31 December 2012

Dressing Marilyn

Coffee table books are something I love to collect, despite the fact I don't own a coffee table I like having piles of interesting & ascetically pleasing books on the shelves in my bedroom. My mum, knowing me as well as she does, has been a key contributor to my collection over the years. The most recent was a birthday present - the book is 'Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood icon was styled' by William Travilla' by Andrew Hansford.

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The book goes through a number of famous dresses worn by Monroe & styled by Travilla including the showgirl outfit from the beginning of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', the infamous white dress & the Diamonds are a girls best friend dress as well as including a number of Marilyn's personal dresses.

It is a stunning book that makes for an interesting read if you are interested in film fashion & the dresses of Marilyn Monroe. Featuring beautiful and most of the time original illustrations alongside shots of how the dresses are constructed make it an enjoyable read.


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 This book makes me wonder if it must feel to have a dress designed with you and only you in mind ... oh the glamour of it all! A must if you are interested in this area.





30 December 2012

Sunday Diary #6

I totally forgot that I said a Sunday Diary post would be a weekly affair, my apologies. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas & are all preprared for the New Year!

I spent Christmas week at my mum & dad's which has been lovely so nice to relax after a busy semester at uni! I am back to Edinburgh for a few days for work & for New Year then propably back to my mum & dad's for a while.


I was having a think the other night about what my new years resolutions might be, I am thinking of going for something to do with my skincare & looking after my skin better as I can be a little lazy when it comes to skincare so I'm sure some TLC won't do any damage! I am also going to make a concious effort to add colour into my wardrobe - I wear too much black. It seems to be all I am ever in.

2013 will see me in bright clothes with cared for skin ... or that is the plan

What are everyone else's resolutions?

27 December 2012

Skincare Favourites

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Following my realisation that a good skincare routine would be beneficial I turned to an old favourite that has seen me through some dark days, the products up for discussion are the Superdrug Vitamin E skin oil & Tea Tree Oil - both inexpensive & readily available products that do wonders for my skin.

After I've cleansed, toned & washed my face of the days make up & dirt, massaging in a generous amount of Vitamin E oil mixed with a few drops of Tea Tree oil into my skin make my skin feel loved. I look like an oil slick but that is not important as in the morning I wake feeling moisturised, smooth & best of all my skin feels deep down clean - I like to believe this is due to the Tea Tree oil. Both products are available in Superdrug up & down the country, I'm sure other places sell them too, & are priced at a pocket friendly £2.99 each. I should note both are normally on buy 2 for £3.99.

Whenever my skin is feeling a little dank & miserable this little potion works wonders & as  an added bonus make up application goes smoothly & hassle free the next morning. Winning.

What are you skincare saviors?

22 December 2012

Prints & Studs

The shape of this Topshop dress (No link, I'm afraid as she is an oldie) without an added belt or the sash it came with is questionable. It resembles one of those tents you sick a pole in the middle of then pull out the sides, the wearer being, of course, the pole in the middle...

With a belt I can handle it if I am in the right mood. Shapeless baggy things tend to do very little for my body shape but we all have days where that is what screams out to us to wear.

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I wore the dress with my Zara studded belt - a summer sale find, last summer I believe - which I think adds more to it than the matching sash although the belt is too big for my waist so it was low slung but I think it makes quite a pretty shape. I wore my Topshop western ankle boots - link & the usual fur gilet, leather jacket & silly sized handbag.

Other than my outfit other bits of news include...

  • I finished The Great Gatsby - amazing book. I loved it from start to finish, now all I need is May to roll around for the new film! I am now reading The House of Silk which is the new Sherlock Holmes book, I've only ready a chapter & a bit but am loving it already.
  • Over the last few days, I have been debating between the Topshop velvet shorts - link - and the Zara velvet shorts - link - HELP!! I just can't decide!
  • Home for Christmas today. I am so excited this year & I think I have my Christmas day outfit down unless Santa brings me something purdy











21 December 2012

Just playing around

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I mentioned these H&M trousers in an earlier post - link - I was debating whether to keep them or not as I wasn't sure about them but after an afternoon spent playing about with them I have come to the conclusion, I need them in my life. I have them on with my H&M fluffy jumper which has been a staple for me this autumn and winter but I think the trousers could look amazing dressed down with a simple tshirt, possibly my fur filet & some chunky boots.

£10 well spent I would say! H&M sale is so good at the moment, loads of good stuff to snap up. 






20 December 2012

Style Crush #20

This weeks Style Crush post is taking a more specific topic, the topic being ... dinner suit!

I am a big fan of androgynous dressing, women in suits with perfect tailoring screams to me beautiful. A woman that can pull of androgyny is deemed classy, beautiful and a true women in my books! Don't get me wrong, a beautiful evening dress is a glorious sight & given the opportunity to wear one I would no doubt jump at the chance but tailoring has a very special - and big - place in my heart. So much so I asked for a substantial amount of tailoring in for my Christmas from Santa. (At 23, I know Santa Claus is in fact not real but my bus driver yesterday looked suspiciously like him so I was extra nice just incase he was in fact Santa in disguise. I digress) 

A few of my favourites include Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss & Blake Lively giving the traditional suit a bit of colour. I have to admit I favour a black dinner suit over a colour particularly one with mixed textures - velvet & satin to name a couple - but the red is gorgeous. 



 A Bloggers take on the dinner suit ... 
  
Arabella  wears this beautiful printed dinner suit beautifully. I love everything about this outfit - the print, the earrings, the blouse. Everything - it is just so well put together & pulled off perfectly.
  

 What do you think of dinner suits? What one is your favorite?

19 December 2012

Trousers & Books







 I haven't done an outfit post in what feels like forever basically I haven't really been wearing anything interesting or that I don't normally wear ... fallen into a bit of a rut I guess but New Year out of rut & all that....

I just wanted to check in, say hello & share 2 probably not interesting pictures with you. First up, H&M sale get there it is amazing. I am considering going back again to pick up some grey jeans I saw & really wish I had bought but don't fear I did not leave empty handed. I left with these gorgeous black & white patterned trousers which were a bargain at £10!! I was umming & ahhing over whether to keep them or not but I figured i might as well sure I will find things to wear with them. The feature I like the best has to be the black strip down the side of the legs, it just adds a nice little touch to the trouser.

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This is my Christmas holiday reading material, British Vogue & The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald which I am so very close to finishing & have loved every page. I am a big reader particularly of older books - for want a of a better way to say that -  I am not a fan of chick-lit modern books, I guess I like the escapism of going to another time. Everything was so much more glamorous. *Sigh*

Happy Wednesday! 

18 December 2012

Male Dressing




This is a bit of a different post, well it isn't really it is about fashion but focusing on men's fashion in particular the fashion choices of George Lamb.

I guess I could have made him a Style Crush but I haven't so that idea is not void. George Lamb dresses exceptionally well, tailored suits, well cut shirts & tops with good shoes & his dashing looks, he is a firm favourite male dresser in my eyes.

6 December 2012

Style Crush #19




*All Pictures from Google Images

As I mentioned in last weeks Style Crush post, Stella McCartney's style has caught my attention recently. Her mix of patterns & textures appeals to my senses beyond belief. Her style isn't overly fussy - always gets a gold star from me - and she always always looks put together & stylish. I also love here use of electric blue the coat & patterned suit are so stunning words cannot describe. Big love For Ms McCartney.

As a side note, I have an exam in uni which I am not looking forward to so I won't be posting probably till Monday afternoon or Tuesday as I really need to focus & right now my focus is out the window so I will see you all on the other side! Have good weekends! 

4 December 2012

Keep it under your hat

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 I think the black fur band & the floppy hat are my favourite, I look a bit like a poor mans fortune teller in the burgundy head band so I think I will keep the 1st two. What do you think?

2 December 2012

Sunday Diary #5

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One week tomorrow at 11.45 & this semester at uni will be done. I honestly cannot wait to not have uni work to do! It has been a busy few months & I am looking forward to chilling out at home. I went out last night & saw Greg James DJ - not a particularly big fan but it was a good night, safe to say I was suffering today a little.

What did everyone else get up to?


1 December 2012

Trying out

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I went into Superdrug to get eyelashes on Wednesday afternoon, I came out with £28 worth of goodies including these Tresemme products. I'm not usually a fan of Tresemme products, I don't really know why, it just tends to be a brand that I ignore! These products were on 3 for £6.99 - at £5.99 and £5.49 each  it was an offer I couldn't resist really.

With layers of bleach under my botched home dye job, my hair needs some TLC before drying & hair oils tend to do the job perfectly. I am a big fan of the VO5 hair miracle concentrate but they didn't have that in stock so the Tresemme Argan Oil treatment it was! I've only used it once or twice but so far it has left my hair feeling soft & silky while adding some shine.

The 24 hour body powder is good, does what it says on the tin - or little plastic bottle - but it is quite a sticky product. It also feels like you've bought an empty bottle but that's nothing to do with anything really!

I would probably consider repurchasing these products at some point but as of Tuesday when I get my long, flowing locks (This is total sarcasm fyi) chopped off I doubt I will need them - I will probably still use the oil treatment but I fear the Body powder will sink to the deepest darkest corner of my products drawer till my hair returns to its current state.

Ever tried these products? What did you think of them?

Happy Saturday!