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Friday, 13 May 2016

How To: Sleek Low Bun Tutorial

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Hello hello! If you didn't already know - I'm now making weekly YouTube videos. Despite having been rather quiet about it on here, I've been really, genuinely enjoying it. My most recent video; A Sleek Low Bun Tutorial, is something that's been highly requested across the years both here on my blog and on my YouTube channel, so I thought it might be apt to share it on here! My blog has always been and will always be my first internet love - you guys have been here the longest after all! So, I'd really appreciate your thoughts. It's only 2 minutes long so if you'd like to take a gander, you can do so below! 

Aa always, thanks so much for being here.



Monday, 9 May 2016

Chanel Dupes and Cream Boucle


Along with the rest of female-kind, I was recently captivated by the Chanel toe-cap sling backs. But, with the price tag hovering around the £400 mark, I'm neither able nor willing to make such a purchase due to 1. I am not currently in possession of £400 to drop on shoes & 2. I'd never wear them. Quite honestly, I can't see myself ever spending such an amount on a pair of shoes, and not because I think you shouldn't or I think it's silly - the contrary, I can't quite grasp the fact that I would strap to my feet and walk around in something so beautiful and expensive. They literally go on the floor. I would feel guilt with every step. I would genuinely just feel too scared to walk around in them. Also, I can't help but feel that in part, they are a trend - and knowing myself to be quite a fickle person when it comes to clothing and accessories, I'd have grown bored of them by August. So - when Topshop recently dropped their take on the much sought after slingback, I saw them as a perfect alternative. If I dirty them up, it's not the end of the world. If I get bored of them, it's not the end of the world either. No walking around in fear of pavement-dwelling chewing gum or something even more unpleasant. Ideal! So, you'll find me trotting around in these silver, block heel, toe-capped Chanel dupes for the foreseeable future. 

What do you think?

Shoes: here. Jacket & Skirt: Zara. Sunglasses: Miu Miu. Bag: Chanel.
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Photos by Paige of Paige Joanna.




Saturday, 7 May 2016

Lancome Juicy Shakers; A Review


Hello friends! Today's beauty themed post comes to you in the form of Lancome's newest release; Juicy Shakers, a modern take on Lancome's iconic Juicy Tube lip glosses. The snazzy product container is styled in the shape of a cocktail shaker, with a vigorous shake necessary to mix the pigment and scented oil - hence the name Juicy Shaker! They retail at £18 each and are primarily a tinted lip oil, although they offer moisturisation too. 

Through shaking, the perfect amount of product is decanted into the cute little sponge applicator. First off, the product smells great. Each different colour has a corresponding scent, so 'Vanilla Pop', a berry-red, smells of Vanilla and 'Great Fruit', a very orangey red, smells of grapefruit - you get the idea. The application is smooth and non-sticky, and I admit, my initial first impression of the colour payoff was one of disappointment. The colour in the container is so bright, I expected perhaps unrealistically, to see something similar as the result. However, once I reminded myself that the Juicy Shakers are marketed as a tinted lip oil, I reevaluated my expectations. The coverage is very sheer, but the darker shades are buildable. 

Despite my initial disappointment, I really genuinely like this product. It's a very fresh, pretty look that appears quite natural. None of the harsh lines you get with lipliner or lipstick; it almost just looks like you've been *blessed* with amazingly pigmented lips. 

Another pro of this product that I mentioned on YouTube, is that they wear off in a very even manner. They almost melt away - meaning that these are quite handy little products if you're going on a date or spending time with your significant other - no need to worry about both parties faces being smeared in lipstick. It just sort of... disappears! There's my weird tip of the day. Probably not the marketing angle Lancome were going for but hey, it's a plus!

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Blossom Showers - Spring Sunglasses with Suuna

 Sunglasses c/o Suuna.
 Coat: here. Shirt: here. Trousers: here. Shoes: Russell & Bromley. Skinny Scarf: here. Earrings: Dior. Bag: Chanel.
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Spring has arrived and it's officially sunglasses weather and I couldn't be happier, so, I've dusted off some of my old favourites and added some new additions to my collection! One of my new additions comes in the shape of this classic, black, cat eye style shade from Suuna. As well as the shape and quality being important, high UV protection is my number one must-have when it comes to a new pair of shades. After, all that's what sunglasses are for! So, I was thrilled to find this pair, not only in my favourite cat eye shape, but with 100% UV protection and for only £33. Sold! 

I also picked up this coat in preparation for my trip to Florence (self promo no. 1: you can watch my Florence vlog here if you're interested) but it ended up only seeing the inside of a BA plane and my hotel room as the weather was so warm in Italy! So I've been doing my best to get some wear out of it here in decidedly more chilly England. I completely adore the colour; it's a sort of soft lilac, dove-grey colour which I've never seen before. It's totally different from anything I already own so I've really been enjoying wearing it. (self promo no. 2: If you'd like to see me style this coat in a few other ways, you can check out this video all about my holiday capsule wardrobe.)



*Please note, this post has been kindly sponsored by Suuna.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Blue Suede / Wide Leg Trousers - 'Cool' Tailoring with River Island

Jacket: here. Top: here. Trousers: here. Shoes: here. - All c/o River Island

I know the situation - I'm not cool, I never have been. So when River Island contacted me asking if I'd like to put together and feature an outfit I was a bit like '...me? Me, who dresses like an accountant? OK SURE.' I've always considered River Island to be pretty hip, so I took this offer as the fashion equivalent of the cool kids asking me to sit with them at lunch. You might say that I took it as a challenge of sorts. Ideally, I wanted to put together something that still represented what I consider to be 'my style' - tailored & smart, but with an edge of River Island-style cool. I think I managed it.

Being quite firmly within my comfort zone, the wide leg, tailored trousers were the first things I gravitated towards. Once I had that 'safe piece' to build around, I filled out the rest of the outfit with a cage-detail vest, snakeskin strappy shoes and a much-too-trendy-for-me suede biker jacket. You heard it right. A blue biker jacket - with the soft blue detailing of the shoes matching perfectly. 

The trousers were exceptionally comfortable, unrestrictive and soft, so much so that I also maybe possibly might've ordered them in black too. I think they have a perfect 'office chic' kind of look - a look I definitely favour. 

So, thanks River Island for helping me feel a little bit cooler than I actually am.




Saturday, 5 March 2016

Pale Blue Trench: Cool-Toned Hues for Spring


Trench: here. Top: River Island (old - alternative here). Bag: here. Trousers: here. Shoes: here. Sunglasses: Miu Miu (sold out). Earrings: Chanel.
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Spring is officially here, and so I thought I would welcome the new season by creating an all blue-hued, fresh looking outfit. Spring for me, conjures images of blue skies and blooming flowers - blue is certainly a spring colour, but this more frosty, cool toned blue I thought would be acceptable for the current weather situation; COLD. I paired this pale blue trench with my blue lens Miu Miu's and silver Chanel earrings with blue stones. I wanted to continue the cool toned theme so my silver Saint Laurent bag seemed the perfect choice!

I particularly love the rough, unfinished edges of the trench and the black contrasting details; I think it's a perfect 'throw on and go' piece - it looks quite slouchy and 'chill' whilst also appearing structured and put-together. I think it's a really interesting piece and different to anything I already own. It's light and oversized enough to allow for layering underneath, but also the cool blue hue means this will still look spring-approriate when the milder weather finally arrives. I can't wait to mix it up with the rest of my wardrobe! 

What do you think? Are you a fan of coloured trenches?