The Vanessa Bruno Athe Skirt

I have to be honest, I am struggling in this weather. The humidity is up to about 70% and so everything gets sweaty and ruined if you spend any time outside. I might be looking fresh in the photos below but I was most definitely "perspiring". 

This was what I wore this to happy hour drinks this week. It would seem that full, flirty skirts and cotton shirts are my attempt to look fresh.

I got this skirt in the Boutique 1 sale and it's from Vanessa Bruno's diffusion line. Just like the Tibi skirt I posted about the other day, as much as I might admire it, I would never have paid full price. Items like this - with the embroidery detail and full shape - are easily duped and can be picked up at Forever 21 and ASOS.

Thankfully it was heavily reduced to a reasonable high street price and I really enjoy wearing it. Add a shirt and a belt and it's happy days!






Skirt: Vanessa Bruno Athe - as mentioned ASOS do something similar - Link!
Shirt: Zara
Belt: GAP (old)
Bag: Celine
Shoes: out of shot but sparkly flat sandals!

A few other things on my mind lately: 

1) If you like pale pink nails and have a propensity to gravitate towards the likes of Essie Fiji etc...then you need to try Gelish's You’re So Sweet You’re Giving Me A Toothache. It's a colour that they released at the beginning of this year and my nail place just got it in.




I can't tell you how lovely it is. It's a white/pale peach/pale pink hybrid and looks very pretty - even on my mini stumpy nails.

2) I recently mentioned how I was using concealer on my skin - and no foundation - as I was finding colour matching tricky.

Well scrap that! It's a new week and all that!

I found an opened bottle of Chanel Mat Lumiere whilst having a clean-out, gave it a try, and I love everything about it. This is a great foundation for normal skins trying to cope in sweaty, hot weather. In the UK this would sometimes make my face look too flat, but here it works perfectly. Consider me obsessed.

I think I might make a video and upload it on here about my latest routine as I am in a new rut and fairly content with it :)

3) My current TV obsession is Twenty Twelve. Please someone out there tell me that they love this as much as I do. I came across it only recently but eagerly devoured every episode. If you have ever worked in a mis-management public sector culture then this is a dry comedy for you. I swear that the script is based on people I encountered in my first post-uni job.

My favourite character has to be Siobhan from Perfect Curve and I am so happy to find out that she has her own Twitter account #holyshet.

Happy Friday!

99 comments:

  1. Please Please Please make a video :)

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  2. Literally can't wait for your video :) xx

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  3. I LOVE Essies's light colors but they always, always turn out streaky and smudge even after drying for 4 hours.

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  4. oooh yes a video, pretty please!!

    Lovely outfit, indeed :)

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  5. Love the details of the skirt, and the shape is über flattering :) I am LOVING the nails! I think that may be the color I get before I head to Ireland for a few weeks, it seems like the best neutral but still with some depth and personality.

    As for a video on your routine, YES! I miss your videos (as I'm sure everyone else here does too) that would be a real treat :)

    xo
    Alyson
    www.crushingonclothes.com

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  6. Awww please make a video, Laura! I have missed seeing and hearing you live. I'd love to see your routine! I adore your full skirts unfortunately I have full hips that can't carry it off lol xx

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  7. I am loving the outfit! You are always so inspiring!! Would love a video on your routine! You're spoiling us with these back to back posts by the way ;)

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  8. Wow love these photos, great setting, quite like the evening ambience! Love the skirt, I have a couple of pairs of converse-esque trainers by Athe which are super comfy. I swear by Mat Lumiere for my combo skin x

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  9. OMG i read the words video and i literally SQUEALED!!!! YES PLEASE!!!!

    i love your short stumpy nails :) they are very classy xx

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  10. Gorgeous outfit :)! xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Yey I would love to see a video! :) Hannah xx

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  12. Love the skirt! :) And definitely make a video!! x

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  13. This is gorgeous!! It's so vintage looking :)
    I love the nails too <3
    MissJammyxo

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  14. I would love to see a video! I love your videos! I would watch them first whenever you would upload onto youtube! Please go back to making videos!

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  15. I love the outfit! I'm all about you making a video. :)

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  16. I video! Woohoo!

    Adore that nail colour aswell and skirt x

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  17. Such a lovely skirt. I can't imagine that heat it would kill me even though I've been shingling about the miserable Scottish weather for weeks.

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    1. Haha, I read shingling and wondered if it was a cool new Scottish expression for complaining I should know about. I like whinging. Here in the US we say whining instead. Doesn't have a much oomph, imo.
      On topic: yay video, Laura! And yay managing to look fresh and crisp in Dubai! I went to Hong Kong last year and looked like butter spread on a doughy roll. :)

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  19. the day we hear your calming voice again, would be throne of the happiest day ever! please make a video, doesn't matter about what, if you wish talk about football, really doesn't matter! looking fabulous as always, i might have a similar skirt in somewhere in my closet, need to find it :) xoxo

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  20. Yay for a video!

    Lovely skirt, I'd love to wear something like it but I have 'childbearing' hips... And would look insane.

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  21. such a beautiful skirt and i love the belt too!

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  22. Great skirt
    I love this outfit ;)
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  23. You look gorgeous! I love your skirt its beautiful xxx

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  24. I love ecerything about this outfit! Please do a video

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  25. I love this outfit, the skirt is extremely cute! :)

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  26. please please please make a video. please? :) Happy weekend!

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  27. in love with your nail polish! would make me look even more pale though, unfortunately. A girl can dream!

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  28. I adore your skirt, but I know what you mean about paying full price for things!
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  29. OMG PLEASE MAKE A VIDEO!! WE MISS YOU <3

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  30. You look so pretty and feminine! I always get so jealous when I see your posts, my auntie lives in Dubai and it is the most amazing place! I really want to be back there! xx

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  31. Im with the girls.. VIDEO! VIDEO! VIDEO!!! XD

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  32. This outfit is so perfect!

    I agree - we'd love to see a video!

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  33. This is such a cute outfit! I agree with the masses....VIDEO!
    - Keyta x

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  34. Yes! Make a video!!!

    http://www.jarofwonders.com/

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  35. Ah this skirt is so pretty!! Love your nail colour too:) Xx

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  36. The skirt looks beautiful on you - especially with the white blouse. And I love the nail colour... definitely very you, Laura :)

    xo, alison*elle

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  37. Really like that skirt, its such a flattering shape too so it would suit most people! Love it!

    - Allie x

    Allie UK Blog

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  38. This outfit is gorgeous! You pull it off really well :) xx

    jensbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  39. Please make the video! :)Laura x

    http://secrets-de-beaut.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. This outfit is gorgeous, I love the belt you added!

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  41. Please make a video! I found out about your blog through your videos on YouTube and I'm afraid since then, I became a huge fan!! I admire your classic, girly and very sophisticated look.

    octoberchic.com

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  42. When I read that you were going to make a video, I did gasp. :)

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  43. Heart did a little jump at the half promise of a video - you were my favourite on YouTube and still not beaten (and I must be subscribed to 100+) - so I wait not very patiently for your installment!!
    PS have just started running (it always made me feel like I was dying :O )
    and your lovely pins in these photos are great inspiration!!

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  44. amazing pictures!! love the skirt :)

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  45. I absolutely love your videos - so excited to see another one!

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  46. This skirt is wishlist now: I like how she does the romantic but still sexy thing. Perfect nails!

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  47. Do be sure to make the video! Since you stopped making yt videos the how to and style section just hasn't been the same.

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  48. I love the combination! The outfit looks really good on you!

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  49. So super cute and girly look for summer.

    xoxo Ra

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  50. ooh loved how you used the belt!

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  51. i love this! i got to try this look soon enough. cute blog btw :)

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  52. Omg Laura! Yes yes yes video please..yes yes pls video pls yes yes!! Canu tell I want u to make a video? Lol! I miss ur YT vids soooo much!! Pl make one! Thanks lovely xx

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  53. Yes please, make a video!

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  54. that skirt is just so sweet and feminine and I LOVE that nail colour, looks gorgeous with a bit of a tan :)
    xx

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  55. Lovely skirt! Thw whole look as a matter of fact:) and, YES, a video from you, would be fabulous, we all miss them :) xx, Karine.

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  56. I want your skirt and belt!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  57. A) I really enjoy your blog;

    B) HolyShet! Someone loves Twenty Twelve as much as I do! I watch them and KEEP them, that's how much I love it... just an incredible feat of artistry if you know what goes into a series -- concept, talent, writing, all amazing. And since the PR Girl is SO. ON. TARGET. she makes me squirm. EEK!

    C) I enjoy your blog even more now, thanks!

    Keep up the good work,

    ~ @TheGirlPie

    PS: I do my own Gelish (too picky & time constrained) and today found the perfect nude/semi-sheer for my pale skin: I mixed RESERVE (too bronzy) with NEED A TAN (too chalky) = yay! (Not that you asked, but: in a separate bottle mix 1 parts RESERVE to 2 parts NEED A TAN. I use the Reserve brush to keep the other pure. The grow-out isn't distracting, and the 2nd layer (in about 2 weeks to get me to 3.5 - 4 weeks) will look great.)

    PPS: Besides that I really enjoy reading your blog, you do a great job of it. Give your shoulder a nice self-kiss, you deserve it.

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  58. lovely outfit!! and omg i've seen previews for twenty twelve and it looks hilarious! must watch that soon! xo

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  59. You look so happy in these pictures, not surprising with that view. I really like the belt and you've convinced me, I DO need a decent white shirt in my life.
    Yep, will be looking out for the video. You know we all used to love them! :))

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  60. I love this outfit, that skirt seems perfect for hot, humid days. :)

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  61. VIDEO!!!! Omg how I miss your videos...little secret... I used to have a very tedious/slightly boring job doing political fundraising and whilst doing data entry I would have your perfume reviews playing in the background to get me through it:) Have a great day!

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  62. great post!

    WMBG
    wiebkembg.blogspot.com

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  63. That skirt is just too perfect. I need it in my life!

    megalaurafication.blogspot.com

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  64. I would love to see a video! Still missing your youtube videos!

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  65. Laura please dont hide your pretty face in photos... Your the first one I subbed to years ago. Ill never forget. Their is a new YouTuber named Lisa Gregory. She reminds me of you. Very beautiful. You should check her out.

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  66. Haha :-) Lovely blog, I just discovered yours. Nah, I don't know the show. Where do they air it? I may have seen it but didn't know the name tho. Xo

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  67. I love the combo, and it goes amazing with your tan :) xo

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  68. I really wish you'd come back to youtube, you were one of my favourites! :( Great blog though!

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  69. hello Laura, lovely look.I miss your videos too!I am a follow now via gfc and bloglovin:)

    happy sunday
    x chris

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  70. you are looking great :)
    http://beautydrugs.blogspot.com/

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  71. Literally gasped at the thought of a video from you. Even a little short video would make my day.

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  72. Super cute skirt. Love the outfit :) A video would make my day! I have missed them :)

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  73. Omg!! You're teasing us with that one sentence about the video.....pleeeeeaaassse come back to doing videos, I've really missed them. Lovely nails btw.

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  74. Adore this skirt, the whole outfit goes together so nicely!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  75. Definitely make a video. Maybe even come back to youtube. We all miss you so.

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  76. I love the skirt & your nails!

    ♥ Shia

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  77. What an adorable outfit. And that nail colour is perfect for your tanned skin!

    :-D
    http://dr2thfairy.blogspot.co.nz/

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  78. Love the skirt! Its really girly and the colour is great xo

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  79. Yes please make a video! I think it's fair to say everyone misses them!!!!!!!!!

    I would also love your opinion on my new website! You can create your own magazines!

    Here is the link! http://www.amazine.com/

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  80. Laura-I'm so happy I finally found you again. I'm sure you undoubtedly get a hundred comments like this but anyway, I watched you on YouTube and was devastated you left. Glad to see you back somewhere on the internet! Could you do a diet post? What you eat, what you do for exercise, etc? Thanks!

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  81. Love your outfit!!

    My favourite Louboutin in http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  82. how fabulous is that skirt x

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  83. I need to get that colour on my nails... need!


    http://ornaishmakeup.blogspot.ie/

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  84. This is not directly related to THIS post, but for you Laura in general. Pleeeeease look at this blog ::: http://www.boxno216.com/
    If you love OMBRE hair and I know you do, this will slay you. Its the most amazing most beautiful ombre hair coloring I've EVER seen. I don't like Ombre, but I LOVE what this guy is doing. I'm not affiliated, just sharing.

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  85. Wicked cute outfit! I could see myself wearing something like that here in Boston on a Summer date night. Love your style, and that nail color is to die for. Where do you post your videos? I would love to start watching them.

    Thank you for sharing!

    glambykelsey.blogspot.com

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  86. Your nails are perfect. Love this girly look.

    petitesideofstyle.com

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  87. That Celine bag makes my life!
    Your blog is class!

    ropesofholland.blogspot.com

    xx

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  88. OMG! VIDEO! YES PLEASE!!!!!

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  89. Yes! Video please! :) Will be reminiscent of your YouTube days!

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  90. I will be echoing everyone here and say, Yes! Video please!Would love to hear your latest routine!

    Lynn

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  91. i know what your mean about the humidity.. hate it!
    i love that skirt though, it's so sweet! xx

    thetalesofmonkey.blogspot.com

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  92. Video?!?!?!?!? Yes please!!!
    This outfit looks so wonderful!

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