Tuesday, 27 October 2015

today i'm wearing...

Whistles asymmetric black skirt

Zara ponyskin ankle boots

Whistles quilted leather jacket

Whistles mini Onslow nude bucket bag

Sorry for the blog silence lately. Travelling with work and trying to buy a flat at the same time = zero time for blogging. Finally managed to snap some photos this morning though and love the beautiful autumnal colours in the background. I've succumbed to black tights now, but I'm still not sure where I stand on them. I read an article saying that true fashion people would never wear them, but I think they're fine as long as you have the right footwear and don't overcomplicate the rest of your look. At least they're miles better than nude tights: I'd never be seen dead in those…

Whistles leather jacket / similar here
H&M cashmere jumper / similar here
Zara boots / similar here
Whistles Onslow bucket bag / similar here
ASOS earrings /


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Monday, 19 October 2015

today i love… the monday wish list



At long last I have found the perfect camel coat. I can't tell you how long I've been searching for this. The only problem is it's hardly cheap and I'm really trying to be good right now. So for now I'm going to sigh wistfully from afar and really, really hope that it goes in the sale.

I'm a sucker for a face mask and this one has some pretty great reviews. Plus I love that you don't have to wash it off because let's face it, that's the worst bit.

I've wanted a shearling backpack since I first saw Whistles' perfect version last year, but I was worried that it might be a flash in the pan trend. How wrong I was. Now I'm seriously lusting after this super-soft KG beauty with gold hardware.

I'm still enjoying the single earring trend. This is simple, minimalist and inexpensive = ideal.

It's difficult to find a white blouse that's classic without being totally boring. I love the simple tuck detail on this Topshop version. Perfect with leather trousers or a pencil skirt, finished off with some kick ass heels.

It's that time of year again: time to dig out the scarves. I for one love nothing more than cosying up with a huge chunky woollen knit wrapped around my neck. This & Other Stories grey beauty is just what autumn is calling out for.


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Friday, 16 October 2015

today i'm wearing...

& Other Stories black t-shirt

Whistles grey suede Tilla mules

Givenchy Obsedia black crossbody bag

Michael Michael Kors black leather trousers

I don't often manage to shoot an evening outfit due to lack of light, but a nice early dinner last weekend gave me a rare opportunity to do so. I love dressing for the evening because it's so easy: my failsafe formula is a simple minimalist outfit, usually mostly black and including leather, pepped up with some killer accessories and either smoky eyes or a dark lip.

Michael Michael Kors leather trousers / similar here
Whistles grey mules / in silver here
Givenchy Obsedia bag / similar here
Zara ear cuff / similar here
NARS lipstick in Fire Down Below /


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Friday, 9 October 2015

today i'm wearing...

Whistles mini Verity rucksack

Acne Pistol boots

& Other Stories grey mohair cardigan

Ray-Ban Clubmasters

Whistles Tyler boyfriend jeans

This is what you call a super lazy relaxed weekend outfit. Everything oversized, slouchy and comfortable, hopefully without totally sacrificing on style. Boyfriend jeans, a super soft mohair cardigan and trusty boots make for the perfect outfit in which to browse the shops, grab a coffee and just generally not do anything too taxing at all.

& Other Stories mohair cardigan / similar here
& Other Stories t-shirt / similar here
Whistles Tyler boyfriend jeans / similar here
Larsson & Jennings CM watch /


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Monday, 5 October 2015

today i love… how to do dark lips

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Thought I would do a little beauty how to of one of my favourite evening looks: dark lips.

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Step 1: Eyes
It's taken me a while to work out the right eye make-up for dark lips. During the day I always rely on a classic black winged liner, but it looks too harsh against a strong mouth. I've settled on a taupe shadow (such as Urban Decay's Suspect) teamed with a soft brown pencil liner. Simply apply the shadow with a wide brush to just above the socket line and smudge the liner as close to the lashes as you can. Top with strokes of black mascara.

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Step 2: Base
I always do my eye make-up before my base so I can tidy up any dropped powder, although I do apply YSL Touche Éclat under my eyes beforehand to conceal dark circles. It also gives my moisturiser time to sink in. As I've got quite dry, dull skin, I'll usually start with an illuminating primer like NARS pro-prime. However, at the moment I've taken to using Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation which is extremely hydrating and light-reflecting, but also sets to a matte velvet finish, which is ideal. Apply with a foundation brush then blend with fingers.

Step 3: Conceal
I apply Touche Éclat to the shadows around my nose and under the eyebrows, and then use a stick concealer to cover any blemishes. I like Revlon Photoready.

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Step 3: Powder, bronzer and blush
I always set my make-up with NARS loose powder (t-zone only) and then add a little bronzer to my cheekbones, mainly to make me look a little less ghostly pale (I like Bobbi Brown in Medium). Finally a swirl of blusher on the apples of the cheeks; I always use one with some shimmer like NARS Orgasm.

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Step 4: Brows
One of the most important steps: if I forget to do my brows my whole face looks unfinished. However, don't overdo it, especially when you're making lips the focus. Just brush them out and fill in with a few strokes of pencil. Collection eyebrow definer in Blonde is the perfect shade for me.

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Step 5: Lips
Finally the main event: NARS semi-matte lipstick in Fire Down Below. Prep with a slick of lip balm and then when it's sunk in, trace a nude lipliner around the edges of your lips to stop colour bleed. I always apply the first layer of lipstick with a lip brush to really push the colour in: it definitely makes it last longer, plus you get a much neater line. Blot with tissue, then apply a second coat from the bullet. Blot again and you're done.

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Axel navy leather jacket

Whistles black suede heels

Alexander Wang Prisma lizard tote

Whistles black wrap pencil skirt

Snapped up this beautiful skirt last week when Whistles sent me a 25% off code. It's difficult to find the perfect work skirt: basic pencil styles can be too boring, but my favourite slit detail skirts are not really office-appropriate. This is the perfect balance: elegantly asymmetric without revealing any leg. It's sold out online now, but you can get 25% off everything at Whistles this week with Grazia UK.

Whistles Axel navy leather jacket / similar here
H&M grey cashmere jumper / similar here
Whistles wrap pencil skirt / similar here
Whistles heels / similar here
Alexander Wang Prisma tote / in matte black here


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