Best of 2013 - My year in review

I can't believe that 2013 has come to an end and with it, my first year of blogging. It's safe to say moving half way across the world to London has proved to be not only an amazing experience but one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Here is an Instagram collage of some of my favourite moments this year. I've loved familiarising myself with this beautiful city and adjusting to a different lifestyle. It's also been interesting to see how my personal style has developed (I've included some of my favourite outfits this year) London seems to have a way of influencing my dress sense, you all are so fashionable and creative! Meeting fellow bloggers has been a definite highlight, especially ones that I have followed for years since I was in Australia. I couldn't ask for a lovelier bunch of new friends and I'm looking forward to meeting even more bloggers in the new year. Being able to attend fashion and beauty related events has been ever so inspiring (I'm still so stoked every time I receive an invite), it's great to see the creative force behind designers and companies here. I think the most memorable moment for me would have to have been when I found out I was shortlisted for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, it felt so surreal. 

In other more random events, Starbucks spelt my name right for the first time in my life and I tasted heaven in white chocolate peanut butter cups. The Franz Ferdinand album I'd been waiting years for came out and Sky Ferreira's debut album became my personal pick for best album of 2013. I got my second lobe piercings and now I want more, though I think I'll wait till beanie season is over before I get any more in my ear. A precious little Yorkshire puppy by the name of Fischer came into my life and I have never encountered a more simultaneously cute and annoying living thing before, like I swear his tongue is out more than Miley Cyrus'. Previously being a bit of a film buff and lover of watching some crazy acting, living in London meant that I was able to swap screens for stages as I went to my fair share of theatre shows. Then meeting my favourite actors and being able to express my admiration (hopefully I succeeded without too much fangirling) is pretty unforgettable. I also attended this year's TV BAFTAs, got to walk the red carpet, and to top it all off Ben Whishaw won Best Actor that night. Also entertainment wise, I saw my top three favourite bands live in the space of a few months, I feel lucky that London is always a concert destination.


So it's definitely been an incredible 12 months for me but most of all, I owe it to all of you, my wonderful readers who've made this year so meaningful. Thank you for being interested in my posts and taking the time to leave the loveliest comments. Starting this blog was something I've wanted to do for a long time and it's proved to be something I absolutely love doing. I'm really excited to see where 2014 will take Adventures of an Anglophile and I hope that you'll all join me for the ride.

Wishing you all a fantastic New Year's Eve and I'll see you next year!

Andini xxx

Winter Wonderland




















Primark jumper / Miss Selfridge top (worn underneath) / American Apparel skirt / Chloe boots / Minkpink bag / Ray-ban sunglasses

Since I will spend the majority of Christmas day in a cozy jumper and pyjama bottoms, I like to dress as festively as possible in the lead up to it. This is what I wore to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park the other day. I love all the Christmas jumpers Primark have been stocking lately and the cropped ones are an absolute dream for me. Also being able to get away with wearing large amounts of red, green and gold together makes me very happy. I'm very lucky to have my family and best friends under my roof tomorrow and am really looking forward to giving everyone their presents!

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas filled with lots of love and happiness!
What are some of your plans for tomorrow?

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette review

When I first heard that Urban Decay was making yet another variation of their Naked palette, I honestly pondered what neutral shades they could possibly include that they haven't already covered yet. With the first Naked palette housing warmer, gold toned shades and Naked 2 taking the cool toned end of the neutral spectrum, Naked 3 is a collection of rosy, pink wearable eyeshadow shades. I must admit the appeal of having rose gold (my favourite metallic hue) on my eyes is what drew me in, even though I was sure I didn't need anymore neutral eyeshadows in my collection. Firstly, the twelve eyeshadows comes in a hard tin-like container much like the Naked 2 palette which I prefer to the first velvet case, it clicks shut and is much easier to keep clean. The eyeshadows are very pigmented, creamy and easy to work with. There are a total of two matte shades included. For me this is a good balance in an eye palette as I generally only use matte shades to blend and as a transition colour so the two mauvey browns Limit and Nooner are perfect. Strange looks matte in the pan but when swatched, has a definite pearlescent sheen to it. It's a really nice subtle brow bone highlight colour. Burnout, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart are all gorgeous shimmery shades that are a dream to apply and don't look overly glittery on the eyelids. The darker shades in the palette steer more towards taupes and don't really have visible pink undertones but they are lovely colours all the same. My least favourite shades are Dust, Buzz, and Trick which are all super sparkly and look amazing (reminds me of Stila's Kitten eyeshadow) but are rather flecky in consistency which makes them harder to apply and get an even coverage on their own. Also these three do fall out a little under your eyes (especially the glitter). I am a little disappointed in this as I feel the previous Naked palettes had shades like these that were a better formulation. They are still really good eyeshadows but I just find that I reach for them less day to day when I need to get my make up done quickly. Overall I think this is a great palette with colours that should flatter most skin tones (I have yellow undertones and surprisingly it works really well), the pink shades are something a little different in a neutral selection and is great for those who want to experiment away from the usual brown eyeshadow but don't want to worry about working with bright colours. You can get the Naked 3 palette here.

Edryss

Hobbs coat / Ted Baker jumper / American Apparel skirt / Office boots / Proenza Schouler bag / Totoro key chain

Now it's well and truly winter, it became apparent that I needed a padded down jacket that would both insulate my body heat while keeping out the worst of the strong winds and still being light enough to walk around in for an entire day out. A problem I encountered on my hunt was that most of these types of outerwear can look rather bulbous and unflattering on my figure. I try one on and immediately feel like the Michelin Man (but like less cute). One day while I was in John Lewis, I laid my eyes upon this green coat from Hobbs and felt an overwhelming sense of euphoria as I realised it ticked all the boxes. It's shaped throughout the body with a drawstring at the back to tighten the waist, thinner and lighter than most of my coats yet still the warmest. I will be throwing this beauty on over all my outfits this Christmas season.

Sunflower






American Apparel top / Zara skirt (similar here) / Celine bag / Karen Walker sunglasses / Office boots / Primark & YSL rings / H&M bracelet

I'm currently in Paris and realised I never posted this outfit from about three months ago. I never thought I'd say this but I kinda miss summer! I used to really dislike summertime when I was in Australia as it got way too unbearably hot for me and I'd spend my days indoors spread eagle on the floor with the AC on full blast. Whereas now I find it quite pleasant, I enjoy bare faced days and being able to hide behind oversized sunglasses, chucking on breezy maxis and bright prints.

Are you more of a summer or winter person?

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Furby






UNIF jumper / Topshop skirt (super old) / Topshop necklace (sold out in lime green but other colours here) / UNIF bag / Miista shoes

Playing around with textures is something I've only just gotten into recently. I dug out this floral skirt I've had for around four years now because I thought the purple shade would match nicely with this colourful fluffy jumper and ended up loving the textural contrast. People always ask if it worries me that you can see the contents of my bag but I honestly don't think I carry anything that interesting, I mean transparent or not you assume that everyone has a purse and phone right? Plus the plasticky material makes it super easy to wipe clean anything that I may spill on it as I am a total klutz. I'm off to Paris for a few days with my best friends this weekend, so excited but I am an extreme packer procrastinator ahh but I hope that typing this up will actually remind me to get a start on it!

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Stranger in a Strange Land


I wore this outfit to the 30STM show in my previous post. I was absolutely frozen in the line that day, even though we were kind of already inside the O2 building. Of course I had my trusty Aggy creepers on, a super cushiony sole for long periods of standing plus added height makes these my ideal concert footwear. So then I decided to coordinate my jacket and my lips to them too. Not sure if this was burgundy overkill but I think it worked out alright. Some fashionable dude in a cape even asked to have his photo taken with me because he really liked my outfit. Shout out to you dude.