Milk Maid Braids

Monday, 29 September 2014

I was asked to show you my favourite hair style, using some amazing Tigi products  that Dirty Locks sent to me ♥

Things you may or may not know about my hair and styling; I only wash my hair once a week, which works well for me due to my lack of mid-week socialising and having my hair tied back for work. At the Weekend I wash it and like to make the effort, but some times there's still that time inbetween when your hair still needs to look acceptable and no doubt the Milk Maid Braid is my go to style for this. 
1. This can be done on clean or dirty hair, this hair is 2 days post washing and I had it curled for a shoot the day before.

2. I split my hair from my shorter layers and fringe. You can keep these in if you wish, but I love the look of a little hair hanging down the front.

3. Take your hair into 3 pieces and braid as a normal braid.

4. Secure the bottom of the braid with plastic ties, I bought these ones from Primark.

5. Repeat with other side of your hair.

6. Take the first braid of the top of your head and secure in place with kirby grips.

7. Second side goes over, trying to secure the tie behind the already secured braid to hide as much as possible.

8. and done! Pretty hair 


Bubble and Fizz

Thursday, 25 September 2014

When Waitrose got in contact about their new campaign, it was like a dream come true, how more perfect could it be for me and to share with my readers ♥
"Your Prosecco Moments" is about sharing the fun times that you have, celebrating and toasting with friends and family. It could be anything big, or small, but that you want to raise your glass too, and I think it's so important to do so.
It's no surprise that I'm toasting to our wedding, we have a little over a week before we fly out to sunny Florida, and this weekend we're having our pre-wedding shoot as well as spending fun in Poole with some glass friends.....while drinking lots of bubbles.

Dress c/o Hybrid Fashion| Shoes from Boohoo

I felt the perfect outfit would be to rock this cream and lace bodycon number! Now, this usually isn't my kind of style but my gosh I love this dress. I think all my lumps and bumps do too, and although something I usually stay away from (tight and fitted) I think it works so well with my body shape, and who can resist the pretty lace detailing.

If you're wondering how I styled my hair, I'll be showing you later this week, so be sure to pop back over for the full tutorial. 


Boots for Sir

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Shirt and Chinos from Primark| Boots c/o Jacamo

Sam has shown some of his outfits previously, but is no where near a regular feature on Stephanie Dreams, and so when he gets asked to take part in a campaign my heart always flutters a little.
His style has evolved a lot since I first met him, getting his polo shirts down to a reasonable amount (none!) and getting him out of trainers all the time. You'll mainly see him in shorts and tee, jeans and a tee or for something a little more smarter the chino's and boots will always come out.

These Jacamo boots are perfect for both afternoon tea's, which I drag him too, or nights out with the boys for a few beers. I think guys like to keep it simple, too much to choose from will just cause headaches and some times I think Sam's worse than me at picking his outfits. 

At the moment I'm trying to get him to keep his beard for the wedding, any tweets his way (@sw63) to confirm this is the right thing to do, will be ever so helpful

Rock N Roll Bride for Crown and Glory

Friday, 19 September 2014

There's no hiding the truth when it comes to my love for Crown and Glory, I believe Sophie is a genius when it comes to all things pretty for your hair.....and she just happens to be a bloody amazing person (with lilac hair) too ♥

I've followed the little online shop for some years now, some how finding it in my first years of blogging and buying something from their every year since, growing my collection and my true love for the pieces that are created. The first Rock n Roll Bride collection came out at a very exciting time for me, and soon after finding Kat and her awesome wedding blog, these beauties came to us and how wonderful they are. I am however going to put myself out there and say this new collection beats it, totally!!!

Although it's aimed Bridesmaids, the whole collection is worthy of any bride and any day to day C&G lover too. There's glitter, sparkle, floral and amazing colours that make you smile if if you're in a bad mood. 
The Bride-to-Be party headband is no doubt a fav, it's so fun and easy and I can see so many girls rocking that in the run up to their wedding.....I hope it's not too late for me to! The gold ears are also another fav, I love gold, and so this just works amazing on a design I loved previously. Lastly, I am truly in love with the belts and am excited to see how these are styled up for both bridal and bridesmaid gowns, I think they could easily put a fun twist on things while still staying elegant.

Sophie, Kat, I salute you (and basically love you!)

Floral Delights

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tshirt from Topshop| Skirt c/o Quiz| Shoes from Primark

My staple outfit seems to be a midi skirt and a casual tee, at the moment. I love it for most events, and with a different necklace or pair of shoes it can be dressed up or down so easily.
This gorgeous floral knee length skirt was hanging in my wardrobe so patiently, and having tea with a friend seemed the perfect opportunity to show her off. 

I'm exciting to start wearing transitional season outfits, although I don't think I'm truly going to be feeling it until we get home from Honeymoon. This little outfit is the perfect Summer to Autumn style, although the warm weather today has got me excited for bikini times on the beach.

I remember chatting recently about my style changing since the start of Stephanie Dreams, but really style and fashion sense changes constantly. From one season to the next, or from each year to another. Really the largest change has been from my teen years, I remember wearing my hair in a tight wet ponytail to school each day, showing my belly on every occasion (even if I was wearing a scarf). I think as a young teen you grown your style, even if you make a few wrong choices along the way. If you want to be a stylish teen make sure to check out the Newlook website.
Luxury Flowers c/o  Appleyard Flowers

I wanted to share these flowers in my outfit post too, they're so pretty and although they are perfect in my lovely vase on the landing, I wanted to show them off with my floral skirt too.
They're full of Autumn colours, and amazing flowers! Flowers are the one thing that truly make me so happy, I have a sneaky smile every time I walk past. At the moment we're in need of a Sunday florist delivery for while we're away, so if anyone knows of any please do let me know.

Discount code: GIFT33 to get 33% off your next Appleyard Flowers order

Bathroom Design

Monday, 15 September 2014

Our bathroom is the one one room in the house I'd truly love to change, not because it's dated or looks awful, but it's a dream to have a gorgeous elegant Bathroom full of love and relaxation.
Being in rented property doesn't help with this, so a few new fluffy towels, a pretty shower curtain and new storage will have to do for now.

The Homebase Bathroom furniture is high on my wish list at the moment. I'd no doubt go for something white, pretty and fresh. I want my dream bathroom to have a relaxing feel to it, but so wonderful and a place I can't wait to be once the working day is finished....along with a bubble bath and a glass of wine.

What one room in your house is in need of a major make over?

HomeSense Giveaway

HomeSense is opening up in my local town, I'm so excited as it's been a shop I've heard so much about for the last few years but never had the chance to visit one ♥

The store is actually part of the TK Maxx family, and so straight away you know you're going to be getting value for money as well as amazing pieces that aren't seen around in most other shops. As a huge interior decor lover, I love seeing how you make a house more homely or put your own personal stamp on a new place. 
And don't shoot me, but I just want wait for Christmas after seeing these photos!

I'll be covering the opening of the new Swindon HomeSense store, so be sure to watch out for new blog posts and videos about the shop and also what I buy.

I'm giving you the chance to win a £50 to spend in any HomeSense store! All you have to do is follow me on twitter and subscribe to me on YouTube, easy as that.....follow rafflecopter below

Pawsome Box

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Canine gift box c/o Pawsome Box

Severus is spoilt! Not only do we treat him like our actual son (better him than some screaming two-legging child) PR companies also seem to like to treat him, this time in the way of this gorgeous goodie box full of treats and toys. 

Every month you can gift your pooch a surprise with goodies that are especially adapted to it's woof, size, breed and age.
The boxes start from £15.90, so for a one of Birthday treat, or just because your dog deserves something special- this is the way to go. Such lovely toys and all natural and high quality treats.