24 December 2015

Festive Wishes...



With the 'big day' being tomorrow and festivities in full swing, sometimes the day can act as a way to stop and reflect on past events leading up to it. In contrast it can also be the day where we all decide to eat our 'body weight' in all sorts of festive food, whether thats copious amounts of mince pies to nursing a post-turkey 'food baby'. Before snuggling down on the sofa for good ol' spot of christmas telly-because nothing really beats it.
Needless to say I'm currently in a mince-pie 'food coma'-the good kind, with a 'fat' puppy demanding tickles as we speak.

I hope you're all having a very merry christmas surrounding by family and friends and enjoy the next couple of festive-filled days!

22 December 2015

Style by Portobello





Photos by @ima.mermaid // Lookbook
If you're a lover of all things to do with vintage fashion and accessories like me, then let me introduce you to an exciting subscription box that can fulfil you vintage adorations on a monthly basis.

That is where "Style by Portobello" comes in. Based on the infamous Portobello Road market this subscription service handpick individual items from the market itself, to be delivered straight to your doorstep. Its reminds me of a quick vintage fix, without the hassle (and time) of searching for these unique items. They have really done all the hard work for you, simply leaving you to enjoy and cherish your vintage items. So if there is one thing (or subscription box) that you are going to treat yourself to come the New Year, then why not check out Style by Portobello as you won't be disappointed.

Jacket - Zara | Top - Topshop | Jeans - Vintage Levi's via. eBay | Scarf, Belt & Brooch - Style by Portobello Subscription Box | Boots - Dr Martens | Backpack - Vintage
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19 December 2015

Current Favourite Instagram Accounts

Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform, as I am forever finding visual inspiration and discovering new accounts. So below I've including five of my current favourites, that I am constantly checking back on for more images of pastel coloured inspiration. From brands that I adore, to illustrators, graphic designers and magazines that fill my Pinterest boards. Instagram is really the source of never ending inspiration-that also fills my 'kawaii' obsession on a daily basis. Let me know your favourites below as I am always on the lookout for new insta accounts to follow.

@lazyoafs- (For obvious reasons) I've been following this brand for ages. Their clothing and all round brand aesthetic never fail to disappoint and neither does their instagram account, which may I add is full of copious amounts of inspo. for the pastel lovers amongst us.
 @yokopium- A fairly new discovering amongst the favourites, which I came across after somehow ended up researching 80s graphics. Yoko Honda (the artist in question) using classic 80s graphics and illustrations to create her very own take on the decade. 

@baddiewinkle- After coming across Baddie Winkle on instagram I have been obsessed with her ever since. Her style is everything I aspire to be and when I'm 87 I hope that I too will be rocking those awesome outfits with some sass.
 @valfre- Isle Valfré is a mexican born illustrator who captures what its like to a be a girl, with oh-so relatable clichés and a touch of humour. Plus her shop is worth a look at too, if you want to buy some of these sassy creations.
 @plastikmagazine- This account is one of my latest finds. Plastik magazine is an independent visual-arts and fashion magazine, that regularly post cutting thought-provoking fashion photographs to conceptual art from artists and photographers a like.

15 December 2015

ASOS Denim





Photos by @ima.mermaid // Lookbook

We've recently been experiencing a fairly mild winter where we are yet to don numerous layers of knitwear to brace ourselves for the chill that hits us, as soon as we step foot out of the door. Hence this outfit being the exact result of this. 
Who would have thought it would be ok (and fairly reasonable) to wear a denim jacket a week before christmas? It is a good job Santa is bringing me a ski style parka jacket for christmas...to shield the (non-existent) cold weather. 

Think of this sighting of a denim jacket as a pre-warning to a denim overload/obsession/fixation to come. I don't know what has come over me, but I have this sudden pulsation to buy as much denim as possible in a short space of time. Maybe it's a premeditated sign of the denim "shortage" to come.  

Denim Jacket - ASOS | Dress - Motel Rocks | Top (worn underneath) - H&M | Bag - Vintage | Choker Necklace - My Sisters Accessories (link)* | Boots - H&M

*Currently playing in the record player* Foals "Albatross" , Sonic Youth "Drunken Butterfly" , QOTSA "...Like Clockwork" & Drenge "Running Wild"

12 December 2015

Christmas wishlist

(Left Hand Side) Hello Kitty Instax Camera // Monki Metallic Bomber Jacket // Monki Fruity Cat Clutch Bag | (Right Hand Side) Valfre "Blah Blah Blah" T-Shirt // The Ragged Priest "Love/Hate" Denim Jacket // Lazy Oaf "Running Hearts" Shirt | (Scattered all over) Lazy Oaf Patches
With the highly anticipated day of the year fast approaching I thought it was about time that I shared my christmas wishlist. As a person who is forever making endless wishlists-just have a look at the 'notes' in my phone for evidence. I decided to comply together a variety of items that I've had my eye of owning for the past month or so, as you can probably tell there is a clear theme of pink/kawaii/cuteness which I am sure will come as no surprise to long time readers.

A few of my personal favourites from the list include the Hello Kitty Instax camera (for obvious reasons) which I think is such a kitsch take on the classic Instax camera, as well as being a fun piece to display. Another is the Monki metallic parka, I originally wanted to include the version with the hood which I have a suspicion Santa might have already bought me >_< As I adore the metallic finish off the coat and how it is practical item to wear this winter. Another are these Lazy Oaf sew-on patches (scattered all over the wishlist) as I think they are such a fun way to add a personal "Lazy Oaf" touch to either a pair of jeans or denim jacket. Be sure to share items on your christmas wishlist below!

10 December 2015

Is strobing the new contouring?

strobing-tutorial
Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation in Shade "Ivory" (link) £5.99 currently on offer £3.99 @ Boots* || Collection Speedy Highlighter (link) £3.99*
Strobing is fast becoming the new 'contouring' and with the popularity of the trend rapidly growing, Collection have recently launched a couple of new products to help you achieve it. For those of you unaware of the 'strobing' technique, it is very similar to the process of highlighting key areas of your face when using in conjunction with contouring. In contrast strobing requires "extra highlighting" to give your a skin a dewy finish and shimmery glow. For this particular look I will be using the Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation and Collection Speedy Highlighter, as both products have illuminating properties and are an inexpensive way to re-create this season's hottest make-up trend. 
strobing-tutorial
I first begin with creating a 'illuminating' base using the foundation and a stippling brush, as I find this gives a fuller coverage and even finish. I personally found the foundation to have a light to medium coverage which is easily buildable. One thing I love about it is how my natural skin comes through, as unlike other foundations which have a tendency to 'mask' your face this one doesn't do that at all-especially if you're the type of person who prefers a more natural finish to your make-up. Texture wise it definitely has a dewy finish to it, subsequently adding a subtle sheen to your skin and a healthy 'glow'.
Now onto the key product to help you achieve the 'strobing' technique. This nifty product is used in the areas of your face that naturally 'catch' the light, which includes the cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brown bone, in the corners of your eyes and just above your cupids bow. A tip I found online about this look is to avoid highlighting the areas which you breakout, as they can highlight the spot or if you have oily skin (like myself) avoid areas like the forehead and chin. 
As you want to avoid the highlighted areas from looking 'harsh' I decided to blend them out with a stippling brush, to achieve a more natural glow to my skin.
I personally love how it adds a more natural feel to your make-up, as I normally tend to use matte finish products. Additionally I found the highlighter really easy to use and blend, and it's such a handy little product to keep in your handbag if you want to add a subtle glow to your skin.
strobing-tutorial

8 December 2015

When in doubt wear a cat t-shirt...

Photos by @kate_chorley // Lookbook

When I first spotted this Cat Tee hanging on its lonesome during an impromptu trip to H&M it was one of those moments where I immediately gravitated towards it, not knowing it was the last in my size and costed a mere £7.99. I just love how its almost a 'gothic' take on those infamous tie-dye cat/animal tees, which I forever long to own. I can't quite pin point it but there is something about these t-shirts that I'm obsessed with. 
So for a slightly gothic themed outfit I decided to pair it with this red tartan skater skirt, which has become a key staple piece in my wardrobe. I tend to wear with a darker top acting as a strong contrast, to make the red pop. 

Cardigan - Primark | T-Shirt - H&M | Skirt - New Look | Tattoo Choker Necklace - My Sisters Accessories (link)* | Hello Kitty Pendant Choker Necklace - My Sisters Accessories (link)* | Bag - Fjallraven | Boots - H&M

5 December 2015

Caseapp Custom iPhone Case Review

 Caseapp Customised iPhone 5/5s Case £19 (link)*
With the 'big day' (I'm talking about Christmas) fast approaching what better way to spoil a loved one than with a personalised phone case, that can be a reminder of a favourite memory or can even become a collage of memories. 

Caseapp are the brand that can do just that with the help of their user-friendly site you can create some amazing cases to hand out to friends and family, or as a gift for yourself. Plus you're not just limited to creating iPhone cases, in fact you can also create personalised iPad, Samsung Galaxy cases and skins for your laptops/macs and a variety of phone makes. You can create your personalised case by adding text, uploaded images and using their very own clipart (worth checking out) to reflect your /the person in mind personality. 
For my case I decided to keep it simple and as I have a penchant for all things metallic and iridescent (or space inspired) I went for an iridescent foil patterned image. I love it and have been showing it off proudly to my friends and family.

If you too fancy treating yourself of a loved one to a personalised case, the lovely people over at Caseapp have offered all readers of Style Peaches and exclusive 20% discount code to use against your purchase. All you have to do is type in PEACHESCASE20 at the checkout. 

3 December 2015

The Beauty Review: Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara

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Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara (link)*
Mascara is a staple in my everyday makeup, so when the "Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara" landed on my doorstep I was intrigued to find out how it compared to my previous findings. 

Out of all the Max Factor mascara this one's innovative 'Lavish Volume Brush' combined with a new revolutionary mouse formula transforms your eyes giving them a full, dramatic effect with a velvet soft touch. As a lot of 'volumising' mascaras leave your lashes feeling brittle and stiff.  Whereas with an expert combination of anti-brittle mousse formula blended with natural beeswax. The result is voluminous velvet soft lashes with just a swipe of the wand. Now thanks to the wands alternating short and long bristles, to capture and coat every lash, as well as a built in detangler. You are left with a natural look, that works perfectly for an everyday look.

Staying power wise I cannot fault it. As like all Max Factor mascara's that I've tried they all seem to have amazing staying power. Which means you can go through the day without having to worry about becoming a flaky, panda eye mess-woohoo.  So if you have always lusted over owning a pair of voluminous but natural looking lashes then this mascara might be the answer to achieving just that.

1 December 2015

The Ragged Priest

Photos by Georgina Bunney @ The Weekender Trender // Lookbook

When I first spotted this scarf from The Ragged Priest (on Asos) I knew I had to own it immediately. Especially as I was on the lookout for a scarf/fur stole to keep me warm now that the weather has gotten a lot colder, and being a sale item I simply couldn't resist. I instantly fell for its acidic bright colours and fluffy faux-fur texture, and knew it would be a perfect accompaniment for this Monki woollen coat I picked up a couple of months ago.  Speaking of new purchases I've been meaning to this photograph this skirt, t-shirt and choker combo for the past month, as I love how it has a subtle nod to Kawaii.
The t-shirt is from a brand me and sister came across on eBay called Minga London, who also have their own web-store. The brands aesthetic is definitely what drew me to this t-shirt and other items, on the site. As its mixes the cute and weird into creating some seriously wish-list worthy pieces of clothing, at ever-so-tempting prices. I have currently got my eye on owning one of their brightly coloured tie-dye swimsuits, as I know it would be the perfect accompaniment for my trip to LA next year.

Coat - Monki | T-Shirt - Minga London (link) | Skirt - eBay | Scarf - The Ragged Priest | Choker Necklace - eBay | Boots - H&M
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