I have long been a fan of The White Company, paired that with my love for beautiful skincare the new partnership with Deciem screams match made in heaven! The White Company have always been a brand which I look to when I want elegant and chic homewares, luxury linens (Nobody does bedsheets like them, right??) and quality clothing. Not to mention some of my most favourite candles, which have one of the best scent pay-offs I’ve found. I digress.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

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When I posted a photo of the new collection on my Instagram someone actually commented that this was like a dream come true for me! How well must they know me! It was right. I love the brand Deciem and have a strong collection of their science based skincare products, so to know that The White Company had paired up with them I knew something special had been launched.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

The range is made up of 6 well thought out and essential products, encased in true TWC style minimalist-chic packaging, it makes the perfect start to their foray into skincare. DECIEM can sometimes be faulted that their skincare is too “confusing” and frankly I wont even begin to decipher it all for you here, I will leave that to founder Brandon and Queen Caroline. But TWC have used all of DECIEM’s intense knowledge and experience to create this simplistic and easy to manage range. The White Company’s founder Chrissy Rucker made a smart move partnering with such a highly regarded skincare expert and the Advance Skincare Collection is just as special as it sounds.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

Some of my favourites :

First up would have to be the Super Balm; a gentle but deep cleansing balm which melts upon application and turns into a make-up and dirt destroying emulsifying almost oil like substance which leaves skin soft and supple while instantly boosting hydration and radiance, too. You don’t need to apply much and it comes in a large 150ml tube which makes it an affordable and effective cleanser suitable for all skin types.

Next the Super Serum; this highly absorbent and advanced serum sinks deep into the skin, soothing skin concerns such as sallow skin, dark circles and uneven skintone. It plumps skin, offers UV protection and helps skin retain its moisture with it’s active ingredients such as Amino acids, Marine extracts & Grape vine stem cells. Definitely a must in your skincare regime.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

Onto the eyes; I really love applying the Eye Revive. It leaves my eyes feeling fresh and soothed, hydrated and plumped. It even boasts that it can help to lift the upper eyelids with its blend of Persian silk tree, oxygen-boosting actives and probiotic technology. However I can’t give you a long term review as to whether it does exactly what it says it can do to banish lines because I have not been using it for long enough, but it’s definitely enjoyable to apply.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

Shout out to their face cloths too – double textured and as luxuriously feeling as their linen, but I guess that’s a given.

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

For me the Night Oil, although beautifully scented (as with all the range actually) and boasting ingredients like anti-oxidant carotenoids: to help support firmer-looking, age-proof skin, Poppy-flower extract: to help visibly smooth skin’s surface and boost radiance & Amazonian oils: to deeply hydrate and improve the appearance of skin’s texture, I’m just not sure there is anything groundbreaking here. It’s really lovely to apply and absorbs quickly so definitely a good first step for someone looking to get into night oils, but for me I am not yet ready to convert from my Luna Oil.

The new advanced-skincare collection can be bought from The White Company starting at £20.

Super Balm – Gentle Daily Deep Cleanser | £25

Super Serum – Advanced Multi-depth Concentrate | £40

Advanced Hydration – Skin-Perfecting Moisturiser | £30

Night Oil – Overnight Renewal Treatment | £30

Eye Revive – Daily Brightening Eye Serum | £20

Hand Elixir – Ultra-Hydrating And Protecting Cream | £20

Face Cloth – Set of 3 – White | £15

I would really love to know if you have tried out the new skincare, and what you thought of it!

The new White Company advanced-skincare collection, which Chrissie created in partnership with global skincare experts DECIEM

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Last weekend I was kindly invited to an access all areas, behind the scenes look at the Festival Place Love Fashion Weekend. I of course was thrilled to be involved; fashion, photography and meeting other bloggers, what’s not to love!

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

I got there early to get ready, I opted for this beautiful jumpsuit from Lipsy from the new Next in Basingstoke. I am a huge fan of a jumpsuit, they can be dressed up or down according to the event and I find them so comfortable to wear whilst looking completely cool and put together.

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

My lovely friend Lucie came along to support me and help me capture the day. Festival Place invited along some bloggers too and it was so nice to meet them especially after “knowing” each other online! Also, props to the Zara biker jacket that I have been lusting after for so long!

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

It was a pleasure to interview stylist JP who put on a brilliant show. He was so charming and it was really lovely to get an insight into his ideas behind the design of his show. Encapsulating the SS17 trends into each catwalk, it was so nice to see how he pitched each trend from each store within Festival Place, I definitely could have talked to him all day, and that beard was oh so soft!

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17 Stylist JP

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Some of my personal favourites would have t0 be the desert pallet bought together from Next, that trench!! Plus the summer style from Debenhams and the stripes collection. Watching a show like this makes it all seem so much more attainable than the LFW shows I watch from afar. I love that all of these items are available in Festival Place there and then if people want to go and pick them up. JP did a beautiful job to put together all of these looks and to open up the every day shopper’s eye to what might appear within the high street stores.

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

I vlogged my day at the Festival Place Love Fashion weekend if you want to see more of what we got up to and some behind the scenes action, take a look here and let me know which were your favourite looks!

 

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It’s not often, since having children, that Stuart and I have a date night – we go out, and we have nights out together, but it’s usually for events or group outings. So when Festival Place got in touch to see if I would like to challenge myself to finding the perfect date night outfit for £100 I jumped at the chance! I filmed the experience over on my YouTube channel, so you can see exactly what I got up to: 

Child free shopping – this is an exciting opportunity!!

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

Finding The Perfect Date Night Outfit:

I really love the sheer trend, but I struggle with its wearability – I don’t want my underwear on show at the best of times, let alone in public when I am about to eat all.the.food.

I am obsessed with this top from Lipsy, it’s the perfect opaque fabric covering all the right paces with the beautiful lace giving it a luxe touch. It was the first thing I saw when I got to Festival Place, and I knew I had to go back for it. It was the most expensive part of the whole outfit, coming in at £40 but I think it is something I will get so much wear out of. It is from the Michelle Keegan collection at Lipsy, which I found at Next. I also love these boyfriend cut jeans which I didn’t end up buying sadly because typically the 8 was too big and the 6 was too small!! But I love the understated style of this cut of jean, they are so easy to wear and you can dress them up with a pretty top and heels as easily as you can wear casually with a pair of converse and a simple t-shirt.

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

The next item I found I was immediately drawn to – this beautiful blush pink skirt from Monsoon felt like silk and I felt all sassy as I sashayed down the changing room spinning and twirling in it. It was £49 so took up half of my budget – I had already fallen in love with it though and knew I would have so many other reasons to wear it over the summer. Sadly after a couple of hours of trying to find complementary pieces within my budget I had to admit defeat – but maybe one day I will be able to add it to my wardrobe.

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

Coffee break time. I had been shopping a couple of hours and needed a bit of time to refresh myself, in peace – what a luxury!!

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

I absolutely have to own this jacket. It’s faux suede and I have tried to justify it for weeks now. I just absolutely love the light, delicate colour which is such a nice alternative to a black leather biker jacket. Every time I put my one on I just don’t feel right in – it’s just not my style. But they always look so nice on other people, I just feel like an imposter! Zara also does a light blue and a light khaki version. But I love the blush pink the most. It will be mine one day!!

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

I put myself in a predicament of having to find a pair of shoes for £11 having over spent on the skirt and shirt. The hunt was on and I managed to track down these bargains in Debenhams. The pair I eventually went for were £14.70 and from Faith.

Guess what – I tried it all on together and it turns out I didn’t like the way the skirt bought the outfit together – all that searching for £11 shoes and when I pretty much found them I realised I no longer wanted what I had pictured in my head. I actually felt so much more comfortable in the peg leg trousers I chose from New Look in a similar colour.

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

I completed my date night outfit challenge using the Festival Place gift card, which they even accept in the restaurants and coffee shops!

My outfit came in at a total of £94.68 and I was so so happy with it! Here’s a little look at the finished date night outfit:

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

Date Night Challenge Outfit details

Lipsy Love Michelle Keegan Lace Frill T-shirt | £40 Next

Tie Waist Peg Leg Trousers | £19.99 | New Look 

Shoes £14.70 (no longer available but similar here 

Grey Faux Suede Bag £19.99
Very similar here

Total cost £94.68!!

For more info on the Festival Place gift Cards click here

 

I am also delighted to announce that I have been asked to be the Festival Place fashion Ambassador which is so exciting and I am really looking forward to working with them. This weekend they are holding the Love Fashion event which takes place 29th & 30th April with fashion catwalks from 11am, pamper and skincare sessions throughout the day in the health and beauty lounge and expert advice from stylist JP. I will also be involved across the weekend helping with styling and chatting about the top SS17 trends and must-haves. I would really love to see you if you can make it, take a look here for more info!! Let me know if you can pop along and have a look at all the exciting events happening at Festival Place over the weekend.

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I love the change of the seasons, every time it turns it reminds me why I love living in the UK. Just as you get fed up of the heat, the crisp Autumnal evenings set in, then once the excitement of the winter festivities are over the green shoots of spring start popping out of the ground. An eternal Summer may seem like heaven, but the reality would probably be a little more dull. I think we need to miss what we love to really appreciate it.

My go-to Spring Outfits:

Spring time is up there with Autumn as being my favourite season; nature is coming back to life with a bang and the shops are full of pastels, cotton and open toes. I thought I would share some of my go to Spring outfits which I have been loving recently, in case you’re also looking to refresh your wardrobe at the moment.

Spring outfits best spring transitional outfits to keep warm and look stylish

Spring outfits best spring transitional outfits to keep warm and look stylish

Spring outfits best spring transitional outfits to keep warm and look stylish

Top New Look £14.99 http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/blue-broderie-long-sleeve-bardot-neck-top_523381043 

Topshop Cain Jeans £45 http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/moto-premium-step-hem-cain-jeans-6425920?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=cain

pretty girl bardot top spring look outfits

Now we all know, Spring in the UK is pretty temperamental! One day it is 20 degrees and we’re all stocking up on suncream and the next it’s back to being freezing – it was actually sleeting today, SLEET!! It’s almost May! I love how wet look leggings/leather trousers look so stylish without having to put any effort in. I paired these from Next with an old shirt from Asos and this hat from H&M (which is actually too small for my tiny head!) Perfect for dinner with the girls.

girl in hat with floaty shirt and wet look leather trousers

girl in hat with floaty shirt and wet look leather trousers

Wet Look leggings | £25 | Next http://www.next.co.uk/search?w=Leather&af=category:leggings%20category:trousers%20gender:women&isort=score

Shirt, asos, no longer available

Hat, last year, H&M

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

I love this outfit so much. The lace detail sheer top is beautiful and I really love it, the peg trousers are high waisted which is great for the “mum tum” and the bow detail is a lovely feature, I am a huge fan of the blush pink colour too. I paired this outfit with these absolute bargain sandals from Faith which were £14.70!!

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

These are perfect Spring outfits for cooler days, the trousers are lightweight and SS17 trend colours, I love the floral print of the top pair but they are a bit too big for me sadly. The jumpers come in handy during the cooler days – or when it’s downright freezing like today! All of these are from Zara https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman 

I think metallic shoes create such a stylish finish to any outfit and are so easy to wear, they go with everything! These little puppies are from H&M £14.99 http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0482656004.html#Silver 

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

I’d love to know what your go-to Spring outfits are! If you would like to see more outfits have a look at my YouTube look-book video which just went up on my channel 

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It’s the end of an era!! My baby’s nursery is about to get transformed into a brand new office. I have such strange mixed feelings about it. I am obviously so excited for the room to be transformed into an office for me; I currently work from the dining room table, which is nice…I love the decor of the dining room (video update here) the coffee pot is within arm’s reach, as is the fridge…but it’s just not practical. I have outgrown the space and it’s becoming too difficult to pack everything away each evening to service the table for what it was designed for and store any deliveries which arrive during the day. But it’s bitter sweet.

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

I remember excitedly designing the nursery for our first child’s arrival, planning each part of it because I wanted to give that tiny baby (who had no idea, nor was he in there for months!!) the best room I could give him. We didn’t know the sex until he was born, so I went for a unisex green & white colour scheme with clouds, cute bunting which matched the light and a cool canopy I found at a nearly new sale, finished off with some lovely little details from independant online stores including a sweet Owl and the Pussycat wall sticker. I was proud of it and I was ready to welcome our baby into the world (he kept us waiting for a lonnnng time)

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

I was particularly proud of the baby change station I had created, with a basket for every conceivable baby contraption and all.the.paraphernalia; everything carefully organised in its place. Of course it rarely stayed so neat, especially when dealing under pressure with a poo explosion of mammoth proportions, many times per day! Wipes flying around, the place covered in Sudocrem. But I loved it all the same. (The most embarrassing bad quality video of it here)

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

Many, many, many nights were spent feeding in the super comfy nursing chair which we bought from friend’s of ours. All those hundreds of sleepless nights, cradling our sweet boys as they fed multiple times throughout the night for months on end. The 17,000 rounds of You Are My Sunshine, a song we used to sing to both boys, memories I will cherish forever. I’m pretty sure I spent a fair few hours asleep in that chair too.

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

But, as I said it is the end of an era, a new transformation awaits this lovely little room which we spent so many hours in; rocking, singing, hushing, smiling, willing sleep, caring for our small little babies. Our boys who have grown into charming, clever, cheeky little men who pretty much demanded that they share a bedroom and were becoming really difficult to tear apart come night time. It seems to have come at the perfect time for us as a family and I am now so SO excited to have started the office transformation, and I can’t wait to share some of the ideas I have for the room, for the decor and design and for all the amazing videos and articles I am going to create from within this space.

Watch this space for mood boards, wish lists and design ideas a plenty! If anyone knows of any cool instagram interior shops please let me know in the comments!

 

 

Click here for a super embarrassing room tour whilst heavily pregnant/the size of a whale!

 

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