spring style list 16Me and clothes are having a moment. I’ve been uninspired by my wardrobe for months and since my Topshop Style experience which I mentioned here, I’m overwhelmed with a love for fashion and a desire to shop until I drop. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to do this right now and so a wishlist is the best I can do.

There’s a definite theme in the types of things I’m after, it’s basically denim and leather. I’m on the lookout for the perfect blazer too, something smart casual in a lightweight fabric. I also can’t get enough of shoes and handbags, which is so not like me. I used to be the type of girl who wore the same pair of shoes until they got a hole in and then I’d buy another – either loafers or ankle boots depending on the season.

I’m getting brave and lusting after double denim looks and daytime heels, I’m taking a lot of inspiration from blogs but i’m also starting to feel comfortable with my own choices. Does that make me an adult?

I’ve just written all of that, uploaded the picture and realised that the shoes are still ankle boots and loafers; some things never change…

I’m making a conscious effort to step away from the spray on skinnys, and let my legs breathe a little. There’s nothing worse than having to sit for half an hour after every meal with your trousers undone and so I’m opting for something a little more spacious and a little more stylish. I’m into MOM jeans, Boyfriend jeans and Girlfriend jeans. Pictured are the Topshop MOM jeans in collaboration with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer which makes them an even more worthy investment, also the Topshop Lucas jeans, which I tried on and LOVED.

Sticking with denim, denim shirts with denim jeans is a look which I love, I really like this two toned one from Zara which would go with a few different jean shades and the one from Topshop with the frilly collar, though this might be a bit to warm for the summer months.

There’s a definite lack of jackets in my wardrobe and after selling my old faux leather piece I’m looking to invest in something which will stand the test of time. I love the texture of the Topshop Boutique Ultimate Biker Jacket, now I just need to find the $$$.

Shoes wise I’m after some fresh new loafers now that mine are literally unwearable and smell horrific (tmi?), and think that a black and nude pair are compulsory. I’m also lusting after the Topshop Music bone heeled ankle boots, which I think would look so chic with girlfriend or boyfriend jeans.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do want a pair of Stan Smiths. Am I a bad person? I love how these look with a smarter outfit and I’ve been wearing my Nike Trainers to death in this way. Plus I have tiny feet so can pay child’s price. Justified.

Finally, until I can get a designer bag (literally scrolling Selfridges every day), I’m opting for this fancy little number from Zara. Chanel-esque with a moc-croc style and chain handle? Oh go on then!

   When spring comes around makeup gets lighter, fresher and most of the time more natural looking than the bold lips and smoky eyes of winter. Generally, in winter people wear a lot more makeup and it seems slightly more acceptable to do so. However, today I’m sharing with you three easy bold lip options to pair with spring skin and natural eyes. Not a berry bold in sight.

For something light but that still makes a statement, I’d go for a cool tones barbie-esque pale pink and the one i’m wearing on the left swatch is Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 101. This is a matte shade which packs a lot of punch pigment-wise, one to ease you in I suppose.

In the middle there I’m pouting with the power of the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu. This is a sheeny little number which somehow stays put and again is very opaque. Pair this with winged liner and you’re good to go.

Finally, my favourite shade at the moment is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iberico. This is a very orange red shade which is very matte without being drying on the lips. This shade is a suits all colour and I like to wear it with a wash of eyeshadow and lots of bronzer.

Wearing a bold lip in spring might not seem obvious, but there’s no point in having some of your favourite shades collecting dust. Wear them in the evening to ease your self in before going bold in the daytime. You can thank me later.

  

Today marks the end of April and I couldn’t be happier. I LOVE MAY. The fifth month marks my birthday and I’m excited to be back home from Sheffield for the summer spending time with friends and family and having a bit of time without any stress. I’m a big birthday lover even when it’s not my own so I’m planning on making it a long celebration filled with cakes and champagne. 

Anyway, we’re not here to talk about my party plans were here for this months roundup of the best in beauty, and April brought a few too many makeup free days and a lot of days sat at my desk in dirty pjs with toothpaste on my face. Gorgeous. The month didn’t bring me many new things and everything that is here you’ve probably already guessed, but never one to let you down, here’s my April favourites. 

First up is the product that’s been featured in every single post since I got it; Essie Maximillian Strasse Her. The polish that I’ve still not put my finger on the colour of, but one that I haven’t managed to stop myself from painting on. It’s love

Secondly comes Soap and Glory’s Archery pencil which I’ve already penned a review on. This mechanical mystery offers fuller natural looking brows with a few light strokes. Blocky brows be gone.

Next up, the Rimmel exaggerate lip liner in east end snob has taken over from my trusty nudes offering something a little pinker and seasonally appropriate. I’ve popped up a post using this too so be sure to have a look at that.

New to my skincare selection, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate made its way home with me after a recent trip to Space NK and I love it. It’s something I’ve listed after for a while. Don’t be fooled by the all skin types label, this works wonders for very dry and dehydrated skin like mine so don’t worry it won’t be rich enough. I can see it working for dehydrated oily ladies too though. Interesting

This month I’ve been planning next years dissertation (scary!) and I’ve had Lena Dunham help me along the way. I’ve been reading Not That Kind of Girl for academic reasons and it made me laugh so much that studying got fun. Seriously. 

 Welcome to my all new category, creatively named ‘five things’. Here’s the deal… I pick five things, and I tell you why I looove them. Got it? Ok… So we’ll begin.

Spring has sprung and there’s blossom on the trees, baby lambs bouncing around and daffodils everywhere. Spring is by far my favourite month because British weather means you can still wear your favourite winter outfits – just without the coat. So people actually see your outfit, c’est fantastique.

With a new season comes a new colour palette for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails and today i’m showing you what i’ll be dotting on my digits in the coming weeks.

First and foremost, I will never ever shut up about Maximillian Strasse Her from Essie. I love this shade. Blue? Grey? Green? I still don’t know but I’m struggling to back away from this beauty and can see it in my april favourites already. Quelle surprise!

Next comes another Essie offering in the form of Mint Candy Apple; the bloggers fave, the cult classic. This shade has never ending popularity. And I love it.

Third along in my beauty buffet is Orchid Mauve by Mavala. I don’t read a lot about this brand but the formula is great and the dinky little bottles are so cute as well as being functional because who’s ever finished a nail polish? I picked this one up in Paris but you can get Mavala in John Lewis and some Boots stores. This shade is a creamy lilac with a hint of greige, perfect for something a little smarter or more ladylike.

My final two picks come from Topshop. Topshop do seasonal trends so well not only in fashion but beauty too. Last year I wore ‘Profound’ (Bright Lilac) to it’s death and this year I see ‘Abraison’ (Pale Blue with Shimmer) being a treat for my talons.

So there’s my picks, I’m slightly delirious today because I’ve spent the entire day writing features for my deadline tomorrow. Apologies to those who already had an email for this post. I am so tired.

What are your polish picks for spring?



For the final instalment of my London fashion weekend coverage, I’m bringing four trends straight from the catwalk to your screens. This season screams pattern and texture with a sprinkling of metallics thrown in for good measure. 

The first trend is hyper florals; which translates to bold floral patterns, with bright colours and statement prints. Gone are the days of garden pansies, think colour, tropics and trees. This trend can be taken through to summer with ease.

Shimmer and shine is right up my street, subtle metallics are grown up glitter; and we all know how happy a bit of sparkle can make you feel. From daytime glamour to evening chic, I’ll be making the most of this one.

Make it monochrome is a people pleaser, doing exactly what it says on the tin. Fortunately my wardrobe already fits this to a t. Stock up on black and white basics, adding in grid print and houndstooth for that je ne sais quoi.

The seventies have been up and coming since just before Christmas, and this spring it’s their time all over again. Add texture with fringing, suede and denim, oversized buttons and flared, floaty shapes. I love.

So that’s the rundown from the runway. How will you wear the trends?