What I wore: Gordon and Laura's wedding

At the weekend, my boyfriend's friends had a beautiful wedding and I was lucky enough to go. I'd spent a while faffing over what I was going to wear (as you can see from my previous post) and got my heart set on a beautiful Ted Baker dress. I ended up having a major 'woe is me' moment when it turned out it was far to big for me. But rather than get in a strop, I chose to take it as a blessing in disguise and went and got an amazing outfit from New Look. My hero.

I chose to stick to the pastel colours because I wanted everything to suit my skin tone nicely and I'm also trying to convince myself it's Spring. After recently discovering that  New Look now has a Petite section, I was over the moon.

After trying on various things, this turned out to be The One. I ended up getting one size too big to preserve what modesty I still have and chose to remove the belt for a more elegant look.

Skater Dress - New Look £19.99

Now, it's not exactly warm out there, is it? I knew I'd get cold so I paired the dress with this shrug from the New Look Teen Section. Turns out it wasn't quite enough because I still ended up stealing the boyfriend's jacket!

Shrug - New Look £9.99

 As the dress was lace. I didn't want to go too over the top with accessories so I just went for a headband to add a touch of sparkle.
Headband - New Look £5.99

Put it all together with my Ted Baker bag and shoes and we have:

Costing only £35.97, I don't think I can be to upset that the Ted Baker dress didn't fit me!

Oh Look, New Bag

After a pretty shoddy end to 2013, everything picked itself back up again when I landed a brand new job! What better way to celebrate than take a little trip to Ted Baker and, similarly to Rachel Green's 'I got new boots, boots', here's my 'yay, you got a new job bag'

I'm not a massive bag person as I'm sure I've mentioned before and I'll very rarely spend more than £30 on one - the rest of my money tends to go on shoes... but this was too beautiful to turn down and there's a whole range to match it from dresses to shoes so I'm pretty tempted.

It's big enough to hold all my personal and work stuff and unlike a bag of roughly the same size I bought from Zara a few months ago, it's nice and light so it doesn't give me a dead arm after about 5 minutes which is always nice. Plus there's a nice little tablet sized pocket!

What's your favourite bag?

Nailing it: Flowers and stripes tutorial

I've been having a lot of compliments about my nails recently as I've been experimenting a lot more. I bought a bunch of new tools off eBay and have been trying a different design every week! Got to love nail art Sundays.

Yesterday my friend Frankie came over and she loves my nail art so I thought I'd teach her how to do it. She is my wonderful hand model for this step by step tutorial :-)

You will need:

  1. A variety of colours! At least 6 different shades. I went for mostly pastels from Barry M
  2. A striping brush - I used a Model's Own nail art pen which has a dotting tool and a striping brush giving you the best of both worlds
  3. 2 thin nail art brushes, one should be square similar to an eyeliner brush. I got mine here from eBay
Step 1

Select your two key colours. we went for three fingers in pastel blue and two in pastel pink.

Step 2

Using your striping brush, paint thin vertical lines across the pink nails to create a candy stripe effect. I'd recommend using the side of the brush as it's thinner and as you can see from the picture, Frankie has tiny nails so it worked perfectly.

Step 3

The roses are a lot easier than they look. I promise! Using your square brush, all you need to do is blob in random places! We used the light peach for this one.

Step 4

Using the thinner brush, 'higlight' the roses using a darker shade of pink. Again, this is very easy, you don't need to overload the brush with paint. Just cover the tip and do little squiggles in the middle of the roses

Step 5

More blobbing! using the thin brush again, dab a dark shade of green around at least two edges of your roses.

Setp 6

As you did previously with the middle of the roses. Use a lighter green and either line or dot your 'leaves' to create a more 3d effect. Again, you need to use your thinnest brush. AND YOU'RE DONE! Just don't forget a top coat...

Frankie loved hers and even had a go on me to get some practice in!

Let me know if you liked this turorial and I'll do more. SEND ME REQUESTS! 

Wednesday Wishlist: Oh god, it's wedding season...

My flatmate and I have come to the realisation that we're now old enough to be experiencing wedding season for at least 10 years. This year alone we both have three weddings to go to!

The first wedding is in April and I really need to start planning outfits so here's a couple of things I have found that are right at the top of my 'need, not want' list.

Miss Selfridge -£42
As two wedding are happening in the spring/summer I figured pastels were the best choice. This is from the tiny people section from Miss Selfridge and the rose detailing is absolutely perfect. I don't tend to wear anything with quite a high neckline but as I'm covered in tattoos, it's only polite that I cover as much of them as I can.

Joy - £75
I haven't been shopping in Joy for years and I forgot how much fun everything is in there. I don't remember the last time I wore yellow but the print on this dress is wonderful and will go nicely with some wedges I have at home.

Ted Baker £169

New Look -£14.99

This is by far my favourite and we all knew Ted Baker would appear in this list somewhere. Not going to lie. Conveniently it would go perfectly with my Ted Baker shoes and bag and the cardigan from New Look will cover the tattoos and still look pretty. There's no way I'll be able to afford the dress but a girl can dream!

What's top of your wishlist at the moment?

What I've been reading: Eric

I had yet another fun adventure in Waterstones the other day. It was brilliant and it was one of the few occasions where, an hour later, I didn't end up crying on the floor surrounded by hundreds of books that I can't choose between.

I've started playing a fun game where I close my eyes and pick random books off the shelf, annoyingly all the books I picked up were things I had already read! A little frustrating. But then I saw this...

I love Terry Pratchett, he's my go to author when I need something that will guarantee a good 'LOL'. Eric is one of the Disc World adventures I haven't read yet and this version from the Unseen University collection was just too beautiful to ignore.

So far the book has been wonderful, I have caught myself laughing out loud and gaining a lot of funny looks on the Tube and I already don't want it to end. I'm going to have to collect the rest of the Unseen University additions... despite having absolutely no room left on my book shelf. Maybe another trip to Ikea is in order...

What are you reading at the moment?

Product Review: Soap and Glory

I do love Soap and Glory. To be honest the packaging excites me more than anything else. I know, I know, 'you should never judge a book by it's cover' but the quality of Soap and Glory is completely on parr with how pretty their boxes are.

After writing a post about my beauty essentials, I got some wonderful recommendations from Jurassic Panda and thought I might give Soap and Glory another go as I've been getting most of my things from Lush recently and I'm rapidly running out

Recently I have noticed that my eyes have been getting all puffy. Is this because I'm getting older or is it just because I don't sleep well? What ever the reason, an eye cream was definitely on the cards. I've always been dubious about whether eye creams actually make a difference but after using Puffy Eye Attack I am completely converted. I have only been using the cream for a week and already my dark circles are starting to disappear and even after a full blown crying fit after watching Les Mis (standard), my eyes still looked fresh the next day!

The cream absorbs quickly which means I can put on my makeup straight away, always good if I've over slept and need to rush out the door.

My other purchase is Scrubatomic. It's about time I got a good exfoliator because I have terrible skin. I suffer from breakouts of psorasis occasionally (attractive...) and it makes my face hurt and my makeup uneven. I know you're not really supposed to use exfoliators on psorasis but Scrubatomic is so mild I can get away with it pain free! It's given me a smoother complection even without makeup and it smells amazing.

do you have any more skin care favourites? Always looking for new things. 

Product review: Nivea day cream

I have reached the age where I need to start moisturising what with that aging thing and all.

I've been looking for a moisturiser for a while. Because of my anti animal testing rules I have struggled to find a nice one that's bunny friendly. But I think I have finally found it.

This Nivea day cream is perfect. It's light and absorbs quickly plus it smells amazing. It's made my skin very soft and my outbreaks are starting to disappear which is always a bonus. I just need to start remembering to use it every day! I'm rubbish.

What day cream do you use? Have you found something better?

My face!

We all have a bunch of things that we actually can't survive without. There are little things that you can make compromises for but cosmetics don't fit in to this category. Not for me anyway.

The idea of not having one of these sends me into a bit of a panic, after all I can't be seen without my face on! But, because I'm nice and to show you what a difference the ideal cosmetics make, here's a sneaky shot.

yuck. You can even see my wonky mouth
First of all there's the skin. after my recent discovery of POREfessional from Benefit, I now can't go through a day without it, it helps to even out my skin tone and hides all the icky spots. Plus it gives a perfect, smooth base for my new Clinique foundation.

At first look, I thought it was a little dark so I mix it with some moisturiser to tone it down a little and the result is a much more normal skin colour compared to my usual Morticia Addams look.

No more spots but I still have freckles :-)
For the eyes, I tend to use a lot of the same colours. I have been in love with blue eyeshadow since I was about 17 when I first started wearing make-up. for this look I used some of my favourites from Barry M. Combined with my Models Own eyeliner and They're Real mascara from Benefit, my eyes look wider and brighter. In the right light it brings out the green flecks in them.

With the lips, I'm always worried that any colour I use will make me look too pale. I love red lipstick but I'm yet to find one that suits me. Again,. the Morticia Addams look. I'm going for a happy medium with the My Treat lipstick from Benefit, it's a nice dark pink and I use it with a dark models Own lip liner to give my lips a slightly fuller look and to even out my wonky mouth.

And the end result is a much more normal face that will happily venture into the outside world.

What are your beauty essentials.

I fricking love Ted Baker

I'm not going to deny it because there's absolutely no point.  I LOVE Ted Baker. I don't think my boyfriend realised quite how much until we 'popped in' after going to the theatre

I have loved Ted Baker for years, the florals and pastels are very me, and I am green with envy whenever I see people wearing it, mainly because it'll be a long time before I can afford anything in there.

But then the sale happened and I had a massive accident and I don't even regret it.

First it started with 'I'll just get shoes because I have feet', then it was 'I need an umbrella because it's raining'

I don't have very many clutch bags and tend to always use the same Irregular Choice one which means I end up wearing a lot of the same colours if I go any where exciting so I've been wanting a more versatile clutch for a while. When I saw this little beauty, there was no way I could resist.

I love how Ted Baker think of even the tiniest detail for everything. The lining of this bag makes me far too happy for words. PUPPIES!

The shoes, now my new favourite pair. I have lots of nude coloured shoes but the contrast with the metallic rose just make these too amazing. They're also insanely comfortable despite being a size too big for my children's sized feet.

Ted Baker, look out because I will be coming back.

what are your favourite sale bargains?

Product Review: POREfessional from Benefit

This is my new favourite product.

The lovely people at Benefit gave me a free sample after I took part in their #PoreOclock competition on Twitter and I'm now in love with it.

I've been having problem skin for a while now and POREfessional has made it look like it's not happening! Winner.

I'm a pale, pale person and unlike the That Gal primer (made me a little too pink) I used before, it blends nicely with my skin tone and it has a silky smooth consistency balancing out all the icky areas of my skin that I like to pretend don't exist. It also lasts all day so I don't need to touch up my face at all, even after I got stuck in the pouring rain.

One of the many things I love about Benefit is that they don't test their products on animals, which is a key decision maker when I'm buying new cosmetics.This along with my They're Real mascara has very quickly become one of my beauty essentials. Looks like I'm going to have to get myself to the shop!

Off to the theatre: The Woman in Black

I love the theatre but I rarely get to go anymore. I used to make sure I went to see the Phantom of the Opera (my favourite) every year but it has been a while.

For Christmas this year, my boyfriend bought me tickets to the Woman in Black and considering my reaction to the film version, it was bound to be interesting.

The stage. Look how close we were.

I am one of those people who still insists on dressing up for the theatre, you might as well considering it's still a pretty exciting occasion. For this I chose to go for a pretty colour combination of white and mint with silver accessories. My shoes are Jeffrey Campbell and the necklace is from my flatmate. The top and trousers are both from Monki.

Strike an awkward pose...

I am the world's biggest wuss. I admit it. I insist on watching horror movies and reading horror novels but I still end up having to sleep with the light on or watching a Disney movie straight afterwards to make myself feel better about life.

Despite this, the boyfriend thought it would be absolutely hilarious to get me an aisle seat in practically the front row. I was not impressed. Especially since the woman in black decided to appear right at my elbow and I ended up burying myself in his shoulder.

All in all the show was excellent even though I did spend most of it hiding away and pretending it wasn't happening. The minimalist stage and only three actors made the whole thing captivating and all the more terrifying and I was glad that I wasn't the only person in the audience screaming in terror!

If you think you can handle it, I strongly suggest you go. I won't be going again.

New Look Teen Section!

As you may have noticed in pasts posts, I spend a lot of time gushing about the Teen section in New Look. I'm not going to lie, it's amazing.
Tiny people such as myself usually struggle to find clothes that not only fit but also fit with the latest fashion trends. New Look covers all the bases without having to spend as much money as you normally would shopping in the petite sections of other stores. Always a bonus.
This  season, tearing myself away from everything in there has been a real trial. I want it all.
But as Christmas is over there's an amazing sale going on which means my purse is going to hate me.

Nightmare Before Christmas singalong

The Prince Charles Cinema is one of my favourite places in London. The film selection there is always amazing and they have really exciting events happening all the time. Last year my flatmate and I went to one of their teen flick slumber party and to a Halloween book reading with Audrey Niffenegger and Erin Morgenstern.
This year we started our Christmas celebrations early when my flatmate won tickets to their Nightmare Before Christmas singalong. As a bit of a fan I decided to dress up. I was probably the only person there dressed up but I had so much fun.
At one point Charlie and I were concerned we were the only ones singing but it turned out that we were just loud. Everyone was singing, quoting doing the silly voices and applauding after everysong. The whole thing was fantastic and I will definitely be going again, I just can't wait to see what's next. 

Yeah, so I have trainers

I don't wear trainers. The last pair I bought six years ago with the intention of running but they have been worn so little they are still practically pristine.
For Christmas this year my dad bought me a lovely kilt but it's too small so when I tried these on to prove to my seven year old stepbrother that I do actually have the same size feet as him,  my dad thought they were so cool he offered to buy them for me to make up for the lack of kilt.
I was a bit dubious at first but after some encouragement from my brother (nit the seven year old) and some outfit planning I am converted and have worn them constantly since I got them.
For one of their first outings I went for a very casual look with my favourite Star Wars t-shirt and mini skirt. Yes I am still wearing mini skirts in December. For the purpose of warmth I chose my fluffy Bandersnatch (leopard) print coat my mum bought me for Christmas last year and I'm loving the combo.
I'm thinking of trying them out with a 50s style polkadot dress next time.  Yay or nay?

Face Face Face

As I have mentioned before I am against animal testing and really struggle to find products that are not only suitable for my skin but also cruelty free. I think I have finally found some!

A while ago I blogged about needing a new foundation so I finally treated myself to Benefit's 'Hello Flawless'. I've used it before but I forgot how much I love it. As it's a powder it's nice and light but still gives amazing coverage. It's also suitable for horrendously sensitive skin like mine which makes a nice change.

A decent cleanser is always hard when you're against animal testing. Superdrug are amazing for things like this but my heart will always go to Lush. I had never used their 9 to 5 before and was a bit dubious because my skin tends to hate anything that isn't a facewipe but I gave it a go and it's brilliant. It's a milk cleanser so it's light and leaves your face feeling really soft. It says to use directly onto the skin and remove with cotton pads but I have been using it as a wash instead and am very happy with the results.

Sadly I have reached the age where I need to start moisturising *weeps*. It a sad time, I know. To be honest I am yet to find a day moisturiser that works for me but I love my night creme. It's Boots own brand so is cruelty free and unlike most night cremes it isn't too heavy so I don't feel uncomfortable at night. Always good.

When I'm in a rush I tend to stick to either Superdrug or Boots own brand cucumber wipes. They're great when you're on the go or on your way to a festival and they're nice and cooling. They're also great for sunburn as I have just found out!

Do you have any cruelty free recommendations? I'm still looking for that moisturiser!