Friday, 1 August 2014

Feeling twenty two...

Hi dolls, I hope you're well! I've had quite an exhausting week with my London exhibition (it's open until 6pm today, and until 3.30pm tomorrow for anyone that would still like to catch it, you'd be totally welcome and I'd love your support!) Also, it's about a week until my birthday, the past month has gone by so quickly! This busy old month has meant I'm accumulating a backlog of outfit posts to share here, which I'm trying to work through starting with something very new: a shift dress and a floppy hat. Enjoy!

Hat - ASOS
Dress - Great Plains*
Boots - Topshop

I've fallen somewhat in love with this ASOS hat after lusting after a floppy hat all summer. There's something about bookending a black hat and boots that makes an outfit feel put-together. Then, alongside my fondly nicknamed 'witch' hat, I thought I'd opt for a witch belt too, for double effect. I've been looking for a new dress shape for a while, something to take over from my recent maxi obsession, and thought I'd dabble with a shift dress (a shape I usually shy away from, as it can be a little boxy on an hourglass shape.) This Great Plains number has such a beautiful, vibrant print that it encouraged me to test the waters, and whilst I did chicken out at the last minute from wearing it loose and free like the shift should be worn, I'm working up the courage to try it! (I should also note that I bought this dress in a size bigger than usual with the intention to wear it as a shift, but if you are buying with the intention to belt the dress I would recommend buying your usual size.) Having never shopped at Great Plains before, I have to say I was really impressed with their range: there were some beautiful prints, and their sale prices were incredible. I'll definitely be shopping there again. Find this outfit on Lookbook here...

I'll leave you with a picture of Tilly stealing the show: look at that little beauty!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Whatever you do, don't tell anyone...

Hi guys, today's post is a quick one, mainly aimed at anyone who's visiting London within the next week! As you know, I recently finished my Illustration course, and I wanted to let you know that my coursemates and I are holding an exhibition in central London this week.

This poster was designed by the very talented Beth Coleman, whose work is also on display at the show.

As you can see above, we will be displaying our show at the Coningsby Gallery on Tottenham Street from today, until the 2nd August. Please do pop in and check out the work myself and my coursemates have produced: you're welcome to stop by from 10.30-6pm from today until Saturday 2nd August, or if you fancy a short notice invitation, there is a private view at the gallery tonight from 6.30-8.30pm. There's also pretty things for sale all week.

I'd love for you to stop by and see our work, and your support would be much appreciated. Let me know if you can make it!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

She's a killer queen...

Hi dolls! I hope you're well and have had a lovely weekend: today's post includes some festival beauty tips. Now that I've posted about my current makeup routine I feel that any beauty posts or reviews will make a little bit more sense, and it will be easier to see how new products match up to the items I use regularly. However, today's post includes three new, separate tips for the kind of products I recommend for festivals: it's killing me that I'm not attending any this year, so please enjoy this post, use my tips and I'll live vicariously through you this summer...

Topshop Nails in Myth

I bought this nail varnish a few weeks ago on a whim as Topshop were offering two polishes for £9 and I wanted to treat my nails now that they're long and strong for the first time in forever! This is an excellent festival nail polish: glitter is practically mandatory at a summer festival, and whilst I'm a silver person, I often like how a gold-tone nail polish looks with the silver of my rings. But most of all, this polish is great for a festival as it has a clear base, so if the varnish chips it's not really visible. It makes the product multipurpose as it is buildable: the first picture illustrates one coat of varnish, above I'm wearing two. At the moment I'm also using Myth as a topcoat over a metallic varnish on my toes (but no one wants to see those!) Topshop have this kind of glitter in loads of different colours, the pride of my collection being Panther (black and silver) - that seems to have been discontinued, but hopefully it will reappear for A/W. Until then, this colour looks pretty with both coloured and all-black outfits (you know which I prefer.)

Katy Perry Killer Queen EDP - Click Fragrance*

At festivals a long-lasting fragrance is really important (particularly if the only bath you get all weekend is a baby wipe one!) I never feel dressed and ready for the day without perfume, and usually I tend to gravitate towards scents that include strawberry, vanilla or rose. This scent, Killer Queen by Katy Perry, is both floral and fruity, mixing top notes of plum and berry with red velvet flower and jasmine. It's a sweet, feminine fragrance, with a slightly musky undertone. After wearing it for the first time I was struck by how well it lasted throughout the day, and I liked the scent both on application and after some time (so many perfumes fail this test!) Admittedly I've never really tried celebrity perfumes before as frankly celebrity endorsements mean very little to me, but as it happens I really like this fragrance. It's also worth considering that celebrity perfumes are usually far more cost-effective than any designer eau de toilette, and if you're heading towards a festival I'd always recommend opting for an eau de parfum as they're far more long-lasting by nature. I prefer to take cheap perfume when heading to a festival, as if it's confiscated due to the glass bottle it's not such a blow to the wallet.

BB Cream Sachets - Various Magazines!
Finally, when it comes to festival makeup, a less-is-more attitude is usually applied when it comes to camping. That's not to say it's not okay to smear glitter everywhere, but certainly a BB cream is preferable to trying to create a perfect base in a stifling hot tent. In order to try and keep my festival makeup bag as compact as possible, I've started keeping a stash of these foundation/BB cream samples found in magazines. You often find that the same samples are included in various magazines over a period of a few months, so if you find a sample you like (and subscribe to one or a few magazines, I realise this tip is heavily based on the assumption that I'm not the only one who does) it's worth hanging onto the sachets you like for a festival: they take up minimal room in a makeup bag and that means there's room for, y'know, more glitter.

So there are three ways to make your makeup bag more compact, cost-effective and exciting for the next festival you're heading to. Do you have any festival beauty tips - please do leave a comment with your ideas!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

When you were young...

I guess by now it's been established that when it comes to clothes I am quite nostalgic: items I wear often remind me of times, places, memories. The item I am featuring today is a pair of Vans.

When I was a young teenager - probably aged about thirteen - I went shoe shopping with my mum, and for the first time ever I chose something that I liked rather than something that everybody else had. Prior to then I'd worn the white, sporty trainers that all the other girls wore, but this time I fell for a fat, black pair of skate shoes, with a single pink stripe scored down the side. I didn't even like pink but I was enamoured with them: I took them home and wore them solidly until they fell apart - very, very literally. That was my first pair of Vans, but they certainly wouldn't be my last.

Vans - Cloggs*
Browsing the Cloggs website (a true favourite of mine, I have always purchased my Dr Martens from Cloggs as they have great prices and incredibly fast free delivery) I stumbled across this pair of Vans. They're slightly slimmer than my first pair, with a white sole and rose accents, but that pink stripe paired with the black suede reminds me so much of my beloved, first skate shoes. I love how padded they are, it make them so sturdy and comfortable, something you don't regularly associate with pretty shoes.

As soon as these shoes arrived we seemed to be hit with beautiful weather that is yet to give way to cloud (I'm absolutely not complaining!) so I've not yet worn these aside from when dogwalking, and believe me when I say my girls will not let me stop for photos! Still, I'm already planning outfits that will please my inner 13-year old (I could not resist this Primark T-shirt, sorry not sorry!)

I think the reason I loved my Vans so much was because they were the first item I ever chose that I loved of my own accord, not influenced by anybody else, and as such they were one of my very first baby steps in my personal style journey. I remember feeling so nervous wearing them out for the first time because nobody I knew wore anything like that, but they made me feel amazing. Personal style's a funny thing, and most people I know have some pretty extreme phases before they find something true to themselves - for me it wasn't until I was about twenty that I really knew what I liked as an individual, what worked for me, and even now that's evolving. Some things I wore over the years I look at with revulsion and embarrassment, but some things stay firm favourites, meaning to this day I cannot resist a fat skate shoe...

Do you have items that made you feel nostalgic? Do you remember the first item of clothing that you really fell in love with?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Daydreaming all the time...

Hi dolls, happy Monday! Today I have a wishlist post, specifically a birthday wishlist post as my birthday is in just under three weeks and I have been asked for present ideas from friends, family and boyfriend alike! I decided that I'd put together a post full of the items that I love most, because hey, a girl can dream...

1. Gipsy Dharma Boots: Sadly these more than blow the budget but I had to include them here anyway as one day I need a pair of these, they are so incredible!
2. Regal Rose Choker: Because I love rose quartz and I love chokers.
3. Regal Rose Necklace: It looks like a tiny little world is trapped in this necklace, so beautiful.
4. Storyteller by Tim Walker: His work is so dreamy and inspirational.
5. Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet: Red lipstick is an essential for me, and I've only heard good things about this product.
6. Topshop Rabbit Sandals: I featured these in pink recently, but the black are just as incredible!
7. Black Milk Marie Skater Dress: My friend Kimmie sent me a link to this dress which is part of Black Milk's new collection, released on the 29th July. The Aristocats is my favourite Disney film, so I had to put this Marie-patterned dress on my birthday list!

1. The Great Gatsby on DVD: I've not seen this film since it was released in the cinema, but the book is a favourite of mine and I love the glitz and glamour of the film with it's dark undertones.
2. Urban Decay Naked Palette: Since I have the Naked 2, 3 and Basics I really want the original palette to complete my collection!
3. Lush Rose Queen Bath Bomb: I'm particularly fond of rose fragrances at the moment, and I've not tried this bath bomb before.
4. Skagen Watch: I'd like a new watch but I'm still looking for the perfect one. I like them silver, reasonably large and modern, but without tons of sparkle. I'll know the one when I see it!
5. Topshop Nails in Sweet Treat: Seemingly I can never get enough nail varnish: Topshop's glitter range have really caught my eye lately!
6. Troll Beads Boheme Bead: I love Troll Beads for birthdays, this bead is particularly beautiful but the fun of Troll Beads is people picking them and finding their own meanings behind each charm.
7. The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Fragrance Mist: I recently reviewed the perfume oil of this fragrance but I'd still like the fragrance mist to top it up throughout the day.
8. Black Milk Alice Skater Dress: Okay, so this Black Milk beauty's arguably more wearable than the Marie dress - let's face it, if it's not got black in it I probably won't wear it - and I do love Alice in Wonderland.
9. Lush Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment: Have you guys tried a bath melt from Lush before? They always make my skin feel incredible: so fragrant and moisturised. I've not tried this one but I do tend to like sweet bath products so I feel this would be a winner in my books...
10. Black Milk Lace Crop Top: Yeah... I need this. In every colour, please?!

So that's my birthday list... aside from a few CDs here and a few Yankee Candles there! I'd be lucky to get even one of these beautiful things, but hey, I'm dreaming! Which of these items is your favourite?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

You're dancing circles around me...

Hi dolls, welcome to the weekend! I just wanted to stop by with a little post to let you know I've now opened an account with Depop where I plan to sell lots of different items, mainly clothing but you can also buy my prints from there too. I'm accepting offers on the clothes so please hop over there and, if anything takes your fancy, help out a poor, starving (OK, not really) graduate!

I'll be adding more to this over time, so if you have an account please follow me @doodleheart!

What are your weekend plans - anything of interest? Last night I went all 50s housewife and cooked a meal for my boyfriend, but I have no other big plans!