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Feeling Girly with Gemporia

I was pleasently surprised earlier this month when one of the girls over at Gemporia got in contact with me about a possible collaboration. I know what you’re thinking, where’s the gems then? Well despite the name, they do have a wide range of jewellery, not just gems. I chose this lovely little silver beaded bracelet. I love the infinity sign and thought it was so pretty and delicate. When I got the parcel and opened it my Mum said it was the women’s empowerment sign, no Mum it’s the infinity sign. Obviously then as any normal person does I went on google to look up the meaning of the infinity sign – she was right, it symbolises eternity, empowerment and everlasting love with some companies using it as a symbol of women’s empowerment. Knowing the meaning behind it makes me love it even more!My new pearl colour correcting pearls from Avon came on the same day as the bracelet so naturally I did a pretty girly shoot, I couldn’t resist having a play around with them! I’ve actually been using them for a few days now and I’m not 100% sure on what I’m supposed to do so any help and guidance you might have would be gratefully received! At the moment I’ve been dusting them over my foundation before I use my bronzer, I’m guessing they’re meant to help with keeping the make up on all day like a loose powder, also helping to get rid of red patches and give a more even complexion? Well that’s what I’m hoping they do anyway!  I love how pretty and delicate it is! It looks so pretty laid out with my new marble case from Madotta. Get ready to see a lot more of this, it’s my new favourite thing so I’m getting it in wherever I can! If you love my blog then why not share the love and make my day by hitting follow on Bloglovin’? *Silver Bracelet : Gemporia | *Phone Case : Madotta | Colour Correcting Pearls : Avon Cosmetics  

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Double Denim Loving

Can we just take a minute to appreciate my hair in this photo? I think it’s my favourite photo of me ever for the pure fact that my hair looks like a genuine mane of golden, thick lusciousness. I only really discovered double denim a few months ago, I guess it happened the day I found the perfect denim shirt seen as my standard uniform is jeans, naturally double denim became my thing. I love how it looks with the crochet top underneath, it breaks it up a bit. It also gives me the opportunity to wear this beautiful Nana Judy top which I thought would have to be put to the back of my wardrobe till Spring, everyones a winner. I love this shot so much, I would say it’s probably one of my favourites since me and Alex first started taking photos for my blog together. There’s something about the angle and the way the door frames the picture that I just love! These photos were taken in a half hour slot between it chucking it down and pouring with rain so it was actually a pretty speedy shoot! I’m not gonna lie, I did worry about looking like a cowboy in these boots – not that looking like a cowboy is necessarily a bad thing? maybe it is? Sorry if you’re a cowboy and you’re reading this – no offence. I got these from Public Desire because I was instantly drawn to the shiny toe caps. I have a genuine problem when it comes to buying black ankle boots, I’ve got far more than I would like to admit and the differences are not all too obvious.  *Watch :  Abbott Lyon ( use code SINEADAL25 for £25 off your order and free worldwide shipping until 13th November)My phone is generally surgically attached to my hand, I don’t feel bad about it now that I’ve got the most beautiful phone case in the world. Literally a bloggers dream, a pastel marble phone case, Madotta have struck gold and it’s the perfect accessory – it goes with every outfit! Watch out for my claw hand!!! I don’t know if you can see it here (or below) but I’m wearing one of the beautiful bras from my sisters lingerie line Elcy Clothing. Bras like that are meant to be seen, when you’re wearing a crochet top you can’t go putting you’re comfy bra on you need something pretty and lacy! What do you think to this look? I’d love to hear you’re thoughts! I tell you what else I’d love! For you to head on over to Bloglovin’ and give me a cheeky follow, only if you like my blog of course!

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How to Rock an LBD // Dorothy Perkins

Now before I start this post I’m going to say something that totally contradicts the entire thing. I’m not really a dress kinda girl. Obviously for special occasions I do wear dresses and if I’m totally honest I do want to be a dress girl but I’m just not. Thats why when it comes to party season I generally like to play it safe and stick to the wardrobe equivalent of an old best friend, the LBD – thats little black dress nan. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I just happened to check my emails and none other than Dorothy Perkins had asked me to work with them! It was a serious moment for me. I’ve not really been blogging too long in the grand scheme of things but I’d like to think that I’ve thrown myself into it whole heartedly and moments like this truly show that hard work pays off! Anyway, enough gushing, back to the post. So I was asked to contribute to their party dress campaign to show my favourite kind of dress and how I style it up for the winter party season. Of course I chose none other than the LBD and I kept it really simple. I’m not one to go over the top (my general day to day uniform is jeans and a baggy jumper) so I like to keep it simple and let the dress do the talking. I went for all black accessories and some light jewellery, finishing the look off with some snazzy hair and make up – well snazzy for me. What’s you’re favourite party look? are you an LBD fan like me?Me and my trusty photographer and bestie Alex Wallace decided to do this look inside – not just because it was pouring with rain and we were on a tight deadline, but also because, well, wondering the streets in daylight in a party dress just doesn’t look right. Que a trip to the local cocktail bar. I hope you like these photos and don’t forget to keep an eye out on Dorothy Perkins’ newsletter for yours truly!*Dress : Dorothy Perkins | *Shoes : Dorothy Perkins | *Bag : Dorothy Perkins | *Necklace : Little Findings | *Rings : Rue Gembon | *Nail Varnish : Zoya What do you think to this look and our location?! I’d love to hear you’re feedback! Did you know I’m on Bloglovin? Give me a follow and make my day!

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How to make the perfect distressed jeans // DIY

Now when I say perfect, we must use that word loosely. They’re perfect in my eyes, because of course I copied a pair that I saw and thought – I want, no need those jeans. And because I just so happened to have a pair in that exact shade of charcoal grey, one thing led to another and there I was sat with my jeans in one hand and a cheese grater in the other.Image courtesy of Aylin Koenig I first saw these jeans on instagram which led me to Aylin Koenigs blog so that I could get a better look. I don’t know what it was about them that caught my eye but I’ve been thinking about them a lot which in my head means, it’s fate and they must be mine. Now I’m a bit of a hap hazard DIY-er so I don’t really have a specific method that I used, A lot of cheese grating and sandpapering went into this. My general tips would be to use nail scissors to make small cuts and pull it apart gently to make sure you’re in control of the rip. I also used the sandpaper to make the cuts look more rustic and frayed. I am gutted though that I don’t know how to make the stringy bits on ripped jeans – does anyone know? If so can you help me? I’ve heard that tweezers help but I’m not sure if because these ones are super stretchy it isn’t possible to create that look?Anyway – heres the finished result! Let me know what you think? Is anyone else a casual DIY-er like myself? I always read blogs like a pair and a spare and just wish I had the motivation to make such beautiful stuff! I do have the odd burst of enthusiasm for it though! Give me some love and follow me on Bloglovin’! Jumper : H&M | *Scarf : Like Mary | Brogues : Topshop Old If you don’t fancy yourself as a DIY-er then I’ve linked some of my favourite distressed jeans all done for you below!

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Home Haul // Blogger Props

What do you do when you have a day off? Go to Ikea and stuff you’re face with meatballs of course! I did however have a hidden agenda, photography props. Now I know what you’re thinking, this girl is taking instagram far too seriously, someone help her. But honestly, how am I gonna get that, breakfast in bed shot without a tray and a pretty bowl? and yes I did post that this morning – not ashamed at all! Anyway, for those of you that also want to make your photographs pinterest worthy, Ive done a little blogger prop / homeware haul. Did you know, you can actually pin my photographs to pinterest by clicking on them in the centre- a little self promotion never hurt anyone!I was obsessed with these pretty plates and the bowl above, definitely wish I’d got the entire set for when I have my own house but for now one plate and one bowl will do for those ‘food porn’ shots! I’ve also become some what of a collector of fake flowers and at £1 a pop I couldn’t resist those fake orchids!I’ve decided that this year I will become a domestic goddess (slight overreaction) and have a wrapping theme. Which by the way I only just realised was a ‘thing’! They could make great backdrops too no? The rug was only £10 and although I prefer my real one it’s gone slightly creamy coloured which isn’t exactly instagramable now is it?! What lengths do you go to to get the perfect shot? please make me feel better! Also why not make my day and follow me on Bloglovin’? You know you want to! All from Ikea! Tray, Orchids, Plate, Bowl, Rug

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