5 THINGS TO WEAR THIS SPRING / SUMMER

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst everyone else is stocking up on cleaning supplies ready for their yearly Spring clean, I'm here scrolling through my favourite websites bookmarking everything and anything that takes my fancy for the summer season. I'm always on a mini-mission to re-invent myself, and this season is no different. Of course, I'm still going to be clutching my biker jackets and black boots like they're going out of style, but this season I'm switching up last years sun-dress obsession with more structured ensembles and a lot more light layers. Who knows, maybe I'll even banish the bardot tops this season? Ahem. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Anyway, here's a run down of my five current favourite trends, and how I plan on wearing them this season. Enjoy!

 


 

Gingham shirts

This is one of those trends that I originally hated, but the more I see it on other people the more I love it. I like the idea of styling up and all black outfit (obviously) with a floaty gingham blouse or bardot top to add a bit more femininity to the look. If you're a little wary of the gingham print but still want to give it a go, opt for something with smaller squares for a subtle nod to the trend. Pair gingham with frilled hems for a double whammy!

 

 
 


 

Trench coats

When I think of Spring / Summer outfits I tend to think more along the lines of floaty dresses, denim shorts and strappy tops..then I quickly remind myself that I live in England and that our actual summer lasts about four days. Jackets are a must here in the UK and lately I've been loving throwing a light trench coat over my every day outfit for a more put-together look. Check out Jack Wills' blog post on how to style a trench coat for more outfit inspiration!

 



 

 

SILK SCARVES

I know right, who would have thought I would've ever, ever mentioned silk scarves here on my blog? Even now, I'm not talking about physically wearing them (although that works too) but more so re-vamping accessories by wrapping a silk scarf around them. Take for example the bag in the photo above. Without the scarf? A pretty boring bag. But with it? It's like something right off the runway. It's also a super cheap way to re-vamp your fave wardrobe staples.

 

 
 


 

FRILLED HEMS

Frilled hems is probably my favourite trend of the year so far, because it can work with just about anything  - skirts, dresses, jeans - you name it, you can probably add a frill to it. I love wearing frilled tiered skirts with knee high gladiator sandals in the summer and layering them up with chunky knits and knee high boots in the winter. I'm also a huge fan of wearing really floaty, frilly dresses paired with chunky black biker boots for a feminine / masculine mix up.

 

 

 



 

 

BELTED EVERYTHING

No, just threading a belt through your favourite pair of jeans doesn't count as taking part in this trend - with this one it's go hard or go home. An affordable way to try out this look is by wrapping a chunky corset belt around your favourite dress or tee. Not only does it look stylish, but it'll also - literally - cinch in your waist! Try a statement skirt made up entirely of belts or pair a simple LBD with a buckled choker necklace for a commitment-free take on the trend.

 

This post is in collaboration with Jack Wills

6 ways to save money as a blogger

Blogging can be an expensive hobby - even more expensive when it starts to become a bit of a business. It's not just the cameras and equipment that costs money (although they will eat up a big chunk of your bank balance) but - if you want to stay current with your readers - even things like clothes and cosmetics can get a lil pricey (but let's face it, buying dresses is way more fun than buying domain names) which is exactly why I decided to make a blog post all about the various ways you can save money whilst you blog, so that you can focus more on your content and less on your finances.

BEG, STEAL OR BORROW

Okay, so maybe the stealing part isn't ideal, but begging and borrowing definitely plays a big part in the world of blogging. As your audience grows, brands may start to offer you free clothes and products in exchange for content, which is not only flattering, but also pretty handy if you're looking to save some money. If you're not quite at that stage yet, no sweat! Instead, try getting in contact with local brands or boutiques to see if you can work together. They gift or lend you items to wear/use/shoot and in return you link back to them on your blog and social media. That way, they get free advertising and you get free content!

 

BUY PRE-OWNED STAPLES

Let's face it, buying a pre-owned Rolex is going to be a whole lot cheaper than buying a Rolex straight from a retailer. The same goes for everything from jewelry to jeans to DSLRs. If it's something you plan on using or wearing often I definitely recommend checking out some reputable pre-owned sites such as eBay, Depop or Xupes to save some moolah. A lot of the time second-hand retailers will only stock items that are in perfect condition, so you never have to worry about whether something is in good nick or not. And of course, you can even sign your own items up to a lot of pre-loved places too to really make that money.

 

MAKE IT YOUR NICHE

Saving money is something people are always interested in, so why not make an on-going save VS spend series on your site? Perhaps a designer dupe run-down or a list of your favourite under £5 eBay finds! Everyone loves a bargain - in fact, some of my most popular shopping posts are the ones based around designer dupes - so not only is it affordable (or even free!) for you to write about, but it's also interesting for your audience to read as well! It's also a great way to get inolved with trending topics without spending shed loads of cash on the latest it bag or eyeshadow palette. Just find a dupe for it instead!

WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

Got some kind of smartphone? Good, because that's pretty much all you need to start a blog. These days most bloggers have enough equipment in their houses to open up their own photography shop, but chances are they didn't start off that way. As my own blog has grown, so has my equipment. I started out with a crappy old compact camera that I rested on a bookshelf to take my OOTDS, but as time went on I began to invest in more and more things that helped make my blogging life easier. Good natural lighting and a steady hand are all you need to get started - a big fancy camera won't make your blog an overnight success. Instead, focus on the content, and work your way up from there.

 

SHOP YOUR OWN STASH

Buying new products is expensive, especially if you plan on posting a few times a week, so when it comes to creating new content I always like to shop my own stash. More often than not I find myself reaching for the same makeup or same clothes most days, so when it comes to creating new posts my mind tends to go a little bit blank. Shopping my stash means I can get inspired by the things I already own - whether it's basing a new look on an old outfit or re-finding an old favourite makeup product. It's a great way of saving money whilst also still being able to put out quality content - and hey, you may even find that old lipstick you lost five months ago..

 

TEAM UP WITH OTHER INFLUENCERS

Not only is collaborating with other bloggers a whole lot of fun, but it can also help you save a crap ton of money. These days, a lot of bigger bloggers pay for photographers to take their photos and it is not cheap - especially when you're just starting out. So, instead of hiring a professional, become your own professional! Team up with other influencers in your area and make a day out of outfit shooting and instagramming. Not only can you create content together, but you can also credit each other on your own blogs to boost each others audience. Another plus side? It's a lot less awkward posing in front of other internet folk than it is convincing your dad to take your selfie.

What are your top money saving tips?

This post was sponsored by Xupes.

My every day skincare routine

 
 

 

 

 

 

Skincare has always been a really important part of my beauty routine. Over the years, I've begun to experiment more and more with makeup, but despite favouring more of a full face glam I've never neglected to look after my skin. I'm a firm believer that beauty starts from the inside out, and that if you look after your base, your makeup will glide on effortlessly and flawlessly. And hey, if it keeps me looking younger for longer then that's a plus too.

 
 

 

 

CLEANSING & TONING

I absolutely adore makeup, but I know it's not the best thing to put on my skin - which is where a good cleanser comes in handy. I tend to opt for either balms or oils these days, as I find they're the best at removing everything from waterproof mascara to stubborn liquid lipsticks. A  favourite of mine is bareMinerals' Total Cleansing Oil as it's light weight, but packs a real punch as far as removing my makeup is concerned. It's one of those cleansers that can take you from full-face to fresh-faced in an instant. Personally, I'm a big fan of double cleansing, which this oil is perfect for. One wash gets rid of makeup, the next gets rid of the dirt. As far as toners go, I tend to switch things up a little depending on my current skincare concern. Right now, I just tend to use the Garnier Micellar Water to remove excess oils and remaining makeup. It's also a life saver for late nights and long-hauls..

 
 

 

HYDRATION & EXFOLIATION

When it comes to keeping my skin hydrated I do try (emphasis on the word 'try') and drink as much water as possible to ensure I'm hydrated from the inside out. However I still like to slather on face creams as if my life depends on it. I'm not overly loyal to any particular moisturiser - all I ask is that it's nourishing and works well as a base under makeup. A little bit of SPF doesn't hurt either. A few of my favourites right now are the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream for day, and the Clarins Multi-Active Nuit for the night. They all tend to keep any dry skin at bay, but for when I need a little extra TLC I look to exfoliators to sort out the situation. Every few days I use either the Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush (use the code 'cocochic' for 70% off!) with my cleanser or a glycolic acid like Pixi's Glow Tonic to get rid of dead skin. Way less scary than it sounds, but so, so good.

 
 

 

REJUVINATING & ANTI-AGING

It's hard to believe that on my next birthday I'm going to be celebrating hitting a quarter of a century. I've gone through the majority of my life begrudging my baby face, but as I get older I've realised it's a blessing - and one that I don't plan on taking for granted. I'm sure a lot of it is down to genetics, but I'm not taking any chances, and so recently I've been using a lot of tricks and treatments to help keep wrinkles at bay for as long as humanly possible. An on-going favourite of mine is the Sunday Riley Luna Oil - a retinol based oil that I apply to the skin around every other night. Retinol is known for it's anti-aging properties, and after a few months of using it (yes, it does take time!) I've definitely started to notice a positive change in my skin's texture. I'm also partial to a hydrating sheet mask or two, but for when blemishes quite literally rear their ugly heads I opt for a charcoal based product like the L'Oreal Detox Mask,

 

Falling for the new Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

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If you've been a reader of my blog since the beginning you may remember the first ever outfit post I published - I know I do. It was one of the most blistery days of the year - a mild storm had swept Cornwall - and there I was standing on the edge of Portreath harbour in stilettos, attempting to look somewhat poised in front of my new boyfriend who convinced me to let him take my photo. I was wearing baggy leather trousers, a baseball tee and a bomber jacket - not my most sophisticated of ensembles - but I'll always remember that post fondly, as it featured the first item I had ever been gifted as a blogger: a Daniel Wellington watch. Years later, and it's safe to say a lot has changed - although a few things still remain: that not-so-new-anymore boyfriend that still shoots all of my outfit photos, and of course, my taste in watches. And so it's actually incredibly special for me to be able to share with you the brand new addition to the Daniel Wellington range (and my personal favourite) the Classic Petite - the brand's first 32mm watch with a mesh strap, and my new every day accessory.

As with all Daniel Wellington watches, the Classic Petite is customizable, and is available in a rose gold or silver mesh strap with either a white or black dial. I feel like as I've grown older I've really learnt to appreciate the beauty of a good time-teller. I've never been the sort of girl to stack bracelets, or layer up necklaces - I much prefer the practical over the pretty. But it's even more special when those two qualities combine to create a piece like the Classic Petit (even more so again when it's light on the purse strings). It's the finishing touch to every outfit - almost like that final mist of perfume before leaving the house. I slip it onto my wrist and my every day outfit feels complete, and I put together. There are very few loves like that that have lasted in my life, but as I said, a certain two still remain.

And so with that little love story of mine, I'm delighted to announce that I've been given a personal discount code 'COCOCHIC' to share with you all, giving you 15% off of everything on the Daniel Wellington website (including the new Classic Petite style!) as well as free worldwide shipping, right up until the 15th of May 2017. Because whilst money may not be able to buy you love in the form of a patient photographer boyfriend, it can buy you one of the new Classic Petites. Which by the way, won't leave it's laundry lying around all over the place.

 

"I feel like as I've grown
older I've really learnt to
appreciate the beauty of a
good time-teller."

 

Use code 'COCOCHIC' for 15% off the Daniel Wellington website!



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Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighters

After swatching on my hand I was impressed, but not blown away. The pigment was there, but it did take me a few swipes to pick up the exact amount of opacity I wanted. However - just like a lot of other drugstore glows - once you break through the 'outer layer' of the pan the powder softens and becomes a lot easier to pick up. It's when you apply these powders with a brush that they really come into their own. One application gives a subtle (but still enviable) glow, two applications give a more intense shine. But three? You better have your sunnies on. The best bit is that - despite being incredibly buildable - the Skin Kiss highlighters never seem to look powdery on the skin.

As for the Bronze Kiss, this cream swatches as more of a subtle glow than any kind of bronzing or contouring product. As someone who prefers powders, I wouldn't say this is my favourite product of all time, however I imagine it'd be amazing on sun-kissed skin or across the decoletage for a night out.

Makeup Revolution is one of those brands that churn out products like it's no ones business. I mean, I could probably even dedicate an entire blog to just posting about new MUR products and I'd never run out of new content (in fact, that's probably not a bad idea) - however today, I decided to focus more so on their latest releases and review the new Skin Kiss highlighters and cream bronzer, which, don't only photograph amazingly well, but apply pretty damn nicely too.

The highlighters come in three shades - Ice Kiss (a white highlight), Golden Kiss (a champagne shimmer) and Peach Kiss (a rose gold glow - and retail for just five pounds each for 14g worth of product. The rose gold compacts are big, but still quite nice and slim and contain a large, flattering mirror that's perfect for on the go. The bronze (aptly named Bronze Kiss) is packaged in the exact same way and retails for the same price, only for 11.5g of product.

L-R: Golden Kiss, Ice Kiss, Peach Kiss, Bronze Kiss

Will you be trying these out? Which is your favourite shade?
 


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