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Spring Essentials

Monday, April 28, 2014

I am sticking with what I know best this spring. An au naturel base, soft bronze eyes, bold brows, a wash of pastel pink on the cheeks and lips, the occasional flash of red (because I can't ever give that up), and aquatic theme nails.

1. Face. Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation
2. Eyes. Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow and B. Loud High Volume Mascara
3. Brows. Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit
4. Cheeks. Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush
5. Lips. Christian Dior Lip Glow and Lord & Berry Scarlet
6. Nails. Barry M Aquarium Collection

Week Notes #2

Sunday, April 27, 2014

{ Miss. Selfridge Oversized Maroon Cardigan | Oh My Clumsy Heart Eve Necklace | ASOS Lennon Slippers | Christian Dior Lip Glow | Kiko Stick Eyeshadows | Gone Girl Gillian Flynn | Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Leave-In Serum* }

I have been injecting a little more colour into my daily wardrobe this week with a super old oversized cardigan and a pair of patterned slipper shoes, and I have found myself regularly wearing Eve Necklace (on an extra long chain) because it works so effortlessly with every outfit. The moringa oil serum has been a saviour to my hair and no-fuss products have been keeping my make-up low-maintenance while I have spent all week in the studio preparing pretty things for Crafty Fox. In the stolen spare moments, I have been preoccupied with reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and it is amazing.

Other things:
| these functional and flexible objects for small spaces
| 7 things to stop worrying about
| the launch of a new online magazine
| this dress
| and this one
| something to hang them on
| this cookbook
| these mini cakes
| and this plate to put them on

Note To Self #8 : Shopping For Spring

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{ ring | dress | perfume | lipstick | shoes | eyeshadow }

For quite a while nothing was alluring enough to make me part with my money and then, all of a sudden, I want to buy everything and my purse is falling open for lipsticks, shoes, cute dresses, and even jewellery, which have all successfully crept their way onto my "oh my gosh I really need this" list.

My obsession for eye balls isn't going anywhere fast and although I have been struggling between picking a piece from Datter Industries for months, I think I can no longer deny the watchful eye ring is perfect for me. After rediscovering the Sephora Jumbo Liners, I have also rediscovered how ridiculously lazy (while still appearing incredibly put together) you can be when you have "eye crayons" to rely on for super fast make-up application. I want more of these in my life in the form of the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks. The Huile Prodigieuse dry oil smells so freaking amazing I figured the Prodigieux le Parfum would be just as dreamy and possibly the most perfect spring scent. I have been obsessing over court shoes; realising I own smart shoes but nothing formal has highlighted a huge gap in my wardrobe, which means these Kurt Geiger shoes have won a place on my spring wardrobe wish list. Finally, spring isn't set without soft natural shades of lipsticks; Lord & Berry Desert Rose is one of literally dozens of honey-pink products I have bookmarked lately.

The Perfect Fit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

{ & Other Stories Lace Soft Bra | Forever 21 Ruched Layering Bra }

Lingerie is the most exciting part of any wardrobe for me, but it can also be the most complicated to get right. It is always frustrating to find the cutest little lingerie set only to discover it doesn't fit, the straps are too thick, the band is too wide, and everything just looks.. wrong, wrong, wrong! Over time I have discovered what styles work for me, which ones I should avoid, and all the terrible mistakes I had been making.

1. Size. Measure yourself (or get someone else to)
2. Technique. Use the proper fitting technique
3. Identify. Identify common problems (bulging, movement, gaps, wrinkles, and discomfort) and avoid them
4. Style. Discover what styles work for you, they need to be comfortable and flattering
5. Shopping. Be prepared to spend a lot of time (and maybe even money) to find the perfect fit

The best tip I ever learned was 'the size of the cup varies with the band size.' If you want to try a smaller band size, you need to compensate by choosing a larger cup size or vice versa. For example, if you find the band on a 36B bra is too loose try a 34C instead or if the 34B bra is too tight, try a 36A.

Sizing is just a starting point and will vary between brands, remember every womans' body is different but lingerie is mass produced; if a design doesn't suit you this doesn't mean your body is the problem. Remember you can wear something else but also don't forget you can easily modify lingerie by adjusting the straps, adding strap padding, or even fitting band extenders.

The Book List #12

Monday, April 21, 2014

What I've read in April (so far):
1. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
2. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson
3. Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

'Personal development' books aren't really my thing but I've enjoyed reading the few that I've picked up this month; they tend to be short and sweet with sound advice. After hearing so many good words said about it, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson was disappointing to say the least. However, The Secret History by Donna Tartt was freaking amazing; after 100 pages I'd ordered it online and switched from eReader to book since I knew it deserved a permanent place in the book collection.

{ the book list #1-11 }

Week Notes #1

Sunday, April 20, 2014

{ orchid | book | tea | notebook | jumbo liner }

- This orchid is really growing for it, she's beautiful and I can't stop staring at her
- You need to read this book, OK? Promise me.
- Vanilla Chai tea is so dreamy, I have to force myself to drink something else or it will all be gone
- I've been having a hard time blogging lately so I've been making notes (and I think it's coming back together)
- Since threatening to use it or lose it, I've rediscovered long forgotten make-up

Apartment Tour

Saturday, April 19, 2014

{ the hallway }

{ "aloe mr. pickles" }

{ nick falco }

{ one of many }

{ the bedroom }

{ by faye moorhouse }

{ two little birds }

{ the bathroom }

{ that sofa }

{ only the best }

{ an old relic }

{ devoted to plants }

{ the natural history section }

7 Things We Should Remember

Saturday, April 12, 2014

1. Quit buying everything | Ask yourself, "will this product work for me?" and "Do I really need this?"
2. Don't take what one person says as gospel | Do you own research, form your own opinions
3. Sales people don't know everything | Plus they really are just trying to sell you things
4. The goal is skin that doesn't "need" make-up | Learn to solve problems not cover them up
5. Learn to read the ingredients | This is tough but the pay off is huge
6. Stop looking at the price tag | Quit being a high end brand snob
7. Take your make-up off as soon as possible | Don't wear it at all if you don't need to

Note To Self #7

Saturday, April 05, 2014

hair oil | foundation | conditioner | brow kit | facial oil | powder

The impending death of current products always leads me to hunt prematurely for some suitable replacements.

Whenever I've tried Lily Lolo products I've never been disappointed so it makes sense to return to what I know works. New products I want to try include the Flawless Matte Finishing Powder and their range of blushers, plus I wouldn't mind picking up some old favourites. Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants, making it popular to use as a skin and hair treatment. Finding an unbranded, pure Argan Oil is a better option purchasing branded high street products, which often contain very little of the pure oil itself. I've been hunting for cruelty-free replacements for some of my most loved products; the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus looks like a suitable vegan-friendly alternative for Le Blanc de Chanel. One step I can never do without is filling in my eyebrows, I want to get my hands on a separate brow compact (instead of stealing from my eye palettes) but there are few that are dark enough for me. This ELF Eyebrow Kit looks perfect.. but it always sells out super fast. I've really been letting my hair do its own thing lately and all I'm concerned with is keeping it looking super shiny and healthy; the Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner is super lightweight and specifically designed for thinner hair types. Since I'm not so scared about using facial oils anymore, I'd like to incorporate the Fushi Rosehip Oil into my skin care routine. Rosehip is said to assist with cell regeneration and promote collagen levels, improving skin tone and overall complexion, making it clearer and brighter with frequent use.

{ more things to buy }

The Basic Minimal Wardrobe

Friday, April 04, 2014

Everyone's basic minimal wardrobe will look different; what one person loves to wear, another will hate. Telling you what you should buy makes little sense, instead I'm sharing the basics of my own minimal wardrobe to give you an idea of how to create the building blocks of your own.

However, the basics principles remain to the same for all: versatile everyday basics, investment in quality over quality, smart timeless pieces, and seasonally appropriate or adaptable choices for layering.

DRESSES | always versatile
- casual dress
- smart dress
- smart-to-casual dress
- knee-length skirt

TOPS | everyday basics
- shirt/blouse
- black cardigan
- black jumper
- black and nude long-sleeved top
- black and nude sleeveless top

UNDERWEAR | it's all about comfort
- soft cup bras
- black and nude/white slip
- thick black tights
- black tights
- nude tights
- black socks

COATS | worthwhile investments
- winter coat
- smart lightweight coat
- summer jacket

SHOES | smart and comfortable
- flats/slipper shoes
- black shoes
- ankle boots

ACCESSORIES | timeless pieces
- small bag
- clutch
- belt
- patterned scarf
- detachable collar

OTHER | seasonably appropriate
- swimsuit
- scarf
- gloves