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Glossy Box Let’s Go To The Beach

I was pleased to see another themed box from the Glossy team. I liked the fun sea print on this bright turquoise version and the coral tissue paper was a lovely touch. Inside the goodies included…

- Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo
- Anatomicals Facial Spray Mist
- Coola Suncare Mineral Face Tint with SPF 20
- Ciate Paint Pot Nail Polish
- Alterna Bamboo Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist


I’m really pleased with all the products in this months box. Especially the Anatomicals Facial Spray which is great for cooling down with in this hot humid weather. It also works to freshen up your makeup a bit if sprayed at a distance. The Alterna Bamboo Texture Mist also works a treat at creating beach ready waves and giving my hair a bit of, well, texture. You only need a small amount and the result is not sticky.

Feathers

I have a bit of a thing about feathers. I even have one tattooed on my right foot. So when I spotted this feather case on iconemesis I thought it would make a beautiful addition to my collection. I like all the cases on their website as they are designed by fantastic real working artists. This feather necklace from Fashionology is a favourite. I oddly won this piece through Twitter. Yes, re-tweeting sometimes really will win you prizes! And the feather printed shirt seen in the top photo - that’s a diy of mine, and I’m hoping to get that tutorial to you on Friday as I haven’t posted a new DIY in ages.

Glastonbury Photo Diary

Glastonbury was my first ever festival and I’m pretty glad I picked the biggest one in the UK to test out the waters. Although I’m pretty sure no other festival will ever compare! My favourites from the weekend were Two Door Cinema Club, Jake Bugg, The xx, Arctic Monkeys, The Hives, The Vaccines and First Aid Kit. We were lucky with the weather having hot sunshine everyday with a blast of rain one night. If anyone’s been before I camped in the Pylon fields so we had that wonderful humming buzz all night every night but there were worse places to camp - honest! Crazy silent disco moments happened on two nights (see photo) and I especially enjoyed sipping Toffee Apple Cider whilst sitting on a grassy hill with a beautiful view of the Somerset hills.

"…I’m someone who’s mostly dead inside but still has a little hope for something extraordinary, which, as I said, is the worst breed of human, because it means I know everything is bullshit, but that I secretly hope for the day when it might not be."

Boots - My Wardrobe Essential

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you will know I am a huge fan of boots. Every single wardrobe should be home to at least one pair of boots. But if like me, you may have around 10 pairs. While there are different boots for all occasions, no wardrobe or shoe collection is complete without a good quality pair of boots. 
This week I’ve been wearing my Hunter wellies at Glastonbury festival which are strong and sturdy but not quite as quirky as these festival wellingtons… yes, functional footwear has even seen the traditional Wellington fitted with a built-in sound system. Crazy.
But the main reason I love boots is for comfort, style and their ability to go with almost any outfit

Choosing your boots
Everyone should own at least one pair of boots but who’s to say they can’t have several pairs in different styles for different occasions. After all, boots can vary from low-heeled ankle boots to leather knee high boots and that means choosing your style is half the fun. 
Ankle boots: My personal faves! This versatile style is on going in the fashion world from season to season I’ve been buying new ankle boots every year for the past 6 years. They go well with skirts, dresses, skinny jeans and denim cut offs. Whether you prefer flats or block heels, ankle boots are a great addition to your wardrobe. For summer I like to wear a fringed brown suede pair with a floaty dress. 
Biker boots: Around for what feels like forever this style is a hot favourite for 2013 and one set to continue into next year. The perfect way to toughen up a feminine look and I’ve always been a huge fan of the contrast between feminine and masculine. Go for Dr Martens, it may take you  a few years to break them in but it’s so worth it!
Knee high boots: Knee highs may well have been banished to the back of the wardrobe a few years ago but now they’re set for a big comeback. Watch out this coming Autumn, it might be time for me to finally get my hands on a pair. I’d possibly go for flat brown pair over black in a matte leather.

1. white shirt - H&M, wellies - Hunter, floral skinnies* - So in Fashion , camera - Canon Powershot

2. fringed shirt* - Lasula Boutique , straw trilby* - Matalan, satchel bag* - BritStitch

3.  celine tee - eBay, chiffon midi skirt* - Matalan, bowler hat - H&M, cut out strap boots* - Matalan, sunglasses - H&M

I’m heading out of the door in about 2 hours to travel to Glastonbury (via Leeds) so I’ve had many festival outfit ideas in my head recently. I’ll be honest, for Glastonbury I’m mainly taking wellies and denim shorts and preparing for the worst weather, even though the forecast is positive. But for a day festival or one that is less demanding you could get away with these amazing cut out strap boots from Matalan with a midi skirt and tee. I like my western cowboy look for a sunny day and my floral whites look is perfect ‘going home’ gear.

One thing I won’t be forgetting is my camera!

NAME NECKLACE

Once in a while a message pops into my inbox that is bizarrely good timing. I’ve had a close eye on these name necklaces for some time and recently thought about a purchase but I’ve never been quite sure whether the idea is classy or tacky. When ONecklace got in touch I decided it must be fate. I picked out a gold plated one in ‘Alegro’ with a chain length of 18 inches. You can find my chosen style of necklace here. Since this arrived in the post I have not taken it off and I’ve decided the idea of wearing your name around your neck can definitely be classy when done in the right way. I like to wear mine with minimal jewellery and a simple outfit. This necklace also comes in handy at work as a fancy name badge so my clients can remember who they are talking to.

The quality of the necklace is fantastic, the chain is strong and the name pendent not too thin. For $48.95 (roughly £32) I would have been a very happy customer. The company is overseas but delivery time was under 2 weeks. I think these will also make pretty cool gifts and I’m keeping ONecklace in my bookmarks for the future. If having a piece of jewellery with your name on it is not your sort of thing you can opt for any word you like and ONecklace have a wide range of designs you could even just go for your initials.

Ways to Store Jewellery

I’ve had these two giant teacup planters for quite a while now and I thought it was about time I showed them off! I found them in a local garden centre for around £5 each and although they are made to hold small plants (hole in the bottom) I thought they would look lovely on my dressing table with jewellery inside. You can find similar onesherehere and here. The saucers are actually stuck to the bottom so you can store rings and watches all around the edge. It makes it easy to grab your go-to jewellery in the morning without having to rummage through boxes.

This is just a small selection of my jewellery and one day I’m going to show you how I like to store everything. There are much bigger pieces such as statement necklaces that I keep in a box and long necklaces that I loop over a tailors dummy. How do you like to store your jewellery? Have you found any unique items that are perfect just like these teacup planters?

What I ate today

I was inspired my Gemsmaquillage's food diary posts to take a snapshot of everything I've eaten in one day. Although I wouldn't say I eat particularly healthy or come up with any interesting recipes it was still interesting to see my food and drink intake laid out in this way.
This style of post might be something I keep up regularly so you guys can spy on me and get an idea of the rubbish I often eat during one day - chocolate and biscuits make a regular appearance. It must be said I am on no kind of diet, I am not aiming to loose any weight or eat any differently. I do like to take healthy options when I can and of course wish I try to eat ‘better’ or ‘cleaner’ foods but these diaries will be a true reflection on my average days. I hope you enjoy!

10am - I had a lie in this morning as Thursday’s are one of my days off. Got up around 10 and had porridge with honey, a cup of tea and the last of the smoothie I made yesterday. I blended 1 banana, 1 apple, 1 kiwi, 4 slices of mango and added a bit of milk to make this thick creamy smoothie which is full of good stuff!

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1.45pm - Lunch was a ham and cheese toastie (using a toaster bag which is such a cool invention, you pop a fresh sandwich into the bag, then the whole thing into the toaster - simple.) Also a glass of water and a handful of grapes.

6.10pm - I made a tea for the family tonight, oven baked potatoes, chicken and vegtable pie and sweetcorn on the side. My lunch took me through until this 6 but I was definitely hungry for this!

6.50pm - Activia yoghurt in Raspberry. I prefer the vanilla bean ones but this is all we had in the fridge. I will probably snack on a bit of chocolate before bed too and I can’t go to sleep without a cup of tea!

McQueen Summer Brights Lust List
Alexander McQueen is not a designer typically associated with bright fun colours, so I was really surprised when I stumbled across the S/S collection when I was online window-shopping one day. This is much more of a lust list blog post as there is no way I can afford the designer price tag but how amazing would these pieces be for the Summer. The iconic skull scarf has been re-invented and comes in a wide range of bold colours - my favourites being the orange/red and nude with neon yellow skulls.I’m also loving this leather wrap bracelet - traditionally worn in black or navy but this lilac version is so much cooler for a sunny day. I can keep dreaming!
I found all these items on the Harrod’s website so you can shop Alexander McQueen to your hearts content, or maybe just pin all the products to your wish list board! What do you think to this twist on a classic design? Which designer pieces are you covetting the most at the moment?

McQueen Summer Brights Lust List

Alexander McQueen is not a designer typically associated with bright fun colours, so I was really surprised when I stumbled across the S/S collection when I was online window-shopping one day. This is much more of a lust list blog post as there is no way I can afford the designer price tag but how amazing would these pieces be for the Summer. The iconic skull scarf has been re-invented and comes in a wide range of bold colours - my favourites being the orange/red and nude with neon yellow skulls.I’m also loving this leather wrap bracelet - traditionally worn in black or navy but this lilac version is so much cooler for a sunny day. I can keep dreaming!

I found all these items on the Harrod’s website so you can shop Alexander McQueen to your hearts content, or maybe just pin all the products to your wish list board! What do you think to this twist on a classic design? Which designer pieces are you covetting the most at the moment?

White Summer Dress
New buys - white dress c/o Get the Label, aviator sunglasses from H&M and vanilla bean candle by Glade.How can we pass through Summer without a floaty white dress? I’m hoping to have an occasion to wear this soon and it will be lovely to photograph for an outfit post when I get around to it. My holiday this summer is Glastonbury so I may have to bring it along to wear with wellies!

White Summer Dress

New buys - white dress c/o Get the Label, aviator sunglasses from H&M and vanilla bean candle by Glade.
How can we pass through Summer without a floaty white dress? I’m hoping to have an occasion to wear this soon and it will be lovely to photograph for an outfit post when I get around to it. My holiday this summer is Glastonbury so I may have to bring it along to wear with wellies!

For months I have been wanting a pair of embellished daisy denim shorts as inspired by Rosie Huntington Whiteley when she wore this floral pair by Christopher Kane for J Brand at Coachella. Taking my own twist on the trend I purchased some little white flower embellishments from ebay (you may have spotted these from a previous diy) and made my own. They’re really easy and only a basic knowledge of hand sewing is needed. Here’s how I did it and the steps you need to create your own…

WHAT YOU NEED:

High Waist Denim Shorts
White Flower Appliques (ebay)
Needle and White Thread
Sewing Pins
Fabric Scissors
These Levi cut-offs came courtesy of MeeMee.com who sell vintage denim shorts, long shorts and jeans for very reasonable prices and you can see their whole collection here. When buying vintage shorts be careful of sizing - often the sizes are American but in the past I have had to up-size as well as down-size to find my perfect fitting pair. These sit high on my waist without being too short in the leg. You can of course just cut down an old pair of jeans or find a cheap pair in a charity shop.
I wanted a rough edge on my shorts so I trimmed away the hems. You can cut yours any way you like but I prefer mine not to be super short like Rosie’s. This way they are suitable to wear for any occasion. 
Place your flowers in a polka dot pattern, starting from the rough hem I used 4 flowers and worked my way up. In the end I used 18 flowers on each side - 36 in total. Ignore the above photo for direction, as I was playing around with how many flowers to use. It’s tempting to fill every inch of space with flowers but keeping some denim on show results in a pleasing design.
(Cat paw not needed) - it’s now time to pin each individual flower in place. Monty was keen to help out on this one. Be careful to just pin through one layer of denim and not through the pocket linings. 
Flip your shorts inside out and you will see all your tiny pins poking through. This indicates where we need to sew with our needle and thread. This is the most time consuming part - I sat outside in the sun whilst I stitched each flower to the denim and the whole process took around 45 minutes but it’s very relaxing.
Your shorts are ready to wear! The 3D flowers look amazing against the denim, I like to pair mine with a simple white shirt. The flowers will wash and hold their shape but I would recommend a hand wash or popping them into a laundry bag that can go inside your washing machine on a gentle cycle. (The best part about denim is that it doesn’t really need washing that often!)
When Life Gets in the Way

Well hello blog readers, it’s been a while! I last posted over a week ago and it feels very strange to not be posting content 3-4 times a week as I try to do. I’ve taken a little break and also had to slow down as I am now a full time worker! I’ve landed an amazing job as a photographer in Manchester working in studio where we take fun family portraits, glamorous makeovers and tasteful boudoir photos of a variety of people. I’ve decided not to include the name of my work place in this blog post but if you’re interested or maybe even fancy booking a photo shoot with me drop me an email and I’ll give you more details.

It’s really rewarding to be doing a ‘proper’ photography job now - something I was crossing my fingers for at the end of my degree has come a year early. I will be returning to Uni to finish my last year in September but hopefully I’ll be able to stay on part time all going well.

This of course means my regular blog posting will suffer and I won’t have the time to post quite as frequently but This Fashion is Mine will continue even if it means giving you guys less to read overall. Content will stay the same and I aim to still produce quality blog posts on interesting fashion-related topics. I also have a fun festival-fashion themed DIY post in the pipelines. I hope you guys will stick with me during this slow period and understand I never have been a full time blogger but now even less so!

In other news I’ve been watching little Malley grow up fast - he’s now 12 weeks old and still very much a kitten but growing every day. Lots of friends and my boyfriend have been turning 21 so I’ve been enjoying the celebrations including a sunny trip to York (see instagram) and going to see Hangover Part 3 at a drive-in movie theater. Pop back tomorrow to see more of these pictures as I’ve got an outfit post planned!

I wore this outfit the other night for a casual meal and drinks out. These lilac washed jeans are from the River Island sale months back - I stored them away to pull out in the summer. Other new items include this choker style gold necklace and these gold rings. I’ve got a blog post coming up soon dedicated to these Sam Ubhi rings as they are my new faves and great for layering with other jewellery. 
This is one of my new Essie polishes, you can read the blog post about my collection here. I love how bright this colour is and it looks great against a black outfit. I also have it on my toes!