culottes queen.

I never really would have classed myself as someone who would have written about fashion but, here we are.  I don’t think of myself as a fashionista but I just happen to love clothes, I mean, who doesn’t?  So I thought I would write about my favourite item of clothing to buy – culottes.  They have become a fundamental item in my wardrobe and I probably don’t go more than a few days without wearing a pair.

unnamed (20).jpg

 

When you pick a pair of culottes up and look at them on the hanger they can look dull and uninteresting but when you put them up they create a fantastic silhouette.  As someone who is on the curvier side, especially around the hip area I personally love culottes as it creates the illusion of a straighter line in turn portraying a smaller waist.  Whether you are short, tall, thin or curvy culottes are for you, you just need to understand how to style them!

As someone who is smaller I need to be careful when buying them because they can look like regular trousers on me which give me no shape.  Culottes should come to somewhere past the knee but well enough above the ankle.  With culottes I always try and wear heels to give me a bit more height and elongate the leg that’s on show.  If heels are out of the question and it’s flats for you, just make them pointed.  The beauty of culottes is that the focus can go on the shoes as that’s where the eye focuses when wearing culottes.

If any of you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that recently I went on holidays and basically, all I wore were culottes.  I feel so comfy in them and they are perfect for dressing up or dressing down any outfit.  Any top you would normally wear with jeans, add a pair of culottes and you have an instantly jazzed up outfit.  I am not a jeans person so I think that’s why I rely so heavily on culottes.  That and I can’t find the perfect pair that suits my shape.  I am still on the search for my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and if anyone can help in my search please leave me a comment!

So, if you don’t own a pair of Culottes trust me when I say that you should invest in a pair!  There is no limit to the styles and patterns you can get, personally I prefer block colours and avoid patterns but below you can find a selection of my favourites!

Missguided Premium Orange Pleat Front Culottes, £30

 

So I can’t take these guys off.  The rich colour goes with a surprising amount of things.  It can be tempting to buy black or navy culottes but this rust colour can take you through Spring to Winter and match pretty much every colour you already have in your wardrobe.  You can buy them HERE.

Primark Orange Culottes, £13

unnamed (18)

This pair were perfect for holidays as they were so light and similar to the Missguided pair, they go with a surprising amount of clothes but I loved pairing them with this jacket also from Primark.

Missguided, £30

unnamed (17)

I’m just going to go ahead and point out that these 3 images look completely different and yet the only thing different are the culottes.  The cami (also from Primark, £5) and the jackets are the only things that changed.  Can you tell I love culottes yet?  This soft blush pink colour is a must have for Spring Summer and make any look seem effortlessly pretty.  These were also from Missguided however, I can’t find them on the website but there’s a gorgeous culotte jumpsuit in the same colour which I may just have to purchase also… you can buy it HERE

New Look Pale Blue Pleated Culottes, £17.99

pale-blue-pleated-high-waist-cropped-trousers

Obsessed with these and again, they are perfect for Summer.  This look would be fabulous if paired with a blazer (see below), draped over the shoulders especially with a nice crisp white short underneath.  This outfit is next on my hit list!  You can buy the culottes HERE and this cute blazer to match can also be found on the New Look website for £13.99 – shop HERE.

petite-pale-blue-crepe-blazer-

It’s so hard not to buy ones in every colour but the way my collection is going, it’ll not be long before I have to move out to a bigger house for a room with just culottes.  I have a problem.  It can be tempting to pay expensive for culottes but my favourite place to shop for them is Primark and New Look plus they constantly update their clothing selection so everytime I go in, there’s always another pair attracting my attention.

Let me know if you like culottes as much as I do and if you have got a pair that I need to go out and get my hands on!

You can follow me on – InstagramTwitterFacebookYouTube and 21 Buttons

how to grow out your bangs in style.

I don’t know about you, but I am one of those I love my fringe, I hate my fringe, I love my fringe, I hate my fringe kind of people.  So I am forever getting a fringe, then deciding that I am bored and need a change.

If you have ever graced your head with the presence of a fringe then you know how difficult and moreover, annoying it is to grow out when you don’t like it anymore.  I am here to give you some top tips on growing out a fringe in style as growing it out can be a huge pain in the ass.

041811-Alexa-Lead-400_0

Depending on how you want the end result to look will depend on how you grow them out so I really only know what I do to keep my hair looking cute.  If I want my bangs to eventually taper off the to the side then you are going to want to keep trimming your fringe in the middle only à la Alexa Chung.  This will not only keep your hair out of your eyes but when it is long enough, it will be easier to sweep to the sides.

Currently I am trying to create a side fringe so I have my hair clipped back with a bobby pin until it is long enough to take down.  When it gets a little longer then I will have the option of having cute little hairstyles instead of a boring clip.  Whether it’s keeping it up with a half knot on top of my head or the many different styles of plaits starting at the base of the fringe my hair will get more interesting with every millimetre of hair growth.

 

It’s a dark few weeks when you decide to grow out your fringe but with commitment I know you can pull through!  If in doubt, hair spray my friend.  Hairspray.  I always use L’Oreal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray (contains Argan Oil to help with smoothing and shininess) or the Supreme Hold Hairspray.

Happy fringing!

 

big boob blog.

Yes, you read that one right.  I am talking big over the shoulder boulder holders, knockers, boobies, melons, globes and eh… tits – I have heard them all.  As a curvier gal, I have had to adapt my life to the bigger chest area and it hasn’t been as amazing as you might think.

For as long as I can remember I always was the girl in class with the bigger breasts, or at least one of the girls.  I am pretty certain I went from an age 8 girls vest to a size 30D.  I was wearing a bra in Primary School long before anyone else knew what a bra was, other than something that hung on your mother’s washing line.  Fast forward 15 years and I’m crawling around in a 34GG wishing I was 11 with the 30D (yes… 11)

Those with smaller boobs always say ‘God you are so lucky’ and I am like ‘REALLY?’  While yes, of course they have their upside they most certainly have their downside too.  You have to think about the back pain and the teeny tiny tops that your breasts will never fit into.  Living in jealousy that your upper body will never look as thin because of the pillows attached to the chest.  Dealing with your back breakers have to be considered into every day life so if you have big boobs or indeed little boobs then read along for why it’s important to find the right bra.

Get FITTED!

Approximately 80% of women wear the wrong bra!  Who knows, you might be one of the 80% – have you been fitted?  Those women that offer you help when you are buying bras are there to help, not catch a glimpse!

They’ll fit your bra to suit you and give you advice.  It’s important to get fitted everytime you go underwear shopping, especially if you are shopping in different stores.  From personal experience I have found that in one brand I am one size and a totally different size in another.

A bra is designed to give your breast support and to keep them comfortable throughout the day.  Not only is wearing a bra important but you have to make sure that the bra fits you properly.  A good bra stops sagging (I hate that word) because they are so heavy which helps them to keep their shape and keeps them higher for longer!  Stops them from bouncing around all over the place, knocking people out.  Think of your bra like a hammock, something nice and comfortable for them to lie in.  They are more comforting and supportive than any man will ever be.  No man has ever cared for me like my bras have.  Having a good fitting bra also makes your clothes look better and more flattering, no matter the size you are.

That being said as comfy as they are supposed to be, it’s seriously liberating whipping that bra off after a hard days work and throwing it across the room.

My favourite places to shop for bras are http://www.bouxavenue.com and http://www.debenhams.com  They have a huge range available for the majority of sizes and a great selection of styles.  Once you start buying nice underwear however, it is highly addictive – be warned.

PS, A push up bra with bigger boobs? Forget about it.

The Boob Chronicles

My boob once knocked my hot chocolate out of my hand when I was running for the bus and it spilled down me.

I took my bra off on the bus once because I couldn’t wait til I got home.

A shirt button actually pinged off and darted across the floor while I was in a job interview.

If I roll over in bed too quickly one boobs slaps off the other.  It sounds like a walrus slapping off the ground.

I don’t have enough hands to count the amount of times my boobs have popped out of a bikini.

I have to wear two sports bras when I work out.  Twice a year.

I was elbowed in the boob yesterday and I still feel the pain today.

I haven’t seen my toes in 13 years.

After every cinema outing, I come home and take my top and bra off and the equivalent of a small salted popcorn falls out.

 

it’s okay to wear the same outfit twice.

How many times have you been getting ready for a night out or special occasion and said to yourself ‘aw, I can’t wear that I wore it last time’?  Well, so what?  So what if you bought a top that you wore out for drinks last week and you want to wear it again?  When did there become such a stigma about recycling outfits because God forbid, you post on instagram a similar picture twice?

When I was younger and the only thing we did every weekend was go out and drink, I would have spent my week’s earnings on a new outfit.  Every.  Single.  Week.  To then wear it once, probably spill drink down and then never wear it again or donate them.  While donating clothes is an excellent thing, spending hard earned money to wear something once is not.

This was okay when I was younger as I didn’t know any better and I had money of my own that I earned for the first time.  I had to spend it as soon a I received it.  I wish someone has explained to me that I should buy items that I can re wear and jazz up with accessories to get the most from the clothing that I am buying.

unnamed (3)

What I am trying to explain is that it is okay to wear the same outfit more than once.  In fact it’s okay to wear it multiple times!  I am not saying that you need to wear something until it’s falling apart but don’t just disregard something because you have already worn it.  There can be such negativity involving wearing clothes more than once.  Especially when social media is involved and if you are a regular poster, there can be pressure to put out new content that is interesting to your followers.

I have been trying to be a little smarter with what I have been purchasing recently as I want to buy things that I can easily spice up and alter with accessories to create an entirely new outfit.  Yes, I am well aware that this is not a new insight, I haven’t stumbled upon a revelation but something that I never really would have bothered to do before.  So expect to see a few more ‘struggling to find things to wear’ posts until I figure out how to nicely accessorize all my looks but being at the Belfast Fashion Week Press Launch has kickstarted my inspiration for accessorising so let’s see what I end up with for this season!  Watch this space…

(If you haven’t already you can read my Belfast Fashion Week Press Launch post here)

https://cosmeticsjunkiee.com/2018/01/26/belfast-fashion-week-press-launch-18/

 

belfast fashion week press launch ’18

Hello all,

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you’ll know that the lovely Cathy Martin (CMPR) invited me along to the Belfast Fashion Week Press Launch in Ormeau Baths yesterday.  As IF that’s not exciting enough this years marks the 25th Belfast Fashion Week, meaning that this one is definitely not to be missed!

A Press Launch is essentially a quick preview of the clothes that are going to be show cased at the upcoming Fashion Week hosted by West Coast Cooler (22nd March – 25th March http://www.belfastfashionweek.com/).  Speaking of West Coast Cooler, as it is one of my favourite drinks of course I am going to make an appearance!  Any blogger event is always sure to be loads of fun, surrounded by local bloggers all under the one roof!  With friends all around and fashion masterpieces put together by Cathy herself, it was a brilliant afternoon.  Upon arrival I was met with an ice cold glass of West Coast Cooler – off to a great start and can I just say speaking as someone who isn’t exactly on the ball when it comes to fashion even I am excited!  Even I am looking forward to wearing some of this season’s trends rather than sticking it out in my regular all black attire (habit of a Make Up Artist).  Perhaps a pop of colour is what I need… which is perfect considering that’s exactly what Spring/Summer 2018 has in store.

We seen beautiful pieces from brands such as Nor Lisa Fashion Designer, Lover of Luxe, Ring o Rosies, Topshop, ASOS, Dunnes Savida and many, many more!

Let’s take a quick peek at a few of my favourites from yesterday’s Launch…

Pink

Makes the boys wink!  Pink is one of the most beautiful colours and is perfect for Spring/Summer.  We seen beautiful, effervescent pieces from furry coats to fabulous pencil skirts, from socks in shoes (excited by this) to Elle Woods worthy outfits.  See below for yourself, but expect an influx of pink into your favourite shops this season.

 

030

Lilac

Leading on from the pink theme, we enter the world of this beautiful pastel lilac hue.  The ice cream style colour is sure to enter your wardrobe at least one way or another.  I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this colour since yesterday.  I am especially feeling the pineapple bag!

Green

One of my favourite colours to wear as green is quite an easy to style colour and tends to flatter most.  I tend to have the fear of looking like Shrek when I wear green but I am going to take some style tips from the below photos as this green is made to look very elegant.

069

Obsessed with this Topshop suit!

Stripes & Spots

I for one, am immensely happy that this trend isn’t shifting as  the majority of my clothes have either a stripe or spot print, so expect a lot of this from me.

I am so excited for West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week to see what else Cathy and her amazing team have in store for us.

social_025_preview

Photo: Brendan Gallagher @brendangallagherphoto

Dress & Bag Stradivarius https://www.stradivarius.com/gb/woman/clothing/collection/dresses/view-all/long-shirt-dress-with-ruffles-c1020132510p300520525.html?colorId=001