Tartan Smock

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Dress: Ark | Converse: Cloggs* | Jacket: Vintage (similar here) | Sunglasses: London Retro via My Optique*

Firstly, please excuse the white glow illuminating from my limbs which haven't been on show in daylight for months (or what seems like years). 

This smock, like every smock, is just so comfy and easy to wear. It's perfect for those I-have-loads-of-clothes-but-nothing-to-wear days, and is a saviour when you want to look good but with minimal effort. The green tartan means it's great for layering with a plain knit or tights, and for these warmer days you can ditch those tights and just throw on some sunglasses (and fake tan in my case). I like pairing it with my all black converse for more of a casual feel, and I really want to get some jelly shoes (black, of course) for a more summery/less scruffy look. Well, what can I say, it's a smock, and it's tartan, what more do you want?

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Body Shop Vitamin E

Monday, 14 April 2014

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Short trips at home tend to dry out my skin which I'm guessing is from the change to hard water. Therefore my normal moisturisers weren't doing the trick and my skin just went horrible and patchy and wearing make up was a nightmare. A friend of mine works in Body Shop and recommend I tried a couple of products from their vitamin E range to help inject some moisture into my skin.

So I overdosed in the vitamin E products and ended up purchasing the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, Vitamin E Moisture Serum, Vitamin E Moisture Mask, Vitamin E Moisture Cream, and the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion which is pretty self explanatory. I know right, a hell of a lot of vitamin E you got there my friend!? I kid you not though, these products have done exactly what they promised.

I changed my skin care routine as soon as I bought these so that I now double or triple cleanse depending on how much make up I've been wearing that day, before using my new Body Shop products. I'll put the Tea tree lotion on my problem areas first (which is just my whole face to be honest), and once that has sunk in, I'll use the Vitamin E serum before smoothing on one of the moisturisers and finally climbing into bed.

I've definitely seen an improvement and I'm really impressed with the Overnight Serum-In-Oil. I was using a rosehip oil previously and that was working well at clearing scars and brightening my skin, but wasn't exactly a king when it came to moisture. However, lathering my face in this vitamin E oil before I sleep reveals a plumped, smooth face in the morning, creating the perfect base for make up.

I'd recommend all of these products and really don't know how I was living without them considering I've gone from being very oily in my teens to desert-dry now approaching my 20's. Hopefully I'll have things more under control from now on, apart from that pesky week each month where any kind of skin care routine goes out the window and I just want to tear my whole face off.

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This post is not sponsored, I'm just really impressed with The Body Shop skin care range at the moment!

Monochrome Bomber Jacket

Saturday, 12 April 2014

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Jacket: Primark (similar here) | Jeans: Topshop | Shirt: ASOS | Trainers: New Balance

I've tried to find a similar jacket online but nothing seems to be as classy and cool as this Primark ~yes I said Primark~ bomber. I'd recommend buying it up a fair few sizes, for example I went for an 18 instead of an 8 - I prefer that loose casual fit and makes it feel less Chelsea and more Camden. The bold black and white print means it slips in nicely with my known monochrome theme and makes for a rather handy transitional piece. You can layer it under a coat or throw it on to keep warm during apprehensive beer garden meets.

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