Sunday, 19 July 2015

Life Lately

It's been a while since my last rambling blog post, so I thought I'd post a little update whilst I'm curled up on the sofa doing lots of life admin.

Today marks one week until my eldest brother gets married and I am so excited. It's come around so quickly and I can't wait to see him and his gorgeous other half tie the knot - they are so perfect together! It really is a crazy year for our family this year and I'm so looking forward to spending the day with all of my favourite people.

I really wanted to make a dress to wear to their wedding, but with everything else going on time just kept slipping away from me. Luckily I found a gorgeous dress from People Tree which is a win win as I don't need to feel guilty about buying something new - they're one of my favourite ethical companies - and I get a super cute new dress without a meltdown over trying to make one!

As the dress was new though, it was only right to make myself an accessory for the occasion so I whipped the above clutch up a few days ago. I've never had a clutch bag before so we'll see how I get on! The top fabric is a Liberty piece by Jamie Oliver from a few years ago called Apple - I love it so much! I used everything I had for this so decided to two tone with some leather to make it bigger which I think works really well and the lining is a gorgeous neutral that Erin gave me as part of a yummy fabric bundle for my birthday this year.

Beauty Gems at The Body Shop & a sneak peek at their new collection Spa of the World launching on the 11th August.

Moving away from weddings (I really have become one of those people, argh!), a few weeks ago I was invited along to The Body Shop #summeredit evening at Brighton Marina. I felt slightly nervous at being asked along to a beauty event (even though I worked out I use over half a dozen TBS products every. single. day!) but it was a lot of fun and the lovely TBS ladies were super friendly and helpful. I had a skin consultation and discovered that I already use 3 of the 4 products recommended which is pretty good going, and nattered on to anyone who would listen about how great the Vitamin C range is. Seriously though, I've used the Skin Reviver ever since I was ill at uni and it's the only product that stopped people commenting on how tired I always looked.

Along with my favourite Brighton blogging ladies, we were introduced to some new products launching this summer and spent the evening sniffing every product in sight and discussing how few of us actually give ourselves "me time". We were also given lovely summery goodie bags to aid us in the quest for said me time, and I spent an hour in the bath a few evenings ago with a book, a mug of peppermint tea and their new Dead Sea Salt Scrub which is heavenly. They've also launched a new range of perfect summer perfumes and the Italian Summer Fig was also included in our goodie bags. I'm gonna be totally honest and say that that scent is not for me, but I could quite happily wear the Indian Night Jasmine one forever; even if Lauren did say it reminded her of air freshener! We all have different tastes eh :)

And a few more random things that are making me smile at the moment...

My mum bought me this cute little cacti/succulent garden a few weeks ago and it may have just taken the top spot for my favourite plant in the flat! I've been on a plant buying ban for a few months as I've genuinely run out of room for them, but this adorable guy is a very welcome addition.

Finally, one more wedding mention comes from these CD's which are part of a quickly accumulating pile in the lounge at the moment. J and I are putting tons of playlists together for the day and we've had to search high and low for some old school albums that we didn't have. This has been super fun and I really hope people will love our choices as much as we do :)

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