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

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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

 

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

Beauty Haul

Recently I seemed to have gone on a huge beauty splurge- so that I am all prepared for the start of college next week..eeeek! Lets just say I’m very nervous but very excited about that.

So the first place I went to was Boots where I finally picked up a Boots Advantage card for myself and also went a little bit crazy. Is it just me or does Boots draw you in with the little ‘3 for 2’ or ‘Buy 2 get the cheapest free’ offers they seem to always have on?

I picked up a new mascara for myself – the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I’ve seen this used in lots of Gabby’s (VelvetGh0st) videos on Youtube and her lashes always look amazing so I thought I’d give it a try. Gabby also inspired my next purchase (another Maybelline product) a Color Drama intense Velvet lip Pencil in the shade 150 Fuchsia Desire. I wore this yesterday, and I have to say I’m loving the formulation of this product – it’s so creamy on the lips yet still has got this lovely matte finish that feels like you haven’t got anything on your lips at all. I think I should really look into purchasing some more of these. I also purchased some strawberry Carmex from Primark.


It’s reached that point in the year again when I run out of concealer and feel the need to try a different one. This time I decided to pick up Soap and Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer. It is slightly different to the concealers I’ve brought before in terms of application but it works like a dream and the packaging is super cute- as it always is from Soap and Glory. Due to them cheeky little Boots deals I picked up another S&G product: the Archery Brow filling pencil and brush in shade Hot Chocolate. This makes my brows look incredible – a much neater and natural finish than products I’ve used before. However I don’t really like how the pencil part is one of those ‘twistable’ things… you know them ‘twisty’ things that push the product up instead of you sharpening it? Yeah, I don’t like them, I feel like they work for a bit but then they always end up breaking on me- do any of you have this problem?

I purchased 2 Rimmel products: the Rimmel Wake Me Up anti-fatigue Foundation and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Two basics really. I usually buy the Rimmel Match Perfection but the Wake Me Up was on offer so I decided to mix it up a bit and I thought the Stay Matte Powder will be great for those days in College when I need to touch up.

And Finally, from Boots I bought the Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set. I have wanted these brushes for soooo long and when I saw that they were on offer (there’s £10 off them in Boots go grab them now!) I had to get them. I’ve been using them for the last couple of days and they are amazing- they have totally altered the way I put my makeup on and the finish on my makeup is so much better than it was before. I LOVE THESE BRUSHES! If you follow me on Instagram you will already know this.

Ok, Skincare. I went into Poundsaver recently and I know what your thinking Poundsaver and Skincare? but yes when I went to Boots I forgot to pick up my usual Tea Tree Moisturiser so instead of going back to Boots I picked up this Tea Tree daily use, cleansing facial scrub suitable for all skin types. It was only a pound so I wasn’t expecting miraculous results but so far I am loving it. I’ve used it twice already – last night and this morning and my skin feels really soft. I think I’m going to continue using it for a week and then do a review on it for you. When I was in Poundsaver I also picked up these Tea Tree deep cleansing nose pore strips. I have heard Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) talk about something similair to these on her channel before and so because they were a £1 I decided to pick them up. I used one last night and they worked like a treat.

Finally, I picked up these Nspa Body Mists from Asda. They smell absolutely incredible. I’ve been seriously loving the smell of Passion Fruit recently so I picked up the ‘seriously intense passion fruit’ one along with the ‘fresh, sweet raspberry’ scented one. They are so strongly scented and smell really girly and pretty. (I’m not good at describing scents but hey ho).Next time your doing your shopping go give them a smell. They’re also on 2 for £4 so your saving a pound too.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What beauty products have you been loving lately? Please let me know down below.

Leah xxx.

Youtubers Mentioned:

Gabriella (VelvetGh0st)

Sprinkle of Glitter

Sunday Recipe | Banana Nut Bread.

Today I’m giving you a flawless recipe so that you can encompass your inner kitchen goddess and get baking. I recently made this cake for my Mum’s birthday a few weeks ago and I’ve been dying to make it again.

The following recipe does contain Walnuts so obviously don’t attempt this recipe if you are allergic to nuts.


Ingredients


225g Plain Flour                    Plus extra for dusting

1tsp Salt

1tsp Bicarbonate Of Soda

115g UnsaltedButter             Plus  extra for greasing

200g Caster Sugar

2 Eggs

3 Bananas                              Mashed

115g Walnuts                         Chopped

2 tbsp Milk


Preheat Your Oven to 160 degrees C/ 325 degrees F/ Gas Mark 3.

Lightly Grease and flour a 900-g/2-lb loaf tin.

Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into  a bowl and set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar in a seperate bowl until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Stir in the bananas, walnuts and milk until thoroughly mixed. Then add the flour mixture and stir until everything is combined.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 10 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out.


And this is the final result. This delicious and easy to make desert has certainly become a family favourite and I dare say it’ll all be gone by the end of tonight,

Hope you have a fabulous weekend,

Leah xxx

Next & Primark Haul.

As some of you may know I recently visited Newcastle Upon Tyne and did quite a bit of shopping. Most of the things I bought are for when I go to College so that I have all my basic ‘throw on’ items, as well as simple jewelry which I can layer with my outfits. So here we go…

Necklace -Next, £4       Top- Primark, £6      Jeans – Next, £16      Loafers- Next, £12

Top- Primark, £4   Scrunchie- Primark, £1.50   Jeans – Next, £23   Shoes- Next, £16

Necklace- Primark, £2    Top- Primark, £6    Jeans- Next, £23   Shoes- Next, £16

Black Top- Primark, £2.80    Shirt- Primark, £10   Bag- Next, £30  

Jeans and shoes are the same as the previous.

Fedora- Primark, £8 (I think)   Jumper- Next, £10   Necklace- Primark, £2  

 Jeans and Shoes are the same as previous.

 Top- Primark, £4   Jeans and Shoes are the same as the previous.

Fedora- Primark, £8 (I think)    Top- Primark, £3.50   Cardigan- Next, £13    

Necklace- Primark, £1.50        Rings- Next, £4 (They were in a 5 pack)  

Jeans and Shoes are the same as previous.

Left To Right… £1.50- Primark    £2- Primark     £4- Primark    £2- Primark

Candle- Primark, £3.50

The essentials… Bobbles- Primark, £1     Socks- Primark, £2

I have loved everything I have bought. So glad I’ve got lots of new outfits for college in which I can swap and change with different clothes I already own. Totally ready for the future now!

I hope you enjoyed this post,

Leah xxx

OOTD: Chinese Food.

Tonight I am off out with my Mum, Sister, Great Auntie and my Brother’s Girlfriend – basically my family, as it is my Mum’s birthday. We’re going to have a lovely meal at a chinese restaurant that I haven’t been to before and so I’m super excited. This is my outfit that I’m going to wear.

Dress- New Look

Shoes- E-vie

Bag – Claire’s

Lipstick – Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in shade 01

Leah xxx