Life Lessons


Jumper: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Miss Guided | Bag: New Look | Pompom: Boots | Converse: depop | Sunglasses: UNIF | Earrings: Primark

Photos by Lauren Jade Keir

How to be happy:

1. Wear what you like
2. Don't care what others think
3. Dress in bright colours
4. Have faith in the future
5. Be grateful for the present
6. Put a pompom on your bag

Summer Playlist


My life is filled with music and I rarely go a day without it, whether that's watching it live, listening on Spotify or popping a new vinyl on my turntable for a spin. My last playlist was February (but in my defense!!), my life has been so busy since, what with graduating, studying, stressing, holidaying and much more in between! Instead of a monthly playlist, i've put together a compilation of songs that have shaped the past 6 (wtf) months and in particular my summer, which seems to have all flown past in a blur... I might not have had the time to sit down and write about it, but music has played (scuse the pun) a big part in 2017 so far. 

I've not been able to stop listening to Confidence Man, a two piece band stemming from Oz with their banger of a track 'Boyfriend' - seriously, go and listen to it, and I dare you not to feel an urge to DANCE! I haven't been picking up much vinyl lately (moneys) but nabbed a vintage 'ole Madonna 'True blue' record with all the 80s pop dance vibes. I also had the pleasure (second time) of seeing TOPS in Manchester. Their new album 'Sugar at the gate' has been on repeat lately with my favourites being 'Petals' and 'Dayglow bimbo'. A perfect slow, moody but poppy summer album. Lastly, I had the once in a lifetime experience of seeing Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys perform his legendary album Pet Sounds in Liverpool last month. It was truly magical and perfect in every way, and naturally it's made me want to listen to that timeless album even more...because there really is no other record that suits a summery day than something by The Beach Boys, riiiiiight?

8. Selena Gomez - Fetish ft. Gucci Mane I mainly like the vid lol
16. Luis Fonsi - Despacito lollll c'mon though I couldn't NOT

Ciao pals x

Current Favourite Make Up Looks


As much as I love getting my make up 'on point' and spending hours on it getting everything 'flawless', it's sometimes good to step outside the box (or just throw that box away all together) and try out some more daring make up looks...they don't have to be crazy, but just something a bit more rough and ready than your usual. I've found sometimes the best make up looks i've ended up with are the ones i've spent minimal time and effort on, and minimal products, just all the key, right ones. Here are my current favourite make up trends that i'm trying out!

On a good skin day (this hasn't been happening too often for me at the mo), I love just a small dab of foundation, brows, mascara, pop of pink on the cheeks and some clear lip balm. Your skin feels like it can actually breath and it's just a natural, simple enhancement of your best features. 
I've been seriously inspired by Pat McGrath lately (check out her Instagram!) and love the bold, shimmery gold looks she's created as of late. Gold looks amazing on most eye colours, especially greens and blues, and can really make that colour POP. You can dab on glitter to the lids, brows, inner corners, underneath your eyes, draw a catflick or add some gold glittery mascara. It doesn't have to be perfect and can be applied with the swipe of your finger or a brush, or can be applied as precisely as you like.
Remember the days when everyone used Lancôme juicy tubes??? I'm feeling those vibes coming back. I normally use a cotton bud to get off any excess stuff of my lips (like foundation/concealer residue) and then apply a clear gloss/oil by Gosh make up. There's not always need for colour because your own lip colour is already poppin' but you can get bright pink glosses or a glitter infused one which imo, look insaaaanely cool. Hair up and avoid windy days for this look.
I honestly prefer highlighter to contour any day. Whatever can make my skin look as youthful and dewy as it did when I was kid, then i'm all for it. Apply it to the nose bone and tip, brow bones, cupids bow, cheekbones, collarbones, shoulders - anywhere that light gonna hit gurl, put it there!!! I love the glossy wet eye too and gold infused highlighters to make you like a glowing goddess.
Another make up look I've beeen la-laaaloving is bold eyeshadows. I never thought I'd see the day when i'd be applying coloured eyeshadow again but i'm growing to love it. My favourite new palette is Moondust by Urban Decay which have theeee most pigmented, shimmery bright colours, a green shade ('Lightyear') being my favourite. Green looks amazing on brown eyes but can add to the tones in green/blue eyes too. Something fun to wear for a night out and experiment. 
Lastly, my other favourite make up trend is the grungey, messy eyeliner look inspired by the punk era. I love the smudged out effect which is so anti-perfect smokey eyes and looks so effortlessly cool. Pair with a nude lip and let those eyes do the talkin'.

I'm thinking of doing some of these inspired looks on Youtube so keep an eye out!

What are your favourite make up looks?

Keep making art


Keep making art. That's something that stuck with me after watching an interview with Sofia Coppola. She said her mum always reminded her to keep. making. art. Right now, i've graduated university in the past two weeks and i've been travelling and now i'm back to base. Sometimes it feels good to be back to base, to re-find your roots. Though the initial panic set in when I got back that I had to begin to find a job, my career, the 'dream' job...I realised that there is no rush. I mean I guess in some cases if you are short on cash, you might need to rush it. Luckily I am ok for money, but I still feel a sense of urgency, because, well, money doesn't last forever, especially with spending habits like But despite the job nerves, interview nerves and somewhat 'pressure' to find THE job, and THE career...I have found with all this free time and finally being back to my base, I have never felt more inspired or creative. When I was a kid, I would paint and draw and write, watch films and tv, dress up, take photos without purpose or motivation but just with the pure desire to create art. I doubt my 5 year old brain knew what art was, though. I'm a bit older now (ok significantly older...and wiser?...ish). This time spent looking for jobs has given me time to create and I feel at my happiest when i'm creating. Even if my 'art' is not 'art' or my 'art' is weird to others, even if it makes no sense to me...I mean who tf knows what art is anyways. I guess it is creation from the mind. Putting pen to paper, or an abstract idea to a tangible product or something. But anyway, back to that Sofia Coppola quote, keep making art. So whether you're applying for jobs like me, or working a shitty 9-5, or doing the career of your dreams, keep making art - however you perceive 'art' to be, it's basically just letting the creation flow without questioning it too much. It makes the world a better place and it makes you happier. Making art is more needed than ever with the current political climate. As mentioned in the linked article, art is necessary to allow us to question society. It can serve all purposes though, it doesn't always have to have meaning, like tattoos don't either, it can either be a form of meditation/relaxation/distraction or it can connect with someone else - either way, making art is not wasted time.

I bought some new camera filters off can buy all sorts of shit on there, it reminds me of that song those two chinese guy made years ago (watch it here for the lols, my childhood). So I put them to use when I got bored in between job applications and it gave me that fire in my belly that everyone talks about. It might be shit and meaningless to others but if you are happy, that is really all that matters. So whatever circumstance, it is important that you keep making art. Robin Williams also said 'you're only given a little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it.'... that spark of madness is your art, don't lose that.

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