Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Festival Woes: I Just Want To Be Comfortable

 Festival fashion from Spartoo 

So you have a festival coming up, but you want to look cool without having to actual make too much effort. Why should you have to wear something that you don't feel good in, to me it kills what a festival is actual about. So here's some outfit inspiration to keep you looking fresh and fly, while everyone around you is moaning about how they are fed up of their outfits an hour in. You can just enjoy the music, and get those important Instagram pictures to prove that comfortable can still be fashionable. 

Things that will help your experience: 
Even if it's just a day festival, here are some handy things to take with you. Of course if it's longer than you will need a hard wearing suitcase and loo roll. Lots of loo roll.

A Patterned Rucksack- The lifesavers, there's nothing less cool than seeing someone at a festival with half their stuff falling out of their bag. Rucksacks come in a mass of colours and prints, so let them be an added pop to your outfit. You can fit everything in them, they also double up as a headrest for if you want to chill at any point. You can also get creative and add some details to them, pom poms, patches it's up to you. Functional and fun. If their not your style, go for a bag that can be worn across the shoulder. Keeping your phone and money safe and everything is easy to hand. 

Wet wipes/ Sun Screen/ Sunglasses- Because lets face it festivals are messy business, and it's nice to have the option to wipe the day glow makeup off before heading home. Or wet wiping your hands if your like me and always drop food on yourself, because your trying to eat and dance to the music. Festivals mean dancing, walking and eating in the sun so don't forget to protect your skin and eyes. Burning your skin is not big or clever, so put on some sunscreen and grab your shades. Sunglasses can be another way to add to your outfit, you can go for uber cool or maybe go for some funny silly shades. Festivals are about having a laugh so if you fancy wearing something more out there go for it. 

Portable Phone charger- You can bring your camera, but no one really does that nowadays because smart phones have fancy cameras and it you can filter and upload everything straight from your phone. So don't cry into the stranger next to you when your battery runs out. Bring a portable charger and your be snap happy all day, just double check you have the connecting cable before you leave. 

A light jacket or sweater- It maybe blazing hot during the day, but the evening time will probably be a little chilly. Also if it rains than at least you won't be freezing, make sure you can roll it up and it doesn't take up to much room in your bag. 

Comfortable shoes- Comfortable does not have to mean boring, go for an open sandal make sure they have a strong sole your feet will thank you or a cool pair of trainers. Sliders are still a must, so grab a bright pair for slipper like comfort, with some style. Trainers are great as they add some colour and fun to any outfit, but also protect your feet if you have to do a lot of walking. I usually wear my high tops, I have a bunch in different patterns and even if I just wear them with jeans they always give your outfit some edge, plus they look really cute with a dress. Or don't forget about wellies if you know it's going to be muddy, again there are so many colourful and patterned ones now that they can really make your outfit. 

What are your must haves for a festival? Do you have any tips on lifesaving tips to share?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Primark A/W15 Collection

Usually at press days I'm not sure where to begin, and even at the event I try and edit what I would actual put on here rather than just filling my camera. As great as some collections are, no one wants to spend five days scrolling through one post. I was shocked, well no actual more utterly gobsmacked when I arrived at Primark's A/W 15 press day to see one collection there. Part of me was a little scared as what if I got in closer and there was literally nothing I would like. But as I made my way down to the back, my eye's began to dart with delight. On first glances I would have said there was nothing for me, but my eyeballs caught a glimpse of faux fur and than a lace blouse with bell selves. It was held in the Elms Lesters painting rooms in London, so I really liked the abstract layout also as sometimes having to take it turns to get to a rail can kind of take away from what your looking at. 

Of course Primark will have more in store come August- Fear not quirky t-shirt lovers, but it was actual refreshing to walk in and see some of what will be in store rather than ram our brains with so much that you can't take in anything. While not everything appealed to me personal I did spot some amazing pieces, pieces I know you will be elbowing each other out the way for. Who could blame you at £14 for a pair of sparkle brogues!

My eyes were drawn to the faux fur coat (pictured above), which to me could have fallen off the back of Margot Tenenbaum correct me if I'm wrong but of course I'm not so lets throw that on the want list now. Did I mention that it will set you back £35.00, I know right *throws money at Primark now and cries into the soft faux fur goodness. 

Than there was a super cute pinafore, which you could style long into 2016. Did I mention the pom pom flat shoes, I mean this is Primark like we have never seen it before. For a collection not is not very me, I still want at least five pieces. This collection is like Alexa Chung and Florence Welsh got together, pulled all their favourite pieces it's literally understated brilliance. The collection turned out to be snippets of four collections when I got home and looked at the look book - With the band, Frontier, Dark victoriana and Fitzrovia. Either way, it worked.

A mix of 60s and 70s pieces are always going to be the type of staples you need in your wardrobe. Vintage vibes are never far out of fashion, but this Autumn winter it's time to really embrace these eras as they aren't going anyway. Personally I love a mix of the real deal and some high street. What do you think of the collection? Pieces will be making there way into store from August onwards. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Nailbox: The Only Nail Subscription Box In The U.K - May

If you are a nail polish addict, and you have never heard of Nailbox I honestly don't know where you have been - Probably waiting for your nail polish to dry while watching  back to back episodes of *insert your favourite show here* over on Netflicks. Don't feel bad as they only launched in April, but are fast becoming a must for those of us who love treating our nails. 

Unlike beauty subscription boxes, Nailbox is just for nails. You can pick how long you would like to subscribe, and at the end of every month you'll receive your box of products to your door. I like that these come in one box (no frills), so you can easily recycle it and don't feel bad about having to use it- I'm sure a lot of you got fed up after a while of having to find use for all those extra boxes, and evenly throw them out. Nailbox  is focused on product, so you get full sized products and a good mix of brands. May's box has sold out, but if you hurry you can get Junes -Which states that there will be three full sized nail polishes and the best top coat you have every used and a nail tool. Sadly at the moment, they don't ship outside the U.K but I'm sure the more they grow this will change. 

Nailbox for May *
In The Box

Elegant Touch - Professional cuticle pusher & Nail Cleaner: This is such a great tool to have, I did have another one by a different brand ages ago that was not as great. the best time to use the cuticle pusher is after a bath when your going to clean your nails and change polish. As they will be soft and easier to managed. The nail cleaner is great for me, as I have long natural nails and I use it for under my nails and on the sides. It also cleans easy, I'm happy to have one that works. 

Nicole By O.P.I ' Alex By The Books': I adore Modern Family and Alex has some great one liners (my favourite character is actual Phil, but Alex comes a close second). I really like this shade as not only is it in keeping with Alex's character- Smart and sensible, but it's a beautiful pastel mint and I think great for wedding season as it goes with just about everything. I managed to get a nice coverage with one coat, but for a perfect coverage I used 2 coats.

Essie 'Status Symbol': I think this is the third Essie polish I have ever owned, as I tend to have my favourite brands. This is actual a really soft more grown up pink, the formula is  pretty smooth and with 2 coats you can get full coverage. 

Rimmel London 60 Seconds ' Lucky Lilac': This was by far my favourite polish I'm a massive fan of these and actual have never tried this colour before. It has a great formula and only took 2 coats for full coverage and it really does dry quickly. It has a warm pink tone, which is unlike most of the other lilacs I have which are all blue. I think this is great for if you want some girly colour, but are bored with pink.

Orly Color Blast 'Fiery Orange chunky glitter': Sadly this was my least favourite, I'm not a massive fan of this rustic orange. Maybe for Halloween as it's a pumpkin shade, however the glitter is very pretty. It's holographic and the more you layer, the better it looks. I will be saving this for winter, as I think it may look pretty over a black polish. It applied well, as it's a jelly polish and again looked good after 2 coats.

I used 'Lucky Lilac' as my base colour, and than used a toothpick to dot on 'Alex By The Books' just around the edge of my nail and than added 'Status Symbol' and added a top coat of clear polish just to seal it. This is a super easy nail art fix, if you just want to add a little colour.

What Does it Cost?

There are four options to pick from. There is month to month at £15.00 per month, but if you pick a longer subscription you get a discount. If you want to try it out for a little while you could get a 3 months subscription for £14.50 per month, or I think it would be lovely to give a years subscription for a birthday present * hint hint at £13.50 per month. I've had boxes before, but I love that this is just for nails as I'm more like to use everything. I was impressed by the full sized bottles, and like the fact that the boxes will sometimes have tools and accessorises in. Money goes into product not endless packaging, which is really important to me as someone who hates waste. What do you think, would you try out a box like this? 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

How I Wear: Double Denim & Flares

As I mentioned I've been crafting my heart out, and the best part about making things and customising clothing is wearing it. I have a bag that's filled with random bits and bobs, so when I found some left over felt I decided to cover this plain shirt in little pizzas. Because what's better than a rainbow, errrrr a rainbow and pizza slices that's what! *drools on keyboard. I hate wasting things, so I'll always think about changing an item before parting with it. If it's just not me, than rather than attacking it I'll sell it or give it charity. There's no point customising something you know you won't wear. 

Denim Jacket: Levis*
70s Sunglasses:  Primark
Pizza Shirt: Customised by me
Navajo Flares: Boohoo
Bag: From a swap shop
Shoes: Next*

The trick with mixing most denim is too either pair light and dark, or if your brave you could go for block denim - I tend to avoid this as it doesn't seem to flatter me. I'm trying to break away from always wearing my denim jeans, and like to mix it up a little. So I think a denim shirt and jacket can be the best way to double up, and than add some colour or pattern with a cute skirt or trousers. As this Levis jacket has that 70s road trip feel, I throw on my Navajo patterned flares and wore my massive sunnies. Than the sun decided to go in, so sadly didn't wear them for long I'm glad I layered today. I've almost finished working on an old jacket I decided to upcycle, and waiting for it to get a little warmer so I can wear the knitted vest I made the other day. Of course this rainbow necklace is out again, it's just so cool so sorry but I'm just going to glue to my necklace just thought I would warn you now. 

Monday, 8 June 2015

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

As you know by now I love bright colours, and unicorns, novelty bags and rainbows. But my rainbow obsession is reaching new levels, and I'm loving it the more I have the merrier literally. Months of illness had left me so flat on the ground, the idea of pulling on clothing should make you happy not feel like a massive chore. So yes rainbows, print and pattern and 70s vibes are my go too for feeling good. This rainbow necklace from Sugar and Vice is great for low days, as I can still have my bright colour without having to do anything but pop it on. It's from their 'The whatever the weather', which is super cute with lighting bolts, raindrops, sunshine as well as the rainbows. I love a funky piece of acrylic jewellery.  

Rainbow Jacket: Old
Lips Top: EBay
Rainbow Necklace: Sugar & Vice*

I've finally finished my knitted top, it ended up becoming a vest as I did it without a pattern and was low on wool. So I'm going to start on a knitted jumper and than a shrug. I have a ton of D.I.Y clothing I'm currently working on, it's been great to really sink my teeth into sewing, knitting and customising my wardrobe. I think I spent 70% of my teen years jazzy up hand me downs, not only because I couldn't afford to buy the latest fashion. But also I've always struggled to find 'me' clothing, nowadays there are so many amazing brands that make cool, kooky wear. I've just ordered some crochet needles, as I really want to get started on that too. I still have a long way to go with my knitting, but I think rather than worrying about what I can't do it's better to practice and gain more skills along the way. I'll share a post soon with all my D.I.Y clothing, and people to watch to help you -If your interested in crafting things for yourself. 

Saturday, 6 June 2015

How I Wear: Off The Shoulder Top

Okay it's not that off the shoulder I'll admit, but I'm digging this 80s top it has a fun print and colour and I love how it fits. I can move this to completely off the shoulder, I think I would wear either my a line leopard print skirt or maxi skirt when I do. They are super easy to style, and they are great if you want a break from vest tops and t-shirts for a casual look.  

This was a super casual school run outfit, so I wore my new jewelled sandals and throw on my high waisted jeans. These sandals are so beautiful, they have iridescent rainbow jewels that really shimmer in the sunshine and they are super comfortable as well. Sometimes it's really hard to wear what I want, as I know it's basically my job to embarrass my kids but I try to tone it down. Like I mentioned the other day, I'm trying to keep to the promise I made to myself to be more crafty. I picked up this amazing rainbow wool in the charity shop, so in-between other knits I'm working on for the boys I thought I would start making something for myself. 

80's off the shoulder Top: Vintage EBay 
Jeans: Topshop
Jewelled Sandals: New Look*
Cross Necklace: Primark

You may think I'm mad, making knits in summer, but at least come the winter they will be ready to wear. I figured it was too nice to be stuck indoors, so while Logan played on his bike I did a little in-between making sure he was smothered in sunblock. I didn't spend to much time out, as my migraines are back so that kind of ruins life. As I just have be in dim light, and not do anything that needs focus which is very little. I have my fingers crossed that it will ease or be gone by this weekend, as I suffer with chronic migraines. Or no sun, no knitting and no fun. I'm looking forward to taking the boys out, and tracking down the ice cream truck as it's not really summer without a cone in your hand. Got any craft projects your working on? 

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