I'm getting back into makeup quite seriously at the moment. I can't really be too experimental with my clothes so makeup is on the agenda. I had almost a year of 'using up what I have' and since I dyed my hair a darker red, I've had to look into different shades and styles. I'm still a very firm fan of MAC makeovers and I only invest in new things once they have been chosen by a professional, even if MAC faces can be very heavy and 'done'. A look I personally love!! Remember you spend £30 on a makeover but then you can claim £30 off any products.
Right now my obsessions are clear, glowing skin, plump, nude lips and arched brows. Over the summer I was trying to channel my inner Victoria Secret model and I had a MAC makeover before a gig. A gig might seem a strange occasion but sometimes I have makeovers when I know I'm going to spend £30 in store in the near future anyway, and a gig actually has more promise than a night out because you know you're going to see someone you love perform, rather than go to a club that could turn out a bit lifeless. Gigs are the new clubs for sure and it was a Kendrick Lamar gig by the way! I had one of the most tanned faces I've had at this particular makeover but the look was freshened with the shimmery, pearlescent pink beauty that is Lust MSF. Mineralised Skin Finish powders are known for being swirls of glitter goodness and this one adds a flush of an angel. Pair with a twinkle in your eye and let your cheekbones do the talking.
I'm in a fashion rabbit hole! Autumn is approaching and I am all over the place! I'm constantly thinking about the direction of my wardrobe and at the moment my new needs are 70% smart work clothes, 20% weekend clothes and 10% night out clothes. The nights out are no problem, I'm alllll about the night out looks, but the work clothing is a whole new territory for me. I'm trying to figure out the balance between something smart and understated, but a look that still has a light injection of my own style. Doing 'a total Zara' would be too extreme and I'm in a more professional setting now so fashion statements are not on the agenda. So I've reached a conclusion: I figure work days can call for simple classics, but otherwise it's my coat, bag and shoes that do the talking, especially during the autumn and winter months.
It's the tricky conundrum of halting my shopping and buying much less really. Rather than cultivating a mixture of looks, I have a capsule work wardrobe with looks that I alternate. This is even harder as you need to buy items that can mix and match easily, and the items must be classic styles that you won't be bored by. This means no cute crop tops or skater skirts - it means quality classics. It's actually quite tricky!
I learnt the rule this year that shoes really do make the outfit, and I wanted some killer ankle boots. I've been stalking Next 2 Nowt which is a discount shoe site that is full of Topshop styles, but they're not actually named as Topshop. It's very obvious they are though! I wanted the Arabel boots and after a few patient weeks, they appeared for half the price and only slightly worn. I'm going to guess the shoes are acquired from an outlet supplier of Topshop but these look practically brand new and feel super clunky and tough - definitely a subtle statement.
I also needed a new bag as mine was getting a little too worn, and I tend to fill up any bag I have to the brim. When I found myself carrying round the kitchen sink, it was time for something small! I missed having a backpack and this snake print zipper bag is just the right size for your makeup bag plus a few items, but not enough for the taps, drainer and sink! I quite like putting it on my back instead of slung over one shoulder, and walking to work in my shirt like I'm off to school!
Aloha lovers. I say lovers because this post will be all about love and loving and lovers as I am having an affair with a pair of shoes. I paid the big bucks and got Nike iD Air Max and it's been true love ever since!
So my fashion circumstances changed recently with my new job as there is an office dress code, whereas before I could wear literally anything any day of the week. Now the weekend is my time to wear what I like, but not the time to bust out your most chic, killer outfit as you want to chill and go with the flow. It's the weekend baby! So I made an investment in some trainers that a) I can wear on the weekend and be super comfortable but stay looking sweet and b) I can also wear them to the gym, which I just joined and oh my, it is tough but feels great. That's another post for another time (or best left in the gym!) and so, rather than buying another pair of flats, I got the ultimate Nikes.
I stalked eBay for weeks, I plotted and planned, and I shopped every available style, but there weren't any trainer prints or patterns that were just right, as Goldilocks may say. Nike iD is the way to go as you design your own trainers and they are custom made to order for you. You pay the price but I found a picture of Liberty Pepper Print sneaks that sold out a while ago, and of course I wanted those. I couldn't find them anywhere so I just recreated the design!
Receiving the emails at each point of the creation process was a huge teaser and in a month the postman brought these brand new puppies into my life! Air Max are light and bouncy and elevate your feet nicely so you can show them off and flaunt your ankles. As a long-time wearer of flats, the hours of comfortable walking (shopping) is like heaven. Even my nan loved them, and I trotted off for their first outing, saying RIP to the pristine lilac soles. I got compliments in shops, in the street, through a Starbucks window, and a boy even fell of his bike doing a U-turn to shout 'Nice trainers!' while I was at a bus stop! A lady stopped me on a bridge and said 'Congratulations' as though I had just had a baby! This new world of trainers is a delight to behold, especially since I have taken the girliest step into it that I could! As the most timeless things I ever bought, I paid the high price tag since I can wear these to infinity. My pride and joy, welcome to the world! I definitely recommend saving for the kicks of your dreams too. You won't look back!
Hi guys! I really apologise for my absense for the past few weeks, I'm afraid I have not had internet for a very long time and my laptop has broken, eek! As you know, I recently started a new job back home in Birmingham and I stayed with my nan for a while, which was a little stressful while starting work at a brand new place but very nice to have my breakfast, dinner and washing all done for me! Thanks nan! I will still go there to stay on weekends as I have for my whole life and for now, I'm living with my mom during the week. I am still storing half of my things at my nans so I have to make sure I have everything for the week ahead here, and it's quite a journey to work, but for the first time in a long time, I feel very much at home! As I type this (on my mom's computer) I have a cat sleeping on my lap, so yes, it is definitely home!
I have also not been very well since the weekend when I went to V Festival, which was the sort of amazing, once-in-a-lifetime whirlwind weekend where you take no photos and return as if it were just a dream! I had the sweetest time in front and backstage, dancing around in printed two piece outfits every day. At the start of this year I often wondered if things could feel any worse, but as 2013 came into season, it's been a year of flowering ambitions and incredible happenings so far. I'm spending the Bank Holiday Weekend inside with flu but things have never felt so real.
I have been on the hunt for the perfect lilac/powder blue/grey polish for SO LONG and it has finally joined my life, along with a valuable lesson. I'm sure you know the experience of trawling makeup stands full of shiny treasures and spotting the lipstick/blush/polish colour that looks perfect. Just the right shade, tone and texture on the back of your hand or in the bottle; the one you know will compliment perfectly. Then you walk out of the shop, try it on, and it is not perfect at all. It has somehow morphed into something totally different to what you envisioned and your £5 is down the drain.
I've bought lots of powder blues in hope of finding a muted lilac or cornflower blue but none were right. Barry M's Gelly Blueberry looks like it would be but it comes out much darker and richer than its bottle shade. Gah!
However the lesson I have learnt is to buy from swatches rather than the appearance. I Googled around and found a few blog posts with Revlon Cloud, a white/lilac in the bottle but a powdery indigo on the nails! I bought it from eBay as I'm not sure if the colour is in stores and when it arrived I was dubious, but it was true to the swatches and never has a colour felt so on point. I've compared it below next to it's closest shades in my collection and realise Barry M just doesn't do soft shades, which is no negative as they are famed for opaque, rich colours. For now, Revlon has my total attention and I'll be browsing swatches before I buy in the future!
Pointed or 'stiletto' nails will round off very quickly, especially if you type as fast as me, so I have just filed mine into points again ready for Wireless tomorrow! The London based festival has already been going on for the past two days and it has been so exciting but a little torturous to see everyone already there; I can't wait to wake up tomorrow!
I have some exciting news that I am so pleased to share! I am taking the next step in my career and my time at Motel Rocks has came to an end! And hasn't it been a good run (: From a relatively unknown brand, every fashion lover now knows exactly what Motel is all about, and as the person behind the social media handles, competitions and blogger work, it's no wonder the past two years have flown by! I've barely had time to take stock, usually taken on this very blog. I turned my hobby and passion into a job and now I'm entering a new industry that is not actually fashion! Exciting!
Where will all the fashion love go? Hopefully into my own baby, this blog! If you have been a long term reader and have followed my journeys, this one has been a rollercoaster of challenges and I'm so ready for the next. Living as a single person in a city as extortionately expensive as Bristol means I've been working my butt off gaining all the experience I could, but my new role near my home town means I should be more financially better off and not have to travel hours to see my loved ones. I'll be living with my mom in the week and my nan on the weekend, and the thought of actually being able to see my family and friends whenever I want to is the feeling best ever! I think when you start working full time and you realise this means five days a week for 52 weeks a year, you have to work out what makes it all worthwhile. I'm a big believer in taking opportunities and that's why I have all the experiences I do. The next chapter will be about new challenges and skills in my career, personal development (can you believe I can't drive?!), travel, and above all, pouring every ounce of my fashion love into my own blog. Yay! Thank you for all your kind messages too, the amount has been overwhelming and it's been wonderful working with so many fantastic bloggers over the years.