30 Jul 2017

Outfit post: Summer floral maxi dress

I do my best to be good with money, but I often fail! I was stalking everyone on Facebook one day and noticed a gorgeous floral maxi dress from AX Paris on the Silk Fred website. Despite having absolutely no special occasion to wear it for, I had to have it! This is the Black Floral V Neck Maxi Dress by AX Paris and costs £42. 


When Ryan Hewett invited me out to take some photos on West Wittering beach, this was top of my list to wear and float around in! I was being cheeky - he wanted to practice some wedding photography techniques from my last blog post!




I teamed the dress with a gypsophila flower crown, originally from Topshop but bought on eBay, and some Next sparkly sandals. In a strange turn of event for me, I also did more natural makeup! I did my usual MAC base, eyeliner and Primark mascara, and used Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipliner rather than my usual Ruby Woo red.


The dress was so comfortable to wear. It's made of a lovely thick fabric so no concerns about see-through parts or VPLs. I actually wore it on the plane home from holiday the week after and felt very comfortable to snooze, although I was a little anxious about flashing as it is a low V neck, wrap over style!


It has a high-low hemline which I don't normally like (it's a mullet-dress as Sam calls it) but I love this one! I think it's because the lovely circle skirt makes it drape beautifully.



Geeky running! Team - are there any exercises that can give me ankles? If you look, I have cankles!
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26 Jul 2017

Boohoo Bridal - highstreet wedding dresses

I've been doing a bit of work with lovely Southampton Wedding Photographer, Ryan Hewett. We went to West Wittering beach a couple of weeks ago to have a play at wedding photographs on the sand. To help out, I thought I'd get a wedding-y dress, but didn't want to spend out a lot. Looking around online I discovered that Boohoo have a bridal range! I bought this wrap over dress with sheer details for £25. 


Credit to the very talented Ryan Hewett - Hampshire Wedding Photographer

It was quite a windy day, so Ryan had the idea to grab a big piece of sheer white fabric from Fabric Land in Southampton to flap around in the wind. We went late in the evening, at "the golden hour" to capture the beautiful gold light. The photos would make lovely canvasses if they were of your real wedding!



Boohoo seem to be doing loads of bridal things at the moment - they are doing hen party clothes and accessories, morning of the wedding PJs and undies and clothes for the day! They are also doing a huge range of white maxi dresses at the moment which are so cheap! This dress was lovely - so many layers of fabric to give it a gorgeous swish. It was a wrap-around style which could be sucked right in at the waist! Perfect.




The only problem I had dancing around the beach was it needed tit-tape! I wore it with the Wonderbra low-front bra which was brilliant, when I kept still! However running up and down, flapping the fabric around it did keep coming apart and showing my bra!



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21 Jul 2017

Review: ORLY Coastal Crush Summer 2017 collection


Orly have a new summer collection! I've been a long-time fan of Orly nail colours - they last so long! The summer 2017 collection is called Coastal Crush and is full of gorgeous super-brights.



I was sent For the First Time, a beautiful purple-pink creme, which is lovely and opaque after two, quick drying coats. I absolutely love this colour - so distractingly gorgeous and bright! 



The blue is called Sea You Soon, and is a more sheer blue with lots of shimmer in like the surface of a pool. Again it dried really quickly (I did it in bed, and didn't get the normal bedsheet imprint on the surface). It's great for lazy people like me. 


Both polishes lasted really well - abut 4 days before I started to get tip-wear, but no chipping. I didn't use a base or top coat for either, and I didn't get stained nails which is always a lovely bonus too!
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18 Jul 2017

Relaxed weekend denim look

 The other week, when it was super hot, I was so fed up with my wardrobe. I was hunting around for cheap summery clothes online and went to Boohoo, which I admit is not always my first port of call. I bought a whole bunch of dresses (thank god for online shopping, and trying things on at home!) and sent the majority back, but I did keep several pieces. They always seem to have amazing sales and offers on meaning when I do go there, I end up buying way too much! It looks like today there's up to 70% off everything!

I bought this cute denim dress which I'm really pleased with! This is the Teresa button pinafore dress




I teamed it with a striped, cropped t-shirt from Zara, my faithful Long Tall Sally rose gold sliders, and my new tassel earrings from George at Asda.


 My legs are always covered in bruises right now! I blame netball and putting together the IKEA Hemnes Daybed you can see me sat on the day before. Sam put most of it together, but then I helped with the last bit and got myself pretty bashed up! I'm not sure currently how to style the bed when it's in sofa mode - it's longer than a regular sofa so the cushions I bought look a bit lost. I also think I might wrap the matresses in a checked blanket when it's in sofa style to make it look less like a bed. I'll keep experimenting and learning.


Teddy dog and Button cat seem to like it - I keep catching them sleeping on it at the moment. Although poor Button with her dementia seems very confused by our housemate moving out. I'm enjoying having another room to decorate, and I've painted it Pavillion Grey like every other room in the house - I love it!
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16 Jul 2017

Lazing in the sun - Jacamo edit

A little while back, Jacamo contacted me, asking if I would like to dress my boyfriend Sam. Obviously I said I'd love to! Jacamo aim to dress any man, so they promised to be able to dress Sam who is 6'2" with a long torso and a slim, muscular build.

I chose a raglan t-shirt and some pink shorts (details below). I caught him having a coffee in the garden so grabbed some photos of him, before heading out to the beach (didn't fancy bringing my nice camera to where there's lots of sand!) Plus I was desperate to show off my lovely pot plants - look mum I haven't killed any of them!


I styled the outfit - adding some turnups (I turn up everything at the moment!) and the white pumps. Sam is wearing the Black Label belted check shorts in red (£30) and the Jacamo Drake raglan t-shirt in long (£10).


The fit of the clothes was quite loose - Sam often tends to wear skinny cuts so this was a bit alien to him! However I think he rocked it. The longer length top was welcome as he often finds t-shirts a little short on the torso.



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22 Jun 2017

Review: Urban Decay All Nighter vs the Heatwave


I was sent the legendary Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray last week, and I thought what better way to test it than in the UK heatwave we're having at the moment. 

The spray promises to keep makeup looking perfect for up to 16 hours without it melting, fading or settling into fine lines. Quite a promise! I decided to try it out for a full day at work in this super hot weather, and then for a netball match in the evening, hoping its temperature controlling properties hold out. 

First thing in the morning, here's my makeup


 I wore MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and MAC Pro Longwear concealer. I used NYX tinted brow mascara in blonde, MAC fluidline gel eyeliner in blacktrack and NYX Doll Eyes Mascara. I used MAC Creme Cup Lipstick and Charlotte Tilbury lipliner in Pillow Talk. Finally I used NARS Orgasm on my cheeks. I then sprayed on the All Nighter as suggested, in an X and T shape over my face. 

The spray was easy to apply and didn't wet my makeup too much. I felt it gave my face a very dewy look, which I'm not used to as I normally go quite matte. Maybe their De-slick spray would have been better for me



After a full day at work, sweating away in a hot office my face looked like this:


I felt my makeup had mostly stayed in place. My blushed was still on my cheeks and hadn't melted down to my jaw! My eyeliner was still around my eye and not on my eye socket or under my eyelids. Also it hadn't settled into the fine lines around my mouth from where I spend all day chatting which is quite unusual! I still felt more shiny than I was comfortable with, but looking at the before and after pictures it seems I'm just as dewy as when I left the house. 

I decided to push my luck, and wore my full face of makeup to netball! 



Again after netball, impressively my makeup was still fairly intact! A bit had wrinkled up around my nose where I'd scratched it, but otherwise it had faded fairly evenly all over!

Here are the before, after work and after netball photos


Overall, I think it helped my makeup survive some pretty crazy temperatures this week. I think it would have lasted better with a primer and power top-ups too. I found my foundation didn't crease into the lines around my mouth and make them look worse which I was very happy with. It also didn't flake as my skin dried out in the dryer patches which was lovely! My naturally very oily face was probably a big fight for this spray so I think it held up well. I imagine if you have normal or dry skin, this would have worked perfectly to give a lovely dewy texture to skin and maintain makeup. I think this would be perfect for a wedding or night out to keep skin looking fresh and lovely. 

Urban Decay All Nighter is £23.50 for a large bottle which will last a long time!

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17 Jun 2017

Outfit Post: Floral Long Kimono

I love Zara. I think it's probably my favourite shop ever. This month, in an effort to not spend money, I've been trying not to shop. Therefore going on the Zara website was a massive mistake, but I'm so glad I did because I adore this kimono. 



 This is the "long printed kimono" from Zara and cost £59.99. It's a lovely floaty fabric and I was comfortable wearing it on a very warm day this week, but was thick enough to feel lovely quality. I love the cute black piping around it, and the tropical floral print fabric. Zara have got a great range of kimonos at the moment here


I paired it with some khaki cropped trousers from Zara, black t-shirt from New Look and gold flip flops from Long Tall Sally.


In other news, I got my hair did! Normally I have a lovely friend do my hair, but I was starting to feel like I only saw her when I wanted something from her so I decided to go to a salon. I asked to go blonder and get a fringe and I love it! I went to Hair OTT in Whiteley, and met a great hairdresser called Jamie. I love it! As you can tell, the day after having it cut I'm still not sure how to style a proper fringe but I'm getting there. 



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3 Jun 2017

Outfit post: Evening walks

Yesterday evening, Sam and I took an evening stroll through town to the local new micro-brewery. It's been lovely weather recently, and I thought it would be the perfect time to wrap up with my scarfigan (a scarf-cardigan!) which I created by tucking my scarf into my belt! 


Look at my silly face, I'm so pleased with myself. As we were walking I came across this gorgeous tree covered in lilac flowers so I had to stop to pose for some photos with it as my backdrop. 

I am wearing:
My gorgeous new La Mo Designs Afroklectic lace print scarf - this gorgeous silk scarf was sent to me by the lovely Leonora Asomanin from Brentwood, who I met a little while ago when she threw a fashion show in Portsmouth. She recently started this company, selling large, fair trade silk scarves with ethnic prints
ASOS oversized tunic top worn as a dress (similar here)
Long Tall Sally Sash leather slip on sandals (which are on offer right now!). The softest sandals ever 


The scarf is gorgeously soft and silky. It came beautifully packaged (perfect for gifts, but also to keep the scarf in for safe-keeping). Geek me made a gif of the unboxing!  


We walked down to The Fallen Acorn Brewery in Gosport, Hampshire (just across from the Portsmouth/Gosport Ferry). It does locally brewed beers and has tap room nights on Fridays. It was a fun evening, hanging around and chatting. We walked home along the marina front and obviously a little tipsy, I requested more photos! 



Any ideas on how to wear scarves out there? I'm a big pashmina/wrap fan, but have never owned a lovely silk scarf before and have no idea how to wear them (other than tied around your neck like my vision of a 50s air hostess!) Maybe I'll try it around my head!


The brand have lots of other lovely prints - check them out here. They are all £50. Thank you Leonora



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29 May 2017

Summer Dress Edit

Summer dresses are hard to choose from - I look for the perfect balance between pretty and short, but not too short and not too tight. Something which isn't sexy or hard work, but just easy to float around in. I've been looking for a while, so thought I'd share with you my favourite picks for the moment if you're having the same struggle. P.S for a TLDR (too long, didn't read) I'd recommend you head straight to New Look who appear to be smashing it.

Blue tie-front denim midi dress - £24.99 from New Look




Black wild Poppy dress - £30 from Silkfred

Vero Moda Gingham dress - £28 from ASOS


Red wrap-front midi dress - £27.99 from New Look (comes in other colours)


Louche Priam Spotty Dress - £48 from Joy the Store




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