Wednesday 28 June 2017

Party In The Front, Business In The Back

It wasn't until this top fell onto my doorstep that I realised, all of my clothes are beautiful in the front but pretty darn plain from the back. Whenever I'm shopping, unless the site has made a feature of the back of an item and made it a main image, I honestly don't go further than what the front looks like and whether it works for me.. Yet whenever I put on an outfit, I do a little twirl, I do a little pose, and I check it out from every angle. The fact my back has been lacking in a bit of summin' summin', I've never noticed before.

I choose the clothes I buy and the outfits I put together for me, but I also want other people to enjoy what I'm wearing. That's one of the great things about fashion, but when you think about the amount of people that see my outfit from behind everyday, they're missing out on the best half of my outfit.

Now I've opened up my own eyes and realised firstly, what an awful shopper I've been - who doesn't look at the back of items before they buy them?? - And secondly, that I want more pieces like this top in my wardrobe, that really do look fab from every angle, as items like these do half the work for you.

Khaki Suedette Cork Block Heeled Sandals - New Look

Have you been making any shopping 'mistakes'?


Saturday 24 June 2017

What's In My Makeup Bag

My makeup bag is a slow developer. I love a new product and all that comes with them, the excitement, the possibilities, but it takes a very long time before a product wins my trust and gets it's very own space in my day to day makeup bag.

Foundation is the bane of my makeup filled life. Trying to get the perfect coverage and the perfect application is something that I constantly struggle with. Whether it's product or application (possibly both) I'm beginning to get impatient, so for now I have returned back to my good old faithful L'Oreal True Match Foundation until my patience and will returns. It's fairly full coverage without feeling heavy or cakey and with so many shade options - although a struggle to choose in the first place - you know you'll find the perfect match!
I've switched up my concealer for those days when I don't need my colour correcting. This one is full coverage and brightens the area dramatically. Although slightly yellower than my foundation, I've found that when applied underneath my base, it blends a lot easier with a smoother finish without compromising coverage - I usually blend a tiny bit more on top of my foundation to the darkest areas of my under eyes just to top it up.
Where has Laura Mercier been all my life? I arrived late to the translucent powder party but I'm so glad I've finally arrived! Super light and fine, this powder gets rid of grease and shine without taking away the suppleness of the makeup underneath, allowing you to look fresh not cakey!
This highlighter is another new edition to the bag. I never used to bother with this but addiction to the glow is very much real and I can no longer leave the house without adding accents of light to my face. It lights up your whole complexion, and this one is a warm gold hued fine powder, super blendable and buildable, depending on how blinding you want to go!
I know I've mentioned this product so many times before but this MAC mini eye shadow palette would be my desert island makeup item! I use the lighter shade as a crease colour and contour and the darker shade for my eyebrows and my go-to eyeliner look.  It's pigmented, it's smooth and MAC I bow down to you. You can find my full post on this product here..
Who doesn't love benefit hoola, I think I'm safe to say nearly everyone has owned it at some point in their life and although I've never thought of it as a dark bronzer they have even released a lighter version for the paler skinned ladies out there. Its super blendable and gives a natural healthy looking bronze which is perfect for when our British summers are pretty lacklustre.
Morphe Brushes - The Blushed Blush Palette '9B'
Blush is another fairly new addition to my makeup bag but after coming to the realisation that with my shadow, eyeliner and bronzer choices all being on the brown spectrum, I was starting to look a bit 'beige'. A pop of colour on my cheeks was needed! This palette by Morphe has so many different shades that are all super pigmented but blend brilliantly so you'll never end up with that doll look!

Rimmel London - Supercurler Mascara 'Extreme Black'
This Rimmel mascara is an old friend, its reliable, dramatic and long lasting. Extreme black finish with my favourite style of wand, it makes my lashes thick and voluminous.
Kiko - Smart Fusion Lip Pencil
Lip tints are my favourite look and although this Kiko lip liner isn't exactly that, it's such a creamy product that I can apply a little to my lips and create a sheer colour hit. Giving me a hint of a red lip whilst keeping the natural makeup vibe I'm after.
L'Oreal Paris - Brow Artist Plumper - Dark Brunette
You might have seen before that my brows are very sparse and unless they're tinted within an inch of their life they're so blonde, drawing them on can even become a struggle! Brow mascara has been my saviour, making them look fuller, darker and overall more groomed, I don't want to remember life without this product.

What are your favourite products in your makeup bag?


Wednesday 14 June 2017

Slaughter House Customs - Brighton and Hove Motor Show

Slaughter House Customs are on the road!

Last weekend we made our way down to Brighton, trailers full of motors, a van full of clothing and cars full of crew members. We set up the show as the Slaughter House Customs Team at the AMEX stadium for the Brighton and Hove Motor Show.

The Slaughter House Customs stand was as unique as the brand, and we stood out from the average Joe with more than just some pretty cars to look at. We had clothing, motorbikes, cars, music and even a bit of (questionable) dancing from the crew. We were the noisy ones in the corner, blasting retro tunes and revving engines, we had crowds flocking and we were getting noticed.

It's safe to say you don't have to be a petrol head to appreciate the beauty of a fine motor and by exhibiting auto-motives through the decades we had everyone from young mums, leather clad bikers and well dressed city chics buzzing around our stand.

The show was the SHC launch of the 2017 t-shirt, a classic biker tee which went down a storm with people trying, buying and walking away with them on. Rock one with some jeans and converse or leather boots and you'll look like you've just stepped off a bike. Or if you prefer a more delicate twist, knot it at the front and wear with a floaty skirt and sandals.
If you fancy giving your wardrobe an edge, these tees and other SHC apparel will be available to order over the coming weeks from the website.

The motor show was a roaring success and if you missed us at this one we hope to see you at the next! Keep up to date with the SHC where-abouts through social media..

Photography and editing done by the brilliant Natasha and Marcus Ward!


Wednesday 7 June 2017

Slaughter House Customs - 2017 Shoot

Over the next few weeks you'll find a couple of posts, including this one, which are a little out of the ordinary, but I'm hoping you will find them just as interesting..

This post is about a project that I've been helping with and might not fit with the theme of my blog in the conventional sense. The passion and enthusiasm built into this company and the sense of pride I have for the team working on Slaughter House Customs, means it deserves its very own category.

Slaughter House Customs is a motorbike and apparel company set up by my friend Ben and his dad Kevin.  Together they custom build motorbikes, restoring them to their former beauty. They also design and source clothing that works just as hard as the bikes. Their clothing and accessories give the style factor that was missing from biker wear a few years ago. Biker jackets in leather and suede and silk scarfs work whether you're part of the biking lifestyle or you're just after giving your look the edge, and that's where I come in..

Queue the first photo shoot of 2017, and I find myself turned into a full on wannabe biker chic.
I might already have some biker chic boots and a leather jacket but throw on a SHC tshirt, a bit of sass and I'm sat astride a motorbike, looking down a lens, trying to get an idea for what riding a motorbike really feels like.

Gone are the images of scary biker gangs and instead in its place is a sense of freedom and unity. Although it will be a long time before I ever have the nerve to venture on a bike, the possibilities of where the bike can take you is an exciting thrill that could just tempt me. Biker gatherings are no longer just for the guys either, with females groups growing in numbers and getting their wheels on the map!

Motorbiking might not be my usual cup of tea but its something I will definitely be a part of when those same feelings are so regularly duplicated through the fashion and blogging world. Being able to help out with the clothing side where I can, I'm willing to throw myself wholeheartedly into the biker lifestyle!

Coming up on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of June is the Brighton and Hove Motor Show at the AMEX Stadium. You'll find the Slaughter House Customs team, including myself, displaying some stunning bikes and cars. Some friends and I will also be sporting some of the SHC clothing including a sneak peak of the possible female range in the pipeline.

We hope to see you there..

Photography and editing done by the brilliant Natasha and Marcus Ward!


Saturday 3 June 2017

Who Run The World?

Who run the world? I love my new top for obvious reasons, but I'm beginning to have an issue with it..

I haven't been feeling the sisterhood recently, the solidarity. How can we run the world if there's girls out there too busy trying to steal each others thunder. If we don't stand in solidarity, how do we expect to overcome the bigger problems still facing women and girls in today's society?

Girls are notoriously bitchy, its almost a known fact, one which I hate. Why has this become a thing that we acknowledge and accept? Why do we spend our lives letting ourselves be used for a leg up, knowing full well they're not going to help pull you up to their level? Why are people pretending to be friends with smiles on their faces, with knives hidden ready for when backs are turned?
We're tearing one another down to make ourselves feel better, when we should be lifting each other up, being each others cheerleaders. We need to stop being so obsessed with drama, being selfish and self obsessed and be thankful for our own accomplishments.

I want to know when giving your friends compliments and praise become such a weird thing and insults and 'banter' became the norm. Belittling someone with a nonchalant comment and passing it off as a joke, is not what woman should be doing to each other. We're putting down others without even realising it and inviting others to do the same. We should be singing each others praises, boosting those self esteems and putting smiles on faces.

Sure enough I was lead to this post by getting fed up with constantly being faced with this behaviour, something which I'm no longer going to just accept. I'm going to make a point of showing people how they're acting and hopefully in turn force them to become part of a kinder community.
I want women to feel good about themselves, to feel empowered, and to feel like they can run the world.

We're forces to be reckoned with and if we all stick together just imagine what we can achieve..

Leather Skirt - Urban Outfitters

If you know someone who's been letting the sisterhood down lately then send them this way and hopefully something will strike a chord!

Who run the world?

© Forever Styling | All rights reserved.
Blog Design Handcrafted by pipdig