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Monday, 30 July 2012

silhouette 'hold the look' competition - zooey deschanel

I was lucky enough to be one of the bloggers who tweeted Immediate PR fast enough to enter their Silhouette 'Hold the Look' competition.  The challenge is to re-create a celebrity style using three products from the new Schwarzkopf range.

I immediately knew that I was going to re-create Zooey Deschanel's retro 70's 'do'.  As you may or may not know she is my number one girl (I would either like to be her, or be her best friend, that's totally normal right?!).  And, I love her hair, she is the reason I always cut my fringe back in whenever I'm having thoughts about growing it out.
























I also figured it was going to be much easier to re-create to look of a celebrity with a fringe, than attempt to make my fringe do anything out of the ordinary (see this post for evidence!).  I assumed this was going to be quite an easy look to achieve, oh how wrong I was.  Luckily I had the Schwarzkopf products to hand which stopped my hair going flat every time I bent down to pick my comb up!


I started by using the Silhouette Colour Brilliance Mousse on towel-dried hair, and rough dried my hair.  This mousse helps to hold volume so I knew I was going to need this.

I then sectioned my hair and started curling 1 inch sections of my hair using my straighteners (talk about an oxymoron!)  In between each layer I gave it a good blast of the Silhouette Brilliance Hairspray, to hold the curls in place and stop them dropping too quickly.

I then backcombed, backcombed and backcombed (I don't think I'll ever get a brush through my hair again) until the roots were nice and lifted a la Zooey.


I then teased out the curls a bit, attempted various different bouffants (for a good twenty minutes) and eventually put a hair band on and gave my hair a good spray all over with the Silhouette Color Brilliance Extreme Gloss Spray, which was perfect for finishing the look off and making it more smooth and sleek than matte and dry.


 So there you have it, my Zooey inspired retro curls.  Keeping everything crossed that I win, but if not I've found a new hairstyle that I think I'm going to start rocking.

all about the girl
xx

Sunday, 29 July 2012

weekend wishlist #15 - co-ords

At the tender age of 11 I watched Clueless for the first time, it was the first of many viewings and still to this day I wish I could rock knee high socks like Cher.  


My fixation with her wardrobe became clear when my Year 6 primary school teacher gave us a task in which we were given an outline of ourselves, and we had to dress it using various different pieces of material.  I'd love to know what my teacher thought when I rocked up with my pink tweed mini skirt, matching blazer and black over the knee socks.  

So, I was pretty pleased when I found out that 'co-ordinates' were hitting the high street, I can finally relive my childhood dream! And here are just a handful of my favourites in the shops at the moment:


I love the Mango and Topshop sets, they are exactly what I had in mind the day I re-created my 'Cher' look, and the River Island set is perfect if you aren't quite prepared to go for quite so extreme.  And of course, not forgetting the Factory Girl set I featured in my last wishlist.  

Now if one of you could just give me the money then I can treat myself because it's not quite top of my list of essentials at the moment.  I'd love to know if you've seen anymore anywhere too, that perhaps won't blow the budget quite so much.

all about the girl
xx

Saturday, 28 July 2012

stylist's trend on trial, trialled: pink eyes



I've had a few people on Twitter recently ask me what my 'trends on trial' are, so I thought I'd start this week with a little explanation, because I'm nice like that.

If you haven't read Stylist magazine before, then now's the time to start, it's my favourite mag, it's free (winner, winner, chicken dinner!) and it's really good!  Each week their beauty editor Joanna McGarry tries out the latest beauty looks, these may have been seen on the catwalk, or on the models of the latest launch...you get the picture.  These range from make up trends to fancy hair styles.  And I've decided to join her in her quest, and give them all a go too, for you lovely lot who are interested enough to read them.

You can see all my 'trends on trial' here, I've tried everything from the classic retro wave to metallic lips.  Some have been fun, some have been hard and some you will never see me wear again...ever.

And this week is...drum roll please...pink eyes!  If you follow me on Twitter you'll know my first impression was 'ok, this is easy enough to achieve, but not so easy to pull off'.  I don't really do eye shadow, let alone pink eye shadow. 

But of course I was going to give it a go.  The first hurdle I faced was that I don't really own any pink eye shadow, there's always the risk that you're going to end up looking like you've been crying, not a good look! Or, alternatively you end up with pink eyes, pink cheeks, pink lips and with my blonde hair...Barbie? Again, not a look I want to go for.  

Now, when I said I don't really own any pink eye shadow, I actually own a bright pink and a bright red Barry M Dazzle Dust...from Halloweens gone by, and I wasn't prepared to get those out....they usually end up all down my cheek!  


So, I had to use blusher, the things I do for you:





























The photos aren't really showing off the pink to it's full potential, so you'll have to take my word for it...it's bright, it's pink, and it's coming off as soon as I publish this post!


all about the girl
xx

P.S.  My hair is in dire need of a cut, I don't know what my fringe is doing in these pictures..so please excuse the mess!


P.P.S.  In other news, my sister had a baby yesterday, a little girl called Marnie Grace, but I have to wait a whole two weeks until I meet her.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

black and white and red all over outfit post



I have a confession to make, these pictures were actually taken nearly two months ago....but, in my defence this is what I wore to work yesterday, so technically it's ok, right?

As much as I am loving the 30 degrees and sunshine we're having at the moment (I'm not complaining, I promise!) I find it really difficult to dress work appropriately...especially when bearing in mind that our air conditioning seems to break down when it gets too hot, and we're not allowed to open the windows (I know, crazy!).

My main concerns are:
1.  I don't want to be too booby
2.  I don't want to be too leggy
3.  I don't particularly like getting my legs out, but in 30 degree heat sometimes you just have to be a little less vain!
4. I don't want to look too much like I'm making my way to the beach...
5. I really really want to wear shorts, but is that work appropriate?

Anyway, yesterday we were going to the park for a picnic so I knew I had to wear something I was going to be cool in, but I also wanted my shoulders on show to make the most of the tan-age (?) opportunity.  And this was the result.


























Skirt - H&M
Top - Topshop
Shoes - Accessorize

Please let me know if you have any work wear suggestions for this heat, because I am struggling...plus it was payday yesterday so I have a justified reason to go and buy new clothes.  At least that's what I'll be telling the boy.

all about the girl
xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

i feel pretty, oh so pretty

So if you haven’t already noticed but my blog has had a little makeover, well quite a big makeover actually.  After a whole 4 months of blogging I realised I didn’t like my design, my layout, my font choice…you get the picture.  


And I wouldn’t call myself a technophobe, in fact I get quite excited when I learn a new excel formula at work (don’t tell anyone I said that!) but when it comes to design and html, I’m about as much use as a chocolate teapot. 

After seeing the great job that she did on Sally’s blog, I enlisted the help of the lovely Jen from Jenny and the Magic Feather (yes, the fact that she is also from the great border city too did sway my decision, my hey my blog, my way!) and am I glad I did.  Just look what she’s done to it.

Now I’m sure I was a pretty annoying customer, firstly the only idea I gave her was this picture:


Yep, a Campervan, that was the colour scheme I wanted.  Secondly, I asked her to change it three times, and then went back to the original design….talk about fussy, but we got there in the end and I honestly don’t think it could be more perfect.  She’s stuck to my colour scheme but added a much edgier feel (I LOVE the black roses) and she has completely encapsulated my personality and style.

So what I am trying to say is...THANK YOU JEN! You have done an Ah-may-zing job, and I love it.  I now feel like a proper blogger with a grown up blog :)

And I hope you lovely lot like it as much as me :)

all about the girl
xx

Monday, 23 July 2012

yellow dress and rhubarb cupcakes



First things first, apologies for the lack of weekend wishlist this weekend, but I was just enjoying the sunshine too much.  It's probably going to be the only sun we get this Summer so I just couldn't afford to miss it.

But, the good news is, I finally braved the great outdoors and got the boy to take some pictures, and I'm really pleased with them.  So, these may be the first of more to come, I hope!

I had a really lovely weekend, I spent Friday night having drinks with friends, then on Saturday there was a Blues festival in the park opposite my flat, £5 entry and you could take your own drink (result!) so we spent the afternoon chilling out and sipping on cider.  Then yesterday I just enjoyed the sun some more, and baked!!






Shoes - Office


Apologies for the picture heavy post, but I was just really excited that I actually had some taken outside, and I really like them! They are so much better than my indoor ones with the really bad lighting.

And now for the best bit, this weekend I baked.  I love baking but I don't do it very often, or often enough.  At friend at work gave me some rhubarb FROM HER GARDEN!! And so I thought it would only be polite to make something with the rhubarb that I could then take to work to say thank you...yep, I'm nice like that!

So, here they are RHUBARB and CUSTARD CUPCAKES.  




This is the recipe if you're interested, and I would recommend them, the only change I would make is more rhubarb...too subtle for my taste!

So what did you lovely lot get up to? Anyone else a regular baker with rhubarb? I've still got lots left in the freezer so need more suggestions.

all about the girl
xx


I forgot to mention, you might recognise this yellow dress, I featured it here also!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

stylist's trend on trial, trialled: the side parting



I wasn't going to do this week's trend on trial, I thought it was too similar to the last one I did (the low ponytail, that I hated!) and I wasn't convinced my hair was going to abide.  But, I got home on Thursday night after work and decided to give it a go, I also didn't want to let you lovely lot down.

Anyway, as expected, my hair really didn't want to abide.  I have a cow lick on both sides of my head which means the fact I can actually have a fringe pretty impressive, but trying to get my hair to lie flat from one side of my head to other?  Nope, never going to happen!

I also noticed that I have quite a low widows peak, I've never noticed this in my whole 27 years (just goes to show you learn something new everyday) so combining that with cow licks, I'm now amazed that I can actually do anything with my hair, other than shave it all off!

So anyway, back to the side parting.  Armed with an extra large can of hairspray, I then became determined to do this, I practically glued my fringe to my head at one point, and you can see from the pictures that it was trying hard to break free, but I managed to snap a couple of photos before it bounced back.




I loved the idea of this style, and Joanna described it as saying 'I'm just too busy reading Chomsky to allow my hair to get in the way", and as soon as I'd put mine up, that was exactly how I felt.  Like the literature student that I actually was (6 years ago, sigh!), but never reflected, the type that is always deep in thought, maybe writing poetry?  I'm getting a bit carried away now, but you get my drift. 
If I didn't have the hair quirks that I do, I'd definitely wear my hair like this again, but the effort that went into it really isn't worth it for what is essentially meant to be a 'I've just done my hair in 30 seconds' type style.

So what do you think? If you are able to successfully achieve this, then I am very jealous, damn my cow licks.  And I'm hoping next week will be a make up look, few too many hair posts recently!

all about the girl
xx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

the big blow dry and the denman head hugger



So remember this post when I said I was going to do 7 things, one of those being 'learn how to blow dry my hair, properly' well I thought the time has come to let you know how I'm getting on with that.

Shortly after writing that post Denman got in touch with me asking if I'd like to review their Head Hugger Brush, of course I jumped at the chance, I needed all the help I could get!!  Especially when I read that it ' 'hugs' the contour of the head and provides extra volume and root-lift for mid to long-length hair', this is exactly what I wanted!

I've mentioned before that when it comes to technical hairstyles I find these relatively simple, but when it comes to the blow dry,  I am RUBBISH, yes the capitals were deserved there.  Anyway I was determined to stick to this, the rest of the 7 things I will update you on at a later date (just a heads up...I'm not doing so well with those ones!)

I've now had two attempts at the big blow dry, and slowly but surely I am getting there.  After attempt one I watched a few youtube videos to help me on my way.  My main issue is that I get bored, it takes me about 45 minutes to dry my hair like this, when normally I take 10!  This means that I just don't have the time on a weekday morning, so it's definitely a weekend hairstyle.  Also my arms get really, really sore.  I need to start doing press ups every day if I'm going to keep this up.

So anyway, I digress! Now, I'm not just saying this because Denman asked me to, their Head Hugger has definitely made life MUCH easier.  I knew I was going to get along with this brush because I already use their 'Row Styling Brush' every day when doing my hair normally.  My issue is I have problems co-ordinating my arms, so trying to hold a brush in place and drying at the same time is difficult.  And when I've attempted to use round hair brushes in the past my hair just gets totally tangled in them and I end up in knots.  However, the Denman does not do this,  I actually managed to get my hair wrapped round it, and then pull from the roots to the ends and it comes loose at the bottom.  AMAZING! 

Here is attempt numero uno, and yep I include a 'hair in motion' shot, oh yeah! I thought it'd be useful for you to see the brush, size and texture etc etc.  I admit, the first attempt wasn't great, my hair doesn't look THAT different other than the ends are slightly curled under, but this needs practice, and I'm getting there!
And here is attempt number two.  You can see I have a bit more volume at the roots, and I think my hair looks thicker.
I know I haven't got Cheryl Cole style volume...yet, but slowly but surely I think I'm getting there.  I'll update again in about a month's time and let you know how I'm doing.  And honestly, I really rate the 'Head Hugger' and with a bit more practice I think you'll be coming to me for tips (ha ,yeah right!).

all about the girl
xx


I just found out that Denman also have a Youtube channel where you can learn hairstyle tips, guess what I'm going to be doing this weekend!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

i'm with the band - part deux


So remember this post?  When I created this look below? 
Well I only went and bought the dress, it was reduced in the sale to a mere £11 so I had to buy it really at that price didn't I? It would have been rude not too!  And it arrived this week so I decided to 're-create' my look above for you.

Now, I ordered the size 12 dress, in hindsight it's a bit on the big size and I could have done with a size 10 but there were no size 10's left and I really wanted to keep it.  So out came my inner stylist,..I say stylist, I added a belt (!!) but I think it looks pretty cool like this?!

So obviously to re-create the exact look above I would have to buy a few new items, which unfortunately my bank balance won't allow so I put together something based on what I already have.  



I don't really like the bottom right picture, but I wanted to show you how low the sides are.  This is the dress that the boy kept telling me he could see my bra, I was like 'I know, you don't normally complain!' then he questioned if I'd be wearing it to work...really?!

So what do you think? Do I look like a groupie? You'll see I finally bought the AA leggings and I've barely taken them off since I got them...so thank you Lily and Kat!

Before I forget, I just want to say a big well done to all you lovely ladies that have been shortlisted for the Cosmo Blog Awards, I'm still trying to decide who to vote for, far too many of my favourites up there!

all about the girl
xx

P.S. And if I was in a band, I'd definitely be the bass guitar player, just for the record, if anyone's interested!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

weekend wishlist #14 - inspired by edie



After Friday's post on Edie Sedgwick, I decided to do a weekend wishlist inspired by her style.  I thought it would also be quite fitting as this is a trend that looks like we may be seeing more of, judging by Topshop's latest 'Factory Girl' collection.


I love the look, it's very classic and timeless, and so simple to achieve.  In fact, I might empty my wardrobe and start again sticking to this type of style.  

1. I am a big fan of hats, and this floppy number is so chic.  Plus it's Biba so Edie probably even owned her own Biba version!
2. Of course, this bag is taken from their latest collection and of course I want it, need I say more?
3.  Ok, I know that I rave about Dahlia all the time, but this was genuinely a coincidence.  I searched for 'black shift dress' on ASOS, and this came up, and it's perfect.  I could definitely imagine Edie wearing this forty years ago, and I would really rather like to wear it now.
4.  She was well known for rocking the breton stripe, and I'm sure she would have worn this with her staple black tights!
5.  Now I have no idea what Edie would have worn on her feet, knee high boots maybe? But these sandals are too cute, I want a pair and I'm pretty sure she would have done too.
6.  Again, she was known for her chandelier earrings, I on the other hand am not a chandelier earring type, so instead I compromised.  These earrings have a very art deco 60s feel about them, so it would have been rude not to include them, right?
7.  And finally, how perfect is this trench? Too bad it's only available in petite, but I love the fur collar and the green shade.  Another Edie classic.

So do you think I've managed to perfect the Edie look? Anything I've missed that should have been added?  And are you going to embrace the Factory Girl style? I know I am!

all about the girl
xx

Saturday, 14 July 2012

ultimate holiday hair competition



There wasn't a Trend on Trial in this week's Stylist magazine, so I made a last minute decision to enter Beauty Junkie's ghd blogger competition.  And when I say last minute, I really mean last minute...the competition ends tomorrow!!

So to enter, you have to create your holiday hair style and explain why and what you used.  For me, holiday hair is all about relaxed styles that are easy to create.  You never want a severe hairstyle while you're enjoying yourself in the sun, for me it's all about the boho beach look.
























To achieve this look using ghd products, I would start by spritzing my hair with Hair Protection Spray (obviously very important to protect your hair before you blow dry!), and then rough dry my hair using the ghd hair dryer.  You definitely don't need your hair to be perfectly styled for this look, and you can even leave it to dry naturally. 

I then used straighteners over my fringe just to keep it looking sleek, and started on the upside down french plait going from right to left.  A final coating of Final Fix Hairspray and ta-day there you have it.


I then pulled a few strands of hair loose to soften the look around my face, and added to gold hairband to give it a bit of holiday bling, and that's my holiday hairstyle.
The whole look probably took me about 20 minutes, and if you're hair is already dry then it would take just a couple.  Perfect for holiday, because the last thing you want to do is spending half an hour with a hot hairdryer attempting to achieve the perfect blow dry.  

So what do you think? Good enough to win the competition? I hope so, I forgot to mention there's £250 worth of ghd goodies up for grabs so I'm keeping all my fingers and toes crossed.  

What's your go-to holiday hair style? And have any of you entered this competition? I'd love to see your entries!

all about the girl
xx

P.S. I took these photos myself as the boy wasn't round, hence why some of them are at really dodgy angles!  Also, I am wearing clothes...honest!!

Friday, 13 July 2012

all about edie sedgwick - gone but not forgotten


Last week, a fellow blogger (more to come on her soon) told me that my black and white outfit post reminded her of Edie Sedgwick, this was literally the biggest compliment I have ever been given! Edie Sedgwick is my style idol, so I thought I’d dedicate a post to her.
So what is it about Edie that is so iconic?  She was definitely unique, you wouldn’t describe her as conventionally beautiful, but when she hit New York in 1965 all eyes were on her.  Her signature look was so minimal (almost always black and white), but it became defined with the addition of her bouffant blonde hair, heavy eyeliner and big earrings.  She was such a vulnerable character which you can see reflected in her outfits (the tights and leotards, a haunting reminder of childhood) but over forty years later she still remains a fashion icon.
People often say that Edie’s fame was short lived, her friendship with Andy Warhol quickly turned sour, and she died aged only 28.  But if you google her name, you still get over 1 million hits and you can’t deny the impact she has had on fashion.   You just have to look at Twiggy, one of the biggest supermodels of all time to see the similarities, cropped hair and over the top kohled eyes? That’s surely not just a coincidence.
I could watch the film Factory Girl on repeat, Sienna Miller is perfect as Edie, and gained herself critical acclaim for the role.  Although the film itself was criticised and Bob Dylan threatened to sue, I could watch it for the fashion alone, that backless dress and the fur coats could keep me fascinated for another 40 years.

And only just this week Topshop have launched their FactoryGirl collection, of which I want nearly all the pieces, how perfect is this Boucle jacket and the matching shorts?

























Now if I thought I could get away with it, I’d have my hair cut short and release my inner mod, but with these ears? I don’t think so.  And next time there isn’t a Trend in Trial in Stylist, I might just give the Edie eye liner a go!

And as promised, I said I'd mention the lovely blogger who inspired this post was Sally from Sallytangle...  one of my new favourite bloggers, go and check her out!!  Her blog is lovely, quite little pictures with just a glimpse into her life, plus she lives in Carlisle (I'm not biased at all, promise!)


So whose your style icon?!  I'd love to hear, then I might dedicate a few more posts to them.


all about the girl
xx
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