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Oo it feels like forever since I've done an outfit post, it's been really hard finding an opportunity to take pictures, I was sick for that couple of days, and it hasn't really stopped raining :/
But finally, I got out and about and got some good shots, hurray! And it was the perfect time to show off my new dress and heels :D
So yes, this is it, I absolutely fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it, it's fan/accordion style pleats are awesome, they make you want to dance around everywhere you go (Colin spent most of the time laughing at me when I wore this to the store to buy milk, and I couldn't stop dancing x3). The picture is me, in my room, just after I tried it on for the first time, I can already see my mind plotting all the fun I can have with those pleats :)
(More photos of the dress itself further down.)
Below are the photos of my makeup for the day. To add to how well the black stood out from the white, I went quite heavily on the liquid eyeliner, but my eyes are already quite big, so the dark eyeliner doesn't diminish them much. I also added the little heart, with my eyeliner, just for funs :3
I'm wearing Super+ BB Cream/Maybelline Mineral Powder (Original Rose)/Avon Sparkle Lash/ME ME ME Flawless Face Pwder (Honey)/Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect/Urban Decay Liquid Eye Liner/Lancome Le Crayon Khol (Gris Bleu).
Also I'm so annoyed at my hair (although I love it in these pictures) but no matter what I try, I can't seem to curl it properly with my curling wand. Grr. Maybe my hair is just too fine? (My hair is extremely fine&thin) Anyone got any hints/tips? They would be greatly appreciated >.>
But yes, below is the results of me trying to ringlet my hair, clearly it didn't work, but I kinda like how it turned out anyway, and I think adding the two little bows made it all very cute...(I love bows!! :D)
And the final look for Lookbook! Please hype sweeties!
Oh and the heels I'm wearing, are just one of the new pairs I was recently given, by my sister. She bought them awhile ago but they didn't fit her properly, so I got them, yay!
Along with the Grey ones I also got these stunning red heels. Red is my fave colour and I absolutely adore these! ♥ ♥ ♥
And of course the Grey ones as well, both pairs are quite similar, and both are ridiculously comfortable. I have no idea how much they cost her, but they're Dorothy Perkins, both size 7's.I also, fairly recently, got these beautiful denim wedges, they're by Kenneth Cole New York, and they are absolutely fabulous quality, and guess where I got them?...A charity shop, for just £5!! It's only when I got them home, and searched online, that I realised that they're worth nearly $200 *swoons*
Not that brands really matter to me, I just bought them because really I liked them, and of course due to the fact they add an extra 5 Inches to my height! That makes me 5'11"!! It makes a change from me being so short, at just 5'6" ¬_¬
I also got these silver wedges (yes, I have too many wedges XD) at my local Sunday Market, again they were only £5, but they're really awesome, the wedge part is made of a sort of spongy material, so not only do they look like moon shoes, but they feel like you're walking with moons shoes :D
So these are my wedges I have with me at my current house (I still have quite a few back at my family home), along with the heels, my sister just gave me. I have far too many shoes, and should really do a clear out....but I love them too much T-T
Hopefully I dazzled you with all these shiny shoes that you won't mind :)
I've recently discovered a fab new blog! Hurray! It's Leah's blog Couture Arabesque, you should totally check her out! Plus at the minute she's holding a great giveaway, to celebrate her blog's 1st birthday :D
Happy Birthday Couture Arabesque!
Oh and if you do enter, let her know I sent you please? Mwah x
Here's all the details;
"What a way to start the week! As I had mentioned last Friday that I had something lovely to unveil to you all and here it is... Couture Arabesque is sponsoring a fabulous designer giveaway featuring two wonderful Oscar de la Renta items, with a combined total value of about $100!! Enter to win this delicately beautiful signed ODR silk scarf and accompanying signed clip on earrings. I had been planning to sell these beauties but decided to tie it into a fun giveaway celebrating C.A.'s 1 year anniversary. That's right, on August 26th Couture Arabesque will be one year old and I'd like to pass on a birthday gift to one of my lovely readers!
Here is how the ODR giveaway works:
Become a follower and let me know how you would style yourself or someone else with these beautiful accessories. (All current Couture Arabesque followers will be automatically entered, but must still leave a comment if they wish to participate)
Tweet or post the giveaway on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting me know you did.
Blog about the giveaway and leave a separate comment letting me know you did
If you refer a new follower you will gain an additional entry, just let me know who the new reader is.
The giveaway will last until Couture Arabesque's first birthday, Friday August 26th, upon which the winner will be drawn. If you appreciate design history and enjoy looking fabulous then don't let this one slip by - enter!! xoxo..........."
Hey everyone! Just an update I was supposed to do a couple of weeks ago, but I only got the photos yesterday. Sorry ^^'
So here it is; My sister and I went camping last month, when the weather was a little better, we were supposed to go for the whole of August, but I fear if we go we'll be washed away with all this rain :(
We usually go camping at least two or three times a year, and usually to the same place, Tollymore Forest Park, it's beautiful there...well I'll just show you the photos I took while there x
Oh we also went to this huuuge car boot sale, it was giant! And had such a wide mix of things, but I really loved the retro glassware and ceramics, they were just so pretty :)
I wish I'd have had more money with me, but unfortunately it was in a field and they usually don't have ATMs xP
But they had so many really cool clothes and shoes, and loads in my size too *sad face*
Hah! These were great fun!! I haven't been on a swan boat in yeaaaaars! (If you don't know what these are, they're boats in the shape of swans that two people peddle around a man-made lake) My sister nearly broke her leg falling in the swan and at one point I nearly fell out! It was £3 a swan, and you could stay out for as long as you liked, so yes we were peddling that swan for hours, I swear! :)
(Plus our swan was a little broken so it kinda kept going around and around in circles, another reason we were out for so long lol)
Yes, so back to our campsite, when we go camping it's usually for a couple of weeks at a time, so we don't really rough it, We bring proper tables, and a cooker, and deck chairs...basically it becomes a home away from home. And it's really nice in the evening, we all gather around the campfire and sing songs/munch marshmallows/etc :D
The best thing about for me though, is being able to wake really early in the morning to beautiful scenes like the one below. As the campsite is right next to the Mourne Mountain /range, the scenery around there is beautiful! <3
Quite near to the campsite is a river running down from the mountain, it's a little chilly, but when we've had a few days of really sunny, warm weather, it's warm enough for swimming! So that's what we did, we all dived into one of the naturally formed pools, and after we'd been in for awhile, a lot of other people joined us, including a really adorable doggie, yay!
When my parents came to pick me up (I had to leave a day early) it became quite windy, and I took some shots of the waves hitting the piers, when we were down at Newcastle's front (roughly three miles from the campsite). It was scary looking but really beautiful to watch, kinda like a lava lamp lol
I can't believe the holidays are nearly over, I get my A Level results in 4 days! Eeck! And then it's no time at all before everyone's back to school and I start Uni!!! :O
Well hope everyone's enjoying the last of the Summer!
Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, I've been quite unwell, a bit of a tummy bug :(
I hate being sick, it stops everything, I haven't been able to blog, or post up any new looks...nothing to do but sit about (of course I got loads of new inspiration and I even found a new blog to follow, Tamara's Blog < < < You can check her out here. She's totally awesome, with a really great fashion sense! Plus she has the most adorable little sister, she's a mini fashionista too :)
First of all a touch of retail therapy, I ordered some bits and bobs from Tesco Direct last week, and it just so happens they arrived today :D
I got this gorgeous 1960's Style Trapeze Coat, it's such an unusual style, unfortunately I under estimated their sizes so it's a size or two big, but then there's room for a jumper or cardi, or I'll possibly see about taking it in a little. (I'm not returning it as it was in their end of season sale and 'cause I ordered it online, it's complicated >.>)
But I can't wait to wear this in a look, possibly not until, Autumn...although it's very light, and the weather here at the minute is quite chilly. Oh and I got a really good deal with this coat! It was £40, down to £15! Yay!
I also got a gel push up bra, I've never tried one of these before, as nature usually takes care of that, but as this was in their sale, and has a beautiful lace detailing design, in a soft latte pink colour, I thought I'd treat myself. Again, it was really reduced down to just £4!
I also got the matching lace pants (very fancy), and two pairs of 'shorties', which have no seams, so they're perfect for figure hugging dresses etc. The last thing I bought is a pair of khaki-style skinnies, they fit perfectly and have a cute little zip at each ankle. Another look is progress :)
Now, time for the real pampering! My sister had bought me a couple of those face masks mud packs, and I decided I'd try one out, I haven't tried this particular brand before (although it was very affordable) but it smelt delicious when I opened it, it was the Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask, my sister also had given me some cucumber relaxing eye....patches? Which really cooled my eyelids and the surrounding area.
****WARNING! NOT-THE-MOST-ATTRACTIVE-PICTURE COMING UP!****
As scary as the picture above is, the whole treatment was very relaxing and my skin felt incredibly soft afterwards. I may as well do a quick product review;
Packaging: ★★☆☆☆ / ☆☆☆☆☆
Smell: ★★★★☆ / ☆☆☆☆☆
Effectiveness: ★★★☆☆ / ☆☆☆☆☆
Price: ★★★★☆ / ☆☆☆☆☆ (four for £3)
I've marked the packaging quite low as it was tricky to use and hard to get it all out unfortunately :(
Next I tried some pore strips (apparently blackheads worst enemy!) I've used these before, and have always found them veeery effective, I won't be showing you a picture of the results.
I think this was one of the Beauty Formulas pore strips...very effective, like I said lol
And I shall hopefully (fingers crossed) be up to my usual healthy breakfast tomorrow :D
Hope you all are feeling a bit better than me!
Last week I went with my finacé and his mum, to Dobbies Garden Centre, it's maaaaasive :O
The building was made nearly entirely out of wood....very cool, even the bins were disguised in a really pretty wooden box thing lol
It didn't seem like an overly good garden centre, like, plant-wise...but it's really gimmicky.
I really loved the pretty sand designs in the glass jars, but they were super expensive...I figured I could make my own for cheaper, I already have a couple of house plants, and Ikea have really cheap vases and coloured sands :)
Dobbies also have a huge farmer's market, and they have a really good variety of alternate foods, but check out those pasta bows! Aren't they adorable ^_^ Like little humbug bows...although the thought of mint pasta, doesn't sound great lol
But they were so super fussy about taking photos...I tried to explain it was for my blog, and that it would be good publicity, but they were just really rude, even when I apologised and told her I didn't realise I wasn't allowed :'(
I forgave them a little when I saw how many Paperchase books they had :D
I love these so much, only I have far too many of them already, I get one every birthday now....but Dobbies have new ones, so I shall have to inform my close family and friends ;)
However Dobbies real good point is it's restaurant....yum yum yum ^_^ Again very expensive, but wow they had so many different kinds of pastries and buns and desserts, it's one of those places where you want to have a little sampling of everything :)
They were so weird about our lunch though...some days I'm a fairly fussy eater, and I didn't like the look of any of there lunch-food stuffs, the girl behind the counter saw me looking at all the hot foods for a bit, but I eventually decided to try some of their pie, which looked quite nice. So I went up to the counter but just as I got there she started putting things on a trolley, Colin asked could we order something, but she said (in quite an abrupt way) that hot food stopped at 3PM...I looked at my watch, IT WAS EXACTLY 3 ¬_¬
Why didn't she say something when I was making my mind up?! Gah.
Sorry that I'm ranting. just stuff like that really annoys me, plus to make things worse, when I decided on a new thing to get, they didn't have any of that *sigh*
But I eventually settled on a baked potato with prawns and Ann-Marie sauce...which was quite nice...but not worth how much it cost (like £6 something). I also got Capri-Sun which I haven't had in yeaaaaars :)
Free refills on drinks though!
Not much of an outfit post, but at least it does feature my new cardigan (I'll hopefully show it off properly in my next outfit post, keep posted!) I also wore my long floral top, black leggings and some purple Converse, comfy and casual :)
Sorry if I look a little ruffled, we had earlier been caught in a real rain storm (main reason why there's no full outfit post, dang weather ¬_¬).
And to finish, here's a picture of a really cute panda cake! Now I know this is definitely too cute to eat! :3
Plus that's a heck of a lot of icing!!
Oh also, if you wouldn't mind, could you please nominate me in the Cosmo Blog Awards, in the 'new blog' category? Thanks! xo