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Just like that Christmas Day is over and the Christmas sales are upon us. Now I am not one to miss a sale, in fact searching out a bargain is a skill I probably should add to my CV. So I thought that I would compile some of my sale finds plus shopping tips and pop them on the blog. Plus this way you don't even need to leave the house to find a gem or if you do, you will be royally prepped for sale craziness!

I have also popped my most recent outfit snaps below with my new Whistles jacket, which I am in love with! It's the coziest purchase ever but definitely not one not to wear sale shopping, unless you want to feel like a walking oven. Anywhos, all my outfit details are below along with my sale picks and tips!

1. Wear an easy outfit to remove if you are clothing shopping, this way trying things on in the changing rooms is a speedy process.

2. Check the returns policy for sale at the till in case you get carried away buying the whole shop in store! (its happened many a times to me).

3. Take a snack! Shopping is hard work!

4. If you are shopping online and the website isn't working well, try the retailers app, sometimes the app can have less traffic onsite and is less likely to crash, it worked for me for the Erdem x H&M collab!

5. Take a pair of socks with you to try on any shoes on you may find.

6. Don't just buy an item because it is 50% off, think if the item was still full price, would you buy it?

7. Don't wear a coat sale shopping, just a light jacket. The amount of times I have nearly boiled over basically wearing a duvet shopping - not fun.

8. Know your sizes - if you have in mind the shops that you want to go to, check your wardrobe for items from that shop so you can avoid trying things on.

9. Check the fabrics compositions! - If a jumper for instance, has gone down in price and is super cheap, look at the fabric composition. Is it mostly acrylic or polyester? Does it look like it will wash okay? Don't end up buying a poor quality item for your wardrobe.

10. Keep an eye on trends! Take a look at the catwalks for the upcoming seasons on so that you can keep an eye out for items that are on sale and on trend for SS18.

There you have it, my top tips! I hope these are of help and happy shopping!

Erdem H&M Collaboration

Erdem H&M Collaboration

Erdem H&M Collaboration

Erdem H&M Collaboration

Outfit details: Coat - Whistles // T'shirt - Erdem X H&M Collaboration // Skirt - ASOS (old) // Bag - Zara (old) // Boots - & Other Stories (old but they always have a similar style in-store)// Necklace - very old from when I was a baby! 
Happy Monday folks! This Monday I have a beast of a skincare post for you. I thought that I would put together a post full of all the skincare products I have accumulated over the past few months, yes, there may be a fair few, but what can I say I love skincare! I have popped below all my thoughts on the products that I have tried and tested below, so enjoy and let me know if you agree or disagree below!

Products from left to right:

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 

I was a bit of a skeptic when I heard about this brand. When a skin serum is that cheap you have to wonder if it will be effective. I have not been totally loyal to this product using it only in the mornings when I have under eye bags that need to be de-puffed! I do feel that it is effective and makes me look more awake, but after watching Stephanie Nicole's video on Deciem it has made me slightly reluctant to use this product every day under my eyes due to the caffeine levels within it. When I use this product, I apply after my moisturiser just under the eye area.  (£5.80 for 30ml)

Lush Breathe of Fresh Air Toner 

This product is one that I can no longer live without. It smells so fresh and a complete must in my morning routine, it wakes my skin up and leaves it feeling energized. I simply spray this on to a cotton pad and apply to my face. I must have gone through a couple of bottles now and am loyal. I also love that it has sea water in from my hometown. (£4.95 for 100g)

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

If someone had said to me a couple of years ago that I would have been using acid on my face then I would have questioned what they knew about skincare. However, acids now play an important part in my skincare routine. With the £5.90 price tag for this product you cant go wrong, this may not be the strongest Hyaluronic acid out there but it hydrates. I apply this as the first step in my routine morning and night and pop my moisturiser on straight after, and it is the routine that I will be keeping too for the Winter months. The only issue you may have is getting hold of this product, it is always out of stock. Try Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay or ASOS. (£5.90 for 30ml)

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm 

This little product is a life saver in a tube. For those days when your complexion needs a little boost and brighten up. It is the perfect product to apply under your makeup for a radiant complexion and to give your skin a little glow in winter. This product can also be used as a mask. (£31 for 50ml)

Organic People Clear Skin Moisturiser 
Now I am pretty loyal to the same moisturiser (my old faithful REN) so I wasn't sure about trying a different product as I know what works for my skin, but I did find this product moisturising. Although moisturising, the product itself isn't the easiest to apply to the skin and a little bit of product does not go along way. However, the scent is fresh and the moisturiser is very light on the skin and it's great that it is completely organic. (£11 for 50ml)

Organic People Clear Skin Concealer 
I was very keen to trial this product. When a blemish appears the last thing you really should be doing is covering it over with layers of concealer. So it is great that Green People have produced this concealer with added ingredients (green tea & zinc oxide) to treat the blemish whilst concealing. Unfortunately, this concealer was a tad too dark for my pale skin but I would recommend for coverage. (£10)

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream 

For a while I only used acid pads as an exfoliant after I read the blog posts on Caroline Hirons and the benefits of using them (I love the First Aid Beauty ones). In fact the only time I have ventured back to exfoliant creams/cleansers are with this product and the other Clarins cleanser that I mentioned below. After using this product a few times, I do really like it for a few reasons. One would be that the scent is subtle and fresh, and two, the product details that you should massage into the face to apply, so this product is a great little addition to an evening routine as a little relaxing add-on. I would recommend not using this product more than a couple of times a week after cleansing as I can imagine it would be a little too harsh if used too much on the skin.  The only negative I would have to mention for me about this product, would be the use of microbeads within the product. In this day and age, I hope that Clarins will withdraw this ingredient and opt for something a little more eco-friendly. (£26 for 50ml)

Organic People Foaming Face Wash 

Firstly, I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of foaming cleansers, I don't feel like they cleanse my face properly and I don't feel like my skin is the biggest fan of them (I much prefer clay cleansers or hot cloth). Unfortunately, this face wash has not converted me. I was not the biggest fan of the smell, it smelt herbal but a little over-bearing. As for the effectiveness of the product on my skin, I feel like after applying it with warm water I still wanted to cleanse with my REN cleanser. (£12.50 for 100ml)

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 

Mario Badescu is a brand that only recently came on my radar earlier this year. I came across this brand in the Liberty beauty hall (the best place EVER). The simple packaging and resounding reviews made sure that this drying lotion made it home in a little purple bag with me (my favourite kind of bag). I had a few months over the summer where my skin wasn't playing ball, so I picked up this little beauty and it is now a key part of my routine. I apply this only at night to any blemishes. (£16 for 29ml)

REN Hot Cloth Cleanser 

My favourite hot cloth cleanser and one that I have been using for several years since I discovered REN. I love a skincare product that is simple,  effective and doesn't have any overpowering scent. After trialing the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser I was hooked on the hot cloth cleanser bandwagon, but after trying a magazine sample years ago I was converted. The simplicity of the REN cleanser seems to agree with my sensitive skin so much better than Liz Earle. I use this cleanser in the morning and at night after I have removed my makeup with a micellar water, my favourite is Garnier. (£16 for 150ml)

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 

It was only until recently that I tried this product for the first time and although hesitant, as I am not the biggest fan of cleansers with exfoliants in (I would rather have one or the other). I find this product doesn't have an overly powerful scent which I like and is the perfect cleanser for the gym as there is no need for a flannel or muslin cloth. (£21 for 125ml)

Organic People Clear Skin Purifying Serum

Another product which is great on blemishes and one that I was surprised to learn is natural and organic. This serum contains Willow Bark and Tea Tree to cleanse and treat blemishes and it works! I only apply this product once a day (at night as I don't find applying makeup over it easy) and only when I have a breakout as I find this product can dry my skin out. A little goes a long way with this product so the price (£14 for 30ml) for this product is a bargain if you are looking for a natural spot treatment.

*Thank you to Green People for sending me over the samples of their fab products. 

Christmas has come around crazy fast! With moving back to the countryside earlier in the year it has meant that the year has flown by in a flash. However, with Christmas creeping around the corner it is time to get organized and get those presents ticked off the list. I have compiled a little list of items that have taken my eye over the past month and would be perfect gifts for a Sister, friend or for your Mum.

I have popped links to all the items featured above below, Merry Christmas!

1. Missoma Mini Hinged Hoop Earrings - £69
2. Missoma Mini Hoop Earrings - £49
3. Whistles Satin Pleated Skirt - £139
4. Kate Spade Thermal Mug - £16
5. Tom Dixon Candles - £80
6. Elemental Herbology Neroli & Rose Hand & Body Wash - £19
7. Conker Spirit Coffee Liqueur - £30
8. Floral Street Neon Rose Perfume - £55
9. Kikki K Diary - £24

I do love a little shop, or a big shop or any kind of shopping at all! In fact, I know that many close to me point blank refuse to go shopping with me, as I may be a bit of a nightmare with the length of my shopping trips. However, before hitting the shops what always helps me when I am looking for a bit of style inspiration is having a little browse of my favourite fashion sites. I thought I would pop my top 5 on a blog post in case you are looking for a new fashion site for a bit of style inspiration for your daily commute or a lunchtime browse:

Sheerluxe is a site that I started reading when I was living in London and all my work pals and myself would read. It's great for finding high street cult buys, trends on the high street and for styling tips. There is new content every day and it's not just fashion but beauty, interiors, food and lifestyle! Definitely subscribe to their newsletter, as you get an email a day with all their new content onsite. 

Outfit details: Jumper - New Look // Necklace - Vintage & Missoma // Denim Cullotes - M&S // Belt - ASOS // Trainers - Adidas Gazelles // Bag - Vintage // Watch - Marc Jacobs // Earings - & Other Stories. 

2. Retro Flame 

Retro Flame is a blog written by Erika, an Irish girl living the life in NYC who takes the most fab outfit shots all around the city. Retro Flame is a blog I have followed for about 5 years now and to this day she still pushes the boundaries with content and provides her fashion edits for trends of the season, outfit posts and her styling/ fashion tips. A must read! 

Danielle is one of the original fashion bloggers who is beyond successful, owning her own shoe and clothing company, as well as recently announcing she is designing a line for US retailer Bloomingdales. Danielle still regularly posts her outfits on her blog and Instagram featuring the most amazing outfits. What I love about her blog and style is her eye for styling vintage, high-street and designer. This girls wardrobe must be INSANE.

Another site I discovered whilst working in London and one that may end up leaving you with a very long designer shopping list, but a girl can dream, right? This site features amazing interviews with top designers and influential women in the Fashion Industry. I love the style of this site, as it feels as though you are reading a premium fashion magazine. If you are looking for a breakdown of this seasons trends and how to achieve a look of the season then this is the site for you. 

Another fashion blogger who I have followed for years and I am still loyally reading.  She has such an amazing eye for style and finding the biggest bargains on the high street (I have Alexandra to blame for me no longer being able to pop to Sainsburys for lunch without having a browse of TU's new in section - hence the jumper, pinafore and the swimming cossie purchases). I cannot promise that once you start reading this blog it will not enable purchases!

All we need now is to win the lottery for all the purchases! 

Chloe x

Happy October folks! Firstly, hope you're enjoying the autumnal weather, I have to say when I shot these outfit photos a few weeks back the weather was turning and I was so glad to have my bomber with me to layer me newest breton addition (this one is navy and green and its Whistles so its allowed). Anywhos, I cannot believe how quickly the weeks are going at the moment and we seem to be slipping into Autumn in the blink of an eye. With that in mind, I have recently been thinking about the dark evenings that are fast approaching and how I plan to utilise that time!

When summer is in full swing, everyone and everyone's dog is making the most of the light evenings,  heading out for after work drinks or dinner (or slightly less glam in Dorset, the beach for fish & chips ha). However, in winter everyone seems to hibernate, so this year I am making a pact to embrace those dark evenings, here are a few plans I have for autumn and hopefully these may help in preventing any hibernation attempts you may have:

1. Get fit
A bit of an obvious one, but I know that I recently have had all the determination at the gym which, I should note may have slightly been influenced by having a PT making me exercise. However, the point is, going to the gym in the summer is SO MUCH easier, those light evenings and heat. But the way I look at it is that the more exercise I do in the months leading up to Christmas, the more I can eat at Crimbo! Plus, how jelly will all your friends be when you're the one with abs of steel by Xmas. Get following some fitness Instagrammers for the fitness inspo, my favourites are Clean Eating AliceCarly RowenaThe Lean Machines and James Smith Training.

Outfit details: Breton - Whistles // Trousers - Topshop // Trainers - Vans // Backpack - Daisystreet (old) // Necklace - vintage & Missoma. 

2. Start that project 
So personally this is a big one for me this autumn, I plan to keep the content coming here on the blog and with my sister now providing all the blog goals these days (click here to view here and here), I plan to keep the tempo up with my writing and photography. So if you have a project, whether it be decorating a room, making a dress, starting a little business or maybe even starting your own blog, then now is the perfect time!

3. Get creative 
I think autumn is such a beautiful time. The colours of the leaves, conkers, acorns and pine cones and those deep orange sunsets (ignoring the grey skies here) plus the pumpkins! I have seen all over Instagram people getting creative in their homes and adorning them with crafty autumn decorations picked up from outside. Get on Pinterest, for ALL the ideas, trust me you will get carried away plus try not to walk into Tesco's and resist picking up a mini pumpkin... TOO CUTE!

4. Get reading
THIS is where I really need to up my game! I remember when I used to get the train then train then tube in London to work every day and I would read for an hour and a half on my daily commute. I used to go through books and I loved getting completely emersed in a book, which would be the best kind of distraction from being on public transport (*waves goodbye to those days*). However, it is so important to read and I need to delve into the stack of books that I have not yet ticked off, Estee Lalonde - Bloom I am looking at you.

5. Then... get cosy. 
Take some notes from the Danish and get Hygge! Embrace the dark nights and chilly weather, light some candles or a fire, pull up a chair, make a hot chocolate, grab a pile of magazines and put on those knitted socks, jumper and anything else knitted you own and get COSY, that's what all the trendy Danish do to get through their winter anyway! 

Hope this little post has sent some inspiration your way, until next time.

Chloe x

This completly versatile, easy to wear, indigo pinafore was a 'your getting disracted Chloe purchase', on the way to find lunch in Sainsburys. Sainsburys have completly upped their game in regards to clothing. They have gone from mumsy to on-trend very quickly and ever since I purchased that scandi-esque jumper last year and swimsuit this year (you can read here and here), I always have a little nosey when I am in Sainsburys at what I can find in their clothing section. 

This pinafore totally caught my eye being the perfect shade of indigo, with vintage buttons down the front and a denim belt to pull that waist in! - I had to have it, never mind how versatile it is! 

There are so many outfit options with this pinafore but for this sunny Saturday in Poundbury, Dorset (yes, I am quite a fan of this little town) I teamed it with a COS breton tee, white Vans and my trusty Mulberry. 

Now that Autumn is approaching (hello chunky knits, scarves and boots) I plan to take this through to the cooler months layering it with knitwear, heeled boots and an aviator jacket. 

Outfit: Pinafore - TU at Sainsbury's // Top - Cos (old) // Necklace - Monica Vinader // Sunglasses - Rayban // Bag - Mulberry // Shoes - Vans. 
The restaurant scene in Bournemouth has yet another string to add to its bow with the French chain, Cote Brasserie opening on Westover road in Bournemouth. From someone who loves a crepe or two, when an invite popped into my inbox inviting me to a tasting dinner at the new Cote Brasserie I had to attend and see what they were all about.

The evening began with an introduction to the restaurant by the area's head chef, who spoke with passion about Cote. He introduced the Cote style of cooking as well as his career with Cote and how he had worked his way up from Sous Chef to Head Chef. It was a lovely introduction to the evening and to the food that we were very keen to try.

On first impressions, the restaurant's interior has been transformed from an old clothing store to a premium restaurant. They have renovated it beautifully with an art deco/Parisian feel flowing throughout even with an accompanying Parisian balcony for those summery evenings (although a hot chocolate on a gray day may be more realistic).

Once the introductions had finished, it was on to the food. The menu has a real variety (plus they have a separate Vegetarian and gluten free menu - brownie points) and for those who thought the French just ate frogs and duck, you are wrong! As I would not go near either of the latter! For a Tuesday evening, I went a bit wild and went for the Charentais Melon with Savoie Ham, the steak for main and the Praline Crêpe for desserts (who could resist). 

The melon and ham were a great choice to start, especially before a steak. It was a light option but enough to give a little taster of the dishes on offer and the melon and ham worked beautifully together. For the main I had the steak which was beautifully cooked and really melted in your mouth, I am not one to have a steak without a peppercorn sauce and this added accompaniment made the main. Dessert was more than a treat for a Tuesday night, however you cannot go wrong with crepes and chocolate - the dream! 

The restaurant is in a brilliant location especially if you are off to the Pavilion for a pre-theatre dinner or for a spot of lunch mid-shopping. There is plenty of seating, as the restaurant has both an upstairs and downstairs, so no battling for seats!

Overall, I was really impressed by my evening at Cote Brasserie, nothing was too much too ask and everything from the service to the food was brilliant. I will definitely be back for some more French foodie delights!

Thank you Cote Brasserie and Liz Lean PR for a wonderful evening.
When Summer does show its face in the UK, the sun cream makes an appearance, especially for red haired species such as myself. Now as someone who has to regularly wear sun cream through the Summer to avoid ending up looking like kind of lobster, I want to know what I am putting on to my skin and to avoid at all costs the nasties that can be found in suncream! 

Green People are a brand that I discovered earlier this year through my sister and they have continued to impress me with their variety of products. Organic & natural sun cream is not naturally something I would think of purchasing, probably due to the fact that I tend to just stick to what I know, purchasing high street brands of sun cream that I know I won't burn with. So I was very interested to trial the Green People products when the sun decided to shine!

My initial thoughts on the Scent Free Sun Lotion were that it has a super light consistency! Considering it is factor 30, I was impressed that it wasn't thick and it didn't take long to rub into the skin. The lotion is also not sticky, so you don't feel like you need a shower the second that you put it on. 

The sun lotion claims to be non-irritating and non-greasy and from someone who has very sensitive skin, I can vouch that I had no problems whatsoever with the product on my skin. It does say that it is scent free, however, I think there is a very subtle sweet scent, but it's the kind of smell that you would associate with summer days having beachy days. The lotion contains Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Edelweiss and is rich in antioxidants to protect delicate skin. I was super intrigued to understand how the sun lotion protects skin whilst being non pore-clogging so Green People's Founder Charlotte Vohtz detailed 'Pores that are blocked by waterproof chemical sun lotions can lead to Prickly Heat so instead of synthetic pore-clogging ingredients Green People use Beeswax and Berry Wax to naturally repel water without blocking sweat glands'.

After a day in the sun, I showered off the sun lotion and applied the Hydrating After Sun Moisturiser to cool and moisturize my skin. It contains Aloe Vera, Calendula and Mint and smells amazing! - super fresh and minty. It definitely moisturised my skin and left it feeling energised. Green People suggest that you can also use this product year round as a soothing moisturiser for when your skin needs that boost!

Where I am beginning to assess the products that I am using on my skin and trying to avoid where possible, chemicals, it makes total sense to start eradicating unnatural sun SPF products and will 100% be using these on any sunny days if the weather decided to up its game! C'mon England it is literally August!

*Thank you to Green People for Kindly gifting me these fab products.  
In June I was invited to the launch event of the new No. 34 restaurant at the recently renovated Orchid hotel in Bournemouth. The hotel has a contemporary and stylish feel and the restaurant is equally as elegant with its copper lighting and retro furnishings.
No.34 offers Michelin Star cooking and boasts a high-quality menu by celebrated Michelin-starred Head Chef Jean Gysemans, famous for his creative use of seasonal and local ingredients

The launch evening began with bespoke No.34 Bellini's on entrance and a delicious array of entrees. Then it was on to dinner which, when I saw the menu I was very excited for. I decided to go for the twice baked cheddar cheese souffle for my starter which was beautifully light and fluffy. I think cheese souffle can sometimes be a bit of a gamble and can be too rich for a starter but this was beautifully cooked.

For my main course I went with the Lamb Navarin which was served with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes and was a lovely summery, fresh dish and one that I would definitely pick again but next time I would maybe have some mash on the side! - you can't beat a bit of mash.

To finish off the meal and for the best course, dessert, I had apple tatin and salted caramel ice cream. This dessert was gorgeous and although I found the tatin texture a little strange it did taste amazing and the salted caramel ice cream made the flavours really pop.

I would definitely recommend No.34 for a dinner out as the food is so fresh and they have a beautifully curated menu that is suited for a wide range of dietary requirements and would be perfect for a celebration or Birthday dinner.  No.34 is definitely on the must-dine Dorset foodie map.