Festive Fun!

I had my work Christmas night out on Friday in Edinburgh which was great fun! I wanted to have a Christmassy feel to my outfit so I went for a dark red top, a black pencil skirt and a gold belt (hopefully I didn’t look quite as much like Mrs Clause as you are probably imagining right now!!)

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The sheer sleeves of this ASOS top (similar here) give it at dressy evening feel, and the colour is red enough to be festive without looking like you live at the North Pole!

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I matched my gold belt (gifted) with a gold statement necklace, from Dorothy Perkins, for a bit of glitz.

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As we were going to be on a bar crawl in Edinburgh in the freezing cold month of December, I finished off with cosy black tights and low heeled suede Chelsea boots from Clarks.

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For my make-up, I went with a smoky eye, which I achieved using L’Oreal Color Appeal eye shadow in 150 ‘Real Silver‘ and L’Oreal Chrome Intensity eye shadow in 182 ‘Blue Jean‘. I used Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner on my top lid and my new metallic Stay Perfect eye pencil on my lower lid.

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Now onto my nails. In a previous post I said I was considering wearing one of my new No 7 Stay Perfect berry-colour polishes on my nails, but when it came to it, I felt the red and purple shades I had bought were a bit too matchy-matchy with my top. I decided to go for a complete contrast and painted many nails a bright sparkly blue! To keep with the Christmas theme, I added a burst of gold sparkle on each nail.

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To achieve this effect I used Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in ‘Odyssey Blue’ and Model’s Own Hed Kandi polish in ‘Disco Heaven’.

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Oh and don’t worry about those No 7 polishes, they will be put to good use soon!

Have a great time if you still have a work Christmas night out to come!

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Box of Treats!

I have my work Christmas night out this Friday and I have been looking for a perfect nail colour to wear. I nipped into Boots on my lunch hour and found some lovely polishes in the No7 Stay Perfect range for £5.50 each. Two colours jumped out at me straight away.

These are ‘Damson Dream’ and ‘Salsa’ and they made me think of Christmas tinsel with their bright glossy colours and hint of sparkle! This is how they look on my nails.

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I would describe the polish as almost like a glaze for the nails. One thin layer gives a nice subtle translucent effect, but two layers (as shown in the photo above) really builds the colour and gives a lovely strong effect with an extremely glossy finish. I’m not wearing topcoat in the photo above, and you can really see the shine! Now I just have to decide which colour to choose for Friday!

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An added little bonus of purchasing these nail polishes was a free gift! Because I had bought two selected No7 items, I received this gift box full of No7 goodies, including Exceptional Definition mascara in ‘black’,  Stay Perfect lipstick in ‘Classic Rose’, Stay Perfect eyeshadow in ‘black gold’ and Stay Perfect metallic eyeliner in ‘blackest’.

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Now sometimes with these kind of free gift sets you are given colours that aren’t the most popular and perhaps wouldn’t suit the majority of skin tones. I was pleasantly surprised then to find that the colours are very wearable. The mascara is black which is the colour I normally wear (and I would expect a lot of other people do to!). I have swatched the other products on the back of my hand to let you see the colours a bit better.

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The lipstick is a lovely classic pink which I would expect to suit a number of different skin tones. I am impressed with the quality of the lipstick which is rich and gives coverage. The eyeshadow shown at the bottom of the picture is a lovely, blendable browny-black with gorgeous specs of gold through it – definitely one for the party season! And finally, my favourite of these four gifts is the eye pencil, a beautiful steely black which again has a lovely thick texture and would give a really dramatic and glamorous eye effect!

This offer is currently on at Boots for a limited time. If you fancy treating yourself to an early Christmas present, details can be found here!

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Striped Beige Blazer: A Look For The Office

This is the outfit I wore to the office today. I bought the black and beige striped blazer a few months ago but the weather has been unpredictable so I have never had the chance to wear it! Today was forecast to be dry so I thought I would take my chance.

The blazer is by Principles at Debenhams. I styled it with a fawn coloured sleeveless blouse top from Dorothy Perkins, skinny black trousers from GAP (previously worn in this post) and leopard print flat ballet pumps from Primark.

I accessoried with my pewter Fiorelli Garland handbag (previously featured here), gold and black beaded bracelets I was given as a gift and a chunky gold necklace from Topshop.

I love the way the colours of the blouse, blazer and bag complement one another. However to stop the look being too matchy-matchy, I chose leopard print pumps which add an extra dimension.

What do you think of this look for the office?

Hot Pink ‘Twiggy’ Jeans

I don’t know about you, but I always find that skinny jeans/jeggings have a habit of being very restrictive and limiting your movement, which, let’s face it, is not a good look! Because of this, it is very precious when you find that perfect pair of skinnies that stretch enough to allow you to have your full range of movement!

I had been looking for some hot pink skinnies for ages but could never find the perfect pair. If you are following me on Twitter then you will know that I recently ordered these beauties…

Hot Pink Jeggings (Twiggy @ M&S, £25)

These are by Twiggy for Marks and Spencer and they are nice and stretchy but good quality and keep their shape well – perfect! The colour of these is described as ‘lipstick’ which is accurate as they are a true strong pink.

As I haven’t owned jeans of this colour before, I tried styling them in a few different ways…

I have used clashing prints with the tops I have chosen in the photo above. The top is by Miss Selfridge as was featured in this post. The jacket is from River Island and is a perfect summer cover up which really dresses up an outfit. I have chosen a River Island clutch bag in a clashing pink to tie together the pink in the jacket and the pink of the jeans. I finished off with a pair of black wedge ankle boots from ASOS.

 My second look is more casual and is suitable for a chilly Spring day. I styled the jeans with a purple top and matching purple flats by Guess. I added my gorgeous soft faux-fur gillet from Zara. I like this look as it is cosy and cute! Here is a close up of the shoes:

Adorable!

My final look is more of an evening look. I have paired my jeans with a pair of snakeskin heels which I picked up in TK Maxx. I added a black vest top from Karen Millen and lots of gold and silver chunky jewellery.

Which look is your favorite? How would you style lipstick-coloured skinny jeans? I would love to hear your ideas!

Saturday Night Outfit: Glam Aztec

I took some photos while I was getting ready tonight and thought I’d write a quick blog post before I head out!

I’ve called this outfit ‘Glam Aztec’ as the skirt is aztec print but I’ve glammed it up with some sparkling accessories and some funky shoulders!

My skirt is from Karen Millen, top is Debenhams and t-bar heels are Ted Baker. My necklace is a little Primark bargain and my bracelets are from River Island.

So I could show off the shoulders on my top, I’ve worn my hair in a dressy ponytail. To get this look, I rough dried my hair and tonged the ends. I then swept my hair back into a smooth high ponytail and secured with a hair elastic. I took a small (about one centimetre thick) strand of hair from the base of my ponytail and wrapped it around the elastic and secured with a kirby grip to give my hair a polished finish.

And of course, I can’t forget the most important Saturday night accessory of all…

Have a great night whatever you are up to!

I Heart Tom

Who is this mystery man I hear you ask? Well actually, it’s not a man but (even better) a pair of shoes!

I recently ordered my first pair of Toms shoes and they arrived yesterday. I wasn’t sure what I would think of them, but I have read so many good reviews that I had to try them for myself.

If you don’t know, Toms are a shoe company who promise that for every pair of shoes they sell, they will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need somewhere in the world. Not only that, but they look great!

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I ordered some red Toms as I needed a new pair of red flats for summer, and I thought these would make a welcome change from my usual ballet pumps! Look at the gorgeous detail inside!

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Ickle elephants!!

These look Fab with skinny jeans, skirts, shorts and summer dresses. They are also beautifully comfortable – they have a real leather, padded insole so they give your feet good support while making you feel as though you are wearing slippers! I have a feeling they will never be off my feet!

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Toms are available from retailers such as ASOS and Schuh, and come in a huge range of colours and styles. Mine are the classic flat canvas in red but they come in a range of materials, colours and prints, and even a wedge style!

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T-shirt and Jeans: GAP UK, Bag: Mango @ASOS, Shoes: Toms @ASOS

These really are feel-good shoes – from a style, comfort and helping others point of view! I have a feeling this may not be my last Toms purchase. In fact, I better just pop over to the Toms website and see what other colours they come in…