Thursday, 22 October 2015

the mirror selfie series #1



i'm a busy bee. i work full time, commute full time, and i'm also a full-time netflix addict. this makes outfit photos VERY hard. i also can't keep roping in my brother to take them, as let's face it, he has better things to do. so, i took matters into my own hands, and i introduce to you the mirror selfie series.

this is for when i have copious amounts of outfits i want to blog, but just haven't got the means because HELLO girlfriend gotta eat and blogging isn't paying my rent. i hope you like it and don't slag me off for being a beginner. 

so, outfit one. these knee high boots are EVERYWHERE at the moment. you can't seem to go on instagram without seeing a pair. so, being the fashion victim i am, i jumped on the band wagon. i wasn't sure if it made me look like puss in boots, but i actually love them. they're so autumnal, and can be worn with a knitted jumper like this (granted, i would normally wear tights), or black jeans and a snuggly turtle neck. sorted.

outfit two. this is what i call my army uniform. but one that wouldn't look out of place in the spice movie (remember that scene???) i LOVE this new look jumpsuit, it's so comfy and makes me feel fanbloodytastic every time i put it on. you can wear it to work with heeled boots, or simply with some trainers for a low key look. a worthy investment.

and finally, outfit three. this is definitely a fave atm. dungarees are a big trend, and i again had to hop on board the trend train. despite not being high waisted, which took me a while to get used to, i think they're super flattering. they look great with turtle necks, and worn with a jumper underneath they're a great casual winter outfit. i wear mine mainly with my adidas trainers, as it just makes me feel so comfy but shoreditch cool (you know what i mean).

don't hate the selfies, hate the game.

until next time xo 
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Monday, 19 October 2015

moving out - the twenty somethings guide


so i did it. i moved out of my family home into a house share. i recently started a new job, and decided that i didn't want to commute anymore. all my friends and bf had recently moved to the area i was now working in, and i wanted to be involved. so, i spent a week hassling landlords and monitoring spare room.co.uk, and here i am. warm, happy, in a house share. 

there's a lot of things that people don't tell you about when you leave university, and house shares are one of them. i thought house shares were a uni thing. something you did for those 3 years of your life, where you were thrown together with a group of random people who turned out to be your BEST FRIENDS EVER (or biggest enemies, it happens), and you all eat noodles and watch the kardashians without guilt for three years. then, you all graduate, grow up in a week, get a perfect job, pop that cheeky deposit down on the perfect flat in london, and buy loads of shoes.

life, it turns out, doesn't work out like that. 

and that's fine - i just wish i'd known a little bit more about this whole house share thing before i realised it was even an option. i've popped down a few things i wish i'd known before i found a house share, to hopefully ease some thoughts about them. i wish i'd had this, as it really helps with those fears or worries. especially when all you can find when you type in 'houseshares' into google is 'NIGHTMARE HOUSEMATES...NIGHTMARE HOUSESHARES...THE RISE OF THE LONELY TWENTY SOMETHING'. it doesn't mean you're a loser. it doesn't mean you're failing. it means you're a twenty something young professional in 2015. so enjoy. 

1 - HOUSE SHARES ARE COMPLETELY NORMAL.
I was convinced that when you left university you pretty much got a flat straight away, be it with your boyfriend/ best friend/ few friends. the thought of moving in with complete strangers again didn't even cross my mind. i moved back in with my mum+dad after uni, and stayed there for a year, and i noticed a lot of my friends moving into house shares. i thought it was a bit odd, and maybe a bit scary, but i just didn't realise just how many people did it. it's for people from all walks of life: people who got jobs in completely new cities, people from other countries, people who work in a town during the week.... it doesn't mean you're a loser with no mates to get a flat with.

2 - It's not like Uni... but kind of is.
when i moved into my houseshare, i felt very nostalgic for university days. it reminded me of pottering around the house on my own, doing my own thing, then chatting all night and watching the tv whilst we all sat around on our laptops. you get the social life, the new experiences, the independence, WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO LECTURES. although, you do have to get up to go to work, but because chances are it's close - it's not even a problem. if you get a good group of housemates (which i do!) pre drinks and parties are definitely on the cards as well.

3 - It's a new way of making friends.
I don't know about you, but i did always wonder WHERE you meet new people once you left uni. sure you had work, but where do you meet those kindred spirits that occupied your halls once upon a time? well, welcome to house shares. you meet so many people that you'd have never crossed paths with, and they become like your brand new family. everyone's different, and it's another great way of learning how to speak to new people, and also learning more about different walks of life. 

4 - it's one step closer to the 'a' word
Yes, it's one step closer to being that weird thing that no one actually THINKS they are, but they are. an adult. i feel like it's a half way step between being a student, and a proper fully fledged human being. no longer are you 18 years old, revising for a post colonial exam, and talking about your a level results, but you're not quite at the stage where you are looking for mortgages, discussing the school run and getting joint bank accounts. it gives you the independence that you, quite rightfully want, but also allows you to still have that carefree attitude of a twenty something. oh, and half the time your rent includes all those nasty bills, so you don't have to worry about it.

5 - it teaches you money management.
chances are, at university you had a nice student loan to fall back on. or, your parents helped you out. in a shared house, you probably have a job, with a salary that will now need to be spent responsibly. this is something i've had trouble with, as my income just went on mac lipsticks and expensive burgers. aiming to move out forced me to save my money, put some away every month, learn to say no. it's been a good learning curve, and i feel much more responsible and aware of what's coming in and out every month. because i have rent to pay, bills to pay, and food i need to eat. i can still give myself a treat every now and again, but it feels more like a treat because i haven't been treating myself all month

6 - lastly, it's the start of something new.
this is a new chapter in your life. this, hopefully, means you won't have to go and live back in your parents home again. this means you have the freedom to go out on a wednesday night if you want to, to have a house party at the drop of the hat, visit all your friends whenever you want. it also will be the only time in your life you can be as selfish as you want, and do everything for you - as chances are you don't have a family just yet (if you do, congratulations!). it's a change. change is always scary, but that doesn't mean it's the wrong thing to do. it means better things are still yet to come, and one day you'll reminisce about your care free days as a young professional, working hard, playing hard, living in your house share with people you'll never forget.

i'm loving my house share so far, so don't be afraid. go on spareroom.co.uk for more information, it really helped me!

until next time xo 

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

my smoky addiction


hi everyone. my name is louisa. and i have a problem. i'm addicted to neutral eyeshadow palates. oh, what? every other girl in the UK has the same problem? oh. i'll sit down then. 

i think the official term is called a 'basic bitch', but we will forget about that...

i've wanted to do specific posts for a while now about each of my favourite eyeshadow palates, but to be honest, i think one big post about all of them would suffice. i felt absolutely spoilt when i took these photos (which i apologise for the reflections, girl couldn't get the sun to go in), it looks excessive. but you all know how vital it is to have these variations. so i digress. here is a little review of my favourites, and they're definitely ranked from top to bottom. everyone has their favourites. 

the mac palate - i was given this as an AMAZING birthday present from my boyfriend this year. i nearly cried at the gorgeous shades. this is their warm neutral palate, and consists of warmer shades such as my favourites dance in the dark and creative copper. the colours range from matte shades which are perfect for highlighting in the crease of your eye, to more glittery shades that add that special 'wow' factor when you're doing a smoky eye. i know it's expensive, but  i would FIRMLY recommend this palate. it's highly pigmented, and long-lasting. you won't be running out of colour anytime soon. 

naked smoky palate - i've actually done a more indepth review of this here, so for more points definitely give this a read. but yeah. this palate is the real deal. gorgeous, deep colours that really last - especially when they're teamed with the urban decay eyeshadow primer. i love the deep blacks and purples mixed with the more glittery shades, a really spectrum of colours that will suit every occasion. this is cheaper than the mac palate, but will set you back around £35. maybe pop it on the christmas list!

the bobbi browns -  i actually have two palates from bobbi brown, both very similar colours. one is the shimmer brick, now, please don't kill me, but i don't know the EXACT names off the top of my head. but they're brown/gold colours. i absolutely LOVE the shimmer brick. i find it super pigmented, with gorgeous shades, and i love the packaging. however, the other (which is more of a palate design) i haven't been so thrilled with. the colours don't seem to build up as much. I feel like i REALLY have to scrape at them to get a decent colour. so perhaps don't buy this one, personally.

naked 3 - DO NOT SHOOT ME. in all honesty, this palate is more of a personal preference. i don't think the rose gold tones are for me. they're  a little TOO pink for me. i don't really like feeling like i'm walking around with pink clown eyes. i think if i really thought about this palate, and thought more about the colours that 'went', i'd enjoy it a lot more. but, when i have the smoky palate, why bother? #spoiltgirlproblems.

and i couldn't talk palates without talking machinery. and when i say machinery, i mean brushes. as i can't afford a full set of mac professional brushes, i stick with real techniques. i have a real variety of brushes, but this little set is the real deal. it consists of 4 brushes, one for smudging, one for precision liner. one for eyeliner, one for pointed liner, and comes with a cute little pouch. you can purchase this here. the smudging brush is definitely my favourite, really blending the two colours of your choice in perfectly - completing that smokey look. i tend to team this with the brush that comes with the naked palates. 

i hope this helps on your quest for the perfect smoky palate. i would definitely recommend the mac palate or naked smoky, but let me know what you think!

until next time xo 

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

the october spending ban


i like nice things. i am not ashamed to admit it. ever since i started full time work i always burn through my pay cheque. whether it's new clothes, make up, nights out, dinners, petrol... i get it. but this month, i've decided that enough is enough. it's time for a spending ban.

i've always been skeptical about these spending bans. ever since the fire i've felt that i should treat myself, and continue to allow myself nice things as all of my things were ruined. but it's been a year since the fire, and i feel a little bit...materialistic. 

i'm the first to admit that the finer things in life excite me, nice make up... amazing dinners... gorgeous clothes. i don't think it takes away the depth of my personality to want nice things for myself, i'm still a nice human being. i think it makes me a completely normal 22 year old. but when i tentatively check my bank balance at the end of every month, it sometimes isn't a pretty sight.  

i don't want to play the blame game, but i do think a large part of my spending obsession comes from blogging and social media. there's always something new and shiny that i want. whether it's some lace up shoes or the new 'must have' mac lipstick, i want it on my list. it's trends that i get caught up in, things that I KNOW are PR stories or carefully place there because the internet is so damn clever and KNOWS i will end up buying that denim dress they've carefully placed in my Facebook feed. social media is my career, but it isn't helpful to my bank balance.

i hope that this will force me to be more creative with my blog posts. create outfits out of pieces i already own. fall back in love with my wardrobe. go outside and take photos of places i wouldn't have visited. spend time with my friends and family in different ways. i know i will slip up and get the odd wagamamas here and there...but does that count? (please say no/don't answer)

i'm also planning on moving out very very soon, i know that this will officially mark the end of my silly spending, as i will have new responsibilities that i didn't have before (i'm talking about you council tax). i need to make sure i have enough in the bank after rent to get petrol, food, pay my phone bill.. you know, all the boring stuff you never ever want to really think about. 

so this month, i am officially not buying myself anything. nada. i will not be buying any more lipsticks that kylie jenner may/may not have used. i will not be roped into buying that stripy top that everyone is wearing. i will merely buy necessities if needed, and this DOES NOT include any more black boots. necessities include petrol, contact lense solutions, train tickets. 

i hope that i do well. i will report back in a few weeks with my findings.

wish me luck.

until next time xo  
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