Saturday, 13 December 2014

Turn Blue

top - Fashion Union
skirt - Primark
shoes - The Rainbow Club
sun choker - bwills on depop
velvet choker - katiemortimerx on depop
Kylie Jenner Wannabe hair - c/o Flashmob

I was ridiculously excited to be given the chance to test out some Flashmob hair chalks.
Flashmob specialise is bright and bold beauty products, something I'd usually shy away from, but I've become far too comfortable in my comfort zone, so was raring to test them out!

Hair chalk is ideal for commitment phobes like myself, or those of us who wish to give colour a trial run.
Or who just want to feel like Kylie Jenner for a day or two.

How to apply
All you need to do is run the chalks over the hair, and simply build it up for a more intense colour. Then simply seal with some hair spray.
I was really pleased with the intensity of  the colour on my dark hair, but spritzing a little water on first definitely brings out the colour. 

Top Tips
I would definitely put a few towels or newspaper before you start chalking yourself.
Also, I wouldn't recommend wearing white without a towel around your neck, to avoid your shoulders changing colour.
That said, it is chalk as opposed to fake tan or dye, so comes off super easily with soap.

Despite looking like a goth according to my brother, I was really pleased with the simplicity of the hair chalks and can't wait to actually use them for an evening out now it's apparently ~party season~!!
I also have the yellow and green to try so keep an eye on my instagram to be accordingly updated :)

Would you give hair chalk a try?


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Thinking out loud

Photos by Nilly Khan
MUA Stacey Singer

Some of my favourites from a test shoot I was incredibly happy to be a part of last week. Always pleasing to be able to take a break from ~uni life~ and ignore the coursework that's hanging over your head.
That said, I still have copious amounts of Christmas shopping to be done as well as birthdays to attend, including my own (completely in denial that I am turning 21 when I feel about 12). 
December is likely to be a busy one, but I promise I shall intersperse the usual mince-pie-eating, elf-watching, panic-wrapping with a blog post or two.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Dressing up with Bonobos

As you can probably assume, I love dreaming up imaginary outfits (my head is full of fantasy wardrobes) so when asked to put together an outfit for the lovely guys at Bonobos, I could hardly refuse.

What with the days getting chillier and the soft sound of Santa's sleighbells being just audible as December creeps closer, I decided to opt for a Christmas inspired look to complement Bonobo's beautiful new collection of men's suits.

Find details of the pretty items beneath each image;

under the tree

midnight snow

What would you wear to complement one of the suits?


Sunday, 9 November 2014

your heart is unobtainable

top - Zara
jacket - StyleMoi
jeans - Blue Spice
shoes - The Rainbow Club
hat - Missguided
bag - New Look

Spent this week wondering whether tucking my hair into my coat purely to block the humidity still counts as a 'faux bob'.
I guess noone ever has to know..

Have to express my fondness of this jacket I was kindly sent by StyleMoi. I was skeptical at first as  it had been crumpled on it's journey, but after a couple of days had sprung back to shape much to my delight. Major props to the lovely customer service team too. One can never have too many leather-esque jackets right?

Get this look for $40+ on Lookastic: Black Embroidered Leather Jacket, Black Hat, Grey Jeans, and Black Satin Heeled Sandals

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Who is The Real Me?

The world is a strange place. One full of marvellous, exciting and beautiful things, whilst simultaneously consisting of curiosities and contradictions.
Where we're told to embrace our natural beauty and accept our bare skin and yet still be shamed on the front of a magazine cover for daring to leave the house without concealer.
Where curvier and slender frames are adored equally but be too much of one or the other and undergo viscous labelling.
Where you shouldn't dress like a clone but if you don't you'll be outcasted and fall behind this season's trend.

Enter, The Real You Campaign; a project I have been invited to take part in, as well as something which I do and have always felt to be of fundamental importance.

I remember in my early school life being comfortable in who I was, feeling conscious of course, but not in how others viewed me. Seasonal school discos meant channelling Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani, and I was 100% confident in my wardrobe choices.
Secondary school begun and so too did the growing of personal insecurities as well as acknowledgement of others around me. Who obviously cared deeply about my everyday conduct/appearance/word that left my lips.. Obviously.
And so followed the introduction of ceremoniously cooking my hair each morning so every hint of wave was diminished, the eyeliner and mascara of which I was ignorant how to apply and of course the constant hesitation prior to every word I said.
The continuous mental assault course in analysing and over analysing everything I did and said in order to create the least upset possible regardless of my actual beliefs.
Putting every ounce of effort into trying to please what I believed to be everybody else's expectations rather than my own.

I am still a work in progress when it comes to caring how others perceive me.

But there is a point, where it suddenly dawns that everyone is so wrapped up in their own problems, they don't care about yours.
The blemish on your nose or your hair that won't sit right today or the fact you should have put on the other shoes to match your jeans.
I find it's not the positive act of doing something but the motivation behind it which makes you question whether or not you're trying to please everyone else and forget yourself.
Yes, I wear make up, but as something to enhance and experiment with, no longer as something I feel I must in order to be accepted.
I eat healthily as well as unhealthily to my own benefit and to my own detriment.
I dress how I want to, based on how I feel when I wake up regardless of what everyone else in the lecture theatre will think.

Coming to terms with the true version of yourself is tricky at first, especially since we're plagued with constant messages and images over how the pieces of our life should fit together, despite the fact that we're all totally different jigsaws. (Can't get enough of these metaphors.)
Moments of doubt do creep in from time to time but The Real You campaign is about abandoning the idea that your characteristics have to fit into this box which society has deemed acceptable. This is about accepting yourself; the unapologetic, undiluted version of yourself and realising you shouldn't have to change for anybody.

So now you've got a better idea of the real me, I'd love to hear about the real You. Whoever that may be, whether it's through a tweet, instagram, tumblr or youtube, let me and everyone else know #therealyou.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Hocus Pocus

top - Primark
skirt - H&M
wedges - Dorothy Perkins
spider necklace - Claire's
choker - bwills on depop

"Double, double toil and trouble; 
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble. 
        Fillet of a fenny snake, 
    In the caldron boil and bake; 
    Eye of newt, and toe of frog, 
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
    Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, 
    Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,— 
    For a charm of powerful trouble, 
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble"


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