Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Topic: London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 15

Okay so I didn't get to go to London Fashion Week last week, but that didn't stop me watching the live feeds each day & oggling the fantastic new collections. It's my aim next year to go to A/W15 (Fingers crossed for me!) I love everything about LFW, the atmosphere & the buzz surrounding the event is one of a kind & something I'm desperate to experience! I've noted below my favourites from each day....

Day One: Bora Aksu
Although the whole collection wasn't this peachy pink colour, this hue stuck predominantly in my mind - I'm still loving the pastel trend so this ticked all the boxes for me. I love the mix of sheer fabrics with laser cut sections & together they make for a really cool sophisticated look. The side ponytails are just amazing too, I think this will be a huge trend for coming months.



Day Two: J.W.Anderson
Leather, leather & more leather - So this isn't the most wearable look, but there's just something about it right? I love the cut of these clothes, the tailoring is really fresh & unique. Admittedly I'm not 100% on the head gear, it's almost a bit Ancient Rome for me - But it's certainly memorable & that's what fashion is all about!



Day Three: Topshop Unique.
It just had to be Topshop didn't it! This was the collection I was most excited about & by golly it didn't disappoint. I'm a huge Cara fan, she can do absolute no wrong in my eyes so knowing she was fronting the catwalk make me super excited. I think Topshop Unique kept it pretty simple with their colouring & cuts, but in my eyes this is what makes it so fantasic. I may not look as good but I can just as easily picture me in these outfits as well as Cara & Jordan which I think is brill!



Day Four: Giles Deacon
As I'm getting older longer length skirts & dresses are really appealing to me & the Giles Deacon collection really added to my fascination. I love the beaded snake design that was prominent throughout the collection, it's something I haven't seen before & I think it looks really cool. The cut of these dresses are really sophisticated too & paired with the chunky masculine shoes makes the collection authentic & flattering.



Day Five: Ashish
Ashish is a brand I'd never heard of before LFW, it seems like I'm the only one though because I've herad loads of people raving about this collection - And rightly so! I don't usually wear a great deal of sequins but I think you have to go the whole hog with them, it's all or nothing in my eyes. And it seems that's the same with Ashish. I love how prints have been incorporated with the sequins too to add another depth to the collection.



What do you guys think of my top 5 collections? Do you agree/disagree with any of my choices?

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Lifestyle: Things I Wish I'd Known In My Teens

I went out for Cocktails last night with a few friends yesterday as it was our last little 'get together' before me and Dan move down to Leeds, so it was kind of a farewell bon voyage, au revoir type event. Strangely it was a super reflective night, because we've all been friends since Primary School we were looking back on past times - The good, the bad & the god damn ugly! I don't know whether it's because we're all 'half way to thirty' that these conversations came up, maybe it's a thing with getting older but it's nice to appreciate all the things you've done & how far you've come.
Looking back there are quite a few things I wish I'd known then that I know now, but they say 'everything happens for a reason' don't they. I wouldn't be the person that I am today without making mistakes (and oh boy I made some!) But what's quite worrying for me is I have a niece who is coming up to being a teenager, it's such a testing age at the best of times, but I think in this materialistic day & age it's even tougher.


So here it goes, here's a few things I wish I'd known when I was younger. I don't want it to come across as a rant, I'm just jotting my thoughts down & I hope you can take something from it.

1. It's Okay Not To Fit In With The Popular Kids.
What's so special about them? That's what I needed to ask myself. I was never a popular kid at school, like I said I've had the same friends since Primary School & none of us were never particularly popular - We were normal! What was surprising & pretty crap really, is when I discovered straighteners & make up at 15 (late developer I know) the popular kids started approaching me asking me to hang out with them, even go out on dates with a few of the boys. Sack that! You weren't my friend when I was a 'plain Jane' I'm certainly not gonna be your friend now I fit in with your rules & regulations. You don't need to doll yourself to fit in with people, you're beautiful just the way you are!

2. Speak Up.
If I've learnt anything over the past few years it's to be confident, speak your mind & if i's not the same opinion as everybody else, well that's okay! Literally every single school report I took home said 'Claire is a quiet but hardworking member of the team' I knew it was coming every time, I was painfully shy at school - It started off in Primary School, I was pretty nerdy back then and would always win Merits for the year & on each occasion I had to drag my sorry ass to the front of the stage only to be greeted by the Headmaster saying 'Ahh bet she's not going to say anything' to which I of course thanked him for my award only again for him to joke that I actually spoke, there actually is a voice inside that little girl. I'm pretty sure this is where my shyness stemmed from, it was really frustrating & I just wanted to tell him to change the effing record! It's only upon entering adulthood that I've gained confidence, working has helped a lot with my self esteem & learning that I should say exactly what's on my mind.

3. Designer Don't Really Mean Anything.
At around 15/16 I discovered shopping! And I mean shopping on my own, not having Mum or Dad around & not being dragged round their shops. In school I had one friend who wore a lot of designer clothes, everything had labels & the labels were always so clearly visible. She had the money to do that though so fair play to her, if that's what she wants to do then that's fine. But it's also fine to not wear designer clothes! Now as a 24 year old woman I own two designer handbags & a designer dress that I never wear. Stupid right? I don't want to spend £70 on a vest just because it says FCUK in big bold letter across the front, I'll probably only spill my tea down it later on!

4. It's Okay Not To Be Liked By Everyone.
It's quite difficult being a teenage girl, going to school every day is basically like one big popularity contest. I was quite heavily bullied towards the end of my School experience. During the last year at school I lived my life as a lesbian (news to me) & even now I don't know where this came from, but I got picked on for this & I tell you something, kids are bloody mean! Looking back I can rise above it and it's quite funny - Not haha funny, but funny that these people spent so much time out of their busy busy days spreading rumours about me. Anyway what I'm trying to say is that not everyone liked me & I turned out completely fine (and straight! Ha) Kids are mean! And the only reason they dislike you is because they're jealous. Jealousy is an ugly, ugly thing!

5. It's What's Inside That Counts.
Duhh! Well this one I feel is pretty self explanatory. There's a huge pressure on young girls these days with magazines/modern culture saying you have to be stick thin with super long luscious blonde barbie hair & huge blue bug eyes covered in layers upon layers of fake eyelashes. Well lets be honest who looks like this? Who can be arsed to look like this? No one & even if there was I bet she'd look bloody awful! I remember my niece a few years ago complaining that she was too fat & too pale, which was a complete shock to my system! Kids shouldn't be thinking like this, it's disgusting & it frustrates me to no end! If you're beautiful on the inside then it' shines through to the outside!

Do you agree with any of my pointers today, there's a couple more that I've got in mind I just didn't want the post to get ranty.

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



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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Event: Marlee & Fee Meets MSA

Hey guys. If you read yesterdays post or follow me on social media sites you'll know that yesterday I attended my second Bloggers Event. The event was hosted by local brand Marlee & Fee up at the delightfully arty MSA in Newcastle City Centre. 


I took my friend Jen to the event, and on arrival we were greeted by Fay (Fee) with a glass of bubbly, or orange juice for me as I was designated driver. (Zzzz!) Fay was absolutely lovely to chat to, she was very down to earth and very much a 'normal chick' & we were chatting about life, what we do for fun, blogging & all the bits in between. 
We were one of the first people to arrive so it was cool to be able to have a snoop round the venue, which was absolutely stunning & super quirky - We were situated in the 'SheOne' room which was an intimate little basement setting with a feature wall designed by London Artist James Choules otherwise known as SheOne (Hence the name). 
As well as the location we got to have a nosey through Marlee & Fee's A/W collection, they had a few tops folded up on 3 tables displayed with their business cards and two small rails with dresses & tops on, whcih looked really smart. Their collection is really lovely and I really love the printed logo tee's and warm cosy jumpers. Jaqueline (Marlee) talked us through how some of their products were made and how frustratingly far in advance you have to be to plan the next collection, It was interesting hearing the business/production side of things as it's something us 'customers' never really hear about, so getting an insight into it was pretty cool.








I have to say I came away from the event feeling slightly disappointed, I hate to say it (Sorry girls) but I thought there would be so much more to the event. I was expecting a runway of some kind, not on a huge scale obviously, but I thought having a catwalk scenario would have displayed the new collection better. I felt a bit embarrassed at the time but when speaking to Fay I asked what the agenda for the night was going to be - To then get the reply 'This is it.' and her jokingly saying 'What were you expecting.' I would have liked to have known more about the brand, how they were formed, maybe a short presentation to introduce themselves & tell us what they're all about would have been better - And more of what I was expecting. There weren't many bloggers at the event either (to my knowledge) I met Shivani from Cloud In A Teacup & her friend Julie who were both absolutely lovely and really chatty, but the rest of the scene seemed to be friends & family.

I've ummed & arred about publishing this post as I hate to write negative comments (and feel a bit mean) especially when I've been invited personally to view their collection. But I've decided honesty is the best policy. I'm sorry girls, you're collection is super gorgeous & I probably will be purchasing some of your items, I just felt the event was lacking somewhat. 

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x
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Friday, 19 September 2014

Outfit: River Island Snakeprint Blazer

Hi guys, hope you're all okay. Today's one of those days that feels like its taken aaages to come round... I received an email during the first week of August inviting me to attend my second bloggers event up in Newcastle. And now finally 6 weeks later, tonight is the night.  Malee & Fee will be hosting the event tonight showcasing their A/W collection up at the MSA in the City Centre and I for one am really looking forward to it.







I've had this Snakeprint Blazer for a very very long time, in fact I bought it while I was a student about three years ago & could still make the most of mt Student Discount (Boo! Damn you adulthood!) I picked this up in the River Island sale and have never looked back! I wear this blazer quite a lot & feel it instantly transforms an 'everyday outfit' to one that's much more tailored & put together. Tonight outfit is 90% monochrome with a little hint of lime green - I've really been embracing the whole monochrome trend & think it's one of those that will never go out of fashion! It comes round season after season and is such a versatile look. I've added the lime green for an extra bit of interest to my outfit; I love this colour & really think it brightens my super pale skin tone

I'll be writing up a blog post about the event later in the week - So watch this space!! 

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

Blazer - River Island £25.00
Cami - Topshop £12.00
Skirt - Oasis £10.00
Scarf - Primark £3.00
Necklace - Charmed Ivy £6.00
Rings - Pandora £35.00 to £40.00 each

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Outfit: Primark White & Neon Shirt Dress

This week I've had a realisation that along with many other women, I've got way too many clothes! I always knew this in the back of my mind, but while we've been packing our stuff away to move house I've rediscovered tonnes of clothing in the back of my wardrobe that I've forgotten about. One of them being this Primark white & neon shirt dress.






Today I'm wearing my shirt dress open & it feels a lot more like a Lab coat - I've seen a few of these on the High Street recently and really think I've got a bit of a bargain with this dress doubling up as one. Good job i re-found it! I'm wearing it open because I recently purchased this pastel mint green crop & wanted to show it off, I'm not normally a crop top type of gal but this one's more of a boxy type t-shirt style which I feel much more comfortable in. I'm back to wearing my usual Miss Selfridge skinnies & a few bits of gold jewellery to contrast the white shirt dress. I'm a little gutted this dress made it to the back of my wardrobe but am over the moon that I've rediscovered it. Now to get back to packing... I wonder what other beauties I can find.

Have you had the same wardrobe realisation as me?

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

Shirt Dress Primark £12.00
Crop - Topshop £8.00
Jeans - Miss Selfridge £38.00
Necklace - Primark £4.00
Cocktail Ring - Matalan £6.00
Bracelets - Primark £2.00 for 5


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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lifestyle: The End Of An Era

If you're a follower of my blog you'll know that myself & Dan are moving to Leeds at the end of the month - This obviously means we've been in search of a new flat and finding new jobs to pay for our lavish lifestyles (if lavish means veging in front of the telly with a glass of Rose & bags upon bags of popcorn). Thankfully we've ticked both these items off our list & now we're just waiting for our moving day to come... One week & counting! Woohoo!


Anywho back on with the post, I handed my notice in at my current job a few weeks ago & straight away started planning an evening out with fine food, delicious cocktails & awesome company - And that's exactly what we did. We met at Starters in Middlesbrough which is a great place for eating if you can't decide what you want. You can pick as many 'starter size' meals as you want from a huge divinely sized menu; Starters suggest one meal for a light bite, two for a standard sized meal or three for a feast! I decided upon Duck pancakes with Hoisin sauce & BBQ potato skins, both of which were utterly amazing!





 
 
I've worked at Tecaz now for the past three years & even though I do love a good whinge about it (the long hours, the ratty customers, having too much to do) I've really enjoyed my time there and most importantly I've met some absolutely amazing people. Friends that'll be friends for many, many more years to come. Totes Emosh! There's loads of thing I'll miss about working at Tecaz... Lengs' extraordinarily dosile laugh, Marilyns' love for QVC, Michaels' constant wind ups, Nessas' knack of telling it like it is, Garys' dad jokes.... And finally my bestie Jen!
 
Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Outfit: A Trio Of Necklaces

I'm not totally 100% sure if this outfit is weather appropriate or not but I've been inspired by seeing other bloggers attending London Fashion Week (I definitely need to go A/W15 - I'm making sure of it) and seeing lots of floaty dresses paired with big chunky black boots and pretty little socks. Admittedly I don't own a lot of 'pretty dresses' I don't think I can carry off the white floaty dress thing, probably because I'm ridiculously pale - I'm much more of a darker midi sort of gal. This week I'll be visiting family before we move down to Leeds and I wore this outfit today to meet a few of them for lunch.



I've had this midi for a few years now and class it as one of my A/W staples, it's a really thick knitted material so perfect for this inbetweeny bit of the year where the weather can't decide what it wants to do. I think it's a nice change as well to move away from my jeans, I feel like I'm overdoing them at the moment and could probably do with a complete wardrobe overhaul - Help would be much appreciated! My boots are another A/W favourite of mine - I think every woman should own a pair of little black boots, they're so versatile and will go with literally any outfit. I like these because the heel isn't huge and I don't end up walking like Old Mother Hubbard after a day of wearing them. Woohoo!.. Always a bonus! 



Anyway onto the title of the post, this is probably the most jewellery I've worn for a long time to be honest - I'm terrible for forgetting to accesorise, I have a little tin on my bedside cabinet with a few rings in that I tend to wear everyday but bracelets & necklaces I always forget about! I don't know why because I've got loads in another jewellery box! Silly Claire! Two out of my three necklaces are from Charmed Ivy, a brand that I absolutely love and have raved about in previous blog posts. The middle necklace however is a bit of a novelty one, if you're a Harry Potter fan then you'll know what it is straight away. I bought two of these, one for both me and my sister as we're huge HP geeks! I was concerned at first whether the silver jewellery would get lost in the monochrome dress but I think because I've got a trio of necklaces on they stand out really well.


Thank you for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x

Midi - Primark £10.00

Trench - H&M £25.00
Boots - New Look £25.00
Socks - Primark £1.50
Scarf - Peacocks £8.00
Bag - Dorothy Perkins - £20.00
Solar Necklace - Charmed Ivy £5.00
Harry Potter Necklace - EBAY £0.99
Horn Necklace - Charmed Ivy £6.00
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Outift: Aztec Print & Ripped Jeans

It feels like ages since I've done an outfit post, essentially it was only last week but at the moment I feel like I've been writing loads of beauty posts & really embracing cosmetics and loving experimenting with different looks - Normally this is never my sort of thing, I'm pretty boring when it comes to Make Up to be honest but since having a mini makeover with NARS at Harvey Nichols in Leeds I've been super inspired! I find beauty posts are a lot quicker & easier to put together as well, there's no faffing on making sure your outfits right on your hair's bang on. I love writing beauty posts snuggled up in my jim jams with a cup of tea, the complete opposite really of what I'm writing about but still... I think we can get away with it! Anywho... Back on with the post Claire...









I'm trying to hold off digging the chunky knitwear out for as long as possible, even though I'm super excited about wearing cosy clothes and getting wrapped up I'm trying to save the novelty for as long as possible so when it does get absolutely freezing (and it's inevitable) I'll feel the benefits much more. I bought this kimono at the start of Summer and think because of the deep burgundy colouring and aztec print it's a pretty transitional piece and I'll be able to wear this right through Autumn, which is amazing! I'm wearing a simple black vest top with slightly dropped arm holes (Hello bra straps!) and my usual ripped jeans - I've really been loving these recently! You'll probably be sick of them cropping up all the time in my posts! Oops. Lastly as well this necklace I picked up on a recent trip to Leeds, I of course went into Primark and found this priced at £1.00!! I had to buy it, I thought even if I only wear it a few times (today included) I'll have got my moneys worth. £1.00!! I still can't get over it - Claire McPartland: Expert bargain hunter!!

A whingey side note - I'm really struggling with my camera at the moment, I'm currently using a Fujiflm Finepix S4000 and am not at all 100% with my pictures. If anyone has any reccomendations it'd be much appreciated, preferbely something small & compact. 

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

Top - Primark £4.00
Kimono - Primark £10.00
Jeans - New Look £25.00
Sandals - Primark £4.00
Necklace - Primark £1.00
Watch - DKNY £185.00

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Beauty: My Three All Year Round Perfumes

I thought I'd do a really quick post for you today guys. We're in the middle of moving house and packing up our belongings & when it came to organising my Make Up & Perfumes I was inspired to write a post essentially about my three favourite perfumes - But they're three perfumes I can wear all year round and ones that I'm forever repurchasing.



Best for Spring/Summer - DKNY: Red Delicious £33.50 for 100ml (On Sale)
Surely we all remember the advert for this perfume?... The gorgeous Lara Stone picking a rich red apple from a market stall and it morphing into this gorgeous organic perfume bottle. To me it's an iconic advert and one I'll always remember. This is probably my most repurchased perfume as I use quite a lot of it during summer, it's always nice to give yourself a quick spritz in the Summer heat. This has the most perfect fresh & fruity smell, it's also quite a 'young feeling' perfume (If that makes sense?) because of how punchy the fruit scent is. It's more of a raspberry & strawberry smell I would say - It's just fabulous & something I can never see myself getting bored of!!

Best for Autumn/Winter - Thiery Mugler: Womanity £49.50 for 50ml
Firstly how gorgeous is this glass bottle, I'm a complete sucker for good packaging & this one ticks all the right boxes for me. I love the name of this perfume too - it strikes me as a very Girl Power perfume, which I absolutely love! Womanity is a very sexy, musky & autumnal scent, but my favourite thing is its staying power - I can spritz this a few times on in the morning and it'll last all day! 

Best for Occasions - Jimmy Choo: Jimmy Choo £33.50 for 40ml
This one I love for nights out of special occasions, it's a very strong scent and again lasts for absolutely ages after first applying. It's as a very glamorous & luxurious scent, I can't quite put my finger on a reason for this but it instantly make me feel a million dollars (baby!) It's the perfect mix of both fruity & natural wood smells, it's quite an empowering and seductive scent. I really love it!

Hope you enjoyed having a look at my favourite perfumes. Have you tried any of these before or have you got anything you could recommend?

Thanks for taking a look. Lots of love.
Claireabella.x
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Monday, 8 September 2014

Beauty: NARS Mini Makeover At Harvey Nichols

Today marks the end of my nine days holiday from work and what better way to spend it than in my 'soon to be new home town' of Leeds having a Mini Makeover and a shop around Harvey Nichols
The lovely Joanna over at the NARS counter in Harvey Nic's asked me if I wanted to try out some new products and because I'm a complete Make Up novice & don't really know a great deal cosmetics wise, I jumped at the chance! 
She did a fantastic job & was an absolute delight to get to know; She has so much knowledge & charisma, it was really lovely, five minutes very quickly turned into an hour!... I love it when that happens. 


What's On My Face:
Primer - Multi Protect Primer SPF30 £25.00
Foundation - Mont Blanc Sheer Glow Foundation £31.00
Concealer - Vanilla Radiant Creamy Concealer £22.00
Eye Shadow Base - Castillo Dual Intensity Eye Shadow £21.00
Eye Shadow Bridge - Phoebe Dual Intensity Eye Shadow £21.00
Eye Liner - Sycorax Dual Intensity Eye Shadow £21.00
Blush - Deep Throat Blush £22.50
Lip Gloss - Striptease Lip Gloss £18.50
Mascara - Maybeline Falsies £7.99 (Already had on prior to Mini Makeover)
Brows - New Cid I Groom £17.00 (Already had on prior to Mini Makeover)

I'm really impressed with how Joanna's decorated my face and there were two products I couldn't not buy. She also threw in a sample size tinted moisturiser which was amazing...





Joanna tried both these Dual Intensity Eye Shadows on me as I was wanting to try something new. I'm in a bit of a Make Up rut to be honest so this lilac/purple shade really sprung out to me to do something daring & different. I was instantly impressed with how well it brought out my eyes - I have green eyes that kind of get lost in my usual Make Up routine so this made a world of difference! I've now got super green cat like eyes! Woohoo.
This is also the first Eye Shadow I've heard of that can be applied both wet & dry: Using a quick spritz of water on your bush before application creates quite a high impact finish and works especially well when using the Dual Intensity Eye Shadow as a Liner. Equally to create a more sophisticated sheer look you can apply the Eye Shadow as standard with a normal blending brush.

Have you tried anything from the Dual Intensity collection? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

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

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