At university I was recently set a sill-life brief, my first instinct was to head down to Primark and get as much random/cheap jewellery as humanly possible. I think I spent around £20 which I regret now having just checked my bank balance but I thought I’d share the fruits of my labour avec tu 🙂
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!
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.
- 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………….
- 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…
- 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.
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
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…
Some more ambitious than others but I’ll take a punt at it at least!
So Christmas is coming to an end but do not fear as the season of sales is just beginning! Yesterday my mother and I ventured into the surprisingly not too busy sales looking for bargains – and bargains we found.
- Blazer £14 Next
- Lee Cooper jeans £20 from TK Maxx – BARGAIN !!!!!! (and they are stupidly comfy for skinny jeans!)
Big thank you to the lovely Beth Barkway for taking these photos for me 🙂
So I’ve been home from uni for about a week now and Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a few interior snap shots of my little cottage in the
middle of nowhere Lincolnshire countryside all decked out for Christmas…
Every year we always make these, I don’t really know what to call them – let’s go with errrrrrm… Clovey Oranges? Anyway I dunno if this is just a weird tradition that my family do or if it’s common but I’ve made a little DIY post HERE so you can join in the clove fun
- Christmas at Norman Cottage! (taylamadeblog.wordpress.com)
- Christmas Decorations for creating a Winter Wonderland (gltc.co.uk)