Looks

OOTD: Leather me up.

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Excuse the gormless look on my mug, this is my latest eBay bargain – as far as I’m aware this skirt/similar versions are still being sold at Topshop for £40+ but I bagged mine for £9.50!  Remember the first rule of online shopping: Check eBay first! The vest top I’m wearing was £1 from H&M – YES £1 – WTF RIGHT?!

These leather look skirts are excellent for adding a bit of texture and sass to any boring outfit and can be paired with almost anything, it’s just a case of being creative and resourceful with what you’ve already got. I will be making this little number a staple piece from now on!

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DIY/Tutorials

Okay, I know retouching photos is a tad controversial but for those of you who simply want to rub their ex’s nose in it or just wanna up their “selfie game”, here is my simple guide on how to be artificially good looking.

NOTE: I am using Adobe Photoshop CS4, I realise that not everyone has photoshop but there are many free programs such as GIMP and Paint.Net which have similar/the same tools as I’ll be talking about here.

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  • Let us begin with the acne demolition derby, there are several ways to do this – I like to vary by size/texture etc. So for the big boys I like to use the patch tool: Firstly, circle the little bastard and then once selected drag your cursor to a nice smooth area of skin which fits the tone of the affected area – for example a cheek or forehead. Photoshop will blend this into the original which should give a smooth finish like this………….

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  • Now we’re just left with some beautiful acne scars and sexy pigmentation so for these areas just use either the spot healing tool or the healing tool. The ordinary healing tool works manually, so you would press ALT whilst clicking on a good area to sample from and then click on areas you’d like to cover. The spot healing tool basically does this all for you but can be less accurate – here is the result…

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  • BURN BABY BURN

Next I’m going to use the burn tool to put some shadows on my face – this sounds silly but just think of it like digital contouring. Burn where it says contour and Dodge where it says highlight.

  • So first off, my eyebrows look pathetic so I’m starting with subtly burning along the brow to give a fuller appearance.

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Above is what you’ll get when you finish burning the other areas of your face – pay close attention to your cheekbone.

Then dodge the other areas and you should now have an ok-ish looking photo??

Please note that I have exaggerated the tools for use in an example format but if you want a more ‘natural’ look then less is more! And yes I’m aware that I haven’t smoothed it out but and have a caveman-esque brow in this photo THANK YOU.

If you have any questions or requests please just email me or leave a comment x

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New Year…Not so new me

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Above is my friend Steph and I before we ventured out on the town for NYE.

Steph (left), is wearing a mesh H&M dress with shoes from Primani Primark and I’m wearing a dark green play-suit from Missguided, waist belt (that kept falling off) from New Look and shoes which I sort of accidentally bought from Just Fab, for £35.

Now to the point of this post…

I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a new year’s resolution this year but nothing’s coming to mind. I don’t smoke, I’m not over weight and I don’t shoot heroin into my eye balls so all of the obvious options are fairly futile to me. Then I thought why should I change something about myself just because it’s time to buy a new calendar again? The only thing I could maybe promise for 2014 is to keep my room tidy but I don’t make promises if I have no intention to keep them sooooooo – that’s not gonna happen!

Instead I think I’ll make some goals for myself…

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Some more ambitious than others but I’ll take a punt at it at least!

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Looks

Halloween – Scary V Sexy

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Above is my costume from last year, I went for a low budget cat woman concept so literally just a black dress from Topshop, leather Zara jacket (from ebay), sheer tights and a handmade sequin mask which my Granny Juno bought me when I was about 8. Such a simple/lazy outfit which I loved but as I’ve got older I think the whole concept of Halloween has changed drastically.

I remember going ‘trick or treating’ with my mum and brother round our little village dressed as a witch with a fake warty nose made from this rank rubber material, next to my little brother who would’ve worked for ages on something like this:

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(Apologies to Olly if you’re reading this)

It just seems to me that nobody really makes the effort with their costumes anymore, nearly always shop bought and always the same. In my opinion it’s the home made ones which really make the night what it is. Halloween is the time of year to be scaring spirits – not your bank balance!

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Also another point which I think the movie ‘Mean Girls’ has illustrated somewhat is the fact that once you reach maybe 14+ Halloween becomes a night where “A girl can dress like a total slut and no one can say anything about it”. Has this become the reason why people bother with Halloween still? Or is it more down to the fact that the costumes produced by companies are all “sexy”, giving very little alternative? I’m assuming the latter but regardless this year I’m not going down that route, I’ve decided to go for a horrific look – made/styled myself which will most certainly keep to the traditional scary theme.

This year I’ll be stepping out as…

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Shouldn’t be too hard seeing as this is literally what I look like when I get out of the shower…

VOTE SCARY NOT SLUTTY

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Looks

Lady in red

As we slowly creep our way into November, the winter party season looms above our heads and everyone starts debating whether they’ll get away with wearing last years dress again. This time of year there are plenty of things which simply never change or maybe take a few years to at least, what I’m mostly referring to is colour now I think people get a bit too comfortable with the whole ‘little black dress’ idea, including myself – in 2012 I must have accumulated at least 5 of them, all pretty similar characteristics, all as nice as the one before but where is the excitement? I remember during my year 10 work experience placement in a prom dress shop back home one tip given to the girls searching for their dream dress was to: “Go for a colour you wouldn’t usually wear”. I totally agree, when turning up somewhere with familiar faces who know your style etc, why would they be amazed at you flouncing in wearing a little black dress? They probably won’t even notice that you’ve made an effort, the trick is to surprise them – don’t be predictable, do not let yourself become trapped in a cage built on the whole “black is sexy and goes with everything mantra” because it will get you no where.

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Now here’s an example of a dress that’ll get you noticed, I bought this from Rare @ Topshop about a year ago, I like to think of it as the sort of dress where you can decide how daring you’d like to go with it – simply be how you choose to do your hair for example. Here I’ve gone for a subtle look, hair over the opposite shoulder to the sleeved one, keeping some mystery value alive, it shows just enough skin to be sexy whilst not tarty. A similar aim to the little black dress however this one will get you more compliments and envious glares from across the room. However the cut out style this dress provides can be a tricky one to operate and does require a certain level of confidence to actually wear. In this situation I have another solution for you, and in all honesty it completely depends on your body type and  what you feel confident wearing.

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This dress maybe isn’t the best example but if your body shape is more curvaceous then this might be for you, a mesh insert dress subtly highlights your assets   curves and gives almost a 3D shading that you can’t really get from anything else, in fact even if like me you weren’t really blessed with said assets then this can actually provide the illusion that you do! It just says “Yeah, I know my boobs look good in this don’t they?”. If you could buy self confidence is a physical form the mesh dress would be it for sure.

So step out of your little black dress comfort zone and express your self with new colours and textures, you’ll be overwhelmed with the compliments you receive!

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Winter is coming.

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It’s time to say au revoir to spring/summer and bonjour to autumn/winter, as I reluctantly dig out last year’s knit wear collection and start debating whether it’s cold enough to start wearing coats outside again; definitely was in Southampton today!

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In fact whilst hopelessly wandering around Zara yesterday, I fell head over heels in love with their knit wear and B-E-A-Utiful coats! To the extent where I was putting my maths GCSEs to good use and working out how many I could buy without having to starve myself for the rest of the semester! The quality and textures were just fantastic, and I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that I could get a one for around £69, for something of such quality that will get years of use – I just think that in this case it’s a real investment.

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I’m currently planning to save for the one above, it also comes in black, navy and moss green – the green I’m reallllllly not keen on so I’m just going to pretend that never happened! Although in shops such as New Look you could get a nice looking coat for less than £40, which is great and all but in all honestly every coat I’ve bought like that has lasted about a year if that. Paying an extra £20 could get you another two years worth of use, so surely it’s worth saving for quality rather than convenience?

 I bought this double breasted navy coat from New Look last year, it’s nice and all but the signs of wear started showing really fast and I didn’t find it particularly warm, the lining was quite nice but in all honesty it still looked a little cheap – not quite sleek enough, practical but just not everything I want from a coat. That’s why this year I won’t hesitate to pay £70 for a coat that ticks all the right boxes.  snow

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Rita Ora named new face of Rimmel

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Rimmel, an iconic high street make up brand with a legacy dating back to 1834. Previously the likes of Sophie Ellis Bextor, Georgia Jagger, Lily Cole, Zooey Deschanel and the legendary Kate Moss have been used to front Rimmel’s ad campaigns. What do all these women have in common? They’re all classy, chic and sophisticated, so the mind boggles as to why Rita Ora, a gobby Rihanna wannabe with a fairly middle of the road range of chart hits – none of which are particularly inspiring, would be given such an honour.

Ora is an attractive girl with a fairly unique look but when it comes to make up all she’s really known for is a bit of red lippy and her bleach blonde hair – hardly anything worthy of a brand with Rimmel’s status. Constantly being the subject of the tabloids and maybe better known to some for her friendship with it girl Cara Delevingne, Ora most certainly is not known for her style after being photographed at several events in very questionable outfits, my advice to Rita would be to either sack the stylist or bloody get one!

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Photographed above at a Chanel show of all places, Rita thought it’d be a spiffing idea to pay homage to her feathered Image

…friends also known as ‘birds’. I can only imagine the look on Karl’s face when Rita rocked up looking like a budgie who’d manage to escape the aviary! I personally think that Rita will lower Rimmel’s credibility and respect in the industry, unless they’re suddenly buying into the whole beanie hat hipster style which to me is just cringe worthy. Beanies are something which should have just stayed in the 90s where they belong and that’s a fact.

Maybe I’m wrong, Rita might pull in a whole new demographic to buy Rimmel products or maybe we’ll just see chavs adopting the red lipstick trend and ruining it for the rest of us – only time will tell.

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