Tuesday, 21 May 2013

What's New?

    I recently accompanied my sister on an explicitly focused shopping trip - she was out to buy a dress for her university leavers ball and that was it. No irrelevant shops, no being side-tracked and most importantly, NO extra spending.
    Of course, things don't always go to plan...

Top - Workshop at UrbanOutfitters £15
Skirt - Zara £17.99

    The top was a sale find at UO which I literally ripped from the rail and ran straight to the till with. I love stag heads and antlers so to find it on a top was a big win for me.

    The skirt is pretty bang on with a few trends this season and I'm wearing it at every opportunity. I love that it combines monochrome, aztec print AND neon in a really flattering body con style.
I'm a very happy Bee.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Maybe Baby

May Wishlist

    So this is my first ever blogger wishlist! How exicitng!
I've seen so many things I want this month, but the t-bar shoes are most definitely top of my list. They're so cute and only £30 in Topshop. They also have a light brown pair, quite similar to those pictured. which I have my beady eye on and I'm desperate to refashion my 6yr old self by getting a pair.
I adore the pineapple print crop blouse from Urban Outifitters although can't find it to buy on their site just yet (I'll be stalking the website until it's available!). There's something about fruit print, it's just so perfect for Spring through to Summer outfits.
    The Superdry jacket is something I won't be able to purchase anytime soon but it embodies the fisherman/sailoresque style that I've been trying to find in a jacket for so long now. I'm also partial to a bold green or yellow at the moment (if you hadn't already noticed) so this works perfectly with all of my current style lusts.
What fashion & beauty items are you currently pining over?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Spring Fever

    This month GlossyBox have set out to set us up for Spring with the 'Spring Fever' beautybox and the box I have received is an all round winner.The box itself is in a cute floral print exclusively designed by Pearl Lowe (which is g-or-geous!) and the products featured sparked just as much girly excitement as the pretty exterior.

So what have we got...
Nip+Fab Pistachio Body Butter - 50ml tub retailing at around £3 each

This product smells DIVINE and doesn't feel greasy or heavy when applied. Nip+Fab are quite a well established and regarded brand and I've been dying to try out their products, finally the chance has come, and I think that this is a product that I will actually use until empty. I can't get over how good it smells and it doesn't feel greasy or heavy when applied. Now desperate to try the Coconut Latte version, down to Boots I go...

Essie 'Nice is Nice' Nail Polish - Full size product retailing at £7.99

A full size Essie nail polish! Glossybox really are treating us this month! This product was part of Essie's 2011 Spring Collection but is just as good for the beauty trends this spring. I tend to steer clear of purple shades for my nails as I'm quite pale and they tend to wash my hands out a little but I've completely abandoned that logic this month and have fully embraced the lilac. I love pastel shades wholeheartedly and this shade is perfect for Spring!
ModelCo. Rosy Red Cheek & Lip Tint - 10ml product retailing at £15
I've never tried any of ModelCo's products before and have never dabbled in multitasking products so was eager to try this one out. It's easy to apply and comes out in a thin gel that soaks into your skin quickly making it fuss free. It also feels very lightweight when its on and does last well.
I'm quite all or nothing with cosmetics but tend to hang on to things 'just in case' and I think this product might be joining the ever growing box of those products. Basically, I'm on the fence. Not because it's not a good product, but because it's not something I can see myself using.
Sun Sense Daily Face SPF50+ - 10g sample, 75g product retails at £18.50
I'll be honest, I haven't tried this product yet. Appalling, I know! Essentially, I don't usually get on with tinted moisturisers all that well and have been waiting for the sun to show it's face before I start using this product.
Yves Rocher So Elixer Purple EDP - 5ml bottle, 30ml retails at £29
I despise opening a box and finding a perfume sample, which was the case in the March box. However, the difference this time is that the March sample was a tester that can be picked up in department stores and this time we have an actual perfume mini which is much, much better.
In addition, I actually really like this one! I usually wear the AmorAmor perfumes and Ghost DeepNight and I would band this scent in with those vanilla and subtle incense fragrances (can you tell I used to work on a fragrance counter?!) This one gets a thumbs up from me.
All in all, the gang at Glossybox have done so well this month. I'm starting to see what all the fuss that made me sign up was about and I'll be sticking around as a subscriber to, hopefully, see some more boxes like this one. I've just received confirmation of payment for May's box, fingers crossed the high standard is maintained.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Showers

    There's been a lull in my blogging recently, April didn't treat me very well and I've been almost entirely absent from the Internet. But I'm back! and have plenty of purchases to show you and some sellers to share with you.

    The prolonged Winter we've been suffering in the UK has driven me crazy this month and the only solace I've found is buying clothes and accessories, nothing appropriate for the cold climate mind, I've been trying to stay optimistic that Spring will grace us with its presence.
(Please excuse the quality of the photos, my camera is broken so I'm having to use my phone)

Denim Skater Skirt, Shoes, Cropped Jumper: all New Look | Red Skater Skirt: Misguided | Accessories: Primark

Striped Blouse & Necklace: Primark | Skirt: New Look | Lace Detail Bouse: Cameo Rose | Tie Dye Socks: Thriftette

Aztec Crop top & Shoes: New Look | Playsuit: Charity shop | Long sleeved Crop top: Topshop

   So, I've gone crazy for the crop! I'll admit, when they started reappearing on the fashion scene I was too scared to wear and trembled at the thought of baring any flesh. But, I took the plunge, (feel the fear and do it anyway right?) and I couldn't be more glad I did!!
In a recent clothes clear out I found some old cropped tops that I'd stashed away at some point many moons ago (obviously too scared back then too!) and have pulled them forward into my current wardrobe, hooray! I can't see the trend disappearing from the fashion scene too soon so predict my collection will grow in the coming months. What's your stance on the 90's throwback?

    On top of the standard highstreet and well-known online store buys, I've been on the prowl for some fresh, new outlets that I can wrap my purse strings around and have stumbled upon Manchester based company Thriftette. Founded by Lucie Benjamin and Grace Avery, Thriftette are predominantly an online seller having sold through ASOS Marketplace and their own online store, although have one store in Manchester, and specialise in one-off vintage, retro and handmade pieces.
I purchased these hand-dyed tie dye socks and they are SO CUTE!!

Tie dye has been on my fashion radar since last summer and as soon as the weather brightens up I fully intend to start creating some of my own pieces so watch this space!
I highly recommend that you check out Thriftette if you're interested in vintage and retro fashion.

    I have also just made my first purchase from MeeMee.com. Review to follow upon delivery... 

     In other news, I've been approached by a small, kitsch gift designer who wants to use my artwork on some new designs (canvases, furniture and possibly even t-shirts!).  Okay, so its very early days and I'm trying really hard not to get too carried away with it but, I can't begin to describe how exciting the prospect is! You never know, there may be some of my own items being featured here in the not too distant future!

Stay tuned lovelies