22 April 2015

Outfit | Black, White, and Grey



Hat C/O NastyDress | Leg Avenue Bodysuit | Thrifted Belt | Skirt from Forever 21 | Steve Madden Pumps

20 April 2015

Outfit | Leopard and Denim


Vintage Denim Jacket | Leopard Print Top C/O NastyDress | Thrifted Skinny Belt | Jeans from Forever 21 | Steve Madden Pumps

12 April 2015

Review | Irresistible Me Clip-In Hair Extensions


First new video in a while. In this one, I review a set of Irresistible Me's Royal Remy clip-in extensions. I had never tried proper hair extensions before as I've always had long hair, but I had been curious about trying a set for adding some volume and thickness so when Irresistible Me contacted me I was keen to give them a go!

And the lovely people at Irresistible Me gave me a coupon code for any of you to use!  

Code: IrresistibleAbbey for 10% off on Irresistible Me.

11 April 2015

Floral




Thrifted Floral Print Dressing Gown | Lace Slip from Forever 21 | Wig C/O Nasty Dress

07 April 2015

A Pop of Pink

 

The Penelope bra and panty set by Agent Provocateur's l'Agent line is made of vibrant soft jersey and mesh and walks the line of sexy vs. girly perfectly.

I think I've previously mentioned my preference of classic colours for lingerie. Black, cream, white, and so on make up the majority of my little collection. I just find them the most flattering. And typically I'm not very keen on wearing pink. I don't think I own any pink clothing outside of an old multicoloured sequinned mini-dress. So, it's safe to say I wouldn't typically seek out pink lingerie. But while browsing Shopbop's lingerie section recently, something about this set quickly caught my eye. It's not a set I would normally go for and I couldn't quite put my finger on what I liked about it, I was just purely drawn to it in some way. This seems to be a recurring theme in my life lately, in matters more meaningful than just picking out something new to wear underneath my clothes.

Now, I don't see myself adding a fuchsia cocktail dress or baby pink coat to my wardrobe anytime soon, I'd still find that all a bit much. Wearing a pretty bright pink lingerie hidden underneath an all black outfit, on the other hand...

Alternatively, underneath a slightly grungy jeans and jean jacket sort of outfit. I'm all about interesting contrasts.

P.S. Shopbop's Friends & Family Event begins today, running till April 9th at 11:59am PST. Get 25% off your order with the code SPRING25! Just in time for a little spring shopping.

01 April 2015

Springtime II














26 March 2015

Review | Nastydress.com

Every so often, in the course of running a blog that is often centred around fashion and beauty, small online shops will contact me about possible collaborations. Most recently, I received an email from Nastydress.com, an online shop based in China, about taking part in their fashion blogger programme. Having never before heard of this shop, I did a bit of research and ultimately decided to collaborate with them for a review. I always do some research before working with any shop as it's important to me to be as certain as possible that any shops I am collaborating with are legitimate and worth recommending to those reading this blog. It's also important to me to be completely open and honest in reviews, regardless of whether I am reviewing something I have been sent or have bought myself. So with all that said, let's begin the review itself!

Ordering

The process of placing an order on Nastydress.com is not unlike many other online shops. Choose your items, create an account, and place your order using the payment option of your choice.

Processing/Shipping/Packaging

Nastydress.com offers worldwide free shipping. Shipping time varies by location, but for Canada and the United States, the estimated shipping time is stated to be 8 to 15 business days. In my case, it took exactly 14 business days. Prior to shipping, processing the order took 4 business days (which is the stated average for processing). It may take a little longer than is ideal, but it is not an unusually long time for processing in my experience collaborating with other online shops similar to this one.

As for packaging, the three items were bagged individually and packed inside a plastic post bag. The only thing of note here is that one of the items (a wide brim hat) was slightly squashed, but the creases were nothing a hot iron weren't able to sort out.

Now onto the three items themselves!



The first item is a crossover leopard print top. I've been loving this style of top recently, and I've always had a soft spot for leopard print. The quality is decent for the price, but I will be making sure to line dry this top and keep it out of the drying machine because it does feel like that type of fabric that quickly begins to appear worn after too many turns in the dryer. This is not a complaint, however, as this top is far from the only clothing item that I make sure to keep out of the dryer for the same reason. It is a O/S item and fits like a small.

Quality: 3.5/5
Similarity to Picture: 5/5
Price (considering quality): 4/5



The second item I chose was a synthetic wig. Since I was a teenager I loved playing around with wigs and have ended up with a little collection of synthetic wigs, mostly from online shops such as this one and Hallowe'en clearance racks. The quality of this wig is as good or better than the majority of my others and lost only a few hairs when brushed out. The only thing of note regarding this item is that it is slightly curlier than it appears in the photo, but I still quite like the look of it.

Quality: 4.5/5
Similarity to Picture: 4/5
Price (considering quality): 4/5


Wide Brim Hat, $10.50

The final item is this black wide brim hat. I had been looking for a hat like this one for a few weeks before seeing this one of Nastydress. It looked just like the ones I had been looking at on eBay and I decided to give it a go. According to the tag, it is a 50/50 poly/wool blend and it is 57 cm in diameter. Quality-wise, it's quite similar to hats I've bought at shops like Claire's Accessories or Ardene in the past.

Quality: 5/5
Similarity to Picture: 5/5
Price (considering quality): 5/5

Based on my experience and the three items I was sent, I would give this shop a 4/5 rating. Do keep in mind that experiences with online shops differ and I can only speak to the quality of the items I chose, but as far as cheap online shops go, Nastydress.com gets a passing mark from me.

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21 March 2015

Springtime








18 March 2015

Outfit | Camel

Coat C/O SheInside | Top from Forever 21 | Jeans from Suzy Shier | Boots C/O Shopbop

14 February 2015

Valentine



When it comes to undergarments, I favour black, white, and shades of cream, ivory, and so on. But occasionally something a little more vibrant catches my eye and compels me to add a little more colour to my collection. 

I was browsing Shopbop’s lingerie section earlier this month and due to my years long obsession with Agent Provocateur, I always spend a little longer looking through the l’Agent subsection. That’s when this lovely red satin Danita set caught my attention. With Valentine's day in mind, I couldn't resist picking up something a little bit pretty.

As I kept my eye on the tracking number, I crossed my fingers that I had selected the correct size. Buying lingerie, particularly buying a bra online without having ever tried on said bra can be tricky. When it arrived, both pieces neatly placed in the box on cute little plastic hangers, I was relieved to find that I had made the right decision to purchase my usual size, rather than size up in the band as some websites had suggested for AP bras. 
 
The Danita set is made of luxe red satin, making it perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any day if you have a penchant for brightly coloured lingerie!). And while on the topic of lingerie, Shopbop is currently having a 25% Calvin Klein sale which will last the rest of the weekend and Monday. Click here to have a little look!

And while also on the topic of Valentine's Day, my newest makeup tutorial when live this morning. I opted for a plum smokey eye and neutral lip this year. I've been very into neutral lips the past six months or so, I suppose 'Life in Red Lipstick' has lost some of its accuracy.


Happy Valentine's Day!

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25 January 2015

Outfit | Fringe




It's been a little while since I've done an outfit post, but seeing as we're almost a full month into 2015, I thought one might be in order! While I used to love to dress up all the time, it's something I've gone off slightly in the past year or so, opting for more casual outfits instead. That said, I still don't own a pair of track pants and am not very fond of leggings.

For the past month or so, out of both laziness and how much I love them, I've been practically living in an old pair of Suzy Shier high waisted blue jeans. They fit almost perfectly, and even better when put in the dryer rather than over the banister to dry. In this outfit, I paired them with a sweater also from Suzy Shier that I've been hanging onto since 2009. 

But the most important part of this look, really, is the shoes. I'd been keeping an eye out for a new pair of boots this winter, though I wasn't entirely certain of what I was looking for. I knew I'd know them when I saw them but couldn't really describe what I actually wanted, you know? But while having a little browse of Shopbop's shoe section earlier this month, I stumbled upon the Neil boot by Joe's Jeans and realised I may have finally found them. 

I did a bit of 'research' on the sizing of Joe's Jeans shoes and boots and ultimately selected a size 7.5. I normally fit a 7.5 or 8, more often an 8, but having read that Joe's Jeans boots can run a little large, I decided to try the 7.5 and cross my fingers that they wouldn't be too small. Quite happily, they fit perfectly!

Most days in the late afternoon, I go for a little walk (about 1.5 - 2 kilometres), and have been wearing these boots most days without any discomfort, which is not something I can say about most of my shoes. They look fabulous and feel the same, fancy that! I've gotten a couple of odd looks, understandable as runners are far more ubiquitous here, but I'm really not too worried about that.

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04 January 2015

OOTD | Old Hollywoodesque

Sequinned Evening Gown C/O Sheinside | Cocktail Ring from Urban Behaviour | Suede Pumps by Steve Madden

Not so much an OOTD as a bit of fun, really, but I wasn't sure what to title this video! This sequinned evening gown from Sheinside makes me feel a bit like an Old Hollywood starlet, though with a touch less inherent grace and elegance.

And even though my last few videos have been OOTDs, I most definitely haven't forgotten about doing makeup tutorials. I have two in the works that will be up soon. x

28 December 2014

Outfit | Faux Fur & Denim

Faux Fur Coat by Unreal Fur C/O Shopbop | Crop Top C/O YesFor | Thrifted Jeans | Suede Pumps from Aldo

It's always been a bit difficult for me to define my personal style properly. I tend to flit from one look to another and then back again. I love combining a couple of different styles at a time. And every so often, I have the desire to try something a bit different. As an example of trying something new, this outfit is the first properly 70s influenced look I've posted. In the past, I took most of my inspiration from past decades specifically from the 1950s and a bit from the 1960s. Recently, however, I've felt more open to trying new things that I'd previously passed over .

For this look, I wanted to style an outfit around the lovely Wanderlust coat by Unreal Fur. After a lot of trial and error, I settled on a simple black crop top and my old high waisted jeans. And in keeping with the 1970s influence on this look, I opted for a pair of platform pumps from Aldo. Couldn't switch out my red lip for a frosty pink one, however. Maybe next time.

P.S. Shopbop is having a 25% off sale on their entire Calvin Klein stock. Bit of boxing week shopping, anyone?

xx

23 December 2014

OOTD | Lady in Red

Dress from Suzy Shier | Coat C/O Chicwish | Matiko Pumps C/O Shopbop

Thought I'd try something just a little different (format wise) for this slightly Christmassey OOTD video together.

Hope you all like it and have a lovely Christmas and holiday season! X

04 December 2014

04.12.14


Trenchcoat C/O Chicwish | Steve Madden Pumps

I've never written a proper winter fashion essentials post. There certainly are particular items that I would alwas associate with winter fashion, but who am I to say what is 'essential'? All I know is that if I was to write that sort of post, a coat like this longline trench from Chicwish would be on it. And probably a pair of black pumps, though I might be tempted to put those on any season's 'essential' list.

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01 December 2014

1.12.14


Faux Fur Coat C/O Chicwish | Marilyn Monroe Intimates Bodysuit | Trousers from Urban Behaviour | Matiko Pumps C/O Shopbop

The first bit of snow fell on Friday night. Winter is unofficially here and my space heater has stopped working just in time. Not to worry, however, because fur coats aren't just for nights out. Sometimes they're for just sitting around your bedroom glaring at your dead heater, though that isn't nearly as glamourous. 

For this outfit, I've paired a lovely faux fur coat from Chicwish with all black underneath and black suede pumps for an evening out appropriate look.

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27 November 2014

27.11.14


Denim Jacket and Hoodie C/O SheInside | Jeans from Urban Behaviour | Boots from Payless

Keeping with the vibe of Tuesday's outfit post, another casual look. For this outfit, I paired up a denim jacket and hoodie from SheInside with black jeans and a pair of old lace-up boots that I've been hanging onto since I was sixteen. I have a bit of a difficult time letting go of shoes.

I never really thought I'd post a look featuring a hoodie. Then again, stranger things have happened this year.

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22 November 2014

Get Ready With Me | Smokey Cat Eye and Nude Lips


Just posted a Get Ready With Me video for a smokey cat eye and nude lip look on my Youtube channel

Have a look, if you like! 

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09 November 2014

'My name is Audrey Horne and I get what I want'


A little Audrey Horne hair and makeup tutorial, anyone? X

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25 October 2014

A little Halloween makeup...


Here is my first ever Halloween themed makeup tutorial. Hope you guys enjoy!
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