Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Work-wear Wednesday

Firstly apologies for the grainy photos.  These were taken by iPhone due to the absence of a camera!  Moving on this is a relatively new blouse from Topshop - I loved the subtle stud detail on the collar and the rich purple hue - studs and jewel tones for winter, so revolutionary!!  I recently got a few bits and bobs from Primark (post coming soon) and these earrings were one of my purchases.  They reminded me slightly of the Princess Diana style jewellery and although these are blatantly fake I do not think they look gaudy either as some cheap jewellery can tend to.






Blouse - Topshop
Skirt - River Island
Earrings/Bracelet - Primark, Turkey
                                                          
Hope you are going to take advantage of the Covent Garden event tomorrow night (as detailed in my last post) and start your Christmas shopping early.  I am determined to be organised this year!  No more frantic Christmas Eve shopping for me!!

Xx

Discount Vouchers & Codes!

I have stumbled across a few discount vouchers to be used at certain retailers from magazines, and even more exciting a 20% off voucher at participating shops in Covent Garden this Thursday, including Mac!
Me when I found out Mac was participating:



I've got my beady little eye on Satin Taupe, All That Glitters and Quarry eyeshadows. 
Most importantly I have been after the Soft & Gentle MSF for the longest time so might take full advantage of the 20% off. It's just soo beautiful.




I'll see you there!!


Covent Garden 20% off event:
http://www.sevendials.co.uk/standard


New look £10 off £40 in More! Magazine


H&M 25% off in Grazia Magazine, which incidentally only costs £1 in WH Smith


Matalan 20% off £40 Voucher Codes:
http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/discounts/exclusive-20-off-orders-over-40-at-matalan-818354.html?bi=xp6571

Happy Shopping :)





Xx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Angel

So this is kind of a FOTD type post to showcase my new Angel lipstick by Mac.  I was tempted to buy this as I have never bought a nude from Mac before and it does look bloody amazing on Kim K.



 This is the first time I've worn it properly and I'm still not a huge fan, as most people seem to be of this lipstick, but it's growing on me.  I just don't like nudes on me!!  There is also a sneak peek of my new favourite blouse which is going to have it's own dedicated post in the near future.

Don't really want to put my picture under a picture of Kim Kardashian because it will make these pictures look even worse but here goes! 

   

This is not a true FOTD though as this was taken after a loooong day at work (if you can't tell!)and the lighting is atrocious. This is really only for the purpose of the lipstick!

I am also adding in two snaps of my jewellery as they are my new obsession and go well with the blue and white shirt.  The necklace is from H&M and the shamballa style bracelet from a Turkish market:

 What do you think of Mac Angel?

Xx


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Remembrance Sunday

Just a quick post to say Happy Remembrance Sunday.

Wear your poppies with pride!

Xx

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Skyfall

I went to see the new Bond at the Imax on Tuesday night and I loved it.  Please bear in mind that although watching and reading about films is a hobby of mine I do not claim to be knowledgeable and indeed have never have studied it so do not have any technical or insightful views into aspects such as cinematography or editing!  Also this is only my opinion and I am happy for anyone to agree or disagree with my views on this film!

Don't get me wrong when watching Bond you do have to completely suspend reality and there are a big number of flaws and plot holes in this film however people who take issue of how this film is unrealistic are completely missing the essence of Bond - of course it bloody is this character has survived countless shootings, stabbings and skyfalls off every type of structure imaginable!! If you go into the cinema hoping to take Bond completely seriously then you are not going to enjoy it.  With this in mind I really liked this film and to be honest my positive opinion is probably amplified by the disappointment I felt with Quantum of Solace. 

For me Bond is a certain type of film - it is action, excitement and adventure with a sprinkling of British humour - it is not a Christopher Nolan type mind-fuck!  I don't particularly want to go to the cinema and have to hugely concentrate on the plot of the film which incorporates theories around nuclear physics, which was one of the problems I had with Quantum of Solace.  However for me this film takes it back to a more classic storyline - a psychotic villain with a simple objective driven by his disturbing past - that's the stuff! 
Onto the heart of the film - the action :)  I found the action scenes in this to be incredible - particularly the opening sequence which included racing across the rooftops of the market in Istanbul and the closing sequence in the stunning setting of Glencoe in Scotland.  Also some scenes were filmed on beaches in Fethiye in Southern Turkey which is where I went on holiday so that gave me a little thrill!


 


As well as Daniel Craig being rather dreamy he does my favourite portrayal of Bond to date.  Having said that suspending reality is the best route to take to enjoy Bond I have to say I do prefer the authenticity of Bond's character in this film compared to the previous ones before Daniel Craig.  The previous films portray Bond as a seemingly invincible agent who excels at everything he puts his hand to with no perceivable flaws and all the while looking like a supermodel - he almost has a superhero-esque aura about him.  Daniel Craig has certainly got the good looking thing nailed down however this Bond is much grittier and rough around the edges with real flaws and vulnerabilities - something they really play upon in this film as another prevalent theme is aging.  For the first time Bond is being doubted because of his age, amongst other things, and his abilities questioned - the first time this has ever happened in 50 years of Bond films.  Basically his perfect veneer has been stripped away and we are left with someone who the audience can relate to and actually could be one of us - apart from the whole MI6 agent thing of course!

The acting is superb with real heavyweights appearing in this film who have countless nominations between them.  Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney all live up to their reputations and deliver believeable, three dimenstional characters.  However the stand-out star for me is Javier Bardem.  He absolutely steals every scene he appears in, which is saying something when you consider the acting royalty in this film.  The first scene he appears in where he tells a story about rats is one of the most memorable scenes for me of the entire film and all this scene comprises of is him walking across a room telling a story - that's a powerful testament to his acting prowess.  He also has a different take than we typically see for Bond villains who are often one dimensionally evil with no redeeming qualities however Silva manages to be creepy, funny, terrifying, unpredictable and highly intelligent all at the same time.  I also felt a small pull of sympathy for him despite the fact he is a complete phsychopath so huge props have to go to Javier Bardem for his portrayal of the villain.


 


Another character I personally loved was the new Q.  There's nothing outstanding about his scenes or acting but I'm a sucker for a geek and this one is rather yummy.  Below is the first scene between him and Bond if you wanted to have a gander:




This has been the most commercially successful Bond of all time making £53.44m in just 10 days before it had even opened in America.  It also has a rating of 8.1 on IMDB which is an excellent score considering the harsh ratings films are subject to on that site.  It looks like I'm not the only one who found this film to be a success!  Finally apologies for banging on and congrats if you made it this far ane here's a little reward for your perserverance:

 

 You're welcome.

Xx

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Work-Wear Wednesday

One of the first features I wanted to introduce on my blog is 'Work-Wear Wednesday', I love a bit of alliteration! During the week I won't do that many outfit posts simply because I work in a corporate environment so the dress code is quite strict and conservative - although I push the boundaries a bit :)  I feel like you can get away with almost anything if you add a smart blazer to the mix.  So yes my smart and unfortunately black laden work outfits are a bit dull to bombard my blog with! Sigh I wish I worked in a less corporate environment, but never mind at least I have the excuse to buy gorgeous pencil dresses that I would otherwise never wear!




Shirt:Topshop
Skirt: River Island
Boucle Jacket: River Island
Belt: Vintage
Jewellery: Topshop, H&M

So here is my first post featuring my lovely new neon trim boucle jacket from RI (post to follow on RI goodies).  Please excuse the state of my skirt, this was taken at about 8.30pm when I got home so it is looking slightly worse for wear.  Also of note is that this outfit looks much better with heels, due to the length of the skirt, however they were sitting safely under my desk in the office - I absolutely refuse to travel in heels!


 I was also wearing a few of my current favourite jewellery pieces which I thought I would show you:


This eye necklace is from h&m from a few months ago.  I was never really into the whole evil eye jewellery trend, those Topshop eye rings seemed to be everywhere! However I thought this one was really simple and elegant and I love longer length necklaces.  Also having come back from Turkey I'm starting to embrace the eye jewellery as it is everywhere over there, where the 'evil eye' talisman originally comes from, and I quite like the idea that it's supposed to ward against negativity and bad energy!


Again completely jumping on the bandwagon with this piece - I adore spiked jewellery!  It adds an edge to any outfit and is my nod to the tougher gothic fashion which is very popular at the moment but not really my cup of tea!
Xx