Pumpkin picking | Photo diary '22

27 October 2022

'Tis the season to pumpkin pick. Here is a collated photo selection of this year's trip out to the fields and our first time visiting Frogs Farm, but we'll definitely be back next year. Find them on Instagram @frogsfarm. 
I feel like this starts off the autumnal festivities perfectly. I love the colours in these photos, a great autumnal palette. 

A caotic photo shoot. 

The perfect one.

A rogue sunflower amongst the pumpkins.

I wish there was a video of me getting up the mountain of hay bales! It was quite the task.

Very windswept.

Jumper- H&M
Jeans- Zara
Trainers- Reebok
Bag- Uniqlo

Bethan xx

My top 12 timeless Autumn wardrobe staples

19 October 2022

Any excuse to browse clothes online and I am here for it. I wanted to curate a selection of timeless Autumnal pieces that could be worn year after year, not just throw away trend items. A lot of these can be worn together or you may even have them in your wardrobe already. I'm liking a more neutral colour palette at the moment as it's more versatile so my top twelve picks from the high street follow this theme, with additions of smarter options as well as casual pieces too. 

Dark beige faux shearling lined slip ons- Monki (these might be the best birkinstock dupes!)

Ribbed grey knit jumper- H&M

Cream corduroy trousers- H&M

Black mini skirt with split- Bershka

Beige single breasted blazer- H&M

Wide leg jeans- H&M

Cream and black striped knit- Zara

Beige long sleeve top- H&M (available in other colours)

White shirt- H&M

Black knitted jumper- H&M

Cream slogan sweatshirt- Topshop via Asos

Cream knit cardigan- H&M

What's your favourite? 

Bethan xx

Stealing Harry Styles' style | Autumn edition

15 October 2022

I don't think any introduction will do Harry justice, but his style is pretty iconic to say the least. From the old Jack Wills days to now Gucci and Gazelles. His fashion has become an important part of his image and there are so many outfits I could have chosen from to find links to but I narrowed it down to three of my favourites. If you've ever wanted to channel Harry vibes but don't know how, you're in the right place. 

Corduroy! I personally love cord jeans and they are probably a staple in Harry's wardrobe too. The colour palette of browns, neutrals and turquoise are quite the epitome of Autumn so perfect for this time of year. 

Cream cord jeans- Asos

Brown cord flared jeans- Topshop via Asos

Cordurory wide leg trousers- H&M

Long sleeve striped t-shirt in stone- Asos

Long sleeve t-tshirt in pink and brown stripe- Asos

Oversized tee in brown stripe- New Look via Asos

I chose to recreate the basis of this outfit, cord trousers and a striped top. I would go for cream trousers as I think you can pair them with more of a variety of tops. Harry has gone for a neutral striped t-shirt so I chose a variety of similar long sleeve tops in those colours. Pair with a pearl necklace and a light jacket to complete the look. 

Okay so I know this is not a great representation of the outfit (hello James Corden) but I wanted to pick outfits that are easy to recreate online or use things that you might have in your wardrobe already. I love a cream knit, a key piece to a timeless Autumn wardrobe and Harry is wearing one here with a Navy long coat, which I'm now very much scarrowing the markets for. 

Cable knit polo neck jumper- H&M

Chunky jumper with open collar in cream- Asos

Wrap coat in Navy- River Island via Asos

Oversized longlined wool mix overcoat in Navy- Asos Men's section

Carrying on with the Autumnal colour theme, this outfit fits so well underneath the smart casual category. This photo is from 2019 but I have seen these wide leg trousers everywhere recently and I've been after a pair for a while so a great opportunity for me to browse the high street online. The outfit as a whole is quite simple but he has brought in the check patterned jacket as a statement piece but it's not too over the top and definitely wearable. 

Pair with a white t-shirt and white trainers. 

Which one is your favourite?

Bethan xx

The soundtrack to my Autumn 2022

11 October 2022

Heavily influenced by listening to Radio 1 every day. 

Bethan xx

A simple but effective skincare routine with The Ordinary

7 October 2022

The world of skincare has always seemed too big for me to fathom, so for the most part of my life, since I was about 10, I have used a miceller water and a light moisturiser. It did the trick until I started wearing more makeup earlier this year and I then wanted a few more products to make my skin feel cleaner. 

I have always been lucky with my skin; I have never had loads of bad spots, definitely the occasional few though and more around my period. I used to struggle with major oiliness around my 't-zone' and my skin is textured around those areas, all completely normal. 

However, through wearing makeup; I became so conscious of how my natural skin looked and I wouldn't be keen on the idea of leaving the house without at least something on. I love makeup because it's fun, a way for me to be creative but I never wanted it to become something I wore because I felt like I had to. 

This made me want to focus on nurturing my skin, to result in me feeling more confident if I wanted to go out without makeup on, or just so it felt nicer to apply makeup on skin that was well cleaned and hydrated. 

There are SO many skincare brands out there that you could get lost in the skincare abyss, but one that I had heard so much about was 'The Ordinary'. The simple, monochromatic packaging has always appealed to me but I loved how it involved a clinical side of it, so you kind of knew what ingredients were going onto your face and which ones worked best for what type of skin. 

I have used one of the acids before but on and off, not vigilantly and it cleared up my skin every time so it was a no brainer for what I wanted. For my birthday, I asked for 'The Daily Set', which includes the 'squalene cleanser', 'natural moisturiser' and 'hyaluronic acid', perfect for daily use in the morning and evening, as well as the 'niacinamide + zinc' that I have used before.

I thought I would go through each product and share my routine and how it's helped change my skin completely. 

Step 1: Taking off my makeup

I actually still use the 'Garnier miceller water' with cotton pads to take off the majority of my makeup because I am a creature of habit and it feels fancy to do a double cleanse. 

Step 2: (Skin prep) Massage a pea sized amount of 'Squalene cleanser' onto face and wash off with warm water. 

More about the product- 'Squalane Cleanser is formulated to clean skin by removing makeup and dirt. Its skin-cleansing properties harness plant-derived squalane, a well-studied moisturizing agent, alongside lipophilic esters that will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft while dissolving makeup.'

This step is so therapeutic. I always wanted to make skincare a vital part of my day and since doing it, I have found it makes me feel so much better even in myself to know that I spent time on my skin in the morning, instead of slapping on a bit of moisturiser and not even taking time over massaging it in. 
The act of rubbing the cleanser into your face to make it oil based (it starts off as a cream formula) is actually quite grounding and it feels like you're putting effort into your skin. The more you massage, the more clean your skin feels as you get into every pore. Once the oil has either removed makeup or cleaned out any excess dirt, I wash off with warm water and a flannel or splash the face and make the bathroom a wet room.

Step 3: A drop of the 'Niacinamide + zinc' serum for a more even complextion. 

More about the product- 'Our Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% formula is a water-based serum that boosts skin brightness, improves skin smoothness and reinforces the skin barrier over time.'

They state that this product shouldn't be used to treat acne and I'm lucky enough to have not experienced it, but this product if used day and night or just every night, has cleared up the spots that I have had either over night or a lot quicker when consistently using this. I haven't been using it yet for 8 weeks but it does say you should achieve smoother skin within that time which I definitely believe. I've never used a serum before but they feel so nice to apply and you only need a tiny drop so the product lasts for a long time. 

Step 4: A drop of the 'Hyaluronic acid' for an extra layer of hydration. 

More about the product- 'Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a water-based formula combining low-, medium- and high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid molecules and a next-generation HA crosspolymer to support hydration to multiple layers of your skin. Plus, it uses pro-vitamin B5 to enhance hydration at the outer layers, resulting in smoother, plumper skin.' 

The word 'plump' has ick potential but I couldn't think of a better word to describe how it makes my skin feel. I started seeing results within a week of using it, I tend to only apply in the morning before my moisuriser and my makeup applies so much nicer than it ever did before. My face feels a lot more awake and alive after applying and smooth in the areas that I was targeting. 

Step 5: Seal with 'Natural moisturising factors'

More about the product- 'Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA is a moisturizer that works with your skin to support its natural hydration barrier. By using a collection of ingredients that appear naturally in your skin, this cream keeps the outer layer of your skin protected and well-hydrated, without feeling greasy.'

This moisturiser is exactly what I was after, something that wasn't too heavy and didn't make my skin oily. It really does feel like I am sealing in the few products I applied before for them to work their magic. 

For me, this skincare regieme feels like the perfect place to start; with not too many products or steps and I know that each product works with my skin type. I have noticed a huge change in my overall skin tone, and I have far less aggressive spots and small ones disappear quickly. I would definitely recommend if you're looking to try new skincare products that aren't too expensive. 

Bethan xx

Styling the famous Uniqlo shoulder bag

3 October 2022

Autumn is officially here and so is the fashion. It seems like I blinked and the weather dropped about 15 degrees, has Winter come early?

I say every year that I'm not looking forward to Autumn and Winter but when they come around, I secretly love it. I'm writing this on the day that Strictly starts and that is when you know the seasons are changing, the lead up to Christmas is here and it's basically the new year.

But before I get way too ahead of myself, I couple of weeks ago I saw that the Uniqlo Mini Shoulder Bags were back in stock and I added them to my basket, both the neutral and black, almost too quickly for me to breathe. No exaggeration, I honestly thought they would sell out in minutes like they have done before but there was no need for me to be quite so dramatic. 

I'm definitely a shoulder bag person, I like wearing a bag and having my hands free so these tick so many boxes. With a simple design, they go with everything from a hoodie and coat look for those colder days to a blazer. They are so spacious and fit in so much more than I thought they would, perfectly practical and you have all your belongings so close to you with the adjustable cross-body style. 

Here is one way I would style the neutral mini shoulder bag, with a neutral casual outfit to match.

Bethan xx

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