Secrets of a Rose

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Ladbrokes Ladies Day Outfit Inspiration

There's nothing more exciting than a day at the races. Getting all dressed up in a posh I-can-only-wear-it-once outfit, eating fancy food, drinking a bit too much and occasionally winning a penny or two is just so much fun, so when an email recently landed in my inbox inviting me to the fabulous Ladbrokes Ladies Day in September, I literally jumped at the chance. And then panicked about the lack of suitable clothing hanging in my wardrobe...story of my life ey. There's that 'I can't look too casual at the races' dilemma followed by the 'but I don't want to look too OTT at the races' dilemma and then it all just merges together into one big 'I haven't got a clue what to wear'. However, after scanning the pages of pretty much every clothes site on the web, I think I've finally put together my perfect race outfit.
Dress: Michelle Keegan at Lipsy // Shoes: River Island // Clutch Bag: New Look

Friday, 31 July 2015

Barcelona Part 2: The City, Hotel & Spanish Food

After searching long and hard for somewhere nice to visit this summer, my boyfriend and I finally settled on Barcelona. Although I went there years ago with family, I couldn't really remember anything about it and so it has been on my travel bucket list for a long time now. With its beach and plenty of sights, we thought it was the perfect destination for a much needed break. A whole load of delicious food, beautiful views and one too many sangrias later, I'm so glad we booked it and although I'm depressed writing this, I can't wait to share it all with you!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Barcelona Part 1: Holiday Outfits Featuring ASOS, Inthestyle, River Island & New Look

There's nothing more depressing than arriving back home after the most amazing week on holiday. And then there's the first day back at work where you find yourself daydreaming about the sunshine and the cocktails and it suddenly feels like a millions years has gone by since you were there. Well, not quite a million but you get the gist. Before I fill you in on the beautiful city of Barcelona (Part 2 coming soon...) I thought I'd share with you my holiday outfits for a little fashion inspo.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Holiday Essentials

Finally my holiday has arrived and I'm currently sat here feeling like a giddy child on Christmas Eve! I find packing one of the most stressful things and I'm forever writing lists way in advance to make sure I don't forget anything and even then, there's always those sneaky last minute purchases! If you're yet to go away and you're not too sure whether you've got the ultimate essentials packed, then here's a little post to help you out.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Things I've Learnt Since Graduating

As I sat scrolling through my Facebook news feed the other day, reading all the grades that people got from uni, it suddenly hit me that it's nearly been a whole year since I graduated. A year that has gone incredibly fast. Seriously, where does the time go?! I remember the panic of what to wear, worrying about falling as I went up on stage and the exact emotions I felt during the ceremony so vividly, like it was just last week. I also remember writing a good old blog post about the day itself which you can read here. With a lot of people graduating in the weeks to come, I felt that it was the perfect time to have a little ramble about post-graduation life and some of the things that you come to realise.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Revlon Strawberry Shortcake and Hibiscus


When it comes to gorgeous yet affordable lip products, you can't beat Revlon. On a recent shopping spree I fell in love with these two lipsticks and within 5 minutes I'd manage to swatch them, ooh and ahh over how pretty they were and hand over the cash. Impressed? I thought so. As a huge fan of Revlon Lip Butters with their moisturising formula and glossy colours, I decided I needed a new one in my life and I loved the look (and name) of Strawberry Shortcake. It's the prettiest light pink colour, so subtle that it could literally go with any makeup look. In contrast, Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Hibiscus with its creamy texture and coral colour isn't exactly the most subtle of lipsticks. However, what it is, is completely gorgeous. I love love love this shade! The silver packaging is stylish, the colour is super summery and I just can't see it leaving my makeup bag any time soon.

What do you think of Revlon's lipstick and lip butter range? Do you have a favourite shade?

x x x


Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Day At The Races & Outfit of The Day

Last week I went to Haydock Races! Having never been to the races before, as you can imagine, I was pretty excited. Any excuse to get dressed up ey! My boyfriend's dad had hired out one of the boxes there which meant a three course meal and a free bar - I can't say mixing drinking and betting together is the best of ideas though! The day involved losing money and winning well, not a lot. Oh well, all part of the fun I guess! All in all though, it was such a fun day so I thought I'd share with you everything from my outfit to some beautiful horses and the odd cheesy coupley pic! 

Friday, 29 May 2015

April & May Favourites

Can you believe it's actually June in a couple of days?! This year has just flown by. I'm so excited about the next few months. I go away to Barcelona right at the beginning of July so June is going to consist of a whole load of holiday shopping and that giddy pre-holiday excitement. I can't wait to finally be in the sun and get a much needed tan and break from everyday life! Seen as though I clearly didn't have my blogging act together last month, I've combined my April and May favourites into one beauty-filled and lengthy post.
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