Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Inspiration #2- Coachella 2014 Street Style

These are my fave looks from Coachella. As festivals and 'festival fashion' (that phrase makes me be a bit sick in my mouth) have grown increasingly popular, there seems to be a 'uniform' that most people tend to wear. This is re-enforced by magazines and especially fashion e-newsletters around this time (Get the festival look etc.). These mainly consist of denim shorts, a cropped top/graphic t-shirt, floral headband and ankle boots or wellies. I'm not saying this can't be a nifty festival look, done well. I mean denim shorts are practical and comfortable- I've worn them myself many a time, and indeed some of the ladies below are sporting a similar look.

 However I've mainly tried to pick outfits that are less formulaic. The plus side for the people below is that I highly doubt they've had to make their way back to a campsite in pitch black, whilst hurricane-style winds whip red sand directly into their eyes and a pole collapses an inch away from their tent. Yes that happened to me. #Benicassim2009

All pics from ElleThe CutGraziaRefinery29CompanyHarper's BazaarStyleNever Underdressed and Nylon.

Faye x

Sunday, 13 April 2014


I know a lot of these photos are grainy and horrible quality. It pains me as well as you. But I wanted to post some of my latest outfits etc. as I just can't always photograph them like a proper OOTD. This does upset me #pray4faye. My work should have a dedicated OOTD area where it's totally normal to ask someone to take a photo of your outfit whilst striking a series of poses. Maybe I'll start a petition.

Topshop skirt, Forever 21 shoes, Vintage bag, Internacionale jacket

MAC Russian Red lipstick

Next coat, Boyfriend's old shirt, New Look shoes

White with glitter tips

Internacionale blazer

Ted Baker jumper, Mango trousers, Bershka heels

Vintage kimono, Ted Baker playsuit, Cheap Monday boots

L.A Colours 'Wisteria' and No. 7 'So Simple' 

Topshop dress, Cheap Monday boots 

Dying my shoes 

Ted Baker cape, Topshop vest, New Look mules

Mango jumper, H&M jeans, Topshop trainers

Faye x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Product Rave #1 Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation

As a teenager or even in my early twenties, I never really suffered with problem skin. I had the odd spot here and there but nothing that made me feel the need to wear foundation on a daily basis. However, since about a year ago (see this post about La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo), I have seen a big difference. I've had spots (sometimes under the skin lurkers, sometimes small pimple types) pretty much all the time, and especially on and around my cheeks. This has led to quite obvious scarring and as a result I've been using foundation every day.

I've tried loads of foundations and BB creams from L'Oreal and Rimmel to MAC and Bobbi Brown, most of which were fine, but none of which had me desperate to re-purchase. My sister suggested I try Clinique as they are known for their gentle approach to skincare.

I took a trip to the Clinique counter in Boots in Westfield and the very helpful sales assistant asked me a number of questions about my skin type, cleansing routine and what sort of coverage I was after. She wasn't pushy at all but suggested a few different products I could go for and gave me a (really full) sample of the Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Make-Up in shade 02 Fresh Ivory. About a week later I went into the Clinique counter in Westfield House of Fraser as I wanted to see if they would also recommend me the same foundation and shade. Although this sales assistant didn't go into as much detail about my skin, she also suggested the Anti-Blemish Solutions and the exact same shade.

I've now been using it for about a month and I love it. It's specially formulated for problem skin, and is designed to not only cover spots but to help heal them and prevent further breakouts. I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply it (which I would also thoroughly recommend) and it goes on easily with a light to medium coverage that is build-able. Although I do have scarring I didn't want a really thick cake-y foundation as I don't think it's necessary. It gives a lovely dewy, glow-y finish and stays on the whole day without sliding off or looking dry and patchy. It costs £24 which I think is a fairly reasonable price for something I wear all day, everyday. I can't sing it's praises highly enough!

Have you tried this foundation?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

OOTD: Casual Tailoring + Lazy Sunday Links

T-shirt Boy London
Jeans Topshop Joni
Blazer Tesco
Shoes New Look
Bag Cambridge Satchel Company 
Watch River Island
Bracelet H&M
Earrings Primark

My friend Rosie took these photos at our friend Ellie's birthday party yesterday. We started drinking at 4, and needless to say, it didn't end up in a dignified manner. Instead, it culminated in walking home in the rain at 12am, whilst wearing a pair of red and white striped bed socks and ballet pumps before Rosie rang her dad and he picked us up. It was much fun though. 

On Saturday I went to my favourite place in Bristol, Cafe Amore, where I had my favourite lunch. To most, it may be just a salad bar, but to me it's the salad of dreams. If you go to Bristol and you like tasty, cheap food you have to visit. I also couldn't resist going to Cornish Bakehouse and getting a spicy vegetarian sausage roll. Does anyone else know of/love Cornish Bakehouse? It beats Greggs any day. 

Anyway, enough about baked goods, here are three links to enjoy:
  • Witness this husky 'play dead' on demand!
  • Watching a woman turn the tables on men in this everyday sexism video is an interesting watch.
  • I'm in love with these cute bow shoe clips.
Faye x

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

April Wishlist

April Wishlist

It's getting warmer. This makes me want new things! I do love things. 

1. Sunglasses from Topshop- I like my sunglasses to be black, preferably. Then I think they go with every outfit. If they are brown/coloured I sometimes feel like they mess up an outfit if nothing else is that colour. Just me?!

2. This beaut of a bag is from Ted Baker, I love the colour and the croc detail. Yellow is good for accessories as I definitely can't wear it anywhere near my face as I just look sallow. Attractive no?  

3. I saw this H&M skirt on Taylor's blog and instantly fell in love. So swishy! I went to try this on, half hoping that I wouldn't like it as funds are low at the moment. No such luck, the need was still strong. I sighed as I put it back on the hanger. 

4. I've always had an affinity for shorts, and am loving the longer styles that seem to be cropping up all over the place. Absolutely heart-ing this muted tropical pair from Topshop. Not loving the price though. 

5. Another blogger-enabled find- I saw this on Megan and immediately clicked the link. So pretty! I think the colour of this makes it quite unique. And it's only £10 from La Moda.

6. I found these Aldo beauties via the Fashion Chick website, which is a huuuugge source of fashion inspiration, it features tons of brands and takes you directly to the website to buy. It's gonna be dangerous! Topshop did a similar sandal last year and I could have kicked myself for not buying them. These definitely fill the hole of longing.

What's on your wishlist this Spring?

Faye x