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Sunday, 14 October 2018

This Week // 1


Happy Sunday

It's been a while since I've done one of these weekly update posts, in fact I think I've stopped and restarted them about 3 times; perhaps I can commit this time.

Today's catch up comes to you from the comfort of my bed, as it would appear that autumn is most definitely in full swing, and there's nothing more cathartic to me than writing to the sound of rain on the window.  This week has been pretty wonderful, I had a week off work and it was definitely a much needed break, I may have even had a lie in or two. Madness.

I started off the week with ramen and drinks, the most perfect combination, right? I had to stop by Shoryu to sample their limited Gudetama set menu, after just missing out on going last time. It was most definitely worth the wait, both aesthetically and from a taste perspective. At only £22 a head, it's an amazing value for money as you get a starter, ramen, dessert, drink & free cup and coaster. I will admit that the coaster may have been the main selling point for me.

After nabbing some free tickets, Wednesday saw us attend the BTS Love Yourself Tour at the O2, a really unexpected and amazing night. Those boys are super talented, they can dance, sing, rap and are also very easy on the eye. They put on an amazing show and we definitely left on a high, albeit with slightly sore throats and missing voices. I would 100% go see them again, and hope that they do come back to the UK soon, for now I'll just have to settle for Spotify sing alongs.

This weekend has very much been a life admin sort of weekend, I tidied, decluttered and was brutal when it came to sorting out my clothes -- 6 bags have been sent to be recycled. Outrageous that one person can own so many clothes. This is in a bid to reduce my input into fast fashion and will hopefully encourage me to stop frivolously spending and instead invest into more multi purpose fashion pieces. I've also meal prepped for the week, made all my to do lists and caught up on my blog posts.

I think it may now be time to curl with a film, a glass of red wine and then enjoy a hearty casserole and strictly. See I told you autumn was here.
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Sunday, 7 October 2018

It's been a while

I'm pretty sure that when this year started I'd committed myself to being the queen of content, and turning over a new leaf of organisation. 10 months into 2018 and I guess it's safe to say that didn't quite happen, I guess old habits die hard.

It's not that I've not wanted to write, in fact I've opened up the laptop countless times, staring at the blank screen and willing the words to flow out. The motivation was there, but I just couldn't muster the ideas. This year I've found myself battling with the type of content I want to create and how it would compare to that of others. The key word here being compare. They say that 'comparison is the thief of joy' and it couldn't be more true. It's strange because in my day to day life I don't struggle with comparison in the slightest, I like what I like and I'm not particularly bothered by what others think of me. When it comes to this space, however, it continuously plays on my mind. 

Over the last couple of months I've been doing some hard thinking about where I'd like to take this blog, and I've come to realise that I'm at my best when I don't overcomplicate. So we're taking it back to basics, back to the the content I like to read, back to the topics I enjoy, it's bound to be a bit scattered and all over the place, but that's me. It's going to be on my terms, what I want to write when I want to write it.

No more worrying about whether it'll match up to the work of others, no more empty promises and no more over committing. I'm just going to do my best. 

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Met Gala 2018

Fun fact. Some of the first things I ever posted on this blog way back when, involved celebrity fashion & looking at different award show and celebrity event outfits. One of my favourites to comment on was the Met Gala, considering that it's basically one giant, expensive fancy dress party with the most elaborate themes - it's safe to say it's right up my street.

So, perhaps it's time for a little throwback as I share my favourite looks from the 2018 Met Gala. 

The theme this year was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,' a demonstration of how religion, specifically catholicism and the artwork created based off it has affected and influenced fashion throughout the years. It's safe to that this theme had so much potential and the celebrities definitely took this in their stride and we witnessed a variety of looks ranging from holier than though to borderline blasphemy.

Amanda Seyfried wearing Prada

Amanda Seyfried is rocking this yellow gown, normally a colour that paler, blonde women tend to avoid (speaking from experience) but she looks absolutely amazing. The dress isn't the most intricate but the detail of the sleeving gives it a nice touch and makes it a bit more special.

Blake Lively wearing Versace

Blake Lively looks like an absolute goddess in this dress. She crushes it every year and this year is no exception. Her look perfectly encompasses the theme but also maintains a sense of classic glamour.

Emilia Clarke wearing Dolce & Gabbana 

Bow down to our khaleesi. Emilia Clarke looks incredible in this outfit, the dress is completely stunning but I love that she's created a full look using dramatic hair accessories and makeup. 

Frances McDormand wearing Valentino 

Now this is an example of what the Met Gala is all about - going all out and not giving a damn. Take notes guys.

Katharine McPhee wearing Georges Chakra 

I don't know how in keeping with the theme this dress is but she looks amazing none the less. The beautiful baby blue colour really compliments her hair. Sometimes see through dresses can go very very wrong, but this dress is definitely an exception - sexy and classy. 

Katy Perry wearing Versache

Anyone who wears giant angel wings are on to a winner.

Lily Collins wearing Givenchy 

I love that Lily Collins has taken the theme and made it goth as hell - a woman after my own heart. The dress itself isn't the most wow, but the hair accessory and her makeup really brings the look together. I love, love, love that red tear. 

Chadwick Boseman wearing Versache

I love when men actually make an effort to dress up for the theme, so many just cop out with a suit, but not this guy. He looks absolutely killer, like an absolute king. Wakanda Forever.

Jennifer Lopez wearing Balmain 

I'm not the biggest fan of the feathers at the bottom, but the embellishments at the top of the dress are a real stand out and make it such a statement piece. 

Ruby Rose wearing Tommy Hilfiger 

Ruby Rose looks absolutely stunning in this red number, she definitely rocks this colour. I actually like the simplicity of this dress, whilst it isn't stand out obvious of the theme, I can definitely detect notes of subtle symbolism that makes it fit so well.

Zendaya wearing Versace 

My number one gal Zendaya has crushed it yet again. Her Joan of Arc inspired look is an absolute masterpiece. She looks so stunning, but also so badass - she could definitely cut a man in half with those shoes.

Stella Maxwell wearing Moschino

I love the straight up and down design paired with the intricate embellishments, the look almost contradicts itself, whilst at the same time working together really well. I must say the way her long, flowing blonde locks are styled are the real winner for me. I have major hair envy.

SZA wearing Versache

Not the biggest fan of the boots, but the rest of the look is absolutely gorgeous. I love the pastel pink gown, it really compliments her skin tone and suits her so well. 

Taylor Hill wearing Diane von Furstenberg

I love this look because it encompasses similar designs of attire worn within the catholic church but is vamped up to look hella sexy, a delicious contradiction which makes this outfit both heavenly and sinful.

Tessa Thompson wearing Thom Browne 

I love this look, it's very simple and very chic. Not the most in keeping with the theme but she looks so fabulous that I'm willing to brush over that. Her makeup is a really winner for me also.

It's so hard for me to pick an absolute favourite look, but my top 3 would have to be from Blake Lively, Zendaya & Chadwick Boseman. 

I'm not going to sit here and be a keyboard troll and slate the outfits that I don't like, I like to think I've had some personal growth since the days when I used to make fun of the outfits that I thought were terrible, at the end of the day it's not my place to judge, if people are happy in what they are wearing then that's all that matters.

What I will say is that I do find it a little bit disappointing when a theme is made and people make little effort to partake. With situations like this it's not like money is an issue, or there's a worry that you'll look a fool. It's literally the point, all I'll say is that if I ever got the opportunity to end the Met Gala I'd be all over that, like I'd give Queen Rihanna a run for her money, just saying. 

It's nice to be back into the blogging world, it's most definitely been a while. What an extra nice way to come back by talking about one of my most favourite topics, crazy fancy dress fashion.

What were your favourite looks?

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

January Favourites.

Wow, I told myself I was going to really try this year to keep on top of my favourites posts, it would seem I continue to bring my bad organisation habits into 2018, I guess new year, new me doesn't actually work...Who'd of thought?

Anyway, here's my belated January favourites, it's a short one this time round as after Christmas I was pretty much skint and therefore wasn't able to buy and try new products. However, the ones I did try, I've really enjoyed and as such will be sharing with you. now. let's go.

Starting with the beauty items, first up we have the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. I actually picked this up at duty free when I went on holiday just before Christmas, I don't know If I'd necessarily have gotten it normally, but because it was slightly cheaper and I fully had that treat yo' self holiday mentality, I picked it up. I've really liked using this foundation, the coverage is so good, a little really goes a long way with this product. I really like that it gives a really even and flawless coverage, it's perfect if you're going on a night out or have a long day planned because the foundation really stays put on your face, without being even slightly cakey. The only thing that is a slight downside is that the shade I have is way too light for me and gives off major Caspar the ghost vibes, but with powder & blending it is easy to cover.

Another makeup item I was absolutely loving during the month of January was the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. This is one of THE most raved about products, and I was so excited to finally give it a try. In the past I've found it really difficult to use pen liquid liners before, because their wasn't very good precision and because they can dry out quickly. This liner might have converted me back to the ways of liquid eyeliner, it is amazing. The tip is really thin so it gives a good defined flick, but is also thick enough to be able to fill in the lines. Since getting it the tip hasn't lost it's shape or split in anyway at all, it also hasn't dried out which gives it a massive thumbs up from me. The thing I love most about this product is that it glides on so easily, I have quite hooded eyes and have found that some liquid eyeliners can pull on my lid and create an uneven line, this didn't do that in the slightest, it was so smooth and easy to use.

The last kind of beauty/cosmetic/haircare product is a hair dye, obvs because I am like a hair dye addict - also because finding the perfect grey hair dye is actually harder than I thought it would be. Arctic Fox's grey dye Sterling has been doing a pretty good job though. I'd been wanting to try Arctic Fox hair dye for ages and I finally got round to doing so and I am 100% a convert to the brand now. I love how much product you get in a bottle and a little really goes along way, it's a really good consistency which helps to make sure that it goes well onto the hair to give good coverage. The colour itself is a really nice silvery/dark grey, which is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. I am really loving this brand at the moment and quite wait to try more of their colours in the future, when I inevitably get bored of the grey.

Next up, we have a fashion item, these Yellow Tartan boots from Asos have literally changed my life for the better. Not only do they give off major clueless vibes, but they are so incredibly comfy considering how high they are and they are just so freaking fabulous. I love that they give me some much needed height. The thing I love most about these boots is that they can be dressed up for a night out but can also be worn more casually. A perfect all rounder. I'm so happy I managed to get my hands on them before they sold out. 

Last up, we have a film, it's one I've definitely mentioned before on this blog, but I'm still obsessed and can't stop speaking about it. In January it was the DVD release of IT.  It's safe to say I had to do about 1000 rewatches and I just still find it so great. I love that it had an amazing mix of horror and comedy, it was the perfect ode to the book and the original, but was also so fresh and made the story accessible for a new generation. The cast were so talented, I love how funny the kids are and how damn creepy my boy Bill Skarsgard is as Pennywise. Such a great film, if you've somehow have still not seen it yet then you must.

What were your January Favourites?

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Favourite Creators // January 2018

2018 for me is the year of love and positivity, and what better way to express that, than by sharing the love to all my favourite bloggers, vloggers and content creators. I'm going to try and make this a monthly series to spread the positivity and show support for my favourite people. Because if you want good things to come your way you have to be willing to show goodness to others... I feel like that's some fortune cookie shit, but you get the drift.

For January it is time to share the love for all my favourite alternative bloggers, so you best get following.

Robyn // Midnight and Lace

By day Robyn is the cool goth teacher I wish I'd had in school, and by night she is taking over the blogging world by storm. 

Talking about a variety of subjects from alternative fashion to true crime, there really is something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed her 'dating in 2017 is a joke' post. Robyn has the most amazing style and rocks it with such confidence and self belief. 

With amazingly well written content, constantly improving photography and a killer cat eye flick, this girl is 100% going places. 

Jess // Foxxtailz

Jess is one of my favourite bloggers out there at the moment and 2017/2018 really seems to be her year, and it really couldn't be more deserved. 

With the most wonderfully colourful wardrobe inspired by Japanese fashion her photo's literally look like art. If I could steal anyone's wardrobe it would most definitely be hers. 

Jess is a huge advocate for embracing personal style and she most certainly rocks hers, and as a fellow hair dye fanatic, she's definitely a girl after my own heart. She seems like one of the most down to earth individuals and really deserves all the success that I have no doubt will be coming her way. 

Jess // Heart Shaped Bones

When I first discovered Jess she was rocking the most amazing green/blue hair, and I knew straight away that she was a girl I needed to follow. She has the most wonderful sense of style and her outfit posts are always insanely on point. 

Her personality absolutely shines through her writing and her Youtube channel is up there with one of my favourites as she just comes across as such a real and genuine person.

Not only a great blogger, Jess is an incredible artist with her own online shop. I own countless prints of hers, I love her art style and her quirky subject matter. 

Belle // The Hairy Potato 

Breaking away from solo blogging, Belle has set up a new blogging collective for opinionated, passionate women to come together and share their opinions on whatever they damn please. Still a fairly new venture, but one I'm super excited to witness unfold, and also grateful to be allowed to participate in. It's definitely going to be one to keep any eye on.  

Belle is one of the kindest and funniest people I have ever met, a gem of a human and a wonderful friend. 

 It's safe to say she also has one of the most fabulous senses of style I have ever encountered. 

Maria // Life With Maria / LilColourFreak 

I very much believe that 2018 is going to be a big year for Maria and it will be so deserved.

 This girl is such a talent, her love for Halloween rivals my own and her content always has an element of the spooky season, which I am 100% here for. 

Maria's makeup skills are off the charts and that mixed with her creativity creates some of the most beautiful, creepy and fascinating looks I have witnessed. 

I love her quirky style and I'm extremely jealous of her fabulous wig collection.


Meg // Mystic Mogwai 

Meg is such a fabulous human, she has the most beautiful smile, the warmest heart and a dazzling personality. 

 Every time I watch one of her videos my mood is instantly lifted. 

Meg's outfit photo's are some of my favourite's, I love her sense of style and her backgrounds are always so great. 

Her photography skills are amazing, and really deserves serious recognition for her beautiful photos, because she really is such a talent.

Make sure you go follow all these fabulous ladies on all their social platforms otherwise you may regret it. They are all such fantastic women who ooze creativity, skill, talent and drive. You better keep an eye on all of them because they all have the potential to do really big things.

Who's content were you loving during the month of January?
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

DIY Grey Hair // feat. Colour Freedom, Crazy Color & Schwarzkopf Live.

Here we have it guys, a brand new year featuring a brand new hairstyle, is anyone really surprised? I knew I wanted 2018 to start with bold new hair. The cut was something I'd been wanting to do for a long time but hadn't quite felt brave enough to commit to. I have a whole post coming soon talking about the reasoning for the hair cut so keep an eye out for that, today, however it's about the colour. Grey is one of the colours that has been massively on trend recently, which is one of the things that both captivated me and deterred me. It's been awesome to see so many people's interpretations and different variations of grey and silver hair, but at the same time I didn't necessarily just want to follow the crowd. And due to unplanned events I feel like I have ended up with quite a unique colour which I'm unbelievably happy with.

I started the hair dyeing process by using Crazy Color's Slate & Graphite and mixing it with Schwarzkopf Live's Steel Silver. I wanted to mix dyes together to make the overall colour a bit more of a unique and darker toned grey rather than a silver grey. I've used Schwarzkopf's colour range before and have always been so happy with how the colour turns out, the colours are always so vibrant and the dyes don't leave your hair feeling too dry. It was my first time using Crazy Color but after hearing so many positive things I opted to give them a try as they were pretty cost friendly and had a huge range of colours. I picked 'Slate' and 'Graphite' because they were not only quite dark toned greys but they also had a slight tone of purple in them which I thought would give the colour good depth.

Once I mixed the dyes together to create a colour I was happy with I put the dye on my hair and left it on for half an hour to allow the colour to fully saturate my hair. Upon washing and drying my hair I discovered that all hadn't gone 100% to plan; the overall colour of my hair had gone quite a nice silvery grey apart from the front of my hair which I'm guessing is the most damaged which had in fact gone a pretty bright blue. It didn't look terrible but it wasn't the most ideal situation.

In order to rectify the situation I picked up a packet of the Colour Freedom Metallics range in Silver Grey. Colour Freedom is one of my favourite artificial colour brands as the dye's go such a long way and the colours always turn out so beautiful. This one definitely saved the day.

I'm now left with this really cool kind of blue toned dark grey which I'm so happy with, it's such a different colour to anything I've had before and I'm also really excited to see how it will change as the colour fades. My biggest tip when dyeing your hair grey is to try to ensure you start the process with as much of a blank canvas as possible, really light blonde - almost white hair to ensure the brassiness or other colour doesn't counteract the grey tones - as you can see the top of my hair still has a bit of warmth left in it which is showing through. I would also ensure you leave it on for exactly the amount of time that it suggests as I left my first batch on a tad longer than recommended and I have a feeling that's why it turned out so blue. 

I would thoroughly recommend trying all three of these brands out if you haven't already and are looking to try a new colour. I've used the Schwarzkopf live and Colour Freedom dyes before so I'd be interested to see how different colours of the Crazy Colour dyes would turn out.

What's your favourite hair dye brand?
Would you be brave enough to try grey hair?
What colour should I go next?
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

December Favourites

Here we have it, my last favourites post of 2017 and I've just about managed to get it up at an acceptable time (within the second week of January is cool right?) It's safe to say I had an absolute mare with these posts last year, but we got there eventually and hopefully this has put me in good stead to be able to get these posts up every month on time for the whole of 2018. So without further ado these are all the things I loved throughout December 2017.

Over the last 6 months or so I've developed a massive obsession with Korean beauty products, but sheet masks have been a new discovery for me, and I'm actually really annoyed at myself that I've only just found them. Once you get over the initial awkwardness of looking a bit weird with a wet sheet on your face they are actually such a game changer. They are so hydrating and leave my skin so soft to touch without being greasy in the slightest. The ones that I currently use are from boots and they have different specific functions, my favourites are the hydrating ones and the energising ones as you can really feel both of them working on your face. I recently bought some new ones back from holiday in Thailand and I've placed an order for some from actual Korean beauty brands so I'll be sure to let you know how they compare.

As I've said in countless favourites posts, during the winter months I really try my best to take good care of my skin, especially upping my exfoliating routine to get rid of any dry, dead skin cells. I have recently become obsessed with coffee scrubs, as an alternative, natural exfoliator. My current go to is the Ground Coconut Coffee Scrub it's incredibly affordable and there is a very generous amount of product in the packaging so it is long lasting. Since using this product I've noticed a massive improvement in the firmness of my skin, it also feels a lot smoother and softer. I've also noticed a huge improvement in the amount of cellulite around my thighs and bum. Another great thing about this product is the scent, it's coffee scented obviously, but it also smells so natural.

As I mentioned in my November FavouritesNetflix is absolutely crushing it at the moment with amazing tv series'. My latest obsession comes in the form of Alias Grace, the premise of the show is based on the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery in 1843 and the involvement of Grace Marks. Whilst being based on factual events the show has introduced fictional characters. The mini series follows a doctor interviewing Grace to try and discover whether she is in fact innocent as she claims, the true murderer or whether she is clinically insane. Despite being only 6 episodes long the show is incredibly gripping and constantly leaves you with mixed feelings and confusion as to what the truth is. It is incredibly well made and despite there being a lot of narrative it really keeps your attention through the use of flashbacks. I really like this show because it brings together mental health and murder, such topics I find so interesting. I would thoroughly recommend giving this a watch if you're looking for something that will keep you on the edge of the seat and play with your mind a little.

I got this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream as part of a set last Christmas and somehow I must have forgot I had it as I found it sat unopened in a random makeup bag. Charlotte Tilbury is such a hugely hyped brand that I couldn't believe I'd let it go unopened and thought I ought to finally see what the fuss was about. I can now definitely see what the fuss is about this product is the perfect moisturiser for the winter months, it has an almost oily consistency when it's on the face but doesn't leave your face oily at all. It dries really quickly but also leaves your skin feeling so hydrated, it's one of those products that leaves your face glowing. I'm not sure this is a product I'll be able to replace once it's done with because it is a bit costly, but whilst I have it I am definitely going to continue to reach for it.

In case you didn't already know, every year H&M collaborates with a designer and create a limited edition autumn line. This years collaboration was with Erdem, I initially wasn't convinced they'd be able to top last years collaboration with Kenzo but boy was I very, very wrong. The H&M x ERDEM collaboration was off the chart, the perfect mix of feminine floral prints mixed with a kind of darker, slightly gothic design. It's safe to say it was right up my street, and I was lucky enough to be able to pick up 3 pieces; a floral Jaquard print jacket and trouser suit and a floral, lace blouse... thank you work discount. I am so excited to style these pieces properly and share some proper outfit photos soon.

After years of dyeing, my hair is probably past the point of frazzled and I'm always looking to try something new to bring it back to life. I'd heard people talk about OGX Shampoos and conditioners and rave about them so much but always avoided them due to them a bit too on the pricey side. During December I decided to say fuck it and finally give them a go - partly as well due to a cushty buy one get one free offer, thanks boots - and I'm so glad I did. I opted for the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco because we've all heard about the benefits of moroccan oil and argan oil. Since using these my hair has definitely felt a lot smoother & softer and I've noticed a lot less split ends and frizz.

For my birthday at the beginning of December my best friend treated me to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone Illustrated Edition. It was such a nice surprise, as like many of you I'm sure, I am a massive Harry Potter fan. Whilst I already own countless version of this book, this particular edition is so special, the illustrations by Jim Kay are absolutely beautiful and it makes the whole thing so much more magical. It's definitely the perfect way to introduce the Harry Potter world to children, I don't have any of those so I'm just over here appreciating it myself.

What were your favourite things in December?
Do you have any recommendations for me?
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