Tuesday, 18 December 2012

OOTD Oxblood and Fur

This season, I can't get enough of the colour 'Oxblood'. It's so rich and festive, and a lovely change from all the dark and dreary colours of Autumn/ Winter. I bought these shorts in Topshop in Manchester and I love them. I wanted some shorts I could wear with jumpers and tights during the day but that would also be nice dressed up for evenings and these fit the bill perfectly. Every Winter I seem to rediscover my obsession for Velvet and fur and this look encapsulates these two favourite things of mine.

The fur stole is also from Topshop and it looks great over thick knitwear and jumpers. You could also wear it with blazers and coats to give them a fresh look. Although I love it, it was £25 and I'm sure you could get one for less money in another high-street shop. That being said, I love wearing it and will look forward to layering it with different outfits as the months progress.

Also, if you can get hold of this nail colour (Essie- Leading Lady) then I highly recommend it! It's a gorgeous deep oxblood colour containing shimmer and glitter, I'll be including it in a beauty post shortly.

I think this is a perfect formal, yet casual outfit and I'll be wearing it a lot over the festive season! 

Do you have anything in the colour 'oxblood'? I've bought a couple more oxblood pieces recently so look out for them on my blog soon!


Jumper- Topshop (last year)
Fur Stole- Topshop (link!)
Velvet Shorts- Topshop (link!)
Heels- New Look
Watch- River Island
Cross Ring- Topshop
Metal Band Rings- ASOS
Spike Bracelet- Topshop
Nails- Essie Leading Lady

Monday, 17 December 2012

Review : Impress Nails

I thought I'd post a quick review of these Impress Nails before I go into town today. I received these nails in a goodie bag from a Little Black Dress event a few weeks ago and I waited until my acrylic nails needed to be taken off before trying them out.

I'm very 'impressed' with these (no pun intended!). As the packaging suggests, they are very quick and easy to use, with the total application taking about 5 minutes. They feel secure and are thick enough to hide my weak, thin nails underneath. Considering you don't need glue, these nails don't feel like they are going anywhere. I applied them Monday and other than a couple of mishaps where I have lost a nail, they were all still on by Friday. I just glued the two nails that fell off back on with a tiny bit of nail glue and I was good to go. 

A few people have asked me what nail varnish I used to do this effect, or even whether they were another set of acrylics, which shows how professional and realistic they look.

You can buy these nails from Boots for about £8-9 but I do think they are a little on the pricey side so I would wait for them to be on special offer before repurchasing. Overall I think they are great false nails, very quick and easy, and would be perfect for a special occasion like a wedding, prom or Christmas. I now have my acrylic nails back since I am home from university for Christmas but if I ever have a break from them and need my nails to look nice I would definitely buy these again.

Have you ever tried Impress nails? What do you think?



Sunday, 2 December 2012

Soft and Cosy

I just wanted to share with you all the cutest knitted bunny jumper I bought from Topshop a couple of weeks ago. It's so cosy and warm, perfect for the winter season and I'll definately be getting a lot of wear out of it! I really wanted a Christmas jumper but I think I might have missed the boat a bit so this will have to do for now. I love how cute it is and I always get a lot of compliments on it. It's a bit pricey but really worth it!

Aren't the little tails on the back adorable?

You can buy the jumper in the petite version like mine here (link!), or in the regular version here (link!). 

As a little update from me, I'm getting on fine at university, I'm getting more into it each week! I still love the course and have been looking into getting an internship over the Summer break next year to give me more experience in the Fashion industry, has anyone else done that kind of thing? I'm also heading up the social media aspect for an exciting new Fashion magazine that my University is starting up, it seems like a really exciting project so I'll let you all know when the blog and twitter for it are up and running! 

Hope you all had good weeks :) I can't wait for Christmas, expect lots more outfit posts when I'm home for the holidays! 


Jumper- Topshop

Saturday, 17 November 2012

The Cambridge Satchel

I thought I'd show you one of my all time favourite bags. I received this Cambridge Satchel for my 19th birthday in September, and I've been using it pretty much every day since to take my books to university. 

This is the 15 inch, Dark Brown , classic satchel. I chose this one as I thought it would go with everything and be a classic piece in my wardrobe for years to come, and I truly think that's going to be the case. It's extremely good quality and very sturdy, supporting a couple of my books and even my Mac Book Air when I need it to. The 15 inch is a good size to get if you want to carry around A4 books and an A4 ring binder as they will fit very comfortably. The satchel is thick and sturdy, it stands up by itself and protects my items inside.

I love how it gets better with age and becomes slightly worn and loved looking. The straps used to be quite stiff but the leather has softened up beautifully. It's an investment piece, but a really worth while investment, always going with my outfit and always looking stylish. 

I can't recommend the Cambridge Satchels enough, I get so many complements on mine and I know it's going to last me a long time.


*Special thanks to my friend Essi who took these lovely photos for me!

Satchel- The Cambridge Satchel Company (Link!)


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

November Wish List

Beautysets - November Wish List
Just a little wish list for this month, a collection of my favourite key pieces at the moment. I think I might post these more often so you know what I'm loving at the moment even if I can't afford it! I really like the look of cigarette trousers at the moment, but I'm undecided if they will suit me. This pair from Miss Selfridge are a gorgeous colour and print and also in the sale so I might have to order them and see how they actually look on- I have a feeling they might make my legs look even shorter than they are!

I've got an obsession with cream blouses at the moment, and that can only mean one thing.. it's Made in Chelsea season again! The detail on this blouse is really sweet and I think paired with black skinny jeans and black ankle boots it would look really classic.

The blazer is an item I'm extremely close to ordering. I love the print and can see myself wearing this a lot. Having said that, I love if it even more if it was in brown or burgundy so maybe I'll wait and find something in a different colour.

The shoes and bag don't really need an explanation. Black with gold studs.. I need them!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far, I had to do a group presentation at university. It was a consumer board on the brand Urban Outfitters. I really enjoy the marketing aspect of my course and can see myself doing it in the future as it's creative yet analytical. I'm loving my course so far and will write a more detailed post on University/ my degree at the end of my first semester. 


Friday, 2 November 2012

LBD Cocktail Party

So many beautiful shoes!
Getting my make up done

My friend and I trying on the Ultimate Little Black Dresses!

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Little Black Dress cocktail party. LBD were showcasing their latest ranges and in particular their first own label LBD's.

Little Black Dress is an online boutique which provides gorgeous dresses, jewellery and shoes for the special occasions and nights out. So many of us love getting dressed up and glamorous for a night out, and Little Black Dress really is the perfect place to buy your outfit!

At the event we got our makeup done (they had a MAC collection to rival mine!), sipped on cocktails, tried on the dresses and had our photos taken by a photographer. I also met some of the lovely people that work at Little Black Dress and got to hear the inspiration behind their own creation. We even got an amazing goodie bag!

My favourite piece was their own label Ultimate Little Black Dress. Designed just in time for the Christmas season, it's made from soft-touch jersey (it feels very luxurious!) and has ruched detail down the sides to make it really flattering! The one shoulder element is really on trend and with different accessories and shoes there are so many looks that can be achieved with it! You can also buy it in the long version with a lovely slit down the leg which looks really elegant and would be perfect for a prom or formal ball.

If you're looking for a special dress for that special occasion, I really recommend looking at the LBD site (click here!) as there is something for everyone!

Ultimate Little Black Dress (Short) £75
Ultimate Little Black Dress (Long) £95

Monday, 15 October 2012


New purchases.

I received this gorgeous jumper for my 19 birthday. It's originally from Topshop and I love it so much. The colour is amazing and I love the detail of it. It makes me want to go out and buy lots of gorgeous collar necklaces to wear with jumpers!

The belt was from my boyfriend, also for my birthday! Very clever of him to choose it! I think he knows to buy anything with a cross on it for me. It's so cute for nights out to wear with high waisted skirts. It's from Urban Outfitters and I think it's still available so I really recommend checking it out!

The shoes I bought myself from the student lock in event in my University area. They were only £25, and I got them for £20 as there was 20% off! I plan to wear these on nights out at uni when I'm dressing up a bit more. I don't know about anyone else, but people wear flat shoes a lot more than I expected them to do so I get quite excited at the prospect of getting all dressed up for a night out!

I bought these clutches a few weeks ago but I think they are still available in some Primarks. They were only £6 each and look very similar to Topshop and Zara clutches which are both over £20 I think. I like the wrist strap as you don't have to worry about dropping it on a night out, however they don't have an internal pocket or zipped compartment so if I want separate things I need little purses and makeup bags to put them in. That being said, they are so pretty and useful, I can't recommend them enough!

Finally, I bought a Vogue magazine. My marketing lecturer at university (I study Management and Marketing of Fashion if anyone is interested) actually told us it counted as reading round the subject! As if any of us needed an excuse to buy it.. This months issue is only £2 so an absolute bargain!

I'm off to a marketing workshop now. I'm hoping to write some outfit posts soon, but it's pretty difficult as I don't have anyone to take my photos here at University. I'm going to try and find someone though, so I'll get it sorted as soon as I can! 

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! 


Shoes- New Look
Jumper- Topshop
Belt- Urban Outfitters
Clutches- Primark

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

I've been featured!

On the Home Page

My Article

Just a quick update to tell you all my blog has been featured on the MFN- Manchester Fashion Network homepage, with an interview! Check it out if you want to read what I have to say about my blog :) (Link Here)

I have now been at university for almost a month so am finally settling in to some kind of a routine. If anyone would like an update of how I found Freshers week or my first month experience in general I'm thinking of posting one on here! Comment if you are interested in seeing my updates :) I'm loving university at the moment, especially my course, which is amazing! 

I'm going to try and blog more regularly now I know my timetable and the work that's expected of me so you'll be seeing a lot more of my blog in the next few weeks! 


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Summer Tribute: OOTD

I'm back! Just an update- After a nail biting summer and a stressful morning of checking UCAS at 6am, then subsquently every 5 minutes, I found out that I'd been accepted at my first choice university! I'm going to be studying a Fashion Management and Marketing degree and moving to a huge city to do it. It's so exciting, I really feel I'm on the path to achieving my dream career in the fashion industry.

Now on to the outfit. I bought this top from Topshop a couple of weeks ago and it's fast becoming my favourite top ever. It's a size 6 but it's still pretty huge (I'm normally a 6-8 in tops) and it's so flattering on. I love the injection of colour it brings to my wardrobe as I wear far too much black normally! It was expensive at £36 but with my student discount it wasn't bad, and I'd rather buy a staple piece I love that will take me through many seasons than something cheap that I'll wear once.

The jacket is another Topshop find. I've wanted to get a light-weight jacket for a while, and since I'm going to uni soon, I think I'll need something I can throw on if it's cold but not cold enough for my winter coat! It goes with so many things I know I'll get my use out of it! Khaki colours and military jackets are really on trend at the moment. This one captures the trend perfectly. It's also got loads of pockets and loose enough to wear a jumper underneath if it's colder- very practical!

I bought the studded bag very recently from Primark of all places! It's a nice shopper and doesn't really look cheap at all. I really think Primark has upped the quality of some of their items lately and I've bought more from there in the past couple of months than usual. I'm wearing my trusty Leigh jeans from Topshop again. They just go with everything! Seriously, if you don't have these in black, I can't recommend them enough. I probably shouldn't admit this but I think they've changed my life..

Also, comment if you'd be interested to hear a bit more about my Uni experience, such as what I've bought, how I'm preparing and how I settle in. 

Expect more posts to come shortly!


Jacket- Topshop (Link!)
Top- Topshop (Link!)
Bag- Primark
Shoes- Miss Selfridge
Leigh Jeans- Topshop
Bracelets- Assorted, Topshop & Miss Selfridge
Watch- River Island

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

MAC Costa Chic

I got this lipstick a few weeks ago using the 'Back to MAC' scheme. For those of you who don't know, you can take 6 MAC empties to a counter or store and receive a free lipstick of your choice! Whenever I do this, I try to go for a colour a little out of my comfort zone, which is why I chose Costa Chic.

Costa Chic is a frost formulation, which I actually quite like. It's a bright coral with a hint of pink and would be perfect for summer nights out or holidays. Although I rarely wear bright lipsticks, I like to have them in my collection, and I try to use them on my annual holiday to Spain- so Costa Chic is a very fitting name!

I really recommend this colour. MAC lipsticks are by far the best lipsticks around in my opinion, you can't really go wrong!


Monday, 23 July 2012

Little Birds..

Just a quick post to show you the outfit I was wearing yesterday. The weather was so nice I thought I'd get a few outfit photos taken to show you! As you can see, I've not quite got used to how hot it is now, I need some time to adjust my wardrobe! 

The top was from Dorothy Perkins last year. Not a shop I normally go in but I was pleased to find this, the bird print is so sweet. It's a silky material and a little oversized which makes it a bit different from the other tops I own! The bag is my all time favourite from Zara, I'm not sure if you can still get it but it's so lovely! It's real leather, so it's very soft and the perfect size for an everyday bag. 

I'm also wearing my new white studded shoes from Topshop. I have had the black ones for ages so I decided to get some white canvas ones for Summer. I've been waiting for the rain to stop to wear them but now the weather has improved I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of them!

My red nails are a colour called 'Spicy Orange' from the L'Oreal Colour Riche range. Trust me, the colour is a lot more red, but with a hint of orange. I originally wanted Revlon's nail varnish in 'Red Bikini' after hearing it's a dupe for Chanel Holiday, but after holding it next to the L'Oreal colour, I couldn't see a difference and the L'Oreal one was half the price (there is also an offer in Superdrug for '2 for £6.99' at the moment on the L'Oreal Nail colours!). So perhaps it's a dupe for Chanel Holiday, I don't know!

If you haven't entered my GIVEAWAY for a River Island bag then click here! The contest is open until Saturday :)

I've got some more posts lined up which will be on my blog shortly so look out for them! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!


Top- Dorothy Perkins
Blazer- Topshop
Jeans- Topshop (Leigh Jeans)
Shoes- Topshop
Bag- Zara
Nails- L'Oreal Spicy Orange
Watch- River Island
Bracelets- Topshop/ Miss Selfidge