Autumn 2015 LookBook: Maroon Prints with H&M

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H&M printed trousers, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn fashion lookbook
H&M printed trousers, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn fashion lookbook
H&M printed trousers, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn fashion lookbook
H&M printed trousers, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn fashion lookbook
H&M printed trousers, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Autumn fashion lookbook
what i'm wearing: printed trousers H&M (similar here// high neck top H&M // tweed jacket Topshop // shoes* Lidl // watch Michael Kors // necklace Primark
featuring Nicole Coltman
Salisbury Cathedral

Last weekend I met up with my friend and fellow blogger Nicole (check out her blog!) in Salisbury for a day of catching up and blog talk. It's really nice to see my bloggers friends as we can all relate to 'blogger problems' and give each other ideas on how to develop further. Of course, we also used the opportunity and the beautiful location of Salisbury Cathedral to snap some photos! 

I absolutely loved Nicole's boots and she told me about this website called Shoeaholics where you can buy designer shoes for bargain prices! Check it out because I have a wishlist which is going to ruin me on pay day... With brands like Michael Kors and Kurt Geiger, this is a website everyone should know about. 

I wore my new outfit from H&M - I fell in love with the printed maroon trousers and the high neck top, it feels very retro worn with flats! The colour is perfect for Autumn and mixed prints bring life into an otherwise standard outfit. 
I am now getting really excited about Autumn fashion - I forgot how fun layering is. That's probably my favourite trend but can be quite difficult to get right as the items have to match in one way or another. Of course, I'm not so excited about all the rain and wind we're having now that Autumn is on our doorstep - maybe one last weekend of sunshine, please? 

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Restaurant Review: Wildwood, Salisbury

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Wildwood Salisbury review, FashionFake, UK food blogs

Last weekend I met up with Nicole Coltman for a catch up on blogging, life and food! We went to Wildwood in Salisbury – a restaurant that has a delicious menu full of burgers, pizza, grills and traditional grub. I haven’t been to Salisbury in ages but it’s actually a really great place to spend the day and grab some lunch or dinner.

I like the setting of Wildwood – it has an upmarket bistro feel but is family friendly, especially on Sundays. Hosted over two floors, you can enjoy lunch or dinner with a friend, or bring your family/friends for a get together.

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Wildwood Salisbury review, FashionFake, UK food blogs
Wildwood Salisbury review, FashionFake, UK food blogs

To start with I had seared scallops from the specials board which came with lemon and crushed fried croutons – they were lovely, however I thought the portion was quite small, because the scallops were standard size unlike king scallops which fill you up if you eat 3. Nicole had the calamari with Cajun mayonnaise and I stole a couple from her plate – they were delicious! I love starters – I genuinely get upset when people choose desserts over starters because I think that those little nibbles are so tasty! Although, if there is salted caramel on the menu I am easily swayed.

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Wildwood Salisbury review, FashionFake, UK food blogs, wild mushroom pizza
Wildwood Salisbury review, FashionFake, UK food blogs, wild mushroom pizza
Wildwood Salisbury review, FashionFake, UK food blogs, wild mushroom pizza

For my main I chose the wild mushroom and truffle oil pizza because I absolutely MUST have mushrooms on my pizza – it’s just my thing! Plus I love truffle oil which made this pizza perfect for me. The pizza is standard size, I asked our waitress and she said that if I don’t finish the pizza she will put it in a takeaway box for me – spoiler alert, I finished the whole pizza. It was so yummy especially with a drop of chilli oil! There was just the perfect amount of cheese and toping and the cheese was stringy when you pulled the pizza apart… Delish!
Nicole had a classic cheeseburger, which came with relish and skinny fries – it looked like an absolute taste fest!

I really enjoyed our meal at Wildwood in Salisbury – it’s a chain restaurant so have a Google and see if you have one near you as I highly recommend it for a casual meal out!
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Supermarket fashion brands vs the highstreet

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A couple of weeks ago in the office, three of us turned up wearing clothes from supermarkets which looked lovely, which got me thinking about the rising influence of supermarket clothing lines against high street.

It wasn’t too long ago that I used to walk past F&F at Tesco, never bother going anywhere near George at ASDA and just laugh at anything that looked remotely like clothing from Lidl. However, in the last year I have seen press releases and got to work with some supermarket clothing brands which really changed my mind about the quality and design of supermarket clothes. George at ASDA has produced some beautiful occasion dresses and the team have been very kind to offer me to wear one of their designs to Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot which received multiple compliments – everyone was pleasantly surprised to find out my dress was from a supermarket brand. I was incredibly surprised with Lidl who have really upped their game in their clothing department and came out with elegant and on trend pieces of excellent quality. As for F&F at Tesco, I have seen their AW15 collections and I cannot wait for boho/seventies inspired pieces to land in store – they can really match high end brands!

Supermarket fashion brands, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Supermarket fashion brands, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
top: F&F at Tesco // bottom: Lidl

It’s not even all about the price anymore as supermarkets are catching up with high street prices – dresses from F&F are priced at an average of £14, and jeans go for around £15/£20. Lidl are the bargain brand with many pieces costing an average of £5 and George at ASDA can charge at around £20 for an occasion dress. However, the quality of the pieces is often better than some of the more expensive high street stores. Without mentioning any names, but a lot of popular high street AND online brands will often come up in conversation about poor quality and friends often moan about how quickly their shoes broke, or their sweater frayed. But put one of the supermarket brands to the test and their pieces will last you for a long time.

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Supermarket fashion brands, FashionFake, fashion bloggers

Understandably, younger girls and boys will care about what they’re wearing and often ditch anything that’s not Topshop/Topman, Superdry or ASOS - I remember I used to be mortified when my mum suggested that a supermarket had a nice piece of clothing. BUT when labels become exactly what they are, would you care more about where your item was from or is it the style and quality of the piece that would encourage a purchase? I think it’s a bit of both for me, but by no means would I ever stick my nose up at supermarket clothes again.
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Korres Face Care Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion Review

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Korres 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion, FashionFake, beauty bloggers

I have always wanted to try Korres products as they have a great reputation in my friend circles and I know they are very good in terms of keeping natural ingredients. Korres Face Care Milk Proteins 3 in 1 CleansingEmulsion is a product which not only removes impurities and cleanses your skin, but also tones and removes eye makeup – best part, it’s for all skin types.

The facial cleanser is rich in vegetable oils which help moisturise your skin whilst removing dirt and sebum, leaving you with a clean and clear complexion.
The milk proteins in this Korres cleanser are high in lactose and essential aminoacids which help nourish your skin, and keep it hydrated by bonding with molecules of water.
You simply massage the cleanser all over your face, neck and eye area then wipe off the excess with a cotton wool pad. You can also rinse the solution off.

I found that the Korres Face Care Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion is ideal on my skin – it’s super soft and gentle, which makes it perfect for problem skin. And since I do a special ‘double cleanse’ on my skin in the evening (read all about it here) this product is ideal for the technique – ensuring my skin is nourished and not dried out.

The only negative I found with this cleanser is that although it is used to remove eye makeup, and even has soothing elements to make the process smoother – it really irritated my eyes. I can’t use the cleansing emulsion for more than one evening on my eyes without them being quite sore, and they sting when I put the product on, so I’ve had to buy a special eye makeup remover cleansing milk. But on your skin, the Korres 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion is faultless.
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Summer 2015 LookBook: Denim Shift Dress from F&F

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Denim shift dress from Tesco, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Denim shift dress from Tesco, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Denim shift dress from Tesco, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Denim shift dress from Tesco, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Denim shift dress from Tesco, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: denim shift dress F&F Tesco // neck tie ASOS // boots Topshop (similar here) // bag Chanel // watch Michael Kors

A classic denim dress will stay in your wardrobe for years – from shift dresses showcase by Chloe in 2005, to stylish 70s pieces rocking the catwalk in 10 years later, you should always buy the denim pieces which scream at you from the rail.

I picked up this little number from F&F at my local Tesco (supermarket fashion doing it right – read my article on supermarket brands vs the high street here) for a bargain £12. I was so please as I’ve been looking for a denim shift dress for ages and none of the high street items could offer what I wanted and then boom – here I am thinking about what to have for dinner when this beauty appears.

A denim shift dress is easy to wear any time of the year – with sandals and oversized shades in the summer; pair it with tights and chunky boots to keep warm in autumn - I also love denim with faux fur gillets at the moment.
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Summer 2015 LookBook: Seventies Glam with Less Than 10 Pounds

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Less Than 10 Pounds jumpsuit, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, seventies fashion
Less Than 10 Pounds jumpsuit, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, seventies fashion
Less Than 10 Pounds jumpsuit, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, seventies fashion
Less Than 10 Pounds jumpsuit, FashionFake, fashion bloggers, seventies fashion
what i'm wearing: playsuit* Less Than 10 Pounds // felt hat vintage (similar here// shoes Topshop // bag Chanel // necklace Lidl (similar here)

The seventies trend carries on to the next season and I love tan tones in Autumn because I think it kind of symbolises the falling leaves (ooooh check that for a fashion thought!) and it's the perfect time to dig out the felt hats, unless it's windy in which case I just give up because I just can't deal with chasing them down the street when they fly off.

I previously mentioned a company called Less Than 10 Pounds who have kindly sent me this playsuit which I think is the perfect transitional piece as it looks great like this whilst the weather is still warm, but I also can't wait to style it for the colder weather with layers and black opaque tights.

Less Than 10 Pounds are a fab place to find fashion which covers the current trends but comes at a price tag which won't break the bank. All items on the website are £10 or less which is fab if you're hunting for a night out outfit, or just want to spruce up your outfit with a couple of pieces. Often people don't bother having a look around as they think fashion isn't in their budget, but with brands who are very competitive on prices and produce items which are good quality and trendy we can all enjoy a little spree. And I'm big on quality - hopefully you guys will know that from my Twitter where I'm not afraid to point out when an item didn't meet their expectation ie braking after first wear or not being comfortable.

What do you think of Less Than 10 Pounds? Do you think it's a good fashion solution for those of us on a budget?

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Restaurant Review: The Three Cups, Stockbridge, Hampshire

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The Three Cups Stockbridge review, food bloggers, FashionFake

The Three Cups has been a favourite dinner spot for me and one of my best friends Claire for years - because they have a lovely cosy atmosphere and delicious food. Set in a small countryside town of Stockbridge in Hampshire, the pub boasts a consistently busy atmosphere throughout the seasons, a lovely seasonal menu with a variety of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes - and excellent service. Every time we've eaten there or just enjoyed a drink, we've always felt like the staff were attentive and friendly.

Claire and I visited The Three Cups again on one of our girly dinner dates and I decided to finally whip the camera out to take some snaps and review this pub. First of all, let me start with the bread. They serve you homemade complimentary bread whilst you wait for you food and it is possibly my favourite part because the bread is so delicious. It comes in a cute wooden box filled with butter, salt and oils - it's simply something you just have to try for yourself.

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The Three Cups Stockbridge review, food bloggers, FashionFake, goats cheese salad

 For starters we ordered their goats cheese salad which is served with tomatoes, asparagus, balsamic glaze AND garlic ice cream. It was the garlic ice cream that won me over - I really wanted to try it out, and actually the combinations of creamy goats cheese and the sharpness of the balsamic glaze went extremely well with the flavour of garlic. The fact it was ice cream just sent your taste buds into a spin as you expect it to be sweet. I really enjoyed the starter - it's perfect if you're after something light and flavoursome.

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The Three Cups Stockbridge review, food bloggers, FashionFake, burger

As for main, I had The Three Cups Burger which I have had so many times and remember it always being delicious and HUGE! The portion is very big, so be prepared to tackle it with all your might. I asked for my burger to be cooked medium rare and the chef did a fab job. This burger comes with a caramelised onion topping, chunky chips, onion rings and salad but it's a lot more tasty than your average pub burger. Honestly, give it a go if you're hungry and a fan of burgers.

I would highly recommend The Three Cups to anyone in the area for a nice, chilled out meal followed by drinks in a cosy atmosphere. And you'll probably catch me there too!
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Summer 2015 LookBook: Less Than 10 Pounds

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Less Than 10 Pounds, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Less Than 10 Pounds, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Less Than 10 Pounds, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Less Than 10 Pounds, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Less Than 10 Pounds, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: denim shirt* Less Than 10 Pounds // button down skirt Primark // reversible shopper bag Zara (similar here// boots Topshop (similar here) // watch Michael Kors // necklace Primark

Anyone who enjoys fashion and shopping will know it comes at a price – a pretty hefty one these days. Not everyone has hundreds of pounds to spend on clothing items but everyone still wants to look good. I think I may have found the answer.

Less Than 10 Pounds is an online fashion store which offers fabulous fashion all below £10 – and not in that tacky, weird way that some high street cheap boutiques do these days. You can find the latest trends on Less Than 10 Pounds, like I opted for a seventies boho look which I can take into AW15 with me.
The quality of the items is that of any other store – I actually think a lot of their stock is just unbranded items we do end up seeing in online fashion shops we all adore so much.

I styled this classic denim shirt for a laid back weekend style outfit which looks right on trend with this seasons seventies style. I love how easy it is to wear this look and you can accessorise the look with floppy felt hats or layered jewellery. Wear with sandals for cool summer style, or add in chunky boots and opaque tights when the weather gets a little chilly - like I did on this not-so-hot summers eve.

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Daily Skincare Routine For Combination Skin

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The older I get, the more I realise just how important a good skincare routine is. At 25, gone are the days when a simple wet wipe and the cheapest moisturiser I could find in Superdrug would do; enter skincare which makes a difference and a set of rules to help your skin stay healthy and glowing.
My skin has always been a priority for me as when I was a teenager I developed very aggressive acne and had 0% self-confidence. I still don’t have perfect skin, and outbreaks of spots and patches are common for me so keeping my complexion clear is always going to be important.

I have been picking up little tips and hints from makeup artists and skincare professionals and have noticed that my skin is getting better with every tip I gather – so I wanted to share my current routine with you. One thing to remember is that skin types are different, so when picking products for your skin remember what needs to be corrected: is your skin too dry in which case it needs moisture, or too oily and needs to be balanced? If in doubt, ask an assistant at a luxury skincare counter somewhere like Debenhams – they’re usually very helpful. I have combination skin so this routine works really well for me.

Daily Skincare Routine For Combination Skin, FashionFake, beauty bloggers

Morning:

Cleanse with toner or micellar water: I love Vichy Micellar Water, Bioderma Micellar Water

Apply serum: serum helps your moisturiser penetrate the skin and take it all the goodness so your skin is nourished and moisturised throughout the whole day. Currently I’m loving my Manuka Dr Apiclear Skin Treatment Serum which has helped clear my skin and sinks in super quick.

Follow with moisturiser: it’s so important to moisturise and pick one that will compliment your complexion. I LOVE the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream that is an investment because it is pricey but lasts absolute AGES. Bargain wise, I do love the Johnsons Moisturising Day Cream that feels really nice on your skin and keeps my skin hydrated.

Finish with a luxury eye cream: I use Galenic Refreshing Eye Cream which is brilliant for brightening under eye circles.

Daily Skincare Routine For Combination Skin, FashionFake, beauty bloggers

Night:

Cleanse: I remove my makeup with Korres 3-in-1 Cleansing Milk, or another favourite is the Avene Gentle Cleanser which is just heavenly. So I recently found out that actually cleansing your face with a wash everyday can actually make the skin a lot more oilier, rather than dry. Because you end up drying up your skin with the chemicals in your favourite cleanser (unless of course you’re using a mega natural cleanser like Herbalism from Lush which is amazing for problem skin) it produces enormous amounts of oil to compensate for it, so you end up doing the total opposite of what you actually wanted to do and that’s get rid of grease and grime. So, what you can do is do a double cleanse which as suggested to me by a makeup expert from Bourjois – cleanse your face with your milk twice, or once with cleansing milk and another cleanse with micellar water. This way the natural oils are balanced and your skin is less likely to break out. So this is what I am doing now and have seen an improvement in my skin.

Twice a week I will use a scrub, or a cleanser to get rid of all the horrible grime which may have gotten into my pores – my favourites include St Ives Apricot Scrub and Manuka Dr Foaming Facial Wash.

Daily Skincare Routine For Combination Skin, FashionFake, beauty bloggers

Apply a face mask: face masks are so good for nourishing and purifying your skin. I do one every two weeks for a good old cleanse and it’s just nice to lock yourself in the bath on a Sunday night, put on some candles and relax with a luxury face mask. My current favourites are OZ Naturals Hydrating Amino Herbal Hydration Face Mask and for a little extra luxury the Casmara Algae Masks are just to die for – read my review of the 24k gold algae face mask here.

Daily Skincare Routine For Combination Skin, FashionFake, beauty bloggers

Oil up: in the evening I use oil that I rub into my skin before moisturiser – for a little extra nourishment, and I enjoy waking up with really well hydrated and moisturised skin. My current favourite is Manuka Dr Brightening Face Oil – a couple of drops will do! Also check out Kadria Facial Oil to help with acne scarring and blemishes caused by hormonal imbalances.

Moisturise: I always moisturise at night because that’s when skin absorbs most of the goodness from skincare – and I am loving the Antipodes Avocado Nourishing Night Cream, it smells delicious and does wonders to my skin.

Eye Cream: Repeat same as during my morning routine!

A couple of rules I tend to stick by are: don’t use wet wipes as they are not good for your skin and can cause breakouts; don’t go to sleep with your makeup on as it clogs up pores and causes spots – trust me, it does; wear sunscreen and always moisturise!


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