Monday, 20 October 2014

The Nail Files: One Track Mind



When it comes to nails, navy is the new black. I think there's something so chic about glossy, deep navy nails and 'One Track Mind' from China Glaze is just the right shade of blue. Not so dark that it loses it's navy-ness, but dark enough for that autumnal sultry sophistication. This is the first China Glaze polish I've ever tried, from the wide selection at nailpolish.co.uk, and on first application I found it a little thin and hard to get a solid, opaque finish. But after a good shake and a little bit of getting used to working with the consistency, you can get a nice full coverage in two coats.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

IKEA 'INGO' Table Makeover



You know you're a proper adult when your idea of a fun day out is a trip to IKEA - complete with Swedish meatballs and a bag of mini Dime bars of course. But as much as I love walking through their stunning show rooms - in reality, some of their furniture is majorly lacking in character. 

On a mission for a cheap dining table to fit in the bay window, I came home with 'INGO' - a simple pine table but with absolutely nothing special about it whatsoever. I bought it with the intention of doing something to it, but wasn't sure exactly what, until we went out for dinner at the Al Campo Lounge on London Road. Their upcycled tables had their legs painted in different colours, with rustic looking pine tabletops, and so became my inspiration. 




As the table is made from untreated wood, it didn't require any sanding so I could get stuck straight in. All I did was stain the table top with some wood dye (in the shade 'Georgian') and then paint the legs with a tester pot of 'Antique Cream' emulsion. Once the top was dry, I went over the stained wood with some clear beeswax to give it a gloss finish. And voila! Doesn't it look fab?! I think it looks so expensive and wouldn't look out of place in a Habitat showroom with a £100+ price tag. 

I was planning on giving the table a shabby chic finish by roughing it up a bit and hammering in some old nails, but I decided not to just yet. I really like the simplicity of it, the rich, shiny top mismatched with the cream, matt legs. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

What I Wore: The Autumn Parka



Parka - George at ASDA | Scarf - Miss Selfridge | Jumper - Zara | Jeans, Bag & Shoes - Oasis (old)

I love autumn- weekend walks among the autumn leaves, cosy candlelit Sundays spent under a blanket, hot chocolate, apple crumble, pumpkins and fireworks - but my favourite thing about the weather turning colder, is wrapping up in cosy autumn layers. So when better to start attempting some style posts on Everything's Rosie?!

This Sunday, I took my new favourite off-duty outfit for a crisp walk along the Pier, for a Moo Moo's milkshake and about ten (failed) attempts to win a Hello Kitty in the arcade. 

Would you believe my sexy new parka is from Asda?! After the heart-breaking disappointment of the ASOS parka I fell in love with being out of stock by the time pay day arrived, I'd given up hope on finding one I liked as much, until I spied this one when buying a sushi selection on my lunch break. Needless to say it went in my basket immediately. It's not lined, so is the perfect weight to wear now- until it's cold enough to get the fur out! 

I'm also utterly obsessed with checks - I managed to come home with three tartan items after my last shopping trip! I think it's safe to say that tartan will be my go to print this season. I'm so in love with this scarf from Miss Selfridge, it's so soft! 

This is my first outfit post in a loooooong time, so please be nice! I know I'm not much of a model - these were the best of a bad, bad bunch! However, I need some way of justifying my uncontrollable spending, so I'm afraid you'll be seeing more of my terrible posing! 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Going Bronde for Autumn at Shine



It feels like only yesterday that I was getting a summery blonde balayage, but to my surprise five months have actually passed! So I booked myself into Shine Hair & Beauty, a tranquil salon tucked away in Brighton’s lanes, to update my beachy boho dip-dye into a rich, autumnal 'bronde' - neither dark blonde nor light brown, but a beautiful blend of rich, golden, honey tones on a medium blonde to dark base.  

The Shine salon itself is a gorgeous space with a laid back atmosphere. The interior fuses a rustic feel with urban features: exposed hanging light bulbs, lavender plants, leather chairs and dressing tables made from timber and scaffolding. Beautiful. As if the salon's atmosphere wasn't enough to chill me out, I was treated to a complimentary aromatherapy head and shoulder massage with a relaxing Aveda sandalwood oil, and a pot of decent coffee. 

During my colour consultation, my colourist David advised me not to jump full in to the bronde trend just because it’s in fashion, suggesting the look I wanted would be best suited to natural brunettes or girls with a darker skin tone. Instead, we worked together to pick out colours that would reflect the trend whilst suiting my natural colouring. Initially, I was a little disappointed – but it’s the sign of a great hairdresser when they can use their professional knowledge to ensure that their client ends up looking their best. 

The results are quite subtle, but have added a much richer, autumnal tone to my hair with an on-trend nod to bronde. The look was achieved by using L’Oreal Colour ID highlights and lowlights, followed by a golden brown toner to add depth and a glossy finish. I was then treated to a deep repair treatment, and relaxed for half an hour in the salon’s massage chairs -  heaven! 

What do you think? Are you going to embrace a warmer hair colour for the colder months?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Shiny new things from Green People


Green People hosted their first ever bloggers event at KOBA in Brighton, to talk about their new beauty launches and celebrate their organic skincare hero products. After a warm welcome and a cold glass of wine, the lovely Green People girls, Amy and Poppy, told us about the organic, natural and cruelty-free ethos behind their brand. Green People was born seventeen years ago out of a homemade remedy that founder, Charlotte, made to help soothe her daughter’s eczema and skin allergies. The daughter, Sandra, popped for a cocktail later in the evening, and wow, her skin is flawless. If that’s what you get for a lifetime of using Green People skincare, then I’m sold! 

I’d heard loads about Green People’s lovely organic skincare before, but wasn’t aware they had a cosmetics range too! They’ve just launched a few new beauty bits, which are just lovely.

Every respectable beauty brand has released some kind of lip pencil by now, and Green People prove to be ethical and on trend with their brand new lip crayons. The silky formula glides on luxuriously, and although there are only three colour options at the moment, they are beautiful – a capsule autumn lip colour palette! There’s a natural brown one, a deep berry red, and a pretty nudie shimmer (my favourite of the three). These haven’t even been released yet, but they’re lovely enough to rival Nars – so keep an eye out on the Green People website and social media to snap one up when they launch. I know I will!


The illuminating eyeshadow duo features two pearly shades, a dazzling creamy white and a slightly darker pinky toned taupe, housed in a little recycled black compact complete with mirror. The shades are quite light for me as an all over eyeshadow, I favour darker smokey eye make up at all times, but I’ve been using mine to highlight my browbone and illuminate the inner corners of my eyes on those days where I could’ve done with a few extra zzz’s.

Next up is a lip primer, made from Carnauba and Beeswax to create a nourished, smooth base to anchor lip colour in place. I’m not a massive lippie wearer in all honesty, mainly because it seems to vanish within minutes of me leaving the house (and I hate Lipcote!) So a silky primer to use under my lipstick seemed the perfect solution! This weekend, I wore red lipstick for the first time in forever, and the colour stayed put throughout a long country walk and a big mug of tea! The primer feels lovely on the lips, and could easily be used alone as a super-hydrating, matte finish balm too.



Finally, these are the new Christmas gift sets – a body wash and body lotion wrapped up in the cutest packaging ever! I love the illustrated autumn trees and think they should be featured on all Green People packaging! Too adorable. Anyway, the scents aren’t traditionally Christmassy, but I like that, as you’re often sick of gingerbread and spiced apple by the time New Year rolls around. The red tree is the more festive of the two, with a Red Mandarin and Ho Wood scent which is slightly reminiscent of a Chris cringle orange, while the green tree smells of Lemongrass and Ginger, which is a lovely, fresh scent that suits any time of year.

Are you an organic beauty fan? Which of these new releases takes your fancy?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Healthy Eats: Cinnamon & Raisin Quinoa Bites

 

Say hello to my new favourite post-workout snack. Quick, easy, tasty and full of protein, they’re great for chucking in my bag and nibbling on on my way to work. I’ve been a quinoa convert for quite a while, but only ever used it for savoury dishes. But now I can get my high protein hit and slow release energy AND satisfy my sweet tooth! Next time  I’m going to experiment with different flavours;  banana, grated apple, dried cranberries and maybe even dark chocolate chips when I’m feeling naughty!

What are your favourite healthy treats? 
 
 

60g (uncooked) quinoa
90g oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Raisins 
2 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions, then mix the oats, sugar, cinnamon and quinoa in a bowl. 

Beat the eggs with the honey and vanilla essence in a separate bowl. Then combine the two mixtures together. 
 
Spread the mixture evenly in a greased baking tray (I used butter flavour Frylight to grease the tin) and bake for 15-20 minutes at 220.  


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Boux Avenue

A few weeks ago, I popped down to Churchill Square to casually look at pretty undies and sip bucks fizz with Theo Paphetis (as you do). He was there to officially open the new Boux Avenue in Churchill Square, and I went to have a first look at boudoir-esque store. It's full of beautiful lingerie, cosy nightwear and gorgeously scented body lotions, candles etc. There's even a free fitting service on offer. Having drastically changed shape and size recently, I immediately booked in for a fitting with intentions of re-stocking my entire underwear drawer. 

Steph, who did my fitting, was so lovely and put me at ease right away as she showed me into my fitting room, which was super luxurious- fluffy carpets, crystal hooks and even different lighting options to choose from! After we had found my perfect fit, I had a wonder around the store to pick out some pretty designs to try on. I tried on three beautiful pink bras but ended up choosing an absolutely stunning monochrome embroidered balconette bra  and thong set*. I fell in love with the pretty floral design as soon as I saw it! The bra is lightly padded and so comfortable plus it has a cute little frill running under the bust, and the thong has matching embroidered detail on the front and back. I couldn't resist feeding my pyjama obsession either, and ended up buying these super cute bunny PJs. The leggings are fleece lined and so snuggly! I'm wearing them as I type :-)



I have a love/hate relationship with underwear shopping - as lovely as it is to slip into something pretty in the mornings, I can't bear to part with my hard earned pennies on something that nobody (well, hardly anybody!) will see. I usually end up in some cheap, ill-fitting Primark undies that fall apart after a couple of washes, but I think that will become a thing of the past now that Boux Avenue has opened in Brighton. Their basic (but very pretty!) bra and knicker sets are just £25, with the more luxury lingerie costing around £28 for a bra and £12-15 for knickers, which isn't too bad for something so special. Plus, the customer service and shopping experience is worth paying out a little more for! I also signed up for a VIP loyalty card, so I'll be saving up my points for one of their lovely candles! 

Have you been to Boux Avenue? What's your favourite underwear shop?


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