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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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Blogmas: Day twenty-two | Christmas nail polish

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I very rarely paint my nails, I have no idea why… I just don’t pay that much attention to my hands. I think it could be a little bit OCD too as I hate it when they chip, but don’t have the energy/time/motivation to keep on top of them. So they always end up looking a mess. On top of this I have contact lenses and so can never grow my nails too long as it freaks me out a little bit to have long nails so close to my eyes!

However, at this time of the year I do make the effort. I think painting your nails is a fun and funky way to add to your outfit.

Today, being quite festive, I decided to paint my nails Green and Red! What better colours to paint your nails at this time of year? I decided to paint all of my nails red except the one next to my pinky – which I painted green. I love this look. It’s something that little bit different, adds a little bit more dimension to your nails, however is just as easy as painting them all one colour.

To do this I used my red Revlon nail polish (this I have had for years and still hasn’t gone gloopy – I’m impressed!) And for the green colour was in the make China Glaze. This is a little bit more up market and seems to last quite a long time without chipping – which is perfect for me. I just think the shades go really well together and are very Christmasy!

Each polish has a little bit of a glittery effect to them too which is really cute and makes them that little bit more fancy for Christmas time.

Let me know what you think of my nails and if you have painted yours for Christmas too.

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Blogmas: Day twenty-one | Christmas Makeup Tutorial

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Hellooo everyone! Party season has arrived and I thought that I would post up a quick and easy makeup tutorial for you to follow.

Step 1 and 2

Start with a completely clean fresh face. I used Clinique’s rinse off foaming cleanser mousse which completely strips your face of all oils, dirt and makeup. It is amazing, I wouldn’t know what to do without it! Then apply moisturiser if you have dry skin. I didn’t do this as I mousturise at night and then my foundation is quite oily and so in the mornings it is my moisturiser substitute.

Once you have prepped your face, apply your foundation and concealer. I have no idea which way round these are supposed to go, so if you know the proper way of doing this please let me know! However, I tend to put on my foundation first and then concealer on top. Here I used Clinique’s even better makeup SPF 15 evens and corrects foundation in the colour 04 Cream Chamois, and Clinique’s airbrush concealer in the shade 04 Natural Fair.

Step 3 and 4

I don’t contour that much but I do apply a little bit of bronzer where the sun would naturally shine on my face. I brush it onto my cheekbones, my jaw line and the side of my nose – if you don’t have a fringe you can put it on the sides of your forehead just below your hair line. This just adds a little bit of dimension to your face and gives it a natural glow. I use No7’s Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer. As it is dual, there is a highlighter in the pack too which I use down the center of my nose (and my T zone… it also sets my foundation quite well too), my cheeks and my chin. I then apply Natural Collection’s Rosey Glow blushed cheeks blusher. This is my skin done! Now onto the eyes…

I think for a Christmas look, the eyes need to be quite natural with the eyeshadow, but a lot of emphasis with the eyeliner. Here I used a light brown on my lid and then a darker brown in the crease, just like contouring this is to give my eye some more dimension. Underneath my eye I applied a thin line of light blue eyeshadow. The camera doesn’t pick it up too well but I think it really goes well with brown shades and really brings out my eyes.

Step 5 and 6

I quickly coloured in my eyebrows with Gosh’s long lasting eyebrow pen in the colour 001 Dark Brown and then went onto applying eyeliner to my eyes. On the top lid, I went for a thin line in the corner of my eye and then made it go wider the further it went out. I drew on my wings quite small for a softer look, however if you want more of an intense eye the make your wing flick out bigger. The eyeliner I used was Seventeen’s Lacquer Liner wet look finish in black. I then used Natural Collection’s pencil Eye Lines black eyeliner for my waterline. I went right into the corner of my eyes in order to really frame them. After this I used my Soap and Glory thick and fast mascara in black.

Then I finished with what I think is the piece of resistance of the look. Bright red lips. I used Maybelline’s Pleasure me Red lip liner and filled in the rest of my lips with their Pleasure me Red (547) lipstick.

I really like this look, especially around Christmas. I think the red lipstick makes it warm and gives it a festive feel.

Please let me know what you think of this turorial and if you’d like to see other posts like this on my blog! If you recreate the look please let me know in the comments below. x

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Blogmas: Day nine | Snowball Cocktail, Wonder Woman style

For me a Snowball is the ultimate Christmas cocktail. My parents are pros at making them so I got them to show me how to make my own when I went home the other weekend. Here are five easy steps on how to make your own Snowball.

What you will need:

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Lime

Advocaat

Lemonade

Cherries

Cocktail Sticks

Whisk

Wonder Woman glass (Wonder Woman not optional)

 

Step 1:

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Pour the lime juice up to the start of Wonder Woman’s whip. Yeeees, I am sorry but the measurements are going to be in Wonder Woman as I don’t know any other way!

Step 2:

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Fill up the glass with Advocaat to Wonder Woman’s knees. (Wonder Woman measurements are now done!)

Step 3:

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Take the lemonade and fill the glass to the brim – watch out, it does tend to bubble up a little bit!

Step 4: 

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This is the most important part of making the cocktail. Grab a whisk (or a spoon) and stir the mixture together. Again, expect bubbles!!

Step 5:

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Put some cherries on a cocktail stick and pop them on top of the glass.

And voila! Your very own Snowball cocktail.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. If you recreated the cocktail I would love to know how it went and if you liked it. Tell me in the comments below what your favourite Christmas drink is.

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Three ways to rock a Suede Skirt

I have never really known what I’ve thought of these types of skirt. I love how they’re so retro and really give off a 70s vibe, but when I’ve seen them in the shops, I’ve never dared to try one on just because I’ve always thought they would be unflattering. Anyway! This weekend I went on a girly shopping spree around Leeds with my sister. As a joke, I thought I would put one of these skirts on just to see what it actually looked like. I was really shocked! It was a lor more flattering than I thought it would be. Because it is A Line it really brings you in at the waist and so, for me, doesn’t draw attention to my hips! I thought it was dead funky and so decided that I had to get it – especially with it being real suede and half price!

My next problem was what to wear with it. I’m not used to having lighter bottoms than the top part of my outfit, or anything fleshy coloured, so I’ve raided my wardrobe tonight and pulled out three looks to go on top that you can throw on with the skirt.

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Wear it with a black jumper teamed with a cute little white shirt underneath and some knee high black socks. I know this is very school girl, but I just think it works and makes a really cool (and warm!) looking outfit.

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Here I’ve put it with a vintage, over sized shirt. I just think that the colours go so well and with the shirt being slouchy it looks ultra comfy yet very stylish.

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As it is coming up to winter, some thick tights, Docs and a long, cosy scarf really really go well with the skirt. The shirt gives the outfit a smart look yet it is made a lot more casual with the big boots – who knows, maybe throw on a bobble hat too!

So there you have it, just some ways that I will most definitely be dressing this skirt. Let me know what you think of these outfits and show me what you put with your suede skirt too!

You can purchase the skirt from Miss Selfridge here.

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Halloween | Dragon Fancy Dress

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I thought I would do a little post to show you what I will be going as tonight. Honestly, I have no idea why I chose this outfit but it is so fluffy and cute that I just couldn’t not get it.

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You could wear this for any fancy dress party, it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween (to be fair, it’s not really that scary but it was under Halloween outfits on the website I found it so, I’m half way there).

I’ve purchased some glittery golden tights to go with it which makes my legs look scale-y and more like a dragon. For extra warmth, I’ve paired the dress with some bright green arm warmers which look really awesome.

For my makeup I have chosen to do this:

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The inspiration came from a YouTube video which you can find here, but I kind of put my own twist to the look in order to tone it down a bit.

I’m super excited for Halloween this year! Let me know what you’re going as and what you make of this outfit.

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Grey Smokey Eye

Just a quick post tonight, but I had to share this look with you!

I am loving playing around with my eye shadows at the moment. Every day I try something new, whether or not it’s a brand new colour, or a brand new design, I don’t know why I’m doing this… it’s just fun!

I’ve never done this before where you only put eye shadow on the corner of your eye and the crease… but it seems to have worked out really well! I absolutely love this look – and may be trying it gain sometime…

I hate it when it goes so perfect that it never looks as good when you recreate the look, BUT! I will give it a shot…

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Let me know what you think of this look and if you’ve ever done something like this before too!

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