Thursday, 16 October 2014

Mallzee...

“A wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear”.  If I had a pound for every time my Mum/Dad/Brother/Boyfriend has said that to me (usually sarcastically) I would be a very rich girl indeed.  But most probably still have nothing to wear.

I am terrible for the odd lunchtime ‘flick through and purchase’ on the likes of ASOS and Topshop, and god help me if it’s been a bad week and I fancy cheering myself up.  My poor mother can barely move for all the parcels that turn up.  All for me, natch. 

I just cannot describe the feeling of buying new things.  The satisfaction of taking the tag off and knowing that no-one has ever seen you wearing that before… ahhh you just cannot beat it.  I’m pretty sure my shopping problem is based on two things – 1) The fact that I cannot be seen in the same outfit if it’s been within 2/3 months of previous wear, and 2) The fact that I can SO easily convince myself that I NEED those shoes/jeans/jumper and if I do not buy it there and then it will be gone forever and ever Amen.


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I know, I sound crazy but it’s so true.  Silent tears when I find an outfit that is just 100% spot on because I know that once I’ve worn it out it has to be put back on the “wear carousel” until months later when with a different group of people it can emerge.  More silent tears when you know damn well that top/skirt/jacket you put back in the shop/took out of your basket 4 weeks ago would just be the icing on the outfit.

Now I’ve set the scene and you all think I am a mental with the “wear carousel” and self-convincing, you can imagine my joy when I found Mallzee. Favourite brands such as Topshop, ASOS, New Look and River Island all under one virtual roof for those cheeky lunchtime/evening/lazy shopping “trips”. Basically Mallzee is now my enabler & justifier.

I can’t begin to explain why I have love for this app (and going on the ramblings above, I don’t think you need a novel size explanation) so below are my reasons why Mallzee is my new go to…

1.     No more “I’m sure I’ve seen the perfect top on here somewhere”.  Hands up who has seen the dream only for you to forget which of the gazillion tabs it was on.  The saved list on the app is… well… your savior so you never have to have the ‘lost’ trauma again.  Decided that the hat you once NEEDED is now the most horrendous thing?  No drama, your saved list can be easily edited.



2.     The save list can notify you when items have been reduced in price *angel chorus*.  See, I told you it was an enabler!

3.     The dress/skirt/shoes you can’t justify just yet but know will go perfect together as a match made in heaven?  Simply create a style feed that can be your go to “virtual closet”, saved for when the perfect event arises.

4.     “The tinder of shopping apps”.  I have never had tinder before, so the joy of swiping something to the right to save or the left to bin is still a novel idea.  If this isn’t for you (as I’m sure I will soon find out) then items can be easily viewed in a grid screen.



5.     No more “I picked it up because it was the only thing I could find in town so now I have to wear It”.  If you’re from a small town like me then I know we’ve all been there with the limited shop ranges *shakes fist *.  That top that is actually the worst colour?  The trousers that should never have seen the light of day in the first place?  Be gone… Mallzee allows you to browse through a huge range of products, allowing you to refine the search so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.  Spot on.  You never have to endure that cerise coloured top that you actually wanted in black but justified and panic wore anyway (just me?… okay).



6.     Trend of the week.  Helping you realise you need something that you never had considered.  Okay, so for many self-restrained people that are specific searching then this will not be a problem.  Bingo if it’s featuring exactly what you’re looking for. But for nosey greedy-guts here, I am now in love with “colour pop coats” which were never previously on my wishlist.




7.     Sale shopping might just be the most stressfully rewarding thing ever.  Unless you strike at the right time, wading through piles of discarded clothes whilst being elbowed is not my party.  Especially when you know there’s a gem in there somewhere!  Mallzee includes sale items, so you can feel smug about that bargain without being practically trampled over because shouty lady saw that coat she “NEARLY BOUGHT BEFORE XMAS” but now she is “OMG SO GLAD SHE DIDN’T”.


8.     The amount of time I have taken a screenshot and sent it to my friends for justification (looking at you, Lauren) is ridiculous.  Mallzee lets you cut out the middleman and share the link directly on imessage or WhatsApp.  So it’s just like they’re shopping with you.  What more could a lazy girl need?



The app can be used on both phones and iPads, and can easily be downloaded here.  Get following on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to keep up to date.  As I’m sure you can tell, this app won’t be going anywhere from my phone!  If you’re a shopaholic (lol) like me then this app will make your life so much simpler!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Autumn Tag...

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What better way to keep the A/W theme going than with a tag. Smooth. I was tagged by the lovely Francesca to do the autumn tag. I absolutely LOVE autumn so it seemed like the perfect tag and also gives you a little insight into me (so many 'tags' in one bit.  Super sorry, I've even annoyed myself!)


1. Coffee - What's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks or any other coffee shop?
Shame on me, I have never tried any speciality coffees from the a/w ranges as I’m always worried I’ll order it and never like it. Stingy over a cup of coffee… I’m coming across well!  I’ll go with a hot chocolate with hazelnut syrup.  Whipped cream and marshmallows optional depending on how much of a fatty I am feeling like.

2. Accessories - What do you opt for, scarf, boots or gloves?
Boots and scarves are my usual accessory choices in the autumn and winter! I love how they can instantly change the look of an outfit!  Gloves are usually never used unless it’s bleddy freezing.

3. Music - What's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn
I don't really change what I’m listening to during the autumn but the minute December hits I will be cracking out the Christmas tunes.  Not. Even. Sorry.

4. Perfume - What's your favourite scent for this time of year?
Again, I don’t really change what I wear though I tend to put all my summer edition fragrances to the back.  Coco Mademoiselle is always going to be a classic, not matter what season!  I’ve been reaching for Jimmy Choo more often recently thought.  I also love the perfumes that are in Zara at the moment! Gorgeous scents for around the £10 mark – bargain!

5. Candles - What scents will you be burning this season? 
Again again, I don’t usually change what I’ve been burning.  The shame...

6. What do you love best about Autumn?
Oh Christ... here we go… Being able to layer up, cracking out the knitwear/coats/boots, more shopping needed, fresh crisp mornings, being smug and cosy inside when it’s pouring with rain, crunchy leaves, fireworks night, the run down to Christmas… need I go on? 

7. Favourite make up look?
Darker eyes, darker lip, and a more natural flushed cheek.  The peaches and corals get pushed to the back until warmer weather, but I’ve always got time for a contour!

8. What are you looking forward to the most in the Autumn?
Granny alert... probably cosy evenings in with my onesie, my boyfriend and tea!


I’m going to tag the lovely ladies below for this one -

I hope everyone has been having a great autumn so far! x

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The A/W Wishlist...

After this sudden drop in temperature we've had, I just can't drag summer out any longer.  As I'm typing this post it's absolutely pissing it down.  Bright neon lips and bare tanned legs are not the first things on my mind when planning outfits. Onesies and bun head my friends, onesie and bun head.

After a quick wardrobe change around (read: all long sleeved items and knitwear pulled to the top of my drawers haphazardly) it got me thinking about the gaps in my upcoming autumn and winter wardrobe (kudos to Anna (VDM) for the inspiration).  Below are a few pieces that I'll be (excitedly) looking to buy in the coming months...

New leather
I was lucky enough to get a real leather jacket for my 21st birthday (two years ago now… gaaad).  Admittedly I did feel a little sweaty palmed at the price and the amount I would have to wear it for it not to be a waste, but it is by my side constantly and I have definitely got my money's worth already!  I'd like to add another (faux or real, I'm undecided) but with a more substantial winter-ness to it.  Perhaps some fur or lining of some sort.  I don't know yet exactly what it is, all I know is when I see it it will be love at first sight!

Denim
Always in need of more denim.  Always.  I can see this being in the form of more ripped Jamie jeans from Topshop... /all the Topshop denim.  I also want to get my hands on a well-fitting pair of ripped boyfriend/mom jeans to team with a lovely thick knit! Chloe has brought ASOS’ offering to my attention so I’m definitely tempted to give them a try!

Hats
I don't mean to blow my own trumpet (or maybe I do...) but I think I suit hats.  And sunglasses.  But that's another season and another post.  Big floppy hats have caught my eye this year and gone straight onto the wish list.  I love the 70's feel and think that with long wavy hair this could be my new go to accessory!

Stripes
As with denim, stripes are always on the list a) because they can be style so simply and easily and b) because I'm a greedy bitch.  Not gonna lie.  I don't think I even need to expand on this.. I will take the stripes in all forms. (Update: I went shopping in Bristol and many striped items found their way back to my car and subsequently into my wardrobe... Hehe)

Cocoon coat
The snuggest looking coats and luckily right on trend.  Granted, not the most flattering of styles but who cares?  Not me.  The thought of a cocoon coat and nice scarf is a match made in winter heaven!

Darker lipstick
Sadly I feel it's time for me to put away any powerful pout colours and start reaching for the richer shades.  I'll be looking to add some deep plum, brown (within reason) and dark red shades to help me with that effortless winter "thrown together" layered look and add a slight polished side.  Well... We can always try right?

Boots
Who doesn't have a new pair of boots on their A/W wish list? I would like to meet them and slap some sense into them because the joy of new boots (fast forward any breaking in and blister incidents) is so fulfilling. Deciding the style and colour and having a browse. Ooh so good! I got these Topshop beauties for my birthday and may have already treated myself to these from ASOS.  In my defence, they are completely different styles!  All I can say is many a boot has been eyed up recently and it’s just time (and money) before I crumble and make further shoe wardrobe additions.   I'm a shoe slut, okay?  What did you think from the name of my blog?  That I was a one boot lady?  No no!


I can't wait to get out into the shops and have a good gander around all the new season pieces… If you couldn't tell already! What pieces are you hoping to add to your wardrobe this autumn?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bad Blogger...

So here's my obligatory 'End of Summer what I've been up to' post, but considering we are now in OCTOBER I think you can get the jist of the poor apologetic ramblings that will follow...

I've been M.I.A in the last couple of weeks *slaps wrists*.  It's been a crazy busy month with work consuming my life and my mind 24/7 (wedding industry + September = HECTIC!). 

After sneaking away on a much needed holiday escape with ma familia and the boy to Portugal, I'm "relaxed" (as much as you can be after returning to work - boo) and ready to get my blogging game on again. I've popped some of my snaps below which I hope make you super jealous (and are making me cry a little... a lot...)






As you may have noticed I'm now sporting a brand spanking new layout so a big thank you to Steph for designing this and sorting it out for me.  I absolutely love it!

I'm hoping to be back to posting once or twice a week now everything's starting to calm down and get back to normal, so I guess what I'm trying to say in the most long winded way is thank you for those that have been patience whilst I get my shit together! 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Boots Hauling #1...




Just a quick one today (bit of light relief from my usual novel-size ramblings!).  I had a brief visit to Cribbs Causeway with Lauren and of course ended up spending more than anticipated in Boots.  Let me tell you, the Boots in Cribbs Causeway is so much better than the small one where I live… I was like a pig in shit (nice thought) and didn’t know where to start!  I tried to be as restrained as possible just picking up the bits I really wanted.



Superfacialist by Una Brennan is a range that I have been desperate to try!  The range in my local boots is small so I just had to grab some bits whilst there was a larger selection!  As I have dry skin, I can’t wait to give the Rose Intense Moisture Mask a try.  It was the last one on the shelf… so that means that I was meant to buy it, right?  Hopefully this will keep my crusty skin in check this autumn/winter, as I’m not feeling like sporting the leprosy look this year!

It’s impossible for me to pick up a cleansing oil and not pop in into my basket when no-body is looking (judging).  The Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil smells AMAZING.  If you are a fan of orangey/citrus scents then this one will be up your street.  I have only used it once so far but it left my skin feeling really smooth and clean, without any oily residue.  I will definitely be reaching for this more to put it to the test.

Finally from the Superfacialist range I picked up the NeroliIntense Facial Serum.  Well, when it’s on offer, it would be rude not to.  And three is a magic number.  I have been needing a new serum and this just seemed like the perfect opportunity to give this one a whirl.  It feels really silky on the skin and sinks in quickly.  Let’s see if this will make a difference to my skin when swapped in to my regime.



Time for a new foundation!  I was a little overwhelmed by the choice that’s out there at the moment so I really didn’t know where to start!  As (unfortunately) you can’t read reviews of every foundation you swatch in boots as you go round, there was one that I have read about plenty of times that had stuck in my mind. Revlon ColorStay.  Loved by many, I picked this one up in Natural Beige for normal/dry skin.  I have only used it twice so far but I can already see why it’s so popular.  It gives me good coverage without being super thick so I will definitely be reaching for it more.  I was also impressed by Revlon that they have produced the foundation for different skin types which is super helpful, as no-one wants to spend money on a wasted foundation.

Revlon mascaras have been climbing up my favourites in the past year, especially their Grow Luscious collection.  I added the Bold Lacquer to my collection.  It will take a lot to replace the Lash Potion in my heart, but I’m hoping it will not disappoint… so far so good! Oh, I also picked this up on a steal deal.. two Revlon mascaras (£9.99) for £10. Amazing!



My final (sneaky) purchase was the L’Oreal Lumi Magique highlight/concealer pen.  I had read this on a few posts with all positive reviews, but it was srsly lou’s post that pushed me to buy.  I already had the True Match Touche Magique concealer which is really good, so I knew this one was going to deliver!  I have used it alongside my new Revlon foundation and have found that it just really brightens up my horrend bags (think big black ‘weekend away’bags permanently on my face… nice…) and actually neutralises them quite well.


As you can tell, I am extremely chuffed with my little haul and can already tell that the majority, if not all of these will become staples!  Do you have any new Boots buys that you think I need to check out?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

OOTN #1 - Girls Night...

A couple of weekends ago I went  for a lovely girls night out (plenty of tapas, plenty of wine) and just had to share my outfit with you as I am in love with it.



I have been a crop hunter for a while now, as I am super picky on the length. Not too long, but not too short.  This wrap crop from River Island is just perfect for me.  A lovely v-neck with a v cut out at the bottom on both the front and back. The sides come down far enough that you’re flashing just enough flesh, without shoving your top half in people’s faces. 

I got the skirt last year in Topshop and it was my second one of the mirror print style that they did.  The subtle neutral, pastel colours looked great against bronzed skin and just paired so well with the crop top. 



Let’s just take a moment to appreciate.  Appreciate the shoes!!  Naturally, as with any “staple” purchase, I also have these in black.  It’s an investment I will never regret people, and 1000% justified because they are neutral… ! Any who, I just love everything about these.  The fierce point toe, the tiny stiletto heel and the satisfying click-clack they make when you walk.  I feel very grown up and sophisticated in these.  I also love the contrast of texture between the plain and the snakeskin.  Second shout out to River Island, for not only making a fantastic crop top, but also an extremely comfy pair of shoes, when they look like they should be feet crushers.  Well bloody done.



I topped my look off with my new Illamasqua Glamoure lipstick which came in my Glamour beauty box.  When I initially saw it I was a little disappointed with the colour as I had wanted a nude, but the more I tried the colour our, the more I liked it.  Minx is described as a warm rose with a satin finish.  It will definitely be an all round colour for me! 

So if you can’t already tell, I have already put this outfit back on the wardrobe conveyer belt and I can’t wait to wear it again (for me, those are big words when wearing an outfit twice in a 6 months is a no no).  I pretty much felt like Kris Jenner should be opening her arms and welcoming me to the Kardashian Klan.  Sassy.


If you’re stuck for a night out outfit then I would definitely recommend popping into River Island and getting your hands on one of these crops (they have them in black and orange too… as I should know…as I also purchased the black).  They are super thick and just sit so well with everything!  River Island are killing it right now.  Are there any new pieces that you think I should check out?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Swimmers - My Missguided Beauties...

How gorgeous are these swimsuits? 



I was desperate for a swimsuit to wear around the pool and beach on my holiday (6 weeks tomorrow… not that I’m counting down or anything…) and Missguided sure provided.  These two fit the bill just perrrfectly and for £11.99, who can complain?  Not me, hence why I bought both (hehe).

Stubbornly, I purchased a cut away swimsuit last year but alas, as I’m just hitting 5ft, not the 5ft 10 that the size 6 models were that I saw wearing them, it definitely did nothing for me and just made me look large. Ain’t nobody got time for that! I did not want to be labelled a beached whale as I got my tan on.
Tentatively (but excitedly) I bought these two beauties and I have not been disappointed.

The print is really vibrant and bright which is exactly what you need for those blue sky sunny days.  The scoop back is really flattering and *added bonus* there’s a cheeky bit of padding to the front which for me is a godsend.  Also, nobody likes a nipple to the eye when it’s a little breezy… just sayin'.


I will definitely be throwing some high waisted shorts on with these to potter on down to the beach or to go exploring in the town!


Have you got your eye on any swimwear that around at the moment?