Monday, 4 August 2014

Chop Chop Chop

I shouldn't be left unsupervised with scissors. If I'm not running with them I chop things off..
Hello, remember me? Sorry for being just awful with posting. Life on tour + stress + no laptop or reliable wifi = no chance. No. Nada. None. 

BUT - 6 weeks holiday + laptop + camera = sounding like a good opportunity to catch up!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Dreams of Paris

A lifetime want to travel to Paris + logistics of life getting in the way = substitute with a jumper. Done.
JUMPER: ZARA (sale, £7.99)
LEGGINGS: MARKS AND SPENCERS
NAILS: BARRY M in BERRY

Okay, I know it's not really the perfect substitute for travelling to a new and shiny country, nor does it immerse you in culture or offer you croissants..but hey, give props to Zara for trying! I grabbed this in the last little remains of Zara's winter sale- the majority of pieces are now well below £10 which is both exceptionally exciting and very dangerous for people with no self-control when they enter the shop (ie myself). It's a soft jersey, long enough to be decent with some leggings slung on for a very comfy indoorsy outfit. I will sit and read some romantic novel and pretend I'm in some boudoir in France now, forgetting the fact that I'm in rainy and grey Britain in my semi-detached house. We can but dream.

                       What is your go-to cosy home outfit? Do you long to leave the country too? 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Flaws and Fairytales #1: Guilty Shopping


A little inventive decision + a lot of thinking = the first attempt at this feature (please be gentle)


(from top) MONOCHROME JUMPER: H&M, £7.00 SALE (similar here)
NECKLACE: USC, £2.00 SALE
PARIS JUMPER: ZARA, £7.99 SALE (similar here)

Here's this little idea I've been cultivating for a week or so..I have been scratching my cells trying to find a little nook I can scurry into and call my own little invention if you will, and here's what I thought of (perhaps in a fit of brilliance, maybe in a fit of despair, I've yet to decide..) 
 
Okay, so this is what I propose:
A weekly/bi-weekly feature on 'Flaws and Fairytales' of life. Be that shopping disasters mixed with euphoric highs, or just general life loves and hates. Essentially it is a glorified likes and dislikes, but I kind of enjoyed how I could wrap my user name neatly into this little package to set it apart from the conventional posts. I feel sometimes that I tend to gloss over the bad without really acknowledging it - be that in serious life matters or with a pair of shoes I decided the shade just isn't quite there. It's a way to cope, deal and develop with the lows we all will face, serious or trivial.

So this week I thought I'd ease it in with something very close to my heart and that I think everyone can relate to: shopping guilt.
 
BAG: ZARA, £17.99 SALE (similar zippy-style here)
 I 'popped' into Zara. Herein lies my first fatal mistake, but we persevere. Maybe my will power will hold me back. (it didn't) I fell on two items: the first a soft grey pullover, with an etching of Paris on the front. I was sold instantly. Doing the final sweep of the shop I then spotted 'the' handbag. I've been looking for a new, somewhat structured piece for quite some time, and this fit the bill. I also have a thing for many pockets/zips on a bag, and as this is practically trimmed with a zip, I couldn't just leave it..

 
SKIRT: H&M, £12.99 (similar here)

H&M cropped up. I ventured inside, had a quick scan of the sale rails and spotted this jumper. It's monochrome, thick and cosy - I tried it on and fell a little in love. (this happens a lot with inanimate objects) I like to pull items into the changing room just for a bit of fun if I haven't found anything that especially catches my eye initially, and this patterned skirt was that item this time round. I tried it on and didn't want to take it off. It's beautifully cut, falling so elegantly and is such a versatile piece.

Flaws: I spent money. Again. After weeks of saving and generating money for selling old items on eBay, I have effectively rattled all of that out of my account. Whoops.

Fairytales: These are versatile and not trend-dependant items. They will last, they are transferable between seasons and the colour palette means they can be dunked in with practically any colour.

In this case, I think the fairytales outweigh the flaws..so I have ascertained that I shouldn't feel too guilty about the damage. And hey, I've got a bunch of pretty things now. That's a fairytale in itself.

What do you think of this post? Do you..like it?! Please let me know and be critical - I'm here to learn and develop, and I'm not going to do so without a helping hand along the way.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

I chopped my hair off!

1st February + finding scissors = hey new hair!
I've been wanting to do this for so many months now. My hair got to that really really crazy long stage, which on me looks so unkempt and stray at the ends. I had a little look at my hair and to make it look healthy again and chop off all the split ends, I had to slice a good few inches off..and I am so glad that I did! It's finally looking glossy and thick, something which I used to just shun and think I couldn't get because I have fine hair - I was wrong!

I straightened after popping on some MARK HILL HEAT PROTECTION and then finished with a fine spritz of OJON SHINE & PROTECT GLOSSING MIST which has the most incredible scent, and the product (though a higher-end purchase) lasts as you need the slightest amount - though I battle with myself every time to not douse my head with the whole bottle..

Combing at the moment is a very surreal experience, I feel like I've lost half of my head. Anyone else doing any drastic things to their locks to kick-start February?

Friday, 31 January 2014

Red Lips and Lace

Buying three new lip products + a severe lack of decision = many minutes of deliberation 
 TOP: PRIMARK
BODYCON SKIRT: H&M
TIGHTS: H&M
NECKLACE: USC

I confidently stepped away from the thermals today, replaced with a lace shoulder jersey from Primark. It's essentially a longline top, hitting me just about thigh level, but to give myself a bit more definition and shape I tied it up at the waist. I couldn't stop myself from buying three of the new Revlon lip stains yesterday, and consequently had a vicious battle with myself upon choosing which to wear today..in the end I chose a classic red in a matte formula, which is surprisingly not drying..

Would you be interested in seeing a full review of the three I purchased?
Let me know, hope you didn't have a similar lipstick-related war this morning..

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Checkmate

Thermal layers + lots of buttons + red check shirt = reason enough to make a chess reference..?!!

SHIRT: NEW LOOK
THERMAL: F&F @ TESCO (yes..I now not so privately own one of these. I'm happy..)
LEGGINGS: MARKS AND SPENCERS

So apparently outside thought it'd be a top idea to have a bit of an icy snap today. This would be a bigger issue for me if I wasn't adequately equipped with layers and layers of guilty purchases, and as I am a self-confessed old woman with my thermal, I was quite content with leaving the house. (I kept pretty warm, too)

Was it cold where you were today? Oh, and more importantly- do you own a thermal?! ;)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fuzzy Big Bird

New post layout + more not-yet-used-to-posing-posing = this really still unnatural territory


JUMPER: TOPSHOP
BELT: TOPSHOP
NECKLACE: FOREVER 21

 I felt like dressing with inspiration from everyone's favourite fashion icon Big Bird today, so I wrapped myself up in this fuzzy jumper from Topshop, which is as cosy as the best hug ever. To throw in a bit of shape, I also popped this Topshop leather belt on to make me look like less of a swamped burgundy mess, and instead a little bit more put together. I think it worked..