Halloween ’14 – Choupette

31 Oct

You know the drill. Halloween comes around, you haven’t given a moments thought to your costume. You were busy, work was insane, you had a deadline, you had to catch up on Scandal. Whatever. You go to your wardrobe, throw on some black clothes, paint on some whiskers and boom – you’re a cat/kitten/Cat Woman. Who cares, Halloween costume dilemma sorted.

This year instead of reaching for all black, how about you try an all white ensemble. The result? You are now Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat and the first kitty of fashion. ‘Cause why be a basic cat when you can be Choupette? Ashley Madekwa is obviously the inspiration for this post. Such a genius costume. Extra points if you can get a friend to dress up as Karl!

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I love the fluffy ears up above, obviously they are not the ideal cat shape but a little careful trimming and you should be good to go. Instead of the cat lead that Ashley used, I’m loving this iridescent choker as a collar! For those that haven’t a clue who Choupette is, just pretend you’re one of those cats from the Aristocrats. If they don’t know the Aristocrats movie or Choupette, then walk away! Glossy hair, pink lips and manicured nails will complete this awesome look.

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If you’re not feeling the Choupette vibes, then I have plenty of other inspiration for you! Audrey Hepburn, Vampire, Greek Goddess, Skeleton, Carrie Bradshaw and Leopard are all great options!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween posts and have found some inspiration from them! Happy Halloween to you all – have a fun, sugar filled, safe, stylish night!



Halloween ’14 – Carrie Bradshaw

30 Oct

This is the ultimate easy costume. If you are a last minute Sally, like me, and you have a tulle skirt lying around then you are golden! A pretty skirt like the one below with a pink cami, silver belt and some killer shoes and you’re set! How incredible are the Aquazzara & Olivia Palermo shoes below! Carrie’s outfit in the opening credits of Sex in the City is easily one of the most iconic outfits of the show, it even got shown in the first movie. It’s a simple, but really effective costume.

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Once your outfit is sorted, the next thing you need to do is your hair and make up. Make up is simple, think blusher, brows and a little lipstick. Your hair needs volume and curl. Ideally you could use heated rollers to give your hair the volume and curl that is needed. If you are lucky enough to have heated rollers, do your hair first and while it’s working it’s magic, you can be doing your make up and getting ready. If you don’t have rollers, curl your hair and backcomb it to add some volume. Once you’ve got the Bradshaw Bounce in your hair, take a section at the front of your head and pin it back. Not too tight, just enough to keep it off your face. A little hair spray and you should be good to go!

I hope you’re enjoying my Halloween posts! Check out my other costume options – Audrey Hepburn, Vampire, Leopard, Skeleton and Greek Goddess!



Halloween ’14 – Skeletal

29 Oct

Being a skeleton for Halloween isn’t anything new, but I’ve found people playing around with it a lot more. I went as a skeleton last year and decided to do the half skeleton face half normal face idea. It’s a lot less stressful because you don’t have to worry about making the two sides of your face even, or matching. There’s a couple of different ways you can dress up too. You can either do the whole Lady Gaga in a tux look, or a skeleton costume, or you can leave the make up to be the focal point and wear all black. It’s up to you! Click the pictures below to shop the looks!

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When it comes to skeleton make up, the most important thing is to give yourself enough time. I gave myself an hour and a half to do my skeleton make up. It ended up being too much time, but it’s better to do that than to rush yourself. It’s important to put on your tops first because you could wreck your make up buy putting on a top afterwards. I started by doing my normal side of my face first, except for lipstick. Once that was done, I put two layers of white face paint over the other side of my face. I filled in all the dark shapes with black face paint first – the nose, the eye, the cheekbone and the neck. I then added the cracks and shading  with a smaller brush. Don’t forget to go along the hairline, and add little lines here and there. I finished up with adding the teeth section. Once that was done, I used red lipstick on a brush to blur the divide between my normal face and skeleton face. I dabbed a little dark eyeshadow over this to give it some depth and then added some red lipstick to the normal side of my face to finish it off.


So there you have a skeleton face! It’s not that hard, you just need to take your time. Check out my other Halloween inspiration posts – Audrey Hepburn, Vampire, Leopard and Greek Goddess – if Skeleton isn’t your thing!



Halloween ’14 – Greek Goddess

28 Oct

A couple of years ago I dressed up as a Greek Goddess and it was honestly such an easy costume! I haven’t done this costume for about 6 years so I’m very tempted to do it again this year. It’s super simple and requires little or no effort. I would say you’ll probably have a lot of the things you need in you closet anyway, and if you don’t just click the pictures below to shop for what you need! This look is all about white and gold and gorgeous curly hair.

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Ok so once you have your outfit sorted it’s time to move onto make up and hair. I love curling my hair by wrapping it around it the curling iron and twisting it at the same time. This gives more of a “Victoria’s Secret” wave than regular curl to the hair. My top tip would to unwrap your hair and don’t touch it at all until your entire head has cooled down. Once you’ve done that the whole way around your head then brush your hair with a wide toothed comb for a lovely wave to your hair and add you’re headpiece. For make up, I did a smokey eye using golds and warm brown eyeshadows to keep with the theme. Super simple, super pretty once you’re all done.

Check out my other Halloween Inspiration posts – Audrey Hepburn, Vampire and Leopard!



Halloween ’14 – Leopard Love

27 Oct

I was a leopard for Halloween a few years back and it was such an easy costume! If you’re finding yourself throwing together a rather last minute outfit, then this might just work for you. As someone who loves leopard print, I always have something in my wardrobe that would make a perfect leopard costume. For those of you that don’t have leopard to hand, I’ve found some of my favourite pieces in the shops right now below. Simply click the picture to shop!

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Leopard make up can be as basic or complex as you want. I dressed as a leopard a few years ago and as it was very last minute, I did the easiest leopard make up that I could. I essentially just did leopard print eyes with lots of liquid liner. It’s actually a lot easier than you think. Put on your foundation and groom your eyebrows as usual. Then get a gold/brown eye shadow and apply different sized circular shapes all over your eye lid and out into a slight cat eye shape. With your liquid liner, make shapes almost like uneven brackets around each eyeshadow circle. You do not have to be neat or perfect with this! Let the liquid liner dry and then top up the eyeshadow. Draw a strong cat eye shape on your eye lid with more liquid liner and extend this out down towards your nose from your inner eye. Heavy contouring and a nude lip and you’re good to go!


See how easy! If you’re feeling adventurous, do the same leopard print along your neck, collar bones, arms, legs, wherever you feel like! Have you checked out my other Halloween Inspiration posts yet? If you want to be a Vampire or Audrey Hepburn, then you’ve come to the right place!



Halloween ’14 – Vampire Diaries

26 Oct

When I think of vampires, I don’t think of Twilight and all that glittery crap. I think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Questionable monsters, Noughties style, Angel, Spike, leather trousers and halter necks. So much better than these modern sparkly versions! So with that in mind, my vampire inspiration for this Halloween is very Buffy focused.

The great thing about this look is you can switch up your make up and either be one of the vampires or Buffy. To transform to Buffy just do regular make up with a smokey eye, add a cross necklace, find a stick to hold and boom – you’re Buffy! Easy peasy. Another great thing is that all of these pieces can be worn again, nothing that I hate more than investing in a Halloween costume that will never be seen again.

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If you want to go the vampire route, vampire makeup is a must. I am no make up artist, but I have tried out this look to show you just how easy it can be to make effective vampire make up. Apply a white layer of face paint all over your face and neck. Smudge some dark face paint lightly into your face to create hollows at your cheek bones, neck, and around your eyes. Define your brows with an eye pencil. Create a dark smokey eye and add lots of liquid liner and false eyelashes. Next apply a red lipstick all over your lips. To create an ombre effect on your lips, add a darker lip colour, such as Diva by MAC above, to the edges of your lips and blend towards the centre of your mouth. Add some drops of blood down your mouth with lipstick and dark eye shadow. I find that contact lenses really add to the effect. If you’re not used to using contact lenses, definitely put them in before you do all your make up to give yourself the chance to get used to them.


I hope you liked my vampire look, or Buffy, whichever you’re going for. Check out my Halloween outfit from yesterday, Audrey Hepburn. They couldn’t be more different!



Embracing Autumn

26 Oct

Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, or fall if you’re from the States. I love how everything looks, how it starts getting colder but you still have bright sunny days. It does require quite a mind shift from daydreaming about bikinis and holidays to looking for cosy sweaters and new boots. I think this is the first week that I have really felt that it was autumn and I’ve found myself looking at coats and cashmere online.

Last Saturday night was one of the last nights that I’ll have bare legs out for a while! I wore a simple black leather mini skirt with a new blouse. I wear that mini skirt so often that I honestly wonder what I would do with out it! This photo actually made me realise how badly I need my hair cut. It’s just too long now. I think if you’re hair is about a third as long as your body, you’ve gone too far! My lipstick is Diva by MAC, definitely a favourite for the colder months, so expect to see it a lot!


Blouse: Topshop

Skirt: Asos (Similar)

Heels: Zara (Similar)

Lipstick: Diva by MAC


I’m working on adding more colour to my work wardrobe. This cobalt blue top is one of my favourites as it adds just the right amount of colour and works really well with both casual and formal outfits. This pencil skirt is a life saver! It’s just the handiest thing to throw on in the morning. I’m still working on my hatred of tights… but I have a feeling that will be a lifelong issue.


Top: Zara (Similar)

Skirt: Sandro (Similar)

Brogues: Marco Moreo (Similar)

Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar)

My new camel coat has brought out a camel obsession in me. I have my eye on another camel coat in Zara now. I know two camel coats is a bit excessive, I’ll see if I can restrain myself! There’s something so classic about it, and it goes so well with a monochromatic look. I ended up not actually wearing this hat out as it was crazy windy and it would have definitely ruined my day if my hat went flying off my head and under a bus!


Hat: Topshop

Coat: H&M

Blouse: Forever21

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Brogues: Marco Moreo (Similar)

This jacket is super handy for work. Until I can justify spending a crazy amount of money on a classic tweed jacket from Chanel, I will make do with imitations from Zara! I actually got this jacket a few years ago on sale. You can’t see the colours too well but it’s a lovely mix of greens with a little bit of blue and gold going through it too. Perfect for pairing with black trousers and a basic black cami. High street shops don’t have a lot of tweed at the moment, the best ones are on Net-A-Porter if you have your heart set on one.

IMG_7115.JPGJacket: Zara (Similar)

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Cami: River Island

Lariat: River Island

Brogues: Marco Moreo

Keep a look out for my Halloween posts, I’m taking the stress out of picking a costume and showing you seven different options over the next few days. What’s better is most are easy to do and you’ll have lots of the pieces lying around at home anyway! Check out my Audrey Hepburn post from yesterday!



Halloween ’14 – Audrey Hepburn

25 Oct

We are officially in the Halloween countdown! Over the next seven days, including Halloween, I will be putting up a post a day with some outfit inspiration for you all. It’s such a fun time of year, so embrace it! Today I’m going to focus on Audrey Hepburn. Click any of the photos below to shop the look!

Anyone that knows me will know that Audrey Hepburn is my idol. I even dedicated a post to her earlier in the year. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched Funny Face, Roman Holiday and of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If you’re looking for an elegant Halloween costume, then you have definitely come to the right place! It all starts with the dress. It’s important that the dress is black, high necked and sleeveless. The plainer the better as it is your necklace which will be the statement piece.

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The necklace below is from H&M. What I would do to make it really show stopping is buy two and put spread them to the sides so that they cover your entire neck. I would also get two brooches and put one in the middle of the two necklaces in the style of the necklace Audrey wears, and then one in my hair.

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Make sure that you keep all other accessories really simple. The jewellery is the main focus of this look. Cat eye sunglasses full length black gloves will finish the look with plain black shoes.

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Now the make up for this look is all about the brows. Beautiful defined brows and fluttering lashes are central to this look. Define your brows and make sure you set them in place. Use liquid liner to create a cat eye and add lashes which give plenty of length. Keep everything else simple with a soft make up, a little blush and nude lipstick. When it comes to hair, this tutorial was probably the most straight forward one that I found. Don’t torture yourself over it! If you’re not good with styling hair you probably have a friend who is so ask them nicely!

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I hope you liked this post. Tomorrow I will be looking at Vampire inspiration so keep an eye out for that!



Catch Up 2.0

19 Oct

In yesterday’s post, I caught you up with half of my outfits that have been put on the back burner for the last while. Today I’m going to show you the rest of those poor forgotten outfits. Mega weekend catch up is underway!

You’ve probably noticed by now my love of Madewell. I went on a bit of a rampage when I was in New York and again in Miami. This denim shirt is exactly the kind of shirt I’ve been looking for for a while. It’s a really great indigo colour (although you can’t see that too well in the terrible photo) and I love the cut of it. This was one of those run-around-and-do-millions-of-errands-days so I stayed comfortable in jeans and navy trainers.

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Shirt: Madewell (Similar)

Jeans: Topshop

Trainers: New Balance

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

The outfit below has been one of my most popular outfits on Instagram. No one can resist the power of red shoes! Way back in January, I made a resolution to not wear so much black…. the red New Balance just about save me here!

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Leather Jacket: Topshop (Similar)

Tee: Madewell

Jeans: Topshop

Trainers: New Balance

This is a work look I took so early in the morning that it was still dark out. That’s one thing I don’t like about winter, getting up in the dark. I was working at a really fun digital event that day and needed a bit of height so I would actually be somewhat eye level with people!

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Top: Zara (Similar)

Trousers: Zara (Similar)

Heels: Dune (Similar)

Lariat Necklace: River Island

I wore this shirt in New York as a dress, pretty much. It’s quite long but I just put a leather skirt underneath it in case. It works well here with my Sandro skirt. The only thing is, the shirt has a satin finish so every time I would move or lift my arms, it would untuck more and more from my skirt. Not ideal so I think I will stick to wearing it as a dress in future!

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Shirt: Forever21 (Similar)

Skirt: Sandro (Similar)

Shoes: Marco Moreo (Similar)

Yay! We’re all caught up again! I’ve done a lot of online window shopping this weekend so hopefully I’ll have some nice new purchases to share with you guys soon. Hope you’re having a good weekend!



Catch Up

18 Oct

I realised today that I have been so busy with writing Fashion Week posts and work that I haven’t caught you guys up on about six different outfits! This post will the the first of two catch ups that I do this weekend, starting with those outfits that were ages ago! Time to get back on track!

Having just got back from my amazing New York/Miami trip, I couldn’t wait to wear some of the new pieces I had bought. I am completely obsessed with this shirt I got from Madewell. It’s light, a gorgeous blush colour and so easy to wear. They have it in black now too which I think I need in my life! I kept the rest of the outfit simple, black jeans, boots and my new Marc by Marc Jacobs watch. A little warning to my readers outside of the US, Canada and Japan, Madewell does not currently ship to anywhere other than these three countries. Hopefully this will change soon but until then I will have to get my Madewell fix when I visit the US.

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Shirt: Madewell

Jeans: Topshop

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Boots: Topshop

Another casual chilled day for me. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect tee shirt. Something that you can just throw on with a pair of jeans and boots and look put together. My favourite tee for ages has been my Isabel Marant Etoile tee, but I’m working on building up more of a collection. I favour slightly oversized, v neck tees and I love this wine coloured one that I picked up. Nice and simple and such a great colour.

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Tee: Victoria’s Secret

Jeans: Topshop

Boots: Buffalo (Similar)

This outfit is one of my favourites that I have worn in the last while. I was helping out at a boutique fashion show that night and wanted to be comfortable. I think the all white look is one of my favourites to wear. You can keep it from looking too washed out with red lips and nails and pretty, simple gold jewellery.

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Top: Topshop (Similar)

Jeans: Topshop

Boots: Buffalo (Similar)

Lariat Necklace: River Island

Short Necklace: Topshop

I call this my Backstreet Boys look, think back to the “I Want It That Way” and you’ll know exactly what I mean! I wore this to Oktoberfest in Dublin with a few of my girls. This jacket may need to be retired for a little bit as it is so cold out but I will make sure to wear it every chance I get. Love it so much!

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Coat: Zara (Similar)

Cami: Topshop (Similar)

Jeans: J Brand

Boots: Topshop

Clutch: Madewell

Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Lariat Necklace: River Island

So glad that I’m finally catching up on all of these! Check back tomorrow when I will catch up on the other two outfits I missed and two work wear looks from during the week. Have a lovely weekend!




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