BUTTON DOWNS, LACE UPS AND SMASHBOX FIREBALL

button down denim skirt
I can honestly say, I don't think that there is a single outfit I've blogged about that I've not really enjoyed wearing - you know, barring those from nigh on 3 years ago when skull scarves and the khaki/pleather combo coats were all the rage [insert cringe/"did I really?" emoji here] - but there are just some outfits that I really, really love wearing. They're my comfort zone, I feel most confident in them and I know I'll love them forever.

... And I won't look back in 3 years time and think "what the fuck hell was I thinking even wearing this, let alone blogging about it?"

Today's outfit is one of the aforementioned "timeless (in my eyes)" outfits that I will always go back to, wear each individual item a bijillion - totally a word, right? - times and will never tire of.

Said outfit.
button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
blogger on steps
Lace up flats: New Look (no longer in stock but similar here)
Button Down skirt which I am SO in love with: Celeb Look*
Off Shoulder top: Primark (similar here)
Bag: Zara
button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
#ArseShot
Not one to save the best for last, I'm going right in with what has already - as in, I only received it two weeks ago - become my most worn item this summer. This button down skirt* by Celeb Look is exactly what I'd been looking for for months now and it came at exactly the right time. It's the perfect length; not too "here's my arse fella's" short but it's also not too long and restricting. I wore it in my latest video which was a Summer Lookbook video (I'll link/embed that below so you can see it in action) and it got so many lovely comments.
off shoulder top
off shoulder top
The off shoulder top is one that I rely on (far too) often. There's something about a bare d├ęcolletage - ooh er - that just makes me feel good. This one from Primark provokes the biggest "should've got it in every colour" regrets for me because I've worn it to death and I just know that I'll continue to do so.
lace up shoes
Those lace ups. I featured these a little while ago now - further terrifying proof that time really is flying by - and I still love them just as much as I did then. They're that perfect "Dressier than a normal flat, but without the heel" shoe and I am all for those.
smashbox fireball
smashbox fireball
smashbox fireball
In a complete and utter contradiction to the theme of this post - i.e comfort zones, wear all day ehhr day things - the lipstick that I've gone for today is totally, totally out of my comfort zone. You see, I don't really wear red lipstick. At all. I just don't feel like I've found one that totally suits me and if I'm being really honest, I just prefer nude pinks on me. However, Smashbox Fireball came into my life recently and I just thought it was the perfect lip to go alongside this plain, boring, snoozeworthy, monochromatic outfit. A bright, matte orange toned red lip, it sits so comfortably on the skin, lasts for hours and whilst I still don't feel totally confident with a red lip, it does give me all those sassy vibes.

And I am all for those sassy vibes...

So, before I use the phrase "sassy" far more times than is really acceptable, I'll wrap this post up here. In short, button down skirts, lace up heels and off shoulder tops are 100% for me. Red lips on the other hand, are probably not. But hey, we all need to feel just one step closer to being Taylor Swift at times, right? Right... ;)


As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

A SMASHBOX MASTERCLASS AND DINNER AT HOI POLLOI

Smashbox matte lipstick
So, you know that time - well, times - that I said I'd stop boring the life out of you raving about blog events I've been to for fear of becoming repetitive/boring you/coming across as a massive brag (I hope to god this isn't the case as it isn't intended that way at all)... Well, I've kinda gone back on that promise.

You see, I was invited to an event on Tuesday which involved an introduction to Smashbox's new range, launching their pop up store in Boxpark, Shoreditch - you know, where all the "trendy" kids hang - mingling with the loveliest blogger beauties and an incredible meal at a restaurant I'd heard raved about... basically, it was pretty much blogger perfection, which is exactly why I'm waxing lyrical about it today.
Smashbox UK
Smashbox UK
Smashbox matte lipstick
I arrived slightly early - #ControlFreakProblems - and used my time wisely by instagramming the life of lipsticks perusing the makeup counters, swatching every product in existence and in the process, turning my hand into a human/makeup rainbow. (As all the best bloggers do, right?)
Smashbox foundations
Smashbox o glow
smashbox primer water
smashbox foundation
Perusing done, time for the masterclass with the wonderful Janine Bird, national makeup coach for Smashbox where we were taken through some of Smashbox's incredible new launches/existing favourites - which will be popping up in a blog post soon - as well as a closer look into strobing (actually a really old technique which has now just been giving a jazzy name and lots of hype), grey eyeliner and a gorgeous burgundy lip. I've been part of many masterclasses before but Janine really is just one of those infectious people that you want to listen to/soak up her knowledge/possess all her makeup skills (please and thank you?) so it was a joy to listen to her and watch her work.
Smashboxpark
Smashbox London
Smashbox london
Smashboxpark
Myself and the lovely blogger ladies being pushed ;) jumping into the ring light/selfie stick situation. All of the ladies are tagged on my Instagram so be sure to go and check them out, total babes [insert heart emoji's here]
Smashbox eyeliners
Smashbox primers
Makeup stuffs done, time for the most important part the food...
We were taken to the Hoi Polloi which is a gorgeous restaurant in the Ace Hotel London. Despite having a tiny bit of trouble actually finding the place - just in case you were wondering, you enter via the flower shop next to the Ace Hotel which has no signage for Hoi Polloi [insert confused face emoji here] - once we were in, I knew we were in for a treat. We started with cocktails - a Vada Colada for myself because it sounded posh and I'm really not it sounded so tasty - and went on to stalk the menu with very excited faces.
Did I mention that after telling the waiter that I had coeliac disease and asking for the gluten free options, I was then brought out this gluten free bread? Oh I never? shame on me. Bread makes me a very happy girl so I knew my relationship with Hoi Polloi was a Love at first chat kinda one ;)
To start, I went for the Cured salmon, beetroot, cucumber and smoked yogurt which was actually stunning. I am the least snobbish person - give me a McDonalds (cheeseburger without the bun #coeliacproblems) and I'm happy - but this really was something special. As well as being common easily pleased, I am also the furthest thing from a food critic, so bear with my awful desciptions. The salmon combined the smoked yogurt really was just so delicious.... BRB, just drooling and day dreaming over the dreamiest starter...
For my main, I went for the Seabass, asparagus and hollandaise which again, was ridiculously tasty. We all shared a mixture of sides with the kale, garlic and peanuts being a particular favourite of mine. Not to mention those dripping chips... [insert heart eye'd emoji's here]
You know that feeling when you're fit to burst but know that if you don't get dessert and somebody else does, you're going to have all the food envy in the world? Well, that happened, and subsequently so did the Coconut sorbet, pineapple, passionfruit and lime which was possibly the freshest dessert I've ever eaten. I'd highly, highly recommend this.
After rolling home a stone or two heavier - absolutely no regrets - I thought that that was the end to the perfect event. But then I opened my goodie bag the next day to find these delights. All the Smashbox goodies (which I tried that day and am blown away by, post coming soon) as well as an amazing Diana F camera. So a huge thank you to Smashbox for totally, totally spoiling us.
So, that brings me to the end of this "Omg, best event everrr"/"Omg that food though..." roundup of my Smashbox masterclass and Hoi Polloi post, I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I would love to know if you have any Smashbox favourites? Have you visited their pop up store in BoxPark? Also, let me know if you've been to Hoi Polloi, any foodie recommendations for my return are very welcome :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx 
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