Monday, August 26, 2013

It's only forever for a day

Top: New Look Skirt: H&M Necklace: Ebay Sunglasses: ASOS Clutch: New Look
I can't be the only one that's looking forward to Autumn...wearing knit jumpers and tights and boots.. and big chunky scarves! I love the cold, but not when you're too cold to move... that type of weather where it's sunny with a rather crisp air. I always have this kind of thought in my head... I'm walking in a park where the leaves have turned red, yellow and orange... some leaves are on the ground and crunch when you step on them. I have tea in my hand [yes, tea], knee high tan boots, a simple dress, chunky cardigan and a long, knitted scarf. That's my idea of Autumn, and sadly can't experience in that way in Malta... Oh, I have the clothes. But the trees and the crisp air? Nada :(
It rained a few days, we had a full blown thunderstorm that everyone on Facebook was talking about. Me? I lied in bed and snuggled up whilst hearing the thunder crack in the air. Then it became sunny, and the boiling heat we usually have died away for a bit. And believe me, I rejoiced. Weather conversation galore. Now you tell me why people said that people who talk about the weather are boring? 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Calling out winter

Each season I become obsessed with what's going to be in for that season, and which trends I'd like to follow or buy something from. This year, everyone has been talking about tartan which is actually a print I already own and love. But, tartan's not the only thing that is in this season. Nope, I made an entire list of things which are going to be in this season.

Angora Cardigans/Jumpers
Ultimate Angora JumperAlphabet JumperAngora Jumper 
I have seen these types of cardigans/jumpers on ASOS, River Island, New Look and even on the Primark A/W Preview. Angora is going to be BIG this season. Personally, I'd go for a pale pink colour and pair it up over a tartan dress or skirt to soften the tartan's edginess. Or just wear it over a cobalt blue dress! Pale pink goes with practically most colours, so it's a good basic to have in your wardrobe. And whilst we're at it, I'm going to have that alphabet jumper because it is TOO CUTE.
I've already said Tartan's going to be HUGEEE this season, and it's all anyone can talk about when it comes to A/W. I mainly want a tartan dress and jacket of sorts. I can definitely see this with any of my Jeffrey Campbell heels! Edginess is in this season, and it comes in the form of Tartan. It doesn't NEED to be red, but in the traditional sense when I think of tartan it's got to be red.
Camis have already been a big trend for S/S and apparently they're here to stay. I've seen so many variations of camis for this season, whether it's a cami dress, patterned camis mainly in dark florals or check camis, studded camis or even sheer camis. There's so many varations, and again this is such a good basic to have in your wardrobe and you can wear it time and time again.  
Panel DressSlipper PlatformsAran Jumper
So, another thing that I always look for the coming up season is colour. What colours are going to be in? So I've been browsing around and looking about, and I've seen a lot of Black, Cobalt Blue, Grays, Burnt Orange and White.
Asides tartan, there are plenty of other prints that are going to be in this season, especially jacquard and grids. On ASOS I've mainly seen jacquard prints which I absolutely adore, but I've also seen check or grid patterened clothes.The main colour is white, and incomplete boxes outlined in black or going to be in. I really have a bit of difficulty describing this sort of print, I personally just call it the check box print.. very imaginative. I've also seen this on River Island, New Look and even on ebay from those little Chinese stores!
If any of you think, meh pencil skirts = work skirts, then you're mistaken. Either that or work skirts have taken on a new twist. Most pencil skirts I've seen for this season have a zip on the side, with a split on the same side OR a zip coming up on the side. Either way, the pencil skirts of this season have zips. And the zips are looking good! I bought that cobalt blue pencil skirt and I can't wait for it to get here!
Quilted prints have been featured A LOT. On jumpers, skirts, pants and bags. Usually this sort of print is featured on dark colours such as navy and black or on pale colours, especially on white. I love the embossed feel of this print, but the rest? Meh. This is a love/hate trend for me. It looks great, but at the same time it doesn't. But if you like it, it's definitely something worth investing in, because it can make something pop. For me that quilt bag does it!
Leather is a staple for A/W so I never expect this to go away. Leather jackets, dresses, leather accents such as collars, shorts, skirts.. you can find leather practically everywhere, as you can in most seasons. I've got a fake leather skirt which I've had for nearly 2 years now that I've worn for all seasons and still looks good. You should definitely invest in a good leather skirt, leather jacket and a pair of leather boots. I'm looking for tan riding boots which should definitely last me a good while.

On the jewellery front, I've seen a lot of gems and chains. Chain necklaces, chain bracelets, chain anklets, chain belts.. chain everything! I've already got quite a few chain jewellery, so my main aim is going towards the gems. Ah gems, so gorgeous. I've seen a lot of emerald greens, white, pinks and light coloured blues. And quite statement looking to!
So after all that, what am I going to get? Oh, a little bit of everything. I always try to re-wear things from previous seasons as much as I can, but I do like a little bit of everything from the new season. Especially  the pencil skirts, tartan and camis!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We are, We are, the youth of the nation

Dress: Ebay Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Primark Bag: ASOS
I haven't worn this dress in roughly 2-3 years, and I'm surprised I actually still like it. Stripes are my favourite pattern, and I just can't get enough of stripes. I was actually having concerns whether this dress was going to come up short.. but nope. Hey maybe I haven't grown taller in 3 years! I'm destined to be a shorty... not that I mind. I get to wear heels, so I'm good. All kinds of heels too and still be shorter than most people.
I had just washed my hair, and quickly got dressed. My hair's just slightly dry here, so that why it looks a lot darker than it really is or what it usually looks like on pictures! It's odd that I don't like dark hair anymore for myself, I used to be obsessed with getting my hair dyed black and never ended up doing it. Natural is best.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Life's all about love and Glamour

This is my final palette from MUA, and I am definitely going to be buying more. This palette is Glamour Nights which I'm guessing is the night version of Glamour Days. The first thing I noticed about this palette is there are 6 matte shades as opposed to the other palettes whilst the rest of the eyeshadows are quite shimmery. It also has a lot more coloured eyeshadows in comparison to the Glamour Days palette.
Like the Glamour Days palette, this also does not have any names for the eyeshadows. Again, it doesn't bother me but it might bother some people. Still, not a BIG detail for this palette. The point for eyeshadows is to have long lasting power and great pigmentation. Am I right or am I right?
The swatches below have no primer, applied dry and are photographed. The eyeshadows have only one swipe of the eyeshadow. 
The white and purple-based blue[the colour right next to the white] have next to no pigmentation. The purple-based blue has actually been swiped twice in order to get a bit more pigmentation
The rest of these colours are so pigmented, it's absolutely amazing. The only problem I have is with the silver colour because it seems quite powdery. But the rest of the colours, absolutely gorgeous.
Now I love my colour eyeshadows, so I'm pretty excited to have this palette. My favourite colors are the matte, the gorgeous green shade and that gold. 
So, why should you buy this palette?
- It costs only 4 pounds
- You get 12 shades, and 10 of them are quite pigmented. 
- You get a variety of colours that can be used for smokey eyes, or just used for one colour eyeshadows
- Eyeshadows last long
- Texture of the eyeshadows is great
- Palette can be used for day and night, it just depends on the way of you're using it

Monday, August 12, 2013

The glamorous, the glamorous, glamorous

I got the Glamour Days palette, and also the Glamour Nights palette which will be reviewed in a seperate post. Now I've been using the Undressed Me Too palette from the second I got it and will continue using it because it's an excellent palette. So I was curious to see what the Glamour Days palette was going to turn out to be like.
The packaging is different from the Undressed Me Too palette. It's got black packaging like the rest of the palettes. Apparently Undressed Me Too palette was the only white packaged palette. It also has no names for the eyeshadows, just the name of the palette. It's alright for me, but it's kind of odd.

There are 12 eyeshadows in here, 3 are matte and the rest are shimmery. The main colours in the palette are neutral. So out of 12 colours, 5 eyeshadows are coloured - blues and pinks.
This palette also costs 4 pounds, just like the rest of 12 eyeshadow palettes from MUA. The eyeshadows are smooth and pigmented. The light blue eyeshadow is slightly gritty but workable. The swatches below have no primer, are applied dry and photographed in natural light as all my swatches are. Asides this, the swatches have only one swipe of the eyeshadow.
The purple eyeshadow is not very pigmented, I was expecting it to be darker. The blue on the other hand has this gritty feel, but the colour is absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to use this it in a look.
The yellow based brown is lacking in pigmentation, which whilst it's a bit meh, it doesn't bother me much because the colour isn't my favourite of the bunch.
My favourite colours from this palette are definitely 2nd and 3rd colours in the top row palette. The light blue is actually one of my favourite real life colours, and the cranberry colour is something I've been looking for quite a while so pretty happy I got it in a cheap-o palette!
Why you should buy this palette
- Has enough neutrals and a good mix of colours
- Inexpensive, it only costs 4 pounds for 12 eyeshadows
- Most of the eyeshadows are pigmented
- Eyeshadows last quite a bit
- This palette can actually be used for both night and day, depending on what you like!