Monday, 20 April 2015

Stage Dive

Shirt - New Look // Jeans - Primark // Heels - New Look // Necklace - Accessorize // Watch - Olivia Burton //

Ever since it came along I've been wondering how I could incorporate the 70s trend into my wardrobe. I was struggling. What Olivia Did pulls it off so well but I could never see myself in what she wears- I'm nowhere near brave enough. Finally, I came to the conclusion that a denim shirt was a very subtle way to start and it's become a favourite in my wardrobe. Now that double denim has been conquered, next on my list is an off the shoulder number. Suzie styled it perfectly so she's my inspiration.

The orange nails (Stage Dive by Topshop) is something new too. I never go for something so bright on my nails, but I love it with blue! I'm still a pale, nude lacquer girl at heart, but for this shade I'll make an exception. 

I hope you all had a great weekend! I'm back into the university routine and just about to hand an assignment in. How did this week go so quickly?

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Ripped Jeans, Grey Shirt



Tee & Jeans - Primark // Heels - New Look // Necklaces - Topshop

I seem to have regressed from any kind of interesting outfit to one of jeans and a tee. There are, however, slight details that make these kind of outfits feel a little more exciting for me. Jeans ripped at the knee is something that I'm so late to, but in love with. I really don't know why a little extra space around my knees is so exciting but now I'm asking myself why all of my jeans aren't a little ripped. 

My Easter break is nearly over -  just one week until I go back to university and I have so many outfits to shoot before I leave! The past week we've been watching movie after movie and I have a new-found favourite. We watched 'Love, Rosie' a few days ago and I desperately want to watch it again already! The fact that I cried multiple times throughout puts it up there in the ranks as a good movie. If it can make me cry (due to laughter or otherwise) it's a winner. If you haven't watched it, go over to YouTube and search for the trailer! There are some great throwback songs in there too, because I think the story line spans over around fifteen years. 

Right now I'm sat with soaking wet hair so I should probably sort that out. We're going out for dinner in just under two hours and I'm being very ambitious in wanting to dry my hair, slap some makeup on and leave with freshly painted nails (that are dry) so I don't have to walk around with fingers splayed out to stop any smudging. I don't have nearly enough time but I'll do my best! Talk to you soon x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Wkend #2 | Chatsworth

For the past week I've become a tourist in my own country; my friend Brittany is staying with me over the Easter break rather than going back over to America. Seeing as Britt has never been, I had a great excuse to show her one of my favourite places to visit - Chatsworth House. 

After a week of rain we were blessed with the nicest weather we've had all year and I even managed to get sunburn (but I'll spare you from the photos of my pink arms). We took a tour of the house and gardens - if it's looking familiar, it's the house that Jane Austen based Pemberley on in Pride and Prejudice, and they shot the 2005 film there! The whole place feels like a movie set because it's so perfect. 

I don't think that we spend enough time being tourists in our own country. This place is a thirty minute drive away and yet I visit once or twice a year at the most! Where are your favourite places to visit that are on your doorstep? I want to visit them! 

Friday, 27 March 2015

How To: The Wearable Smokey Eye

There are countless tutorials on how to achieve a foolproof smokey eye (Lisa Eldridge's is my favourite) but I've always shied away because I'm an eyeshadow noob. Give me a  liquid eyeliner pen and I'm in my element, but as soon as eyeshadow gets involved my hands start shaking.

I had a little spare time on my hands though, so I decided that it was finally time to conquer my fears. Karlie Kloss and Felicity Jones rock it all the time, so I should at least give it a try? After my foray into smokey eyeshadow I've put together a few tips. The might be painstakingly obvious to the makeup mavens amongst us, but if you're a beginner like me, here are some tips.

Tip #1 - Leave concealer till last. It may have been my technique, or the eyeshadow that I was using, but there was a lot of fall down on my cheeks by the time I'd finished. I ended up removing my concealer and starting again and it would have been much easier to leave concealer last and use it to tidy everything up.

Tip #2 - Take it easy. Start by applying the smallest amount on a pencil brush and go from there. It's easier to add more than it is to remove some when you've added too much! Choose an image for guidance and keep referring to it - are they winging it out or did they keep the eyes round? It's a cliche, but slow and steady wins the race.

Tip #3 - Fluffy brushes are your best friend. Each time you add more shadow, blend it out a little bit. Concentrate it at the lash line and go back and forth to blend it into a smokey haze. When it comes to smudging under the lower lash line - go as low as you think looks good. Because I knew I had to leave the house with this makeup I left it looking quite tame!

Tip #4 - Black Kohl makes all the difference. I never use a black kohl on my lower lash line for fear of closing up my eyes but doing a smokey eye is the one exception. It brings the whole thing together and doesn't close up the eye because of the shadow you have underneath.

Ta-dah! Those are my thoughts on creating a wearable smokey eye. Who do you think wears it best, and what products do you use when you crack out the eyeshadows and eyeliners?