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19 August 2017

Flare Wearing Female of the Future

This outfit took a lot of confidence to post. From the figure hugging flares to the uber cool cat eye shades, every ounce of this outfit screamed 'out of my comfort zone'. I'll admit I do love to play with silhouettes and shapes when styling looks, but I tend to stick to boxy side of things. 

I bought these trousers for a themed club night, but had been wanting a pair like them for a while. I'm fully in love with the frilled trouser trend but didn't know if it was for me as I'm not exactly confident with my legs. These are fairly tight fitting, so there was no hiding any lumps and curves, which made me anxious to no end. I'm always aware of my wide hips and I was worried that, despite being tall and actually having quite long legs, these trousers would make me look stubby and just... round, to put it simply. 

In an attempt to make myself feel more confident in these amazing trousers, I decided to go all out with them as that's what those amazing flared frills deserve. I went low key on top with a simple graphic tee but amped the look up with the accessories. Red is probably my fave colour at the moment, especially when it comes to accessorising. I went for some red block heels to compliment the legs of the trousers and make my own look a little longer and more flattering. These tassel earrings are incredible and I've been trying to wear them with everything as they're just so cool. I also chucked on this red bag, which is an oldie but a goodie.

Finally, I thought if I was going to be extra about this look, I may as well wear the most extra shades I own. These extreme cat eye sunglasses have been on my wishlist for months, but I couldn't find a pair anywhere at first. I did worry that they wouldn't suit my round, moon face but if I position them on the end of my nose in an attempt to look all sultry and cool,  I think I can just about pull them off. 

Trousers: Missguided
T-Shirt: Topshop
Shoes: Asos
Bag: Accessorize (old)
Sunglasses: Topshop
Earrings: Forever 21

18 August 2017

Returning to an Old Favourite: MAC Face and Body

After struggling for months to try and find a new foundation to fit my pale complexion and dry skin and having no luck, I decided to return to an old favourite. It's been a few years since I last purchased a bottle of MAC's Face and Body foundation; back in the day, this was my go to. I loved the uber light but buildable coverage (as I'm not one to opt for a full on look) and, as I suffer with dry skin, I tend to go for a foundation that's dewy and moisturising. Saying that, I do like to go for a fuller coverage on my cheeks as they're constantly a lovely tomatoish shade of red, and because Face and Body layers well, I can do this easily without it looking cakey. 

I hadn't bought this in a while as the price tag puts me off massively; paying £21 for a tiny bottle does bring a tear to my eye, but I was feeling a bit hopeless after failing to find a foundation that I liked and decided to splash out for it again.

Despite the fact that I get the palest shade available, I still find that it can look a little orange if I'm slap handed with the blending. However with a bit of a tan, the shade matches my skin tone exactly. I don't particularly like leaving the house with a naked face, so this is the perfect foundation to dab on to even out my skin tone and make me feel a little more confident, especially as it has a 'skin-like' look to it and you could easily pass as wearing no make up at all. 

It's a great foundation for the summer as it's not heavy, however due to its dewy finish, you might require a little more powder than usual so that you don't end up shiny. 

Coincidentally, just as I was getting back into this old favourite, I was contacted by the lovely people at Reviews.com, who had tested out a bunch of foundations and Face and Body came out on top, especially for Sheer to Medium coverage! They kindly sent over some research for me to share on my blog so that my readers can decide if this is the perfect foundation for themselves! Have a read below:

Best Sheer to Medium Coverage

The most noticeable thing about MAC’s Face and Body Foundation is its consistency. At first touch, it feels like wiping colored water on your face, which is strange if you’re used to a creamier formula — but it’s also quite refreshing.
It’s water- and silicone-based — and therefore smooth and slippery to apply — and it’s best known for its film formers, the ingredients that help create that “second skin” effect. You can start to feel the film formers set as you work the foundation onto your face, which is why using your fingers to apply (as opposed to a brush or sponge) works best.
Once Face and Body is on, it’s there to stay, through rain, sweat, tears, and turtlenecks. It dries to a satin finish, which in makeup is the closest you’ll get to “natural” — a light sheen, but not full-on dewy. As makeup artist Chelsey Matley put it, “It feels like nothing, but is incredibly long-wearing and photographs so well.”

Who is it best for?

Like with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage is great for anyone with naturally good skin, or who is prepared to do some extra concealing once it’s applied.

Who should skip it?

There are no ingredients that will exacerbate acne or clog pores, but the level of coverage and satin finish won’t do much for anyone trying to mask skin problems. While you can layer Face and Body to a more medium coverage, it is never going to disguise major blemishes, hide large pores, or block oil. Face and Body also includes parabens, preservative ingredients we feel comfortable recommending, but we’re aware they aren’t for everyone.

To learn more about tips on flawless application and the difference between primers, concealers and foundations check out the research from Reviews.com, here

12 August 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons

Long time no see. It would appear that my promise to get back into the blogging game quickly expired as I suffered from a severe lack of mojo and an even more severe lack of wifi. But I am back at it again with a brand new look.

I saw this tee on Instagram on another blogger and just had to have it. I'm steadily building up a collection of white t shirts to throw on with just about anything and this lemon one has certainly become one of my favourites. 

I picked it up from NA-KD, which is somewhere I had never ordered from before. I constantly see the name floating around the blogging-svere but had always been put off by how extensive the website was- seriously, the pages and pages (and pages...) of items can be a little overwhelming! But with the promise of free shipping and my strong feelings for this t shirt, I had to give it a go.

I went for quite a smart look by adding this Topshop blazer that I'm OBSESSED with. I've barely taken it off since I bought it a few months ago and it certainly fuels my current love for that 'business woman of the 80s' look à la Working Girl. It even has shoulder pads- I'm in love.

I kept it basic with some black culottes and then featured my colour of the moment with my red loafers.

Blazer: Topshop
Culottes: Urban Outfitters
Loafers: Topshop
Bag: Primark
Sunglasses: H&M

I've got three more looks to edit and get up and hope to shoot some more in the coming week, so keep an eye out for those!

2 July 2017

Regent's Park

Yesterday my mum and I took a trip up to London and I had bought her tickets to see On The Town at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. The weather was beautiful and I'd just picked up some absolute bargains in the Mango sale so I thought I'd take the opportunity to fit in an outfit shoot whilst we were there. (Sidenote: the show was absolutely incredible; it's already my mum's favourite film and I love it too so we expected great things anyway, but the show exceeded our already high expectations and was simply wonderful.)

For this look, I wanted something comfortable for a day of walking but also something stylish. I had just got this wrap-round shirt in the Mango sale and I love it; the synched in waist makes it so flattering and it's chic silhouette makes any outfit a little more done up. I also got this navy, throw on blazer in the sale. It's very oversized and the material is loose and not structured like other blazers I own. I wanted something to be able to just chuck on with anything and this fits the bill perfectly. The last thing I picked up in the Mango sale were these amazing earrings; I'm a huge fan of statement earrings at the moment and have bought so many pairs recently- mostly from Mango as their selection is KILLING IT!

I got these ruffle leggings from River Island a little while ago and love them because they're so comfy but make an outfit look more put together due to the frills. Anything I can wear and feel comfortable but still look fashionable is a win for me!

Finally I put on my favourite shoes of the moment, these red Topshop loafers, for a pop of colour.

Shirt: Mango
Jacket: Mango
Leggings: River Island
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: Mango
Sunglasses: H&M
Bag: LFW

21 June 2017

How To Style a Trench Coat

It's that time of year when everyone's wardrobe gets a revamp in the hope of a little sun; out with the jumpers and jackets and in with the skirts and short sleeves. However, one item that you can keep at the forefront of your wardrobe, whatever the weather, is the trusty trench coat. Yes, this timeless piece of apparel is the ultimate adaptable item, with distinctive double-breasted button fastenings, wide lapels, belted waist and cuffs, epaulettes and storm flaps. The ways of styling this iconic piece are limitless. 

Connoisseurs of stylish contemporary fashion with a classical twist, Jack Wills, know the power of a statement piece and have put together a guide for mastering the art of the trench this season. To get all their great tips and tricks, carry on reading...

The History of the Trench

 The trench’s history dates back to its invention in the 1850s, but it was at the turn of the 20th century that it became the indispensable civilian piece of outerwear it is today. Thomas Burberry, the founder of what is now the global British fashion house, developed a water-repellent cotton gabardine fabric in 1879. The cloth was used in a design for an army officer’s raincoat that he submitted to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901. During WWI, the coat shielded military officers from the unrelenting weather as well as the mud in the trenches; this is where the overcoat adopted its name. Beloved by officers for its weather-proof qualities and functional design, it soon became popular with male and female civilians after the war ended – and the modern trench was born. 

Over the years it became more and more popular, entering the fashion hall of fame on the backs of 60s sirens – like Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy – and later Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. All of these incredibly famous women adopted the originally masculine style as their own. The design was slimmed down and simplified over the years - no longer required to be worn over another warmer coat or for the military function it once served - and its place in fashion was cemented. Now a staple in the wardrobe of influential figures such as Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Alexa Chung and the Duchess of Cambridge, among countless others, it’s easy to see why this century-old outer layer is here to stay. 

How to wear it now

 With the ability to be styled with almost anything, it’s no surprise that the trench coat has transcended every season. While a waterproof jacket is the requirement, only the trench can fit the bill of looking just as chic with sharp tailoring as it does with rolled jeans, sneakers and your favourite vintage tee. Offering just the right amount of protection from the elements without the sacrificing any of your style points, throwing on a trench is never a bad idea. But which style is right for you? 

The Classic

 The Duncombe is Jack Wills’ most classic trench coat, with the essential elements all intact. Choose from this season’s fresh pink or one of the neutral tones – stone and navy – and wear the double-breasted style with anything and everything.The most versatile piece in your outwear armoury, a classic trench coat is at home over a suit or with your most sophisticated looks. It’s also at home over tea dresses and boots when the unpredictable festival weather calls for it. Or you might choose to really dress it down with a sportswear twist or ripped jeans – there’s a reason it’s been a favourite of everyone from Emma Watson to Kurt Cobain. 

The Swing

 For the Dollyhill, we’ve taken the swing coat shape made popular in the 1950s, and incorporated features from the trench – a style 100 years its senior. The perfect marriage of classic and contemporary, the shades of pale powder blue or signature stone allow us to focus on the detail that makes this coat unique. Double breasted with storm flaps and a large collar, the hybrid of pretty details – like the tie cuff straps, pleated back and swing shape – make its styling possibilities vast. The super versatile Dollyhill doesn’t have any issue with being styled like a classic trench; worn over simple summer dresses or a modern androgynous ensemble, this coat really speaks for itself. Let it elevate your look. 

Trench Tips

 It’s firmly established by now (we hope) that the trench, whichever style you choose, is prepped to be your go-to, wear-with-everything outerwear essential. You could be of the persuasion to just throw it on as you head out the door, knowingly assured that this tried and tested piece is in fact foolproof and you’ll look good no matter what. Or you could be the kind to have one in every colour, every shape, just to ensure that each time you finish your look it is the epitome of perfection and the “wearing black with navy” conundrum can be avoided at all costs. Most of us are somewhere in between. From unstudied nonchalance to unabashed prim and proper elegance, we’ve listed our favourite trench coat styling tips. Pick one, pick none, mix them all up; how to wear your trench is up to you. 

Summer Sun

 There will (hopefully) be days in the summer where no coat is required, but for the rest, a light trench is the perfect accompaniment to your laid-back summer look. 
Worn with denim (or any) shorts, a knee-length trench will elongate your legs and give a mismatched charm. Team with a delicate summer top, flats and your choice of sun-drenched location.   

Which trench will you be wearing this season and how will you be styling it? My favourite is definitely the Duncombe- it's so chic and effortlessly goes with everything. 

To check out the full guide on how to style a trench coat, visit Jack Wills' website here. And if you would like one of these beautiful trench coats for yourself, then you can find those here.

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23 April 2017

Aviator Jacket

I was eyeing up various Aviator jackets for a while trying to find one that would last me beyond its current residency in the trends. Distraught after having to give up on a gorgeous black one that had sold out on Zara, I began to give up on finding my perfect jacket, until I found this blue one from Missguided. I wanted a jacket that was a sort of sheened-suede in material and had a boxy-oversized shape for layering in the winter time. I also wanted one in black so that it would go with everything, but I couldn't find one that I liked in the fit that I wanted. 

I was a bit hesitant about this blue one a first as I was worried that when it arrived it would turn out to be a lot brighter than the muted blue that showed on the website. Luckily I was as in love with it in person as I was with it online. It's quite heavy and the fur lining extends through the whole thing, even the arms, which is a little impractical for the warmer months- but I can't fault it for anything other than that. It has such a cool vibe to it and I love that its different from others that I've seen.

I wanted the jacket to be the main focus for this look so I kept the rest simple with some washed out denim and a white tee.

Coat: Missguided
T Shirt: The 1975 Store
Jeans: Asos
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: Primark
Sunglasses: Primark

9 April 2017

Not That Kind Of Girl

I can never decide if I'm a hat person or not, but when I saw this fedora with gold detailing from Zara last year, I couldn't resist it. I've owned a few fedoras in the past in my desperate attempts to achieve the same cool-girl aesthetic that I see time and time again on Instagram, but none of them have quite got me fully on the hat bandwagon. Having quite a round face means that I find hats with a wider brim more flattering and less baby-face inducing. To me, this one has the perfect width and structure to it. The minimal detailing, bar the gold lettering obviously, means that I can wear it with anything. Plus, whilst the material is thick enough to keep a structured look, it's not so thick that I can't see this through the spring and summer. 

It will take a bit of courage to wear the hat out in public as I worry that they can be a bit obnoxious, but if I style it with something simple like this jumpsuit, I think I can pull it off. I recently got this tailored jumpsuit for my birthday and I can't get enough of it. I was a bit hesitant that I would look frumpy in it, especially after seeing how great it looked on the model on Asos, but it actually turned out to be so flattering thanks to the synched waist. 

The material is super light and soft, so it will be perfect for the warmer weather. I especially love that it's a bit on the fancier side but still day-time appropriate, so I can literally wear this for any occasion. I can't wait to dress it up, maybe with some heels. I was worried about the length before it arrived, being a tall gal at 5'10, but it actually turned out to fit great! I went for a M in size, but perhaps could have sized down, especially as Monki are usually quite generous with sizing.

Hat: Zara
Jumpsuit: Monki
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: Topshop