Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Eve Party Outfit Idea

Christmas Eve Party Outfit Idea

Christmas Eve is so exciting: the festive atmosphere, the fact that most of us [not me unfortunately] don't have to think about work for the next two days, the anticipation of a lovely day of relaxation and food (emphasis on the food) igniting the air. Sometimes Christmas Eve can be more exciting than Christmas Day itself. So what could make it even more special? Dressing up, of course (hey, you came to this blog for fashion, right?)

I was gifted this very pretty Tobi velvet romper which comes in black and features a raised red velvet floral pattern. This colour palette is perfect for a winter night out! On the website, the model is wearing just the jumpsuit and some strappy heels, however since it's SO COLD here I've paired mine with a black, long sleeve turtle neck top worn underneath the romper, plus some tights and some red suedette block-heel shoes from New Look which are out of shot. You can find similar ones here, but you could also Dorothy this outfit up with some glittery red heels - because Christmas.

Christmas Eve Party Outfit Idea

Guys, I can't stress this enough. I'm indoors in these shots but please wear a coat when you go out. I know it's annoying to carry it about when you go into a bar or club but just take a pound for the coat-check service and store it there - you'll thank yourself later.

If you are looking for coats, there are so many great options available right now. Monki has some nice oversized pieces if you really value your warmth, but if you're keen for your coat to match your look, try River Island, Zara or go for another piece from Tobi.

Christmas Eve Party Outfit Idea

I've also belted this romper at the waist with a spare black and gold belt I had lying around. I felt that this needed cinching in a little, as my hips are on the larger side in proportion to the rest of my body and so rompers tend to look a little block-like on me.

Otherwise, the fit is great. I'm a size 8 and I picked a size Small, which I would say is great for a size 8 up to a 10. When you take it out of the packet, it does look a little small, but there is actually quite a lot of room as the waist is quite stretchy.

Christmas Eve Party Outfit Idea
This cup is not full of gin
What do you think about this outfit? How do you like to dress on Christmas Eve?
Want more? Read my last Christmas Day Fashion post!

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Day Outfit Idea

Christmas Day Outfit Ideas 2017

With temperatures dropping and Storm Caroline wreaking havoc throughout the UK, I'm sure a lot of us have firmly packed away any trace of summer clothing and begun swathing ourselves in various incarnations of the chunky knit, fulfilling our collective need for that hygge sensation. I'm one of those weird people that kind of likes this weather; I'm definitely not a warm-weather person. I live for cosy outerwear in soft fabrics and dark colours - and deciding what to wear on Christmas day (my favourite day of the year) is one of my guilty pleasures.

Christmas Day Outfit Ideas 2017

Comfort is always a priority on Christmas Day - it's a day for relaxing, which you can't really do in a smart or formal outfit. I like to wear clothing that is warm and easy to move around in, so that means avoiding tight jeans and definitely no heels (I save that for Christmas Eve and New Year).

However, although comfort is important, I like to stay fashionable - even if I'm just at home with the family. Call it high maintenance, but when I'm looking back at photos in twenty years' time, I don't want to think, 'God, what was I wearing?' I kind of like the idea of my future children enthusing about how fashionable I was.

Christmas Day Outfit Ideas 2017

To fit both of these criteria, I've decided that jumper dresses are my go-to Christmas outfit. No faffing around with pairing a top to a bottom - your look is already completed in one piece. You can find these lovely garments in a wonderful range of winter colours (seeing as they're generally quite out of place in a summer wardrobe), and this Tobi jumper dress* is ideal for me. It's a gorgeous red wine shade which goes well with black, or you can add even more colour with a festive emerald green.

Christmas Day Outfit Ideas 2017

I'm wearing mine with an H&M coat (similar here) and bag (similar here), as well as some cosy knee-high boots - and, obviously, tights are a must. I've read recently that you can get cystitis from being too cold, so I'm wholeheartedly valuing my feminine health here.

I love wearing my hair down and curled during this time of year. In the summer, the curls in my hair drop almost immediately due to the humidity, so I like to take advantage in winter. Plus, I've just had my hair dyed back to a very dark brown from its previous green state, so it's looking far healthier and shinier!

Christmas Day Outfit Ideas 2017

Christmas Day Outfit Ideas 2017
* Gifted for review

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Upcycling a Wooden Cabinet with Rust-Oleum Furniture Paint

Upcycling a Wooden Cabinet with Rust-Oleum Furniture Paint

I've had this cabinet in my family for well over three decades. It was bought secondhand, so it's probably much older than 30 years, and I think it was once part of a set. I remember it being in my parents' house when I was little, before being given to my sister, who then gave it to me.

I don't know whether it's because of my age, or just my preference in aesthetic, but I really don't like the dark wood on this cabinet. I don't think I like it in any situation, in fact. I just think it looks quite dated. Maybe it'll come back in fashion - who knows - but, for now, I've decided that the dark wood look just doesn't work for me. Some of you might think it's a travesty to 'upcycle' such an old piece of furniture, but I say that you should love every piece of furniture in your home, therefore if you don't love dark wood, upcycle it.

I knew straight away that I wanted to paint this cabinet a light colour to give it a new lease of life, and also to fit in with my decor. After looking at many different paint colours and finishes (and consulting my partner who, as a teenager, was the go-to paint guy at our local Homebase), I decided on Rust-oleum Chalky Furniture Paint in a soft, light Winter Grey. The paint has a super matte, chalky texture to it - definitely not recommended if you're going to be using the surface of the cabinet a lot, as scratches will be pretty obvious.

I started off by laying down an old blanket (as I'm in a flat, I had didn't have the luxury of doing this outside), and parking the cabinet on top. I used a sanding block with a fine grain to remove the shiny varnished finish, then went straight in with the paint. The great thing about this paint is that you don't need a primer, and you'll only need a maximum of two coats.

Upcycling a Wooden Cabinet with Rust-Oleum Furniture Paint

I bought a 50mm brush and a tester pot roller set with a plastic tray as I didn't need a huge roller, however, I found that it was much easier to use a brush with this paint as I couldn't load enough paint onto the roller to achieve an opaque layer. It was also far easier to use the brush on the more detailed areas on the front of the cabinet, but I would recommend rummaging around for an even smaller brush for very fine details.

Upcycling a Wooden Cabinet with Rust-Oleum Furniture Paint

After the first coat, I left the paint to dry for four hours before reapplying. Following that, although the paint was touch dry after two more hours, I left it overnight before moving it into its place in an alcove in my flat. One 750ml tin was more than enough for two coats. I'm not sure what I'll do with the rest - can anyone suggest any new projects for me?

I'm super happy with how this turned out - not only is it an extra bit of storage for my living room, but it's also a very pretty piece of furniture which fits in with my decor. I've laid out the costings below:

Rust-Oleum Chalky Furniture Paint, £12.99
Rocket Sanding Sponge, £1.49
Tester Pot Roller Set, £2.15
50mm Paint Brush, £1.50

TOTAL: £18.13

What do you think of my upcycling? Let me know what you've upcycled lately!

Upcycling a Wooden Cabinet with Rust-Oleum Furniture Paint

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Hair and Makeup at Darren Scott Salon, Maida Vale

Hair and makeup by Darren Scott Salon, London

When I got an appointment booked in with Darren Scott at his salon in Maida Vale, London, I was fangirling like crazy. Darren has worked with Katy Perry, AlunaGeorge and Jourdan Dunn, so of course I knew that I would be in more than good hands.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I had this booked in specially for my birthday last month - and I wholeheartedly recommend booking with Darren if you have a special event coming up.

I already had some ideas in mind of how I wanted my hair and makeup to look when I showed up at the salon. I had seen a hairstyle on their Instagram profile which I though was really fun and different, so I asked Darren if he could recreate this on my hair and he was more than happy to! He started by washing my hair using gorgeous Shu Uemura products, then curled it and set the curls using (lots and lots of) clips. He left some hair out to create the braids and buns on top of my head, which were the fun, finishing touches to this style.

We then moved onto makeup. Now, I don't usually get my makeup done professionally (I generally prefer to do it myself, even for photo shoots), but I was so floored by how perfect my makeup was when Darren did it. I genuinely don't think my skin has ever looked better. I asked for a dewy base with a black smokey eye and eyeliner flick, and that's exactly what I was given - I couldn't have been happier.

I noticed that Darren used the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer - the product which made my skin look super glowy - and also Stila's Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight for my eyes. I've now bought both of these myself and they've definitely become makeup bag staples (although I'll probably never be able to recreate my makeup to Darren's amazing standards!).

Throughout my appointment with Darren I was made to feel welcome and comfortable. We chatted about hair, work and my birthday weekend plans, and he made sure that I was happy with the final look. Of course, we took some selfies at the end of my appointment to show off my new style! To see the process of how this look was created, watch the video below:


Visit Darren Scott Salon at:
117 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2EW
www.darrenscottsalon.com

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