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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Bloggers Style Inspiration: Fashion Knows No Limits

October's Bloggers Style Inspiration showcases the many looks of London based blogger Tanya Prendergast of Fashion Knows No Limits. It's not just fashion that Tanya switches up but hair styles and hair colours too! She describes fashion as a "lifestyle" - one in which it's not "just about choosing what clothes you wear, but expressing yourself and a way of life." "Fashion is about stepping into the unknown and embracing things you never thought you would." 
Prim and Proper
Whether it's the sunglasses, the high heels or the ballerina bun - Tanya rocks ladylike chic to a tee. Faux fur accessories, waist cinching pieces and feminine silhouettes perfect the look.

Colour Blocking
Not one to shy away from colour, the vivid hues keep the look fresh and up to date. Like Tanya, keep the colour blocking to a minimum to let the one shade do the talking. 

Dressed For Success
Take office-wear inspiration from Tanya's smarter wear styles. Stick to a classic palette of blacks and greys and inject pops of colour to keep it from being boardroom boring. 

Wear The Trousers
Who says trousers can't be as chic as dresses? Tanya's camel ensemble is effortlessly elegant while her peach short and trainer combo is rocked up by a classic leather jacket. 


The London blogger credits many sources for her fash-spiration. "Photographs, friends and blogs mainly. My style icons are Kate Bosworth, Nicole Ritchie and Olivia Palermo" she admits. 


Describing her style as "laid back, sophisticated and expressive", Tanya names her favourite three stores for achieving just that look. "I love H&M's 'trend' section and it's reasonably priced. Zara because they sell timeless and classic pieces at high street prices. And lastly, ASOS, because I can find almost anything I like on there and they are great for shoes!"



Asked what three pieces in her wardrobe she couldn't live without, she lists her Zara strappy black heels, her Mulberry bag and her black skinny trousers.


Her ability to switch up her look from casual girl about town to glamorous and ladylike proves that fashion is much more than a hobby for her, demonstrated in one of her favourite quotes by Coco Chanel: "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." 


"Embrace fashion and don't be afraid of wearing something you think people might not like. 90% of the time once they see it on, they are won over!"


Thank-you to Tanya for the interview and for letting me use images, all of which you can find on her blog. 


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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Review: Skinetica - Anti-Blemish Treatment

Skinetica - Anti Blemish Treatment* £6.99
PRODUCT
Unfortunately I still suffer from the occasional breakout, which was why I was pleased to see this in my October Glossybox. I've never heard of the brand before but that doesn't mean it isn't going to be as good as the more well known brands! The product claims to "clear acne, spots and blemishes" whilst being "fast acting and skin clearing" - all bold statements to make. Over the few days I tested the product, I did seem to find it to clear up my skin and blemishes seemed less apparent. I say 'seem' because because of the size of the sample, it only lasted me a few days so I can't really give it a full review. The product doesn't have the most pleasant smell to it, however I'm willing to put up with that if it works!


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Monday, 29 October 2012

Review: L'Oreal Excellence Creme in Natural Dark Brown

l'Oreal Excellence Creme in Dark Brown - £6.99
PRODUCT

Considering I've used this product religiously for the past five years, I thought it best to review it. I've been dying my hair for god knows how long and have stuck to the same shade for pretty much all my 'hair dying life.' I tried various different brands before I decided on L'Oreal. When colouring my hair, I tend to use two boxes due to how long it is, and more often than not it's on offer for 2 for £9.99 or 2 for £10 so it's a cheap alternative to going to the hairdressers where you'd fork out at least £70 for a colour. I used to get my hair coloured professionally but after one too many hair disasters, I decided to colour it at home - after all, I'd rather make a hair mistake myself for £10 - rather than waste £70. 

Using L'Oreal Excellence is extremely easy - there's step by step instructions and the products are letter labelled so you can't get the order wrong in which to use them. Before applying the dye itself, you use the 'Pre-Colour treatment' all over your hair but especially the ends where you're most likely to have damage. You then mix B (Creme Developer) and C (Creme Colourant) to get the colour, and once you have your gloves on (D) - you're set to go! You can apply the colour with a comb device but because of how little I dye my hair, I just throw it on. If you're working on just your roots, it's best to apply to your roots first and then towards the end of developing, pull the rest of the product through to the ends of your hair. However, as I dye my hair maybe once or twice a year - I leave it on quite long to make sure the colour really sets in. 

After developing, I then shampoo as normal and use the L'Oreal Excellence conditioner, which smells lovely! So why do I continuously use this product? It's a long lasting and rich colour and looks natural - so much so that I even forget I dye my hair when people ask about my hair history. And another big reason I love it is because it doesn't damage my hair - I even find that my hair is in BETTER condition after using this, which is slightly bizarre, but I'm not complaining. It is one of the pricer colourants on the high street but I think it's worth every penny so I'd definitely recommend it!



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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Weekly Round Up

Love quote, Boohoo skirt, Ponytail, Tresemme hair samples!, Love these quirky Topshop hair bands, Stress number, Make up, Paisley playsuit, Next already have their Christmas decorations up!, Hello tripod - we meet again, Skyfall, Audrey, Dermot in horns makes my life, I love me some garlic bread and cheese, Love this Debenhams jacket, How amazing are these quirky biscuit cushions, Blog research, If I was a Downton girl..., Love this playsuit, And the quiff is back... 

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Friday Feature: Bring Out The Bond Girl In You

1. Project #3 Dress - Miss Selfridge: £49.00, 2. Colette Sequin Dress - Phase Eight: £275, 3. Fishtail Dress - Miss Selfridge: £37.00, 4. Limited Edition Crochet Maxi Dress - Topshop: £150
WHERE TO BUY

While bagging the covetable Bond role is an actor's dream come true - the Bond GIRL is of just as much importance. Everyone remembers the iconic actresses, the iconic scenes and of course - the iconic dresses. Remember Eva Green's stunning purple and black gowns in Casino Royale? They definitely gave me dress envy. It probably helps being as stunning as Eva, but having a drop dead gorgeous dress is definitely the best place to start! Here are my favourite picks on the high street of worthy Bond girl gowns! 

Just like a LBD, a floor length version has just as much impact and sass as its smaller relation. Update the timeless colour with mesh panelling, lace and show-stopping sequins. 


5. Paloma Maxi Dress - Phase Eight: £275, 6. Victoria Lace Dress - Oasis: £80.00, 7. Ozlem Sequin Dress - French Connection: £230, 8. Evita Maxi Dress - Gorgeous Couture: £238
WHERE TO BUY

Rock the lady in red to guarantee a head turn when you enter the room. It's a bold colour which requires confidence, which is where these lace beauties come in. Complete the look with a matching statement lip for ounces of oomph!

9. Amira Lace Dress - Coast: £295, 10. Dianna Maxi Dress - Glamorous: £40.00, 11. Teal Maxi Dress - Dorothy Perkins: £39.00, 12. Tillia Maxi Dress - Coast: £175
WHERE TO BUY


Or take inspiration from sea-like shades and midnight hues in these wow-gowns. Jazz up a strapless dress with a statement necklace or an elegant earring. James Bond sadly not provided. 


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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Wednesday Want: Khaki Jacket with PU Sleeves


1. Ruth Jacket: £30 - Boohoo, 2. Influence Jacket: £39.99, 3.Ruth Jacket: £30 - Boohoo, 4. Contrast Sleeve Jacket: £65 - Topshop, 5. Khaki Jacket: £34.99 - Own The Runway
WHERE TO BUY

Chances are, you're sick to the sight of this jacket - if not, where have you been?! It's made its rounds on the high street this season with an array of takes on the jacket having been made. And with temperatures cooling down, it will only continue to be a go-to jacket for many a fashionista. It's the ultimate clash of causal and smart. Khaki is casual cool whilst the PU sleeves add a sophisticated and stylish edge - no wonder it's so popular! I've selected my five favourites take on the jacket - now I just have to pick one! 



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What I Wore: Shift The Blues

Coat: Dorothy Perkins, Dress: Primark, Shoes: River Island, Hair: With thanks to Tesco Hairspray
LABELS

So I bought another new dress... This will definitely be my last...I think. I'm a sucker for a collar and I'm always trying to incorporate colours into my wardrobe, so I killed two birds with one stone - gosh I hate that expression! It won't be much longer until I can't get away with wearing 15 dernier tights as Winter creeps up on us, made even worse with the clocks going back this weekend. As much as I love Christmas, the lights and the excitement, I hate the short days, cold and dark nights. I need a life where I can spend Summer in England, Summer in Oz but then come back for Christmas in the UK - wishful thinking? I think so!

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

What I Wore: Khaki Kicks

Jacket: Boohoo, Top: Boohoo, Skirt: Primark, Shoes: River Island, Bag: Boohoo
WHAT I WORE

Khaki's never been my first 'go-to colour' but when I spotted this jacket, I just had to have it. My family's reaction of it wasn't the best as they said it wasn't my "usual style" but I see that as a good thing as I always like to try something new. I'm in love with my new River Island shoes and Primark skirt. It took me forever to track it down, finally finding it in the Liverpool branch but it will most definitely be worn to death over these next few months! 


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Monday, 22 October 2012

Glossybox // October

Anatomicals: Don't Just Clean It Woman, Scrub It Body Scrub, Yves Rocher France: Instant Anti-Wrinkle Moisturiser (Hyrdra Vegetal), Skinetica: Anti-Blemish, Dr. Jart: Premium Beauty Balm, Sally Hansen: Complete Salon Manicure 
October isn't particularly my favourite month. Why? Well, 'Summer' is a distant memory, Christmas is still two months away and the clocks go back equalling dark days and nights. BUT, that also means cosy nights in and this month's Glossybox aims to cater for just that: "The weather may be dull, but we hope this box brightens up your day!" Plus, as it's Breast Cancer Awareness month, Glossybox will be donating to the charity for every box sold, as well as holding bake sales to raise more money!

What I got in mine: 

Anatomicals: Don't Just Clean It Woman, Scrub It Body Scrub
I've heard of Anatomicals off ASOS and have always had a soft spot for their design and marketing - just like Aussie, so am happy to receive a product of theirs in this month's box. This will definitely be put to use straight away and will hopefully cheer up my early morning showers! It's also a decent size for a sample so I'll be able to really put it to the test!

Yves Rocher France: Instant Anti-Wrinkle Moisturiser (Hyrdra Vegetal)
I've never tried a Yves Rocher France product before and although I hope I don't have to worry too much about wrinkles yet, I'm always interested in preventing them. It's also again a good sample size product to try compared to some I've received. 

Skinetica: Anti-Blemish
I do unfortunately still suffer from the occasional break out so I'm hoping this will sort out those pesky few spots that appear!

Dr. Jart: Premium Beauty Balm
I'm really excited to try this product as I've never been won over by a BB cream but really want to so hopefully this will be the one. Although Glossybox do describe this as a product most suited to those over 30, because of the anti-ageing ingredients, I'm still going to try it. 

Sally Hansen: Complete Salon Manicure 
Yet another fantastic sized product for this month, I received the shade 'Pedal to the Metal' which is a metallic grey colour. Although I'm not massive on nail polish, I will use this as it will be perfect for my Winter palette and looks like a really nice shade. 



Although I'm yet to try any of these products and the above is just on first impressions, I can see this being one of my favourite Glossybox boxes. Not only is there some great sample size products (more of this please!) but there seems to be an excellent balance of make-up and skincare with brands I'm really looking forward to testing - good work Glossybox! 

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 October Glossybox? Has it got you excited for cosy night pamperings?   

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Weekly Round Up

Yellow bag of joy, Hotel, Glittery case, On set outfit, Make-up heaven, Breakfast, One of my best buys this year, Lovely sky, Clare needs to constantly remind herself of how we are related, Going to try this Maple Syrup drink, My gorgeous Next cape, Finally catching up with the new season of Gossip Girl, October Glossybox, I love collars!, Crazy how this was over three years ago!, Cape collar

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Friday Feature: Get Your Coat...

1. Sally Check Skater Coat: £100 - Oasis, 2. Tweed Biker Coat: £110 - Oasis, 3. Miso Classic Mac: £55 - Republic, 4. Wool Blend Coat: £59.99 - H&M

5. PU Sleeve Parka: £89 - Miss Selfridge, 6. Perfecto Efffect Coat: £129.99 - Mango, 7. Black Animal Collar: £85 - Miss Selfridge, 8. Velvet Trim Salt and Pepper: £80 - Miss Selfridge

9. Black Houndstooth: £49.99 - New Look, 10. Longline PU Sleeve: £69 - Dorothy Perkins, 11. Khaki Flare Coat: £90 - Next, 12. Grey Belted Faux Fur: £110 - Next




Whilst Summer in England can have us second guessing our outerwear attire, Winter's guaranteed to having us reaching for our coats. And because we're a country used to the rain, snow and, anything else Wintery - we make some damn good coats. Whether you're after a classic trench, the popular parka or a fabulous faux fur coat - it's time to overhaul your outerwear, because whilst it's what's on the inside that counts, your outside deserves to look good too. 

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What I Wore: Keen on Green

Coat: Primark, Dress: New Look, Tights: Marks and Spencer, Shoes: New Look, Bag: Primark
WHAT I WORE
A very green 'What I Wore' today. While I'm not always so bold with the colours I wear, my take on colour tends to be restricted to tights or my trusty red lip. I love houndstooth so I love these tights and it reminds me of season one Blair Waldorf. I kept everything else simple and black so that the tights could do the talking. My bag, from Primark, I have been wearing practically everyday since I bought it. It's excellent value for the price and I think I'll be buying another one soon in case mine ever does break. I've noticed lots of other people with it too so I think it'll be one of Primark's best selling bags. You can't tell from this photo, but I have another one of my new New Look pieces on (again sale!). Without sounding like I'm plugging them, I have to admit that I've been really impressed with their current sale. Plus, I'm also a massive fan of places that do free delivery and New Look have the option of free delivery to store so I'm always making the most of that. 



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Monday, 15 October 2012

Giveaway: WIN a £100 voucher to spend at Ticketmaster!

Everyone remembers their first gig, right? Whether it was something you were taken to as a child or a night out with friends - it's usually a moment that stays with you forever. My first was Gwen Stefani at the MEN. A fantastic and dedicated artist who gave one hell of a performance, made even better when she ran into the audience right in front of me. Plus, she's a regular red lipstick wearer, like me,  so she's in my good books already. 


Whilst I don't go to nearly as many gigs as I'd like to, I have a huge passion for music. It can change my mood, help me through tough times and allows me to let off steam. Which is why I've teamed up with Ladbrokes to run a give away to you, my lovely blog readers. To celebrate their Vinyl Countdown slot game, a five reel, nine line game of matching symbols in any line to win, one lucky winner will get £100 worth of Ticketmaster vouchers to spend as you like. And it's not just music you can spend it on, Ticketmaster has a wide range of entertainment to suit every taste. 


Ladbrokes is one of the UK's leading online casinos with a variety of slot machines to appeal to every player. Their Vinyl Countdown is even available to play free so no commitments there if you're not into your betting!


Enter this fab competition below:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES!



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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Weekly Round Up

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Quiff, Sample sale, Glitter phone case, Studded shoes, Neutral make-up, New Look has had a NEW LOOK!, Playsuit, Khaki jacket and studded skirt, Khaki jacket and curly hair, Lego diary, Quote, UK baking cutter, Peugout bear gets glasses, Big hair, Ikea bedroom, Ikea bedroom furniture, Chocolate button house in Ikea, Felix's jump, Getting ready, Look at that view!, Don't look down!, Parachute, And he's landed, Sunday dinner
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Friday, 12 October 2012

Friday Feature: Pop Ya Collar

1. Jada: £10.00 - Boohoo, 2. Ivy: £10.00 - Boohoo, 3. Jodie: £10.00 - Boohoo, 4. Leather look: £8.99 - New Look


Want to toughen up an outfit or update your nine to five blouse? Then grab yourself a bargain in one of these spiked collars. Stick to gold and silver hues for a cool contrast against whiter than white whites and midnight black. Let the collar do the talking by keeping any other accessories to a minimum.
5. Pearl: £20.00 - ASOS, 6. Laser Cut: £16.00 - Topshop, 7. Silver Diamante: £12.99 - New Look, 8. Pleated: £12.50 - Topshop


With Christmas creeping up on us, it means it's time to prepare our party pieces. Cut costs by re-working last year's LBD with one of these delicate and detailed collars. Go classic in pearls, on-trend in laser cut, glam in diamante or my favourite, this beautiful Topshop piece which has old-school opulence written all over it!
9. Leopard Print: £18.00 - River Island, 10. Dark Brown: £18.00 - River Island, 11. Black: £16.00 - Dorothy Perkins, 12. Cream: £16.00 - Dorothy Perkins



And the no brainer this season is a faux fur collar. Transform your summer coat through seasons and keep out the chill with a cosy and chic collar. Satin ribbon and pearl detailing adds a fresh take on the accessory.




No Usher, I'm not referring to your 90s hit, but the accessory trend that's heating up while the weather's cooling down. A collar is a quick and easy way to update an old outfit, switch your look from day to night attire or just have fun with your clothing. Three key collar investments? A faux fur collar for your cosy coat when Winter kicks in, a shirt collar to update a classic white or black blouse, and a dress collar to transform a plain dress into something much more. These collars will have you working a whole new wardrobe at the fraction of a price!

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