Saturday, 18 October 2014

Playlist: Current Favourites #8

Songs are as follows:
Alt-J // The Gospel of John Hurt
Keaton Henson Feat. Ren Ford // Emissary*
Buscabulla // Caer
Lxury // Never Love
Toro Y Moi // Harm In Change

*This one's a little more emotive than the others - just a fair warning.. If you're going through the playlist and want something a little more upbeat, don't give up on my little compilation! Just skip through - it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the songs, but I had to include it all the same. Don't give up on my playlists, because they're BEAST. (According to me)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Autumn Brights

This jumper (River Island) is special to me. It's caterpillar-like colour and fabric, its softness, its shape, the way it drapes, its warmth.. I love it. Yet I don't think that in the year I have owned it that it has ever been featured in an outfit post. Its day has come! I've paired it with an equally fun Penneys dungaree dress, and my favourite socks ever - pink dinosaur socks. They're from Topshop. The Dr Martens are my school shoes, so cost-per-wear they've worked out well.

This is one of those outfits that will vary largely in outcome depending on how you stand, whether the jumper is tucked in or flapping out, whether the sleeves are rolled up or not... Exhausting. Cue obsessive mirror check-ups. However, its fun factor makes it every bit worth it, as far as I'm concerned - I'm being very good staying away from large doses blacks and burgundies associated with chillier months in this outfit. That deserves an applause, I'm pretty sure?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ya Prep

DISCLAIMER: I don't usually wear this sort of thing... I feel like I'm obliged to state that, considering I've been away for what seems like so long (Sorry!) and you may think I've changed my entire being. As it happens, I saw Gone Girl on Friday and felt like going a little Amy-Dunne-in-private-school, although I'm not sure how successful I was.. I felt classy in this little getup, anyhow.

The fur collar is from H&M - I can't wait to add over to all my coats when it gets that bit chillier. It makes up for not being able to afford a full-on faux fur coat. The white shirt I've got on under the blazer (charity shop) is also from H&M. The plaid pants are from Penneys, and the boots are from Dunnes.

Not my usual cup of tea, but maybe I could waltz onto the set of a Tommy Hilfiger shoot and fit in? That could come in handy, someday.

It's Ya Preppy Girl :) Lacrosse Hockey xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Shortcut to an Undercut

No, I'm not saying I'm the birth child of Grimes (repping everything I want in hair and life) and Cara Delevingne (source of hair inspo and a lot of insecurity).. This is a diagram to illustrate today's beauty experiment. Jeez, I need to stop cropping myself into photos next to beautiful people :xxxxxxxx

All in the name of science, I'm going to be recreating the 'neck undercut' look without touching an electric trimmer - or rather, try to do so. For science. 

The concept: 'Soft naff' - A term I've coined to explain the concept behind a neck undercut: It's as edgy and alternative as a traditional sidecut, but when sported with a dodgy bun and a grotty bomber jacket, it brings out a chavvy androgyny that's got 'street style' written all over it - very rare. Androgyny is normally a 'catwalk only' thing, often written in flashing lights with gothic undertones. I personally find the opposing subtlety of a neck undercut to be  faaabulous, and so I had to try one for myself - minus the nerves, dedication and awkward growing out of the real, shaven thing. Hence, I've come up with my own version - refer to my diagram above for the full idea - combining both the sectioning of an undercut with the principals of cornrows (do you like my logical lingo??????). Cara D did it last year at the Met Gala Ball, and now I'm looking to do the same - just on a different part of my head.

The Nitty Gritty: This took many a bobby pin, bobbin, elastic, comb, etc.. It also took a considerable amount of time, but I'm guessing that's because I was cornrowing for the first time, and I couldn't see what I was doing - this is where having two mirrors would come in handy. I started by sectioning my hair in a straight, straight line from one ear to the other, tying the top half of hair up out of the way. I then carried out the cornrow process (see the tutorial below - if I tried to explain it in my own words I would probably cause your reading device to implode with confusion, create a black hole, end the world, etc... I'm doing this for your sake). I did so starting at the base of my neck, working upward until I reached the upper section of hair, where I tied the braid off with a wee elastic.

The Result: I ended up with a mock undercut pretty close to what I had initially visualised, which was great! However, this is definitely a hairstyle that you'll do better on a friend than on yourself - eugh. I would advise anyone who wants to try out the look to get the braids as tight as possible also, just for neatness and a longer lasting style - having said that, I managed to wash my hair, sleep in it and wear it for a full day before taking it out, but that was moreso to do with personal preference than its upkeep. I'm sure I could've gone another day or two.

So, will you be trying out the fundercut? (Faux undercut - emphasis on 'FUN')

Whilst doing research, I found out that Paul Smith did something similar for his SS12 show - but they hid the plaits. So, can I claim it as my own invention or?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Playlist: Current Faves #7

 Songs are as follows:
Lykke Li//Gunshot
Saint Motel//Just My Type
Emika//Wicked Game
Grimes Ft. Blood Diamonds//Go

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Sparkly Dress and Nets

Do you ever see something in a shop and think, 'That's like something you'd find in American Apparel!' but it's got a much more attractive price tag? It's wonderful. That's what happened to me when I came across this dress; Its fabric and fit is amazing, but it cost under €15. What's more, I found it in the kids' section during one of those shopping days where you're feeling very optimistic about where you'll find something. (Side note: Everything I bought that day was from the kids' section...)

The dress is from H&M. It's fabulous, because it's got such a casual, free and easy fit but its fabric says otherwise. The netted top is from Penneys, and the spikey choker I've got on was originally a headband from Claire's. The boots, which I am debutting once again for the more chilly months, are from River Island. 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Blue Eyebrows - because I can

Obligatory introduction - skip if you please: When I first began blogging, I had this idea that I was going to cover several areas that appealed to me - or rather, I thought appealed to me. I was going to cover fashion, moodboards, beauty, monthly favourites, tags, wishlists.. But as I settled into the rhythm of it all and got my footing, I realised that some posts gave me greater.. (get ready for this term, lads!) creative satisfaction than others; Generally the ones that I felt were 'outside' my comfort zone; The ones that made me feel like I was standing out a little bit, not following the cookie-cutter blog format. So, obviously it made sense for me to drop anything that didn't feel or seem to be worthwhile; For that reason, beauty fell by the wayside. Maybe it's the fact that I'm not amazing with makeup, that my skin's problematic, that I can't afford high-end products, that I don't have the correct lighting, that I don't feel particularly creative writing product reviews or a combination of all these things that kept me away from it. All I know is that when I wrote about beauty, it didn't do a whole lot for my writer's soul - It was like I was just following the textbook girly blogger format. I'm not saying that I'm somehow one in a million with my OOTDs, nor am I slating beauty bloggers (ye're doing a great job!) but I personally feel like I have something more to offer in what I'm doing now.

But I think I may have found a way to incorporate some sort of beauty material in a way that I enjoy, as well as you readers out there enjoying: BEAUTY EXPERIMENTS! What does this mean, you ask? My answer: Putting crap on my face in a way that is unusual, seeing if it works, and learning from it. The concept involves zero professionalism, and zilch commercialism too - Which means if something goes wrong, you've been warned, and also that I'm not going to disclose the products I used by their brand or colour, etc - unless the experiment is product specific or it's a speciality product.

The whole point of this segment will be to open my - and your - mind to all the possibilites of makeup and beauty, without breaking the bank or being judged; This is all a bit of a laugh, after all!
So, without further ado, here is Beauty Experiment #1 - Please do let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more stuff like this. BE CONSTRUCTIVE! 

Idk what the whole scarf thing I've got going on is about - I thought it brought out the brows.
All in the name of science, I'm going to be turning my eyebrows a highly unnatural shade of blue - or rather, try to do so. For science. 

The concept: Blue eyebrows. WHY BRONAGH, WHY?! Because. Someday, when you wake up craving some space buns and holographic err'thang as I do on a daily basis, you'll need a side of blue brows with that. Or pink, purple, green.. Maybe a rainbow. It's a life skill, guys. And they look fairly badass, right?

The nitty-gritty: Now that I've convinced you that blue eyebrows are a necessity, how do we achieve them? Or rather, how did I attempt to achieve them? From what I've seen of unnaturally coloured brows, people seem to either dye them or put some eyeshadow/eyeliner on there. But, I've got a problem with that: Dye is pretty longterm (as in, dealing with the effects for over 24 hours) and eyeshadow/liner doesn't adhere to the hairs; It simply fills in the gaps, giving a mixed up, two-tone effect if the product doesn't match the hairs - the colour doesn't reach optimal level.

Therefore, I've gone for some colour mascara to do the job - it coats the hairs perfectly, without dilluting the colour. First I dabbed a little concealer (not so necessary if you want a more dull colour) on the hairs, and then ran the mascara wand against the grain of the hair, getting to the roots. I then settled the hairs back to their usual position, going over any spots I had missed with the colour.

The result: Well, blue brows! A little strange to look at, but then again, staring at any brows for more than thirty seconds makes me feel uncomfortable. The hairs don't look too clumpy as mascaras sometimes can, but then again, any trouble there could be fixed with some good ole' picking. Gross but fun - admit it. 

As coloured mascaras are hard to come by at a friendly price, I feel obliged to tell you that I used one by Essence - and they've got it in several other colours too. Deadly! Collect 'em all..