The Chanel illusion dress for just £60

Well, ish. Yes, I may have lured you here under false pretences but stick with me. This is good…

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You remember the semi-weird, semi-cool Chanel Illusion Dress? The one Keira Knightley wore and everyone said she looked a bit deformed and oh-so-skinny but somehow the dress worked when Rihanna gave a purple tweed version with matching trainers a go?

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Well, a much more wearable and chic and not-even-a-bit-strange version has landed thanks to Lipstick Boutique and it’s only £60. The little black dress has had a catwalk-worthy revival and I LOVE it. What do you think?

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Buy yours here from LittleBlackDress.co.uk.

Wednesday Wishlist: Fresh mint, cool culottes (they exist!) & next season’s staples

I’m curbing the spending at the moment so anything I buy has to be justified in my head as either a) so affordable it’d be silly not to indulge b) a bit more pricey but an ‘investment’ I’ll have forever c) good for next season, i.e. the rain, and so I will inevitable wear it forever. I think each of this week’s picks tick at least one of those boxes…mint jacket, zara sale, zara boucle jacket, zara jacket, suede shoe boots, mint velvet shoots, culottes, short culottes, gema jewellery, statement jewellery, fashion, style, shopping, sale shopping

 

SHOP: GEMA Jewellery Sicily Necklace, £14; ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses, £12; Zara Mint Jacket, Was £49.99 Now £35.99; Mint Velvet Suede Shoe Boots, £129; Warehouse Short Culottes, Was £26 Now £15; Lily Lola at FeelUnique.com Mineral Blush in Clementine, £7.99.

Mint is such a lovely fresh, summery colour without being too OTT and I’ve become a bit obsessed with it every since I started picking jewels for GEMA Jewellery. There’s a lot of light green going on over there! Add a pair of retro cat eye-shaped sunnies (for just £12 – bargain), a peachy mineral blusher and suede shoe boots, which will look just at home with a ditsy print dress and denim now and jeans and a coat in a few months, and you’ve got a pretty cost-effective selection of transeasonal pieces. If I do say so myself. Last but not least I’m giving the culottes trend a go but in shorter form as I don’t need to be cut-off at the ankles any more than my own natural proportions do for me. These daisy print ones from Warehouse are cute, eh?

What are you’re go-to pieces for wear now, wear later style?

DWP Beauty: My new favourite £4.99 flick-y eyeliner

I am a big eyeliner fan but you wouldn’t know it because for the last few months I haven’t worn so much as a subtle sweep of under-eye kohl. Mostly because I was getting so fed up of eyeliner, which ended up on my chin (exaggeration) before lunchtime. And I’m a bit of an eye-rubber, which doesn’t help matters. As for liquid liners – you know the sexy flick-y ones Alexa Chung has the monopoly on – well my little eyelids struggle. I can’t go too thick with my flick as it will take over my entire (tiny tiny) eyelid a la thick black eye shadow and thin and along the lashline is, well, hard to do. Also if it doesn’t set quickly it really gets my goat – think eyeliner pretty much everywhere around the eye region as soon as a I blink. So now you know how difficult my life is, I want to share how much better it now that I’ve discovered this cheapo Boots SEVENTEEN Tattoo Me liquid eyeliner… hint: it’s loads better. You should get one.

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It’s a pretty unassuming product. To be honest the only reason I picked it up was because I’d spent a certain amount on SEVENTEEN product (I was stocking up on their amazing under-eye concealer, which gives Benefit’s a run for it’s money, but that’s a tale for another day), and needed to spend a bit more to get something free that I probably didn’t need but obviously wanted anyway.

The 48 hour wear bit on the tube did seal the deal for me though. Turns out it does stay on for 48 hours – I am so grubby and was so terribly hungover one weekend that I was able to test this. And it’s still a bit of a bugger to get off with micellar water then, which is a good thing in my book – I trust it’s durability.

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It’s also really easy to apply because the brush is super super thin, just be sure to keep all the little brush hairs lined up. It makes a really nice little flick too without too much effort, just run the brush along your eye and swoop a bit. That’s probably not how the pros do it but for amateurs this will work ;)

The black is very black, if that’s even a thing to say and it dries quite quickly as long as you don’t layer it on too much. I thought I liked it when I put it on but after selfie-ing the night away and getting oodles of compliments about my ‘sexy’ eye make-up I fell head over heels. I’ve since test-driven this bargainous liquid eyeliner a few more times and each time, whether with a pastel pink or fuchsia lipstick, I’ve loved the results.

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Oh and the fact that it’s only £4.99 (or 499 points for you Boots-lovers), really swung it for me. If you’re on the hunt for a budget liquid eyeliner that doesn’t budge – buy, buy, buy!

Get your own SEVENTEEN Tattoo Me liquid eyeliner at Boots here.

A little payday shop..

As a freelancer I don’t actually have a ‘payday’ as such, but I like to get involved in the monthly excitement that is shopping while you actually have some funds to play with. This month I’m treating myself to these not-so-ridiculously-priced pieces – what are you getting?

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SHOP: River Island Animal Print Jumpsuit, Was £45 Now £20; Accessorize Embellished Clutch, £35; New Look Bow Barely There Sandals, £19.99; GEMA Jewellery Pink Statement Necklace, £22; Lipstick Queen at Feelunique.com Coral Lipstick, £20.

This month (the month I’ve been trying not to spend any pennies, of course) I’ve found The One of all the things I’ve been hankering after. From the perfect drawstring cami jumpsuit, which isn’t too boring and black but simple enough to not feel like I’m wearing a jazzy baby grow, to the affordable barely there heels with a feminine touch to the coral lipstick that doesn’t flake or make me look sun-burnt. It’s all just too damn nice. Maybe next month I’ll be good…

Wednesday Wishlist: Season-less sale finds

Keeping my own mantra in mind, that sale shopping should be just as much about tran-seasonal, investment purchases as any other time of year, here’s my pick of the sales…

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SHOP: ASOS Sandals, Was £32 Now £22; Topshop Drop-Hem Dress, Was £20 Now £8; ASOS Fringe Clutch, Was £32 Now £22; Topshop Check Skirt, Was £24 Now £12; GEMA Jewellery Zaira Necklace, Was £22 Now £16.50; Anthropologie Giraffe Dress, Was £98 Now £48.95.

Okay so the summer-centric sandals slipped through the net but I couldn’t resist and they are pretty versatile.. Anyway, with this little lot I’m thinking about easy-to-throw on block colours – oh hi there £8 frock from Topshop – and quick outfit updaters like this GEMA Jewellery statement necklace, which is perfect day or night and only £16.50 this week. My favourite piece though? Well it’s between two beauties. This check pencil skirt from Topshop is unbelievable value, beautifully made and will work season to season, from work to play. Team with a white tee and block sandals now & with a blazer and smart flats in the office. And there’s Anthro’s giraffe print shift. Day or night, shopping or partying, with the right accessories I doubt I’d ever take it off. Want!

What have you been picking up in the sales?

Sprucing up the flat: New home stuff from Oliver Bonas

I’ve got a new hobby and it’s called Zoopla. I am obsessed with stalking houses and apartments I will probably never live in and imagining how I’d decorate my new pad. And with this ‘hobby’ of course comes another excuse to *cough* window *cough* shop. Enter Oliver Bonas who have the most beautiful homeware collections I’ve seen this season. Think pastel-y vintage style with a fresh and contemporary update – I want it all for my little flat! Here’s the bits in my basket right now…

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SHOP, all Oliver Bonas: 1. Globetrotter Side Cabinet, £89 2. Flower Jug, £36 3. Striped Cushion, £32 4. Primrose Garden Chair in Mint, £59 5. Elephant Cushion, £32 6. Primrose Garden Table in Mint, £64 7. Pastel Champagne Flutes (Set of 4), £30 8. Neon Bottle in Pink, £6 9. Storage Suitcases, From £30 10. Work Hard, Play Hard Frame, £58 & Bird Wall Art, £26.

Whether you’re just adding a few finishing touches to your home or trying to spruce up a rented place (without leaving nails in the wall!), Olive Bonas have some fab decorative pieces – hello Elephant cushion – and pretty storage solutions. And for those lucky enough to have an outside space, be it balcony or terrace, their garden furniture is so gorgeous (how nice is this minty table and chair set?) and really affordable.

What do you think of Oliver Bonas’ home collection?