30 December 2013

ASOS Spring 2014 Coats

   (Image from ASOS)

                                                             (Image from ASOS)                                                        ASOS Vintage Cocoon Coat £110

Spring for me is all about the Pastels. So browsing on ASOS I came across these two beautiful coats perfect to make a statement for the New Year. They ooze femininity and still have the practicality of a coat, keeping you warm on those frosty mornings. So why not keep yourself warm, whilst opting for more of a statement than that jacket which has kept you warm in 2013.

                                                                (Image from ASOS)                                                   ASOS Trapeze Button Front Coat £95

This beautiful duck egg blue will go perfectly with anything from skinny jeans to dresses. The coat is versatile enough to wear with anything. My comfort zone in the coat department is usually black or navy, however these coats have changed my perceptions.

                                                             (Image from ASOS)

                                                            (Image from ASOS)

This is certainly on my wish list for the new year.

Go on, its a New Year, treat yourself to a beautiful pastel coat. I won't tell if you don't. 

                                        Our little secret.

29 December 2013

The Tartan Trend

Tartan has always perplexed me. It was a print I would steer clear from being a rebellious tom boy at primary school and being forced to wear a tartan tunic and returning home with mud and paint stains, smeared all over my once, freshly ironed school uniform.

Therefore, when I heard this trend had 're appeared', I was slightly skeptical to say the least. The images of a pompous school and scratchy, unflattering uniform spring to mind, not sultry or chic.

But, when I stumbled across this photo.

My pre conceptions were abolished. I love how feminine this outfit looks.

 I never thought that it would be possible to pair florals with tartan. They should, in my mind, be kept as two separate trends, as my Mother always says, "you can have too much of a good thing.' However, this look has completely changed my mind. The model looks so heroically feminine, yet dainty, a look which is very difficult to be achieved.

The girlishly floral printed shirt provides a pinch of softness, contrasted to the bold statement cobalt tartan, to create an utterly perfect look.

It is safe to say, I will be wearing florals and tartan more often now.

(Photo from Harper's Bazar)

Panettone Bread And Butter Pudding

 On a lazy Sunday afternoon, recovering from Christmas, I was browsing my larder, I found upon a rogue Panettone. I had read many cooking articles regarding this Italian sponge bread so I thought why not make this into a bread and butter pudding with a twist, accompanied with some home made custard for an after Sunday lunch treat.

Tribal Jewelry: New Years Eve Glamour

My Jewelry collection mostly consists of two extremes: Chunky Tribal Jewelry and dainty girlie diamonds and sparkles. For me a jewelry has to be a statement, why else wear it? The piece should add something new to your outfit, enhance the colors or style, not detract from the outfit. Therefore, I thought I would show you, a few of my bargain statement buys from Matalan and Primark. Who says that Jewelry has to be expensive in order to make a statement.

 This necklace is from Primark, it is inexpensive and beautiful, a mixture of fabric and beads.

 I love this ethnic necklace from Matalan, it reminds me of chocolate money rings for some reason.

This necklace again is from Matalan, it is my Mums, which I have naughtily borrowed and wear into work. I always get comments about this necklace and it is so affordable. What is not to love?

28 December 2013

Avenue 32: Jewelry

Decadent Jewelry makes me weak at the knees.

So, when I stumbled upon Avenue32's dramatically elegant Jewelry collection, it was enough to make any girl swoon. The vibrant rich colors, exude a regal stance, demonstrating that wearing this jewelry is a gift.

(Image from Avenue32)

These necklaces are mesmerizing. I have truly never seen a piece of jewelry so intricate and elegant. The colors demand attention and are a true statement to wear to any event. Indeed, for me the jewelry needs no accompaniment, the statement necklace is captivating and needs no distraction. 

Avenue 32 have awakened the trend of fabric and gems.

If like me you are new to this amazing collection, browse at avenue32.com
(Image from Avenue32)

How to: Alexa Chung's Signature Cat Eye

If like me you struggle to perfect a cat eye, I thought that you may find Alexa's advice useful, on how she achieves her signature look. 
                                (Video from Vogues Youtube Channel. All rights go to them)

Beauty Prep for New Years Eve

 I must confess the fake tan reappears nearing New Years Eve. Of course I cannot have patchy tan so I desperately need to scrub and moisturize in order to prep my skin for fake tan application. I find that this Champneys body glow scrub works a treat apart from smelling amazing. It contains Bora Bora sand! So obviously this is a must have in my beauty essential kit.
 I also like to do a face mask at least a week before so if it does break me out, my skin has time to settle down before the big event! Follow this rule. Having pimples is irritating anyway, especially when there will be copious photos reminding you, you should have prepped your skin before!

Now, I am normally of a mud mask girl, especially masks from REN. However, I used to get these masks with my sisters when we were little and I thought I would give it a try again. It made my skin very soft and smooth and thus why it is now being included into my New Years Eve beauty kit.
I would love to know what is in your beauty kit and how you will be preparing for New Years Eve, let me know in the comments below.

New Years Eve Outfit

So that time is upon us again...

It is crazy to think how fast this year has gone and I am now riffling through my wardrobe, trying to find an outfit to wear for the magical evening of New Years Eve. An outfit which is hot enough to take photos with your friends but not so constrictive, to prevent you from dodging away from an unrequited New Years Kiss.

So here are my choices. Let me know what you think and tell me what you are thinking of wearing. I would love to see your suggestions!

 I love this body con dress from Cavendish House. The panels at the side exaggerate my curves and allow me to get those Marilyn Monroe style curves. This dress is perfect for those petite girls who lack in the hip department or if like me you want to show off the hips God gave you, this is perfect. I always get comments wearing this, so I recommend you pick up a little number with paneling for your perfect New Years Eve outfit.

 I am pairing this with this beautiful chunky necklace from Matalan to give me an ethnic edge.

 My second choice is this dress from H&M. I love this dress it has a skater bottom which skims over my hips if I feel I am not in the mood to wear tight tight body con. I pair this with a pair of black tights and ankle boots or heels as its New Years of course!

 Next is this smock dress from BOOHOO. I love it. The pattern is very autumnal and looks amazing with black tights and a pair of Chelsea boots. This is my first smock style dress as I have been a little scared of the baggy nature of these dresses and did not want to look expecting when I wore it out and about. 
However, I find that it does actually make you look smaller. Strange I know. I achieve this by pairing the dress with tight black tights. By doing this, it highlights your long legs and gives the impression that the rest of you continues in this slender fashion. Our little secret ladies

. I am really loving dresses from BOOHOO at the moment, they are inexpensive and exactly on trend. 

BOOHOO I salute you.

30 November 2013

Top Winter Coats

Coats and Jackets

After a recent shopping trip, I found my stumbling across beautiful, luscious, rich fabrics, to keep cozy in the winter months. I have consequentially put together my top must have coats for this season. I, like most, seem to only buy bright prints  for the season, then the year after I cannot wear it. So I searched long and hard for coats that are: a wardrobe staple, will not break the bank, do the job.

Tartan is incredibly “in” this season and although is a trend which will come and go, to me the classic print and style is timeless and will definitely be my wardrobe staple:

 (Image from ARK)

£74.99 ARK

Love a biker jacket and fur? (faux of course.) I love this coat from ASOS it can be teamed with black skinny jeans and worn oversized for a rockstar winter look.

 Image 1 of ASOS Faux Fur Jacket By Marcel Ostertag

(Image from ASOS)

£80.65 ASOS

Tweed and black is a match made in heaven if you ask me…

 (Image from MarksandSpencer)

£59.00 MarksandSpencer

11 November 2013

Winter Party Outfit

So this weekend the sun came out! Yippee. So I thought why not get dressed into my favorite party outfit this Winter and show you how I styled it.

 My dress is from Missguided. I love it. It is my go to party dress for the winter season. It is so soft and  easily dressed up and down. Unfortunately I bought this last year so they do not have it in the navy this season. However they have it in a brighter blue which I actually prefer. It creates more of a statement.


My hat is from Primark perfect to stay cosy in this cold weather

My boots are from Topshop
I paired this outfit with ethnic jewelry from Forever 21, to take a simple dress to a statement.

09 November 2013

Grunge Autumn Jewelry

I have lusted over grungey pretty cartilage piercing for months. As a rebellious 17 year I plucked up the courage and went to have it done and unfortunately did not look "cool" more like a girl with a very red earlobe. So consequentially I took it out. However, I have since managed to find dainty cartilage piercing without the pain! A cheaper and less painful option.
I Love this Clip on leaf cartilage piercing from SeaSideCharms who make individual jewelry suited to you.
(besidetheseasidecharms@gmail.com)The blue lower lobe earring is from Accessorize and the crisscross silver clip on earring is from Ebay. 

So here it is grungey, yet pretty earrings on a budget minus the pain. 

30 October 2013

Anthony Logistics Glycolic Cleanser

So I read about this from the queen of beauty herself Caroline Hirons.

I then scoured the internet for reviews of this cleanser which claims to work wonders on oily skin. So after looking for the best deal I stumbled across a SALE on Beauty Bay. I managed to get it for £15.12 (£17.00 including Royal Mail Tracked delivery- a save from Space NK'S £21.00.) Bargain.

 It smells like oranges and leaves my skin silky smooth. This is the first glycolic cleanser I have used and I must say it has opened my eyes to the wonders of glycolic acid. AmazeBalls.
 It is 237 ml for £15.12 which is fantastic. I would really recommend this product to all you lot. It is not just for men! I am sure if this was promoted for women the price would be a lot higher...

I guess it is time for me to start shopping more in the mens department, they have comfy jumpers and now amazing skin products...

24 October 2013

Winter Knitwear

I have been wanting to have this "chat' with you all for a while now. With winter well and truly here I feel more and more drawn to my Christmas jumper. There I said it. Yet, when is the 'appropriate' time to wear my Christmas jumper?

You know when you see a pubescent boy 'trying' to be alternative, wearing a Christmas jumper in August, you think... REALLY?! I know you think it, dont fib.

Its October though, not even Halloween, this cant be the time, or can it? When I don the Christmas jumper, Christmas in my mind is basically here. I might as well just start eating my weight in Mince Pies and necking Mulled wine. *Which isn't advisable*

Maybe I am still an 11 yearold at heart. I am that girl who gets overwhelmed with excitement when the coca cola Christmas advert comes on, who listens to NOW Christmas in the car and wears a pair of reindeer ears when attending Christmas Social occasions.

 I love Christmas.

However, it is rather worrying how fast this year has come, so maybe I will not put on my  red Christmas reindeer jumper on just yet and wait until at least.... November.

7 Days to go.

 Until then I shall control my excitement with my cream chunky knit jumper from H&M for £14.99.

How To Contour Your Face

I have always been flummoxed on how to Contour my face.

 My attempts previous to my make obsession have resembled more in the realms of bruising than definition. Not quite the look I had been aiming for. So I thought, if like me, you struggle with concept of contouring. Here are my 3 easy peasy tricks.

 First trick I like to use, is using my normal/ lighter shade foundation as normal and then on the bits I want to contour. I.e my Nose, cheek bones and temples, a darker cream foundation.

 Jemma Kid foundation is my favorite for doing this trick.

Also another product I like to use is this creamy bronzer from Chanel.

Next- A little bit harder a powder. I find this harder to use than a cream blush. However it is still easy to blend but needs more work to buff in. You're BUFF so get buffing Gal.

 I buff it out with a stippling brush. Make sure there are no obvious orange lines. Nobody wants to look like they have been tangoed.
My dog also decided that it would be terrible if you were orange and decided to jump up at my camera to inform me of this thought.

Lots of Love from the both of us x