craving: new boots

30 September 2013

Ash Titan Stud Boots | Hudson Mirar Boots | Hudson Horrigan Boots | Dr Martens 

Since my relatively new biker boots decided to break on me last week I have been browsing the net for yet another new pair :) But this time I think that i'd rather spend out on a couple of good quality pairs so i've been looking at sturdy and trustworthy brands like Dr Martens.

I live in boots and I really do wear them with anything so it's only right that I have a lot of different pairs, from heeled ankle boots and fringe decorated pairs to comfy winter boots, chunky biker boots and some great knee highs. I could totally be the old lady who lived in the shoe .. I think that one half of a pair of studded biker boots would be a sufficient home.

I really do need a great new pair of shoes so if you have any brand suggestions that you know are well made then i'd love to hear about them. Otherwise i'm absolutely going for Ash, Hudson or Dr Martens .. and some Hunters of course. I 100% need some really good wellies this year! What with Milo being a year old we can take him on much longer walks and that's just no fun with your ruined Steve Maddens (Rest in peace boys) so i'm excited to get a pair of Hunters that will not only hold together but protect me from the awfully muddy walks that we go on.

Which of these four pairs of boots should I go for?? Or which two pairs.. :)

♥ abby

do you have a colour-blind wardrobe?

27 September 2013

When I consider my every day, go-to outfits I really am surprised at how colourful my wardrobe is because you wouldn't know it looking at me on a day to day basis. I tend to reach for a mixture of neutral shades including black, white, beige, grey, browns and nude and so I find myself wearing these 'colourless colours' almost all of the time. Yet on opening my dresses and skirts wardrobe I have found that I own a fairly good variety of colours .. so why don't I wear them?! Even looking back at some of my instagram photos and outfit posts on here my lack of experimentation with colour is obvious .. something must be done!

I got to thinking about the colours in my wardrobe after reading this infographic by Kaleidoscope fashion catalogue, they recently did a colour survey on our attitudes towards colour and these were the results. It's not often that I finish reading an inforgraphic but this one is really quite interesting. Let me know what you think and if you need to embrace colours a little more like me! :)

♥ abby

an autumn wishlist

25 September 2013

I love when the autumn shades hit the high street stores, rich teals deep red and a whole tonne of black and cream cover ups, knitwear, layering .. ah it gets me so excited! So much so that i've done a little wishing on the Bon Prix website - I especially after the leather peplum skirt and stone lace up boots .. dreamy. I want to jump on the fur collars trend as I seemed to miss it last year, the same goes for peplums .. I have two peplum vest tops but the designs aren't structured enough, not like these leather pieces.

A trend that i'd like to brave this upcoming aw13 season is tartan, be is a vibrant red dress like this one or a deep blue plaid shirt.I really like the idea of wearing something red and striking but tough and with a punk element to it. Maybe I should consider getting on the bandwagon of tying an oversized check shirt around my waist .. Dani Song wears it so well, it’s got to be worth a shot :)

The main trends for this autumn winter season include boyish tailoring and oversized outerwear which I’m not very excited about if I’m honest .. What I do like the sound of are the punk, grunge and tartan themes that hit the catwalk with leather, zips harsh edges and all the rest of it hitting the stores again I’m going to be pretty happy on the highstreet. Oddly the colour pink is to be a bit of a trend too, but we’re talking a dusky rose or the usualy rich berry shades with a touch more pink to them which doesn’t sound too spring-like really. I quite like the idea of dusky rose knitwear and bright berry nails and gloves so this is one that ill keep my eye out for.

Why trends are you excited for as the dark evenings and cooler weather creep in?

♥ abby

craving: fall for essie nail polish

22 September 2013

Now that we are creeping into autumn it's more acceptable for me to move away from the pastel nails and go back to the shades that are running through my veins right up to my fingertips. Be it oxblood, khaki, navy, dark green, teal or even browns. These are the nail polish colours that I absolutely love on my nails!

My essie nail varnish collection is slowly growing and i'm looking at getting a few more this season, I especially love the Cashmere Bathrobe and Snake Rattle and Roll.

Stylenomics | Vest Interest | Armed Ready | Snake It Up | Sssssexy
Skirting the Issue | Cashmere Bathrobe | After School Boy Blazer | Crocadily | Snake Rattle and Roll

♥ abby

my must haves: covergirl lash blast

16 September 2013

This is so so similar to my favourite mascara; maxfactor false lash effect in waterproof black. At least it was my favourite .. I have fallen lashes over heels for the Covergirl Lash Blast in waterproof brown - yes, waterproof brown! :D I have always preferred to use a rich brown mascara as opposed to black because my nan once told me how less harsh it would be against my blue eyes and she was completely right. I do still like to use black from time to time, especially with a dark smokey eye but brown is usually better :)

The brush and formula mimic each other, in fact the only difference as far as I can tell are the waterproof shade availability that I mentioned and the price - $6.59 vs. £11 a time .. I know which I would prefer to buy if I had the choice .. but I don't :( Come to the uk please Covergirl!

♥ abby

sleek molten metal eyeshadow duo

8 September 2013

This was a real 'on a whim' purchase that I made just because I thought that they looked kinda cool. Usually when I go to Superdrug or Boots I have a list of things that I need and I do my best not to stray from it as I have so much unloved and unused makeup already, it seems silly to just keep buying more and more. This metallic eyeshadow duo is very unlike anything that I already own which is why it made it's way into my basket but now I understand why I have never bought such a thing. Okay so I have mac paint pots but they are a very difference kinda of metallic. For me cream shadows such as the paint pots are great to use as a base but these sleek shadows are thicker and stronger shadesand so don't really fit that purpose. The silver looks good as an inner corner highlight if used sparingly, especially complimenting deep purple and cranberry colours, maybe even rich dark greens but I haven't tried it yet. As for the gold, I have used this as a base with rich copper-y browns and it looks good but not great.

I just don't love them .. The formula is good and doesn't crease much (but i've never worn it alone) and the colour pay off is good, almost too good. Good isn't a great is it ....

♥ abby