Monday, 9 November 2015

YSL Rouge Pur Couture

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture #09 Rose Stiletto & #19 Fuchsia £25/$36

If you know me, you’ll have probably gathered that I’ve never really been one for high end products over something I could scoop up for a fiver down the hughstreet. There have been exceptions to the rule, namely in the form of a cheeky Michael Kors contest win, and I do like to splurge a little when it comes to makeup staples that I know will stand the text of time. So when Voxbox slipped me an email saying they’d be sending out a YSL box to my door, I was a little excited. I’ve never owned anything YSL and, only a few short days after receiving the email, I was coveting two perfectly packaged Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks.

I don’t think anyone could contest that Yves Saint Laurent has some of the most decadent presentation when it comes to their beauty products. With this is mind, it comes as no surprise that to purchase one of these will set you back £25/$36. With the scary price tag in mind, I was a little hesitant at trying them out but what good is lipstick unless you rock it every now and again? I started with #09 Rose Stiletto, and was pleasantly surprised at the subtle floral scent initially, then truly impressed by how easily it applied. For someone who suffers from dry skin it has the unfortunate tendency to happen to my lips as well, so the hydrating formula did wonders. The colour is vibrant and long-lasting, but fairly easily smudged. It’s almost essential to line (and filly) your lips with lipliner before application, as it helps the colour last even longer and you’re not left with any awkward wear over the course of the day. The shade itself reminded me of something my grandmother would have worn at her most glamorous. Timeless, classy, yet with a modern twist that makes it perfect for the work place.

Emboldened by the first lipstick I reached for the second shade, #19 Fuchsia. A vibrant pink, this is something that probably isn’t for everyone, but a colour I can get down with. Having a few bright pinks in my MAC collection, this fit in rather nicely. I made note of the SPF15 protection which is becoming more of a concern for me now that I’ve relocated to California. That sunshine takes it’s toll on your skin and your lips are delicate, often getting forgotten about!

Do you own a YSL Lipstick? What do you think about it?


Adrienne |

These products have been sent complimentary for review.
All opinions are my own. For more information, see disclaimer.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Leg Moments Thanks to Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini

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I’ve never been much of a ‘leg’ girl. Growing up I realised early on that there were parts of me that I left more comfortable covering up than showing off. My battle with body confidence continues, but since living in California, I’ve had to let go of some of those inhibitions to combat the heat.

This coincides with the current social media trend of #Legfie photos that you’ve perhaps seen adorning your Instagram feed. Think holiday snaps by the pool, gloriously tanned legs and ‘that cocktail’. It’s an aspiration, a perfect freeze frame in time of a moment that you wish could last forever. To this note, my favourite moment of 2015 is unquestionably getting married to my best friend in Vegas on July 4th. I’m not usually one for irony, but the joining of a Brit and a American on such a historic day with that kind of meaning, it even made me titter a little. I know that a man doesn’t define a woman, nor am I saying that it’s entirely down to him for raising my confidence, but since being by his side I’ve taken to embrace my body, flaws and all. Discovering that learning to love yourself is a huge step in loving others, my body shaming has only been hindering my personal growth. It’s good to feel comfortable in your own skin, it’s wonderful to throw on that dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion, it’s even better to feel completely gorgeous in it. I still catch myself wishing I had the type of skin that doesn’t mark or bruise as easily, the type of body that can withstand some gentle strain and not leave me with stretch marks, but this is me. Sure my skin’s elasticity is probably the lowest of anyone I know, but that makes me strive all the more to look after myself and come to terms with the way my body is. If I can’t love myself, who will?

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini |

This time last year I would never have imagined what was in store for me, and the confidence I have now is unparalleled. Keeping up this confidence is greatly thanks to keeping my legs smooth and silky. Prep work is made all the easier by sloughing off any dead skin, and stimulating the circulation with some exfoliating gloves and picking up the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini. The handy trimmer is brilliant if you’re not a waxing person but like to get close and personal before hitting the beach or taking a dip in the pool. It’s easily adjustable for the type of length you desire, meaning you won’t be dulling your razor as quickly. The 5 blade razor makes for the closest shave and the moisturising serum leaves your legs hydrated for up to 2 hours. There’s even a handy ‘support rester’ so that the head of the blade doesn’t rest on any surface it touches. I hate that sticky residue I usually have to clean off! Simple to use, easy to clean and you don’t even have to hold down the power button to activate the trimmer.

What has been your leg moment of 2015?

Adrienne |

These products have been sent for review, all opinions my own. For more information, see disclaimer.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

JORD Cora Koa & Rose Gold Wood Watch

JORD Cora Koa & Rose Gold $275

I recall my first watch, a Flik and Flak masterpiece with brightly coloured straps and those loveable characters used to help you learn when it was time to have lunch or time to go to bed. Let’s face it, we all complained for those extra 15 minutes to finish up whatever glitter creation we had going down… just me? From there, I can’t count the amount of novelty Disney timepieces I’ve had. I shortly transitioned to more ‘adult’ watches, mainly sticking to smaller faces with the thinnest straps. Once my phone became attached to my hip, I abandoned most of my watches, only ever wearing them as fashion statements. One thing is for certain, telling time has certainly changed over the years.

Friday, 24 July 2015

COVERGIRL Outlast Foundation & Lipstick

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COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation $11.30 | COVERGIRL Outlast Lipstick $9.80

It feels like every day now there’s a invitation to a wedding popping up in the postbox. With your summer weekends filling up with hours of vows, speeches and toasts, it’s vital your face lasts as long as your banter does. Luckily, I’ve found my ‘glow-to’ brand for long-lasting coverage that doesn’t involve taking out a loan thanks to Influenster and their I Do Voxbox.

Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation in the shade 820 (Creamy Natural) is my first liquid foundation from COVERGIRL. At first I thought the shade might be a little too dark, but with a little buffing and making sure to blend down the neck, it’s a fairly accurate match with my sun-kissed face. California weather most certainly agrees with me! Less is more, as about half a pump covers the entire face. The foundation feels silky to the touch and after making sure to cover essential areas, I noticed how moisturising it was. I went a full day from 6am to 6pm and there was some slight deterioration around my t-zone, and my dry patches weren’t clung to like I expected them to be. I’ve taken to using my Dior primer as a combination and my skin glows radiantly, so those moisturising oils get some serious work. Heating it up on the back of your hand makes the application that much more effortless.

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Partner the perfect base with Outlast Longer + Moisture Lipstick, that I received in the gorgeous Red Rouge. The first thing I should point out is the glorious smell that comes as soon as you take off the lid, a mix between berries and body scrub. There’s a slight drag on first applying, but it gets easier with each coat. For something that dries matte, there’s no dehydration. This is coming from a girl who’s lips are permanently parched! I sent the day munching, sipping and talking a LOT, and the colour had worn to a pretty stain. I love that this didn’t wear away like a lot of lipsticks do, so I’ll be investing in a nude shade that I can wear daily. My husband loved the shade, and it barely transferred. So that’s a huge plus as a married couple that don’t want to look like they’ve been sucking face for hours on end when all they wanted was a quick ‘peck’.

What helps you #GlowtheDistance? Have you tried any of the COVERGIRL Outlast products? I’ve got my fingers crossed for a matching concealer!

Adrienne |

Received COVERGIRL products for free from Influenster for review, all opinions are my own.
For more information, see disclaimer.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Get #NanoBlurred with Indeed Labs Nanoblur

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Indeed Labs Nanoblur | $19.99

As a lifelong fan of Hydraluron (or more specifically: Indeed Labs), when I received Nanoblur in my I Do Voxbox from Influenster, I was more than a little excited. This little tube claims to correct the appearance of skin aging, so basically all those pesky wrinkles, fine lines and even enlarged pores. My pores have never been so much of a ‘deal-breaker’ for me, but fast approaching my 30’s has left me investing in more preventative skincare. The consistency of Nanoblur is similar to an intensive primer, and dries within seconds. Once dry it leaves behind an even surface, and looks surprisingly taunt and fresh. The light scent associated with the serum is slightly medicinal, but I actually enjoy it.

Makeup-free days have been made much more comfortable with a few dots around my eyes, chin and forehead. I tend to sweep on a little concealer, tap Nanoblur on top and finish with a touch of powder. My skin looks radiant afterward, almost air-brushed and lasts all day. I’m still getting to grips with using it with liquid foundation, as it’s unlike any other product in my beauty arsenal.

The best thing I've discovered about Nanoblur is using a small amount over lips to create the perfect base for long-lasting lipstick. It’s smooth, leaves vibrant colour and re-application through the day is minimal. I like to mix up how to get #NanoBlurred, what do you suggest?

Adrienne |

Received Nanoblur for free from Influenster for review, all opinions are my own.
For more information, see disclaimer.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Beach Bag Essentials


With my Vegas trip in full swing, I’m all about what’s in my beach bag. I always pack way too much and I had to drastically reduce that for this trip. My return flight has a no baggage policy and I’m staying for 10 days so that means essentials only! I can already hear my inner ‘beauty’ goddess crying out for all my lotions and potions. My tips for packing light for a day at the beach, by the pool or in the desert are to choose multifunctional items.

Gone are the days where I’d bring along a bikini for every day of the week. I find investing in one staple piece is so much more beneficial, and means you can style it up with accessories, giving yourself a fresh look each day for a fraction of the price and effort! I’m enthralled by the Naja Taylor Crisscross Monokini, as it’s not only made from recycled plastic (hello, added buoyancy anyone? No...) but it’s got such a daring silhouette. Paired with a simple white coverup that doubles as an evening dress, and you’ve got an outfit that can last days with the right necklace or pair of sunnies.

I’ve reached an age in my life where I’m not constantly fussing over making sure I have a full face of makeup at all times. Relaxing by the water calls for the super minimal, and the only thing I tend to wear still is mascara. Investing in a quality waterproof mascara means you can go swimming and sweat away in the midday heat without fear of looking like a horror movie extra.

Lastly, among the soothing spray lotions, hair ties and Lena Dunham novel, is my secret ingredient to feeling sexy while sunning it up. Nothing beats taking a travel vial of your favourite perfume and giving yourself a spritz throughout the day. Not only will it leave you perfectly fragranced, it’s like an ego boost in spray form. It works wonders for me, and I tell anyone I can about doing the same, you’d be surprised when you’re turning heads all because of that extra little spring in your step.

Do you have something you have to pop in your bag to perk you up?

Adrienne |

Some of these products may have been sent for review. For more information, see disclaimer.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Love Me Beauty June Box

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The Love Me Beauty Box is a slightly different take on the tradition beauty box. You of course get a selection of branded products to your door, but you’re instead given credits to use as you see fit to truly personalise what you receive. This bespoke system allows you to get the beauty pieces you really want in your collection, and if you run out of credits, you can always pay to add more at a discounted subscriber price. At a mere £10 a box, plus postage and packaging, you’re getting a total bargain!

This month’s box features heavily on the big hitter range. You’ve got Elemis, a London brand that is so luxurious, I’ve only ever tried a few products. The British Botanical Shower Cream is filled with soothing lavender, chamomile, geranium and palmarosa for a rich aromatic experience that reminds me of hotel stays. For the bad sleepers, this one is a wonder to use right before bed! The Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm works to give a little radiance, while the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich is ideal for those with drier skin. A tube of Green People Vitamin Fix 24-Hour Cream is chock full of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. I’ve been using this as a base before applying my foundation, and it’s dealing with the heat splendidly. My eyes were drawn to the Realine Beauty slim-line box when I first unzipped the daringly cute bag (seriously though, how awesome is it?), being white and rose gold with a well designed logo. The Frown Line Patches look a little daunting, but easy enough to apply and, left overnight, make my skin feel refreshed. Time will tell if they work to un-furrow my brow, as I sure don’t want any Gordon Ramsey going on in my later years…

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I also got some lip goodies, which never fails to put a smile on my face. The boldest of which being Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Palm Beach. Seems quite fitting considering I now live in California where the palm trees are like lavender bushes to the UK. The colour is a fair dupe to MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum, just with a much runnier consistency and I’m forever fretting that it’ll smudge. It just doesn’t seem to dry… Whereas I’ve fall head over heels for the Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick offering in the shade 20100. It’s unlike anything I would ever pick up in store for myself, but gives me flashbacks to my pre-teen days and coating my lips in whatever Rimmel or Seventeen product I could get my hands on that was nude/beige enough to wear all year round. Now I’m a ‘grown-up’, I can see this colour for the sophisticated tone it deserves and I’ve already been wearing it around the house. The formula is shiny and moisturising, it’s hard to take it off!

If you sign up and use the exclusive code adrienne20, you’ll bag a hefty 20% off your first box. Which is worth it for the cute bag alone! I know that there are some Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes up for grabs for 2 credits each, but as my parcel was international, they couldn’t be sent to me. Soho Place is a colour I’ve got my eye on…

Adrienne |

These products have been sent for review. For more information, see disclaimer.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Beauteque Beauty Bags

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I’m jetting off on an impromptu trip to Vegas with the fiancĂ© for our friends 30th birthday. It’s going to be crazy hot, somewhere up in the high 30s, which means looking after my skin. I tan well, but am prone to sunburn if I don’t prepare with vigilance. When I found out the Beauteque Beauty Bag for June was all about Aloe, it was like some divine sign that I had to have it in my life.

The BB Bag is a monthly subscription service that gives you an electric mix of 7 - 8 full size products from both Eastern and Western cultures. What drew me in was that it wasn’t all just makeup and skincare, but they also offer fashion and lifestyle products too. I can sense these being wonderful gifts for family and friends, as everything is so different than what you can pick up in store.

My mother introduced me to the benefits of aloe products, hailing them her ‘skin saviour’ when it came to her psoriasis. It wasn’t long before I was using them myself as they soothed my dry skin unlike anything else I could get my hands on. Who doesn’t like a plant that gives them a healthy does of vitamins A, B, C and E? The first thing I spotted were the sheet masks, having never tried them in the past. I’ve already used one, but will be popping the other in the fridge for a bit before I use it as an extra treat. I’ve been using the Aloe Soothing Gel as a nourishing cleanser, buffing my skin with the Silicon Massage Pad and removing any ‘ingrained’ dirt that manages to escape my usual routine. The Nature Republic Smoothing Aloe Emulsion had me confused at first, but after replacing my nighttime moisturiser, this has worked wonders to keep any ‘bags’ at bay. The Nature Republic Body Cream will be a staple after the shower in the hot desert, as my skin is prone to cracking even in normal temperatures. Plus, I smell good enough to eat afterwards! Finishing up with the Welcos Aloe Vera Smoothing Gel Mist has been the best of the bunch. Not only is it great as a ‘pick-me-up’ after a day in the sun, but I can’t get enough of this in my hair. it tames fly aways, injects some much needed moisture back in and smells incredible to boot.

Signing up is a quick and easy process, with subscriptions ranging from month to month at $24 or reducing in price for an entire year at just $22 a bag. I’ve tried out a fair few subscription services over the years, and this is the only one I’ve felt gives you such good bang for your buck as everything is full size. I’m already wondering what will be in next months bag, as I’m excited to try out some makeup samples from brands I’d otherwise not be introduced to.

Adrienne |

Some of these products may have been sent for review. For more information, see disclaimer.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Getting Married!


It’s been a little while since I’ve properly done much to the blog, so I thought I’d update you all on the current goings on in my life since I was active. It feels good to be writing again, even if it might be somewhat sporadic while I find my footing once more.

As a lot of you may know through Instagram and Twitter, I’m getting married! It’s a fairly crazy social media story that led to this point, but I must precede it with being so utterly happy that I want to burst. It’s the most wonderful feeling. Clayton makes me strive to work harder, be a better person and makes me feel good despite my insecurities. We met about 3/4 years ago on Instagram, I can’t recall if I’d liked one of his pictures or if it was the other way around, but it definitely started a connection where we’d comment back and forth every so often. After my breakup, I was more than a little broken, and Clayton messaged me out of the blue using Instagram inbox, and we clicked so well that we exchanged phone numbers. All harmless fun as he lived in sunny California and I was stuck in drizzly Oxford, yet the conversation was engaging and I felt more alive when I spoke with him. Suddenly I got a panic feeling after a few weeks of talking to him that this could potentially be a catfish situation—MTV has ruined me! I sent him a picture with his name on, and I was relieved when I received one back with my own. From there, we Skyped most days for hours, he would be the first thing I’d think about in the morning and the last person I’d text before I went to sleep. The 8 hour time difference was the hardest part, but we made it work. I already had a flight booked to Florida to see some friends, but they were going to be busier than I anticipated, so I made a few adjustments to my schedule and would be spending 2 weeks with him, arriving at San Francisco airport in October of last year. Those 2 weeks were perfect, and it was only a few weeks before he was making his first trip out of the country to visit me. He spent 10 days with me and my family, and I made sure to pack as much into the trip as possible. We went to London and even got to explore Paris for a mini-break. When he went home, I was crushed, I knew it would be a good while before I’d see him again.

Fast forward to February of this year, and I had organised to make full use of my 3 month VWP to stay with my best friend in North Carolina and see more of California and the rest of America with my boy. He thought I was getting a greyhound bus from NC to CA, arriving on the 16th of February. I had in fact booked a flight in to surprise him for Valentine’s Day, and his best friend help organise everything to get him there without suspicion. The re-uniting was amazing, and we went on to just enjoy each others company for a while before travelling around.

Unfortunately on March 4th his Newfoundland dog, Beau, got hit by a car. This shook us both up a fair bit, and put a stopper on our travelling plans. Luckily, Beau recovered from the collision, but is still going through rehabilitation to get his front left leg to work below the shoulder. It was after this life changing event that we both decided we couldn’t be without each other. The rest is fairly sweet history, but Clayton very beautifully gave me a surprise proposal on Saturday in front of all his friends and family while we were enjoying a BBQ. He’s so kind and caring, knowing that I never got an official proposal, so him dropping to one knee made my heart flutter and filled me with such joy.

It’s going to be hard living without seeing my family for a good while, but we plan on making as regular trips back to the UK as we can. I’m still riding on a high from all the excitement, and we’re both looking forward to a bright and happy future together.

Adrienne |

Some of these products may have been sent for review. For more information, see disclaimer.

Monday, 4 May 2015

ghd Hair

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If you know me personally, you will attest that I don’t like having to bother with my hair. I only run a hairbrush or comb through it when I absolutely have to and, even then, I’ve got a face like thunder. Forever the lover of ‘bed-hair’, I’ve not been one to invest a lot of time or money into how the mop on top of my head looks. But when ghd, the gods of luscious manes, offer up a plethora of products to tame my unruly locks, I can’t very well look a gift horse in the mouth!

Now, anyone worth their salt has either had a pair of ghd straighteners or pined after them, but most don’t know that they also deal in hair products ranging from hairspray to mousse and everything between. If, like me, you would rather spend that extra 5 minutes in bed then my quick and easy tousled hair tutorial might be just what you’re looking for.

Step 1
I always find my hair a little more versatile the day after a hair wash, so try to do this the night before if possible. I start by running the ghd Paddle Brush through my hair, paying close attention to the ends where they tend to get tangled together forming unsightly knots, and eliminating static.

Step 2
Apply a few pumps of ghd Total Volume Foam from root to tip, but concentrating on the roots for added body. Really massage it in to get a good texture going. Grab your hairdryer and use the paddle brush to blow-dry in slow, strong motions in the direction of hair growth. I can instantly see a difference once I’ve applied some heat to this, and it only takes about a minute for it to set in. Makes sure to crunch the hair in your hands to add natural waves.

Step 3
As my hair tends to look dull and flat, especially as the day wears on, a quick mist of ghd Final Shine Spray focused away from the roots does wonders. Not only does it instantly look like I’ve been in a Herbal Essences advert, but my flyaways stay in place and the glossy effect is undeniable. Plus, it seems heavenly. If you’re looking for a more natural finish, spraying into your hands and running your fingers through your hair is far more subtle.

VoilĂ ! The hair that says, “I woke up like this… but in the BEST possible way”. No Something About Mary over here.

What are your hair saviours?

Adrienne |

Some of these products may have been sent for review. For more information, see disclaimer.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Weather Ready Festival Essentials

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Festival season is already in full swing with high street brands flooding the shops with fringed garments, oversized sunnies and gladiator sandals. Perhaps you’re jetting off to Coachella, Bonnaroo or Burning Man? Or maybe you’re staying closer to home and daring the likes of Glastonbury, V-Fest or Bestival? Hot Nevada desert or blustery, damp Somerset countryside, what you take with you will either make or break your weekend. Come rain or shine, I’ve got the definitive list of essentials you should be packing to get the most out of your experience.

Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to need this if it’s drizzling and dingy with mud coming up to your knees, but the weather can turn at the drop of a hat. If you’re somewhere hot, it’s a must. Looking like Doctor Zoidburg on day one is not going to set you up for the most comfortable of festivals going forward.

The place you sleep is going to become a little slice of heaven after all the dancing and scream-singing to your favourite bands. When you put your feet up, bear in mind the type of tent you need for the weather. A well ventilated tent can be a lifesaver in higher temperatures, whereas a few extra sleeping bags can turn a tent into a home when it’s chilly. Don’t forget to bring some earplugs too. People can be quite noisy and the music can play on until the early hours.

I’m not talking about lugging around an entire can of hairspray or your supersize bottle of shampoo, but mini versions of the products you love to use most definitely come in handy. A handbag size deodorant and a miniature dry shampoo are high on my list. Hair and body can get a little worse for wear if you don’t have access to showers, so make sure to pack some wet wipes too. You’ll be treating each one like gold dust if it’s 30 degrees outside. And don’t forget that extra loo roll, not glamorous but you’ll be glad you didn’t.

I practically live in my cowboy hat during festival season, and it’s no wonder why. Not only does it protect me from the searing midday sun, but it covers up a bad hair day like you wouldn’t believe. Festival chic? It’s got you covered. If you’re not a hat person, consider taking a bandana, it’ll keep the dust from your eyes, function as a headband and it’s handy to wet in cold water and drape over your neck when the heat gets too much.

Rain Jacket & Wellies
If it rains you’re going to need to stay comfortable, so a lightweight parka that you can slip in your bag saves on space and can be just as fashionable as the rest of your ensemble. I'm currently crushing on muted animal prints paired with black chelsea wellies, festival fashion can be as simple or extravagant as you wish. Who said wellington boots need to look like your granddads?

Disposable Cameras
Be wary of taking your brand new DSLR camera to a festival. Not only are they bulky and cumbersome to take around a festival site, you risk getting them damaged or stolen. Opt instead for some cheap disposable cameras that can have you and your friends snapping away and a great surprise when you get the pictures back. Old school nostalgia, 90s style.

Lastly, a decent pair of sunnies is a festival do, in any weather. Protection for your eyes as well as a fantastic coverup for a heavy night before when you’re stumbling to the bathroom at 6am.

The important thing to remember is to have as much fun as possible while you’re there. Take as little or as much as you’d like, you can always come back to your tent if you’ve forgotten to pack something important in your day bag. Stay hydrated, avoid the sun during peak hours where possible, and party the night away!

As a side note, I'd like to apologise for my extended absence. I've been in America since the beginning of February and not had much of a chance to type anything up. Bear with me, and thanks for reading.

Adrienne |

Some of these products may have been sent for review. For more information, see disclaimer.

Monday, 19 January 2015

North to South Outfit Planning with Qantas and Jean Paul Gaultier

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After the holidays and getting back into the flow of work, I always find I have the biggest case of wanderlust. In addition to planning my latest trip stateside, Qantas got in touch to ask what outfit I'd wear on a plane to Melbourne in Australia to visit the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition itself (named From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk) showcases JPG at his finest, with quirky, unconventional designs showcased through garments, sketches, photographs and digital media. Offering up two return flights to Australia, plus accommodation and entry to the exhibition I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. This particular French designer has been  a firm favourite since setting my eyes on his iconic perfume bottles as a child! So, just what would I wear to such an event?

Flights can be long and arduous at the best of times, but flying from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere means an overhaul of fashion choices when going from cold to warm. With an average flight time of 21 hours and that drastic change in temperature, picking the right outfit to fly in is essential. With this in mind, dressing in layers means you can go from toasty to beach-ready in no time at all. As a frequent long haul flyer, my first thought has always been to opt for the 'less is more' approach. I'm an avid supporter of the colour black; having my wardrobe overhauled for a more fashion conscious and time capsule approach over the years. This flight would be no different, you can never go wrong with a tried and true colour scheme and a little accessorising, even if it means going against the trend of bright whites that look to be set firmly on this coming Spring/Summer season.

I’ve been living in my H&M black jogging bottoms, and for a flight of this magnitude, I’d be a fool to wear anything but. They’re on the sports luxe trend, have rose gold fastenings and it’s basically like you’re wearing pyjamas while you’re outdoors. I like to dress them up with heels, so opted for my Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s that may look scarily high and painful, but they’re cushioned and after a few hours I’m still pounding the streets in them.

For the top, I’ve gone a little on trend in both colour and style with a white, long sleeve crop from ASOS. Long sleeves help with the British cold but can be rolled up once OZ-side and this H&M black leather biker jacket helps cover up the midriff until you reach warmer climes. I love grunging most of my outfits with a leather jacket as it works in any season and I’ve not found one that I like as much. I even ditched the usual wired underwear in favour of the Monki Stine Bra, which is comfortable yet offers ample support.

I wear contact lenses, and I find the conditions on a plane nowhere near as pleasant when I wear them, so my tortoise shell Fitzrovia glasses from London Retro keep me looking stylish. I would curse my poor eyesight, but when my glasses look this good I find it difficult to imagine life without them. I don’t leave the house without my Topshop Floppy Wool Fedora Hat these days, a feminine touch to an otherwise androgynous outfit. It’s also a bonus to keep my wavey mane in check; windswept hair be gone!

Being a big jewellery nut, I have always found an outfit incomplete without some form of adornment. This Silver Arrow Ring from Accessorize gives a subtle nod to my American sensibilities while appearing dainty enough to offset the gorgeous Essie Blanc nail polish finished off with a Matte topcoat from Topshop. Turning your favourite colour into a matte formula is as easy as a few brush strokes, and I've been obsessed with using it since I picked up a bottle. Keep it understated for the necklace with matching silver for a classically understated combination that even Coco Chanel would be proud of.

If you do as much flying as I do, you’ll know that a full face of makeup from foundation to blush can just make your face feel dry and suffocating halfway through a flight. I tend to head to the airport in a minimal base of concealer, mascara and lip balm, then use the arrival terminal to ‘spruce up’ my look. I adore the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and it functions for a sophisticated smokey eye look as well as fixing up my brows. A slick of MAC Ruby Woo and any ordeal I may have had in the air feels like a distant memory.

Lastly, the bag you choose to gate-hop at the terminal is one of the most important decisions to make. I can’t fault my large Michael Kors Selma for space, compartmental organisation and sheer sophistication. I get no end of compliments on it, but it’s proved invaluable when storing important documents like a passport next to my duty-free purchases.

What would you wear on a long flight? Are you more of a comfort girl over a style guru when it comes to travel?

Adrienne |

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