Style Inspiration | Salt & Chic

So far in my style inspiration series I've covered my beautiful mum and my best friend. This month I wanted to talk about my biggest blogger style inspiration - Amy Liddell from Salt & Chic. She's kindly allowing me to use some of her pictures for this post, so I've picked some of my favourite outfits from her blog to include. Please note that all pictures in this post belong to her.

Amy's blog is one that I've been reading pretty much since I began reading blogs and I've always admired her style, the way she puts outfits together and her beautiful photographs that capture them. She can pull off pretty much anything in such an effortless way and carries off every outfit with an air of confidence that makes her style all the more impressionable.


She pairs statement pieces with basics and really is quite daring with her style, pushing boundaries by just the right amount. She wears trends in her own way and she definitely knows what suits her. Plus her hair and make up always look amazing - she gives me serious style envy and I always get the urge to go shopping after reading one of her posts!


As you can see her photographs are always amazing quality too and she's perfected the ideal blogger pose of managing to look like a model while also remaining completely relatable. If you could give me some lessons in that Amy, that'd be great!


As well as letting me use some pictures, Amy also very kindly answered some questions for me about her style.

How would you describe your style? My style really is a bit of everything! I have every kind of style in my wardrobe from 60's to 70's to 90's, from simple monochromes to loud patterns. I literally just wear whatever I want on that day and I don't think I really fit into one style cliché!  


What influences your style? My mood definitely influences what I wear - if I'm having a really good day I go for all the bright colours and patterns! I'd also say all of the trends influence my style. Not to the extent where I'm going out saying 'I HAVE to get something from this trend', but if there's a trend I like I go all out on it.


Who is your biggest style inspiration? It's got to be Suki Waterhouse. For years I've drooled over her Instagram and Twitter, dreaming about her Burberry coat collection and effortless 60's style. She's one of those people who just looks amazing in everything and there's not much I wouldn't do for her wardrobe.


You can check out more of Amy's outfits on her blog here. What do you think of Amy's style? Which blogger is your biggest style inspiration?

Amy x

Polka Dot

One of my friends has frequent sort outs of her rather enviable wardrobe and often ends up with bags of clothes packed up to take to a charity shop. I usually then sweep in and take most of them. This happened recently and I've inherited this absolute gem of a dress. I'm absolutely amazed that she was getting rid of it because it suited her so well and she loves a good polka dot, but her loss is my gain and it now has a happy place in my wardrobe.


It's actually a perfect fit for my shape as it nips in at the waist, which is where I'm smallest and then allows that bit of extra room for my hips and boobs. I also find it somehow manages to make my legs look slimmer (thank you magic dress of dreams). It's super comfy and *about to say the phrase that makes it into pretty much every blog post* it's just so easy to throw on.





I love a good polka dot and white dots on navy fabric is such a classic (although can't work out if my eyes deceive me and this is white on black?). This will be the perfect dress for summer dressed down with white trainers. Dreamy. For now though it's a bit cold so I had to whack on the black tights and wear it with these old patent shoes that were from Primark about two years ago and somehow haven't fallen apart yet. Best fiver I ever spent. It is warm enough though to whack out my summer trench coat that I still adore and will now wear until it gets cold again.

Do you like polka dots? What do you think of this outfit?

Amy x

Quickmax Eyelash and Eyebrow Growth Serum

I love trying new shampoos, hair treatments and techniques to make the hair on my head longer and thicker, but I'd never really thought about trying to do anything about my eyebrows or eyelashes until I was contacted by Stylelux and asked if I wanted to try their Quickmax Eyelash and Eyebrow Growth Serum*. I'm generally quite happy with my eyelashes - they're already naturally curly and quite long, but my eyebrows are sadly quite thin and patchy (if I could turn back time and take those tweezers out of my 14-year-old hands). 


Quickmax* is a small tube of clear liquid that you use each night before bed, applied as you would eyeliner on your lash line and brushed through the eyebrows. It's supposed to make your eyelashes and eyebrows look longer and fuller and results should be noticeable within 4-6 weeks. 

In terms of using the product I found it very easy to use and incorporate into my night time skincare routine and not irritable at all to my skin. I applied it each night for 6 weeks and if I'm honest I very sceptically expected to not see much of a difference. I'm a very sceptical person in general and never usually trust products that seem to promise the impossible!

Top - before. Bottom - after.

I have to say though that I honestly did notice a difference. I noticed the difference more prominently when I was wearing makeup than without it as my eyelashes are quite blonde at the ends, but my eyelashes did look thicker, which I think you can see on the before and after. I'm happier with my eyebrows too, which although they're still a little patchy, are generally a bit fuller than they were and are much easier to fill in. 

This brings me onto my main con of the product and that is the price. It retails at £49, which is very pricey in my opinion. The product worked, but I wouldn't say it worked enough that I would be able to justify spending £49 on it. It does last a long time - as I said I've been using it for 6 weeks and there's still about half left so in that sense you do get your money's worth. If you have very thin or short eyelashes and you are desperate to change that then this might be a good product to try, but I personally wouldn't splash that much cash.

Have you tried this product or anything similar? Would you try this product?

Amy x

This product was kindly sent to me by Stylelux, but my views are completely honest and my own.

Things My Disabled Sibling Has Taught Me


I don't write posts about my sister often (others can be found here and here), but I absolutely love writing about her and seeing as tomorrow marks twenty years since she came into this world (which is hella scary might I add) I thought I'd write one to mark the occasion. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY (for tomorrow) Bethany and here's some things she's taught me over the years:

Patience | It's funny that she's taught me this because she is actually the most impatient person ever. Maybe it's because dealing with an impatient person takes patience! I think mainly it's the little things - if something makes her laugh then I'll do it over and over again until I'm past bored as long as it's still making her laugh. Meal times take a long time with her as she looks around and makes noise in between each mouthful! In a way it's nice because it makes you slow down a bit and not be so fast paced in everything, but you definitely need patience if you're waiting for pudding!

Appreciation | Bethany has been and still goes through a lot, yet she doesn't make a fuss and she very rarely cries or complains. That just makes me appreciate my health and my life in general so much more. It puts everything into perspective for me and helps me appreciate the good in life and not worry so much about the bad.

Determination | Bethany is such a little fighter and the fact that she keeps on going through the bad makes me all the more determined to fight through anything too. If she can fight through the ups and downs of physical and mental disability then I can definitely fight through my latest crisis at work or anything else life throws at me.

Acceptance | I've learnt that life isn't fair and that bad things happen to good people, but I've learnt to accept that and whatever life throws at me.

What have your siblings taught you?

Amy x

Finding Your Personal Style



I'm a big believer in personal style over following trends. I love fashion, but I think finding what suits you and what, most importantly, you actually like is so important. There's nothing worse than wearing something bang on trend that actually makes you feel as uncomfortable as the tall person in the front row of assembly because it's just not really you. 

Feeling confident isn't about following a trend, it's about wearing whatever makes you feel good, whatever everyone else thinks. I feel like recently I've really discovered what works for me in terms of the kind of aesthetic I tend to go for (how pretentious can I get eh?) so I thought I'd share my tips on finding your personal style. It's fun, I promise.

Experiment | Unfortunately you're probably not going to find your personal style without making some mistakes along the way, but these will only help you to discover what you don't like, which can only be a good thing. Plus, experimenting with clothes is fun! Try on heaps of different styles and colours in fitting rooms, pin your girl crushes on Pinterest and mood board whatever your eyes are most drawn to. Working out what really makes you feel like yourself is extremely rewarding because imagine always feeling like your best self?!

Make trends work for you | If you really love a trend, but don't feel that it suits you, don't give up on it straight away. Not every trend is for everyone, but you might just need to find a different way to style it so it works for you or maybe even just discover that little bit of inner confidence you've had tucked away. I was about a year late to the pinafore trend because the classic denim/cord style wasn't really me, but eventually I found a dress that can double up as a pinafore that is.

Get inspired | I think reading style blogs has helped my own style so much because I'm constantly being inspired by new content. I'm able to keep my personal style refreshed by taking inspiration from others and I'm able to decide for myself whether new trends suit me or not. Pinterest and mood boards are your best friend.

Adapt and evolve | Your personal style is going to naturally change with time so it's not necessarily something that you 'find' and stick to; you can find the essence of your style, but there are always new trends coming along or new things you might want to try. Don't be scared to revisit things you've previously dismissed.

Don't think about it too much | This might be contradicting all of my above points, but I think the point where I really found my personal style was when I stopped thinking so much about what I was wearing. Personal style can come to you naturally because you'll automatically put on what feels good and right for you. As is usually the case with everything, trust your gut.

How did you find your personal style?

Amy x


Bedroom Transformation




Warning, very picture heavy post! Today I'm so excited to show you our long overdue bedroom transformation! It's been kind of finished for a while, but we dilly dallied around with the finishing touches. I thought I'd go through the stages of what we did to the bedroom because it really has changed quite dramatically!

Before





The bedroom was originally two rooms; you entered through a dressing room and then went through to the main bedroom from there. The whole room was wallpapered and carpeted, the fireplace was completely boarded up (we had no idea what was behind it at the time!) and the woodwork was coated in decades of paint.


During




We ripped up the carpets to find that the floorboards weren't in great condition and because we wanted to get this room decorated fairly quickly we decided to cover them rather than try to restore them. We stripped all the wallpaper off and then decided on a whim to take down the dividing wall. This was a stud wall so we did this ourselves fairly quickly. We then faced a bit of a dilemma that there was original coving in the dressing room but not in the main bedroom and we'd also ripped a rather large chunk out of the ceiling by taking the wall down (total experts obviously!) so we got a plasterer in to take down the coving, replace the ceiling and skim the whole room as the plaster was so old that it was in bad condition anyway. We then stripped all the paint off the woodwork (most laborious job ever) and also off the fireplace. Once all the boring stuff was out of the way it was time to decorate! We painted the walls, ceiling and woodwork, put up some new coving then laid the laminate floor.


After














The room is so much brighter and spacious than it was before. The colour we chose for the walls was 'Whispering Sage' from Wilko's, the woodwork and fireplace are all white and we chose a dark laminate floor to contrast with the rest of the room and make sure it didn't look too cold (even though I would have had the entire room white if I didn't have to compromise with another person!) We took our inspiration for the colours from the original fireplace, which we've cleaned up and left exposed because it's beautiful! Because the other colour in the fireplace was yellow we got a rug, bedding and curtains with yellow in them. Our furniture we had already and is all from Ikea. There are still a few finishing touches to put to the room and I'm sure there will be a growing collection of trinkets and pictures on the walls soon!

What do you think of our transformation? How is your bedroom decorated or how would you decorate it?

Amy x