27 October 2014

FASHION | Autumn leaves gazing

falling leaves

Autumn's just so pretty, isn't it? And by autumn I mean the pretty autumn full of colourful leaves, burgundy lipsticks and mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows. No ridiculous downpours, hair tangling tornadoes and cancelled trains for there's too much rain & wind situation going on, no no no. I want to spend this autumn snuggled up in a furry blanket, doing some serious online shopping along the lines of burgundy and khaki green and watching my favourite movies. YASS

The autumn season in high street shops seem to be super duper lovely this year - I love the colours, the 80's/90's vibes, the simple cuts and mix of materials. My favourite shops at the moment must be H&M (erm, and when is H&M not my favourite store? you fool!) and New Look (yes, surprisingly the one I usually despise). I'm in love with the long duster coats (I might have already hinted it here), they just look so swanky and are unbelievably comfortable! I've also had my eye on a new colour addition to my wardrobe - khaki green; possibly in the form of knits and lacy dresses (maybe even a blazer dress - a trend which I suspect is yet another 80's/90's comeback). Oh and did you see the new Matalan shoe range? To die for! Yes, I just did say that about Mat'n'alan, ha! Add some crystal accents, deep wine lips & nails, and I think that could possibly be enough of fanciness to last me until Christmas. Possibly.  
         
Oh, how could I have forgotten about Woody? I'm probably one of Woody Allen's biggest fans, in all seriousness. I'm planning on writing a letter to Santa this year just to make sure he brings me the right DVD's, wink wink! C'mon how can you not love Manhattan and Annie Hall?!! 

Is there anything you've been eyeing in stores lately?
What team are you on - burgundy, khaki green, mustard, black or grey?  

26 October 2014

BEAUTY | Marshmallows on bonfire as a perfume?

Library of fragrance

What a strange question she's asking, tut tut tut. Oh don't let the silliness of the question fool you, I'm indeed talking about a perfume which makes you smell like a sweet marshmallow roasted on bonfire. Nomz! And what is it? It's the new swanky Library of Fragrance cologne spray collection - or actually, it really is a whole library of all sorts of amazing, strange and mind-boggling scents from your everyday life dressed as a perfume.

Some might see this as a gimmick (which it kind of is), some will fall in love (because after all it's an extremely lovable gimmick which for all logical reasons you will just have to love) - but why? When someone asks you what your happy place is and what does it smell like, I bet your answer is not going to be Cavalli or Stella McCartney. It's going to be something along the lines of freshly cut grass, a summer thunderstorm, a cosy fireplace or a field full of butterflies and daises. Now this is the idea behind the Library of Fragrance - each and every of these 30ml bottles contains one scent of a thing or an experience from your everyday life. Because those (rather than elaborate concoctions of unknown laboratory origin) are things and moments that evoke happiness

I guess now you're gonna ask whether they can actually squeeze a smell of a cosy winter fireplace on a Christmas night into a little perfume bottle. And the answer is yes, they can. The scents I've got are Fireplace, Marshmallow and Gingerbread. And they all smell just like the said things (especially Fireplace - the first time I sprayed it - an unholy amount of it, what a fool - I swear I felt like I was breathing in a cloud of ashes)! Another little fact you'll appreciate about these fragrances is that you can (and you should) layer them. Here comes the magic of marshmallows on bonfire. Mmmm! Layering Fireplace and Gingerbread made me smell like a Christmas Day. And how could that ever be a bad thing?

Below you can see just a few scents from the Library of Fragrance range. I've been eyeing (and sniffin') Grass, Thunderstorm and Four Leaf Clover - they smell so lush together, like home (I grew up on a farm) and freshly cut grass on a rainy summer day! You can buy these in selected Boots stores for £15 a pop or £25 a duo. I say definitely go and give them a sniff, I can promise you you'll be addicted in no time! I've already started toying with the idea of making this my new collection (hoarder) thing, ha! 

PS: You can now win 28 of the best selling scents on the Library of Fragrance blog! WHUUT?! Click HERE!


Have you tried any of these scents yet?
What do you think about this rather unorthodox perfumery affair?  


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22 October 2014

FASHION | From the old to the new – upcycled fashion ideas

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You don’t need to be rich to be fashionable. Upcycling your old items is a fantastic way of breathing new life into your wardrobe without having to spend much or any money at all. We have put together some of the best upcycled fashion ideas out there for inspiration. 

LEATHER LEFTOVERS
Old pieces of furniture are a great source of high quality leather with which you can make your own purse or bag out ofLeather belts can also be turned into one off fashion accessories, such as tote bags and bracelets. Or why not upcycle one into a dog collar for your four legged friend so you can both be fashionable, you can find examples of some beautiful collars hereRefab Diaries have collated many more ideas in their article about upcycling old leather belts purses and jackets

OLD CLOTHES
Have you got jeans in your wardrobe that you don’t wear anymore? Why not turn them into a stylish and unique jeans handbag? All you need are some basic sewing skills and you’ll have yourself a one of a kind bag for next to nothing. Other ideas include taking neckties you never wear and turning them into a colourful belt, which can be a great way to look unique as well as hold your trousers up, and using old buttons to liven up a new outfit or create cute button rings. For more inspiration visit allfreesewing.com who have a section dedicated to refashioned and upcycled clothes ideas.  

GADGETS & CIRCUIT BOARDS
Even old gadgets can be transformed into delightfully geeky accessories; if you’ve got an old camera in the house that nobody uses you can turn the lens into a necklace, or you can take some old floppy disks and make a colourful floppy disk handbag! Old circuit boards also make for excellent jewellery, you can upcycle them into necklaces, earrings or even hairpins. Get inspired by the electronic innards by taking a look at some circuit board jewellery ideas

PLASTICS & PACKAGING
You can make trendy accessories out of the most mundane items that a lot of people would discard without hesitation, from a bracelet made of plastic bags to a name tag necklace made from an old credit card. Trend Hunter have more unique ideas in their upcycled accessories article, including this stand out broken LP record necklace.


Are you a DIY freak?
Have you tried any of the above projects?


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20 October 2014

BOOKS | Beauty books - which one to choose?

Beauty books

You already know that I'm slightly obsessed with books and literature. After all literature would have been the university course of my choice if only it had more lucrative forecast. That shall not stop me from reading books though, reading lots and lots of them. Now there are tons of beauty books out there, but do you know which ones is the one for you? The one you will enjoy reading the most?  

Jemma Kidd - Make-up Masterclass (£15.30, Amazon): Hands down my most favourite type of beauty book. I'm a sucker for beautiful large photographs and stunning make-up and if you're anything like me, you're gonna love this book. Apart from the eye-catching visuals, the Make-up Masterclass also offers a wide spectrum of information about different skin tones, colour matching, tips on application and even mentions evening make-up looks quite a bit.   
Bobbi Brown - Makeup Manual & Living Beauty (£17, Amazon£11.99, Amazon): Bobbi Brown is, well, Bobby Brown. Her books (or at least the two books I own), I feel, are for slightly more mature women who enjoy 'natural' make-up. Again, these books feature great visuals and I find Makeup Manual to offer a lot of information on make-up application, similar to Jemma Kidd's Make-up Masterclass. 
Liz Earle - Skin Secrets (£15.99, Liz Earle): Sometimes it's not just about slappin' on tons of make-up. Sometimes you want to understand how to feel (and look) pretty without make-up too. That's what this book's for - it explains what your skin is, what it needs and how to care for it. This books give you a great deal of information on not only skin as such but also on lifestyle, skin conditions, and even food. 
Sali Hughes - Pretty Honest (£22, Waterstones): One of the most recent releases in the beauty book world this book is packed with information. And by packed I mean overflowing with beauty intelligence. There's not much to look at in terms of pretty pictures, but man, the content makes up for it. I love the different take on beauty from chapters on perfumes to chapters on what men want, how to pay and receive compliments and beauty gifts. It almost borders on a style book with a good dash of beauty in it.   


Which one's your favourite beauty book?
Have you read any of the above?
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