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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Ways to Wear | The Skinny Jean

Brave blush hues with intricate details - these laser cut shoes and lace top are ladylike in the day. Add a black clutch bag and a smart blazer to bring the look into the night.

Baby blue hues are the fast-track way to fresh fashion. Contrast the light shade with a black heel and accessorize with a simple gold watch. The key to this look is simple and clean cut - less is more.

Update your classic white blouse with black bow detailing. It brings the look bang on trend and compliments the black blazer perfectly. Pop on a red lip for night time glamour.

Welcome the Western look into your wardrobe in double denim. The once taboo trend is revamped in acid wash and bleached denim. Team with a fringed bag and cowboy boot to complete the laid-back look.


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Review: Essie Nail Polish in 'Limo Scene'

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Essie - 'Limo Scene' - Boots: £7.99
I have a confession - I've never (well before this occasion obviously) tried an Essie nail polish. Over this past year I've seen the brand at events, on dozens of blog reviews and in magazine adverts all over the country. At nearly £8, it's not normally a price I'd pay for a nail polish as I don't really pay much attention to my nails. However, I had enough credit on my Boots' points so thought why not. I initially wanted to get their No.1 shade - 'Ballet Slippers, however my Boots was sold out for two weeks and I am impatient so I picked up a shade close to that of 'Ballet Slippers' - 'Limo Scene.'

First things first, I love the design of Essie nail polishes. They're simple, they're chic and their colours are so pretty. The polish itself is nice and thick, meaning you can easily and quickly build up your desired consistency. I'm pretty bad at painting my nails so they're not the most even but as far as being chip-resistant goes, they're still in great condition days later. My nails look shiny and healthy and the colour is a nice classic manicure shade - which is perfect for someone like me who doesn't like to change her nails often!

Monday, 28 January 2013

What I Wore: Khaki Cool

Coat: Topshop, Blouse: Primark, Dress: Primark, Bag: Zara
I have to admit that whilst I was initially wearing these shoes, Buxton made it pretty impossible for me to wear them when I got there. Friday night saw a ridiculous amount of snow fall in not only Derbyshire but right across the country. My dad's train took over 2 hours extra than what it normally should to get home as signals failed due to snow. Yet come Saturday morning, we still braved the snowy hills of Buxton to visit family. My sister's car came against a battle, we had to literally dig it out but hey, what's life without a few challenges?

Over these past years, the skater dress has quickly become my go-to dress shape. I think I got this in a Primark sale for about £5 and my Topshop coat is my staple at the moment what with the cold weather. Although the snow has been fun, I'm glad it's on its way out so I can go back to wearing normal shoes. Wellies to work everyday is not only not practical but doesn't set my outfits alight with style!


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Weekly Round Up

Sick of wearing wellies to work, Snowy station, Pretty trees, Jules exaggerating on Escape to the Country, Doing the denim, FOTD, What I Wore, Stud, Wavy hair, Cross necklace, Friday FOTD, Snow came down on Friday, Oops, Crazy people driving down here, Big hair, Oreo & Dairy Milk - my downfall!


Friday, 25 January 2013

Friday Feature: Drop It Like It's Hot

1. Daltoness Dress - Coast: £49, 2. Amity Lace Dress - Jaeger: £65, 3. Cindy Jacquard Spot Dress - Jaeger: £45, 4. Chrystle Sparkle Dress - Coast: £220, 5. Jacquard Dress - Oasis: £20, 6. Shift Dress - Oasis: £20, 7. Emma Dress - Jaeger: £99, 8. Black Sleeveless Dresslouse - New Look: £16.99, 9. Bonded Lace Dress - Oasis: £20, 10. Giles Black School Dress - Avenue 32: £493, 11. Valentino Puffball Dress - Farfetch: £1,124.97, 12. Blue T-Shirt Dress - New Look: £12.99
The drop waist works through from day to night. Jersey materials and light colours are casually chic whilst classic LBDs and sparkle styles are ideal for night time glamour.
Are you a fan of the drop waist dress?


Thursday, 24 January 2013

This Is My #HPMemory2012, what's yours?

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A few months ago I was contacted about taking part in a Handpicked Media Book in collaboration with When you Wish Upon a Star - a fantastic charity which grants poorly children their wishes. I'm delighted to say my entry was selected in the book, among all the other great entries. 

The book features everyone's best memories of 2012, and what a year it was for Great Britain - the Jubilee and the Olympics to name a few. And let's face it, the Olympics really brought the country together. I, however wasn't in the country for most of London 2012. Whilst a part of me wishes I would have been among the electric atmosphere, I was instead thousands and thousands of miles away down under in Australia - and this was what my #HPMemory2012 was. I got to meet family I'd never met, go to a country I'd never been to and have a once in a lifetime holiday. I climbed the Sydney Harbour bridge, met koala bears, walked amongst the Blue Mountains, sunbathed on Bondi and...yeah you get the picture. 

As much as I enjoyed sharing my favourite memory of the year the best part of this project is that proceeds go to When you Wish Upon a Star. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, click here.

What are your favourite memories from 2012?


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Ways to Wear | The Pleather Skirt

Double the pleather in a khaki contrast coat - both super stylish and will keep you warm in these colder climates. Team with a classic cream jumper and a chunky heel for low maintenance glam.

Contrast the tough edge of a pleather skirt with feminine florals. Stock up on Spring's pastels by wearing with a matching bag. Carry on the colour scheme in a black heel - this laser cut boot adds a lovely attention to detail.

Denim is a timeless material that never goes out of fashion, so it's a no-brainer pairing with your pleather skirt. The bow detailing adds a fresh take on the trend - make the most of it by teaming with a bow shoe and fedora.

Whilst a bralet is off the question for daytime dressing, it's a perfect alternative to your classic LBD when the night draws in. The subtle studded detailing brings the black ensemble to life, whilst the leather jacket gives off a rock'n'roll vibe.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Glossybox // January

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A new year, a new you - well, that's what a lot of people aim for. The January Glossybox* is a detox, waving goodbye to bad habits and welcoming new positive changes. I particularly like the personal touch of the resolutions the Glossybox staff have set themselves. All that aside, what did I get in mine? 

Jason: 'Lips Bee Healthier' Lip Balm
I rarely wear anything but lipstick on my lips (for fear of my hair getting stuck to my lips) but I am intrigued about this product as I've had dry lips recently so I'm hoping this sorts that. With a combination of Beeswax, Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract, it's a cocktail of goodness for your lips but will it live up to its claims of leaving lips soft? Upon first impressions it smells lovely and leaves my lips tingly but most importantly softer. I'll be interested to see what the long-term effects of using this are and whether it manages to give my lips the TLC they deserve! It retails at £1.99 which is very reasonable for a lip product. 

Premae: Balance Rescue Face Tonique 
I'm a little apprehensive with face products, especially toners after experiencing a reaction but this one has claims I can't really ignore. The product is said to "cut through trapped dirt, excess oil and closes pronounced pores." I've notice a big change in my skin type over this past year and I think this product would really suit my type now, plus it's 100% allergy and alcohol-free which is an added bonus! It retails at £17.50 which is a little pricey considering what I normally use but who knows, it may convert me!

Vichy: Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser
Unfortunately I've already tried this product, but such is the luck of the draw with these beauty boxes. You can read my review of this product here, but to put it shortly, I do really like this product and am a Vichy fan overall. It retails at £11 which is very reasonable considering how long this product will last you. 

Sanctuary Spa: Active Reverse Thermal Transformation Mask 
I'm always up for trying new masks as I think they work well on my skin. I am however disappointed at the size of this sample as I never really get much out of sachets and you can get a lot of these free with magazines. As I haven't tried a thermal clay mask, I will definitely test this product but it will take a lot to convince me with the product retailing at £27.50. 

Monu: Renu Flash Relax Mask 
Another mask which isn't ideal but its name is interesting. I've been feeling a little, well a lot, run down recently and very 'blah' about life so a relaxing mask is right up my street. This particular one claims to "smooth fine lines and helps to firm facial contours for an instance face-lift effect." I've been paranoid about lines for a few years now so hopefully a product like this will put those worries at bay! It retails at £32 which again is a little bit more expensive than what I would normally pay but if it's as good as it claims, it may just be worth every penny...

I also got a Glossybox eye mask with this month's box which was good to get outside of the other five products. I feel that my box this month was mask heavy, with three mask products and then an eye mask but this is the detox month so I guess my skin could benefit from some pampering...just not with every product at once!

What did you think of this month's Glossybox? 


Monday, 21 January 2013

What I Wore: Minty Fresh

Outfit face
Hat: Primark, Blazer: F&F, Dress: Primark
I usually try and do outfit posts twice a week, what with being unable to do them during the working week. However as we spent the day sledging on Saturday, the 'I've rolled down a snowy hill' look really wasn't made for Lookbook.

 We spent the Sunday doing the less strenuous activities of attending church and at a wedding fayre. I usually only attend church once a year at Christmas time so it was a nice change compared to my usual lie-in. The snow's still pretty bad here but I'm trying to plough through (no pun intended). Luckily although these are heels, they're wedges with a really good grip (I say this now but wait until I fall over...).

It seems like most of England has been covered in a blanket of snow which is rare. As much as I love the snow at the weekend, it's a bit of nightmare for me to get to work - plus trying to dress stylish whilst practical is always a tough balance!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Weekly Round Up

Wavy hair, I need more tartan in my life, Reading my fortune cookie - let's hope it comes true, Loving this Burberry trench, So the snow's deep..., Pretty but cold, Clare's shrunk her mitten in the wash, Goyt Valley, Snow calls for a big (faux) fur hat, And they're down, Clare enjoying a sleigh ride, Lovely walk back from church, Nearly £500 for a table seat arrangement ice sculpture for a wedding!, Pretty floral arrangements at the wedding fayre, Quaint Taxal church door, Taxal church 


Friday, 18 January 2013

Friday Feature: Mad for Monochrome

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1. Bodycon Tube Dress - River Island: £38, 2. Dress - H&M: £34.99, 3. Contrast Top Maxi Dress - Boohoo: £30, 4. Block Midi Dress - Boohoo: £20, 5. Harlequin Skater Skirt - Boohoo: £20, 6. Top - H&M: £29.99, 7. Top - H&M: £7.99, 8. Blouse - H&M: £19.99, 9. Print Bodycon Dress - Topshop: £38, 10. Mesh Panel Peplum Top - River Island: £22, 11. Colour Block Peplum Top - New Look: £14.99, 12. Dress - H&M: £19.99

Are you a fan of classic black and white or are bold colours more of your fashion friend?


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Ways to Wear | The Peplum Top

Toughen up the feminine piece with a rock'n'roll leather jacket and spiked heels. The grey skater skirt adds a new dimension to the all black look.

Dress down the trend with a light wash skinny, oversized satchel and block heel boot - the perfect weekend wardrobe!

Make your mark on monochrome with a ladylike pencil skirt, co-ordinating bag and leather gloves. Finish the look with a bouffant hair style and a red lip for ultimate glamour!

Grab some attention in a pair of printed shorts, but keep it casual with some biker boots and rucksack.

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