31 August 2014

Lee


Fedora - H&M
Lee Denim Jacket - Vintage eBay
White Shirt - Topshop
Boots - eBay
Bag - Depop
Chokers - eBay
Skull Necklace - Flea Market NYC

I had a teeny tiny blogging break, anyone notice?  Probably not.  It was unplanned, I have just been super duper busy since Thursday.  God knows how I will manage when I start my third year of uni; I am the worst person for time management.  Someone teach me! 

But today, I am back.  Back with vengeance, alongside my trusty denim jacket.  This oversized baby has seen me through the toughest of weather, to the brightest of days and after it all, I can still say it is one of my favourite eBay finds.  Ever.  The badge makes it just that little bit more unique, and I don't believe I paid more than a tenner.  What a barg.  I'm tempted to add more badges.

I featured these boots in a couple of previous posts, and here they are again, back out in all their glory.  Patent, croc print, cut out boots; what more could a girl (I say girl, I mean me) want?  I do wish they were a little more chunkier, but what can you expect for £13?  Oh, and please ignore the bruise.  I may or may not have drunkenly fallen up some stairs... Classy, I know.



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27 August 2014

Got Ma Slip-On's On


Fedora - H&M
Chokers - eBay
Skull Necklace - Flea Market In NYC
Shirt/Kimono - eBay
Pink Floyd Tee - NYC
Lace Shorts - eBay
Slip-On's - Topshop

I know what your gonna say - "Alice, but you wore that shirt in your last outfit post".  That I did, that I did.  I'm finding it perfect to throw on as a little cover up, now the weather has taken a turn for the chilly.  The kimono sleeves and pretty darn interesting pattern manage to spice up any old outfit.

Wearing the classic Topshop slip on's because everyone seems to have a pair, and apparently I got too jealous not invest in some myself.  Although, I don't quite understand the blog posts that say they are comfy, because let me tell you, these ain't comfy.  The breaking in has been one long,  painful process, but we are getting there.  One day we'll make it, me and my slip on's.



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25 August 2014

The Average Girl's Guide To Festival Style | The Shirt Dress

If you didn't catch last weeks post in my festival series, click here to have a little look.

I remember the first festival I ever attended.  Reading 2011, baby.  It was a good'un.  I saw the likes of Muse, Pulp, Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance (amongst others), who were my fave band at the time.  I still have a wall plastered with Gerard Way's face in my room, which I'm not complaining about!  

My first festival also meant my first real taste of festival fashion.  It returns every summer, and this year coming back stronger than most.  The popularity of the style is so widespread.  From avid festival goer's, to those who much prefer the luxury of a shower and a clean toilet, everyone seems to be taking part.  The style incorporates boho elements from the hippie movement of the 60's.  England's own little twist revolves around wellies and Dr Martens to deal with the lovely mud-filled festivals we hold, courtesy of none other than... the rain.  Boo.

So in the spirit of it's return, every Monday up until I attend Bestival in September, I am going to be posting an outfit that I deem 'festivally enough' to venture into the world of camping, alcohol and live music.

Shirt Dress - eBay
Boots - Dr Martens
Choker - eBay
Necklace - Primark (Old)
Flower Clips - H&M

The good old shirt dress.  So easy to wear, so comfy, and so perfect for a festival.  I'm sure I have mentioned this before, but I am all about the comfort at festivals, and a gigantic shirt definitely caters to that.  The flared kimono-like sleeves and unique print make it stand out against all the other shirt dresses of the world.  Sorry other shirt dresses, this shirt dress wins at it's shirty life.

I just bunged half my hair up in a bun, because, let's face it, when having festival fun, who wants to be faffing with complicated hairstyles or having a face full of hair all day?  Added some flower clips, to festivalize my head a bit.  They are actually black flower clips as too much colour scares me (she says, currently typing with lilac locks falling around her face...).

Gone down the socks and docs route today, nice little combo right there.  I actually bought some bright blue zebra socks from Primark recently (click to check them out on my Instagram), that I wanted to pair with the docs.  I can't.  They aren't long enough to be seen.  Goddammit Primark, make your zebra socks longer!!!

Seeing as festival season is pretty much over, this post is actually the last in my festival series.  I do  like to think I saved the best till last, I am pretty attached to this shirt dress at the moment!

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23 August 2014

In Between Hair Washes | How To Keep That First Day Hair


I hate washing my hair.  I really hate washing my hair.  I can go three to four days before I break and have to face washing it.  Oh, but how I love that first day hair.  The silkiness, the softness, the shininess.  And not forgetting the texture.  This makes it very important to have some trusty products on hand, to keep the beautiful first day hair for as long as possible.  

So here it is, my army of 'first day hair' hair products:

Rise 'n Shine Hairspray - got2b | Beach Matt Salt Spray - got2b | Dry Remedy Oil - Aveda | Dry Shampoo - Batiste

Step 1: Dry Shampoo The Greasy Away by using everyone's favourite dry shampoo; Batiste.  The day after washing, I usually just spritz some on my fringe, here and there.  The next day my roots get a dose of Batiste, trying to use as little as possible as it tends to take the shine away.  Annoying.  Who agrees that there needs to be a dry shampoo invented that adds shine to our hair?

Step 2: Get Oily too put back some of that shine, that was taken away in the last step by our lovely Batiste (I love you really Batiste).  And to get rid of that dreaded frizz.  I have been using this teeny tiny Aveda dry remedy sample.  It smells amazing, I'll tell that much.  A few drops ruffled on the ends to make them look less dry.

Step 3: Salt Spray On Some Mermaid Waves.  After the first day wash, my hair can get very limp and textureless, as I am sure is the same for many of you.  This stuff is magic in a bottle.  A few spritzes all over, with a little scrunching, brings my curls back to life.  And did I mention that it smells divine?

Step 4: Hold It All In Place using your fave hairspray.  I'm loving the Rise 'n Shine by got2b at the mo.  It claims to add shine a volume.  Not quite sure about the shine, but I am loving the volume it gives.  I scrunch tiny spritz into my curls, which emphasizes them even more.  Yay for texture!


And that is how I keep my hair looking shiny and full of life in between washes.  Any tips of your own?  Share them in the comments!


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22 August 2014

Feeling Fringey


90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair
90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair
90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair
90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair
90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair
90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair
90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair
90's, 90's grunge, 90's fashion, 90's style, gingham top, ripped jeans, black skinny jeans, choker, leather jacket, fringed leather jacket, fringed jacket, platform boots, lilac hair

Chokers - eBay
Necklace - Primark
Leather Jacket - eBay Vintage
Top - Miss Selfridge
Jeans - River Island (Old)
Boots - Urban Outfitters (Old)

It's finally acceptably chilly enough to whack out this bad boy leather jacket. Yes.  And who doesn't love a festival of fringe going on, on their most oversized leather jacket?  Just me then...  If your on the hunt for some bargain vintage buys, have a little browse on eBay; I snapped the jacket up for a measly tenner.  £10.  1 - 0 pounds.  What a barg.

Sporting a rip in my jeans because, why not?  These are the comfiest as well.  I can't wait to pair them with massive jumpers and my docs in the Autumn.  If you don't already own a pair, venture out to the shops and buy the most comfortable pair you can find (we all know that is the Joni Jeans from everyone's favourite shop, Topshop).  I guarantee that they will become your staple this Winter.
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19 August 2014

I Hate Being A Poor Student...

I put a few outfits together that I would most definitely be wearing, if I had unlimited amounts of money to spend on clothes... imagine.  Oh, how I hate being a poor student.

Crochet Top - Topshop | Tartan Jeans - River Island | Lace Bralet - New Look | Backpack - Choies | Boots - Pretty Little Thing | Chokers - eBay

How dreamy are those tartan jeans.  They would be oh so perfect for AW.  It pains me that I have to resist buying them.

Midi Dress - Miss Selfridge | Crop Top - River Island | Flatform Loafers - Office | Diamond Socks - Topshop | Sunglasses - Rayban

 I love the moon.  I'm yet too own a moon tee in my much too large collection of tee's, why is this?!  I really like layering baggy crop tops over bodycon dresses.  The top cuts off just at the waist, and it looks seriously flattering.
Metallica Tee - Topshop | Denim Mom Shorts - Topshop | Lace Kimono - Topshop | Chunky Chelsea Boots - Office | Floppy Fedora - Topshop | Chain Necklace - Accessorize

Every time I find myself in Topshop, this Metallica tee is sitting there, looking all perfect on it's hanger, just asking to be bought.  If only I could afford you, Metallica tee.  The chunky chelsea boots are also half price on the Office website... do I dare?

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18 August 2014

The Average Girl's Guide To Festival Style | Panther Girl

If you didn't catch last weeks post in my festival series, click here to have a little look.

I remember the first festival I ever attended.  Reading 2011, baby.  It was a good'un.  I saw the likes of Muse, Pulp, Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance (amongst others), who were my fave band at the time.  I still have a wall plastered with Gerard Way's face in my room, which I'm not complaining about!  

My first festival also meant my first real taste of festival fashion.  It returns every summer, and this year coming back stronger than most.  The popularity of the style is so widespread.  From avid festival goer's, to those who much prefer the luxury of a shower and a clean toilet, everyone seems to be taking part.  The style incorporates boho elements from the hippie movement of the 60's.  England's own little twist revolves around wellies and Dr Martens to deal with the lovely mud-filled festivals we hold, courtesy of none other than... the rain.  Boo.

So in the spirit of it's return, every Monday up until I attend Bestival in September, I am going to be posting an outfit that I deem 'festivally enough' to venture into the world of camping, alcohol and live music.








Crochet Top - Urban Outfitters (Old)
Panther Tee - Topshop (Old)
Shorts - eBay
Boots - Dr Martens
Necklace - Primark

Gone back to basics, with the classic shorts, tee & boots festival look.  That's the way to go though, you wanna be comfy, right?  But also, still look pretty cool.  So, just throw on your most ripped and messed up pair of shorts and tuck in your fave sleeveless tee.  Simples.

I added a beaded statement necklace to get some oh so boho vibes going, wearing red lipstick and nail polish to match the pop of red.  How coordinated of me.  The long sleeved crochet top is perfect for when it gets a little chillier, just to chuck on over the top.  The large knit looks so beautifully delicate over the skin, which I love, and shows teeny tiny hints of that scary-ass panther on my tee.

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16 August 2014

The 30 Second Smokey Eye



I can't be the only one who manages to end up with a mess of eye shadow, smeared way higher than the 'acceptable' height of smokiness.  When I say "the acceptable height", I mean not looking like a queen of all the goths wannabe, or like I belong in fishnets and thigh high stiletto boots, on the corner of an extremely questionable street.  You catch my drift?

Let's all have a look at the barely touched black shade in my Naked 2 palette, which definitely represents my chronic fear of black eye shadow.  Kind of ironic seeing as my forte is thick black eyeliner.  Sorry Blackout, nothing personal.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Shades used: Snakebite - Base Colour | Blackout - Smokey Effect

Lucky for me (and all of you, who struggle with a smokey eye), I've discover a life-changing (yes, I said life-changing, that is how good it is!) technique, so even those of us who fail miserably at making our eyes look all mysterious and whatnot, now have an open door into the world of the smokey eye.

Start off by giving your eyelid a coat of your base shade.  I went with Snakebite which, when blended with Blackout, creates a beautiful silver toned shade.

Here's the fun (and slightly fiddly) part; using an angled eye shadow brush, draw a hash tag symbol (using a darker shade, it doesn't have to be black) onto the outer edge of your eyelid.  Make it as messy as you want, as you're going to be using your fluffiest brush to blend the hash tag in a circular motion, into the base shade.  It will naturally create the smokey shape - I don't know how, it's magic!


To finish off the smokey look, I brought the black down underneath my bottom lid, just in the outer corner.


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