Evil Twin in a Secret Garden

13 September 2013

Hat - H&M
Dress - Evil Twin
Boots - All Saints

I'd wanted this Evil Twin dress for quite a while after spotting it on two of the bloggers I follow on lookbook here and here. Trying to track it down to buy however, was no easy task as it's a style from a couple of seasons ago and everywhere that had sold it now seemed to be out of stock.

Not being one to give up, I eventually found it on Zalando and guess what... not in my size! Zalando have a handy 'notify me when available' option so I ticked the appropriate box and forgot all about it until a couple of weeks ago when an e-mail arrived. The dress was back in stock and in my size, and it was reduced... and did I mention Zalando offer free international delivery and returns?! The temptation was just too much!

Even though it's more of a summer dress as the fabric is very light, I was more than warm enough pairing it with tights and boots when the sun decided to make an appearance! I was visiting a friend who lives about two hours away when these pictures were taken and the weather when I'd set off from home had not been all sunshine and warmth - hence the tights!

Apologies for the not-so-great quality images, they were taken on my iPhone in my friends lovely back garden. The cute little wendy house was just too good not to use, even if I did feel a little bit Alice in Wonderland perched in front of that tiny wooden door.

Mini Check

31 August 2013

Vest - Topshop (similar here)
Skirt - Topshop
Bag - Dorothy Perkins (similar here)
Jewellery - Various
Boots - Fashion Union
At times, moving back home definitely has it's perks. After four online orders - all of which I've returned over the last two weeks - I was giving up hope of finding something new to wear last weekend, then I spotted my sister's latest purchase...

We're not exactly the same size, but pretty close so a lot of clothes sharing goes on in my household. She'd just bought this dip-hem skirt in the sale at Topshop and it was a tad too big for her but fit me just right. After a quick check online, I was able to order her a smaller size which fits her much better, so I think this just about made up for the fact I got to wear 'her' new skirt before she did.

Working 9 to 5

13 August 2013

Jumper - vintage
Shirt - Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Trousers - H&M (similar here)
Boots - All Saints
Watch - ASOS (similar here)

It turns out working full-time and blogging regularly don't fit together too well. I started my new job just under a month ago, around about the same time the lack of blog posts kicked in. The early morning routine is getting easier but I had forgotten just how tiring working five days a week can be! So I guess I'll just have to get used to blogging tired from now on...

My days off have become precious now that I work five out of seven, so I spent last Sunday with all the family, celebrating my sister's birthday. Wearing a dress wouldn't have been a wise option with eight and five year old nephews to entertain all day. That said, white shirt and white patterned trousers wasn't too sensible of a choice either, since I spent the afternoon playing football followed by painting rocks - with dangerously bright coloured paint. How I made it home stain free is beyond me!

Office Wish-list - Summer Sale

19 July 2013

What's better than buying new shoes? Buying new shoes in a really good sale, that's what! Office have some huge markdowns in their sale right now, here's my pick of the best including Jeffrey Campbells for £30, Nike Blazers for £40 and summer sandals for under ten pounds...

1. Jeffrey Campbell - Martini Pearls. From £95 to £30.
2. Office - Mick Suede and Leather Pumps. From £58 to £17.60.
3. Office - Unearth Tan Leather Shoe. From £55.00 to £19.20.
4. Office - Fraction Action Black Leather Heel. From £55.00 to £23.20
5. Office - Objection Red Suede Pump. From £65 to £22.40
6. Office - Imp Elastic Sandal. From £28 to £8.80
7. Nike - Suede Vintage Exclusive Blazers. From £69.99 to £40


Midi Summer Sunshine

14 July 2013

DRESS - Matalan (similar here)  SHOES - Matalan. (Similar here).  BELT - Topshop (old - similar here).  ACCESSORIES/HEADBAND - Various
Well hello sunshine! I still can't believe how long this amazing spell of good British weather is lasting! I've had very little chance to make the most of it with being at work but had time to squeeze in these outfits photos on Friday (big thanks to my sister for taking them!).

Anyone care to take a guess as to where these lovely shoes are from? I got them a little while ago and would you believe it, they're from Matalan and so is the midi-dress. I wanted the dress in grey originally but it wasn't in my size and this colour works perfectly with the tan shoes. Hoping that the sun sticks around so I can get a little more wear out of both this summer!

Beauty Review - Seventeen Blusher

7 July 2013

Having worked for a premium beauty brand most of last year, I've been pretty convinced that you get what you pay for in terms of quality and lasting-power of make-up. But my view on this changed a couple of weeks ago when I went away for a few days and managed to leave my whole make-up supply, bag, brushes and all, at home. So organised - I know! I decided to buy a few essentials from cheaper brands that I haven't used for a long time, and I'll admit I didn't have high expectations. I picked up six items for under £15 - a mixture of Seventeen and Natural Collection from Boots. They have a buy one get the second half price offer on at the moment so they were even cheaper than usual.  

Maybe I hit it lucky, but of the six items I purchased I'd recommend five, and the best by far was this Seventeen Blusher. The pigment in it is great, only the smallest amount is needed on the brush to get good colour and it lasts just as long on the skin as some of my favourite premium brand products. I went for the colour Damson Wine as it's somewhere between bronze and blush, with a slight plum tone as the name suggests.

 I often find cheaper brands go overboard on the glitter front, but again, I was impressed with the subtle shimmer of this blusher. The neat little pot makes it perfect handbag size, and at just £3.49 it wouldn't be too disastrous if it got damaged on the go - better than risking your favourite expensive blusher on a night out!

So all in all, really good value for money in terms of quality and it's currently replacing all others in my make-up bag so I'd definitely recommend.