Lunch Date Attire

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

When i get to go out to eat it's normally for lunch rather than an evening meal. It's normally a nice relaxed affair which makes me happy(any occasion i don't have to cook or do dishes makes me happy). On these occasions i still like to look nice but not dressy, because y'know its afternoon and has to be family appropriate Slight difference to Monday's outfit which was a bit more sassy for a date night)
Today i opted for this great tunic dress. I am hugely in to this style of dress lately, they don't fly up like a skater, they sit nicely on and hug but also give room to breathe after an awesome huge cavary (my eyes are always bigger than my belly!)
I am also loving the fact that we are finally having a cold snap, today was only 9 degrees (Celsius) which means i am in full on boots mode and big comfy socks (wierd fact about me, i have a thing for lovely thick socks.. i own SO many! Walking socks are my ultimate favourites, even if i'm not really going trekking,because when do i ever(?) they're just sooo snuggly and perfect under boots).
Blogger cliched yes, but I just love this time of year so very much! Gimme snuggly socks, warm wooly knits and hot chocolates any day!
One thing i don't like this time of year? The light.. jeez it was so dark at like 4pm! all my photos came out super dark and blurry, waahhh! #bloggerissues 

 Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Leather& Faux Fur jacket: New Look (last year)
Necklace: Coming soon to Yosa 
(any name suggestions for this beauty ladies? the photos here do not do it justice.. looking for a brilliant name for it.. let me know in the comments any ideas!)
Boots: c/o
Bag: Primark
In honour of photo-bomb being one of the most used words this year, here's Neo doing his finest photo-bomb! haha he's such a poser, just like his mummy!

love this kid!

How to Wear Faux Leather Leggings (& SHOETOBER DANIEL FOOTWEAR #GIVEAWAY!!!)

Monday, 27 October 2014

A little after dark look today and trying out the love-them-or-hate-them faux leather leggings.
Last year i invested in a great pair of coated skinny jeans and pretty much lived in them year round, i just love the edginess they bring to the outfit that skinny jeans just don't do. So this year i stepped up on the faux leather front and tried these faux leather leggings. To be honest,it took some courage for me to walk out in them as i felt more than a little self conscious because they show off, uh... everything. But they got a big thumbs up from the hubs so if anything they are husband pleasers, haha!
Wearing them reminded me of when Sandy rocks up in her lycra at the end of Grease, they made me feel like i wanted to break out in song,lol!
Couple of note worthy points for wearing faux leather leggings:

  • They show off every curve. Beware that you will feel slightly naked on your bottom half, they are very figure hugging, but because they are thicker than a normal fabric legging they can be quite flattering(ie they hide cellulite well;)
  • If trying for the first time wear a long top or tunic. I wish mine was longer at the front, i think i would have felt more comfortable. I was happy with the low part at the back of my blouse as it covered my (more than) ample booty, but longer both back and front would be a great place to start with faux leather leggings.
  • Try on before you buy. I thought i may have to size up, but no not the case. infact you don't want them to be baggy and saggy. Tight is actually right in this case. I actually tried on a great pair in New Look that were faux leather on the front and fabric on the back. These would be a great and comfy way to try the trend. I tried these on and they were actually really really nice on. I wish i had bought them but at the time I was feeling super daring and wanted to go the full faux lather hog.
  • One word.. camel toe. Avoid at all costs.. (i'm actually giggling whilst writing this, jeez, i'm such a child) due to the form fitting, clingy nature of the fabric, beware ;)   
And that's it! So what are your thoughts on faux-leather leggings? Love or Loathe? Try or pass by? I am actually going to try them again but with an oversized big wooly knitted jumper. I quite like the idea of the textures together, plus a bit more covered up.

So the boots are back for Shoetober,woohoo!Oh how i love these studded funky boots!
 And excellent news,for the Last Shoetober giveaway the lovely people at Daniel Footwear are ever kindly giving one reader a voucher for £100 to buy whatever shoes you would like from their wonderful online store! AMAZING! I shall be doing my lust list later this week but if you haven't already visited their site be sure to go see how great they are.
They stock Michael Korrs, Vivienne Westward, kate spade, Ugg and SO MANY MORE of all our favourite brands. So you could treat yourself to some wonderful shoes or put your £100 towards a new designer purse! The choice is yours!
So my lovelies what will you buy if you win?Get entering below!

 Khaki Blouse & faux leather leggings: New Look
Boots: c/o Daniel footwear
jacket: H&M
Necklace & Clutch:Yosa

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The lovely brands that work with me are very generous so lets give them some excellent support.
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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?