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White Crochet & Baby Blues

It's been a beautiful few days in Brighton (well up until today, it's currently pissing it down) so I've had another excuse to break out the summer wardrobe again. This gorgeous white crochet-style skirt was a pre-Bali purchase from Topshop, it came with a matching top but I like pairing it with loose camis or relaxed shirts. The shirt is actually a recent find from Marks and Spencer, I ummed and ahhed over it for a while as I thought it might make me look a tad like an art teacher - but I'm really happy I kept it now. I can see it being really handy in autumn with distressed denim and a leather jacket. Here's to more sunshine though, I'm not ready to say goodbye to bare legs and sandals yet!

Shirt - Marks and Spencer // Skirt - Topshop // Hat - H&M // Bag - Mulberry (vintage) // Sandals - Accessorize 

Summer Embroidery

Following on from my last post on summer beauty, here's an actual summery outfit - who would have thought it (it's only the end of July and all!). Luckily I've still got the remanence of my Bali tan still hanging around, so I can still just about pull off denim shorts without having to rely on lots of Rimmel Sun Shimmer (which is normally what my pale skin is crying out for). 

The top I'm wearing is from Zara and is actually more like a tunic but works really nicely tucked into shorts (if I do say so myself). I love blue embroidery and the linen material makes its perfect for those - rare - hot English days.

The rest of the outfit is basically made up with all my favourite accessories: a few layered Orelia necklaces, my Michael Kors chunky rose gold watch and my gorgeous Radley bag. That bags needs a post all to its self really, I use it nearly every day! Also I should point out that no ankles were hurt in the shooting of these photos (in reference to the fourth photo down) - I just have a habit of doing odd things with my feet when trying to act natural in blog photos. On that note, huge thanks to Agathe from Printed In Brighton (go check our their beaut t-shirts) for having the patience to take these photos. 

Top - Zara // Shorts - H&M // Necklaces - Orelia // Watch - Michael Kors // Sunglasses - Ray-ban // Bag - Radley // Shoes - Birkenstocks // Rings - Monica Vinader

My 6 Summer Beauty Staples

I've had this post in 'drafts' for so long now - it just didn't seem right to publish a summer staples post when the weather was shocking outside. However, summer has finally reached the UK (thank god) so now it seems right to reveal the products that are always by my side when the sun is out. I had my holiday in Bali to test them out, while I was there I needed some good quality, fuss-free products that I could rely on - and these were the ones that came out top. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Thirst Relief

Although it might seem odd to recommend a moisturiser in the summer, this pot of wonder from Clinique is perfect for combatting dehydrated skin (rather than dry skin) which I really struggle with in the hotter months. Just like you have to drink more water when it's sunny and warm, your skin needs hydrating too and this soothing gel-like moisturiser is the perfect thirst-quencher. It's quite pricey at £34 a pot, but you don't tend to use much at a time and my pot is still going strong after a few months.  

Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment

When the sun is out I also find my hair gets rather parched, especially if I'm on holiday so in the pool or by the sea. I try and make sure to use an intensive treatment on my hair to reverse the drying effects and encourage my hair to be not just softer but healthier too. At the moment my favourite is this treatment from Aveda, it's part of their Damage Remedy range which is perfect for coloured hair like mine. I also find it helps keep my hair smoother, even when it's humid out. This treatment came as part of a really handy holiday pack that you can only pick up from the World Duty Free stores.

Estee Lauder Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

I'm a sucker for anything neutral, so this gorgeous palette is right up my street. The range of colours is great for the warmer months, in the summer I don't really tend to wear a lot of eye make-up so the subtle browns with a slight shimmer are perfect. I took this away with me to Bali and I was so happy with how it withstood the humidity in the evening - which is pretty darn impressive. If you're heading on holiday look out for it at the airport, as it's exclusive to World Duty Free.

Clinique Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick

This has to be my favourite beauty purchase this summer, I never thought I'd be so impressed with a stick foundation. It's super light, great build-able coverage that is amazing easy to blend. I thought, with it being a stick foundation, it would feel really heavy and drag on my skin but it's the complete opposite. I keep it in my bag for touch-ups throughout the day and I couldn't be without it now.

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

I've now got into the habit of picking up a new Jo Malone perfume every time I'm at the airport, and just before I jetted off to Bali this was my new choice. I love the woody but fresh smell of this, and like most Jo Malone perfumes it lasts really well throughout the day.

LV x

The £20 Swimsuit You Need This Summer

So if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I've visited Bali recently. I'm planning two posts about my amazing trip, but for now lets just say it was...amazing! Seeing as it's (kinda) sunny outside today, it seemed like a good a time as any to tell you about this bargain swimsuit I got from ASOS. 

Previous to this holiday, I don't think I'd worn a swimsuit since I was about 10 so I didn't really know what I was doing when I was swimsuit shopping. I thought I wanted a high-leg, low back red number so I could look like Khloe Kardashian - but after a disastrous trying on session at American Apparel I begrudgingly put that idea to bed.  I also tried on a number of super low-cut options which did nothing for my cleavage (basically just made my boobs look non-existent) so I was about to give up on my swimsuit dreams when I gave things one last go with this number from ASOS

If you're a swimsuit newbie, I seriously recommend giving this style a go (it comes it loads of colours so don't worry if black's not your thing). The band just under your boobs means that everything stays more 'together' and the leg is just high enough to be flattering without you looking like an 80's glamour model. Plus, it's £20! You really can't argue with that. 

LV x


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