Thursday, 29 September 2011

Lipstick Loving: Benefit Flirt Alert

Red lipstick is one of my make-up essentials. I love the impact that it can give to an otherwise simple face and how it instantly makes me look "made up". My favourite red lipstick, Clinque's Red-y To Wear, was starting to look a little sorry for itself so I treated myself to Benefit's Flirt Alert with some of my birthday money:

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This shade is the perfect cool-toned red for me. The shade and texture are great for daytime - it's not at all drying and feels really moisturising on my lips. The colour can easily be built up for a more dramatic look or kept sheer to make it more work-appropriate. It lasts around 4 hours before it needs re-applying and it fades gradually to a reddish stain rather than leaving that awful dark line around the edge of my lips.

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This was my make-up for Susie's Leaving Do. I'm also wearing my usual base products (Elf Undereye Concealer, 17 pressed powder, Rimmel Hide The Blemish), Elf Warm Bronzer, Elf Eyeshadow Base, L'Oreal Superliner, Rimmel Lash Accelerator and Eyelure's "Kimberly" lashes (just the outer corners).



What's your favourite red lipstick?
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Monday, 26 September 2011

What A Weekend!

I now feel sufficiently well-rested to blog about what I was up to at the weekend. Since starting work weekends feel very precious and this one was certainly a weekend to remember.

I started my Saturday with an 8k run (my Richmond Park 10k is in less than a month!) before getting dressed up for the day. I love wearing non-daytime clothes during the day - I did get a few odd looks but a couple of complete strangers said that my dress was pretty which was nice. Compliments from people I don't know always make my day so next time you see someone wearing something nice, tell them!

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Dress: Warehouse

First stop was Wholefoods Kensington to pick up some of my favourite Teapigs teas. They're a little pricey but definitely worth it. The popcorn tea is my favourite, it tastes like Sugar Puffs cereal but without all the sugar and rubbish:

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Then it was on to Susie's leaving do, the whole reason for wearing the dress and heels to Wholefoods! First stop was MyHotel Bloomsbury for afternoon tea. It was great to meet everyone and the food was so yummy, especially the macaroons:

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Unfortunately that was the only picture I took of the day. In all my excitement of meeting new bloggers and catching up with those I'd met at other events I completely forgot to take any photos, most unlike me! Once we were all together I felt a lot less self-conscious about being dressed up in the daytime and it was good to be able to share the pain of spending a day in heels as in the "real world" a lot of my friends are boys who obviously just don't understand.

Our next stop was Cafe Luc and it was then onto Circus for a yummy free cocktail. I'll definitely be heading back to Circus, the performances were amazing (I thought y hula-hooping skills were good until I saw one of the performers hula-ing about 30 at once). After our drinks in Circus we headed over to Wagamama in Covent Garden for dinner and then it was time to say our good-byes and for me to head home and collapse into bed after a tiring but very fun day.

Big thank yous to Sherin and Rachel for organising everything and giving Susie such a good send-off. The girls organised goodie bags for us all which was such a nice surprise - I'll definitely be wearing my jumpsuit once I find a way to make it slightly less see-through!

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What did you get up to this weekend?
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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Party Dress

Last Friday was my birthday. I turned 24 which feels horribly old...I remember turning 18 and feeling like such a "grown up". Six years later, after finishing uni and starting my "proper job" I still don't feel like a proper adult. Despite my dread at getting older, I ended up having quite lovely day. Taking in chocolates definitely made me popular with my new colleagues! On Saturday I had a joint party with a friend who shares my birthday so it was the perfect opportunity to break out this dress:

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The dress belonged to my Grandma, she wore it in the 1960s but it's still in perfect condition. I love how big and pouffy the skirt is. When I was walking home after the party a drunk man said that I looked like a Disney Princess - I think that's the best compliment I've ever had and definitely the nicest thing a drunk person has said to me!

On Sunday I treated myself to a one hour massage which was lovely and relaxing. My parents then came to visit and we went to Ping Pong for lunch followed by a walk along the Thames.

Oh and every birthday needs cake:

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Or in my case, homemade scones from my dad! They were really good, shame I haven't inherited his baking skills.

What would make your perfect birthday?
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Friday, 23 September 2011

What A Way To Make A Living

Another work outfit post. I might make a series of these while I'm still finding dressing up for work exciting!

I'm trying to make the most of the still sunny-ish weather by wearing some of my brighter work clothes now before pushing them to the back of my wardrobe until April next year. It still doesn't feel cold enough to wear some of the clothes I bought back in August. Typical.

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Dress: New Look via Petticoat Lane Market, Belt: Primark

This dress is a little big for me as I couldn't try it on at the market but for £5 I'm not complaining! Nothing that my £1 Primark belt can't fix. This is definitely by best bargain work outfit.

Now that the weekend is here I'm looking forward to embracing the "non work" half of my wardrobe (yes it is now divided exactly down the middle) and am very excited about trying Circus Covent Garden's LFW cocktail, The Pink Runway:


Photo from http://www.rachelphipps.com

Even better, 10% of the price of The Pink Runway goes to the Ethical Fashion Forum so no one can argue that my weekend isn't being well spent!

What are you weekend plans? And do you look forward to being able to dress casually?
After five years of being a student I suddenly feel like I'm back at school again and wearing a "uniform"!
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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Tea For Two at Luton Hoo

A couple of weeks ago my mum and I visited Luton Hoo for afternoon tea. Luton Hoo is a former stately home which is now a hotel. We arrived a bit early which gave us time to walk around the grounds - as a London girl it was lovely to be in so much open space and I really felt like I'd spent a day in the countryside! The house looked like something out of a period drama and the gardens were stunning and beautifully kept. I loved the grass tennis court, never seen anything like it before!

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We then headed to the tea room for our afternoon tea. The tea lounge was full of comfy sofas and giant portraits of the family members who used to live at the house. We had a tea platter of warm scones, pastries and finger sandwiches as well as an unlimited supply of coffee.

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The lemon tart was divine!

I'd definitely recommend a visit for a special occasion. The setting was beautiful and it was great being able to explore the grounds of the house.

Looking for more afternoon tea inspiration? Check out my reviews of Drink, Shop & Do and Hotel Rafayel!
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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Working Girl

It feels like it's been forever since I sat down to blog. I've been pretty busy lately; moving flat, starting a new job and the joys of finally getting my internet to work have been taking up much of my time. It's good to be back and now that I'm settled in both the flat and the job (I think!) I'll be back to regular posting.

As our "oh was that it?" summer draws to a clothes I've been putting together my working wardrobe. It's not been easy finding clothes that are both work suitable and suit my 5'1 self. I feel like a lot of "work clothes" are designed with much older women in mind and as much as I have to dress for a corporate environment I still want to look and feel like "me". The best aspect of working is definitely being able to wear heels everyday - it's really easy to walk in them on office carpets and I wear flat shoes for my walk in so there's not much actual walking involved!

Here are two of my recent work outfits:

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Dress: Topshop via Petticoat Lane Market, Shoes: Dune

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Dress: ASOS

What do you wear to work?
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Friday, 9 September 2011

Red Lipstick

I'm a big fan of wearing red lipstick on my lips but since hitting the Topshop sale a couple of weeks ago I can now wear it around my neck too. I saw this Danielle Scutt lipstick necklace reduced to £4.50 and couldn't resist. I'm not a big wearer of jewellery but love how a statement piece can transform an otherwise simple outfit. The dress was also picked up in the Topshop sale too. I'll wear it with black opaques and brogues once I actually accept that summer is over!

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Necklace: Freedom at Topshop, Dress: Topshop, Lipstick (on lips) Rimmel Lasting Finish in Amthyst Shimmer, Nails: Incoco

Do you like statement jewellery? Or do you prefer the "real thing"?
Costume jewellery all the way for me!
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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Ladurée

Ever since the Ladurée cafe opened in Covent Garden I've been curious to pay a visit and try their famous macaroons. I decided to take a friend as a treat for her birthday and we were not disappointed - delicious food served on beautiful crockery, attentive service and a great view over Covent Garden's plaza.

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I started with the Salad Champs-Elysee. I've never had a salad like this before, the crab meat and filo pastry was served floating on a cold mango soup with pieces of melon and mango. Really unusual but very tasty.

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My friend had a king prawn and linguine salad served in a filo pastry basket (hidden under the spinach).

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Bread rolls with a stick of butter.

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Dress: Joy.

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We then had pots of Ladurée's special blend tea.

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My friend had the Mille-Feuille with caramel.

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I had the Ispahan macaroon - rosewater flavoured with raspberries and lychees.

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Food porn moment.

I'd definitely recommend a visit to Laduree. The menu offers so much more than the macaroons that they're known for. The prices are a little on the expensive side but given the location and the quality of the food it's definitely worth it for a special treat.

What's your favourite sweet treat?








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Thursday, 1 September 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things: August

This month I've loved:

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Afternoon Tea at Tophams hotel, courtesy of a KGBdeals voucher.

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Summer picnics when the weather's been nice, courtesy of Waitrose.

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This beautiful mosaic on the Southbank.

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Super-easy nail art with my Incoco nail stickers.

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Salmon sashimi at Yo Sushi.

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My first Pinkberry frozen yoghurt at Selfridges. I preferred this to Snog, the toppings were far more generous and the server was so friendly - she let me try all of the flavours before I chose watermelon.

Other August highlights:

- finishing my education for good
My last exam was on August 10th but I feel like I've had such a nice break since then. It's going to be strange not being a student anymore, I'll definitely miss student discount but guess I have had it for an extra year compared to most of my friends and I've definitely made the most of it.

- seeing Priscilla Queen of the Dessert
The best musical I've ever seen (not that I've seen many as I find most of them really cringe-y). Amazing soundtrack and definitely a more grown-up sense of humour.

- resisiting (most of) the summer sales
I have so many summer clothes that I never get a chance to wear that I'm glad I've resisted buying more. I'm not a huge fan of winter-y outfits but really need to invest in some decent jumpers and leggings if I don't want to freeze during the next few months.

What have been your August highlights?

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