lovetomtom has been shortlisted!

LWI Blog Awards 2016

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It is that time of year again, Blog Award time and I am thrilled to see lovetomtom has been shortlisted in the Fashion Blog category for a second year in a row!

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There is a public vote component to the judging and if you fancy, click here to give lovetomtom some love. I had such fun last year getting to the final round so I can’t wait to see what happens next.

It’s hard not to sound like I’m making an acceptance speech when saying thank you but I have to say it: Thank you for all the nominations, votes, support and being part of lovetomtom!!

xo

Paris Again

lovetomtom went to Paris

Again

Paris

With a blink of an eye and what felt like a million footsteps (just ask my folks), my holidays have been and gone. That’s right, I packed my bags for Paris (again) but this time I was able to go with my parents. A first and very memorable trip.

Doesn’t matter how many times I visit Paris, there is always so much to see and of course I always have a lot to say, so here goes.

Where are all the Parisians?

Ahhhh August in Paris. I forgot that while many of us are on our summer holidays, so are the Parisians who actually leave Paris in droves! Not too much of an issue but something to keep in mind if you are planning a trip to Paris in August. Time and time again you will see that hand written sign on a shop front window saying something along the lines of ‘closed until end of August, Bon Vacances’.

Safety

I was a little nervous about heading off to Paris this time round, mostly because my parents were travelling with us and I felt somewhat responsible for them. The decision was made to continue with our travel plans and not to be too flippant about our concerns we made a very simple emergency plan and that’s all we said about that. Even if we didn’t talk about it, our worries were hard to ignore. There was a very obvious security presence on the streets of my beloved Paris and if I’m honest I was a little jumpy. I know I am beyond fortunate that a heavily armed military presence is not part of my day-to-day life, walking the streets, checking bags and scouring everyone and everything that passed them. On the other hand it was a constant reminder of the world we are currently in. A sad and worrying one.

Fashion

Paris will always be special, so let’s get on to the good bits. I had huge plans to do lots of shopping but as makeshift tour guides, I soon realised we were going to run out of time for my grand shopping plans. I did manage a few purchases, two vintage finds which I’m thrilled with. First is this polkadot number which I originally put back on the hanger because I thought the back was the front! A wide-brimmed collar really doesn’t suit me but at a closer glance I realised it was actually the back with big white buttons all the way down the dress. I tried it on (a must when it comes to vintage) and this baby was mine! In pure vintage style it is missing a few buttons and I only realised this once I was out of the changing room after giving everyone a clear view of my underwear. Once I was over my embarrassment I bought this gorgeous dress for only €8 and will enjoy my search for some replacement buttons.

Paris Vintage

The other fabulous vintage number I bought was this blue high-waisted skirt. I’m having a bit of a skirt moment of late and it’s fair to say they have replaced my black skinny jeans. This skirt is the perfect addition to my collection. Unfortunately there are no pockets, and it is an absolute pain to iron, something I don’t do, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I’ve already taken it for a spin and think it might be on repeat for some time, creases and all!

Paris Vintage

Beauty – the skincare type

Like my fashion hopes, I had huge plans to hit the French pharmacies with the same gusto and determination as I do a boulangerie. However, I think I managed about five minutes in a pharmacy while everyone waited patiently outside for me and I was rather overwhelmed by all the things I wanted to buy. I did get a few bits but you’ll have to wait until August’s Beauty Bag for all the details.

Beauty – the city

I have been to Paris I can’t tell you how many times and it never gets old. This trip was a little different as my parents were visiting the city for the very first time. With only four days in the City of Light, we wanted to show them some of the main sights and some of ‘our’ Paris. Basically walking the streets, eating, drinking and watching the world go by. It was fun to do some of the touristy things again and I know I go on and on about Paris, but boy do I love it there!

xo

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Almost time for holidays

August is here and I’m still counting down to my holidays. Fret not:  While I’ve been counting down to my own holidays, as part of lovetomtomSBD  I’ve had the pleasure of looking through your eyes and seeing all your holiday snaps and adding to my travel wish list. Plus my parents arrived and I’ve been in holiday mode with them so really it’s been a great summer so far and I haven’t even gone on holidays yet!

Here are a few photographs that caught my eye. Take a look at this beautiful view of Lake Como by Amelia at la femme éclectique. A place definitely on my travel wish list.

 

I couldn’t pass a look at Paris through Marie in May’s eyes.

 

Then there was this building in Tokyo to entice me thanks to Kristy Who.

 

And of course I couldn’t resist reminiscing and looking back at one of my own snaps from New York, a place so dear to my heart.

lovetomtom loves NY

 

Once again the reason I started lovetomtomSBD has really paid off this month. Instead of being envious of all the places I haven’t gone, I look at your holidays with hope of all the places I will go. Same time of year, different approach and oh boy is it helping me get through the fact that I’m not on holidays. Yet!

Don’t forget to check out all the links I’ve included of  these fabulous pictures and the people that took them and keep sending yours through. I never tire of looking at them!

xo

 

July’s Beauty Bag

July’s Beauty Bag

I’ve tried to resist adding too much to the beauty bag this month. My holidays are almost in sight and I plan on making a few purchases while I’m away so I’ve tried to resist the urge to shop but my list of holiday skincare and makeup goodies to buy gets longer and longer.

Of course a month couldn’t go by without some newbies to show you, even if I’m trying to be good! Take a look at these two TopShop newbies. Besides nail polish, I haven’t tried TopShop makeup before and as both were on sale for only €4, now was the time to try.

July's Beauty Bag

The matte lipstick in the shade watermelon is probably very similar to shades I already have but it looked the perfect mix of red and pink. Ideal on those days when I can’t decide if I want to wear red or pink lipstick. I love a good matte lipstick but for me, this is not one of them. Don’t get me wrong it is a good lipstick but I prefer mine to be more matte. It’s a little too shiny and creamy for my liking but not one that I would totally disregard. If you are frightened of matte lipsticks or find them too drying, this is for you.

July's Beauty Bag

The TopShop cream eyeshadow also caught my eye because of the beautiful light candy cane pink hue. If I ever wear pink eyeshadow it is often a matte, dusty pink so I thought this would be a nice change. Unfortunately this looks better in the pot than on my eyes but again it’s not a product I would toss aside. I often use it as my base and blend the outer corners of my eyelids with the dusty matte pink I’m used to. Add a truck load of mascara and that is me, good to go.

July's Beauty Bag

Another product added to the household beauty bag this month was Riemann P20 Once a Day Sun Protection sunscreen. The few days of sun we had some weeks back made me stock up on sunscreen as if I was facing twelve months solid of 40 degree heat. I wear sunscreen daily so it won’t go to waste. I’m a huge fan of La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ Ultra Light sunscreen and it is the only one I’m prepared to lather on my face. However, yes you probably saw it coming;  after trying the P20, I prefer it for my body. The consistency of it is the real winner. It feels more like an oil so easy to apply and it absorbs very well on my skin. I feel slightly disloyal to my trusted La Roche-Posay sunscreen. Like I’m trying to convince you I don’t love one child more than the other! While I love both equally, I love them for different reasons and regardless of what it says on the tin, I reapply both throughout the day, everyday!

I am so looking forward to holidays and not just because of the shopping! Can you guess where I’m going?

xo

Houseguests

House guests

Some of you may be aware that my fabulous parents have crossed the pond and made the very long journey to pay Mr B and I a visit. Life has been so busy the past few months, my countdown to their arrival went from over one hundred sleeps to 1 sleep in the blink of an eye! And you all know  I love a good countdown!

House guests means preparations and preparations that I love. Remember the last time I had house guests?  Most of my preparations this time round have been about food and what we will eat and where! I know I have a tough few weeks ahead of me!

Essentials

Essentials

Back home I’ve gone into guest room mode and I always have this image of how I want a guest room to look (I blame Pinterest for that) but sadly, there are lots of things in my house that are there and not by choice. I can only work with what I’ve got and it doesn’t take much or cost much for that matter to pretend like our house is somewhere worth staying. I added a few little goodies  like  toiletries I know they like, samples I know mum would like to try, the city essentials and a well stocked drinks trolley will hopefully make up for the brown patterned carpet! At the end of the day they are here to see us so I guess that’s all that counts!

Drinks trolley

Drinks trolley

Do you like having house guests? How do you prepare? Will I be envious of your guest room?

xo

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Time to fly away

Before I get stuck into this month’s same but different I want to give you a quick wrap-up of last month. June was all about photography and doing something with all those snaps. I had great fun taking my camera with me nearly everywhere I went and even more fun changing some of the pictures I had hanging in the house. It’s something I’m going to try to keep doing as much as possible as changing a photograph can really lift a room without spending a fortune!

lovetomtom same but different for July and August is about one of my favourite things; travel! Whether you are on this side of the world planning summer holidays or on the other side daydreaming about escaping winter, it is the perfect time for travel and adventures. Actually travel is good at anytime!

I feel like everyone is on holidays at the moment and while I’m counting down to my own, I’m going to live through others’ to reminisce about places I’ve been and to discover new places I want to go. While I wish I could overload you with two months full of photographs of my own travels and adventures, I’ll have to pretend instead and share some pictures I’m drooling over. I’ll include all the links to everyone’s Instragram and websites so be sure to spread the love. What a hard task, checking out talented photographers and exotic places!

 There’s no better way to start than with Gray Malin. Some of you may be familiar with Gray Malin’s work but if, not the only way I can describe his photography is that it’s like a big ginormous bowl of your favourite sweets. I never tire of looking at his pictures and when I grow up I want to have one of his photographs hanging in my house.

Gray Malin

Photograph by Gray Malin

xo

Song of Jewellery

Song of Jewellery

Wonderful Women , Wonderful Jewellery

This post is very special to me. Even more special because I was able to share it as guest writer for Song of Jewellery.

You’ve probably guessed what’s it’s about, jewellery of course and in this case, jewellery that is very dear to my heart.

Click here to read the article and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

lovetomtom - Song of Jewellery

xo

 

Question of the Day

Question of the Day

More questions

There was a great mix of questions this week and I even had some questions for you. Take a look.

 

Your timing was impeccable when you asked about my foundation and as you can see I couldn’t wait to reveal what has the potential to be my number one foundation. You were also very keen on this outfit and actually so was I! It’s hard to go wrong with stripes and denim. I had a question for you with my shoe dilemma; duck egg brogues or tan brogues? Tan brogues won in the end! And I finally got to answer your most asked question! Meet the fabulous superstar Jade at Lunatic Fringe. Of course a week couldn’t go by without a shoe question from you guys and you know what, I never tire of them!

Stripes and denim

A question for you

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#asklovetomtom

As always a big thank you for all your questions and don’t forget you can find me at all the usual places. Click here if you’ve forgotten.

xo

June’s Beauty Buys

June’s Beauty Bag

Makeup

There are only two makeup products this month. One is just ok and the other I have been dying to shout about from the roof tops so I’ll get straight to it.

Let’s get the just ok one out of the way. The latest addition to my nail polish collection is L’Oréal’s Colour Riche Le Vernis A L’Huile in the shade rose ballet. Initially the colour caught my eye, a beautiful dusty pink and the packaging well, that kind of helped too! I’ve only worn it once so far and possibly didn’t give it a fair go. I had no top coat on and unfortunately it didn’t last very long. Another thing I didn’t like about it and someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think these polishes are subtly scented. This is not for me at all especially as I found it to be a rose scent which I find disgusting. Thankfully the scent didn’t last very long but overall I’m not a fan.

June's beauty bag

Right let me get to the good stuff. I have found my new holy grail foundation and it ticks all of my boxes when it comes to foundation. At the start of the month a dear friend kindly notified me that there was a sale on in one of the local department stores and with that I hurried down to get my hands on a few samples. I got four different foundations samples and boy did it pay off. The winner; YSL Fusion Ink Foundation. The colour range is outstanding and I found what I think is my perfect colour match. It lasts really well on my skin and although I am a little oily at the end of the day, it’s not enough for me to want to cover my face with a paper bag. Whether it is the colour match or the magic properties of this foundation, I feel like this is how I would want my natural skin to look on a really good day. The product description really sums it up,

’24 hours of soft-matte perfection and comfort. Our exclusive fine-as-ink formula perfects the skin yet wears weightlessly all day. Never cakey or heavy. Feel the difference of all day perfection and freedom.’

The consistency is nothing I’m used to. It is more on the watery side and I thought it would slip and slide on the skin when applying it but not at all. It blends well and I apply it with my fingers and finish it off with a stippling brush just to make sure everything is blended well. Another positive; a little goes a long way. I got this pot of gold at the start of the month and besides the odd day of testing the other samples, I have used it every day and only now am I coming to the end of this little bottle of magic. I haven’t even opened the full size bottle I bought.

June's beauty bag

This is the most expensive foundation I’ve used at around €40 but on sale I was lucky enough to buy it for €33. For such a standout product, I’m happy to hand over my cash.

xo

June’s Beauty buys

June’s Beauty Bag

Skincare update

June's Beauty Bag

I’m going to get straight into it as this month the beauty bag is overflowing. Not too many makeup products to show you but loads of skincare and for one very good reason: My skin has been misbehaving of late so it was time to rethink things. I’ll warn you – this is a long one!

One of the problems over the past month or so is that I haven’t been washing my face properly (or at all) so I ditched the micealler water and decided if I’m going to wash my face I was going to do it properly, every step of the way. It will come as no surprise that I am a huge La Roche-Posay fan, especially the Effaclar range which works extremely well with my skin so I thought I would try La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel. After only two weeks of using it, I’m singing its praises. I can feel its benefits instantly when I wash my face with it and when I wake up in the morning I am no longer scared to look in the mirror as my skin is smooth, calm and not like a grease ball at all! I also repurchased the Effaclar Duo + in the same range and I’m kicking myself as to why I didn’t repurchase it sooner. Actually I know why: I had bought the Toleriane Fluid instead and thought I should use it before buying even more products. I use this now in the morning as my moisturiser as it doesn’t do enough for me overnight when I want my skin to reap the rewards of everything I layer on my face!

June's Beauty Bag

The other product I have tried now for I’d say two months solid is Indeed Lab Vitamin C24. I was going to repurchase The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Booster which I really like but after reading the ingredients I thought it was time to hit the real stuff. When I read reviews on the Indeed Lab Vitamin C24 there were a few off-putting things. The main one was the smell! Some people said they could smell meat or a metallic smell and they weren’t wrong! For me it smells very metallic and it’s not nice at all! It is too much for me to use morning and night so I use it in the evening and I’ve gotten used to the smell. Also it is so important to wear a high SPF with this which I do every day. There are so many claims to this, but one has stuck out for me. I can visibly notice my skin is smoother, plumper (even though I hate that term) and it has really made a difference on fine lines, I’m guessing due to the plumpness! This is going to stay in the beauty bag and with not even half the tube gone, I’d say I won’t have to think about repurchasing for a while yet.

June's Beauty Bag

The other trusted favourite that is back in the beauty bag is Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum. I’ve spoken about this loads of times so won’t bore you again because I still think it’s fantastic! I did try a few other Vichy products from the Idealia range that came with the purchase of the serum and unfortunately they were all too rich for my skin. I’d imagine if you had drier, less sensitive skin you would love them.

June's Beauty Bag

June's Beauty Bag

I know some people think this is probably all unnecessary but I don’t. I know how I feel when my skin is not at it’s best so the investment in these products and the time I take to look after my skin is important to me.

I’m going to leave you there and come back to show you some makeup goodies that made it to this month’s beauty bag. Until then, stay beautiful!

xo