Friday, 7 November 2014

My Autumn Style: Skinny Jeans

I'm continuing my new blog series showing 'My Autumn Style' with a post about one of the hardest working pieces in your autumn wardrobe; skinny jeans. There's nothing that won't go with skinny jeans and they're super flattering on almost every shape and size. The secret to wearing skinny jeans is finding the perfect pair for you. Then buy at least 15 pairs in case they're discontinued. No joke.

Finding your perfect pair of jeans is like winning the style jackpot, it doesn't always happen and once you've found them you won't even want to try any other brands or styles. My favourite skinny jeans are from Dorothy Perkins. I've had loads of pairs of the ultra stretch skinny jeans, in every colour, and I love them all. They have loads of stretch for the perfect fit, they're slightly high waisted, they're lovely and long, and they hold their shape, wash after wash.

People always ask me where my jeans are from when I wear these indigo jeans, as the faded sections are so flattering. Now I've let you in on my denim secret, will you try these jeans?

Read my first 'My Autumn Style' post all about wax jackets here.

What are your autumn essentials?


By Carina Sullivan

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Wednesday Wishlist: Penny Loafers

It's Wednesday and that means one thing - Wednesday Wishlist. Top of my shopping wishlist this week are penny loafers. This design classic will always be in style, so spend a little more and really invest in a pair that you can wear for the next 15 years. They're the perfect shoe for the transitional season and are a really smart alternative to heels.

The home of the quintessential penny loafer has to be Russell & Bromley. No one can top them when it comes to subtle updates on the classic loafer or quality and fit. Your new loafers will be stiff and may hurt for the first few wears, but after that they'll mould to your feet perfectly and feel as if they were made just for you.

Here are some of my favourite styles from Russell & Bromley penny loafers.

Want some more edgy, trend led loafers? Then try Topshop or ASOS.


By Carina Sullivan

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween make up ideas: Zombie-Vampire Snow White

It's about to get spooky! Halloween is this weekend and if you're still panicking about your costume or how to do your make for that Halloween party, I'm here to help. One of my all-time favourite Halloween costumes that I've worn was my adaptation of a Zombie-Vampire Snow White a few years ago.

Halloween is one of my favourite excuses to wear fancy dress, because I get to play on my natural paleness and it's the perfect excuse to contour like you've never contoured before! Go for that lovely Zombie look with chiselled cheekbones to envy Kate Moss and layer on the eye make up for dramatic, scene-stealing eyes. Fake blood optional, but strongly recommended!

You don't have to be a make up wizard to do spooky Halloween make up and here are some of my top tips and ideas.

Halloween Zombie Vampire Make Up Guide

  1. Invest in some face paint. This is the easiest way to create a blank canvas and give you that dull skin look. The key colours you want are white, grey and black. You can order face paint online or even find it a the supermarket!
  2. Skip the moisturiser. You want a matte surface to put on the face paint.
  3. Take a small sponge or a foundation brush and dip it in water, then work this into the white face paint. Apply this all over your face as you would foundation and let it dry. A dab of loose face powder will make this last all night.
  4. Take the grey face paint and a small brush or sponge and start contouring! Apply to the hollows of your cheek, either side of your nose, along your hairline and jaw. Then take it all around your eye socket. Unlike normal contouring, you're trying to make yourself look tired and haggard!
  5. Take the black face paint or a black eye shadow and draw a line under your check bones and around your lash line. This is where the blending starts! Take your foundation brush or sponge and gently blend the black line to create a hollowed out look.
  6. A bold red lipstick will add to the vampire look and really pop against your white face paint. I love Mac's Ruby Woo lipstick for this look.
  7. Finish your strong eye look with loads of mascara or go all out and add some doll-like fake lashes. Go for the false lash look with Benefit's They're Real! Mascara.
  8. The fake blood is really realistic now and nothing says Vampire like some blood dripping from your lips. And you're done!

What's your favourite Halloween make up look?


By Carina Sullivan

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

How To Lose Weight: The 7 Easy Ways I Lost 30lbs

This is an odd post to write, as it feels like I lost 30lbs accidentally. That's not to say I haven't worked bloody hard to lose the weight, it's just that I never set out to lose that much weight, or any weight really. But I have seen real results in just three months and as other people start to notice my weight loss I'm getting endless questions - How can I lose weight? What diet are you on? - I figured it was much easier to just write a blog post about how to lose weight and how I lost over 30lbs.

This healthy makeover started in the oh-so-stereotypical way of me wanting to look and feel my best for my wedding in May next year, but was also for my health and most importantly, for me. I've always had a very hourglass figure and it's ranged from a size 10/12 to a 16/18 since I was 14 years old to now (I'm 28 now, you nosy beggar). I'm not really one of those girls who's had an issue with her size, I have my wobbles, but I was generally happy with what I had and I always knew what worked for my body shape and what didn't. I'm also lucky to be 5ft10", which as everyone likes to tell me "you can carry off being size 16 because you're so tall".

I've tried healthy eating and diets now and then, but never really seen results. So when I was asked to review some detox shakes from Almased I thought why the hell not! I've never tried shakes before, but people's reviews were really good so I thought I'd give it a go. I lost 8lbs in two weeks and it really spurred me on to keep going. You can read my tried and tested review of Almased here.

So how did I lose the other 22lbs I hear you cry! Well I'll tell you. This isn't about before and after pictures, this is about changing your lifestyle and your relationship with food. Here are my seven easy ways to lose weight, from what keeps you motivated to diet ideas and what exercise will work for you.

I'd love to hear all about your weight loss experiences and if you try my guide above. As for me, I'm still going and want to lose another 15-20lbs. This should get me down to a size 12 which is where I feel my best. I'll update you all soon. Any diet questions? Just leave a comment on this post.


By Carina Sullivan