Thursday, 24 September 2015

A/W 2015 - 2016: Round 4

Beauty a/w trends 2015
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This is the last post in my autumn winter trend report for this season and today I'm focusing hair and beauty. It's a big of a mixed bag, but overall, quite easy to do and very wearable. 

Baby Hairs
Baby Hairs, the annoyance of many, but this season you will be thanking those useless whips of hair. Coiled and slicked at Givenchy or sticking out tuft like at Giles, they were everywhere on the catwalk. Stop spending hours trying to flatten them and embrace your baby hairs by pulling them out to update formal buns and braids.

The Great Outdoors
Rather than the bare skin trends of previous seasons, this trend embraces makeup to help you fake that rosy glow you get after a fast paced walk. Think peachy pink pops of blush on the apples of your cheek and windswept hair emphasising waves and curls like on the runways of Topshop Unique and Michael Kors. I'm going to use a salt spray and brush it out slightly to create a more tousled, natural effect.

Walking The Waterline
As seen at Lanvin, Erdem and Robert Cavalli, the easiest way to get cool girl chic is lining your waterline with kohl. More delicate look than lining your lashline, it takes a little bit more of maintenance to keep your line in place, but is a great way to give a look a sophisticated edge.

What beauty trends will you be trying this season?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Fresh Faced

Fresh Faced Make up

Whilst I'm not brave enough to go make-up free every single day, I do like to look fresher faced and minimal during the day. Getting up at 6.20 am for work means I don't have much time to do fuss over my face so these quick and simple products are my go to's.

As a base I've been using Rimmel Radiance BB Cream in light. It's a great light to medium coverage BB Cream that blends easily with your fingers and covers and blurs blemishes and imperfections, so much so I don't even wear concealer with it. I love that it lasts all day without a single touch up but it can cling to dry patches. On my cheeks I use Soap & Glory's Love at First Blush which is a powder mosaic blush containing segments of bronze, highlight and different shades of pink. This really wakes my skin up and looks so natural with very little work. Although my blush contains a little bit of highlight, I always make sure to swipe No &'s Instant Radiance Highlighter across the top of my cheekbones, and gently blend it in with my fingers. This gives my skin a beautiful glow and takes the attention away from my tired eyes!

Speaking of eyes, I don't use any mascara as I have naturally long and thick lashes. I do, however, use eyelash curlers on a daily basis to really emphasise their length and open my eyes up. Depending on my mood, I then line my waterline with brown waterproof eyeliner. Brown is much softer then black whilst still defining my eyes. Rather than using powder on my eyebrows which takes more time, I use my trusty eyebrow pencil. I gently fill in my brows to hep thicken them and then brush through them with my eyebrow comb just to blend any harsh edges. Lastly, I slick Revlon's lip butter in Peach Parfait across my lips just to give them a bit of colour and shine. 

What are your tips for a quick, freshed face look?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

A/W 2015 - 2016: Round 3

Autumn Winter 15/16 fashion
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This is the last post focusing on the autumn winter fashion trends for this year, with next weeks post focusing on hair and makeup. 

Back to this week and the three looks I'm sharing with you today are perfect for work this season as there smart, sophisticated and stylish.

Suited & Booted
Featuring at Phillip Lim, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney, tailoring looks set to play a big part in fashion for yet another year. Think overused pieces and archietectural tailoring to keep the look polish rather than baggy and shapeless. If a full on suit isn't your thing, try an oversized blazer over jeans or a jumpsuit or oversized suit pants with a fitted top.

Geek Chic
The All-American Preppy look was seen at Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and Chloe. I'm not going to lie, I absolutely adore this look. With from pleated skirts to varsity jumpers you can choose how far you take it. I love the tweed trousers and polo shirt combo, and can't wait to dig out my old school scarf.

Polo Rolo
Taking inspiration from the 80's trends Polo necks were everywhere from DKNY to Hermes. Layer under dresses or fillets to keep warm over winter, or team with sparkly skirts and disco pants/leggings to make them appropriate for daytime. I think I'm going to team one with a cute pleated skirt, that way I can nail two trends in one outfit.

How will you wear these trends?

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Party In The USA

Travelling to America

By the time you read this, I'll have already shopped till I drop in Los Angeles, sunned myself on Venice Beach and walked down Santa Monica Pier. That's right everyone, I've switched the ever so grey and rainy Manchester for the oh so bright and warm California. 

As I'm writing this the rain is literally bouncing against the windows and I can't actually believe this is happening. I've wanted to do this trip since I was 16 and everything's been booked for over a year.   I've just spent the last two days on my own exploring everything LA has to offer and today I'm starting my Trek America adventure. I'm doing the Western BLT tour and travelling round 3 amazing states (California, Arizona & Nevada). From travelling on Route 66 to living it up in Vegas, I cannot wait to see what the next 9 days have to offer.

Lucky for you, I've been super organised and have a whole bunch of posts coming your way whilst I'm travelling so don't forget to keep coming back!

Oh, and by the way, I'm using the hashtag #wingsinthewest on Instagram so you can travel round with me!

I can't wait to share my adventure with you!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

A/W 2015 - 2016: Round 2

Autumn Winter 15/16 fashion trends
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Welcome back to the fashion trends report this season. Today I'm talking about three more key looks seen on the catwalks so you will know what to look out for when hitting the high street. These three are a bit like marmite, you will either have a wardrobe full of it, or run for the hills. Hopefully there will be something you like.

Duvet day
Seen on the catwalks of Celine, Fendi and Chanel quilted styles look to be huge this year. Personally, I'm not very keen on this trend. Big parka's were everywhere, but the only quilted item I have at the moment is a Barbour jacket. Whilst I guess it would be quite warm and comfy, the quilting adds bulk and just does not appeal to me. I think if the highs street do quilted skater skirts this trend may be saved but if it's just parka's, I'll be giving it a miss. 

Check mate
One trend I can definitely get onboard with is checks. Mia Miu and Bottega Veneta both showcased vibrant looks but my favourite was Henry Holland's pink and red checked coat. The key to this check is to choose a bright colour and use it as your wardrobe statement piece. 

It's so fluffy
Having a fluffy white dog, I've been avoiding getting hair on my clothes for years. Clearly I don't need to worry this season and hug Oliver to my hearts content as fluffy is in. Seen at Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney, faux fur is back. Be it daring pink faux-fur coats or a nod to the trend with a simple trim, this trend is practical in the winter chill and easy to incorporate into your style. I will point out that faux-fur does take a little bit of upkeep to stop you looking matted and doesn't work well in rain. Maybe this isn't as practical as it first looks.

Out of these three trends I will be completely dedicated to checks, and most likely avoiding quilting and faux-fur. What do you think?


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

A Daisy Chain

Marc Jacobs Fragrance

As usual, I got a little excited when I was in Duty Free during my trip to Crete (click here to relive the mother of all hauls), and could not pass up this little set of four March Jacob's Fragrances. I am a complete Marc Jacobs fan girl. From fashion to beauty to fragrance, I will be interested in anything the label does.

I thought this set was perfect to try a few of the different fragrances for the the price of one full size one. Before I give you four mini reviews, can we just take a second to appreciate how sweet the little mini perfume bottles are. I love that they have done miniature versions of the full size rather than different sample bottles. Perfect for travel, keeping at the office or just jazzing up for dressing table.

Dot Eau De Parfum
With top notes of Red Berries, Dragonfruit, and Honeysuckle, heart notes of Jasmine, Coconut Water and Orange Blossom and base notes of Vanilla, Driftwood and Musk, the fragrance still has the same floral touch, just with an injection of, predominately, red berries making it perfect for autumn.

Daisy Dream Eau De Toilette
Daisy Dream has top notes of Blackberry, Grapefruit and Pear, heart notes of Jasmine, Lychee and Blue Wisteria and Base notes of White Woods, Musks and Coconut Water. It's quite a hard fragrance to describe as it's not mainly floral or fruity. It's delicate and fresh and a great suits-all-tastes, every day scent.

Daisy Eau De Toilette
The Original, Daisy is a combination of Wild Strawberries as the top note, Violet for the heart note and White Woods Accord. Despite the top note, for me the fragrance is purely floral. It's very feminine and more spring like than the others.

Honey Eau De Parfum
This scent has top notes of Pear and Juicy Mandarin, heart notes of Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot and Honeysuckle and base notes of Honey, Golden Vanilla and Smooth Woods. This fragrance is completely different from all the others. It's warm and sweet, exactly like honey, but has been injected with the signature Marc Jacobs Touch and is still light and airy. Another perfect choice for autumn.

What brand do you fangirl over?

Sunday, 6 September 2015

The American Hit List

USA Shopping Wishlist

Being the good blogger that I am, as soon as I booked a trip across the pond I began reading up about all the goodies easily available. Obviously the purpose of my trip isn't purely for shopping, but seeing as I happen to be there, I might as well make the most of it! 

I've watched so many haul videos I've lost count and made a list of all the places I'm desperate to have a nosey round. Of course Sephora is right at the top of it, and I'm looking forward to treating my nails to a Formula X polish. Or four. I'm also going to try and pick up the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, which I've been dying to try and work out much cheaper over in the US. I've heard so many things about American Sephora shops, but their travel sizes are right up there and I'm hoping to pick up some rollerball perfumes, perfect for leaving in your bag. 

The shopping doesn't end with Sephora though. I plan to hit up Target for Sonia Kashuk and Milani, Bath & Body Works for PocketBac and just have a general mooch around CVS!

I'll be perfectly honest and admit the majority of my wishlist is beauty related, but if I get chance, I'm hoping to nip into a Kate Spade and have a look at their wallets. With exchange rates being in our favour, they are cheaper over their and seeing as I've never had a "nice" purse, it would be a great opportunity to invest!

While I know the main brands I want to have a look at, I'm still pretty new when it comes to overseas shopping. And this is where you come in. I would absolutely love to hear about any of your recommendations. Be it brands, products or shades, I'd love to know what you think I should check out.

I am so excited for this trip and can't wait to share it with you!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

A/W 2015 - 2016 : Round 1

Women fashion Autumn Winter 2015
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If you're new round these parts you might not know I'm big on traditions. Since I started blogging I've always done a series on this season's main fashion trends and you lovely people seem to like it. Not one to disappoint you guys, I've put together a series of 4 posts throughout September to help you freshen up your wardrobe for Autumn/ Winter 2015.

Today I'm talking about three completely opposite looks and it's clear to see there is something for everyone.

Embrace your inner Carrie Bradshaw and don pretty tulle skirts as seen in Saint Laurent's Ready-to Wear collection. That might be all well and good Stateside, were it's a good few degrees warmer, but here in blighty things might get a bit chilly. Pair your tulle with a nice thick wooly jumper for a day time look or slip a leather jacket on to toughen things up. If the prom queen look isn't your thing, look to Christopher Kane for a more sophisticated, office-appropriate wrap dress version. But, if you're feeling extremely brave, make like the fashion pack and wear clashing prints like Miu Miu. Very Cher Horowitz. 

Autumn Boho
You'd be right in being slightly confused, because I was too. I used to think the Boho trend was reserved purely for the festival season, unless your an Olsen twin, in which case it's year round. But this year, we all can get in on some of the Olsen magic. Make use of your summer maxi dresses and layer them up as seen at Burberry Prorsum. The trick to avoiding looking like you've just stepped off a plane from Spain (poet), is to stick to darker tones and heavier materials. I'm a massive fan of Chloe's long sleeved maxi dress and will be on the look out for a high street dupe. Watch this wardrobe.

Goth Romance
If all that 80's colour has you a bit nervous, fear not, embrace your inner Morticia Addams and embrace the gothic trend. What makes this gothic trend more interesting that previous years is that it's softer, more feminine. Think Victorian England, with sheer black material mixed with lace and delicate embroidery. Valentino stole the croon for the most hauntingly beautiful gowns, but take inspiration from Alexander McQueen and Giles as both showed strong looks.

Which is your favourite look?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Autumn Update

Does anyone else class the Bank Holiday weekend as the end of Summer? For me it's the last goodbye the BBQ's and sandals, and a hello to dark nights and warm drinks. Of course it's usually the skies open and the whole weekend becomes a big washout. 

I'm not sad to see Summer go; I'm much more of an autumn/winter kind of girl. Confession time, I've already bought my winter coat. It's a cape and it's perfect. I love all the rich colours, the spicy scents and the good telly! Autumn is about cosy nights in with lot's of celebrations thrown into the mix to get us all warmed up for Christmas. Yes I did just say the C-word. Sorry, not sorry.

So just to get you in the mood, I thought I'd share what I'm up to and what I'm excited for!

1. It may be autumn here, but it's still Summer somewhere.
I may be an autumn girl, but that doesn't mean I can't have one last Summer adventure. 

2. You might have finished school and have graduated, but you can always learn something new.
I'm making the most of the dark autumn nights and going to night school with my mum to learn more advanced jewellery making.

3. I'm already planning Halloween costumes. For my dog.

4. September means fresh starts. And of course you need new stationary for said fresh start.  Floral paperweight anyone?

And if all else fails, it's only 6 more months until Spring.

What are your plan's for autumn?
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