Ever since school, I’ve loved buying new stationery. I find opening the first page of a blank notebook hugely satisfying and I’m sure I’m not alone in my adoration for pretty writing tools and notepads. For those who find tracking down pretty stationery buys a mission, here are some of my favourite brands and stores to check out.
While John Lewis might be more known for all things beauty and homeware, they also stock a small selection of stationery from Ban.Do to Kate Spade and Ted Baker. A few of my current favourite items include the Ban.Do I Am Very Busy Planner and Kate Spade Agenda.
Rifle Paper Co
Rifle Paper Co sell beautiful stationery. I have several of their notebooks and I’d highly recommend them to any stationery lover. Thier prints and journals are also exceptionally pretty.
ASOS might be known for their clothing but they also have a small selection of stationery. Paperchase, Ooh Deer and Ban.Do are just some of the brands they stock. There’s free delivery over £20.
Stock photos have come a long way since the days of bland and uninspiring images. I love pretty images, especially when they’re free to use, and they’re super handy to have for round-up posts, tips and tricks or if you’re struggling with photography.
You’re probably aware that you cant go using any image off the internet due to copyright laws, not unless you’ve purchased the image or contacted the photographer to ask for permission to use it.
Taking your own high quality images can be time-consuming, especially in winter when there’s little natural light. So, with that in mind, I’m sharing my favourite sites for free stock photos. These sites offer images that are free for you to use on your blog or website.
How to use stock photos
You can simply insert an image on your site, but chances are, many others will be using the same free image so I really recommend using an editing program, such as Photoshop or a free platform like Canva to add text, your logo and URL to personalise an image and help boost your blogs individuality.
Free stock photos are normally licensed under creative commons meaning you can alter the image and copy it without permission, however, you are not allowed to sell them.
Like many, I adore Autumn. There’s some slightly intoxicating about being snuggled up under a throw with a hot drink, watching a feel good movie or relaxing with a great book! This year, I’m planning to attempt a few new hobbies, as well as finding some new TV series to watch. If you’ve got some spare time this Autumn, here’s a bit of inspiration for you.
Bath & Body Works Candle Dupe
I’ve never really been one for candles, and its very difficult when you have a cat who just wants to get her paws on everything, but I like having them lit when I go and stay at my boyfriends. I spied this Bath and Body Works dupe over on The Sunday Girl and its a lil’ bargain at £2.99. They had several scents at my local B&M but being a lover of sweet fragrances, I settled on the Brown Sugar AllSpice candle. It smells incredible and I can’t wait to light it. If you’re a fan of more spicy scents, you’ll like Marshmellow Fireside or Radiant Red Maple.
Treat Yo’self to Home Furnishings
I love buying home furnishings or anything home related. Primark, H&M and Sainsburys are my current favourite store and I’ve found a few bargains recently, including this cute bowl at £2.50.
Bake Some Yummy Food
My aim this year, and there’s only three months left so I better start soon, is to start baking/cooking. I’ve just bought a slow cooker so I’m sure I can whip up something hearty and nutritious, but I also want to attempt a few cupcakes. I’m thinking of maybe making a few Halloween themed treats and seeing how it goes!
I’m hopeless at watching tv shows because I get bored so easily. I still haven’t finished Breaking Bad, but I’m gonna up my TV game and find some new shows for me and boyfriend to watch. We enjoyed Stranger Things and Him and Her, but Netflix is a struggle so if you have any recommendations I’d love to know!
For busy women who cant commit to spending time in front of the mirror, beauty fixes that offer a speedy solution are the perfect answer. One area that tends to need a little TLC are the eyes. If you’re like me and suffer from tired looking eyes and dark circles, applying a little makeup is just whats needed to look human.
Despite having limited time for makeup application, I alway spend the longest on my brows. Your brows define your whole face, so a lil grooming can make a huge difference. Once I’ve filled in my brows with a dark powder or Anastasia’s Dip Brow Pomade, I use a coat of the RMK Eyebrow Gel*, a clear brow mascara that keeps the hairs in shape throughout the day.
This wand is ideal for taming the smallest hairs, especially in the arch of the brow.
For adding brightness to the eye area, I like to use the NYX Hydra-TouchBrightener in radiance. This pink toned pencil helps to make your eyes look wide awake and refreshed. This creamy pencil can be used under the waterline and in the inner corners of the eyes. Blend out with a small blending or buffing brush and you’ll have a subtle soft glow, creating an illuminated look.
For those with dark circles or small eyes, using a black liner on your bottom lash line appears harsh. Instead, I opt for a brown or beige liner like the Maybelline Master Drama The Nudes Liner in pearly taupe. This super soft, creamy eyeliner is long lasting and can also be used on the lids as a cream shadow pencil. Pearly taupe is a beautiful metallic taupe hue that looks especially flattering on brown eyes. There are only three shades in the Maybelline Master Drama range but all are highly wearable.
While daring shades can inspire creativity, there’s something strangely comforting about wearing complimentary makeup hues. Pink makeup hues, in particular, are always my go to option whenever I’m searching for flattering shades that create a fresh and soft look against my porcelain skin.
The options I’ve selected above are suitable for a wide variety of skin tones. The MAC lipstick, especially, is a great choice for dark skin tones requiring a wearable pink tone.
MAC Lovelorn Lipstick
Lovelorn is a blue-toned medium pink in a lustre finish, which is glossy and feels lightweight on the lips. This stunning shade of pink doesn’t feel as drying as other shades due to its hydrating finish. The sheer texture is highly wearable, making it a great choice for the office or drinks with the girls.
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush
Versatile and high performing, the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in pink hedoniste is a pretty cool toned, light to medium pink with an air whipped texture. The lightweight cream transforms into a powder once applied to the skin and it provides a subtle flush to the cheeks and lips. The doe foot applicator is highly effective in application. Simply dot to the cheeks or lips and blend with a brush or your finger. The formulation, shade and packaging are pure perfection!
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
Formulated with shea butter for intense nourishment, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors are ideal for those with dry lips. These shea lip balm/gloss hybrids feel lightweight and hydrating without highlighting any dry, chapped areas. I have the shade rose shimmer which is a beautiful soft medium pink. Highly wearable and easy to transport, these are a good investment for your beauty collection.
Benefit Hervana Blush
An underrated beauty buy, Benefit Hervanais the pretty pink summer hue that gives you a magical, radiant flush. Fusing tones of peach, pink and berry, this satin finish powder blusher is ideal for pale girls who are searching for a soft, wearable pink. Described as a peachy pink when the four shades are swirled together, the texture is soft, smooth and highly blendable. For a natural look, opt for this shade over Benefits other offerings – it’s extremely flattering.
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick
Winning the award for the most luxurious packaging in the beauty sphere, no one does lipsticks quite like YSL. This YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick is in the shade pink in confidence – a stunning light rose shade. These lipsticks feel lightweight, hydrating and comfortable with a stunning glossy finish. Anyone searching for a luxe pink lipstick will relish wearing this beauty as it’s truly spectacular.