SLIDER

My First Tattoo

9/29/13

As you or may not have read my previous post a couple of months back, I was speculating whether to get a tattoo or not. I decided to finally go through with it...despite my mum being totally against it, and my dad not so keen either (even though i'm pretty sure, secretly, he wants one too). I'm honestly so chuffed with it and was quite surprised at how un-painful it was considering I got mine on my ribs area, which is said to be the most painful. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most painful) i'd say 5 for mine. It did help the fact the tattoo artist was very nice, chatty and also played heavy rock music in the background which distracted me from the pain on my ribs...and focused my attention towards the pain in my ears...

I went for a pretty simple first tattoo after a lot of Googling, Tumblring, deciding and deliberating. I wanted words that would be eternally meaningful to me. I get asked a lot (like A LOT) if I chose Let it Be after the Beatles song and as much as I do love the Beatles, I did not get my tattoo after their famous song, I'm not that big a fan. Whilst reading 'A New Earth' by Eckhart Tolle, there was a passage about Dalai Lama, who explained the importance of letting things in life just be. I couldn't think of anything better - it means not worrying about the future or regretting events from your past - it's being completely in the present and letting things happen as they happen. Anyway, enough of that hippy crap - that's my reason! I combined it with an image of a swallow bird because it signifies freedom, care and loyalty - qualities I think go hand in hand with letting it be. I'm so chuffed with the design and even more with how it looks in real life...here is a photo to show you:


If you're considering a tattoo, I hope this was a helpful insight into my own experience! 

The Fedora & The Kimono

9/23/13

Kimono & Fedora: both from Missguided.co.uk | Maxi dress: Carboot | Body chain: Etsy.com | Ring: Etsy.com | Doc Martens : Ebay | Lips: Russian Red MAC

Here's another outfit post  for you this weekend. I recently bought this kimono and fedora from Missguided.co.uk. I've been meaning to buy a kimono for a while and this is exactly what I was looking for! Shame the summer is over (despite it being predicted 30c this week in France, hell yeah!) as I would have worn this during the warmer months but it's a staple piece which will definitely be perfect for wearing next summer & even in the colder months with a black jumper, jeans & boots. The fedora is a classic and looks great in the autumn months with your hair in a plait or down like mine...I love it! I'm off to my friends house for a good ole roast dinner this evening, what are you up to this Lazy Sunday? I will be posting on the weekend, part 1 to my next three part series of how to style, *drum roll*...........dungarees! Stay tuned!

Review | 'IT' By Alexa Chung

9/21/13


There was a sudden buzz around the blogisphere when this book hit the shelves with beauty and fashion bloggers raving about the famous cool-girl Alexa Chung finally releasing her first ever book. Like all the other fashion victims, I was eager to see what all the hype was about so I bought myself a copy. I was a big fan of Miss Chung right from the day I started watching her on 'T4 Sundays' back when I was a tween. I've never been one of those crazy Chung fans but I can't deny that she is somewhat a fashion icon - she has a quirky sense of humour, amazing style and effortlessly perfect hair - she has it all going on, she just oozes cool, right?...yeah, right up until I opened up this book. 


Now, I'm not one for writing anything negative on my blog but I promise to be 100% honest with my views so i'm not going to pretend that the book's amazing when it's really not that great. Initially, I thought that the book was very nice to look at, with it's pretty pink cover, retro looking snapshots (most likely taken from her Instagram feed) & inquisitive title 'IT', which made me want to read on. As for the contents - there are some parts that made me laugh but more out of embarrassment at how much unnecessary rubbish she put in there. Sadly, the appearance of this book is about the only part I liked. I found it all a tad cringe worthy and bland and if I'd known more what the book was actually about, I definitely wouldn't have spent my money on it (we're talking sixteen pounds and ninety-nine pennies worth, people). 

For such a stylish & 'iconic' woman who I thought would have had many interesting things to say...well, I was expecting to perhaps learn a bit more, to maybe have an insight into her everyday life/job but in the end found the whole thing pretty boring and a waste of time (and paper). It was an easy, quick read (it took me literally a half hour) but there's really nothing inspiring in there at all. Daily Mail journalist, Jan Moir, said in her review (view here) that it was as if Alexa had spent "half an afternoon downloading the entire content of her Iphone directly onto the pages"...and I couldn't agree more.

Sorry Alexa, you're alright but 'IT' isn't.

Current Favourites

9/10/13


My monthly favourites, just some things I'm loving and lusting after this September...
From left clockwise:

1. D&G- I'm loving D&G's 2013 Fall Collection which are filled with Russian inspired pieces, bejewelled crowns & Venetian mosaic style dresses. Check out the collection here

2. Gesaffelstein: A born & bred French techno artist & DJ from Lyon. He's probably been around for a while, but as usual, I don't find out about it till way later. Tracks to listen to are OPR, Control Movement & Viol. 

3. Maxi skirt: Shorts & short skirts are out the window since winter appears to have come early and I'm already thinking of getting my hot water bottle out again (for bed I mean, not to walk around with) so maxi skirts are the perfect alternative. I'll be wearing mine with my DM's & a leather jacket. www.missguided.co.uk

4. Bobbi Brown Eyebrow shadow: The whole eyebrow pencil look isn't working for me, the colour doesn't match my eyebrows & I'm worried I have a case of the 'scouse brow' coming on. I've heard many good reviews about this eyebrow shadow and it gives a much more natural look. www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

5. Beanie: Perfect for this chilly Autumn air and perfect for bad hair days (I have many of those). Buy it here.

6. Stud Oxford shoes: I spotted these in the window of MANGO and I have fallen in love with them since...I doubt I will actually get them (I'm trying to actually save some money for once) but, they're nice to look at...and dream about...and pretend I have them...

7. Arctic Monkeys 'Am': New album out today from the good ole mardy bums & I LOVE it. I have to say I only ever loved their very first 2 albums, then in between, not so much, but BOY have they made a good one here. 'Do I Wanna Know', 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High', 'R U Mine?', 'Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You' and 'Arabella' are all favourites.

8. LWLD (Little White Lace Dress): Yes, I made that up...I'm after one of these to go with my Leather Jacket & some biker boots...along with some tights, my fedora and it's perfect for Autumn.

So, that's this months favourites! I'm not sure I'm coming back next month with the same thing, I might make a slight change to my posts & I have lots of other ideas up my sleeve. I have a busy weekend ahead including selling loads of my own things at a carboot on Sunday (yes, I'm actually making money, not spending it for once).  And hi to some of my new followers, thanks a lot for joining!

Sunday Snapshots

9/8/13


Flee market on a Sunny Sunday in September (all the S's) in France! Ps. Those churros were so good.

Review | Mac Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation


Before:
                                                                           
After:

It's important to protect your skin from sunlight around the colder months just as much as it is in summer, being one of the reasons why I chose this MAC Pro Longwear foundation with SPF10. This foundation gives fantastic coverage and evens out the skin tone (the shade I bought was N20)...it is a nice light consistency, not thick or difficult to apply & it lasted me a whole school day. It covers up all my spots & dark circles around eyes, it is an all round great foundation! Maybe not so good for your bank balance to buy all the time but is definitely worth it if you like a good quality foundation that lasts.

Buy MAC Pro Longwear foundation with SPF10 by clicking here.

Review | MAC Lipstick 'Rebel'

9/7/13


As we settle into Autumn, I decided to invest in another MAC lippy, 'Rebel' which is a switch from my usual bright red lipstick and is a much deeper berry red which looks great at this time of year. I don't have anything bad to say about MAC lipsticks, they're definitely a good investment and if you have bought one before, you will know that they smell THE BEST...(they have a yummy vanilla scent if you haven't tried it before, it's amazing). It's a versatile colour that looks great on all skin types, all my friends have taken a liking to it and have borrowed it off me already! It's my new autumn and winter make up staple! (just to point out I don't have a foundation tide line, it was the lighting from holding my camera infront of me)

Buy MAC lipstick in 'Rebel' here!

Secondhand Sunday #6

9/2/13

Number six in my 'Secondhand Sunday' series... I think this is near my last of Secondhand Sunday posts as we're already in September now (What the heck... how did that happen?!) & carboots are a lot less frequent but I'll try to go to as many as possible! That aside, I found some great things yesterday. It was also our 4th year anniversary of living in France so we had dinner out in town to celebrate. Here are some photos from the day!


I got this peplum top for 2 euros. I love the cobalt blue colour & the peplum style is really flattering. It's something I'd wear on a night out with a black bodycon skirt along with some gold jewellery (like on pic).


I got this for 1 euro, I love layering rings at the moment and I'll be wearing this one along with my chunky silver rings from H&M!

More rings! Ok, so I didn't buy this at the carboot, but I thought I'd throw it into the post anyways. I bought this on Etsy.com (my new favourite Ebay). It's pretty weird...but that's why I love it.


I'm so chuffed to have got this maxi dress for just 2 euros! I have a similar one in grey which I did a post on, (click here to view post), these sort of dresses are so versatile and go with everything, it can be worn all year round which is great. I will be doing a post with this dress shortly including some missguided.co.uk items so stay tuned for that.

This belt was 2 euros, it looks great with some jeans & a stripey tee and I plan on wearing it with my military style jacket this winter.


This scarf was 1 euro, a similar print to the classic Alexander Mcqueen scarf, but don't think I could afford the price tag so this'll do!


 These beauties cost me 3 euros!! They look like something Cher from Clueless would wear but I just really love the sunflower print & luckily the suns still shining where I am and it's still OK to wear these.


We sat in the main square in town where it was reasonably bustly (for a Sunday night in rural France) where we ate goats cheese crepes with honey & walnuts, salad and a cafe gourmande to share for afters...which was deeelish! We went for a little wander afterwards to let our food go down, I felt so stuffed! Back to school tomorrow for me, where did the summer go?

 Luckily I start at after lunchtime, Wednesday we finish at lunch and then just two full days so a pretty easy first week back! This year is going to be pretty stressful, it being my last year and all (woohoo!)...which means exams, work experience and applying to unis/schools...just thinking about it makes me nervous so I'm just going to take it each day as it comes.

I hope everyone's back to school/starting uni goes well & I will be back with some new posts soon, stay tuned!

Part 3 | One Biker Jacket, Three Ways To Wear

9/1/13



Resuming on the 'Three Ways To Wear' series, outfit number three. My sister bought me these heels for Christmas, which are from New Look but french store 'Mim' have started selling New Look shoes which is great and I saw these and fell head over heels (haha, 'scuse the pun) for them. They remind me of Christian Louboutins with the red rim and they look way more expensive than they are. I paired it with my boyfriend jeans from Zara, yellow vest from Promod and a layered chain necklace I bought from Kosmod (a rubbishy french clothes store and I have no shame in saying but normally the clothes in there are ... let's just not go there).

I hope you enjoyed my three part series of outfits and I'll definitely do it again as it helps to show how to style one item in several ways! I'm back to school on Tuesday which I *insert sarcastic tone here* cannot wait for so I'm afraid my posts might be less frequent and probably just on weekends & holidays. I'm back on Sunday with a carbooty haul (depending on what I find). Stay tuuuuuned!
© Lucie Rose Blog • Theme by Maira G.