Monday, 29 July 2013

Outfit: oh I do like to be bow-side the seaside

This is either my worst or most-inspired post title... I like to think the latter!

Cos it's me, by the sea, with a bow hairstyle. Enough said.

Actually by this point it's me, by the sea, with a wind-swept and falling-down bow hairstyle that I'm trying to keep out of my face, but the background's nice so here it is anyway.

Top: New Look (old)
Capris: Motel
Wedges: Monsoon (old)
Bag: eBay




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Outfit: dressing a modern skirt

Nearly all of my clothes, as most of my readers know, are modern high street buys. I really don't have the patience for searching for good vintage finds, nor the figure in most cases as I prefer fitted styles and clothes were less stretchy back then!

So talking of modern stretchy fabrics, here's an example of taking a tube skirt and styling it a bit differently. Although not that differently, just putting some different touches on it...

... In this case by adding hair rolls, red lipstick and ankle-strap sandals - all more associated with 50s style.

(Can you tell I took these shots during sunnier times!)


I rather like the muted pastel colours of this skirt... I also like that this skirt was just £9.99 and yet is somehow still flattering!

I don't like looking like I've walked out of a mid-century catalogue, so this combination of retro hints and modern patterns works pretty well for me.

Vest top: H&M
Skirt: Ark
Sandals: Swedish Hasbeens Braided Sky Highs
Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave


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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Photo diary: cream teas & sea breeze

Another short summer break over the past few days along the Norfolk coast... where the heatwave just didn't happen. In some ways - the odd warm beach day and lots of time spent eating local treats in quaint establishments - very good. In others - staying in a caravan when there's extensive cloud cover and rolling mist/rain making you resort to putting heaters on when the rest of the country is in glorious sunshine - not so good. But all in all, a holiday is about what you do and the company you keep, so top marks all the same.

I didn't get too many snaps this time, but here's a few to tide you over until I get back on with my regular posts.

The first day we went to the beach, it was pretty grey.




Things were far improved the next time...


Boy made a good start on the foundations for his castle... but things only really got serious when I helped with the front section. Boy tries to take full credit...


But he can't take credit for my dolphin! Knew that art A level would come in handy one day.


Needed something to keep the starfish company, you see.


Sometimes even I'm not a fashion goddess (understatement of the century).


But I sure am a goddess of eating. If there were goddesses of eating like pigs, that is.



A lovely shot from a train station in Sheringham decked out in its former glory, complete with antique suitcases here and there.


Real life steam train!


A rare shot of yours truly from this holiday... spot the hair bow.




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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Vintage style: take one crop top...

There's a lot of things I don't like about fashion this year, but one of my major issues is with perfectly nice tops that are half the length they could be. So many times I've gone to buy something online, seen the word 'crop' and abort! Abort!

Then one day it dawned on me that a) I'm short and b) I have so many high-waisted skirts, especially for work, perhaps I was wrong to immediately dismiss...

Particularly when I came across this little top and fell in love with the mottled texture - I'm not sure what exactly the pattern is but it reminds me of flowers so let's go with that.


Because actually, when you think about it, a lot of mid-century tops did finish at the waist (tucked in or otherwise), which is round about where this one lands on me.


Textured crop top: Topshop
Side button skirt: Tara Starlet
Shoes: Clarks


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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Outfit: sunshine dress

Glorious weekend of sunshine - and lots of sitting around in it. In my book, there is no such thing as too hot! Ok, well, at least not that you'll ever get in the UK.

And if there was ever a colour that makes you feel summery, to me that's yellow. So I dug out a yellow dress that I've naughtily never worn because it's always been a slightly big fit... but when years pass and you fill out a bit more (not in the way you hope, mind you), suddenly that neglected wardrobe treasure has its moment in the sun (pun intended). Also find that yellow is unforgiving on my pale skin, but now that I have a little tan it's not so bad.

I love the shape and the little details on this dress, from the red flower buttons to the blue trim. Very 50s pin-up.


Dress: Tara Starlet
Shoes: Monsoon

And yes, this is a slightly different background shot to usual - you're getting a sneaky peak at my living room. Spot the Marilyn decor...


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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Outfit: the perfect suntop

I shouldn't have been so harsh on the sun - not since it's stuck around for a few days...

While I have endless plain vest tops and t-shirts to cope with hot weather, what I'm really lacking is pretty summery tops so at the weekend I set out to right this wrong... and was surprised when the answer came from Topshop! I'd thought until this point that Topshop and I were never going to cross paths again since our fall out in my early 20s when every item in there made me feel like a lump with extra lumps on top. But turns out they have some really nice things in there at the moment - and I even got one of them to fit me!


I love the double-strap detail, the pretty floral print and the buttons all the way down the front. Such nice touches. After a couple of button adjustments to stop unsightly gaping in the bust area, it's pretty much a perfect little suntop.



Top - Topshop
Shorts - Dorothy Perkins
Sandals - New Look
Lipstick - Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Designer

Both the shorts and top are still on sale at time of post, although the sandals were from a couple of years ago.

CiCi x


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Make-up: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick in Trendsetter

I'm a total sucker for every new lipstick range going - but it's definitely worse when it's a matte range! I'm usually a bit skeptical of long-wear stuff, going on past experience where it flakes off and/or is super sticky or is so drying half your lip peels off by the end of the day (ew). But still, couldn't resist this range for two reasons: 1) a great colour choice with many pinks and reds to choose from and 2) Boots' buy 1 get 1 half price offer!

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick trendsetter review

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick trendsetter swatch

Generally, I'm a huge fan. I don't understand reviews I've read where they say this lipstick is sticky - my hunch is they're literally trowelling it on and not waiting for it to dry. A simple layer, blot if you want, and you're good to go for hours.

Plus, I simply adore the colour of this lipstick - a matte warm pink - these aren't easy to find. The boy was very taken with it and even happier when he didn't end up wearing any of it (eh-hem).

Outside...

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick trendsetter review

Inside...

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick trendsetter review

Pros
  • Gorgeous tropical pink colour 
  • After some initial slight stickiness, the lipstick dries and you honestly forget you have it on
  • It isn't drying! A matte lipstick that isn't drying! 
  • Incredibly minimal transfer - but especially after it's 'set'; it doesn't budge!
  • The most long-wearing lipstick I own - needs a top up after a big meal, but only displays minimal damage even then
  • Packaging - very unique and easy to find the colour you're after in your bag
Cons
  • Bullet shape - it's that blunt-ended shape I hate because it makes precise application tricky

And, er, that's all I can really think of to say on the bad points. Is it clear yet that I love this lipstick? If they had colour dupes of my other favourite Nars, Mac, etc, I honestly would go and buy them all, just to finally be able to eat a sandwich without spreading most of my lipstick to my chin for once (I don't know why that always happens to me, only that it does).

A most excellent choice for staying put during the working day - stay tuned for a review of a lighter, coral pink to come.


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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Outfit: summer lovin

We had sunshine recently, I definitely didn't imagine it - and as we stand on the edge of a supposed heatwave in the UK, this is a good time to share another summer outfit! I went out with no tights (gasp!) and no jacket (even bigger gasp!) and was even a little bit too warm in this denim shirt...

Shirt: Warehouse
Black vest top: H&M
Skirt: Limited Collection, Marks & Spencer

As usual, my whole outfit is a bargain collection from the high street - the skirt and sandals were both sale purchases. In fact, the sandals really were bargains, knocked to £12 from £49.99. Here's a better look at their cute pin-up style - and even better, they're leather, which for me isn't even in question when I look for sandals as I'm not a fan of sweaty feet syndrome.

Sandals: Sole Hyssop (from the Sole Outlet online store - still available at date of post!)

And I also test-ran a second new purchase from the new Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede range in a warm pink shade. Which I absolutely adore and withstood a kiss test - some might say, some actual summer lovin..! If they make lame jokes like me, that is. There will be a review soon...

 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Trendsetter review
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Trendsetter


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