Thursday, 29 January 2015

Only Then Am I Human



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Vegan Sneakers | Stella McCartney X Adidas

   Though not strictly vegan, over the last two years I've found myself geared towards vegan tendencies, i.e. buying vegan-friendly cosmetics, picking salad over steak at restaurants and avoiding fur like the plague. I guess adopting two dogs has strengthened my sympathy towards animals and, although some people see veganism as 'silly' (the phrase "if they were smarter, they'd be the ones eating us" brings me to boiling point), I would happily give up eating meat for the rest of my life if it meant that I could save an animal's life. 

   It's interesting to me that, even though we have meat substitutes that taste just as good as meat, and comprise the vital nutrients that we require, the average Brit still manages to consume over 79.3kg of meat per year. Which brings me to animal by-products; if manufacturers are able to produce high quality faux leather, suede and fur, why take the life of an animal? 

   Stella McCartney, obviously prolific in the world of sustainable, animal-friendly fashion, has designed another amazing collection for Adidas featuring 'vegan sneakers'. Animal lovers often find themselves sidelined when it comes to shopping for trainers - type 'vegan shoes' into Google and up pops a whole host of damn-well-ugly footwear - but McCartney's 'Irana' collection is stylish and functional, featuring high-tops in four different colourways.

   These trainers are my latest sportswear lust-over item; however, I did notice that Adidas don't actually advertise the fact that these are vegan products. In my opinion, this would be a particularly unique selling point - I would be more interested in an item if it were eco-conscious. Below are the four colourways of the Irana shoes, let me know what you think of them!

Stella McCartney Adidas Shoes


Monday, 26 January 2015

Shoe Favourites | January 2015

   Shoes tend to take up the most space in my closet, which is why I'm very careful about selecting the perfect pair either to style with a particular outfit, or for the versatility factor. For this post, I've filmed my current shoe favourites which includes shoes that I've acquired throughout the last year and have absolutely been loving wearing. As you may notice from the video, I have a slight penchant for pointed court shoes, though I can't resist a clean white trainer, or a chunky platform boot - no doubt I'll acquire a few more of these this year!

   I've tried my best to include links to each pair and, if I cannot find the original link, I've provided links to similar items.

   The music in this video is by talented musician, Jess Penner. I really recommend checking her out as her music is so catchy and uplifting; you can find her on SoundCloud here:

Shoes mentioned:

River Island 'Metallic Blue Pointed Courts' - (similar here)

Tophop 'Mint Suede Pointed Courts' - (similar here)

River Island 'Leopard Print Faux Ponyskin Pointed Courts' - (similar here

Zara 'Pink Patent Cylinder Heel Pointed Courts' - (similar here)

ASOS 'Faux Velvet Cylinder Heel Ankle Boots' - (similar here)

River Island 'Black Patent Pointed Courts' (similar here)


Thursday, 22 January 2015



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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

*CLOSED* L'Oreal La Palette Nude GIVEAWAY

   It's time for another giveaway! I'm offering the chance for you to win a beautiful eye shadow palette by L'Oreal called 'La Palette Nude' - a collection of ten shades in various nude and rose-neutral colours.

   These shades are really geared towards pink tones, ranging from a very light cream shade to use for highlights, to an almost plum shade to achieve a lovely contoured look. This palette is quite similar to the Urban Decay Naked palettes (I feel like it's a bit of a combination between naked 2 and Naked 3), but with more rose tones rather than neutral tones, and at half the price (currently £14.99 from Boots).

   The set includes four matte shades and six metallic shades; so if you want to mix it up, feel free to experiment! It also comes complete with a mirror and a double-ended applicator brush. The mirror is great quality and ideal for use on the go, while the applicator is practical and does its job - but I prefer using my own brushes anyway.

   I felt that these shades were especially easy to blend, plus they're highly pigmented so you can either go for a drastic smokey eye look, or a soft fresh-faced appearance, depending on how much you apply.

   Overall, this is a really handy everyday palette full of gorgeous warm, blendable shadows. If you want to try this out for yourself, why not enter my giveaway below for the chance to win your own?

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Monday, 19 January 2015



   This outfit was inspired by a look I found on a new app called 'Stylekick', a fusion between a lookbook and Instagram, but the twist is that you can buy the product you see in the photos. I'm not very diverse when it comes to downloading apps - I tend to stick to the ones I'm used to - but this has got me rather excited.

   The app is full of stunning street style looks, uploaded by the wearers themselves, and it works on a 'like' and 'share' basis, which seems to me very positive. You can also upload your own looks (it offers an in-built photo editor, just in case) and let others know where to find the pieces you're wearing - so if you think you've got good style, why not give it a go? You can set up a profile in less than a minute, then start getting inspired straight away. It's free on the AppStore, or you can get an exclusive Android invite via their website.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

EXCLUSIVE: New Vintage Fashion Boutique on Etsy

   My favourite vintage shop has now opened a boutique on Etsy, featuring quirky goodies from decades gone by. Fairweather Vintage, an eponymous brand crafted by my good friend, Kelly Fairweather, stocks stunning pieces from delicate lace wedding dresses, to luxurious quality coats, to unique accessories - all hand-sourced from around the world.

   Based in Suffolk, Kelly works from a unit which she and her boyfriend (talented graphic designer and photographer, James) revamped into a laid-back, intimate destination for vintage enthusiasts, filled to the brim with shelves of truly unique clothing and accessories. You can read my piece on their new space here.

   I was lucky enough to be a part of the Etsy boutique development with Fairweather Vintage; getting the styling exactly right, photographing every detail of each piece and listing each item with as much information as possible was a long and demanding process for Kelly and James, especially as both of them are perfectionists at heart, but hard work always pays off, and the boutique is now up and running - and even more exciting stock will be added regularly. 
   The two photos below are examples of the kind of clothing you can expect from Fairweather Vintage - high quality and full of character. I was lucky enough to model for these shoots, and it was so much fun to be able to style some of the items. I can't wait to see what happens next for Kelly!


Photographs by James of

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Weekday Wishlist | Designer Lustables

   I'm a regular visitor of the Avenue 32 website - their 'New In' page is a slice of heaven in my eyes - so when they asked me to select my favourite pieces from their collection of designers and create a post, I was more than happy! Below is my selection of lustworthy pieces from BLK DNM, Shrimps and J W Anderson, all available from Avenue 32. These pieces not only reflect my current style, but also an aesthetic that I aspire to; all three designers have truly inspiring collections with pieces for all occasions.

   BLK DNM emanates that edgy, androgynous downtown New York aura that inspires many of my outfit choices. The abundance of skinny black and slate-coloured jeans and sharp leather jackets is offset by relaxed basics in the form of jersey tees and vests, exactly the look that yearns to be worn with bedhead hair, pointed black boots, nonchalant wayfarers and a jet-black fedora.

1. Black leather Shearling Jacket - £995
2. Essex Grey Skinny Jeans - £90
3. Black Shearling Biker Vest - £382
4. Black Leather Trousers - £405
5. Rayon White T-shirt - £65
6. Black Skinny Jeans - £29
7. Eau de Parfum - £85
8. Forest Green Jersey T-shirt - £36
9. Black Wayfarers - £225

   Being against the use of real fur in fashion, I'm a huge fan of Shrimps; why buy real fur when you can get synthetic fur as high quality as this? Not ones to kowtow to the dark wintery colours that we see from innumerable amounts of designers, Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland 'draws inspiration from the satire of modern art'. The ideal Shrimps girl loves a statement piece which radiates a fun personality, and that can be paired with anything from a sequined mini dress to skinny jeans and a t-shirt. Personally, I really can't wait to see more from this brand!

1. Strawberry Pink Lenny Keyring - £50
2. Pink Faux Fur Pablo Clutch - £185
3. Shrimps Print Silk Kimono - £280
4. Pink Faux Fur Dulcie Coat - £595
5. Beige Faux Fur Mabel Coat - £595
6. Burnt Orange Faux Fur Agnes Coat - £495

   J W Anderson is one designer who's desire to push boundaries has translated into wearable pieces of art that can stand the test of time. His latest collection features edgy silhouettes created by the incorporation of twists, slits and wraps into each design, from classic black dresses to leather accessories and crisp shirts. These shapes are complemented by the strategic placement of geometric print and bold colouring. My favourites are the casual sweatshirts accented with iconic symbols, including J W Anderson's own logo.

1. Cream Merino Wool Lemon Jumper - £265
2. Navy Wool Crepe Slit Skirt - £680
3. Blue Stripe Beach Bodice Dress - £545
4. Navy Wool Crepe Slit Dress - £890
5. Midnight Leather Twist Bag - £1,240
6. Grey Anchor Logo Sweatshirt - £64
7. Blue Silk Wave Scalloped Skirt - £230


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

On Liberty

"I DISAPPROVE OF WHAT YOU SAY, BUT I WILL DEFEND TO THE DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT" - Evelyn Beatrice Hall (though commonly mistaken for Voltaire)

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Peak of the Empire

Art Style Love | Fashion by Jennifer
Art Style Love | Fashion by Jennifer
Art Style Love | Fashion by Jennifer
Art Style Love | Fashion by Jennifer
Art Style Love | Fashion by Jennifer

SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* / CHOKER - ASOS / DRESS - NEW LOOK / JACKET - TOPSHOP (similar here) / BAG - NEW LOOK / RINGS - ASOS (ring finger here, middle finger here) / SHOES - ASOS (similar here)
*Items gifted for review

Friday, 9 January 2015

5 Great Reasons to Write a Blog

1. You can write about whatever YOU want...

   ...And you don't have an editor in your ear deciding what can and can't be published, or impose his/her opinions upon you. I'm not saying that editors are awful dictators that censor everything you say (they have a job to do too!) but writing a blog can give you so much more freedom, because you're your own publisher.

   I'm sure a journalist (yes, me) never enjoys the feeling of their own work being edited, especially when it's edited so much that it no longer reflects the author's true personality; however, writing for your own blog means that you won't have to endure that experience. Sure, you'll get comments from your readers (hopefully constructive) who may share their opinions of your work, but you can react in your own way, not in the way that you're 'meant' to act according to the publication.

   In terms of genre, the world is your oyster. I've seen blogs about David Mitchell looking like a koala. Yes. Really.

2. You have no deadlines...

   ...Unless you set them yourself (which I tend to do...). But if you're more laid back, and maybe have other commitments, no one is pressuring you to churn out pieces like there's no tomorrow.

   Flexibility is a luxury for most people, but, in the context of a blog, time is in your hands. I sometimes start writing a post at the beginning of the month, then come back to it a few weeks later before publishing it. I like to be completely content with what I'm publishing, so it takes me a while to perfect each post.

3. Seeing people enjoy your content

   This is really exciting, as I've always wanted to entertain others (ever since I was little!). Some of the most heartwarming feelings I've had were when pieces that I'd written either inspired or helped people in some way, or even when people identified with my sense of humor  - that's probably the most astounding thing ever!

   When a reader passes by and leaves a comment, it's like meeting someone with a common interest at a library, café or even in a shop, and engaging in conversation. It brightens your day - and isn't it the little things like that which humans thrive on?

   Almost everyone has a blog right now. And I didn't even know this until I started blogging. It's like entering a community that is exclusive, but very inclusive at the same time, because anyone who wants to get involved, can!

4. You can develop skills...

   ...Such as communication, organisation, writing, editing, advertising, social media, PR, graphic design, videography, photo-editing, HTML - and the list goes on, and on, and on...

   Most people learn through 'doing', and writing a blog is a fantastic example of this learning process. Most of the professional skills I've learnt have come from writing my own blog, but what's more valuable than anything is that I also have proof of these skills in the blog itself. Art Style Love isn't just a place to note down my daily musings, it is also a portfolio, archived from the very first moment I began writing. Your blog not only shows your development as a person, but also as a skilled worker.

5. Meeting exciting people

   Some of the most interesting, talented people I've met have written blogs, and the only way I could've come into contact with them is through Art Style Love. Having a common interest with someone automatically sparks a connection, and even though some people see their blog as a business-only environment, those who don't are often fun, engaging and willing to make new relationships.

   Not only are these connections socially uplifting, but they can also help in furthering your career. They may not be able to help you directly, but they may know one, two or three other people who could - and you could say thank you by doing the same for them!


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Review: Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

   After months of figuring out the right way to use Illamasqua's Rich Liquid Foundation, I've finally composed a review. This is a product which has received many bad reviews for its cakey characteristics; when I first bought this product, I applied it straight onto my skin, like I would with my regular foundations, and was completely shocked by the outcome - it caked in all the wrong places, gathered in streaks all across my face and seem to rub off at the slightest touch. I genuinely thought that it was 'off', but, after reading through customer reviews, I saw that a lot of people had the same problem.

   I began to experiment and, finally, I figured out how to use the foundation to its full potential, meaning that my £30 wouldn't go to waste. If you follow the method I describe in this video, you can achieve a smooth, full-coverage look without streaks or cakeyness. But is it worth the £30 price tag, or are there other foundations that match up to its potential without the hassle of exfoliating, moisturising and priming prior to application? I'll let you decide!

   The shade I'm using is '140' which is, as stated on Illamasqua's website, ideal for light to medium skin with golden undertones.


Monday, 5 January 2015

Weekday Wishlist 05/01/15

1. Coat by H&M - £49.99
2. Faux Leather Trousers by Zara - £17.99
3. Boots by Shellys London - £68.86
4. Leather Bag by Alexander Wang - £710
5. Crop Top by New Look - £6.99
6. Faux Leather Skirt by River Island - £28
7. Trench Coat by Goldie - £68
8. Grey Leather Boots by Zara - £69.99
9. Leather Bag by Meli Melo - £525
10. Shearling Trainers by Joshua Sanders - £230
11. Top by Cos - £55
12. Sterling Silver by Dogeared - £30
13. Hat by ba&sh - £58

   This is my first wishlist of the year - and it seems like I'm sticking with copious amounts of black and grey, but I've added in a little pop of colour. Powder blue is my tone of choice: it's perfect for the Winter-Spring transition, and just makes me feel super calm and collected. Throw in a bit of tan leather and you've sold me; I love a good burnt sienna coloured leather bag, or even the odd brogue (if I'm having a 'good leg day').


Sunday, 4 January 2015

2014 Beauty Favourites

   2014's been a great year for cult beauty products - but I believe there are even greater innovations within the beauty industry on the horizon! One collection of products I'm particularly looking forward to nabbing is the Real Techniques Bold Metals brush collection; these look like such amazing products, and I've loved their previous collection to death - so I'm expecting a lot from these!

   But before we discuss the cosmetics arriving in the near future any further, let's recap over my favourite products of 2014. See the video below for details!


Friday, 2 January 2015

To Be Unexpected

SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* / COAT - H&M (similar here) / SHIRT - H&M / TROUSERS - PRIMARK / SHOES - NEW LOOK (similar here)

   It's so sad that, after reaching the wonderful age of adulthood, all the exciting privileges that come with independence are overburdened and restricted by the opinions and expectations of others.

   I've noticed that, as I've grown up, unwelcome 'advice' has been thrust upon me from those who feel that they have more important opinions than my own; I cherish those who offer valuable guidance based on their own experience, but I cannot, and will not, appreciate those who expect me to take their advice as gospel and disregard my own status on matters. We should not be expected to become someone we are not.

   One issue that has plagued me in recent years is that of dreams. If you have a dream - a goal in life, a belief, a hope for your future - do not let anyone tell you that it cannot become a reality, because once you do, you're undermining your own abilities. The world is an infinity: full of opportunities, full of people to meet and places to see - whose position is it to say that your dreams cannot become reality?

   Be unexpected, be yourself and, as long as you're not hurting others, lead the future that you want to lead.

* Items gifted for review purposes

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year Ombré Vampy Lip Tutorial

   I hope each and every one of you are having a great New Year! It's been a fantastic year full of possibilities, but let's make 2015 even better!

   As a small resolution, I've decided to experiment a little bit more with my makeup; so, hopefully, you'll be seeing a bit more activity from me on my Youtube channel in the form of tutorials, hauls and reviews. I hope you'll enjoy my blog content in the next year, starting with this quick tutorial on how to create a soft-ombré vampy lip.

   In this tutorial, I use a Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in 'Intense Care', a Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in (943) 'Prune' and a MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in 'Rubywoo'; however, you can always use what you've already got in our makeup draw! Experiment, have fun, and let me know what you think!

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