Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Beauty Vlog Round-up: JoJoba, Kiels and Clinique!

It's been a while since I last did a beauty vlog (hence the rambling and strangely positioned video), but I still wanted to share a few more products I've been using recently. Hope you find the recommendations useful, I've included products mentioned below if you fancy trying any of them out. Enjoy! (the rambling strangely positioned vlog - Zoella, you have competition.. NOT!) 
Products I featured: 
Jojoba hydrating Day cream, Kiel's Ultrafacial Overnight hydrating mask, Clinique even better eyes cream, Murine bright and moist eyes

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Blog Crush: Style tips with Olivia of What Olivia Did

All photos sourced from What Olivia Did 
My blog crush series starts this year with a Q&A interview from  the lovely Olivia of What Olivia did. I met Liv three or four years ago and been fan of her style and blog ever since. Her well put together and beautifully written blog has become a brand in its own right, which I think is down to her authentic way of interpreting fashion, style, photography and all things in between. Olivia runs her blog with boyfriend and photographer Joe full time as well as  taking on freelance and consultancy work.

I love Olivia's style because....
She has a fantastic way of mixing up vintage chic with a modern twist while staying true to her individual style. I also love her reference to the 60's era, hints of Audrey Hepburn and flair of boho chicness. Here are some of her style tips for blog crush:

Q: If you could only have three items of clothing in your wardrobe what would they be and why? 
A:Ooh this is tough! Saying that I'd probably safely say a breton striped tee (it's my complete go to when ell else fails), a good pair of jeans (normally I'd say skinny, but I'm having a flares phase, as they seem to be the only jeans to make me look a little taller) and a cute seventies or sixties inspired swing dress to pair with tights and sandals for all weather!
Q: How would you best describe your personal style? 
A: Probably a mix of sixties girl-group wannabe and overgrown toddler (dungarees and all)!
Q: What do you think makes someone stylish?   
A: Just having the confidence to wear what makes you happy. Whether that's a white shirt and a pair of jeans, or a tile print rainbow co-ord, being able to wear what makes you feel good is the most important thing.
Q: What is your biggest style tip? 
A: Just do it! You live and learn and life is too short to not make sartorial risks (trust me, me and my yellow jeans have been there)!

                                          All photos sourced from What Olivia Did 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

OOTD: it's all about the layers

Jumper Shirt combo | River Island 
Skinny Jeans | Gap
Faux leather Jacket | Store near Brighton Lanes but similar here
Boots| Primark
Waterfall camel coat| Edge Style (but not impressed with it, it's really thin, find similar here

Just a quick ootd post from earlier this week. Layering up is an essential skill to master when it comes to the cold winter months. As it's getting to sub-zero temperatures, I have no shame in admitting that my layering consists of my trusted M&S thermal vest which I topped up with a shirt, jumper, leather jacket and winter coat! I refuse to get ill for the sake of fashion, you can still layer up and make it work. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

My 2015 Goals: Do more, think less

Having New Year’s resolutions is kind of a cliche. The clock strikes midnight to welcome a new year and all of a sudden you think your old problems will go away, your bad habits will stop and you'll be reborn into a new and better life. What I will say about the New Year is that it gives you time to reflect, refocus and reprioritise. My outlook on it all is that the first of the first gives you a chance to start afresh and try to change all the things in your life that make you unhappy and make peace with things you can't change. My New Year’s resolutions post isn't about a check list I'm going to attempt to tick off (I already have my bucket list for that), but to do more things that make me happy and keep me balanced and less of the things that make me sad. So here are my do more and do less for this year. I figure that if I have it all written up on my blog, it's a great reminder for me to stick to what I set out to achieve. 

1)  Read more 
My brain has officially turned to mush due to an addiction to technology. My phone, tablet and laptop are always by my side filling in the spare time I used spend reading. I'd be lying if I said I was a bookworm but I did used to enjoy a good book, so far as reading non-stop for two days to finish one at a go. I need to read more, at least a book a month to give my brain some much needed stimulation as well as getting a tech break from all my gadgets, especially before bedtime. A book a month is perfectly feasible and I'm going to do it!

2)   Be more active 
I've never had a love for exercising and keeping fit but this is something I definitely NEED to incorporate in my life. I've now been with my local gym for three weeks and doing one hour sessions 2-3 times a week. Apart from the obvious lose weight/be healthy/tone up benefits, going to the gym is doing wonders for my moods. I feel so good after a workout (the theory about exercise releasing endorphins to make you feel happier certainly works for me) as it gives me the perfect opportunity to blow off some steam and think. I have come to a stage in my life where if I sit and do nothing, my body will suffer the consequences. Doing some sort of active/aerobic session a few times a week has to become part of my normal routine, as I'm seeing so many positive results after 3 weeks already.

3) Travel more
I am and always will be a travel junkie, and hope to continue being one. There's something about getting my passport out of the drawer and making my way to an airport that is the most exhilarating feeling. I love going to new places and seeing the different ways people live, as it takes you out of your comfortable bubble and makes you realise there's so much more going on in the world. Places on my hit list over the next couple of years include New York, Japan, Barbados, one of the Greek Islands and New Orleans. There are tons and tons more but if your list is too long you can never focus on making the trip happen. Let's see how far I get this year.   

4)   Be more brave
Stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the scariest things to do in life but at some point, it has to be done. I really believe in the saying 'accept what you can't change and change what you cannot accept'. But as I've gotten older, I seemed to have lost confidence in doing things from gut feel or taking a risk. Being brave isn't actually a trait in Virgos. We like to feel safe, secure and grounded but I must have a rising in Leo because every so often, every bone in my body tells me to take a leap of faith. So this year my mantra will be all about being brave! 

5) Laugh more
People underestimate the power of laughter. And when I say laughter, I mean laughing so hard your belly hurts, tears pour and your whole body is nearly in pain because of it. I'm very lucky to say that most of my friends can make me laugh at this level but I feel I need to explore more things to do for me to create more belly laugh moments. The aim for this year is to see more stand-up shows and theatrical comedies as well as discover comedians whose sense of humour is right up my street.

6) Worry less
Worrying must be one of the most exhausting, stressful and unhealthy emotions ever! Unfortunately not only is worrying part the Virgo character, it is also fundamentally a trait I inherited from my mum. Of course everyone worries about things and about life but I honestly think mine is significantly heightened due to analysing and dissecting thoughts. I can never not worry, but I’m certainly going to try not to sweat the small stuff. Being someone who's constantly concerned about what people think of you, how they perceive you, what's going to happen tomorrow, next week or in five years’ time is exhausting and paralysing. I'm really going to make a conscious effort not to worry. As the saying goes, worry doesn’t empty today of its sadness, it empties tomorrow of its strength. A few of my friends have suggested meditation so that's something I'll definitely look into. 

7)  Sing more 
If you didn’t know before, I’ll reveal now that for over 15 years I was a singer trying to make it in the music industry. Girl bands, management deals, publishing deals, songwriting, and tours – I did it all. After a long time I made the decision to give it up and get a ‘real’ job as my parents said, so for a very long time I gave up singing completely. I felt that it was something I had to distance myself from for a while, similar to how you need distance from an ex when you first break up.  But now I realise that it’s part of me and my creative outlet, and although I have no interest in becoming a famous pop star, I want to continue singing. Small live gigs, acoustic sets, open mike nights and songwriting are all things I want to do more of this year. I need to engross myself back into music without feeling the pressure of ‘making it’ or failing. An ideal outcome would be for me to start writing songs again, maybe for artists, maybe just for myself. As I have now put it out there, it’s something I now need to pursue.

8) Blog more 
I have had this blog for over 4 years and can’t believe I’ve been running it this long. I have to admit that I need to give it more love. I barely make two posts a month and I definitely need to spend some more time on it. I have lots of other interests outside fashion including beauty, travel and music, and need to write more about the things I enjoy. Sometimes I get stuck writing fashion/outfit posts as I’m not particularly inspired by anything or bought anything new. If I incorporate things I enjoy more, it will definitely encourage me to blog more. My aim is minimum one post a week.

9)   Be more sociable
In the last year, I found myself becoming a complete hermit and staying at home all the time. This is not me. I have always been sociable and outgoing and thrive on meeting new people. Although I hate the winter, I can’t use it as an excuse not to go out! Being too comfortable with a certain circle of friends is also not good enough. Making an effort to go out, network and meet new people has been half the reason I am where I am today so need to do more of that this year.

10) Procrastinate less
So many check lists, amazing ideas, schedules and plans that are just not followed through is all down to procrastination. I don’t know why this has crept in my mindset but I don’t like it and just need to get on with things. Deep down it all boils down to having confidence and believing in something you do or want to do, and for some reason my inner confidence has been replaced by procrastinating. Not every idea or plan is going to work out perfectly but it’s definitely not going to work out if you don’t even try!

Here’s to a new year of making things happen and not setting unrealistic resolutions. Hope you all have a new mindset, new projects and new way of thinking for 2015. Here’s to a good year for all of us.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

New Year New Shoes : Walking a mile in Manolos

 Manolo Blahnik patent BB pumps

For a long time, lusting for the perfect pair of patent leather pumps was an on-going battle. I shopped, I browsed and I tried on tons of styles but just couldn't find the right fit until ... the Manolo Blahnik patent BB pumps. Though they have been on my list for a while, I finally decided to buy them recently as they are perfect for winter. I know trends over the last few seasons have been platform shoes and super chunky heels but the stiletto will always be a staple for me and this is why I decided to make an investment purchase. I like wearing slim or stiletto heels because they make my legs look slimmer, me look taller and above all feel feminine. Chunky platforms are great but don't do the best for my body shape or silhouette (not to mention my size 7 feet). 
 Manolo Blahnik pumps

 Manolo Blahnik London

 Manolo Blahnik black patent

The flattering pointed toe and elegant 4 inch heel means I can wear them with a variety of things including an evening dress, pair of jeans, leather pants and even leggings. They are never going to be the most comfortable things to wear but they can certainly get through a few hours at a time or long sit down dinner. I also have to retain their proper shape by using a shoe horn every time I store them away, as well as wrapping them both separately in different shoe bags (this avoids them getting scuffed or scratched in the box). I've only worn them out once so far but know they are going to be used a lot, especially during winter. Love love love my Manolos :-)

Possible outfits 



Thursday, 1 January 2015

OOTD 2014: My favourite looks of the year

ootd 2014
Happy New Year and hope you’re having a good 2015 so far. As always, this is a great time to reflect on the last year and I wanted to share my favourite outfits of 2014. In a similar post I did this time last year,one of my resolutions was to make a conscious effort not to buy new clothes unless they served a real or unique purpose. Though I have made a few new purchases, I think I have got a lot better at shopping unnecessarily, and ask myself questions like do I need this? Have I got something similar or is it worth it before buying anything.  2014 was a year of rounded seasons as well as a good summer, so I definitely added more colour to my wardrobe. I also pulled out old clothes that were forgotten, and reinvented them to fit my evolved style (like my floral Lipsy dress I’d bought for a wedding 8 years ago which I then wore at a summer festival this year with converse trainers). It was also a good year for vintage finds, (like my 80’s power jacket) hats, and new hairstyles
Changing my hair helped me rework my style and see things in a new light, especially when I went for a more auburn colour. Hats saved my life during bad hair days but also quirked up my outfits through the seasons.  
One of my other resolutions was to invest in statement must-haves but aside from my lovely Jimmy Choos, I didn't really see or find anything I wanted to buy. Looking at my wardrobe now, it will be something I want to do this year as I’m starting to see the value of buying good quality pieces that have longevity. This is not to say getting  a bargain means the clothes will fall apart (like a Zara shirt I bought in the sale 10 years ago for £6 that’s still immaculate), but that it’s worth paying a bit more for items you wear a lot.  As for my 2015 style, I want to learn more about fabrics and silhouettes that work best for my shape, and continue playing with bright colours and bold prints.I also want to be more groomed and put together as I definitely let that slack towards the end of the year. Looking good and feeling confident gives you the right presence and energy and as 2015 is going to be my year, I need to dress the part! Have a good one xxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

The best of the bargains: New Years Eve outfit ideas

New Years Eve Outfit ideas
1.River Island bodycon dress frm £38.00-£10.00!|2 Topshop lace over tee frm £45.00-£25.00!| 3. ASOS lingerie pencil dress frm £45.00-£13.00!| 4.Miss Selfridge sequin playsuit frm £35.00-£15.00!|5 Topshop foil maxi dress frm £55.00-£25.00!|6.Karen Millen suede sandals frm £140.00-£95.00! 

Happy holidays! Hope you all had a good Christmas and relaxing week. It's been one hell of a year and I for one cannot wait to welcome in 2015 with open arms. After Christmas spending,we often over look News Years Eve until it slowly creeps up and gets us panicking last minute!Good thing post-Christmas sales are here to save the day and a decent outfit can be put together. There are some fantastic bargains out there and you can find whatever NYE ensemble you're on the hunt for whether it's glam, casual, or taking over the dance floor. Though I've picked out some great finds, I won't be wearing any of them and resulting to the default black jeans and t-shirt, as I've probably eaten my bodyweight in food over Christmas. Truth is I'm in desperate need to hide and conceal until all the extra pounds are gone!Have a great New Years Eve!