How I’m Preparing For Summer 2018

Summer is looming and it will creep up on us before we even realise it’s here. It feels like we’ve been waiting for years in the UK as the weather has been dreadful. Snowstorms in March? No thank you. Bring the sun, please. I miss the days where I could walk home at 6pm and actually see where I’m going, or actually wanting to take a brisk stroll in the sunshine. Summer just makes me smile a little wider and walk a little more confidently.

Every year there are certain preparations that take place so I know I’m ready for whatever summer may throw at me. Summer is the time for spontaneous plans so I like to make sure I’m ready. Fruity ciders in beer gardens and outdoor gigs are aplenty. From dresses to skincare, I’m going to talk you through everything I do to get ready for the warmer weather.

Loving this dress from @asos, makes me feel so beautiful ❤️ #asosdress #asos #asosloves #fashiongirl #asosloves #sunnyspain #spanishgirl

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Trends change as seasons go by, which ultimately means we end up buying new clothes every year. A total nightmare for the bank balance but we secretly love it. Every year I try to invest in some key pieces like a good pair of denim shorts, sandals, sunglasses and skirts. I usually just head to Primark, New Look and Matalan for my tops because I hate spending a bomb on such little material. I absolutely adore summer dresses too, they’re fun and easy to throw on and make a full outfit. Bright colours, bold prints and floaty skirts are my go-to. I tend to use Latest Deals, a website where you can browse some amazing deals and includes Topshop, Matalan, New Look, Oasis and more. I’ve been finding some amazing bargains on there so it’s worth a little peep for your holiday box. In particular, I love this Pink number from Miss Selfridge reduced to £5. I mean, what?! This Lace Up Topshop dress too. I really want it!

Sun damage is a huge reason why our skin ages and gets damaged, finding an sunscreen that will protect your face but also sit well with makeup is mega important for me. In previous years I always thought that the SPF in my makeup would do, but after watching this video by Wayne Goss, (my favourite YouTuber and makeup guru) it’s made me realise I should really buy a facial SPF that will actually protect my skin. The sun catches you even when you think it isn’t. Check out his video on his favourite sunscreens, I’ll be purchasing one of those for sure!

A new lip colour is always on the agenda for summer. I love my bright pinks, reds and oranges for the summer paired with a simple cat eye or a pair of sunglasses. They make any outfit pop and I love being able to experiment with colour in such an easy and versatile way.

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Changing my hair colour is a big deal for the summer, I have balayage so I like to go even blonder and brighter in the summer. I still haven’t got to my perfect shade of blonde yet so let’s hope I manage to hit that this year. Embarking on a new hair journey can make you feel much more confident, may it be adding a few more layers or completely re-doing the colour.

More beauty prep, I know. But ensuring you have a colourful pedicure is vital. Personally, I find it easy just to get shellac or gel polish on my toes and forget about it for a few weeks. Toe colours take FOREVER to grow out, seriously. So just treat yo self and get gels. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone on a night out and forgot to paint my toes so at the last minute done a dire job and smudged the lot, forcing my foot into my shoe as I’m leaving the house. I usually opt for a red or pink on my toes!

All about that summer glow ☀️ #byterry #teatotan #summerglow #glowing #malaga @dowalwalkerpr @byterryofficial

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Tan. Oh fake tan, how I love to hate you. A comprehensive review of my favourites will be coming up soon because I could talk about them forever, and I really want to do a bloody good review for you all. AKA before and afters, a week check up – the lot. Might take me a while but I’ll get there. Summer is just more effort, fact. Shaving, exfoliating, moisturising and tanning can easily be forgotten about in the winter because who even sees your legs under thick thermal tights?! I do feel better with a banging tan though. All worth it.

Lastly, I make a summer bucket list of everywhere I want to go. This year I hope to go away on holiday, even though I don’t have one planned yet – I bet it will be a last minute job! There’s also plenty of places in the UK I’d love to go to and I have a beautiful beach right at my doorstep, I plan to utilise it more as I’ve neglected it the past few years! I find when I write down everything I want to do, I’m more likely to do it. I always have all of these amazing summer plans and I just end up forgetting about half of the things I want to do and never do them!

This summer is about making memories, enjoying myself and exploring. I vow not to worry about being ‘beach body ready’ and just focus on being happy.

 

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Summer Scents with The Body Shop

Although the weather might not reflect it, summer is upon us. My beauty routine is definitely reflecting that! My skin is dewy, my lips are bright and my highlight is glowing. I like every part of my beauty routine to reflect the season I’m in and this year I’ve been looking after my body using these two beautiful gift sets from The Body Shop.

Both the Piñita Colada Gift Set (Piñita Colada Shower Gel 250ml, Piñita Colada Body Butter 50ml_
and Virgin Mojito Treats (Virgin Mojito Shower Gel 60ml, Virgin Mojito Body Scrub 50ml, Virgin Mojito Body Butter 50ml) gift sets are perfect for gifts for a birthday or simply treat yourself two. With two refreshing scents, they’re perfect for waking your senses in your morning shower! Not only do they remind me of being on a beach in Spain, they also are super fresh and full of scent – so I smell so good after I’ve used them!

I give the Piñita Colada body butter to my Mum to take on holiday with her as it was the perfect size to travel with. She really loved it! The Body Shop’s body butters are a staple product. If you don’t know how good they are by now, where have you been?!

Make your summer a little fruitier and indulge in some great products. Let’s take our mind off this awful weather, yeah?

 




Summer Stylings with Intu Metrocentre


Ah, Summer, it’s a ritual, isn’t it? Buying new clothes and having a sneaky little splurge in the shops. Living in the North East, we get about a week of sun so I don’t tend to splurge THAT much on Summer clothes but this year is different. It’s been gorgeous weather for two weeks now so it’s time for a little wardrobe refresh as my clothes from last year have been thrown away.

Being young, at 21, my style changes every year, evolving into different tastes and as my body changes, my wardrobe needs to also. I’ve put on weight, my hips are wider… All things that are constantly changing and I need my wardrobe to reflect that.

I was delighted when Intu Metrocentre invited me along to their VIP Fashion Show to see the newest additions to the SS17 collection on the high street. There were many brands taking part in the fashion show, including Primark, Topshop, Coast, Kath Kitson and more. I usually shop at Topshop, Asos, Mango, Zara and Miss Selfridge. My style completely depends on my mood. Growing up, I was pretty grunge and that element of my style has always stayed with me. I also have a girly aspect to my style, and I love to wear pink, frills and classic clothes. My style icons are Lily Collins, Freddy My Love and Marina and the Diamonds.

The event made me ready to hop on a plane and jet away to the Bahamas. Cocktails, burritos, flamingos and even a paddling pool filled with Show Beauty goodies. After sipping on a cocktail and chatting away to my friends, the show began. The clothes were wonderful. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites…

 

So there we have it! Summer 2017, what’s your favourite style? That yellow Karren Millen dress is my favourite, with a tan it will look killer. Now… I need to go shopping.

Intu Metrocentre is in Gateshead, you can visit their current offers on their website. I love that they have so many discount codes on their website, and usually a few great competitions too.