Thigh High

The three items I’m wearing in the pictures below I feel are three versatile pieces you can switch up and mix and match no matter what season or what occasion.

 

I’ve wanted a suede fringed jacket for SO LONG. This baby is from Missguided – in the sale! I think originally it was supposed to be £45, but I paid around £22. I was so happy! I love the fringing down the arms and across the back, it’s so cute. The colour is amazing as well, another reason why I love it so much. This mustard yellow adds a pop of colour to any outfit. All in all, one of my best purchases recently! I wear this a lot with just jeans and trainers day to day, but it dresses up really nicely. It’s perfect to take on a night out to keep you warm but still look stylish, I honestly think it would go with most outfits. If ONE more person tells me I look like a cowboy though.

I’ve had my eye on these Lamoda thigh high boots for a while. I just love the chunky heel and the little peep toe. Again these most definitely dress up an outfit and take it from day to night, and they keep you so warm! It’s like having a little blanket on your legs, so good for upcoming Autumn/ Winter. (And no fake tanning, winner). The thing I like most about these boots is that they’re tight to your leg, I’ve seen a lot of long boots that are baggy and I just don’t think it looks as good as having them tighter.

 

I purposely bought this Pretty Little Thing dress to wear with long boots as I think it’s the ideal shape. I like how it’s loose and smock like so it’s not too much when wearing with such a statement shoe. The plunge neckline is another thing I love as it just adds that little something extra to this outfit. I just had to take this dress up an inch or so just as I’m only short and I like to have a small space in between the top of my boot and the hem of my dress.

 

Ideal for a transitional outfit from Summer into Autumn. What do you think?

Cruelty Free Beauty

So recently I’m making a conscious effort to buy cosmetics that are not tested on animals and if I can – find beauty products that are vegan. I’m not sat here writing this in a pair of elephant printed pantaloons with a bindi on my forehead, it just seems more ethical to me, having seen the horrific things some poor animals endure. (I do love a bindi though).

I have been researching for a little bit, and had a bit of knowledge already but wanted to replace my existing make up when it ran out with cruelty free options.

So I’ve been buying into companies such as NARS, Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverley Hills and NYX.

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I’m so impressed with Urban Decay – I’ve never bought anything from them before but recently bought the All Nighter Setting Spray (for combination skin) and their Naked Skin Concealer. I’ve heard amazing things about their setting spray so I had to try it! I bought their travel size to begin with which was only £9, barg. As you can see from the picture above, it’s still a great size and will last me ages. Their concealer is perfect for me, I bought the lightest shade as I love the brightness it gives under your eyes. Perfect for contouring. 

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NYX are also a company I’m loving, that are SO affordable. I bought their Matte Finish Setting Spray as I can get a bit shiny throughout the day. It was only £7 which I thought was fab, and it had great reviews too. I have to say it’s great at keeping my shiny forehead at bay. For day to day use at work, and for the price, it’s amazing. I would most definifely recommend to anyone.

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Their Matte Lip Creams are so good too – for only £5.50 each you literally can not go wrong. I wanted to try a darker, brown shade but wasn’t sure what it would look like on me so bought Dubai from them. I. Love. It. Abu Dhabi is another great darker shade, pictures don’t really do them justice. They stay on for ages, don’t dry your lips out and don’t smudge.

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On the topic of lips, Kylie Cosmetics is another cruelty free brand I’m obsessing over. Click here to read my review. Created by the fabuluz Kylie Jenner, these three nudes are my go-to currently. They dry fast, they DO NOT BUDGE – I REPEAT DO NOT MOVE and the colours are so pigmented and pretty. Heir is my current favourite, I love the shimmer it has to it.

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If anyone knows me, I’m obsessed with anything shimmery, dazzling and shiny. I’m a human magpie. Highlighters are a must for me, I love the colour of NARSSuper Orgasm. It’s easy to apply, I add a small amount to a foundation brush and dab onto my cheekbones and blend in with a sponge. There are various shades of this illuminator, so get buying. Anastasia Beverley Hills is such a cult brand at the moment, So Hollywood is to die for. It’s so shimmery and catches the light even with the slightest head tilt, perfect for a night out.

I’ve also bought her Dipbrow Pomade in shade Taupe which is ideal for me. I have quite light blonde hair, so obviously didn’t want anything to dark. This is the perfect shade, it’s so easy to use and you can blend into lighter and darker shades so easily. If you’re like me, you’ll like it lighter at the start of the brow and getting darker towards the tip. Her #12 duo brush is a must buy with this.

I could go on and on, but I will stop myself here! I am aware some brand I’ve mentioned are owned by companies that unfortunately do test on animals, such as L’Oréal and Shiseido. The brands themselves do not test on animals. I would love any suggestions of new brands I’m unaware of to try!

I’m certainly no beauty expert, but I love these products and I hope you do too!

Emily xo

 

BraBlems

As they say.. Beauty is pain. I would most definitely include wearing an (ill-fitting) bra in this phrase! I have a love hate relationship with underwear. You feel fabulous wearing a matching underwear set, and finding a bra that flatters your figure and gives you curves in all the right places is the BEST. However, wearing a bra that is too big or too small, rides up, falls down and is generally a massive pain is the WORST.

ThirdLove feel our pain and have put together a little infographic to help!

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It may seem like second nature to put on a bra, and how, but these little tips will help you! Praise to ThirdLove!

But I’m a girl and I love to moan, so lets carry on!

The poke. If you know. You know. *Eye roll*. The wire coming out of your bra, is singlehandedly the most annoying thing EVER. It hurts too! The only solution to this is.. Buy another, however you can prevent it in the first place.

The main thing  I would suggest – and this goes for a lot of things – is, if you want quality you may have to pay slightly more to achieve this. You can’t expect to pay £5 for a bra, and for it to stay in shape, and not to fall apart!

This may sound slightly gross, however, not washing your bra constantly will also help. This will keep your bra from loosing colour and wearing the material thin.

Strapless bras, the trouble I’ve had with these bad boys! Two minutes into wearing one, and it’s already halfway down your waist!

I always would look for a supported, structured strapless bra to combat this. I would also make a point to check if the bra cup itself has a strip of gel across the top to help ‘stick’ to your skin. This will help stop it falling down.

As mentioned in the infographic above, gaping and quad-boob are other major issues. ThirdLove  have an amazing bra sizing technique that WILL help us girls struggling out there! They do half cup sizes! This is such a good idea – half dress sizes anyone?

Below, I have included a few of my favourite styles from their website. Click here to shop, and have a browse yourself. The colours, the materials. Sooo dreamy.

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To make this Thursday even better – I have a discount code for you! Enter BRABLEMS at the checkout for 15% off your order – oh yes! Happy shopping!

Do you have any brablems that I haven’t mentioned?

Emily xo

Swimwear Inspo

As the weather finally perks up, and by that I mean highs of 14 degrees with numerous rain showers throughout the day, I am finally buying myself some swimwear!

I have been dreaming of the day that I can finally book myself a holiday and lounge on a beach somewhere hot. I’ve been keeping my eye out for the past few months for bikinis and one pieces – it’s been a struggle to not buy continually!

I’ve picked out some of my favourite pieces to help you gals pick your swimwear this season.

My first buy is this little red number from Mars the Label. Mars the Label is a reasonably new company, but I’m loving their clothes! I LOVE the criss-cross down the side of the body – super sexy, and so on trend. Another thing I love is swimsuits that are high legged – it’s so flattering. It makes your legs look super long.

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What two babes would possibly design a line for Topshop that I would go crazy for? Kendall and Kylie have created a swimwear line for Topshop and I have to say it is pretty amaze. One of my favourite pieces is this plunging one piece. I adore this print – palm leaves, banana leaves, any kind of leaves – I’m on it!

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Bikinis! A Bikini a Day has most recently teamed up with Missguided to launch a fab new collection focusing on swimwear, crochet cover ups and cute little playsuits. Perfect for your upcoming holiday. One of my favourite pieces is this bandage bikini. It’s a bit different as you don’t usually get bikinis in this material – I maybe would say this is more of a sunbathing kini… In the water I can imagine it gets very heavy, and you can imagine what happens next…

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I always find River Island do really nice swimwear – I love this bikini and the pastel wish-wash print. I really like the style of this as it’s not the “typical” triangle string bikini that so many girls have. This would look great hitting the pool party in Ibiza with some killer shades, or chilling on the beach sunning yourself.

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What styles are you loving this season? Where are you all heading off this Summer!?

Emily xo

Review: Kylie Cosmetics

Since I love beauty products almost as much as I love fashion I thought it would be a great idea to start including reviews, looks and products within my blog. 

As almost every man, woman and child is pining after a lip kit/gloss/matte/metal and whatever else Kylie Jenner is producing – I thought I ought to hop on the bandwagon and try and get myself one.

I kept my eye on her snapchat, Instagram updates and whatever else to keep in the loop for the day and time of the restock (as it seems to be selling out within seconds each time). 

I bagged myself Candy K to start of with, as the price topped $40 I thought I would start with one lip kit and see how I like it. 

I received my order confirmation and two days later it was shipped, how exciting! The only downfall was that my shipping information was wrong, and said my order had already been delivered to an address in Canada?! 

Slightly freaking out (I’m very impatient) I emailed customer service to see what was wrong – not really much help. Since my order was international, they couldn’t refund or replace my order. I thought this was slightly outrageous! 

I googled and found numerous people had had the same issue and hadn’t received their orders – I accepted I wasn’t recieving my lip kit *sad face*. 

Some time had passed and although I had semi accepted I wasn’t going to own a lip kit, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I needed one!!! One day after work, what do you know! Candy K was waiting for me! 


She had been successfully delivered! Dying to try – I swatched the lipstick on my hand… And promptly fell asleep soon after! I had a long day okay! When I woke up, the lipstick swatch had not moved! This bitch does not budge!!! 


It’s a dark pink/nude I would say – I love! It’s creamy and easy to apply and sets matte quickly. The liner is also creamy and glides on your lips for a fabulous pout. It also smells divine! You can rub it, eat, kiss and it stays on perfectly! 


Being a major shopaholic I couldn’t help but get another. I opted for So Cute gloss. 

There were no hitches this time with delivery and she came this morning!


So Cute is a light pink/nude gloss – perfect for a daytime look.

Again, the short fibres (?!) of the applicator makes it easy to apply to lips getting into the hard to reach places such as the corner of your mouth. 

It stays on for ages too, and again, I love it!

I would recommend if you’re willing to spend a bit more on make up. Have any of you purchased?! What are your thoughts? Xo

Gucci Introduces DIY Programme

Italian luxury brand, Gucci, have announced the launch of their DIY service that will allow customers to personalise their products.

 

The personalisation will focus on Dionysus bags to start, and will eventually be extended to Gucci Ace and Princetown shoes, as well as some selected men’s and women’s ready to wear pieces.

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The DIY service offers embroideries, trims, hardware and monogrammed initials. These crafty pieces can be added to large and medium sizes of bags. To make your fancy bag even fancier you can add butterfly embroideries, trims of suede and python and Swarovski crystals spelling out your name.

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Dionysus DIY was initially launched in Milan at the Gucci flagship just over a week ago. It will be continued globally through other Gucci boutiques in major cities.

 

The idea was sparked by creative director Alessandro Michele who believes you should dress how you feel, and that you should feel authentic and free.

 

These fab bags have been spotted in the arms of celebs such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, however, if you are wanting to channel your inner supermodel – get saving! The exact pricing hasn’t yet been released but Dionysus bags retail for $3,400 – £3,800… I think I’ll stick to Hobbycraft.

Budget? Wedding?

There seems to be a slight running theme on my blog… And that would be weddings

I’ve been to quite a lot of weddings (always been a bridesmaid of course) *hair flick* and I have to say, I LOVE them. I love the preparation, the dress obviously and just all the love flying around. You can’t help but feel happy! 

However, it can be incredibly costly – does it have to be? 

Have a look at these stats below: *deep breath*


So crazy isn’t it! 

There are so many things you can do to cut these costs down. I’m not saying give you fiancé a Haribo ring – but for instance the dress…

This is perhaps a woman’s thought her entire life – her wedding, her dress. It has to be perfect. A great way to cut these costs is High Street!

I know what you’re thinking! But Missguided have started a bridal range (including bridesmaid dresses) for as little as £35! I have to say, they are beautiful dresses too, I would be happy with one of those! 


A hen party/ batchelorette is also another biggie. It sounds crazy when you’re trying to save money, but even a girly weekend to countries such as Poland or Czech Republic would be fab and SO cheap. I have been to Kraków in Poland and it was so much fun (and alcohol is cheaper than water *winner*). After having such a big party abroad, you’re less likely to spend frequently going out with friends when at home… You hope.

Another great idea is Q Hotels – you can get a hotel stay, spa treatments, breakfast, lunch AND dinner for as little as £60. Perfect for the bride. 

Anything crafty and handmade I love. Handmade favours (small pictures, bracelets), centre pieces (flowers handpicked, stones and gems) and invites (you can get so many craft and art tools from places such as Hobbycraft). It’s a lot more personal and even if you weren’t on a budget, I think these are great ideas. 

If you’re wanting to keep a track of your pennies preparing for your big day, take a look at Personal Capital’s website. You can find some great tips and help there.

What do you think of my wedding tips? Any brides out there!?