Sunday, 28 February 2016

ruby woo: a love affair

(lip colour - ruby woo from mac)

red is the colour of love. the colour of passion. and also, a bloody hard colour to get right in lipstick. people talk about 'true reds', they moan that the colour runs over the course of the day, even that it is more orange than red. well, i'm here to shout from the rooftops, because i've found the perfect red lipstick that you ALL need in your make up bags.

that's right folks, i have discovered ruby woo.

ruby woo isn't a new shade from mac. it's a very well known and popular lippy choice for women all over the country. it's been sitting in my lipstick collection for some time, only recently coming out to play. i wish i had more confidence to wear a red lippy everyday, because this would definitely be my weapon of choice.

think you know matte lipstick? think again. ruby woo is literally the MOST matte lipstick i've ever worn in my life. application is a little tricky due to this, and it feels a little bit like you're PULLING it across your lips. however, i would simply recommend buying a lip brush when applying. it makes it much easier to glide on your lips, and also is much more precise when you're creating your shape. i love my real techniques lip brush which is only £7.99 at boots. 

once you've applied the gorgeous shade, you'll realise why so many mac fanatics rave about it. the colour is super pigmented, and really evokes a strong, passionate red that you would hope for. given the intensity of its matte application, you hardly feel like anything is on your lips. it's light-weight, and definitely stays on all day. if you were planning on wearing all day, i would estimate you'd only have to top up your colour once. it stays put all day, which is really useful if you're on the move or at a work event. 

taking off ruby woo is a little tricky, as that baby wants to stay on your lips for as long as possible. it's not as easy as smudging off like other lipsticks. i would recommend taking off with a water based make up remover, and then make sure you moisturise your lips once removed. it can get a little dry up in there, so make sure you are kind to your lips. after all, you want to be able to rock this colour as much as you can, and your lips will thank you for the hydration top up.

i would definitely make ruby woo from mac cosmetics a staple in your lipstick collection. it's a classic colour that is timeless, and can be worn subtly or dressed up with dramatic make up. whether you want to feel like a siren, or parisian chic with a striped top and trainers - ruby woo is here for you.

until next time xo  


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Friday, 19 February 2016

#IRLPanel


thursday nights usually consist of me either sitting on a spin bike dreaming of donuts, or me sat in my room watching parks and recreation. in short, my brain is usually asleep and i'm just powering through to friday. but this week was different. i made my way into London for the first IRL Panel, hosted by the wonderful Emma Gannon and Laura Williams. Needless to say, my brain was awake this Thursday.

the panel was held at the ultra cool Twitter offices, and the room was buzzing full of incredible women. women from every sort of industry, who just wanted to be surrounded by like-minded people. we were instantly greeted by Laura (aka SuperlativelyLJ), who urged us to network and enjoy the prosecco post-event. that we did, before taking front row seats for the conversation.

the theme was permission. 

permission in the world of work, love, friends, even permission to be yourself... all bases were covered. it was inspirational to hear Emma and Laura speak, and their obvious friendship was clear on stage as they boasted about the others incredible achievements. they were also joined by fashion babe Freddie Harrel, digital and all round good egg Heather Taylor Portmann and finally queen of words Bridget Minamore. 

the whole panel event was a flurry of quotes that i want to take through my entire life. i nodded furiously as i agreed with everything said,  and realised that i'm not crazy - there's a whole world of us out there thinking EXACTLY the same things. i've listed below some of the most tweet-able quotes from the evening, and the ones that resonated with me the most:

feminine traits should be seen as strengths in the work place.
excuse me, preach! i'm lucky i work in an office full of strong, intelligent women, but i can imagine in a 'male dominated' workplace it can be difficult to assert your feminine traits in a positive manager all the time. the point was raised that if men want a raise, they get a raise. if women want a raise, they wait. this is so true. we need to see ourselves as worth every penny.

we are not consistent. approach yourself as a broad canvas of characters.
this is something i really relate to. one day i feel like i'm all sweetness and light, but an hour later i can easily turn and be a hideous, moody creature who should hide away eating crisps. i can't ever figure out why i can't just be normal, and be the person everyone thinks i am. well, news flash - i'm not that person. i'm not any person. i'm a whole bunch of people. we are villages, and the sooner we accept it's ok to be inconsistent, the better. 

thinking everyone is thinking about you is limiting.
well. this knocked me for six. it's refreshing to hear this honesty. i am a self confessed worrier. i worry about EVERYTHING. how someone took something i said, if i did this right, if they didn't like this... and tbh, no one is ever thinking of you as much as you are. this isn't to say people don't care about you, but the problems are much bigger in your own head. give yourself permission to take a step back from the situation, and a reality check. 

we are all limitless, but we don't know how to use our superpowers yet.
i love this. to me, this statement says that i should give myself permission to go out there and seize every opportunity i can, because i can do it. i have the ability to be/do whatever i want. but, if things fall or crumble, we need to accept that this is ok. we don't know everything, we don't need to know everything - experience is key in achieving what you want to achieve. mistakes are good. 

the evening continued with schmoozing and genuine appreciation, with everyone wanting to learn more about their fellow IRL attendees, and i felt so happy to have people tweeting me asking where i was, and wanting to meet me. it was refreshing to not feel like you had to recite your A Levels, Degree topic and where you went to school with everyone... no one-up-manship, just people asking questions.

i feel this is the start of something very special. one day, when lena dunham is begging for a spot on the panel and it's hosted in the o2 arena, i hope to there with another front row seat, and able to whisper 'i was there'.

until next time xo


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Saturday, 13 February 2016

the camel coat

(coat - asos (sold out)... dungarees - topshop...top - ebay...boots - vagabond)

camel coats are everywhere. when you're a monochrome lover like myself, sometimes a splash of colour (albeit beige) can transform an outfit from 'funeral' to 'fashion'. 

i fell in love with this coat when i found it in the asos sale, at a bargain price of £20. it's plush, a little bit furry, and super warm. i love the exaggerated length, drama in a piece of clothing is always a plus for me. cold days call for camel. 

my dungarees are a favourite of mine, even though every time i put them on i'm still never quite sure on them. i wish they were high-waisted, but alas, this is what i dream of in every thing i own.

until next time xo 






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Sunday, 7 February 2016

the little things

(jacket - missy empire...bangle - whistle & bango*...phone cover - victoria's secret...shoes - clarks...)

sometimes i forget that this little blog started because i love taking photos of outfits. i find it hard to find the time to get them shot, but when i do, i feel very happy. this is an outfit i wore recently on a shopping trip, and it's full of a lot of my favourite things.

this denim jacket was an absolute steal from online store missy empire, and only cost £22. i actually found this through jennifer metcalfe, as we work with her with our clients and i just fell in love with it. it's amazing quality for the price, nice thick denim, and I love the fur and rip details. a perfect spring jacket. 

little things to me are my favourite, and anyone who knows me is aware that i am obsessed with things with my initials on it. i have a gorgeous thomas sabo bracelet and tiffanys necklace with LD, and anything with an L on it - i'm in. so, when whistle and bango go in touch with me asking if i'd like a personalised bangle i jumped at the chance. i got a gorgeous, cream and gold bangle with my initials on - and i'm legit obsessed. it's such a gorgeous gift, and it would be perfect for a gift for a friend/your family or anyone. the personal touch is really special, and i would definitely recommend to a friend.

until next time xo 



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Monday, 1 February 2016

moonpig spring showcase

(all gifts available on www.moonpig.com)

another week, another exciting pr event i was a part of! it's interesting in the blogging community, i see a lot of amazing events that bloggers attend...but part of me LOVES being a part of organising them. at work, we recently got a new client with a catchy little jingle... that's right, moooooonpig! and we helped assist in their incredible spring summer showcase! apologies for the millions of photos, but there was too much amazing stuff to photograph!

so the theme of the event was spring, and it was showcasing the vast variety of amazing products moonpig sell. you would be forgiven for thinking that moonpig just sell personalised cards, as that it what they have been most known for... but i'm here to tell you that they are so much more than this!! moonpig offer an amazing selection of flowers, treats, gifts, candles, chocolates.... the list is endless!

what i love about moonpig is that you can get everything in one place, which is really handy when all your friends are here there and everywhere. you can send those funny, in joke cards along with a bouquet of beautiful flowers.they're the only place in the UK you can get a personalised card and gift, so kudos.

so i need to talk to you about the flowers. moonpig offer a wide selection of beyond beautiful bouquets  which are all super fresh and smell amazing, but they've really out done themselves this valentine's day. we were showcasing to the press a bouquet of Ecuadorian roses, which were over a metre and a half tall. this was surpassing some of our guests height! they really had the WOW factor, and you can definitely imagine kanye showering kim with these. they come in at a cool £725, so not something i could unfortunately afford, but feel free to treat me!

alongside these gorgeous valentine's day gifts, they showcased amazing ideas for mother's day, new mums, Easter, and Spring in general. i can't begin to explain all of the gifts, but hopefully my photos showcase it - and you can visit www.moonpig.com to see all the rest of the range. don't forget about their cards though, they have some cute new designs!

it was a busy busy day, full of meeting exciting people and working with our brilliant new clients. i loved the whole day, and being surrounded by such beautiful flowers and yummy chocolates (i recommend this box of chocolate covered fudge, srsly. me and my housemates are demolishing them right now).

until next time xo


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