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.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cropped Check

top: Primark; skirt, boots: Topshop

I unearthed this Primark turtleneck the other day during a clear out. I forgot that I even owned it so that was a nice surprise. It's cropped and comfy and pretty fun. It's kind of a shame I only just found it since I could have got a lot of wear out of it over the winter. But it will keep for another year, I suppose.

It's Easter break and I'm going away a lot, to a conference and to see family. Which means lots of packing and travelling, hence how I found this top while figuring out what to bring with me. Hopefully I can attempt to take some pictures of what I get up to so I can make a few lifestyle posts for you all. They're always a nice change of pace and take the pressure off me to think of interesting new outfits all the time.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Final Undergrad Outfit

top: River Island; skirt: H&M; shoes: Converse; watch: Casio

It's been another week of deadlines and spending a lot of time in the library. My last ever as an undergraduate. I have one more final essay to submit in May and then my degree is officially over. No more seminars. That's it. Part of me is terrified, part of me is also kind of oddly looking forward to it? It's been an odd month of thinking about my future and being in my twenties and in a way, I feel ready to move on and start the next phase of my life. Which is good. Because I thought you'd have to drag me away from uni kicking and screaming before I gave it up. 

This is such a bog standard, super comfy outfit. In fact, I almost always wear this top on my comfort clothes days. It's massive and soft and flowy and perfect, basically. I've also been really into my Converse lately, especially my white pair with the weather picking up. I am terrible at dressing myself for warmer weather and shopping for summer clothes is a nightmare because I hate colour, but I'm getting there. Hopefully the white shoes help.