I don’t often get excited about bags. I used to have a serious collection of them, but over time I stopped finding purses that I liked, which eventually led to me only having a few purses to rotate between (woe is me…my life is so hard…). However, every time I see a Mansur Gavriel purse, I remember that purses can actually be covetable. I’m really a vintage purse girl at heart, but when I buy new, these are the styles I enjoy; solid colours, roomy and the option between handbag or shoulder. Aside from the purses being truly beautiful, it’s this FW ’15 lookbook that is the real gem twinkling in my eyes (thanks to Daria for sharing on her blog first). What a fun way to present bags! While I’ve never been a huge fan of minimalism, this is the type minimalism I enjoy; it’s eye catching, colourful and abstract in the simplest way.
After much deliberation and legitimate fear of letting go of my long locks, I finally cut my hair! It was time. My long hair was no longer making me feel good, but rather I’d look at pictures of myself and just see a sheet covering my head, and a serious horse lady hair vibe happening. I’m glad I grew my hair for so long. It is what I wanted after having a graduated pixie cut and then a weird mushroom cut while trying to grow it out (yes, it was truly the worst thing to happen to me). Really, long hair was my dream, and I got it, and then I got over it. So the only decision to make really was what kind of short(er) hair I wanted. After scouring my instagram of the short haired ladies I loved so much, and then talking with Gaby (queen hair, in my books), I came to the conclusion that the triangle shaped hair was what spoke to me. You know the hair that people try to avoid? Thick and messy at the bottom…ya that’s what I wanted. So here it is. However, styled quite tamely by my amazing stylist Michaela at Proudest Pony. I’m pretty smitten with it and look forward to playing around with it. Any tips you short haired ladies with triangle hairs have, please let me know <3
Blouse: F21 (old)
Tutus have been in my life since I was a wee one, and my two favourite tutus have always been pancake tutus and romantic tutus. Obviously pancake tutus are not at all practical for everyday life (a hazard, really), but romantic tutus…well they can most certainly be worn everyday. For years I wore them on stage during ballet performances, and then during my goth years for what I like to call my “Tim Burton Goth” aesthetic, but it has been ages since then. So, I was pretty darn excited to receive this blush Kimmy skirt from Pastel Dress Party to add a little of my old self into my present wardrobe. Unless you are a little outspoken in dress, tutus can be a scary thing to wear, so I thought I’d share three ways to wear a tutu, just switching up the top, shoes and lip colour (and hair), to give you options for a casual look, a night time look and a party look.
T-shirt: thrifted, Shoes: Rachel Antonoff x Bass
Casual: To give this skirt a dressed down look I paired it with a colourful floral t-shirt, saddle shoes (which could easily be swapped for sneakers) and I opted for no lipstick so it didn’t feel overtop and much more appropriate for daytime-lets get some ice cream-wear.
Shirt: H&M (old), Shoes: H&M, Lipstick: Bourjois Fraise Remix
Night: For those evenings that you aren’t necessarily going to a fancy party but still want to look put together for a night out with pals, this would be an excellent outfit to try. I paired the tutu with a casual peter pan collar shirt, that looks quite sweet but is not at all fancy, a pair of black flats – because lets be real, if you are dancing with your friends all night, no one wants sore feet – a pink lip and a pony tail so you don’t have to worry about a rats nest on your head from said dancing mentioned above.
Blouse: H&M (old), Shoes: Seychelles, Lipstick: Kate Moss 01
Party: A formal event or party would be the obvious choice for a tutu, so this is likely the easiest outfit to try. I chose my swiss dot blouse with fluttery cap sleeves for a bit of elegance, sparkly red heels for an otherwise muted colour palette and a dainty white ribbon tied into a bow around the neck to add a sexy Parisian quality to the look. Top all that off with a matching red lip and you are looking like a Disney Princess babe, but better.
But really, probably the most important thing to do with a tutu is to twirl in it and watch it float around…you don’t have to be a ballerina to appreciate the beauty and fun of a truly well made and gorgeous tutu…which means I’m pretty excited to be able to offer you guys 20% off the Kimmy Skirt with coupon code LARKSPUR at checkout <3 Now we can all be pastel ballerinas together!
I think it’s clear by now that I love a good red lip. A red lip can really finish of a look, it works well in all seasons and for more personal reasons, I like that it gives me the appearance of a more pronounced upper lip. Red lips and I have been friends for a long time, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite shades of red.
1. Fraise Remix by Bourjois – This colour is the newest addition to my collection, and not necessarily a true red; more of a fruity pink with red undertones and hints of coral. It looks quite matte in the bullet, but when applied comes out a bit frosty. I like how subtle this colour is, and that it actually suits my pale skin tone, unlike other pinky shades.
2. So Chaud by MAC – we all know this is a favourite of mine by now. This creamy matte lipstick in an orange/red shade is the perfect colour for my skin tone and I always feel my best wearing it. It applies so smoothly and I don’t find it to be too drying for a matte lipstick. It has an interesting way of looking quite red in low lighting and more orange in bright lighting.
3. 01 by Kate Moss – This is a classic red shade, and another one I find looks really great on pale skin. It’s a matte lipstick, and is incredibly pigmented. However, I do find it a bit drying and it doesn’t apply very smoothly, but to combat that I just add a little lip balm before application.
4. Dubonnet by MAC – This is a berry red shade that is best suited for the colder seasons as it’s quite a dark and rich colour. It looks matte in the bullet, but I find it comes out rather frosty and glossy on the lips and the application process can be a bit messy at times. Using it with a lip liner is ideal, as it helps to keep things clean looking.
Let me know in the comments below your favourite out of the four, and be sure to tell me any of your favourite red shades. I’m always on the hunt for a new one! <3