Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 IN 'TRENDS': FROM THE YEAR OF THE BROW GAME TO BEING BASIC



1. Trendy words
No matter how hard we try to fight it, just like the YOLO revolution of 2012, several words and phrases have worked their way into our everyday speech this year. We've all called our BFFs our 'baes', described ourselves as 'sassy', others as 'basic bitches' and reverted to ironically using text speak. I'm predicting 'on fleek' to take us into 2015.




2. Brow game
Without a doubt the biggest beauty trend of the year. Whether inspired by Cara Delevingne or the general growing appreciation of female body hair, we've all said goodbye to the tweezers and hello to the eyebrow pencil. The biggest compliment we've received this year has been 'brow game strong', and we are not ashamed to admit it.




3. Pool sliders and Birkenstocks
If you're able to think back as far as summer, then you will remember the few joyous months during which the hideous 'it' sandal appeared to hypnotise us all into thinking it was attractive. Thanks to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen the Birkenstock became immortalised as the epitome of edgy style, especially when worn with a knitted dark grey sock. My only encounter with them was a 20 minute agonising walk in which they slipped off every 3 steps and left my feet permenantly scarred. Never again.



4. 'But first, let me take a selfie'
In 2014 it's been almost impossible to do anything without taking a picture of it first. We can't even eat without brandishing our selfie sticks, snapping, adding a filter and captioning it 'cheeky Nandos with the girls.'  *insert emoji here* We saw it at the Oscars and even the Queen has been involved.



5. Ass
Whether we're talking Meghan Trainor's bass, Kim K 'breaking the internet' or Nicki Minaj's Anaconda video, I think we can all safely say we 'don't want none' in 2015.



6. Challenges
In February we got 'Neknominated' to down pints of Worcestershire sauce to show our friends how hard were were, in March we bared all for the 'No Make Up Selfie' challenge (or almost all, we all have that one FB friend who claimed to be #nofilter but was more orange than David Dickinson), and in August we threw buckets of ice over ourselves for ALS.

7. The Fault in Our Stars
Whilst it may have got thousands of us around the world sobbing into their Starbucks, no book/film has ever aggravated me more than this one. More like the Fault in Our Plot line/Character Development. Okay? Not okay.

Can you think of any other 'trends' that have had the power to #breaktheinternet this year?
Elly xxx

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

REVIEW: MAC MATTE LIPSTICK IN SIN

Hello everyone! Today I thought I’d post my first ever make up review (so this could be an absolute disaster.) The product I’d like to talk about today is the lipstick I got for Christmas - MAC Sin. As you may have been able to tell, I’ve been absolutely loving my dark purple Kate Moss for Rimmel London lipstick in 04, and the red equivalent in 01, however I’ve been looking for something in-between for quite a while. For some reason I just haven’t been able to find the perfect shade in the drugstores (I’m that person who comes home with their hands and thus all of their clothes covered in various shades of regret.) I’ve never tried MAC cosmetics before (I know, I know), and I’ve been wanting to get my hands one of their lipsticks for ages. I did a load of online research and decided that the shade Sin would be the perfect thing to put on my Christmas list (it’s always exciting to get a make up product that comes in a box!)


The first thing I noticed about this lipstick is the smell! It honestly smells just like chocolate, and quite strongly, too. This isn’t really a good or a bad thing, it just struck me and I ended up running around all my family members getting them to smell it. 



It’s the perfect A/W shade, and it’s really buildable depending on how dark you want your look to be. I personally like my lipstick to be quite dark, especially at this time of year, but it’s nice to have the option. I was worried it was going to be too brown, however it’s definitely more red/purple than brown, and is the perfect dark red with blue tones.






I only ever really go for matte lipsticks, and if you’re looking for matte, then you’ve come to the right place with MAC. They have such a huge colour range and there’s no worry of accidentally purchasing a lipstick with a load of glitter in it. I would say that this lipstick is slightly drying, but then again I was expecting that. It’s fine if you make sure you’ve exfoliated (like I ever do that, but in an ideal world…) and moisturised your lips before application to avoid it catching on any dry skin.



It really does stay on your lips for a long time, and you do notice the difference between this and the lower end drugstore brands. You might need to top it up a couple of times during the day if you’ve been eating, but only really to make sure that the coverage on the lips is really coherent. 

 
Overall I’m really thrilled with this product, and I think I will be purchasing some more products from their range every now and again. I’d like to try a light pink/nude, so if you could recommend me one that would be brilliant!
What’s your favourite lipstick?
Elly xx




Friday, 26 December 2014

CHRISTMAS DAY IN (A FEW) PICTURES

Hello everyone! It's currently Boxing Day and I'm having a rest from watching back to back films and stuffing myself. I hope you had a lovely Christmas day yesterday and are planning on carrying on the festivities for the rest of the week! I thought I'd post a quick round up of my day in pictures, including my outfit and my favourite presents. I had a lovely day and I am very lucky to have such a wonderful family (get your sick buckets at the ready.)









I think this image speaks for itself really...



Getting a half decent photo of all of us was enough of a Christmas miracle in itself!



(Lurex Crop Top in Black - Topshop (£22), Skirt - H&M, RAMBLE Heeled Sandals - Topshop (£55 (now £20)))









I hope you had a very merry Christmas!
Lots of love,
Elly xxx

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

THE CHRISTMAS TAG

It's Christmas Eve!! If you know me, you'll know that Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year (yes, I cried putting the star on the top of our tree in my uni flat), and so I thought there would be no better time to do this tag than today. I've realised I have some pretty weird Christmas stories, so please don't judge me!

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
My favourite Christmas film would have to be The Snowman. It's the only one I've watched religiously every single year without fail. I love the artistry - it's so timeless and always makes me want to get my colouring pencils out after I've watched it! The music is incredible and it gets me every single time. Having David Bowie at the beginning doesn't hurt, either.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Always on Christmas morning (or afternoon, depending on how long my Dad decides to take getting ready...I'm sure he does it on purpose!) I open a few really early in the morning (yes I'm nearly 20 and I still have a stocking), and then we open the rest together later on.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Dressing up in a self inflating snowman suit complete with hat, scarf and shoes stands out to me. It inflated to about four times the size of me and I couldn't sit down in it. My nan bought this get up for me and suggested that I walk to school in it. It really was the definition of vogue.

4. Favourite festive food?
This is a difficult one for me because I love so much Christmas food! As a conventional choice, I'll have to go with chocolate Yule Log, however my family have a tradition of eating Walker's cheese and onion crisps and Terry's chocolate oranges only at Christmas time. Does that make us weird?

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I'm not sure about a favourite, but I can give you a list of my top 3 strangest. My nan used to love getting us gifts at Christmas time which were, as you can tell from the snowman suit story, invariably odd. The best included a plate with a picture of the Queen's face on it, a statue of pigs mating and a framed dead tarantula. The amazing thing was, she thought these were all serious, viable present options, so we just had to grin and bear it. What a woman.



6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I love the smell of spiced candles at Christmas time.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Yes! We always go to visit my uncle (who has the world's best Christmas tree) and then on a little tour of the neighbourhood posting our last few Christmas cards.

8. What tops your tree?
Usually a decrepit looking old robin. Our tree is about as old as I am and looks as if it's about to keel over about 98% of the time but I can't imagine ever getting a new one.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I'm not sure that there was one I asked for every year, but I remember the year I asked for (and received) a karaoke machine. I think that was one of the biggest moments in my life. I still have that machine! I genuinely thought I was a member of S Club.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
I just love the season as a whole. Everyone is in such a good mood, Christmas songs are playing, everywhere is decorated beautifully (apart from those few houses who decide to blind the masses with their BLUE flashing lights - it's not even a Christmas colour!) For me, Christmas is just such a happy time. I love buying and wrapping gifts, singing carols, decorating the house. Then there's all the food and the television... I can't actually think of anything I don't like about Christmas!

What's your favourite part of Christmas?
Elly xxx

Monday, 22 December 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: TARTAN SKORT





BLACK RIBBED KNIT JUMPER - NEW LOOK (£19.99)
RED CHECK WRAP MINI SKORT - NEW LOOK (£17.99)
COAT - ASOS (similar here)
CLUBMASTER GLASSES - RAYBAN OPTICS
PURPLE LIPSTICK- KATE MOSS FOR RIMMEL LONDON 04 (£5.49)

Elly xxx
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Saturday, 20 December 2014

STYLE INSPIRATION: JENNA LOUISE COLEMAN

One of my biggest style inspirations this year has been the beautiful Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald in Doctor Who. She recently did a shoot for Instyle's December issue, which I think illustrates perfectly everything I love about her look (and is pretty festive, too!). I've compiled a few of my favourite images of her here.

I love this 60s inspired hairstyle paired with the statement collar. I've deviated a bit from the 'vintage' look (I know) that I used to love about 2 years ago, but I'm definitely feeling it making a comeback into my wardrobe this winter.

This is my favourite of the images from Instyle's spread. Her hair is gorgeous (I've been loving plaits recently!) and her make up look is flawless. I love the berry lipstick and the look is quite similar to the everyday look I've been wearing recently (let me know if you'd like to see a make up tutorial - I've never done one before but it would be fun to give it a go!) As for her brows - they are just the dream. Life goals right there. It just goes to show you can wear a big knitted jumper and still look stylish and glamorous! 


This is an image from November last year, but it's just as inspirational as the more recent pictures. I adore her hair, I'm trying to grow mine out so that I can try all of these styles but it's taking so long! Once again, her make up is on point, and her brow game was just as strong a year ago! I love the turtleneck jumper - it's so simple but she's managed to pull it off in such a glamorous way. I like how she's not afraid to wear a statement midi skirt like this one. Jenna, we salute you.

Who are you inspired by?
Elly xxx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: CROPPED POLO NECK




Antonia Knitted Funnel Neck Crop Jumper in Dark Grey - Missguided (£17.99)
Leather Skirt - ZARA
River Island Chunky Zip Front Ankle Boots - ASOS (£40)
Lipstick - Kate Moss for Rimmel London in 04 (£5.49)

Elly xxx

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

CHRISTMAS HAUL: JOHN LEWIS & B&Q

Hello everyone! I'm finally home from university and I couldn't be more excited for Christmas if I tried. I'm feeling particularly festive this year, probably because I've been celebrating since mid November! The shops are filled with so many lovely things at the moment, and so this week we've been doing quite a bit of Christmas shopping. I'm loving all the cute decorations and displays everywhere, and I can't wait to start wrapping presents!


(From top left clockwise)
Waitrose Christmas Packaging Twine - John Lewis (£2)
Reindeer Christmas Decoration - B&Q (£1)
Waitrose Hand-finished Charity Cards - John Lewis (£5 for 8)
Waitrose Gift Wrap - John Lewis (£2)
Waitrose Gift Tags - John Lewis (£1)
Waitrose Candle - John Lewis (£4)
Pastel Pink Polka Dot Christmas Tree Decoration - B&Q (£1)

This candle smells amazing! It's spiced and literally smells like Christmas in a tin. I've been looking for a new candle with this exact scent for a while now and so I was really happy when I found this. It's absolutely perfect for my room, the packaging is super cute and I can't wait to burn it. 

How cute is this little guy? Every year we pick up one or two new decorations for our tree, and I think it's fair to say that our family have a bit of a soft spot for little animals. He's going to love living with our menagarie of robins, foxes and other assorted creatures!

For some reason I was drawn to this little tree decoration and I couldn't bring myself to leave it in the shop! I think it'll go well with the colour scheme in my room and I reckon I could get away with leaving it up all year round. 



I really want to make an effort with my wrapping this year, so I thought I'd invest in some cute wrapping paper and accessories. Call me sad but I'm really looking forward to sitting down and wrapping all my gifts this year! These cut out cards also really caught our eyes when we were in Waitrose. I love little clever touches like these cut out windows when I'm choosing cards - they really inspire me to make my own.

Have you bought anything in preparation for Christmas yet?
Elly xxx


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Sunday, 14 December 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: HOUNDSTOOTH TURTLENECK DRESS






Cooperative Houndstooth Turtleneck Dress in Wine - Urban Outfitters (£42 £27)
Coat - ASOS (similar here)
Lipstick - Kate Moss for Rimmel London in 04 (£5.49)
Juju Babe Hi Jelly Sandals in Black - Urban Outfitters (£25)(similar at Office)

Hello everyone! I'm finally home for Christmas which means I can start posting better quality outfit pictures again. Today I thought I'd share with you my favourite dress of the moment, this houndstooth turtleneck dress from Co-operative at Urban Outfitters. I saw it whilst shopping in York about a month ago, and I just couldn't leave the shop without buying it. I know that Urban Outfitters isn't really the place to shop on a student budget, but I always find their pieces to be of amazing quality. They're often really unique and so I feel that they're a worthwhile investment. I absolutely love the high neck shift dress style as it's so flattering, and the burgundy houndstooth pattern is perfect for A/W. It's a super warm dress which is ideal for the colder months, and I've also been wearing this layered with a black jumper to add extra warmth (as a southerner living up north I need it!) This year I've brought back out my navy military style coat from ASOS that I bought a couple of years ago. I absolutely love this coat, it's really nicely structured and adds quite a smart, chic element to my outfits. Finally, I'm wearing my black Juju jelly shoes because who said you can't wear sandals in winter?
I'm also loving wearing my hair like this at the moment, and pairing it with this dark purple lipstick. What do you think?

Have you invested in any nice pieces for winter?
Elly xxx

Friday, 12 December 2014

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST 2014

Hey everyone! With Christmas approaching (I am so excited), I thought I would share with you my Christmas wish list. These are all items that I would love to receive, but I am by no means expecting any of them. Of course Christmas isn't all about the presents (it's about the food too, right?), but seeing as this is a fashion blog it seemed appropriate to share with you some of the more material things whizzing around my head at the moment. It's kind of an "in-an-ideal-world" wish list which might give you some inspiration for your own lists or for gifts for somebody else. 

(From top left clockwise:)
2. Anything from Lush Cosmetics
4. MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth 
5. ASOS Swing Dress with Funnel Neck in Gold
6. MAC Matte Lipstick in Sin

What would you like for Christmas this year?
Elly xxx

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY (& GIFT GUIDE)

With the opening of Alexander McQueen's first retrospective at the V&A looming in March 2015, I was contacted by an amazing luxury company, Farfetch, to share with you their latest infographic, which should help us get all clued up on his major shows and iconic moments before the exhibition opens. Savage Beauty has been shown at the Met in New York and is coming to London on 14th March.

I personally adore McQueen's work - theatrical, romantic, visionary. I see his shows as absolute works of art. They are performances which, despite being awe-inspiring in their own right, still manage to somehow keep their focus on the garments themselves. Often dark and even uncanny in their magnificence, his garments are completely perfect. I haven't seen much of his work that I wouldn't wear myself in a heartbeat. It is without doubt that he was one of the most iconic and influential designers of the 20th/21st century. He pushed the boundaries of contemporary fashion, and it would be an understatement to say that I am excited to attend his retrospective in the spring.

If you're looking for a high end gift this Christmas for someone very lucky (me please), you can shop McQueen at Farfetch.  Gift wise (I've gone for pieces <£200, there was too much I wanted in excess of that but we have to realistic here!), my picks have got to be:


Who is your favourite designer?
Elly xxx