Sunday, 6 August 2017

Out with the old and in with the June

Apart from the odd rave outfit, or too holey Tee - I haven't done a proper clear out since I stopped growing upwards. Which I reckon was about 13/14. Cos I'ma 'but I might need it someday' fear of regret, kind of person, who above everything - doesn't like to waste money. The reality is, it's wasted anyway, since I've now grown out of - in either size, or style - the majority of my wardrobe, and in June the balanced tipped from cluttered, to I can't handle it!

It's got to the point where I was keeping rubbish - albeit for an empty's post, but keep in mind I've been stocking pilling since I started my blog (end of 2013), and I've still not done it! I won't be a minimalist, I don't need to be. but getting rid of stuff I don't use (and actual rubbish) is definitely a step in the right direction. I know some say do it in one big go, but that's not realistic for me - so I tried to do something everyday. I started with nails polishes, jewllery, shoes (the easy) and on good days or one's with moral support, draws/wardrobe etc. This may all sound a bit dramatic, but I generally find it hard to get rid of things!
It does help that's there's a worthwhile cause besides keeping my sanity - to donate to charity - and since I've been a volunteer, I have an idea of what is considered 'useful' donations, that will sell well and not waste time/space. So about 20% was recycled. A few items kept, if I thought I could get more selling it; though this was never gunna be a big pile, because I haven't the energy or inclination for a lot, but I did want to give selling a go.

I've prioritised sorting summer clothes for now: since it makes better sense to donate in season, and also make more informed choices on what to keep. This month was about yes, no's - and then trying the maybes in outfits to see whether they made the cut.
Do i like it? does it fit? will I wear it? let's hear it.


Weardrobe / Outfits from June 2017


My Only Sunflower
makes me happy, whether or not skies are grey
Like with the Daisies in last month's post, are sunflower's still cool? Cos they are to me. The house had been full of bouquets because of mum's birthday, but with only the 1 sunflower - I thought the accessory was fitting. This is another hand me down - cami strap, full length jumpsuit - with an equally, corker of a floral print. Not the well known American Apparel print, and it doesn't exactly fit me or mum - but it may be an ideal option to convert and make into joggers; a staple I know she wears, and who wouldn't want a sunflower pair??
For me? I had a whole contextual study on sunflowers back when I was doing my A-Level, so I'm a bit over saturated on the artistic side. But I'm still a fan, and going to hold out in hope to thrift some unwanted AA take on this trend; the non-gardeners (non gogh) way to fulfill my sunflower fix.

Jumpsuit - Dorothy Perkins Sale£7 / Sunnies - via Carboot5p




Copy Cat - closest I'll get to crazy Cat Lady
I remember totally crushing on this top, but then my friend Ellen bought it so I didn't feel I should. *Oh the days of popping into topshop after school and buying nothing. Now there's no school, and still nothing* But then it went on sale! and oh how the copycat worries crumbled. So naturally I caved, but tucked it away - and it was still tucked, with tag, and a receipt from 20** to boot. I still love it - but it is super cropped, like reach up and a boob might pop out short, so I am torn. Dungarees helped, & I like the peep of the animal print - but then you don't get the whole, (big) cat effect.
Maybe I'm biased, since it's high on my wishlist to see the 2 jaguars from the 'Secret life of the Zoo', and if I was an animal I wouldn't mind being their black jaguar, with the leopard print that glistens through in the sunlight. But alas I'm human, and clothes adorned with animals is as close as I can get. That and seeing them in the flesh next month, eeek!

Top - TOPSHOP sale£8 / Pinafore - TOPSHOP, secondhand, ?



Thanks for Oversharing
*thought braless was a little clickbait-y*

My Godmother popped round the other day and before she had even made it through the door I'm proclaiming "sorry I've got no bra on", for anyone nearby to hear. First, I wanna make it clear - I was wearing clothes - it was just so flipping hot, that I committed to as few layers as possible. But why did I choose to say this? Now in my head it was just incase she thought something was amiss with my hug, and it's as if by saying it, I don't feel I'm waiting for someone to notice - but even for someone who know's me pretty well, this was a bit tmi. Like my irresistible urge to tell the world when I have a wedgie. Luckily, I'm not alone in this oversharing of body inconveniences as a little girl just walked past us in the restaurant, proclaimed to a waiter

Monday, 10 July 2017

Summery

Summary of the products from my collection, aiming to put the Sunflowers in the shade this Summer



bare minerals 'Neutralising' Primer ( part of 4 piece sampler set from TKMAXX, (gifted) £7.99 ) is a butter-yellow toned, non coverage product - so rather than turn the skin yellow, it slightly dulls/'neutralises' some of the redness. With neutral fair skin, I don't want anything too heavy or yellow to compete with that - but a light tint, and barrier works wonders. Smoothing, without feeling siliconey, it also boasts spf, although I use such a small amount, that I wouldn't rely on it to be my sole sunscreen.
Coupled with their oil control version in problem areas - that came from the same sampler set, and I discussed in my everyday makeup post - they are an unstoppable (to a certain celcius) duo.

I am also lucky enough to sample a selection of nars, thanks to the Cheek and Lip Palette circa 2015, and my overly generous cousins toasting me turning 21; the enclosed highlight in Albatros is what screams summer to me. Well maybe not on paper/in pan - looking stark white - but it's one of those deceiving, completely different from the pan products, as far from look chalky on the skin, it throws back gold. Being fair, this can be a bit too colourful - but lightly, it's gorgeously shiny and brings a new meaning to the phrase golden girls.
The RT Setting Brush (Amazon £2) has become my highlight's partner in shine, since it's more targeted than the one I used before, and the all over taper is a shape I generally like in brushes. With Albatros (and other bolder highlights) it's perfect to help work the shade in, to be more at one with the skin.




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

May Day

Weardrobe / Outfits from May 2017

Bingo wings became angel wings

thanks to a phase 8 jumper with a phase 10 bouji material mix, & batwing angel wings of 100% silk. Next level soft, grey fine knit jumper - on the longer side, it satisfies both comfort and confidence levels. Showing off these wings is the closest I'll ever be to a Victoria's Secret Angel, and it's also given me closure regarding the Clematis; 2 dreams come to an end.
But why is it that bingo wings are yummy, but not seen as so on your body!? I aim to embrace both this summer! #spreadmywings . Can I wing it anymore??? Ok I'm done.
Jumper - Phase 8 via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Debenhams via Barnados Charityshop (thriftfinds) £3


Totally Thrifted for Charity Tuesday
Jeans Shirt Jacket, originally from TOPSHOP UNIQLO & ZARA consecutively and IN CAPS. cos, branding, and cos they are capital worthy basics that I found for just over a tenner, all together, via charityshops. Secondhand options can swing both ways - unique, different items, and the plain simplest - as it's not just the one *type* of person that donate their unwanted goods in the aim of earning the charity some money. Denim and Jackets are prime examples with plenty of options secondhand, so you needn't spend alot; the 2 pictured here were in 'still stitched up pockets' (Blazer), and BNWT (jeans) condition - so it doesn't even have to mean second.
Blazer - Zara via The Rennie Grove Hopsice CharityShop, £2 / Shirt - UNIQLO via The British Heart Foundation CharityShop, £4.79 / Jeans - BNWT TOPSHOP via Oxfam CharityShop, £3.99


Fruit Pastel Frappe


After a weekend of a broken Mcdonalds Icecream machine leading me to assess our weekly habit - I went for the fruity option when it was up and running the next. You know, to be 'healthy'.
Do you remember Fruit Pastel Ice lollies? It's bang on the money

Monday, 12 June 2017

The A Team

Something you may not know about me is that I was actually called, and christened Joanna - my middle name being Amber - and for the majority of the way through school, I was the annoying one asking to be called something different for the first few registers. Mum and Dad came to their 'I prefer Amber' senses fairly early on, so it's all I've known - and before GCSE/qualifications came around (and the confusion that would cause) I changed it via deedpoll.



Apart from it being used strangely often to name the *harlet* in any given TV show (& the inaugural I.T class mate google coming up with Amber Smith the porn star.. which may explain the former), I'm very happy with my name.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Blooming Marvellous

Weardrobe / Outfits from April 2017
You know the 'floral's for spring, groundbreaking' sarcasm in The Devil wears Prada (or the subsequent meme)?, well it's happening, and whilst some like Streep say Bloomin Heck, I say Bloomin Marvellous! Thanks partly to lovely weather, in April everything bloomed, and I couldn't help but be inspired - and like lighting up the Barbecue as soon as the sun's out or buying a sledge after the slightest smattering of snow - I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.


The 'Amber'
Outfit Formula
If I were to describe myself in an outfit photo, full of favourites, it would be this. Primarily thrifted. Often incl my Treasured taupe coat, with a cost-per-wear ratio I don't think I'll ever beat. Smile (since I can't do nonchalant), and a background in bloom. The later is definitely a side effect of blogging.
Without blogging (and said outfit shots) Flower's would still be a favourite, but Clematis is my true spirit flower, that I could have easily indulged in as the background for the full month's installment. Instead, I made the most of it with another quintessentially Amber area - my everyday makeup - that may have slipped under the radar thanks to a subsequent impromtu post. Also full of favourites, I talk great reliable makeup and techniques that work for me, whilst living the dream as a flower fairy. >




Trench - Primark via Relate CharityShop, £1 / Shirt - REISS via Cancer Research CharityShop, £5.65 / Jeggings - UNIQLO via British Red Cross CharityShop, £1 / Converse - Office, Gifted


Rhododendrons and an illfitting conundrum

I used to have some magenta jeans back when coloured jeans were all the rage, and my matchy matchy affinity would have loved to have a photo featuring them and these beautiful blooms - but alas, it seems I have managed to get rid of a few clothes over the years. I'm left with more conventional denim, with a slight stretch, bought years ago from a peacocks sale. Minimal distressing which borders on wondering whether it was in production or by falling over - I'm itching to cut off the hems. For now folded, flirting with hint of F&F frill, and my fab nude mac that I'm still in denial is too snug. Now let me concentrate so I don't rip it whilst taking the photo.
Coat - Dorothy Perkins (via BHS), £20 (giftcard) / Top - F&F via Oxfam Charity Shop, £2.99 / Jeans - Peacocks, £5 / Loafers - Primark, £6


Pear Tree giving the Cherry a run for it's money

Invasion of the imitators
Blue denim shirt dresses were the wait ages for one and 2 come along at once item for me; it's F&F takes on TOPSHOP, and here's to the underdog. It's thinner, and shaped more like a longline shirt - I must have left it cuffed when it went in the wash, so when they came out semi unraveled all I could think of was (accidental) fashionable, exadurated cuffs. Unexpectedly cool!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Stand beside ME


It's #meawarenessday and Mum has gone off to the #millionsmissing protest in London, whilst Dad has come home from work to have lunch with me. I am so fortunate, to have people around me who love and support me wholeheartedly - and without them, I know I wouldn't be much more than my M.E.
As yet, there's no effective treatment protocol, so it depends heavily on the people around you as to how you're able to manage - be it medical, social, emotional support or financial. There should be options open to everyone, but sadly this is not the case for many illnesses, and although funding, recognition and research all takes time - having an open mind/compassion does not.
It's people fighting the fight (patients and supporters alike), and you don't have to/aren't expected to fully understand it - god know's we don't - but support and compassion, may be the only current (& most important) treatment plan.

- If you're interested in understanding more about M.E, I'd recommend this fellow blogger's brilliant metaphor which has made it millennial
💙

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fail Safe Face (a few years later)

Longtime readers may remember my 'fail safe face'; aka, 'everyday' makeup routine I feel confident to call upon, for any occasion. Well believe it or not, that was 2 years ago!
To quote that post (& plenty of other people, I don't take full credit), 'while somethings change, some stay the same', & I'd be interested to see what has changed 'beauty' wise for me, now that I've turned 23
*bar living the dream as a flower fairy*