Friday, 30 September 2016

MONTHLY FAVOURITES: SEPTEMBER 2016


Beauty products i've been loving in the month of September...

Hair: I've been meddling with my hair this month (nothing particularly new there then) however, September has seen me playing with pastels, lilac hair to be precise and i've loved it! Like most things that look fashionable it was a nightmare to keep on top but to achieve it I used the Bleach London 'Violet Skies' conditioning colour. I have been adding blob of the formula into my regular conditioner from the John Frieda 'Sheer Blonde' range to keep a lilac-y tone running through my hair. Another stand out product that I have been using this month is the Redken 'Color Extend' Total Recharge spray to help restore condition and shine in over processed hair. I spritz the formula through damp hair before blow drying to help prevent any unnecessary breakage when my hair is wet.

Scent: You know those days when you just want to smell sexy? Well, obviously that's everyday but on some occasions you want an extra lift. I have been spritzing the Michael Kors '24 Carat Brilliant Gold' perfume everyday this month and i'm always so infatuated by the mandarin and floral base. It's a perfect fragrance to take you from the office to cocktails with a divine scent.



Nails: Spray on nail polish I hear you say? What is this sorcery? As you know Nails Inc are my favourite brand of nail polish, their products make up 95% of my collection and whilst I have stubby, horrible nails I like to invest in pretty colours regardless. I've been dabbling with their new paint can thaang this month, particularly the shade 'Good as gold' which is part of the Lottie Tomlinson range (I think she's the sister of that 1D dude?) I love the idea, the paint cans cover well and the colour is gorgeous though I don't think it's all that practical as you have to apply a base-coat and wait for that to dry but I reckon for those days you just want something on your nails (maybe at a festival) it's a great idea to spray and go. 


Eyes: When it comes to mascara, in my opinion budget wins out every time and the Collection 'Lengthening Mascara' is one I come back to time, and time again, the wand is one of those satisfying rubber bristled numbers that digs deep into the lash whilst remaining un-clumpy and doing all the right things. It's also only around £4 so that's pretty alright too.


Lifestyle: I'm around 5 months too late but I am so head over heels for the 'Mr Burberry'  campaign /'mini feature film' it's just so darn sexy and who wouldn't want that? I've also been loving Illustrated Ella + Alice Catherine's blog photography and content this month. Both girls are proof to be cool AF you don't need to try hard. I saw Bridget Jones' Baby with my galpal Hannah and I loved it, it's the ending to the story we all wanted to see and if Jonesy can have a baby and get married at 45 there's hope for us all yet. 

Playlist for September on Spotify: It's another hefty one! I think there's around 5 hours worth of sweet, sweet music in there. My September playlist contains some of my favourite songs from the month: 'Mirror Man' from Ella Henderson,  'Blow Ya Mind' from Dua Lipa and of course my favourite song this month 'When we were young' by the legend Adele.





What have you been loving this month?





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MONTHLY FAVOURITES: SEPTEMBER 2016


Beauty products i've been loving in the month of September...

Hair: I've been meddling with my hair this month (nothing particularly new there then) however, September has seen me playing with pastels, lilac hair to be precise and i've loved it! Like most things that look fashionable it was a nightmare to keep on top but to achieve it I used the Bleach London 'Violet Skies' conditioning colour. I have been adding blob of the formula into my regular conditioner from the John Frieda 'Sheer Blonde' range to keep a lilac-y tone running through my hair. Another stand out product that I have been using this month is the Redken 'Color Extend' Total Recharge spray to help restore condition and shine in over processed hair. I spritz the formula through damp hair before blow drying to help prevent any unnecessary breakage when my hair is wet.

Scent: You know those days when you just want to smell sexy? Well, obviously that's everyday but on some occasions you want an extra lift. I have been spritzing the Michael Kors '24 Carat Brilliant Gold' perfume everyday this month and i'm always so infatuated by the mandarin and floral base. It's a perfect fragrance to take you from the office to cocktails with a divine scent.



Nails: Spray on nail polish I hear you say? What is this sorcery? As you know Nails Inc are my favourite brand of nail polish, their products make up 95% of my collection and whilst I have stubby, horrible nails I like to invest in pretty colours regardless. I've been dabbling with their new paint can thaang this month, particularly the shade 'Good as gold' which is part of the Lottie Tomlinson range (I think she's the sister of that 1D dude?) I love the idea, the paint cans cover well and the colour is gorgeous though I don't think it's all that practical as you have to apply a base-coat and wait for that to dry but I reckon for those days you just want something on your nails (maybe at a festival) it's a great idea to spray and go. 


Eyes: When it comes to mascara, in my opinion budget wins out every time and the Collection 'Lengthening Mascara' is one I come back to time, and time again, the wand is one of those satisfying rubber bristled numbers that digs deep into the lash whilst remaining un-clumpy and doing all the right things. It's also only around £4 so that's pretty alright too.


Lifestyle: I'm around 5 months too late but I am so head over heels for the 'Mr Burberry'  campaign /'mini feature film' it's just so darn sexy and who wouldn't want that? I've also been loving Illustrated Ella + Alice Catherine's blog photography and content this month. Both girls are proof to be cool AF you don't need to try hard. I saw Bridget Jones' Baby with my galpal Hannah and I loved it, it's the ending to the story we all wanted to see and if Jonesy can have a baby and get married at 45 there's hope for us all yet. 

Playlist for September on Spotify: It's another hefty one! I think there's around 5 hours worth of sweet, sweet music in there. My September playlist contains some of my favourite songs from the month: 'Mirror Man' from Ella Henderson,  'Blow Ya Mind' from Dua Lipa and of course my favourite song this month 'When we were young' by the legend Adele.





What have you been loving this month?





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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

HAIR: GIVING BLONDE HAIR A LILAC TWIST WITH BLEACH LONDON 'VIOLET SKIES'




It's no secret that dabbling with my hair is a common pas-time of mine. If I fancy a change, i'll change it there and then, whether that's cut or colour. I am currently sporting grey hair with a lilac tinge and I absolutely love it. What inspired me to do it? Well I of course got fed up of being blonde, will I keep it? Probably not i'm already thinking a mermaid-esc turquoise shade is next on my agenda.  
I have been super impressed with everything i've tried from the Bleach London range of haircare and colours. I bought the 'Violet Skies' semi-permanent conditioning colour for £5 at Boots. Before I applied the colour, my hair was a pretty clean blonde with a few tinges of warmth around the nape of my neck but overall I was pretty bleach blonde. 

I firstly made sure that my hair was as cool toned I could get it by washing it with the infamous Lee Stafford 'Bleach Blondes' violet shampoo before leaving on a lilac pastel toner from 'Colour On' for around 30 mins, which was again only a few quid from Superdrug. 

My hair was then a pretty cool tone all over with a lot of lilac in it. I then applied 'Violet Skies' to damp hair and left it on for an hour. I immediately saw that the colour began to take to my hair. I wanted the colour to make an impact so once I rinsed off the treatment and dried my hair, I applied another dose of the colour to dry hair and left it for 30 minutes. With no ammonia or peroxide, you don't have to worry if your blonde hair is (like mine) a little delicate this is a conditioning, toning colour. 

You can see the final result above and i'm pretty happy with the colour pay off, of course where my hair wasn't bright, light blonde the colour hasn't taken quite so boldly but I kind of like the grungy, 90s washed up vibe I have achieved. As I wash my hair the lilac fades more and more, though I dare say it might have stained a little bit and the only way to completely eradicate the colour will be to re bleach it. 

I love how much fun you can have with your hair all thanks to the cool colours from the Bleach London range, if you have blonde hair and want a change? I highly recommend!

Have you ever tried hair care from Bleach London?

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Friday, 23 September 2016

STYLE: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD 'MELISSA' SLINGBACK COURT HEELS



I've always admired the Vivienne Westwood 'Melissa' heels since I started reading 'Pearls +Poodles'' blog back in the day, we're talking 2010/11 here! Though, like most of the items of my designer lust list, affording them brand new is often not feasible... So I take to Ebay when I want to semi splurge on designer goods. 

With a trip to Chester races on the horizon, my statement heels just weren't working with what I wanted to wear. So, in a week whereby I received some sassy news at work, I decided to treat myself to a pair of the heels i'd been swooning over for years, though i'd kind of left it a little bit late with only 5 days to go before race day. 

I took to Ebay and discovered a pair of never been worn black Vivienne Westwood 'Melissa' slingback court shoes with only one person bidding on them. I immediately entered the bidding war and the Ebay Gods allowed me to snap them up for a super baragin-ous price in comparison to what they would have been brand new. I think maybe it helped the seller was a fellow West Yorkshire gal and was happy they were going to a home with Yorkshire roots...Obvs.

First things first, these beauties smell abso-lu-tely sassin' a perfumed, sweet rubbery scent that reminds me of being a kid and playing with Polly Pocket. They also look pretty sexy too, I went for the all black court with a black heart simply because they can be paired with everything and are a little more understated. That's not to say I don't have the iconic cream and red Melissa heels on my radar but you can't go wrong with all black erry'thaang. 

So is a rubber shoe with a midi heel comfortable? For me, sadly not! It's not so much the typical pressure pain you get from high heels as these beauties are really not that high and they're pretty darn easy to walk in. It's the painful nip of toe pinching as the point of these shoes is just so narrow causing blisters to appear on the sides of your toes. I kicked mine off after 3 hours or so stood up in them and that's with a thousand plasters holding my toes together. Unless I can break them in a little, sadly rubber doesn't have as much give as leather I will reserve them for dinner dates and occasions where I won't be stood up too long. I can't stop looking at them though, they are beautiful!


What do you think of the Vivienne Westwood Melissa Heels?

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

BEAUTY: JOHN FRIEDA SHEER BLONDE 'HIGHLIGHT ACTIVATING' SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER


I have always been drawn to new products, whenever I head into Superdrug (which is pretty often) I always find myself looking at the promotional stands to see what's new in beauty. Whilst on the hunt for a new shampoo and conditioner duo, I stumbled across the John Freida 'Sheer Blonde' - Highlight Activating Brightening shampoo and conditioner. The John Frieda range has had a little branding overhaul with the packaging looking a little more sleek and quality and there are a few new products popping up in the 'Sheer Blonde' range. To keep my blonde looking bright when I don't want a purple / silver tone I decided to give the brighteners a go.

Back in the day, sometime circa 2014 or 'when I was blonde the first time' I religiously used the 'Go Blonder' treatments which always worked well on my mid tone blonde hair. Both of these products work in a similar way and can be used on natural or bleached blonde hair and contain white tea and sunflower extract to clarify and clean up dull, lifeless blonde hair. They were around a fiver each although Superdrug had a 2 for £9 offer on at the time. Whilst I haven't noticed a huge, huge difference in the blonde tones in my hair since using this duo, I have noticed my hair is visibly softer and more nourished and they are perfect for restoring blonde back to a cleaner shade when i've used a stronger toner or semi permanent conditioning colour.

Have you ever tried any products from the 'Sheer Blonde' range?


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Friday, 16 September 2016

STYLE: WHAT I WORE TO CHESTER RACES 2016


Last week celebrated our annual office day out to Chester races and it made for the perfect excuse to dress up super pretty for the day (and night). 

Having attended The Grand National earlier this year and endured hours and hours of icy rain, the better forecasted weather for the late summer race day encouraged me to shake up my style a little and try something new.

I have been absolutely loving the Bardot, off the shoulder trend that has been super popular this season therefore I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my look. I opted for a bodysuit from Misguided that sat nicely off my shoulders and pulled me in, in all the right places. I teamed it with a tulle skirt from Zara and a skinny leopard print belt as an accent accessory. 

For me, the shoes were the showstoppers of my entire look and they certainly were one of those 'meant to be moments' having left finding some heels to the very last minute. I own only chunky, block heels that looked far too clunky for this more delicate and feminine outfit, therefore a new pair was needed (or so I tell myself). I'll be chatting more about my Vivienne Westwood 'Melissa' heels soon, so if you want to know how comfortable they are to wear and more on how I found them check back then for all the details.

My 'red lips,' statement clutch bag is Lulu Guinness inspired but was actually super cheap online, tacky some might say but teamed with an all black ensemble and my bleach blonde hair, I felt it worked despite been slandered all day for looking a little bit like lady parts.

Unusually for me I kept my make-up and jewellery super, super minimal opting for simple stud earrings and two diamond rings paired with a very subtle smokey eye and a bold red lip look.

Have you ever been to Chester races?


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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

STYLE: THE CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL TAG


As you can see my wardrobe is a pretty busy place and here I am only showing you one of the many places that I stash my threads. Sometimes my wardrobe is super organised, colour co-ordinated and divided into a certain 'type' of clothing however, most of the time it looks like this, organised chaos - but that's cool because I know where everything is. *rummages*

As much as I love clothes, I really don't love putting clothes away or keeping them in check and I never have done, my Mum will tell you. Having taken a peek into my let's say 'busy' wardrobe I was inspired to show you a few of the pieces in more detail through the closet confidential TAG.


What is the o l d e s t item in your wardrobe?



I was 12 or 13 when I bought (with my £5 monthly pocket money) these leopard print beauties from a shop named 'Dolci's' making them around 11 years old. To this day they remain my all time favourite pair of boots. I am actually quite surprised my Mum let me have them as they are quite out there for a tween. Although the heels and the soles are knackered and they are looked ridiculously battered, I still wear them to this day because they are so darn sassy. 

What is the  n e w e s t  item in your wardrobe? 



I headed into Primark a few days ago as I always seem to find the best stuff in there when the trans AW16 season comes around. I loved this layered crop top and cami combo which I bought for a bargainous £3 on the sale rail. With A Parisian chic / rock n'n roll vibe I love wearing it with ripped skinny jeans and a pair of Vans teamed with fishnet socks. 

What is the most  e x p e n s i v e  item in your wardrobe? 




I had been lusting after a Mulberry bag for years (specifically a Roxanne having seen one featured on Fleur De Force's channel years ago) as a third year student about to head to London to intern as an assistant producer, I wanted to look the part but there was NO WAY on earth I could afford a brand new Mulb, it's also worth noting that i'd never find a brand new Roxanne as they were discontinued years ago. 

I found a reputable seller on Ebay selling an authentic Roxanne for a less painful price than a new bag (It was still darn pricey mind!) and snapped it up immediately. I'd like to say I have used it loads but truth be told it isn't all that practical due to clunky straps and being super weighty when empty, that being said I bloody love it though and i'd never part with it.

What is the  c h e a p e s t  item in your wardrobe that you use a lot?



A simple pair of black skinny jeans from Primark, an absolute must have that make up any outfit whether it's for the office or a night out. These super stretch skinny jeans are around £5 and I have 7 pairs for the 7 days of the week. 


What is the biggest  b a r g a i n  in your wardrobe? 



I found these stomping boots in the Canary Wharf Topshop for a banging price of £9 having been reduced from £85. They initially shredded my feet to pieces whilst traipsing around LDN and the sole is still stained in blood (nice) but they are now one of the comfiest pairs of boots that I own even those they are looking a little worse for wear these days with temperamental zips and scuffed buckles.


What was the biggest  w a s t e  of money in your wardrobe? 







As much as this Roberto Cavalli bag probably wasn't a financially savvy choice, I bought it to mark my first ever pay rise and I still absolutely love it but the cost per wear hasn't been made back...yet. It's pretty spacious and is certainly a statement but I haul around so much stuff that I need to find more time to use it, when I need a bit of stuff with me, but not a lot. 



What are your 3  f a v o u r i t e  items right now? 



It has to be this entire outfit as I have been rocking it quite a fair bit. My ripped, light wash jeans are from American Eagle and are great skinny fit. My shirt is vintage and then I just have a plain old pair of Vans. Simple, yet chic and very comfortable. 


What is the most  c o l o u r f u l  item in your wardrobe?



Pretty awesome huh? Though the amount of times i've been called 'Joseph' I could count on one hand but this is my winter coat and I love it! It's from H+M and was an impulse purchase that is for sure. I wore it pretty much all season last year and I can't wait to dig it out again in a few weeks. 

What is your  f a v o u r i t e  piece that you have received as a gift? 



I was gifted these when I was younger from my Nan who had them hand made in Capri, Italy. The eyes of the snakes are diamonds and I must say I feel pretty snazzy wearing them. They have no grips on the bottom and they are notoriously glittery but they are fabulous. I rock them in the summer with a maxi dress or with skinny jeans when I was the make my sandals the statement.


 What is the most  c o m f o r t a b l e  item in your wardrobe? 


Ah, my TDS bomber jacket I fought tooth and nail for this bad-boy as they sell out so bloody quickly! It's so snug and ideal for autumn days when you need that extra bit of fluff to keep you warm but don't need a full coat. It was the colours that made me fall in love with it, the gorgeous burnt orange and chocolate brown tortoiseshell. This is my jacket for snuggling in as it feels like a big warm hug.

I TAG you all to give the closet confidential Q's a whirl


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Friday, 9 September 2016

STYLE: DEBBIE HARRY, BLONDIE INSPIRED LOOK


When an invitation to a fancy dress party landed in my inbox, a wave of mild panic washed over me. "Oh shit, this means I have to figure out a costume"- But the more I thought about it, I figured that I didn't need to be scouting Amazon for a polyester costume that would never see the light of day again, I could work something out based on what I already had in my wardrobe and get creative. 

Since chopping my hair into a blunt bob and taking my blonde-ness a level lighter I figured who better to go as than style icon and Queen of disco, Debbie Harry. 

To source some inspiration I headed straight to Pinterest and discovered some pretty gorgeous pictures of Debbie rocking a bold lip with a contrasting colour on her eyes, my favourite look was of an orange/red smokey eye with an orange toned red lip. 

T h e  m a k e - u p


B a s e: Keeping my base fairly matte and clean I copied Debbie's sculpted and exaggerated cheeks by keeping my blush high and applying highlight quite liberally. 

Almay Smart Shade Primer | MAC 'Studio Fix Fluid' in NW20 | Rimmel 'Lasting Finish' Concealer | Bobby Brown shadow in 'Rose Gold' | Bourjois 'Delice De Poudre' | Technik 'Contour Stick' | MAC 'Mineralise Skin Finish' in 'Soft + Gentle' | High Definition Brow Gel in 'Dark Brown'



E y e s: Recreating Debbie's look is all about the eyes and I had fun layering bold, warm shades over the lid against heavily defined and lined eyes.

(Lid Wash) 'Ginger Spice' by Front Cover | (Crease) MAC 'Texture' eyeshadow  | (Definer) 'Red Rapture' by Stargazer | Rodial 'Smokey Eye Pen' in Black | Maybelline 'Line Stiletto' liquid liner | Maybelline 'Last Stiletto' mascara | Jica Lash Extentions


L i p s: I didn't have a true orange based red lippy to hand so I created my own by applying very thin layers of a matte red and a slightly more lustre finish coral.

MAC 'Russian Red' + L'Oreal Color Riche in 'Hype'

T h e  c l o t h e s


C l o t h e s: I base my everyday wardrobe off a number of style influencers and Debbie Harry is one of them, that effortless rock 'n' roll look. I opted for a pair of sequin Joni jeans from Topshop teamed with a slogan tee from Primark which I bought for 2 quid (bargain!) My chunky, gold heels seemed appropriate if I was to be going for a Studio 54 vibe and they were another absolute bargain from H+M. I finished the look off by accessorising with a black choker from Misguided and was pretty happy with the result. A lady even said: "Are you Blondie?" which obviously means you've nailed your costume!

Who is your style icon?


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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

BEAUTY: INSTANT WHITES 7 DAY TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM




Whenever I speak to somebody i'm naturally drawn towards looking at their teeth, I don't know what it is I just am and I always think that healthy, white teeth really make somebody even more attractive. 

I have been very lucky that I was blessed (honestly it was a stroke of luck and good genetics from my Dad) that my teeth grew pretty much perfectly straight and haven't caused me any problems....Until now that is when my impacted wisdom tooth practically breaks my jaw every few months or so, but that's another tale for another time....Today i'm talking about teeth whitening!

I first dabbled with teeth whitening when my Aunt introduced my to the infamous Crest White Strips that I swear by. I work in an office where we are all fuelled on tea and coffee which isn't great when you want to keep your gnashes pearly white as both drinks heavily stain the teeth. With this in mind I whiten my teeth every three months or so and have been on the look our to try an alternative to the Crest strips.

I have been using the Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System* as I like the convenience of using a swab as opposed to spending 30 minutes of drooling everywhere trying to keep a slippery strip on my teeth...Anybody who has ever tried them will know exactly what i'm talking about. The Instant Whites method is as simple as pushing both ends of the swab to extract the formula and brushing the cotton pad end onto your teeth, all very clean and all very simple.

I applied one swab to my visible teeth for a week and noticed that a difference was occurring after day 3, my teeth were noticeably whiter and brighter with less of a yellowy tinge. I didn't feel any sensitivity when applying the whitening formula which is surprising as I have sensitive teeth, usually when I whiten I can feel small pin prick feelings of sensitivity shooting to the nerve. Lasting power? It's been 3 weeks since I first did the treatment and i've probably drank over 50 cups of tea and my teeth are still looking pretty pearly.

So what are they all about? The Instant White swabs are peroxide free and work on all tooth surfaces including crowns, caps, dentures and veneers and are pH balances to re-hydrate the enamel. They're available from Boots for £29.99 which is in line with how much the Crest strips would be here in the UK. It's an investment but I have found that the rapid nature of the results is worth that price point.

Which is your favourite teeth whitening brand?

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Friday, 2 September 2016

STYLE: LATE SUMMER ZARA HAUL









My penchant for a good old shopping trip has returned! 

After a few months of not feeling particularly inspired by the clothes in my favourite haunts such as Topshop and Zara, as well as not feeling very happy in myself, shopping took a back seat which is probably a good thing for my bank account, but also very sad. 

I recently headed into Zara to see what transitional pieces they have for this late Summer, early Autumn period and I wasn't disappointed. There's an urban vibe going on at the moment, lots of clean lines teamed with patterns and I love it. I've been after a satin bomber jacket for a while now and I was waiting for the right one to take my fancy. The floral number is exactly what i've been looking for, it's lightweight, not too street and bold. I like to wear it with a plain black tee, ripped skinny jeans and a pair of Vans. 

Next up in the jacket department is a very 'me' jacket that I bought as a little congratulations to myself for hitting a new milestone at work. In terms of fit, it's a cropped 'biker jacket' style that sits at my waist and of course is ridiculously wild in print...It reminds me of something Kate Moss has sported and it looks so good with skinny jeans and those ridiculously sassy pointed flats. I spotted those babies hiding behind the leather jacket rack and I knew I just had to have 'em. They remind me somewhat of the Valentino 'rock studs' with the multiple straps...The only issue, they absolutely rip my feet to shreds, but I will persist!

Finally, I have been totally diggin' on neckties and so I found this spotty little number and have been working it with my everyday outfits ever since. I think a little interest around your neck whether it's a statement necklace or a plain choker is the way forward, and a massive trend right now.

Which piece is your favourite?


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