A'PIEU SOO BOO JI // THE KOREAN LINE FOR COMBINATION SKIN.

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I won't pretend that the clean, minimalist packaging of A'pieu's Soo Boo Ji line didn't draw me in, but I was also pretty interested by a Korean range specially formulated for combination skin.

There are a few skincare items to the line and a couple of foundations, but the SPF 50 lotion (that claims to be both non-whitening and non-greasy) and SPF 50 cushion were what I was most interested to try.

A GARDEN OF ROSES, MOTTISFONT.

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Although Great Dixter comes a close second, I've visited no more magical a garden than the rose gardens at Mottisfont.

Among the deep, herbaceous borders filled with perennials, there are thousands of roses in the stunning walled garden.

And what with my gorgeous floral dress and actually bothering to curl my hair, I feel like as dainty as Julia of GMG!

I thought it only appropriate to grace this beautiful haven, with an equally beautiful (but inexpensive!) dress - I'll see you after the jumpbreak :)


THE RUFFLED MAXI SKIRT I'M GOING TO BE WEARING ALL SUMMER.

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Today's post is in honour of the item in your wardrobe that you:

1) initially like the look of but then overlook instore,
2) lurks in the back of your mind as the regret of not purchasing creeps in,
3) is out of stock in your size when you finally go back days later to buy,
4) is available in your size in a different store yay!
5) becomes one of your favourite items of clothing.

I'll meet you after the jumpbreak for more ;)


FATHER'S DAY.

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It's a bit of a bumper post today, so buckle up and bring snacks!

I've shopping to share, a quiet little spot for drinks, a new restaurant find, and of course for next week, my Father's Day Gift Guide.

I'll meet you after the jumpbreak :)


SUMMER READY, BARELY THERE BASES.

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I go through foundation phases.

It's my favourite aspect of makeup to try, and I'm always intrigued when a favourite brand launches a new one.

Sometimes I prefer a powder foundation, occasionally I'll even opt for a matte, fuller coverage liquid, but most of the time, I always reach for something that feels and looks light on the skin, that evens out my skin tone a little but looks effortless and natural.

As we're into June now, today I'm sharing some of the summer ready, skin perfecting, barely there bases that float my boat. See you after the jumpbreak friends!

PASTEL BLUES + PASTEL HUES.

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From a girl who used to wear exclusively black, a pastel blue top and heaven forbid white trousers seem like a big departure from those distinctly dark days!

I think I'm in a process of really honing in on my personal style, after consecutive phases of a) wearing all-black, b) worrying about my weight gain and what I can 'no longer wear', c) eschewing style altogether in favour of comfortable clothing and d) being sucked into fashion/Instagram/blogger trends that aren't actually very 'me'.

It's quite fun documenting the process here on BTB too. I recently started a new style series of 5 of my current favourite items in my wardrobe, and I'm absolutely adding this perfectly floaty, broderie top into the mix in retrospect - I've been wearing it incessantly lately!

I stumbled across it online and it's just as pretty in person - the perfect shade of pastel, cornflower blue. It's over 40% off at the moment too!

THE PERFECT DENIM JACKET, TWO WAYS.

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Whilst we've had some gloriously hot days in the UK lately, there's always the need for a coverup of some sort when the weather is this changeable.

I haven't worn a denim jacket since childhood. I think I had one with little embroidered patches all over the back, that possibly came with a matching set of dungarees or a little denim pinafore, back in the days when mum would dress me in United Colors of Benetton and Gap Kids.

Funny how things often come full circle isn't it?

Although I'm not going to burn your retinas today with the colourful striped tights and double denim of my youth, I am going to rave about the perfect denim jacket I recently picked up (30% off!), and show you two very different ways to wear it. I'll see you after the jump break!



Although I haven't worn a denim jacket for what, more than 20 years??, slipping this one on, it felt like I was never without. There are denim jackets and there are denim jackets. And this one ticks every box. Sturdy and stiff but with just enough give especially in the arms, a good length and classic cut, and the perfect shade of blue to compliment any outfit.








D E N I M   +   D R E S S

Outfit details:

The perfect denim jacket, Blush satin dress (similar), Floral silk scarf, Blush tote, Nude block heels (UK | US)

I think this satin dress and diddy block heel ensemble would look too formal for my liking without the hardiness of some denim to make it feel a whole lot more relaxed, especially with the rolled up sleeves and a giant I-can-fit-all-my-shopping-in-here tote. The silky swishiness of the skirt felt delightful though, on the cloudy but deceivingly warm day we shot these photos.



In all honesty, the dress was just the tiniest smidge tight across the boob area so I threw on this beautiful silk scarf and called it a day. I actually think I prefer it with!




As for shoes, I've gone matchy matchy with these nude block heels. They're comfortable and stylish with their little square toe. I did a bit of a double-blush-pink-action with them in this wellbeing/OOTD post too and I love them!





D E N I M   +   B R E T O N (duh)

Outfit details:

The perfect denim jacket, Breton teeBlack skinny jeansFloral silk scarfBlush tote, Tan espadrilles

This second outfit is everything that my classic-style-self loves.

Breton. I chose my favourite of the 17 or so in my collection. Which now comes in a lighter weight weave for summer, hurrah!

Jeans. I was going to wear white jeans but then opted for my well loved pair of washed black, ankle hugging skinnies. My reliable favourites.



I kept the bag and the scarf, partly because we were about to go shopping and I wanted to be ready for action, and put on my new favourite red lip (shade 999), because what's not to love about red lipstick and stripes? I'm sure I could have done something with a little more finesse re. the scarf but I quite like it fluttering about in the breeze.






I gave these tan espadrilles a quick run for a touch of summer spirit. They're going to be the perfect holiday shoe.


So what's your favourite look? Dress or jeans? And I'd love to hear your favourite way to wear a denim jacket!


xx


5 FAVOURITE ITEMS IN MY WARDROBE RIGHT NOW #1

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I wanted to start a new style series here on BTB, partly because a) I've been really enjoying doing more fashion orientated posts more recently and b) the recurring structure of a series keeps me motivated as a writer.

The title has potential for change but the premise is that I just want to share five star items that I'm currently loving from my wardrobe right now, it's as simple as that!

I'll see you after the jump break for l'édition numéro un!

WISTERIA HYSTERIA, GREY'S COURT.

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Visiting National Trust gardens (or ones to that effect) is one of F and I's favourite pastimes, and I had a couple of scenes I wanted to tick off my list this year.

Grey's Court, Oxfordshire, is a gorgeous little country house, set amongst rolling hills, with pretty walled gardens, and is thankfully really close to us! I've been several times before but I really wanted to visit this year when a) the cherry blossom and b) the 130+ year old wisteria were in full bloom.

HOW TO GET A LIVED-IN SUMMER GLOW, SANS MAKEUP.

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I've seen countless articles and tutorials on acquiring that ever coveted glowy skin look, but nigh on all achieve it with the hefty use of highlighter, bronzer and luminisers - completely fair game but I'd ideally like my skin to emit it's own glow without the use of makeup.

And I often get questions on how I go about it, so today, I want to share exactly that!

How to achieve a lived in, natural, subtle summer glow, for face and body, without an item of makeup in sight.

Meet me after the jump break and I'll share all my secrets ;)

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