28 August 2015

MAC 'NEW YORK APPLE' + 'FRESH MOROCCAN A NEW TAKE ON RED LIPPY


Mac lipsticks are always a little treat that I buy on my way in or out of the country, unintentionally this just seems to be the way that my high end lipstick purchasing has gone. Today I present you with two very similar lipstick shades that are perfect if you're looking for a more unusual take on a red toned lippy. 

I bought 'New York Apple' on my way to Turkey a few years ago. The muted raspberry red shade (seen on the right) has a pinky undertone with tiny gold flecks and a frosted sheen. Now, I know Frost finish lippy's get a bad rep however, New York Apple does not scream Granny lips! Perfect for the Autumn/Winter season the formula is super moisturising and adds a nice pigment to the lips. 

'Fresh Moroccan' was bought in Amsterdam around my 21st birthday. This lipstick shade (seen on the left) is a more copper/cinnamon toned red again with gold flecks. It is a very festive shade that I know would look beautiful with asian skin - like New York Apple, Fresh Moroccan is a frost finish. 


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24 August 2015

IN THE NOTES: ZIFERBLAT ALBERT DOCK LIVERPOOL


Imagine a place to hang out or work where you can drink as many brews and eat as many pieces of cake as you like. For free. 

Introducing Ziferblat, where the only thing you actually pay for is your time.

Define, Ziferblat: Clockface


The concept hailed from Moscow, Russia whereby a group of poets lead by Ziferblat founder Ivan Meetin, would leave poems on the back of pieces of paper with a location of where the next meeting for like minded individuals would be held. This would continue until a more permanent space named the 'Treehouse for adults' an attic was found.

Back in the UK the idea encourages guests to treat the space like their home. You are completely welcome to help yourself to a number of different teas, brownies, cereal, toast from the kitchen and hook up to the Wi-Fi. The space encourages people to work, hold meetings, study, run workshops and socialise and the only fee is the 6p you pay per minute.





The interior of Ziferblat ,which is based in the beautiful Colonnades on Liverpool's Albert Dock is made up of charity shop treasures, a miss match of furniture, lampshades and clocks. The space is light and bright with a relaxed vibe, in one corner people are deep into a game of Scrabble, whilst in the kitchen somebody is helping another individual find the sugar. It's hard not to feel at home amongst the comforting shapes, smells and colours of the room. 

Having already opened two other successful UK spaces on London's Old Street and in Manchester's Northern Quarter, the concept is worldwide with the concept Ziferblat spread around the world. 

The Ziferblat concept has really excited me, since moving to Liverpool three years ago (jee's) I struggled to find opportunities to meet people in anywhere other than bars and clubs. Now that most of my university friends have moved on from the city, i'm once again on the hunt for some chums and I believe that the Ziferblat concept can help with just that.

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20 August 2015

IN STYLE: JEWELLERY DIY WITH JEWELLERY MAKER

It's no secret that I am a jewellery fiend. Since the days of sitting on the edge of my Nana's bed unboxing her precious trinkets and wearing as many layers of beads as possible. I'd describe my jewellery as quite an eclectic mix of contemporary bracelets and dainty chains to outlandish cocktail rings and chunky bangles. 

I recently discovered jewellerymaker.com a site dedicated to the art of jewellery making and genuine gemstones. Headed up by Paula Bennett, jewellery maker aims to offer the best selection of stylish and innovative products to make jewellery with.

I spent my Saturday afternoon with a cup of tea partaking in a spot of crafting. Jewellerymaker.com very kindly introduced me to a jewellery project kit of which I chose the 'Leaf and heart charm bracelet' in the copper finish. 

Retailing between £9.95 and £14.95 depending on which kit you choose, these crafty bracelet making kits make for a perfect gift. The clean lines of the packaging and instructions allow for a crafting experience that isn't overwhelming, anybody can do it with the right tools (I used a pair of tweezers) and a little bit of patience.


My bracelet was super, super easy to assemble, taking me around 30-40 minutes to create from scratch and I couldn't be happier with it. The materials are of a good quality - no flimsy jewellery to be seen here and since creating my special piece of DIY I haven't taken it off. 
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13 August 2015

WHAT I WORE: SUMMER WEDDING STYLE AND MAKE-UP

Last weekend I found myself in the beautiful village of Hasslemere, Surrey attending the most splendid and beautiful wedding i've ever been invited to. I had bought three outfits to wear for the occasion and simply couldn't settle on any of them. Some were too thick in materials, others too tight (eek) and I just couldn't find the one.

On a whim I bought a midnight blue dress from Chelsea Girl at River Island. Lined with tassels the style of the dress is very 1920's flapper girl-esc. I decided that this would be the dress -not realising that temperatures could soar up to 70 degrees on the day. I paired the dress with an embellished blue waistcoat from Primark that is years and years old. Again, this little jacket has fringing on it and I felt the silver brightened an otherwise dark outfit up a little. On my feet I wore my ever trusty 'Gibby' sandals from Dune.

In terms of accessories I decided to go all out, why the hell not ey? I don't attend many weddings so a fascinator was a definite yes. I borrowed a pewter-y toned fascinator from my Mum, I love the mix of feathers and curls - and it looked its best with hair up which is what I wanted to go with anyway.  I wore a vintage brooch that belonged to my Nana to keep my outfit fairly classic in theme. My clutch bag was one of the key components of the outfit, it is the silver RAE art deco clutch by Vintage Styler - roomy enough to fit the essentials and versatile in the way it can be worn on or off the shoulder. Inside I kept my phone and lippy of the day 'Ruby Woo' by Mac amongst a few mints, mini face brush and pressed powder compact.

For my make-up I began with the Clarins 'Beauty Flash Balm' as a base before applying 'Studio Fix Fluid' from Mac in the shade NW20. I used the Physicians Formula 'Deluxe Bronzer' to sculpt my cheeks before going in with 'Soft and Gentle' by Mac for the perfect highlight and dewy glow. On my eyes I wore 'Green smoke' by MAC with a touch of 'Toasted' from the Urban Decay Naked Palette through the crease. The mix of shimmery copper and green really brightened my eyes up, especially with a lining of the Lacura beauty Kohl in black. I used my trusty Jica lash extensions with lashings of the Kate Moss 'Eye Rock' mascara to add drama. On my lips I used the iconic 'Ruby Woo' by Mac with the shimmer of 'Fresh Moroccan' (also by Mac) layered over the top. Throughout the super scorching heat of the day I touched up with the Almay 'Balancing pressed powder' to avoid any shiny situations.




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8 August 2015

IN THE NOTES: 3 MUST SEE ROCK DOCUMENTARIES


I've always been fascinated by popular music culture, how music and style defined an era whether it's the suede flares of the 1970s or frills of the 80s new romantics. A dream job for me would be to work alongside a record company sourcing new talent and producing records. Sadly, the days of traditional A+R are gone and the Stock, Aiken and Waterman style of record producing to dominant the charts isn't as prevalent anymore. 

Magazines such as Smash Hits and Top of the Pops were my favourites as a kid growing up in the early 00's even when music culture defined by pull out lyrics and heart throb interviews were on their way out. Sadly both publications ceased production in 2006. 

These days, I get my musical kicks from autobiographies and documentaries, I like looking at history, times and places when I was a mere sparkle in my parents' eyes. Music documentaries are an ace way of time travelling. What is particularly prevalent is the way that a young Mick Jagger divulges to a camera, snakeskin boots and velour trousers a plenty with no clue that over 40 years later he remans an icon and a firm piece of music history. 

Here are three of my favourite rock documentaries, all must see's for completely different reasons.

Gimme Shelter, (1970) The one that makes you feel like you shouldn't be watching. A pure observation documentary, no voiceovers, no interviews just a painful fly on the wall that follows The Rolling Stones in the lead up and aftermath of that fateful final show of their 1969 US tour at the Altamont Speedway. The footage is split between the band watching the clips from the documentary and what was happening at the time. The film captures the brooding energy of the 'Woodstock of the West' and the elements that steered the free concert to doom from the start. From Mick Jagger begging the crowd to stop hurting each other, to Keith Richards displaying his dismay at the Hells Angels behaviour. As soon as you hear The Stones riffing 'Under my thumb' you can feel the mood worsening - the film captures the stabbing of 18 year old Meredith Hunter who was violently stabbed whilst trying to get onto the stage holding a gun. The footage is undercut with Jagger's haunting realisation to what he described as a 'scuffle' at the time. 

Kurt and Courtney (1998) The one that makes you think Kurt was murdered. If you want atmosphere projected by the grey Seattle backdrop and the thrashing of dirty, alternative metal then be prepared to immerse yourself into late 80's/ early 90's Nirvana. Serving up a conspiracy led focus, Nick Broomfield's no prisoner journalism leads us to a number of characters claiming to know Cobain and his headspace before his ruled suicide in '94. Unfortunately in a film centred around the man behind Nirvana's lyrical sound - there is no Nirvana music featured as Love refused to license any of Cobain's music. The details of murder accusations are unveiled by conspiracy theorists Tom Grant, Love's father, Hank Harrison and more darkly, El Duce who claimed on film he knew who killed Cobain and was subsequently killed by a train two days after the interview.  An interview with journalist Victoria Clarke is also included which depicts the threats left on her answer machine by Cobain and Love following her work on the book 'Nirvana: Flower Sniffin' Kitty Pettin; Baby kissin' corporate rock whores' which was penned with Britt Collins. The ending of this one is filled with catastrophic irony which is why this dark music documentary is a must see. 

Soul boys of the western world (2014) The one that makes you wish you were an 80's Blitz kid. Beginning with the punchy chords of 'The Freeze' playing underneath the voices of Tony, Gary, Martin, Steve and John, the film chronicles the roaring successes and turbulent times of Spandau Ballet. Littered with home footage, photo archives and a seriously awesome soundtrack that not only features all of the Spandau hits but also includes chart toppers from the likes of David Bowie and  Rod Stewart. Narrated by the band, the film documents the humble beginnings of 'Gentry' to the golden success of Spandau, how Gary Kemp headed the lyric factory, Tony Hadley's velvety vocals and the austerity of that infamous 90's court case over royalties which sadly drove the band to a n indefinite parting until a reconciliation in 2009. One to watch for 80's culture and a slice of 'true' new romantic music. 



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