Sunday, 22 December 2013

My Winter Bucket List | Countdown To New Years!

Sunday, 22 December 2013


It occurred to me today that we only have less than one month left of 2013. This thought actually scares me a bit, and pulls me into quite a reflective mood. For example, how well I have spent the past year? Have I spent the majority of it doing things I love, being thankful, taking risks, taking chances, trying new things?

Luckily I'm quite happy to say that I have achieved some of these things. I've definitely done things that required stepping out of my comfort zone, met so many new people, made some friends, lost some, made some mistakes, learnt some lessons etc. I've had some great times and I've had some challenging ones. Through the good and the bad, I've certainly made some lifetime memories, but I don't want it to end there.

I have less than one more month to gain even more life experiences, perhaps even turn things around for myself. At the least, I just want to enjoy the last bit of 2013 we have. Life is far too short to be miserable, after all!

Feel free to join me on this mission, and use some of my ideas listed below for your very own December bucket list.. and do let me know if you think of any more cool suggestions :-)

Here we go!



What do you have planned for the rest of 2013?

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years, stylicias! 

Xxx

Monday, 16 December 2013

Review | Wrappz Phone Case for iPhone 5c (in Pink)

Monday, 16 December 2013


Hi guys!

Long time no see, I know.. I have got to stop making disappearing acts haven't I? I'm so good at this now I should be part of a magician's show!

Seriously though, I know it's been a very long time since I last blogged, and I guess all it's really down to is the fact that I'm having a really hectic December. I've just started a new job and am in most days when I'm not at college, and as a result of that new job and other new people I've met over the past few months, I'm finally having a bit more of a social life at the weekends, haha.

So as of right now, I can't make any frequent commitments to this blog. I'll definitely try and post whenever I have a spare minute to myself, but whilst I'm adjusting to all these new changes in my life and building up a solid routine that I can live with without wanting to pull my hair out, you'll have to bare with me!

ANYWAY.. Let's begin with my review!


About a fortnight ago, Wrappz.com contacted me kindly asking whether I would like to write a review on one of their phone cases in exchange for a free case and a lovely discount for all my readers.. and of course, how could I refuse?!

I have actually purchased a few phone skins from Wrappz before, back in the days when I had my Blackberry Curve 9320, and even then I was pretty impressed. What I love about the cases and skins, though, is that they're all customisable, so you can choose from your own photos or select from hundreds of free designs on the website.

As you can see above, I chose a design based on one of my favourite photographs of beautiful pink architecture, and I have to say - I'm very happy with how it turned out on the case!


My screen could definitely do with a wipe!
 The cases are specially designed using temperature resistant polymers along with the highest quality materials, and from what I can tell so far, it definitely is a high-quality product. The case feels sturdy, not flimsy or easily breakable, and I will admit I have dropped my phone a few times since buying the case.. no damage has been visibly done to the case, and most importantly, none to the phone!

I also think the case looks really good against the pink colour of the iPhone 5c. I was rather worried at first about whether it would look wrong - I guess, when you already have a coloured phone, you have to be careful about the cases you get! But, I was pleasantly surprised, and am really happy with the overall product.



I'm also delighted to say that I can give you all an exclusive discount to get your very own personalised phone skin! 

Just head on over to Wrappz.com and type in "freeskin" at the checkout - the only thing you'll need to pay for is postage.

Thanks for the free case Wrappz - I would definitely recommend!

What do you guys think of the case? Where do you like to buy yours from? :-)

Have a fantastic week, hopefully I'll see you again before Christmas! X



Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Wednesday Favourites #1: Kitchen Beauty Remedies, Making The Most of Small Interiors, & More

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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Hello you beauties! 

Today I've decided to introduce a new weekly feature into my blog called my Wednesday Favourites - I've had a few ideas ruminating around in my head for a while, in regards to making some changes to my blog etc. and whilst I'm still on the fence about some of them, I figured this would be a good one to do a beta test with first!

Wednesday Favourites really says it all in the name, but will be a little collection of all my favourite things I've discovered throughout the week - links, quotes, pictures, tutorials, you name it.

So, here we have it. Wednesday Favourites number one - enjoy!


* The dog that can stack literally anything on it's head. And I mean anything. Click for instant "aww's" and smiles.
* This picture that sums up perfectly how we all feel when finishing a book. I felt exactly like this after reading The Hunger Games trilogy!
* 6 All natural beauty fixes accessible straight from your kitchen. I'm keen on trying the baking soda as an exfoliator and coffee to fade cellulite!
* Disney Princesses in accurate fashion. These illustrations are amazingg.
* 18 Microwave snacks you can cook in a mug - I have a feeling this will come in very handy when I go to university!
* 10 Ingenious ideas for small space interiors. Ok so these things may require a little wishful thinking, but you can't deny there are some impressive ideas here. If only I won the lottery..
* 22 Killer personal development resources you're missing out on.  If you're into your self-improvement like me, you'll love this - I really like the Mindbloom idea. Take a look for yourself!

Hope you guys enjoy having a look through the links here - and enjoy the rest of your week! x


P.S I can't quite believe it but this is my ONE HUNDREDTH post!! Thanks to you all for sticking with me up until now, and here's to another hundred.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

#BritishBloggerSelection Week 3: Favourite Clothes Shop

Thursday, 21 November 2013


Hey Stylicias!

How you all doing? I know it's been ages since I got a new post out again, and I really need to stop making promises that I'll do such and such x times this week.. but anyhoo, I'm here now, and I'll respond to all of your comments shortly!

This week's themed post from the #BritishBloggerSelection is a perfectly timed one, as I'd actually been to another job interview tonight at the wonderful River Island - also conveniently my favourite fashion store. ;-)

What I love about River Island is that there really is something for everyone. They have unusual things, bolder pieces, things that scream "look at me", glamorous things, and low-key things. There is so much versatility, and I think that's why it appeals to everyone - there's something to suit everybody's sense of style!

Oh, and of course - Rihanna for River Island collection!


Where's your favourite place to shop? :-)



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Friday, 15 November 2013

How To Tell What Colours Suit You Best (The Really Easy Way!)

Friday, 15 November 2013
 gently slip into ....
Image courtesy: Fereckels
When it comes to the colour of our clothes, I'll admit that I never really knew just how much it mattered. I knew that the prominent colour in my wardrobe was black with a mix of pastel pinks and whites here and there, but honestly, I've always been clueless as to what colour looks best on me.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you probably know what I'm talking about. Sometimes you throw things on, and they just look good on you. You can't really figure out why, and likely think it's the fitting that flatters your body shape (another obviously important factor in fashion choices, but that's for another day). Or maybe you tell yourself it's the shop you bought it from, or you've lost a few pounds, or how much  you spent on it. Or perhaps just a lucky coincidence.

Today I'm here to tell you that it is not simply a coincidence. It's not all in your mind. As I recently discovered, the colour of the contents of our wardrobes is far more important than one might think. And it all has to do with skin undertones.

If you're already confused (as I was when first reading about the underrated phenomena) - fear not! The concept is incredibly simple, but often overlooked when we're doing our clothes shopping and trying to decide what the hell we should wear today.

Image courtesy: Pinterest


Colour undertones, as more or less depicted in the name, refer to the primary colour of our skin - underneath. I know that sounds a little strange, but it is really the deciding factor in what colours look best on us.

For example, you might be fair-skinned, medium, or tan, but it's when you can work out what undertone you are that you can begin to find clothes that truly flatter you in the best light possible. Or maybe you have more of an olive skintone, and find that warmer colours look better on you. Let me demonstrate:

This article on Stylecaster.com explains it perfectly, and has excellent diagrams too, but I'm going to try and sum it up in even briefer terms!

So, to elaborate on this diagram a bit further, the basic rule you should follow, according to your skintone and undertone, is that warms should wear more oranges, warm reds, yellow-greens, browns, and ivory, and cools should stick to the other side of the colour spectrum (as shown above). If you're a neutral undertone (that is, you tend to be a mix of cool and warm) you're quite lucky and can probably get away with both warm colours and cooler ones!

But how do I find out what undertone I am? Good question. The article I linked to had a few combined strategies in finding out, but the easiest and most effective method I found is simply to check the colour of the veins on your wrist. Blue veins = cool undertone, greenish veins = warm undertone. It's that straightforward!

So, after figuring out that I'm in fact a cool undertone, (blue veins, fair skin, blue eyes) I decided that, for the next week, I am going to put this colour theory to the test.

For one week, I will actively seek out the colours in my wardrobe that, according to this chart, 'suit' me, ones that perhaps shouldn't, and document my findings. I'll take pictures, possibly even try stuff on in shops that I normally wouldn't go for, and compare the differences!

I'm quite excited to try this out, and if you'd like to have a go yourself, tag your post "the colour challenge", link me to it if you'd like, and really go crazy with trying out new colours. I'm really interested to see the results!
London Colour - Fashion photograph by Anoushka Probyn
Image courtesy: Pinterest

What colours do you think you look best in? I think for me it's blue, and looks like I wasn't too far off from the truth with this chart!

I'll let you know how I get on next week - and good luck ;-) x



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Monday, 11 November 2013

About Me: Q&A/Interview

Monday, 11 November 2013


Hey guys!

As part of #Britishbloggerselection, I decided to start off the week with a Q&A themed post, to help you all get to know me a little better and what my blog's all about. I did a post a little like this a while back, when I first started my blog, but it won't do any harm in writing one again, especially if it helps new visitors get to see my personality a bit more!

Oh, and I do very much enjoy answering them too. ;-)

Let's begin!

Question One: Why do you like blogging?

Like many girls, I love reading about fashion, beauty, and various other feminine things. I also discovered, after starting this blog, that I loved to write about it, and since a magazine journalist is my future ambition in mind, I decided that starting a blog would be the best possible stepping zone to that dream! But asides from that, I've learned that during my time blogging, I've grown to love it as a means to express my creativity, develop my sense of self, and connect with others. It's a great hobby full stop!

Question Two: How did you come up with your blog name?

Haha, this is a pretty funny story actually (well, funny in my mind). Back in the days when I owned many blogs that I had no idea what to do with, and never put much effort into, I owned one named emiliciaa.blogspot.com. Looking at this blog now, and admittedly rather cringey posts, it mainly served as a random extrapolation of my thoughts that occured from time to time. I've realised it no longer serves much a purpose, since I have this current one to work on, but it's nice to look back on sometimes, so I've kept it there.

But ANYHOO - the word 'emilicia' is a combination of both my first name (Emily) and confirmation name (Alicia). It was hard coming up with anything unique at the time, so that's really how it was born, and voila! I simply added the word 'Style' to this blog as a way of identifying this website as a 'style specific' blog.

Question Three: Where in the UK do you come from?

I live in a little town by the seaside in the North that barely anybody has heard of - Southport. If you're confused, it's in Merseyside, and a close resident is Liverpool - but no, I don't have a scouse accent! I actually know only one or two people from here who also own fashion blogs, haha.

Question Four:  Favourite colour?

This is probably an obvious one, but pink will always be a favourite. Closely coming second is electric/cobalt blue.

Question Five: Do you like Lana Del Ray?

Honestly, I don't really care about her. I'm not the biggest fan of her music since I find it a little depressing (though I hate sad songs in general, so I may be a little biased haha) but I haven't really given her a proper listen, or much thought, to make an informed judgement.

Question Six: Hidden talents that you have?

I really can't say that I have any 'hidden' talents! That said, I wouldn't say I have any particular 'talents' in general :-P but, I suppose I'm not bad at writing!

Question Seven: Celebrity crush?

I have a few really, but I absolutely love Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum in particular. <3

Question Eight: Favourite blog of all time?

That is a tough one! I'd probably say galadarling, though - she has one of the few blogs that I actually return to time and time again, and could read for hours if I had the time. I love how inspiring and uplifting her posts are. :-)

Oh, and I love Tiny Buddha, though it's not really a blog, more a collection of people's individual articles!

Question Nine: What made you want to join #BrittishBloggerSelection?

I'm always looking to seize as many opportunities as I can when it comes to my blog, and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to connect with other local bloggers and get my blog out there. Plus, it seemed like (and is) a lot of fun!

Got any more questions you'd like to ask me? If you'd like to get involved in the #BritishBloggerSelection yourself, just read this post here for details.

Hope you're all having a happy Monday! x




Friday, 8 November 2013

Miss F's Fab Fridays | What I Loved This Week: Change, Motivation, & Perspective

Friday, 8 November 2013

"All the wonders you seek are within yourself"
-Sir Thomas Browne

Guys, guys, guys. Even though the last time I wrote on here was Sunday (which isn't great in itself, I know) it feels like it's been absolutely FOREVER. I suppose there's been a few things contributing to my laziness and lack of new content, but since I feel an explanation is owed, I'm just going to talk about that for a little bit before I start on this week's gratitude list. (Feel free to scroll to the bottom if you just want to skip to the good stuff).

It's only really lately that I've realised how much I've been neglecting my blog, how much I miss it, and how I miss the motivation and drive I used to have to get new stuff out frequently. The thing that made it click the most, I guess, was seeing other active bloggers and their enthusiasm for their blogs and content. Their success. It struck a nerve because it made me realise I was once in their shoes.. and somehow, for some reason, I slipped out of it.

I suppose every blogger goes through phases like this, at some point. Wondering whether it's all worth it, whether to even continue anymore. Just finding that initial excitement and ambition we all had when we first started doing this.

Honestly, my life has just been kind of rocky lately. As I've briefly mentioned in previous posts, it's not even just my blog that I've been slacking off with - it's been many various things. It's pretty hard for me to talk about, and I'm not blaming it on this solely or using it as an excuse, but I have been battling with depression for a couple of months now, and I think this may be of some contribution to it.

Another reason may be that my life is changing much more fast and much more frequently than it was before. Nothing seems certain or stable at the moment - starting college again and trying to keep on top of work, and now I've just got a job which I'm yet to start. The rapid changes in my life are just gonna keep coming!

But, that said, I'm not going to give up. Having a few positive things happen to me lately is what has changed my perspective, and I'm now making the effort to get back on top of things again, despite my circumstances. I want to really get back into blogging - not post stuff just for the sake of it, or half-heartedly, but really put everything of myself into my blog, produce content I'm genuinely proud of and happy to read. 

Since I am starting my new job in about two weeks, I decided now is the time to get back into the game. While I have the chance and free time, it's so important that I focus on building my blog back up once again, even with all the other crazy stuff happening in my life requiring my immediate attention. Because I know for certain once I do start work, it will take some time to adjust to that level of busyness - and so the blogging may wade off again for a short period of time whilst I adapt to the changes!

But I'm feeling hopeful about this transition, and positive about coming back to blogging in general. I'm not perfect and I'll be the first to admit it, but at least now I've recognised where I need improvement and am making the commitment to change. I can't wait to reconnect with you all again, as I know I've been lazy with the networking too, but I promise you'll be seeing a lot more of me very soon!

And ultimately, I'm really looking forward to gaining my sense of identity back. That is one thing that blogging gives us - it gets us to look at who we are, talk about our values and other things that are important to us, and well, reflect those things in our writing and photo-taking, or whatever it is that you do. Blogging gave me the confidence to be myself, go after my dreams, and be creative, and I'm sure my self-esteem will improve once I get back into things again.

Anyway, if you've even read this far, thank you so much - you're amazing and you should leave a comment to let me know!

Here's a few great things that have happened the past two or so weeks..

Having an eventful but awesome night out last week for Halloween - I went as Wonder Woman, and you can see my make-up and outfit look here  Having a lovely birthday with my family (the week before!) ♥ The arrival of Christmas lights and decorations out and about in shops already. It makes me forget I have a whole month and a bit more to wait for it!  The Body Shop's Limited Edition Chocomania body butter - reduced to a fiver! It smells as delicious as it sounds  Getting a job as Sales Assistant at Sports Direct! I can't wait to start earning my own money £££  Getting these adorable mini Yankee Candles as a birthday present. I definitely recommend Vanilla Frosting and Sweet Pea!  Random trips into Waterstones to eye up all the new books. 'The Fashion Book' particularly caught my eye - perhaps I should be investing in more books than clothes..  And lastly, these STUNNING Kurt Geiger heels I received as another birthday gift from my wonderful best friend. I am genuinely head over heels for them! (cringey yes, but true)

What's made your week great?

Have a wonderful Friday and I'll see you all on Monday!



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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Halloween Outfit & Make-up | WONDER WOMAN

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Hello stylicias! How all you doing? It's been a while!

I know I'm a little late with the Halloween post, but after going out Thursday night and going out again last night for a family member's 21st, it was tricky finding the time to get a new post out! (No pun intended - trick or treat? Ha ha ha? No, okay)

Anyhoo, as you can see, I decided to go out for a night on the town dressed as the one and only Wonder Woman! After being an angel last year, I fancied having a proper costume and going as a much-loved comic book character. I will be something scary next year, I promise!

Despite this outfit being a little too short (it's hard to avoid the slutty Halloween costumes unless you come up with your own) I did love it. It's a one-piece dress and originally had suspender strings attached to it, but since I didn't really fancy wearing thigh-high socks in this freezing weather, attempted to hide the suspenders by tucking them into some tight, red disco pant-style shorts (and putting red tights on underneath, obviously)! The silver armbands, gold headband, and cape all came with it, and I have to say I'm pretty glad I had the cape to keep me warm while trudging about Southport's 'nightlife'.


Now, I've been naughty here and used iPhone pics, so I know it's a bit difficult to see exactly what I did with my eye make-up, but I can assure you it was good! I wanted to try and use both red and blue shades of eyeshadow, and surprisingly, it worked! I also used a gold glitter eye pencil to add a nice bit of shimmer to my eyes, and of course finished with some kohl eyeliner and huge false lashes. For my hair, I decided the bigger the better, and after curling with my straighteners (then brushing through the curls to get a more wavy look) I backcombed my roots, covered with hairspray, and finished with the headband to hold the volume up even more. Oh, and a stunning red lip to top it all off!



Make-up I used:

  • Bourjois Paris eyeshadow pot in 02 (slightly turquoise, blue colour)
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo by Eyestudio in 20-Turquoise Forever (as eyeliner)
  • Soap&Glory Smoulder & Kohl
  • Rimmel London red eyeshadow palette
  • Naked 2
  • Eyelure eyelashes 205
  • Barry M Gold Glitter Eye Crayon
  • Barry M Lipstick in Shade Pillarbox Red
  • Rimmel London Clear Lipgloss

Costume Ebay | Blue Glitter Wedges Ebay | Tights Forever 21 | Ring Primark



What did you dress up as for Halloween? Do you celebrate it?

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday :-)

P.S I'm now on Instagram! Follow me @emilysarahfriday

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

UK Bloggers Unite! Get Involved In The #BritishBloggersSection

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hey everyone!

So, on Sunday, I was asked by the lovely Ellie at Little Vintage Camera if I'd like to participate in an exciting new project known as The British Bloggers Selection. The aim of this project is to gather as many British bloggers as possible, and have us all participate in weekly 'themed' posts - so, one week the theme could be fashion, the next beauty, after that, life etc. 

I gladly said yes, as not only should this be a fun, new blogging experience and increase your site's traffic, it also gives us the opportunity to meet and make friends with other fellow bloggers!

But we still need more paricipants - so, if you live in the UK, and this sounds like something you'd be interested in, contact Ellie at littlevintagecamera@gmail.com. Tell them Emily from Emilicia Style sent you if you'd like, and all you then have to do is leave your blog url, blog name, and first and last name.

The start date hasn't yet been decided, but I can't wait for it to begin. I hope to see you there!


Join #BritishBloggerSelection



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Sunday, 27 October 2013

It's My Birthday And I'll Blog If I Want To!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Today is officially my 20th birthday!

It's definitely a weird feeling, being 20. On the one hand, I feel no different or no older than yesterday (like everyone else says). But on the other, it's strange knowing I'm actually this old now. Twenty years ago today, I was born, and now here I am, a proper 'adult'. Whilst it's a rather daunting thought, that I'm now entering adulthood and all, I intend to celebrate the best way I can -  by staying positive and thankful for all the things in my life, and making the most of today!

Here's some wonderful snippets from the past week..

Having mama Friday treat me to some lovely shopping yesterday. Should have enough clothes to see me through to January now!  Celebrating my best friend's birthday last week, getting horribly sick and hungover, but having a great night anyway (prior to the feeling of death)  Making instant friends with strangers on nights out  Oreo cookie pie. If you haven't tried this, try it now  Chilling on the floor with my auntie's cat, Smoky  Sex on the beach cocktails!  Telling myself "I'm never drinking again" then starting again anyway the following weekend  The cute neon coral beanie I found at Forever 21 - for £2.40!  The gorgeous black and white lace dress my sister got me for my birthday - she knows me well  Going for a nice meal with my family last night at The Richmond. Food and spending time with people I love = happiness  Being saved last weekend and brought home safely whilst I was very, unstably drunk.. Are you happy now, Rob?! ;)  Giving myself a side swept fridge on the other side of my face, just for a change. It's funny how changing your hair can dramatically change how you look!  Buying someone a gift and having them love it  Getting an iPhone 5c for my birthday.. I haven't opened it yet but I'm absolutely dying to!!  Deciding against going out last night, despite how much I wanted to. Haven't broke the bank, and I'm not hungover today!  Lovely compliments on the outfits I've been wearing recently  Doing the one thing I know I needed to do this week, despite being scared out my wits, and now feeling more hopeful about the future as a result  Knowing people care  Starbucks dates with my wifey! Chocolate swirls are amazing  All the people who have wished me a happy birthday so far - thank you! 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone, and hope you all have a great week! x

Thursday, 24 October 2013

For Rainy Days | Parka Coats & Cosy Knits

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Good morning bloggers! First off, I'd just like to say I'm well aware of missing a post last night, after promising I'd do one every day this week - the majority of yesterday was spent trying to complete a damn assessment for Sociology, so I never got round to much of anything else. But, I've decided to bring something out early today to make up for it! Today's outfit of the day is something weather appropriate for the oncoming winter season, and centres around the beautiful midnight blue parka coat I bought recently for £35. For about 2 or 3 years now, I've never owned a proper waterproof jacket, and as you would imagine, have always been a bit stuck on rainy days. I substituted decent jackets with hoods for dodgy umbrellas that would turn inside out to the slightest gush of wind, and let my big beautiful faux fur coat suffer from the unexpected down-pours and subsequent dampness. So until last month, once I'd finalised that I'd had enough of this same old troublesome fashion struggle every year, I ventured down to the high street shops in search of a gorgeous parka coat, just as Autumn arrives. And, of course, no Autumn/Winter wardrobe is complete without a bit of knitwear. Being well prepared for whatever the weather wants to throw at me is a nice change from the norm!


Parka Matalan | Knit Jumper/Dress BHS | High-sheen Tights Primark | Shoes Matalan


What do you all think of today's outfit? Have you bought your winter coat yet?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

P.S - Sorry about my head being cut off in these photos - it was one of those "I'm not wearing make-up and don't intend to" days!


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Back To Beauty Basics: How To Cut The Crease

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Good evening my lovelies!

How's everyone's week turning out so far? Tonight's post is going to have to be a snappy one since I have, once again, left it until the last minute (need to stop that bad habit), but nonetheless, hopefully it'll be something helpful to all you beauty beginners!

Up until about last year when I first began to experiment with eyeshadow shades, I was completely clueless on how to accentuate my eyelids. Because of my 'unadventurous-ness' I always played it safe with eyeliner and mascara, never really trying anything new. But after watching Youtube beauty guru vids, and fiddling about with highlighters and contours, I discovered how much a little eyeshadow can enhance the beauty of your eyes.

And so, after learning the basic stepping stones to a good crease shadow, here I've compiled a list of step-by-step instructions for you to do the same, and achieve my look in the above photo. Read on to see how!

(It's simple and so easy, I promise!)

STEP NUMBER ONE: PRIME THE EYES

Priming the eyes prior to adding the shadow is important, not only to keep the make-up in place, but to enhance the intensity of the shades used. I cheat and use a dab of my face primer, Fix & Perfect PRO Rimmel London Primer, then apply Foxy from the Naked 2 Eye Palette (Urban Decay) all over the lids with a normal shading brush.


STEP NUMBER TWO: HIGHLIGHT!

This is quite arguably my favourite part of the process, and so much fun to do because you really begin to see how your eyes begin to change and open up as you start applying the highlighting shade. Use a bright gold, shimmery colour, like Bootycall from Naked 2, on the inner rims of the eyelids, all across the lid, and gently under the brow bone. This works the same way as a white eyeliner does, really brightening the whites in your eyes (therefore, making them look bigger) and another great eyeshadow for this is the 'bronzer and highlight' eye palette from H&M. I used this one for ages before getting Naked 2, and it's much more affordable. I'm just not sure if they still sell them! I recommend a flat brush for this step of the application.

Apologies for the crumbs on my table!

STEP NUMBER 3: FILL THE CREASE, CREATE THE SHADOW

The last, but not at all least step, is the unveiling of the beautiful crease. Using a darker shadow (a blend of Chopper and Half Baked from Naked 2 is what I personally used), right in the corners of your outer eyelids and deep into your crease bone (you can feel the underside of it when you touch your eyelid), really helps to accentuate your natural eye shape and adds some serious sexy dimension to the eyes. All you have to do is take a fluffy shading brush, (the one that comes with Naked 2 is perfect) and sweep it back and forth into the crease area of your eyelid. Keep sweeping, depending on how intense you want your shadow, and you're done!



I also like to add a little more highlighter underneath the brow bone at this step, then finish with a thin line of eyeliner pencil in the waterline of my eyes, and lashings of mascara.





I used:

What's your favourite colour combination for crease shadows? I can't decide between the peach and gold or a good old smoky eye!

Have a lovely day everyone, and thanks for stopping by x



Monday, 21 October 2013

Outfit: Neon Coral Beanie & Shoes!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hello stylicias! I try not to normally make a habit out of apologising too much for not posting on my blog now and then, but this time I feel it's necessary. I've been going through some stuff lately (which makes it very difficult for me to even do homework, nevermind blogging!) but this week I have the spare time to devote some love to my blog again, so will make sure a new post gets out EVERYDAY until Friday!

It's been quite some time since I even attempted writing a daily post, but I figured it may be a good idea to get back into that habit, whilst I have the chance. Anyhoo, let's crack on to Monday's OOTD!

Last week, I discovered this super pretty beanie whilst drooling over everything in the new Forever 21 that's opened locally to me, and for £2.40. I think it's sensible to say I found a pretty good bargain! I love this neon coral colour, and to my delight, also matches my neon pink pumps (unintentionally too!). I threw on this outfit yesterday before a lovely walk in the park with the family and dogs, and couldn't be happier with the overall look. I love a cosy sweatshirt, especially this one with the added pretty lace detailing, and the leather pants make the outfit look a little less basic than something with black leggings would. I'm just happy it's finally hat weather again!

Beanie Forever 21 | Top F+F | Faux Leather Skinny Trousers Primark | Shoes H&M

What do you guys think of the outfit? Do you have your own beanie hat yet?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

P.S Apologies for my lateness in responding to comments lately.. my disqus comment box doesn't seem to be displaying them all! If anyone knows how to fix this issue I'd greatly appreciate it :-)



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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Body Gossip: The Positive Body Image Campaign

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

"Body Gossip is a positive body image campaign that is working to banish body shame, encouraging everyone to be the best version of themselves and rock their very own brand of gorgeous"

Last Wednesday was World Mental Health Day, and, as promised, today I'm going to talk about my own personal experiences - in particular, eating disorders and distorted body image problems.

MY STORY

For a lot of people, there's at least one thing they would change about their bodies.  Like those people, I've never been 100% comfortable with my own body, and wished I looked different. Sadly, my lack of acceptance for my body got to the point of where I hated it.  For years, I believed I was fat. To this day, I'm still fighting this self-limiting belief. Ever since I hit adolescence, it's been a constant battle between my body and mind - my mind telling me there was something wrong with me, and my body (I thought, at the time) fuelling my unhappiness with how I look.

Before I continue, I'd like to point out that I have never officially been diagnosed with an eating disorder. I have never been to see a doctor about it, but this is mainly due to the fact that for so long, I believed my thoughts about myself, my obsessive pre-occupation with food and weight, were normal. They are not. They are common, yes, especially in girls my age, but in no way are they healthy or rational behaviours/attitudes to posses.

A lot of people tend to assume that you can only have an eating disorder if you are anorexic/bulimic. I used to think so too. Then one day, after coming home from my local shop with a bag full of more junk food than you could possibly need and stuffing my face needlessly, I stopped.

"Why am I eating if I'm not hungry? Why do I feel the need to do this? Why am I doing this to myself?"
I was desperate for answers. I just could not understand why, so often, I had this huge desire to eat almost everything in sight. I couldn't wrap my head around the idea that, by trying so hard to deprive myself of these certain 'forbidden' foods, I was, in essence, torturing myself. I was only making myself crave it more, to the point of where I could not stop, even when I wanted to.

And after a bit of googling, I discovered something I had never come across before - binge-eating and compulsive-eating disorder.  I took a quick test on a website I had found, and it turns out I had many symptoms of those of an eating disorder.  Here are just some of the symptoms of these disorders:


  • A feeling of being out of control when eating
  • Thinking about food all the time (excessive pre-occupation with food, your body and weight)
  • Eating in secret
  • Eating until you feel sick
  • Eating to escape from worries, relieve stress, or comfort yourself
  • Feeling disgusted and ashamed after eating
  • Feeling powerless to stop eating, even if you want to

Unfortunately, for so long, I tried to deal with my eating habits in the completely wrong way. In fact, up until only recently, I believed that my eating was the problem. 

I kept trying diets. I used to try and starve myself (but luckily failed). When I was much younger, I remember a few instances where I had tried to make myself throw up after eating, but also failed. I compared myself unfairly to those with different body shapes than mine. I restricted my calorie intake everyday to a certain number to try and lose weight/maintain a healthy weight. I was terrified of being overweight, yet still hated my own body, despite always being a healthy weight. Even when, last year, I had gained a stone due to medication I was taking, I was still a healthy weight, but believed so strongly that I was repulsive and fat. I attempted to work out to the point of exhaustion. I attempted to control my weight with laxatives. I felt crippling guilt after eating anything 'bad'. After any diets, I would binge again, and the cycle would repeat itself over and over. I scrutinized my appearance, day in day out, telling myself how ugly and disgusting I was. How I needed to lose weight.

Yet, I had no idea that the primary reason I believed such horrible things about my body was a result of our 'thin is in' culture and society.

WHERE DO EATING DISORDERS ARISE FROM?

There are a few theories as to what causes an eating disorder in the first place, and in this particular case, binge-eating and compulsive eating. For example, biological factors suggest that the chemical found in our brain serotonin (responsible for our happiness) can cause compulsive eating, which isn't surprising if you think about it - depressed people are likely to reach for food to comfort themselves and deal with difficult emotions (I know I do).

Psychological issues, such as depression once again, and anxiety, are highly linked to binge eating and eating disorders. Low-self esteem, loneliness, and body dissatisfaction all also contribute to this disorder.

And lastly, the social pressure surrounding our society and cultural values that thin is 'perfect' brings binge-eaters shame, and frankly, anyone with an eating disorder. For most people, including myself, it is what caused the problem in the first place - believing that, because we may not fit to an 'ideal' portrayed so strongly in the world of the media, there is something wrong with our bodies.

BODY GOSSIP - WHAT THEY DO

Body Gossip, as briefly described at the top of my post, are a campaign aiming to promote positive, healthy, and happy body images of men and women everywhere, of all different body shapes and sizes. They encourage acceptance of our bodies, a high self-esteem, and a willingness to ignore and 'fight back' the self-defeating messages of society and media that tell us if we aren't a certain height/weight/width, we are not beautiful or wonderful human beings that deserve happiness and self-acceptance.

They now offer self-esteem and confidence building classes known as 'Gossip School', with the mission to help teenage boys and girls aged 13-18 feel better about their bodies, and begin to love what they are. I personally think the campaigne itself, and Gossip School, are a brilliant idea, and I could only wish that I had been a part of it when I was younger.

" Research shows that 70% of girls and 30% of boys aged 11-19 cite their relationship with their body as their 'number one worry'. "
This shocking statistic really demonstrates how much of a problem negative body images can be, and just how important it is that we, as a society, do all that we can to support the message of this campaign and change our cultural attitudes towards body weight for the better, to eliminate the low confidence and awful consequences of eating disorders.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

For those who think they may have an eating disorder:

If you believe you may be suffering from an eating disorder of any kind, whether like mine or more/less severe, I encourage you to seek help immediately. Don't be like me and take no action - don't feel scared, hopeless, or helpless. You can get through this. Luckily, mine is no longer as severe as in the past, but if the idea of talking to a professional is a little daunting to you right now, then I can suggest purchasing a self-help book like I recently did.

  • Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter: Don't be fooled by the title of this book - whilst it seems pretty vague, I bought this book after reading some good reviews, and it really is thought provoking and eye-opening. It talks about the importance of abolishing the diet mentality and diets once and for all, and gets you to understand how your emotions fuel your 'need' to eat. It's helped me so far in learning to distinguish between 'stomach hunger' and 'mouth hunger' (eating for any other reason than physiological hunger) and allows you to realise that we do not have a 'food' problem  - we have a problem with anxiety, and dealing with it in a healthy, beneficial way.
Through reading this book and learning that I have some deeper, unsurfaced issues in my life that I have attempted to eradicate with food, I have also made the decision to book an appointment with my GP to seek help for my depression, and whilst I'm there, I'm sure the topic of my eating disorder will arise too. I'm terrified, of course, but I try to think of it this way - what are the consequences of doing nothing?

Seeking help does not make you weak. It means you've been strong and reliant on yourself for too long, and are smart enough to realise that doing something pro-active about your struggles can only result in good things.

If you know someone who has an eating disorder, or suspect they might do:

Firstly, look out for the signs. When I was weighing myself frequently, my sister expressed her initial concern to my parents, and at the time I was angry and dismissive of their worries. I thought what I was doing was harmless, none of their business, and frankly, none of their concern anyway. It's only now I realise they were looking out for me. Any strange behaviours, such as symptoms I've mentioned in this post or anything else suspicious, talk to them about it. 

Be gentle in your approaches, especially if they're the first to confide in you. From personal experience, when I've told others how I suspect I may have a problem, they've often dismissed it and said things like "but you're eating aren't you?" and "don't be silly". THIS IS THE WORST THING TO DO. Listen, try to understand, and offer any help you can. Just be there for them, even if you initially believe there is nothing wrong with them. You don't know what goes on in their mind, so you can't possibly know how they feel.
Lastly, try to encourage them to seek help when they're ready, and intervene when things get terribly serious.

Show your support for campaigns like Body Gossip and help raise awareness - you can donate, purchase a slogan t-shirt like I did (above photo), or buy their new book. Spread the word! 

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT EATING DISORDERS

For those of you who struggle to understand eating disorders, I figured it may help to identify and disprove some common myths surrounding the whole topic:

  • People with eating disorders starve themselves/don't eat

Not necessarily. It's mainly common in those with anorexia, but those with compulsive and binge-eating problems tend to do the very opposite (though as a result of trying to restrict or deprive themselves of certain foods)

  • People who claim to have an eating disorder are attention seeking
NO. Absolutely not. If a person comes to you, and confides in you with this, they are doing anything but. Sure, in some rare circumstances, they could be overreacting, but more often than not, it's a cry for help. Same goes for if they say frequently "I'm so fat". Most of the time, we are genuinely dissatisfied with our bodies and trying to vocalise it in any way we can.


  • People who diet definitely have an eating disorder

False. They may be going about the whole thing the wrong way, with trying to lose weight, but it doesn't necessarily mean they have an eating 'problem'. If this were the case I think the majority of the population would suffer from eating disorders!

  • All people with compulsive eating problems are fat
Whilst it is predominantly overweight people who suffer from a compulsion to overeat, there are cases when a person's tendencies to overeat do not show. For example, I compulsively eat, yet am not overweight. A lot of the time it has to do with genes and metabolic rates. But remember, these people tend to see themselves as fat anyway, or 'feel fat'.


I'm slowly starting to accept my body the way it is, despite my treacherous journey always trying to change everything about it. Campaigns like Body Gossip, and the book I'm currently reading, are teaching me that all our beliefs about ourselves not being "good enough" stem from society's misleading messages about what is a 'good' body and what is 'bad'. The fact is, we are all different shapes and sizes, and we are all beautiful. It may take some convincing and time for me to get there, but I'm confident that one day I will, and one day I will be totally comfortable with the body I was born with.

I'm hopeful we can all get there - with the help and support of others, and the faith and compassion for ourselves.

Do you or anyone you know suffer from an eating disorder/body image problems? What's helped you begin to overcome these issues?

I'd love to hear your stories or thoughts, guys - have a beautiful week!




                                                            

Friday, 11 October 2013

Miss Friday's Fab Fridays: Hello October

Friday, 11 October 2013

Remember that at any given moment, there are a thousand things you can love. -David Levithan

Yesterday marked the annual World Mental Health Day, raising awareness and inspiring those in need to take a step of action. It got me thinking myself about my own internal battles - ones I've overcome, and ones I'm still fighting to this day. Despite no intentions to take part in this highly important yet still highly taboo subject, I've decided to release a post this week talking about my own personal stories, in aid to hopefully encourage others to finally express their own feelings and share their troubles. Our well-being is important, and the sooner we can feel comfortable enough talking about the pain we're in, the sooner we can all start to feel better about ourselves and our lives.

Miss Friday's Fab Fridays couldn't have come at a better time. Even with everything I'm currently going through, it forces my state of mind back into the present, and back to being thankful for everything I've got going for me. At any given moment, there are so many things we can love, appreciate, and be grateful for, even when everything else seems to be falling apart. Hold that belief close and I'm confident every one of us can make it through anything.

Here are some things I've loved from the past few weeks...

Finding this cute to-do list at Waterstones. I have a feeling my productivity is about to increase just from being able to use this!  How my nails are beginning to grow long. They look so pretty with this Flamingo Pink Barry M nail polish  When my mother made Betty Crocker chocolate fudge brownies. They tasted soo good  Having a whole bag of Kettle crisps to myself #greedyandiknowit  Seeing all the Christmas decorations out in shops already. It's early, I know, but I can't deny that I'm excited  Eyeing up the mid-season sale at Kurt Geiger. Gimme gimme gimme them all.  Days out with the family - walking the dogs and being surrounded by beautiful nature is a nice breath of fresh air from being indoors!  The town I live in. I complain an awful lot about it but it has it's perks, and can at times be pretty.  Finding a bargain - this £12 little black dress I got as part of a BOGOF deal!  The surprisingly soothing powers of EFT (Emotional Tapping Therapy) it does work quite well, try it out for yourself  Days where I can motivate myself to work out. Hello instant endorphins!  The feeling of freshly shaved legs lathered in body butter. No boy will ever understand this luxury  Having 2 hours between my lessons on Thursdays to go and enjoy a tasty Subway  The people I've met in my classes and the laughs we have every lesson  Opening up to others and them doing the same  Spending an afternoon cuddling up in blankets watching cute Disney movies ♥ Trips to the cinema on weekends, even when the film turns out rubbish  The Office - making me laugh when I need it the most!  Caramel frappe's from McDonalds. They're great value and taste amazing.  Unexpected compliments. After seeing my neighbour for the first time in a while she later told me that I looked stunning, and am a brains & beauty! I had a massive grin on my face for the rest of the day  Free Philosophy goody bags at Debenhams! See my review of the products here  Coming up with a go-to list of stress busters in times of overwhelm. We all need to take a break now and then - you're welcome  The people in my life who go out of their way to make me laugh and smile  How it's finally October - my birthday month, yay!  Triple chocolate cookies. Mmm.  Feeling confident after I finished my psychology test on Thursday  Having Spotify on my phone for a brief time, and being able to listen to my favourite music on train journeys home  Having a tidy room, and instantly feeling better!  Scented candles - I have one that smells like cherry jelly belly's, it's scrumptious  Reading old journals. It's wonderful and nostalgic and strange all at the same time  Small acts of kindness - in particular my brother making me a peanut butter sandwich (without me even asking!)  Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate and their raspberry & white chocolate cookies. I love their festive drinks  Looking up at the stars. It really helps to remind you just how small and insignificant your problems are  Being able to help my sister with her psychology work. Helping others really does feel good.  Maryland cookies.. I'm obsessed with cookies lately aren't I?  Friendly cashiers  Having homework deadlines extended  Hot water bottles to warm me up on cold Autumn nights  Beating my personal best at jogging - I managed over 4 miles and I felt so accomplished ♥ This extract from The Single Woman book (it's good stuff) 

What are a few things in your life right now that you could show a little more love to?

Hope you all have a wonderful & happy weekend!


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