Thursday, 31 July 2014

Outfit: Monochrome Chevron Palazzo Pants

Today's the day for a very rare and joyous occasion... Staff night out!! I'm really lucky working in Sales because every so often we get treated to a meal out & drinks by one of our Suppliers' Representatives. Today we're off to Central Park in Middlesbrough, home of the 'Best Parmo in The North East'.

Tonights' outfit surprisingly was bought straight from the Primark manikin, I very rarely do this, but I absolutely loved how these two black and white pieces looked together. 
These are my second pair of Primark Palazzo pants, my first pair are again monochrome (of course) but have an oil type print to them - I can't get enough of them, they have an elasticated waistband and super wide legs which is brill during Summer. Whats not to love?! I think the chevron print, even though it's black and white, is really funky and possibly one to make your eyes go a bit funny if you stare at them for too long. None the less I had no hesitation scooping them into my basket. 
It sounds daft but I don't own a massive amount of tops, vest tops however is another question - So this one will add nicely to my small collection. I'm really enjoying the 'Sports Luxe' tend at the moment and feel this top falls nicely under that category especially with the mesh sleeves (which unfortunately I don't think you can tell from the pictures). 
Ps. This is not my kitchen, I'd absolutely love it if it was, but I work in a bathroom & kitchen showroom and this is one of the displays. Boo.

I'm probably overdoing the monochrome trend but pfffft, I love it! Is there any trends you can't get enough of?

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.

Pants - Primark £12.00
Top - Primark £8.00
Necklace - Primark £4.00
Shoes - George £6.00

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Beauty: My Journey To Having Better Skin

I'm not that old but even at the age of 24 I've noticed my skin becoming quite dry and lacking it's usual peachy glow. I've been trying to improve my skins youthfulness over the last month or so & have noticed a huge difference, enough so that I recently posted a picture of my bare naked face on instagram as part of Megans' #ProjectBareAll

I read an article in the Daily Mail recently, stating in order to keep your skin dewy and hydrated you need to be drinking at least three litres of water a day - Around six small bottles. I was always aware the more water you drink they more hydrated your skin will be, but three litres seemed pretty unrealistic for me & my lifestyle. My problem is I'm a huge coffee snob, I love a good caffeine buzz and would pick coffee over water any day!.. After all, you can't dunk your Hobnobs into a glass of water can you? Over the past few weeks though I've made a conscious effort to include water more within my diet. I think it's helped with the weather being sooo red hot that I've been more tempted to pick up a glass of water rather than a coffee - And truth be told I've actually enjoyed it! As well as my skin feeling softer and more hydrated I've actually been feeling so much better in myself, I feel healthier, more awake & have a lot more energy.

As much as we all love makeup, we all realise it's really bad for our skin - Damn you makeup you beautiful thing!! I believe one of the worst things you can do for your skin is sleep in yesterdays makeup, in fact I did it this morning (Arghh!!) I went out dancing with the girls last night & forgot to take my makeup off when I got in - My skin this morning was just grose, it felt all tight and dry and not very nice at all! I try to wear makeup with a really light coverage but a day without makeup works absolute wonders! 

No stress.
I'm really lucky in the sense that I don't particularly have any stress in my day to day life. Of course we all have those 'off days' at work but that's about it. Practicing yoga & meditation relaxes both you and your skin and I believe if you feel good on the inside, you'll look good on the outside - I'm sure that's a tag line for some kind of foodie product, but you know what I mean. I make sure I have at least one bath a week (I do shower too) and indulge with a fizzy bath bomb or some bubble bath. I love sinking in with a good book, I'm currently reading 'The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window' which sounds creepy, but is actually amazing!

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturie! And the earlier the better! It's taken me a while to find a moisturiser that I really like and luckily for me, it doesn't break the bank - It's simple! I make sure I use it first thing on a morning (which actually makes it easier to apply makeup) and last thing at night before going to sleep. 

I know as soon as we get a glimmer of sunshine in Britain our wardrobes change in a flash, out come the short shorts& crop tops! Which is brilliant from a fashionistas point of view, but exposing your skin to the sun can be one of the most damaging things you could do. I think it's bizarre that applying sunscreen is something we never think to do in Britain even though we don't think twice when on holiday. Along with sunscreen I've been using the Elemis Tan Accelerator which basically prepares your skin for the sun, I've been using this for a wile now and simply cannot fault the product!

And lastly my favourite of all!.. Catching those Z's!... They do call it 'Beauty Sleep' after all! When you go peeps your skin renews itself so not getting those eight hours can result in dark circles and basically tired looking skin. Luckily though there's a really easy way to solve this one, get yourself in your jim jams & curl up in bed!

I hope you've enjoyed my pointers to looking after your skin - Out of all of them drinking more water has made the biggest difference in my life! Such a simple & easy thing to do but it makes the world of difference.

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.

All images minus the first have been taken from google images.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Outfit: Black Maxi At The Temple Garden Monument

Today I got to leave work an hour early (Woohoo!) So me and Dan decided to make the most of the nice weather and head down to Stewarts Park in Middlesbrough. How annoying is it working indoors when it's absolutely gorgeous outside. I was itching to get away!

Passing through the super cute animal park, the Temple Garden Monument sits right at the far end of Stewarts Park. We quite often spend a 'daft hour' or so mooching around the Park, stopping off for an ice cream of course on the way back, just because it's so close to home! It's great living in the North East, as much as people 'diss' it, I think it's brill & wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
Considering today's been absolutely gorgeous, I've opted for an 'all black everything' outfit - Very floaty though obviously, there's nothing worse wearing than wearing super tight clothes in the scorching heat. I've learnt the hard way with a pair of Miss Selfridge leather trousers! Ouchies! Everything I'm wearing here (clothes wise) I picked up as absolute bargains!.. I seem to be an absolute pro at the moment for doing this - I just hope it lasts!

How have you been enjoying this lovely weather we've been having?

Thanks for taking a look. I'm signing out now to catch up on some 'American Horror Story' Yay! Lots of love.

Maxi - Matalan £12.00
Vest - Primark £8.00
Sandals - Primark £5.00
Bag - Michael Kors  £240.00

Guest Post: Lope - Getting That Dream Closet.

Aloha everyone! Hi I'm Lope from Thoughts From My Bed, where I discuss thoughts, ramblings, fashion & beauty.

Have you ever felt your closet doesn't reflect your true style? Or that the clothes in your head are WAY better than your current wardrobe? These are the thoughts that run through my head when I open my wardrobe to pick out an outfit to wear. So I have finally decided to give my wardrobe a clean slate, and to do that there are certain steps I am taking to achieve my maximum and dream (well almost) closet. So I have decided to blog about it, so as to document it for myself and share with anyone that is interested. I am by no means a stylist or a fashionista, I am just a girl who wants to bring her imaginary closet to life...

1. First things first (I'm the realist lol) is to organise your closet & I don't mean arranging it, I mean taking everything out an organising it into sets. For example: I am going to be organising my present closet into three groups. Clothes I need to get rid of, clothes that are not my size but  want to fit into(especially if you want to loose weight) and clothes that are currently my size and that I like.

2. The next step is to define your style. Are you a punk rock gal? A ghetto chick kind, a sophisticated put-together beaut, a casual girl.. Whatever it may be, build your closet with that. Tip for defining your style is having a style icon - Who do you identify most with? Who's closet do you wish to have? It could be a friend, your mother of a celebrity - For me its Zendaya Coleman.

3. Next is to pick a colour pallet to work it to. Are you a black and white kind of person? Or a pastel kind of girl (or guy)? Whatever it may be let it reflect who you are, and of course your dream closet. Tip for when you are choosing your pallet is when you are imagining your dream outfits or dream closet, what collours do you mostly see? 

4. Then the next stage is to know your budget and how much money you are working with.  You don't want to bite off more than you can chew. Just because your style icon is wearing something doesn't mean you must get the exact same thing, especially if you can't afford it. There are similar and cheaper alternatives, a geat app for this is 'The Hunt'.

5. After you have done the previous step, the next stage to building your dream wardrobe is to have the basics. These basics are what you would build your dream closet around, these basics don't change and never go out of style. It's good to invest in these basics because even as you grow as a person and decide to change your style, these items would always be there. Examples of basics are the LBD (little black dress), a good ol pair of well fitted jeans, or a camisole (back & white) etc. 

6. The next step is to always get clothes that fit, and fit your body shape PROPERLY. Common excuses include 'It was a bargain' 'I would loose weight to fit in it' (Which most never do). When we don't get what fits our bodies properly. this clutters out wardrobes with things we would never wear. The key to getting out dream wardrobe is to have a minimal but fruitful closet.

7. The next step is when shopping for an outfit make sure every item can be mixed & matched in some way. I know there can be times when that tutu is to die for, but can you really go to work/school wearing it? Think before you buy!

These are the steps that I am going to be using over the next few weeks to build my dream closet. I am by no means a professional, but these are the steps I feel that I need to build my dream closet (well almost!) If you would like to see my progress in building my closet, I am over at 'Thoughts From My Bed' (my blog.)

Lope xoxo


Monday, 21 July 2014

The North East Blogger Awards

The blogging community in the North East has always been 'bang on' and this week we had some pretty exciting news! The creative communications agency O PR have organised 'The North East Blogger Awards' an awards ceremony to celebrate the blogging talent up here in the North East.

I've been growing my blog since February this year & have absolutely loved my journey so far! I'm so passionate about my little space of the internet, I see it as my own mini business which I can build and develop - And cliche but I can't wait to see where this new journey takes me
There are eleven categories, of which I will be going for 'Best New Blog' I would be absolutely over the moon if you could take two minutes out of your time to vote for me - I would be forever grateful!

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.

You can vote for me here - NEBLOGGERAWARDS

Outfit: Wearing Work Wear As Every Day Wear

I've mentioned before how much I'm loving wearing a shirt for everyday wear recently - I don't know what it is about styling a simple tailored shirt but I instantly feel like a grown up professional! Today I've been updating my Interior Design portfolio and have had to venture out picking up fabric & wallpaper samples & I think this is the perfect work wear outfit for a Designer... I just need the job now!

This is the second time I've worn this amazingly zingy blazer, it's one of those pieces that I can only imagine wearing with a simple monochrome outfit - Just because the colour is so bright! I still can't decide whether its a yellow or a green colour, it seems every time I look at it I change my mind. Answers on a postcard please! My collection of these Primark shirts is slowly but surely growing, I've got about five now all in different colours, they're brilliant because I can wear the neutral colours for work aswell as in 'everyday life'. Just a little thing too, but I love how you can't see the buttons on these shirts, it's such a simple touch which makes the shirt look much more expensive than its' £8.00 price tag! My leather skirt is another absolute bargain (I'm getting so good now, I feel like a professional bargain hunter!) I picked up in my local Oasis. I never really venture into Oasis, I'm not sure why, but I'll be visiting more often now. I picked this asymmetric beauty up for £10.00 which I thought was absolutely amazing!

Have you been wearing 'work wear' on more casual days?

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.

Blazer - New Look £25.00
Shirt - Primark £8.00
Skirt - Oasis £10.00
Sandals - Bank £18.00
Bag - Primark £8.00

Just as a little reminder too, I'm also running a blog giveaway for reaching 200 followers. Yay. Would love for you to take part.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Beauty: Essie - Tea & Crumpets

I've been trying to step away from Essie nail polishes, not for any reason other than to try something new. I'm sure you can tell with a title like 'Essie - Tea & Crumpets' I haven't succeeded. As per Essie have drawn me back in! I've been after a really pretty nude coloured polish for a while now & think I've found the perfect colour with 'Tea & Crumpets'. 

This is probably the easiest nail polish I've ever had to apply! I have had to use two coats because it's quite a light colour but it was an absolute dream to apply! So so super duper quick and easy! I can't compliment Essie enough, I've never been dissatisfied with any of their polishes. Eveyrthing is just lovely, from the colour to the brush to the consistency -  A match made in heaven if you ask me!

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Outfit: Clash Of The Primark Prints

Today I'm writing from what feels like my death bed - Truth be told, I am slightly over exaggerating, I am in quite poorly though. I've been sent home from work for being sick as well as suffering with a ridiculously bad back.  I've always suffered with a bad back, which seems ridiculous seen as though I'm 24 (going on 84) but the last couple of days have been really excruciating. I don't know where on Earth it's come from, but at the minute it feels like it's not going to go away any time soon. I was invited to a blogger event on Thursday, I had my outfit all planned, my satnav at the ready, but I just couldn't face it, my old lady bones weren't having any of it. I didn't want to waste my preplanned outfit though so before having an hours soak in the bath with some Radox, I took some outfit pics.

This outfit makes me feel like I'm still wearing my pjamas!... Which I'm totally in love with - It's so lovely when an outfit has that perfect balance. There's nothing worse than wearing these on trend, super tight & super tailored outfits you see some girls wearing - You know the type, walking totally straight & upright like they've got a pole up their arse. Comfort over fashion every time. Maybe that's a strange thing to say coming from a fashion blogger, but I'm sure you all know exactly what I mean.
I wouldn't normally wear two such extravagant prints together, I must have been feeling brave with this ensemble, but truth be told I actually really love it. I really like the festival/boho vibe that comes with the outfit, tied in with my flower crown & pool sliders I think it works really well. I definitely feel like I can take more risks print wise, I think this outfit will be a sign of things to come for me.

What do you think of clashing prints? Is it something you're brave enough to try?

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.

Vest - Primark £2.50
Kimono - Primark £10.00
Trousers - Primark £12.00
Pool Sliders - Primark £5.00
Flower Crown - New Look £3.99
Bag - Radley - £80.00

Just as a little reminder too, I'm also running a blog giveaway for reaching 200 followers. Yay. Would love for you to take part.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Giveaway: 200 Followers

A couple of days I got a lovely little email through saying 'woohoo xclaireabella now has 200 followers' - I was beyond ecstatic! I realise this isn't a huge milestone (not compared to other blogs) but to me this was a pretty big deal!

 I've been blogging for 5 months now and I'm absolutely loving it! It sounds daft, but at the ripe old age of 24 I finally feel like I've found something that I actually enjoy doing, I love fashion & love writing, so it makes sense really doesn't it? I wish I'd started blogging earlier.. But hey ho.. They say everything happens for a reason don't they. 

To celebrate this milestone I've decided to put a little giveaway on. It's a bit of a mixed bag full of everything I enjoy... So I hope you will too...

Rita Ora For Rimmel: Oragasm.
You won't believe how many times I had to double check the name of this polish! This fantastic orangey coral colour will look brilliant with summer sandals.
Book: What A Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk.
I've never actually read this book before but reading the blurb, it sounds right up my street!... Should she gamble all on the new photography job she's landed, or snap up the offer from long term crush and best friend Charlie to start up on their own - in more ways than one? There's just one small thing she hasn't mentioned. Or rather, one tall thing. He's handsome, infuriating and called Nick... For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she's always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. From London to Milan, with high fashion and low behaviour thrown in she's going to have to make up her mind what a girl really wants.
Make Up Revolution Eyeshadows: I remember/Insomnia/Just Me.
I recently bought myself an eye shadow palette from Make Up Revolution & I have to say I'm so so so so impressed with it. As well as applying absolutely fabulously, the staying power of this powder is phenomenal so I thought I'd have to include it in this giveaway.
Eyelure: Naturalites Intense.
Fake but not too fake! Eyelure have an absolutely fantastic  range of fakies, these lovely long lashes will look great worn during the day or maybe vamping up for a night out. I kind of wish I'd kept them for myself!
Sweets: Maynards Sour Patch Kids.
Because who doesn't love sweets?... Especially when they make your face screw up all weird.

The fairest way obviously is with the Rafflecopter below, I'd absolutely love it if you could take part. The winner will be revealed in a weeks time. Thursday 17th July. Best of luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much for popping by my blog - It's always apreciated.
Lots of love. Claireabella.x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Beauty: Make Up Revolution Lipsticks. Luscuous/Cheer/Nude.

Last month I was lucky enough to be asked to do a guest post on Belle's blog Mascara & Malteasers. She's a gorgeous lady with a fabulous blog & I felt very privileged to have my input on it. I thought i'd share with you my post which revolves around some awesomely cheap lippies... Enjoy!

Since moving out from my parents’ house last year I’ve become such a thrifty shopper, not only with bills & other boring things like that but with my beauty routine too! I was recently made aware on twitter of Make-Up Revolution, an affordable range of beauty products with enough shade variations to suit a small (female) army. They have lipsticks and eye shadows starting from as little as £1.00 – That’s less than the cost of a magazine! With that analogy in mind I knew I had to give Makeup Revolution a try… I got carried away and actually bought 8 products (which only cost me £12.00) but today I will be talking about just three.

From left to right. Luscious - Cheer - Nude.

Makeup Revolution - Luscious (£1.00)
Firstly I have to say what an absolutely fabulous colour this is! I recently did a review of Revlons 'Kiss Me Coral' which is a pretty close colour match to this - Obviously the Revlon is packaged better & does apply slightly easier, but for £1 you absolutely can not go wrong with this! For the price I paid for this, i think this is brilliant, it applies easily enough & is very highly pigmented, which is always something I worry about with lippies. Granted i did have to reapply this a few hours later but in fairness, isn't this the case with most regular lipsticks?

Makeup Revolution - Cheer (£1.00)
I've seen this super girlie pink colour circling the blogsphere a lot recently... Although I must say that I'm slightly disappointed with this colour, it looks fab on the stick however applies really transparently (I'm pretty sure that's not a real word, but you know what I mean). I had to use several coats which left me lips feeling all gloopy, sticky & not nice basically. I see 'Cheer' as more of a hydrating glitter gloss rather than pigmented lipstick.

Makeup Revolution - Nude (£1.00)
Without sounding weird, I'm not normally a nude type of girl. Even at work & during the day i'll wear a bold lip however after trying this I'm a lot more tempted to tone it down a bit! My lips are naturally quite pale, especially when it's cold so  this would act as a much needed pick-me-up. Again like 'Luscious' this applies pretty easily & has a lovely creamy texture to it. 

Out of the three I'd definitely say 'Luscious' was my favourite! I think with a £1 price tag though that all these lipsticks are fab. With these you have to go in with an open mind, obviously they arent going to have the same quality as your Macs or Revlons but for what they are I think theyre bloody marvelous!

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Outfit: Jewel Tones

Today I'm spending a bit of time back at my parents, its that time of year when my cars' MOT & Service is due so while I'm waiting for my car I thought I'd pop in for a gossip as well as trying to catch up on blog posts. 
Yesterday i took a trip to York Designer Outlet with mum & dad where I got a fabulous new Emerald/Teal Radley handbag. With that colour in mind & wanting to use my bag straight away I dug out a pair of pointed flats to match and my outfit went from there...

I don't know if its because I'm getting older but recently I've been loving wearing a shirt and 'casualing' it us with some skinny jeans - This look works well with boots, sandals & ballerina flats like I'm wearing today. My emerald flats work perfectly with my new Radley bag, I like matching accessories & think it really pulls an outfit together. I can't tell you how much I love this bag, it was in the sale at £80 down from £199.00 so price wise I couldn't complain. The colour is phenomenal and there's so many different compartments to it, its big enough for even all my bits and bobs! My Radley addiction has started!

I had to include that last picture of me & Cindy, it was such a warm day and she was completely flat out!

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.

Shirt - Primark £8.00

Jeans - Miss Selfridge £38.00
Flats - Primark £8.00
Bag - Radley £80.00
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