Wednesday, 23 July 2014

An Outfit Of Era's

 Playsuit - New Look (Old)
White Shirt - Topshop
Flatform Boots - Urban Outfitters
Fedora - H&M
Sunglasses - H&M (Old)
Necklace & Choker - eBay

This is me, sporting an outfit that can only be described as a mish-mash of era's.  Let's start from the top and work our way down.  The good ol' fedora.  Widely worn from the 20's to the early 50's, where its widespread popularity emerged from its association with gangsters and the Prohibition.  And what do you know, 60 year's later they are back!  The cat eye sunglasses were oh so fashionable in the 50's and 60's, and I must say, there is something that feels particularly classy and lady like when wearing a pair.  The layering of the playsuit over the shirt, along with the choker - that's so 90's.  The playsuit itself?  I'm getting 40's/50's pin up vibes from this.  The polka dots, the sinched in high waist.  You agree?  Last, but most definitely not least, are my fave (for the moment) boots.  So deliciously spikey, and the flatform dates back to the 90's.

So there you have it - an outfit of era's.  A bit of a different take on your normal outfit post, but enjoyable to write, and to show how today's fashion has routes as far back as the 20's.

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Average Girl's Guide To Festival Style | Flowers & Lace

I remember the first festival I ever attended.  Reading 2011, baby.  It was a good'un.  I saw the likes of Muse, Pulp, Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance (amongst others), who were my fave band at the time.  I still have a wall plastered with Gerard Way's face in my room, which I'm not complaining about!  

My first festival also meant my first real taste of festival fashion.  It returns every summer, and this year coming back stronger than most.  The popularity of the style is so widespread.  From avid festival goer's, to those who much prefer the luxury of a shower and a clean toilet, everyone seems to be taking part.  The style incorporates boho elements from the hippie movement of the 60's.  England's own little twist revolves around wellies and Dr Martens to deal with the lovely mud-filled festivals we hold, courtesy of none other than... the rain.  Boo.

So in the spirit of it's return, every Monday up until I attend Bestival in September, I am going to be posting an outfit that I deem 'festivally enough' to venture into the world of camping, alcohol and live music.

 Grey Cami - H&M
Lace Shorts - eBay
Dr Martens - eBay
Kimono - Made Myself
Flower Headband - Primark (Old)
Necklace - Primark (Old)
Choker - eBay

I went quite basic with this outfit, keeping to dull colours, then splashing in some colour using the kimono and flower headband.  I would never had thought of wearing a burnt orange kimono (or a burnt orange anything) over a grey and black outfit.  Hell, I wouldn't normally wear this colour full stop.  But the colours coordinate nicely with the flowers in my hair, so why not, eh?

The lace shorts just scream boho and belong at a festival, but me being me, I had to add a big black belt, to subtract the girly, and add the edge.  Luckily for little old English me, I can also get away with calling my docs festival style, to overcome any muddiness that I may come into battle with.

Throwing on some sort of boho/hippie inspired necklace with beads, colourful stones or charms will just finish the look off!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The 10 Most Pointless Beauty Products

Needless to say, most of us girls are total beauty addicts, who have explored the deepest realms of the beauty world to make our bodies the best that they can be.  There are thousands of different products out there, one for every inch of us, that claim to work miracles and make us look like the airbrushed models on the advertisements.  But really, how many airbrushed model look a likes do you see walking down the street of a Friday morning?  My point exactly.  Many products out there can be rendered as completely useless, and here is my little selection of the biggest offenders:
  1. Vibrating Mascara - Is this really a thing?  I cannot imagine using this strange contraption would be anything other than awkward and painful.  What's wrong with a bog standard, non vibrating mascara?
  2. Shop Bought Wax Strips - All these have ever seemed to achieve is waxy and patchy haired legs.  Do I really want to waste my money on them?
  3. Toner - On a more serious note, toner really does nothing for your skin.  It was initially used to remove any residue left by soaps, but all the high-tech face washes and cleansers we have today don't leave that residue behind.  A cleanser will be enough.  Of course, if you are a toner addict like I am, using a one that doesn't contain alcohol is fine, until you can completely cut the stuff out.
  4. Anything that claims to rid your bod of cellulite - Need I say anymore? Come'on girls, even if it does work, it ain't gonna be permanent.  If your that bothered by it, maintaining an exercise rich lifestyle with healthy foods will be a lot more in your favour, but cellulite is really not that big of a deal!
  5. Neck Cream - Let's be serious here.  Your face cream is perfectly fine to use on your neck as well.  What's next?  Ear cream? Nose cream?
  6. Foot Cream - Similarly, your usual body lotion will perfectly adequate for your tootsies as well. 
  7. Lip Scrubs - I always thought this was a bit of a weird and unnecessary product when I first saw it in Lush a year or so ago.  A little research confirmed my beliefs. The lips naturally exfoliate themselves. Just keep those bad boys well moisturized with your fave lip balm and you'll be good.
  8. Expensive Anti - Aging Creams - As long as the cream contains retinoids derived from vitamin A, alpha hydroxy acids or antioxidants, you should have some success.  These are the active ingredients which will leave long lasting results.  A lot of the expensive creams are just well packaged, glorified moisturizers, so be careful when splashing out!
  9. Boob Job Gel - Yes, this is actually a real product.  Rodial is a brand in particular that claims to give you an extra cup size within 60 days.  Obviously, it doesn't work.  Please don't waste £125 on this rubbish.
  10. High SPF Lotions - A lotion with SPF 15 gives 94% protection against UVB rays, SPF 30 gives 97% protection and SPF 45 gives 98% protection.  After that it just gets silly.  It's also important too note that no sun lotion will offer 100 % protection.  While we are on the topic of, here's a little top tip for ya'll.  Make sure to buy a lotion that protects from UVA rays as well.  UVB rays are the ones which cause the skin too burn, and that the stated SPF protects against.  UVA rays are a differently story, and are more closely linked to deep skin damage.  Both contribute too a higher risk of skin cancer!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

2 Parts Monochrome, 1 Part Denim

 Striped Crop Top - H&M
Skater Skirt - H&M
Cropped Denim Shirt - Urban Outfitters (old)
Chunky Sandals - New Look

 I remember the time when I wouldn't even dream of pairing up socks and sandals, but these chunky beauties were just made to be worn with socks.  For me anyway.

If your wearing a monochrome outfit, and you want too add that little extra something, just go for a dash of denim.  It's a fail proof plan too make it just that little more interesting.  Initially, I was going to leave the denim shirt unbuttoned and untied, but tying it up made the outfit look less slouchy.  Slouchy is okay at times, but it wasn't the look I was going for here.

Top tip: pets always make for more cute and interesting photos!