“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." - Coco Chanel

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

It's snow joke

Argh its freeeeeezzzing!!!

Oh yes the snow has now reached my neck of the woods and my dilemma is trying to stay warm and on two feet whilst looking stylish - no mean feat.

This is the view from my window - how is everyone else copying with the weather?

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Va Va Violet Lips

One of my favourite beauty trends this season is purple lips. I want to embrace my inner goth/rock-chick and work that mysterious sexy look that Rihanna is rocking so well right now.

These are of a few of the celebs who have managed to nail this tricky trend:

Rihanna looking fierrrrrce!

Leighton Meester teams bright lips with a nude palette

Agyness Dean - Maggie Thatcher icon lookalike?

The Hills girls sharing Tom Ford's Lip Colour in Bruise Plum £35 (Picture courtesy of Look magazine)

One of the models for Peter Som

Peter Som's catwalk make-up inspiration

 As readers may already know purple is my favourite colour and as my eye-shadow blending skills are up to scratch yet i do like to have lips as my main focus. I didn't want to stretch to the Tom Ford lippie favoured by The Hills girls for a very trend-led look so i ventured into Boots and picked up Revlon's Va Va Violet (663) lipstick. I think it was about £7.50 but i got it on the 3 for 2 offer.  Now i know many of you out there might shy away from such a bold dramatic look but i think this is perfect for the make-up novices who may not be that skillful with a brush but can definitely operate a bullet!

The Hills girls are going to be my make-up inspiration for the office party and i am going to attempt to recreate that nude eye with a flick of eyeliner and a dramatic lip. I'm not too sure what my colleagues may make of it but for our last night out i wore Revlon's Fuchsia lipstick so they should expect a bold look from me (i hope!).

Take a look at what it looks like on - honestly it's not that scary!

Yes - i have been playing around with photoshop!

My X Factor style photo no1!
and photo no2!

I've tried to show the colour of the lipstick in different lights and with flash and without. I've quite full lips and thought this might look too much on me but i love it!

Here's the eye make-up look i will be recreating to go with the lips:

I like the feline flicks, so will definitely need to practice this!

And if I'm feeling brave i might go ahead with a bold brow as well as seen in Grazia:

What do you think of purple lips - thumbs up or thumbs down?

And a quick how not to do purple lips from Taylor Momsem!

Working that Kevin the teenager angst

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Toppers spree

I come bearing good news, my local Outfit is now stocking Topshop - yay!! So please expect regular postings of Topshop goodies and consider this as the first.

I was on the hunt for some dressy tops and Toppers always seem the best at doing that, so with my store card in hand and a 20% cardholder promotion in-store -nothing could stop me from flexing the plastic - is that the right phrase?

First up was a duck egg colour embellished crop top from their limited edition premium range.

Premium Circle And Bead Crop Top - £35
I wore this with a pair of Dorothy Perkins high-waisted harems and peep-toe heels for a night out. The ruffles don't extend to the back of the top which is a see-through mesh fabric so clever underwear is needed i wore a black lace body which also served to keep my tummy warm seeing as it was on show a little!

Here's the outfit - apologies for the crappy photo - i really need a new camera.

And a quick peek at make-up and hair to compliment - again crappy pics.

I attempted to curl and pin my hair up to show off the top - you can't really see the effect here but i must admire my well-groomed brows!  I reckon Megan Fox would be proud of them.

Next up is a silk vest/tank with chain detailing is this season's must have hue - camel, well Topshop describe it as mustard but tomato, tomahto!

Chain Sleeve Vest - £32
This top comes quite low at  the front and at the sides so again nice underwear is needed - one of the those pretty crop bra tops should do the trick if you wanna go for The Saturdays look or if you prefer to be a bit demure a black vest will work too. I was a little concerned that this might look a bit chavvy especially when wearing my Michael Kors watch so i better ease up on the bling/accessories to avoid looking like the fourth member of N-Dubz - na-na nai!

I also picked up a pair of (p)leather shorts which caught my eye, not really sure why but i'm hoping to channel Jameela Jamil and not Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman!

PU double zip shorts - £38
These do look much better on with opaque tights and a demure blouse or shirt and high heels - no over-the-knee boots allowed, i repeat no over-the-knee boots allowed - ankle boots are acceptable.  A loose fit is also essential as these are high waisted you don't want to look like you're wearing hot pants. It seems everyone is wearing leather at the moment and i can't wait to give these their debut! The only negative about the shorts is there's no pockets -  oh and they're not real leather but hey ho!

To finish my purchases are some sale vintage-y earrings.

I tried wearing these as they were intended  - odd earrings for a vintage vibe but wasn't really into it so i went back and bought a second set so now i have matching sets - still a bargain at £6 if you ask me. My favs? The outline love hearts - v.girly.

And that's all folks!!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

An early Christmas present for you....

With the high street vying for your pennies this Christmas I've scoured the net and my inbox to bring you the best deals and discounts - don't go office party dress shopping without reading this!

- 10% off online purchases for 3 days only, ends midnight 25/11/10

 - Free UK standard delivery on all orders placed between 22nd November and 22 December. No code needed. On my wish list: Anitah, Caza or Roverz purse please!

- 20% off ASOS brand items - not sure how long this is running for so be quick.
Code: ASOS20

 - Sample Sale 26th, 27th and 28th November.
Location: Centro One, 39 Camden Street, London, NW1 0DX
Opening Hours: Friday 26th: 9.30am - 7.00pm
Saturday 27th: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 28th: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Entrance Fee: £1 - donated to charity
Expect coats and jackets from £40 and knitwear and dresses from £20. If only i lived in London :(

- UK Glamour Magazine - the December issue comes with a free Nails Inc polish worth £11. You can choose from: Jermyn Street, Saville Row, Hampstead Heath or Warwick Avenue.
Magazine costs only £2 and includes a 25% discount for Kurt Geiger - double whammy.
I picked up Saville Row - a deep plum, v.wintry.

- 3 for 2 mix & match across make-up, nails and eyelashes. Doesn't apply to premium ranges, but includes L'Oreal, Urban Decay, Barry M, Bourjois etc. I picked up 3 Revlon products, a matte pale pink lipstick, a deep plum/purple lipstick and a compact blusher - swatches and reviews to come in a new post.

 - Spend £50 at Warehouse online or in-store and receive £10 off - great for party dress season.
My eye is on the one-shoulder column maxi - hands off!
Online code: GRAZ12106 - valid until 30 November
In-store: Voucher in week ending 22 November UK Grazia magazine (Victoria Beckham on cover). Valid until 15 December (not concessions).

I'll update this with any new offers but feel free to post any of your own and let me know what you got with your discounts.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Tom Cruise eat your heart out!

I've just returned from my quest to find an aviator jacket and courtesy of Topshop i am now looking a little more Tom Cruise a la Top Gun but minus the badges!

Spot the difference?

Topshop Aviator jacket £58

This is the best quality aviator I've found on the high street unfortunately it's not leather hence the price but it still looks and most importantly feels great and unlike Burberry's this one hopefully won't look too out of place next year with just a smattering of sheepskin on the collar. All i need now is a faux fur stole/scarf to update it for winter.

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