Experience Nespresso

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

I am so thrilled to be writing this post as I am happy to announce that I am in partnership* with Nespresso to bring you all the details of Liverpool's latest boutique!

Last week I had the utmost pleasure to be one of the first people in Liverpool to have a sneak peek of the sparkling new boutique concept Nespresso has launched, located at Peter's Lane in the heart of Liverpool One. It was a real treat to speak to the insiders who brought with them a lot of knowledge - they really educated me on the brand history and values as well as happily explaining each and every detail that you might never have known. For example, did you know that the boutique’s decor has been created using sustainably-designed materials which includes the beautiful table tops made of (get this) used coffee grounds from Nespresso's very own factory in Switzerland? And the wood has been 100% sourced from Nespresso's reforestation programs on coffee farms. How lovely is that! I even got to taste some of the most delicious culinary delights from The Arts School, some of which were infused with Nespresso coffee. There was nothing but positive vibes from everyone in the event and the strong, genuine enthusiasm for the brand was infectious.

The boutique is truly something else, described as 'an immersive coffee experience allowing for deeper learning and coffee exploration'. There is a lovely warm feeling that you get when you do step into the room and a clearly well thought out path for you to see the newest machines and products on offer, as well as the delightful pops of green from the plants and you know how bloggers feel about plants - yep extra brownie points right there. If you do happen to wander down Peter's Lane I am sure the window display and the luxe feel of the boutique will draw you in.

One of my favourite features of this boutique is their Atelier table, I loved the relaxed feel of this part of the boutique and how it makes you at ease as well - almost as if you were in a friend's really luxe kitchen in Switzerland. During the event, we had a coffee masterclass given to us by their Coffee Specialist, we all got to sample and learn more about the new limited edition flavours from the 'Explorations 2' range; one being the 'Ethiopia Yirgacheffe' & the other 'Columbia Aguadas', we were taught how to heighten the different coffee notes and to see if we can pick out the aromas. Now normally I am a latte with extra milk kind of gal when it comes to coffee preference, but thanks to this Coffee Masterclass I have found a new love for what an excellent, high quality cup of coffee (with no milk ladies and gentlemen) should taste like. My favourite was the 'Columbia Aguadas' - the sweet notes and candied fruity taste was pretty spectacular. Of course, they also do splendid coffee with milk too!

If you would like to experience this yourself make sure to pop in to the new boutique where you too can not only deepen your coffee knowledge but also enjoy a premium Nespresso coffee. Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or just enjoy a good cuppa in the morning make sure you visit the boutique!

How do you like your coffee? With milk or without?

Love, Pingkan x


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Quotes To Live By

Sunday, 10 September 2017

I believe everyone loves a good quote; whether it be about a breakup you've just had and you want to throw that little bit of shade in your insta stories, or snapchat, or you generally feel that 'lul' in your life - so you scroll all over the internet and find black and white quotes, even poems, that just seem to resonate with you at that point in time. I totally get that... and have definitely been there and done that. I think that we all can benefit from those who have gone before us with their wisdom and experience. So today I thought i'd round up some of my favourite quotes on life and love to help you through those times of need or at least to leave you with just a giggle 😌

“Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud...” - Yann MartelLife of Pi

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night- Sarah Williams

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Nelson Mandela

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” - Henry David Thoreau

Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favours action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.” - Sophia Amoruso

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. - Abraham Lincoln

All you need is wifi and a dream

Rise & Slay

Be you. Do you. For you.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney

Sunglasses: H&M | Jumper: Pull & Bear | Bag: Sammy Dress* | Shoes Zara

What are your favourite quotes?

Love, Pingkan x


British Style Collective - Style Diary

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Can you believe how fast time goes? It's crazy that it has been nearly a month since The British Style Collective was in Liverpool! Here is what I wore during the 3 most fashionable days of the year so far.

Top - Missy Empire* | Trousers - River Island | Bracelet - Matthew Pretty* | Bag - Forever 21

Day One

I decided to keep things chic and simple for the first day. I knew that I really really wanted to wear an all white outfit that included interesting textures and patterns. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I talk A LOT about these River Island trousers and I mean a lot... I literally wear them every week since i've bought them without fail. They instantly glam up any outfit with just the perfect amount of lace. This was also the day I was featured on the 6pm BBC News with my girl Emma from The Emasphere; discussing all the latest summer 2017 trends. Definitely one of the greatest moments of my blogging journey so far! ♥

Dress - Missy Empire* | Sunglasses - Topshop | Beret & Shoes - Zara

Day Two

Being a fashion blogger has it's major perks when it comes to occasion dressing; thankfully Missy Empire kindly gifted me several new pieces for the wardrobe which were showcased throughout the BSC weekend. This included this fabulous blue-ruffle number. I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous puffy-sleeves and thought it was a perfect pairing with my Topshop sunnies and really kitsch shoes from Zara - I call this my 'k-pop' look ^.^.

Sunglasses - Prada | Jacket - Missy Empire* | Bodysuit & Trousers - Zara

Day Three

Now this outfit is completely out of my comfort zone! First of all these Zara white trousers are completely new to me! I'm not usually a white-denim kind of gal but the boxy-fit of these were definitely needed in my jeans collection. Something in me thought they would go really well with this Red Missy Empire jacket and Zara bodysuit, a casual and cool look ensued...


I have my final instalment of the BSC series to share with you all soon - which will include a Vlog! Stay tuned for more my lovelies :)


Did you know the British Style Collective was formerly known as The Clothes Show? Have you been before?

Love, Pingkan x

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Paul & Joe Beauty - Summer 2017 Collection Review

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Let's talk about Blush 

Now, normally I am not a Blush kind of gal and if you have ever raided through my makeup bag, you know that I am forever hitting pan on my bronzers. I always find myself wanting a sun-kissed and chiselled look, whilst previous blush experiences have consistently left me looking like a Pokemon - much like Pikachu and not in the cute way!
Literally in the 'Girl... I can see your blush from a mile away' type of look... *sigh*

This brings me to happily introduce you to... the Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Gel Blush!*

Now this Blush is really something else! First of all the consistency is almost like a bouncy jelly, you know, sorta like the jelly you get in bubble tea but a little bit more buttery. The formula itself feels very cooling on the fingertips and very refreshing when you dab it on your cheeks. I have the colour Fantasy (001), which is described as 'A meltingly sweet glow, this soft pink is the perfect shade'. On my skin tone it is a lovely peachy-soft-nude-pink toned blush; which is so perfect for me as i'm not too fond of the bright red or orange blushes for me personally - cos ain't nobody wanna be looking like something out of an Anime on an every day basis⚡️.

I find that applying it with my fingers works the best rather than using my blush-brush as the product easily melts and melds into the skin; giving it a more soft and luminous look. Also as it is quite cooling, it makes my morning routine that bit more refreshing.
Now this product does have a slight scent but it's nothing too over powering - more of a light floral / sweet smell which is quite delightful really :). I enjoy how this product still dries to a dewy look - so flattering especially for the summer months. Side note; I recently tried this blush as an eye shadow primer for a pinky, makeup-look and it worked like a treat. My pink-toned eyeshadow stayed on with no creasing whatsoever, look out for it on a video soon!

How have we got this far into this blogpost without mentioning the packaging? 
Okay, seriously aren't these just the cutest packaging ever? I mean, it literally has everything from palm trees to love hearts and cute cat illustrations - how bloody adorable!

I am a sucker for anything cute / kitch and this just ticks all the right boxes for me.

Now the Paul & Joe - Face & Eye Colour* box is just beautiful. These can be swirled together to give an extra glow to the skin as blush, or you can use them on the eyes for eyeshadow. They are enriched with Jojoba oil, Orange Flower Water, White Lilly extract and Rosa Roxburhii Fruit Extract which makes them super soft powders! And are totally suitable for sensitive skin gals like myself.

The shade I have is the Mon Petit Chat (109) described as 'A sweet, girly style that is the look of pure love'. Hues in the palette include: A lovely pink with tints of silver, sweet pink that is rich with hues of red; and light pink with silver and pearl undertones'. Be warned this product is no joke, even though the packaging is so super kawaii it really packs a punch in terms of pigment. One swirl of this and several taps of excess powder later and you are good to go. With that in mind I really do like the finish it gives to my skin - a lovely flush of colour on the cheekbones to make them appear that bit more radiant.

Have your heard of Paul & Joe Beauty before? What are you favourite blushers for the summer time?

Love, Pingkan x

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