Sunday, 29 December 2013

Winter Wardrobe #3 Outfit

As promised, I wanted to show you guys what I am wearing over the festive period. It's a shame that the background is lacking. I wish I could present you with an England that has bright blue skies and power fresh fallen snow. Sadly in reality, it has been wet, windy, cold apart from Boxing Day which was beautiful...hence the pictures I took below on a seaside stroll with my Dad.
I really liked this outfit (although I wish the pictures were more exciting) and I love this jumper. It is so soft and looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. Would you believe me if I told you it was only £16? I decided to dig out my body-con jersey skirt to team it with and then added tights, boots, my leather jacket  and a scarf to match my dark red lipsticks. 
This ensemble keeps my dry, warm 

Skirt - Asos
Tights - Primark
Jumper - George
Boots and jacket - Newlook
Scarf - a friends (...I really should return it!) 
Watch - Fossil
Lipstick - Revlon

What are you wearing to survive this horrendous season, or are you lucky enough to live somewhere nice and warm/actually snowy and wintery?

Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Day 2013 #2 Outfit

Thought I'd show you a snap of my outfit on Christmas Day!
Instead of wearing my usual pretty dress and smothering myself with glitter etc, I opted for a more casual ensemble that made the most of my Christmas Jumper! Like all seasonal attire, a christmas jumper's day's are numbered so I wanted to get as much use out of it as possible. I will wear this right up until New Years Eve and then it will be packed away, ready for next Christmas!
Anyway, here is also a snap of the pretty lights in my house and the Christmas dinner I cooked! My first year as the cook and I felt the pressure after my mother and grandmothers wonderful cooking. I actually think I did a rather good job.

Jumper and skinny jeans - Newlook
Slipper boots - Accessorize 

Did you choose to dress up smartly or christmassy on the 25th?

Let me know!
Anyway, hope you guys had an amazing Christmas Day and are enjoying Boxing Boxing Day!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Winter Wardrobe #1 Outfit

I liked this outfit because...
The different styles of each item seemed to work so well together. Also, I am obsessed with cosy jumpers, tartan and my leather jacket at the moment. I have really felt the cold this Winter so getting all snuggled up in a jumper has been my way of surviving. I just wish the pictures were better. The lighting was low so we ended up using a flash which is never a good idea. Anyway they aren't too bad, they're all in-focus and showing my outfit sufficiently, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered posting them. I can only promise the next lot will be far superior!

I bought the...
Skirt, leggings, biker jacket, bag and shoes at Newlook.
Jumper at George.

As I am rather happy with my wardrobe this winter, I thought I would show you the outfits I am wearing over Christmas. I seem to be a little more daring with my fashion at the moment and if you read this blog regularly, you will already know that I have a...particular style...usually incorporating leggings, dresses, darker and brighter colours (never white!) and I avoid jeans and jumpers. This season has been totally different. I have a proper pair of blue jeans which I love and I have purchased three new jumpers! As well as this, I am also wearing tights and dressing in different colours from my usual black, green, grey and ox-blood. What has happened to me? 
Well whatever the change is, it is worth me documenting.
I like seeing how my style has developed.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the exciting build up to Christmas!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Home for Christmas.

After a long, intense and challenging semester at uni, Christmas has finally come and I've returned home. It's taking me a little while to settle back in (longer than it did last year) but it's been so lovely being back. I can't decide what is making me the most happy, but it's between my double bed and the amazing shower. Only joking. Of course it's being with my family. But both those things are bonuses. Did I mention my mothers cooking? Anyway, thought I'd share a few pictures of my beautiful Christmasy home and the occasional snap of me in my new onesie (thanks Mum!) 

I hope you liked the pictures of my home and our decorations!

Watch this space as I will be doing a few outfit posts over the next couple of weeks to show you guys what I am wearing for the festivities!

Merry Christmas...

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Five ways to beat the beauty winter blues

For me, this time of year seems to ruin the things I like about myself during the rest of the year. My skin, my lips and my hair all fail me. My hands get dry and sore and crack. My nails become even more brittle. My hair get's dry and loses volume. My lips get sore and red and chapped. The redness can work to my advantage but usually they just look nasty. As well as this, my skin really dries out in the cold weather and needs a good moisture for the approaching day. Here's how I beat the beauty winter blue.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased myself and the opinions expressed are my own!

Hand Food - Soap&Glory
I've heard so much about this product. I'm sure you have as well. The fact that it keeps my hands really soft and moisturised throughout this harsh weather, makes me very happy but a bonus is the fact it smells amazing. I'm used to having bleeding and cracked knuckles. It's gets that bad. I got mine for £2.50 from Boots last week. I could have got a better deal and paid £5 for more than double but I wanted a small bag size hand cream to trial out. After being very impressed, I'll definitely be reinvesting into this when I run out.

Moroccan argan oil - Organix
I started using this haircare range when I first back to uni for my second year. I have both the shampoo and the conditioner but the reason I'm only posting on the conditioner is cause it really helps to keep my hair healthy, moisturised and strong. It doesn't require too much of the product to sort my hair out and the bottle has lasted me quite a few weeks. Only now, have I had to get my next supply for my next hair wash.

Carex Hand Gel
Is this a beauty product? I'm sure not sure but I decided to include it because the two things scare me this time of year (other than uni assignments of course) are
dry hands and getting ill. This allows me to protect myself and attempt to avoid colds and winter bugs but it also moisturises my hands. What is nicer the soft clean hands?
Nothing, I hear you say?
Well, exactly!

 Cherry Chapstick
I had a tough choice when I buying this. Did I go for strawberry or cherry? I ended up picking cherry simply because it's iconic and smells yum. Running with the chapped theme of this post, this lipbalm is a lifesaver. My lips don't do well this time of year and I usually use Vaseline but all it does is cover my lips but not moisturise. I decided to break away from this product after how disappointed it always makes me and invest into a chapstick. I debated Carmex because I hear such good things about it but the chapstick was *ahem* cheaper...

Seaweed Day Cream - The Body Shop
You have seen so many posts about this. I featured it on my blog over the summer and although it has an SPF which is great for the hot and sunny months, it is also really important to protect your skin during the rest of the year. Sun damage doesn't just happen when it's hot. Anyway, I love this product. It smells great. Sinks into my skin nicely and keeps it refreshed and life-like. I hate how my skin can go sallow and dry during the winter months and this is the first year I have routinely used a moisturiser. If you don't have one, invest!

These are my ways to beat the beauty winter blues. Hopefully they'll help you get through the coming months! 

Let me know your thoughts by commenting below and also...

Happy December!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Christmas Jumpers: Love or Loathe?

Me wearing the best jumper ever and looking like a twat.

Yes my friends. The time has come. Christmas is fast approaching and this can only mean one thing...
The Christmas Jumper has returned.

I've never had a proper cheesy Christmas jumper before. I've done the whole fair-isle print thing. I blogged about it here a good two years ago, but never have I bought and worn a proper Christmas jumper. By proper, I mean garish, bright, gawky, geeky and silly...did I mention my jumper jingles (see the little bell on his hat!)
Anyway, I've decided, however, that I wont be whipping out my gingerbread jumper (from here) until the 1st of December and then from that point onwards, it will be the staple of my December wardrobe.  I will wear it with anything and everything. Tucked into skirts and with my pyjama bottoms, jeans, leggings, ankle grazers. You name it. Seen as though it will get no wear throughout the rest of the year, I'm just trying to get my money's worth.

So my question to y'all is,

do you love or loathe the Christmas Jumper?

Pleeeaaseee let me know.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Movies for Fashion Lovers

I thought that after a few outfit posts I would write something a little different. I was thinking about what inspires me and what I really enjoy. Well, obviously, as a fashion blogger I love fashion but I also have really got into films over the last couple of years. I'm not a film buff. I don't have the lingo down. I haven't seen every single film known to mankind but, I am working my way through and although I may not have the most insightful things to say, I can promise you that if you love will like these films.

I first saw this film last year and it's definitely now one of my favourites. This is obviously a great movie for fashion lovers as firstly it has one of fashions biggest icons, Audrey Hepburn and secondly, is set in New York where the character, Holly Golightly [read as Go Lightly], is obsessed with Tiffany's. Prepare yourself for easy glam and effortless style. Saying that, I'm sure Audrey Hepburn could look elegant in anything.

Do not underestimate this film. It is not your average rom-com, even my 25 year old brother likes it! The story is a really interesting look into the fashion industry and cleverly  depicts a character that is supposed to be based on American Vogue's editor, Anna Wintour (written by former employee, Lauren Weisberger). The fashion is amazing but my favourite thing is how it feels like you're a fly on the wall in the offices the of Vogue and Elle.

I love the Edwardian fashion in Titanic. The beautiful silhouettes of the women; back in the days when they wore corsets under their extravagant dresses. The jewellery. The wealth. The style. Titanic gives you a glimpse of Fashion before women began to exhibit their bodies. It was the decade before fashion became fashion. A time when, only the wealthy had style. As well as this, the story is beautiful and as you already know, tragic.

This film is quite simply a masterpiece.
The costumes are spectacular! spectacular!
The music is beautiful.
The story is tragic.
Moulin Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrmann, is one of my favourite films.
Please watch...

This is pure 90's American fashion. It's a real easy watch so don't expect a film that's gonna leave you with new thoughts and ideas to ponder over. It won't play on your mind. It is enjoyable though and definitely inspiring if you have any upcoming 90's parties or feel like getting into the 90's trend that seems to still be popular. 

Typical Baz Luhrmann and much like Moulin Rouge, this film is filled with glitz, sparkle, glamour and theatricals. Adapted from Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby, this film has everything a person could want from a film. A gripping storyline, characters your invest in and music that pulls you into the moment. Similarly, this also has everything a fashion and twenties lover could ask for. The woman are gamine and beautiful. The styling is exotic and dazzling. As a film, it is simply quite bewitching. 

Possibly one of the saddest films I have watched but wow, does the cinematography make it worth returning for. The writing, music and costumes are beautiful as is the scene where Kiera Knightly runs out of the house in her iconic silky green dress. This film leaves you with more than thoughts of fashion.

Thanks for reading :)
Let me know what films you love!
Have you seen any of the movies above?

Friday, 15 November 2013

Restyle: a summer dress for autumn

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Despite my nasty cold, I decided to restyle one of my summer dresses for autumn, in between blowing my nose and wishing I had scarf to wear with this outfit. When did it get so cold?! Anyway, I paired my lovely meadow Joe Browns dress (from Simply Be) with a bottle green cardigan (Evans), black tights (Primark), boots (Newlook) and swapped my bright red lipstick for a autumny plum wine hue (from Revlon) . Above are two photos, one of my dress in the summer (click here to see this post) and the other in autumn. I think it's important to buy clothes with an idea of how much wear you will get from it. For me, I knew this dress would be wearable for three of the four seasons and therefore its £38 was worth every penny.

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Do you try and restyle clothes for different seasons?
Do you think this look works?

I'm setting you a challenge:
 Try restyling an old summer piece for autumn. Swap your bare legs for tights. Flats for boots and wrap up nice and warm!

Let me know your thoughts and I'd love to hear whether you're gonna try my restyling challenge.