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So we are currently in Summer but for some completely bizarre reason we're getting torrential rain here in England. Not only are we getting drenched, but it's so freaking humid here too. I couldn't think of a worse combination tbh. 

Anywho. Trying to find outfits to wear becomes increasingly difficult as you want to dress cool, but don't want to catch a cold in July too. 

I put together this outfit; a lightweight jumper in a bright coral colour. Coral always makes me think of Summer and hot weather, in fact as I type this I have coral nails too. So even in jumper form, I still think it's acceptable to wear in July. 

My culottes are my favourite thing ever. I know I have featured them not so long ago on here but they're just so perfect for any time of day. I can dress them up for a day outfit, as you can see or I could wear them with a shirt for a fancy look as I did for my birthday

Black boots are my one true love in life. I'm not exaggerating. They have been there through thick and thin, they have been the finishing touch to endless outfits of mine, when I'm sad I buy a new pair and my mood is instantly lifted. I'm serious, they're amazing. 

Also, I'm just gonna call myself out here. I reaaaally need to learn to hide the remote when I'm taking pictures of myself #facepalm. Live and learn right?!

How are you guys dressing for this horrendous weather?

Moving house can be hard. Not only is there the stress of having to actually go out and view different properties until you find the one you can see yourself in, but once you have decided you then need to move all your things from one house to another, start buying new furniture and mentally prepare yourself for the ordeal that comes with moving day,

Luckily for you, I have worked in the property business for many years now and over that time I have learnt a few things that can help you transform your house to a home in no time without costing a fortune.

Colour Schemes – I'm not saying decorating every room with the same wallpaper and furniture etc. But ensuring that there are some similarities throughout the rooms help the house tie together and flow.

Adding colour also helps. Now I am the first to admit I am a sucker for white, black and grey everything and if that's your aesthetic that's fine. But for living rooms and bedrooms, you want them to feel cosy and warm – Carpet is key.

Cushions, Throws and Rugs – Speaking of cosy, there is one simple, inexpensive way you can create a comfortable atmosphere in any room and that is with cushions and throws. If I walk into a room and see piles and piles of cushions on the sofa, all I want is to sit on it and sink into the mountain of comfort and never get up. Not to mention when you're watching a film, all you ever want to do is wrap up in a blanket and eat snacks. Is that just me?

Carpet is expensive, I can appreciate that so a great alternative is to get a large rug. More often than not, this is the item that will tie the whole room together.

Plants – A lot of people never think of plants! They don't have to be fresh, although they do work as a natural air freshener around your house. But having fake or real plants creates a really fresh, authentic vibe. Plants are normally so vibrant and bright in colour that they can usually light up a dull room as soon as you walk in.

Pictures and Prints – An obvious one, but the easiest way to make your house personal and your own. For those of you that are moving out on your own for the first time, it can be incredibly daunting and lonely. Putting photos of your family and friends around the house will always remind you that you're not alone, and of all the incredible memories you have had in the past and will have in your new home.

There are so many unique ways of displaying photos these days, you can stick to the classics frames on the walls and in your windowsills, create your own gallery wall mixing in unique prints too, printing out tonnes of pictures to make your whole wall into a collage or if you prefer to have all your photos in one place without clutter you can buy electronic frames that create a slideshow of all your images in one place. If you're looking for a good one then do check out Aura Frames. They're beautiful, sleek and hella innovative.

Gardening – Keep on top of your garden. There is nothing more depressing than coming in from work with the sun still shining and wanting to sit in the garden with some Pimms and not being able to due to the unappealing overgrown grass, weed filled patio and old, mouldy furniture that has been left outside throughout Winter storms. Even in the colder months, you should maintain the grass, just to make it easier in the Summer.

Regularly Update Your D├ęcor I get it, it's not the easiest finding the cash funds to redecorate your entire house, but rather than let it get outdated because you can't afford to buy new furniture and paints etc, it doesn't mean you still can't spruce. For example, switching up your bath mats and towels. If you have few different coloured sets, you can swap them every few months for a refreshed feel.

Home ware is changing so frequently that it is difficult to keep up with the trends, but when you shop at places such as H&M and Primark, you don't feel any way about tossing it and replacing it with something brand spankin' new, even if it is just some new candles.

Throw an Effing Party What better way to put your stamp on your new house than to throw an absolute rager, or you know a civil dinner party... Whatever takes your fancy. Hosting a house warming and having all your closest friends and family over will 100% make the house feel your own as you will fill it with so many memories from the get go.

This post is in collaboration with Aura Frames. 

What are some of the things you did to turn your house into a home?

Ugggggh, if there is one thing I want in life it is to have my very own walk in wardrobe/dressing room. So much so, that when it comes to house hunting, it is top of my criteria list. 

I constantly find myself wandering into the interior sections when I am out shopping, envisioning how I will decorate it and I am always looking for inspo on Pinterest and Instagram. 

I decided to create my own little mood board with my favourite pieces. I am not gonna lie, I got totally carried away when I was browsing online, but having to narrow it down to just these was really hard! 

As you can see my aesthetic is clear: simple white featuring pink, grey and gold accents. I am currently obsessing over this, so I can confirm that this is my dream dressing room. 

Shoe Storage - Ikea
Pink Cushion - H&M
Grey Cushion - H&M
Chandelier - Arhaus
Dressing Table - Newtons Furniture
Print 1 - Arhaus
Print 2 - Arhaus
White High Back Chair - Newtons Furniture

Marble Tray - Arhaus
Sofa - Arhaus
Candles, Candle Holders, Fairy Lights, Diffuserr, Room Scent - Primark

Newton's Furniture is a company I have obsessed over since I was a teenager, their French inspired furniture is my exact aesthetic. It is elegant, and unique. I couldn't miss including it in this post. 

H&M and Primark are my go to places when I am looking for affordable, up to trend home pieces. I can't walk into a store without picking something up. These places are great if you like to reguarly update your homeware, as you don't feel too bad throwing it out knowing you didn't spend a fortune on it. 

If you visit the Arhaus website, it is seriously interior goals. Everything on there is so dreamy. These two prints I picked out are so beautiful, I think they would compliment a dressing room really well as they are fashion sketches. 

It was so hard having to narrow down my lighting choice to just one from Arhaus, as they have such a unique range with many options to choose from. I really fell in love with their Bronze Geometric Chandlier as it's a modern statement piece. 

Be sure to check out Arhaus on Pinterest and Instagram.

What would be in your dream dressing room?

This post is in collaboration with Arhaus

Okay, most clickbait title or what?

But in all seriousness, one of the hardest choices a millennial has to make these days is deciding whether or not to go to university. There are positive sides to both arguments, which is the main reason this decision was so hard for me to make. I sometimes still question whether I did the right thing, although it is never too late to go if I felt I wanted to.

My mom desperately wanted me to go, “What are you going to do with your life Dionne?” She would ask. I could never give her a straightforward answer because the truth was, I didn’t know then and I still don’t now.

When trying to make the decision, I had to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of both. Ultimately, this is why I made the choice I did. What I am trying to achieve with this post is to help those who are torn to read what the prospects of each are and to help them come to a conclusion. 

Positives of Going to Uni:

  • Greater job prospects. You can come out of uni knowing you can try for a job in your desired field, or if not, you will at least be in a position to start a professional job which is something a school leaver will struggle with.
  • Gives you a competitive edge over candidates. Pretty similar to the above, but if you are going for a job, they are more likely to employ the person with the higher qualification.
  • Gives you greater understanding and knowledge on the subject. We come out of school with a sound knowledge on a variety of subjects, but we never specialise in a single one. If you are super passionate about a certain topic, University will give you a much greater understanding of it and you will find friends with the same interests too!
  • Gives you 3 years stalling time until you figure out what you want to do. Okay, we all know this is a biggie of why some people go to Uni, but no one ever wants to admit it. If you have literally no clue what you want to do, but aren’t ready to try and find a career or a professional job just yet. Go to Uni! Start a course that you enjoyed at school, or something that is credible amongst employers and use that 3 years to discover what your passion is. Plus it gives you time to party up and get it out of your system by the time you are 21.
  • You learn how to live on your own and fend for yourself. A HUGE one. This can make or break a person.  Going to uni means completely fending for yourself. You learn to food shop, pay bills, cook, wake up early, be mindful of living with others and much more. If you’re not up for it, the alternative is stay at home and study at a local University. You’ll save a lot of money by doing this too.

Positives of Not Going to Uni:

  • No £30k debt. The biggie, but we cannot forget that massive debt that is looming over your head throughout the entirety of your adult life. You can’t ignore the fact that you owe the Government a lot of money, and that doesn’t get wiped until you are like 30? I think. (VOTE LABOUR AND THAT MIGHT CHANGE lol)
  • Gives you 3 years to gain experience working/saving money. Whilst all your other friends are getting smashed and partying hard at uni, you are out getting real world experience. It gives you a great opportunity to start your savings pot and start your life. Soon you will be able to buy yourself a nice new car, or even save for a house if that’s your goal. A lot of my Uni friends are bloody clueless about what it is like livng in the real world. 
  • You don’t have to settle on a course you don’t really want to do. This was a huge one for me. I was going to study Marketing and eventually continue on to do my Masters in Fashion Marketing with the slightest possibility that I might be able to get my foot in the door in the Fashion industry. Albeit unlikely.
  • When it comes to jobs, it’s not what you know it is who. Quite often you find these days that the competition is so fierce amongst young people looking for jobs that even if you have a degree, you’re not that special. Unfortunately, we live in an age where a person can’t afford to work part time or pick up minimum wage and still live comfortably. Millennials need to work so fucking hard, with the prices of everything going up and wages coming down that if you can get any kind of job you should take it. With that being said, if you know someone who works in an office it is a great way to get a start at a career and usually, they don’t care if you have a degree or not.

So, those are my positives for both. I decided against University, because the cons of going, although there are less they simply outweighed the pros. It wasn’t worth the time or money it would take to study something I wasn’t truly passionate about.

I haven’t ruled uni out, if one day I am sitting at my desk and it clicks what I want to do I will sign up straightaway, should I need to. But for now, I am okay without the debt to pay back. I have created a great work ethic and have learned how to manage and save money.

I hope I was able to aid your decision, as I know how difficult it can be, especially if you lack the support from peers or family. I struggled with it myself by trying to do what I thought people wanted from me but, I stuck to my guns much to my parents dismay, and now even they agree I made the right decision.

Let me know below if you have some tips I might have missed, I will add them into the post so we can all help shape the youth of today's minds! 

I'm a tele addict. In every way, shape and form. It's my perfect end to a busy day, and even my not so busy days. I actually don't think I can put into words how much I really do love it, and that is saying something for a self proclaimed "writer."

I have found myself actually cancelling plans with friends I haven't seen in months just so I can get through a series. Okay, that's lame right? But I'm obviously a major Introvert, so maybe that has something to do with it. 

Anywayyy, so this month I haven't just watched brand new shows, some of them have been oldies, but goodies. This list isn't huge as I don't have as much free time as I would like to sit in front of the TV all day and night. But hey ho. 

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside. (IMDB)

The first series I binged was Prison Break. So, unlike every other person on the planet, I had never watched this. When I heard that it was being resurrected, I had to watch it before the new series aired on Fox, and luckily all 4 seasons were on Netflix UK. So every night after work, my mom and I would race through dinner and our chores before we settled down for the evening to watch this. We were up to the early hours of the morning!! This is by far one of THE best TV series I have ever watched, absolutely recommend it. You never know what is coming and I swear, I had genuine palpitations watching it. Am I selling it? Well anyway I'd rewatch again and again. Plus, Wentworth Miller is a total babe. 

A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated. (IMDB)

Ever since season one aired over here, I was waiting for Jane The Virgin to come back onto Netflix. It did, and I think it took me several days to get through it all. SPOILER ALERT: Poor Michael!?! Jane The Virgin is one of those shows where you can just stick it on when you fancy something that isn't too serious. In a brief summary think - Aspiring writer, supportive Spanish family, beautiful, rich man, adorable baby, light humour and a lot of romance. One of my go-to chick flicks.

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life. (IMDB)

13 Reasons Why. Of course. I had to watch this just so I could find out what all those stupid memes about Clay meant! Initially, I found this super boring. It took me a while to get into it and I spent a lot of time staring at my phone instead of the TV. However, it snowballed so fast and over the last few episodes I was addicted. When I watched the finale I was fucking SHOOK. Like, I couldn't believe that was allowed to air on Netflix but it's a good thing it did because this kind of stuff is happening all the time, all over the world. I don't doubt that it will have created a lot of awareness for Mental Health, but my only issue is that they may have targeted it in the wrong way. I'm gonna put this out there and I know my opinion is unpopular but I felt it glamourised suicide. For those that have said to me "it shows you what a person with depression goes through etc" If you are watching that as a person who suffers with depression, how can you believe there is another way when the person who represents yourself on TV doesn't find the help they need or any other avenue other than to kill themselves? I really don't agree with that. However, the actors were phenomenal. 

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. (IMDB)

I had been meaning to watch Riverdale for so long and kept putting it off but I am SO glad I finally did. I binged this and finished it within days, it's so addictive. I loved the characters, the outfits, and the story lines. I would recommend watching it if you are into shows like Pretty Little Liars. If I were to mention the few qualms I had I felt that it sped through some storylines pretty quickly, like is that all with Mrs Grundy? That went nowhere and there is a shortage of male eye candy!!

What shows have you been binging? I need something new for June!!

In today's day, Wednesday means only one thing: Women Crush Wednesday #WCW and this week, I’m crushing hard. 

Chrissy Teigen; the sassiest person to have walked this earth. Starting out as a model, she has graced countless magazine covers including Sports Illustrated and Cosmo. But besides looking totally perfect at all times, she teaches major body confidence to her followers, and has made various attempts at projecting this on social media.

This obviously isn’t the sole reason I decided to write a post about Chrissy. Of late she has come into the public eye a lot more, and is becoming a really big name for herself - I’m totally obsessed!

So not only is she body goals, face goals, hair goals etc. But she is relationship goals  AF. Her and John Legend have been together for as long as I can remember, and even after they got married several years ago,which, by the way, was such a perfect wedding *heart eyes emoji*, they still seem to be in the honeymoon period.  

If you follow her on Snapchat then you are well aware of what I’m talking about, all they ever seem to be doing is having fun, especially with their daughter Luna. They are the perfect little family.

I can understand why she makes such a good wife, it’s because she is such a good cook. She recently released her book ‘Cravings’ which is full of recipes that she uses herself. Quite often you will find that people who write cook books, the recipes in there are so unrelatable you would just never dream of cooking half the stuff in there. However, I was so impressed by how many of the meals in here I would be willing to spend the time making! It’s perfect for someone looking to learn how to cook good food.

We’ve covered everything career related, but one of the biggest reasons I admire Chrissy Teigen so much is because she of how outspoken and vocal she is, especially on Twitter. It’s something that gets talked about a lot, not only by the media, but she herself does too! What I love most is that she sticks up for, not only herself, but the little people. It’s really inspiring to see someone be themselves in a world that tries to beat you down and give you so much negative energy. Besides all that jargon, she is just really fucking funny. You only have to read articles such as this to know that.

It wouldn’t be a fashion blog if I didn’t mention fashion. Of course, the main reason I am writing this post is because she is a fashion guru. Whenever I am looking for inspo for a new outfit, I will go to her Instagram first just because she always looks so good. In fact, if I think back to some of my most recent purchases, they have been inspired by what I’ve spotted her in. Her glam look is flawless, but it’s actually her street style I am most interested in as she makes smart casual look effortless. Forever slaying. I could probably do a post solely on her street style, in fact might just one day.

Lastly, my final appreciation of Chrissy Teigen is that she has taken part in some of my go to TV shows. Firstly, she co-hosts Lip Sync Battle, which if you haven’t seen you NEED to. It’s a program you can watch when you just want a good laugh and not to mention her outfits kill it every week. But she also featured on my absolute favourite show in the world which is ‘The Mindy Project.’ I’ve mentioned it a shit tonne, so any recurring readers will know this! Once I saw her in that, my appreciation sky rocketed.

Do you agree with my WCW, if not who have you been crushing on this week?

Top Picks #02 - Cute High Low Dresses

I have been desperate to do a Spring edit ever since the sun decided to show its face in England, and since discovering the website Zaful I couldn't think of a more perfect time. 

There is one look that I absolutely adore this time of year and that is cute high low dresses paired with a denim jacket and ankle boots. When the sun is shining but it's still breezy outside, this is the first look I will go for and every year I try to buy at least one new printed dress! 

The bohemian style is one that is highly sought after and as it is all over Instagram these days, I am always looking to channel it into my outfits. One of my all time style inspirations is Vanessa Hudgens and we all know she is the Queen of Boho.

There are so many sites out there, but I don't think I've come across a better Bohemian clothing store online that offers such a huge range for great prices. 

Printed High Slit Crossover Ruffle Bohemian Dress


Stila Colour Correcting Serum - A 3-in-1 serum used to colour correct your skin. I use this as a primer to prep my face as well as reduce redness and brighten.

LA Girl Pro Concealer - A high coverage concealer that I use in a few shades lighter than my skin tone to cover and brighten my dark circles and to enhance my cupids bow, brow bone and forehead. Bonus - It's mega cheap!

NYX Concealer Wand in Green - A colour correcting concealer that I use to neutralise the redness around my nose and any spots.

Bare Minerals Bareskin Foundation - A very lightweight foundation which makes it perfect to wear all day long. My only issue is that it isn't very build-able, and therefore does very little to cover pigmentation and blemishes etc. (On offer!!)

Maybeline Matte Maker Powder - A favourite of mine that I use to set my foundation. It's super affordable, extremely lightweight and mattifies any shininess.

Seventeen Contour Kit - As the contour colour in this palette is so light in wear and colour, it creates a very natural chiseled look. I use the the highlight to set my under eyes and around my nose.

Mac Desert Rose - Forever my favourite blush, I have nothing else to say on the matter. I apply very lightly starting at the apples of my cheeks and up towards my temples.


Morphe Warm Palette - I require 3 main colours from this palette; a base colour which is a light nude shadow, a crease colour which is a medium brown shadow and a outer corner colour which is a dark brown shadow. 

Collection Eyeliner - This eyeliner is my second favourite, only shortly behind my Kat Von D tattoo liner (which is God's gift, so hard to beat). It's around £3 and such a great product for beginners or someone looking to improve their liner game.

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara - I use this mascara to add length to my lashes. 

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara - I follow the Lancome with this mascara to volumise and thicken my lashes.


Seventeen Brow Kit - Seriously, if you are looking for an affordable eyebrow kit - This is it! It includes a pencil, a brush, wax, powder and a brow bone highlight for around £6. Easy to use, and great quality. When I use this I don't need any other brow products.


NYX Lip Cream in Abu DhabiMac Subculture Liner - I use this combo to create a natural lip. I use the liner to overline my lips, and fill it in with the lip cream which dries matte.

What are some of your everyday make up items?

With the likes of Instagram and Youtube etc. we are surrounded by our favourite bloggers raving about new beauty products that we have to try. But let's be real, there is no possible way we could afford every single one, so the one's we do buy we want them to be money well spent.

I know I've been a sucker who has wasted money on expensive products, when I could've got something better from a drugstore for a much more desirable price.

However, with that being said, there have been products, both high end and drugstore, where I have spent the money and they have exceeded my expectations.

1. Kylie Jenner Lip Kit

I will always recommended these lipsticks until I am blue in the face. They are the best in terms of pigmentation, colour range, application and staying power. Although they are very very pricey, due to importing them from US, they are still a fantastic product and my make up bag is never without one.

2. Kat Von D Liquid Liner

I spent a long ass time looking for the perfect eyeliner. One that was easy to apply, stayed in place all day long and didn't transfer onto my eyelids (hooded eye problems, amirite?) and I finally found just that. I swear by this make up line, and the fact that it has been introduced to Debenhams in the UK is the icing on the cake.

3. LA Girl Pro Conceal

Not a high end product, but this product is up there with some of the best concealers, and instead of spending 10 times what you would on a concealer from Nars or Urban Decay you are so much better off buying this product. You'll find that even some of the top Youtube MUA's use this for the under eyes. A must have in any make up bag.

4. Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade

With the brow obsession of 2016, I spent a lot of time and a lot of money trying to perfect my eyebrow routine. However, it turns out all I really needed to do was buy this product. It answers all my prayers. Super quick to apply, and you can create a variety of looks with it. Whether that will be just filling in a few sparse areas, or drawing on a whole new brow shape. The possibilities are endless..

5. Coconut Oil

AKA The Holy Grail. Coconut oil is my saviour, not only do I use it for my beauty routines but you can also make really tasty meals with it, but that's a whole other thing. So, why does every person need a jar of coconut oil in their house? It is great for hydrating your skin after you've taken your face off at the end of the day, and will remove any left over make up you might have missed. Once a week soak your hair in the oil and leave over night, you will see amazing results in the texture, shine and length of your hair. Use it on your lips, eyelashes and eyebrows to keep them hydrated and stimulate growth. Focusing on your problem areas, apply the product to your skin to help relieve dryness.

What products would you recommend as 'Worth the Hype?' 

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