Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Back To School with Missguided - Ways to Wear a White Shirt #2

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(Photos by Charissa)
(Outfit Details: Shirt - ℅ Missguided, Dress - ℅ Missguided, Hat - ASOS, Bag - Zara,
Shoes - Topshop)

As promised, here is my second instalment of how I'd style a white shirt with Missguided and I am seriously loving this combo right now. If you've been reading my blog for a little while, you'll know that I'm partial to a dress-over-shirt pairing every once and in a while, which is what inspired me with this outfit choice. Cami-dresses are something I don't find myself often going for (purely I don't tend to wear things which show off the tops of my arm, weird huh?) but I love how it looks over the top of this white shirt. Keeping to the monochrome colour palette, I chose to keep this outfit quite classic with plenty of basics that could all be worn with plenty of other pieces.

I'm in the midst of having a total wardrobe re-haul and in recent weeks have found myself tending to reach for staple items, as I feel like my style hasn't been translating on this blog like I want it to and I haven't felt massively inspired. So I'm going back to the basics, and going for the things I know I love and probably will for a long long time. Giving this outfit a little dose of much-needed colour, I decided to go for this lilac fedora which I was wearing an awful lot at the start of this summer but had admittedly forgotten about since. It's a beauty, right?


Make sure you check out my blog sale which I updated on Monday - I'm offering 20% off all orders and all must go! 
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Monday, 18 August 2014

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Range - Launch


On Thursday, the lovely staff at The Body Shop in Eldon Square, Newcastle, hosted a bloggers event at their store ahead of their shopping event in celebration of their latest launch, the Wild Argan Oil range. Although I'd heard a little bit about their newest release, thanks to watching Fleur De Force's video (as she's the face of this range) I didn't really what it was all about and I was excited to learn more about it and it's products. I've always associated Argan Oil with hair products and how incredible it is as a hair treatment, so I had very high hopes with it being the main ingredient in this skincare range. And boy was I not disappointed!

We were greeted with open arms, offered refreshments and told the plans for the evening ahead. With free hand/arm massages and mini-makeovers on offer, as well some hefty discounts, its safe to say us NE bloggers were all in our element and had an amazing evening spent laughing and chatting about all things skincare and beauty. And we were lucky enough to be gifted a selection of full-sized products from the new range to test out.

It's only been a few days that I've used the products, but I have to say they may one of my favourite range of The Body Shop yet. I'm not normally one for sweet scents, but there's something about this that lingers around throughout the day and you never get sick of. Admittedly, I spent the whole bus ride home stroking my incredibly silky arm (after receiving a massage using the products) and getting whiffs of the most wonderful scent. It isn't at all overpowering, which is something I often find off-putting and I could happily sit smelling the body butter especially all day. I can't get wait to see the results of using these in a few weeks time!


If you're reading this and local to Newcastle/Eldon Square, they're holding a special in-store event on Tuesday 19th August 1pm-7pm for those wanting to discover this wonderful new range. Spaces are expected to fill up quickly (and with good reason!) so make sure you book to avoid disappointment - ring 0191 2221893 if you're interested. Plus if you quote my blog name 'The Girl In The Bowler Hat' you'll get yourself a goodie bag, which is pretty good if I say so myself!


What do you think of the new Wild Argan Oil range? Any products you're desperate to try out?

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Low-Down #8

Sunday Low-Down 8
(yes, it really was as good as it looks, mmm)

What I've been up to //

- So here we are again, the two weeks seem to have flown by and with darker nights starting to set in, it's left me wondering where the summer has gone. I swear it was just yesterday I was putting my scarves and gloves for another season?!

The past 14 days have been really mixed, with plenty of ups and downs, tears of laughter and tears of frustration, but thankfully ending on a high. I decided to take a little step back from blogging last week, hence the sporadic posting, as it seemed to become a chore to me and I was left feeling uninspired and a bit unsure of it all. My content has been as good in recent weeks as I'd like it to, with nothing translating how I want it to. And with Company Magazine announcing it'll be no longer going to print, I had a bit of a crisis over whether this is all for me. It's always been my dream to have worked for them and it hit me hard. But I'm feeling somewhat refreshed and ready to change the things I'm not so happy with. I'm on the hunt for as much experience as possible, teaching myself the wonders of Adobe and hoping to create my own photography portfolio - as well as having a bit of a blog revamp. So you may notice a few changes on here, watch this space!

On Thursday, I was invited along by The Body Shop to attend a bloggers event all about their newest release, their Wild Argan Oil Range. I'm not going into much detail (as they will be a post going up later today about it) but I met up with the lovely Megan, her friend Gianni, Megan and Chloe before for a catch-up at Olive and Bean. Crazy to think I barely knew these people a year ago, and now they're all really good friends of mine. Blogging has been one of the best things I've done, the NE bloggers are such a wonderful bunch! 

What's made me smile //

- Spotting myself on the ASOS Fashion Finder homepage, that was a bit of a surprise!
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch marathons. Oh yeah.
- Feeling anxiety-free for 2 days in a row (something that hasn't happened in years)
- Autumn/Winter stock coming into my favourite shops, yeeees!
- Continuing to shoot for Charissa and Helen and being incredibly proud of the photographs. 
- Going to collect the rest of my university work from second year and receiving the most wonderful comments written about my design work. It was my favourite module of the year!
- Catching up with some of my fave NE bloggers for the first time in ages.
- New stationary, enough said.

What I've been listening to //

- Whisky Jax - Bermuda Lies
- Gabrielle Aplin - Liar And The Lighter 
- Fall Out Boy - Death Valley
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