Wednesday, 23 July 2014

bookmarked #4

Image found via pinterest

Wow, I can't believe this is the fourth month I've been doing these posts!  Here's this edition of the sites I've been bookmarking recently...

 - I've been nosying through the popular page on Instagram lately and finding a few new blogs to follow that way.  First on my discovery list is Carin's blog, Paris in Four Months, which I've fallen in love with for everything from it's header to the beautiful photography.
- So I'm going to sound incredibly ignorant when I confess that I'm not entirely sure which language Interiors Originals is written in but wow, do they include some beautiful interiors!  From what I can understand it's a collection of images sourced online and it definitely gets me all inspired to give our home a little make over.

- I've been toying with the idea of a city break to Rome for a while now, but watching Brogan's Rome Vlogs has sealed the deal.  Now I just need to get my act together, stop spending and book something for next year.
- You probably all follow idressmyselff already; I discovered her through another big YouTuber and I really like her style.

- I've mentioned before that I'm permanently on the hunt for silver rings, and I think that this one may be a potential purchase.  It's hard to judge from a website though, I can't work out if it'll be tacky in real life!
- Kimonos.  Kimonos, kimonos, kimonos....I am obsessed with them.  Or perhaps it's just the idea?  I can't every decide on one to buy, and the ones I do end up liking are always too expensive to justify.  On the shortlist is this one from asos, this blue Urban Outfitters number, this Fashion Union tile print one or this black one.

- Speaking of Instagram earlier, I discovered Stephanie's account and absolutely love her style.  Mixing soft greys with black and a distressed brick wall background, she's a girl after my own heart.
- We're slowly introducing plants into our home (and just about managing to keep them alive!), so I've become a little addicted to looking at house plants on pinterest.  This board is a favourite, and I'm detemined to track down *The* perfect industrial silver plant pot.  I know I've seen them somewhere, but now that I actually want one I can't remember where....

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Video: Love Me Beauty box unboxing

It's been a while since I've done one of these videos.  I forgot to get my order in last month so didn't actually get a box....but I've got July's!  Find out what products I received in this video, and let me know if you're subscribed to any monthly boxes!

Monday, 21 July 2014

6: things I'm loving in my wardrobe at the moment

Jeans have been banished in this incredible heat we're suffering enjoying lately.  It's been loose trousers all the way for me; my Topshop birthday treat, a naughty Dorothy Perkins purchase (in the middle) and my rediscovered Primark elephant trousers (second left).  I didn't really appreciate them until this year, and that's for many reasons.  (a) now that they're no longer in the shops, everyone keeps asking where I got them; (b) they look like pyjamas and that's never a bad thing; and (c) the print is subtle, making them really versatile.

The fabric of my black H&M (second from right) top is nice and fitted, and I love the scoop detail on the back.  Being a bit bosom-y means low cut tops can be far too revealing, so it's nice to show off some skin on my back instead.

Speaking of classic tops, I went a bit gung-ho in the All Saints sale and bought quite a few.  My favourite is this greige tee in the middle; it's a silk mix, so so soft, and hangs just beautifully.  Only problem is that it's hand-wash only, and I'm a little afraid to wear it in case I get stains down it!

Finally, that bloggers' favourite from last year, - on the left, the elephant smock dress.  Or as I've christened it, my "hot dress" -  reserved in my wardrobe for those sweltering days when you can't bear to wear anything remotely restrictive.  It's modest enough for work, with fabric heavy enough that you don't need to worry about any embarrassing gust of wind-type moments.  It's a bit of a love/hate dress; in my experience men hate it, but I get so many compliments from women.  In between comments about maternity wear that is, but who's laughing when I'm the one staying nice and cool?!

Friday, 18 July 2014

the make up switch up

I've always been a bronzey-gold kinda gal.  The Naked 2 palette is my pick of the bunch, and I always find myself gravitating towards that sunkissed bronze glow.

But something's changed!  With the promise of a major hair change on the horizon, I've been experimenting a little more with my make up and delving into my stash for the more rosey tones that I had a brief dalliance with way back when.

So what's made it into rotation at the moment?

MAC Reubenesque paint pot (which, annoyingly, I forgot to photograph!) makes the perfect pink-gold base for eyeshadow application.  The eyeshadow in question is MAC's Expensive Pink, blended with Sin and Toasted, both from the Urban Decay Naked palette.  Lashings of mascara to create a bit of definition and brighten the eyes, and I'm really enjoying this colour combination!

I'm not yet ready to give up my bronzer (Chanel Bronze Universal all the way FYI), but I have toned down the whole contour routine.  It's no secret that I'm a bronze-aholic and have, on occasion, used up to three bronzers on a daily basis.  THREE!  I'm now down to a sweep of Chanel and then a light application of The Balm's Hot Mama gives my skin a pretty flush.

And then for lips, it's a fairly recent product rather than one banished to the back of my collection.  I first mentioned L'Oreal L'extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick back in February and have slowly been building my collection since then.  I've got my eye on Nude Ballet (now famous for being Kim K's lippie of choice on her wedding day), but for now it's 101 Rose Melody that I've been choosing everyday for that perfect pinky-nude.

Have you had a bit of a shuffle in your collection recently?  I'd love to know what you've been wearing!