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
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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.

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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 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


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 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

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