Autumn Fashion Favourites

Leather Dresses


I absolutely love wearing dresses like this in the autumn/winter months with a shirt or jumper underneath.  I got this one from Topshop last year in the sale for £15 so I’m not sure if its still available but there’s lots of different styles in the shops at the moment!

Heeled Boots

tanga black mid heel ankle boots from Carvela Kurt Geiger

I’ve been lusting after these Miss KG shoes for months, they’re £150 but you can find much cheaper alternatives. Ankle boots like this look great with absolutely any outfit and make you look slightly more dressy and put together.

Trench Coats

This coat from Topshop goes with absolutely any outfit and is so comfortable, I’ve been wearing it non stop lately! It cost £85 which I don’t think is too bad as I know I’m going to get lots of wear out of it.

Long sleeve shirts


Image 1 of ASOS Premium Jersey Shirt

Shirts like these are great for layering and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.

Moleskin Leggings

Black Faux Suede Leggings

I got this pair of leggings from Primark for £7 and have worn them constantly since! They are so warm and comfortable and look amazing under a slouchy jumper.

What are your favourite pieces for autumn?

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Winter Skin Essentials

As much as I love the festive season, it brings about some awful skin issues. So I’m going to share with you products that have worked for me for my hands, feet, body and lips in case any of you endure similar issues.

Hands

My hands always get extremely dry, but the winter makes them 100x worse so it’s vital that i have a good quality hand cream. I’ve tried dozens of creams from brands such as The Body Shop and Nivea but nothing works quite as well as Soap and Glory’s ‘Hand food’. It smells divine, sinks in extremely well and makes my hands feel soft and healthy.

Another quick fix is slathering coconut oil all over your hands and popping on some cotton gloves, then go to bed and voila gorgeous hands in the morning! However, if you don’t own any coconut oil you could follow this as an alternative; http://youniquechic.com/2012/06/home-made-mask-for-soft-hands-and-feet/

Body

My elbows and knees are the bane of my life at this time of year, so i make sure that i use an extremely hydrating moisturizer. My all time favourite is The Body Shop’s ‘coconut body butter’ but I’ve recently been using the ‘daily moisturizing lotion’ by Aveeno and it works amazing! It leaves my skin soft and supple and sinks in quickly so i don’t have to wait to get dressed.

I also love to exfoliate once a week with Soap and Glory’s ‘pulp friction’ to get rid of any dead skin. It smells deliciously fruity and isn’t too harsh on my sensitive skin.

Feet

I haven’t really found a foot cream i swear by yet, but i always use either coconut oil or olive oil once a week before bed and then sleep with cotton socks on. This banishes any hard skin i have, leaving my feet feeling soft and looking great.

Lips

I use this lip scrub once a week to keep my lips in tip top condition; http://youniquechic.com/2011/12/diy-lip-scrub-stop-chapped-lips/

Then i follow up with Vaseline or my mango lip butter from The Body Shop as i find these to be the most hydrating (and affordable) lip balms on the market.

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All Things Christmas

I absolutely adore this time of year. Fairy lights and decorations are scattered everywhere and everyone seems to be a lot more cheerful. The few weeks leading up to Christmas always seem to last a long time, but once it’s here its over in a flash and you’re thrown back into reality with a few more pounds under your belt. It’s all worth it though for Christmas morning when everyone is sitting together opening their presents.

Whats your favourite thing about christmas?

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DIY Manicure

Manicures can be expensive and sometimes you just can’t justify paying £20+ pounds for something you could do at home. So save your pennies this party season and learn how to give yourself the perfect at home manicure.

All you will need is:

Some nail polish remover
Clear nail polish (base coat)
The colour of your choice
A nail file
Cotton pads
Cotton buds

Step 1:

Use the nail polish remover to clean the nails of any old polish.

 Step 2:

Shape the nails to your liking using your file.

Step 3:

Apply a clear coat of polish to your nails to protect them from staining.

Step 4:

After waiting for the clear coat to dry, apply a coat of colour.

Step 5:

Apply another coat of colour after waiting for the first coat to dry completely. After it has dried, use a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover and neaten them up.

Step 6:

As an optional step you could add a cracking polish or glitter over the top of all or a few nails to add detail.

 And voila, the perfect manicure without the awful price!

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