Thursday, 26 May 2016

Wildflowers - Daisy Painted Swing Dress from Collectif

I've always been a huge sucker for daisies, so when I saw this pretty gingham print coming out as part of Collectif's SS16 collection, I knew that at some point I'd end up twirling around in it. My lovely mother in law recently gave me some money to buy some clothes with the provision that it had to be frivolous, so I finally had the perfect excuse to make the purchase as I honestly cannot remember the last time I brought something, just because.

The dress is an absolute dream and is one of the new wave of dresses by Collectif to go up to a UK size 24. It features a halterneck style with a darling daisy applique to the bust and skirt, with the swing skirt fully flared and petticoat ready. It's a zip free pull on style with an elasticated back panel to ensure it accommodates busts of all sizes.

Despite the wealth of fabric, the dress doesn't feel heavy when worn which makes it the perfect gsrment for a lazy summer day. It also comes with a white belt which sits on the waist, and I cannot wait for the weather to warm up so that I can pretty much live in this dress.

Until next time,

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Blue Is The Colour

I know, I know, it's an actual real life blog post! It's been a little quiet over here for the last week, but I've spent the last seven days back to back shooting so am slowly catching up on admin, sleep and organising a huge backlog of content! As ever you can find all the behind the scenes gossip on my Instagram, so if you're not already following me, feel free to tap the button!

On the blog today is something which I picked up from JD Williams a few weeks ago, and have just been waiting for the warmer weather to come back again so I could wear it. This navy coloured spot covered shirt dress (£29) is the holy grail of buttoned up dresses for anyone with a larger bust as the slightly stretchy fabric has both give and a generous cut on top.

The dress is a kitschtastic take on the utility trend, with the polka dots giving a 40s aesthetic to the tea dress shape. Made from a light, floaty material, it's perfect to flit away lazy summer days in, but also one which have leggings and oversized knits added to it to wear through the cooler months too.

On this occasion I teamed it with some simple sole diva ballet flats (£10) from Simply Be, and a cute red London bus necklace (£35) from Tatty Devine. Now all I need is some sunshine and a picnic to go to!

Until next time,

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sole Sisters - Summer Shoes For Comfy Feet

I feel like I'm completely obsessed with shoes at the moment. The change in weather means that I've had to put my wear-with-every-outfit ankle boots to one side, and suddenly I'm forced to actually think about what goes on my feet. As a photographer who spends much of her day standing up, I need to wear something comfortable. But my vintage loving sensibilities also want something pretty, whilst my practical side wants something to allow for expansion and swelling in the heat. Not too much to ask to find in a shoe, right?

I came across the Daniel Footwear website which plays host to a huge range of designer footwear, and have fallen head over heels with several pairs made by one of my favourite designers, Vivienne Westwood. The trio are all ballet flats which although similar in shape, manage to remain incredibly different in design.

The first which caught my eye were the Scribble Pewter Orb Ballet Flats (£98), which feature a really interesting criss-cross doodle design. Available in black, gold or pewter, their solid colour makes them easy to wear and match with the contents of your wardrobe, whilst the abstract design makes them eye catching. As with all VW designs, the statement orb adorns the toe and also features a padded tartan foot-bed for comfort. 

The Melissa Ultragirl Pink Flower Orb Ballet Flats (£105) are an utter delight, right from the classic peep toe style, to the signature sweet scented Melissa Melflex plastic. Decorated with a print of magenta and cyan flowers set against a green leaf and pink graphic backdrop, these are the sort of shoes which will go with classic blue jeans or add colour to your favourite LBD. A pink orb finishes off the design, with a hidden micro-heel giving a tiny amount of height. The shoe also features support from it's foot bed padding, so are perfect for dancing the night away, at a wedding or anywhere else.

If you want to introduce a bit of sparkle into your outfit, look no further than the Space Love Gold Glitter Orb Ballet Flats (£98). These babies manage to merge both classic and contemporary styles, and offer a chic and stylish nod to even the most ordinary of outfits. With a comfy floral print padded foot-bed, the design is finished with the signature orb sat atop a rounded toe.

All three pairs are available up to a UK 8, and you can view the rest of the collection here.

Until next time,

Thursday, 12 May 2016

I've Got Those Happy Feet

The sunshine and warm weather brings a rethink of our footwear. Gone are the rain ready ankle boots and cosy fleecy boots in favour of open toes, pretty straps and holiday ready styles! With summer fun on the brain, here are a few of my favourite styles which are perfect for staycations, beachy walks or simply for dancing the night away in.

First up we have these stunning Ghillie Lace Up Sandals from F&F (£15). Available up to a UK size 8 in both tan or black, the ghillie lace up design are perfect for a feeling of laid back cool. The sandals feature a mix of faux leather and a snake print effect, with a trend led gold tone trim around the sole.

My next choice are these beautiful yet classic Jenna Heeled Peep Toe Sandals from Jones Bootmaker (£69). Available up to UK size 8, this modern take on a 70s style is the very definition of a killer heel! Available in a choice of black and grey, the crossover front offers a touch of sophistication and makes this an adaptable choice for most styles and occasions,

My final pick is the festival ready Sole Diva Fringe Sandal from Simply Be (£35). Designed to be as comfy as they are cool, they are a fantastic alternative to the usual open-toe shoe. With two gold side buckles and the layered fringing detail to the front, whether paired with denim or dresses, they'll keep you looking cool when you're feeling hot.

Until next time,

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Make Me Up Before You Go Go - Make Up Bag Favourite from Lord & Berry

I've been a huge fan of cosmetics brand Lord & Berry ever since I first discovered their amazing matte lip crayons in a Glossybox delivery. Packed full of pigment, the high colour pay off stayed putt all day and became a firm favourite in my make-up bag.

I almost hugged the postman when he delivered a series of samples for me to test out, and could barely wait to tear into the envelope! Inside was a selection of lipsticks, crayons, a liner and an eyeliner pen and after snapping them in my studio, it was time to attack them with my face, but not before swatching!

Whilst all four lip products were very different, they all had two things in common - a solid delivery of both colour and moisture. The application of all, including the liner, were smooth and creamy with your lips left feeling like they're covered in a high moisture balm - even the matte one.

So firstly, let me talk about the Absolute Intensity Satin Lipstick in Garden Party. If ever there was a lipstick made for spring time, it's this beauty. Deliciously soft, it melts onto the lips like a balm and delivers a glossy flash of bright pink perfection.

Next up is the Ultimate Lipliner in Toasty. This isn't a shade I would use as a lipliner as I tend to apply champaign coloured ones and blend them into my foundation to build a barrier. However I was instantly in love with the terracotta red shade, and as it such a creamy formula, it glided on with ease for a full, matte, red lip. When doing this with other liners I would need to apply a dab of Vaseline or gloss on top, but this liner is so moisture drenched, it honestly doesn't need it at all.

The Vogue range of lipsticks are the magical duo of both matte and moisturising. The Smarten Nude is a pretty dark peach, and great for everyday wear.

My final lipstick was the amazing 20100 Crayon Lipstick in Bouquet, which is a lovely matte pink / purple shade in a chubby pencil. The nib style makes it quick and easy to apply, and is long lasting with a solid colour and moisturising feeling. Out of the four, this is the one which was dropped instantly into my "everyday" make-up bag as it was complete and utter love at first sight. Without a doubt, this is my summer go to shade!

The other item in the bag was the Perfecto Graphic Eyeliner, a chunky felt tip marker which goes from a thin to thick line with ease. Waterproof and with a silky formular, it doesn't flake and will see you through a hot and sunny day with no problems or slippage.

You can view the whole Lord & Berry range by clicking here! Don't forget to leave your comments below. 

Until next time,

Monday, 9 May 2016

Living The Highlight - Maybelline Master Contour By Facestudio

Sometimes a product falls into your lap which completely floors you! Enter Maybelline Master Contour By Facestudio, a simple contour and highlight chubby stick which allows you to be defined and dewy with a few simple swipes.

It's a stick of two halves - one darker side to contour, and a lovely champaign coloured highlighter on the other to illuminate. The contour is sheer, buildable and blends with ease, with both sides feeling moisturising and perfect for a natural looking sculpt.

I used it in the same way I've previously used my contour powder, which is by using the darker side on my forehead and underneath the holllow of my cheekbones. I've then used the lighter side is on the centre of my forehead, under my brow bone, on my nose and chin - basically, the prominent features on your face which would catch a natural spotlight. You can also use it on your cupids bow and inner eyes to make you look alert and ready to go which is one of my favourite make-up tricks.

Available in June, this is a sample which ended up on my desk via a friend who knew it'd be more my thing than hers, and crikey, was she right. This is without a doubt going to end up as one of those high-street brand heroes, which once tried will never leave your make-up bag!

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x

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It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It’s Spring) - AW16 from Studio Eight

It always feels a little odd to be looking at sequin laden party dresses in sunshine fulled high temperatures, but AW16 from Studio Eight certainly managed to get me in the mood for festive fun.

Available up to a UK size 26, the sister brand of Phase Eight has made a name for themselves offering stylist options made from premium fabrics. With a selection of stunning ropework, laser cut outs, print and sparkle, the drop for the later part of the year will have you feeling great whether searching for casual wear, work wear or something to dance the night away in. As ever the range covers painted florals, contemporary patterns and hand stitched embellishments for the perfect finish, and it is those tiny touches which make the items feel like proper wardrobe investments.

It was so difficult to choose my favourite pieces, as so much of it was exquisite. I loved the 1920s feel of much of the collection with flapper ready fringing and art deco sequin patterns running throughout. The floor length silver dress also gets a mention as it was such a knock out number for the festive season, and I loved the versatility of their sequin blazer - perfect for throwing over a dress, or simply styled with a pair of skinny jeans.

Watch the video and let me know your favorite pieces in the comments!

Until next time,