Sunday, March 02, 2014
Although the weather is still refusing to cooperate, I'm beginning to feel Spring creeping up on us. I still need to wear a big coat, but bare arms and legs are only a few weeks away (I hope). I headed back to the rents this afternoon for the first time since I moved into the flat.. mainly to bake cakes, and thought this dress deserved an outing. I've not been up to much today, other than lounging about the flat drinking tea and reading fashion magazines, but I felt like dressing up. You see, I've just been offered a brilliant opportunity, and so I'm leaving my current position, to pursue a path (slightly familiar but I'll tell you all about it soon) which is more what I can see myself doing in the long term. And it's my last day in my current role on Tuesday, hence the cake-making! And hence, the wanting to celebrate bit. The dress is one of those that I instantly fell in love with but somehow never got around to wearing. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it's been hanging in my wardrobe ever since I picked it up in the Boxing Day Sales! I'm not really sure why, but I think the lack of sleeves made it feel a little too dressy for work, and a little too formal for just day to day. I'm hoping that as the warm weather comes, I start to find more excuses to wear it. Although I'm tempted to try it pinafore style soon with my crisp Oxford shirt underneath... thoughts?
coat: Zara, dress: New Look, necklace: Accessorize, shoes: Kurt Geiger
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
It's been a long time since I've wanted to write anything. Longer than my posting habits would let on to be honest, because in the last few weeks there's been times where I've forced myself to write something albeit sporadically. But I can't remember the last time I actually sat down to write because I wanted to. Recently a colleague asked me about my writing, specifically on my blog, and it prompted me to think about why I wasn't. He asked me if there was a certain tone I adopted specifically for my blog, a blogging voice for want of a better term. And when I asked why, he told me it was because that it had a certain style, aspirational and upbeat, that he recognised in other blogs, particularly lifestyle ones. Thinking about it, I realised straight away that he was right, my blog writing has a very particular tone of voice: it's conversational, friendly and optimistic. Much like my own personality. But it wasn't consciously constructed. It was more that it became an extension of me, a way of expressing my thoughts (in a strange sort of way to a load of strangers). But on a more basic level, I realised it was obvious for me to adopt that kind of tone of voice - even if just because I know that when people want to read something, it's very rare that they don't enjoy reading something that's positive and upbeat. People (a lot of them strangers), don't want to know about my problems, or the dull days which inevitably form part of our existence. They want to read something that engages them and inspires them, so it's only natural that if I'm telling a story, I'll edit it or convey it in a way I feel would want to be read. Considering all of this though only made me think more about why I wasn't writing. Instead of writing, I've been reading. And maybe more interestingly (and something pointed out by a friend because it had completely escaped my attention), I'm reading books about helping yourself, and helping others to help themselves.
Monday, February 17, 2014
What with the chaos of moving this past week, and the intense cleaning (which pretty much took over my weekend), I feel as though it's been ages since I've just had a chance to sit and write. Spending time after work getting the flat ready to move in at the weekend, has definitely taken its toll on me... my arms are aching and covered in scratches and my skin's a mess from a combination of muck, dust and domestos. There's nothing quite like bleach to give you blotchy skin. Luckily for me, I've been able to enjoy a little pampering when it came to my beauty regime, after Fenwick got in touch about the latest offer to grace their beauty hall, a lovely Lancome set worth £112 that comes free with any two products. It's a pretty good all-rounder, offering a selection of makeup, including hyponose volume mascara, a black eyeliner and nice, quite natural pink shade of lipstick. As well as a selection of cleansing products, moisturisers and anti-aging treatments.
The set comes with Tonique Douceur, a softening and hydrating, alcohol-free toner, which was cooling and fresh, leaving my skin feeling clean and silky. I'm usually a firm believer in Clinique but having a slight breakout at the moment, it's been nice to have a little change from my usual product. It has a slight cucumber fragrance leaving my skin feeling very refreshed, and since it's alcohol free, it didn't leave the kind of burning sensation I sometimes experience with toners containing alcohol. The set also comes with Bi-facil non oily cleanser for sensitive eyes. Made up of two liquids, the bottle needs a little shake before use but forms a strong makeup remover, which feels really gentle on your eyes. Since I wear a lot of eyeliner and mascara, I use Avene eye makeup remover, but find that it can sometimes feel very harsh on my eyes and this is nice and gentle, but strong enough to take off the majority of your makeup with just a couple of swipes.
The set also includes a soothing, anti-stress moisturiser and recharging night cream. Both of which are lightly whipped so become absorbed easily into your skin without leaving a thick residue. I'm usually pretty committed to Clinique moisturisers and other than trying out the Clarins night cream, I tend to just use my regular moisturiser on an evening. I'm not sure why but I always think my skin feels weird after moisturising at night so I'm not wholly convinced by using rich night creams.. still I'll see how I get on with this. Along with the moisturisers, the set includes a couple of anti-aging products: Hydra Sen Yeux neurocalm eye contour gel and Advanced Genefique youth activation concentrate, both of which are probably going to be gifted to my mam.
If you're interested in checking it out, the promotion is running until 23rd February. You can find out more either on Fenwick's Twitter or Facebook page too!
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Apologies for being a little MIA this past week or so.. As I mentioned in my post the other day, I'm in the process of moving so most of my free time has been occupied with trying to fit my life into cardboard boxes (and those big blue ikea bags). There's nothing like moving home to make you realise how much stuff you have... I'll admit that a big part of me just wants to shove it all back in a cupboard to forget about for a little while longer, but it's been a good opportunity to work out the things I know I don't want anymore. Like the ridiculous stack of fashion magazines I mentioned sorting through last weekend! Although I knew the majority were issues I'd be unlikely to give a second glance, it did help me unearth a couple of gems. Like this old Alexa Chung editorial in Harper's Bazaar (which I don't ordinarily buy). Although it was shot three years ago, it still looks amazing. And it still makes me pine after sixties dresses and shiny loafers. So I'll leave you with Alexa Chung looking like a babe, while I go back to packing boxes...
Monday, February 03, 2014
What's really interesting about American Apparel as a brand though is the way they redefine sexy. Even since Mr Motivator's day, lycra and leotards haven't really had a mass appeal. Yet somehow they make it work. And they make it sexy. Now, in a society obsessed with youth, plastic surgery and obtaining the ultimate (if a little enhanced) figure, American Apparel, are yet again redefining sexy. This time though, it's by trying to prove that sexy doesn't have an expiration date with their latest campaign featuring an un-airbrushed, surgery-free 60 year old, Jacky O’Shaughnessy. It's like Ari Seth Cohen asks: 'Why do we only look towards younger people as our fashion icons? Why not look to the people who really know what they're doing?' Likewise, if a woman is elegant, photogenic and in great shape, why shouldn't she be selling lingerie? I only hope I look that good in underwear when I'm 60.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
After having to take some time off I'm spending the weekend trying to get myself back into routine. I'm feeling better than I have been for the last few days, so on Friday I decided it would be good to get a little life admin done. You know those jobs that you put off and push to one side for another? The ones you know that you're never really going to want to get on with?
Since I move out in a week and a half, I've been thinking about how much I need to start tackling some of the jobs on my list. I need to figure out what I'm taking, what's staying here and what needs to go. So of course, sorting through my embarrassingly large stack of old magazines is one that's figured pretty high on my list of 'stuff I don't want to do' for a while now. Yes, I'm one of those girls that never throws away old copies of Vogue and Elle. Instead, I stuff them away in cupboards, under my bed, in boxes, wherever I can find the space really. I hide them away while assuring myself that one day I'll (probably) want to flick back through them. I have no idea where this idea comes from, and can only blame the notion on watching too much Sex and the City and admiring Carrie's Vogue archive, because in all honesty I don't think I've EVER done that. Usually I barely have time to have a proper read through the current month's issues of Elle and Vogues before I find myself buying the next. So I've decided in the interest of reducing clutter, I'm abandoning all my old issues of Elle (apart from the last few month cos, you know, I may want to flick back through them). I'm allowing myself to keep a select few older ones though (mainly the ones with Alexa Chung on the cover) as well as the Elle Collections, but they're not like normal magazines, are they? As for my Vogues, I'm having a cull. But I'm saving the last few years to allow me a catalogue of complete years (bar Jan 2012 which I don't seem to have), from 2011 until now. But I figure that's ok. Because I have gotten rid of a lot of them. And because it's Vogue. So it's different.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Right now Fenwick are running an exclusive Clinique Bonus Time offering this little bag of treats when you buy any two Clinique products (including at least one skincare). I've just stocked up on Clinique at Christmas so I was lucky enough to be sent this set to try out.. there's nothing like a little bag of treats to cheer you up when you're not well! The offer is running until Sat 8th Feb, so while I've not had a chance to try out my goodies, I thought I should let you know in case you're thinking of treating yourself soon! The selection includes repairwear laser focus and repairwear uplifting cream (which I'll probably be donating to my mam), a handy travel size tube of dramatically different moistuiser + (the new formula for their classic moisturiser), superprimer universal face primer, blushing blush powder in Sunset Glow, black quickliner for eyes intense, rinse-off eye make up solvent, and duo of lash doubling mascara and Raspberry Glacé dramatic lipstick which looks like the ultimate handbag essential. I can't wait to try it all out!
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