13 March 2016

Style | Spring Wish List

Whilst February became another month I was struck down by my never ending virus, now that March has arrived I'm truly ready to spring (virus-free people!) into the next season. With a yearning to completely jack in my entire wardrobe and step into Topshop and shout 'shut up and take my money!'

I'm all about investing in the basics for spring, the beach essentials for the holiday I don't *yet* have planned, the summer garden parties I pretend to attend and oh, the hundreds of hen do's that are lining up for next year.


Leather clutch - Topshop ∙ Embellished cami - River Island ∙ Peplum tee - Topshop  Pink flats - Topshop ∙ Leopard print flats - River Island ∙ Cable jumper - Topshop ∙ Jeans - Zara ∙ Boots - Topshop ∙ Trench - Zara


Coat - Zara Blouse - Topshop ∙ Jeans - Abercombie ∙ Jumper - Topshop ∙ Silver flats - Topshop ∙ Pink clutch - Whistles ∙ Pink sandals - Topshop


Hat - Warehouse ∙ Top - Topshop ∙ Sandals - Zara ∙ Necklace - Accessorize ∙ Pink heels - Topshop ∙ Printed cami - Ted Baker ∙ Trench - River Island ∙ Bag - Zara ∙ Pink top - Miss Selfridge ∙ Trousers - River Island


Sandals - Topshop ∙ Bangles - Accessorise ∙ Bag - Kate Spade ∙ Dress - River Island ∙ Cream dress - Miss Selfridge ∙ White blouse - Topshop ∙ Suede skirt - River Island ∙ Sweater - Whistles ∙ Nude heels - Topshop


Lace dress - Warehouse ∙ Red mini - Topshop ∙ Playsuit - Topshop ∙ Red heels - Topshop ∙ Nude platforms - Topshop ∙ Pink heels - Topshop ∙ Nude heels - Topshop

I'll take the lot please - tah.


30 January 2016

Style | The Camel Coat

This week I finally ventured outside and snapped this beauty of a camel coat, I had only been meaning to do it for five long months. Snigger. In the mean time however, before I badger on about the slick camel tailoring that has taken over my winter wardrobe, I have two sideline notes:

1: I finally plucked up the courage (excuse the pun) to have my brows tinted and waxed at my local Benefit counter - well, consider my life changed, the woman can basically work miracles and I'm currently sporting the fiercest (unwonky) brows I've ever had.

2: This week I also stumbled across a British stationery brand that produces the most swoon-worthy personalised note cards you've ever seen in your life. I did a ginormous gasp, squealed and stamped my name in capitals over the beautiful cards on offer. Watch this space, they are currently en route.


Coat - Zara (similar here Roll Neck - Gap ∙ Skirt - River Island  Bag - Kate Spade  Slippers - J.Crew

And now onto the the coat. Answering all my of pinterest dreams (and clich├ęs), this Zara caramel offering is finally hanging in my wardrobe. So whilst I did pick it up over five months ago (FYI it's still lingering in store) it certainly deserves it's 'air time'.

Picking it up on a whim whilst frantically running around Heathrow duty free before making my way across three American states - this bad boy was worth it. Slickly tailored with soft wool and a pleasing longer length, I feel so swish. Either paired with my work wardrobe or thrown over ripped skinnies, Nike air max's and an oversized jumper - it's like a beautiful love affair, so much so I can even overlook the dry cleaning bill. 

Thrown together with my little Kate Spade pillarbox red bag that was a STEAL in an outlet in New Jersey, I think something along the lines of forty quid, yes - forty whole British pounds - it has become a handbag saviour for just bring my 'essentials' and not the 6 lipsticks I was accustomed too. 

Enough of me, what's new with you?

Photos snapped by Nat, blogger at Le Blow


10 January 2016

Beauty Talk: How to wear a bright lip

A true style statement that never fails to pack a punch - a bright 'n bold lipstick is an instant beauty pick me up and proven way (please quote me on this) to feel shit hot. Rocking a colour poppin' lip is however not for the faint hearted, and only last year my bare-lipped self shied away from anything too daring. Fast forward to now and I have managed to haul an impressive collection (567597659 to be precise) of lipsticks in my make-up stash.

Fancy a flirt with a slick of fiery red or watermelon pink, but clueless of where to start or worried that the entire world will totally know you're bluffing and think you're a fraud? I get it. Here are my tried and tested, no where near expert, tips you might find useful:

My first bright lipstick back in the day was Mac Chatterbox (warning: never try this horrendous shade) as soon as I applied it, it just looked.. really weird. My mirror reflection looked strange.

And then it dawned on me - duh - that I wasn't used to seeing that much colour on my face. It will take you couple of wears to get over this initial reaction and then bam! you'll wonder why you've wasted so much precious lipstick wearing time.

Experiment with tones and shades. How? Rock up to a counter and let the assistants do their thing. Make your way on down to Selfridges beauty haul and book in with a Mac or Nars artist and let them work their magic. Or heck, just tell them to apply the shades that you want to try.

Can't be arsed? I understand. Check out Topshop's super affordable lipstick range and do your own thing. Treat yourself come pay day and suss out what shades truly suit your complexion and get a feel for what it looks like on your actual mug. Not only are the Topshop lippies cracking formulas, they also a pretty impressive shade range that will only set you back eight quid a pop - try Watermelon.

Clock those nifty Nars mini lip pencil sets over Christmas? An absolute winner of trying shades that you may never have been drawn to but suddenly discover really are the ultimate lip colour you never knew existed.

Find a formula that works for you. If glossy is way too in your face and matte makes your lips quiver in fear, look for a a satin or creamy finish that will become your new BFF.

Honestly, it's legit all down to trial and error - and what's the worst that can happen? Simply wipe it off and move on.

Saving it for an 'occasion'? Forget it. Life is way too short to bypass a beautiful lipstick. Seriously. Rock that hot lip for a pint down the pub, a dash around the supermarket or should you feel daring, your 9-5. Why the heck not, eh?


So what are you waiting for? Go forth and hunt out those juicy corals, peachy pinks and orangey red hues and come summer, you'll be a lipstick pro.

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