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A Rose By Any Name

November 30, 2016

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I felt great wearing this gorgeous number, I spent the day shimmying around in it then headed to meet friends for lunch and afternoon cocktails.

The dress is from my pals over at Irisie. The silhouette is perfect for my shape, nipping in at the waist with a full midi length skirt, with a great retro 1950’s vibe to it.

To maximise it’s 50’s charm, I teamed it up with my vintage (and very lady like bag). This bag is one of my trusty favourites, I’ve had it for years and it always adds lady like chic to any outfit. Adding a Berret and glove heels completes the look and keeps it in style. I’m so pleased I picked up this plunder in the Topshop summer sale.

I hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed bargain hunting the Black Friday sales. It’s a fairly new concept for the UK, but this year BF was a rather big affair. I managed to pick up some boots for Dave and me – I would show them to you, but they are our Christmas presents. It’s not long till the Santa guy visits! I have some special festive posts lined up, I’m excited to share them with you! Yo! Ho! Ho!

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What I’m wearing-
Dress c/o Irisie
Bag & Berret – Vintage, Thrift
Shoes – Topshop
Leather Jacket c/o ASOS
Local Supply Sunnies c/o The Goods Agency

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Photos – Shooting Dave

Beauty: Autumns Here

November 24, 2016


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It’s been a while, but I finally have a new make-up look for ya’ll.
A while ago I did a little online shopping and ordered a fair old amount from Kiko – its so affordable and amazing quality too!
I picked up a new foundation, concealer, blush, mascara and some gorgeous lippies too. I know…. quite a haul hey?!

I love moody dark colours for autumn, these lush browns and rich burgundies were just the perfect treat to satisfy my craving.

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I will talk you through my make up routine, firstly, I apply foundation, it felt velvety on my skin, I dabbed on some concealer and waited for a few seconds. to let it absorb, I then added a thin veil of powder to give finish to the base coat. With my skin primed, I picked up my blush brush. This blusher trio gives a nod to the current contouring trend, I found that using the three tones gave good shade to my cheek area. It was so easily achieved without actually having to go through the hassle of contouring. It has a natural look too, which I rather like.

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Eyeshadow brush at the ready, I then got artistic and stroked a thin swish of colour to my eyelids. This smokey shade is so versatile, it works both as an eyebrow filler and an eye shadow, as I am happy with my full eyebrows, they really don’t require filling. Today I have used a light dusting to create shape and enhance my green peepers as an eye shadow. Nearly there now, just a thin stroke of eyeliner near to the outer lash line for definition and a couple of coats of mascara and my eyes are looking bright.

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Now for the final stage, my lips. I’m using a lip liner to create definition. I carefully draw around the lip edge and gently fill in with liner pencil, you can blot with tissue or add translucent powder to create a good base to hold the creamy lipstick for longer. When set, I apply two coats of rich burgundy lipstick, you can use a brush if you prefer and blot once more to seal.

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Now my autumnal look is complete and works a treat with this seasons wardrobe and colour palette; smokey eyes, dark lips and a hint of colour to my cheeks – Ta -da! I’m ready to face the world.

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Products used:
Chanel MAT Lumière Powder, in 50 Poudrè
Kiko 3D Lifting Foundation, in 01 Peach Rose
Kiko, Shade Fusion Trio Blusher, in 01
Kiko Skin Evolution Concealer, in shade 02
Kiko Unmeasurable Length Mascara
Kiko Lip Liner & Lip Stick in shade 711
BareMinerals Lash Domination Eye Liner
Lord & Berry Eye Shadow in shade Diva

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Starman

November 19, 2016

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There are times when I put together an outfit that I just love and yet somehow it doesn’t translate photographically.  Then there are other times when I’m not really 100% sure of my look and yet it turns out well in photographs. I think this outfit is the latter, I wasn’t totally sure whether the leopard print coat would work with everything else, but when we met up with friends for coffee they  complemented my look.  Later on when editing the snaps,  I was pleasantly pleased about how it all came together.

To me there’s a retro 70’s style vibe about it, I guess it’s the mix up of silver loafers, leopard print coat and frilled sleeve blouse, set against an urban street backdrop.

For me,  this outfit has two big loves, the silver loafers and the gorgeous blouse….just look at them,  I mean those ruffles are dreamy!

To style this look I added my pinnie style jumpsuit,  layering the blouse underneath and rolling up the trouser legs, then popping on a pair of loafers.  I must confess that it was a cold day and  my little feet were frozen.  For their next outing I can assure you that socks will be worn!  Funnily enough, it was an impulsive last minute decision to throw on my leopard print coat… and I’m so pleased I did!

Have you spotted those little paw prints? They are courtesy of  Coco, he had just walked through a puddle – much to his dismay because he hates getting wet!

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What I’m wearing –
Blouse c/o Irisie
Jumpsuit – Oasis
Loafers – ASOS
Faux Fur Coat – Topshop
Local Supply Sunglasses c/o The Goods Agency
Bag – Warehouse


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Photos – Shooting Dave

Winter Floral

November 16, 2016

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I’m back with another dress from those lovelies over at Zaful.
This floral dress is just perfect for winter with light golden and cream flowers on a black base. I like the longer length and high neck line. I’ve styled it with gold socks and ankle boots, plus my Superdry suede biker jacket.
With this pattern, I like to keep my accessories simple and topped it off with my beloved Fedora hat and gold trim mock-crock bag.  To give my look an added touch of winter glam, I’ve painted my lips with a deliciously dark plum colour lippy.
I want to say thank you all for you’re lovely  messages of congratulation on our recent engagement! Some of you indicated that you would like to see blog posts about our journey through wedding planning.  I will update you once we have the ball rolling, but for now you might fancy having a look my wedding Pintrest board, see you there!

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What I’m wearing –
Dress c/o Zaful
Bag – Warehouse
Fedora Hat – Urban Outfitters
Suede Biker Jacket c/o Super Dry
Belt & Ankle Socks – Topshop
Boots c/o Warehouse

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Photos – Shooting Dave

We got engaged!

November 13, 2016

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I’m delighted to announce Dave and I are engaged! We have been together for eight years now and are really happy to start this new chapter in our lives. It’s been overwhelming how much love and support we have received from our friends and family. We’ve slowly started planning our big day, and if any of you are interested in wedding posts I’d be more than happy to share our ideas with you.

About the ring- It’s a vintage amethyst ring, with small diamonds in between in a half crown setting. Amethyst is my favourite stone and happens to be my birth stone. I’m so in love with this ring and proud of Dave for picking it and getting it so right!

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Photos – Shooting Dave

Tatty Devine Workshop

November 8, 2016


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Back in the summer I had the privilege of attending a jewellery workshop run by Tatty Devine. The workshop was held in the Brick Lane store, here in London – one I know very well. It’s one of my favourite haunts,  I love heading to Brick Lane for shopping, it’s like Mecca for us vintage store worshippers!

Now I’m a novice when it comes to jewellery making, it was great fun  sitting down to a table with 5 other ladies.  Well it was until I found out they were all experienced jewellery makers and a real dab hand at their craft. I was a little daunted,  but thankfully one of the lovelies who works for Tatty Devine was on hand to help me. I found it very fiddly and instantly regretted failing to take my glasses with me. Doh! rookie mistake!!


I  persevered and managed to make my very own rainbow necklace – insert proud face here. The Tatty Devine workshops are great fun and I was given great one on one guidance.

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If you are stuck for gift ideas, I think it would be ideal for birthday or Christmas presents, or make a group booking for a hen or birthday party. I would recommend this to any Tatty D jewellery fans or anyone who is into original, quirky jewels!

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236 Brick Lane,
London
E2 7EB
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I had great fun at the workshop, thank you for having me! Find more information about Tatty Devine workshops.

Lazy Weekend Dressing

November 5, 2016

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Disclaimer these pictures were taken back in September when it was still somewhat warmer and there was no reason to wear tights. Today however, as I’m typing this blog, well it’s bloody freezing to be quite honest! I’m all wrapped up nice and snug, with thermal tights and I’ve layered a dress with a cosy jumper and scarf combo! It will soon be time to get out our big thick winter coats…and gorgeous accessories of course.

Like the title suggests, this is lazy dressing to the max, a denim dress and jumper are so easy to throw on and off you go. To add some personality to this look, I have my current favourite bag; this sweet lil’ tapestry number comes from Zara and it is my favourite bag purchase of this year, strong words I know.

You will see that I’m wearing vintage loafers which match the oxblood coloured jumper, but mixing it up a little with a dark purpley plum coloured lip.

The clocks have gone back here in the UK and nights are drawing in, darker shades highlighted in today’s colour palette seem to suit the season, goodbye Indian summer, it was nice knowing you.

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Jumper & Dress – Oasis
Loafers c/o Rokit Vintage
Bag – Zara
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Photos – Shooting Dave