I realise I have been wearing jeggings with a black blazer far too much- I don't even realise I'm doing it! After this outfit, I want to try not wearing jeggings or jeans for at least a week!
This outfit is one of those where I couldn't decide what to wear/couldn't really be bothered to make any effort my popping-out-to-the-shops-quickly look, hence the reason my fringe is a big, curly, un-straightened mess.
So, a while ago when it was cold and gloomy in foggy old London town I decided I wanted to start a new feature which I have called 'Celeb style OOTD' as I couldn't think of anything original! I saw the below picture of Rachel in my magazine and ripped it out as I had everything she was wearing (except those awesome clogs) and thought she looked ace. Now that Spring is upon us I can begin wearing the other half of my wardrobe! Rachel Bilson is definitely someone who's style I love and no doubt I will do another CS:OOTD (oooooh I just abbreviated it!) featuring her.
The gorgeous Dee of The Merry Traveller is hosting a challenge to dress up your denim pants/bottoms/skirts. I opted for this little number to go and meet with friends and watch my boyfriend drum at a jam night which was pretty exciting as I haven't seen him play in almost 3 years and he still knocks my socks off!
I went for these acidy wash type of jeans with a black blazer and lots of gold..gold shoes, gold watch, gold earrings, gold rings...you get the idea!
This weekend I was supposed to meet with friends for when it got cancelled at literally the last minute. I was going for a slightly-smart/casual look and thank God I didn't doll up as my boyfriend and I ended up going to KFC to save a few £££.
In other news, the weather is starting to get warmer now in London which is great as it means I can start wearing the other half of my wardrobe. I even found a straw trilby that fits my ginormous head the other day so I'm quite looking forward to the warmer weather.
This photo makes me LOL! The black leggings ruin this outfit, and I didn't realise till I got home! Oh well- lessons learnt! I'm thinking grey leggings would have looked a lot better? Looking again, maybe it's the cardigan? I have no idea!
I bought this skirt ages ago but only just got round to wearing it. I love the skirt but something about wearing leopard print freaks me out. I associate it with sexiness and 'sexy' isn't a look I actively try to create. To be honest though I felt pretty damn sexy in my leopard print that I had to pair it with sexy leather hence the jacket and boots.
This photo originally looked pretty bad. My faced looked pale and weird. I think my skin got washed out by my bright pink lippy and floral scarf. I tried a few new filters and I'm happy with the results- think I could be on to a new style here.
So as you know after months of debate and lusting after the hair of Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Drew Barrymore etc etc I took the plunge and went ombre!
I considered doing a tutorial post but to be honest, I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out so didn't want to jinx myself before I'd even started. I didn't expect to spend sooooooooooo long acheiving my look but I'm pretty happy with the results considering I did the whole thing myself...yes, me, myself and I.
For those of you interested here's my mini step-by-step guide of how I acheived the look:
1. I started off with my natural hair colour- I haven't dyed my hair in about 2 or 3 years so it was completely natural (greys and all!) and in very good condition.
2. (Day 1) I started off with a light brown colour to test the water. I used Clairol's new Nice'N Easy colour blend foam in 6 (Light Brown).
This step was pointless as the difference in colour was too subtle. If you're going for a subtle look then try this out.
*To apply the colour: - I started by tying my fringe/bangs in to a mini bun so I didn't get any dye on it.
- Next I parted my hair in the middle all the way down the back so I ended up with a piggy tail on each side.
- Next I applied the colour to the bottom 3 or 4 inches of hair and left for around 5-10 minutes to let the colour take more effect on the ends.
- Then I applied more dye further up and more to the ends.
- I kept repeating the above step till I got to about the top of my ears.
-I then added a few streaks (about 3 chunky streaks per side) randomly with the highest point being an inch or so above the top of my ears.
- I left the colour to develop until I could notice a difference in colour (first time round I was over cautious) which was around 20-25 mins.
- I washed the hair dye out and applied the conditioner enclosed, rinsed after 5 minutes and let my hair dry naturally.
3. (Day 2): I repeated exactly the same steps above (to apply colour) but this time used Nice'N Easy permanent hair colour in SB1 (Natural Light Summer Blonde). This time I was a little extra cautious over the time I left it as the colour got a lot lighter this time. The chicken in me took it off after about 15 mins. The result was not as light as I would have liked due to washing it out prematurely.
4. (Day 3) Again I repeated the above steps but this time used Garnier Nutrisse Blonde pre-lightener. This is where the magic happened but it left my hair completely fried! This is when I started thinking I'd made a huge mistake so quickly went out and bought intensive conditioners! The colour at this stage was very orange and not particularly nice. I prefer a more ash colour in my hair so I bought MORE dye.
5. (Day 4) Annnnnd again, I repeated the above steps, this time using Belle Color 9.1 (Light Ash Blonde). I used the conditioner enclosed and a hefty dollop of Tresemme Colour Revitalise Treatment Masque. This is the last dye I put on my hair and thank God my hair was saved. After rinsing the conditioner, it no longer felt like hay.
6. (Day 5) I was still slightly unhappy with the brassiness in the colour so bought some John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo and hair mousse. This stuff is ace. It's already began to get rid of the brassiness after 2 washes! I now follow every wash with the Tresemme masque and leave it in 5-10mins.
So there you have it. I'm waiting on some toner I bought on Ebay to get rid of more of the orange tones so I'll wait and see how it changes the colour. I'm quite happy with the results but think the top of my hair could be a bit darker. Hmmmm.....
I have had the biggest complex with the arms I inherited from my grandma for as long as I can remember. We both have these huge chunky arms. Not only are they disproportionately chunky, I've had psoriasis since I was 15 and it has got worse as I have got older. What started out as a few small patches has turned in to big patches on my elbows, ankles, knees and now my forearms so to say I am shy getting my arms and legs out is an understatement!
Being a fatshion blogger has given me a confidence I always knew I had but suppressed for many years. I'm not shy to try new things now, and when I want to wear something- I will wear it! I expect to get funny looks or people talking smack about me but you know what...I no longer care so much what people think. Being fat doesn't stop me doing or wearing things slimmer people can so why should I feel any different? This whole 'Fat Acceptance' thing has changed my life. I love me even with my fat upper arms which are patched with psoriaisis (sorry that sounds really gross!) and so do my family and friends so screw anyone who doesn't- I don't care! Yeeeehaw!
I seem to be on a bit of an OOTD roll this week. I'm making up for lost time I guess. I'm getting more and more brave with my outfit choices. This is a skirt I have had forever, but never wore as I couldn't quite match it with anything and felt a bit concious wearing it. Well...I think this top looks pretty ace with it. You can't really tell from the photo but it's basically a thin cord skirt with little orange flowers.
You'll see I'm also debuting my ombre hair...more on that another day!
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins (UK Size 20)
Top: New Look (UK Size 22)
Black Stirrup Leggings: Papaya @ Matalan (UK Size 18)
Please excuse the strange expression on my face! Here's what I wore on my way out to take the plunge and buy the hair colourant to do the Ombre effect on my hair. It's something I've been contemplating for a couple of months but I knew it was something I would have to do myself as I'm not prepared to pay god-only-knows how much at the salon. The process started on Tuesday evening. I prepped/tested the ombré effect with a light brown hair colourant. It didn't do much but made the gradient slightly lighter. I took a risk and bought the lightest ash blonde shade I could find this evening and I used half the mixture to lighten up a bit more. Again it's a little more lighter than my last attempt. I'm going to put the other half of the mixture on today and see how it goes- maybe even leave it on slightly longer. I really do not want to end up with orange tips so I'm being very cautious. It's also the first time I have dyed my hair in about 3 years so it feels quite sad saying au revoir to my own natural hair colour! Hopefully I will be able to debut an awesome DIY job in the next few days- fingers crossed!!
Denim Jeggings: Tu @ Sainsburys (UK Size 22)
Oatmeal Camisole: Primark (UK Size 18)
Oatmeal and Navy Breton Striped Top: New Look (UK Size 22)
So I'm back with the OOTD posts. I'm slowly getting my mojo back. I wore this outfit to meet up with my guy after work, I originally was not wearing the hoodie. I got in to spring mode a little too early and ended up being freezing. Luckily I'd left this hoodie at my boyfriends place so promptly put it on before heading home. It seems to have brought the whole outfit together nicely I think. I like it when things like that happen.
Denim Jeggings: New Look (UK Size 22)
Grey Camisole: H&M Mama (UK Size 20)
Cream Racer-back New York Tee: River Island (UK Size 18)
I've been feeling completely uninspired in the last couple of weeks- I seem to go through 10 outfit changes because I don't feel quite 'right' in what I'm wearing, then cave in to wearing something simple, safe and unimaginative. Ugh- I also feel under the weather. I can't tell if its allergies or a cold but I'm feeling pants! I promise I will be back soon rocking out my Spring collection! Spring is almost upon us people! I love spring! Yay for spring!