Friday, 31 October 2014

The details


A by product of blogging is a lot of photographs and sometimes pictures aren't used in a post or the whole series of images is archived and never posted. I am my own worst critic when it comes to how I look in pictures and a good many images have been bypassed because of the dislike of the way I look in them. Occasionally I'll revisit them and think, actually, they aren't so bad. I have pulled together this little curated set of images from various unseen posts throughout the year; I like each shot individually; it was just in the context of their posts that they didn't seem to work. So, I thought it would be good to share them anyway; sometimes that detail work is the most interesting and can be appreciated seen away from the main focus of the post.

XO Amie

Thursday, 30 October 2014

#want



I certainly don't need any more coats; in fact, I've already got a great collection which actually includes a sheepskin coat, bought for £2.50 from a local charity shop. This one is beautiful, but at about a million times the price I just can't justify it, despite its loveliness. It's twice the price of the most expensive thing I've ever bought, which was, unsurprisingly, a shearling coat; which I still have, and adore, though it did give me the shakes to spend that amount of money on one item. Has it earned its keep? I'd say yes; but it definitely doesn't need replacing yet!

XO Amie

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Back in Black


Wearing: Topshop Boutique jacket vintage backpack Topshop shoes ASOS trousers and scarf

I didn't actually realise how dark this outfit was until looking back at the pictures. I don't usually go for all black but there was a lot of mixed textures in this look which the pictures haven't really picked up. My mum kindly took these pictures for me on a 'point and shoot' camera as she didn't have her DSLR to hand; and you can really see the difference in terms of the amount of detail a better camera set up can make.

This is such a favourite look at the moment; the trousers are all I want to wear and the Topshop loafers are my new faves. I like to mix texture and there's a lot going on; leather, suede, crepe, wool and denim; but I think it works and gives depth to a one-colour look.

I'm still just about working a loafer-and-no-sock combo but I don't think there's much longevity in this look; it's not a style that works when it's raining and as it turns notably colder I will have to reach for the boots. Luckily I have some good ones!

XO Amie

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

W7 Cosmetics Review


W7 Nudes palette and Honeycomb Blush via Choice

I was recently contacted by high street retailer Choice who have just launched their new website. For those who are unfamiliar with this brand, Choice offer high street and branded products at up to 70% off RRP; the stock on the website is exclusive and can't be found in their stores, and there are some amazing bargains to be had! The website offers new sales weekly, you can sign up to receive email notifications when sales go live and then you can shop the pick of the stock at fantastic prices!

I checked out the 'Beauty Boutique' sale and as Choice had kindly offered me a discount code I purchased a palette and blusher by cosmetic brand W7. The palette cost £6 and the blush was £3.50 so they were bargainous to start with! They are still available on the website too, click here if you'd like to take a look!

The palette is a really lovely selection of nudes, tans and taupes; all of the eye colours I regularly reach for in one handy palette. My MUA palette has seen better days so it's great to be able to replace it with this one at such a great price. This would also be a fantastic piece of your beauty kit if you were travelling or going on holiday as some of the shadows could also double up as highlight, bronzer and to fill in your brows!

I always change my blusher in winter time as I usually use a cream blush in the summer in a peachy or paler pink shade, which doesn't always work well with a slightly heavier winter makeup; darker lip colours etc. I picked this 'Honey Queen' blusher because I liked the darker shades and the multi toned product will be really useful to work into my more autumnal makeup.

The lovely people at Choice have also offered some discount to readers of my blog who may like to take advantage of their amazing offers! Knowing how much I love a bargain I'm sure I'll be back on the website soon too! You can get £5 off a £30 spend or £10 off a £50 spend, just use the codes on the badges on the side of my blog to get the discount!

XO Amie

Monday, 27 October 2014

Instagram Week #43


New book // OOTD // Plumo watch // Oliver Wilde // Duo Mandel boots // W7 cosmetics // Plumo boots // Vintage Vogue // Brunch

This week has been so busy, I have definitely neglected my blog a bit as I was out every evening from Thursday to Sunday at various different events. On Saturday I went to Simple Things festival in Bristol, Adrian's band was playing as well as a lot of other amazing artists such as my friend Oliver Wilde and his band, Death from above 1979, Mogwai and so many more. I spent the whole day at the festival and it was so much fun!

I got a really cool book called 'En Brogue' in TK Maxx, about wearing and styling flats. I love heels (unlike the author!) but I do appreciate the beauty of a good flat so I am looking forward to having a good read of this! I was also given an amazing vintage copy of Vogue for my birthday from my brother so I am looking forward to reading that too.

I also got a catalogue from Plumo through the post this week and I basically want everything in it; I love the mesh boots and bee watch I posted especially. I don't really need any more boots really now that I have my Duo 'Mandel' ankle boots! They are lovely and I can't wait to wear them.

XO Amie

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The old town


Wearing vintage dress and coat from Elegantly Waisted Photographs by Maria Dragan

Browsing through some more of the images from the photoshoot I took part in during the summer, these ones really appealed to me. I hadn't really thought too much about the composition of pictures before, I would just stand somewhere and snap a picture, but what really comes across in these ones is the beauty of the setting. Topsham isn't somewhere I'd visited before but like many towns in Devon, it has lots of winding streets with houses tucked into corners and alleyways leading from place to place. Maria captured this so well and the colours of the background, the flowers and the sense of place really comes across.

Just before we finished up the shoot we spotted two people walking dogs so we asked if we could use them in the pictures. The dogs were both young and just wanted to play. Maria asked me to be expressionless in the pictures but the dogs were too funny so I couldn't help but laugh. I like the honesty of this picture, I love dogs and I felt like such a wally trying to get the picture with them in this amazing vintage get up when they clearly wouldn't behave. It was a nice way to end the shoot and it was a lot of fun.

You can read more in depth about the shoot itself in my first post about it here.

XO Amie

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Charity shop find of the week #10


Charity shop finds: Tods driving shoes and leather backpack

I featured this leather backpack as a charity shop find a few weeks ago but I wanted to snap it again with the most recent acquisition; these beautiful Tods driving shoes. I found these in Weston; I went charity shopping there with my brother and we must have walked around pretty much every single charity shop (there are loads there!) and I found absolutely nothing until I went into the very last one and found a £2.50 sheepskin jacket, an amazing knitted cardigan and these Tods loafers, for just £3.50!

Hardly breaking the bank, and thrilled with my find, I did a Google search out of interest to see that these shoes are the Gommino driving loafers and retailed at around £250! Insane. I think they are just lovely and, despite the fact that they are half a size too big, I hope to wear them a lot. If I still had a car I would totally keep them in the footwell and use them purely as they were intended but I think I can make them work with skinny jeans or peg trews!

I was also thinking they would make a good element in my 'Autumn Essentials' selection which also includes a brolly (definitely essential) and the leather backpack which is a great colour for this time of year and much easier to carry if you are also struggling with an umbrella! As the loafers are patent they will offer a little bit of water resistance; though walking along yesterday I definitely thought it was autumnal enough for boots! I suppose it is almost November!

XO Amie