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Winter Wishlist 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014
The things I would buy if I had £££.
1. Long cream coat, £59.99 H&M
2. Leopard watch £25 ASOS
3. Burgandy handbag - £59.99 Zara
4. Underwear set: crop £28, bikini £16 Calvin Klein (In white though.)
5. Black lace-up shoes £26 Topshop
6. Black Vans. £47 Vans (How do I not own black ones?!)
7. Diesel Fuel for Life She, £49.50 50ml. (Worn this since I was 15.) 
8. Hemsley & Hemsley Cookbook £11 Amazon
9. Edward Scissorhand Prints £13 OhGoshCindy. (& some frames for them!)
10. Illamsqua Makeup Bag £20 ASOS.
11. Benefit They're Real Gel Liner £18.50 Benefit (This stuff is AMAZING)
12. Boyfriend Jacket/Blazer £60 Topshop*
13. Biker Boot £45 River Island
14. Long Sleeved Text Tee £25.99 Zara
15. Pink Bull Terrier Wall Mount £12 Urban Outfitters
16. Tartan reversible scarf £15 Missguided
17. Dolce by D&G, £61.50 50ml Perfume Store
18. Calvin Klein bag £160 ASOS
19. Olivia Burton gold watch £95 ASOS
20. Game of Thrones box set £35 Amazon
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Alexander Wang x H&M

Thursday, 6 November 2014
This morning H&M released their Alexander Wang collab. The collection launched online at 9am, and in London you had to queue and they let people in 20 at a time with 10 minutes to purchase one item from the collection. Needless to say by the time I checked online at work at 3pm every single thing had sold out.

The collection has rings of the sports luxe trend through it with a big focus on leggings and crop tops that look like sports bras. Everything is very reasonably priced - expensive for H&M, pittance for Wang. The perfect medium. 

My favourites?

This bustier is painfully cheap at £25. I would pair this with some baggy jogger-style trousers and 6 inch heeled sandals for a night out. Red lip to give it some pop and you're good to go.

More of a stretch for these at £150 but these are absolutely gorgeous. They could look a bit nightwalkerish if you wore it with the wrong outfit so I would dress it down with an oversized slouchy knit, some skinny jeans and a tattered leather handbag. 

£170 but black leather is timeless, you can carry it throughout all the seasons and let's face it - backpacks are convenient 99% of the time. And if you have to have a backpack it may as well be Wang.

Not as impressed with the mens side of the game, everything looks like average gym-wear but overpriced. I could be wrong. Thoughts?
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L'Oreal Julianne's Pure Red

Saturday, 25 October 2014
Popped into Boots to pick up my current go-to mascara, L'Oreals Miss Manga. They had a 3 for 2 offer across L'Oreal so obviously I picked up a lipstick. Because I don't have enough..

It's a really bright, pinky coraly tinged red. Pure Red, as part of the Julianne range for Color Riche. It's a matte texture but doesn't dry out as much as MACs.

 It doesn't last particularly long so if you're out for drinks or dinner I would definitely recommend bringing it along for touch ups, but at less than half the price of a MAC I would say it was a worthy investment. Similar to MAC All Fired Up, but perhaps slightly lighter. Overall it feels nice on the lips, it isn't too hard to apply and it smells nice so for the price you pay I think you get your moneys worth.

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LFW: Moschino SS15

Sunday, 28 September 2014
I know I'm slightly late on the uptake here (working full-time is cramping in on blog time), but Jeremy Scott's Barbie influenced line for Moschino SS15 is bloody glorious.

The hair and makeup and models are perfect, but the way that the outfits are almost direct replicas of the tacky 90s outfits Barbie dolls used to come dressed in are perfect. Who said high-fashion couldn't have a hint of tack?
With use of PVC and crazy accessories (including replica plastic Barbie hangers?!) it is literally like someone has brought Barbie to life in this fashion show. Bold prints, sparkles, glitter, a touch of PVC leather, insanely bold statement accessories and PINK envelopes the catwalk collection. I'm not sure how much of an impact this will have on high street fashion for SS15, but I imagine the pink and 90s vibes will carry on through in some way, similar to SS14's pastels trend but kicked up a notch. Guessing more neon over pastels and bigger more exaggerated shapes we were used to seeing in the 90s.

Easily the most fun I've seen a designer have with a collection and the most vibrant and exciting thing to hit LFW in a long time, which is probably why it's gotten so much media coverage. Big fan. 
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Topshop Concession - Etui

Saturday, 20 September 2014
*Apologies for the lack of blogging, I recently moved house into London and have had no wifi!) *

Topshop Oxford Circus hosts various different concession brands that aren't available in other stores. My friend Jess dragged me out in the search of a bag her friend had, from a concession line called Etui.
Etui is a line of absolutely beautiful bags & purses, handmade from various gorgeous patterned leathers.  They have a massive selection of handbags, shoulder bags, and clutches and purses in so many different styles, all completely unique and one-of-a-kind because of the nature of the leather. I couldn't help myself. 

 When we were looking for this bag a guy started asking us loads of questions about what the bag looked like. We thought he was being a bit over-detailed, but it turns out he was the owner of the brand and was just trying to work it out because he himself knew every bag that they made down to the last detail. He was so helpful and even ran down to the workshop to find one of a similar description because as I said, every piece is different and unique. He even gave us a cheeky discount.

They are more expensive than your typical bag. Twice the price of a River Island purse. But the quality is undeniable. It smells of fresh, expensive leather. This purse appealed because it was shorter for when I use a smaller clutch bag, but had all the compartments I would need to keep everything in. 

A couple of transparent card holders for ID's, 8 other card slots for store cards, a little pocket for change, a couple of other zip pockets and card slots here and there, and then a big back pocket for dolla dolla bills y'all. Unless you carry around your whole life in your purse, this will fit everything you need in it. 

This isn't a sponsored post, I was just really impressed by the range available, the customer service of the brand owner (I'm sorry, I can't remember his name!!) and of the general quality of the products. Plus they're gorgeous. Big thumbs up from myself, and Jess! 
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VMA Outfits 2014

Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Firstly I apologise for my lack of recent blog posts. I started a new job this month and am in the process of relocating and as you can imagine, everything has been a bit hectic. That said, Hannah Buchan messaged me asking if I had written about the VMAs yet and it seemed the perfect opportunity to kick myself back into writing-gear and to wrongfully judge others outfits at the same time. So thanks Hannah. (Read her blog here, it's hilarious.) 

The Kardashian Sisters.

Let's go from left to right here. Kendall. Usually the most beautiful (imo) of all the Kardashians, but here she looks a bit like a man in drag. Her hair is too slick, the top is unflattering, the trousers swamp her Kardashian curves. And standing next to her way shorter sisters doesn't help. 
Kylie looks beautiful. I think we all need to take a deep breath and remember that she is only 17 years old. Definition jailbait. 
Kim is usually absolutely striking but today she looks like Kuzko. If you don't know who Kuzko is (and you all should), click here. Kylie, you win.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus covered up for once, which is great! Not a massive fan of the shape of the trousers, but the shoes are spot on. You can't see nipple, bum cheek, camel toe or her pubic hair follicles, so all-in-all, a vast improvement from her usual attire. Well done, Miley. You stay classy now.

Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose

I'm not even sure how to approach Amber Rose's outfit. Maybe it's a political statement, maybe she just  forgot to put the underdress on. Either way, I'm mildly horrified. Not one part of this outfit - from the brassier to the diamante's - can pass for even remotely classy.Wiz on the other hand looks dope as hell. Can't get enough of the graphic tee/shirt hybrid and the shoes pull the casual-vibe up a notch. Big fan.

Katy Perry & Riff Raff

I'm sure everyone has seen the Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake comparison of Katy Perry and Riff Raffs outfits by now. If you haven't, click here. I don't know if this was a purpose impersonation or a horrific error of judgement, but regardless of the Versace label, this wholes scenario is an absolute catastrophe for my eyes. It literally looks like a  bucket of denim factory rejects spat them out and then they got washed through a vajazzle machine. No words.

Solange Knowles

Solange looks fierce. She is giving her sister a run for her money here for sure. The box cut of the suit is fabulous, paired with the skinnies stops her being drowned out. The heels feminize it, the hair makes it catwalk-worthy, and the natural makeup stops it all being a bit too much. Winner.

Adrianna Grande

Adrianna is absolutely stunning. But she looks like a Khaleesi about to ride her dragons into warfare in Game Of Thrones. Except a Khaleesi would never wear a Moschino logo belt.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora is absolutely breathtaking. A modern-day-Marilyn. The super-high slit is enough to make me a little bit hot under the collar but the dress itself as a whole is classy enough to not come across as trashy. The necklace pulls it all together. A+, Rita.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown. The bomber looks cheap, the necklace looks tacky. Is that a shirt around his waist? Or a tea towel for wiping up the blood of his enemies after he beats them up outside the afterparty? I'm not sure. Either way I don't like it.

Jeremy Scott

Rita Volk
I so, so, SO almost love this outfit to pieces. The let down factor? The way the leotard sits makes it look like she has a saggy fanny. Pardon the french.

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Candid Callie: The First Q's You Should Ask on a Dating Site.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Being single is a new revelation for me, and I signed up to Tinder a while ago. I lasted about 48 hours before deleting it and deciding to never use any other technological dating tool ever again. It was bloody terrible from start to finish.
So it got me thinking about if it was socially acceptable, what are the first questions you should ask someone when determining whether or not you want to go for a drink with them? The 100%, dirty, honest truth. So here we go:
Do you have a criminal conviction? An important one. As it happens I actually ended up chatting to someone who had done some time, although this didn't come to light until I spied the mugshot on his Facebook. There is a difference between a drunk & disorderly (we've all been there, no?) and several GBH charges. Ween out the gentlemen from the lads in one swift question.
What is currently in your wallet? Money is not something to base a relationship on, but if all that is in there is a video rental card, some gum and a nude photo, you should maybe re-evaluate the situation. If he carries a condom around, at least you know he is safe, albeit a bit frisky and presumptuous. If he carries around hunner dollar bills, bonus points. Either way, the wallet should never be velcro.
What is the most romantic thing you have done? You can work out if it matches your expectations. Closing down an entire cinema and surprising a girlfriend of 2 weeks with a flash mob and 100 red roses would be a warning sign. Equally, saying "I picked her car up from the garage when she asked me to once" would also be a warning sign. 
Do you have any children?  This one speaks for itself.
What did you spend last Christmas doing? This sounds weird, but hear me out. If he spent it with his family like 90% of the population, the likelihood of him being weird or a crackhead lowers significantly. If he spent it with his topless roommate smoking a bong and watching Cartoon Network, you're on to a bad time. 
 If you died right now, what is the one thing you would never want people to find in your room? The ultimate in weirdo-catching questions. If it's a collection of Asian Fanny Fun magazines under the bed, he's probably not actually that weird. If it's a secret journal with photo collages and poems about his ex girlfriend, things are getting weird. If it's a box-set of murder documentaries covered in semen, he's probably not a keeper. 
So there it is. Six crucial questions to ween the weird from the wonderful. Make sure you ask them all straight away as soon as you meet someone and if they answer them all correctly reward them with your hand in marriage. 
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MAC Mehr : Kylie Jenner inspired lip.

Friday, 1 August 2014

For a while now I've been looking for a perfect matte nude that isn't too pink to replicate the infamous Kylie Jenner look. (Let's all take a minute to let the fact that she is only 16 years old and better looking than most of us put together sink in.) 

I went into MAC with the intention of finding Kinda Sexy, but they were out of stock, so after looking like a diseased creature from swatching my entire left hand I decided on Mehr, which I hadn't heard of before but is in the Matte range. Below is it swatched without any liner which gives it a really nice natural 'no makeup' feel.

I think that the secret behind Kylie's look and the reason she's come under fire for having lip injections is because she structures her lips to make them look fuller by using a darker liner. I'm lucky in that my lips are relatively full anyway so I don't need to overdraw, but using a liner definitely makes a big difference.

Below is Mehr lined with Max Factor liner in #10 Ruby. I do feel this is quite a close match to Kylies lips colour-wise, and am quite glad Kinda Sexy was out of stock because otherwise I wouldn't have found Mehr. Silver linings!

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Natural Summer Makeup FOTD

Friday, 25 July 2014

So recently it's been very humid, and basically a nightmare for makeup. It ends up down my face and all over my clothes pretty much. So I wanted to do a look that was really plain and simple to  suit the weather because nobody wants a full face caked on in the heat.

I applied some Benefit Porefessional on my cheeks to cover pores, and then went over my whole face with Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in soft beige. I usually use a liquid foundation but when it's this humid I need something more substantial and mattifying to keep the shine away because I have an oily T-zone. I contoured using Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in medium/dark because its nice and matte again, and then highlighted the tops of my cheeks and under my brow bone with the Sleek FaceForm Contour Pallette, which I used a blush from as well on the apples of my cheeks. All of this together gave a very clean finish and no shine. I set it all with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in translucent.

I really lightly filled in my brows with Makeup Store Micropowder in the shade Deadly. I set it off with the Maybelline Brow Gel in dark brown.

For my eyes I just used the Naked Palette 2 powder Foxy just to brighten the eye up a bit, and then lots of layers of the L'oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga mascara to open my eyes right up. I didn't wear eyeliner to keep it all looking fresh and light.

For my lips I coloured them in using a Max Factor Lipliner  in the shade 10 Ruby and then went over the inside with Topshop Lip Crayon in the shade Coy.

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A Post About a Handbag.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Every now and again something really, really good unexpectedly happens. And you think perhaps it's karma for helping that old lady with her bags or something because there is no way that things like this actually happen. Things like finding £50 in your jeans pockets or getting emailed with a random offer for a dream job or getting a call from Tom Hardy saying you are his one true love and he wants to hitch you. That type of level. Well, it happened to me. (Not the actual Tom Hardy thing but on a similar level of joy.) 

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I went into London to meet some of my girls for a nice, relaxed day of wine and carbs in the sun. Obviously shopping involved. The one and only thing I wanted was to come away with a brown, everyday handbag. I had been looking for one for weeks but unfortunately I am incredibly picky with bags and the slightest thing can turn me off or make me see it as tacky. I don't actually own any brown bags, I always go for black. But I think brown is better for Summer/Autumn/Spring so the time came. I looked pretty much in every shop and basically gave up. 

We had already been in Zara but I was walking past another one and basically this bag was right on the floor in the middle where someone had changed their mind and dumped it by the door. So I told my friend to hold fire and went and picked it up and it was £100 (authentic leather) in the sale for £40. It was the bag. So I went to pay and (here is the really good bit.) It scanned through as £25. I literally tried not to snog the girl behind the till. I had been more than willing to pay the £40. Hell, I would have paid the hunner.

 It's the perfect size, it's not too big but fits everything I could need including cameras and dog toys in it with ease. The leather is supple and the best shade of tan. There's no random stuck on embellishments and the gold detailing and buckles don't look tacky or like they will bronze. It is literally the perfect bag. And I literally found it in the middle of the floor for 75% off!

  I am so glad I helped that old lady with he bags.

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