To all my darling readers, faithful subscribers and new comers: I wish you all a joyous New Year. I hope 2012 brings you happiness beyond comparison, and success from hard work. See you in the future...
It is tradition in my family that we have two Christmasses. One on the 25th at my mother's house, and the second on the 26th at my Grandfathers. Today's gifts were exceptional and much more beauty related, so they will be featured in upcoming blog posts and videos. I was lucky enough to receive Chanel No5 today, a perfume I have wanted for years. What did you get for Christmas?
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I hope you all had a fantastic day full of happiness, peace and love. I'm about to hop into my snuggly bed, courtesy of my lovely mum's gift, and wanted to share my favourite gift of this year. My wonderful boyfriend, Alex, who I mention alot, gave my the Soap & Glory suitcase! It is so brilliant, and stuffed full of awesome beauty goodies.
The case comes with full size amazing products. I used Clean on Me in my evening shower tonight, and the smell is just gorgeous. Sweet but fruity and leaves the skin feeling fresh and luxuriously soft. It also features Mist Your Madly body spray, Calm One Calm All body bubble bath, Pulp Friction body scrub, Off Your Face cleansing cloths, Face Soap and Clarity face wash, and my absolute favourite Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss.
The kit also features these three products: Hand Food, Heel Genius and The Righteous Butter. The problem is, that these have ingredients that I am allergic to including macadamia nut, shea butter and almond oil. This obviously means that I can't use these, so I am currently hunting for a plan for them. eBay vs giveaway....
With Christmas literally days away, I decided it was probably about time to get my Christmas presents for my friends and family sorted out! Alex and I took a trip to Reading, which is about halfway between Oxford and London. There is more shops avaliable and in a smaller area which means two things: everything is easier to find, but it is crazily crowded. Can I just reccomend not shopping in the week before Christmas? It is stupidly stressful. I got some lovely food stuff for my mum in Oil and Vinegar, and some cutesy gifts for my sister and sister in law. I also managed to get my Secret Santa for work sorted, finding a super cute beauty gift in the most amazing wrapping! How is your shopping going?
I also managed to get a full make over at the Benefit counter in Boots. It destressed me completely, and I was given a free sample of Porefessional, which I have wanted to try for ages. The sales assistant also let me try the They're Real mascara, which is amazing! I would ask for it as a Christmas present, but I think I will just go out and buy in the New Year's sales... apparently Debenhams is having their "biggest sale ever".
My and mum went to The Bull in Westfield White City. I had goats cheese and garlic tart + roasted potatoes and green beans. Oh, and a hefty glass of red wine. I think I have developed a love for red wine.
I mean, we've all heard of photoshopping, photo editing and airbrushing, but H&M have taken this a step further. Their upcoming lingerie campaign features completely computer generated 'perfect' female bodies. Which is fair enough... but with a real model's head superimposed on the top of this fake fake fake body. So much for embracing real women's bodies. This move simply shows that H&M embraces nothing more than perfection, which isn't real, true or even possible.
Image from the Guardian Online. Read their article here
I think this is a segment I would like to start becoming more committed to. Since I haven't been working many weekends for a while, I have been managing to explore more of London and other areas of the UK. And so, I want to post my 'weekend recommendations' or you all to explore. Do reply with your own! This weekend, I recommend three extremely lovely places. The first, St. Christophers Place just off Oxford Street. "James" French patisserie, which I feel may have changed its name recently, sells amazing desserts, salads and lunches. I went here with my Aunt on Saturday. It can be packed, but is well worth it.
The second is the beautiful, and completely original Christmas decor at Fortnum & Mason, one of my favourite haunts in the West End. The colours are beautiful, and much more fun than your average Christmas tree.
And lastly, is Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill. My wonderful friend Natalya works in this concept store, is incredibly knowledgeable about all the excellent brands and designers that the store carries. I have given you a map image form my iPhone, so check it out. Whilst you're there, also check out 202 Restaurant (another friend Lara works here), and Tom's Kitchen for beautiful salads.
Hello dear readers. Last year I wrote two posts here and here concerning student life in my first year. If you didn't know, I am a student in London studying Fashion Journalism (how appropriate), and I find some younger readers enjoy knowing what university life is really like. I am back with my first second year post, so read on enjoy and it really is a wonder to see how things change
Living in your own home is ten thousand times better than living in halls. I really love my house, and I work hard to keep it in a good condition.
Having a bedroom bigger than a cardboard is also a plus. I am lucky enough to have a large bedroom with a double bed, so when my partner visits sleeping arrangements are so much more comfortable.
You feel naturally more informed and aware of cultural references when working at university. My course is steeped in cultural references and last years knowledge is incredibly useful when writing
In second year you do real work. This sounds odd, but last term I wrote more articles than I did for my entire first year.
You are introduced to your first industry project. Be warned, I may disappear next term due to a work overload
As with having more work, so does your partner. You talk less, and see each other less. Point blank, it sucks
My major bad point this year has been living with a nightmare. I used to live with two friends. I now live with one friend and a major arsehole, who makes it her lifes mission to make my life difficult. In the words of my mother-in-law "you don't really know people until you live with them"
With having your own house, you have your own bills. You know have to pay for heating, cooking, electricity and water. This can be OK but I am dreading our winter bills.
Although I live closer to my university now, I live further away from my university friends which means seeing them is becoming less frequent
I hope you enjoyed this life round up. I am incredibly excited for the next term as we are working with a major beauty company and I go on my one month internship. Till next term.. x
I am not a huge fan of to Lita by Jeffrey Campbell. The height and the refrences to goth culture frankly put me off. But, when I saw these Lita style shoes on Dixi's Facebook, I swear I died of shoe love overdose. Shop here.
Guess what? Marni is the next designer brand to be collaborating with H&M! I am actually quite excited for this collaboration, unlike the garish and scary looks available from the Versace collection. Marni's designs are understated, elegant yet forever stylish. Although their prints are simply amazing, and from the sneak peaks appear to be a focus for the collection, I am incredibly looking forward to getting my hands on some black staples, with a designer twist. Stay tuned. Read more, and get a sneak peak here
I seem to have completely missed this launch, however I don't really follow MAC special collections. This seasons collaboration is with designer Gareth Pugh. His designs are edgy, dark and mysterious which is reflected in the collection. I am heading to Westfield tomorrow to investigate the lipsticks.
It's finals time in LCF, so posts will be a bit sparse.. sorry! Devastating news today. We found out that Brenda Polan is leaving as course director. I am so sad to see her go, but excited to have internship opportunities with her new venture (to be revealed next Autumn!).
On receiving the Designer of the Year Award at the British Fashion Awards. It's about time this incredible designer got some more recognition. The Royal Wedding dress simply doesn't compare to how beautifully she has taken the reins of Alexander McQueen, and kept the brand fresh, exciting and constantly doing the unexpected.
Happy 2nd Birthday to Fashion Foreword! On the 29th of November, 2009 I posted my first 'article' welcoming readers to my little world. Back then, the blog was alot smaller, the layout was super simple and even the domain was different.
Although this blog has had a revamp, a new address and now has a much chicer style, I have remained the same since I started. I was never out to brag, or to preach to readers, only to share ideas and be creative in as many way's as I could. I have changed from a dedicated fashion blogger, to a beauty journalist- with the occasional outfit of the day! The biggest change over these two years has, of course, been the addition of my YouTube account. This blog, and my journalism career would not be the same without it. I have been able to muster the courage to make myself a persona on the screen, that is myself but more professional. But we'll wait for the second birthday of that to chat more about my progress there.
First and foremost, I want to thank my brilliant readers who keep me going every day. Even when I didn't post for nearly 2 weeks, my first post back got comments and emails and I felt really great. I have been able to talk to some really excellent bloggers and even journalists, who have complimented my work and encouraged me to keep going. Next, I would like to thank Blogger for hosting me! This blog has managed to help me get some really incredibly job opportunities, from my experience at Woman's Own, to my continued work at Ana-rchy.com. Without this space to write, stylize and perfect my work, I wouldn't be the journalist I am today.
So thanks very very much, for everything... and here's to the next birthday.
With love, happiness and thankful feelings.... Ellie
Alex and I went to Winter Wonderland! It is so beautiful, sparkly and the lights just made it so romantic. We were planning to go on the Ferris Wheel (bottom), but I realised it goes quite fast and got all scared and chickened out! Then again, there were other more terrifiying rides available. The ice skating was so pretty, as were all the mini stores. We had belgian chocolate waffles, spiced cider and some chips! Very Christmassy. Hope your all enjoying the Christmas season.
So it's freezing, but I am absolutely sick of wearing jeans all the time. I decided to brace the cold and wear these shorts form F+F which I've had years. I teamed it with a black jumper from H&M, tights and boots also from F+F. I am back on the eyeliner, and my hair is inspired by Bella's wedding hair in Breaking Dawn.
Ok so it's time for a small admission: I am obsessed with pies. I love pies. I am the pie monster. Wanna know who ate all the pies? Yeah, that was me. So when "Bumpkin" entered my radar on a visit to Westfield Stratford I had to explore it. This 'central' London restaurant follows the concept of a country gastro-pub, hence the country "Bumpkin" name, and therefore features country style cuisine. Amazingly, I had the chicken, ham hock and leek pie, and my aunt had the fish pie. Now: good point were that the restaurant was incredibly well executed. Gastro-pubs are slowly going out of fashion for their ridiculous price tags, but Bumpkin executes the country pub feel excellently. Dressed up for Christmas in a beautiful way, with plenty of wood and comfy chairs everywhere, I felt like I was back home in my local having a spot of dinner. Bad point: service when you are there is excellent. But having to sit next to an uncleared table for over 20 minutes really does put you off your food. As a waitress, I know how restaurants work and you should clear a table as quickly as possible. At least three tables were left uncleared, and it just makes other diners feel uncomfortable. Aside from this, the restaurant was pretty faultless. Recommendation: Please please please try the carrots and parsnips in honey. Simply amazing.
This eye look is inspired from December's Glamour magazine. It keeps the make up focused on the eyes, and the rest of the face calm and neutral. The glitter eye consists of a base of dark blue, and topped with glitter eyeliner. You could use a glitter pigment and a eye glue, but as I don't own either of these I improvised. Add a ton of mascara. You could wear this look with an all black outfit during the holidays, perhaps to the party, or to New Years.
I have a make up look from French Vogue for you today. This look is inspired the 'Dame de Coeur' Kate Winslet look.
Topshop Green eyeshadow
W7 bright yellow ( Studio 51 pallette)
W7 Sparkle Eyeliner in Green
Bourjouis Contour Clubbing eyeliner in Bleu Neon
17 Eyeliner in Blavk
Clinique High Impact mascara in Black
MAC Prolongwear Lipcolour in Durashell
... is sadly not for me. I received this sample in my copy of Glamour magazine this month, and thank the lord for that. I was really considering purchasing the full size product for £11, but I am so glad I didn't. Let's start with the positives. The application is lovely. I used my fingers, and it was similar to working in a moisturiser. I really felt that this was going to work for me, despite having oily skin. However, as I worked the product in to the skin, I felt it tingling and stinging in my acne prone areas. Next, the colour is way to orange! I am really shocked at how orange based, and dark the BB cream is, considering that BB products developed in the Far East where the skin is notoriously light. This cream reminded me of Pro Lumier by Chanel in terms of the orange undertone of the colour. I have compared the colour to my Estee Lauder Double Wear in Creamy Ivory, which is the foundation I use everyday. Although when you initially pump the products on to the hand, as you can see when you blend them in the orange pigment really comes through with the BB cream. Lastly, as I understand it, this product is comparable to a tinted moisuriser with a little extra coverage. Taking this into account, I must say that the product does cover my uneven skin tone well, but does nothing to cover my spots. So overall I give this product a 2/5, as although it isn't for me, I can really see some benefits for other women.