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    AUTUMN & WINTER HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

    When it finally hits the time of the year, that the sun is no longer shining and we aren't concerned with only packing a pair of cute sunnies, it's officially time to give our must-have handbag essentials a much needed update. Unfortunately our carefree, relaxed attitude is long gone, along with last rays of sunshine and we can no longer leave the house with just our phones and bank card (and of course the aforementioned pair of cute sunnies).
    Instead we now need a lot more things quick to hand at a moment's notice, so we have compiled a list of our essentials that, trust us, you need this Autumn and Winter. And while our handbag contents may now have tripled, we promise we wont actually make you pack the kitchen sink!
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    A fold-up umbrella
    An obvious one, but ultimately one we have been caught way too many times without! A mistake we are not in any rush to make again. Which is why it has made it straight to the top of our list of essentials, if only to serve as a reminder to ourselves on a daily basis. If you are well and truly traumatised by previous experiences (we most definitely are! - that Bridget Jones scene when she was soaked to the bone, right before she stormed into Mr Darcy's office to declare her undying love, you know the one... - yes, we have been that kind of drenched before now!). Then you may be more than happy to commit to a full (non-fold-up kind) of umbrella. The ones that unfortunately don't conveniently fold up into our handbags, but whilst not the most practical, they are slightly bigger, more durable and overall better quality a lot of the time, that it may be worth investing.
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    Tissues
    Moving on to the other highly un-glamorous essential you will find currently residing in our handbags, tissues. An absolute must this time of year! You don't want to find yourself in the horrifying experience with your nose running like a tap (it happens) and no tissue in sight to save the day. Tissues are also super useful for the ridiculous watering eyes we also seem to find ourselves experiencing around this time of year, someone care to explain what that is even about? All we can tell you is that black mascara running down our faces is not a cute look.
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    Lip balm
    Ahh the season of pumpkin spiced lattes, holiday spirit, cosy knits, and oh yes, dryness. Lots and lots of dryness. Honestly it feels as though we give up all our moisture in exchange for the happiness everything else these seasons bring us (sadly a sacrifice we would be more than willing to make). Dry cracked lips however is just not something we are content with having, so instead we have copious amounts of lip balm to keep them soft and moisturised. We also love a good lip scrub to make sure we are removing any dry skin beforehand, for the best chapped lips combat routine.
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    Hand cream
    Unfortunately our hands also suffer from the painstaking dryness this wonderful season brings, so we always make sure we have some hand cream on hand (sorry! we had to...) throughout the colder months. With so many to choose from it is also super easy to find a scent that you adore, that will make you want to re-apply it multiple times a day (or hour, who are we kidding).
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    Hair serum & hair brush
    No matter how much time you spend doing your hair in the morning, if your commute includes any sort of exposure to the elements, then your masterpiece is ultimately going to be destroyed. All it takes is a strong gust of wind for your beautiful bouncy blow or perfectly polished beach waves to become a horrifying static tangled mess. This can easily be rectified however with a little anti frizz hair serum and a hair brush, both of which you can get in small compact versions, so we suggest you forget neither!
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    Makeup essentials
    Again, same scenario as your hair, if you find yourself in an unexpected catastrophe, you need something to help rectify the situation. If you aren't someone who likes carrying your whole makeup collection around with you (who does?) then our essentials would be:
    Mascara - for those times we previously mentioned, when your eye decides to water uncontrollably and kindly takes all of your mascara off for you... er, thanks?
    Eyeliner - unless you're purposefully going for the smudgy kohl look, then messy eyeliner is never a good look (and you can't pass it off as purposefully smudgy eyeliner, when it isn't, believe us!) so as the saying goes, better safe than sorry, pack it just in case.
    Powder - easier to apply and more convenient to carry than your liquid foundation, this is a necessity for the times when your foundation has decided the inside of your beanie requires more coverage than you do. A cream compact foundation is also amazing to have in this situation, for those of us who are simply just too dry for any more powder.
    Lipliner - instantly helps gives you a more polished look and blended in with your trusty lip balm it helps add a bit of colour on the days you just couldn't bare to put your favourite matte (aka drying) lipstick on.
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    Hand sanitiser
    Now we know we are showing a lot of love to our hands and you're thinking surely I dont need to lug around several products for my hands alone... but at this time of the year, just in case you weren't aware, everyone is getting sick. Unless you want to be stuck inside with a case of the sniffles all weekend (because guaranteed it hits the hardest in your own time and not during work) then we highly suggest you have some hand sanitiser readily available for when someone sneezes or coughs a little too close to comfort.
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    Perfume Sample
    We love a good sample, who of us doesn't? Amazingly last year most of the popular scents actually had a small 10-15ml tube of the perfume specifically designed for your handbag within their perfume Christmas gift sets. While they don't last forever they do give us a much needed pick me up in the afternoons and are a lifesaver when you accidently overslept and forgot to spray perfume before you left the house. If you don't yet have a signature scent then we wish you luck in your hunt for 'the one' with all those tiny 2ml bottles they give you in boots. After all, Christmas isn't for nearly another 2 months yet... those little bottle can last you (especially if you pick up some more from a different sales associate than last time).
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    Gloves
    While temperatures haven't yet hit freezing, we are not far off and it's better to be prepared and get a cute pair of gloves before all the good ones are sold out! We actually have launched some gorgeous winter accessories this year at Pretty You, that we think you ladies would love! Some gloves have super soft luxurious faux fur and we have a pair of glamorous sparkly embellished handwarmers, as well as some beautifully wrapped sets. Get yours ready for when the cold well and truly hits, as blue fingers are most definitely not cute!
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    Diary/Planner
    Let's be honest when it's cold and miserable outside we don't want to go anywhere we don't absolutely need to be, we want to be cosy at home in our slippers and loungewear as much as physically possible. The best way to manage this is to stay organised! Where do we need to go, what do we need to do and what do we need to get. Keeping this all organised and written out in a diary/planner clearly really helps us stay focused and manage our time most effectively, as it is a high priority that we fit all of our Netflix binges in, obviously.
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    Let us know in the comments below if there is something you can't leave the house without during the Autumn and Winter months that we didn't include! Because no doubt we will need to...

    AUTUMN OUTFITS YOU'LL WANT TO COPY RIGHT NOW

     Ok, ok, ok, we know it's our third Autumn themed blog post in a row... but we just can't help it! We are far too excited with all the Autumn feels and only slightly buzzing from all the Starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes... I think to say it is our favourite season would probably be an understatement.

    So here we are with another Autumn themed post only this time it is the fashion! *squeals*! It is finally time for our beautiful leather and suede booties to hit the streets, our gorgeously cosy knits to drown our comfort food food-babies with, seasonal appropriate hats - our classic fedora and the new ever so trendy baker boy hats... and of course our jackets! Aviator jackets, teddy shearling jackets, leather jackets, denim jackets, tailored jackets, blazers... (every type of jacket!) we just cant get them on quick enough.

    To showcase our love of Autumn fashion, we have collated 25 outfit inspos that we absolutely adore and are dying to recreate, that we thought we would share with you, as we know you'll love them just as much as us... enjoy!

    Let us know which outfit was your fave in the comments below! Also we would love to know if you recreate any of these looks.

    HOW TO GIVE YOUR INTERIORS A LUXE UPDATE FOR AUTUMN

    As the colder months hit I think it is fair to say we all run straight from the office back to the warm cozy comfort of our homes and jump straight into our slippers and pjs. So whilst we are spending so much more time there it deserves a little attention. Here at Pretty You we are all about the gorgeous luxe feel, and that is not different when it comes to our love for interiors, so we are going to run you through our top 3 ways to update your interiors to give them a more luxury feel for the Autumn.
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    Velvet features
    The easiest way to give your home a luxury touch this Autumn is to simply add some velvet. Our favourite way is through the use of a statement couch or chair, and to make it even more interior designer worthy, have it in a bold colour, one that compliments the rest of the interior. If you don't feel ready to commit to such a large piece then the perfect more subtle alternative is to add some jewel toned cushions for just a hint of luxe. After all, you don't see velvet all over Pinterest for nothing...
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    Faux fur accents
    Autumn is one of the two colder months so of course we have to bring out the faux fur... faux fur throws, faux fur cushions, faux fur chairs, you name it, if it comes in faux fur and it matches our interior colour scheme, you can bet we are getting it/already have it.
    It is a beautiful way to add some luxury vibes, but also it helps add some coziness to the room. As who doesn't want to warm and cosy snuggled up indoors, when it is pouring with rain and only 2 degrees outside?! So we highly advise bringing out the faux fur to elevate your luxe cozy Autumn inspired interiors.
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    Mixing metals
    Ahhh, mixed metals... this is one we think may send some of your into a frenzy of pure horror, but hear us out! It looks expensive... that's it. Most interior designers use this as a method of adding a more luxury feel to your space without it being too loud of a statement, such as a bright purple velvet couch for example. For those of you that like something more subtle, and this is by far the easiest method, try this and see how you it transforms and elevates your new Autumn interior.
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    Hopefully you find the above dreamy interior photos as inspirational as we do and they motivate you to give your home an updated luxe feel.
    Whilst we love all 3 of these methods there is several inspirational photos above that include all 3! And their homes are most definitely Pinterest gold, so don't be afraid to incorporate all of them and be bold with your choices! Also let us know in the comments below if you have any other ways that you will updating your homes with this Autumn...

    AUTUMN MAKEUP

    Autumn is officially here... which means we can finally start wearing all of our cosy knits, drinking cups of warm tea on a continuous rotation and of course, we get to start rocking our favourite autumn makeup looks.
    Now while each season comes with weird and wonderful wacky makeup trends, let's be honest we are only going to start incorporating the most wearable ones into our day-to-day look. So we have rounded up the old faithful classics and the new brave (but do-able) trends all into one place for you.
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    Ahh the classic autumnal bold darker lip, how we have missed you, old friend! Clearly this is nothing new, however we consistently go back to this each and every year. Whilst some of you may be thinking 'I can't possibly pull off a red lip!' we got news for you, you can! As with foundation, not having the right undertone, can turn any hot fire look into a hot mess in 2 seconds flat. So be sure to experiment with different tones and find the one that compliments your colouring best, you know, exactly how you did with those 400 nudes you own...! However if you just really don't think red is your colour, then don't skip out on the look altogether, instead try a muted brown or berry colour.
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    Ok let's be honest, our autumnal 'warm smokey eyes' are essentially, near enough identical, to what we have done all throughout summer, only thats our 'bronzed goddess' looks. So we use slightly more orange-y, redder colours in the autumn and more bronze-y, golder colours through the summer. Yes we may use the exact same eyeshadow palettes, and yes, sometimes even the exact same eyeshadows but they are utterly, completely, totally, different looks. Honest.
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    This has got to be one of our favourite things about Autumn makeup... lots and lots and lots of blush. Whilst a lot of us still wear it throughout the summer, we certainly don't pack it on to the extent of what we do bronzer, because it looks less youthful and cute, and more sweaty and hot. So needless to say in the colder autumn and winter months is when blusher really has its time to shine. Flushed rosy cheeks bring a super youthful and glowy look to the skin and better still it makes super minimal makeup look perfectly polished off.
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    Brows have been a huge trend over the past few years and in that time they have gone from perfectly arched, not a single hair out of place, to messily bushy, to then even squiggly?! This Autumn we are still loving a good strong thick brow but if you want to stay super on trend fill some hairs in underneath your natural brows to create a more straight, less arched brow as seen in the images above. Whether you prefer them more clean and sharp looking or more natural and messy, whether you prefer filling them in with pomade, pencil or powder, ensure to invest in some eyebrow gel. This adds that extra needed volume and keeps your brow hair in place all day long.
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    There were tons of pops of colour all over the lids at the AW17 shows, usually a mono colour, including purples, reds, oranges, greens, basically the whole rainbow. However it was much more editorial looks on the catwalk that we couldn't in a million years pull off going into the office. So instead we have found softer smokier looks to incorporate the colour trend, however admittedly these will more than likely be reserved for nights out. We love a little experimental colour and this is the perfect way to make a statement but the thing we love most about this trend is that you can make it as subtle or as bold as you want. With full blown party season quickly appraoching we think we know which one we are going to lead towards...
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    Hopefully this helps inspire you into trying something a little new with your makeup as we transition into the colder months and let us know in the comments if you try any of these out!

    BTS AW17 COLLECTION PHOTOSHOOT

    As you have all seen... WE HAVE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED OUR AW17 COLLECTION; *insert excited squeals here*!!
    There is some gorgeous luxuriously soft faux fur (the Vida bootie is simply to die for!), absolutely heaps of cosiness, some super on-trend touches like velvet and satin and of course, it simply wouldn't be Pretty You if there weren't plenty of extra sparkly glamorous details! This collection has to be our best one yet, if we do say so ourselves, and we can't wait for you all to get your new PYL fix and to fall in love with them as much as we have...
    We thought for this week's blog post in honour of our AW17 launch we would show you some BTS photos from our lifestyle photoshoot.

    We cant wait to hear your thoughts on the new collection and be sure to post a pic of your new gorgeous besties for the Autumn Winter on your social media pages... and don't forget to use the hashtag '#prettyyoulondon' to be featured in our galleries! All of our love until next time...

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