#FASHUN – CRUSHIN’ ON CORD

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Cord either throws me back to the early 2000’s where I’d be strutting into my school non uniform day in my finest cord trousers or reminds of my dads cord bootcuts. There’s no in-between. But Cord has made a cheeky reappearance this AW and I have to say… I’m here for it! Here’s my current staple Cord pieces in my wardrobe!

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THE H&M CO-ORD

I LOVE a co-ord more than anything, and this H&M duo was my payday treat to myself. Well, H&M accidentally priced the skirt to £12 online one day so I managed to snatch that at a reduced price but the jacket I had to treat myself to. You can’t have one without the other right? The material is such a nice quality it’s a really well made piece, AND it’s actually really warm! Making it the perfect trans-seasonal outfit.

Click for Skirt / Click for Blazer / Click for Bag / Click for Shoes

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THE CORD PUFFER

Behave, I know I really need to clean my mirror but this is the only photo I have in this jacket! I took it home up north with me because it’s SO warm, it literally feels like I’m wearing a duvet. If we want to get all practical n that, the elasticated waist is super helpful cause it stops the wind getting in and making you cold… exciting stuff.

Click for Puffer / Click for Tee / Belt is super old Topshop

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THE WIDE LEG TROUSER

These are the steal of the season… £12 in H&M Sale!! They fit like an absolute dream too, perfectly high waisted and the perfect length. Well, when I say they fit like a dream, get a size up one or two dress sizes. We all know that H&M is the only place you can be a size 6 to 16 in one day, I had to get these in size 12. They’re the same lovely material as the blue cord co-ord so I’m chuffed I got these for £12, always check out different H&M sale areas as I find they have different stock in Sale and sometimes different prices!

Click for Trousers / Click for Tee

#LIFE – IT’S BEEN A WHILE

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It’s been I think since March that I actually posted content on here which makes me so annoyed! I’ve completely neglected my lil second project! I started my blog when I was in second year of uni just because I kept blagging everyones heads about the latest beauty products and loved trying bits out here and there. I actually originally never wanted to start a blog, I thought it was a bit cringe and I thought some people wrote in a really big headed/patronising way. I said if I was going to do one, it would have to have my name, tone of voice, everything written all over it. So I spent about 2 months staying up till 2am learning how to HTML and drafting up the site until I was 110% happy with it, and that’s how it came about. It was my space to tune out from uni work and vent into my own little world of basically talking to myself. I was really proud of myself for writing and posting content which actually managed to get views and comments because some of you may know, around the time of starting my blog I got diagnosed with Dyslexia. I used to really get my knickers in a twist when I had to do academic writing at uni because it was honestly like reading/writing in a foreign language. So when I started this, and people said they loved my writing and how real it felt, it really gave me a confidence boost because I’d found a way to write when I thought I couldn’t.

So 2nd year of uni passed and I entered 3rd year where work just really took over and naturally but unfortunately the posts reduced and my blog just got pushed to one side. I tried to draft up blog posts on the tube like usual but I’d spend so much time on my laptop doing work I actually craved time away from it. I still have a page in my Notes app on my phone of posts and ideas, the creative thoughts were still there I just didn’t have the energy to do them. Also around this time, ‘Influencing’ had started to become really big on Instagram/Social Media and I was exposed to loads of other girls my age who were also blogging, some doing it to make a living and some just doing it on the side like myself. I started to compare myself to these girls and really put myself down, I’d think “why have they gained 5k followers in a week? (now I know cause they fake AF and paid for them) Why are their photos shot on a professional camera and mine on my iPhone, my look so bad? They can write so much better than me the posts just flow. That’s such a good idea why didn’t I think of that?” I’d really beat myself up about it for absolutely no reason. I felt like my little side project of venting my excitement over beauty & fashion just wasn’t good enough.

One day I was scrolling through who has viewed my Instagram story that day and was clicking on profiles to see who the people were, when I stumbled on a girl who also had a blog. I clicked on her page and it took me about 0.3 seconds to realise that her blog was an exact copy of mine, even down to the words. So I was already feeling a bit meh about myself and this just topped it off. How can someone just hit copy and paste on something I spent so long creating and put so much effort into? I had tried to make this the most ‘me’ thing and this girl had just copied everything. I tried to get it shut down but as she didn’t host on WordPress I’d have to pay at least £200 and who has the money for that anyway? I messaged her to ask her to change it and she told me I should be flattered she copied it as it was a compliment… and then blocked me. She did change it sightly now however some content still remains the same as mine.

So yeah, I felt like my blog wasn’t good enough and someone had the cheek to rip it off so I just lost touch. I understandably just thought what’s the point? But a few months on and I love reading other peoples blogs so surely there’s some others out there who do too and will read mine? So I’m going to mix things up a bit, give it a bit of a refresh and carry on talking to myself on the web again x

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(Don’t worry, I got that mani days later)

#FASHUN – THE DENIM EDIT

I’ve always been a Jeans ‘n’ Tee kinda gal but denim really is such a staple to have in your wardrobe, and I feel as strongly about this as much as Sarah Harris feels about her jeans. For a while people saw denim as just a pair of skinny jeans, but recently we’ve got hella more styles and colours to choose from. I religiously wore Topshop Jamie Jeans because the skinny was my staple, but now I’m obsessed with the straight fit… so much so I’ve got 5 pairs of Topshop Straight Jeans. In this post I round up 3 denim looks to take you slightly outside of your comfort zone…

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COLOUR

Suns out, colours out! Never be afraid of colour. Denim is a great place to start even if it’s a jacket or skirt. Make it the staple of your outfit by working whites & blacks around it. This way you won’t look like Joseph & His Technicolour Dream Coat.

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Top: Missguided Roll Sleeve Crop

Jeans: Topshop MOTO Yellow Mom Jeans

Trainers: Topshop Ciara Chunky Trainer

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DOUBLE DENIM

Despite the fact I look severely pissed off about something, I do love Double Denim. My lil tip is to wear 2 pieces of the exact shade or two which are obviously different. No in-between.

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Jacket: Topshop MOTO Oversized Denim Jacket

Bandana: Saint Laurent Square Bandana

Body: Missguided Cami Strap Bodysuit

Jeans: M.i.h Cult Jean

Shoes: Gucci Embroidered Sneaker

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WIDE LEG

*Inserts the Roll Safe Bootcuts meme* This is a great updated ‘Jeans n Tee’ look and different to anything I’ve worn so far so had a yolo moment and loved it. I’ve got quite long legs, I’m about 5 ft 8, so it’s a rare occasion whenever I find trousers that touch the floor let alone jeans! These are going to be super cute with a bandeau top in the summer.

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Tee: Tea & Cake Angelic T-Shirt

Jeans: Topshop MOTO Belted Wide Leg  ( wear a W28L32)

Shoes: Topshop Ciara Chunky Trainer

#FASHUN – HOW TO USE LIKETOKNOW.IT

I used to ALWAYS think ‘what on earth is this Like To Know.It and why is every blogger using it???” Until I actually downloaded the app and realised how useful it was. I still feel like not a lot of people understand how to actually use it though, so here’s a run down…

First of all you need to install the app on your phone… duh….

So all I need to do is enable my photo with LikeToKnow.It, you’ll usually know if it’s enabled because I’ll put a link in my caption and it may have a symbol in the bottom right corner. Once you’ve liked or even screen-shotted my image that triggers my image to be sent to your email/homepage on LTK with a full run down of the products featured in my image!

All the images you’ve liked hit down onto your main feed, just click on an image to be able to shop!

You can also follow other influencers and bloggers…

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You can search for inspo and shop anything featured…

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It’s so easy! There’s nothing more annoying than loving someones outfit on Instagram and not knowing where its from. Problem solved!

*I receive a tiny amount of commission from any sales made through my LikeToKnow.It #SuportYourGal

 

 

#GETHELOOK – HALLOWEEN’17

I have to admit I’m rubbish with Halloween, I hate the site of blood to the point where all the fake gory looks freak me out. I could never dress up scary. I think when I was younger I was a witch every year, and then year before last I was a cat… original. You get my vibe though, I don’t do ‘proper’ Halloween. This year I went for a mermaid vibe, my actual outfit was half hearted I just really wanted my makeup to stand out. It was quite tedious to do, I practised 3 times during the week and spent about 2-3 hours getting ready. I really took my time because I didn’t want to rush and mess up.

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PREP

As I was putting so much eyeshadow/glitter glue/glitter on my face it was key that I prepped my skin, whenever I’m going out I use this mask from Selfridges. Honestly it’s amazing. For me it tightens my pores, soothes and brightens my skin, and for some reason when I have a photo taken with flash my skin looks SO flawless like it’s been FaceTuned. I left this on for about 30 minutes whilst I did my hair, then let the residue soak into my skin for 10 minutes before washing my face with water and patting it dry.

HAIR

I did 2 braids at the top of my head and secured them with mini clear hair ties. I used a selection of glitter in the middle and either side of the braids. For this is recommend thick glitter like Gypsy Shrine otherwise thin glitter looks a bit like dandruff. Just spray some hair spray onto the area, add the glitter then spray some more to secure it. To curl my hair I used a bubble barrel ended curling tong, mine is a Mark Hill one from Boots from about 5 years ago but the updated Pick n Mix one is here. This type of barrel is perfect because no 2 curls are the same, I took small sections of my hair about 5cm-10cm wide and wrapped them round the barrel for 10 seconds and made my way around my head. Once done I sprayed my hair with hair spray and let the style sit for about an hour before running my fingers through my hair to create loose waves.

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EYES

I started with my eyes first, I always do eye makeup first because if you get any fall out from shadow you can just wipe it away, plus as I was using such bright colours it would of been a hot mess if I did foundation first.  I started by priming my eyes with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, this stuff keeps everything in place I can’t live without it. For eyshadow I used a mix of the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and the NYX Multi Finish Eye Palette in Electric. I started by using a nude transition shade under the brow/on the crease and then started lightly and built up with the pink from the NYX palette. Then with a slightly smaller brush than before, I used the purple from Jaclyn’s palette and did the same but slightly below where I had placed the pink. Continuing with the purple using a smaller brush I applied more shadow in the inner corner and outer corner to create the halo eye effect. In the centre of the lid I placed some eyeshadow primer to act as a base and applied the turquoise shade from Jaclyns palette on top. Then do make that pop some more I used this NYX glitter on top. To keep glitter on the eye I use eyelash glue, any brand will do! I applied Pinky Goat lashes right at the end of the whole look. Under the eye I took the pink and smoked it under the eye and then used the purple on top. For inner corner and brow bone highlight I used this beaut holographic eyeshadow from Topshop which looks white but catches a purple/blue undertone in the light.

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FACE

I primed using Too Faced Hangover Primer and as always used my NYX Dark Circle concealer in shade Medium to colour correct my under eye dark circles. For foundation I used the L’Oreal Pro Glow foundation which I bought in America but you can’t get it in the UK??!!! I am so mad about this because it’s THE perfect foundation, so if anyone is going to America anytime soon can you bring me back about 5 of these?? Thanks. Concealer as always is my trusty Maybelline Fit Me and I ever so slightly did some contour to bronze up my face a bit using the Tartiest Pro Glow palette. As I was going to apply so many bright colours to my face I didn’t want bronzer/contour to make the shades ashy. I set my face and under eyes with the Laura Mercier setting powder and then with the NYX Matte setting spray.

THE MERMAID SCALES

The big question is…. how on earth did I get the scales?! It’s so mad, I simply just put a pair of fishnet tights over my head and packed the eyeshadow on top, as you do. I used micro fishnets as they’re the perfect size to create the scale effect, anything larger would of been way too big. Using the same shades that I used for my eyes, I used sponge wedges to pat the eyeshadow onto my face starting with the purple. I wanted a purple & turquoise on the cheeks which blended into pink and purple on the temples/forehead. Dabbing some Barry M Glitter Gel on to the areas where I wanted glitter applied, I sprinkled a mix of Barry M glitter and NYX glitter over those areas. Trust this is messy, you’re gonna need a dustpan and brush.

Then to finish off I used my fave Maybelline Brow Drama eyebrow gel to shape my brows and on the lips MAC Lip Liner in Edge to Edge and lipstick in Saint Germain.

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#GETTHELOOK – HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

I always get asked what filters I use for my Insta photos, I honestly have quite a long process as I edit everything on separate apps, I never use actual Instagram filters. I thought I’d share my editing process, this may produce a few eye rolls but I like my profile to have a bit of an aesthetic to it and I need something to do on the tube to and from work!

LIGHTING

Usually I literally take about 80 photos before I’ve settled on one I like, I am such a perfectionist. Honestly, it’s all down to lighting. You can not take a good photo in bad lighting. The worst type of lighting is light that comes from above, this is why we all look horrendous in Topshop changing rooms. Light that comes above creates shadows on your face, not cute for those eye bags! The best lighting is light that comes directly at you, which is why the new H&M changing rooms are the best for selfies. Personally, the best lighting is natural lighting which is why I usually take all of my selfies in front of a window.

FLAT LAYS

Flat lays are the trickiest photos to take, I think you’ve got to have a really good eye for composition and angles. They’re always best taken from birds eye view but getting that spot on is quite hard. All my flat lays are taken in square mode, it helps with the composition. If you add a grid onto your camera/cropping mode where the 4 lines cross each other, they should sit on key areas of your photo. The human eye is naturally drawn to those 4 areas so this will create focal points for your photo. You can also use those lines a guide to lay out your props.

HOW I EDIT

I use 2 apps to edit my photos, FaceTune and VSCO Cam. FaceTune you usually have to pay for but I’ve got a free version from the app store, VSCO is also free but you can buy extra filters. They do offers all the time so you can build up a collection easily, the only filter I use is HB1 from the HYPEBEAST pack.

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Firstly, I go into FaceTune and whiten the whole background on my image, this just makes it look better with the filter. Then I use the Glow feature to go over my outfit/key parts of the image, it just enhances the colours in the image and makes it look a bit more high res.

Then I load the photo into VSCO and add my filter, I never have the full filter on the image, usually on a 6 or a 9. Then I sharpen the image to a 3. If needed, i’ll adjust the exposure but only to a 1.

Then FINALLY it’s ready for the gram! Yep, it’s a longer process than most people but it literally takes me 2 minutes to do I’ve done it so many times. Other good apps to edit photos on are Afterlight, Square Ready and Snapseed.

 

#FULLYRATE – TONIGHT JOSEPHINE

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Tonight Josephine is the newest addition to bars in Waterloo, London. Except, it can quite literally only be described as an Instagram feed IRL (in real life, duh). Let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of choosing a location purely on the Instagramable aesthetic it offers. If it’s got marble tables it’s quite clearly a flat lay winner and you’ve spent a good 2 minutes photographing your food, or you’ve 100% taken your phone to the toilet incase the lighting and decor is perf for an outfit mirror selfie. Let’s get real, we’re all out here doing it for them gram.

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Tonight Josephine popped up early last month in Waterloo. I actually walked past one day and the baby pink (now millennial pink) Kate Moss quote tactically placed outside on the pavement caught my eye, Instagram opportunity number 1. When you peep in, there’s a giant neon peace out sign, also pink. Meet Instagram opportunity number 2, this makes a great Boomerang.

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Downstairs is just pure wonderland, it’s that sassy female empowering Pinterest board come to life. Neon pink lighting strips connect the holographic tinsel walls and the completely mirrored ceiling, Instagram op number 3. It doesn’t just stop on the dance floor, the toilets are completely pink too. Complete with the iconic mugshots of our fave A list Hollywood celebs + Bieber. Girls you can take your pick of Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. Men I’m afraid it’s just Bieber for you.

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Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetNow to the actual drinks, 99% of the cocktail menu is under £12. The menu describes perfectly what eat drink tastes like, I went for the Violet Femme which is legit like drinking a Parma Violet. Happy Hour runs everyday (yes) from 5pm – 7pm. Plus sign up to the mailing list on the website for £10 off, thank me later x

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