Wishlist ft. Dandelion Interiors




It's no secret that I love to have pretty or colourful items in my life. Not everything I buy always matches but this doesn't matter to me as I usually choose pieces because they inspire me or because they brighten up my living space. The more obscure or unique the better! I tend to love any items that also have real character or that tell their own story. 

Finding other worldly treasures can be a real task in itself. Unfortunately for me, there isn't a great deal of shops around here that offer items to suit my taste. In fact there's only two places I can even think of where I can go to find anything remotely 'different.' One is in Lytham and the other, Windermere. Safe to say, neither are local. 

When I came across Dandelion Interiors I was thrilled to see all they have to offer. From the Crystal Ball Chandelier Ceiling Light here reminiscent of the Strictly Come Dancing Glitter Ball, to the brightly coloured Large 2 Seater Patchwork Sofa, there's something to suit everyone and you can order form the comfort of your own home. Bonus! My favourite kind of shopping is always PJ clad, glass of wine in hand.

I've put together a mood-board of all my favourites, if it was pretty, colourful, or caught my attention then it made my wish-list. There's something very 'Alice in Wonderland' about this Antiqued Blue Teapot Wall Clock don't you think? And this Rose French Style Double Bed is fit for an everyday princess! But my absolute favourite item has got to be the gorgeous High Gloss Wooden Blush Pink Occasional Bedroom Chair!

Whether you're looking for pieces to adorn your own home or are perhaps after a unique gift idea, then I highly recommend you have a peruse of Dandelion Interiors. 

Let me know if you come up with your own wishlist or if indeed you buy yourself a treat! 

You can follow Dandelion Interiors on social media here - Twitter/Facebook/Instagram


*Photos taken from Dandelion Interiors 

Summer Melt-Proof Makeup Tips - Guest Post By Mia Taylor


The summer is here and we are all more than ready to soak up the sun and have some fun. But we all know that dreadful feeling when our makeup starts sliding down our sweaty face or melting on our face from the heat. Well, worry not because we are here with the top tips that will help you look – and feel – fresh and stylish all summer long.

Apply a proper base


This is the most universal tip because it is applicable all year long, for every skin type and complexion, and it can be used by people who don’t wear makeup as well. Having a good primer is key for having healthy skin, as well as ensuring your makeup stays on your face the whole day. Choose a primer that fits your skin type and has a high SPF to protect and nurture your skin. During the summer, you will want to opt for the ones that are water-based, instead of oil-based, because they feel a lot lighter on the skin.

Waterproof


No matter how great your mascara might make your lashes look, if that thing is going to melt off at the first sight of sweat, then it’s not fit for the summer. Use waterproof mascara to make sure you don’t end the day looking like a panda, and a waterproof lip product so that it doesn’t bleed in the heat. You can also use a setting spray to help you feel a bit more relaxed about the state of your makeup on a long day. You can find tutorials online on how you can make your own setting spray. However, your safest bet will always be to just look for makeup products that are labeled waterproof, but still feel comfortable when you test them out.

Use fewer products


If you are someone who is used to wearing a lot of makeup, this might be a difficult step, but it is a great move towards embracing your natural beauty. Instead of heavy liquid foundation, try using the Nude by Nature mineral based powder foundation since it won’t feel as heavy on your face and it won’t cake up in your pores when you sweat. If you really want to use something with more coverage, use a water-based foundation or a BB cream. They will both work great and will give you a lighter feel. Instead of lipstick, try using lip stains and colored lip balms and opt for cheek stains instead of blush. If you are a fan of bronzer, use it sparingly, only applying it to the areas that the sun would normally hit – your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Don’t mistake bronzer for contour, or you will end up looking far too shiny.

Have a travel makeup kit


At the end of the day, no matter what you do, touch-ups are going to be necessary. Have a small makeup bag with items that you know you most often need: concealer, mascara, liner, lipstick and anything else you need. Your best friend in those times is a small travel package of oil blotting wipes, so stock up on those and remove the shine whenever you feel like it’s overpowering your inner glow.
Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable; and if you’ve never tried it before – try going one day without any makeup. It’s guaranteed to look the same all day long, and you will feel very liberated every time you splash your face with water because you feel too hot. No matter what your choices are, make sure you look and feel the way you want to and forget about what other people say.

 
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. Twitter | Facebook



*Photos taken from unsplash.





My Very First Style Post ft. me&i*



Hello lovelies! I know what you're all thinking - shock, horror - Justine has FINALLY shown her face on GGD after hiding behind the camera for so long. Yes indeedy! I'm still in shock myself ha ha!

One of my goals this year was to step outside of my comfort zone and after this weekend I can safely say that doing this has smashed that goal right out of the park.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate having my photo taken, so willingly posing for these pics and then publishing them on here was a really big deal for me. 

When the lovely folk at me&i got in touch asking if I'd like to try out a couple of items of clothing, I jumped at the chance. Determined to wear a colour that was for once not black, I opted for these bright 'tomato' coloured classic straight pants and the classic round-neck t-shirt that reads, 'This is me.'

Initially before the items arrived I was anxious that I'd struggle to get into the jeans. I never really know what size to go for to be honest as it can be very hit and miss when ordering online. You all must know what I'm talking about right? But I needn't have worried as these high waisted classic 5-pocket jeans literally slid on and fit me perfectly. Being such a gloriously hot day I decided to turn them up at the ankles. Made with 97.5% cotton, 2.5% elastane, they were soft to the touch and I also adored the pretty embroidered logo detail on the back. The t-shirt made with 100% cotton was garment washed for an extra-soft feel. Both items were just so incredibly soft and comfortable and for the first time in ages I felt - dare I say it - trendy!? 





As for getting ready for the 'photoshoot', it only took me a mere - coughs - four hours, much to my mum's amusement. I spent ages playing around with makeup - a paper bag over my head just wouldn't have cut it - and pinning my hair into some elaborate top knot only for me to tear it down as soon as my sister started snapping shots. Sometimes au naturel just works better for me.

Much amusement was had by (passers by) who slowed down to see what was going on. I did look like I was getting a bit friendly with the letterbox at one point, and I nearly fell about laughing at Nathan squatting in the most hilarious positions whilst pretending to be a professional photographer! If only you could have all seen! :) 

As first style posts go I feel pretty lucky to have worked with a brand I truly can get on board with. Take a look at who me&i are below, what they represent and of course, do pop on over to their website. Let me know if you buy any items from their collection! There's a sale on right now! ;)



Who are me&i? 

Founded in 2004 by Susan and Helene from the kitchen table in their homes, me&i is a Swedish clothing company that manufactures clothes in a responsible manner using only the highest quality soft materials. 

3 reasons why I support this brand...

1. They make great quality clothes that look and feel good.

2. With all items certified to the OEKO-TEX standard, this means you have a guarantee that any me&i clothes will not contain any hazardous substances that may irritate your skin or pose a threat to your health. 

3. A company that isn't afraid to stand up for what they believe in, they promote positive change within the fashion industry and only use factories that apply their code of conduct.

This statement* says it all for me:

'Nowadays, all of us – manufacturers and consumers alike – must take active social and environmental responsibility through our choices and actions.'

Couldn't have put it better myself!

Get involved!

If you're looking to get your teeth into a new project or are feeling entrepreneurial, then me&i also have opportunities to become sales consultantsOr maybe you want to host a party instead? Book before the 30th June and you could get your hands on a gorgeous soft poncho as a gift!* (Terms and conditions apply.*)






Many thanks to my nephew, Nathan, and to my sister and fellow blogger, Janine, for kindly taking these photos.


*Statement taken from the me&i website


9 Summer Fashion Rules




With glorious weather promised for this forthcoming weekend I thought it the perfect time to share some of my summer fashion tips. 

Gone are the years of me trying to conform to all the latest trends. If I don't feel comfortable in something or I hate what I see in the mirror then it's just not going to happen. These days I tend to stick to classic pieces that I know won't go out of style. 


1. Ditch the black. Mix it up a little and wear bright, colourful items or anything with a bold print

2. Switch your heavy jeans for lighter fabrics made with cotton or linen, you'll be much cooler and comfortable

3. Bearing rule number two in mind, comfort should always come first. If you don't feel right in something then don't buy it. If you already have items in your wardrobe that you know you'll never wear, why not donate them to a charity shop?

4. If you're going to bare skin then please remember to put on plenty of sun cream. Sunburn is not a good look and more importantly none of us want skin cancer! If you're anything like me and burn really easily, try lighter, 'floatier' cover ups such as kaftans and kimonos which will protect your shoulders from the sun without compromising on style

5. Prone to a touch of sunstroke? Don a hat to look super stylish whilst keeping the sun off your head and face

6. Whether you're going to a festival or just headed to the beach, sunglasses are a stylish must have to prevent you from squinting in the sunlight

7. Don't break the bank by purchasing loads of new items. Instead jazz up simple vest tops and shorts with colourful accessories

8. Change to a larger bag to hold all your essentials - pack sun cream and a bottle of water. Hydration is key on a hot summers day! 

9. If you're going on a beach holiday and need some fashion or bikini inspiration then check out other blogs such as TheLifestyleBloggerUK for ideas. 


What are your summer fashion rules? 



6 Things To Try When You Need To Feel Better About Yourself




We all have days when we're in need of a pick me up, something to make us feel that little bit better about ourselves. And whether you're feeling brassic or a little well off, there is something to suit every budget. 

1. Paint Your Nails

Splash out on a new colour that you wouldn't normally wear. I've bought nail polishes for as little as £1 from the local chemist and provided I apply a clear top coat, it usually lasts a good few days. 

2. Spritz On Some Perfume

Perfume is one of my 'go to' items when I need to feel more attractive or glamorous. It doesn't even matter if I'm not planning to leave the house that day. There's something about wearing my favourite scent that just gives me a little bit of a boost. I'm a fan of sensual heavier perfumes such as Chanel Allure and Christian Dior J'Adore. Sod's law that I have expensive taste hey? 

3. Apply A Face Mask And Relax

Believe it or not, you can pick up face masks ridiculously cheap if you look in places like Poundland. If you're feeling particularly stressed then put on some soft music, light some candles, wrap your head in a warm towel, apply a self heating face mask and lie down for ten. I guarantee you'll feel much better for it.


4. Book A Massage

If you've got some spare cash one month then why not put it to good use and book a back massage? I love having a decent facial or massage as it's always guaranteed to make me feel one hundred times better than I did when I walked through the door. Speaking of which, maybe it's time I made an appointment, I've been feeling stressed of late! If you can't afford a professional massage, why not persuade your partner to give it a whirl?

5. Have Your Makeup Professionally Applied

There's something about having your makeup professionally applied that makes you feel amazing! Whether it's the secret tricks of the trade or the makeup they use, somehow these makeup artists manage to make you feel and look like a supermodel! My friend recently had her makeup done by Peaches and Cream and she looked simply stunning. I'm planning on booking with them to have my own done at some point in the future so keep a look out on GGD for a review!

6. Treat Yourself To Some New Underwear

I absolutely love lingerie. Even when I know that no-one can see it under my clothes, wearing pretty or sexy underwear instantly changes my mood. It gives me a confidence boost and makes me walk taller and more confidently somehow. Am I weird or do any of you girls feel the same? Whether you splurge in Victoria's Secret or save your pennies by shopping in Primark, the end result is the same. 

What do you do when you're in need of a boost? If you have any tips to share then feel free to mention them in the comments section below.


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