Thursday, 27 September 2012

Mini MUA Haul

Shade 29 Pearl
Brooding Plum

I picked up some MUA products from my local Superdrug as the full collection has recently been introduced. I nabbed these beauties for a pound each! 

The eye shadow appealed to the magpie in me as I'm a sucker for gold shimmer. The green is so autumnal and almost a metallic khaki which is one of my favourite hues this season. It could look especially pretty applied with a thin detailer brush extremely close to the bottom/top lash line or even both. I'd call that leafy eyes... it's a trend just waiting to catch on.
Also, I packed on the product in the swatch to try and show the way the light reflects from the eye shadow, it isn't the consistency of mould. But if it were, it would be very pretty mould.

I fall in love with 'Brooding Plum' more and more every time I cast eyes on it! Plum and wine colours are my absolute favourites in the colder months when my tan starts to fade, and that natural flush to the cheeks begins to appear after long waits at the bus stop.
I swear by Rimmel lip pencils but the MUA line is half the price and just as creamy and pigmented. Liner lasts through rain and shine but can be drying, so I just apply a dash of lip balm and my lips stay pigmented and vibrant all day. 

P.s. Have you tried anything from the MUA line? If so, what are your thoughts?

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Coordinated Cheeks and Lips

If only I were blessed with an attractive profile. 
A few days ago I decided to be daring, and by that I mean I matched my blush and lip colour. So I wasn't particularly daring. At all. But still - it was different.
I used Benefit's Cha Cha tint which I purchased on a recent trip to Prague in the central Sephora. I have loved the colour for a long time but, as with Benetint, my first attempts at application did not go to plan. I would brush a stroke of product on the apple of my cheek and rub it in with my ring finger. Not only did this leave my finger stained and tangy orange, but the coverage was blotchy and the original stroke was darker than everything else. Cue panic, buyer's remorse, scraping my piggy bank simply to reassure myself I was not, as I feared, penniless*. But with practice, I think I've cracked the conundrum for good. Benefit is not at fault (as I had almost hoped) but it was my technique all along. Now, I use the same method but speeeeedily grab my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to blend the tint in circular motions - and voilĂ !
The lips work best when applied with a lip brush if only to avoid the Essex style ring finger...


*For the record, I am in fact rolling in pennies. Of course, my bank balance consists of a lot of zeros and the occasional tumbleweed, but I have emptied a year's worth of coppers, cleared my Dad's bedside table of coinage and have so far discovered a whole five pounds. Big money. The joys of being jobless.

Monday, 24 September 2012

My Vintage Bag Collection

  1. My retro weekend bag.
  2. A miniature satchel my Mum bought me from a Church bric-a-brac stall for fifty pence.
  3. The patchwork piece - pockets galore.
  4. The bag I used for my high school prom with a detachable strap.
  5. A designer Suzy Smith envelope clutch, minus the hefty price tag.
  6. The trusty tapestry. 
  7. My snakeskin evening bag. Spacious enough for cash, mobile and lippy. 
  8. The gym bag - bought in Ecuador, hand knitted and technically a present from Dad to Mum.
  9. A designer Smith & Canova rucksack and my favourite brown bag. 
P.s. Which bag is your favourite? Feel free to leave a comment below with the number and why.

Friday, 21 September 2012

The A/W Coat Shortlist

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Today I thought I would post something different. I don't often do fashion inspiration posts because my only source of knowledge is Vogue and Elle. Now, they might seem like the prime spot for current trends, which they are - but they simply can't be for a tight-pocketed teen like myself. I don't let myself become too infatuated with the endless editorials and stunning photography because I wouldn't sleep for dreaming of Zadig & Voltaire, Burberry and Russel & Bromley... it's too unhealthy a mindset. So I leave the glossy magazines in my wonderland and return to the real world; a world in which my bank account contains under ten pounds. 
So, left to my devices, I ventured into some online browsing (still unhealthy) and selected the above coats as my relatively affordable Autumn style choices.
As you can plainly see, I'm all for tailoring and the 'boyfriend' look. The ohso 80s drop waist, sloping shoulders and double breasted detailing just hit the spot.
My chosen favourite would have to be no.5 - it has the look of a boyfriend coat (which I have already, see my previous post) but Topshop have coined it a 'coatigan'! I couldn't ask for anything more.

P.s. Are you investing in a new coat this A/W?

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Boyfriend Coat: What Sara Wore

Jeans: Just Female @ ASOS / Shirt: Charity Shop / 
Coat: Charity Shop / Belt: ASOS / Shoes: Charity Shop

I often don't realise how much of my wardrobe is second hand until I write a post like this. My parents and I spent last Friday night at a classical concert and my entire outfit minus socks and, well, underwear (I hope that's a given) was second hand; pretty darn impressive.
I am quite the second hand aficionado as I've always lived nearby to an abundance of charity shops and found them to be surprisingly less chaotic than the city centre shopping districts. Truth be told, there's something so exciting about rifling through row upon row of smelly, mostly repulsive looking garments only to find a one off piece. In my case, a few months ago I felt compelled to go into a particular shop that had an attractive looking rail of coats. Of course, you had your oversized denim, over-embellished leather and just oversparklysequineddiamantĂ©d jackets, but amongst the mish mash there was a camel coloured beacon of light: it was an unscathed boyfriend jacket, intact with spare buttons. Too good to be true I hear you mutter, but I had, in fact, struck gold. The coat was £6.99 current season Louche @ JOY and its situation was clearly the amalgamation of an impulse buy and a lost receipt. That indecisively stylish stranger's loss was indeed my gain.
So, the moral of the story is - if you do not discover, try and try again! I'm often asked "how do you find such great pieces?" which I can't possibly answer, but it's definitely not by sitting on my arse and wondering.

P.s. What is your most satisfying second hand find?

And here's a cute photograph of Quincy and I

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A TOPSHOP Wishlist & Birthday Babble

Most of you will be unaware that I celebrated my 17th birthday this August. I'm a little one in my academic year so it always feels like such a wait until August peeks its head around, but I suppose there are some perks...

1. The lateness can bode well for an introvert like me because there's less of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY YOU SHOULD BE SCREAMING-ness. It's not really my style... I mean, the thought of a birthday on a school day fills me with dread. Not only are you bound to a schedule but (very lovely, kind-hearted) crazy friends like to throw you into the spotlight. I must sound like a moany old bore, but I like my creature comforts.
2. I stopped having what I would call 'proper birthday parties' aged 10 or so because I always seemed to spend more time keeping everyone else happy than enjoying myself. I'm plagued with the good hostess gene.
3. In my memory, it has always rained on my birthday. Until 3 years ago, I travelled to my Granny's bungalow for the day in the North-East every single year, where it was certainly bound to rain. Now, unlike so many of the population, I love rain. I may have mentioned it before, but I just find there is nothing more comforting than the rain. I have a loft bedroom so the easiest way I drop off is to the sound of rain hammering against the sky-lights. When I was little, I used to walk home from school with my best friend in a torrential downpour, coat-less (unadvisable) until we were both soaked to the skin. Eccentric, I know, but the beauty of coming home, peeling off a sopping uniform and changing into fresh pyjamas, followed by an evening of hot chocolate and children's television in front of the fire is incomparable. So there you have it folks, risking pneumonia is worth it for the short-term rewards.
4. It's a bloody lovely end to Summer.
5. It gives me some spending money for the coming academic year.

Most of this year's birthday cash will be put towards driving lessons but I'm hoping to spare a few quid for those beautiful Topshop leggings.

P.s. When is your birthday?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A Festival Photo Album

All we drank was Pepsi.
Planning our assault on the Leeds Festival schedule
'Raising it up' on shoulders at Florence + the Machine
Henna tattoos
The lovely Izzy and I at Benjamin Francis Leftwich
My favourite act of the weekend: Justice
Kasabian in colour
Monochromatic Kasabian
A hangover, a cup of tea, bum bags and two best friends.
UV paint and duct taped mugs
Whores for face paint
I repeat...
Crazy folk standing on shoulders at the Black Keys
Drunk and disorderly at the Silent Disco
These sunglasses cost me £1 from Primark men's section and
I don't even like them. I do, however, appreciate the mad scientist look.
Above are some recent photographs taken at Leeds Festival, an English festival of music held over a long weekend. It was my third trip and I bloody loved it.
I apologise if anyone is offended by drunk teenagers, but if that is the case I'm confused as to why you wound up on my blog. I'm a Northerner, for crying out loud.

P.s. What do you think of my festival fashion?

Monday, 17 September 2012

Dogtooth & Denim: What Sara Wore

Hope that pure editing magic is appreciated...
Leotard: Primark / Mini skirt: Miss Selfridge / 
Jacket: Festival Oxfam / Shoes: Charity Shop / Necklace: Primark 

Greetings, bloggers. I had a revelation yesterday that I do, in fact, want to write again. I can hear lands afar celebrating. So I thought I'd hit you all in the face with an outfit post. 
I have been over-simplifying my outfits on purpose recently and I've decided my Autumn look is - good riddance to oversized, overdone clothing and hello to fitted, flattering pieces. 
I am guilty of being a chuck on that Granddad jumper and pretend it's for fashion rather than comfort kinda gal and I'm not trying to discourage anyone from that style, I just don't execute it very well. 
I'm adoring mini skirts, whether they're a-line or bodycon, they help to elongate the look of my already rather giraffey legs and accentuate my waist.
I am obsessed with these pumps despite the 1 inch heel bringing my height to about 5'10". I actually enjoy the formality a slight heel brings to my outfits.
Leotards are ideal if you have a petite torso like me that can get lost in looser tops, as they have the credentials of a basic vest (simple, fitted, comfortable) but come in more interesting styles. I love the 3/4 length sleeves and scooped back on this Primark leotard as it adds a very delicate and feminine touch to the outfit.


Sunday, 16 September 2012

The ZARA Wedges

RRP £79.99 (Sale price: £29.99)
Find them here for an incredible (heartbreaking) £15.99

I am crap, so here are some pretty shoes.
Being just under 5'9" I don't always have an abundance of reasons to wear heels.  However, my calendar is already filling up with 18th birthday parties so I thought I'd broaden my collection. I am head over heels (ha ha ha) in love with these wedges and a recent party has shown them to be very comfortable!
I know I've been MIA for a while and it's due to the fact I've been stuck in a writing rut and trying to recover from flu. There's never really an excuse, but I had no desire to write. However, breathe a sigh of relief, because I'm feeling like myself again. I'm not promising those book reviews I should have gotten round to by now or to post every day, but I am promising I'll try to enjoy SaraWears again.

Thank you for sticking around!