26 Jul 2014

PINK POPPIES

This weekend kicked off with a great start, as I'm now off work for a week and woke up to more sunshine, hurrah! We decided to head off to Avenham Park in Preston for a Vintage and Craft Fair, where I saw my lovely friend Steph of Lily & The Lamplight and got yet another two piece from her! Expect to see some photos of that very soon! We had a wander round the park and figured it would be the perfect place to take some outfit photos, so we got to snapping! Avenham Park is such a beautiful place, especially in Summer. It's full of beautiful flowers and architecture, and runs alongside the river. Whenever I go it really makes me appreciate where we live, as Preston isn't always perceived as the nicest place, but with hidden gems like this it's actually a really great place. Anyhow, enough waffling! On to the outfit...













Top - Dorothy Perkins via House Of Fraser*
Shorts - Oasis via House Of Fraser*
Sandals - Clarks
Bag - Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses - Warehouse via House Of Fraser*


Aren't these just the prettiest shorts you've ever seen? I got these from House Of Fraser as part of a challenge to create a look for under £30. When I first got asked I was a little skeptical as I wasn't sure just how far £30 would stretch there, but when I got digging in the sale section and amongst some of their High Street brands, I was pleasantly surprised! I was actually a few pounds short of £30 so was actually pretty pleased with myself! I love the shorts, tee and sunglasses combo that I chose and think it makes the perfect summer outfit. The t shirt is one that I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of. It's on the heavy side, almost scuba fabric, so it will fit perfectly in to my Autumn wardrobe too as a transitional piece, but it will also be perfect for work with some smart trousers. Win, win! 

We're heading to York tomorrow for a few days which I am super excited about. I'm hoping to get lots of photos whilst we're there, and maybe review some great places to eat out that we'll be going to. It's literally my favourite place to go, and if the weather holds up it will be just perfect. I can't wait!!

How have you all been spending your Saturday? I've had a wonderful one and I'm now off to run myself a Lush bubble bath with The Comforter Bubble Bar. Yum!

25 Jul 2014

MAKE UP FOR PALE SKIN: THE BASE

Being pale skinned is usually seen as endearing and interesting by those blessed with a natural tan, but for us pale girls it's a bit of a struggle, especially when it comes to make up! It's taken me quite a while to figure out which products and colourways are best for my ghostly complexion, and there's been some orange tide line disasters along the way, but I think I've got it now. That's why I thought it would be good to put together a mini series on the blog, showing you the best products that I've found to compliment my skin tone, and lots of other little tips. I'm kicking things off with the base, as it seemed like the logical place to start, but over the weeks I'll be talking about blush, bronzer, eyes, lips and nails. Let's get in to it!
Foundation is definitely the most tricky thing to get right, and it's taken me a while to find ones that work for me. Some old favourites of mine are both from Rimmel, a brand that I usually find to be pretty good for paler shades. For days when I want a lighter coverage I go for the Rimmel BB Cream in the shade Light. After a good half an hour testing out BB Creams in Boots, this was pretty much the only one that didn't look orange on me, so I snapped it up quickly! If I want a heavier coverage on those days when blemishes make an appearance, I opt for the Wake Me Up Foundation in the shade 100 Ivory (I've learnt that anything with 'Ivory' in the title is my friend!) which is probably one of my all time favourite drug store products.
Nowadays though, there are two recent additions to my make up bag that I am completely head over heels for! These are the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation in number 15 Opal, and the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc. Now these two are more on the pricey side (one more so than the other), but in my eyes they are definitely worth the money. I'd say these two shades are a teeny bit better matched than the Rimmel colours but still a great match. Nars Sheer Glow is a medium coverage with a lovely healthy looking finish, and the Vichy Dermablend is slightly heavier with a similar finish. 



When it comes to concealer, I try not to go too overboard, particularly around the eyes as I don't want to make my skin any paler than it already is! There are two products that I always reach for every single day. After applying my foundation I dot a small amount of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer under my eyes and blend with my fingers. I use shade 51 Light Radiance, which is a touch lighter than my foundation, so it really helps to brighten up my under eyes without making them super white. I then go in with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (please excuse the packaging - I need to repurchase!) on my blemishes, and for this is I use shade 1 Fair as it's a near match to my foundation and covers redness really well. 
Finally to finish of my base I'll powder my face really lightly, focusing mainly on my T Zone as I get pretty oily around there throughout the day. There is one powder that's my absolute holy grail, but I haven't had the chance to stock up on it lately, and that's the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Medium (I was surprised not to be colour matched to a lighter shade, but this one is just fine for me!). It's a bit of an old school product in the blogging world and is something I started using back in uni around four or five years ago, and I must have gone through around six of them since! Whilst I've been out of that though, I've been using the Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder in 021 Transparent. The great thing about this is it's transparent, so it doesn't really have any colour to it once on the skin and it has a lovely silky finish. Definitely a good alternative whilst the purse strings are tight!

So those are my top picks for the base! I''m not saying these shades will work for everyone, but for me they are spot on. Us pale girls obviously won't all be the exact same colouring, so you may need to try a shade or two lighter (or darker maybe - you lucky thing!). Next week I'll be back with blusher and bronzer, so stay tuned for that!

Let me know if you like this series of posts I've started, or if you have any other recommendations for fair skin!

21 Jul 2014

PASTEL PLAYSUIT

Evening all! Apologies for the lack of posts round here as of late. Things have been a little hectic round here lately, and a lot of my time has been taken up with work things and family commitments over the past week, but hopefully regular posting can resume now! I'm actually off work next week and heading to York with Dan for a few days, so I'll be taking plenty of photos whilst I'm there to show you on my return later in the week. Exciting! Until then, I'm hoping to get as many posts up including outfits, a pale girl's guide to make up and of course my Weekly Snapshot, so stay tuned for those! Anyhow, on to today's look. The sun was beating down when I finished work this evening, so we saw our chance and took it! I've been dying to show you this Darccy playsuit since it landed on my doorstep about a week ago...










Playsuit - Darccy*
Sleeveless Kimono - TKMaxx
Sandals - Clarks
Sunglasses - Black Five*
Rings - Pandora

I love everything about it; the pastel mint blue colour, the cinched in waist, the pleats and the pin tucks. It's the perfect playsuit for a formal occasion, and looks just as good with a little cropped blazer as it does with my gorgeous new TKMaxx sleeveless kimono. The colours compliment the mint of the playsuit perfectly and the print is so gorgeous!

How do you style playsuits in summer? Have you shopped at Darccy before?

16 Jul 2014

CHINA BLUE

I love shooting outfit photos when the sun is just starting to go down as it gives such pretty lighting in the pictures. A balmy summer evening was the perfect setting my my lovely new dress. You all know I love a good floral print, but I've never owned anything in this colourway before, and I'm starting to wonder why on earth not! There's something about a blue and white print that instantly reminds me of china that my mum has, and this dress is the exact same shades of blue. It was a little cool to wear it on it's own so I had to throw a jacket over the top, but I did do a few shots without it to show you how lovely the neckline is. It's a really nice off-the-shoulder slashed neck, which isn't something I would normally go for, but it turns out it's super flattering! 









Dress - Quiz*
Biker Jacket - Topshop
Sandals - Clarks
Lipstick - Boom Boom by Topshop

I think the dress would look lovely for an evening out for dinner and drinks if I styled it a little differently. I'd throw over my off white vintage blazer and slip on a pair of nude heels to keep it simple and let the print take centre stage. I love the fact that it's a stretchy jersey fabric yet such a feminine cut as it makes it so easy to dress up or down. I'm now on the hunt for more blue and white prints like this! A pair of high waisted shorts would be pretty darn perfect!

How would you style a dress like this one?

15 Jul 2014

WEEKLY SNAPSHOT #99




Jumped on the They're Real bandwagon | Safe to say it's my favourite eyeliner, ever! | Dreaming of being back in Portugal | Two words; Five Guys. | One hell of a burger | Ridiculous amount of polaroid prints | Made a polaroid wall in the bedroom! | Just some of my June beauty favourites | Beautiful new Asos smock | Got my hair did | Nail paint haulin' | Posing in the street for outfit photos | Toby joined me for blog photos | Celebrating eight whole years together with Dan | Celebratory tapas | Drugged up on painkillers and flu tablets after my cold caused me to sneeze and put my back out!

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14 Jul 2014

SUMMER WISHLIST

With the temperatures rising in the North (albeit it a bit muggy and still rainy here and there) I'm dreaming of new summer pieces to add to my wardrobe. The High Street seems to have got it right this season, and as I often say, it's usually very hit and miss for me a lot of the time. However, this summer I seem to constantly be seeing pieces that I have to have, which is great for me but not so great for my ever dwindling bank balance! I would shop in the sales but I really don't have the patience for scouring messy shop rails and fighting off fellow shoppers for that must have item, so the majority of these are full price, but hey, there's always good old discount voucher codes to get the price down! 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12


I think over the past year or so my style has changed quite a lot. I now know what shapes and fits suit my frame, and can confidently pick an item without even having to try it on and know it will be right for me. I also know which colours suit me best and complement my skin tone and hair colour, and I think my look overall is a little more relaxed but with a slightly grown up feel.
I'm loving printed tops that are ever so slightly cropped, paired with high waisted jeans and shorts at the moment. There's something so classic about a striped tee and a high waistline that I really like, probably because it's one of those things that never seems to go out of fashion and is so easy to wear. I'm also loving denim in general, but in particular the vintage-esque grey bleach wash that is emerging again, particularly in jackets. As I've mentioned before, I've fallen out of love with my Primark jacket, and I'm actually considering bleaching it myself rather than getting rid of it altogether, so if anyone knows how to achieve the look of the jacket at number 2, holler! 
When it comes to accessories, I'm really liking chic, ladylike shapes, especially in my shoes and bags lately. I love a good pastel accessory, so the pink sandals from Asos are right up my street, and the baby blue peep toes from Faith are so sweet! 

I think I've put myself a nice little capsule wardrobe together up there! Now just to find the money to pay for it all....

What are you lusting after this Summer? What pieces are at the top of your wish list?

13 Jul 2014

THE TROPICAL TWO-PIECE

First off, apologies for the lack of outfit posts this week. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen my status on Wednesday about my back. I've been suffering with hayfever and a full-on cold for most of the week, and to make matters worse I put my back out whilst at work on Wednesday, by sneezing. Sneezing! Of all the things you can do to hurt your back, I had to go and do it the most stupid, pathetic way. Let's just say I've been pretty much sofa bound for the past four days, as I couldn't even straighten my body out enough to sleep in the bed. I have honestly never felt pain like it, and after a few sleepless nights, a lot of painkillers and some rather questionable walking positions, I can finally stand up straight(ish) today! It still hurts when I've been stood or sat in the same position for any length of time, and doing mundane things like putting shoes on, getting dressed and getting in and out of the shower are somewhat an art, but I'm on the mend and could finally get out and shoot some photos this afternoon!











Crop Top - iKrush*
Shorts - iKrush*
Denim Shirt - Topman
Sandals - Primark
Toes - Barry M Gelly Paint in Pomegranate 
Rings - Pandora, Primark, Rhodes


To mark the occasion, I decided to wear a gorgeous new two piece from iKrush. You all know how much I love a good two piece, but I'm super picky about the shape and fit of them. This one is just right for me, with slightly fitted, high waisted shorts and a loose cropped tee that isn't too cropped, and shows an acceptable amount of my constant food baby (note to self: must get back to the gym asap!) without making me feel self conscious. I really love the tropical print too, as it's not like any I've seen on the high street at the minute. The colours are lovely and I like the whole mirrored symmetrical style of the print.
I teamed the co-ord with Dan's denim shirt, that is slowly but surely making it's way across to my wardrobe and makes the perfect lightweight cover up when it's too warm for a jacket. I also wore some new sandals from Primark which are Birkenstock copies for a fraction of the price! These were just £5 and I've got a pair in black too. I couldn't resist! 

What do you think of this look? Have you been wearing two pieces this summer?