Thursday, 31 December 2015

Life: reflecting on 2015


I don't mean to alarm you but... today is the last day of 2015! Weighing that up in mind is quite the crazy thought and I'm still questioning whether I was in daydream for most of the year or whether it did actually fly by that fast. What's been another mixed year in the real world - Kylie Jenner sending everyone lip crazy, that mind boggling dress, the man bun and beard trend, another royal baby, a ruthless election, Snapchat, Netflix and chill, a Star Wars phenomenon and Fifty Shades of absolutely everything, Adele bursting onto the scene again, One Direction announcing a 'break', the transformation of becoming a Belieber, Drake's dancing, the reach of the Back To The Future date, new emojis, some unfortunate and terrible disasters, and some blood, sweat and tears, the usual family loving, and some average adventures my way - in the blogging world it was a completely different story.

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Monday, 28 December 2015

Ten things I've learnt since Christmas Day


Hello all! I hope you've had an absolutely amazing Christmas. I'm still in the delusional period that seems to hit me every year; the 'what day is it and what am I doing with my life' realisation once Christmas is over and done with and the new year is fast approaching. It's been a bit of a strange one for me, I had an absolutely lovely Christmas Day with all my family, consumed food my body isn't even used to and was completely spoilt rotten with both love and gifts. Boxing Day was a traditional visit to my grandma's for home-made dumplings and some well needed chilling out turned into three hours of nothing but sheer darkness, a phone light, a torch and a desire to finish watching catch-up Eastenders (turns out the horrendous floods in Leeds caused a huge power-cut across the city). And now? Well now I'm continuing to eat myself into oblivion on a diet of nuts and miniature chocolates (how long it'll be acceptable for me to do this, I do not know).
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

My Christmas Eve traditions


Well, it's here. Another year has gone by in the blink of an eye and now it's just one more sleep until the big fat man with the long white beard slides down your chimney. I can't say it feels remotely Christmassy, as I've been so busy this week I haven't had the chance to flick the switch that allows me to unwind into the 'not to alarm you but it's Christmas tomorrow' mode but however I feel and whatever age I may be, Christmas Eve is always a special, joyful time in my household.
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: dressing for the party season

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Five healthy-ish Christmas snacks


It's no secret we all like to overindulge a little too much at Christmas time, using "ah why the hell not, it's Christmas" as an excuse for absolutely everything plausible. 'Tis the season to pile on the pounds and all that. Heck, I must have made my way through two tubs of Celebrations already and I can't seem to stop myself. The only trouble is, my body hates me for it. I wouldn't say I'm a super health freak but I do tend to sway towards the fruit and veg options now I'm used to ditching the sugar. If I flood my inners with the refined stuff I'm forever bloated, have terrible heartburn and my skin breaks out almost immediately. Which means I like to find food I can enjoy and have fun with, with no after effects.
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas in Leeds City Centre


It's rare I get the chance to explore and appreciate my own city, or maybe it's purely down to choice because I'm so familiarised with its surroundings that I just shake it off as being ordinary. It's easy to forget all the exquisite details of somewhere you've lived all your life but it's also great to get out there and refresh your mind to a more open state of discovery and admiration. I'm always so busy concentrating on a certain aspect of my hometown instead of a whole, so much so that I can often overlook the authenticity and the general northern vibe.
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Life: La Redoute Northern Bloggers Christmas Party


If you've been keeping up with my blog (which I'm very thankful for if you have), then you'll know I attended one of two blogger events a couple of weeks back. The first was Leeds Xmas Meet, then a hurried bus ride home, quick spruce up, and a race with manic crowds through Leeds on a Saturday evening, next up was the La Redoute Christmas party exclusively for Northern bloggers. An event dubbed towards the non-central London bloggers? Yipee indeed!
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas wrapping: finding your theme


This year is the only year I've included a theme within my Christmas wrapping. I'd like to say I wasn't influenced by the formidable pinterest-worthy blogger choices of Kraft paper and twine but I'd be lying if I said so. That means that this December I've only just come to the conclusive realisation that sticking to one or two designs and jazzing them up to meet your tastes gives the best kind of result. As I'm a newbie to to this malarkey I thought it'd be useful to share what I've learned. Wrapping presents may not seem a big deal to most people but for a striving perfectionist like me, the satisfaction of completing that natural but fruitful look I aim for with everything in life is a grand feeling indeed.
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Monday, 14 December 2015

#LeedsXmasMeet - a bloggers' dream day out


Just over a week ago (how time flies!) I attended a huge event I'd been looking forward to for so long now (I feel like it was 'thee' event of the year). If you're a Northern blogger and haven't seen, nor paid any attention to the hashtag #LeedsXmasMeet over on Twitter then I assume you're just as unresponsive as I am most days but we'll talk about that some other time. Organised by the fabulous Rhianna, a local blogger I met a few months back now and continue to see in this formed Leeds blogger circle, Leeds Xmas Meet was basically descriptive by title. A bloggers meet up in the heart of my hometown with 70 people coming from all over the M62 side of the country (and maybe even further, who knows?). Filled with fun, festivity and general chit chat, it was a chance to meet and greet some old and new faces whilst getting into the Christmas spirit and raising some money as we go along.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Life: the Lush Leeds Spa event


Is it normal to squeal when an invite to a Lush event reaches your inbox? Probably. Because let's face it, when is Lush not exciting? Especially at the start of December to kick the festivities off with a bang. They never ever fail to impress and I was thrilled to be attending my first Lush Leeds Spa event (I've visited a Lush store event before but not the central Leeds one which made it even more anticipating). It was the fastest yes I've replied and upon joining lots of other 'VIP' bloggers (some regulars and some newbies) in a formed queue it was clear to see the feeling was mutual!
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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Hedonist Project: Liquor & Whisky Parlour


It's hard to keep track of the new bar openings in the centre of Leeds, so much so that it's hard to choose between so many great venues. However, what makes The Hedonist Project different is its flagship, pop up notion - every 3 months it will change direction and focus on one variety in particular - adapting the name, the decor, the menu, and the highlighted alcoholic beverage. Unfortunately I missed the last two; Hogarth's Gin Joint and The Rum Shack beach bar in the summer, but was lucky enough to head to their launch of their freshly furnished Whisky and Parlour bar a couple of weeks back now - AND to make a situation even better, The Hedonist Project now has a permanent premises on Lower Briggate, slap bang in the middle of Leeds City Centre, making it a popular location for people to call in and enjoy a drink (and a snack) on a cold, winters afternoon. Refined and now serving food alongside their spirit collection - there's no excuse not to pay them a visit. 

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

The launch of Leeds Fashion Initiative


Last week I had the pleasure of attending the launch of LFI (Leeds Fashion Initiative), a programme that marks the beginning of a long awaited, ambitious journey to create opportunities, re-establish Leeds as an international centre of fashion and regenerate the city's fashion, clothing and textiles industry. The stationary Leeds City' Museum was taken over by a passionate fashion frenzy catwalk show filled with delightful, distinctive, independent fashion brands bringing in importance from all areas; from journalists and celebrities, to bloggers, and keen fashion insiders.
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Life: a luxury stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel


Those who know me, know I'm the definition of an introvert. There's nothing I love more than peace and tranquility, the opportunity to relax and unwind my inner tiring mind, put my feet up with a hot drink catching up on trashy TV, indulging in some pampering treats whilst soaking up the country air; so, when I was asked if I would like to review a night at Ox Pasture Hall, the luxury Scarborough hotel with a king suite, dinner and bed and breakfast included I was absolutely delighted and quite frankly, totally flattered.
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Life: a day out in Scarborough


The Yorkshire Coast has always held a place in my heart with a dozen childhood memories safely stored there, so when I was kindly asked along to stay at just one of the best Scarborough hotels on the market (believe me) I couldn't not revisit one of my favourite places before I relaxed for the night; especially on such a beautiful, sunny day which I was luckily blessed with during a rainy November. Taking my darling mum along with me for a well needed weekend break, we caught the train down early morning to make the most of the day and were able to take advantage of all the hidden treasures I'd often pushed to the back of my mind previously.
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: my guide to Christmas gifts


So, it's that time of year again. November has gone by in a flash, it's only one month until Christmas Day and it's now inevitable to put buying Christmas gifts to the back of your mind. My family have now reached that flabbergasting point of constantly nagging me for options on what to buy me, and I'm currently in panic mode because I'm nowhere near started with the Xmas shopping (never mind finished). Nothing an organised wishlist can't solve though, right? I always find it so much more helpful putting the items visually together to provide a base of ideas to the people asking. It's guaranteed, all year round, I'll have at least two or three things I'm keen to get hold of but once Christmas comes round, my mind goes completely blank. It takes a good few days to mentally gather a list, and even then I'm constantly swapping and changing my outlook. Will I actually find a use for this or am I just lusting over it because of its pretty, festive packaging and seasonal purpose? Gifts at Christmas are possibly my favourite kind, I appreciate EVERYTHING handed to me, from a plain old bank note and high street voucher, to a splurging luxury but when a present is just so right, it makes that unwrapping surprise so much more magical. 

Who knows, my personal picks could even be inspiration for a potential womanly gift guide...

River Island underwear set | As each year passes, underwear gets worn out (how about that for a pun) and there's no better opportunity to spice up your knicker drawer than a classy set for Christmas. This beautiful lace applique number is perfect for bringing out that inner moulin rouge and is ideal for wearing at those upcoming parties (because there's nothing like a matching underwear set to complete an outfit).

Topshop Unicorn Hottie | Argh, the cuteness of this is ridiculous. The little snugly face alone is enough to persuade you to make her (it's definitely a her) a new resident in your home. For someone who's always (and I mean, always) cold, anything that is designed to warm you up is a winner in my eyes and thinking about it, I actually lack in the hot water bottle area. I don't own that many so that's an excuse to stock up.

Christmas Pencil Set | I'm always on the look out for new stationary and what a better addition than a classic chic set of pencils, especially when they're made to get you into the Christmas spirit. I could go on forever when there's wood pencils and gold written quotes involved! 

Olivia Burton Watch | Who doesn't have one of these on their list every year? I certainly do because there's just no end to the dreamy detail embedded into those watches. I'm in love with the rose gold and white contrast and the vintage style face. I'd be in for a real treat if I was presented this stunning piece on the 25th.

The Happiness Planner | I'm currently aiming to up my journal/planner/notebook game and I think owning a Happiness Planner is such a great way to start. Welcoming positivity, joy and happiness in a life that can often be caught up in nothing but schedule and routine is a fab way to provide self-confidence and motivation, which could even be used to improve 

NARS Nail Polish | A stocking filler but with a high quality price tag which is worth the extra spend. NARS is a makeup brand I adore and admire so I'd be more than chuffed to expand my collection with an indulgence into my usually-boring-and-not-the-slightest-bit-glossy nails.

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial | Can we talk about the beautiful limited edition Christmas packaging on this product? If ever there was a time for me to give my face some well needed treatment, that time would be on Christmas evening when the unwinding starts. I've been dying to try this out for so long now, and the special celebration box it's provided in is enough to persuade me.

NARS Audacious Lipstick | I already own Anita and it's one of my ultimate favourite shades, I'm now anchoring after another (Barbara to be precise) and it's right up there on the top of my list. Receiving a gorgeous lipstick is always so satisfying as you know it's always going to be put to use!

Public Desire Ankle Boots | I've seen these boots swiping the blogosphere and now it's heightened my shoe fetish and desire for a dozen pair of boots in the winter months. My mum's the first person to question whether I want any clothes/shoes/bags for Christmas so I'm currently informing her of these beauties as I type. 

Kate Spade Phone Case | Ever since I bought my iPhone 6 back in January, I've risked the protection by leaving it bare and without any case. As my clumsiness is slowly but surely increasing, (and after a good few drops and smashes) I don't think it's no longer safe to chance completely killing the poor thing after only a year of life. Kate Spade have such a divine selection and utterly meet my gold polka dot obsession.

KIKO Contouring Sticks | I'm hoping these are in stock in my local KIKO store. I've already expressed my love for their makeup range and this duo is another one to add to the collection. If anything is going to make contouring easier, it's a simple satin bronzer and highlighter pencil.

Ohh Deer Pineapple Necklace | Pineapples, pineapples everywhere. I'm starting to think they're the answer to all problems. I don't what it is about pineapples that make them so appealing but wherever they're featured, they have my heart. A unique piece of jewellery is such a lovely gift to open on Christmas Day.

Enchanted Forest Colouring Book | I can't even tell you how long I've been wanting one of these therapeutic adult colouring books, it's just finding the right one that's been the problem. After doing my research, I've decided Enchanted Forest is the best. Even browsing through the electronic pages sent me into a healing frenzy. These books are such an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift guaranteed to occupy you for hours!

Missguided Stripe Pyjamas | I've been swooning over the Missguided nightwear range ever since they released it, especially the pretty pink sets eager to bring my inner girly side out. It's sort of tradition in my household to receive a new pair of pyjamas at Christmas!

The Body Shop Coconut Festive Picks | Ahh coconut, my one true love. The Body Shop's Christmas collection and gift wrapped boxes never fail to impress. They're always created with the customer in mind, and in this case it's a customer with a serious coconut addiction who is pleased to see all my favourites are accumulated into one.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette | Smoky brown natural eye shadow shades are the hues I rely on. Along with some bolder shades, this palette is the answer to all my prayers. I feel like I could attempt to fabricate some serious shimmer to matte combinations with this (and it's chocolate shaped, which may subside my sweet cravings whilst I try and make healthy food choices).

Of course I don't expect all sixteen of these gifts but it definitely will provide my questioning family with some meaningful ideas!

What's on your Christmas list?

Bridie x
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Sunday Natter: exposing your blog to the real world


It's a taboo subject; a do I, don't I question. I don't know why we fear informing our nearest and dearest of our most loved hobby or why we cringe and want to hide away in a dark cupboard somewhere at the mention of our blog in the 'real life' (definition: everyone away from the safe and expressive internet place we hold deeply) but we do (or at least I hope we do and I'm not alone) and I'd love to know your personal thoughts on this matter! 

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Beauty: my hair care secrets


There's some secrets that just have to be shared, especially when in the name of beauty (fellow woman to woman companionship and all that). If you're anything like me, you'll try anything to ensure you feel the benefits of beauty secrets and in turn wish to look like a million dollars. Everyone deserves to feel confident and what better way than to latch on to individual and personal formulas that seem to work in their favour, then being incorporated into your routine!
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: winter shopping with wholesale buying

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Another day, another discovery fulfilling my easily influenced needs of a bargain find. I love wholesale shopping; I'm always surprised just how relatively cheap the pieces are, and even more (positively) surprised when the garments arrive and they're much more superior than initially thought. I think popping on to wholesale sites like Wholesale Buying can save hell of a lot of time and money once the winter propels into full swing. There's no denying there are tons of choice but the productive night spent scrolling through a high number of pages is worth it when you can find all you need in one place.  

As the brisk coldness is well on its way, I'm switching from basic long sleeves to full blown jumpers, fur gilets and an ever growing collection of coats. Basically as many layers as possible because I don't do being freezing. A simple round up of what I'm currently lusting over? Chunky knits, faux fur, wrap over tops, belted coats and the added detail of lavish lace to add that touch of class to a bustled up torso. 

What winter styles are you into at the moment?

Bridie x

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Monday, 16 November 2015

A special guest post: Mary Jane Fashion's favourite high street designers

Hello lovelies! There couldn't be a better time to publish my first ever guest post. A freshly started week? Check. A re-branded blog I can now be proud of? Check. A passion for fashion? Double check. When Mary Jane Fashion got in touch asking to feature on my blog, I was honoured. I've come across their online retailer in the past and have loved what I saw so there's no surprise that they've produced a brilliant, interesting piece for me and my readers based around their personal favourite high street/designer collaborations. I know I certainly take advantage of a bargain and rejoice at a high street collaboration with designer quality and I'm sure there's lots of others who also feel the same. Enjoy!

Fashion collaborations
What’s perhaps more exciting than a new designer collection is a collection where designers have collaborated with a high-street counterpart. Many of us cannot afford to spend thousands and thousands of pounds on the latest designer pieces coming from the runways and so look to emulate those styles with more financially viable alternatives. When high street-designer collaborations drop the hard work is done for us, with many of the clothing pieces falling directly in line with the designers’ haute creations, embodying the same aesthetics and capturing the same moods. Although many of them sell out almost straight away, it gives us the opportunity to buy into the collections of designers we can only dream of. Here, we reminisce about some of the best collaborations to appear in some of our favourite high street stores.


H&M and Alexander Wang 2014
This cool-kid designer from New York is a go-to for many of the style set thanks to his luxurious basics, his sports-luxe cool and for his stylishly dishevelled beauty looks (who can forget those gorgeous messy plaits from S/S 2010?) In a short space of time he amassed a large cult following and his star ascended to lofty heights, with people clamouring to get to his runway shows. Teaming up last year with H&M was a god-send for his fans and admirers who fawn over his work but don’t have the budget for his ready-to-wear collections. The collection consisted of his signature polished sportswear style, featuring crop tops, leggings, dresses, scuba boots and leather rucksacks. With famous fans like Dakota Fanning, Kate Mara and Jessica Chastain, there was no way the collection was going to stay around for long and sure enough, H&M’s website went into melt-down the day it landed.


Topshop and Kate Moss 2007
In the spring of 2007, fashion royalty and veritable style icon Kate Moss brought her covetable style to the shop-floors of one of the country’s biggest retailers. Topshop has always been a destination for style-conscious women because they are able to seamless translate red carpet looks for the high street. Moss, who is great friends with Topshop’s CEO Phillip Green, produced a collection of effortlessly stylish dresses, tops, jeans and leather jackets that formed a hybrid of both her bohemian and rock and roll looks, which have wowed her fans and followers for many years. She whipped everyone into even more of a frenzy when she modelled a red dress from the collection in the window of Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street before it opened. 



Lulu Guinness and Uniqlo 
The world-renowned British accessories designer and the Japanese high street store have collaborated on several occasions, producing fun and fabulous basics that are tongue-in-cheek and humorous. One of the many draws to Japan is the irreverent style that can be seen in Tokyo’s Harajuku district, where inhabitants dress up in an almost cartoonish way, making use of pastel colours, voluminous silhouettes and kawaii (‘cute’) prints. As a result, Lulu Guinness, known for her lips clutch back and cat eyes accessories, goes hand-in-hand with the Harajuku vibe, producing a collection that was self-consciously playful and cheeky. Shop similar styles at Mary Jane Fashion.

Do you have any more of your own to add to the list?

Bridie x
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: H&M Christmas range

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Now Halloween and Bonfire Night is over, it's totally acceptable to talk about and share my love for Christmas and all its attire, right? To tell you the truth, the real excitement for Christmas doesn't kick-start until right into December (practically a week before when all the Christmas presents are bought and wrapped and I'm less stressed). As I get older I'm finding myself lost in a festive world where the true magical moments happen as a child BUT one thing I'm always so giddy about is Christmas decor and homeware interior. 

Of course, my go to place is H&M, always. They supply a collection that meets my compulsive silver and rose gold needs all year round and once the seasonal stock comes out, I almost can't help myself. With the amount of cutesy details, cheery kitchenware and unique tree hangings, I can feel a mega splurge coming on. I say this like I own my own house but really I'll just end up piling each tiny, overcrowded room with boxes of H&M deliveries which can only be brought out once a year. The thing is, I also think a few of my picks could be re-used again once the Christmas hype is over. Items such as the metal holder, the candle, the super sequined cushion and how can I resist those gorgeous copper acorns?!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Bridie x
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Goodbye Upon My Sleeve - hello The Same Old Chic


HELLO, it's me - the same me, actually. Don't worry, I haven't morphed into Adele heartbreak (the worst kind), I've just had a complete blog relaunch and I'm struggling to hide my excitement! I'd been contemplating the change for a while now but as I've already changed my blog name twice before I was hesitant it would cause some more disturbance. Then I thought, why the hell not? I have to do this for me.
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Friday, 6 November 2015

Life: moving to Cuba at Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds


Ignoring the pelting rain outside, last week I was fully in holiday mode as I headed down to the brand new Revolucion De Cuba bar restaurant situated on the famous Call Lane in Leeds. Long story short, there used to be a sectioned part of the ordinary Revolution bar based around the Cuban style fiasco and now, they've brought the almighty to a whole different environment (and a brilliant one at that).
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: cape magic

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I'll be the first to hold my hands up and admit I often jump on the bandwagon to the latest trends. It is questionable whether I'm able to conduct a style goal but I like to at least attempt it, just to say I gave it a go (and probably profoundly failed whilst doing so).
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Monday, 2 November 2015

Beauty: the KIKO focus


KIKO is fast becoming one of my favourite beauty brands. Although I now rely heavily on high-end (bloggers, I blame you) KIKO ticks all my expectations and I actually see it as the superior side of cosmetics because of its impressive standard.
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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween! - my Halloween memories


Happy Halloween, everybody! I feel like as a blogger it's my liability to post some kind of fabulous, monumental makeup tutorial, nail design, party gear, spooky-themed decor or a unique idea on how to celebrate in style but truth be told, I'm the least creative person possible and quite frankly I'm naff at pretty much everything; especially when it relates to an original invention on a seasonal occasion.
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: discovering Yoins

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Have you ever placed a random search on Google for a piece of clothing that's devastatingly sold out and then happen to come across a site where said item is available and for an even better price? Well, that ecstatic feeling occurred for me a couple of week ago when I located Yoins, an international website which seems to stock a good variety of Zara-esque clothing, along with some individual, high quality and super stylish pieces.
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Monday, 26 October 2015

What I wore: seaside neutrals


This weekend I took an intentional small blog break to spend some quality time with my family in honour of what would have been my Grandad's 80th birthday. As a very close knit family, we have our traditional values and planned to celebrate my Grandad's memory and presence despite him not being here in person.
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Life: the Bar Soba black card Leeds launch night


With the dark, winter nights drawing in, it's becoming a barrier for a blogger who relies on natural lighting (like moi). However, when a venue comes to life with outdoor warmth shining through it becomes even more difficult to capture the essence in its finest hour of glory.
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: spreading the coat love

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As much as we try to deny it, it's officially coat season and although it's not overbearingly cold at the moment, I'm still in preparation mode. With the shops hauling in their new season stock, I can't help but consider a few (or should I say lots) of winter coat options.
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Recreating fashion's iconic movie moments with Farfetch

Film and fashion come hand in hand. We may not notice when we're so enthralled in a storyline but it's there, and often more noticeable when pointed out the second time round.

You only have to watch the infinitely magnificent Holly Golightly open the show with her LBD arrival in Breakfast At Tiffany's, Cher Horrowitz choosing her mismatch retro, preppy outfits with the help of her computer in the fabulous and never ageing Clueless, Miranda Priestly being in charge of all areas including her flawless wardrobe in the Devil Wears Prada... and that's just to name a few. Looking back on the classic movies is my favourite pastime and not only just to rejoice at the idolising top ranked star moments but to discover the nitty gritty of fashion and the designers behind the award-winning wardrobes and to look deeper into how clothes and costumes can create a living, breathing and often well remembered character.

That's why when Farfetch got in touch to ask if I'd like to take part in their 'Fashion's Iconic Movie Moments' competition I didn't hesitate in accepting the challenge of creating a reinvented fashion set based on the best moment of my choice to celebrate film festival season being well on its way and to be in with a chance of winning a £250 Farfetch voucher! As I didn't get the time to delve into my own wardrobe, I took my well loved approach of producing an informative wish-list style of display featuring all items from the oh so luxurious Farfetch website.

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Sunday Natter: life as a leftie


Luckily, the world has become accepting of left handed humans and that means I'm softening to the concept and likability of being left handed. I'm a proud leftie, I can appreciate the difference, the uniqueness and consider myself pretty damn special.
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Life: Aquascutum and Issa launch event at Lambert's Yard


After being on a mini blog event hiatus, I jumped back on board this week at the ever so lovely Lambert's Yard to celebrate the launch of two exclusive brands, Aquascutum and Issa which will be available in the shop this season marking Leeds as being the first place to stock anywhere out of London! With the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge herself sporting the marque, it was bound to impress (and that it did).
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wednesday Wishlist - Stradivarius new season

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You may have seen me mention Stradivarius before, I've raved about the store before in a previous blog post and the deep devoted love I share hasn't budged an inch. You'd think I'd get bored of creating continuous wishlists, especially when it mentions the same shop but this particular establishment never goes out of fashion (whoops, another pun) and it's always guaranteed I'll spot something I desire whilst browsing and constantly checking back. I consider Stradivarius as a cheaper Zara (after all it is part of the same family line). It sells similar items; the investments, the extravagant, unique layers and the casual, minimal but extremely versatile basics. 

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

2015's Autumn/Winter Primark haul


Yes, it's that time of year again; the season change means it's a perfectly reasonable excuse to go on a mass raid in Primark. Primark is my one true love all year round but there's something about the autumn/winter stock that draws me in more than the spring/summer.
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

The Sunday Natter: if it's not on social media, it's not true


I don't know why it's become customary to share every detail of our life, in every single situation, on social media. I'll be the first one to hold my hands up and admit I'm guilty of heading straight to the internet whenever something positively pleasing or negatively nagging happens on a day to day basis. Gone are the days we embrace a moment instantly, and welcomed are the technology devices reached for before we even begin to process what's occurring in front of us. I suppose it's so common now that it's the norm but what's slightly worrying is how reliant people are on social media, how it's suddenly become the only valid source and how people believe everything they read and take in fallacious knowledge that isn't actually factual. There's so much I could say about this specific topic but in today's post I wanted to speak about what you see online and what goes on in reality and how quite clearly there's often a major difference.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: nightwear dreams

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As you may or may not know, Missguided have just released a fabulous nightwear range full of so much lust worthy lounging which means there's another addition to my favourite pyjama potentials. Before Missguided, I relied on ASOS, Forever 21 and New Look to browse and giggle at the quirky, text print designs. Nothing's changed, apart from now my list has grown longer.
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