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Guest Post – Fashion On A Budget: Forever 21 Jewellery

24 Aug

Hello everyone. My name is Hayley and I normally blog at Water Painted Dreams but today I’m writing a little guest post to introduce you to my new love: Forever 21. I know that there isn’t a Forever 21 in every city but one opened quite recently in Glasgow and it’s my new love. Even if there isn’t one near you then they have a website where you can shop online! I was impressed by the sheer size of the Glasgow store, never mind the items. It’s 3 massive stories of just clothes, shoes, and jewellery.

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Now I’m more of a beauty blogger but I do try my hardest to put together nice outfits. But one thing that I really struggle with is jewellery. The trends in jewellery change more often than with clothes, and a necklace from Topshop can cost a small fortune. I also think that Primark jewellery isn’t worth the low prices because they break and often look quite tacky. Enter Forever 21.

Both of these items were £3.15 which I would say is a middle ground on the price. And yet they’re extremely well made. I really love the earrings because they look really classy and the white ones go with just about everything. This set also came in white, red and black which would be great for a/w. But my favourite piece has to be the joy necklace. I love the aqua colour of the lettering and it’s a great reminder to appreciate the smaller things in life(even if it does look like ‘you’ if you look at it in the mirror). The jewellery starts from about £1.50 for smaller pieces and granted more ‘statement’ pieces get a lot more expensive but I feel that they are very good quality for money. I’ll definitely be back.

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Bloggers Love Event

16 Aug

A few weeks ago I had an email drop in my into my inbox from Bloggers Love asking me to attend an event in London. I was literally so overwhelmed to be asked to my first event especially after only being a few months old as a blogger.

I was incredibly nervous about going and not knowing anyone, so I arranged to meet Lorilee from Lorilee’s London so we could attend together! She was so lovely and met me at Euston Train station as I wasn’t overly confident where I was going…seriously I could get lost in a dead end street. 

On a walk through London to Leicester Square I got to marvel at the sight of Tottenham Court Road & Oxford Street before we arrived at the venue. We met another lovely blogger Sophie from SOPHisticateXX and her friend Becky.

The event was to showcase two fabulous designers efforts, Angel Armogida & Nicola Crawford. Angel is an amazing evening wear designer take a look at her website here!  she had such a stunning little collection on show all of which were modelled by beautiful lads and ladies.

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Here is a shot of her collection and unique pieces on display, all of which you could tell had been handmade with the uttermost love and attention to detail. I especially loved the Aurora dress that was displayed, such a sparkly spin on the classic ‘LBD’ even worthy of the ‘Blingaphobe’s’ wardrobe!

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After swooning over the evening wear and wishing I was a tad skinnier! I wandered over to see the jewellery by Nicola Crawford. I had researched this lady prior to this event and when I saw her collections on her website it was love at first sight. No joke!

I encourage you to check out her website here!!. Her pieces are wonderfully hand crafted and so intricate I especially loved her leaf rings as I adore nature inspired pieces. Her entire collection just sung a whimsical story that captured a touch of magic.

Here is a shot of a few of the pieces on display. The detail as you can see is second to none.

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Being a keen jewellery maker myself I was so inspired by her work. Definitely a designer I will be keeping an eye on!

Aside from a fab fashion show and gorgeous jewellery Bloggers Love also provided some amazing cupcakes and free manicures. The view from the venue was snapshot perfect and I was totally in love with the whole evening.

Here are a few other snaps from my evening –

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Cupcakes & Table Centre Pieces.

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The lovely Lorilee enjoying her manicure! She was so lovely I felt very honoured to meet her.

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Gift Bags for all the attendees – each had the cutest little silver key charm inside which I have happily adopted.

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The view from The Penthouse – The London Eye & Big Ben! I was such a tourist, I have been to London several times but have never seen these two iconic London attractions – i’m such a saddo!

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A picture of my manicure which was done by http://www.fourfingersonethumb.co.uk/ such a lovely lady! My OPI Nails in Paprika were perfect!

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Here are the ladies at work on Sophie and Becky’s nails. Another two fab ladies that I met!

Would just like to thank Bloggers Love for inviting me and for the two designers for showing their talent.

Much Love x

 

 

The hunt is over – Makeup & wedding

3 Aug

I feel like i’ve been out of touch for years and i’ve only had a week away! However my lovelies if you’ve been following my post series titled ‘The Hunt is On’ you’ll know where i’ve been!

Some friends of ours were getting married in Cornwall and invited us along for a weeks worth of preparations and celebrations! I had the dress, shoes, hair and accessories all sorted. So was feeling pretty confident that nothing much could go wrong!

On the day of the wedding I started off by exfoliating and giving my face a deep cleanse and a moisturise. My hair i’d washed the day before so it was clean but already had loose waves in from sleeping on it damp. I started my hair off by curling it with large barrelled straighteners and setting with hair spray as I went. After that I braided a section of hair by my temples and started to sweep it to the side to pin in place for my boho up-do.

It took a lot more effort and patience this time! My hair was a lot smoother and cleaner then the previous attempt so it was a bit more rebellious!

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After the hair was completed, I went onto the makeup for the day! Here is what I ended up taking…

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory// Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Light Vanilla 51// Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent// Benefit High Beam highlighter// GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer// Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 51// Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba// Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1.Picture 575

Sleek Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Natural 601// Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light to Medium// Natural Collection Clear Mascara// Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black// Markwins Eyeshadow Palette in 00512// Mememe Cosmetics Dew Pot in Silk Dust 11// Topshop Engraved Magic Liner in Black.Picture 576

Makeup Bag Past Times// Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral// Fraulein Spoolie Brush// Revlon Shadow Contour Brush// Real Techniques Stippling Brush// QVS Stippling Brush// Dirty Works Eyeliner Brush// Dirty Works Smoky Eye Duo Brush. 

First step was to prime my skin, for this I used the GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. After applying that liberally to my face and neck and letting it settle I went straight in with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. I wanted a semi matte/dewy finish and I think this lasts slightly better on my skin out of the two choices I took. I buffed that in to my skin with my new Real Techniques Stippling brush and after that just touched up any other imperfections with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer.

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After creating a flawless canvas I started with the eyes. I applied a base using the Mememe Cosmetics Dew pot to give my eyeshadow staying power and longevity. I applied my all over lid colour and the crease colour as so… I then started to blend the crease colour using a windscreen wiper motion until all the harsh lines disappeared. Carrying on applying colour then blending to create the desired gradient and depth I groomed my brows and applied mascara.

Picture 628Time to sort out the cheeks! As i’d caught the sun quite considerably on the first day there I wanted to bring some warmth to my complexion. Using Bourjois Bronzing Powder I swept this lightly across my cheek and back into my hair line. This helped define my freckles and brought the desired bronze glow. I picked up a blusher from Natural Collection before I went away and used this to bring a flush of colour to the apples of the cheeks. Finally I highlighted my brow bone and the highpoint of my cheekbone using High Beam from Benefit.

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Finally the lips got love from my new favourite Lip Gloss from Revlon Kiss Me Coral!

Picture 627I hope you like how I did my makeup for the big event! I went for quite a neutral palette in the end to not take away from the amount of colour I was wearing! A snap of me and my fella from just after the ceremony! Please excuse my brolly in the shot but if you look at the weather behind us you’ll understand!

See how sunburnt we are! This is not actually a very flattering photo. Oh and just to give you a giggle, I was so taped into this dress that it took nearly an hour to get out of it!!!

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Finally a lovely shot of the happy couple! Didn’t they both look gorgeous!

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Much Love x

 

The Hunt is on – Hair.

21 Jul

My mop. Destined to be unruly and rebellious since 1988. Even at 25 I have not yet mastered it, usually I let it do what it wants because most of the time I can work the bed head boho look, but sometimes, just sometimes to be able to style it would be beautiful.

Throughout this post series i’ve been scouring the corners of the internet and local ish shops to find the perfect wedding guest ensemble in just 6 weeks. So far we have the accessories narrowed down (help me pick here), we have the shoes!! and we have the dress (and what a beaut she is!) if you’re interested in how this madness began click here!

Anyway onto the taming of the tresses! Summer hair trends are beautiful aren’t they? I love the boho vibe, natural and sexy this is definitely the way I want to go hair wise for this wedding. I have been scouring Pinterest for inspiration and found so many gorgeous styles but the one thing i’d be longing to try was the ombre trend. I know,  I know it’s been done to death but I wanted to add a twist to mine that I hadn’t seen before! I wanted a redhead ombre!

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I had my hair ombred a few weeks ago and I am so so so pleased with the result! I really didn’t want bleach blonde at the tips as on some people it can look incredibly unflattering and unnatural. I had the bleach applied to backcombed hair so it gave a softer gradient effect. Then after this had done its work a toner and copper top colour put on. Five long hours later my tresses have never looked  better.

I have thought long and hard about how to style my hair for the actual day. Usually my hair style choices include; down, ponytail or a twist bun. Exciting right? So fed up of styling it in the same three ways. I desperately want to master a new hair style and keeping in the theme of things a boho updo would be wonderful, although ambitious.

Scouring Pinterest for inspiration I fell in love with these visuals.

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A really pretty updo with big side plat wrapped and pinned into a bun. I think this is really pretty and topped off with a hair band it would be wonderful to wear to a wedding however I really cannot french plat my hair to save my life. Something I really need to practice!

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This is similar to the one above except a looser messier version, I love it! The flowers add a nice touch with the odd curl and fly away section of hair. I will give this a go but again I will struggle with the braid. 362d17f9b03e424fb276d5495d304453All images sourced from Pinterest

I really love the messy beach / boho vibe I am a proper wild child at heart. I have really naturally thick hair so it’s going to be a struggle to not use all the bobby pins in Britain to contain my mane but I had a go! My attempt to recreate a version of all the above pictures in one. Naturally I won’t be able to replicate this exact hair on the day but I am much more confident in attempting a boho hairstyle.

Please excuse my lack of makeup in these pictures, makeup on Sundays is banned for me unless we have somewhere to go! I will of course attempt to conceal the bobby pins better on the day but you hopefully get the gist of what i’m after achieving. This took me around 20 minutes to do.

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Assuming you’re not cowering in terror behind the nearest cushion at my naked face then thank you kindly for bearing these pictures!

Hope you all like the hair, messy yes but i’m so chuffed I managed something that looks half way decent.

Much Love x

The hunt is on – Accessories.

5 Jul

What girl doesn’t love to accessorise? The maker or breaker of an outfit, the icing on the cake…choosing the right accessories is no small feat. My indecisiveness is my Achilles’s Heal. I love too many of my beaded beauties, each uniquely different and each bringing their own element and edge to an outfit.

The only saving grace in this dilemma is the defined colour palette i’m dealing with, everything in my collection that isn’t Silver, Turquoise, Teal or Pearls is out of the question for actual day, but for the rest of the days either side of the wedding I am sure one or two more will slip into the suitcase…

So now I am officially on wedding countdown… I have until July 29th to get every little detail perfected, without further adieu here is my selection of accessories to choose from.

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Normally I like to stay rather minimal with jewellery. I will go with a necklace alone or an earring/bracelet combo. Even though the occasion calls for a casual edge I still want to look my best. I am very into my ‘ethnic and tribal style’ jewellery when it comes to the turquoise scene. Having said that I love the delicate and dainty too! I adore these pieces that I have purchased over the years, memories attached to each of them. My eye is always on the lookout for a bit of sparkle..must be the magpie in me (I blame my mum for that)…

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My little genuine Turquoise beads, bought from a boutique jewellers in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on my twentieth birthday, I do not wear these as much as i’d like. This costume jewellery cuff with filigree detailing and teal enameling is right up my street and was a treasured discovery from a car boot sale. I am a sucker for second hand shops and car boot sales for bargins, the thrify side to me!

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A genuine Turquoise pendant on  a round silver wire I think is beautifully elegant and simplistic which I bought from Woolacome in Devon in a pasty shop believe it or not. The handmade spiral bead necklace is a casual piece I love, a little wooden button to clasp it and all for £1 at a local market.

Below are some potential accessory combinations, let me know what you prefer! Help me pick!

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Necklace & Drop Earrings

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Drop Earrings & Bracelet Cuff

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Silver Bangles & Necklace

 

If you have any combination suggestions, please do leave your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Much Love x

The Week #3

25 Jun


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Left to  Right – Natural Nails obsessed…// A pile of new stuff with one nosy dog// Retail therapy! best cure for a week at work// Winged Eyeliner Practice with a new liner from Topshop// Wild Flowers on our dog walk route no filter photos// Morning Sunshine early bird// Lunchtime Lipstick Swatches a trip to Boots and a gander at Rimmel// Puppy cuddles at work best day of the week by far!!…

For anyone who’s interested the swatch photo is as follows (top to bottom) –

05 Kate Moss Matte Range

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110 Vibrant Coral (Kate Moss Range)

101 Soft Pink Matte (Kate Moss Range)

600 Soft Coral

26 Kate Moss Matte Range

210 Coral in Gold

066 Heather Shimmer (on the side – can’t believe this still make this one!)

Feel free to share anything about your week..

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The dress

23 Jun

If you’ve seen my last post you know i’m in a tiz trying to find the perfect summer wedding outfit. This post is dedicated to the finding my ideal dress.

Once I knew I had to find something new to wear I had a firm idea in my head of what I wanted. I thought something along the Nautical style would compliment not only the scenery of the wedding but what the boyfriend has to wear also. Upon searching Google, I found that the only nautical dresses I could find were flimsy jersey material that unless you wear no pants and have a flat washboard tummy are highly unflattering (especially on me)…

284231809This black and white stripe maxi vest dress from Newlook comes in at £16.99 and although it’s nice for summer I wouldn’t wear it to a wedding. This kind of relaxed style dress seems to be mirrored in all the highstreet shops and go-to websites for women’s fashion as far as nautical is concerned.

I really wanted something with a bit more structure…

008555baThis gorgeous dress I spotted in Bank and although it wasn’t nautical it certainly was keeping with the blue/white theme I had pictured. The Little Mistress Alyssa Lace Panel Maxi Dress was on the hanger at £70.00 and although it looked beautiful it just wasn’t “me”.

08555bcI wanted to show you a closer look at the intricate beading and sequins along the lace panels, right up some people’s streets i’m sure but just not up mine. I have quite understated tastes and this was just a bit “much” for me.

My hunt continued…

By now I have kind of come to the conclusion that my initial idea of a beautiful structured stripy maxi dress was out the window. I was feeling a little deflated and overwhelmed….what would I look for now?! 

Over a vanilla latte to boost my spirits I started thinking about how I have been trying to push the boat out and expand my wardrobe colours, anyway sugar boost and pep talk done. Outside of the coffee shop was Pilot so I decided a quick look wouldn’t hurt.

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What do you think to this little beauty?! It’s gorgeous isnt it! I found this on a rail and it’s a brand i’m unfamiliar with. This dress by Minimum is only what I can describe as a grecian style maxi dress in a bluey mint colour. It’s a simple dress with an elasticated line just under the bust and hangs beautifully to the floor. I have to say despite being a bit on the booby side I really fell in love with this dress. £70.00 lighter and the first item can be crossed off my itinerary!

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What do you think? Xx

Summer Nails

12 Jun

I have been a little obsessed lately with my nails.

There are sooo many beautiful nail polishes available at the moment in a stunning array of colours. Every time I seem to go shopping another seems to make it home with me…I might have a slight issue (don’t tell!).

I am loving the pastel colour trends but have never been brave enough to try them. This year with my new mantra I have decided to adopted these little beauties. Picture 482

Left to Right – Rimmel Coralicious// Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Rose Libertine// Barry M Prickly Pear// Barry M Blueberry// Rimmel Sky High//Rimmel Sweet as Sugar// Models Own Indian Ocean//Rimmel Mary Quite Contrary.

As you might be able to tell I am always drawn to Rimmel. Their colour shades always keep me coming back for more, today being no exception –

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I have also been drawn to Barry M’s new Gelly Nails range. Super cute colours with a glossy shine… what’s not to love?!

If you are a traditional girl and love your red and pinks have a gander at these…

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Left to Right – Rimmel Double Decker Bus// Rimmel Apricot Pop//Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Rose Libertine//Rimmel Coralicious (front). 

Pastels more to your taste? Check these –

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Left to Right – Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Prickly Pear// Rimmel Mary Quite Contrary// Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Sweet as Sugar// Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Blueberry.

As with all drugstore nail polishes I find they last better with a top coat and give them 2-3 coats for maximum colour payoff. Go and have a wander into your local drugstore and prepare to be mesmerized by the amazing colours – treat yourself to something new this year.

Tell me what your favourites are for your nails, any excuse for me to try something new!

Much Love x