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There are some things which boys just don’t get. When I put on this outfit to go to work on Friday, my boyfriend looked at me in disgust. He hates these jeans, thinks the stepped hem is ‘stupid’ and that my Gucci inspired loafers are ‘old lady-ish’… a compliment, non?

The stepped hem jean is a massive trend for AW16 and one which everyone can get on-board with. Most women feel good in jeans and by changing them slightly, you’ve got yourself a new season staple. I love little details to make what would be a basic piece a little different, it’s a simple way to update your look, and if you were on a budget you could always DIY.

My loafer-love comes in the form of these ASOS beauties. They’re leather and only £35 and look suspiciously similar to the Gucci loafers which are doing the rounds at the moment. What I’m hiding in the images are the unbelievably unsightly and painful blisters on the inside of both ankles. Breaking in tips more than welcome…Help plz!

Another trend which is going nowhere is the choker. This is another easy way to update what would be a basic look. Add one to jeans and a tee and you’re instantly more chic and stylish. I also love them layered with longer varied length necklaces for a relaxed ‘I threw this on’ vibe.

 

 

There’s no denying Highlight is having a moment, and having been a fan of the shimmery stuff since I first got into makeup I’m more excited than a child at Christmas about the copious amounts of new releases surrounding my favourite face product.

I’m not one for a subtle glow, I’m more the shine like a beacon hope you can see my disco face from several miles away type and I’m not even ashamed of it. If I could, I would dip my entire face in highlight every morning, but that would defeat the object, so I refrain.

Today’s post is to share with you four of my current favourites, and boy was it a tough decision. I had a good rummage through my collection and daydreamed about what would fill the (very small) spaces in the drawers, and after much distraction, I picked out these four.

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Topshop Powder Highlight in Crescent Moon (£10, Topshop) – This comes and goes out of the core collection, at the moment it’s not online but I have spied it in a few stores. It’s slightly rose gold in tone but a tad more peach than rose and on the skin its a beautiful glowy shimmer, as opposed to some of my glittery offerings. The formula of this one is an absolute dream; it’s so soft and buttery and goes onto the skin as if it’s a cream. OH it might just be my favourite.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle (£24 , MAC UK)– This is a bit of a cult classic as highlighters go, and is one I’m sure 99% of bloggers own. This is a soft focus shimmer product which offers a subtle (ish) sheen with one swipe but can be built up to something quite spectacular. This looks best applied with a fan brush and I personally love it over a cream highlight for maximum impact.

Topshop Chameleon Highlight in Mother of Pearl (£12.50, Topshop) – This one is definitely the most out there in my collection, and the one I wear when I’m feeling particularly brave. I like this with matte eyes and lips so that it’s the only sheeny shiny bit on my face and really stands out. It’s a duo-chrome effect combining magenta and orange and I can imagine it would look amazing on all skin tones. If you’re into highlight, you NEED this.

MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl (£16, MAC UK) – This is another cult product for bloggers, and one which is suitable for highlight noobs or those who do prefer a subtle look. It’s also great for layering to make powders pop. I like this with a super dewy skin look, where it looks fresh and healthy without a shimmer in sight.

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!

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Top: Primark | Trousers: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop | Jacket: Topshop

A few weeks ago I nipped into Topshop’s personal shopping space in their Brighton store. I’d been feeling uninspired by my wardrobe and needed a second opinion and some inspiration for the transition between seasons. As much as I love black skinny jeans and a tee I was getting bored of putting on the same thing everyday and was looking at my wardrobe in disdain as opposed to being excited to get dressed for the day.

The girls at Topshop changed that. Three hours in the personal shopping space and I’m a changed woman. They offer tea and cupcakes while they ask a few questions about your style, what you’re looking to get from the experience and your sizes.

The girls came back with arm-fulls of clothes which they set out into outfits in a large changing room with a big mirror and two clothing rails. They pick everything from the base layers, to jackets, shoes, handbags and accessories. I do wish that I could have one of them live with me, getting dressed was so easy with their stylish eyes watching over.

I left having spent a little too much money, though with the experience theres no requirement to buy anything. I justified my spend thinking that I’d have enough for a couple of months, but the truth is I can’t wait to go back!

Since my shopping experience I’ve fallen in love with fashion again, and while I might still wear skinny jeans and tee some days, I wear them with a bangin jacket or some fabulous shoes.

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Everybody knows that Christmas time is the time of year where it’s socially acceptable to spend all day in your pyjamas. Not only that, with nightwear you can be as inventive as you like, so if you stick to monochrome for the great outdoors, why not go bold with your sleep attire?

I love receiving Pj’s for Christmas as it’s not something I really feel I can justify buying for myself, and while i’m writing this i’m wearing last years offering of which the top has a hole in the armpit.

If you too love receiving Pj’s, are looking to buy some for someone or just love to lounge, I’ve picked out the best of the bunch for the most wonderful time of the year.

Next have some great Pyjamas, and they’re pretty great quality too. I was in there with my mum the other day and we both couldn’t stop stroking the Navy Star Print pair. These are unbelievably soft and very cute too, I’d definitely recommend Next for nightwear. Also from Next is the #Elfie set, which I love. I love when Pyjama bottoms are cuffed at the bottom and I love that these are classic Christmas colours. Oh and I love a stripe, as everybody knows.

Topshop also do a fine old job of nightwear all year round, and this season they’ve brought out some comfies in appropriate colours and prints. The Green Stripe set and the Red Check set are both quite classic in shape and style, meaning you can still get away with them come January.

Finally, I had to include the Cashmere Socks from The White Company. I’m lusting after socks… does that mean i’m a real adult? I love nothing more than cosy toes and I just know these would be a dream for my feet. Please Santa?

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You might have seen my Beauty Lovers Christmas Gift Guide last month, and if you’ve not then you should definitely have a look. This time around i’m listing my picks for a stylish sista, although I wouldn’t say i’m particularly fashionable I do love clothes and receiving a special something in the form of fashion.

Everyone loves a Christmas jumper and this year I’m hoping to find this slogan one from Topshop under the tree. I think it’s a bit more chic than the average farisle print and can be worn for shopping sprees as well as around the dinner table paired with a paper crown.

For a more practical and non day specific offering, this cashmere high neck offering from Reiss ticks every box. It’s pricey, but it would last a life time and keep your loved one cosy during the Christmas chill.

A girl can dream and lots of ladies would love a Burberry Heritage Check Cashmere Scarf to wrap up warm in this Christmas. If you’re feeling particularly nice you could even have it monogrammed with the recipients initials.

A good pair of leather ankle boots is something which every woman needs and this pair from Whistles are top of my letter to the north pole. Flat, but with enough of a heel to give you good posture and they’ll look fantastic with EVERYTHING.

On to bags and since Chloe brought out their Drew bag every high street shop have done a copy and the best I’ve seen is this one from Topshop. It’s available in a number of colours in store but I could only find the brown online. One to consider if you’re buying for a designer diva on a budget.

Finally, a watch is a perfect present for anyone and I love my Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady. It’s a classic shape with modern rose gold accents and the brand do a few different strap and metal offerings for every taste.

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Here’s the thing; I constantly browse online shops adding things to an imaginary shopping basket (I know I’m not alone on that one, who’s with me?) and to make it feel like anything but a form of lazy procrastination I put together these fancy little posts once in a while.

Recently i’ve been lusting after Topshop’s bits and so here’s a lengthy list of what i’ll be daydreaming about (hopefully wearing) this season.

This month marks the fifth anniversary of Topshop Makeup – the clothing brands ever successful delve into the beauty world. To mark the occasion, they’ve released a number of their best selling products in limited edition rose gold packaging and I, just like everyone else, absolutely love it. I’ve been desperate to get my hands on the glow pot for a while now and this prettly packaged version may have tipped me over the edge and make me bite the bullet. I do own most of Topshop’s lipstick line but i’m yet to try out a red so their lipstick in Rio Rio holds the top spot on my shopping list and is something i’m sure to pick up next time i’m in store.

Due to my completely mainly monochrome wardrobe, I thought i’d add in a few pops of summer with the green leaf print tunic which I really really need and the split back top in a pale lilac shade (very whistles). A few other tops caught my eye in the form of the raw edge top which has a lovely zip down the back, the herringbone top, a slogan tee and the white knitted vest which I can image would look lovely with ripped black MOM shorts (missed those of the list along with black dungarees because I have the memory of a goldfish/ forgot to browse the denim section).

Top half covered, on the bottom half i’m pretty uniform in that I always wear a trusty pair of black skinny jeans. To mix things up a little, I’m interested in tailored trousers and liked the look of the cigarette style as well as the notch back tapered pair which at £22 each are a bargain.

For jackets, because lets face it i’d freeze in the north if I only wore a t-shirt, I’d love to grow about five inches and pull off the duster jacket in this beautiful lilac/grey shade. I’ve also wanted a more tailored coat for a while so the slim pocket coat in navy can sit pretty on my list for when it starts to get colder.

Finally, to finish off my imaginary outfits, the lace up ballet shoes and the palm print scarf. These shoes are everywhere at the moment and I want/need a pair in my posession, and palm print just gets me every time…



My love affair with Topshop is showing no signs of break up, whether I’m heart eyes over spring pieces or fuzzy feeling over the expansive makeup range. Topshop have got it going on, ticking every box and taking all of my money.

These cream blushes have been in my collection for a good while now, with me dipping in and out of them. I love cream products for the everyday glowy sheen, but these are a cream to powder formula; making them a great all rounder.

The shades I have are neon rose (the grubby one) and head over heels. These are quite similar in colour with neon rose packing a slightly pinker punch while the other is more peachy. The formula is easy to blend and apply onto the skin before setting to a long lasting finish. The packaging is adorable as with all of the products, but to keep it that way it requires regular wet wiping, so it’s definitely more pretty than practical.

I would pick up more shades of these as they are only £6 and highly pigmented meaning they’ll last forever (until they go off)

Have you tried these blushes? What do you think of Topshop’s makeup range?

While pondering the aisles and my makeup collection recently I’ve noticed a recurring theme; everything is a stick. It seems brands are all jumping on the bandwagon, creating creamy formulas to get us all downing tools and making everything a simple stripe or scribble. While there are thousands up and coming, and of course the heighest of the hierarchy Cliniques chubby sticks (need) I’ve got a fair few, and these are my pencil picks.

For eyes I’m dreaming of tipping out my shrapnel onto the counter of Space NK and taking home a ByTerry ombré Blackstar pencil (in bronze moon, of course) but until then the offerings from Boots and Superdrug have me covered. From No7 are the shade and define long lasting shadow sticks, offering a shimmery sort of wet look eye. These are great and I love the twist up mechanism however they are quite stiff so take a lot of hard work if you’re wanting to blend it out for a sort of smoke. Bourjois have on hand their color band crayons which do need the extra weapon of a sharpener but are slightly softer and easy to blend whilst still having the stay all day longevity. My favourite? Both.

For cheeks I have a highlighting option and something which may just be a fab dupe for Benefits watts up and the new Clinique chubby stick in hefty highlight. Meet Topshop’s glow stick. This is a lovely gold shimmer which adds a subtle radiance to the skin when striped on and patted in with either a sponge or your finger. I love cream cheek products so this is a winner with me.

For lips the cream of the crop come as no surprise, the NARS matte and sayin lip pencils are all a girl needs for all colour all finish lip products. All boxes ticked, and I’m sure you’re sick of me mentioning them.

Do you use sticks? What’s got you to put down the brushes? 



Me (left): ALL TOPSHOP

Alana (right): blouse: missguided, skirt: Asos, boots: topshop, coat: vintage

Choosing what to wear for London fashion weekend was the dilemma of the year. I trawled shops trying to find something fresh and exciting but in the end opted for a couple of my oldies and a swish new shirt. Here’s the run down…

 I wear the leather trousers for any evening event because I’m much more comfortable in trousers than dresses and skirts, and the leather adds a luxe edge and shows that I’ve made a bit more of an effort than if I showed up in my signature black skinny jeans. 

I picked up the shirt in the last chance to buy section of my local topshop store after searching for it nationwide. It’s a boutique number with a grandad collar, a split back and an interesting texture. I also loooove the colour. 

Of course I chucked on my trusty all sorts boots, the perfect day to night shoe for me giving me a bit of height while being comfortable enough to trek around London in. I also had with me my topshop black cape to keep off the cold and my mulberry willow tote copy housing a heavy makeup bag and sleepover essentials.

I had a lovely day in London with one of my closest friends and topped it off hopping on the train to the seaside and having a night out with my boyfriend, comfortable and happy with my outfit.