Friday 29 December 2017

A Christmas Day Candy Cane Outfit

Merry (belated) Christmas! I don't know about you, but I always spend weeks planning what I'm going to wear on Christmas Day. I think it's because I would always be so excited for the day as a child - wearing a pretty dress and slipping around the floor in white tights. Not much has changed, let's be real...

Tuesday 26 December 2017

Accessories to Amp Up an Outfit

Whether it's this festive season, or any old night out, I do sometimes struggle with turning an outfit into something special. I'm a jeans and jumper girl at heart, and although I love a bit of glitz, it's something I often drop into my casual daily outfits - meaning I don't have many "dressy" clothes. When it comes to dressing up, sometimes it isn't all about going for a killer dress. For me, the key to amping up an outfit is the accessories worn with it, so here are my favourites...

Thursday 21 December 2017

A Christmas Day Lip Edit

Perhaps not everyone thinks about their lipstick choices as much as I do, but when I have a full day of festivities on the horizon I definitely give what lipstick I'm going to wear a second thought. Do you go totally festive with a glossy red lip? Give up and just whack on a lip balm? Here's my shortlist for the day, if you will...

Monday 18 December 2017

Winter Skincare Faves

Ah winter, how my skin hates you. We all know the struggle - a mixture of the harsh weather, bad diet, going in and out of hot buildings and snow, and the stress of shopping in busy stores leads to not-so-great skin. I find things go a bit lacklustre, but I will say I think I'm managing to combat it pretty well thus far! Here are my go-to products to help...

Thursday 14 December 2017

The Easiest Method for Pastel Pink Hair

I've dabbled in pink hair in the past, but those of you who follow me on Instagram may have noticed that I've given it another shot. Instead of using temporary/semi-permanent dyes like I have before, I opted for something new (to me) this time round. And I've got to say guys, it's the simplest way I've found so far, and my favourite...

Monday 11 December 2017

The December Post (& A Christmas Playlist!)

It's my last Monthly Post of 2017! I'm currently deciding what my 2018 Monthly Posts will be, whether I'm switching up the format or just getting rid for something new! However, let's talk about my November. I'll be totally honest, I can barely remember anything except working on my final Creative Writing folio and another essay for my Victorian Literature module. I think I've spent more time sitting at my desk than anything else... fun. Anyway, it's time to look at the month ahead for the last time this year, and I've chucked on a Christmas playlist at the end for you all...


Sunday 12 November 2017

A Party Season Wishlist

It's always a difficult question to answer - what season do you prefer dressing for? After a lot of thought, and the realisation that I had been browsing ASOS and Topshop for hours, it came to me - I love winter fashion. The cosy jumpers and coats and boots, yes, but also the party wear. Here's a wishlist for you, the items I'm lusting after, and a few I've already bought...

Thursday 9 November 2017

Glitter Nails for Every Season

If you're like me, then you'll wear glitter nail polish all year round. However, I know some of you aren't so sparkle-inclined, and so here is my little suggestion for the glitter nails you can wear during this festive period, and every other season...

Friday 3 November 2017

The November Post

Oh October, I swear you were only a week long. I know everyone says it, but this year has gone by so fast and this month barely existed as far as I'm concerned! I sadly didn't get to go on my Amsterdam trip but I still managed to have a productive week off uni, although I'm wishing I'd found some time to relax too because this month is bound to be a stressful one. Here's what I've got going on...

Friday 27 October 2017

Glossier: The No-Makeup Makeup Brand

Glossier is shipping to the UK! I'm sure everyone reading this knows already, but it's still pretty exciting. I used restraint when ordering and only picked up the Phase 2 Set, Milky Jelly Cleanser and Balm Dotcom. I'm going to save the details of the skincare bits until I've tried more out - I'm looking at both of those masks - but I do have to say I'm a fan! Today however, let's talk Glossier makeup...

Monday 23 October 2017

Currently Listening To... #2

I know I've mentioned before that I've got a pretty eclectic music taste, but I feel like this past month or so's picks are particularly varied! As described in the last playlist post, I've been collecting the songs I find myself listening to most often to make a mix for you to listen to. Here's round two...

Wednesday 4 October 2017

The October Post

A few days late, but who's counting? For once, I'm really stuck while writing this post. Normally I give a quick overview of the previous month, and talk about my goals for the month to come, and it's all fine and dandy. But in September I went through a breakup and started my final year of uni within five days, signed up for a bunch of uni events I never normally would, and had a mighty cold for a good week+ of it. I've just been in a strange mood between pushing myself to make this year great, and wallowing in self pity because a massive chunk of my life is now gone. But anyway, I do have plans for this month, so here's what I've got on...

Sunday 10 September 2017

The Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

I'm such a huge fan of podcasts. As an 'I need a tv show on in the background' person, I love having conversations going on while I'm going through my day, whether it's blogging, cooking, putting away my laundry, walking to and from uni - the list goes on. So, as a self-pronounced podcast expert, here are the ones you need to give a go...

Thursday 7 September 2017

How to Make a Rented Flat Feel Like Home

As you may already know, I recently moved flat and so I've been in full decorating mode. I've moved five times in the last four years between student accommodation and rented flats so I've gained quite the bit of experience in decorating those awful magnolia walls. My room doesn't look exactly how I'd want it to in a place I owned, but I am pretty happy with how I've made it a comfortable and inviting place. Here are my tips to stop your rented room feeling like an non-permanent place, and more like home...

Monday 4 September 2017

Everyday Makeup Loves

Here's a simple post for you, the makeup I'm currently wearing most days! In short, I've been enjoying a simple but bronzy base, a sheer wash of pearly colour over the eyes, and a pinky nude lip. It's the kind of look that suits most occasions, and can be amped up with a stronger lip or winged liner if you want to take it from day to night...

Friday 1 September 2017

The September Post

August included moving back to Dundee and settling into my new flat, working my uni's open day and getting to tell a whole bunch of worried applicants and parents about my amazing course, and soaking up lots of family time before I and everyone else get back into the swing of non-holiday life. And as cliche as it sounds, I can't believe it's September already! I'm actually looking forward to having a proper schedule again, but wow did summer go by quickly. Here's what I've got coming up this month...

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Photography Backdrops on Your Doorstep

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I've been blogging for a few years now, but I won't lie, one thing I still struggle with is finding a perfect backdrop for my fashion photography. I often got by in the early days in my bedroom or back garden with a tripod, but since moving to a city and being in rented flats with small bedrooms and no gardens, I've had to learn the art of scouting locations. Today's post, brought to you by Panasonic, features a few of my suggestions for places you can find in just about any city...

Thursday 24 August 2017

Currently Listening To...

I feel like music is something sorely lacking from this blog. I love music. I'm the kind of person who can hear a song and immediately recall a certain memory, person or emotion associated with that song, and whose Spotify saved list and vinyl collection grows pretty rapidly. I actually added a lil' Spotify playlist at the bottom of my sidebar a few months ago of a few pretty songs to listen to as you browse!

Monday 21 August 2017

Beauty Worth the Splurge

We all know that highstreet makeup isn't anything to sniff at, but I've got to admit that I do love high end makeup. I think as long as you find a product that works amazingly, it's totally worth the money, especially as you use makeup most days! On that note, here are the beauty bits I'm more than happy to fork out for...

Friday 18 August 2017

Why You Should Change Your Hair... Now

Ok, maybe ignore the title of this post if you're super happy with your hair right now. But for those of you who are considering a chop or dye job and can't decide whether to go ahead with it or not, this one is for you...

Tuesday 15 August 2017

A Twist on Red Tees and Blue Jeans

I love denim, and I think one of the most classic looks in fashion is blue jeans and a red tee. I don't know what it is, but the combo is just so damn pretty. However, sometimes you need to be a lil bit dressy and so in steps this blouse, which guess what - I just love with jeans...

Saturday 12 August 2017

My Summer Shoe Wardrobe

I do love shoes, but I've never really been a Shoe Person. I tend to buy a pair then wear them to death, then move onto the next pair. And, I'm normally a black ankle boots lover. But when summer comes around those guys just don't cut it. When I'm not in trainers I need something that's lighter and a tad dressier, so along come summer shoes...

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Fragrance Favourites

As the years go by I get more and more obsessed with perfume. I'm not so much of a hoarder that I have lots of untouched bottles - I use them all up! - but I do have a little collection growing. I thought I'd do a run-down of my collection, the fragrances I always wear, and explain what ones are nice and what ones I couldn't live without. As in, I'd buy them over and over again...

Sunday 6 August 2017

Summer-to-Autumn ASOS Wishing

I've never really been one for wishlists but as I was browsing ASOS and dreaming up some blog posts, I thought I would just merge the two! Here are the pieces I'm wishing for - still bright enough to hang onto summer, but moving away from the minimal fabric into something more comfortable for autumn...

Thursday 3 August 2017

Navy, White & Red All Over

I know these trousers have been featured on my blog already, but I just couldn't resist photographing them again when I wore them in Barcelona. This was my outfit of choice for the day we visited the Sagrada Familia - shoulders needed to be covered and short shorts were a no. So, my dreamy striped trousers were worn again...

Tuesday 1 August 2017

The August Post

July started with me coming back from a lovely holiday, had me moving home for a few weeks while I'm between leases, and ended with me getting ready to move into my new flat. In between all the moving about, I was searching for jobs, buying pretty clothes, working on the Freshers issue of Magdalen, and generally just trying to organise my life. How one person can have so many belongings, I'll never know. Anyway, here's a look at the month ahead...

Friday 28 July 2017

A Chat About Happiness

It's crazy how the minute you step away from a toxic situation, the better you feel. I've talked about the issues going on in my life recently a few times now (you can read here and here if you're interested) so I'm not going to talk about it here, but I do want to write a bit about how I'm feeling now. It's been two weeks since I left that place and those people behind, and I feel so much better for it.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Giving Green Eyeshadow a Try

We all know I'm not the most adventurous with makeup. More and more I've been upping my confidence, such as wearing nude lipsticks (I always used to think I couldn't pull them off and now they're practically all I wear) or warm eyeshadows (I always thought orange or rust colours would look awful but I love them), but one thing I've never really done is wear a colour on my eyes. As in, an 'unnatural' colour. Such as green...

Saturday 22 July 2017

Merci Mon Cheri

Yes this tee is everywhere, yes I still had to have it. What can I say, it's a lot cheaper than the Gucci tee it's obviously modelled after! Anywhere, here's another outfit from my trip to Barcelona. I ditched the floaty dresses and playsuits and went for a classic tee and denim combo...

Wednesday 19 July 2017

A Purifying Cleanser to Try

I've been faithful to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel for nearly two years now, but as I was running low I had the bizarre notion to try something new. As you guys might now, I've been struggling with a lot of breakouts on my skin recently, and even though I don't think the Oskia is causing it at all, I didn't think it would hurt to try something that supposedly helps with problem skin. And guess what, I actually really like it...

Sunday 16 July 2017

The Bardot Dress of Dreams

This post is a shout out to all the people out there with big boobs who just can't wear bardot tops or dresses. You know the struggle - you can't wear them with a normal bra, strapless bras suck (or maybe that one is just on me!), and often going braless means a weird shapeless mess that ruins that style of the top. But your prayers have been answered folks, because this dress is a good'un...

Thursday 13 July 2017

That Midi Skirt Again

Let's kick off my Barcelona outfit posts with something you've seen before. Yep, it's that skirt again. I know I posted an outfit featuring this midi skirt not too long ago, but I like to keep things real here and show you all what I actually wear. And I actually wear this skirt a lot because it's so damn pretty and effortless. Here's how I styled it...

Monday 10 July 2017

Barcelona in Snapshots

Of course I had to put a post together about my trip to Barcelona! I wouldn't call this a guide, as I've not got a big list of everything we did, but I do still want to share the trip and offer a few suggestions (and an excuse to share pretty photos). I've tried to limit the pictures as much as possible but it's such a gorgeous place, I couldn't resist throwing a lot in! It was a lovely trip and I really want to go back already, so it was fun to reminisce over the sights. Here goes...

Friday 7 July 2017

Barcelona in Outfits

As some of you may know, I went to Barcelona! I've got a post coming up telling you all about the sights (and food), but for now I wanted to do a little post on my outfits. There will be some upcoming posts with all the deets on my personal faves, but for now here's a glance at everything I wore in the prettiest city...

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Holiday Beauty Essentials

As this post goes live, I'm getting ready to head back to Scotland after a week in Barcelona! While I'm in the midst of packing, I thought I'd give a run down of my favourite beauty bits I'm taking to deal with the heat. It's mainly an excuse to show off the travel minis...

Saturday 1 July 2017

The July Post

So June was a weird month. I handed my notice in at work, booked a holiday (which I'm currently on!) and finally started packing up my bedroom in the flat I can't stand. It was filled with some gorgeous sunny days but also some downpours in which aforementioned work flooded. So, while I sun myself - thank heavens for scheduled posts - here's a look at the month ahead...

Wednesday 28 June 2017

On Being Cool

I never think of myself as particularly adventurous. I've always had a pretty casual style but when I look amongst the black, white and grey, I do find that I have a tendency to wear some slightly quirkier pieces. Cue photos of me taken in my happy place, Waterstones...

Saturday 24 June 2017

The Warm Eyeshadow Palette You Need

It's no secret that I love Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, although I've not been excited by them for a good couple of years now. I locked down Naked 1 and Naked 2, but then wasn't fussed about any others, and although the all matte Ultimate Basics palette is gorgeous, I knew I didn't need it. But, when I saw the photos of the Naked Heat palette, I knew I had to have it...

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Summer Nail Picks

It's no secret I love a good nail polish, and a mixture of brights and muted tones often don my nails all year round. When summer makes an appearance I do particularly love egging on the sun with some peppier picks though, so that's what this post is all about. You don't need to guess my favourite formulas...

Saturday 17 June 2017

Moving On

In January I wrote a post about how my life had been turned upside down with a horrible situation with my flatmates. Now that I'm in the midst of packing up my room, I've been thinking about how I can't wait until the date I get to leave this place. I wanted to write something so that this 'journey' isn't open-ended on my blog, and so I can get these thoughts out of my head and move on...

Wednesday 14 June 2017

A Simplified Skincare Routine

My skin has been a bit of a nightmare in the past few months. It gradually become less dry and leaned more towards combination, which is fine, but then all of a sudden it started breaking out. In an attempt to try and help it topically as much as I could, I decided to simplify my skincare routine, so here's a look at what I'm using...

Sunday 11 June 2017

A Glowing YSL Base

Some of you may know I went to Suzie's Complexion Masterclass with YSL last month, where I was lucky enough to chat with her and the makeup artists about all things base. To read about the day take a look at my recap post, but for now let's look at my favourite products for a gorgeous complexion that I left with...

Thursday 8 June 2017

Stupidly Simple Beauty Tips

You know those beauty habits you have that totally rock your world but you've actually forgotten to tell people about them to spread the joy? That's what this post is. Read on to hear about those tiny tricks that are actually so useful...

Tuesday 6 June 2017

How to Survive Festivals if You're Anxious or Claustrophobic

Hey, festival season is beginning! While some people live for gigs and festivals where they can be deep in the crowds or right at the front of the stage, some of us just can't handle that atmosphere. I'm not a huge festival goer (I've only been to one) but I really wanted to put this post together for like-minded people. Whether it's because you have anxiety, feel claustrophobic, just hate crowds or are new to festivals or gigs, then I have a couple tips...

Sunday 4 June 2017

An Easy Breezy Summer Outfit

When it comes to summer (Scottish summer, that is) you can usually get away with jeans and a tee on sunny days. But sometimes we're greeted with a heatwave, and skin tight jeans just won't cut it. I thought one of these rare days coupled with a walk to the Botanic Gardens would be a great day to test out my new favourites; some super flowy striped trousers. Paired with a boxy crop top and trainers, this was a really simple outfit that featured no tight or clingy clothes. Perfect for a super hot day. We may have gone a little snap happy..

Thursday 1 June 2017

The June Post

Well, May was a hectic month. I had a few birthday parties, found out I need to search for a new job after only two months of working at my current place because the store is closing, and I won an award! I was so surprised and pleased to find out that I won Best Section for my uni's magazine at our media awards - I'm so proud that something I worked my butt off on is getting recognition! Anyway, here's a look at the month ahead...

Tuesday 30 May 2017

A YSL Masterclass with Hello October

A couple weeks ago I headed back to Glasgow for an afternoon with the gorgeous Suzie, to take a complexion masterclass with YSL and learn about the products she loves. Here's a little recap of the afternoon and a rundown of the makeup I walked away with...

Friday 26 May 2017

My Favourite Way to Tan

It's only in the last couple years that I've really got into fake tan, and only in the past six months or so that I've been applying it regularly. I don't have a problem with my pale skin at all, but I find I just feel much happier and look healthier with a tan! So, here's the one I've been besotted with...

Saturday 20 May 2017

The Perfect 21st Birthday Gift

I think everyone around here knows that I'm not a very blingy girl. When it comes to glitter I'm all in, but jewellery is always very paired back and simple when I have my say. However, when my mum announced that for my 21st birthday she wanted her and my dad to gift me with a ring, I was more than happy to trot around jewellers to look for something special...


Wednesday 17 May 2017

New MAC Lipstick Loves

I have a pretty tiny MAC lipstick collection considering I've been blogging beauty for the past three years, but I've just picked up two new pretties bringing my total to a whopping... four. Numbers (and judgement) aside, here's a look at my two new MAC purchases, which also happen to be my current favourites...
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