant for slogan pieces so my eye was drawn to this particular sweatshirt, and when I noticed it was limited edition I decided I had to snap it up. I've been wearing it a lot more than I expected I would, as I've found it's the ideal piece to throw on with jeans when you're feeling lazy yet still want to look put together.

2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick by Kate: After seeing Meg talk about this product in her September favourites video I decided to give it a try, and for only £4.49 you can't really go wrong. It's an amazing Autumnal shade and looks very seasonal combined with the Kate matte lipstick in 107 from the same line. I have hooded eyelids which tend to get quite oily, but this product stays put for the entire day with few noticeable signs of wear, even without an eyeshadow primer as a base. I'd definitely recommend it, especially for the  price!

3. Garnier Miscellar Water: When my usual makeup remover of choice ran out I decided to try something new, and opted for this product as I'd seen it raved about all over the blogosphere. I can officially say I've been converted! It takes off my makeup gently and in one quick glide, with no irritation whatsoever. I must admit I can be lazy at times when it comes to my nighttime beauty routine, but this product is incredibly easy to use and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. I've heard it's similar to Bioderma, which I've never personally tried, but if you're on the market for a cheaper and more accessible cleansing water then this one is for you. 

4. Sleek's Contour Kit in 'Light': I've recently received quite a lot of compliments on my makeup and I'm almost certain it's down to this bad boy, a new introduction to my daily makeup routine. I've never previously tried contouring my face as the prospect of overdoing it seemed a little daunting, but now that I've tried this novice-friendly product I don't think I'll be looking back. The bronzer doesn't look too heavy on the skin and blends nicely, and the highlight is a gorgeous pinky silver hue which I believe would look amazing on any complexion. This is actually the first Sleek product I've purchased and I'm highly impressed by the quality of it considering the affordable price tag.

5. 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Lena Dunham: Since 'Girls' first aired on TV I must admit I've had quite a girl crush on Lena Dunham, so when I heard she was releasing a book I almost squealed and added it straight to my pre-order basket on Amazon. I had high expectations for it and I was not disappointed. The book is autobiographical and features a series of insightfully witty essays and anecdotes, which are perfect if you're looking for a light read which will put a smile on your face. Once again Lena has outdone herself with her display of creative talent. 

What did you enjoy last month? 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Disposable Diaries: Leeds Fest

Just a few photos I thought I'd share with you from Leeds Fest which I recently attended. It was my first festival and despite roughing it for the weekend I spent it with great people and I'd undoubtedly go again. Some of my favourite sets were Disclosure, Flume, SBTRKT, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sigma, Annie Mac and of course Arctic Monkeys. I just wish it was socially acceptable to wear UV paint and glitter on your face in real life!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


August Favourites

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1. Lush's Mask of Magnaminty: I picked up this face mask in LA as my skin was feeling a little undernourished due to hours of travelling, so I needed a little something to rejuvenate it. While it took me a while to adjust to its scent, the mask certainly leaves my skin feeling refreshed and ultra clean, so I've been reaching for this product if my skin needs a bit of a pick-me-up or if I've been lazy and not done my usual skincare routine the night before. Considering a little goes a long way it's definitely worth the money, and since it's not the kind of mask that needs to be kept in the fridge it's incredibly easy to store.

2. Primark's nail polish twist pot: I'm including this in my favourites this month although this type of product in general has been a favourite of mine since I discovered it a few months ago. I can confidently say that I'm never looking back- gone are the days of pesky liquid nail polish removers! I find that the twist pots are completely hassle free and remove my nail polish in mere seconds, meaning that it's no longer such a chore. This Primark version is a great cheaper alternative to Bourjois' 'Magic Nail Polish Remover' which I believe retails for around £6, whereas I picked this one up for a bargainous 99p.

3. Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do liquid liner: While in San Francisco I popped into Sephora on the hunt for a new liquid eyeliner. It was a toss up between this one and Benefit's new 'They're Real Push Up Liner', but I opted for this since I have a massive girl crush Alexa Chung. I'm not exactly skilled in the winged liner department, but this is incredibly easy to apply and can be used to create a narrow or bolder line. I've found that it doesn't dry up and crack as the day goes on like some liquid liners do, but it has amazing staying power and still looks flawless even when it's time to remove my makeup.

4. Bath and Bodyworks antibacterial hand gel in 'Sweet Pea': I couldn't resist going to Bath and Bodyworks while I was in America since we aren't lucky enough to have it in the UK. I must admit I went a bit wild but among my purchases were some of their hand sanitisers, and this one in the scent 'Sweet Pea' has been a particular favourite of mine. I can't leave the house without throwing a hand sanitiser in my bag and this one is the perfect size to do so, plus it smells absolutely divine. I'm forcing myself to use it sparingly because I wont be too pleased when it runs out and I can't repurchase it.

5. EOS lipbalm in the scent 'Sumer Fruit': If you hadn't guessed already the majority of the products in this month's favourites were purchased during my visit to California (photo diary here), and this lipbalm is no exception. In the UK I've found that they are extortionately priced for what they are, but in Walgreens this one only set me back $3.50, which equates to around £2, so I couldn't resist. The round shape of it somehow makes it really satisfying to apply and it smells good enough to eat, I just regret not buying more!

6. NYX Matte Blotting Paper: I spotted this in Walmart and since NYX products are hard to come by in the UK I decided to try it out. I took it to Leeds fest with me and it was a great alternative to face powder, and much easier to carry around too. If I remember correctly it was pretty cheap, and I'd definitely recommend it if you're frequently on the go and suffer from oily skin.

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Photo Diary: California Road Trip

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I recently visited California with my family, and so I thought it'd be a fun idea to show you some of the photos I took on my trip. I also did a fair bit of shopping while I was there, so if you'd be interested in a haul let me know in the comments below! (p.s. please pay no attention to the grubby marks which appear on some of the photos later in this post. My lense got quite dirty but I stupidly forgot to bring my cleaning equipment along with me!)

We started off our holiday in Los Angeles although unfortunately I didn't take any pictures on my camera since we were mostly being cliché tourists and visiting theme parks, although I have a few on my Instagram which you can take a look at. LA is a city which I'd love to visit again and see more of, although I enjoyed visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios (where we even bumped into Steven Spielberg!), and seeing the Hollywood sign and Walk of Fame, as well as having a tour of the stars' homes in the Hollywood Hills (me, stalker? Never!)

Driving down the famous Big Sur which consists of miles of scenic coastline views- after seeing it in person it's easy to see why Californians brag about it so much. We travelled down this road from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and later Monterey, and even spotted a few whales and dolphins on the way. 

As a bit of a golf enthusiast my dad insisted that we visit Pebble Beach on 17 Mile Drive, which is also where we saw the 'Lone Cypress', perhaps the most photographed tree in America and a western emblem. 

We took a quick stop-off on our travels at the small agricultural town of Salinas, which earned its fame for being the place in which John Steinbeck grew up, so it was only fitting that we visited the Steinbeck museum, especially after seeing Cannery Row in Monterey. 

San Francisco was probably my favourite of the places we visited, and it's definitely somewhere I'd consider revisiting. Our four day stay was made memorable by activities such as a tour of Alcatraz; shopping around Union Square; watching the sea lions of Pier 39 during sunset; a delicious meal in San Francisco's incredible China Town; a drive over Golden Gate Bridge and an afternoon spent in Sausalito; numerous guided bus rides around the city (including a hippie tour which gave us an insight into some of the movement's roots, including the Beatniks and Haight Street, where we saw Hendrix's beloved red house), and of course a ride on one of the city's famous cable cars. I wish we had the opportunity to stay a little longer as I'd have loved to see more of what the city has to offer.

It's almost impossible to comprehend the vastness and sheer beauty of Yosemite National Park, and to at least do it justice through photos. We were lucky enough to go on a hike one morning with a ranger, where we were given merely a glimpse of the scale of the park. On the second night of our stay we were supposed to be going stargazing in a meadow with another ranger, but unfortunately the activity was cancelled due to ash in the air as a result of a huge forest fire happening just miles away. This also meant that our original three hour journey to Death Valley the next morning was extended to eight hours due to road closures. While taking in the beauty of such landscapes it's easy to forget the difficulty places like Yosemite face due to the dry climate, and we even passed through a few small towns suffering from water shortage due to summer temperatures and the lack of rain. It strangely made me appreciative of the wet British weather!

Despite the long drive we finally made it to Death Valley, where we stayed for one night on our way to Las Vegas. I definitely couldn't have lasted any longer as temperatures soared up to almost fifty degrees Celsius! While there we made a quick detour to Badwater Basin, which is 282ft below sea level, making it the lowest point in North America. 

While in Vegas my dad had organised a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, which also passed the Hoover Dam. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to do it- if you ever get the opportunity I'd highly recommend you seize it!

It rapidly became evident why Vegas is famous for its ridiculousness and novelties, although I could see why some people develop a love for it.

After leaving Las Vegas we headed towards San Diego, although first we paid a visit to Peggy Sue's, an original 1950s diner on Route 66. Everything about the diner was authentic which created a great atmosphere and induced a sense of nostalgia in me, despite having been born in the 90s.  

After a hearty lunch we stopped off at Calico ghost town, which was formerly a mining town established in 1881. I must admit I was rather disappointed to see it so commercialised since being purchased by Walter Knott, although it was interesting to see nonetheless. 

Finally we rounded off our road trip with a few nights spent in San Diego. Highlights for me included a guided tour of the city (including a quick cross over to Coronado) and delicious meals in the Mexican Old Town and Little Italy. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more of a similar nature in future please let me know below!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


June Favourites

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I cannot believe we've already reached the month of July and how fast this year seems to be going. I've never done a monthly favourites post before, however after regularly seeing them on Youtube and the old blogosphere I thought I'd finally give it a go; so here you have it, my favourite beauty and non-beauty items of June!

1. George Orwell's '1984': I recently finished reading this book and it has totally altered my outlook on life. I haven't read many dystopian novels so I was unsure about this one at first and it took me a little while to get into, but as soon as I did I thoroughly enjoyed it, which was definitely helped by Orwell's beautiful and eloquently written prose. I'm sure many of you will have already read this novel since it's a classic, but if you haven't I'd highly recommend it. In fact, reading as a whole has been a favourite of mine this month. Since I've now finished my exams I've been able to properly get back into it as a hobby, which I've found to be extremely satisfying and rewarding. I currently have a huge list of books I'd like to read over the summer, which you can check out by following me on Good Reads.

2. Primark's strappy sandals: To me these shoes really have a certain Alexander Wang-esque vibe about them and are a great alternative to Zara's famous strappy sandals at a small fraction of the price. Primark's version usually retail at £12, but when I took a recent visit to my local store I was delighted to find them in the sale for £6! I think they look much more expensive, and I've loved pairing them with my white Topshop Joni jeans and a pastel blue bralet, which you can find a photo of on my Instagram. Although they only had one pair left in a size too big for me I can't really complain considering their bargainous cost, plus they're super comfortable regardless. They come in numerous different colours so it's definitely worth checking them out.

3. MAC Fix+: This product is raved about in the beauty community, and although some critics claim it's nothing more than glorified water I beg to differ. I use MAC Fix+ after applying my foundation, concealer, powder and blusher to give myself an overall dewy look. It really helps my makeup to stay put throughout the day, which is essential during the hotter months when your makeup is likely to stray due to sweat. Another perk of this product is how refreshing it is to apply on a hot day as it's relatively cooling- I'll definitely be repurchasing it!

4. Ebay Beauty Blender dupe: I'd wanted to try a Beauty Blender for quite a while but didn't want to invest too much because I wasn't certain it'd be for me. I opted for a cheaper Ebay dupe (similar one here) which cost me under £2, and it's become a regular part of my morning beauty routine. It blends my foundation perfectly and leaves a seamless finish, and I'd even go as far as saying it does a better job than my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush! Although this one didn't break the bank I'm definitely considering buying an actual Beauty Blender since I've been super pleased with the results of this one.

5. Coconut body butter from The Body Shop: I've been using this product religiously after shaving or showering, as it leaves my legs feeling silky smooth and smelling like a tropical breeze, which is a scent everyone aspires to have during the summer, right?

6. 2 in 1 cleanser and toner from Nivea: Lately I've really been getting into skincare and I've made it a personal mission of mine to improve the quality of my skin, especially since I'm going to California in less than two weeks and I wont necessarily want to be wearing too much makeup in the heat. I bought this 2 in 1 cleanser and toner on a whim from Boots and it's rapidly becoming one of my holy grail items. I usually remove the vast majority of my makeup using a makeup wipe before using this product, which removes any excess and moisturises my skin, making it feel incredible afterwards. It was within the low price range so it's definitely worth picking up, especially if you're on a budget. I've definitely noticed a reduction in the number of blemishes I have after using it!

7. Clinique's self sun tinted body lotion: It's no secret that my skin tone is pretty much as pale as it gets, and don't get my wrong I love being fair skinned, however during the summer when it's time to get the legs out I'm not such a fan of purple knees, so I turn to this product to give me a little glow and confidence boost. I use the lightest shade to ensure it looks totally natural, and I've found that it blends really easily and doesn't tend to look streaky, especially when applied with a mitt. Since I find it impossible to tan this item is a staple for me during the summer.

Let me know if you've tried any of the products I mentioned in this post, or if you have any recommendations you think I'd enjoy!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo