Thursday, 31 October 2013

Stylefruits Dress Wishlist

A note from Joelle... 
I don't usually click the ads on the sidebar of Facebook, but this time was different! And ad for Stylefruits came up and I had heard a bit about their online store, but not that much. Out of curiosity, I just clicked the ad and was amazed at the clothes on there, especially the dresses!
Stylefruits is a company that selects fashion garments from a large amount of online shops and is an interactive outlet as well as a store.
Members can pick clothes from the website and compile them into collages and even design their own to fit their personal style. I thought this was really cool, so I found some of my favourite dresses from the site and made a little wishlist. I hope you like it!


1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
I chose quite a varied mix of dresses! Are there any you like?
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

How I Wear My Converse With John Lewis

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Unaware' - Allen Stone ♫ ♪ << you HAVE to listen to this!

I love Converse shoes and frankly, I don't know anyone who doesn't! They come in really cool colours and styles and that's why they are still in fashion even when they were created waaaay back in the 1908.
The Converse I already own are a bit tatty and err, baby pink, so the awesome John Lewis team gave me some vouchers to buy a brand new pair! I popped over to the local John Lewis store and picked up these badboys! 
 Hey now, you're an all-star...
I like to wear my Converse with dresses and have always done that, whether it's the sneaker or pump-style. As it's A/W, I layer on a loose jumper or cardigan so I don't freeze to death!
I remember Hilary Duff wearing them under her ballgown in 'A Cinderella Story' and I was hooked from then-on!
Outfit - Casual for Uni:
Bandanna - made myself
Jumper - H&M
Dress - H&M
Necklace - H&M
I see a theme forming here...
Converse - John Lewis (*)
These shoes suit my style because I love to wear casual, lace-up pumps that can be worn with pretty much anything! I love the navy blue on this pair as I am usually boring and tend to play it safe with black shoes all the time. But navy blue goes with blacks and greys, and is never boring!
Do you fancy a new pair of Converse? Head over to the John Lewis site to check out the range!
How would YOU wear these Converse? Let me know!
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Style File #16 : Ella Eyre

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Waiting All Night' (acoustic) - Ella Eyre ♫ ♪

I love this girl's voice and fashion sense so much! 
Ella's style is fierce, but she can also tone it down when she wants.
I have noticed that she likes her busy prints and vibrant colours, but often dresses quite casually (in crop tops and disco pants) for performances.
I saw her in the flesh last week at the MOBO Awards, and for her performance, she wore a simple grey dress. She then later changed into bust prints for the main ceremony - so versatile!
And how beautiful is her hair? I absolutely love it!

GET THE LOOK
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Quote Of The Week

A note from Joelle... 
"If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down" - anon
Follow your dreams | via Tumblr
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Saturday, 26 October 2013

I Am Flattered By Your Fascination With Me

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'Uninvited' - Alanis Morrisette ♫ ♪

This is what I wore to uni yesterday... and of course it rained like crazy and I was splashed (Bridget Jones-style) by a passing bus. Awesome.
 Top - H&M
 I was excited to wear my new hat that was picked out for me by the Access All ASOS team and wanted to style it ASAP.
I am really into monochrome, but spiced things up by adding the really bright orange beanie. (I tried soooo hard not to use the term 'pop of colour' just then!)
Hat - ASOS (*)
 Dress (worn as a skirt) - H&M
Necklace (hair's covering it up, sorry!) - New Look
Boots - Mama's

Have a swell weekend! :)
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Friday, 25 October 2013

#AccessAllASOS

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'I Saw Her Standing There' - The Beatles ♫ ♪

A few weeks ago, I saw this cool new project ASOS were creating and on a whim, just applied to be a part of it. ASOS is my favourite outlet (that's why it's featured on this blog so much!) and was the first ever place I spent my paycheck from my first job, so I just went for it!
On Wednesday, a surge of tweet came through my twitter and Instagram feeds of bloggers and others being accepted into Access All ASOS. I was sooooooo happy for them as it's a cool new project that takes fans of ASOS behind the scenes and get one step closer to our favourite outlet.
About three minutes later, an email popped up on my phone (as I was carrying shopping home) and it said that I too had been accepted as an 'Insider' - WOOHOO!!!!! But I was so happy, I dropped my shopping and broke the box of eggs I bought - nice one, Joelle.
I can't go into too much detail what this involves right now, but when I can, y'all will be the first to know!
The next day, I opened my pigeon hole to find a parcel from ASOS. I hadn't ordered anything recently so was thinking 'errrr I think they've sent it to the wrong Joelle'.
But alas, it was for me, very much so as there was a gorgeous hand-written letter from Jayne, a member of the team.
I was kindly gifted a cool lip pencil (because of my love of writing) and an orange beanie hat (which I will be wearing to uni today)! There was also a fortune cookie (which I opened first - it's food, of course...) and it read something that made me so happy!
Enough of my nattering on now, I'll let the pictures do the talking!
Thank you so, so much to the ASOS and Access All ASOS tam for having me on board. This is going to be mega! 
It's a bit too late to apply to be an insider this year, but you can register your interest for 2014 HERE!
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Facial Pads

A note from Joelle... 
Hi guys! I'm starting beauty reviews again! It's been too long and I have missed it. Kicking things off with this Nip + Fab product!
What is it? Facial pads soaked in glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and blue daisy.
What is it meant to do? On the label it reads Exfoliating and Brightening:
For exfoliating - One side of the pad is more coarse, so easier to exfoliate the skin with and remove dirt
For brightening - The liquid used in the pad does just that. It's quite cold, but refreshing on the skin without the annoying tingling sensation afterwards.

How do you use it? Wipe pad across face, neck and decolletage. Apply to cleansed skin once or twice a day. (I do it once)

Pros: 
There are lots of pads in here, so you won't be running out in a hurry (there are 60)
-  One pad goes a long way without breaking and fraying
- There is a weak scent of the acid, nothing overpowering or sickly about it
- My face is brighter and refreshed after use
          
Cons: 
It's easy to accidentally use two or three pads at once without realising, as they are super thin!
- The pads are soaked in the liquid so it may be best to squeeze some back into the tub to use another time.

Where can I buy? Straight from the Nip + Fab website (free UK delivery on all orders!) You can also check out the other products in the 'Glycolic Fix' range HERE.
Or on other stores at Superdrug, Boots, ASOS and Debenhams (all similar prices).

Verdict: Is it worth buying? Well, if you want a refreshing wake-me-up skin boost to brighten up your complexion, this is for you. It works well for me, so I will carry on using it! 4.5/5
          
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Best Dressed at Scottish Fashion Awards 2013

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Shine On' - The Kooks ♫ ♪

This month saw the highly anticipated Scottish Fashion Awards, which honoured Scotland's finest creatives in the fashion industry. 
Hair sponsor for the night, TONY&GUY creating wave (literally) for lots of celebs on the red carpet.
It was presented by Laura Whitmore, Awards founder, Tessa Hartmann and MP Alistair Carmichael. 
Chanel won 'Scottish International Designer of the Year', Christopher Kane won 'Best Scottish Designer' and Pam Hogg was awarded with the Creative Excellence award! 
Now onto the celebrity fashion!
How beautiful does actress Louise Linton look in this sparkling gown?
Credit: DAVID M BENETT
Presenter Laura Whitmore all in black (loving the heels!)
credit: Joel Ryan - Invision
Musician Yasmin in funky-print shirt-dress
credit: Joel Ryan - Invision
Singer Amy MacDonald in monochrome with scalloped detail
credit: Joel Ryan - Invision
David Gandy looking dapper, as always!
credit: Joel Ryan - Invision
Who was your best dressed on the night?
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes

A note from Joelle... 
Here's the recipe for the amazing cupcakes my friends and I made last week! 

Ingredients:
120g Unsalted Butter
100g White Chocolate
2 Medium Eggs
200g Self Raising Flour
150g Caster Sugar
100g Fresh Raspberries
A splash of Vanilla Extract
A splash of milk (optional)

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and prepare the muffin cases in the tins
2.  Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
3. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and continue to stir
4. Gently fold in the flour, bits at a time. Try not to knock the air out of the mixture!
5. If the mixture is looking a bit thick, add a splash of milk and stir
6. Add in the chopped chocolate and raspberries, then stir gently
7. Add in the fresh raspberries, but don't crush them (or turn the batter pink) by stirring too much!
7. Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 20 mins.
8. Allow to cool for 20 mins and then serve (or decorate with buttercream icing and more fruit)!
Ta Da!
Let me know if you give these a try!
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

MOBO Awards 2013

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Azonto' - Fuse ODG ♫ ♪


Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! This past weekend has been so surreal. I finally got to see my friend in her hometown and travel to the West side of Scotland for the MOBO awards!
I got the bus from Aberdeen on Saturday morning and travelled down to Glasgow. It was a smooth three hour ride and I had wifi and a socket to charge my phone, so I was happy! 
My phone died near the beginning of the show and I wasn't allowed to use my big camera in the arena, so these pics are a bit crap, soz!
So Solid Crew reuniting!
The 'Armadillo'
When I arrived, I was sooooooooo happy to meet up with H, who I haven't seen since early this year. We went for a lovely pub meal and then she showed me some cool places in the city, like the Museum, Armadillo (shaped) centre, the Hydro (where we were going later for the MOBOs and other places. 

The Show:
 Standard grainy iPhone selfie!
 We thought we were late, but we got to the Hydro in the nick of time! On our way in, we saw sooooo many female guests dolled up in ball gowns, party dresses and amazing high heels. The fashion was extreme on both ends of the scale, haha!
We had a mixup with our tickets and ended up sitting further away from the seats we paid for, but we could still see everything, so it was all good.
We watched Tinie Tempah, Iggy Azalea, AlunaGeorge, Fuse ODG, Rudimental, So Solid Crew and Laura Mvula perform, which was an incredible experience. It was my fourth time seeing Tinie Tempah and second seeing Laura Mvula, but Fuse ODG brought the house down with 'Antenna' and 'Azonto'!! 
Naughty Boy and Laura Mvula were the big winners of the night, scooping 2 awards each! Tinie Tempah, Kendrick Lamar  Rudimental and Fuse ODG were also winners!
 I did hope that my old school chums Disclosure would win something, but alas, 'twas not meant to be tonight!
The dress I wore on the night from New look! I also wore New Look platform heels (bought ages ago) and a New Look necklace!
That was a total coincidence! 

We then headed off into town after the awards. It was such a fab night! I am planning to come back to GTown very soon!

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Raspberry and White Chocolate Blondies

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Sunday Girl' - Blondie ♫ ♪ 

(It's sunday and i made blondies, get it? ;))

 Hello, you beautiful people! Last Wednesday a few friends of mine came round to my flat and we made blondies and cupcakes (both with white chocolate and fresh raspberries). It was in aid of the #GreatPinkBakeoff, which is raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Ingredients:
125g Unsalted Butter
200g White Chocolate
2 Medium Eggs
130g Plain Flour
100g Caster Sugar
Fresh Raspberries

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
2. Chop up the white chocolate roughly and add it to the butter. Melt it in the microwave until both are liquid.
3. Stir the butter/chocolate mixture until thick and a fully combined.
4. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and eggs until thick. 
5. Sieve in the flour, then add the butter/chocolate mixtures.
6. Add in the fresh raspberries, but don't crush them (or turn the batter pink) by stirring too much!
7. Pour the mixture into a greased square tin and bake for 35-40 mins.
8. When ready (with a nice brown top), allow to cool for 10 mins and then cut into squares and serve!
Et Voila! 
I hope you try these little babies and enjoy!
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