Saturday, 31 January 2015

Flash Tattoos - Fashion Fad or 'Must Have' Summer Accessory?

Hey there!

It's that time of year again when the shops are rotating round their stores to make way for the new Spring / Summer trends, we've already started to see that a few of the new season fashion items have made their way onto the shelves. 

But nothing seems to have whipped up a social media storm quite like Flash Tattoos - the temporary transfer tattoos in gorgeous metallic shades available here.
(All images used in this post were taken the Flash Tattoo website)

The thought process behind these is so clever, we're all suckers for jewellery and with tattoos growing in popularity amongst our generation, I think it's exciting that they've managed to combine these two things into something new. It's an easy way to add a bit of sparkle to complete your bikini without having to worry about losing a bracelet or necklace in the sand!

Flash tattoos really conjure imagery of distant tropical shores and sipping cocktails poolside and they have definitely evoked the desire for a holiday in me! Already made popular in the celebrity world, stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Alessandra Ambrosio and even Beyonce have all been snapped adorned with these stunning designs - do we even need any further motivation to go out and purchase these??

They come in a variety of styles and designs, ranging from Egyptian hieroglyphics to more eclectic bohemian patterns. There are literally so many to choose from I don't even know where to begin!
But I do know that these are firmly at the top of my wishlist: Nikki, Dakota & Zahra
(No I'm not talking gibberish, the tattoo packs all have different names).

As beautiful as these tattoos are though, the thought I just can't shake from my mind is - if I wear these in the summer sun, will I end up with weird shaped tan lines?

What are your thoughts on flash tattoos? Will you be adding them to your wishlist?

Until next time..


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

#Trending: Topshop - Faux Pearl Front to Back Earrings

Hello there!

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years, you'll know that body modifications have rocketed in popularity with alternative tattoo models like Rebecca Fox taking center stage. Tattoos, piercings and stretchers are just a few of the permanent procedures you can have done to switch up your look. However, if like me you're not brave enough to commit to a tattoo just yet or go through the discomfort of stretching your ear lobes; here's a temporary solution for you.

Topshop Faux Pearl Front to Back Earrings

'Front to back' earrings are a contemporary twist on the classic earring. Keeping to the usual conventions the detail on the front is like always, but where the butterfly clip should sit behind the lobe, in it's place is another jewel or embellishment. The feature creates the illusion of a stretcher in your ear without the damage to your lobes! (It's a win win in my eyes..)
In this particular case I have found a pair from Topshop for £6.50 which feature a cubed black gem stud on the front, with a larger faux pearl to sit behind my ear.

I can't begin to explain how long I've been looking for the perfect pair to purchase, after seeing different styles all over Instagram I finally chose this pair because they I think they are quite chic, unique and with monochrome being so big at the moment I can literally wear them with everything.

Yes, they're not quite Emma Watson's Dior asymmetric pearl earrings she wore to the Golden Globes last year, but if you fell in love with her elegant earrings, you can find the dupe from ASOS for just £9!

What's your opinion of 'front to back' earrings? Will you be giving them a go?

Hope you enjoyed this post, thank you as always for reading!


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Primark Haul: Floral Flatform Sandals

Hey there!

Love them or hate them, 'pool sliders' were the Marmite of the fashion world last summer, they walked straight off of the catwalk and into many of our hearts. Captured by their comfortable chunky soles, and brightly coloured straps they became a staple in many people's wardrobes. 
So for anyone who wasn't a fan of these stylish sandals, I'm sorry to tell you that they will be sticking around for S/S15.

Some of you might be reading this thinking I'm getting ahead of myself, but personally I'm bored of the long dark winter nights and my daydreams have been filled with distant exotic locations. So when I stumbled upon these shoes in Primark the other day, I didn't even hesitate before purchasing them. 

primark haul, flatform sandal, birkenstock, marc jacobs daisy, wayfarer sunglasses rayban, white skinny molly jeans

Most of us will think of traditional Birkenstocks when we see these sandals, the popular, iconic design is available in a range of colours and styles - there's something for everyone! I purchased a pair of pool sliders in white last summer and they quickly became an everyday staple for me. I know that if I buy a pair of actual Birkenstocks this season, they'll definitely be black!

pool slider birkenstock slip on shoes colourful flatform primark haul double strap buckle summer 2015

I'm not particularly adventurous when it comes to patterned clothing. I love scrolling through all the online clothing stores lusting over the colour contrasts and pattern clashes, but I never seem to stray very far from my wardrobe basics. Although I always think it's fun to inject a bit of colour into your outfits using bright accessories.

The bright, floral design of these shoes caught my attention, and I knew on the spot I would be taking them home. They're not like your regular pool sliders as their soles are thicker in the popular 'flatform' style. At 5'3" tall, this extra bit of height is what makes these shoes so appealing to me!

In my opinion the best thing about these shoes is they'll add a splash of colour and personality to any outfit. Whilst in Primark I also picked up some white skinny jeans which I know are going to look perfect paired with these sandals. If you're not used to wearing bright patterns or bold enough to try out clashing prints like myself, pairing something colourful with neutral tones like white or black is a great way to get creative and experiment with your outfits.

What spring / summer clothing can't you wait to wear again?

Thank you for reading!



Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Perfect Pout - Rose & Co. Lip Balm Review

Hello and a Happy Belated New Year to all of you!

It's been a little while since my last post, but it's 2015 now and I'm ready to write my first blog of this year.

Anyone who read my post last year revealing my extensive lip balm collection will know that I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to lip butters, particularly if they happen to reside in a beautiful tin. So when I received a gorgeous lip balm set in my stocking from my Mum, it was an obvious choice to share with all of you.

This lip balm gift set is from 'Rose & Co.'
(I must confess I was not very familiar with this cosmetic company, I had heard of them but was not fully aware of the vast array of products they had for sale.)

The cute, vintage design of the balm tins, is mirrored throughout their website. Inspiration clearly taken from traditional 1940's styling, their products wouldn't look out of place on Marilyn Monroe's dressing table.

Don't let the high end retro packaging deter you though, their products are extremely affordable. The perfect pick me up when the purse strings are a little tight after your Boxing Day sale blowout!

My gift set consisted of 3 lip balm tins, all tinted in in various degrees of Red and individually scented:
Strawberry Crush / Cherry Kiss / Rose Petal

As far as the quality of the products, I have no complaints. They don't feel like some cheaper brands of lip balm (I've been open minded in experimenting with obscure brands in the past and been disappointed with their hard, 'chemically' textures) the consistency of the jelly is soft, buttery and succeeded in smoothing my chapped lips whilst achieving a natural kissable blush.

I like to keep one inside my handbag, my makeup bag and one on my bedside so I'll never be caught out with a less than perfect pout. My personal favourite of the three, is 'Strawberry Crush' I simply adore the tempting taste, it's nearly good enough to eat! Plus the iconic 40's pin up girl on the lid of the tin is perfection in my eyes, as I've always had an interest in the fashion, makeup and styling of the era.
That said all three make wonderful additions to my collection and truly were the perfect gifts for me!

Are you familiar with Rose & Co. products? Do you have a favourite?

I hope you enjoyed this post. Until next time!


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