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Penny Lane inspired look

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If you have never seen Almost Famous then stop right now, find a copy, watch it, then return to this post. I must say it is one of my favourite films at the moment, mainly because it is set in the 70s. It has an amazing soundtrack, fantastic characters that are based on legendary people and the clothes they wear are to die for.

One of the main characters is Penny Lane… and I have been heavily inspired by her wardrobe. She is a free spirited, yet tortured groupie (or should I say ‘Band-Aid’) who is completely in love with the music scene and is going on tour with a band named Stillwater. Her character is portrayed by Kate Hudson and it has been said the part was written around the socialite and famous groupie Pamela Des Barres’ memoirs.

If you have seen the film you will understand how you instantly fall in love with her. She is extremely groovy, has great fashion and reflects the 70s how everyone seems to perceive it (I hope it was as good as it seemed!)

After studying the film and watching it countless times for one of my assignments, I think I have the Penny Lane requirements down to a T.

  1. You need curly messy hair.
  2. You must have circular sunglasses – preferably with a purple tinge.
  3. You most certainly need an afghan style coat.
  4. Your make up has to be minimalistic, but still there.
  5. A bra is not required and you cannot forget your suede skirt.

If you consider all five of these points, then you are well on your way to pulling off this look.

Here are a couple of photos of myself trying out the 1970s, Penny Lane look. (Do forgive the photo quality – I’m now back at university and the lighting in my room is terrible!)

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Let me know what you make of the film in the comments section below, and whether or not you think I did a good job.

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Three ways to wear a Bandana

Hello everyone,

I have finally got a bandana! You have no idea how excited I am for this – I no longer have to wear toilet roll in my hair to pretend I’m some 80s punk-rock chick. I found this amazing seller on Ebay that sells these gorgeous hair ties for a reasonable price, so if you’re looking to purchase one take a look at the shop here. Once I have worn this one a few time, I’ll definitely be going back there for more… they are soo nice!

Anyway, since getting the bandana, I have discovered some other ways to wear it other than in your hair. Check them out and let me know what you think…

1. In your hair

Here I have done a quick up do to demonstrate how to tie a bandana into your hair. I feel as though this look doesn’t have to be the neatest  of looks. You can pull up your hair in a ponytail, bun or wrap and then wrap your bandana around your head, carefully twisting it into a knot at the top. I love how quirky this look is and how easy and fast it is to do. Very simple yet very effective.

2. Around your neck

I think this is such a funky way to wear a bandana. Since my friend introduced me to this style I have been completely in love. It adds that extra something to any outfit, especially if you’re wearing a low cut top, it really shows off this accessory. I think it looks super cool with a necklace on underneath it too.

3. On your wrist

This is something that the 80s fashion introduced me to. They were very much into wrapping as much around your wrist as you can (my style influence here obviously being Madonna). I think it looks quite boho and would look super cute in the summer paired with some denim jeans.

Let me know what you think of these three ways to wear a bandana and if you have styled it in any other way let me know in the comments section below!

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Hairdo | Review

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I have evolved!

I have been wanting this with my hair for around three or so years now and have never been brave enough to do it. I have no idea where from, but I found some courage in the new year and booked in at the hairdressers for a colour. Yes, I do not trust myself to dye my own hair ^_^ I think I would have ended up with an orange face!

I have never had my hair coloured properly before. Once I had blonde streaks put in, but I was around 12 years old and it was very natural looking so there wasn’t too much to worry about. Then a few years later I went black, or dark brown, when I hit that ’emo’ stage. I think everyone sees this stage in their rebellious, early teenage years. It lasted a couple of months and I quickly grew out of it.

Since then, all of my dyed hair had grown out and so I decided to go for this orangy-red ombre look.

Now I know what a lot of you are thinking… this is nothing to do with the death of David Bowie. However three years ago, I was still obsessed and wanted to dye my hair orange because of him. I looked online for more subtle hairdos to reflect that of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane and found this groovy style. I fell in love and from then onward had wanted to dye it. Even though I booked this before Monday, I feel like it holds even more meaning right now.

I absolutely adore my new hair colour and think it looks sooo good. I now have no idea why I was scared of having it done. I still feel funny looking in the mirror like “That’s not me!” hahaha! I’m going to have to get used to this new version of myself. But I love it and I feel more myself than I have for a long time.

I think everyone at some point of their life must adapt and evolve in someway. Trying new things is healthy and exciting, so why not play around with the appearance of your hair?

My only regret about dying it, is that I didn’t do this sooner!

Please let me know what you think of this new look – and honestly if you want to dye yours too… just do it! Life is too short not to take risks.

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Knee high socks and Bear Trapper hat | Review

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Today I went shopping with my mum, hoping to find some good deals in the sales. However, I came across a bit of a problem where as I didn’t like what was in the sale but loved everything that wasn’t reduced. This tends to happen to me. Maybe it’s because I’m not that bothered about rummaging around all of the messy shelves, or I’ve bought everything I have wanted last season – which is normally the case, then I see it reduced to half price in the sale and it does break my heart a little bit.

But today I found one item in the sale that I do really love.

You will know by now that I am a little bit obsessed with hats. Bobble hats, Bowlers, Davy Crocketts… You name the hat, and I will probably have one. But this is something that I haven’t got and have been meaning to purchase for a long time.

I have never known this type of hat to be called a Bear Trapper before! I thought it was a Russian or Deer Stalker hat but this is what TopShop has it down as and so I’m going with it.

Today I got a Bear Trapper and oh my, it is so cosy! I know we will soon be heading into spring but I feel like when you live in the North you can get away with wearing hats right up until August, and even then it’s still acceptable!

This was from TopShop, in the sale at £5 – I mean you couldn’t even do better at Primark, right?

I think it is absolutely adorable and would go with any colour hair/complexion – which I must consider at the moment as I’m planning on dying my hair !!Scary!!

I got some really nice long length jumpers today, which I’m hoping to wear with this hat and some over the knee socks.

I must say though, if you have 36 inch legs, it is very hard to find over the knee socks and these literally just come to the right place. I could possibly do with them being a little bit longer so I could maybe fold the tops down, but for £3 from Primark they’re great and are super comfy.

If you’d like to purchase the hat you can still get it in the sale online here.

Please let me know what you think of my find… and if you’ve also found something cute in the sale.

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Hair Texturing Liquid Powder | Review

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I’ve recently just had my hair cut into a kind of new choppy style. I decided to get my full fringe put back in but have it cut into so it’s more layered. Before having it chopped I thought it looked very much like two separate styles (with having a pixie cut on one side and still keeping it long on the other) but since going to the hairdressers I feel that it finally looks like one hair style, making me fall back in love with my hair!

Normally my hair is really shiny and sleek and also dead straight which means it’s hard to get any natural texture or lift to it. However, I have been introduced to this amazing liquid powder which gives my hair so much body and volume it is insane.

It’s called Bamboo Style Texturizing Body Boost Volumizing Liquid Powder (a bit of a mouthful I know…) but it actually is awesome.

When I first purchased it I was a bit unsure as to how my hair would look after applying the powder. I’ve had many dry shampoo faux pas before where my hair has been left with one long white streak or my ears have turned brown from the dyes. But this did nothing of the sort. The powder itself is translucent and so leaves no trail of where it has been. I did notice that my hair looked half a shade lighter but that’s probably because I have quite dark hair as it is and so didn’t bother me too much.

When applying the powder you have to put it in your roots, then massage it in to make it work. A word of warning – don’t put too much in otherwise your hair goes crazily big and you end up feeling like Sideshow Bob, or Simba’s mane at the end of Hakuna Matata.

Once you have the volume you want you can then just shape your hair as to how you like it and it’s ready for the day. It is like dry shampoo so it does make my hair feel quite dry and it acts in the same kind of way where it makes your hair look cleaner, however it gives so much more volume and texture to your hair than dry shampoo does and holds it in place all day.

I love this product. It is a little bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. And I feel as though a little bottle would last a lifetime.

It’s in the sale on amazon at the moment HERE if you’re interested in trying it out..

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John Frieda Hair Care | Review

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Last year I had my appendix removed which resulted in me being extremely lazy, in pain and not wanting to move. Therefore, I don’t think I washed my hair for a good week – which is gross I know, but these were special circumstances and believe me, when you feel that bad your hair is the last thing on your mind.

Anyway, it came to the time where people wanted to come and see me to make sure that I was okay. Which is really nice, but this made me realise how gross I actually looked. I remember texting my mum’s cousin asking her to let me know when she was coming round so that I could wash my hair and make myself look presentable.

She turned up at the door one night, and bless her soul, she had gone and bought me some John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner. I was so grateful and could not wait to try this out.

The next day I dragged myself off the sofa and upstairs and washed my hair for the first time in what felt like forever. I’ve never tried more of the expensive drug store shampoo before, I didn’t really think it would make that much of a difference, but oh my! It is the best thing.

Not only does it bring out the colour of my hair a lot more, it leaves it feeling so silky smooth and really shiney – it’s as though I’ve just come out of a salon (minus the styling – teehee).

Not to mention that it smells amazing!!

I don’t really buy expensive things when it comes to beauty and make-up, especially with being a student, that money tends to be spent on food rather than unnecessary products. However since trying this shampoo and conditioner I have not gone back. I make sure that I leave a bit in my budget so I can purchase this product.

It depends where you buy this shampoo from, but I do believe that it is just under £6 per bottle – and if you’re lucky you may find out it’s half price! I think it is money well worth spent and the bottles that you get seem to last forever!

If you’re looking for some shampoo to try out then I would so recommend you try this out.

Please let me know what you use, do you notice that spending that little bit extra actually does make a difference?

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OOTD | Yellow Bag

Sunglasses: Topshop

Jumper: H&M

Jeans: TopShop Tall

Bag: New Look

Boots: Clarks

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Hair decoration ideas

I have this problem where I never know what to do with my hair.

It has gone through many stages:

I’ve had it in a bob, however I got bored because I couldn’t really do anything with it and so decided to grow my hair.

It grew to a certain stage where I looked very much like Miss Hoolie from Balamory and so wanted to chop it all off again. However I persevered and managed to get my hair a a reasonably long length.

I was really happy with it but found that with having busy and rushed mornings, I never had the time to do anything with it. I rarely put my hair up, I didn’t dye it any crazy colours and so again, I became bored.

This led me to chopping one side off, sporting the half pixie cut half long hair look. I absolutely love this hairstyle, but a part of me wishes that it was back long on both sides again.

Therefore I have come up with a few ways to spice back up my hair and give it some life again!

It’s really simple and anyone with long hair (or even short I guess) can pull this off.

I want to call it the ‘raid your house’ look. This is all I did. I went around my bedroom and found a few items that had no use and so I decided to put in my hair.

I found an old bit of material, I don’t really know why I bought this, it has been sitting in one of my draws for a very long time, but I have finally found something to do with it! I folded it in half and hooked it around a section of my hair pulling it tight so it sat firmly at the top of the section. Then with the two pieces hanging down I braided it with the strand of hair. It is so easy and yet so effective.

I’ve had a hand-me-down off my sister for a while. It is a bracelet that’s really colourful with bells hanging from it. When she offered it to me I couldn’t refuse and was surprised that she was throwing it out. However, when coming to put it on my wrist it was too big and just kept falling off. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t part with it that quickly and so it has just been sitting in my make-up draw for a few years. I came across it when hunting for something to go in my hair. It was the perfect length and size and so again, I braided it in.

I’m definitely going to be experimenting with this. Maybe next time I’ll add a few beads, or even some feathers.

I love this effect. It adds colour and dimension to your hair and gives your style a summery boho look.

If you’ve given this a go, I’d love to see your finish looks or for you to share some ideas of what I can decorate my hair with!

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Taylor Momsen Makeup | Tutorial

Since watching Gossip Girl I have become a big fan of Taylor Momsen. It was when her character Jenny Humphrey got a new look, began wearing leather and heavy eye makeup that really began to grab my attention.

Girl rockers are hard to come across in today’s industry so I think it’s really cool that she is naturally wearing this look and has become a star for being herself.

Her punk / rock band, The Pretty Reckless, are also ace too. I’ve only just started listening to them as it was just recently I found out she is a musician. But I am slowly falling in love with them.

She’s a very empowering female, which is something I love about her, and comes across as strong and independent which is great to see, especially being a girl in today’s music industry.

It was only today that I found out she played Cindy Lou in the Grinch, it’s a bit weird that such an innocent child has turned into this rock chick, but at the same time, I think it’s pretty awesome.

So to show my appreciation to her, I decided to do a Taylor Momson make-up tutorial. I hope you like it.

For her eyes, she tends to just do a black or grey smokey eye, which I managed to achieve with the black and grey shades in my Gold Palette from Next. I started off with a dark brown eye shadow outlining where I wanted the black to go and then went over this with the black shadow.

She smudges her eyeliner underneath her lower lid and blends this through to the corner of her eye. Then I applied a lot of mascara to my eyelashes.

I feel as though she doesn’t put much foundation on and is lucky enough to have pretty clear skin. But to emphasis those cheekbones, I used some bronzer which just gives the look some depth.

Then for the lips, I kept it pretty natural with some browny red lipstick as she seems to wear a lot of darker colours on her lips.

Like Taylor Momsen,  I too have a beauty spot just above my lip, so for this look I just emphasised it by colouring over the top of it with some brown eyeliner. However you could just draw one on.

To complete the look I added a choker, ruffled up my hair and pulled a sleeve off my shoulder to give a rock chick vibe.

Now all I need is my leather jacket and I’ll be on my way!

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Valentines Day | Make-Up

I don’t have any gripes with Valentines Day, in fact I think it’s a rather cute tradition. Couples should show their fondness of each other all year round, but to have that one special day gives them an excuse to share time together and maybe take their relationship a step further.

I’ve only celebrated Valentines Day one, and that was quite some time ago! Again, I shall be going it alone this year… I guess I’m still waiting for that Mr Right to show up, or maybe I’ve already found him but just don’t know it yet.

Never the less, I’m going out and celebrating tomorrow evening with my dear housemate Abbie. We have bough tickets to go and see a King Charles gig, which I’m so excited about! Last time I saw him he was amazing, so lets hope he is just as good! I mean, you can’t really go wrong spending your valentines night with King Charles now, can you?

Anyway, here is how I shall be doing my make up for the evening. I hope you like it…

I’m so sorry for the really bad lighting in these photos, my room is just so dark and dim that it’s hard to get a good photo.

For my eyes I used the NO7 Eye Shadow Palette, using colours from the Golden Trio, the Cappuccino Trio and the Chocolate Fondant Quad (numbers 9, 10 and 14 in the set). I absolutely love this set, the shades are all so natural and are really easy to apply, lasting a long amount of time.

As always, my lipstick is from Natural Collection in the colour Hazelnut. I can’t get enough of this recently! To make it last longer, I’d normally apply a layer of Clinique’s Long Last Gloss Wear in the colour Stellar Plumb, which is pretty much the same colour. However, I think this shade is limited edition and has gone out of stock which is such a shame as it’s gorgeous. The closest I can find in the same make is Bonfire which is almost exactly the same – just a touch lighter.

I hope you all have a great Valentines Day whether or not you’re single or in a relationship. Make it special!

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