Sod it and wear leopard print

I have been working like a woman possessed this week. Possessed with deadlines that is. This meant very little fun and very little blogging. I hope it eases up over the next few weeks but the signs are not good. I shall try not to bitch and moan too much - I have a job and that's a blessing etc. - but boy, am I tired.

So in order to get back into the blogging swing of things I thought I would post up a quick outfit of the day. This is what I wore when I eventually made it out of bed to get a mani/pedi and gin and tonic - the latter being absolutely essential of course.

Blazer (yawn!), very old top from Forever 21 (can I call it vintage?!) and some leopard print shorts.

Oh yes, the leopard print shorts.

I have agonized over this particular Current/Elliott print for months. I loved the jean version but sort of instinctively knew that I wouldn't feel comfortable with a full leg of leopard. Then I spied the shorts on shopbop.com and I swooned. The grey and faint print almost takes them into neutral territory and whilst they might not seem like a practical choice I plan on getting a lot of wear out of them. In any event, I shall christen them The Sod It Purchase. :)


Blazer: Zara (lace print - current season)
Top: Vintage F21 :)
Shorts: Current/Elliott
Shoes: Tory Burch
Bag: Celine
Bracelets: Evil eye from a market in Dubai and a By Sophie Hamsa
Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

Oh and make up wise these days I have found myself using the following:

Chantecaille Just Skin - eeking out the last few drops of the last tube I have left. Every time I use this I am reminded why it's worth the price. Considering buying in bulk when I pop back to the UK at the end of May but every time I add to basket on Space NK I cringe at the total. On the one hand it's worth it, but is it really THAT worth it?

MAC Print eyeshadow - I LOVE this for the outer corner. It's a dark grey that immediately makes your eyes look delicately smokey. I am not normally a fan of greys but I HIGHLY recommend this. It's so soft and softly smouldering - perfect when paired with warmer shadows.....yes, Mythology :) May upload a pic over the next few days....

MUFE Smokey Lash in Brown - Brown mascara? Really? Yes! This was a complete accident - the sales assistant gave the wrong colour and it was only when I went to apply it for the first time that I realised it was brown. Cue screwed up disappointed face. EXCEPT after a few weeks of use I can say that I love this. Smokey Lash is always good in my books but the brown seems to perform even better? Volume, curl, longevity - it's got it all and comes wrapped up in the darkest brown/black pigment.

Apart from that all other parts of my face routine are feeling a bit drab and dull. I fancy a change and am tempted to book in for a makeover to feel a bit refreshed. The only hesitation I have is choosing the right counter and artist....I have had many makeovers in my time and whilst some have been fantastic (Becca, By Terry) others have been a disaster. We have all been there I am sure - blackened eyes and starkly contoured cheeks. Yikes.

If you have any recommendations of places/people to see in London for some makeup direction let me know :)

...and after that ramble, how are you all doing? :)

71 comments:

  1. Wonderful outfit. Kisses!


    www.iuliabadita.ro

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  2. I absolutely love the shorts!! You are just gorgeous<3

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  3. Lovely outfit, and those bracelets... *swoons*

    I can't wait for the weather to be good enough for me to sport shorts like to do! But given I'm going to spend next week in England, I can't see that happening soon :)

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    1. ooh but i bet lots of lovely makeup purchasing will be done to make up for the weather? I am heading there at the end of this month and am literally salivating at the thought of Space NK/Superdrug etc :)

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  4. you REALLY need to take more pics :)
    love it!

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    1. haha i know :) I need to dedicate more time to the "photoshoot" and get a good selection for you :)

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  5. You always look so lovely. I would feel a bit funny in full length leopard print trousers too, I couldnt pull it off at all without looking like an actual leopard.
    xo

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    1. thats exactly how i felt...it would just look a bit odd. I mean Miranda Kerr looks fab but I am not her :) haha

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  6. Love your outfit, the blazer looks amazing paired with your stunning shorts! :)Xx

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  7. So pretty and feminine. Really lovely xx

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  8. nice outfit :) Im still not brave enough to wear shorts lol....must be the upbringging! lol gotta get over it and show some leg already!

    Mehreen
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    1. I think you should give it a whirl in my honour :) PS. Just read your post - excited to see/hear about the highlights!

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  9. Great purchase! And I need that blazer in my closet, STAT! Happy Friday, enjoy another gin and tonic xo

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    1. haha i will :) have a great friday too :)

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  10. Laura,
    This combo looks stunning. I knew there would be some Zara in here, it keeps catching me whenever I walk past.
    You look fab as usual, sometimes leopard print can look tacky but I love the bigger faded print on you. It is still way to cold to wear anything like that here in England, I can't remember the last time I saw sunlight!
    Have a nice weekend,
    lots of love xxx

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  11. Love this outfit ! xx

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  12. Love that "vintage" F21 jacket, really lovely shape on you.. Jealous you got on the Current/Elliot train! I love their denim - including these shorts. Love them!!!

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    1. Ah no... Zara* jacket! God, even when I'm not trying I'm still drawn to everything Zara! Ha ha!!

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  13. You crack me up (can I call it vintage?) :p love the shorts, such an unexpected pop but like you said still neutral - adorable. PS you are NOT pale. Clearly you have not been over to my blog haha. Your skin tone is gorgeous, the olive tones give you warmth and you look healthy! :)

    I have never tried Chantecaille but heard about them recently at Nordstrom - maybe I will have to try them! I am trying to finish up my current foundations though. I have Estee Lauder's "Invisible Skin" foundation and LOVE it, however am curious as to how it compares to Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua. I've heard phenomenal reviews about it, and I have the regular Vitalumiere.

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    xo
    Alyson
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  14. Only you can pull of Leopard Print shorts. :) You look great.
    I've had bad experiences with makeover counters. One: Reddish/Purple eyeshadow, hot pink blush and a nude lip. I'm a simple girl: just eye liner and mascara, concealer under the eyes and bare minerals. What about me screams that I want every color of the rainbow on my face? Horrible.

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  15. Don't go to Chanel - eek they ruined my face! (think eyeshadow all the way up to the brow - DISASTER)haha! Clearly didn't check the makeup the girl on the counter had on or I would have seen it coming!! xx

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  16. Absolutely loving those shorts, can't beat a good bit of leopard print. I like the outfit you've teamed them with :)

    Allaboutthegirlblog.blogspot.com xx

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  17. I'm in love with your blazer! It's so elegant and classy ♥♥♥

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  18. Your outfits always looks so nice and classy! I love the blazer! xx

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  19. Absolutely LOVE those shorts! They are totally acceptable, yet very eye catching and interesting. I wish I could find blazers that fitted me so well!

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  20. print eh? I will have to try it out! it is one of those Mac shades that lurks in my pallette and is rarely used unfortunately. what blush have you been adding to your daily slap? just curious as it is my favorite cosmetic :)

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  21. This outfit is gorgeous! I wish i could wear shorts at the moment! Too cold here!
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  22. Yes please to a recent eye post, would love to see a close up of the grey! Have been chanelling the grey myself, but instead of purchasing a real colour have been slapping on a brown toned grey shade usually reserved for brows...! Also, love the blazer -- vowed this month I would not step foot in Zara but how can I resist when it's so accessible and consistently on form!

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  23. Love the outfit! Hmmm must see if they have that blazer in my local Zara.... :) xx

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  24. Gorgeous outfit! Love the lace blazer and the celine bag! xo

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  25. Oh my gosh I need that blazer!
    Beautiful :)
    x

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  26. Lovely outfit! I love the shorts!

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  27. Hey Laura, I'm a reader from Dubai! :)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!

    I'm always looking for a good under-eye concealer and a mattifying powder; do you have any recommendations? :)

    Also, which online websites do you recommend (that deliver to Dubai!)..
    Do you happen to know any that deliver Nars products? :(

    Thanks xx

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  28. LOVE. Anything looks good with a Celine and a Laura, doesn't it? Haha.

    Besos,
    Lela
    Enter to WIN my hotel, afternoon tea and beauty Competition!

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  29. beautifull look, love this shorts!

    Pozdrawiam!

    eva-style.blogspot.com

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  30. I looove the shorts so much! I like how they're an awesome leopard print without being all 'in your face'.

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  31. Hi Laura, what great style, your pics are so stylish and effortless. Really enjoying your blog xnicki

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  32. Since your in the market for a new foundation i would definately recommend checking out the A La Carte Makeup Boutique in Knightsbridge (link!http://www.cosmeticsalacarte.com/) The "my mix" foundation is mixed on the spot so it's a perfect match for your skintone! The foundation leaves a gorgeous finish, contains an SPF and lasts for ages! Its fairly expensive for the first purchase but after that you can buy refills :)hope this helps :) love the outfit, as always!
    B x

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  33. lovely outfit as always! :D xo

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  34. Gorgeous Laura! You never cease to amaze me with your outfit choices. xoxo

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  35. love the shorts- so fun and stylish.. great investment.

    blazer goes amazing with them swell.

    check out my blog http://thefashionistaobserver.blogspot.com/ xxx

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  36. Great outfit! The blazer and shorts look amazing together, but those shorts themselves look stunning! And I really love your two bracelets, too cute!

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  37. Can I just say that this blog is my absolute favorite? Like seriously, every outfit/product/everythingposted,is great. I <3 you and this blog!

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  38. You just made me want to pull out my Print eyeshadow again. I don't use that nearly enough! And the mascara thing happened to me too...ended up with a brown instead of black except in my case it didn't work out too well and I returned it. It's always nice though when a mistake turns out well :-)

    Please check out my channel, I just posted a haul video: http://www.youtube.com/user/LipstickandGlitter

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  39. love the purseeee! the shorts are so cute with a white blazer :) i like brown mascara too actually, not MUFE specifically but i find that it gives a more feminine and softer look on days when you don't want to look like you're wearing too much.

    great post!

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  40. amazing bag!want one too)but it's very expensive!

    Polly with love
    follow

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  41. i always love the way you dress! very chic! =)

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  42. you're such a lovely person, good luck with all the work and I hope it will be an easier week for you!

    www.101FashionStreet.com

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  43. I know how you feel about work at the moment! Spending 12 hours in an office is not fun!

    You're OOTD looks so comfortable and summery, I can't wait for these outfits when/if it stops raining in the UK!

    Verni Noir
    x

    verninoir.wordpress.com

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  44. Love your outfit as always!! :) I hope your work load calms down a bit! xxx

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  45. Beautiful outfit - you look fantastic! :D

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  46. love the outfit! the leopard print is perfect with the other neutrals in your outfit :)
    I really want to try Chantecaille for a very long time and the only thing stopping me is the price, booo.
    xx

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  47. I like the loe print in this gray tone. Really pretty

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  48. love your look!
    kiss from prague
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.com/

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  49. Beautiful outfit :)

    http://girls-hodgepodge.blogspot.de/

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  50. I would kill for your figure! Beautiful lady!! xxx

    MNavyPrincess.blogspot.com xxx

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  51. Absolutely loving those shorts, can't beat a good bit of leopard print. I like the outfit you've teamed them with :)

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  52. Pop in and see me at Bobbi Brown - you should try some of their stuff if you haven't already, I know you'd be a fan of the pot rouges! x

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  53. I love those shorts. I always wondered if you were actually allowed to wear shorts in Dubai as I plan on going there one day but I don't want to explode into flames but I also don't want to offend anyone.

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  54. you should go to a la carte on motcomb street (next to louboutin+annick goutal), also to liberty (new beauty hall with Le Labo perfumes, ellis faas) and john lewis (has an amazing new beauty hall). other than that, I would also check screenface in notting hill and MW Nails in Spitalfields for amazing manicures (the interior looks like an aeroplane cabin) leinti nti

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  55. Love how you styled the leopard shorts! I'm your newest follower :-) Would love it if you followed my blog too.

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    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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