A Night Out with Femme Luxe*

Wednesday, 22 May 2019


Like most girls I love an excuse to dress up. Whether it's for a meal and drinks with my friends or my boyfriend I love to be able to get myself all glammed up for a night. It's not something I tend to do often (the perks of living the poor life), but I think the rarity of it just makes it even more fun to do. I'm past the clubbing life now, I'm getting old and I'm in a serious relationship, but it doesn't mean I'm not down for cocktails or getting myself all dressed up for an evening, I just prefer to be at home in bed by 12 with my boyf, call me boring if you have to. Anyway, today I thought I'd share with you my two current favourite night out outfits.





Both outfits are from Femme Luxe Finery apart from the skort in the top picture. They always have such a large variety of items whether it's for a night out or a night in and my wardrobe is quickly being taken over by them. I can't stop ordering clothes but hey, can you ever have too many? Okay maybe you might say yes if you saw the state of my room, I have so many clothes I don't even know where to store them all! What do you like to wear on a night out? What's your go to store? Be sure to let me know!

Isabelle
xxx

(Outfits gifted from Femme Luxe)


Dressing Up Bodysuits | Blazer Combo

Friday, 17 May 2019

I have a massive thing for bodysuits. Don't ask me why, don't ask me when, I am just obsessed with them. Yeah they're annoying, every time you have to pee you have to undo it and do it back up again, and that's if it even has poppers, if not you have the struggle of pulling it aside and trying not to get your pee on it. TMI? Well you all know I like to be honest and open so what can I say. They also have some pro's though, I mean you don't have to worry about tucking them in or folding them up or any of that malarky, you just put it on and bam, you're sorted. You can dress them up, dress them down, wear them out and wear them in, just so many uses. Anyway I'm rambling on too much, the point is I love them and I thought I'd share my new favourite combo.. dressing bodysuits up with blazers. How classy.




I've had this Pretty Little Thing bodysuit for forever and it's one of my favourites, it goes with almost anything and is super pretty, I just want it in every colour. I couldn't find the exact one on their website but this I Saw It First bodysuit could basically be the same one. This blazer from Miss Selfridge is new, I got it for my birthday but it's quickly become one of my favourite wardrobe staples. I love finding new ways to combine it into my outfits and new styles I can use with it. Not only do I have a bodysuit obsession but I also have a bit of a blazer obsession too. Talk about an addictive personality.

Isabelle
xx

How To Grow Your Instagram With Hashtags

Thursday, 16 May 2019

One of the questions I get asked the most is "so how do you grow your Instagram?". I get asked this on a daily basis and it's so time consuming having to write it all out to send to each person, I thought making a blog post on my top tips would make my life (and yours) a hell of a lot easier! Let's forget all this follow to unfollow fake love bull, sure I'm not the only one who's tired of receiving way too many unfollowers a day because of what I'd say is the most pointless tactic I've ever seen. I was originally going to put them all in one post but then it started getting super long, so I thought I'd do a different post on each topic. I can then go into more detail without you having to read throughout so much in one go. 

grow your instagram, instagram followers

Today I'm going to be explaining hashtags and this is one best explained through pictures to be honest, down below you will find two examples of me using hashtags badly next to the results of me using hashtags well. As you will be able to see, there's a massive difference. I tend to use hashtags quite well in most posts so it was hard to find examples of me using them poorly, but I did the best I could. I'm not saying they're easy though, they're super tricky and you're not going to get amazing results on every post. 


I start with looking at what hashtags other bloggers in my niche are using, I also try to be very specific to the photo I'm posting. Using pointless hashtags really doesn't get you anywhere, the more specific you are to what's in the photo the better the results. I also try not to use too many big hashtags, I'll use a few super popular ones but your post will normally just get lost very quickly among the sheer amount of photos that will be posted every minute. I then use some medium size ones and some smaller sized ones. If you're ever stuck for what hashtags to use, when you type in one hashtag it will come up with recommended ones so I normally go with them, or as I mentioned earlier I use inspiration from people in the same niche as me. 


It's always best to switch up your hashtag on every post, not only because every post is different but also because if you keep re using the same ones constantly I find it doesn't have the same effect as if you constantly switch it up. There are also plenty of apps which help you find the best hashtags for the topic of your post, if you type Instagram hashtags into the App Store a few good ones come up at the top, they're always worth a try even if it is just for you to get an idea on the kind of ones you should be using! I have done posts on social media and blog tips before which you can find under the category HERE, there's not a massive amount there at the moment but I'm going to be adding a lot more posts like this. Aside from Instagram which I'll be uploading more of, let me know in the comments or on my social media what other tip style posts you'd love to see and you can follow me on Instagram HERE.

Isabelle
xxx



Pixi Beauty Face Mists Collection Review*

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

I have been seeing Pixi Beauty everywhere lately and after following them on Instagram I fell completely in love, so you can imagine my excitement when they offered to send me some of their products. For my first Pixi review I thought I'd start with these gorgeous mists, when I opened them I did a little (okay a massive) happy dance! I'm pretty new to face mists and if you've been following me for a while you will know that I'm a nightmare when it comes to skincare and having a routine. The 4 mists Pixi released cover pretty much everything from setting your makeup, to hydrating your skin, to giving you a glow and to helping your skin look happier and more awake, so here is what I thought of them!



Makeup Fixing Mist

This is hands down my favourite one, I use it religiously. It's infused with rose water and green tea and smells absolutely gorgeous. I know some people aren't a fan of rose water scents but personally I absolutely adore the smell and think this product works perfectly. I use it every day to set my makeup and it's been a complete life saver at prolonging my foundation wear, especially in the hot weather!

Glow Mist

This one is perfect for Summer and anyone who loves a nice dewy look to their makeup. Personally I'm not a massive fan of dewy skin but on days I quite fancy it I love using this and it's a must have if that's your thing.
Vitamin Wakeup Mist

I've always suffered from quite tired and dead looking skin so you can only imagine how much I appreciate this one, it instantly brightens up my skin and helps it look alive. I love to use this both in the morning to make me feel more awake and to make my skin feel less.. eugh, and before my makeup just to add a little extra something.

Hydrating Milky Mist

This is the one I reach for least but I still do love it, if you ever need a burst of hydration this mist has your name written all over it. It really moisturises your skin and leaves it feeling so lovely and soft. 



There's nothing really to complain about when it comes to these, they all do as they say they do and can we just at how cute the packaging for them all are?! They look AMAZING sitting on my dressing table and the makeup fixing mist has secured itself a place in my everyday makeup bag. Have you tried makeup mists, or even better yet Pixi mists? Be sure to let me know down in the comments and if anyone has any Pixi products to recommend I'd love to hear them! Make sure to go follow me on bloglovin HERE, I've received various Pixi PR packages as of late and will deffo be sharing some more of their products soon.

Isabelle
xxx


*This post contains PR samples but all opinions are my own.



Blackpool Day Trip

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Last year I went on a family holiday to The Lake District. After a long drive we arrived in what quickly become one of my favorite places maybe ever. I'm not going to go on about that too much in this post as I'm doing a separate post of my photographs from up there, but during our trip up North we made a day trip to Blackpool too, it was only about an hour and a half from The Lake District and in the warmth was a really nice trip out. 




We went up to the Blackpool Tower, it had AMAZING views and was just breath taking, but my fear of heights had to be a bit annoying. The glass floor up there was so cool but it took me about 15 minutes to even put one foot on there, kids were doing better than I was! I was a bit of a laughing stock but really, can you blame me?

I also managed to drag my Mum to Blackpool Dungeons. I've been to the London Dungeons before when I was little and loved it, so I had to try the one up there too while we were in Blackpool. It was a great experience, had so many funny moments and even freaked me out a little! One part we had to all sit in these seats in the pitch black with sounds and etc, it didn't really scare me like that but then all of a sudden the back of our seats dropped and I literally almost wet myself. I grabbed the hand of the woman next to me by accident with a proper grip, luckily she found it hilarious! Talk about embarrassing though.




Overall I really loved the day trip out, it was a last minute thing but I'd always wanted to visit Blackpool so it was nice to finally do that. There was so much to do and the Weather was definitely on our side. I'd love to go again some time, I just live so far away so it's not exactly easy. What are your favourite places to visit? I'll be uploading my post from the actual Lake District itself soon, I just have so much to put in it because I really loved it up there. 

Isabelle
xxx

What Does Love Mean to You?

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Everyone has different versions of what love should be or what kind of love they want in their lives. Some settle for less, some aim for more, we all have different ways we want to feel loved and different ways we like to express our love. This post is going to be about what love means to me, it's a different kind of post to what I normally do but I feel like I've got too comfortable in my comfort zone and I need to branch out, so here it is.


Love is something you feel in every part of you, it's knowing that no matter what happens you have someone you know you can always count on. It motivates you, inspires you, makes you want to do or be better. It's being able to call that person at stupid times if you're in desperate need and knowing they will be there for you, knowing that they won't judge you and will accept you no matter what. It's having a hand to hold when life gets hard and knowing they won't let you go. Love isn't easy, it's not all gooey romantic comedy stuff. Love is arguments and tears, but it's also sticking together no matter what gets thrown at you. It's making it work regardless of the trials and tribulations. It's communication. Being able to talk to that person about anything and everything without being scared of what they'll say and without fear of being judged. It's them taking your thoughts and feelings into account because they think of you as one and not as separate. It's about feeling secure in that person rather than constantly worrying about what they're doing or where they're going. It's feeling so comfortable with that person that you can do the weirdest things but they won't think any differently of you. Love is being able to see that person happily and comfortably in your future, it's when everything you want or think about doing one day also involves that person too. Love isn't being selfish, it's sometimes having to do things you wouldn't normally do for that person, it's sacrifices, it's selfless and it's the best feeling in the world.

I was slightly worried about this post because I didn't want to seem super soppy, plus the last time I mentioned relationships on this blog it was a post about being single, and now I've been with my boyfriend for 7 months (the boy deserves a medal if I'm completely honest). I went so long without posting on here and I'm quite disappointed in myself for that, but I'm back with a new style and plenty of ideas. If you enjoyed this post I'd love to know what love means to you! Any tweets or messages with what it means to you would be so nice, even a blog response if people still do those nowadays! I'd love to hear more opinions so be sure to let me know.

Isabelle
xxx

Some Missguided Lovin

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Like most other girls I can't help but love Missguided. Their Bluewater store isn't massively far from me and I love going there and seeing what they have in store. On a recent trip to Bluewater I thought I'd pop in and have a nose and was not disappointed with the range of styles they have in there for Summer. I took as many clothes into the changing rooms as I could physically carry and tried on a few outfits, and today I thought I'd show you my favourite. 




I am OBSESSING over this teal bodysuit, if you follow me on social media you will know I'm a massive fan of bodysuits, but not only that, I think the colour of this is just gorgeous. It goes so well with this white skort which is so convenient, I prefer skorts to skirts and shorts nowadays just because I feel so much more comfortable in them. Do you love Missguided? Where's your favourite place to shop? Be sure to let me know!



Isabelle
xxx