Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oh Autumn, How I Love Thee

Summer is (finally) behind us. Don't hate, you've all had more than enough sun this year, I just prefer the colder of the four seasons.
Here are just twelve reasons I've got a lot of love Autumn/Winter.

1) Layers. Layers, layers and more layers. The more layers the better in my eyes. A bit like Joey on that episode of friends.
I'm not a seasonal dresser. I wear black tights all year around, I don't do getting my legs out.

Specifics -
I love 'beanie weather'. I don't really have a face that suits hats but I got really into beanies last Winter and I love throwing one to add to the cosy look.
Turtle necks are my favourite. I'm definitely planning on stocking up on every colour I can get my hands on whilst they're in season. They're so classic and versatile.

2)Boots. I love boots, they are my favourite footwear. I'm 100% not a fan of feet. I don't do sandals or flip flops because I'm a firm believer that, unless you're on a beach, there's no reason for me to be able to see your toes. Put them away. My favourite boots always tend to fall apart mid spring which means I have to wait months for them to come back into season to restock. Annoying!

3) Getting to watch Hocus Pocus without people pointing out it's a halloween film. I obviously already know that, I just love it.

4) My favourite candle being stocked again. I only burn one candle and I don't care what time of year it is. I love the Glade Spiced Apple and Cinnamon candle but it's limited edition through Autumn and Winter so I literally form a collection to last me the year. I'm down to my last three but luckily they've resurfaced in shops.

5) Tea. Flavoured tea to be more exact. Lipton Warming Apple and Cinnamon and Twinings Gingerbread Green Tea are my favourites. They also help make any room smell awesome.

6) Rain. Call me crazy but I just love the stuff. I really like the smell and there's something seriously refreshing about rain.
7) Thunderstorms are even better. I love the sound of the thunder and lightning talking to each other. Not to mention how peaceful and clear the air gets after a big storm.

Especially when......

8) Drinking wine in front of the fire. There's nothing like coming home from work and cosying up in front of the fire with a glass of wine to watch tv.

9) Having the electric blanket on making it super hard to get out of bed. I tend to snooze my alarm a lot more in Autumn.

10) Flushed cheeks from being out in the cold.

11) When the leaves become the same colour as my hair.

12) I love finishing work when it's dark. I'm not sure why I like this so much but it's been dark when I've left all this week and I just find it really satisfying to walk home in the dark.

What are your favourite things about Autumn?
Nikki x

Friday, September 19, 2014

Best Dressed - Met Gala 2014

Emma Stone in Thakoon. Who knew such a simple look could be so stunning? She even kept the hair and makeup simple. Emma Stone is one of the only people who could pull that off for me. Everything she wears looks effortlessly A-list. Not to mention the fact that us gingers totally suit a bit of pink :p

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry. Suki was the first look I saw from this years Met Gala (from my constant refreshing of Instagram) and she remained my absolute favourite the whole time! She looked like such a princess.

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney. Monochrome is one of the best trends to ever exist and I doubt it'll ever go out of style. Add to this the fact that she wore a trouser two piece and she glides her way to (almost) the top of my best dressed of the night.

Who were your best dressed this year?
Nikki xF

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Top 5.....Foundations (for the palest of the pale)

I'm not a massive fan of spending a lot of money of foundation because I just find it a really boring product and I change my routine every couple of weeks. That being said, I find it almost impossible to find a shade that is pale enough for me on the high street. 
I won't necessarily be repurchasing some of these because whilst they are pale, they don't all work on me but I find they are the best/nearest colour matches.

Dainty Doll in Medium
I never thought I'd find a foundation where I wasn't the palest shade available but, alas, I'm actually medium in this one.
It is just enough coverage to even out my skin tone with a slightly dewy finish.

L'oreal True Match Foundation in C1 Rose Ivory
I love this foundation!
I call this 'my face but clearer' because it is like a second skin. First things last ALL day. It is a dewy finish with a medium coverage and it will cover any redness..

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 100 Ivory
Whilst the bottle claims that this will last 25 hours, I can't seem to get it to last the 8 that I usually have makeup on for. I don't think it agrees with my skin type.
Also, as you can see from the picture, this 'Ivory' shade is a lot more orange toned than the others.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in 103 Ivory
When I bought this foundation this was the lightest shade they had and the swatch on my hand seemed a good fit.
When I apply this as a full face it is too orange for me but I've started applying it lightly over my Dainty Doll foundation as a second layer to add dimension and to add a touch more colour and it lasts all day.
When this runs out I'll definitely be repurchasing but maybe this time in a more suitable shade so I can wear it on its own. 
101 Porcelain sounds perfect.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain
Personally, this foundation is hit and miss for me. I find that it has yellow undertones whereas I'm more pink which isn't always the most flattering. 
The 'Wake Me Up' aspect seems to stem from the fact that this contains sparkles which make your skin more awake but I'm not a massive fan of the 'Edward Cullen' look. If I'm wearing this one i tend to use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder over the top.
Onto the positive and the reason that this is a brilliant foundation for pale people. This shade is perfect for people as pale as me, the handful of you who exist. 

Anybody have any holy grail foundations for us fair skinned folk??
Nikki x


Monday, September 15, 2014

My Top Ten TV Shows (Ever!) Part 1

I came across an old post on EssieButton where she'd done this and I thought it was a good idea. It gives more of an insight into me as a person and are amazing recommendations if you haven't seen them.

The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is the story of two vampire brothers, obsessed with the same girl, in a small town with more than its share of supernatural beings (source)

My love of vampires started with the ultimate - Angel, and despite the fact that I think Elena totally chooses the wrong brother, I still absolutely love this show. I'm not going to lie, the hot guys totally help this one. I love anything supernatural and this has so much going on that I was bound to jump on board.

Melissa and Joey

US Sitcom about a newly elected politician and the man she employs to look after her nephew and niece when they are suddenly left in her care (source)

I have loved Melissa Joan Hart from the age of about 7 when I used to come home from primary school every day, sit cross legged in front of my grandparent's tv and watch countless episodes of Sabrina on Nickelodeon. She is still as hilarious as ever in Melissa and Joey. The character development in this show is brilliantly realistic and I do love a good will they?/won't they?

Doctor Who
The Doctor is an alien Time Lord who travels through all of time and space in his TARDIS (source)

I don't know whether it's cheating having this on the list because I'm only a fan on a few series of it but those few series were so amazing that I do class it as one of my all time favourite shows. From the first Christopher Eccleston episode until the last Matt Smith episode, I'm a fan. I've got them all on dvd, I watch them loads but I simply don't think the current doctor/companion are for me unfortunately.

Absolutely Fabulous
Public relations maven Edina and best friend Patsy drive sensible daughter Saffron up the wall with their self-absorbed, substance-abusing escapades (source)

They've got dream jobs, they are hilarious and they know how to have a seriously good time. What's not to love?

Sitcom starring Miranda Hart. It doesn't matter what Miranda attempts in life, whether it's dating or simply dealing with her overbearing mother, she always seems to fall flat, quite literally (source)

Miranda engages mouth before brain, has absolutely no spacial awareness and has been mistaken for a transvestite but she also runs a joke shop with her best friend and bagged gorgeous Gary so I'd have no problem being her.

What tv shows are you guys loving?
Nikki x


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Top 5: Fashionable Couples

I recently saw this post on the Glamour Magazine website and thought I'd get involved.
Tying to narrow this down to just five proved to take a lot longer than I imagined. Once I started compiling my list it got a tad out of control but I finally got there (I might need to do a part 2 at some point)

1) Olivia Palermo and Johannes Heubl

2) Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine

Who are your favourite celebrity couples who look super stylish in both candid shots and at events?
Nikki x

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Top 5: Bomber Jackets

The bomber jacket trend shows no signs of letting up so I thought I'd make a list of my top 5 that are currently available to purchase.

1) The 'Sarah Metallic Faux Leather Sleeve Bomber' from
Boohoo. I love this jacket because it isn't boring. Bomber jackets typically have quite a retro vibe about them but the metallic colours add a futuristic element.

 2) I'm a monochrome girl through and through. I'm trying to branch out and reach for more colour but more often than not I'm still going to my trusty blacks and whites. This jacket from PrettyLittleThing is the perfect everyday jacket. The classic print would also go with almost any outfit you were to wear it over. This jacket would be a steal with the amount of years it could be a wardrobe staple for.

3) Green is a big trend this season and as a redhead it's a trend I'm willing to jump on-board with. This gorgeous green bomber from Forever 21 is the perfect tone for paler skin and would be the perfect go to jacket to just throw on for a casual day.

4) I'm a massive fan of bouchle and navy so this jacket from Yumi immediately caught me eye. I really like that this jacket would look great over a dress or with a simple pair of jeans. The gold zips add something extra for me.

5) This version by H&M is perfect for British winters as it is quilted and could easily be layered. I absolutely love everything about this jacket. I love that it could easily have been in the costume department of an 80's movie. I love the two massive pockets on the front. I love the colour and I love the ribbing on the cuffs.
I'm heading to a town with a H&M in a few days and I'm not sure I have the willpower to resist heading to find myself one of these.

Are you a fan of the bomber jacket? Do you have any favourites out there at the moment?
Nikki x
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