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21 September 2017

Baker Boy



I've officially converted myself into a hat person. They're one of my favourite ways to accessorise at the moment and this baker boy hat has been a frequent addition to many of my outfits. I was a bit nervous about ordering it at first as I usually prefer hats with a wide brim to conceal how round and moon-like my face is, but this one might just work for me. I think the trick is to wear it with my hair falling over my ears which adds some shadow and gives a vague illusion of some cheekbones.





I'm in the middle of transitioning my wardrobe for the colder months and this blouse from Asos has been a great addition. It's also perhaps the most flattering item of clothing I own with its low cut neckline and synched in waist. I love the lightweight material, which is perfect for the temperamental September weather, and the long sleeves that will be great for the coming cold. 





Hat: Asos
Blouse: Asos
Jeans: Asos
Boots: Zara
Bag: Primark
Sunglasses: H&M





17 September 2017

Red and White


I shot this outfit a few weeks back when it was still somewhat summery. I loved the asymmetric neckline and collar on this shirt and the colours made me feel like I should be working in an ice cream van or something. However, as Autumn draws ever closer, I quickly find myself replacing light-weight shirts for jumpers and blankets. I've fully succumb to the colder weather now and I'm so ready for the oncoming chill and, whilst I have enjoyed dressing for summer these last few months, nothing can beat a good winter coat and a scarf. 




As I'm in the midst of packing to return to uni for my third and final year,  I had to decide which of my children (clothes) got to come with me and which get left behind. It was a bit sad stashing away my summer clothes and getting the knitwear out again; summer dressing isn't really my thing but I've enjoyed getting to grips with it this year.



 Also I've obviously decided that it's going to be freezing this winter up in the midlands as 75% of my suitcase is filled with jumpers. 

Shirt: Topshop
Jeans: Vintage
Sunglasses: Primark





13 September 2017

Birchbox X Oliver Bonas: September Box Review



I've been receiving my monthly box of goodies from Birchbox for about 5 months now. I'm a sucker for mini-sized products and was drawn in to the subscription service for the prospect of trying out some new brands. 

In case you're unsure, Birchbox offers 5 tailored beauty and lifestyle products a month to be sent to your doorstop for £12.95 p/m. A big selling point for the company is the promise of personalised products especially for your skin and hair type, tastes etc. This was definitely one thing that drew me to the service as I feel that there're so many brands out there now that it can be hard to figure out what you want/need when choosing new beauty bits. Birchbox offers to take that stress away from you by having you fill out a beauty profile to help them choose products you'll hopefully love and use each month. 



I've been pretty impressed with my previous boxes; as a newbie, I enjoyed the selections I was sent each month- a majority of which centred round skin and hair care (dry skin and bleached hair probs). 

But as I got more accustomed to the service, the magic started to wear off. I was finding my boxes pretty repetitive and filled with things I didn't really care about. Cancelling did cross my mind, but Birchbox managed to grab me for another month by collaborating with one of my favourite brands for the September box- Oliver Bonas.

Oliver Bonas is home decor heaven for me. I'm endlessly scrolling through their website and mentally planning my home that I'll never be able to afford (a millennial can dream right?). I thought that this collab might just have been made for me, so I decided to stick around for another month. 

When my box arrived at my door the other week, I couldn't wait to open it. I already knew my box design as I had chosen from the two options, plus I knew I had a candle as I'd ordered that as an add-on to this month's box. As for the contents, I was so excited to see what should have been the perfect selection of products to accompany the perfect box design. But as I clawed my way through the sellotape and struck gold, sliding the box open, I couldn't be more disappointed.



My box included:

  • Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle: A vegan, paraben- and sulphate-free leave-in mist which conditions, detangles and minimises frizz, while safeguarding colour and adding shine. It also provides protection against UV rays and heat and is suitable for all hair-types.

  • ARROW BOOST Colour Enhancing Lip Balm: A Birchbox brand, this ARROW lip balm adapts to the pH level in your skin to produce a colour tailored to suit you best. Containing mango seed butter, this product will nourish and protect your lips.

  • Polaar IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser: With Siberian ginseng to tone and brighten, plus a cooling gel formula, this product instantly rejuvenates the under-eye area.

  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow: A pearlescent pink powder that can be used as a sheen on the eyes and also as a blush and highlighter to give your skin a pretty glow.

  • Dr. PawPaw Original Clear Balm- Yellow: This balm boasts natural healing qualities, giving this product a multitude of hydrating uses. From moisturiser to lip balm and split end-sealer to sunburn-soother, it delivers an instant moisture boost wherever you need it.

The products themselves are fine thus far; I love the subtlety of the eyeshadow and I'm always a fan of a good lip balm. However my problem lies with the fact that the box didn't particularly offer me anything new. Fair enough, it was very skin-care focussed which is great for me as I'm a big fan of a good skincare routine. But looking on Instagram, I found that endless amounts of people had the exact same products, kind of making the whole 'personalised' aspect redundant. 

I felt like I'd received the same sort of products as I had in previous boxes, plus these products felt too repetitive even just in this box; who really needs two lip balms at once? I loved the bonuses of the stickers and the 15% Oliver Bonas discount, plus the candle smells wonderful but that was something I paid extra for (albeit at a discounted price compared to buying from OB directly). I just felt like I wasn't getting my money's worth this month and it made me reflect on how I felt with previous boxes. As much as I love the idea of Birchbox, I think I might have to cancel my subscription as £12.95 p/m can add up, especially if you're not getting what you had hoped for. 

Interestingly, whilst looking through the Birchbox Instagram, I found that many people were commenting on pictures and had similar opinions to mine. I can only hope that the company take these comments on board and have a revamp of future boxes to bring back the initial excitement in the customer.








1 September 2017

80's Inspo


I've been heavily inspired by 80s/early 90s fashion at the moment. I bought this beret as part of a costume for a themed party but it's been creeping into my recent looks, especially after seeing THIS editorial pic and desperately wanting to recreate it. There's just something so chic about the beret and I just had to incorporate it into my latest endeavor to become uber stylish and obtain a cool gal status.

Perhaps styling it with a striped shirt and some sultry shades is bordering on too extra and wannabe French, but I don't even care because I love this look so much. For something so comfortable and everyday (I mean, the outfit is primarily a t-shirt and a pair of jeans- pretty basic), the outfit also manages to look so put together thanks to the accessories.



Statement earrings have been my go-to recently for jazzing up a look, especially ones that are a bit quirky. I'm building up quite a collection of these minimalist face-shaped earrings as I just think they're SO cool. V artsy and contemporary.

I'm also trying to get some wear out of these sunglasses; it's taken some courage to be able to wear them as they're probably a bit too cool for someone like me to be wearing, but I love them (and spent too much money on them) to not.

The white jeans I'm wearing are SO high waisted and I'm obsessed. They're a vintage pair from my mum and fit so perfectly. They're that sort of straight leg/skinny mum-jean style that's just unbelievably flattering, especially if you have a smaller waist and bigger hips like myself. I've been wearing them with everything recently, whilst also getting over my fear of wearing white jeans (I swear it takes me 1 minute to get a mark on them).




Beret: Amazon
Top: Topshop
Jeans: Vintage
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: Mango
Sunglasses: Topshop



19 August 2017

Flares 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!