I was discussing my make-up routine with a friend at work recently – mainly because I don’t consider myself very skilled at it and I was hoping to pick up some tips. We agreed that most girls learn about make-up from their mother, but that wasn’t really the case for us. Make-up for me has always been very much trial and error.

There are a few products I’ve tried in recent years that I’ve stuck with and they are nearly all French brands. So when a sudden fancy struck me the other weekend to try a slightly bolder look and invest in a properly-red lipstick I went to the one French brand I hadn’t yet tried: Dior.

The Dior counter at House of Fraser were incredibly helpful – and very patient with my trial-and-error approach. They picked out the perfect shade for me and taught me everything I needed to know to apply it properly – I’d been doing it wrong all these years – quelle surprise! (For some equally useful tips I’d also recommend this article.)

Here are some of my best French beauty buys:







Lipstick: Dior Rouge in 999 shade
Eyeliner: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 88 Noir Intense
Concealer: YSL Touch Eclat in Number 1
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose in Noir 1

T-shirt: Rare (seen previously here)
Cardigan: Love

I tend not to use foundation too often, and I’m currently still experimenting with blush/bronzer – if you have any recommendations I would love to hear them!

Something For the Weekend: Tropical Butterfly House

Last weekend I stumbled upon this place, completely by accident. I was supposed to be meeting up with family for a celebratory birthday meal for my sister, but I spotted signs for this place en-route and at the last minute we changed our plans. I’m so glad we did. Whether you have children, or you’re just a big kid at heart like me, The Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry centre is a wonderful day out. It is a little off the beaten track, but if you ever find yourself in the north of England I would recommend a visit.

We didn’t have long enough on our visit to explore everything but I will definitely be going back. Here are some of the highlights from our visit:






The important bit: I’m an animal lover and always nervous about visiting these kinds of places but I found all the staff to be knowledgeable and devoted to the animals’ well being. The enclosures were beautifully kept with lots of enrichment for the animals. In an ideal world all animals would have the same freedom and respect we afford ourselves as humans… but in the meantime it’s important for places like this to exist, so that they can educate children and adults alike, on the wonders of the natural world and the need to care for and treasure it.

Pretty Prints

I’ve been re-discovering my love of Pinterest recently and it led me to thinking about mixing and matching my prints more. I bought this skirt last summer and I love how the lace border works in conjunction with the busy print on the skirt.

There’s something about lace that just makes me think of summer events and this would be the perfect outfit for a garden party. There are lots of gorgeous little details that just make it feel so feminine and fun.

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Top: F&F (similar here)
Skirt: Darling
Clutch bag: Yumi
Shoes: Primark
Sunglasses: F&F

Photos by: Rachel Orritt



One of my earliest memories is of Cinderella. When I was little my Grandma would often mind me while my Mum and Dad were at work, and sometimes – if I was lucky – I’d get to spend the weekend there too. It was the weekends I looked forward to the most. My grandma knew my favourite movie was Walt Disney’s Cinderella, but she’d only rent it from the VHS shop as a special treat for the weekend. My love for the film has stayed with me (and yes I’ve seen the live action remake and it’s wonderful).

When I pulled this outfit together I couldn’t help feeling it was pulling more from the ‘Drizella’ colour palette than Cinderella’s. Then when we were shooting this post the BEST thing happened.

This path is one of my favourite routes to walk and it’s usually fairly deserted. However, I’d forgotten about the Easter Hols. We were soon passed by a family of 8 (including a muddy and excitable dog). There were two little girls (about the age I was when I discovered Cinderella) with their Dad at the back of the procession…

“Go on just ask her.”
“No don’t Dad”
“Just ask, she won’t mind.”
“Don’t it’s embarrassing.
“Excuse me, the girls would like to know if you’re Cinderella?”

I should have been cooler about it. I really should have been. But that family totally made my week.

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T-Shirt: Mango (Similar here and here)
Skirt: Vintage (via The Vintage Emporium at Pear Mill)
Clutch: ASOS (Similar here)
Sunglasses: F&F

Photos by @RachelOrritt (see

Fashion on Film

We’re having a bit of a pre-summer-heatwave in the UK at the moment, so I’ve been taking advantage of the good weather recently, spending lots of time outdoors (follow me on instagram to see some of my mini-adventures) and sadly neglecting this little blog. But just incase the weather’s not so great where you are at the moment, I thought I’d put a few trailers together to inspire and entertain you!

I love a good fashion fairytale… so here are some of the best dressed stories out there.

Dior and I – due for release 10th April 2015

Yves Saint Laurent – 2014

The September Issue – 2009

Coco Before Chanel – 2009