Saturday, 14 August 2010

Hair headwear: a quick fix

Ahoy ahoy! I thought it was about time I should do something hair related so here I am back again embracing laziness and bed hair. If you're someone like me who likes to get your hair out of the way and done with without any fuss sitting in front of the dresser for umpteen minutes then you should definitely try this out! This has been seen all over festivals this summer and has been perfect for me in hiding my awful fringe that I'm trying to grow out, as well as giving me an excuse to wear vintage scarves that have been forgotten about since the hot weather hit us (which has sadly gone away now)! It's also such a quick and easy thing to spice up an ordinary boring everyday hair style.

Oh and some good news!!! I have just purchased myself a better quality camera and a tripod (with my birthday £££s which I have saved up until now - and i have to say it was painful having to restrain myself from spending it). I am yet to try out the camera so keep your eyes peeled for some picture tutorials etcetc

How to: headscarf hairstyle

1. Fold your desired scarf into half so it looks like a triangle
2. Wrap the scarf in the same direction until you're left with a thin strip
3. Put the scarf on from the back of your head holding tightly onto ends

4. Tie the two ends into a knot/double knot or into a bow
5. Move the headscarf around to the side of your head

6. Pull forward some hair from the front sections of your hair


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Dear Royal Mail,

please may you stop punishing me for doing so much online shopping recently by loosing my ASOS orders in the post TWICE in a row now. It is getting ridiculously annoying and you are making me miss out on these little treasures! I hate you, very much!!!

rings currently still on sale by:

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Obsession du Jour: Wedges

Hey hey beautiful ladies (and gentlemen) it has literally been centuries since I updated my blog but here I am at long last after taking time out to recover from a broken heart ;) I won't delve too much into the subject but all i can say is girls, guard your hearts!! Apologies again for being such a bad bad blogger I really don't deserve to have all you loyal followers, however I do have a myriad of posts lined up for you guys real soon.

It seems as though I have been doing a lot of retail therapy recently to feed my shoe addiction - as you may be able to tell from my flat shoe post here and I just wanted to share with you these amazingly-cool wedges I instantly snapped up after seeing them hidden away on a shelf in a quiet area in H&M on Monday. It's extremely rare for me to ever find shoes in my size in H&M and usually they are all out of really nice styled shoesies, infact these are the 2nd pair of shoes from H&M that I own, so I was absolutely elated when I spotted these. I reallllllly can't wait to wear them and I'm 101% sure they will be superglued to my feet this Summer.

Quickkk girls run run run and go and get these before they're gone!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

OOTD: Intoxicated with desire

Todays 'outfit of the day' is a la Kate Moss style. I adore her effortless, simple, thrown on together look and think I might stick to this look religiously during these hot Summer months, where it's fairly appropriate to wear short shorts ;) I found this v neck nightwear t-shirt in a sale rack looking all sad and lonely so couldn't leave the shop without being its new proud owner, I'm so glad I spotted it though, i have great plans for it and will compliment statement necklaces really well (and also loving how i'm personifying a t-shirt - think i might be loosing some of my sanity). Top tip of the week - dress with more of an open mind, it's okay to wear pajama t-shirts out, unless they have cute fluffy pandas on them..

What look will you be sporting this Summer? PS. thank you all sososo much for your sweet comments below on my nail tutorial, i always feel so overwhelmed with your kind words


Monday, 28 June 2010

HOW TO: leopard print inspired nails

Hellohellohello beautiful bloggers! I am extremely pleased to say that my exams (and college) are well and truly over, out of the way, done and dusted! Now it's time for me to return back to the blogging world which I have to admit I missed a great deal. Oh as well as having some much needed me time, which i already began on the weekend without any hesitation at all as i spent the last few days enjoying the wonderful thing called freedom - having drinks (yes drinking legally since i turned 18 last week!) with some girlies, BBQ madness and a day full of shopping in Southampton. Anyway, to kick start the summer of more frequent blog posts, I am dedicating this post to the lovely owner of 'thats so yesterday . blogspot . com' who has encouraged me to do nail tutorials! Please do check out her blog, she is such a yummymummy!
Step by step guide:
Step 1. Use a base coat to prevent discolouration of your nails and promote longevity of your nail polish, unless you have acrylic nails like myself
Step 2. Apply two/three coats of your desired nail polish colour - I used OPI: A grape fit!
Step 3. Paint on imperfect leopard print irregular shaped and sized spots using a contrasting nail polish colour of your choice - China Glaze: Aqua baby
Step 4. Using a cheap liquid eyeliner or black nail polish and nail art brush, randomly dab around the dots without being too neat about it
Step 5. Complete with a top coat and voilaaa you're done!!

As you can see this is easy peasy lemon squeezy, you don't need to be a nail technician to achieve this look, anyone can do it you don't even need a steady hand! If you have any requests then please feel free leave them here on my formspring:

Monday, 21 June 2010

OOTD: Happy Birthday to me..

Today is my 18th Birthday and education gave me the most wonderful present a girl like me could ever ask for.. a Psychology exam!! I'm sosososososo relieved my first exam is done and dusted. No more psychology EVER. I feel for all the other poor souls who had to endure the 1hr 30 minutes exam, it was an immensely difficult week prior to the exam trying to memorise 80+ studies. But thankfully it's now time to empty my brain of Psychology and get revising for my other exams boohoo!

I'm missing visiting all of your lovely blogs, after this week of exams is out the way, my mission is to respond to all your sweet words from previous posts and catch up on the blogging world. Hope you're all doing well!


Sunday, 13 June 2010

Procrastination at its' best

Revision vs. procrastination. So me being a person who has such a low self control, of course opted for sitting outside in the beautiful sunshine (with heaps of SPF on) accompanied by my new found love and an ice lolly instead of being cooped indoors wasting the wonderful weather away.. or should i say a decent grade? I kind of wish i was a little less carefree about exams, because i haven't started revising and my first exam is one week away! I just hope the big man upstairs is on my side on the big day...

Fashion makers fashion shapers is the essential guide to fashion by those in the know, which gives an incredible amount of insight into the fashion industry as its a book full of in depth interviews with famous designers such as Luella Bartley, stylists, founders of well known fashion labels and other key figures. It's also 'the first book to analyse the fashion industry as a whole' and you will discover the secrets in order to become successful in the industry. If you have an interest in fashion, and enjoy a good read as well as a few inspirational photographs & illustrations here and there then i think you should invest in this book. Ditch your fashion magazines, it's all about the books!

A few pages from Fashion makers fashion shapers:

Sadly this is the last blog post before my exams commence, so good luck to those of you who will be sitting your exams! Try not to stress out and try to keep this quote in mind: 'In everything we do, our own thoughts can help us succeed, or they can help us fail. Maintain a positive attitude'. And in the meantime, I will look forward to hearing from you all soon!


Wednesday, 9 June 2010

OOTD: Lovely lace

This is my loveeeely dress I bought in H&M on the weekend which I HAD to get eventhough it's 2 sizes too big for me. I just couldn't let this gorgeous little number slip, especially with its charming lace detailed neckline and waist tie which makes the 'baggyness' slightly more flattering. You should never let anything go if you can't find an item in your size because you can still make it work in some way or another!
hope you're all fine and dandy

Monday, 7 June 2010

Current obsessions

I thought it was about time I updated my blog before my exams start and jump on the current favourite things/May favourites or whatever you like to call it bandwagon, showing you all the things I'm loving at the moment that you may be interested in trying out too. I hope you are all doing fine and dandy, and for all of you who are currently doing exams, i wish you the best of luck!! So without furtheradoooo here are my current favourites:

I'll start off with my most favourite of the bunch which is this Liz Earle Flight Essentials Kit which is new in the Liz Earle range priced at a fantastic price of £15. 75 for four great miniture sized products that come in a handy waterproof travel pouch - available of course on the Liz Earle website, John Lewis and stand alone stores. I practically carry this around with me everywhere I go because it's so lightweight and includes all the goodies I need for the day - moisturiser, toner, hand cream and a skin salve ! I absolutely adore using the skin tonic spritzer to refresh my skin throughout the day without mucking up my makeup.

I've been using these two No7 brushes for the past month or so and they have already become two of my favourite brushes. They are really affordable compared to the price of the make up - £6.50 for the blending brush, which is said to be comparable to one of the MAC blending brushes and £7.50 for the concealer brush. The brushes are high in quality for the small price you pay, really soft which is extremely important for the delicate eye area and have not shed since I bought them. I'll definately be buying more brushes from No7 in the future, have you tried any of them?

Another obsession of the moment is nail art rhinestones and China Glaze polish in Aqua Baby - as seen in my shoe post where I did white and blue candy striped toes. I literally wore this colour throughout May but now i've switched to a girly purple colour with multi-coloured rhinestones below:

Studs, studs and more studs please.

Geo angel violet contact lenses and pink candy lipsticks. I loveee and have always loved Barry M's lip paint in 147, i think it's called peachy pink but correct me if i'm wrong? it's such a pretty colour and very long lasting although it's really drying lipstick but that's nothing a lip balm can't fix!

I'm currently in the stage where I only wear silver jewellery. I always go through phases where i can only wear gold or silver because i rarely mix metals, so in my next 'current obsessions' you'll probably see some gold bits and bobs. The ring, i recently bought in H&M for £1.99 - such a steal!! And the pearl earrings that i ALWAYS wear are my Mums which i kindly stole off from her, thanks Mum!

Lazy hair days wearing some kind of messy bun - whether worn on the side, high up or low down. As the heat is getting to us in the UK, i like to get my hair out of the way as quickly as possible so just wear it in a messy bun which anyone can do. Someone kindly requested for me to post up more pictures of my hair on my formspring so i thought i'd pop this in.

I've always been quite scared of using brown eyeshadows thinking they would highlight my under eye circles and eye bags but today I thought I'd give it a try as I wasn't going to leave the house and this was the end result after playing with the browns that were untouched since Christmas in my Urban Decay book of shadows palette - which is amazing may I just add. My crappy camera doesn't show the colour so well but hopefully i'll be getting a DSLR camera for my 18th birthday which is in exactly 2 weeks time yay!!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Is romance dead?

Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they’re gone.

- The Notebook

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Your feet look gorgeous!

Ever since the Sun has made a delightful appearance here in the U.K, I have forgotten all about my Winter boots and have made room for cute flats and comfy sandals to let my feet do some well needed breathing! So today I thought I would do a post sharing with you a few pair of shoes that I've been wearing recently embracing the wonderful weather that is soon going to disappear within a matter of days *sigh at British weather* bye bye sun and hello rain!

I adore the silk ribbon detailing on these muted olive/baby green shoes which make them a little more different from the average plain ballet flats that you see absolutely everywhere. These are perfect shoes for wearing with prints and patterns as they are so simple and don't take the attraction away from a statement outfit. I love these for walking long distances because they are made out of such a soft leather and are also quilted on the inside which literally feel like you're wearing slippers! They were originally from Topshop which are unavailable to buy now BUT Miss Selfridge are currently selling very similar ones for £25.00 in various colours which can be seen here:

I loveee Topshop shoes but not so much the clothes as a majority of them are overpriced for what you get. Don't get me wrong, i'm not a hater 'cause i do like topshop clothes but i feel as though Topshop is somewhat overrated, for instance you could spot something in Topshop and find something pretty much identical in another shop for less than half the price! Anyway rant over.. these floral print t-bar shoes are my favourite-est in the whole wide world and show why i love Topshop shoes soo much - i have owned these for approximately 2 years, wear them every Summer because they are unbelievably comfortable and they haven't even started to fall apart yet! Topshop shoes are always extremely affordable and good quality! Thumbs up from me.

These ASOS rope detailed flats are great for spicing up a plain outfit. I especially like to team these up with a pair of leggins, oversized top and a thin waist tan belt for a boho chic look. I find that all of my ASOS shoes that I've bought in the past have caused discomfort to my feet which is a big no no but after A LOT of wears the shoes eventually become pleasant to wear. Has anyone else had the same problem with ASOS shoes?
Although i don't particulary like showing off my feet, I came out of my comfort zone and lived in these H&M sandals last Summer which have become kind of knackered now but there is still some life left in them so I'll keep wearing these until I can get my hands on a pair of studded gladiators aka jesus shoes or caged lace up sandals this year! What style of sandal do you like?
Mary Jane style shoes with the little strap always tickle my fancy, I always wear black so these patent floral shoes add a burst of colour into my boring neautral outfits. These topshop pumps were featured in my other shoe post here if you want to have a look: and as you may be able to tell, i have some kind of shoe addiction, but as they say.. a girl can never have too many shoes! Right now i'm looking for the perfect pair of black peep toe wedges but can't seem to find any that retail at a reasonable price anywhere! Any suggestions on where i can get a pair of black wedges would be lovely and greatly appreciated!

Lastly but not least, the brightest out of the bunch and the cutest pair of shoes I own are these t-bar bow flats from.. again you guessed it.. Topshop! I can't get enough of T-bars because my feet always feel so secure in them and never randomly slip off! I am soo glad that it's Summer now though as these look perfect with floral dresses, beandeau dresses and pretty much any dress! It doesn't feel wrong wearing such bright shoes anymore yay for crazily bright shoes!!
Please feel free to do a post on what shoes you have been wearing!
& don't forget to post me your links!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Hair inspiration: MK&A Olsen

I've always admired Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's stunning boho-glam long locks (and impeccable sense of style) over the past few years and have forever longed for my hair to look just as good as theirs - i think i should stop dreaming now? I just love their version of the kooky bed head hair, pulling it off quite easily in any hair colour, which looks completely effortless. Without a doubt, they can perfect tousled waves, romantic curls, messy-straight hair and signature center parting much better than anyone else can! But that doesn't mean we can't try to imitate the messy chic hair style..

How to: easy messy curls
After showering spritz the ends of you hair with a leave in conditioner - I use Aussie miracle hair insurance which smells absolutely divine! Then blow dry your hair whilst scrunching for a few minutes until hair is a little damp and sleep with damp hair. In the morning curl only a few sections of hair, mainly the bottom layers leaving a majority of the hair untouched for a more natural look. Lightly back comb front and top sections, spray a little hairspray and your ready to go!

I also wore a center parting, twisting parts of my fringe and pinning them back (better photo next time, promise!) which is a great way of getting hair out of the way since the weather has become realllylylyly hot! Ahh i can't wait until my full fringe grows out so i can wear it Olsen style without having to clip my fringe back. I kinda wish i never got a full fringe cut now

If you could, what celebs hair would you choose to have for the day?