Botanical Birthday Brunch

Hello everyone! 

I am finally back after a long break (due to illness and a very long hospital stay) and I am so happy to be able to share with you an outfit post! I am still on the mend and slowly recovering, so I am definitely in my pjs more than "real" clothes but I am turning 30 this week and started off the celebrations with a birthday brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth. My besties and I have been before and loved the food but sadly the service on this occasion was shoddy, the food was cold BUT it didn't stop us from having a lovely time and for me is was *so* good to get dolled up and to feel pretty for the day!

One of the things I have missed most about being ill and wearing lounge wear so often is the fact I haven't been able to put outfits together and play with colours, fabrics and accessories. This is one of my most favourite things and I feel like I really went for it with this look! I love the colour palette of this look and I am so glad I have finally been able to wear this gorgeous printed wiggle dress. I adore this type of dress, Asos Curve do this style in a lot of colours/prints and I think it's a great style for my shape. 

I hope you enjoy these pics, there's a lot as I'm really happy with how they came out and it was nice to feel more like myself for the first time in ages!

1. Dress | 2. Sateen Bomber Jacket | 3. Wide Fit Heels | 4. Faux YSL Earrings - vintage | 5. Faux Fur Clutch similar here | 6. Eyelashes 

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Creating your own nail paint with Palette London

Take one Create Your Own Nail Paint Collection kit, 5 best friends, copious amounts of snacks and cocktails and you have the makings of a very lovely afternoon! Ever wanted to match your nail varnish to an outfit but struggled to find the perfect shade? Well now you can with Palette London's *Create Your Own Nail Paint Collection.

When I was offered the chance to try out one of these kits I jumped at the chance because I instantly imagined getting my BFF's round and trying out this kit together, fuelled by cocktails and crisps. The 2pc set which costs £25 comes with 5x 5ml Base Colours, 5x Pipettes, 2x 5ml Empty Nail Paint Bottles and 10x Formulas. 

The kit is pretty self explanatory really, you can use the 5 blendable nail paints which come in primary colours and mix them with the neutrals to create your own, custom made shades! The pipettes make the mixing super easy and all you have to do is keep shaking your bottles to watch your nail paints come alive. *Make sure you shake them with the lids on; things could get a little messy if you forget them!*

Our finished custom shades - I made the grey and the mustard and I LOVE them!

My girls and I created some fab shades which you can see above and we also loved the selection of Top Coats we were able to apply once we'd painted our nails. Head to the Palette London site to find out more and to see all the different nail paints/kits they offer.
*Denotes a PR sample sent for review 
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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

If you need a little inspiration for gift ideas, I've got you covered. Mother's Day is always a date I take very seriously. I love to treat my Mum throughout the year but come March I know I want to pull out all the stops and treat my Mum like the Queen she is! This year I am looking forward to spending the weekend with her here up in London. I have some nice meals booked and I'm going to make sure I hug the life out of her. Some cosy sofa time, a take-away and tonnes of prosecco is also on the cards!

Whether it's flowers or a beautiful scented candle; I've put together a selection of some of my favourite treats for 2016.

My favourite thing to do if I am unable to spend the day with my Mum is to have a beautiful bouquet delivered to her. Selfridges and Marks & Spencer are just two of the companies delivering this Mothering Sunday. What ever your budget; they've got you covered.

If you like the look of anything, just click to shop!

And if you're reading this Mum ....

 Mummy, I love you to the moon and back and I am proud to call you my Mum. You are beautiful on the inside and out. Thank you for being the best Mummy I could possibly ask for xxx

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London Retro at Glasses Direct

If you're like me and your vision is less than perfect; wearing glasses is a requirement. You can go all fancy and get your eyeballs lasered *ouch* or wear contacts but for the ultimate in fuss-free vision; glasses are your best option.

I wear my glasses on a daily basis. I used to be able to wear contacts but my Fibromyalgia has made my eyes extremely dry and even the super expensive contacts irritate my eyes. Because I wear my glasses so often, I have to love them.

My latest pair, these *London Retro 'Keaton' frames from Glasses Direct are by far the best pair I have ever owned. I am not exaggerating when I say that I am complimented on them every single time I wear them out. They are really different and I love that they add a little something to each outfit I wear.

Glasses Direct are my go-to for glasses. They very kindly sent me this pair to review BUT I have bought prescription sunglasses from them and when I make my next purchase with them I am definitly going to try their Free Home Trial - Choose 4 frames, try them on at home, place your order online and return your trial box back to them via freepost. 

*Glasses sent for review

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