Sussex 2011

Last week me and my best friend Louise took a well-earned mini break to Sussex before the term begins again next week. The entire village we stayed in was so beautiful and was the perfect destination for a relaxed, girly holiday. A picture is worth a thousand words so I'll let them do all the talking...

  -the view from our flat-
-terrifying black cat that followed us everywhere. call me superstitous....-

Purchase of the Week.

Recently I have been nurturing a serious obsession with the Acne Cypress boots in Faded Apricot. However I was always aware of ever-present fact that I will never be able to muster up £400 before they are discontinued when the season is up. So, I packed my deep lust for them away in the back of my mind and attempted to forget about it.

Until.....Yesterday I was browing through H&M and I caught sight of some boots that bore an uncanny resemblance to the Acne boots and my heart genuinely started to pound in excitement (I am being dramatic I know but you have had a similar reaction too, admit it) Anyways, I made a B-line for them only to be left in utter earth-shattering disappointment when they didnt have my size.

Here comes the rant:
Now, like Primark, I find that H&M really does not carry the same stock for the entire season and it all seems to change by the next time youre in. Which means its really inconvenient when you want to take the 'go home, think about it and come back if I really want them' approach. Also the stock is never consistent i.e. what is in one shop I simply cannot hope to find in another which again is difficult. Finally H&M NEVER HAS SIZE 4s!!!!!!!!! There are ALWAYS size 3s and size 5s but NEVER any 4s!!! Incredibly frustrating! Please do let me know if you made the same observations....

The sad thing is that I put with all this simply because H&M makes fantastic clothes, accesories and shoes at a much MUCH more reasonable price which proves the above bitching session completely invalid and unnecessary...but I needed to vent.

So, to cut a long story not so short, went to five different H&Ms in the Oxford/Regent St vicinity until I found a size 4...totally worth it.

How To Make Your Foundation Last All Day

Okay, so busy London Life means, at least for me, little to no time for touch ups and mega long lasting foundation:
Now, your foundation doesn't actually have to be labelled 'long-lasting' for you to be able to make it so, its just a few simple steps that will make your make up last so much longer :)


♥ One of the biggest mistakes women make when applying foundation is mixing the wrong type of bases, for example using an 'oil free moisturiser' and a 'water resistant foundation'
♥ OBVIOUSLY if you use a water-based moisturiser and a water resistant foundation, it's not gonna stay on your skin and just slide around all day!

♥ SO....if you're gonna use an oil-free moisturiser, use an oil-free foundation and vice-versa, you will see a huge difference in longevity :)


♥  Don't overload your face with product
♥ I see some gals on Youtube applying a toner, serum,moisturiser,suncream,primer, luminiser etc all before they apply their foundation
♥ Again, OBVIOUSLY when you load your face with that much product, especially with oily skin, your foundation will again slide around on your face


Cakeyness on the skin is honestly one of the most unsightly things in makeup. It really is a sad moment when I see a beautiful girl with an inch of foundation welded into the skin. Alot of people think that just because they have a few imperfections, they must coat their entire face with a thick layer of foundation but in my opinion, that method has the opposite effect. The aim of the game is most importantly, to avoid looking like this:

♥ When applying foundation, try to avoid using a stippling/buffer brush
♥ When you use the 'stipple and swirl' or 'buffing' method, it causes micro-exfoliation on the skin, essentially it just lifts up the dry skin
♥ Now, it may look 'air-brushed' at first, but you'll notice, especially with dry skin, that throughout the day, it will begin to look cakey and that is just annoying ....
♥ Also, if like me you have a few hyperpigmentation scars, please try to avoid the temptation to mask the entire face(as i did for all my teen years). I find the best way to apply foundation is to first apply a thin, sheer base all over and then build up thin layers of concealer just in the areas that need it. This way, although after 12 hours of wear, the heavily concealed areas may get a bit cakey, since the rest of your face is looking natural and fresh, the eye is not drawn to any unsightlyness. Lisa Eldridge has a fantastic video on this technique.


♥  Again this is VERY IMPORTANT, when setting your makeup with powder, DON'T JUST DUST IT ON
♥ Instead, use a powder puff and with two fingers just 'roll' the powder on top of the foundation, pressing and condensing it into the skin
♥ This way, it avoids cake and also properly adheres to the foundation locking it to your skin :)
♥ A holy grail product that I have found is the Cosmopolitan 'beautyblender'-esque sponge. It never occured to me to use this for powder but one day my puff was super dirty so I gave it a go. GENIUS! It applies a much thinner layer than a puff would get still has the same motion that is going to lock your foundation in place. BIG THUMBS UP!

Hope this has helped and what are your tips on making foundation last ?

Style Crush: Rosie Huntington- Whiteley

Initially, when I first saw this girl appear in Burberry shop windows, for some reason I wasn't a huge fan. But over time her style won me over. She is able to take really casual pieces and produce a fantastically polished look which is something that makes me so happy to see. If I have not mentioned a million times already, I am not a huge fan of the hippy/boho/ indie look as I feel sometimes people overdo it. However Miss RHW injects just the right dosage of hippy cool so that it's modern without overkill-I like.

See what I mean? And when she dresses up-She dresses up well.....

Now my crushin' is over, be sure to tell me in the comments who you're style crush is

(all photos taken from Google)


Since the sun finally decided to make an appearance this morning, I decided to wrench out this crochet dress that I've been dying to wear for ages. I've been caged up in 'conservative' wear for my summer internship all week so I decided to go a bit wild today and pair the crochet with these amazeballs silver boots, a studded leather jacket with a leopard print lining and about  a bajillion rings- not my usual get-up but I felt like a bird set free and wanted to seize the oppurtunity.

Forever 21 Crochet Dress
UniQlo white tank under
Vintage Studded Jacket
Carvela Silver Boots
Gogo Phillip and Vintage rings

See Sheer

The Maxi Dress is an unusual thing for me. If not shown in my previous OOTD, my style is very much polished and put together- I generally don't tend to go for the casual/boho/hippy etc look. However I make one exception for the Maxi.

Maxis in London really are a rare occasion for me as the incessit rain and cold weather tends to stunt my summer appetite. Howver, although not really reflected in the pictures, the weather was super nice today and as Londoners often do-I seized the chance to wear my new dress (which btw is the msot comfortable thing I have worn in ages)
Now, you really can't tell by the pictures but this maxi dress is super sheer thus, to protect my modesty I wore a long white tank under it that covers the boobage and bum area well enough.


H&M Maxi Dress
UniQlo Tank
Rayban Limited Edition Orange Aviators (behind which my eyes seem to be shut-fantastic)
Vintage Pendant
Vintage Bag
Vintage Ballerina/Dance Shoes
Vintage Moschino Belt

Car Boot Loot

Okay, so here's the deal: I love car boot sales.


  • You can buy interesting and unusual clothes that you KNOW no one else will have
  • £20 can go amazingly far (no really)
  • Ridiculously expensive clothes that I could never dream of owning full price can be bought-brand new and at the most £5 (seriously, once bought a £180 leather jacket for £4-tags still on)
  • It is the only place in England where it is widely acceptable to haggle like a shameless cheapskate :)

Anyways, if by some silly reason you have never been to a boot sale, here is my day:

Here's what I bought:

-A fantastic vintage Gerard Darel blazer that would suit every occasion-

-A lovely vintage skater dress-

-Denim Waistcoat-

-Not my usual style but I plan to cut it up and make it less scary and more fashionable

-A potential 'granny dress' but with some altering hopefullly will become a garden party worthy dress-
-This absolutely stunning Burberry Prorsum shirt with this beautiful design on the back-

-A tailored jacket that would be fantastic for work-

-The most unique pair of teal silk trousers, made a B-line for it as soon as it caught my eye-

-Finally this gorgeous pair of leather aztec-style boots-

Sorry for such a picture heavy post but I hope you enjoyed :)