21 October 2014

OOTD | Topshop Midi at the Harbour

Dress: FD Avenue
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: Jasper Conran*
Bag: Zara

 An afternoon enjoying a lovely meal and watching the sunset at the ocean front esums up this scene pretty well. The weather is much cooler now but was oddly warm this day. I wore my silver/grey midi skirt with a midi dress underneath. Didn't expect that did you? Thats what I love about personal style, change it up and make it your own in the process of something great.

The grey suede shoes were sent to me a while back now and was very perfect for this grey schemed attire.
This week I have been reading so many spiritual and general inspirational quotes on Instagram. Are you on insta? @mintyessence

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20 October 2014

Autumn Winter 14 | Eye Shadow Palette Essentials

For this post I collected all of my seasonal favourite eyeshadows. Some are in palettes and some are individual but all have a theme of warm autumnal colours. My favourite has to be plum/burgundy/cranberry colour. I had to mention all as they are very similar.
I will list the shades or the names of the palettes if you want to check them out yourselves.

Inglot Quad
(TL)450, (TR)399, (BL)402, (BR)421.
This was a purchase made at Imats this year and I love it to bits! The great thing with Inglot is that you can personalise your eyeshadow combinations. Considering how busy the environment was etc, the colours I chose could not compliment any more than they do. The one I use the most is 450.

Avon True Colour: Cocoa Dreams
Avon can be overlooked as a brand on the whole, however the quad is beautiful. Warm/neutral colours that could be worn in the day is what you find in this palette. Full of shimmer, so I personally use these in the inner or outer corners.

MAC + Soap and Glory
Ricepaper is the only MAC product in this quad which can be used to highlight. The Soap and Glory colours are more autumnal with the burnt brown and smokey colours. The pigmentation was surprisingly good when I first tried these out too.

Wet n Wild
I got this in a swap ages ago and love all the colours in this 'Petal Pusher 736' set. The only colour I use less of it the browbone shade. Highlighting that area does not work for me. Does it not with anyone else?

This mineral eyeshadow can be very messy so it takes extra care when handling it but the finish is superb! The shade explains for it's self why it is thee product for autumn 'Autumn plum'. This came in a glossybox last year.

Calvin Klein
This shade '100 expose' is something I used more in summer but it contrasts well with some of the dark purple colours.

MUA is as cheap as chips and transfer really well! This shade I would repurchase over and over again as it is a gorgeous cross between gold and plum.

Most of these shades I would mix together for a gradient effect because Winter is all about layering. If you can do that with clothes, you can definitely do it with beauty items.

Which was your favourite colour?

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16 October 2014

Re:So Store Launch Southampton


This week I was kindly invited to the press re-launch of the Re:So store in the Marlands Shopping Centre Southampton.

To give you a little background, Re:So is an enterprise space open to the public showcasing the work of current and former students who study/ studied fashion at the Solent University.

 When you walk in, you get that 'urban outfitters' feel as the pieces are very current but also include some shabby chic items. Basically it is filled with a mixture of fashion styles, makeup, books, accessories, art and photography.

We were greeted with drinks and pretty little macaroons whilst browsing the contents of the shop itself. I must say there were some lovely items. The DJ was pretty good too.

The top floor is a large exhibiting space which is also used for education projects and lectures. I wish my lectures were held in such a cool location :)

You really have to pay a visit if you are in Southampton town centre and see what these students have put together. The reasonably priced 'Envy Clutches' clutch bags from a current student Lucy had to be my favourite! I just had to get a snap of it and I can see these dual toned bags selling fast!!!

Will you be joining them on their public opening on Saturday 18th October?

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09 October 2014

New Additions | Homeware Haul


I am a sucker when it comes to burning candles. I stay faithful to my yankee candles but recently discovered how beautifully scented the primark candles are and for £1 each too!

I was sent two multi-wick candles in Waikiki Melon and Wild Passion Fruit. I honestly made the best choices for scents to try out. I love them. Not only do they look insanely bright and beautiful but the scents are very up-lifting especially after a long day at work.

As I personally love sweet scents, this is definitely for me but I know some people prefer subtle fragrances. My favourite out of the two has to be the Waikiki Melon as it has less of a tangy twist that the other. The scented candle shop have a huge range of candles and worth a mooch. They surely make my apartment smell lush.

2-Calender Blocks
These blocks are so cute and really do help to keep you organised and keep a track of what date it is. The heart shape cut out sold me and can hook onto a wall or just be on a table top like how I have it. I change them before I go to bed so I don’t forget to do so in the morning. The Homebase home section has so many homely nick nacks, I wanted to buy all of it.

3-Kilner Jar
I got a pair of these for milkshakes or cold drinks. The jars with the handles look very fancy especially when sipping on the stripey straws that come with it! For £7.99 from Chiltern Mills it was a good little deal. Plus the straws that come with the set are plastic so quite durable compared to the paper ones you can buy.

These super soft throws were around £3 each from Primark reduced from £5 which meant I had to buy two. You can use them for your bed, sofa or just to snuggle up in when it gets cold because they are THAT soft.


I wanted some simple glasses for my kitchen and found these French branded rounded glasses in Makro. Such an amazing store if you have a business or buy in bulk. These are just some of the glasses in the set.

6-Glass Case

Home Bargains is great for one off wonders so I say, as you don’t always see the same things in store everytime you go in. This glass jar looks very expensive and chic on my dressing table which is why I really liked it. At the moment I keep my hairbands in it but I want more! There were smaller ones too which would be perfect for clips.

7-Water Jar

This water jar was part of a house warming gift set from my uncle and cousins which is really for storing water in. However I have some pretty white flowers in it for now.

8- Clear Jars

These were spotted at £1.50 each from Matalan so I had to get them. Very plain but that is exactly what I wanted so I stuck some kilner jar stickers from TKMaxx on them to label their contents. I keep the tea/herbal bags and sugar in these… so organised!!!

9-Oven Mitten

This is perfect for the kitchen as it fits in with the red and beige theme I have going on. My mum did a good job buying me this Next oven mitt with the cutest slogan printed on it “you aint seen muffin yet”. That reminds me, I need to make some muffins!

10- Towels

Primark have the greatest selection of bath, hand, beach and face towels it all sorts of colours. They are so reasonably prices too so I bought some white and dark greys for a contrasted theme in the bathroom.

I enjoyed putting together this lifestyle post and I hope you got some home inspiration from reading this. I find most of my inspiration for household items from pinterest or etsy which I hope to do a wishlist or collage of sometime soon.

Thanks for reading


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