Saturday, 30 November 2013

Company & New Look's VIP Christmas Party


   Company magazine is one of the few publications that seriously interacts with its readers; their amazingly fun events are just one of the ways of making readers feel part of the magazine - not just outsiders (which has been the general relationship between the fashion industry and its consumers, until recently).

   Last night, Company and New Look held a collaborative event which completely knocked any party I'd ever been to off the radar. Attended by the Company and New Look teams, alongside bloggers, photographers and bands, I felt right at home - and, not to mention, ridiculously glamorous. It was a great way for the two companies to interact with their audience, immersed in a relaxed and fun atmosphere - fueled partly by the free Malibu cocktails.


   Findlay (left) performed several songs in a deep, rocky, country-style. Her voice is stunningly powerful and mesmerising - definitely recommend checking her music out if you haven't already! Chloe Howl (right) looked so stylish in her sheer black maxi, with a beautiful voice to match - listen to her single 'Paper Heart', you won't regret it.


   I met some lovely people! Nokhuthula from CrystalCosmicChic looked amazing in a red bralet and gold skater skirt, while Naomi from Two Shoes, One Pair totally rocked a mermaid-like sequin maxi, fur jacket and fascinator. I'm always nervous going to events like these, but it's so nice to know that there is always someone friendly who's up for conversation.


   New Look took over an entire room with their AW13 party collection, featuring glitter, sequins and anything that sparkled. It was great to be able to sift through hand-picked clothing, and mentally list the items on my next shopping spree.


   Megan from Briar Rose (left) looked so festive, but still quirky, in a sequined midi, fluffy jumper and a kitsch cat-bag. Nobody held back with the glamour - after all, it's the festive season.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

OOTD - Candice

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Fur Headband - Missguided
Collared Top - New Look
Jumper - Pull & Bear @ ASOS
Leggings - Topshop

   If you like the look of the shoes I'm wearing, check out the unboxing video below for more info!


Saturday, 23 November 2013

Wishlist: Bejewelled Shoes

   I follow @LouboutinWorld on Instagram (just to put a downer on my day when I realise I can't afford any of the shoes I see), and recently they posted an image of a beautifully embellished pair of hot pink heels. Later in the day, I saw a similar style by Dolce & Gabbana in one of their stunning AW13, Sicilian-set ads in Vogue. A few hours later, when perusing shoes on Pinterest, I saw a very similar pair of embellished heels by H&M (however, I can't for the life of me remember why I didn't repin them, so I consequently kicked myself as I couldn't find them again for this post).

   It hit me that jewelled shoes are having a moment this season, with fantastic dupes hitting the shelves left, right and centre. Not only are they stunning from every angle, but they've also come just at the right time: with party season in full swing, jewelled heels can add a touch of glamour to just about any outfit.

   So I've compiled a collage, inspired by the Instagrammed Louboutin Artifice Strass heels, to help you get some ideas of how to feel extra 'sparkly' during the Christmas party period.

jewelled shoe collage

1. Artifice Strass by Louboutin - $2795 (approx. £1724)
3. Jewel Embellished Court Shoes by River Island - £85
4. Black Nappa & Crystal Pointy Toe Pumps by Jimmy Choo - £2095
6. Satellite Heels by ASOS - £28.00
7. Eufrasia Velvet Pump by Manolo Blahnik - £660
8. Cooperative Jewelled Heel by Urban Outfitters - $59 (approx. £36)
9. Satin Jewelled Heels by Prada - $1400 (approx. £916)
10. Licorice Jewelled Suede Pointed-Toe Pump by Kate Spade - $219 (approx. £135)


OOTD - Rhea (ft. Iconemesis)


   Today has been such a great day, mostly due to the family photoshoot that I had this morning! I took my two dogs, my mum and my sister along to a photography studio and we had so much fun posing to the sound of Take That, playing with the dogs and having a chat with our very friendly photographer.

   So I chose an outfit to wear at the photoshoot which took me a long time to compose; I was debating whether to go for a timeless look, like a simple black dress or a pair of jeans with a t-shirt, or more of an on-trend vibe. In the end, trends got the better of me and I decided to throw on a monochrome, checked top from new Look, paired with a Mango black jumper, underneath a tartan playsuit from Missguided. I took along a pair of tortoiseshell flats from H&M and a necklace from River Island to tie the outfit together (if you saw my Instagram post earlier today, you would've noticed my note about the fact that I looked fairly Blair Waldorf-like). 

   I also had my fantastic 'pug' phone case from Iconemesis, a company that retails iPhone cases illustrated by designers such as Cat Sims and Lily X. I really love this pug-smothered case, designed by illustrator, Gemma Correll - it's the perfect smidgen of happy colours and pugs standing on their hind legs, to brighten your day.

   Iconemesis sell cases from iPhone 4 to 5S, all complete with quirky, beautiful designs, and starting from £19.99.

   I can't wait to see the photographs from this morning's photoshoot - but I'm mostly excited about seeing my two gorgeous dogs posing in their cute little ways!

*This post contains PR samples

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Avon Mega Effects Mascara Review

Avon Mascara

   Avon's newest mascara release is definitely one of my favourite mascaras at the moment, alongside Benefit's 'They're Real!' and MAC's 'Zoom Fast Black Lash'. 

   I bought this from my Avon representative, after hearing a rave review about it from Company's beauty team on YouTube. I thought the bendy, paddle-brush design was something to try out - and for £10.00, I'm glad I did!

   For more info, and a preview of the application process, check out the video below!


Monday, 18 November 2013

OOTD - Honor

Honor 2
Honor 1
   I've been wanting to show this Missguided kimono for a while as, from the moment I received it in the post, it became a central piece in my wardrobe. It featured in my recent haul video, alongside a lace kimono, also from Missguided - evidently, I've got a thing for kimonos at the moment.

   Making good use of my customised, Primark Ramones tee, I introduced an edgy look to this kimono, avoiding the rather prominent dressing gown look. My Boohoo disco pants and litas take it from a stylish day look to a casual evening look, amping up the smokey eye I created with a MAC mineralize eyeshadow. Lastly, I'm wearing an infinity bracelet that I received as part of a goodybag from the lovely team at Stylight!


Friday, 15 November 2013

OOTD - Ash

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Ash 2
Ash 1

   Yes, it was freezing on this shoot. And, yes, I laddered my tights (fortunately I turned them round so said ladder was not visible). However, I saw Mollie King wearing something similar earlier this year at London Fashion Week and I'd only just remembered the outfit today - so I had to get it in an OOTD post while it was still sunny.

   I dressed up a simple Dorothy Perkins shirt with a jewelled necklace from Primark; a Miss Selfridge skirt (similar here), Primark tights and my beloved Topshop pointed courts. My rings, from left to right, are: 9ct gold ring from Boreham Christopher, New Look, Austrian Crystal vintage ring, New Look, New Look.

   Hope you like this look and don't think I'm absolutely mad for wearing it at this time of year!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

OOTD - Stevie

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Stevie 1

   If you saw my haul video two days ago, you'd have seen that I bought two new kimonos, one of them being a lacey black one. I love this kimono, mostly for the fact that when I swish, it swishes too.

   It dresses down this Zara top and Choies skirt, yet it's punked up by my New Look boots. If you can see it, I'm also wearing a black and gold bow necklace bought for me on my birthday by a friend - I don't know where this is from, but I really love it as a cute little accessory.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

November 2013 Haul: Missguided, Zara, MAC, Forever 21

   I know it's only midway through November, but I've accumulated a few things already which I think are haul-worthy! Let me know what you think of the items I'm talking about, and if you've got any questions or want to share your hauls, just comment below!


Monday, 11 November 2013

November Beauty Wishlist

beauty wishlist

   Christmas seems like the perfect time to make wishlists like these; however, once you get going, you find that the list becomes so extensive that it's almost never ending.

   Fortunately, I've managed to narrow the list down to a handful of products that I'm currently saving for (and also asking Father Christmas for!).

   Skincare is my main priority at the moment, as there are so many new products out that I'm just dying to try - but I'm avidly trying to avoid buying them in case I spend my Christmas savings.

   Most of these products are ones that I've heard about through other bloggers, so hopefully this list will inspire you too! Let me know if you've tried any of these, and what your opinions are!


Sunday, 10 November 2013

OOTD - Aggie


 Dungarees by Missguided
Crop Top by Forever 21
Boots by New Look
Earrings by Topshop

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Best Products to Combat Dry Scalp

   It's the most wonderful time of the year.. but it might not be so for scalps. Once the weather takes a turn for a worst, so does my scalp, and aside from horrible dry skin, it also affects the look of my hair - faded, lackluster and flat are a few words that could describe how it looks at the moment.

   I've created a list for those of you who suffer from the same problem - hopefully you'll find something that works for you!

Scalp Care

Plumps the hair and repairs the skin around the hair folicle

Serum that helps achieve optimum scalp health and tames frizz

Cleans the hair thoroughly, removing dirt and excess sebum down to the root

Includes tea tree, a helpful ingredient in restoring a healthy scalp

Nourishes and anchors the hair follicle and root for stronger, thicker looking hair

Clears buildup and residue to support healthy hair growth

Recommended for those with an unbalanced scalp, whether dry, oily or itchy

Nourishes hair from inside the follicle, along the scalp and all over the hair strand

Uses several vitamins and natural ingredients to restore scalp and hair health

Intensive mud treatment for those who suffer from dry scalp

Fortifies and encourages regular hair growth and scalp health

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

How To: Long Lasting Lipstick


   Finding out halfway through the day that your lipstick has worn off, and you're left with uneven colour, can be a little embarrassing; however, by using certain techniques, you can lock in the colour and create a look that can last all day through eating, drinking - and a few cheeky kisses!

   I've created this tutorial using Dior's Diorific lipstick which I purchased from a really helpful lady at Debenhams' Dior counter. I've been wearing it so much lately because it's such an on-trend colour, it's seriously moisturising and it's long wear. I could not be more pleased with this, despite the price tag (£26.00) - you definitely get what you pay for.

   Have a look at my video below for a quick and easy tutorial to help your lipstick last longer!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Avon Eyeshadow Primer Review


   Recently, I bought a small haul of products from Avon, after having had a peek through their catalogue.

   I never used to be a fan of purchasing beauty products from Avon, as I was not sure of the quality, or if I'd like the product without having seen it first. However, I requested an order for a few basic products, and I was so pleased with what I'd purchased.

   I would say that I'd buy products from Avon exclusively from now on, but on the other hand, I love getting pampered at a Debenhams beauty counter, or hearing about a brand's latest product and trying it out for myself.

   Check out the video below for my thoughts on Avon's Eyeshadow Primer!


Sunday, 3 November 2013

OOTD - Uma

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   I promised I'd post photographs of my rather drag-looking 'Poison Ivy' Halloween costume on Instagram, and I did - you can find it here. Last night's party took it out of me, so I was desperate for something comfortable (and warm) to wear on this cold November day.

   I figured this jumper would be a fine friend, as well as a beanie (perfect for next-day-hair) and a leather jacket by Glamorous. I chucked on my New Look black ankle boots and a pair of thick black socks, and finally some disco pants, as I like to carry the party through to the next day.
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