So I’m officially in love with this pink mohair coat… for £55 from NEW LOOK! I almost died. I’ve been lusting over the Topshop one for as long as I can remember but couldn’t bring my self to splurge on it after getting my lovely Joy! coat. But when I spotted this in stores I fell head over heels. It wasn’t online when I checked so I picked it up in store the next time I saw it. Lucky for you, it’s right here + free delivery on orders over £45 & there’s 20% of for students at the moment!
I love the dress. I picked it up for such a bargain price of £8! Just be careful with sizes if you want to buy this or a similar style from Primark… the sizing isn’t always accurate (the size 8 in this was bigger than the 10). The boots and bag have become my winter staples, they look great with pretty much anything. The bag is also available in black.
Valentine’s is fast approaching and I’m in the mood for romance and shopping… mostly shopping (sorry Jamie). So here’s my pink and wonderful wishlist!
From top left to bottom right:
1. O.P.I Nail Varnish in ‘I think in pink’ £11.50
2. Topshop Wool Coat £89
3. Jones and Jones Dress £60
4. Kate Spade Watch £195
5. MAC Lipstick Vegas Vault £15
6. Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume £89.50
7. Vivienne Westwood Heart Stud Earrings £85
8. Christian Louboutin Bianca Heels £510 (approx.)
9. Grafea Leather Rucksack in Rose £180
O.P.I nail varnishes are fantastic and the shade is wonderfully bright!
Topshop has had me daydreaming about that coat all winter. Whilst I love my beautiful Joy coat that I’m wearing *here*, I considering a Topshop affair!
I’m still not sure why I don’t own a Jones & Jones dress. I adore them and this pretty pink number is the perfect outfit to turn heads!
Kate Spade is just adorable. I’m crushing on the iPhone cases but this simple and bright watch caught my eye.
MAC are my go to for lipsticks, for intense lasting colour. A pink pout from MAC should see you through valentines, no matter how much snogging you get up to!
Victor & Rolf’s delish perfume is at the top of my wishlist right now. Plus the limited edition frosted bottle is just perfect.
Viv earrings are always a fave of mine. Added sparkle makes them stand out.
Louboutins. Enough said. Technically not pink but nude + red must equal somewhere in between and I just can’t resist!
Grafea is a brand I discovered recently that does the most amazing leather rucksacks. This pink and white Rose version is proving v.popular.
P.s I finally hooked up my bloglovin’ account so you can follow my blog with Bloglovin!
I’ve been to Red’s twice in my life.
The first time I tried it, the place was packed and the food was sensational.
The second time I tried is, the place was busy and the food was sensational.
On a weekend the restaurant is packed to the rafters, waiting times for a table of two is generally around an hour and a half and you don’t get much elbow room.
A Tuesday evening is clearly a much better time to go.
We walked into to the low lit venue expected to be given a waiting time but were seated immediately by a lovely host. Service staff were straight over to take our drinks orders, really efficient and polite. Any one who knows me knows I hate rude serving staff (and am currently boycotting Giraffe), especially since I used to work in the food industry. Luckily the staff at Red’s are a delight. I would highly recommend the home made lemonade, super sweet and got me excited for summer.
Praise be to the God of Meat!
The menu includes every thing you could possibly want barbecued. The main features are the ribs and the burgers. And let’s not forget the insane range of condiments…
If the sound of them isn’t enough to get your mouth watering, the smells coming from the open kitchen surely are. As advertised, smells are completely free.
I ordered a donut burger (I would diet except, you know, food is great) which came with skin on fries and two spicy hush puppies (what appear to be similar to deep fried pickles – but SPICY!).
The other half ordered Pork and Slaw which I had a cheeky nibble of (tasted fantastic!) and mac and cheese.
I’ll be honest with you, I couldn’t finish it. I had to sacrifice most of my chips to get the most of that burger! I’m already a dedicated fan of sweet and savoury (yes I’m talking pancakes and bacon) so when I saw the menu, I was sold. Counter in the bacon, fried onions and layers of cheese, I was in obesity heaven! I’d go back every day if it wouldn’t involve me having to be rolled home.
The food here is just ridiculously good. Reds… I salute you and your dedication to true barbeque.
I shall most definitely be back.
Exam season is finally over… Ok I only had one but I had a lot of work to do including multiple viewings of the same ten hours of news. And when work is done and dusted there’s only one thing to do: more work.
Admittedly it was the kind of work I love, filming and editing, which is odd since I never really do videos specifically for my blog. It’s something I’ve considered and may take up but for now, please enjoy the following…
The Leeds RAG Bacchanalia 2014 promo video!
Here’s to a night of drunken revelry!
Pretty soon I’ll be leaving the comforts of home (no cooking or cleaning!) for my term time house in Leeds. The upside is I’ll be back with the other half. I love our date nights and can’t wait for the next. In the mean time…
Jones and Jones Poppy Dress £75
Louboutin Charleen Heels £440 (approx.)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch £188
Ted Baker Overcoat £191.09
Ted Baker Shoes £70.84
Daniel Wellington Watch £179
I‘ve been in love with the Jones&Jones dress since it’s release and nothing can compare to the fabulous feeling of Louboutins.
Ted Baker is my go to menswear brand when choosing for the other half and I adore that overcoat! The shoes are classic.
When it comes to watches, I’m all about simple design. I don’t want a watch to tell me the day, the date or the position of the moon. I have no imminent plans to go scuba diving. I just want a watch to tell the time when my iPhone undoubtedly dies. Oh and it has to look good. The Baker model from the Marc by Marc Jacobs diffusion line is a sell out. With effortless style, the simple yet sophisticated timepiece caught my eye. When it comes to mens watches, I find links look too feminine. The ever popular Daniel Wellington piece in tan leather is a timeless piece (that pun WAS an accident, I swear!) that would look good on any wrist!
Of course no date night is complete without champagne and candlelight…
What’s your perfect date night outfit? Let me know in the comment box below.
Love Lucinda x
Headband, Mountain Warehouse £16.99
Jumper, Primark £10
Discopants, Primark £16
Bag, Forever 21 £20
Boots, Primark £18
Watch, Marc Jacobs £168
I‘m completely obsessed with my boots! I don’t think I’ve had them off my feet much all winter, other than to don the Louboutins on special occasions! I’m all ready craving summer bright and light shades so teaming my rather luminous jumper with some other wise wintery tones inject some life into my outfit!
How do you rate my look? Comment below and let me know!
Love Lucinda x
2014 has been ‘bangers’ in the words of Ms.Cyrus. With the first fashion week fast approaching, ad campaigns are being released left right and centre, and starring only the biggest and best *ahem*.
Here’s my highs and lows of the celeb-ified ad campaigns of 2014.
Alexa Chung for Longchamp.
It’s no surprise this little lady (emphasis on the little; she’s so tiny these days!) has scored yet another high profile ad campaign. Been whisked away to St Tropez to shoot the campaign, Chung looked fabulous as ever, whizzing round in that baby blue vintage fiat! After also completing her Eyekoko campaign, her next aim is to have her own fashion line. The problem is she “doesn’t have a fucking clue how”.
Miley Cyrus for Marc Jacobs.
No she’s not in rehab yet. She is however in a stunning new campaign for the American wonderman Marc Jacobs in his SS2014 campaign. The striking, dark and broody images are a world away from her 2013 nude bikini and foam finger styling. There’ll be no cheeky pulling the tongue out in front of photographer David Simms,especially after Juergen Teller, Marc’s go to photographer, turned down the opportunity.
Cara Delevigne for Mulberry
The ever stunning Ms Delevigne was bright eyed and bushy tailed for this naughty tea party set up by art director Cooke Newhouse. With a host of friends from a pony to a cockatoo and plenty in between, fresh faced Cara looked ever so lady like. It’s not her first campaign for the great British brand and since this it girl is going nowhere, I doubt it will be her last.
Rihanna for Balmain
Okay I may be a little biased by the fact I dislike her. I mean, I just find her tacky, and some role model she’s supposed to be, blatantly smoking joints and getting back with Chris Brown? But I just find this campaign looks tacky. In this case, I would have much preferred an up and coming model, not yet blighted by her public appearances.
Kimberly Walsh for Very
Oh Kimberly. This should have been left to the lovely ladies who kinda know what they’re doing (Fearne and Holly obviously). I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with that plastic looking pout and I don’t think I want to. There’s nothing about her that stands out. I find this campaign distinctly average, even without pitting it against the high end brands.
Gaga for Versace
Now this is just plain weird. I know she likes to play BBFs with Donatella, but in this campaign she eerily looks like an exact copy. And whilst Donatella is vice president of the Versace group, you have to admit, she’s a little frightening in the looks department. At 31 one years junior to her, the resemblance must enough to make Gaga go gaga!
I love sushi, don’t get me wrong, and try as my parents might, I’ve never really been into Asian Fusion cooking, but European food like Tapas has my name written all over it. So when my parents suggests we eat lunch at La Tasca I was much less my grumpy self to be torn away from shopping. After all it’s clothes first, food second!
It was pretty busy but we were seated quickly, after a desperate attempt from the Maitre d’ to get us to sit in the ‘delightful outside terrace’, inside.
I love the atmosphere and decoration in here. Spanish music plays just loud enough to not interrupt conversation but create an ambiance to suit the softly lit dinning area. The long candles in wine bottles add to the authenticity.
Vintage Spanish wine crates decorate some of the walls which is a touch I love. Whilst I am quite the vino fan, I’m not the biggest lover of Spanish wine so I opted for a long island iced tea. Sadly it wasn’t long or alcoholic enough, just bitter with over zested lemon. This was a bit of a disappointment as I generally judge places on there ability to serve a good long island, however my Dad had gone for a bottle of some unusual Spanish beer which was surprisingly good.
We ordered (from top L-R to bottom):
Pork cheek and delgado fritas (skinny fries!)
Spiced chicken wing
Octopus and fried potatoes
Seared rib meat
Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce)
Chorizo, olives, sundried tomatoes and peppers
Winter warmer salad: green beans and Serrano ham.
Tapas is meant for sharing so the three of us dug in. The food was spectacular. The pork cheek just fell apart, as did the rib meat. The salad was shockingly good, and probably not very good for me. I’m a sucker for good olives so I was sold on that dish. I love the whole ideal of sitting round as a family with sharing plates, catching up and enjoying a meal together. It’s not that often we get to since I’m away at uni a lot and my dad works away often so it made the lunch even lovelier.
Lots of empty dishes!
While my cocktail was quite the let down, the food and the atmosphere certainly impressed. I would rate this venue with an 8/10 with the plan to grab a beer next time I visit!
Love Lucinda x
Have you eaten at La Tasca? Let me know what you think, or if you’ve tried another great Tapas restaurant!
Any regular readers will know I am well and truly in love with Benefit. They were my best brand of 2013 and have made a promising start for 2014 with the #poreoclock campaign and their fabulous spy girls! So here’s my Benefit Top 5 Products:
By blending the two together before application, the Porefessional goes even further to create an even base with super soft skin. For everyday wear I just pop boi-ing concealer where it’s needed and go, no foundation necessary.
I’ve been hunting for a good concealer for so long. I’ve tried absolutely everything: from the highly recommended NARS radient creamy concealer (Yuck! It just sat on my skin) to YSL Touche Eclat (which you have to love but it’s more of a highlighter than a concealer). I’ve wanted to try boi-ing for a while, Erase Paste was great but just a little to heavy for me. So i had high hopes. When Santa Claus left me a Best of Benefit kit (along with pretty much the rest of their stock) I was delighted to finally get to try it; and it did not disappoint. The cream glides on smooth giving the perfect amount of coverage. This handy little duo allows you to choose the intensity of coverage; lighter, darker or a combo of the two shades! I’m sold.
Hoola is my go to powder for contouring. It’s great alone or used to contrast a highlighter (try high-beam), plus a little bit goes along way. I’m really pale so I have to use a good blending brush but it results in showing off my practically non-existent cheekbones.
I’ll admit, including instant brow was a bit of an afterthought. I took my makeup closeups then applied the make up to myself. It was only then did I realize a crucial element was missing. Something I couldn’t live without… my brow pencil. I’ve been using this for well over a year now and I just keep going back. I hate my brows to look too perfect or drawn on. The pencil crayon is soft and not too defined. Add the spool into the mix and you can brush your brows to Delevigne style perfection.
Last but certainly not least, They’re Real. My eyelashes, pretty short, pretty stubborn, have always been a bain to my existence. I have two choices when going out: 1. Apply so much mascara I get repetitive strain disorder and can’t open my eyes or 2. Wear falsies. The problem with the first one is obvious, with the later, well they’re fake. So when I came across They’re Real it was love at first sight. For day time wear it’s one flick and go, for night time, I’m just a few coats away from lustrous lashes. It’s a life saver, and no more tiring myself out before I get out!
P.s how adorable are Benefit as a brand?!?
I discovered Feathers by Minnie when I met the creator Minnie Bunker on the committee for the LRFS (the Leeds RAG Fashion Show). Minnie is a 21 year old student at University of Leeds and is studying History of Art.
Minnie Bunker, right, creator of Feathers by Minnie.
The concept for Feathers by Minnie came about four years ago when she spotted feather hair extensions in a hippy market in Ibiza. After falling in love with them, she bought a small stock pile for herself at a very high price. When she began to receive plenty compliments on them during her first two years at Leeds University, she decided to take the plunge and invest in bringing feathers to Leeds.
The feathers are sourced from a wholesale supplier based here in the UK who hand-dyes and treats the real rooster feathers to ensure top quality colour. Aside from the feathers she also stocks fashion bindis and larger pieces of glittery body art which are sourced from India by Minnie herself. She travels there to see family or has then sent over by her her aunt. While bindis are beyond popular, it hasn’t always been the case…
“I am personally obsessed with bindis, and have been since before I came to uni.” says Minnie. “Although, pre-uni my friends always used to think I was a bit mad sticking a jewel on my forehead…. how times have changed.”
These sahi bindis are my absolute favourites! They’re currently on sale for just £2.50 online so get them before they’re gone! I’ve worn mine plenty times and they are reusable when cared for.
I had my feathers put in over two months ago and they still look great; unlike the ones I had put in at Leeds festival which lasted all of two weeks!
The feathers are really easy to care for and you can do pretty much what you want with them. They can be washed, blow-dried, curled, straightened; you name it! The colour remains strong and the feathers naturally grow out with your hair.
Minnie also offers a free service to move them back up when necessary, which just adds to the appeal!
Minnie is based in Leeds during term time but has been in London over Christmas so look out for her if she’s on the move! She’s been at all the big LUU events and also does home visits to fit the feathers. I can’t wait to be back in Leeds and have another set fitted, they’re so addictive!
Store: Feathers by Minnie
Facebook page: Feathers by Minnie