Occasion OOTD

Now is the season for special occasions such as graduation, races and weddings – and to go to these events, you just NEED the perfect outfit. Lucky for me, Boutique of Molly came to my rescue! They’re also coming to yours as they’ve given my followers an exclusive code for 20% off – just use the code ‘ROBYNLE20’ at the checkout to receive your discount ūüôā

When I was approached by BOM, I had a browse of their website and so much stuff caught my eye straight away. I liked a lot of their summery playsuits which would be perfect for holiday, or if Britain actually had a summer –¬†neither of which look like they’ll be happening for me anytime soon though, sadly. So instead the lovely ladies at BOM helped me pick a dress for¬†a day out to the races I have planned in August. BOM’s ‘Orla’ Bandage Mini Dress is the perfect outfit for me as I’ve always been a fan of body con and bandage dresses because they’re always so figure flattering (and make you feel like Kim K for a day).

I was absolutely amazed at BOM’s delivery service because my little pink parcel arrived just a day and a half after I’d picked my beautiful dress. When the dress arrived¬†I couldn’t believe how heavy it was, the quality is amazing¬†and there is definitely no chance of the dress becoming see through in this amazing material!¬†The dress absolutely speaks for itself as it has beautiful panelling detail right round the dress which helps give a slimming effect and pull in any unwanted lumps. This dress is a bit more pricey the a lot of items on the BOM website as it’s a part of their¬†luxury collection, but if you’re looking to splash out for an occasion, this dress is 100% worth it.

Here’s how I styled my dress for my #BOMselfie:

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  1. Dress: Boutique of Molly, £89.95
  2. Blazer: Marks and Spencer, £29.50
  3. Shoes: Primark, £5 (fabulous little sale find!!)
  4. Bag: Michael Kors

I opted to keep my outfit on the monochromatic side to keep to the neutral tone of the dress. The only pop I added was the snake print on my bag which is still nude toned to match the dress. I chose these particular sandals as I feel this style is flattering for the legs when paired with bodycon style dresses (helping my vertically challenged self look like I have longer limbs than I actually have). The white in the sandals then matches with the blazer (which had to be added as you cannot trust British weather to be warm) which helps add a finishing touch to tie the outfit together.

You can find Boutique of Molly on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and check out their clothes collection at boutiqueofmolly.com.

 

 

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Primark Mini Haul

Ever since the Primark opened in Broughton Park, I just can’t get enough of shopping there. I literally spend hours in there working my way through each department and making sure I don’t miss anything. So I thought I’d show you what I came away with on my most recent visit.

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Every girl ALWAYS needs tweezers – and it just so helped that these are rose gold so how could I say no? For ¬£1 for 2 pairs of tweezers, these were an absolute bargain and actually work. Normally people say that the price reflects the quality, but that certainly isn’t true for these because they’re some of the best tweezers I’ve owned.

I’ve wanted to try the likes of the clarisonic face brushes for ages but I just can’t justify the price of them.. So when I saw this simple, hand version for ¬£1 I obviously had to at least give it a go – so far, so good! The bristles are so much softer than they look, but you can vary the pressure you use to get the desired exfoliation you want. I tend to use this with my daily cleanser either morning or night to freshen up my skin.

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Next on the shopping list – shoes. Or as me and my best friend like to call them: “momflops”, super comfy sandals that you wear with everything. First off are the Harry Potter flip flops which I reeeeallllyyyy wanted, but didn’t buy. And then I ended up going back for them.. ¬£2.50 really isn’t going to hurt my bank balance, so no harm done.

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Next up are the Birkenstock dupes which only cost me ¬£4!!! I’d been considering investing in a real pair of Birks this year because I got so much wear out of my H&M dupes last summer. However, thanks to the British weather I held off.. And aren’t I glad I did now?! Saved myself major pennies for a pretty convincing pair of sandals that are so comfy I can wear them throughout an 8 hour shift!

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And, of course, I didn’t leave without any clothes, because that’s just not me.. I came across the cutest Game of Thrones t-shirt with this ‘Mother of Dragons’ slogan on. And as a big fan of Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of her name, the Unburnt, Queen of Mereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons (!!!) I couldn’t leave it there. Especially not for ¬£7!

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And last, but not least, my Harry Potter nightshirt.. I went into Primark knowing full well that I wanted some Harry Potter pyjamas of some sort. I tried on different bottoms and wasn’t all that keen on the fit. I’m much more of a night shirt girl so was happy to find this on my second pyjama hunt, for only ¬£10.

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That concludes this Primark mini haul! But the odds¬†that I’ll be back with another one soon are pretty high – I just can’t get enough!

Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel & Spa Review

I recently visited the Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa as I had booked some treatments there for me and my best friend for her birthday.

The Health Club & Spa facilities are located towards the back of the Hotel property, but there were plenty of signs which made finding the right entrance super easy.

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Upon arrival, there was a slight mix up as I had booked the 2 for 1 Spa Sensation Day and had initially been told that we would have to have our treatments separate. However, on the day we were told we would be having our treatments at the same time which we much preferred! So it turned out to be a happy mistake. This did mean we were early for our treatments, but this gave us time to enjoy the other facilities that were available.

After being directed to the changing rooms, we got spa prepared and found some loungers by the pool. To kick off our day we relaxed in the steam room for a bit which left my skin feeling so soft. Afterwards, we attempted the sauna, however, I soon realised contact lenses do not agree with saunas so I sat by the pool with my book instead.

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At 11.30 we made our way back up to the reception as it was time for our treatments. We took a seat in the dining area where we were then greeted by our spa therapists. The 2 for 1 Spa Sensation Day package included a¬†Kaeso Hot Stone, back neck and shoulder massage, a Kaeso Taster Facial including a stress melting scalp massage, and a Jessica Mini Manicure including polish. Upon arrival we had been asked to fill in a form where we indicated what sort of pressure we’d like our massages to be and any skin concerns we had, which meant our treatments were tailored to our needs.

We were both taken into individual rooms where we would receive our massages and facials. I’ve never actually had a professional massage before but I will most certainly be getting one again! It lasted approximately 30 minutes and I wish it had been longer – it was so relaxing and relieved tension I didn’t even realise I had as she worked her way up my back and neck. I have had a facial before and was really looking forward to another one. My therapist used really fruity scented products including cucumber, pomegranate and strawberry – which are just a few of my personal favourites. Once she’d completed the facial, she begun the scalp massage and as I expected, I fell¬†asleep midway through this treatment as I was so relaxed.

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Finally, we were¬†both lead back into the same room where we were given a glass of water and received our mini manicures with a wide variety of choices of nail polish colours. I went for a shimmery, rose gold colour (’cause you can never go wrong with that) and Leus went for a coral (which she always gets!) After our manicures were completed we were taken to a relaxation room which was only lit with candles¬†to¬†set the mood.¬†This room was perfect to just sit back and bathe in the ambience.

We then¬†made our way backdown to the pool and tried out the hot tub at the therapists’ suggestion. Once again, I was more than pleased with yet another facility at this spa. Once we’d finally finished relaxing we got changed and left to get some food and to do some shopping to finish of our lovely, girly day!

I would definitely recommend this spa if you live in, or near to, the Chester area. They offer many different packages to suit different sized parties and individual needs. Head over to mollingtonbanastrehotel.co.uk to find your perfect spa day!

What People Forget to Tell You About Growing Up

Growing up and becoming an ‘adult’ is something that all of us have to do – unfortunately. However, there are many things that are completely unexpected that I think we should be told about!

No one cares about your GCSEs. Not university. Not potential employers. Not even distant family members – because they only care about if you’ve got yourself a full time job yet.

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Being an adult is expensive – rent, bills, car (insurance, tax). A yacht. Ok, not the yacht, that’s just wishful thinking. But seriously, why is it so expensive just to live like a normal person? All I want is to be able to move out and have my own space, but you have to have money to do that..

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Which brings me to my next point – forget buying treats for yourself. You’re lucky if you have any money left at the end of the month. I have become the definition of ‘too much month left at then end of my money’. It’s quite sad.. I’m quite sad..

Everyone expects you to have a plan. And I’m on about a long term one.. I mean, you’re gonna be lucky if I have plans for the day, never mind five years. So, sorry Phillis, but no, I don’t have any plans to get married anytime soon.

Because everyone expects you to settle down, get married, and have kids. Like I said, I can’t even afford myself, soo.. I’d rather not do that, tysm.

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I’m not trying to be negative at all here, but let’s be real, being an adult isn’t all you think it is when you’re 7. It does have some perks (mainly alcohol HA) but give me back the simple life any day – especially if it means not hearing the words ‘unsuccessful’ and ‘experience’ in the same sentence ever again.

I hope you enjoyed this post, even though I did have a rant, it’s just a bit of fun! Please comment if you have something to add to the list because I love hearing your thoughts ūüôā

 

For The Dreamers..|Birchbox

IMG_2733.jpgBack at it again with the Birchbox! This is gonna be my last Birchbox post for now though.. I decided it was time to take a break and cancel my subscription. Even though I LOVE Birchbox, I felt I was getting a lot of the same types of products and it just wasn’t¬†wowing me as much as it used to..¬†Anyway, things ended on a good note as I did get a lovely little selection in my box this month:

1. Spectrum Collections ‘Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge’, ¬£4.99IMG_2726.jpgI already have one of these wonder sponges from Spectrum Collections, but I was happy to see that I would be getting an extra from Birchbox. I’ve tried Real Techniques and Lottie London beauty sponges, and so far the Spectrum Collections is my favourite. It is the perfect combination of firm but bouncy, which makes it easy to apply and blend makeup.

2. theBalm Cosmetics Staniac in ‘Beauty Queen’, ¬£10IMG_2728.jpgI am a big fan of multi-purpose products like this! Not only is it a lipgloss but it’s a cheek stain too. It leaves a really nice glossy colour for both purposes and would be so good as a travel product because it means you only need to take one product for lips and cheeks. I was previously disappointed with theBalm Cometics eyeshadow/blush I got in one of my Birchboxes, but I actually really like this product!

3. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner, ¬£11.50IMG_2729.jpgI always seem to get shampoo and conditioner combinations in my Birchboxes – even my friend mentioned how often I get them! Not complaining though because I’ve been a fan of each one I’ve received – this one including. Both products smell great and leave my hair nice and soft with a lovely shine. How I can tell if a shampoo is good is by the amount it lathers up – and this one passes the test!

4. Vasanti ‘Brighten Up!’ Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, ¬£26IMG_2730.jpgUsually I really like trying face scrubs.. But since discovering the St.Ives Apricot face scrub nothing quite compares. Unfortunately, this product is no exception. It is a lovely, gentle scrub that seems to nicely cleanse the face, but it just doesn’t compare to St. Ives!

5. Rituals Tao|Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub, ¬£19.50IMG_2731.jpgThis product.. Is my new favourite body product. I really liked the Rituals body foam I got in my first ever Birchbox, so I was excited to receive this – I was not disappointed. For a sample product it is a really good size! It’s not full sized but I know I’ll get a lot out of it.

6. Vita Coco Coconut Oil, ¬£9.99IMG_2732.jpgThis was a little extra I got this month! I haven’t actually used it yet, but I think I’m going to use it as a hair mask.. I’ve seen a lot of people recommend using it for your hair, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

So, for now, this is the last Birchbox post you’ll see from me! But I have a lot of other posts planned.. I’ll try not to be gone too long again!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

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Hi! So I know I’m seriously slacking with blogging at the moment.. But I don’t think I was prepared for the amount of work I have to do for my Masters (Uh-oh). I’m getting there though. I thought I’d make this a more motivational post as that’s something I’m in need of right now. Here’s what I try and stick by in life:

1. Do not forget your roots.

2. If you’re nice to people, doors will open!

3. Have a dream – if you don’t have a goal, you’ll be wandering through life aimlessly.

4. Never moan or complain (if you can help it).

5.Don’t take life too seriously.

6. Do everything by the book – you must pay your own way in life.

7. If you make mistakes, try and look forward – it doesn’t do you well to dwell on the past.

8. Excellent manners don’t cost a damn thing!

9. Never compromise your family life to achieve your dream – family means everything (blood & extended).

10. Go out and do your best – that’s all you can do.

I know this was short and sweet, but sometimes we just need a positive reminder to give us a boost in the right direction. Let me know in the comments of any little sayings or anecdotes you like to live by!

And I promise (to you and myself) I will get back on top of my blogging game!

The Huntsman: Winter’s War|Review

So I’ve been away for a little bit due to having a mountain of uni work! But I thought I’d comeback with something fun; a film review.

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I recently went to watch this film as I really enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman. This film also had the same producer as Maleficent, which I LOVE.

Even though I already had pretty high expectations for this film, it still managed to surprise me! I was really impressed with the narrative as it wasn’t too predictive yet it wasn’t hard to follow at all. I kind of expected it to be a straightforward Disney film – but I was wrong! It was actually really funny, and I didn’t expect the comedy side that it had. There were so many witty one liners and innuendos – so much enjoyment for older viewers!

I was also pretty impressed by the cast members. Of course we knew Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron would be a part of this with it being the prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. And if they weren’t already fabulous enough (and so easy on the eye), Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain were cast as the other leading roles. Emily Blunt is in my top 5 favourite actresses because not only is she an amazing actress, but she is such a funny person and seems so genuine. I love her. I was excited to see Jessica Chastain in this film because of her role in Lawless. She was really good in that, and even better in Winter’s War. Better, because she played a kick-ass, strong, independent woman who didn’t need no man! Then came the dwarves; Nick Frost, Rob Brydon and Sheridan Smith – need I say more about the comedy aspect? So hilarious, me and my best friend, Leus, were in stitches.

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I also have to mention the wardrobe! Charlize and Emily were obviously dressed in elegant, regal gowns throughout the film as they were the Queens. Charlize rocked her character, Ravenna’s, gold gowns once more and looked flawless. Emily’s character, Freya, was the ice queen who was always dressed in blue and silver gowns and had white hair. She looked beyond beautiful, a real life Elsa. Although the Huntsmen’s outfits were more suitable for battle, they were still made to perfection. I genuinely believe Chris would look gorgeous in anything, so I may be slightly biased.. Jessica looked like the warrior her character, Sara, turned out to be. I kind of wish I’d been in this film.. Even as production cast.. Because everything was done so well – in my opinion anyway.

This film was probably an 8.5/10 for me, because I laughed so much. I will be buying this as soon as it comes out on DVD! Obviously I loved it, and I would recommend anyone to go and see it!

If you have any suggestions on any film or book reviews you’d like to see, please let me know ūüôā