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24 December 2016

December 'Dress of the Month' with Boohoo

Recently I was contacted by Boohoo to take part in their DOTM, or Dress of the Month, campaign. The idea is that they send the same dress to several different bloggers to see how differently we would all style it. As the bloggers, we would have no idea as to what the dress was like until it arrived in the post, which I found very nerve racking. I'm fairly confident in my own style, so the thought of having to work with something that would perhaps be the opposite of what I would have chosen, was quite daunting. There was a possibility that the dress would arrive and I would have nothing to wear it with because it absolutely wasn't my sort of style. Luckily, it arrived and it was something that gave me lots to work with.

The dress is fairly simple; a navy blue, velvet halter neck dress with a slit in the thigh, but it was beautiful and very flattering. I was a bit nervous considering it was basically a bodycon dress and I tend to stay clear of them to avoid showing off every imperfection in my figure. However this one features a synched in waist, giving you more of a flattering silhouette, one that made me feel way more confident. 

This dress is actually part of Boohoo's Going Out section, so technically it's meant for a night out. However, I decided to take the tone down a bit and make it more everyday appropriate. I added this white polo neck underneath to cater to the cold weather, but kept a fancy flair with the frilled sleeves and these utterly brilliant tassel earrings from H&M. Their statement earring selection at the moment is great if you're looking for something to easily spruce up a look! I kept it simple in the shoe department with some black heeled boots to complete a slightly fancy everyday outfit.

I love this dress as it's a perfect all-rounder; you can wear it dressed down, like I am here, or you can wear it for evening attire. I can't wait to dress it up for a night out! Perhaps I've found my NYE dress?

This campaign from Boohoo is brilliant as it's given me the opportunity to take a chance with my style and put the fate of my outfit in someone else's hands. It's encouraged me to take more risks with my looks and go for things that I normally wouldn't- a great new mindset to take into the new year!

Dress: Boohoo*
Jumper: Asos
Boots: Asos
Earrings: H&M

How are you hoping to mix up your style in the new year?

22 December 2016

Winter in the City

The other day my family and I took a Christmassy trip up to London to visit the The Royal Academy of Arts for an exhibition and see the delights of Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. 

The exhibition was on Abstract Expressionism from New York and was absolutely brilliant. Large, energetic, abstract pieces are my favourite and it was great to see the sort of art that I like to do myself. I've been feeling so uninspired at the moment, but being back in an artistic environment really helped- it also reminded me of how much I miss formally studying Fine Art. One of my main goals for the new year is to actively make time for producing art as I've seriously neglected my artistic side since leaving college.   

After the exhibition, we took a trip to Carnaby Street for some shopping and whilst I didn't find anything to buy, I did find this great little side street for some outfit photos. 

London felt so festive and definitely got me in the Christmas spirit! Winter Wonderland was as garish and over the top as you can imagine but it was a bit of fun. Plus, I got a chance to be a big kid and get an overpriced waffle with every single sugary topping I could get. Buddy the Elf would have been proud.

Coat: Topshop
Jumper: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Primark
Boots: Topshop

13 December 2016

Jouer Best of Nudes Collection

Jouer has been a brand that's been floating around the beauty community for what seems like forever. I've watched countless make up tutorials and hauls that sing their praises for this chic little brand, in particular their lip cremes.

But with such an incredible array of nude tones on offer and an incredibly indecisive personality, I could never sit down and pick a shade to start my foray into the brand. Luckily for me, Jouer recently released this brilliant mini set of lip cremes featuring their most coveted shades, so now I could try a bit of everything. 

Included in this beautiful little set are the shades Skinny Dip and Papaye, two glitzy colours that I feel like I haven't stopped hearing about ever since the metallic lip trend came into fashion. With Skinny Dip being the more intense in terms of glitter and functioning as a lip topper, you can use it to add a bit of glamour to any of the other neutral shades in the collection.

The range offers lip cremes from dainty peach tones to beautifully rich terracotta shades- perfect to help transition from an understated daytime look to an edgier look for night.

L-R Skinny Dip, Terra, Buff, Dulce de Leche, Papaye, Noisette, Melon, Creme Brule

After hearing such rave reviews about these beauties, I must say I was nervous to try them out myself. Despite loving them to death, liquid lipsticks and I aren't the best of friends and I often find them extremely drying, no matter what the brand. But with these being cremes, I had high hopes and they didn't disappoint. Jouer's lip cremes are extremely light weight and, not to point out the obvious, ridiculously creamy. They're so comfortable to wear and after they've dried down, it doesn't feel like you're wearing anything. That doesn't mean that the colour payoff suffers at the hands of comfort; these shades are amazingly opaque and not at all streaky, not even the lighter shades. Plus, they fade beautifully throughout the day, so you're not left with that awkward lipliner look. Due to the fact that they are creme lipsticks, there is a bit of transfer, but not enough to deter you from that coffee in fear that you'll lose all your lipstick with one sip.

I purchased my set from Cult Beauty a few weeks ago, after waiting with baited breath for it to come back in stock. I had to get my hands on it considering it was such good value; the whole set was £34 which makes each lipstick a mere £4.25 each! Granted, they are mini versions of the usual £15 lip cremes, but even so, the set still works out to be a great bargain!

If by magic you're able to get your hands on this set, then I definitely recommend that you do. Or alternatively, pick up some of the full size lip cremes as they're such amazing products- I know I'll be doing so when I run out of these.

Have you tried any other Jouer products? Let me know in the comments and I'll check them out! 

4 December 2016

#PartyAfterParty with Boohoo

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Boohoo's Christmas Blogger party, held at the beautifully chic W Hotel in London. After a long day of Uni and a delayed train journey, my friend Ellen and I finally made it to the city, ready to adorn every bit of glitz and glamour as possible. 

Boohoo very kindly offered to send me a dress for the occasion, so to stick with the party theme of 'Sparkle and Sequins' I chose this rose gold one which I paired with my Poppy Lissiman clutch and a pair of leopard print heels.

The venue did not disappoint- after some confusion with the lifts (and accidentally gatecrashing another party), we made it to the party room, where every inch of the place was bathed in glitter. Straight to the photo booth and to the complimentary Prosecco we went and before we knew it, we were also bathed in glitter, thanks to the #GoGetGlitter station. Talk about a blinding highlight!

It was so great to be around like-minded people that evening- I got to meet some brill blogger babes and chat all things fashion and beauty with people that had the same enthusiasm as I do. Boohoo really outdid themselves with creating such a chill atmosphere for people to party it up but also feel comfortable. 

Boohoo has definitely got me in the Christmas spirit this year- and that's not just thanks to the glitter that I'm still finding on myself a week later! 

If you want to get into the Christmas Party spirit with the help of Boohoo, then check out their fab selection of glitzy party wear over on their website