So you may remember that a few months back I talked you through my 4 top picks for spring (and summer) 2015, which you can read here if you haven’t already ! Well the stores are now having their sales and autumn stock is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for your fave spring/summer looks, especially if you still have holidays booked like I have!
So because all the sales are now on (yay!) I thought I would recap some of the items I have picked up over the past few months, give you some ideas of how to wear them and link through to some fab pieces that you are going to want to snap up before they are gone 🙂
So the first look I talked about was the seventies vibe and I can tell you this is something I am only too happy to embrace fully!
My wardrobe is now full of seventies inspired pieces from flared jeans to flower crowns and I don’t know how I ever got through spring or summer without them! Needless to say I will be bringing most of these items back year after year because they match my personality so well!
Anyway, here are some of the items I bought:
Flower crown – Primark
Smock Dress – Primark
Hat – Tesco
Black palazzo – Tesco
Camel and suede:
Camel proved to be a little bit harder for me to pull off! My colouring is pretty fair so doing camel colour in a large go really doesn’t match my tones, however I found ways to make it work!
If you do have darker skin and hair, camel works well for you, so definitely look for longline camel coloured coats or even a skater dress/pinafore for a truly standout style
For me I picked up a couple of camel coloured suede items as these looked the best/highest quality but still for good prices, which is why I have combined these two 🙂
Camel skirt – Primark or Tu at Sainsburys
Camel shorts – H&M
I didn’t actually buy anything new which had fringing on it as I already owned a good amount, but the easiest way to do this is with an accessory! If you are feeling brave Primark have an amazing black fringed skirt which has such beautiful movement to it and is a real statement piece, however I couldn’t justify purchasing it as I wasn’t sure what to wear it with!
Here are items I would recommend you take a look out for in the sales:
So I hope this recap helped and gave you some ideas of where to go to pick up some items last minute! Don’t forget as well that loads of these pieces are definitely worth the investment as will be easily re-wearable/seasonally interchangeable (I will do a summer clothes for winter post in due course!) so don’t feel bad about spending your hard earned pennies on items like this so late in the season 🙂
Let me know what your favourite items of clothing have been this spring/summer in the comments below!
Lots of love, Leanne xx
Hey everyone, it’s time again for another blog post (I must admit I’m feeling pretty proud of myself for fitting two posts in this week for the first time in ages!) and this time I thought I would write about something which I’m actually fairly ashamed to say is on my mind most of the time!
Needless to say, following my holiday and a wisdom tooth extraction I feel like I’ve put on a few pounds and gained back inches which I worked so hard to lose in the first place. As much as it is frustrating I also feel like it is a huge knock to my body confidence which I was working so hard to build.
Even more frustrating though is that I feel like it is something I think about all the time. Whether it is worrying about whether an outfit I am wearing is flattering, to comparing myself to other girls, I feel that I am holding myself to potentially unobtainable standards, which cannot be good for anyone!
So basically this post is here to lay it all on the line and let you all know that despite the bubbly and outgoing exterior and multiple post on my social media channels detailing every aspect of my life, particularly how I look, I am extremely self-conscious. I always have been and assume that I always will be. But life is too short to worry about it all the time so I am going to make a very real effort to not worry and to embrace my appearance. So what if my arms aren’t as thin as other peoples or if my tummy isn’t as flat, there are a million other things which I have going for me and I should value myself higher than that.
It’s hard though, living in a world of photoshopped images which aren’t clearly labelled and “standard sizes” in stores often being size 6! It’s a constant barrage of noise telling you that you should look different (better?) than you do currently. And if it is affecting me, a pretty together twenty something, then what on earth is it doing to the teens of today who see “perfect” bodies everywhere. Yes there is the #curvee revolution, but is that really an attainable and healthy ideal? What I want is more diversity, in the campaigns we see from fashion retailers. I want to see a group of women which represent me and my friends in the clothes they are selling.
Phew…rant over! I really just wanted to give you a snapshot of how I feel on a “fat day” and the constant worries that I have every time I pick out an outfit! As much as it sounds pretty bad, I wanted to let all of you out there know that you are not the only one feeling that way, so please don’t worry or feel down, and instead of seeing all the negatives and focussing your attentions solely on them, look for the positives instead!
For me, I’m going to continue to go to the gym and eat healthily purely because it makes me feel healthy and energetic and if a by-product of this healthier lifestyle is losing a couple of pounds and inches then good!
I’m going to make sure to include how I am feeling in my future fitness and nutrition posts to stick to my plan for more confidence and less concern!
I hope you found this post helpful! I’d love to know if you have similar thoughts or feelings and if so what you do to get over them! Please let me know in the comments as I always love to hear from you 🙂 As always please like, share, comment and subscribe and stay tuned for the next post!
Lots of love, Leanne xx
Hey everyone it’s me again! I’m back this time with a review which I have been meaning to write for several weeks so let’s just straight in…
This foundation was purchased out of necessity. I was just back from holiday, had no foundation in my supplies that matched my tan and needed to find something desperately, which wasn’t too expensive and gave good coverage.
I read so many reviews of so many different products before I went to Boots to pick something up and I have to say that I read loads about this foundation, that probably should have put me off, but when I tried it in the store, the colour matched perfectly and it seemed to give a really good, full coverage so I figured that for £5.99 I couldn’t go wrong!
And I have to say I am so glad that I gave this a go! I don’t think I have ever tried a better foundation that is so cheap. Honestly, I have tried loads, but this is by far the best. I mean it even compares to my MAC foundation it is so good!
I bought the foundation in shade 3 cool beige, which matched my tan perfectly and despite the fact that I had read online it was cakey and not long lasting, I was surprised to learn that for me it was quite the opposite. I have begun applying foundation differently than I used to (one of my favourite things about being a member of the blogging community is that I am constantly learning and evolving my routine – I will do a video for you soon I promise!) and now start by using a flat foundation brush to apply this foundation followed by a smaller flat head brush to apply a slightly lighter foundation under my eyes and along my nose. The other foundation I use in conjunction with this is my original Studio Fix foundation by MAC in NC15. After I have applied this with my flat brushes I blend using a kabuki brush until it is covered all over my face, before using my Nanshy blending sponge to ensure the colour is even and that my skin looks airbrushed. Once I have done this I set with my Loreal Magique BB Powder in Light and voila!
I was expecting this foundation to be hard to apply, to go cakey throughout the day and to give me a huge breakout, but it has bettered my expectations. It is so easy to apply, lasts all day, including throughout work and at the gym and gives an amazing full coverage with a gorgeous dewy complexion.
I know that normally I would do pros and cons of products but honestly I don’t think there is any point, because this is by far one of the best foundations I have ever used, especially at such a reasonable price! I literally have nothing bad to say about this foundation 🙂
(Me wearing the foundation)
I would definitely repurchase as an every day foundation and would definitely recommend this! This gets a big fat 5 out of 5!
I hope you enjoyed this and find it useful and of course if you do please let me know by commenting, liking and sharing 🙂 And don’t forget to let me know what your favourite foundations are too!
Lots of love, Leanne xx
Lifestyle for Less is 1 today!! I cannot believe that I have been blogging for a year already, it has gone so quickly!
Although I haven’t been able to write as much as I would have liked recently I have loved every second of calling myself a blogger and am so happy to have amassed so many amazing followers over the past year!
Please stay tuned for much more exciting content to come soon 🙂 hope you’ve enjoyed this last year as much as I have!
Lots of love, Leanne xx
I’m back! I have missed you all whilst I have been away but I had the most amazing time in Lanzarote with friends and family 🙂 It was a much needed break, but I am very glad to be back and I can assure you that I thought about you all and my blog so much whilst I was away, which is why I have decided to do a post all about my summer holiday style 🙂
I should probably start off by saying Primark and New Look were my two key contributors to my holiday wardrobe! They did a massive range of summer clothes at fantastic prices, so any new stuff I got mostly came from these two stores. If you are about to jet off and you are looking for clothes, check them out (and quickly as the new stock is coming in for pre-autumn already!)
So what outfits and pieces am I suggesting for the summer sun?
For me it’s all about light clothing with brilliant patterns and colours – fitting the sunny background of your destination and making your suitcase a bit lighter! I picked up a few Bardot style patterned bodycon dresses from Primark for £5 each and they were perfect to dress up in the evening.
For the day time I recommend high waisted shorts and vests or camis which look stylish, keep you cool and are easy to wear! I would definitely suggest steering clear of the shorts which are too short though as these don’t look chic!
Maxi dresses and jumpsuits are also staples for evening wear so make sure you have a few of these packed! They often come in jersey materials making them lightweight to pack and wear and patterns on jumpsuits and maxi dresses are often bold, perfect for summer!
And obviously essential are accessories and swimsuits: kaftans, block wedges, flower crowns and body chains all add to your summery look and really change an outfit from day to night! I’m a huge fan of my flower crown from Primark! And check out New Looks mix and match swimsuit collection – they have so many different colours and designs and are really affordable 🙂
So I hope this helped you get your summer suitcase ready if it wasn’t already 🙂 Let me know what looks you are loving at the moment in the comments below and make sure you follow, like and share here and on Twitter and Instagram!
Lots of love, Leanne xx