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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Autumn Weddings & Competition

I've been to my fair share of Autumn weddings including my own, no matter what time of the year you get married, the only thing you can't control is the weather we all just have to hope for the best.  September, October and November can be quite mild but then again you never know what to expect with our crazy weather. I was at a wedding last weekend and instead of going out and buying everything new I wore a dress I already had and a jacket I had for years, I did go out and buy one and at the last minute I changed my mind.

My mum thought for a September wedding sequins were too OTT but I think for any time of the year at a wedding you can totally rock sequins.

Fur collar/wraps

  1. Zara - £29.99 
  2. Zara - £29.99
  3. New Look - £14.99


I personally love a cape as it adds something extra to a plain outfit, whether you go for a beaded one or just something sequinned like the one I wore recently.

  1. Asos -£14
  2. Asos - £65
  3. Asos - 32
Asos have the best variety of capes, some absolutely stunning fully beaded ones.

Dresses/Palazzo trousers/Top

Its totally acceptable now to wear a great pair of trousers, I love these pale pink palazzo trousers, they nearly look like a skirt anyway.  As you can tell from this whole blog post I'm a tad obsessed with maroons/burgundies and blush pinks, lets hope you all are too!

  1. Topshop - £55
  2. Self portrait - £240
  3. Topshop - £45
What is your favourite style?

The wedding journal have kindly given me two pairs of tickets for the Belfast show in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on the 1st and 2nd October, if you want the chance to win all you have to do is share my blog and follow me on Instagram - a_littlebitoflife -  If you already follow me on Instagram just screen shot and tag me.  All the very best.

Competition ends Thursday 29th September.


Monday, 12 September 2016

The Perfect pamper day

When Michelle an Arbonne consultant for the ballymena area contacted me and asked if i'd like to try some of their products I jumped at the chance as i'd never tried anything from Arbonne and Hadn't heard much about the brand to be totally honest, but boy was I missing out!

The skincare
At first I was apprehensive to try the skincare as my skin is so temperamental, I was thoroughly shocked, no breakouts! super gentle and amazing in my opinion.

My favourite line is the FC5 range;
  • Intense Hydration Mask 
You leave the mask on for ten minutes and cleanse off with water, my skin felt nourished and refreshed after one use.
  • Nurturing Day Lotion with SPF 20
I used this straight after the mask and my skin was hydrated and smooth, usually after a mask your skin can be quite tight and irritated but not with this.
  • Skin Conditioning Oil
I have literally used this all over, dry patches on my elbows to my cuticles, I must have the most dry cuticles on this earth, they most definitely feel hydrated now.

Make up

When it comes to make up I usually just stick to the same kind of stuff, brands etc never really venture out and try anything new but I was excited to try the Arbonne primer and eyeshadow.

The eyeshadow palette was beautiful and the packaging was sleek and compact, the third eyeshadow in the pallete was so gorgeous and perfect for my blue eyes, very pigmented too!

The primer was great probably would suit a more oily complication than my extremely dry skin but overall was fab too.

The Blush reminded me so much of my trusty Nars - Orgasam a subtle coral orange with a slight glow finish.

Overall I was really impressed with the brand and will be purchasing more for my own collection.

Thanks so much for reading 
Zoe x


Sunday, 11 September 2016

The pinafore dress

Today was the first day it really felt like Autumn, all the leaves blowing off the trees and crunching underfoot, its a beautiful time of year with so many gorgeous shades of burnt orange and oxblood

I always put off buying a pinafore dress as I didn't want to look like I was a child but so far this Autumn they have really grown on me. So many options to choose from whether your tall or short, denim or corduroy, theres something to suit everyone.  I went for a denim pinafore from the tall section at ASOS and I'm in love!

I styled it with a striped top from J crew which is no longer available and black Dune ankle boots but you could literally wear anything with a pinafore dress and look amazing.

My favourite from the high street;

  1. Next - corduroy pinafore £32
  2. Oasis - denim pinafore £45
  3. Needle and Thread pinafore £285

Whether or not you have a huge budget theres something for everyone, I'm in love with the corduroy pinafore from next and I almost bought but I'm on a spending ban for the rest of September.

What's your favourite trend this season so far?

Thanks for reading 


Saturday, 3 September 2016

How to be positive

Some days we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, some days we wake up feeling this way and  it doesn't disappear, it lingers for a while.

Social media also doesn't help, it brings a lot of us down at times, we all have something someone else wants but we are blessed too, in our own little ways.

Here are a few ways to keep positive day to day;
  • When you open your eyes first thing in the morning, think about something you feel incredibly blessed to have.
  • People in your life make a huge difference, people who make an impact and actually make you feel better about your self.
  • Quotes, I have way to many but one of my favourites is 'Always be joyful, never stop praying, be thankful in all circumtances'.
  • Go out and do something out of your comfort zone, you might feel uneasy but after you will feel amazing.
  • Get a pet, I have three dogs most annoying most of the time but so affectionate when you need that extra love.
  • Go for walks, appreciate what is around you.
  • Just getting out of the house can change your whole mind set.
Just do what makes you happy, thats all that matters in the end.

Thanks for reading
Zoe x

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