Shiny and new

Made a few daring purchases recently:

1) Harem trousers - yes yes they have been around for a long time however I have seriously struggled to find a pair that look "right".  The folds in the fabric can be awkward - nobody wants to pay money for a serious case of Camel Toe - and they can be far from flattering around the hips.

Well thank goodness then for the Whistles sale. I nabbed a lovely pair in a light copper silk fabric. Originally £110 - not a chance in hell I would pay that - and now £30.

The silk works well. They drape - rather than hang - and feel expensive.




Blazer: You know the score - it's the River Island one :) 
Top: French Connection (old!)
Necklace: See below!
Trousers: Whistles

2) MAC Ruby Woo lipstick - This is what I have realised about red lipstick. For me, it has to be matte. Shiny red lips are a step too far - and actually very difficult for me to pull off. Matte red lips are however manageable.

Another thing I have realised is that people really don't wear a lot of colour on their lips - anywhere. Only when you are wearing a bright ass colour do you realise this. You are a bit self-conscious walking around town in yours and that's when you notice how much of a minority you are. It's sort of nice.

Now back to Ruby Woo. It has more of a berry tone than Russian Red - it's brighter, it's more lifting and very very long-lasting. Matte = drying and it's no different in this case but I think it's worth it :)

3) Laptop/tote bag - laptop bags are so boring. Well the Mulberry and Bill Amberg ones are nice I suppose but too expensive right now. I have therefore taken matters into my own hands and picked up a canvas bag from H&M for £15.99 and declared it my laptop bag. It's mixed metallics and actually really nice. I am wearing it today as a handy tote.



4) Chained necklace - I am not keen on all those heavy chains that seem to be in fashion. They look like they would leave my neck aching - and possibly green. But I do like the basis of the trend - the toughness and structure - I just needed to find my little niche in it. And I have!

This is a take on the trend - lots of smaller chains knotted together  and feminised with a brushed rose gold effect.

Thank you Accessorize!



Hope you are all having a good weekend! 

51 comments:

  1. love the necklace & them harems.....i thought i couldnt pull off them either without looking like a MC Hammer reject, but yours do look fab and sophisticated xx

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  2. I usually hate harem trousers, but do agree these look very nice.
    And wow, you're rocking Ruby Woo, Laura!

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  3. lovely look

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    xoxo

    www.lady-pa.blogspot.com

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  4. Love the necklace, might check this out. I'm also a fan of the red statement lip, however it is so high maintenance that I normally can't bring myself to do it without looking a bit worse for wear after my first drink or bite to eat.

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  5. @victoria-gabrielle - thank you :) they are actually nice on - makes a change :) haha

    @Musing on Beauty - i know!! :) haha it lasts for ages too so I will be rocking it for quite some time :)

    @Lady-Pa - thanks!

    @Tine_77 - yes: it's a great piece and it spoke to me in the shop :) haha

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  6. gotta love your entire outfit. the new red lippie suits you..well everything suits you !!
    I love the combination of gold and silver color on your tote... you look perfect and ready to go ! xx

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  7. Did it say "Buy me"? Like parseltongue just in a shop and with accessories? Happens to me all the time;-)

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  8. I love your tote/ laptop bag, what laptop size can it carry? The necklace is interesting! :)
    xoxo,
    LoveSkinBest

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  9. I love mixing metallics! I think it gives an edge to any outfit.

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  10. @Luckymirai - thank you :)

    @TIne_77 - you know these inanimate objects really do this! I gravitated towards it and would not have been able to resist :)

    @Myrted - anything really. My 15 inch macbook fits nicely :)

    @Kelly - yes me too!

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  11. Love all of your new purchases, you look really beautiful with red lipstick!

    I know what you mean about being in the 'minority' with colour, sometimes when I'm out and about I like to wear Pink Nouveau or NARS Schiap and no one else I know really wears colours like that, but it's nice to feel different :)

    The blazer is just gorgeous as well, really like the rolled-up sleeves effect. Please can you give me your honest opinion on this? http://tinyurl.com/3kmqdgl

    xxxx

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  12. Hehehe I love that, paying to have camel toe hehe I can't pull off Harem trousers, they look laffly on you through :)

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  13. love the colours of this outfit and you are right those pants drape and don't hang like they're about to fall off lol.
    love your "laptop bag" haha!
    have a great weekend :) xx

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  14. Love the red lippie! I wore my fave MAC Gulabi today just for some errands and felt very self-concious! Kinda loved it too!!

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  15. I have also noticed that people don't usually wear a bold lip even though it appears to be "in". I'm trying to find the right shade of red for my fair complexion :)

    Love the necklace!

    xoxo

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  16. I can never find Hareems that look good on me! These look fabulous on you hun. I'm so going to run out and buy that necklace!! GORG! xoxo

    http://thepinkmacaroon.blogspot.com

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  17. I think, I never was so Happy to find a Blog and it is because is YOUR...is good to see you again love your style and your classy way <3

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  18. I love the mix of metallics in the tote.

    Helloshopaholic.blogspot.com

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  19. Love the red lippie on you and what a bargain with the Harems :) xx

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  20. Lovely colors. What shoe did you wear?

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  21. @sweetmouse24 - exactly! hardly anyone does and if you see someone sporting one you feel like giving them a high five for having the guts :)

    @milili - thank you very much :) welcome! haha

    @hello shopaholic - it's a fab bargain!

    @Holly - thanks Holly! Got very excited in the Whistles sale :) haha

    @Rachel - just ballet flats :)

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  22. Love the harem trousers on you! I have yet to walk around with a bold red lip, but I am slowly working up the courage...

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  23. You are right about the trousers. These look a bit more structured then others I've seen. I love this post!

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  24. PS - I've seen you in shorts and blazers for awhile on your blog. I just tried it out and I love it!

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  25. great lipstick and outfit
    two thumbs up!
    x)

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  26. I got my harems in primarni for £12 and they are theee most comfortable trousers ever created! They make me feel so rocker too :P like boy cash (casual) how do you abbreviate that! lol rachinald.blogspot.com

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  27. I have that silk top, its great for mixing together different looks - also have those Whistles trousers, love them, but couldn't keep my eyes off their new collection whilst I was in there. It's going to be an expensive AW11...

    Anna xxx
    www.southmoltonststyle.com

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  28. I love wearing a bright lip. Among my friends, it's sort of become my "thing." You're absolutely right; hardly anyone does it. That's kind of why I love it! xx

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  29. Love the tote, will definitely be looking for it in H&M.

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  30. Love this outfit! The bronze tone necklace works so well!
    I agree about bulky chains..I'm not that keen, think you have to get it just right otherwise it's a Mr T situation goin on!

    www.glamourrougenotes.blogspot.com

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  31. i love that blazer so much i need it! i also have ruby woo and it is a great mac lipstick! one of my favorites...you look great!!

    xoxo
    http://heatheramarie.blogspot.com/

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  32. omg i love the outfit its just fab!

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  33. Ruby Woo looks amazing on you and I love your River Island blazer, I've been looking for a similar one here!

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  34. Ruby Woo looks gorgeous on you!

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  35. this outfit is cute! the colors of each piece look so good together.

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  36. I tried wearing red to a wedding the other day and it was like social suicide!! a friend instantly dubbed me a married women with 4 children.. others thought it too BOLD and i was so self conscious that before I walked out the house I wiped it off and went for a nude! I hate that! I wish people wore more reds in life..love yours btw, maybe matte is the way to go..def. have to try :) thanks for the tip :) love the outfit :)

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  37. I never thought I'd see the day that YOU would wear red lipstick.
    We welcome you to our side.

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  38. Love the necklace. And I completely understand about bright lipcolours, it's only since I started wearing red lipstick - and being bloomin' self-conscious that I've realised I quite like it!

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  39. i'm still in love with your blazer, it goes with everything :D

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  40. Hey laura... there's an award awaiting you in my blog--check it out!

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  41. Just discovered your blog - it's fab. Absolutely love that necklace. xx

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  42. Hello

    So glad I found you again.. I was really missing lollipop26.
    You inspired me to start up my own blog, if you have time please check it out.

    http://44elle.blogspot.com/

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  43. Dear Laura,
    I followed you for a long long time (from youtube). I was so sad that you finished your youtube chanel. I am still not sure for which reason though... Anyway, happy to find you again here!
    One question, love your Michel Kors watch!!! Could you please let me know the model number and where I can find it? Thanks!!!
    Here is my email add: julie.xin@gmail.com

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  44. I feel the same, I've never purchased Harem pants because I just know it'll be a chore for me to actually find cute, flattering ones. I really love those on you, the color is great. I also absolutely love red lips on you, you wear them so well! They light up your face.

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  45. those pants are gorgeous!

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  46. I am 100% with you on matte reds! I've been eyeing NARS' lovely Mascate:

    http://www.temptalia.com/nars-mascate-pure-matte-lipstick-review-photos-swatches

    sigh

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  47. When I wear ruby woo i always put a layer of blistex intensive repair cream underneath 10 mins or so before, its the one in a white tube and is more of a cream so it leaves no residue but makes the lipstick loads more comfortable to wear! x

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  48. Love the looke, especially the bag. U have a great style.. so classy :)

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  49. I loved your commentary on bright lips. What a perfect observation. However, like you said -- there is nothing more empowering than being uncomfortable because YOU are making a bold statement.

    You amaze me everyday. Thanks for blogging.

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