25.9.12

Ways I Wear: Topshop Skater Dress

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Welcome to my latest series. I picked up this Topshop dress because it was a really decent price and seemed very versatile. So in keeping with my latest plans to save a bit of money, I thought I'd do something that I don't think I've ever done before. Wear the same item multiple times on here....but the twist is I'll be wearing it in multiple different ways.

For a fairly plain work outfit, I paired this dress with tights, khaki and gold accessories.  I went with my studded gold Primark pumps, rose gold watch and rose gold/coppery multi chain necklace.  I wore this olive/khaki cardigan from H&M last year indoors, and for outdoors I went with the blogger favourite - leather sleeve parka.  This is the River Island one, but I think it's sold out now.

How would you style this dress for casual workwear?

24.9.12

Urban Decay Dew Me

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I'd put off buying this product for the longest time.  At first I thought I wanted the All Nighter spray, but after reading about this product I decided it was the one for me and added it to my mental "to buy" list.  But then I never actually got round to buying it for some reason.  Until the other day that is!

So what does the box say that got me hooked?

"Finally, the perfect antidote for drier and combination skin that holds makeup flawlessly for 16 hours......Makeup looks fresh through humidity, heat and high-paced activity, thanks to the Encapsulated Cooling Technology, which lowers the surface temperature of your makeup surface by 20 degrees!"

Now let me explain....I don't have a hot face by any means, but the promise of new-fangled, scientific-sounding technology really excited me and made me think I was buying something special.  Besides that, I do have dry skin and make up really doesn't last on me.

This setting spray has become holy grail.  I've spritzed it over both foundation and tinted moisturiser (separately obvs) and the results have been fantastic for each.  By late afternoon I still have virtually full coverage on my face, and I've never before seen so much foundation on a make up wipe at the end of the day.  And that speaks for itself.

Dew Me is quite pricey, but that price is still in keeping with the entire Urban Decay range.  You get 118ml (random amount) of product for your money, and I'm sure I'll be purchasing again.  In fact, I'd go as far as saying that this has helped to perfect my base and ended my quest for the perfect foundation.  Hurrah!

18.9.12

New space

Ages ago I did a post about our library room and since my old computer stopped functioning without being plugged in to the wall at all times (this was before it broke for good), Ed and I decided to make use of the space by getting a desk and turning it into an office area.

We got the table last week in Ikea for a bargain £30, after deciding that the more expensive desks were in fact much too small.  I also picked up some candles to pretty it up a bit, and I love that I now have a place to keep some of my notepads and picture frame.  The cushion was an impulse buy from Primark, and on the way home I realised that I had nowhere to put it, seeing as we have a leather sofa that doesn't need cushions.  The typewriter print on it is perfect for any blogger, so when Ed brought this chair home I put it on it straight away!  It gives a more girly, vintage touch to an otherwise masculine chair.

Since Dudley adopted my white chair for himself (as evidenced above) I hadn't really been able to use this room.  I'm so glad that I've now got a space to sit properly and work.  It makes writing on the laptop so much easier, and means I get to spend time sitting with Ed playing on his PS3 at the same time as blogging.  Win win really!

Where do you blog from?

15.9.12

KG by Kurt Geiger Lexi

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I saw these a couple of weeks ago and fell in love.  Beige, gold studding, wedge heel...everything is perfect.

It's safe to say my wedge trainer obsession is continuing.  I was dubious about the trend at first, but I've become a fully fledged member of the pro-wedge team.  I love the way they elongate the leg, add a bit of sports-luxe to an outfit and the fact that they're crazy comfy.  I wore these for a day trawling around Ikea and whilst I would have been hobbling after a while in any other wedges or boots, for some reason these don't hurt at all.

These trainers have gone up in price by £20 since I purchased them, and are now retailing on Kurt Geiger's website at £120 although John Lewis are still listing them at £100.

13.9.12

Disaster

Sad news guys...my laptop broke, and I'm sure that as a blogger, I'm not alone in calling this (nor am I overreacting) a disaster. See the sympathy in Dudley's eyes?

I'm now back to using my old laptop. And the memories of why I stopped using this are coming flooding back to me....the friction burn I get on the inside of my wrists when typing, the fact that this computer has no memory card reader, the way it doesn't open programmes when I ask it to, the way it decides to ignore what I type in blogger and format things strangely. And finally, most annoying (and what has just happened, as if the laptop knew I was typing smack about it), the way it just turns itself off.  And if I don't comment on other blogs as regularly, it's because for some bizarre reason it won't load the comment box.  I refreshed the page countless times earlier in an attempt to comment but no luck.

So please bear with me.  If my posts look strange and are formatted in a weird way, it's not my fault!  I'll try my best to rectify, but do forgive me if things all look a bit amateur on the occasion that I haven't realised the mistake in time.

And for the time being, things will be taking more of a lifestyle-y turn on here.  This is something I've been wanting to do anyway, but with all my pennies now firmly in the Computer Fund jar, there'll certainly be less shiny new things to be showing off on here.  Ah well, it'll help out my Buying Less attempt in the long run!  

12.9.12

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri

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Yes, I'm shockingly late to the party with regards to this perfume.  I sprayed it the other week thinking it was the original Bronze Goddess.....which I heard about with the word "coconutty" describing it.  Anything coconut-scented and I'm sold, but somehow I managed to test out the wrong one.

That said, I'm so glad I did.  When I went back to purchase this, the MUA sprayed the other Bronze Goddess for me, and yes, it was definitely coconutty...but also quite heavy and didn't really smell of much else.  This however is much lighter and smells amazing.  She described it as a citrus scent, but I don't know if I agree.  As I said before, I'm no perfume buff, but when somebody says citrus I think of oranges, lemons and limes.  This smells like none of those.  It's incredibly sweet and vanilla-ry, and the best way I can describe it is to say it's like Lush's American Cream Conditioner in a perfume.

This has become one of my ultimate favourite scents (along with MAC's now-discontinued MV3, sob!) and lasts so long on the skin.  I'd never considered Estee Lauder for perfume, but for £40 you get a whopping 100ml.  This was limited edition though, and wasn't actually on display when I went to buy it.  You might get lucky though, so hurry down to your nearest counter (I believe it was exclusive to House of Fraser?) and ask for it!

11.9.12

H&M Riding Pants

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- Shirt: H&M - Pants: H&M - Necklace: Accessorize -
So these are the H&M pants I mentioned the other day, which I bought right in the middle of my attempts to stop buying as much.  Although I think you'll agree from the quality of them, that a purchase was a must and actually it was ok to bend the rules slightly.  For £7.99 these are amazing.  Really thick fabric which makes them leggings that it's ok to show your bum in (I even went as far as adding an embarrassingly close close-up of my derriere above to show off the zip detail on the back), nice thick pleather detailing and the selling point for me was that they're extremely tight, so suck in all manner of lumps and bumps!

It's been a long while since my proper outfit post.  I've been thinking about taking another direction with Scaredtoast, so there'll be more of a mix up of posts and while I'll still be doing outfit posts when I think what I'm wearing warrants it, there'll definitely be some posts that weren't the norm for me before.  But there's a bit more on that in an update post to come later in the week.

Oh, and I also need to clear something else up.  I got a email from the lovely Amy who sent me the Nail Art nail tattoos.  I'd mentioned in my post that I struggled with the application, and thought that the way to do it was to press the nail down onto the design as a transfer.  Turns out the way I'd read the instructions originally was correct - you paint your nails, peel off the sticker from the backing paper and then stick it down.  I'm not sure why I struggled with this, perhaps the sticker I was trying to use was a bit more stuck down than the others.  Either way, I'm happy to have found an alternative method of applying them incase I ever have this trouble again!

So what else can I tell you?  I'm back into the swing of things at work, and can't wait for October/November so I can start wearing cosy scarves and boots.  And I'm seriously debating getting another tattoo too.  Come to think of it, I never really showcased my latest one on here, would anyone want to see it?  I know I'm so nosy when it comes to other people's tattoos!

4.9.12

Armani Code Luna

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I am by no means a perfume buff - I have a nose, I can smell, and when it comes to perfume I buy the smells I like.  If you're expecting an in depth review, encompassing all of the different notes within this fragrance then I'm really sorry, but you've come to the wrong place.  If, however, you would like to read a very comprehensive (and only slightly confusing) description of this perfume then click here.

And now for my review.  At first spritz this smells virtually the same as the original Armani Code.  It's slightly lighter and has a sweeter, vanilla scent.  But here was the deal breaker for me - when I shoved my wrist under Mum's nose for a sniff she announced that I "smell like chocolate".  Did I need any more persuading?  No, so I hastily added this to my wishlist for when Mum went away on a cruise and hit the duty free counters.

I feel I need to state the obvious and say that perfume does not smell the same on everyone due to different hormones etc.  So while on me this smells chocolatey, it may not do the same for you.  Will you be testing this out next time you're near a perfume counter?