Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Perfect LBD


So we've all seen that famous Urban Outfitters LBD that every blogger is styling and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't fallen inlove with it also, but alas the price tag was however was stopping our relationship. So when I took a trip to london and fell into Brandy Melville like I have to every time I take a visit and I am so glad I did because I would not have found this dress, which is practically the same as the UO one and I know that I could not leave without it, especially as it is nearly half the price of the other one how could I not say no!

I feel it really is the perfect LBD, as you can see I've styled it for a casual day time look, but through on a pair of heels, and a jacket or killer lipstick and your ready for a night with the girls (note to self, style and snap photos in both next time)  The fit is just perfect with that slight A-line cut and spaghetti strap its just gorgeous and so simple.

I decided to style it with this gorgeous necklace from Stella & Dot. I was kindly gifted it and also went to a recent event they held in Brighton, which was amazing! They'd styled the place so gorgeously and the girls were so so friendly it was so nice, not to mention the gorgeous products they had out which are to die for! But yes, this necklace. doesn't it just remind you of a Missoma piece. I loved that the chain is gold but the horn is silver it's such a difference and for a girl that doesn't wear much gold its a lovely way for me to get to like it. I just thought it was such a simple piece to dress up the dress.

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Photos by the talented @IndiaClifton

Elizabeth Apps x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Botanics | The New and Improved

 Recently I was approached by the brand botanics and asked if I wanted to create content with them and after looking through their instagram, I thought *why not?* I mean just look at the products to begin they are so dreamy looking and so photogenic. That's not the only reason though. I loved the fact the brand was all natural and plant based. Sometimes the thought of all the chemicals in other skincare is a little scary and the damage it's probably causing slightly *shudders* The products use high quality ingredients and they don't test on animals, sold yet? I am thoroughly enjoying the products and so is my skin especially with burst of late summer we've been having they are just gorgeous!
 Rosewater Toning Spritz - This weather recently, damn is it hot again! After spending the day on the beach and then taking off the salt water and sand in the shower, my skin still felt hot and just not quite clean enough, but a few spritz of this and wow. Honestly, it not only made the skin feel rejuvenated and cleaner but it really was so calming and refreshing my skin loved it. Also the smell is so refreshing too. In all honesty a lot of my skincare doesn't have a smell that instantly makes me think *awww* but even the smell of this is refreshing. Absolutely perfect.

Hyrdrating Day Cream - If there is one part of my skin care I always always ensure I keep up, it's moisturising every day/night (let's be honest we've all been tired or lazy from time to time and not done the whole skincare routine) I will give any moisturiser a go, I just love keeping my skin radiant and hydrated, even on a very hot day it sunk in quickly and left no greasy feel to the skin. My skin feels just as soft as when using other moisturisers, not to mention the benefits of rosehip giving omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids that really do help to nourish the skin.

All Bright Purifying Scrub - I am all for anything that exfoliates my skin and leaves it all bright and glowing not only is hibiscus my favourite flower but it also has brightening properties which I am always looking for in my skincare as I love that bright glowy look and when my face started to peel due to a little sunburn it really did stop the peeling, not completely but I didn't look so flaky and gross and that along with the moisturiser both worked so well together.

All Bright Radiance Balm - Now I know I already mentioned I love a bright glowy look and girls, this is the true answer to it all. This little beauty can be used as a primer to give you a glow when applying make up, or I wear it just by itself as I don't wear foundation and things and it's given me such a glow, granted when I first tried it I was burnt and it did bring out the redness but since that's gone and my face is now tanned it really does give me that last of the summer healthy glow and it's all thanks to hibiscus and its richness of AHA's giving that gorgeous luminous look. I'm hoping this gives me that lasting summer glow even when the weather turns cold and miserable!

* sponsored post - however all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Honest to Blog: Friendship

Tricky one to write this post. It's something I struggle and get down about often. When I was in primary and secondary school I always had a big group of friends, most of which were boys I just seemed to always click with them more. But in a way that's now come back to haunt me or may be I've never actually been good at making friends? I guess what I'm trying to say in this honest to blog post is that friendships are hard for me.

I want that friendship where you wine and dine over conversation full of laughter or even deep thoughts. I want the friendship where you always have that person to text and you have inside jokes or where you take weekend breaks away with your small girl gang creating memories for a life time that you can share with your own children when one day you go on play dates and things as you grow older.

I want that feeling where after each encounter you feel so happy and content and it pushes that loneliness from us all that will not waver until the next meeting. I want to be that person that friends know they can come to 24/7 if they want to because I'd be there for them to talk to and for me to listen and talk back when it's needed.
After leaving school settings, whether that be primary school, secondary school, college or university where we are pretty much thrown together with others and make friends because what else is there to do when we see them 5 days a week for hours. School is how we make friends and where we create our memories with those friends and we have people we can turn to when we feel stressed or sad and  those are the people  that we speak to all the time and go shopping with and have those fabulous school sleepovers it's easy making friends at school. I have had some fabulous friendships and always have such nostalgia when I come across old photos and things.

But sadly the majority of those friendships for me bar a few have dwindled, never for bad reasons but the norm that happens for most people. We grow up. We grow up and we create new lives, we get jobs, we go to university, we start families and become adults and with that I've experienced lots of friend losses. This is probably a main reason of me feeling so down. I crave what I wrote above. I don't really know what I'm trying to say in this post to be honest. It's a big brain dump on how I miss having close friends to make memories and talk to and gossip with pretty much 24/7.

I also do not have an clue on how to make friends now days. I try to use social media to talk to people but at the moment it's not clicking, I guess it takes a little longer to click especially through the internet but yeah I guess in a way this is a reach out in asking people what they do to makes friends. I have so many wonderful people in my life, I just really want a few more close friendships and to create memories that will last a life time! (That's so my poor bestie doesn't get bombarded with me asking her to do everything and anything with me - although I know she loves it)

I feel it's going to get to a point where people start making friends online, kinda like tinder, but less creepy and weird so if anyone wants to chat and make friends honestly feel free to message me, I don't bite and it would be lovely to talk to more like minded people that enjoy blogging or going on adventures or coffee dates and all sorts!
I'm so tired of feeling lonely and not having a group of girls that I can chat to and things, lets use all our kindness and platforms to create friendships and memories!

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Elizabeth Apps x