Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday summary #8

Yet again, it's been forever since I've done a Sunday Summary blog post! I've tried to leave out any uni related photos so that I can do another post specifically on my fashion work (you can see the first one here), which has been rather hard as I feel like that's all I'm doing right now! I'm both happy and sad that the weather's starting to warm up - happy because I absolutely love the sun, but sad because I have to enjoy it from inside, or occasionally at the weekend :)

I watched the entire five series of Breaking Bad this term in less than a month. I was totally hooked and I'm pretty sad that it's over forever now, but I'm gonna watch it again from the start one day. It amused me how much the blue Jolly Ranchers look like Walter's blue crystal meth!
I'm starting to do some more beauty related posts on my blog recently, as I love doing my hair and make up as much as any other girl, so why not share my thoughts on products! The first of many is this review of the Model's Own new Hyper Gel nail polishes which you can see here :)
 We have a balcony on one of the bedrooms of our uni house, so on Sundays we like to all hang on there for an hour or two in the sun. #balconybants

I've recently left the dark side and gone blonde. It still needs one or two more sessions until it's the proper blonde that I'd like, but I'm loving it already! This photograph was taken when I was testing out my new Benefit Lollitint so if you'd like to see the full review you can see it here :)
 How gorgeous are these vintage locks!? I found them when fabric shopping in London and I think I'm gonna have to go back and purchase one! They're about as big as my palm, and the keys work on them still, I just need to find something I can lock up!
Primark have got it absolutely spot on with these My Little Pony pajama bottoms!

Some little outfit details - the skirt is from Topshop and the rings are from Waiste Vintage.
A recent black and white Wednesday wishlist which you can check out here :) 
Have any of you guys been using these Carex hand washes?! I'm absolutely obsessed with them, the smells are so realistic! I picked up Strawberry Laces, Chocolate Orange and Cola Bottles flavours. The Strawberry Laces one is currently in my bathroom and it makes me happy every time I use it!

Isn't this just the cutest kind of graffiti you've ever seen!? I go to an arts university so I'm not sure if it was part of someones project, but balloon art on the walk home from uni definitely cheered me up!
My friend Tim works at the local Starbucks so he gave us personalised names on our cups haha!
The Kings Pub in Norwich has the cutest pin-up wallpaper in their toilets, I really want to do this in my bathroom when I get my own house!

Need to get yourself a new notepad? Then be sure to check out Wilkinsons, how cute is this little doggie one?!
I've given my blog a little makeover recently and I really like the way it looks now. It included a lot of searching on Google for how to use HTML (I used to be so good back in the Myspace days) but I'm definitely feeling like change is a good idea.
When Joe came to visit last month we went to Biddy's Tea Room in Norwich, which is basically my favourite place right now! For under a tenner you can get unlimited tea, a few huge sandwiches and crisps, then a cake of your choice, all served in mismatching vintage floral china. If you're ever in the area you should definitely go there for lunch, it's all so beatifically decorated too! :)

The nearer it's getting to Summer, the more I'm getting excited for bringing out my colourful wardrobe including some lovely pastels. This jumper is actually from Primark and it's one of my favourites lately. You can read this full blog post here :)
I've eventually got around to sitting down today and reading this issue of Company magazine including lots of lovely bloggers who's blogs I love anyways!
Lastly but not leastly, a very happy Mother's Day to my beautiful mummy! I love this picture of us so much, I'm such a squished little chipmunk!

In the last Sunday Summary post, I promised I'd start leaving my favourite song/band at the time. This week I booked my ticket for Reading Festival. It'll be the first time I ever go to Reading and I cannot wait, so many of my favourite bands are playing. I've only started listening to Die Antwoord recently but they are fast becoming another favourite, and I can't wait to see them live this Summer!

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Love Dani :)

Monday, 24 March 2014

Fluffy jumper and Dresslily necklace :)

With being so busy at uni all the time, I feel like I haven't had the time to really dress up much lately, so when we do have the occasional night out I love using it as an excuse to get really dolled up! I'll plan my outfits in advance and this combo is my recent favourite, it's definitely going to be used for the next night out, even if it is on my birthday night out at the end of April!

 Primark duck blue fluffy crop top - £10.00

I recently bought this jumper in both black and blue from Primark, and they're definitely my most favourite buys recently! They keep you warm on a cold night out, but they're light enough to be worn during a sunny day too! This blue colour is absolutely gorgeous too and I can't wait to wear them loads more! :)

I was kindly sent this necklace from DressLily and it has quickly become my favourite SS14 go-to necklace! There are so many pretty colours in it which means that it goes well with lots of different coloured clothing. I've had it go well with pink, blue, cream, white and black so far! The black roping is a nice detail too as it means that the necklace is slightly less formal and can be worn during the day too.

DressLily is an online shop which is based in China and ship internationally. I was slightly worried about how long the necklace might take to arrive, but it did arrive within a week or two. The best bit is that flat rate shipping (7-20 days) is actually free of charge, and you can pay via Paypal too which is always the safest way to pay for anything online!

I've enjoyed writing this blog post as it has gotten me really excited for Spring and Summer, and wearing lots of pretty pastel colours again! I'm sure both of these items will be making a comeback in my blog soon and I aim to start actually taking some 'OOTD' photographs this Summer as I've been far too lazy/scared to in the past! Wish me luck! :)

Thanks for reading :)
What are you looking forward to wearing this S/S14?
Would you wear this combo together?
Love Dani :)

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Benefit Lollitint cheek and lip stain review and swatches! :)

I would describe my blog as a fashion, beauty and vintage blog, but it has been lacking in the beauty side of things recently so I've been trying to post a few beauty reviews here and there to spice it up a little! As a student studying Fashion Design day in and day out, it's quite nice to step back from it all and appreciate doing the little things like your make up for a night out! The course has been really stressful lately and I've been to busy that I haven't even had time to do my hair or make up properly in ages, so when we have the occasional Friday night out it's really fun to get to try some of my products I've had sitting in a make up bag waiting to be used!

 The product I've pulled outta the make up bag today is Lolli Tint from Benefit. It is a 'Candy Orchid Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain' which they recently released for S/S 14. This is actually the first cheek or lip stain I have ever owned, and I'm loving it so far. The first thing I noticed was how lovely the packaging itself was! Benefit always have gorgeous packaging, and I must admit that even though I'm not always the girliest girl, pink is definitely my favourite colour!

The instructions are quick and easy, literally just brush a little of the product onto your cheek or lips and quickly blend in. You can layer the product up for a darker look if you wish, but I usually find that just one little stroke is enough to give you a lovely colour. I love the words 'flirtiest flush' and 'dreamy sweetness' in the description of the product, and I most definitely agree!

The product itself almost looks like a little nail varnish pot and brush. I love the metallic finishing on the pot itself and it is nice and small so that you can easily fit it in your handbag. The colour itself actually happens to be the Pantone colour of 2014 - Radiant Orchid, which is a gorgeous purple-y pink, slightly more purple than Benefit Posietint.

How cute are the little fold-out instructions booklet that comes with these Benefit tints?! I really love the fashion illustrations with step-by-step pictures which are simplistic and stylish, just how I like it! :)

Here is a swatch of the product on the skin, and the product rubbed in. This swatch is on my arm so it will look slightly different on your face and depending on your skin tone, but you can see the lovely light purple shade that is left once it has been rubbed in. 

This photo was taken before a night out recently where I was wearing the Benefit Lollitint just on my cheeks. You can see even from a distance how lovely the colour is, and it has quickly become my go-to blusher/tint! It isn't the cheapest product at £24.50, but anyone who has bought a liquid product from Benefit before, will know that it literally lasts for about a year, or more, so I would definitely say that it is worth the investment, and that I would repurchase it again! For those of you who don't follow me on instagram (@floraldanielle), I have been starting to dye my hair blonder for the Summer!

Thanks for reading :)
Do you own any of the Benefit tints?
Would you invest in Lollitint?
Love Dani :)

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Wednesday wishlist #14

So I'm back with another Wednesday wishlist, because my life is literally all about wanting to spend money that I do not have! There's a lovely monochrome feel this week - since dying my hair blonder I seem to be wearing loads of black and white again because I don't look gothic anymore when I wear all black! And because they go with everything :) I'm starting to get really excited about leaving university now and thinking about moving out with Joe, or redecorating my bedroom and my sisters old bedroom in my house with dad into a studio/sewing room. I'll probably write a Pinterest inspiration blog post again soon as I've seen so many cool ideas!

 Okay so as per usual, the items in my wishlist are totally out of my price range. Well, as a student, nothing is really in my price range but we won't talk about that ;) BUT HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS DRESS!? Floral print, check. Maxi length, check. Cheeky bit of thigh on show, check. This is literally the perfect Summer dress for me and when the weather starts to warm up a little I may have to invest!

Since watching the third series of American Horror Story, I've really wanted to get a black floppy hat and join the coven! (I'm only halfway through the series so please no spoilers!) They're such a simple accessory to chuck on top of a plain outfit to make it a bit nicer! I'm so lazy with what I'm wearing at the moment as I'm literally going to uni, making clothes all day then coming back home to bed, but a nice hat is always needed! :)

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Months later, I'm still obsessed with this sun and moon print! I have the long sleeved crop top and skater skirt combo which I love to mix and match, and now I've come across this backpack version I really want it! It's quite expensive for a bag but at least you can get 20% off with my discount code, and it looks nice and big to carry all my uni stuff to and from the studio!

I've nearly used up my whole large Yankee candle, but I did get it in first year of uni, and I'm now in my third so that's not too bad seen as I literally use it every day! I definitely think they're worth the price as the scents are so strong and nice! I like the sound of this white one, and I feel like it would smell really 'homely' but I need to smell it in store to check I like it. It's got 25% off online at the moment though so I might just grab it while I can ;)

I didn't know there was Zara homeware shops until my best friend started showing me all the lovely bits she'd started picking up from there! She then bought me a glass jar from there, pretty similar to this but circular, for Christmas which I have to fill up with memories from throughout the year, and I can't open them until Christmas next year! How exciting! I'm not sure what I'd use this one for, probably a very expensive cotton bud holder, but it's so lovely!

I've had my Pandora charm bracelet for a good few years now, and not many of the charms have WOWED me. I've got some lovely ones from my boyfriend including a 'mother of pearl' heart one, and my housemates bought me a cute little house charm which I love, but I haven't seen any in a while that I've felt like I really needed... until now! Keeping up with my celestial obsession, they've brought out a charm which has a moon on one side and a sun on the other... literally perfection! :)

I saw this cup on Pinterest a few months back and I knew that it would be something that Joe would love as he's into his pirate ships and krakens haha, but the more I look at it the more I actually love it! The pricing here is a bit weird as it's from America so I converted it to pounds, and I'm not sure how much postage would be, but I'd really like a cup with a little octopus in!

Aren't these shoes to die for?! I recently actually invested in them as the styling for my graduate collection photoshoot, and I intended to take them back, but the only problem is though, that the model has the same size feet as me, and these shoes are lovely! So I think I might just end up keeping them to be honest! :)

Thanks for reading :)
What is currently on your wishlist?
And which is your favourite thing from my wishlist?
Love Dani :)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Models Own Hyper Gel nails review and swatches! :)

I'd hear loads of good things about Models Own's new collection of nail varnishes called 'Hyper Gel's, so when they did a 50% off sale on the website to launch the products, I knew I needed to get my hands on a few of them! They're only £5 to begin with, so to get them for £2.50 each was a total bargain. I only bought my favourite 4 out of the 10 to choose from, but I went for the four I thought I would use the most. I bought a couple of other Model's Own goodies, but for now I'll leave those until another day!

I'm really happy with how the nail polish came out. The gel shine finish really does give off the professional look of a salon finish. All these colours are literally after only two coats and they are so thick. Perfect for if you're in a rush and only have a small amount of time to throw on some nail varnish.

I decided to go for a red shade as you literally can never have too many red nail polishes! I love having red lips and nails at the same time and I feel like it literally will go with any hair colour! It's a really glamorous pin-up style red and I can't wait to wear it out :)

I've recently dyed my hair blonder and it's made me realise I love pink again (oh dear!) but I thought I may as well treat myself to a girly pink shade of nail polish. I love the bubblegum/pastel pink colour of this nail varnish and I'm sure I will be getting lots of use out of it!

I absolutely love this nude shade! I don't really own many natural coloured nail varnishes and I think this will look lovely with a simplistic monochrome outfit. It's a really lovely shade for Spring too actually and I'm sure I will get loads of use of it too!

I'd been after a white nail varnish for a while now so I was really happy that there was a bright white shade in the Hyper Gels range. I know to some people it'll look like I've just put tippex on my nails, but I really like that look! The white shade is actually the only one that I've had the chance to wear out yet, and I must admit that it did start to chip the next day BUT I do study a fashion course which requires me to be hands-on all day everyday... AND I didn't use a base coat or a top coat, so I'm definitely willing to give them another go as they're such gorgeous colours! :)

Thanks for reading :)
Which is your favourite shade out of the four I bought?
Do you own any of the Hyper Gel nail polishes?
Do you think I should do some more beauty posts on my blog?
Love Dani :)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Favourite bloggers of the month #4

Yet again, I'm super duper behind with my 'Favourite bloggers of the month' post! It's turning into more of a faves of the season post, and for this I apologise! I'm literally swimming in third year uni work, and I will be until I finish in May, but I promise that once I'm all done for good, blog posts will be regular, hopefully even daily, which should be fun! :) I do love doing these blog posts though, it's lovely to be able to show you some of my favourite bloggers who influence me, and it's also nice to go back through their blog and find some of my all time favourite outfits of theirs!

My first favourite blogger of this month is the gorgeous Sade from In My Sunday Best. I've been a fan of Sade's blog for what seems like years now, way back when she had a little pixie crop! She literally suits every single hairstyle I've seen her have too, jealous. She has so many lovely clothes, and I love the way she mixes vintage and modern finds together (including loads of cute shirts and charity shop bargains!) I love how cute she is in her natural smiling photographs too!

Introduce yourself and your blog?
Hello! I'm Sade and I blog at I started my blog during my first year of univeristy as a method of coping with boredom and loneliness and it has spiralled into so much more! :)

Where does your blog name come from? 
My blog name comes from Ebony Bones "The Muzik" lyrics! "Sitting on doorsteps... In my Sunday best" - I love that song and it just fits perfectly.

Where are your favourite places to shop for clothes and accessories? 
Everywhere and anywhere that fits my student budget to be honest but I'm partial to a good bit of vintage, ASOS, Warehouse and Zara! 

Do you have a favourite style icon?
 So many! From Dorothy Dandrige, to Audrey Hepburn, sometimes it's patterns or colours even feelings that inspire how I dress. 

Which song/songs do you have on repeat recently? 
I've been listening to "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit on repeat lately. 

Which item of clothing can you not stop wearing recently? 
I've been wearing my new Camel coat from Warehouse obsessively lately. I just love the colour and how well it goes with everything, plus it's a boyfriend fit which makes it even better!

 Don't forget you can also follow Sade on Twitter, Instagram and Like her page on Facebook :)

My second favourite blogger from this month is the babe that is Charlotte from IAmCharlotteMartin. I am obsessed with her simplistic, monochromatic wardrobe with an odd splash of colour. She posts her OOTDs, hair tutorials, fashion posts and more. She has lovely bleach blonde hair and legs to literally die for.

Introduce yourself and your blog?
My name is Charlotte Martin, I'm 21 years old and I'm from Newcastle Upon Tyne but currently finishing up my last year studying in Nottingham. I started my blog quite simply as a way to record different outfits, inspiration etc I was already using platforms like Tumblr and Polyvore and it seemed like a natural progression to record what I'd actually worn.

Where does your blog name come from?
My blog name 'iamcharlottemartin' is pretty much self explanatory. The Charlotte Martin domain was already taken so I just went with the next best thing. I have a certain air of smugness when I hear people saying how much they hate their blog names.

Where are your favourite places to shop for clothes and accessories?
My favourite places to shop for in terms of budget are Monki and H&M but I also do a lot of searching online using eBay.

Do you have a favourite style icon?
I wouldn't say I have one particular style icon but Debbie Harry is a dream.

Which song/songs do you have on repeat recently?
Anything by Interpol is on repeat (especially PDA) at the moment as well as Age of Consent by New Order and the Jacques Green remix of Body Party by Ciara.

Which item of clothing can you not stop wearing recently?
I never stop wearing leather jacket and my leather jacket of choice at the moment is a slightly cropped, boxy piece from Missguided.

Don't forget you can also follow Charlotte on Twitter and Instagram :)

My final favourite blogger this month is the lovely Megan from What's New Pussycatt. I'm absolutely in love with Megan's sense of style. She literally suits everything, and I'm so jealous of her oversized coats collection. Particularly the blue outfit below, it's not something that I would've ever thought to put together myself but it's such a nice look. Not forgetting to mention she's absolutely gorgeous too! :)

Introduce yourself and your blog?
Iyaaaaaaa, I'm Megan and I write fashion blog, I'm 21 and from Manchester. My blog is approaching it's first birthday hurray, I initially started my blog as a little online diary to keep track of my adventures as a fashion uni student, whilst on my placement year from uni. It is just kind of took off from there, where I, as cheesy as it sounds, pretty much fell in love with blogging and the whole little community that comes with it!

Where does your blog name come from?
I have no idea why I chose the name of my blog, to be completely I honest I don't like it anymore! I'd love to change it!

Where are your favourite places to shop for clothes and accessories?
My favourite shops are Topshop & Zara, hands down! However, for me though ASOS is my one stop shop for clothing, they do no wrong in my eyes!

Do you have a favourite style icon?
Alexa Chung has been my style icon since I was about 14 years old, I remember first getting my hair cut like hers and feeling super cool! Now I only take aspects of her style into mine, and I have deffo found my own personal style. But I think its great to be influenced! I also love Laura Jackson, she is deffo on Alexa's tail in the style stakes!

Which song/songs do you have on repeat recently?
My favourite singer at the minute is Keaton Henson, he has the most beautiful voice, if not a little haunting and heart breaking! It's the perfect album to chill out to!

Which item of clothing can you not stop wearing recently?
A statement coat is my piece of the season, I have acquired way too many; I'm worried my door is going to fall off it's hinges under the strain of them all!

Don't forget you can also follow Megan on Twitter and Instagram :)

Thanks for reading :)
I hope you've found some lovely new blogs to follow!

Did you already follow all these girlies?

Love Dani