I am officially OBSESSED with this jacket. Oversized, monochrome, slick, stylish, everything you could ever want from a spring jacket and you will never guess where it is from... Tesco. Yes you read right, everyone's favourite supermarket for their fruit and veg and daily needs, well now mark it in your books as one for bang on fashion. I do have a couple of bits from F&F, standard cosy jumpers, silk cami's and basic jeans but I've never seen anything this 'fashionable' lining the aisles. I think it would be an understatement to say I'm pleasantly surprised. If you saw this in Topshop you'd be looking at a figure around the £100 mark, but good'ol Tesco - £40. I want it, no I need it. I'm seeing myself now in a minimalist black vest, black leather trousers and some barely there white midi's. And of course an oversized black clutch. I'm sold.
Monday, 17 February 2014
Lengthening Serum/ Compact Powder/ Nail Strengthener/ Purifying Mask/ The O Curler/ Avon Mascara/ Touche Eclat/ Complexion Sponge
I really don't know why I keep coming up with these wishlists because I just make myself upset at the fact that I cannot possibly afford to buy all of the beautiful things on them! Though currently laid up in bed with a trapped nerve in my spine and pretty high on medication as I write this, it does cheer me up somewhat to do a bit of online shopping, so I think it's allowed! My hair NEEDS to grow, after 3 years of growing out a bob I'll try anything to get it long and luscious - even with the ludicrous price tag! The Guerlain compact is just beautiful, enough said. My nails are like my hair, they never grow, and working at a nursery means I can't really have my beloved falsies anymore so I need a little helping hand to get them looking lovely as opposed to a man's stubby sausage fingers. Everyone needs a good purifying mask and I'm a little ashamed that I don't have one, plus Origins is excellent for sensitive skin such as mine so it's a worthwhile investment. I've heard such incredible things about the O Curler and I want to give it a go so much! I can't justify the £150 so I'm on the lookout for a salon that uses it to give it a test drive (any ideas let me know!) Ever since I saw the advert for this crazy looking Avon mascara I knew I had to try it! I am a mascara fiend, I've tried almost every wand on the market so this definitely needs to be purchased! Touche Eclat is my last try to cover up these awful bags that I'm carrying around under my eyes every day, no combating cream seems to work so make up is my only option. And we all know this YSL bad boy is a dream come true. And finally the complexion sponge - it's Real Techniques so obviously it's going to be great! I've never used any brush or sponge to apply my foundation so I'm intrigued to see how much of a difference it makes. Let's see how many of these are in my beauty box by the end of the month...
Friday, 14 February 2014
I think this is definitely my favourite out of the three outfits I am showing in these posts. I've been after a white two set ever since I saw good ol' Khloe and Kim Kardashian absolutely rocking one a few weeks ago, and of course Zara was there to provide. I've NEVER been a fan of oversized coats or jackets, I think they are ridiculously unflattering and totally unfeminine. That is until I actually put aside my opinions and tried one on and fell a little bit in love, plus it's pastel mint green and totally cute and I just want it. The only issue with these two colours I feel is acessorising them, so I've had to stick to nude. Pretty simple again but I love it all the same. You don't have to be bold and bright to stand out from the crowd.
Thursday, 13 February 2014
As London Fashion Week starts tomorrow, it got me thinking what I would wear if I were to be so lucky as to receive invitations to one of the biggest fashion events in the world. I'm going to do this over two parts as I'd want to showcase a couple of different looks. I'm not one to go all out, so I think I'd be a little boring and just play it majorly safe on the first show. Leather look trousers (slammin no matter what) plain white heels and cami with a printed blazer in subtle shades of grey, black and white. Teamed up with my much loved Michael Kors watch in rose gold, and finished off with an oversized black clutch big enough to squeeze in my iPad and necessities. Chic and simple, nothing complicated, nothing too out there. For day one anyway.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
For an extremely long time now I have had those pesky dark as night bags setting up camp under my eyes and refusing to go away. Concealer covers them yes, YSL Touche Eclat in particular, is my saving grace but I wanted to try something that combatted them, that made them go away and never return thus no longer needing say concealment. Eye creams can be ridiculously expensive and I do now wonder whether a more high end brand would be able to combat these buggers but I'm not prepared to spend a day's wages on finding out. If anyone has any samples holla at me! But for this one, I'd heard good things. Really good things in fact, and I must say I am disappointed. You can see what the product claims, but unfortunately after a months use I have seen no improvement, or any difference at all in my under eye area. The instructions state to use morning and night for a minimum of 3 weeks, however the serum is too oily to use under make up so I did not use in the morning, maybe that had an effect but I wouldn't think to a degree of cancelling out any effect that could have/would have happened. The product smells lovely, feels nice on the skin, and the tingling sensation you get after application really feels as if it is doing something, though unfortunately in my case it was not. If anyone has tried this product and has had good results after prolonged use then please let me know as I will continue use, until I find something better at least...
Monday, 10 February 2014
I've got such a thing for Missguided at the moment. If I'm honest I have a bit of a thing for Missguided the majority of the time. It is always stylish, on point fashion but at prices you have to double take on to check are actually correct. The sizing is a bit difficult to grasp at first but let's face it where isn't (Topshop I can range from a 4 to a 12, baffling) but that's about the only downside. Low prices, cheap delivery and they always have discounts to cinch the deal. These picks sum up everything I love at the moment, simple, minimalist but with a twist. The dress is as plain as can be but with the simple skort like fronting it just makes it so much more appealing to me, and it would be so easy to mix up with all kinds of accessories, definitely a spring staple. The two 'one-pieces' are both backless, a favourite of mine and again other than that small detail they are very simple cuts and shapes, and I just LOVE the print on the playsuit (it comes in a dress and skirt too!) I just think this quilted dress is so cute! I can imagine wearing it in the summer with my much loved jelly shoes and transparent clutch with a large glass of vino in the gardens of the village pub. Oh hurry up summer days, I miss you so. Finally, the shoes speak for themselves, a standard pair of ankle boots which a monochrome splash, and the much coveted midi heel with a bit of mock croc thrown in for good measure. Have a peek and see what catches your eyes, there are so many gems to be had, and such great bargains to be found.
Now this is more a 'look at how much I plan to read in the next month' kind of post rather than a review, as obviously I don't have days on end to sit reading and do little else. However I can tell you the reasons for these purchases. One - I read Mhairi McFarlane's 1st book 'You Had Me At Hello' and I bloody loved it, so this seemed like a good idea. It's a love story and I'm a sucker for a good love story so I'm pretty damn sure I'll get through it in no time. The Jodie Picoult book just caught my eye whilst browsing the shelves in Tesco and just from the blurb I had to get it. This is actually the book I have started reading and I AM HOOKED! It is a love story, crossed with an affair, crossed with the Holocaust, with chapters in the first person flitting between several different characters and flashbacks in time. It takes full concentration to read but it is just absolutely captivating. I've been reading it every spare second I have and I'm almost half way through in 3 days - I think that speaks volumes! Get it. Read it. And I'm sure you'll love it, as it's just brilliant writing - I'd expect nothing less from a Picoult book! And lastly The Rosie Project, I saw it on Waterstones Bestsellers and again I saw it was a humorous love story and knew it was on my wavelength. I've high hopes for this so fingers crossed. It will be popped straight into my handbag for lunch break reading when I've finished with 'The Storyteller'. I'll post reviews as soon as I've completed each book, so keep an eye out!