29/10/2014

My Fashion Staples: Jackets/Coats

I would consider myself a classic dresser. I like to stick to timeless pieces and tend to go for plain clothes and colours. Over the years, I've worn my fair share of awful pieces and have finally discovered how to dress for my body type. I'm tiny but I do have long legs and slightly larger boobs so it's basically trial and error. I hate those guides that tell you that you can only wear one type of style of dress because of your body shape. If you try something on and you love it and it makes you feel good, bloody buy it!

Now I will admit, I do have far too many clothes in my wardrobe and wear the same few but I like to buy pieces that I can mix and match and wear any time! I'm going to start a weekly feature on my blog featuring my fashion staples. Please note these are what I consider to be my key fashion pieces; it doesn't mean that everyone should own them. They're just the items that I've found myself wearing time and time again.

Week One: Jackets and Coats

1. A leather jacket

Jackets (from left): Zara, H&M, Forever 21 and Matalan
Classic black would be the first place to start. I wear mine with all sorts of outfits- jeans and a t-shirt, a minidress; a leather jacket will rock up any outfit. As well as owning one in black, I also have them in electric blue, burgundy and light pink.

2. An army jacket

Jacket from H&M
This is perfect for those days when it's not too cold and you want to keep it casual. My favourite look is to wear it over a t-shirt and jeans and pair it with sneakers. Mine has two huge pockets aswell which is perfect for my iPod in one and my phone in the other!

3. A blazer

Blazers (from left): New Look, Debenhams and Zara
A blazer instantly smartens up any look. I definitely think one is essential for interviews and uni presentations. When I put mine on, I just feel ready to face whatever I need to face! The classic one is black but I also own one in a light grey jersey fabric and a navy and green tartan one!

4. A warm neutral-coloured everyday coat

Coat from 915 @ New Look
By this, I mean something warm and cosy. It doesn't have to be the most fashionable jacket just as long as it goes with everything and keeps you from getting cold!

5. A beige mac

Coat from George @ Asda
When I'm wearing this, it always makes me feel oh so Parisian! I tend to wear this with an all black outfit for some reason. Either that or I wear it with a party dress. I have a shorter version which goes just over my hips but I'm looking to get a longer length one next autumn!

6. A thick wool coat

Coats (from left): River Island and New Look
This comes into my wardrobe daily when it gets to winter. I'm such a cold bum so I pretty much live in these two coats throughout December and January. The reason I love these two is because they feel quite dressy.
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27/10/2014

What I'm Loving This Week #2

This week has been a slight bit crazy with loads of uni work to get done in such a short space of time! I've had very little time to relax but I have managed to have a little bit of fun!

1. Total Divas


I am blaming my boyfriend for this addiction! I've liked watching wrestling since I was younger but haven't watched it in years. E! have produced this show and now I'm hooked!

2. Blake Lively's Pregnancy Fashion


She's always been one of my style icons anyway (I'm a huge Gossip Girl fan) but she literally is glowing and I just love how she's showing off her bump!

3. Countdown to Christmas


This week I am super excited to get list making for Christmas and start my shopping!

4. Dorothy Perkins shoes


Yesterday when picking up my New Look order, I popped into Dotty P and walked away with two pairs of pumps for only £13.40! I bought some pink ones for £5 and these tan ones for £12 but they had 30% off!


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22/10/2014

Street Style: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a goddess. If you don't agree, you would be wrong. I'm only kidding, you can have your own opinion but I love her. Since the very beginning and first album, I have seen her evolve from a country music newbie to a pop princess superstar. As well as her music evolution, we've also seen her style change since then and boy has she been looking good lately! I do love her red-carpet style; however I think she looks best in her everyday style. This year, she's been looking even more stylish and here's a closer look:


Now Taylor Swift is not one to wear black often but when she does, she does it effortlessly. Up first is Taylor wearing a black jumpsuit with strappy black heels. This would be perfect to wear in the summer for drinks with the girls. It looks dressed up without being too dressed up, if you get what I mean! Next up is another jumpsuit but this time it's a trouser suit paired with a black blazer. She looks like she's on her way to a meeting which is the perfect place for this outfit. It looks stylish but work-appropriate. Finally is Taylor in a black Erin Fetherston dress. Taylor first rocked this dress back in 2012 (see here). I love the brocade detail pattern on the dress; it keeps it from looking like any other little black dress. And of course, she pairs it with sparkly stilettos and that super cute burgundy bag!


Next up is one of Taylor's signature looks: dresses. They're the ultimate girly item and she knows how to rock a fair few of them! My personal favourites are the stripey dress in the top right corner; it looks sexy yet sophisticated (look at those legs) and the navy shirt dress (bottom row, second photo in). I love how it literally just looks like she could have just thrown in it five minutes before she ran out of the door. Oh so chic!


Shorts are her go-to item for her stage shows; however I love how she's wearing them out and about too. There's genuinely not a look here that I don't love! The best thing is any girl can easily be inspired by them and probably has similar pieces hanging in their wardrobe right now! I know I have! Black denim shorts, check. Grey cosy sweater, check. Black ankle booties, check. White long-sleeved tee, check. Oh so simple, but oh so stylish!


As of late, Taylor has been into co-ords and skater skirts but these are my ultimate favourite skirt looks of hers. I love the sheer overlay dress in photo three; it takes the outfit to a whole new level. And the H&M two-piece in photo 4 is cheap and chic. My favourite has to be look number 5. I'm not usually a fan of white but the cut-outs and the cut of this co-ord are simply stunning. I love the pop of colour with the turquoise shoes and red lips too!


Now we're firmly in autumn, I thought it apt to include some trouser outfits now it's a bit nippy! My favourite here are the stripey jumper and burgundy jeans in number 1, the light blue shirt and black pants in the top right corner and the colourblock sweater (middle, bottom row). I recently bought this jumper from Next which is a great, cheaper substitute! I'm someone who lives in jeans but now I'm inspired to find new, cuter ways of wearing them!

This post was inspired by the fact that Taylor's new album, 1989, is out on Monday. Pre-order it here like I did months ago!
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20/10/2014

What I'm Loving This Week #1

I'm starting a new weekly feature on my blog featuring the things I've been loving over the past week. This could be absolutely everything so be prepared for a random mixture!

1. The Vampire Diaries



I've been a fan since the beginning but found myself not watching the series on TV from mid season 2. I can just never be bothered to wait for the next episode on TV so I just buy the box sets instead. I'm just coming to the end of Season 4 and am once again hooked! I must say I prefer Elena as a human rather than a vampire but still she's fab. I am more of a Stefan girl though; he's sweet and sensitive as well as handsome, all of which I love in a man!

2. Maryland Cookies


I love chocolate. Thanks to my dad for buying 3 packets of them!

3. Homeware


My parents and I are planning on moving house soon so I've been obsessively looking at how to design my next bedroom. Currently mine is a bright shade of pink but I'm thinking I'll have something a bit more grown-up and elegant when we move. I'm thinking neutrals or grey and monochrome. However I love this gorgeous duvet!

4. Stripes


I seem to wear stripes all the time. I've got an array of stripey tops and jumpers currently hanging in my wardrobe. I tend to wear one with a pair of jeans and flats. They're so easy to dress up and down aswell. My fashion go-to item of the moment.
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17/10/2014

My Skincare Routine

For years and years, I've tried to find a skincare routine that doesn't irritate your skin. Having sensitive skin and eczema make it really hard to use a lot of products. Most products I find are too harsh and leave my skin itchy and blotchy. I've been to my doctors several times and they've given me so many prescriptions to try but they've all been too harsh too! Finally I think I have found a selection of products that are lightweight and here they are:



My Products


I don't always buy these products from the links provided as I look out for the best offers available. It can range from Boots, Superdrug, Wilko's, Savers, anywhere really! I also buy them in bulk so I tend to have at least 2 extra of each in my cupboard!

My Day-time Routine


As soon as I wake up, I use cotton wool to wipe my face. I find it gets rid of all the dirt on my face first. I then leave it about half an hour before continuing.


Next I use cotton wool pads to smooth the cleanser over my face and neck. After rinsing with warm water, I smooth toner over my skin. After leaving it to sink in, I moisturise,

My Night-time Routine


Firstly I take my day's make-up off with these wipes. Then I use my miscellar water to get off any make-up that might be left on my skin. Finally I use this spot-zapping gel so it can sink in overnight.

As you can see, I've tried to limit myself to using as few products at possible. Every couple of days, I use Nivea Daily Essentials Facial Scrub and that's about it. I also try to have a day a week when I don't wear any make-up; this tends to be when I have a day at home!

What are your skincare routines? Any recommended products for eczema sufferers? Comment below!
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13/10/2014

100 Questions No-One Asks

I just saw this post on the lovely Laura's blog and thought why not try it out!


THE QUESTIONS:

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed but my mum always opens it in a morning to check I'm still there, so annoying!

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
I don't think I've ever been to a hotel posh enough! I would though.

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
I move about a lot in my sleep so it starts out tucked in and ends up upside down, back to front.

4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
Nope

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
I rarely use post-it notes because I write everything in my diary instead.

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Thanks to my favourite show, Extreme Couponing, I love coupons! I usually forget I have them though and the date runs out.

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Big bear every time, bees freak me out.

8. Do you have freckles?
Nope.

9. Do you always smile for pictures?
I try to, definitely no pouting!

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Slow walkers, rude people, snotty customers.

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Not that I know of!

12. Have you peed in the woods?
I don't think I've ever been in the woods.

13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?
See above!

14. Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?
All the time!

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Pens, yes. Pencils, no.

16. How many people have you slept with this week?
I have a boyfriend.

17. What size is your bed?
Double.

18. What is your song of the week?
Hit Me With Your Best Shot from Rock of Ages.

19. Is it OK for guys to wear pink?
Yes, just depends on how much and what shade it is.

20. Do you still watch cartoons?
I watch them with my boyfriend sometimes.

21. What is your least favorite movie?
Too many to list!

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
I'd bury it somewhere only I'd find it.

23. What do you drink with dinner?
Water or pure orange.

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Ketchup

25. What is your favorite food?
Curry or pizza
26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?
Center Stage.

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My boyfriend Tom.

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
Never either, I was a dancer.

29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
Depends on the cause I guess.

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Did passing notes at school count?

31. Can you change the oil on a car?
I should be able to but I'd just ask my dad

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Nope, not yet anyway

33. Ever ran out of gas?
Not yet!

34. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Chicken tikka. I prefer paninis or wraps.

35. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Toast.

36. What is your usual bedtime?
Anything from 10 to midnight.

37. Are you lazy?
Yes.

38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I don't do Halloween

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
I'm a rooster.

40. How many languages can you speak?
English and I did GCSE French but I can barely remember it.

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
I used to but now I just buy the same couple of magazines monthly, either for the free gift or if I like the person on the front cover.

42. Which are better: legos or lincoln logs?
Lincoln logs? Never heard of them! Lego always.

43. Are you stubborn?
Yes.

44. Who is better: Leno or Letterman?
Leno.

45. Ever watch soap operas?
Not really.

46. Are you afraid of heights?
Yes.

47. Do you sing in the car?
Yes plus my radio doesn't work so it's to no music at all.

48. Do you sing in the shower?
Usually.

49. Do you dance in the car?
Not really.

50. Ever used a gun?
No.

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
When I used to dance I guess.

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Some are but I say not really.

53. Is Christmas stressful?
It used to be when I worked in a card shop!

54. Ever eat a pierogi?
Nope.

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I don't like pie.

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Dancer.

57. Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes.

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Yes, sometimes.

59. Do you take a vitamin daily?
No. I always forget.

60. Do you wear slippers?
Yes.

61. Do you wear a bath robe?
I have one but only wear it in winter.

62. What do you wear to bed?
Depends who I'm with :P

63. What was your first concert?
Steps.

64. Walmart, Target, or Kmart?
I've never been to any.

65. Nike or Adidas?
Nike.

66. Cheetos or Fritos?
Haven't had either.

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
None?

68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
Nope.

69. Ever take dance lessons?
Yes I did ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, street and musical theatre from 2 to about 14.

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
My boyfriend is a chef so I guess he'll still be one!

71. Can you curl your tongue?
No.

72. Ever won a spelling bee?
Never been in one but I'm pretty good at spelling.

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
I do when Tom says something really sweet to me.

74. Own any record albums?
Nope. My dad has a few though.

75. Own a record player?
Nope.

76. Do you regularly burn incense?
No.

77. Ever been in love?
Yes.

78. Who would you like to see in concert?
The Beatles.

79. What was the last concert you saw?
The Bootleg Beatles.

80. Hot tea or cold tea?
I don't like tea.

81. Tea or coffee?
I don't like tea or coffee. Hot chocolate please.

82. Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles?
Neither.

83. Can you swim well?
No, I can't swim at all.

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
No idea.

85. Are you patient?
Definitely not.

86. DJ or band at a wedding?
Oooh, both maybe?

87. Ever won a contest?
Yes in dance.

88. Have you ever had plastic surgery?
Nope.

89. Which are better: black or green olives?
I don't like olives.

90. Can you knit or crochet?
Nope.

91. Best room for a fireplace?
Living room.

92. Do you want to get married?
Definitely. 

93. If married, how long have you been married?
I'm not married.

94. Who was your high school crush?
I had a lot of crushes and I stuck their photos in my planner. Probably Zac Efron the most though or Nick Jonas.

95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
I did when I was younger

96. Do you have kids?
I don't.

97. Do you want kids?
Yeah, 2 would be nice.

98. What is your favorite color?
Black or grey. I'm morbid.

99. Do you miss anyone right now?
I miss my boyfriend every day I'm not with him. Soppy, I know!

100. Who are you going to tag to do this next?
Any blogger who managed to read all of this!
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01/10/2014

Yesterday's Shopping Haul

Once again, I've been a shopaholic! Yesterday after my 4-hour shift at work, I took advantage of it being quieter in the city centre and the fact that loads of my favourite shops have offers and added student discount on right now!

H&M




First up is this long grey cardi (£7.99). I have the same one in sheer white but thought grey would be more appropriate for autumn, I think this will go perfectly with a top and a skirt or jeans. Next up is this pale pink V-neck t-shirt (£3.99) which I bought as I desperately needed to stock up on basics! I love the soft feel of this as well as the dusky pink colour. Finally in H&M, I bought this bright pink V-neck jumper (£7.99) (not available online); it comes in quite a few different colours and feels so soft! I prefer thin jumpers so I can layer!

Dorothy Perkins


I never ever wear florals but the colour scheme of this vest (£10.00) (not available online) enticed me. I loved the deep purple mixed with the light blue, black and white. This will go great with my leather skirts.

Primark






First, this navy shirt (£8.00) will be a staple in my wardrobe. I already own it in light grey and light blue so I needed a darker shade! Next up are two amazing stripey jumpers (£6.00 each); I already have a navy and white striped one and I've worn it so many times! I love just throwing one on with a pair of jeans and flats and I'm good to go! Finally, is this hot pink lingerie (£2.50 bra, £1.70 knickers). I really don't care if it's cheap, Primark underwear is the best! It is the reason that I have this set in 4 different colours now! My boyfriend prefers this style to a more skimpy one so win win!

New Look



First up is this navy and dark green plaid shirt (£17.99) (adult version here). I bought the kids' version because I'm tiny and like to save money when I can! It will be perfect to wear for uni with a pair of jeans. Next up is the top (£7.99) I've been trying to get my hands on for ages. They sell it in black, white and a stripey version but they only had the pink one in my size. This top will go great with some skinny trousers and loafers.

Next


Finally, the jumper (£20.00) I've had my eye on for quite some time. It is the softest jumper I've ever felt and with it being from Next, I imagine it will wash well! I think I'll be wearing this throughout winter too!

So all in all, I did spend a fair bit of money. In my defence, I got student discount off most items and yesterday was pay day! 
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