Friday, 30 January 2015

Quick and easy ways to renovate your bedroom | Lifestyle

Quick and easy ways to renovate your bedroom

It’s that time of year where we all get to examine our homes and give them a well deserved spring clean. And one area of the home that will undoubtedly need a bit of a makeover is the bedroom.

Now that the long and dark winter nights are on the wane, it’s a great time to give your bedroom a light and airy feel with a few of these quick and easy tips.

Out with the old!

Why not get rid of those old clothes that you never wear anymore. By donating them to a local charity shop, you’ll feel morally better and free up much more space.

The same goes for any haggard curtains and faded cushions. Springtime is the time of year where you deserve to start afresh. So even if you find yourself with very little in the way of bedroom possessions after a good sort out, you can still call it minimalist chic!

In with the new!

Once you’ve de-cluttered your room as much as possible, it’s the fun time where you’ll start to fill it up again!

So take a good look at the key items of furniture in your room and see how you can improve upon them.

Maybe it’s time to finally get around to putting up some proper bookshelves rather than simply piling them on your desk? And maybe it’s time to invest in a proper bed – divans are particularly good at giving you that extra secret storage space!

Get comfortable

Now that you have all the basic elements in place, it’s a good idea to make sure that everything is as comfortable as possible.

If there’s one characteristic that every bedroom has to have, it must be cosy! And getting a good range of soft furnishings is a quick and relatively cheap way to do this.

So why not invest in a complementary range of curtains, cushions, throws and quilts that will all come together to make your bedroom seem like a perfect little paradise!

The finishing touch

And finally it’s the area that is most enjoyable of all, where you get to invest the room with your own personal touch.

There’s many ways to do this. Recent trends such as shabby chic recommend that oh-so-casual distressed wooden furniture look, coupled with a carefully crafted vintage mirror or clock.

Or maybe you can go for the Scandinavian touch with clean, white walls, natural woods and then an artfully placed black and white poster.


Which ever route you decide to go down, do it with passion and you’ll soon fall in love with your bedroom all over again!

Top 6 Amazing Selfie Locations | Lifestyle

Over the past few years, the selfie craze has really taken off, with the vast majority of us addicted to taking selfies.

Any unique, fun or intriguing location, calls for a selfie stick and a cheeky selfie - restaurants, parks and hotels have all become prime selfie spots. But, of all the places on the planet, where are the best locations for taking selfies?

To help you find the best locations in the world for selfies, we have put together a guide to the top 10 amazing selfie locations. To find out more, keep reading below:

1. Trolltunga, Norway (Troll’s Tongue)

Trolltunga in Norway is a rock formation that would most probably be any thrill seekers dream. The Troll’s Tongue, as it is known locally, was created when water from a glacier froze and caused part of the mountain to break away.

To keep the location as beautiful and natural as possible, safety barriers have never been erected, so you are free to trek it and take selfies to your heart's content. Just make sure to be careful and stick to the footpath and be careful.

2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls, located in Africa, borders both Zimbabwe and Zambia is an amazing location for photography and selfies. The Victoria Falls waterfall is twice as long as Niagara Falls.

As well as being one of the most beautiful locations for taking a selfie, Victoria Falls is also the perfect location for bungee jumping, diving and cliff swinging. Or, if you’re brave enough, taking cliff edge selfies with friends.


One of the most fun locations you can visit and take selfies at is Mineral Beach in Israel. Here, you can spend the day slathering your body in nutrient-rich mud, sunbathing and floating in the incredibly salty dead sea.

There is nothing more fun than covering yourself and your friends in mud and then taking selfies together.

4. Yellowstone National Park, USA

America’s most impressive national park, Yellowstone is the perfect place for selfie addicted travellers to visit. It’s packed full of beautiful scenery, wildlife and even has an active volcano.

With over 3,400 miles of parkland, Yellowstone is one of the most stunning places in the US.

5. Cape Town, South Africa

Famous for being the place where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man, Cape Town is an intriguing, multicultural town.

The Mediterranean like climate makes Cape Town the perfect location for relaxing and taking some beach photos and selfies. As well as deep blue lagoons, golden sands and rocky cliff edges, Cape Town is also home to penguins - the perfect selfie companions.

6. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska

The Mendenhall Ice Caves are only temporary - they are melting quickly. Due to a glacier in Alaska melting, the stunning Mendenhall Ice Caves temporarily exist and are amazing for exploring and taking selfies in.

Just make sure to watch out for falling ice - some pieces of ice are as large as wardrobes.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Inspirational Quotes with Stress Free Print | Lifestyle

I love inspirational quotes and typography work, and recently I've set up myself a night little collection to take to China with me for my balcony/office. My favourite quote is 'she believed she could, so she did' and I honestly believe in every word. I've been using this quote for not just inspiration, but to motivate myself and get myself into gear. At the end of the day, if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything; and this is the goal I'm setting for myself during 2015. 

Stress Free Print have a fantastic team who will organise everything from the get-go for you. They contacted me asking me asking what quote I would like, and also what design I wanted. Their designer was fantastic and give me the perfect A3 poster*. I went for a white background with gold polka dots, and the quote in the middle. Perfect. All they needed to do then was print and post, and the whole service was finished in a couple of days too. 
Not only do they offer posters, but they can help you with business cards and invitations too!

And what else do I have to offer? Well you can win a poster with your inspirational quote on it too, personally designed by the team at Stress Free Print. All you have to do is enter below with Rafflecopter. 
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Hottest Accessories in 2015 | Fashion

Want the lowdown on the hottest trends in accessories for 2015? Take a look at these style tips gathered from the world’s leading fashion mags and blogs.

Irregularity

We’ve been there, done that with the single earring trend. Now it’s all about irregularity and mismatching your earrings. Wear ear ornamentation in different shapes, sizes, colours and styles to take part in this trend. However, if you are like me and you do appreciate a little consistency in your look you can still enjoy this trend. Keep one element of your earrings consistent, like the colour or style, and be creative in contrasting the other elements.
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Brass

Brass is the material of the moment when it comes to accessories. Look for necklaces, rings,  earrings and clutches that incorporate this metal. Accessories that mix brass with bright and beautiful precious stones are very stylish right now. Luckily, brass is very versatile and goes well with a variety of colours, textures and patterns. Echo the classic black and gold trend by allowing your brass jewelry to stand out against black sophisticated ensembles.

Chokers

Chokers, that were last seen in the 90s, are back with a vengeance. But don’t unearth the styles you used to wear as a teen, the neck grasping jewelry has taken on a bold transformation. Chunky metallics and statement gems are the styles to look out for. Futuristic inspired designs in perspex and white leather material, as well as buckle-like styles, have also featured on the catwalk.

Seventies boho

Seventies inspired clothing and accessories are predicted to be one of the biggest trends of 2015. This accessory trend is all about beads, bright colours and the use of contrasting materials. Look for turquoise gems on metallics, tortoiseshell detailing, feathers and woven textures. If you are inspired by this trend, you may wish to treat yourself to some coeur de lion jewellery that features plenty of beads and brights colours. Wooden accessories are also in keeping with this trend. Particularly interesting are the designs that contrast wood with brightly coloured, softer materials.

Oversized pendants

Beware; this isn’t a trend suitable for reserved fashionistas. When it comes to wearing pendants this year, the rule is the bigger and bolder, the better. Look for metallic statement pendants on long chains that can act as the central feature of your outfit. Detailed necklaces also feature heavily as part of this trend. Look for items that include various colours, layers and shapes.

Statement bags

It’s not longer about minimalistic and discreet clutches or satchels; the statement bag is back. When choosing your arm candy, this year look for vibrant colours and big, bold patterns. Make sure your bag is extra eye-catching by opting for embellished and metallic styles. Don’t be afraid to be a little wild and out there with your choice. If you want to make a statement with your bag, then make one! Clever clashing of accessories and clothing is also style trend that is predicted to be very popular this year.

I hope you have found this post on accessory trends for 2015 helpful.

Valentine's Day with Lindt | Lifestyle

It's no secret that I love chocolate, and specifically Lindt chocolate. I've even managed to source a supermarket in a department store in Jinan (where I live in China) that sells Lindt so I can carry on my obsession when  move back, oh yeah. 

I had a super delivery the other day, a whole box of Lindt chocolate; and not just a box of Lindt chocolate, but there were several Valentine's Day inspired treats inside. How lucky am I?

The gift boxes are just amazing, especially the Lindor heart tin with crystals*. I'll definitely be using this for storing my beauty bits and pieces, it's gorgeous; and it's filled to the brim with those lovely little Lindor delights; costing £7.99. The Lindor Amour heart box* is a little alternative to the above tin, and costs a couple of quid cheaper (£4.99) if you're a bit of a cheapskate, haha.

The Master Chocolatier collection love box* is something a little different, and contains nine exquisite chocolates; hazelnut heart, stacciatella heart and almond heart. My favourite has to be the stracciatella heart with the cocoa nib filling. Oh my. This comes in at £6 so an absolute treat. 

Something I've never tried before, but absolutely love, are the Lindor strawberry and cream cornets*. These are filled with a delicious strawberry flavoured ganache and strawberry pieces in the white chocolate. So yummy! These won't be around much longer, my mum has taken the box. I doubt it's return! You can pick these up for £4.89 each or two boxes (any flavour) for £8.50!

My favourite, as always, has to be the Lindor heart tin, I'm a sucker for smooth chocolate! Wouldn't you just love one of these beautiful boxes for your Valentine's gift? I'm looking forward to their yummy Easter collection.
*Products sent free of charge, opinions and chocolate obsession are my own. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

100 Day Beauty Spending Ban | Beauty

Yes, the time has come for me to again say I will be participating in another spending ban. And yet again I'm trying to motivate myself to say I will not buy beauty products for 100 days. I'm leaving for China in what my mum tells me is around 16 weeks (argh, totally unprepared) so I need to have a good look through all my beauty products that I've been hoarding for what seems like years now. 

Now if I start today, 100 days takes me to 6th May. This is a perfect date because it just ends in time for me to see what I need to buy in bulk to take to China with me. There is a significant mark up price on UK beauty products over there, and I don't really fancy paying something like £60 for a Benefit foundation (not that I use them anyway) if I need a new one buying!

So, what is included and excluded:

Well I have more than enough shower gels to probably last me the entire year so I won't be buying those, same is applicable for make up and other cosmetics (like I ever need to buy those again). No more lipsticks, god forbid. Products such as deodorant and toothpaste don't really count as actual beauty things, they are a bloody necessity. Along with razors, no one needs to see hairy legs especially now spring is coming up. Oh and my eyebrows, well paying £8 a month for those waxing also isn't included; maybe the same goes for my nails and hair cuts. Although I get my hair done at College which costs like £6. Hair dyes, well I won't be buying those as I found a huge stock of around 8 dark brown hair dyes (although on Friday I'm having highlights so those can go to Wen's mum). 

Lets see how this one goes. I really do have more than enough stuff to probably get me through to next year, but lets just take it up until I move. I'm being fair on myself, haha. 

Monday, 26 January 2015

A Day Out in York with CityConnect WIFI | Travel & Lifestyle

I'm really lucky to live near some beautiful cities, but unfortunately I don't actually visit them. I've lived near York for almost 30 years and I have never once set foot there until this weekend. I know, shame on me right? I had to take advantage and visit some of the main attractions there but unfortunately whilst downloading all my images I somehow managed to delete them all (bad blogger, bad blogger!). So unfortunately you're left with logos and my ramblings. 

So we popped over to York on a little day trip following an amazing box of goodies that I found on the doorstep (the postman delivered it, it wasn't just left!). Full of vouchers, Betty's and Vincent Coffee goodies I just had to set my day out, finally I would go to York! 
Here are some suggestions on places to visit when you're in York:

There are exciting exhibitions, you can come face to face with a Viking, and walk through the reconstruction of original Viking streets. There is so much to do here and you could easily loose yourself to a whole day. With half-term coming up in a couple of weeks it's the perfect time to take your family, and a family ticket for £30 it's a bargain. There are a couple of awesome events to look out for, especially the best beard contest on the 21st February!

Now I didn't managed to pop into York Dungeons when I was there, I didn't really see it suitable for pushing a pram around etc, haha. But it's definitely something I would love to do if I manage to have another trip before we move to China. There are several shows which operate through the day and one I would love to see over the half-term holidays is 'Grave Robbers'! I loved this kind of history when I was at school, the gorier the better. This is running from 14th to 22nd February. 
York's Chocolate Story
I absolutely love chocolate so this was a dream to visit! A nice little visit with interactive stuff for the kiddies, chocolate tasting and sniffing, and oh my gosh it was wonderful. There's also a super 'indulgence zone' (cafe to me and you) where you can replenish your batteries with a sweet treat. This is located near the Shambles, which is somewhere I've wanted to visit a lot. More on that in a moment. Tickets are really reasonably priced, and children under 4 are free which is always awesome. 
Now I mentioned the Shambles, everyone is always going on about how great it is for shopping but I'm hopeless and need a map to find such things. I don't want to look like a tourist, don't like signs and certainly don't like asking people for directions so I always resort to Google Maps to get me there. And what better than free city WIFI provided by CityConnect? It was a godsend, especially considering my 3G decided to kick out and I couldn't access anything. (This reminds me of the time I got lost in Sheffield with my mum because I didn't have 3G and couldn't find the train station just before our train was about to leave!). CityConnect was super easy to use, all you do is open your WIFI, pick their option, and choose how you want to login. Now this is where it gets good because rather than filling in a form with your details you can simply login via Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. (You can always fill in your details but I find those so much easier!). You can also connect to CityConnect at Park and Ride sites too, so you can plan your adventure before you get to York! 

Anyway, even though there aren't many (take that as any) photos, we still had such an amazing time, and I would definitely recommend everyone to visit it! 

*Goodies provided free of charge, vouchers provided for both Jorvik Viking Centre and York Dungeons.  

Thursday, 22 January 2015

My Skin Saving Regime | Beauty & Travel

The city where I live in China, Jinan, is a very dry place. There is hardly any rainfall at all, we're talking maybe 12 days a year (can I get a hell yeah?). This is all good and well, but it's not so good for my skin. Twin this with temperatures meeting minus 5 some days, it's really killed my skin. Chapped lips and outbreaks of ezcema are not the most attractive things to have when escorting my hubby to important business dinners. 

I knew there was something I had to do, rather than heading off to Sephora or Watsons to pick up products you can get here in the UK or Korea, I headed to the local supermarket to see what I could pick up. I'm really lucky because our local supermarket has it's own beauty counters, and pretty much a floor dedicated to all my beauty needs.

It was really, really hard to identify skincare products that were both hydrating, calming and soothing, for sensitive skin, oh and that were oil free. Even hubby had trouble trying to translate everything for me, and to the store assistant trying to locate something suitable for me. 

I spied a couple of olive oil products that I thought may be suitable for my skin. A cleanser, toner, moisturiser and intensive oil. I did feel a bit risky picking them all up, but a new regime for around 110¥ or £11 didn't really break the bank.

I am so glad I did buy them! The whole A'Gensn range is simply divine. 

I'm not a fan of cleansers at all because I like something to leave my skin feeling dry and clean, but this did the job of removing all my tricky make up and left my skin feeling fresh and leaving no residue either. 

The toner doesn't have the best of fragrances, but came in a pack with the moisturiser so I've been using it. I probably wouldn't buy this on it's own as I don't really understand toners, but it seems ok. 

The moisturiser is by far the best I've ever tried, my skin is left feeling soft and hydrated, without being too oily. 

Lastly, the oil itself. This was a saviour when I broke out with ezcema on my face. I must have applied it two to three times a day because my face was so dry. Within a few days my skin was back it's old self. I was surprised it didn't leave my skin feeling over oily, and in fact reduced my skin's oil production too. 

Since coming back to the UK I've ceased to use these and I immediately regretted it. My skin has returned to it's dull and oily self. I only hope I have enough to take me through to when I move! 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

China Renovation Project | Lifestyle & Travel

As some of you may have seen from my Instagram images, not only am I moving to China in a couple of months, but we're taking on a renovation project for our apartment. The apartment hasn't been decorated or updated since it was built, I think around the 60's. The only thing that was upgraded was a western style toilet for me when I went out in 2013. 

It's a really big project for us, especially as we're trying to project manage whilst we're in different countries, dealing with the time difference and lack of materials will be a challenge. I'm actually writing this post in retrospect as a few things have already changed in the apartment.

As you will see from the images there is a lot of work to do, and not just purely aesthetic too, there is some structural work. It's an extremely dark apartment so  a well needed injection of white will help.

So here goes, this will be a long image post.

This is currently the living room with a balcony. It will become our bedroom with a walk in wardrobe on the left wall. The balcony will be our reading room, and hopefully my video room for when I start vlogging my China lifestyle. The colour scheme will be light, with medium wooden floors and a white tiled and painted balcony.

This bedroom is next to the current living room. This will be our living room. The colour scheme again will be white with medium wood flooring. 

As you can see our 'bathroom' is tiny. There isn't a lot we can do about this apart from move the door and wall forward a couple of inches; I'll take any extra space! The toilet and radiator will remain the same and in the same place however, we will be having a smaller space saving porcelain sink so we can have a bigger shower. I'm hoping to have a chrome double shower, one with a drench head and the other with a small hose and head. What isn't shown above the shower is the water tank, but this wil be moved into the kitchen so we have a lot more space. I was hoping to have white metro tiles but unfortunately it's hard to source things in China (and to get the labour to actually fit them - long story) but it doesn't look that way. I think we've settled for large pure white tiles, yet again difficult to source as everything tends to be marble finish. I'm hoping the flooring will be white floorboard style tiles.

This is the hallway/main entrance. As you can see there is very little light so everything will be minimal and white. The same colour scheme and floorboards as the other rooms. We'll mainly be using this room for display purposes, and for hanging coats and shoes, etc.

This bedroom will remain a bedroom, and is opposite the current living room. A plain white colour scheme and medium wooden flooring will finish this off. This will be Dexter's room so will have an injection of colour and personality there.

The kitchen has caused no end of problems for us already. Trying to source the right tiles and not being able to, labourers refusing to tile just one wall, and not being able to get a sink with a dish drainer to name a few. However, I think we have overcome a few problems. Both the kitchen and the balcony (used for cooking) will be completely tiled with large white tiles. Our units will be two colours, magenta pink glitter on the bottom and white on the top, along with  white granite worktops. It looks like we'll have to have a single white porcelain sink as the labourer won't fit a double sink into a small two-door base unit (this will be going where the current sink is). I have high hopes that this will work out ok, although we're having a lot of trouble. The wall between the balcony and the kitchen will be knocked down, and a bi-folding door placed there. 

As you can see there are a lot of things to be done, and I'll be keeping you updated with mood boards and wish lists. Also, MIL will be updating us with photos, albeit not very good, but a general idea.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Hello 2015 | Lifestyle

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Yet again, another late blog post on the new year. Yet again, the same excuse, I've been a little too busy to blog. It's been strange, I've had a lot of spare time on my hands in China but yet I feel that I haven't had as much time to blog or even time to think about blogging. I had plenty of ideas on my hands before I went that I would blog everything about the apartment, or blog plenty of new ideas about being a 'foreign wife', but yet I still couldn't find the time to do it. 

So here we go, hello 2015. 

This year I won't bother with new year's resolutions, in fact I'm not even sure I did last year, but that turned out ok. I don't feel guilty that I won't lose weight or that I'm not attending the gym. I don't feel guilty that I'm not giving up chocolate or heading on a spending ban for a whole month (that's just an excuse for not having any money in January anyway). I have plenty more things to concentrate on in my life anyway. Like this damn essay I've received a two week extension for. I think it's just me but this academic year I'm really not feeling it. I've already deferred one module because I got so behind I just couldn't be bothered to carry on with it. That's something that needs to change this year, I need to get my interest in learning back. I'm at the last two years of my degree so something has to give, right?

Ok I lied about the weight loss, I'm thinking of losing weight. That's right, just thinking. I haven't dedicated myself to doing anything about it yet, and I more than likely won't do. But I'm just not that bothered about it at the moment, or likely to be that bothered about it in the future. It's funny, but when I was in China I was really concerned about my weight, where I would buy clothes, or the fact I just felt extremely unfit. But as soon as I touched down in the UK (East Midlands airport WTF?/Rather than Leeds/Bradford) I lost all interest again. I guess it's back to feeling comfortable in your own skin with your own abilities too. 

So, our China journey. I won't say lots about our apartment in this blog post as I'll be doing a series of renovation posts. But it's going well. We came back the other day to find out demolishing works have already begun, and I most certainly wasn't expecting that. I think it will be easy to find a job when I get back too, I did go for an interview (for an English teacher position teaching both children and adults) and had a trial but haven't heard anything back yet, probably because I've come back but I have their contact details and will be popping in for a visit when I get back. I really like that school, and would love to work there too. There are a few more local schools near me that I've had my eye on too, so I can start properly job hunting when we all move out there. I think we're aiming for April.

Here's to 2015 being full of good health, potential weight loss (watch this space, I'll probably only blog about it if I loose a considerable amount of weight!), Dexter thriving into a wonderful little boy (not that he already isn't!), and our China adventure. 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Goodbye 2014 | Lifestyle

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I know it's a few weeks too late to write a 'goodbye 2014' post however, it's been a little bit hectic for me over the last couple of months. 

2014 saw me come into my own being a mum, and that was extremely hard work. We saw Dexter's first birthday and how amazing and wonderful he has grown. He's grown into such a little man so quickly that none of us could have imagined how he would have developed. He's taking his first couple of steps now, and being extremely vocal without saying words. He loves having a full blown conversation with you and is always full of smiles and hugs. It was interesting to go China and see how children are brought up over there, I'd say difficult more than interesting to be honest. Children at one year old were expressionless, and just toddling around without taking interest in anything. I was constantly being judged every time I did anything with Dexter, and for him to sleep in a cot rather than in a bed with me was just completely unheard of. I'm proud of the mum I've become and how well I'm raising Dexter. 

It's been a terrible year for me health-wise too. After giving birth (I'm not sure if I can call a caesarean 'birth' but what the hey) my health too a down turn. I have ME, and have done since a young age (17) but have learnt to control it and deal with it. This year has been horrid, I had a nasty relapse and have had it pretty hard. Illnesses and infections have hit me at speed and it's taken me over a year to probably clear any of these up. Added to this was the fact I ended up in hospital in August with sciatica, that's bad enough, but then finding out I've had a dislodged pelvis since having Dexter really didn't make me happy. I don't think I've ever been in so much pain in my life actually, that was pretty traumatic! It's taken me several months to get better from that, and overall it will take months of rehabilitation and therapy to build up my muscles again. Amongst all this I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and started receiving CBT therapy for my anxiety and severe depression. It's been a long year and I haven't been able to wait for the end of the year. A couple of months back I found out I was vitamin D deficient too which hasn't helped my ME and certainly hasn't helped my bones and joint pain. Le sigh. I'm starting 2015 with numerous hospital and specialist appointments for other ongoing issues stemming from the rubbish year, so hopefully (fingers crossed) things will look up from there. 

Finally, a couple of weeks ago I lost my grandmother. She'd had a long battle with illness and spent most of her last years in pain and on dialysis. She had a fall at home resulting in a stay in a nursing home as we couldn't provide the care for her anymore. More so my mum wasn't able to care for her, me and looking after Dexter when I was unwell. Unfortunately she had a fall or something (it's still under investigation) in the home which resulted in her having a broken hip. Following a long-term hospital admittance and numerous set backs she decided she wanted to end her life by ending her dialysis. We were lucky that she died the same night without being in pain following the end of her dialysis, she got her wish finally. 

Things have been tough, a lot tougher than I care to let on in this blog post, but looking at Dexter makes me realise that everything will be ok. Here's to 2015 and hopefully this brings us a new journey in our lives. 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Sports Luxe | Fashion

I'm not a massive fan of sports etc, that might be pretty easy to see however, I do really love sports luxe and casual fashion. I'm all for putting on a pair of pumps and leggings when I head out to do errands, shopping etc, but don't normally know how to put them with an actual outfit. I found this comfortable pair of these gold chain fronted sneakers over at H&M and knew I had to have them. 

I've teamed them with a pair of high waisted disco pants I bought from G21 at George, Asda last year. They are by far one of my favourite pairs of leggings, and look super on regardless of shape and size. Plus they are a thicker legging so no knicker mishaps. Whilst browsing Evans I fell in love with the black and white textured skater tunic, I think this looks like chevron print and I love it. The fit is fantastic and the length is ideal for me. I think it just sets off the disco pants nicely. 

The wrap isn't available on the Evans site any more unfortunately, but I think this looks amazing with my black faux fur collar that I picked up from New Look a few years back. I love the simplicity of this outfit, but it's versatile enough to be paired with a pair of heels and a clutch bag for a night out. 

 *This product was paid for with a compensated voucher, opinions are my own.