Thursday, 7 November 2013

Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson is back! My favourite film maker in the whole entire world has released the trailer for his new film due in early 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel. I am beyond excited for this! Old favourites such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman are all in there, as well as some new faces, and it definitely delivers Anderson's quirky charm and distinctive symmetrical visuals in the short 2 and half minutes of the trailer. The premise of the film rests on Ralph Fiennes playing a hotel concierge working at the legendary Grand Budapest Hotel in 1920s Europe, who befriends one of his younger employees and takes him on as his protege. When one of Fiennes' many lovers dies, chaos inevitably ensues, in true Anderson style! Watch the trailer for yourself:

So, in honour of my favourite film maker Wes Anderson, I've put together a tribute to two of Anderson's most fashionable characters, Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom and Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums:

Moonrise Kingdom
Pop Boutique velvet cocktail dress, £33 / Long knit socks, £6.79 / Topshop black shoes, £34 / Brown cross body, £12

This is more of a wishlist than anything! Suzy Bishop is definitely a style icon for me, with her 1960s uniform of collar dresses in an array of different colours, paired with her trusty knee high socks and a beret. This velvet dress available on ASOS is so beautiful and something I could imagine Suzy wearing, which would be mine if not for limited student funds! The black velvet shoes from Topshop are so cute, and a perfect match for the dress. Pink coats are of course very popular at the moment, and Suzy Bishop sports a semi cape style one in the film, and this rather expensive number has quite the 60s vibe to it. Of course a messenger bag to carry around her binoculars is essential, and this bag with map detail is just right for all the exploring she does with her scout beau Sam. Oh, and a portable record player for her Françoise Hardy collection.

The Royal Tenenbaums
Merc dress / Coast fur coat / Office flat shoes

The secretive Margot immediately gained cult fashion status when The Royal Tenenbaums first came out, and has been the subject of fashion magazine editorials and fancy dress costumes ever since. Lashings of eyeliner and a little red clip, to hold back her poker-straight blonde bob, is Margot's signature look - and not forgetting her trusty mink fur coat which she has been wearing since the age of 12! I've gone for this faux fur coat from Coast which is perfect for wrapping up in the winter, with just the right amount of Margo whilst still being completely wearable. As an ode to her adoptive brother and secret love, the former tennis star Richie Tenenbaum, Margot wears a variation of different tennis dresses throughout the film. This navy and red Merc dress is both preppy and flattering, with a definite retro edge which Margot favours. A pair of brown loafers from Office finishes the outfit off nicely.

What do you think of my Anderson-inspired outfits? 
Will you be watching The Grand Budapest Hotel when it comes out?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

New Music I'm Excited About

Franz Ferdinand
A few weeks ago, on the 26th of August, Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand released their long awaited fourth album 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action', and I was lucky enough to watch them perform a few days later at their matinée album release show at New Slang in Kingston. I saw Franz Ferdinand headline Field Day last year, and they were absolutely amazing live, so I was really looking forward to seeing them play again, this time in a much more intimate setting! There were two shows as the evening one sold out in a matter of days, so Banquet added another earlier all ages show, and when I arrived at the gig there was massive queue stretching all the way down the road. I think it was safe to say I wasn't the only one ridiculously excited about their come back! The band opened with Right Action, and then proceeded to treat us to old favourites such as Take Me Out, Do You Want To and The Dark Of The Matinée (which was very fitting), as well as playing some new tracks off the album, obviously. There is something about Franz Ferdinand which just makes them work so well live, maybe it's their brilliantly catchy riffs, or Alex Kapranos pouting his way through the set with just the right amount of swagger, but they are just amazing to watch. As for their new album, Right Action, Love Illumination and Evil Eye are the stand-out tracks for me, harking back to the sound of their debut self-titled album, rich with sharp guitar and clever lyrics. Goodbye Lovers And Friends was also a new one which worked wonderfully live as their closing number. If you haven't got your hands on their new album, pick it up here from Banquet Records.

Franz Ferdinand at their album release show at New Slang 29.08.13

Arctic Monkeys
Now, possibly one of the highest profile album releases of this year, with a tremendous amount of hype to live up to. Yes of course, it was Arctic Monkey's highly anticipated fifth album 'AM', which was released on Monday the 9th of Sept. I mean look at the album cover, it doesn't even have their bloody name on it, they are just that cool! With the release of R U Mine?, which is by far my favourite track off the album, we were given a taste of the more rockier things to come. This album is a far cry from the tales of humdrum nights out in Sheffield courtesy of 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not', and there is this massive Rock n Rock vibe which comes through on 'AM'. Maybe because they are mostly based in LA now, which certainly adds a polished retro sound to the tracks, and also because well, they are massive rock stars now; Alex Turner is hardly going to be still singing about picking up girls at local discos, instead it's now all about drink-fuelled after-parties at mansions in downtown LA. Their sound has really evolved since the melancholy ballads of their last album, Suck It And See, although we here a little echo of that style in No. 1 Party Album, but again no track is safe from the Rock n Roll shake up and there is a definite John Lennon influence to it, especially the piano. Apart from the new addition of piano, there's been lots of talk of their new 'RnB' sound, and I was preparing myself for something along the lines of R Kelly's Bump n Grind, but actually it's proper 1960's Rhythm and Blues that can be heard through-out, with wonderfully high backing vocals on a lot of tracks, especially on Snap Out Of IT, which works really well. My only complaint with 'AM' is there is a distinct over-use of Hip-hop drum beats paired with creeping bass lines, and Do I Wanna Know?, Arabella and Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? all sort of blend into one, which is a shame because all three are brilliant, catchy tracks. Overall I think the album is really good, and definitely one of their best for a while, with certain tracks such R U Mine? and I Want It All really making 'AM' for me. What do you think of the new album? If you haven't got it yet make sure you pick up a copy here!

Arctic Monkeys at The Roundhouse for The iTunes Festival 09.09.13

Arcade Fire
And finally, here's a sneaky new release to get all excited about! On the 9th day of the 9th month at 9pm, this special edition 12" was released under the name of 'The Reflectors'. But we sussed it out! It's Arcade Fire alright, but they've been transported in all their magical French-Canadian glory into a 1970s mirrored disco hall (that's obv why he keeps harping on about reflektors). There's also a piano. And glitter balls. Oh, and David Bowie is there too, it's brilliant. If none of this is making sense to you, just take a listen yourself:

Saturday, 7 September 2013

My A/W '13 Wishlist

A/W Wishlist
Topshop blue crop top, £32 / Topshop leather skirt, £51 / Zara boots, £64 / Zara handbag, £51 / Topshop eyeliner, £8.94 / Illamasqua nail polish

It's all gone a bit Prada '07 at the moment with mohair, leather, suede, fur, PVC and any other texture clash dominating everywhere from the magazines to the high street. And this outfit is my take on texture clash, which I've added my own 1960s twist to. The fluffy Topshop jumper comes in a range of pastel shades as well as black, and is somewhat of a staple for the coming months. I already included it in a previous wish list, and I still want it! It's so pretty, but the fluffy texture gives it an edge, and looks perfect paired with the leather skirt. It's all about A-Line skirts this season, and I've chosen a short version of the trend for my outfit. Leather is massive at the moment, and I really like how the pattern on the skirt sets it apart from the rest. It's also extremely wearable, which is the downside to the texture trend; how many people really look good in a knee-length PVC skirt? Not that many. The coat is a beautiful texture, and the light grey shade goes well with the pastel blue jumper. I like how it incorporates the boyfriend style coat with more of a jacket shape, and the leather trim matches the skirt. The suede boots from Zara are just so chic and classic, and will look great with a pair of black tights. They are just the right height too, with a lovely chunky heel. Carrying on with the texture trend, we have this furry bag from Zara which will not be to everyone's taste, but I love it so much! It's really fun, but quite chic at the same time, which is what Zara are great for. Final touches include this stone purple-grey shade nail polish from Illamasqua which is just such a nice colour, and definitely a cold colour perfect for colder weather. Lastly, lashings of eyeliner; nothing completes this outfit better than a strong feline flick.

A/W Wishlist

Zara navy blue jumper, £38 / Zara lapel coat, £100 / Warehouse mini skirt, £40 / Zara black booties, £82 / Zara leather messenger bag, £38 / Essie nail polish

This outfit is just Autumnal perfection for me! First of all, the black lapel coat from Zara is so nice! The dark camel shade is perfect to Autumn too, and would make any outfit look smart and sophisticated. What is more perfect for the cold weather than a navy cable knit jumper? And again, from Zara (nearly everything in this outfit is from Zara- I'm obsessed!) this jumper is classic and very versatile, it would go with almost anything! Next up is the gorgeous skirt from Warehouse, which again is a short version of the A-Line skirt and a very flattering shape. The pattern is so beautiful! It looks like a vintage wallpaper pattern, I love it! The boots are like a grown-up version of the chunky buckled, and often cut-out, trend we've seen over the summer. These leather boots, however are a more sophisticated shape, and the buckles are a lot more subtle. The leather bag is so nice, there is just nothing better than a leather satchel for the winter months and it reminds me loads of going to college in leafy Surrey and everyone wearing duffle coats, satchels and leather boots. Such a timeless look! Finally we have the last touch, glossy nails in a dark berry courtesy of Essie makes for the perfect Autumn outfit.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review: Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation

Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation - £25.50
Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - Free Sample
The POREfessional Primer - Free Sample

Benefit cosmetics are notorious for being a little detrimental to the bank balance, and this £25.50 foundation is no different. I would usually not splurge this amount of money on make up, however in the pursuit of 'flawless' skin, and after reading countless reviews recommending this foundation, I thought I'd give it a go. Also, Benefit's packaging is to die for and always sways me, and the little 'O2's on the top of this product are so cute! The thing I love about the girls at the Benefit counter is they are so friendly and always test the products out on you first so you know what you are getting, and can find the best match for your complexion. I went with 'believe in me' ivory, which is the newest ivory shade, perfect for those with very pale skin with a slight pink undertone (hello Irish ancestry). I bought this foundation just before I went to Latitude, and what better place to test the lasting power and SPF of a new foundation than at a festival! It's sun protection actually impressed me, and I managed to not get any sunburn on my face! As far as lasting power is concerned, I felt like it didn't slip or melt off during the day, and my skin still felt and looked pretty good come night time. As the name 'Oxygen Wow' suggests, this foundation is really breathable, and my favourite thing about using it is my skin never gets break outs after wearing it every day. Lots of foundations I've used in the past cause my skin to look bad after, and usually feel really thick or oily on my skin, but I honestly can't feel anything when I use this foundation. And although it's very light, you can build up the coverage easily, making it the perfect foundation to wear both in the day, and for going out. The sample Stay Flawless Primer is meant to work in unison with the foundation, however I didn't really like the consistency of it and prefer to use Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer underneath as that feels lovely and creamy, and is nice and brightening. I tried the POREfessional Primer, and although it was quite good, it was no better than my Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur Primer, which also reduced pores, and is under £10. Although Benefit is expensive, there are some products that are just completely worth the money, and investing in a good foundation is totally worth it! I would definitely recommend Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation, it not only makes my skin look great, but feels good and lets my skin breath too! 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Latitude Festival & Winning ShopStyle's Festival Shopping Challenge

Latitude Festival has come and gone for another year and I've been left with a serious case of the festival blues! It was bigger, better, and a whole lot sunnier than last year (hello sunburn!) and not only did I see a whole host of great bands, artists, comedians and theatre, but I spent loads of money on yummy expensive festival food and had a lovely time with my boyfriend and all my pals. Shout out to pizza club, number one girl gang, who all made it in the end, despite a few last minute ticket buying the day before! So as you may or may not know, I was announced as the overall winner of the festival shopping challenge, which was a competition run by ShopStyle and judged by Natasha at Girl In The Lens, giving bloggers the chance to win a massive £1000 towards their summer wardrobe! I couldn't believe I had won the overall prize, and it has been so nice to be able to get all those clothes that I had my eye on! Here's a rundown of my festival outfits over the weekend, which I purchased with my ShopStyle winnings, and some of my highlights of Latitude Festival 2013:

Day 1
Crop Cami - Topshop
Vintage Wrangler Shorts - Rokit
Black Leather Backpack - Topshop
Floral Slip-on Shoes - Dorothy Perkins
Flower Crown - Stall at Latitude

Thursday was absolutely scorching and featured a 3 hour car ride and putting up our tents in the middle of a field, so keeping cool was a must! I absolutely love Topshop's cute crop camis that come in a rang of pastel and bright shades, and I decided upon lilac. The material is really nice too, it feels almost silky! Vintage shorts are a great festival staple and the ones I already own which are a light denim colour, didn't really go with the top and I wanted some black ones, so I headed to Rokit in Brick Lane and picked these ones out. Sometimes it's hard to find the right fit with vintage, but I find vintage denim lasts a lot longer. Last year I opted for wellies, but with the heatwave in full swing, I knew mud would not be a problem, so I got these floral slip-ons from Dorothy Perkins. They were quite cheap, very comfy and cute and I knew they'd be good with the dusty ground you get at hot festivals. I was determined to get a flower crown, but I left it till the last minute and couldn't find anything purple or blue in shops (to go with my shoes of course) so as soon as we arrived at Latitude and the tent had been put up, I went to check out the stalls on the hunt for a flower crown, and I found this purple one straight away! The black leather backpack, which I got originally for uni, I've already had for nearly a year and was great for carrying around everything in it! As it was the first night there were no bands on, but the were a few different things to do, and after a few drinks we headed to the woods to check out the DJ sets. Alas, the long journey and early start took it's toll on us, and we decided to head back to the campsite for an early night.

Day 2

Crop Top - Topshop
Denim Pinafore - Miss Selfridge
Black Leather Backpack - Topshop
Floral Slip-on Shoes - Dorothy Perkins
Flower Crown - Stall at Latitude

Friday got off to a great start as we were rudely awaken at 7 am from the hot sun shining through the plastic of our tent creating some sort of intense oven. Never the less I was really excited as it was the first day of all the bands! I decided to go for my Miss Selfridge pinafore, which is like the one I put in my ShopStyle entry except it doesn't have leather straps, as I couldn't find that one anywhere, but this was also in the sale! I teamed it with a plain white crop top from topshop for a nice summery look. This was the day I forgot to put on my factor 50 until it was too late! There was lots of running around on Friday to see all different acts on different stages, as we got into the swing of things. Highlights for me were definitely Willy Mason on the BBC Radio 6 Music stage,  which was such a good vibe with us all sat down, especially when he sang Oxygen. We also managed to catch the end of CHVRCHES and hear The Mother We Share on the i Arena, which is tucked in the woods. I was really looking forward to seeing The Maccabees on the main stage as I've seen them live before and they are one of my fave bands, however their not-so-new album Given to the Wild doesn't translate too well for festivals, with it's atmospheric solos and Orlando Weeks mumbling rather than singing in his best inside voice. Old favourites such a Toothpaste Kisses and X Ray were great though, and reminded me why I love The Maccabees. The surprise gem of the evening had to be Japandroids, who we controversially ditched Bloc Party for. Back to the i Arena in the woods for this two piece punk band from Canada who know how to seriously rock out. The atmosphere was great, and the crowd loved them! When they played The House That Heaven Built everyone went mental and it was just a really great moment and a lovely finish to Friday. We went back to the campsite, and after the 7 am start it was off to bed for what I hoped was a better night's sleep!

Day 3
Floral Dress - Celia Birtwell X Uniqlo
Black Leather Backpack - Topshop
Black Peep Toe Flats - Topshop
Flower Crown - Stall at Latitude

It was a chillier start to Saturday and so I went for my Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo floral dress, which went well with my flower crown! I loved the Celia Birtwell collection, and actually have this dress in navy too. I brought along my old peep toe flats, which are a lot more lived-in than those brand new ones. Saturday was the day I had been looking forward to the most, as I finally would get to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs, one of my most favourite bands ever, live for the first time!! There were many highlights of this day for me, starting with Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, who were so good live, with his amazing stage presence, dance moves and a fantastic James Brown style voice! Then we went to listen, rather than watch (it was super crowded so we sat outside the tent) King Charles who I've probably seen about 3 times before. He was good but nothing special and we actually bumped into him later on! We headed over to the comedy tent to catch Josh Widdicombe, who I think is hilarious, before watching Jessie Ware's set on the main stage. Jessie Ware was actually really good, she really worked the crowd and was refreshingly lovely and genuine, with Running, Wildest Moments and If You're Never Gonna Move being my highlights! Then came the moment I had been waiting for, as Yeah Yeah Yeahs took to the stage. Karen O is literally one of the best front women out there, and she put on a brilliant, lively show, wearing a crazy bright yellow combo complete with rhinestones. I literally loved every single song they played so it's hard for me to pick my favourites, but Date With The Night was amazing, especially as I convinced my boyfriend to let me on his shoulders, as well as Maps, Sacrilege and Heads Will Roll. Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the highlight of my whole weekend for sure. Hot Chip put on a good show too, playing classics such as Ready For The Floor and Over And Over, and then it was time for Kraftwerk to show us what the 3D glasses were all about. They actually got a lot of stick for their headline slot, but from what I watched it was pretty cool, but maybe that's due to my love of Synth and they are the founding fathers. I was gutted I didn't get to see The Model but I had to run over to the BBC 6 Music Stage to see Alt J. Another highlight of the whole weekend, Alt J played a brilliant set of their album An Awesome Wave, and they even treated us to a new song. A very very good band live, I already want to see them again! Highlights for me were definitely Matilda and Breezeblocks, which I got to go on Jamie's shoulders for both, which was just the most incredible view/vibe ever!! We returned to the campsite to down a few drinks before returning to the Arena for some night time fun, which included wearing a kimono, dancing to New Order's Blue Monday and the boys mistaking some dancing transvestites as topless women, which was hilarious when they noticed one had a moustache.

Day 4
Long Sleeve Crop Top - Ebay
Denim Pinafore - Topshop
Black Leather Backpack - Topshop
Floral Slip-on Shoes - Dorothy Perkins
Flower Crown - Stall at Latitude

The last day was upon us! I went with another pinafore, this time a slouchy one from topshop, and a long sleeve crop top as it was chilly again (I soon regretted that decision when the sun came out). Sunday was very much the men with beards and guitars day, and we started the day with Jose Gonzalez's band Julip. I must admit I found them a bit boring and so wondered off but returned to watch Tallest Man On Earth who was a bearded man from Sweden with a guitar, in keeping with the theme of the main stage, who was really good! He even did a cover of Graceland by Paul Simon. Then for some stupid reason I missed James Blake in favour of a strange peep show piece of theatre, which I am now kicking myself over because apparently he was amazing. I watched Local Natives, again men with beards, who were really good, especially when the played Breakers. Then me Claire and Phoebe ran off to the i Arena to watch Friends, who I was really excited for as I love their album Manifest! and have listened to it beginning to end hundreds of times. Therefore, when they did an Arctic Monkeys and played a load of new material and only 3 songs off their album, we were pretty disappointed. They were good songs, Friend Crush, Mind Control and I'm His Girl, however all the new songs were a bit rubbish and nobody knew them! Also her stage presence was really annoying but maybe I'm just angry because they didn't play much of their album. Anyway as that finished we had to run back to the main stage to catch Grizzly Bear who were amazing. I love Grizzly Bear and they certainly were my highlight of the day, with Two Weeks being one of the best songs you can hear live, ever. Seriously good vibes, and then we found ourselves near the front for the headline band Foals, who I also love, which is when things turned a bit sour. The crowd was so packed when Foals started playing, as they launched into My Number, it started to sway forward and backwards and I felt like I was going to be crushed or everyone would fall on me like dominoes. It was a horrible experience and after some screams of distress and a few panicked tears my boyfriend Jamie pushed everyone out of the way and got us out of the crowd. I was a bit shaken after that, but sat and watched Foals from further out, which was a bit of a shame as I love them but there we go. I got a big pepperoni pizza and a cup of churros and chocolate to cheer me up and felt much better. And that was that, back to the campsite to chill out and have one last sleep before packing everything away the next day and leaving Latitude for another year!

Day 5

Floral Dress - Topshop
Black Leather Backpack - Topshop
Black Peep Toe Flats - Topshop

It was all over and time to go home, boo! It was boiling hot again, just in time for the 3 hour car journey home, and so I put on this lovely floral dress from topshop which kept me pretty cool, and my old leather peep toe shoes. I was sad to leave as I had such a great time, and enjoyed living in our little community of tents surrounding our camp fire. We cursed the people who had stolen our fold out chairs the night before, but when it came to carrying everything back to the car we were kind of glad. I had learnt from last year's mistakes and brought a granny trolley to carry all my stuff on wheels, so the trip back wasn't too bad. Overall I loved Latitude, it's such a lovely festival with so much to do, with a really nice friendly atmosphere, the only thing I'd change is cheaper food and cheaper beer! It was so nice to have all these new clothes to wear too, thanks to the ShopStyle Festival Shopping Challenge. Here are some other lovely pieces of clothing I've purchased with my ShopStyle winnings which I didn't wear to Latitude:

White Fluffy Tee - Topshop
Black Leather Cut Out Boots - Topshop
Black Mesh Crop Top - Topshop
Cream Long Sleeve Crop Top - Topshop
Horse Earrings - Topshop
Black Tight High Waisted Skirt - Miss Selfridge
Lace Crop Top - Topshop
Scallop Detail Swimsuit - Topshop

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Boots Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream, Toner & Eye Roll-on

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15 - £3.49
Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner - £2.69
Botanics All Bright Refreshing Eye Roll-on - £4.49

I am definitely swayed by nice packaging, and so when I saw the Botanics skincare range by Boots, I really wanted to try it! Fortunately they have an offer in Boots at the moment with all their Botanics range reduced, so of course I treated myself! First of all, as I already mentioned, I absolutely love the design of the packaging, and I think it's really nice that it's been developed with the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. The range has specific products for different types of skin, for example Radiant Youth, Ultra Calm and Shine Away. I went for the All Bright products as my skin type is normal/dull and I like to have a more brightened complexion. I don't usually use toners as they tend to dry out my skin but I thought as it's Botanics it would be less harsh, and though it is more caring than other products it's still a little drying. I only use the toner every now and then when I've used a deep scrub or face mask to close my pores afterwards, but I think it's pretty good. The refreshing eye roll-on I'm not so convinced about. I don't really have a massive problem with bags, unless I'm really tired, and they've never really bothered me before, but I've always wanted to try a brightening eye product to see if it made much difference. I can't say I've really noticed any change, but maybe that's because I don't have a problem with bags? I'm not really sure! The best product for sure is the moisturiser, and I've replaced my simple moisturiser for this! I really like the smell of it, as it's a lot more natural and light than some other creams I've tried, and the consistency is good too. It doesn't lay thick or overly greasy like some other day creams, but still feels like it moisturises as it sinks into your skin. With an SPF of 15 too, it keeps my skin safe from UV rays! I think the whole Botanics range is a great idea, but it's only the All Bright Hydrating Day Cream that I think is the stand out product! If you would like to see all the Botanics products Boots have to offer, check them all out on their website here.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Want Want Want

Blue Fluffy Jumper - Topshop
Baby Lips - Maybelline
Pink Backpack - Fjallraven Kanken
New Balance U420 - Office
Origins GinZing Moisturizer - Boots

This fluffy pale blue jumper from Topshop is just too cute, I want it so much!! I've always loved fluffy jumpers and coats, and I picked up this fluffy tee from Topshop a few weeks ago, but now I want the jumper too! They also have it in pink, but I can't make up my mind which one I like more.. So whilst I make up my mind, and wait for the weather to get a little bit nippier, as to justify buying a jumper in August, this jumper will stay firmly at the top of my wish list! Moving onto Maybelline's Baby Lips. Well aren't these little lip balms on everybody's wish list!? They are available to buy online, but they have yet to reach shops. I will wait a little longer so I can test them out and decide which ones I want. As you probably know, I am somewhat of a lip balm enthusiasts due to having really dry lips, so I am pretty excited about trying out Baby Lips! This pink Kanken Backpack is just so sweet, I love the colour! I am a little reluctant to purchase this though as they are quite expensive, I am scared it will take my toddler-chic to a new level aaaand I already have my leather backpack. However when I look at it I remember why I want it, I just don't know! Next up, the trainers! My boyfriend thinks these New Balance trainers are really ugly, but I want them so badly!! I'm not really a trainer person, I am usually always in leather boots/shoes, and the only pairs I own are some bright pink Nikes for running at uni and some high top Nikes I got ages ago and hardly ever wear. However, I am for some strange reason obsessed with these New Balance trainers! They don't have my size in any of the shops I've looked in so far, so maybe we are not meant to be.. but I will carry on searching! Lastly we come to the Origins GinZing Moisturizer. I've heard lots of good things about this moisturiser, and the brand generally, and although it isn't as expensive as some high end skin care, it is still out of my price range! But it's something I want to try, and see if it lives up to all the hype. So there you go, the tip of the iceberg in terms of things I want. What are you lusting after at the moment?

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Review: Nip + Fab Bust Fix & Mango Smoothie Dry Skin Fix

Nip + Fab:
Bust Fix Sample Size - Free With Cosmo
Mango Smoothie Dry Skin Fix - £2.99 in Savers (retails for £8.49 in boots!)

I had been meaning to try some Nip + Fab products for ages, with the bust fix sitting, rather firmly, at the top of my list. Having read many reviews by bloggers and in magazines that this product actually made their breasts a lot perkier, and some even said bigger, I definitely wanted to give it a go. However, the £16 price tag put me off, even though I'm one to splash out on a quality product, I had no idea if this would even work on me, and £16 is a lot of money to pay for something like this. However, in the space of one week, I stumbled upon not one, but two fantastic Nip + Fab bargains which allowed me to get my hands on some of their products without the expensive price tag! When I spotted that Cosmopolitan Magazine were giving away one of three sample size Nip + Fab products; Body Glow, Leg Fix and Bust Fix, I of course searched every supermarket and W H Smith until I found an issue with a free bust fix mini (it seemed to be the rarest one!). I have been using it for about a week now, and although the directions say use twice daily, I must admit I struggle to remember! So far I haven't noticed much of a difference, but I will continue using this product, and see if I think it's worth buying the full price one once I've finished the sample size. And then we come to my second bargain, the Mango Smoothie Dry Skin Fix! This was such a surprise as I wasn't even on the look out for more Nip + Fab products, and it was only a day after getting the free Bust Fix that I spotted this! I was in my local Savers looking for some essentials (which it is absolutely brilliant for!) when I saw the whole range of Nip + Fab body butters including Cherry Tarte, Pistachio Sundae and Coconut Latte for only £2.99 each. I couldn't believe how cheap they were, as I'd seen them for more than double that price in boots! I was immediately drawn to the Mango Smoothie one, as mango is one of my favourite fruits and I think it smells delicious! In terms of consistency, it's much more like a lotion than a butter I'd say, and is no where near as solid as the body butters from The Body Shop. The smell is nice but a little bit on the synthetic side, again in comparison to The Body Shop, which smells more fresh to me. It's good at moisturising, but it's nothing amazing, but I don't have a problem with very dry skin so that's not really a issue for me! As this body butter doesn't have any firming qualities I think it's a bit overpriced for what it is, but with my thrifty shopping, this bargain is totally worth £2.99! Grab a copy of Cosmopolitan Magazine this month for your free Nip + Fab product, or head over to a Savers to check out their deals! Have you found any good beauty bargains recently worth shouting about?

Sunday, 14 July 2013

I Won The ShopStyle Festival Shopping Challenge!

First of all I just want to say a massive SORRY for a complete lack of blogging these last two weeks!! I've been a little busy.. (although it's really no excuse!) 
As you may or may not have heard, I was announced as the overall winner of the festival shopping challenge, which was a competition run by ShopStyle and judged by Natasha at Girl In The Lens, giving bloggers the chance to win a massive £1000 towards their summer wardrobe! And I just happened to be that lucky blogger!!! When I found out I had won I was so excited, especially as I had seen such great entries by other bloggers, including my very good friend Claire of Glad Rags LDN, who I am going to Latitude with this year! This is the winning look I created for the festival shopping challenge (and you can find my original entry by clicking here):

Of course I have been keeping rather busy, hitting the shops on the search for the best summer pieces to complete my festival look. And with only 4 days left until Latitude I am so excited to show you all my festival style, and what I have purchased so far with my winnings! This was just a quick blog post to update you all, and I'll be posting all my outfits from Latitude, and of course all the highlights from the festival upon my return!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Drinks At The Udderbelly Outside Bar At Southbank

Me and Phoebe at the Udderbelly outside bar on London's Southbank

Ever wondered what that giant, purple, upside-down, cow tent that's been popping up behind the London Eye every summer for the last 5 years is all about!? Well, The Udderbelly Festival at Soutbank Centre is a pop-up venue featuring the best in new comedy, theatre, music and cabaret, running from mid April until mid July. What with festival season in full swing, this little slice of festival features a little forest section where drinks can be enjoyed under paper lanterns, which is where my friend Phoebe and I sat, on little mushroom stools. We also went to the bar outside the cabaret section, where you can sit in little bumber cars, which were really cool. The Udderbelly Festival is so cute, and the perfect place to bring a date to watch something interesting then have a drink or two at the outside bar! To check out what's on at the Udderbelly Festival, look on their website here.

Friday, 28 June 2013

The Liebster Award: Discover New Bloggers

I was tagged in this by two lovely bloggers, Crime of Fashion and A Little Abstract, so I will be answering 22 questions instead of 11! Essentially, The Liebster Award is a game created by bloggers with under 200 followers to connect with each other and discover new blogs! 
The rules:

- Each nominee should answer the 11 questions by the tagger.
- Choose 11 bloggers with under 200 followers (on bloglovin') to pass the award to and link them in your post.
- Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
- Go to their page and tell them about their nomination.
- Link back to the blogger who nominated you
- No tag backs!

1. The one makeup step you never skip
Curling my eyelashes!
2. Your favourite fashion blogger
I love What Olivia Did, she always looks great
3. Your favourite fashion item for this Summer
Probably my Mom jeans, as it's going to be a cold one, and these go with everything
4. Your favourite TV Show
Twin Peaks
5. Your favourite makeup brand
6. You are invited to a party, you don't know the dress code, what do you decide ? Taking the risk to be overdressed or underdressed?
7. A foreign language you wish you could speak
8. Real or fake lashes?
Forever real!
9. What do you love the most about blogging?
Putting myself out there and reading other people's blogs
10. A blogger you'd like to be friend with
Katie Snooks from Katie's Beauty Blog, she's such a cutie
11. The biggest fashion/beauty/hairstyle mistake you ever did
Oh god, to name a few: a terrible short fringe I had when I was being a hair model, the awful emo stage circa 2006, every time I decide to go back blonde and have orange hair for about a week.

1. If you could steal one celebrities style who would it be?
Alexa Chung
2. What is the most common colour in your wardrobe?
Probably either black, grey or navy!
3. What are you most likely to spend your money on?
Clothes, make up and probably food!
4. Night in or night out?
I love going out with my friends, but nothing beats a night in with my boyfriend
5. Curly or straight hair?
I've always had straight hair
6. Favourite High Street store?
Topshop of course
7. Heels or flats?
Flats always
8. Your favourite trend of the moment?
9. Favourite designer?
I love Mary Katrantzou! For shoes Charlotte Olympia
10. Books or magazines?
Both, I love a good book, but I read an obscene amount of magazines
11. You are given £10, what would you spend it on?
Probably a flower crown, I really want one!

The Blogs I am nominating are:

Elly from All Death By Diamonds
Monica from
Paige from Held Together By Pins
Sophie from
Hannah from Dainty and Ivory
Christina from Kimi and Me
Rosie from Rosie Alexandra
Chew from My Style Stories
Holly from Holl JC
Charlotte from The Beauty Bucket

And the 11 questions I would like you to answer are:

1. Most worn item of clothing?
2. Favourite magazine?
3. Designer or High street?
4. Favourite band/singer?
5. Where would you love to live?
6. Favourite beauty product?
7. Celebrity syle icon?
8. Favourite blogger?
9. Dream job?
10. Favourite film?
11. How did you start blogging?