Wednesday, 29 March 2017

What Are Your Spring Colours?


Hello, lovelies. How are you? How is the weather?


I spent a few hours on Saturday lying in the communal garden by our flat, reading in the sunshine. While I am definitely not a "suns out, best put my tiny shorts on even if there is still a bit of a chill" type of person, I am very excited to see some sunshine and feel like Spring is on the way. 


Then, of course, the clocks when forward and the light evenings are here. I am so excited. Bring on the evening walks, after-work picnics and the beer garden drinking. 


It also means it's time to retire the big, cosy jumpers and the thick leggings (at least for a week or two.. don't put them at the back of the attic or anything crazy) and start thinking about spring fashion.


The wonderful people at Bonobos (better-fitting, better-looking men's clothing and accesories) have got spring colour choices all sorted, they've even shared some men's outfit inspiration so I can come up with my own lighter, brighter outfit featuring all the spring-style colours. For more men's fashion check out their bestselling trousers collection



Bonobos - Menswear


Bonobos - Menswear


Bonobos - Menswear

For me, the colours that really stand out are dark denim blue (who doesn't love a denim shirt), khaki, pastel pink and of course that amazing dark/burgundy purple colour, not a colour I normally associate with Spring but it really works. 


They got me thinking and inspired me to plan my own spring colours outfit. 

Purpley-red skinny jeans, a pale pink t-shirt and a denim shirt to throw over the top so I don't get chilly. Teamed with a slick of vampy, burgundy lipstick. What do you think?


Spring colours


Polyvore

What are your spring colours?

Friday, 24 March 2017

Face Your Fashion Fears With Dia&Co

Ladies, it is try-day Friday! Are you ready?

How many times have you tried to create a new outfit for a night out or an event, that feels a bit out of your comfort zone or your usual wardrobe, only to chicken out last minute and pull out the old favourite? Try-day Friday is about upping our confidence and trying new styles. 

For try-day Friday the lovely people at Dia & Co have challenged me to face my fashion fears and share what clothing item I've always wanted to try but have been scared to.

For me, it has to be the tulle skirt. I dream of being swathed in layers of tutu like elegance, twirling around like a ballet princess, recreating the opening credits to Sex and the City (without getting soaked by a puddle and definitely wearing a bra!). 

Can I be really honest, since we're facing our fears, I own one! I've worn it once and I felt so unconfident in it that I haven't worn it again since. 


Time to make a change and face my fashion fears.  Like a true blogger I've taken to Pinterest and fellow bloggers for some inspiration and anxiety-reducing preparation:









What do you think? How would you wear it?

So, feeling inspired and ready, as part of try-day Friday, tonight I will be facing my fears, digging out my skirt, channelling my inner Carrie Bradshaw and wearing the heck out my tulle skirt. Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram where I'll be sharing my full facing-my-fashion-fears outfit, accompanied by a nice glass of prosecco!

What are your fashion fears? Are you ready to face them next try-day?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Living Life Unfiltered


Living Life Unfiltered

I currently follow 780 people on Instagram. Some are real-life friends, others have become friends, some are bloggers or slimming world members, some I follow for home inspiration or fitness.

I spend hours on Instagram, I'm not ashamed to admit that. But occasionally I do get jealous. I berate myself for my lack of aesthetic! Some people have these picture perfect accounts, a brand. All their photos in the same stunning filter, the beautiful flat lay, the ability to throw rose petals on to their kitchen side in an arty manner or make their morning porridge look like a work of Monet.

And I aspire to be like that. Editing photos, rearranging and retaking. Filtering and cropping, then despairing when it only gets a few likes. Telling myself to "curate" my profile so that it's all one style, with perfect tones and a colour palette.

I do envy those people, but I'm trying to instead be inspired by their photography. To learn how to use my iPhone better, to combat my shaky hand. But to still capture the real. The messy hair and untidy living room. The tasty, healthy meal that went straight from pan to bowl with little thought for anything except wanting to eat. The excited, frantic blue of my mum's cocker spaniel as he greets me after months apart. My inability to take a selfie I'm one hundred percent happy with. The one handed unboxing of my Birch Box because I am so excited by receiving post but I also have work to do! The reality.

Please don't think I'm criticising. I know one of my blogger followers personally and she really is that graceful in real life, I can fully believe her house is Homes magazine perfect. But I don't want people to look at my photos and think I'm faking it. 

I know the phrase journey is so cliched, but I want people to follow the ups and downs, the mess and chaos, the exuberant joy and the darkness. 

I want to live a life unfiltered. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mayberry Jamberry Picks March 2017


Hello! How are you?

You may remember me talking allll about Jamberry Nail Wraps a little while ago. Well, since then my beautiful twin sister has become the ultimate in Girl Boss and set up her own Jamberry business.

Each month she'll be sharing her wrap of the month, exclusively here! So shall we get started? Over to you.. Chloë.. 

With over 300 designs to choose from my favourite Jamberry wrap seems to change on a daily basis.


Copper Sea Jamberry Nails

But... ever since I saw copper sea in the new catalogue sneak peek I have absolutely fallen in love with it!
I'm a huge fan of navy so it ticks that box... and my motto in life is if in doubt add glitter so yeah that box is ticked too.
Plus the designs on the wrap sheet mean you can wear the glitter in a really understated way if it's not you thing! It's just such a classy wrap.

I have a few weddings coming up this year and I think this is definitely on my list for wedding manicures!


Even better it pairs beautifully with some of our other wraps. I'm thinking it'd make a great accent nail with sapphire and I've also seen it paired with one of my other favourite wraps kimono.


Kimono Jamberry Nails



Shop the full range at my shop or find me on facebook Mayberry Jamberry.

Thank you Chloë, see you next month. 

Take a look and let me know what your favourite wrap is this month (believe me you'll have another new favourite within a month or less!)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

30 before 30

Ok, so I shared my 25 before 25 update recently and decided that since I hadn't quite managed it and some of the bits that made the list were really odd choices I'd mix it up a bit, add some bits and create a 30 before 30.

30 before 30


I have crossed out at the top the 7 I did manage and I've got half a point for: read 5 classic books (I can't name them but think I have!!), do an Ikea hack (In progress) and learn Italian (Duolingo is ongoing!). Shoutout to my twin, Chloe who told me she'd give me full marks for those!!


  1. Buy a car
  2. Go to Iceland
  3. Have a decent savings account (i.e. not £4)
  4. Do something different with my hair
  5. Get married
  6. Make chutney
  7. Drink water regularly
  8. Learn Italian
  9. Do an Ikea hack
  10. Read 5 classic books (and be able to name them)
  11. Visit Ireland
  12. Sew a cushion cover 
  13. Finish the rag rug
  14. Read the whole of the New Testament 
  15. Ride a Vespa
  16. Write a short story 
  17. Visit Edinburgh 
  18. Make wine 
  19. Watch all the Lord of the Rings Films (Just to say I have)
  20. Go to Go ape
  21. Zipwire
  22. Ski (take a skiing lesson) 
  23. Blend my own tea
  24. Make an item of clothing
  25. Run 5k for charity 
  26. Start a masters 
  27. Visit New York
  28. Watch The Railway Children in London 
  29. Grow a plant 
  30. Write an article for The Pool 
Now over to you, what are makes your list? 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

25 Before 25: Update

In May 2014, before Twentea Something was even a thing, (eeek. how long ago?) I first shared my 25 before 25 post. Now that I've turned 25 I figured it was time to revisit and see how I did! 

Twentea Something - 25 Before 25


Blogger confession: the original graphic on the post made me cringe so I definitely changed that before resharing! God bless, Canva

Here's the original list, I've crossed out the ones I've achieved: 

  1. Visit Ireland
  2. Buy a puppy/dog
  3. Finish the rag rug
  4. Learn to crochet
  5. Ride a vespa
  6. Buy a car
  7. Go to Oktoberfest 
  8. Go to Iceland
  9. Have a decent savings account (i.e. not £4) 
  10. Do something different with my hair
  11. Visit Edinburgh 
  12. Get married (Don't worry Andy knows this one!) 
  13. Read 5 classic books 
  14. Make chutney 
  15. Make wine 
  16. Do an Ikea hack 
  17. Learn Italian 
  18. Watch all the Lord of the Rings Films (Just to say I have)
  19. Go to Go ape
  20. Zipwire
  21. Ski 
  22. Blend my own tea
  23. Make an item of clothing
  24. Set up a regular charity donation
  25. Drink water reguarly 
Grief, ok, so of the 25 I've managed.... 7!! 

Plus I'm giving myself half points for: Read 5 classic books, because I don't know what I meant by that but reckon I have, do an Ikea hack because the coffee table project is nearly there and for learn Italian, because well... I started Duolingo!! So I get 8.5 points right?? 

Looking at the list now I'm not even sure why I chose some of them!! Oktoberfest just sounded cool and like something you're meant to put in your bucket list. But I hate beer and I hate crowds. Buy a puppy or dog, I clearly hadn't allowed for us moving into a second floor flat a year later on top of working long hours and being away a lot, so I'll put that down to naivety! 

I've decided to have a think, change my list a little bit and then to make sure I don't get off lightly I'm going to share my 30 before 30 (by which time this blog will have to become Thirtea Something!!) 

What would make your list? When is your next big birthday?
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