Pantone's Colour of 2017 in your Wardrobe

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A new year means new trends and at the end of December Pantone announced their colour of 2017: Greenery.
“GREENERY BURSTS FORTH IN 2017 TO PROVIDE US WITH THE REASSURANCE WE YEARN FOR AMID A TUMULTUOUS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT. SATISFYING OUR GROWING DESIRE TO REJUVENATE AND REVITALISE, GREENERY SYMBOLISES THE RECONNECTION WE SEEK WITH NATURE, ONE ANOTHER AND A LARGER PURPOSE.”
– LEATRICE EISEMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE.
The perfect colour to invigorate the new year and as many have pointed out, a colour of hope which may be needed in the aftermath of 2016 bites tongue on Brexit. This is the reviving yellow-green of picnic lawns and yes I know there’s still a glass of mulled wine in your hand but it’s okay to look ahead to that Pimms. Greenery proved popular on the catwalks for S/S17 so here’s a little look at what your wardrobe can look forward to.
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Tory Burch showcased some elegant looks on the catwalk back in September fashion week. Green featured intricate patterns on wide legged trousers and pussy bows, both styles were favoured by the high street and on the catwalk in autumn 2016.  The traditional Chanel jacket evokes a Blair Waldorf feel, dressed down with some slick trainers. Burch’s greens are clean and chic. She demonstrates how this colour can be used to induce sophistication.
Balenciaga took a different approach, ‘Florals? for Spring? Groundbreaking’ does come to mind but Balenciaga makes it bold. Scattered on this brash green dress are flowers in red, orange and purple. This clash of colours injects the spring scenery with some more fun. The ease of the material harks to the seventies style which returns for another season, complimented further by the model’s block fringe.
Versace showed off Greenery in their coats. Anoraks are set to be the coat of the season as fashion continues to play with active wear. The cut on this mac is sharp, and we see the theme of female empowerment reflected. The blocked green acts as a statement of power, varying from its floral, relaxed designs.
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Pantone seem to have made a good choice where fashion is concerned. Greenery is versatile and tailors various designs and themes for the catwalk which are sure to feature in our high street stores.
What do you think of the colour and how do you see it hanging in your wardrobe?
-Hattie Cotmore
https://razzmag.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/pantones-colour-of-2017-in-your-wardrobe/

Sleigh, Girl: Festive Make up Inspiration

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‘Tis the season for velvet dresses, metallic accordion pants and maybe a tulle skirt or two. Once you’re clad in sequins and you’ve styled your Christmas curls the next important thing is how to dress your eyes. I’ve put together a few looks together in case you’re after some inspiration to get you through the festive period.
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The week after Christmas is always exciting dashing around seeing friends and family and fitting in movie days with the leftovers. It’s the best excuse to dress up in something sparkly, or if you’re having a pyjama day why not just add a little sparkle to your eye make up.

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For this look I used a collection of shimmering eye shadows starting with a silver. Cover your lid and blend up to your brow bone. It’s fun to play with shades in this look, silver acts as a perfect base for any other colours. I opted for a sparkling blue blending it into the crease about halfway along my eyelid. I then blended a complimentary grey in the crease and brushed a little on my lower lash line, then added a slick of black liquid liner. Finished with a few layers of mascara this would stand out even more with some fake lashes. This is a simple but festive look and you can easily opt for different colours to match your Christmas getup.
Products used: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette shade Verve, Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette shades; Slanted and Dagger, Chanel Écriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen, Benefit They’re Real Mascara

New Year’s Eve

hattie-3A festive season can’t go by without a smoky eye look. New Year’s Eve is the most exalted night of the year. It’s a night for Prosecco-induced dancing and stealing a kiss at midnight. In the air hangs the hope for the new year and it’s all pretty damn magical, as your eye make up should be.


As much as I love using shimmery products, such as in the look before, there’s something about a matte smoky eye that I love. I brushed a white shadow all over the lid and into the crease, any pale shadow would work here. I then took a taupe into the crease and blended it slightly up to my brown bone, a grey or purple shadow would also work. On top of this I took a heavy black and blended the two, taking the black along my lower lash line as well. To make my eyes pop I sculpted a cat eye with a liquid liner. Add some mascara and a bold dark lip and you’re ready for whatever the new year will bring. There’s just something about a smoky eye and a flick of liner that makes me feel like I can do anything.
Products used: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette shades; Thirteen and Password, Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette shade Blackout, Chanel Écriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen, Benefit They’re Real Mascara

New Year’s Day

Whilst many of us will start the new year with a hangover I’m sure we’ll quickly be up vowing 
to go jogging and drink green stuff. It might not last but it’s the thought that counts, right? To match our fresh new outlook, a fresh make up look. A dewy foundation and glowing highlighter is just the trick for the new year complete with a bright eye look.


With a matte white I covered my eyelid. I then took a copper brown through the crease of my eye and blended it up towards my brown bone. Using a thin flat brush, I lined my upper and lower lash lines to widen the eye. After making sure the shadow was blended in the crease I added a few licks of mascara. Bronzed cheeks and nude lips work best with this brightening look. And now you’re ready to take on the hangover.
Products used: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette shades; Righteous, Tyranny and Vengence, Benefit They’re Real Mascara
I hope this has given you a little make up inspiration for the season whether you prefer some sparkle or a smoky eye. What are your favourite festive make up looks and which products could you not do without?
-Hattie Cotmore
https://razzmag.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/sleigh-girl-festive-make-up-inspiration/

Have Yourself a Merry Lush Christmas: Event and Product Review

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This November, we felt extremely lucky to be invited to a Lush press event, which showcased their Winter collection. Lush Exeter assistants: Elsa, Lucy, and Adam were fantastic hosts, and had a true zeal for the products and informed knowledge on Lush’s ethical sourcing which, for us, really gave the kaleidoscope of gorgeous bath bombs, creams, and gels a new value. We want to share all of our favourite items from the evening with you, and our new Lush knowledge.As all Lush lovers will agree, the sensation when you walk into a Lush shop is unlike any other. You are immediately hypnotised by the abundance of fun and feisty products, all of which possess a quirky name. No, you do not need a “Razzle Dazzle”but it sounds so cute that you should most definitely buy one. Walking in to check out the new collection was no exception. A group of giddy Lush-obsessed bloggers fawned over the bells and the sparkles and exclaimed which ones we had tried and which ones we wanted to before we settled down to listen to the experts. The collection is not what you might expect. Lush have discarded the typical Christmas tree greens and cinnamon reds this year and are making winter a little brighter. In all of the range you can find Pop Art colours, a fun change to the usual dark winter vibe. There are, of course, some classics in store again “The Magic of Christmas” wand and “Snow Fairy”,  will always be unbeatable, but there are some new products that really stood out for us.
Never Mind the Ballistics does not look like a winter bath bomb. It evokes a mirage of strawberry daiquiris on a beach in the Bahamas and somehow that just works. The bomb is blocked in yellow and pink and its ingredients include Fair Trade cocoa butter and fresh bananas which give it a fresh and fruity scent and soft feel on the skin. We were lucky enough to see a demonstration of Never Mind the Ballistics in store and it continued to fizz for at least twenty minutes, vivaciously colouring the water and proving difficult to take your eyes off. Never Mind the Ballistics is £4.25 so a similar price to the usual bath bombsand is great as a stocking filler.
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If you’re after something a little more tinsel-inducing, make a beeline for the “Santasaurus” bubble bar. Of course, the Snow Fairy wand is a winter favourite, but this new addition is the cutest yet. Shaped like a dinosaur and wearing a Santa hat, this is a product that really brings the range into the festivities. All you have to do is run this little guy under the tap and watch the bubbles grow. All of the bubble bars can be used more than once which makes them quite a steal at £5.95, and a perfect gift for children and big kids alike. The use of Brazilian Orange Oil and Bergamot Oil bring refreshing citrus notes to the bath, perfect for a little winter relaxation.
Whilst I would love to bang on about the whole range I will leave you with just one more must-have. “Sleepy is a beautiful new body lotion, captioned very accurately: ‘all is calm, all is bright’. A gentle oatmeal infusion and calming lavender tone prove a perfect combination of musk and floral scent. The smell is extremely similar to “Twilight, a personal favourite Lush bath bomb. A bath with “Twilight”, followed by “Sleepy and some new Christmas pyjamas is how December evenings should be spent. The lotion comes in two sizes, 95g at £7.95 and 215g a £13.95 and we are already wishing we’d treated ourselves to the larger size as it will definitely become a new long-standing favourite.
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What’s more is that all of Lush’s produce is vegetarian, however they are currently shifting to become more and more vegan – in fact, the Halloween and Winter collections are the first ever Lush series to be completely vegan. Furthermore, this year their collection is entirely self-preservable. What is most astounding about Lush products (along with the rich colours, glitter, and delicious smells of course) is that there is quite often a story behind their individual creations. One example is Lush’s choice to buy their cocoa beans from a group of 2,100 farmers that have pledged themselves to a position of non-violence in the civil war which has plagued Colombia for six years. In the backdrop of violence, intimidation, and uncertainty this community still exists in harmony with their surroundings, and Lush not only buys their cocoa beans but have helped them dry, store, and export them – in the past, the community has been robbed and lost everything. Lush’s soap, “Peace, and popular body lotion, “Charity Pot, are two of the products that are made from these same beans, and their names reflect their genial origins. If you would like to know more about Lush’s ethical sourcing, be sure to pick up their latest magazine.
Lush’s unwavering commitment to the communities in which they buy from, and continuous research into how to ensure their products are completely natural, is admirable in what is becoming an increasing globalised world which forgets the people, animals, and environment that are damaged in the pursuit of cheap (and quite often toxic) cosmetics. We hope you enjoy their Winter collection as much as we did – they are perfect for cute Christmas pressies for both your friends and family… and not forgetting those ‘from me, to me’ kind of presents now that the dark evenings and deadlines are setting in.
Good job, Lush!
-Hattie Cotmore and Chrissi Lewes



https://razzmag.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/feature-have-yourself-a-merry-lush-christmas-event-and-product-review/

BIRTHDAY EDIT # 4 : THE VLOG

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Good evening lovelies,

So after waiting around twenty four hours for my vlog to upload (I wish I was exaggerating) and having to play around with it my birthday vlog is finally here! I'm so sorry it's late but it's one that I'm proud of! I had such a lovely birthday weekend and I'm so glad that I'll have this to look back on and remember it. I've been so lucky this year and I hope you've enjoyed being part of this through my blog! Let me know what you think of my birthday posts and if you enjoy the vlog! Don't forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. Leave links to your vlogs below so I can check them out I love having new YouTube channels to watch!

H XX



BIRTHDAY EDIT #3 : Gifted Jewellery

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I absolutely love reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos on what people get for their birthday. Maybe I'm just nosey but I also find it can be a good source of inspiration when you are looking to buy someone a gift or if you want to treat yourself. I feel so spoilt this year and got some gorgeous presents. I thought I'd show you a few jewellery pieces I got for my birthday! It might give you some ideas if you need some or if you're just here because, like me, you're a bit nosey then fair play, I like you, feel free to snoop around.


The first thing I am dying to show you is my Kate Spade watch! I'd never massively been a watch person. I wanted one but I knew I wasn't going to buy one for myself and I would never be able to make a decision on what I wanted. George said he wanted to get me something that I could keep for a long time, with it being my twenty first. It is SO pretty. I love the little details Kate Spade includes in all of her designs. The watch has the classic spade on the face and on the back says 'live colorfully', a classic Kate Spade quote. I have ridiculously small wrists but on the tightest notch this fits perfectly with just a little space for it to comfortably move. It's such a simple classic deign that I feel it works with every outfit I wear, adding just a little chic touch.



I also got a couple of necklaces. I wear necklaces nearly everyday. I like delicate charms as I feel not every outfit needs a statement piece of jewellery. My parents got me this lovely 'H' necklace from Orelia. It's gold plated and not very long in length, hanging just below my collar bones, which I find is best for subtle necklaces and it will usually just be seen. The chain looks very delicate which I like as it's not the focal aspect but it's strong enough that I'm confident it won't break with wear.

I received a necklace from George's sister, Lucy, from Oliver Bonus. Oliver Bonus is just a shop baring a never-ending lust list for me. I love everything they sell from books to furniture, it's all so dreamy. The necklace is in silver and a small circle falls from the chain engraved with my initials 'HM' (everyone obviously wants me to remember my name). Again, it's very subtle which I like. I also love that the letters are bold, detracting from the daintiness. It can be worn with everything, just adding a little shine.



Both necklaces have worn well so far and I've been wearing one or the other most days, doubling them with others I have when I want to draw a little more attention.

I have been so so lucky and spoilt this year and I am endlessly grateful. These were just a few things I wanted to show you! Comment below with some of your favourite gifts!

H XX

PS. I know that the first image is quite juxtaposed to the others but I got a bit too excited about all the snazzy packaging and sequins and the unicorn card my parents got me so

BIRTHDAY EDIT #2 : What I wore

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As promised I am back again to chat about my clothes. The plan wasn't to get onto my birthday outfit post this early in the week but I just can't help myself. 

The evening before my birthday George and I went shopping. He compared the trip to what we refer to as 'The Day at the Trafford Centre', which I won't go into, just know it was a very very long day of sale shopping on which I did not buy anything and I think George is quite traumatised from this. My birthday eve I went with a plan, the plan was basically to buy everything in Zara. Alas, I hated everything I saw.

Obviously I woke up on my birthday and immediately regretted this. I had started out with the wrong attitude, every good shopper has been there. And I wanted it all. I especially wanted one of their S/S faux leather jackets. I opted for the Sky Blue but I adore the yellow and pastel pink. I ran across the road, after a few glasses of breakfast prosecco, and got spendy. The first thing I made a beeline for was the jacket. 



Okay so it was about thirty degrees and a leather jacket was completely unnecessary for a beach trip but it was my birthday and I just bought a jacket I was hopelessly in love with. The colour is perfect for summer as it really brightens up any outfit. It's vivid enough to stand out without looking cheap which I feel can be a difficult balance. Here I threw it on with last year's Zara cotton midi skirt and a white tee. With my oversized sunglasses I felt chic but relaxed for an afternoon in the sun.



At first I wasn't convinced by all the zips and pockets. However, on I barely notice them and they can be quite handy. Even the belt has become a feature I really like but you can easily take it off if you fancy a simple change. It looks great over an all white outfit but I think it could look fab on top of all black or a simple jeans and shirt outfit. It's one of those pieces that immediately lifts your outfit whilst looking completely effortless.

Having something new to wear on my birthday made me excited about my look and it's something I feel really good in which makes all the difference. Leave your thoughts below! Let me know your birthday go-tos!

H XX


                        Jacket - Zara // Sunglasses - ASOS (Similar) // Skirt - ASOS (Similar)


BIRTHDAY EDIT #1 : 21 Thoughts at 21

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Well firstly sorry for failing at Everyday May. I was so busy last week (actually I still have a to do list the length of my arm) and just didn’t have enough time to schedule all the posts I wanted, to the standard I wanted. Also, I was having one of those hormonal weeks, you know when you cry because you’ve lost your favourite Kiko highlight? Yeah one of those. Thanks to my top #FanGirls, yep, who messaged asking where my blog posts were, in all seriousness that was so sweet I really appreciated it.

So after that boring ramble I am back and over the next five days you will be reading my Birthday Edits! I am dedicating five days of posts to my birthday, “who do you think you are the Queen of Sheba?”. As you may know, as mentioned in my update post and raved about on Twitter and Instagram, I turned 21 just over two weeks ago! I’m still gathering my thoughts on this milestone and who better to share them with than you?!

I’m starting this week with the necessary 21 thoughts and musings now that I am 21, don’t even, to be followed by a chatty vlog and fashion and lifestyle birthday posts, sorry no spoilers. If you haven’t skipped this part then well done and thanks, enjoy.


How do I even adult?
I mean I don’t feel like an adult and I don’t think I really look like one and I’m not really sure what proper adults do? Should I start adulting now? How do I do this? And what are taxes? 
Sidenote : my Dad says you never really feel older you just feel like you, and that essence of you is always there.

Okay I should really think about real jobs now
It’s looking more and more like Anna Wintour isn’t just going to ask me to step into her shoes anytime soon (and I mean that physically because I quite fancy a pair of Manolo’s) so I guess I should look into what people keep calling graduate jobs?

But first I need to graduate  
And I’m still not convinced I understand this dissertation thing? But people on Twitter seem to be very stressed about it and on Instagram there are a lot of people looking happy when they hand it in.

Then I can literally go anywhere
I AM AN ADULT AND I CAN MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, I CAN TRAVEL WHEREVER I WANT BECAUSE I AM ADULTING.

I wonder what my mum thinks about that

Actually it doesn’t matter my bank balance disagrees anyway
Maybe I should take that jacket back to Zara. On the other hand I look pretty cute in it. Do I wanna look cute or have money for food? I kinda wanna look cute.

Stop thinking about your wardrobe and pick up a book
I need to get educated and understand worldly things that 21 year olds should know.

What are 21 year olds supposed to know?
You used to be okay with a degree but now you need work experience so that you can get work experience so that you can intern for that other work experience?

Seriously what are taxes?

I'm hungry

Am I making the most of it?
I’m 21 what do I have to show for it? I’m in a lot of debt, I can’t keep my plants alive and five year olds are better on social media than me, I can’t even do tequila shots very well anymore. On the plus side I make a mean carbonara and I dress myself pretty well.

 Career wants vs societal norms
But if I do want to have kids I probably shouldn’t do it much later than 30 right and that only gives me nine years to have a high flying career and prove I’m as good as the men in the business and maybe it will be harder to work after that or companies won’t be as interested in me if I don’t have childcare or whatever and oh am I going to earn as much as men anyway?

Unicorns

What do I want?
For dinner, to wear, to do tomorrow, to do as a career, where to live, IN LIFE.

How often am I supposed to wash my bedding?

I wonder if we’ll leave the EU
I wonder what that will change in my lifetime.

I should read up on the politics and the economy
That seems like adulting.

I wonder how they are going to end Pretty Little Liars?

I really didn’t like Spencer and Caleb, did they even have a ship name?
I should google it.

Oh no now I’m online shopping

I'm happy 
Sometimes you just have to see what happens. I have a lot to be thankful for right now so maybe I don't have to think about being 21? Maybe I should just be 21.

H XX











FIVE HAPPY THINGS 1.0

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I am newly obsessed with other bloggers’ Happy Things, or versions of, posts. There is something so infectious about positivity and whenever I read them I immediately feel contented. I’m also a little nosey and love knowing what makes others tick. I feel like blogging everyday is really teaching me what I enjoy blogging about and what I feel is most authentic for me. So I thought I’d give my first ever Happy Things list a go! Here are five things making me smile this week.


Sun 
It’s slowly starting to get sunnier and warmer and teasing me with the impression that that’s set to continue. As soon as the sun is out I think most people feel much lighter and more positive in general and it’s giving me hope that there are beach days on the horizon. And let’s face it I can’t return from my year abroad paler than I arrived so I need to get some sunbathing in ASAP.

Dinner with friends 
So as I have said before and as I will no doubt bang on again in the future it’s so important to have positive people around you. I have found that the people I have met this year have helped shape it. There is nothing that can’t be cured by going to meet friends for a casual dinner. Tomorrow a group of us are going out to a Basque restaurant, we spend too much time eating burgers over here. I cannot wait to laugh over a glass (bottle) of wine.

Birthday cards 
Such a silly little thing, but it was my birthday just over a week ago and I still have all of my cards hanging up round my mirror and every time I glance at them I smile. I know it's corny but they make me feel so lucky to be so loved.

Clean pyjamas 
I bloody love pyjamas and there is nothing better than getting into a fresh pair and curling up.

The future 
Knowing that everything is about to change, (again) I have a really positive outlook for the future. I have so many exciting things planned, and possible things to plan (no spoilers) and I really think the next year could show me some wonderful things.

So there you have my first Happy Things list. I feel more relaxed just writing it! This will definitely be a returning post. Comment below with some of your happy things this week!


H XX

SEEING BILBAO : Hiking

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I love wandering around cities. I don’t need to go to all the tourist spots to see a city, although I won’t say no to a museum. I prefer to walk around, get a coffee, maybe shop. That has been no different in Bilbao. My favourite thing to do is still grab a takeout americano and walk along the river to the flower market on a Sunday morning. Sometimes seeing a city at its most simplest is at its best. 

I have to say though I had never been anywhere like Bilbao before. It isn’t your regular city. It is surrounded by mountains and only twenty minutes to the coast, if that. It’s unreal.




There are so many things to do in Bilbao but if you want to see it, really see it, you need to hike it. Or if that’s not your thing jump on the funicular. Either way you’ve gotta get up there.

I’ve hiked Pagassari and Monte Abril, both of which were beautiful. Wherever you hike around Bilbao you are bound to find a breathtaking view of the city. At the top of Pagassari you look down on the city, out to the sea or behind to the mountains. Monte Abril isn’t quite as high but the views are still unreal and it’s a great place to picnic in Spring surrounded by blossom trees.


Here are some of the photos from my Monte Abril hike. It’s such a fun way to get out of the city but still see it! What are your favourite things to do in cities? 

H XX

EVERYDAY MAY : Halfway

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So it's (pretty much) halfway through May and I am actually quite proud of myself for sticking to blogging everyday! It's not been the easiest alongside other commitments but I already love having the content to look back on and it's really made me fall in love with blogging again. I thought this would be a good point to have a catch up about the month so far.

May has been pretty damn good. The longer I'm in Bilbao, and the nearer the end, the more I enjoy and appreciate it. I am so not ready to leave but I am very excited for summer. At the beginning of this month I submitted my university coursework for the year which felt like a weight off my shoulders. I can't quite believe that I'll be going back into studying full-time in September after a break working.




I turned twenty one (omg) on Friday 6th May. It was an absolutely perfect weekend. George flew out on the Thursday and I was given my last two hours off work last minute so went to meet him (I hoped for a romantic reunion but I messed up my timing and ended up running up and down the city a few times before eventually finding G). We relaxed and shopped and ate pizza and pasta and watched the Michalaks on the eve of my birthday.

In the morning G did a coffee and croissant run and surprised me with TWO bottles of prosecco so we sat in bed whilst I opened my presents sipping prosecco and nibbling on napolitanas. I got very spendy in Zara and then due to it being the hottest weekend since who knows when we took a picnic up to the beach and had a couple of beers in the sun.



That evening we went out for dinner and afterwards met some of my friends after for a few vinos. I laughed so much my sides ached that night, it was wonderful.

The next day involved very little except a KFC until the evening. A group of us went wine tasting. Basically an educational way to get drunk. It really was so much fun, we had a great group of people, the wine was good and it was interesting to hear about different wines. We then grabbed a few pintxos and everyone headed home.

Since then I've been focussing on my last few weeks of work, which I can't get over, binge watching Jane the Virgin, oh and of course drinking more wine.

Basically the first half of the month has been banging so let's see what comes with the next two weeks!

Let me know what you've been up to this month or any plans that you have!

H XX

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VLOGGING : A Little Ramble

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This weekend's posts are going to be quite chatty about what's been going on and what I'm getting up to! I thought it would be a nice way to break up the month of blogging and write something a bit different.

If you have followed me for a while, or are subscribed to my YouTube channel (over here!) you will know that during my first term in Spain, and in fact just before I moved out here, I started to vlog. i wanted to document my year here and have something that I could always look back on. Also I bloody love watching other people's videos so I wanted to try it out myself. Unfortunately my laptop went kaput and despite getting my MacBook over Christmas I just didn't get back into vlogging!

However, I'm feeling newly inspired and have a couple of vlogs waiting to be edited, one from my twenty first birthday weekend! And I am filming one this weekend, which mainly involves drinking wine, so they will be up on my blog shortly! 

I wanted to really get into it for the next six weeks as it's my last chance to vlog my year abroad and I already love looking back at the footage I do have. I know my first vlogs are not the most amazing but I really am primarily doing it for myself and if anyone enjoys them then that's just the cherry on top! I'm also really enjoying the editing side.

I'm thinking about branching out and doing some 'sit down' videos. I am desperate to film a Zara haul after getting so spendy last weekend haha. And I know my birthday vlog is going to be quite a chatty one. And I would love to create some lookbooks!

Let me know your thoughts on my little vlogging ramble! Also, if you have a YouTube channel share your links below I would love to find some new channels I am a bit of a YouTube nut!

H XX

RITA CASQUEIRO : Portuguese Fashion Designer

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One of the perks of your friends living abroad is that we have all had the opportunity to share stories about the places we’ve been and the people we’ve met along the way. My friend Alex is spending her year abroad in Rome (check out the photo diaries of my visit Roman Holiday : Part One and Part Two). She recently told me that one of her friends out in Rome has just launched her own fashion brand. Rita Casqueiro from Portugal released her first line, Typical Portuguese (or Típica Portuguesa), for her self titled brand at the beginning of March. I thought it would be cool to chat a little bit about the brand and the line. It’s always fun to find discover new creatives and, well I just love talking about clothes don’t I?

Rita Casqueiro is a brand aiming to take inspiration from feminine beauty, defined by the state of being ‘stuck on the line between being a ‘girl’ and being a ‘woman’’. Typical Portuguese, as the name suggests, is inspired by classic Portuguese culture. Casqueiro’s aim was for this not to be obvious but to create an authentic feeling drawing from the rebellious nature of young Portuguese women, I know I was hooked by this idea too. She uses only Portuguese fabrics which I think is great and really speaks to her authenticity. The patterns are bold and colourful which Casqueiro believes represents the Portuguese woman. I love that Casqueiro has looked to her roots but created something uniquely modern. Whilst it’s inspired by the Portuguese woman I feel the clothes reflect something all young women can relate to. The ever changing modernity and strive to be unique and as Casqueiro says the ‘desire for the unknown’, is something we all understand.



The collection is a combination of playsuits and co-ords, perfectly on trend for summer. The fabrics are fun and quirky definitely reflecting Portuguese styles. The pieces I am most obsessing over are those in the yellow and white fabric, adorned with a blue floral print. Casqueiro has used this fabric for a trouser co-ord set and playsuit and I just think it’s so cute whilst making a statement. Both are so versatile. I can imagine city exploring in summer in a Casqueiro outfit with my converse on and my hair in a top knot and then letting my hair down and throwing on some heels for dinner. They are perfect for holidays abroad or the cooler UK summer with a denim jacket over the top. Everything seems to have a cool air, structured but relaxed and easy to dress down and up.

You can see Casqueiro’s passion for her culture and for fashion in her designs. She wants to share something close to her which I think is a beautiful idea and one not to be dismissed. I wish her all the luck with her collection, she is definitely a designer to watch. And I definitely need a piece of the collection for summer.

I’ll leave Casqueiro’s links below, all photos are her own. Let me know what you think of the brand and its first collection!

 H XX

Rita Casqueiro


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