Spa Day And Come Shopping With Me In London

My sister treated me to a spa day at the Bvlgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, as a belated birthday treat. It was such a lovely day, so I thought I would share the experience with you in video form! I also did a little bit of shopping, so keep watching to find out what I bought!

You can watch the video on my YouTube channel or right here if you prefer, but you will find links to the clothing I tried on as well as to the spa we visited on YouTube. (Just to be totally transparent, the links to the clothing are affiliate links, but will not cost you any more should you choose to make a purchase through one. You can read my full disclaimer here.)

Are you a fan of spa treatments?

Kate x
L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care - The Range That's Helping To Protect My Coloured Hair

Regularly bleached, coloured and heat styled to within an inch of its life - it's fair to say that I put my hair through its paces. So when it comes to caring for it, it's of the utmost importance that I choose good quality products that will nourish and protect it as much as possible. I'm always looking for shampoos and conditioners that will put much needed moisture back into my hair without weighing it down, and when I discovered the L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care range, it sounded like exactly what I was looking for.

L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care Geranium Radiance Remedy Hair Care Range

If I'm honest, it was the packaging that first attracted me to this range. I would never have guessed it was L'Oreal, or indeed any drugstore brand, based on the way it looks. It really is quite sleek and beautiful - much more like a high end salon brand than something you can pick up in your local Boots. I was even more intrigued when I learned that the whole range is vegan, created from natural botanical ingredients and essential oils, and free from silicones, parabens and colourants.

There are several variations within the range: Lavender, for fine and fragile hair, Safflower, for dry hair, Camelina, for unruly hair... as my tresses could be described as any of the above, and since all the different shampoos and conditioners look and smell so delicious, it was hard to know which to choose! I started off with the Lavender masque - a lightweight yet nourishing deep conditioning treatment that I loved so much it found its way into my 2018 Beauty Favourites. However, I was keen to find something that would prolong the radiance of my freshly coloured hair between appointments, and perhaps add some shine back, so as much as I adore the scent of lavender, I decided to move on to the Geranium products.

L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care Geranium Radiance Remedy Shampoo

L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care Geranium Radiance Remedy Conditioner

Formulated from a blend of Geranium essential oil, Soya and Coconut oil, the Geranium Radiance Remedy products are specifically targeted to coloured hair, to hydrate, detangle and reveal shine. They are wonderful to use - the products feel creamy and yet light at the same time, and the floral fragrance that fills the shower when I wash my hair is simply glorious. When I've finished conditioning, my hair feels like silk and my Tangle Teezer glides through it effortlessly.

I have seen some very mixed reviews of these products, and my feeling is that the range is perhaps more suited to people who, like me, have fine hair. I love that it's left feeling soft, yet still has bounce and body to it. Anything richer might leave my hair weighed down and looking lank and lifeless, but perhaps if you have thicker hair, these products might not quite deliver the results you need.

L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care Geranium Radiance Remedy Hair Masque

Speaking for myself, I love how they make my hair look and feel. Anything that can breathe new life into my hair when it's overdue to be cut and coloured is a definite keeper in my book! I even think they have helped to restore a little shine, although my bleach treated hair is never going to excel in that department. All in all, I'm a huge fan, and will definitely be repurchasing the Geranium products as well as trying others in the range.

Have you tried the L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care range? What hair care products are you loving right now?

Kate x
3 Date Night Outfit Ideas For Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, it seemed like a good time to shop my stash for some potential date night looks... and make a video about it, of course. Whether you have something planned for Valentine's or not, I hope it provides some inspiration for what you could potentially cobble together from your wardrobe for your next night out.

As always, you can watch the video on YouTube or right here. If you enjoy it, I would love it if you subscribed to my channel for more fashion and beauty videos.

Which look was your favourite? And do you have any Valentine's Day plans?

Kate x
How To Style Backless Loafers

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Hasn't it been cold lately?! From what I've seen on social media, just about everyone has had at least a little bit of snow this past week. Pretty as it is, I am, as I've already mentioned, more than ready for spring to arrive. Especially when the shops are starting to fill their rails with lighter fabrics and colours in readiness for milder temperatures. It all looks so tempting!

I haven't yet bought much in the way of spring clothing, but I did treat myself to this gorgeous pair of loafers (AD) the other day. It's much too cold to wear them outside the house yet (although I did brave the freezing air in them for my three dresses post from last week, such is my dedication to creating more content for my blog this year!) However, just looking at them gets me excited for spring. I love loafers; they're so practical and easy to wear, yet have such a chic look about them too, particularly the backless styles. Mine are fairly simple, but I love the criss-cross detail with the ring in the centre as it adds an element of interest. I definitely think they look more expensive than their £35 price tag.

And since there is (probably) no such thing as too many shoes, I thought I would scour the web for some more cute flats. It turns out there's quite a few out there getting me excited for spring!

10 Pairs Of Flat Shoes To Get You Excited About Spring

1. Jewelled espadrilles (AD), 2. Snake print tasseled loafers - Super chic!, 3. Woven detail (AD) - I do love a metallic shoe! 4. Studded leopard print (AD), 5. Tweed and bows - these would be so cute with a simple jeans, t-shirt and blazer look, 6. Monochrome - These are super chic! 7. More leopard print (AD) - love the studs around the sole here, 8. Monogrammed (AD) - I don't usually like monogrammed looks but these give me serious Gucci vibes! 9. Pointed toe snakeskin loafers (AD)

Which are your favourites? And what are you most excited about for spring?

Kate x
3 Must Have Dresses For 2019 And How To Style Them (AD)

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As you might remember from my Blog Overhaul Post from the end of last year, I'm on a bit of a mission to bring more useful content to my blog and social channels in 2019. A big part of that is going to involve bringing you more fashion related posts, looking at what's on trend, and translating that into outfits that look fab, but also function as wearable clothing for the average 40 plus woman. (Or at least, that's the aim!) So when Pretty Little Thing got in touch to ask if I'd like to collaborate on a dresses post with them, I did my research first. And, as a result, each of the three dresses I've picked ticks off not one but two key trends for 2019, making them real must have pieces for this year, especially when spring comes along.

Leopard Print Dress From Pretty Little Thing

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's thrilled that animal print styles are going nowhere fast! There's something so playful and fun about them, yet they can also look super chic when done right. Another trend that seems to be growing in popularity is the Prairie trend, and the style of this dress definitely gives me cowgirl vibes! I've teamed mine with high heeled ankle boots, as my short legs tend to need a height boost when dresses hit me mid calf. I've also added a thin waist belt, my current favourite bag - apologies if you're already sick of seeing it - and rolled up the sleeves.

Prairie Style Dress From Pretty Little Thing

This dress works really well with a slim fitting black turtle neck top underneath and thick black tights, which is great in this bitterly cold weather, but I can also see it in spring with a nice pair of wedges or mules. Or, if you're really feeling the Prairie thing, you could always team it with cowboy boots. Definitely a versatile piece, and one I'll be getting plenty of wear out of from now until the summer.

How To Style A Leopard Print Dress

How To Style A Prairie Dress

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Sunset Orange Dress From Pretty Little Thing

Dress 2: Sunset Orange And Feminine Shape (AD)

Have you noticed how longer length dresses and elegant, feminine cuts seem to be everywhere lately? Great news as far as I'm concerned, as I find this type of dress so flattering and easy to wear. The shape of this one in particular - flowing skirt, shirt style bodice, side split - reminds me of one of the must have dresses from earlier on in the season. I can't remember where that one was from, but it had polka dots and used to pop up every third photo or so on my Instagram feed! I was always admiring it, so I'm thrilled that the style is still very much in vogue and that I'm now able to enjoy it for myself with this Pretty Little Thing number!

Rust Coloured Dress And Cream Bag

The second trend box this dress ticks is the colour - this lovely sunset orange is going to be big news in 2019 and I can see myself loving it, especially when the weather gets a bit warmer. I have paired the dress with a simple cream bag and flat mules, letting the gorgeous vibrant colour do all the talking. I also think it would work beautifully with tan accessories - for example some tan suede over the knee boots would look great with it and also be more weather appropriate right about now!

Full Length Shirt Dress

Maxi Shirt Dress

Cream Flat Backless Loafers

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Pink Dress And Grey Coat

Dress 3: Dusky Pink And Pleats (AD)

My final must have dress from Pretty Little Thing is definitely more of an occasion piece, and without question more suited to spring and summer - I almost froze to death getting these photos! This is just the kind of dress I love to have waiting in the wings for any weddings or special parties that might pop up during the warmer months - just add heels and a clutch bag in a metallic hue and you are good to go! The dusky pink colour (kind of like millennial pink, but a touch more muted) is very much on trend for 2019. Good news for me, but if you're not a fan, it also comes in black!

Dusky Pink Dress From Pretty Little Thing

In my opinion, the best thing about this dress is its beautiful, finely pleated skirt, and again this is a style detail that is bang on trend for 2019. It's definitely something of a princess dress, so I would recommend going slightly more "grown up" with your choice of footwear - nothing too chunky!

Silver Sparkly Handbag

Dress With Pleated Skirt From Pretty Little Thing

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Which is your favourite of the three dresses? And which trends do you think you'll be embracing in 2019?

Kate x 
Pampering Products I'm Currently Loving

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As I mentioned in my 4 Ways To Spice Up Your Outerwear post, I'm getting a little impatient for spring just now. But winter definitely has its plus points, and I've been taking full advantage of these cold, dark evenings to cosy up at home and enjoy a few extra pamper nights. I was given quite a few bits and pieces at Christmas which I've been loving using, from two of my favourite beauty retailers, Lush and Rituals. I love receiving gifts like this at Christmas as it often gives you the opportunity to try things you might not think to buy yourself, which is always lovely. So, I thought I would share with you the pampering products I'm currently loving.

Lush Plum Rain Shower Gel

Products From Lush

This is absolutely gorgeous. Smells fruity and good enough to eat, lathers up like a dream and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft after my shower.

Lush Karma Kream Hand And Body Cream

If you prefer hand and body creams that absorb instantly into the skin, you need to try this. It's super light and yet nourishing at the same time and does a great job of softening my rough winter hands! Contains almond oil and cocoa butter.

I would never have thought to buy a body scrub product in a bar before, but it's actually a brilliant idea, combining the body brushing technique I already enjoy with a conditioning and moisturising scrub. Ground rice, almonds and aduki beans slough away dead skin cells while cocoa and shea butters combined with lavender oil add moisture back into the skin. Lovely!

Lush Buffy Body Scrub And Respect Your Elders Soap

Another product I never buy in bar form is soap. I find the liquid kind you can dispense from a bottle much more practical, but this one is so pretty to look at that I am willing to make an exception for it. It smells of blackcurrants and leaves my hands feeling soft as well as clean - unusual for hard soap in my experience.

Rituals The Ritual Of Sakura Range

Products from Rituals

The Sakura range from Rituals has been a favourite of mine for a while now - the cherry blossom scent of the products is so delicate and beautiful. This body scrub is more of a traditional one than Lush Buffy, but just as effective at gently exfoliating the skin while also adding moisture.

Rituals Sakura Body Scrub

Who wouldn't want their skin to smell like cherry blossom?! This is a gorgeous body cream with a light, whipped texture. A great one to put one before a night out as it absorbs quickly and leaves the skin delicately fragranced and lightly moisturised.

Rituals Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream

 3. Sakura Hand Wash (AD)

Having pretty bottles of hand wash to put beside the sinks in my home is one of those little things in life that brings me a lot of pleasure. This one really is lovely looking and of course smells beautiful too.

Rituals Sakura Hand Wash

Foaming shower gels are a lot of fun to use, feel lovely and light on the skin and can even double up as shaving foam! It's one of those items that you can never have too many of and this one is a lovely little everyday luxury.

Rituals Sakura Foaming Shower Gel

Are you a fan of Lush or Rituals? What pampering products are you loving at the moment?

Kate x
4 Ways To Spice Up Your Outerwear This Winter

It's often at this time of year that I start to feel a little bit tired of the winter. As much as I love all the different seasons, by the time January draws to a close it can often feel as though the cold weather has gone on forever, and yet with February just around the corner, spring still seems a long way off. Quite apart from missing the sunshine and longing to spend a little more time outdoors, I start to get a bit tired of my outerwear too. No matter what I'm wearing, at this time of year it feels as though all anyone gets to see of my outfits is the same rotation of two or three coats, and a few scarves and bags.

So it seems to me that January is the perfect time to have a little outerwear refresh! Since we're going to be living in it for a fair bit longer, I thought I would share 4 ways to spice things up, so that we can all rekindle our relationship with our outdoor clothes. (Bit dramatic, I know.)

1. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Checked coat from Topshop

When it comes to choosing winter coats, I think it can be all too easy to opt for the same styles over and over again. Sometimes that's with very good reason. After all, for those of us who live in colder climates, our coats end up working overtime and so it makes sense to stick to what's tried and tested and what we know suits us best. Sometimes, though, trying something a little bit different can work wonders, and reignite the fun factor that so often gets lost with outdoor dressing. Checks aren't usually my cup of tea at all, but something about this Topshop coat drew me to give it a try. As a result, I've been loving wearing it out and about as it's such a refreshing change from the plain camel coats I usually wear. Of course, coats can be pricey, so you could opt instead to experiment with something smaller. Maybe try a new style of hat (berets are very popular right now and one of my favourite hat styles), or perhaps an oversized scarf in a bold colour or print that you wouldn't normally go for. (I love this star print one!)

2. Add A Fun Accessory

Circle bag from River Island

It's amazing how much a cool pair of boots or statement handbag can pep up the look of your outfit. I always think that a great bag and coat are a perfect partnership, each elevating and complimenting the other. Personally, I am still completely obsessed with the circle bag trend, and when I saw this one from River Island, I fell in love. Not just with the beautiful details of the bag itself - the gold bracelet handles, the chain trim - but with the fact that I could see straight away how great it would look with my checked coat. In fact, even my older coats seem to take on a new lease of life when paired with it. And if that's not a good enough excuse to buy a new handbag, I don't know what is.

3. Go Tonal

4 Ways To Spice Up Your Outerwear This Winter

One of the reasons we end up falling out of love with outerwear, in my opinion, is that we stop making conscious choices with it. Pulling on the same old coat and scarf every day becomes so familiar that it's something we do without thinking - we stop asking ourselves whether this looks good with that, instead we simply grab and go. By investing just a little bit of thought into it, we can elevate an outfit from something we've hastily thrown a coat over into a polished whole, and one of the easiest ways to add polish is to keep things tonal. By that I don't mean that everything has to be an exact colour match, but similar shades carried through your coat, bag, shoes etc can really help to pull the whole look together, transforming your outerwear from an afterthought to an integral part of the outfit.

4. Experiment With Makeup

Bold lipstick for daytime

As much as I love makeup, I don't play around with it a lot. Mostly, I think, that's because I don't have the type of face that can be altered much with makeup, so I've never really developed that level of fascination with it. But that said, doing something just a little bit different from your standard look can really add something to an outfit, and when we're stuck in winter coats for months on end, it's a great way to spice things up. In my case, I tend to reserve bold lips for evening wear, but I've been loving them for day time lately, especially when paired with this checked coat and burgundy roll neck. Different from my usual nude shades, it helps to add a little "something something" to my overall look. A slick of liner or subtle gleam of highlight would also work really well.

How to style a checked coat

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Checked coat and ankle boots outfit

Have you tried any of these tips? And are you getting tired of the winter yet?!

Kate x

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