Wednesday, 29 October 2014

AUTUMN/ WINTER LOVES

Hi lovelies! Today I thought I;d share with you all a few pieces from my Autumn/ Winter Wardrobe that I'm absolutely loving lately. This time of year really is my favourite time for fashion and I thought I'd put together a few of my staple pieces at the moment. If you like any of these and would like to see them in a 'proper' outfit of the day type post, then please leave me a comment and let me know!

First of all, I've been loving this plain white jumper from New Look, (similar here), a simple white jumper can be glammed up a bit with jewellery or just worn simply with leggings and boots for a casual outfit. This pink coat from Boohoo is easily my favourite thing in my whole wardrobe at the moment, it's such a stunning shade and makes a simple outfit (such as a plain white jumper and leggings...) look super girly and pretty! 

Yet another statement coat, this baby blue cocoon coat from Missguided is another fab coat that can liven up a plain outfit. It's seriously cosy and soft too. I love it so much I also bought it in grey, which you can see pictured with what I think is probably a staple in every girls A/W wardrobe, a tartan scarf, this one is from Boohoo and it's my favourite. It's huge and so cosy, it's like taking a blanket with you everywhere you go.

This fluffy baby blue jumper from Primark was super cheap and comes in loads of colours, so I'm definitely planning on stocking up. It's literally like wearing a hug, not even joking. As you can see from the sulky face in the photo, it was raining, which is often the case in the UK and when it does, my gorgeous parka from Diva Dames* is a lifesaver. It's really warm and has a huge hood, no frizzy rain hair!

What do you think? What are your A/W staples?

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Monday, 27 October 2014

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS EARLY


Hi lovelies! Today, I wanted to do a post on how I am getting prepared for Christmas this year. Most years, I don't really even begin to think about Christmas at least until Halloween has been and gone, but this year I'm doing things a bit differently. I decided that this year I was going to get organised. By this, I don't mean have everything over and done with by 1st November, because I think getting too prepared too early can actually take the fun out of preparing for Christmas in December. However, I'm going to share a few of my tips for taking the stress out of the Christmas period, meaning you can enjoy the festive season without and worries!

Things To Get Done Now
These are all things that I think are good to start now, in late October/ early November and get out of the way. Some of these are the boring bits, or more stressful parts that take a lot of time and aren't as much fun, others are just to help spread out the cost of the holiday season!

Writing Your Own Christmas List
This is a great thing to do early, as you never know when friends and family will start asking you for gift ideas. Of course lots of people will want to surprise you, but I know that some of my family like me to give them ideas for gifts and almost every year I get in a mad panic and have literally no ideas. Writing up a wishlist of things you'd really like to receive is not only very helpful for friends and family, but it's pretty fun too!

Gift Ideas for Friends and Family
In the same way others need ideas for you, you may want to start thinking of pressie ideas for other too! I start by making a list of everyone I need to buy presents for, then brainstorm ideas for each person. If you're super organised, you can set a budget for each person too, then as you buy things, you can keep track of how much you've spent. It sounds a bit over the top, but when you're on a budget, this can be really useful.

Start Buying Presents
This is where the fun bit starts! Let's face it, Christmas is a bloody expensive time of year and starting your shopping now will spread out the cost. Even if you just pick up little bits here and there, they will start adding up and take the pressure off a little. I've bought a good few presents so far as it's already taking the stress off a little. As I usually shop only in November and December, that usually only gives two pay days to buy pressies and cover all the nights out, dinners and other costs that come with the Christmas season! Spreading it out over just one more month can help hugely money wise.

Write Your Christmas Card List
Writing a list of everyone you need to write a Christmas card for and making sure you have updated addresses can be a long and mundane task. Getting it out of the way in October means one of the more dull Christmas activities is out of the way!

Things To Get Done Later
These are things that I'm planning on doing around mid November and aim to have finished by December. This is again so the cost of Christmas is spread out and so that everything gets done in stages rather than all in one big rush.

Buy and Write Christmas Cards
I don't know about you guys, but I really don't enjoy writing cards. It's one festive thing that I just can't get into at all. This is something I'll try to get out of the way fairly early, but not too early, as I've written them in October before, then lost them. To this day, I have no idea where those cards went, but having to write them twice was soul destroying.

Buy Decorations, Wrapping Paper etc.
I like to buy wrapping paper and decorations and other Christmassy things in November, as the shops start to run out of the nicer things during December and that's rubbish. Wrapping presents is one of my favourite things and I like to have first pick of the pretty paper!

Finish Most Present Buying
By the end of November/ early December, I like to have the majority of my shopping done. I just leave a little bit of my Chrismas budget for cute little extra gifts and stocking fillers. This way, the stressful 'What the hell should I buy?!' part of Christmas is over, but there's still time for fun shopping in December.

Plan Christmas Events/ Parties/ Nights Out
If you're planning on going out a lot over the festive period, it's a good idea to start getting dates booked in fairly early. People are busy this time of year and you want to make sure you can fit everyone in and get tables booked without disappointment.

Things To Save For December
These are the super Christmassy things that wouldn't feel right if they were done at any other time of year! I'm saving these for December so that I can truly enjoy the Christmas period without the stresses of all the small stuff!

Buying The 'Little Extras'
As I said, I tend to save little extra gifts and stocking fillers until December when the shops are super christmassy, there are lights everywhere and festive songs playing over the speakers in all the shops. This bit is super fun.

Wrapping Presents
I always save wrapping presents for December, when I can sit down with a hot chocolate and put Elf or The Holiday on and wrap away. This always feels super festive and fun and I love to really take time to make my presents look really pretty. I like doing this later in the year because they can go straight under the tree once they're done!

Handing Out Christmas Cards
This is pretty obvious. but you'll look like a bit of a nutter if you give out cards before December. I like to get them out a little later in the month, so that if I've forgotten anyone who gives me a card - I've still got time to write them one!

Decorating the House
Duh! We always do this in the first couple of weeks of December and that's when it really starts to feel like Christmas.

Baking and Home Made Gifts
This is another festive thing that's best left until later on, as baking in particular needs to be saved! Making home made gifts feels really Christmassy and it's another 'in front of a Christmas movie' activity. I'm not one for home made gifts really, mostly because I don't have the time or patience and kind of slightly love shopping a teeny tiny bit too much, but the odd thing like putting together hampers and Christmas baskets is something I really enjoy.

What do you think? What are you favourite Christmas activities?
Are you getting started already or are you saving it until later?

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

#BLOGGERSAGAINSTCANCER

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Hi lovelies. Today, I wanted to do something a little different, as I was watching the Gogglebox Celebrity special last night, which was for Stand Up To Cancer and it really got me thinking. While the show is very funny, it also showed some clips about Children and young people with Cancer and it really was truly heartbreaking. It's true that the disease affects so many people and their families and the scary fact is, I'm fairly sure almost everyone reading has either known someone that has died of Cancer, or knows someone that's battled it, or is going through it right now and despite desperately wanting to help, none of us can afford to give tons of money to the charity.

The fact is, it's getting near to Christmas and it's an expensive time of year, and sometimes, if we're honest, parting with just £20 for a charity can seem like a bit of a pinch. Or perhaps you're in school and live only off a part time job, or pocket money from your parents. So, while pondering what I could do to help, I was scrolling through bloglovin' and an idea hit me. I have over 2000 people following my blog and if even half of those people donated a small amount, this could actually really add up to make a substantial donation to such a worthy cause.

With this in mind, today official marks the start of the #BloggersAgainstCancer Campaign. I have set up a Just Giving page, which you can visit and donate on here. Or Text 'BLAC66 £2' to 70070 to donate £2. You can donate more by texting a different amount, i.e. 'BLAC66 £5'. I am asking that each and every one of you donate just £2 (this is the minimum amount you can donate on Just Giving, but of course, larger donations are hugely welcomed and appreciated), because bloggers and vloggers are a hugely powerful community and I know that if we all work together to share this campaign by tweeting with the hashtag, using the image on our blogs and sharing on social media, we as a community can make a huge difference.

I have opened the page to accept donations until Christmas Day, so let's all work together because we can make a difference. When we all stand together and each do something small, it can and will become something huge.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

WHAT I'D WEAR: TO A CASINO



Hi lovelies! The other night on a night out with my friends, we were talking about how fun it would be to go to some sort of Casino night or somewhere similar one time, just for a different kind of night out. The closest thing we have in our home town is a slightly run down old Bingo hall full of little old dears, so we may have to venture out for that one! If venturing out isn't your thing, you could always play at home (or even from your phone!) on sites like CasinoMidas - all the fun of the Casino and you don't have to change out of your PJs!

Having my blogger brain on at all times, the Casino talk sparked an idea for a blog post, or perhaps series of blog posts 'What I'd Wear To...' where I think of various places I've never been to, or would like to go to and put together my dream outfit for that occasion! So perhaps what I'd wear to a Masked Ball, a Christmas Wedding... Leave any suggestions below, as my brain is still not fully functioning after being poorly all week last week!

So, when thinking about going to a super glam night in a Casino, my mind instantly turned to my new love, 'Style Me Celeb' and this gorgeous 'Diaz' Dress. It's a stunning light pink dress and I think it's very glamorous and would suit the Casino scene perfectly! With it, I think silver accessories like this fab Lulu Guinness clutch and Topshop heels would look amazing. I think the pink and silver would look absolutely gorgeous together - and let's face it, I was never going to go for a simple little black dress was I?!

Let me know what 'What I'd Wear To...' post I should do next, as I loved putting the outfit together for this one!

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

WINTER WISHES


Hi lovelies! As it's getting closer to Christmas, the shops seem to have so many lovely things in them. I feel like every shop seems to get a bit more luxurious at Christmas time, with lots of new beauty releases, and cosy winter clothes and accessories, it's just all so lovely! My local Topshop hasn't got the full new range in yet, but I definitely want to give the Topshop Foundation a go, purely out of curiosity to be honest, I have no idea what to expect, but I'll definitely give it a go at least once! Also on the topic of makeup, I do love a luxury lip balm and this Dior Addict Lip Glow sounds fab, it's supposed to adapt to the moisture levels in your lips to enhance your natural lip colour and hydrate and plump lips at the same time! Let's face, the pretty pink packaging helps too.

One brand that always has gorgeous new releases at Christmas time, is Ted Baker and their new bags and washbags don't disappoint! I love this light pink one, with it's rose gold bow and gorgeous gem in the middle, just beautiful! I've always wanted a Michael Kors bag and this is one of my favourites, I love the tan colour as I think it's perfect for all year round, it's fab for darker outfits in the winter, but still lovely when Spring/ Summer rolls around again. It's also a great size for everyday, particularly if like me, you carry your entire life in your handbag!

Coats are my absolute weakness at this time of year and I am just absolutely in love with this faux fur coat from Topshop. It's probably a bit of a love it or hate it type of thing, but I definitely love it! I think white fur coats are gorgeous anyway, and the little touch of pink on the collar is just perfect. Also from Topshop is this super adorable chunky knit scarf, I think the pom poms on the ends are super cute and just add a nice little touch. I think this would be a cute, simple addition to any winter wardrobe.

What do you think of my picks? What are you lusting after lately?

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

HOW TO HAVE A BETTER DAY


Hi lovelies! Sorry I've abandoned you all a little this week, I've been feeling seriously crappy due to a very inconvenient viral infection and am currently off work sulking about having to stay in bed. Sick days are just not the same when you're actually sick. Not like when you were in school and faked sick to stay off and play The Sims all day (admit it, you did it too). So, I didn't want to leave you guys without a blog post, but I'm so not up for photographing/ reviewing/ generally having to do anything for more than 5 minutes today, so I thought I'd share this post I wrote a little while ago that for some reason has sat in my drafts for quite some time! This post is all about how to have a better day (something I could do with right now).

Sometimes, there is nothing better than spending a day off work, school, uni etc, just doing nothing. Having a super lazy duvet day, where all you do is watch trashy daytime TV, scroll through the internet, burn candles and have bubble baths. Every once in a while, we all need those days. However, I've found that what makes those days so special, is when they really only are are every once in a while. If like me, you have a job that isn't a regular 9-5, or perhaps you're at uni or college and have random days off in the week, you may find that your 'do nothing' days, become a little more of a regular thing than usual.

Sometimes, too many chillout days can leave you feeling a little bored and sometimes, being productive and getting things done feels much better. So, if your job or education means you have one or two days to yourself during the week, or you have a couple of free weekends and you want to spend them doing a little more than nothing, I've put together a list of things I like to do on my clear diary days!

Start Something New
By this, I don't mean a new series on Netflix people! For me, this was my blog. When I began Chloe's Way, I was in college with a part time job, but still had a fair bit of free time on my hands. If you're not already a blogger, a blog is a great use of your free time and once you get going, you can spend as little or a much time as you like on it. If that's not your thing, or if you're already a blogger, why not take up a new hobby, or start something you've been meaning to for a long time. Perhaps you want to start exercising more, eating better, redecorating, this is the time to get started! Plan what it is you want to do and take action!

Have a Blogging Day
For bloggers, which I'm sure many of you reading this are, this one is a great one. Sometimes if I have a free day, I'll take photos of all the products I want to talk about on my blog, I'll write lists of blog posts I want to do in the near future, I answer any emails I haven't had time to reply to and I write. Free days are soon over and when the busier days roll around again, I find it incredibly useful to have lots of blog posts saved ready to be published when I need them.

Get Organised 
You know that big pile of old shoes gathering dust at the bottom of your wardrobe? Now is the time to get it sorted! Perhaps your makeup collection needs sorting out, or your wardrobe needs a clear out, even sorting through old files on your laptop! When your house or bedroom is organised and tidy, it makes it a much nicer to place to live and work. So go on, get started on that underwear drawer!

Workout!
This is an obvious one, but a free day is a great time to start a fitness plan if you don't already have one, but want to start. Finding the time to exercise is never easy (see my updated fitness routine post for more on this!), but if you have a day that you know you're going to have free every week (even better if it's more than one day), then plan to get up and workout for an hour, or more if you can take it! Then use your spare time to plan shorter workouts for busier days. Find 10 minute workout videos, or create a fitness chart or journal to track and organise your workouts, this way you'll have no excuses later in the week.

Get in Touch
Haven't spoken to your Nan in a while? Is there an old friend you'd really like to spend more time with? If you know that someone else is free on your free day, meet up, or phone them for a chat. Even if you just take some time out of your day to write an email or Facebook message to someone you need to catch up with, it's one more thing to tick off your to do list and you'll feel much better for it. 

Plan Presents
Love it or hate it, Christmas time will soon be upon us. If like me, you're one of those people who says 'Okay, I'm going to be really organised this year.', then ends up doing a mad rush in the last few weeks before the big day, actually do it! Spreading out the cost (and stress!) of Christmas over a few months means you'll be much more organised and able to enjoy the festive time of year when it eventually does roll around. Write lists, start buying stocking fillers, stock up on wrapping paper and hey, you could even compile a little wishlist yourself, so when friends and family ask what you want this year, you can actually give them answer, you'll get what you really want and they'll thank you for it!

Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To
If you're a little bored, or need a bit of a pick me up, start planning for something. Personally, I like always having something to look forward to, big or small. This could be anything from planning to go out for dinner when your Boyfriend finishes work, to booking in for a haircut, to planning a holiday! Even if you don't have the cash right now, looking at holiday destinations and planning months in advance is always lots of fun!

Pamper Yourself
As we're having a productive day, I don't mean sit for hours in the bath, then laze around watching tv for the rest of the day. What I mean is, do all the little things you've been meaning to do, but never get round to. Productive can mean doing nice things too! Why not properly shape your brows, do a full, thorough fake tan, paint your nails and toenails, give yourself an intense pedicure, deep condition your hair. Your body will thank you and it's one less thing to do on busy days.

So, those are just a few things I like to do on my days off.
Let me know what you think, how do you like to spend your free time?

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