Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Home for Easter

coat: H&M; top, skirt: Topshop; shoes: Nike Blazers; bag: Dooney & Bourke

I just got back from a short trip home to see my family over Easter. I had a really nice time, ate a lot of food, lazed about a lot, the usual. I also talked my sister into taking a few outfit snaps of me, ta sis. I sometimes wish I had a pal who'd take my outfit pictures for me while we're out and about, it would be a lot more interesting than just taking them in my bedroom all the time. Maybe in the future I'll find someone I can talk into it from time to time. 

I packed pretty light to go home. We went for dinner a few times and had a couple of day trips so I wanted some nice, but comfy, clothes. Essentially, I lived in this black pleated skirt from Topshop. You've all seen it a million times before. Here's a better picture of it. I ended up taking my camera along with me most places, expect some upcoming posts of fun days out, so I had to borrow my sister's Dooney & Bourke handbag that I've always secretly envied anyway.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Molly Ringwald Shorts

jumper: H&M; top: Primark; shorts, boots: Topshop

Whenever I watch an '80s film, I always get the urge to pull out these shorts. I watched Some Kind of Wonderful recently (One of my favourite John Hughes films and seriously underrated - definitely go watch it. The soundtrack is great) and couldn't hold back the urge to wear these immediately after. They make me feel like a young Molly Ringwald, which is all I could ever ask for really. Fun fact: Molly was my original inspiration to dye my hair red. I've always desperately wanted to be a natural redhead.

I'm having a real 'Dear god, my roots look awful' moment looking at these pictures. I popped home this weekend and got my sister to redye my hair, never fear. I do try and keep the colour from looking dull by mixing semi-permanent dye with my conditioner but when the roots are showing, sometimes it just can't be helped. I should really do a hair care post at some point to update you on what I'm using. I'll put it on my to-do list.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Baby Steps

jumper: Zara; skirt: H&M; shoes: Nike Blazers; necklace: Topshop

My preference for trainers continues. These baby blue Blazers were a Christmas present that I've been getting tons of wear out of it now it's spring. I still desperately want a pair of leather high top Blazers but, generally speaking, I'm more a fan of the low tops. They're so cute and comfortable to boot. I feel like they're fairly festive too. Pale blue is an Easter colour, right? So seasonally appropriate.

I'm stuck in a rut again. I keep looking into my wardrobe and doing that thing where I dislike all my clothes and want to start over. I feel like I've felt like this for a while. To try and overcome this a bit, I've been trying to wear some of the more exciting pieces in my wardrobe. Like this (faux) leather skirt. I used to wear this in the daytime without a second thought but recently I've become dull in my old age and resigned it to the 'nighttime only' section of my wardrobe. I decided to forgo that for this outfit and threw a big jumper over it and headed to the library. Baby steps. Hopefully getting out of my comfort zone helps me overcome this uninspired patch I'm in.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Recent Favourites: April 2014

It's been quite some time since my last Recent Favourites post. Not because I haven't been really enjoying anything of late, probably quite the opposite. I've been playing with the products I use a bit more recently and trying out new things. I don't like to announce I love something until I've really given it a proper trial. It's all well and good to say you think something's fantastic the first few times you use it, but I think the real test of whether you really like something is if you continue to use it for a sustained period of time. These few products are some that I really have stuck to and enjoyed lately.

Scwarzkopf Got2B Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray
Since I cut my hair shorter, I've been trying to play with it a bit more. Short hair is so much less hassle and a lot more versatile, I've discovered. One product I love and always use is this sea salt spray. It adds a bit of texture and helps my curls stay in place longer. I spray it liberally on wet hair after applying my serums and then scrunch for a while to create nice bouncy curls. A spritz on limp third day hair helps revive it too.

Soap & Glory Love at First Blush 
I've always been more of a matte blush fan, preferring to apply highlighter over the top if I want a bit of luminosity. However I love the colour of this blush and the natural sheen it gives. Highlighter can sometimes look a bit over the top in the day time while this gives a lovely colour and glow without being too much. It's fairly sheer so you can choose between really building it up or using it with a lighter hand for a subtle highlight over another blush.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation SPF 20
Foundation was never something I wore daily until recently. I have good skin, thank you genetics, and have never suffered from acne but I am prone to redness in patches. Also, while I'm not old by any means, I'm nearly 22 now and I do have discoloured patches from the odd former blemish. This foundation provides very light coverage, which is all I need, but evens out my skintone nicely without making me look too matte. I have very dry skin and this has a slightly dewy finish that I really enjoy.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 'Beso'
A friend gave me this lipstick after she got it as a sample and didn't like the colour on her. The colour is a beautiful striking, matte red and quickly became one of my favourite reds in my collection. I'd never tried a liquid lipstick before but this goes on like a lipgloss with doe-foot applicator and then dries to a matte, long-wearing finish. I can eat my lunch and go for hours without this budging or feeling drying. It's a fantastic product for anyone on the go, I really want to try some other colours in this line now.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Brown T-Bars

top: Topshop; skirt: American Apparel; shoes: Dr Martens

This post commemorates the first time I was brave enough to wear my new DMs out of the house for a sustained period of time. Honestly, they're so much less painful than my other pair. They rub a tiny bit but generally they're pretty comfortable to wear. I've had my boots for nearly 5 years yet this pair of shoes, barely a month old, are already way easier to wear. It makes no sense. But they're super cute.

I wasn't sure if I'd get a bunch of wear out of brown shoes at first but I think I can make it work. An easy go-to option is definitely this camel coloured AA skirt that I love, since it looks great with black anyway. Add the shoes and you're golden. They're a nice shade of brown that looks kind of faded/worn though, which helps. One of these days I'll get over my fear of brown, I swear. One pair of shoes at a time.