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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Fashion Tag

The Fashion Tag - Questions

Q1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?

Q2. How would you classify your style?

Q3. What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing?

Q4. Where do you find the best deals?

Q5. What designer are you willing to splurge for?
Q6. Do you have a "go to" shopping outfit?

Q7. What is your guilty pleasure? (Aside from make up)

Q8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?

Q9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?

Q10. What trend did you love that passed way to quickly?

Q11. Who is your fashion icon?

Check out the video below to discover my answers...

Saturday, 18 October 2014


Rucksacks; I've never had a great relationship with them. I took one with me on holiday recently but by the end of the trip I was fed up of having to take it off and rummage around in it to find what I needed and then fasten it up again every time I wanted something. 

However, this structured one from Zara is much more appealing. It is smaller and the harder structure gives it a much cleaner look, with the strap at the top meaning it can be held by my side if I preferred not to wear on my back. 

I wouldn't choose to take a rucksack away with me on holiday again but for days when I don't need to carry as much, this bag is perfect and I think it looks really stylish with the gold detailing and simple design. 

It can also be worn casually with jeans (like in the images above) or I can also take it with me to the office and is formal enough to be paired with work dresses and two pieces. 


Top - Topshop
Watch - Michael Kors

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Friday, 17 October 2014

The Friday Face #9

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Wool Scarf: It's An Essential

This has to be one of favourite and most loved purchases in a long time. 

It's only October and I am obsessed with this scarf already - I can tell it's going to be my staple for the colder months ahead.

The scarf was a complete impulse buy, but sometimes those are the best. I walked into Liberty and if any of you have shopped in Liberty before you will know that the scarves are pretty amazing and are geniusly positioned so they are the first thing you see upon entry. 

I was casually browsing through the many scarf brands when I came across the Acne section, which had plain woollen scarfs perfectly arranged on a table. This may be a surprise that plain woollen scarves instantly seem to grab my attention but they particular ones looked so soft and luxurious, I couldn't resist. The scarves came in a range of neutral shades but I went for grey as the practical side of my brain decided it could be worn with most things and not show up any marks from my foundation - I hate wearing cream scarves as they mark so easy from being round my neck and touching my jawline - the only downside of wearing make-up!

The scarf is the Canada Wool Scarf from Acne's AW14 range and is 100% virgin wool. However, it is not itchy at all, just super warm and cosy.

As it is not quite cold enough yet to wear a winter coat, I have been wearing the scarf with lighter jackets and my trench coat which has kept me warm enough and I can easily throw it on with any outfit and not worry about it matching or looking out of place.

Although quite pricey, I will definitely get my money's worth out of this scarf. I would call it an "investment piece"... everyone needs a wool scarf! 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Benefit Sugarglam Fairies Christmas Bargain

Merry Christmas!!

Some may think it's a little early to be uttering Christmas well wishes, but not according to retailers. With only 72 days to go until the the big day, brands are unveiling their Christmas goodies and people (like me) are taking full advantage!

I recently went to Boots looking to purchase my third tube of Porefessional (it's pretty amazing stuff). However, I ended up leaving with the Benefit Sugarglam Fairies gift set containing the Porefessional... and a few other things.

I have to admit, I was taken in by the pretty packaging, but it was the price that really sold it to me. Christmas tin or no Christmas tin, this gift set is amazing value for money! The pack contains a full size Porefessional, They're Real Mascara, Hola Bronzing Powder and Bene Tint... and costs only £44.50!

Considering that each of these products costs between £20 and £25 each, it's an absolute bargain and a huge saving!! However, although it's a great price, it's really only a bargain if the products are great and get used.


The Porefessional is my all-time favourite primer. It simply does what it says it's going to do and diminishes pores, acting almost like a very sheer foundation. It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and I always notices a difference in how long my make-up lasts when I use this primer. The Porefessional has been a staple in my make-up routine for about the past year and was the main reason for this purchase.

I seem to be the only person not going crazy about this mascara. Until now. At first I wasn't too fussed about it but going back to using other mascaras has made me realise and appreciate just how good it actually is. The main body of the brush separates and thickens my lashes really well and then I use the bristles on the end of the brush to add length. The only warning that I would say should come with this mascara is that it is a nightmare to remove! 

I had never tried this bronzing powder before buying the gift set but the lady assured me that it wouldn't disappoint. I may have been cynical and thought "of course she's going to say that" but she was in fact telling the truth (shock). The Hola Bronzer has zero orange tones in it so does not give me any dodgy looking tan effect. The fact that it also has no shimmer pigment in it makes this the perfect bronzer for contouring and that is exactly what I've been using it for. I used it for contouring in my Diane von Furstenberg make-up tutorial which you can watch on my channel here.

I have always been a little wary of using "tints" from any brand just because of the staining effect they have. And I'm still not totally convinced. Please let me know in the comments below if anyone has any tips for applying a tint as I know they are really popular with lots of people so maybe it's just me! 

Overall...Whether you buy this as the Christmas gift it was intended to be or as a gift to yourself (they're the best kind) it's a great deal and if your a fan of the products already, it's an even better deal! Christmas really has come early! Ho ho ho...

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

AW14 Beauty Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg

One of my favourites beauty looks from the autumn/winter catwalks was the fresh faces at Diane von Furstenberg. Usually winter beauty is associated with dark or red lips and a smoky eye but this look is much brighter and, in my opinion, easier to wear. The mauve eye gives it an autumnal feel, making it the perfect subtle make-up look for this time of year. 

Check out the video below to see how I recreated the look. If you recreate the look then please post your photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GRNTAutumnFace and I will share the best ones! 

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Saturday, 11 October 2014


So first things first - the weather!! It was such a horrible day when I took these photos so apologies if it it looks very dark and damp - because it was!

However, there's nothing like a patterned scarf to brighten things up! Bold, highly patterned and coloured scarfs and wraps were all over the autumn/winter '14 catwalk, especially at Burberry, and this one from Zara is perfect for me - its a simple design but still makes a statement with the enlarged pattern and bold contrast between the two shades of green. 

When wearing attention grabbing accessories, I like to keep everything else simple. That way, the statement piece stands out more and the outfit looks cleaner. My favourite simple dress at the moment is this one from Banana Republic. This brand is fast becoming one of my all time favourite high street stores and may even be rival to my beloved Zara. They are especially amazing at creating fitted dresses, perfect for work and anything formal. The cut is always exactlywhat I'm looking for in a dress - neckline not too low and hemline not too long (I have very short legs).

So if your looking for good quality, perfectly fitted formal dresses, then you know where to look... And while your at it, add a fun accessory to bring a little light into these cold, dark winter days. 

Scarf - Zara
Boots - Zara