31 Jan 2015

TODAY: Checks

coat: Fashion Pills* | blouse: Fashion Pills*| jeans: 7 For All Mankind | bag: Phillip Lim Pashli | boots: Topshop | sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (borrowed from Charissa!) 

I'm surprised I don't look like a massive grouch in these photos, as it was absolutely baltic (which my boyfriend tells me is a very northern thing to say...). I managed to quickly get two outfit posts done before running home, via Starbucks for a hot chocolate, as it's just too darn cold for outfit photos these days! I genuinely can't wait for summer, as I'll be able to get much more done on an evening/weekend once I start my new job! Promise I'll stop complaining about the weather soon, but as someone who is constantly cold (and now has a goddamn cold, thanks weather/dad) it really does get to me!

Anyway, the jacket and blouse come from a lovely site called Fashion Pills, who have their own items (of which these are) and stock brands such as Cheap Monday and Glamorous. I picked this super lovely black and white jacket, despite being a bit chilly right now to wear alone, I know I'll get a lot of use out of it when the weather warms up a little. It's really nice material too and has wool in it, so it's great quality! I'm a bit obsessed with wrap blouses right now, so picked this beautiful white one. It wraps over at the back too which is pretty and no doubt I'll be wearing it to death over S/S!

Today I'm at my boyfriend's house feeling very sorry for myself. So I'm gonna write a few blog posts, watch deathnote on netflix and drink as much water as I can to get rid of this cold! Hope you're having a great weekend so far!

Check out my blog sale if you get a second - it has to end tomorrow!

Helen x
ps. Check out these blogs: Abracadabra GirlA Dash of GingerGyudy's Notes of Beauty and Adventures of an Anglophile
 
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30 Jan 2015

STYLE: The WeStyle App


Just a quick post from me today, as I'm sharing my latest App discovery: WeStyle. For all of you that love sharing your outfits, or want an opinion on something you're trying on in the fitting room, you can snap it and share it with the community and get instant opinions. Think instagram, but entirely style based!

You can also browse (as you can see on the screen above) everyone else's style for inspiration or to share the love! I've found lots of style I want to steal, so it's worth a browse if you're stuck in a style rut. There's several sections from 'discovery' where you can look through, your homepage which has the looks from everyone you follow, your notifications to see what people have to say and your profile. The part where you take your snaps is really cool too, as you can pick different layouts, from one main outfit to two side by side or four squares. There's plenty to pick from and ideal if you can't decide what to wear and want some opinions on it!

I'll be sharing my style on there soon (when I don't have a cold and am permanently in my pj's!) so feel free to follow me at 'thelovecatsinc'! You can download the WeStyle app for free in the App store, build your profile and start sharing your style! It's a really lovely app, so make sure you get it!

Helen x
ps. Check out these blogs: Abracadabra GirlA Dash of GingerGyudy's Notes of Beauty and Adventures of an Anglophile
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BEAUTY: 3 Masks for Clarifying and Cleansing


Cleansing and clarifying masks, typically of the clay variety, have been staples in my routine for such a long time now. I don't know what my blemish prone skin would do without the calming, spot reducing properties that these wonderful masks possess. I try to use a clay based mask at least once a week, as it really does make such a difference to the overall clarity of my skin, so I'll run through a few favourites if you're in the market for a new one!

First up is my most used mask, the amazing REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask. I've repurchased this three or four times now, as it does do wonders for really refining the look of my skin. Now, pores obviously don't disappear, but they do appear to reduce in size plus the clay draws out impurities so you're left with cleaner and more clarified looking complexion. A perfect one if you're new to clay masks, as it really gets the job done and it's the cheapest of the three too!

Next is the Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Mask which is one I highly rate. It calls itself a purifying mask and I totally agree, as its slightly thicker clay texture and natural properties means it really gets into your pores and cleans out all dirt and grime. I really like this one and it's been a staple for a long time.

Finally, a slightly newer addition to my collection, the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque. Now, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this mask as it's absolutely brilliant at cleaning deep down and refining skin, but it does bring everything to the surface so you tend to be a bit spotty for a few days after using it. When that clears though, you're left with much nicer skin! I tend to keep this to once a month use, or when my skin is feeling particularly congested!

So they're my favourite clay masks - let me know yours! Oh and check out my blog sale, as it ends soon!

Helen x
ps. Check out these blogs: Abracadabra GirlA Dash of GingerGyudy's Notes of Beauty and Adventures of an Anglophile
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