Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Perfect 70s Boots

The seventies trend will be bigger than ever this fall, so rather than having to buy a heap of pieces to try and get the look a simple pair of boots can channel the era. Stars, tassels, fringe the options are endless and great for if your not brave enough to embrace the entire look. I personally love the cowboy boots with the stars, as they look great for dressing up a casual outfit. I'm thinking skinny jeans, a slogan t-shirt and a fluffy jacket with a cool headscarf. 

I think I'm always trying to channel my inner 'Penny Lane' from the film Almost Famous. But swapping flares for skinny jeans can give you a fresh take on those relaxed bohemian vibes. Saying that I love my flares but if you want to show off the detail on your boots skinny jeans can be a better option. If your not into the woodstock hippies, why not go for a more modern take think Kate Moss, Florence welsh mixing sequins with flowing smock dresses, crochet and a patterned kimono. There are a million ways to style an ankle boot, and it means that your winter wardrobe can still be just as groovy as your summer one.  

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Finding My Dream Vintage Dress With Beyond Retro #mydreamvintagedress

If you read this post, you would know that I was asked by Beyond Retro to find my dream vintage dress at their Brick Lane store. After I tried on a bunch of different dresses, I had to narrow it down to five before deciding on the one. In the end my inner flower child was calling for something different. I don't have a lot of maxi dresses, and I fall in love with this print. It works as a summer dress but will also be perfect foe winter. It's a casual fit, so will be perfect for days out with the boys, doing the school run and easy to dress up for a night out. In short it is a dream vintage dress, it's a simple dress but  you can't go wrong with a classic style. 

Flower Crown: Claires*
Faux Snakeskin shoes: New Look
Choker: Dorothy Perkins*

I'll probably be returning to the store soon, as there were a bunch of other dresses that need to join my wardrobe. But I'm so happy that this dress is part of my wardrobe, it reminds me of clothing my mum would have worn - She was very fashion forward back in the day. I'm off on a mini break, and I'm gutted that the weather is going to be grim or I would have packed this beauty. Fingers crossed when I'm back it will be sunny enough to break it out again. 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Marcel Club - July box

I really like box subscriptions, and it's nice to see they are becoming more popular and that it's not all about beauty. The Marcel Club is the perfect little box for anyone who likes cute quirky things. In the first box -July's Summer fun* you get a bunch of cute jewellery, recipe smoothie, bendy pencil which my boys nabbed, along with the colour in postcard and stickers. I really liked the lollipop magnet, and the pack of sunflower seeds along with some other cool bits. My favourite thing from the July's box was the little keyring, I love the sunglasses on it and have added on to my keys already. Also the vanilla lip balm, as I love the glitter packaging but also blame is always handy to have. 

I think this box would be perfect for a younger girl, I remember getting a magazine subscription as a kid and it was exciting to get something in the post just for me. Or if your a big kid yourself, it's a cute treat filled with treats. I think it would be great to give as a gift, and Leanne who creates the Marcel boxes really puts thought into them. The boxes are going to be themed each month, so as it was July's it was 'Summer Fun'. Plus if you submit any pictures onto the Facebook page you can get a discount code for her online store (which is filled with mermaids, glitter and even a unicorn colouring pack *swoon). The box like with others, is monthly and costs £20.00 each and has at least five items in. You get a great mix of things and the designs are super sweet. 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Dealing With Acne

Is it a bird? Is It a plane? Nope, it's a massive spot in the middle of your face, oh and it felt lonely on it's own so it invited some of it's buddies to join the face party. Yes I'm in my 30s and yes I still suffer with acne. No it's not because I wear makeup, or not clean my face properly, or eat chocolate so please go back into the box of ignorance because they are missing you. Acne is not something caused by what someone is doing, yes it helps to  let your skin breathe and making sure you keep your face clean but you should clean yourself acne or not. FACT- It's a skin disease. So I hope that clears that up for all the people, who suddenly became a doctor when they see my skin and advise me to wash my face. Really, get back in the box. 

Without going into a mass of detail and self pity over my own acne struggle, I thought that actual it would be far better to write a positive post on ways to deal with it. As I know most of you are looking for that miracle potion, that's going to take it away. But sadly sometimes you just have to learn to deal with it and not let your skin rule you. 

Remember that people see pass your skin- Apart from the odd idiot, most people are too busy in their own world to care if your skin is bad or not. Faking confidences can sometimes give you it, and people prefer happy souls to spend time with. Of course when  you can't and it's getting you down, it can feel like the world is pointing at you. I still have those days, and if your depressed than please speak with friends and family you are not alone. You can also chat with your doctor about treatments, but make sure you research whatever your given as some do have side effects- If your not comfortable with what you are given and don't be afraid to go back until it's right. Know that you are not alone, they love you and not based on your skin. Building your confidences again, will really help you to see that acne doesn't have to rule your life. Their are so many others going through the struggle too, and so many groups out there to help support you. 

Everyone is airbrushed, so don't compare- When your having an awful skin day, maybe a fresh batch has heard about that party and joined. Than if you can avoid Instagram, magazines and anything else where celebrities are looking flawless etc. Your only going to pour over the photos and feel bad. You're forgetting that they are not 100% real, lighting, makeup, filters, and photoshop go a long, long way. Everyone faces have little flaws- Even when we use apps to get those selfies looking just right, that's what makes us human and there's nothing wrong with it. So try not to compare your skin, to a professional airbrushed shot of someone who's had a whole team of people make them look 'perfect'. Because they don't even look like that, just remember that there's something wrong when someone looks like they have no pores. 

Try not to study your face- If your not having a good day, than try to avoid spending to much time at the mirror. It's the hardest thing to do sometimes, but poking at your skin is not going to help. It's going to leave your skin sore, can cause more breakouts and emotional leave you drained and dishearten. Limit your time for makeup - if you wear it, brushing teeth and doing your hair and other mirror related tasks. Short bursts of doing things in front of the mirror, is better than wasting a whole evening going over every inch of your skin. If you can get into a routine, it will really help and boost your confidence because you won't be obsessing over it. Be kind to yourself, and don't let it take over your life. 

Cut down on products- Okay we have all been there, your skin looks like a pizza and you were desperate. It's red raw and you have made it worst, as you have basically used everything in your bathroom apart from the shower gel and toilet bleach. Sometimes less is more, so try to use a couple at a time. This way you can tell what your skin likes, and whats making you break out. It will save you tears and money. While some won't cure acne, there are plenty of products on the market which can reduce acne so don't lose heart. 

It's okay to slap it on, just remember to take it off properlyOkay so unless you have ever suffered with acne, you have no right to tell someone not to wear makeup if they want to. I've gone months before not wearing makeup, and want to know something it did not make ANY difference to my skin. So honestly if you want to wear makeup go for it, there are so many tutorials on you tube on how to cover spots and scaring. If you don't like full makeup, you could just use a simply cover up. If it makes you feel better, and leaves you focused on what you need to do than go for it. I can honestly put my hand on my heart, and say that makeup helps make me feel good when my skin was at it's worst. Just remember to clean your makeup brushes regular, and always wash your makeup off. Wet wipes push it into your pores and of course we don't want this. And if you don't want to, than high five it's your skin and your choice. 

So sorry I can't make your skin woes go away, but learning to deal mentally with it will honestly change your life. So what if girls you know have flawless skin, you don't know what else they have going on. Hating on another girl because she doesn't have your struggle won't help you, and someone hating on you for your struggle doesn't help them. Try your best to block out idiots and talk to those that support you, and know that you're skin can only define you if you let it. Take it a day at a time, and if things get bad talk to someone. Lastly go have a look at this video by Em ford, she's is such a babe and is really flying the flag for acne suffers everywhere. Hitting back at bullies and giving us all the voice we have needed, to tell idiots who make horrid comments because of acne to jog on. Have you ever struggled with acne? How do you deal with it.  

Monday, 17 August 2015

Finding My Dream Dress With Beyond Retro #mydreamvintagedress

As you may know already I adore vintage, and what's better than trying to hunt for vintage pieces yourself in a charity shop or car boot sell. Going to a shop that finds all the vintage gems you could ever dream of, and selling them at a price that won't leave your purse crying. I couldn't tell you how many years I've been shopped there, but it's well over a decade. I think a lot of vintage shops tend to be a bit of a mess, you can spend hours searching and still not find what your really after. Clothing can be really overpriced, and not in great condition it can be a massive waste of time and money. 

Beyond retro is really well organised, by style and decade, granted you still may need to try on pieces to get the right size but it's easy enough. But overall quality is good and items are true vintage, and they are very clear on anything that has been made from reclaimed materials. This is were their Beyond Retro Label was born, giving new life into vintage pieces. When they asked me if I wanted to take part in their #mydreamvintagedress challenge, I was excited to see what I would end up with.  

Were to start, with rows of colourful dresses ever where you can feel a little like you have won a golden ticket to the chocolate factory. But instead of chocolate it's dresses, and instead of a ticket it's your eyes darting around to find the one before someone else snaps it up. I decided to go in order of decade to narrow it down, starting with the 60s and so on. I do like the 50s, but the colour palette just isn't me I prefer bold prints and colours. 

If you have followed my blog for a while, you will know that my style is very mixed which just makes it even harder. From my love of 70s acid colours and flower power prints, to 90s grunge and pretending I can pull off the kinderwhore tea dress look. The choice is just endless, so my golden rule is to try it on, as different decades mean different sizing and the fit of a dress can vary massively. Here are some of the dresses I tried on, all amazing but sadly some did not fit me on the top - Never force a zip, if it doesn't go up with ease than put it back for someone else as double cleavage is never cute plus your boobs will thank you. The key to investing in vintage, is getting a great fit. 

I always check items over, as it's good to take into account if they need any repairs or if you want to alter them. If your buying a dress that does runs big, you can alter yourself with darts etc. If your unsure you can always take it to a tailor, who will work their magic for a bespoke fit that will fit you like a glove. Just be aware of cost, but if it's vintage than it will be pretty rare (depending on what decade it's from) so worth that extra investment. 

So which dress did I end up getting, you will have to wait and see. I can't encourage people enough to buy vintage, it's eco friendly not to mention the fact the rush you'll get from finding a piece of clothing that is truly unique. The way I see it is, these clothes have remained in tack for this long and need to have a new life. Keeping a balance between throw away fashion and eco friendly clothing is always my goal. It doesn't have to cost you a fortune and it can be something you can enjoy for years. I love my collection of vintage dresses and it's always wonderful finding a new one. Which decade would you pick from? 

Friday, 14 August 2015

Magnum London Popup Store

One of my favourite places in London, has to be Covent garden. It's full of places to shop, but also has some of thee prettiest listed buildings in London. So hearing that Magnum had opened a pop up store just adds to it's charm. Meeting up with one half of the Fashion Sept girls, we had the pleasure of designing our very own ice cream at Magnum pleasure store. Looking at the team dip and drizzle peoples ice creams, I thought that it would be a piece of cake, but you do have to have a good memory and have great timing as I found out. 

We got to experience the process first hand - I put my hands up and admit I totally ruined my first one by placing the ice cream down to quickly after dipping it in chocolate. But with some guidance from their team, my second Magnum ice cream was just right. So how can you create your very own Magnum ice cream, first comes the coating I went for white chocolate. Than you can pick your three topping, there is a massive selection so you can really mix it up. I was thinking what would look cool to dash across my ice cream, but than I reminded myself that I was going to eat this. So while mine was not the prettiest it tasted amazing. I picked dried berries, sliver balls and meringue, than come drizzling it with chocolate and placing a 'M' initial chocolate button. As mine was a little messy I added some extra buttons to jazz it up a little. If you fancy designing your own, for £4.50 you can pick your chocolate coating and three toppings. Where: 7 North Piazza, Covent Garden London, WC2E 8HD Till When: 31th August
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