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Jennifer.
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

My Summer Essentials


PHONE CASE* - ICONEMESIS

This is such a Summery phone case, designed in collaboration with artist, Sacha Kreeger. It brings a little touch of colour to my mostly black wardrobe, and coordinates beautifully with a pop of red lipstick! Iconemesis are an independent, innovative and creative business who have just launched a campaign with Indiegogo to help them become a globally recognised brand - support their cause (here) and get an iPhone case of your choice thrown in!

LIPSTICK - BOURJOIS

A gorgeous colour and formula, Bourjois have several shades of their 'Velvet' collection, but 'Personne ne rouge!' is my favourite; it's a deep red colour that glides on like a dream!

LIPLINER - BARRY M

I've gone off Barry M products slightly due to their quality, but I must say that this lipliner definitely does the job. It creates a sleek, opaque line that doesn't bleed - perfect for hot Summer days and nights.


NAIL POLISH - BOURJOIS

I've worn black nails ever since I was a grungy teenager, but this look's been given more of a fashiony update since. This Bourjois 'So Laque!'' nail polish in 'Noir de chine' is so shiny and opaque - but beware that its thick formula needs plenty of time to dry, so apply while you're sunbathing and just relax for a few hours!

RINGS - NOWSEEN

Nowseen is one of my all time favourite fine jewellery retailers. Their selection of silver rings work perfectly with all my outfits, and vary in style from minimalist to avant garde. The Hammered Ring (worn on middle finger) can be worn as a knuckle ring or can also be worn further down, while the Trax Ring can add a touch of tribal style to your hands.

BRACELET - DOROTHY PERKINS

I spotted this beautifully ornate bracelet in Dorothy Perkins this month and just had to have it. It can spice up a simple outfit or compliment your dress on a night out, and the silvery tones go perfectly with my NOWSEEN rings.


SHOES - ZARA

I'm still finding it hard to believe that I bought these in the Zara sale, as they're just so damn beautiful! The pastel pink is the perfect shade to go with white, distressed jeans or a baby blue, chiffon midi skirt - they're so girly I could cry. And the t-bars are not just comfortable, but so on point for this season!

* Items were gifted for review purposes


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Daily Fashspiration

Olsens Anonymous Blog Mary Kate Olsen 6 Ways To Wear Plaid Shirt Tied At Waist Like Olsen Twins Long Wavy Braided Hair Vintage Ringer Tee Black Tartan Mini Skirt Gladiator Strap Sandals Round Sunglasses Candid T Shirt Hair Style Leather Satchel Bag photo Olsens-Anonymous-Blog-Mary-Kate-Olsen-6-Ways-To-Wear-Plaid-Shirt-Tied-At-Waist-Like-Olsen-Twins-Long-Wavy-Braided-Hair.jpg





1. MARY-KATE OLSEN @ OLSENS ANONYMOUS // 2. CLAIRE MARSHALL @ HEY CLAIRE // 3. SAMANTHA MARIA @ BEAUTY CRUSH // 4. EUGENIE GREY @ FERAL CREATURE  // 5. YANIN NAMASONTHI @ I DRESS MYSELF

   Somehow, the amount of Instagrammers I follow has increased significantly in the past few weeks - perhaps because there are so many bloggers whose style is so on point. Not only have I been avidly following their posts, but also my style has undergone a serious, yet subconscious (I think), tweak. 

   I've been wearing so much black lately, a shade which I hated before because it made me look so pale; however, as it's currently so sunny and hot in little old Blighty, I've had to stick to light fabrics and incorporate white to contrast. Not a huge problem, as I don't own THAT many heavy black fabrics, but I'm sure that'll drastically change this coming A/W.

   I wouldn't say my style has become more grunge (as I abandoned that look along with my moody teenage self), but it's definitely evolved into something more laid-back and nonchalant. I'm finding that I'm wearing flats a lot more, as well as making good use of minimalist silver jewellery, mirrored sunglasses and black nail polish - oh, and my current playlist seems to have gained a lot of Alanis Morissette... Is that relevant? I'll let you decide.

   Keep an eye out for my next haul video which will, no doubt, consist of many a slouchy t-shirt.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sportswear Wishlist

   If you've watched my latest fitness update on YouTube, you'd know that I'm getting really into working out right now. I'm exercising every other day, and I'm really trying to eat healthily - but all I need now is the right clothing so that I don't look like I have no idea what I'm doing.

   Sure, I have a few well loved yoga pants and comfy sports bras that I've been making good use of, but what would really motivate me is a pair of brand new trainers - some brand new Nike Frees or Roshe Runs would really make me feel that little bit more excited to exercise!

   Here is my latest wishlist detailing my current lust for all things sporty:



Free 5.0 in Black/Anthracite/White by Nike - £90
Stamina Sports Bra by Sweaty Betty - £33.00
Sports Tights by H&M - £12.99
Sports Bra in White/Patterned by H&M - £9.99
Homiés New York Sweat Pants in Heather Grey/Gold by Reason - $68
Pop Colour Zip Hoodie by Superdry - £49.99
"Daily Classic" Tote Bag by Lacoste - £126
Clarence Canvas Shoe by Fred Perry - £50
Roshe Run in Glacier Ice/Light Base Grey/White/Purple Fade by Nike - £70

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Cliché Blogging Tips Reinterpreted

   We've all heard the cliche blogging advice that (some, not all) successful bloggers share with those who are just starting out; but sometimes "follow your dreams" and "be the best person you can be" are way too general for new bloggers, and we don't get to hear much of the nitty gritty stuff that really got those hardworking high-flyers into the positions that they are now. 

   I'm sure it's not because they don't want to share the secrets of their success; it's most likely to be that success works in different ways for every individual, and so these general sayings are a way to inspire as many people as possible.

   On the other hand, there are some bloggers and vloggers who genuinely want to help their audiences achieve their goals - for example, Carly Christman recently published a really helpful video consisting of her advice for getting into the creative industry. It's advice like this that the online community really needs.

   So here are a few of the more cliché tips broken down and reinterpreted; hopefully these will inspire a few of you and get you closer to the mindframe required for achieving your own goals.

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   This is one of the most general phrases in the entire language of rhetoric. Your heart is a muscle and it cannot think for itself. You, however, can.

   A better phrase would be to "go with your instincts", as your innate feelings and ideas are generally the better ones. When creating your own blog and deciding what kind of content you want to publish and the kind of image you'd like to portray, find a direction that you'd like to go with and try to stick with it. Look at as many blogs as you can before you start anything, get inspired, create moodboards, and incorporate yourself and your unique personality into those ideas.

   Ultimately, your blog is YOUR baby, so it should go in the direction in which YOU want it to go.

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   Well, who else are you going to be?

   The internet is an evolutionary, ever-changing entity. No doubt you will change with it - I know I have. As humans, we change every day, constantly adapting to environment, technology, social conditions, etc. However, as bloggers, that change is then mirrored by your blog, and is projected into the stratosphere for the world to see.

   Because of this, it's easy to lose sight of who you were when you started your blog, and the reasons you started it. So, if you're opinionated, be opinionated! If you're a geek, be a geek! If people like your style then that's great; don't change yourself to make other people like you - this isn't high school.

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   Again, this is so general that it can apply to any area of life - though I'm not denying its value. Staying positive is so important, but it's not always as easy as saying it.

   There will be lows. There'll be times where you just don't feel like blogging anymore, maybe because your stats are dipping, or that you haven't gained a follower in over a month, or EVEN that you've experienced the terrible rock-bottomness of internet abuse from someone who doesn't even know you but can make you feel like s*** in under three seconds.

   However, there are ways to get over these lows. If you're feeling over-stressed about the pressures of maintaining an online image, take a technology break every once in a while to clear your mind - no blogging, no Twitter, no Instagram, nothing. 

   If you're worried that your content isn't attracting the amount of followers you'd like, read through popular blogs, magazines and articles to see what's trending and channel those ideas into your blog - audiences are attracted to content that is current and relatable. 

   Suffering from trolls? Unfortunately, there are thousands lurking out there, and a thick skin is needed if you're going to face them. However, if you're not that tough (I must admit, I'm not), then maybe it's time to get rid of the comments option on your blog, and block them on social media.

   All in all, if blogging is becoming a threat to your happiness, don't do it. Because you only get one shot in this world, and if you're not going to be happy, it's not worth it.


   That was super deep. Hope you all enjoyed this post and that it got you inspired! If you have any tips you want to share, please don't hesitate to comment below - I want to hear what you've got to say!


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Almond Butter Raspberry Smoothie




   Incredibly, as much as I like smearing condiments on toast and consuming them, almond butter is not my favourite spread at all, so I prefer to use it as an ingredient in meals. Filipino kare-kare is a favourite; this is usually made with peanut butter but I substitute it for almond butter, as it's much more healthy.

   Today, I've filmed a video of a quick and simple recipe for an almond butter and raspberry smoothie. This is fairly thick, so use a lot of milk if you like your smoothies fairly thin!

Ingredients:

- 3 tablespoons of almond butter (I got mine from My Protein*)
- 1 sliced avocado
- 1 sliced banana
- 1 handful of raspberries
- 1 cup of milk

   Throw all the ingredients into a blender and run for 30 seconds - done!