Sunday, 30 September 2012

Weekly Round Up

Trying a new filter, Studs and plaid, Mourning the fact that in a month the clocks go back :(, Blue shirt, I Heart Paris book quote, Curls and a cross, Booked my first eye test - eeeek!, Fallen in love with these New Look boots, Budget beauty buys!, Baking, I WANT this washing machine - someone lend me  £1,000?, Sunday make-up, Clare's birthday meal, What to have..., My usual burger and chips, And dessert of course!

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Friday Feature: Purple Parade

1. Topshop: £28.00, 2. River Island: £95.00, 3. Dorothy Perkins: £35.00, 4. Glamorous: £39.99
WHERE TO BUY

Purple is the go-to colour this season. From softer lilacs to dramatic violets and galaxy prints. Add some lace to your look in this Topshop peplum and matching heels from River Island. Or maybe pleats are more up your street like this gorgeous Glamorous dip hem dress. 

5. Motel Rocks: £35.00, 6. Motel Rocks: £52.00, 7. Motel Rocks: £56.00, 8. Motel Rocks: £32.00
WHERE TO BUY

If print is your thing, head to Motel Rocks for a stand-out look. From this Gothic pattern to softer chiffon dip hems, it's a modern take on a classic colour. 

9. Topshop: £18.00, 10. Boohoo: £10, 11. Boohoo: £15.00, 12. River Island: £25.00
WHERE TO BUY

Or if you're looking for a quick way to inject some purple power into your wardrobe, these bottom pieces can be worked from day to night. Team this Topshop skirt and River Island tube hot pants with a chunky knit for day-time cover up and switch for a cute crop top come night-time. While these galaxy print and high shine leggings from Boohoo will Winter-up your summer dresses - the key is layering. And they can then be worn out with a leather jacket, killer heels and clutch for club ready attire. 


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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

What I Wore: Royal Blue Coat

Coat: Primark, Blouse: Marks and Spencer, Skirt: Marks and Spencer, Shoes: H&M
WHAT I WORE

Don't you just love it when you re-discover an item in your wardrobe that you fall in love with all over again? Well that's the situation with this coat. While my trusted black and white uniform palette is usually what I turn to, I love a pop of colour and blue is one of my favourite colours to wear. It's a really warm royal blue and set next to the gold buttons, I think it's a really cute but simple coat. Underneath I have a plain white blouse and schoolgirl pleated skirt, teamed with the popular H&M wedges. While I love the look of these shoes, I cannot for the life of me walk in them which is quite annoying when I own dozens of other heels that I have no problem with! 


Thanks to my photographer, aka my sister for taking these photos. I always prefer outdoor photos where possible. I'm not sure my nanna's got her head around why I take photos of my clothes quite yet. She got annoyed when a photo of her kitchen ended up on Facebook one time, so trying to explain that I take photos of myself and put them on the internet for the whole world to see may be a hard concept for her to understand!


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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Review: Pama Plug 'N' Go Charger

Ever since I got my IPhone last year I can honestly say that I'd never go back to any other phone. However one big downside I have with the phone is the battery. It's rare that my phone will last the full day without needing a charge which is a bit of a nightmare when you need it urgently to contact people or like me, you rely on your phone to tell the time or use it as an alarm clock. 


Which is why when the lovely people at Mobile Fun kindly offered me the chance to review one of their products, I jumped at the chance of solving my battery problem. Mobile Fun is the UK's leading online retailer and offers a range of products, from IPhone Accessories to speakers, chargers and cases. I received the Pama 'N' Go Charger which is a universal portable charger. 
The accessory kit itself is compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry around with you. As the Pama Plug 'N' Go charger is universal, it comes with nine adaptors for different brands of devices. I'm not sure whether it has an adaptor for my camera charger so I'll have to investigate because if it does, that would be an added bonus! I also have an IPod which of course would fit this adaptor, which is great for me as I get travel sick on long journeys. 

As you can see from the photo, the charger itself is roughly the same size as my IPhone, however thankfully it's no-where near as heavy. It's incredibly lightweight and sleek in it's design so it's really easy to transport around with me. 

To charge the device, plug the USB end of the lead into the plug. Then you simply plug the thin end of the lad into the corresponding hole in the top of the device labelled 'DC in.'

To connect and charge your IPhone, take the thin end of the lead and plug that into the IPhone/IPod adaptor. 

Pama Plug 'N' Go Charger: £30.95*
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Plug the adaptor into your IPhone/Ipod like so and with the USB end of the lead, plug that into the USB slot into the device labelled 'USB out.' Your device should then immediately start charging. If not, double check you've switched on the 'on' button. I think the button is a really good addition as it's stiff enough not to accidentally switch on in your bag and waste power.


The charger itself takes between 3-4 hours to charge fully which is a little longer than I was expecting, however since it chargers a battery fully twice before needing re-charging, it's definitely worth giving it the full charge. There's a helpful charge monitor on the side which shows how much battery you have left. I did find that on some occasions my IPhone said that the accessory wasn't compatible with my phone, however this happens sometimes with my speakers and often goes away if you re-connect the lead so that isn't really a negative on the product. 


I've been using this charger religiously for the past month and make it part of my routine to charge it before a long journey or commuting as without it, I would be without my phone. It's an essential for me so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who like me, is always on low battery!

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VFNO Goody Bags

Vogue Fashion's Night Out may be done and dusted for another year, but thanks to the lovely goody bags on the night, I have some momentums of the night. Sarah kindly leant me these photos to use after I mixed the contents of both bags up just so I could use my Mulberry tote ASAP! So here's what I got in my VFNO goody bags: 

Mulberry: Gold crown, Mask, Hotel Chocolat VFNO chocolate, Mulberry photo flipbook, Nail Rock, La Prairie Skin Caviar and the VFNO Mulberry tote. 

Juicy discount voucher, Elegant Touch nail wraps, Juicy perfume sample, Juicy lookbook, pink rose and VFNO Juicy tote.
I was impressed with both goody bags as I think they had very strong branding, keeping to the company colours and targeting their average customer. My favourite items out of the two bags are the La Prairie Skin Caviar, the Mulberry mask, Gold Nail Rock and the the photo flipbook. Okay, the Mulberry tote too. So choosing a favourite was pretty pointless... 

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Monday, 24 September 2012

What I Wore: Rocked Up Stripes

Jacket: H&M, Jumper: H&M, Skirt: Marks and Spencer
WHAT I WORE


I've only owned this jacket for a few weeks but I've been wearing it non-stop. It really says something when I'm reaching for a cover up other than my blazer so I really think I've got my money's worth with it. Quite a dressed down outfit for me. I threw on my favourite colour - navy blue, teamed with a pleated skirt and rocked it up with my jacket, quiffed hair and a bold lip. 



With all of the rain we're expecting to be getting this week, I think I'll be reaching for my jumpers a lot more. I'm definitely not looking forward to early dark nights but then again, it also means not long to Christmas, which I'm not massively keen on but I like the run-up and excitement!
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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Weekly Round Up

Baking, The lovely September Glossybox - illustrated by Maggie Li, Can I have Lana Del Rey's hair please?, Nude nails, Big quiff and curls, Organising my life, Good luck cakes baked by Lauren, Going back to my university city, Stud outfit, All black outfit, ELLE's Market Editor Bonnie at the River Island and ELLE Magazine Style Sessions, Models at the River Island and ELLE Magazine Style Sessions, Champagne, Congrats cake, New foundation, Quiff bun, Heather's stunning engagement ring, Happy hour, Obligatory late night take away, FINALLY get to watch the lovely Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre 


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Friday, 21 September 2012

Event: River Island & ELLE Magazine Style Sessions

Last night I attended the Manchester evening of the River Island and ELLE Magazine's Style Sessions. Firstly, I was hugely pleased that the event was hosted at the Arndale store instead of the usual Trafford Centre location that many events take place at as the city centre store is much easier to get to, especially for people like me that don't drive! And secondly, what could be better than a fantastic magazine teaming up with one of the UK's best high-street brands for a night of cocktails, manicures, shopping and style advice?! 


The Manchester stop on their tour was the final leg, having travelled all over the UK from London to Cardiff and Liverpool. ELLE's lovely Market Editor Bonnie Rakhit hosted the night, giving us the low-down on this season's hottest trends and how to adapt them to your tastes and styles. From downtown to a trend closer to my heart - the blogger trend, there were textures and prints a plenty, giving everyone an option this season. 
Downtown: Taking influences from Soho, New York and the early 70s and 80s - to work downtown this season, think boyish and androgynous. Pick your print from Herringbone, leopard print or tartan and team with flat boots for casual cool.


Off-duty ModelInspired by model's after show cosy clothes, off-duty model offers fabrics like soft cotton jerseys and slouchy materials. And to top it off the ultimate accessory is a flat shoe - heel haters rejoice! Think pretty parkas, slouchy shirts and a bold boot.



The Blogger: This look incorporates a mashed up look of prints, textures and fabrics. Mix smart essentials like a blazer with a casual shirt and team classic heels with a cute ankle sock, which are big this season. Detailing such as collar tips and heel prints tie the look together. 


The Futuristic Goth: Taking inspiration from the Medieval era, lots of leather and velvet are juxtaposed against softer lace, sheer and chiffon materials.

I also made a quick video montage of the looks on the night. Apologies for the poor quality, I didn't have my camera on me on the night so my phone had to do!


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Glossybox // September

They always say not to judge a book by its cover, yet it's usually the first thing we do. And thanks to this month's gorgeous Glossybox, designed by illustrator Maggie Li, I love my new September box design. Whilst I am a fan of the Glossybox pale pink colour, a fresh injection of colour and print coincide perfectly with this season's print prominence on the catwalk. 

Lady Gaga: Fame Fragrance, Rodial: Glamoxy Snake Serum and 5 Minute Facial, Balance Me: Wonder Eye Cream, Body Shop: Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Biosilk: Silk Therapy
Before my September had arrived, I had seen a few spoilers and seen what others had received in their boxes, which got me very excited for mine. Sadly, as the subscription is pot luck what you get inside your box, I didn't get certain products (the hair oils) that I would have loved to have tried but that's the way it goes! 

What I got in mine: 

Lady Gaga: Fame Fragrance
I am a Lady Gaga fan and am intrigued about her first perfume so I'm looking forward to seeing whether I like it enough to purchase the full size. I know some people don't like receiving perfume samples due to their size, however it's a perfect handbag size and lightweight to carry when you don't want to lug a big bottle around. 

Rodial: Glamoxy Snake Serum and 5 Minute Facial
I've heard of Rodial through the beauty industry however it's yet another brand I've never tried. These products sound and look like they'll be great to use, however I am slightly disappointed with the size of this product after the sample size of the Lady Gaga perfume. Also because I got given a dozen L'Oreal sample sachets the same size for free on the street, so I would have preferred a bigger sized product. 

Balance Me: Wonder Eye Cream
I recognised this product as soon as I saw it as GLAMOUR magazine recently gave this away in one of their issues. I've yet to try even their sample, so I'm unsure whether it'll be the first product I'll try. The Sunday Girl has spoke highly about this product however, and as I regularly read and respect her blog, I may give it a go sooner rather than later!

Body Shop: Vitamin E Moisture Cream
I've been to various Body Shop at home parties and regularly shop at their stores so was happy to see one of their products in this month's box as I know they're good. They particularly recommend their Vitamin E collection and I think it's their most popular. I was so excited to try this product that I already have, so expect a full review in the coming weeks!

Biosilk: Silk Therapy 
I'm not familiar with this product, however I like any products that don't weigh my hair down and give it a silky, soft finish so it sounds like a product for me. 

Glossybox
Glossybox is a monthly subscription service retailing at £10 a month (plus p+p) where you receive 5 beauty products to your door. 


What do you think of the September Glossybox? Do you have a favourite product?  


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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Review: Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream Stick in Nude

Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream Stick in Nude: £19*
PRODUCT

Only a few months ago I reviewed this product after receiving a sample pack in my June Glossybox. However as I was very kindly sent the full size product, I thought I'd re-review it (if that's even a word) as I can now give you my thoughts on my specific shade and whether my love of the product has lasted over time. 

The product claims to "camouflage minor to severe skin flaws and also contains SPF 30." It is also fragrance free, hypo-allergenic and resistant to water and perspiration. "The new stick format is dual purpose, an all over foundation and localised concealer. With extreme hold for up to 12 hours it is a handy sized, accessible product for all women."


Although I stated in my previous review that I used the 'Nude' shade sparingly, I actually decided upon that shade as I really liked the glow it gave me as I already have a skintone make-up match in my Mac Studio Fix Fluid. Whenever I wore my Studio Fix foundation, I rarely went out without finishing my look with a red lip, as I felt I was too pale to pull off a more neutral lip. However since using this Vichy concealer, it has completely changed my make-up choices. I now, more often than not, will opt for a nude or neutral lip as opposed to my classic postbox red. Which not only gives me a more versatile look, but also means I have one less thing to touch up on my face and worry about leaving marks on drinking glasses!


I do regularly wear this make-up so it will probably be present in a lot of my 'What I Wore' posts, however one special occasion I did try this concealer on was my graduation. Below is my professional graduation photo so you can see what you think of the concealer. 


Bearing in mind I wore the make-up from about 7am right through till 10pm, it was incredibly long-lasting and didn't let me down through all the running around, nerves and excitement of the day. 


The concealer is a tad darker than my actual skin tone but I actually like that. Some days I'll use the concealer alone, and others I'll use it on top of my other foundations. Either way, it hides any blemishes, dark circles or imperfections perfectly. A little goes a long, long way because of how pigmented the product is. As I said in my previous review, I find the best way to apply is to get the product onto a brush and point the brush like a dart at your face and dab it on slowly to build up coverage rather than over-apply and run the risk of looking cakey. 



Without sounding cheesy, this product has given me a lot of confidence as I'm now comfortable again wearing no lipstick and embracing the 'non-red-lipstick' side of life. As you can probably guess I will most definitely be purchasing this product as I've had such a great experience with it. 


Have you tried this concealer before? What did you think of it?
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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

What I Wore: Popping Peplum

Top: Primark, Pants: Warehouse
WHAT I WORE

It's safe to say that I'm ecstatic that the peplum trend is big this season because I'm a fan. Yes, they may sometimes make you look as if your hips are twice the size, but they are also pretty and look chic teamed with a fitted trouser. I teamed my new favourite peplum piece with some grey jean-wash leggings from Warehouse. I'm not a massive leggings fan but these are thicker than the usual type and I really like the style of them. Even my mum snapped up a pair when I did - let's hope we don't wear them on the same day - that would be a fashion disaster! 


In other news, I have had some amazing news today. I got a call back about a job I'd applied for and I'm happy to say that I got the job. I couldn't be happier as I get to do a job that sounds fantastic, work in one of my favourite cities and still be close to my friends up North so it's perfect for me. My first day's Monday so blogging will obviously take a back seat while I prioritise my job, however I'll try to get into the swing of writing up the majority of my posts over the weekend. 
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DIY: Collar Studding

I am a huge fan of the studded trend but not so much with the expensive price of studded pieces in the shops. Thankfully, after reading Zoe's quick and easy guide to studding I thought I'd give the DIY-ing a go. 

Whilst I love being creative, I often shy away from fashion DIY as I'm scared to make a mistake and ruin a piece I love. However, after completing this collar in less than 10 minutes, I'm kicking myself for not trying it out sooner! 


For my first studding DIY, I chose to play it safe with a plain black blouse. Whilst I love the simplicity of it, I also thought it would have a completely different look after studding and a little 'jazzing up.' I'm not sure what the official name of these studs is (sorry!) so apologies for my make-do description but they're a cone top with a squeeze fitting at the bottom. What I love about these particular studs is that not only do they look great but they don't make a mess of the clothing/item when studding, which means if you change your mind or mood and want to remove the studding, no trace will be left! 

First you need to decide how many studs you plan to use and have a rough idea of the look you want to achieve. I wanted to create a triangular effect with the studs so pierced my first stud at the tip of the collar. When you remove the bottom of the fitting, you can see that the stud itself is sharp enough to pierce through the material without needing scissors which is a bonus (just be careful not to hurt yourself in the process!).

If you're happy with the location of your studding then get hold of the back fastening (pictured above) and clip it back onto the bottom of the stud securely. 

 And that's your first stud done - see how easy that was?! If like me, you're after a symmetrical effect, I switched back and forth to each side of the collar when studding to make sure it was evenly pierced. 

Blouse: Primark, Studs: River Island
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And there you go - there's your DIY studded collar. A quick and cheap way to update your look and your wardrobe. The only downside is you may, like me, catch the studding bug. 

Are you a fan of fashion DIY? Have you studded before? 


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