Affordable Outerwear and Bags at Ericdress

I know, now that it's finally warm here I am talking about outerwear but hold on, because if you live in the UK you will know that even though we are having a heat wave at the moment, in the evening it can get a bit chilly, so a lightweight coat or jacket is always a good idea, especially if you will be spending most of the day outdoors. Ericdress is a website where you can find lots of cheap coats online so you can have more outerwear options without breaking the bank. 

    affordable denim jacket        affordable summer backpack

This denim jacket is a really great option if you are going to a festival, as it's not only stylish but it will keep you warm as the temperature goes down along with the sun at evening time. It has an oversized fit, 4 front pockets and distressed details that make it stylish as well as comfortable. 

Also if you will be staying overnight you will obviously need something to pack all of your essentials in, and a backpack is an excellent choice as not only there's enough room for everything you need but also it's easy to carry as it has the classic double straps on the back, as well as a top handle. This hot pink backpack features a white polka dot print, a front pocket with a zip besides the main compartment and 2 side pockets where you can perfectly fit an umbrella and a water bottle. On the Ericdress website you can also find more options of cheap leather bags if backpacks are not your thing. 

Find many more fashionable options on http://www.ericdress.com/
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PS. Because it's intu Lakeside Shopping Centre's 25th birthday there's lots of activities going on today until 10 pm and tomorrow all day including live performances, arts & crafts projects, free popcorn & candy floss, food sampling and a Live Lounge Festival music area. Find out more on intu Lakeside's website.


A Rose Scented Affair

rose scent skincare

With the warmer summer weather finally here, strong scents can feel a bit heavy, which is why I love switching to a lighter and fresher smelling fragrance and skincare products. Currently I'm loving:

InstaNatural Rose Water Toner*: I've used it as a toner, but another way to enjoy the gorgeous Moroccan rose scent found in this product is adding a bit to your bath water, which I've been doing.

Avon Romantic Rose Bubble Bath: A nice bath can be a really relaxing and enjoyable experience, this bubble bath smells fantastic and produces a good amount of bubbles. Also love the watercolour illustrations on the packaging.

Paul Smith Rose: Great for after that indulging bath, this perfume is the perfect way to top it off. After all who doesn't like smelling like freshly cut roses all day long?

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream: Not only does this hand cream smells amazing, but leaves your hands soft without feeling sticky, with the added benefit of SPF 15 to avoid sun damage.

Do you like rose scented products?



Nivea Powerfruit Fresh Shower Gel

nivea powerfruit shower gel

One of my favourite things to try are different shower gels, this one I received last Christmas (along quite a few more, so they'll last a few more months) I'm going through them slowly but surely and this time it was the turn of Nivea Powerfruit Fresh Shower Gel.

This shower gel is described as having a delicate acai berry fragrance, with blueberry antioxidants that gently cleanses the skin leaving it soft thanks to its Hydra IQ moisture technology and it being pH skin balanced.

Nivea is a brand I like for it's functional and affordable products and this shower gel is no exception, it's gentle and doesn't irritate my skin, it leaves it feeling clean but not dried out, it also has a nice faint berry scent which I like, lathers well and is easy to wash off without leaving any residue.

Do try out Nivea Powerfruit Fresh Shower Gel if you like affordable shower products (currently £1 in Boots) that smell nice and won't dry out your skin.



The Strokes at Hyde Park

The Strokes at Hyde Park
Photo: Dave Hogan 

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On Thursday we went to Hyde Park for the British Summer Time music festival to watch The Strokes.

We had tickets for the premium section, but still wanted to get there early to be right at the front, so we left about 12:00 to catch the train at half past. After a couple of train changes and a bit of a walk we made it to the premium gates, which opened at 2:30.

We did get to be at the front but I felt like it was still a bit far from the stage, so any pictures taken didn't come out that well.

We saw Syd Arthur, then Future Islands, then Beck and finally The Strokes. They went on at around 9:00 pm, after a 6+ hour wait.

They played songs from every one of their 5 albums (Is This It, Room On Fire, First Impressions of Earth, Angles and Comedown Machine). The set list was:

'Is This It'
'Barely Legal'
'Welcome To Japan'
'You Talk Way Too Much'
'Heart In A Cage'
'Hard To Explain'
'Automatic Stop'
'Vision Of Division'
'Last Nite'
'Machu Picchu'
'Under Cover Of Darkness'
'One Way Trigger'
'New York City Cops'

'You Only Live Once'
'Take It Or Leave It'

It was the 3rd time I've seen them live (1st for my hubby) and even though I'm still tired and with sore feet and legs I enjoyed very much.

The only thing I regret is not noticing that Alex Turner and Miles Kane were dancing in the crowd behind us (!).



Spring & Summer Fragrances for Every Budget

Spring & Summer Fragrances for Every Budget

With the temperatures steadily rising (finally), a strong perfume can feel a bit heavy or even sickly to wear in the spring and summer. These are a few of my favourite options of lighter fragrances:

Avon Naturals Scented Spritz in Jasmine: It has a nice and refreshing smell, which reminds me of gardenias (I suppose those and jasmines smell similar). The plastic packaging makes it very travel friendly and you get a lot of product for your money - 100 ml for just £3, making it a really affordable fragrance, though most of the time you can find it on offer so it's even cheaper.

Paul Smith Rose: A feminine fragrance with white peony, white musk and sandalwood. Smells like freshly cut flowers without being overpowered by the woody element of sandalwood at all. Depending where you buy it, a 100 ml bottle can range from £25 to £57 so I would say this is an excellent priced option if you can find it for less.

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre: A beautiful and delicate scent that is a mix of grapefruit, quince, jasmine absolute and white musk. A long lasting fruity and floral fragrance that's very distinctive and feminine. Soft and almost powdery while remaining always young and innocent. At the higher end of the scale at £54.50 for 50 ml but if you would like to treat yourself I would definitely recommend it. 

What is your favourite summer fragrance?