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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Occasionwear Trends on Trial with Dorothy Perkins

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Dorothy Perkins invited me to their studio to style up and try on their four new 'occasionwear' trends for spring/summer. Of course, never being one to turn down the chance to dress up, I accepted their invitation. The premise of the four trends; Pretty Pastels, High Contrast, Shimmer & Shine and Chic & Sophisticated, are to help you dress for the different types of occasions you might attend during the warmer months; garden parties, BBQ's and weddings galore! 
You can read the full feature here.

Pretty Pastels

This trend revolves around pastels (unsurprisingly) and focuses on fresh, spring appropriate colours; the perfect pieces for a sunny day! For this look, I chose a little dress with a pleated skirt and pastel floral pattern. A bonus that comes with multi-coloured patterns is that it gives you quite a lot of scope in regards to which colours you can pair with it. For instance, what with this dress being made up of shades of blue, green, white and yellow - I opted for some pastel yellow accessories. 

Blue Floral Dress: here. White and Yellow Sandals: here. 

High Contrast

Debatably my favourite look of them all, the trend High Contrast is all about mixing striking, block colours and monochrome accessories. It's a colour I wouldn't have picked out for myself previously but I was surprised with how much I liked it when I tried it on! This is definitely an evening-only look, but the shimmery fabric and flattering (if I do say so myself) cut of this dress meant I had to pick it as my favourite High Contrast piece.

Strapless Dress: coming soon, black version herePointed Shoes: here.

Shimmer & Shine

This trend is all about evening appropriate, 'cool glamour' - metallic textures and relaxed fits. I really liked the texture of this piece, although I'll admit I'm not too fond of shift dresses on my body type. In my opinion they suit a more narrow, boyish figure - which isn't me. I always opt for dresses with very fitted waists, so it was quite a change. However, it was very comfortable and I can see someone making this look effortlessly amazing with their hair up in a bun and some bright red lipstick.

Metallic Shift Dress: coming soon, similar here. Gladiator Sandals: here.
Chic & Sophisticated

Focussing around soft pinks and navy, the trend Chic & Sophisticated gives off a wedding-guest vibe. The pieces are soft and feminine, with lots of lace and a few feathery fascinators making an appearance! This trend is very much within my comfort zone, in fact, it was a struggle to choose just one dress for the final look. As you can see, I went for a midi length navy lace dress with a sweetheart lining, pale pink pointed courts and a pale pink feathery hair-clip to match. I'll never turn down the chance to wear a feather in my hair.

Navy Lace Dress: here. Light Pink Courts: here.
So, what do you think of Dorothy Perkins' occasionwear trends? Which is your favourite look? I'd love to know!
*This post is in collaboration with Dorothy Perkins. If you'd like to know anymore about what a sponsored post is, please take a look at my 'About' tab.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Flutter Sleeve Blouse / Pinstripe Trousers

 Shirt: Forever 21 (sold out, I'm sorry!) Trousers: ZARA (alternative here). Cape: ASOS. Shoes: c/o Dune. Earrings: Dior. Collar: ASOS.

Hello everyone!

Now, if there's one thing my wardrobe was lacking, it was a pair of striped tailored trousers. Please sense my passionate sarcasm. I already own about four pairs... but you don't understand. These are different. So different. They might not look like a traditional pinstripe, but in fact - when you get closer you'll see that they are actually made up of one thin burgundy stripe, two white and two black stripes in a row. This kind of detail is very important for the numerous times a day that people's faces are inches from my legs. To be very serious, they're also very bendable and stretchy - which is important to me in a trouser - who's ever tried on a pair of trousers which doesn't allow you to bend your legs more than a tiny bit, so you have to shuffle around like a malfunctioning but stylish robot? I have, and I call this the justification for my trouser-purchasing actions.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Dogtooth Coat (feat. Actual Dog) - Cherry Blossoms in Kensington

In case you hadn't already noticed, I'm quite the coat fiend. I have an impressively (read; embarrassingly) vast collection and yet frequently struggle to find one that 'goes', and with this hoard of outerwear, today I present to you, one that isn't even mine. This giant dogtooth piece 'technically' belongs to my mother. I say 'technically' because I'm definitely going to hang it up on my coat rail and hope she doesn't notice it's absence from hers... 

I wore this on a gloriously sunny Monday, where Becca, Rupert the pug and I caught up over cake. Blossom trees are without a doubt one of my favourite things about spring, and the cherry blossom trees are starting to bloom in London and so of course this required copious photographs and much oo-ing and aa-ing. My eyes are now pointed expectantly towards the bare, twiggy blossom tree in my garden. 

The idea of borrowing my mother's clothes aged 23 would've likely horrified me as a teenager, but now as an 'adult' (cough) myself, I can really appreciate what a stylish mother I have. Do you often borrow clothes from friends, sisters or mothers? Let me know!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

White Vintage Coat & Cobalt Details at Somerset House

Coat: eBay/'Vintage' - similar here. Top: Zara - similar here. Rings: Astrid and Miyu. Shoes: M&S. Trousers: Topshop. Earrings: Dior - ASOS alternative here. Sunglasses: Miu Miu. Bag: Chanel.

Good evening!

A super-quick outfit post this evening; Charlotte snapped these photos for me after I moseyed on over to Somerset House on the first day of Fashion Week for an 'office social' with my management and the other girls. I quite literally threw this outfit together that morning, with a taxi in the driveway ferociously beeping for me to get a move on. I ended up wearing a Zara cobalt blue top, Miu Miu sunglasses, an 'old' pair of similarly coloured heels from M&S, Dior earrings, a pair of Topshop leather trousers, my dear Chanel, and a vintage white coat that I found on eBay last year. I'm undoubtedly an advocate for mixing high-street and vintage pieces with designer accessories, and so this outfit accidentally ended up epitomising this.

(Charlotte and I on BBC News this morning. Lol.)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Sleeveless Trench / Striped Shirt / Dior Pearls

Click to product - Shirt: Zara (old) Alternative here.  Sleeveless Trench: River Island. Shoes: Russell & Bromley. Trousers: Topshop. Bag: Chanel. Earrings: Dior (Asos alternatives here). Sunglasses: Miu Miu.

Hello, hello and good evening to you!

Is there anything lovelier than glorious weather, excellent company and good food? Well, that's exactly how I spent a recent spring day; cafe-hopping between venues and perusing markets in Notting Hill with Bianca. I'd chosen what is in my opinion, a very casual, dressed-down look for the occasion - with the sleeveless trench (my new favourite piece!) perhaps giving away my denial over the actual, realistic temperature. I also added these gold, military-style buttons to the shirt myself don'tcha know? I'd also ordinarily opt for flats whilst 'exploring' but as much of the day consisted of sitting and eating, I thought I'd struggle through *insert sarcasm here*. One of the most picturesque places we visited was a charming 'Biscuiteers' - as you'll see above.
Truly, this day and these photos are really enthusing me for the transition into Spring! What is your favourite part of the changing seasons?

Monday, 16 February 2015

Lancôme Miracle Cushion - Review

The Product.

Now, I'm not generally one to be experimental when it comes to bases and foundations; I'm a safe (some might say dull) make-up user, sticking to the things I trust to keep my skin feeling and looking as healthy as it can. I know many people have numerous foundations which they switch between depending on the circumstance, but that's not me. I have one foundation for all occasions, and I don't stray for fear that my skin may throw a tantrum, usually in the form of extreme dryness. However, when this new product; 'Miracle Cushion' - a Liquid Compact from Lancôme fell into my lap, or through my letterbox to be more precise, I concluded that I didn't have anything to lose by trying it out. Lancôme itself is a brand I trust, and being a frequent user of their Hypnose mascara, it didn't seem like too much of a risk.

An already popular product in Asia (hence the 'SPF 23' - this may seem like a bizarre number, but the levels of SPF are more specific in Asia) the Miracle Cushion sits somewhere between a foundation and a BB Cream. Honestly, I don't feel qualified to tell you whether I agree with that description or not, as I always wear very light foundations and always find BB Creams too heavy - BUT, I can certainly tell you how it looks and feels. We'll get to that part in a moment. 

The 'miracle cushion' itself is the sponge-like material inside the pot that holds the product itself, and the applicator is a small rounded spongey-cushiony-thing, to use the technical term - although I'm sure a brush could also be used. The liquid foundation that lives within the cushion is touted as being weightless, easily to build, fresh and glowing, with lasting hydration to boot. So, if you're a fan of the fresh, dewy look (with my skin verging on dry, I am!) what more could you ask for? 

Summary & Benefits.

- Dewy/Glowy Finish 
- Lasting Hydration
-Easily Portable
- Weightless Feel
- Buildable Coverage
- SPF 23 (not 22, not 24... 23.)
- The cushiony-spongey-thing is fun to poke

My Thoughts.

This foundation was a lot easier to apply than I'd expected initially - I've become an expert in putting my makeup on quickly and even as a new, unfamiliar product this took me no time at all. I'd personally say that the coverage was 'medium' - not hugely sheer but not opaque either - honestly, it's difficult for me to say as the shade I'm wearing '01 Pure Porcelaine' is a couple of shades too dark for me, making it hard for me to judge. They currently only have six shades available, and I'm wearing the lightest here which is too dark - so, for me that's a downside - but for all you non-vampiric people, you'll be fine. However, I do agree that it applied smoothly, didn't cling to any dry areas and does have a beautiful dewy finish, despite being a bit too orange for my face - but we'll ignore that. I was also surprised at how literally weightless it did feel. You hear the phrase 'weightless makeup' thrown around all the time, but once I'd applied this I genuinely didn't feel like I had any makeup on. Overall, I'm impressed with this product and if/when Lancôme create some lighter shades, I'd certainly add it to my makeup collection!

If you fancy giving this product a go, you can pick it up for £30 at Selfridges, here.

This post is not sponsored by Lancôme. I felt like doing some writing and this product just so happened to be my chosen subject - Lancôme did send me the product to try out, but that does not mean I am under any obligation to post a review, negative or positive. As always, these are my honest opinions.