Friday, 24 May 2013

Splurge or Save

How gorgeous are these eyeshadows, I've been lusting after the Nars duo eyeshadow in Mad Mad World for ages but just couldn't justify spending £25 but with the highly pigmented powders in vivid colours, I really think if you fancy a splurge this bank holiday, this duo is worth every penny. However if you still fancy the amazing colours just with a much smaller price tag then check out this trio eyeshadow from Gosh in Tr22 Limelight, priced at just £6.99 it's a steal in comparison. I love these colours, perfect for the summer; whether you're looking to bring some colour into your day to lift your spirits or to set off your holiday look to match your tan, both of these options work well and go with most skin tones.

Nars duo eyeshadow in mad mad world/ Gosh trio eyeshadow in Tr22 Limelight 

I would love to know what you think, is this the sort of post you'd like to see more of or if you've splurged or saved please leave a comment

Zoe xx :)

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Goody Bag

Hey guys, so I wanted to show you all the fabulous goodies I got from Company magazine's Fashion forum, you can read all about the night here. I haven't tried any of the products yet but am looking forward to it, I would love to hear what you think if you've tried any of them. I will let you all know how I get on :)

Company magazine goody bag
Popchips/ Company magazine May 2013/ Nail Art nail tattoos/ Primark sunglasses
Primark sunnies
 DHC Deep Cleansing Oil/ Colour Extreme Hair Art in blue/ Batiste dry shampoo fresh/ V05 Smoothly Does It, Frizz Free Creme/ Right Guard Women Xtreme Invisible anti-perspirant/ Lipcote lipstick sealer/ Gold by Giles nail polish/ Helen E Eyeliner Pencil in green/ Helen E Lip Crayon in cinnamon
Swatches for the eyeliner and lip crayon

Thanks once again to Company magazine and New Look for hosting the evening and putting together this amazing goody bag.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Shoe lust

Hey guys, how gorgeous are these sandals from Zara, oh my I'm in love. The amazing colour would be perfect for the summer and look great with a tan. I can imagine styling them with boyfriend jeans and a little vest top or they would be perfect with a little black dress to bring a pop of colour to it. A pair of heels like these and you'd be set for the summer, whether they'd be the heels you wear during your holiday, a lovely summer wedding or just to make you smile, they would be all you need. Priced at just £49.99 they wouldn't break the bank either, because let's face it I think most of us are saving for our holidays at the moment. Now where's that credit card...
Shoes Zara £49.99

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Company Fashion Forum

Hey guys, so about a month and a half ago I made way to London, to the Hackney Picturehouse, to attend Company magazine's fashion forum, in association with New Look. It really was inspiring and I got some great advice. Once I was there I was surrounded by all kinds of fashionistas, which gave me serious outfit lust as everyone looked amazing. After our glass of complimentary champagne on arrival, the conversation soon started flowing, even if it was just to ask where someone's shoes/ necklace or top was from and as you were wondering the champagne was lovely, the shoes Office, necklace Urban Outfitters and the top was Zara; just wish I'd taken pictures of some of the gorgeous outfits I saw.

We were lead into the screening room where the seats were covered with goody bags; I mean who doesn't love a goody bag, half of the reason why I went. Once we were all settled in our surprisingly comfy seats we enjoyed a talk about the fashion industry. I learnt a lot and found it really helpful. It might have taken me almost 2 months but everything I heard and learnt from that evening has stayed with me and I feel very inspired and can't wait to style some new looks and write here on this blog.

Images taken by me and from Company magazine website

All the speakers were really inspiring and gave great advice and took time at the end to answer some of our questions. It was really interesting to hear about their backgrounds and how they started out, none of them started in fashion and now are big names in the industry, it was very insightful. The talk was lead by the fabulous editor of Company magazine, Victoria White; the rest of the panel was made up of 2 wonderful women from New Look, the senior digital content manager Kathryn Kenny and senior PR officer Nicola Panayiotou; the very insightful stylist and presenter Angela Scanlon, who's trousers I was in love with on the night and well her whole outfit; the equally glamorous Oonagh Brennan, Company's associate editor fashion and finally Emily Johnston blogger at Fashion Foie Gras.

I would like to give a big thank you to Company and New Look for hosting the lovely evening and I will be putting their great advice to use.

Till tomorrow, hopefully a lot earlier in the day than tonight, the day just got away from me. I will be posting my outfit from the evening soon and of course all the goodies from the amazing goody bag.
Zoe xx

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Monday, 20 May 2013

My 30 day challenge

Hey guys, so as you can guess from the pictures I'm on a fitness and healthy living kick at the moment. After weeks, okay maybe more months but who's counting, of saying I was going to try and lose some weight and get healthy, I've finally decided enough is enough. So starting today I have set myself a challenge, for the next 30 days I'm going to diet/ eat healthier and exercise. So far so good but like I said it only day one, ask me again in a week. My goal at the end of the 30 days is to feel fitter, healthier and have more confidence in myself and hopefully fit into my clothes more comfortably. As the summer is coming up I thought this was the perfect time to start getting into shape. Now to keep my sanity and have something fun to do I am also going to blog everyday for the 30 days, already thinking of outfits to style, beauty products to rave about and a whole lot more, so keep your eyes peeled. If any of you have any healthy tips or fitness advice, please share them, I would love to know what you're all doing to stay fit and healthy, so feel free to leave a comment here or you can Tweet me @xy_zoe, any words of encouragement will be much appreciated :)
Hope you are all well and are having a great Monday.
Zoe xxx
Ps how delicious does all the fruit look in these pictures

 Images from Pinterest

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Norwich Haul

Hey guys, so the other week I went into Norwich and picked up a few bits and thought I would share them with. Would love to know what you all think and if any of you have tried the products, let me know :)

So first up is Topshop, picked up some gorgeous make up bits, is anyone else obsessed with their make up, love the quality and feel of the products and for such reasonable prices too, would be rude to say no. Also got this amazing rose gold and diamond style necklace, so pretty in person, the pictures don't do it justice; just perfect to bring a bit of sparkle to a plain outfit; as a Capricorn got this cute little bracelet with the earth sign on, had my eye on it for a while and finally decided to go for it at only £5

I love this highlighter, gives such a nice shimmer to the face without being too much to wear during the day; its called Topshop Glow in polish.

I couldn't get a picture to show off just how bright this pink lipstick is, will look awesome with a tan, come back sun! All about me lipstick

Love all the different look I could create with this palette, with such neutral colours but able to create such a wide range of looks. Smokey eye palette in Golden Aura

Next up was Boots, I could spend hours in boots, looking round all the make-up counters, skin care products and everything else you can imagine but I'm sure I'm not the only one. So here I picked up: La Roche-Posay, Cicaplast Baume, I have heard so much about this and just can't wait to try it out; No7 Protect and Perfect eye cream; Revlon Photoready Primer, already tried this and feels so nice on my skin, let's my make-up glide on perfectly; Real techniques shading brush.

 And finally Schuh, I got these amazing printed Toms, my perfect summer shoe, they are so comfy and I love the colourful stripe design, reminds me of Missoni and every time I wear them they make me smile and think of  the (hopefully) sunny weather.

Hope you all had a good day, I'm exhausted and can hear my bed calling. Till tomorrow, goodnight xxx

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Check it out

Hey guys, thought I would show you one of my favourite looks at the moment. My old friend, the classic check shirt, I would feel lost without a few of these babies in my wardrobe. I love the length of this one, just perfect to throw over a pair of leggings and your good to go, paired with a gorgeous neon necklace 'borrowed' from my friend, have to admit really didn't want to give it back but alas it's back in her hands right now. Ignore the weird smile in the pictures, not quiet sure what I was doing. I'm trying my best to blog everyday now, day two and two post down #proud
Let me know what you think, I always love hearing from you :)
Zoe xxx

Check shirt- River Island/ Leggings- Topshop/ Necklace- Freedom at Topshop/ Watch- Michael Kors

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Viva a Floripa

Hey guys, so on my recent trip back to London, although it was a long time back now, my friends and I went to a bar called Floripa. Floripa is the nickname of a Balearic style city-island off the coast of Brazil and now a wicked little venue in Shoreditch. With such a friendly and relaxed feel to the place we soon felt right at home, well after racing across the place to get the last free table, which you will all be pleased to know we got. It felt like we were in South America, chilling in a local watering hole and after a few delicious cocktails we were soon all up dancing, shaking our thangs like we were at a carnival. They had a lovely menu with all the great elements of Brazilian cuisine and tasty cocktails. I myself chose Brazil's national cocktail called the Caipirinha, which is made with cacha├ža, lime and sugar and the bartender suggested trying one of the flavoured versions; when in Brazil and all that, ok fine I know I wasn't actually in Brazil but it's the closest I'm gonna get for a while; so I picked the orange one, my oh my was it good, I understand why it's the national cocktail now. The music was great too and really fitted in with the feel of the place, made us all want to salsa and think we had hips like Shakira, which it's safe to say we do not. I would highly recommend the place if you're looking for a fun evening out, to have a few drinks and chat with your mates and of couse to have a little boogie; it's also a really fun place to start the evening if you're looking to go on to a club afterwards.

Have any of you been here? I'd love to hear all about it or if not then definitely check it out for yourselves.

Till next time xxx

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

London look 2

Hey guys, so here's another outfit I put together for when me and my bestie went to Brick Lane market in London. I love the market, they have such a wide range of vintage fashion, jewellery, homey bits and exotic food and we usually pick up a cheeky cupcake too, would be rude not to right? Huge thanks to my bestie and fellow blogger Sarah from 500 days of fashion for taking all these outfit pictures for me. Such a sweetie and please check out her blog if you have time. Hope you like, let me know what you think :)

Leather jacket- River Island
Orange jacket/ cardigan- Asos
Vest top- Dorothy Perkins
Jeans- River Island
Bag- Topshop
Necklace- Forever 21
Boots- Office
Snood- borrowed from friend