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  • 02/22/14--23:00: BRITS GLITTER NAILS

  • Did I mention that I went to the Brits? I know, I know, shut up about it already but after today I will, I promise. I wanted to show you the nails I went for in the end and although matching your nails to your dress is probably very uncool, I went for it and I liked the results! 

    Deborah Lippmann 'Lady Sings The Blues'is a really deep, dark blue with different sized silver and blue glitters inside. Some of the glitters are really large and hexagon shaped which I much prefer than a normal glitter with lots of small bits. I think it's a classy take on glitter and because it's quite subtle, from far away the polish just looks navy blue. 

    My dress was a very similar shade so I think it worked well and it's something chic but glitzy for a special event. 

    What do you think of Lady Sings The Blues? 



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    My final mention of the Brits is brought to you in video form, so I hope you enjoy seeing me get ready for a fun night out. It's a mashup of vlogging and fancy filming, so hopefully something for everyone! 

    I had such an amazing time and saw some incredible performances. It was a dreamy night spent with lovely people. Thanks Revlon for taking us! 

    Don't forget to subscribe below. Even though I'm away there will still be a video waiting for you on Thursday! 




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  • 02/23/14--23:00: ZOEVA ROSE GOLDEN LUXURY SET

  • I've talked about Zoeva before and was blown away by the brand when I first discovered it. Aside from the odd few stand out brushes available in Boots, it's hard to find full brush collections that are great quality for an affordable price. 

    Zoeva's new luxury collection has been wrapped in beautiful rose gold, which I know we all have a little soft spot for. There's something so elegant about it and they stand out from my other brushes in a good way. Aside from how pretty they look it's the quality that really shines for me. The 8-piece set includes staples like the angled Luxe Sheer Face brush, the perfectly sized Face Brush and the Luxe Soft Definer (MAC 217 dupe). The synthetic taklon bristles mean they work well with liquid, cream and powder formulas and are easy to clean. 

    The rose gold brush collection comes in a small clutch bag and costs £49 which values each brush at around £6, bargain! This is currently top of my recommendations list, have you tried any Zoeva brushes yet? 

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  • 02/24/14--23:00: LOVING THESE LINKS

  • I'd say I spend 80% of my free time reading blogs, browsing websites and watching videos on YouTube. As unsociable as it is to be glued to my phone or computer screen I genuinely love it! For today's post I thought I'd share some of my favourite links from the past few weeks, so all I have to say is happy browsing


    Temptalia // Laura Mercier Spring Artist Eyeshadow Palette - link
    I was distraught to have missed the last Artist palette so thanks to the queen of beauty reviews I can hopefully get in there early for the beautiful Spring version.

    Casey Neistat // Snowboarding New York City - link
    My all time favourite YouTuber jumped on a snowboard, tied it to a car and cruised around the streets of New York City, as you do. 

    The Beauty Look Book // Eye Brush Essentials - link
    A brilliant guide to the best eye brushes and why they're so great. 

    Miranda Sings // Do You Want To Build a Snowman - link
    I can't get enough of Miranda videos and this super cute video with her niece is so hilarious it'll have you smiling ear to ear. 

    This Chick's Got Style // How I Highlight & Contour - link
    Yara shows us how she uses her bronzer, blush and highlighter to shape her face. 

    Mulberry Spring Summer 2014 // Talking to Cara - link
    Cara is beautiful to look at in photos but in videos, chatting? Even better. This little, quirky video perfectly represents both Cara and Mulberry.

    Allure // The 28 Most Frequently Mispronounced Fashion & Beauty Words - link
    Pronouncing beauty brands wrong is something we are all guilty of. This guide should help with the main ones… Oribe is in there, or rather Or-bay. 


    Let me know if you discovered anything new and which link is your favourite! 

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  • 02/25/14--05:00: THE MANLY SHELF

  • I thought it was about time my other half made an appearance on here. You've met him before in this hilarious video and this one too, but I don't think he's ever had his own blog post. So I got Rich to talk me through his manly shelf and the products he uses. I do use him as a little but of Guinea pig, testing out some of my products but these are the ones he's stuck by and added into his routine. He definitely didn't have any kind of skincare routine before he met me, but I think he's proud to say he likes to take care of his skin. I recorded him talking me through it and then jotted it down so excuse the over use of "nice" and "good". Take it away Rich... 

    "I've been using the VO5 Matt Clay since I can remember styling my hair. I like it because it's a matte effect so it doesn't look wet when it's in the hair. I rub it between my fingers to warm it up, then start from crown and work my way out and down. I use the Elemis Skin Clear face wash every night to wash my face, it's a nice gentle wash. I sometimes use the Elemis Skin Clear Serum too after I wash my face. In the morning I use the Kiehl's Facial Fuel and this is great because I get a shiny face in the afternoon and this stops it getting as shiny as it used to. It's also nice and refreshing to use in the morning. In the evenings I've been using the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser because the Kiehl's has SPF in it so I only use that in the mornings. When I shave I use the Clinique Post-Shave Soother which stops me getting any rashes and calms the skin. Finally, I like to use the Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye cream which Lily made me buy when I complained of dark circles and chapped lips."

    He'll have his own male skincare blog in no time! 

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  • 02/25/14--23:00: THE £3 SMOKEY EYE

  • On a recent pre-Ghana trip to Superdrug with Anna we of course found ourselves browsing the beauty isles. I love looking for the gems that go unnoticed, but this one was completely down to Anna. She came skipping down the isle with this little palette in her head, chucked it in my basket and said "that's right up your street". She was right. Of course. 

    For £2.99 I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a go and I'm so happy I did. I have had many chalky situations with cheap eyeshadow palettes, but I've never tried any from NYC so I had no expectations really. The 'Best of Broadway' palette comes with four wearable shades. The pale champagne is great to highlight the inner corners and it really brightens up the eye. The pale barley shade is gorgeous for all over the lid and actually unlike anything else I own. It's quite cool toned and looks beautiful just by itself on the lid. Above that is a chocolate brown with fine silver shimmer that blends really nicely into the lighter shade. The final colour is a rich, dark brown that can either be used to blend into the corners and smoke up the look or as a liner with a small angled brush. 

    I was really impressed with the pigmentation, how easily they blended into each other and how the shadows lasted well without any creasing. It's the perfect collection of shades and I can't believe it's only £2.99! Madness! Whether you're just getting into makeup or have drawers full of eyeshadow palettes, I'd definitely recommend picking this up. When I go on these drugstore hunts a lot of the the things I buy get passed onto friends after testing and being disappointed, but this one now has it's own place in my daily makeup stash and I've been loving using it! 

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    It isn't often that I add a beauty gadget into my routine. I'm happy just to stick to my muslin cloths and I've never been a fan of sonic face brushes, but this little facial massager has crept it's way into my routine and I've become a little attached. 

    The Body Shop Facial Massager is small, easy to use and has many benefits. Rolled gently over the face it can help work moisturiser and oils into the skin, increase circulation and help keep things tight overall. It's a favourite of Caroline's and although I've been using it in the evenings at the end of my skincare routine, she actually recommends keeping one on your desk as well and using it throughout the day. 

    For only £6 it's a small price to pay for an extra, really quite enjoyable step in your skincare routine. Did I mention how fun it is to use? 



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  • 02/27/14--05:00: FEBRUARY FAVOURITES


  • It's that time of the month again where I list off my favourite and most loved products from the last 28 days.... 

    Comment on this post and let me know what your now favourite product has been this month. Also, don't forget to subscribe to my channel below so you don't miss out on any of my uploads! 




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    I'm not a full-time glasses wearer, although I probably should be. On the occasion where I actually remember to wear mine I often wonder if it's harder for those who wear glasses full time to create makeup looks they're happy with. Statement glasses and bigger lenses are very in but do they make it harder to create a balanced makeup look? I've roped in a few experts and familiar names to help answer my question and give you guys their best tips for wearing makeup under glasses. 

    Daniel Sandler, Makeup Artist

    “The bigger the frame, the less dramatic the eye makeup should be as its totally scary and unflattering. Definitely keep away from sparkles and heavily-lined eyes as the lenses will magnify the makeup. However, if you wear smaller frames then you can really go for it. Define eyes using smokey colours and graphic liners but be careful if using false lashes as these may flutter against your lenses.” 

    Here's a video Daniel did with Boots, creating a suitable makeup look to wear with glasses. 

    Sam Chapman, Makeup Artist & one half of Pixiwoo
    "Your eyes can appear bigger or smaller than their actual size depending on the lenses in your glasses, if glasses make your eyes bigger you may want to tone down eye makeup and choose neutral colours, if your eyes appear smaller pop a little white eyeliner on the waterline to make eyes look bigger and stand out."

    Here's a video tutorial Sam did with Real Techniques showing you exactly what she means. 

    Dominic Skinner, MAC Senior Artist & glasses wearer
    "Lenses tend to mute and soften any colour or shading that is applied so go for one shade brighter like MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type or one shade darker to increase the contrast. Once the glasses are back on it will appear softer. In terms of colours, you need to be careful not to over do it. If you have coloured frames then maybe strip it back to just mascara. If you have a dark heavy frame, going for light reflective products can brighten and lift. Try MAC Pressed Pigments in Blonde Streak or Day Gleam. They are incredibly shiny and easily applied with a finger."

    Gemma Royston-Claire, Company Magazine Features Writer/Beauty Columnist & glasses wearer
    "My glasses are usually quite statement so I stick to a liquid liner flick and mascara so the area isn't too busy. I save the colour for my lips! Gross, I know, but foundation can build up on the bridge of your glasses so clean them regularly or you might get a nasty spot like I did recently! Although another benefit of specs is that they can hide spots around that area."


    So hopefully these tips will help you out if you're a glasses wearer and new to makeup or a makeup wearer who's new to glasses... I personally love the look of thin black liner, glasses and red lips but just wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. Let me know what your best tips are for wearing makeup under glasses, I'd love to hear them! 

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  • 02/28/14--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS

  • WEAR //
    The most exciting launch this month comes from Bumble & Bumble with their City Swept Finish spray. I absolutely love their Dryspun Finish spray which creates texture and fullness in the hair and is very similar to the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray. Their new launch (coming this month) is all about creating texture and separation, which is how you achieve that street-style, 'just got out of bed' look. It sprays like a hairspray, defines like a wax and softens like a cream. It can be used to layer over the Dryspun Finish spray or just used on it's own and so far I'm loving it! 

    LIFE //
    Something a bit crazy happened a couple of weeks ago... my face was splattered all over the Muji store in Oxford Street. It was so much fun to host a beauty event there and meet so many of you that came (thank you if you did!). I really love Muji as a brand and have been using their acrylic drawers for years, so it was great to collaborate with them. Whilst I was there I also picked up some essential travelling bits for Ghana. If you're going away I'd really recommend their airport approved clear zip bags, their affordable world travel adaptors and their perfectly compact travel beauty bits. I could spend a small fortune in Muji so I'm trying to stay away for now but if you do pop into a store, see if you can spot my face or name somewhere in there! 

    EATS //
    On a trip up to Suffolk last weekend, Rich and I went via The Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge. It's had a bit of press coverage recently so I wanted to see what the fuss was all about... It's a really quite trendy bakery on a very, cute country highstreet and judging by the queue half way out the door, it's a very popular one with both the locals and visitors. They did some interesting bits, we picked up some semi-sourdough doughnuts, a treacle tart, an eclair type thing and some homemade sausage rolls. It was all delicious, made with really good quality ingredients and did I mention the bread looked ah-mazing?! I could have spent all day in there, but if you live near Suffolk or are passing through I'd recommend popping in to pick up some baked treats. 

    Have a great weekend and don't forget to follow me on Instagram @lilypebbles for daily photos! 

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    By now I'm sure you know how I feel about mint blue nail polish. It's a beauty weakness that's been shared on this site for many years now. When I first took a peak at Tanya's upcoming lips and nails range I was so happy to see a few familiar and favourite shades. One that really grabbed my attention (of course) was 'Little Duck'. 

    It's brighter than Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' and actually more similar to Nails Inc 'Haymarket', but I think it's a gorgeous colour for Spring/Summer. Compared to the lip gloss packaging, which really impressed me, I found the nail polish not as impressive. The lid was a little difficult to remove and I found the square lid stayed on some and came off on others revealing a smaller brush holder underneath. I also found the brush to be a little frayed, but was still easy to work with. The formula is great though and you can tell that's where the time and money has been spent when it comes to making these. I got an even, opaque look after two coats and my nails looked really bright and glossy. 

    I found the polish lasted really well with a top coat, a good four days like most decent polishes do. I can't wait to wear this colour throughout the warmer months and I think it's really quite pretty. 

    I also have a couple of other shades I really like, but I'll tell you more about those another day! Have you tried any of Tanya Burr's nail polishes yet? 


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  • 03/02/14--05:00: THE WEARABLE HEEL

  • I've never been a heels kind of girl. When everyone else at school started wearing them, I used the excuse that I was too tall, then I went to Uni the budget to buy nice heels wasn't there... now I'm an adult... I still don't wear heels. I hate being uncomfortable and there's nothing worse than being the one complaining about your feet hurting all night. Because of my height I've managed to get away with a nice pair of boots or pumps, but more and more I'm finding myself in situations where nothing but a heel is appropriate. So I went on the hunt for the perfect, comfortable heel... 

    The thing with heels is the higher they are, the better they look and I always find kitten heels or mid-heels look a bit school teacher-like and aren't at all flattering on me. The thing I like about wearing boots and dresses is how it breaks up my leg a bit and makes me feel more confident. There's something about wearing court heels that makes me feel far too leggy and in the past I've often had the strange "wow, you're like a tree" compliment/insult. So I was on the lookout for a heel with something around the ankle and I found the perfect pair in Topshop. 

    Chunky heel for comfort? Check. Open toe to balance out the heavy heel? Check. Ankle support and detail? Check. 

    I feel like I can wear these with quite fancy dresses but could also wear them casually in the Summer. I gave them a whirl at the Brits and they get a thumbs up from me. They did hurt a little bit, but mainly because they're new and need to be worn in. Because of the open toe, they work well for half sized gals like me, just don't forget the pedicure. 

    So for the girl who hates wearing heels but sometimes feels she has to... these are right up your street. 

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  • 03/02/14--23:00: THE PORE MINIMISERS

  • There is an abundance of pore minimising products on the market and it can be incredibly overwhelming for people who suffer from large pores and even for people who don't. I think there are a lot of us who often think, what is a pore anyway and how do I know if I need to minimise mine??! 

    So let me try and explain it in the way that made most sense to me. Everyone has pores, we actually have them all over our body wherever there is skin that grows hair, but pores are mostly talked about on the face because that tends to be where they cause the most grief. Some people can really see the pores on their face and they look like little holes, because essentially that's what they are. It tends to be genetic whether you have large pores or not, I'm quite lucky to have never really suffered from very noticeable pores. They can, however, become more noticeable when they are blocked or congested which is why cleansing your face daily is so important. Ingredients like salicylic acid can help to reduce the blockage and clear the skin, allowing your pores to do their job. 

    Very large pores are hard to treat, but there are some pore minimising products out there that if anything just help to smooth the skin's surface so your makeup doesn't clog your pores and look uneven. I also like to use these, even though I don't have very visible pores as they work really well as a skincare/primer hybrid. 

    There are three that I would recommend and have enjoyed using and they're all quite different. 

    The Skyn Iceland Pure Pore Minimizer has a beautiful, creamy texture and is silicone-free so it doesn't have a greasy feeling on the skin. It can be used under makeup as a primer or in the evening after cleansing and before moisturising. It dries down to quite a matte finish, smells fresh and leaves the skin really smooth.

    The Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner is targeted more at those with combination/oily skin and is advised to be used in the morning under makeup. Like most Bioderma products this is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, but it does have quite a strong scent. The formula includes Bioderma's Fluidactiv® complex which apparently reduces the quantity of sebum produced which is the natural oil our body produces that comes out of your pores and for some, makes you feel oily and greasy throughout the day. 

    The Body Shop also offer a pore minimiser as part of their Tea Tree range aimed at blemished skin types. This one, compared to the others, has a very strong scent so if you don't like the scent of tea tree oil you won't like this. Tea Tree is really great for blemish prone skin though as it's an antiseptic so will help relieve any redness around the blemish and keep it clean so it doesn't get any worse. I found this one the most drying out of the three so it would only be suitable for oilier skin types, but it dries down really matte so would work well under makeup in the mornings. It has quite a blurry effect on the skin, helping smooth out any imperfections. 

    So whether you really suffer from large pores or if you just like using pore minimisers to smooth the skin, I hope you found one in this post that will work for you. 

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  • 03/03/14--23:00: THE FEBRUARY CATCH-UP

  • Here's a little catch-up of some of my February posts in case you missed them! Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'so you never miss a post... Click on the title of the posts to see the full version.














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  • 03/04/14--05:00: A Lighter Base

  • I nearly managed to completely avoid the CC cream thing. It just wasn't something that appealed to me after already finding some BB creams I like, it just seemed like an unnecessary marketing exercise to bring out CC creams. For me though, nothing sells a product to me better than someone who you admire saying they love it and that happened in this video

    After Lisa raved about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream I had to give it a go... just to see. It's very different from anything I currently have in my stash and is a lot lighter than I expected. I usually put BB and CC creams in the tinted moisturiser category but this one is even lighter than most of my tinted moisturisers. 

    In the end I chose shade 31 Ivory which is a good match and I used my fingers to apply it. Using a buffing brush doesn't work as well and tends to just absorb most of the product, leaving not much on your face. I worked it in with my fingers in sections until I had covered all the areas where I wanted coverage. I was wearing this CC cream in this video if you would like to see what it looked like on the skin. Applying it, it felt more like the true meaning of a tinted moisturiser, something a bit like the Origins VitaZing

    The idea of the 'CC' is to colour correct and it includes 3 different pigments; apricot for anti-fatigue, green for anti-redness and white for anti-dark spots. I think these are very subtle and I wouldn't expect this to cover dark spots, but I think the three shades in the formula work together to help to give an overall luminous complexion. 

    I wouldn't wear it on an every day basis but it's one I'd keep for when I'm in warmer climates. I think it's the perfect base for younger skin if you're at school and like to wear makeup this is light, subtle but gives a little bit of coverage to even things out. 

    Have you tried the Bourjois CC cream yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. 

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  • 03/04/14--23:00: DESK BEAUTY UPDATE

  • I haven't done a desk side beauty edit for quite a while now and in all honesty it's because my desk has been far from photogenic with piles off mess, paper, products and empty mugs all over the place. After visiting Muji a few weeks ago it re-inspired me to have a tidy and get organised. I've kept it neat for a whole week now so I'm doing well (in my books!). 

    On one side of my desk I have one of the Muji wide drawers with a flip top. These are my favourite as you can easily access the top drawer by flipping the lid up and it makes things a lot easier to reach. In the bottom drawer I keep boring things like a calculator, an external hard drive and matches. On top of the drawers I usually have some kind of candle burning which at the moment is Muji's Log Fire tin candle, which smells just like Diptyque's Feu de Bois. 

    In the top drawer is where I keep the good stuff and it usually gets rotated quite a bit so I can try different bits. The Oskia Renaissance Hand Cream is what I'm currently reaching for and although it's a bit pricey at £21 you can actually feel the difference in quality. It sinks into the skin really quickly, smells ah-mazing (chamomile & rose) and seriously hydrates your hands. I also keep a mini Caudalie Beauty Elixir for emergency "wake me up" spritzes. I usually find my hands covered in lipsticks, foundation and everything else so I like to keep my Soap & Glory Hand Maid sanitiser nearby for a quick cleanse.

    A new addition to my desk drawer is the Origins No Puffery rollerball that used to live on my skincare shelf. I found this works really well throughout the day to refresh my eyes and you can use it over makeup without it ruining your concealer. The cool metal tip glides easily over the under eye area and it's turned out to be a real pick me up in the afternoons. The final two beauty bits are my NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm which I've fallen back in love with and my Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm. The Deep Relax scent is my favourite from their bath oils so a sniff of this or applying some to my wrists really calms me down. 

    So that's everything I'm currently keeping desk side whether it's an essential, a treat or in case of beauty emergencies. What beauty bits do you like to keep on your desk? 


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  • 03/05/14--23:00: GHANA PHOTO DIARY

  • If you don't follow me on social media or missed my weekend post you may not know that last week I went to Ghana with Comic Relief. Anna and I flew out to visit a few projects that are supported and funded by the money raised by Sport Relief in the UK. I have made a whole video about my trip which will be posted on here later today, but for now I wanted to share with you some of the photos I took whilst I was there. Everything from the vibrant colours and prints to the beautiful faces was so photogenic I couldn't stop snapping away. I hope you like seeing some of my favourite photos and look out for my video post this afternoon! 


    Sport Relief creates lasting change for people in the UK and across the world. Find out how you can get involved at www.sportrelief.com


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    So are you still wondering why we actually went to Ghana and what we did? This video explains it all. We spent two days and packed a lot in, so watch the video above and follow me around on our amazing trip. 

    Sport Relief creates lasting change for people in the UK and across the world. Find out how you can get involved at www.sportrelief.com 




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  • 03/06/14--23:00: MICKEY'S BURGERS

  •  On Sunday we spent the day running errands, having lunch with my sister and enjoying the sun whilst it made a short appearance. I thought I'd get Rich to snap a few photos of my outfit, despite it being a bit of a random mish-mash of items... 

    I recently picked up this Mickey Mouse tee from the men's section in Uniqlo and I think it's one of the best places to find graphic t-shirts. They have a really good selection and I ended up picking this one in a men's medium. I like the look of oversized, slouchy tees but to make it a bit more girly I wore it with a skirt. The skirt is from H&M and is high waisted and super comfortable, I really like the school uniform type print. It was cold so underneath my ASOS leather jacket I layered a plain black H&M hoodie and wore thick black tights with my Topshop boots. Personally I like to mix girly shapes with black, textured, heavy accessories... It just makes me feel more comfortable. 

    My final accessories included my Ray Ban Wayfarers, River Island above the knuckle rings, my Topshop bag and Essie 'Watermelon' on my nails. I also managed to convince Rich to let me snap a photo of him in his new Reiss coat, isn't it nice?! 

    My Sunday OOTDs usually consists of pjs and dressing gowns so this was a pretty dressed up Sunday for me! What do you think?


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  • 03/07/14--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS

  • WEAR //
    I've been loving wearing my H by Hudson Mistral Black Ankle boots recently. I picked these up on ASOS about a month ago and although they needed a bit of wearing in, I've been so happy with them. The wooden heel makes them daytime casual, but the black cutout detail at the top also means they can look quite smart. I love the shape and think they look great with rolled up skinny jeans. Hudson is still my absolute favourite brand for boots.

    LIFE //
    Anyone else a Modern Family fan? Rich and I have been obsessively re-watching old episodes on Netflix every night and it's just brilliant. It's one of the few programmes that actually makes me laugh out loud and I can watch it over and over again. I also watched the E! documentary special on the place to Ghana (super fan over here!) and it was so good! If you've never seen Modern Family before, it's an American sitcom, mockumentary style and is completely hilarious. Phil and Cam are my favourites, who are yours? 

    EATS //
    Despite failing on the blog post front I did actually manage to eat some pancakes on Tuesday. My sister came round to make some for me which has turned into a bit of a tradition... she's just so much better at it! Any other day of the year I opt for breakfast pancakes covered in maple syrup but pancake day for me means lemon and sugar crepe style... so that's what I did. Delicious. How did you have your pancakes on pancake day? 


    Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @lilypebbles for daily photos! 

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