Tartan Dress and Passion 4 Fashion Linkup

Friday, 24 October 2014

 Why is it that at this time of year i always start to feel Christmassy. I mean, it's just wrong isn't it, we're still 2 whole months away from the big C-day but i can't help but get excited! What normally happens is i get really excited way ahead of the date and then get Christmas burn out the weeks running up to the day.. typical really.
My prompt for Christmassy feelings could be this cute tartan dress. Tartan always reminds me of the festive season but i couldn't (and shouldn't i might add) wait till December to where this cute little number. dresses with sleeves will forever be my BFF's of the dress world, they're just so cosy and comfy. I added some extra bling in the form of the rather fabulous Aurora statement necklace that really packs a punch and finished it off with my gorgeous Clarks boots from Shoetique, which FYI are super comfy even for heels. I took them on an unexpected half mile walk to the bank today and they proved to be very comfy. I am very impressed!
Don't forget there's still time to enter to win a pair of shoes like this or  whatever shoes you would like, in the Shoetober Giveaway, go enter here!!

Passion For Fashion Link Up

This week i have the lovely Linda of Labour of Life co-hosting with me, be sure to swing by and say Hi, she's a Doll and has a plethora of amazing statement jewellery!!

How to wear Bright Lipstick

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

If you've been following along here for a little while you will know i am a huge fan of bright lipsticks. I love how lipstick can complete a look, can distract from tired eyes and makes me feel like i am pulled together and can face the world.
I often get asked what colours i use and what are my preferences when it comes to lip colour so i thought i post a few hints, tips and favourites.

Preparation is key.
Start with clean white teeth for a gorgeous smile, with ex-foliated and moisturised lips.

If you are new to bright lipstick wearing start simply.
Choose a light tone that you are comfortable with then work you way to a darker/brighter tone.
It is better to become comfortable with wearing lipstick before graduating on to a pure bright red lip, because at first it can feel somewhat alien to have such a bright colour on ones face.
So start light and then get a feel for it.

Find a lipstick that works well for you in colour and application.
Lipstick comes in a number of forms these days. My favourites are the traditional lipstick in bullet form, the chubby stick applicator and then what normally comes with a gloss the doe foot applicator.
There is also the squeezy tubes and application from palette with a lip brush.

I find if i am on-the-go i prefer something like a chubby stick as they are easy to apply, even when in a rush. Built like a giant pencil these are easy to simple'draw' on and off you go. You won't get a neat edge with these, especially once the nib starts to wear down with use, but like a balm these are easy going and great for starting out with.
The Vhubby Stick started with Clinique but now most make up brands do their own version. I love theColour Rush by Rimmel! I have multiple colours in this form. They are easy to wear and feel moisturising. The colour is vivid and lasts well (but not when eating), and feel pleasant on. if you are just starting out with lip colour, i can't recommend theses enough. They feel great, easy to apply and come in a great range of colours, my favourite is On Fire which is a great light red, perfect for dabbling with your first red lip colour.
These have a subtle shine but tread the line perfectly between a matte long lasting lippy and a gloss. Shine but not sticky with great pigment all equals a great lipstick to me.

I have never been a lover of lipglosses, i find them stoo stinky and when the wind blows my hair gets stuck to it and i look an atrocious mess, which is just no fun.
But again lipstick is all about personal preference and finding what works for you.
I have recently discovered Bourjois Velvet Lipstick. Applied like a gloss but with the doe foot applicator they are the perfect matte velvet finish.
These are my new favourite lip colour.
Long lasting and comfortable to wear Bourjois have got it just right.
These also come in a superb range of bright shades too.
I am loving shades Ole Flamingo! and Hot pepper

Ole Flamingo
Bright fuchsia pink with some purpley undertones
Hot pepper, a brick red rather than a bright primary red.
The red i've found needs a little building for a bolder colour.

Lastly the traditional method of a lipstick.
With the most range of shades the traditional lipstick is where i started many moons ago when i first started to dabble with lip colours.

My most favourite red lipstick is No 7 Drench lipstick in siren, this lipstick has never failed me.

With bright red (or any colour) lipstick it is always best to start out with a lip liner that pairs perfectly. This will stop any colour bleeding from the lips and keeps the look perfectly neat.
A great tip for a perfect red lip is to finish with a fine line of light concealer around the lip to give a crisp edge and giving the lip a pronounced appearance and the perfect Hollywood pout.
I always find with a bright lipstick its best to keep other make-up to a minimum. I tend to usually go for a simple sweep of black eye liner or a cream eye-shadow and a soft blush cheek, keeping all the focus on the colourful lip.
Once you have cracked it, and it may take some time as it can be a step out of the comfort zone, then i can assure you lipstick can change your whole look.

Do you wear bright lipsticks? 
Do you have a favourite that you recommend?

Houndstooth coat with Teal & Mustard

Monday, 20 October 2014

 Ahh houndstooth coat, i bought you and then had no idea how to style you. I know it's a coat and therefore outerwear, so really it doesn't need to go with the outfit underneath, call it style-ocd, but i like my coat to match my outfit. Which can be annoying and a little fussy, but it's my thing and i'm ok with it. Back to the coat, it is a recent Primark purchase after deciding i obviously didn't have enough coats in my life and there was a space in my coat loving heart for another (i have a big heart, what can i say;)  I tried on a few but nothing felt right, infact they all pretty much looked like i had borrowed it from lost and found, the sleeves were mostly too long, the shoulders were to big and the length wasn't right, making me look like lil orphan Annie,lol!
After quite a few coats i settled on this one. But i'm just not sure. I guess it was a rushed purchase and something still doesn't feel quite right with it.
Opinions ladies please, what do we think? Is it a keep or return? (i only tried it on here to see what it was like from a 3rd person perspective,it's still tags intact , which makes me wonder if i loved it would i have ripped those tags off? ponder ponder)
Teal and mustard what a great autumn combo. I absolutely love the contrast between these two colours. I am now on the look out for more teal and mustard combinations.
Is it a colour scheme you would try?
 As for the shoes, as it is Shoetober, i went for the classic pointed black heel. The shoe every lady should have in their show armoury.
The goes with everything, always chic, will never be out of fashion perfect shoe. I've had these simple matalan beauties for over a year and i have to say they are still a complete go-to shoe for me.

 Coat: Primark
Shoes: Matalan
Bag & Scarf: F&F
Sweater: New Look

Don't forget it's Shoetober all month and this weeks AMAZING giveaway is for Shoetique. Be sure to go enter to win a pair of shoes of your choice! Yep ANY pair from their website, you lucky lucky ladies!
Go enter here

Warehouse; My faithful brand (& a scary walk down memory lane)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I mentioned in summer how Warehouse has been the brand i have turned to year upon year, since the age of 18 when i first started to make a wage.
Whenever a special occasion would arise i would always turn to this particular brand and they have never let me down, especially with their perfect dresses{swoons}
I took a little walk down memory lane and found some photos from over the years of me and my beloved Warehouse pieces.
Want to take a scary walk down memory lane with me?(i hope you're nodding)
 Left warehouse dress this summer, right Warehouse mint blouse also this summer
Tie dye top 2013
 Paisley warehouse dress layered over a turtle neck in the depths of winter
 Me on the right in a tropical Warehouse skirt
 about 5 years ago celebrating on a night out in Cardiff
 about 7 years ago going to a wedding

It's so funny looking back, there's one dress i LOVE and still have but have no photos of. It's the Warehouse dress i was wearing when i first kissed the man that would later turn in to my husband :) 
Special dresses evoke great memories. 
I have a knack of remembering what i was wearing to any special event for the past 10 years. 
It's quite the skill i tell you,lol!

So with my special birthday fast approaching, and of course the festive season, i know Warehouse will be the shop i turn to once again.
Infact, i've already started looking(haha!) nothing like being prepared if you ask me!

First up, by birthday-day.
In the day time, i'm thinking lunch out with the hub's and being in the depths of winter, sleeves are a must.
You all know me, Red is my all time favourite. So the Red Roll Cuff Shirt Dress is the absolute top of my lust list. Add in a biker jacket, knee high black boots and a clutch and that is outfit heaven to me.
The black zip waist dress looks like the perfect all-rounder. Add a tartan scarf and a camel coat and winter is looking good.

Second up the prints:
Window pane is still big this winter and i found a new love for the drop waist this year so i am crushing on this flippy dress.
The graphic print of the second dress is fun and funky. Some ankle boots and tights would make this dress work in winter, remove the tights add some sandals and it's also great for summer.

The big night out.
My oh my, this Off the shoulder jumpsuit!! how absolutely stunning, Chic and sexy all in one go, perfect for the Christmas doo with a great pair of earrings and statement clutch.
Or The perfect LBD, flippy and flowy, this little number is so fun! Every girl needs their perfect LBD and this might just be mine(plus its on sale for £15, what the what?!)

So there we have it, my absolute favourites. I have in my basket ready to be purchased, the red shirt dress and the flippy fun LBD but i just can't commit, as i want them!
Do you own many/any Warehouse pieces?
Do you have outfit/memory association like me? I would love to hear your thoughts!