A few weeks ago I was invited down for a little festive blogger party with the guys from Bloody Mary Metal, I’m a huge fan of the brand, as I’m sure you know & I was super excited to finally meet Lucy, and Amy too. I always love when you get the chance to meet people in person who you’ve been emailing or chatting to over social media for a while & it’s even better when they’re even more lovely than you imagined!
I headed over to Abandon Ship Apparel‘s London store & downstairs I was instantly greeted with lots of festive Winterspell goodness! All of the pieces from the new collection, as well as old favourites were beautifully laid out ready to try on & drool over, there were so many gorgeous pieces it’d be hard to pick just one favourite but I loved the Tribal Moon Pendent & matching ring, the Handful of Arrows Necklace & the dainty little Wishbone Midi Ring too.
Keeping with the Christmas spirit we were treated to a heap of party food, bubbles & a tower of Winterspell themed cupcakes from my favourite Tattooed Bakers, which were every bit as delicious as they looked! We pulled crackers winning threadbare bracelets, got covered in metallic temporary tattoos, had our nails done & there was also a Christmas tree in the corner dressed with baubles with everyone’s name on, each containing a little personalised stacker ring inside, which I thought was such a sweet touch. I had the best time meeting lots of awesome new people, and catching up with some familiar faces too, they went above & beyond considering it was their first event of this kind, it was so much fun & we were all well & truly spoilt.
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Ray-Ban Clubmaster via SmartBuyGlasses * / Belstaff Waxed Biker Jacket / The Kooples Shirt Dress / Ash ‘Poker’ Boots * / Balenciaga City Bag
Finally a new outfit post! Sorry for going a little MIA over the past few weeks, we had some very sad news & so obviously taking photos was not top of our priorities or something either of us really felt up to. I’m still feeling pretty run down, so this outfit’s super basic. You know when you have one of those colds where you’re really burning up? There’s frost on the ground & I’m walking around sweating in a dress & thin jacket, I couldn’t bear to put anymore layers on. Everyone on the bus looked at me like I was crazy & pretty much every old lady I passed asked me ‘aren’t you cold?!’ – Nope. I wish I was!
I’ve always been more of a Wayfarer girl, or at least that’s what I thought until I finally tried a pair of Clubmaster‘s on. What took me so long? I don’t know why but I have always assumed they wouldn’t really suit me, I usually go for chunkier plastic frames & so I never even bothered to try a pair on until recently. Surprisingly, I think I actually prefer them to my Wayfarers! This pair arrived a few weeks ago & I’ve been wearing them constantly to cover up my puffy eyes & dark circles. They’re the lightest pair I own, which is pretty perfect when you’re sinuses are all tender & swollen.
Memento Mori is the perfectly odd brainchild of Mattaeus Ball and Starla DuPrés. A wonderful cabinet of curiosities selling oddities and macabre goodies, from ethically sourced human bones, taxidermy, vintage medical instruments & weapons to unique art pieces created in house. Their online store is full of weird & wonderful pieces, expertly curated & is a real joy to browse through, especially if you’re of a curious mind.
Their glorious bone crowns are one of my favourite pieces, custom made to order from the bones of small mammals, they’re an original concept by Mattaeus & each one is completely one of a kind. Striking & unique, I think they’re a beautiful way to re-purpose these remains & give them a new lease of life. I wish I had a good enough reason to buy one for myself, sadly I don’t think wearing it to lounge around the house & answer the door to the postman in would be doing it justice! But, if I ever actually get married I’ll definitely be giving them a call for one, they are such beautiful pieces & it would be the perfect way to add a little quirkiness & personality.
I also love their glass bell jars of specimens, the spine one is particularly special I think & of course all the skulls too, one day I’ll add a human one to my desk! I am very tempted by the little antique human tooth necklace too. If I was a rich girl, I would be buying up practically their whole shop! Go check them out if you’re hunting for unique Christmas presents for the dark inclined in your life, you won’t be disappointed.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Dollface’
I usually refuse to buy new makeup online without swatching it first, especially when it’s something like a base or blush where you really need to get a shade that suits you or risk it having been a huge waste of money. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush has been on my wishlist for such a long time now though, the formula is always being touted as one of the best & I’ve seen so many pale skinned beauty bloggers raving that the shade ‘Dollface’ is the perfect blush for pale skin. I’ve been holding out waiting for it to be stocked somewhere I could see it in person, but with no luck. When I found that to my horror my staple everyday blush (MAC Pinch O Peach) had been discontinued though, it was my first thought in the search for a replacement.
It’s not often I find myself saying this about beauty products, but it completely lives up to the hype & I am so happy I took the risk buying it online! It’s heavily pigmented meaning you only need a little to create a natural flush, but it also blends out easily if you go a bit overboard & pick up too much. I’d describe it as a pale, bright pink with blue undertones & it’s extremely flattering on my pale skin. I usually pick up more peach or warm toned blushes as I thought they suited me more, but this has me converted, the cool tone adds a real freshness & brightens my whole face but looks totally natural too. The only point I was a little disappointed on was the ’12 hour’ claim, this is definitely long wearing & easily outlasts many of the other blushes I have tried, but 12 hours is really stretching it, I’d say it’s closer to 6-8 hours.
I really like that all of their products are free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates & other nasties, and are cruelty free, so I now have my eye on quite a few of their other products too. For us in the UK a small selection, including the blushes, are exclusively stocked by QVC. Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes mascara is going to be first on my hit list, along with the waterproof version, as it’s another product I’ve seen raved about countless times & I must confess, I am a bit of a mascara hoarder, I have a whole drawer full! Have you guys tried any of their other products that you’d highly recommend? Let me know so I can add them to my list!
After me & Tara left the Nica press day we made our way down to the beautiful One Marylebone, a former church designed by Sir John Soane for The Communications Store press day. It was the perfect venue for the high end designers on show & I think I spent just as long marvelling at the gorgeous architecture, mosaics & little details as I did the pieces on display.
As we walked into the main hall we headed straight for Swarovski, we’re both huge magpies so we spent a good half hour oooh-ing over all the beautiful pieces & then playing in their photobooth with the biggest, most statement jewels! My favourites were the Stardust collection necklaces & bracelets, mesh tubes filled with thousands of tiny crystals, they were stunning & I wish I’d been able to capture just how dazzling they were in person. All the sparkles were sending my cameras focus a bit haywire, so I was surprised but pleased that I got a couple of really nice shots!
We made our way towards the back & the perfect little biker jacket stopped me dead in my tracks, buttery textured leather with ribbed neoprene sleeves & facings, I squealed at Tara to come over & we were shocked to see it was from J Brand. Maybe it’s not news to you, but I had no idea they made leather jackets, especially not ones this nice! I’d always just thought of them as denim, plus maybe tees & sweaters, safe to say I’ll be checking them out a lot more in the future. The lime green jacket was also from J Brand, I don’t know why but I keep getting drawn to this colour lately!
We found the perfect backpack from Sophie Hulme, and it was nice to see David Koma‘s SS15 collection in person & properly appreciate all those little details after seeing it on the catwalk earlier this year at LFW. I’m still quite shocked at myself for really loving the gem encrusted dresses, even more so after seeing them up close.
Of course I just wanted everything from Belstaff, I’m saving up to add one of their leather biker jackets to my collection, I keep thinking I’ve found the one & then they bring so many beautiful new ones out & I’m undecided again! This one is my current pick, and I think it’ll be hard to beat. I also fell in love with yet another biker, Markus Lupfer‘s holographic purple one, made from unicorn leather as Tara (maybe not so reliably!) informed me!