Thursday, October 10, 2013

Splurge or Save: Statement Necklaces

One of the key trends this season is statement necklaces and if you're anything like me (or a magpie) you'll be overjoyed with the beautiful selection of bling around.
As I try to keep to a budget, I try and look around for the best deals I can and decide whether it's worth to splurge or save on certain accesories. Here are some of my favourites I'll be considering this season.

I love Shourok. This French accesories brand has gorgeous jewellery but at £500+ there is no way I can splurge. 
Bright colours are still on trend so this statement necklace is very eye catching and I could imagine wearing it with a pink coat. The quality of this Shourok one is lovely I'm sure but I've found a cheaper alternative on eBay coming in at £22.

Following the bright colour trend acid yellow is still big this season and I've had my eyes on this necklace from Asos for a while now but I can't justify £40 so I've found a similar one on EBay for just £3.75. Bargain if I ever saw one! (You can find it cheaper if you're willing to bid and they come in different colours if yellow isn't your thing)

Emerald green is the colour of the season and it's stunning in the form of this statement necklace.
This one from Shourok is just magnificent with the details and placement of the crystals I am in love. But for £775 it's was out of my reach but New Look Limited edition necklace is almost the same. It's sold out on New Look website but could be available in store or is still available on Asos.

Another emerald necklace that was popular was this statement necklace from Zara which is currently sold out online, but I've found the exact same on eBay.

This necklace has been removed from the Zara Website

So whether you choose to splurge or save this season on statement necklaces I hope I helped in your process of deciding what pieces you're adding to your wardrobe. I want them all.

Love Nee xx

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shoe obsession

Hi everyone! 
So I have become a shoe addict and all I can think of are shoes. I thought I would share a few latest shoe purchases and the shoes I am lusting after...

Mimco All That Glitters in rosé gold // Rocket Dog spot heels //
Topshop Wowzer jewelled wedges // Office heeled sandals

As a stumpy 5'2 girl I love high shoes. I'm not great at walking in them but my motto is if you drink enough you can't feel the pain of walking in them!

Here is my current wish list. I just love heeled sandals as they balance out my short plus size frame.

Topshop Star ankle strap platform // Topshop Aladin gladiator strap boot
Juju Babe glitter heeled sandal // Topshop Webb buckle wedges

Ah I'm having shopping fever!
Love nee xx

Monday, April 29, 2013

My Week in Pictures #4

,Hello! I seem to be bringing these out on a Monday rather than Sunday like I had originally wanted to but I am been super busy, a change from the week before. Here is my summary for the past week...

Staring the week off with a casual Sunday but trying to jazz it up with red lips which is actually the Rimmel Apocolips, which I hate after the first try. Just smudging everywhere!
Watching The Voice Monday night to support my cousin who got through!
Going on a shopping trip with Lily buying a lot from Priceline and also a Persian Cat Sylvanian Family.
Dying my hair a Mocha Brown colour because my old colour had faded and I had crazy regrowth. I've never had just a natural shade of brown in my hair for years, usually I go for the reds and purples. 
Spending 2 days this week at school having coffee and lots of theory and practical work which you can see in my cool half circle 80's style.
Making cupcakes with Lily then going on a trip to the city having Nandos and visiting the National Gallery of Victoria, going to Luna Park, enjoying all the rides and taking some memory pictures with my beautiful fun girl Lily.

Hope everyone else had a great week!

Love Nee x

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April's Empties #1

Hello everyone.

I don't finish products very often but I have so much stuff (even after leaving half of it behind in the UK) and I realise its not going to keep forever so I need to use it, so I'm going to do my best to use up the products I have and share the results to keep me accountable!

Yes, I instagrammed it. I have an obsession you guys...

Right so lets get into it. I have had some of these products for an embarrassingly long time.

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream: I bought this eye cream about a year ago, and used it on average maybe 3-4 times a week. It's a thick cream very rich and hydrating and I don't have mature skin but I'm all about prevention and I think this has helped slow the development of wrinkles in my eye area. This eye cream brightens up under my eye area and is very gentle. I love the design of the pot as well, like I do all Benefit products. I would definitely buy this again

Kerastase Resistance Bain De Force Shampoo: I've been using this shampoo on and off for a few years, it takes me about 2 -3 months to get through a bottle I wash my hair 2 times a week. I find this to be a really great shampoo, it cleanses well, smells beautiful  and strengthens my hair. I think my hair  has had enough of it though and I'm going to move onto Pureolgy again. I would buy this again but not anytime soon.

Kerastase Resistance Volumintense Conditioner: I get through the conditioner a bit quicker around 2 months to finish a bottle. Conditions the hair, smells really lovely, good for dry, fine hair. I find the volume fluffy. I do like this but I need a change. Would buy it again but not soon.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance: I have purchased this primer again.  I am in love with it. It's really light weight but smooths out my skins texture and tone and adds a really lovely apricot glow. I use to get the same effect by mixing Benefit Moon Beam with my foundation. It looks in your moisturiser so your skin doesn't get dry at the end of the day and you still look fresh face.

Clarins Exfoliant: I can't remember when I even this product! But I've made an effort to finish it. It's very creamy and lots of little scrubby bits in it that aren't rough, so you're skin is left feeling very fresh and clean. I would buy it again. depending on the price. There are a lot of other good exfoliators out there for cheaper though.

Hope you enjoyed my empties post with mini reviews.
Love Nee x

Wednesday's Wishlist #2

Here we are again, another fortnightly wishlist of things I'd really eventually like to have! Paying for all my school materials has come first so shopping has been put on hold (except a sneaky Priceline Haul- more soon) but here's a list of things I'm really wanting...

Lost Mannequin Winged Backpack in Blue and Pink: I randomly came across this back  pack as I was searching the other night for a school bag and I just fell in love. Its cute, its pink, it has wings. I need it.

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse: Dermalogica's Pre Cleanse is the only product I've used that gets my makeup off. Even the ever so stubborn Benefit They're Real mascara. I always put off buying it because its expensive but after buying lots of disappointing replacements,nothing has lived up to it.

Peter Alexander Rainbow Slinky Nighty: I buy all my pyjamas at Peter Alexander. They are cute designs and the quality lasts for years. They have a super cute collection at the moment and I'm in love with this Rainbow design.

Benefit Fake Up: I've been hearing about this non stop around the blog world and I really want to give it a go. I love Benefit and have tried nearly every one of their products. They have cute packaging and beautiful quality and lasting products. I am obsessed with concealing (Confessions of a Concealerholic describes me perfectly) So I just need it okay.

 Kit Cosmetics Pomegranate Caddy: When I came back to Australia my sister took me shopping and showed me all the new shops and Kit was among them. I fell in love with the smell of this lotion and body gel wash. It's just really fresh and sweet and lovely. I need to replace my horribly expensive habit of Molton Brown (it's so lush I don't think I could give it up)

What's on everyones wishlist this week? Share me your posts!

Love Nee x

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My week in Pictures #3

This week I haven't really done a whole lot, the weather is starting to get colder and wetter and I've been stuck at home. I've been a quite depressed because I miss my friends a lot and I just want to go back to the UK.

Starting my week off last Sunday with turning on the TV to watch The Voice to support my talented cousin Michael. He's my Step Dad's nephew and their whole family is lovely so he really deserves to be in the competition.
Lily and I have been to the park a lot and one day we decided to get some fish and chips as well which was quite sneaky as I've been trying to eat healthy all week.
I've watched quite a few movies this week, Pixar's UP being one of them. I also watched  Breakfast at Tifany's Sabrina and Sound of Music. I'm a sucker for romance,  I end up in tears by the end!
Indulging in Whittaker's Almond Dark Chocolate, a favourite I discovered while I lived in New Zealand and some Turkish Rose and Apple tea from T2.
I went shopping at City Chic at Chadstone and also received my aerobic step in the post I'll be making a blog update about it on Friday!
Going for an interview at TAFE and getting in to do a Certificate 3 in Hairdressing and buying some of my class materials.
Buying my favourite magazine Frankie which I haven't gotten to sit down and read properly. Making some scrambled tofu (Yum!) and more magazines Women's Fitness and Clean Eating (has some really great recipes!)
I also had a busy day with taking L to her first Ballet lesson and my dog to the vet for he annual vaccinations and then going out for lunch with my mum (I forgot to take pictures!) I shall be more diligent this coming week :)

Hope you all had a great week, and one to come x
Love Nee

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fashion Fridays #1

Fridays I thought I would dedicate to fashion and fitness because they are two other aspects on my life which  I love, so I'll alternate weeks for each topic.This week, I'm going to do fashion!

As you know, I have gone back to Australia so I'm going back into Winter so I am reliving the fashion I saw in the UK of wine and purple and peplums and studs. I didn't really get into any of the looks except maybe the spikes, but I'm keen to give it another go this winter.

I have gained a lot of weight as well in the last couple of months (from relaxing my lifestlye, drinking too much alcohol and eating out waaay too much) so I'm sitting on the inbetween/plus size line of fashion again so I've fallen back on an old favourite to get my clothes from; City Chic.

City Chic is well known among Australian plus size women for being fashion forward, trendy and on the young side. Having always been plus sized I have followed them since back when they were known as Big City Chic, I've seen them develop into City Chic, embracing plus size fashion that is bold, sexy and fun for plus size women.

I went into the Chadstone store this week because I needed some new clothes for an interview and I was overwhelmed with choice although my size was missing in a lot of styles so I couldn't try them on, but the sales assistance told me they can always ring other stores and get them in. I was keen to go for a skirt and jacket look since I have left most of my clothes back in the UK I don't really have a lot and I think its a nice combo for an interview.

My whole outfit from City Chic. Shoes from Primark

I picked the Rosey Jacket because I think its a really pretty jacket, but also a really re wearable piece. The fabric is beautiful and soft but still feels structured around the shoulders and the button sewn on sturdy. The XS fit really well, and I love how it shows off my waist.
I combined it with the Ponte Pleather Pencil Skirt, a stretchy jersey skirt with splices of pleather that zips and buttons at the back. It is also lined. I got this in the XS as well because I have a very small waist and very large hips so I wanted it to be smaller on my waist and the material stretched over my hips but not so much that it looked bad. It's a little long, but that's only because I'm 5'2 but over a really sexy skirt and teamed with the jacket I thought I looked super sophisticated!

Trying on the jacket in store.

I put a few things on layby in store as well, they offer 6 weeks with a 20% deposit and no cancellation fee. You can also shop online and return items in store or online, which I think is handy!

Also, I think partly because of the confidence this outfit gave me and just from my smarts my interview went well and I got in! To where, well there will be another exciting post about that soon!

Love Nee x