Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Portugal Travel Dairy & Lookbook: Part 3

To commemorate quite possibly the last day of summer weather of the year (today, 25 degrees!), let me throw it back to the beginning of the month when I was in Portugal, more specifically Sintra and Lisbon, enjoying the amazing weather, the food (which is what I miss the most) and the pretty sights. If you've read part 1 and part 2 of this series you will know my holiday started off in Algarve, home of the gorgeous Lagos beaches and caves, and the Albufeira nightlife which was situated very close to where we staying. After a week in the sun, we decided to leave the amazing villa we had rented and head to Lisbon for the weekend before flying back to London. We hit the road and just after a 2 hour and 30 minutes drive our first stop was Sintra!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The National Wedding Show With Debenhams

It's not everyday you get VIP tickets for an event, so when Debenhams contacted me asking whether a guest and I wanted to attend the National Wedding Show this past weekend I, of course said yes. If you don't already know (despite me talking about it endlessly here on the blog), I am getting married next April, on the 9th to be more specific, which is just over 6 months away! I've attended my fair share of wedding shows this year already with both my fiancé and my mom for inspiration, and I'm glad to report the major details of the day are all ironed out already. We've got the photographers booked, the wedding dress chosen and bought, the venue and menu sorted out and our honeymoon all booked and paid for, kudos to us! But having still to find the bridesmaids dresses, shoes and hair accessories, the National Wedding Show at Olympia London seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a great wedding related day out!

Friday, September 23, 2016

I'm A Zumba Addict: My Top 5 Songs

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat you will know my stories are mostly about mom and I being at the gym for a Zumba class. At the beginning of the year, when my wedding date was already set, we decided we wanted to go back to the gym to get back in shape, try to be more healthy and no longer feel breathless as we went up a flight of stairs. Since February we have been going to Zumba classes (as well as Dance Fitness, Body Blast and Yoga) and our updated and improved lifestyle has brought us so many benefits. Despite going to classes almost every day, the next day I feel ready to start my day and I am always looking forward to the next class. That's the effect Zumba has on you, it's enjoyable, energizing and an amazing way to burn those extra calories and tone the body. And given we've been going for a good number of months now we have the choreography of most songs down and also our favourite songs which we listen to even outside of classes. Today I'm rounding up my top 5 songs because a) they are SO fun to listen to and b) what's better than good Latin (I may be biased here) music to get you in weekend mode? Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall 2016 Fashion Trend: Velvet

It's official, basking temperatures no longer stand and fall is moving in fast. Which is great news for me given I have a ton of leftover fall pieces from last year which I never wore and a few trends I've been eyeing up ahead of the cold season. And to start off with my first outfit of the season I don't think I could have possibly chosen a more perfect trend: velvet

Monday, September 19, 2016

New In: Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation + Swatches

If there is a make-up brand I love and get extremely excited over almost all its new launches that would be Urban Decay. I've reviewed and mentioned my fair share of UD products on this blog and most of my must haves are from them too. From their Godsend concealer to the most amazing eyeshadow palettes, there are products I have yet to try but what I have has not disappointed me in the slightest. We all know their Naked palettes are must haves but so are their base products. Their UD concealer, in my opinion, is miles better than the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, and their Naked Skin Foundation is still currently in my top 3. Which is why I over the moon to see a new foundation in the market which claimed to be full coverage, matte and waterproof. I've now read a few reviews in the blogging world about this product and it's fair to say that views are fairly mixed. Some love it, some hate it which is why I'm here to share my two cents with you.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall 2016 Fashion Trends: Part 1

Fall fashion is one of my favourites, the layering, the darker than usual shades, the coats and gloves; everything becomes a lot more glamorous when the air is chilly out. With Fashion Week well underway and arriving in London today, we are bound to see a lot more press around the trends being displayed in the catwalk and the ones which are expected to be huge this season. Here are 5 trends (I'll bring part 2 in a later post ) we should keep an eye on and why not even try to style.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Autumn Is Coming: Things To Look Forward To This Fall

As I begin to type this post it is currently 25 degrees outside and the time is exactly 9:22pm. God knows where this late heatwave is coming from but we sure are experiencing full-on summer weather at the beginning of September and it has thrown us off slightly. I've recently come back from my summer holiday and if you're all caught up on my latest posts you will know how much I loved Portugal (see part 1 and 2 of my travel diary here and here) and everything it had to offer, aka good weather, amazing food and the nicest of people. Despite only spending 9 days there, I felt like my summer dose was enough and I was ready for fall. Instead, as the week back in London progressed the sunny weather returned stronger each day and here I am sitting with 2 fans pointed at me, feeling sticky even after 3 showers today; I am still waiting for fall. As much as I love summer, fall has to be my favourite season of the year and I'll explain why.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Portugal Travel Diary & Lookbook: Part 2

You know the feeling when your head is here yet your heart is elsewhere?! That's exactly how I feel about my latest holiday. If you haven't yet read my previous post, check it out here and you'll understand how much in love I am with Portugal. When I usually go on holiday for over a week, I normally can't wait to get home after a few days. This time it was different though; I most certainly was not looking forward to coming back; gorgeous beaches, sunny weather, great food...I was in heaven!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sephora Portugal: My First EVER Sephora Haul

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you the opportunity to shop at Sephora, you do not pass the chance up. Unfortunately (or luckily, I'm not sure) Sephora has not yet made its way to the UK, nor do I think it ever will. Whilst we read hundreds of posts about Sephora hauls from our US based beauty blogger friends, we have to content ourselves with Boots and the likes, which is fine but I've always wanted to try something from Sephora and now I can say I finally have!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Portugal Travel Diary & Lookbook: Part 1

I'm BACK! I've missed this space! On my previous post, I told you my family and I were heading to Algarve, Portugal for just over a week and I'm now back with my batteries recharged, ready to share everything about our holiday which was one of the best I've ever had. 
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