It's September! And I've spent this Sunday indulging in AW16 and street style from Phil Oh at vogue.com. Before each season begins, I'll look back at the latest fashion weeks' attendees and take inspiration for the season to come. Here are those I've stashed, featuring mixed prints, utility, oversized or cropped fits and fuzzy fun. Bring it on!
Boohoo set me a challenge to choose a celebrity icon and pick a favourite look to recreate. This was a task I could certainly taken on but who to choose? Who do I look towards? Well in truth, the styles I stalk are those of my favourite bloggers, vloggers, and Instafamous gals. Sometimes I'm blown away by how these people can look so damn put together every other day but when you have the incentive of being a full time blogger or in a career that gives free self-expression, you do live for what you wear. When I used to work in fashion we could literally wear absolutely anything, from tiny crop tops to mesh to bodycon, whereas now I can't even show my upper arms! So I live vicariously through my favourite Instagram accounts on a daily basis as I commute in my office attire, and the weekend is my time to break free. I went through a phase of stepping out of the fashion leagues and buying a few things I really loved, but accepting that no matter how many fashion purchases I made, I'd never have chance to wear them! However I've slowly learnt to find joy in the clothes I buy for work and home in on buying some fierce weekend-wear, so every time Saturday rolls around, my only option is to dress in something damn fine.
Weekend evenings have never let me down though, and over the past year or so my hem lines have came down but my desire to wear something a little bit different has increased. And so enters some of my favourite Instagrammers (style wise that is, I follow a million people I love) who I often stalk, of course, but also pick out just why they look so good. It's the super curly hair, statement curves or the man-repeller heels (although I'm not 100% sold on that term as any man who passes comment on your style should always be repelled),
I hope you can discover a few of the girls above for flawless, endless inspiration! As for myself, I have been stalking the boohoo Kirsty-Ann dress for multiple weeks and it came out in this berry red shade. Gorgeous! I teamed it with super dark lips, lace up heels and a top tail, but I'm thinking next time it could even be added to knee high cage heels or slicked back hair. It's carefully concocting a recipe of different style elements that might be slightly off the radar but somehow clash in a good way, and committing. I'm still getting back into my stride but I have booked another holiday destination - I swear I save £££ by having my job as my boyfriend - and I've stashed away so many things from the boohoo summer sale including maxi dresses, kimonos and boohoo Night dresses like these. Watch this space!
Hey all! I've been gathering inspiration for my festival looks, even though it's not as cool nowadays to try too hard at a festival. I'm going V Festival again because it's so local to me and my friend was keen to go; plus I'm so the kind of person that never says no to an opportunity! Even if the music isn't your dream line-up, you're pretty much guaranteed to know most of the bands at a festival like V, and my highlights will be dressing like you're on holiday with a dash of hippie, hitting the headphone disco on the first night, and bopping around in a field releasing my inner flower child. I'm not so into the beers and the camp fires (are you even allowed to light fires?!), I literally just take my entire makeup bag and use the weekend as a mini holiday!
My mood board may differ from the common wellies-and-denim-shorts attire but at a festival, I wouldn't really say that is the optimum outfit. Girls arrive to V with a head full of hair curlers and an outfit only appropriate for a club anyway! I got to the proper backstage artist's area a few years ago as I knew an artist and ended up having dinner with Beyonce's dentist. I went back into the area the next day as I had the access pass and the artist had moved onto the other festival location, I helped myself to the free hair and massage stands, and then stocked up on drinks to take out to my friends! But alas, that is a story for another time. Here are the looks I'm feeling this year, featuring mostly chokers, plaits and lashes. The weather forecast says rain anyway so my co-ords will sadly be under a rain mac and umbrella! All pictures are from my Tumblr.
Here are the looks I've been obsessing over this month! I'm seriously inspired by the '70s trend coming through but can't embrace this for a few months until I can pack away coats and jackets, so I'm still coveting khaki shades, nude hues, and denim. Topshop had some new jeans with frayed, cropped hems which I really had my eye on but they only came out in black! I've also been lusting after homewear as I'm getting that urge for a Spring clean and bedroom refresh. If I had my own place, the themes would be marble, gold, nude, jade green and white. All pictures are from my Tumblr!
Hi guys! It's a little way into February but I've been on the fence about my mood board for this month. February - and March come to think of it - are almost those 'filler' months, where the shops are full of fresh spring trends but you have to bide your time for the weather to heat up a little. Coats are still firmly buttoned up and you start wishing away the weeks. January flew by with a haze of fun nights and lots of planning for my mini-break to Athens next week. So my mood board does have elements of my holiday wardrobe as I hear it will be around 15 degrees - bliss!
My work colleagues were laughing that I have already planned my outfits and the coordinating make-up looks for my holiday, but I don't see why you wouldn't! We are going for three nights and I am usually laid back in many areas of life, but I feel that you need to know exactly what you are wearing before packing a tiny hand luggage-sized set of clothes like I will be doing. When you go away with a gaggle of girls, it means there is not a lot of time in the bathroom, space in front of the mirror, or areas to lay out your outfits, so I tend to plan a few solid options and bring along a few extras. You can just about fit two pairs of heels into a hand luggage case so you need to know they go with each outfit!
I also relish in organising outfits and thinking about the vibes of my looks, and a holiday means you can really go to town. We are going away for my friend's hen do and she strictly banned any cheesy outfits, expletive inflatables, or any sort of male stripper (there goes my Magic Mike hope!). Well I can't cancel out them all but the maid of honour found that a perfect solution to the 'no fancy dress' rule was to have a themed dress for each night so the photos will still look awesome. One night will be James Bond themed as it's the groom's namesake, so we will all wear anything black and/or white with red lipstick, and one night will be gothic/vampire themed so I'm thinking LBDs, smoky eyes and berry lips. Each can be interpreted in our own style but will still have that focus on the celebrations at hand and feel a little out-of-the-ordinary. Or we may all look like we have came from a funeral!
For February, I have been gathering a few heavier make-up looks for inspiration as I don't often go to town with my make-up in the UK but I know 'less is more' does not apply to the Euro clubs. I'm seriously inspired by the '70s trend coming through but can't embrace this for a few months until I can pack away coats and jumpers, so I'm still coveting khaki shades, nude hues, and denim. Topshop have some new Joni jeans with frayed, cropped hems which I really have my eye on. I've also been lusting after homewear as I'm getting that urge for a Spring clean and bedroom refresh. If I had my own place, the themes would be marble, gold, nude, jade green and white. All pictures are from my Tumblr!
I've never really spoken about fitness here but it is a hot topic at the moment, with sportswear ranges springing up left, right and centre. I've seen a few high street offerings but I'm hesitant to try any of these collections as heavy-duty active wear is such a specialist thing. If you are investing in clothes for the gym rather than wearing an old pair of legging and a baggy t-shirt, there are so many options to consider!
By way of my own fitness, when I hit 25 I started to feeling slower in general. As I work in an office, I spend most of my time sitting down, and this in itself can make you feel lethargic. As I've never had a car, I spend my entire life walking everywhere, carrying my shopping from the supermarket all of the way home, and pacing to and from work in every weather, every day. In some ways I am active, but I never felt pushed. In the past year I have tried a few things and really found what works and what doesn't work for me. I know what it's like to read those articles, follow the Instagram accounts and make a fitness resolution, only to feel disheartened, so here are my real life, manageable fitness thoughts if you feel the January or office slump like I do.
Work on yourself - not your selfie!
I'm generally motivated by treating my body like a temple (this can change on a Friday night!) and using it as a machine to propel me to do better at work, have more energy and thus make more money and travel further! I've always had body confidence because, of all of the many things I stress about, I've always shown my body love. Maybe it's how I was bought up, with homemade meals all prepared from scratch and a mother who would never say a negative thing about herself or anyone else, and maybe it's because I've always known that the world is full of people of all shapes, sizes and colours, and there is no one definition of beauty. Having a characteristic that you think is not good enough does not mean you will be less successful, less loved or less anything. It's so true that beauty comes from the inside. I'm also big believer in that if something does play on your mind, then you should make the best of it. Teeth slightly wonky? Make them the most sparkling white colour, always beautifully polished and super fresh. Think your arms are too wobbly? Moisturise like there is no tomorrow so they are incredibly smooth and clear, and invest in a pretty manicure. There is no such thing as a flaw, only comparison. Once you do you and leave everyone else to what they are doing, you can focus on your own goals and work towards whatever will make you happy! You can't fail when you are doing yourself - it's always going to be yourself, just a version that you dig.
The best things in life are free.
First thing’s first: the first steps to a healthy life are free! If you got an extra hours sleep a night, took time to prepare nutritional meals, de-stressed, spent time with loved ones, and ate a solid breakfast errryday. Fitness isn't a quick fix or the foundation of a brand new you, it's almost the topping to an overall healthy life. So take small steps to the things you already do like sleeping and eating before joining an expensive gym. Then clear that clutter, rise early, and start freeing some time in your schedule, rather than make yourself feel bad for not exercising after a long day – that’s almost impossible!
My first flirtation with a gym membership was in Bristol and I turned up to the induction imagining it would be a stroll around the facilities. I didn't know this was the opportunity to actually get started, figure out how the machines work and get some tips on a workout routine, so I was never keen to go back as I had no idea what to do there! I tried a few classes and found they were really intense, and promptly ditched all of the leggings, sports bras and new trainers I had bought. I then joined the gym linked to my current job and booked an induction at a quieter time in the evening, revealing to the instructor that I had never done a squat before, let alone programmed a machine! They answer all of your questions and write down a programme of exercises (with diagrams if requested) so you can follow a sequence the next time you visit, rather than being faced with a whole gym. Every so often I schedule another session for a new routine to mix things up.
The fit kit.
What to wear? JD Sports let me pick out some items from their website and it has given me a new motivation. I can't wear my new items unless I work out, therefore I want to work out! I would begin a new fitness venture in your old trainers, leggings and your dad's/boyfriend's t-shirt and get a feel for what you like. Then it will be even more motivating to reward yourself with a hot new pair of trainers or killer leggings as you venture further into your new routine. I'm seeing lots of colours and grey marl out there in the fashion sports collections, but nothing is more easy-wearing than smoothing and supportive black leggings, with a high waist band so you can bend and stretch. The Dry Fit material of these Nike Leggings mean there are zero sweat marks. Have you ever been hot in grey jersey material? The worst choice! Then you need the sports bra to be sure any t-shirt can be draped over; it would be impossible to stretch out in a wired bra. A matching Nike Sports Bra is so satisfying. I like bouncy trainers like Roshe Runs so I still feel light on my feet, and I am sure to take off my makeup before working out so my skin can breathe out any toxins. After I shower, I use a natural moisturiser like coconut oil as not only is it cheap, but I prefer it to rubbing chemicals into my skin. I have an uneasy feeling about rubbing concoctions into my body but I'm totally fine with makeup and perfume?!
I've had various successes with my current gym. I have to pack my gym kit the night before and go straight from work, so often it is set in my mind if I'm going to the gym that day. I've varied from going three times a week to now, when I somehow seem to be tied up every night with socialising, work functions, errands or I simply don't want to go that day! If I decide not to, I leave my gym kit at my desk and consider going the next day. So my first thought is that you really have to be in the swing of going, but be ready to go on impulse. Fitting in an hour when you've had a break for a few weeks is better than feeling bad and promising yourself you will begin again on Monday though. If you have a car, you could always leave your gym kit in there all of the time, and choose a gym that's already situated along your usual journey if you plan to go after work, or one easily accessible on foot.
Fire yourself up with mood boards, attainable goals, holidays and anything positive - not negative. Thinking positively is persuading your mind to do something and thinking negatively is telling yourself to stop doing something.
I know the gym is usually busiest on a Monday and Tuesday, so I tend to go towards the end of the week, and especially on blissfully empty Fridays! When you know you have the gym to yourself, it is must more tempting to go. You can also watch TV while on the bikes or treadmills; the perfect time to catch up with The Kardashians.
It’s best to start anything in such manageable chunks that you almost want to do more. Just go for 20 minutes at a time if you feel daunted. You will find you often want to stay longer, but just promising yourself a 20 minute work-out will not put you off going. If you're thinking '20 minutes, that's nothing, what's the point!?'. Try that 20 minutes and see how this builds up over the week. Get in, get out, and work out for longer if you do feel like it.
Being in an all-girls environment makes me feel so much less distracted. Sadly that’s not because I'm looking at loads of hunky men around me but that I just feel more focussed when there's not a stinky dude on the bike to my right or an angry looking guy panting on the mat next to mine!
To gym or not to gym.
Hate the gym? Now I can reveal I don't really like the gym too much and I'm not surprised they don't work for most people! My germophobe thoughts overtake when I imagine all of the sweating on each machine, so in your induction, be sure to rate the cleanliness of the gym if this might bother you too. There should be pots of disinfectant wipes across the gym floor that are used by each person to wipe down machine or mat they have just used - or you can use these before starting on one to give it a quick wipe over. Despite there being instructors everywhere, I never really know if the moves I am doing are using the right muscles or are in fact just harming my back for example. So the gym is almost my end-of-the-week prep if I am going out that weekend, almost like my routine of washing my hair, fake tan and pedicure just before Friday. If you have had a little gym session, you feel even more fabulous. I think of the outfit I’m wearing and how I want to *glow* rather than look drained after a hectic week. It's another way to make it the best night ever. Now that I have a purpose for the gym and I'm not going there 'just because', I have a few other options for the tiring midweek evenings...
I love a good class! The gym is not for everyone and is quite a failure on getting people to exercise. My one wholehearted recommendation is to join fun exercise dance or movement classes like Step, Zumba, Aerobics - anything to music! Sure there are classes at gyms and these are often high energy and intense, so you really do get a workout, but local church hall classes are just as good. I took dance classes for years and years when I was younger and this feels so natural to me and such a release. I love dancing with my girls on a weekend and this is almost like going to a club midweek!
When I'm in a gym, my mind naturally tells me 'You do not want to lift this one more time' whereas in a class, your mind works in tandem with everyone else as you follow the instructor from move to move. An hour flies by - especially if it's a fun class like Zumba. These classes can vary as some may be less intense than others, but you find local classes are not at all competitive and each person goes at their own pace. There will always be a granny at the back and a few giggling teenage girls. It's a very inclusive environment and you can work out without feeling self-conscious at all. They are so frills-free that it’s never daunting to go.
A lady I know has been going to aerobics for 30 years! She didn't post snaps on social media, track her progress in an app, or buy a .pdf download of exactly which exercises will blow up her booty. She just went to a class - simple! And now 30 years later she has 30 years of classes behind her and still does them a few times a week even at 60. Amazing!
I stay with my Nan every week and she does not have internet at home so it's my chance to read. Fitness magazines are nowadays full of lifestyle tips and recipes that can be a tangible motivation, rather than a tab you save for later or a link you never go back to.
I'm seeing more and more YouTubers doing at-home work outs and every celeb has a DVD on the market, but unless you can run your own schedule, there is no way I would come home after a hard day's work and do an exercise routine in front of my sofa, rather than sit on it and relax! My home is strictly for unwinding, not getting hot and sweaty, and also there is just nowhere near enough room compared to an open hall or studio. I wouldn't be able to fling around without knocking over the TV or punching a wall! As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, for me exercise is so much about stretching out and moving for me after being stuck in a chair all day.
So I hope those tips were realistic and maybe inspired you to try a few slow changes and ease into a new class or try that gym again! It's not about what you should and shouldn't do or comparing yourself to a ridiculous Instagram before-and-after shot; it's about making a personal decision that is made up of so many small changes. They add up to health, confidence and a happiness that will pour into the other areas of your life that you love and value.
Hi guys, happy hump day. I once told my boss it was hump day and he got totally the wrong message, awkward! My first week of 2015 has plodded along with plans of a crazy city mini break to Athens soon with the girls and a terrible driving lesson today. I can't ever see myself being in control of a car and confident enough to drive independently, I just go blank and drift off into my own thoughts. I've always been the same in things like exams and tests, where I ponder and plan for a few minutes and then begin, in contrast to those around who would scribble away as soon as the papers were turned over. I need to know how things work and figure out their function rather than learn something by following instructions so many times that it becomes habit. Unless I learn the mechanics of a car, I'll never feel comfortable driving around in lessons but not knowing what I am doing! I don't enjoy driving at all and am only learning to get it out of the way, so maybe I have blocked myself from learning. It's possibly because I'm not often in a car and don't really trust them, for example I would never arrange for a family member to go out of their way to drop me anywhere and make a journey they wouldn't have made. This is why I don't like flying or fair ground rides either, but maybe I just need to get a grip!!
I've heard a lot about bloggers and vloggers making their new year's resolutions and I think mine in general are firstly to keep up positive momentum and energy to generate even more energy, such as keeping the house clutter free by tidying each day, exercise, running errands quickly rather than putting them off, and secondly to maybe work my brain less but stay creative. Working for most of the day for someone else does mean you finally arrive home and have limited energy to pour into yourself. Sometimes you are mentally all out of juice just by keeping track of your life admin such as bills, events, appointments, errands, etc, that your brain constantly pings with the pull of ideas and reminders. The brain can become frazzled and definitely over-toasted! So almost like when a laptop starts burning your knees from exhaustion, I'm going to section off time to fill it with books, family, friends and adventure, and leave the to do list at home. So what if you haven't attacked that pile of clothes set for eBay or got round to getting that better phone contract, these things aren't of importance.
That was a rather epic start to what is essentially my style inspiration for the month, but I hope shows the direction I am going in. It's all about streamlining and I also need to not beat myself up about finding driving so unnatural.
On reflection of last month's mood, I felt happy in all of the outfits I wore in December even though I didn't buy anything new for the festive season. Nothing that I own is especially over-worn so I mixed my recent favourites with a few newer things I was waiting to wear. I have posted most outfits on Instagram but might blog about them too! I still haven't branched out into slicked back hair but I did try an Ariana Grande style up do which was slightly out of my comfort zone, having your hair scraped away from your face. I am going to refine that hairstyle and maybe graduate into a sleek high pony in the near future. I did go sparkly and statement with some makeup looks, but for lips I discovered the MUA lip pencil in Caramel Nougat which is the plumping nude of your dreams, and only £1! My nails have been neutral tones and one shade I loved (MUA Truffle Cream), one shade I didn't love so much (Barry M Almond).
When I raided my Tumblr for my most recent inspiration, I realised I haven't reblogged too much from the past month. I'm still liking oversized coats and turtle necks, and fully want to embrace the sleek yet statement look this year. I do want to get some killer accessories, outrageous shoes or something a little off, almost an item so left field and fashion forward that it actually looks seamless against some plain, classic basics. We'll see! It's tempting to check out all of the new SS15 lines dripping into the high street stores but we still have a few cold months ahead.
Hey y'all! So you might be wondering 'hmmm, I wonder how that gal got on with those style promises for November?' Well I'm right here to tell you and indeed my November mood board spurred me on for a fun month, style-wise. I decided against buying even more jeans as my current ripped pair only just poke out under my long camel coat. With 'trendy' items I would not buy more than one item, so I'll stay satisfied with the Topshop Jamie Jeans I have now, even if the rips are small. If you keep buying and buying, it makes you feel like you have less things!
I actually did add some blue to my curls but it has faded to a turquoise, which I don't mind but it literally. Won't. Go! Eight washes later and it remains... watch this space. For nails, I did go for a matte look and I haven't got bored, and I did buy those Missguided lace up heels when they came back into to stock, but the stiletto heels were SO high and spindly that one lean sideways and you would be in trouble. They were sadly returned!!
So for December, it is of course the old Christmas shenanigans of expensive nights out, work Christmas parties where you aren't quite sure what is 'appropriate' attire, and tricky New Year's Eve! However this year my friends and I have planned to party at home to avoid overpriced NYE and have one big night out for the festive season. I already have quite a few outfits I could wear that haven't had much of an outing this year! I am currently looking for a top to wear for my work Christmas party as I have a few options but don't fancy getting my midriff out with a crop top! Outfit-wise I'm just liking jeans and a simple turtle neck at the moment with my long camel coat, but I do think coats look great styled up like the outfits above with heels.
For hair, I still want to try a sleeker style, but I don't know if I have the right face shape! That or super curly while I have more blonde in my hair. I love blonde curls. For makeup, I want lots of lashes with a hint of gold shadow and a matte, statement red or berry lip. Any nude shades can be kicked into the new year as there's nothing like a bold lip at Christmas time!
I didn't include any nails because I just don't know what to go for next week. Maybe 'negative space' aka a portion left unpainted, and a glitter or metallic jewel colour. I really need to decide what I am definitely wearing for the month and I did pull out all of the options from my existing wardrobe, but will have another check across the shops before I decide there really is nothing out there I fancy buying!
Hi guys! Happy Monday. Due to leaf fall, my trains have been cut by two thirds in the morning and so here I am at work half an hour early! I'm not sure if this is better than having to change trains or try to squeeze on during sardine season, but it's much better than being late. I'm thinking I'll spend the first free half an hour of the day blogging! I've actually picked this post up again this evening to finish so yay to me for completing Monday!
Maybe you know by now I'm a Tumblr obsessive and I find reblogging pictures that I love so satisfying. Scrolling through gorgeous images is definitely my guilty pleasure rolled, and I'll only reblog pictures of combinations or looks I haven't quite seen before. I feel like these will either sink into my wardrobe via spiritual osmosis or if I have an event/gig/night out approaching, I'll look towards my selection and choose the details I want to emulate.
So here is my November mood board and I'm feeling very moody shall we say. Just working on streamlining my life, pinpointing anything that makes me stressed/broke/down and saying oh no you don't! I don't get much joy out of candles, drinking teas or the other things that look like they might be nice from reading blogs and watching evening routine videos. I just refuse to do anything homely as I don't want to settle down in any sense any time soon, and so I spend time daydreaming about how I can move forward, change and evolve. I'm not the best at taking photos and documenting all of my buys and outfits but I'll aim to get a chance to try out all of my inspiration ideas this month and show you.
You know I finally got some ripped jeans but are they ripped enough?! I'm not so sure! I dug out some of my old jeans but they are all dark, solid denim and I think rips look better on washed out jeans. I'm wanting a boyfriend fit style that are tight at the top and high waisted, but trying on jeans is definitely a commitment! Next time I go shopping I might wear a skirt or leggings and make sure to try on a few pairs out of curiosity. Going shopping or browsing is one of the few times I get to wear my own clothes though!
Hair-wise I'm into really curly, textured hair with a heavy flipped over parting, or I really want to try the total opposite of something sleek and pushed back. Straight hair just doesn't suit me though so maybe I need to pin some bits behind my ears, or try straightening my hair and styling it up into plaits. Of all the double french braid styles floating around at the moment, where each plait starts right at the front of the head and is then tight against your neck, I like the ones above that look thick and chunky. I might have too many colours in my hair at the moment for the roots to be so exposed, so I may get one of my friends to do a side braid for me. I really liked my blue ends that I sprayed for Milan and I picked up some hair dyes in Poudland, so watch this space. Are Kylie-esque ends overdone? Oh well!
As for nails, I have a ballet shoe shape at the moment and it feels like such a fresh change from a fair few months of pointed, stiletto nails. I like the matte pink in the photo above; almost sickly sweet.
My lace up Zara-via-Choies heels are still my favourites but the quality isn't top notch so they aren't my most comfy to wear, and have loosened a little with wear. I'm ever so patiently waiting for this Missguided nude lace up pair to come back into stock in a size 6 (size up - my usual 5s didn't fit me) and maybe I'll cave and get the black pair if they never return. Something about lace up shoes add so much to an outfit and look amazing with an androgynous piece or an awkward length. I only see pencil skirts in prim lengths so my eyeballs are peels of a Kim K maxi length or a definite calf length. Also, am I ready to wear a sports bra as a top? I don't think I can pull off my Calvin K undies in public, but I'll figure something out!
Which trends are you eyeing up for November? Are there any you would think I'd like? I managed to grab tickets to 1xtra Live which should be such a girlie laugh of lots of dancing and people watching as I bet the crowd will be turning out some serious style, and I've added a Current Listening tab to my sidebar too <----
Then I want to get back into the swing of lots of sleep/water/gym to be ready for Christmas fun. I have a gym membership through work so technically all of those things are free too! Or I'll just come home at night and Tumblr away :)
It's already almost Wednesday and I am going away to Milan on Friday, eek! This has been the most organised I have been for a holiday - not that I have been disorganised before but I started getting things ticked off the to-do list a few weeks ago. For any random ideas like a selfie stick (omg) and getting an extra memory card so maybe I can vlog (ahhh!), I noted them down in my phone and just started crossing things off earlier than usual. These things always come around so quickly and sometimes it does feel like a lot of pressure when you build the anticipation, but I'm just feeling really excited for this trip!
I still do not have my outfits finalised though and will definitely be sorting this tomorrow evening. I definitely have things to wear but I don't know exactly what my outfits are yet, and I can only take 10kg of just hand luggage with me so I can only afford to carry what I will definitely wear. Airports this year also seem to be only allowing one clear sandwich bag of liquids. Have you see the size of that Polly Pocket bag that has to fit all makeup and toiletries, and 100% close?! I've had to chuck away may products recently while a security person looked on as I reasoned over a body lotion VS. a lipgloss. Even a deodorant takes up about a third of that mouse-size bag!
I've pulled together some current inspiration for night time looks from Tumblr. Colleen (a RAD blogger!) commented that I hadn't shared my Tumblr before recently and I realised it's so true, even though literally I'm on Tumblr evvvvery day! My night time laptop routine is emails, twitter, blogs and then Tumblr. I'm back into watching YouTube videos while I'm pottering around too, and if I ever filmed a 'Nighttime Routine', it would be SO boring! Literally just me eating dinner and then sitting on my computer or washing my hair and scrubbing off my makeup. Would my life be better if I made a posh tea in a favourite mug and lit a scented candle? Maybe!! I don't even have a favourite mug, what am I doing with my life.
So basically I spend lots of time on Tumblr to reblog images of things I want to try or buy soon, like a visul shopping/beauty list. Then I'll visit it before nights out or holidays and pin point some things I want to try. When I sit down to do my makeup before going out, I need some direction or I end up adding and adding random products and have to take it off and restart as it goes wrong! I'll often try to copy a look but as I am using my own products, it ends up being a mix of my own style and preferences.
So for the past few days I've been obsessed with a very certain lip colour in my mind, and am going to hunt it down in town before I go away. I need a matte red that's definitely not plum or pink toned and not too vampy, almost like a rosy but pigmented stain? HMM! I'll ask at MAC and then browse around for a dupe maybe. I'm feeling everything matte for this holiday and I just got a new MAC Studio Careblend powder so can make sure my skin is a seamless canvas for a deep, chunky lipstick and lots of lashes and contour. As it's Milan, I'm all about jewel tones and jewel accessories! I'm going to take my most fabulous jewellery, bags and shoes, and really go all out. My last trip to Amsterdam felt very laid back and a bit more hipster, but I'll bring out my best classy/sassy lady vibes for Milan!
Now I just need to figure out what to wear for the day time! I have actually packed away my summer things and I don't think shorts or co-ords are so appropriate for a city. I'll definitely be pulling apart my wardrobe tomorrow!