Monday, 31 August 2015

Skinny Scarf and Leopard Print

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Outfit Details: Top - Marc by Marc Jacobs (via TK Maxx), Skirt - New Look, Jacket - Dorothy Perkins, Hat - Primark, Scarf - ASOS, Boots - Next

Photographs by Helen

My first outfit post in almost two months, crazy right?! It's been a busy few months, with lots of commitments and university work (which, fingers crossed will be done in October!) so when the chance came around to shoot some outfit photographs, you can imagine how excited I was. It is pretty safe to say that I have fallen head over heels for the 70s trend even more so the past few weeks. Whilst I'm probably not cool enough to really pull it all off, I bought myself a skinny scarf the other day and I've worn it everyday since.

I decided to take some inspiration from one of my favourite blogs, the lovely Megan, for this outfit, as I'm always in complete awe at her incredible style and ability to clash prints. I'm always a little weary to, but I thought I'd give it a go and I think it came out alright. I picked up these leopard print boots last year in the sales and I'm not sure it's quite possible to love a pair as much as I love these. I've always loved how stripes go with leopard print, so after finding this knitted top in the sale rail of my local TK Maxx, I knew it was a match made of heaven. Add in a little suede in the form of a skirt for good measure, a leather jacket to toughen it up and this is my uniform for the season. I just love how the fedora and skinny scarf combination can so easily transform an outfit, especially if you're on a budget. I may be already looking for my next fedora for my collection, I'm thinking navy... ; )

In other news, if you enjoy the photography/writing/design on this blog I would really appreciate it if you could nominate The Girl in the Bowler Hat in the North East Blogger Awards under the category 'Best Looking Blog'. I'm always trying my best to improve my photography especially, so to be shortlisted for an award in it would mean the absolute world to me!


Are you on board with the 70s trend this year?
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Friday, 28 August 2015

Simple Steps to Sort Out Your Wardrobe

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Maybe it's just me, but I really enjoy sorting out my wardrobe. I find there's nothing more satisfying than an organised rail of clothing which is easy to navigate through. Not only does it look good, but it helps encourage you to wear those pieces you may have forgotten about. For myself, getting ready in the morning and deciding on what to wear that day is one of my favourite things - and having a wardrobe that reflects my style at that time is a must.

Whilst it's not everyone's favourite chore, I thought I'd go through some of my top tips on how to get rid of those pieces that are gathering dust and make room for new seasonal items.

1. First thing first, empty your wardrobe completely. I think it helps to be able to visualise each piece of clothing you own, because chances are, you'll be surprised at just how much that wardrobe was housing. From this I tend to put aside the clothing I definitely want to keep and which pieces I've been meaning to donate to charity or sell on depop for a while - leaving me with a pile of clothing I'm on the fence about.

2. Ask yourself, have you worn the piece in the past six months? If the answer is no, you're probably not going to wear it in the next six months either. Apart from the occasional formal dress that may be an exception, be tough about it. Would you rather a piece of clothing taking up space in your wardrobe that you never wear, or something new that could be your dream find? 

3. Does the clothing even fit you properly? It might be your favourite piece of clothing you own, maybe even the best bargain you've come across. But if it doesn't fit you right, and doesn't make you feel the best you can be - then it's not for you. I always say, that if you don't feel excited (or even just comfortable) wearing something, then why keep it? Especially when there may just be someone out there desperately looking for that exact piece!

4. Think of three pieces in your keep pile that you could pair the item with. I tend to do this mainly when shopping for new clothes as it helps prevent me from impulse buys, but I like to imagine three separate outfits that I could wear each piece. If you're really stuck on whether or not to keep something, then plan out at least three different outfits where you could wear it. Let's be honest here, we're all not made of money and we'd all get bored of wearing the exact same outfit day in and day out, so if there's nothing but a certain skirt or shirt to wear it with - then I'd say it was time to donate it. I'm a huge advocate of having a rail of clothing which you can easily mix and match, it lessens then days of not having anything to wear and makes those mornings where you have five minutes to pull together an outfit all than easier.

5. Consider the upcoming seasons. We all own those pieces that may have been all over social media last season, but are you going to pick it back up the next time around? Probably not. I always try to restrain myself to only a certain number of 'trend' items a season, because they're exactly that - pieces that last the trend and then fall to the back of my wardrobe. So whilst the seasons are transitioning over, I like to strip back to the utmost basics and staples (post coming soon on this!). And then you're able to see what you have, what you're missing and which things you'd like to add to your clothing rail for the months ahead.


What are your tips for sorting out your wardrobe? I'd love to know!

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Everyday Green Liquid Eyeliner Makeup Routine

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Whilst sorting out my room, I decided to give my makeup a little shuffle around in an attempt to stop myself always reaching for the same products day in and day out. I've been after some coloured liquid eyeliners recently, but as I'm currently counting the pennies, I decided to just 'shop the stash' and I was pleasantly surprised to see I own not one, but two of the same dark green eyeliner. That was 3 weeks ago, and I've not left the house without wearing it since - I am sort of obsessed.

Starting with the base, I've been reaching an awful lot for the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturising Foundation in Rose Ivory. I'm definitely one for a dewy base, and this foundation provides me with some much needed full coverage whilst leaving a sheeny finish, which I really love (if you can get past the strong scent of the product itself). Unfortunately the palest shade really isn't pale enough for me but I've been mixing it with my Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in Light Porcelain and it has been doing the trick wonderfully! My skin hasn't been fantastic recently, but I've found this combination very effective at making my skin look flawless with little concealer needed. To add a little more brightness to my complexion, I've concentrating on highlighting recently - using my absolute favourite MAC MSF in Lightscapade on the high points of my face.

After doing my usual brow routine, it's then the fun part - the eye makeup. Now as someone who loves to play around with different eyeshadow combinations, favouring a smokey eye most days, I've been trying to keep things much more simple. I stupidly didn't photograph the shades from the Lorac Pro Palette 2, but I've been really enjoying using the shade Nectar, a warm peach, to add some depth around the crease alongside my trusty NARS Single Eyeshadow in Yamal. With the Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner in Olive being the star of the show, I've been using this to give myself a feline flick that isn't your typical black eyeliner. I'd describe the colour as being a dark green rather than an olive green as the name suggests, but I really think it complements my eye colour and the eyeliner itself does not budge throughout the day.

Although not pictured, I've really been enjoying wearing this look with a bright pink matte lipstick. Again, not my usual sort of colour, but after discovering the Wet n Wild Lipstick (link to UK stockist!) in Smokin' Hot Pink and the KIKO Cosmetics Unlimited Stylo in Hibiscus Red, they've very quickly become my go to colours this summer.

Ps - if you'd like to see how this makeup routine looks - I'm wearing it over on Instagram!

Who else has been loving coloured liquid eyeliners this month? I'm already on the hunt for a navy and burgundy version!
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