off-brand.

I really feel like this outfit is quite a deviation from what I usually wear but I love it. When I saw this shirt in Sainsbury’s I just fell in love, even though it’s not my style. It was cheap, it’s cute, it’s summery, just delightful. I got it a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t able to wear it straight away as I didn’t have a) any jeans that fit or b) a plain skirt. I went on a mission to find a plain, non-mini skirt, preferably in a pale colour for summer outfits. For some reason, my first move was to buy a black pencil skirt in Monki, which I returned the next day as it was not at all what I wanted, and from there I strolled to Primark, hoping they would deliver. And they delivered. For £1 I got this perfect silky-suedette skirt in duck egg blue. I would have paid the original price of £10 to be honest, but I handed over my shiny pound and got exactly what I wanted.

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Shirt: TU at Sainsbury’s
Skirt: Primark
Sandals: New Look (similar)

When I posted this selfie on Twitter I got more compliments than usual on my skin, which was extremely satisfying given that I used some new products today. I went kind of… wild last week and bought quite a lot of new stuff, all of which is excellent and I have no regrets about, but it was definitely A Thing. Two items I bought last week were the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder in Light and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped. They arrived yesterday, I tried them for the first time today and I’m honestly so delighted. I know a lot of people say this about the Sculpting Powder but it’s the first product that I’ve felt made me really get contouring. It perfectly recreates the effect of shadow and brings out the structure of your face in a really natural way. The cold tone makes it feel more authentic and less like a muddy makeup look. The ABH Glow Kit is another real cult item, and I just loved the look of the new shade. I have a highlighter I like (The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer) but I was really taken in by the sleek, almost liquid metallic sheen of the Glow Kits. I got Sun Dipped and am wearing the shade Moonstone on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the tip of my nose, with Summer on the highest points of my cheekbones, and a light sweeping of Tourmaline over my blusher. I usually apply Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder all over my makeup as a finishing powder but today was the first day since I’ve got it that I thought I could do without. I also wanted to see the effect of the ABH palette alone, without the boost from the Hourglass powder, and I’m so impressed. This lipstick is my one true red love: Sephora in Always Red.

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ice cold.

Further to my previous post, I really feel like I’m doing an OK job of… togetherness. Making an effort with my outfits, not defaulting to jogging bottoms and a t shirt for work (as I have been known to do on many occasions). When I went to Marrakech two weeks ago, I tried on my friend Charlotte’s pleated midi dress from Topshop as it looked pretty stretchy. Obviously, I am very much not able to shop in Topshop in general, but as with stores like Monki, there’s the odd item that works if you’re bigger. This midi dress is perfect for chic summer dressing as it’s light as a feather but not too casual.

Also, PSA: I am finally on Snapchat after getting too stressed and deleting it a few years ago! Add me, I’m archedeyebrow

Topshop pleated midi dress

Dress: Topshop (same style, different colour // a plus size option is this leopard print style from New Look Curves)
Shoes: Evans

I’m a big fan of NYX makeup and am delighted it’s being rolled out in more and more Boots stores. This lipstick is NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment, and I just love the colour. All the Lip Lingeries are in perfect neutral shades, but I adore the cold lilac-grey of Embellishment. My pom pom earrings are Topshop sale, and perfect for an understated frivolous look.

NYX Lip Lingerie Embellishment

tres chic.

I’m trying a New Thing. That thing is ‘to look more put-together’ and generally make more of an effort more of the time. There’s no point envying chic, well-dressed women if I could put in about 20% more effort and look 60% better. Anyway, here is an example of what I mean. Maybe it’s stocking up on excellent shoes from Yours? Maybe having an array of really good shoes is helping me dress better? Who knows. Either way, I liked my outfit yesterday and here it is.


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Shirt: M&S 
Jeans: M&S
Sandals: Yours
Bag: Longchamp

Earrings are from H&M, but I acquired them by making the acquaintance of one Laila Loves by the pool on holiday in Marrakech, who rightly thought I would love them. Lipstick is my 2016 fave Bacca by Stila.

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fool’s gold.

Trousers are my jam, so when the new Prima/Elvi collection launched, I knew I had to nab them. I just love the cream and gold colour palette of their spring/summer collection, and thought the soft gold sequin bomber was a perfect accompaniment. I also got one of the tops from the range but thought the quality and fit was pretty lacking, so paired the jacket and trousers with one of my ASOS Curve spot-print t shirts. I think the colours work really well together.

Elvi sequin bomber

Elvi jacquard trousers

 

Jacket: Elvi via navabi
T-shirt: ASOS Curve
Trousers: Elvi via navabi
Trainers: Adidas

On my lips is my very favourite lipstick: Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Double Dare. I’m going to do a post about my favourite lipsticks soon, and this will definitely feature.

Elvi sequin bomber jacket

stars and shoes.

Today’s outfit is a dress and coat I’ve had for ages, and a pair of boots I haven’t. Now I’m just blogging on my own terms, rather than feeling like I have to post new clothes every time and post regularly, I don’t feel like showing an outfit where the clothes are old is an issue. I love the colour combination of hot pink and navy blue and think it’s really underrated, so on this blustery London day, I decided to pair an ASOS coat I’ve had for several years with a star print dress I got last summer and have barely worn.  The most exciting thing, though, is the shoes…

Star print dress

Dress: ASOS Curve
Coat: ASOS
Boots: Yours

The main thing I love about this outfit, though, is the shoes. These platform wedge ankle boots are the new love of my life… along with several other pairs I also picked up from Yours. I have size 10 feet, which makes shoe shopping a nightmare. Ever wondered why I only really wear trainers or generally coded-masculine shoes? That’s why. Until recently, there was one place on the high street I could consistently buy shoes (as opposed to taking a chance that some open sandals might fit me in a 9), and that was Evans. A lot of good people work at Evans, and the company has been good to me over my blogging life, but I can’t pretend their shoes are anything other than hot garbage. The styles are pretty basic, and most seasons there won’t be a single pair that actively excites me, but the main problem is the absolutely woeful quality. Flat shoes from Evans last me, on average, 3 weeks. Which would be fine if they were Primark prices, but they ain’t. Evans needs to up their shoe game in general, but now I’ve discovered Yours make a size 10, I have absolutely no reason to ever shop there again. Here are all the shoes that Yours stocks in a 10, both wide fit and extra wide. I picked up several pairs when I got paid last week, which probably seems excessive but realistically a) I don’t have any shoes like them and b) I can’t take the chance that I’ll ever see them again in my size. The discovery of cool, not-too-expensive shoes and boots in my size is actually more exciting for me than a lot of clothing ranges, because I feel like it’s going to be a real asset to every outfit I wear. Instead of defaulting to trainers which mean every outfit looks casual, I have choices! I can wear knee-high platform boots or rose gold chunky heeled sandals with my jeans rather than just deciding between canvas or suede sneakers. Honestly, I feel better already.

Black platform ankle boots

Today’s lipstick is my old faithful Stila liquid lipstick in Patina. I cannot get enough of it. I think it’s overtaken Kat Von D Double Dare as my ultimate go-to shade.

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