Thursday, 25 June 2015

So open up my eyes, tell me I'm alive...

Hi dolls, I hope you're well. Today I'm sharing an outfit post, but a modern up-to-date one unlike my last post! :) I've had this dress kicking around my wardrobe for a couple of months now waiting for the right occasion to be worn. It ticks many boxes for me - black, check, florals, check, lace up detailing, check. Even the midi length, which usually I am not too keen on, I like in this dress. So when Fathers day rolled around and we went off to spend the day in the sun outside, I felt it was time to break this outfit out finally...

Dress - New Look
Earring - Bloody Mary Metal (similar)
Pink Necklace - Bloody Mary Metal (similar)
Black Necklace - Thomas Sabo (similar)

I'm so pleased with the necklace and earring I picked up in Bloody Mary Metal's Last Chance Saloon. The necklace gets so many compliments and I feel it's perfect with this dress, particularly when layered with the onyx pendant my friends bought me as a graduation present. I love the earring too - it stands out really well and I adore the asymmetric look.

Overall Father's day was a really fun day and I loved hanging out in the sun with my family. What started out as a grey, overcast but muggy day turned into a super sunny afternoon and I must say I'm nursing some sunburn now! Life lesson, SPF is needed at all times this time of year..! Find this outfit on Lookbook here...

What were your Fathers day plans? Have you been out catching the sun?

Monday, 22 June 2015

The fabric of your flesh, pure as a wedding dress...

Hi dolls, I hope you're well and had a great weekend. Today I have something a little bit different for you; recently I was a makeup model for a friend and colleague who is a super talented makeup student. One of her assessments was bridal makeup and she came up with an amazing vintage bridal makeup look. The overall styling, makeup and photos were so awesome I had to share them with you so enjoy!

Sian found this dress in a charity shop - it's vintage and made in Italy, the label says it's from Harrods. How cool is that? In terms of makeup products, I'm not sure what was used but I know some of the eyeshadows are from Benefit's World Famous Neutrals Easiest Nudes Ever kit. You can check out Sian's amazing makeup Facebook page here, please support her by liking it!

What do you think of these photos, and the dress? Fits right into the 70s trend, if a little too authentically for modern fashion..!

Monday, 15 June 2015

You took your toll on me, so I gave myself over willingly...

Hi dolls, happy Monday! Today I have an outfit post lined up for you. It's really summery, I I'm hoping maybe the weather will take the hint if we all dress like it's 30 degrees outside..??

Necklace - Trollbeads
Skirt - Primark
Sandals - Clarks

Even though the breeze has been persistent and the sunshine intermittent, as soon as I see the merest hint of sunshine I want to bust out the maxi skirts and boho hairstyles. I've been slowly stocking up on summer clothes lately yet I feel I've hardly been able to wear any of them yet. Whilst this outfit is incredibly simple I really wanted to share my beautiful new mullet skirt which I felt was a total bargain from Primark. It's the easiest thing in the world to throw on when the weather is being agreeable and I love both the shape and print.

On Sunday it was my girl Tilly's birthday so it was lovely to join her in the garden for a few hours and enjoy a lazy day! Find this outfit on Lookbook here.

Have you found any summer bargains this year? I'm so pleased with this skirt!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

May Favourites

Hi dolls, I hope you're well! Today I wanted to share my May favourites with you, I have so many pretty things to share so enjoy!

iPhone 5s, case from Accessorize
Yes I've finally joined the real world and upgraded my phone. It's my first iPhone and I can't leave it alone! I went for a 5s mostly because the price was pretty good and I felt the 6 didn't offer me enough extra benefits for so much more money a month - mine still has a good camera which was my main priority, and I do apologise to anyone following me on Instagram and Snapchat because I'm spamming a lot more since I'm still not over the novelty of a good photo quality. I literally dashed over the road to Accessorize to buy a case as soon as I got the phone as I'm a bit careless with my technology and wanted a case on my phone immediately rather than waiting for online delivery - it's really really girlie but I loved it because it reminded me of my tattoo (another May favourite featured later on in this post!)

Urban Decay Naked Palette

So I shamefully admit that I now own all of the Naked palettes, but I got this on such a good offer I'm not even sorry. I'm so pleased to finally own this palette - it has these beautiful warm and gunmetal shades that I was craving in certain makeup looks. For me this palette helps create amazing evening looks; I feel these warm gold and brown tones really bring out blue eyes as well as generally looking great during the summer. For some people one palette of neutrals is enough but as you build the collection you realise how different colours work together and combine in beautiful and very different ways. I think I'm just an eyeshadow junkie now but this pretty much sums up my attitude towards it all:

It was ironic though, as I'd thought "at least I won't be spending all my money on Naked palettes now!" and later that very day I learnt about the Naked Smoky palette. That's coming out just in time for my birthday, not that I'm hinting...

Argan Secret Perfect End
This is such a pain to find online; I bought it in a local hair salon and it makes my hair feel amazing. My hair feels so soft! You only need a tiny bit of this on wet hair and it's gorgeous, hopefully it will help me in my endless quest for mermaid hair.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick - Melted Peony

I'm not generally a huge lover of a pink lip but when I tried this on I felt like it really suited me - the colour is admittedly gorgeous. The texture is unlike other lip products that I've tried, possibly it's closest to Rimmel's Apocalips range except it smells a hell of a lot nicer! The above swatch is just one swipe of the velvet tip so it shows how pigmented the range is. I'm so pleased with this!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sellout and Crease Brush

Yes this is a powder eyeshadow but I've actually been using it as a highlighter, and using the above crease brush to apply it. Initially I thought this would be far too dark for my pale complexion but it's clever because it's the sheen in the shadow that creates the highlight while the colour is undetectable on the skin. I'd seriously recommend it!

Tattoo by Tori Treasure
Of course I had to include this in my May favourites, it is certainly my favourite purchase of the month and I can't wait to get this finished next month!

So there we have it - my May favourites! Let me know what yours were and please link me to any posts of yours!

Friday, 5 June 2015

The Ultimate Book Tag

And now for something different... recently the lovely Leona tagged me in The Ultimate Book Tag, and whilst I'm embarrassed to share my terrible taste in books with you, I really do love a good tag post and thought it would be fun to take part. So, enjoy!

Book Facts 1: I like girlie books. I like easy reads. I don't take care of my books. I drop them in the bath and spill tea on them.
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes, my dad's from Scotland and I first discovered reading in the car made me feel sick when we were driving up to Scotland (it's a long old drive from where we live now!) I was a child and reading Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson for the first time, she was my favourite author as a child. I remember putting it down and picking it up every five minutes, because reading was making me feel sick but I was enjoying the book too much to stop reading.

2. Which author's writing style is completely unique to you and why?
There are two authors who I love who sprung to mind when thinking of an answer for this. One is Sarra Manning, whose writing style I've loved since I was a teenager, thank God she now makes adult chick lit as well. Her heroines are always unique and believable, her cultural references on point, and she has a nice knack of making relatable, funny stories with indie references. Then there's Mhairi Macfarlane who is a really hilarious storyteller - her books always are thoroughly enjoyable and I love her way with words, descriptions and anecdotes. Both of these writers, despite writing that pleasant-yet-predictable genre of chick lit where you can guarantee that at the end the heroine ends up with the unexpected-yet-perfect love interest, create enjoyable and refreshing reading the whole way through.

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
OBVIOUSLY Harry Potter. There is just so much to love about Harry Potter! It's beautifully written, it creates an entire world which immerses you right in, the storylines are captivating and work on many different levels. Twilight is much more one-dimensional both in terms of plots and characters, the writing is not nearly as good quality, and the target audience is more niche. I've read both, and loved reading Twilight as a teenager, but there is truly no comparison.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books...)?
I'm not a student any more so I no longer carry a book bag, but I do bring a book to work with me in my handbag to read on my lunch breaks (my handbag is filled with tons of other miscellaneous crap, the only important things being phone, purse, iPod, water, and keys!)

5. Do you smell your books?
Not deliberately... like I don't take a good old sniff. I must admit, I don't like the smell of second hand books. I do like the fresh paper smell of new ones.

Book Facts 2: I like darker books; books with a bit of mystery; poetry and lyrics books. I don't give books away if I enjoyed reading them. I will reread a book I enjoyed ten, twenty, and fifty times over.
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I'm an illustrator so I love a good illustration! Something that sticks with me these days, though, is I remember my illustration tutors telling us never to feature a face on a book cover and when I read a book that has got too many character illustrations it can sometimes put me off as the characters don't look how I imagine them to. It's like when you watch a film version of a series before you read the books and then all you can imagine is the actor's face even if it's not a perfect fit with the written description.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn't quality writing?
Twilight is the obvious choice but I'm actually going to go with (don't judge me) Fifty Shades of Grey. I bought it because I was so curious about the hype and a friend told me she loved it. And to begin with, it really drew me in. I couldn't put it down. But then as I got about three quarters of the way through the book, I began to get bored and realise that the story was going nowhere and both the characters and plot were so very one-dimensional. The initial suspense was the best part of the book, and I got sick of all the typos and weird nonsensical descriptions. Soz, Christian.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I can't think of any!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Probably like, colouring books and cookbooks (yes I have colouring books haha). I also have some books from childhood, like Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies books, which are quite slim.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
By default, lots of hardback books. The Harry Potter hardbacks I own spring to mind... they're pretty damn thick!

Book Facts 3: I like classic books. I prefer paperbacks as they are less heavy and easier to prop open using plates or bowls or face down on the table; I don't use bookmarks (don't judge me!)
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I used to write when I was younger but now I don't write any fiction at all. I do enjoy writing, but I keep that little hobby contained here on my blog, writing about the things I love!

12. When did you get into reading?
I've always loved reading! I remember being in infant school and working my way through the entire library corner... I've always been a fast reader and a total bookworm.

13. What is your favourite classic book?
This is difficult because it's really hard to pick just one! But I think my favourite would have to be The Great Gatsby. I read it for the first time when studying it for my A levels and I thought it was really magical.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
My best subject was probably Art.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated... what would you do?
I wouldn't say anything because I'm polite! Then I'd probably offer it to somebody that might enjoy it.

Book Facts 4: I like series, and if they are televised I prefer to read the books first. I like brand new books. I love that feeling of a book the first time it's opened, when the pages are stiff and the paper smells new.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
When it comes to series, admittedly I just tend to read upon recommendation. I am reading this tiny little series at the moment though that I don't think anyone's really heard of but it's really good. It's called A Song of Ice and Fire. They should totally make it into a TV series. ;)

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
Well, I never film reviews anyway because I would just ramble - YouTube is a venture I'm yet to be confident enough to try! My bad habit when it comes to book reviews is not writing them. I read many many book reviews on others' blogs and I actually think I'm not critical enough to review books - it doesn't take too much for me to enjoy a book, if I can get on with the writing style then I'm probably going to finish the book and enjoy it, purely because I just enjoy reading, even if the story is somewhat predictable.

18. What is your favourite word?
I can't say I've given much thought to this! "Enchanting" is a lovely, magical word.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I have my nerdy moments! I prefer geek, dork and dweeb aren't nice words to me.

20. Finally, full on romance or action-packed with a few love scenes thrown in?
Totally depends what I'm in the mood for!

Book Facts 5: I like picture books, silly books, informative books. I love colouring books and interactive books. I love seeing beautiful illustrations that inspire me.
And also... I don't want to hijack this tag, but there's some questions which I think are really telling which I'd love to see others answer, so anyone I tag please feel free to add these in!

21. What's the most embarrassing book you've read?
(Mine's Fifty Shades, obv. Yes you can judge me.)

22. Are your books well-loved or in pristine condition?
(As stated, mine get pretty beaten up!)

23. Is your bookshelf alphabetised?
(No and I wish it was.)

24. What are you reading now? What do you plan to read next?
(The Poldark series, and Game of Thrones, and next I plan to read more of the Poldark series and Game of Thrones!)

I'm not sure who has done this post before, but if you haven't already I tag Louise, Char, Amber, Jess and Harley!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Payday Wishlist: Want Vs. Need

Payday's always a dilemma because of course the priority is paying out for all the boring, "really-need-this" items you've been saying you'll buy all month when payday comes around... yet you also get excited at the prospect of MONEY and want to treat yourself to the things you've been lusting over and wanting to buy. With today's wishlist post I wanted to do something a little bit different rather than purely taunting myself, so I've created a college including both things I want and things I need - enjoy!

WANT - 70s tops might well be the only item of clothing in existence that, to me, wouldn't be better in black. I've always had a thing for bell sleeves and boho vibes, bonus points for paisley or off-shoulder details, so I'm stocking up on these while they're in the shops and readily available. The beauty pictured here is from Topshop and is probably top of my wishlist right now.
NEED - I've been wearing my black Joni jeans a lot for work recently and they have succumbed to the infamous fading Joni jeans are so prone to. So I need some more and I quite fancy the ripped knee styles that are about loads at the moment. Pictured above are Leigh jeans from Topshop but I'd be tempted to search elsewhere as Topshop black denim seems to fade so quickly.
WANT -  As somebody who owns literally the entire Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow collection, it's fair to assume I don't need any more neutral shadows, but when this Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette came into work I fell in love. Firstly it smells like chocolate (!!) and having swatched every single shadow on my hand it's clear that the pigmentation is fantastic. The palette contains 16 gorgeous shades, 15 of which I can imagine using frequently. (I think Too Faced are going to be my new makeup obsession actually, as I'm also seriously coveting their heart shaped blushers right now!)
NEED - A makeup item I do actually need is a powder highlighter, but I'm having a nightmare trying to find a nice one that is sold separately and is pale enough for me - suggestions anyone?! The one I usually use is from my ancient Sleek contour kit but I've broken it! I also want a paler highlight shade. I'm tempted by the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Native as I like the candy pink blush and the pale bronzer would be lovely for a subtle, everyday contour but I'm worried I'd run the highlighter out before anything else...?
WANT - Bloody Mary Metal is always on my payday wishlist, lately I'm eyeing up their stacker rings to compliment the rings I already wear. I fancy a skinny rose gold threadbare ring to sandwich between my silver rings at some point, and a couple of silver droplet stackers to layer as well.
NEED - Recently I've tentatively attempted to start running (I am the least sporty person in the world FYI) and I could really do with some proper gear including running tights and a decent sports bra. Truthfully I have no idea where to start with that kind of gear but I think these Nike leggings from Sports Direct are quite nice.
WANT - I always want new perfume and my current obsession is Miss Dior EDP.
NEED - I'm looking for the perfect shoes and I don't think they exist. I want something comfortable I can wear to work and outside of work, something that's black but not boring, something that looks good with everything. I do rather like these strappy flats from Office Shoes, but I'll know when I truly find "the one(s)".
WANT - I own some regular Aeon hair rings already and rarely wear them, but suddenly Regal Rose have launched hair rings with charms on them and I'm ALL OVER THAT. I'll take two packs each of feathers and coins, pleaseandthankyou.

And there you have it... my payday wishlist! Which of these items are your favourite? What are you coveting this payday?