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Luxury Witch

Recently, I attended a job interview where I found myself explaining the concept of a ‘Luxury Witch’ to a rather bemused interview panel. ‘Imagine a really well dressed Goth who takes Ubers everywhere,’ I exclaimed before informing them that crushed velvet and pleated skirts were really in this season. They’re yet to let me know if I’ve been offered the job.

Whatever happens with my employment prospects, I’m deeply happy to have introduced the concept of ‘Luxury Witch’ to a wider audience. And – if this term ever appears in the Oxford English Dictionary – you’d probably find a picture of this outfit underneath it.

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COAT: Marks and Spencer

ROLL NECK: Marks and Spencer

PLEATED SKIRT: Marks and Spencer

BELT: Vintage

BOOTS: Topshop

EARRINGS: Monki

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My love of Marks and Spencer’s clothing runs deep – I will go to my grave arguing that they make the comfiest underwear on the market – and they are really knocking it out of the park this season. Their stuff is chic, reasonably priced and doesn’t fall apart after a few rounds in the washing machine (handy when you spill as much down yourself as I do). They do great everyday basics and on trend pieces like this gloriously witchy metallic midi skirt and leopard print coat, both of which look far more luxurious than their price tags would lead you to believe. Plus, M&S remains the only shop I can pop into during my lunch hour where I can purchase moisturiser, a skirt and a sandwich at the same time. What a time to be alive.

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In the spirit of Halloween, I opted to experiment with my eye make-up and try out a more dramatic look. I used Make Up Revolution’s ‘Fortune Favours The Brave’ palette (an absolute bargain at £9.99) to recreate this gorgeous rose gold smokey eye look. I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to eyeshadow, but this is such a lovely (and easy!) tutorial to follow. While it’s not quite as elegant as Nancy’s,  I’m super pleased about how well it turned out.

I completed the look with MAC’s ‘Roxo‘, a limited edition blood red lipstick. While this particular shade is sold out on their website, I’m fairly sure that you could find lots of lovely dupes without searching too hard.

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Autumn Leaves

After a year which could charitably be deemed to be ‘a bit difficult’, I am freaking overjoyed that Autumn is finally here. It’s always been my favourite season, mostly because it feels like a new beginning, that bigger and better things – crisp cold days! Big coats! Opaque tights! Excuses to make soup! My birthday!  – are just around the corner. It also means that I can legitimately purchase all the jumpers I’ve been swooning over for the past few weeks.

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JUMPER: Marks & Spencer

JEANS: Marks & Spencer

SHOES: Primark

NECKLACE: Oliver Bonas (old)

EARRINGS: And Other Stories (old)

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The theme for Autumn 2016 on the high street appears to be ‘Barb from Stranger Things chic’ which is an aesthetic that I can totally get on board with. The ultra femme side of me loves frills and flounces in all the right places, even more so if they come in delicious shades of mustard, like this Marks and Spencer jumper. Everything about this is perfect, from the lovely ribbed details to the fact that it’s just the right length to wear with jeans. Too short jumpers are a big bugbear of mine, as there’s nothing worse than leaving the house feeling your look, only to spend your afternoon constantly tugging your top down.

I paired this with my trusty skinny jeans (MARKS AND SPENCER, NEVER STOP MAKING THESE) and a pair of gold block heels from Primark, which – surprisingly – happen to be the comfiest pair of heels that I have worn in a long time. So much so in fact, that I recently managed to spend a whole weekend in them while lugging a wheelie suitcase around North London.

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My new favourite lipstick at the moment is Supreme from MDMFlow, a rich warm reddish pink which is perfect for the season. I’ve been raving about MDMFlow’s make up for a while now, as it’s everything I love in a beauty brand. It offers affordable products in bright bold colours, all created by a bad ass woman of colour. I am in total awe of Florence Adepoju, the woman behind the brand and I totally recommend reading this brilliant Buzzfeed piece about her. If you’re thinking about tinkering with your look this Autumn, their products are a great place to start.

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In the Pink

I am an absolute lipstick fiend. I tend to carry (at least) ten in my handbag at any time and that’s before we count the fifty or so I have in my makeup organiser at home. To quote Charlotte Tilbury, they are happiness in a tube. I pride myself on having a different lipstick for every mood, and I never feel entirely put together until I put some on.

At the moment, I’m loving pinks, so I thought I’d showcase two I’ve bought recently – one for a daytime ‘work friendly’ look and one which is a bit more daring.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips

My love for Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup has been well documented here over the past few years. All of her products are absolutely gorgeous, great on super sensitive skin and look so luxe. Pulling out a tube of her lipstick on the train to work always makes me feel that little bit more glamorous, like Jane Russell in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ if she was trying to put on her lippy on the 7.25am to Manchester Piccadilly.

Secret Salma

I visited her makeup concession at John Lewis in Liverpool last Saturday with a view to picking up a tube of mascara. I ended up leaving with mascara, lipstick, a bag full of samples and a pretty stunning day look. I’m posting this here for posterity, because I will probably never look this good in a post-hangover-post-yoga-class fug ever again.

Here, I’m wearing her ‘Hot Lips’ lipstick in ‘Secret Salma.’ It’s a beautiful shade of warm  rosy pink which was developed for someone with darker colouring than me, but really brings out the blue in my eyes. While it’s very matte, it feels like cashmere on my lips and has real lasting power. I’ve found that it can withstand my morning breakfast routine of a bagel and a coffee, which is impressive work. At £23, it’s not the cheapest, but I’d definitely recommend picking one of these up if you’re feeling flush and in need of a treat.

Make Up Revolution

On the more budget end of the scale, we have Make Up Revolution’s Salvation Lip Lacquer in ‘Rebel,’ aka ‘the shade of fuchsia I didn’t know I needed until I saw it.’ Make Up Revolution is one of the best budget beauty brands out there. Their stuff is incredible considering how little it costs.  Their lip lacquers appear to be an updated version of the lip velvets that are a great dupe of Lime Crime and Lip Tar’s products. While I would have liked slightly more staying power from their lip velvet (I found that using a lip liner on top gave it slightly more staying power), it went on pretty easily, was remarkably pigmented and didn’t make my lips dry out. Plus, it was £3 which is a ridiculous price for something so good.

You can find Make Up Revolution’s products in most branches of Superdrug and I totally recommend picking a few of these up if you feel like experimenting with bold colours.

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Sparkle Sparkle

I told myself that I wasn’t going to post any more poorly taken outfit selfie pics here in 2016 (particularly ones which feature my manky feet). But hey, New Year’s Resolutions are made to broken. I wanted to show off this gorgeous silver Monki kimono as it’s absolutely wonderful and is bound to fit a whole heap of chub beauties. I’ve worn it a handful of times since buying it a week ago, and each time I’ve had loads of compliments.

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KIMONO: Monki

DRESS: ASOS Curve

BELT: Little Mistress (old)

I’m wearing a large here, mostly because I have giganto-boobs and wanted something which would adequately cover them. I’m a size 20 and am pretty sure that a large would fit most people up to a size 24. However, I’ve also found Monki’s medium sized items to be quite generous, so if you’re close to one of their stores, it’s definitely worth popping in and trying this on. If silver’s not your thing, this also comes in gold. Sparkle Sparkle indeed.

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The only niggle I have with this item (and it’s a very minor one) is that it snags quite easily. I wore it out recently and accidentally tore a small hole in one of the sleeves when I caught it on a door handle. It’s something which will easily be fixed with a needle and thread, but it’s something to bear in mind if (like me) you can be a bit heavy handed with your clothes.

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I’ve been pairing this outfit with these gorgeous Topshop earrings and L’Oreal’s Colour Riche lipstick in Cassis Passion. These lipsticks are a bit of an underrated gem -great colours with real staying power. I own five of them and intend to buy many more.

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Hello Sailor!

My brother turned 30 this week, a fact which I am trying to ignore as it makes me feel incredibly old. It doesn’t feel like that much time has passed since we were kids and hitting each other over the head with plates because we’d watched too much Reeves and Mortimer.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, my family decided to visit our favourite cheap Lebanese restaurant and eat a metric ton of hummus. What better reason to wear a slightly-too-big-for-me swing skirt emblazoned with lobsters and star fish?

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Bolero cardigan: Collectif

Top: Collectif

Swing skirt: Collectif

Head scarf: Vintage

Earrings: Topshop

Necklace: Tatty Devine

Shoes: Primark

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I bought this Collectif skirt in their huge sale over the summer, and I simply adore it. It’s just so swishy and fun, plus it contains satisfyingly deep pockets. You can shove everything from lipsticks to corkscrews to hip flasks in there and they’ll barely make a dent. Collectif’s sizing can be a bit odd, so I sized up. While it turns out that I probably didn’t need to (which is a good guide for any swing skirts I intend to buy from them in the future), it does mean that this skirt is satisyingly roomy, meaning that you can eat a shed load of food while wearing it without feeling as though your stomach is going to erupt from acid reflux.

Most of all, I love this outfit because it’s so me. It’s comfy and makes me feel as cute as a button. I do wish more plus sized retailers would make swing skirts like this one. They’re just so great to wear and suit pretty much everyone.

1975 Red

I decided to break out my new Charlotte Tilbury 1975 Red for the occasion. It’s such a great lipstick – a coral red which comes in some of the most beautiful packaging I’ve seen. However, I feel that it makes me look a bit washed out. While I love it, it’s a shade which may have suited me better when I had red hair.

Russian Revolution

Praise be then to Sleek’s Russian Roulette. I raved about this budget lipstick in my last post, but seriously – this stuff is the bees knees. A combination of that and some seriously good Autumnal lighting led to me taking my best selfie in months (despite me being in the throes of a cracking hangover.) When a lippy can do that and only costs £4.99, it’s got to have some magical properties that aren’t listed on the label.

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I love you, you pay my rent

Much as I like my new job, some elements of it have taken a bit of getting used to. I have to wake up at 5.50am, remember to bring a packed lunch with me (or I’ll go and buy lots of expensive snacks from Pret) and wear a bra to the office every day. I also have to wear proper office attire which is a little fancier than my old ‘working from home’ uniform of a saggy t-shirt, a blanket scarf and a pair of yoga pants with a (gigantic) hole in the thigh.

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DRESS: ASOS Curve

BELT: ASOS

SHOES: And Other Stories

EARRINGS: Topshop

Mirror selfie

We’ve not had a bathroom mirror selfie on here for a while, have we? Do you like my new lino?

As soon as I saw this ASOS Curve wiggle dress, I knew it would be the perfect thing for the office. It’s professional enough to give me the ‘power bitch’ look I constantly aspire to, can be thrown on in mere minutes (great when you’re short on time and heavy on snooziness), and has pockets deep enough to hold all my bits-and-bobs when I’m running from meeting to meeting.

Display heels

Let us all take a moment here to appreciate these magnificent red stiletto heels from And Other Stories. They are what my friend affectionately refers to as ‘display heels’ – you can’t really walk in them, but wearing them makes you feel fantastic. They are what I wear when I want to feel that I am living my best life – the one where I am coming to steal your man and write him a shit hot social media strategy.

Me coming to steal your man

There’s a wonderful quote from Francois Nars on the NARS website; “I have a real love affair with lipstick. It gives you more power.” I couldn’t agree more. Their ‘Rita’ Audacious lipstick is the most delicious shade of oxblood red. Wearing it makes me feel like I’m wearing the blood of my enemies, like I’m a woman of substance and importance. Like I know what I am doing.

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