A glimpse into my world down here...
I really don't know where to start, I have never done a favourites post before, but can you really call yourself a blogger of you don't? I'm sure you can but I still want to write this post, so here we go.
My favourites this month are a bit of a mixture, I have; a bag, a dress, a pair of shoes, a book, a mascara and a fragrance. Six items is pretty good for a first favourites, so we'll make a start.
Alex and I have an agreement, whenever I am on holiday I blitz the house with a bloody good clean and in return he buys me a pressie. The latest has been the Rubicon saddle bag by Matt & Nat in the colour Quartz, which is the cutest baby pink.
For those of you who haven't heard of the brand Matt & Nat I highly recommend that you have a look, they are a vegan brand from Canada who make the most beautiful bags and recently shoes (see below). With the exception of one, all of my bags are now from Matt & Nat and I am already eyeing up more.
So the bag itself is the perfect size for a quick trip out to the shops where you don't really want to be carrying too much. It has three compartments, the middle on having a zip so it is perfect for keeping something like your passport or documents safe. I have been able to fit in so much, including my camera into these compartments, but I plan to do a what's in my bag post to show you better.
The bag also features a magnetic snap closure so you don't have to mess around too much trying to close it, and the handle is detachable so if you want to wear it as a clutch as you can. The handle is the only part of the bag that I don't 100% love as for me I could do with it being a little wider.
I love this bag so much that I am thinking about getting the same bag in black so I can continue to wear it through Autumn and Winter.
Start Print Dress
First of all I never thought I would be the sort of person who would buy a full price Whistles dress, yes I always wanted to be but I didn't think I would actually do it. Well I did!
Recently I haven't been loving my wardrobe; I realised that the large majority of my clothes were going unused and so I decided that I would try a capsule wardrobe (I never got around to writing a Summer capsule wardrobe post, but I am more optimistic about an Autumn one). What it was missing was a nice, grown up looking day dress. I love wearing dresses but I found that the ones I was picking up in the shops either were too formal, more suitable for work or they made me look like a teenager.
This dress however! It really was love at first sight. My sister and I had gone into Whistles to have a browse through the sale section and it was in the middle of the store, just calling to me. I did that thing where you walk around, pretending to look at other things but secretly you know that you are going to try it on anyway. Which I did, and I just fell deeper in love when I found just how well it fitted. Being as small as I am I never find clothes that fit "just right" but this dress was the closest I have found in a long time.
As you can see the dress is this impressive start print (hence the name), but the skirt along the bottom is a slightly different. Across the bust is a beautiful pleat, which helps to give it a beautiful fit. Finally it tucks in at the waist to give an hourglass figure.
If you haven't already spotted I have mentioned shoes and the pair that I mean are these. This is another Matt & Nat item, as they recently branched out into footwear as well as handbags.
I was very good, I had been looking at these shoes for months ever since I had seen one of the TAs at school wearing a similar pair. At the time I couldn't justify spending that much money, but then to my delight they were reduced in the sale. This is why I am recommending them to you because I am not sure how much longer they are going to be available.
When I wore these for the first time I decided to really give them a test by an afternoon of shopping followed by a bloggers event (that post should be up in a few days) and I have to say that they are one of the most comfortable shoes I have worn in a long time. The soles of the shoes are slightly padded so you don't get that burning feeling in the ball of your foot.
I will say that they have rubbed my big toes a little, but this is to be expected when your foot is being forced down into the shoe from the height of the heel.
If you haven't heard Louise Pentland wrote a book! I wasn't sure what it wasn't going to be like, you never know what to expect when someone branches out from their area of expertise but I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised.
I'm not going to say much more as I have included it as one of my Summer reading list 2017 so I will be writing a whole post on it in the near future.
I am just over 7 months into my vegan journey and I in the process of making sure that all my make up is suitable. This is where I plug another one of my posts as Saturday was National Lipstick Day and I wrote a spur of the moment post on my lipstick collection which can be found right here.
Unfortunately most mascaras contain beeswax making them not suitable for vegans, which is why when I discovered that this one was made with a synthetic beeswax I was very eager to try it.
Now this is not the most exciting mascara that you will find, and at £8 what do you expect? It is a basic one, it is black and it covers your lashes so you can see them. At the moment I have kinda fallen out of love with make up so for now it is fulfilling all my needs.
As a teacher I obviously spend all day with teenagers, and no offence to them but I don't really want to be using my fancy perfume for everyday. So when I found this body mist I was overjoyed, here we have a beautiful smelling fragrance that is less than £3!
It is part of a series of fragrances, I think there might be 6 in total which can either be worn on their own or they can by layered to create a whole different scent. I am going to do the maths now and by just using 2 different scents you can create 15 different combinations.
So there we have it, my very first monthly favourites. What do you think? What have you been loving this month?