SKINNY TAN SAVES LIVES: my go-to glow this summer

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It’s probably safe to say that i’m a fake tan addict. There’s something about having a lil golden glow that just makes you feel READY and realising the impossibility of affording 25 holidays a year for ultimate upkeep, i have found a best friend in Skinny Tan.

Being the fair, blonde gal I am (not hating on the pale gail’s out there btw) Ive been using Skinny Tan products for pretty much ever (after the school days of streaky orange legs caused by tan wipes and the familiar spicy smell Johnson’s holiday skin, of course) and so when they asked to gift me some of their new products i might as well have just emailed back ‘TAN ME NOW’ in the subject line. Yes, i was excited. 

From gradual tan to instant bronze and even tinted sun cream and aftersun, the guys at Skinny Tan have been doing BITS with their new product range. Ive always been an advocate of their gradual tan as i find with their super thick mitt it goes on with a flawless finish, absolutely no patches and doesnt smell either. This develops over night like a dream ready to wash off in the morning and ta daaa, you’re glowin’. However, my current FAVE product in the range is the coconut tanning mist – literally the first tan ive ever seen like this. Simply spritz the refreshing, clear mist all over (i dab with a mitt to avoid patches) and go. It develops as you wear it and smells amazingly of coconuts. It’s cooling qualities are just fab for sweaty summer days and you don’t smell like a walking biscuit. Winner. 

I’ve also been lucky enough to try Skinny Tan’s SPF range which was whisked away with me to Lisbon – a spray on sun cream with gradual tanner plus a tinted aftersun was perfect to cheat a little with the holiday tan and feel top dollar in them holiday selfies. I was also gifted the gradual face moisturiser and mask (they contain aloe vera and are SO moisturising) which build up a subtle glow for the complexion (i put this on about 3 times per week and i swear i don’t even need foundation day to day). 

There’s also a few non-tan products to try from the Skinny Tan range such as the melting moisture balm which goes on like an oil and makes sure alllll those dry bits (elbows am lookin at u) don’t go patchy and the colour of your tan stays gorge for ages as well as the fab exfoliating mitt, which, if you’re a serial tanner like me, you’ll know the importance of when it comes to avoiding a patchy, streaky disaster. 

I’m even more in loveeee with Skinny Tan than i was already after trying all of these fab new products and i can’t wait to try out more from the range – they make tanning super natural, easy and quick, perfect for us busy gals that just crave a bit of glow. Try for yourself if you haven’t already! #fakeeverydaybrighter 

*i was gifted skinny tan as part of a brand collab but these opinions are my own. 

A Taste of Germany with Albert’s Schenke Liverpool

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In a recent (always Prosecco filled) girl’s night out, we paid a visit to the brand new Albert’s Schenke, sister of the famous Albert’s Schloss. Albert’s Schenke has just opened its doors in Liverpool, serving up steins n pretzels n schnitzels n strudels to the Liverpool public as they head over for unique restaurant experience and some especially delicious scran. As we learnt, this place is perfect for group dining, its bench style seating, sharing platters, live music and DH booth (only at certain times) the ideal venue for loads of fun and, most importantly, a huge choice of cocktails and delicious, high quality food. Here’s everything you need to know about Albert’s Schenke’s fantastic launch night.

Belonging to Mission Mars, the restaurant group that also owns some fab other places (the Elephant Woolton, being one). If it’s tradition you’re after, you can rely on Albert’s Schenke to provide the best biers and pilsners on the planet from Bavaria and Bohemia, alongside the best local craft biers from the Liverpool area. There are over 20 biers on tap, curated by the on-site bier masters. As well as the drinks, their fantastic launch night allowed them to showcase the talents of their Cookhaus as we choose from a traditional yet creative menu, to enjoy on the evening.

In terms of food from Albert’s, I’ve been lucky enough to sample a few dishes and I can honestly say the food is completely delicious (totally indulgent but hey, that’s what we like). From the crispy, spicy lamb croquettes with the melty middle, to the succulent schnitzel and THAT raclette burger, it’s safe to say that Albert’s have smashed it when it comes to portion size, food quality AND taste. If you fancy something a bit lighter, i’d also recommend their various kebab flavours – fresh veggie and meat options served with salad on top of a soft pitta – delicious.

As well as highly recommended main course choices, there’s also plenty of sides and starters to choose from. Why not stick to tradition and try a warm, soft pretzel served with crumbly cheese and pickles? Oh and DEFINITELY order the Sformato as a side (that’s baked truffle mash with melting alpine cheese to you and me). If you want something different to the main menu you can also try Albert’s daily special – go on a Monday and it’s a big fat bowl of hearty scouse with a crusty white bloomer. Dreamy.

Finally i move onto arguably the most important part of the meal, the DESSERT MENU and yeah, it’s good. Being the traditional kinda gal that I am, I ordered the warm apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and savoured every last bite. It was SO good, packed full of apples, crispy, crumbly, buttery pastry, sultanas and a creamy ball of ice cream sat on the top. I KNOW. Other options included brownies and affogato which has pretty much secured the fact i’ll be returning very soon.

If you fancy a night out, a few drinks or a SLAP UP meal, Albert’s Schenke is your brand new guy, ready and waiting to show you a good time. You heard it here first (you probably didn’t but let’s pretend).

How to wear: Styling a Maxi Skirt

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You’ve probably noticed that BIG this summer is the maxi skirt, but taking the plunge to wear one can be difficult, especially if you’re a little unsure about how to style one. I’ve heard SO many people say they wouldn’t suit the maxi skirt trend and I think it’s because they can be perceived as a little bit too done up, but the truth is they’re literally the easiest thing to wear with trainers. One that i’ve found to be so so versatile and one that i’ve worn loads this summer already is this cream tie waist linen skirt from Nasty Gal. Above, I’ve styled with leopard print and trainers for dressed down office casual and below I’ve channelled a holiday look with studded sandals and a leopard hair band. I didn’t want to overcrowd the skirt so I’ve kept it simple with a pop of pink and plain white bag. If you are a little wary about experimenting with a maxi skirt, why not just go for a plain block colour and style around it? I’ve also worn this dressed right down with a pair of chunky pink converse and a grey, oversized sweatshirt. There’s loads you can do if you bite the bullet and style it up for yourself.

Monday Funday at Castle St Townhouse

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Last week i had a cheeky lil Monday funday at the fab Castles St Townhouse to try out their new menu offerings (and maybe have a mojito or 3). For those that don’t know, this gorgeous venue sits bang in the middle of castle street with dark green umbrellas on the outside and an interior to dieee for on the in. With it being a Monday and a busy day at work, i was ready to have a girlie catch up over some delicious food and cocktails.

Sitting down in a gorgeous green velvet booth we ordered two mojitos and set to work on the delicious sounding menu. As always, i wanted everything but finally settled on a few nibbles and a steak salad for the main (with a side of fries cos, you know). The nibbles were homemade humous which was deliciously served with warm pitta and some crusty bread with a generous helping of oil and balsamic – my FAVE. We dipped our bread and sipped our cocktails like true ladies that lunch and to be honest, i was living nothing short of my best life. 

Next up were our mains. My steak was cooked so well (medium) and sat on a bed of leafy greens, topped with a drizzle of salty chimichurri. The salad also had peanuts to give it a delicious sweet crunch and my fries were super crispy and skinny, just how i like em. We also ordered the chicken burger which came on a super soft brioche with the meat marinated in all kinds of delish herbs and spices, served with fries. Just so much yes. 

If, like me, you’ve lived in Liverpool a very long time and even work in town but have never ventured into Castle St Townhouse before, you need to, like now. Delicious food, amazing cocktails (the glasses are BIG) and just all round dead good vibes and lovely service. Couldn’t recommend this place enough for a lil friday (or Monday if you can’t be tamed like me) night treat. Go go go

How to wear: a lil neon never hurt nobody

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Now, I feel like plenty of fashionistas have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with the neon trend. Whilst (in my opinion) it’s super cute, it can maybe be seen as not so chic if you’re not careful what you pair it with. An all over neon look isn’t really my vibe but incorporating it into an outfit in the form of a lil flash, is super easy and IMO just works. Here, i’ve taken this suuuper bright PLT turtle neck and dulled it down with this Brandy Melville straight black floral midi, Veja’s and a black Zara straw bag, making the neon fit into the outfit, rather than overtaking it completely. I’ve kept accessories minimal with just loose hair and a pearly hair band. Don’t be scared to go neon, just keep it in check!

Ultimate gals night with JP Chenet at White Haus Hair and Beauty

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With the hottest day of the year bringing sweaty AF hair and non-existent make up, there wasn’t a better time for the fab Whitehaus Hair and Beauty to put on an amazing girl’s night in collaboration with JP Chenet. From ice cold bubbles and bouncy blow drys to nails, eye make up and lip demo’s – this was the ultimate pamper party and MORE than ideal after a day at work. 

A DJ brought the tunessss, the rose was flowing and the salon was decked out with balloons and gorgeous sweet treats, from mini eclairs with pastel coloured icing to macarons and biscuits. Perfect. Being rubbish at doing my own hair in anything other than a straight style, i was made up to have it perfectly wanded. My look was then completed with a fabulous smokey, metallic eye as the girls at White Haus worked their magic on my face.

 I dunno about you but i really can’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday evening than being pampered with a champers whilst putting the world to rights with my girl gang. Even better, i got to take a gorgeous (pink!) bottle of JP Chenet to enjoy at home as well as other goodies. Gals (or guys) if you’re looking to be pampered in Liverpool City Centre and want to feel a million dollars at the same time, step in to White Haus hair and beauty, you really won’t be disappointed. Thank you so much to White Haus hair and JP Chenet for a lil bit of #treatmoi. 

What I wore: Aside from Asia, last Thursday was THE hottest i’ve ever been ever, so it made sense to keep in chic in a mini dress and trainers. In my opinion, leopard print never gets old, and here i’ve summered up this AW Zara shirt with bare legs and a mini bag.

The Fabulous Gin Company Launch Fabulous Pink Gin

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The lovely ladies behind The Fabulous Gin Company launched their amazing new Absolutely Fabulous Pink Gin this week inside Duke Street’s Mayur restaurant. The Fabulous Gin Company’s new pink gin is designed to alert the senses, with an amazing smell of strawberry laces as soon as you unscrew the top. If the strawberry flavouring and delicious taste wasn’t enough, this fabulous gin is low in calories, working out at just seven per serving, so i’ll have 5 please.

No expense was spared at the launch of Gaynor and Lisa’s launch night, with pink, of course, being the main theme. The gorgeous space of Mayur restaurant was totally transformed with gin towers, cupcakes, a beautiful floral arch, a pianist and divine Indian food from Mayur restaurant. Gin balloons were flowing all night as guests enjoyed serving after serving of pink gin, with a miniature for each guest to take home (or lash in their handbag for emergencies…). Huge thank you to Pink Media and the Fabulous Gin Company for having us – here’s to ALL of the gin.

City Break Style: Lisbon

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In my opinion, a city break is all about exploring. Exploring a new city, discovering new locations, tasting local food and using the ‘that’s what the locals do’ to sip vino in a historic square, usually with a fountain and a museum. But not only can you make ‘cultural’ discoveries, it’s also a fab opportunity to go a lil bit ‘out there’ with your style, whether you’re going for Parisian chic, Mary Kate and Ashley New York Minute or taking the opportunity to rock the grunge in Berlin. One tip I always abide by when travelling with just hand luggage is to pack by outfit. One trusty pair of trainers and a couple of pairs of sandals is really all you need footwear-wise and dresses and skirts that can be taken from day to night with a quick refresh of accessories will be your new best mate.

I picked this maxi skirt up in the Zara sale and it was one of those ‘not really sure’ purchases but I went with it anyway and dressed it right down with a graphic tee, Vejas and a cute ASOS micro bag. I absolutely love this skirt now and paired with a black one shoulder top and a pair of block heels or mules, it’s a night-time winner as well.

I’ve already worn this dress once for a wedding with heels but this works just as well with a pair of chunky sandals for a holiday evening out or trainers for comfortable yet feminine day time style (plus it hides ALL of the food babies). If you’re quick you might find this in the ZARA sale, this is fast becoming my dress of the summer and I would 100% recommend.

This spotty smock was one of those impulse buys that you’re actually MADE UP about when it looks a lot nicer in real life than on the ASOS website. I jazzed this up a little with a pearl hair slide and neon earrings and then just carried my fishnet shopper which is literally a Mary Poppins bag and fits in everything AND the kitchen sink. I chose this H&M one because if you look closely it has a lil bit of sparkle and I am totally about that life.

I am a magpie when it comes to sequins, sparkle and bright colours and when i saw this ZARA top I knew I had to have it (despite there being one left in the wrong size). Being so extravagant, I knew I had to make sure everything else worn with it was pretty casual so I looked more chilled rooftop drinks in Lisbon and less met gala chic. I paired with my Veja’s (these were my go-to holiday trainers), black linen shorts, a micro bag and drop earrings, throwing my hair up to make sure the area around the HUGE bow wasn’t too busy. This is definitely going to be paired with boyfriend jeans and heels for my next ‘jeans and a nice top’ occasion.

I feel like Birkenstocks are just complete Marmite and you’re either gonna love em and wear them ALL the time (jeans, shorts, maxi dresses, jumpsuits you name it) or you aint gonna go anywhere near them. I’ve taken it one step closer to hippy mum with mine because they have the ankle strap as well but I just love them and they come out every summer. Paired with this super wearable scarf print ZARA top, h&m white linen shorts and an oversized sun hat, this is the perfect outfit to explore in (I added a studded back pack to toughen up the look a little bit and balance out the sun hat).

This look just has 90’s vibes written all over it (just missing the space buns) and you can’t really go wrong with these wide leg linen trousers, whether that’s for a throwback to 90’s girl band days or to dress up with heeled boots and a blouse. This little neon orange ASOS crop just proves why i love a halter neck – so wearable no matter what (this is also cute worn with the maxi skirt at the start of this post!)

You can’t really go wrong with a cami dress and I’m just a bit obsessed with the length and satin sheen on this Zara one (not to mention it’s gorgeous shade of pink). Paired with a little handheld tote, trainers and some FAB tan lines this is just a super simple look that can be thrown together in minutes. I was on holiday so wasn’t arsed about a sangria-induced nip-slip but if you want to be a little more covered in the day time this dress is even perfect for work over a t-shirt or with a sweatshirt thrown over the top.

Believe it or not, I actually managed to fit two maxi skirts into my cabin bag and this was the second. Linen, buttoned down the middle and complete with adjustable belt (ideal for an after dinner situation) I decided to stick to simplicity and just pair with a plain bandeau. I accessorised with a little touch of leopard print (because that’s ALWAYS a good idea), pearly earrings and a white micro bag. I did wear this skirt again with trainers and a Calvin Klein tee and I will be getting loadssss of wear out of it this summer at home. Found on Nasty Gal for about £10 but the quality is fab and the fit is lovely. Another go-to.

How to do: Safari Chic

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When Meryl Streep, in all her iconic glory, first brought us safari chic vibes in 1985, it was evident that this trend was gonna stick around. Stylish enough to be worn out and about for (a few too many) dranks with the gals and casual enough for that ‘yeah i just threw this on even though I really didn’t’ aesthetic, you can’t go wrong with safari chic style. Give it an upgrade this season with everyone’s most talked about animal print (move over leopard, there’s a certain Zebra in town) and keep your accessories minimal (I matched my shoes and bag completely to add minimal fuss). Chuck your heels off and throw on a pair of Birkenstock’s or Teva’s and you’ve gone from flower wall and Prosecco to casual daytime style in a suuuper hot minute. To get this look, I’ve paired this cute H&M Zebra t-shirt (about £7 – bargain) and a khaki ZARA skort.

How to do: Everyday Crochet

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Whilst it might scream festival style, there’s no reason why you can’t weave crochet into your everyday wardrobe (‘scuse the pun) whether that’s a lil hint of fezzy vibes dressed down with jeans and trainers (like i’ve done here) or you go full on matching two piece with cute sandals and a sun hat, every wardrobe needs a little bit of this timeless trend. Here, I’ve worn this Zara crop top for brunch and a spot of shopping (the dream) with baggy boyfriend jeans, trainers and a trusty Valentino, but pairing this with a flowy floral maxi makes for a different outfit altogether. Why not have a play, with your very own cro-chet?