Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Trick or Treat: Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Halloween

Halloween Kylie Lip Kits & Lush Bath Bomb
Halloween was definitely not a holiday we really celebrated in my house growing up (I wasn't allowed to go trick or treating and don't remember the day ever really being a thing) but as I've gotten older it's become a bit of an autumnal landmark in my calendar that I look forward to - after my birthday of course!
So I thought I'd share with you all why I particularly love this time of year in the hope that for those of you who're like me, and don't have any plans to dress up and go out this year, you can still find the same happiness as I can in the little things. 

1. Pumpkins

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Products.

As soon as I've celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month, it's like a craving for pumpkins sets in. I want to carve them, eat them, bake with them, and even bathe in their goodness (thank you Lush for creating a pumpkin bath product!) If it was acceptable to wear them, I probably would. 

I was particularly proud of myself this year too, as I managed to make a delicious pumpkin pie for the first time - move over Blair Waldorf!

2. Candles

There's nothing quite like lighting candles at home to create a cosy, homely feel that makes you want to grab your snuggliest blanket and settle down for the evening. Or if you're feeling brave, pop on a horror film and you'll find they create the perfect ambience to complement every sudden jump scare along the way! I've even saved a couple of 'toasted marshmallow' scented candles to treat myself to this year.

Halloween Kylie Lip Kits & Lush Bath Bomb
3. Candy

Halloween is a holiday centred entirely around asking strangers for sweets. Though I've never been trick or treating myself, and am definitely well past the age where it's acceptable for me to go knocking on my neighbours doors, there's nothing stopping me from indulging in some sugary delights. After all if you wouldn't celebrate Easter without an egg, why would you not celebrate Halloween without some candy (see I've justified the extra calories for you).

4. Nostalgic Films

For me Halloween is definitely the perfect time to crack out some of your old favourite films, whether that means a magical Harry Potter marathon, or being spellbound by Practical Magic, there's no better way to spend a dark dreary evening than with some of your fave flicks. They don't even have to be scary if you're not in the mood to be sleeping with the light on!

5. Creativity

I feel like as every year passes and we adopt this American holiday as our own, we see more and more creativity being put into outfits and decorations. I could sit all day on Pinterest admiring everyone's artistic makeup, party favours and hand-made outfits, and I definitely get a little more excited each year to see what new twists everyone will be putting on their looks.

Halloween Kylie Lip Kits & Lush Bath Bomb
So now I've shared with you my favourite things about Halloween, why not tell me yours! Leave me a comment down below, I'd love to hear what you look forward to most, or if there's a film you can't not watch at this time of year!

Until next time..

Georgina 
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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Autumn Style Edit: Fall in Love with Gemporia's Rose Gold Bridge Stacking Rings

Gemporia Bridge Collection Mini Rose Gold Diamond Stacking Ring
As consumers, we're all becoming more aware of both what's in our products and where the materials used to create them have been sourced from. Everything from fair trade food, to cruelty free makeup is becoming the norm, and I think it's wonderful, to see everyone begin to make savvier shopping choices in a bid to make the world a more ethical place. So why should your jewellery be any different?

A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to be contacted by Gemporia, being given the opportunity to choose a piece of jewellery in exchange for an honest and fair review. And as someone who works within the jewellery industry, this opportunity was of course right up my street! 

Before having been contacted by the company, I have to admit they hadn't been on my radar. But after a very long time spent on their website, deliberating and lusting over exactly which gorgeous piece of jewellery I wanted to add to my collection, I was pleasantly surprised to discover what a forward-thinking, innovative company they are.

Gemporia Bridge Collection Mini Rose Gold Diamond Stacking Ring
Gemporia Bridge Collection Mini Rose Gold Diamond Stacking Ring
In the end I opted for a 1/4ct Diamond Rose Gold Vermeil Mini Bridge Stacking Ring - a design from their newest 'Bridge' collection, which isn't as simple as the apt design suggests. In fact the Bridge collection, is also a metaphor for how the company bypass the middle man, and go straight to the source to get their gemstones. Often the mining communities are incredibly remote and earn very little from their efforts, but Gemporia are actively working to change this, with £5 from every Bridge collection piece you purchase going directly towards improving these people's quality of life. I like the idea that the jewellery you wear, is giving back to someone in a charitable way, and though I have received this ring as a gift, I have already chosen the next stacking ring I'll be adding to my collection to help make a difference.

Gemporia Bridge Collection Mini Rose Gold Diamond Stacking Ring
I chose the rose gold design because I feel it's the perfect transitional metal as we head into Autumn, the fiery vermeil beautifully reflects the changing of the leaves and the comforting fireside glow of bonfire night. At first I was a little worried that the rose vermeil would disappear through wear, but can say that having worn the ring for three consecutive days, it's showing no signs of vanishing any time soon! Of course with any plated jewellery though, it's important to remove it when washing your hands or applying hand creams etc. if you want to keep it in tip top condition.

I'm all about the geometric-minimalism trend within jewellery at the moment, and adore the simplicity of the Bridge design, With a symmetrical arch, and linear stone setting, it's definitely a statement design whether worn stacked or solo. I love the way that the claws setting the diamonds are silver instead of rose too, so that they don't detract away from the glorious sparkle of the diamonds and also create a striking two-tone effect, meaning I'm more than happy to team this ring with both silver or rose accessories.

Gemporia Bridge Collection Mini Rose Gold Diamond Stacking Ring
When the colder weather sets in, I think it's really easy to slip into oversized knitwear, and choose comfort over style, but the addition of jewellery can transform even the simplest of knitted jumpers into elegant attire. Though I opted for a neutral gemstone, these gorgeous Bridge rings are available in an assortment of metals & hues - my personal favourites are the Thai Ruby and the Zambian Emerald, both of which are gorgeously festive! I don't know what it is about green gemstones, but ever since I cast my eyes over that image of Angelina Jolie wearing her iconic emerald earrings at an award ceremony, I've never been able to forget their alluring glow!

Gemporia Bridge Collection Mini Rose Gold Diamond Stacking Ring
Gemporia Bridge Collection Mini Rose Gold Diamond Stacking Ring
Gemporia use only genuine gemstones and precious metals to create their designs, and are working to bring affordable, luxury jewellery to everyone. They believe that beautiful jewellery shouldn't cost the earth, but also believe that it shouldn't be mass produced or run of the mill. and all of their designs are created in limited runs in order to maintain their exclusivity - what's not to love?

So if you're searching for affordable, ethical jewellery, that's beautifully innovative and contemporary within its design, I'd definitely recommend taking a peek at Gemporia's selection - trust me when I say you'll spend hours on their website lusting over their array of designs!

I hope you enjoyed my post, let me know what you think of their Bridge collection!

Until next time..

Georgina 

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Primark Haul: The 'Must-Have' Little Black Bag That You Need This A/W16

Primark Haul Black Clutch Bag AW16 and Vaseline x Lulu Guinness Lip Therapy Tin
The little black dress is an essential piece within any woman's wardrobe. In fact if you don't own at least one, it's probably considered a bit of a cardinal sin - though I won't personally judge you.

But even if you don't own an LBD of your own, there's no doubt that every lady needs a LBB (that's Little Black Bag to you and me) that they can grab quickly whether they're heading out for a post work meal, or a night on the town. And I believe that I have stumbled upon, by accident, one of the most beautiful black bags ever to grace Primark's shelves, that will undoubtedly take centre stage throughout all of my 'party season' outfits this winter. 

This striking bag is technically speaking, more of a box. The structured design & shape lends itself well to storing all types of beauty essentials inside for a night out, without having to worry about the liquid lipstick that you crammed inside at the last minute being squashed and melting everywhere - trust me this stuff can happen on the beauty front line.

Primark Haul Black Clutch Bag AW16 and Vaseline x Lulu Guinness Lip Therapy Tin
The bag itself is finished in a really luxurious suede-effect fabric that I genuinely cannot stop stroking. And the matte suede-esque look provides a stunning contrast against the luminosity of the yellow gold clasp and detailing. With the added bonus of a quirky tassel at the base, there's something very reminiscent of YSL's bag designs to me. 

Tucked inside is a long gold chain, that allows the bag to be worn over the shoulder, or across your body. Or if preferred you can simply tuck it inside if you feel the urge to transform it into a chic clutch bag. 

When purchasing this bag, I could already picture it being teamed with my black leather jacket with gold detailing, and statement yellow gold jewellery. I always feel like it's important to think about your wardrobe sitting at home when purchasing accessories, as there's nothing worse than the guilt of feeling like you need to buy a whole new outfit, just to tie in with your latest purchase - I know this from experience.

Primark Haul Black Clutch Bag AW16 and Vaseline x Lulu Guinness Lip Therapy Tin
If you've fallen in love with this bag already though, the price alone will have you donning your shoes and heading to the nearest Primark store. As this particular bag is a mere £10 - once again Primark have triumphed with a stylish design at an unbelievable price. 

Though this design is most definitely a piece of throw away fashion that probably won't last into Spring, I always think it's fun to mix & match your high-quality pieces with trending designs, to keep your look new & exciting.

So what do you think - have you found anything particularly lust-worthy in Primark's new season fashion? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Until next time..

Georgina 
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