Thursday, 18 December 2014

Simple // What I wore

I seem to be drawn towards pencil skirts the last few months, I love how you can dress them up or casually so easily and quickly.
I actually fell in love with the metallic and glitter crop tops in Topshop, especially the emerald (heart eye emoji) but I ended up picking this black one up when in Cambridge. So sparkly! 

Having a bit of a love for these shoes lately as well, as you can tell from my last few posts! 

Top, skirt, heels - Primark, ring - Pandora, Lipstick - Mac Ruby Woo 

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Classic LBD // What I wore

Dress - Charity shop, Heels - Primark, Coat - Primark

I picked up this star of an lbd on one of my trips to Cambridge to visit Jack. As many long term readers will know, I'm pretty obsessed with charity shops, but round here It's rare to find anything amazing that isn't Primark. Imagine me in Cambridge when there was just constant Jaeger, Next, Ted Baker, Levi, I was in my absolute element browsing with Jack. Topping off the charity shop run with Dunkin Donuts, it was a pretty cool day. 
I found this dress in one shop for only £6 and after messing around trying on funny masks with Jack, bought it. I love it, it fits so nicely and the element of the straps on the back are a nice little touch! 
I thought I would pair it with my bargain set of staple heels (blog post dedicated to them here

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Friday, 12 December 2014

The coat

Coat - Primark (similar here

This year has been the year of the coats!
I've had a bit of an obsession with purchasing coats. Years previous I've just used one from the year before. Jack has even noticed how many I've bought, yep and even commented to people while I was viewing flats on how I'm going to fit all of them in.

I absolutely love this coat out of them all however. One thing I hate about dressing for winter is how it bulks me out and I lose shape. I love how I can cinch this coat in at the waist and 'boom' it out at the hips using the belt. The best part is how it was under £20 from Primark! It's become my absolute staple lately, it suits with everything. I like how smart it can make you look just by simply throwing it on with a simple outfit, but can be paired with your Friday going out dress. 

It's a definite win. 

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Friday, 5 December 2014

Vintage hair style using bendy rollers // brush out

When you are trying to achieve the vintage look, in my opinion the hair completes the look. It gives you that finishing sparkle of the cherry on top. Along with the clothing and make-up, the hair just ties it all up into the perfect package. 
Not everyone loves the old vintage hair look, but I personally love it. 
It's taken me a while and a lot of (mostly failed) experiments to attempt to find a setting routine that my hair works with.  
I've found my ideal routine with bendy rollers and thought I would share it! 
I made a youtube video (here) on how I take and brush out my set after bendy rollers, but silly me didn't think to film me putting them in, I will be doing a video of the full process when I have a spare second. As with everything, I'm still attempting to perfect it and get better at it. 

This is the brush out, as I said my full routine of how I put them in and prep the hair will be up when I have time! for anyone wondering I section the hair in rows so the curls all fall uniformly, so when I brush it out into glamour waves it will mould together (image below) I roll under. If I run out of rollers I tend to chuck a few foam rollers in at the back, I do focus and ensure the curls around my face are the best, so use them first. 


The above photo Is when my hair was down to my chest, bearing in mind my hair is around 2 inches shorter when curled, proves how tight my curls were, this is back when I had my hair cut shorter, which is why it appears a lot more authentic looking. Ladies used to have a lot shorter hair and it really gives a beautiful effect. It does work on my hair now, even when it's a lot longer, but I do prefer the outcome when it's a little shorter. 

In the video, my fringe was still rather short from the fact I was attempting to grow my full fringe out, it was too short to curl, however I now curl it using standing pin curls, which you can see slightly in the above image. I do it in three sections and brush it out gently and mould it around my face to frame it. 

I had a good set on the first image as the curls wanted to fall into almost finger glamour waves, win for me! For extra hold, I held the in part of the finger wave and used a large separating clip and sprayed the life out of it to keep it there.

I love how curling my hair using bendy rollers gives me the perfect vintage hair-do for a special occasion, but then loose but still rather tight, imperfectly, perfect waves the next day! 

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