21 November 2016

Outfit Of The Day - SpongeBob SquarePants


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What I'm wearing - Minju Kim for H&M Coat via Depop // Topshop Pleated Trousers // Wolford Tights* // Vans Trainers //SpongeBob Bag via Depop // Swatch Watch* // Zara Scarf

So on Sunday I decided that my outfit was nice enough to merit some blog photographs, something I haven't felt comfortable doing since April. This gorgeous coat that I tracked down on Depop needed to be photographed though, so I put my blogging fears aside and stood in front of the camera again. The look I went for - SpongeBob SquarePants - yellow and black with lots of dots.

But of course it was freezing and Lyn's hands were about to drop off, so we had to be quick. I was all like "oh don't take my scarf in the pictures it doesn't go" (why don't I own a black or yellow scarf?!) But as soon as I took my scarf off -  that perfect hair I had left the house with in the morning was gone and my neck and hands were going blue with the cold. Also my body was clenching up with the cold, so cue bad posture in all the photographs. 

This is the reality of being a blogger in Glasgow during winter. We are all standing there freezing, trying to look all cool and cute, when really inside we are all thinking about a warm cafe and a lovely hot cup of tea. So the scarf.....well it stayed off for about 5 minutes and I deserve a medal for managing that long. Maybe indoor blog pictures next time. 

Oh and one last thing........ it feels good to be back!

All photographs taken by Lyn Duncan-Ward.
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11 November 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Masterclass


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"Glasgow is a makeup mecca and the women here really understand the power of makeup, so its incredibly exciting for me to launch my first House of Fraser counter and continue my makeup revolution!" - Charlotte Tilbury

I will be honest - makeup is not my strong point. I can just about do foundation, blusher and mascara with no errors, but anything more than that is a bit of a minefield for me. So when House of Fraser got in touch with me and asked if I would like to take part in a makeup masterclass with the amazing Charlotte Tilbury, as part of her launch at House Of Fraser Glasgow, I jumped at the chance. 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with Charlotte, she has worked in the makeup industry for over 20 years - working with A-list models, celebrities and designers. Charlotte's mantra for her makeup and beauty line is EASY TO CHOOSE, EASY TO USE AND IRRESISTIBLE. And it really is that easy. You can choose your make up from a collection of 10 colour coded looks which reflect the lifestyle and personality of 10 different women. These include The Rebel, The Bombshell, and the Golden Goddess. The makeup is available to buy together as a set or as individual pieces so you can mix and match the looks. I was lucky enough last month to have my makeup done by one of the Charlotte Tilbury makeup artists and was blown away by the products they used - so I couldn't wait to get a chance to have a play around with them myself.



Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

On arrival at the masterclass we were greeted with the most beautiful set up. Everyone had their own makeup station complete with mirror, brushes and Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look in a Clutch Makeup Kit. This is what we would be using to create our makeup look. Inside the clutch is Hot Lips Lipstick in Secret Salma, Legendary Lashes Mascara, Legendary Lip Liner in Bitten Kiss (exclusive to the makeup kit but is so amazing that it needs to be released on its own - the perfect natural lip colour), Legendary Eye Liner and The Legendary Muse Luxury Eye Palette. There is even a lipstick shaped USB stick with a video of Charlotte showing you how to create 'The Dreamy Look'. However on this occasion I didn't need the USB as I had Charlotte personally showing me what to do.


Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look in a Clutch

Before Charlotte arrived we prepped our skin using Charlotte's Magic Cream and then Wonderglow. After this we were matched for our choice of foundation. I went for Light Wonder in Shade 3 (I was wearing fake tan or I would have been shade 1). I previously tried the Magic Foundation and I think I prefer this over the Light Wonder foundation. Then we were all set and ready to start the class.


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Charlotte arrived and talked us through her career, makeup and beauty lines. She is so warm and chatty and spoke to everyone, answering everyone's questions as we went along. It was then down to work. Charlotte worked on her model while explaining to us what to do. 

It was such a great atmosphere with everyone chatting away and helping each other. We got to use everything included in the makeup kit along with a few other products including the Filmstar Bronze and Glow which I loved! This had been added to my list for Santa along with the foundation and powder. I have never used contour before but this is so simple to use. I may still need a little practice on using it though as I realised during the class I was contouring completely the wrong part of my nose. I really don't have a clue when it comes to makeup - thank god for Charlotte helping me out. We were also lucky to have the team from Charlotte Tilbury Glasgow helping us out with any problems during the class - special thanks to the lovely lady who helped me with my eye liner - another thing I can't seem to master.


In my opinion the highlight of The Dreamy Look kit is the gorgeous The Legendary Eyeshadow Palette. Eyeshadow is quite a new thing for me and I really can't wait to try out some new looks with this. And to make it even easier all of Charlotte's eyeshadow palettes are numbered so you know the order to apply them.



The Legandary Muse Eyeshadow Pallet

Naturally when I am involved in something like this there always has to be something of a calamity - I don't get called Calamity Jen for nothing. Half way through the class a light decided to fall over and hit me on the head. Cue a very red face from me - but no damage thankfully. Thanks to everyone, including Charlotte, who checked I was OK. She even checked with me again before I left - what a sweetheart!

After the class finished everyone spent time comparing looks and chatting about the makeup. It is amazing how the same products can look completely different on different people. Everyone looked amazing. We also had a good chance to look about the Charlotte Tilbury Gifts for Christmas which were set up around the room. I hope Santa knows I have been very good this year.  Charlotte then invited everyone up to take selfies with her before she left. I love a good selfie.



Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

I learned so much from Charlotte in this class and hopefully I can work on my makeup skills using what she taught me. We were also lucky enough to be given the Dreamy Look in a Clutch to take home with us, so I will be practising my looks using these products.

I have fallen in love with Charlotte Tilbury makeup and I can honestly say it is bloody brilliant. From the shadows to the lipsticks - everything is fabulous. And a special shout out to the lipsticks - I have the driest lips ever and the lipsticks are like a dream! I know for sure Charlotte Tilbury will be a regular feature in my makeup bag for a very long time to come. 


For anyone who wants to try out any of the products Charlotte Tilbury is now opened in House of Fraser in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Everyone can pop along for a 15 minute complimentary Quick Tricks makeover or for £35 (redeemable against products) you can have a full 60 minute Transformation Makeover  - which I highly recommend if you have a special event to attend or just fancy looking amazing.


Special thanks to Charlotte Tilbury and her team for having me along for such an amazing day and thank you to House of Fraser Glasgow for inviting me along.

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15 June 2016

Why Does She Even Have a Fashion Blog?

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Blog: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Can I technically call myself a blogger? I mean I don't blog regularly, I can't do the poses and damn it, I don't get sent free clothes to model. Or maybe that isn't what makes a blogger. Maybe what makes a blogger is that I have my own little space on the internet for me. For me to say here I am. This is me. I can write and post photographs of whatever I like.

When I was 16 years old a TV show called Sex and The City aired on channel 4 and Carrie Bradshaw was brought into my life. Carrie changed everything for me. This amazing woman who dressed completely different to everyone else. The bright colours, the vintage, the corsages, the tacky gold jewellery and the miss-matched shoes. Carrie Bradshaw gave my personal style life.  And because of her I am who I am now. I like to add a little bit of Carrie into all my outfits. I love colour. I love sequins for any occasion. I love 80's fashion. And sometimes I love just a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt. That is my personal style.

Like I said my blog was created as my little personal space on the World Wide Web. I didn't start my blog in the hope that I would become a famous blogger or to get sent free stuff. My blog was created to push me to be more creative in my style. To step away from my wardrobe basic pieces every now and then and wear all those lovely items I had been "keeping for good". I also wanted to remind people that style has no age or size restrictions - wear what you want. If I got some comments saying someone loved my shoes or top - well that was just an added bonus! Everyone loves a compliment.

But along with the compliments comes the negativity. Some people really do think their opinions on my personal style matter. And basically....... it doesn't. It is called personal style because it is personal to me. No one else needs to like it. In fact when people don't like items of clothing it makes me love it more. 

I will make mistakes with fashion; I will look back on some photographs and be like why did you wear that? But that is OK. My look is still evolving. I am still learning what suits me - even after 34 years.  And yes, I will buy an item that 1 million other people have bought and will wear at the same event as me, but I will also buy that one off vintage piece that no one else has bought because it was ugly. I will rock that ugly top and own that look.

So the next time you ask yourself why someone has a fashion blog - just remember that it is their little space online for them to do whatever they want. 
   


 
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28 April 2016

Alexa Chung - The Harry Blouse











What I'm wearing: Alexa Harry Blouse //Gap Crop Kick Jeans * //Zara Silver Boots // River Island Round Sunglasses

When I first heard about Alexa Chung teaming up with Marks and Spencer to create an Archive inspired collection I knew there would be something I would want. Turns out there were a few items I wanted, but one more than the rest. The Harry Blouse. As soon as I seen Alexa wearing it I knew I had to have it.

Of course I knew there would be a great demand for the collection and with Marks being really cagey about the launch time myself and Lyn devised a plan. Whoever got online first would order the others person's items. So the morning came, I woke up early - nothing on the web page. Looked on Twitter. Everyone talking about the items they had bought which had gone on sale on the app. Que panic mode downloading the app and ordering stuff. Feeling all chuffed I messaged Lyn - don't worry I got us the stuff before it sold out...... However, it didn't sell out and it's still for sale. M&S did the unthinkable thing and actually ordered enough stock! Which means those other pieces I didn't pick up on the day are still available and I can still buy them. Elsie Dress I am looking at you.

This shirt is actually something a bit different for me and at first I wasn't sure how to style it. I went for a more casual look with it and teamed it up with these crop kick jeans; this style of jean is everywhere this year. To be honest I haven't been into Gap for years until I went in and picked out these jeans, but I will definitely be back. The jeans are a perfect fit for me, which also means I can order online without worrying about them fitting me or not. After seeing these photographs I think next time I will style the shirt tucked into jeans or trousers.

A word of warning - you will probably need someone to help fasten and loosen the buttons on the back of the shirt for you! I may have had to go out with the buttons loose until someone could button them up for me haha!

Did you pick up any pieces from the Alexa collection? I would also love to know how you would style this shirt?
  
All photographs taken by Lyn Duncan-Ward
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21 March 2016

Outfit Of the Day - Vintage Blazer, ASOS Pink Boots and The Whitepepper Bag


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What I'm Wearing - Vintage Blazer // Zara Jeans // ASOS Pink Boots //The Whitepepper Bag // Topshop Top // Ebay Sunglasses // Primark Necklace and Rings

Sometimes it is good to try something new fashion wise. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. On this occasion it didn't work - but lesson learned. Black clothes aren't for me.

On Sunday we welcomed the first day of Spring and my first venture into black jeans. I know it sounds crazy, but I can't remember ever owning black jeans before. I picked up these Zara jeans in the new year for £9.99 and this was me just getting round to wearing them. This jean style is everywhere this year - cropped cut flare. It is a style I kinda love and kinda hate at the same time. Your jeans really need to be styled properly or it can just look like your jeans are too short for you. Personally I think they look best with a heeled boot or shoes, but I will of course try some out with my faithful trainers.

I teamed up my jeans with a basic black top from Topshop and to add a pop of colour these amazing pink boots Jimmy got me from ASOS last year (my first time wearing them, I really need to start wearing my stuff). I picked up this amazing wool vintage blazer on Ebay for £10. But hello the best part of the outfit.......how cute is my bag? This was another Jimmy gift - he is good isn't he?! This little guy never fails to make me smile. I really want the pink version too. He certainly added a little bit of fun to this outfit.

So my verdict on the black jeans..... they aren't for me. They just made me feel ......black. And hello fluff overload! Everything shows up on them! They have quickly made their way into my boring work wardrobe. Time to invest in some new blue jeans :)

I hope everyone has a lovely week and has a fantastic Easter. I am off down South for a few days' holiday. Follow me on Snapchat (Glasgowfashion) if you want to keep updated on my time away. 

I will be back next week with, fingers crossed, another outfit post.

Lots of love
All photographs taken by Lyn
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