Sunday, 31 May 2015

parisian wardrobe: essentials

the french, so i've heard, base their entire wardrobe on 5 essential pieces. clothing that transcends the season, goes with everything and every occasion, and are effortlessly chic when you throw them on. i've decided to emulate this in my own wardrobe, and i think i've got it down to my favourite 4 pieces for SS15.

1 - the white shirt.
an oversized shirt is almost like trying to find the perfect pair of jeans - it's a personal choice. i've tried on a few, and hadn't fallen in love with any yet. i also found they were EXPENSIVE, and not worth my pennies. that is, until i found this shirt from new look - just £14.99! i chuck it on and feel so chic and comfortable, it's effortless. a definite must have for SS15.

2 - the blue jeans.
now that the ripped jeans craze is kinda old hat, i was left with a dilemma - my only pair of blue jeans had massive rips in them. not exactly easy to wear everyday, as i work in an office and i expect ripped jeans wouldn't be appreciated. so, i bought some jamie high waisted blue jeans recently and LOVE THEM. high waisted jeans are the best invention in the world, and i feel that a blue pair of jeans are ideal for the upcoming summer months. dressed up or dressed down, these babies are perfect for every occasion.

3 - the denim skirt.
the last time i wore a denim skirt was when i was 14. i had cut it up so it was micro-short, with a dodgy uneven hem. i wore tights, ugg boots, and a top with a waist belt. needless to say, i have tainted memories of the denim mini. however, times have changed, and the button up high waisted denim skirt is now a key in my wardrobe. this bad boy is not only super flattering, it goes with EVERYTHING. white shirt? sure. striped top? why not! leather crop top? come join in! i love mine, as i can wear it to work and when i go out. invest NOW. also comes in blue denim!

4 - the lace up flats.
i feel like every blogger and their mother have these flats. i got mine a while ago (ahead of the curve, obvs) and i literally love them. i have never got so many compliments about a pair of shoes before! lace ups are this season's biggest trend, with heels/sandals/flats all following suit. they look great with jeans, and even with tights worn with the denim skirt. these are from new look, and i feel they're the best dupe for those ridikkkkkk expensive ones that started the trend. topshop are also doing these now, in black + brown. go on - treat yourself!

these 4 pieces are my summer essentials. what are yours? 
until next time xo


Monday, 18 May 2015

things i miss about exam time

this is a weird post, but as a recent graduate surrounded by Facebook posts of all my friends revising for exams, there's a strange nostalgia surrounding revision. i actually MISS it, in a weird and surprising way. does anyone else feel the same?

1 - new stationary. any self-respecting academic knows that revision cannot begin until you have a new pack of sharpies, gel pens (scented, preferably) and some coloured flash cards. and it DEFINITELY can't begin until you've written your name in every colour, and also arranged them nicely for an instagram photo with the hashtag #revision #hardwork #studying...even though you are doing none of these things.

2 - treating yourself because you deserve it. i miss buying myself ridiculous presents with money that i definitely didn't have because i read 2 chapters of a book i should have read a year ago. this included copious amounts of make up, dresses, and most of all, expensive food from m&s. girl gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

3 - revision groups. or, in my case, meeting up with my friends, going on the daily mail every 10 minutes, and talking about whether we should/should not go to nandos tonight. you know it's true.

4 - lunch. and second lunch, and third lunch. if you drag yourself to the library for 9am, you know that lovingly made sandwich and well-intentioned carrot sticks are getting eaten by 10.30. and then you know you're dragging yourself to tesco for their sweet sweet meal deal by 12pm. and by 3pm, you're in the SU ordering a jacket potato. you gotta stay refuelled.

5 - discussing how out of order all lecturers are. it's definitely their fault you don't get the syllabus, and it's DEFINITELY their fault that you didn't read that book when you were supposed. such a rubbish uni, definitely not your fault...

6 - entitlement in the library. towards peak exam season, the library is the place to be. and when you're actually in revision zone, you feel that the library is your palace, and so clearly the seats with computers and plug sockets belong to you. and the people sat opposite you gossiping should get. the. hell. out. it's a quiet zone for a reason people, some of us are trying to cram a whole year into 2 days.

7 - bonding over stress. it was always a nice feeling coming home, making your dinner, and chatting with your housemates about OMGZ HOW STRESSFUL IS REVISION I DON'T KNOW IT I'M GONNA GET A THIRD whilst you boil your 20p pasta, as you spent all your money on truffles from m&s in your treating frenzy. 

8 - smugness before you go into the exam. as you wait nervously outside the exam room, it was always a time to out-do your fellow students. it was a great feeling when you could flip your hair talking about a theorist you know off by heart, and didn't you know that there were 3 different essays in this one?...

9 - and the panic when you don't know anything... this is a weird one to miss, but there was something exciting about thinking 'oh my god i literally don't know anything.' before walking into an exam. it's a feeling i haven't had since, literally like i was about to burst into tears/walk out of the exam. 

10 - and finally, actually finishing an exam. as you pass that nervous stage of thinking all knowledge has fallen out of your brain, and curse yourself for looking at the daily mail before you came in as now you can only think about kendall jenner's new jeans, you actually OPEN your exam paper. you see the questions. you think, huh, i know this!!! you write and write and write for 3 hours until your hand LITERALLY TURNS RED (i mean, who writes for 3 hours on the trot????? monks???) and you're done. you put that pen down, somewhat loudly so EVERYONE know you're done, and you breathe a sigh of relief. you did it, champ.

so third years, second years, first years, a level student, gcse students, while you may think i'm crazy for writing this, maybe one day when you've graduated or finished with education, you'll relate to this, and remember those gel pen scented days full of stress and good food. #nostalgia

until next time xo

Monday, 11 May 2015

lipstick kisses: a few favourites

SO, as you can see, I am loving make up at the moment. It’s having a real moment for me, no clothes are really springing out to me, so all my dosh is going on make up. I recently bought three new lippies to play with, and I definitely love them enough to write about. NOTE: my painstaking effort to try and look exactly the same in every photo. Better appreciate.

1 – Kate Moss Rimmel 08.
Kate Moss is literally the master of all trades. The Kate Moss lipsticks are some of my favourites after MAC, they’re really pigmented and I really love the Matte ones. This is a Matte lippy, and is a nude colour, which is my new favourite shade. It’s a great dupe if you’re trying to get the Kylie Jenner look without spending too much money, and works just as well. Definitely recommend, also, looks FAB with a lipliner.

2 – MAC Pink Plaid.
This was a new purchase as I was kindly given a MAC voucher recently. I don’t actually own a pretty little pink lippy, which is odd as it’s somewhat of a staple in a make up bag. Pink plaid is a matte, light pink lipstick which glides nicely onto your lips, unlike the somewhat rigid Ruby Woo. The finish is really pretty, strong colour without being overwhelming, however I recommend putting some lip primer on beforehand to make sure your lips are in perfect lippy condition. I love this colour, it’s really girly and feminine, perfect for everyday use.

3 – MAC Media.
It’s getting d r a m a t I c up in here. Mac Media looks really scary in the tube, my boyfriend thought it was black and that I’d lost my mind. But, I am in love with it. I think it’s important to branch out the norm and comfort zone with lipsticks, so you can spice up a drab outfit or feel a little bit sassier than normal. I love the deep plum colour of Media, and think that if teamed with a Burgundy lip liner it could look super strong on a night out. My only criticism is that it is a bit shiny, I’m not a huge fan of the shine, but think dabbed down it can be OK. Photography didn’t do it justice, damn my macbook.

SO I hope this helped anyone who has money burning a lipstick sized hole in their pocket. Also a massive apology for my awful photography, my camera was totally ruined in the house fire so I am saving my pennies for a new lense. J

Until next time xo


Friday, 1 May 2015

khaki kasual

outfit photos, what a novelty. i am definitely going to start these up again, coz lord knows i love a good pose. i will definitely be investing in a brand spanking new camera soon, but for now enjoy my iPhone 6 snaps.

this is an outfit i absolutely love, but i realise it's one of those 'boys don't get it' outfits. i have a feeling my bf will say i look like aladdin, but who cares. i'm a fan. with the khaki trousers, tight black top and lace up pointed shoes, i am feeling on trend + ready for the spring. in all my monochrome-ish glory, because khaki is the brightest i go.

until next time xo
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