Monday, 20 April 2015

Let the bells ring...

Hi dolls, I hope you're well. Apologies for the lack of outfit posts recently, I just haven't been feeling it to be honest. I have been sale shopping my little heart out though so at some point I'm probably going to catch up on a HUGE backlog of outfit pictures to show off my new feel-better treats, but until then here's yet more wares I've been eyeing up recently.

I've been invited to two weddings this summer and whilst I love attending them I kind of hate dressing for them, primarily because every dress I like is, of course, black. I've attended at least two weddings wearing black before, I know the taboo is hardly what it used to be, but even so this summer I am determined to be a bit less lazy and actually find an outfit that isn't black. I've been window shopping for these for ever now and I cannot believe just how difficult it is to find something wedding-appropriate that I like. Here are the items I've found that I like most...

1 - These Resort Metallic heels are surely the epitome of shoe porn - yet they're a FAR cry from my usual choice of chunky black platform heels laden with hardware. I couldn't walk in these, my feet aren't attractive in sandals, they're gold (even though slightly rose gold to my eye which is far more acceptable to me for some reason) but wow, somehow I love these.
2 - This copper bangle from Trollbeads is yet to be released but I'm certain I'll need it in my life when it is released. I currently love combining warmer rose gold hues with my usual silver choices and the copper tones of these are just as gorgeous to me.
3 - This Grecian maxi is the dress I have finally purchased - Zara won me over with their affordable pricing, good quality, not to mention that this pale blue colour combined with metal detailing makes me feel either like Daenerys Targaryen or Elsa from Frozen depending on the day. Both are, of course, amazing style icons. I'll certainly photograph this on the day.
4 - This is the dress I would have gone for had I been able to afford it - it's from Free People, photos from the ASOS website. Isn't it just absolutely perfect?
5 - As usual, Accessorize are slaying it with their affordable range of sterling silver jewellery. I have quite the collection from there now, and perhaps these teardrop earrings will be the next addition.

6 - A huge issue with occasionwear is that it's hard to find something nice to cover up with if the weather becomes cool. I'm not really a huge blazer fan, cardigans and shrugs can look frumpy... it's a nightmare. I think this time my solution is going to be trying a boho vibe by layering my dress with a longline crochet cardigan (this Topshop one is beautiful!)
7 - Zara have smashed it again with this paisley halter mini dress: this may even be what I'd gone for had I not purchased the maxi. I think I want it anyway - I just love the 70s vibes in this simple yet gorgeous dress.
8 - I'm eyeing up rings again because a boho vibe means an excuse to layer all the jewellery. This Pandora wreath ring is gorgeous, I want it as a thumb ring.
9 -  To be honest, when I took a good look at these Trixy unicorn heels from Irregular Choice I wanted to return my whole outfit and go for something black and gold purely so I had a good excuse to own UNICORN SHOES.
10 - This Religion lace maxi dress was a frontrunner for a long time in my outfit hunt as for me it is the perfect cross between boho vibes and corpse bride dishevelled delicacy (sorry, what a horrible style inspiration for a wedding, but it does have an Emily vibe somehow does it not?! She's another unlikely style icon of mine...) But I just couldn't imagine this looking half as amazing with anything layered over the top, and as the evenings are still pretty freezing I knew I'd probably regret the decision to wear it alone.
11 - This magical necklace is from Trollbeads' ready-to-wear collection. I just adore it...
12 - Just one more wildly inappropriate footwear option, then I'm done... these feather sandals from Topshop. Come on. They're amazing.

Ah guys, it's all coming together... which of these items do you like best? Any styling tips for these kind of occasions?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Skye

It's been a difficult week in the land of Daisies and DMs, and as some of you who follow me on social media may be aware, we lost our dog Skye this weekend. She was our little fighter and put up with so much in her twelve-and-a-half years, but on Friday we were told there was nothing else we could do.

Since I have been blogging, whilst I certainly post much more about the shallow little things that make life prettier, I have always interspersed the more materialistic with personal posts about things that are important to me. And my girl Skye was, and always will be, very important to me so today I am writing a post all about my baby blue.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

March Favourites

Hi dolls, I hope you're well and having a lovely Easter and an amazing bank holiday weekend! Today I want to share my March favourites with you. I have lots of different things to write about today so let's get stuck in!

Venus Palette - Lime Crime

I can't tell you how long I've awaited this palette: it sells out and sells out again, but seemingly the recent Lime Crime scandal seems to have worked in my favour as I've finally managed to get hold of this palette, as well as two new Velvetines for myself in the beautiful shades of Red Velvet and Riot. But today I want to focus on the eyeshadow palette: it is hard to review a Lime Crime product without  all the bad press tainting the idea of it somewhat. But the fact is this palette has always appealed to me: I've found no other palette out there with a variety of shades that are even near similar to these, and I'm just so pleased with the performance of these shadows. They're pigmented, blend beautifully, and are true to the colours pictured on site. I've received all kinds of compliments when wearing them. For all their supposed sins, I truly think Lime Crime have got this palette spot on - I love every single shade. Blame Amy Lee but I've always truly coveted red eye makeup, and the shades of Venus and Muse are perfectly wearable (and much more sophisticated than the shades of red Dazzle Dust and kohl pencil I wore in my teenage years, thinking I looked like the height of makeup prowess).

100 Years of Fashion Illustration - Fat Buddha Store*

I've recently discovered Fat Buddha, an independent site which sells all kinds of amazing brands. I'm a particular fan of their book store which is home to all kinds of quirky books, from colouring books to coffee table albums. I got a chance to try out their store and thought their service was fantastic: speedy delivery, reliable updates, and I got a further 10% off my order by using the code 'NEW10'. I'm hugely fond of this book, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman. I remember this book being a fantastic source of inspiration which I seeked out many times from my university library throughout my Illustration degree. It's full of so many different image styles from many fantastic illustrators and I'm so pleased to have my own copy after all this time.

Hoola/Rockateur/Dallas - Benefit Cosmetics

I am such a huge fan of Benefit blushers so I was really happy to add these to my collection. I already own a small version of both Rockateur and Hoola, both from Benefit beauty kits, but after many months I knew it was time to upgrade to the full size versions of this beautiful rose gold blusher and perfect matte bronzer (which I use for contouring, as I am the least bronzed person ever!) As for Dallas, it's almost a cross between a blusher and bronzer - it's a red-brown with a slight shimmer - all I know is that it gives me the most killer cheekbones I can possibly achieve! I work as a beauty advisor and often women that come to the counter only own one blusher at a time. I can't comprehend it as different blusher colours make for such different makeup looks and suit different moods, I couldn't possibly just pick one - I'm really happy with my collection now.

How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
I enjoyed this book so much - Caitlin Moran sums up so many aspects of womanhood in this funny, slightly obnoxious but oh-so-truthful book. I find it rare to genuinely laugh out loud at a book but with this one I had to stop myself from giggling away in the middle of the staff room on my lunch break. I love the way that Moran approaches feminism, and this is a book I want to pass around to all of my friends so they can read it.

Earrings - Topshop
These days I tend not to be as drawn to costume jewellery as I've bought so much of it in the past and hate the way that it deteriorates - I'd always rather spend a little bit more and buy a choice piece in a metal that is not going to tarnish irreparably or turn green or brown. But when I saw these earrings in Topshop, for just £5 I had to have them. Moon and star imagery is a recurring theme in my jewellery collection which is probably why I was so attracted to these. My earlobes are triple pierced so I tend to wear these in one ear for an asymmetric look, with simple studs in the remaining four piercings.

So, there concludes my March favourites! I really can't believe it's April already, yet to be honest I'm already wishing it away as May promises so many good things: attending a wedding, a Nick Cave gig and a tattoo eek! What were your March favourites - have you tried any of these items, or will you be trying any?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blender Brush

Hi dolls, I hope you're well and having a great week so far! I'm feeling really chilled as I have a couple of days off work and have family over - it's a lovely way to relax for those precious days of holiday. Today's post is a beauty review - I'm really trying to up my makeup game at the moment and as such I'm trying out lots of new products, most of which I want to get around to reviewing on their own rather than grouped into a favourites post as I enjoy posting more thorough reviews. With that in mind, today I want to talk to you about the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blender Brush, something I've tried recently and completely fallen in love with.

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blender Brush - Beauty Bay

This brush is unlike anything I've tried before: it's very round with short bristles which makes it absolutely perfect for blending eyeshadows or kohl pencils. The shape of the brush allows absolute precision and it's become an absolute must-have for my makeup bag. I'm having a real smoky eye phase at the moment and this brush is perfect for that kind of look. It is worth noting that this brush shines most for blending as opposed to actual application of product, but this tool has proved itself invaluable for the former. The kind of brushes I usually use are more contoured with longer bristles which now seem a little flimsy by comparison - this is particularly amazing when working with darker colours as you can accurately smudge and blend to your heart's content with the short, sturdy bristles. Urban Decay are one of my absolute favourite premium beauty brands: one of the reasons that I love them is because they're cruelty free, and as such this brush has synthetic bristles and a recycled aluminium handle. It's worth noting that despite being synthetic, the bristles are still nice and soft.

The makeup artist on my local Urban Decay counter recommended this brush to me, but it's worth noting that it has actually been discontinued and the only place I've found it available online is at Beauty Bay where it is sold for the bargain price of £10. I heard about this brush through word of mouth and I'm really pleased with it, so it seemed only fair to let you guys know about it too! If you love a messy, smudgy, smoky makeup look (or just fancy an easy way to blend out your eyeliner pencil) then this may well be for you. Recommended!

 

PS. I'm trying out using self-explanatory post titles for my reviews and favourites posts, to make posts easier to reference and so that they have a relevant title (outfit posts will still use song lyrics of course, as I'm still a total music junkie and need to work that in here somewhere!) What do you think - better idea or weird after all this time?

Monday, 23 March 2015

Your heart's a mess.

Hi dolls, I hope you're well and had a good weekend. Wasn't the weather beautiful? Today I have a day of errands to run but all I want to be doing is sitting in the sunshine. Maybe spring is finally showing it's face, but it'll need to warm up a little bit more before I believe that! Anyway, today I've got another outfit post to share - and the sunglasses are out for the first time in 2015, yay! Enjoy!

Necklace - Regal Rose
Cardigan - H&M
Tunic - Free People
Boots/Sunglasses - Topshop (old)

When doing my makeup for this look I was feeling a really grungy, desaturated vibe which I created using the Naked 2 Basics and Cashmere Velvetine from Lime Crime (with a clear gloss on top, since everything on my face was matte and I was looking a bit too zombie-fied.) Of course I ended up covering half my face with sunglasses anyway as it was so bright out, but it was fun to have a play with darker, grungier makeup.

I wish my entire wardrobe was from Free People, I really do. I bought this beauty in the sale around Christmas time with the intention of it being one of my go-to pieces for summer worn with denim cutoffs and a bikini top. Still, I got overexcited at the merest glimpse of sunshine so I got it out earlier than planned, albeit with some slightly more weather-appropriate attire: a H&M cardigan that I'm wearing with everything, and some black tights and boots. Everything about this tunic is awesome: the strappy back detailing, the lace up front, the rose lace trim. Find this outfit on Lookbook here...


What do you like to wear when transitioning from winter to spring? Have you tried anything from Free People before?

Friday, 13 March 2015

There's no nicer witch than you...

Hi dolls, I hope you're well and not having too scary a Friday 13th! Today's post is showing off my absolute favourite outfit at the moment. I have to apologise as the pictures are a little grainy, these were taken a few weeks ago and I was a little optimistic about how much light there was left - but my inner Tumblr geek does love a good old moody, grainy photo so forgive me this once!

Dress - Topshop
Necklace - Regal Rose
Boots - Topshop (old - similar here)

Both this dress and necklace were on my mind for a long time before I finally took the plunge and purchased them. Whilst Regal Rose are a long-time favourite of mine, this dress was a risk for me, mostly because on the hanger it looks like potentially the most unflattering shape ever for anyone with curves. However, it kept catching my eye and when I tried it on it really surprised me as, belted or not, it is surprisingly flattering and makes me feel really good. The paisley print does most of the talking, making the dress really easy to chuck on with my favourite boots and jewellery (I think it's just perfect with the Cosmos necklace - I'm so pleased I bought it at last!) Find this outfit on Lookbook here...


This really is my go-to piece at the moment: it's been worn to a friend's birthday drinks, for a London date night, and will be worn again at the weekend for a family meal. So whilst it's a little more than I usually like to spend on a dress, I like to think the cost-per-wear has justified it a little! How are you feeling about the paisley trend - up your street or a little too much?