When I bought this top I wasn't sure that I'd wear it with anything other than black jeans, but still I went ahead with it. Matching it with this wee skirt was an accidental stroke of genius, the colours just bounce of each other and make the top pop. I kept everything else black to balance it all out, I'm all about subtly you know ...
This is last years version of this shirt "dress" this years version is in the shops now, so my plan was to wear this one before payday before everyone buys this years one. So when payday comes ... I urge you all to go out and buy it!
Everyone I know has this top, I'm not even joking. I got it in the sale because it was so cheap I couldn't not buy it. Since then I've worn it loads, its just a really floaty and comfortable fit and is just perfect to throw on with jeans and it still makes what your wearing look like you've made some effort.
Everyone knows that Topshop leopard print skirt in their recent Cara Delevingne campaign, it was sold out everywhere! Already we are seeing lots of leopard print skirt alternatives. This skirt is my favourite one that I have found. Its really light fabric but because its got the bigger print with the brighter base colour I think it looks more expensive and less tacky, I think with this print the bigger the print the less cheap n nasty it looks, and that can be hard with leopard print.
Wow it has been a wee while, hope every ones 2015 has gone well so far ... I just haven't stopped working hence the absence ... this adult life of full time work is tough.
I have posts up all this week though, although to be honestly I feel like Instagram is the new blog, does anyone old school "blog" anymore? I know Vlogging is the in thing but I just don't like it for fashion blogs. I think for hair and beauty blog its perfect, but fashion is just better in photos ... I think anyways.
2014, where to start. It wasn't a bad year at all, it was kind of the year I needed after last years horror story.
At the end of 2013 I was diagnosed with depression, which I've always been very open about with everyone, and that was the main focus of 2014, to rest and recover. I had a whole list of things I wanted to do in order to help myself get better. Here was my list of things I planned to do over the year;
1. Paint Bike 2. Photography Course 3.Travel (Prague, Berlin, Italy, Amsterdam) 4. Fashion Week 5. Swim with the sharks 6. Edinburgh Marathon 7. Skiing 8. Sewing Course 9. Bungee Jump 10. Tattoos 11. T in the Park 12. Go Ape 13. Blackpool
Out of all of that I manged to get 2 new tattoos, I spent my birthday in Blackpool with my friends and in the summer I went to Amsterdam. I'm not going to lie and say I wish I hadn't done more, but I'm now working full time and I think the list was a bit much, not realistic as I have had a few relapses, although no where near last years extent. But it just means I can make sure to get it done this year ... Berlin 2015 is already in the planning! I also could never do the Edinburgh Marathon!
As well as this list I had my resolutions;
Get a full time/real job
I got a new job in Feb 2014 year after finally struggling enough in my old one, and I can honestly say this has been one of the best things to happen to me this year by far, I love my job, I love the company I work for and the group of people I work with are honestly the loveliest bunch of babes I have ever met. The place has made such a big difference to my mental state. I was working in such a negative environment before and this new job is all about positivity! Just what I needed. Then in October I got a new role, which meant more responsibilities and more hours! So I am now earning enough money to actually be able to make plans. I'm very glad I handed my CV in that day!
For 2015 its all about trying to get in to Personal shopping or creative work, so I need to focus and drive myself to get to where I want to be before Christmas next year, I don't think I could cope with Christmas in Retail again ... I think I'll still be exhausted from this year.
Go to more gigs
I went to so many gigs this year and seen so many of my favourite artists and bands! I have loved it and it will continue this year, the only problem is no one likes the same music as me so its a nightmare trying to recruit gig buddies!
Be more charitable
I hate to say this is the one I haven't been able to stick to as much as I would have liked, but forgive me if I've been a bit selfish this year and been dealing with my own shit. BUT my best friend and I have a plan for a big charity event this year so lets see how that goes!
Learn to drive
Nope ... never going to happen.
Stay away from boys
This is one I am very glad to say I have stuck to! I've realised this year what I want, its only taken me about a decade, but in that same breath I've also realised that no one is going to be 100% what you want, so don't stress. I'm not too fussed about being single, I really don't mind it, but it would be nice to date a little and get out there.
I do want to meet someone but I'm in absolutely no rush to waste my time with more idiots, like I've been doing the past few years!
This is on my list every year and it always will be, my only struggle again is finding people to go with ... my group of friends don't really do holidays, I can't do camp America and all my best friends have weddings/mortgages so I'm always stuck cause I don't want to go alone ... its one of the main reasons I do want to meet someone, so I can drag them around the world with me!
I am trying with work to get work abroad opening new stores so I really am hoping I get an opportunity to do that this year!
Take more photos
I have stuck to this one too, however I have cheated and it has been on my Iphone ... I've become a bit Insta obsessed. but its just so easy with your phone to snap away, I'm charging my SLR as I type!
Get healthy and happy
Last year I thought that getting healthy meant getting to the gym and working out, but instead for me it was a diet change. This year I stopped eating meat. I have thought about it for years but never had the knowledge or will power to do it. Then my sister turned vegan and I done it with her. It was good to have that support to finally make the change and I haven't looked back. I managed to stay Vegan for a few weeks but I really struggled, so after some ups and downs it has been a bit hard but I wouldn't change it now. For the moment I'm not eating any meat, on occasion I will have fish and the only dairy I am having is cheese and chocolate. I am still working on this though and by the end of the year I don't want to be eating any dairy. Its still all a learning curve. I have been a big meat eater for 25 years so it is a massive lifestyle change. Eventually I want to be completely Vegan and I know that once I have my own house it will be easy, just for now living in a house were someone else is buying the food there are some times were my only option in the fridge is a dairy one.
Heres wishing you all a great New Years Night and a magical 2015! Sweet Dreams
Continuing with the witchy theme. This dress is one of my favourites ever! I have worn it dozens of times on nights out and casually. I am obsessed with vintage nighties and after re-discovering this one I'm on the hunt for more!
I've recently decided for my winter wardrobe I want it to be witchy and dark and admittedly a little bit 90s. So I have been in a lot of dark this week and I'm sure it'll be like that for the next few weeks unless I get bored.
The works Christmas party! Probably one of the most stressful outfit decisions of the year! I strangely always want green sequins, but this is the first year I have actually managed to find something I've actually loved enough to wear. The skirt is Miss Selfridge, and then I bought a second skirt and made a bralet out of it. Maybe thats the green sequins out of my system and next year I will have a new theme.
The Guys over at NKD SKN recently send me over a sample of their medium mousse instant tan.
I've stopped tanning every day recently, and instead I've only been tanning for nights out. Its actually not been as bad as I thought it would be, I think since its winter and I'm covered head to toe, but when it gets to spring time I will be back to tanning every single day. Why do I have such pale skin? :(
The timing could haven't been more perfect as its obviously Christmas party season and I've been looking for a good instant tan just for my party. They sent me the Mousse with a mit (Thank God cause I didn't have one) in medium, the colour came out great and after 2 coats it was the perfect shade ... next time I'd go for the dark as I do like a deep tan.
The mousse went on smooth and well, no patchy-ness or dry skin exposure ... always a good start.
The pain with instant tan is rain .. or people dropping drinks on you .. thats the only downside for me because it is always raining here so ultimately I will always opt for a building tan, but I was really impressed with NKD SKN and would definitely buy from them, I also loved the mit, one of the best ones I have used as there was no running onto the inside of my hand.
After searching and searching for the perfect over the knee boots, in the space of a week I bought 2. These are my going out ones, going to wear them for Christmas Eve and hopefully New Years Eve, even though I haven't worked out what I'm going to be doing for it this year ... I hate New Years.
This week I was very kindly invited along to Eden Beauty Garden, a new salon in Glasgow specialising in nails and eyelashes. I have my work Christmas party on Sunday so I thought this would be a great chance to try out some of the treats on offer. I have never had my eyelashes done before, i usually stick to strip eyelashes, and I only really get my nails done for big events, and lets face it, the work Christmas do is always one of the biggest.
The salon in situated in the Central Chambers on Bothwell Street, just behind Central station if your still not sure! So its very handy as it is so central! The salon is gorgeous, it has these huge open bay windows which look out on to the station and up Renfield Street! I could have looked out it for hours! The interiors are light greens and yellows and white with tea candles all around and some great tunes. There are also snacks and drinks available, there is wine ... thats a risk right there free wine when your having a pamper day! The salons is run by Estonian sisters Merili and Kristi, they've been there for just 2 weeks but already the salon its self and the treatments are looking fantastic.
First of all I got my eyelashes done, I got the Mink semi permanent lashes, I opted for a party lash look, I didn't want them to be natural as I wanted them specifically for the Christmas party. The lashes were all individually glued, which took about 2 hours and they should last for 8 whole weeks with infills every 3/4 week which costs £30! I actually fell asleep on the table haha! I was expecting my eyelashes to feel irritated or heavy, both nope it didn't feel a thing, and I still don't, I've had them a few days now and my lashes don't feel any different to when I'm just wearing mascara. To keep them good its recommended not to use oil based cosmetics and toiletries, and try not to sleep on your face ha ha!
The lash treatment that I got is £70 with the 20% off throughout December, so
its a great time to grab a bargain and take advantage for your
Christmas/New Years events! My lashes look great, they look natural but striking, as if I just have amazingly brilliant eyelashes!
Al goes well they should last about 3 weeks if I am careful with them, and I am being very careful!
Next we moved on to my nails!
The salon offers both Gel nail extensions and Biosoft nails, which aren't extensions but enhance the strength of your natural nails. Again I opted for the party option, so I got a full set of gel extensions. Again the process took about 2 hours, its an odd sensation to get your nails done and not be in some sort of pain. I usually get acrylics and I know the damage they to, not only in the process but in the removal. The girls at Eden really believe in doing beauty properly. Taking the time to make sure your not only comfortable but that the service and products you are getting are they best they can be. I find, especially with nail places, its a matter of getting you in and out as fast as possible, and while my nails may look good and its cheap ... the damage done isn't really worth the money your saving.
There were loads of colours to choose from, the girls told me over 35 glitters and colours ... I started off wanting nude ones changed my mind about 50 times and then settled on a pale pink, it goes with everything. I was also able to choose the shape I wanted from a little ipad photo ... I loved that, I've never been in a salon who does that and its much easier than trying to explain. I of course got my only favourite, the Gaga inspired claws!
My nails should last about 4 weeks, I'm excited to see the growing out process compared to acrylics, I always feel like they look a mess after a week! They feel great, very soft and natural and because its a coloured gel the colour won't chip ... I just have to make sure I don't change my mind about the colour!
I just want to thank the girls for inviting me along, I had a great day of pampering and I love love love the results!
Make sure to check out the Salon on Facebook to see all the great treatments available!
After my The Vegan Kind Box 12 Review, the guys over at Howdah contacted me and asked me to review a couple of their products. I had really enjoyed the ones I had got in my box so of course I took them up on the offer.
You know some people are sweetie lovers, or can't go a day without chocolate or juice ... well thats me with crisps. If someone said you have to give up all other treats but you can still have crisps, I'd happily take that deal. I've actually found it more difficult than I first thought to find Vegan crisps. So far there has only been one completely Vegan brand of crisps I have found. Howdah are suitable for both Vegetarians and Vegans and there are 6 flavours to choose from AND they are also Gluten free ... I don't really like gluten free stuff so the fact that these taste amazing shows it is possible.
The flavours I was sent are the Masala Banana Chips and the Bombay Puri.
When the guys originally told me they were sending the Masala Banana Chips I was a bit sceptical. There are only 2 foods in the world I cannot stand, raw tomatoes and bananas. So I was worried that I would hate them. I ate the whole bag in one sitting ... they were amazing! I actually would say they're my favourite of all the flavours I've tried. They're not overly spicy and taste great. I love Indian food, any spicy food, but I struggle when spices take away from the flavour.
The Bombay Puri ones are great too. I think though I'd be more likely to eat them at a party, like as a wee table nibble. They were a bit spicier than the Banana Chips so I'd only be able to handle a few at a time, but with the banana ones I'd buy them for my lunchbox to eat every day. aha. On that note I think they would be brilliant for party bowls, or if your having Vegan buffet, a good alternative to your missing Pakora dishes!
Howdah have also given me a wee giveaway for you guys! So you can experience the amazing tastes for yourself! They are giving you guys the chance to win the 6 flavours below! All you have to do is comment below, or Like the giveaway on my Instagram.(@Brantastic_x)
The winner will be announced on Instagram on Monday 8th December!
A Few weeks ago I headed over to Lush Buchanan Street for their Christmas preview night!
I love going to Lush events, I feel like I come out with a list as long as my arm of new products I have learnt about and of course HAVE TO HAVE!
As usual Lush have loads of Christmas themed products and gift sets ideal for presents ... for yourself or others ... preferably yourself though.
But if you don't want to buy a whole gift set then you can always opt of present shaped bath bombs, soap you can build into snowmen, lotions that smell like Christmas pudding there are tons of products to choose from.
As usual the night was brilliant, the staff at Lush are always amazing and put on a brilliant night, and even out of events I always get amazing service in store!
Lush, well, they are just bloody Lush!
My Lush Christmas List!
Peace Massage Bar
The peace bar is an amazing products! Made using cocoa butter from the Peace Villages of San Jose de Apatardo in Colombia. The village is made up of people who have chosen to live peacefully admit the countries civil war disputes. The proceeds go to the villages to help them thrive and survive! I love it, such a wonderful concept and inspiring group of people. I love products with a story behind them.
Roots Scalp Treatment
This treatment smells amazing, I'm not a huge fan of manufactures smells, and thats why i like this one, it smells very natural and not over powering. I will have to test it of course but I've heard good things. I do sometimes suffer dry scalp because of hair extensions so a little treatment once a week will do me a world of good I'm sure.
You Snap The Whip Body Butter
I can't actually remember if it was the smell or the texture of this I fell in love with, i just have in big notes on my phone "BUY THIS" so when i go back in to buy it i will have a read at the description, and feel it, and smell it ... but thats normal in Lush right?
This shirt was one of those things I didn't think much of until I tried it on and loved it, already worn it a few times. Those are always my favourite purchases, the ones you don't think much of and then you wear them a million times, rather than the ones you love at first then they never see outside the wardrobe doors ...
In celebration of Black Friday the babes over at Oh My Love have sent me a wee discount code, good for a whopping 30% off! They've got some great Christmas party pieces just now as well as their new Boutique range, which is amazing! So make the most of it!
This tartan dress is one of my all time favourite finds. I got it in a wee charity shop when I was living at uni, and i took it in and cut it short and amazingly it turned out perfect. I love it with this Polo neck, which i honestly have in almost every colour. It just goes with everything and because it a jersey its obviously more breathable than a polo jumper.
Ive been away for a month now and I'm back rested.
I think blogging is going to be tough for a while, I do struggle a lot with time management and working full time I know what I'm like, but I'm going to try!
While I was away I had a lot of people asking me to write again as they missed it, which was amazingly sweet, so I will try I promise. I feel like I've started blogging a lot more though Instagram, so I'll maybe split it for writing here and photos over there.
We'll see how it goes but its funny how things change with new social media. Instagram is definitely top dog at the moment, I think I only know of one person who doesn't have it, and I know I obsess over it.
As you all know I am Halloween Mad! I'm going to move to the US and be one of those people who turns their house into a haunted mansion for all the neighbours ... Halloween is the only time I can stand children.
So this years effort was The Crack Fox from the Mighty Boosh ... its actually a costume I've had in mind for years ... I'm quite happy with how it turned out, although I was definitely the most dressed up at the Halloween party I was at.
I've been something scary the last 2 years and next year I want to do something big like have a massive party or something ... why is my Birthday not on Halloween :(