Sunday, 6 April 2014

Memoirs Of A Geisha

Last weekend I attended a house party for my friends birthday and the theme was 'Around The World'. I love getting creative around a good theme however I loathe to spend money on an outfit you are going to wear once - I'm a tight-arse!!  Therefore the creativity usually comes into customising current pieces or if the look calls for it, make-up.  This look is allll about the make-up :) Although I am obsessed with watching make-up tutorials - I thank God for the likes of PixiWoo, Lisa Eldridge, Tanya Burr everyday - I rarely step outside of my neutral eye, bright lip combination as it is where I feel comfortable and socially acceptable! However at fancy dress parties you can pretty much get away with anything so it is an awesome time to experiment - that is where my outrageous eyes, blue eye-shadow, red lip 80s type combo came in!!

So in my wardrobe I had a kimono already and because I have big eyes I can get away with rather exaggerated eye make-up so thought a Geisha would be a good choice for me.  Minimal clothing effort, maximum make-up artistry!  I went for an extremely lined eye, a blue eye-shadow with neutral tones, massive falsies and a sharp red lip.  Eye palettes used were the white matte and midnight blue shadows from Stila 'In The Light' palette (amazing palette) and the turquoise shade from the Sleek Mediterranean palette.  Also used was the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty as cheeks needed to be really pigmented and long-lasting, check check!  I recently go this blusher from America, it was my only NEED item from the whole trip, and I absolutely bloody love it!!

Kimono - French Connection, Bardot Dress - Miss Selfridge

Also to achieve the look I used lots of concealer - YSL touche eclat, 17 phwooar paint - and Garnier Light Roll-On Anti Dark Circles to further lighten the area.  I very sharply lined the lips and used lots of red lipstick for an exaggerated pout.  Of course the hair was a very tight bun complete with diffuser sticks - as you do!!  Hope you like the look.  What would you go as for an around the world theme?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Work- Wear Wednesday: Watercolour Dream

I recently joined Instagram, I know I'm so behind the times - I've always been very technologically ancient!! My user name is ruhavingagiraffe for anyone that is interested.  I decided to join an Evening Standard competition as it was simply a case of uploading a smart outfit which (I hope) I wear every day.  As such I thought I would share a few of the photos with you.

The dress is a recent Zara purchase and is in this glorious watercolour type print.  I really enjoy the artistry behind watercolour prints especially when against a neutral background, as in this case, as it emphasises the print.  I actually bought this a few weeks ago and put off wearing it however I then saw it on Alex Jones on Sports Relief and it looked lovely on her, which made me want to wear it IMMEDIATELY!!

zara watercolour dress boucle jacket
Dress - Zara, Boucle Jacket - Leather Lane Market, Watch -  Marc Jacobs, Shoes - New Look, Necklace - New Look

It is in your typical pencil dress shape with no sleeves, which is perfect for this time of year.  I don't know about you but I was roasting in my office this afternoon!  I decided to pick out the pinky/blue tones in the dress and accessorized with these shades.

zara watercolour dress marc jacobs watch

Zara are having an amazing season at the moment so I am thinking of compiling a wishlist that has been steadily growing over the past few weeks.  Cannot wait for their sale to start, dangerous!!