Trend Alert: Stars

Stars are everywhere! They are scattered across the high street from accessories to clothing, and they are this months top trend!

I have scoured the online giants to find you the best items that will make you star-crazy!


Black star print lace up back skater dressMissguided – £35

A very detailed high neck skater dress, in a beautiful black and metallic star print, with a  lace up back, this is the perfect dress for that awkward smart-casual dress code. Team with a pair of chunky ankle boots, or go bare legged and add a strappy stiletto for that glam nighttime look.


Pieces Star Layered NecklaceAsos – £16

Beautiful and delicate, this layered necklace is a simple nod towards the current star trend. Wear with an open shirt, or on top of a high neck top or dress.

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Brooke Star Wrap Tea Dress – Boohoo – £18

Combining the old faithful wrap dress with a bold colour and star print, this gorgeous red dress is a killer daytime outfit. Perfect with a pair of tights and boots for winter, or choose the nude – perfect for the long summer nights – or black or navy for a nighttime outfit. And a bargain price too!


MOM Silver Star JeanMiss Selfridge – £14 (sale was £42)

Last seasons favourite jean has been gently revamped with star embellishments. There’s even the choice of black! Team with a cute crop and heels for an instant evening look, or t-shirt and trainers for running around town! A simple, but effective addition to this staple jean, they are a steal at £14 in the sale! Whilst stocks and sizes last of course.


Sunny Kiss Oversized Tee in Black CosmosMotel – £30

Motel doing what they do best, providing us season after season with cosmic prints. This bold, oversized t-shirt is super hot. A great slouchy boyfriend fit, tuck one side into a pair of jeans or add a belt and tights and you’re all set.


Whats Your Star Sign Maxi DressNasty Gal – £40

Sheer chiffon, featuring a v-neckline this maxi silhouette star print dress is great when you’re having dilemmas on what to wear! Perhaps a little pricey, it makes a great wardrobe staple and an easy way to add the bold star print into your life. Add tights and thigh high boots for winter, or gladiator sandals for summer.

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Star Stone Stud EarringsTopshop – £8.50

These adorable earrings in rose gold and iridescent stones are super cute wearing together or separately.

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Black star makeup bagPrettylittlething – £8

Perfect for you or for a friend, this trendy makeup bag is great for storing all your precious makeup goodies.

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Top Tunes of the Week!

This week we’re celebrating two new British rappers making successful waves in 2018 already, and the return of a the trio-dream-team sisters Haim, with their latest single from album number 2. Incredible tunes to get that blue January feeling gone.

Avelino – 1 In a Million

Achi Avelino, better known by his stage name Avelino, is an English/Congolese rapper from Tottenham, known for his “unique tone” and “deep wordplay.”

Last year, he released what he calls a “fluid playlist” promising to “grow, mature and change shape over time, bucking the penitentiary of the traditional album format.” The playlist features all originals, blending elements of R&B, acrobat, jazz and more for a truly wild and electric listen.

The 24-year-old is fast becoming “one of the country’s best spitters,” especially with his first single, from this said playlist, ‘1 in a million,’ a bouncy dancehall-meets-rap banger. Take a look at the video here to see Avelino in some colourful, psychedelic settings.

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HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong

With their very first album, 2013’s Days Are Gone, LA’s Haim are back with their long-awaited second album, and have stuck to the sweet spot.

Speaking to Pitchfork, Danielle explains how “this song started out with a guitar lick and a narrative dealing with coming back from tour and realising something’s changed in a relationship: You’re sleeping back-to-back, maybe you don’t want to admit to yourself that something’s wrong.”

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Ramz – Barking

Recently peaking at number four, on the Official UK Singles Chart, Ramone Rochester, professionally known as Ramz, beat big name pop artists Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez, with is latest single “Barking”.

The video (now sitting at over 15 million views) was initially released in September, but officially came out at the beginning of December last year. With a repetitive hook and simple lyrics, this song is catchy as hell.

Ramz is another English rapper and songwriter to watch out for this year.

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How to get glowing skin this winter!

Dull, tired skin? Do you feel like your face is weathered by the cold winter? Get brighter skin this winter and add vitamin c into your skincare routine! 

Vitamin C is packed full of goodness! Known for not only brightening your skin, it helps you look and feel energised, prevents signs of ageing, firms and tightens your skin as well as bringing a beautiful scent.

Here are my top picks of beauty products to add into your daily skin care routine to ensure that you radiate a beautiful summers glow.


Vitamin C Microdermabrasion – The Body Shop – £18

Rated 4.6/5 stars, this exfoliator is a firm favourite with the public from The Body Shop.

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How to use: Splash your face with water and apply a small amount onto the tips of your fingers. Starting from your nose, work outwards, in light small circular motions. If you suffer from deep pores or blackheads, focus on these areas for a few minutes. Using a warm flannel, wash off the product gently.

By removing dead skins cells, this exfoliator can be used as part of your daily routine, or once between 1-2 weeks if you have sensitive skin.

Note: The Body Shop currently have 30% off many sale items and free delivery on orders over £20.


Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Mud Mask – Feelunique.com – £2.99

Made with grapefruit, vitamin C and pink kaolin clay, this face mask from Feel Unique will enhance your glow whilst minimizing pores and shine.

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How to use: Apply a generous amount to clean skin (great to use once you’ve exfoliated) and let it works its brightening magic for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with water or use a warm flannel gently.

Top Tip! Get yourself a clean foundation brush and use that to apply the product.

Note: This face mask has enough inside for you to use twice and can be bought in several supermarkets!


Vitamin C Overnight Miracle Mask – Quick Fix Facials – £4.99

Packed with vitamin C and liquorice – both known to help enhance skin radiance and glow, along with shea to help deliver intense hydration, this face mask available from Quick Fix Facials also contains papaya, to give a beautiful aroma.

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How to use: Recommended to use twice a week, gently massage a thick later onto a clean face and neck at bedtime and allow to absorb. Blot off any excess product and go to bed! In the morning, rinse your face as part of your morning routine.


Vitamin C Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser – Super Facialist – £16.99

Transform the appearance of your skin texture and replump fine lines and wrinkles with this light, silky smooth cream boosted with Vitamin C to hydrate, protect and smooth older skin whilst providing a natural glow.
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How to use: Apply liberally to cleansed face, neck and décolleté every morning. Aim for small circular motions to increase blood flow to the surface and gently massage in. For best results, Super Facialist recommends using daily for a minimum of 3 weeks.

Vitamin C Serum – Amour Noir – £15

This unique serum brings a radio glow and smooth texture to your skin. With an anti-ageing pro collagen formula, appearance of dark curls and eye bags fade, along with improving overall skin complexion.
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How to use: After cleansing and drying your skin, use your finger tips to apply a small amount on face and neck. Amour Noir suggest using twice daily morning and evening for maximum benefits and advocates the serum as a great primer for makeup.
Note: Amour Noir have a 10% off offer to new customers and free shipping on orders over £50!

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Top Tunes of the Week!

We’re back! With another week of the newest music and even a preview for you to get excited about!

PREVIEW: Arlissa, Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie

Jonas Blue is kicking off the new year with a brand new banger. The mega-producer has teamed up with rising star Arlissa for his next major hit, ‘Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie‘. With her incredible vocals, the heartbreak track captures the end of a relationship that has simply ran its course.

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Justin Timberlake – Filthy

He’s back – Justin Timberlake – the only person who is repeatedly successful in both the music and acting industry. It has been four years since “The 20/20 Experience, so when it was announced, back in October, that Timberlake would be performing at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, new music suddenly seemed imminent.

Filthy,” the album’s first single, co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja, has a reverberating bass line, synthetic chords and repeats ‘Put your filthy hands all over me,’ time and time again. I can’t say it’s an absolute banger, it’s in middle territory for myself, perhaps it will grow on me. Right now, I’m undecided.

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Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars

Last week it was announced that Kendrick Lamar joined forces with Entertainment giant Top Dawg to produce the soundtrack for Marvel Studio’s forming Black Panther movie. It was unveiled that ‘All the Stars’ would feature SZA in a joint effort for the first single from the project.

Criticised as “generic, so nondescript [and] devoid of personality or any true vision” I must say I have to agree. It isn’t a memorable song, and the incessant beeping starts to get annoying after a while. Kendrick raps well enough, and SZA delivers a big hopeful anthem hook, but it doesn’t lead to a climax. I expect better from these two artists if i’m honest.

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 Charlie Puth feat. Boyz II Men – If You Leave Me Now

After spending last year condemning an ex for “How Long” she was just wanting his “Attention,” Charlie Puth is kicking off 2018 with the ultimate heartbreak ballad – and he’s even enlisted ’90s Boyz II Men to help him sing it.

Unlike any sound he has produced and released before, the a cappella song contains lyrics about another strained relationship. The track is surprisingly mature, and it shows some serious growth on Puth’s part. But I can’t help feel this would have been an incredible hit if he had released it before Christmas, it’s just got that festive ballad vibe. Just saying.

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Can’t say that I’m overly excited for the new music presented so far this year! Let’s hope next week impresses! 

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Colour of 2018: Ultra Violet

There is nothing better than starting of 2018 with a shade of my favourite colour being announced as Pantone’s ‘The Colour of 2018.’ 

Described as a ‘dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade’ PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, is inventive and imaginative, points us toward the future and lights the way to what is yet to come.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

On that note, I’ve scoured the internet for several products in a variety of Ultra Violet shades, to truly kick off 2018 in trend-setting style.

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Sasha Purple Slinky Halterneck Mini Bodycon Dress – £25 – Missy Empire 
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Tom Ford Lip Colour in Violet Fatale – £40 – Selfridges 

 

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EcoStardust Glitter Pot in Violet – £6 – ASOS
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Harp Patent Ankle Boots – £85 – Topshop
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Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish – £4.99 – Boots
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Dior Mono Wet & Dry Backstage Eyeshadow in Purple #167 – £24 – Escentual.com 

2017 In Review: The Lessons I’ve Learnt

I must admit, 2017 has been (excuse my french) sh*t. 2016 was undoubtedly, what felt like, ‘my year’ where good things happened and endless fortune came my way.

This year however, I have learnt a lot and lost just as much.

I feel that it’s important to look back and reflect on what has happened, for valuable experiences have been learnt.

  1. People are Temporary

I grew up only ever wanting a best friend for life, someone I could swap clothes with, do each other’s makeup, be their wing woman and hold their hair back when they were throwing up last night’s regrets. You know what I mean, an inseparable, non-blood sister.

Perhaps I was naive, head always dreaming of fictional happy endings. But I thought I had finally found that person. Yet I conclude, people are temporary. Like our own lives, we all have a time, date and place when we will depart this world, and each other’s lives for that matter. Family, friends, lovers, acquaintances, some appear as temporary figures, merely serving a purpose before departing. Others are there stuck to you like shit, and no matter what happens you just can’t get rid of them.

Losing a friend who I thought I would grow old with, felt like a breakup. It really hurt and to this day, I’m still suffering. But my focus has shifted, to those that I do have. I may not have hundreds of so called ‘friends’ that surround me, but I have an incredibly strong family unit and although my friends are not near me, I now know are the real deal.

2. Life is not a race nor a competition.

For a while I’ve heard people spouting off about how ‘everyone is their own path’ and ‘you’ll get there in your own time’. Well I can confirm, this is true.

Since graduating university, a lot has happened. I’ve been fed unicorns and glittering skies, but in reality I received mud and rain. I’ve watched my peers excel ahead of me into jobs I dream of having, whilst I have had endless knock backs and it almost feels like I am continually taking side steps.

No matter what, you’ve got to keep just doing you, keep plodding away each day, and you’ll eventually achieve the things you dream of. You’ll then look back and realised, everything really does happen for a reason.

3. Enjoy the moment.

This year has gone so incredibly fast, each day in fact quickens. Life is delicate, it’s full of precious memorable moments that need to be cherished wholly and not artificially. By this I mean, immerse yourself fully into everything you do, leave the phone behind, enjoy what you’re doing and concerning yourself with a fake reality.

You haven’t lived properly if you’ve lived it through your phone. 

As well as that, do not let your past define you. What has happened, has already happened, do not dwell on past emotions, relationships and events, your thoughts will not make a change. Remove negativity, think about now, this moment right here.


For too many, milestones have to be achieved in order to feel like you are successful. Dream job, house, car, money in the bank, fancy holidays etc. Whilst my life isn’t filled with materialism, I know I’m already successful.

A wise mother once told me, “Non Vestra Sed Vos: not what you have but you, yourself.” In other words, it’s not what you have that matters (materialism, friends, qualifications etc) it’s who you are as a person. And if you are a good wholesome person, you have already won.

I wish you all a very happy New Year. Watch this space, big things are going to happen in 2018. See you on the other side. x

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10 Top Christmas Songs of All Time

Christmas is just around the corner, literally, in every shop window, in the faces of the strangers you share the bus ride home with. Lights are twinkling in the evenings darkness and you make your way, headphones in and the ultimate Christmas songs playing.

Here are my ultimate songs that sum up the festive season entirely.

‘Last Christmas’ – Wham!

News to both you and I, this incredible golden oldie song, never made it to number 1! It was released the same year as Band Aid’s 30 ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ and of course the charity single topped the Christmas Charts.


White Christmas’ – Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby

White Christmas is a 1942 Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world’s best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 100 million copies worldwide

‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ – Perry Como, The Fontane Sisters

‘Driving Home for Christmas’ – Chris Rea

The original song peaked at #53 in the UK Single Chart in 1988, and re-entered the chart in 2007, peaking at #33. It reached a brand new peak of #23 this year!


‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ – Mariah Carey

The Queen of Christmas, singing about wanting nothing other than her man, whilst the music video shows her cavorting with Santa Claus.

‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ – Andy Williams

A traditional song, that reminds people about spending quality time amongst family and friends.

‘Mistletoe’ – Justin Bieber

Perhaps the most modern song on this list, but an absolute banger from teenage pop-sensation Justin Bieber, it now remains a firm favourite when getting in the festive mood.

 


‘Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ – Band Aid 30

Originally sung to raise money for the UN to prevent the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa, the chilling lyrics to this charity single, was sung and recorded by some of the Best-selling British and Irish artists.

‘Wonderful Christmastime’ – Paul McCartney

Dubbed ‘the coolest song’ by the Metro.co.uk, with its ‘bomb-ass synth sound’ and the incredible Sir Paul playing all the instruments on the track, it’s a popular hit this time of year!

 

 

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