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Head to Toe for Under £50

Yes, you read that right. I got this whole outfit (minus the jacket) for under £50. So that jacket isn’t included but it’s just a finishing touch and are you seriously saying that a top, skirt, shoes and sunglasses isn’t enough, there’s just no pleasing some people! The Joy of Supermarket Shopping – An outfit under £50 Supermarket shopping (for clothes) is something that is seriously underrated. I guess by now you’ll have realised that this look is from a supermarket, Tesco’s to be specific and their F&F range. Personally, I think the idea of being able to buy your bananas and clothing in the same shop is as off-putting to me as it is appealing to a Mum of 3 with no spare time. I mean, us fashionistas would never be seen at the checkout of our local Tesco’s with a top in hand. . would we? If I’m totally honest – in the past I have been known to be quite the supermarket shopper and I’m not just talking socks, pants and pjs. When you can get an outfit for under £50 why on earth wouldn’t you be? Choosing Key Pieces When I do go supermarket clothes shopping, I like to stick to a few rules if you like. I feel like this outfit truly is an exception though, because I would never normally advise going head to toe, though it’s obviously something that can be done! Firstly, when I buy from F&F, I tend to go for pieces that I know I won’t be wearing day in day out. You can’t pay £10 for a top and expect it to last you a lifetime. This is why I like to go for more trend led pieces that I know I’ll only want for a season. If they last longer, great, if they don’t? They’ve done the job they were destined for! I was kindly gifted a £50 voucher to pick something to style up, when I started looking I found everything I wanted for under £50 and even managed to treat myself to a pair of socks. I was so shocked! I mean, I knew it was cheap but this is just something else! Shop Online Firstly, I’ll let you into a little tip i’ve discovered. You can get you’re bits delivered to store for free, and that can be any Tesco’s store – including the little Tesco metros! They don’t have to sell clothes. Shopping online is the way forward for me, depending on where you live you’ll be lucky to find anything you see in the lookbooks and ad’s in Elle Magazine etc in your local Tesco. I live in a small town and my nearest city is Peterborough – not exactly the fashion capital of the UK, I’d say they’re selling more crocs and velour tracksuits than what I’m after! Sorry if you’re from Peterborough but you know it’s true. Tell me now – have I changed your mind on supermarket shopping!? *Jacket : Fashion Bazaar *Top : F&F @ Tesco *Skirt : F&F @ Tesco *Sandals : F&F @…

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Learning To Trust Yourself

I was triggered to write this post after listening to my sister ask me what to wear for the 100,000th time that day. Sorry Lauren, I do it to. It made me realise how indecisive we both are, constantly relying on the opinion of others. Its such a terrible trait to have that not only annoys others but it’s pretty draining as someone who doesn’t trust yourself! Learning to trust yourself & your own judgement After going to therapy for stress and anxiety I learnt to have more conviction in my decisions and to trust my own judgement. With anxiety comes questioning your own judgement and at my worst I’d even ask other people what I should eat I mean how is my Mum supposed to know what I want to eat? No one likes that kind of pressure!! I’ve realised in myself that half of the time when I ask a question, I already know what I want to do, I just want someone to confirm what I want to hear. And if they don’t? I ask someone else. It’s pretty annoying to be honest which is why I wanted to write this post about how you should trust yourself. Do you do the same? Are you a serial question asker? Here’s my tip, now, whenever I’m about to ask someone what I should do, I think about what my therapist used to say and stop and ask myself “what do I want to do?” and do that! Stuff everyone else, half of the reason I think I question myself is because of how much I care what others think. But shouldn’t what I think be the most important thing of all!? Do you trust yourself? Let me know if I’m not the only one! Shop The Look Shop the look by clicking on the images below! I had to get my enduring boyfriend to take some photos as I finally had the opportunity to bust this dress out I bought weeks ago! Pretty much makes the perfect minimalist combo with these sandals dont’cha think?! Shirt Dress : Topshop Sandals : Mango Sunglasses : Topshop Remember to follow me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with all of the latest posts and make me one very happy blogger!! You can also find me at ‘sineadcrowe’ on both instagram and snapchat if you want to stalk me on the daily – please do! Did you know I’m also on Youtube?!

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Wardrobe Staple : The Cashmere Jumper

I thought I’d do another post about the wardrobe staples as I seem to have accumulated another one! When I saw this cashmere jumper on the Boden website I had to get my hands on it. As I said before, there’s this unwritten list of wardrobe staples that all women should have. Cashmere Jumper A cashmere jumper is 100% at the top of the list of wardrobe staples that all women should have. I went for the v-neck style because I think it’s super flattering and I realised recently that I don’t actually own many v-necks, I’ve definitely got my eye on the round neck version next though! I don’t think theres a more classic colour that you’d want a cashmere jumper in than camel. It’s such a timeless colour that goes with pretty much anything. I love wearing my pieces oversized and envisioned myself snuggled up in this so I ordered it in the size above. If you like the fit of mine then I’d definitely recommend for you to do the same! Also – can we just take a minute of appreciation for these hems with the glove shoes? Perfect combo or what?? I have finally treated myself to a pair of black ones from Asos and they came today – so happy with them!! These are the ones I got! Shop The Look Click and scroll the images below to shop my look! *Jacket : Jigsaw *Jumper : Boden Jeans : Asos Sunglasses : Topshop Shoes : Topshop More on wardrobe staples on my post about the black jacket! Have you signed up to follow me on Bloglovin’ yet? If not, what the hell are you waiting for?! Remember you can also stalk me on the daily with instagram and snapchat where my username is sineadcrowe! All photography by Kirk Schwarz – Instagram – Website

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Media Pack | Why you need it & What to include

A media pack is something a lot of bloggers talk about but something I found really difficult to find out about when I was building mine. It doesn’t matter how big you are, you should always have a media pack and I’m here to save the day and tell you why. And then of course I’m going to tell you how to do it. Because that’s the kind of person I am. Why do you need a Media Pack? Media packs – incase you didn’t know – are basically a sheet or document, that shows PR’s and companies what you’ve done, who you are and you’re achievements. I always think of it as a bloggers CV! I personally loved it after I got mine because when you first start obviously you do a lot for free. When it comes to the point that you might want to start charging, asking if they have a budget or whether the gig is paid is such an awkward question. When you’ve got a media pack you can just say “I’ve attached my media pack” and guess what – most people are receptive to it. My theory is this, if they can get it for free – they will. You have to ask and know your worth because not many people will offer it on a plate! Charging is a minefield and quite personal so I won’t be talking about that! But I will talk about what you should include in your media pack! Design wise, I would say to keep it clean and easy to read whilst maintaining your ‘brand’ image. When I first created it, I made mine really compact so it fitted on an A4 page, now it’s really clean and clear and about 4/5 pages long!! What To Include About You & Your Blog This should be a little block of writing just saying when the blog established and what your blogs about with a few lines about you and your personal acheivements! Contact Details These should be super clear and easy to find Monthly Stats Update your stats monthly, I include my page views, sessions, unique users and bounce rate. If you don’t have google analytics, what are you playing at?! These are the only stats that brands accept and trust from my experience as other analytics programmes and websites can vary A LOT. Social Media Following I update this every time I send my media pack out. I know it’s not a great thought, but this really does matter. People want to know what your social followings are and it’s not rare to have brands that want to work with you exclusively on your social media or based on the following of your social media. Past Collaborations The longer you’ve been blogging the more brands you’ll have racked up so I tend to just put the top ones I’ve worked for or brands I have worked with repeatedly. I do try and put as many in but it needs to be clean and easy to read, remember you want…

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Beauty

Holiday Essentials

Talking about my holiday essentials, what I wear on my body and my face. The clothes pretty much go for the whole of summer – if it ever gets here in the UK. And the beauty bits, well I only like to take the bare minimal and minis are my everything. *Next Top // *Next Sandals // Asos Sunglasses Cold Shoulders & Lace Ups Cold shoulders and lace ups are the butter and bread of holiday wardrobe sandwiches, did that make sense? I feel like that was either genius or ridiculous? Basically, if you don’t have a pair of gladiators and a cold shoulder top in your luggage/ summer wardrobe then you’re missing the two essentials to my holiday wardrobe/my summer essentials. Floaty cold shoulders are the ultimate in understated sexy and pretty much work for day night and anything in between. I’d say the same for gladiators, maybe not sexy, but they’re so damn wearable. These next ones bring a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’ different to the table with all of that embroidered goodness that makes them look a bit special compared to it’s rivals on the high st. Holiday Essentials : Beauty So first of all – this is free when you spend £50 on Clinique in House of Fraser until 21st May – BUT thats still free. If you already shop at Clinique then just buying a couple of the things you use all the time and stocking up is the perfect way to bag you . . this bag? So anyway, sneaky blog titles aside, this bag has all of the holiday essentials covered. You get moisturiser, face moisturiser, eye cream, foundation/concealer, mascara and lipstick all in a handy bag, big enough to fit some of your favourites in! Even if you weren’t to use these on a daily basis I think it’s a great idea to just have something like this you can take with you if you’re going somewhere for the night and don’t want to think about it or have to take all of your full size products. This is exactly why minis are great! One Easy Look Like I said before, it’s a face in a bag! Aside from the skincare and bag, you also get foundation/concealer, mascara and lipstick. Granted the lipstick is a tad too bright for my liking and the foundation isn’t necessarily the one I’d use everyday but I would happily wear these if I was staying somewhere for the night and just wanted light and easy make up without bringing my whole collection! Let me know what your holiday essentials are! I always wear foundation or tinted moisturiser on holiday because my face either burns or I hide it so it’s pale! Who wants old wrinkly skin?! Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with all of the latest posts!! You can also subscribe to my new youtube channel where you can see things like my latest video New in Beauty! And finally! If you haven’t already had enough of me then go…

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