Monday, 1 September 2014

In West Philadelphia.. | Major Life Update


OUTFIT :
SKIRT : YELLOW SUBMARINE BELFAST
TOP : MONKII
JACKET : ASOS
CONVERS : ASOS
NECKLACE : H&M

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How flippin' Fresh Prince is this skirt!? I was having a wee bit of a wardrobe slump and decided I needed a little life and colour to my rail so I nabbed this beauty.

I think my love for midi/maxi skirts stems from my laziness with putting outfits together in the morning. I love how a big print will set a statement and all you need are your simple staples (ie: white tee and gutties). The print on this skirt is a bit mental, even for me, but a perfect burst of bright before the summer leaves us and it's back to winter burgundy and browns.


This week I made a HUGE life decision to not return to uni. Not a popular decision either. But I have come to realize that the course I was studying (and always thought I wanted to do) wasn't really all I thought it was, and caused me more stress and grief than anything. I have heard only too often of students realizing 'too late' that the degree they were studying just wasn't right for them, but they were going to stick it out anyway and get it over and done with. But that approach just wasn't for me.
At the start of the year I talked about how my course triggered a lot of panic attacks and caused a lot of anxiety that I ended up having to leave university and take a lot of time out from work and general city life. In the last few weeks with the knowledge that term time was up and coming I was becoming more and more anxious about the idea of returning and I was even having sleepless nights at the thought of panic attacks. 

This does not mean I am going to lead an uneducated life running away from university! I plan on returning to a degree more suited for me next year and I have already started looking at my options...I am even excited about it!

But what now then?
Yellow Submarine in Belfast have taken me on as a full-time Vintage lady and I have been getting trained on how to do ALL THE THINGS! Working there has been an absolute dream, and privilege. The team are so fabulous, hilarious and down-to-earth, and the atmosphere is always so warm. I have learnt so much about vintage sales and I have found even more passion for vintage fashion - I really am loving every minute. So, this year will be spent getting to grips with the business and surrounding myself with all of the beautiful clothes and interesting characters. Bliss.
I am also going to be blogging my way through it all, so hopefully you guys are still interested and continue checking in every so often!

Stay in school kids,



Monday, 25 August 2014

With a Mind So Dark and Skin So White




OUTFIT :
COVER UP : YELLOW SUBMARINE BELFAST
TOP : RIVER ISLAND
SHORTS : PRIMARK
BOOTS : TOPSHOP

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Lately, I have been nabbing so many beautiful things from work, with the latest being this amazing cardigan cover up thang. I love the fact that I can throw it on over a very minimalist outfit and it will automatically make the outfit extravagant. Granted it's not exactly warm, but it most things that are fabulous, are generally not very practical, so I think I can deal with it for a few nights out on the tiles.

These photos were shot just across the road where I live, in one of the most dodgiest looking alleyways I have seen in a while. There were two lads graffiti-ing and some big lad shouting at his dog just up the path from us. But the shots look pretty sweet with this monochrome theme on the go. You guys don't understand how blooming cringey it is posing in the public for these things - but it allows me to check off my 'do something that embarrasses you everyday' motto. By god it is embarrassing.

Suffer for my art. Deep.



Sunday, 24 August 2014

Mama, You've Been On My Mind


OUTFIT : 
SHIRT : TOPSHOP
PEPE JEANS : YELLOW SUBMARINE
CONVERSE : ASOS

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This super casual outfit was thrown together in seconds, and oozes effortless coolness. It just goes to show that wardrobe staples like these can save you time, but still bring a simple statement.
White converse are a must for any girls wardrobe, and are definitely my 'go-to' shoe when I am wearing jeans. The MOM jean was made for converse and these A-MAAAZING Pepe Jeans in this coral pink colour are all bizz. Mom jeans aren't made for creating a flattering shape (well not on me anyway!) but they are the ultimate in cool jeans right now. Paired with a cotton gingham shirt, there is something very american girl next door about this outfit - and it would be really simple to recreate.




But here, I haven't had a chance to post much lately as my internet has been cut off in the await for a new wifi box thing, which hasn't arrived yet because I am a full-time working lady and I keep missing the Virgin guy! So, my bad, but there will be looooads of posts this week...and caramel macchiatos from Starbucks (as I steal free wifi!) so stay tuned and check back soon!





Saturday, 23 August 2014

MEMEBOX : Whole Grain Box


MEMEBOX were quite the generous bunch and sent me out another box of treats! This time it was the Whole Grain themed box, filled with goodies to buff away dead skin cells and encourage surface cell turnover. More or less, this box will leave you feeling brand new!


 All of the products were full sized 'samples' and it was a bit of a shock to find so much packed into such a tiny box!


First up were two Galacto Myces products. The first being a Purebess Galactomyces 80 Eye Cream (50m).  This cream works by locking in your skin's natural moisture and helping to even out those wrinkles. I applied the cream around my eyes and mouth where I suspect wrinkles will start creeping in. I doubt I am the best person to review this sort of thing, but it felt luxurious anyway! 


The second Galacto Myces product was the Purebess Galactomyces 100% (50ml). Instructions stated to use this product as the first step of your make-up routine, but I applied it after I got out of a shower. It works as a way of locking in your skins natural moisture and leaves you with glowing skin. It looks and feels like water, but I do think it left my skin feeling a lot softer. 


I am a loyal lush 'Let The Good Times Roll'er and I have been obsessed with it since it came out so I was super skeptical when I seen this Grinif Nature Oatmeal Scrub Bar. This works nicely though. I lathered the bar up with hot water, and scrubbed my face with the foamy goodness and washed it off. I would definitely say this is more of a daily face scrub than Lush's equivalent and it works really well too. And there is loads left too, so it would be value for money if you were to purchase it.

Then there were TWO Rice Bran Collagen Masks by Purederm. I was stoked about doing the whole face mask / looking like Shrek thing when I seen this masks, and to honest, a bit gutted when I found out it was a sheet mask. Yeah, it was a hell of  a lot less messy, and definitely a lot less hassle, but I always think that the gunk works much better. But I went ahead and tried it out anyway.. and I was proved wrong. It worked really well and my face felt super plump or something (that does not sound appealing but it was super refreshing). I am so glad that they sent out two because I really enjoyed the effect from the first one!


I had previously heard about the Purederm Heat Therapy Mask in Aveena Oatmeal on other Beauty Blogs, and the reviews were pretty fifty fifty. But I went in with an open mind.  The size of the sample was huge and I have never used a facemask from a bottle before. I was excited to finally get the whole Shrek face on the go, but the consistancy of this product was so watery and translucent, that it was even difficult to get it to stay put.  With that aside, the fragrance of the mask was sweet and stronger than your average - and the product did heat up quite a bit. Results were great and my face was really smooth after this mask, and felt silkier than before after the collagen mask.


 Botanical Choice's Daily Moisturizing Hand Mask in Oatmeal was a truely hot addition to my face-mask // hairdye get up. I looked mental. But hey, if you're gonna pamper yourself, why not go all out? I popped the gloves on for about fifteen minutes, and it was just like wearing damp gloves, but by the end of it all, they were feeling a lot smoother than normal. I am always washing my hands in work, and after a year of that, they have really dried out. Methinks I might need to invest in more deep-moisture hand masks / moisturizers because the effects were really great.


I got the basin of hot water out for this one and I started scrubbing away at my feet with the Purederm Invigorating Foot Scrub in Walnut. It had apricots and walnuts through out it to help scrub off all the dodgy dead bits and left my feet feeling very smooth. I am always so lazy about pedicures but when I do, it always feels super luxurious! They recommended using about a third of the packet, but I hate using sachets of products without being able to put a lid back on it, so I went all out with this bad boy.


ALL THE OATMEAL!




Monday, 18 August 2014

60 Seconds of Forfey Festival

A few weeks back I attended a very wet festival just outside Enniskillen. My feet were soaking wet for two days, our tent flooded, but all was well. Except for video footage.


Unfortunately due to the lack of comprehensible footage, it was best that this Vlog was cut short. So here we have a short 60 second of what my weekend was.






Enjoy,

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Venterview

Hey Chummies,


Thought I would just drop by and post a link to Vintage Belfast's page and let you know about an interview I did for them. It could be a great way to find out a little bit more about VENT.






Have a great weekend guys!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


MEG // 14 // STUDENT

When I was fourteen I was definitely wearing striped socks with hand-me-down dresses (it truly was a tragic time), yet here Meg is sporting some serious style that I could only dream of at her age.
Her cute pixie cut is flawlessly perfect with her cream H&M dress. She talked of how she loves fit and flare dresses that show off her petite figure, but how she always teams her pretty with some punk (see boots). I love her satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company – it adds the perfect burst of colour to her monochrome get up. Top marks all round!






SIRI // 23 // TEXTILE ARTIST/ STUDENT

This is what I think of when I think Casual Smart. A tailored jacket with a float-y dress or skirt, teamed with some sneakers. Siri’s playful character comes through with her amazing cat bag and cartoon converse. It was a sunny but mild day when Siri called in, and the way the light passed through her pastel pink skirt was so beautiful. I love maxi skirts so much, and even picked up a pastel pink one later that day after being so inspired by Siri! 






RÓISÍN // 20 // STUDENT

It was such a grim day when Róisín called into the shop. Puddles everywhere and general damp moods but her wee face surely brightened my day. She braced the weather in this adorable Dunnes Stores Dress (from the kids section!) and sweet rain mac. Róisín talked about how she enjoys the little details in her outfits and here she has a really cute cameo necklace on that added even more girly vibes to her look. I had to get a photo of her bake, she was just so bubbly.







 STELLA // 20 // STUDENT

Here is Stella, Róisín’s fashinspiration and buddy. I loved her H&M baby doll dress, layered with a big coat and boots, she just looked adorable. I love her tiny necklace as it seemed to be such a minor detail, but it really stuck out for me. Stella talk about how she is inspired by the Teddy Boy look from the 60s/70s and styles herself with a general smart yet comfortable look. She really makes me want to add another pair of black boots to my already extensive collection. 







AND WHAT I WORE : 

Amazing quality image…not.  This was one of the first times where I have let myself loose with a camera in hope of creating something mildly professional looking. I fear it has not worked.
But anyway, it’s all about the outfits and getting to be a little nosy, am I right?
Here I am wearing trusty Topshop Joni Jeans, one leg rolled higher than the other (because that’s fashionable right?), along with my Topshop velvet brogues. The obsession with Orange continues with my new orange cropped jumper from H&M, over a fitted white shirt from ASOS.
As of late I have taken to plaiting my hair down the middle and out of my face. It is the quickest and neatest hair-do that I can pull off in a matter of minutes, so perfect for my early mornings! I am growing my mini-fringe out (I think) and it seems to hide all sins quite well.. but maybe I should just keep the crop? Who knows. #firstworldproblems

Is this what you guys have been looking for, 
or would you prefer if I hit the streets with Matthew again? 
Let me know!