March 29, 2014

VOGUE FESTIVAL: PERSONAL STYLE AND DO YOU HAVE IT?


I'm at Vogue Festival this weekend so going to try to post updates in between all the workshops and fill you in on what's been going on!

I went to a workshop on personal style this morning with insights from Lisa Armstrong,Lucinda Chambers, Amanda Harlech and Alexa Chung and it was amazing!

Of course, they were all dressed fabulously well! Lucinda Chambers wore a mix up of Celine, high-street and Portobello road buys, Amanda Harlech wore Chanel Couture (how fabulous for a Saturday morning!?) and Alexa Chung looked lovely in a white midi shirt dress with a cute sparkly crop top layered over (not sure of the brand!)


Here's a few little quotes..

'So many things appeal to me and that's my problem' - LC

'Style gets easier as you get older and evolve' - LC

'If I go on a date I would wear dungarees, because if they like me in that then it will be fine!' - AC

I don't necessarily follow trends but I like to follow stories' - AH

It was also interesting to find out that the panel believe that you don't need huge amounts of money to look stylish. You just need to be yourself, make mistakes (they all admitted to wearing terrible outfits at some time in their lives!) and be adventurous. Another tip is to ask your friends 'what's been my best ever look?' to help you find your own unique and personal style.

The talk ended with a brilliant quote:

Fashion fades but style is eternal


And here's my outfit from Day 1 at Vogue Festival:



What I'm wearing:

Jacket - & Other Stories
Top and Trousers - Topshop
Shoes - Zara

What do you think personal style is?


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March 17, 2014

CHIC NETWORKING FASHION AND LIFESTYLE EVENT

A few weeks ago I decided to book a ticket to the Chic Networking Fashion and Lifestyle Spring Summer show at the Hilton in Liverpool and I'm so glad I went along! The atmosphere was amazing, I met so many lovely new designers, make up artists and brands and witnessed an amazing fashion show!

Many of the boutiques and brands featured at the show were Liverpool-based so I am excited to say that part two of this post will introduce the amazing brands that I came across and what they have to offer. Many of the pieces included in the show were totally unique, one-off items which is so refreshing and really great to see. I particularly loved the amazing swimsuits by a brand called Modemwah, you can find them on Instagram if you want a sneaky peek at their collection. Other boutiques featured include The Dressing Room and Lola Loves Boutique to name only a few.

You should also check out up-and-coming fashion brand House of Pearl (@HouseOfPearl1 on Twitter) and of course the fabulous make up artists that are Peaches and Cream (@PeachesMakeup on Twitter).

I hope you enjoy my favourite pieces from the show..

All images are by Chris Templeton











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March 10, 2014

WHAT I'M WEARING: TRES EN VOGUE T-SHIRT



       
What I'm wearing:

Jacket and jeans -Topshop
Top - River Island
Belt - Vintage
Shoes - Zara
Bag and necklace - Marks & Spencer
Rings - Primark and Miss Selfridge

It's been a while since my last outfit post, which I think is mainly down to the awful weather. But yesterday was a different story, the sun was shining brightly and I went to the Chic Networking Fashion and Lifestyle event at the Hilton in Liverpool, showcasing loads of amazing spring summer '14 trends - there's a post on that to follow so keep your eyes peeled!

If I'd have known the weather was going to be so spectacular I probably wouldn't have worn so much black (my fave colour) but I was glad to finally wear my Tres En Vogue Madame tee from River Island.

I paired the tee with simple black skinnies and my new tailored Topshop blazer which I have definitely been getting lots of wear out of lately. Who doesn't need a tailored black jacket in their lives?

Accessories wise I added a statement collar necklace, snake-print bag, Bobbi Brown lipstick in Orange and cobalt blue flats - had I not have ran 16 miles for marathon training the day before I would have definitely been sporting some killer heels!  

I hope you like my outfit and make sure you watch out for tomorrow's post, featuring some exciting up-and-coming brands.

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March 04, 2014

BEAUTY: HOW TO CLEAN MAKE UP BRUSHES

I've had a couple of requests for tutorials on how to clean make up brushes and I've finally got round to creating my step-by-step guide on how to get make up brushes looking sparkling and squeaky clean.
Before!
I haven't always been good at cleaning my products and beauty tools, but after various internships in the beauty industry it soon became apparent that keeping on top of this is a must if you know what's good for your skin. Along the way, I managed to pick up some top tips from beauty experts, editors and make up artists and I now swear by my brush cleaning ritual.

Deciding on how many times to clean your brushes is a personal thing. I try to give mine a thorough clean once a week but this doesn't always happen. I like to think that a week is long enough for bacteria and other nasties to settle and I can't imagine leaving my foundation brush any longer!

So here's what I do:

- I gather my brushes together and split them into eyes/face/brows etc.

- I then run a sink full of warm water and keep a towel and bottle of shampoo beside it (in this instance, I've used a Wella shampoo)

- One brush at a time, I apply shampoo to the bristles of each brush and massage it in gently whilst the brushes are dry. If you're trying to clean a foundation/concealer brush I would take extra time to do this step.


- I then place the brushes in the water individually and you will begin to see the water fill with colour- that's the frightening part as you don't realise how dirty they actually are! 



- If I'm cleaning brushes that haven't been done for a while, I will repeat the deep-cleanse with shampoo and throw all my brushes in together for one final soak!

 - Once you're happy with the cleanliness of your brushes, line them up on a towel and leave them somewhere light and airy to dry overnight. I've popped mine by the window and voila, they were ready to be used the next day.


TOP TIP

- There are a number of make up brush cleaners available by brands such as MAC but I haven't tried any as I have found shampoo to work really effectively. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to try a gentle baby shampoo to ensure that no skin irritation occurs.

If you have any questions, comments or your own top tips I would love to hear them in the comment section below.

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