Friday, 3 October 2014

All Saints - Perks of the job


Hello again! I do apologize for my lack of blog activity recently, I've just started back at uni so it's all been a bit crazy and my room is a bit of a nightmare for taking photographs (the worst lighting) which I'm trying to work around the best I can. 

Last week I landed a part time job at All Saints in the Trafford centre, which in case you didn't know is just my dream! I could talk forever about why I love All Saints as a brand, and believe me I've already exhausted myself verbally to many friends on the subject these past two weeks. It's all about shades of grey! Granted it's expensive, yes, but if you only ever own one discounted dress from All Saints it will forever be stylish. 

As part of being a stylist at All Saints I get a budget per season to spend on uniform plus a pair of shoes. For this seasons uniform I wanted to keep in mind that it would be getting colder soon so I opted for the black Mast low rise skinny jeans and the Abi top in black. For shoes I chose the Sarris Chelsea boot. All of the below can be bought in store and online and students get 20% off.   



Surprisingly these boots are actually really comfortable, I think it's the thick rubber sole. I'n usually a size 4 in All Saints shoes but I opted for a 5 just because due to the narrow ankle they were a little tricky to get on in the 4 and there's nothing more uncomfortable than 'too tight' shoes. 


I think I'm in love wit the Abi top, I'm a sucker for asymmetric hems. It isn't in the photograph but a real key feature of the top is the silver zip on the side that can be undone as far as you like or zipped up adding a cool 'edginess' to the top. I think out of my leftover budget I'll need to get myself another pair of black jeans perhaps the high waisted, just because our house tumble dryer is a nightmare and it's good to have a back up.


The great thing about my work outfit is that I can easily go straight from work to a party if needs be, and that is perhaps the most endearing thing about All Saints clothes for me. 

Effortless, chic and forever timeless.

X



Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Autumn red in American Apparel

Top - All Saints, Bag - Russell and Bromley (Ebay), Necklace - charity shop.
I'd picked up this bright red pleated skirt on two separate occasions in American apparel before finally giving in and deciding to try it on. I don't usually suit pleated skirts but the moment I tried it on, I fell in love. I couldn't fault anything about it. The shortness of it really flattered my petite frame and the high waist stayed high and true to size, unlike some skirts which fall down below the waist on me. I had to give American apparel 10/10 for getting the fit right. 

What attracts me most to American Apparel is their great quality, 'made in America' products, but for an ethical, non student friendly price tag of £46, the next 20 minutes consisted of me sitting on a bench mentally writing a pro's and con's list in my head. You know that feeling when you just have to have something and technically you can afford it but you know deep down you really shouldn't because of other priorities...like food, rent a.k.a. important things in life. 

 Finally and thankfully after realizing the above, I decided against it! Instead a week later I found solace in Ebay. The exact same red American Apparel skirt in a brand new condition was up for auction on Ebay UK, I nabbed it for no more than £19 including postage saving me more than 50%. It is always worth checking Ebay before committing to buy. A lot of people get put off by the idea it was someone's before or feel like it's too much hassle, but although there are risks Ebay guarantee's your money back if an item is not as described.

Surprisingly we've been having warmish weather up North these past few weeks so this was the outfit (with a thick cardigan on top) I wore for going into town. I think it screams Cher from Clueless or maybe Blair Waldorf from gossip girl, but I like a good throwback fashion icon. 








Saturday, 13 September 2014

Laura Mercier eye palette review



I never thought I could get bored with Naked palettes but I guess the saying goes 'too much of a good thing'...

Anyway as much as I still love my trusty Naked palettes I wanted to add something a little different and a bit more daring to the mix. Enter, Laura Mercier Artist palette! The 12 eye shadows are encased in a plush crocodile effect case with  large compact mirror. This palette has been out a few months and was initially a Spring palette but I personally think these colours are perfect for all seasons, especially Autumn. The palette also comes with 1 mini eye caviar stick in the shade Cocoa, and a mini Laura Mercier black mascara, great for a travelling small makeup bag like mine.

Of course Laura Mercier isn't the cheapest of makeup brands and at the time I was lucky enough to take advantage of a hefty discount. Originally this makeup palette would cost £60, which is pretty steep, but if you're passionate about eye shadows and palettes then it's definitely worth it. When it comes to buying makeup I try to wait until the big department stores do price matches. For instance if you're a student in the UK, House of Fraser give a 10% student discount online, which is okay but if you wait until the 20% discount price matches come on (quite often) then you can combine discounts and get 30% off.


The shades in the palette are a varied mix of dark blue's, warm browns and frosty purples and pinks. I've been using it for the past few weeks as my 'go to' palette whilst commuting between the north and south, taking me from daytime casual to smoky nights. I particularly like the combination of the top right 4 matte shades. I don't often wear colour on my lids but this palette makes experimenting with smoky blues and purples very easy, I've mastered the perfect soft and smoky purple eye now!




All 12 shades are very pigmented and feel smooth on the skin making them very easy to blend with no fallout or chalkiness, even the shimmery ones. 'Buttercream' is the shade I mostly highlight with on the brow bone because it's a very light matte colour that sharpens up any day eye look.

 For the perfect 'daytime nude' transition shade I use ginger as its just a tad darker than my skin tone and compliments 'Cafe Au Lait' and 'Buttercream' very well.  

Daimond Pink is very similar to naked 3's 'Dust' shade, I use this on the inner corners of my eye to brighten things up a bit. Sable is a sheeny grey colour and I use this mostly as a transition shade to blend out the purple's and blue's to soften a smoky eye. 

When it comes to 'Deep Night' and 'Noir' I still can't decipher the difference, apart from 'Deep Night' is perhaps a slightly more vibrant blue?

 If I were to improve anything in this palette it would be taking 'Noir' out and replacing it with either a matte black or a shimmery black/blue. Apart from that I absolutely love it!

X

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

New Uni room, Tips and Tricks.



The summer holidays have officially ended for me and it's back to Manchester for my second year of Uni and to find a new job. After a few days of settling in, I thought I'd show you the progress of my room so far and give out my tips on how to make the most of your Uni room whether it be house or dorm room. 

This year I have a double bed which is amazing! I only remembered a few days before moving so I'm using an old duvet cover set my Mum gave me for the time being, although I actually quite like it. Fairy lights and photo collages are new to me but they make my bedroom feel cozy and add a boost of homeliness. My Mum bought these fairy lights from Cornwall as an early Birthday present, they come as standard fairy lights but then you can choose which coloured woven balls to add on, mine are a mix to play around with. Another new thing to me in this bedroom is my luxurious soft woolen throw. I fell in love with the colour so we bought it on my last week of owning my John Lewis discount. I'm making a conscious decision to take good care of it as it's great quality but easy to snag.

It's still not quite finished as I have quite a lot of stuff that needs to be stored away neatly in the wardrobe but it's getting there! 


Now for some bedroom tips....

1. Often enough your new Uni room may be smaller than what your currently used to at home. This room although lovely is quite small and don't even get me started on my dorm room last year although credit has to be given to Man Met uni for fitting the Cambridge Halls dorms with excellent storage space. The only thing you can do is make the most of the space you have. Buy some cheap Ikea fabric storage boxes to keep under wear and leggings in if there isn't draws available. 

2. A full length mirror is a must. Wardrobe and hair decisions are a whole lot easier when you know exactly what you look like head to toe. Pick up a cheap one from your local second hand shop or from trusty Wilko's. 



3. Just for me personally I like to have my jewellery on show because I always forget to wear it and am too lazy to go searching through little boxes to find things. Above on my desk is my earring holder from Urban Outfitters and in the second photo hanging on my mirror is another necklace holder, it just makes things more convenient to grab on the go. Also if you've been following me on Instagram you'll know draw separators have helped me out loads with organizing makeup.

4. The dilemma of where to hang your towel and dressing gown when your new room doesn't come with hooks? Adhesive hooks are now my best friend for rented houses. £1.99 for 5 from Wilkinsons, I've used them to hang my fairy lights and on my door and wall for my towel. The Landlord has said we can get them to put permanent hooks in at a later date so these will do for now just to make floor space and to make everything look a bit neater.

5. Own polish and be sure to hoover. Pests love dirt. 

6. Get something that smells nice in your room. Student accommodation can tend to have this lingering damp smell that just wont go away. I battle it with Yankee candles but if you're forbidden to light candles then opt for a scented diffuser. They sell those every where now, Asda do them for £3.

7. Completely dependable on your financial situation and room space but I find owning your own printer is a God send. The pay off compared to printing off your documents in the library is so much better, I feel like I saved a lot of money last year owning one. I picked up mine from Tesco for around £25 and I get cheaper Ink in Wilko's. Good old Wilko's. 

Good luck to those of you starting or going back to University this year wherever you may be and have fun! Let me know what you're Uni bedroom essentials and tips are below in the comments section! :) 

X 


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Vintage leather and German market jewellery


The Autumn months are quickly coming upon us and after reading about all the fantastic new trends in fashion magazines it can sometimes leave us feeling very unfashionable at the prospect of not being able to buy all you desire. Welcome to the world of fast fashion. My best advice would be, before spending all that student overdraft or wages on a new wardrobe of outfits, take a look at what you already have? Dig through winter storage, find new ways of wearing things, polish and re-heel those old knee high boots, you might be surprised at what you find, I know I was...   

Whilst going through mine and my mum's shared vacuum packs of clothes I found this vintage leather jacket of hers. Bought as a gift for her 16th birthday, it reminds me of the jacket Michelle Pfeiffer's character wore in 'Dangerous minds' aka the woman in Coolio's 'Gangsters paradise' music video. Classic tune.

 In previous years when I've tried it on, it always seemed rather unflattering, but then, as a skinny teenager in the 00's anything masculine/baggy would look unflattering on me in my mind, especially when my main fashion concern during high school was to somehow magically create cleavage from virtually non existent boobs. Yeah, so glad those days are over.

Back to the present! Now that I embrace bigger fitting clothes I decided to try it on again, just to see if I'd finally grown into it's style. It was a Eureka moment. Although it's a very masculine style of jacket it works well over a mini shift dress. The only way I can describe it, is it sort of brings the 90's and 60's together in a Mod/grunge look. I think the key to pulling off a big leather jacket is to keep the rest of the outfit in a neutral palette which is why I paired it with this simple jumper dress from H&M.


I can tell this dress is going to be my favourite Autumn/winter piece, I've been wearing it everywhere! It also looks quite chic with simple jewellery. This matching set of leather and silver only cost me £15 in the Manchester German market last month. If you love jewellery and want something different from what the high street has to offer, I highly suggest going along city market stalls to find hand crafted stuff.



X


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hungarian Haul: Kata's things


Following my Sziget post from last week, I've now finally got all my Hungarian accessories together in one place. Before these lovely finds, I had been searching for what seemed like forever trying to find really unique and interesting home made jewellery. 

The pink stoned earrings and the red and blue tribal earrings are from a native american stall that we found at the festival, I was coerced into buying them whilst quite drunk...actually I bought all of these in a not so sober state of mind. Take from that what you will. 

The other earrings and hair clips are all handmade by this lovely Hungarian woman named Kata, she uses resin and enamel to create these beautiful earrings. The crescent chandelier earrings below are perhaps my favourite, they remind me of one of my 60's style icons Edie Sedgwick. The burnt orange colour catches the light perfectly.  


I don't often wear decorative hair clips anymore, but I do wear curby grips. Seeing these cute hair clips were a sort of renaissance for me, so I ended up buying 6 pairs of clips (one for my mum). I'd temporarily lost one of the pale blue clips but it has been found now. 

I was such a good customer to Kata she gave me some heavy discounts. I've learned that if you want to buy a few things at a festival wait until the last night because it will all either be on sale or the'll give you discounts if you buy so much just to get rid of it all. 

Kata's normal online retail price for her earrings are around 7 - 10 euros each, of course with the discounts and Hungarian Forint exchange rate I paid a little less.

If you would like to check out Kata's stuff then you can find her at http://en.dawanda.com/shop/katasthings



X

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Interview black out



This week has been so busy for me as I've been crashing at other peoples houses, job hunting and commuting quite a lot. I thought I'd share with you a snippet of my day and my interview outfit. I'm off to Manchester again tonight so I can attend an interview and as I'm writing this I'm in the midst of getting my travel bag together. 

Apparently an employer will judge you within a few minutes of meeting you, therefore it's important to dress for the occasion, look professional and smile loads. For me personally it's also important to represent the company's image, adding just enough of you're own personal style to stand out as an individual. That way they the interviewer will get a sense that you will fit in perfectly with the brand image, this is just my theory.

 My interview is for quite a conservative department store who I've worked for before. They like fresh and friendly for their stores from what I've gathered through experience. I wanted to keep it super simple and go for a black on black look because I think it creates a silhouette of clean fluid lines and just looks very professional. My dress is from All Saints and the jacket is from H&M. I've added my own style to this outfit by choosing to wear khaki heeled pumps (very high) and some burgundy glass earrings. My hair will be in tousled curls tomorrow and for makeup I've decided to opt for a natural look with CC cream, emphasizing my features with winged eyeliner and my Dior addict lipstick. 

This interview is rather important to me, it's not that I'm desperate for a job, I just get nervous not having one and the fear of not getting one makes me feel financially trapped. I have quite a bad shopping habit like most girls and freshers is coming up again which means all the stores will be putting on mid season sales not to mention the expense of going out going out 3 times a week and food to live on, therefore, it's nice to know I've got a paycheck coming up.

Wish me luck! 

X

Monday, 25 August 2014

The roof tops of Budapest











During our short stay in Budapest I couldn't help but notice the beautiful, detailed architecture of the Hungarian monuments. The most and perhaps the most recognizable is the Hungarian parliament building, it's even more impressive once you walk up close to it. Budapest is a wonderful city and I hope to visit again sometime!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sziget festival! I'm back!



It's been a week since being back from Sziget and after recovering I'm finally back on the social map kicking off my blogging again with a Sziget review.
Foreign festivals have become the new 'alternative holiday' in recent years and who can blame us, English festivals including the small ones are so expensive now we may as well pay the same price and head to the sun to see our favourite acts.
 Sziget festival is found in Budapest on the Danube party island of Obuda, it's an incredibly popular festival with over 200,000 people attending not including the day visitors. 

After 24 hrs of travelling and waiting around in Frankfurt airport for our next connection followed by a bomb scare in Budapest airport we arrived at Sziget. We got off to a rocky start to say the least, after traipsing around in the midday heat looking for a place to camp in the crowded woods it became apparent once we found the perfect spot that the tent I brought had began to grow mold on from where I cleaned it and didn't air it out properly. Despite my inner clean freak having a mental break down we decided it wasn't so bad, so  settled with it as 80% of our time would be spent outside of the tent anyway, enjoying everything Sziget had to offer!.


It was so nice to be in the Eastern European heat for the festival, bikini tops were almost a uniform of sorts. Facilities at this festival were the best I'd ever seen at any festival, large clean shower blocks were a refreshing start to every day. Toilet blocks were cleaned every day as well as the porta-loo's. Large washing basins were also available to wash hands, clean teeth, refill water guns ect. Sziget prides itself not only it's all star lineup but it's focus on the art's. The camping areas are decorated with fairy lights, Japanese lanterns and sea creatures as well as a whole section of the festival dedicated to arts and craft workshops. Some of the more weirder workshop's which I wish I went to now just for the novelty, was the bunny worship workshop where each day a different activity would be devoted to the worship of the all mighty bunny God.


The lineup for Sziget this year was pretty impressive, lets just say I've knocked off a few bucket list goals. I'd only really heard of a few classic deadmau5 songs before watching him, (I was instructed to use a small d), but I soon fell in love with his show and just thought he was amazing! he knew how to get a crowd going. I respect deadmau5 as a big artist because he plays his own original songs and mixes and edits everything live instead of just pressing the play button *eham cough* David Guetta. Watching him you get the feeling he's in it for the music not the money *again cough* Calvin Harris. I also love his mouse head, it's so cool.


My favourite performance and one that was quite emotional for me was watching Placebo. I was hesitant as to whether they would be any good but they blew me away within 5 minutes. Brian Molko's voice was identical to the albums, he sang with passion, hitting every note, he held a powerful London cool presence on stage to say the least. Hearing them for the first time when I was 15 I've found their dark yet uplifting songs inspiring ever since. 

Without delving into more cliches I will swiftly move onto the next impressive act which is the rap artist Angel Haze. A relative newbie to the music industry after escaping her bizarre religious cult (interesting story look it up) she is a young female artist who's A38 stage performance really struck a chord with me. Coming onto a darkened stage dressed in T-shirt, jeans and trainers it was so refreshing to see a female artist of her caliber in that music genre to not be wearing bedazzled underwear to make big money. Her raps were authoritative and fast, she faced away from the crowd quite a lot which although signifies an insecurity, I found it rather humbling. Towards the end of her performance she jumped into her crowd of fans and rapped her last song whilst making her way towards the back of the tent followed by a snake train of people, it's nice to see she's not a fully fledged egotistical act yet. It's clear to see she cares about the music and equally her fans, I can only describe her performance as unassuming and the rawest of talents.

Some more tiny memorable moments I personally found very impressive was the moment during Outkast where a gazebo was crowd surfed to the front, oh and where during the Prodigy performance 4 men managed to get on each others shoulders and stay there. Well done whoever you are.

The rainbow skirt was my go to choice of outfit 
Sziget had tons of activities to get involved with such as experimenting with circus equipment, and writing on the 'Before I die' wall. During our stay we enjoyed sipping cocktails in the sky overlooking the main stage, basically a bar elevated up 80 ft by a crane. We also had a ride on this hanging trapezium swing thing called Mupa (you'll see below). The idea was to do a back flip in the air, the epic lift and height took me by surprise, however, and I ended up resembling a rag doll being thrown about. I can't lie it was fun though!


After an extremely fun week of getting up to all sorts and binning all but one pair of shoes. Sziget had to end eventually and it has been hard to fit 10 days of events into one post, so much that I need to do 2 more posts on my time away as of course I found some time to shop and bought a few lovely Hungarian goodies from the festival, followed by a short stay in Budapest city which I'm desperate to talk about.

If you're thinking of going next year then I hope this has helped you a bit and I say go for it!


X



Thursday, 7 August 2014

Sziget festival, Budapest - Whats in the backpack?

Taken from last summer whilst travelling
The packing has begun and in a few days I'll be on Óbuda Island dancing my time away doused in glitter and Hungarian sunshine, can't wait. This year we decided to hit 2 birds with one stone and go to a festival abroad, it's well known among friends that I'm a BIG Secret Garden Party fan so it's important to me that a festival has an artsy idea behind it. After assessing all the European festivals we chose Sziget, the infamous 7 day festival in Budapest.

In my normal day to day life the eccentric and sparkly things I've collected through out the years barely see the light of day, they sit on my clothes rail or folded up in a draw waiting for the perfect event to arise. I feel a lot of guilt over unworn clothes so when it come to festival clothing, it's really a time for me to gather all my lovely hidden treasures and build a sort of spangly pile of misfits.



Thankfully Budapest weather doesn't call for wellie boots or a back up plan of jeans and jumpers so packing for this festival is quite light. For 10 days I have 4 dresses, 4 tops, 3 bottoms, 4 bikinis (i couldn't decide), 3 pairs of shoes, a jumper and 2 cardigans. I like to take stuff I can easily co-ordinate with everything, yes, even that rainbow sequin skirt.

I don't ever take new shoes to festivals. The grounds filthy and I'm surprisingly heavy on my feet so the shoes I'm taking which consist of leather ballet flats and a pair of sandals are being worn with the intention of giving them there last lease of life as it were. The studded Converse above might look very pleasant but they are infact too small for me so I'm also taking them with an acceptance that they may be fit for the bin when I come back. 

 Getting the basic human essentials out the way, Listerine is a daily must for me because nothing says fresh like the feeling of paint stripper in your mouth. Mini shampoo and conditioner for the hope of there being clean-ish showers, if that fails then dry shampoo and back combing is the way forward. For the face, a spare mini cleanser I found and face wipes for removing glitter and makeup. A nail brush will be quite handy for removing dirt ready to be spritzed with anti-bacterial gel. 

Since Sziget is a 7 day festival we also purchased a portable phone charger to share. I usually have my phone turned off most the time anyway but it's nice to have some charge just in case of emergencies. 

Faithful bunny ears are out in full force.

I like to be as low maintenance as I can when it comes to my festival makeup bag especially in hot weather and I try to keep things in mini's that are often just samples or bonus products. The reason for this is I personally don't like wearing too much makeup in hot weather if any at all, the other reason is that I invest what I consider as a student to be a lot into my makeup products and if I were to lose them or have them stolen it's a lot of money down the drain that I might not be able to replace, it's better not to take the risk.

I won't go through every product but starting with the skin, I'm taking 2 mini moisturizers, Olay SPF 15 and Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion. Moisturizer is very important for the health of our skin to combat all the other products we abuse our skin with such as face scrubs, face wipes and makeup.

Next is my mini Benefit Porefessional primer, it's a brilliant primer for reducing pore size and smoothing the face, I apply this to my T-zone. During the day i'll be mostly makeup free so for night time I couldn't resist taking advantage of my mini Nars sheer glow foundation sample, it's good to keep the natural look of skin so I'll just dab a bit in the areas I feel needs evening out. For concealer I have my Bobbi Brown corrector in Salmon which neutralizes the blue in dark circles, I urge anyone who feels they have problems covering the under eye area to buy a corrector, my favourite is Benefit Erase Paste. The traditional concealer can then be patted over the top to even out skin tone, I'm taking my Dior Skin Nude one. Face powder is my spare Clinique one I'm trying to use up.

No eye shadows or highlighters in this makeup bag, that's because its all in my Body Shop summer waves bronzer. I learnt last summer that I can use the shades in this bronzer for a golden/brown smoked eye shadow as well as a gold highlighter and bronzer, it's all I need to take. After applying mascara, it's time to finish off the look and get a bit creative with glitter! or any fun face makeup of choice. You can get this anywhere it doesn't matter what brand it is, I have gold and black from Mac and my favourite silver from collection 2000.

I'm so excited to get there, we leave this weekend so my next post will be after the 20th August, bye for now! Thanks for reading! X

Sunday, 3 August 2014

The big Heart's of July


It's the beginning of August so I thought it would be nice to do a little round up my favourite items from the previous month. Quite appropriately, my wooden heart given to me as a gift has become the perfect little mascot.

First up is my favourite makeup and tools of the month. It's summer now and walking 30 mins to work in the heat can be troublesome for makeup so I've been wearing as little as I can. I've stopped wearing blusher as I feel my cheeks don't need to be any more flushed than they already are after walking, instead I stick to wearing my Guerlain Terracotta bronzer to give me a sun kissed healthy look. I apply this on the contours of my cheeks and in the very edges of the hair line area, blending as I go (Makeup artists tip for creating the illusion of a smaller forehead). 

Below is my eye brow saviour, the Benefit Gimme brow gel that thickens the eye brows. I've always had quite thin brows and although Iv'e never cared too much for the Cara Delevingne look It's nice to have something that emphasizes them without being too dramatic. I love this product because it's natural looking and very build-able, I use this pretty much every day! my only complaint is the size, it's too small. 

Next up is the Dior Skin nude concealer, I absolutely 'heart it', I bought this in duty free on a whim as I needed a new concealer. This creamy formula is smooth to apply on and keeps under eye skin feeling healthy and in no way 'cakey'. I feel like it has enough under eye coverage for me but that's because I always use a salmon coloured corrector underneath to combat any circles, overall it's got a lot of love from me.

Last but not least it's a case of 'old dog learning new tricks'. I bought this body shop kabuki brush over a year ago now and had only ever used it for bronzing, but last month I discovered that these types of synthetic brushes are perfect for applying foundation. If you make small circular motions when applying it gently buffs the foundation or BB/CC cream into your face creating a more airbrushed and natural look.  


I was born in the wrong era for sure, 1960's London is where I should be, going to Rolling Stone concerts and joining the hippie movement. If no one can make me a time machine then i'll settle for looking like i'm from the 60's in these White leather Chelsea boots. I bought them in the Topshop sale last month, the Crocodile effect is my favourite part about them, only problem is I can only wear these to clean places...which rules out the rainy streets of Manchester come Autumn. Damn.


Keeping with the 60's thing, one of my style icons is Edie Sedgwick, a Manhattan socialite and one of Andy Warholes superstars. She was very eccentric in her style, border line 'junky' looking at times, yet she still seemed to keep it extremely chic through out. With the white boots these silver hoop earrings remind me of her style when she first moved to New York, I've been wearing them with the same mini dress repeatedly for the past 2 weeks.


The same mini dress as mentioned above, this has got to be my most worn dress by far. In the past 2 weeks I've worn it 6 times, it's officially my favourite dress. Ironically when I first bought it I wasn't that mad on it but it was on sale at Urban Outfitters and because it fitted so well I knew I'd wear it. Well 'wear it' is an understatement I've practically been living in it, a genuine feeling of 'what else will I wear?!' came about when I had to eventually wash it.

Below I've paired it with all of the above items and products creating my most worn outfit of the month, as well as my new Vintage Green bag I bought in Sobey's; a vintage shop on Bristol's Park Street. It has plenty of pocket's and compartments inside, being constantly on the move you need a good utilities bag.






Thursday, 31 July 2014

Red velvet , Vintage inspired kimono

I do love a bit of velvet, so when my Nan gave me a load of her tops to sell on Ebay and I seen this velvet berry red top I just had to make it my own!



I could of scaled it down to fit me as a normal top but then I remembered my infatuation for 1920's vintage inspired jackets and kimono's and how pretty they look layered over lace. I'm very particular with kimonos, on the high street I find them too long for my petite height or too 'samey' and always too expensive. Now with a chance to take matters into my own hands I got to work cutting and sewing...



I started with cutting down the middle on the seam and shortening the top to waist length, then finishing off the hem and edges with a simple fold and running stitch.

 Taking some inspiration from the 20's I ruched the arms a little as well as the body of the jacket to create a curtain drape effect.

After browsing through the scrap pile of my local haberdashery I finally found a good length of black tassel fringe which I snapped up to add to my new jacket. I simply measured the amount I needed and pinned the fringe in place following the underarm seam, then sewed.
















With the left over material from before I made a little rope that fastens the evening kimono together or can be tied at the back for decoration.







This took me about 4 hours to do by hand as the stretchy material was hard to work with, but we got there in the end finishing at 2.30 am last night. I am very happy with how it's turned out, I might take it in a bit more at another point as it was originally a size 18, but it's fine for now.  I will most likely wear it as an evening kimono jacket or wear it to a festival, it wont be to everyone's taste but this fits in perfectly with my own style, it's got that bohemian romantic vibe.
When it comes to up-cycling clothes I'm definitely no expert, I just use my imagination as to what will look best and how to do it. This is why I encourage it so much because it really is for everyone who wants to have a little fun with their clothes.









Monday, 28 July 2014

Jazzy trousers - Cardiff

After working all week and having just been paid, a shopping day out was needed. Fancying somewhere a little different, Alison and myself took the train to Cardiff. The city center is wonderful to shop in, Cardiff is filled with little backstreet boutiques and cafe's.


One of the places I was keen to visit was the Oxfam charity shop to see if they had any hidden treasures, last time I visited the Cardiff store I came across the All Saints and NW3 brands. When going through second hand shops it can be very hit and miss so it's best not to expect anything. I'd been through most the racks and at the point of almost giving up I found these very jazzy skinny trousers from Topshop for £6.99, bargain! 
I also put my John Lewis discount card to good use and purchased the Nars pro prime eye primer, for the past year I've been using a bunch of Urban Decay samples so thought I should really invest into something that would last me longer. The lovely lady at the counter also gave me sample pots of the much coveted Nars Sheer glow foundation, we couldn't decide the exact shade so she gave me both so I could test them out at home in natural daylight.


One of the things I like about buying second hand occasionally is that I don't feel so guilty about ruining them in the long run. I cannot tell you how many tops and dresses I have that don't get worn as much purely for the reason I'm too afraid of ruining them with spilled drinks. With these trousers I know I can roam around busy bars and house parties carelessly because if they get ruined, big deal, they were only £6.99, who cares.



The little splits at the bottom add a bit of retro 50's to them.