Happy New Year everyone. I hope however you are spending it you are having fun with loved ones, whether it is a large group of you or just a few. New years is always the time to make resolutions or promises to yourself of things you want to change but this year I have decided to make a list of things I would like to do or achieve. I'm calling it my "13 for 2013" while i am still working a few of them I have got the big ones sorted but I will update you on them when I have completed my list. What are your 2013 resolutions? Hope you have a good one, Emmie xo
December is a month where you can get easily stressed out and overloaded but hopefully you have managed to find some positives. Here are mine for december
Christmas and all the
Trimmings – Yes Christmas. Possibly a bit obvious that this would be a positive
for December but you have to love getting a day off to spend with loved ones.
For me though this year, it’s all about the build-up too. Putting up the tree
and dressing it with baubles and lights, hanging your wreath on the door,
making mums advent calendar and filling it with fun treats, wrapping gifts to
give out, making cards for my nearest and dearest and sending cards, going on
Christmas outings with friends., Candy Canes, warm drinks, Christmas dinner,
having the family over, festive songs. Whether it’s
because my friends have all had children in the last few years but the magic
seems to have returned. The Joy on their little face as they meet Santa, even
though they don’t quite know who he is yet, just fills me with cheer.
Helping A Friend In
Need – There is something about helping a friend who is down. Lending kind
words and encouragement. I mean, if you were in the same situation as them
wouldn’t you like someone to tell you how amazing you are, how you can climb
any hill, how though it hurts now the pain will fade in time? Doing something
selfless or without any personal gain is really rewarding in its own little way
and it says that you care.
Laughing So Hard You
Cry – or your stomach hurts. Either way laughter really is great medicine. And
by this I do mean laughing because something is funny and not at the expense of
someone else. I’ve had a fair few of these moments this month, including when I
was recanting the story of a moment that was so funny to someone I worked with
that I laughed all over again until we were both in complete and utter
hysterics. Laughter lifts the spirits, boosts your immune system and helps get
rid of the stress hormone that makes us look older so we have no excuses to
have a good laugh every now and again. What did you love in December? Emmie xo
Happy Holidays and all my best wishes to all my readers. Thank you so much for bearing with me while I got the hang of blogging and what I wanted my blog to convey. I have enjoyed the journey and hope you will join me again next year.
I hope whatever you are doing over the Holiday Season you have a wonderful time.
When I first heard of Dainty Doll a while back I will admit to being a little excited. The brand was created by Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud for pale skinned girls, as there is so little on the market for those of us that are about as white as a sheet. At first I couldn't find it anywhere except online, and with make-up if I haven't tried it before I won't order it online as you never quite know if the colour will match the swatch, so imagine my surprise (and joy) when I found that Boots now sell it.
The lipstick contains natural plant wax, Vitamin E and moisturizing meadow foam seed oil as 'Skin Loving Ingredients'. It does feel beautiful on my lips, soft with brilliant colour that lasts and a little shine, which is great for me as I don't like too much gloss on my lips. The colour 'Couture' is a wonderful vintage wine red and compliments my pale skin perfectly and at £12.50 I feel it could become a staple in my make-up collection.
I wore this last night to my works Christmas party. The dress is a drop waist style lace which is a key style for AW12 that I wanted to toughen up. So I teamed it up with a old leather jacket, some studded heels and my armor ring. I think it works nicely. Not too girly but not too tough.
All items except for the box clutch have been in my wardrobe for a while and I decided rather than buuying new outfits for the Holiday season I would revamp some of my current wardrobe and bring it into 2012. I mean if Kate Middleton does it why can't we all try it?
What do you think? How would you have worn this dress?
I wore this to go out for the evening for an event in my city on the main square so I wanted to feel a little dressy but stay warm. I really enjoyed this outfit and will most likely be getting a lot more wear out of this outfit during the winter months.
November can be a bit of a strange month here in the UK, Once you
have Halloween and Bonfire night out of the way at the start of the month there
is nothing separating you from Christmas, so it can be quite difficult to find
things that you love. Normally Bonfire night would be on my list however due to
a busy work schedule I missed it completely this year which was disappointing.
So here is my list of things I loved in November.
1) Hot Chocolate - There is something really satisfying about
having a mug of hot chocolate when the weather has dropped cold and it’s even
better in the run up to Christmas as all the coffee houses are doing their
seasonal specials which mean you can make your hot chocolate a bit more special
depending on your mood. I favour a shot of peppermint syrup, or cinnamon sugar,
in mine normally however last week I went to Costa and had their Salted Caramel
syrup, which is out for their salted caramel lattes and it was amazing! I'm so
thankful for the poor barista that had to deal with me as I was asking all
sorts of questions until I finally made my mind up on my order. Thankfully
their patience with me means I may have found my new go-to winter warmer.
2) Good Friends - November was a bit of a rough month for me but I
was lucky enough to have friends that will listen to me, make me laugh or
distract me when I need it.
3) Christmas Shopping - Ok so it depresses most people and the
thought of heading into the city can send some people into a mild panic but I
kind of love it. Deciding what to get people and thinking up the best and most
thoughtful gifts you can. I even enjoy the challenge of sticking to my budget.
Christmas may be the time of giving but not at the expense of putting yourself
into debt. So Make presents and shop around but do not re-gift, it shows no
thought and to me it’s the thought that counts more than the cost.
4) Layering up - Colder weather means you can layer your clothing
and look all snuggly as well as warm! Getting your winter jumpers out from
their summer hiding places, wearing long socks, knee high boots, hats, gloves,
scarves, coats, blanket cardigans you name it and you can layer it.
5) Candles - I adore candles, especially as the nights draw in and
days get shorter. They add ambiance to your home not just inviting scents. I
prefer fresh or fruity fragrances that aren't too sweet especially if they
remind me of the season. My favourite brand is definitely Yankee Candle
as the candles are designed to have scent from the first time you light the
wick until they extinguish themselves for the last time. Scents can help
provoke memories or even make days, every year since discovering Yankee Candles
I have always burned their 'Christmas Eve' candle on Christmas Eve so no matter
what I know the holiday is just around the corner.
I've always fancied having pink in my hair especially like a dip-dye, however I've never wanted the commitment just in case I didn't like it. I read a while back that you can temporarily add a pink tone to blond hair using colour conditioner for 5 minutes. I tried it and I will admit I love it. it only lasts a few days so there is no great worry about if you don't like it. I started by just doing a few streaks but I am thinking of going for a bolder effect.
Left - with flash
Right - without flash
I left my streaks on for about 10 minutes (I got distracted, opps) so they did appear a little red at first but once it was dried it was almost a perfect baby pink. Next time I think I'm going to do all of my blonde ends for a really pink effect as it fades off really nicely too.
Have you ever tried this or any funky colours in your hair?
It seems as though looking back at old photos and looking at that Christmas jumper your Grandma got you thinking "Oh Dear!" is set to turn into "How Stylish!". There seems to be a trend emerging for christmas of novelty knits is bright colours and patterns emerging in every store from Primark to Asos.
Remembrance, what does this word mean to you? Today in the
United Kingdom we are holding Remembrance Sunday to pay tribute to all those
who have fought and are fighting to keep our country safe. I’ve always watched
the proceedings on TV since I was young but as I’ve gotten older it has started
to have new meaning for me. I have friends in the armed forces and I understand
more than ever the sacrifices they make to protect the country and people they
love, to them it is unconditional.
My grandfather fought in the Second World War over in
Belgium and France but he would never tell me or my sister about his experiences
when we asked him for our school history research into the wars, I believe he
knew he had made his sacrifice count. I cannot imagine the things the soldiers
in the First and Second World Wars had to witness but I can understand why so
few of them were willing to speak about their experiences. They do not want to
I visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
recently and it was incredible how moved I was by it all. Just sitting in the
presence of some of the Memorials almost moved me to tears. The Shot at Dawn
Memorial was particularly moving with its set out. Tall Conifers growing and a
single statue of a boy bound and blindfolded, target adorning his chest. The conifers
are set out to represent the small distance between the target and the
shooters, barely over 2 meters away. Posts behind the statue in a semi-circle
gaining height as they go back each adorned with a name, rank and company, date
and age each representing its man accused of deserting and shot for his ‘Crime’ even though most would have been shell shocked.
The memorial was built alongside the recent pardoning of all these men, though
too late for the spite and accusations their families would have faced after
There are many memorials in the Arboretums grounds and to
cover them all would take a full day but all are built with remembrance in mind.
The Still Birth and Neonatal death memorial is another tear jerker though you’d
struggle to find it unless you know where it is. A small gate gives way to a
winding wood chipped path lined with stones each painted and decorated by a
loved one with their own message or name on. Some of the messages are
incredibly moving and it is heart-breaking to see stones decorated by the same
family after having lost more than one child. At the end of the path the wood
chips give way to a circular grassy patch surrounded by flowers and a tall
hedge to give you shelter and quiet to grieve, remember or in my case
contemplate what the parents must have gone through and felt.
Remembrance to me is gratitude for what you have been given
at the sacrifice of others, giving your thoughts and prayers to those who have
felt adversity and making positive movements towards the future. It is being
thankful for what you have not what you wish you had and remembering all I have
been given could be very different. So today buy your poppy from one of the
vendors, or better yet direct from the Royal British Legion, and wear it with pride, donate money to our forces through
organisations like Help for Heroes and the National Memorial Arboretum and be
thankful for your elders who sacrificed for your future especially since there are so few of them left now.
"Never was so much owed by so many to so few" Winston Churchill
I put this outfit together when the weather started dropping cooler and wore it with my black converse hi-tops. I wanted something i could move in but would be warm as my friends and I were off to a fair and didn't want to take a big coat with me just in case it was really warm.
Hope you are enjoying your autumns. What do you wear when the weather changes?
This is something new I'm going to add to my blog. I feel that it is so hard to be positive nowadays, people seem to find it easier to be negative and complain than to see the good in every day. SO I decided I'd high-light some of my 'Loves' each month and hopefully anyone who happens to stumble across my blog will feel inspired and tell me what made them smile, be grateful and Positive. 1) Autumn Leaves - I love the colours of the leaves in Autumn, its like an artist has dipped his brush and painted a wondrous spectrum of red, orange, ochre, yellow and mahogany across the landscape. Leaves flutter from the trees in the cool Autumn breeze and carpet the ground like confetti. To me there is no season better than Autumn.
2) Time off work - I had some holiday left so I took 6 days off to give me a grand total of 12 consecutive days in a row! I've been non-stop for the last 2 months with going back to college and having to do all my homework from that as well as my normal hours at work having time to relax, spend time with my loved ones and even clean was greatly appreciated. 3) Clear Skies - I love stargazing and unfortunately all summer the UK was under a massive cloud that just would not seem to leave us alone day or night. So this month I have been grateful for some reprieve from clouds at night so I can watch the planets slowly shuffle across the skies and learn some more constellations.
4) Hallowe'en- OK, so in the UK we don't really make a big fuss of Hallow e'en but there is just something wonderfully mischievous in the air for me on this date each year. Whether its the 'Witching Hour' or just the idea the spirits come back and have some playful fun again (or maybe just dressing up silly) Hallowe'en is possibly my favourite holiday of the year. What did you love in October? Emmie xo
So this is my wish list of things to help my wardrobe transition into the new seasons trends. I'm loving the idea of having a palette of brown, khaki and burgundy to add to my current Autumn wardrobe of navy or black skinny jeans. I'm trying to pick items that will stay classic for a few seasons but still have a touch of fashion edge. I figure adding some leather to my wardrobe in the Parka and with gloves ticks one trend, the parka also adds to the military/uniform trend and ticked one more box for me in that it wasn't black, all my winter coats seem to be black.
I love satchel bags and this H&M one caught my eye because of the classic school bag feel it has, though it probably is also partly down to google TV ad featuring the satchels. I have wanted a new statement necklace for a while, and figure this one also from H&M will dress up my casual winter jumpers and make last years party dresses a bit more current.
I hope you'll excuse my lack of frequent posting recently, life gets busier and busier for me in the run up to Christmas. So I will probably be scheduling most of my posts up until then and making them less frequent until the mad dash of life is over.
I was feeling vintage and channelling a 1920's vibe for this outfit. I was trying to work out how to incorporate some of AW12's trends and make some of my current wardrobe more cold weather friendly and this is what I came up with. So incorporating some berry tones and a mild bit of layering I feel like its pulled the trends in but i haven't gone overboard so I feel uncomfortable or not myself. Find this look here on Lookbook as I forgot to get the hype button Emmie xo
I always find it’s nice to read books and websites to help you get
your fashion and beauty ideas, or even to help you into some new ways of
thinking about these subjects. I have a few staples that I tend to go through
on a regular basis, or subscribe to, to keep myself updated.
My first fashion find website was WHO WHAT WEAR. I find it easy to go through as they dissect it all into bite sized chunks
for you so you can slowly update yourself without getting too bogged down by
too much information. The website owners Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power have also
transferred the information into two books now WHO WHAT WEAR and WHAT to WEAR,
Where, both of which are good reads, however I found the first so much more
informative than the second as it includes everything from shopping for your
shape, when to ditch a trend and how to organize your closet. They have also recently launched WHO WHAT WEAR BEAUTY for all your beauty gossip.
The Beauty Department is my favorite beauty site as its cool
tutorials and sneaky tricks make applying make-up, dressing hair and painting
nails so much easier and less fussy. The brain child of Lauren Conrad and her trusted beauty team, Make-Up Artist Amy-Nadine and Hairstylist Kristen Ess. They have some incredible ideas that
you may not have tried before and occasionally competitions, although these are only open to residents of the US, and polls. So whether its hair inspiration, help applying
false lashes, trendy nail polish styles or just make-up brush advice go and
check them out.
Now I don’t know whether its because I am a hairstylist by trade
but I love the book “Hair and Fashion” V&A by Caroline Cox and Lee Widdows.
It is an interesting read because it takes you through the journey of how hair
styles have evolved with the fashion industry and become fashions greatest
asset and accessory. You can get it on Amazon or from Waterstones, and makes a
lovely coffee table book.
What Fashion and Beauty sites or books do you like? Leave me a
So I wore this outfit when My friend and I went up into the Peak District for her birthday. We went for a wander around the shops in Ashbourne and to a little pub in Fenny Bentley that does the most amazing (but very filling) pie in the world. It was a good day although it did drop very cold very quickly so I did regret choosing to wear a top with no sleeves. Its funny because looking back at some of my OOTD posts I really do wear a lot of Topshop clothing, its CRAZY! So glad I have a student card again so when I see something I like I will at least get 10% off there. I need to make a list of clothing items I need for winter to stop myself from spending on things i already have. What is on your winter wish list? Emmie xo
With the leaves turning here in the United Kingdom and the weather dropping colder, it is time for companies to start releasing their Autumn collections. I got very excited when we go Jessica Nails new collection of colours 'Spice It Up!' in. With names like Cinnamon Kiss, Pumpkin Delight and Gingersnap you can't help yourself from feeling like you can smell the spices in the air.
It seems to be a well balanced collection of 6 colours. 2 Shimmers, 2 high pigment colours and 2 plain colours, making it easy to wear multiple colours as they all blend so nicely together. I wore Champagne Bubbles and Crimson Tattoo in a half moon manicure when we first got them in as seen in my September Nails post. Polishes are priced at £9.75 each which is reasonable as they are fairly durable if you hands are in water all the time like mine.
Find more Jessica Nail polishes and polish collections here
What do you think of the collection and what colours will you be wearing this Autumn?
So most of my outfit of the day posts at the moment were taken when, on the odd occasion, we had reasonable weather, though this was more recent as you can see the Jessica Nail polishes I used from my September Nails post . I feel like I'm now getting to a point of not feeling incredible uncomfortable when I take photos of my outfits and hopefully kits showing in the photos. I never thought I would be the kind of person to do this but I do enjoy thinking up interesting new ways to wear my clothes. Sometimes I try something different and like it other times... not so much but I am finding my confidence soaring and that I feel amazing in my clothing and skin. I also seem to be buying less clothing because I am thinking about what I can wear with what and so having a better knowledge of what is in my wardrobe.
Do you post pictures of your outfits either on a blog or website like Lookbook? Give me a link I would love to check them out.