Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Charity Shop find of the week #9

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Jigsaw suede sneakers £4

I was merrily going through my camera deleting some of my old pics when I got to a few images of some bits and pieces I'd bought maybe a month or so ago in the charity shops. I hesitated over the delete button because I couldn't remember if I'd posted them; I certainly didn't think I had, but couldn't be sure. Anyway, luckily I didn't delete them because it turned out I hadn't posted them, so despite not having bought them that recently (and having found more chazza things to show on the blog since!) I thought I'd still post them.

I am a big fan of charity shopped shoes even though some people really don't like the idea of it! I often find some really good ones and as long as they aren't overworn, it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I love the simple style of these Jigsaw ones, which cost just £4, a fraction of the cost that they retail for, and barely worn, too!

They are similar to my white converse but as I was considering getting a beige/nude pair of Superga trainers, I thought I'd pick them up instead. They are really comfortable and look great with skinny jeans, they'll make a change from ballet pumps especially if the weather turns and it's not quite cool enough for boots.

XO Amie

Monday, 29 September 2014

Instagram Week #39


Skincare Saviours // BFW // Jewels // Tonal nail inspo // Chillin' // Autumnal polishes // BFW // L'occitane goodies // AW shopping guides

With the Harvey Nics fashion show two weeks ago and Bristol Fashion Week last week, I feel I am properly into the Autumn / Winter frame of mind in terms of fashion now. The weather has been really changeable, it is definitely not cold though and I put on chelsea boots this morning but had to take them off again because it's not boot weather yet. Which for gaining on October is quite unusual, but I'm not complaining!

I've definitely started to switch up my beauty routine for autumn, even if the clothing can't follow suit just yet. I've packed away the summery oranges, corals and pinks and in their place I'm embracing a more muted, neutral set of hues. I absolutely love a nude nail colour and when I saw the John Lewis magazine which showcased a model with different toned nails from the same shades, I knew I'd be able to recreate the look. I think it looks really different but still quite elegant, I used to paint every nail a different colour when I was younger but keeping them all from the same group of shades makes it a lot more grown up. I think I am going to buy a new shellac colour as then I can start doing gel nails again; I just got bored of the few shades I had, but I love the shine you get from shellac, it's just not so easy to replicate with normal polish.

Something else I've talked about this week in terms of beauty is skincare. I have posted about my top picks, and I still have to post an 'empties' review as well as wanting to try out the new oil range by L'occitane. This looks amazing and I think it's necessary to treat your skin to a little more luxury in the winter, as it usually needs it!

XO Amie

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Bristol Fashion Week: What I wore


Wearing: H&M hat Mango blouse ASOS trousers Chanel ballerinas Vintage belt and backpack Gap blazer photo credit: Bristol Fashionista

It's typical that every AW fashion show I go to turns out to be boiling hot. I didn't even need to take this jacket with me; I didn't wear it and it was just a complete faff to carry around with me all afternoon! I actually wore it last year here, I didn't mean to wear it again but I'd just dug it out when re-arranging my wardrobe and realised how much I liked it all over again. When I do that I tend to get obsessed with the item in question and wear it constantly, which is what I am doing with this jacket at the moment!

I wasn't really sure what to wear to this event and so in the end I decided on my new favourite uniform, slouchy trews, the classic Chanel ballerinas and a blouse. I know navy and black aren't meant to go together but I like them together and so I wear them that way. I was reading my favourite French style book the day before and the whole idea of a French woman's style being rather thrown together with no regard for style 'rules' made me go for the clash even more! The trousers are my new best fashion purchase, I bought my usual size but they are massive for some reason (I always find ASOS comes up weird with sizing!) so I just belted them with my charity shop Versace. They are such a cool shape, I think I'll wear them a lot over the AW season!

I actually put a beret on instead of the bowler but I thought I looked a bit too literal; with slouchy left bank togs and Chanel ballerinas I felt the beret took this into caricature territory so the bowler was the choice. I had to wear some sort of a hat, naturally!

XO Amie

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Bristol Fashion Week AW14


On Friday I was kindly invited to attend the 5pm catwalk show at Bristol Fashion Week. Hosted at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, this fashion show is slightly different to others I've attended before; it's much more low key, a lot of fun, and it showcases fashions and pieces that are available in the shops at the Mall; meaning it's probably one of the more affordable shows I've gone to this season!

The show is split into scenes and these encompass everything from outwear to workwear and occasion dressing. It's slickly choreographed and styled and there are lots of inspirational ideas on how to update your winter wardrobe without spending a fortune; you can shop according to your budget and the pieces shown on the catwalk are highlighted in the relevant stores with swing tags so you can find the looks you love very easily.

Standout pieces for me included the faux fur coats which came in a plethora of colours and textures, the Autumnal looks from M&S which included fallen-leaf headpieces, and basically the entirety of Gap's showcase; their 'Dress Normal' campaign is right up my street.

Thank you to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway for an amazing event, as always! 

XO Amie

Friday, 26 September 2014

Skincare Saviours


Skincare Saviours: Nivea Q10 eye cream Naturally Radiant moisturiser and serum Smashbox photo finish primer Liz Earle cleanse and polish Laura Mercier foundation primer

I seem to take longer over my skincare than I do with my makeup these days! I think when you get older it becomes more important to take time over your skincare and take time to find the products that work for you. 

I thought I would talk about the things that I've been using recently and the first thing that I've really got into at the minute is a serum. I'm using the Naturally Radiant 2-in-1 moisturiser and serum from Superdrug. This range is great, they do an amazing dupe of another favourite of mine, the Liz Earle cleanse and polish which I will talk about shortly, but it's super affordable and great quality. My skin is fairly dry so whilst this is a moisturiser and serum in one, I use this as a serum and then apply a moisturiser over the top. It recommends you use two to three pumps of the product but I find one is plenty and a little goes a long way.

Before applying any serums or moisturisers, your skin has to be super clean and free of grime and makeup, otherwise you are just applying product over the top of dirt which means you won't get the best from the product you're using. To ensure a clean base I am really rating the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, which smells amazing and is also slightly exfoliating. I usually apply this after removing my makeup, give it a few minutes to sink in, and then polish it away using a muslin cloth. My skin feels so soft and clean after I do this and it's gentle enough to use day and evening. If this is out of your price range, the Superdrug Naturally Radiant range have an excellent dupe which is currently on offer for £2.99! See here-bargainous!

I've used an eye cream for several years because I think one of the first places to show signs of ageing is the thinner skin around the eyes. To combat this I've used a variation of different ones but the one I'm using at the minute is the Nivea Q10 anti-wrinkle eye cream. I am enjoying using this as it leaves my eyes feeling refreshed and softened. I'm not particularly brand loyal to any skincare but I picked this up as it was on offer so if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments!

Finally as Autumn comes around and I want a less dewy finish to my foundation, I've been reaching for a primer to lend a mattifying effect and to give longevity. My current favourites are the classic Laura Mercier foundation primer, and the Smashbox photo finish primer. They both have a lovely texture and smooth down really quickly to give a flawless finish.

XO Amie

Thursday, 25 September 2014

#instantoutfit





The epitome of my style whittled down to three essential elements. A slouchy knit, offset with luxe silk pegs and a mannish loafer that has more than a touch of Gucci about it...Thank you Topshop, I'll take them all!

XO Amie

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

3 ways to wear with New Look

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Wearing: New Look Menswear shirt c/o New Look ASOS Whistles and Vintage jewellery Marc Jacobs watch Whistles jeans Chanel ballerinas Topshop hat

In the first of three outfit posts, I am attempting to style one of my wardrobe staples in three ways, and the garment in question is a classic New Look oxford shirt. Now, I love a nice shirt, and they are so easy to wear; so when New Look kindly offered to send me one to style, I was thrilled! There was one stipulation, though, and that was that the shirt was from their mens range. Well, that suits me; I don't think an oxford shirt should ever be too fitted and I often head to the mens section to look at the shirts on offer when I'm shopping anyway; they always seem to be a better cut because they aren't fitted like womens ones tend to be.

The one I chose was a classic white collared oxford, because this is something I've worn before and as my wardrobe is essentially monochrome, I thought it would work well! The shirt is quite a thick twill fabric, and is a really nice fit; I went for a size small and it's just boxy enough without being swampy. 

The first look I've styled is a classic daytime outfit which is just so easy to wear, especially at the moment with the weather being a little warmer. There's no need for boots and knits yet but a sleeveless top is a little cool so long sleeves definitely fit the bill. I wore the shirt with a pair of Whistles boyfriend jeans and tucked in the front to streamline the shape. I added my favourite ballet pumps and a hat for an easy dose of daytime style. 

I kept accessories to a minimum, with thin gold rings from ASOS and Whistles adding a bit of femininity. My hat is from Toppers and I love the colour and texture of it!

The New Look menswear range is really strong this season, with lots of really affordable and on trend pieces, and it's not just for the guys! Having a look through, there's lots I would actually buy for myself; the slouchy knits in particular are great and for winter I am definitely thinking about investing in a few!

XO Amie