I cannot believe we've already reached the month of July and how fast this year seems to be going. I've never done a monthly favourites post before, however after regularly seeing them on Youtube and the old blogosphere I thought I'd finally give it a go; so here you have it, my favourite beauty and non-beauty items of June!
1. George Orwell's '1984': I recently finished reading this book and it has totally altered my outlook on life. I haven't read many dystopian novels so I was unsure about this one at first and it took me a little while to get into, but as soon as I did I thoroughly enjoyed it, which was definitely helped by Orwell's beautiful and eloquently written prose. I'm sure many of you will have already read this novel since it's a classic, but if you haven't I'd highly recommend it. In fact, reading as a whole has been a favourite of mine this month. Since I've now finished my exams I've been able to properly get back into it as a hobby, which I've found to be extremely satisfying and rewarding. I currently have a huge list of books I'd like to read over the summer, which you can check out by following me on Good Reads.
2. Primark's strappy sandals: To me these shoes really have a certain Alexander Wang-esque vibe about them and are a great alternative to Zara's famous strappy sandals at a small fraction of the price. Primark's version usually retail at £12, but when I took a recent visit to my local store I was delighted to find them in the sale for £6! I think they look much more expensive, and I've loved pairing them with my white Topshop Joni jeans and a pastel blue bralet, which you can find a photo of on my Instagram. Although they only had one pair left in a size too big for me I can't really complain considering their bargainous cost, plus they're super comfortable regardless. They come in numerous different colours so it's definitely worth checking them out.
3. MAC Fix+: This product is raved about in the beauty community, and although some critics claim it's nothing more than glorified water I beg to differ. I use MAC Fix+ after applying my foundation, concealer, powder and blusher to give myself an overall dewy look. It really helps my makeup to stay put throughout the day, which is essential during the hotter months when your makeup is likely to stray due to sweat. Another perk of this product is how refreshing it is to apply on a hot day as it's relatively cooling- I'll definitely be repurchasing it!
4. Ebay Beauty Blender dupe: I'd wanted to try a Beauty Blender for quite a while but didn't want to invest too much because I wasn't certain it'd be for me. I opted for a cheaper Ebay dupe (similar one here) which cost me under £2, and it's become a regular part of my morning beauty routine. It blends my foundation perfectly and leaves a seamless finish, and I'd even go as far as saying it does a better job than my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush! Although this one didn't break the bank I'm definitely considering buying an actual Beauty Blender since I've been super pleased with the results of this one.
5. Coconut body butter from The Body Shop: I've been using this product religiously after shaving or showering, as it leaves my legs feeling silky smooth and smelling like a tropical breeze, which is a scent everyone aspires to have during the summer, right?
6. 2 in 1 cleanser and toner from Nivea: Lately I've really been getting into skincare and I've made it a personal mission of mine to improve the quality of my skin, especially since I'm going to California in less than two weeks and I wont necessarily want to be wearing too much makeup in the heat. I bought this 2 in 1 cleanser and toner on a whim from Boots and it's rapidly becoming one of my holy grail items. I usually remove the vast majority of my makeup using a makeup wipe before using this product, which removes any excess and moisturises my skin, making it feel incredible afterwards. It was within the low price range so it's definitely worth picking up, especially if you're on a budget. I've definitely noticed a reduction in the number of blemishes I have after using it!
7. Clinique's self sun tinted body lotion: It's no secret that my skin tone is pretty much as pale as it gets, and don't get my wrong I love being fair skinned, however during the summer when it's time to get the legs out I'm not such a fan of purple knees, so I turn to this product to give me a little glow and confidence boost. I use the lightest shade to ensure it looks totally natural, and I've found that it blends really easily and doesn't tend to look streaky, especially when applied with a mitt. Since I find it impossible to tan this item is a staple for me during the summer.
Let me know if you've tried any of the products I mentioned in this post, or if you have any recommendations you think I'd enjoy!
Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
Since purchasing a Spotify Premium membership I've recently started getting back into discovering new music, and nowadays you'll never find me on public transport without one of my Spotify playlists playing in my ears. I thought it'd be fun to share with you what I've been listening to lately, so if you'd like to see more of these posts in the future then tell in the comments below and I'll consider making it a regular occurrence on my blog!
1. Feels- Giraffage: I found out about Giraffage because they were playing in the background of a YouTube video I was watching. I was determined to find the artist and ever since I've been obsessed. 'Feels' and Teen Daze's remix of 'Even Though' are particular favourites of mine, so if you haven't heard them already I highly recommend you do so.
2. Morning Kisses- Theophilius London: I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something about that song that simultaneously puts me in a good mood while making me want to get up and dance. If you're in desperate need of an instant pick-me-up then this one is for you.
3. Ready For Your Love- Gordon City (MNEK remix): In my mind this is the perfect chillout song, and the video for the original is just as incredible. Sit back, light some incense and relax.
4. West Coast- Lana Del Rey: I went off Lana Del Rey a while back since I thought her music wasn't varied enough, and while her newest album as a whole hasn't really done it for me I've really been enjoying her recent single releases. 'West Coast' is probably my favourite of the few: it has an ethereal dreamy vibe going on and I currently have it on repeat.
5. How's That- FKA Twigs: I discovered FKA Twigs a while back but hadn't listened to her in a while; that is until I heard this song playing in Urban Outfitters and was reminded of her genius. Her music is strikingly distinctive and definitely worth a listen.
6. Sweatpants- Childish Gambino: My boyfriend introduced me to Childish Gambino and ever since I've been hooked. 'Sweatpants', '3005', 'The Worst Guys', 'Fire Fly' and 'Outside' are among some of my most played, although the list could go on. Donald Glover, I take my hat off to you.
7. Giving It All- Bondax (Joe Goddard remix): It's not often I find a remix of a song I prefer to the original, but this one falls into that category without a doubt. I'm ridiculously excited to see Bondax at Leeds fest, and I'll definitely be dragging my friends with me so they can understand my love for them.
8. Yet Again- Grizzly Bear: This song was probably my most played last summer, which is why it holds a special nostalgic significance for me. In fact, it's probably one of my all-time favourites. Grizzly Bear have immense talent and I urge you to check them out if you haven't before.
Let me know what you think of this style of blog post, I'd love to receive your feedback!
Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
With rapid developments in technology and the use of smartphones on the rise, I thought it'd be a fun idea to come up with a look coordinating with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 metallic handsets, especially since the 'matchy matchy' aesthetic is currently on trend. I created this gold based smoky eye using MUA's Undressed palette, which is one of the products I reach for most in my makeup collection. It's a really inexpensive dupe for Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette, and with highly pigmented shades I'd highly recommend it if you're on the market for a cheaper alternative. Since metallic hues can be rather garish if you overdo them, I thought this look would look best with subtle gold accessories, so I opted for this studded Primark clutch bag and one of Barry M's instant nail effects in the colour 'gold foil'. How would you style a look surrounding this concept? I'd love to hear in the comments below!
Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post.
1 & 6: Lately I've been looking to update my very limited clutch collection, and while frequenting the usual online stores these bags recently caught my eye. I'm particularly obsessed with this dupe of the Vlieger & Vandam 'Guardian Angel' gun embossed clutch on the right, and at only a mere fraction of the original price I may have to get my hands on it.
2: Another dupe I've been loving lately is this copy of Zara's eye print dress, which you may recognise considering it's currently a favourite amongst fellow bloggers. It's a bit of a love or hate item, as proven by the controversy that ensued when Lena Dunham posted a photo of it on Instagram, but I happen to adore it.
3: When perusing SheInside I spotted this beauty of a bralet. My recent purchases all seem to revolve around the minimal aesthetic, so I think this piece would be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.
4: I've been lusting after an oversized striped tee for the longest time now, and the fit of this specific one looks ideal for what I had in mind. In my opinion it's a universal basic that everyone should own, as it's one of those items that you can lazily throw on with a bit of jewellery and a red lip yet still manage to look put together.
5: A girl can never have too many pairs of denim shorts, right?
7: As I recently mentioned on my blog I'm currently addicted to basic slogan tees (the wittier the better). This is another blogger's favourite at the moment, and I think it's another one of those effortless pieces that you can manipulate to look as though you put in much more effort than you actually did.
8: I've been eyeing up these shorts for several months now, and since it's getting closer to the summer I thought they'd be perfect for my upcoming road trip around California. It looks as though I'll finally have to add them to my online basket!
Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
Necklace: Vivienne Westwood
My love for H&M is ever growing as I'm hugely impressed with their current collection, especially for basic monochrome pieces. The vintage aesthetic I usually opted for last year has taken a back seat lately, and instead I've been obsessing over a more sleek and minimal look, as you may have noticed in my last few outfit posts.
The skirt and jumper in this outfit are two of the most recent additions to my wardrobe, and I couldn't wait to photograph them to share with you. When wearing this skirt I feel as though I should be playing tennis, and I love the quilted detail and dropped waistline which makes it so unique from other skirts on the highstreet. As for the jumper, I think it's essential that everyone has a substantial collection of basic knitwear, as I always find that they're the items I reach for most frequently. This particular jumper is ideal for the current weather, being breathable but not too lightweight either, making it the perfect piece for the transition between the cooler and warmer months. As a matter of fact, all of the items in this post are new to my collection, and I bought this controversial pair of Birkenstocks yesterday. When I first noticed their revival taking place I was relatively apathetic about the whole thing; however the number of times I've seen them featured by bloggers is directly proportional to how much they've grown on me, proving that I'm a slave to trends and mass hysteria. Love them or hate them, but as I mentioned in my recent wishlist post I have a bit of a penchant for ugly shoes, so I couldn't resist purchasing them when I found a pair for £25 on a spontaneous trip to Tk Maxx whilst I had an hour to kill. Plus did I mention how comfortable they are?!
It was my seventeenth birthday on Friday, and my boyfriend kindly surprised me with this beautiful Vivienne Westwood necklace (he persuaded me to include a cheeky shameless plug, so you can find him on Instagram here). I've been lusting after one for well over a year, and now that I own one I can confirm that I am obsessed. I love how it's so dainty and intricately detailed, yet with a subtlety about it that ensures it doesn't cross the line into garish territory. I highly doubt that it'll be leaving my neck any time soon, so expect to see it cropping up in future posts.
Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
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1 & 2: I used to be an avid wearer of silver jewellery, however lately I've drifted over to the other side and started adding more gold pieces to my collection, particularly in the form of necklaces. There was a brief period when I had an obsession with rings, although I've officially rekindled my love for necklaces, be it statement or dainty minimal pieces. 3: As you may have noticed in my latest outfit post I've taken quite a fancy to slogan tees. H&M have some very inexpensive but equally amazing ones in at the moment, and being the cat lady that I am this 'meoow' tee caught my eye when I was browsing their website.
4: I've never really been one for the recurring pastel trend that appears each spring, as you'll usually catch me in black on black ensembles for the majority of the year; however something about this pale pink bodysuit attracted me to it. I think it'd make a great layering device and could easily be toughened up with a leather jacket and stacked jewellery.
5 & 6: Two words: statement sunglasses. Every summer I usually add a pair to my collection, and I fell in love with these pairs when doing a routine online window shop on Asos. I think they'd be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.
7: A baby blue pleather skirt featured in one of my wishlists?! I'm just as surprised as you are! My sense of style seems to be evolving once again, and this time I'm developing a bit of an obsession with all things minimal. I think this skirt would be ideal for spring with one of the slogan tees I mentioned earlier. In fact, Lily Melrose recently featured a Primark dupe costing only £10 on her blog, which I may have to keep my eyes peeled for.
8: They're one of those marmite pieces in the fashion world, although I seem to have quite a penchant for ugly sandals. I'm ever so slightly obsessed with this revival of the Birkenstock from Zara.
9: I already own H&M's other version of this skirt, but once I found out they were selling a pleather version I knew I had to have that one too. I've worn the other version to death, so I'm positive this one would recieve just as much love.
Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
A while back I received a very exciting email from the people over at Manchester Fashion Week, asking me if I'd like to be one of their official bloggers to report this year's event. Of course I couldn't possibly turn down such an amazing offer, and I think it's brilliant that my city will be showcasing some of it's finest fashionable offerings, especially since the north is home to some of the biggest fashion retailers in the world right now (Missguided and Boohoo to name a few). Make sure you keep the 18th to the 21st of April free in your diaries, as this is when the event will be taking place, so you have plenty of time to start planning your ensembles for the occasion! The location will be Hallé St Peters, which is especially fitting since this Ancoats is at the heart of the cotton industry in Manchester, and indeed the UK. I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to be one of #MCRFW14's official press members and to announce these details to you. You can buy tickets and find out more information regarding the event here, or by contacting email@example.com.Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo