Red Herring tribal print trousers Barbados Holiday Wardrobe

I’ve never been one to travel light but going to the same place more than once certainly helps to avoid over packing too much. Over half term we went to Barbados, a place that is very special to us as we got married there, in fact this was my fifth trip there (and the husband’s 15th!) so I knew what to expect weather wise…hot hot hot! The temperature doesn’t fluctuate much throughout the year so light and loose clothing, flat shoes and beach wear is basically all you need. I tend to take the same things with me on every beach holiday, and while that’s practical and thrifty, I’d got to the point where I just needed to add a few new items to my holiday wardrobe to freshen it up without breaking the bank. I was browsing the Debenhams website for bikinis when I saw these tribal print trousers on sale and thought they’d make a nice alternative to skirts. The pattern is perfect for holidays and the fabric is soft and light, they are so comfortable. The flat nude sandals go with everything so they are holiday wardrobe essentials. Barbados is very laid back so I don’t bother with heels – flats are much more practical, especially after a few rum punches!

White M&S lace crinkle skirt Barbados holiday wardrobe

This cream lace skirt and beaded vest is one of my favourite holiday outfits; the M&S skirt is made from a crinkle effect fabric so it travels well, and the vest is very light and stretchy. Again I wore my nude flat sandals and leather cream bag, which is also a holiday staple as it’s both roomy and goes with everything.

Red beach dress and straw hat Barbados Holiday Wardrobe

Simple maxi dresses are great to throw on over a bikini to take you from beach to bar if you don’t have time to get changed. I just added a pair of drop earrings and I was good to go and catch the sunset at the beach bar. I’m never without my straw hat during the day to keep the sun off my face and a pair of big shades to protect my eyes.

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe red beach dress

Marks and Spencer Cote d'Azur sundress

This cotton sun dress was a real bargain; I bought it at an M&S outlet for about £5 a few months ago. It has a Côte d’Azur boat theme print which is perfect for holidays. As we were doing a lot of walking that day, which included a trip to the beach, I wore my red and white stripe Fitflops. I love Fitflops because I’m very flat footed and the thick, moulded sole makes walking much more comfortable. This photo was taken on the lookout point at Welchman Hall Gully – the exact spot where we got married back in 2010. It was lovely to go back there again.

Freya melon print bikini Barbados Holiday Wardrobe

One of the new items of swimwear I bought from Debenhams was this watermelon print bikini by Freya. I was instantly drawn to the tropical print, which gave my husband the perfect opportunity to say “Nice melons!” on more than one occasion! Men eh?!

Floozie frill bikini Barbados Holiday Wardrobe

This frill bikini is one I’ve had for a while now but I love the frill detail, which makes it feel less skimpy. It’s by Floozie Frost French – a range stocked by Debenhams, who have a fabulous range of swimwear for curvy ladies. I don’t mind admitting that I had serious doubts about posting a bikini photo (especially after relaxing the carbs intake the moment the plane took off!) but after seeing Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb post some beautiful holiday photos I was emboldened to just go for it. It’ll be quite a while before I get to spend a week basically living in a bikini again so I may as well savour the memory!


What are your tips for holiday packing? Are you a disciplined packer or do you always take too much stuff? Let me know in the comments!


Thanks for reading, I hope you have a lovely day!



Emma xxx


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customised denim jacket

When I saw this article about customised denim jackets in a magazine a few months ago it reminded me that I had an old denim jacket stored away which a friend gave to me years ago. I’d never worn it and was thinking of taking it to the charity shop, but when I saw this I decided to buy a few patches from Ebay and have some fun!

Gap denim jacket

customised denim jacket

It’s really easy to iron on the patches, you just need to remember to turn the steam off. Some of the patches adhered to the jacket better than others – the spiky edges of the pop art patch didn’t stick completely, but it’s not that noticeable. I chose patches that reflect the things I like – cats, Paris, fashion, and my favourite super hero…Wonder Woman!

customised denim patch jacket

lucky cat patch

Paris iron on patch

pop art iron on patch

Wonder woman iron on patch

AC/DC iron on patch

The back was looking a little bare in comparison to the front so I put the AC/DC patch in the middle. AC/DC are my favourite band so it seemed fitting to give it centre stage, so to speak. I may add a few more small patches to the back if I see some that I  like.

What do you think to the customised denim jacket trend? Do you like to alter things to your own taste? Let me know in the comments!


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Emma xxx


Latest in Beauty The Glamour Beauty Power List 2015

I do love receiving a beauty box in the post, it’s a bit like opening an early Christmas present with the contents wrapped perfectly in tissue paper. That said, I have made an effort to only buy the boxes containing products that I really want and know I will use. I’ve spent the last few weeks using up loads of half empty bottles and tubes that had been taking up too much space in my bathroom cabinet, and now I’ve decluttered I want to keep it that way. The products that appealed to most in the Latest in Beauty Glamour Beauty Power List box were the Revlon Ultra HD lipstick and the Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush. Both were available in three shades, and although you can’t choose which one you want, they all looked to be shades I would wear…except the red lipstick…so guess which one I received? Yes, typically I got the bright red lippie! I have a quite of collection of them now even though I’m definitely not a red lipstick kind of gal. Occasionally I will be bold and wear a red lip, but it has to be a pink toned red, in fact more of a raspberry colour. The Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in my beauty box was the shade Gladiolus – a bright red that looks quite dark in the tube. As soon as I took the top off the delicious fragrance of mango and vanilla hit me, instantly evoking memories of a lip balm I used to wear as a teenager. Although the colour looks intense, the formula is lightweight as it’s wax-free; instead it has a clear gel base, so it has a lovely smooth and silky texture. Although the colour I received isn’t quite right for me, I am really sold on this lipstick and will be buying some more of these in neutral and pink shades. The RRP is £7.99 but there are 3 for 2 deals on Revlon at Boots and Superdrug at the moment.

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Beauty Power List 2015

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Beauty Power List 2015 Revlon Ultra HD lipstick

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Gladiolus

I’ve long been a convert of cream blush, so the Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Blush Stick was probably the product that convinced me most to buy this beauty box. I’ve tried Clinique and Maybelline cream blushers, and more recently have been using Bourjois, but I’m always on the lookout for new products to try. Firstly, I really like the packaging; it’s sleek and unfussy, plus a wind-up stick is easy to apply. Small plastic pots with hinges tend to break after a couple of months meaning they end up rattling around in your make up bag making a mess, so I prefer a twist applicator. Unlike the Revlon lipstick, the shade of this blush stick is perfect for me; I tend to favour pinky browns, so Natural Rose is spot on. It doesn’t say on the case what the shade is called, only the number (07) so I had to go to the website to find that out. The texture is more sheer than I expected, but it’s easy to blend and build up a more intense colour. This is definitely a product to go in my handbag for touch ups during the day. The blush stick retails at £7.90 on Kiko’s website, so it’s pretty good value.Kiko Velvet Touch Cream Blush Stick

Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush

I haven’t had the chance to test out any of the other products yet. I’m going on holiday soon so that will be the perfect opportunity to try out the Philip Kingsley Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer. Hopefully it’ll prevent my hair from becoming too frazzled by sun, sea and chlorine. The Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture will come in handy too as I always wear a high SPF, particularly on a beach holiday.


List of box contents:

  • Eyeko Mascara in Blue or Black  (I received black, phew!)
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds Supershine Nail Polish
  • Philip Kingsley Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer
  • Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush (three shades available)
  • Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick (three shades available)
  • Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream
  • Nails Inc NailKale Superfood base coat
  • Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture


Did you pick up one of these beauty boxes? Do you think beauty boxes are good value for money or do you end up with lots of unsuitable products gathering dust on the shelf? I’d love to know what you think…let me know in the comments!


Thanks for reading!


Emma xxx


Purple Asos trousers Karen Millen top

I thought I’d make the most of the mild autumnal weather by wearing a tropical print top and brightly coloured trousers…before the temperature nose dives. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of opportunites to wear tights and boots over the next few months! I’ve got these Asos peg leg trousers in several colours now, but purple is probably the boldest. I was searching through my wardrobe looking for a top to go with them when I remembered that I had this Karen Millen tropical print top stored away with the tag still attached! I must have bought it three or four years ago, but I just never felt it looked that good on me. I used to have an aversion to T-shirts because I thought they made me look too chunky on top but I’m now quite a fan. As long as they aren’t too baggy or too tight and show some waist definition I think they look great paired with tailored trousers, jeans and even a full skirt. The print of the top has some lime green in it so I chose my very old Jasper Conran bag and a neon chunky bangle to compliment it.

Jasper Conrad lime green bag

Karen Millen tropical print top

Neon bangle

Karen Millen tropical print tee Asos purple trousers

Lime green Jasper Conrad bag

Top: Karen Millen, trousers: Asos, bag: Jasper Conran for Debenhams, shoes: Nine West, bangle: Wallis.


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Feather and Bone face gems face wash Although I have my favourite skincare products I do love to try out different ones. Recently I’ve been testing a few new cleansers – from variations on the tried and tested, to products that are completely new to me. Probably the most unusual is Feather and Bone’s Face Gems. When the company emailed me about Face Gems I have to admit that I was very intrigued about the whole concept: it’s a cleanser in a tablet form that you add a few drops of water to, which then makes a paste.

You pop one of the tablets from the blister pack onto the palm of your hand, add 5-10 drops of water to make a paste, apply to your face and rinse off.

They are made from natural ingredients: sandalwood to cleanse, fuller’s earth to exfoliate and starch to moisturise. The instructions are simple: you pop one of the tablets from the blister pack onto the palm of your hand, add 5-10 drops of water to make a paste, apply to your face and rinse off.  I did find getting the consistency of the paste just right a little tricky – not enough water and the tablet is hard to break up, too much and it becomes too runny, but I think after a few uses it’d become easier to judge. Once applied I looked like I’d covered my face in mud or applied too much fake tan, but it rinses off very easily to leave clean and refreshed skin. They are suitable for all skin types and due to the natural ingredients they are very gentle on the skin.  The big plus point for me is that they are so convenient to take away on holidays or camping trips – they are very light and don’t take up much room, and if you are travelling by plane with only hand luggage you won’t have to worry about the liquid restrictions…brilliant! The Face Gems cost $15 (just under £10 at the current exchange rate) for a box of 60.

Flint and Flint Glycolic cleanser

On the other end of the cleanser spectrum is Flint and Flint’s Glycolic Cleanser. This was recommended to me by the beauty therapists at Skin Health Spa prior to a glycolic peel facial. I was advised to use it once a day for the two weeks leading up to my appointment in order to prepare the skin for the treatment and maximise results. It contains 12% glycolic acid so it’s not an everyday cleanser – after the treatment I was advised to use it 2-3 times a week, and to use a high level SPF as skin is extra sensitive to sun damage after a peel. After the treatment my skin felt smoother than it ever has and there was no down time – no redness or irritation.

…you can also use this cleanser as an overnight spot treatment, and to relieve the itchiness of an insect sting…

The cleanser also contains Panthenol to protect the skin and promote healing, and Defensil which is described as a “skin-conditioning agent that normalises sensitive skin”. It has a gel consistency which you apply to a wet face, leave for 2 minutes and rinse off. You don’t need much so I expect it will last quite a while. On the website it says that you can also use this cleanser as an overnight spot treatment, and to relieve the itchiness of an insect sting, so I’m planning on decanting a small amount of this to take on holiday with me. Flint and Flint Glycolic Cleanser costs £30 for 100ml.

Skin vitamin rich cleanser I don’t often use a creamy cleanser that requires removal with cotton wool, which explains why this has sat in my bathroom cabinet for a year! My preferred cleansing routine consists of a micellar water followed by a wash-off cleansing cream or gel, but this Sk:n Vitamin Rich Cleanser was part of a bargain bundle consisting of six products that was offered as a Groupon deal. I tend to use it for a quick cleanse when I want to leave my eye make up on but just refresh my skin. The key ingredients are Evening Primrose oil for its soothing and healing properties, Allantoin to moisturise, and vitamins A, C and E to protect skin from free radicals. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated, but most of all I love the fragrance, which to me smells like sun cream…every time I use it I’m reminded of beach holidays! The Vitamin Rich Cleanser costs £14.75 for a 200ml bottle.

Urban Veda Daily Purifying Wash

When I received a travel size tube of Urban Veda Purifying Facial Wash in a beauty box I relegated it to the stash of products deemed unsuitable for my skin type – as soon as I read the “for oil-prone skin” on the tube I assumed it would completely dry my skin out. How wrong I was! I grabbed it one morning as I was diving in to the shower (running late as usual!) and I was immediately won over by the lovely minty freshness. If you’ve ever used a minty shower gel you’ll know that fresh, slightly cold feeling you get when you apply it to the skin.

It’s pleasantly cooling to use after a workout, and it doesn’t make my skin feel at all tight or dry, just really smooth and calmed.

Well this cleanser does the same thing, albeit very gently (ingredients include tea tree, orange, anise, spearmint, wild mint and eucalyptus oils as well as witch hazel).  It’s pleasantly cooling to use after a workout, and it doesn’t make my skin feel at all tight or dry, just really smooth and calmed. Even though I have predominantly dry skin, I am still prone to the mid afternoon shiny T-zone, but on the days I used this cleanser I noticed my nose and forehead were less shiny later in the day. I was really surprised at how much I liked this gel cleanser, and even though it’s not aimed at my skin type I’d definitely consider buying a full size tube. Urban Veda Purifying Facial Wash costs £12.99 for 150ml.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Ltd Edition trio

Well I had to save the best for last…Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is my favourite cleanser, and even though I love the original it’s always a joy to try out the limited editions. When I first saw this 20th anniversary trio on the website I was very tempted to order straight away as I expected it to sell out, so when it was reduced in the sale I was amazed and snapped it up! I had tried the Orange Flower and Chamomile version before, but the Grapefruit and Patchouli, and Rose and Lavender combinations were new to me.

I absolutely love all three versions, which I use according to mood and time of day…

I absolutely love all three versions, which I use according to mood and time of day; I like to use the Grapefruit and Patchouli in the morning because it has a wonderfully energising fragrance, while the relaxing aroma of the Orange Flower and Chamomile is perfect to use before bedtime. I find the Rose and Lavender suitable for any time of the day, as it’s incredibly soothing and comforting.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish anniversary trio

Over the past month or so I’ve been a bit more adventurous with my cleansing routine, and while I’ll always have my favourites, it’s been good to discover new products. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is the cleanser I use the most, but all of the products I’ve tried have a place in my skincare routine.


Do you have an all time favourite cleanser? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!


Thanks for reading, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!