Friday, 23 January 2015

Three Ways to Style Printed Trousers

I own a couple of pairs of printed trousers and I don't know if it's just me, but I find them really difficult to style! Is a plain top too safe? Is a matching top too in your face? Do I just cover up with a coat? Well I often tend to go for the safe option, but recently I bought these trousers and I've decided to experiment with them! I really like the print on these, they feature little repeated moths all over the trouser, using a half drop technique. I bought these because my current theme in textiles is insects and...well.. any excuse to buy new clothes right?

Outfit 1
Black Lace top|Primark, Black Stretch Tee|Primark, Necklace|Boyfriend bought it for me sawwwy!

If you want everybody's attention to be on your swish trousers then it's best to go with a plain top. However theres no need to be completely plain. Here I styled the trousers with a lacey top, this is purely for a bit of cover over a stretchy top. It is not only subtle but adds great texture and detail to the outfit. I like the contrast in the print as the lace is quite floral, it sort of goes together in a matchy non-matchy kinda way!

Outfit 2
Grey Lightweight Jumper|H&M, Blue Basic Tee|H&MNecklace|Boyfriend bought it for me sawwwy!

This is a good option if you feel nervous about matching colours or prints etc. This plain grey jumper is light weight and so I also have a basic top underneath, I've used subtle colours again and I feel this combination really ties the outfit together. Having these throw on jumpers become really handy if you want to break up extravagant prints and also if you just need some extra warmth!

Outfit 3
Insect Shirt|H&M, Black Stretch Vest|H&M

Ok, so this option may not be for everyone.. in fact I don't even know if it's for me. But at the same time, I rather like this wacky and eccentric look because that explains me! I bought this top a while back for the same reasons as the trousers and at the time, the trousers were't available. The outfit only crossed my mind when I was browsing through the H&M website and I saw these two paired together. I actually really like the matching look, particularly because the shirt is cream meaning theres a breakage in colour and the print is bolder. I'm not 100% sure though, I'm worried that it looks like I'm wearing pyjamas!

Let me know what option you like to choose when wearing printed trousers! Are you a matcher or do you prefer plain and simple? 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Face of the Day... January

It's January and it's blooming cold! I decided to sit outside and show you my make up today. 

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation (N°52 Vanille/Vanilla) 
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (Warm Medium 3)
Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer (Classic Beige)
Topshop Cream Blush (Morning Dew)
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (005 Silky Beige) 
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlighter

Mac Pro Longwear Paint pot (Painterly)
Maybelline Falsies Volum' Express Mascara
L'oréal Paris False Lash Telescopic Mascara
N°7 Amazing Eyes Pencil (05 Black)
Soap and Glory Arch de Triumph Eyebrow shaper/highlighter

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick (01)

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

How I Clean my Makeup Brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes with baby shampoo

Hello everyone! 
Today I thought that I would banish the myth which is believing you need to spend £20+ on a make up brush shampoo. This is a common misconception, however I only spend £1 on mine and it's nothing fancy...just Baby Shampoo! A couple of years ago I suffered a really bad allergic reaction which covered my whole face. Neither the doctors or I could pin it down to anything but I realised that I was never careful with my make up brushes and honestly, I never even thought about cleaning them! Baby shampoo is extremely safe to use due to the simple formula made for sensitive skin, in fact I often use it in my own hair for a detox from chemicals in my regular hair routine.

Step 1: Prepare your brushes
Lay out all of your brushes ready for the cleaning sesh to begin! Even if there are brushes which haven't been used or aren't visibly dirty, I would recommend cleaning them anyway just to remove any dust or bacteria. Using a water spray, dampen the brushes.

Step 2: Pump and swirl

Wet your hands and roughly pump a pea size amount(depends on the brush size) of shampoo into your palms. With your brush, work up a lather by constantly swirling and occasionally wetting the brush.

Step 3: Rinse and squeeze

With running water, rinse off the shampoo and squeeze out any excess.

Step 4: Repeat 

This is an optional step. If you don't feel satisfied with your brushes, you're a bit ocd OR you just really like the feeling of the swirling on your hands then lather them up with the soap again!

Step 5: Smile

Just look how shiny and clean it is and it only costed a pound! Please tell me if that isn't satisfying!? 

Step 6: Leave to dry

All that is left to do now is just wait. It is important to shape the bristles to ensure they return back to the original state. For me, I tend to do this process on a Sunday evening and leave them to dry overnight ready for the morning!

I hope you enjoy the feeling of your clean soft brushes on your face :)

Friday, 9 January 2015

My Favourite Books

I used to be such a keen reader when I was younger, but for some reason I dropped this hobby and I'd probably say that I haven't read a book in years. However these are the types of books that I love, project books. Ones you can scribble in and absolutely demolish. Everybody,  stop and put down the Wreck this Journal and pick up these beauties. 

The Art of Getting Started
This is proving to be so helpful when I'm finding myself stuck for ideas. Every page features an activity which works to get your imagination flowing. I often sit and wonder why I need to fully cover 2 pages in doodles of arrows to activate my brain but it really does work! It goes to show that doing a few random tasks can trigger your creativity, I like to do some pages when I'm procrastinating over my homework. As well as activities, this book features many inspirational quotations and passages about the authors struggle to get motivated. One key thing that he identifies, is peoples difficulties in starting something due to fears of failure or disappointment that the end result wouldn't live up to the promise of the original idea. This is exactly how I feel when I give thought to a task I need to accomplish. 

This is a book I'd recommend to anyone who struggles to get on with errands, whether you feel too lazy to get out of bed or if you need some ideas for your next masterpiece. It is worth noting that you do not need to be artistic in any way to use this book, check out the link below to 'look inside' at the pages!

Memory Stick
First of all lets all take a moment to appreciate the name of this book, well done Polly! This book is for collecting and gathering small memoirs and storing them in one place, oh look just like a memory stick! I would say the book focuses on you writing down little things about yourself which you may forget in a years or even a months time (a day in my case!). Again each page includes a different activity, one page may be 'cut and stick your favourite holiday' and the next 'draw the current floor plan of your house' , I would say it's mainly writing and some drawing more than getting messy with glue. 

I do really like this book, however I was expecting it to be a time capsule of school or family memories where the book would get you to make collages and time lines etc. But maybe that's the point of the book, we often over look little everyday things like favourite songs and funny tweets, when it's things like this that we may want to look back on when we are older! 

This book is ideal for anybody, again you don't need to be an artist you just need to be passionate about recording memories for the future, so you can look back on when you're old and grey hehe ;) Click the link below for more descriptions and reviews!


Are there any project books which you love?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A Simple Guide for Preparation

The beginning of the year indicates that new goals are in sight and our passion to achieve is higher than ever. However, with us demanding so much from ourselves, it is often easy to get buried with overwhelming thoughts. When I know that busy times are approaching fast, I like to try and get myself organised as early as possible.

 As a student, I've noticed that as soon as the Christmas holidays are over, mock exams are at our doorsteps! This is a period of time which everybody hates as nobody is prepared for these, I even believe that the teachers aren't ready for them and find it just as daunting as us. Last year, I didn't handle this period well. I got extremely stressed out and this reflected in my grades. From then on I realised what I needed to do for the summer exams, it's important to realise that it's not just the exams you need to practice but also your method of approaching them and how to prepare yourself for them. Once you have developed your own methods and techniques you will find that you can handle the situation by the summer! 

Get Organised 
My best method for organisation is using a calendar and a student diary to display the months and weeks ahead. Personally I like to use the calendar within my iPad and iPhone as these are devices which are usually on me all the time. I like to clearly display all future events in my calendar whether this is work, birthdays or exams so that I can see what time I have free to study or relax. Key educational things I like to record are my holiday periods, college trip and exams. I make sure at the beginning of the academic year that I find out all the exam dates and times, teachers think that I'm crazy and eager (definitely not the case) but I just want to ensure I'm not fumbling around for the dates last minute!
My student diary is something that I purchased from Summer 2014 and displays an academic year. I remember hating these things at school when they were essential, I couldn't wait to get rid of them at college and be free but I found out that I couldn't live without one; I am one for writing stuff down! My diary has space for each day, I write each subject of the day as a header and note if I have any homework due in. In addition, I also write the subject underneath and record any set homework (with a tick box), tests and if homework hasn't been set. It's amazing how many people ask if homework was set or do their work for the wrong day, getting a planner sure helps! 

During the exam period I also found it helpful to have a tear off week by week chart. Yep another calendar based product BUT this was used to chart my revision time and break time. Getting through this period without calendars, lists and tick boxes is just impossible for me...the satisfaction of completing a list is like no other!

When I say diet, I don't mean losing weight and getting yourself a summer bod for the holidays! Drinking and eating clean was something that really helped to regulate my stress levels as well as getting enough sleep at night. My diet involved eating a lot of fruit, particularly for breakfast where I would have a smoothie everyday. This mean't I wasn't snacking on chocolate and crisps, resulting in my energy source being entirely natural. My friends thought I was being drastic by changing my diet but I convinced myself that just by having a healthy mind, I could perform better and more spontaneously when sitting an exam. 

Every night I would allow myself to completely rest, this time I called '10 o'clock time'. I would completely unwind...stopping whatever it was I was doing, turn off all devices, get into comfy clothes, dim the lights and sit in my bed with a mug of peppermint tea and listen to peaceful music. This time is essential, no mater how much work you have to do, you must ensure that you have time to relax otherwise all the stress will build up and escape at the wrong time. 

Remember that it is ok if you are feeling a bit stressed, it shows your passion for what you are doing. Use the techniques that work for you and you will manage to pull through! I have recently read a beautifully written post by Amy (HERE) from Amy Elizabeth Fashion, please give it a read as it may help many of you who struggle with stress. I couldn't agree more with her words!

I would love to know what you do to prepare yourself for stressful periods, let me know in the comments below! :) 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Solving a Christmas Dilemma

Every Christmas, I can guarantee that one of my relatives has given me a gift voucher for either Boots or a clothing store. These things are great, it means I get the freedom to choose what I want for my present, but choosing items within the gift cards budget often proves difficult! 

Focussing on a £10 budget, I'm going to select some items under different categories that I would suggest worthwhile to buy with a Boots gift card. Of course you can spend it however you want to, you may decide to use it in addition to spend on a more expensive item however, I like to get as much as possible out of these cards. They can be a real saver when I'm running low on my essential make up items!


Rimmel: Stay Matter Pressed Powder (£3.99) CLICK TO BUY

Rimmel: Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) CLICK TO BUY
Collection: Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) CLICK TO BUY
Sleek: Makeup Blush (£4.49) CLICK TO BUY
Bourjois: Healthy Mix Foundation (£9.99) CLICK TO BUY
Rimmel: Match Perfection Foundation (£6.99) CLICK TO BUY

Rimmel: Extra Super Lash Mascara (£4.99) CLICK TO BUY
Maybelline: The Volum' Express Falsies Flared Mascara (£7.99) CLICK TO BUY
Soap and Glory: Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara Superjet Black (£10.00) CLICK TO BUY

Soap and Glory: Arch de Triumph Eyebrow Shaper & Highlighter (£9.00) CLICK TO BUY

Maybelline: Baby Lips Lip Balm (£2.99) CLICK TO BUY
Rimmel: Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick (£5.49) CLICK TO BUY

Barry M: Nail Paint (£2.99) CLICK TO BUY
No7: Stay Perfect Nail Colour (£6.00) CLICK TO BUY

I hope this post was helpful for you if any of you are stuck, or if any of you just want to make a splurge at boots ;) All of these makeup items are ones that I have been using for such a long time now and have always stuck by them. I would like some help in finding a drugstore bronzer though, I've needed one for some time but I just don't know what to purchase...

Let me know what drugstore bronzers you would recommend in the comments!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

My Favourite Moments of 2014

 Me and Chloe in London Modelling my garment Steyning ♥ Brighton Lanes ♥ New Designers ♥ Met my Boyfriend/Holiday in Bulgaria ♥ Party invites ♥ My boyfriend and I at my party ♥ Me and my best school friends ♥ Me and work pals dressed up for halloween ♥ Harrods Trip ♥ Me and Millie ♥ Ice skating with holiday friends ♥ Vesela Koleda ♥ Christmas family photo ♥ Me and my boyfriend 

2014 has now left us, meaning it's time to focus on what is ahead of us in 2015. Before I looked to the future I decided to have a little round up of all the moments I've loved using photos from my Instagram. Gathering all the images together, brought back all the great memories I've had this year. I forget sometimes that social media acts as a diary... it's sooooo much easier than trying to keep the 'girls diary' from when you were younger!

Follow my Instagram @emilywebb96 for the next year of adventures. 

Happy New Year!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Afternoon Tea

On the 24th of December, me, my boyfriend and my two sisters decided to treat our mum to a special birthday afternoon tea. Cakes were baked, sandwiches were cut, napkins were folded and champagne was poured whilst I was left in charge of table arranging. It was a complete surprise to our mum who had just arrived in from work, I think it resulted in a great success.

What do you make of our Afternoon Tea?