Leather Topshop Handbag Review

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Guest Post by www.bagsofstyleblog.com


I was wondering around town a few weeks back keeping my eyes peeled for a tan bag to take to Rome with me, and this number caught my eye in Topshop. Made easier by a voucher I had for my birthday, I quickly grabbed the last one and avoided everything else before I bought the whole shop.

Leather Topshop Handbag review


It’s made from real leather so has that all important smell of quality and the reassurance that it’s going to last you a few summers. I love the embroidered pattern on the front which adds detail to an otherwise plain bag, and I think makes it versatile for various occasions. It wouldn’t look out of place with an outfit for Saturday night drinks, for a shopping trip or for with a kaftan on a well-deserved holiday.


Leather Topshop Handbag review

Leather Topshop Handbag review

Leather Topshop Handbag review

There’s one fairly small open pocket inside, the zip across the top feels smooth and of a good quality, but with the strap being quite thin, I doubt the strength of small joins on the back.

Leather Topshop Handbag review

The size is good, roughly 25cm, but there’s no depth, so unless you own a thin purse and want to keep rearranging things inside, it tends to ‘bulge’ in an unflattering way.

All in all, I’m glad I bought it, and even more glad that I didn’t pay for it as I’m not sure it’s worth the £38.

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River Island Bright Coral Dress Review

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River Island coral swing dress review

River Island coral swing dress review

sunset lake garda italy

WOW, to be totally honest with you, I wasn't too sure about this bright coral swing dress from River Island. When I walked out of the hotel that evening I looked down and thought I resembled a traffic light and felt a bit self conscious! However, after I got over the awkwardness of walking around like a light bulb, it started to really grow on me! It was an impulse buy the week before I went on holiday and I thought that it would be one of those purchases that would stay at the bottom of my case with the labels still intact to only be returned to the store when I got back. I'm so glad I decided to keep it though, it was so comfortable and this particular coral colour is very flattering on all skin tones so I didn't have to worry about it washing out my already pale skin! 

I'm not a lover of tight clothes and I love how loose fitting this dress is, I purchased this weaved tan belt from Next to nip it in slightly at the waist and to break up the colour a bit. I teamed it with my favourite pair of nude sparkly sandals from New Look and my Louis Vuitton Speedy 25. Altogether I thought it worked pretty well and I can't wait to get it out again next year!

P.S. How BEAUTIFUL is the sunset? I could lay and watch that every single night <3

Check out the dress on the River Island website (it's only £25!)

Have you seen these holiday outfit posts?

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Blogging Tips for Beginners!

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Things I've learned in my first 6 months of blogging


blogging tips for beginners

After much thought, I started my own little blog at the start of this year. I'm not going to lie and say that it has all been plain sailing because it hasn't! One of the most difficult things for me was actually starting up and finding my niche. I had no idea what kind of blog I wanted to have or what it would include. Also, I battled (and still do battle) with my motivation to blog for various reasons. On the whole though, half a year down the line I am happy I started this and don't regret it for one minute. Here's just a few points i'd like to say to new bloggers just starting out!

1. It's okay if you don't 'find your feet' straight away

As I said, when I first started blogging I had no idea what kind of blog I was going to have or where I was going with it. In 6 short months I must have changed my blog banner about 15 times! I do believe it's all trial and error though. Don't get fed up or mad because your blog doesn't look exactly how you would like the first time you design it. Especially if you know NOTHING about HTML! Everything I know about HTML (which is still very little!) I learned through blogging. It takes a lot of patience but think of the skills you'll learn along the way? With regards to posting, schedules etc I also think it's okay not to have a 'plan' at the start. Write what you enjoy writing, see what other's enjoy, and possibly venture more into the area that you find is more popular for you? In the long and short of it, don't be too hard on yourself!

2. Social media interaction is important

Unfortunately it isn't enough to just write a blog post, publish it and wait. As soon as you have decided to blog, the very second after you sign up to Blogger or WordPress, get onto the social networks and save your usernames. Choose a few from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Chictopia or Tumblr and set up relevant accounts for your blog. This makes sure you can (try) and secure the username you want for all your social media channels. Sometimes you can hit lucky and all your usernames will be available, if not you may have to alter your name a bit. It's good to have all your social media under the same name so you can be easily recognised by your readers on any platform. This encourages them to follow on more than one medium. I've learned that the key is to write quality content so that you improve your SEO and to make yourself known throughout social media.

3. Engage and participate

This point leads on from the previous point. I had been blogging for a good few months before I knew about Twitter chats! These are chats for bloggers using hashtags that are on a few times a week and they really help you settle into the blogging community. Whether you are a fashion blogger, beauty blogger, student blogger or need help with your blog there's a chat that you could take part in. Blogging is NOT a lonely hobby, you should engage with other bloggers as well as your readers. These chats can be really rewarding and I have learned so much from them. I have also discovered so many blogs that I love to keep up-to-date with on these chats. If you have yet to take part in these I will link the Twitter blog chat schedule from Becky so you can see which ones are relevant to you and your blog. Go on and introduce yourself!

4. Blogger's block isn't as bad as you may think

We have all been there, sitting staring at the laptop screen at a blank document. Where do you start? These are the times when we become demotivated and unsettled with our blog. I thought that being a 'blogger' would mean that I would be forever broke as I need to buy things to review and keep up-to-date with trends. The longer I blog the more I believe that this is rubbish! If you are sitting in your bedroom and you are struggling to write then just look around you. Do you have a full jewellery box? cool, what's in it? What's in your makeup bag? What is your most recent beauty purchase? How do you organise your things? Do you have a wardrobe? (silly question) if yes then show us your hundreds of OOTD outfits. That book sitting on the bedside table, tell us about it. Those new shoes you bought at the weekend? I want to see them. Already reviewed all your makeup/skincare? No excuses, review your mum's/aunt's/friend's makeup. Now that will take you an AGE! Look in your kitchen, tell me a recipe for making the best brownies/cookies/milkshakes ever! have you been on holidays recently? let's hear all about it!

5. Don't compare yourself to other bloggers

Yes this is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you are starting to engage with others and get to know other bloggers and their blogs. The number one thing to remember is that you blog your YOURSELF and no one else, you blog about what YOU enjoy. Everyone has their own niche. You follow a blog with 20,000 followers? So what? Those bloggers have worked extremely hard to get to where they are and it didn't happen overnight! No matter how far away you may feel, if you care enough and don't give up, you will get something out of it! Keep doing what you are doing, your readers will come, just think quality over quantity when it comes to your posts.

6. Don't forget your priorities

As I said I love blogging and I'm kind proud(ish) of my own little space on the internet and you should be too! in saying that it isn't my full time job (even though I wish it was!) and I have just went into final year at university. There's no way I can jeopardise not getting a good grade at the end of my degree so my blog will have to take a back seat for a year. Of course I will still blog but I will have to organise my time a bit better and schedule posts for the week so I don't need to think about it when I am loaded down with other work. A lot of you will be in the same position as me or you will be at school doing your exams or maybe you are taking a year out to go travelling. My advice is don't worry, your blog will still be there when you get back! When you look at life as a whole, one year is nothing. Go and enjoy yourself, or in my case, i'll have my head buried in a business book! 

I hope these 6 points help you in some way and gives you some reassurance if you are just starting out as a blogger. If you have any questions just comment below, e-mail me at thefashionsixblog@gmail.com or Tweet me @thefashionsix - I'd love to hear from you.


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My Top 5 Beauty Buys!

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These are my go to products, ones that I always repurchase!Beauty and makeup essentials


Everyone has them beauty discoveries that you use faithfully and repurchase over and over again. I’m going to talk about these along with a few other new products I have tried and absolutely love! So after I raided my beauty drawers I have narrowed my love list down to 5 things. That was rather, em.. difficult!

Montage Jeunesse Anti-Imperfection Blemish Mud

Unfortunately my skin would be prone to breakouts so I need to make sure that I take my makeup off and cleanse my skin twice a day to help prevent these. Once a week I like to treat myself to a face mask and my favourite one is only 99p from my local chemist! It’s the Montage Jeunesse Anti-Imperfection Blemish Mud and it works wonders for my skin. I open my pores with a hot cloth and I apply this for 10 minutes, it leaves my skin so soft and invigorated. There are so many different types to buy I’m sure there would be one you’d fall in love with! When I am in the city I also like to treat myself to a fresh facemask from Lush!


Simple Light Moisturiser review

Who else hates that tight feeling on your face once you come out of the shower or after you use face wash? Me too! And in my experience, the perfect solution is the Simple Light Moisturiser.  I love all of Simple products (especially when they are on for 3 for 2 in Boots eekkk!) and this is one product that I buy over and over again. It’s so light, hydrating and it soaks in straight away. I feel the benefits of this most when I am on holiday, after a day of sunbathing my face would feel extremely tight. Once I apply this it relieves that feeling straight away. In my opinion it’s one of the best moisturisers of this price range and I’m sure a lot of people would agree.


Rimmel 'Hide the Blemish' concealer

Oh em gee, who wouldn’t have a fab concealer on this list? There’s not one day that goes by when I don’t use the Rimmel 'Hide the Blemish' concealer.I don’t even think I’ve been out of the house without it! I use it on any blemishes on my face and to hide the dark circles under my eyes. What I like about the formula is that it isn’t drying and flaky, I’ve tried many concealers but there are some that just don't last all day. Yet again, Boots 3 for 2 comes to the rescue; I like to stock up on this product and purchase 3 at a time so I know I’ll never be caught out without it. This little Maximum Coverage Concealer brush by bareMinerals brush is also a gem. It's great for blending concealer in those hard to reach areas like around the eyes or nose.


top 3 lipsticks for autumn review

I couldn’t honestly decide which red lipstick was my favourite so I just have to tell you about my top 3! After a good think about it I can say that the fabulous Dior has been pipped at the post by MAC Ruby Woo… It is just the most stunning matte red... the makeup artist at the MAC counter also told me that Ruby Woo has a blue undertone which makes your teeth look whiter, genius! The Dior Addict lipstick in shade ‘Avenue’ is a moisturising sheer red and I need it for casual and toned down makeup days. The RevlonColorstay Ultimate Suede is very impressive for a drugstore brand. I have this one which is ‘Couture’ and I have an orange/red called ‘Designer’; they are both beautiful, I highly recommend them to anyone who likes their drugstore makeup brands. I will definitely be heading to Boots to pick up a darker shade for Autumn.


Roberto Cavalli perfume

Last but not least, every girl needs that perfect perfume right? You know that time when you went into your local perfume shop, tried what felt like 100 different scents and then you put on… ‘the one’ ? This happened me just before Christmas, which resulted in a nice £50 perfume shaped hole in my bank account. I used to wear Dior Addict 2 and I still love Lady Million by Paco Rabanne but this Roberto Cavalli perfume is something else. I can’t even describe the scent, it’s rather heavy but classy and I’d say it’s more for evening wear than day wear. Just go to your local store and smell it! A well deserved spot in my beauty must have collection!

Did you like this post? You may also be interested in my Holiday-friendly makeup post and my more in depth MAC Ruby Woo review

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