Shop the Retro closet

 A long story short i am on Instagram and have fallen in love with a store that is run by one of the loveliest women i have ever met.

Her name is Damilola and it is her mission to bridge the gap between trendy and vintage.

Damilola also takes the time and effort to source the clothes from a good quality supplier of vintage wear, rather than just ordering it all online and it turning up a week later. She likes to feel the clothes and really get a sense of how they can be worn. Whilst also making sure her customers are getting the quality they deserve.

I met up with her in Manchester a few weeks ago to look at some of the clothes that were available, now because I’m not rich and because Damilola isn’t running a free gift shop i only came away with 2 pieces of clothing…all though i wanted everything!

The clothing that she showed me was all very good quality, nice thick and heavy material that typically screams vintage. It has lasted this long so it should last a life time.

I would definitely recommend buying stuff from her, it is all unique and once that one item has gone its gone so you need to make sure your quick!

Here are some Images in the stuff that i purchased. This lovely cream jumper/top It is perfect for this time of year, its too warm for big coats and jackets but too cold not to have at least a jumper on. I wore this without having anything on underneath apart from under wear. It didn’t itch my skin or anything.

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Below is my favourite top, its a denim colour material, 100% cotton. I love the pattern on the front, really sweet. This you can wear buttoned up or you can have it open like a jacket, both ways work really well and if your wearing anything high wasted you can even turn it into a crop top by tying the bottom together. Again, great for the time of year, its substantial enough to keep you warm with out it being over bearing!

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Much love x

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Face mask reviews

Since December me and Andrew have been testing out a variety of face masks.

We have used:

I have 2 favourite’s:

Lush’s Love lettuce. I keep this in the fridge so its lovely and cool when it goes onto my skin. There are ground up bits of Almond shell within the mask so once you start to wash it off you get a nicely exfoliated face too. Plus (pardon the pun) it smells Lush!

I love the way my skin feels after using the Honey and Oat Body shop mask although it is certainly not easy to wash off, if you have a shallow sink you will find it goes everywhere! I don’t use it as much of some of the others simply because of this, which is a shame.

The Montagne Juenesse masque’s i have been getting from Primark for 89p each are Andrews favourite. The White chocolate one to be precise. He liked the texture and the thickness of the mask. It set well on his face and made his skin feel lovely and moisturised afterwards.

The one Andrew liked the least was also a Montagne Juenesse one, passion peel off. He found that it was really watery and quite greasy, it didn’t set properly either whilst also making his skin feel quite irritated.

So yes, this is just small few of the hundreds of different face masks out there. Hope you enjoyed it and if there is anything you would like me to do a review on let me know!

Much Love 🙂

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Fashion Spring 2015

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2015 is going to be very big on a number of things including the following:

  • Black and white.
  • Culottes.
  • Kimono style long jackets.
  • Shirt dresses.
  • Yellow.

Here are just a few images that i have pulled up from various sources, that are good at describing my own interpretations of the new trends. This year there are definitely 70’s vibes going on with flares and polo tops but if i was going to do a blog post about everything on the catwalk this season it would be about 3000 words long and no one wants that!

I just want to make it known now tho that Culottes are hideous… on EVERYONE. (That is all)

  I love black and white with a pop of colour, its classy and timeless. You can wear it out, dressed down and at work, its universal.

Kimono’s are good at keeping away the chill, keeping you stylish and not overwhelming you with warmth on those mysterious hot days i have yet to experience.

I am pretty undecided about shirt dresses, i think they look really good on a lot of people but i just don’t like them on me.

Anyway, so yea just thought i’d update you with were i was in relation to the whole spring deal…

WARM WEATHER SOON PLEASE….

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Much Love Helen 🙂

Top shop personal shopper event at GUSTO Manchester

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Hey everyone!

Tuesday this week me and my good friend Nadia attended a Topshop personal shopping event, at Gusto restaurant in Manchester.

I have never been to anything like this, so i wanted to see what the deal was. It cost us £25 each and upon arrival we each received a glass of Presecco *lovely.*

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We were then shown into a private dining room were 3 beautifully dressed Topshop employees stood with a rack full of the latest trends. One employee in particular took my eye as she was wearing a stunning dress/shirt. As you can see below and HERE.

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The trio explained to us where they were from (Topshop Manchester Arndale) and their job role (Personal shoppers) they asked if any of us had ever used the Personal shopper service that Topshop offer and as non of us had explained how it worked.

So you book in for an hour slot per person, maximum of 3 people and you tell the shopper your sizes and your style preferences and if you want to try anything new, whether it is for work, day wear or a party. You then turn up to your appointment and they have picked out a whole selection of clothes for you to try on. If anything doesn’t fit, they run out and get you the right size, its a FREE no obligation service, so if your not feeling it, no pressure to purchase anything. They will also throw in a few things that you might not necessarily have picked out for yourself but look amazing.

They went on then to tell us about the massive jeans collection they have, what styles flattered what figures. These are two that stood out, for my not so skinny, curvy frame. MOM Jeans and a Skinny Jamie jean.

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<– Skinny Jamie Jean

MOM Jeans  –>

We also got a Magazine all about the latest spring trends and what goes well with what and a free gift, Which was actually worth £10!

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The Glow stick in Spotlight, Its a really nice Highlighter. Goes onto my skin really well. Beautiful shade and a great gift!

After this we were shown to our tables and got a gorgeous 2 course meal, which was all included in the £25. It was a set menu but that by no means meant that we were short on choice, I had the Rigatoni Primavera with winter vegetables, pine nuts and crème fraiche which was stunning! For desert i had a chocolate, pistachio and clementine mess.

The restaurant itself is in an Art deco style. Very classy. The sort of place that you can go and have a meal with family and loved ones and feel relaxed but also like your treating yourself, if that makes sense. I have been to the restaurant itself a few times and its always been wonderful. Great food, great drinks and great service! Here is a link to the Restaurant, you need to go…

Anyway so here is a picture of a jacket that me and Nadia are going to be arguing over when we go to our own personal shopping appointment!

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Much love 🙂

Box of light

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So my favourite you tuber’s band is going on tour next month. They are coming to Manchester and i have got tickets!

To say that i am excited is an understatement. The music they play is nothing i have ever heard before. Imagine being on the beach in the middle of summer…Thats what they sound like its awesome.

Box of Light  <————Thats is their Youtube channel! Check them out!

The band’s lead singer is Helen Anderson and i watch her youtube video’s religiously! There is something about her and the way she is that inspires me to Blog… so that can only be a good thing right! Plus her name is Helen…Makes her great naturally. Ha 😛

You probably have heard of her as Melon Lady.

So yea! I have tickets to watch her at The soup Kitchen in the Northern Quarter. You NEED to check these guys out and you also NEED to check Helen Anderson out on youtube too!

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Glossybox review

So currently i am a subscriber to Glossybox which i love. Its like getting a little present every month even tho its not my birthday! Its awesome!

In the box you get a number of gifts… well not really gifts as there is a subscription fee of course…. but you get either samples or full size products to try out.

Some are products that you may have heard of and some that you wont, but they are always in my experience been good quality(mostly).

So this picture shows how beautifully packaged it is. They have shown that there is a lot of effort gone into each box and it isn’t something that just gets thrown together with little thought.image

Starting on a negative…I was a little disappointed with this So Susan Rose Quartet, it’s in a cheap looking black plastic container and the texture of the product itself feels a little cheap. Like the sort of stuff that you would get in a princess magazine when you were like 6…with those crazy plastic glittery heels and a wand…same thing. This was the only thing in the box that didn’t hit the mark with me. Other people may have loved it.

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My favourite thing in the box. Its a tinted lip butter which comes in this very cute little box, very art deco. The lip butter itself feels really nice on and the colour is really pigmented which is always good. I’m not into wishy washy lip shades.image

Shinier, stronger, thicker, smoother, more supple, frizz-free, heat and humidity-proof hair – All you hair problems sorted at the same time. It smells great. In the box it was advertised to be around £9.99 to buy however I’ve seen it body care for £5. Still for the cost of the box and whats in it, still great quality for money!

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This may seem a little strange but this razor is the best one i have ever used. Not because of the actual razor head itself, but when you put it down on the side of the bath, the head doesn’t touch the side…so it dries properly…it doesn’t get rusty… its amazing.image

With a colour palette inspired by that film, this mineral powder-based eye shadow is 100% natural and highly pigmented so it packs a punch. Mineral eye shadow’s are always good! This one is no different. Great colour, great texture, lasting power. Thanks Glossy box another smasher 🙂

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Even got a little sweet treat of love hearts in here as well seeming this is the valentines day special box.

I’d definitely recommend finding a subscription box to people that are interested in beauty products. It gives you the chance to find out about new stuff without having to pay big bucks for them.