Thursday, 27 October 2016

East Village Velvet

Today is the first ever (!) style focused post on CloudEsmé and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Whilst it pained me slightly having my outfit photographed (notice the grimacing haha) I know that fashion is something I want to maintain here because it's my favourite content to see on other people's blogs.

doing my best Brittany Bathgate impression

The moment I saw these blush trousers on Asos I immediately envisioned wearing them on the streets of New York. For a stroll around the East Village I paired them with black velvet block heels (very Aquazurra) and a plain black knit to let the pink do all the talking.

Bonus is that the trousers turned out to be much more versatile than you'd first think; I wore them first with velvet block heels, then swapped those out for white Supergas halfway through the day and both looked pretty effortless. (I won't lie, my feet started to ache in the heels after lunch - think we walked about 10 miles this day!)

Lastly I popped on my black LeSpecs and my trusty Matt&Nat Shareen bag to carry all the essentials. Thinking of doing a review of this bag soon because I've been so impressed after the ultimate how-much-can-it-carry city break test.

Blush Trousers - ASOS
Velvet Block Heels - ASOS
Black Knit - Brandy Melville (similar here and here)
Bag - Matt&Nat
Trainers - Superga
Sunglasses - LeSpecs
Watch - Olivia Burton
Necklace - Marida Jewellery

Quite enjoyed putting this together, what do you guys think? 
Hope you're having a good week!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Minimal Travel Makeup Bag

The last of the pre-holiday packing posts today, this one giving you a round-up of the makeup essentials I'll be using throughout the city break. Expect to see these products in action within upcoming New York posts, hope you're as excited as me!

Makeup Bag - Catseye

Products in order of my application:

To see the general gist of this look, check out my daily makeup post here because lets be honest I wear the same products every day ;P

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

My Travel Beauty Kit

Bam, another packing post! Today I'm letting you in on the skin, body and hair miniatures (and not-so miniatures) that I'll be lugging to the Big Apple.
Washbag - old Cath Kidston (similar)


  • This Liz Earle Essentials kit is a wonder for travelling, and includes a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye lotion (I've already used 3 out of the 4 products full-size and I'm a huge fan). It also comes in three variants for differing skin types so there's something for everyone. How cute is the dinky Cleanse & Polish?
  • Garnier Micellar Water Mini is an ideal size for travelling, and does a great pre-cleanse sweep of all the makeup. Also, I know this isn't cruelty free so if you have any more natural recommendations let me know. 
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Balm is my go-to balm (I mean come on, it tastes like chocolate). I use it day and night; it works great on it's own for a simple sheen or can be slathered on before bed for deeper hydration.


  • Original Source Shower Gels are my all-time favourite body washes; they smell delicious and lather really nicely. They're a vegan brand too which is a bonus!
  • L'Occitane Amande Shower Oil is a product I've been eyeing up since the original beauty gurus would bang on about its amazing smell, moisturing nature and mulitpurpose capabilities. For whatever reason I've never picked it up myself, but as a freebie in this month's Harpers Bazaar it seemed about time to give it a whirl.
  • Satin Care Olay Gel will be my shaving gel of choice if the above doesn't quite work for me. I'm also hoping the addition of Olay cream will help prevent any of those pesky bumps.
  • Gillette Venus Snap Razor is something I pick up before every holiday due to it's convenience and quickness. Perfect when you're in a rush as it only requires water so there's no need to faff with shaving gels.
  • St Moritz Dark Tanning Mousse helps me crack out golden limbs whenever I can be bothered to do the whole exfoliate-moisturise-tan ritual. Despite the lengthly process, this colour is natural looking, lasts a good few days, and is easy to apply thanks to the guide colour. Just whatever you do don't go near any nice white duvets until you've washed the guide layer off... been there and it isn't pretty.
  • Chloe Eau De Parfum will be the only fragrance I take, purely because I'm planning on having a sniff-athon at the Sephora stand and am hoping to snap up some rollerballs. 
  • Sanex Deodorant is one I keep going back to because I can shave and immediately apply this without getting irritated. Smells fresh and does the trick.


  • The Wet Brush has been my only hairbrush for a few years, and to be honest I daren't try any other now. It minimises split ends and glides through wet and dry hair whilst still being cushioned enough not to bash your scalp as you comb.
  • Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo has become my firm favourite shampoo; it leaves hair feeling squeaky clean without feeling stripped, and doesnt irritate my sensitive scalp which so many cheap to pricey shampoos have done in the past. The 200ml will last you ages too so this more than justifies the price tag for me.
That's everything in my holiday beauty stash, I hope you enjoyed having a mooch and are all keeping well :) Next up, the travel makeup bag...

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Packing for New York

Another Big Apple themed chat today, this time all about packing! For the past 8 years, my suitcase is used to being rammed with raincoats and walking boots for long hikes and rocky coastlines for various UK holidays. New York, with it's swanky architecture, stylish reputation and urban environment is quite the opposite holiday, therefore preparing luggage and outfits has been quite the task. Let's get onto the clothing pieces, accessories and hand luggage necessities that have made the cut...

Suitcase - TravelPro @ TKMaxx (similar model here)


SHOES & ACCESSORIES (not all pictured)


  • iPhone
  • Snacks - likely Nakd bars, roasted chickpeas and flapjacks 
  • Magazine 
  • Wallet - Céline sunnies at duty free, I'm coming for ya
  • Extra jumper - for sleeping
  • Macbook - for blogging 
  • Earphones for in-flight tunes
  • Camera (Nikon coolpix P520)
  • Back-up phone charger 
  • Brow gel - I can go barefaced but not bare eyebrow-ed ;)
            Any staples I've forgotten? What New York themed posts would you like to see next?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Good Songs #2

Another musical line up today, bringing you the songs I've been boppin' to the past few weeks. Let me know what you'e been listening to recently, I'm all ears ;)

Izzy Bizu - White Tiger
MGMT - Kids
Mapei - Don't Wait
Wolf Alice - You're a Germ
Peach Fur - Days Go By
Beyoncé - Hold Up
Frank Ocean - Super Rich Kids
Sting - Englishman in New York
John Newman - Olé
Bad Suns - Daft Pretty Boys
Ben Folds Five - Brick

Any music recommendations? Hit me up!