Sunday, 31 July 2011

Post Holiday Blues Haul!

In an attempt to cheer myself up post holiday I did a little shopping this week! Some necessities that I had run out of whilst away and some major sale bargs!

I actually got this in France from Esprit, well my parents bought it for me as a birthday present! It was in the sale with 50% off then another 20%! It worked out at about 30 Euros. It's a very fine stripe that could be either blue, black or grey it's so fine I can't tell and it seems to work with all three colours! I love the lining pattern too, a grey floral design.

Wrap top from Monsoon. I love this cute top, I bought it to wear with linen trousers and it was a total barg! Reduced from £45 to £22 to £13! The lady was just changing the prices, I would've bought it anyway! It's lilac, a colour that I didn't realise until recently really suits me! It has butterflies and birds on it, needs a vest top underneath as it's completely see through!

Rings, left one from H&M, coral veined effect stone it was about £3.99 I think, need to put some clear polish aroung the ring before I wear it, all my H&M rings have left a lovely green mark on my finger after a couple of hours! The gold rubs away too and it doesn't look quite as nice! Right one from Accessorize obviously bought to go with previous top! Another 70% off item too, it was about £3!

Elemis All About Eyes set from John Lewis, I ran out of eye cream while I was away and had to wait until pay day to purchase another, I probably had about 5 or 6 days with no eye cream and I really felt it! I did enjoy the Decleor one that had run out but this set was a good price, it was £58 in total, fairly expensive but the Pro Intensive Eye and Lip Contour Cream is that price alone, then the Eye Serum which I have bought many times is worth £27 and then a travel size of my favourite cleanser and I reckon there is probably about £12 worth in there! 

Elemis Frangipani Monoi  Shower Cream, a whim purchase but one that I am thoroughly enjoying nonetheless! I used to HATE the smell of this product but since using the Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt oil in the bath I have fallen in love with its rich scent. It reminds me of luxury spa's and tropical islands!

Nails Inc Special Effects in Farringdon Crackle, this is a gold glitter crackle that I thought I'd wear over coral and peachy shades, I get in a bit of a tiz when JL gets new nail varnishes in and this was one of those instances, I'm not sure if I even like crackle that much yet!

Hmmm, I have the most buyers remorse over this purchase! Bobbi Brown Tortoiseshell Eye Palette in Bronze I absolutely loved this collection of palettes when the first pictures surfaced but these are expensive. It was £48.... The quality is fab and the palette feels special, I love the tortoiseshell effect but I still can't really justify it to myself, ahh well too late now!


Sunday, 24 July 2011

NOTD - H&M Going Bananas

Today I'm wearing a polish that was very generously and kindly sent to me by the lovely Katherine aka ProductPixie. After posting that this colour did not suit her on Twitter I expressed an interest into what it was and Katherine kindly offered it to me and it was waiting on my doormat when I got back from holiday on Friday! Lucky me!

Fortunately for me this is a colour that suits me! 

I really like it, it's a shade stronger that my favourite yellow, Nail Inc Spitalfields. In the top picture you can just see the beautiful shimmer in the polish, green and pink shimmer that is very visible outside, it gives it a different dimension than a flat creme polish.

I have mentioned before that I like H&M polishes, not expensive, high fashion colours, quick colour changes and fairly good wear.

Thank you Katherine!


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Birthday NOTD - Candy Apple Leopard!

So today has been my birthday! I haven't done anything today and have mostly hung out with my family and eaten.... a lot!!

I wore a plain black maxi dress from H&M and wanted to something cool with my nails, it was a choice between this look and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy!


I went with Essie Mint Candy Apple and Nails Inc Portobello Market for the leopard dots, I love the summery feel of this leopard and I ADORE the combo of minty/turquoise with peach/coral. 

I'm keeping this look for tomorrow when I'm off to the cool city of Toulouse for a spot of lunch and shopping with the fam on my last full day on holiday!


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

NOTD - Nails Inc Portobello Market

An older Nails Inc from my collection, Portobello Market is a gorgeous peach coral. No red in this one, most definitely peach toned. I can't really compare it to anything else I have, less orangey than OPI Hot and Spicy and more orangey than Nails Inc Wellington Square.

I've not worn it before and I have loved it, it has been a perfect holiday shade, I wore it with OPI Stranger Tides on my toes, an amazing combo of colours! It originally came in a pastel four piece set a couple of years ago. This was two coats. 


OOTD x2!


I hope you don't mind me posting these but I have been enjoying everyone else's, I thought I'd contribute!

First up in this double post is last nights outfit, hugely over the top for the occasion but I enjoyed wearing it! We went to a little restaurant for dinner, it was a little bit posh but not enough for sequins! I've had this top since Easter and this was it's first wearing!

Top - Monsoon Fusion
Trousers - Monsoon
Wedges - Clarkes
Lipstick - MAC Gulabi

I bought the cropped trousers in the Monsoon sale the day before coming to France, I'd been looking for a pair for aaages! The shoes are a pair of black patent peep toe wedges that I got in the Clarkes sale a couple of years ago but have never worn them. They were one of those purchases where I stuffed my feet into them because of the price! Now I've lost weight they fit fine!

Top - Monsoon Fusion
Trousers - Laura Ashley
Sandals - Accessorize

Today's outfit also features a top from Monsoon Fusion! I love this top and bought it with the other one, I have worn this twice now and continue to enjoy it! I love the sleeves and the little print.
Do excuse the seriously dodgy hair, I tried to curl it today for the first time since having it cut and it's still a bit short to achieve a good look! Apologies for the blurry pictures too, not sure what's going on here, different camera and laptop!

 It is freezing here today and as I type my dad is lighting the wood burner downstairs IN JULY!! I brought one cardi that has gone on now!

Anyway, hope the weather perks up it has been rubbish this week, wet and pretty cold! 


Sunday, 17 July 2011

Evening OOTD

This is my outfit from last night, we went out for dinner in a local town. It was a smarter restaurant so we got a little dressed up, normally the French are fairly casual around here.

Top - Monsoon
Trousers - Laura Ashley 
Sandals - Accessorize
Bangle - Accessorize

I love to wear white linen trousers in the summer but I am terrified of sitting in something, spilling something or generally touching anything with them on! I would like to add that these are a size 10!!

Also the first outing of the green top, it has little butterflies on it and I have to say I am getting more comfortable with sleeveless! I know you can't see my sandals, I did crop the photo but for some reason it won't upload the cropped version, but they have Swarovski crystals along my foot, love a bit of sparkle in the evening!


Saturday, 16 July 2011

French OOTD's


I thought I'd share a couple of my OOTD's, I only have two pictures so far but I will try to take more as my holiday goes on! 

I wore this on Tuesday, it was the outfit I tweeted about last week saying that I was unsure about the amount of leg and arm that was on show but I was surprisingly comfortable with it! We had gone to watch the Tour De France go through a local town, as usual on one's first day I got quite sunburnt!

Top - H&M
Skirt - H&M
Belt - H&M
Sandals - Accessorize 
Sunglasses - Accessorize

Excuse my brothers dopey look! This was Thursday, Bastille Day and market day. It was a little chilly in the morning but it turned out to be a lovely day so I removed the cardi!

T-Shirt - Laura Ashley
Skirt - Monsoon
Cardigan - Zara
Sandals - Accessorize
Sunglasses - Accessorize
Bag - Tabitha

We haven't been out for dinner yet so I haven't gone any evening outfits but I am looking forward to wearing some of the other clothes I have brought so I will get some pictures! I loved my first outfit so much, I have washed it and am wearing it today!


Friday, 15 July 2011

Holiday Maquillage!


I am writing this from my parents house in the south of France, I am sitting outside enjoying the sunshine at the moment and having a lovely time with my family. 

As usual I have packed too many clothes and brought too much makeup but I did carefully select some lipsticks to bring with me. I hate getting ready and discover that I could have brought a certain colour with me! So I have tried to cover all colour groups! When selecting things to take on holiday you really narrow down your favourites and think these would be mine as of now!

MAC - Gulabi, Dressmaker Dressmaker, Lady Gaga, Ever Hip, Candy Yum Yum and Hibiscus

Chanel Coco Rouge - Romance, Sari D'Eau

Okay, so I brought eight lipsticks for a 14 day holiday, but a girls gotta have options!

As for nail varnish, I couldn't quite control myself quite as well!

OPI - Black Onyx, Diva Of Geneva, Can You Tapas This, Hot And Spicy, Sparrow Me The Drama and Mermaids Tears

Nails Inc - Eaton Square, Blandford Street, Portobello Market, Maple Street and Cadogan Square

Orly Luxe, Jessica Sexy Siren, No7 60's Mini Skirt, Essie Mint Candy Apple, CG Flip Flop Fantasy, CG For Audrey.

Umm...... yeah.

That's 17 nail varnishes!

Well, I have toes and nails to paint and I brought some for my Mum to use as she didn't bring any *justifying this craziness*

I have changed my polish a couple of times and as I write this I am waiting for Portobello Road to dry and this is my view!

Is there anything you can't control yourself around when packing?!

P.S I have also brought 8 pairs of shoes......


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Yellow Fever!

This summer I have been drawn to anything yellow, I realise this is not completely a choice made of my own freewill as there are many gorgeous yellow items popping up in the shops this year all coaxing me to buy them, at which they have been successful!

The yellow coloured items in my wardrobe have gone from virtually nothing to five items with two more to come hopefully!

First up my Tabitha handbag!

I know you have all seen it but this has been a pretty major accessory for me in the month that I've had it. I have used it almost every day. I promised myself I wouldn't use it for work but I have been as I just can't put it down!

O.S.P by Osprey purse.

I had my eye on this for a little while but I was waiting for a 10% off weekend, the wait was worth it as it had 20% off in the end! I adore the colour and the lining is beautiful it reminds me of a silk scarf or dress. I love a big purse, I don't like fiddly little ones!

Skinny belt from Accessorize.

I bought this earlier in the year, my first yellow purchase! I wear it with a white tunic and blue leggings, it gives a little bit of colour on an otherwise plain outfit. 

Zara scarf.

My most recent yellow item, I bought last week in the Zara sale. I looove it! With just a white t-shirt it looks so summery and fresh, I just bought a plain black H&M maxi dress today and this will be perfect as a cover-up for the evening!

Nails Inc Spitalfields polish.

A previously unloved polish in my collection now has pride of place on my bedside table! I've spoken about it loads but for me it's the perfect shade for my nails. I would like to try a stronger shade but have yet to find one I like!

There are two more items on my yellow wishlist, this skirt from Topshop,

I have only seen it in a magazine and have been in the shop and checking the website daily but I don't think it's in the shops yet, I hope I haven't missed it!

Monsoon Fusion Skirt

In the new section of the website this pleated skirt is hitting two trends! If it's long enough on me I'll be buying this when it gets to the shops, I had a look today and it's not out yet. I think it will amazing with a white t-shirt tucked in, a skinny black belt and my chunky patent black heels. I just love the accent colour around the zip! Shame I couldn't get it before I go on holiday, it would have been great for the evening!

Well I think that's enough yellow for now! Have you added anything yellow to your wardrobe?

Monday, 4 July 2011

Accessorize Haul!

My favourite shop started their sale this weekend, thanks to Giltyxx for tweeting me about it! It went online midweek and hit the shops on Friday.

I had a sneaky look on the website and the necklace I was going to buy anyway had gone into the sale. Result! So off I went to buy it....

I almost bought this earlier in the month for £15, but I didn't get around to it, glad it went in the sale for £7.50! I love wooden accessories in the summer, I have various bangles and earrings in the style but no necklace. I like the longer style of this one and it looks great with a maxi dress.

Well that should be the end of this post.... 

but of course it isn't and I was drawn in by other lovely items!

These cute earrings were £3, they are a bit lightweight but they co-ordinate nicely with a t-shirt I recently bought! 

My favourite item! A long beaded necklace with a gold tassel, something I hadn't noticed in the shop pre-sale but impulse purchased! I actually love this! Again it's nice with the previous earrings and top I mentioned.

Love this too! I stacked this with my plain wooden bangle and long necklace and it looked great with the hint of sparkle! It was £6.

I bought this for the evening on holiday, I have the matching earrings that I bought waaay earlier in the year, maybe February. I wouldn't wear them together but I love the style, this was £7.50.

Finally I bought these today when I went for another quick look! They were £3, I have the pink pair which I wear ALL the time! In fact I have backed them up just in case I ever loose them!!

Loving a barg!

Did you get anything in the sale?!


Sunday, 3 July 2011

NOTD - Purple Leopard

I thought I'd try out another different coloured leopard print nail this time, I saw this combo in a Look magazine a couple of weeks ago and the loved the colours.

I used Nails Inc Cambridge Circus for the main colour, OPI Shorts Story for the dots and my trusty WAH Models Own black nail art pen!

If I do this again I think I'd use a lighter purple or a lilac, I don't think there is enough contrast between the base colour and the pink dots! Anyway it looks really cool with my lipstick today which is Candy Yum Yum and it totally matches the pink of Shorts Story!