Growing up I used to love watching my mom get ready for a night out, I loved watching her and her girlfriends put together outfits, swap clothes and do their hair and makeup. Once in a while they would let me help them curl their hair, I loved it! They were all different, short, tall, round, thin it didn’t matter. These women were fierce, these women are beautiful. These women taught me that you should embrace yourself, and that there is no shame in wanting to look your best. They were an inspiration and still are. At the age of ten though I didn’t realize that these traits were acquired over many years of self development.
When I was 13, there was a fashion trend that the trousers you were supposed to wear, came with flares with a split, a sewn-in-seam and a size that said onesize fits all. Well, I can tell you the onesize certainly did not fit all and my already curvy body that had hit puberty just a little too early did not fit the mold. As much as I tried, the cheap fabric trousers would not suit. Luckily those trousers quickly went out of style when the likes of Trinny and Susanna hit the screens with their so called body confident tv shows about how to help women dress their size. It was all about the right bra, shapewear and wrapped dresses with a belt in the waist for those of us on the heavier side. Looking back, I honestly get a little infuriated just thinking about the whole ordeal and if I ever have to endure another wrapped dress I think I might vomit.
Feel like this turning into one scarf, two outfits kinda thing but ignore that for now because guys, I need to tell you about something else. Don’t think I have ever told anybody this before. I’m kinda ashamed of myself, and well just really really disappointed in myself.
So you know when you buy a gorgeous light blue turquoise coat, and like all your coat goals come together at once? And then, you know when you’re wandering around east London after a fabulous brunch with Simply Argan, Lauren from SaharaSplash sees a wall that totes matches your coat color?
Oh sweet holy jam! It’s like a match made in heaven!
but it’s also freezing and windy and like NOT ideal for outfit pics. I believe my face below just says it all.
This is also the day I decided to take these beautiful puppies for a walk. I mean just look at the shoes..
I SAID LOOK!
Now excuse me while I casually pretend to be knocking on this door.
Nobody’s home but YEAY for this wall!
Most of my look is last years bargains so incase you wanna shop it, I’ve added some similar looking stuff below.
Shoes – Similar Coat – Bag – Similar Scarf
One thing I LOVE about the festive season is how everybody seems to come together and agree that this is the season you make a little effort when it comes to the parties. This is the season to bring your A Game. It’s one of the tings about this season I adore the most. Nice shirts, sparkling dresses, beautiful shoes, heavy fabrics, champagne flowing and Christmas songs pumping out of the stereo, enveloping you like a warm hug.
The one thing I don’t love so much during this season is walking home from a Christmas party, in the cold, in heels. Like is it just me, or do all girls turn into some from of deformed zombie on their walk home? Oh maybe that is just me.. Self highfive! So I have made it my mission to find flat shoes that can take you from the office, to Friday drinks in 0 point split seconds and will easily let you dance your heart out way in the early hours of Saturday mornings or even Sunday mornings! And ones that are priced in way you might even find them underneath the xmas tree 😉
Not gonna lie, I have already clicked a few of these home… Dont judge me! Christmas comes early to girls how cant wait..
I give up on the whole Tuesday tip thing. I can never stick to it and before I know it, it’s Wednesday night and no blog post has gone up.
Or like Thursday…
So whateves, I’m being rebellious, I can recommend you stuff whenever I want! I will not let my tips be controlled by days of the week starting with T! Power to the people!
..No YOU need to get a life!
So while Hannah Gale is getting sent free GHD stuff and Danielle Vanier is strutting her stuff at Dune’s SS17 press day, I’m just over here hijacking any event I can. Because let’s face it, if not I’d still be swearing to the bodyshop brow shadow. Lolz
Which I realized I first started using 10(!!!) years ago – before brows on fleek were a thing
The lastest event I decided needed to be graced with my presence was the launch of the new Makeup Obsession range, currently exclusive to Boots. It was a rather quick stop by, as I feared if they looked too closely at my face they would realize that my makeup was in fact 12 hours old. I’m always so prepared that way haha
Brought to you by Tam Beauty (who own Makeup Revolution), the idea is simple really. You buy yourself an empty palette box, and fill it by picking your favorite colors in shadows, blushes, highlighters and contour swatches. A customized palette to fit your lifestyle and your personality! It’s brilliant really – if you’re not a greedy little blogger like me and ideally want a palette box for each….which you can easily do as each swatch starts at £2! How cheap is that for an eyeshadow?! Did I mention the colors are quite beautiful too? I took the opportunity to venture out from my usual comfort zone in shadow colors and went for something a little different and I am in love love love. It’s quickly become my go to palette. In fact, it’s the only palette I am using at the moment actually… Curious? Check them out here – come to think of it, this makes a pretty amazing Christmas present!
Today I did something that makes me feel incredibly grown up. Today I bought a glue gun. I don’t know why, but owning a glue gun to me just symbolizes adulthood. And why you might ask am I buying a glue gun? For Halloween of course! 🙂 Each year (sans last year) I try to make my costume from scratch, inspired by costumes people have posted on Pinterest. Over the years I have been Tom Cruise from Risky Business, the twitter bird logo and a scary tooth fairy just to name a few!
And this year is no different! It takes time to make a decent Halloween costume. Lots of planning and trial and error go into making a costume from scratch. Thankfully the BRILLIANT ladies at Golin PR and Cadburys sent me over some Halloween Treats to munch on while I get my glue gun action on. I absolutely fell in love with the Ghooost Egg, it was torture having to patiently photograph these before I could stuff my face. The Cadbury Crunchy Spiders are perfect to decorate a Halloween dinner table with. You could even decorate your house with some fake cobwebs and add a little chocolate treat to them or you know, you could just eat them…And like, Heroes? More like heroes for my mouth. I dont understand why the bag says family bag though. Im blatantly not sharing, and certainly not with my family. They can go get their own chocolate.
I think it’s safe to say summer my dears is officially well and truly over. And you know how I know? By my reduced interest in self-tanning. Now that the sun has been replaced with wind and rain, I don’t feel so bad showing off my ghostly white legs
Look here is even a close-up! With my tassleastic bag from Zara
My whole outfit, well besides my bag and shoes and watch I found in H&M. The skirt is probably one of my favorites. Perfect on its own, or under short dresses. I think I paid something like £9! They don’t have it online but I am sure you can find it in any H&M store 🙂
Ok so lets try this posting thing again shall we?
On of the hot trends of this season (for like the last 3 years) has been denim jackets with borg lining. I have probably been to every high street store in London, and browsed every online store, that ships to the UK in the search for the perfect one. I wanted one that wasn’t too short, baggy but yet fitted. One I could squeeze a knitted jumper under if it gets too cold. And one that had a stone washed colour. Huge bonus would also be if it didn’t end up costing me an arm and a leg. So you know, not asking for much!
I found this little beauty at River Island, who is currently, in my option SMASHING it this season with their collection. This jacket doesnt have a full borg lining, its pretty much just what you see in the picture and that suits me perfectly! I also gotta add that NewLook is doing a BEAUT of a denim jacket which was also high on my list… I just cant justify having two… or can I?
I paired it with this super versatile and work friendly black swing dress from ASOS which has become a staple in my wardrobe and can be dressed or dressed up, as well as my trusty FjallRaven backpack (which every scandinavian, and wannabe scandinavian should own) and some beat up old Nike Roshe. Keeping it casual on a whole new level! I wore this outfit to work, and it was like the perfect work attire. You just cant beat a LBD!
The jacket you can find here, and some similar versions from New Look here (which to be honest was basically in my hand on the way to the till as its got lining all the way through!) and, Topshop here . The black swing dress is still available from ASOS here