Friday, 8 September 2017

Fresh to death

lemon top - Shein
blazer - Peacocks
jeans - Zara
shoes - Lightinthebox

dress - Shein
boots - Primark
bag - Zara

coat - H&M
top - Shein
bag - Kadell
boots - Primark

Just a little selection of things I was very kindly sent by Shein, aka, Aladdin's cave.
I do think it's important to say that the quality of all of these pieces is lovely, as in notably so. 
I'm usually a little sceptical where online brands are concerned, but the items were packaged well and have exceeded my expectations.

Whilst I've actually been living in that trumpet sleeve top, I would have been living in this lemon top if work would allow me to wear fruit patterned clothing. The cutest cami I've ever seen, it adds such a nice pop of colour behind a blazer or through an open work jumper. Also makes me feel like I'm in Spain which can't be a bad thing.

Unable to get over quite how lovely the embroidery is on this cold shoulder dress. Whilst I'm not all about the floral trend, when paired with that choker style, it's kept just the right amount of edgy. And I'm so about the edge.

This top has now become one of those staple pieces that are so easy to wear, going easily with just about any bottom half. I'm also really enjoying the statement sleeve thing going on at the moment so this top fit the bill rather nicely.

Which is your favourite look?


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Parisian dressing

top - Fashion Union
skirt - Lightinthebox
shoes - vintage
bag - Zara

blazer - vintage
top - Sammydress
trousers - Primark
boots - Gamiss

jacket - Zara
shirt - Vintage
top and trousers - Primark
boots - Gamiss

top - Asos via Depop
jeans - Zara
shoes - Primark

There's something about the way the French dress. Effortless yet chic, their style is easy like a Sunday morning yet impossibly sophisticated. A chanel necklace draped over a blue linen button up.

When I make the annual trip across the pond, I like to attempt to emulate said style, tucking into my croissants and coffee looking mildly authentic. 

Whilst I can never quite master it, the outfit photos above give you a snippet of my Parisian wardrobe - which one would you wear?


Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Another year, another holiday i.e. another two weeks spent eating baguettes, cheese, and drinking cheap champagne.

This year, I also had the pleasure of my wonderful best friend enjoying it all alongside me. Oh Paris, parting is such sweet sorrow.

Anyway, scroll down for more photos of coffee, cakes and me prancing about in front of the Eiffel Tower...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The one with the dress from LightintheBox

Dress - Lightinthebox
Shoes - Primark
Bag - Vintage

Spent a wonderful weekend in Manchester drinking wine (see reference pic) and swanning around the set of Friends.

Perhaps the only show that I've remained faithful to, I cannot tell you how excited I was to sit on that velvet orange sofa and sing 'smelly cat' to my heart's content - you can witness the joy here.

I was surprisingly impressed by how good the whole experience was - the highlight had to be seeing Rachel's 18 page love letter to Ross (front and back!)

Are you a Friends fan?


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Starry, starry night

top - Zaful
skirt (dress) - Missguided
boots - Sammydress

Starry, starry night, paint your palette blue and grey.

Would you wear this outfit?


Monday, 17 July 2017

How I'd love to go to Paris again

dress - Lightinthebox
bag - Zara
shoes - Primark

I have to say that I'm not an avid dress wearer - especially of ones that venture out of my slightly gothic comfort zone (I actually referred to myself as a summertime goth yesterday in response to a question about my outfit on a v. sunny British day.)

However, there was something about this one from Lightinthebox that caught my eye; well, everything about it. Having been very kindly asked to pick out a few pieces, I knew this had to be one of my choices - the embroidery is so detailed, with the insects and cut out shoulders to keep that edginess. I am very much looking forward to twirling around in this across the pond avec baguettes and white wine.

Would you wear this dress?


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Would you try dry shampoo AND conditioner?

I don't really know what I did before dry shampoo.

I seem to remember trying to use baby powder, as well as various other household items to add some life to my third-day hair.
When Batiste first entered my life it seemed too good to be true - something which saves time, energy and a bad hair day sounded like a dream. Not something you could buy from Superdrug.

However, Batiste was quick to become been a bottom of the bag, night out, morning after saviour; a frequent last minute purchase before the nearest Boots closes. 

So when I got to test out their newest release - a dry shampoo and conditioner - I was all over it.

So what's it designed to do?

- Provide 18-hour conditioning, ideal for dry and damaged hair
- Target excess oil, without leaving a white residue
- Hydrate hair and give smoothness

How do you use it?

Much like dry shampoo, you give the can a little shake and spray it all over the lengths of your hair, before shaking it out.
However, with the conditioning aspect, you're instructed to avoid the roots.

I've added a poorly edited video to illustrate this.

So what did I think?

First of all the scent. 
The one I tried was cocoa and cashmere, which smells divine and seems a little more grownup than the usual Batiste scents (I need all the help I can get).

One of the key marketed benefits of 2 in 1 is the lack of residue. Whilst my blonde counterparts had little problem with the original dry shampoo, it would leave me looking like Morticia Adams before brushing out (I'm a closet goth, so not an issue). True to word, this leaves no residue in my hair, nor any indication of what I'll look like in a couple of decades time. 

Texture wise, my hair does feel a lot softer and smoother, as well as giving it a little boost. I spent yesterday on a TV set with my hair covered in hair spray and this seemed to hydrate my hair to a satisfying degree. 

One thing I would say is that it doesn't give me the same amount of volume I'd get from original dry shampoo - although that's not what it's designed for, I think I just associate Batiste with volume.

However, if it's smooth and hydrated hair you're after, I would definitely give this a whirl.

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