Monday, 31 October 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | October 2016

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Another day, another Look Fantastic Beauty Box and this time it's all about the #LFPamper box. This month, i've been putting it to the test and found so many pleasant surprises when doing so. First of all, seeing something Murad in there was pretty exciting - they're one of those brands that I hear so many trustworthy things about but haven't quite dipped my toes as such yet and starting with their Intensive-C Radiance Peel was a promising start. I loved the feel of this product and with it's promise to hydrate, sooth and heal damaged cells it didn't disappoint. 
The next little piece of happiness in this month's box was the Pout Perfection Laura Geller Lip Pencil. I love anything lip related and my make up bag is literally always overflowing with products like this yet I still can't get enough (I'm pretty positive I say this every time too...). This one glides smoother than mashed potato and is on the top of my product list for the Christmas season. 
Lastly on the list of 'most exciting products in the box for Laura' was the Oskia Face Mask. You can probably tell by now i've turned into quite the skincare buff so I was allover this product as soon as I opened the box. The packaging definitely helped reel me in, too. Designed to bring dull skin back to life including natural fruit acids to exfoliate the skin, I immediately fell in love with this product. Do you ever try things and think 'my mum would love this'? Well, if so, this one is one for the gift list.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Losing My Wagamamas Virginity at Manchester Printworks

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Being new in Manchester, i'm still yet to discover most places and i've been pretty lucky to have Sophie as my tour guide when it comes to the city. Another thing i'm new to is food. After spending most of my life as a fussy vegetarian, there's many restaurants to me that are still so untouched and as I continue to discover new varieties of food, I also discover new restaurants and for me, heading to Wagamamas for the first time at Manchester's Printworks was a pretty big deal. If you know me, you'll know how many things i'm picky about when it comes to food - MSG, gluten, meat, dairy - there's something from each category i'm funny about so finally venturing into the unknown was quite out of character (but i'm dipping my toes and i'm getting there!). So before you start thinking 'wow this girl's crazy how has she never been to Wagamamas before' - i've been brought up eating Indian food by the ton so spicy food and curries are nothing new to me, but Chinese food was completely avoided all of my life so anything kind of restaurant related to that oriental cuisine was also crossed right off my list - until last month that is.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Metallic Midi

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Let's talk metallics. They're one of the biggest trends of AW16 - in fact, any AW - and i'm far from the only one snapping up anything golden in sight right now. I've been searching the internet high and low, in fact, for a little piece of shimmer and it just so happens that every time I do stumble upon the perfect metallic pleated skirt it's sold out. Typical, huh? 
Eventually, I finally found this dreamy little thing at Little Mistress in both gold and silver (it was a very, very tough decision) and it's officially getting to the point where someone may have to surgically remove it from my body. Sprucing up your wardrobe with a little something different never hurt nobody, and that is what metallics are here to do. The beauty of a pleated midi is that it can transfer to any occasion, be it work, dinner or drinks with the girls - it's the kind of piece that can be paired with anything (crop tops, sweaters, button downs) for an ultra feminine touch. To keep it extra low key, i've been pairing the style with an oversized boxy sweater and stacked heels for the perfect office look that takes me from my desk to dinner on Thirsty Thursday. Who said duo-dressing had to be so difficult?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ya Blew It

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You know me by now, and you for sure should know my love for shiny things. Let's be real - what woman doesn't love a bit of shimmer? It's such a known fact, even men have caught on and try to distract us with said shiny things... But anyway, we digress. Updating my Autumn wardrobe is such an easy task - what's the challenge is updating a Summer wardrobe. Autumn is forever about the velvets, the cords, the glitter, the shimmer and the muted and berry tones - it's an easy season and by far by favourite... Give me a piece of knitwear over daisy dukes any day and i'll be the happiest fashionista alive. My favourite part of styling up for the season is mixing all of the aforementioned trends into something against their intentions and having a complete cross-over to keep the winter wardrobe funner than ever. Let's face it, who wants to wear all black for an entire season? Pairing shimmers and glitters with bland knitwear and berry tones is the perfect way to utilise last season's Christmas party dress or work those glitter knits you only get to rock during Christmas week. It's the season to be merry after all... Get glittered or go home... 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

AW16 Staples

In the midst of an Autumn/Winter wardrobe update, considering the staples is a key factor. I'm constantly switching up my style with trend pieces and regretting it later when the schizophrenic weather of Manchester screws me over and I don't have those chic, trans-seasonal pieces that would get me by perfectly.
I've been scouting the stores for over a month now in the search of capsule pieces and found the perfect mix of tailored pieces have been my ultimate saviour, paired with delicate and detailed knits (who else is seriously over the moon about knitwear season's return?). You've probably already spotted that the mix in question is completely monochrome which you may be thinking is completely unlike me, but apparently my heart can go out to those monochrome lovers out there - and let's face it, what better way to pull together a capsule wardrobe than the muted way? Swapping and choosing is easier in monochrome, so when the rest of your wardrobe lets you down - it's a guarantee your capsule one will always be there for you. Take this Sleeveless Ribbed Top by Maison Margiela for example (I know, that's the dream), paired with the coolest pair of day-to-day culottes for the office and switched for a delicate, lace skirt for post-work drinks - you have the most perfect top for everything, everyday.
Spending too much money isn't necessary when picking up staples, just look for pieces you know you'll wear over and over for more than one occasion and voila - your go-to rail is complete!


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bloggers vs The World

On a fine autumnal Sunday morning, I began my day as always - scrolling through Instagram under my duvet mindlessly before eventually leaning over to pick up my laptop and begin some form of lazy Netflix marathon. However, this Sunday morning, I stumbled upon a piece by Pandora Sykes in retaliation to the latest debacle.


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Autumn Blush

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One thing that never changes season upon season for me is my colour palette. Sure, the occasional trend piece is thrown in there if I really like it and a printed item that I love one season, but once you know your palette it's always best to stick to what you know. For me, neutral tones work well since I have 'Autumn' colouring - this includes purple hues, nudes, emerald/forest greens, browns, reds and oranges - so as you can imagine it's a tough one to rock in the Summer and I have to mix up my make up look to alter my palette when needed. When Autumn finally does come round however, it's officially my time of year to compliment my skin tone with all those shades that suit me best. But all of this is where nude steps in. Nude is a shade I can wear all year round, and when I spotted this playsuit in all of it's glory I need it was my season upon season trusty wardrobe BFF. I also knew it was going to meet it's unlikely match of these purple jewel toned velvet boots that i'm officially forever in love with. Throughout the years, i've completely poured my affection for velvet allover this blog and this year that won't be coming to a halt either..... Long live the velvet booties! After all, what's the best way to profess your love for a trend than to adorn your feet in it?

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Modern Day Feminist vs The Man's World

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We move mountains and make sacrifices for the men in our lives that we just long to impress, but along the way we lose the things that we love trying to make them feel more 'man', while we feel less 'woman'. These guys have us weak at our knees working for their attention and approval, while in reality there should be a mutual ground of effort being put into a 'relationship'. A two-way street of respect and energy. If a man is so insecure that he can't handle all of you, then why should you dilute your fabulous self and bring yourself down?


Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Re-Ignitation of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Here we go again, another blogger with a 'mental health' issue, you say. So many bloggers over the past couple of years have shed light on their problems and allowed thousands of people an insight of their sufferings - and with that so many people have rolled their eyes and exclaimed that these bloggers are seeking attention and making it up. What do I think of this? I think raising awareness for invisible mental health conditions which are ridiculed and overlooked is the best thing the blogging community has ever done, and with that I need to come forward myself and stop being so worried about what everybody else thinks.

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