12 October 2017

70s

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70s style has long been an obsession of mine, and one which is a frequently incorporated into my outfits. Whether thats opting for something flared or even pulling out the suede fringe jacket, this era has a dear place in my love of fashion. With it being an era where the amount of style icons are endless, I often see myself frequently switching up who I'm looking at for inspiration.

Recently I've been drawn towards the male icons of the 70s including the likes of Mick Jagger and David Bowie. As someone who is far gone from 'girly dressing' (skirts and dresses aren't really my 'jam') these sort of icons are more 'relatable' with my personal style, as recently I've gravitated towards styling more 'tailored' inspired pieces within my wardrobe. Opting for simpler colour palettes and 'fluid' silhouettes.With that being said my 'references' are forever changing, which is one of the greatest things about documenting your style.

Top - Shein (link)* | Trousers - Missguided (similar here) | Hat - New Look (similar here)

10 October 2017

Barbican



Over the weekend me and the sister decided to pop over to the Barbican to take a wonder round the highly anticipated Basquiat exhibition, that I believe is the first major showing of his work to take place in London. Set in one of my (all time) favourite buildings in London- I'm a huge fan of the Brutalist architecture movement a la the Barbican, we didn't let the grey skies stop us from taking some snaps just before we headed in.

The exhibition itself was pretty impressive, set over the whole of the art gallery area with a range of mediums on display including some polaroids of some famous icons- Madonna, Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol *to name a few*. It has definitely made me want to shoot more in film, in my photography work.
Also a little tip, if you're aged between 14-25 you can sign up for (free) on their "Young Barbicans" scheme meaning, that the exhibition ticket was only £5, instead of £16.  


most of my outfit is vintage so I've linked similar items below -->
Jacket - Vintage (similar here) | Shirt - Vintage (similar here) | Trousers - Vintage (similar here) | Bag - Mulberry "Bayswater" (link) | Boots - ASOS (old-similar here)

5 October 2017

Temple Spa "A Stroke of Genius" Serum Mascara

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When it comes to my make-up routine there are two products I won't leave the house without, one being foundation and the second being a mascara of some sort. Claiming to be the 'little black dress' of mascaras, the new release from Temple Spa definitely caught my eye for being a mascara enriched with lash caring ingredients. With a blend of plant peptides and antioxidants, it's basically skincare for your lashes whilst still giving you that mascara 'look'. The one thing I love about this mascara is how natural yet still defined it makes my eye lashes look, with no clumps or flaking throughout the day, plus it's really easy to remove- I use a micellar water. For lash loving queens this mascara is definitely worth a try as its essentially a 2-in-1 product.

Temple Spa "A Stroke of Genius" Serum Mascara (link)* 

3 October 2017

Red Leather Jacket

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As I've previously mentioned a few blog posts back, red has recently became a shade that I've opened my arms and wardrobe to more as of late. The combination of the shade with my mainly 'black' wardrobe, has been a complimenting addition and switching up my normally limited colour palette outfits.

Also on a side note and in celebration of pay day a couple of days ago, we've (me and my sister) have a uploaded loads of new items to our depop page, some of which have even been featured on the blog. So if you might be able to grab your hands on a item which you've had your eye on already!
SHOP HERE.

Red Leather Jacket - Missguided (link) | Trousers - Thrifted (similar here) | Top - M&S (similar here) | Beret - eBay (similar here) | Boots - ASOS (old - similar here)

28 September 2017

autumnal tones

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Mom jeans and band tees are one of those combinations that are perfect for uni 'friendly' dressing. I have literally lost count of how many band tees I own which range across a wide breath of musical genres, from Baby Metal to Pink Floyd my collection has become endless. Now with uni in full-swing the beloved band tee is an item which I constantly opt for when I have no idea what to wear, paired with either mom jeans, wide leg trousers or even flares the styling possibilities are endless. And when the weather starts to turn a lot more chillier out come the roll necks, which act as a key layering item when dressing the 'tee' for the winter.


Suede Jacket - Thrifted (similar here) | Sonic Youth T-Shirt - (similar here) | Mom Jeans - New Look (similar here) | Sunglasses - Ray-Ban (link)

26 September 2017

red accents

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This outfit combo has become a recent go-to of mine, purely because it ticks the boxes of 'comfort' and looking somewhat 'put together'. I picked up this striped top back in July at one of my many Goodwill visits. As much as I love rummaging through the charity shops over here, looking for vintage finds. Nothing beats a Goodwill store as their prices are often very purse friendly, and the one I visited in Orlando was basically the size of your local supermarket. *HEAVEN* The stock itself was on par to items I would come across at vintage stores in Brick lane, but half the price-this top only cost me $3. Needless to say I'm most definitely going to bring an empty suitcase along with me on next years trip...

Jacket - Zara (link) | Top - Thrifted (similar here) | Trousers - New Look (similar here) | Shoes - Vans (link) | Backpack - New Look (similar here)

Currently listing to - The Horrors "V"

18 September 2017

Palmer's Coconut Oil Review

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Coconut oil has long been the ingredient known to rescue dry, damaged hair due to its strengthening and moisturising properties. So when these three products landed on my desk I was particularly intrigued to give them a go, as I suffer from the above due to having bleach blonde hair.

Palmers Coconut Oil Hair Smoothie is my chosen first product to use when trialling the trio, as the smoothie is essentially a hair lotion that deeply hydrates and restores your hair back to its softest 'frizz-free' self. I normally take a 50p size in the palm of my hand and run this all through my hair, when its freshly washed, and in the 'damp' phase of drying. Brush through and proceed to use the Leave-In Conditioner.

The Leave-In Conditioner is nifty product that instantly detangles your hair whilst controlling frizz and mending split-ends. I've recently been spraying this on my hair, focusing the on the bottom half so when I go in with a brush I'm not wrestling with this knots. As someone who's hair is already pretty damaged (bleach induced) this product is perfect in reducing the addition of split-ends. One of the best things about this product is that it can be used throughout the day, as and when is needed.

Lastly (probably) my favourite out of the bunch is the Coconut Oil Dry Oil Mist, as someone who swears by using hair oils this product is a blend of eight, including key olds such as Avocado Oil, Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil. It also is 'weight-less' meaning that whilst revitalising and re-hydrating your hair it doesn't weigh it down, which typically a lot of hair oils are know to do. At the moment I love to spray this when my hair is towel dried, and as a final touch to calm down any fly-aways and add an extra boost of shine to my hair.

Without a shadow of a doubt all three of these products smell AMAZING, and don't contain any Sulphates, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten or Dye and they're all made with natural coconut oil.
In fact they are fast becoming essential products in my hair-care routine.


Palmers Coconut Oil Hair Smoothie (link)* | Palmers Coconut Oil Leave-In Conditioner (link)* | Palmers Coconut Oil Dry Oil Mist (link)*

16 September 2017

faux fur

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Owning a faux fur jacket has been top of my list for this autumn/winter, after trying on countless versions you may of seen my 'fitting room' snaps via Instagram stories trying on a couple in Topshop. I could never find one I truly had my heart set on, don't get me wrong that pale pink Topshop one  (this one) was a high contender. But to be honest on a student budget my heart wasn't completely set on it.
Then whilst trawling through the Zara TRF range I came across this black one (also available in Cream and Pistachio) and completely fell in love. Price wise at just £29.99 it was a bargain, and being black (and someone who rarely wears any sort of colour bar my last outfit post) it makes the perfect addition to my wardrobe. So prepare to see a lot more of it, now its semi-appropriate to be wearing faux-fur out.

Faux Fur Jacket - Zara (link) | Silk Cami -Vintage (similar here) | Jeans - New Look (similar here) | Skinny Scarf - (similar here) | Shoes - Vans Old Skool (link)
Current Listening - Oasis *obvs. weekend soundtrack*

14 September 2017

floral two piece

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This is highly likely going to be one of my final 'summery' outfit posts of the year, as the weather has definitely started to take a turn and no longer are days of just wearing shorts and a t-shirt acceptable/weather appropriate.
This red two piece caught my eye as I've been obsessing over this shade of red as of late, despite being someone who wears mainly black 99% of the time, red is one of those colours that I like to inject into my wardrobe once in a while. And after *finally* breaking in my Vans, they are fast becoming my go-to shoe of choice as I love the way its adds a subtle skate element to an outfit.

Two - Piece - Shein (link)* | Shoes - Vans (link)
Current listening : Inheaven Debut Album *listen here

12 September 2017

new-in-beauty



As someone who is known for sticking to the same products time and time again and not one to branch to far out of my comfort zone, I thought it was about time that I upgraded my beauty routine with the help of a few new products.

As someone who opts for the 'double cleansing' technique when removing my make-up, I was particularly intrigued by Temple Spa's "Deep Cleansing Melt". Claiming to be one of those 'desert island products' that you can't live without that is enriched with ingredients such as vitamin e, calendula and lavender. This product definitely covers all areas for an intensive cleanse. The product itself is applied my taking a 'pea' size amount, warming it into your palms and massaging it all over your skin. I then take a hot (damp) muslin cloth, to remove before then using a separate face wash. I love how soft it makes my skin feel, it also doubles up as a facial treatment if left on for 30 minutes.

When it comes with using a SPF I'm never normally one to skimp on it, rain or shine it's important to protect your skin against sun damage. I'll admit I've used a few SPF 'face' products over the past couple of years, but the Life Defence SPF25 Protecting Moisturiser (also) by Temple Spa is fast become a new favourite of mine. In addition to how this moisturiser can help to protect your skin from UVA & UVB damage and other things like pollution, central heating, air con and daily stress. It doesn't have that typical sun cream scent, which to be honest I'm not highly offended by, but on a winters morning don't want to particularly smell of.

Another new handbag friendly product is the Perspirex Original Antiperspirant Roll-on deodorant. Now don't be fooled by the size of this product because this deodorant lasts 3-5 days, meaning if you forget to pop some on in the morning. Don't worry this lil' nifty product has you covered. I also love how you can layer it with your normal deodorant / body spray if you want a scent (as its practically scent-less). This is definitely a must for gym-goers and all-round busy people.

Speaking along the lines of scent I recently picked up this handbag friendly bottle of "1 Exotic Rose" which you can purchase from your local New Look store, or online. The concept of these range of scents is for you to layer them to create your own-unique fragrance. However this particular scent on its own smells amazing and is an all round handbag friendly 'throw on and go' sort of product.


Temple Spa Deep Cleansing Melt (link)* | Temple Spa Life Defence SPF25 Protecting Moisturiser (link)* | Perspirex Original Antiperspirant Roll-on Deodorant (link)* | 1 Exotic Rose Fragrance (link

6 September 2017

Flame Jeans



Owning a pair of 'flame jeans' has been top of my list ever since laying my eyes on similar pairs via Pinterest. Ironically enough these are the exact pair of mom jeans that I featured last week (obvs. minus the flames) in this post. After a couple of days back and forth deliberating whether to paint some flames on that exact pair, I took the chance and decided to give it a whirl. *side note* a couple of "test runs" occurred prior to painting. And you know what I'm glad I took the 'risk' because these jeans have never looked so Pinterest.

Jacket - Vintage (similar here) | Top - Brandy Melville (link) | Hat - New Look (similar here) | Jeans - Primark (d.i.y) | Backpack - New Look (similar here)
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