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! 


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!


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.