Leah Pelly

Fashion – Travel – Beauty

The Green EDIT

Although there’s still snow on the ground here, I’m so looking forward to Spring in all it’s light jacket glory. I’m dreaming of the days I can wear my leather jacket without two extra layers underneath and my converse without my toes turning into tiny icicles.

I love playing around with colour in Spring and a key trend I’ve noticed popping up along the high street is this lovely shade of green. It’s safe to say that I’m becoming a little bit obsessed with it, especially since I recently purchased a pair of Adidas Stan Smith green and white trainers. So for this extra post of the week I’m going to share with you all the stunning green pieces I’ve found and what’s on my wish list for Spring 2018.

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Shirt Dress – H & M – £29.99, Bag – River Island – £35, Necklace – Accessorize – £15, Shoes – River Island – £32

Ok, so maybe a little bit of a white lie.  This outfit’s more Summer than Spring, well for England’s Spring it is. This outfit would be perfect to pack for a February getaway to a hotter climate or for a city chic weekend this Summer. The pops of green in the shoes and bag will transform the white shirt dress into a fun, sophisticated, easy to wear outfit.

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Jeans – Topshop – £40, Earrings – New Look – £7.99, Top – River Island – £30, Boots – Public Desire – £39.99

This outfit screams Spring. These Libby Boots from Public Desire are high on my wish list at the moment, and paired with these cropped wide leg jeans will create a perfect elongated silhouette. To further rock this girl boss vibe I decided to pair them with this stunning green bell sleeve wrap crop top and statement earrings. Finish this look with a messy bun and you’re good to go.

 

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Jeans– Mango – £35.99, Shirt – River Island – £35, Sunglasses – River Island – £16, Shoes – Next – £38

I found these dreamy shoes thanks to Laura over at Laura’s Little Locket ( You can find her Instagram here). Laura featured the leopard print versions on her Insta and I fell in love with them. I decided to pair the white version with this split sleeve white and green stripe shirt, which strangely reminds me of a shirt my Nan used to wear years ago, and these rather quirky retro style sunglasses from River Island. This outfit is definitely the sort of thing I’d choose to wear to go shopping or to head to a family meal in.

Below are a few other fabby green pieces I’ve stumbled across.

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I hope you enjoyed this different style of post and let me know if there’s any green pieces in your wardrobe that you’ve been loving recently.

xoxo

Disclaimer- All images used in this post are not my own and have been taken from the Retailers’ websites and so all copyright is theirs.

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The One Item You Need To Purchase In The Sales

There’s nothing quite like finding an absolute bargain in the sales. And as January comes to a close I’m here to let you know about the sale you need to check out before it’s too late. Public Desire currently have a sale on, slashing their prices, starting from £9.99 across all sale footwear.

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For a few months I’d been lusting after these regal lace up ankle boots when they were full price at £39.99, so when I saw them for £10 in the sale there was no questioning. These boots are even more gorgeous in real life. They have beautiful embossed floral detailing along the faux leather and a pink and red patterned tip on the pointed toe. These shoes are a definite statement and jazz up any plain outfit.

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I decided to pair these lace up boots with some blue mom jeans, a staple black roll neck tee and a red clear bag, but these boots would look just as chic if they were teamed with skinny jeans and an over sized shirt- the stiletto heel really helps to elongate your silhouette. Keep an eye out for them as I plan to feature them in future fashion posts.

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These boots are currently out of stock but the black and denim are still available- you can find them at the links below. These would be perfect if you’re after a more wearable colour.

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Here are some other pieces I’ve been loving in the public desire sale. Click on the images to visit them on the public desire website.

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Let me know below of any bargains you’ve found in the sale or any public desire shoes you’re loving.

 

 

How To Get That Natural Look

Now that party seasons over and the glittery statement eye shadows and red lipsticks are saved for the next festive season (although who truly just saves a red lip just for christmas?)- I’ve found that I’ve been loving a more natural makeup look.  In today’s post I’ve decided to share with you the products that I’ve been reaching for to create an everyday natural makeup look.

The Base

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At Christmas I was kindly gifted a Tarte Maneater Makeup Set, you’ll see quite a few products are featured in this look as I’ve been loving experimenting with them in my everyday routine. One of the products that was in the set was the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation in shade medium honey. This shade is a little darker than my usual, so I have been mixing it with my regular Revlon Colorstay Foundation in shade sand beige. The Tarte Foundation has a mousse-like consistency, seemingly a lot heavier than my usual foundation, however after application, I honestly feel like I don’t have any makeup on at all. And it provides great coverage – if you’re after a more full coverage high end foundation then definitely give this one a try. When applying this foundation I’ve firstly been using my egg sponge, mixing the two foundations together on the back of my hand, applying as usual but then blending with a Tarte foundation brush just to completely blend the foundation in. I’ve then been taking my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 1 fair and concealing any blemishes I may have and also using it to brighten underneath my eyes.

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To contour I’ve been using my trusty Bareminerals Ready Color Boost, The Select Reserve and applying it to just below my cheekbones and fore head and blending. I’ve been loving the palest highlighter (it doesn’t have a name sorry) from the NYX Butt Naked Turn The Other Cheek Palette, it adds a little subtle glow which makes it perfect for everyday use. The pigmentation of NYX highlighters is gorgeous for a drugstore brand, so go light at first and then build up if you’re going for a bolder night time look. I’ve been applying this along my cheekbones and some to my forehead, to compliment the bareminerals contour.

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The Eyes

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To keep this look as natural as possible I’ve been using minimal eye shadow and trying to keep the look all about the lashes. For eye shadow I used the shades passion and purr from the Tarte Maneater Palette– taking passion all over the lid, running purr just through the crease. I tight lined my upper lid with (you guessed it) Tarte Maneater Self Sharpening Eyeliner in shade black and then took the pencil along my lash line. This little bit of eyeliner helps to make lashes appear fuller and thicker.

Speaking of lashes the star of this show, really has to be this mascara. I have fallen in love with the Tarte Maneater Mascara. This is definitely my favourite product from the Maneater Collection I’ve tried so far. It beautifully lengthens and defines lashes, giving you that fluttery falsies look without the hassle of tweezers and glue. I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about this product before, it’s definitely going to be in my makeup bag for a while.

For brows I’ve been using the Mally Universal Brow Powder And Filler, a product that’s always a go to for me. It’s just a perfect shade, that’s easy to apply with the Mally brow brush that comes with it or any alternative brow brush.

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The Lips

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To complete this natural look, I’ve been using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lipstick in shade Bear Hug. Oh my god, I am in loveee with this lipstick. It is my perfect nude colour and really completes this look as it has some peach and brown tones. I really like the creaminess that this product has when applying it which settles to a semi-matte finish. It’s long wearing and yet still keeps your lips feeling as though you haven’t got anything on throughout the day- definitely a fave at the moment. Also can I just mention that I really like the new packaging for the Tanya Burr Cosmetics, I definitely need to try out some other products from the range.

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Please let me know if you try any of these products out, I’d love to hear whether you’ve been loving the Tarte Maneater mascara as much as me or whether you’re also a fan of the Tanya Burr Bear Hug lipstick.

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What I’m wearing:

Jumper – Topshop

Glasses – Specsavers

Shimmering Wish Ring – Pandora

Thumb Ring – Lovisa

Autumn Makeup Look

I am completely in love with this autumnal inspired makeup look, using berry toned blush and lipstick to create the ultimate autumn vibes- and so I just had to share it with you. All the products I’ve used will be listed below.

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Foundation – Revlon Colourstay in shade sand beige

Contour- BareMinerals Ready Color Boost, the select reserve

Highlight – Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in shade monaco

Blush -Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Berry in shade 0232

Brows – Mally Universal Brow Powder and Filler

Eyes – BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0, using shades celebrate and ball gown

Sephora Colorful eyeshadow in shade faux fur jacket

MUA eyeshadow in shade chamoisee

Eyeliner – Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in shade midnight

Mascara – Mally Volumizing  Mascara in shade black

Lip – Mac Amplified Creme Lipstick in shade dark side

Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in shade ms. diva

 

Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂 Drop me a comment below if you can recommend any dark berry toned lipsticks that you’re loving this autumn because I just can’t get enough of this look.

Leah Pelly xxx

How to create the perfect Transitional Outfit

It’s definitely getting to that time of year where you’re cold in the morning but then boiling by midday, which causes havoc for when you’re choosing what to wear. In this post I’ll be showing you one of the outfits I’ve been loving for this awkward time of the year and how you can replicate it.

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Number One: The Main Event

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The staple piece for this outfit is definitely the light grey, delicate jumper I picked up when I was in Spain recently from a shop called Springfield. I really like how the sewed in quote of ‘collect little pretty moments’ is matched in daintiness by the small ruffles on the shoulders. This quirky jumper is perfect for this time of year, and if the weather was slightly cooler then this would look fantastic paired with a black leather jacket. Thin jumpers are definitely a way to go at this awkward time of the season…keeping you warm in the morning but cool in the afternoon.

Number Two: The Essential

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I’ve been loving these jeans from Next recently! They’re not completely skinny jeans nor mom jeans, they have a more of a relaxed fit and I think that’s why they look so ‘city chic’ when worn with converse or trainers. The slight distressed detailing on the knee and thigh adds an edge to the outfit that contrasts with the delicateness of the jumper. Absolutely obsessed with the way that you can pair these jeans with anything and achieve that ‘I’ve just rolled out of bed and still look cool’ look.

Number Three: The City Chic

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I don’t know what to say about these shoes. They’re just fab. These converse style, lilac, grey, velvet trainers are from Next and whilst also being the comfiest things ever, add a lot of texture to what would otherwise be a quite plain outfit. Gotta love them slightly ‘out there’ shoes!!

Number Four: The ‘why the hell not’

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And Finally I decided to finish this outfit with a pair of medium sized silver hoops which can be found in Topshop. These hoops, worn with your hair can really frame the face, and make you feel just very sassy.

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These photographs were taken by Frankie Peers, she can be found on Instagram under the handle @frankiethephotographer.

I hope this post has been useful guys, feel free to comment below any transitional pieces you’ve been loving at the moment.

Leah Pelly xxx

The secrets behind changing my life

I’m changing my life. For the first time in 14 years I’m out of education; I’m free and ready to grab life by the horns. I’ve recently finished college and have decided to take a gap year, and I’ll be documenting everything I get up to, on my little, cosy corner of the internet…here.

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I’ve already started planning some very exciting things to do during my year out, including learning French and travelling to Paris to test my skills, going on a 60 mile charity walk and exploring lots of exciting new places in the UK and abroad. I don’t want to give too much away as to where I’ll be travelling so that you can follow along with my journeys as they happen.

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If  you want to keep up with my everyday adventures during my gap year be sure to follow me on Instagram at LeahPelly where I’ll be uploading new photos daily and capturing normal life for a gap year blogger on my story.

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Alongside this, I’ll be wanting to document all my little travels here and what I get up to during the year so expect my content to include more travel posts and more lifestyle theme posts. If you’re new to Leah Pelly, you’ll also find some fashion posts as I document my unique style with ‘OOTDs’, ‘How I’m Styling’ and ‘Seasonal outfit’ posts aswell as a few beauty posts.

 

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During my gap year, as I begin to focus more on my blog I’ll be uploading more regularly so be expecting new posts every week on Wednesday at 6 o’clock.

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If you’d like to know more about why I’m taking a gap year or maybe your taking one yourself.. I’d love to hear what you’re getting up to, then drop me a comment below and I’ll be sure to follow it up with a reply or a blog post that answers all your q’s.

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what i’m wearing:

Dress – Apricot

Sliders – Primark

Glasses – Specsavers

 

Leah Pelly xxx

 

RECIPE:Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Fall in love with chocolate (like we ever fell out of it) with this delicious Chocolate Fudge Brownie recipe. These gooey treats will leave you wanting more so read on to discover the recipe.

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Ingredients

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250g Unsalted Butter                                 plus extra for greasing

275g Good Quality Dark Chocolate        70% cocoa solids

3 Large Eggs

275g Caster sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

225g Plain Flour

1/2tsp Salt

70g White Chocolate Chunks

70g Mini Fudge Pieces

Walnuts to decorate

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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ 35o degrees F/ gas mark 4.

Grease and line the base of a square cake tin (approximately 23cm).

Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally. After both the chocolate and butter have completely melted remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Next, whisk the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until combined.Then stir in the flour and salt.

Then you can add what you want to go in your brownies. I chose to use mini fudge pieces and white chocolate chips.

Afterwards, pour the mixture into the prepared tin – it was here that I sprinkled walnut pieces onto the top.

Cook the brownies for 20-25 minutes, until they are just set – the centre should still be slightly gooey.

Once the brownies are ready to remove from the oven, leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then transfer it onto a cooling rack.

Leave the brownies to completely cool before cutting the cake into squares.

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And Voila!

How to stay calm on Results Day Eve.

So it’s 6 o’clock you’ve been trying not to think about the impending doom of tomorrow but you can’t escape it any longer. Whether you’re picking up your AS or A Level results tomorrow – keep reading to discover my three step guide to staying calm on Results Day Eve.

Step one to staying calm on ‘Results Day Eve’ is to analyse your options. What is the worst case scenario if your results are worse than expected tomorrow? Try and think of a true depiction of what would happen tomorrow if your results were worse than expected. If you prepare yourself for the worst then it can only get better.

Step two is easier than the first. I recommend orgainising to do something with your friends after collecting your results – whether thats on the night of the 18th or at the weekend. You need something good to look forward to. I’ll be celebrating/drowning my sorrows with my friends by going out for a meal on the Friday.

Step three (you’re doing so well). All you need to do now is take your mind off results tonight.  You could go out, watch a film, cosy up with a blanket and some youtube videos- whatever you think will help you to not think about results day. Seeing as I’m currently ill anyway, I’ll probably be in bed watching Harry Potter or some other film I will have no doubt of watched 900 times before.

Good Luck to everyone who is collecting their results tomorrow, I’m sure everything will turn out fine.

Leah Pelly xxx

Dreaming of Gibraltar…

Today, I’m dreaming of Gibraltar sunsets, summer strolls and inky blue sea.

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Can’t wait to visit this beautiful place next year again!

Where are you dreaming of?

Leah Pelly xo

OOTD: Summer Wedding

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Dress– Debenhams. Shoes – New Look. Clutch bag – TK Maxx

Summer is definitely Wedding Season and I was lucky enough to be invited to one the other week. I thought I’d show you how I styled my outfit for a wedding in England. Congratulations Karen and Claire!!

Let me know if you’re off to any weddings this summer.

Leah Pelly xxx