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Lead the Way

Another sequin dress = another outfit that screams festive! Missguided has killed it this season with so many dresses, I could have opened about three hundred tabs. Do you do that, open up new tabs with things that catch your eye when online shopping? I then eliminate items for synthetic fabrics, stiff seams on smooth-fit silhouettes, and colours that may be see-through. When buying things I always contemplate how the fabric will look, as a cotton fabric does wonders over viscose or polyester. This is why I'm always cautious of Missguided, but this season I have found so many gems.

The dress I chose to invest in was this sequin mini, and quite the dress it is. I love the selection of plunge, lace and embellished playsuits but I would never choose shorts for myself. I'm a dress girl! And this one was less than £40 (I managed to hunt down a discount on top of that too) and had so many pretty features, I wanted to hang it on my wall as a decoration. 

I've seen this panelled mesh designer dupe on a few different styles but the light sequin overlay of the dress give it a smooth finish that reflects the light in all the right places. The colour is a beautiful gunmetal gold which is perfect for fellow redheads. As for the mesh, its a very fine transparent colour so sits nicely against any skin tone and gives that fantastic backless illusion. A dress of party perfection! It is insanely short like most online fast-fashion stores seem to offer, but during Christmas you can stand a little more poised like the fairy on top of the tree, possibly standing by some mistletoe!


Remarkable Sparkles

Season's greetings everyone! I hope you are positively glowing with Christmas spirit and all of the new beauty products Santa left under your tree! I think the highlight of my day was the most scrumptious dinner I've had all year and some smellies I can't wait to share a shower with.

I'm backtracking a little though to a few days before Christmas where I had my work 'do and a few nights out with my best girls. I have spent most of the year perfecting a look that says 'I may look like this every day too' with copious amounts of makeup and tan, but Christmas is the time to make the boldest statement, especially with sequins! I wore this Motel sparkling super dress; a glitter bomb of iridescent purples, blues and greens. 

The off shoulder style added a little more wearability for me so the sequins weren't too overloaded, especially as the sleeves make the sequin statement too. A smokey eye and glossy lip is a heavenly match!


Outfit Of The Night: Ruby Red

Oh lighting, the bane of a blogger's life! I tried to take a photo at 1pm on Monday and it was too dark! It may also be apparent that unlike other bloggers who have been around for as long as me (hello 7 years), I have not upgraded to a snazzy camera and Macbook. I have figured out a white bathroom will allow for some makeup detail though, yipee!

I wore my Motel Henna Hand print dress last weekend and I still love the black print on white. White dresses are rather rare, especially in a thicker stretch cotton like this so it isn't see-through. Funnily enough, in the summer it didn't quite feel right, but in spring and now winter it some how makes more sense. As my hair is red, I find a ruby red eye suits it, with MAC Mythology being the perfect jewel shade. I also added a few similar shadows from an old Sleek palette, which I really had to dust off as I haven't used any palettes in ages. Also FYI I do not have strange roots, it's just the light hitting the top of my hair! That's the real colour, it isn't dark in real life.

 

Also here is a little video I made too where I mostly laugh and sneeze!


We Like To Party

The week has begun: the Christmas party week! I have my work party on Wednesday with 800+ people and then a night out on Saturday; an event my friends and I celebrate every year the weekend before Christmas. A punch is always made and the night is not always remembered!

I receive a gorgeous Motel Rocks parcel this weekend after eyeing up their sequin arsenal for the past few weeks. As soon as I knew the date of the work Christmas party, I booked a MAC makeover, booked the afternoon off, and started to consider more festive outfits. I wouldn't necessarily wear sequins to a club yet a Christmas 'do really calls for something more festive. To also branch out into more colour, I've waved my LBD addiction and lusted after this burgundy Gabby dress. The dark sequins with a hint of plum when the lights shine will surely be perfect dance floor attire and it calls to be paired with a glitter lid or wine lip.

My plum Zara heels would add to the autumnal vibes, almost a colour theme of mulled wine. I think strappy, mid heels are much more appropriate for a work event as you do not want to be carefully walking like Bambi when your favourite song comes on. I have a few other outfits up my sleeve too but still no NYE outfit, so we'll see on that one! 


#EchoFallsCSL

If there ever was a shopping mecca that makes you want to dash around with a trolley, grabbing every glitter-coated deal around, it's Clothes Show Live! The show is right here in Birmingham so it was only a matter of using my train pass to visit the NEC, and I was excited to be invited by Echo Falls wine. Definitely a brand I know well! Pass me the Zinfandel.

As I took the trains to the venue, it was very obvious the influx of chatty, bright eyed girls along the journey were all hitting the same place. Soon I was part of the mass of crowds walking towards the registration area where I flashed my print out and soon picked up a press badge in a small room crammed with journalists and photographers crowding around plug sockets.

My task was to hit the Echo Falls Wine Bar, which was a perfect pit stop after a day of browsing/fighting through the stands. As it was situated at the far end of the exhibition space, which was the size of a few football pitches, it was the freshest, most chic space in the venue. The bar had a unique offering of live fashion panels throughout the day featuring WIWT founder Poppy Disney, fashion icon Caryn Franklin, stylist Karl Willet and MTV's Becca Dudley. I had a lovely chat with Poppy D. as I started using her WIWT app a year ago and we spoke about the rise of the site and where I work now in the chocolate industry! I was racking my brain as to how I recognised Becca and then it clicked that she presents the hourly MTV news, which I usually catch every day between my favourite, trashy background TV and happen to think the fellow male presenter Bluey is a serious hottie. Yes I did like potentially all of his Instagram photos one day, and yes I'm not afraid to admit it!

We listened to a panel about breaking into the fashion industry which I was keen to hear as I broke into it myself through internships and blogging, and soon it was time to hit the stalls. The best thing about Clothes Show Live is that brands offer one-off multi-discounts that you wouldn't get anywhere else, usually in goody bag form. I snapped up the Models Own set below at an amazing discount - I couldn't resist! I browsed with lovely blogger Maria of Frills and Spills who funnily enough I met with this exact time last year in Bristol where our team won a fashion quiz! We started our journey through the crowds with fellow bloggers Caroline of Burkatron, a beautiful blog I will definitely subscribe to and a gorgeous gal, and fashion blog queen Lucy of Lulu Trixabelle, a vision of colour and major fabulousness. We were soon separated by the deals and gaggles of girls so Maria and I embarked on a browse of all the stands hunting for unmissable deals.

Maria and I were definitely more impressed by the beauty than the clothes, and also spotted many a celebrity. From Lauren Goodger manning her own Lauren's Way stand to a huge queue of screaming girls waiting to meet Peter Andre and a few poor covers strummed on a guitar by Andy Jordan of MIC fame.

We soaked up the atmosphere and gathered our goody bags for a quick snack stop and then headed back to the Echo Falls bar to link up with the girls again. Lucy and I then headed off to the catwalk fashion show, which was an unexpected highlight of the day. The show is on throughout the day so you can visit on an assigned time during your shopping, and as we had our handy press passes, we got to jog into the arena with the photographers and find a seat on the very front row! I have been to Clothes Show Live once in the past and the show was a set of dancers in high street clobber, but this event had a performance fromcheeky Kingsland Road, appearances from Mark and Jessica Wright, and a range of catwalk stomping, flamboyant dance troupes and some very muscly dancers, all interacting with video shows and pumping music. Each time the models came down the steps and ran off into the crowd, Lucy and I were looking out for our favourite male models, most often topless!

It's definitely satisfying to go home with huge, colourful bags holding your purchases and apart from some magazines with a few freebies such as coffee and loo roll (?!), my purchase was this Models Own set, all for £10! You could pick out three polishes of your choice, which included glitters, neon and velvet polishes, and also you received a set of liners, two makeup items, a mirror, lip balm, shadow applicators, a nail file & buffer, and the Clothes Show Live official polish; a blue gloss with circular silver sequins. A very good deal I feel! Thank you to Echo Falls for having me!


Party Time Chapter 5

My laptop is misbehaving at the moment so I'm overjoyed it's working tonight. I have a stack of things to share but last but not least is the final instalment of my Party Time treats, which are a few glamorous touches. The first is just a lipgloss I got free with Elle magazine last month by Benefit. I haven't had a new gloss in just about forever and this is a solid, peaches-and-cream glaze. Lipgloss is something I never ever buy because I always seen to receive them as freebies or would just end up hating them. Cheap lipglosses really can look cheap and I don't use lip products for more than a few months anyway as I'm a bit of a germophobe where they are concerned.

As for perfume, I swapped one with my mom for this Viktor & Rolf set, which I've already had once upon a time as my 21st birthday present. It reminds me of my final year at Uni and the makeup I wore then and the clothes I had. It literally transports me to Topshop cream blush, liquid liner and hair bows! Flowerbomb is very sharp and sweet, almost like tangy lime. Then the floral blossom scent settles and it really lasts. There's nothing childish about this!


Party Time Chapter 4

Hello to a few cheeky night out saviours. First up is MAC Fix+, a refreshing mist and makeup 'setter', but I think it blends together your makeup rather than giving it added staying power. It's almost like the topcoat on your nails, adding a flawless dusting to your face. At the moment I am very much into blending, buffing and sponging to get that airbrushed finish. Once you really start thinking about it though, you get into blending onto your ears and collar bones and it all gets very serious!

Way before the floral whiff of Fix+, I begin my makeup by priming my face with Benefit POREfessional. The silicone smooth finish creates a clear canvas so your blush goes on more easily and colours really pop. I'd rather have a strong primer than a heavy duty powder. Then my secret top tip - eye drops! Before my eye makeup I add  few drops for sparkling, twinkly eyes. Especially good to avoid an eye that won't stop watering, making one false lash impossible to stick on. It always happens when your other eye is perfect!


Party Time Chapter 3

The weekend is approaching! I can certainly feel it but I can also feel a few more days of hard work too. I'm working on a few projects that involve giant chocolate snowmen amongst other things, and I do like to work super hard in the week in order to have a totally refreshing weekend. I'm going to the Clothes Show which should be extra fantastic and I'm hopefully off out on the town too. Shock horror though, I don't have an outfit in mind yet, and it's definitely too far into winter to be wearing anything sleeveless, which eliminates 50% of my options. Hmm we'll see! I have a few in mind of course.

As for something I know I will be doing is having a Friday night pamper session and applying copious amounts of fake tan, amongst even more other things. When wearing lots of makeup I like to be a warmer shade, and no one wants an orange face and light body! My tan of choice at the moment is St. Tropez though, which many would consider quite light. It gives you a nice sun-kissed glow without any red or green tints. Now that sounds bizarre, but tan enthusiasts will know what I mean! My MAC Lust MSF that I have blogged about previously adds that Victoria Secret-style flush too, with rosy, shimmering cheekbones. I've gone off bright blush for daytime but at night I make sure it is rich, popping, and sets off a dark smokey eye.


Party Time Chapter 2

My sister (who is sitting next to me right now) hates these shoes - how is this possible! Ankle strap heels have been around for the year and I really do question the heel-shaped hole in my life before. It's very hard to find a sophisticated heel that isn't too high or uncomfortable, and one that makes a statement but doesn't clash with an outfit. I actually wore these New Look heels in the day time when I worked at Motel, but now they are strictly for night time. I usually wear high platforms but for once it's nice not to tower over some of my more petite friends.

I would like to refresh my pair for the party season but there isn't really a need to purchase a very similar pair. I do have some gold ankle cuffs which I could easily add to these to jazz them up. However the gold ASOS pair below really would add a fierce edge, and the berry coloured pair would look beautiful with glowing, bronzed legs. Also these are the perfect heels for a meal or date when you don't want something too extreme, but if heels are uncomfortable for you, why not grab some gel heel cups. Basically any outfit is perfect for these shoes! Here is a selection I would happily scoop up too, and I don't think you need to splash out for these shoes at all.

New Look Jewel, New Look Gold, New Look Nude, ASOS Buckle, New Look Double Strap, ASOS Black Slim, ASOS Gold, ASOS Berry, Zara Block Heel.


Party Time Chapter 1

Living for the weekend is certainly something I do, filling my calendar with concerts and girly nights. If you have nothing to look forward to, the weeks sure go slowly! I have not been in the shops hunting for new party outfits although I have a few dresses flying high on my wishlist that I have spotted online. Do I wear something I already have or buy something new? My argument is if I buy something new I can always resell it... not the best analogy for my savings!

So I have picked out a few items that I definitely have on my agenda this season. There are quite a few so I will space them out across the week and by the end I know I will be so ready to begin the party season. First up is this Miss Selfridge fluffy bag, which I actually got earlier this year. I had another fluffy bag a few years ago too as I love fur textures, but I have yet to take this one out as it is SO FLUFFY! It's a gorgeous lavender, nude colour and may look like a small animal being carried under my arm, but it definitely adds something new to an outfit. Fur is an alternative to sequins for the most glamorous month of the year, and will add that grown up touch that I definitely need to explore now that I am almost in the year I turn 25, eeek! How did that happen?!

This bag isn't sold anymore but Topshop have a few fur offerings and I could definitely imagine this River Island fur backpack sitting on my lap on the train to work. A few years ago fur wasn't a common fabric unless it was a vintage coat so I'm loving the texture now in daily life.

My next MUST have are lashes, and when I say must, I mean must. My makeup just doesn't look right without lashes, and I don't feel like I'm really making the most of the night without a fluttering pair. My signature 202 Eylure Double Lashes are now around £7.50 in shops which is eye-wateringly expensive for something that you stick on your face, but I've found my local bargain Savers store has a selection of Eylure lashes for sale, and I found this top-and-bottom pair for a mere £1.99. Lower lashes is definitely something I'm looking forward to trying wish a shimmering champagne eye, bronze blush and a deep rose lip. Eylure lashes are by far the best out there because the strip is super thin, so they can sit very close to your lash-line without pinging off. See you tomorrow for the next post!