My Trusty Throwback Dress

Friday, 11 April 2014

When Newlook contacted me asking if I wanted to pick one of their dresses range to replace my "throwback" dress I jumped on board straight away. Basically a throwback dress is something you've had in your wardrobe for donkeys years but continue to wear out of love/comfort. Mine's this nude lacy number which always seems to be thrown on for spontaneous nights out during those "I have nothing to wear" moments. It's a trusty piece of clothing that has seen me through a good few years but I'm still reluctant to actually dispose of it!

nude lace dresslace skater dress

There were so many other occasions but the photos above were the least gross looking! Anyway I had my choice of frocks and I decided to go with a classic black number, because you can't go wrong with black right? Obvs I stuck with the lace though!

 photo newlooklace1_zpsbc0882de.jpg photo newlooklace2_zps1bae8311.jpg photo newlooklace3_zps65bfe3a0.jpg photo newlooklace4_zps1d37298e.jpg

Dress: c/o Newlook
Sandals: Newlook

When this post goes live I'll actually be in Cancun and probably wearing this dress! This year we're going to sample the nightlife a bit more and the statement necklace that's sort of attached really helps turn a simple skater dress into a more of an "out out" outfit. I just can't wait to pair it with a bit of a tan, I'm so ghostly white in these photos! It's also really structured which is something I'm always drawn to in dresses, the more it flairs out the better in my opinion.

Right I best be off, my alarm's set for 4am : / Hope everyone's having a good week!

I feel like I'm riding a wave

Sunday, 6 April 2014

floral bodyconbodycon dress

Dress: c/o She Likes
Sandals: New Look

My stomach has always been my problem area so I never wear bodycon, but when I was asked if I wanted to feature something from She Likes I was drawn to this floral number for some reason. Probably because the model was a fittie and I'm hoping after some hard work before the summer my bod will look like that! It's also a bit more flattering than other tight dresses I've tried as it's all ruched at the sides so you get a bit of extra room to breathe!
It's deffs one I'll be taking to Cancun for a night out on the razzle, just need to slap a bit o' fake tan on these pasty legs!

I can't believe my holiday has come round so quickly actually, I'll be on the plane on Thursday and the next few days can't roll by quick enough. I've also bought a new camera to get some underwater snaps and it films in HD so I'm tempted to do a bit of vlogging whilst I'm there as well. Whaddaya reckon? I'm determined to get a selfie with a turtle. 

Hope everyone's had a good week/weekend, I've shamefully spent most of it in front of the channel TLC which I've only just discovered I have. I've been missing out. Breaking Amish is my new fave and the Charlotte Crosby show is due to start soon - I sort of want her to be my best friend. Annnd I went to see Tinie Tempah on Wednesday which was amazing! DJ Fresh opened and even though we had seats everyone was still up and jiving.

Oh and I've also been savaged by an ant whilst sleeping ON MY FACE, totes tmi but I do like to overshare. 

Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Picture from the ad campaign for A Tribute to Frida Kahlo collection. Women's Pret-a-porter 1998. Art direction and photography: Jean Paul Gaultier

When I think of Jean Paul Gaultier I immediately think of French sailors in minimal clothing and glamorous women clad in sexy underwear stroking perfume bottles, although though Le Male does smell pretty darn nice. 
Obviously he is much more than that, with over 40 years working in the fashion industry Jean Paul Gaultier has created an array of stunning collections and has designed costumes for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Madonna - yes he was responsible for that cone bra from the Blond Ambition Tour! He's known for challenging gender stereotypes and the fact that he co presented Eurotrash makes me love him even more.

He's spoken previously of how London have always welcomed his designs, so what better way to celebrate this than a full on exhibition dedicated to him?! Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is due to hit The Barbican art gallery on the 9th April and invites us to explore the fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier. Over 140 of his iconic costumes will be on display (including the bra!) along with photography by Pierre et Gilles and Andy Warhol. There's also going to be video footage of concerts and catwalks to feast your eyes on.

You can buy tickets from £7.25-£14.50 from Hotel Direct which also gives a bit more info on the exhibition.  Is this something you'd be interested in?

Collaborative Post

Ebay Bargains

Monday, 31 March 2014

 photo ebaybargains31st_zpsb9658368.jpg

When I next get paid I'm definitely hitting ebay for a blow out, there's so many gorgeous summery clothes on there at the moment and everything is just so cheap. The floral playsuit is perfect for a summer day to night and it's only £14.99, wins. I'm also a little bit in love with the dress but don't know if I'd be able to pull it off? And as for the leggings, well, they're pretty similar to the pair in my last outfit post but I still feel I need them. Ah when I'm done ebaying I'ma need a whole new wardrobe to fit it in - maybe something fancy like this!

Ilumi Gluten Free Meals

Sunday, 30 March 2014

ilumi foodilumi gluten freelentil dhalspanish rice vegetablescardamom chicken

A while ago I was given the chance to try a weeks worth of meals from Ilumi who are a company that specialise in gluten, milk, and nut free foods that taste amazing as well as being convenient. As Tom works a lot of nights and I'm generally rubbish at cooking for one I jumped at the chance to eat healthily for a week with minimal effort!
When the parcel came I was surprised at how much food I was sent for a weeks plan, there were soups, curries, snacks, rice dishes, and two cheeky bottles of lager which shamefully were drank quite quickly. It was such a welcome change to eat two actual meals a day - normally I just snack on fruit and yoghurt at work, but for my Ilumi week I was making everyone jealous with my thick vegetable soups and fragrant curries that only took a couple of minutes in the microwave to prepare.

Surprisingly for me the meals I enjoyed the most were actually the vegetable options, the lentil dhal was incredible and with the rice it only comes to 436 calories, sadly I then added a naan but I just can't keep away from the carbs! The Spanish style rice and vegetables was another firm fave and for this dish you're looking at 277 calories which is pretty darn amazing for something so tasty. 

The main aim of this plan is to avoid gluten which Ilumi believe is the key to boosting energy levels along with preventing any stomach upsets or bloating. Obvs I didn't stick to this completely as I threw in a bread roll or two, but to be honest I did notice a bit of a difference in my sleeping patterns and energy levels. I can't guarantee this was solely down to the meals as I'd also cut out a lot of caffeine at this time, but eating three healthy meals a day definitely stopped me feeling sluggish in the evening and I stopped getting huge food babies!

As I was sent their energy boosting plan I didn't really have a look at any of the other dishes Ilumi offered, however I've been browsing their site recently and to buy the meals separately to create your own plan is still a reasonable price. The curries are all around £3.75 and the soups are around the £2 mark. The week long plan itself is £40 but this includes next day delivery and you really do get a lot of food! So for £6 a day you're getting breakfast, a snack, and two quite large meals as well as saving time in the kitchen.

I'd definitely recommend the meals to anyone, especially those that lack the knack for cooking like me! If you don't want to shell out £40, there's a discount on offer at the moment - spend £25 and you get a tenner off. Bargain. 

And the rain keeps pouring down on me

Sunday, 23 March 2014

topshop gingham leggings photo gingham2_zps232eaf7c.jpg photo gingham3_zps7b063a18.jpg photo gingham4_zps48b79e2c.jpg

Gingham Leggings: c/o Highstreetoutlet
Vest: Topshop (similar here)
Necklace: Primark
Boots: Ebay (similar here for £22.99)

I didn't think I'd see the day I wore a pair of tartan/check/gingham trousers again after cringing for many years at a photo of me clad in tartan strews on my 10th Birthday. Although when highstreetoutlet asked me to pick a couple of things from their site I thought I'd go a little bit daring as this is the only way I can live on the edge now I'm getting older. Ha I'm going to turn into one of those 50 year olds with rainbow cardigans and animal fleeces...
Anyway I may have received the odd "look" from the work people at my choice of legging but alas I like them and they're thick enough to pass off as treggings. They're actually sold out on high street outlet now (unless you're a size 4) but I've spied the same pair on ebay for £8.99, so if you like them have a peek here.

I've literally just got back from the gym as I'm typing this and I'm about to ruin all my hard work with pie and mash plus a slab of cheesecake for desert, my whole healthy eating plan has gone a bit downhill this weekend! I shall be getting back on track come tomorrow though as I've been obsessing over this girl on instagram and I want her body

I'm also going to be spending my Sunday evening watching catchphrase, it's the only thing I can beat Tom at and I get to act smug.

Mac Mineralize Moisture Foundation

Friday, 14 March 2014

mac mineralizemac foundation nc20 mac mineralize moisture nc20 swatch mac foundation before and after mac foundation before and after

Mac Mineralize Moisture Foundation - £25.00

I bought the Mac mineralise moisture foundation way back in early December during my trip to the big apple. At the time my skin was extra dry, and the crazy cold temperatures there (and queuing up in them at 2am to get a ps4 on black Friday....) seemed to make things a million times worse. 

I was after something with medium coverage, something with a glow, and something that wouldn't cling to the dry patches around my nose and my cheeks, and as there's a crazy amount of mac stores and counters in New York I headed to the least busy one to test the mineralise moisture foundation.

Before I go into the foundation itself, lets just take a moment to celebrate the fact that there's an actual pump with this, not one you have to shell out an extra fiver for and feel bitter about it in the process, I really don't see why mac don't use these bottles for their studio fix fluid? Shade wise this formula seems to come up a lot paler than the studio fix, I'm normally an nw15 but as you can see from the daylight swatch above the nc20 in this foundation comes up pretty light so it might be worth trying it out before parting with £25.

I've not really ventured into mineral products in the past so applying this felt a bit odd to me, I use one pump on the back of my hand and apply it with the holy grail buffing brush but it seems to sort of bubble up in the process and wants to sit on top of the skin - I'd definitely say it takes a lot more buffing than some of the heavier foundations I own! It also doesn't have that paint-y smell that a lot of mac liquid products have which is a bonus.

I'm impressed with the coverage for something that feels so light but the staying power isn't that great. As you can see from the snaps above, the foundation managed to cover my blotchiness at 7:30am but come midday and blotchy Belinda was back in the office looking all red faced as usual! I'll also be putting this away come the summer months as the dewy finish will probably just look clammy by then.

Overall I'd recommend this for dry skinned gals who don't suffer from any other skin hangups. It's a light to medium coverage so if you have any dark circles or redness then you'll deffs need extra concealer. Probably not one I'll purchase again but it's done me well throughout these cold times.