Thursday, 28 May 2015

MUCHA





Turtlenecks are somewhat of a necessity for me living in London, even if I think the cut makes my moon face look even rounder, I can't face an increasingly windy day without one protecting my neck as I am notorious for losing scarves in public places. I spotted this one in Topshop and was immediately struck by the frill detail, it's something I'd not previously seen on a turtleneck before. Alas I walked out of the store without it though as I couldn't justify purchasing knitwear in the turn of spring. Lo and behold the next time I came across it, it was in the sale so I knew it was meant to be. You can't go wrong with burgundy either so I'm sure I'll get plenty of wear out of this. I wore this ensemble to a Placebo concert, layering it over one of my Black Milk dresses. My friend commented that I was channeling Ariana Grande but I don't really know who that is (I'm so out of touch with the pop world, it's kind of frightening). Nevertheless, I had a great time at Placebo!


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Monday, 25 May 2015

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS




When life gives you lemons, why not wear them? This Miss Patina two-piece is basically everything I could ever desire since it combines my love of lemon print and co-ords... so of course I had to have it. I think Sansa Stark would really approve of this get up. 

Speaking of Sansa, I feel like I need to address the elephant in the room ie. my opinions on last week's controversial Game of Thrones episode. To say that I am completely and utterly devastated would be an understatement. As many of you know, Sansa is my all-time favourite literary character, I have grown so close to her as I've followed her journey through all the years that it feels like I've been dealt the blow too. It already annoys me so much that the show writers have strayed in such an unsavoury direction from the books it was based on but to make up a completely unnecessary rape scene in an attempt to perhaps shock TV viewers (to be honest, I don't have the slightest inkling why they did it), to further strip Sansa of any agency and most horrifically, portraying the abuse of women so lightly just so it serves as an ultimately pointless plot device makes me very angry indeed. Ask yourselves, what is this world we live in and has it developed at all when there are still men that clearly think this is ok. This is a clear example as to why feminism is needed now more than ever. If Game of Thrones continues to go down this unacceptable route, I will no longer be supporting it.


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

OOTN | STILL SCREENING





ASOS dress / ASOS shoes (sold out but similar)

I'm in love with the floral embroidery on this dress, ASOS collection really do come out with some stunning pieces. I thought pairing it with these metallic flats would bring out the mint accents in the flowers perfectly and as it started raining after we took these photos, I threw on my Ted Baker coat afterwards. This is what I wore to the London premiere of Still, a suburban thriller by Simon Blake and starring Game of Throne's Aidan Gillen. The premiere was held at the newly re-opened Regent Street Cinema which I found to be such a lovely venue. The cinema was actually the first in the entire country to play moving pictures (back in 1896) hence it being dubbed the 'birthplace of British cinema'. The film itself was quite hard-hitting and rather depressing but worth it for Aidan's heart-wrenching performance alone, even though the rest of the supporting cast were also memorable. Not my favourite type of film but if you like straight up, raw acting (think Rust and Bone), you'll appreciate Still. It's currently available to watch on We Are Colony. Also can I just talk about the fact that Aidan stayed to chat with my friend and I for quite some time before the movie started? I'm literally still pinching myself over this being the GoT fangirl that I am but seriously he is the friendliest guy ever. We remarked that he appeared tired and he said it was because he'd been waking up at 5am every day shooting the new Guy Ritchie film Knights of the Round Table, but then he paused and said he shouldn't complain because normal people work those hours anyway. Oh shush, like down-to-earth much? Speaking of Aidan, have you guys seen the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials trailer that came out two days ago? It looks pretty epic and I can't wait for it to come out now!



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Monday, 18 May 2015

ZEBRA


& Other Stories dress / UNIF hat / Jeffrey Campbell flats / Topshop ring

No I haven't gotten that long overdue haircut I keep putting off, I found these older photos on my hard drive, that's why my hair appears much shorter. Nonetheless this is an outfit I have been wearing quite a bit recently! I'm in love with this dress I got from & Other Stories late last year, the high neck and and cinched in waistline makes for my ideal dress silhouette and last but not least you have the adorable zebra print! With tights and saddle shoes it formed my winter uniform but now I'm happy to transition it into spring with bare legs and flats. These mouse flats are old JCs that have served me well for a good number of years now, they are super comfy and alleviated my need for those Marc Jacobs ones. My feet never got along with those elasticated 'banana' type of flats anyway. I feel a bit like a walking zoo in this outfit but hey, that can only be a good look for an animal lover like me.

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

FLOWER POWER




I'm super excited to be a part of FashionChick's newly launched blogger network. If you've not heard of them before, they're a website that allows you to easily shop from hundreds of clothing brands from one convenient location. You can browse the latest trends, put together outfits for inspiration, build wish-lists or find where they stock that one fashion item you've been scouring the corners of the earth for.

They held their launch party in London not too long ago and it was lovely to meet the FashionChick team and the other amazing bloggers that were chosen to be part of the community. As well as being treated to drinks and a delicious meal, we were sent home with mahoosive goody boxes that were almost the size of our bodies (take a moment to imagine my journey home on the tube please, it was well worth the struggle though). I was so impressed by the items in my goody box, every single piece fit into my style, it was as if I'd chosen everything myself (without actually knowing haha). It's really wonderful to see how much attention they put into curating for each blogger. This Topshop dress is one of my favourites from the box, I love the two-piece effect, the print and colours and of course the collar! I'm aware that I'm totally clashing with my background here but I walked past this garden the other day and couldn't resist taking some pictures even if the end result is one huge floral explosion. 


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Monday, 11 May 2015

LUSH OXFORD STREET EXCLUSIVES HAUL


I'd been wanting to check out the new Lush store on Oxford Street since I heard of its opening. Apparently it's the largest Lush store in the world but what really sold it to me was the promise of all new products that were exclusive to this store. With three floors and each hosting a separate category of items (shampoos, shower gels, face masks and scrubs on the ground floor, spa, massage products and perfumes in the basement), I headed straight upstairs to the bath section and picked out one of each of the new bath bombs to try (and also one bubble bar because I just couldn't resist). Here's everything I purchased as well as what I thought of the ones I've already tried.

Intergalactic Bath Bomb

Ground control to major bomb. Prepare for takeoff as this awesome mix of peppermint and popping candy explodes in your bath, creating the scent of an intergalactic 80s rogue. Launch it into the water to become the guardian of your own galaxy.

I just used this one the other day and it's by far my favourite Lush bath bomb I've tried. The lady working there said it was inspired by the film Guardians of the Galaxy. It smells minty fresh and after the initial burst of blue, the bomb fizzes away and leaves the top layer of your bath in a mesmerising rainbow of colours. The water is infused by tiny particles of glitter that really does make it resemble a galaxy but the best thing is it all washes off (I've previously had a terrible experience with Lush glitter sticking for weeks). I'll be repurchasing this one for sure.

Sacred Lotus Bath Bomb

Your odyssey awauts. Drift away on exotic waters to a land of mood-brightening Tunisian neroli and exotic jasmine fragrance.

I just can't seem to shake the image of a hard boiled egg with this one, haha. It smells like it would be quite a relaxing one though so I'm looking forward to popping it in the bath after a long day.

Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb

If you long for calm and contemplation, drop this layered bomb into the bath. As the mesmerising colours unfurl, woody olibanum and ho wood create an atmosphere of deep relaxation.

I've used this one too. It smells warm, spicy, and comforting and leaves the bath water primarily orange until it releases more colours at the end and turns the mixture more of a brown shade (hmmm). It's nothing too exciting but I really love the scent of this one.

Frozen Bath Bomb

Do you want to have a bath bomb? Do you want to splash and play? Take this magical blend of uplifting grapefruit and Tunisian neroli into the bath with you to thaw the iciest of moods.

Another one I've tried. This one has a fresh, clean scent and turns the water a vibrant shade of blue. Made me feel more of a mermaid than an ice princess though. For some reason I really enjoy bathing in blue water (as opposed to any other Lush bath bomb colours) and one of their original bath bombs that was a similar shade to this was Big Blue except I couldn't stand the feeling of the seaweed that's released with that one, so this one is a good alternative.


Pink Flamingo Reusable Bubble Bar

Birds of a feather bathe together! Slip into something more fruity with this cocktail inspired reusable bubble bar, filled with fragrant rosewood and ylang ylang. Let the bubbly flow.

I was already at the checkout when I smelled this one at their counter and had to make it a last minute addition. It smells absolutely divine, super sweet and very strong, I can imagine it lingering on your skin for hours after your bath.

Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb

A sleeping potion on your bath, the calming essential oils will calm restless minds and send you on your way to a heavenly sleep.

This one smells quite spicy as well, though I'm rather put off by all the glitter coating it. I hope it washes off as easily as the Intergalactic bath bomb.

Lava Lamp Bath Bomb 

Go from 0 to 60s when you bathe with this bomb. Bobbing orbs - made with 100% traceable cocoa butter - and a triple whammy of orange oils are guaranteed to make you feel groovy, baby.

This reminds me of those spinning, multicoloured, disco ball lamps that we had as a kid, you know the ones I mean? It's super neon though and I'm really digging the orange and navy colour combo, I kind of wanna plan an outfit in this colour scheme now. It smells strongly of oranges (surprise).

Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb

When this grounding, mossy bomb hits the water your bath will be transformed into a mystical oakmoss and cypress forest lagoon, packed full of rosewood oil from our Peruvian rainforest concession.

This one smells like freshly cut grass, super refreshing. I can't help sighing every time I sniff it. Also 'mystical oakmoss and cypress forest lagoon' sounds so magical, I harbour a huge love of forests.

Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb

Caution! Drop this into the bath if you're prepared to detonate scents of intoxicating Majorcan almonds and rosewood from our Peruvian forest concession. Watch as a volatile slick of mercury silver breaks loose.

Well what do we have here? A bath bomb that isn't spherical in shape? The official description sounds quite exciting I must admit, I can't wait to use this one. On first sniff, it doesn't smell very almond-y though.

The Experimentor Bath Bomb

I think this one wins in terms of most unique looking Lush bath bomb. It looks like a crystal or a molecule and with no description at all, it will be experimental indeed. The scent packs a punch already though I can't pinpoint what it is. Excited to try this out and I'll be sure to update you all.

For the time being all these products are only available from the Lush Oxford Street store but hopefully they'll be stocked at other outlets and online in the near future. Have you paid a visit? What did you think of the store and what did you purchase?

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