How You Can Change Your Fast Fashion Habits

I thought I would talk about this topic as it’s something that I feel a lot of bloggers don’t really talk about. Which is a shame as I feel a lot of bloggers but particularly YouTubers seem to constantly be sharing huge clothing hauls on their channels and it has got me wondering how much of the stuff they show off actually gets worn.


Fast fashion is all over the high street. Retailers and brands constantly encourage us to purchase  by having a collection turn around of two or three weeks and giving us exceptionally low prices. Some of us may be unaware of these business operations when shopping. But have you ever found yourself walking around somewhere like Zara and seeing something you like. But when you go back a week later you find it is no longer there? This is one sign of fast fashion. They want us to buy a new wardrobe around every 2 months to keep up with the latest trends.

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But what happens when you buy loads of clothes you don’t need? And then keep buying. Do you find yourself with a wardrobe full clothes with the tags still on wondering why you even bought that in the first place. Or do you even have clothes that start falling a part after a couple of washes?

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Another possible thing you could do it to consider spending a slightly higher value on your clothes than what you are used to. Being smart with how you choose to shop will lead to a more successful wardrobe. If you choose to spend a higher value on your wardrobe, choose to do so on items that you wear most like basic, non trend items. Usually that’s items like jeans, tailoring, outerwear and knitwear etc. These are items that you hope will last you for more than a year. Once you have created your staple wardrobe you can add seasonal options every season in order to introduce trends to your wardrobe.

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Avoiding the wrath of fast fashion does not mean you no longer shop in high street retailers. It just means you need to be more aware of what your buying. However if you choose to shop more in premium high street or even invest in some designer pieces, you are essentially buying quality and these pieces will last you a long time

Another tip is to start Wish Lists with your favourite retailers to keep on track of what you want to buy


Basically fast fashion is not sustainable and with fashion continually growing in popularity things could go horribly wrong. If we start buying less and being more smart when creating our wardrobes then we can start showing these retailers that fast fashion is no longer needed and causing more harm than good.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and I will hopefully see you next time!!

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How to Wear the Winter Florals into Spring

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We all have those moments were its time to update our wardrobes but can’t help look at some of the pieces we have been wearing over the past few months and wish we could keep wearing them. I certainly had a moment like that recently when I found a piece I bought from the River Island Autumn/Winter collection, something that I never really had great chance to wear given that I live in Scotland. That item was a black off the shoulder chiffon top with a winter floral pattern.

 

Find Transitional Pieces in Your Wardrobe

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This Post’s Outfit

Top – River Island

Trousers – New Look

Shoes – River Island

Jacket – Zara

Bag – Kate Spade

 

When it comes to this time of the year it is always good to have go transitional pieces to hand in your wardrobe. I usually try to hold off when it comes to buying Summer clothes as living in Edinburgh it can be quite unpredictable weather wise in Summer. So I never want buy loads of clothes that I may not wear. I just buy a bit at a time.

Winter Florals

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Winter florals were everywhere during Autumn/Winter last year. But what exactly did the Winter Floral trend mean? Basically if you have any garments in your wardrobe that are dark toned (Black or Navy) that has a floral print like the one I’m wearing (obviously!).

But how do you transition these garments into Spring/Summer. Simple, brighten them up. Add more pastels or bright tones into your outfit like what I have done  by teaming them up with my lighter summer jeans and bright Kate Spade bag. Also wearing your outfit with a lighter weight jacket can instantly make it more season appropriate. I wore my new Zara faux suede biker jacket with this outfit.

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At the time I took these photos it was a surprisingly warm day in Edinburgh, which I hadn’t prepared for. So to be honest I probably would have put on my silver metallic sandals on with this outfit. But these were also new boots so I love these just the same.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! I plan on doing more posts like this in the future now that I have upgraded to an Olympus Pen camera. I’m so much more happier with the results of this camera.

What are you most looking forward to when Summer comes?

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London Fashion Week Highlights

Over the weekend I enjoyed a nice weekend away in London. It was also the same weekend of London Fashion Week. Unfortunately I was not fortunate enough to attend any of the shows but I did keep an eye out for news and coverage of the weekend. So I decided it was only fitting that I gave you a run down of my highlights from LFW.

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Staying on the Strand was a bit bittersweet when it came to looking out for any Fashion Week related attractions. It wasn’t so long ago that Somerset House was dropped as the main venue for the event. If only it was still been in use, I would have been right on the door step. But on a more positive note this has also allowed designers to think out of the box and find unique venues that help transport us into their world of story telling.

So here are my 4 highlights from London Fashion Week

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Erdem’s show was held at The Old Selfridge Hotel and the collection boasted the signature Erdem florals and embroidery. The collection was themed around the designer’s Turkish heritage focusing on historical silhouettes and Turkish fabrics and threads.

 

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I’ve always loved Mary Katrantzou’s use of bold patterns and colours. I especially loved this collection as it was inspired by Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Silhouettes and fabric choices seemed to be inspired by the 40’s which was the era of the films release.

 

Temperley London

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I think that jumper basically sold the whole collection for me. I liked the mixture of chunky cable knits and quilted skirts/dresses with silk jacquards. I think I know how my wardrobe is going to look next Autumn/Winter!!

 

Julien MacDonald

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I love looking out for super glitzy collections. I always find myself wondering if and where I would be able to wear something like that to. MacDonald’s collection saw heavily sequinned fabrics, draped necklines and lots of mesh.

Of course there were lots of great shows that were presented at LFW. This isn’t even a handful. The best place to keep up to date on all the latest on fashion month is Vogue Runway. In the Frow is also a great blog to follow during fashion month.

What was your favourite fashion show from London Fashion Week?

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Best of 2016

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Over the past year I have pushed myself to try even more beauty products. Mainly for my own benefit obviously but also so I could share my experiences with each product on here. So its no surprise that most of my best of 2016 includes beauty products. But of course my life over the past year hasn’t completely circled around beauty products so I have a few other things to share with you on this list.

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I have always had problematic skin and its meant that I have struggled to understand my skin and what to do with it. Over the past couple of year’s I have started to embrace my skin and be braver when it came to trying new products and new brands. So again this year I tried a fair few, and that included new make up products also.

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1.Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum

I have probably mentioned this product a couple of times on here already but this product has surprised me the most since I started using it back in the summer. Mainly because I had no expectations, as everyone I had seen using it had beautiful skin anyway (well compared to me they did). But ever since I have started using it I’ve seen a dramatic difference in my hyperpigmentation and pore size.

2. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

This year I ran out of my favourite Goldfadden’s Daily Scrub. I was left thinking ‘what am I going to use now?’ While I was debating what to get, I found a miniature of Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish. I instantly fell in love with it. I had previously used it before but that was when I was teenager and it never really worked for me then. So I went out and bought a full sized product, as you do.

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3. Tarte ‘Rainforest of the Sea’ Foundation

This is one of the products I purchased when I was in America last year. I made it my mission to pick up as many American brands as possible while I was there. I have always wanted to try a tarte product so when I spotted the foundation I knew that this was the product for me. I love this foundation so much its lightweight with a medium coverage, but it is also still buildable. It has a dropper applicator so you can be in better control of how much product you use.

4. Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic

I got this product last December and I had heard a lot about it so I was excited to give it a try. Although this is a great product and has improved my skin, I can’t really use it when I have a major breakout. But its definitely a product I will continue to re buy and have to hand in skincare pantry.

 

Lifestyle

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I love reading about how people live the lives. We all have our own addictions and traditions we love to centre our non working time around. We could spend most of time going to the gym, you could be someone who likes to spend most of the free time in new places and exploring the world. Or you could be someone who has spends their days at home with family. But no matter what your lifestyle we all have our comforts and we all like to try new products that jazzes up our everyday life. Here are my 2016 favourites.

1. Isle of Skye Candles

As I have got older my obsession for candles, sorry scented candles, has dramatically grown. In all honesty I have too many for my small bedroom, so much so I can only light one at a time. Par Jo Malone, one of my favourite brands that I always go back to is Isle of Skye candles. They are made from Soy, produced in Scotland, and they smell divine.  The scents aren’t too harsh so they leave more of a fresher scent around your room. My favourite scents in 2016 were Juniper and Frankincense and Myrrh.

2. iPhone 6s Plus

I know for a lot of people Apple products are the bane of their lives and will never choose to own one. But for me as a creative Apple is perfect for me and it works well with all the professional softwares I use almost on a daily basis. So I was due a new phone, a.k.a an upgrade on my iPhone. I instantly preferred the iPhone 6s Plus so I could do more blogging on the go. Having the bigger screen meant it was easier to use the WordPress app and it made it easier to edit my photos.

3. ‘Bloom’ by Estee Lalonde

Much to my own frustration I never done as much reading as I would have liked last year. But one book that I could not put down was Bloom. I bought it on a whim as I had never personally read Estee’s blog or watched any of her videos. I suppose that may be one of the reasons why I connected so much to it as I never had any pre conceived expectations of what this book would tell me. Its such a lovely book to read and a great one to read with a cup of tea after a long day.

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4. Jo Malone

I won’t speak too much about this one as I think Jo Malone appears in every ‘favourite’ and ‘best of’ post I do. However I find myself buying their products more and more every year. I think it may be safe to say I should just get myself a Jo Malone concession counter in my house and then I would never need to worry about running out of my favourite products. But here is to another year of Jo Malone filling my room with amazing scents.

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Last but not least is a few fashion pieces I have been loving this year. I have to admit I never bought much in the way of clothes this year, mainly because I spent most of my clothing allowance on Florida gear. But the clothes that I did buy have started to shape a new style for me. I’m not entirely sure what that is yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves over 2017. Here are my favourites of 2016.

1. Kate Spade Bag and Purse

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I purchased this bag while in America and I love and haven’t stopped using it since. I love its classic shape, I was after a classic bag the colour however was a bit bolder than what I had originally planned to get. Kate Spade has great quality bags, its a strong leather with a great finish on it for durability. I also went for an saffino style leather as it means it doesn’t great easily marked or scratched. I would definitely recommend Kate Spade.

2. Camel Coat

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This year I wanted to get myself a nice new winter coat and I had been loving the Camel coats that had been vastly growing on trend. I managed to find a lovely coat with the ideal length from Marks and Spencer within their Limited Edition Collection. And it has served me well and is a such a diverse coat that that looks great with casual and more formal outfits.

3. Knee Hight Boots

This year there were more knee high and over the knee about than you could possibly comprehend. Which made it very difficult to decide which ones I actually really wanted to own. But I decided to go for a casual pair so that wear them more often and feel comfortable wearing them all day. Obviously now I have a casual pair I now want a high heel version. The pair I went for were from Clarks and they are black suede with a cubed heel.They are so comfy and a great quality.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. Sorry for the quality of the photographs, I am trying to find some better backgrounds for my pictures and also better area for natural lighting. If you have any tips on how to get the better flat lays let me know below.

What was your favourite items you bought in 2016?

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Get Cosy with a Jumper Dress

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Okay so like I promised, I am back with another fashion post. I thought it had been a while since I posted a outfit post, so that’s what I am bringing you today. I really enjoyed doing the last one with my athleisure look but as I discovered it’s not as easy as I thought it would be mainly because I don’t have a photographer at my disposal. However I have a few outfits I want to share with you on here so I’m going to make it work.

Cold Months = Knitwear

 

The first outfit I want to share is one that I have been loving recently, so much so I’m literally having to force myself not to wear it everyday. I am such a knitwear sucker at this time of year, and this year in particular I am obsessed with roll necks. But it is the time to get cosy, and what better way to do that but with a jumper dress. To keep this look more casual I put a pair of leggings and finished the look off with a black backpack. To dress this look up though I would replace the leggings with tights or if you’re feeling brave go bare legged. In terms of shoes, the knee high boots would still be a good look or you could go for an ankle boot. And finally for a dressy bag I would go for a black clutch or a black handbag with some metal hardware like a chain strap.

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Outfit:

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Make up wise, I went quite simple and minimal. This outfit is so easy to dress up so I tried to keep accessories and makeup/hair as non fancy as possible to keep it everyday. So a little run down on my makeup look here, I used Clinique’s anti blemish bb cream. I also used krylon’s drema colour concealer palette to get rid of any noticeable blemishes. I left out contouring and headed straight for my NARS blush in ‘Orgasm’ and finished of with a little Hourglass ambient lighting powder in ‘Dim Light.’ And for my eyes all I done was a simple cat eye with liquid eyeliner, and completed the look with a NYX soft matte cream in ‘Amsterdam’ lip.

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I hope you enjoyed this most and fingers crossed I can get more posts like this to you!

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What is your cosy essentials in the colder months? Please share in the comments, I would like hear what you have to say 🙂

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My Most Influential Vloggers

Since last time I spoke to you about my favourite bloggers I only thought it right to show you some of my favourite vloggers. I also mentioned in the post that at the moment I am watching more videos than reading blogs so I have a wider variety of content I’ve been watching. I think a lot more bloggers are moving to video content as they can be a lot more creative and its a lot more easier to express how they feel about the things they are talking about. So lets get to it.

Inthefrow

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Most of the reasons why I read Inthefrow’s blog apply also to her vlogs. As the same amount of effort and quality goes into her vlog content. I sometimes prefer watching her videos especially when it comes to her luxury fashion videos, as you can see how much she loves what she is talking about and she really goes into detail when talking about her garments. And for me Victoria is serious hair and make up goals.

Zoella

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Zoella is one of my favourite YouTubers and I have been watching her videos for years and its amazing what she has achieved. Zoe is like a best friend you can go to for some recommendations and advice. She is incredibly funny, and totally herself. She isn’t afraid to share some of her personal stories if she knows it will help someone, especially when it comes to mental health. I’ve found that I also have some similar tastes and interests to Zoe. So she is someone that I go to watch her clothing and homeware hauls to get some inspiration. Her daily vlogs are also incredibly funny too.

Lisa Eldridge

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I have recently got into Lisa’s channel, she is one of my favourite professional make up artists that has amazing A-list clients and has worked with some of the biggest fashion publications. So when I realised she creates YouTube videos I had to check them out. I have loved watching her videos and have already learnt so much from them. She really explains what  she is doing and she talks while she is putting the make up on instead of doing voice overs. She also explains how to achieve her looks with different products. Her looks are not age limiting as well so anybody can take away tips and tricks from her videos. Lisa is like having your own beauty and make up advisor at your fingertips.

Ellie Steadman

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I love Ellie, she is so down to earth and I think probably one of the more and normal YouTubers I watch at the moment (I use the term ‘normal’ lightly as I know all YouTubers are normal but some have grown to have extraordinary opportunities and lives). She is still quite a new YouTuber so she doesn’t do it full time and still works. But most importantly Ellie is a Disney vlogger. Most of her content is Disney related and she also makes regular visits to Disneyland Paris where she vlogs her visits.

My Pale Skin

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This is another YouTuber that has helped me deal with my skin. Em, who runs My Pale Skin, has her own acne problems and shows you how to do your make up to cover up your break outs. I’ve learnt so much from watching Em’s videos that I’ve become more confident in wearing less make up on my face through the tips that Em has shared.

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found yourself some new YouTubers to watch. If you have your own favourites let me know below

I shall see you next time

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Highlights from S/S17 Fashion Week Season

So September has come and gone (in a flash), along with 4 weeks worth of the latest fashion collections and trends. This time I wasn’t able to keep up with the correspondence to give you week to week posts. But fear not I have gathered my favourites from each city (New York, London, Milan and Paris) to share with you today.

New York

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Brandon Maxwell – I first discovered Brandon Maxwell last year when looking over last year’s fashion seasons. I instantly fell  in love with his aesthetic as he creates chic and contemporary tailoring. His designs highlight the female body in the best possible way. Definitely a designer to keep your eyes on.

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Self Portrait – This is my favourite brand at the moment. I love everything about these garments and what them all. We are used to seeing highly detailed lace dresses from Self Portrait. But this season the brand revealed a slightly different direction with their ss17 collection by featuring less lace and more trousers. I think its great the brand is now choosing to show a bit more versatility within the collection.

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Rodarte – This is a brand that I keep an eye out every season to see what they have produced. Sometimes I like what  I see and sometimes not so much but this season they have certainly impressed. This collection is very 70’s inspired, with what i think is a rather romantic western feel. There is a lot of lace, ruffles and big sleeves featured throughout the collection. My cup of tea.

London

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Peter Pilotto – I first heard about this designer from one of Inthefrow’s video where she showed a really pretty  blue Bardot top with floral embroidery design. So this season I made sure to keep an eye out for their latest collection. The brand has an overall quirky feel, but its a wearable quirkiness. The newest collection has a South American flavour with lots of clashing patterns and bright colours, I particularly liked the gingham looks within the collection.

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Erdem – This is another of my favourite designers. I always look forward to seeing what Erdem produces each season. I love Erdem’s use of florals within almost every collection he has produced as of late. His use of fabrics and draping create elegant showstoppers that every body yearns to have in their wardrobe. I can’t wait for this collection to start appearing on the red carpet and magazine publications. And possibly seeing some form of replication on the high street.

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Burberry – Now this was an unusual show from London Fashion Week as Burberry chose to show their AW16 show instead of their SS17. So there was a lot of heavy jackets and autumnal tones. What I loved about this collection was the strong military aesthetic. The collection also had a slight gothic twist as there were influences taken from some of Virginia Woolf’s classics.

Milan

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Giorgio Armani – A great wearable collection from Giorgio Armani this season. A great collection with lots of elegant floaty fabrics and silks.

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Versace – This was my favourite show from Milan Fashion Week, such a colourful and bright collection. The athleisure trend plays a big part in this collection with lots of nylon, utility jumpsuits and drawstring gathering. But a very glamorous and chic none the less.

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Salvatore Ferragamo – I have to admit in the past I haven’t paid too much attention to this designer. But this season lots of floral dresses caught my attention so I had to investigate the collection further. And again I found the collection to be very wearable, in a smart casual way. Some of this collection would be great for a work wardrobe.

Paris

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Giambattista Valli – This collection kind of reminded me of Erdem I suppose thats one of reasons I am drawn to it so much. But I have always loved Giambattista Valli and their elaborate gowns. The designs to this collection are very sexy and brings forward the trend of underwear as outer wear with bras over the top of tops and bras on show. Very much on show. The collection also features a lot of lace and ruffles which creates a very romantic feel to the collection.

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Elie Saab – I love Elie Saab so much, his designs are always a dream. I love how chic this collection is and it has a bit of a rocker twist too. There is a lot of bold block colours and plenty of stars to go around. To add to the stars there is a good supply of floaty and metallic fabrics that it almost represents a rather 70/80’s starry night. Another great show from Paris.

Another great fashion month, with some great inspiration coming out of it too. What was your favourite show from the SS17 shows?

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All images sourced from Vogue.com

September Favourites

Its that time again when i let you know what I have been enjoying over the past month. I did miss August so some of these are also my August favs too. As always I have tried to include items from all aspects of my life. Everything from beauty, fashion and lifestyle.


Blogosphere Magazine – I love blogosphere magazine as it’s a great way to get inspiration but also to learn about other blogs. I also loved this issue as it has a great article about Inthefrow.

iPhone 6s Plus – I actually bought this at the beginning of August. But I wanted to see how I got on with it as the main purpose for upgrading to this phone was for blogging and having more space to have more photos etc for social media. And it was such a great decision as it has been a god send for blogging on the go!

Isle of Skye Candle – This isn’t my first candle from this company, I absolutely love these and they are my go to candles. The scents aren’t too strong and leave a fresh fragrance in your room.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – I’ve been using these matte lipsticks all summer but recently I’ve found my collection has steadily grown. I’ve found they have great pigment and they are also quite long lasting for being a £5 product. Just make sure to treat and moisturise your lips before using as they can be quite drying.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products – I love these products so much! For the past month I haven’t been able to do a makeup look without them. The products I have been using are the brow wiz and the dip brow both in the shade dark brown. Great pigment and great consistency.

Nars Blush in ‘Orgasm’ – A cult beauty product that I’ve only just added to my make up bag. It’s such a beautiful shade of pink and with a shimmer through it, it helps to create an illuminating look. Definitely more of a summer shade for me but it will probably make an appearance during xmas and new year.


Origins ‘Out of Trouble’ Facial Mask – Quite a new addition so haven’t used it for a long time frame yet. But I have been impressed with what I have seen so far as it is definitely a quick result product especially if you are having a bad skin day!

Pandora Bracelet- I got this bracelet for my birthday at the end of August and I’ve been wearing it non stop throughout September. I went for the solid bangle and picked up a charm from their new rose gold collection. The other charm I picked up in Walt Disney World back in June.

Quay Australia Sunglasses – This is my second pair that I have purchased from this brand. I absolutely love this brand. Their styles are so edgy but go with most looks and fashion styles. I just hope I get some opportunity to wear them trough Autumn/Winter.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post! I will try and continue to do more monthly favourites and maybe a few reviews on the products I feature.

Let me know what some of your monthly favourites were and I will see you soon with a new post!

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Disneycation – Coming Soon

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I have been quite quiet recently to which I apologise for as I have been currently getting myself prepared to go on holiday. And with that planning lots of special holiday themed posts. If you haven’t guessed already by the title I am going on a Disney filled holiday to Orlando, Florida for 2 weeks. There will be a lot to share and I will be doing just that right on this site along with my social media accounts.

Over the two weeks I am a way there will be posts going live that are mostly beauty and fashion based which will be documenting what I packed and what I packed for. And then when I return from my Disneycation I will write up daily blogs on what I did each day, along with some haul content and outfit edits. And maybe possibly a YouTube video???

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I hope you will enjoy these posts when they come along and find some inspiration in them for possibly your own holiday or Disneycation!!

My Fashion Book Collection

It can be quite relaxing reading posts about people’s collections, whether it would be their shoe collection, make up collection or in this posts case my fashion book collection. Not only is it satisfying but I can give you some much needed inspiration. But I also thought this post would be slightly helpful too. As a student I always loved using books to get some research, but there is a overwhelming choice out there and even in uni libraries it can be overwhelming. I also thought it would be a good post for anyone who maybe is starting a fashion course after the summer who is looking for a head start in buying some books (I will also be doing a post later on in the Summer for fashion textbooks).

All these books I’ve bought over the years, some before I was student and some while I was. I’m not entirely sure how readily available these books are these days but I will try and leave links where I can.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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