17 Sep 2014

AUTUMN FLORALS

Autumn is by far my favourite season, especially September time as it's still a little warm and the evenings are still light. We ventured out to take some photos of my outfit yesterday at around 6.30pm, and found a lovely spot where the sun was low in the sky and there were lovely brown leaves scattered across the floor. It was the perfect backdrop for my outfit of a cropped Autumnal floral tee and faux leather skirt!








Cropped T Shirt - Glamorous*
Faux Leather Skirt - River Island
Boots - ASOS
Nails - Frosting Fancy by The Body Shop
Rings - Pandora

I styled the gorgeous floral top with a skirt I picked up in River Island with some of my birthday money! It's a lovely mock croc faux leather in pale grey, and I love it! A faux leather skirt of this shape has been on my wish list for some time, but I didn't expect myself to go for something in this colour. I would still love a black one too so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for one! Skirts like this are great for the transitional weather, as they look great with or without tights, teamed with t shirts or even knitwear.

Who else is loving Autumn?!

16 Sep 2014

CRAFTY VINTAGE - THIS WEEKEND AT BROCKHOLES, PRESTON!

It's that time again when I pack up my many, many Vintage bits and pieces and set up shop for the weekend with the lovely folk from Crafty Vintage! This weekend I'll be selling at one of my favourite vintage and craft fairs at the Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. It's been a good few months since I last went to a vintage market as a trader, as I've been so busy with work and other things that I just haven't had the chance, but I'm so excited to be back in the swing of things, and can't wait for this weekend!




My stall has been restocked with lots of fabulous vintage clothing, and of course I'll be taking along some of my usual handmade chalkboards and tea cup candles as always! I'm excited to see all the other trader's goodies too, as there's always a really good mix of everything from clothing, accessories and jewellery, to memorabilia, art and collectables! This time I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for some vintage home wares to add a little more character to our magnolia-walled apartment.


If you live in or around the Preston area, then be sure to put this one in your diary for the weekend, as it's such a brilliant couple of days! I've attended a number of times now, both as a customer and a trader, and always have a great time. There's more vintage and craft stalls than you could shake a stick it, and if that's not enough, then come along and enjoy live musicians, entertainment, scrumptious food (pulled pork nachos and homemade pizzas - oh yes!) and delicious cocktails! What more could you ask for?

So, hands up who's coming along to Crafty Vintage on Saturday or Sunday?! Can't wait to see you there!!

10 Sep 2014

TUTORIAL: HOW TO APPLY THE PERFECT RED LIP


It’s forever my quest to find the perfect red lipstick, and I think I may have found it in the form of Chanel’s Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour*. I’m officially obsessed with the shade ‘Coromandel’, a gorgeous glossy pillar box red that’s bound to turn heads and is incredibly easy to apply.


It’s only recently that I’ve managed to master the application of red lipstick with very little, if any, need for touching up mistakes, so I thought I’d share my fail safe technique with you using my new favourite lipstick! It’s quick and easy and you only need a few products and tools to get the perfect pout.
You will need:
- Lip scrub
- Lip balm
- Bright bold lipstick
- Lip brush (or a lip liner to match your chosen lip colour)
- Concealer- Concealer brush
Step 1: Lightly buff away any dry skin using a gentle lip scrub. This will get rid of any of those pesky little dry patches that lipstick clings to, and ensure your pout is soft and smooth before applying any products.
Step 2: Apply a thin layer of nourishing lip balm to moisturise your lips and act as a barrier between your skin and the lip colour. I like to do this as bright lipsticks can sometimes stain your lips, and taking this step will prevent that from happening.
Step 3: Next I like to take a fine tipped lip brush and use it to carefully sweep a small amount of the lipstick along the edge of my lips. This isn’t always necessary but I like to do this to give a defined line that I can work within. You can do the same with a lip liner pencil in a similar colour to your lipstick if you want a bolder line, but I find that a liner brush does the job just as well, and cuts down on the amount of products I need!
Step 4: Now that your lips are lined and you’re happy with the shape you’ve created, it’s time to fill in and apply a bold layer of colour! I take the lipstick and apply it straight from the bullet on to the lips, filling in the lines I’ve created. I like to apply a couple of layers until I’m happy with the depth of the colour. The bolder the better in my opinion!





Step 5: To finish the look off and guarantee a really sharp, clean line, I like to apply a tiny amount of concealer around the edges of my lips. I take a concealer brush and carefully blend the concealer in to the skin, avoiding the lips and covering up any smudges that have managed to make their way on to the skin. This step ensures that the lips look as dramatic and sleek as possible, and it’s a great way of covering up any mistakes without having to wipe everything off and starting again!

So there we have it; my tips to create the perfect red lip. Of course this applies to any bold lip colour, whether that be a gorgeous bright pink you want to rock for your next night out, or a deep, rich plum shade that is perfect for the upcoming season! There are many, many red lipsticks in my collection, with everything from drug store favourites such as 17 and Rimmel, to luxury brands like Chanel and Nars lipstick

Have you any tips for applying a bold lipstick? What's your go-to red shade?

8 Sep 2014

PLAYTIME

What's this?! Sun in September? Well I never! Let's hope this lovely weather sticks around a few more days for my birthday weekend when I will most likely be wearing this beautiful new playsuit. Unfortunately I wasn't quite brave enough to go bare legged when I wore this the other day (it might be sunny but there's still a chill!) and I wasn't as tanned as I would have liked to be! The great thing about this playsuit though is that it's a gorgeous Autumnal burgundy shade, so it looks just as nice with some black opaque tights and a floppy fedora.










Playsuit - Glamorous*
Camisole (worn underneath) - TU
Tights - Primark
Boots - 'Randy' at ASOS
Fedora - H&M


I absolutely love dressing for Autumn. There's something about all the colours, textures and layering that I get really excited about when this time of year comes around. I love nothing more than a cosy jacket or an oversized chunky knit, and I literally can't wait to dig out last year's vintage faux fur coat! I can see this playsuit fitting in really well with my Autumn wardrobe of greys and muted tones, and would love to wear it with a slouchy cardigan over the top. Definitely one of my new favourites!

What's your favourite season when it comes to fashion? Are you looking forward to Autumn?

7 Sep 2014

AUGUST BEAUTY FAVOURITES

Time is flying by this year without me realising it, so when another month is over it takes me a good few days for it to sink in, hence why my favourites always come a little later than planned! This month has been pretty good in terms of products, with lots of newness taking pride of place on my dressing table and bathroom shelves. Let's get straight in to it and see what made the cut in August!
Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream - This is a God send for my tired eyes and has fast become my Holy Grail eye cream (super high praise there!). I was given a few samples of this when I visited my local Benefit counter back in July, and became hooked on it straight away. I can literally see this change the appearance of my under eyes as soon as I apply it, and using this has reduced the amount of concealer I wear. Obsessed!!
The Body Shop 'Honey Bronze' Bronzing Gel For Face - I mentioned this briefly in one of my Make Up For Pale Skin posts, and can't say enough about it. Being a girl of a rather white complexion, bronzer can be a scary thing. This one is a liquid/gel formula which blends down to a really subtle sheen, perfect for when you just need a pop of colour and a healthy glow!
Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm - This is a basic in anybody's beauty collection, but for me it's one that has only just made it there thanks to Glossybox! I've always been a Vaseline girl and had never tried this before until it appeared in one of my recent boxes, and it's become my new favourite lip balm, hands down! I use this before I go to sleep and wake up with smooth, soft lips. It's also great underneath a bold lipstick.
Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango & Mandarin - This is another Glossybox discovery and one that's made it's way in to my handbag very quickly! This is a gorgeous hand cream that leaves my skin feeling silky soft and smells delicious too! A great size tube to throw in your bag and keep handy when dry skin sets in.
Avon Ultra Colour Lipstick in Pout - I love a good nude lipstick for day to day wear, and this one is lovely. It's a really creamy consistency and goes on like a dream. I love that it's not your typical 'concealer' nude, as it has a nice pinky tone to it. It's one of those 'your lips but better' shades that is perfect for when you want a light pop of colour without going all out!


Neal's Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser - I saw this recommended by a couple of Youtubers recently, and seeing as my Liz Earle cleanser was nearing the end of the bottle, I decided to try this one out. I've been wanted a new cleanser to give my skincare routine a bit of a shake up, and I'm really glad I found out about this one. It's a little on the pricey side at £19.50, but I think it's worth it. I'd describe it as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish's older sister. It has a more grown up scent, though application is very similar. This has helped clear my skin and kept pores unclogged, so I'm a happy bunny! 
The Little Bubble Co. Ginger Spiced Tart Bubble Bath & Shower Gel - This is something that Dan actually picked up for me when we needed a new shower gel, and he definitely did good! I love bath and shower products that smell good enough to eat and indulgent, and this one certainly fits the bill. It smells like fresh ginger cake, and a little goes a long way. He picked this up in Waitrose but I'm sure you can get it elsewhere! 
The Body Shop Body Butter in Raspberry - This smells heavenly! If you love a good fruity scent then you need to get yourself a tub of this pronto! I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop's Body Butters (five tubs and counting) and when I saw this new addition to the summer collection I just had to have it. I've got the scrub too which looks and feels just like raspberry jam! I'm not sure if these are limited edition for summer, so if you see them grab them while you can!
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask - I actually got these as part of a gift set when I restocked my GinZing Moisturiser, and I'm hooked! These little pods of charcoal mask are the perfect size to cover the face, and my skin feels super squeaky clean when I wash these off. 

Those are the products I've been loving throughout August, and probably the first time that every single item has been newly purchased! I usually have a few old favourites thrown in there too, but this month was one for the newbies, obviously!

What have you enjoyed using in August? Send me the links to your favourites posts!

6 Sep 2014

SNAPSHOT: AUGUST

August has been a funny old month for me, with a lot of ups and downs. In terms of excitement, there was nothing great to note as it just seems the month flew by with very little to report! That might explain why the majority of this month's photos were of food! Sadly we had to say goodbye to one of our family pets, our dog Rascal who was sixteen years old, which knocked me a lot more than I expected it to. The pace has also picked up at work over the past few weeks which has meant my brain has been so transfixed on marketing budgets that I haven't had the drive to pick up the laptop and blog in the evenings as much as I would have liked to. September is here now though, and I'm starting to feel more like myself, so hopefully things will all fall back in to place. I've got an exciting couple of weeks ahead of me with my birthday just around the corner (a week tomorrow!) so hopefully this month will be much better! 

Making a Mr Coco doll with Alpro! | Saturday fry ups are becoming a thing | Reminiscing about the amazing food in York | Homemade strawberry milkshake | Too excited that the Great British Bake Off was back on TV | My July favourites | Finished Mr Coco! | Selling all my stuff | Playing with my favourite blushers for pale skin | Dreaming of being back in Albufeira | More Bake Off goodness! | Electric Orange shellac nails.




Stuffed chicken wrapped in proscuitto with mushroom sauce. Yum! | The orange coat is back out for Autumn! | Sweet dreams Rascal | Autumn/Winter wishlist | Pretending we're posh with a pot of tea | Clearing out my many, many clothes | Love the Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask | Obsessing over this Alchemy Oil Grapefruit Hair Remedy | Blogging! | Prancing around in a pretty outfit | Late night reading with Elle Magazine | Healthy chicken tikka and rice. So delicious!

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1 Sep 2014

HELLO AUTUMN

The great thing about having to go in to work over the weekend, is having a Monday off in return! Cue a lazy day of food shopping, eating Chinese food and lounging on our gorgeous new sofa (apartment tour soon!). I wore this super comfy get up, which comprised of skinny ripped jeans, a baseball tee, oversized slouchy cardigan and new Chelsea boots. I know I already said this in my AW14 wish list post, but I'm really loving simple, basic pieces and the moment, and lately I've been injecting a lot of grey and monochrome in to my wardrobe as apposed to bright prints. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a sucker for a good floral dress or blouse, but I've found myself drawn more to laid back, casual pieces.







Cardigan - Primark (bought in a size Large for an oversized fit)
Baseball Tee - ASOS
Jeans - ASOS
Chelsea Boots - 'Randy' by ASOS
Bag - Urban Outfitters
Watch - Michael Kors via John Lewis

I didn't realise until writing this just how ASOS heavy my outfit is, but I think it's fair to say I'm a little bit obsessed with it at the minute. The boots and baseball tee are new additions to my wardrobe after having a major clear out (Blog sale here. All clothing £5!!) and I love them so much. I wanted a pair of heeled Chelsea boots that weren't patent, and would look great with skirts, jeans and dresses, and I think I found them! The cardigan is also something I picked up recently after spotting it on the rails in Primark last week. I love nothing more than a big slouchy knit when the weather starts to get colder, and this one is a great length and weight for this in between weather. I would normally go for a small in Primark for something like this, but I just didn't like the way it fit me, so I sized up to a large and I love it!! I really like the oversized, undone look it has and for £14 it was a steal.

Have you started updating your wardrobe for Autumn?