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Topshop Makeup & Camden Finds

Tuesday, 31 December 2013
I popped into Camden the other day to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and treated myself to a few bits. I have always stood by Topshop makeup as the best high street makeup for value and quality. I picked up one of their brightening pens, which to be honest was slightly disappointing. It's not overly easy to applicate, you have to twist the end and then liquid starts coming out of the brush. I'm sure I will get used to it though. 

The second thing I picked up was one of their cream blushes, which I love. It feels like a cream but once you put it on it turns into a powder and you can blend it out with a brush. The colours are always really vibrant, and have wonderful pigment. This shade is called Afternoon Tea. 

The last thing I was on the hunt for was a beautiful vintage ring. Camden Lock always has dozens of jewellery stalls, and I scoured every last one in the search for the perfect ring. Just as I was about to give up, I found this one for £15. I'm not sure what it's made of but I have worn it constantly and my finer hasn't turned green, so I would guess it's sterling silver. I think it's absolutely beautiful, and looks like a vintage engagement ring. Totally pleased with this find!

Where do you go for reasonably priced vintage style jewellery? 

The Volume Spray from the Gods.

Thursday, 26 December 2013
I saw Zoella mention this volume spray in one of her 'favourites' videos and decided to try it. My hair is very flat and lifeless a lot of the time, but I don't like to backbrush because of the damage it will cause. I decided no harm in trying, and the spray was just under £4 so not exactly a bank-breaker.

It gives a matte finish which I love (I hate when hairspray makes my hair look greasy!) and its not sticky or smelly or anything. All in all, I really love this product and will definitely be sticking with it. I would even go as far as saying its the best volume spray I have ever tried! If you like the messy bed-head type look, I would definitely try it!


What do you guys use for volume? 

Missguided New Years Dress Options!

Monday, 23 December 2013
I really hate New Years. I know I sound like a scrooge, but I do hate it. It's an anticlimax. You feel pressured to go out and avoid being boring, but when you do go out it's so busy you can't even get a drink all night, and if you do, it's £10 for a single vodka and cranberry. There's no public transport, and in the morning you just wake up £60 poorer with a headache and can't help but think 'I should have just stayed in.'

That said, there is one part of New Years I do enjoy. Obviously, the getting together with your friends and dressing up nice for a night. Unfortunately, I am on a student budget, which means my dress options are limited. As always, I went to Missguided for choices. I find they always have beautiful party dresses for very reasonable prices, and this year I was not disappointed. I chose my favourites, and I will explain why.

December is the month for no exercise and lot's of parties and food. Because of this, I have gained (no joke) a stone this month. I know, I am as horrified as the rest of you. You don't realise how much the gym does until you stop going! So alongside the rest of the nation, I will be back to exercise in January. I gain all my weight on my torso and upper thighs, so I wanted dresses which would hide the weight I've put on. This means no body cons (unless they are peplum perhaps). Sequins and patterns can also hide any excess pudge nicely, and everyone loves sequins at festive times. I am also horribly pale, so I had to choose my colours very carefully. These are the ones I ended up deciding between:

Kira Strappy Swing Dress in gold - The sequins are perfect for glamourising an outfit, the swing style is in fashion, and it flares out so you can hide the pudge. Perfect. I really like the colour as well, I think it would be flattering on any skin tone. (Hurry, only size 10s left at the moment!)

Diona Sequin Wrap Dress - I love this dress. The black means it is suitable for all year round, the wrap gives you a bit of booby action (flaunt the good part ladies!) and the skater style hides the belly rolls (hide the bad part ladies!) What's not to love? One thing - it sold out. I saw it in the morning, and by the evening only size 14s were left. Today, none. I assume they will restock though before New Years, so it should just be a case of checking back. 

Gabey Rose Embellished Swing Dress- I really like this because it can be worn to so many different occasions, and can be dressed down or up to an extent. I also liked that it was a bit longer than the others, and longer at the back. Perfect for hiding those turkey encouraged thunder thighs.  The low cut means you can get some cleavage out too if you team it with the right bra, and the sequins give it that little hint of festive fun. And did I mention, it's in the sale?! Hurry!

 Hetsey Playsuit in Black - This is perfect for hiding flab and still looking fabulous! It covers all the right parts, but you can still get some boob on show discreetly. It's also a playsuit, so if you plan on getting completely blitzed and chances of falling over are high, it's a good option to avoid an embarrassing unplanned knicker flash (let's be honest, we've all  been there!) This was my boyfriend's least favourite, but what do men know about fashion anyway!

Ultimately, I did what all females do, and started a group chat with my girls and asked their opinions. My friends all rock very different styles, but everyone agreed on the same one, so I ended up opting for this one:

I'll probably style it with some black wedge heels, gold jewellery, banging long extensions and some dark lippie. 

Which was your favourite?!

Pet Stocking Fillers - Last Minute Ideas!

Sunday, 22 December 2013
Because everyone deserves a special treat at Christmas, especially man's best friend! Here are some bits and bobs I got little Draco Malfoy, there is still time for you to make a quick dash to Pets at Home or Sainsburys too!

(I plan on sending this photo out to all my neighbours with a detailed and thorough description on the back of exactly what Draco has been up to this year. Isn't that what you're supposed to do?)

Chanel Loafer Dupes

Ever since seeing PrettySickly's Chanel loafers that she picked up in Duty Free, I've wanted a pair. Of course, I can't justify spending £500 on a pair of shoes on my student overdraft, so I pushed my lust to the back of my skull and added it to the list of things I will buy when I become as rich as the Kardashians. I think this shoe is the epitome of what defines classy and fashionable.

Image Sourced from Ebay.

I popped into town a few weeks ago in search of some staple pieces for my fashion internship in London, and it hadn't really crossed my mind to look for shoes. Rule #1 of the fashion intern guide is never wear heels, because most of the time you're on your feet running errands and nobody wants bleeding heels and a swaggy walk that looks like you've pooped yourself. But when I was in River Island and saw these shoes, I immediately thought of the Chanel Loafers, and decided £28 was an OK price to pay for a pair of shoes that would last me a substantial amount of time. (I usually only buy my flats from Primarni.) 

As you can see, they have the same quilted design, the same long toe, and a nice small gold embellished heel which gives it a little extra something, in my opinion. I have been wearing these in slowly and really love them.

You can find them here.

What's your favourite type of flat for a smarter occasion?

River Island Christmas Sale Picks

Saturday, 21 December 2013
I am a firm believer in doing all my Christmas sale shopping online. You get the better choice and selection, and you don't have to wrestle through hoards of sweating women eager to grab that last size 6 heels you are desperate for. A few stores have already launched their sales, and I have done a post on my Motel favourites already. I noticed today that River Island have launched their sale online also, so I thought I would share my favourites with you.
You'll notice a lot of shoes - River Island is my favourite place for shoes but they are usually quite pricey so at sale time I go a bit crazy. I will probably choose a few bits from this selection I show you and eventually film a big Christmas Sale haul for you all!

Black Patent Crossover Wedges - £25 down from £65! What a bargain!! These are gorgeous. I literally cannot get enough of them. The only thing deterring me is the heel height - I really struggle with anything past 4 inches and tend to only opt for wedges even then. That said, the fact it's a platform takes some of the height away. Right on trend with the monochrome and PVC vibes, this would look awesome for a night out. Do you guys think I should get them? I could always return them…

Faux Fur Collar - £12 down from £25. Fur is big this winter, and I have been adoring it for spicing up outfits. I probably won't get this collar just because I already have a plain black one from Topshop, but I was eyeing it up in store a few weeks ago and would probably invest in it if I didn't already have a statement fur piece. I've been loving wearing my collar with coats, bomber jackets and even long sleeved teeshirts, it really gives my outfits an extra oomph.

Bright Yellow Loafers - £20 down from £40. I find RI shoes are always a really good quality and last a long time, better so than Topshop. Loafers are really great for giving an outfit a sophisticated vibe, and these in bright yellow will give a colour pop and a quirky twist to an otherwise plain outfit. I'd wear them with skinny jeans and a plain white oversize shirt tucked in.

Teen Vogue Handbook - £5 down from £10. I just think this is a nice little addition to a collection of fashion books I have, and as I graduate in a few short months (eeeeek!) and am looking for a step into a career in fashion I will probably treat myself to this and have a cheeky read over the holidays!

Flatform Loafers - £15 from £35. As mentioned above, I think these are a nice twist on a classic loafer. As also mentioned above, I can't walk very well in heels so any added height is a bonus for me. If you like these though you will have to act fast, I have just noticed they are selling out in most sizes already.

Cream Raglan Teeshirt - £10 down from £20.  I think it is a wardrobe essential for a woman to own a smart white tee. This can be worn literally anytime, for any occasion and is easy to dress up and play down. For a tenner I would definitely invest in this, and will probably pick this up for my haul.

Which is your favourite item? Should I go for the monochrome wedges?!

My Motel Christmas Sale Picks!

Thursday, 19 December 2013
As a die-hard Missguided fan, I rarely head into Motel territory. (Not because I don't like it, just because I always tend to find what I need at Missguided, which is often cheaper.) I decided to check it out for it's Christmas sale though and boy, was I pleased.
I thought I would do a round up for you guys of the favourite pieces I found. I will probably buy a few of these and do some outfit posts and a mini haul video for you guys, but you will have to stay tuned for that!

Bonnie Long Sleeve Crop Top in Mint Palm Leaf Print - £12. To match with the palm leaf print mentioned below, this long sleeved top is a super cute way to enjoy some spring layering opps. I would throw this underneath a strappy black skater dress or team it with a high waist skirt and a low scoop neck jumper.

Vinnie Cut Out Body - £22. This is basically a simple leotard with cut out sides. I love to wear these on a night out teamed with high waisted skirts, and I think the cut out effect on the side makes it a little bit more edgy and sexy than a normal leotard. I also have a rib tattoo which rarely gets to see the light of day, so it can have a cheeky peek through the gaps. It's available in white, black, teal and lime, and a couple of them are £19.

Jodie Skinny Crop Pants in Pink Palm Leaf Print - £28 down from £38. I think these are so dope. The pastel colour makes them more summer appropriate, but imagine these with a baggy camisole tucked in, some sandal wedges and a big old hat and sunnies. They also have legging versions in pastel blue for a reasonable £15 here, if you want something lighter than jeans.

Kadie Skater Skirt in Rose Print - £22. How amazing is this printed skater?! Perfect for every season in my humble opinion, giving a nice colour pop to the current monochrome trend. Definitely teamed with a bright lippie, either MAC's Lickable or Maybelline's Fushia Flash for a more affordable option. Perfect for a night out too with a wet look crop top or bralette and blazer.

What are you guys enjoying most from Motel's sale?

Camden At Christmas

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

 Yesterday we went to Camden for some Christmas fun. Unfortunately I tried to take my OOTD posts in natural light, and as a result of our dreary nation they came out pretty poor, so you will have to excuse that!

I wore my headband from Accessorize, an oversized jumper from Missguided, Disco leggings from Missguided, frilled socks from topshop alongside my go-to New Look boots. My lipstick is MAC's Rebel (check it out in my Mac collection video.) I wanted to be comfy and also I have put on nearly an entire stone (eek!!!) in the December celebrations. (As my boyfriend put it "you aren't big, you're just bigger". Nice one Matt, thanks for that! This is what Christmas is all about though, stuffing yourself like a Turkey until you can barely move and have to lie in bed in a comatose state with a food baby of 8 months.

For detailing I wore a watch gifted from my mother, my Topshop sale necklace and a friendship bracelet which I got as a xmas present from Daisy <3 (Never too old for a friendship bracelet!) I know there has been much debate on the Starbucks/ Costa Christmas drinks palaver, and I have to admit that for me, Costa has won hands down. This is a photo of my croissant and Chocolate Orange Mocha Latte before I devoured them. Perfection in a caffeinated drink.

Enjoy some photo's of Matt and I enjoying some bubble tea.

Do you prefer Starbucks or Costa this Christmas?

Bagged it.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013
As you all probably know by now, Missguided is my favourite place to shop. Despite being horrible overdraft in my student account due to Christmas, when I saw on Instagram that Missguided were offering 20% off AND free next day delivery, I decided to make a purchase I had been eyeing up for a while. A snake skin doctors bag. *salivates.*
It arrived the very next morning and is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

I absolutely love the structure of it and it feels really sturdy and can hold a whole load of junk in it. (perfect for me, I carry around my life.) It has a pocket in the back which is ideal for slotting a phone into and then inside it has another 2 zip pockets and card holders.

(Apologies for the dodgy photographs, my lighting is awful so everything comes out blurry at the minute. Curse you're ever-dark winter Scotland!)

The interior is leopard print too, and we all know how I feel about leopard print. It's retail price is £30, but as I said I got 20% off bringing it down to a nice and justifiable £24, absolutely bargainous. If you want to check it out and you can find it here. This will definitely be my go-to winter bag, every woman needs a classy black handbag and I think I may have just found mine! Below is Draco modelling my Ralph Lauren scarf and graciously giving you an idea on size. (He is deceptively large for a pomeranian yorkie poodle mix.)

What's your favourite bag this winter??

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