Weekend Sunshine

I spent last weekend up North-er visiting the Boyfriend and seeing some of his family. The weather was actually brilliant and we ended up spending a lot of time outdoors, resulting in some not so brilliant sunburn. It was well worth it though, not to mention the big Primark I got to visit - and just after payday too so obviously I had to pick up a few bits and pieces for the sunny weather (and Boyfriend's cute sunnies as well! I'll make him fashionable one day...)





Homeware Sweet Homeware

If you know me by now you'll know I've got a little bit of a thing for homeware. Okay, maybe more of a little bit. IKEA is like my dream day out and I could spend hours looking at pretty kitchen bits and cushions, maybe even more time than clothes? (that may be a tie...). From my past posts about my own living space you'll notice that whilst I do like some neutral pieces I'm really all about the colour. Turquoises, Cyans, Limes, Mints, Yellows... I'm in love with a lot of shades and that tends to come across in my choices. Here are the current bits and pieces I'm lusting after to add to my flat or a future house;


rug: ikea / table: urban outfitters / armchair: tesco / storage: debenhams / console: dunelm / suitcase: sass and belle



Geekery With Class*

Unless you’ve just gotten back from a holiday on the dark side of the moon, you’ll no doubt be aware that geek is chic right now. Perpetuated by a slew of comic-based blockbusters and the mainstream acceptance of video gaming, this love of all things nerdy has spilled over into fashion in recent years…

… and the good news is, it’s easy to implement a bit of geekery into your own wardrobe.

You don’t need to know the entire backstory of every Final Fantasy VII character to pull it off, and nor do you need to go into full-on cosplay mode - all it takes is to incorporate a few subtle motifs and themes into your ensemble.

Let’s start off with comics first before moving on to gaming chic.

The Superhero Look

If you’ve got gloriously long legs, you’re well suited to the superhero look; after all, many of the female superheroes of the Golden Age of comics were inspired by pin-up models of the day, which were often typified for their lengthy pins.

 

That doesn’t mean you need to bare your legs all the way up to the hips, of course. If you want to give off the impression of super powers without… well, looking a bit silly, colours are your ally.

Specifically, primary colours. Think blocking yellows and reds together, or reds and blues, and you’re already half the way there:

 

Tighter clothing is the name of the game here. Not skin-tight, but certainly well fitting, especially when it comes to the lower half of the outfit. This can be tricky to achieve if you’re tall since few outlets offer clothing that doesn’t ride up, but a few online retailers like Long Elegant Legs do tall-fit tops and inseams of 36”.

To really seal the deal, PVC boots and/or red gloves can help drive the theme home (weather depending), though you probably won’t want to go too OTT and don both of them at the same time.

If you’d like to tone down the colours and shoot for a modern-DC look rather than early-Marvel, consider taking a trip to Gotham. It might seem intuitive to wear black, but instead try faded, dark greys coupled with some choice leather items and gothic belts. If you aim for 80% urban, 15% rock, and 5% steampunk, you’ll be right as rain.

Video Gaming
 

To keep it simple, T-shirts are the order of the day here but there are a couple of things to bear in mind:

1)            Avoid over-used memes and puns. Yes, we all know the cake is a lie.

2)            Quality is everything. It can be a minefield trying to decipher all of the industry terminology surrounding printed t-shirts, but pricing alone is a pretty good guide. As a general rule of thumb, if you find a site that sells printed T-shirts for less than £10, chances are they’ll be pretty tacky (and reminiscent of those old iron-on transfers that you used to do when you were a kid). Screen printing tends to trump heat press or laser/inkjet printing – seehere for a useful thread on the differences.

Split Reason have some witty designs running from gaming to general geek chic (the image above is one of theirs), and look pretty snappy regardless of whether the person you’re talking to gets the reference. They’re US based, but ship worldwide.

 

Yeah, you’re going a little bit too far.

Don’t forget your accessories, since these can be a brilliant way of letting people know you’ve got a pixelated heart. A Pac-Man ring or pair of Tetris earrings not only looks cute, but they’re guaranteed to draw compliments from fellow gamers – even something as simple as a diamond pickaxe keyring on your purse can do the job. Your first port of call should really be Etsy for this type of thing, although it may take a lot of hunting around to find what you’re after (but isn’t that half the fun?)

We’ll close off with this gloriously geeky beauty. Behold the Contra Cardigan:

 

Sadly, nobody seems to know who made it or where to get one. If you’ve got any inkling, do drop a comment below!

Life Lately #5



one. had a beautiful blog makeover thanks to the wonderful Laura and Kit over at the one three three
two. visited IKEA with the intention of browsing and ending up buying little things (oh, and a TV unit!)
three. hitting my next weight loss goal of a 50lb loss - proud of myself
four. getting a new phone; officially a member of the iphone club now, so many cases to choose from
five. lots and lots of baking, including these red velvet cupcakes
six. playing around with hair and makeup a lot, getting used to using straighteners and wearing foundation
seven. picked up a few bits in the asos sale, including this adorable bunny ear bag
eight. taking progress pictures of the last two months; gotta be more consistent with this
nine. date night playing league of legends with the boyfriend; I'm absolutely terrible!



Daily Face

Something a little more on the beauty side for you guys today! Recently I've gotten back into enjoying wearing makeup a little more and now I tend to wear at least something on a daily basis, except for particularly lazy days. Now I'm getting a bit more experienced with what I'm putting on my face, I've developed an attachment to a few specific products that I use pretty much every day. As per usual, I'm very unadventurous so all of the items featured can be picked up in Boots.


First up is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. The shade I own is Vanille Clair (e.g. the palest) and I was recommended this by a friend with equally pale skin. I'm not 100% in love with this foundation, I don't know if it's me being crap, but it doesn't apply amazingly and can look a little patchy if you aren't careful but I'm not willing to waste £11 and not use it. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade Fair has been my number one councealer for over a year now and this tube is actually my third repurchase. It isn't all cloggy and thick like concealer can be but does cover redness and the ocassional spot which is all I really need. My Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara is another absolute favourite and it really works on my pale stubby lashes to make them visible, long and with a slight curl. I'm not super experienced with primers but Bourjois Paris Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer makes my skin feel seriously amazing even if it's not acting amazingly as it's primary purpose. It's really refreshing and makes my skin feel soft too. Finally, the Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in shade 02 is the only blusher I own so makes it on to the list; I'm not hugely keen on the way it applies or the colour but I'm completely out of my depth with blushes so I'd welcome any advice anyone could give on better brands or application techniques.