Monday, 31 October 2016

MONTHLY FAVOURITES: OCTOBER 2016


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

Skin: I was de cluttering my beauty drawers when I stumbled across an old favourite skincare product, 'The Wheelie Good Cleanser' from The Greta Bridge Garage Spa. Once an ancient stopping station used as a refilling and repairing point for the country's finest motorcars, The Garage in Greta Bridge, County Durham, has been transformed into a quintessential English Spa with an abundance of character and they make pretty lovely skincare too. I used this cleanser in the mornings, the extract of Teesdale honey, fig and vanilla are a dream to wakeup to and it's gentle on my combination skin and allows my skin to remain soft without that yearn to be immediately slathered in moisturiser post use.

Tanning: For as long as I have been using fake tan, St Moriz lotion if you're interested, I have repeatedly stumbled across the same old problem - the patch of skin between my shoulder blades remaining tan-less, which as you can imagine looks awesome in a backless dress or cami top. That was until I found a solution in the form of the 'Bronzie got your back tanning mitten.' You use this band like contraption to get to those difficult areas on your back by creating a side to side motion as you would if you were drying your back with a towel. The high quality mittens are quilted in film too to avoid your hands getting covered in tan where it usually seeps through the mitten. It's robust washable and re-useable which is must more efficient and effective than the countless number of 99p mittens my finger has popped through.

Hair: Aveda is a brand that I am time and time again introduced to by my aunt. My first ever whiff of the iconic herbally 'Shampure' was memorable and now whenever I find myself in the Harvey Nichols Beauty Baazar I unscrew a lid to have a sniff. This month I have really enjoyed using the 'Brilliant Spray On Shine.' As my bleach ravished hair enters its first month dye free in 6 months, this product has helped dramatically increase shine, tame frizz and make my hair on the whole a lot more manageable.

Nails: If there is one polish I have been repeatedly sporting this month it's 'Rainbow Colour Flip' from ORLY which is a gorgeous duo-chromatic purple, gold, green and blue shade that popped up recently in this post on Autumn nail polishes you need to try.

Scent: I have a ridiculous amount of perfume, a love affair that was provoked by my Nana and has continued to blossom throughout my early adult life. There are scents that I go to everyday, there is my signature scent, there are scents that remind me of places and people, and there are those in pretty bottles. 'Poppy' by Coach is one of my favourite fresh, daytime scents that is not overpowering but evokes a 'just got out of the shower' clean scent.

Lips: Whenever my hair is darker, hot pink lips are my go too and 'As you want Victoria' by Rimmel London is a super pigmented, super moisturising lippy that lasts all day, is glossy and comfortable to wear on the lips.


Lifestyle: If you follow me on Twitter you will probably be wise to the fact that beauty writer and general all round awesome person Sali Hughes is one of my people that i've never met. Having seen her new book 'Pretty Iconic' launch this month, I was on my way down to Waterstones to buy it when a brainwave occurred. Why not download the audiobook to listen to on my commute too and from work? Sali talks us through every beauty product on her roster from those that are iconic household staples such as 'Matey bubble bath' (yep nostalgia EVERYWHERE) to revolutionary products paving the way of beauty with a few interesting facts thrown in along the way.  I guarantee you'll be nodding along. 

I also saw 'Supersonic' the Oasis docu-film at FACT picture house. Eff me it was ah-mazing and is a must see for any lovers of Oasis, the Gallagher brothers or rock 'n' roll in general. 

Playlist for October on Spotify: This month there is a dedicated section to all things beauty featuring 'Crush with eyeliner' from REM, 'Lipgloss' from Pulp, 'Makeup' by Lou Reed and of course Bowie 'Oh you pretty things.' Of course there is a whole load of new and of course old tunes on there as well including 90s Mariah and quite a lot of Sade...Have a listen here.


What have you been loving in the month of October?

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Friday, 28 October 2016

BEAUTY: AUTUMN NAIL POLISHES YOU NEED TO TRY

I believe that AW is the season that nail polish shades really come into their own, whether that's a sumptuous gold shade, a deep berry or a lush burgundy - deep, luxurious shades of nail polish look pretty good against less sun-kissed skin. I have been alternating a few favourites over the past few weeks and they look pretty lush. 

Starting with the deepest of the four is: 'Ruby Night Sky' from the Alice + Olivia collection for Nails Inc. A gorgeous deep wine shade, this looks particularly lovely for adding festivity to your toes. Next up in the burgundy family is: 'Regent Street' also by Nails Inc. This shade is a deep, purple toned brown, very 70s, very now. 

My two non Nails Inc picks include: 'Rainbow Colour Flip' a duo-chromatic shade from ORLY  this shade never looks the same twice when applied and sparkles olive green, gold and purple depending how the light hits the pigment. And finally one of my all time favourite polishes, 'Chameleon Copper' from HEMA a wonderful gold, metallic shade that makes bitten or broken nails look instantly flawless.


Which shade is your favourite?


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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

STYLE: AW16 PRIMARK HAUL - CLOTHES + HOMEWARE



I always say it, but it's true - Primark stock the best clothing around AW and this year's collection is for the most part, an absolute gem. Think ribbed and faux fur in jewel tones and metallics, as i've mentioned before luscious lurex and other such sparkly materials are all over the place and Primark has it all. 
I recently did a bit of shopping whilst anxiously waiting for the results of my car MOT, counterproductive I guess as my purse was complaining and with a looming car bill, it was probably not the wisest idea. But my little Keith Richards (engine sounds like him coughing, lol) passed with flying colours and my shopping was justified...Or so I tell myself.


let's start with the CLOTHES...

I am head over heels for rose gold, bronze, silver and gun metal shades at the moment and Primark currently has a dedicated section to what looks like it's the kit us all out for a night in Studio 54. I bought a few pieces for the looming party season, at the time of writing this I have a wedding reception and a girls night on the cards.

Pussy bow ribbed blouse
An absolute dream channelling ALL of those 1970s vibes. I wear mine tucked into a faux leather shirt with tights and my spacey, silver ankle boots, or with black skinny jeans - either works.

Stud embellished choker..
Chokers are everywhere and i've dabbled with the traditional plain velvet bands but I was looking for something with a little more edge. I found this multi string, detailed choker for £2 and I think it adds a nice spin on combining the shoelace / choker neckwear trends.

Metallic Grecian midi dress...
When I saw this beauty on the hanger, I knew there and then I wanted it whether it looked good or not. Cut in a midi length with a side split, this Grecian-esc dress will be popping up in more detail over here soon. It was really hard to photograph as it is just so shiny but the picture on the left is truest to colour, a bronzey gold dress with all the sass points.



Faux fur stole...
I remember these fluffy numbers gaining popularity a few years ago and I never really understood them, fast forward a few years and I was searching everywhere for a piece of furry neck candy. I wear mine with my leather jacket, or any jacket for that matter to add interest to the neckline as well as rocking it over turtle necks, tee's and jumper dresses.


Grey light wash skinny jeans...
So here's my theory, my black skinny jeans always turn charcoal grey which I kind of like but lets skip that whole laborious process and get some ready faded, grey skinny jeans. I wear them to the office, I wear them to dinner, I wear them everywhere.


H O M E WARE...

When I lived with my parents, I asked my Dad to paint my room opium purple, ever since then I have always loved plum, damask and deep purple shades which are especially relevant for the AW season. You might see a colour theme occurring here.

Bedding...
I love how new bedding can transform the feel of your room and make you feel especially sassy when you climb into it for the first time. I bought this purple and black floral set for the new season as well as a damask print under sheet, also pink. It's busy and remind me in some way of my old boudoir which funnily enough I blogged about here.


Candles...
Like most people, I am a candle fiend and I must get through 3 or 4 every fortnight. On this particular shopping trip it was time to restock and I was pretty in love with the plum blossom and vanilla candles which are ridiculous sexy and fruity without being too artificial in scent. Primark have really stepped up their candle (and homeware) game and these two only came to £3 for both.


What have you spotted in Primark recently?

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Friday, 21 October 2016

STYLE: 4 DAYS, 4 OUTFITS #22


Outfits i've been wearing recently...

Outfit 1:
As you know I am an absolute fiend for anything leopard print, whatever my hair colour I love a lot of leopard especially when it comes to my day to day styling. My collared dress is from a charity shop (Gotta love the chazza!) and I am wearing it with a chunky belt also second hand, I just feel it breaks the pattern up a little bit adding a little extra interest. Chunky tights and of course a red lip, 'Russian Red' from MAC finished off the look, perfect for taking me from the office out for drinks.

Outfit 2:
I am absolutely loving shirt dresses at the moment and this zig zag / chevron print dress from Miss Selfridge is just the ticket and is a really great length for wearing bare leg without showing too much as it hits just above the knee. I am really into sleeves at the moment too so the rolled sleeves are a particularly nice touch. Another day, another bold lip but this time I was wearing 'Ruby Woo' also by MAC and kept my jewellery super simple with a skull ring from New Look and a friendship bracelet my parents brought me back from Portugal.

Outfit 3:
Going all out in grey in skater dress complete with a crochet collar, I love how this dress can be worn smart and chic and when paired with a pair of black and nude ballet flats the look came together nicely. Red lipstick? Yep! I'm wearing Russian Red again...Surprise surprise.

Outfit 4:
A more casual outfit for a day wandering around Manchester, i'm wearing black skinny jeans from Topshop, my silver ankle boots are also Topshop, my shiny top is from Zara and reads '1989' and my cropped, leopard print jacket which I absolute love is also from Zara. My bag is super super old and is a leather, tasseled number from Mango and of course my sunnies are from the one and only Pop Boutiques.


Which outfit is your favourite?


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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

NOTES: MANCHESTER NORTHERN QUARTER HAUL



A few weekends ago, a sunny October Sunday was spent wandering around the Northern Quarter, one of my all time favourite parts of Manchester.

Having stumbled upon the Maker's Market, taking a pew in a deck chair as the heavens opened in (typical MCR style), indulging in super scrumptious lobster rolls @ Burger + Lobster and of course discovering a few little shopping gems I found myself coming home with a few extra bags and a lighter purse then I left with. 

And here's what I bought...


How is that I never been in Oklahoma before!? The super cute, kitch gift shop located right on the edge of the Northern Quarter is home to everything that tickles my pickle. Having recently upcycled my bar cart I wanted a few extra ornaments to sit on it. I found this quirky tattoo style palmistry hand and new immediately it would be a new home for my favourite cocktail rings. 


I found my design book mecca in the infamous Magma, in-fact I ended up spending almost half an hour in there engrossed in books on editorial design, fashion and of course...cats.

 I came away with a guide curated by creatives sharing cool hang outs in a super interesting city that i'll be paying a visit to in December. The plan is to turn it into a scrapbook of the trip and hopefully it reveals some total gems when it comes to where to eat and where to shop. I also bought a Mick Jagger portrait by Philip Norman for £4, which has to be the bargain of the century.







Even though we have two Pop Boutiques in Liverpool, I always think the Manchester store is better, I have no idea why but I always seem to find some absolute gems in there. I came away with a bag full...naturally. The purple jumper gave me Halloween vibes so that was a reason to buy it right? Not that it features super snuggly batwing sleeves and hugs me in all the right places? The office I work in has an air conditioning glitch and I often find myself freezing, slouchy, cool statement jumper? Problem solved.

So lurex is having a bit of a moment all thanks to the sports luxe trend which is dominating the fast fashion space, I saw this grey/silver sparkly shirt and knew immediately it had to have a place in my AW16 wardrobe. I like to wear it buttoned up with an A line skirt and tights or unbuttoned layered over a cami with skinny jeans and my statement, silver ankle boots which I featured in my staple AW favourites.

And finally onto the statement sunnies! I just LOVE these bad boys. Purple circular lenses, so retro.

Which is your favourite place in Manchester 


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Friday, 14 October 2016

NOTES: UP-CYCLING AN OLD TEA TROLLEY INTO A BAR CART



A few weeks ago, the digital marketing agency that I work for hosted a coffee morning to raise money for the fabulous cancer support team at Macmillan. The turn out of scrumptious home bakes was pretty awesome and we raised a decent lump of cash for the amazing charity. 

In the afternoon, the remaining cakes were loaded onto a trolley that appeared out of nowhere and went for a spin around the office. I was all caked out by this point...but what did catch my attention was the tea trolley which I learned was homeless...The cogs began to turn.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have seen me feeling pretty inspired recently by bar carts I just think they are wonderful components for any room and look super quirky. You guys know I am a fiend for antiques and anything with a retro / nostalgic twist and so I figured if the right 'cart' was found I was going to create my own. 

Remember that old tea trolley I mentioned?








With a good old scrub, a little coating of Brasso and some thought into how I wanted my cart to look, I finally created something that just pleases me so darn much and scratches my Pinterest inspired itch.

On the top shelf, I have a few spirits and mixers including Pimms and gin (obvs) as well the stronger stuff, Grant's Whisky the oldest family owned blended Scotch whisky - a smooth, rich and mellow blend with tasting notes of vanilla sweetness with a malty and light floral fragrance. Also housed on there is a vintage Babycham glass and a martini glass I 'acquired' from my favourite bar in town. I also have a few bits and pieces including a tea set from the V + A museum and an antique gold plated teacup that belonged to my Nana. For some reason a mint plant has also found its way on there too but I like the greenery and the touch of nature it brings to the party. 

On the second shelf I house some of my favourite books including a copy of 'The Great Gatsby' Alexa Chung's memoir and the classic Revolutionary Road which I chatted about here.  On the bottom shelf I store some stars and stripes cups that my Aunt bought me when I visited the US and of course my tonic which I love how retro they look with the charming yellow and red striped packaging. 15p from Lidl!

I dare say that I will shake up how I style my cart but I bloody love it and I hope to take it with me wherever I go.

What do you think of the bar cart trend?

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

STYLE: 4 STAPLE AUTUMN PIECES IN MY WARDROBE



If I were to choose a season that so perfectly aligns up with my style, it's AW. I love layering, chunky knits and tights, ankle boots and the jewel toned and rustic colour palettes. I like it when the temperature is cooler but you can still get away with a leather jacket or an oversized jumper as opposed to a big coat.

The majority of the pieces in my wardrobe lend themselves to Autumn so I have been having a lot of fun putting together outfits to take me from the office, out to drinks and beyond. Turtlenecks are currently having a moment and I have been loving wearing my light grey, ribbed jumper from Topshop with jeans and skirts for a pulled together, yet casual look.





A line skirts are super popular right now and I dare say that a certain Ms Alexa Chung had at least something to do with that, I have a plain black, button up corduroy skirt from Primark that I have been wearing non stop for the past few weeks. Sitting high on the waist it's great for tucking in tee's loosely or teaming with more bodycon pieces such as a turtleneck or a Bardot bodysuit.


Faux fur is always huge at this time of year so of course I added a super old furry number from wardrobe into the mix, My gilet is from TK Maxx and features gorgeous orange jewel / beaded detailing which is of course perfect for AW16.

Now onto the showstoppers, I get asked about this space age beauties all the time and they're from Topshop. They are the comfiest statement ankle boots that I own and they even give you a little lift all thanks to the small, block heel. I love creating outfits around them and I really think they pull together all the cool, grey tones in this outfit.

What do you like to wear in Autumn?

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Friday, 7 October 2016

LIFESTYLE: ZIFERBLAT ST PAUL'S SQUARE LIVERPOOL




Remember a little while ago I introduced you to Ziferblat, a pretty awesome concept nestled within the infamous Albert Dock? If you're new around here and don't know what on earth i'm talking about, I recommend heading over to read the blog post linked pretty in pink up there to get up to speed.

In short, Ziferblat is a quirky little place where you can hang out or work whilst drinking as many brews and sinking as many pieces of cake as you like, for free...

The only thing you actually pay for is your time.

Following the roaring success of the Albert Dock branch, the kooky Ziferblat folk have opened a new branch in Liverpool over in St Paul's square. As a big advocate of the concept I went along for a snoop (and a brew ofc) to suss out the new kid on the block.


A sitting room, a shared office space, private meeting rooms and a full programme of events, in comparison to the Colonnades branch this Ziferblat is like a more polished lil' brother, whilst the furniture is still mis-matched and the vibe eclectic, St Paul's feels to me like the perfect playground to work facilitated by spaces that encourage creativity and dare I say, 'different' thinking. 

The 5 meeting rooms are all decked out with different personalities (my favourite being 4D)so open a door and get working. The space also includes ‘The Deck’, an elevated platform for those who wish to use Ziferblat as a city centre workspace. Co workin' and all that!

Ziferblat don’t charge for room hire but do have an hourly minimum spend based on the Ziferblat ra
te (6pence per person, per minute) and which room you want. Fancy it? Head over here to read all about it.



If you want to work, play or curl up with a book in a super light, airy space filled with a seriously broad mix of people, then go down and have a nose. I think you'll like it.

Have you ever visited Ziferblat?


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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

BEAUTY: AN ODE TO NAILS INC MY CURRENT FAVOURITE POLISHES



It's no secret that Nails Inc are my favourite brand when it comes to nail polish, i've loved them ever since their bottles were chubby and rounded and their font resembled Comic Sans. I have to say their newer branding sadly doesn't hit the spot for me however, the formulas, brushes and colour palette are all still absolutely spot on for me. That reminds me...Does Nails Inc still come as freebie attached to Glamour mag? That's where the majority of my Nails Inc collection came from and what turned me onto the brand.

I currently have a few favourites from the 'Gel Effect' collection and they form my 'capsule' edit of colours that I always reach for. The lasting power of these beauties is pretty ah-mazing especially when used with the 'Kensington Caviar' topcoat.

'Black Taxi' is an all black erry'thaang shade that I wear very often, it's opaque in one coat and dries super glossy, there's nothing more sassy than a pair of shiny black talons right? Must be the inner witch in me! It's not often that I wear pink on my fingernails but I love a hot pink shade on my toes and 'Chelsea Grove' is the perfect punchy pink.

'Porchester Square' is a bit of a legend right? As made famous here in the blogger-sphere by Vivianna Does Make-up. The perfect griege, remember that term? A mushroom, nude hybrid that can be paired with all outfits.

I have also really been enjoying using the 'Nail Kale' superfood base coat and it's really helped keep my damaged nails in check promoting them to be stronger and of course healthier.

Which is your favourite Nails Inc shade?

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