Friday, 30 August 2013

Winklepickers






lace trim vest: zara
jeans: topshop 'joni'
shoes: asos
necklace: mango
tassel handbag: h&m
rings: h&m
bracelet: bcbgmaxzaria
watch: michael kors
nails: revlon 'rose beige'
lips: tom ford 'coco ravish'

I was planning on posting a 'Today I Bought' post today but basically everything I'm wearing is new so it seemed pretty pointless repeating it all! I bought this Zara lace trim vest just before I went away and couldn't wait to wear it now I'm back. I love the simplicity of the subtle silk and lace trim as well as the colour scheme of the dark grey, black and beige. I think they go really well with my vintage blue Topshop Joni jeans which are my ultimate favourite. These are the perfect shade of denim, they go with pretty much everything and can be worn during Summer or Winter. I'm also showcasing my new H&M tassel bag which I hunted down after weeks of searching the shops! I'm planning to use this just as an everyday bag as it's the perfect size. I've wanted a tassel bag for ages and I was worried I was too late now the festival season is over. However, I think as this is just a small and simple bag it will be suitable for the colder months too. 

I'm also wearing my new Asos Malcolm shoes which arrived a few days ago after faffing around with exchanging sizes. I loved these as soon as I saw them online and they are even better in person! I love anything which is gold and stands out so these are perfect for me. I wouldn't recommend buying these if you have large feet as they are very pointed so do make your feet look longer. I'm only a size 5 but I swear these make my feet look about a size 8! I think they are still on the website and are also available in a silver version so take a look whilst they're still online.

I'm planning on listing some more items on Ebay in the next few days as I need to start clearing out my bedroom before I move to Leeds. The items will probably be listed on Sunday night but if you follow me on Twitter (@lydiafayejones) I will keep you updated on times. My username on Ebay is also 'lydiafayejones' (no surprise there!) and you can take a look at my items here when they are posted!


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Colour Block Tunic






tunic: topshop
jeans: zara
platform trainers: asos
necklace: mallorca market
handbag: michael kors
bracelet: bcbgmaxzaria
watch: michael kors
rings: h&m
spiked ring: topshop
nails: l'oreal false nails
lips: mac 'shy girl'


I'm slowly abandoning my Summer wardrobe of crop tops and shorts and wrapping up a bit warmer as it's been quite chilly today. I'm not yet in full-on Winter mode but I'm wearing jeans more often with heavyweight tops. I can't wait to start layering up but it's not quite jumper weather yet! I picked up this Topshop colour block tunic yesterday whilst shopping at the Bullring and it was love at first sight. I love the crisp crepe fabric and the simplicity of the style. The top is extremely minimalistic which isn't usually my style but it can be worn with so many things and dressed up with jewellery. I haven't actually showcased this very well as it features a pink colour block at the back which I didn't even think about photographing! I've worn it with my Zara ripped jeans to give the outfit a casual and relaxed look as I was only popping out for lunch with a friend.

I'd love to say this beautiful Michael Kors handbag is mine but I've actually just knicked it off my mother! It went so perfectly with this outfit, I couldn't resist featuring it in my outfit photographs. I'm not a huge fan of Michael Kors bags as I don't think they're anything special but I love the off-white colour of this one. I'm off to Leeds tomorrow to do some flat hunting for my final year at University, scary stuff! So I probably won't get round to posting tomorrow but expect a 'Today I Bought' post very soon!


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Seeing Squares






top: river island
shorts: american apparel
boots: topshop
earrings: topshop
bracelet: bcbgmaxzaria
watch: michael kors
rings: h&m
nails: l'oreal false nails
lips: mac 'tart & trendy'

I'm back from my holiday feeling surprised refreshed and incredibly happy with my tan! I don't usually tan very easily but since all I did was sunbathe and drink, all my efforts went into getting a good tan. I'm so happy to finally be able to blog again! I had serious blogging withdrawals whilst I was away and feel completely out of the loop. 

I spent today at the Bullring stocking up on some all new essentials which I used up on holiday and having a mooch for some A/W clothes. I wore this monochrome square cami top which I ordered online just before I came away. I love the simplicity of this top, it's so easy to wear and can go with so many things to create various looks. I've worn it tucked into my new American Apparel denim shorts which I haven't taken off all week. I think these are the perfect denim shorts that I had been looking for,  the shade of blue is spot on and they fit like a glove. I love how American Apparel do in between sizes such as a 29 waist rather than jumping from 28 to 30. It means they don't ride up too much and aren't too tight around the upper thigh. I've also worn my favourite Topshop boots which I've had for a while now. They're very simple black leather boots which immediately add a grungy vibe to the outfit.

My nail polish went feel sticky and bubbly in the heat so I ended up sticking on these L'Oreal false nails which already have a pattern on them. I think the gold along the cuticle looks really effective and they looked great in the sunshine on holiday. I bought these whilst I was in Marbella during July and I'm so gutted I didn't get a few more packs! Has anybody seen these around in the UK drugstores?


Saturday, 17 August 2013

The End of Summer






t-shirt: zara (sale)
trousers: river island tube pants
boots: topshop
handbag: zara
necklace: mango
bracelet: bcbgmaxzaria
watch: michael kors
rings: h&m
nails: essie 'blanc'
lips: mac 'sweet & sour'

I'm off on my holiday tomorrow so yesterday was spent picking up some last minute things to take away with me. I haven't actually bought any new clothes as I'm getting a bit fed up of Summer clothes and just want to spend my money on my Winter wardrobe. I've basically packed pretty much the same outfits as I wore in Marbella so it's a good job I'm not doing any posts whilst I'm away anyway.

I picked up this Zara floral t-shirt in the sale a few months ago which had been reduced from £25.99 to £17.99. I don't actually find the Zara sales that impressive as they don't reduce the prices by much but I just needed this t-shirt! It's quite a heavy thick fabric which I why I haven't worn it until now since the weather has cooled down. I love the bold floral print, it really stands out against the black of my trousers and makes a statement. The look still has quite a Summer feel to it but the black trousers and boots add a slight Winter twist. I bought these River Island tube pants a couple of weeks ago and I must say I'm rather impressed! They're not a denim fabric, more of a cotton twill sort of material so they're not very stretchy but still suck you in at all the right places.

I'm leaving stupidly early tomorrow morning so I'm afraid this will be my last post until probably after the Bank Holiday weekend. I've decided not to take my laptop and camera as it's just too much extra weight in my suitcase, I need those precious kg's! So, I hope everyone has a lovely Bank Holiday and I will post as soon as I'm back, adios!


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Lace Trim






lace trim jumper: topshop
jeans: topshop 'joni'
hologram sandals: river island
necklace: topshop
bracelet: marc my marc jacobs
watch: michael kors
textured ring: topshop
stacking rings: h&m
nails: essie 'blanc'
lips: sleek 'barely there'

I completely forgot I had this cute little lace trim jumper until I spotted it beyond the depths of my wardrobe yesterday! I nearly bought the lemon shade quite a while back but I think the pink is more suitable for my hair colour. I love the peachy pink neon shade of this top and the lace trim along the hemline makes it extra girly. I've worn it with my pastel Joni jeans which I'm so glad to finally put back on after all this warm weather! I always thought pastel jeans would be really unflattering but somehow I don't think these are. They add a lovely Summer touch to any outfit and are a great alternative from the usual blue denim jeans. 

I featured these River Island hologram sandals in my latest 'Today I Bought' post and I couldn't wait to wear them. I love hologram at the moment, although the silver hologram isn't really to my taste as I only wear gold jewellery. These shoes are so up my street, I love the gladiator style and they go with pretty much everything. I think I might take these with me on holiday too as I think they'd go well with little Summer dresses or denim shorts and a crop top. I'm off this Sunday for a week and not taking my laptop with me so tomorrow will probably be my last post for a while. Don't worry, I'll be back!


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Today I Bought #56

I haven't done a 'Today I Bought' post in a while as I've been concentrating more on my outfit posts. I love doing these posts as I can collect together everything I've bought recently and show you guys what's new. Some of these items were purchased whilst I was in Marbella, and some much more recently like today. I'm off on holiday again on Sunday so a lot of these items are more suitable for abroad as I know the weather is getting a little chilly over here!


 Zara floral t-shirt and River Island monochrome cami top

Zara in Marbella is absolutely incredibly, they get all of the new stock weeks before the UK and it's a fair percentage cheaper. I picked up this adorable floral t-shirt which I imagined would look really nice with my Topshop pastel Joni jeans and some white sandals. I haven't actually worn it yet but I will get round to it soon. I also picked up this square monochrome cami top by River Island yesterday as I'd seen it online and wanted to try it on before purchasing. I think this is a really simple and easy to wear top which could be dressed up with a bold statement necklace and bright lipstick.

 Primark tropical crop top

I don't adore Primark but sometimes I can right some right little gems in there. I picked up this tropical print bralet which I thought would be nice on holiday with some high-waisted denim shorts or a maxi skirt. I like the coral colour used in the background, it really stands out and compliments tanned skin. I think this could be worn during the daytime or evening to create completely different looks.

 Zara tropical print bandeau crop top

This crop top is pretty similar to the Primark one featured above but is a bandeau shape and made from a lightweight cotton jersey fabric. I loved this top as soon as I saw it and didn't even hesitate about buying it. Again, I would probably wear this with some denim shorts or a maxi skirt depending on what look I was going for. I think this would look great with wavy beach hair and a bold coral lip on the evening.

 American Apparel denim shorts and River Island tube pants


Whilst I was away in July, I realised I didn't actually own a staple pair of high-waisted denim shorts. I bought a Levi pair years ago which are far too big now and have a few low-rise pairs for with vests or bodies. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase these American Apparel denim shorts which were £56 but exactly the kind I had been looking for. I'd tried on endless pairs of Topshop and River Island shorts but none seemed to fit as well as these. I love the bright blue shade of these shorts and they could be worn all the time whether it's daytime, evening or even in the Winter months with tights.
Zara statement necklace

I don't exactly need another statement necklace as my collection is now getting ridiculous but I really wanted this one for holiday! I don't own a neutral shade statement necklace as most of mine are bold and bright so this one is a little different. I'm pretty sure Zara also do this necklace in a turquoise colour but I liked the neutral shade to go with more outfits. I think this would look lovely on the beach with a black cut-out swimsuit and a lightweight kimono thrown on top.
River Island hologram sandals

I saw these on the River Island website whilst I was away and ordered them straight away! They are my kinda shoe, I love gold hologram and the gladiator style is really suitable for both holiday and normal days. I actually wore them today for the first time to go shopping and they were seriously comfortable. I think I had a few funny looks walking around in them but I don't care, they are amazing!

 River Island headband

I've never worn a wrap-around headband like this apart from my American Apparel bow so this is a little out of my comfort zone. Infact, I don't often wear hair accessories full stop as I'm worried they won't suit me. I've seen a few girls wearing these turban style headbands at the moment, especially during the festival season and there is something I really like about them! This River Island one was only £6 so it's not the end of the world if I don't like it. I might try it out tomorrow with some beachy waves in my hair and a plain dress to give it a trial run!

Topshop Astrix boots

Oh the trouble I went through trying to get my hands on these bad boys! After they sold out online, I really really wanted a pair so bought some dupes by Missguided. I was really disappointed as they arrived with glue marks over the canvas and platform as returned them with a big complaint! I then managed to pick them up in the Bullring Topshop store and actually got the last pair, it was obviously meant to be! They are kinda similar to my Asos platform trainers but these have a slightly lower platform and have a high-top shape. I can't wait to wear these with some skinny jeans once I'm back from my holiday next week.
Zara black boots

I haven't bought a pair of boots like this for a while now but I couldn't wait to stock up on some Winter boots. I bought these whilst I was in Marbella so I think they worked out as about £8.50 cheaper than they are over here. I love the simplistic, grunge style of these boots and they could be worn literally every day with anything. I'd like to wear them with a little lace dress or something to add a contrast between the feminine look of the dress. I'm not great in heels during the day but these aren't too high so they feel quite comfortable. 

L'Oreal Line of Beauty Collection*

I love a dramatic bold eye so this L'Oreal collection was a great set to arrive back home to after my holiday. It features a very thick liquid Super Liner, a fine Super Liner, an Eyebrow arch pencil with a brush and setting wax and a Gel pencil eyeliner. I've actually used all of them more than once now and I have to say my favourite from the set is the fine Super Liner. This is probably the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used, it's absolutely amazing at creating flicks at the corner of the eyes. I always struggle with uneven lines on each eye and the flicks ending up too thick but this makes it so easy to control. I think this collection is available in store now so if you haven't tried it I would highly recommend you do!

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit moisturiser and cream wash*

My skin has improved so much over the past 6 months so I can't say I actually use too many products anymore. I tend to stick to a light moisturiser and a face wash just to remove any excess make-up which I've missed. Neutrogena have released some new products within the Visibly Clear collection and they all have this incredibly pink grapefruit scent. I'm not usually a fan of scented facial care products but I love the smell of these and it really lingers on your skin. I've used the cream wash and it's great at removing any make-up you've left behind whilst leaving your skin feeling fresh and smelling divine.

Maybelline Baby Lips

After all the hype about these lip balms I just had to pick them up yesterday when I saw them in my local Boots. My lips do suffer from being dry and dehydrated so I'm always looking for new products to help. So far I've only used the Intensive Care lip balm but I have found that this does make my lips feel softer and much smoother. I can't see these making a dramatic difference to my lips as I need a good exfoliator but they are great at softening the lips and have extremely cute packaging!

Revlon 'sandy nude' and 'marmalade'

I went a little mad on nail polishes the other day and picked up a few new shades to take on holiday with me. First up we have these two shades from the Revlon Colorstay collection - a classic nude shade and a vibrant orange/ coral shade. These two shades basically sum up my taste in nail polish! I either love a really neutral beige colour or a bright coral to add a pop of colour. I haven't tried Revlon nail polish before so hopefully these look as good on the nail as they do in the bottle.

Sinful Colors '24/7' and 'hazard'

Next up we have a couple of shades from Sinful Colors which I picked up from my local Boots store. I've never really taken the opportunity to give these nail polishes a go as I thought they would be bad quality at £1.99. However, I tried a swatch of '24/7' last night and the colour is so bold and bright, I loved it! I don't usually wear pink on my nails as I'm worried it will clash with my outfit but this is just so neon and amazing I couldn't resist. I can imagine this looking great on my toes on holiday so it's definitely coming with me! 'Hazard' is more of a muted orange shade which will be more suitable for the Autumn season as a nice transition from my coral obsession!

Maybelline Color Show 'Orange Attack' and Barry M Gelly Polish 'Papaya'

When I bought the Maybelline Babylips, Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on all Maybelline products so I picked up this Color Show nail polish too. I was really drawn to this colour as it's a bright coral shade with a really strong red tone. At a glance, this could be mistaken for a standard red nail polish but it looks more orange on the nail. I also picked up another Barry M Gelly polish to add to my collection. I've had my eye on 'Papaya' for a while now and I'm so glad I've finally got it. I love the pastel orange colour and think this will be the polish I wear on my nails whilst I'm away. I think Barry M Gelly polishes have a great glossy finish and last a long time so this will be perfect.

Mac 'Brownluxe' eyeshadow palette'

Lastly, I was very naughty at the airport and purchased this Mac eyeshadow palette on a complete whim. I'm always so tempted when the sales assistant says 'We only have one left', as this makes me seem to want it even more! I'm so glad I did buy it as the colours are absolutely beautiful and look even better on the eye. On Saturday night, I used the middle gold shade over the lid and the bottom dark brown shade in the crease and this created a lovely smokey eye. I found the eyeshadows blended together really well and stayed on my eyes all night. I think this has sold out pretty much everywhere now but if you see it, get it!