New Season Key Pieces (+ COMPETITION)

I wanted to share with you some of the transitional pieces I recently picked up for Spring. I am totally loving pastel colours at the moment including yellow and mint green (two colours I would normally shy away from in all circumstances!) and they make me feel happy knowing that winter is finally over and I can look forward to the warmer months. However summer is a long way off and it’s still not swimsuit weather so I’ve chosen some key pieces in pretty pastel colours which are great for layering on colder days with tights, leggings and cardi’s but will be easy to wear on warmer days too.

Pastel T-Shirts (Peacocks)
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These are great to throw on to brighten up an otherwise boring outfit and super easy to wear dressed up or down.

A Transitional Cami (Peacocks)
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I love the print of this cami top and it works equally well teamed with jeans and a cardigan and tucked into shorts and skirts.

The Vintage Style Scarf (Peacocks)
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I love this colour and texture combination so much. This is a great staple to have as it’s pretty and practical for chilly mornings.

The Dainty Tea Dress (Not On the High Street)


This dress is so pretty – it’s great over tights and worn with a blazer on colder days or on it’s own as a day dress when it’s sunnier.

Colourful Trainers (Shoezone)
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These pumps are so comfy and an absolute bargain to create a pop of spring colour.

The Statement Necklace (Cord And Bar Collar – Miss Selfridge)

Chunky jewellery is a must this season and looks really fab with collared and lower cut tops alike.

Milkshake Nails – (Ciaté Paint Pots, Strawberry Milkshake, Ciaté Paint Pots, Pepperminty, Ciaté Paint Pots, Cookies & Cream, Ciaté Paint Pots, Doll’s House)

These pastel polishes from Ciaté are an easy way to update to a spring look – subtle, pastel and nude, I can’t decide which is my favourite colour but they are super easy to wear and apply.

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If you want to win one of these lovely spring pieces, comment below with your favourite item for a chance to win it!

Extra entries available:
Follow me on twitter (@liz_randell) and tweet me with your favourite item and the hashtag #SpringTG

Like the facebook page and leave a comment of your favourite item on the competition post.

Open to UK residents only.

Competition ends 10pm Easter Sunday (20th April) when one winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and contacted shortly afterwards to arrange delivery of their prize.

Prize will be one item unless the favourite item is ‘pastel t-shirts’ whereby the prize is all three colours – yellow, mint and pink. Nail colours are individual and only one will be given as a prize. Please state favourite COLOUR if this is your favourite item you would like to win.

**At time of posting the transitional cami top and vintage scarf from Peacocks are both unavailable. In the event you choose one of these items as your favourite and the item is still unavailable at end of competition, a £10 Love2shop gift voucher will be given in it’s place.**

Maximum 3 entries per person, (1x each blog comment, twitter and facebook entries).

Good Luck!

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World Book Day Tag

I’ve been trying to read so much more this year. Not only was it one of my new years resolutions to finish reading a particular book – more on that later – but also part of my Day Zero Project was to finish reading all the books on my bookshelf – the one’s that have been sitting in plain view for many months and that I look at each evening before I turn my attention back to the TV. Yup, those books.

Now that I’ve rekindled my love for reading I wanted to do the world book day tag which I saw on Bex’s blog ‘Futures‘ and thought it had some great questions to answer.

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1. If you were stranded on a desert island with one book to last you the rest of your life, what would it be?
I really want to say the dictionary here because I am so changeable and don’t think one story would keep me satisfied so I could learn new words and make my own story up!

2. Which book changed your life?
Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It altered my perception on the dynamics of human behaviour.

3. What was the first book that made you cry?
I honestly can’t remember, it would probably have been over something terribly important at the time like the babysitters club or sweet valley high. More recently it was The Nanny Diaries.

4. What was the last book you read that completely baffled you?
I’m currently working my way through The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and it’s super confusing. There are so many characters and time seems to skip back and forth really easily. I’m trying to persevere and I aim to finish it sometime this year!

5. What’s your favourite novel?
Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Although I do love both Sister and Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton, it would be a tough call.

6. What’s your favourite non-fiction book?
I’m not really into reading non-fiction so for me it has to be a cookery book! My go-to cooking bible is The Cooking Book by Victoria Blashford-Snell – particularly for the guides on cooking techniques.

7. Have you ever read a book you loved so much that you refused to watch the film?
I refused to watch the Harry Potter films for a long time as I loved the books and always find films rarely match up to your own expectations or imagination. When the last film came out I caved and watched them all but I still don’t like them very much.

8. What is your favourite way to read a book?
In bed, with a cup of tea or a hot chocolate. In summer, on a sun lounger with a cocktail, preferably on a beach or by the pool on holiday!

9. What’s at the top of your ‘to-read’ list?
I’m currently reading The Portable Door by Tom Holt but after that my next choice is Fractured by Karin Slaughter. I’m in the mood for mysteries.

10. Finally: if you had to dress up as a character for World Book Day, who would you choose?
I remember dressing up as Little Red Riding Hood at primary school for World Book Day. As an adult I’d probably choose Miss Honey from Matilda or Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic Books by Sophie Kinsella. That way I’d get to spend the day shopping and looking fab!

I tag everyone that reads this to do the World Book Day tag! What books would you recommend?

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MUA Nail Polishes Reviewed

I recently discovered these £1 nail polishes from MUA (Make Up Academy) in Superdrug. They’re great if you’re after seasonal nail varnish on a budget and come in a wide variety of colours. But I did wonder whether a £1 polish would pass the test as longevity, tip wear, ease of application and brush size are some of the issues I had previously heard about. I chose six colours from the range (because they were all so nice I couldn’t pick and for £1 each, I thought why not?!) and here are my thoughts on the shades I bought…
 
Shade 4 (all the polishes have numbers not names, a little bit confusing!) is a coral/orangey colour and one of my favourites for application. It has a cream finish and you could get away with only one coat of this for an all over opaque nail colour. I love this pretty colour and is one that I like best from the selection and is definitely worth it’s £1 price tag!
MUA Nail polish shade 4 coral orange
Next is shade 16, a bright pop of pink – almost Barbie pink but more of a grown up version! Again this is another cream colour and was easy to apply and quick to create an opaque colour on the nails.
MUA nail polish shade 16 barbie pink
Third up is a gorgeous bronze gold nail polish with a metallic finish in shade 10. This was the easiest one to apply and I liked the overall colour and this was my favourite from all six. I’ll definitely be wearing this one a lot!
MUA nail polish shade 10 bronze gold
I picked up shade 9, a creamy medium blue because I liked the idea of using this colour in nail art or for designs as I don’t usually like blue nail polish (just my personal preference as I don’t think it suits me) but I actually really like this! It was slightly less opaque than the other cream colours but again was easy to apply and the end result was nice. It might just have converted me into wearing a blue polish more often!
MUA nail polish shade 9 blue
I’ve been wanting to get a mint nail polish for some time (and to match my bargainous stripy summer dress for £3.60 which you can see in my summer fashion hual) and thought this looked quite promising. But I was very disappointed with this polish (shade 5) because it was streaky, not very pigmented and just seemed harder to apply than the other colours from the range. The colour shown in the photo is from three layers (and I don’t like having to apply more than one or two coats as it can take so long to dry!) but I think this might still need another coat to get an even coverage. It’s a shame as I really like the colour but I wasn’t impressed with this one, and looking at the bottle it doesn’t appear any different from the other colours so it was surprising how bad it was.
MUA nail polish shade 5 mint
Lastly I bought shade 15 which is a raspberry pink colour and another one I know I will wear often. Like the other cream colours it applied well and after a week of having this on my nails (two coats, no topcoat) I have no tip wear, chipping or flaking so I’m suitably impressed with the longevity of this one too.
MUA nail polish shade 15 raspberry pink
 
I would definitely recommend MUA nail colours as for £1 each it’s an easy to way to update your nail collection and the colours seem good quality and long wearing. Unfortunately it’s a bit trial and error on which colours work the best but I would definitely repurchase the metallic colour and will be looking at the others from the range.
 
What are your thoughts on the MUA range? What nail colours (MUA or not) will you be purchasing next?