Tuesday, 19 August 2014

BACK TO BASICS

I love nothing more than a good basic. (Chocolate, Curry and Coffee aside, obviously) As someone that works long hours and often has early mornings, having my basics at hand is always a winner as getting ready in the morning usually involves doing so in the dark.

Apart from the time I went into work - at 5am may I add - with my jeans on back to front. True story. Don't ask!

My favourite basic at the moment is a new purchase from ASOS. I had a £20 voucher that needed spending - which is always a recipe for disaster as let's face it, who can shop on ASOS and spend less than £20? - and this little beauty, in the sale for £10, was right at the top of my list.

Said basic 'beauty' that is not only ridiculously comfortable, easy to wear and versatile, but also an amazing choice for those 'all you can eat buffet' times. Classy times people, classy times...
You may have sneakily seen this dress in my previous post about my new bag - yep, another one - but I love it too much not to feature it on it's own. The Breton stripes really do make this outfit so effortless, whether you pair it with loafers and a trilby, or boots and a biker jacket. The possibilities are endless.

Apologies for sounding like an Adidas advert. Impossible is nothing (...and all that jazz!)
Dress: Asos
Boots: Zara
Bag: Aldo
Watch and Buckle bracelet: Michael Kors
Hair resembling Hagrid on a bad hair and generally dishevelled look: courtesy of the poxy wind and and overzealous spritz of Charles Worthington Texturising spray.

On the subject of wind, I think it's safe to say that our summer is over, isn't it? This devastates me and makes me happy in equal measures. I will sincerely miss being able to wake up, throw on a pair of skorts, a tee, and sliders without having to factor in any wind, rain, cold situations. (Not to forgot being able to rock a natural tan, of course!) I am however, stupidly happy to be able to pull out my chunky knit sweaters, leather trousers and endless supply of boots from the depths of my wardrobe again. Will I be ruing the day I said that when I'm freezing my nips off cold? probably. But I'm willing to put it out there for now.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to know what your go-to basics are? What items you're always relying on in your wardrobe? Help a girl out and give me some - much unneeded - shopping inspo :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

THE NEW BAG

Every girl has her weakness. Be it lipsticks, be it eyeshadows, be it shoes, or even dresses. (You get the gist...) She love's them, she buys more of them than is ever necessary. They are her BAE!

Jesus Christ, Blogger - please disable my account if I ever use the phrase BAE in a blog post again!

Back to the point, that item for me, would most definitely be handbags. After falling in love, tripping over and accidently falling into Mulberry and purchasing the Tillie Tote 2 and a half years ago, I declared that I would never buy another bag again. (May I point out that this was actually said in my post traumatic shock stage however, after realizing I'd spent an eye watering amount of money on a handbag)

I held true to that declaration. All the way up until a few days ago when I again, tripped and fell into Aldo this time and came away with the this little beauty. God, all this tripping over, I really need to be more careful don't I? ;)
Now, this may look slightly familiar to the eagle eyed, fashion conscious of you out there and I see where you're coming from. It does look very similar to a certain Celine luggage tote and I am totally OK with that. Same structure, same hardware, less than 2.5% of the price - it was £50 for those interested - That makes me a very happy girl.
Things to note about this bag. [READ: listen to me fan girl over a handbag for 10 minutes]

  • The Colour. Ahh the colour. It is quite simply impossible to catch the exact colour of this bag in photographs. It is a bright, orange toned red... classic enough to look 'chic' but bright enough to make a statement without getting too neon. Paired with a monochrome outfit, love!
  • The Structure. This bag is the handbag equivalent to Narnia. That is all! It doesn't look huge - which I like - but my god does this enable you to lug around your kitchen sink with you day in, day out. (Which I like even more) It's faux leather - i.e pleather, let's just say it how it is, shall we?! - with gold hardware. The zips down the side allow you to do them up and in essence, make the bag more compact. As I am a girly girl however, I shall be leaving them open to allow for the 20 different shades of pink lipstick that is obviously essential to carry around with you every day ;)
I will leave it there as I really could go on forever. In conclusion, if you love the Celine Luggage style handbags but are a massive tight arse trying to be thrifty, then this is the one for you. It also comes in black - which looks stunning by the way - and a gorgeous tri-tone royal blue, white and black. So there really is something for everyone!

So, all that's left to do now is get the information out of you. What is your fashion or beauty weakness? What can you not walk pass without checking out/unnecessarily purchasing more of? I would love to hear your thoughts!

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

THE REPURCHASES

When it comes to makeup, one thing I do tend to struggle with is commitment issues. (Makeup commitment issues? Clearly a first world problem right there for you all...) Yes I have my favourites, yes I know that they will probably look best on me because no other item is yet to compare but still, a quick pit stop in the Mothership - otherwise known as Boots (or superdrug) - always results in another lipstick/blusher/foundation/[insert your own item of makeup here] purchase. You know, just in case they are the one.

There are some products however that I barely ever stray from. And if I do, give it a month or two and I will always, no matter what, end up coming back to these bad boys. They are my 'Holy Grails', the unsung hero's, they are the items that always get repurchased no matter what!
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, hot cloth cleanser - apart from having the longest name in existence, there is nothing even slightly negative I can say about this product. I wrote a review of this nearly 2 years ago - where the hell has that time gone? and how the hell did I ever publish a post with such shit terrible picture quality?! - so I won't ramble too much but what I will say is, if you're looking for a kind to skin, nourishing whilst also really balancing the skin cleanser, that will remove every scrap of makeup - this is your guy. I have easily repurchased this at least 15 times and that count is going to continue clocking up. Love!

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask - Oh Origins, you pulled it out the bag with this one didn't you. This product never hugely appealed to me when there was first a major hype around it. Having combination/oily skin, the idea of 'intensive hydration' was one that broke me out into an even bigger, greasier mess. How very wrong I was. This mask, single handedly makes my skin look alive when I wake up the following morning. It makes it look plump, healthy, nourished, basically like I've drunk 8litres of water and had more than my 5 a day (which is saying something because that never happens!) This is good skin in a bottle, and I am more than happy to pay £23 for that. (Even if my purse isn't. SorryNotSorry purse!)

Mac Angel Lipstick - Ahh, if there was an award for the most nostalgic product in my makeup arson, this pretty little thing would take the crown. It was the first Mac lipstick I ever bought, I am now on my third and it will always be my "fuck, I've got 5 minutes to get ready, I need a lipstick I love to perk up my corpse-like face" product. A pale, rosy pink. Not quite a nude, but definitely a very natural colour. And come on, we all know Kim Kardashian named this as one of her favourites back in the day...
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - For some reason I have never reviewed this foundation and I'm kinda angry at myself for that. Unless you've been living under a rock then you must have heard a hell of a lot about this. It's not sheer - bad naming Nars, although totally forgiven for being so bloody amazing - I would say that it's a medium coverage foundation which is definitely buildable. I know that I have completely rinsed the life out of the phrase 'good skin in a bottle' but it really does perfect your skin whilst still looking natural. Maybe I'll just get my arse in gear and post a review soon.

I stress emphasis on the word 'maybe' :)

Essie Fiji - I am on my third bottle of this. The only other nail polish I have ever repurchased is my trusty old Seche Vite - which on reflection, probably should be featured here, however in all honesty, I forgot to photograph it. Shit happens... - which speaks volumes for Fiji. It's a very light, baby pink colour which can almost look white from a distance. It makes your hands look more tanned, more slender (slender hands are obviously of utmost importance) I feel like it just borders elegant nude, and tacky tip ex nails and I am not ashamed to admit that I am totally OK with that.

So I think that's about it for my 'repurchases' ode today and I have to say, I have really enjoyed using any excuse to have a rifle through my collection (all in the name of blogging, obvs) It makes you love those unsung, 'always lurking around but never quite gets the praise' heroes just that little bit more. So please tell me, what are the products that YOU always repurchase? What are YOUR unsung heroes?
I would love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

JULY FAVOURITES

Yes July has crept up on us ever so quickly but let's face it, every blogger/vlogger in existence will say that every month, so I shall spare you the huge ramble about it this time :)

This month has been a pretty good one and I kind of feel like I've fallen (even more) head over heels for makeup and clothes. Especially clothes (...sorry purse!) So without further ado, here are the things I've been loving this month.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

You can sit with us

I'm not one for a bandwagon. Well, maybe that's not entirely true. I generally abandon a trend while it's, erm, on trend? And then jump on it a whole load'a time later. Which is exactly what I've done with the t-shirt in question today. (A whole post about a t-shirt. Riveting stuff on 'the Elle next door' today. Riveting stuff!)

I'll start by saying that Mean Girls is genuinely one of my favourite films. It's definitely up there in my in my top five which I understand probably makes me a little tragic - that's just the beginning love... - and a little bit of a loser but I just can't help it. It makes me laugh, it's a feel good film, and it inspires fashion items apparently. What more could you want?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

CHANGE

Change. For someone that is generally pretty petrified by even the thought of it, I am very happy to sit here and right about the newness in my life - and blog, exciting times!! - of late. If you've read my blog previously then you'll be more than aware that I love nothing more then to waffle on into the next century so I will try to keep this as short and snoozeworthy-less as possible.

Please take note on the word 'try'. I am making no promises :)

Monday, 21 July 2014

MONDAY BLUES

Think I was joking about having to separate my Primark Midi skirt posts into parts because I bought so many? Yeah, I wasn't... After buying my first Primark midi in the gorgeous - if slightly picnic blanket-esque - gingham print, I deemed it necessary, yep necessary, to follow it up with not one midi repurchase... but three. (I also blogged about the second, which is a gorgeous pastel checked number, here)

My new years resolution to spend less is clearly going as well as my resolution to eat healthy and exercise.

Onto the next Midi purchase. It's a pastel/periwinkle blue, it is slightly sheer with a shorter slip underneath, it is - to quote Cheryl for the thousandth time (I really do need to stop quoting bloody Cheryl) - right up my street!

Friday, 18 July 2014

THE BLOGROLL

I've never done one of these 'BlogRoll' type of posts before. I think that's because I have a tendency to fan girl, girl crush drool over my favourite bloggers at the best of times, let alone a whole blog post focused on doing just that. But here I am, deciding to share the love today.

And of course it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my face has had an explosive breakout making me resemble a pizza. Nothing at all... ;)

I've tried to cut this list down as much as possible - yep, this is my short version - but I do want to take a minute to say that there are literally 100's of blogs that I love and adore, but these are just the ones particularly floating my boat right now. My go-to blogs if you will.

Onto the stalk-ee's, err... I mean bloggers.
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