31.7.14

What Time is it?


When it comes to watches, I am a bit of a perfectionist.

To me, a watch is one of those timeless (ahem) pieces that you don't change until its worn out, so it's crucial that it looks good with every outfit.

A couple of Christmases ago, Rob bought me my dream Marc Jacobs watch in rose gold, and it's absolutely perfect for me, but unfortunately, it's starting to look a little grubby. Don't get me wrong, I take it for a clean every now and again, but it doesn't shine the way it used to and it makes me a bit sad.

Rob is from a family of Rolex-wearers. He got given a Submariner for his 21st birthday and he loves it because it's such a classic piece that will never get old. Obviously something as prestigious as a Rolex is going to be very expensive, so after some research, I began to look at pre-owned watches.

Naturally I was drawn in by the most expensive Cartier which had more figures than I have fingers, but if a prestigious watch with a less-hefty price tag is what you're after, then you can get your mitts on some pretty good quality pre-owned ones.

As with anything, there are thousands of cheaper alternatives online, especially since it seems watches have become quite a big fashion statement in the past couple of years, with women daring to wear bigger faces and chunkier straps as opposed to the dainty and delicate.

My go-to place to browse through tons of brands is Watches2U where you can find big names like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Daniel Wellington - click through those links to see my favourites. I particularly love the Michael Kors watch with the red face!

Are you a one-watch-woman, or do you have a selection that you pick and choose from depending on your outfit?

27.7.14

Interior: Simple Updates to Refresh Your Home

I never thought I'd get as excited about homeware shopping as I do for shoe shopping, but it's happened.

I recently received some Homebase vouchers to decorate our bathroom, and after buying everything, we'd got some vouchers left over, so I took it upon myself to buy a few bits and bobs to update our home.

Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with the way it's decorated, but sometimes you just need to buy a few 'bits and bobs' to freshen things up a little, y'know?


Rob's been banging on about getting a globe for a while now, and I spotted this little beauty in Homebase for just £9.99 - It's amazing how much an ornament and a plant can liven the place up a little!

Something else Rob (and myself - not gonna lie!) has wanted for a while is a drinks tray. As much as I'd love a vintage trolley to place our drinks on, we just don't really have the space at the moment, but when I spotted this tray I just knew I had to have it! I also bought Martini and Margarita glasses, plus a cocktail shaker and added some limes and lemons ready for when we pour our gin and tonics!

If you're wanting a bit of a home re-fresh but struggling for inspiration, I'd strongly suggest setting yourself up a Pinterest account. It's my go-to place when I need to feel inspired. You can check out my 'Home' board here! Alternatively, if you'd rather have a professional's opinion, you could hire an interior designer, or opt for interior package deals like these ones at David Phillips. Sometimes it can be a good thing to have a fresh pair of eyes to look at things, especially if you've been staring at the same four walls for quite some time.

I've put together a shopping list of simple things that can turn your home around...


1. Flowers. It's amazing how much of a difference fresh flowers can make. I usually tend to go to the florist, but you'd be surprised by how amazing (and budget friendly) Aldi's flowers are! Peonies always brighten up a room.

2. Candles. My personal absolute favourite is Orange Blossom from Jo Malone. It instantly makes the room seem relaxing and it smells amazing!

3. A fish tank. Am I a dweeb if I admit that fish tanks completely mesmerise me? Probably, but it's something I've secretly always wanted. If you can afford to go all out and have the tropical fish then you definitely should. I could honestly sit and watch fish swim around a fish tank for ages #dweeb.

4. Wall art. If I'm looking for wall art, I usually tend to go to Urban Outfitters or Etsy for something quirky and unique. If you've got a creative streak in you, why not try and create something yourself? Pop it in a chunky gold frame and voila!

5. Cushions. Girls, don't let your boyfriend tell you cushions are unnecessary! They are totally necessary! And they look super cute. Habitat and TK Maxx are my go-to places for all things cushion-y.

26.7.14

Let's take it back to the start...

The Fashion Diaries | Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle

I've been doing some thinking. Quite a lot of thinking, actually. The past few months, I feel like I've been having an out-of-body experience where my mind hasn't been attached to the life I've been living. The lights were on, but nobody was home.

Last month, I lost someone very close to me, and I never expected it to hit me as hard as it did. Without going into too much detail, losing someone so young with so much life left to live really makes you question everything, and in particular, I think it shocked me into wondering where I'm going with my life and what path I want to take.

My passion has always been with writing, and that's why I started this blog. It was my own little corner of the Internet where I could gush about the new Valentino collection, or make a Topshop wish list, or show off my new shoes that I'd been so proud of. But recently I've been feeling a little disconnected from this blog. I'm constantly wanting to change it, or comparing myself to other bloggers out there. I suppose that's why I've decided to start a fresh (you may notice that all previous blog posts have disappeared).

When it comes to The Fashion Diaries, I've been chasing my tail trying to find that old Liv that used to get home from college and couldn't wait to sit down in front of her laptop and write down all of her thoughts. I never used to care what people thought about my writing, because really, it didn't matter to me who was reading... it was more of a documentation of things for myself to look back on.

But blogging has changed so much.

Blogging is now an industry and a career. Bloggers are now celebrities: signing book deals, becoming the face of fashion brands and travelling the world. What a lot of consumers don't see is the "business" side of things. The statistics you have to disclose to PR's to get into fashion week. How they scruitinise you because of what platforms you use. Are you utilising SEO? Do you have a good CPM? What is your bounce rate?

There is definitely a lot of pressure to produce fresh content. Especially for fashion bloggers, because you're deemed to be failing if you don't own a pair of sliders or culottes - the current trend, which will no doubt be something new next week.

It's exhausting. It's surreal. And it's taken me a while to adjust to it and think "okay... woah... is this still something I want to do?". Somewhere amongst those stats and acronyms is probably where I became disorientated.

Although part of me wants to take a breather and just write about whatever the hell I want - even if that includes last seasons sale items (shock horror), the other part of me is scared of getting left behind. And for someone who is so passionate about their writing and wants to do it as a career, that's pretty terrifying.

So I'm taking things back to the start. Even though I've had a lot on my mind, The Fashion Diaries is still a huge priority for me. I now know exactly which route I want to take and I'm going about it with a refreshed attitude. I'm falling back in love with blogging.