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Ones To Watch: Rufflee SS/14 ‘Funfair’ Drops Today.

April 23, 2014

There’s something really quite special about happening upon an emerging designer – to watch their line grow and flourish from a fledgling into something majorly exciting seemingly overnight – and my latest little treasure trove comes in the guise of Rufflee. This bold new Manchester designer focuses predominantly on kaleidoscopic prints and clean cut wardrobe staples, with a twist. Recently showcased at the London Bloggers Fashion Week ’14 and Manchester Fashion Week ’14, I truly predict great things for this guy – and will definitely be snapping up a few pieces for myself from his latest collection: ‘Funfair’, which drops on April 23rd and can be found here.

Here are some of my favourite picks from the collection, taken from a recent show at Manchester Fashion Week:

Cape and Skirt Co-ord – £28 and £32 respectively

If you’re not acquainted with the terms ‘co-ord’ or ‘separates’ yet this season, I’m slightly worried for you. Once a mythical creature confined to the depths of the nineties and beyond, now a huge storm for SS/14 and found with its own category on the likes of Topshop, Missguided and ASOS, the co-ordinates are here, and they’re here to stay. Most high street labels have taken the route of matchy-matchy t-shirts and bottoms, or straight-up jackets, but Rufflee takes pride of place for being the creator of the first cape co-ord I’ve set eyes on this season. Pair with summertime bare legs (and girl, you don’t need that fake tan), white cleated platforms and fishnet socks to be horrendously on trend this season. If you don’t fancy baring your midriff, a lace camisole will do the trick.

Cotton Candy T-shirt – £36

With the pastel hues of this easy breezy t-shirt, you can insert this right into your SS/14 wardrobe – alongside jelly sandals/holographic clutches/endless cleated footwear/pastel heaven. A perfect way to get a unique print away from the samey-samey racks of high street stores – team with a clashing print for a real fashion blogger feel.

rufflee-manchester-fashion-week-rollercoaster-shirtRollercoaster T-Shirt – £36

If the onslaught of girly pinks is getting a little too much for you this season, you can always cool it down a little with this pale blue number. Throw on some ripped knee skinny jeans and some heeled ankle boots for a twist on the infamous ‘off-duty model’ look – Starbucks cup optional.

Check out the other pieces and get following on your preferred social media channels – this guy’s going to go far!

Website: Rufflee.co.uk

Twitter: TweetRufflee

Instagram: InstaRufflee

PREVIEW: Primark SS14 Collection.

February 27, 2014

Okay, hear me out on this one – as you might currently be as confused as me. I posted about Primark’s SS14 preview drop a month or so ago, but they’ve hit back with a whole host of new pieces to add to the collection. Are they all going to be coming out at the same time, or will these be out in summer itself? The answers, I do not know – but I’ll do my best to find out and follow up on this.

After sitting in a glorious patch of sunshine this morning, eating my second or third bowl of Sugar Puffs in the kitchen, I fantasised heavily about the slow but eventual onset of summer. Is it just me, or has it been winter forever now? Do sandals even exist? What IS a crop top? Ice cream? What a sick joke. I hate the cold – being ghostly pale and blessed with pathetic circulation, I can’t wait for the days where I can ceremoniously burn my winter coats and dance upon their ashes. Or at the very least, gleefully stuff them under my bed. Perfect excuse to buy a pastel pink jacket then, right?

In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in drooling over these upcoming beauties (slightly weird image when you think about it – maybe less of the communal dribbling, eh):

Prints

  • Printed Beach Fringe Kimono – £15

  • Grid and Floral Print Shirt – £12

Monochrome

  • Tailored Playsuit – £14

Pastel

  • Jade PU Fitted Skirt – £10

  • Lilac Almond Toe Court Shoe – £12

PREVIEW: Matalan SS14 Collection Picks

January 31, 2014

I’m going to start this post with: Matalan, please start stocking Size 6 (please point me in the right direction if I’m wrong, but I’ve never found any in my local stores)! Pastel is looking to be absolutely mega this season, with uber-girly malibu pinks being the apparent colour of choice. As a general fan of a currently quite ‘The Coven’-esque wardrobe, this might take some getting used to, but the promise of sun and cocktails is seeeeriously getting me hyped up. Fudge off January: nobody likes you. Here are my favourite picks for Matalan SS14:

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  • Cocoon Pink Dress – £16

Just give me a second to wipe the dribble off my lip… For £16, I will most definitely be snapping up this little beaut. The beading around the collar, at least from this picture, is delicate and tasteful, the coral colour will suit pale ladies like myself to the hills and back, and the geometric pattern is hitting the trend nail right on the head.

  • Gingham Full Skirt – £16

That panelling, guys. That panelling. Usually, if you threw the word gingham at me, it’d conjure bittersweet memories of school summer dresses – namely, playing ‘horses’ in them and managing to become the subject of most parents’ distaste as I always pulled the ties off my friends’ dresses – bit carried away. Aaaanyway, this dress knocks that literally oldskwl misconception out of the park: this skirt is sophisticated, fun and has already got me mentally running for lace white socks. I’d even consider layering this skirt over the cocoon dress – pretty sure that’d work.

  • Pink jacket – £40

Pink jackets are the shit right now, if you don’t own one: you shouldn’t even be here (I don’t have one yet either). Channel your inner Regina George, bring her into SS14 and embrace that colour palette: it’s only going to do wonders for your complexion, daaarling. There is an IT pink coat floating around right now, I was in a frenzied blogger discussion at a LUSH even about it last night – we’re thinking Coast or ZARA, but this is a bargain dupe.

  • Full Skirt – £16

It’s like the pink ladies have been teleported into the 21st Century. I’d team this with a lemon or mint green fluffy jumper and a visit to the new American diner that just opened in Lancaster: the new drink of choice is a strawberry milkshake this season, ladies.

 

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  • Printed T-Shirt – £14

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have had several metaphoric knicker-changing sessions already this pre-season, wetting yourself over the incredible amount of actually wearable co-ord sets coming out to play. For those days where milkshakes and Lana Del Rey aren’t making your heart soar, this moodier hue will definitely keep you ticking on-trend boxes. And at £30 for the set? Oh boy.

  • Printed Skirt – £12

There are no words, apart from: I now need to buy a new leather jacket.

  • Graphic High Neck Blouse – £10

Graphic monochrome will just forever remind me of Gwen Stefani circa. The Sweet Escape, which is never a bad thing. Are chunky gold chain necklaces here to stay then, too? The question on everyone’s lips: will monochrome ever die?

  • Black Cocoon Dress – £16

The darker sister to our opening dress, I’ll be channelling my inner Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy in this 60’s inspired number. Styling tip: stick to full monochrome with cobalt blue nails to be painfully on-trend.

Which pieces have got you already reaching for your debit card?

How To Survive Summer.

June 25, 2013

College/university’s out, the sun’s making an attempt at showing its face – albeit a piss poor one, and the prospect of having sweet sod all to do for months seems damn appealing. This is, until you realise that you’re no longer fourteen, your lease ends in two weeks and you’re flirting with becoming the two dread words: “homeless” and “bum”. Then Summer becomes a snarky little bitch of dread – gone are the days of wasting your mid-teens holidays getting messed up on the local park with a tactfully scavved bottle of Lambrini. Instead, my summer has thus far consisted of: countless hours spent crying in bed staring at yet another data-entry-at-minimum-wage job that I still bizarrely won’t get; trawling miles (oh, just approximately ten) through business parks in ridiculous creeper boots just because I’m going for a fashion-related interview; receiving all too many ‘sorry, can’t today – got work’ texts from my friend circle; spending almost a week in bed because – for some reason – factor 50 still isn’t enough for my glacier-white skin and I started flaking off like something off a horror film. At the moment, I’m seething in a little pit of financial and motivational despair, throwing out emails like sporadic paper aeroplanes, in the seemingly vain hope that someone will notice my potential. At present, the only person to do such was some woman from a stripper club – where I had applied for bar work in a desperate attempt at income – who, upon seeing my CV picture (FYI: don’t put a picture from a party where you’re a mass of cheekbone and red lipstick on your CV), claimed there were no bar jobs left and wanted me to come in for an “exotic dancer” interview. And such is the colour of my summer, as it stands.

The only upside to this entire sorry affair is that, after the sunburn fiasco, I have emerged facially reinvigorated from my bed of tears and dairy free mint chocolate – and 99% spot free after a short, but franticly needy relationship with a tube of aqueous cream. Perhaps Simple or Garnier will pick me up off the street for their next ad, or I’ll enter BINTM and be the founding face behind their “Joke Applications” section. I’m narked off. It’s one of those weeks: I’m looking at my blog through sceptical eyes, sneering at the poxy pageviews since I started being a perpetual sulk – I even got to the disgraceful stage of lying in bed this morning, scanning the Twitter profiles of successful bloggers/writers that I know, eyeing up tweets about their latest achievements, and having to stop scrolling as I eventually couldn’t read through the pesky tears that’d emerged. I’ll be grand in a couple of days, something will pick up and I’ll have a new lease of life – a new project to get my sorry ass set on. But I thought I’d write this post for those of you who have been, or are still in this position too. I get a little pissed off with how blindly positive the beauty/fashion blogging world can be – given we spend about 75% of our posting time yannering on about how ‘AMAZE’ the latest BB/CC/DD/ZZ cream or ZARA piece is – yeah sure, we want our posts to be as beautiful as the things we’re writing about, but sometimes it’s good to just get out the virtual face-wipes and just see a blogger behind all the ‘lol – #lookatallmyfollowers’.

So this is for us, sulky bloggers – for anyone who’s felt a bit shite recently and needs a little pick-me-up. I’m writing this for all of us, myself included, as this is going to be a little brainstorm of things that we can get working on to stop ourselves from being stuck in that aforementioned pit of despair:

  • On the Job Hunt: Explore all avenues. Apply for every little bastarding thing on Gumtree/Indeed/Reed/Job Centre – I don’t care if it takes two days (yes, it took me that long – and you wonder why unemployment is making me bitter) – you’re only going to get something if you get out there. Join a temp/recruitment agency: I’m signed onto one in Lancaster that helped me out a decent amount with admin jobs last summer, so I’ll be joining one in Manchester this time for when I move. Get eagle-eyed with Twitter – there are lots of internships/jobs that get mentioned everyday, my favourite is @UKfashionintern. Finally, get old fashioned and trawl your local shopping centre/food district: I’m going to be marching around Manchester, especially the Arndale, laden with CVs. 
  • On Beating the ‘Average’ Fear: This is one of my biggest issues. Sometimes I get myself in a state of – ‘well, they’re doing so much better than me, look how average I am right now: what’s the bastarding point’? Arguably juvenile, I think it happens to us all sometimes and it’s just something to work through. My worst habit in these situations, is lying in bed all day – mining through the work and accolades of others, often in a cruel bout of masochism, but occasionally in a bid to seek inspiration and motivation. Just don’t sleep all day – that shit is bad. Nobody wants to hire the person who goes to sleep at 5am and wakes up at 3pm. 
  • On Post-Summer: For the two preceding summers I’ve had that have led up to a university year so far, I’ve had a slacker tendency to just not bother doing any reading and then tackle the beast head on when it comes to the beginning of term. This year, my final year, is going to be different – it’s time I grew up, had a good sniff of the coffee and got down to some serious business with Hemingway… 

 

This Week’s Featured Bloggers.

May 28, 2013

I’ve been thinking for a while how great it’d be to do a weekly post where I find three beauty/fashion bloggers to feature on my site. This way, we all get to know each other better, get some discussions going and make some new friends! I’m also a little nosy so it’ll be nice to find out random stuff, like what other peoples’ favourite shoe of the season is, or what they love most about blogging. If you’d like to get involved with the next post, follow me on Twitter @Ebzo!

Kelly of A Thing of Beauty

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How long have you been blogging for?

I’ve been blogging since April 2011, so 2 years now.

What’s your favourite beauty product, ever?

My favorite beauty product, ever, would have to be my elf Golden Bronzer. I know it’s only $3, but it gives such an understated glow that I’ve gotten so many compliments on. And, it’s so inexpensive, to boot!

What are you dying to get your hands on this season, fashion-wise?

Fashion-wise, I’m dying to get my hands on more of those sheer, sleeveless shirts. They’re my new fashion must-have this summer because they’re perfect to tuck into shorts and versatile enough to be worn in the colder season.

What’s one trend you’ll be avoiding?

The one trend I’ll be avoiding are galaxy print leggings. Sorry, but just not my style. I’d prefer for the universe to stay in the sky & off my legs!

What are your inspirations behind writing your blog?

I’m an aspiring beauty/fashion editor and when I started collecting a lot of beauty products, I felt it was time to start blogging and putting myself out there.

What’re your plans for the summer?

Currently I’m a working student, but I plan to continue with posting on my main beauty blog, A Thing of Beauty, and I’m actually hoping to launch a new lifestyle blog in the next month!

If you could pick one pair of shoes to wear forever, what would they be?

Definitely my neon Skechers tennis shoes-I get so many compliments when I wear them because they’re black with neon accents and the most comfortable things I’ve ever put on my feet!

Amy of The Pretrender

How long have you been blogging for?

A year next month, it’s flown by!

What’s your favourite beauty product, ever?

Benefit High Beam. I literally didn’t know what I did before I discovered it. It lights my entire face up, and is great for those mornings when I’ve had one too many margaritas the night before!

What are you dying to get your hands on this season, fashion-wise?

I NEED the topshop elephant printed joggers in my life. Devastatingly, they’ve been out of stock for ages 🙁

What’s one trend you’ll be avoiding?

Denim dungarees. They make me look about 12.

What are your inspirations behind writing your blog?

I like to share my style, so I usually empty my wardrobe and create new outfits, and go from there.

What’re your plans for the summer?

I’m moving to london next month so my summer will probably consist of window shopping, job hunting and living off tins of beans!

If you could pick one pair of shoes to wear forever, what would they be?

My high tops. I’m a trainers girl through and through.

Amy of AmyJaneAlice

How long have you been blogging for?

I have been blogging since the 19th of February this year! I’m so proud of how far I have come in such a short space of time 🙂

What’s your favourite beauty product, ever?

This is such a hard question, argh! I think my favourite product would have to be liquid eyeliner. I don’t have a favourite brand in particular but I often repurchase the Collection 2000 and Rimmel liquid eyeliners.

What are you dying to get your hands on this season, fashion-wise?

I want the Topshop high waisted Mom jeans so much! I have a huge amount of love for all things high waisted, and these would be the perfect addition to my collection.

What’s one trend you’ll be avoiding?

I don’t think I’ll be wearing much white this summer, because I don’t really suit it. It suits so many people and is a gorgeous trend, but it tends to make me look quite big!

What are your inspirations behind writing your blog?

 I get so much inspiration from many different sources while writing my blog. The biggest comes from my love of reading and writing. If I didn’t love reading and writing so much I’d find it difficult to enjoy writing a blog. I get inspiration from other bloggers, shops and celebrities too.

What’re your plans for the summer?

Over Summer I’ll most likely be working and saving up for when I hopefully start university in September; I’ve already mentally spent it all 🙁 On Sunday’s I’ll probably be going on days out with the family, boyfriend and friends or just relaxing in the good weather I hope we have!

If you could pick one pair of shoes to wear forever, what would they be?

This is SUCH a hard question! I love wearing my Fred Perry pumps or my Converse because they’re so comfy and versatile – you can wear them with so many different kinds of outfits. Then again, I also wear my heeled boots quite often, as they make me feel a little taller (I’m only 5″3!) and a bit older! I think I’d have to go for my Fred Perry pumps because they can be dressed up or down and are a lot comfier than heeled boots!

Review: Bourjois Paris So Laque Glossy in Amande.

May 25, 2013

 

Warning: this ain’t gonna be pretty. In fact, it’s quite so unattractive that I have found it impossible (in two attempts – yes, I have reached the conclusion of ‘impossible’), to apply this in an appetising manner. I picked this colour up in Boots last week, with the ‘buy two – get a free gift on Bourjois’ offer, absolutely lured in by the striking icy mint colour and, given my past experiences with Bourjois, hoping for an easy application.

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NOTD: Pretty Polka Peach Sherbet Nails.

May 16, 2013

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It’s been so, so long since I actually sat down and bothered doing anything even remotely funky with nail art and, given that my English Literature exam’s in three days, it’d never looked more appealing. After writing my earlier review on Model’s Own varnishes, I decided to adopt the ‘Peach Sherbet’ colour as a base, with their white base ‘Snow White’ on my thumbs for something a bit different. I really like contrast nails so try to put a stripe on one nail and invert the colour scheme when I can. You’re going to need all the desk/tabletop you can muster with this one – mount it if necessary – slippy hands are a bitch.

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American Apparel Flashsale Picks & Discount Code.

April 25, 2013

Admittedly, I’ve often avoided American Apparel like the plague, purely because it’s so damn expensive – so when I saw that there was a 30% off dresses code, I was sorely lured in. I’ve always been a fan of the easy-going, essentials vibe of their clothing but I’m prone to buying faddy clothes that I wear once and get sick of instead of investing in items that’ll become staples (e.g. the entirety of AA). So I decided to, using the hilarious excuse that it’s my birthday soon (by soon, in over two weeks, hmm), blow just under £100 in less than half an hour. Here are my picks:

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Review: Benefit’s Tropicoral Cheek/Lip Set.

April 1, 2013

Okay, I may’ve slightly overdone it with the Duty Free buys, but I’m enjoying having a lot to write about! This time I’m going to talk about one of Benefit’s handy little miniatures kits: the Tropicoral. I got lured into buying this when I was trying out the new foundation that I reviewed the other day and ended up just having to have the whole works done – you know how it is. The first thing, and the quintessential point with any Benefit product is: Daaang, check out that packaging. I have quite a thing for their silly wordplay with each and every piece. Check out this beauty:

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New Look Holiday Picks.

March 29, 2013

As I’ve mentioned here and there in my recent posts: I’m currently on holiday in Marrakech, lucky lady I am. But, if you’re a United Kingdom dweller like myself, you’ll be all too aware of the absolutely grim weather we’ve been having recently, so I had to do a last-minute high street raid for my holiday clothes – less than 24 hours before we jetted off, oops! Lately, I’ve noticed that the high street has been getting a little dull: Topshop’s gone on some bizarre and rather hideous sports-‘chic’/nerd rampage, River Island will always have a damp cloud looming above until they embrace student discount but, as is increasingly apparent these days: New Look is on the ball!

 

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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