what i'm wearing:
boohoo freya monster face crop top*
h&m faux leather pencil skirt (last year)
asos platform heels (old)


what i'm wearing:
boohoo eve bustier lace tutu dress*
 lace cat ear headband* (gifted from boohoo)
shoes same as trick look

another halloween challenge on the blog, i absolutely love stuff like this. the lovely rosie contacted me asking if i wanted to get involved in creating two looks with a staple piece from boohoo for both trick and treat, and here they are. for trick i decided to keep it quite simple with it just being a crop top. i thought if i just add a bit of leather (when do i not?) and some heels it just shows you can get involved with halloween even by the smallest amount. alternatively, if you fancy going a little bit more out there the look i put together for 'treat' could help a little. if you are quite girly this tutu dress is perfect for halloween. i decided to make myself into a cat as i had the ears handy but i think the dress would actually be perfect for a witch outfit too. what halloween outfit would be complete without dark vampy lips? what do you think, are you trick or treat?

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let's get the party started



i know we aren't even past halloween yet but yes, i am already thinking of how november and december are the start of the party season. these are the months where it is completely acceptable to go all glitzed and glammed up. i was browsing coast and there partywear section, and after i saw this dress i knew i had to make an outfit to go with it. to be honest, i think that this dress would be perfect if they halved the percentage of feathers they put on the skirt but apart from that it's love. the neckline and appliqué on the top section is absolutely stunning, it might be cringey to admit but it's the style i want when i eventually get married. should i be admitting that? hmm.. anyway i was thinking this would be a lovely outfit for maybe a works christmas party, or for a wedding evening do. unfortunately my work party won't be glamorous enough to wear something like this but i'm sure if coast were lovely enough to send all this stuff to my house i'd wear it to go buy bread and milk.

Products I'm Loving - Face


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don't you just hate it when you upload a photo onto here and it totally kills the quality from downsizing it? ah! it was such a good photograph too (cue: feeling sorry for myself). i'm quite enjoying that i've been including a beauty post into my schedule at least once each week so if you are too let me know and i'll do my best to make it a regular thing. or alternatively if there is anything else you would like to see let me know because i always want to get some feedback from you who reads my wee blog.

anyway, recently i was somehow drawn into buying esteé lauder double wear as a result of buying some christmas gifts for relatives and the sales assistant told me that if i bought a foundation i got a free gift worth £60; who would turn that down right? so at first i was adamant i was going to return it as i already own about five or six foundations now which are just sitting there and are all over the £20 mark, like this one. but of course i decided to start using the small sample she gave me and have now been reminded of how amazing it is on me when i used to own it about three years ago. darn. for £28 i won't lie it is on the pricey side but to me it's the base that is going onto your face so it needs to be good and breakout free. it's a full coverage foundation and i bloody love it and can't recommend it enough. i've always loved my mac mineralize skinfinish for setting my face and also it's all i need for touch ups during the day. again a hefty price tag at £22 but it lasts about three months working out at about £7 a month and it's the best powder for me.

what products are you wearing on your face? do you like them? let me know.

one for the road


what i'm wearing:
notonthehighstreet monaco u necklace*
OASAP clutch bag*
bank heeled shoes

you might be looking at the hyperlink for this playsuit and thinking "long sleeved, say what?" and when i first received it in the post it was. however, the arms were far too big on me so i decided to ask a friend of mine who is a seamstress if she could do a few touch ups to make it more suited to me. and i think she did an amazing job, especially as now i'll be the only one with a the playsuit like this. i am completely drawn in by the print as it's such a gorgeous vibrant colour and brightens up my look instantly. i can see myself wearing this quite a few times over the winter months and especially in the summer when it warms up again!

this is what i decided to wear for when i went to arctic monkeys last tuesday. in hindsight i wish i'd worn ankle boots instead of heels but oh well, i liked it with these shoes instead even if they did hurt a little. before it started me and liam found a nice little place we'd never heard of before called the town wall public house & eatery and oh my i'm so glad we found it. the interior was amazing with titles on each room saying 'the billard room', 'library' etc. and the food we ordered was the best sharing platter i've probably ever had. if you are familiar with newcastle i'd recommend you to go. overall the night was amazing and arctic monkeys were incredible live, which for some reason i wasn't expecting. if you have tickets and there show is coming up for you soon you are in for a treat!

i'm in bag heaven



so it's not my 21st birthday for another eight months, but there's no harm in an unattainable bag wishlist as a potential gift right? i love looking at john lewis for christmas gift ideas but i obviously got distracted and found myself clicking the handbags hyperlink and here we are. i won't like when i say the mulberry effie hobo bag is probably the ultimate bag at the top of my list i'd be over the moon if any of these were to land in my lap anytime soon. if you are going to fork out a consierable amount of money on a bag, to me it means it needs to be big enough to put your entire life in it. what good is a clutch that cost £500 that you can only use on nights out? if only i had £1k+ then the mulberry suffolk bag would be mine... or just get me the matching purse and i wouldn't complain.



what i'm wearing:
h&m dip hem dress (in sale now for £4!)
choies oriental bomber jacket*
notonthehighstreet monaco u necklace*
choies pointed cut out heeled shoes*

totally reppin' ryan gosling in drive with this outfit post, love it. i'll be honest when i say that this jacket is not something i'd usually go for if i saw it in a shop. even so when i saw it online i thought i'll give it a go, and now i'm determined to try and picture more outfits to wear it with. it's so lovely and silky and i think the japanese/oriental print adds an essence of femininity that i need for me to wear it without feeling like a gangster. with regard to the shoes, i'm going to have to keep a close eye on them because my nana (yes you heard correctly) has told me that she loves them and tried them on. watch out maisie, i'm on to you. i don't blame her though they are the perfect height for everyday wear and the cut out style just adds something extra to the outfit. my only negative point with this outfit post; only noticing once the photographs were put on my computer, would be that as the jacket isn't fitted and the dress flows past the waist it makes me look shapeless. next time? black skinny jeans and a tight vest i'm thinking. hope you like.

making a statement


what i'm wearing:
h&m chiffon t-shirt
primark faux leather trousers
primark loafers

another horribly lit set of photographs courtesy of the horrendous dull weather that seems to be refusing to shift. keeping warm right now is my number one priority with my choice in clothing. so if i'm not that "fashion forward" in a few outfit posts bear with me, it's bloody freezing at the mo! both the shawl and the bag are pieces from matalans statements line, which of course is a selection of items that can be key items in any wardrobe. every day since receiving my tartan shawl i've been wearing it, it's just a great alternative to a jacket or cardigan especially when indoors. i've had a few compliments on it too when i've worn it at work; with two people i work with buying it (hi stacey and ewelina!) and a couple of customers asking where it was from, which is always lovely. i'm also extremely happy to have a new oversized bag, as i've been using small bags that always have things spilling out because my other big bags are old and tatty. i love that the arm handles have a large enough space to hold it or i have the option of wearing it as a shoulder bag with a strap also. both pieces are incredibly cheap too which is insane are they are both amazing quality. i can't believe i'd forgotten how great matalan could be. what do you think? what are your staple pieces for your wardrobe?

avenue32 designer wishlist



there comes a time when a girl always finds herself on websites where they only wish they could afford the garments on offer. along with net-a-porter, avenue32 is a firm favourite of mine to do this. i know this kind of wishlist won't be to everyones taste as let's be serious who could afford garments like this on a regular basis? not me that's for sure; but even so for those a little more interested in new collections by designers this is for you. i've never really heard of alexander lewis before discovering the new A/W collection online and now i actually want everything. rust orange is such a beautiful autumnal colour, and i never would have imagined how amazingly well it would go with metallic silver. both the dress and trousers i could imagine becoming staple pieces in my wardrobe (metaphorically speaking of course), ah if only! after seeing this collection i'm now on the hunt for a way to introduce rust orange pieces into my wardrobe on a much more affordable scale via the highstreet. but my heart will always be with these original pieces. so beautiful... what do you think?

glamourween blogger challenge with tesco


what i'm wearing:
F&F black mesh dress* (in store £16)
F&F jewelled disc earrings* (in store £3.50)

it's just over two weeks now until halloween so unless you have been invited to a party, when you get to my age it isn't really acceptable to go all out costume and all. so when tesco contacted inviting me to take part in their glamourween competition i jumped at the chance. along with fourteen other bloggers we were given £50 to spend on the clothingattesco website to create our own interpretation of an 'urban witch' look. originally i ordered a black lace shift dress but unfortunately something happened and i ended up getting a size 18 maxi dress so to not miss out i took it into my local tesco store and exchanged it for some other pieces i could use instead. for me, when i think of a witches outfit i automatically think of dark colours; black, purple and greens. using that as inspiration to try and do a fashionable approach to this i decided a contrast of black textures would make it a lot more interesting than me just standing in a long black cotton dress. for me personally, i would have loved to have used a wine coloured lipstick instead of red but tesco were lovely enough to send a little cauldron of barry m and revlon pieces to use i thought it would be rude not too. plus everyone knows i love a red lipstick. i think my favourite part of the outfit that definitely keeps in theme with 'urban witch' is my jewelled earring i picked up for £3.50! bargain or what right? i can't put my finger on it but they just remind me of stones you would find in possession of witches when doing witchcraft. overall, people might not think this isn't really halloween-esque but to me i think it's quite lovely. my only wish is that i'd had a bit of velvet to include into it. anyway back to my book of spells.... hope you like.

p.s sorry about the quality of the photos, the sun only decided to come out AFTER i did this post. how annoying.

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can you believe these photos were taken at one o'clock this afternoon? no i don't think it looks like that either; this is with brightness and sharpness applied to the photograph too. obviously i know it isn't my fault but still it's disheartening when you can't get photos to come out the way you imagined. even so as it's horrible and rainy outside whilst i type this i suppose the photo fits in with that ambience. even so as i haven't done a beauty post in goodness knows how long i thought it was time to do one. i received the ORLY topcoat in my goodie bag from the midsummermeet months ago and i find everytime i remember to apply it when painting my nails, my polish stays on a whole lot longer. with the origins moisturiser when i first splurged as soon as it came out i won't lie, i hated it. it made my skin break out a ridiculous amount and i couldn't understand the hype with it. a few months on sticking to using it i've noticed it really does give my skin a boost on the morning and helps with the longevity of my foundation. for some reason every winter i buy liz earle's cleanse and polish. i have no idea why but i find it gives my skin just what it needs in a cleanser when it's becoming colder. 100% recommend. finally the last two were just on impulse visits to my local boots. the no7 primer was because they had buy one get one half price on offer, so naturally i bought this and the lavender one for sallow skin. i absolutely love them both and i think for £10.50 you aren't setting yourself back a great deal. the esteé lauder eye serum was a result of purchasing two items with them and you got a free gift of goodies worth £60, which included this. best idea ever; getting two christmas presents and a treat for myself. it's doing amazing stuff for my bags.

snug as a bug


what i'm wearing:
h&m cowl neck jumper (similar here)
primark faux leather trousers (last year)
primark loafers

comfy winter clothes, at last. it makes sense really with the weather we've had today; it's been bloody freezing! i've also noticed that in the entire time i've been doing full length outfit posts for my blog i've never once photographed my hair up. which is amusing as it's pretty much how i always wear my hair on a daily basis. so in terms of a fashion post this outfit post is bland at best, but it's what i like and that's what's important to me. obviously me being me has to add a bit of something to it with the leather trousers though. the trusty ol' things. i wish this jumper was available online for me to link for you as they also do it in cream and navy (which i'm also lusting after), and it wasn't expensive either at only £14.99. in other news i was meant to be at vogue's fashion night out in manchester tonight which i was super excited about, but unfortunately as i have work at 8am tomorrow morning i wouldn't get home until 12 o'clock or later. especially as i would have to drive there and back too i just think it would be a little too much. even so i'm envious of everyone going and hope they all have an incredible time! next year will be my year; london fashion week and FNO i'm going to make sure i do them all.

bang on trend, for once


what i'm wearing:
bank fashion tartan dress*
topshop leather gilet (last year)
notonthehighstreet monaco u necklace*
bank fashion heeled boots*

okay so in hindsight maybe the nail colour and the outfit i'm wearing are polar opposites, never mind. what can i say i just want to hold onto summer as much as possible and pastel nail colours seem to be the way to do it! that being said i hate to be the one to blow my own trumpet but it seems i had a really good eyebrow day when i took these photos. which is about time as i'm constantly growing them out to try and get more defined shape. anyway... i think this is the perfect autumn outfit for someone who likes to add a bit of grunge into their wardrobe like myself. probably not the best idea to wear a sleeveless jacket if its sub-zero weather but at the moment you can still get away with it. these boots are a dream for me. my boyfriend hates them because they're clumpy and big but who cares, i love em! despite most fashion advice telling ladies with my leg to body ratio not to wear boots that cover the ankles as it makes you look stumpy, i think they aren't too bad. even if they do i don't care i'm going to live in them over the winter, i can just tell. grips on the bottom mean not slipping over for me, muaha. hope you like, and thank you carolyn from bank fashion for the goodies!

it's a hardknock life



it's been quite a while since i've done a wishlist post isn't it? the worst thing is i always seem to want a million things when i have zero money, like right now. on the plus side my wonderful nana bought me a car. it's just an old shape clio but i have a full years insurance and a years tax so at least i don't have to think about anything car related for a while; most importantly no more buses! this means it's now going to be a hundred times simpler to go to blogger events in leeds/manchester now.

anyway back to the post, after having a quick smell of the new estèe lauder perfume i'm in love! also liam if your reading this i know you already helped buy my michael kors watch but i'm begging you to get me this watch. it's everything i love wrapped into one, and it's not really expensive either. come on, you know you want too. everything else is pretty straightforward items i've spotted online that i'm really liking. especially the bag it's absolutely lovely and not pricey either. finally, as it's getting into colder months and closer to christmas i'm now looking into darker lip colours and christmas scented candles. for some reason every dark lipstick i buy i've lost; rebel where are you? so i thought this year i'll get a cheap one that's still a good formula.

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