Tuesday, 22 April 2014

BEAUTY / TOP 3 RED LIPTICKS


1 - MAC - Russian Red
2 - MAC - Diva
3 - MAC - Ruby Woo

Russian Red -  A Classic Mac Red and my go to shade when I want a bold lip but nothing to wild, a deep red with a blue undertone with a matte finish, not too drying and stays on for a long time! A cheaper dupe would be Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in the shade #01

Diva - Matte finish with a intense reddish / burgundy undertone goes on extremely smooth with build-able colour, gives you a gorgeous vampy look. 

Ruby Woo - A cult classic red, the perfect retro red, extremely matte and can be quite drying so I recommended  you pair it with a lip balm, build-able colour and very long lasting! 


P.S - I know my blog is very small and the competition is very tough but I'd love it if you could spend just a moment to nominate my blog for Best Personal style blogger - Newcomer  it really does only take a moment. Just click here or the picture in the side bar. I'd be so thankful it really would mean a lot!

-Charlotte


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Sunday, 20 April 2014

LIFE / COME EXPLORE WITH ME - THE DINER & NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Hello my little sugar dumplings, I asked on twitter what kind of things you would like to see me post and you said you would be interested in a 'day in the life of' kind of post, The things I get up to vary from day to day but I love to try out new things as much as possible, One of my favorite things I like to do is check out different restaurants or explore different places.

I woke up nice and early made myself my usual spinach with leak and yogurt with a baked egg on top (Sounds weird tastes amazing!) and headed off to the gym, today was cardio and abs, and uhh i'm now feeling it. Some of my other interests besides fashion and art are exercise and cooking, I work out everyday apart from Saturdays for about a hour, this isn't necessarily for the obvious benefits, I just always feel happier after a work out and it just gives me a good start to the day, its amazing what exercise can do for your mood. I also love to cook and pretend i'm Jamie Oliver in the kitchen, I love to make healthy alternatives to my favorite 'Cheat foods' my latest creation is a low carb burrito and boy is it yummy!
I try to 'eat clean' as much as possible but I do occasionally have the odd cheeky bad meal as life's far to short to be good all the time! As Friday is usually my cheat meal day the boy and I decided to try out 'The Diner' I originally heard about it on Company magazines' website: Original Link here.
We went to the one on Gloucester Road as we were heading the the Natural History Museum afterwards.


The menu is pretty extensive they have so many mouthwatering dishes that I was dying to try, I started by ordering a Oreo shake (2 Scoops of Chocolate and 1 Vanilla, Nutella and lots of malt), tbh I couldn't taste any Oreo apart from the two biscuits on top. Honestly It just tasted like melted chocolate ice-cream. Hey I'm all for ice-cream especially chocolate ice-cream but I wanted a Oreo milkshake! But the portion size did kinda make up for it.. 


I ordered the DBC Burger (Butter fried chicken breast, Bacon, blue cheese, coleslaw and pickles) and Sweet Potato Fries Initially it looked amazing, I was torn with what burger to order and as this one was highlighted as a special i decided to go for it, Disappointingly I really wasn't feeling it, the chicken was really bland and I tasted no cheese at all. Gutting! However the Fries where amazing.
Joe ordered the Brunch Burger (6oz Burger, Bacon, Pancake, Fried egg, Cheese Syrup and Hollandaise sauce) and Onion Rings what a combination of foods! He absolute loved it and kept saying 'Best burger ever, 10/10' Which leads me to believe he loved it! I had some of the onion rings and they where beaut nice and crispy with great flavor!
The restaurant was small which was nice as It gave a cosy feeling, however there wasn't much of a ambiance and it was quiet, one of the members of staff (I think he was staff? It was hard to tell as they don't have uniforms) just sat at the bar talking to the other staff  looking bored which was really off putting.. but the other waiters were friendly and genuinely wanted to help.
My food was okay but Joe really enjoyed it so we will try this chain again but id probably go to one in a more central location to get a better vibe! The prices were reasonable and cost about the same as a TGIS, which has similar kind of food.

Next up was a visit to the Natural History Museum  its one of my favorite museums in the area along with The V&A there great places to check out, very informative and great because their free woo! As it was a bank holiday it was super busy so we didn't stay long as there was too many people to enjoy any of the exhibitions. But not being able to view to exhibitions turned out to be a good thing as it made me turn my attention to the beautiful architecture of the building, something that I often miss out on and forget as I get carried away in the hectic day to day stuff and just forget to take my time and admire the beauty that's around us.


The Watershed building which is the main entrance is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture, its round arches and striking spired towers were inspired the Basalt colums at Fingal's cave in western Scotland and named after its Architecture Alfred Waterhouse.  This sort of grandure isnt my favourite style of design however you cannot deny its absolutely astounding craftsmanship the skill and workmanship required is breathtaking.

The elaborate sculptures of plants and animals that cant be seen on the exterior and interior represent biological diversity. With all living creations on the Western wing and extinct species on the Eastern side.

We managed to see a part of the mammal exhibition but was quickly engulfed in the crowd so we deiced to leave and check out the V&A.


Once we arrived at the V&A we heard music playing and people cheering, we dashed out to the courtyard and saw a ska rave happening! Was not expecting that! People were drinking and dancing and were even standing in the pond, naturally the inner dancing queen came and aha and we had a cheeky little dance!


I love when you come across random events, that's why I love exploring so much you never know what your going to end up finding. Its a great way of meeting new people and trying new things.
After  this we headed off to find somewhere to take my outfit photos, we came across this small quiet road with gorgeous houses painted in pastel shades.
You may have noticed I'm wearing the skirt I wore a few posts back, I cant help it, Its so comfy and I just love the cut.

Cheap Monday - Dress (Worn as a top)
Primark - Skirt
Primark - Belt
Zara - Jacket
Topshop - Boots
Vivienne Westwood - Bag 

After having a couple of drinks we headed back home as my family were coming round, my family are all really close and we often have get together which typically involve food, music (Which eventually turns into karaoke and drink!)
My family have a bar in there back garden which my dad built, its such a good place to have little parties in.


As you can see I got changed when I got in, being in the bar outside can get a little nippy! The night went on to the early hours of the morning, singing dancing and lots of giggles! Really enjoyed doing a post like this, its good to change things up every now and again. Would love to know what you thought of this post, did you enjoy it?

What other kind of posts would you like to see on the blog? 

P.S - I know my blog is very small and the competition is very tough but I'd love it if you could spend just a moment to nominate my blog for Best Personal style blogger - Newcomer  it really does only take a moment. Just click here or the picture in the side bar. I'd be so thankful it really would mean a lot!

-Charlotte


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Thursday, 17 April 2014

ACCESSORIES / THE CLEATED SOLE


Newlook - £39.99


Last Saturday I found my self looming in front of my wardrobe just gazing in and telling myself that I have nothing to wear, I kept opening and closing the doors like every time I reopened I would magically find something new. Unfortunately as you would expect, this did not happen and I was left knowing that I had nothing to wear for my friends 21st that night. Now of course I did have something, but it seems when you know you need to have a decent outfit, somehow you turn into a complete pessimist and automatically decide you hate everything. In a frantic panic I ran to the shops in the hope of finding something faabbbuuuloouuss and that I did, with these babys from Newlook! However still no outfit to go with it, just wearing the shoes and nothing else wasn't a option as its far too cold and I don't think the mother would approve.  I dragged myself back home adamant that I was doomed and would have to wear my standard night out black dress and belt combo 'uhh shudder at the thought' until i opened my wardrobe one last time and found my  floral suit! Angels sang and my room lit up with light (Okay slightly exaggerating) completely forgot I had it! Ill do a outfit post on it soon :)

How was your weekend? Are you enjoying your Easter break?
-Charlotte


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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

OUTFIT / THE MONOCHROME MIDI


There's something about spring that I cant help but express fondness for, the new beginnings bring around change and with change comes excitement. My style is one of many things that has altered lately, maybe im being influenced by the ever changing landscapes around me, the numerous fields of flowers and varying shades of blossom in the trees but colour is making a swift comeback into my wardrobe. This knitted top was one of my 1st spring purchases, I spotted it in Topshop and quickly made a grab and dash towards the till, as soon as I saw it nostalgic feelings of a era fulled by rock n roll and milkshake diners came to mind.
This skirt was a unexpected purchase, I was frantically running around shopping for a outfit for my friends birthday when I saw it out of the corner of my eye in Primark,  I cant help but fill drawn to print as well, must be all this spring air.
So for now to complete this get up all i need is a Chuck Berry vinyl and some dancing shoes and i'm good to go... 


Topshop - Top
Primark - Skirt
Primark - Belt
Topshop - Boots

I have a few more ways to style this skirt which I cant wait to show you, 
How would you style it? 

-Charlotte

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Monday, 7 April 2014

LIFE / BEYOND RETRO PROM SHOOT


Its that time of the year again, where you girls and boys spend hours searching the internet and stalking the shops to find the perfect look for prom, luckily for you Beyond Retro have a amazing collection of vintage one off pieces which will guarantee you belle of the ball status. 
Attending a all girls school I wasn't lucky enough to get a prom, so being asked to model some looks for it was a dream come true. I was in safe hands when it came to looking the part, with Naomi as the stylist, Tabby on makeup and Roger on hair and  the lovely Hollie taking our pictures! With this posse of uber talented people I felt ready to take on prom... Do you reckon someone could sneak me in?





The gorgeous Ellie clashes this beautiful blue gown with a quirky denim jacket kitted out with various gemstones. I love the bold juxtaposition and I love the idea of wearing converse with the dress, perfect for making it through a whole evening of dancing! 





The beautiful Maddy dresses as 'the anti prom' showing you that you don't have to dress a certain way to make a impact on prom! Chunky Doc Martens pair down nicely with a rara skirt, add the edgy fishnets and lace gloves and your on to a real showstopper.  

I love this dress so much, the chiffon over lay and the bishop sleeves work so well with the colour tones, its given a extra bit of oomph by adding a petticoat underneath. Paired with a playful pair of yellow heels its definitely one to turn a few heads.


What ever your tastes or personality you'll find something to suit your needs, I hope all of you who are attending prom this year have a fantastic time, whatever look you end up wearing.
You can shop all the looks over at: Beyond Retro



Photography: Hollie Fernando - Website  / Instagram @Holliefernando
MUA: Tabby Casto - Website / Twitter / Instagram @Tabbyfa / Tabby used MAC cosmetics
Hair: Roger Cho - Website  / Facebook / Instagram @Rogercho2000
Stylist: Naomi Rowland (Twoshoesonepair) - Website / Facebook / Instagram @Naomirowland
Models:
Ellie Connor Phillips (Rose and Vintage) - Website - Twitter - Instagram @Elliecp_
Maddy Killick (Fashion Obscura) - Website - Twitter - Instagram @Fashionobscura

P.s If you enjoy my blog Id be so grateful if you could spare a moment to nominate me for 'Best personal style blog - Newcomer' for the company blog awards. My little blog was started in January but i'm already very proud of it.  It literally only takes a couple of seconds, just click the black badge in my side bar and follow the links, let me know if you do so I can thank you  :)

-Charlotte

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