How is half-term over? Ahh! And so the count down to Easter hols begins, also the countdown to Thailand, I am well and truly excited!
This particular outfit is one of my favourites to wear to work featuring winter pastels galore. Super comfortable with little to no ironing required. Let’s discuss the baby pink trousers, obviously a risky choice considering I’m in the Technology rooms most of the time which is prone to attracting dust/stains. And if you look really really close in the photos you can see that I’ve already got some stains (I have no idea how?!) but clever bag placement has hidden them. The trousers were a Topshop sale find, this year Topshop has been really good to me, I have found so many amazing bargains and things which are potentially timeless as opposed to the sale find of fast fashion. Pastel pink is the lightest shade of trousers I’ll ever wear I think. As much as I love white trousers/jeans I don’t think I’m brave enough to wear them. The anxiety of ‘what If I get them dirty?’ is real.
The fluffy jumper also a Topshop sale find but I’ve seen similar one in River Island on sale! This jumper makes me feel snuggly and warm so perfect for the devilish cold we’re currently experiencing. The colour is a beautiful mint shade and its easing me into spring season (that isn’t too far away)
My favourite item from this ensemble are the shoes – so they’re very much like marmite you either love them or really hate them I clearly adore them! They honestly make me feel so sassy, you know when you wear a pair of shoes and feel like you can conquer the world? Yeah that. I feel that when I wear these. They’re from ASOS – not the most durable as one of the pom pom off of one shoe fell off but I had to do a diy hot glue gun job but luckily you can’t tell the difference. These are beautiful. If ASOS did more colours – I would buy them all!
And the bag…My Alexander Rocco bag with gun metal hardware was brought 5 years ago from Selfridges during Christmas time when Selfridges did 20% off. I really wanted the black rocco with gold hardware but it was sold out and I didn’t not want to make use of the discount so I ended up getting the plum colour. And to be honest for a while I didn’t love it but justified it by the fact that I paid 20% less for it. However as time has gone by I’ve really warmed up to it and now I love the colour. Definitely prefer the darker hardware than the gold too. It’s quite a heavy bag when there’s nothing in there so not a bag I would happily travel with. Nonetheless it’s a bag I adore but a little part of me still wants the black rocco with the rose gold hardware.
I wish I was more prepared to go back to work…
Wearing all camel neutral shades this weekend.
Perhaps a little too matchey matchey…but I am obsessed with colour! Also, how does someone with slightly larger breasts wear a polo neck without looking like they’ve got saggy busts? When I was younger I desperately wanted larger boobs but I was a late bloomer and before I realised I was 21 with double D’s – I’ve tried loosing weight in the hope that they’ll get smaller however that failed. So now I spend most of time finding clothes that conceal them. Today however I decided to wear a high neck top – although it was short lived as I wrapped a scarf around me 43seconds later. I wear a scarf pretty much all day, everyday. My current favourite skirt and probably the most expensive skirt I’ll ever own, from Topshop – it’s incredible! Such a statement piece as well as a capsule item in the wardrobe and I love a bit of leopard. My new bucket bag, it took me a while to jump on the bucket bag trend and I was eyeing up the Mansur Gavriel bags, I absolutely love the size with the pop of red oh and the leather quality is pretty awesome. I was tossing and turning between the nude and the black but I thought that the black one would match with everything so a cheeky little Net-a-porter order was made! The trainers give this whole outfit a ‘casual’ vibe. Your standard Nike Air Max – very old school but your feet will thank-you for it! I was having a good thing going on here with my ‘regular’ outfit posts but due to bad weather I had to take a little step back – hopefully with half term this week I’ll be able to take full advantage of it and be able take lots of outfit posts!
Over a month now and I haven’t worn anything on my nails – this coming from the girl who was addicted to fake nails and always ensured that her nails were manicured. I think that when a woman has lovely nails it sort of represents a well-groomed and maintained lifestyle. Well, that all kind of went out the window when I started living on my own. There was no actual time and I enjoyed not being stressed about having my nails done every single day. However one late evening shopping trip in Boots I saw myself heading towards the nails section and I had this sudden urge to buy nail colours – I go for darker colours when I feel a little withdrawn from everything and I tend to go for lighter shades when I’m feeling a little more myself. Today was a not so great day so I opted for Essie Sole Mate, topped up with my ultimate favourite Seche Vite top coat which just makes everything seem polished. I used to be obsessed with black nails at one point I feel like this is the slightly more ‘polished’ version of a darker more edgier nail colour. Nails Inc polishes cost around £14 which is far too expensive but these two on the clearance section and I tried to narrow it down to one but 15mins later of trying to argue with myself and pick one, I gave up and brought both. Nail Kale in Palace gardens seems like the perfect ‘duck egg blue’ shade with a hint of grey - I loved a similar colour from Essie called ‘Maximillan Strausse her’ and this seems slightly more muted, excited to get this on my nails. And two nude shades, the Nails inc Gel effect in Green Park Mews – (I love the names of these!) it seems to be a pale taupe shade which could either look horribly wrong or exceptional beautiful. I always wanted to try the gel-effect nails when they were first launched and this colour is a lighter version of Porchester sq from Nails inc and that was a firm favourite of mine for a very long time. The last nail polish from Essie called Spin the bottle was a repurchase. If you’re looking for a new nude colour then I highly recommend this – its the perfect pale/peach shade and it’s my 2nd bottle! You can read a full review with switches here, almost 6 months later I am still obsessed with this colour. It is quite hard to track down so when I saw it in my local Boots I nabbed it immediately!
These colours will probably take me through to spring but I can always add a few more right? So feel free to leave suggestions down below…
What, wait? A makeup post…well it has been a while. I feel like I just totally lost my mojo. And truth be told I got really bored of writing the ‘same but different’ type of beauty posts again and again. Sometimes it also felt like I was buying things just for the sake of having something to blog about without actually getting round to the blogging bit so that was a fail. The minor sabbatical has definitely done me some good. Here we are, with a MAC brown lip liners post – these are pretty much my favourite lip-liners out there. I picked up three a week ago in Westfield Stratford and yes they all look pretty similar but I can justify this (as with all my purchases!)
Okay, I really wanted the Kylie Jenner lip kit but the hassle of hunting it down and the fear of getting custom charges made me step back a bit and look for other alternatives, MAC is usually the answer for me when lip-liners/lipsticks/eyeshadows, it’s self-service without feeling too intimidating. Anyone feel the same or is it just me? £40 later I am the proud owner of three same but different lipliners…
Whirl – I own the lipstick which I adore so it only made sense to get the lipliner. Its a nude/brown, quite warm so it suits my olive complexion. I don’t actually find this lipliner extremely drying on my lips but if you tend to get chapped lips I would use a matte lip balm 10mins before you apply the liner. It’s a brown which is quite flattering and it’s the perfect top-up liner, in the sense that I don’t need to be super neat with the application. It’s slightly darker than the Whirl lipstick and it really does have the 90′s brown lip vibe. I really wish I could get away with over-lining my top lip as it really lacks fullness but it ends up looking like a huge fail.
Morning Coffee – depending on my makeup in the morning this could be a huge hit or fail. If I haven’t contoured enough or applied enough makeup this ends up looking like poo on my lips – quite dark and makes me look a little darker and lifeless. I think because it appears to be slightly on the cool tone spectrum it can tend to drain me out. Saying that, I did wear this today with quite a bit of bronzer and I really liked how pulled the look together. It’s a pro long wear lipliner which basically means its slightly more expensive, creamier and not as matte.
Plum – is my probably my favourite shade out of the three, I generally love dark lipstick/liners. Give me all the berry-shades in the world. This is the darkest colour of the bunch and still consist of the brown tone whilst maintaining a hint of berry-ness. I don’t actually own anything of this colour so I was super glad when I added this to my collection. It’s a statement version of brown lip colour which is really on trend right now and reminds me of Dolce K from the KJ lip-kit.
These three are basically on a daily rotation. Are you getting on board with the 90′s lip trend…? I totally feel like I was late to the party!
The most expensive clothing piece in my wardrobe is probably a leather jacket, I own a couple but my favourite one is this from Muubaa, not a brand that I hear much about and to be honest I can’t even remember how I stumbled across their website but I recall lusting over so many of the leather pieces and decided on this number. And would you believe me when I tell you that this is a size 6?! I am far from a size 6 now but once upon a time I was and I think in the last 5 years of my owning this jacket the material has aged beautifully and stretched to fit me perfectly. Good quality leather just wears out so well and I absolutely adore this jacket, its definitely an essential. I am eyeing a leather jacket in All Saints but it’ll have to wait until I find a good enough reason to justify it. Also, cashmere jumpers…a dangerous and expensive addiction, this dark wine jumper was purchased from ASOS White. I can’t even begin to explain how soft it is! Its not actually that expensive around £90 but the quality totally justifies it and I’ve seen 100% cashmere jumpers sell for far more. ASOS white just need to start stocking more colours. The Reiss Box bag is still going strong, it can’t actually fit very much in, possibly a phone, some cards and a lipstick/gloss nevertheless I am very happy that I have this bag in my life. Standard black Leigh jeans from Topshop, the colour is starting to fade so a replacement need to brought asap. A moment to talk about these trainers – the Nike Air Force 01 with the neutral sole, how amazing are these? I love the colour (although I did search high and low for the black ones and found none) so when Office had 20% off I took full advantage and got them! I’m excited to wear these with other outfits. Size down with these because I normally wear a 5 and ordered a 4.5 but totally could have gone with a size 4 but because I’m too lazy to return/exchange anything I’ll make these work for me. Lastly the tucked in hair trend, I didn’t get it for a while however now I’m totally on board – tempted to cut it quite short – I’ve never gone short so slightly anxious but I love the way it look – opinions? Go short or just carry on tucking it in?
Leather Jacket – Muubaa
Jumper – ASOS White
Nike Air Force 1
Excuse the hair – not my finest look and the obsessively hair touching photo’s I am still trying to figure out this posing business. Also taking photos in public is very nerve racking. Will I ever get used to it?
80% of what I wear is printed. Fact. Mid-2015 I made somewhat of an attempt to create a monochrome ‘staple’ wardrobe and I failed miserably. I love prints and I love colour so I’m just going to embrace it from now on. I feel quite lucky to be in a job where I can try and push the boundaries a little with my work wear (within limits of course) so here’s me trying to put prints and blocks of colours together – funny enough I quite like it, hence me actually posting it here. I also am a little obsessed with dungarees, I think its the little kid in me – I find them ultra comfortable until I have to go toilet of course. These dungarees were brought from Topshop on sale – I had my eye on them when they were full price but the shopping angels were on my side and I resisted to see if they went on offer – luckily they were! The block coloured shirt from New Look compliments some of the small mustard tones in the dungarees and I adore this colour. Bronx shoes are still going strong, they’re comfortable and slightly edgy – I’ve worn them pretty much every day. I get that this outfit is a bit hit or miss, not everyone will love it but hey ho. How do you feel about dungarees? Just for kids or can adults rock them too?
Bronx Brogues – ASOS
Dungarees – Topshop
Shirt – New Look
Ring – Great Frog of London
Bag – Reiss