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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Crop & Cardie

crop // american apparel
jeans // topshop
cardigan // river island
boots // asos
bag // primark
matte me lip cream // "birthday suit" sleek via boots

The American Apparel crop is back, this time a bit more casual (unfortunately I can't see it on the website). Even though it's a crop it's the perfect winter crop because it's really high quality material that's thick and perfect for layering. I'll just have to put up with the cold tummy. This cardigan is from er 2011? It always makes a return in the colder months :) 

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Bizarre: Opening Party

Last Thursday I attended the opening party for 'The Bizarre', an apparel shop that has just opened in the Northern Quarter, Manchester city centre. The Bizarre began as an independent apparel label called Bizarre Tees, started by Damian Gray, who I met at University (we both wrote for the student newspaper ^_^). He asked me if I would come along and possibly blog the event, and I was happy to! The Bizarre doesn't just stock Damian's own label, but 8 independent labels, which is really exciting for streetwear apparel lovers like myself. I even own a few t-shirts already by Hopeless Youth, one of the brands stocked at The Bizarre :) 

If you're interested in picking up new t-shirts or sweaters that won't be worn by 9/10 guys and gals on the high street then I would suggest taking a look in The Bizarre! It's always great to see small ideas come to fruition, and I'm chuffed for Damian, the shop (as you can see from the images) looks amazing!

Friday, 12 December 2014

90s White Crop

crop-top // asos
jeans // topshop
jacket // primark
slip-ons // office
choker // topshop

This crop top found its way into my wardrobe as a result of Asos' Black Friday weekend 20% off sale... they only had a size 6 left but it's not even that tight, so I'm not sure how the sizing worked out on this one (I am a typical size 8). Featured for the second time are my new holographic slip-on shoes, which I am still trying to break in. This outfit is just a mixture of simplistic pieces with a pop of interest here and there. Scoop-back crop, fluffy textured jacket and shiny shoes. Yeah, it's not that winter appropriate, but it reminds of the smart-casual outfits I always wore on uni nights out. Side note: a bit of cheeky midriff never hurt anyone! 


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

All Black Asos

boyfriend sweater // asos
jeans // asos (similar)
boots // asos
clutch // monki via asos
lip cream // "birthday suit" (sleek)

Hey! Long time no.... blog? I've had some image issues. I still do because unfortunately my wardrobe is messing up the colouring of these pictures. Hopefully that will get sorted soon (me and Photoshop will be best friends.)

All black everythang + a holographic clutch bag. Showing off my new boyfriend sweater and gorgeous black ankle boots. I've never had a solid faux-leather pair of boots besides my Balenciaga wannabe cut-out boots. They have a small heel which gives a bit of lift but is also extremely comfortable. The sweater is my new favourite thing to wear with everything, so prepare to see it styled into a hundred different outfits! 

Sunday, 30 November 2014


jacket // primark
t-shirt // new look
jeans // topshop
shoes // office
bag // primark
lipstick // "mink" topshop

I have been wanting these holographic slip-ons since I first saw them in June, and was never in the mood to pass up the £20 for them when I'm usually a trainers or black boots kinda girl, nothing in-between. Anyhoo, Office were having a 20% of everything sale this weekend, and they happened to still have my size (I was surprised they hadn't all sold out.) I think they're absolutely gorgeous, and a real statement piece, especially paired with my fluffy jacket. They are very similar to the Topshop slip-ons though, because they're stiff as a board and rub like crazy. They need a few more wears with thick socks to break them in and then they'll be fine. I don't usually wear smaller bags in the day such as this one, but this was my Christmas/Black Friday weekend shopping outfit so I didn't want a huge bag hanging off my arm all day. Manchester was disgracefully busy and I got barged into approx 48457493 times, but I got all my presents and it's not even December ^.^

 What do you think of this outfit?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Autumn Boots Haul & Review

Whilst this is primarily a fashion blog, I am into my make up and beauty and whilst I will feature these items on my YouTube channel l I thought I'd give them a quick review here first :)

First and foremost, the blending sponge. I apologise that the packet is open/my used sponge looks gross (unfortunately once it's used it is always stained no matter how much you wash it). For over a year I'd been using my Real Techniques stippling brush to apply foundation every day, but eventually the hairs started to fall out and I needed a replacement. A few beauty gurus that I follow have used sponges or the official Beauty Blender, and I was told they're good for spreading thick foundation. Basically, I don't know how I'll ever use anything else now. I have very oily skin and open pores, and this is the best applicator I have ever used for successfully blending foundation into pores so I actually look like I don't have them (for a few hours at least). It took me a few goes to get used to pressing and pushing the make up on, but I am one happy customer.

5/5. Note: you have to put your chosen amount of foundation dotted around your face before blending. If you try and pick the product up from your hand you'll end up wasting a LOT.

Now unfortunately, I ended up with this mascara by mistake. Gossmakeupartist recommended the Seventeen Falsifeye HD mascara and whilst I was in boots I thought I'd pick it up, and managed to pick up a different one - although with practically the same name?!?!!? An easy but annoying mistake. So I've ended up with a mascara that I didn't want, and I think I will get the one I wanted and keep this as a spare because this mascara is just okay. It's quite lengthening and it doesn't clump very much, but the brush is massive for my eyes (could just be me), and it's almost impossible to apply it without it ending up all over my eyelid. 


Awks another mistake coming up. I thought that this was a cream contour kit, so when I opened it to find powder I thought.... ah. Oh well. Let's give it a go anyway. I apply bronzer every day and have contoured using bronzer, but I've never had a specific contouring powder or something to highlight with. Having a powder set has actually been helpful because it's added an extra layer of powder to hold in shine. The contour powder is really good, and even at 5pm before I leave work it is still intact on my cheek as opposed to my foundation which has always half disappeared. In future I would still like to purchase a cream contour kit, but for now I'm really pleased with this.


loreal paris la palette nude // boots

I'm not huge on wearing eyeshadow, but every time I watch a make up tutorial I start pining for some wearable nude shades. Whilst the Urban Decay Naked 3 looks incredible, it's really expensive for something I might not get a lot of use out of, so when I saw this palette I thought, okay, here's a really good (and way, way cheaper) alternative. The shades are great because they're half matte and half shimmery. The pay-off isn't amazing, but in a way this is good because it means they're really wearable in the daytime and if you want something more dramatic you can build them up. The brush is rubbbbbbish but that's not a big deal, really. I recommend this palette to an eyeshadow newb like myself :)

4/5 (due to lack of pay-off and an awful brush)

That's everything. Let me know what you thought of these products if you also have them, or want to recommend me any alternatives!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Denim & Knit

leather jacket // topshop
shirt // new look
jumper // topshop 
jeans // topshop
air force 1s // nike via foot locker

Confession.... I was naaaat a fan of most of these pictures, so I'm afraid you only get the side of my face. Awks. But yeah, the background is really cool so I didn't want to waste them. My boyfriend is at uni in Newcastle and we walked past this graffiti on the way to the centre and I was like woah *gets camera out*. I'm also delighted that it's knitwear/sweater season again. I love me some baggy sweaters. Hope you like this outfit and I actually have a beauty post coming soon which is odd but I finally have a beauty product I feel like talking about!