Black Cherry Lips – By Revlon

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Hey There,

For agessss now I have been lusting over dark lipsticks, you know the purples and plums, that seem to be coated on everyone’s lips. I have umm’ed and arr’ed for too long, picking up MACs Rebel, and putting it back down too many times.

I had seen a friend over new years, wearing a gorgeous dark lippy, but it wasn’t until the other week, that I marched her to boots, and got her to pick out the exact shade for me… The lipstick in question being Black Cherry by Revlon. I was feeling brave that day, and thought if I didn’t buy it then, I would never get one. For a while I had been thinking ‘it would never suit me’, and I would need to slap the fake tan on, (Everything looks better on tanned skin), but much to my surprise, the colour suited my  natural skin tone and colouring.

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Being a girl who normally sticks to pinks and corals, you can imagine this is quite a daring colour for me. So although I am IN LOVE with this colour, it is not going to cut it as my go to lippy, (Just yet)! Having said that, I get very excited about wearing it for a night out, and sometimes I just wear it around the house, (Why not hey).

Being such a dark colour, it does need to be reapplied regularly, although its wearability is surprisingly good. It applies well, and has a lovely silky, cream texture to it. At the moment I wear it on its own, (No gloss for once) but I would advise using a lip liner, (I will definitely be picking one up), just to avoid smudging and to get a better finish to the lip line.

WHAT IS YOUR DARKEST LIP COLOUR?

Hope you all enjoy the bank holiday Easter weekend. Happy Friday!

Lots of Love,

KBxx

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Pastels – Spring Trends

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Pink Lace Cami – Fashionunion

Blue/Black Jeans – Leigh Jeans by Topshop

Trainers – Converse

Necklace – 6pm.com

Nail Polish – Lilacism by Essie

Bag – Marks and Spencers

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Embellished Skirt – Forever New Helena

White Chiffon Blouse – H&M

Mint Clutch – Ted Baker

White Double Ankle Strap Peep Toe Heels – Newlook

Gold Nail Varnish – Versailles NARS

Hey there,

Right now I am obsessing with all things pastel coloured, (But isn’t everyone?). I am talking nails, all the way through to outfit accessories. It seems that the pastel trend is making a comeback from 2013, and of course I want something in every colour. For me, these colours are the perfect pick me up, girly, Spring statement, (I say good riddance to winter wardrobes).

Look 1…

If you’re not one for being head to toe in girly attire, then here’s how to stay on trend, both casually but with a splash of pastel. Sometimes you can’t beat the skinny jeans and cami duo, (It never fails) this relaxed but on trend look, is ideal for the day time. Teamed with some converses, spring inspired nails, handbags and gold necklaces, (Not forgetting the bling).

Look 2…

If getting glammed up is more your thing, then here is my ‘lunch date’ to evening option. I am absolutely crushing over this gorgeous mint embellished skirt. Keeping this as the main attraction, teamed with a classic white chiffon shirt, and strappy sandals, finished off by some gold studs, matching nails and a stunning mint green clutch, (Definitely a head turning outfit).

WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE PASTEL SHADE THIS SPRING?

Lots of Love,

KBxx

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WFW2014

Winchester Fashion Week 2014 – Part 1

Hey There,

So last weekend I went to Winchesters Fashion Week, where some beautiful models, showcased the wardrobes, hitting the designers, the boutiques and the high street retailers of Winchester this Spring Summer.

If you have ever been to Winchester, (And I am allowed to say this), then you will know what I mean, when I say… It was very Winchester. The style and trends on the catwalk were very traditional, smart, and elegant. Being only in my twenties, there were only one or two retailers which I saw ‘MUST HAVE’ pieces from, but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t loving the classic or vintage looks in the show.

We were greeted with a free glass of wine, (Always a good start), with a bar open for constant refreshments, (Or should I say wine top ups), there were shop stalls set up, (So you could have a nose around before the catwalk) there were nibbles, wine tasting, chocolate trying, and general chit chat.

The show started at 7pm, and was broken up in to two halves.

To start with, (And in picture order) we had clothes from Joules, Phase Eight, Beales, Stardust Years, TAG, Cath Kidson, Laura Ashley, Justice, LK Bennett, CMe Essentials and Boudoir Blush.

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There is definitely a nautical theme going on here, and it looks great teamed up with a pop of bright colour, those girls floral trousers are very cute, (I wonder if they do them in adult sizes).

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A preppy style here with the use of smart shirts, and blazers, with some lovely spring colours trending through the outfits. The dresses at Phase Eight are gorgeous, this Azalea one (Above) being perfect for spring/summer weddings.

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Now I am absolutely loving the tailored fit trousers at the moment, (Even though my thighs aren’t), these floral ones are ideal and very on style. Beales are catwalking a rather, formal, business attire here.

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A shop I haven’t come across in Winchester before, ‘Stardust Years’, but absolutely loving their Vintage style, (Although it wouldn’t go in my personal day to day wardrobe), my favourite piece from their walk, is the cream dress/cloak, I think it was the long train behind it which I won me over.

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I was really looking forward to seeing what TAG had to offer, it is a fairly new shop to Winchester, but perfect for the younger/student population of Winchester. Their prints are very out there and exactly on trend (Which I love), and just look at that dress, (My absolute favourite piece from the show), I know the model wearing it could probably make anything look good though.

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Now this may be a stupid comment… But I didn’t even know Cath Kidston did clothes? I thought she was a bag, tea cup, print kinda lady. I think a Cath Kidston print is a classic, and can be spotted almost straight away, those floral trousers are great.

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And Laura Ashley? Doesn’t she just do furniture?… Am I the only one, or am I just less clued up on fashion than I thought?…

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To show off the Jewellery by Justice, the models wore all black. I do want to know where that black tshirt dress is from though.

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I am a huge fan of the leather look at the moment, so its good to see LK Bennett pulling out the stops with these beauts. The pop of yellow is perfect for bringing the look into spring. I also have a thing for white dresses at the moment, and how cute does this dress look teamed with a pink waist belt, and heels, (Ideal for those spring/summer formal occasions).

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Here we have CMe Essentials, who are definitely focusing on the bold print trouser trend this spring summer.

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To finish the first half of WFW2014, the models showed of their great bodies, in some stunning lingerie from Boudoir Blush, (A shop I often go in to and walk straight out of as I can’t afford the prices…. But I am just out of uni – More or less). Anyone else who earns a decent wage, needs to visit this shop, the pieces are gorgeous.

I apologise for some of the quality of the pictures, of course my camera had to run out of battery, and my only back up was my phone.

I hope you have enjoyed my first update on WFW2014. I will be posting the second half of WFW2014 on the blog soon.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOOK FROM THE SHOW?

Lots of Love,

KBxx

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Manicure Monday #13

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Hey there,

Happy Monday to you all. I think it is safe to say, we are all feeling extra good today as the sun is shining! The sun literally makes me so happy.

Today’s nails aren’t the most spring inspired, but I just love them. I’m wearing O.P.I’s Lincoln Park after Midnight, finished with two glittery nails. If your a regular reader, or follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I am slightly obsessed with having one or two different nails. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just a bit bored of ‘one colour’ nails.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY MANICURE MONDAY NAILS?

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING ON YOUR NAILS TODAY?

Lots of love,
KBxx

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30 Day Squat Challenge – Final Update

Hey there,

My regular readers will know that in March, (Well my first attempt was February, actually), I decided to take up the Squat challenge, in hope for a bigger and better booty… OK! So I didn’t expect it to turn into Kim K’s booty over night, (Or even in the 30 days), but I was hoping to see some improvement.

I think my ‘flat bum’ runs in the family, it is rather wide, (But that is because – at the moment – I am wide in general), I would like my bum to be more round, (You know like the perfect bum photos you see… Everywhere), don’t all us girls want that?

Having seen A LOT of squat pictures, with quotes and those girls with the ‘perfect’ bum, and genuinely enjoying the squat exercise, I thought I would give the 30 day challenge a try.

Overall, I had fun doing and completing the squat challenge, (And a challenge it was), it wasnt the movement or the quantity I found hard, it was remembering to do it, and spacing them out enough through the day… Many a time, I had to jump out of bed and do over 50 squats, that I had forgotten to do. It wasn’t exactly something I was happy to get out of bed for.

But has it worked?… Well, I can actually feel more of a difference in my bum and legs, but I can’t see it, (If that even makes sense), like I don’t think its noticeable. I definitely want to incorporate more squats in to my gym routine, and of course I think it will have more of an effect with added weight, I think it’s a great way to introduce a core exercise in to your daily life.

My boyfriend (Who is a PT, and competitive power lifter), has told me that I need to introduce other exercises to work my bum, this includes lunges, and glute bridges. Squats mainly work the glutes (Bum), quads and hamstrings, but in order to work out the glutes efficiently, glute bridges and lunges should be done in addition to squats, to see a more noticeable change. If done first, glute activation will be better in the squat, (As told by my PT boyfriend, BHStrentgh&Nutrition).

My next fitness plan of action is to follow my new programme from BHstrength&Nutrition, this time actually taking before and after photos to compare. I would like to attempt another 30 day challenge. I’m tempted to do the Abs one, but I hate doing abs, it just hurts sooo much, (And I can’t laugh or sneeze the next day), Any you would recommend?

HAVE YOU DONE THE 30 DAY SQUAT CHALLENGE?

WHAT FITNESS CHALLENGE HAVE YOU DONE?

Lots of love,
KBxx