This Brigitte Bardot inspired hair and makeup tutorial was one of my most highly requested videos, so I hope you all like the completed look! As Brigitte has been, style-wise, a huge inspiration to me, I loved putting this one together.
In case I've not yet made it obvious, I'm quite a fan of pointed toe pumps (and flats!).
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for leopard print, so it goes without saying that I have a bit of a crush on these leopard pumps. The d'Orsay cut is a favourite of mine and the print is perfectly defined. Dream shoes.
And although I've been a bit slow to warm to the metallic shoe trend, I do find myself loving these silver metallic flats. I usually prefer heels, but the fact that these are flat is a large part of what I like about them as I often find metallic heels a bit over the top. Not always, but often.
Finally, I couldn't write a post such as this and feature shoes without including a pair of black pumps. This particular pair is another pair of d'Orsay cut pumps featuring a scalloped heel cap and an ankle strap. Just love.
When it comes to bags, there are about three styles of bags that I tend to gravitate toward most.
One style is the fringed bag, such as this one. I always find this type of bag so easy to pair with a casual outfit for an effortless but stylish look. Toss in what you need, sling it over your shoulder, and off you go!
The second is a structured bag, such as a satchel or envelope bag. They can easily be paired with a casual outfit to add a little bit of structure to the overall look or paired with a dressier outfit to keep with the put-together feel of the look.
And the third style is a vintage or vintage-inspired bag, such as this quilted one which reminds me a little of a vintage Chanel bag. And while it is far out of my price range, I love window shopping online to gather some inspiration and ideas for what to look for in the upcoming season. And another thing about actual vintage bags, thrift shops are brilliant places to look for them. I've found quite a few neat and incredibly cheaply priced vintage handbags at thrift shops over the years.
And finally, sunglasses. I've always had a bit of an obsession with sunglasses, though as I've gotten older I've gotten a little pickier. It's not that I don't still bring out the bright red heart shaped ones occasionally, but I do gravitate towards black and tortoiseshell ones more so these days. Cat eye shapes and classic wayfarers are what I'm falling back on this summer more than anything else.
This tutorial is both a request and remake of a sort as I'd done a Marilyn tutorial last summer, but took it down a few months ago as I didn't think it was really up to scratch. Much happier with how it's turned out the second time round. Hope you enjoy!
Top from Sirens | Thrifted Shorts | Thrifted Belt | Heels from Urban Behaviour | Necklace C/O Golden Eight
During the hot parts of summer, I tend to do two things in regards to fashion. On one hand, I experiment a bit more with different looks and outfits. On the other hand, I fall back on old staple looks that I wear nearly every summer. The lace top + denim shorts combination is one of those looks. I was looking through my old photos and found this look from June 2010 featuring, of course, a lace top and denim shorts. Although, I couldn't quite have gotten away with wearing tights during our little heatwave last week.
So, for one of this summer's versions of this look, I opted for a lace tie-up top from Sirens and my old light wash denim shorts. For accessories, I wore a lovely crystal necklace from Golden Eight, a brown woven belt, and a pair of white pumps.
I haven't done one
of these in ages but I always tend to thrift a bit more in the warmer
months, so I thought I'd try filming a new thrift haul! I might do one
more before the summer is over as this one went better than I'd
This outfit is a little different from anything I've posted lately, but I always feel keen to experiment a bit during the warmer months. For this outfit, I paired a little black crop top from Sirens with a pair of thrifted light blue jeans and some studded fabulous heels for a slightly nineties inspired look!
I don't have many 'rules' in regards to fashion. The one I do tend to stick to, however, is to dress for the weather. In the summer, that means not wearing overtly summery clothes on cold days (lest I spend the day feeling half-frozen) and trying to take advantage of the rare warm, summery days by wearing summery clothes (or at least things that can't be worn on those cool days).
For this outfit, I paired a black button down shirt from SheInside with a pair of denim shorts that I've had since I was in high school (though I styled them a bit differently back then!). I decided to forgo accessories and opted for simple black pumps to achieve the minimalistic that I was going for.
Unlike the dress in my last evening wear post, I've not yet had a chance to wear this dress outside of my house. Well, except for the time spent running around out in my garden one evening trying to convince my cat to come in for the night. The things my neighbours have seen and heard. Having lived in the countryside for years, I'm not entirely used to having next door neighbours and have somewhat carelessly continued to behave as though I still haven't. That aside, a girlfriend jokingly asked upon seeing this dress whether it made me feel like a princess. A princess with a massive unexplained bruise on her thigh, maybe.
This is the first in a series of two evening wear posts in collaboration with Chicwish.
Dress C/O Chicwish | Belt from Sirens | Coat from Dots | DIY Pumps
I may wear a lot of black, but that shouldn't be taken as a fear of bright colours! I'm just picky about bright colours. Red has been a favourite since I was little. I paired this gorgeous red party dress from Chicwish with a pair of heels that I glittered last December. I wore them for the first time to a political event the week before Christmas last year and a nice older lady complimented me on my 'sparkly Christmas, or Liberal, shoes'. Both, maybe. I debated whether or not to belt this dress for about twenty minutes and ultimately decided that I should. Trying to spend less time obsessing over minuscule things, not having much success yet. And because the nights are still chilly (despite it bloody nearly being summertime!), I opted for a little faux fur leopard print coat that I bought on sale for $5 earlier this year.
This is the first in a series of two evening wear posts in collaboration with Chicwish.
A few days ago, I felt like baking something that I hadn't made for a while and these coconut-raspberry squares came to mind quickly. This recipe is one of my old favourites, simple ingredients and simple to make! The original recipe, by Dreena Burton, can be found here. My ingredients and measurements are slightly different.
Ingredients: Bottom Layer:
1¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ cup almond milk
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp coconut extract
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup raspberry jam
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup all-purpose flour
a couple of sprinkles of sea salt
1½ tbsp canola oil
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then combine the milk, maple syrup, coconut and vanilla extracts in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the larger bowl and add the canola oil, stirring until all the ingredients are well combined. The mixture will be fairly thick. Transfer this mixture to a lightly oiled 8" x 8" pan and spread it out evenly. Spread raspberry jam over the mixture. Now combine the topping ingredients, mixing with a spoon or fork and then working it into a crumbly mixture with your hands. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until the topping appears golden-brown and the jam is bubbling a little bit. Once removed from the oven, allow to cool properly before cutting into pieces. I always cut this recipe into 16 small squares, but how you choose to divide it is up to you!
I've made these quite a few times when having girlfriends over for tea (they're brilliant for making on short notice as the recipe is so easy!) and they've always been well received. I always store whatever is left in the fridge or freezer, depending on how many squares are left and for how long I want to keep them.
Top from Urban Behaviour | Trousers from Sirens | Heels from Urban Behaviour | Vintage Clutch
Earrings C/O Chicwish | China Glaze Nail Polish in For Audrey | Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kiss of Life
Not long ago my outfits for nights out consisted of sequins, short
skirts, and platform heels (which may or may not have been covered in
glitter). Smear on some long-wearing foundation, Amy Winehouse inspired
eyeliner, maybe some pink lipstick and off we go. Nowadays, I tend to go
for something a little more chic than showy.
browsing at a mall shop a few months ago and had found a top I loved
only to find out it was the only one left and was about four sizes too
large. Undeterred, I decided to purchase it anyway and resolved to find a
way to style it. For this outfit, I paired it with a pair of simple
black trousers and glittery black heels. I made use of a thrifted
vintage clutch and a pair of sparkly little starburst-like earrings from
Chicwish. As for lipstick and nail polish, I opted for two favourites
-- Rimmel's Kiss of Life and China Glaze's For Audrey.
Jacket C/O ChicWish | Thrifted Blouse | Skirt from Forever 21 | Pumps from Urban Behaviour
For this outfit, I paired a loose fitting army-style jacket with a pretty blouse that I tied at the waist, a fitted skirt and heels. I've always thought that mixing masculine and feminine pieces creates an interesting contrast and it's become one of my favourite things to do, fashion-wise!
As requested by a subscriber on Youtube, my Twiggy inspired makeup
tutorial! I've been catching up on makeup tutorial requests lately and I
had been asked about doing a Twiggy inspired one, so I thought I'd give
it a shot! Above is the finished product, hope you all like how it turned out.
A few years ago, I wore '50s inspired outfits quite often and while my personal style has changed over the years, I still really love that decade fashion-wise! From time to time, I still feel the desire to put together something inspired by that era, especially when the nicer weather comes. I had originally put this look together with a high waisted skirt, but changed my mind and opted for pedal pusher style trousers instead. I thought it helped to give the overall outfit a bit more of a casual feel.
Top from Suzy Shier | Skirt from Forever 21 | Belt from Sirens | Steve Madden Pumps | Bracelet C/O Chicwish
It's not very often that I get dressed up, but whenever presented with an opportunity to do so I've always found it fun! For this look, I paired a draped blouse with a fitted pencil skirt from Forever 21. My mother picked this blouse up for me at a sale a couple of months ago and I've worn it to death, it's not something I would've picked out for myself but I absolutely love it. Funny how that works sometimes, isn't it?
For accessories, I opted for a pretty little bracelet from Chicwish, skinny black belt, and red nails and lips (Butter London's Come To Bed Red and Rimmel's Kiss of Life, respectively.). As for shoes, I wore my trusted Madden pumps, which are sadly but unsurprisingly beginning to show how much they've been worn. Would it be strange to admit that I'm considering buying a new pair on eBay for when these ones are beyond hope? Because I'm thinking of doing just that.
This was requested by a subscriber on Youtube a little bit ago. This is the first tutorial I’ve done since moving house and I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things. I’ve got another in mind that I’m hoping to film soon, but until then here is my little Grace Kelly tutorial!
Title of this post is from, of course, Mika's 2006 song, Grace Kelly. I was utterly obsessed with this song back then.