Autumn 2014 Lookbook

In true British style, autumn has hit us hard with seemingly endless downpours interspersed with only the odd sunshine-filled properly autumn-style day. This has to be the weirdest and most awkward season in terms of fashion, but it might just have to be my favourite; the Doc Martens and scarves are out but it’s still possible to leave the house without a puffa coat and thermals. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers sharing their picks for the current season and I really love being able to take inspiration, so I decided to procrastinate from school work even longer, whip out my camera and hop on the bandwagon. As far as I can, I’ve tried to link up the items below, but there are a few bits and pieces from various vintage and charity shops, so I apologise in advance for that annoyance.

look1(Denim Jacket- vintage; Top- Boohoo, £15; Skirt- vintage, Doc Martens- Office, £100)

If I had to choose a favourite piece in my wardrobe, I would have to say my denim jacket which was fiercely bartered for in Spitalfields market two years ago- it’s 80s Levi’s and it would be safe to say a week doesn’t go by where I don’t throw it on, no matter the season. For warmer autumn days, I’ve paired it with a dark grey straight skirt which I picked up from a kilo sale in London for a couple of pounds, and a new purchase of a cute white crop top with crochet detailing on the hem. Of course, there was no other option for shoes than my Doc Martens- nothing makes me happier about heading into the colder months than being able to wear these beauties again.
look2(Coat- Boohoo, £45; Dress- Boohoo, £12; Boots- Boohoo, £20)

If you’re noticing that there’s an excess of Boohoo products in this lookbook, that would be the result of the huge order than was delivered to my house the other day, burning a rather large hole in my purse but adding some much-needed basics to my autumn wardrobe. My favourite of these are this new boyfriend coat and boots (yes they are self-admittedly cheaper copies of the beautiful Timberland boots which my bank balance cried at the prospect of me purchasing). Along with these, I paired this grey “cold shoulder” dress which was such good value for money- I’m seriously loving the baggy dress/coat with tights and boots combo at the moment if you hadn’t guessed.

look3(Skirt- vintage; Jumper- Boohoo, £12; Shoes- Blitz Vintage; Tights- New Look; Slippers- Urban Outfitters)

I find it really hard to find skirts that fit me well and suit my shape, but this denim mini that I found in an underground vintage market on Brick Lane is one of my best finds. Teamed with this cropped basic black jumper, knitted tights and these adorable men’s leather boat shoes, it makes the perfect combination for a chilly autumn day or just curling up by the fire with a mug of tea and my gorgeous slippers from last Christmas (I’m really hoping Urban Outfitters bring back something similar this year).

look4(Jeans- Blitz Vintage; Top- Boohoo, £8; Converses- Office, £45; Scarf- Shepherd’s Land)

For those slightly sunnier days, I immediately reach for my favourite high-waisted boyfriend jeans (they’re Levi’s 901s in case anyone was wondering). With these, I pretty much without exception will wear my worn-in-to-the-point-of-being-battered converse lowtops and a simple long-sleeved crop top. I do love a bit of colour, so I can’t help but reach for my checked scarf- nothing says Christmas is coming like red tartan. Coincidentally, it actually matches my lipstick (Rimmel Matte Kate Moss in 107) pretty well too, so I can pretend that I actually take care in things like coordinating my outfits.. bonus.

I suppose I should apologise for the fact that I haven’t posted in a good couple of weeks; whilst I may not have an excuse I do have a reason- the last month or so has been absorbed with UCAS forms and university choices, but luckily I submitted my application a couple of days ago so hopefully I’ll now be back into the whole posting when I promise I will thing. Fingers crossed.

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I Guess You Could Call It A Haul

First off, I just wanted to say sorry for not posting in over a week, I’m bad I know. I don’t really have an excuse other than the fact that I just really didn’t feel like writing for once, so I promise to try not to let that happen again!

This week, I was debating over whether or not to do this post, but in the end my love for reading other people’s similar posts won out and I decided to go for it. The idea of filming a ‘haul’ is something much more associated with YouTube as I’m sure many of you are aware, which is one of the reasons I felt a little hesitant about this. I thought that maybe my blog was turning into too much of a YouTube in writing, but then I just thought; where’s the harm in that? I’ll put it out there: I love YouTube and YouTubers and I wish so badly that I could do that myself but to be honest  I just lack the confidence to pull it off, so I go to what I know best- writing. So now I feel I’ve explained myself sufficiently and probably bored you all to death, I thought I’d tell you about some of the products I have bought recently, a beauty haul of sorts.

Rimmel Colour Rush Balms

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I know I put these in my March favourites, but these are truly some of my favourite lip products at the moment and I’m sorely tempted to buy some more colours. They have a beautiful consistency that’s actually very moisturising for a product of their type, and the colour manages to be subtle whilst still retaining a certain vibrancy. Definitely a great buy- I have the colours 220 Keep Mauving (bottom left) and 220 Rumour Has It (top right). Price- £5.99

IMG_1757Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

I am a massive fan of the Scandaleyes liquid microliner, so when I heard about these I already had pretty high expectations. I’ve always struggled with pencil liner, and liquid liner isn’t exactly ideal for much other than your upper lash line, so these seemed like the perfect mix of the two. Originally, I was only going to get the black one, but the lady at the till informed me it was 3 for 2 so I went and picked up the goldeny-coloured one on a whim, not really thinking about when I’d wear it. However, since getting them home I am in love- they are perfect for your waterline and I even use the gold one to frame my bottom lash line from below. For a product so cheap, I think these are fantastic and long-lasting and I’m so happy with them. I have the colours 001 Black and 012 Bronze. Price- £3.99

MUA Professional Undressed Eyeshadow Palette

IMG_1588For anyone that’s interested in the beauty world in any shape or form, it’s a universal fact that the Urban Decay Naked Palette is the king of the eyeshadow palettes. However, for those of us who can’t afford to splash out £37 on it, there has been a huge battle to find the perfect dupe. A few weeks ago,  I saw an article on missbudgetbeauty suggesting the Makeup Academy Undressed palette as the best dupe she’s found, so I definitely was intrigued to see if it would really live up to it. At this fantastic price, it’s definitely worth it and the colours match up really well to the Naked ones- whilst of course they’re never going to be able to totally recreate the quality, this is a pretty fantastic dupe and definitely worth saving your pennies on the real thing. Price- £4. Also here’s the link to the comparison arcticle which I read in case you want a more in-depth review – http://missbudgetbeauty.co.uk/mua-undressed-v-the-naked-palette/

IMG_1758Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I’m sure there’s quite a few people that would be surprised that I have only just purchased this product- it seems that everyone out there owns it and swears by it, but for some reason I’ve never actually purchased it myself. I guess this is partly because my local branch of Boots which I usually frequent doesn’t stock Collection, so last week when I finally went into a bigger store I picked it up to see what all the hype was about. As someone who is in love with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, I was expecting to be blown away as many people say the Collection one is a million times better. I’ve only used it a couple of times, but if I’m honest I’m a bit dubious. Yes, it’s good at covering blemishes as it has a much thicker consistency than the Rimmel one, but I also find it quite cloggy and drying to my skin. Maybe this is just because I don’t wear foundation, but for me I prefer the lightness of Wake Me Up, although the Collection Lasting Perfection is definitely better for heavy-duty coverage and might be a lot better for those of you that wear foundation as well. Don’t take what I say as fact though, I’m definitely in the small minority in this. Price- £3.99

I did actually buy more than this, but I feel like this post is long enough already so I might do the hair products in a separate one sometime soon. I know many people who read my blog will find no interest at all  in this post, but I’m trying to mix up the things I write about and to be honest, I am just writing about the things I am interested in and as someone who’s only just started wearing makeup again after approximately 9 months without it, I’m really enjoying finding new products to share with you. Obviously don’t take what I say as fact, makeup is a very personal thing that depends greatly on your skin type, etc so what’s right for me might not be for many of you. If you wanted to check out any of the products mentioned, you can click on the photos and it’ll take you to that product in either Boots of Superdrug so you can easily find them (sorry if you’re not from the UK). Again, I’m sorry for being so crappy at writing this week, hopefully I’ll be better from now on *fingers crossed*.