Tuesday, 27 February 2018

February Faves

Happy Tuesday! I am back with my February favourites for you all, and I'm even managing to get them up just before the end of the month, I am impressed with myself haha! 
Now Bella isn't featured as a favourite in this post, she's not a monthly fave, she's a forever favourite but I decided to put a picture of her in this post anyway because 1. I love her and 2. she seems to love the first item in this month's favourites post too! 

I had been waiting for this coat to go on sale after I had seen it on Haley from Sequins & Things during her European Winter travels and she had told me it was surprisingly warm. When it finally went on sale I ordered it straight away, and I got an extra £5 off because I took a bag of old clothes into H&M. 
Haley was right, this coat is so so warm, and it has been perfect this month as it keeps getting colder and colder. The first reason I fell in love was because it was the perfect shade of pink for a coat and the second was the faux fur lined hood, it's super soft! I got my normal size (a UK8 / US4) and I can fit some thick layers under it, I tried on the size smaller too and could have gone for that if I hadn't wanted to layer so much underneath.  

I have been using this cuticle cream for quite a few years now, but when I moved I had left my tin at home and only remembered to pick it up at Christmas. My cuticles had been super dry this winter and I noticed a huge difference when I started using this again, I have had very few hangnails to pick at since (a really bad habit of mine)! This cream also smells so yummy, it's super lemony.  

Personalised CaseApp iPhone Case {save 20% with the code 'FIVEMINUTE20'}

Last year I got to team up with CaseApp and design my own phone cases and I have been waiting for Spring to arrive so I could switch out my winter one. Let's just say I only held out until the end of January before I switched to this one, I was hoping it might encourage the warmer weather, but no such luck yet. I designed it so it would pair perfectly with the dress I made myself, which I can't wait to start wearing again once summer is here. 

I think it was a few years ago now when I started using First Aid Beauty products and they are one of the few things that I keep repurchasing! I had been using a big tub of this Ultra Repair Cream until it ran out and luckily I found this smaller tube in my stash of goodies I had been saving for travel. This one is nearly gone too now so I will have to get another tub soon. I love quite a few products from the First Aid Beauty Line and there are still some I would love to try out. One of the newer products I started using last year might make an appearance in a faves post in the near future. 

Wicklein Do It Yourself Lebkuchen

This is a bit of a random one, but I love food, especially sweet treats so it makes sense they'll pop up in my favourites from time to time. Gingerbread has been a longtime favourite of mine and I especially like all the German gingerbread goodies that appear around Christmas. I found this kit on clearance in T.K Maxx and I am very glad that I picked up two of them. I made the first one the other weekend, after spending ages translating the instructions as they were only in German and finding out I had to leave the mixture to sit for 3 hours, I finally got to try one and they were 100% worth the wait! If you love ginger and hazelnuts you will love these. 

So my last favourite from February is this eos lip balm. I am a sucker for pretty packaging so I have always loved the sphere shape of these lip balms. I had a lemon one a long time ago that I was sent from the States and have wanted to get another one for my handbag since, the only problem is that they are pretty expensive here in the UK for what they are and I don't have the money to drop that many pounds on a lip balm. So you can imagine I jumped for joy when I found some in T.K Maxx. They had mint and this coconut milk one, and since I loved coconut and pink is my favourite colour, I went for this one. I love this even more than the lemon one I had. It has kept my lips super moisturised through the winter months. I would have been sad when this ran out as I haven't seen then in T.K Maxx since but luckily Santa did and left me another in my Christmas stocking. Thanks Santa!

I hope you are liking these favourite posts and I'd love to know what are you are loving this month too, so leave your current favourite products in the comments below. 


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Weekends At Home

There is no place I love more than home, and as much as I love getting out at the weekends sometimes I just want to stay in curled up with my little Bella. I tried so hard to get her to sit for some pictures but she is far too smart to be fooled by some treats hehe.
Also can we talk about this cardigan for a second? It's called the Saturday Morning cardigan, but I think it should be called the all weekender or maybe even the all week long cardigan. I'd seen it a while back and really wanted to purchase it but with the price tag I just couldn't justify it at the time. Luckily I found it on sale at BrandAlley, a flash sale site that has up to 80% off designer brands and goods. You have to hurry though because each sale doesn't last long. Unfortunately their Free People sale is over now but don't worry BrandAlley has plenty more sales happening right now and you can still snap this cozy cardigan up on sale here too. 


Friday, 16 February 2018

Insta Outfits

Free People Tee // Fat Face Hat // Gorjana Ring 

Old Navy Tee // Ily Mix Scarf

Abercrombie Cami // H&M Cardigan (old) // Old Navy Jeans 

Nordstrom Top // Primark Cardigan // Old Navy Jeans // Old Navy Bag//

Just a quick round up for you of some outfits I have worn recently. I'm slowly trying to ease into Spring pieces even though it is still freezing! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @spark1988 where I share more of my daily looks! 


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Waffle Knit Dress

Happy Tuesday! I would normally do a whole week of Valentine's inspired posts but this year I haven't baked or crafting anything for Valentines, it seems to have crept up from nowhere.
I also haven't shared too many pictures of my house on the blog yet so I decided as it was miserable and cold outside I'd shot this look in my kitchen and give you a little peek. It's the only room in the house that has any Valentine's themed decor in at the moment. We still have some little finishing touches to add to kitchen that we will get round to at some point I hope! 
I've been wearing a lot of pink shades this month and this dusky pink swing dress from Tobi (yes dress but I'm tall and it's been cold so I wore it as a tunic) is made from a cozy waffle knit fabric so it's perfect to wear on a chillier day  and can be dressed down like I have or you could add a pair of heels, a leather jacket and a clutch bag and you are ready for a date night.