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DIY Tutorial Quick & Easy Cut Out Top

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This was such a fun and simple DIY to do, it took literally 20 minutes. The best part of this little project is that it requires no sewing. So if your a little afraid of going near a sewing machine or needle and thread this is for you.

I found this tutorial so versatile as if you're not sure about flashing flesh you can can make the cut outs smaller. That said if you do dare to bare go for it and be bold with the cut out.

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Summer Ready - The Fashion Edit

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1. In Love With Fashion | 2. Zara | 3. New Look | 4. New Look | 5. H&M | 6. Zara

This weekend has been beautiful, the fantastic weather has got me well and truly thinking about getting my pins out. I'm thinking this outfit would be the perfect summer night out look, maybe to a family BBQ or drinks with friends. I've said it before but I'll say it again, I'm not great in heels I have a few pairs but hardly ever wear them, so when I spied these Zara sandals I knew they would be perfect. I'm seriously tempted to snap up the reflective sunnies, I can just see the Instagram selflies!

Instalife ~ May


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My mum & sister at Mrs Carter World Tour | With my bestie at Mrs Carter | New hair
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Skincare routine | Borough Market | love
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Nails of the day | Blogging and a twister | Yummy late night burger
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Best mango ever all the way from St Lucia | Love this new chocolate bar | New obsession
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Beautiful day | Ice cream on a sunny day | Selfie in the sunshine

I know I say it every month but seriously how quickly is this year going, May already! The new A Beautiful Mess App was launched this month, since it's release I've been a little obsessed with adding doodles and captions to my Instagram photos, in fact I think I may have gone over board with it! 

It would be great to follow some of you lovelies on Instagram, leave your Instagram name in the comment section. 

Have a great week!

DIY Inspiration Lace Tops

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Recently I came across some lace fabric at the bottom of my fabric bin, it's been there so long I'd forgotten about it. Seeing it again got me inspired to make a feminine lace top something that could be worn either day or night in the warmer weather.

Music Monday ~ Daft Punk & Pharrell Get Lucky

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daft Punk pharrell get lucky, pharell williams, daft Punk, get lucky
There are some songs you hear and immediately you know you love them, there's no need for a second listen to figure out if you really like it. I had such a moment with Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Get Lucky. It's the perfect track to dance to, up-tempo enough to bust a move without being so fast you struggle to keep up. The fusion of electro pop beats and funk give a cool vibe, and make this track infectious.

As a little side note it's hard to believe that Pharrell Williams is actually 40! Anyone else think he's been drinking from the fountain of youth?

Summer Ready - The Skincare Edit

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summer skincare, skincare, skin care, garner, superdrug vitamin e, origins, body shop,
summer skincare, skincare, skin care, garner, superdrug vitamin e, origins, body shop,

I know what you're thinking "why on earth are you talking about summer - have you seen the weather?". The answer is yes I have seen the weather. Call me delusional but I refuse to believe that this is as good as it's going to get weather wise. I'm holding out for the clear blue skies and temperatures above 20. With that in mind I thought it would be nice to put together a little blog series all about getting summer ready. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has to literally prep myself for the warmer weather, products and routines that worked well in autumn/winter need to be tweaked. In this little series I'm hoping to cover everything from skincare, fashion, makeup, nails and a few bits in between.

As you may have guessed to kick things off I'm talking skincare. I see skincare as the foundation of great healthy looking skin. You could splash the cash on amazing high tech makeup that claims to do everything but clean the kitchen sink, but if you haven't got a good skincare routine in place it will all be for nothing. Not sure about you but my skin reacts to products differently in varying climates, with this in mind I find myself switching things up.

Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser- £4.99 I know I harp on about the Vitamin E range from Superdrug but bare with me, as I think it really is that good. It's super easy on the pocket at £4.99 it's a steal. I've not tried the Lizz Earle cleanse and polish so can't personally compare but I have heard their pretty similar. Sometimes cleansers can be really clarifying and leave my skin a little dry and squeaky. The Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser seems to have the balance of cleansing the skin with out drying just right. Just a little note as this is a moisturising cleanser it may not be ideal for oily skin.

Garnier Fresh Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Lotion- £3.15 until recently this had been relegated to the back of the cupboard never to be seen again, as it gave me an awful break out. However I had run out of my usual eye make up remover and needed something to get me out of the jam I was in. After rummaging around the cupboard I spotted the Garnier Cleansing Lotion, after saying a little prayer for my skin, I popped a little product on a cotton pad swept it across my eyes, wiping a days worth of eye makeup away. Miraculously I didn't break out! What did happen however was a really soothing effect on my puffy tired eyes. Don't think I'll ever go back to using it all over my face again but I will stick with it for removing eye makeup.

Origins Modern Friction- £27 I know every blogger and her dog raves about this but that's because its simply a great exfoliator. Origins have hit the nail on the head with this one its not overly abrasive but gets the job done in rubbing away dry dead skin, while giving a healthy glow.


The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask- £10 This is a new addition to the crew, I'm not always a huge fan of clay masks as I don't like the thought of it going hard and stiff on my face. The warming mask however is a whole different kettle of fish. It's a little bit of spa luxury at home that stays moist and naturally warms on the face. The packaging says it suitable for all skin types, I've got typical combination skin and it works well for me. This is a great weekly treatment, I like using it on Sunday evenings as I feel like I'm starting my skin off well for the week.


Superdrug Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisturising Day Cream- £2.99
Generally I use the same moisturiser all year round as I'm yet to find one that doesn't break me out. This little pot of magic works well even in high temperatures and humidity as its not a very heaving moisturiser. I've also found that my foundation doesn't move around when applied on top of the moisturiser. All round thumbs up!  

Origins Super Spot Remover- £13 This cult classic spot remover is now a firm staple of mine, I'm literally at the point of not knowing how I managed with out it. I know that may sound kind of OTT but this stuff really works. I've found like most spot treatments it does it's best if you can catch the pesky spot early on, that said I've used it on some more advanced beasts. I'm not lying a few drops (I literally mean a few drops - less is more here) on the offending area before bed and by the morning spots are on their way, out if not gone all together.

My final tip comes as standard, drink WATER and lots of it. Chances are in the warmer weather you're going to sweat more, the moisture your body is loosing will need to be replaced  to stop dehydration. I know it's obvious but sometimes it's good to be reminded.

Getting Organised

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I felt inspired to write this post, because if I'm honest I've been really disorganised and chaotic of late. I know it's weird to say but life seems to have got in the way - of well life recently. It's surprising how caught up I've been rushing around doing a million things but never actually getting anything done. I decided I had to put a stop to it and get productive. I figured seeing as I'd been doing a little self discovery in the area of getting organised I've share a few tips with you. 

1. Set a goal
It's so easy to make a list of "to do's" and never actually get through any of them. I've found when I don't have a definite goal in mind for what I want to achieve I'm less motivated. So for example this weekend my goal has been to get three blog posts done and dusted, as well as all the washing and ironing sorted for the week.  

2. Lists, lists, lists
It's sad I know, but I'm such a fan of making lists. There's a real satisfaction in ticking things off and knowing that you've got stuff done. I like to divide my list making into two general parts a "blog to do" and a "life to do". I find doing this helps me to keep a balance so I'm not over loading myself in any particular area.  

3. Time
Give your self an achievable time scale to complete things. I've discovered things usually take longer to get done than I first anticipate, I always seem to under estimate how long things will take. So I've come to the conclusion that I generally need to start with a time frame and then double it. That way if I get it done quickly I'm extra happy.  

4. Prioritise
As I just said I love a good list. It's one thing to make a list of things to do it's another perfecting the art of prioritising the order in which they need to be done. I guess its different strokes for different folks but I tend to do the most urgent and pressing things first e.g. getting to the bank before it closes. Sometimes if I find things particularly overwhelming I'll do the most difficult things first and save the easiest or most fun stuff for last, as a bit of a treat.  

5. Let Technology Help You Out 
That saying "there's an app for that" springs to mind right about now. These days there is literally an app for everything. I recently downloaded Wonder List and it's been amazing at helping me get organised on the go. Another little tip I've found is to use reminders on my phone's calendar for when important dates are coming up and when I need to do things. There are tons of apps out there I would recommend browsing the app store to see what works for you. 

6. Don't beat your self up 
If you're anything like me and have an off day and flop on the organising front, you probably start to beat your self up. I've come to realise this is the most counter productive thing I can do. I get so stuck in a rut of being cross with myself for not having stuff together that nothing actually gets done. The best thing for me when I miss the mark is to tell myself that life goes on, just dust your self off and try to do better next time. 

I hope these little tips have been helpful and maybe motivate you with getting better organised. I would love to hear your organisation tips and tricks! Have a great day x 

  

Benefit Hervana

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makeup, beauty, benefit, hervana
Benefit Hervana blush £23.50

I was a little apprehensive about splashing my cash on Benefit's Hervana as I struggle to find Benefit products (apart from mascara) that suit me. When the lady at the counter suggested I give the Hervana blush a try, I was thinking "woman this thing is going to make me look all ashy". Imagine my surprise when I looked in the mirror to discover a glowing face smiling back at me, I was even more shocked when it clicked the face was mine!

I usually go for much deeper blush tones to compliment my completion, so was surprised when the lighter hues gave a very natural looking flush to my cheeks. I also thought it gave a slight contour and highlight too. 

As nice as I think the blush looks it's the fragrance that really gets me. One sniff and I was blown away by the sweet berry scent, Benefit have managed to get the balance just right as it's not at all sickly.  

What about you, have you tried Hervana? If you have what are your thoughts on it? 

DIY Inspiration Cut Out Tops

With summer just around the corner (have faith guys I'm sure it's on it's way) I've been feeling the need to show a little skin. Nothing OTT but a tasteful flash of midriff and back in my books is ok. The high street and on line shops have been full of cut out items this year everything from shoes to dresses. Right now I'm focusing on cut out tops. I really like the idea of little peek a boo details, this trend is something I'd like to translate into a customised piece as well as making an item up from scratch. I've got lots of ideas for this one, watch this space some DIY's coming soon!

Over to you now what do you think of the cut out trend, would you dare to bare? Leave a comment below let me know what you think.

Music Monday ~ Musiq Teach Me

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Until last week my morning commute to work was spent listening to the radio in the car, however since starting the new job I've been listening to music from my iTunes library. Its an absolute must to have some music to keep you sane while rushing for the train and being crammed in like sardines on the tube.

This week my soundtrack has come courtesy of Musiq (previously known as Musiq SoulChild) his silky neo soul vibes have been a God send this week, and help make my hectic morning commute bearable. In particular I've really loved listening to "Teach Me". The song really struck a cord with me, listening to the lyrics it reminded me of myself several years ago. When I first started dating my husband I wanted to be a good girl friend to him but was pretty closed off emotionally. Lets just say I needed a bit of schooling. Anyway years down the line and I've had a rediscovery of this track and completely fell in love with it all over again. The honest and humble lyrics are so endearing.

Music Monday has got rather mushy this week, so I'm going to leave it there. If you've never heard of Musiq I hope this has been a good introduction, check out his VEVO and website.

April Favourites

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This year is absolutely flying by, it's hard to believe that I'm talking about April favourites when it feels like Christmas was just the other day!

If you haven't noticed I like to keep my monthly favourites really varied with a mixture of beauty, fashion, books and music. This month is no exception to my little self imposed rule.

I'm a bit late getting this video up. As I mentioned in a previous post I've just started a new job and have found juggling my blog and life challenging of late. Anyway I hope you enjoy this video, let me know your what your favourites have been this month.

Mrs Carter World Tour

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mrs carter world tour, music monday, beyonce

Straight off the bat I have to apologise for the lateness of this post, the whole point of Music Monday is that the posts go up on Monday. In my defence my wifi was conspiring against me and I was unable to upload the vlog I made. As they say better late then never, I've finally managed to get the vlog up on youtube.

Ok so onto the good stuff, what you really want to hear about is the lady herself. To say I was excited about seeing Beyonce live in concert is an understatement. I was so hyped leading up to the event I had a permanent smile on my face. My excitement quickly turned into hysteria once I was in my seat waiting for Beyonce to take the stage. Once she stepped out the only word I can think of to describe my state of mind is pure delirium. It really was ridiculous for a grown woman of my age to be screaming her head off, but I figure it's to be expected when you're at a Beyonce gig.

The atmosphere was electric, everyone was so positive and eager to enjoy the show. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many guys in the arena, as I had the expectation of an almost all female audience. One thing I really was looking forward to seeing was the costumes, having seen lots of pictures in the papers I knew what to expect but wanted to see it all in person.

To mark the whole occasion I thought I would film my fist vlog. Well, I attempted to vlog, its really strange talking to a camera in public, the funny looks I got was unreal! I'm going to let the vlog do the talking, I hope you enjoy my fist attempt at vlogging.
   

Change Is Good


Sorry to say it but my little blog has been seriously neglected this week. I thought a little update and catch up was due. It's been a crazy week I left my job, saw Beyonce in concert, got food poisoning and started a new job. Wow that's a lot to happen in seven days!

As some of you may know I worked for a women's charity and last Friday was my final day in the job. I loved working there but felt ready for a change. Leaving came around so quickly I hardly had time to get my head around it. I was pretty pleased with myself at the way I managed to hold it all together. That was until the last moment, when a few girls came to say goodbye and started crying, that was it the flood gates were open. I felt so sad to be moving on.

Fast forward a few days and after cracking out my Music Monday post I was on a train into London to see the unstoppable force that is Beyonce. I'm not going to talk about it too much now as I did a little filming of the festivities and a full post will be up in a few days. What I will say however is that the woman is a machine (in the good sense), I guess the word phenomenal best describes her stage presence.

Towards the end of the concert I started to feel ill and on the way home, what I now know to be a very dodgy pizza from Pizza Express came back to haunt me quite literally all over the taxi! That had to be one of the most embracing moments of my life I couldn't help but apologise to the taxi driver and offer to pay the valeting costs. I spent the next few days laid up in bed. I've never had food poisoning before so foolishly expected it to go once the pizza was out of my system. Trouble is two days later I still wasn't felling great but was due to start my new job on Thursday.

Thursday came around and thankfully I felt well enough to go to work armed with paracetamol a bottle of water and a note pad. It was really weird walking into a new office and feeling like the "newbie" again. Strange how the first day at school feeling is there regardless how old you are? So I was given the obligatory office tour and introduction to a whirlwind of faces who's names I cannot remember. The last few days have been spent in training sessions absorbing a ridiculous amount of information and completing an obscene amount of icebreakers and team building tasks. It seems there were lots of us in the same newbie boat. I was pretty surprised when I walked into the training room to find around 20 people mirroring my own expectant expression.

I had a moment to myself on Thursday, my mind couldn't help but drift back to the people I met in my last job and I started to really miss them. I was finding it hard to let go and I realised that as much as I needed and wanted a change it's not always easy to handle when it finally shows up. If our lives never evolve and we are not exposed to new things and ways of thinking we will eventually become stagnant. It actually took a mini pep talk to myself, in my head to get back into the right frame of mind. I had to remind myself of why I wanted this change and why it was so desperately needed in my life. I also had to remind myself that the people we miss are the ones who have touched our lives, and will stay with us. I guess what I'm trying to say in my own convoluted way is be brave, step outside your comfort zone and embrace change. I did and feel better for it.