Monday, 23 November 2015

a winter playsuit

(coat - primark...playsuit - luxemme* - eBay)

winter is definitely here. the air is definitely colder, evenings get darker earlier, and twinkly lights are appearing everywhere - reminding us all that christmas is almost here! it's definitely my favourite season, and one that calls for coats, boots and layers.

this playsuit is perfect for a winter night out. i absolutely love the skater-style shorts, pulling me in at the waist which is super flattering. i love the mesh sleeves and detailing at the front, also the low back allows you to transfer it to an evening out. worn with tights and knee high boots makes this perfect for winter, teamed with a trench coat it's the epitome of classic chic. pop a fedora on for extra wow factor.

until next time xo


Monday, 16 November 2015

the power of a hashtag

social media is often dismissed by people as being 'materialistic, fluffy, not real'. only recently we saw a backlash from instagrammer essena o'neill who proceeded to 'correct' her captions. it is often dismissed by those who don't understand it, thinking it's frivolous and 'for the younger generation'. but, in times of crisis, social media is where people turn.

i learnt about the horrific paris attacks via Facebook, where a friend had shared a BBC news story. i proceeded to go on Twitter, where #PrayForParis was already trending, alongside #PorteOuverte for people seeking safety amongst the horror. i knew more about the story before it had been announced on the television. the power of social media breaking news story is incomparable in this day and age, trustworthy sources such as BBC News use it as their main platform for sharing key aspects of stories. the immediacy of it all was overpowering to me, and made me almost feel overwhelmed at the power of these platforms.

but another thing that struck me during Friday night and Saturday, was how amazing social media is at fighting this hate. the powerful hashtags previously mentioned were incredible, whilst to some they seem simple it showed a worldwide solidarity between millions of strangers all fighting for the same thing - peace. the power of 140 characters showed the majority of the world fighting against this hatred, highlighting that through a quick touch of a button the world was united - even if we've never met.

hashtags have proved instrumental in portraying a world wide holding of hands after disgraceful attacks. #JeSuisCharlie was a powerful instance of social media uniting the world after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, it was a simple way of showing that we are all in this together. Similarly, social media was used fantastically in the wake of the Tunisian shootings. It's such a simple tool, and on the face of it, it does seem meaningless to have a 'trending hashtag' to those not in the know. However, social media is used by the majority of the world, and to know that worldwide everyone is discussing the same thing, fighting for the same cause, it quite something.

of course, the hashtag is used on a daily basis for other things. every single day there is a trend related to justin bieber, one direction...or another boy band. this, obviously, does not resonate emotionally with the world on such a scale as PrayForParis, but again - it is quite amazing seeing so many teenagers and young people around the world coming together to celebrate and share something they feel so passionate about. growing up, i didn't have this outlet, and if i was to be 14 in 2015, i can't say that i wouldn't be an avid one direction fan, tweeting my love every day. (sorry, not sorry).

i liken it to the image above, of lanterns lifting into the sky and floating everywhere. we can use our words to spread light all over the world, one tweet might not seem important to you - you may not get favourites, retweets or replies. but one person may see you've tweeted, and feel inclined to do the same. the chain goes on.

i hope that social media continues to be a social for the world to cry on in situations like this, and one that we use for the better - after all, what other platforms speak to the everyday person on such a personal level everyday? 

until next time xo 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

autumn lip shades

(mac lipsticks in stone / taupe / mehr)

lipsticks are slowly working their way into my favourite beauty pieces. i never used to wear lipstick everyday, thinking it was more of a night out occurrence. also, because of my big ass bottom lip i always felt it was too 'in your face'. but, autumn presents a palate of gorgeous neutral shades that are perfect for everyday. teamed with a chunky jumper, a big scarf and a teddy bear coat - you are officially ready for the leafy season.

mac stone - this is a matte shade, that is a gorgeous brown colour without feeling too dark for everyday wear. i love the matte finish, giving you a polished look and also allowing you not to worry about reapplying too much over the day. i think this shade is super versatile, as it can be worn as a fun autumn shade during the day, but also work at night with dark eyes and a sassy outfit. kylie jenner also loves wearing it on her plumped up pout, so it must be a winner.

mac taupe - this shade is also matte, and a little darker than my natural lip, but not as dark as stone. the pink undertone is more natural, and definitely suited to the autumn season as it is slightly toned down. this lippy is perfect for swiping on if you're in a rush, have a client meeting, drinks with the girls, or even just want to feel fab whilst shopping for some bacon (my life). it makes me feel like i've made an effort when i haven't, and for that i am truly grateful.

mac mehr - ANOTHER matte shade?? can you sense my obsession? i picked up this shade after seeing it pretty much matches my lip colour exactly, but gives it that extra pink dimension that makes you look pouty and pretty. it's my everyday go to shade, really easy to wear in any situation, and gorgeous on a night out as a velvet teddy substitute - after all, there is more to life than velvet teddy. i would definitely recommend this shade as an autumn handbag essential!
which is your favourite shade?

until next time xo

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