16 Sep 2018 / Northern Ireland, UK

A Review | Chloe Eau De Parfum For Her

Nothing says 'sense of chic' like the signature fragrance that is - Chloe Eau de Parfum for her. A light, fresh, yet seductively strong and self-possessed scent capturing the creative, confident individuality of a free spirited woman with an utterly innate natural sexiness. Chloe is a fragrance in which I have found myself spritzing quite frequently this year, particularly throughout the Spring/Summer months... so what better time is there than the present, to sit down and properly, yet accurately review Chloe Eau de Parfum in all its glory.

Chloe for me; starts with an aquatic floral accord of freesia and peony, with just a hint of fruity lychee. The damask rose curates this in-explicit freshness that playfully twists with notions of femininity and intricacy, yet produces this powdery scent imbued with timeless sensuality. It is vibrant and modern and despite being launched in 2008, it remains a best seller to this day.

Top Notes:
Peony, Freesia, Lychee

Heart Notes:
Rose, Lily-of-the-Valley, Caribbean Magnolia

Base Notes:
Amber, Virginia Cedar

On Chloe's website they have stated that as a gesture of true luxury, the collar of this sophisticated glass flacon is plated in pure silver in the storied silversmith region of Auvergne in France. The lustrous precious metal is then delicately offset with a hand-tied pastel pink ribbon - a touch that I feel really pulls the bottle together.

I would personally suggest that you spritz Chloe on your pulse points if you are a free spirit who loves to flirt with a floral, powdery scent. The nature of this fragrance will certainly not disappoint.

Subtle and sophisticated; Chloe Eau de Parfum is the perfect gift for yourself, or a loved one and is available in an array of sizes both in store and online at The Perfume Shop

9 Sep 2018 / Northern Ireland, UK

Finding My Personal Style With Topshop

Finding or refining your personal style can be quite the predicament. I can't tell you how many times I have peered into my wardrobe brimming with clothes and thought why do I have nothing to wear today?, while frustratingly flinging my hands above my head in distaste, because despite my shopping trip two days ago, I still have nothing to wear to my interview or to Matthew's graduation, let alone dinner this evening.

For quite some time my wardrobe would have been dominated with plain black clothing - I mean; the saying 'On Wednesday's we wear black' would typically occur 7 days a week, 365 days a year in my house, as much as I am ashamed to admit that. I am a slogan t-shirt and leggings kind-of gal through and through, but only because I had persuaded myself that this was my type of comfortable.

In April 2018 I enlisted in the help of Joanne Lyttle; Belfast's very own -  Topshop Personal Stylist. The Topshop Personal Shopping experience is a premium, complimentary service available at an array of stores across the United Kingdom (Belfast being one of them). Here they cover appointments such as; The Essentials, The Big Event or in this case The Wardrobe Overhaul. I would be lying if I said I wasn't absolutely bricking it, but I was. I wasn't sure what to expect from this experience, would Joanne really be able to help me? or was I really too far gone?

I arrived at my appointment early, met Joanne and then had a walk around the store while waiting. This allowed me to suss out what the store had to offer and I'm sure if you're aware of the Belfast store in Victoria Square, there's quite a bit to choose from.

Joanne guided me into the personal shopping room, sat me down and made sure I was comfortable. Here there was sparkling lemonade and buns, alongside magazines to flip through. Joanne and I then had a 10 minute chat about what I was expecting from the day, what styles I have and haven't tried and what my favourite colours were before she disappeared. It wasn't long before she returned with a clothing rail full of eye-catching outfits for me to try on, all based on the information I had provided when booking but also through the introduction on arrival.

Joanne focused more on outfits she knew I would get wear from, but would still be able to mix and match. For instance; we picked out two pairs of jeans, paired these with t-shirts (both slogan and dressy), as well as jackets/throw-on's and then worked on accessorizing these with belts and shoes. It really opened my eyes and I discovered styles that I hadn't tried before, as well as colours far from my comfort zone - yellow is definitely a new favourite.

Looking back; I'm really pleased that I persuaded myself to ask a stylist for help. I feel like I genuinely needed the boost I received from my appointment and am now confident I can invest in clothing that I will wear, which is why I'm so keen to talk about my experience and share my advice on finding your personal style, because finding my personal style with Topshop was the best thing I ever did.

My main takeaways from the personal shopping appointment were that it's okay to ask for help, to seek inspiration, to be authentic and to have fun with your style.

2 Sep 2018 / Northern Ireland, UK

The Future Of She In The Know

Blogging is one of my favourite ways to share content online; I love taking photographs, compiling blog posts and then hitting publish. In-fact it was as an eleven year old girl that I ignited a passion for blog writing, but never did I envision how much the blogging industry would blow up or in the way it did. I mean; here I am ten years down the line, with a website on a self-hosted domain that I'm extremely proud of. 

I curated She In The Know in 2015 and from memory this is the fourth time I have hit refresh. I have found it incredibly difficult to find my voice online, but also find what I enjoy writing about most and that's why I decided to take a step back and assess where I'm at and where I want to be. From here on out, She In The Know will follow under the Fashion, Beauty, Wellbeing and Lifestyle categories - however these may change over time. 

As I said before; I did take a step back from blogging to assess where I was at, but also to assess the future of She In The Know and I can safely say that I am finding my feet again. During my hiatus I launched my photography business, my home and giftware shop, tied up a lot of loose ends and in general took time to myself - time that I felt was necessary. 

The future of She In The Know

Here we are; the topic of conversation. What is the future of She In The Know? There is no denying it, I have asked myself this question more than a handful of times but what is the future of She In The Know?. I love writing and this is undeniably my favourite platform, it's where I started and it's the only platform that I technically own. I want to use this space to create content that I am passionate about, but more in-depth. You can only create content of a certain length on Instagram and Twitter, so this will be a space wherein I write about all things She.

It will also be a space wherein I share images of my travels, products I'm loving, self portraits and more.

As they say - you have to give some to gain some in this industry and that's what I'm all about - putting content out that I enjoy on platforms I enjoy.

I just hope you will come along for the ride.
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