Sunday, 24 April 2016
Andddddd we're back to super casual again! I know this is nothing ground breaking here, but some days it's just comfort over everything, ya feel? On those days (and to be honest, when you're as lazy as me, this is more days than I care to admit) a chunky knit is your best friend. My philosophy when it comes to the knit: oversize it, every time. It's apt for an abundance of situations. Exhibit A: kind of chilly outside but don't fancy lugging round a proper coat? Chuck on the knit. Exhibit B: The all too common 'I haven't made use of that gym membership I signed up for January as a New Years resolution so I have a permanent food baby.' No problem, the knit's got you covered (pun intended). Going out for dinner and preparing yourself for an imminent food coma so don't want to wear anything too fitted? Yep, you guessed it - It's time for the knit. So there's a quick Lazy dressing 101 for you, folks. Now recently there has been that trend of oversized everything, I'm talking chunky knitwear, wide leg trousers, and trainers just incase that casual vibe wasn't present enough, and honestly, I can't say I was the biggest fan of it for myself. So, if I wear something oversized and baggy, as a general rule of thumb I'll wear something tighter on the bottom, and thus I love to chuck on an oversized, chunky knit and a pair of jeans and I'm good to go. Here I've tried to look like I do kind of have my life together (it's getting to exam season, guys, and I really haven't got my shit together at all *le sigh*) and put in a little more effort in the accessory department - my Zara loafers, add a hint of smartness (is this a word? meh, I'm going with it), and a load of chunky silver rings to make it look slightly more 'stylish' whilst still effortless and grungy, if you know what I'm getting at!
I'm in love with this two tone Zara knit that I picked up in the January sales, and decided to continue the two tone theme throughout this outfit, by keeping everything monochrome. If this is a little too boring for you, you could easily liven it up with the standard 'pop of colour accessory' - I would pair this with yellow heels, a cobalt blue suede jacket, or even just a classic red lip.
Knit: Zara (sold out!)
Bag: Primark (This bag LEGIT cost me £1.99!!)
Rings: Boho Moon and Shop Dixi (Sold Out but have a browse for similar-ish chunky jewellery)
Loafers: Zara (Sold Out, Similar Here)
What's your Lazy dressing 101 tip? Share in the comments below!
Until next time,
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Heya Guys! Hope you're all well. Welcome to my first 'fashion post'! I've attached this to the 'fashion' tab on my blog: here you'll be able to find posts on my fashion inspirations, wish lists, my thoughts on fashion news and shows, and basically just me having a natter on about the weird and wonderful fashion world. To kickstart this, I had the idea of starting a little series on my blog called 'Trend Chat', which as the title suggests, will be focussed on the most hyped trends in fashion right now, and what I think of them. I'm not sure how often I'll be posting this, I guess it'll depend on how much you guys enjoy it, but I thought it would be a nice piece, a break from the run of the mill outfit posts and beauty reviews - I very much enjoy reading about fashion news and trends, and hopefully you do too!
So I thought I'd begin by talking about two trend pieces I have been loving recently; that is, the straight leg jean and the loafer. Now just about everybody and their mum has been wearing these two pieces, be it separately or together, and I have been no exception. To me, these pieces mean two very desirable things: comfort and androgyny.
The gucci horsebit loafers have been on of the 'it' pieces recently, having been seen on just about every frow this past fashion month - my pinterest is full of street style photos featuring these babies in various popular styles such as the backless style, slingback style (my personal favourites), the fur lined style (very daring I must say, not for me, I don't think!), and the classic shoe. If I had unlimited funds, I would without a doubt invest in the slingback pair, and probably the classic pair too, but alas, a student loan doesn't stretch to £500 for a pair of shoes - so I've settled with this pair from Zara. I love these loafers as I think they're a subtly more feminine take on the classic loafer; with the deep cuts in the flap piece being slightly more flattering by showing a little more skin, and the slightly higher heel also complementing this. I think the zip detail around the shoe also adds that something extra. Now this pair are actually from the SS14 Zara collection, so are no longer available, but there are a couple of similar styles currently available on the site. And I'll also link a couple of loafer styles I love below. I'm now on the hunt for a lighter colour pair for the upcoming S/S season, do you guys have any suggestions?
Loafers I like:
1.) Warehouse Via Asos (kinda similar to my pair!)
2.) Topshop (Gucci dupes! I'm very tempted myself, I must say!)
4.) Topshop (suede and in a couple of funky colours i.e. pale blue, if that's your cup of tea! I like the red)
5.) Gucci (the original babies - le cry)
Onto the straight leg jean. Now I was rather skeptical about this trend, I wasn't sure they'd be all that flattering on me. I'm a loyal skinny jean wearer, they're super flattering on everybody - I live my life in skinny jeans, and if I'm not in those I'll either be in leggings or pyjama bottoms. Yet, I was gradually reeled in by the countless oh-so-flattering street style pictures, and just about every blogger seemed to be rocking this trend. Thus, I succumbed and reluctantly ordered two pairs, and oh. my. goodness. No one could prepare me for the addiction that was about to begin. I have since ordered another 3 pairs (damn you, Asos sale!). You guys, straight leg/boyfriend/girlfriend, basically any looser fit jean is the way to go. They are so comfortable, yet still look 'chic' and put together depending on how you style them, I can't believe I'm this late to the party! I can now wear jeans to a restaurant and eat to my hearts content as opposed to having to wear leggings, or my skinnies (but subtly undoing the top button under a baggy top or knit to make room for dessert - something I'm not proud to admit, but we've all been there, right?) I'm currently hunting for (and building up the courage for) a pair of flared jeans; they're a little more out there, but why not give these 70s darlings a chance, eh? For now though, be prepared for many a style post featuring my new staple straight leg jeans - I can't see me getting bored of them anytime soon!
Here are a few pairs that I've either ordered or am loving right now:
1.) New Look (the first pair I bought, J'adore!)
2.) Topshop (Next on my never ending wishlist, in all 3 washes lol, I have a problem)
3.) Monki via Asos
4.) Levi 501s (the OG loose fitting jeans, though word is you're better off buying a vintage pair than brand new, so pop down to your local charity shop or vintage store and have a browse!)
So that's it for this trend chat! What did you think? I'm getting better at being more concise, right? (Very very slightly - but all progress is progress, no?) As a little aside, the beady eyed amongst you might notice that in the photos above, I'm peering at a Saint Laurent magazine ad. Now I for one am rather fascinated by the fashion world, particularly high fashion; I love to follow what's going on, and watch the shows on youtube during fashion week (whilst longing to be front row kitted out in luxury brands and looking totally badass - le cry), so thought I'd quickly mention the news which has rocked the fashion world; that creative director Hedi Slimane has resigned, and to fill his boots is Versus Versace's (now ex) Creative Director, Anthony Vaccarello. (Yes, I know this news isnt that recent - this post was meant to go up ages ago haha!) What did you guys think of this? Did you enjoy Slimane's time at YSL? Though met with controversy in regards to dropping the 'Yves' from the brand name during rebranding, (there were actually t-shirts donning the slogan 'Ain't no Saint Laurent without Yves!), his era was very commercially successful, and I rather enjoyed the younger, edgier, rockstar-feeling, grunge aesthetic which characterised his tenure. So I wonder what direction Vaccarello will take the brand down. There are even talks that the original name of the label might be restored - perhaps this is an indication of a moving away from Slimane's twists? In any case, I for one will be eagerly anticipating Vaccerello's first collection for the brand; the SS17 collection!
I hope you enjoyed this post! Come back on Sunday for another outfit post.
Until next time,
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Heya guys! I hope you're all doing well. So today I wanted to post this outfit to show you just how polarised my style can be - I like to think of myself as somewhat of a 'style chameleon', if you will - sometimes I love to dress like a prim and proper 1950s housewife, and other days I like to pretend that I'm a rolling stones groupie! To me, that's what is so great about fashion! There's no real rules when it comes to personal style, and no real commitment; so if one day you want to dress like you've stepped straight out of a period drama, you can; and if the next you're not feeling that look anymore, and would rather dress like a mod or rocker from the 60s, then you can do that! I guess I'm still trying to find my own personal style and style formula; fashion allows us to experiment and explore all different colours, styles, trends and cuts - and I intend to dabble in anything and everything that takes my fancy!
So this outfit is definitely one of the more put-together, 'prim and proper', even romantic looks that I would wear. I have a friend who, whenever I dress a little smarter, cannot refrain from calling me a 'Ladyyyyyyyyy!', and it's kind of become a little joke that my fashion at times can make me look a real 'lady' haha!
I've always loved pussybow details, high necks, floaty fabrics, lace and flowy midi skirts - all the more typically 'lady-like' pieces, but I must confess that for this look, I was totally inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, the gorgeous and ever classy Arabella Golby, who swears by her pussybow blouse and cape combination. I had bought a cape at the beginning of the A/W season, but wasn't too sure how to style it. After watching her Cape Lookbook however, I completely loved the way she had styled her capes, I think a great way to wear them is to concentrate on detail around the neck and the sleeve areas - this is what I have aimed at doing here. Now for me, this look is a little 'out there', I think anything more and I'd perhaps feel a little self conscious, so in order to keep it a little more with my characteristically smart/casual style, I decided to add that touch of casual with my pale blue straight leg jeans.
I wore this look on a day out in London, where I went for dinner with my Mum and Sister. I won't lie to you, as much as I love these beautiful Topshop ghillie lace-up heels, they're not the most comfortable, so I was rather glad for the fact that we were merely travelling to the restaurant, sitting and stuffing our faces with Chinese food, and then making our way back, as opposed to a day of traipsing around London.
I think accessories also go a long way to elevating a look - they add that something extra. I added a pair of faux pearl earrings, my Asos sunnies, and this rather sweet little mock croc bag that I nabbed in the Zara sale for a tenner during the January sales. I also put my unruly mane into a high bun to further accentuate the polished feel of this outfit and keep the detail on the neck. Altogether, I think it came out rather well!
I suspect that this is probably the last time I'll be wearing a cape for a few months, seeing as we move into spring and then summer, outerwear I'll be embracing is likely to be longline blazers, trench coats and cropped jackets, but I look forward to styling this up again come Autumn!
Ultimately I aimed to create a polished, super smart and ladylike look, balanced with just that touch of casual to make it wearable for me.
What do you guys think? Do you like to dress in more than one 'style' and consider yourself a bit of a style chameleon like me? Let me know in the comments below!
Cape: New Look (Similar Here)
Blouse: Asos (Similar Here)
Jeans: New Look
Shoes: Topshop (These are identical to mine and in the sale!)
Bag: Zara (Not similar at all but super cute haha! Here)
Sunglasses: Asos (Very Similar Here)
Earrings: H&M (Very similar ones for £1 in Primark!)
(Guys I'm so sorry so many of these items are old/out of stock, I've done my best to link similar!)
Until next time,
Friday, 15 April 2016
(me being all pose-y but here's the finished look haha!)
Hello lovelies! Today I thought I'd bring to you my everyday makeup routine. Before I begin I thought I'd give you a little background; unfortunately I have suffered with acne for the majority of my teen life. My skin goes through up and down periods, and thankfully, for the past couple of months, my skin has been considerably better, and therefore, my makeup has been sitting and looking better. For me, the most important thing about my makeup is that it gives me as good looking skin as possible, and therefore, my routine is as minimal as I can get it, as I feel a lot of product on rather textured or pigmented skin can actually highlight imperfections as opposed to disguising them. So, this routine isn't going to be the most extravagant, I'm pretty loyal to the products I use, know work well and therefore love. In all honesty, for myself, I prefer very natural, clean, fresh looking makeup anyway, and these are the products and steps I take to achieve that with my problematic skin. So, I hope that you enjoy and that this maybe even helps some of you out there who suffer with similar issues!
Step 1: Prep and Prime
So of course, I always start with clean, moisturised and sunscreened skin, and then move onto primer. Having oily skin I always look for primers with the purpose of keeping skin matte, or smoothing out the texture of skin. Honestly, I'm not really that loyal to one primer; I used the elf one for a little while, which worked ok, but recently I've been using travel sized versions of a combination of the Benefit Porefessional and Mac's Prep and Prime. I was surprised by how well the Benefit actually smoothes out the pores - I have hideously large pores around my nose area (which, to be fair, have gotten a lot better since my skin has improved), but are still a little visible when I apply foundation. Since I've been using the benefit, my pores are noticeably less visible (though not completely disguised). It retails for £24.50, so quite pricey - but I think when my little travel size runs out I'll invest in the full tube! Mac prep and prime I feel is a primer that would be universally suitable, as it leaves the skin super smooth, moisturised and silky before foundation application. I'm not too sure whether it's actually prolonged the wear-time of my makeup, I'm more inclined to say it does not (though I haven't really found a primer that does on my oily skin), but the reason I love it is that it allows my makeup to apply so beautifully, and thus, the combination of these two products leaves my skin nicely prepped for base makeup!
Step 2: Base
Undoubtedly the most important step of my makeup routine is the base makeup, for said acne reasons. Now having problematic skin has meant that I've always felt I need to wear heavy base makeup to cover it up, and I cringe cringe and cringe some more at some of the rookie errors I made when starting out in makeup (you know the ones - piling on about 3 layers of thick full coverage foundations, then another couple of concealer, and then another few of powder, resulting in the ultimate cake face? I can't be the only one, right?) However, with a little more experience and countless youtube tutorials under my belt, I've realised that its far better to go for a more medium coverage base and conceal or build on smaller areas. I've also come to realise that allowing a few imperfections to show through isn't a bad thing, but actually makes the base look more natural. So, I use 2 pumps of 'Nars Sheer Glow' in the shade 'Syracuse' all over my face, concentrating it a little more on my more heavily scarred areas. Now oily girls, don't be afraid of this foundation! There's a common misconception that it isn't suited for oilier skin, due to its self proclaimed 'glow', but this is my holy grail! Now I won't lie, if you're oily and use this sans primer and powder, you will look a complete oil slick (believe me, I've been there lol!). You'll have to powder a couple of times throughout the day, but I honestly don't mind doing this for the way it makes my skin look. It just sits nicely, and as the natural oils start to come through during the day, the skin looks dewy and naturally glowy. There's also an excellent shade range for light to dark, so something for everyone! To do this I use a real techniques stipple brush (I'll do a separate post on brushes which'll include some real bargain brushes I found on eBay - stay tuned!) I spray a little Mac Fix + onto the brush, and just find that little bit of moisture allows my foundation to apply more evenly.
Step 3: Conceal
Now you may be surprised to hear that I don't apply concealer all too often. I never apply it under my eyes seeing as I dont really suffer from dark circles (minus those late night essay struggles; particularly heavy hangovers; or that all too familiar 'I'll watch one episode before I go to bed' netflix sesh turned binge watch - hey, we've all been there), and therefore find that just lightly dabbing whatever remains on my foundation brush will suffice. Therefore, if I use concealer, it is usually for nights out or days I want to put a little more effort into my makeup - I then spot conceal particularly those scars that still peak through after foundation. Sometimes, however, if my skin is particularly angry and has a lot of bumpy spots, I skip concealer altogether. I feel its far better to have them showing through a little than to conceal them and have so much added texture, drawing more attention to that area. Nevertheless, if I do conceal, I use Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in 'Biscuit'. Again, props to Nars for the excellent shade range - this concealer is great because it is very pigmented so you don't need too much of it, it is on the thicker side, but is, as the name boasts, very creamy, so blends out like a dream. You've probably all heard of this cult product, but if not, you're late to the party! I'd definitely suggest giving it a try.
Step 4: Brows
I'm lucky in the fact that I have rather full natural brows in terms of shape, and therefore don't need to do too much in the way of drawing them in. I do, however, get some sparser areas, and therefore use the pomade-y product of the Elf Brow Kit (in dark) with the little brush it came with to quickly fill in these areas. I've been using this product for ages and get on just fine with it, but would really like to try the Anastasia dip brow, is it worth it or overhyped? Let me know! Anyway, I then use my Eyeko Brow Gel to set them, otherwise, I kid you not, those brow hairs literally blow around in the wind they're so long! I have repurchased this multiple times and just love it - it looks so natural, keeps my brows in place, and I think would work with any hair colour, seeing as it isn't super dark or pigmented, but still manages to make your brows look bolder and darker - great it you want that thicker, fuller brow look a la Cara Delevingne!
Step 5: Eyes
I then move onto liner and use a combination of two. I'm not too loyal to eyeliners, and on a whim purchased the L'oreal Superliner when it was on offer, and, success! The applicator is perfect - it's quite long, thin and very bendy, which I find great at getting a longer, thinner flick. If you like something very close to the lash line, that gets thicker as the eye goes out (I hope you get what I mean lol!) this is great, seeing as you can get quite a lot of product down by just pressing the full length of the applicator onto your lid, and then just use one more movement to get that flick. It's only downfall is that it doesn't take too long to become a little wishy washy - so I now use my Collection Fast Stroke Liner to get it super black. For the price I paid (£5.99), I don't mind this too much, and would still repurchase seeing as I just get on so well with the applicator. I then use any old kajal liner, (I use rimmel at the moment), to tightline, it makes my eyes water like crazy, but continue to do it because I just love the way it makes my lash line look thicker and my eyeliner somehow looks blacker. Next, I apply my mascara. I usually skip curling my lashes - I have pretty decent lashes, quite thick, curly and long-ish and so I just go straight in with my favourite - Urban decay Perversion Mascara. I absolutely love this stuff! I used to always buy drugstore mascaras and had no qualms, as honestly, the majority of mascaras will work and do something for your lashes. However, on a particularly gruelling late night essay writing sesh, I was feeling quite sorry for myself, and decided to treat myself to a few beauty bits, (lol!) this mascara included. Let me tell you, I'd find it difficult to go back to drugstore mascara now, this is just amazing! It makes my lashes super long (I often get asked if I'm wearing falsies - which I never do!), it's super black, and makes my lashes look extra curled. I would defo recommend! (Although I've recently been testing the Benefit 'they're real' mascara - late to the party, I know! Stay tuned for a review soon!)
Step 6: Cheeks
For blush, I like to dust either Nars Douceur or Natural Collection Peach Melba onto my cheeks. Douceur is the perfect natural looking blush, Nars are famed for their blushes and rightly so, they're nicely pigmented and blend out well. Unfortunately this shade has been discontinued (why, Nars, why?!) but I've heard that Tarte Blush in Exposed is a good dupe! Alternatively, you can't go wrong with Peach Melba; at £1.99 in Boots, this is an absolute bargain, its a nice soft powder which blends well, though if you apply too much it will be a little chalky and cakey looking, so be careful! The colour is the perfect, you guessed it, peachy pink - just enough pink to make you look flushed, but the peach undertone and hint of brown stops it looking too barbie-like, making it what I think would be a universally flattering shade.
Step 7: Lips
I loveeeeee lip products! I'm into my bolds and nudes, but normally, I go for a nude lip combo. I have so many nude lip products I love - I'll do a whole post on my top nude lip combos, but recently I have been wearing a combination of the Mac Lip Liner in Hover and Mac Lipstick in Twig to absolute death. Hover is the perfect liner for a nude lip for me, its a true brown - I find mac liners generally to be quite drying, but they last pretty well and the shade range is perfect, so I just exfoliate and moisturise my lips extra well and the pencils apply just fine. 'Twig' is a muted pinkish-brown, satin finish, which makes it more comfortable than a matte on the lips. If you're into the whole Kylie Jenner family of lipsticks - I'm talking Whirl, Velvet Teddy, etc - then you'll love this, and the finish makes it that much more comfortable!
Step 8: Set
The most important step in terms of making my makeup last, setting makeup is essential for us oily girls, especially if you've used a base product like Nars Sheer Glow. I use the Mac Natural Skinfinish Natural Pressed Powder in Medium Tan - Annoyingly I got a shade too dark (thats £30 well spent eh?!) So if I pack this on it looks terribly orange! But, I'm the type of person that, if I've spent the money on a product, I'll persevere with it and make that product work! So I still use this, but very lightly dust it on my t-zone, cheeks and chin. I then use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder on top in the shade 'silky beige' (and use this to touch up throughout the day). Colour issues aside, I love the Mac powder as its quite finely milled powder and doesn't cake up as easily as the latter product can do. It also makes your complexion look more flawless, reducing the appearance of pores. The Rimmel powder is really good for keeping your skin matte, but as I said, if you go too heavy it can cake up. For the price, (£3.99), its definitely a bargain though, I would recommend! my very final step is a spritz of Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray - I'm not too sure if it prolongs my makeup, in all honesty, but like to use it purely because it removes the powdery look of the makeup.
And voila, there you have it! If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! I think I have failed miserably at my whole 'trying to write more concise blog posts' challenge haha! Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed! Are there any products you swear by that I should give a try? Especially if they're oily girl/acne prone skin friendly, please leave suggestions in the comments!
There'll be a new outfit post Sunday, so stay tuned!
Until next time,
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Hey guys! I hope you're all well. So, I thought I would begin a little series on my blog called 'Dream On', and essentially, this is going to be a bit of a glorified wishlist - I'll natter on about all the luxury products I love, think would be good investments, or just constantly dream of buying and spend ages adding to my cart on sites such as Net-A-Porter, only to get to the checkout, have a good old laugh (read: cry) at the total, and delete them all again. I hope you all enjoy this little series in which we can all dream away together!
So when compiling a list of the items for this little series, the piece at the top of my list was an absolute no brainer, it was always going to be the darling that is the Chanel classic flap. The Chanel jumbo Classic Flap in caviar leather with gold hardware to be specific. Oh yes, I've done my research haha! To me, this is the most beautiful bag. Ever. I've dreamt of owning one of these beauties since about the age of 12 or 13, when I really started to get into fashion magazines, became more aware of luxury brands, and recognised this bag as the ultimate icon.
So, why do I love the classic flap so much? Well, I see this as the pièce de resistance of the house of Chanel. It epitomises the class, elegance, and chic-ness of the House, with that slight boyish accent (with the chunky chain hardware and structured style) that characterises Coco Chanel's aesthetic. Now, at £3,700 for the jumbo (yep, there has just been another price increase, why Chanel, why?!), this is a very pricey bag, even by luxury bag standards. Aside from the notorious Hermes Birkin, this is probably the most expensive popular luxury bag, but I still see this as a good investment as, to me, owning this bag is almost owning a piece of fashion history, it's the ultimate fashion girl's accessory, utterly timeless, and if I could only own one bag, it would be this one (although I have THE longest designer bag wishlist, as you'll come to see - you can have love in your heart for more than one bag, right?). As I said, I absolutely love the black jumbo in the caviar leather and gold hardware, but I'd also love to get the beige in gold hardware, and a small/medium in black velvet or black lambskin. Oh, my list could go on, I'm the type of person who, when I love an item, I get the same thing in as many variations as I can. I would love this bag in so many different sizes, colours, finishes and stitchings - oh, the collection I would have if I was rich! Let me not get too ahead of myself, my daydreaming is roaming wild!
I've always said this bag will be the first designer bag I own, despite the fact the price keeps rising to eye-wateringly high prices. I've also always said that I'd love to make a real trip out of it; I'd travel to Paris and have the experience of buying it at Rue Cambon, the first Chanel Store that opened. How lovely would that be, right? Buying your first chanel at the place where it all started, (plus, you get the special white shopping bag and packaging, how cute!) So hopefully, as soon as I leave uni and get my first job, you'll know what I'll be spending my first pay check on, I just can't wait to get my hands on one!
I hope you enjoyed this post and had a nice little dream with me! What is your ultimate designer bag? Let me know in the comments, talking about designer bags is literally my favourite thing!
Come back tomorrow for another blog post, either my everyday makeup routine or an outfit post - I'm trying to post every day this week before I go back to uni and the madness begins again!
Until next time,
Monday, 11 April 2016
So a couple of weeks ago I placed a cheeky little Asos order (and have placed 2 more since - I have a problem!), and one of the items I had bought was this Asos own brand utility jacket. I'd had my eyes on it for a while; I wanted another leather jacket as I wear my black one constantly, too much in fact, and thus thought that this burgundy number would be a great alternative. I love the longline cut and oversized, straight nature of it, as well as, of course, the gorgeous colour. So as soon as it came I wanted to wear it, and therefore took this baby out of a little spin on a day out in London. I wasn't too sure how to style it however; the original plan was to wear it with this white shirt, a faux suede choker, slim fit boyfriend jeans and loafers, but, alas, it ended up being one of those typically deceptive spring days, where it's wonderfully bright and sunny, but as hair raising-ly cold as a day in mid-January. I therefore had to re-evaluate, and ended up trying a new combo by slipping on my trusty turtle neck with the shirt on top. I then put on a pair of ripped black skinnies, my glove shoes, and of course, my Asos shades. I ended up quite liking this look, I definitely think its on the masculine, perhaps even 'man-repelling' side of things, with the high neck and straight look to the jacket, but that's alright, who doesn't love a little androgyny every now and again? I would still like to style it how I originally planned when it gets a little warmer, would you be interested in seeing that, or is it a little too same-y? Let me know!
What I'm wearing:
Sweater - Mango (old, similar here)
Shirt - Asos
Jeans - Topshop
Jacket - Asos
Shoes - Asos
Belt - Asos
Sunglasses - Asos (old, similar here)
What I'm wearing:
Sweater - Mango (old, similar here)
Shirt - Asos
Jeans - Topshop
Jacket - Asos
Shoes - Asos
Belt - Asos
Sunglasses - Asos (old, similar here)
What do you think of this look? Are you a fan of the shirt/turtle neck combo?
I hope you enjoyed this post, stay tuned!
Until next time,
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Now I'm not sure whether its a little too late to be posting this, but I thought, why not? My blog, my rules (lol), so, I'm going to give you a quick(ish) run down of all the things I loved in the month of March.
1.) So the first of my two fashion favourites for this month has been my retro, wayfarer style sunglasses from Asos. Now I nabbed this pair in the Asos sale during the summer for £3 (!!), and now with the gradual emerging of spring upon us; lighter evenings and sunnier afternoons; they've made a much welcomed comeback. You may have already seen them in my first style post (link here), be prepared to see them in abundance in the next few outfits, they've been practically glued to my face.
2.) My second fashion favourite has been this pair of black glove shoes from Asos. Dubbed a part of the 'grandma shoe' trend, the glove shoe has been just about everywhere, from the catwalk shows of celine to countless fashionistas in the blogosphere, and now, just about every major high street retailer is jumping on the bandwagon and releasing their own. Now this is a trend that I, for one, have been loving. In my mind, a lower heel height means one thing: more comfort, and these Asos babies don't disappoint. At only £25, (they're £32 but I nabbed them during the extra 20% off student discount, kerching!) I feel as though these were a great buy, allowing me to dabble in one of the seasons biggest trends without breaking the bank. They are also pretty comfortable (and this is coming from someone who is pretty rubbish in any heel higher than a flat shoe, lol), but if you want something with even more comfort factor, then these lower heeled H&M beauties may just be what you're looking for.
3.) Beauty wise, I was reluctant to post any makeup faves, seeing as I haven't really been using anything different and will be posting 'daily makeup' in due course. So I thought instead I'd write about a perfume I've been loving: Chanel Mademoiselle. I'm actually going to do a full post on this at a later date, but thought I would just say that although I have been using this virtually daily since I got it at christmas, as we transition into spring, this is a particularly fitting scent - poignant zesty and fresh notes combined with hints of floral = perfect for spring.
4.) Now candles have become one of those really cliche 'blogger-y' props - you'll be hard pressed to scroll your instagram feed without confronting yet another diptyque candle displayed against a marble surface (I'm not criticising, I love this aesthetic, but lets face it, it's true). However, in all honesty, I've never really been a fan. I couldn't imagine spending £40 on something that you're essentially just going to set fire to (that's the actual price of a diptyque candle?!) and would much rather spend my cash on new clothes or makeup (which I do far too frequently). However, at the beginning of this month my friend at uni bought this candle whilst we were perusing Primark, and later that evening when I popped into her room and she had the candle burning, I was met with the loveliest vanilla smell, so lovely I refused to leave her room for a good half an hour and immediately noticed the difference when I returned to my boring non vanilla-y scented room. Now I don't know whether it's just because I'm the ultimate noob to candles, and this was just a bog standard vanilla scent, or whether this really is a great candle, but either way, it smelt divine, and even better, is from Primark. So, if like me, you're not willing to splash the cash on your candles, then this £4 one could be a good option (plus, the packaging is super pretty, no? Perhaps this is my alternative to the diptyque candle - prepare to see it in many a flatlay...)
5.) RIHANNA. Yep, that's it, my fourth favourite. Just everything Rihanna. I downloaded 'Anti' as soon as it came out (was this February? I'm not too sure), and I must confess, despite being a longtime fan, I wasn't too impressed. For a 3 year wait for this album, it was rather underwhelming, and so I was left a little disappointed. Nevertheless, I can't deny the fact that this month, I have been loving a handful of songs on the album, such as 'Consideration', 'James Joint', 'Kiss it Better', 'Close to You', and of course, 'Work'. In fact, to say I've been loving these songs would be a gross understatement, I have been down right addicted to them; I've literally had 'Work' on loop all month - so much so that virtually everyone in my household is fed up with it - 'Oh Eva, must you play that again?', my Mum shouted up to my room the other day. The April issue of Vogue also featured Rihanna as the cover star (oh, she's a goddess - when can I wake up looking like that?!) and gave the lowdown on her new collection with Manolo Blank (what a match made in heaven eh?!) The pieces are kind of classic, sexy, and of course, being a Riri collab, daring (one design is a pair of boots that fasten around the waist?! Talk about taking the thigh high boot trend to the extreme!) Needless to say she looks effortlessly stunning in the editorial. (As a side note, did anyone watch her Fenty X Puma collection catwalk show? What did we all think? I for one loved it! Not that I would be able to pull any of it off, but it was badass none the less.)
In my mind, Rihanna is the girl we'd all like to be - effortlessly cool and uniquely beautiful; no matter how controversial, she wears what she likes, she does what she likes, and she doesn't give a f***. She really is the ultimate bad girl.
6.) My final favourite is the TV show, 'Jane the Virgin'. I fell prey to the Netflix trap, that is, scrolling through aimlessly, looking for something to watch. You've caught up on all your shows, you're contemplating watching a film but nothing catches your eye, you consider starting a new tv show, tell yourself sternly that doing so will cost you exactly 3 days of your life (give or take), but then also remember that you're on Easter break, so do it anyway. Yeah, that happened. I lost exactly 3 days of my life to this show, (yep, day and night), and I have no regrets. To give you a very brief synopsis, it follows the life of a young latina woman, Jane Villanueva, who is, you guessed it, a virgin. But, in a strange turn of events, after going for a regular smear test, she is accidentally artificially inseminated with the sperm of a man who is later revealed to be an ex-love interest. It's really funny and I especially love the character Rogelio, every line he has is hilarious. Also that character Rafael is absolutely beautiful; frankly, its worth watching just for him (lol). I would definitely recommend, there are only two seasons out, which, for the strong ones among you, will be absolutely nothing to catch up on, and its great for a bit of light hearted entertainment that still touches on some deeper issues.
So that's it for this post! I'm beginning to realise that I really do write a lot, I'm definitely going to have to work on being more concise (something I have always been told by teachers when writing essays, wow, I really do warble too much!)
The next post will likely be a 'trend chat' (a new series I'm thinking of starting), or maybe an outfit post, so stay tuned!
Until Next time,
Sunday, 3 April 2016
So for my first post I thought I would introduce you to a typical 'me' outfit. I wear a variation of this anywhere and everywhere; a day of lectures at uni, a day out in london, a day running errands - you name the event, and I'll always gravitate towards a turtleneck, skinnies, and a leather jacket. As you'll soon see with my style, I'm not particularly loyal to one aesthetic. I like to look smart, prim and lady-like, but on other occasions, I'm all about the grungy ripped denim and trainers. One way in which I am consistent, however, is in colour palette, I tend to stick to largely neutral tones, and throw in a 'pop of colour' (so cringe and overused, but true), every now and again, some of my favourites being cobalt blue, burgundy, and yellow.
I wore this outfit for a day of running around in London, I wanted to be comfortable, but still look semi put together which I think the sunglasses and jacket achieve, and balance out the casual vans and oversized bag.
Now, how about a story time! I wanted to tell you a bit about my first experience of shooting photos out and about on the busy streets of london, because, boy, was this an ordeal for me. Now being naturally very shy and self conscious, starting a blog was always going to be difficult. I knew that I wanted to do it; I love fashion, art, writing and creating in general, but was just too scared to take the jump. All the usual reasons floated around in my head: "You're not pretty enough to blog, you'll look ridiculous", "No-one will like your content", "this isn't for you, stick to what you're good at". But, in the end, after a copious amount of encouragement from my sister, mum and close friends, I decided I had to take the plunge. I think I'll do a separate blog post on insecurity and taking risks in a "chatty time" sort of post (side note: do you like this idea? let me know?) But I digress, I was going to tell you about this experience.
So I knew straight away that a rural setting or classic suburbia was not the backdrop that I wanted for my outfits, and the only two available to me in my little home town outside of London. I dreamed of shooting against the classic 'pretty white row of houses' in Notting Hill, or more industrial, dark and grungy backstreets.
So, a week or so ago, off we set into London at around 5pm, for us to realise that, it would take far too long to get to south kensington or chelsea in time for us to capture pictures while it was still light. That combined with the fact that it was somewhat out of our way meant that I was left with the option of shooting where we were - real central financial district london. This meant that I was shooting my first ever 'on location' set of photos, in fenchurch street area, at 5pm, aka during rush hour, on a friday. Can you see where this is going? Needless to say my hopes for a quiet secluded street with neutral backdrops were as unrealistic as could be.
I turned to my sister (who takes my blog pictures) and just said 'no way'. lol, but she sternly told me to stop being a baby, and so we walked round the fenchurch area looking for somewhere a little more secluded, eventually finding a little side street that was relatively empty. I pushed my sister to take the photos quickly, as my embarrassment levels were rising by the second. Every time people walked past and I was striking my best poses, I would much too quickly lapse into an 'act natural' pose - I must have looked, at best, rather suspicious, at worst, utterly ridiculous.
The pinnacle moment though, was when three men in suits walk past whilst I was trying to shoot a pose-y close up shot and I looked round, spotted them and kind of hunched in embarrassment. Consequently, they actually proceeded to WALK BACK and peer around the corner when we thought they were gone, to keep watching what I was doing, and I remember thinking to myself in that moment, 'Christ almighty, there is no way I can do this, I'm quitting my blog". lol.
(My 'unamused-at-all-the-passersby-interrupting-my-photo-shoot face haha!)
In the end we got some shots, but in all honesty, I'm kind of disappointed with them. I think this is a combination of factors though, partly due to me feeling uncomfortable I didn't let myself go so I could achieve the shots I wanted to, and secondly, ah my old friend, comparison. I keep expecting my photos to look like the 'pro bloggers' or fresh from a vogue magazine fashion editorial, and I think I need to re-evaluate my standards. Its important to be inspired and have goals, but its also important to keep in mind what you are comparing. There's that saying 'never compare your beginning to somebody else middle or end', and that is so true. I'm not going to quit after five seconds, but instead remember that progress will come in time, hopefully you'll all accompany me on this journey!
Wow, this ended up being a very long winded post! Posts will definitely not usually be this long, I just thought it would be nice for me to chat to you bit, and if there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I do love to talk! Let me know what you think!
Top: Mango (Similar Here)
Jacket: Mango (Similar Here)
Bag: Zara (Similar Here)
Sunglasses: Asos (Similar Here)
What do you guys think of this outfit? Do you find the all black ensemble to be a failsafe?
My next post will be up next week, come back again if you enjoy my posts!
Until next time,