Sunday, 31 March 2013

Weekly Round Up

COMPLETE
OOTD, FOTD, Funny chocolate quote at my friend's house, Nothing like a bit of 'Snog Marry Avoid', FOTD, Sky getting a Disney movie channel has to be up there with one of the best days ever, Work Easter bunny, Easter Bank Holiday adventure, Scarborough fair, Sunny Scarborough, Re-living my childhood memories at the arcade with the Penny Falls machines, Wheel, You're never too old for a funfair, Rayban style, Clare cooks tea, Country walk, FOTD, Home sweet home, Sunday Lunch, Mum and I go on a Sunday walk
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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Friday Feature: Here Comes the Sun

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1. Top - H&M: £19.99, 2. Blouse - H&M: £7.99, 3. Shannon Dress - Jones and Jones at Topshop: £60, 4. Audrey Dress - Jones and Jones at Topshop: £60, 5. Jacket - H&M: £29.99, 6. Yellow Fluro Collarless Blazer - River Island: £50, 7. Blouse - H&M: £7, 8. Jacket - H&M: £29.99, 9. Dress - H&M: £12.99, 10. Yellow Panelled Cap Sleeve Pencil Dress - River Island: £35, 11. Dress - H&M: £24.99, 12. Pencil Skirt - H&M: £14.99
WHERE TO BUY
Yellow is definitely a spring colour. We'll (hopefully) get lighter, brighter days, Easter ducklings will swarm the rivers and ponds and daffodils are the flower of choice. So if you're looking for a colour to embrace this season - make it yellow. If you're unsure on the shade, start with a yellow blouse or peplum top teamed with a skinny black jean and blazer. Whites and navys will also look sharp set against the shade.

Or if you're feeling brave, throw on a yellow frock, paired with a t-bar heel and a colour pop lip. For warmer days, oversized sunnies and a chic bun a la Audrey Hepburn will make you shine bright like a diamond, or, well, the sun.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Ways to Wear | The Jogger Trouser


Inject this season's brights into a jogger ensemble. Neon yellows will sit pretty and pop against the black trouser, whilst the biker gilet keeps the look edgy and effortless.


Looking to incorporate Spring florals into your wardrobe? This subtle blazer is the perfect way to tie in the trend without being too bold. Stick to black and white basics underneath, and come warmer weather - team with classic chic sunglasses and an elegant up-do.


Steer your way into sheer this season for the ultimate sports luxe look. Light materials and textures scream Spring/Summer - just add the blazer for the day-night transition.


Modernise the classic cardigan by teaming with the jogger trouser and a wedge heel. The printed blue cardigan adds depth to the ensemble and would make Queen B proud.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Weekly Round Up

complete
FOTD, Sometimes only a hair donut will do, My first city post office experience - Toto we're not in Kansas anymore, Slipped in Selfridges, OOTD, FOTD, Weekend treats, Weekend drinks, OOTD, FOTD, Pub with friends, Snow across the countryside, Homemade bread, The new man in my life - Michael, Saturday lazing, Tea cooked by friends
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Friday, 22 March 2013

Friday Feature: Sweet Like Sugar

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1. Pink Jacquard Belted Box Pleat Prom Dress - River Island: £65, 2. Claire Lace Dress - Jones and Jones at Topshop: £60, 3. Lace Skater Dress - Oh My Love at Topshop: £39, 4. Neoprene Dress - J.W Anderson at Topshop: £100, 5. Peter Pan Blouse - Miss Selfridge: £30, 6. Beaded Collar Smock - Miss Selfridge: £35, 7. Pink Colour Block Shirt - Fashion Union: £12, 8. Tie Neck Ruffle Blouse - Miss Selfridge: £30, 9. Limited Edition Pearl Shift Dress - Topshop: £195, 10. Lace Panel Shift Dress - Love at Topshop: £38, 11. Mint Lace Sleeveless Chiffon Dress - Fashion Union: £22, 12. Contrast Pleat Dress - Wal G at Topshop: £36
WHERE TO BUY

Sorbet shades and ladylike ensembles are edging their way into our wardrobes as Spring finally approaches. Oscar De La Renta opened the doors to feminine flair with 3d florals and pretty pastel palettes. Think cute collars, playful pleats and skater shapes to have sugar sweet spot on.







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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Ways To Wear | The Denim Skirt


A plain white tee and simple skirt is instantly transformed by the addition of a biker gilet. Flat ankle boots and a tassel bag carry on the laidback vibe or rock a pair of chelsea boots and a black fedora for an upgrade to smart casual.


Whilst a black bralet is a night out staple, switch it up for Spring/Summer in a feminine white one. The delicate material against the leather jacket make it the perfect combo for summer lazing.


One new season trend that suits all? Stripes. But in all honesty, when did stripes ever go out of fashion?! Their classically cool edge looks great teamed with denim. A black block heel, some cat eye sunglasses, high bun and a red lip wouldn't look out of place in Blair Waldorf's wardrobe.


Double denim may worry some thanks to the 90s overload of the pairing. However, it can be done in a way that's stylish and chic. One way to double your dose is with clashing colours. Team a simple black bralet with the rich wash to tone down the trend. The black contrast sleeves tie the look and colour palette together perfectly.

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Weekly Round Up

complete
My bargain £2 Primark trousers, Loving prints at the moment, OOTD, Rocking my onesie to work for Red Nose Day, Love our Mother's Day card for this year, Inspirational horoscope in this week's Look Magazine, H&M, Love heart cake, FOTD, Red Nose Day cake sale at work, Castlefied - Manchester, FOTD, Albert's Shed - Chocolate Volcano, Albert's Shed - Sirloin Steak with Peppercorn Sauce = heaven, Albert's Shed for a belated Mother's Day meal, FOTD
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Friday, 15 March 2013

Friday Feature: Say What?!

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1. Billie Oversized Tee - boohoo: £15, 2. Taylor Vest - boohoo: £6, 3. Einstein Crop Tee by Tee and Cake - Topshop: £20, 4. Sandy Jersey Tank - boohoo: £8, 5. Geek Crop - Topshop: £16, 6. Top - H&Ms: £7.99, 7. Lena Vest - boohoo: £6, 8. Dork Tee - Topshop: £14, 9. Betty Sweater - boohoo: £15, 10. Kapow! Sweat - Topshop: £29, 11. Julie Sweat - boohoo: £15, 12. Off Duty Jumper - River Island: £35
WHERE TO BUY

The slogan style has swarmed the high street with an array of cute and quirky catchphrases covering plan white tees. Whether you're after a bold and bright statement or a subtle saying, catch onto the catchphrase trend for words that for once speak louder than actions!





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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Ways to Wear | The Metallic Skirt

Rock the hot crop top of the season - the high neck, and team with classic pieces like a bowler hat and a chunky Chelsea heel. Keep make-up nude and minimal with a smudge of eyeliner to keep the look girly but grunge.

Mix the old with the new in a classic white shirt and a futuristic metallic skirt. A black shirt is ideal for a night-time switch up whilst a white shirt keeps the look fresh. A metallic peep toe and matching clutch keeps the colour scheme consistent.

Looking for a look that nails three trends in one? Then look no further. Metallics? Check. Perspex? Check. Tassels? Check. Layer up the look for colder days - think cosy knits and some black opaques. But dress it up for dinner and dancing in a bralet, bare legs and a classic black biker.

Make the most of metallics in silver surfer inspired shades. Triple up your textures in the shiny skirt, leather look jacket and the foil oversized tee. Biker boots and a slouchy bag dress down the look for daytime whilst a skyscraper heel instantly makes the ensemble dancefloor ready.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

The Blues

OUTFIT
Alot of people assume I hate coloured clothes because I wear a lot of black. This isn't the case at all, I do wear colour but I always buy my basic and classic staples in black and white as they're timeless so hopefully shouldn't go out of fashion. I do limit my colour wearing to a certain palette. One colour I point blank refuse to wear is pink as it reminds me of being a child. I also find creams, beiges and browns really unflattering with my skintone. My go-to shades are purple and what I wore today, blue. I pretty much like any variation of blue, from baby/sky blues to deep navys and everything in between.

I picked up this dress in H&M, which is one of my favourite high street shops out there. I remember going to Australia and being utterly gobsmacked that there were no H&M stores there.
It's quite a conservative dress in that it's very covered up but I think that reflects my style maturing. I've noticed that these days I stick to the same styles over and over again - so high neck tops and skater dresses. I've tried a few of those cut out dresses recently and I did not like them at all, maybe I'm just getting too old?!

Although Spring's just under a month away, I had to whack on my Topshop winter coat as surprise surprise more snow is on its way. That's one thing that annoys me about England - we had a lovely few sunny days, everyone got excited about Spring and then we're back to square one with this cold weather and snow!

What I Wore
Coat: Topshop, Blazer: H&M, Dress: H&M

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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Weekly Round Up

complete
The Trafford Centre, Steve Jobs quote, Starbucks Hot Chocolate, According to my Sleep App I pretty much passed out, The beautiful Trafford Centre, Shopping, Sometimes nothing beats a classic white shirt, Reading material at the minute, Preston station, Love this basic but stylish peter pan collar top, Peri Peri chips, OOTD, Office Birthday, H&M changing room try ons, Dolphin fountain at the Trafford Centre, FOTD, Not so keen on this bright Chanel bag, One of my favourite Look magazine covers with the stunning Cara D on the cover, FOTD, Quote about second chances in 'A Street Cat named Bob'
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Friday, 8 March 2013

Friday Feature: The Grass is Always Greener

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1. Dress - H&M: £24.99, 2. Green Bow Back Dress - River Island: £35, 3. Crepe Skater Dress - Oasis: £50, 4. V Neck Ruffle Dress - Oasis: £55, 5. Green Tweed Shift Dress - Dorothy Perkins: £42, 6. Green Waffle Prom Dress - Dorothy Perkins: £20, 7. Daymee Dress - Coast: £150, 8. Green Shift Tunic - Dorothy Perkins: £23, 9. Rubie Dress - Oasis: £50, 10. Izzy Lace Shift Dress - Oasis: £55, 11. Frill Front Wrap Dress - Oasis: £40, 12. Lace Skater Dress - Oasis: £48
WHERE TO BUY
With St.Patrick's day just around the corner, it's time to honour the holiday hue. Whilst it's usually a colour for the more brave among us, rock the shade by teaming with classic coloured staples such as a blazer and oversized clutch. Black and white will make the colour pop and if you're really wanting to make a statement, swipe on a red lip for all out colour. Now all you need to find is a healthy pot of gold at the end of that rainbow!




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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Review: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in 'True Nude'
PRODUCT

I wear foundation unfortunately pretty much everyday. Unfortunately, because I wish I could be blessed with beautiful skin to go 'bare' but sadly this is not the case. On the plus side, it means I try a lot of different products and brands. One of the most hyped about High Street foundations has to be Rimmel's Wake me Up Foundation. Fronted then none other than Miss Moss, it's received rave reviews with people comparing its quality to that of higher ended brands.

Whilst Rimmel is one of my favourite high street beauty brands, I've never really tried any of their foundations. Not because I haven't wanted to, I just tend to find a product that I like or I think works for me and then stick with it. But after all the commotion about this particular foundation, I had to try it.

Priced at £8.99 it's considerably cheaper than what I'd normally pay and probably cheaper than the average high street foundation with brands like L'Oreal and Max Factor charging roughly between £10-£12.

My first impressions were mixed. I do really like the design. The bottle is sleek and the colours really tie in with the 'wake me up' vibe. And I especially like the engraved Rimmel branding on the side of the bottle.

What I was a little apprehensive about was the glass. Not only is a glass bottle heavier to carry around but it's also more breakable and harder to get product out of. Saying that, my current foundation is in a glass bottle so I can hardly criticize Rimmel for this when I'm a hypocrite as I continue to buy glass bottles. My concern was lifted after discovering that the Wake me Up foundation comes with a built in pump. Hallelujah! I was surprised by this as my Auntie had previously shown me her bottle and it came without a pump and instead some weird wand device. I'm not sure whether this was the first version of the foundation to be sold or she was just unlucky and picked up the store sample or something... But yes, a pump.
Something small and may not be a winning factor for most, but for me, who needs to apply make-up in a rush and with as little mess as possible, this is a brilliant bonus to have.

The foundation itself is lovely and thick. For some people this is a no-go, but for me, it's perfect. I prefer to have a thick formula and apply with a 'a little goes a long way' mentality, rather than having to continuously build up layers of a thin consistency. It only takes me a few minutes to get a good, even consistency and for the foundation to cover my flaws.

Like some other people have mentioned, there is a slight perfume scent to the foundation. This neither bothers me or makes me excited. I'm not used to having a perfumed foundation so it is a little strange but it's not an unpleasant smell so doesn't put me off using the product.

My only downside to this product and something I hope Rimmel will improve on over time is the shade options. There's currently only half a dozen which could be quite restrictive to some skin tones. I'd also advise anyone purchasing this product to test the shades in store as although the shades are quite similar, their undertones differ quite a lot. For me, I always go for yellow undertones as I find pink undertones make my face too cool and pale. There's both a mix of yellow and pink undertones in the shades so keep testing until you find the right one.
Overview:

Pros
• Good value for money
• Rimmel often do 3 for 2 and special deals on their products
• Product comes with a pump - less mess and hassle
• Thick consistency - less is more
• Great design and branding

Cons
• Glass could be heavy and more likely to break
• Perfume scent may not be for everyone
• Limited variety of shades
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