When I go to Lidl I sing "Lidl by lidlll" thanks to my Dad

Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Top: c/o Sugarhill Boutique
Skirt: Topshop (old)
Boots: Ebay

I was kindly sent this top from the lovely folk at Sugarhill Boutique and I reckon I've worn it over five times already. I love that it's kind of gaudy but still wearable, and I'm always up for a floral print!

Tis a short one from me today as I'm celebrating my Birthday two days early by coat shopping  followed by stuffing my face with Mexican food at Las Iguanas. Hope everyone's having a great weekend and all that jazz!

How I got my Michael Kors Selma bag for £65 off

Monday, 15 September 2014

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I've been eyeing up the Selma bags for a long time but I'd always thought £315 is a bit ridic for a bag, even if it is a long laster. I'd debated checking out Bicester village as there's an outlet store there, but I'd heard a few tales of "made for outlet" bags, and after a bit of research I saw that there were a few little giveaway signs that you'd purchased it from an outlet - e.g. the lining is different, the zips are different, and the stitching can sometimes be wonky. If I'm going to shell out on a bag, I do not want wonky stitching and tacky lining.

This colour was actually being sold for £260 and I used a discount code to get it down to £250.
The grey has sold out now but you can still get the Selma in red, brown, or beige for £255. Just click here to visit Zalando , pick the bag that costs £300 and use the discount code ZAVCBXSEP at the checkout to get 15% off. Et viola! Selma for £60 off the usual price.

Early christmas presents all round?

These fashion zombies don't walk this world alone

Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Dress: c/o Poppy Lux
Chelsea Boots: Ebay
Necklace: Forever 21

As soon as I ripped my way through the oh so nice crepe paper packaging and saw this gorgeous monochrome smock dress from Poppy Lux I had to put it on straight away and dance around my garden. Smock dresses will always be a comforting "go-to"for me, if I'm feeling bloated and gross during the not-so-fun time of the month they're perfect at hiding any chocolate binges I might had scoffed and they're also extra comfy.

S'gunna be a short one from me today as I'm off into town to see if I can find the perfect coat in the appalling lack of shop choice we have in Northampton. Every year I have an image in my mind of what I'm after but never end up getting it, this year I want either a trench style or pastel blue. Or both. Maybe. Probably.

Oh and if anyone knows the song my title is from I have instant online love for you. 

A Farewell to Topshop

Sunday, 7 September 2014

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Dress: £20 Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: £20 Newlook, similar here
Necklace: Forever 21

Last week me and Thomas boarded a train set for London for our wedding anniversary with a plan to shop, eat, and watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical. I had planned on wearing this dress to the royal drury lane theatre, however it was slightly bum grazing and I felt a bit exposed so with half an hour to spare I dashed into the nearest shop which happened to be Dorothy Perkins.
Setting foot in there was like one of those ta-da moments you see on tv, whilst milling around the shop and frantically grabbing at dresses I had an epiphany. I can now happily make the transition from Topshop to Dozza P and I don't care if that makes me more of a 30 year old than a 20 year old!

This pivotal moment in my life came after a horrendous visit to the Oxford Circus Topshop a couple of weeks before hand. I walked in and felt like I'd opened a door to the 90s, not the cool "lets watch Saved by the Bell and play the Sega 90s" but a sort of 90s cult that only 18-20's could join and they weren't about to let anyone stand in their way of the scrunchies, backpacks, and ill-fitting jeans on offer. I accidentally brushed one with my handbag and got a snappy response, she was probably mad that she hadn't thought to wear her frame-only glasses that day, but non the less the whole thing was a horrible experience and I won't be returning.

So I'm welcoming Dorothy Perkins and it's age appropriate clothing into my life with open arms. I realise this post is a little bit hypocritical as I'm still sporting the ohsotrendy bleach london hair colour, but I'm living on the edge and blurring the lines of student and late twenties office worker. I'm mad me.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Friday, 5 September 2014

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I'm not a fan of this mascara. It was the pictures from this review that made rush out and buy it, but as you can probs see from this snap of my clumpy lashes, it didn't work out very well for me.

I did check a few reviews before buying it, I've been on the hunt for the perfect drug store mascara which gives me all the joys of Benefit's They're Real for a long time and I've kissed a few mascara shaped frogs in the process. Reviews seemed to be a bit of a mixed bag on this one, whilst some sang it's praises others seemed more than happy to see it binned.
I chanced it anyway and parted with £9.00,  gone are the days when a boots mascara cost you a fiver! So like an impatient child, as soon as I got home I took off my my makeup so I could give this a go, and the results? Ugh.

For me it was just gloopy and thick, it felt like I was brushing tar onto my lashes and it dried like cement. Even Tom who knows nothing about makeup noticed something different and said I looked creepy! It wasn't lengthening or curling, it was just thick, so so thick. Robin Thicke.
I cast it aside and went back to using my trusty They're Real, it wasn't until that ran out a couple of weeks later that I was forced to re use this and to be honest, like all mascaras, it had got better with time but I wouldn't say it's worth £9.00 at all. So back to the drawing board, or back to Barry M's Lash Modelling Mascara which is pretty fab for six quid.

Have you tried this? What did you think?

Winter Wishlist

Monday, 1 September 2014

winter boots and bags

Vagabond Grace boots // Michael Kors Selma bag // Shiny Chelsea boots // Ted Baker bag
Clarks Chelsea boots // Marc B Willow bag // Topshop boots

I know it's hardly winter just yet, but the X factor has started which has left me dreaming of cosy nights in, crisp afternoons, and fires. Or in my case a little gas heater as I have no fire or central heating in this cold little house.
So whilst battling the crowds on Oxford Street this weekend my wintery mind wanted two things, boots and bags. I also took note of all the nicely dressed people floating through the hoards of shoppers (how do they do it? I look bedraggled after one shop!) and decided this year I'm going to spend a little extra dollar in the hope that both of these things last longer than a month. Don't get me wrong, I love my ebay chelseas but they're well worn, falling apart, and I can hear them begging me to send them to shoe heaven whenever I'm pulling them on. 
So these are my picks, I know the patent cheapies from Matalan are a complete contradiction on what I've just said but they're cheap so I can always buy them on top of another pair! Other than magic steps at the age of 4 I've never owned a pair of Clarks shoes but apparently they're extra comfy so the chelsea boots from Brantano will be perfect for winter walks.
Bag wise I'm majorly lusting over the Michael Kors Selma bag but the price makes me wince, I've always been a low end hughstreet gal (is this even a thing?) so  £300 on a bag is a bit insane for me, but it's just so classic and I can't see it ever looking out dated. Sameises to the marc B and Ted Baker bag really.
What are you lusting after this winter? 


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: Sydney

Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Before I say anything about this product I must confess that I did actually take a photo of this on my lips, but once I blew the photo up on my laptop they were hideous and in need of some major balm action. I couldn't insult your eyes like that so I've had to make do with my hand. Although I think I might have been wearing it in my last post...
Anyway I bought the NYX soft matte lip cream way back in April whilst  in Cancun, I was pawing at a load of products at some random stall and it wasn't 'till a few minutes later that I realised everything was NYX which made me happy chappy as it's pretty hard to find in the UK. 
I can't seem to resist a baby pink so obvs I bought Sydney. It is a weird one though, although it's clearly a barbie pink the colour is also sort of muted and can come off a bit theresnolifeinme if you're not careful. I prefer wearing this when I'm not fake tanned for the same reason -  against pale skin it can stand out but against tanned skin I reckon I look a bit mutton. 
Aside from looking like a Barbie after she's been locked in a walk-in freezer, I'm really impressed with both the finish and the lasting power of these lip creams. I'm used to glossy sheer finishes that constantly need re applying but these do stay put for a couple of hours and because of the creamy consistency they're easy to reapply when you need it. I paid a pittance for mine but if you're wanting to buy from the UK they're £5.50 on the nyx website which is actually cheaper than most ebay sellers.   
I'm now eyeing up Addis Ababa, if you own any of these which do you recommend?