Saturday, 18 June 2011

Weekend Wishlist (18/06/11)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 
1. This lace dress has been doing the rounds on blogs for months now and I think it's the white version that was the original Topshop lace dress (please correct me if I'm wrong)? I absolutely love this though, I think it's so pretty and the style is so flattering. As you are probably well aware of now, white is my Summer 'colour' so of course, this dress is a must have in my eyes.

2. I'm absolutely loving this bag, it looks like a similar bag to one that was on ASOS not too long ago which I think is now sold out but this bag is just as nice. I love the mix of the animal print with the tan leather - it's just such a nice contrast of patterns and material. Plus, the padlock is just a small detail that I think really makes the bag appear more expensive than it actually is.

3. I saw this top on the Topshop website a week or so ago but I think it's just such a 'me' top. It's a racer back top with low arm holes which I love, so I think this would look great with a black lacey bra on underneath (or is that too slutty? Haha). I'd probably wear this with my high waisted denim cut offs. It's only £20 too so I think this may be a possible future purchase for me...

4. This little flower garland from River Island is so pretty, it's perfect for festival's for a hippy-esque look. They have tonnes of these flower headbands at the moment but this one is probably me favourite. 

5+6. Now I saw the red socks on Emma's wishlist and they immediately caught my eye because of how cute and kitsch they are! They have a few other different variations too but I think these are so adorable, I need them in my life right now, even if it is June! The other socks are so cute too with the little zoo animals printed on too. I just love a cute pair of socks!

7. Again, I saw this on Emma's blog too but I've been searching for the perfect moustache ring for ages and for some reason this one really caught my eye. It's just such a fun piece of jewellery and I really do need some more jewellery in my life. Plus, rings are my favourite so I just have to have this.

Anyway, I hope you're all doing well, I'll be posting TWO Outfit Of The Day posts very shortly, I haven't had the chance really to post them on the days they were worn. Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday, wherever you are, it's so miserable and rainy in England at the moment but thankfully I'm off to sunny Nice tomorrow! I need to pack later and watch the rest of Made In Chelsea - I'm totally hooked now, I'd only caught bits of it whilst on tv but now I'm loving it!

Lucy xxx

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Summer 2011 Clothes Haul!

Hi everyone, first of all I would like to thank you all for following me, I've only had this blog since Saturday evening and I've already got a nice little number of followers. So thank you very,very much, I really do appreciate it!

ANYWAY! I'm off to Nice in the South of France next week for a week with my college and I'm very excited about it. My amazing mother has kindly bought me some new clothes for the trip and for the Summer - and no, before you ask, I am not very well off at all actually, nor am I spoilt rotten so I am very appreciative and grateful when either one of my parents treat me to stuff like this.

I am totally in love with this gorgeous sheer shirt from New Look. I'm really not that big a fan of New Look, it's always felt a bit cheap for me and somewhere I'd only go in an emergency but it's really been impressing me recently and I cannot believe I bought this there! The colour's more cream/off-white in person (apologies for my camera flash). I love the gold buttons that make it look and feel more expensive than it really is and I also love the fabric and the two front pockets. It's really lovely and light weight to wear, I wore it yesterday to college tucked into my skinny jeans and got lots of compliments! I also took some pictures of it for an Outfit Of The Day post but I'll upload them one day later this week I think.

This was another find from New Look. It's very basic but it's just really nice and casual and looks great with a pair of denim shorts I think, and perfect for the summer. I really love the rainbow stitching which adds an extra pop to the top (hey, that rhymed! Hahaa!)

I'm suddenly very aware that I've bought a lot of white.... I only ever seem to wear white in the summer and black in the winter. How sad! Anyway, this lovely dress (though it's strictly a tunic...) from Topshop is so cute and I just love wearing it, I feel like I should run through a field whilst wearing it or become one of the Von Trapp family. Apologies if you can spot the 'orange' foundation mark on the chest embroidery - I took this off before I had removed my make-up and, well, it made a little mark which is very annoying, will definitely need to sort that out before I go away on Sunday. This was quite cheap too, well, for Topshop! You can get it in different colours too if you don't fancy white, but it's very pretty to wear and I'm very pleased with it. OH and Topshop gave me a massive pink canvas bag and some Topshop eyeshadow with my dress, which was a bit strange! We didn't order it but oh well, I'm not complaining!! 

I told you the only ever colours I wear are black and white! Anyway, I'm in love with this dress! It's from River Island, it was about £30 which I think is quite a lot to spend on a dress that is made from jersey material  though I guess the heavy Moroccan beading is what makes it so pricey! It's unfortunately a bit big for me because my mum bought it in a size 10, though after the past 8 or so months I've lost a lot of weight so I'm now an all round size 8 (yay!). However it's not the end of the world, I'll be able to cope! Anyway, I just love the beading, it's so colourful and pretty and again, it's really light weight so would act as a perfect beach cover up dress. It's also great because it's a dress you can wear during the day but then dress up for the night with different accessories etc.

We had to send this skirt back to River Island as it was way too big for me but now it's the right size I absolutely love it! I've had my eye on it for a while and it hasn't been budging from the River Island website, or the stores, and I don't know why!! We were also lucky when we had to buy it again as they had taken £10 off the price so it's a total steal for £15. I love the woven belt that comes with it and it's the perfect summer skirt in my opinion. I think the material is linen so it's a very airy, light-weight skirt to wear. I'm going to have to be very careful with all this white that I don't get it dirty, aren't I?

This is another New Look purchase, it was a bit of a bargain as it was about £9/10 for the whole lot, considering in most high street shops the bikini top itself costs about £16 onwards (yes, River Island, I'm talking about you!). It's a kind of coral/pink colour that looks great on and the colour actually makes you look quite tanned, even if you're completely pastey white like me.The ruffles on the bikini top are great too as they make your boobs look bigger (wink wink) so over all, this is the perfect bikini!

Finally, my new Summer sandals from ASOS. Now, I've seen so many beautiful sandals everywhere but my mum has been on my back about getting 'sensible' shoes because in France we're apparently going to be walking a lot so I was in a bit of a pickle trying to find some 'sensible', yet 'attractive' looking shoes. My mum was trying to get me to go for some of those Granny sandals that are all over the Topshop website at the moment (eurgh, no thanks!!) and these were pretty much the only sandals that she would approve of. I'll admit, they're not the most sensible of shoes at all as they are totally flat and cut into my feet a bit but I do quite like them anyway! And they were only £15. Probably won't last very long but oh well!

Anyway, that is all for my Summer clothes haul! Sorry it was so picture and text heavy, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway.

Lucy xxx

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Glamour Magazine & Other Goodies

Don't know if you're all aware but in the UK issue of Glamour this month they're giving away 3 mini Benefit products (one product per magazine). It's only £2 when in reality a full sized version of the products they're giving away would cost about £10. You can collect High Beam, PosieTint or BeneTint. Asthe tints scare me ever so slightly, I decided to get the High Beam, a highlighter/illuminator that brightens up certain areas of the skin. I haven't yet tried it out but I'm excited to and I can't believe you only have to pay £2 for the magazine and the product! I'm slightly tempted to get 2 more copies so I get all 3 products! So that's just a shout out for you all.

Anyway, Adele is currently gracing the cover of Glamour this month looking absolutely gorgeous. I'm not particularly a fan of her music, Someone Like You drives me insane now and I'm not a fan of either of her albums but it is no doubt that she has an incredible voice and I love her as a person, she's got such a fantastic personality!
The other things I picked up were pretty boring:
  • Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner
  • Cadbury's Giant Chocolate Buttons
  • Garnier Ambre Solaire suncream SPF 30
  • Nivea Double Effect deodorant. 
Anyway, I know this isn't a terribly exciting post but I hope you enjoyed it anyway and if you're in the UK I hope it's encouraged you to pick up Glamour!

Lucy xxx

Style guides...

In more recent years more and more celebrities and style icons have released their own style guides. Some of them are awful but some of them are so lovely. It's so exciting turning the glossy pages to see pictures of designer clothes and fabulous outfits and shoes and handbags and more.
One of the most popular ones recently has been the Lauren Conrad Style book, which unfortunately I don't own though I did buy it for my one of my best friends, Sarah, for her birthday last year - and it was incredibly difficult to hand that over as a gift!

However one of my favourites is Victoria Beckham's That Extra Half an Inch. Now technically, this isn't mine, it's actually my step-mum's that I borrowed a few years ago that I somehow never returned to her, oops.
But I rekindled my love with it earlier this week and I just think it's so beautifully put together and well written. Although Victoria Beckham isn't a style icon of mine but I definitely understand why she is classed as a style icon, and well deservingly too.

I don't even know if this is legal that I can post these pictures but whatever....! The book really is fabulous: it's split into different sections from 'jeans', 'dresses', 'shoes' to 'winter', 'pregnancy', and 'make-up'. There are some beautiful images of Victoria in the book, and it's funny to look back at how her style used to be and how long her hair used to be with those hair extensions!
Anyway it's such a lovely book with some great advice and I'm sure you'll be able to pick this up now for a really cheap price in paperback probably.

Hope you enjoyed this post,
Lucy xxx

Liz Earle

So I have recently started using Liz Earle products to clean my skin with. Previously I have used solely Dermalogica products, and my facial cleanser was the Dermalogica Cleaning Gel. I found this too drying for my skin, and although good, I felt it was time for a change. I was thrilled when my mum surprised me one day with these new Liz Earle products as she has found them to be successful on her skin so has hoped they would work on me too.
L-R: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic; Dermalogica Smoothing Cream; Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser; Sainsbury's Double-Sided Cotton Pads.
Cleansing Routine:
  • Two pumps of the Cleanse and Polish Cleanser, rub together in palm of hands and smooth over face and neck. Fill basin up with hand hot water. With the muslin cloth that comes with the bottle, soak it in the water and ring dry, using sections of the cloth to remove the cream from face. Splash face with cold water to close the pores. 
  • With a cotton pad, apply the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and wipe over face and neck to sooth the skin.
  • Using a small amount of the Smoothing Cream, soak into skin leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated.
I'm quite pleased with the effect of these products. Although my skin isn't perfect (I do still suffer from mild acne and blackheads) I would agree that my skin was noticeably smoother and softer after one use. My skin feels completely clean after using these products and the products feel luxurious to use. The one place I have noticed that my skin has significantly improved with is on my forehead where I haven't seen any breakouts for the past 3 weeks of using it.
The muslin cloth is brilliant as it acts like an exfoliator, washing away dead and dry skin and my pores have looked much smaller and cleaner since using the hot cloth cleanser.
Another thing I would say is the Hot Cloth Cleanser is brilliant at removing make-up. Although the muslin cloth will get dirty, you just need to put the cloth in the wash afterwards so it's not a big deal. I don't need to scrub away at my eye make-up any more either and all of my foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow and eyeliner gets removed easily too.

Really pleased with the effects, hopefully my skin will see further improvement soon.

Lucy xxx

Saturday, 11 June 2011

The Lucy Diaries - an introduction.

Well hello there and thank you so much for looking at my blog!

My name is Lucy and I am a 17 year old student currently residing in the South of England. I wanted to make a blog for all sorts of reasons, mainly because I enjoy reading other peoples blogs and wanted to share with the world all the things that go on in my life etc etc.
I really hope you'll like what you see on here. I'll be posting mainly pictures of shopping hauls which may consist of new clothes, make-up, shoes and accessories, or any other products I feel may take your interest.
I also have a desire to take up video blogging/vlogging so you may see videos appear on here also.... how exciting!

Hope to hear from you all soon,
Much love,
Lucy xxx