Monochrome Hearts

August 26, 2016

Blue Crop Top and Heart Printed Pencil Skirt Outfit
Blue Crop Top and Heart Printed Pencil Skirt Outfit
Forever 21 Angel's Wing Necklace
The thing about pencil skirts is they're so versatile, have the perfect fit and can be worn all year round. However, they have been stuck in the 'work wear appropriate' stereotype for as long as I can remember. There are ladies on screen who have pulled off the work look so well and have given us major envy too (think Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock). They do make for a demure work outfit but there's something about wearing a pencil skirt casually, with a fun print or a slouchy tshirt and you can still make it work. Mine is a tad more toned down than some crazy prints that I see. This one's simple with black hearts on a white skirt and has a contrasting black waist band which really makes me look slimmer. Paired with this cropped blue tshirt (that I also styled with my Gingham Midi Skirt last month) really gives it the pop of colour it needs. My Topshop Freya Shoes tie up the casual theme pretty well and I love how comfortable they are to walk in, even in the middle of the day when the sun's out in it's full glory. It's a shame I don't own a lot of pencil skirts but I'm on it ..come autumn/winter!
Also, this is slightly off topic but as I was sitting here editing this post, I watched Zoella's new range video and I'm so excited that its coming out only days before my birthday. I don't really buy her products religiously so I have nothing to compare to but this range seems to be really exciting and the prettiest so far.
Blue Crop Top and Heart Printed Pencil Skirt Outfit
(Blue Cropped Top - HERE, Printed Pencil Skirt - Old, Similar HERE, HERE & HERE, Freya Shoes - Topshop, Similar from Topshop HERE, Satchel Bag - Forever 21 (sold out) Similar HERE, Angel Wing Necklace - Forever 21, Similar HERE)

The Perfect Red Lip Duo

August 19, 2016

Finding the perfect lip for me has been quite a task. I keep experimenting with so many colours, mix and match them to find the one that matches my skin tone perfectly. I own a lot of reds but I was on the lookout for an affordable red lip combo that not only has the classic Hollywood shade but also looks good on the warm undertones of my skin. Here’s what I found that works for me and I thought I’d do tell you all about it because I’m so obsessed with this combo.
NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red & Essence Lip Liner in Femme Fatale
Step 1 : Essence Lip Liner in Femme Fatale
These lip liners have already been the talk of the town for the last few years because of their price point and amazing staying power. I honestly prefer these pencil ones over the roll up ones because I like to sharpen them every time I do a red lip and get that precise line around the lips. This product is so creamy and easy to apply and I hate nothing more than having to tug my lips with dry lip pencils but one stroke does the job with this swipe. It is a nice, deep cool toned red colour and I think it looks amazing without any lipstick over it as well. I usually like to only outline the lips but if you fill in your lips with this stuff, I think you’re good to go for a good couple of hours.

Step 2 : NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red
Now presenting the real star of this duo, the most creamy and pigmented red lipstick from the drugstore that I’ve used so far. No, it's not Mac's Ruby Woo but I think it's a close dupe and actually better. It has a beautiful cool toned retro red colour but also not cool enough to look strange on my skin. It’s the perfect in between and will absolutely look good on almost all skin tones.  I love the fact that it’s matte but doesn’t dry my lips out at all. I’ve worn this out for 6-8 hours and also included a meal and I love how this stayed put through a meal and a drink. The only little place that I had to touch up afterwards was the centre of the lip. It was minor compared to what I’ve experienced with some other drugstore reds which are beautiful colours but have failed to stay on my lips for longer than 2-3 hours.

Step 3 : Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
This one is the most important step in my opinion. I use this concealer to go over the edges of my lip to clean up any uneven lines and make it look extra precise. I love this concealer because it’s highlighting and really brightens the area around my mouth. It also comes with a brush so I can directly use it without bothering to look for a lip brush etc. I keep this tube only for lipstick application and clean up the brush with a wipe after application and wash it once every few weeks. It’s such a great thing to have for on the go touch ups too.

This red duo is clearly going to be my favourite for months to come. I think this is the most versatile when it comes to skin tones as well. Autumn is on it’s way and I’ll be getting a lot more use out of it and don’t mind wearing it on every day of summer as well. 

Scalloped Collar and Cropped Pants

August 14, 2016

Scalloped Collar Jumper and Cropped Trousers Outfit
Scalloped Collar Jumper and Cropped Trousers Outfit
Scalloped Collar Jumper Detail
I'm dressed head to toe in one of my favourite affordable clothing brands - Dorothy Perkins! This is an outfit that's leaning towards early autumn and I am very excited about the new collections to arrive. The weather has been quite rainy here (don't let the occasional sunshine fool you) and very windy but I was able to utilize the occasional sunny afternoon for this post. This beige jumper is a nice, light knitted top and nowhere as warm as a normal jumper but still means I can be cozy when the weather is acting up around here. What I love about it is it comes with an attached scalloped collar and it's not an entire double layer of shirt underneath which still makes it appropriate for August.

The Back to School Wishlist

August 10, 2016

I've been absent from the blog in the past two weeks because of a combination of assignments and being ill over the weekend. However, I've had plenty of time to catch up on some reading and online shopping for back to school season. As I was looking through pinterest and many shopping websites, I came across some cool accessories and cute little bits for the handbag for school/college/university. There are a few things I'm coveting as a long term investment like a good pair of Raybans or the Frends headphones. And there are a couple of "school" bag add ons that I would absolutely need to have with me everyday. I think I would be looking into getting most of these items even if I wasn't going back to school, so there's a little something for everyone. Keep reading...
Back to School Wishlist 2016

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child : My Thoughts!

August 5, 2016

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Review and Thoughts
It was a Sunday when the internet went into a frenzy and people ran into bookshops to get a copy of this new release by J.K.Rowling. It was an exciting time of the year. It was possibly the most exciting sunday for a Potterhead in years. Harry’s scar had not pained him in twenty two years and twenty two years ( in the wizarding world) we waited. It’s funny how things have changed for me. From being the awkward 13 year old standing in line to get a copy to waiting for my pre-booked copy to arrive from Amazon. The anticipation however was the same and I got hold of it on Tuesday afternoon ( two days late ) but still worth the wait. 50 pages in and I completely eased into the play format. The hearing of familiar names and characters and familiar phrases like “Boomslang skin and Lacewing flies” immediately rings a bell and it’s oddly comforting.  One thing J.K Rowling does so well is not be predictable.. AT ALL. The story started where it stopped back in 2007 but immediately took a different turn and pace of its own. 
The fast pace of the play is actually quite fun and refreshing and it made it that much harder to put down the book. Albus Severus, is presented as a character so different from anything I could have imagined. He’s actually not fond of Hogwarts or his father. Nor does he have any of his father’s greatness. This storyline reminds me of Snape, his own time at Hogwarts and him being a Slytherin it all fits in even better. His bravery and greatness is massively clouded by other people’s opinion of him. He is best friends with Scorpious, Malfoy’s son who becomes his friend as both feel like misfits at Hogwarts.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Review and Thoughts
As the story continues, things get stranger and the whole plot is shaken when they first decide to meddle with time. I love the idea of it, I always have ever since Prisoner of Azkaban but the severity of Hermione’s lines, “Awful things happen to wizards who meddle with time, Harry” only take importance now when Albus and Scorpious get up to no good. Although they had a very good intention to begin with, things start getting trickier and their bravery is tested every time they go back in time and more so, when they return back to the present. It surprised me, shocked me and had me on my toes by the time I finished Part One. I knew Part Two was going to get much, much darker and I jumped right into it. The precise moment when my heart stopped beating for quite a few seconds was the mention of “Snape” being a Hogwarts Professor again.  All I could think was, “Well Played, JKR! You are going to give us Snape again and take him away ruthlessly..again”. We do have to move on from him eventually but not without him being a hero one more time. It was exciting though and bone chilling.
Then we move onto the most interesting and final act of the book– Act Four. There’s a lot of symbolism involved here. One wrong move could not only destroy a wizarding world of peace and order but could also wipe out the existence of the entire Harry Potter series as we know it. By the time we’re here, We finally start to see the “Dumbledore” personality bits in Albus. He lives up to his name. There’s one last adventure where the whole gang is involved and more (Draco)! Wands are used and spells are shouted until the normal order is restored.We also experience a few deaths over the course of the book, in accurate JK Rowling fashion. It doesn’t occur to me even once that they’re in their forties. It’s almost like being back in the time when they were students again. I don’t know if this is the last we will hear of Potter. This is probably goodbye, and it was a bloody,good one at that.
I know a little part of me(and everyone else reading with me) always wondered if this book would live up to the greatness of the Harry Potter series. It did come close. Thank Dumbledore, for that!
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