Thursday, 31 July 2014

Weekday Wishlist

1. White Sweater by Zara - £45.99
2. PU Midi Skirt by Topshop - £55
3. Skinny Jeans by J Brand - £190
4. Lace Bra by Boíte á Désir - £45
5. Cream Sunglasses by Linda Farrow - £280
6. Cutout Ballet Flats by ASOS - £28
7. Croc Clutch by Whistles - £80
8. Slouchy Trousers by Topshop - £45
9. Cassette Clutch by Edie Parker - $1,295
10. Fringed Jacket by Talking About the Abstraction - £810
11. Crystal Pendant by Only Child London - £15
12. 'Conquer' Ring by Rogue & Wolf - £12.16
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July 2014 Clothing Haul: H&M, Topshop, ASOS, Zara etc.


   It's been two months since I filmed my last clothing haul, simply because I'm generally cutting down on buying endless amounts of forgettable clothing, and instead concentrating on pairing together statement pieces and basics a la Rumi Neely

   I just think this method will eventually allow me to maintain a truly personal-style-focused wardrobe, filled with pieces that I would wear and feel comfortable in everyday, knowing that I'm emanating my own, individual style, rather than wasting clothes by following trend after trend.

   So here is my July haul, filled with my latest loves and pieces that I will wear again and again...



Products mentioned:

H&M

Sports tights - £12.99 
Sports Bra - £9.99 
Lace Top - £9.99 
Oversized Tee - £6.99 
Wide Satin Trousers - £14.99 

Mesh Top - £14.99 

Topshop

Duster kimono - £45 

ASOS

Memory shoes - £32 
New Look watch - £19 (£11 in sale) 
Mesh Sweater - £25 (£12 in sale) 

Miss Selfridge


River Island

New York Beanie - £10 (£3 in sale) 

Zara

T-bar heels - £25 in sale (No link available)

Y O U T U B E / T W I T T E R / I N S T A G R A M

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Taking Me Higher Than I've Ever Been Before


NECKLACE - VINTAGE / TOP - H&M / TROUSERS - H&M / SHOES - ZARA

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Friday, 25 July 2014

The Cross I Bear that you Gave to me



SUNGLASSES - ZERO UV* / TOP - FOREVER 21 / JEANS - DOROTHY PERKINS / SHOES - BOOHOO / RING - NOWSEEN
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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


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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.


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Monday, 21 July 2014

No. 54


SUNGLASSES - ASOS / TOP - ASOS / SHORTS - EBAY / WATCH - NEW LOOK / SHOES - BOOHOO

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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
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Life's A Beach


SUNGLASSES - ASOS / KIMONO - MISSGUIDED / TOP - TOPSHOP / BRALET - TOPSHOP / SHORTS - ZARA / SHOES - RIVER ISLAND

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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.

Image by 1337tattoos

   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.

Image by krishna1timsina

   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.

Image by sparkliz

   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!


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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!


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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Office Inspo


feminine home office with exposed beams #polkadots #chevron #lanterns
1KelliBlack and white office. Would be great with little pops of color, here and there. WANT THE CLOCK!!

   The thing with modern suburban houses is that there's no room for ANYTHING. I've wanted an office ever since I started making my own art - just a place where I could organise everything and work in my own space.. But NO, I had to live in a house where I can barely move because my hobbies leak into living spaces. There is literally no space to do my thing.

   So here I am pouring over Pinterest, dreaming about beautiful black and white, Scandi-inspired spaces where everything has its place. Above are my latest inspirations; mostly comprised of geometric rugs, photo collages and plush furnishings with a subtle touch of exposed wood flooring thrown in.

   Hopefully someday I can move into a house where my dreams can become reality..


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Beautifully Organised


   I'm a keen lover of stationery; pretty notebooks, pastel pens and quirky erasers always catch my eye - but most of all I love stationery with more of a purpose, rather than just looking good on a desk.

   Organisers are a great tool for anyone on the go. I normally use my phone to note all my future appointments, but it's a good idea to have a more visual reminder of what's coming up in the next few days. 

   I was asked to review ACCO's Quartet Magnetic Weekly Organiser* - a magnetic board that breaks up your week for you. It comes with a rewritable marker, so that you can alter the days as you go, and a corkboard area, so that you can pin up any extra notes or reminders. It also comes complete with magnets and foam adhesive tape, for easy mounting on a magnetic surface, i.e. a filing cabinet or whiteboard.

   The board itself isn't the most appealing thing to look at. It's whiteboard effect reminds me of my school days, and the corkboard section is very officey, but with a little touch of personalisation, it can look at home in any abode. I've used LED lights and family photos to make it look the part in my room.

   At only £6.49 from Shoplet, this is a good deal for any of you whom are in need of visual reminders. Shoplet are a company that stocks all varieties of office stationery for businesses and individuals.

*Items were gifted for review purposes
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Fitness Update July 2014 *VIDEO*

   Life can either be a struggle when you're trying to get fit, or you can seamlessly blend exercise and healthy eating into your everyday life. For me, it's a slight struggle; I'm all for a positive 'post-healthy-smiley-fit-photos-on-Instagram' outlook, but then I'll sneakily be missing workouts or tucking into a doughnut when I'm not veiling my eating habits online.

   It's been three months since I really started trying to up my game. I began working out three to four times a week, and swapping junk food for fresh, healthy food, and so far I'm happy with the progress I've made - but I'm far from done.

   Oooh, and if you like the look of the photograph above, it's my homemade guacamole (a staple in my diet) and a handfull of Tyrell's crisps. The guacamole is made with one avocado, half a lime and a quarter or a red onion, though I usually throw in some chopped tomatoes too! I definitely recommend to try this yourself for a tasty snack!




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Friday, 4 July 2014

Victoria Beckham for Vogue August 2014


Photographs from vogue.co.uk

   I'm so excited to read August's UK Vogue! Shot by Demarchelier, Victoria Beckham models Prada's AW14 collection in beautiful slate and charcoal tones - perfect for a relatable, casual look that definitely contrasts with her mistakenly stern persona. Her hair is so effortlessly styled by Tina Outen and her makeup is plain but chic, as styled by Val Garland.

   I've always been a huge fan of Victoria, and I think she looks so serene in these photos (and don't even get me started on her gorgeous little dog!). I'm dying to wrap myself in the absolutely stunning coat that she wears in the photo on the right (is it Chanel? Somebody help me out here...) - I know it's Summer, but I absolutely adore layering, and that coat would go rather well with a crisp white shirt and a voluminous tartan scarf!


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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Lush Wishlist

   I must admit, Lush isn't my 'go to' brand for skincare products, but I can't resist popping in every time I walk past their store. Lush is a brand built on innovation, and their products reflect the fun they have making them - I'm always seeing photos of the team have fun in the kitchens concocting new releases on their Instagram page.

   So here are a few of my favourites from Lush right now:
TOP ROW
The Sunblock - Solid sunscreen wash - £8.95 / 100g
Mangnificent - Soap - £4.00 / 100g
African Paradise - Body Conditioner - £19.95 / 225g
Dragon's Egg - Bath bomb - £3.25 each

MIDDLE ROW
Aqua Mirabilis - Body butter - £6.25 / 95g
Ocean Salt - Face and body scrub - £7.25 / 120g
Handy Gurugu - Hand cream - £7.95 each
Volcano - Foot Mask - £6.25 / 125g

BOTTOM ROW
Strawberry Feels Forever - Massage Bar - £5.75 / 75g
D'Fluff - Strawberry Shaving Soap - £5.75 / 75g
Confident - Lipstick - £14.50 / 5g
Big Solid Conditioner - Solid Conditioner - £9.00 / 100g


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