Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Party Season : Lookbook

One of my favourite things about blogging is putting lookbooks together. I especially love this because I get to share some of my styling ideas with you guys. I also get to flex my styling brain and I find all kinds of gems in my wardrobe

So it's that time of the year again. Many people have a lot of functions to go to and are looking for ideas on what to wear. It's Party Season people :D

I will be sharing 3 looks I came up with. They are very easy and simple to recreate and I am sure you could find these pieces . You might even have them in your closet already.

My tips for this party season
  • Look in your closet first. Play dress up and see what you come up with
  • Glitter, sequins and bold lips you can't go wrong.
  • Look in charity shops. During this time of the year most charity shops have a party section. You might just find something great. Both my dresses are from charity shops.
  • You can't go wrong with a little black dress. I think this is simplest piece to style. Black dress, red lip, clutch bag , heels and you are ready to go.

The LBD.

The little black dress is a time less classic. Mine is an empire waist dress with a plunging neckline. The empire waist line draws attention to my bust area. It also sits on the right part of my body creating the illusion of a small waist. This dress is made from velvet material and also features gathering at the waist line which makes the dress skim over my figure .I love this dress as it's not short, it is sophisticated and chic.

I styled mine with gold accessories and a pearl choker. I went for a vampy look with the purple lips which I created using 3 different products. For a more sultry look I could have used a red lip colour or pink to go with my nail polish. This dress was a lucky find in a charity shop. It was only £4.50.

What I am wearing
Dress : Linear ( thirfted) // Shoes : Zara // Clutch : Accesorize // Choker : Primark

The knee Length body con dress

I love this dress because of it's multi-purpose use. This is the type of dress I would wear to work during the day ( with a camisole people no ta ta action at work and a black blazer). Come night time I would transform this dress into a sexy party dress by adding a choker , some sexy heels, a clutch , some sultry lip colour and lastly putting away that camisole and blazer. This is why women carry large bags people

This dress is from Jane Norman although I got it from a charity shop brand new for only £5.50.

Tiwi Lesson : Charity shops are a great place to find gems. You just have to check them regularly. It's a skill it requires patience and knowing what kind of pieces your local charity shop is known for. For instance my dresses are from the same charity shops. I've developed a map of all my local charity shops and I know where I can find the best pieces at a price I am willing to pay.

I added my favourite lion belt to add my personality to the outfit. The soft pink lips add a pop of colour and go with the pink theme.

What I am wearing
Dress : Jane Norman ( thrifted) // Shoes: Zara // Choker : Top shop // Belt : Vintage // Clutch : Accesorize

The Full Skirt and Crop Top

This last outfit is a more conservative outfit because of the full skirt ( no curve action here) but it's still daring because of the crop top bra combo. I could not find the right bra for this look so I created a new top using a bra and a crop top. The mesh paneling on the skirt also add to the daring factor. All around illusions.

I think this look is perfect for curvy girls. It highlights the assets , while hiding the problem areas and creating a waist. I would obviously add some kind of cover up to this outfit. Perhaps a cropped jacket to tie in with the crop top. This crop top has a lingerie feel to it with the velvet material and lace. I love it.

This look is another prefect example of taking what you already have in your closet and making it into a party worthy outfit.
What I am wearing:
Skirt: Top Shop// Crop top : Top Shop// Necklace : Primark // Shoes : Dune ( thrifted) 

So I'm sure you are wondering where I would wear these looks to. My answer is any party depending on my mood. The LBD is my safest bet as it is easy to style and requires minimal effort. 

Will you guys be going to any parties this season? It would be interesting to see what other people come up with.

On that note. Have a happy and productive week.

Love and light 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


hello lovelies

So this weekend was great for me because one of my bestie's came to up to Skipton to spend the weekend with me. After debating not to go on a night out in Skipton. We decided to drive down to Tesco, stock up on an interesting variety of snacks and watch the Grinch ( which we knew a lot of the lines and scenes to). A quiet night in with your friend is better than going out sometimes. We got to catch up, talk and laugh. On Sunday we decided to go around Skipton charity shops. We were very good and only bought one thing each. I got an amazing dress I plan on sharing in an upcoming party season look book. 

Here is the outfit I wore on Sunday. The recurring colour scheme : green, blue and gold. It is very 80s inspired with the double breasted jacket and high waist tailored trousers. I wanted to stay warm so I wore my ' Trouble jumper' and layered it with a statement necklace. To make the outfit pop I used an orange colour. I achieved the colour by mixing two, Revlon's 'Mischievous' and Rimmel's ' In love with ginger'. I mixed the two colours as I wanted a matte finish with a glossy tone. I'm not a big fan of lip gloss. 

Outfit Specifics:
Trousers : Vintage// Jumper : Mr Price // Jacket : Vintage // Shoes : Vintage// Bag : Vintage // Statement Necklace: Ali Express.

I am trying to be more consistent with my blog posts and I believe it's working. I am also working on more informative blog posts similar to the 'skin care' post. I am happy with the direction of my blog and I am looking forward to sharing more of who I am with you.

Love and light


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lipstick 101

Hello lovelies. You guys know I love lipstick.Today I will be sharing my tips on how to wear lipstick ( especially for us ladies with big lips). Believe it or not some people can get it wrong when it comes to wearing lipstick. I believe that any lipstick is wearable as long as you have a lip liner. Yes lip liner should be written down as a fundamental item in the lipstick bible.

These are the products I use to prep my lips.

Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert but I decided to share some of my tips personal tips.

1) Before lipstick application moisturise your lips. You can use a lip moisturiser of your choice or a lip primer.  Not all lipsticks are moisturising .Lipstick with  matte finishes can be quite drying . Mosturising your lips prepare your lips for that smooth finish . Moisturised lips make lipstick application easier especially for matte lipstick. I believe mosturised lips are also less prone to dry cracked skin so it's a win win situation for me.

 Intense lip moisturisers should be given more time to set before lip stick is applied ( I'd say 5 to 10 minutes). If you really want to you can invest in a lip primer ( which ensures smooth application and long lasting colour).

2) Invest in lip liner and or a lip brush. I can't emphasis how important lip liners are. Lip liners add definition to your lips. You can use them to manipulate how you lips look especially when it comes to amplified lipstick. If you have big lips or lips with no definite shape these tools will come in handy. Without a lip liner when applying certain lipsticks you might get that exploded lip look which also isn't cute. Lip liner colours to invest in are brown and red. Yes Brown is the holy grail of lip liners. As it goes with most colours. Lip liners are also great because you can use them as lipsticks. Just fill in your lips, add lip gloss and voila you have it. Here is one of my tips. With nude, pink and other light colours try using a dark lip liner ( let's say a brown, purple or burgundy) This will give you a lovely effect. ( Don't forget to blend). You can apply lip liners before or after the lipstick application it's really up to you. Just experiment to see which technique works best for you.

A lip brush is particular useful when applying your lipstick. For a precise and long lasting finish you should use a lip brush. You can build up your colour intensity gradually and control how much colour you put of your lips.

3) Exfoliate your lips regularly. There are three things you can do to keep your lips exfoliated:
  • use your tooth brush. After you finish brushing your teeth simply brush your lips with your tooth brush. do this in circular motions or your lips to take the dead sink off. Or you could keep and extra tooth brush to do the same thing. 
  • brown sugar and olive oil. You can make your own lip exfoliator. I would advice you not to make two big a batch and buy something to preserve (vitamin E oil) to your home made exfoliator. Keeping it refrigerated will help it not melt. You have to make sure your lip scrub isn't too oily or it may not work. The brown sugar will remove the dead skin and the olive oil will help moisture your lips.
  • buy a lip exfoliator: I am guilty of this. Although sometimes I use my tooth brush. I purchased a lip scrub from Lush about two years ago. I would definitely recommend it as it exfoliates and mositurises at the same time which saves me from using a lip balm right before lipstick application. Of all the 3 things I have mentioned I would say the lush lip exfoliator gives the best results. An added bonus is it tastes yummy and it smells lovely as well. 

4) Don't be afraid to experiment. I am one person who loves to try new things. Most times I mix up my lipsticks. This is great because I get to come up with my own lip colours so I am spoiled for choice when it comes to lip colours. I'd also say do your research before you buy a lip colour it helps to see how it looks on people and the reviews about the lipstick and tips on how to wear it. No lipstick is unwearable that is my motto. It's how you manipulate the lipstick to suit you that counts.

Well I hope my tips where useful and can help someone.

Let me know what you think. Do you have any lipstick tips?



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Finding the perfect coat

Hello lovelies

I do love Sundays because I get to play in my wardrobe a bit. I get to think of outfits to wear and it's the only day I actually have an excuse to get dressed up. On Sunday I decided to try out some new shoes and a vintage tweed blazer I haven't worn yet. I'm on a mission to utilise those things I never wear. If we would honestly take a look at our wardrobes we would realise that we don't wear/use a lot of the things we own. I'm telling you guys. It's only when you have to move house that you realise the amount of things you have accumulated. I guess I a trying to be more efficient and wear my ideas instead of wearing the same thing all the time.

So this last Sunday I went for a casual look with my usually pair of jeans. ( I'm currently looking for new pairs). I paired the jeans with a man's shirt ( The story behind where that shirt is from is really funny). Men's shirts have very stiff collars and I like that. They give your outfit a sharp and clean finish. especially if you are layering necklaces with a jumper of blazer. I also love the fact that men's shirts are not fitted. I paired the shirt with a blazer and some Zara cut out boots I got in the summer sales. The coat was not part of the outfit. I actually purchased it on Sunday. Initially it was for my vintage store Tiwi's Closet vintage but it fit like a dream on me. These coats are currently trending but I've been looking for a camel/ beige coat for the last year. I'm so glad I found this one.

The boots were not the most comfortable but I am breaking into them and I don't regret buying them. Definitely an addition to my winter essentials.

I will definitely be sourcing more coats like mine for my store.

Be sure to check out my store Tiwi's closet vintage.

What I am wearing
Coat : Vitnage// blazer : Tiwi's Closet Vintage// Shirt : House mate's // Jeans : Newlook // Shoes : Zara// Necklace: Gifted ( primark) // Lipstick : Ruby Woo // Bag: Zara

Well that's all folks . I hope you have a fruitful and blessed week.


Tiwi x