Friday, 31 January 2014

Check Again








Suit - ASOS (Blazer, Skirt)
Jumper - Topshop (in white here)
Boots - Topshop 
Necklace - Accessorize

As you all know, I love a two piece, and suits are no exception. I just find that mostly they become so expensive by the time you buy both bits so I was thrilled when I saw this one in the ASOS sale. I love the 90s feel of the oversized jacket and the wrap design of the skirt. Again, this one can be dressed up or down and as I was so layered up on top I decided to get the legs out for a change. The jumper is from the Boutique section of Topshop. I always love that line but its just so pricey! This was only £40 after student discount so not bad actually. It's super cost and the ribbed detail makes it a bit more exciting than a plain old sweat top, I'm considering buying the white as well but trying to restrain myself!

Jen xx

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Versatility







Coat - Vintage
Playsuit - Zara
Top (underneath) - Zara
Boots - ASOS 

This playsuit was a mere £12.99 in the sale and is a perfect example of a versatile item that can be worn day to night. The top part is quite sheer so for a casual day look I layered it over a striped tee but at night I would probably just wear a nude vest top underneath. Although tights are the infamous outfit ruiner, I do quite like thinner tights to dress up a simple day outfit. I have, however, found that you only get a couple of wears out of these tights as they're so thin and snag so easily. Especially if you have a small, clawed, furry friend in the form of a dog or cat!

Jen xx


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Baby Blue



I'm sure you're all embracing and enjoying the overwhelming amount of pastels in all the shops right now. I personally am going to keep the pale pink alive into spring but another colour I'm loving is baby blue. Winter is supposedly coming to an end but with the temperatures we're suffering through right now, I can't help but continue to shop those 'Coats & Jackets' sections. I saw this amazing Front Row Shop coat on Megan's blog and fell madly, deeply in love (with the coat). It was out of stock but I bookmarked it and kept checking back. One day it was back in stock so I snapped it up but this morning I got an email to say it sold out so they're refunding me..WAAAH. I then went a bit blue coat mad and looked on every website (with the excuse of this post keeping me going) and bought this Miss Selfridge one. Hopefully I will receive this one or I won't be able to handle the disappointment.

I love the two leather options so mix it up a bit, especially the pastel Zara one. Perfect for spring. The River Island blazer is in there if you're still keeping checks alive as well and I love the neon detail on this Miss Selfridge one.

Jen xx

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Still Sale Shopping







Coat - Zara
Jeans - ASOS
Top - ASOS
Boots - Zara 

So, I'm still shopping the sales...sue me. Zara's sale started off pretty poor but now it's getting to that time of the 'further reductions' and I've managed to bag some great bargains. This coat cost just £59.99 in the sale and may even get further reduced so keep an eye! 
I thought an all black outfit would go nicely with the coat. In the past I've avoided black and navy but I actually really like the way they offset each other. Then I added these new cutout boots...no words necessary.

Jen xx

Monday, 27 January 2014

The Camel Coat









Jumper - Topshop 
Jeans - Topshop
Boots - eBay
Coat - H+M
Brooch - Vintage 
Hat - Topshop

FINALLY. I feel like I've been looking for the perfect camel coat for yeeears. Maybe that's a bit dramatic. I don't often shop on the H+M online store, the inconsistencies between online and instore bug me and put me off a bit but when I saw this I didn't hesitate for a second. Despite it being a size too big, it fits the oversize coat trend perfectly. It is quite lightweight which makes it an ideal purchase for this time of year, I predict it will seamlessly carry me into Spring. With the addition of the vintage brooch, it's the perfect way to finish off a monochrome outfit. 

Jen xx

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Happy Rabbie Burns Day








Kilt - Topshop
Tshirt - eBay
Slip-ons - Topshop
Necklace - Topshop


This outfit was a chance finding. I was unpacking a Topshop order and trying bits on while wearing this tshirt and just really liked the combination of the kilt and tee. The kilt was a final sale buy at £22 and I love it. It's a perfect fit and quite light material so it's really comfortable. 
While the lack of layers may seem impractical for this time of year, I didn't want to ruin it by covering up with a boring jumper! This would be a good choice for spring when the weather starts to become more mild!

Jen xx

PS - Since it's 'Rabbie Burns Day' up here in Scotland a bit of tartan is oh so appropriate. I'm away to have my haggis, neeps and tatties...the one night of the year that Scottish people actually eat that.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Lippy

A lot of people have been asking me which lipsticks I'm wearing in recent posts and I've been thinking of doing a post like this for a while so I thought I'd go for it! I've always been a fan of lipsticks but especially over the last few months, I've rarely gone out without some on! I love trying all different colours and finishes but I definitely have some favourites. Now I ain't no beatuy blogger so instead of shooting them al individually I've just sampled pictures from previous posts. It shows how different a lipstick can look depending on your outfit!

This Topshop lipstick in shade 'Inhibition' was something that I picked up at the till without a seconds' thought. I was returning things but there was a £2 deficit so I threw in this lipstick and it has become my favourite lippy this winter! It is so versatile and adds a perfect finishing touch to any outfit. As you can see I've paired it with anything from pink to blue to camouflage print and I think it goes with every single one of them! At a reasonable price of £8, I've found this well worth it. It lasts well, has good coverage, a nice finish - neither matte nor shiny - and doesn't dry out your lips. 

A while back, I mentioned that I had been on the hunt for a bright purple lipstick. I bought many on the search, none of which filled the void in my make up bag. Then Topshop came to the rescue with this lipstick in 'Straight Ace'. With a similar finish to 'Inhibition' (if a bit more shiny) and again good coverage, I love the colour and have usually paired it with monochrome outfits in the past. I do, however, think I will wear it loads in summer with a huge range of colours!

Next, we arrive at the mecca that is MAC. I adore their lipsticks. They have such a huge range of finishes and an endless choice of colours. Their deal where you can exchange 6 empty MAC containers for a free MAC lipstick allows me to justify many a MAC purchase. I can't work out how to link the individual shade but they can all be found here.
First up, 'Rebel'. This comes under the satin finish and is so easy to wear, especially on those cold winter days where your lips can suffer a bit, this is smooth and quite moisturising. I received many compliments on this lipstick and again I find it goes with nearly everything. This has been my go to lippy when I just want to make an outfit a bit more interesting over the last few months.

Next, 'Ruby Woo'. This has a matte finish so I don't find it very wearable when my lips are dry. It does, however, stay on all day when it's on and because of the matte finish it doesn't rub off on everything. I don't wear it very often but it certainly does give a bold finish to otherwise plan make up.


This next lippy is one that I found at the bottom of a messy drawer, dusted it off and now actually really like it. It's from M+S yeeeears ago (shade name: Chilli) and I think cost me £2. They don't have it on the website any longer unfortunately so sorry to feature one that you can't buy but I just really like it. I think there's something different about the shade, I can't really explain how but I feel like it looks almost vintagey and slightly different to your average post box red. I obviously quite like wearing this one when my hair's back...

Finally, some other ones that I wear occasionally. First we have a bronzey one from MAC. It's called 'Plastique' and is in the Frost finish. I like this, it's quite different and I don't wear it often but I find it doesn't give much of a block coverage. It may be better with a  foundation base, so I'll try that next time.
Next, another MAC one, with lustre finish. The shade has rubbed off (another one from the bottom of that drawer) but from browsing the website I think it might be 'Lustering' or 'Milan Mode' - again sorry for the vagueness!
Finally, on the right is a Ruby and Millie lipstick which you'll find in Boots. I bought this when I was about 15 and really wanted to wear it but was too scared to (I'm quite glad that a 15 year old me wasn't prancing about with bright orange lipstick on to be honest!) but now with the right outfit, I love it! The shade matched the print on this Motel top perfectly so was ideal for that night out!

Something a little different from me but I like experimenting with varying types of posts and trying new things so I hope you've enjoyed!

Jen xx

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Having a Ball





Dress - ASOS
Shoes - Zara
Earrings - ASOS
Watch - CASIO at ASOS

My university annual ball took place recently and this is what I wore. I had a few old dresses that I was considering wearing but a waaay back in October I saw this on ASOS and just had to buy it. The loose fit allows for thorough enjoyment of the three course meal and the intricate velvet detailing means that few accessories are required. I wore my trusty Casio watch, some statement earrings and these stunning strappy Zara sandals. I love the style and the real success factor was that nobody was wearing the same dress! 

Jen xx