27/08/2013

tumblr

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I've held off on getting a tumblr for a while now, as I didn't really see the need for both Pinterest and Tumblr. Aren't they both just a place to keep images you love and quotes that inspire you? Well, maybe - even if tumblr does allow you to add text and gifs and videos - but there's something so satisfying about tumblr and the absolute ease of it. I am utterly addicted.

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Above are some screenshots of my tumblr, titlesarescary.tumblr.com Expect to see a tumblr that looks similar to every other tumblr made by girls my age with a vague interest in fashion.

But with fewer cats. And no 1D.

24/08/2013

winter white

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Proenza Schouler Fall RTW 2013, Céline Fall RTW 2013

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Chloé Fall RTW 2013, Tibi Fall RTW 2013


Wouldn't it be wonderful to be the woman who wears all white in winter?

Usually we think of  black as the colour of mystery, but white can evoke just as much intrigue. A woman in winter white speaks of wealth, grace and a certain hauteur, and in a sea of black, grey and navy coats, a white look makes a bold statement. It sneers at its underlings in safe and ubiquitous black "look how graceful I am. I've kept this beautiful white coat clean and pristine all day."

The white coat is a challenge. One tiny spot of dirt or spilled latte is all it takes for the grace, class and elegance to disappear completely. Illusion ruined. Personally, I am much too grubby and haphazard an individual to maintain the crisp cleanness of a white coat. Some of my favourite things are black coffee, red wine and red lipstick, and I will sit on or lean against any surface anywhere if I'm sufficiently tired. I refuse to iron clothes with anything other than my GHDs and I have never visited a dry cleaner. Well, I could never afford the heinous dry cleaning bills anyway. This probably all amounts to me being the most ill-advised white coat wearer in history.

But, I want one.

Even though I know I'll get it dirty on its first outing. Even though I'll probably spill my coffee on it, or smudge my lipstick on it, or use the sleeve to wipe crumbs off a train seat. It would just look so striking over an all black outfit, leather trousers and pointy toes, jeans and a grey t-shirt and bright red lips, a white dress and shiny silver heels, or a bright cocktail dress and black shoe boots. 

God, I want one. 

Maybe I'll ease myself in to the world of white. I'll start with a beautiful Tibi-esque chunky white polo neck, and if I manage to keep that in a decent state of repair, maybe I'll graduate to the white coat.

Maybe.




23/08/2013

the emergency make-up bag

Spontaneity is great.

Saying a big fat 'Yes!' to opportunities that spring up is often how we end up having the most exciting and fun days and nights.

But sometimes you're left in a bit of a make-up pickle.

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You've been out all day and suddenly find yourself meeting friends for impromptu drinks, with patchy, worn off eyeliner and pesky under eye circles re-emerging from beneath their layer of concealer. Sometimes a quiet night in turns into a big night out, or sometimes you just decide to crash at a friend's house instead of rushing off early for the last train home, leaving you make-up-less in the morning. Whilst I'd never let a fading face of make-up, or fear of heading home bare-faced the next day prevent me from doing these things, I do occasionally feel a tiny twinge of dread and find myself wishing I had more make-up with me, just for that little confidence boost. More often than not, I only have a few lipsticks floating in the bottom of my handbag, which definitely won't do anything to hide those under eye circles.

I'm never going to be the type of girl that carries around a full bag of make-up. For one thing, it's unnecessary and for another, it's damn heavy. I wanted to come up with a one-stop-emergency-make-up-shop for those spontaneous parties and bleary mornings after, that was light enough and small enough to carry with me at all times. Just in case!

This is what I've come up with:

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The cute little tartan make-up bag is from the MAC A Tartan Tale 2010 holiday collection, that I adored, of course, as I'm Scottish. It's small, slim and just the right size for my emergency essential products.

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Face: Remember this is the emergency make-up bag, so I've kept it paired right back to Collection's well adored (but poorly packaged) Lasting Perfection Concealer to camouflage those dark circles, blemishes and areas of redness and YSL's Voile de Blush in number 3. Don't be scared to blend out your concealer so it covers more of your face; this is an emergency after all. I tend to concentrate on my under eye area, any blemishes, my nose and chin and blend out as far as the product will go. The YSL gel blush is not so much a blush as a very pretty, very sheer sheen. It doesn't really add any colour, but acts as a highlighter and adds some much needed life and radiance to the face after you've been burning the midnight oil. Plus, it's applied best with fingers, which is ideal for keeping size and weight down in this little emergency handbag kit.

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Eyes: All you ladies with beautiful, naturally dark lashes, I am outrageously jealous of you. My lashes are blonde and I just can't get away without mascara; my eyes end up being so undefined they disappear into my skull, making me look like some kind of overgrown naked mole rat. I've chosen Maybelline Great Lash because it's a really good, everyday, affordable mascara and it's pretty petite. I've slipped in a Gosh Brow Pen 002 Venetian Brown because if you need to create a bold look in a hurry, a strong brow can just about do that for you; a well done brow will frame your face and really draw attention to your eyes. This is super easy to apply and pretty long-lasting too.

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For eyeshadow, I've gone for Maybelline's 24Hr Colour Tattoo 65 Pink Gold because it looks really pretty just worn alone, blended out over the lid with your fingers, and it has a lovely brightening effect: perfect if you're looking a little fatigued after a hard day's work or a hard night's partying. For a little more drama, I've popped in Rimmel's Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick 003 Bad Girl Bronze. This is a seriously good product. It's really easy to apply, easy to blend, is waterproof and lasts forever. Seriously, it doesn't budge. I'll blend this over the top of the Colour Tattoo, in the outer corners, crease and a little under the eye too, just for a little bit of smokey drama. Again, all this is done with my fingers, to minimise bulk and weight.

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Extras: I've added a little sample of perfume, because nobody likes to smell bad! This one is from Les Senteurs Gourmandes and it smells delicious. Unfortunately I've lost the little box it came in so I have no idea which scent this is, (it could be Prune Jasmin, but I'm not 100% sure) but I like it so much anyway I'm definitely going to check out the brand further.

You might have noticed there's no lip product in here. That's purely because I have so many of them roaming free around practically every handbag I have that I doubt I'll ever be caught without a lippie. The picture above, of the perfume sample surrounded by lip products, shows the lip products I pulled from the one handbag I carried today. Does anyone really need 5 lipsticks in one handbag? Eeek. What can I say, I'm a little bit of a lipstick junkie.

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into my emergency make-up bag. I think I've covered all bases without having to cart around a hefty bag full of products and brushes and can pop my little tartan make-up SOS kit in my handbag and be good to go for any spontaneous night out.

What do you think of my little emergency kit? Do you have any products you could recommend for emergency make-up applications? Any multiples or compacts I should be investing in?

21/08/2013

inspiration

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Some pictures I've been poring over lately, taken from my Pinterest which you can follow here. Will I ever have enough of big hats, Olsen twin vibes, grungy hair and colourful locations? It's doubtful.

If you haven't tried Pinterest yet, you should give it a go. It's incredibly addictive, and the perfect place to store all your inspirations, from fashion to decor to travel destinations and motivational quotes. Be warned though, it's so addictive you'll soon find yourself pinning everything and anything for hours.

For the fashion focused among us, I've also recently been obsessed with Fashiolista. You can find and follow me here. It's a great place to get lost in your wardrobe of dreams, hitting the 'love' button on everything you wish you were wearing right now. I apologise for the copious amounts of black, leather, point toes, black, black and more black on my profile.... 

18/08/2013

fear

An article in one of the Sunday papers this morning alerted me to the existence of this blog, What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? 

Part of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In phenomenon - a book which sits firmly on top of my 'read me' pile - the tumblr is full of pictures of women holding little signs telling us what they'd be doing if they weren't afraid. The point? To inspire us and make us question why on earth we are so scared of doing what we want to do.

Confronted with image upon image of women and girls admitting that they're too scared to follow their dreams, to raise their voice, to defend their opinion is emotional. It's frustrating and infuriating that fear seems to be a defining characteristic of womanhood, preventing women from leading, from climbing to the very top of that career ladder, from speaking up in meetings, from simply having a voice, and making sure that voice is heard.

Some fear confessions are devastating, like the women who talk about fear of being judged for the abuse they've suffered, some will resonate with your own fears, whilst some seem to hold just a glimmer of hope, but all make you want to shout at the woman in the picture: "Don't be afraid! Just do it!"

But it's easier said than done.








I'm well acquainted with fear. There was a time when the most mundane of things - taking a bus, not having the aisle seat, leaving the house - could paralyse me with fear and I'd often have to spend a while coaxing myself into doing these perfectly everyday tasks. I was the complete opposite of get up and go; I would spend more time just thinking about getting up and going than actually going, and it got to the point where it was ridiculous. I couldn't live like that anymore, so I stopped. Alright, so it may have taken a fair few hundred baby steps over some weeks and months, but honestly that switch in mindset to no longer allow yourself to be conquered by fear is kind of the hardest part.

I know what it's like to feel fear. And as much as it horrifies me to see that fear seems to be widespread among women, it's somewhat comforting to know that I'm not alone in it. As women we hear so many conflicting messages about what we're supposed to do with our lives. We're supposed to have dazzling career successes, healthy and happy marriages, spawn perfectly mannered brats, have perfect skin, perfect hair, look good in a bikini and have a beautifully pristine house. We're supposed to "have it all." But 'all' is an awful lot to have. Sometimes I think the fear and anxiety we all seem to feel is linked to this pressure to have it all. It's crippling and paralysing to feel like you have to succeed at everything, and that you have to be this perfect example of modern woman. Because every woman's "all" is different. 

Nobody should feel afraid of going for their own, personal all. 

I've overcome my fears and anxieties about everyday things, for the most part. Now, all that's left for me is to overcome my fears about The Big Stuff in life. Reading through this tumblr, although provoking both sadness and anger, has also left me feeling inspired. The fact that I felt compelled to tell the women in the photographs to 'just do it!' must mean that others would have the same reactions to my fears. Perhaps we can find some solidarity in fears and, more importantly, in conquering them. 




Jump in the pool Lois.


Here's to a life without fear.


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