It would be fitting that Made in Chelsea is on in the background as I write this post but I'm not actually too much of a die hard fan. I prefer my reality TV a little more tacky but MIC is definite fashion candy and I recently discovered Millie Mackintosh's style blog. I knew Millie has a beauty blog and I'm not must of a luxury beauty buff, but didn't know she posts an outfit shot almost every day and she wears high street! These cute, mini photoshoots showcase lots of River Island, Accessorize and Office, and I think Millie has quite a unique style. With brash slogans, boyish fits and neon prints all over the place right now, Millie's style is chic yet a little hippy, with luxe accessories thrown into the mixed. If these are shot in England, I'm not quite sure it's bare leg weather yet, but I am definitely inspired to mix fur with denim, add some colourful jewellery, and get my (fake) tanned legs out with heels.
Hi all! I hope you are rather swell, as am I right now; I've been looking through the Victoria Secret runway show images and loving being a girl! I'm super girly across basically everything I do and moving house meant I had a new room to decorate, which is rather exciting. I'm constantly browsing Achica and Dolly Bow Bow in my lunch break dreaming of new bedding and kitsch bits!
I would like to have a clutter free, bare bedroom with a few scattered candles, but when you rent just one room, most things you own are in one space! I had these Argos shelves in my old house but only had a few layers up, but this time I knew I wanted to make it a super tall tower of beauty, hair and accessories!
The shelves are the easiest DIY set as you just twist on the poles by hand, it's not very heavy, and you can have as many layers as you want. I have kept most things in a few recycled Glossybox's from work as its easy to just chuck things in. If you have to keep arranging your things neatly, it will never stay that way!
After a few months of using things up and not replenishing my collections, I feel I've got a more manageable stash of perfumes, hair products and body moisturisers, eventually just working my way down to my key favourites! Not so sure that will happen any time soon!
Hi all! OK tonight I am stressedddd! Super stressed. A lot going on and so little time, so I keep rearranging things and ahh! I don't quite know if I am coming on going, probably because I went all the way home on the weekend and had to stay indoors because of the snow! Damn. I feel a bit like I need another weekend. When I screw my head back on though, here are a few things that I'm into right now...
Shirts with metal necklaces! Or neck bars? I've been wearing my H&M gold necklace under any random shirts I have, and you might be surprised at the amount you own. Off the top of my head I didn't think I owned any shirts, but this is a really random Urban Outfitters shirt that is a very strange shape but it's fine when just showing the lace collar!
I've also been using my Topshop leather backpack eeeevery day since I got it online before it was in every store. Love! It fits all my useless but essential baggage and also because it's black, it always feels very clean, inside and out, whereas sometimes bags can wear quite quickly and you might end up with a few pen leaks inside.
Found this shoot of Doutzen Kroes for Muse Magazine and I looove the fluffy jumper with the random print. Reminds me of our Baroque Print at Motel! Fluffy jumpers are the best, I wear my white Forever 21 fluffy cropped jumper all the time.
I'm into storage at the moment as I'm not spending money on new things so need so show some love for what I have! I just saw Gemma's posts on Gem's Maquillage of Makeup Mixups and I think I might try it! I have no idea how I'll ever get through all my lipsticks/blushers/eyeshadows.
I found this picture on Tumblr and I need to get my flared jeans out and make the most of them! I will turn it into a trend... hmmmm.
The Wildfox Summer Lookbook has been released too! I'm on constant watch for the 'I'm really a mermaid tank' so hopefully this means they're doing even more mermaid things (and hopefully not a distressed sweater for £150 again!).
Also please could you take 60 seconds to sign this petition to help increase work towards the prevention of domestic violence? I just saw the petition on Liberty London Girl and can confirm from recent personal experience that Refuge are a fantastic charity.
This will be a very spoiled sounding post but here is my Christmas wishlist! I know I'll only get maybe one thing off this list as I haven't actually asked for anything and this is just an imaginary list. I'll hopefully get a Gucci Flora set as I've asked my Mom for it and it's £33 in Boots at the moment! I talked about Gucci by Gucci in my October favourites video and I've received so many comments and tweets from people putting it on their Christmas list! This is possibly because I mentioned guys love it!
The others on the list are things I'll probably end up buying for myself or they'll be knocked off my shopping list in favour of something else! I have a truckload of things I want from MAC but I've narrowed it down to an MSF in Light Medium and Pro Longwear concealer in NW15 as I know I'll get the most use out of them. I'd also love some sets from the Tartan Tale collection like the Buff and Line brush collection and the Vain and Glorious lip bag. It's much cheaper to buy the cult brushes in the sets at Christmas and I especially want the 187 for stippling and the 219 to blend shadows in the crease. I have quite inset eyes so I always cut the crease! A slightly cheaper brush alternative is the Sigma Tapered Face brush which looks perfect to contour cheeks with. My Urban Decay Primer Potion is running low so I'd love a MAC Paint Pot in Painterly or Rubenesque to wear every day. I'm also dreaming of a Nars Orgasm set!
I've heard great things about the L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer (what a mouthful!) and may get it next year as it's not exactly Christmassy, but as I'm travelling back and forth for work and revision, a huge makeup case would be really handy! I just found this one through a google search but a pink one would be even better. I could do with some storage for all my nail polish as they're currently all stuffed in a box with all my other nail stuff.
I'm just about one wash from running out of conditioner but I really want to try some Moroccan or argan oil as my hair is almost back to it's normal frizzy self! But really I'm a big fan of Christmas bath stuff and would be happy with anything from Lush; I'm loving Snow Fairy at the moment although it's still not a big enough incentive to get me out of bed and into the cold shower!
What's on your Christmas list? Or your Christmas wishlist! If money was no object, send anything Miu Miu my way!
I used to only wear short skirts and dresses but I have bought a pair of jeggings and some flowery Zara trousers this season, really weird! I think I'll start wearing skirts and tights once I find some cute flat boots but I've worn skirts and tights for years, what's new?! However I pursued the AW10 runways seriously a few months ago and vowed to get a mid length skirt. It was a case of waiting for the high street to bring stuff out though and everyone seemed a bit too concerned with shearling and camel; in fact most retailers are in a tizz because their suppliers can't keep up with demands! I tried on a few skirts in Zara but it was too summer then, but now I'm trying to figure out how to wear longer skirts with coats. I think you can just about get away with a big cardigan or chunky jumper right now but when it's wet and rainy you can't really flounce around while your umbrella is flying all over the place!
I loooved the short sleeve jumpers and calf length skirts at Louis Vuitton and almost bought the Zara £19.99 version in every colour, especially the dark green, but I just got the camel one as it pretty much goes with everything. I was doing some naughty shopping with my housemates last week (after going to Yo! Sushi, yummm!) and stumbled across the most perfect skirt ever in Mango! If you merge the jumper in the first look below and the skirt in the second then I almost have the perfect outfit!
Unfortunately there are a few problems and this outfit shall never be. Even more sad as I just got these nude pointed flats in the River Island sale; you can't see too well but nude flats look great with everything! A bit more grown up than normal ballet flats and less like school shoes than usual plain black. Anyway I'm going to return the skirt because it's £50 and I don't think I can get £50 worth of wear out of it. I'm only in uni for one lecture three times a week, and on one of those days I have to wear my work jeans as I have a shift straight after! So I only really need two outfits a week and the rest is just stuff to wear to run errands or go to the library, and I already have a full wardrobe that could fill many weeks of wear. It's just one of those things that I do really love but I won't have a gap if it's gone, no matter how gorgeous it is. It's really soft and full and swishes amazingly when you walk!
If I had an aviator jacket I may reconsider as it looks really great in the Mango lookbook. Mango and Zara are killing it this season! I didn't have an aviator jacket in mind as leather jackets aren't really me but I see so many girls looking really great in them! It's too late to get one now and they are absolutely everywhere, but I appreciate them from afar!
If I were to keep the skirt, I could wear jumpers over it but I need some kind of coat/jacket to get to and from Uni. In December, January and February there's really no way you can get away with no coat! Here's a lil bit of inspiration from my huge file, I'm not a trench coat kinda girl but longer skirts look great with them thrown over. I've got a load of maxi dresses so now that I've just got the hang of wearing those, a mid length skirt is something else! I almost don't have enough days to try wearing something longer and putting together that many outfits. Maybe if I worked five days a week 9-5, but in reality I could get away with wearing leggings and a hoodie every single day!
Despite spending loooads and having a bunch of new stuff in my wardrobe, I have no idea what I'm wearing this season! I haven't been going out half naked but I'm confused! I had a couple of gaps like some kind of warm thing to wear with maxi dresses and a new skirt to go with all tights, but I haven't worn everything enough to totally know what's what. I'm barely in Uni this term and only have one lecture a day when I am, so I haven't been wearing that many things if that makes sense? But like I said, I had a shopping list at the start of term and on there was some high waisted shorts, preferably leather but not real! Sadly I have come to the conclusion that shorts just don't suit me. I want really high waisted ones that end up being wide at the hem but nowhere has had anything just right. I've tried on loads of pairs but they don't fit the way I want, though when the pair below came into store last week I was like hellooo! Everywhere's coming out with the cut out shorts and they're not leather and about £20 with my discount, but alas shorts are not my friend!! The pair at the bottom are the ASOS pair that I was waiting to come online for ages but they were real leather and I don't like the feel of it very much.
I do however like this girl's hair a lot! And I got a faux leather skater skirt in H&M as my autumn staple so I've got my leather quota and can admire shorts from afar. In the meantime I'll take some photos of my newest buys for you but to be honest this reading week I'm trying to not look decent so I will stay in and do work! I just had a quick browse at the River Island Christmas collection and will be awaiting this hopefully faux t-shirt arriving; cropped tees and maxi dresses are a match made in heaven!
I haven't had the most productive day off as first I spent hours researching Blythe dolls and actually bought one, omg! It's a Pow Wow Poncho and was sort of a birthday present to myself as it seems weird to have it as a present off someone else when I ordered it myself. I just need to think of a name for her?! My favourite girl names are Queenie and Barbie, and I doubt I'd ever find a guy who would let me name any children those but Barbie isn't appropriate for a different doll! I'll wait until she arrives from Hong Kong to see if she looks like a Queenie! I'll have to find a great first outfit too.
The rest of the day was spent doing my nails. I did grow to like the white doves on black and a lot of you liked them too, but after a week I got bored and had saved loads of Hello Kitty nail inspiration from Fuck Yeah Pretty Nails and the nails category of the Hello Kitty Tumblr.
I tried!! You can't really go over and over the polish of nails and keep perfecting it because you mess it up even more and they go all lumpy, but I don't want to buy any nail pens as I already own a tonne of polish! I was using old liquid eye liner brushes but next time I'll make sure I'm in really bright daylight and go especially slowly. I know it would look neater if all the lines and dots were perfect but hopefully from afar they look OK! I also stuck on some pearls that I got in a nail art set from Poundland haha! On my right hand I've got pink and lilac leopard with pearls too.
Going to sort out the thumb! I mostly tried to follow a YT video and this girl does it absolutely perfectly! I can't embed it but click here if you want to see. I also made a video on gel nails on my YouTube channel! For those who wondered, these are what gel nails look like when you take off any polish.
I'm so addicted to Tumblrs. So addicted! I have them in my google reader so as I'm going through all my new blog posts (usually at the '1000+' count), cool pictures will randomly pop up. I don't see much fun in going through pages and pages of inspiring pictures, but when they pop up as breaks in between text posts, they're much more interesting! And google reader only features the picture and any text, so you're not crowded or distracted by the page layouts or fonts of the original site. Sometimes there are little debates under photos when they're reposted from a few different tumblrs.
I just did a quick scan and have approximately 2000 inspiration pictures saved on my computer and half of them are from tumblrs. They're really useful when you can't decide what to wear or are feeling a bit bored with your wardrobe; you can just click through a few and instantly find a few ideas. There are jokes that tumblrs consist of mostly the same thing. If you're not familiar, they're just blog posts of photos, sometimes credited, mostly just random. The most popular ones are mainly full of skinny American girls in tiny denim shorts, and they all make you hanker after coloured nail polish, excessive rings, rainbow hair, tattooed boyfriends, and really sugary food. Some though are a bit more selective and have actual themes, so they're a great collective of something you particularly like. So here are my favourites. If there are any you love, I'd love to see!
DLSW continuously exceeds the daily posting limit and is basically the best collection of all the classic tumblr pictures, from style to nails to food to quotes to blog photos. The owner sometimes posts personal snippets of what she's doing that day and sometimes her own outfit photos. If you only subscribe to one, sub to this tumblr! There's loads of followers and a fair bit of controversy around the blog because the pictures aren't always credited and there was even a Dirty Little Style Store!
Zoe Claudia is like DLSW put has a sweeter filter and posts cuter images. It also posts loads and everything is good quality, and there's more TV snaps.
This might be a bit self indulgent but having red hair isn't always great and I'd compare it to always having to wear a red/brown scarf every day with every outfit. But seeing pages of lovely red head pics, from natural to totally bright fire engine red, is inspiring and a confidence boost.
FYG is pretty much the same but I couldn't pick between the two!
There's a Fuck Yeah for every need but Fuck Yeah Hair means you will never have a bad hair day or fall into a hair rut ever! All the gorgeous girls on tumblr may make you feel a bit inferior but it's all lighting and camera work; use it as a chance to get loads of inspiration and tips!
Self explanatory, lots of rings! Most pictures don't have rings as the focus, they just happen to have a cool ring in there somewhere, so it's a nice collection of photos. I'm partial to this picture though because I have the ring on the right and get compliments all the time! It's from Topshop.
FYPN is huge now, and it's more like looking at art in my opinion! I could never create nails so amazing as these, but they're fantastic to look at. You can submit photos too and often you see the same talented girl or pair of hands posting their weekly nails.
This is just for fun as going through blogs can welcome a random laugh sometimes! This blog cracks me up so much. Crazy cat or angry bunny!?
So I'll have to act like a Londoner for a month and once I sort out accommodation (anyone have a spare room to rent out there?), I have to sort out what to wear! I'm fine in Birmingham going around the shops or heading to classes in Manchester, but London is a whole other kettle of fish. Firstly you must have transport friendly clothes as the tube crowds move so fast and you never know when you'll turn the corner onto a whole flight of stairs or an escalator so tall it will make you wobble on your flats. Also due to English weather the tubes can get hot and stuffy on a random sunny days like Friday was, and you'll go from being crushed in a crowd to being blown away by an oncoming carriage. After this you have to arrive to work as clean and fresh as possible and go the whole day feeling comfortable but looking professional and, in my case, stylish. As an intern it's not like I'm catwalking but I can't just turn up in a 5 minute outfit; I need to do some forward thinking and take items to London that are formal enough but are casual and comfortable for the commute and whole day. It seems in London there's a restaurant, bar, or event on every corner too and I'll have to learn the meaning of a 'day to night' outfit if I ever want to see friends after for dinner.
Also I have no idea what people wear to work if it's a media/fashion environment. There's no need for power play or dress codes (I don't think) but when you're representing yourself and the company you work for, you must have a degree of smartness. I say smart because my grandma used to use the work smart, as in 'ooh you look very smart', to describe looking nice, but in the way you look bright, your clothes look clean and pressed, and you generally look neat and tidy. That's what I need to go for!
So I was very happy to randomly come across an Elle UK (favourite magazine x a trillion) blog called What Elle Wears To Work. Also if you subscribe to their blog feed, you subscribe to all their blogs and they're really personal and full of inspiration, not news. The WEWTW blog is full of photos of the Elle staffers, from editors to interns, taken every Monday. I like the day because on Monday you're fresh for the new week but it's still a stressful first day, so it seems an even representation of what probably goes down each day! I've picked out a few looks with points I'll try to channel. Many other looks team classic things like plain tees with cropped trousers and structured jackets, but I can't do plain, casual things at all. I just can't. Me in a slouchy plain t-shirt just looks terrible! So I've picked more detailed looks, but check out the blog for more styles.
Natalie Wansbrough-Jones: ELLE Senior Fashion Editor. Wearing an all-over light colour is hard but it looks so subtle and smart, and the Christopher Kane top is very pretty but toned down by blending into the whole outfit. I'd consider wearing maybe a lace white top with a light coloured skirt and tights instead of always teaming light tops with dark skirts and tights.
Laura Davies: ELLE Sub Editor. Never underestimate the power of black tights! I'll team all my overly patterned and girly things or anything a bit too short with black tights. Also I'll probably invest in some really good quality tights as semi-sheer or tights that bobble easily just don't make the cut.
Bonnie Rakhit: ELLE Market and Merchandising Editor. What great maxi skirt inspiration. I still can't bring myself to buy a long, black skirt as I'm not sure I'll immediately wear it. Also the material and opaqueness of the skirt is really important, and the length, so I'll try to pick one up at Topshop or Oasis where I can try before buying. As I have to fund my own accommodation and internships are not paid, I have to be really thrifty this summer and can't afford to buy anything I won't get optimum wear out of!
Lucia Roberts: ELLE Fashion Intern. I probably wouldn't pull off this outfit but I really love it; so subtle yet the shapes are really different.
Amy Lawrenson: ELLE uk.com Web Beauty Assistant. Notice how a beauty assistant is wearing natural makeup? It looks like she might be wearing a lovely peach/nude lip colour but apart from that, none of the Elle team are wearing extreme makeup. I think I'll start an eyeliner ban as black mascara is enough definition for me, and I really need to buy a better foundation. Right now even NW15 is way too orange for me. I'm hankering after Nars Sheer Glow so badly. But I wanted to mention the scarf. I think a draped scarfs can give a really mature look, not that it's aging in any way but by casually throwing on a designer scarf you look prepared and sophisticated but in a really casual way.
It's funny to note that loads of the staff are wearing clogs too! So fast on the trends.
Melina Haralambous: Senior Digital Marketing Executive. This is the way I would wear coloured tights; with other block colours. That way the tights aren't part of an overly complicated outfit and don't scream out.
Bonnie Rakhit: ELLE Market and Merchandising Editor. OK I had to feature this lady again and twice because her maxi outfits are so great! Finally some inspiration that isn't grungy. Plus she is wearing a shearling coat merely weeks after the A/W shows, and a denim shirt. And see the scarf? By wearing Louis Vuitton in a sophisticated scarf, the outfit looks more grown up and streamlined.
Megan McCluskie: ELLE Bookings Assistant. What a sweet outfit! The dress is vintage and looks work-ready with black tights and shoes. If the tights were worn out and sheer in parts the whole outfit wouldn't have the same effect.