Sunday, 31 August 2014

Back to school style

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So starting tomorrow it's back to school/sixth form/university unfortunately for quite a few of us, this means the summer is officially over. This year for the first time in my life I'm not returning to education after the summer break, which feels pretty weird considering I've been in education for nearly 20 years. You can read a blog post on my university experience here if you're interested. So for those of you who do have to go back I thought I'd style an outfit for you inspired by school fashion. I actually first spotted this jumper on YouTube super vlogger Zoella in one of her videos a few weeks ago and knew I had to have it. It's so cute and a perfect piece for the awkward summer to autumn transition. If you like this look I've put all the pieces in the widget below for you to look and shop for yourself!

However Monday does mean one thing for me, and that is that I only have 2 weeks left at my travel & lifestyle PR internship! I've actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought as I've learnt so much during my time there. It's also taught me that PR is something that I could definitely see myself getting into in the future. As much as I love fashion I'm not sure whether I want to work primarily in that industry, but you never know what's going to happen! I've got my next internship already sorted out and I'm so excited to start that one as we begin to lead up to the Christmas period as there will be lots to do and get involved with. Speaking of Chritsmas is it bad that I've started thinking about it?! I've already dedicated a Pinterest board to the festive season...

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Top 5 lipstick loves

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This one is for the beauty enthusiasts and beauty bloggers out there. As I don't have an endless supply of clothes to do an outfit/style post for you every week, I thought I'd bring it back to where my blog first started, beauty. I've seen a lot of these top lipstick posts floating about ever since Zoella did her high end lipstick post a few weeks ago. I am a complete lip product junkie so I'm always happy to look into other peoples collections, especially if they love a pinky brown or nude lip like me!

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Lasting fix lipstick in the shade, Autumn Berries by 17 at Boots:
I think this was the first lipstick I ever bought and I have repurchased it multiple times since. The lipstick is nicely pigmented, creamy and stays in place for a good amount of time. Considering this lipstick is under £4.50 in Boots you can't really complain and  you can pick up your points whilst you're there. 
I have just noticed on the website that none of the shades are in stock so I hope this doesn't mean that it's been discontinued!

I know this isn't a lipstick but I felt like I HAD to include as I honestly wear this all the time. I'm wearing it with my Rimmel lipstick in most of my blog posts. This has been one of the best beauty products I have ever used, the gloss and the packaging make it such a luxurious product to use that I really feel it's worth the £18.50 price tag. The pigmentation is amazing and is the most beautiful mixture of a brown and raspberry shades. One of the biggest bonuses is that it's not super sticky that you find your hair sticking to it like you do with most lip glosses.

Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade 077, Asia by  Rimmel:
This is my favourite lipstick of all time. It's reasonably priced, the colour pay off is amazing, you can wear it for any occasion and it's a really nice creamy consistency. The product suggests that it has a lasting finish and this isn't something I'd necessary agree with as it doesn't last hours but as it's a nude it's easy to top up on the go. I've tried other lipsticks in a similar shade but nothing seems to compare to it and especially as it's under £5!

This was kindly gifted to me by Liv in a box of goodies she had created for me. When I spotted this lipstick in there I was extremely excited. I ripped open the packaging and fell in love with the colour. It's not something I would pick out for myself as I tend to always go for nudes & raspberry tones, but I'm so glad it did come my way. The photos don't do it justice, it's a really beautiful blue toned pink and just really perks up any neutral based outfit. I actually wore this colour in THIS blog post, if you want to see what it looks like on. The packaging the lipstick comes in is really lovely too, the magnetic base & lid just makes the lipstick feel much more luxurious than 'drugstore' lipsticks.

Matte finish lipstick in the shade Pink Plaid by Mac:
I don't actually own many MAC lispticks I only have 2, this one & Ruby Woo - both of which are matte finishes. I find Ruby Woo sometimes a bit too drying and when I got this I was worried it would be the same, luckily it's not. Obviously as it's a matte lipstick it's not going to be as moisturising as a crème or gloss, but I find this ok to wear on it's own without a balm. I really love this colour and going to a MAC counter can be so daunting sometimes as there is just so many lipsticks, so I did my research into their nude shades before choosing this one and I'm glad I did. I used this lipstick in my Kylie Jenner inspired tutorial which you can read HERE if you like!

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Check mate.

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When moving back to London a few months ago I had a massive wardrobe clean out as I had accumulated a fair amount of stuff whilst living in Birmingham for 3 years. I realised that I had some pieces in my wardrobe which I loved but had not really worn much, this hat, these heeled boots and this blue scalloped skirt included. Determined to wear these three things more often I've thrown them into an outfit post to make a visual and internet reminder that they can't just sit there in my drawers. I think this outfit would be perfect for those chillier summer nights we will begin to have at the end of this month. This shirt is one of my favourites and was something I bought as part of my uniform whilst I was working at Gap. I love a good red & navy checked shirt and seem to buy myself a new one each year as it's a staple in my wardrobe all year round. 

I've been trying to put a bit more effort into my blog posts, outfits and layout, and I really hope you can tell! Let me know what you think as I always like too hear feedback whether it's good or bad! I was also thinking of doing a blog post on my favourite bloggers and I would love to hear yours. So put your recommendations in the comments below, I love discovering new blogs to read. 


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Monday, 4 August 2014

It's August!

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Now I am fully aware I may have gone a little bit pattern crazy in this post so I can only apologise for how your eyes must be feeling right now. I picked up this tile print dress from Topshop when I went on my mini shopping spree a few weeks ago. It's now sold out on the site but I've popped a few alternatives in the shopping widget below, if you can't see it try turning off your Google ad blocker! I really love the open back detail on this dress I think it makes it a bit more special for such a casual dress. Even though you can't see them I wore my black Puma classics with this dress, which I thought would be a perfect look for a festival like Lovebox.

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I've decided to add a bit of a beauty section to this weeks post, as something I love just as much as clothes is make up. I've actually had to put myself on a make up ban recently as my make up drawers were ready to burst so I've only been repurchasing the essentials. This look is something that is pretty much my go to look: winged eyeliner, nude lips, lots of highlighter and a bronze eye shadow. I'm always inspired by the gorgeous, glowy and feline make up style of the sixties. My make up Pinterest board is full of this sort of look, you don't already follow me here! My sister gave me the Sleek contour and blush palette in the shade light for my birthday and I LOVE IT. I've worn is pretty much everyday since I got it and it always makes my skin look flawless, even my boyfriend noticed! It's always sold out at my local Boots and Superdrug so if you can get your hands on it, buy it. You won't regret it. 

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