Thursday, 27 February 2014

Jewellery: Sister-Vintage & Hearts

Since I started blogging I've come across loads of new clothing stores & jewellery brands that I might not necessarily have found before... I love the idea of buying from suppliers who make their own products or small businesses who put a lot of effort into promoting & making sure they succeed.

My '& Hearts' today is Sister-Vintage a business founded by three sisters specialising in affordable jewellery.

Firstly let me tell you how stupidly affordable their jewellery is!... I've bought twice now (one week after another - because I'm totally in love) and on each occasion I haven't yet spent over a fiver, even with a £1.90 delivery charge. It's madness. Here's my haul so far... 



1st Shop. Total spent -£4.40
Pink & gold collar clips - £1.00
Blue heart necklace - £0.50
Silver cross bracelet - £1.00
Delivery charge - £1.90

2nd Shop. Total spent - £4.90
Blue & gold collar clips - £1.00
Silver knot ring - £1.00
Tan anchor bracelet - £1.00
Delivery charge - £1.90










I'm sure like a lot of people would be, I was dubious to begin with of the quality of the jewellery, especially with it being so cheap. But i couldn't have been more wrong! The jewellery is of brilliant quality & you can tell the ladies behind Sister-Vintage take such pride in their business. The packaging it so super cute and both my orders have always been processed so quickly & efficiently. 



Not to mention they're totally lovely! When posting pictures on twitter & instagram they always reply and are always so complementary.



Their stock ranges change quickly & Sister-Vintage are always adding new items to their website... Good job it's payday tomorrow huh?

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Lust List: New In - February Week Four.

Just a quick one today basically just to show you my lust list for this week... I don't know weather i'll actually get round to buying any of these items (or be able to afford them) but I definitely know i want them... All of them!


1. Topshop - Leather look box top - £48.00. Leather is a big thing at the moment and I love the casualness of this top, it looks so easy to wear.I love how loose this top is too, I'd wear it as part of an all black outfit, with skinny jeans and barely there heels.

2. ASOS - New Balance Kicks - £70.00. I don't know anybody who hasn't got a pair of NB's, they've really taken off again in the last couple of years and any hint of the nineties is good with me! Being a total girl these neon pink ones are my NB's of choice!

3. Topshop - Pink cigarette trousers - £30.00. I can not believe how cheap these are! (I've seen loads of lookelikes that cost way more) I love the cut of cigarette trousers, the sharp tailoring mixed with the neon pink colour keeps this look quite fresh & on trend.

4. River Island - Green Top - £20.00. I'm very big on casual, especially when I've finished work & I'm just chilling at home and this top's perfect! I love the hint of lime as well.

5. ASOS - Shelleys London platfrom flats - I'm seeing white soled boots all over peoples blogs at the moment, I've just ordered a pair for myself from New Loook but these platform shoes are great too!

6. Miss Selfridge - Bandeau Prom Dress - £59.00. I love this bright orange dress, it'd be perfect for summer and would look lovely with a tan! (Fake still counts right...)  Apart from the dipped hem at the back this dress is quite a simple cut & would look great on everybody.

What do you think of my choices? 

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love
Claireabella.x


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Monday, 24 February 2014

Beauty: Real Techniques

Writing my last blog 'Day by day' make me really think about my make up routine... Make up isn't something I'd say I was in to, it's more of something I just do... I'm much more of a fashion & clothing type of girl. 

I don't actually own any 'proper' make up brushes so after careful consideration I finally bit the bullet and popped down to my local Boots store to pick some up. 
After asking my friend Catherine (my make up oracle) I decided on 'Real Techniques' from Sam & Nic Chapman. I did some internet research & found their website really helpful, they've got loads of videos giving you little hint & tips on how to apply your makeup.. (take a look here)

With it being Boots as well I obviously took advantage of the 3 for 2 offer (and I paid with my points too so they were practically free!!). I had a pretty good day that day!!





1. Miracle Complexion Brush.
I'm used to using a tiny sponge wedge to apply my concealer so swapping to this egg shaped multi-functional version from 'Real Techniques' made a huge difference!! There are three sides to this egg (weird i know) all of which do different jobs. There's a pointy end to the sponge which is really useful for applying concealer to any blemishes or marks on the face. Secondly the rounded sides are great for blending, and then the flat edge contours the rest of the face. This leaves a fantastic base to then start applying foundation.


2. Angled Foundation Brush.
This brush is ridiculously easy to use! It's basically like painting your face, it leaves my face feeling so airbrushed & the coverage it leaves is perfect. It's a fantastic tool and probably my favourite of the three newies I've bought! It's just fantastic.


3. Blush Brush.
This is the softest brush I think I have ever felt!! Honestly it feels so luxurious it's brilliant. The tips of this this brush are white as well like the vast majority of the 'Real Techniques' brushes, this is handy for being able to tell how much blush or bronzer you are applying.


I've used these brushes twice now, once as an experiment and then again so i could picture & blog everything... And to be honest I've totally fallen in love with them. I really have no idea why I didn't buy them sooner! They're just brilliant & well worth the money!

Here's my step by step pics using my new brushes... Please ignore my no make up face & stupidly girlie pink PJ's..







Again I reiterate I really have no idea why I didn't buy these brushes sooner & I can't wait to add to my collection!

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x



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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Outfit: Night In

There's nothing more satisfying than coming home from an eight hour shift, putting the heating on full whack, throwing on some slouchy clothes and devouring a tub of chocolate brownies... And that's exactly what I've done.


I'm channeling my inner boho tonight... The hoops are on and the maxi skirt has come back out the wardrobe after hibernating over winter. I love maxi's this time of year when it's a little cooler, they're great for lounging and getting wrapped up in.



Monochrome is a massive trend at the moment, it's such a simplistic style that gives a total wow factor. Here I'm playing it a bit more casual during my night in....Both my vest & maxi are from Matalan. A lot of my basics come from Matalan, they're sooo affordable & easy to pick up.



This three tier drop necklace is probably one of my faves! Having a gold bracelet style band, black silk ribbon & pearl band makes it so easy to wear, it goes with so many outfit choices.


Primark is brilliant for picking up bargain odds and ends. Today I'm displaying these square gold hoops which will you believe it or not only cost me £1.00 !!!  


Thanks for taking a look. Lots of Love!
Claireabella.x

Vest - Matalan
Maxi - Matalan
Cardi - Topshop
Necklace - Dorothy Perkins
Earrings - Primark
Bracelet - Vivienne Westwood

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Beauty: Day By Day

I'm feeling a but under the weather this week folks... Hence the blog about my daily make up routine. I'd much rather it this way than you seeing pics of my rudolph-esque sniffly red nose. It's totally ridiculous.

Having to get up at ridiculous o'clock for work I feel like I've perfected my make up routine... I follow my routine religiously, It barely takes me ten minutes now which is always handy!



On special occasions I'd probably wear more but on a daily basis i stick to these nine products.

* Maybeline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation - Ivory 
*Maybeline Superstay 24 Hours Powder - Ivory
*Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder - 51
*Bourjois Blush - 33 Lilas D'or
* Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara - Black
*New Cid I-Groom Eyebrow Pencil - One Colour Suits All
*MAC Brow Set - Clear
*L'oreal Colour Riche Lipstick- 102 Praline Beige



I love Maybeline foundation and feel the Ivory colour suits my fair skin tone best. I use both the dream satin liquid foundation first, overlaid with the superstay powder. I only overlay because although the liquid foundation covers brilliantly my skin can sometimes feel a bit dewy... The matte powder foundation eliminates this and leaves a lovely finish.



I've learnt over the years that a little bit of blush goes a long way...& this blush comes equipped with its own mini brush ensuring you don't over step the mark. Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder is great for highlighting my cheekbones and leaving a sunkissed look. I use it quite regularly but it lasts for absolutely ages! Always a bonus.  



Eyebrows! I have major issues with eyebrows, they're always the first thing i notice on a person... Weird i know... I like them even, symmetrical & super slick. I use New Cid I-Groom pencil to define & thicken my brows, this comes in a taupe colour which suits all hair colous. They're then smoothed with MAC brow set in clear. I think together these two are a force to be reckoned with! 

My lashes are defined with Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara... And lots of it!!! The more the better if you ask me.



Because i normally focus on my eyes when applying make up I tend to keep it quite simple with my lipstick choice. Naturally my lips haven't got a great deal of colour to them (especially during winter) this Praline Beige from L'oreal is still subtle yet substantial enough to wear on a daily basis.

I'm hoping I feel a bit better soon, I'm starting to feel very sorry for myself! 

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Outfit: Revolutionary Mohair!

I've come across something totally revolutionary this week... Mohair! I'm a little (OK very) late on the band wagon but I've completely fallen in love with it. 

Earlier on in the week i took a trip out into the town centre to see what bargains I could add to my wardrobe with. Of course Primark came up trumps on the bargain front but I also had a look in a few charity shops. One womans trash is another womans treasure right? 

There's not loads but here's my haul this week...


Mohair sweater - Primark - £10.00
Cream crepe shirt- Primark - £8.00
Pastel studs - Primark - £1.50
Gold hoops - Primark - £1.00
Tribal print dress - Charity shop - £5.50

I've been going mad for pastel colours recently. I should really stop but they're just too pretty!... Although after seeing tonnes of monochrome and earthy colours at London Fashion Week, i think I've been converted!




My main reason for loving Mohair is purely how super warm & cosy it is!! It's like zero to boiling in six seconds and I'm finding it very useful on these 'not quite spring yet' nights.

I've teamed my pastel pink sweater with a crisp cream shirt underneath, again I'm loving this combination at the moment... There's something quite masculine but quite cute at the same time about this look.



I've gone for gold again jewellery wise with this one (I do own silver I promise) toughening up this otherwise femenine fluffy sweater with a chunky Dorothy Perkins bracelet & Topshop V shape necklace.

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of Love.
Claireabella.x

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Outfit: By The Sea

Todays blog pictures come from Whitby, a little seaside town about an hour away from my home. I decided to venture out as today after seeing a hint of sunshine through the blinds this morning! I didn't want to miss out & I thought i'd better make the most of it. Whitby was gloriously bright and sunny, however being by the sea it was also ridiculously windy. I took close to 50 pictures today, but as you will see as you read on I've only included a select few... The discarded ones either picturing me with squinty eyes or hair blown absolutely all over the place... Not such a good look!



Todays' outfit of choice features my trusty Miss Selfridge dark blue denim jeans. I'm sure you'll see these pop up a lot more in future blogs. I love Miss Selfridge for skinny jeans, they fit perfectly, don't fade & they're super stretchy (which is always good!) I'm also wearing Topshop tan brogues. I've had these a couple of years now, I remember 'umming and arring' on wether to purchase these or not but I'm glad I did, they're super comfy & so easy to wear with various outfits.



Another Topshop cami top, this time I've opted for a lime green colour... I'd say this one is probably my favourite, i love the brightness of it! I've teamed it with my recently purchased Peacocks oxblood scarf & an old Topshop wine coloured cardigan bought in the sale last summer. I love these two colours together, just enough contrast for them to work perfectly. 



It didn't take long for me to wrap back up again with a khaki coloured Mac, purchased from H&M. I love H&M for little bargains like this. I paid £25.00 for this a few years back and it's lasted me superbly! I never use the buckle properly on the front, always just a simple knot tie in the middle does just the trick & accentuates the waist a bit better!


This bag is my baby! I tend to use bigger bags if I'm wearing more fitted clothes just because I think it looks better... No matter what size though I'll always find something to fill it with. Surely that's not just me though, i keep telling myself that it's a typical girl thing! This Michael Kors shopper was a real treat to myself, for no other reason than i thought i deserved it! :)




Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x

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Julien MacDonald... WOW!

Only a quick one today guys... 
I couldn't not mention Julien MacDonalds' set from day two of London Fashion Week. The dresses he has produced this season are just out of this world...











I can only imagine what it feel like to wear one of his dresses. To me they're dazzling and just ooze complete luxury!... They really are Red Carpet & Superstar dresses. 
I love the femininity and metallic embellishment to MacDonalds' collection. 
He's amazing!

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x

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