Wednesday, 30 July 2014

OOTD: H-eye!

dress: Zara (similar), shoes: converse, bag: not sure sorry!
Ahh trends, how they come and go. A few months ago this dress was massive in the fashion world and EVERYONE had it, I managed to get the last one in stock while on a trip to London. I decided to pull it out of my wardrobe as I hadn't worn it in a while and I now remember why we all went crazy over it. I love the shape and the material and how it looks way more expensive than it actually once. Zara don't stock this anymore but I've seen them floating around Depop for not too expensive and Choies have brought out a copy although I'd be wary of the material. 

I must admit I'm harbouring a secret desire for Autumn to come around and with it dark fashion. However we are still in the midst of Summer I am trying to embrace it. I feel like this outfit is as summery as I'm going to get!


p.s. look out for my fairly dramatic haircut in my next post!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

OOTD: Down on the west coast

Shirt: Primark, Necklace: Topshop, Shorts: H&M, Shoes: Topshop, Sunglasses: Forever 21

Summer is here again and that means a renewed obsession with Lana del rey and all of her Lolita fueled palm tree inspiration once again translates into our wardrobes. I paired this vintage palm tree inspired shirt with leather look runner shorts to add a bit of contrast as even in summer there has to be some form of leather look item in most outfits. 

My white collar necklace is from Topshop and goes with pretty much everything, a piece I'm loving at the moment.
My over sized cat-eye sunglasses are from forever 21 and match the vintage 50's feel of the shirt. Finally I slipped on my Topshop croc effect skate shoes with no socks! If any of you own these skate shoes you will know that this was a brave move, however I did end up borrowing a pair of Charlotte's socks to walk home in...

Also as a side note I am wearing a few wefts of my new clip in extensions from Luxury for princess  which I bought mainly to add volume to my hair. I am so impressed with the softness and quality of the extensions and would really recommend them to anyone considering buying some!

- Grace 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

OOTD: Pokemon Master!

Sheer midi dress: Oxfam, Pokemon crop: Depop seller 'frankenskankk', Cardigan: Very, Shoes: Converse

Feel like it's been ages since I sat down to write a post! This Pokemon tie back crop top is the newest addition to my wardrobe and I love it! I absolutely love cartoons and I used to be into Pokemon and play the gameboy game with my cousins. It's not really the appropriate weather to be wearing a crop top so I layered it over this sheer midi dress that I picked up from Oxfam and haven't worn yet. I love the layered effect I think it adds a lil something. This cardigan is fab! It's so similar to the very expensive American Apparel ones and it's actually quite warm. This is going to sound weird but I feel a bit too dramatic when I'm walking and it flys out behind me like a cape so I have to walk holding it in one hand haha. I love how it's a bit gothic I'm all about that WITCH LIFE can I get a whut whutttt.

Got the usual converse on they're just my go to for comfort and simplicity. I call this hairstyle my 'Li Shang' as it's loosely based around the sexiest Disney character of all time from the best film ever Mulan. On the one hand I think it's cute, on the other it's a bit toddler like!

How are you all?


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

OOTD: Back to basics

 Top: Boohoo, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Topshop, Sunglasses: Forever 21, Collar: Topshop, Ring: An obscure Welsh gift shop...

It's that time of year when Uni fever sets in, everyone starts to panic about where their future will take them and as a result, me and Charlotte have been on a series of mini road trips around the UK. We are both considering studying media communications and so fingers crossed that results day doesn't hold any nasty surprises... To keep it casual and comfy for the journey to Leeds, I opted for the basics of a white V neck tee and my blue Leigh jeans from Topshop.

Controversially, this outfit contains only minimal amounts of black. This is the extent of my commitment to the Summer season we usually just stay inside and watch films. 'The Shining' is our latest obsession... Have you read the conspiracy theories? Let's just say that we may well have spent too much time pondering on these strange coincidences over the last couple of days.

Also on the topic of comfort I realised last minute that it would be impossible to walk around all day in the mini torture chambers that are the Topshop skate shoes. Whilst I love the look of them I made the sensible choice to switch to my trusted Aphrodite boots before we set off.

Hope you're enjoying the British summer and please excuse the eyeliner swatch and fly-aways from my top knot. I have curly baby hairs that won't quit!

Monday, 16 June 2014

OOTD: Don't Believe in Atheists, Do Believe in Aliens

Vest: UNIF, Leather Jacket: Dorothy Perkins, Jeans: All Saints, Choker: Ali Express, Shoes: Topshop Skate Shoes, Watch: Fossil, Sunglasses: Forever 21
Now that the sun is somewhat here I can FINALLY break out my UNIF vests that I got for Christmas. I love UNIF and the distressed look of their clothes, as some of you may know their slogans get quite cheeky so I tried to pick pieces that I could wear to work and around town without offending haha. My jeans are All Saints from the outlet store in Cheshire Oaks so I paid around £30 for them instead of £180. They have a really subtle yet interesting baroque pattern on them that I love and the textured knee adds to the biker style. My leather jacket is new and I absolutely adore it. The fake leather is soft and the style is simple yet classic. I picked it up from Dorothy Perkins which I think is overlooked quite a lot, as a previous sales advisor I would recommend having a quick look in now and again, as they are in the Arcadia branch their styles are often similar to Topshop but a smidge cheaper. To be honest though it is quite overpriced still!

My choker was recommended from Grace and was around £2 which is fab as I've seen them go for a LOT more. The quality is what you pay for - cheap. But really who's complaining for such a low price? My skate shoes are still causing me pain but I love the way they look, hoping that one of these days they'll finally be comfortable.

Super simple yet still my go to biker style.
Ya dig?


Saturday, 14 June 2014

MAC Kelly Osbourne Lipsticks: Riot House, Dodgy Girl and Strip Poker

Top: Riot House, Bottom: Dodgy Girl
Strip Poker

Strip poker swatched

The release of MAC's much-anticipated Osbourne collection entailed a frenzy amongst makeup addicts who battled to secure one of the elusive lilac bullets from Kelly's line, which sold out online after only a few hours!
Luckily both me and Charlotte were fortunate enough to get our hands on the Kelly Osbourne lipsticks although Sharon's eye quad was also on our wishlist. 

Charlotte bought Riot house, a matte, pastel orange shade as she loves a good 60's style chalky matte lip. This is a very unique shade from MAC and it can be said that the whole collection offered something very different to the permanent line, a factor that probably contributed to the enormous hype. I wasn't sure whether I would like this shade but it actually looks amazing on the lips, pale without washing you out or making you look like Tim Burton's corpse bride.

Dodgy girl is another very original shade from the line, a matte lilac. This shade also looks incredible on the lips and the formula is creamy and comfortable to wear unlike some other matte lipsticks. Oddly enough this pastel shade fades to a neon pink stain, much darker than the initial colour, unexpected and yet surprisingly a cute bonus!

Finally I purchased Strip poker, honestly because all the other shades had sold out. I am not usually a fan of super pale lipsticks so I am trying to work with this but it's an ongoing battle. This shade is a more pink toned nude than Riot House and can make you look a little dead, however when lightly applied the colour is much more wearable. Plus, I wasn't missing out on this packaging and I knew that if I didn't buy something, I would later be trawling eBay, where limited edition items can go for double the RRP!

Hope you enjoyed the post, these lipsticks were definitely worth the hype and shopping frenzy...

- Grace

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Shiro Cosmetics Pigment Review Part 2

Following Charlotte's bad influence I decided to sacrifice some savings and place an order with the indie brand Shiro Cosmetics. I ordered the mini sized pigments so that I could try out more shades and so far I love them and will definitely be ordering more!

Packaged with my order were two generous sample pigments in the shades Majora's mask - a blue violet with white and rainbow shimmer and Tomb - a matte medium brown. Also the people at Shiro threw in some sweets which I thought was a cute detail that gives a personal feel to placing an order that you don't get with mainstream makeup brands.

I love Majora's mask a lot! I think this one will be in my next order...

 Here are all the pigments I received. Top (L-R): Snake, Colonel.
Second row: Baker's boy, Alkahestry
Third row: Smashing pots, Its Mossy!, Are you Shear you wanna enchant that?
Bottom row: Majora's Mask, Tomb

All the eye shadows have amazing pigmentation, especially Majora's Mask! My favourite shade so far is Baker's boy, a beautiful champagne with lots of shimmer and blue reflects. This is perfect all over the lid and adds a bit of extra sparkle to daytime looks. Alkahestry is similar to Static pure pigment from Illamasqua but leans more blue whereas static has a pink duo-chrome. 

My least favourite pigment is Are you shear you wanna enchant that? as I was expecting the shade to have a stronger pigmentation and shimmer as it tends to apply a little... well sheer. However I am yet to try this over a black base which I think will transform the look of the eyeshadow.

I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned to see the other exciting things the postman will be delivering soon! Do we hear whispers of 'MAC Kelly Osbourne?'