Sunday, 1 March 2015

Things to do in London.

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Some of you may or may not know that last year I completed my degree in photography, specialising in Fashion. So when I heard that Somerset House was hosting the largest fashion photography exhibition in UK of Guy Bourdin, one the most influential photographers, I just knew I had to go. The exhibition is incredibly diverse including editorials, advertorials, film and black and white images. My favourite set of images were the four in the photo above, I loved how they all looked together and they really sum up Bourdin's photographic style; bright, bold and feminine. I also think he had a bit of a thing for legs, if you visit the exhibition you'll notice this is a strong theme throughout. I visited the exhibition on a Saturday and considering it was in the afternoon in one of the busiest city's there wasn't many people there, which was great for me as I got to look at each photo for as long as I liked. As well as it being an amazing exhibition, it's supported by NARS which meant there was a little make up stand in the exhibition shop, perfect for you beauty bloggers! Somerset House always hosts the most amazing photography shows, I just hope one day I get to see David LaChapelle's work there! Guy Bourdin: Image Maker is on until 15th March.

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After wondering around the exhibition for so long my boyfriend and I had began to work up a huge appetite, and what better way to fill it with a trip to Meat Market. I've always been apprehensive to go because as a veggie the words 'Meat Market' don't really fill me with confidence. However after taking at the carbs filled menu, I found that there was plenty for me to eat. We picked up a few treats including; Cheese fries, deep fried mac 'n' cheese bites and the Dead Hippie Burger (for him). They have some amazing sound cocktails there too, I really loved the sound of 'Brainfreeze'; a strawberry, mango or passion fruit sorbet with tequila topped off with a splash of lemonade. Sounds like the perfect drink to cool down with in the summer. Located in the heart of Covent Garden it means that after refueling there are plenty of shops to dip in and out of and get a feel of London. One of my favourite shops to visit is Kate Spade tucked away in Langley Court, it's full of cute accessories to lust over! Of course whilst you're in the area don't forget to visit Cybercandy where you can find tonnes of American treats and Soda's. Then finally visit traditional British sweet shop Hope and Greenwood to stock up on sweets to gobble on the train journey home. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Princess inspired hair...

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If I'm completely honest I had a major case of bloggers block this week and was so stuck on what to do for this weeks post. However my sister had the brilliant idea of doing a post based on my go to hair looks. Luckily for me my sister is also a bit of a wiz when it comes to all things hair, so this post is basically all thanks to her.
I'm going to be writing about the 'princess' style plait (see below) as I feel the other two hair looks (above) are pretty self explanatory. To create this look you will need to start off by loosely curling your hair, this step isn't essential but it creates a much more textured final look. You will then need to make a small three strand plait from the hair in your crown and tie with an elastic, just as I've done in the photo above. However, I think I made my plait a little bit too tight it's important to have it a bit looser as this will be where you make the bigger plait from. The next step is to take a section of hair from the right side of your head and pull it through the gap in the small plait you just created. Repeat the same step on the left and continue to do so for the rest of the plait. As it reaches your neck it will be become easier for you to do as you will be able to bring it round to the front, which means you will be able to see what you're doing in a mirror. Once you have finished, you can loosen the plait to make the style as neat or messy as you like. I finished off the hairstyle with one of the gorgeous glitter bows from Crown and Glory, I think they're perfect to pop at the top of a bun or ponytail. 

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I thought I'd also include some of my favourite hair products some of which I've also used to create this look. My go to product when doing my hair for a night out is the Charles Worthington texturising spray. This spray truely is amazing, it recreates the feel and look of back combing without all of the hassle. I first heard out about this product via Fleur/Amelia's video when they were talking about dupes. They suggested that this was a great copy of the Oribe dry texturising spray and I popped straight to Boots and have never looked back, and what's even better it's a fraction of the price! I used this spray to create a bit more texture and volume in my hair so it didn't look quite so polished when I had finished the plait.
Another amazing product is the Colab dry shampoo (in the fragrance London), this is the hair line brought out by fashion model, YouTuber and blogger Ruth Crilly. At first I was apprehensive to how this dry shampoo was going to be any different from the others, but it is! For me the best part of the product is the smell! I absolutely hate the smell of coconut and I find so many dry shampoo's have this scent, but the London dry shampoo smells exactly how you would want your hair to smell. The product scent is described as, 'a classic yet contemporary fragrance of bergamot, musk & magnolia' - all of which are my favourite notes in perfume. I'm yet to try the others but I've heard great things about the New York and Paris versions.

I would love to know what you think of this post and if you try out the hairstyle yourself!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Kylie Jenner lip, Part Two...

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After the success of my first Kylie Jenner lip post I thought I'd do a part two back for you, this time her bold dark lip. (For those of you who haven't seen my original post, please click here!) I know her make up style isn't for everyone but it's one of THE most talked about things of 2014, and is still popular two months into 2015. I've heard that Miss Jenner does most of her make up herself, hence all of those selfies on Instagram. I've gone for a slightly toned down version of her round full lips to make this slightly more wearable although I did feel like I looked a tad Miranda Sings.

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I'm still not quite sure how she manages to create such a 'natural' full looking lip, as it took me ages to try and perfect this one, and I still couldn't quite create the same effect! I used three main products for these lips and then used eye-shadows and powders to create more depth. First I started off by really over lining my lip shape as you want them to seem as big as possible, I used MAC Whirl to do this. To create the dark plum colour I used a combination of the Laura Mercier lip stain in Mulberry, and Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in the shade Black Cherry. Using a lip brush will give you much more control of the product and will stop you from smudging your lips, I used the Real Techniques lip brush. As you can see in the photo above I used the back of my hand as a palette to mix the two colours together and I even put a swipe of black eyeliner on there to create more definition in the corners of my mouth. This is not an easy look to do and will take a fair amount of practice, I would recommend for you beginners to start gradually lining your lips and then begin to build up the lip colour. I finished off the look by using the enhance shade in my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette to add an authentic 90s look,using a shimmer/lighter product in the centre of your lips will also make them look fuller.
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Monday, 9 February 2015

The Janoski's

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Last week I had a weekend away in Cambridge where I was planning on doing a little blog post dedicated to the area. However it rained the whole weekend and I felt it didn't really show the city in the best light. So I've decided to go back when the weather is a little bit better and I can take photos without my fingers turning blue. Which brings me onto this weeks post, as I've decided to write about trying to be fashionable whilst staying warm(ish). As much as I would like to wander around London in a pair of blue gingham heels (see my last post if you don’t know what I’m talking about), the reality is I rarely wear heels in real life. Sometimes I think blogging can make people feel that they should be wearing heels all of the time, but honestly it’s just not practical. I’d much rather be comfortable than freezing cold because I’m wearing a tiny tea dress with over the knee boots. I'm not enjoying this icy cold weather, I always forget how cold it gets in February and I'm sure I am not the only one. I’m so pleased I’m no longer living in Birmingham in a very cold student house.

So I thought I’d do a style post which reflects my style on a more everyday basis, everyone I know could tell you that I love a good pair of trainers. I've even been known to wear them to clubs, how else am I going to be able to dance like Beyonce? My one true love in trainer form is the black Nike Janoski’s, designed by skateboarder Stefan Janoski, this is my second pair and I can easily see myself wearing these forever. Although saying that I do have my eye on a pair of black Adidas Gazelle's, which I think could work just as well with this outfit. Please let me know if you have any trainer recommendations and I'd love to know if you're a trainer fanatic like I am.

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