Spring Highstreet Fashion Wishlist 2014

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The weather woman on Look North has just informed me that we’ve got another warmer week ahead and I’m taking that as certified permission to start getting overly excited about the new Spring/Summer lines appearing on the highstreet. Everything just seems to be so cute! Here are some of the items I am totally lusting over this season…

MOTO Light Grey Leigh Jeans – Topshop £38.00

I’ve never really gone for grey jeans before, but I thought these ones were really sweet! The shade is just perfect in my opinion; light enough to look really pretty with pastels but dark enough to also look really cool and edgy with monochromes. Oh, and the fit and shape of all Topshop jeans is just perfect. Sadly, no matter how much I try, I really can’t justify the £38.00 though.

Love Bird Cross Stitch Dotty Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

This. This is just beautiful. The boho feel of the embroidery style detailing on the flap, the gorgeous fun, fresh colours, the practical size – for me, this looks like the perfect Spring and Summer bag. It is just SO pretty, I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere and it’s not too expensive… I just love this!

Lace Back Playsuit – Topshop £48.00

Aww, this is soo pretty and cute but elegant and sophisticated at the same time! I have hopelessly fallen in love with the mint green trend which is still definitely going strong, and playsuits are one of my favourite things to wear in Summer as they are really comfy and airy! Unfortunately, the price is waaay out of my budget but it’s free to look isn’t it? And drool? And gawk at every couple of days on the website to see if it’s gone in the sale like a mad woman? Tell me I’m not the only person who does that…

Spot Lilly Shirt – Topshop £35.00

Topshop again, what can I say? Again, I think this is really unique and stunning. It kind of reminds me of Japanese cherry blossom trees and exotic beaches… I love it so much, but hate the price. Topshop,why so expensive? :(. I think I’ d wear this with highwaisted shorts, or, come to think of it, it would look gorgeous with the Topshop jeans!

Navy Polka Dot Tea Dress – River Island £25.00

Don’t even try to tell me this is more of a Autumn item, it won’t deter me, I’m already way too in love with this. I can not get enough of these t-shirt dresses at the moment! I love wearing dresses as I always feel feminine and pretty in them but live in fear of looking like I’ve tried too hard or am overdressed. Therefore, these are the perfect solution! I especially love this cute polka dot one with the bold white spikey collar.

Coral Quilted Rucksack – River Island £30.00

This bag just took my breath away when I saw it – it is the ultimate power bag. The colour is just so bold and… KAPOW!! Know what I mean? I love the fact that other than the trendy quilted texture there is no decoration on the bag to distract from the awesome colour, making it look even more unapologetic and empowering. I need this is my life.

Cara Camera Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

I think for the £25 I would probably prefer the other Accessorize bag but this one is really cute and quirky! I mean…IT’S A CAMERA?! HOW fun and cutsie?! I love the fact that being gold it adds some bling to your outfit and it would also go with everything. Cute, but not quite worth the money methinks.

Jardin Supersoft Sweat – Topshop £24.00

I’m not even sure why I like this so much, but I do! I’m head over heels! I love statement t-shirts and sweatshirts but find some of the slogans just a bit… odd? But this I thought was quite sweet and a bit more feminine – and basically just really cute for Spring! Also, I thought the £24 was very reasonable for Topshop.

Crop Pocket Vest – Topshop £8.00

I’ve only just realised how practically everything is from Topshop… oops! This is a perfect little basic for throwing on over shorts or jeans and just looking effortlessly pretty. The colour, I find, is ideal for Spring and I think loose crop tops are so much more casual and flattering than the tight ones which I tend to feel a bit uncomfortable and self-conscious in.

Well, there you have it! If you don’t take anything else from this post, you have definitely learned that I have a real Topshop obsession… it’s becoming a problem. Which online shops do you always find yourself browsing through?

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

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February 2014 Beauty and Fashion Favourites

Hello my Snowdroplets!!

This is my first ever monthly favourite post and I don’t know if I try enough products to do one each month, but I found this one fun to do so who knows? I will warn you though, it has turned into a bit of a mammoth post so you may want to grab a nice hot chocolate/coffee/tea before you begin! In other news, I was thrilled when I logged onto my blog this morning to find that I have just surpassed the 1000 views milestone, I now feel like a true blogger. Anyway, without further ado I shall begin this post…

My Beauty Favourites

My Beauty Favourites

Impulse Loving Words - £0.97 at Superdrug

Impulse Loving Words – £0.97 at Superdrug

I have tried quite a few Impulse body sprays now, whether they be mine or a friends, and so I think myself justified to declare this one my favourite! The fragrance is very fruity and fresh and making it distinctly feminine and for only £0.97 I don’t really think you can go wrong. I also love the packaging; it slots into my school bag perfectly for a sneaky spritz after PE.

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream 30ml - £1.50 at Superdrug

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream 30ml – £1.50 at Superdrug

This has been my saviour. For some reason my hands have really been taking a battering this year from the weather and I ended up with the skin between my fingers being terribly dry. My friend kindly gave me this in a gift set for my birthday and after using it daily before bed my hands have felt much smoother, softer and the dryness has almost gone. It doesn’t feel greasy when you put it on and has an instant and lasting effect. The only perhaps downside is that it has quite a strong smell, but personally, I quite like it.

Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer - £3.99 at Superdrug

Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer – £3.99 at Superdrug

I have started using this for my dark circles which have been pretty shocking at the moment, admittedly only I am to blame for this though! Initially I had wanted to get the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer as I thought a liquid one might have more coverage but I couldn’t find one in my shade ANYWHERE so my friend recommended this. I have found it to be good, providing a smooth, light coverage which has been nice when I didn’t want to look ‘made-up’, but I think I probably will still be keeping an eye out for the Collection concealer.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose - £1.50 at Superdrug

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose – £1.50 at Superdrug

This. This is just amazing. Forget your Vaselines, Baby Lips and all the rest of it, this is what you need in your life. It has made my lips the softest I think they have ever been and this smells soo fruity and sweet and GOOD!! I also own the original one which is great as well, but I just prefer the smell of this one. The packaging is really cute as well, the little tin is really slim so I barely feel it slotted into my school blazer pocket. Snowdrop highly recommends.

Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint - £4.99 at naturisimo.com

Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint – £4.99 at naturisimo.com

Now, I realise I have effectively just labelled the Nivea Lip Butters the best lip balms ever, but… I think the Eos lip balms are a VERY close second! The smell (and taste… don’t judge me) of these are unbeatable – this sweet mint one literally smells like the best mint chocolate icecream ever. These are 95% organic and 100% natural and how cool is the packaging?! All you have to do is pucker up and smooth it on, though I must confess the shape is a little inconvenient. But unfortunately, I don’t think these are quite as moisturising as the Nivea Lip Butters, they are great, don’t get me wrong, but now I have experienced the Nivea ones, I don’t think anything can compare!

Maybelline Falsies Volum' Express Mascara - £7.99 at Superdrug

Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara – £7.99 at Superdrug

This is pretty awesome. At first it scared me a bit because it came out way clumpier than my previous mascara, but it was probably just because I’d had to coat my lashes with the other one to achieve the desired amount of volume whereas with this you just slick it on and you’re done! It creates so much volume with such little product; it’s amazing! So while it was a bit of an investment for me, I think it will definitely last me and save me plenty of time. Happy customer.

My Fashion Favourites

My Fashion Favourites

Primark Jumper - £14

Primark Jumper – £14

This jumper has quickly turned into one of my favourites (… hence why it’s now in my favourites post, what a stupid thing to say -.-). I thought it was a bit expensive for Primark at first but I fell in love with the combination of the quirky and retro, yet still girly, floral pattern and the edgy monochrome colour scheme which seems to be really popular at the moment. I also love the way it sits, nice and loose but with a bit of gathering at the bottom so that it doesn’t just hang. Not to mention, the quality feels quite good for Primark as well – I’m so glad I bought this! It adds interest and fun to any casual outfit.

Topshop Mini Satchel Bag - £15 in the sale

Topshop Mini Satchel Bag – £15 in the sale

I spent SO much time deliberating as to whether to buy this or not as I have acquired rather an abundance of bags over the years, but I am so glad that I did! These satchel style bags seem to be the perfect size for me, I hope they stay ‘in’ for a while yet. I have used this bag so much already and I still get as excited about using it as I did when I first got it, which is always a good sign. I reckon it’s perfect for this time of year, as it adds a splash of Spring to any outfit when it’s still too cold to wear Spring/Summer clothes – the colour is surprising easy to match as well! I will probably be using this all the way through Spring and Summer so it was a real bargain if you look at it that way.

Gilly Hicks Medium Wash Jeggings - £11.90 in the sale

Gilly Hicks Medium Wash Jeggings – £11.90 in the sale

 

I don’t even know how to start describing to you how much I love these. I had had my eye on some Topshop jeans almost identical to these for a while, but they were around £38 which there was no way I could justify paying. Then, I found these. Originally £34 (I think) these are SO soft and comfortable it’s like wearing super comfy leggings – that look GOOD!!? I was a bit worried that they might be thin legging-esque material though as they were labelled as jeggings, but they are effectively just ultra comfy and soft jeans. I especially love the colour, just that bit faded but not too pale, meaning I could make them work in Winter or Summer and the fact they are slightly highwaisted is great too, meaning I could wear them with crop tops if I wanted. They also fit PERFECTLY.

 

Thank you for making it through this fairly hefty post! Did you enjoy my first ever favourites post? It was certainly fun getting together everything I’ve been loving this month.

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

My Guide To Your Perfect Coat….

Hello Snowdroplets!!

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From left: Miss Selfridge £85, New Look £65, John Lewis £79, F&F Clothing £40, Primark £28, John Lewis £79

It’s getting to that time of year when you can’t leave the house without a coat. Every year, I look forwards to this to start off with, the thought of getting all cosied up with a chic coat and a snuggly scarf, hat and glove set, but this soon gets tedious and dull. Therefore, to postpone those bad weather blues for as long as possible, it is essential that you invest in a coat to get excited about!! There seem to be some interesting coat trends going round at the moment, so there’s plenty of choice… 😀

The Trend: Tartan

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1. Miss Selfridge £75    2. Asos £50    3. Boohoo £55 (also available in red)     4. (As before) John Lewis £79

Tartan is a big trend at the moment, and coats aren’t missing out. My favourite has to be the moss coloured John Lewis one, as the big ‘cocoon’ shape is also very in and I just love the colours and little fur collar and OHHH it’s just soo nice!! :O! I’ve even featured it twice in this post to show my love for it! The black and white Boohoo one is also really cool though, I love the biker essence of it what with the leather details and zips.

The Trend: Fur

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1. River Island £100    2. Asos £160    3. Matalan £35

Whether you’re after something trendy yet casual for a weekend, smart yet unique to dress up your workwear, or simply something practical but with a touch of class, there’s a fur coat for you!! How snuggly does this River Island one look?! Not to mention, how there is more than just the one texture this year: the classic long fur like that of the black Asos coat, or the ‘teddy texture’ of the River Island one. This trend still looking too scary for you? Then why not just opt for a touch of the trend with a fur collared coat – or a separate fur scarf for your own coat? There’s no escaping this trend, my guess is that it will be everywhere this season!

The Trend: Biker

1. Womens Biker Coat 2.

3.Salt and Pepper Biker Coat

1. GetTheLabel.com £39.99     2. Topshop £85    3. Oasis £100

In my books, anything with that edgy asymmetric zip screams biker style, so you don’t have to go all out with it if you don’t want to, just look for a classic coat with that detail. However, if you do want to go all out, I love the first one what with the the gold zips and leather sleeves, yet the long line of it makes it a bit more sophisticated and interesting than the classic leather jacket – which in my opinion is becoming way too mainstream! 😉

So there you have it, my pick of the top coat trends this season! Which are your favourites?

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

Trend Alert: Spots

Spots have already been pretty big news of late, but with the sighting of not one, but two royalties sporting the look, fashion forecasts that spots will be taking over for Autumn. Oh, and how cute is the royal baby?! Congratz Kate and Wills!

I’ve always had a soft spot (haha) for polka dots so today I’ve got together all my favourite spotty items, which are your faves?

Jack Wills (in the sale) £19

I love the olive colour of these jeans, they add to the too cute vintage feel of them – love, love, love!

Boohoo £10

This is so versatile, and for £10 I reckon you could get plenty of wear out of it – and it’s so pretty!

New Look (in the sale) £12

This is so sleek and modern, if I had a tablet it would soo be going in this!

Topshop £29

This would look really cute either tucked in, or loose – I just love it!

Topshop £30

I love these too much for words. They’re so retro, cute and awesome… if only they were half the price. 😦

Forever21 (in the sale) £1.99

Just add a touch of the trend to your outfit with this big and beautiful bangle!

Cath Kidston (in the sale) £18

Cath Kidston plimsolls are total classics in my books and would just look adorable with jeans, skirts, shorts – you name it!

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty x

Final Friday Featured Fashion Find (sniff)

Goodbye Friday Featured Fashion Find. We’ve had a good run but I feel us drifting apart… It’s not you it’s me. I just havn’t got the time you deserve to be given anymore… (Sniff).

But I will do one more for old times sake! This week I have been lusting comfy, casual hoodies – but obviously they have to be in trend too! They are a total staple for lounging indoors in comfort, or to shrug on for a brisk walk into town. Here is an affordable yet stylish selection I found this week…

 

Laura Neon Zip Through Hoody

Boohoo.com £10

Forever 21 £16.75

Mariah Dogtooth All Over Print Zip Up Hoodie

Boohoo (in the sale) £8

Jack Wills £59.50

Hollister £50

The last two are better if you want a good quality hoodie – I can personally vouch for the fact that the Hollister one is REALLY soft as I have a navy one which I wear with everything. However, the others are great bargain buys. All are super casual but with a hint of a trend going on – meaning you can wear it out!

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty x

Happy Medium

Mid heels, midi dresses, midi skirts, mid-drift skimming tops… Ok, I made that last phrase up, but crop tops are also in, and are these sounding familiar? Because all things ‘midi’ are big news this season!

MID HEELS

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1 and 2. New Look £19,99   3. £17.99   4. Topshop £55.00

I can’t decide which colour scheme I prefer out of the first too… the casual tan with boho, festival-esque coloured sole, or the edgy monochrome with the aztec-ish patterned sole…! Which do you prefer? I adore the third red pair as well, for two reasons: 1) I adore the colour red. Striking, feminine, but with a hint of danger. And 2) this style with the band over the toe and the skinny strap around the ankle is all over the catwalk and looks chic and expensive. The same goes for the fourth pair, about the shape but these come in a sleek, sophisticated grey with a clean silhouette, but with an edgy, modern heel. What’s more, mid heels are far more feet friendly than whopping platforms, which is always a plus in my books!

MIDI DRESSES AND SKIRTS

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1. Chiara £14.95    2. Select fashion £8    3. Fashion Union £15    4. Topshop £20

Aztec, tie dye, graphitti and bright and bold colours all make uber trendy and fashionable midi skirts and dresses. They are often really reasonably priced too – my favourite, the graphitti dress from Fashion Union, for example, is an awesome £15! £15!!! :-O!!!! You would probably be able to dress them up or down. When I asked my friend whether someone could wear it casually or for an event she said: ”Well… You wear clothes all the time don’t you?”, oh dear… this is why I love her! I personally prefer the bright, fun ones as opposed to the monochrome, sophisticated ones, but that’s just me, I know lots of people who look gorgeous with the more grown-up ones.

MIDI/CROP TOPS

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1. Topshop £14    2 Topshop £22    3. New Look £9.99

Cutsie or exotic, there’s one for everyone. Ok, I realise they’re a bit daring and scary but their the perfect holiday staple or they could be worn with a high-waisted skirt or shorts so you only reveal a strip of skin. I ADORE the first one, it’s just soo pretty!! And it’s a pretty good price for Topshop too. Not to mention the New Look one is so fun too, only £9.99. :-O

Which of the ‘midi’s are your favourites? I think the crop tops are the most fun, but then again, the dresses and skirts are so classy… and the heels so practical… I can’t decide!!

Thank you for reading

Simplistic beauty x

Friday Featured Fashion Find

”Here comes the sun, da da da DA!”

 

Forget what I said last week, bring on Summer!! Who can resist the tingling, golden rays cascading off you skin, the vast baby blue expanse stretching across the sky, the birds singing, the butterflies flitting, summer sizzling, not me. Forget neutrals, monochrome and all that, this week I’ve been all about colour and fun in the sun what with possibly the nicest bank holiday ever, so I hope these fresh and funky sunnies reflect this….

 

1.2.3.Image 1 of ASOS Half Frame Kitten Round Sunglasses4.Image 1 of Jeepers Peepers Duke Fuscia Round Frame Sunglasses

 

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1. H&M £3.99

2. H&M £5.99

3. Asos £12

4. Asos £16

5. Topshop £20

6. Simply Be £16

 

Some of you may be ‘tut tutting’ at the high street brands here as I know a lot of people like to splash out for a classic, timeless pair sunglasses as they believe they are something which should be good quality, however I prefer cheap and cheerful on trend ones so I can replace them every year and have more than one pair! Though I can see the sense with both methods. 🙂

Which are your faves?

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty x