Thursday, 20 October 2016

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Delving through the archives of drafted blog posts one late Friday night (what a fabulously wild life I lead, I know), I stumbled across this outfit that I wore a few weeks ago. Despite how long ago this was, I thought I may as well share it with you all, seeing as to me, this is the kind of look that is always relevant.

As you can see there is nothing too original here, folks. Just an ensemble of simple pieces from my wardrobe on which I can always rely.

So, today I plan to make the case for why you too can always rely on the classics.

Now, there has been many a time when I've been getting dressed in the morning, have pulled out about half my wardrobe onto the bedroom floor and still complained of having nothing to wear. Girls, I'm pretty sure you relate. Of course, this also usually happens when I'm running very late and am in a rush, y'know, just to incite further irritation (although to be fair, I'm never really not running late, chronic bad time keeper here, I must confess...). In an outfit-dilemma-induced-huff, I usually proceed to slipping on a couple of well worn pieces and then, glancing in the mirror before I leave, I realise that I'm actually wearing an outfit I completely love. Anyone else know that feeling? Its actually kinda nice, isn't it? It's familiar, it's comfy, it's confident, but still stylish - and you feel great in it! It's the kind of feeling only the classic, well loved pieces can bring. 

Now, this is not me bashing on the wonderful world of fashion trends. On the contrary, I for one am a great lover of fast fashion. It keeps the game interesting, fresh, and fun. Take the miu miu ballet flat trend, for example. I've gone from mild dislike, to prolonged ambivalence, to now desperately needing a pair because I'm completely, wholeheartedly in love with them. And yet, I still know that there'll be a good chance that in a couple of years, I'll look back and think they were darn ugly and wonder why they were ever stylish. In the same breath, whilst I, along with just about every other fashion lover is completely dying at all things Gucci, I'm not really feeling the fur-lined loafer mules. They're just about everywhere right now, is this a controversial statement? A *hashtag* unpopular opinion? I don't know, but I'm not keen. And I'm willing to bet that half the girls who've nabbed a pair will one day, when clearing out their wardrobes, stand, hand on forehead, racking their brains to desperately try to work out why they spent the best part of £500 on those things. In any case I still appreciate their existence because they're different, and make outfits so much more interesting! I'm still half expecting to be completely sold on them and be adding a pair in the most garish print to my wishlist soon. We'll see. 

Nonetheless, some days, it's ok to be a little less original, because unoriginal does not necessarily mean boring. Sometimes, simplicity is all I crave. Here we have an outfit made up completely of staple, classic pieces from my wardrobe, yet in my opinion, the look is still completely on trend. That's the magic of 'the classics', people!

I wore this particular outfit on an evening out in London when my sister and I went to see Les Mis (yet again lol!). Of course it was incredible: I laughed, I shed a tear (or a few), I ate McDonalds and overpriced theatre ice cream with that funny little stick that's supposed to be a spoon, and all the while, I was really feeling this outfit. 

Looking at it now, I think this look is comprised of 5 pieces that I feel every girl needs in her wardrobe: the leather jacket, the white shirt, timeless denim, a classic shoe, and statement eyewear.
These are staples with which you can create endless outfits that are guaranteed to always make you feel stylish, no matter what else is 'hot right now'.

So, ultimately, my point is that you can never go wrong with the classics - are you sold?

What are the pieces you can always rely on in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time,
Bisous <3


Outfit Details:

Shirt: Asos
Jeans: Topshop (dark blue wash Here, in black Here)
Leather Jacket: Mango (Old, but similar Here and Here)
Shoes: Chanel (Similar Here and Here) - Read this post for a full list of dupes!
Sunglasses: Miu Miu (Here and Here)

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Hello lovelies!

So, there's been a couple of weeks absence as I've been settling back into uni life, but today I have a little beauty post for you. A while ago I was feeling a little spendy (let's face it, when am I not feeling spendy?!), and got beauty haulin'. 

Charlotte tilbury is a brand I have been eager to try for quite some time, as her products have been endlessly raved about within the beauty blogger world since her brand launched a couple of years ago. I have much admiration for the woman herself (isn't she just fabulous?! The way she talks about her products with such zeal and passion is just incredible), and let us not forget, that gorgeously vintage looking packaging. The kind of thing you'd expect to see on a 1930s silver screen siren's theatre room dressing table, non? 

So, when I was perusing the CT website a few weeks ago and discovered a whopping 40% off sale I leapt at the chance to finally try out some pieces, seeing this as the perfect 'treat yo' self girl' moment. 
(Who knew Charlotte tilbury did sales, by the way?! It was a summer sale so I'm guessing they'll be biannual and so there'll possibly also be a winter one? Just a little heads up, I learnt about it through the mailing list... thank me later, ladies!) 

So without too much more waffling, let me get into the products I managed to grab in the sale (I bought all for the 40% off, but most are still available to purchase, btw.) 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow 'Sun Tan & Sun Light' £55 - Alternative Here
A product Charlotte seems to be rather renowned for are her bronzing palettes. The classic is the powder version, but seeing as it was summer and this was a limited edition item, I opted for the cream version. The palette contains both a bronze and highlight shade with a subtle shimmer running through them. They have a creamy texture and blend nicely into the skin to create subtle definition to the cheekbones. I'm not really one for strong contouring on the daily, but instead use the product to add warmth to the skin whilst lightly sculpting the face. 
The highlight is very pretty too - I place a small amount on the high points of the cheekbones for a subtle sheen. This was a limited edition product from the Norman Parkinson collection, and is therefore now sold out, but as I said, the classic palettes are incredibly hyped, so I've linked those instead and suggest giving them a try!

Charlotte Tilbury 'Eyes To Mesmerise' Cream Eyeshadow Pot in 'Cleopatra' £22 - Here
I've had my eye on the colour 'Cleopatra' ever since I saw Charlotte use it in this tutorial, thinking it was just the most beautiful vibrant, teal blue peacock hue everrrr!
I've yet to wear this on a proper night out so I cannot attest to or dispute it's claim to being long lasting, but I had a little play around with it one bored saturday evening to test it out, and I can say that it carries the most beautiful pigmentation, and really is a gorgeous colour!
I think this will look perfect on a night out with lashings of mascara and a nude lip, non? 

Charlotte Tilbury 'Legendary Lashes' Mascara in 'Black Vinyl' £25 - Here
Charlotte Tilbury 'Legendary Lashes' Mascara - Ok, this is the product I can give you the best review on right now. Now, to be honest I'm rather unfussy when it comes to mascaras, because lets face it, 9/10 you'll buy a mascara and it'll work, it'll do something for your lashes. Having said that, I also feel that mascara is the product that makes the most difference, because when do you ever say, 'hey, I'm going to go easy on the mascara today?!' Especially if you find 'the one' that just works for your lashes.  For some time I have been loyal to my trusty makeup staple Urban Decay 'Perversion' Mascara, but my ever fickle heart was more than happy to try a new one.  Once again, I saw this mascara in use on the Charlotte Tilbury youtube channel (which is fab, btw - link here), in which she used it on models who proceeded to bat impossibly lengthened and fluttery lashes. I was therefore super chuffed when the 'legendary lashes' free mini was supplied with my order, and incredibly eager to give it a try. 
I must say I was not disappointed at all! It is such a wonderful mascara! It produces a fluttery effect, lengthens and separates. It is quite a different look to what I am used to - the UD Pervesion gives perhaps longer and thicker lashes that look a little more clumpy (which I personally like - don't hate me!) But, I'd say the CT mascara gives a much more natural look, and the flutteriness (made up word but let's go with it!) really is like nothing I've seen before. So, to summarise, I've used this for a couple of weeks and I really am impressed - I think it's highly likely I'll be investing in the full size (despite the £25 price tag - ouch!) You know the mascara is good when you're willing to spend that much, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do for killer lashes!

So that's everything! I realise this is a very short haul, let me know if you want me to do a full review on the products or a post on a look I created using them - I'll be more than happy to do it!
Have any of you guys tried CT beauty products? If so, what would you recommend? And if not, are there any pieces you're eager to try? I doubt it will be long before I'm shopping again and I'm definitely eager to try some more CT products, I think the 'pillow talk' lip cheat is next on my list...

Until next time, 
Bisous <3


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