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Sunday, 30 September 2012

weekend wishlist #19

It's that time of the week again, yes Weekend Wishlist! It's a good job this is a weekly post, rather than a monthly isn't it, because if I'd said it's that time of the month again, that could have been slightly misconstrued...

1. Cream Print Sleeveless Shirt - River Island
2. Dobie Camouflage Stud Jacket Missguided 
4. Embellished Collar Dress - Miss Selfridge
5. Little Bow Pleat Sweater - Sugarhill Boutique

1. I was killing some time today and so popped into River Island (of course) and that's when I spotted this blouse, you can't see on this picture but it's covered in adorable tiny Yorkshire Terriers, and it reminds me so much of sister's little dog that I think it's only right that I buy it, right?

2. I know everyone and their grandma has Camo jackets at the moment, but that doesn't stop me really, really wanting one.  This one is only £30 which I think is a great price for something so 'on-trend' as you never know what's going to be in next month!

3.  I haven't bought any jewellery in so long...which is very unlike me! This necklace just caught my eye, I love Orelia jewellery and this piece is no exception, I love the detail with the two strands, it's a beaut!
4.  No wishlist of mine is complete without a pretty dress, we're edging ever nearer to party season which means you're officially allowed to buy more dresses than is necessary.  This one is perfect for lunches, drinks, office party...the list goes on!
5. Surprise Surprise, Sugarhill Boutique appears on my wishlist once again.  This jumper is a great colour for this time of the year, and the little bow feature at the back gives it that added charm.  I would like to own this right now, please.

6.  I've been eyeing up these bad boys since Sally posted about them here, look at that gold heel, who wouldn't want a gold heel on their latest pair of brogues..!

What's on your wishlist this week? Are you joining the camo ranks like me, or being a bit more individual?!

all about the girl
xx

Friday, 28 September 2012

breast cancer awareness - october


Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I wanted to write this post in the hope that I make even just a few more people aware than were before.

Breast cancer is something that is close to my heart, I never met my dad's mum (my grandma) because she died from breast cancer aged only 36, my dad was just 6! And I'm sure I know I'm not the only one who has been affected by the disease.  Unbelievably. almost 50,000 people a year (in the UK alone) are diagnosed with this type of cancer, and although the statistics for survival are getting better and better, the disease is still very much prevalent and affecting thousands of people every day.

I don't want to drown you with figures, sad stories (or even happy stories too!) I just want to let you all know that we can do something to help.  I was sent these great little beauty bits that are going on sale in Morrisons and Asda at the end of this month, and at only £0.99 for the nail files, and £2.49 for the tweezers it's not breaking the bank.  And the company behind these little beauties (QVS) are donating £5000 to Breast Cancer Care.

QVS Square Tip Tweezers*
QVS Nail Shapers* 

It's a really simply, and easy way to know you've done something that can help make a difference, and because I don't want you all to feel I'm writing this post off the back of some 'freebies', I'm going to head over to the Breast Cancer Care site and buy one of the other amazing products that are on offer!

Even if I've just inspired one of you to make a donation, that will make me one happy little blogger :)

all about the girl
xx


Thursday, 27 September 2012

officially autumn outfit post

It's officially Autumn so I'd like to introduce you to my new favourite skirt, unfortunately I don't feel these pictures do it it's full justice.  It's burgundy, and cord, and lovely and perfect for this time of year, and it was only £14.99!

And now that it's officially Autumn I can start rocking my favourite beanie hats again, be prepared to see lots more pictures of me in hats!!
Skirt and Hat - H&M
Body and Cardigan - Topshop
Bag - Longchamp

It's not just my new skirt I need to introduce you to, also this cardigan which I bought about 2 months ago and it's only just started being cold enough to wear it.  It was an investment at £42, a bit more than I'd normally spend on a cardi but I justified it by the fact I was taking a pair of £35 trousers back.  I love the big, baggy feel of it and the studs on the shoulder, practical and on trend!
 And finally, I'm sure you've noticed by now I'm wearing glasses in these photos, only the second time they've been featured in my blog and I'm still trying to get used to them, despite having them for about 7 months now.  But, in a moment of vanity I thought they complimented by outfit and so I kept them on for a change, I hope you like!

My favourite time of year is creeping ever closer, and I can't wait for Christmas...too soon? Maybe, but for the moment at least I can look forward to Gingerbread Lattes!

all about the girl
xx


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

beauty and the beach - travel supermarket competition

You may have noticed I love a good competition, unfortunately I don't seem to win them as often as I'd like. In fact, I think I've won three competition's in my whole life (two of those being since I started blogging, and the third, a packet of four pencils I won aged five!), when bearing in mind I probably enter about three a week, I'm not really getting a good return!  

Anyway, Travel Supermarket are currently hosting a competition to win prizes of £500 AND £1000 to spend on their next holiday.  As the boy and I are currently planning a trip to Thailand then a prize like that would really come in handy.  

The Challenge? To create a 'Beauty and the Beach' post by showing off your best holiday makeup, hair and nails.  You didn't have to create all three, but I don't like to do things by half!

For me, holiday's mean I can go brighter, bolder and...bronzer (?) than I might normally choose to, so of course, bring on the colour!! 

NAILS
(Please excuse my dirty finger!!)

So let's start with the nails, what better colour to rock on holiday than coral, and you've got the tan to go with it which always makes everything look better! And because I love a good theme, coral...something you often find on holiday, and it works so well with other holiday colours, yellow, turquoise, you get the picture!

I choose L'Oreal's Colour Riche in Dating Coral for this look.  And we all know a holiday romance brightens up the dullest of days, so what better choice than that with 'Dating' in the name.  Slightly off topic, but I've got to tell you the conversation I overheard while buying this nail varnish, a girl was looking at the nail varnishes when her boyfriend wanders over and starts taking an interest, he then said 'I really like those, can I chose a colour for you?', I was amazed, why does my boy never take an interest in the colour of my nail varnish???

Anyway, I kept the nails simple, I don't want to spend two hours producing the perfect nail on holiday when I could be out there sipping cocktails that match.  I also find nail varnishes chips really quickly on holiday, with the sea and sand getting at it, so two coats of this and a quick top coat and I'm done. 

MAKE UP


Next up, it's make up! As a classic black eyeliner and a pink cheek kinda gal, I always up my anti when it comes to holidays.  I become my alter ego, I want bright, golden and sometimes even a little bit of sparkle.  So far removed from my normal day to day look.  I don't know what it is about holidays, maybe it's because you're more relaxed, or maybe because you know you're not going to bump into anyone you know?! 

Believe it or not, I've got a good 6 or 7 layers of bronzer on in these pictures, but when you start a milk bottle white it's not an easy look to achieve.  Obviously, you've got to assume I've got a beautiful golden tan as I'm on my jollies...and I do actually tan quite well for a white-y.  

I'm going to blame the boy now for not quite capturing the look I was trying to achieve, so I'll have to describe it instead.  As well as golden tan, I've gone for a touch of highlighter across my cheekbone, and a bold gold eyeshadow.  If you can't have a bit of bling on holiday, then when can you?! When I'm pastey skinned in England, I'm not always sure I can pull off gold, so when in Rome, shall we say...


And of course, lashings of mascara, you've got to make your eyes pop.  And not wanting to lose my black eyeliner, I threw that on there too.  

And finally the lips, I told you I like to go bold on holiday!  I've had MAC's 'Morange' lipstick for a while now, but again it's hard to pull off when your skin is looking a bit lack lustre.  And I just feel a bit too self conscious in it on a normal bleak London day!  So of course, it's my 'holiday' lip look of choice.  Topped with a bit of Revlon 'Tutti Frutti' Lip Butter to make it shine rather than be matte, I think it's a great way to finish the look.  Orange and gold? It's bold, but I like it!

HAIR


And last but not least, the hair!  If you saw this post earlier in the year, I re-created a relaxed holiday up-do.  This hair look is perfect for an on the beach to evening look, but for today's challenge I wanted to create my night-time do!

One thing I don't enjoy on holiday is spending hours blow-drying my hair to perfection, it's too hot and usually ends up frizzy and frazzled looking as soon as I step outside anyway.  Instead, I want that natural beach wave look.  

I love the way my hair dries when I've been in the sea and left it to it's own devices, so that's what I wanted to re-create.  I always like to imagine myself as a real beach, surfer type babe too, and we all know they don't rock super straight hair.

I used Charles Worthington's Salt Spray all over my hair when it was damp, and left it to dry naturally (with the exception of my fringe which always needs styled!).  The salt spray helps my hair form natural relaxed waves, so it's an easy look to achieve.  You can let it do it's work while sitting on the balcony with a Pina Colada in hand.  

You can't really see in these pictures (again, the boy's fault!) but I took a few strands of hair and plaited fine, thin plaits which I left untied at the bottom.  There's a about 4 or 5 throughout my hair.  This adds a bit of texture, interest and style.

And finally, I added the bold sunflower hairband.  Again, not something I'd wear dans L'Angleterre but on holiday when anything goes, this comes out.  It looks great with the orange lip, and the gold eyeshadow and it adds a certain hippy/beachy edge.

THE LOOK

So that's it, what do you think? Do you think I've achieved the perfect beauty and the beach look? It might not be to everyone's taste but I like it, it's a step away from my usual look and it's what holidays are all about, fun, sun and a little bit naughty!

Ooh, and to finish I have to tag five beauty blogging pals that I think might want to give this a go to, sorry for the late notice girls...

Lisa from Topaz and May
Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter
Kat from Jemima and Ted

all about the girl
xx

P.S. How long is this post? Wow! I think I should win just for the length of my ramblings.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

weekend wishlist #18

This week's wishlist is all about dresses, I'm a dress hoarder so it seemed about time I did a dress wishlist!


2. Floral Dress - H&M
6. Staring at Stars Loose Crepe Dress - Urban Outfitters

1. This dress is way above my price range at £125, but I love the style, print and shape of it.  And, it's my 'wishlist' not my 'I'm going to buy list' so I figured I'd pop it on there!
2. And at the total opposite end of the spectrum, this beauty is only £17.99, what a bargain, I love the simplicity of the shape against the busy print, perfection with a great price tag.
3. So I must admit, I never shop on Very, it just has never really appealed to me, but last week I decided to check out the Fearne Cotton and Jameela Jamil ranges, and was more then pleasantly surprised.  It's about time I had a Leopard Print Collar Dress to add to my collection!
4. I've been drooling over this Dahlia brocade dress since it appeared on their website, quite simply I think it's lovely.
5.  Oh Topshop, I'm so determined to not shop with you anymore because I think you're prices are going up and up, but they just keep bringing out these delightful little dresses, I'm still lusting over this one too.
6. I'm not keen on the lace up back of this dress, but I love the red wine colour, and rose print!

So what do you think? Have I missed any little numbers that should have been on here?

all about the girl
xx

Saturday, 22 September 2012

stylist's trend on trial, trialled: the khaki eye

You may have noticed that khaki is everywhere at the moment, and I'm hoping to join the ranks and be the proud owner of camo jacket sometime in the near future (yes, I am a bandwagon jumper!).  So it's no surprise that khaki has hit the runway sweeped over the eyes of the models.


So this week's Trend on Trial is khaki eyes, now I was so convinced that I would rate this look that I actually went out to treat myself to a new khaki eye palette, but unfortunately my little local Boots only stocked bright green shadows, not the look I was going for. Instead, I made do.  I actually found, hidden at the back of my make up drawer, a 'jungle green' Rimmel eyeliner, no idea how long I have owned it for, and not the type of product I'd normally use...and, to all you makeup snobs, I wouldn't normally use a years-old product, but sometimes needs must.

It hadn't even occurred to me that khaki may look bruise like, until I read Joanna's feature, and then added my first stroke of eye shadow...it wasn't looking good.  But I persevered, and I actually really like the finished look.  If you're a regular reader of my Trend on Trial's then you'll know I'm not a coloured eyeshadow fan, remember the blue?


The best thing about this look was that I felt I didn't have to lose my beloved black eyeliner!  It's definitely going to be a look I think I will re-create, and it's been a while since I've said that about one of the Trend make up looks!

So what do you think? Will you be giving khaki eyes a go?

all about the girl
xx

Friday, 21 September 2012

orange and brown and an old fashioned print outfit post

It feels a bit odd posting these Summery outfit posts now that it seems to be Autumn but I didn't want good outfit photos to go to waste!  And they were only taken last Sunday when London had a last blast attempt at Summer.
Top - Topshop
Shorts - Warehouse
Hat - H&M
Sunglasses - Primark

This top is OLD, I mean really old.  I bought it in my student days (ahem, 6 years ago!), in fact I wore it the evening I went out for my graduation meal (at 60 Hope Street, for any Liverpool readers out there) and as I was leaving I remember the waitress asking me where it was from.  It actually just ties at the back so is  pretty much backless but I forget to get a photo of that, d'oh!
I really love the print, I feel it has a Orla Kiely, 70s feel about it, and I can imagine my mum would have worn dresses out of prints like this back in her hey-day!  Orange and brown aren't normally colours I would go for, but they work so well together, and I guess with colours like this and styled correctly this top could take me from Summer to Winter.  Any suggestions what I would wear it with to make it a bit more Autumnal?!

I'm a real Winter girl at heart so I can't wait for it to be officially scarves, gloves and hats time of year.  But for now, I thought you could all cling on to Summer with these photos...

I hope you don't mind!

all about the girl
xx

Speaking of Orla Kiely,  have you seen her latest collection in Uniqlo? Has anyone purchased one of the dresses, I'm really loving them but not sure smock style suits me.....!


Thursday, 20 September 2012

i have a confession to make...

I realise that this is going to be a slightly different type of post for me, but this blog is called ‘all about the girl’ so I figured I would let you into a secret…I occasionally like to dabble in a little online gambling.  Don’t worry, I don’t feel the need to say ‘Hi, my name is Caroline and I have a gambling addiction’ it’s very occasional, and just a little bit of fun.

So imagine my excitement when I was asked if I wanted to play bingo online, and then blog about it.  I was offered £30 credit to play Gala Bingo and in particular their new game ‘Win Win Bingo’, the best thing about this game is, you get the price of your tickets back if you don’t win!! Essentially, you can’t lose.  Gala Bingo is also fronted by Peter Andre at the moment, so if you are a fan of his (unfortunately he’s not my type) then it gives you a little bit of eye candy while you play your game.

This promotion isn’t running anymore, but they always have other great promotions, and without sounding like I work for them (I don't, honest!)…there are HUGE prizes to be won, like actual big jackpots! You can also buy bingo strips for as little as 1p, AND if that’s not enough when you first join they give you £30 credit, literally JACKPOT! Not literally, that’s bad English isn’t it?!


Anyway, I signed up and played to my heart’s content…(I didn’t, I played until my money ran out) but I had fun while I was doing it.  And you actually play live, you can watch the guy call out the numbers as they get pulled out.  I have to admit though, I did mute it! This is partly because my flatmate doesn’t approve of online gambling, she’s convinced it’s totally fixed and so I’m never going to win, and also because it was (sorry gala!) a little bit annoying…but that might just be me.  And, to be fair it really adds to the atmosphere and makes you feel like you’re in a real bingo hall!

But, this is the best bit, if you get a little bit distracted…(X-Factor’s on TV), they mark the number’s off for you, so you don’t have to furiously hunt between all your tickets to see if you have the number or not.  Plus they give you a heads up when you have ‘3 to Go’, ‘2 to Go’ and that’s when I’m jumping up and down on my sofa shouting ‘number 46, number 46’!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t very successful, I did win £14.00 at one point, but I had to play £60 worth of credit before I could withdraw! But, and I’m not just saying this, I’m not a lucky person. I can imagine if the boy signed up to Gala Bingo, he’d play once and win the jackpot…he’s that kinda person! Maybe I’ll go convince him now to give it a go, then he can join me on the sofa jumping up and down! 

Anyway, I'm off to spend my last 50p on Deal or No Deal! 

all about the girl
xx

P.S.  I know this isn't my usual type of post, clothes, dresses, make up, and other shenanigans will resume again soon :)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

stargazer eye lashes - the bold and the beautiful

You may have noticed that I didn't do a Trend on Trial yesterday, Stylist magazine was dedicated of course to London Fashion Week so Joanna didn't feature a Trend this week, and I was spending the day preparing for a very British dinner party.


So instead, I am bringing to you today something a bit more fun...Stargazer false eyelashes.  Now I have a bit of a love hate relationship with false eyelashes, I love what they look like, but I hate applying them.  In fact, I'm so bad at it that I've given up trying, I've only ever worn them a handful of times and each time they've been applied by someone who is skilled in the process. 

But I thought I would give these a go, I actually managed to apply these relatively easily, although I did glue my eyelid to just underneath my brow bone, but we want talk about that!  

These eyelashes are great fun, fantastic for fancy dress parties, but not something I'll be rocking in the office.  The red ones are just crazy, but I'd love to have an occasion to actually wear them.


I'd never heard of Stargazer before I was sent these lashes, but they're definitely going to be a brand I'm going to start looking out for.  They have a huge range of products and are really pushing to get colour out there

I don't think I'll be wearing these lashes again anytime soon, but I'd definitely be willing to try some of their other, slightly more subtle lashes...and at only £4 a packet, it's worth trying out bold even if you don't leave your bedroom in them!!

all about the girl
xx


Friday, 14 September 2012

nivea express hydration primer


Somehow, I’m not really sure how, I’ve got myself on Cosmopolitan’s panel for trialling products (completely unblog related as it’s through my personal email).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, in fact, the total opposite, it’s amazing! They send me an email asking if I want to try out a product, I say yes, it arrives in the post, I use it, fill in a questionnaire and Bob’s your uncle!

So I’d like to introduce you to the product that has changed my life, ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but honestly it’s my new favourite product.  Please welcome Nivea’s Express Hydration Primer.  The product is described ‘an exciting innovation that brings moisture and priming benefits together. The Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer has a double action formula which can be used to provide a smooth base for make-up application, or can simply be used as a hard working moisturiser for long-lasting hydration. 

I went for the Normal to Combination formula (there is also a Dry to Sensitive option) and let me tell you, it is true to it’s word.  I’ve used it every day since I received it last week, and I don’t see me looking back anytime soon.

It’s a lovely smooth texture which absorbs into my skin easily, it smells amazing, apparently the ‘Normal to Combination’ formula is made up of lotus extract, but I can only explain it has having an almost cucumber-like, really fresh scent to it.  It’s incredibly moisturising, but blends into your skin quickly so you can apply your make up soon after application.

I’m currently using Chanel Lumiere Foundation (it’s no EsteeLauder Double Wear) which I do like, but I don’t feel it has much staying power.  With Nivea’s Primer underneath I feel like my make up still looks bright and in place at the end of the day.  And just to rave about it even more, it makes my skin look really flawless.  Nivea’s experts say that it can also be used on it’s own to give ‘smooth glowy base’.  I’d like to say I’d give this a go, but I’m not one for going make-up free!


And the best news?! It’s only £4.99 and goes on sale in Tesco and Superdrug today, so GO GO GO!

Please rest assured that I was not sponsored/asked/bribed or paid to write this review, and just genuinely think this is a really great primer!!




I do normally like to accompany a product review with a picture of the product in use, but you can't really see this in use so I chose not to bother.  Also, apologies for the quality of my pictures, me and product pictures just don't seem to work...I think I need more practice.

So what do you think, will you guys be trying this out?

all about the girl
xx

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

dedicated to oasis

This morning I was minding my own business, bit of this, bit of that, bit of tweeting, when I noticed Oasis were asking people to tweet to them which magazine they had been featured in today, and the first people to do so would win a £20 voucher.  Being an avid Stylist reader I instantly knew there had been a lovely 2 page spread for Oasis, so as fast as my thumbs would let me I tweeted them back, and hurrah I was a winner!

So, after perusing their website and my basket full to overflowing, I thought I'd put a post together of all my top picks and maybe you lot could help me out in the process.  The even better news is...there's a 20% off discount code flying around at the moment, win win situation all round hey?!


And here's my Top Picks, what do you think?


I think the scenic printed dress is my favourite, and I love it teamed with the trilby, if that's what I go for I'll be rocking that look!!

I popped a couple of bags up there, if you've read this post you'll know I'm on the hunt for a new handbag.

And the faux leather trousers? Convinced they'd look so bad on me, but they look so so good on the model I had to put them up there!

So thank you very much Oasis, you've made me one happy little blogger!

all about the girl
xx

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

aztec and aviators outfit post


The old ones are the best, right? And this dress is one of those.  I bought this River Island dress two summers ago and it's still one of my favourites.  It's an odd one because whenever I've showed it to people, not on my body (as in, on a hanger) I've always had a shrug of the shoulders 'it's ok' kind of response, but when I wear it (brag coming up!) I get lots of compliments...I just don't know what to make of that!

So London was lucky enough to have beautiful weather this weekend, yep 20 plus degrees, so I decided to make the  most of this weather, get my pins and shades out and embrace it for 48 hours.  I conveniently have a huge and beautiful park opposite my house, which is where you can usually find me on sunny days, and on winter days too when the snow comes out to play.

Dress - River Island
Sunglasses - H&M

There's something about this dress that feels almost Aztec-like,  which makes me feel right on trend for this season (which makes a change!) I just wish I'd tucked my bra straps in for these pictures.

Oh, and check out my super straight hair, can you tell these pictures were taken just after I'd done my Trend on Trial post

Anyway, back to dreary weather, grey days and Monday blues, luckily I've got Sunday's sunny outfit pictures to post too so at least I can pretend like we've had one more day of sun!

all about the girl
xx

P.S. These sunglasses have since been thrown away (sob sob), I realised they were rusty and had cracks in the glass...has anyone seen any similar (and cheap?) I can replace them with?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

weekend wishlist #17



I feel like I need to get out of this black and white rut I seem to be in, I swear I didn't realise I was so stuck in my colours till I started this blog, but hey, maybe it should become my trademark!

1. I've been using my Longchamp Tote bag for over a year now, and as  much as I love it (it was a present from the boy) it's starting to look a bit shabby and so I think it's time I upgraded my bag.  Zara bag's seem to be doing the blogging rounds at the moment, and I love this Bowling Bag! At £40 and with all those compartments I think I  may have to make this the bag that sees me into 2013 in style.
2. I've been eyeing up this studded jacket ever since Anna mentioned it in her Autumn Style Picks video, I say mentioned, she's lucky enough to own this bad boy.  Unfortunately for me I think it's going to be staying on the wishlist rather than in my wardrobe, because £169.99 for a jacket just isn't going to happen this month!
3. I love, love, (going for a third) love this dress. It's black and white and printed and it belongs with me.
4. Both Lily and Sara have blogged about this playsuit and I think it looks great on both of them.  I'm yet to embrace the playsuit trend, I'm not sure if they're right for me but when I decid to take the plunge, I think it's gotta be with this little number.
5. It's that time of year, my favourite time of year, when I can start wearing hats again.  This beanie will be perfect for Autumn/Winter and I love the wine shade of it.  I also wanted to add a least a hint of colour into this week's wishlist.
6. Oh Lavish Alice how I love thee, £9 for a cute bird cage vest, yes I do.
7. I was killing some time on Carnaby Street last week waiting for the boy and so was hovering round the windows of Office (I can often be found loitering here, most weekdays between 1-2 if you're interested) and I was eyeing up the Converse (I've been fancying a new pair for a while now) when these caught my eye.  I'm already a big leopard print fan, but I love that these are a change from the usual leopard print colours. I can definitely see this making a big impact on my life...exaggeration? I don't think so!

What's on your wishlist this week? Have I added to yours too?

all about the girl 
xx 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

stylist's trend on trial, trialled: poker straight hair

I was actually quite excited about this week's Trend on Trial, partly because it's seems ages since I did a hair Trend on Trial (the last one was the side parting, not to be reminded of that!), and secondly because despite having naturally straight-ish hair, I never straighten my hair properly anymore.

It's probably about 6 years since I sectioned my hair and straightened from top to bottom.  I've learnt to embrace my natural...kink! I remember begging my friend at university to straighten my hair for me as she had much better straighteners than me, and she always laughed as compared to her natural curls she couldn't understand why I wanted my hair even more straight than it already was.


Anyway...I love the feel of uber straightened hair, mine always feels so soft and flyaway.  But, that does mean the sleek lines don't last for long, there are certain bits of my hair that are determined to kink whether I like it or not.

Joanna wasn't convinced by this look, whereas I was having moments of nostalgia, remembering my university days, when every night out I would religiously straighten hair.  
It's not so easy to easy a complete poker straight look with a full fringe, totally straight bangs just look ridiculous, but I think you can see I've pretty much achieved the look.

So what's your thoughts on poker straight hair? Are you a religious ghd user, or are those from days gone by?  I think I'll still stick with my more natural kinks, but I won't be adverse to using my straighteners more frequently from now on.

all about the girl
xx

Thursday, 6 September 2012

grey, black and a headband outfit post


When I say this has become my go-to outfit, I mean I go to it every week, yep it's not unusual to see me strutting the streets of London at least once a week sporting this.  Now, when it comes to clothes I'm a bit anal, I would NEVER wear an item of clothing more than once in a week, what if someone noticed?  I have a bit of a freaky memory when it comes to clothes, I can tell you what I wore on probably every night I've been on, and what my friends wore...! I know that's weird, but one of my housemates even used to ask me when the last time she wore something was so she knew if she could wear it again already.  I think that's where my 'once a week' rule comes from.

Anyway, I'm a maxi skirt convert, you can't see on these pictures but this one has a split up either side so it's perfect for this in-betweeny weather we're having in London.  It looks Wintery, but if the sun comes out I know I'll be nice and cool. Plus it keeps my legs nice and hidden from public view.
Skirt - River Island
Top - Primark
Necklace - Topshop
Hairband - Boots

I bought the hairband for my Zooey Deschanel hair-do attempt and I've fallen in love with it, makes my simple do a little bit  more interesting...it won't be the last you'll be seeing of this.

Or probably of this outfit either as it'll see my perfectly into Winter with a cosy cardi, and coloured scarf.

By the way, I've recently discovered PicMonkey and it's made my blogging life so much easier...can't recommend it enough for your photos :)

all about the girl
xx

P.S. Please tell me that some of you are as anal when it comes to clothes as me????

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

sugarhill boutique giveaway winner

First things first, apologies I was meant to announce the winner of my Sugarhill Boutique giveaway last night but Great British Bake Off and New Girl got the better of me. What can I say? I love those shows!! Plus, if my dream to one day open a Tea Shop comes true I need to learn all the tips I can...that's my excuse anyway. 

 So, drum roll please.... 

 And the winner of my giveaway is 
Well Done Katrina Drake :) from Hellogorgeousx if you could please drop me an email or a tweet with your email address and we can get that sorted. 

 So lucky Katrina wins an item of her choice from Sugarhill Boutique...which is where I'm going to head now and day dream about all the lovely things I would like to buy. 

I can't believe I had over 600 entries, thank you you lovely lot.  And lets all hope that someone else hosts a Sugarhill Boutique giveaway and we can all get our hands on their pretty dresses...I would like this one please:


all about the girl 
xx
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