Wednesday, 26 April 2017

everyday make-up tutorial

So I thought I'd try something new: a make-up tutorial video. I'm not sure why; maybe I was in a blog rut and lacking a little inspiration. Maybe I thought that my blog can sometimes be a little impersonal, and I wanted to show you a little bit more about who I am. I also just really like watching make-up tutorials myself. So, I thought I'd give it a go.

I've never done any kind of a video before save a snippet or two on my Instastories, so this was quite a strange experience for me, and I felt quite vulnerable putting my make-up free face out there for everyone to see (eek). But I really enjoyed making it, and my hope is that one or two people will enjoy watching it.

So please let me know what you think (unless it's eugh, don't show us your make-up free face again!) Any constructive feedback welcomed. It may be a one-off, or I may decide to do some more. Anyway, if you do take the time to watch it - thank you so much and I hope you enjoy! All the products are linked below.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

the april wish list

I'm off on holiday to Mexico in May (can't wait can't wait) so this month's wish list has a distinct holiday theme. So I'm #sorrynotsorry if you're going to be stuck in rainy England for the foreseeable future. Although, having said that, the forecast tells us we'll be in for some actual real life sun soon, so maybe you can wear these pieces down by your local canal, or something...?


Sunday, 2 April 2017

discovering great plains

Great Plains khaki tencel shirt, Topshop Jamie raw hem jeans and Reiss neoprene mules

It's always exciting to discover a new brand. I have to say that when Great Plains kindly offered to let me try out a couple of pieces from their latest collection, I was not hugely familiar with the brand. I didn't realise they were a sister company to French Connection and I also didn't realise they stocked a streamlined collection of sleek, sophisticated and understated pieces which totally appeal to my minimalist tendencies.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

march beauty favourites

This month's beauty picks include two haircare products (thanks to learning how to style my new 'do), a life-changing toner and a classic perfume. Read on to see what I thought of them all.

beauty favourites march 2017

Saturday, 18 March 2017

short hair don't care

Whistles Toscana jacket, Zara cream top and Zara black cropped trousers

When I was about 15 I had an awful haircut (foolishly modelled on Chloe from the TV show Smallville) which was a horrendous, short layered disaster. To be honest, everything about my appearance at that stage of my life was a disaster, but that's what being a teenager is about, right? Learning what works and what doesn't work for you, and gradually refining your personal style as you get older. (At least that's what I tell myself when I look back on photos and cringe...) Anyway, it really put me off having short hair. From that moment on I religiously grew and grew my hair, allowing myself only minimal trims and the occasional flirtation with a fringe (another bad idea given my round face). It wasn't until last year, when my hair was finally pretty ridiculously long (check this out if you don't believe me), that I started to get bored of it and wonder if shorter hair might actually be a little more chic. Don't get me wrong: I adored my long hair for a while. At a certain point, though, it started to get straggly and I felt - to be honest - like I might be getting too old for it. While some older women can rock long hair, for me I've realised I feel more sophisticated with a shorter cut.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

investing in classics

There's something about getting older (and hopefully a little wiser) that makes you want to invest in items which still stand the test of time over cheap-trend led pieces. Don't get me wrong: I still pick up the odd piece from Zara or Topshop to pep up my wardrobe. But I don't really love those items. Not in the way I do when I dream of a beautiful designer piece for months before finally deciding to invest in it. And these don't have to be pieces which are particularly striking; in fact they are often utterly, beautifully simple.

saint laurent shopper bag sigerson morrison patent leather boots

So it is with this divine Saint Laurent bag. Nothing very eye-catching about it: it's a simple black tote bag. But I still fell totally in love with it. And I know that I'll be using it forever.

The boots were a slightly different story, in that I immediately had to have them (well, you can't hang around with the Outnet anyway: pieces sell out straightaway). But I've always been partial to a good patent boot, so I'm sure these will prove just as timeless for me. (A word of caution if you do snap these up: don't believe the Outnet's US to UK shoe size guide - look it up elsewhere.)

Sometimes, the cost per wear equation really does make more sense and honestly, I'll be wearing these beauties a hundred times more than any high street piece.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

for the love of marble

Interior trends come and go, but there are some which stand the test of time. If you're looking to deck your house in a way which will prove enduringly stylish, look no further than the perennially sophisticated material that is marble.

marble interiors
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