Find Your Sparkle With Abelini Jewellery

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What's the most precious piece of jewellery you own? For me, it's probably my wedding ring. Engraved with my husband's initials and the date of our marriage, it's unique to me and very special. For others it might be a 21st birthday gift from their parents, or a family heirloom passed down from a beloved relative.

Diamond stud earrings from Abelini Jewellery Hatton Garden

I've been thinking about jewellery and the special role it can play in the most important moments of our lives ever since Abelini reached out to work with me a couple of weeks ago. I hadn't heard of the brand, but after a little research I could see I was going to be a fan, and I could quite easily lose hours  of my time drooling over the beautiful trinkets on their Instagram page. UK based with a showroom in London's famous Hatton Garden, they pride themselves on using modern crafting techniques to create unique, high quality designs from ethically sourced materials, as well as meticulous attention to detail and outstanding customer service. Their aim is to be a go-to name when it comes to choosing jewellery to mark life's most special occasions, and they even offer a special bespoke service where you can work one-on-one with a designer to create a piece of jewellery that is entirely your own - a wonderful idea for engagement rings, for example.

Diamond engagement ring from Abelini Jewellery Hatton Garden London

Heart Shaped Diamond Ring From Abelini Jewellery Hatton Garden London

While not everyone can have the opportunity to visit their London store, Abelini also has a comprehensive website, where you can not only browse a wide range of ready to wear designs but also select your preferred cut, setting, metal and price range to find the perfect ring, necklace or earrings for you or your loved one. There is also the possibility to have up to three samples made (in high quality silver and artificial diamonds) so that you can really be sure you're making the right choice. Selecting a special piece of jewellery is a big decision, so I love the idea of being able to see a mock up of the real thing.

Classic diamond stud earrings

Speaking of samples, Abelini very kindly sent a couple out to me so that I could get a feel for their pieces. The stud earrings are absolute classics, the kind of everyday luxury so many of us aspire to own, while the heart shaped ring is a real stunner and would make a fabulous cocktail ring or statement engagement ring. It's safe to say I'm hooked, and would definitely have Abelini high up on my list should I be in the market for diamond jewellery in the future!

I'd love to know about the most special piece of jewellery in your collection. Tell me a story in the comments!

Kate x
Antipodes Healthy Lipsticks Review

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Having fallen in love with Antipodes skincare last year, I was thrilled to receive an email from their PR team recently offering to send me a few products, and intrigued to discover that those products were lipsticks. I had no idea that Antipodes made lipsticks! Would I like them as much as I liked the skincare? I had very high hopes.

Antipodes Healthy Lipsticks Review Forest Berry Red

Antipodes Healthy Lipsticks Review Piha Beach Tangerine

Antipodes Healthy Lipsticks Review South Pacific Coral

Antipodes Healthy Lipsticks Review Swatches

From left: Forest Berry Red (AD), Piha Beach Tangerine (AD) and South Pacific Coral (AD)

In due course, three super pretty, summery shades arrived and I set about putting them to the test. I filmed my review, and you can watch it over on YouTube or right here if you prefer.

If you'd like to check out the full range of lipsticks (there are so many stunning shades!) you can do so via the Antipodes website here. Have you tried these yourself?

Kate x
Accessories I'm Here For This Summer

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I mentioned on Instagram recently that I particularly enjoy accessories in the summer months. There's just something about warm sunny weather and holidays that makes me want to have a little fun with costume jewellery, colourful bags, sparkly sandals... you name the trend, I am here for it in summer!

This season, there are three different accessories trends that I find myself particularly drawn to. So I thought I would share with you some of my favourite pieces on the high street.

Espadrille Wedges

I've had my espadrille wedges for a couple of years now and they have graced many a blog post and Instagram photo! Feminine and easy to wear, they go with everything from jeans to dresses and are perfect for completing your look in a ladylike way while still being able to walk (bonus!) I also have my eye on the taupe sandal version from Topshop (number 8 in the picture below). They have a chic look about them and I could do with changing things up a little!

Espadrille Wedges

1. Pretty in pink (AD), 2. Leopard print, 3. Powder pink (AD), 4. Studded (AD), 5. Ankle strap (AD), 6. Classic (AD), 7. Sunshine yellow, 8. Taupe (AD)

Pearl Jewellery

Pearl Earrings

There's something so ladylike about pearls, and I can't get enough of all the pearl jewellery and hair slides I'm seeing on my Instagram feed lately, especially when they're mixed with sea shells! I don't often wear statement earrings, but this pair from H&M are so pretty for summer and such a great, inexpensive way to change up my look. Next on my list is a pearl hair slide... if I can find one that doesn't look ridiculous on my tiny little head!

Pearl Jewellery

Straw Bags

Circular straw bag with sea shell embellishment

Is there anything cuter than a straw bag in summer?! They just work so perfectly as beach bags, and look as good paired with floaty maxi dresses as they do with distressed denim shorts. I have recently added a circular bag studded with sea shells to my collection, and I love the look of the River Island clutch (number 6 below) with its sparkly embellishment - it has a definite evening vibe which makes it a little bit different to the typical straw bag.

Straw Bags

1. Fringed (AD), 2. Oversized (AD), 3. Intricate (AD), 4. Beach bag (AD), 5. Shoulder bag (AD), 6. Bejewelled (AD), 7. Sea shells (AD)

What accessories are you loving at the moment?

Kate x
5 Trends I'll Be Revisiting This Summer

Summer clothes don't often get enough chance to shine in the UK, which is why I love it when my favourite trends pop back up again for another season! I've been routing around in my wardrobe and  have rediscovered five trends I enjoyed rocking last summer, which will still look bang up to date this year too. 

And so, of course, I made a video about it! You can watch it on YouTube if you want links to some of the pieces featured, or right here if you prefer.

What are some of your favourite summer trends?

Kate x
Respinning The Satin Midi Skirt For Summer

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It's fair to say that one of my favourite buys of last winter was my bias-cut satin midi skirt. In fact, back in January, I wrote a whole blog post about why everyone should add this particular skirt style to their wardrobe. But while they work beautifully with fine knits and knee high boots during the cooler weather, I've recently been discovering that they are equally fabulous with sleeveless tops and light summer footwear, adding a whole new level of versatility to this already hardworking piece. The satin midi skirt is officially an all-year-rounder.

How to style the satin midi skirt for summer

It was (as it so often is with me) a case of love at first sight when I spotted this skirt on the Topshop website. The palest shade of pink with the most delicate of polka dot prints and a row of tiny buttons down the front, it is feminine without being overly girly, just a little bit sexy and absolutely gorgeous. At least, I think so. My husband thinks it looks like a petticoat.

Circular straw bag with sea shells

I've paired the skirt with this simple black halter neck top (a River Island purchase from last summer), but I think that a camisole style in any neutral shade would look great too. To finish the look, I've opted for my trusty espadrille wedges and an oh-so-on-trend circular straw bag. My wedges are a couple of years old now, but you can still find styles almost identical to this in just about any high street store. The bag is a recent purchase from Topshop, and is embellished with sea shells - a design detail that is very much having a moment right now and one that I'm obsessed with!

Topshop straw bag

Styled like this, I think the look is perfect for being out and about on a warm sunny day, but switch the shoes and bag for some strappy heels and a sleek clutch, and voila! You're ready for cocktails.

Satin midi skirt outfit summer 2019

Outfit with satin midi skirt summer 2019

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Did you jump on the satin midi skirt bandwagon? And if so, are you still on it now that summer is here? I would love to know!

Kate x
Fake Tans On Review

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I can be a creature of habit when it comes to beauty products, and fake tan is no exception. For years I have turned to my favourite gradual tanner, Dove Summer Revived (AD), to get my summer glow. So this year, I decided to mix things up a little. For the past few weeks, I've been testing out another three fake tan products, and I'm sharing my thoughts on all of them - including my trusty favourite - in today's video.

You can watch it on YouTube where you will also find links to the products discussed, or right here if you prefer.

What's your favourite self tanner?

Kate x
Changing Up My Skincare With Soap And Glory

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One of the joys of blogging is occasionally being sent products that you weren't expecting to receive. This happened to me recently when Soap And Glory got in touch out of the blue and asked if they could send me "a cute little something". Now if there's one thing I love, it's being sent "a cute little something", so I said, "please do!".

A week or so later, a package arrived on my doorstep containing two very generously sized skincare products - a micellar water and a foaming cleanser. These are two types of product my skin tends to get on very well with, so I was keen to try them out, as well as curious, as Soap And Glory is not a brand I have much experience with.

Drama Clean 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (AD)

Soap And Glory Drama Clean 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water

I always use a micellar water to remove my makeup in the evenings, and nearly always buy the Garnier Sensitive Skin one. It's super affordable, does an amazing job at removing all traces of makeup and doesn't irritate my skin, so I haven't really felt the need to explore others. That said, it's always nice to try something different, so I was happy to give the Soap And Glory version a go. The biggest difference compared with the Garnier product is the fragrance - the Garnier is unscented, while the Soap And Glory has a light, fresh cucumber scent. I personally really like this, although some might prefer their micellar water to be unfragranced.

The product works every bit as well as the Garnier one in terms of actually removing makeup. It comes off effortlessly, with no scrubbing required, even on tougher things like waterproof mascara and matte lipstick. Afterwards, my skin feels smooth and soft, and not dried out in the slightest.

Drama Clean retails at £6 for 350 ml, while my usual Garnier product is £5.99 for 400 ml. For this reason, I will probably go back to the Garnier one when I have finished this. However, the Soap And Glory version is still an affordable product and works very well, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you are looking to try a new micellar water. Now that I know it does a good job and suits my skin, I would definitely pick it up if the Garnier one wasn't available.

Face Soap And Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash (AD)

Soap And Glory Face Soap And Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash

Soap And Glory Face Soap And Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash

I was slightly concerned when I first saw this product as it appeared to contain microbeads, however after some research I can confirm that they are in fact made from a type of jojoba wax and completely safe for the environment. The beads create a mildly exfoliating element to the cleanser, which is very satisfying to use, particularly if you've been feeling that your skin needs a really good, deep cleanse. Best applied to damp skin, the product gradually lathers and foams as you massage it in, and then rinses away to leave your complexion feeling cool, fresh and very smooth.

Because this Facial Wash contains the exfoliating beads, as well as Vitamin C, it's most suitable for me to use two to three times a week as an extra deep cleanse, rather than as a part of my daily skincare routine. My slightly sensitive, combination skin would, I am sure, react to this negatively with sustained daily use. However, used sparingly, it has definitely been helping my skin to look bright and clear in recent weeks and I fully intend to continue using it. If your skin requires a fairly strong cleanser on a regular basis then this is definitely worth checking out as well, and at £8 for 350 ml it's pretty good value.

Are you a fan of Soap And Glory? Have you tried either of these products?

Kate x
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