A weekend in Yorkshire

Meltham, Holmfirth, YorkshireWedding photobooth, Yorkshire

I’ve seen surprisingly little of Yorkshire considering how close I lived to Brontë Country for most of my life, but you know I love to visit new places so last weekend we were pleased to have the opportunity to spend 48 hours in Meltham, Holmfirth, for the wedding of my fella’s brother & his lovely new bride.

Truth be told we spent most of our time drinking in a (stunning) converted barn or at the hotel where the wedding took place, but on our last morning (& slightly worse for wear) we made an effort to wander around the village & enjoy a goodbye breakfast in a cute little café. Then it was on to Manchester for my 30th birthday party! How was your bank holiday weekend?

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Holmfirth, Yorkshire MoorsMeltham, HolmfirthMeltham village, Holmfirth, YorkshireHolmfirth, Yorkshire, England

Summer swansong wishlist

SS15 holiday shopping wishlist

London hasn’t seen much of a summer this year so, honestly, for our upcoming holiday to Italy I could just wear all the clothes I optimistically bought in spring…but where’s the fun in that?

Topshop sunglasses | Nali straw clutch | Boden jersey mini | Topshop lipsticks in Watermelon & Rio Rio | Boden cotton dressM&S striped vest |  Carvela black sliders | M&S floral trousers | Topshop scalloped swimsuit | Topshop bardot top | M&S denim pencil skirt | Superga flatforms | ASOS White dress

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My favourite blushes

4 best blushes!

As a naturally fair-skinned girl, for me choosing the right blusher is the difference between looking like a ghost or a clown. The 4 blushers below have been my most-recent favourites.

NARS Blush in Orgasm (£23)

No, not the cheapest & admittedly I didn’t get the big deal with at first – now that it’s grown on me I just love its subtle shimmer.

MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power (£18.50)

A birthday gift from my lovely BFF, as a fellow pale girl she got this shade spot on for my skin tone. It’s been my go-to for a couple of years (as you can see!).

The Body Shop All-In-One Cheek Colour in Macaroon (£8)

My first ever non-pink blush & a spontaneous buy to top up a Body Shop order so I’d qualify for free delivery (a tip from me to you, if you don’t do this already!). The peachy shade has been a nice change during the summer months.

No7 Natural Tint Blush Powder in Soft Damson (£8)

I was given this by a Jamaican friend who didn’t think it worked for her dark skin. It is fairly bright on me but if I use it sparingly it gives a nice warm glow; it’s also perfect when I have a bit of a tan (like now, thanks France!).

Check out my recent review of a great budget make up brush set, perfect for pairing with these products. What’s your favourite blusher?

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What I wore in France

City break style: denim dress & red leather satchel

Isn’t holiday dressing the best*? Throw on a pretty dress, slip your feet into go-with-everything sandals, grab your bag & hit the streets! These days I use every single thing in my carry-on case (yep, still building that capsule wardrobe) so I like to think I’m a bit of a city break packing pro – this is what I took on our recent trip to Strasbourg & Colmar in France.

* Saying that I’m so ready for autumn – jumpers & scarves & boots, oh my!

Day 1 – Strasbourg

I’m still mourning the loss of Aubin & Wills & snap up old pieces as I spot them on eBay. I’d hunted down this denim dress for a particularly long time. Worn with my red Cambridge Satchel (save 15% with discount code NEWBRIT!) & comfy Saltwater Sandals, it’s a simple look that was perfect for exploring on a warm but cloudy day.

French holiday style in Strasbourg

Day 2 – Colmar

I got this shirt dress in Spring, when I won an Instagram competition to choose 12 items from Boden (I know!). In fact I got 2 versions of it because it’s so damn pretty & I think the blue one is very Zooey Deschanel in “500 Days of Summer” i.e. no bad thing. These ‘outfit photos’ are just random holiday snaps so I don’t have a full-length shot but trust me, it’s trés belle. What do you pack for city breaks?

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Floral shirt dress in Colmar