Thursday, 23 October 2014

Summer Throwback

 playsuit miss selfridge | heels new look | clutch kurt geiger | earrings lovisa | watch casio 

In true #throwbackthursday style I thought I'd look back to the end of summer today, obviously reminiscing at the light that was still present outside at 6pm and the actual option of going out sans tights. They are a thing of the past now, yet I'm looking at this situation positively, of course.

This outfit really is an absolute bunch of bargains for me - the playsuit is originally from Miss Selfridge yet I picked it up from Sarojini Nagar back when I lived in New Delhi. Five years later I'm still yet to truly identify what was wrong enough with it to send it back to India (that specific market often received the stock which wasn't good enough quality to sell in the UK or US) however I'm pleased that somehow the fashion gods worked on my side and delivered this beauty all the way back to India. A massive cheers to whoever you are.

I wish I could say that I bought this Kurt Geiger clutch after extensive deliberation in one of their stores, taking in the sights of all their beautiful accessories lined up oh so perfectly but if I did I would be lying through my teeth. Ebay is your friend, my dears. I think I got this for six quid or so a couple of years ago for a wedding in Cardiff (which I subsequently forgot to take to Cardiff with me, oops...) Anyway, it has a slight stain on the front which I guess was enough to justify selling it on Ebay yet to me it's hardly noticeable and is the perfect finish to this outfit, my favourite combination of the pink/purple/blue trio. 

On a complete and utter other note, I APPLIED TO UNIVERSITY. Holy moly I'm finding this whole process a bit shocking seeing as I still get told on a regular basis that I look around thirteen yet I went and applied for the first step of my future adult life. How I'm old enough to apply is still beyond me considering I got ID'd the other day when buying a lottery ticket (Euromillions worth £140million or so, so undeniably it was worth it). Heck, I got ID'd buying ibuprofen tablets in Sainsbury's not too long ago. So yeah. I'm less than five months away from saying goodbye to my childhood and I'm not quite sure what to think of that. But yes. Universities - accept me pretty please. I will work hard and always contribute to cake Fridays (and one day become an awesome journalist, pinky promise).  


P.S I love how in the second photo you can see the mark on my wrist where I had evidently had a hairband on it probably moments before the photo was taken. That means that for once I actually remembered to remove it before taking photos - something miraculous that's taken me a good two and a half years to master. As to whether this trend will continue I am seriously unsure.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Holy Grail Foundation | Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

You know that feeling you get once in a long ol'while when you stumble upon a product and simply know that it is the one, it has been your destiny to find it and your entire existence has just been justified because of it. Jokes aside, this foundation is my holy grail, and has been for the past two and a half years. 

Bourjois' Healthy Mix Serum is known for being the updated version of their famous original Healthy Mix, which although I have not tired myself, I have heard wonders about. Think of a light to medium completely buildable coverage, beautiful scent and a lovely semi-matte finish and you've equated to this beauty. It claims to last sixteen hours but from personal experience I'd say it stops looking quite as good around the eleven-twelve hour mark, but that's to be expected isn't it.  

At £10.99 for 30ml it isn't the best bargain I've ever found but it is definitely one of my favourite beauty products out there. I'll choose it above any other foundation I own every single time and I'll never tire of the beautiful fruity scent, either. I should put it out there - although it is scented, it isn't to the extent that it aggravates my skin, so this suits me just fine (and I have quite sensitive, combination skin that is unfortunately prone to acne). I'd recommend this to pretty much anyone - whether it's the younger girl wanting to dip her toes into the foundation-ny waters (and yes, it is worth the eleven quid) or the women who knows her stuff and just wants something that works. 

What's your holy grail foundation?


Friday, 17 October 2014

military x studs

khaki stud detail shirt h&m | grey v neck tee primark | black 'joni' jeans topshop (link) | black brogues dorothy perkins | black elephant print bag Thai market | watch casio via asos | necklace namaste, Camden market | black/silver bracelet cotton on | nails: models own snow white

I think anyone who is or has been a blogger will understand the feeling of sheer joy upon finding content you forgot to post. Wow. I was chuffed. Absolutely chuffed when I found these photos. 

I'm a firm believer that every single wardrobe needs the fundamentals, the basics that keep you going all of the way through the year regardless of the weather. This Primark grey v-neck is a prime example of this - at £2.50 or so a while back, it's the perfect layering device that is comfy and affordable. 

This khaki shirt is a firm favourite of mine and has been since I grabbed it for only a tenner in last year's October sales. It creases like no other though, as you may be able to tell. But I guess that adds to the rough, military look...right? Or perhaps I was a little too lazy to give it a good iron. You can decide.

Snow White by Models Own is hands down one of my 2014 nail polish favourites - seeing as I've now downsized my collection by a good two thirds, finding 'the one' is now considerably easier. It suits every outfit, so I never have any worries about matching/clashing with one of my many ensembles. I must admit though - snow white is in its prime when worn with a bit of a tan. Which reminds me that I need to disclaim - these photos are from late August, after Thailand. Not any time recently. London's been feeling the rain like no other and well it's been a bit...wet.

Until next time,


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Thalia in Thailand #9:The End & Trip Round-Up

So finally we've reached the end of my travels. It's been a long'ol while that I've been posting about my Australian & Thai adventures so please excuse me for that - ideally I would have sorted all of this out a little while back but alas, I'm here now, finally finishing them all off. I honestly had the absolute time of my life for the month I was away, and if anyone offered me to nip back in time I 100% completely would, if it meant I could relive it all. Even through the seven flights (totalling 40 hours in the air) and the 17 hours spent waiting in the various airports (6 of them, in total). I'm so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to go, I really am. I'm so so grateful my family love travelling and that I've been raised in a way that has taught me to love exploring different cultures, even those thousands of miles away from home. This is getting a little bit soppy but I can almost guarantee that my parents will read this at some time so here's a massive cheers to you both. I adore you both so so much.

So what's the plan for Summer 2015, eh? ;)

Links to all of my posts from Aus[Thai]lia 2014:

All photos are labelled from left-right, top row-bottom row.
1 // 5 // 10 // 2
6 // 11 // 9
 3 // 4 // 7 // 8

Thalia in Thailand #1: Bewildered in Bangkok
Thalia in Thailand #2: Serious Paisley Vibes
Thalia in Thailand #3: Chiang Mai Night Markets
Thalia in Thailand #4: Villages & Temples
Thalia in Thailand #5: Coconutty in Koh Samui
Thalia in Thailand #6: Traveller's Trousers
Thalia in Thailand #7: Elephants & Monkeys
Thalia in Thailand #8: Floral Invasion
Thalia in Thailand #9:The End

1 // 3 // 2 // 5
 6 // 8 // 7 // 4


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Thalia in Thailand #8: Floral Invasion

black crop top supré | black floral skirt miss selfridge | elephant print bag Thai market | studded loafers primark

This black crop top from Supré gives me life. I honestly love it - and I love to admit, it was far cheaper than the British counterparts available over here. At fifteen dollars (around seven quid) this body-fitting and zip-fastened beauty was all mine. Unfortunately, the weather over in the UK is making a seriously speedy turn for the worse, so this one will stay folded (yet loved) in the depths of my wardrobe until summer reappears in the probably distant future. I'm seriously missing the beautiful weather in Koh Samui - the beaches are illuminated with sunlight for oh so long and the tan I developed was a complete rarity, yet one I obviously appreciated. This trip gave me hope that sometimes (yes, sometimes) pale girls can tan. Substantial efforts may be put in. Hours of after-sun and SPF protection may go into it. But we can tan. We can. And that's what we need to remember during the long'ol  winter that is inevitably approaching us Brits. If you're fortunate enough to live in the Southern hemisphere/relatively near the Equator, I'm jealous of you. There, I said it. I love the wintery Christmassy vibes we have in the UK. But the weather is not the one. And I think I've just proved myself to be a true Brit by expressing my climate-related thoughts in an entire paragraph. My surname is Fairweather, after all...