Beauty / Simple Summer Skin

Larkspur Vintage | Simple Summer Skin TutorialDewy summer skin seems to be all the rage lately, and with good reason; it really makes your skin look alive and well. Take for example the two images above, on the left, my bare skin looking a little dull (also kind of looks like a mugshot) and on the right, my skin with a wee boost and a lively glow. This look is super easy to achieve with only a few products and minimal steps, so I’m going to show you how I did it below. I’ll share what products I used, but honestly, you can use whatever you have on hand…this is no fascist state.

Note: my foundation does not match my skin tone quite right, which I quickly realized while editing these photos! Thought my skin was a bit darker than it is…whoops, I’m a dumbdumb.

Larkspur Vintage | Simple Summer Skin Tutorial1. Mix a small amount of your face moisturizer with Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation and apply with your foundation brush (or fingers) in circular motions; I find circular motions help to really blend the foundation in (unless of course you’re a dodo like me and use the wrong foundation…)
2. Use Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer to highlight under the eyes and along the bridge of your nose, blending with your fingers
Larkspur Vintage | Simple Summer Skin Tutorial3. Apply a rosey blusher to the apples of your cheeks; I didn’t have a true rosey blusher on hand, so I mixed two colours (cream and pink) from this eyeshadow palette to achieve the colour I wanted
4. Blotting with your finger, use Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator along the cheek bones, cupid’s bow, bridge of nose, chin and under the brow bone
Larkspur Vintage | Simple Summer Skin Tutorial5. Using a shimmery white shadow, highlight the cheekbones, applying with a blend-able eyeshadow brush (who said shadow had to stay on the lids…we do what we want here!); I used a shadow from the palette I linked above
6. Apply your Mega Color Stick (or any peachy lip colour) to the lips and dab a little pink lipgloss on top
Larkspur Vintage | Simple Summer Skin TutorialLarkspur Vintage | Simple Summer Skin TutorialAnd that’s it sweet ones! Fresh, dewy summer skin in a pinch <3

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Your Tea: Tiny Tea

Larkspur Vintage | Your TeaLarkspur Vintage | Your TeaI was recently contacted by Your Tea to see if I was interested in trying their Tiny Tea TEAtox, and after investigating the brand and this particular tea, there seemed no reason to say no; I’ve always loved a good cup of tea. I generally only drink tea in the evening as a way of relaxing, which means it’s exclusively an herbal tea so I don’t get all caffeinated. I’d never really considered trying a teatox (it’s like the it thing to do right now), but Tiny Tea seemed like it could only benefit me, so why the heck not?! Using traditional Chinese Medicine Principles, this particular blend boasts that it helps with bloating (big issue for me), indigestion (yep, an issue), problematic skin (sometimes!), cellulite (I’m sure there is some down there), reduction of excess weight (I’m not the spring chicken I used to be), increase energy (omg, huge issue!) and PMS (oh dear lord, my worst enemy). As you can see, I have an issue with most of these things; sadly, it often seems like my guts are fighting a battle against me.

I have yet to start this TEAtox, so I will be sure to give you a full review once I have finished the 14 day teatoxification of my demonic insides, and let you know how it worked for me. I’m a bit apprehensive about the actual consumption of this tea, as I’m supposed to have it 3 times a day, 30 mins before or after meals, which seems easy in theory, but I’m not sure it will be as easy in practice. It may be a case of having to bring a couple bags with me while I’m on the go and finding a way to drink them…we shall see.

Have you guys heard of this brand? Do you think you would give it a go? Think TEAtoxes are stupid? They have many different teas for both mood and body, which do you think would benefit you?Larkspur Vintage | Your TeaLarkspur Vintage | Your TeaLarkspur Vintage | Your TeaLarkspur Vintage | Your Tea*some or all of the items featured in this post were given to me as a gift from the maker, but I only write about products that I genuinely enjoy; no BS here folks.

Outfit / Fit For A Queen

Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Fit For A QueenLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Fit For A QueenIf I had to decide what my ultimate clothing staple was, it would likely be a white/cream blouse, which is blatantly apparent when you look through my closet; I own a whole slew of them. That might seem a bit excessive, but each one is different, giving me a multitude of options for styling. For me, a white blouse goes with pretty much anything and everything; long and short skirts, layered under a pinafore or sleeveless dress, trousers and shorts, under a sweater, untucked, tucked in, dressed up, casual…the list goes on. White blouses are romantic and timeless, and a really great one is something I will always fall for. The sleeves and neckline of this little number had me at hello and I quickly knew it would be a new favourite. With an air of nobility, I figured I should wear my hair in pseudo-crown (read: milkmaid braids) and photograph it in the most monarch-worthy garden I could find in my fair city. I think this whole look would have been punched up a bit with a floor length skirt, but it was bloody hot and I’ll do a lot of things for fashion, but overheating is not one of them. I often think my British ancestry still very much lives on inside me; I’m generally displeased with the heat and the cold, leaving only those short periods of mild temperatures during the year where I am completely content, which is a constant reminder that I live in the wrong part of the world…but I digress. White blouses, forever.
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Skirt: F21 (similar)
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: Sylvie and Shimmy

Beauty / Roller Lash by Benefit

Larkspur Vintage | Roller Lash ReviewI recently picked up Roller Lash by Benefit to find out what all the hype was about. To be honest, I never really considered that different mascaras would bring about different outcomes. In my mind, a mascara is a mascara; it makes your eyelashes more pronounced, and that’s pretty much it. But after trying L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara (which I reviewed here), I quickly realized that a truly good mascara has a truly wonderful outcome and can significantly enhance the lashes you have.

I’m pretty certain that Roller Lash is my new favourite mascara (amen), and I can’t see myself wanting to pick up anything else from here on out (I sound like an ad! I’m not though!). The packaging is absolutely darling, which I love – maybe that’s superficial, but good packaging/branding goes a long way. It has a very retro vibe, which makes sense since the whole idea of roller lash is that the brush is like a roller (like for your hair), but for your lashes. But the most important thing of all, it actually does what it claims to do, and quite obviously. Their brush is designed so that it hooks to catch every lash, which helps with lengthening, and it’s curved shape helps to curl your wee lashes. I was so pleasantly surprised when I first tried it. It really did curl my lashes quite significantly (although, that’s a double edged sword, because then it sometimes gets on your lids) and then lengthens, which I could actually see happening as I was applying it. It probably got me far more excited than it should have, although maybe not, because I am really not that easily impressed.

I would definitely recommend this mascara to anyone who is looking for something new. It is a little pricey however, at least in my opinion, but the tube is quite hefty, so I figure it will last for a good amount of time and hopefully be well worth the price in the end.

What do you guys thinking of Roller Lash? Have you tried it already? Going to give it a go? I’d love to know in the comments.
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Beauty / Simple Side Braid With A Twist (literally)

Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur VintageThe simple side braid is a good friend of mine. I sleep with one in pretty often, which helps to keep my hair wavy baby throughout the day, but when it comes to wearing a side braid during the day, the back bit of hair, near the nape of my neck, has a tendency to kind of droop, which has a way of annoying me thoroughly. So, I came up with a way to have that back bit of hair stay off my neck and add some interest to a very simple hairstyle, and all it takes is a twist (pun very intended).
Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur Vintage1. using both hands, roll the hair closest to the nape of your neck towards your head, starting from behind one ear, until you reach the other side of your head
2. hanging on to that twist – which will act as 1/3 of your braid – start parting the remaining hair into 2 even sections, just the way you do with a regular braid
Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur Vintage3. braid! easy peasy!
4. pull out any hairs you would like to have framing your face and loosen the braid a bit by pulling it apart. I also curled the hair framing my face to add a romantic vibe to the look; if your roll is feeling a little loose, add some bobby pins and hairspray – that should do the trick!Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur Vintage Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur VintageEasy as that! It should take you no more than a minute (unless you do some curling like me) and it adds a little extra something to a very simple, basic hairstyle. Below I will also show you 3 different ways you can add some interest to this look with hair accessories.

Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur VintageCUTE HAIR CLIPS: add some cute hairclips, like these sunglasses (that kind of look like goggles) to add a playful, yet subtle quality to your look. Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur VintageHEAD SCARF: add a headscarf (or in this case it’s a head band acting as a scarf) to add a little colour or pattern to your sweet little noggin.Simple Side Braid with a Twist (literally) | Larkspur VintageBOW: want to cover up that dreaded elastic? wrap a ribbon around it; both cute and functional

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Outfit / Dungaree Dilemma

Larkspur VintageLarkspur VintageDungarees can be one of the trickiest articles of clothing to find and have it fit the body properly. I have tried on dozens of dungarees – although, mostly second hand or vintage – and have only found one I feel fits me nicely, and it’s not even this dress. This dress seemingly looks nice from the front, but when you take a look at the back, it gapes at back waistband, making it look pretty silly. It has a rather untraditional look from behind, something more similar to a pinafore in style, giving you the option to cross or uncross the straps. However, if I don’t cross the straps then they have a tendency to fall off my shoulders, so in return for a more fitted look, it creates the dreaded gaping situation I so loathe. I guess you can’t win ’em all in the dungaree game. I’m still a fan of this dress however (clearly, since I’m wearing it), and for a mere $5 for a dress that seemed to have never been worn, it felt worth my money, even with it’s design flaws.

Do you guys have any articles of clothing that feel like they could have been designed a bit better? Or are you smarter than me and don’t waste your pennies if the fit isn’t perfect?Larkspur VintageLarkspur VintageLarkspur VintageLarkspur VintageLarkspur VintageDungarees & flats: thrifted
Blouse: F21
Clutch: Falconwright (which is sadly no more)
*photos by Ryan

To Be Adored

TBA SS'11Way back before I even considered starting my own fashion blog, back when I first just discovered fashion blogs were a thing, which then became obsessively reading through the archives of bloggers such as Rhiannon, Tavi, Arabelle etc., I came across the label TBA (To Be Adored) and fell madly in love. I only recently got thinking about this label again since I hadn’t seen anything from them in years. I did a little browsing and ended up on their site which was incredibly disappointing, but then it lead me to their FB page, which is where I found all their old lookbooks and remembered why I loved this label so much. I think, for me, TBA started going wrong in 2013, but that could just be a matter of taste. Before then, they were very much vintage inspired, girly without being over the top and what felt like to me, care free. TBA was the kind of girl I wanted to be, through and through. So, I thought I’d share some looks from TBA SS ’11 collection because that was the season that got me hooked and I feel it is still very relevant to my style now.

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