Friday Dress Down OOTD

At last! I've been wanting to wear this outfit for a while, however it's been really warm lately here and the thought of wearing jeans in an office with no air conditioning was just a big no-no! We're talking all kinds of sweating (sorry!)

I'd spotted this outfit about three months in a magazine and had made a mental note to recreate it.  I'd been searching for the perfect shirt for months though. Something loose and made of cotton with the ability to not feel too 'crispy' if that makes any kind of sense?! I stumbled across this by accident in Topshop and it's perfect and ticking all my boxes! (FYI I also bought it in blue!) It's ridiculously soft and comfortable to wear and when the sleeves are rolled up I still have the ability to move my arms!  It's nice and baggy and looks great 'shame tucked' (we can thank Laura for introducing the world to this concept!).  I love it paired with pale denim. 

The belt is old and falling apart, I think I got it from Mango a few years ago in the sale.  It goes perfectly with the sandals - Zara from a few years ago. 

My jeans are Paige but could be easily replicated with something cheaper to be honest.  I followed the crowd and bought them because I'd spotted a few celebs wearing them - because I'm sad like that! ha! Everytime I wear them the large hole amuses my other half, but I don't care - I love them :) I really like how you can pair them with semi smart things for a dressed up look with bit of edginess. 

Can you keep a secret? I swapped the heels for Birkenstocks a little bit later on in the day! My feet were hurting - BIG time.  Side note - these are not comfortable sandals!

What I'm wearing...

Sunglasses - Tom Ford - Style is Malin 

Shirt - Topshop - get it HERE (check out the blue one also whilst you're there! would look great teamed with white jeans!)

Jeans - Paige - Jimmy Jimmy Skinny Clifton deconstructed - get them HERE

Bag - Louis Vuitton - Speedy 30 Damier Ebene - get it HERE

Belt - Mango - very old

Sandals - Zara - couple of seasons ago

Watch - Nixon - Kensington in Rose Gold

Back tomorrow with a little product reviewing :)

Hope you're all enjoying your weekends! 

Lis x 

Work & Play OOTD

It dawned on me yesterday that I've not really done any OOTD posts lately.  So here we are with not one but two for you! *sarcastic voice* :)

I'd taken the first OOTD last Sunday and meant to also post it on Sunday but got so caught up in my Life Lately post that I ran out of time (and really wanted to get in another episode of 'Orange is the New Black'!) 

I'd bought this dress after seeing it on Laura's Blog a few weeks ago.  I didn't think it would suit me but when I tried it on in the Zara changing room I fell in love.  It's a beautiful colour, a very pale pink and it feels quite 'weighty' so drapes very nicely.  It feels very comfortable but yet it looks quite dressy.  I paired it down with flats for the weekend but I think it could look equally as nice with heels for a night out because it isn't too short.  However, Laura was right when she said it creased like a b*tch.  It certainly does! (in fact if you look closely you can see said creases in the pictures!) never the less, an absolutely gorgeous dress and a steal at £19.99...thank you Zara sale :) 

Dress - Zara - not online sadly anymore but you may still find one hanging around in store in the sale section!

Bag - Mulberry - postman's lock satchel - I believe they still do this in other colours, but if not, I'm sure you can find one on eBay

Flip Flops - Valentino - I don't think they do this style anymore however you can still buy the Rockstud sandal in other styles if you're interested. 

Now to the Work Outfit - ok, I don't do these very often because most of the time I don't make an effort for work (slaps wrist!) however today, because it was hot I pushed the corporate boundaries a little bit and quite liked what I was wearing - so thought it was worthy to share!

I've wanted the Chanel version of these shoes ever since I'd spotted them on several fashion blogger's posts, however my budget isn't quite stretching to these at the moment :( so I bought the French Sole one's instead.  Really pleased with them, they add a bit of 'chicness' to any outfit!

The skirt is last season from H&M, they don't do this anymore however I'm sure they do similar ones and let's face it a black skirt can easily be replicated.  I like the A-line style of this one though, it's flattering and hides a multitude of sins! 

The top is also fairly old from Zara but could easily be replicated with a similar cream blouse if you wanted to recreate this look.  

And my good old Speedy, this is my go-to work bag at the moment since you can fit so much crap in it, it's unreal!! Anyone who has one of these will know exactly what I mean! It's just a never-ending bag.  

Sunglasses are my trusty Tom Ford Raquel's in Black, my first Tom Ford's and still my favourite by far (I own several pairs - I have an addiction to Tom Ford sunglasses!) 

Sunglasses - Tom Ford - Model 'Racquel' LINK

Bag - Louis Vuitton - Speedy 30 Damier Ebene - LINK

Skirt - H&M - old

Top - Zara - old

Shoes - French Sole - Beige Quilted Leather 'Simple' ballet shoe - LINK

Coming soon, reviews of a little budget makeup/drugstore haul I did a few weeks ago! 

Hope you're all having a great week!

Lis x 

Life Lately #6

So, we are on Life Lately number 6 and before I run through the photos and letting you in on what I've been up to, what I've been loving, eating and pondering over this week I wanted to take this opportunity to mention that I also received some very upsetting news.  

One of my favourite bloggers, Stacey from Expat Make-Up Addict was diagnosed with a form of Cervical Cancer this week. In an urge to persuade women all over the globe to ensure they are booking regular smear tests she has been very open about her ordeal and has written a very honest recent blog post that describes what is happening at the moment to her.  I am very humbled by the way she is dealing with this huge curveball in her life and want to let her know that she has myself and a whole lot of other people within the blogging community 100% behind her and routing for her all the way, because this IS a battle she's going to win.  We're all here for you Stacey, whenever you need us. 

And ladies, if you have a smear test that you need to book, do it. No excuses. 

Let's begin...

1.  Layered Mediterranean Sandwich - the Matt Tebutt cook book strikes again! This was a joint effort between myself and my partner (ok, he did the hard parts and I layered up the sandwich - so basically, the fun part!).  It tasted sensational, we will be making it again! Served it up with some sweet potato chips :)

2. Birkenstocks - yes, I was one of the people whom at the beginning of the Summer when everyone was banging on about how these were back in fashion decided I hated them and I would never be buying a pair.  I thought they were ugly and a bit masculine and way too functional for my liking! However, after seeing quite a few pics on Instagram over the last few weeks of people wearing them and then spotting a bargain pair in the Office sale (£39.95 down to £10.00!!) I jumped on the Birkenstocks band wagon and I've been riding that wagon ever since! They look perfect paired with denim cut offs and a simple white vest and with tanned feet and a nice Summer nail varnish. I adore them and since I bought them last week I've worn them every day since! 

3. Garden - you know how I've been harping on about my garden over the last few weeks.  Well this week it has finally been finished! I will stop mentioning it now....promise! The UK has seen some extraordinarily sunny weather over the past few weeks so we've been getting a lot of use out of it. 

4. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet -  I featured this in last weeks LL post, but I just want to mention them again because they are so. damn. good!! Ole Flamingo is a very bold colour but paired with a gold shimmery wash of colours on the eyes it is a gorgeous Summer look.  Which one shall I pick up next ladies?

5. Sushi night - on Friday, after spending nearly an hour and a half debating what takeout food to have (resulting in a very irate Fiancé!) we decided on sushi.  In the hot weather this is the perfect choice.  It always amazes me how filling sushi actually is! Apologies for the crappy picture, I'd dived in and eaten most of it before I remembered I wanted to photograph it. #sorry!

6. Dad's Birthday - awww, how adorable do my Mum and Dad look on this piccie? :) My Dad turned 66 on Saturday (despite the fact I thought he was 64 -oops!) and to celebrate we had a barbecue at our house. Yummy food, exquisite dessert (courtesy of Mum!) and my drink of choice at the moment, Prosecco to celebrate :) A lovely evening.

7. Tom Ford 'Sweet Spot' - After nearly 2 months of procrastinating over this lipstick and swatching it every time I went into House of Fraser I finally caved.  Stacey from Expat Make-Up Addict made me do it in the end and she's completely right about it too!  It's such a unique colour that I haven't seen in any other brand's lipstick range.  The quality is fantastic and even when it starts to wear off you're left with a nice 'stain' to the lip.  Impressed and very glad I purchased it (finally!) If you fancy getting this you'll have to be quick though because it's limited edition. 

8. Blender Pondering - having watched Amelia's recent 'Get Ready With Me' YouTube video she uses a Breville Blender to make a cucumber, mint and lime 'juice'.  Now I'd already been considering forking out for the Nutribullet 900, however this costs a lot more.  Now I'm really confused about which one to get and I've been thinking about it a lot this week...yes, I'm well aware I have issues! :)
If anyone can help me make a decision please do comment below! 

So that's it.  I hope you've all had a great week and are looking forward to the next :)

Lis x 

Zenning Out...

Don't be fooled by the picture above, this is make up at it's absolute best...this post is actually brought to you amongst a pile of tissues! I have been really poorly this week with a terrible cold and to make matters worse the temperature has been super hot. Now normally I don't mind this, I love the hot weather! but when you have a temperature and your nose is streaming the last thing you want is for it to be excruciatingly hot! 

Moan over - promise!

So what's a girl to do when she feels awful? Yep, you've guessed it, pile on a load of make up to sit around the house in! Standard procedure :) 

The point of today's post is to share with you a great lip combination I concocted today. 

Whilst feeling very sorry for myself this morning (sniff sniff!) I shopped my stash and stumbled across MAC Pure Zen. I forgot how much I love this lipstick, particularly for a really paired down natural Summer look. It has a slight peachiness to it and because it's one of the 'creme sheen' lipsticks it's nice and moisturising.  I do find it works best with a gloss and also a liner though.  Step forward, MAC 'Boldly Bare' Liner and Chantecaille Lipgloss in 'Lucky'.   The overall result of these three products combined makes for a very full plump lip that lasts reasonably well.  I've been really into bold lipsticks lately so to go back to something pretty and girly (and a lot easier to wear!) was a refreshing change! 

Other products used to disguise how ill I was!....

Foundation - Mix of Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30
Concealer - Diorskin
Bronzer -Tom Ford in 'Gold Dust'
Powder - Rimmel
Highlight - Dior Amber Diamond
Blush - Sleek 'Lifes a Peach'
Brows - Tom Ford Brow Sculpt in 'Taupe'
Eyes - Mish Mash of the Bobbi Brown Nude & Nectar Palette
Mascara - Clinique High Impact in Black
Lips - As above

ps. the Chantecaille gloss is hands down the best lip gloss I've ever bought and if you don't have it, seriously think about getting it! It's neutral enough to be able to be worn with a lot of different types of lipstick. The tube is an ample size (ok, it's expensive but lets forget that for a moment!) and it has great lasting power. I'll definitely be repurchasing it,  put it that way!

Anyway, until next time!

Lis x 

Life Lately #5

You know the drill guys...a little bit of everything from this here we go :) 

1.  Great Food - this week has seen some pretty awesome food shenanigans, homemade by yours truly mostly (and the Fiancé, best not leave him out - he gets very upset when he reads this otherwise!) On Monday  I made Green Tea Salmon with Coconut rice and green veggies. Later on in the week we had a very nice Leek Risotto (made with cream cheese!) and last night I had possibly one of the best chillis I've ever tasted made with black beans, home made tortilla chips and a mint soured cream. Everything I've made recently is from Matt Tebbutt's Guilty Pleasures - I can highly recommend this book!! You can get it HERE.

2. Haulin' - of massive proportions this weekend! and that pic isn't even the half of it! I went to Zara on Saturday, tried on a lot....then bought a lot.  Pretty standard procedure these days in Zara to be honest! Today was also a great day for sale shopping - I picked up some more great bargains from Whistles and Office, we are talking serious reductions for some great little items.  There may have been a little Topshop thrown in there for good measure too! I'm probably going to do a more detailed post on what I bought in the week hopefully. :)

3. Coconut Water - with or without pineapple. It is vile...and that is all! My first experience of it this weekend and most definitely my last. Bleughhhhh! Although having said that, it did seem to sort out my hangover on Saturday! I still hate it though, passionately!!!

4. Ole Henriksen - I've heard a lot about this line of products but have never actually tried any, even though a lot of them have made their way onto my beauty wish list over the past few months.  So when I saw this in Debenhams on the weekend at such a great price with some pretty good sized products in it, it was a no brainer! I used all the products last night and this morning and first impressions are very good.  I'll review them properly once I've properly road tested these babies! The set is called the Seven Skincare Sensations and you can get it HERE.  

5. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - at last! I finally got around to buying one of these little gems! and boy are they good.  I can see why they've been so dearly loved by so many bloggers out there now.  I opted for 'Ole Flamingo' this time and will be definitely picking up some more.  They just last and last and last and hardly feel drying at all. They even survived eating the chilli with ease! 

6. More Body Shop - So the revival continues! I'd seen Amelia do a post on the raspberry body scrub and went in to have a little smell over the weekend. If you haven't tried this, you need to.  Smells sensational and leaves your skin ridiculously soft. Oh, I also bought the body butter, obviously!

7. New Shirt - so I couldn't wait to wear one of the new purchases and here I am today wearing the Topshop Casual Chambray Shirt (Link).  I'd been after a shirt like this for a while and since Zara have not come up trumps with a casual white shirt I had to look further afield.  I paired this with denim cut offs and my Mulberry satchel today for a dressed down Sunday sorta vibe :) very comfortable and great in this warm weather. 

10. Feel Good Music - this week I have been mostly playing Oliver Heldens / Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive) VERY LOUD! :) such a feel good track, every time I listen to it, it makes me want to go out! 

So here's to a great week everyone! 


Lis x 

Boy oh Boy (FOTD)

Yes.  That title did just happen and I'm sorry, I couldn't help it - after racking my brains for over 10 minutes I kept coming back to that title so 'Boy oh Boy' it is. 

And quite rightly so because even though I'm about 2 years late to the party with this discovery, I am totally in love with this lipstick.  Yep, in case you hadn't guessed already, it's the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 'Boy'. 

Prior to getting this (another little Duty Free prezzie from the Fiancé!) I had read countless great reviews of this lipstick. It pops up in every blogger's favourite and 'must have' lipstick list and it's been on my wish list for quite some time but I could't justify getting it until I had used up a few of my other nude lipsticks. 

I can see why people love this, it doesn't look special at all to look at in the packaging however when you apply it, you get the most gorgeous natural sheen with a hint of pink that just brightens the face and makes everything look very polished and chic.  It pairs with all kinds of make up looks, I'm thinking a very natural make up or perhaps a nice smokey eye? :) A beautiful 'your lips but better' type shade. 

Definitely a staple, definitely a must-have and for those of you who haven't taken the plunge and bought it yet (like myself for the past two years!) I urge you to! It's a go-to failsafe lip offering. 

Here I am wearing it with several (ok, a lot) other make up items and I look tired....I was! 

Foundation - Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30

Concealer (Under Eye) - MAC Studio Finish Concealer

Concealer (Blemishes) - Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC3

Bronzer - Chanel - Soleil Tan de Chanel - loving at the moment!

Highlight - Dior Amber Diamond (discontinued - boo!)

Blush - Nars Deep Throat

Eyes - MAC Mythology / MAC Antiqued and Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze in the water line and to
line the upper lashes.

Brows - Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Taupe

Mascara - YSL Baby Doll

Lips - Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 'Boy'

That's all for now, catch you in the week! 

Lis x

Life Lately #4

The fact that there are freshly cleaned make up brushes featured on this post should give you some idea of how slow paced my week / weekend has been, and do you know what? It's been lovely! :) 

1. Jo Malone - Sadly this week I finished my Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede :( I can really recommend this scent. It's floral but musky yet fresh at the same time.  A lot of people rave about it and rightly so.  Laura has a great review of it over on her blog (HERE) and describes it pretty much down to a T! 

2. Boots Mini Haul - I popped into Boots on Saturday for some cotton wool pads (exciting!) I defy anyone to go to Boots without buying something they totally didn't go in there to get! I've been wanting to get a bit more volume into my long, boring hair and have seen a few beauty bloggers using a large brush to blow dry the hair properly like they do in a salon. Now if any of you know of any good youtube tutorials on how to blow dry your hair (I failed miserably this morning!) please please please let me know!! 
The Ultimate Blends conditioner is AMAZING, better than my Phillip Kingsley Elastizer - and it cost just £2.49!!! After using it my hair feels really nourished and soft!

3. Make up Favourites - Totally revived the Chanel Tan de Soleil this week and I'm really enjoying it again, it creates a lovely natural looking tan to the face and a dewy finish.  Along with this I've also been using my YSL Baby Doll Mascara a lot this week and of course the Dior Sundeck palette is still my number one Summer go-to.  If you haven't picked this up yet I urge you to do so!  I featured a review of the new Clinique Matte Lipstick this week on my blog also if you fancy a read - it looks great paired with this eye palette and bronzer :) 

4. Starbucks - Iced coffee has been my drink of choice at Starbucks over the last few weeks.  In particular I can highly recommend an Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte - simple but yummy! I've been drinking far too many of these lately!

5. Film - Okay, so I loved the 'Sopranos' and I love the film Goodfellas.  I like a bit of Mafia drama.  So with my new Netflix account and with the other half sat next to me I decided to watch 'Donnie Brasco'...but.....I tried so hard to follow this film and it just didn't happen.  I couldn't understand what the hell was going on!! He enjoyed it though :) 

6. Sloppy Joe's - made by my very own Sloppy Joe! :) This was such a simple meal and very much on the naughty side however it tasted absolutely divine! The 'burger' filling was made from lean minced meat, onions, finely chopped celery, tinned tomatoes, ketchup mustard and a lot of seasoning! Followed up with Ben n Jerry's ice-cream. Needless to say we were well and truly stuffed!

7. Brush Cleaning - I ordered some of the Cinema Secrets brush cleaner, recommended by Anna from Vivianna Loves Makeup.  I had to get this sent all the way from the USA, but it was definitely worth it.  It's so much more effective than the MAC one I've been using.   If you live in the USA and can get your hands on this easily I'd recommend trying it.  My brushes look awesome now (yes, I'm sad like that!)

8. Lunch - I had no plans for Sunday and because the sun was shining we decided to go and grab some lunch at Jamie's Italian.  I always forget about this place and forget how great the food actually is here! I had a crab and avocado bruschetta to start, followed by a starter sized Rabbit Ragu Pasta and then the Chocolate Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice cream.  I'm now in a food induced coma whilst I write this!  Perfect end to a lovely weekend. 

Hope you've all had an enjoyable weekend too, catch up tomorrow with a FOTD that I forgot to post yesterday!

Lis x 
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