31 December 2012

Dressing Marilyn

Coffee table books are something I love to collect, despite the fact I don't own a coffee table I like having piles of interesting & ascetically pleasing books on the shelves in my bedroom. My mum, knowing me as well as she does, has been a key contributor to my collection over the years. The most recent was a birthday present - the book is 'Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood icon was styled' by William Travilla' by Andrew Hansford.

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The book goes through a number of famous dresses worn by Monroe & styled by Travilla including the showgirl outfit from the beginning of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', the infamous white dress & the Diamonds are a girls best friend dress as well as including a number of Marilyn's personal dresses.

It is a stunning book that makes for an interesting read if you are interested in film fashion & the dresses of Marilyn Monroe. Featuring beautiful and most of the time original illustrations alongside shots of how the dresses are constructed make it an enjoyable read.


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 This book makes me wonder if it must feel to have a dress designed with you and only you in mind ... oh the glamour of it all! A must if you are interested in this area.





30 December 2012

Sunday Diary #6

I totally forgot that I said a Sunday Diary post would be a weekly affair, my apologies. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas & are all preprared for the New Year!

I spent Christmas week at my mum & dad's which has been lovely so nice to relax after a busy semester at uni! I am back to Edinburgh for a few days for work & for New Year then propably back to my mum & dad's for a while.


I was having a think the other night about what my new years resolutions might be, I am thinking of going for something to do with my skincare & looking after my skin better as I can be a little lazy when it comes to skincare so I'm sure some TLC won't do any damage! I am also going to make a concious effort to add colour into my wardrobe - I wear too much black. It seems to be all I am ever in.

2013 will see me in bright clothes with cared for skin ... or that is the plan

What are everyone else's resolutions?

27 December 2012

Skincare Favourites

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Following my realisation that a good skincare routine would be beneficial I turned to an old favourite that has seen me through some dark days, the products up for discussion are the Superdrug Vitamin E skin oil & Tea Tree Oil - both inexpensive & readily available products that do wonders for my skin.

After I've cleansed, toned & washed my face of the days make up & dirt, massaging in a generous amount of Vitamin E oil mixed with a few drops of Tea Tree oil into my skin make my skin feel loved. I look like an oil slick but that is not important as in the morning I wake feeling moisturised, smooth & best of all my skin feels deep down clean - I like to believe this is due to the Tea Tree oil. Both products are available in Superdrug up & down the country, I'm sure other places sell them too, & are priced at a pocket friendly £2.99 each. I should note both are normally on buy 2 for £3.99.

Whenever my skin is feeling a little dank & miserable this little potion works wonders & as  an added bonus make up application goes smoothly & hassle free the next morning. Winning.

What are you skincare saviors?

22 December 2012

Prints & Studs

The shape of this Topshop dress (No link, I'm afraid as she is an oldie) without an added belt or the sash it came with is questionable. It resembles one of those tents you sick a pole in the middle of then pull out the sides, the wearer being, of course, the pole in the middle...

With a belt I can handle it if I am in the right mood. Shapeless baggy things tend to do very little for my body shape but we all have days where that is what screams out to us to wear.

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I wore the dress with my Zara studded belt - a summer sale find, last summer I believe - which I think adds more to it than the matching sash although the belt is too big for my waist so it was low slung but I think it makes quite a pretty shape. I wore my Topshop western ankle boots - link & the usual fur gilet, leather jacket & silly sized handbag.

Other than my outfit other bits of news include...

  • I finished The Great Gatsby - amazing book. I loved it from start to finish, now all I need is May to roll around for the new film! I am now reading The House of Silk which is the new Sherlock Holmes book, I've only ready a chapter & a bit but am loving it already.
  • Over the last few days, I have been debating between the Topshop velvet shorts - link - and the Zara velvet shorts - link - HELP!! I just can't decide!
  • Home for Christmas today. I am so excited this year & I think I have my Christmas day outfit down unless Santa brings me something purdy











21 December 2012

Just playing around

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I mentioned these H&M trousers in an earlier post - link - I was debating whether to keep them or not as I wasn't sure about them but after an afternoon spent playing about with them I have come to the conclusion, I need them in my life. I have them on with my H&M fluffy jumper which has been a staple for me this autumn and winter but I think the trousers could look amazing dressed down with a simple tshirt, possibly my fur filet & some chunky boots.

£10 well spent I would say! H&M sale is so good at the moment, loads of good stuff to snap up. 






20 December 2012

Style Crush #20

This weeks Style Crush post is taking a more specific topic, the topic being ... dinner suit!

I am a big fan of androgynous dressing, women in suits with perfect tailoring screams to me beautiful. A woman that can pull of androgyny is deemed classy, beautiful and a true women in my books! Don't get me wrong, a beautiful evening dress is a glorious sight & given the opportunity to wear one I would no doubt jump at the chance but tailoring has a very special - and big - place in my heart. So much so I asked for a substantial amount of tailoring in for my Christmas from Santa. (At 23, I know Santa Claus is in fact not real but my bus driver yesterday looked suspiciously like him so I was extra nice just incase he was in fact Santa in disguise. I digress) 

A few of my favourites include Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss & Blake Lively giving the traditional suit a bit of colour. I have to admit I favour a black dinner suit over a colour particularly one with mixed textures - velvet & satin to name a couple - but the red is gorgeous. 



 A Bloggers take on the dinner suit ... 
  
Arabella  wears this beautiful printed dinner suit beautifully. I love everything about this outfit - the print, the earrings, the blouse. Everything - it is just so well put together & pulled off perfectly.
  

 What do you think of dinner suits? What one is your favorite?

19 December 2012

Trousers & Books







 I haven't done an outfit post in what feels like forever basically I haven't really been wearing anything interesting or that I don't normally wear ... fallen into a bit of a rut I guess but New Year out of rut & all that....

I just wanted to check in, say hello & share 2 probably not interesting pictures with you. First up, H&M sale get there it is amazing. I am considering going back again to pick up some grey jeans I saw & really wish I had bought but don't fear I did not leave empty handed. I left with these gorgeous black & white patterned trousers which were a bargain at £10!! I was umming & ahhing over whether to keep them or not but I figured i might as well sure I will find things to wear with them. The feature I like the best has to be the black strip down the side of the legs, it just adds a nice little touch to the trouser.

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This is my Christmas holiday reading material, British Vogue & The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald which I am so very close to finishing & have loved every page. I am a big reader particularly of older books - for want a of a better way to say that -  I am not a fan of chick-lit modern books, I guess I like the escapism of going to another time. Everything was so much more glamorous. *Sigh*

Happy Wednesday! 

18 December 2012

Male Dressing




This is a bit of a different post, well it isn't really it is about fashion but focusing on men's fashion in particular the fashion choices of George Lamb.

I guess I could have made him a Style Crush but I haven't so that idea is not void. George Lamb dresses exceptionally well, tailored suits, well cut shirts & tops with good shoes & his dashing looks, he is a firm favourite male dresser in my eyes.

6 December 2012

Style Crush #19




*All Pictures from Google Images

As I mentioned in last weeks Style Crush post, Stella McCartney's style has caught my attention recently. Her mix of patterns & textures appeals to my senses beyond belief. Her style isn't overly fussy - always gets a gold star from me - and she always always looks put together & stylish. I also love here use of electric blue the coat & patterned suit are so stunning words cannot describe. Big love For Ms McCartney.

As a side note, I have an exam in uni which I am not looking forward to so I won't be posting probably till Monday afternoon or Tuesday as I really need to focus & right now my focus is out the window so I will see you all on the other side! Have good weekends! 

4 December 2012

Keep it under your hat

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 I think the black fur band & the floppy hat are my favourite, I look a bit like a poor mans fortune teller in the burgundy head band so I think I will keep the 1st two. What do you think?

2 December 2012

Sunday Diary #5

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One week tomorrow at 11.45 & this semester at uni will be done. I honestly cannot wait to not have uni work to do! It has been a busy few months & I am looking forward to chilling out at home. I went out last night & saw Greg James DJ - not a particularly big fan but it was a good night, safe to say I was suffering today a little.

What did everyone else get up to?


1 December 2012

Trying out

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I went into Superdrug to get eyelashes on Wednesday afternoon, I came out with £28 worth of goodies including these Tresemme products. I'm not usually a fan of Tresemme products, I don't really know why, it just tends to be a brand that I ignore! These products were on 3 for £6.99 - at £5.99 and £5.49 each  it was an offer I couldn't resist really.

With layers of bleach under my botched home dye job, my hair needs some TLC before drying & hair oils tend to do the job perfectly. I am a big fan of the VO5 hair miracle concentrate but they didn't have that in stock so the Tresemme Argan Oil treatment it was! I've only used it once or twice but so far it has left my hair feeling soft & silky while adding some shine.

The 24 hour body powder is good, does what it says on the tin - or little plastic bottle - but it is quite a sticky product. It also feels like you've bought an empty bottle but that's nothing to do with anything really!

I would probably consider repurchasing these products at some point but as of Tuesday when I get my long, flowing locks (This is total sarcasm fyi) chopped off I doubt I will need them - I will probably still use the oil treatment but I fear the Body powder will sink to the deepest darkest corner of my products drawer till my hair returns to its current state.

Ever tried these products? What did you think of them?

Happy Saturday!

30 November 2012

Warm Rain

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Skater skirts have such a flattering shape before I bought this skirt from Topshop I was a little wary of them as I normally lean more towards a fitted skirt but after purchasing this one I really like the style. I doubt I will go out and buy another one but this simple black one will suffice .... for now. The first time I ever wore the skirt was with some polka dot tights from good old M&S but sadly I ripped them on my handbag?! I know, I don't understand how it happened either. These boots are New Look jobbies from last year (I think) they have a lovely chunky heel & a nice bit of exposed zip detail.

I'm not sure what to do with my hair, I can't decide whether to chop it all off or leave it... I won't be able to get it done again till after Christmas and New Year so I could go really messy. Ahhh I can't decide.

Jacket - Gap Mens via EBay
Tshirt - H&M
Belt - Zara
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - New Look via Ebay

29 November 2012

Style Crush #18

This weeks Style Crush post features my 2 favourite looks from the Style Awards this week.

 Gemma Arterton

 Stella McCartney

*All images from Google

Gemma Arterton & Stella McCartney are my favourites from the Brittish Fashion Awards this year. Everything about their looks is very simple - something I like - yet stylish & put together.

Gemma Arterton's black cut off blazer & pants showed off her beautiful figure to perfection plus she added some fierce (I can't pull off saying that word, my apologises) shoes. Everything about it just screams classic, stylish & chic. 

Stella McCartney is someone who I have looked at her designs & loved but never considered her personal style up until this point. This jumpsuit is amazing. It has a feel of it shouldn't work about it due it's baggy shape but it works so well it cannot be put into words. The added sparkle on the side & the simple black flats - perfection. So much perfection in fact that I have wasted a little too much time searching through style photos of the lady herself! 



25 November 2012

22 November 2012

Style Crush #17

Olivia Palermo is a previous Style Crush but this girl has more style in her left pinky than is fair, to be honest, so she is a Style Crush for a 2nd time. I'm sure she is jumping for joy at this fact...

 This weeks Style Crush post is based on Olivia Palermo & her fur gilets, something her & I have in common is our love for this winter warmer although I have a feeling hers may be slightly more expensive and luxurious than mine but nonetheless a girl can dream!

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My favourites are definitely between the last 3, the 2nd outfit has a gorgeous mix of colours, textures and prints which works so well but outfit number 3 ticks all the boxes too as does 4. Basically I can't choose!

What is your favourite?


20 November 2012

We might get a chance to talk and talk might lead to dancing




I have a strange sense of achievement about this outfit as it isn't all black, it is mostly black but not all black is an achievement for me. I'm trying my hardest to break the all blackness that is my wardrobe. Even went crazy today & bought a blue tshirt!

River Island Disco pants are love. They are 100% the most comfortable trousers I own & go with almost anything & everything. I'm feeling better about myself today, just had one of those meh days but you were all so lovely in the comments so thank you! I think it is nice when girls show other girls support or a genuine comment or compliment as sometimes girls can be quite catty.

Cardigan, tshirt, bag & Boots - Topshop
Disco Pants - River Island
Necklace - H&M

Post title: Tyler Hilton, You'll ask for me

19 November 2012

Sunday Diary #4

Seen as I totally forgot to do the Sunday Diary post yesterday we are going to live life in the crazy lane today & have the Sunday post on a ... Monday! I know, I feel like this is too much craziness as well!


I spent this weekend working & doing an extremely good job of avoiding writing my literature review section of my dissertation proposal. I plan to start it after this... promise.

What else ... I am trying to wear clothes that are a bit more form fitting as baggy clothes, to me, just make me look like a big blob! You know one of those days when you just feel really down and rubbish about yourself? Yeah, I'm having one of those ones. I have back problems & it has gotten sore again meaning I can't go to the gym which makes me feel loads better about myself so I'm going to have to just deal with it & accept that I have to take it easy & that I am not a blob! Everyone gets days like this, what are your ways to make yourself feel better? (Please, don't say go a run or I will actually weep!)

I am thinking about starting a 2nd blog for writing, I am a bit of an amateur story writer but just have them in a notebook. Let me know if anyone would be interested. It is nothing brilliant but I love doing it!

Happy Monday! x

15 November 2012

Style Crush #16

* All images from Google Images

Frankie Sandford has a very mixed style, sometimes I love what she is wearing other times I'm not a fan but I suppose that is the same with everyones style!I just picked a few of my favourite outfits that are a nice mix of day & night.

14 November 2012

She's just a girl





A lot of black- again - but you've come to expect it now, I'm sure. I am trying to wear less black & also things that are more fitted as baggy stuff just doesn't really suit my shape but sometimes a big baggy tshirt & cardigan are what feels good... I did add a splash of colour with my scarf & red nail polish anything to distract from my newly dyed black hair! If you follow me on Twitter, you will know this was an accident but I actually quite like it now with a tan & some make up ... que my chummy calling me Kris Jenner! I like it for now, I always get so bored with my hair colour, I suppose it is part of having a short cut you can play about with colour a little more!

One more thing before I go & get back to my dissertation proposal which I will be using all of you lovely people for (if you are willing to help! *hopeful face*) as it is on Social Media in particular fashion blogging!

PS I love my Fur Gilet! <3

Faux Fur Gilet - Topshop
Leather Jacket - Oasis
Dropped Arm Hole Vest - New Look
Necklace & Cardigan - Topshop
Scarf - Oasis
Velvet Trousers (Think they are the 'Molly') - River Island
Boots - Topshop (Seen here)
Bag - Zara
Watch - River Island

12 November 2012

Love is such a crazy thing



This blouse was an impulse buy that always seems to have a comeback in my wardrobe! I'm not sure what made me pull it out today, I guess I just felt like being a wee bit smarter dressed today?! I love it mixed with my velvet trousers & fur gilet. This little baby was my birthday present from my mum & dad. It is from Topshop & is totally perfect. I love throwing it over my safari jacket or leather jacket for a little bit of added warmth. Again it is a nice way to add textures... all about the textures today it would seem!

gilet, bag & boots - Topshop
Blouse - Old New Look
Velvet trousers - River Island