I’m in the middle of A levels at the moment, and although it’s hard work, I’m enjoying my subjects – Fashion, History, and History of Art. I also chose to do an EPQ (Extended project Qualification) and for this I’m making a short film, on street style clothing. Part of the fun was the research I’m doing into classic Hip Hop culture, the clothes and the environments that created the style. Continue reading
With my birthday money, I purchased a new coat for the upcoming winter. I knew I wanted a boyfriend style coat and one that is totally different from any other coat I’d seen before. When I walked past this lilac coat on the rails in Topshop, I’ll admit, I tried it on for a bit of a laugh. But when I looked in the mirror I kinda fell in love with it. I absolutely adore the colour anyway, and the fact I had found my dream coat in my favourite colour made me 100% sure I had to buy it. It’s so cosy, I love the wool-ly look about it, and the silk inner layer. I also love the casual pockets that are the perfect size to have my phone in and for it not to fall out.
Here, I am pictured next to one of my best friends in her recently purchased boyfriend/blazer styled coat. Hers is from Zara. The colour completely suits her as well as the style.
Another technique I am dying to try out is the lace mask. If you are going for a more delicate or subdued look then this costume is perfect. It’s an alternative way of expressing individuality and creativity. All you need is a piece of lace and eye-shadow. A perfect piece of lace would be with an open pattern to allow the design to be as defined and bold as possible however still delicate and detailed. Apply your foundation as normal. Then, use setting powder over the areas you want your lace to be to make-sure your lace mask stays perfect throughout the whole night. After putting the lace into place, use a brush to start spreading the eye shadow over the lace. Apply glitter over the design with a powder brush carefully. Continue with any other eye/lip makeup.
The older you get, you either love dressing up for Halloween even more than you did as a child or much less than you did as a child. For me, I’m kind of somewhere in the middle. I no longer want to dress up as a witch with an ugly nose, a cat to follow me around and with a long black wig itching my head to pieces, a deadly angel staring out of the window at terrified little kids or a zombie with flappy skin and blood trickling down the majority of my face (these were my favourite dress-ups I ever pulled off for Halloween). So for those of you who want to make the effort but don’t fancy dressing up to look like you’ve just woken from the dead then, like me, why not take the opportunity to try and advance your make-up skills? I already love glitter and how beautiful it is when applied as makeup. It’s something that I’ll buy loads of for music festivals I am yet to go to and all sorts of adventures life has yet to bring me. Halloween is all about expressing your creative side, even if you avoid the traditional horror character. I don’t think there’s a better way of expressing yourself than covering half your face in glitter! Glitter has been incorporated into many high fashion brands this year including trending on Chanel’s runway as it blended into one of the fashion statements of the year – the cat eye. Going as a cat for Halloween is a very popular option, so change your look up a bit by adding glitter under your eye.
Different colours compliment different eye and skin tones. If you have blue or green eyes, then try out silver, gold, turquoise and pinky/purple glitter. If you have darker eyes, then gold, red and bronze will definitely bring out your eyes.
Topshop sell all sorts of glitter and eye makeup products. Take a look at their eye makeup section.
Here are a few pictures of my jewellery box, followed by my vintage plate of my favourite necklaces, followed by my favourite makeup bags/purses or whatever else I use them for. As you can tell, my dressing table is compacted with immense varieties of colours and patterns. I’m always mixing it around because I have so much stuff sitting on it and want everything to be seen, but I like the arrangement of how it is right now.
I don’t particularly like strong perfumes. My favourites are Daisy by Marc Jacobs and Miss Dior by Chanel. I also have a few miniature bottles, they’re so cute and are amazing scents.
My absolute favourite product on my dresser is my jewellery box. My mum picked it up for me at a fair near to where I live. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It’s so different to anything else and I admire it every time I open it. It stores my dangly earrings as well as my bracelets I have purchased each year at the Ibiza hippie markets. Beneath in what I call the ”secret section” are valuable belongings such as saved up money for my Reading fund! 😀
I’m no quite sure where this vintage plate came from, but I’m pretty sure it was passed down from my mum’s side. I love being able to lay out my favourite possessions. Surrounding it, are candles, perfume bottles, my vintage hand mirror and a picture of my sister and I many moons ago.
Another thing that I love having in my table is flowers, especially bright coloured ones. I think that they are the final element in bringing my dresser to life.
I use my dressing table to develop my sense of style and how I like to present my style. It is a great way of being able to express yourself.
I have quite recently acquired these necklaces, the red dream-catcher from a friend, from Portobello, the blue detailed ethnic necklace from my trip to Marrakech and the silver dream-catcher from Black Pearl at Brick Lane. I love wearing them, and today I have mixed them up by combining two of them. Each one is symbolic to me, and have different meanings. ♥☺
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be taken on a wonderful trip to Marrakech with my family. The overwhelming levels of the way of life there were incredible and indescribable, a sensation only believable once you have experienced it. Involvement in their lifestyle is definitely an experience… I would definitely recommend a taxi ride! Even though you may find a foreign taxi ride a little off putting, I can assure you that the majority of taxis there are legit. Anyway, the taxi rides may have been one of the most exciting parts of my ‘Marrakech adventure’, dare I say. The craziness is surreal! It was just like being on a film-set! In one of my taxis, the speedometer wasn’t working… with the windows down and the radio on full blast (may I mention this was in pitch black), what an experience that was to remember! Don’t let me put you off! This sensation I am talking about is felt in the Medina (the walled city), where Marrakech comes to life. A combination of the contrasting fashion to what is ‘normal’ for much of the world’s population and interior design is significantly recognized. Marrakech, the capital city of Morocco, has a combination of Arab influences and traditional Berber (the people of North Africa). Despite this, a significant and totally unique style is conveyed throughout this fascinating city. The architecture, design and detail let alone the magnificent colours, is something that you simply do not find anywhere else.
We shopped and browsed in the stunning souks (the market streets and alleyways) which seem secretly hidden away from the more lively open air section of the Medina. It is not the easiest place to shop, as many stalls are repetitive and difficult to find, but incredibly exciting – the pieces of jewellery, specific accessories and traditional Moroccan souvenirs are spectacular to view and possibly buy (that would be after bartering -negotiating down the prices by almost a third!). On my last day I found this beautiful necklace, a silver chain with a stunning silver detailed main piece with warm blue beads and turquoise circular charms. I have photographed it on a tie-dye throw that I bought in Ibiza at one of the hippie markets, Es Cana.
During my relaxing break from reality, I knew I had to visit the magical garden, Jardin Majorelle. Designed in the 1920s and 30s by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle, it remains a popular attraction high today. The garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé since 1980 and Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden after his death in 2008. As you can see below, the variety of plants that live in this magical garden is extraordinary. Some come from all over Africa whilst others from Asia.