The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

I love shopping for summer occasion wear, it’s probably my most favourite time of year to pick up a new outfit for a wedding or garden party. Finding the right pieces can be a bit tricky though, especially if the event is abroad or in the middle of a heatwave if you’re in the UK. I want to be comfortable and don’t want the material to cling too much, I also want to look feminine.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on your occasion wear as there are some little gems on the high street and a floaty dress would be the perfect option for any summer wedding, picnic or BBQ. I tend to go for a pink or pastel printed dresses, white would definitely be out of the question for a wedding as I wouldn’t want to upstage the bride.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

A floaty dress is an effortless way to look great and this pink, floral and bird printed dress from River Island ticks all the right boxes for me. The woven fabric is lightweight and flowy, which hangs beautifully, I love that it’s a loose floaty fit, you can eat as much as you want it will skim over a bloated tummy and you’ll still feel comfortable. I absolutely adore the print,  the birds just make it slightly different compared to a plain floral dress, this one just screams out summer and would look amazing for any Summer event. It’s the kind of dress you can just throw on with minimal effort, it has a wrap over style at both the back and front, and a tie waist and at the back of the back line, meaning it’s super flattering. The loose cap sleeves and split frill hem line make it ultra feminine and adds a touch of class, and for modesty’s sake there a mini skirt underlay so you’re not showing too much thigh. It does have quiet a deep v neckline at the front, so I’ve chosen to wear a lace camisole underneath, but hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

It looks and feels very premium, yet it cost less than £60 and considering how much wear I’ll get out of this dress I think that’s an absolute bargain for occasion wear. Sometimes clothes from more affordable brands don’t always fit that well but this one fits beautifully and would make a lovely addition to your occasion wear wardrobe.

The material of the dress doesn’t crease, so you can easily slip it into your suitcase to take away with you. It would also make the perfect summer outfit for a day exploring the city while you’re on holiday and there are so many different ways to wear it. I know I’m going to be wearing this dress time and time again over the coming months, I adore the colour, the print, the design and that it’s easy to wear yet still makes me feel fabulous. I recieved so many complements on the day I wore this dress, which obviously gave my confidence a boost.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

Accessories are a great way to completely change the look of an outfit, from shoes to bags, even jewellery can make a difference. This white embellished cross body bag adds a touch of elegance to any summer occasion outfit. The long strap is adjustable and can be taken off so you can carry the bag using the shorter handle or hung in the crook of your arm.

It’s the ideal size for a summer wedding, garden party or a day at the races. Inside there are two larger compartments with enough room to hold your mobile and makeup essentials. There’s also two smaller pockets which are perfect for securely storing your card holder, money and tickets. The magnetic fastening also shuts securely so the bag won’t pop open when you least expect it to.

This bag feels really good quality and definitely has designer vibes, the boucle and pearl embellishment across the front flap look absolutely beautiful and certainly adds a touch of class to any summer occasion outfit. I think it would look stunning with an evening outfit anytime of the year.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

I wore this outfit for a garden party to celebrate my cousin’s birthday so I chose these white scallop block heeled sandals, I think they work perfectly together with the dress and bag. I opted for this style as they are pretty and feminine, and they’d look amazing with other outfits in my wardrobe. They’d completely change the look of a simple dress for something less formal. These sandals are so comfortable to wear all day and easy to pop on for a day out in town or exploring the city.

Swapping my accessories will give this dress a whole new look. For an evening out I slip on a pair of pointed heels and a grab a clutch bag, or for a more casual feel I’d add a pair of flat mules and put all my daily essentials in a straw tote bag. When the weather starts to cool down I can slip on a denim jacket or faux leather biker jacket.

This type of outfit would look amazing for whatever occasion you had coming up.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

Dress: River Island* (sold out)

Availiable in yellow or blue)

Bag: River Island*

Shoes: River Island

White Sunglasses: River Island

*These items were very kindly sent to me by River Island for the purpose of a review. The photos were taken by my husband, Adrian, at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. All opinions are my own.

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Flawless Liners By Loreta

I’m not great at creating the perfect the cat eye flick, even with the best of liquid eyeliners. When I’m going out in the evening or for a special occasion I still love to apply a touch of liner so my eyes feel a little more made up.

Imagine my excitement when these Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Eyeliners* arrived through the post, I couldn’t wait to put them to the test and start creating a range of different looks. Flawless Lashes By Loreta are probably best known for their amazing professional lash extensions and they have recently launched their liquid eyeliner in a range of different colours. There’s a choice of Black, Emerald Green, Beautiful Brown and Vibrant Purple.

Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Liner

The liquid liner comes with a neat felt tip style fibre nib and is perfect for creating a precise line, however thick you like your liner to be. This is by far the best one I’ve tried and I found the pen really easy to handle, getting right into the areas where I wanted my liner to be. The tip isn’t too soft and won’t end up going all over the place when you’re trying to apply the liner, in fact it’s so precise that it’s easy to get right into the corners where I’ll only want the thinnest of lines.

The liner stayed on all day and didn’t even budge during the extremely hot weather we’ve recently had in the UK, which is pretty good going. Believe me, no amount of sweating, crying, eye rubbing or getting stuck in a downpour is going to smudge these little beauties! The brilliant thing is that you can easily remove it just by using your usual cleanser or eye makeup remover. I soak a little on a cotton pad and hold it over each eye for a few seconds, then gently wipe away. There’s no need to scrub too hard to remove every last bit of liner.

Flawless Liners By Loreta

If your usual shade is black or brown, why not try something different for a change. The Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Liners also comes in Emerald Green and Vibrant Purple. These liners are incredibly pigmented and you’ll be guaranteed to have fun creating different looks, knowing that it will last all day without smudging. They are suitable to wear with eyelash extensions and for people with sensitive skin. I had absolutely no irritation when I wore these liners.

Each one costs £14.95 and are available from Flawless Lashes By Loreta

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*The Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Liners have been sent for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

A couple of months ago I was out in town with my husband and he happened to take a few “snaps” on my mobile phone, when I checked through them I absolutely loved them. They were never meant to be for a blog post but everything felt right and I felt more confident than I had done for a while prior to taking them. They seemed such natural photo’s rather than posed, so before changing my mind I quickly typed up a post on How I Style A Pleated Midi Skirt. It’s now one of my favourite posts this year.

Considering I had always been a fairly confident person, I had always felt comforable in front of the camera, but last year a few things happened that really knocked my confidence. I stopped writing fashion posts and concentrated on Beauty and other kinds of posts. I desperately wanted to get back to sharing my outfits, which was one of the reasons I started my blog almost 3 years ago.

Slowly but surely my confidence has started to come back. Now I’m no expert when it comes to what you should or shouldn’t do in your photos. I only know what’s worked for me, so I thought I’d share a few things that have helped me when I’m in front of the camera.

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

What You Are Wearing

You’re outfit should never make you feel uncomfortable, you need to feel fabulous in what clothes you’re wearing. If it’s not your normal style then you won’t feel good about yourself and that will come across in any photos you take, we’re after confidence here. I made the mistake once of wearing an outfit just because everyone else was and it was “on trend”, I felt awkward all the way through having my photos taken and when I looked back at them I hated every single one. Pull items out of your wardrobe and try on every single piece of clothing you own, stand in front of the mirror, take a snap on your mobile and look back through them. If you feel 100% amazing in each outfit then those are the items you’ll feel good wearing for a photo session.

Know you best features and focus on them. Do you have amazing legs or do you love your beautiful cleavage? If you’re like me, then you’ll find it so much easier to point out areas of your body that you dislike.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Stand in front of a mirror, and practice different poses, yes you may feel strange at first, but believe me it works. Move about, find which angle you like best, we all have a side of our body that we feel more confident with. Practice with your mobile and take photos from different angles. Next time you’re in front of the camera you’ll start to feel much more confident, it’ll come naturally and you’ll just feel as though you’re taking a selfie.

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

Be Inspired

Scroll through Pinterest and Instagram and check out some poses you’d like to try. I don’t mean the ones of models on magazine shoots, I’m talking about bloggers or maybe you have a super confident friend who always knows just how to stand in front of the camera. experiment in front of the mirror first until you find one that’s naturally you and makes you feel really confident. Create a board on Pinterest especially for poses you like, so it’s always there for inspiration if your mind goes blank.

The Location

I’d think nothing of having that family snap taken on a day out or busy town on holiday, yet as soon as I thought about an outfit photo my confidence just fizzled away. Find somewhere quite for your first few sessions, even your back garden if you have one. These photos were taken on a quiet afternoon at Broadway Gardens in Letchworth Garden City, so there was hardly anyone about to watch what I was doing and put to put me off having my photo taken.

For me, I need to not only think about the location itself, but also there needs to be somewhere for me to sit as well, such as a bench, wall or a place to lay a rug. I honestly don’t feel confident in photos where I’m sitting in my wheelchair and thankfully I have a husband who is able to assist me out of my wheelchair onto something else.

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

What About Those Hands?

I never knew quite what to do with my hands and very often ended up looking like I was trying swat a fly. I always had a laugh afterwards but they weren’t quite the look I was going for. I found holding some sort of prop made it much easier. Use whatever you’ve got, a bag, sunglasses, book, magazine, flowers, a coffee cup and even holding the loose folds of a skirt or casually placing your hands in the pockets of a pair of jeans will stop those arms flapping about all over the place.

Know Your Photographer

You wouldn’t have a photographer turn up on the morning of your wedding without getting to know them first. Research their work, scroll through the gallery of their website and meet up with them a few time to discuss what sort of photos you’re after. If it’s a friend, your mum, sister or partner who will be taking the photos explain to them what kind of photos you’d like. Maybe show them your Pinterest board and those angles you took of yourself on your mobile. Explain whether you’d like close ups of your bag or shoes and do you want to include more of the background in some of the photos. Most of all, trust them. They may take a few photos at angles you’d not thought of simply because you’re moving around naturally as they are snapping away. You might even come across some photos they’ve taken which you absolutely love and will want to share with the world.

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

Get Moving

Don’t be afraid to move about, turn around, move your head up, look over your shoulder towards the camera, walk about. Let the photographer take as many shots as they want with you moving around naturally, even if you end up deleting most of them, there’s bound to be some amazing shots in there and ones that you’ll look super confident in.

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

Have Fun

Some of my most favourite photos are ones where I’m doing something daft and it’s obvious I was having a great time, like this one below. There are photos on my blog where I’ve got the fit of giggles and Adrian’s taken a photo at that precise moment, it shows that I was really enjoying myself. If I get tired or start to feel uncomfortable, then I’ll have a break, go for lunch and a coffee and try again later.

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

Don’t Worry About Anyone Else

It’s so easy to think about what other people might be saying when you’re in public having your photo taken. You might feel like someone will judge you, even after you’ve posted the photos on your Instagram, Facebook or Blog. It’s easier said than done but wipe all those thoughts out of your mind. If you’re in a town or busy area having your photos taken, most people are just getting on with their own business. So what if couple of people stop to look, it’s only because you look absolutely amazing in your outfit, looking super confident and having the time of your life. Ignore and delete the odd negative comment you may get on social media and completely forget about it. Concentrate on the positive feedback people leave you so that the next time won’t be half as scary.
Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

Finding The Confidence To Pose For Outfit Photos

And remember, even if you end up with 10 photos after the photographer has taken 500, those are the ones you’ll look at and feel great about yourself. There may be some hilarious photos were the camera has gone click when you’re mid sentence or faffing around (his words) making sure everything is in place. I’ve kept some on my computer where I’m telling Adrian something and the expression on my face is priceless, it makes me laugh every time I see it. I won’t delete it, but I definitely won’t be sharing it either.

Do you have any tips on taking outfit photos? Are you super confident or a little on the shy side when it comes to having your photo taken?

Dress: River Island

Shoes: Topshop (Similar)

Bag: Amazon

Sunglasses: Coconut Lane

Umbrella: Free with a magazine many years ago

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Blogging Giveaway

I have been blogging for just over two and a half years, where has time gone? I still can’t believe I’ve actually stuck with it, right from my very first outfit of the day post with just a few lines of waffle. So I thought I’d host a beauty giveaway to celebrate reaching 6k on Twitter and 1K on Instagram (and a long overdue blogging birthday, oops, sorry!).

I wanted to say thank you for supporting me, reading my blog and to those of you who’ve made my day by leaving lovely comments, retweets and interactions. It’s been a huge learning curve for me with so many things I never thought I could achieve, and there’s always been someone in the blogging community who has been able to give me some much needed advice. I’ve had some amazing opportunities and I’ve got to meet so many wonderful people through social media.

I began writing my blog as a hobby for myself, it’s been so reassuring to know there are people out there who not only read my posts but enjoy them too. So thank you, you’re the absolute best! Here’s to the next two and a half years.

Now let’s get on to the good bit!

Blogging Giveaway

Blogging Giveaway

The Prizes:

  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay After Glow 8 Hour Powder Highlighter
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in shade Pillow Talk

The Rules:

  • The giveaway is only open to the UK (sorry non-uk followers, I will hold another giveaway in a few months that’s open to everyone)
  • I will be packaging it up as securely as possible and sending out by Second Class
  • The giveaway will run until Sunday 26th August and the winner will be announced on Monday 27th August. In the event the winner doesn’t contact me within 48 hours, I’ll be choosing another winner.

Good Luck 💕

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Summer Skincare Favourites

Every season I get a lot more excited to see what new makeup products have been released than I do skincare, I have a slight weakness for highlighters and lipsticks. As a blogger I feel I should be trying new beauty products more than I do, but when I find something I absolutely love I tend to stick to it and shy away from testing too many skincare items, I know it can’t be good for my skin. However I wanted to talk through some of my current skincare favourites for the summer.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Cleansers

Boots No7 Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser – Whatever time of year it is I need a hydrating cleanser to take off my makeup and I’m absolutely loving this one from No7. I’ve repurchased it so many times in the last few years and it’s become my holy grail cleanser. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of makeup. I also use this to cleanse my skin in the morning, removing it with the damp muslin cloth helps to gently exfoliate my skin, leaving me feeling fresh faced and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Boots No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water – At the end of the day I like to double cleanse, especially if I’m been into town or on the train to London. This  one is gentle and doesn’t cause me any irritation, I just pump some onto a large cotton pad and sweep it all over my face to remove the top layer of makeup. Even doing this makes me feel slightly fresher.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Moisturisers

Decleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Day Cream – Even during the warmer month I still find my skin needs a rich moisturiser to stop it drying out, especially if I’ve been out in the sun. This one from Decleor is a thick cream yet it feels light and fluffy on my skin and massages in beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. It’s super nourishing, helps get rid of any dry patches and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated. My complexion looks wonderful and healthy, and feels comfortable all day. If I’m going to be having my photo taken for my blog then I’ll make sure to apply Kathleen Skincare Amazing White Illuminating Serum, I have my full review here if you’d like to know why it’s also one of my skincare essentials.

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Serum Primer* – I wasn’t too sure about this serum at first as the website states it gives a matte finish, and normally I’m all about the glow. It’s designed to be applied after using a moisturiser, almost like a makeup primer. I’ve used it mainly down the centre of my face and across my forehead, which is an area that tends to get quite shiny and where my foundation needs to be touched up. I’m not sure how it can be both matte and glowing at the same time, but some how it works. My skin didn’t feel dry and tight, plus my makeup stayed put just that little bit longer. I don’t usually believe a beauty product can completely reduce signs of ageing but believe me ladies, if you have any fine lines or wrinkles then you’ll want to try this product. I have a few around my chin and this almost made them disappear, now I’m not just saying that because I was kindly sent this product, if I genuinely love something then I will be totally honest about it. The serum is full of bio-actives, silicone-free and your skin is smoothed, lifted and naturally filled, making it the perfect base to apply makeup.

Kathleen Skincare Caviar Enriched Eye Cream – I started using this about a month ago, applying in both morning and evening. I’ve been really impressed with how incredibly hydrating it is on the delicate skin around the eyes. For years I suffered with dark circles that even the thickest concealer couldn’t hide. This is better than any eye cream I’ve used before, my eyes look brighter and more awake, the skin feels extremely hydrated and the puffiness has really started to improve. As I’ve gotten older I also worry about fine lines and wrinkles, This eye cream contains 23 natural and marine extracts which specifically help to firm and lift and reduce any signs of ageing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Weekly Skincare Treats

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil –  I love giving my skin an extra treat a few times a week and I find using a facial oil really helps give me a glowy complexion. I’ve been using this one from Decleor and my skin feels extremely soft and genuinely looks as though I’ve been to the beauty salon. This oil also smells incredible and not only are the essential oils beneficial for my skin but they help to relax my mind. Anything that’s left I will massage into my hands and cuticles to give them some extra nourishment too.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – For a really deep clean I love to apply this face mask when I want my skin to be looking it’s best. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. I usually apply it before getting into the bath so it has time to get to work, afterwards my skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Handbag essentials

The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist – This has been an absolute life saver during the extreme hot weather recently. A quick spritz of this feels so refreshing and also helps to freshen up my makeup. It also comes in different fragrances if you’re not keen on the smell of rose, personally it’s one of my favourite scents.

Dior Lip Glow –  I’ve been wearing the shade 001 a few times just on it’s own for a natural look, It’s a really pretty, pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them, leaves them incredibly soft and looking slightly fuller and plumper. This lip balm is also great for priming my lips to stop them drying out when I’m wearing a matte lipstick.

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream –  One thing I can’t stand is the feeling of dry skin on my hands, I have a hand cream everywhere in the house and I’ll make sure to carry one in my handbag too. I’m currently using this one from the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Set as it’s the perfect size to carry with me during the day. The lavender fragrance makes it smell incredibly relaxing, the cream doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky, it’s really nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Body Care

Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub – I like to use a body scrub before I apply a fake tan. This one from No7  is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Kathleen Tranquil Fields Body Oil* – This wonderful massage oil contains Lavender Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles. It’s designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. I’ll leave my full review Here if you’d like to find out more.

Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion – This rich lotion feels so luxurious and smells divine. It contains natural fatty acids which help to keep the skin looking radiant and healthy. My skin feels incredibly soft and moisturised, luckily I bought 3 bottles of this when they were on offer in Boots.

Summer Skincare Favourites

 

Summer Skincare Favourites

Tanning

Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2 – 3 week Tan Mouse – Now I’m no expert when it comes to fake tanning but I do prefer doing it myself at home instead of going to a salon. I’ve been using this one from Vita Liberata in the shade medium, I have just ordered myself a full size bottle after trying out the mini version. I apply it at night so it develops over night into a gorgeous colour that’s a couple shades darker than my natural skin tone. I find it doesn’t make my skin feel dry like some fake tans have done. It’s completely organic, so you’re not putting anything harmful on your skin and can be used on the face. However, being the sensitive thing I am I’ve been applying a thin layer of Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze And Glow Mask all over my face and neck a couple of times a week to give my complexion a holiday look.

I hope you enjoyed having a look into my beauty cabinet and seeing what products I’m using this summer.
Do you switch up your skincare depending on the season? What beauty products are you loving right now?

 

Items marked with a * have very kindly been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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