Monday, 31 August 2009

Monday pondering

My skin has had its ups and downs, big time. From about April to the beginning of this month, it really cleared up. I had been using Clinique's Anti Blemish Solutions - Soap, Cleanser and Moisturiser 3 step routine.

After and during Benicassim, I got kinda lazy, because the sun (despite long term) works wonders for your skin and kinda hides blemishes away, especially with my mass of freckles - they kind of get lost under there.

I stuck with the Clinique routine as best I could but I've noticed in the past week or so, my skin really has taken a turn for the worse.

I was reading another girl's beauty blog, and I almost had an epiphany.

Last week I bought Mac Mineralize Foundation and pretty much since then I've broken out.

I googled it, and quite a few hits came up with people saying the same thing.

I really like this make up, but it makes me think I might need to change it, literally a week after buying it.

What a pickle.

I'm just going to have to see if the sun helps me out this week when I'm in Spain.

Has anybody else had the same problem with this foundation? I'd love to hear from you!


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I need North West Bloggers...


So thats Liverpool/Manchester/Leeds?

Got something pretty exciting planned so hit me up via this, twitter.com/LAURENMCBRIDE, or laurenjanemcbride@gmail.com

please please please get in touch, ladies/gentlemen.
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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Alice Dellal / Dominic Jones... Again.

Love this pic.
Must be the 21 year old in me, but I wouldn't let my nails get like that now.
But check out the knuckle duster.
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If I had the legs


I'd buy some House of Holland for Pretty Polly tights



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Friday, 28 August 2009

On trend: Shoulders

Shoulders are HUGE this season, literally.
We're all being sent back to the 80s with this blast from the past, and you know we're all being sucked into it.

Check this mini dress out from asos.
Shoulder pads - check
Metallic - check
Balmain inspired colourway - check
asos price tag - check.
Don your structured shoulders and get your groove on.


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How cool are these cats.

PEDROPHILIA - Good to see Busy P making an appearance on Cobrasnake.
Major Hair Envy here. How gorgeous?
allimagescourtesyofcobrasnake
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Thursday, 27 August 2009

Thursday Amaze


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MWFW?


Now, in my short time of working in the fashion industry, be that head office or retail, I've predominantly worked in menswear.

Don't get me wrong, I love working in womenswear; it's clearly where I buy my clothes from, but there is just something about menswear which really excites me.

I think it's the fact that there are so many brilliant high street stores for women, but in many cases, the male counterpart is not so hot.

Take Topshop and Topman. No explanations needed.

But then you look at Zara and Reiss, the menswear is on par with the womens - however, they are both directional design-led clothing brands, with a huge portion of their product aimed at business wear.

So maybe the problem is that there are no high street stores catering for casual menswear.

Well we all learn't about the trickle down effect in uni, or at least in that infamous phrase in "The Devil Wears Prada"

"You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff."

Where am I taking this?

London Fashion Week has unveiled plans for a provisional menswear schedule the day after the main event ends.

This day will be completely dedicated to menswear - the first time in the history of LFW.

Could this mean that fashion forward designs will trickle their way down to our high street stores to finally give the men of Britain something to proudly wear, and look on par with the women?

Menswear Day - 23/09/09


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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Dreams.


I'd love to go to New York for a long amount of time, on my own.


Any ideas why?

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Liverpool Fashion Feature

I just thought I'd introduce you to a Liverpool based graphics company, which was set up earlier this year.

Wasted Heroes Clothing is a t-shirt label set up by Russell Reid, who is a graphics design graduate from JMU, but originally from Ireland.

As well as making screen-printed t-shirts, he is the designer of the flyers promoting the infamous Chibuku and Circus dance nights in Liverpool.





I first came across his designs after getting my Chibuku newsletter, advertising the brand.

I clicked straight away, and was really impressed with the selection of styles and prints that he does.

These are my 3 favourite designs of his, but there are so many more on the website.

He designs for men and women, and also makes tote bags.





I love it when you stumble across a brand like this. It's a perfect combination of fashion with music, and even better that it's based locally.

The website is great; it's really detailed, and even tells you all about the printing method that he goes through to make the t-shirts.

This is a website I urge you to check out, just to see the range in designs Russell does.



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Monday, 24 August 2009

KIRSTY DOYLE A/W 09/10

Images for Kirsty Doyle's Autumn/Winter Collection were released a week ago or so, and I thought i'd show you a few of the amazing pieces she has in this range.

THE JESSICA DRESS

Kirsty Tweeted about this dress last week, saying that it had had some big press calls in for the coming season.
I'm presuming that the dress is named after her younger sister, who has modelled for the brand in previous seasons. I especially love the detail around the bust.

ORIGAMI PEAKED SHOULDER JACKET


IVORY QUARTZ CASHMERE AND SILK JACKET


ORIGAMI SKIRT
I love the styling of this shoot; the delicately structured garments, set against a rough backdrop.
I'll be sure to add more to this post; I'm going to meet her in half an hour at the flagship store in the MetQuarter, Liverpool. It opens tomorrow, come down if you're around!

Kirsty Doyle Womenswear A/W 09/10
Photographer: Matt Ford
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Sunday, 23 August 2009

smokingmakesyoulookcool

ooh clo bo what you do to me


courtesyoflesmoking
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sunday amaze



courtesyofolsensanonymous
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Planetary, Intergalactic




acid wash hoody-american apparel
moc croc leggings-american apparel
shoes-vans

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WOTD

website of the day..



welovecolours
kinda like american apparel on acid.



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