WARDROBE ESSENTIALS: THE WHITE SHIRT

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I’d like to introduce a new feature on my blog, the wardrobe essentials. Whilst everyone has their own individual style, I stand by the idea that there’s a number of staple pieces which should be in everyone’s wardrobes, pieces that are versatile and slot into anyone’s sense of dress. I really enjoy aspects of styling, so I thought it may be fun to create a little series of these posts, where I’ll pick a wardrobe basic and list a few things I’d personally pair it with.

The White Shirt (1, 2, 3) is the definition of a staple item in my eyes. A piece which features on the high street every season, you can find it in styles to suit any age, body shape or general preference. I think most people assume that shirts are a formal piece and one that is worn mainly in smart occasions, but there’s plenty of ways they can be worn down and casual. Now there’s plenty I wear with my (rather large) collection of white shirts, but I thought I’d pick four pieces I pair with them the most.

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A structured jacket (1, 2, 3): Personally, as someone who hoards jackets and coats, I tend to favour plain pieces rather those which are patterned. I think coats are those pieces that can last an age in your wardrobe, so I tend to go for classic colours and shapes. The three I’ve linked are three that have really stood out to me recently, the neutral colours being perfect dress up or down with a shirt. And since I have a love for the 70s fashion at the minute, I couldn’t not include that Mango Suede jacket of dreams. I’ve been tempted to buy it for months now!

A pair of trousers (1, 2, 3): Unlike coats, I love to have fun when picking out trousers. From bold prints and bright colours, to wide leg to flare to cropped skinnies, anything really goes. As someone who’s pretty short, I do tend to struggle a little to find those that’ll flatter me, but I think that’s what I like so much about trousers; there’ll be a style that fits everyone. Again, going back to the 70s trend, there’s a whole lot of flared and wide-leg trousers in stores at the minute – and as scary as they look, I can’t get enough of them. Don’t diss them unless you’ve tried them, I think you’d be surprised how flattering they can be!

An a-line skirt (1, 2, 3): Now if you’ve been reading my blog a while, you know I have a thing for A-Line skirts – it’s my daily uniform. I find them incredibly flattering on my pear body shape whilst also making my legs appear much longer than they are, and best of all, you don’t have to worry that it’s going to fly up when it’s a little windy outside. Again it’s quite a universal style and is in the high street every season really, just in different prints and fabrics. For instance, at the minute look out for buttons, denim and utility-inspired prints.

A pinafore (1, 2, 3): Maybe I’ve just watched every episode of Gossip Girl one too many times, but there’s just something I really love about wearing pinafores. Now I’m not talking a Blair Waldorf inspired structured piece specifically or something that looks like you’d wear it at primary school, I tend to class any dress (or playsuit!) that could be layered over a shirt as being a pinafore. From high-necks to strappy sundresses, I love them all year round.

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What would you pair with a white shirt? What are your wardrobe essentials?

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C’EST LA VIE

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Outfit Details: Top – Topshop, Jeans – Dorothy Perkins, Coat – H&M, Shoes – Primark,
Bag – Matalan, Hat – Primark
Just a quick post from me today (if you follow me via Twitter you’ll may have seen the reasons) but basically, life has got in the way a little. Some of it very exciting which I’m sure I’ll be talking about over on here soon, and some of it not so much, and if I’m honest, it’s been all a little too overwhelming and blogging hasn’t been top of the agenda. However, I’ll let you into a little secret; this outfit was never meant to make it onto the blog. With the weather being so lovely and sunny a few weeks ago, me and my family decided to have a little trip to the Quayside, without the pressure of shooting photographs. It’s one of my favourite places to visit, there’s something about the buzz around the Quayside and Baltic that I really love, and if you’re ever in the area, it’s a place I’d recommend paying a visit (plus the Baltic gift shop is packed with goodies!). And when I was standing admiring the view from the Baltic, I decided on a whim to quickly snap a few of this casual outfit of mine. Jeans, a tee, a duster coat, my favourite pointy flats and of course, my hat (I don’t wear it all the time, promise!) – because sometimes simple outfits are the best way to go.

Aside from the outfit, I think I’ve hit a little blogging slump. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of ideas lined up for the next few weeks or so, but that’s all they are, ideas. I thankfully have a handful of outfit posts ready to post, but I don’t know, I feel like my blog has become somewhat, meh. My photography is alright, my writing, okay, and that’s about it – it’s hit a little bit of a blip. So I’m currently working away on a little blogging revamp, something to help me fall back in love with blogging again – because boy do I miss that excitement you get when pressing publish and seeing everyone’s positive responses! There’ll be a few little design tweaks and some new content, whether that be beauty or lifestyle or something completely different. And I’m pretty excited, to look at things with a fresh perspective and see how things go – I like a challenge!

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So, I’d love to know, what are your favourite types of posts (from either other blogs or this one)?

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BAREMINERALS EVENT @ FENWICK NEWCASTLE

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Last week, myself and a few other North East bloggers were invited along by the lovely team at BareMinerals to our very own bloggers event. We were greeted with drinks and nibbles (I’m talking party rings over here, OH YES) and given a little time to take photographs and generally just have a nose around before taking to our seats. The event was primarily to introduce us to the brand, and in particular their newest release – the Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel, but more on that later. The MUAs did that thing and demonstrated how the newest releases work, applying their products onto a client and I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say we were sold.

I’ll admit I had reservations at first, with the idea of sheer coverage absolutely terrifying me (I’m definitely more of a full coverage kinda gal) but I have been swayed and can’t wait to give the product a go myself. It’s a product described as somewhere in-between a BB creme, a CC creme and a tinted moisturiser, but with a slight twist – it’s actually formulated with the reverse technology of your typical tinted moisturiser. So basically, it has all the benefits of all of those products in one. Now what does this mean? Mineral infused water which is injected with the pigments, offering some coverage and ensuring your skin is much more hydrated (and within a week of use, you’ll notice a big difference!). It also contains Mineral Electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which will help to improve the skins texture, as well as Marine Botanicals which help to lock in moisture. With all of this in mind, I was keen to give it a swatch and the first thing I noticed is that it gives a cooling sensation after application, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and plumped for the day ahead – certainly something I personally look for in bases. You can apply the product with your fingertips or their new Smoothing Face Brush, which gives a nice airbrushed finish (trust me, it’s pretty magic!). It can be used on it’s own to balance out skin tone, or if you like a little more coverage like me, under any foundation and will leave you with a dewy finish perfect for these summer months. What more could you want? Oh, and did I forget to mention it has a mineral SPF 30, which means none of that pesky flashback and blocked pores? Perfect!

We also had a little play with their other products, such as the lipsticks (I already have a few on my wishlist… oops) and blushers. As someone relatively new to the brand having only tried their eyeshadows in the past, the staff were incredibly informative and willing to tell us all about each and every product. I learnt a lot about the brand on a whole and I can certainly see myself visiting their counter in the very near future. We were all very kindly gifted a rather generous goodie bag filled with things to try, all which I’m very excited to try out – reviews coming soon!

All in all, it was a lovely event with the staff making me and the others feel very welcomed. If you’re based in the North East (or are just visiting Newcastle), if you pop along to the counter in Fenwick Newcastle and quote my blog name, you’ll receive a free sample of Complexion Rescue Gel! Plus, they’re now offering girlfriend parties, which allow you to sit down with a member of the staff and talk through all things make-up and skincare, they’ll help direct you to which products will work best for you and your preferences. So basically, it’s just a free chance for a good pamper and hour long talk about make-up, what else could you ask for?!

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Do you use any BareMinerals products? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
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