Wednesday, 30 July 2014

J'adore rayures

jeans - urban outfitters (similar here), shirt - zara, trainers - nike via office, bag - la moda (coffee colour here)

I know this is the only bag I use in outfit posts at the minute but it's the only handbag I have in Germany with me now. My wardrobe's very limited at the minute as I've taken most of my clothes and shoes home now as I'm coming to the end of my year abroad so apologies that outfit posts haven't been very varied.

The title of this blog post means "I love stripes" - I am obsessed at the minute, over the past few weeks I've bought 4 striped pieces of clothing. I don't know if it's the inner part of me that secretly wants to be French that's taken over but it's crazy. I love how simple stripes are to wear and how elegant they can look. I picked up this blouse from Zara whilst I was in Leeds a few weeks ago, it's a light material with small gold buttons down the front with three quarter length sleeves - perfect for Summer. 

I love how well stripes work with almost everything and they are definitely my obsession at the minute.

Friday, 25 July 2014

checks and stripes

jumper - urban outfitters (sale), shorts - urban outfitters, shoes - H&M (old), rings - topshop & primark, earrings - primark

I wore this outfit whilst I was in Leeds for the Tour de France, due to my quick editing skills, it's fairly obvious that someone has been cut out of this picture for the purpose of the outfit post (I'll post the original picture below - it's with Christian Prudhomme who's the race director of the Tour de France). I love the trend of stripes and checks together and I love the fact it's becoming more and more acceptable in fashion. I picked up these cute little shorts in the sale in Urban Outfitters and although they're quite wintery, the weather wasn't amazing so I felt they were acceptable to go to the parade the riders were doing through Leeds city centre. I'm a huge monochrome fan and wear it a lot (probably too much) but I love the simplicity of this whole outfit! The jumper's super cosy and after much deliberation, I left it untucked from the shorts as it was a little too thick to be tucked in and for me to get away with it!

I'm obsessed with the shoes from H&M and after only a couple of months of having them, I've nearly worn them to death (they were cheap so I can't complain) and in dire need of finding a similar replacement!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

I loved you this month | July

☀ L-R: No.7 Eye Contouring Brush £7.25  No.7 Foaming Cleanser for Normal/Oily Skin £9.50 John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir £9.99 (currently on offer for £6.66 at Boots) Revlon Brow Fantasy £6.99 MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy £15.50  

I was going to do an outfit post today but realised I haven't taken any outfit photos in a while so decided to do a beauty one instead, as I haven't done one in a while. I've been loving all of these products this month, particularly the lipstick. I use the No.7 eye contouring brush for a mix of things - contouring my eyes like it's meant for but also to contour my nose - I just find it's the perfect size and shape to do the job much better than a facial contouring brush.

I've also been giving my Garnier cleanser a break at the minute and using this No.7 one. I find it to be much lighter than the Garnier one and doesn't tingle the skin when applying, so far I'm preferring using this foam consistency than the normal gel one I use. I've seen a vast improvement in my skin since using it and would definitely recommend this for anyone with sensitive skin.

I first heard of the John Frieda Oil Elixir through watching Lily Melrose's John Frieda Summer Series over on her YouTube channel. I'm sure most of you know who she is already, but if you don't, check her out because she's incredible at what she does. I apply a little bit of this whilst my hair's still wet after washing and have been seeing real results. It's left my hair in lush condition from the oil side of it and I've also noticed my highlights are much brighter since I've been using this. I like it as it's not too oily and greasy, like some other oil based products.

I've also been loving the Revlon Brow Fantasy too. It comes with a pencil applicator and also a pigmented setting gel. I've been using this daily and I love it. The pencil isn't too harsh and creamy so sets to the brows giving them a natural look. The gel is my favourite part of this product though, as it sets the brows all day without you having to re-touch, especially during this hot weather!

Finally, my favourite product of the bunch is this MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy. It's a matte finish but wonderfully creamy and hydrating. It's a deep nude colour and is great for everyday use. It's extremely well pigmented and lasts a while once applied! I mainly just love the colour of this lipstick and haven't found one quite like it by any other brand so if anyone has any other suggestions for a similar colour, please say as I'd love to try them out too!

All these products are easily available on the high street, in either a drugstore or your local MAC supplier for the lipstick.

What have you been loving this month?


Thursday, 17 July 2014

distressed denim & pretty florals

top - H&M, bandeau - ASOS (similar here), skirt - urban outfitters, sandals - ASOS (similar here)

I love distressed denim, it's a fact. Whether it be in jacket, jeans or skirt form - I love it all. I love contrasting styles too so when I picked up this little floral crop top from H&M, I knew immediately I had to style it with something a little tougher to get a contrasting feel. It wore this to a meal out whilst I was at home, the weather was gorgeous however I didn't want to get my legs out completely. The crop top itself is quite baggy so I wore it with a bandeau to prevent any incidents. I then put on my favourite pair of chunky sandals, I cannot rave about these enough. They were so cheap and they're ridiculously comfy. I'm a huge fan of chunky shoes so the trends this Summer have been right up my street!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

nouveau grunge

skirt - urban outfitters (similar here) top - romwe (similar here) flower hair band - primark, shoes - primark (similar here), necklace - primark (similar here)

I have no excuses as to why I've been awol the past month, it's just laziness on my part. I did have a few busy weekends with visitors then I was home for 2 weeks and in Yorkshire for the Tour de France so I've not been sat around doing nothing, however I definitely need to work on making more to update on here.

I've got a backlog of outfit posts ready to go too which is one positive so we'll start with this one. I love this tee shirt I got from Romwe a while back. It was my first time shopping with Romwe and after reading some horror stories online of their delivery, I was nearly put off but I went for it anyway and was really impressed! The quality of the clothes is what you'd expect as they're so cheap and delivery did take around 3 weeks which I expected anyway as they ship from China but I honestly couldn't fault them really. I ordered a size M but it is TINY, it's way too short to wear with anything not high waisted and I struggled to style it for a while without it looking like I was wearing a kids tee shirt. I ended up pairing it with this quilted A-line skirt from Urban Outfitters and a pair of pointed heels. I added the flowers and chain for a mix of a heavier and softer look. 

I can't believe I'm nearing the end of my time in Germany too, I've been here nearly a year and only have 5 weeks left before I'm back in the UK for good. Crazy huh?