Friday, 19 September 2014

Marks & Spencer Makeup Review

marks and spencer holly sharpe lipstick pink orange contour brush blusher eyeshadow sable taupe rose
marks and spencer holly sharpe lipstick pink orange eyeshadow sable taupe
marks and spencer holly sharpe lipstick pink orange blusher
marks and spencer holly sharpe lipstick pink orange
marks and spencer holly sharpe lipstick pink orange

Limited Collection Makeup range by Marks & Spencer

I have to admit, M&S is hardly the first place I'd think of when wanting to update my makeup collection. When I was browsing in my local store a couple of weeks ago, I spotted a few beauty pieces in the sale so I thought I'd take a look; ever a sucker for a bargain and also because I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to try some of their range. 

I was quickly drawn to the Limited Edition range which was all as cheap as chips in the sale, and, whilst some of it is quite seasonal (don't know if I can wear an orange lip in the winter?!) for the price I thought it would be worth picking up. I love the illustrated packaging and the bright colours; the range was designed by Holly Sharpe, an illustrator and designer, and the overall look is really lovely, the style of the packaging working well with the different products.

The eyeshadows are great, I picked up these colours because they are the ones I wear the most often and I knew I would use them, they were just £1 each and totally worth it! I love the fact that they are quite matte colours and blend out really easily. The lipsticks I think were £2 each, again, I do like to wear a bright lip and although I usually favour red I thought it might be nice to try a hot pink or bright orange for a change. The angled contour brush was also a complete bargain, I think this was £3 or so but this was one brush I was missing from my kit so I was pleased to find this.

The most expensive item was the blusher at £4. I wasn't sure about the colour initially but it blends down to a much more subtle wash of colour than the pan suggests, it's so pretty though it seems a shame to use it! I think this will be really good for the winter months and the gold tone is warming and serves as a highlight also.

I would definitely recommend the M&S makeup range; even full price these products ranged from £5-£9 so they were still purse friendly; it might be worth checking your local branch to see if they have any bits and pieces left!

XO Amie

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Harvey Nichols AW14

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Harvey Nichols AW14 presentation, held in Bristol Cathedral. I've been to a few of the HN shows and they just get better and better, from venue to styling, this one was definitely one of the best I've seen!

The themes of the show encompassed everything from tonal dressing to formal evening wear, I had a great seat so I was able to take lots of pictures of my favourite looks. I particularly liked the swooshy jumpsuit/duster coat combo and of course the party dresses were incredible as always. 

Menswear was also showcased alongside the womens clothing but the womenswear was outstanding, I loved the tonal grey on grey dressing, the clean cuts and the folded fabrics. Texture was a key theme too with lace, satin, plisse pleats and leathers all making a debut. I am quite colour shy so head to toe bright red was a strong look, but perhaps I won't be trying it; although the googly eyed shoes showcased in that particular look were incredible!

All the pieces shown in my photographs are available to buy on the Harvey Nichols website here.

Thank you Harvey Nichols for a lovely evening!

XO Amie

Monday, 15 September 2014

Instagram Week #37

Sunset // Chanels // Stylist // OOTD // St George's // Roses // New book // Birthday presents // Selfie

Only one pair of shoes on the Insta roundup this week and they were on my feet at the time! I posted an outfit post featuring them matching to a khaki Topshop duster coat which I really love and is the perfect throwover for this time of year. 

I've got a lot of new things to read this week, with some books from my birthday and also the September issues of Elle and Vogue to get stuck in to, I really didn't need this huge copy of Stylist but wasn't going to say no! It's such a great free magazine but I always seem to miss it, luckily they had someone handing copies out on my walk to work so I managed to get one.

Adrian and I went to watch James Rhodes on Friday night at St. Georges which is a lovely venue just off Park Street. It was amazing, google him if you don't know what he's about because he is really talented and very different from the usual expectation of a classical pianist.

XO Amie

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Heels Vs Flats with Westfield

betty london gold heel mary janes
pastelle ballerinas
ballerina shoes, whistles, chanel

Shopping mecca Westfield got in touch recently to share their new AW14 fashion campaign, which features several themed videos around fashions 'talking points.' One of these points was the ongoing debate of 'heels vs. flats.'

I am such a flat shoe girl at heart and although I love to wear heels occasionally, a flat is where it's at for me most of the time. Searching through my outfit posts it became really evident that most of what I have worn over the last 5 years have included flat shoes, I love them all; loafers, brogues, chelsea boots, slipper shoes, and, of course, the humble ballerina flat.

I think flats would win the debate for me although I do appreciate the perks of a good high heel! Leg lengthening and making me taller are two things I always like!

You can see all of the other 'talking points' and watch all the videos (they're really good!) over on Westfield Pulse.

XO Amie

Friday, 12 September 2014

Orla Kiely x Clarks

All shoes Orla Kiely x Clarks

I wrote about a Clarks x Orla Kiely collab earlier in the year here and I absolutely loved the collection even though I didn't buy from it in the end; I just felt the sandals and wedges on offer weren't styles that I needed in my wardrobe at that time, despite their obvious beauty!

Fast forward to the new season and Orla and Clarks have done it again, and this time I don't know if I can resist. I've picked a small edit of the collection to share on my blog and my favourite pieces of course include the chelsea boots and loafers;  classics that I wear year round but perfect for the coming season in their glorious autumnal hues.

Orla says about the collaboration:

'When Clarks came to us, we knew we wanted to be true to ourselves.
We have the same philosophies – style, comfort, quality design and British.
We loved the idea of working with a company who could realise our vision with very wearable shoes' 

Each of the shoes has a playful, contemporary feature that belies its heritage design and background; be it a strip of covered buttons on a loafer, an oversized buckle on a mary jane, or a smooth leather toe cap on a ponyskin chelsea boot. Each of the styles is beautifully crafted and made to slot in to your everyday shoe wardrobe. Orla goes on to comment on the collection:

'One comment people keep making to me is, these are shoes you think about and dream about, but you can't find them in the stores until now!'

And it's true! This well thought out, capsule collection provides the mainstay of any discerning autumn to winter shoedrobe and beyond. I can't wait to invest.

Prices from £110. For more info and to shop visit

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Duster Coat

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topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
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topshop duster coat whistles jeans louis vuitton bag chanel shoes
chanel shoes

Wearing Chanel shoes Whistles jeans Topshop duster coat Louis Vuitton bag

This outfit has become a new favourite and whilst it's unlike me to wear colour, this khaki green is just lovely. I hadn't meant to match my jacket to my shoes but it's quite a cool combo I think. I don't know why but I've just started to really like the simplicity of jeans and a boyfriend tee; I can't remember where this slouchy grey one is from but I am pretty sure I bought it to wear to do exercise in so how its ended up in my everyday wardrobe I'm not sure, but I am loving it!

Similarly I don't wear branded designer labels often but when I go for it, I like to pile them on. Why not! A bit ostentatious but these Chanel ballerinas are too lovely not to wear all the time (got them from eBay) and the LV bag is a charity shop find so I can give my leather backpack a break for a minute!

I chopped the hems off these Whistles jeans to make them a better length and they have majorly frayed but I actually quite like that. It adds a little more texture to a look which I love. I also adore the detail on this duster jacket I picked up in Toppers for £15. It's an ideal weight for this time of year as it's been surprisingly hot so there's no need for knitwear just yet, and this is perfect. It is linen though, which is why after 2 minutes of wear it looks as if it's been balled up in a bag for about a week, but it's pretty enough to be worth the extra care!

XO Amie

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The everyday shoe

I'm usually quite dismissive of trend titles that seem to only come around to suit a particular group, and the whole 'normcore' thing really annoyed me. I find it quite ridiculous that wearing fairly nondescript and plain clothes amounts to being a 'trend', as if someone had suddenly decreed that to not try at all is the ultimate in trying hard. The irony. Anyway, what also gets me about the 'normcore' trend is that actually the pieces that make up the look are never even that 'normal'; there might be a straight legged jean, a simple trainer, a slouchy knit, even maybe a hat, but each piece will have some sort of luxurious edge to it; this isn't grunge dressing, but simplistic looks done in clever ways.

I actually don't mind the 'look' at all, it's more the fact that it's trying so hard to detract itself from being in any way fashiony, and has ultimately become a copied trend. I hate the word, too; it doesn't lend itself to sounding anything but 'anti-fashion' (another annoying phrase!) when really it's anything but!

Back to the point of this post; and that is the ever so slightly 'normcore' shoe pictured above. The Nike Rosherun is definitely a marmite shoe; but I've changed my opinion of it completely. At first I hated it. Then I quite liked it. Now I really like it, but would want to invest in it for purely aesthetic reasons; I don't really 'do' running, which is what I am certain this shoes primary function is to aid. Rather, I feel it would be a good commuter shoe, lightweight, great colour (prefer the white sole, though, I think) and the best part of all is its nondescript nature. No bright colours, aggravating logos, bubble sole features; they look comfortable and they whisper. This is a shoe with no statement to make; it will be a comfortable and practical addition to your shoedrobe. And if that's not another paradox, I don't know what is.

XO Amie