Style: kitchen haircuts

What’s a girl to do when her hair is starting to look like a shaggy dog but there’s no money for a haircut?  Buy some clippers from Boots and pay your friend in wine?  Perfect plan.  So, the last time Liz cut hair it was at uni and she shaved question marks into a guys head before a pretty fancy party.  What could go wrong here?

I’m very pleased to report she did an amazing job and I no longer have curls poking down the back of my neck.  Great investment and great friend.

Who can resist a free trim in the kitchen?  We’ll have the whole office smartened up and ourselves drunk in no time.  Stephen was a very willing model for the night and pulls some great expressions when he’s sped up like a mad man.

This seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a play around with time lapse.  I think it has to be my new favourite thing.  I’ve recently found an app for adding music onto videos, so far I’m pretty impressed.  I’m very aware I need some more practice and a child could probably have achieved this, but I am an old lady at heart so I’m pretty pleased with myself.  The plan is to do some proper homework this week and hopefully start to put together some more exciting moving content.

Stay tuned!

Much love!




Style: Pinterest make up part 2

Alone in the house with no plans to get out of my dressing gown can only mean one thing, it’s time to get on Pinterest and try out some crazy makeup.

The most experimental I ever get with eyeliner is attempting a slight flick. It never ends up even. Sometimes ends up meeting my eyebrow. Quite often gets wiped off before I leave the house. This obviously means I need the practice.

Look 1

Lower lash bold line? So. My line accuracy could definitely do with some more practice, but in my defence I was working with the chunkiest eye crayon possibly in existence. This started to stress me out a little bit until cotton buds came to the rescue to try and neaten things up a little bit. Not sure I’d ever wear this exact look out, but maybe a toned down version could work?

Look 2

Crazy cat eye? It is so ridiculously hard to get eye makeup symmetrical and take a decent front on photo. I think I may have found a pretty good way to help myself with eyeliner in the future though. Who knew a half dried up felt tip liner could actually be of some use? It makes a great light line that can very easily be covered or wiped away. Great little tip for the night.

Look 3

Outlined brows? This was a perfect example of how a black cat eye very quickly goes too far. I also don’t think I quite have the perfectly precise brow necessary for this look. Really can’t see this working in the real world. Unless glitter? I was really impressed with this new Rimmel ultimate eyeliner, it goes on so nicely and may be my new favourite thing.

I’m not too sure how to sum all this up. I might be as far away from being a beauty guru as humanly possible, but where’s the fun in everything being perfect? I think I do need to invest in some brighter colours and skinnier pencils (never thought I’d be saying that) it’s really not so easy to experiment when all your pallets are nudes.

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: playing with makeup

What is a girl to to on a Friday night when she has work on a Saturday morning? Drink wine and play with the random makeup you’ve had sat around for ages? Why not.

My best friend Pinterest is full of makeup ideas, some very Instagram, some pretty normal and then some that look pretty cool but I have no idea where you would actually wear them. They’re clearly the ones I wanted to try. It really doesn’t need to be pointed out but I am in no way any kind of makeup professional. I did however spend the night feeling like a kid who got into her mums cosmetics and that is a pretty good feeling.

The first look was inspired by this pin…

Very funky. Looks like it should be pretty simple. This is why I’m not a professional. So for a start off, I don’t have any makeup in this colour. I do however have a blush lip crayon that is close enough.

I was really surprised at how much I don’t hate this. My eyebrows aren’t in as good a shape as the models and the fade doesn’t pick up as well as in real life but for my first time colouring in my brows I think it’s gone pretty well.

Second inspiration…

Definitely got over confident with this look. How hard is it to draw a few lines? Very.

Many cotton buds later and I think I kind of saved the lines, but not really. I also tried doing the fluffy brow thing but mine are convinced they don’t want to do anything than sit and look barely passable. I do like the whole double pointy thing though and maybe with a bit more practice I might be able to take it out into the real world.

Third inspiration…

I really love this look, pretty badass warrior woman. I’d like to rock that. This one definitely needs a proper makeup artist so it doesn’t look like fancy dress.

So my eyebrows definitely looked more metallic in real life which I did kind of like. I’d be very tempted to try that in real life. This was my best attempt at a serious face, I think my serious face always tends to look a bit more scared than anything else.

Final inspiration (for tonight)…

I knew going in I didn’t have any baby blue eyeshadow but did get a pastel pink eyeliner in a Birch Box a few months ago. Turns out that wasn’t bright enough to show up but it made a pretty good base for an old urban decay colour that I have never touched before.

The complete opposite of anything I would normally wear but also a pretty good way to hide under eye bags. Really couldn’t decide what to do with my lips at this point so thought I’d whack a bit of metallic eyeshadow over whatever else I’d already tried on my lips and this is the result. Don’t hate it. Wouldn’t wear it in the real world.

I wasn’t expecting anything wearable at all from tonight but it has made me want to experiment more with my usual makeup routine and try to hone my skills quite a bit more. Surely practice makes all eyeliner so much more even? Any tips for proper application or any ideas for other out there styles to try, please leave a comment!

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: trying not to freeze at work

I don’t know about anyone else but I am so over this weather.  It’s way too cold to do anything but curl up in front of a fire with a million blankets and a hot chocolate.  Too bad there’s work to go to.

One thing that is bumming me out even more than being constantly frozen is every boring outfit I’ve been wearing since Christmas.  My self inflicted uniform has basically been jeans and jumpers.  Fairly warm but so boring.

For the rest of the week I’m going to attempt to avoid jeans and stay warm.  I’ve come up with a few different outfits that, fingers crossed, will tick both boxes.  I have such high hopes from life.  To try and be a little bit more exciting, I am going to try to add some accessories into the mix.  I’m probably the worst person in the world at remembering to put any form of accessory on.  It could well just be (definitely is) that I’m far too lazy in the morning to think about much more than basic clothes and makeup.

Another big fingers crossed is for these outfits not looking quite so old lady when I’m wearing them.  I am still just about in my 20s, fashion isn’t everything (blah blah blah) but for me when every work day can start to feel like groundhog day sometimes a nice outfit can help break up the monotony.  From these pictures though, I could maybe do with reassessing my version of a nice outfit.  How do other people stay warm without looking like Joey wearing all of Chandlers clothes?  For the sake of all my co-workers, I hope I am warm enough because I know how grumpy I can be when I’m faced with 8 hours of coldness.

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: crazy trousers night

Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix the ASOS Black Friday sale with wine? I’m sure this is a burning question to most people, so here we are to answer that question.

The result is basically a shed load of trousers that seemed like they’d be a massive laugh and would be sent straight back. My credit card is very disappointed in me right now.

It’s been a communal Christmas splurge, completely unnecessary but honestly I don’t think there are any regrets. This could be the start of a quarter(ish) life crisis.

So. Here’s our attempt at styling what we bought. It goes without saying, neither of us are professional stylists but we do our best to scrub up when we have to.

Trouser #1

These got an initial ‘hmm not sure, they can probably go back’ and then they were tried on. These trousers are so comfortable and soft and plain old not black. They fit us both really well and definitely won’t be going back.

Trouser #2

For me, this was the start of a series of ‘who the hell do you think you are?’ Lizzy looks far better. I may not have found the perfect combination, but these trousers feel like they’d be so warm on a winter night out, surely that’s a reason to give them a space in the wardrobe?

Trouser #3

Velvet. Do I need to say anymore? Probably. I feel like velvet is a bit of a marmite thing, some people love it, some people can’t stand to be in the same room as it. Or is that just my sister over reacting? This pair is amazing though, so cosy and soft and are not being sent back under any circumstances.

Trouser #4

It wouldn’t be Christmas without sequins. I absolutely love these ones, they’re fully covered. Front and back sequins. Most sequin trousers I’ve looked at before that aren’t a ridiculous amount of money are little liars and are only covered on one side. Nice little bonus with these, they’ve got a nice cosy lining. Definite keepers.

Trousers #5

I feel like these metallic paper bag top things look better in person and neither of us has completely nailed the top half. They feel amazing on though. There must be the perfect top out there somewhere, that could just be the next challenge. I don’t think they’ll be going back any time soon.

Trouser #6

These look far better on Lizzy than they do on me. They’re also another pair that we had a bit of a laugh about and thought they’d be going straight back in the post. I’d say for me they are the second in the series of ‘who the hell do you think you are?’ But what’s so wrong with attempting to channel your inner badass wannabe every now and again?

Little bonus here, but when lizzy isn’t coordinating her wine with her outfit, she loves nothing more than pleather and a woolly jumper.

Trouser #7

So I think with this shop the no black challenge was in my head. Another pair of green trousers. They’re amazing though. The fabric feels great and they look pretty great on both of us.

Trouser #8

I had mixed feelings about this pair. Half thought they’d be going straight back, half had my fingers crossed they’d look pretty cool on. I think they look pretty cool (a little bit ‘who the hell do you think you are?) and they’re one of those bit of clothing that forces you into feeling confident. Winner.

So. Not entirely sure what else there is to say. I think this has been a pretty good haul. Probably a lot of what I wouldn’t have tried if wine hadn’t stepped in, but I’m very glad I’ve tried out some new styles. Luckily ASOS offers extended returns over Christmas so if any of these are still sat sad and lonely on the rail after Christmas, my credit card will be very glad to see the back of them. I’m hoping more for some pretty creative new outfits to see this year out in style. Because clothes are so important, obviously.

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: no black clothes for a week update

This week has been a pretty successful one I think. I did forget to document one day, but I’ve decided to let myself off with that one. So just to remind anyone who cares, the (very complicated) work wear challenge was to cut all black clothes out of my wardrobe for a week. When I realised how few non black items I had, I did expect this week to be a lot harder than it was. Maybe having very limited choice actually made things a little bit simpler, no over facing amount of options, all decisions were pretty much made for me.

Day 1

I can’t quite decide how much of a cheat day this was. I’d said last time black tights and shoes were allowed, but with shorts this outfit turned out to have a lot more black than it probably should have. Mixed feelings about this outfit, I was pretty comfortable all day and didn’t freeze, but the jumper was slightly too cropped and I was wearing fake leather shorts in an office full of slight perverts.

Day 2

This was a crazy day at work. Honestly not too sure how I made it through the day. I was pretty happy with my outfit choice though and there wasn’t any cheating. I was warm and comfortable all day and felt I was at a decent level of professional.

Day 3

Failed at this day. Woke up late and had plans straight after work. Worst excuse ever I know but that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. I did manage to stick with my planned outfit though so wasn’t a complete failure. I did like this outfit (I went with the jeans from day 2 with the tops) the long sleeveless jacket thing did get a little bit annoying though seeing as I was running up and down stairs all day, there were a few times when I had to take it off before I injured myself. That could just be me being a bit of an idiot though and not having the skill to wear something long and loose.

Day 4

I loved this outfit. There was a little bit of cheating at the ankles with some black heeled boots but we can all live with that, can’t we? The one downside I did have with these culottes was with the fact I never actually got around to sewing the button back on. I did spend the whole day feeling like I had a cheeky secret though, which wasn’t all bad. I need to get out more.

Day 5

The last work day wasn’t strictly a planned outfit. It was a last minute change but I actually loved it. The top might look like a cheat but I promise it’s blue and white not black and white. What better for the end of a long busy week that an outfit that you feel good about yourself in and it happens to be pretty comfortable?

Night 5

After feeling pretty good about my last minute day time outfit, I fell back into old habits with my evening outfit. My very pathetic excuse is that I was in a rush to get ready and didn’t want to make a scene at the engagement party I was heading to in front of a load of people I didn’t know. Clearly the only thing to do in that situation is to wear black and metallic grey. I do kind of wished I’d properly planned ahead and sorted myself with a more colourful outfit, but what can you do. This is an old faithful that I know I generally feel good wearing.

On the whole, this past week has been a success in my eyes. I do think I could do with investing in some more colourful (potentially brightly coloured) work suitable clothing. It did get a little bit samey basically just having a different coloured jumper each day. I realise I didn’t try anything completely mental through this week, but I would quite like to keep my job and not raise too many questions about what I’m doing with my life. Let’s see if I manage to keep any colour into the usual rotation of outfits.

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: no nail biting challenge 

Since my name has been mentioned on here a few times already I should probably introsuce myself…Hi, I’m Liz. Also known as “the housemate”, “Lizzy”, “the workmate”, “the best pal and “drinks bitch”…

So this is the start of my journey to having nicer hands and nails.

Anything would be an improvement on what they look like right now! Chipped, chewed and tatty. First things first, take that old nail varnish off! I’ve picked and bitten my nails for as long as I remember, I’m 27 now and I now see how important it is to have nice nails. If you were to guess my profession from my hands you would probably think I was a butcher or a brick layer…but no. 

The time has come for me to be a real grown up and stop destroying my nails. The real challenege will be not to bite them. I will be sharing a photo in 1 week to show the progress…in the mean time, if Hannah sees me sabotaging this challenge she has my consent to whack me. 

So I’ll wither see you next week with lovely manicured hands or a black eye.

Stay tuned.

Much love, Liz x