Monday, 24 February 2014
Only one week to go until me and The Man head to Paris, I can't wait! Not only is it a little trip away, it also means a much needed week off work to eat, drink and be generally merry. Amazing!
It also means that I now have absolutely nothing to wear... I have been making new additions to my wardrobe, staple pieces that would work well for Fashion Week as well as Paris, that can be layered and most importantly, will be comfortable. This faux leather tee from Motel is one of those pieces, it's loose, easy to wear and can be layered really easily.
Now I just need to add an over-sized, vintage blazer to the mix and I should be all set for Paris! If you have any tips of where to go, eat or see, let me know! We're only there for a few days so need to use our time wisely!
Sunday, 23 February 2014
I've recently realised that I have an underwear problem, the sheer volume is getting out of control but I'm still finding excuses to expand it further!
The Panache Dahlia Balconnet Bra and brief set is the newest addition to my collection and is one of the few un-padded bras I own, making a refreshing change from the usual super structured styles I tend to favour.
This set is fast becoming one of my go-to everyday sets, the fit is great, it's comfortable and the sheer, lace detailing gives me that little confidence boost!
The important details
- Available in black and nude
- Available from 30 to 38" around the band and up to a J cup. The briefs are available from size 8 to 20.
- Adjustable straps and underwired cups
- Non-padded with lace detailing
The Dahlia bra is a non-padded balconnet with half a cup of sheer, lace with adjustable straps. It's suited to the every day but, because of the sheer fabric, it's also rather sexy. The briefs are full and therefore very comfortable but the sheer fabric and art deco lace detailing make them flattering, sexy and perfect for wearing under skinny jeans or flowing fabrics without the dreaded VPL.
The fit is very comfortable around the bust; the straps and cups and fully adjustable for you to find the perfect fit. The bra sits flush against the chest and the lace detailing comes up quite high on the bust keeping everything secure.
The cup creates a lovely shape to the bust, everything is smooth and rounded which is perfect for someone who is used to padded, shaped bras. This is the perfect alternative if you fancy trying out something a little different.
The bra is £30 and the briefs are £15, but prices may differ from different sites and stores.
Where to buy?
You can find stockists on the Panache website or it's available here.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
I've spent all of London Fashion Week running around a rather grey, rainy London attending shows, presentations, films, interviewing designers, sitting in a corner of the press room writing up show reports, staying up until ridiculous o'clock, drinking countless glasses of champagne and generally tiring myself out.
I've been reporting for Coggles so have been seeing the big picture of each collection, so now that I'm back up North, I wanted to focus on the detail. There were so many beauty looks I fell in love with, but these are my favourite looks from my favourite shows.
The image above is one of my favourites from over LFW, it was shot by our in-house photographer Alex who discovered a talent for runway, backstage and street style photography! You can see more of his shots and our show reports here if you fancy.
But now, on to the beauty...
Burberry A/W '14
Perfectly wearable and effortless, Burberry had an incredibly feminine look that lay hand in hand with their A/W '14 collection. The eyes were the main focus with an aubergine powder brushed across the lid with darker plum streaks in the creases, illuminated with highlighter to bring a subtle rose glow.
The lips were matte, plump and had a just been kissed flush. The cheeks also mirrored this flush while the complexion as a whole stayed clear, clean and glowing.
This look is easy to create, tone it down for an every day look by just having shadow on the top lid, perfect.
Face: RMK Creamy Polished Base £28
Eyes: bareMinerals Glimmer Eyeshadow in Devotion £14
Cheeks: Nars Blush in Outlaw £21.50
Lips: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugein £17.50
Giles A/W '14You'll need a little bit of confidence for this one, but if you brave it, your eyes will pop like nobodies business! Keep the face clear with a subtle blush on the cheek bones, the lips nude and make the eyes the main event.
Sweep black shadow across the top lid, creating a smokey eye look but give it an instant lift with a slick of electric blue liner on your bottom lash line. I love this look, it's perfect for a runway show but maybe not for the faint hearted.
Recreate the look with:
Face: MAC Strobe Cream £23.50
Eyes: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Siren £14
Cheeks: Stila Custom Colour Blush in Coral £13
Lips: Lipstick Queen Sinner Opaque Lipstick in Natural £18
Topshop Unique A/W '14Possibly my favourite look from London Fashion Week and something I'll definitely be trying in A/W. It's a twist on the smokey eye but stripped back, the top lid is completely clean leaving the lashes to do all the work while the bottom lash line is coated with a thick, black kohl.
Add a pink flush to the cheeks, keep the skin matte and the lips pale pink. Beautifully feminine but in no way girly.
Recreate the look with:
Face: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation £25.50
Eyes: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack £15
Cheeks: bareMinerals Blush in Giddy Pink £19
Lips: Nars Lip Laquer in Sweet Charity £17.50
Vivienne Westwood A/W '14Unabashedly Vivienne Westwood, this look screams messed up Marilyn Monroe and matches the A/W '14 collection to a tee. Smudged, cherry red lips, flushed, wind swept cheeks and classic eyes were the orders of the day.
Tumbling curls, pinned up-dos and flowing locks create a juxtaposition that ties the whole look together, this is the one that I'll be adopting on a regular basis, maybe with a tidier lip...
Recreate the look with:
Face: RMK Pressed Powder £32
Eyes: Benefit They're Real Mascara £19.50
Cheeks and Lips: MAC Lipstick in Russian Red £15 (mixed and stippled on for the cheeks)
What is your favourite look for this for A/W?
Images from Style.com
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Karen Walker bomber shot by 21 Eme
So, London Fashion Week starts tomorrow and I still have no idea what to wear and haven't even packed a pair of socks.
Instead of piling everything I own into a suitcase, I decided to make a little collection of inspiration to save myself from dragging half my wardrobe to London.
Here are my favourite looks from NYFW street style and beyond...
I hadn't even considered headgear until I saw this photo of Susie Bubble at NYFW, this Band of Outsiders hat has made me fall a little bit in love with grey knit and hats, not sure where I'm going to get one at short notice, but I'll try my hardest! I'm also taking inspiration from Susie's love of trainers, Nikes were her staple for NYFW and mine will be firmly attached to my feet.
From Facehunter over NYFW
Perspex sunglasses are a must, thankfully I already have a pair so they'll be tucked neatly in my handbag, ready to cover early morning, post champagne fuelled nightes of writing, tired eyes...
Rumi Neely wearing Barbara Bui
I am a little bit in love with metallics and, dare I say it, polo necks. Though my mum would tell you that my ears are in the wrong place for a polo neck, I might try a little one anyway. I love the layering of Rumi's look and may just have to take a leaf out of her book.
Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Valentino by 21 Eme
This colour is becoming one of my favourites. This aquamarine/mint green along with pale pink, lemon yellow and dove grey are in my colour palette for this year, I just need to add more to my collection. I have a feeling this shade will be making an appearance at LFW on me...
By Tommy Ton
Brogue are a must this season, if there's anything you take from a few seasons at LFW, it's that flats are sometimes best. I'm packing my new Grenson Emily brogues with me this season, now I just need to find something to pair them with...
By Mr. Newton
Sweatshirts are a must this season, not only for trend reasons but simply for keeping warm. This grey marl, quilted number had me at hello, I'm feeling layered sweats, jersey and maxi pastel pleats for this look... I only wish I had time to find an oversized, camel coat!
Are you heading to LFW? I might see you there if you are!
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Beret from years ago, Skirt from Monki, Jumper from Zara, Boots c/o Clarks and Lipstick from MAC in Russian Red
It's only a few weeks now before me and The Man head to Paris for a few days, I can't stop planning outfits in my head and thinking of which colour macaroon I'm going to eat first.
To get me in the mood I donned a beret and my favourite red lipstick, which I'm betting will be my uniform for the trip.
These boots are part of my new 'vaguely sensible' shoe collection inspired by the expected hours of walking around museums in Paris and are by far the comfiest addition! I'm usually more of an ankle boot kind of girl, but these are perfectly practical and super toasty which I imagine will be beneficial in Paris in March...
If anyone has and tips on where to stay and what to see in Paris, please let me know, I need some inspiration!
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
I've been trying to find an eye cream that suits me, I have sensitive skin and even more sensitive eyes caused mostly by contact lenses so it's not been the easiest. I started using a No.7 eye cream but even though it left my skin feeling great, it left my eyes feeling red and sore so that was a no no. I've now settled on Pond's Institute Eye Contour Cream, after falling in love with their super light Beauty Moisturiser, I thought it might be gentle enough for my eyes.
What is it?
A super light eye cream for every day use. Your eyes are so sensitive, they need extra special care to keep the skin around in the best condition. Use this cream morning and night after moisturising for best results.
What does it do?
It keeps your skin soft and in the best condition. It also helps to reduce puffiness so it's perfect for those early mornings.
What's in it?
Vitamin E to help your skin, pro vitamin B5 to help restore and super moisturing ingredients like jojoba and shea butter.
How much is it?
£6.99 and it lasts for ages!
You can get your hands on some from Boots here, the packaging looks a little different but it's the same product.