Sunday, 31 August 2014

OOTD: Maxi retro

Hello Everyone,

Today I am posting an Outfit of the Day from my trip to Scotland. (note the tartan bow) We were staying in a B&B right on the beach so as you can imagine, it was rather windy.
The sun was being absolutely awkward so it was super hard to take pictures and as a result, please excuse the lighting and my squinty-ness! 

We were off to dinner at a posh-ish Hotel so I reckoned it was the perfect time to whip out the maxi skirt. It was also festival season so baring that in mind I went for a fun but functional sort of look. I wanted to make a statement and go all out with my outfit by teaming a monochrome gingham bralet with a tomato red maxi skirt. Teamed with my vintage necklace, Topshop heels and retro print bomber, I was good to go. Bold, brazen and of course gloriously retro.

I promise I'm not frowning - just helplessly squinting!

Gingham bralet - Topshop
Tomato Maxi Skirt - M&S
Bag - Topshop
Cameo necklace - Farrell and Brown
Chunky sandals - Topshop
Tartan Bow - River Island 

A close up - looking slightly less windswept

Lipstick - S&G perfect day.

 I really hope you have enjoyed this post, have you embraced the fashion massive that is the maxi skirt?

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Make up look // Peachy Keen

 Hello Everybody,

Today I wanted to share my love of peach and orange make up with you all by using my favourite peachy make up products to create this very wearable make up look. Obviously orange is definitely not a colour for foundation! (though I've seen some beg to differ...)

Firstly I used Natural Collection's blushed cheeks in Peach Melba to add a natural warmth to my cheeks.

I then applied a small amount of No. 17's lipstick in Toffee waffle to add a orange base to my lips before finishing with my Revlon Lip butter in Tutti Frutti.

I kept my eyes very simply using complimentary warm toned shadows in the crease.

L-R: Revlon lip butter Tutti Frutti, No. 17 lipstick in Toffee Waffle, 
Natural Collection blushed cheeks in Peach Melba.

I really hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know if you are a fan of peachy make up.

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Train Journey in pictures

Hello Everyone,

Today I am going to be doing a more photo orientated blog post from when I travelled from London Kings Cross all the way up to Edinburgh Waverly. I was fortunate enough to be treated to first class travel. The journey took about 4 and a half hours and it stopped pretty much everywhere in the north of England! Once we got into the countryside there were some beautiful views and as we were travelling along the coast, had some nice sea views too! The food on board was a far cry from the typical soggy train sarnie. The seats were comfy too. It was all a bit of a shock to the system!

Jacket - Topshop
T-shirt - New look

I really hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know what you usually get up to on train journeys.

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

OOTD: London calling

Hello Everybody

Apologies for my lack of posts recently, for some odd reason the scheduled posts did not upload! Never fear, I am now BACK from my travels and ready to blog once more! This is an Outfit of the Day from our second night in London when we went out to see the Lion King in the Lyceum Theatre, but not before some posh nosh in the Savoy.

 I went for a very sophisticated, vintage outfit with a nod to the white out SS14 trend. I opted for a 20s style tea dress with peter pan collar and capped sleeves with white/cream accessories. I kept the hair very simple to leave room for some retro eye liner and cameo earrings.

Cat print tea dress : Marks and Spencer
Chunky sandals: Topshop
White clutch bag (avec strap): Topshop
Cameo earrings: Etsy
Lipstick: S&G Fabulipstick in 'Perfect Day'
Nail varnish (unseen): Rimmel London 60 second polish in Rose Libertine

At the Lyceum watching the fantastic production of Disney's the Lion King.

I really hope you have enjoyed reading this post, if you did make sure you let me know in the comments below. Also, I am on the hunt for some good quality nail varnish that DOESN'T CHIP as every one I've tried seems to disappear within the first hour of wearing it. So, if you know of any, do let me know.

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

How to: Halo Braid

Hello Everyone,

Today I have got a hairstyle how to on the ever so popular milkmaid braid. I decided to be brave and wore this out shopping recently and received quite a few complements while wearing it. I love how quick and easy it was to do and how it kept my hair out of my face. I think this is a particularly good hairstyle for summer as it really helps stop you hair getting hot and droopy with (what seems like) quite a intricate and effortlessly pretty style.

1. Brush your hair and ensure it is tangle free, apply any product for hold (if necessary). I like to use my Argan oil in the tips of my hair to make them more malleable.

2. Part your hair in half ensuring there are no strays hiding at the back!

3. Plait each side, holding the hair slightly away from your face and secure with a bobble.

4. I like to pull out my plaits to make them a bit messier and chunkier but if this was a formal do, you could skip this step.

5. Bring one plait up over your head. Depending on how long your hair is it should meet around the half way parting.

6. Take out the bobble and secure in place with 3 to 4 kirby grips/bobby pins. Don't worry if it looks a little messy!

7. Do the same with the other plait, this time bringing it in front of your secured plait and pinning it in place with hair grips, tucking the messy strands underneath the back plait.

8. Pin in any flyaways and make sure all ends are tucked in and hidden. Pull out some strands at the front, if you'd like a more laid back 'do.

 9. Spritz with some hairspray/finishing spray to keep it in place all day. I used the Frizz-Ease serum finishing spray.

10. Stand back in disbelief and admire your fabulous milkmaid braid!

Top tip: If you have shorter hair you could definitely just use half your head of hair and just braid the front.

Top tip: use clear elastics for more hold without messing up your style.

 I really hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you would brave the milkmaid braid!

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

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