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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Wednesday Want: A Hair Bow

1. Satin Bow Hair Clip - £3.15 Forever 21, 2. Set of Soft Bow Hair Clips - £2.25 Forever 21, 3. Bow Hair Clip - £12.00 American Apparel, 4. Chiffon Bow Hair Clip - £12.00 American Apparel

Lookbook Hair Bow Inspiration (Left - Winnie B Right - Lauren)




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Motel Rocks Leap Year Discount

While the 29th February is traditionally the day where the tables are turned and women are encouraged to propose to their other half, it doesn't have to be all about diamond rings and fancy bling. Luckily for you guys, Motel Rocks is using this leap year as an excuse for a discounted day. From 4pm today you can bag yourself a bargain with 20% off with the code 'SPRING20' at the checkout. Fancy a new frock? Tempted by a new top? Or maybe you want to celebrate the start of Spring with a new skirt. Whatever the item of clothing, with 20% off, it would be rude not to! 


Click the photo above or here to get browsing. Happy shopping!











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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

What I Wore: Skater Girl


Blazer - F&F, Skater Dress - H&M, Tights - Primark


I think this is only the second time I've worn this dress since purchase. Why? I think it's quite dull and boring so I've tried to glam it up a bit with some fancy tights, a blazer, red lipstick and curls. I am a fan of the navy colour of the dress and red lipstick and navy are always a match made in heaven. 

I'm spending my afternoon trying to conduct interview questions for Heat magazine and Daily Mail readers for my dissertation - so if you read any of these two publications, let me know! I'm going to put up a survey online so I really need as many responses as possible!








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Bloggers Style Inspiration: Life Without Tanlines

If you haven't heard of 'Life Without Tanlines' then where have you been?! LWT, run by American model Lauren Maxwell is a fashion blog where the clothes are to die for but beware - you will get style envy. 


She can pull off almost any look possible from rock 'n' roll in leather and clashing prints (top) to feminine lace and girly pink (second left). And accessories aren't neglected either from sweet as sugar hair bows to killer heels and backpacks and belts to a timeless watch.


Lauren's style is effortless, glamorous and daring. She can switch between a safe black dress and then mix it up with bold patterns and unique shoes. 


"Fashion means the chance to be whoever you want to be. One day you can be this chic princess dreaming of wearing Chanel or Oscar de la Renta, or the next day you can be an edgy modernist who doesn't care what anyone thinks they have on. Fashion is the chance to play dress up, to dream" says Lauren. 


She states on her blog how she'll happily go to the grocery store in heels and I couldn't agree more. I do this myself and at the beginning people used to stare but now they're used to me as they know I'm not doing it to be 'quirky', it's just the way I dress. 


As far as style icons go, Lauren's is a prestigious one in the glamorous Grace Kelly: "She was always so elegant and beautiful, truly a classy woman." 


"And as far as designers go, no-one will ever beat Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel; he's just impeccable" she states. 


While her fashion is in a completely different league to that of mine, I find I can relate to Lauren as she comes across as very down to earth. It's refreshing to see someone not head to toe in fake tan as I myself am pale and get the usual jibes that come along with that! I also like how she mixes up her fashion blogging with personal photos and posts, especially family photos. My family and I don't take nearly enough photos, I think we took a grand total of three last year, which is quite a shame really as photos bring back the memories that we can't replay.


And finally, I can't wrap this up without addressing her hair. Yes, it's AMAZING and yes, I am JEALOUS. Whilst I have long hair myself, I'm always wanting it longer and people who know me will know how picky I am about my hair. I dislike the hairdressers and rarely go as I'm a control freak and don't enjoy the fact that I'm paying them to make my hair shorter! Hair like Lauren's can be an accessory in itself and can completely transform the ambience of your attire from the a messy beach wave look, to a perfected ballerina bun. 


Of course by now I bet you're wanting to discover this gem of a blog so click here to do so! You can also follow Lauren on Twitter here and become a fan of her looks on Lookbook










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Monday, 27 February 2012

What I Wore: Jersey Pearls

Cardigan - H&M, Blouse - Marks and Spencer, Skirt - New Look, Bracelet - Jersey Pearl

The lighting in the top photo is horrific but I thought I'd post it anyway. You can't see but this cardigan has black elbow pads on - as I take my own photos, it's pretty hard to get them in shot! I wore nude tights as I thought black opaques would look a little too depressing with a grey and black outfit. Although the people of Preston couldn't seem to get over the fact 'I had my legs out' when I popped to the shops,  but oh well! 

I've tried to ladylike-up this outfit with my pearl earrings and Jersey Pearl bracelet which my parents bought for me last summer whilst on holiday. I've said this so many times on my blog but I'm not a big jewellery person at all. I'm weird in that I feel claustrophobic in it and it stresses me out (hair getting caught in a necklace etc..) I like simplistic jewellery like my Pandora and this bracelet as they're light and have clean lines. I think the pearl is my birthstone as well so that's a nice touch too. 








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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Weekly Round Up

1. Back to Preston this week. I say it every time I go home, but I'm sick of the journey now, which is one of the main reasons I don't go home every week. I suppose it's my own fault for not learning to drive but I don't really need to yet so it's swings and roundabouts! 


2. It's been a stressful week and university hasn't helped with having assessed classes and meetings. The assessed class is particularly intense as the lecturer has our photos at her desk and marks us based on our debate and I'm not a confident speaker so I really have to 'put myself out there' to get myself heard. My meetings luckily went really well so I ended the week on a slightly better mood than before. 


3. I finally won my case with a shop and got a refund after a month of persevering. I'm not going to name names or go in to any detail but I think it's important that customers are aware of their rights and question policies and customer service when it's not the best. It has slightly put me off shopping there but hopefully it will pass. 


4. I can't wait to get my hair coloured. I always find that when I set a date to get it done, I always hate my hair up until that date and the days seem to drag! I haven't had a full head of colour on since July 2011 just before I went to Paris, so I think it's due! Hopefully it won't damage my hair too much! I would be daring and try a new brand of dye but when I find something I like, I like to stick to it - boring I know! 


5. This weekend my sister came up to visit me in her new car (I never thought the day would come!) and we ended up driving to Liverpool for the night. We had a lovely meal (chicken stuffed with cheese, wrapped with bacon) so thank you to the excellent cooks Heather and Rob. 


Things I learnt from last night? That indigestion tablets work quicker than you think,  mixing your drinks can have a disastrous effect for some, you can be gullible enough to believe your friends that a shot of water is vodka, I need to get better at 'jager-offs', wearing a rug out as a cape is cool, I want a penthouse apartment with a grand piano, meeting new people who you click with straight away and being re-assured that you have the most amazing supportive friends is one of the best feelings. Liverpool, you were grand. 











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Friday, 24 February 2012

Review: Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo

Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo 100ml - £4.50/£4.69

I don't really post many hair product reviews as I tend to stick to the same handful but lately I've noticed my hair's not been playing ball. My regular shampoo is one of a creamy consistency and I'm told that by using that can cause product build-up along with everyday dirt and grease. Clear shampoos tend to wipe away some of that which is why I alternate between my regular shampoo and a clear one which I use a few times a month. I used to use a Marks and Spencer Mint and Rosemary clear shampoo but they've stopped stocking it so I had to find a replacement. I've used this Pantene Pro V Clarifying shampoo before about a year ago and it worked then so I thought I'd put my faith in something I know worked. 


Now Pantene aren't your friendliest purse purchases at nearly £5 a bottle. There was an offer on at Boots for two bottles for £6 last week but unfortunately my Boots stocks every other Pantene product under the sun apart from this one so I had to get it from Superdrug instead. Luckily I used my student discount and points so I paid £3 in the end. 


"Lightweight purifying formula for all hair types" - it claims to: 

  • Cleanses hair to remove build-up and impurities
  • Leaves your hair incredibly clean and healthy looking
  • Revitalizes the fullness of your hair

"Our purifying shampoo provides just what your hair needs: it invigorates hair from root to tip by removing grease, everyday build-up and styling residues to leave it beautifully clean and healthy looking." 


The word 'clarifying' can leave some people running as they imagine that it's going to strip your hair. While I can't promise that it doesn't (as I don't use it everyday), I don't feel like my hair is being stripped. I am a little apprehensive as I do colour my hair but I haven't had a full head of colour applied since July 2011 so it would take a lot to strip the colour I have on now! 


The shampoo itself is a colourless clear substance. I find I can feel it cleansing my hair straight after application and my hair feels lighter after use. My hair's much more easier to manage and feels a lot cleaner. 


I'm not a Pantene fan normally, but this product is a god send. It does what it says on the tin which for a beauty product isn't always the case - so I'm happy!






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What I Wore: National Wear Red day for the British Heart Foundation

Headband - H&M, T-Shirt - H&M, Skirt - Primark


Quite late in posting this up but today, if you didn't know, is National Wear Red day for the British Heart Foundation. To raise awareness of heart disease, the UK's biggest killer, people across the country are dusting off their red outfits, running fundraising events and donating money to the cause. As a member of WIWT, site owner Poppy is supporting the British Heart Foundation and a sea of red outfits has taken over the homepage (yay!). To find out more about National Red Day and how to donate click here and here.


I shockingly don't own much red at all in my wardrobe. I think this is one of two red pieces I own so nothing too inspiring for you guys! I teamed it with my trademark red lippy to practice my pout for the day and the red flower made it into the photos purely for being in the right place at the right time! 


Have you taken part in the National Wear Red day? If so, link me your outfits! 








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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Wednesday Want: A Pink Jacket

1. Blazer - £24.99 (sale) H&M, 2. Pink 3/4 Sleeve Blazer - £40.00 River Island, 3. Blazer - £24.99 H&M, 4. Blazer - £29.99 H&M, 5. Slim Line Soft Jacket - £70.00 Oasis

This is a case of me eating my words. I've always been a pink 'hater' - well, I guess 'hate' is a strong word, I more steer clear from pink. I find it makes me look even younger than I already do and I just don't find it appealing at all. Whereas my sister will literally showcase a head to toe pink look. 


But, something that Spring/Summer has got me craving is a pink jacket/blazer. I don't suit pale colours so as Mark Heyes advised this morning on Lorraine, it's all about bold colours. I'm thinking a hot or warmer shade if I do ever take the plunge and pay for some pink! Above are a few on the high street at the moment that I'm using as inspiration! 





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What I Wore: Dotty About Dots

Blazer - F&F, Bandeau Dress - Miss Selfridge, Skirt - Primark



This bandeau dress from Miss Selfridge is probably one of my best buys ever! It's so versatile and goes with every one of my thirty skirts which gives me a lot of looks to play with. I have a thing for dots and I really like the floaty material of this Primark skirt. I for once didn't finish off with a red lip as I didn't think it needed one, however I couldn't resist my usual bun, although I've been quite paranoid about it today as I left my doughnut at my parent's house so I had to go cold turkey and just rely on my hair! My sister's driving up on Saturday so I'm going to ask her to bring it up! 


Right now I'm going to catch up on the latest Gossip Girl, as thanks to my lengthy Leveson Inquiry homework last night, I was too tired to watch! 






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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

What I Wore: Earn Your (Military) Stripes

Blazer - F&F, Dress - Primark

I bought this dress over five years ago and I only found it last night in a bag that was going to be recycled/given to charity. It still had tags on and I thought I'd give it another chance. I really like the military style to it and that it's a high neck as I'm no Pamela Anderson in that department. 

I'm back at university now. My days at home went super fast and I'm getting sick of doing the journey but it won't be forever! Going to get my head down with work this week before a weekend of fun :) 






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What I Bought: Topshop Square Spiked Ring

Topshop - £1.50

Although I'm trying to impose a spending ban, I did pick up two bargain rings from Topshop over the weekend. The first is this ring. I like the texture and the tough vibe it gives off. I also like how it's quite a 'cold' piece of jewellery, if you know what I mean! 

I'm slowly building up my ring collection and although I'm a big fan of Topshop jewellery, I'm not usually inclined to buy it at full price, as well, it's a little pricey for my budget. But I couldn't say no to this ring as it was reduced from £10 to just £1.50. No-one does a sale like Topshop eh?!










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