Saturday, 31 October 2015

Quick & Easy Lolita Costume...

Playsuit- H&M
Shoes- Primark
Sunglasses- Ebay
"You look 100 percent better when I can't see you..."

If going scary for Halloween isn't really your thing and you're in need of a last minute costume, Lolita is the perfect option as its super simple and super cute!

I got this adorable playsuit in the sale from H&M for only £7 and I'll definitely be wearing it again as its so comfy yet pretty, then paired it with some sandals and a red lip. Really the only thing you might need to buy is some heart-shaped sunglasses but any sunglasses would do. 

For my hair I did a messy milkmaid braid as Lolita's hair in the 1997 film version is normally pretty scruffy and in some sort of braid, so I simply plaited my hair in two pigtails then pinned them on top of my head. If you don't fancy this style, space buns, two plaits or even just having your hair down and a little messy would work fine!

For this look I did my usual make-up routine as I normally go for quite a doe-eyed girly look anyways. But to make it all a bit more dramatic I used my eye-liner to draw little lines on my bottom lash line to mimic twiggy-ish bottom lashes, then darkened my crease with a matte brown eye-shadow.

The only important parts of a Lolita make-up look are- red lips & bronzer. So get out your contour kit and a bold red lipstick and you're good to go!

This isn't part of the Lolita costume at all, but for my nails I took inspo from Alexa Chung and did some evil eye nail art rather than just painting them red. If you want to know how to do this you can read my tutorial HERE

I also recommend you listen to some Lana Del Rey while you get ready. cause her music sure does get you in the Lolita vibe.

And that's about it, really easy last minute costume that really you can just throw together from things in your wardrobe,

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Playlist ~ 'When You Don't Wanna Think About It'...

I'm a full-on spotify addict making playlist pretty much daily for every possible emotion/situation. And so I thought as well as doing my monthly round-up of my fave albums, I want to start sharing my playlists so we can all connect of a musical level and share the feels.

Let me know if you like this idea!

'When you don't wanna think about it'

A playlist for when you need to get stuff done without being bothered by emotions, or simply you want to ignore the feels for a little while and dance around. Full to the brim of girl power, guitar riffs, sass and songs to make you wanna put on some sparkly clothes and not care about stressy boys, or stressy friends, or stressy school work.

Featuring all my fave artists such as- Florence & the Machine, Tame Impala, HAIM, Blondie, Mac Demarco and Kanye West... Power on through ladies!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Definitive Coats Of The Season...

So it's officially Autumn which means I can brush of my ever-growing coat collection. If you know me or you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know about my ridiculous coat obsession all too well, from varsity jackets, boyfriend coats, oversized denim jacket...I LOVE THEM. So when I was contacted about Farfetch's editorial The Definitive Coats of The Season, I fell immediately in love with the looks...

The Definitive Coats of the Season
Editorial from Farfetch
Farfech is a site that hosts luxury brands, but is also great for keeping up with the latest trends and getting some inspo for the season. However, obviously the luxury labels shown in the editorial are waaaay out of many people's price range, so I did a little digging for some alternatives that will be a little nicer to your bank balance...

This look is definitely the easiest to find in stores as it's such a classic. For a quintessential British look, head to quintessentially British stores like Zara and Topshop that have had this style perfected for years. Look for cosy materials, collars and classic prints like gingham or houndstooth.

A cape is such a simple, no-fuss coat as it pretty much makes an outfit instantly. Stores like H&M and Missguided have them in varied styles and shapes from oversized to crop, take your pick.

I think white coats are a great way of keeping your outfits fresh as the weather cools and helps you avoid that autumn palette of deep blues and reds for a little longer. I'd style mine with a monochrome outfit for extra effect. However, white jackets seem to always be made from really thin materials, so you might have to do some layering to keep out the chill.

This is easily my favourite look from the editorial as I love how simple yet effective the cut of these long coats are. Zara has an amazing range of longer coats to choose from, think I might have to treat myself, Also, a long coat is perfect for evening looks to keep you warm going to and from parties without taking away from your outfit. A must-have for winter definitely.

 Every year I eye-up jazzy faux-fur jackets yet never get the courage to attempt one. But this year I have just have to step out of my comfort zone as I looove this colourful jackets from Topshop, especially the two-tone one! Perfect for an evening look, or if you just want to add a little excitement to your daily outfits. (But make sure it's FAUX fur!)

Which is your favourite look?

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Live In Dreams Sunday Girl...

Today I put on my finest dungarees and made my way down to my fave local landmark, MIMA, to celebrate the launch of my new fave publication-

Sunday Girl Magazine 

I discovered Sunday Girl magazine a while back when Gabrielle Aplin tweeted a picture of a magazine she was on the front cover of, and after a little look on instagram/twitter I fell in love with the vibe of the magazine pretty much instantly. Finally a publication that was positive, intelligent and not just trying to get me to buy a £100000 dress that looks good on no one but a size 0 model graced with photoshop. It's what I'd been looking for after giving up on many fashion magazines.

The concept of Sunday Girl a fashion magazine for intelligent, creative and ambitious girls. Within the first issue there's a glorious mix of fashion editorials, interviews with inspiring women and pieces on historical badass women like the suffragettes. A piece that really spoke to me was based around the idea of mean girls and the 'sass culture' that's been slowly taken over, with the magazine asking why we can't all just be nice girls, and when did a sassy comeback replace politeness or a compliment. I love that.

Totally in awe of the creativity of the mag I emailed the editor, Abigail Dennison, and interviewed her about creating the magazine (the interview will be published in the next issue of my mag, so keep your eyes peeled). But we soon realise that Abigail and I are local gals, both from the same little town in North east England. So now not only is Sunday Girl my fave new mag, but it's my fave new mag created by a local girl who now serves as a massive inspiration for me- a girl aspiring to one day create and print my own magazine.

And so the launch today was lovely, wandering round MIMA and celebrating such an amazing thing that's come out of so much work and effort. At the launch there was also loads of stands with local businesses showing their good and live music, giving the event such a chilled atmosphere full of pride. Made me feel like a proud little northern gal.

During my interview with Abigail, she said something that really stuck with me when I asked whether the empowering tone of the magazine was something she was really keen to create. She said-

As an over self-conscious girl with huge dreams, all I needed was for someone to say "This is possible if you work hard"

And as cheesy as it is, for me, Sunday Girl now stands as that motivation reminding me that the dreams I'm working towards are possibly. Seeing something so amazing, positive, empowering created by a local girl become something so huge is so inspirational to me and I'm sure many other readers feel the same.

So a massive congrats to Abigail and the Sunday Girl team, and thank you for providing mega inspo!

Sunday Girl Magazine issue 1 is now stocked nationwide, so find where you can pick up your copy HERE (Or you can order a copy online to be sent directly to you).

Find Sunday Girl Magazine-

Monday, 12 October 2015

Fashion & Film #4 ~ Lolita...

Lolita is one of the most iconic fictional characters ever created, found in one of the most iconic twisted texts of all time.

Admittedly I have yet to read the book (it's on my list) but the film (1997 is my fave version) is definitely a love/hate movie depending on what level of messed up you can handle as it tells the story of an adult man being infatuated with a young girl. Yet in spite of the controversial subject matter, Lolita remains a well-loved fashion/culture icon.

Contrasting her sarcastic, stubborn ways, Lolita's outfits are sickly sweet. All patterned two-pieces, sailor dresses, floral prints, crop tops and red lips. Her girly, childish look is so contrasting to her behaviour that it makes it hard to not love her attitude. Well for me, I loved Lolita's character and her look. She's such a perfectly crafted example of a nymphet.

The classic Lolita look has crept into 'mainstream' fashion over the years as play-suits and co-ords have become a summer staple. But for winter I'll still be taking inspo from Lolita simply by throwing a chunky knit cardigan over the top of a co-ord.

Now it's October that means Halloween is soon approaching. Lolita is such an easy costume as you can throw on a cute playsuit, red lipstick, get some heart shaped glasses off ebay and you're sorted! If you're like me and totally refuse to go scary for Halloween, this is definitely a costume for you! (And possibly a massive clue as to what i'm going as for Halloween)

What's your opinion on Lolita? 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Women That Inspire Me...

In my life I try my best to constantly surround myself with people that always inspire and better than me, and in my opinion no one can do this quite like strong women whether it be your mother, your best friends, whoever! I think, as a woman, surrounding yourself with ladies that are a super positive influence on yourself is one of the best things you can do.

Recently I made a mood board for my room so I could be constantly met with positivity and inspiration (read HERE), but I really just wanted to do a post to big up the ladies and share some of the strong women that inspire me!

If you follow me on instagram you'll know how much I love and am inspired by Stevie Nicks. Spending a significant amount of time watching Fleetwood Mac documentaries, I concluded that Stevie is a super strong woman with a totally beautiful bright soul. So not only is Stevie herself a total inspiration in my life due to her light and talent. But Fleetwood Mac as a band mean a lot to me and just listening to them serves as inspiration and motivation to me.

If you read the first issue of my magazine KILORAN, you might have seen what I wrote about this song Gypsy (read HERE). But in short Fleetwood Mac stands as a reminder to me that the things you love will always be there and no matter what happens with relationships or jobs or whatever, you can always find comfort in the things that are the essence of you. And Stevie and Fleetwood Mac are one of the things I always find comfort in.

Malala Yousafzai has done enough to inspire anyone and she's only 18. So many people would shy away in fear of groups like the Taliban, but Malala did the total opposite and stood up for the thing she was so passionate about- Education. I think it's clear why I cite Malala as one of my biggest inspirations. So much courage, so much passion, so much intelligence in one girl and the way she continues now to work for what she believes in is super amazing, super inspiring!

Taylor Swift is so warm. Like have you ever seen such a kind, sweet celebrity that gives so much back? Being a woman of such a high status and having built the empire that she's built, it inspires me seeing how much she gives back to her fans, her band, her dancers, her friends. Taylor Swift simply inspires me to be nicer, and I think that's so valuable.

 Tavi Gevinson is everything I want to become. Starting her blog at only 12, and being considered a voice of a generation by 15. Tavi, now 19, runs Rookie Mag, a site that 100% was the inspo behind me starting my magazine, and is 100% the inspiration behind where I hope to take my career. But as well as her career, Tavi always remains current. she knows what's going on and always is wise beyond her years on subjects. And I love girls like that, so I love Tavi, I want to be her bestie.

This may seem like a strange one, but after studying the suffragettes in history last year I've been really inspired by them all ever since. Like everything these women did for us, and how they ignored all social expectations and all the limitations that held them down and literally kicked and screamed till they got what they needed. Without the work of these ladies we would all still be so held down in society, and the fact that these women fought (and many died) to better the lives of future generations is something massively inspiring to me.

Recently I wrote a piece about protest at the suffragette film premiere, which you can read HERE

Patti Smith is my greatest inspiration in absolutely everything I do. After reading her book Just Kids, it just struck me that Patti Smith is one of the most beautiful, wise, talented, open women on the planet. And the way she has struggled, then turned her struggles into art and wisdom is so obscenely inspiring in my life. Being so humble and so beautifully intelligent and emotionally smart in spite of all she's been through and all she's achieved serves, for me, as the ultimate inspiration. Basically Patti Smith is everything to me and I don't think I've ever felt more inspired by the work of one person.

Which women inspire you most?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

My Soundtrack ~ September...

Light Up The Dark ~ Gabrielle Aplin

Honeymoon ~ Lana Del Rey

Wild ~ Troye Sivan

Best Of Blondie ~ Blondie

Be Slowly ~ JAWS

Hotline Bling (single) ~ Drake

Wishes ~ Rhodes

Oh Wonder ~ Oh Wonder

Wilder Mind ~ Mumford & Sons

Dream Your Life Away ~ Vance Joy