Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Woodland

Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop cardigan / ASOS skirt / ZARA shoes (similar here)

I could stare at this skirt forever when it's hanging in my closet, the print draws me in almost to the point where I feel as if I could step into that magical forest and be surrounded by fairies. Unfortunately I can't really admire it as much when I have it on but hopefully that means others can! I wore it with this cardigan that has a gorgeous oversized collar and my favourite pair of red shoes that I got in last season's Zara sale. 

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Cozy


Recently I've been so tired, almost to the point where I feel ill from exhaustion which is annoying as I have so much to do before the end of the month and can't really afford to feel poorly (time to up the vitamin intake). In situations like these though I like to dress as close to comfort as pyjamas when I have to leave the house so I usually opt for an outfit like this, comprised of jersey pieces and knits. My skin is also typically not in optimal condition when I'm sick or stressed out so I prefer to go barefaced except for some tinted lip balm and just whack on a pair of sunnies. Lastly I leave my hair au naturel and make sure I have a hood to hide under for minimal fuss. This one has a bunny's face on it so hopefully people will be looking at that instead of mine hehe.

What are some of your go-to looks for those 'I really can't be bothered' days?

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms - Lip Swatches & Review

I'm a little late on the Revlon Colorburst Balm bandwagon but I didn't realise that they had a selection of matte products as the word 'balm' seems to connotate the opposite. I'm an absolute sucker for matte lip products (I hardly wear any other finish) so I had to try these out and even though they have been all over the blogosphere recently I thought I'd add in my own two cents and swatch my picks for you guys.  They also have a collection of shades in a glossy finish called the Lacquer balms but since I hardly ever wear shiny lipsticks or lipglosses, I gave those a miss. These are the three colours I chose: 

Striking
Looks like a true red in the tube but when applied to the lips over my natural lip colour, comes off as a more warm toned red. It's quite a bit lighter than as the usual reds I wear such as MAC's Russian Red and Rimmel Kate Moss Matte lipstick in 111 and not as pigmented, it took about three swipes to get it to that colour it is in the photograph.

Showy
This shade is the opposite in which it looked more of a yellow toned fuschia upfront but once on my lips transfers as a very cool toned almost bubblegum pink colour. Oh so deceiving, I'm not sure if it's just my natural lip colour that's throwing it off (I have quite reddish-pink lips naturally) and perhaps I should have muted them out with foundation beforehand. Despite this, I think it's still a very pretty colour on.

Elusive
This one has to be my favourite of the bunch, it's a natural pinky nude shade that's not too pale for my olive skin tone (I'm a MAC NC35 for reference) and it swatches exactly the same as it appears. I can see this being my everyday lip colour for a long while.

Overall I quite like the formulation of these, they go on the lips with a waxy consistency before going completely matte but they aren't as drying as MAC satin lipsticks or Limecrime Velvetines. The finish is similar to the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte lipsticks but the colour pay off isn't as good. However I find them easier to apply as they are in a crayon form and the tapered end is handier for going around the lip line. Their staying power is great too, I would probably only need to re-apply once throughout an entire day and eating and drinking only removes a very minimal amount. I personally really like their minty scent, its very refreshing. I'd definitely like to try out some more colours in the matte collection as they have become my favourite lip product of the moment.

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms come in 10 different shades and retail for £7.99 at Boots and Superdrug.

(thought I'd include a photo of Fischer trying to photobomb my product shots haha)


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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Leopard & Emerald


I must apologise for yet again appearing in this green velvet skirt, I don't realise I wear it so often until I look back on my outfit photos. I'm not even sure why it's my go to skirt, I mean green doesn't exactly come to mind as the most versatile colour (what happened to the classic burgundy velvet skirt?) Anyway I thought it went quite nicely with this outfit that I wore meandering the marketplace over the weekend. The lovely pond/water feature thingy in the background is in the middle of a park that I often walk Fischer in and last time he fell in and my friend had to rescue him because I didn't want to get wet or I was too busy laughing and taking photos of the whole situation I can't remember. This morning I walked past the Royal Opera Hall and saw the extent of the preparations for tonight's BAFTAs, I'm looking forward to watching it on TV. Feeling kind of nostalgic that it's already been a year since last year's BAFTA TV awards which I attended (blog post on that here) and viewing it from the couch just won't be the same.

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

EDITORIAL | Mia Wasikowska for Vogue Australia



Fashion Meets Art
photographed by Emma Summerton

Aren't these photos just gorgeous? I'm head over heels for the techni-colour dream vibe going on here, reminds me of something I'd find in the Avatar world yet they've incorporated all Australian flora and fauna. A unique and successful combination in my eyes, that also serves as a nice change from the desert and outback themes normally associated with the land down under.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Eyeball

Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop dress / The Whitepepper shoes / & Other Stories bag

There's very little I love more than a collared dress (bonus points for a cute print), so I immediately knew this Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop beauty was the one for me. I quite like the waistcoat style too, it's something you don't really see everyday. A rather brief post from me today, I've had a really busy week trying to organise everything before I visit Australia during the Easter break. For a start, now that I have little Fischer in my life, I have to arrange somewhere for him to stay while I'm overseas and it's going to be the first time we've ever been separated for more than a few hours so I think we're both quite anxious (can any dog owners relate?) I'm also in the process of applying to transfer to a university closer to where I live so I don't have to leave Fischer home alone for long periods of time during the day, seems pretty unfair to him plus shorter transport time is always a good thing. I swear my life just revolves around that little pup.

Have you guys got plans for Valentine's Day?
I'm single and I've heard many girls in my boat are going to have a quality 'me' pampering day but in all honesty I'm probably just going to spend it running errands. Fun timez.

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Theatre - Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston


Today I have yet another theatre review for you, even though I apologise that this one is actually long overdue. I saw this play when it opened in December but haven't found the time to properly write about it until now. I was lucky enough to see Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse, with Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) in the lead role. As the Donmar is quite a small intimate venue, tickets to this production sold out in a matter of minutes when it first went on sale, but somehow my friend managed to snag a pair of the weekly release of Barclays front row tickets. I've always had an affinity with this particular venue as it staged the first ever play I went to see in London (Red, 2009) and sparked my overall love for watching and going to the theatre, so naturally I was excited to be back there. The play Coriolanus is a Shakespearean tragedy and while I do find myself a little stumped at the language sometimes, I've always enjoyed Shakespeare (probably has something to do with my time studying Literature in high school). I had not read or seen any versions of Coriolanus prior so I was looking forward to seeing what it was about and how it would play out onstage.

The stage is set in a dark, dilapidated atmosphere with gravity scrawled over the walls and a singular ladder up to the ceiling in the centre. The cast enter wearing outfits featuring variations of khaki and grey, pieces of leather armour and combat boots, and immediately we see that this will be a modernised recreation of the war story. Very effectively, all 13 actors remain on stage at all times, simply moving back to sit in the shadows after their scene is done and resulting in an energetic pace that is absolutely captivating. It is a thrilling watch, the electronic music pounds loud to accentuate moments and a particular physical fight scene between two characters is so incredibly choreographed and executed it almost seems real, metal clashing against each other and bodies thumping against the floor.

Tom Hiddleston makes a grand effort taking on the ambitious yet stubborn Coriolanus. It's definitely a departure from any roles I've ever seen him play yet he pulls it off astonishingly well. It's probably not one of the most extraordinary performances I've ever witnessed but the physical aspect of the role is quite remarkable and Hiddleston must have trained really hard for it which is commendable. Meanwhile Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), plays the part of the senator of Rome but who is more of a father figure and advisor to Coriolanus. I must say I was most fascinated by Deborah Findlay's incredible acting prowess as Volumnia, Coriolanus' real mother. She was simply amazing to watch. Some more familiar faces also appear in minor roles such as Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter) and Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones) and as expected the cast all compliment each other and the whole structure of the play perfectly, when a production is as well cast as this, no part seems small or unnecessary.
Of course as expected with this genre, a happy ending was not on the horizon but they certainly gave a pretty epic final scene that continued well from prior trepidation. When the stage finally cut into darkness, the whole theatre erupted in boisterous applause and it was apparent that everyone had been taken on an equally wild and wondrous ride. What I loved most about Coriolanus was that it was one of the most action-packed plays I've ever experienced and that is an impressive feat when you consider the size of the theatre, lack of stage mechanics and modest use of props. Massive props (eep no pun intended) to Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke for once again transforming the space and translating it into a completely different story.

And of course, no theatre outing would be complete without a visit to the stage door afterwards. I can honestly vouch that Tom is as much a gentleman as he appears to be on camera, taking his time and chatting to everyone who was waiting after the show. I think I was lucky to have gone earlier on in the run though as I've heard the amount of fans who turn up after the show has gotten a little crazy and he now only signs for the first few in line. Who can blame him though, after three (or six on matinee days) intense and emotionally draining hours, I would be totally knackered too. However on that night, not even the torrential downpour could dampen my spirits as I made my way home, a skip in my step, adrenalin still coursing through me, and above all a longing to experience it all over again.

Coriolanus runs until February 13 at the Donmar Warehouse in London and is being screened in selected cinemas all over the world. Here is a little clip that Donmar released that gives a compelling insight to what goes on behind the scenes before each performance.

   

(Images 1 & 3-5 are official photocall images via Time Out London)




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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Return to Paris



Deceiving title, I'm not in Paris, this shirt is just basically my life story. Speaking of, I still haven't blogged about my little trip to Paris at the end of last year (even though you've probably seen plenty of photos on my instagram). I promise it's coming soon though, I've still got a couple of drafted posts in a queue because I have no idea what's going on with my scheduling at the moment but I still don't want to bombard you all with too many posts at once. Hopefully that's alright. Now onto the outfit, this is pretty much something I'd usually wear to uni. I never used to be into wearing sunglasses but a year in the UK seems to have altered the sensitivity of my eyes because now even the slightest hint of sunlight irritates me and it literally feels like my retinas are burning. At least now I have an excuse to go shopping for sunglasses... or so I like to tell myself!


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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Music of the Moment #5


The latest offering from one of my favourite bands at the moment (more about how I discovered them here), this has been the most played song on my iPod this past month. If Olly Alexander's gorgeous voice wasn't sufficient reason to tune in, the accompanying video clip that was released today features a dancing Ben Whishaw. Enough said right?

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

White Rabbit





The Orphan's Arms top / Urban Outfitters skirt (on sale) / Topshop boots (super old) / House of Harlow sunglasses / & Other Stories rings / Celine Trio bag

Loose separates and oversized sunglasses form my favourite look for easy weekend dressing, especially after you've had a late night out and just want a no fuss outfit the next day.

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