Archive | August, 2011

My Five Piece Wardrobe

24 Aug

So the fabulous South Molton St Style blog is running a blogger’s style competition this month and I’m a finalist! Yay!

Check out my five piece wardrobe here and if you approve, vote for me by leaving a comment on that page.

Thanks!

LDNshopaholic

Advertisements

Flamingo Fever

22 Aug

I just had to do an outfit of the day post featuring my £5 Primark Flamingo dress. The multicoloured flamingos just put such a big smile on my face. I teamed it with a vintage beaded necklace and Primark rings:

And my neon arm party:

I wore hot pink ruffle detail socks with my Topshop heeled Chelsea boots which I’m loving at the moment:

Have you found any awesome bargains lately? The flamingo dress also comes in white with cute blue little hummingbirds on it (I want it!).

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. This is a scheduled post as I’m currently away travelling. I will do my best to reply to comments when I can.

Review: E.L.F. Brushes

18 Aug

E.L.F. were having a 50% off sale quite recently so I decided to try a few more bits from their range since my sucessful E.L.F. haul.

I’ve heard quite a lot about stipple brushes, so thought it was about time I got one so I bought the Studio stipple brush (usually £3.50).

This is quite a fine brush rather than an HD application brush like the MAC or Sigma dual fibre brushes. I have quite a heavy hand so fid this brush really helpful when it comes to applying  strong cheek colours. I’d definitely recommend it for use with cream blush – how I’ve been mainly using it.

Then I decided to get a cheap-ish brush set for my travels:

They are actually incredibly soft and much better quality than I was expecting. The wooden handles are upmarket and I love the simple design.

The complexion brush is very full and great for applying powder. I was equally impressed with the concealer and eyeshadow brushes which are great applicators and could be used in a variety of ways. The brow and eyelash comb are nothing to write home about but do what they’re meant to. The eyeliner brush however does not do its job well at all, the soft bristles mean it’s impossible to get a thin line or maintain control over a liner. So I’m not too sure how exactly I’m going to use this brush!

I’m not sure I’d pay full price (£20) for these but for a tenner, think they are pretty good.

I also bought five nail varnishes (£1.50 each) which I featured in my Accent Nail post. Good news, 7 days in and I’m still chip free!

Did you buy anything in the 50% off sale?

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. This is a scheduled post as I’m currently away travelling. I will do my best to reply to comments when I can.

My Travels

16 Aug

Hello everyone!

So I’m officially on my travels! I’ll be posting occasionally as well as publishing some scheduled posts – so do keep checking back.

I’m flying to Bangkok, then to Hanoi and then I’m doing an Intrepid tour through Vietnam and Cambodia back to Bangkok:

I’m really looking forward to meeting my tour group and seeing all of these wonderful places.

I’ll do my best to reply to comments and update as regularly as I can. I’ll be back in the UK on September 8th.

Hope you have a good few weeks 🙂

LDNshopaholic xxx

 

Preview: 18 and East A/W Collection

15 Aug

Some of you may have seen that fashion brand 18 and East were running a bloggers competition last week. The task was to send them a playlist of five songs to play at their Autumn/Winter shoot and the winner would get to go down to the shoot itself. On Thursday I was over the moon to discover that my playlist had been chosen as the winner!

18 and East are a new brand which launched in April 2011, I first discovered them when visiting the Push PR day back in April and totally fell for their edgy yet wearable pieces. Their clothes are designed for those with their own sense of style, who like to show their personality through the way they dress and want to look individual – can anyone else relate?!

I was so excited to check out the new collection, which included some amazing brights:

18 and East also create their own unique in-house prints as seen on this floaty winged shirt and bird print skirt:

I absolutely fell in love with this jersey fringed cape, which was initially styled with Doc Martins and then a peep toe wedged boot:

The collection also featured two little black dresses with a difference. They both had eye-catching yet subtle detailing on them and were in beautiful feminine fabrics:

I was lucky enough to have a professional photo taken of me wearing one of their pieces, and I chose the beaded cape dress. I absolutely love the detailing and little capelet:

And as Tyra says, ‘this was my best shot’:


It was really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes at a shoot and meet the lovely people behind the brand as well.

Dressing the model:

Looking through the photos:

The shoot took place at Kingsland Road Studio, a seriously awesome place, with a huge skylit room with communal kitchen and working area, and the beach huts are actually bedrooms – cool or what?

Although I’m a real high street girl, I think it’s so important to support smaller brands like 18 and East, so get shopping people! You can find their pieces on their website, New Look as well as various independent shops around the UK. The A/W collection will be available to buy at the end of August.

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your A/W shoot 18 and East, I had such a great day and loved every moment.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Pure Spirit

13 Aug

(Continued from Event: Pure London)

So when I felt I’d seen enough of the main Pure show, I hopped on an awesome Routemaster bus toward Pure Spirit at Earls Court 2:

Pure Spirit had a range of brands aimed at a younger audience than Pure at Olympia so I was in my element and as soon as I walked in I came across, one of my favourite boutique brands, Mina:

Then I came across the amazing And Mary. Gorgeous pieces include an animal charm bracelet, umbrella necklace, owl earrings and mouse necklace:

The bunny ring was so cute along with the teacup earrings and macaroon studs:

I then had the pleasure of meeting designer Georgia Nash who creates beautiful unique clothing and accessories. I love the on trend turbans, along with the pearl headpieces which would be great to wear to a wedding:

The fabulous cardigans at Miss Jolie caught my eye straightaway:

And the cupcake related gifts at Cubic were rather lovable:

I then headed to the Spirit catwalk and here are a few of my favourite looks:

(Neutral detail dress by Glamorous and orange shift by Rinascimento)

My absolute favourite look of the day was by Yumi with this fairlisle inspired outfit (although it doesn’t look very Spring/Summer to me!):

Halfway through the fashion show, we were entertained by up and coming band The Scarletz:

They were dressed in Vero Moda, Only and Vila and I was actually rather pleasantly surprised by their superb vocals and on stage chemistry.

Finally we saw Forever Unique‘s new collection and I LOVED it, however I’m not sure how wearable it actually is:

I had really enjoyable day at Pure London and discovered so many brands/companies that I’d never previously encountered, so thanks Pure!

I’d really recommend visiting the event which next runs 12-14 February 2012. Not only do you get to meet the people behind the labels but also get to see catwalk shows and be talked through trend predictions by real experts.

See you there in Feb!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Pure London

12 Aug

So earlier this week I popped down to Pure London to discover what exactly it was all about. There was an incredible amount to see at London’s Olympia:

Essentially it’s a trade show where boutique brands present their wares, and buyers from shops and chains come along to have a look.

We were talked through the trends for S/S ’12, as buyers will be looking for next year’s stock at this point! The brands at Pure are aimed at an older clientele who look for less ‘directional’ (that’s less trendy to you and me) pieces so I felt it was a bit behind and same-y if I’m totally honest with you.

The typical spring/summer ladylike and nautical trends were mentioned:

     

Then the 70s’ trend, which is apparently sticking around, along with colour blocking:

      

The only trend on the Pure Catwalk which caught my eye was the Tribal Print:

I haven’t embraced this trend this Summer but after seeing it styled in such different ways I’m starting to think it’s quite doable without being over the top.

The show itself is a visual merchandiser’s dream, and realistically the most flamboyant/well designed stands get the most attention. My personal favourite was Darling which had a vintage dusky pink and gold theme along with fake hedges and butterfly lanterns:

Their clothes were pretty nice too! Check out the kimono style cover up with floral dress and pearl embellished knit with pleat detail dress:

              

I then stumbled upon LeJu which sells jewellery made from natural sources, embellished with gems:

(naked nails! – *gasp*)

I then found Orelia, which I recognised from seeing in Topshop. I love their gemstone necklaces which look like they’re tribal inspired:

And their letter necklaces are cute too!

What do you make of my boutique finds? Did you make it to Pure London?

I also visited Pure Spirit, which is aimed at a younger audience, which I will be blogging about tomorrow so stay tuned!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: The Accent Nail

9 Aug

So I’m a tiny bit late getting on this bandwagon… my excuse is that I was waiting for the right colour combination which just happened to come along in the 50% off deal that ELF were having.

It consists of the shades Mod Mauve and Copper (usually £1.50 but an extra bargainous 75p on the offer – amazing!)

I felt it needed a little extra (and I’m a glitter fiend as you know) so topped up the accent with some Stargazer Glitter which I just happened to have in the exact same colour!

And this is the final result – left without flash, right with flash:


I’m absolutely loving my ring finger bling! I keep oohing and aahing everything I look at my nails. I can’t help but think we need the little things to help us keep smiling with everything that’s being going on in London and throughout the UK this week with the riots.

For 75p the nail varnishes were really good – although I did have to use three coats rather than my usual two and I’m not sure about staying power yet (will keep you updated).

Have you tried the accent nail trend yet? I’m slightly stumped about colour combos so I’d love it if you could recommend me any!

Please stay safe wherever you are,

LDNshopaholic xxx

July Favourites

6 Aug

Hello lovely readers!

Apologies for the lack of blogging this week. I’ve been really busy, mainly organising my trip to South East Asia later this month (exciting!) – will post more about that soon.

So here’s a bit of a belated product review day vlog, my July favourites! I did film it in July but only just got round to editing it!

What were your July favourites? Have you tried any of the Herbal Essences products and loved/hated them? I’d love to know, LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: Arm Party

2 Aug

So you may have noticed a new little icon on my side bar: ‘Bloggers Do It Better‘. In the words of its creator: ‘It’s a movement. An initiative to showcase real girls, with real style, wearing real trends.

Every month bloggers are challenged to wear a trend and this month it’s the ‘Arm Party’. Here watches/bracelets/bangles/cuffs are worn simultaneously and get to have a rather good time together. Then all the bloggers posts are linked up on the BDIB page and we get to see how real people wear the latest trends – cool idea right?!

My favourite arm party is ‘The Stacker’. This generally consists of piling up every bangle I own (I don’t want anyone to feel left out!).

First in lovely metallics, which go with everything:

All of the above – H&M

Styled for a night out:

Dress – Primark (£5)

Shoes – Topshop (£75)

Belt – Primark (£2)

And then it’s time for its quirky relative, the coloured plastic bangle. I personally love putting them all on one arm:

Neon and Metal Bangles – H&M

Chunky Blue Bangles – Miss Selfridge

Silver Ring – H&M

Black Ring – Primark

Gold Detail Ring – Primark (£2)

Or if that’s a bit too much, separate them on to both wrists:

Suede Shorts – Topshop

Colour Block T-shirt – Primark (£8)

Gold Leaf Ring – Topshop

I love the Arm Party as it’s a way of standing out and being on trend without having to splurge. Just pull out whatever you have in your jewellery box and you’re set! (All of my bangles are from 2007)

How do you wear yours?

LDNshopaholic xxx