Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 52

Floral Blouse £45 : Warehouse
Striped Pyjama Trousers £20 : John Lewis
Lipstick in Peony £5 : Barbara Daly @ Tesco
Key Bangle £8 : ASOS
Bowling Bag £36, Nails in Mermaid £6, Leopard Print Loafer £32 : Topshop
California Necklace $48 (approx. £30) : Oh So Antsy

Another lovely find on Big Cartel this week in the form of this California Necklace from a gorgeous little shop called Oh So Antsy. Every piece in the store is beautiful, they have all of the states plus other countries, lakes and a customisable option. You can even choose to have the little heart shape cutout punched over your favourite city or hometown, such a cute idea!

The floral shirt from Warehouse is so pretty and Summery I absolutely love it. It's totally out of my comfort zone being white and covered in bright colours but I'd like to try it on and see if it's as pretty in real life. Apparently I'm including pyjamas as weekly "style" now too... I spotted these striped leggings on the John Lewis website last week and I think they're perfect. They also come in grey but typically they're sold out of my size in both colours!

Monday, 27 February 2012

Oscars 2012 Roundup

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Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli / I know, I know I'm turning into such a broken record with my love of Emma Stone's style but how could her fuchsia dress not make my favourites of the night?! I love the sleek shape, high neckline and I also think the bow really adds a bit of Oscar-appropriate interest. Fuchsia seems like a risky choice of colour for Emma's porcelain skin and red hair but somehow she makes it work.

Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel / I love how the colour of Kristen's dress looks with hair hair colour and black nails. A lot of people have said this dress was a little understated for the occasion but I'd have to disagree!

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen / I guess this is another love it or hate it dress but I thought it was one for the more interesting looks of the night. Most of the Red Carpet dresses were block coloured so I liked that Jessica's choice was a little different although I don't absolutely love it. It does have a sort of old-fashioned feel to it but I guess that works for this particular occasion.

Rooney Mara in Givenchy / I've really been loving Rooney Mara's choices over the awards season and this white dress is actually one of my least favourites that she's worn. As much as I like the fact she opted for white and broke free from her usual uniform of dark colours I actually think the dark shades suit her so much better (particularly the plum dress/lip combination at Costume Designers Awards). Having said that this Givechy dress still makes my favourites as I do think it's a beautiful design and great choice.

Leslie Mann in Roberto Cavalli / There's always something pretty and eye catching about a navy dress that makes them stand out amongst the crowd without being too bold. I like the cut and shape of this Cavalli dress and the detailing makes is Oscar-worthy.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji / It wouldn't be the Oscars without a bit of sparkle and I think Octavia's dress was the perfect example of this. Although it was embellished all over it was still subtle and sophisticated enough for the event and perfect for her Supporting Actress win!

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab / This white Elie Saab number was the first of many white dresses on the Red Carpet this year and definitely one of the best. I love the asymmetric neckline and the detailing. The red lip is a nice touch alongside a white dress too, as also demonstrated by Rooney Mara.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton / Wearing red on the Red Carpet can be a controversial choice, and although in my opinion it doesn't beat her 2006 yellow Vera Wang number, Michelle's red Louis Vuitton dress suited her perfectly. You can't actually see it in this photo but on the right side of the dress there was a small silver bow detail at the waist which I found a little fussy and didn't like at all but other than that it's a lovely choice.

*Kate Mara also looked lovely in Jack Guisso Couture but I stupidly forgot to include the photo!

What did you think of the Oscar results and fashion?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Anchor Nails

Despite still having a cold, the sun shining through my window today has cheered me up (I'm even wearing shorts!) and inspired me to dig out my pastels and brights for a nail post. At first I just chose a few bright colours but in the end I went all out and opted to add little anchors too. Although mine are far from perfect they're not actually too difficult to draw, it's only really the circles that are a bit tricky. In the end I found it much easier to draw them upside down with your hand pressed on a flat surface instead of facing your fingers toward you. Start with the circle, then the straight line down the centre and add one slightly curved line on each side of that. Finish with the short horizontal line under the circle and you should have a cute anchor design.

If there are any nail designs you'd like to see let me know and I'll pop them on my list!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 51

Lace-ups £30, Purse £15, Shopper £45, Triangle Ring £5 : Topshop
Moustache Watch £28 : Urban Outfitters
Lavender Jeans £36, Ombre Blouse (Petite) £32 : Miss Selfridge
Trousers £29.99 : H&M
Polishes in 'Billionaire' & 'I Love The Nightlife' : Deborah Lippmann
Aztec Pocket Tee £8 : Patchwork Apparel

Sunday, 19 February 2012

World, Meet Scout

So here's the story...yesterday me and my mum went out to look at treadmills, but instead we came home with another bunny. We didn't go to look for one and just popped into the pet store as it was near the sports one but they had so many adorable little bunnies we couldn't really resist. We picked out this adorable little black otter coloured bunny who I of course named Scout!

So far we've had such a different start with her than we did with Sawyer. Firstly she amazed me by sitting still for the entire 40 minute car journey home unlike Sawyer who was for his 10 minute journey, and still is, a total fidget on every car journey. She also let me pick her up and put her in her new home without kicking her feet all over the place, again the complete opposite to Sawyer. She has already made her first escape attempt today, crawling happily through the tiniest gap between their two houses so it looks like she's just as cute and inquisitive as Sawyer. I think in future I'll have to be on the lookout for them plotting adventurous escapes together!

We'd been thinking about finding Sawyer a friend for a while now as he sometimes seems lonely but I was quite concerned as he hasn't even seen another bunny since we brought him home over a year and a half ago. He was pretty excited last night, running around in circles as if to say 'I know there's another bunny here, why can't I find it?!'. As you can see from the photo they've now seen each other today through the bars and Sawyer did get a little over-excited (and bit me twice!) but Scout wasn't too phased by it all as she's been around other bunnies all the time. At the moment she's only tiny so they can't really play together properly but fingers crossed they're going to get along as I really don't want to end up with two lonely bunnies instead of one! I definitely wouldn't recommend buying just one to anybody who might be thinking of getting a bunny, in the future I'd only ever buy a pair as they'd be more likely to get along if they had been together from the start. Of course if I hadn't of chosen Sawyer on his own in the first place then I wouldn't have these two cuties so I can't complain!

 If anyone has any bunny bonding tips please let me know.

Welcome to the family Scout!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Turning 23.

Yesterday was my 23rd birthday and these are just a few snippet photos including birthday bunting, lovely presents and my card lovingly signed (or rather, chewed) by Sawyer. I ordered season 5 of Sabrina and picked up Essie's Angora Cardi in Jane's blog sale but they both happened to arrive yesterday so I thought I'd pop them in too. Today I've woken up with a ridiculously sore throat and headache and I'd been feeling extra tired all week so it seems like I may be getting ill, not good.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Character Style Inspiration: Zoe Hart Part 3

This look from the most recent episode Aliens & Aliases is pretty perfect. The rust coloured blazer gave a nice pop of colour to the classic black and leopard print combination. It was a difficult one to recreate with high street items when it came to the accessories. The statement earrings are an important part of the outfit and really suit Zoe's style but these from Lana Jewellery were the cheapest I could find. Similarly I think the red detailing on the shoes really makes such a difference to the outfit so I've included the actual pair Rachel was wearing instead of a cheaper alternative. Obviously these could be substituted with a plain black shoe.

I really loved this cosy looking outfit from the upcoming episode Snowflakes & Soulmates which airs in the US next week. I wish I could pull off a cape like this one from French Connection but somehow I don't see it happening. I know I've mentioned before how much I love the tan/navy combination when it comes to clothes so the hat gets a thumbs up from me too. I had the image of the H&M wedges saved for a Weekly Style post but when I saw Zoe's I thought they would be the perfect high street alternative. I particularly love the half leather, half suede look as it makes them a little more interesting than your average pair of wedges!

Are you a Hart of Dixie fan? Do you like Zoe's style?

Previous Zoe Hart Style Inspiration posts can be found here & here.
P.S If you haven't seen Rachel Bilson's Funny or Die rap 'Call Me Doctor' then you really need to!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Topshop Nails in Hidden Treasure

 Topshop Nails in Hidden Treasure £6

I picked this up last week after featuring it as a possible Peridot dupe in a previous Weekly Style post. In the photo above its applied over a dark red polish as I was a little bit too excited to try it out so popped it on over the top! I think under normal circumstances it would be opaque in two coats. It's another one of those polishes that's quite difficult to capture on camera but I can confirm it is more gold then green/blue in real life. I'm a big fan of the Topshop polishes as they're great quality for the price so I'd definitely recommend Hidden Treasure if you're looking for a Peridot dupe.

Friday, 10 February 2012

February 10th

Just a quick post today as I've been busy adding a few things to the shop and making more thank you notes. I've been thinking about what to wear to TOWIB tomorrow and I've finally (I think!) settled on these khaki faux suede shorts, a black jumper and my faithful Primark Super Cosy tights. I'm still undecided on which shirt to wear though. My initial thought was to go for the plain cream one but now I'm not sure if one of the patterned ones would be nicer. Let me know what you think in the comments!
& If you're going tomorrow, look out for me, I'll probably be wandering around on my own...

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 50.

Holdall £75, Pastel Cardigan £38, Nail Polishes in Ice Crush & Hidden Treasure £6 each : Topshop
Aztec Print Dress £20, Wooden Bangle £8 : River Island
Dungarees £39, Aztec Bar Ring £4.87 (sale) : Miss Selfridge
 'Wine Not' Lipstick : Revlon
Chelsea Boots £49.99 : New Look

Love love love these new Topshop nail polishes! I'm a big fan of the Topshop polishes in general, all the ones I have tried have been really good quality and worth the money, plus they have a fantastic wide range of shades and finishes to choose from. First Ice Crush caught my eye becuase I still can't resist a glitter polish and it reminds me of Models Own Juicy Jules which I'm yet to add to my collection. The other polish I picked out, Hidden Treasure, also reminds me of another polish; Chanel's Peridot. Even though it looks beautiful in swatches I really can't justify buying the Chanel polish so this one would make a lovely alternative.
You should probably know by now that I'm not really embracing the S/S pastels trend. I don't feel like they really suit me (although Michelle disagrees!) but I thought the Topshop cardigan was a nice pastel/neutral shade which would be perfect for the Summer months without being a bold pastel item.
After posting about the Warehouse bag last week I decided that a new (larger) bag would be a nice thing to ask for for my birthday which is next week. I'm rather fussy when it comes to choosing bags, and we've already established I can't afford a Mulberry but I usually find leather bags on the high street can be quite pricey too. I was surprised to find another reasonably priced bag that fits my specification this week in the form of the Topshop holdall. Its the perfect colour, has lots of pockets and looks super soft. Unfortunately looking at the measurement I think it would probably be too big so the search continues...
Only a couple of jewellery pieces this week as I've been too busy working on my own for the shop to look elsewhere online! The bangle I thought was really pretty and would make a great statement piece with a simple outfit like jeans and a white tee. I also really love the brown/navy colour combination and the wooden texture. The ring is one of the nicest double rings I've seen recently and the fact it's adjustable is a nice bonus.

Today I've started work on my next Zoe Hart style post as the show is now back from it's Christmas break. There was one outfit from this week's episode (Sweetie Pies & Sweaty Palms) which I really loved, they don't seem to have an image of it on the CW site but I'll try and track one down before I finish the next Zoe post. Hopefully I'll have that ready to post sometime over the next week!

What are you guys planning on wearing to TOWIB this weekend? I need some ideas! 

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

LOOK Beauty: Sequin Effect Nail Pop

LOOK Beauty Nail Pop in Sequin Effect applied over Models Own Gun Grey & 17 Forever

Since the LOOK Beauty range launched I hadn't really had a chance to look at it properly so when I was at Westfield Stratford a couple of weeks ago I popped to Superdrug to browse the stand. I'd heard lots of good things about most of the LOOK products but this nail polish caught my eye. I'm a fan of 'flakie' polishes and after buying Kleancolor Chunky Black Holo I'd been after one with a light base just like this. As you can see from the photographs it does look quite similar to the Kleancolor polish when applied over a dark base coat but it also looks lovely over a nude polish like 17's Forever. 

The £5 price tag of Nail Pops is comparable to Models Own and I personally think the quality is too. Sequin Effect applies well, dries pretty quickly and with a topcoat won't chip for a few days. I also really like the simple packaging design. The chunky lid reminds me of Models Own and Nails Inc but the square shape of the bottle makes it a little bit different. There is quite a large range of shades available and I'll definitely be having another browse soon!

Have you tried anything from the LOOK Beauty range?

Thursday, 2 February 2012

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

I originally bought these after wanting to try the Collection 2000 Cream Puffs but not being convinced by any of the four available shades. I decided to try the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams instead as there are eleven shades to choose from and I've seen them compared to the Collection 2000 ones. Looking at the swatches I picked out these three thinking that Istanbul and Milan would be suitable 'everyday' shades and that Monte Carlo would be a nice deep red. Of course the big problem with buying online is that you can't look at the products before you buy them and have to go by the website's swatches or posts on other blogs. As you'll see in the photographs below the swatches aren't exactly accurate. Despite this the texture of the lip creams is lovely, they apply really smoothly and dry to a matte finish. Another thing worth pointing out is that they smell amazing. A lot of the time I'm not a huge fan of strongly scented products but these smell like sweets, so good!

My swatches vs. the swatches

Istanbul: In the tube this looks like a beautiful nude but when applied to the lips it's quite a bright pastel shade which is actually more of a light coral. The image below doesn't show this very well but it does look a lot bolder in the bright daylight. Looking at the swatches on the website the colour shown for Tokyo is more like how Istanbul looks in real life. Although it doesn't quite look like the swatch you can see in the photos below its probably the most wearable of the three I chose.

Milan: This colour actually reminds me a lot of Cotton Candy from the Collection 2000 range. I've completely been put off of these kinds of pink tones after buying Topshop's Innocent lipstick which looks really awful on me but a little dab of Milan actually looks quite nice and subtle. In the swatches above you can see that on the website Milan looks quite peachy and definitely nothing like the bright pink shade in my swatch. I don't mind this colour and like I said a dab of it looks nice on but if you're after this shade I would recommend picking up the Collection 2000 version instead!

Monte Carlo: I was most disappointed with this shade because it's brighter and so much more pink-toned than I was expecting. It's the darkest shade available in the range and looks like a nice deep red in the Beauty Joint swatch but looks awful on. It has a slightly thinner consistency to the other two and when applied looks rather patchy and horrible, not a fan of this at all!

Have you tried the NYX or Collection 2000 Lip Creams?

I bought the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams from priced at $5.70 / approx £3.70 each

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 49.

Skater Skirt £28 : Miss Selfridge
Apostrophe Jumper £36, Suede Slippers £30, Kite Necklace £8.50 : Topshop
Wooden Polaroid Ring £8 : Wired Jewellery
Satchel Bag £75 : Warehouse
Cutout Detail Dress £52 : Urban Outfitters
Essie Nail Polish in Cocktail Bling
Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in Shade 003 £5.49

Let me start with that bag, it's perfect. Tan and navy make a fantastic combination, definitely one of my favourites although there are also tan and black versions available which are both equally as lovely. It's made of leather and is a really good size as well as being miles more purse-friendly than the £975 Mulberry Taylor I featured last week. 

The slippers and jumper both look super cosy for the snow (!) that's apparently on it's way and the nail colour from Essie looks like it would compliment the SS12 pastel trends when it finally warms up. I'm also now wondering if I should try making something a bit like that kite necklace!?...
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