The Summer Sale Edit

The summer sales have begun (although we all have to conveniently wait a couple more weeks for pay day).

From more autumn/winter-style pieces to floaty frocks and all manner of things in between, now’s your chance to stock up on some last-minute holiday clothes as both high street and designer brands are slashing prices on some major items. 

Above and below are a few pieces that have caught my eye...and my bank balance! 
The Summer Sale Edit
Coat // Pouch // Pink Dress // Gingham Dress // Top // Wedge Sandals

Have you picked up any sale bargains?

Kylie Cosmetics Pressed Powder Blushers

Kylie Cosmetics Pressed Powder Blushers
Watching the dramas and adventures of the Kardashian / Jenner clan has always been a huge guilty pleasure of mine. 

If anyone knows about makeup, it’s Kylie Jenner! First came the lip kits, which sold out over and over. So, it was no surprise when she announced she was launching Kylie Cosmetics

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on two of her blushers, which launched earlier this year and, have been trialing them for the last few weeks so thought I’d share my views. 
Kylie Cosmetics Pressed Powder Blushers
The Kylie Cosmetics pressed powder blushers have a creamy / velvet feel to them, even though they’re powder. They’re matte, so if you like blushes with a touch of shimmer, you may want to add a little highlighter on top. 

They’re not intensely pigmented in one swipe, which is perfect for those out there that prefer the less intense blushes. The application is is really smooth and they blend really well. One thing I love is that I have more control over these blushes and can build them up to how I like, meaning I will get more wear out of them. The quality and staying power is good, and they don’t settle into any fine lines or exaggerate pores.

If you like blushes with a shimmer – these are matte. So you may want to use a highlighter on top.
Kylie Cosmetics Pressed Powder Blushers
First thoughts on packaging, was that it looked a But, actually it works! The blushes come in a matte outer box - similar to the shade of the blusher inside. It’s made of thick cardboard, and has a magnetic closure with a mirror inside, which is perfect for travelling with. 

There are currently 5 shades of the Kylie Cosmetics blushers. The names are slightly inappropriate, but then sexually charged product names are nothing new in beauty; 

Hopeless romantic – Matte orange red
Hot and bothered – Bright pinky coral
X Rated – subdued tangerine
Virginity – vibrant warm pink
Bareley legal – soft baby pink. 

The Kylie Cosmetics blushers are sold exclusively on the Kylie Cosmetics website for $20 per blush. International shipping is available (hoorah!) and is around $14.95, so it can get a little pricey. 

The Ginger Rooms, Hove

The Ginger Rooms, Hove

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen me bleat on about my favourite place for cocktails and food on a Friday night. The Ginger Pig in Hove, is pretty much our local pub, and part of the Gingerman restaurant group, with other properties scattered around Brighton and Sussex. 

A couple of weeks ago, a new addition to the ginger group opened up above the Ginger Pig. The Ginger Rooms consists of 11, beautifully designed boutique bedrooms. 

We were offered a chance to sleepover in one of the rooms and after a long week away on a work trip, I jumped at the chance and took the husband with me.The Ginger Rooms, Hove
The Ginger Rooms, Hove
The welcome is casual but warm - no formal check-in - and you're shown straight to your room.    
We stayed in one of the feature rooms which was spacious, simple but luxurious - my husband had to drag me out the following morning as I didn't want to leave. 

The rooms are beautifully decorated. Retro lamps, gorgeous furnishings and artworks that stand out against the grey-green colour palette. The bathroom features a walk in shower, big enough for two, geometric, monochrome tiling and Cowshed products to pamper yourself with. 
The Ginger Rooms, Hove The Ginger Rooms, Hove The Ginger Rooms, Hove
There’s a free-standing bath in the bedroom, which I took serious advantage of later on that evening, sipping on one of the pre-made cocktails from the mini bar made by Rob, the super-talented barman downstairs (he did our wedding cocktails, which also went down a storm) whilst watching Ru-Paul’s Drag Race on the TV. The Ginger Rooms, Hove
The Ginger Rooms, Hove
The Ginger Rooms, Hove
Pre-made cocktails aside, there’s also tea & coffee (in the form of a Nespresso coffee machine) and plenty of snacks should you get the midnight munchies. There’s even a pre-made beach bag at your disposal, complete with towels and beach mat should you fancy a morning swim before checking out.
The bed was a dream (no pun intended) and my jet-lagged body was very appreciative of the Royal Warrant Hypnos mattress and Soak & Sleep bedding - it was like one huge hug! The heavy curtains kept the morning light out so we slept for hours, waking up with huge appetites ready for breakfast downstairs in the restaurant.
The Ginger Rooms are a short bus ride away from the city center, and a 2 minute walk from the beach.

The Ginger Rooms is the perfect home away from home and bloody good value too! Rooms cost between £80 and £160 per night

Book here

Silo at The Salvo Fair

Silo at The Salvo Fair
Winner of The Observer Food award for Britain’s best ethical restaurant, Silo is popping up at this year's Salvo Fair. 

The Brighton-based zero-waste restaurant by chef Douglas McMaster is hosting a two-course Silo at Salvo lunch. Choose carnivorous or Herbivorous Calzone, made from freshly milled heritage flour, slowly fermented for flavour and good digestion. Taste transatlantic emission free organic Pirate Chocolate fondant… Sailed from the Dominican Republic using only the wind and a crew of badass sailers (pirates). Washed down with your choice of Old Tree libation like bubbly infused with sea buckthorn.
Silo at The Salvo Fair
The Salvo Fair plays host to some amazing vendors. Including, Emily Griffin, designer and maker behind the homeware and accessories brand Mahala. She will have bags made from old British saddlery leather and military canvases, clogs made in England, and vintage and handcrafted homewares.  Other exhibitors include Mary Jones Vintage who unearths rare fashion for gents and ladies, featuring clothes, accessories, jewellery and a showcase of hats including unique designs by Dior.   

SALVO 2017 at a glance
Where: Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 3AP
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June 2017
Open: 10am to 5pm
Charity Gala Preview and late night shopping: Friday 23 June 2017, 5pm to 8pm

Book Weekend Tickets for a 2-course Silo at Salvo lunch on Eventbrite 

The Weekly Edit: High Street Holiday Pieces

High Street Holiday Pieces

Holiday season (US readers; it's basically what we call Summer!) is upon us, and so I’ve hit the shops and rounded up the best pieces for that ultimate summer holiday suitcase all available on the high street now.

Obviously, there's a few pieces that are essential to the holiday capsule wardrobe. During the day, stick to light dresses you can throw on over a bikini or swim cozzy, with a comfy sandal. This will take you from lounging on the beach or around the pool, to the bar for a drink or 2 before changing for the evening.
High Street Holiday Pieces

I tend to mainly wear dresses on holiday, but in the evenings I sometimes change it up, and slip on a pair of floaty trousers and a cami. I avoid wearing heels on holiday, and tend to make my outfit a little fancy with accessories instead. Wearing a nice necklace, or a few bracelets can jazz up any outfit or grab a raffia clutch to complete the outfit.

Girl Vs Cancer

This ain't the first time I've spoken about cancer on this blog, and I'm sure it won't be the last. 

It's the dreaded word that none of us hope to face, but when 1 in 3 people are likely to get some form of it, it can be hard to avoid talking about it.  

Most of you will know that my mum got diagnosed with it around 18 months ago. My family have been pretty open about my mum - that was one thing she wanted from the beginning of her diagnosis, to not be afraid to talk about it and so, we haven't and I continue now to talk about it as much as I can and want because we find it actually helps deal with it. 
You can read about more in a post I wrote here.

But, talking and writing about it is nowhere near as difficult as going through it. Which is why I can’t begin to imagine what my mum is going through, even though I’m watching it all unfold in front of me. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - she’s a bloody legend and one hell of an inspiration. 
Girl Vs Cancer T Shirt
Which brings me to another amazing and inspiring lady...

Lauren is the lady behind the blog Girl Stole London, and one I’ve been following for yonks! She’s my age, and has been tackling the bitch that is breast cancer. She’s been dealing with it in the most hilarious, expressive and moving way that the whole taboo surrounding cancer vanishes when you read her posts on her blog and social media. 

To say she’s an inspiration, just like my mama is an understatement. 

Cancer is hard to deal with, but no one really thinks about all the baggage that goes with having the disease. The side effects can be insane (my mum ended up in hospital the other week due to one of these) and it also puts you out of work for months. Which means, you can struggle financially due to low sick pay and / or no health insurance. 

Statutory sick pay is around £350 per month, which means paying rent and doing the food shop is near on impossible. 

Yep. Not great at all, right? and not something you want to worry about when you're going through treatment. 

Like my mum, Lauren hasn’t let the big C word (no, not that one you naughty scamps!) get in the way.  She has created a collection of amazing titty t-shirts which has totally blown my mind (and many others) as very few people could think of a business idea whilst having chemo and dealing with the side effects, but Lauren is clearly on another level!
Girl Vs Cancer T Shirt
Each t-shirt is priced at £28, with 25% of profits going straight to supporting Breast Cancer Care, with the remaining dollar keeping Lauren on her feet until she is able to head back to work. The first run of tees sold out quick, and a restock has happened this week with a couple of new slogans thrown in to the mix coming very soon. 
Girl Vs Cancer T Shirt
So, treat yourself to a tit-tee and support a mahoosive cause. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GIRLvsCANCER and follow Lauren’s story on her blog and Instagram.  

Photos by the wonderful Carrie from  One Pleasant Day