Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A BIT DRESSED UP

Clothes are a funny thing. Monday to Friday you'll most probably see me sporting comfortable trousers, a pair of new balance trainers, and a long jacket or cardigan. But come the weekend and i practically dive head first into my wardrobe and really allow myself the simple pleasure of 'dressing up'. Although I was only going for lunch and a chingwag with Jess (who very kindly took these photos for me), I thought when on earth was the last time i threw some nice clothes on, did my hair nicely and threw on some makeup? Don't get me wrong, dressing up and looking fancy isn't some sort of prerequisite, but i'll be damned if i don't say, it's so so so much fun!

My entire outfit was very much based around my bag, which is stupendously cute if i might add. The shape, the size, how classic it is.. I was very much the heart-as-eyes-emoji when this arrived in the post, and i've taken it upon myself to wear it with every single fancy dress/outfit i've worn since it's arrival. It's love y'all. True love.

In other news, it is really hard balancing blogging whilst working and trying to get university work and portfolio's done. In fact, it is SUPER hard, so although i have a crap load of photos in my camera, i have little to no time to edit them and write up posts so apologies for my weird dippy in-n-out posting as of late! I still do read every single comment, even if i have yet to reply to them all! Give me a month or two and hopefully things will be a little less crazy, and speaking of less crazy… I should probably write an update to my 'Life After University' post, because boy do I have some stories to share!

As always, have a wonderful week, buy yourself some new lipstick, eat some pancakes, and be merry!

What I Wore

Top - Miss Selfridge | Skirt - Vintage | Heels - New Look | Bag* - Marc b | Lipstick - MUA Lip Laquer 'Reckless'


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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

BIG HAIR ON BRICK LANE

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Sometimes in all my excitement, I'll forget i have some snaps on my memory card, and upon finding them i'll sometimes lapse into a little daydream about when they were taken, why etc, etc. I met up with Sherida a few weeks ago for a day of eating pancakes at The Breakfast Club (aka my second home), complaining about boys, intense retail therapy on Brick Lane to make up for complaining about boys, and general girl-power uplifting chats.

"That's the cool thing about blogging, sometimes someone will just send you an e-mail or a text and ask to meet for a coffee, and normally i'd follow my parent's advice about not meeting people on the internet because theres a 99.9% chance that they could possibly be an axe-murderer."

But i'm glad i took the chance with Sherida because she is 100% not an axe-murderer and she runs an incredible personal blog devoted to photography, her thoughts and splashes of colour, and it really reflects the type of person she is in real life, super bright, sunny and warm-spirited, just an awesome person to be with really. And every single time we meet up, we both leave feeling so uplifted and encouraged. Life can be a very lonely place at times, and it's a bit more lonely when you don't have many close friends irl, or a significant other, so i'm glad i've stuck by this little blog (even though i considered deleting it only a few days ago!) if not only for the kind people i'm meeting along the way.

WHAT I WORE

CARDIGAN - MONKI | TEE (similar) - FRENCH CONNECTION | JEANS - PRIMARK | TRAINERS - NEW BALANCE



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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

D-D-DOUBLE DENIM

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The sun has finally made an appearance and in true Brit style I took advantage of the little bit of Vitamin D we had and threw on my Spring / Summer gear. I'll raise my hand and tell you honestly that within about 30 minutes of walking outside in my glorious new masculine footwear additions, that my toes were fifty shades of cold. The sun is SO deceiving y'all! But however cold my tootsies were, i'm sure that you'll agree with me when i say  that my new clarks sandals are absolutely beautiful, from the leather, to how comfy they are, i'm sure they'll see me through summer very well! I'm digging the whole masculine trend for spring which is weird as half of the time i'm super girly, with ribbons, whistles, bells and all.
I'm also seriously in love with Double Denim which is really a hit or miss in the fashion world, but i think the key to pulling it off is to wear different shades of denim so that it doesn't look too co-ord-y. I went vintage on vintage for this outfit with an old mens shirt i bought about four years ago from Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Spitalfields, and a new pair of high waisted cropped jeans from Rokit in Brick Lane. Now I know i've always championed American Apparels High Waisted Jeans, but my dear bargain loving friends, I've realised the error of my ways and I have to say that my vintage pair top my AA hands down, mostly because they were a third of the price and secondly because i prefer the fit, so if you're looking for a pair, i'd suggest you go vintage. I only paid £20 for these bad boys!

DENIM SHIRT - JUDY'S VINTAGE FAIR
TEE - PRIMARK
JEANS (similar) - ROKIT
SANDALS* - CLARKS
BAG* - DKNY
GLASSES - SCARLETT OF SOHO
NAILS - OPI 'A ROLL IN THE HAGUE'






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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

FRESH FACED FOR SPRING

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Spring / Summer makeup is my favourite kind of makeup because when it comes to the warmer months for me, less is definitely more, and I've taken on the whole no-makeup approach for the past couple of months during my work week, as I tend to always pick sleep over faffing over my face in the morning, so more often than not, I'm pretty much bare faced, wearing a slicked back lazy bun on my head. Pinterest has really given me some good inspiration for the days when I do want to wear makeup but want to look as if I'm not, i.e 'no makeup-makeup', and one thing I've realised when it comes to the more fresh and dewy looks of spring is that a good skin care arsenal is most important. So today I'm sharing with you all the things I've bought lately to give me that beautiful dewy spring glow! 

First up is Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. Oh how can I count the ways in which I love thee Nars for this product? I initially bought the Sheer Glow foundation and the radiance concealer as a duo but my face didn't quite get along with the foundation so i ended up returning it and tentatively continuing with the concealer, which has been working perfectly for me. It's a buildable matte finish concealer that stays put all day and well, as the name says, it really does makes you look radiant! I'm wearing it in this picture here if you'd like to know what it looks like applied on the face. I'm wearing the shade 'Amande' and i'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good everyday 'cover up all the lack of sleep' concealer, it was worth every penny to be quite honest!

I've been nattering on about good skincare, and for me, one of the best moisturisers i've found that is both affordable and super easy to find is Nivea's Rich Moisturising Day Cream. It leaves my face plump and smooth without it feeling greasy or inadequately moisturised, and since i've begun using it, i haven't had any annoying dry patches which is always a plus. Another for your skin care holy grail list should be Trilogy's Rosehip Oil because this stuff is MAGIC! I've been using it consistently every single morning for the past three months, and it has helped tremendously in fading spots that i've naughtily picked at, and generally leaving my face feeling a lot less tight, it is a little on the pricier side for an oil, but i had heard such good reviews about it's magical powers, that i just had to have it, and i'm glad i listened to my impulses for once. Avene's Eau Thermale Water Spray might seem silly to a lot of people as it's essentially fancy water in a can, but i kid you not, it works wonders when i'm blending out my concealer. I simply mist my face lightly with the product and use my beauty blender to soften any edges, and i end up with makeup that could pass for my own skin! It's a lil' miracle worker to be quite honest.

As the weather gets warmer, i get a little bit more dehydrated easily, dehydration = Tyrone Biggums lips. I like my fries crispy, not so much my lips, so whenever it gets a bit warmer, i slather my lips with Rosebud Lip Salve. I've been using it since 2010 and it has yet to fail me. Another one for the warmer months, Summer in particular, is Clarins Eau Des Jardins perfume. It's fresh, fruity and leaves me feeling and smelling squeaky clean as if i'd bathed in a variety of citrus fruits.


Hope this post has helped somewhat! Also tell me what you're doing to get Fresh Faced For Spring!


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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

My Special Place.

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Soho has a special place in my heart. I know the West End like the back of my hand from many years of working on Oxford Street, and it's a place I always find myself, particularly when i'm on my own. I know the best hidden alleyways to find small coffee shops where I can grab a Macchiato and a slice of cake, I know which areas are tourist traps and which areas are a little quieter and easier to navigate. In between the sex shops and restaurants, there are some pretty cool places like Soho Grind, which has become super popular as of late which is not surprising as any establishment serving well made Mocha's and have neon signs about holding 'French Lessons' downstairs will always go down a treat.

One of my favourite places in Soho without a doubt has to be Sounds Of The Universe, which is a beautiful little record shop right in the centre. I think the facade of the building itself just makes me so happy, it's such a nice change from all the glass and steel we see in London (Architecture lovers unite!), and the decor of the shop inside is just so beautiful. I'd definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area, even if you're not into record collecting, it's a pretty damn cool place.



BARDOT TOP* - BOOHOO
DENIM SKIRT* - BOOHOO
BELT* - BOOHOO
LACE UP FLATS - NEW LOOK
EARRINGS - TOPSHOP


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