Sunday, October 30, 2011

OotD: Sweater Dresses = Winter Staple

Just got back from my mum's place in Wales. Went with my parents and one of my brothers. (Who's been to Kenya recently and got me some really gorgeous bags and scarves that I must show on here.)

Eccles, my mum's cocker spaniel, insisted on being photographed.

{Grey Sweater Dress ~ Mint Velvet, Sequin Camisole ~ Marks and Spencers, Cable Knit Leggings ~ Next, Creepers ~ Underground UK}

 I live in sweater dresses over winter. They are my staple. They are so easy to layer. I think maybe next time I wear this example I'll try and find something with a high statement neckline. It could look pretty interesting.

This dress is lovely and comfortable even though its a size 18. I've often thought you could wear it without anything underneath if you wore the right undergarments, but I am not brave enough to try that one yet!

I apparently was very squinty yesterday. : / My mother very kindly took the photos.

Back to Leeds early tomorrow!

What are your winter wardrobe staples?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

OotD: Winter Shorts

I am a firm believer that shorts are not just for summer. Stick some tights and a jumper on and you have winter shorts.

 {Star Elbow Patch Jumper ~ ASOS, Red Shorts ~ Florence & Fred at Tesco, Grey Cable Knit Leggings ~ Next, Creepers ~ Underground UK}

My eldest brother took these pictures inside as it was already dark out. I asked him how I could show the elbow patches on this jumper off. He struck this pose. I could not resist doing the same. Silly, but awesome.

I adored these red shorts during the summer, but think my denim may come out for winter.

Going to wales tomorrow with my parents and one of my brothers, so no new posts till Tuesday.

Anyone else love wearing shorts during autumn/winter?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Off Topic: Beagles!

My mum is buying a new dog. She decided the breed would be beagles. So I had to come home to visit them in the Carnforth area. They're called Fallowfield Beagles. Christine the breeder was lovely and we saw the two 5 week old beagles dogs to choose from. We would have gladly taken both!

I, of course, tried to take pictures, but was largely unsuccessful. They were so wriggly and bouncy!

The first four terrible pictures are mine. The last is off the Fallowfield Beagle website. We chose the little guy on the left in the last picture, who is also the dog in the third picture chewing my mother's fingers. The other pictures are all of the other beagle. I couldn't get a good shot of ours he was jumping around and playing too much. He was totally gorgeous. :)

Its going to be pretty strange though. This is the first dog my parents have had which isn't also my dog. Living in Leeds will mean I am not a huge part of this dog's life, which makes me a bit sad. I'm sure when I do see him it will be lovely and I'll still be a part of his family.

Are you guys dog people or cats types?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OotD: Edgy Tan

{Distressed Grey Top ~ Next, Tan Trousers ~ Marks and Spencers, Long Cardigan ~ Next, Creepers ~ Underground UK}

I have for many years hated tan, infact anything brown was immediately dismissed. I am slowly questioning this thought process and trying to be open minded about fashion.

There has been a lot of camel and neutral tones in the shops recently and I thought it was about time I tried to incorporate these colours into my wardrobe as I have been quite attracted to them as of late. One of the main reasons I have rejected brown/tan is because I believed it did not fit my aesthetic, which tends to live on the edgy/rocker side of the line.

I bought these trousers at M&S and fell in love. They are so comfy. They are as comfy as leggings. I was seriously impressed, but still a little recitent. So I paired them up with a distressed, beat up grey t-shirt, a long cardigan and my creepers to make them less preppy. I think I have made tan trousers a bit more me.

Sorry for the bad picture this was at the end of a very long dog walk. :)

Here is a quick (very bad) picture of me after being to the Bobbi Brown counter at John Lewis. Unfortunately it was dark when I got back, so the magic the lady at the counter did is not so evident.

I have red tinged skin. I have had bad skin since I was about eleven. I had a pretty turbulent adolescence and did nothing about my skin. It didn't matter to me, there were bigger things at play. I didn't take care of myself at all. In the grand scheme of things I didn't matter and I suffered in many ways, but the damage of my skin is the most visible long term effect.

Recently, I have become a lot happier. I feel I have a lot more control in my life and I have been taking much better care of myself. I try to eat better, get out more and have set up a skincare regime. I even splashed out on Lush products so I can take luxurious baths now and again. I am trying to create some 'me-time'. I don't think that's self indulgent. I think its good for your mental health.

I will blog about my purchases tomorrow as they are so beautiful they need a post of their own. But I will say I have in this picture tinted moisturiser, eye brightner and blush from Bobbi Brown on. I feel gorgeous. This does not happen to me often.

Anyone splashed out recently, on clothes or cosmetics?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

OotD: Colour Blocking and Midi Length

 {Colour Block Dress ~ Evans, Midi Length Cardigan ~ Next, Brown Ankle Boots ~ Clarks, Sparkly Tights ~ Marks and Spencers}

Ok, I have been pretty demotivated recently clothes wise (polyvore has distracted me) and tomorrow I am going home to Manchester. Hopefully I'll wear something more exciting while I'm there. I thought I'd at least show you how I styled this dress from this previous post.

I bought this long cardigan last year, but never wore it. I think it may become a staple for me this winter. It is really comfy and I like the length. This dress is quite short for me, so putting something longer over it helps me to become more comfortable with wearing shorter dresses.

Once again thanks to my flatmate for taking the picture.

I adore these boots. I got them at John Lewis, where they do not sell size 9s even though Clarks do go up to that size. I checked on the Clarks website at the time and they were sold out of my size. So when I went back to John Lewis I tried a size 8 in desperation. They do fit, but I couldn't walk all day in them. I love them so much, a little discomfort doesn't bother me. I can no longer mock women who wear high heels so tall they hurt their feet though. I am just as bad.

How are you guys? Anyone else ever bought shoes a size too small just because they love them? Don't leave me hanging, guys!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Beauty Finds: Sleek Pout Paint

 I saw on Sunday Girl that Superdrug were having a sale on some day and night vitamin e creams. I am trying to get into a better skin care routine, but I figured I may as well buy a cheaper option incase I fall out of the habit. Less money wasted that way.

While I was there I, of course, checked out the make-up. I love make-up, but get a bit bored with the whole red/pink/nude lip and dark eyes thing. Sometimes its nice to be unusual or change it up a bit.

So I was delighted when looking at the Sleek stand that they had blue lip paint. Yes, blue, like really blue. The colour is called Peek-A-Bloo. I had a sparkly light blue lipstick with matching nail varnish my mother bought me from John Lewis when I was young. I adored it and couldn't understand why so many make-up stands didn't have colourful lipsticks.

So seeing this was really exciting for me.

 On, the pout paint is really lovely. A good texture, not sticky, not drying and you only need a very small amount to get full coverage. It says on the tube you can mix it with other colours from the range, so you can be sure I'll be going back to pick up some more.

It is also very bright! I was surprised as I mostly get dissapointed by lip products being a more muted shade than I expected. I cannot wait to wear this out and about.
Only problem is it really makes me want to dye my hair blue again. I love the dark blue I had a few years ago. That or lilac. Hmmm....

I also visited Lush, which is like my happy place. It smells gorgeous, has wonderful products and the friendliest, most helpful staff you will ever find. I think I'll review a few products as I use them.
I went into Lush to get this solid "The Smell of Freedom" perfume. I hadn't even smelled it. As a libertarian, I just loved the name! But it does smel really nice. Not floral or sweet like a lot of perfume. Very natural. I cannot describe it well enough.

I never intended this blog to be about beauty products at all, but I figure if I try something I may as well share if its any good or not. I am not the best with make-up, but maybe being able to blog about it will give me the impetus to be better.

Bought any nice beauty products lately? Has any tried any other Sleek products?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OotD: Kooky Art Student

I am back from Wales, where I had a fabulous time with my mother and our dog, Eccles. Lots of beach walks and time to chat with my mother, which is always great.

I got back yesterday, slept badly, felt a bit rough, so I decided to dress up to pick up my mood. Tuesday's are fashion lesson days at Leeds College of Art, so decided to let out my inner art student. This came out a bit odd/mismatched, but I adores it. Sometimes I forget that fashion can be fun too.

 {Animal Print Cardigan ~ Florence and Fred at Tesco, Benedict Cumberbatch T-Shirt ~ Ebay, Leatheretter Pleated Skirt ~ Primark, Hot Pink Leggings ~ Gisela Ramirez, Bow Headband ~ Claire's Accessories, Flowery Boots ~ Alegria}

I was going to do a fun face of make-up to go with, but ran out of time after taking awhile to choose my clothes. Story of my life. I am usually either in interesting clothes or interesting make-up, hardly ever both because I am sloooooow and never give myself enough time.

I have never worn this cardigan before, but the buttoning the top button is quite cute, quirky and retro, so it may come into a rotation a bit more.

I said awhile ago I would review my Gisela Ramirez haul from the sale, but a quick word on the leggings. COMFORTABLESEXYWICKEDCOOL. Seriously, I am still wearing them now. I may never take them off. This probably means I will buy the other colours now. Bye bye, frugal days.

Thank you very much to my flatmate who took the pictures. She's a star and posts her cool anime-style art on tumblr, a website I do not understand.

Sorry for the terrible shot of my boots. They are like the flowery doc martens you can get but in Alegria's style. Satin ribbons laces too!

I bought them in a shop in Pwllheli called Osborne Footwear this weekend while in Wales. I cannot reccomend these guys enough. They are a lovely couple, who are always very accomodating and friendly. They also remembered me from the few times I have been there over the summer. The lady even remembered my shoe size and the fact i had expressed interest in these Alegria boots. I own a pair of Alegria sandals and they are so comfortable and always get a compliment. I had probably mentioned my interest a month ago, possibly more and she brought out the size 9 boots which had just come in.

It was fate.

I popped them on and fell deep in love. I thought the leggings or the bow would get remarks from my fellow students, but the boots stole the show.

How are you guys? Anyone been playing dress up recently?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sian Actually Tried Something On?! Part 2. Plus Off to Wales Again.

Here is part 2 of my trying on clothes extravaganza! Oh yes, I know how to start a blog post off big. :P

Day Two cont.: Evans

 {Sienna Couture Rose Net Top ~ Size 20, Evans, £32 (I think)}

Now, I have to admit I have a big weakness for what my mother would term 'string vests'. Anything that reminds me of gothic romance or cobwebs and I am sold. Hook, line and sinker. And I did love this top. It was light, comfortable, not constrictive in anyway and the rose detail on the front is lovely. If I had teh cash it would have been mine, but my frugal mind won me over. I have other lovely net/mesh tops which I don't wear enough.

 {Colourblock Dress ~ Size 20, Evans, £20}

Sale item alert! I have been watching this dress online and wonsering whether it would suit me pretty much since its been on the website. So imagine my joy when I spotted a large selection of these in the sale section.

I like a sixties vibe dress and they are hard to find in a larger range, but this captures the trend well without being too costume like. I love a costume, but not every day.

This dress is comfortable, stylish and made me feel fabulous, which given my hatred of trying clothes on is pretty amazing. I even did a little dance to the cheesy music they pump into the changing rooms. So it was an obvious buy. I fell deeply in love and that's my main criteria for buying clothes these days.

{Bandeau Jumpsuit ~ Size 20, Evans, I cannot remember the price}

Ok, I do not own a jumpsuit. I own a few playsuits, but never even tried on a jumpsuit. I was feeling a little silly, happy and playfull, so I thought why not try it on? Who knows it might look good?

It did not. I laughed, so hard looking at myself in this. But I thought I'd include it in the round up anyway. I don't mind looking big or even bigger than I am, but this highlighted my belly so much it was ridiculous! I fear I am just not a jumpsuit person.

I remind myself of Dr. Robotnik from the Sonic the hedgehog games in this! Haha.

Day Two cont: Next

{Sequin shirt ~ Size 20, Next}

While I was out I noticed alot of sequins and usually I am not a glitzy girl, but there were some pieces that were done really nicely. This shirt was nice, but a bit too tight and though I've seen 22 on Next's website they never seem to exist in store. The lining part of the shirt is very clingy and it just felt a bit contrictive to me.

{Leather Leggings ~ Size 20, Next}

These were bloody lovely. I am so in love with leather recently and would love some trousers, leggings or shorts in this material. And I would have bought these, but what you cannot see in this picture is that they aren't done up at the top. I probably would need a 24/26 for these to actually fit at the waist. Otherwise they were lovely. Soft on the inside, good fit on the legs, shiny but not tacky looking. If only they were a bit bigger. C'est la vie.

{Glittery Brogues ~ Size 9, Next, £19}

It is a bitch getting shoes in my size. I was sorely tempted by these, but I have some excellent brogues and would like some silver glittery shoes if I can find any in size 9. Possibly even wedges or block heels like I saw in New Look. Hmmm...

Day Three: Dorothy Perkins

 {Black Coat ~ Monsoon, White T-Shirt ~ Dorothy Perkins, Trousers with Braces ~ ASOS Curve}

 I bought this coat around three/four years ago. It does me very well all winter. Warm and stylish. Love it. These trousers I bought a couple of months ago in the ASOS sale. I love a bit of adrogyny. Anything suit like that fits me well I will snap up in an instant. I will say these trousers are warm, comfortable and have several button holes so the braces are adjustable, but I did rip off on of the back buttons leaning over in paperchase. Very embarassing, but no one noticed and I am a dab hand at sewing on buttons, but it had to be mentioned.

{Tan Leather Skirt ~ Size 20, £12}

Another item I've had my eye on for awhile. Glad I saw it in the sale in store as it is nothing like the picture on the website. For some reason I thought it was knee length. It is not. Nor is it very nice material. Very plasticy. I had to pass even at this very low price.

{Shirt with leather detailing ~ Size 20, £17}

Also a sale item. I am on the look out for decent collared shirts, but they never seem to fit me right. This one was bizarrely tight around my shoulders and bust. This struck me as odd because relative to my size I have a small chest and I've never had problems with my shoulders in anything else. I liked the buttons and detailing, but this also had to head to the reject pile.

I hope you enjoyed my little trying on experiment. Next time I will remember to take my good camera with me, so the pictures will be of higher quality. It has reminded me that I am really very lucky. I have loads of shops incredibly close by that I can try things on at. If I were one or two sizes bigger that would cut right down to just Evans. I hope a Simply Be store opens in Leeds so there is a greater choice of pluse size stores locally. Everyone should be able to try things on before they buy them. No matter how great an online store is you should have a real life alternative.

I am off to Wales with my mother and the dog very early tomorrow morning so no posts from till Tuesday/Wednesday probably. Yay for mini weekend breaks!

How are you guys? Anyone bought anything fabulous recently?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sian Actually Tried Something On?! Part 1.

I hate trying clothes on. I said it. It is usually hot, uncomfortable, slightly humiliating all while listening to terrible, terrible music. Plus when things don't fit most shops (apart from Evans) don't have a size up. I prefer internet shopping. There is a larger choice (pun!), lots of places do fast, free delivery and I don't have to vernture through the horror of the sales in person.

This week I decided to stop internet shopping and try a little IRL shopping. Mainly because I over order and over spend online, somehow it never seems like real money, whereas in shops it feels all too real. So to save a little money, get out a bit and get some pictures for the blog I went out three days last week and here is part 1 of my trip

{Blue Top ~ Marks and Spencers, Skinny Jeans ~ Marks and Spencers}

DAY ONE: Primark.

I basically only get underwear and nightwear from primark. I've looked at the clothes before, but never bought or tried anything on due to it looking a little small. This day, I took the plunge.

I tried on some leather shorts, a leather dress and some awesome plaid short/skort dungarees. None of which fitted. :(

If anyone knows where I can get leather shorts in 20/22 not ridiculously expensive you may have my very (worn out) soul.

{Leather Skirt ~ Primark, size 20, £14}

The very last thing I tried was, of course, the only thing that fitted. This pleated leatherette skirt. I love leather and have no problem with real leather I just can't afford it! At £14 it had to be mine. So much for saving money. ;)

DAY TWO: New Look

I have also never shopped in New Look in person, but own a couple of t-shirts that I bought online. I have to say I find their plus range, Inspire very ironically named. So I thought I'd look around the sale and the straight sizes to see if I could blag anything.

{Benedict Cumberbatch T-Shirt ~ Ebay, Skinny Jeans ~ Marks and Spencer}

I gotta say, I adore this t-shirt and if I had money to frivously spend I would buy a few more in different colours. I am obsessed with all things Sherlock Holmes. I would do very bad things to Benedict Cumberbatch. Hehe.

{Waistcoat Hoody ~ New Look, £?}

I loved this. Seriously anything with a twist on a suit item and I am drooling. Unfortunately I would need like 3 sizes up for this to close. I had to show it you guys anyway because it is amazing, especially the label.

{Star Shirt ~ New Look, Size 18, £8}

I am loving the star trend and will grab anything with a star print. You can't see in the picture, but it had a dipped back hem. I wasn't blown away, so I didn't buy.

I am trying to only buy pieces I am in love with instead of just good deals which I will then never wear.

{Star Tank ~ New Look, Size 18, £7}

This I liked. I know you can see my muffin top/tire round my waist, but you know what you can in a lot of what I wear. I'm not one to try and disguise the fact I have a big stomach, but once again I didn't buy. Its a bit summery so I won't get wear out of it and it wasn't a total love connection.

It is good to see that there are some items in the straight size section of New Look that plus size girls could wear. I did see a pair of what can only be described as sequin bedazzled hot pants. I really wanted them. I don't know why. They only had up to 16 and they don't seem to exist online. Sad times.

Right, I don't want to go all TL;DR, so I will stop here and add the next part tomorrow. You guys tried anything nice on recently?

Sunday, October 09, 2011

OotD and More Explanations.

{Black Maxi Dress: Dorothy Perkins, Cropped Bird Jumper: Marks and Spencers}

Ok, I am back in lovely, lovely Leeds. Unfortunately the internet here has been really incredibly buggy, so I haven't been able to post for awhile. Also my mum can no longer take lovely pictures of me in our huge garden. I may try and get my roommate to take pics if I dress up particuarly nicely.

To be honest because of a week of unseasonable heat all you would have seen is me in mismatched t-shirts and skirts trying desperately to stay cool. I do badly in hot weather.

Above is my first autumn outfit as it began to thankfully cool. I think this jumper from Marks is going to be showing up a lot over the winter. It is so comfy and just different enough (cropped, dip back hem, print) that it makes a simple outfit like a solid black maxi dress pretty interesting.

I wore this to my first fashion evening course. Oh yes, I am learning to sew. Unfortunately as its very basic everyone will be making a size 12 skirt..... Good for the size 12s in my class, less so for me. But you know, the teacher explained that its for simplicity's sake. She is also super nice, so it doesn't bother me. If I keep going next year I can learn to gradiate and sew things for me. :)

I have also been experimenting with my hair. I have spent a year with my short ultra blond spiky look and I love it. I've grown it out a little and I'm playing around with backcombing about 6 years after it was popular. Haha. Here is one result:

Unfortunately I took the shot in a room where the walls are almost the same colour as my hair. Will try again in a different part of the house.

Also, Maybelline Cat Eyes Colossal Volume Mascara is love. I love sixties make-up, all cat eyes and nude lips, so I heartedly recommend this mascara for a natural feline flick.

How are you guys doing?