Thursday, 31 December 2015

Summer Favourites // 2015

Hello everyone,

It's finally Summer! As much as I love the cold weather, I really love Summer too. I love taking my dog for a walk early in the morning when the weather is the perfect temperature, I love swimming and I love having the sun shining through my bedroom window all day every day. 

I decided it would be nice to share my Summer favourites, both beauty and fashion. I don't buy new things enough to do monthly favourites, so I am thinking of doing favourites for each season. What do you think - do you like that idea? 

My first favourite is the Sephora Chocolate Smoothing Body Scrub. I got this for my birthday, and I have fallen in love with it! It smells of real chocolate, and it leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth. I try to use body scrubs more frequently in Summer, as your legs are less hidden by your clothes. The only bad thing about this scrub is the quantity. It only comes with 140mL, and I would love it if it contained more. 

My next two favourites are summery-coloured nail polishes. The first one is the Natio Nail Colour in Lily. It is a pearly white colour, so it isn't just white. It has a slight pink tinge and I adore wearing this colour in Summer. The second nail polish is the Rimmel 60 Second nail polish in Breakfast in Bed. It is a lovely shade of blue that reminds me of beachy colours, making it a perfect nail polish for summer. It dries in more than 60 seconds, but not much more, which is perfect for my impatient self.

The last beauty favourite is the Body Shop Wild Argan Oil shower gel. I love it's subtle, natural scent for summer. It also comes in a little bottle, great for taking with you on your Summer holiday! 

Now onto the fashion favourites! 

I recently bought new sandals for Summer, and I absolutely love them! I bought them from Novo shoes, 40% off. I love how easily they can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Wearing them with denim shorts or jeans with a white top looks casual and effortlessly fashionable. They could also be paired with a nice, black dress and look just as fancy as the dress. I love the rose gold detailing, and because the bottom is padded, they provide comfort and support. 

My next favourite are some pyjama shorts. I really like pyjama shorts, there are so many cute designs and patterns on them! These shorts from Sussan have a very tropical pattern, great for summer. The pink flowers and birds really stand out against the deep blue background. I always pair these shorts with either a grey, white or pink t-shirt. 

Before I go, I just want to wish you all a happy new year! This year has been a really great one, and it feels like just yesterday I was posting my first blog post recipe for the Easter cake I made. I hope you all had a wonderful 2015, but let's make 2016 even better!

Bye for now,

Spring Baby aka Jess

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas // 2015

Merry Christmas everyone!!

I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, spent with loved ones. I hope you have an amazing day! 

I can't believe 2015 is almost over - where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday I was starting out this blog in April this year and writing about my Easter Cake!

Have a fun day and enjoy this festive holiday,

Spring Baby aka Jess

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

My Christmas Playlist // 2015

Photo: headphones on top of "Merry Xmas Everyone" drawing on calendar

Hello everyone, 

It's Christmas Eve!! How excited are you for tomorrow? I think I am literally buzzing! For todays Christmas post, I thought I would share with you guys my Christmas Playlist. I've been listening to this non-stop since the start of December!

I find that Christmas music is what gives me the most holiday spirit. That and Christmas present shopping! 

I have a mix of old songs and more recent covers of classics. I have some songs I love musically, but some I listen too just because they get me a festive mood. I also have a few double ups of songs with multiple people singing the original song because I like both versions.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

Last Christmas - Taylor Swift
Santa Baby - Taylor Swift

Jingle Bell Rock - Glee Cast
Baby It's Cold Outside - Glee Cast

One More Sleep 'Til Christmas - The Muppets

Merry Christmas, Darling - the Carpenters

Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande
Last Christmas - Ariana Grande
Winter Thinga - Ariana Grande

Mistletoe - Justin Bieber

All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey

Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

White Christmas - Michael Buble
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Michael Buble
Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Buble

Christmas the Whole Year Round - Sabrina Carpenter

Ave Maria - Christina Perri

Baby It's Cold Outside - Ella Fitzgerald (and Louis Jordan)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald

Under the Christmas Tree - Kelly Clarkson

Christmas Lights - Coldplay

White Christmas - Bing Crosby
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby

What are some of your favourite Christmas songs? 

Bye for now,

Spring Baby aka Jess

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Nail Polish Photo Frame // DIY

Hello everyone,

It's almost Christmas!! I'm super excited, and I'm getting pretty festive. I've also been Christmas shopping and buying presents for people.

Something I love doing to save money and making a gift more personal is making DIY gifts.

I recently tried this DIY out and I really love it, and thought it would be useful to share with you guys just incase you wanted to do this gift idea for a friend or family member. It's a decorated photo frame, and I've painted a design on it using nail polish - how cool is that!

(Just ignore the example picture in the frame! I should've taken it out but i forgot hahah)

You will need:

♥ A plain wooden photo frame 
♥ Nail polish 
♥ Sticky tape (only if you want straight lines on your design) 

I bought a cheap photo frame for less than five dollars from the Reject Shop, and it was perfect as it was wooden, a flat surface and the frame itself was quite wide so there was more space to put the design.

The first thing I did was place some sticky tape on the frame so I could use it as a stencil for dead straight lines. I painted in between the tape, waited around 30 seconds then removed the tape. Make sure your tape is pressed down fully onto the frame, otherwise the nail polish could seep under the tape and create messy lines.

After I had all the lines I wanted, I just dotted the nail polish around until I achieved my desired look.

I absolutely love how mine turned out, and now I want to do this on all my photo frames! I also think this is a perfect gift idea for Christmas, and the receiver will love that you put time and effort into personalising their gift.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I hope this fun and creative post made up for my extended absence, but I've missed posting, too. Now I'm back on schedule :)

Bye for now,

Spring Baby aka Jess