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Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Trip Down Memory Lane: A Perfume Post


In the two years I have been blogging, I've never written a post about all things whiff-related. So I thought it was about time to round up some of my all time favourite scents which make the boys swoon (or not...they are just super duper pretty). The one thing I both love and hate about perfumes is their ability to take you back to a time or place from the past. The correlation between smell and memory has been proven countless times, and I for one can associate nearly every perfume I own with something that has happened in my past. This means that one sniff can tell a story: be it one of rainbows and sparkles or loss and not such fun times. So as well as touching on what I love about these scents, I've also had a little trip down memory lane in the following run down: 

The Jo Malone Favourites: Everybody loves a bit o' Jo Malone, and no wonder. Her truly unique scents  are unlike anything else you can buy. My favourites include Vintage Gardenia (big bottle- discontinued), Blackberry & Bay and Pomegranate Noir (2 small bottles). The most 'memory-inducing' of the three is without a doubt Pomegranate Noir. Every time I wear it I think of my Mum, as it was her who introduced me to Jo Malone; PN being one of her favourites. Jo Malone scents are very potent and sophisticated, and Pomegranate Noir is the truest representation of this I think. 

The one that reminds me of an ex: On my 22nd birthday, I spent the day with my boyfriend of the time, as well as one of my best friends. I was given Diptyque Philosykos from my parents earlier that day, and was wearing it when I left the house. Because it's such an intense scent, it stayed right under my nose the entire day. Every time I smell this now, I think back to that day and what I was doing and how I felt. It reminds me of people that are maybe no longer around in my life and of a summertime spent with friends and surrounded by romance. Despite this (or maybe because of this), I really love this smell, and even more so because it is not a pretty, floral scent but an almost unisex, plant based scent: right up my street. 

The rollerball from my travels: When I was travelling last summer in America, myself and my tent buddy Helen took an entire free day to go shopping in San Francisco. People thought we were sort of mental seeing as we could have spent the day seeing the beautiful sights of the city, but instead tirelessly wandered round drug stores and tried on bras in Victoria's Secret. In truth, it was one of the best days I had on the trip. After a month of camping and being deprived of any pampering time, spending a day with one of my best makeup-loving girl pals doing something only girly-girls do was so special. To cut this (incresingly long) story short, we went into Sephora, and I bought a rollerball version of Elizabeth & James Nirvana. It's the white version of the duo scents by the Olsens, and is just super pretty and feminine. I wore it for the rest of the trip. 

The Uni perfume: When I was at uni, naturally I was crazy skint. I guess it's just a right of passage: every female undergrad (unless you are fortunate enough to have some well-off parents) goes through the agony of lusting after clothes, makeup and shoes that they just can't really afford. I remember one day I ran out of perfume, and was dreading forking out a hefty sum for another bottle. I was in Mac with a friend, and as she was buying something, I picked up their Turquatic perfume at the counter, and  after a single sniff (and after learning of the very modest price tag) practically threw a bottle at the cashier. Everyone's really surprised when I say one of my favourite scents is from Mac because most people don't even know they make them. It is so fresh and sort of tropical smelling, and really really affordable. 

The all-time fave: Oh Chanel. Is there anything you can't master? Clothing, accessories, makeup and perfumes: you rock the shit out of them all. That's why I am not surprised my all time favourite perfume is from the luxury brand, and why I am not ashamed to shout about it. Although the price tag is not so boast-worthy, the smell really really is. Chance eau Fraiche is citrusy, fruity and fresh, and sort of smells different throughout the day, which I really like. I like to think of this as my lucky perfume too, as I have worn it at some major events in recent years: my graduation, my job interview for SHOP, all throughout my work in Amsterdam, the list goes on...

The scent from my teenage years: What really attracted me to Marc Jacobs Daisy is the bottle. Like most beauty-obsessed teens, I liked anything big, bright and bold that stood out from the rest. With its large flowery lid and minimalistic font, Daisy had it going on. It's a fairly sweet scent which I would say is quite girly, and isn't one I wear much these days. When I was younger, however, it was all I would ever reach for. House parties, sixth form and nights out with fake ID's would all see (or sniff) Marc Jacobs Daisy, and not just the perfume either: I at various points owned the shower gel, body cream and shimmering body butter. Now that's dedication. 

The current choice: Reigning in a new year and a new start is Prada's Infusion D'Iris. This is another scent that, like the Diptyque and Jo Malone in my collection, reflects my love of perfumes that are just a little different. It's a smell which you can't quite put your finger on: floral but not girly, fresh but also a little 'spicy' and unique to its very core. It's also very grown up. Which is why I guess I am wearing it now. I am, after all, officially over the hill at the grand old age of 22 (kidding...kinda). I got it for Christmas last month, and so it's been my scent of choice for all the new experiences I am having now, and for working life. It will be interesting to see what it reminds me of in a few years time! 

What are your favourite perfumes and what do they remind you of? 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ealing B


Blazer: Zara Sale (sold)
Crop Tee: Topshop
Jeans: Asos
Shoes: Topshop Sale
Watch: Kate Spade 
Bag: Topshop

These images were shot in my beloved Ealing B by my office wife Tess. It was a super rainy day so I thought I would unleash some sunshine-esque brights onto the streets of EB. This blazer was a total barg at Zara; I nabbed it for £30 in the sale instead of £50 ish (I think!). I love how oversized and long it is -- I often have a problem finding blazers that fit how I want them to: too many on offer are very fitted and sit at the waist which I find super unflattering. I'm also wearing my Topshop sale shoes which make me feel like Carrie Bradshaw (an awesome or awful prospect I don't know...). They are completely ridiculous and I can't imagine where or when I will wear them. When taking these shots Tess asked me about the practicality of these shoes. It went something a little like this:
T: So, when will you actually wear these B?
B: Don't really know. Blog posts? Fancy dress? Days when it's not raining?
T: So why did you buy them?
B: THEY WERE IN THE SALE AND I HAD A VOUCHER OK. 

Moving on...

I am currently planning my upcoming year (as much as you can "plan" for what life will bring in the next year) and am looking to go travelling over the new year (just for a short period) in Indonesia with my mate Michelle, and move to Putney in April time. If anyone knows of anyone looking for roommates or of any rooms available, do let me know! I also got a call from The Debrief last week too, offering me the short internship I applied for, which I will complete in March. I am SO excited as if you know me, you will know I am a crazy fan of the humorous-fashion-writing bracket, which The Debrief definitely can be filed under. I am also back at The Times next month, but the big news is that I have been kept on at the magazine (SHOP) I have been interning at since the beginning of Dec. I am still doing intern duties but have also been writing as a freelancer and am surrounded by the nicest people! So it looks like a move to Putney is on the horizon...London life is officially underway! (woop woop). 


Friday, January 09, 2015

The Kate Spade Glittery Wrist Sensation


Kate Spade New York Metro Grand PavĂ© Stainless Steel & Interchangeable Glitter Leather Strap Watch

Sparkle is my favourite colour. Glitter is my bitch. Anything that shines is my best friend. I sorta-kinda morbidly hope that once I’m no longer in the land of the living my gravestone will say something like this: Here lies B Fearn: a lover of all things that sparkled in the moonlight.

With this background knowledge in mind, I doubt you will be surprised to know that when I saw a version of this RIDONCULOUS watch on a co-worker's wrist, I nearly prematurely dropped down dead and got my gravestone wish. I began a mad hunt to find the watch that was seemingly unavailable in the UK, but finally stumbled upon this slightly different version on the Saks website. Sadly, anyone with magpie-like tendencies will know that when you gotta have something, you gotta have it -- despite the £45 custom fees.

So here it is…an early christmas present to myself (at least that's what I claimed when it passed through my letterbox, wrapped exquisitely and untouched). I can now finally proclaim myself Queen of Glitter. ALL HAIL. 


Friday, January 02, 2015

Dust off your sh*tkickers- it's a New Year

NYE 2014!

It’s time for the ultimate New Year post my lovely readers. You may think these types of posts are utter BS, but I will try to spare you as much 'new year, new me' crap we're all bombarded with at this time of year. For a few years now I've stopped really making resolutions a priority, and used the transitional period as a chance to look back on the past year and see what I've learnt and how far I've come since the year before. 

This year I have graduated from University, worked at a fantastic company in Amsterdam over the summer, met some amazing new friends, seen some of my favourite bands live, gone travelling alone then with a bunch of people I’d never met before, got all my hair chopped off, had my work published in print and online, interned at some of my favourite newspapers and found a temp job at a small fashion publication with some lovely lovely people.

I don’t say this to humblebrag, but I feel I've achieved some good things this year, and gone through a lot in the process. As well as the ups, I’ve of course had a few downs (insomnia, dissertation purgatory, heartbreak, yada yada yada...) but I have tried to use these for good too. It’s been a challenging but exciting year, and I have come out the other side feeling pretty damn proud and ready for what's next! I feel I have much more of a sense of direction than I did six months ago, and know more about what I want out of life :) My year ended happily & with a super-duper bang, as I spent NYE partying with two fantastic human beans who I met when travelling: Lara & Amy- See photos above. I wore a Topshop playsuit, H&M shoes, River Island bag and vintage necklace, Kate Spade watch & AA scrunchie!


So anyway, here are some of my favourites things and lessons learned from the year:


My favourite….of 2014:

Film…Gone Girl (I saw it three times at the cinema, 'nuff said)
TV show…The Walking Dead (now I know how to survive a zombie apocalypse and what I want in my future hubz-Daryl, I'm lookin' at you)
Album…Alt J- This is all yours (Eargasm) 
Beauty product…Anastasia Brow Wiz OR Makeup forever HD foundation (annoyingly both not so easy to get your hands on in the UK!)
Band…Arcade Fire (Will my frankly bizarre crush on Win Butler ever subside?)
Fashion buy…My Zara leopard print boots (post here)
Book…Man Repeller: Chasing love, seeking overalls by Leandra Medine (no-brainer)
Experience of the year…Travelling in America (shoutout to the Trek crew!)
Place…Oregon/Chicago (or Amsterdam, but maybe I'm just biased)
Animal…Pug (Keeping my fingers crossed for '15)
Piece of writing...Marina Keegan- The Opposite of Loneliness (tragic but beautiful)


20 (ish) Things I have learnt in 2014:

The importance of travel- if you can do it, do it whilst you’re young, free and unattached (to jobs, people, you name it…)

Blogging is a fun, productive and unpredictable platform to develop your passions.

MIND OVER MATTER: Incredibly freeing realisation people. You have the power to change the way you feel about things if you are just brave enough to learn how.

Finding the right size cap at graduation is essential. Do you want your pea head flopping around in that oversized cap you thought you could fill out for the entire ceremony? No, you don't- take it from me future grads. 

If you can survive camping in grizzly bear-infested American national parks, you can survive absolutely anything.

Independence and solidarity make you a stronger person. Thank the person who said no to helping you out or walked away: it meant you had to stand on your own two feet & become a stronger, sassier human bean on this planet of ours. 

Sometimes you have to be willing to give up sleep to succeed.

A student loan will not stretch to buying you the entire ASOS site, as much as you will insist it can.

One from my good friend Kirstie: 'Don't cry over anyone who wouldn't cry over you'- in other words, he's not worth it. Don't settle & always trust your instincts. 

Work experience is invaluable, especially if you're in the fashion industry.

Having a dirty sense of humour makes life so much funnier. 

It's easy to make new friends; just say Hello! 

Nice boys aren't always nice. 

Working abroad teaches you things about the world and more importantly, about yourself.

There is such a thing as owning ‘too much makeup’. Yes, really.

Going bra-less on a night out can and will only result in an enormous amount of flashing. 

Writing a dissertation feels like the most soul-destroying activity known to man- but the struggle WILL end and if you put in the work you WILL reap the rewards ;)  

The first real, raw heartbreak is actually the most soul-destroying thing that can happen to a person- but this too shall pass, just be patient and dig deep to find your courage.

People at train stations are arseholes (since when was not stopping to help people with heavy bags a thing?!!!)

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Shit happens- it’s how you deal with it that counts. Don’t let it define or destroy you, let it strengthen you. Negative experiences are not always negative. As cheesy as it sounds, every seemingly bad and challenging experience has purpose. 

SO...Don’t give up. You have to be persistent as heck in this world.

Meeting as many people as you can, dressing exactly how you want to dress and doing things people think you are not capable of are some of life’s greatest pleasures.

And lastly, but (I think) most importantly: Be kind. You will always find people along the way that will take advantage of this or be shitty to you…but be kind anyway. 


What have you learnt this year?
ps. HNY!!


Sunday, December 28, 2014

The ASOS Sale Edit


ASOS sale edit

Starting bottom left going clockwise:

Monki Furia Faux Fur Cross Body Bag- Was £25, now £15 
French Connection Chlo Cross Body Bag- Was £100, now £60
Monki Tailored Jumpsuit- Was £45, now £32
Monki Balloon Sleeved Jumper- Was £30, now £21
Monki Rhonda Print Bra- Was £15, now £9
ASOS White Structured Blazer- Was £75, now £33
Monki Metallic Waisted Dress- Was £35, now £26
The Whitepepper Unicorn Clutch- Was £40, now £24
ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Smock Dress in Ditsy Floral Print- Was £40, now £28
ASOS Faux Fur Coat with Funnel Neck- Was £70, now £49
Dr Martens Core 1461 Tahan White 3-Eye Flat Shoes- Was £100, now £70
ASOS WHITE Textured Skirt with Split- Was £70, now £35
ASOS Patch it up Platforms- Was £50, now £35
Adidas Gazelle Maroon Trainers- Was £75, now £52 
Herschel Classic Backpack in Cobalt Polka Dot- Was £45, now £27

We all know the score: the minute boxing day comes around every year, it's time to scout out the best of the sale deals (online- I literally will never be bothered to hack actual sale shopping). This year I have already spotted some bits I plan on buying, including this cracking half-price Agent Provocateur underwear set (still a whopping £95...a snip, right?!) and a bright banana yellow blazer from Zara- who also have some really great faux fur jackets at total barg prices. 

But for me, it's all about ASOS when it comes to sales, or, well, just about anything fash-related. I've trawled through dozens of pages to share with you my top picks (admittedly, many of them were just in my saved items basket and have now gone down in price but ssssh). As a huge Monki fan, there's lots from there in my selection, but also a couple of ASOS white/reclaimed vintage buys, and some stuff from the ASOS main line and other brands. Enjoy! (You can thank me later) 
;) 
 
   

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Suited//Oxblood

Tshirt: Topshop (sold out)
Suit: Asos- here & here
Shoes: Dune (old)
Bag: Topshop 

2nd outfit:
Suit: As above
Shoes & cami: Topshop (old)

I don't actually remember the last time I put an outfit post up-that's how bloody long it's been. When I received this totally LUSCIOUS suit in the post however, I knew I had to share it with you, my fellow bloggers and stylish readers alike. If you remember, a couple of months ago, I put together a little wish list for the winter months, adamant that I was going to stick to the six items which made the list, and those six items alone (as IF). A two-piece suit has been the last item I've picked up, and boyyy was it worth the wait. 

Oxblood has a special place in my heart, which makes this twosie all the more glorious to me. AND it's from ASOS. Oh, AND, it only set me back £75 collectively. These details mean it has all the makings of a truly special suit. It fits me like a glove, and what I really adore about it is its versatility. Here I have paired it with a cheeky slogan tee and leopard brogues, but when I was thinking about styling it in my head, the choices were endless. A plain high-neck black tee/black polo and black converse for an even more casual twist? Yep. A black silk cami and feathery black heels for a night out? Yep, yep, double yep (see my blurry iphone photos for how I styled it just like this for a London night out). I can see me wearing this for years- and dressing it up or down whatever the occasion- interview, party, brunch & shopping trip- this baby's got me covered. 

In other news, I am love love loving my job at SHOP magazine and am working with some of the most lovely people I have ever met (especially in fashion!). As well as general internship duties, I have had the opportunity to write several pieces for the print editions of the magazine, and am looking forward to seeing my name on the masthead! I have enjoyed being in London and spending time with some of my closest friends all over the city, and am already scouting out some potential areas to move to in the new year...exciting times! As if it's nearly Christmas though...I have found it so difficult to get into the festive spirit this year- hopefully a cruise around central to see all the lights tomorrow will help get me there. If I don't blog before- Merry Christmas! 


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