A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the relaunch of the Monki flagship store on Carnaby Street. I sashayed down with the lovely Chemmie from The Debrief, and saw some familiar faces such as the absolute babe that is Shope from Sassy Black, and met some new ones, including her twinny Shore, and the lovely Holly from Company.
The new store is really fantastic, and the event was a total success. Monki has such a youthful and fun vibe to its clothing, and this is really reflected in the brand's new look store. My favourite part had to be the amazing multi-coloured staircase, which was just about the most instagrammable feature of a store I had ever seen! We had some yummy snacks and drinks and browsed the new pieces and braid bar upstairs in the store. All in all it was a really lovely event and the new store is well worth a visit.
Whilst there, I just had to pick up this fantastic waistcoat/sleeveless jacket hybrid piece, which I got a nifty 20% off from due to the opening. I have wanted a piece like this for ages and love how versatile it is, looking great over anything from jeans and tees to cute dresses, open or closed. Long live Monki!
These jeans were totally inspired by the babes at The Debrief, most of whom own some variation of them and style them out expertly. As a lanky beanpole I was of the mind these would look pretty damn atrocious on me and when I first took them out of their packaging I couldn't be more convinced I was right. But these are the type of jean that couldn't look more different on than off the hanger. They're actually super flattering with their high waist, ankle-skimming length and ripped hems. Along with a breton top and square neck scarf they offer up perfect day-time cool. So thanks Debrief gals, you are all ACE.
Sliders are apaz making a comeback this summer too, which is great news for these River Island ugly wonders, bought last year under the assumption that they would fulfil a very short-lived seasonal trend. And this Hermès square neck scarf...WELL...! Passed down from Mumma bear (as a gift from an ex-boyfriend of hers- lolz) it's stayed glued to my neck this past season. Despite looking a little 'air-hostess-chic', the scarf adds a new dimension to any outfit and, as an extra advantage, keeps your neck nice and toasty. WIN WIN.
Bored of your nudes and your reds? Don't worry, I (or rather my frankly out of hand lipstick collection) has got you covered...
1. The pinky purpley one: Ultimately the lipstick which encouraged me to write this post, NARS audacious lipstick in 'Dominique' has a beautiful purpley hue which looks pretty terrifying at first but is one of the most unique colours I've ever seen. The lipstick is exclusive to Selfridges so don't run over like a desperate mess to Liberty's like I did! It's become my go to lipstick and I can't think of any other lip product on the market that gives the same enviably gorg smackers.
2. The super dark one: Do not be afraid my friends, this one isn't as scary as it looks. Darker than a berry shade but lighter than an 'oh em gee I look like a goth' hue, this option from Lipstick Queen's Bette Noir collection is super good. This specific shade, Possessed Intense, is the darkest of the three in the collection, which also offers a metallic or a sheer option. Reserve this one for the evening and remember to keep reapplying!
3. The peachy pink one: Firmly within the sphere of my comfort zone, a peachy pink lipstick is a little more colourful than a nude without being too vibrant or bold. One of my favourites is this YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in Peach Passion. It's a lovely spring colour and the finish is a lovely combination of matte AND sheeny (just how DO those YSL geniuses do it?!)
4. The hot hot pink one: Wondering whether my repetition of the word 'hot' was a typo? Well, it totally wasn't. Because although a 'hot pink' lipstick is exciting, a 'hot hot pink' lipstick is off the charts on the coolness scale. One of my favourite lipsticks of all time is Mac's Show Orchid [not available in UK, only US], which is literally the most bold shade you could possibly go for. With a touch of shimmer and a Barbie pink colour, it's the ultimate girly girl's dream.
5. The warm berry one: If you're too much of a wimp to try out number 2 (and let's be honest, it does look pretty menacing) what about giving the humble dark purpley-toned berry red a shot? Much more diverse than the bright red lipstick in my eyes, the Rimmel Kate Moss 107 is a firm fave of vloggers such as Zoella. Perfect for warm autumnal looks and full-on night time glam, I'd say it's a bit of a winner all round.
Let me use this post to spread an all-important message: I hereby declare that one-pieces (of the swimwear variety) are BACK. What authority do I have to make this wide-sweeping statement? Well, how about the babes at Batoko sent me some effing awesome pieces and I decided this must mean the comeback of the swimsuit.
Aside from making a statement on a beach full of boring bikini-clad women, a one-piece allows you to cover those areas you're perhaps not so ok with. Unless you're a Victoria's Secret model or a gym freak, showing off your entire stomach in the summertime can come to be somewhat of an ordeal. I say avoid that altogether and throw on a one-piece.
SO, we've established that swimsuits are no longer just for children under the age of 12, but what are the rules for donning them? Here are a few of mine:
1. All words that incinuate the one-piece is only fit for the elderly are BANNED: Swimming Costume and all its derivatives (including the dreaded 'cossie'-bleugh) should especially be shunned.
2. Make it bold: Avoid ditsy floral prints which again, may add to the popular notion that one-pieces are just for your nan. Bold colours and fun prints are definitely favourable.
3. Add a little boob: If you prefer to stick to a more classic suit (see the beaut black ASOS eg above) make sure you go for a plunging neckline, or at least one that shows off a little bit of boob. If, like me, you have the cleavage of an 11 year old boy, still follow this rule, but accept that you will have to spend much of your time on the beach pushing them up or squeezing them together.
4. Cut it out: Another way of adding a little sass to your suit is by picking up a cut-out version, such as the River Island tropical delight above. This one's seriously great if you're not yet ready to fully embrace the onesie, as it's practically a bikini from the back.
So all that's left to do now is book your holiday and throw out your two-pieces. Long live the swimsuit!
If there's one thing I can't ever get enough of, it's a wee bit of shoe art (I did try to combine the words to come up with a nifty one worded combination of the two, but upon looking up the word 'Shart' on Urban Dictionary I realised it wasn't quite right). These ASOS beauties are literally what a shoe addict's dreams are made of. Upon seeing them online, I was totally in adoration of them, but convinced myself they were too outwardly ridiculous to actually purchase. 4 days later and the strain of staying away from them was just too much and I caved. They are utterly bonkers but that's what I love about them. The hot pink hue and cute little heal (not to mention the elastic pom poms) just made for the most irresistible footwear. When I got them out of the box they just made me smile :)
Aside from receiving my weekly shoe art, the past 7 days have been pretty chaotic but glorious. I have been interning for The Debrief, and can honestly say that so far it has been one of my all-time favourite placements I have undertaken. The team is young and so friendly, and the site is full of hilarious and refreshingly open articles which 20-somethings actually really want to read and know about. During the week I have assisted on a shoot, got to go to two press events- one a beauty launch and the other where I got to meet Rita Ora- and the press conference for the new Cinderella movie. I have also had a couple of pieces published, which you can read here and here. It has been a great chance to get more experience and to meet some lovely people, both in the office and at the aforementioned events. It's also pretty damn handy that the office is located right near one of the only Crosstown doughnut stands in the city...coincidence? I think not.