Tuesday, 26 August 2014

OUTFIT: ZARA PRINT TROUSERS

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 Trousers / Zara 
Shirt / Topshop 
Sandals / New Look 
Rings / H&M 

I fell in love with these trousers as soon as I spotted them in Zara.
I'm usually too worried about wearing loud items such as these trousers, if I do end up buying items like this they usually end up hanging there in my closet longing to be worn. My boyfriend actually convinced me into buying these trousers - he could tell how much I loved them, and shopping is something he never usually encourages! So I skipped off to the changing room and emerged even happier after deciding they were even better on.
I definitely feel more confident than usual wearing these trousers, and teamed with a simple white shirt I think the trousers make for a great statement item.
I'm just hoping that now the autumn days are drawing in, that I will still be able to pull these off. What do you think of bold pieces that this?
I would love to hear how you would style them for Autumn/ Winter, I love getting inspiration from others and mixing it up with my own ideas.
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Friday, 22 August 2014

Autumn shorts / Ark Clothing

Shorts are not just for summer, oh no, let me tell you, worn right in autumn and winter they can be uber glam!
Teamed with your best leather boots and jacket you can pull of this cool city girl look. And when it's cold, team these cute shorts with tights, boots and a cosy jumper! This is how I will be styling up my shorts for autumn:

 

I think that the print shorts teamed with all black and statement jewellery give an edgy vibe that looks totally cool.
Also, I'm totally loving black wool hats, like the one above, and I will be rocking mine all autumn to cover up my locks to shelter them from those cold winds. I think they look perfect teamed with shorts to create an effortless look, just take a look at my outfit post here.

Ark clothing have a great collection of affordable, on-trend, shorts that are perfect from taking you from those sunny days right through to the winter months. Just take a look at these:
Cute right?

I will definitely be placing an order from their shorts collection soon.
What do you think of the above look, is this a look that you will be trying this autumn/winter?

*this is a sponsored post, however all views are my own..
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

OUTFIT: BLUE BELL SKIRT

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There are always those occasions, whether it be a christening, a friend's wedding, a family party or even just cocktails with the girls that calls for an outfit item of clothing that makes you feel like the belle of the ball - well I think I may have found it!
This blue, bell shaped skirt* from Laundry Boutique is utterly feminine, and ever so pretty. In my opinion anyway. 

Laundry boutique kindly sent me this skirt, and I am being genuine when I say that I was pleased with how great the quality of this skirt is! It fit perfectly and dressed up with an ensemble of nude heels and white lace crop, I certainly felt ultra girly and I will definitely be wearing this for the next special occasion. 

Laundry Boutique has some lovely items in their online store, but they do have a shop based in Cheshire too if you wanted to check that out?! I know I will be next time I'm in the area. I particularly love this cosy jumper for Autumn which seems to be creeping up on us! 
If you see something that takes your fancy, Laundry online has kindly provided a discount code for my readers, so be sure to enter: FASHIONDOUGH10 at the checkout for 10% off your order. 
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Thursday, 14 August 2014

HAIR MAKEOVER

So, I recently took the plunge and finally got my hair coloured
The last time my hair was coloured was about 3 years ago -  I have been growing out an old colour for what seems like forever so that my natural colour could come through.
3 years later and the look I was left with was my natural (slightly dull) hair colour with lighter blond(ish) ends from where the colour had eventually grown out. 
I decided that it was now time to give my hair a bit of a makeover, and after hours of browsing perfect glossy hair on Pinterest I decided that I didn't want to repeat mistakes made in the past, and that I wouldn't go for anything too drastic or dramatically different from my current color which just needed brightening up. I wanted something like this...

pictures via Pinterest

I popped along to my hairdresser and showed him the sort of look I wanted. After a couple of minutes deliberating, he showed me the color chart and pointed out those he intended to use and the technique involved. He told me he would work a few lighter strands through the ends and a root touch up to brighten up the overall colour.

He got to work whilst I watched on nervously as he worked his magic on my hair.
Whilst my hair was being blow-dried, I was anxious to see the results, biting my lip I watched as my hair dried into this wonderfully lightened, brighter, glossier hair. I was so pleased with the results. I even had my hair finished off with a few minutes in rollers to set my curly blow-dry; my hairdresser used 'The O' rollers by cloud 9 and the results were fantastic! I even contemplated buying the set myself, but it is quite pricy - although I'm sure it's totally worth it, it might have to go on my Christmas wishlist! 
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I wish I had a picture from the day itself. Not sure what face i'm pulling here ^ either?

What do you guys think of this look?
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

OUTFIT: NEW LOOK PRINT SHORTS

Top / New Look
Shorts / New Look 
Shoes / JustFab
Bag / H&M 
Necklace / Primark 
Ring / New Look
Hat / H&M

These photos were taken a week or so ago, pre-new hairdo.
We shot this look after I attended a blog event in Manchester, hence the gift bag!
I just love the print on these shorts I picked up from New Look. I'm always drawn to bold colours and prints and I'm trying to be more confident in actually wearing them! These aren't the craziest of shorts, but they are a bit different to what I would usually end up buying - despite really wanting these.
I have definitely gained more confidence in my fashion choices since starting my blog - it must be all of the lovely support bloggers give each other?!
I styled the shorts with a high neck top, also New Look, as you don't want to flash too much flesh when your sporting short shorts/skirts on the bottom. I wore my new JustFab shoes which I blogged here, I think they finish the look off better than flats would have. Don't you agree?
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: JUSTFAB SHOES

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I recently signed up to JustFab. If you haven't heard of JustFab before go check out their page here and have a read about their story. It's a pretty good concept.

JustFab claim to offer designer quality at amazing prices, by essentially cutting out the middle man. We've seen this concept before from fashion and shoe brands alike, such as Shoe Mint, although I haven't had the pleasure of purchasing anything from such brands.

JustFab ask that you initially take a style quiz so that a handpicked selection of items, suited to your style are available for you to choose from each month. I eagerly took the style quiz and had a good look through the styles that were on offer. I instantly fell in love with these black open-toe boots, and having been tempted with the offer for 50% off your first purchase I was swayed into clicking that purchase button.

JustFab offer free delivery and I was surprised at how quickly they arrived; free delivery usually comes with the price of having to wait a couple of days at least.

The shoes came packed neatly in a white and pick shoe box - matching their logo and website theme colours. I unwrapped my new boots and was happy when I put them on that they fit me nicely - I wear a half size, and more often than not this means that shoes ordered online have to be sent back!

Having worn my boots only a handful of times, all I can say for now is that I really love the look of my boots and am of no doubt that they were worth the £17.50 I spent (discounted price for being my first purchase). However, I am not sure that I would label them as 'designer quality' although the shoes do look very pretty and designer-inspired. Although, what else was I really expecting at such low prices?

I'm currently on the fence as to whether I would purchase more shoes from JustFab, but for now I am pretty happy with my boots and would recommend JustFab to those looking for a designer style shoe on a budget. Watch this space to see how I get on with these boots!

Any of you purchased from JustFab before?
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Monday, 4 August 2014

Book Club: Book 1 - The Girl with all the Gifts

Ok, so I have only just realised how hard it is to write a review on a totally amazing book without giving away all the best parts! 

But what I can tell you about The Girl with all the Gifts is this: it's truly epic.



Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.

The vague, yet intriguing, summary doesn't give a whole lot away about what lies in store for you, and I had no prior knowledge as to what genre this book fell into before I began reading. You see, I had not realised that this book is *SPOILER ALERT* - a zombie apocalypse book! 

But boy am I glad that I was tricked into thinking that it was anything but a zombie novel, as I never would have guessed! I was probably hoping these 'gifts' would mean this book was going to be a gripping thriller. And to be honest, I probably wouldn't have even contemplated this book if someone told me it was a zombie book; they're not usually my kind of thing - although I do appreciate a good zombie adaptation movie: I am legend, world war z etc. 

Therefore, describing it a zombie book shouldn't put you off. You see, the opening chapters unfold this riveting, yet terrifying story of a post apocalyptic world outside of the base in which Melanie, the main protagonist, is being housed. Melanie lives in her underground secure cell, as do the other children - who are the test subjects. The children are strapped into their chairs and chained up by the Seargent and his guards, then the children are wheeled to class where they are taught  assessed by the for the purposes of the scientists' analysis, in the hope of finding a cure. 
At the beginning you are not exactly sure how the story is going to play out; it is clear Melanie is special - she is the most intelligent child -  and that there is some reasoning behind why herself and the others are being kept in this way. Melanie herself isn't aware of 'what' she is, as of course, being strapped securely into her wheelchair and taken to class along with the other children was just what she knew to be everyday life. However, Melanie starts to reveal, or should I say realise, unsettling facts about the world around her, and she herself.

Following the invasion of the base by the hungries - zombies - Melanie finds herself on the outside of the base and into the unfamiliar outside world which she now has to deal with. Her relationship with Miss Justineau, her teacher, her idol, is at the heart of this gripping tale of a group of individual all trying to cope with this new outside world which has been left in the wake of the zombie outbreak. Carey has wrote the characters so well, and as they go through this journey, you feel their emotions, pains, struggles and hopes as they try and make it to Beacon. 

I don't want to give too much away, although I feel I already have (sorry). So all I will say is that this book takes you on an emotional journey. It's heartbreaking in parts and it keeps you on edge, desperate to know what's coming next - you don't even see it coming. It keeps you guessing to the very end. I highly recommend it. 

One line I particularly liked in the book was "you can't save the people from the world. There's nowhere else to take them." I thought this to be very apt and for some reason it stuck with me - I like when I find that with a book, it's when I know I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 9/10.

Next bookclub book: The Abomination by Jonathan Holt. Available here for 99p in Kindle edition.


*sidenote - apologies for the review going up late, I was in Wales - home to no internet reception, apparently. Hands up who messed up blogger scheduler?
"Guilty as charged!" 
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