Sunday, 25 January 2015

Get Smart








Top: H&M // Trousers: Topshop (similar) // Brogues: Topshop (similar) // Bag & Belt: H&M // Sunglasses: Portobello Market // Watch: Olivia Burton

I'm so reliant on my black Joni jeans when it comes to outfit planning and they certainly have had their use (and they will do until they fall apart; my all time fave jeans!). Lately however, I've been wanting to branch out and wear different things, starting with a pair of 'day trousers'. 

These cropped trousers were bought in the Topshop sale for £25. Being cropped, they're not exactly the most ideal style for the depths of the winter cold we're experiencing right now... nevertheless, they're a smart, easy alternative to a pair of jeans that can be worn from day to night (and a pair of nude pop socks will help keep the cold at bay).

My H&M black polo neck was popped on underneath to keep the outfit looking clean and sharp. I think we can all agree that high neck tops are an absolute must! Warm and chic - the perfect combination for winter!

These brogues have lasted me a good couple of years now. A cute and comfy shoe that adds a vintage twist to any outfit. I also chose my leopard print detailed bag to add a bit of extra pattern and texture. 

I'm really pleased with my bargain trousers and how they bring something a bit more special to a simple, daytime outfit. I'm definitely looking to try more new things and not rely so heavily on jeans and a jumper. That being said, you'll never keep me away from my beloved Jonis for too long!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Something Different; Something Beauty-ful


I've been writing this blog for eight months and have been focusing on 'outfit of the day' posts with a bit of lifestyle thrown in here and there. However, with a new year and a new theme design, I also thought I'd try and write about new things!

I've never done a beauty post before because, truthfully, I'm not very good at it! I love all things girly and pampering, but I'm certainly no expert and I still very much 'go with it' when it comes to applying makeup. It works about 65% of the time...

Nevertheless, I have accumulated some lovely beauty related things over the last few weeks (especially over Christmas) so I thought I'd share some with you!



Smell

Whether it's a £7 Next bargain or a pricey designer bottle, a good smelling perfume is always on my beauty list, as I'm sure it is for most of you! I tend to go for sweet, musky smells over fresh or floral but I reckon Tresor Midnight Rose ticks all the boxes. With notes of roses, jasmine and blackcurrant, it'll appeal to floral lovers; however, the musky undertones make this a perfect 'going-out' scent for people like me who prefer something with a bit more of a kick! I received this in a gift set for Christmas, so I got the added bonus of a shower gel and body lotion. It's good to layer the products for a longer lasting fragrance. 


Bath

Even ever since I big enough to choose between a bath or shower, I've always preferred a relaxing soak as opposed to a quick rinse (if I have time, that is!). With a love of baths also comes a love of bath products and the Soap and Glory ranges never disappoint. These two lovelies from the Sugar Crush range smell so sweet, and the scrub is great for exfoliating that pesky winter skin.


Face

From the age of 16 up until I left university, my part time job was at Boots. I used to love looking at all the skincare products (when I was actually meant to be tidying the store) and learned a bit about the own brand goodies that were available. The Botanics range is lovely as it's all natural and organic - perfect for people like me with sensitive skin. I particularly like this facial scrub, something I've tried only recently. It's actually worked wonders! My skin feels smoother, brighter and I can definitely notice I have less blemishes and blotches since using it.

Another brilliant Boots skincare brand is No. 7. It's been around for years and is the affordable yet premium brand for everyone. I believe the Protect & Perfect range is normally aged at around 35 + so perhaps it is a bit strong for me, but as I got it in a No. 7 Christmas cracker, I thought I'd give it a go. It is lovely and smooth so a good little moisturiser if nothing else! I actually normally go for the Beautiful Skin products for normal to dry skin; they're amazing moisturisers and are more suited to twenty-something skin.

I always have to have some kind of lip balm, especially in winter. I've always loved the Vaseline tins as they're so handy; the rose tinted one also adds a nice bit of colour. I'm also a big fan of Maybeline's Baby Lips but I couldn't find mine to photograph! I hope it's not lost... The orange one is my favourite for a fresh look.



Make-up

Now, as I said above, make-up is definitely not my forte, although I do get by! A few of my must-haves though are the above, starting with Rimmel's pressed powder in translucent. I'm quite fair, so the translucent powder goes on with no matching issues which is great, especially as Rimmel products are so purse friendly. I prefer to apply powder with a brush rather than a powder puff, I just feel it's applied a bit more softly and evenly that way (again, no expert!). I find this soft kabuki brush from H&M is perfect. It's gentle on the skin and allows for an easy, even coverage.

I always think an eyelid flick and a bright lip go a long way, so it's no surpirse that two of my top beauty picks reflect just that. Firstly, this Loreal Super Liner (similar here) is amazing at creating easy, neat flicks. I don't know about you, but I could never manoeuvre those traditional liquid eyeliner pots. I couldn't grip those little brushes right and ended up with black smudges everyyywhere. The Loreal eyeliners are fab as they're more like pens. Much easier for a clumsy soul like me! 

I adore Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks; the majority of my lipsticks originate from that range. I particularly like this magenta colour as it adds that pop to a plain look and these lipsticks are perfect for us girls on a budget!

So, there you have it, a round-up of some of my favourite beauty products. I hope you enjoyed my first beauty post! I look forward to doing a few more in the near future!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Late to School









Shirt: Bershka (similar) // Skirt: Topshop (similar) // Shoes: Topshop // Bag: H&M (similar) // Necklace: Primark

So, the title of this post comes from the realisation that I probably look a tad 'schoolish' with this ensemble; the checks and the loafers just give that secondary school air (that being said, my actual secondary school uniform was awful. Sweat shirts with smart trousers. WHY?!). Obviously, I'm waaaay late on the 'back to school' trend, so I thought 'late to school' would be a suitable alternative.

This check shirt was a great find in the Oxford Street Bershka. It was around £20.00 and is great quality. Most flanel shirts do tend to be a bit steeper in price, so I was pleased to find one with a pattern I liked so much without having to splurge.

This skirt has been in my wardrobe for a few years now. A good staple that I haven't been able to part with (even if it is a bit faded from the amount of washes!). A plain skirt or shorts are worth having around as they can be thrown with anything.

Onto the shoes! I have a lot of love for these shoes, mainly because they were £15.00 in Topshop's latest sale. Even though I seem to have a shoe collection ready to burst, I still seem to be lacking in a decent winter shoe. I have a couple of pairs of boots and a pair of flats that definitely aren't made to be worn in winter (they're looking a little worse for wear now because of it...). These loafers are patent leather-esque material so are a lot more sturdy for battling the cold and wet. They're super cute too!

Obviously, it has been pretty cold, so my trusty Primark boyfriend coat did accompany me too! 





Sunday, 11 January 2015

Daytime Dress-up








Jumper: H&M // Jeans: Topshop // Boots: Primark // Bag: Topshop // Necklace: Topshop

Firstly, hello and welcome to the new (and hopefully improved) A Pretty Post-It! I started blogging in April 2014 using the free Wordpress.com site. It was a great way to ease me in to blogging as my technical knowledge is very, very limited! However, a new year brings an opportunity to begin new projects, and Blogger seems to allow for much more customisation of a blog theme. So, I hope you like it!

Apologies for the over exposed photos here! I didn't realise quite how bright they were when they were being taken. Hopefully, you still get the gist of the outfit! 

Now the festive season has officially drawn to a close, I find myself already missing the glitter and sparkle. To cheer myself up, I thought I'd incorporate a bit of glam into today's look. 

As I've said previously, I do love a bit of minimalism these days. I still enjoy a bold pattern and a good few layers, but simple sophistication is always a winner. I'm wearing my black Jonis again; sorry for them being so repeated on the blog! They're just that ultimate go-to that go with everything. I paired them with this bargain white jumper that was found in the H&M sale for £7 (WIN!) for the foundations.

Two other sale finds were added to give this outfit some sparkle; this metallic clutch bag and beautiful chunky necklace - both from Topshop. I had my eye on the bag months ago, but, for one reason or another, left it in the shop. When I saw it had entered the sale of course I grabbed it! I was also so chuffed to find this layered black, gold and silver necklace. It's the ultimate statement piece and really does add that dressy touch. 

It's great to be able to take a simple outfit and make it that little bit more jazzy and even better when the majority of an ensemble was purchased in the sales! I must admit, I didn't find loads this year, but it's nice to still find a few hidden gems. 

What were your favourite sale picks?