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FBF Friday: Summer Trends 2011

11 Jun

GirlSeeksShoe here.

Anyone who has read a few of my previous posts will know that I adore summer. The smell of sunblock, the sound of lawnmowers, watching the tennis at Wimbledon… everything adds up to that holiday feeling. And from a fashion perspective, some trends are just so quintessentially summer; the trends that could only be worn when the sun is shining on your face as you walk down the street, ice-cream in hand. As much as anything else, fashion (and beauty) trends can define that summer sensation… and here are my top five picks of this years summer trends:

5. Bronzer; Giving you a glow even if you haven’t yet hit the beach, summer is the only time bronzer is truly acceptable… everyone is entitled to a golden blush when the sun is shining and skin is out. This summer bronzers have got that pared down look to make you look truly luminescent:

MAC Surf, Baby! Bronzing Powder – £19

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder – £23.50

4. Wedges; Given a fashion make-over this summer, wedges are no longer the preserve of rushed mothers and grandmothers in jeans. Yes, they’re comfortable, but this summer they are also very, very stylish.

Tan (Stone) Floral Platform Wedge Sandals | 220760018 | New LookYellow (Yellow) Mixed Wedge Sandal | 209571085 | New Look

From left to right: New Look £24.99; New Look £10; River Island £69.99

3. Floral Mini-Skirts; Floral in any form is bang-on-trend at the moment, but a teeny-tiny floral skirt can see through summer picnics and barbecues to evening plays and parties. Add a corset top, some wedges and a pastel blazer and you will be the embodiment of style this summer. Alternatively, add some wellies and a leather jacket and you are festival-ready.

Green Pattern (Green) Tiered Floral Skirt | 220623439 | New Look

From left to right; Forever 21, Forever 21 and New Look

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2. Coloured Trousers/Jeans; I am so in love with this trend right now. Add a pop of colour to your outfit with this sherbet-coloured denim marvels.

And my number 1 favourite trend, this summer and every summer:

CORAL CORAL CORAL

It suits EVERY skin-tone, comes in a myriad of colours, reminds me of sherbet ice-cream… and it just screams summer. From near-orange, to tangerine, to almost tomato, to pure coral-iscious, the message is clear:

Wear coral, be stylish, love summer.

Benefit CORALista Blush – £23.50

Coral (Orange) Striped Peeptoe Wedge | 213410683 | New Look

New Look Wedge – £24.99

MAC Surf, Baby! Hibiscus Lipstick

Dior Vernis in Psychedelic Orange

Barry M Nail Polish in Coral

Natalie Portman wears coral

Oscar de la Renta 2011

Oscar de la Renta 2011

Als0, quickly grab this summer’s hottest accessory: Matthew Williamson’s charity bracelet for Too May Women (who raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness) is now available at Accessorize for £15.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

Visit www.modlychic.com to check out the other Fashion Beauty Friend’s Friday participants’ top 5 summer trends!

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I Feel Pretty…

17 May

GirlSeeksShoe here.

It is a well-known fashion fact that looking good makes you feel good. Even if it’s just a dash of mascara before leaving the house. From a dab of under-eye concealer to some bright red lipstick… make-up can make your day.

So here are the contents of my make-up bags (yes, I have a few). Some things are going to get a raving review and some I regret  ever having wasted money on. A no holds-barred account of an 18 year olds must-haves and don’t-evens. Just for you 🙂

First up for examination is the biggest bag, into which I just pile random bits and bobs. It’s my equivalent of a haberdashery shop; freebies and presents and very old items galore.

  • Safety pins, thread, needles, hair-ties, wipes, a mirror and cotton buds. All so useful and so multi-purpose!
  • Lip glosses that are mediocre; these are generally non-branded, very old and various shades of red. One unusual addition is the Barry M Glossy Tube (was £2 from Superdrug).

I would not recommend this lipgloss to anyone. The colour is not consistent, it’s not long-lasting, and it’s not very flattering to be honest. So don’t be sucked in by the price; it’s not worth it.

  • Natural High Brightening Eye Cream; it doesn’t get rid of my dark circles but is quite good for application under concealer. I think it is only available in Holland though.
  • Collection 200 Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner, in Gold and Silver; even though I only use these for fancy-dress or hyped-up parties, they are very good. I would recommend these for anyone looking for a cheap glitter eyeliner that will last the night and make your outfit pop! (available at Superdrug)
  • 3 free double-ended Barry M eyeliner/shadow pencils; another bad review for Barry M. These were on the front of a magazine so I don’t know what I was expected. They are just useless; I really should have thrown them away by now.
  • Random gold eyeshadow pencil, purple eyeliner and little gold eyeshadow pot. All useless and brand-less.

Next is my bag of useful items that I use regularly; the New Look equivalent, if you will, even has my old favourites that I have outgrown.

  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara; an old favourite of mine, even though it’s not the best for me, I would definitely recommend it as a first mascara (it was my first after all!).

 

  • Good eyeliner (some are very good); Rimmel Soft Kohl in Jet Black, Boots Natural Collection in Green, Max Factor Kohl Pencils in Brown or Charcoal Grey. I would recommend any of these as they are all good, if not fabulous.
  • Lip liner in Rosy – unfortunately brand-less, but I would recommend everyone gets a lip-liner that matches their lip colour.
  • Collection 2000 Colour Intense Solo eyeshadow in Frosting; this is a glittery white that works as a base for eyeshadow, and as a highlighter. And it’s a steal!

Finally, it’s my most loved products; my must-haves and my sacred favourites. The Selfridges equivalent is my personal picks for the best items available:

  • Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner in Black. My perfect liquid eyeliner for creating a glamorous flick.

 

  • Barry M Kohl Pencil in Black/Grey; Do not ask me how this is possible! Barry M beating Rimmel?! But it creates a darker line and lasts longer so I guess it’s true.
  • Sephora Liner Electro in a glittery purple colour. So beautiful. I love Sephora. *sigh*
  • Again, to Sephora, for the absolute best lipglosses ever. They even taste amazing! I have the normal lip gloss in Coral, and the SPF 8 Nectar Shine in Mango.

  • Bobbi Brown lip gloss in pink; it’s makes me feel like a princess and it is very good.
  • Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara; my absolute favourite and must-have! I have it in Black in a big tube and a mini one.

  • MAC Wonder Woman Reflects Glitter in Bronze. Is awesome. Just dab a bit on your eye lids and you’ll be ready for saving the world  a night out.

  • MAC Prep + Prime (primer) SPF 15. The best face primer in the world.
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid (liquid foundation) in NC44. I cannot live without MAC.
  • MAC Select Moisturecover (concealer) in NW35. The greatest ever.

I also use Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm every day; it acts as a really good base for lipgloss too.

So there you have; my recommendations for what’s hot and what’s not. Like they say; feel pretty, act pretty.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

Happiness Is Perfume…

5 May

GirlSeeksShoe here.

James Van Der Zee said that “happiness is perfume, you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself”. Which to me speaks volumes about good karma and the power of human kindness. But, on a superficial level, there is a part of me (interestingly that’s the same part that likes eating cookie dough) that knows perfume is happiness.

My mother wore Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium for much of my childhood, with Hugo Boss’ Boss Woman as her work scent. Even now she has moved onto Vera Wang, the smell of either never fails to remind me of her. This is hardly surprising, considering we humans can distinguish between 5000 and 10000 smells, and can link each to memory, person or place.

Another quote for you to make of what you will. Christian Dior said that “a woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting”. Something to dwell on next time you have a quick spritz before rushing out of the door.

As with shoes, there are the perfumes I use daily, which characterise the different parts of my life. And then there are the ones I want, the ones I veritably covet; my wish-list, if you will.

The ones I use are as follows:

Daytime; the shopping/hanging with friends/having fun mood – Escada, Rockin’ Rio

My first perfume was a present and has come to absolutely define me. Even now, it surprises me that someone knew me that well. Flirty, fun and very fruity with floral undertones.

Daytime; the working/lessons/business-like mood – Calvin Klein, Eternity Moment

Funnily enough, this is the perfume I use the most, probably because I wear it five times a week. Its sharp clean scent makes me feel super-organised… even when I don’t have a pen to my name. It is a bit androgynous, but with undertones of sexy to balance it out. Clean, classy and makes me feel cultured.

Anytime; Lounging at home/in need of comfort/cosy mood – Next, Cashmere

 

Cheap and cheerful is the only way to describe this cozy, comforting scent I use at home in autumn/winter.

Anytime; Out and about/want a change mood – Harajuku Lovers, LOVE

Gwen Stefani’s brand is very funky, and looks really cute on my desk. I’ll admit that the scent is not really to my taste, but when I need a bit of extra oomph I wear it for a change. Because if my perfume bottle is a cute confident chick, it’s bound to rub off on me… right?

Anytime; S.E.X.Y. mood – Benefit, Laugh With Lee-lee

The only perfume I have ever bought for myself is just fabulous. The bottle is gorgeous, the box is amazing, and the inside of the box is even better! Everytime I spray this I feel sweet, sunny, and, most importantly, sexy. And don’t ask for an explanation because I honestly have no idea why!

Evening/Night/The Morning After; Dressing up/Party mood – Sarah Jessica Parker – Covet

 

It smells like a night out. No lie.

 I absolutely believe in the image of a perfume. The bottle, the colour, the box, even the advertising campaign. Each are to me as important as the scent itself. The perfumes on my wish-list meet all of my criteria.

 

Chanel No. 5 – I thought I’d start with the most obvious. What girl doesn’t want to walk around smelling like a fashion icon? Coco Chanel herself famously said “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future”. So just to be on the safe side, Chanel’s iconic bestseller is on my must-have list.

Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Girl – This one is kind of a family tradition. The girl’s first perfume in my generation, throughout my cousins, has been Tommy Girl. Apart from mine apparently. So I want it.

Dior, Miss Dior Cherie – The advertising says it all. Natalie Portman.

Balloons.

And Natalie Portman.

Natalie Portman vs. Miss Dior Cherie Perfume Hot TV Commercial

Juicy Couture, Viva La Juicy –  Although I am generally not a fan of Juicy Couture as a brand, again it was the advertisement that got me. If you haven’t seen it… google it now! Alternatively click on the picture below:

Marc Jacobs, Daisy –  I think it’s that there are now so many to choose from, and ever-increasing variations of the bottle design… It could just be the smell. But I have loved this since it was first released and that shows no sign of changing.

       

And at the absolute top of my wish-list is a scent I first smelt in a magazine, and then it only got better. Unusually for me, this one is all about the smell, and I have not even seen a single advertisement.

Viktor & Rolf, Flowerbomb.

 It smells divine.

 But it is tres cher.

I’m sure this list will be added to soon. Who doesn’t like to have something in common with Donatella Versace? “I like perfume and flowers”. Indeed I do. What’s your scent? Let me know in the comments,

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

N.B. I do see the irony of writing about scents, but just remember to sniff my favourites when you’re in Duty Free at the airport.

Disclaimer; I am no perfume expert, these are all my own opinions and definitions of the scents. Take my advice… No smell, no buy.