Lazy Day Makeup

Hey there,

Sorry it’s been a while I know. But I’m back now!

So girls (and boys), I’m guessing I’m not the only one who loves to do random makeup seshes for absolutely no reason, when I’m going absolutely nowhere, on a random day, while I have a large pile of homework staring me in the face. Do the homework and stay on top of school? No thank you. Do my makeup and then parade around my house in it or even take my dog for a walk? YES PLEASE!

A couple of weeks ago it was one of those days: It was a Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining and my dreaded homework sat untouched in my bag where I’d chucked it at the end of my bed as soon as I’d arrived home from school. As you can probably guess, I left the homework where it was and headed instead for my small and basic makeup bag. I don’t have much makeup and can’t really be bothered to buy more so instead I waited silently in my room until my sister left the house then made a beeline for her makeup (please don’t tell her, I’m bagging on her not reading this – pray for me if she does).

Now let’s talk about this particular makeup look I did on this uneventful Sunday, whilst still in my pyjamas. Okay, I’m ashamed to say it but I’m not one of those free souls who can just grab their makeup and without any guidance create a stunning, creative look. I can’t just snatch this colour and that colour and wack it on my eyes and blend this and that and look amazing. So instead I watch tutorials and do my makeup along with them: they do their highlight, I do my highlight. Magic. And on this particular day my aim was to conquer the almost impossible eyeliner. Now, I CANNOT do eyeliner. I just can’t. My hand wobbles and the next thing I know I’ve drawn a thick black line halfway up my eyelid, smack into my eyebrow. Not a look I’d go for, trust me. But today was a special day, the eyeliner fairy must have been watching over me because I did it! I DID EYELINER. And I did it well and evenly, if I do say so myself.

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I wanted to practise doing a full face of makeup and so with this in mind I turned to one of the biggest make up queens of all time: James Charles. I followed his video step by step using my cheap supermarket make up while he used his million dollar makeup, making one exception: he did a flaming red eye whilst I opted instead for a more icy, pinky – purple look. I won’t even lie and say this look took less than an hour. Because it did not. It took almost a whole day while I smudged and redid, went wrong and redid again and so on. I went wrong SO MANY TIMES. But I must say, despite that I was proud of the end result and shocked I’d even managed eyeliner.

Does anyone else do their make up on a lazy day, and you’re happy with it and think ‘Perfect, I can do this for the party tomorrow then’? Then, the party comes around, you’re getting ready, you attempt to do the makeup and it all goes horribly wrong. Suddenly you forget how to even put mascara on (an exaggeration but it’s necessary in proving my point hehe). Well this look was one of those looks. I’ve not been able to recreate it since and as for eyeliner, I’ve just gone back to drawing it halfway up my eyelid.

Wow I hope I’m not the only one.

This was the final result:

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Well thank you if you made it all the way to here, through all my rambling – I appreciate you. I hope at least some of you can relate to me hehe.

Until next time,

Cordelilala

 

My Last Summer Colours

Hello angels,

How are you all getting along with all the sudden new starts: school (heeeellllppppp!!!), autumn on it’s way and an overload of work (yuck).

This week I would like you to meet my last crazy summer colours combo: acidic lime green, baby rose pink and lemon yellow (cos let’s finish this season with a bang, right?). I based these three colours around the clothing brand The Ragged Priest, creating a mood board to express the excitement I feel surrounding them both. I think the combination of these three bright, bold colours with the modern approach to old classics that the Ragged Priest takes on, brings a fun side to everyday wear. Colours can be the perfect way of expressing yourself or your mood. These ones scream ENERGETIC and BOLD! And that’s why I love them.

 

The mood board I’ve created (see below) is a selection of images I’ve taken from bloggers I like who love to work with bright colours (like meeeee) which I’ve found on their Instagram pages.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this very short post and I’ll be back soon to share more 🙂

Bye bye now,

Cordelilala

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Fave Fashion Influencers

Hiya there,

I hope you are feeling super fabulous and inspired by new colours and styles of clothing as the summer months begin to draw to a close and autumn slowly arises. I wanted to introduce you to some of my all time favourite Fashion Influencers which I discovered on their very active Instagram accounts and who provide me daily with inspiration. I decided to narrow it down to 10 of my absolute faves (which was such a struggle 😦 ) otherwise this post would continue forever, and so, because of that I haven’t been able to mention as many people as I’d wished to. So, without further ado, here they are:

1) MEGAN ELLABY  @meganellaby

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This beautiful, stylish Mancunian has inspired me with her use of bold colours and patterns, making everyday wear exciting and new as she keeps on trend with cool yet sophisticated looks, collaborating frequently with large labels such as Topshop and H&M.

 

2) KATIE WESTWOOD  @katie_westwood

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This Russian model and quickly growing Instagram star is best known for her strong use of bold and striking colours which feature in her clothing and ever changing hair colour. I find myself inspired by her courage in exploring fashion through her carefully colour coded outfits, incorporating lots of my absolute fave pattern: checks.

 

3) JESSICA ANNE WOODLEY @jessicaannewoodley

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Founder of Rose Collective (@wearerosecollective ) – a unique and stylish, up and coming clothesline (checks? Yes yes yes yessssss) – this cutie’s style is a whirlwind of bright, bold colours, classic patterns and cuts and sportswear (she loves a good pair of trainers) and she can be seen collaborating with Puma and Boohoo. Oh and you might just remember her from E4’s Made In Chelsea.

 

4) LINDA @lindafromtinder

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Linda from Tinder?? Mixing lots and lots of bright colours with checks (yes, you’re probably starting to see a theme here hehe), this rising Instagram star stands out from the crowd with her confidence and unique style, with frequent posts on her Instagram page of her daily outfits.

 

5) MARIA PAMELA @pameluft

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‘Queen of primary colors and melancholic color palettes’ writes Pamela as she describes her style, and I must say, I agree. Her dress sense is simple yet effective just like her Instagram page which has gained 236k and continues to grow steadily as people fall in love with her aesthetically pleasing style and page.

 

6) ALEXA CHUNG @alexachung

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Now, you may well have heard of Alexa and her stunning wardrobe (*drools*) which has won her not only one but three British Style Icon awards at the British Fashion Awards, which is hardly a surprise. With her eyes set firmly on the future of fashion, Alexa always manages to stay one step ahead of the latest trends.

 

7) GIORGIA BOTTINI  @jorjapins

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Describing herself as an ‘Italian “Trash” Cheap Princess’, this rising Instagram fashion influencer likes to mix it up, turning “trashy” into “flashy” with her daring and bold outfits which she posts about pretty much daily, at times posing in front of trashcans and heavily graffitied walls.

 

8) TAYLOR LASHAE @taylorlashae

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This gorgeous Texas born, French – Colombian Fashion Influencer (and part model) can be found stunning us all with her chic wardrobe and perfect hair (Q. How are her bangs SO perfect?? A. Apparently her secret is simply drying them with a beret. Yep, she obviously likes keeping in touch with her French roots). Apart from her perfectly flawless face and body (but of course no one’s perfect…..right?), Taylor showcases herself through her love of Vintage French fashion which can be seen on her Instagram page (which I am in love with btw).

 

9) OANH @oanhdaqueen

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Rocking both that classic cute, girlie look and a cool, quirky style, the Vietnamese Influencer frequently flaunts her charity shop finds and recent buys on her Instagram page. With over 134k followers, Oanh is on the rise to reach even more Instagram fame as people continue to drool over her outfits.

 

10) CHLOE BELL @chloesbell

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Finally, last but not least is Chloe Bell: a promising Fashion Influencer and model with a bright future in the Fashion Industry. Her day to day looks consist of a mixture of patterns (including checks and leopard print ‘yay!’) with flashes of bright colours, blending together Urban Outfitters and Dollskill with a touch of ‘Bell’.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’ll be back again soon to share more.

Let me know who was your fave and don’t forget to check out their Instagram sites!

Bye bye now,

Cordelilala

 

 

The creation of Nomade, my experience at LCF

Hiya there,

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I’m here once again, back to share more, sitting in front of my computer screen on this mild, cloudy day in late August, armed with the perfect tools to get writing: a large mug of Yorkshire Tea (only the best tea EVERRR btw) and a large slice of lemon meringue pie (*licks lips* yum).

“Welcome to Nomade, a brand which takes sustainable fashion and living seriously, through luxurious, handwoven knitwear and faux fur coats to sweet smelling, nourishing hand creams and scented candles, all of which are organic and handmade with love. Our Pop-up shop is presented in a large canvas bell tent-“……..Hold up, what’s this? Wait, I’m about to tell you.

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So to explain this, let’s head back to a few weeks ago, before I’d started my blog, I attended a short course in my summer holiday, at the London College of Fashion (LCF)- Introduction to the Fashion Industry, which lasted for five days solid. I chose this course as my birthday present after hearing good reviews of the college from a friend. As you will know after reading my first post, my interests lie strongly within fashion; this course seemed the perfect way to review the whole of the fashion industry in a simplified way (or most of it anyway). Which it was. It was great. During the course, me and a group of other students experienced short lectures and took part in group projects, one of which was to ‘Create a concept for a pop-up shop in Selfridges, focusing on an autumn/winter collection’. Easy? Nah. Fun and exciting? Yes, that’s more like it.

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My group of five came up with the idea of creating a pop-up shop which sold organic, natural, handmade products such as knitted jumpers, blankets, cushions, scented candles, hand creams and lip balms etc. We decided to present our pop-up shop in no ordinary way…..a large canvas bell tent -as a pop-up shop is always on the go and following this theme we decided to name our brand Nomade.

We then created our Customer Profile. To put it in basic form, this is an example of what we expect our customer to be like. Meet Julia (tah-dah!):

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To visualise our concept we created a pin board on Pinterest, which solidified the mood we wanted our customers to feel on entering the tent.

You can find the link here:

Pinterest://Nomade

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Following on from that, I wrote a description of the tent and what it would feel like on entering:

‘Sitting alongside tall stands of carefully spaced Gucci and Fendi bags is a large, round, cream coloured canvas bell tent. The exterior of the tent is sleek and smooth with clean, sharp edges; a single flap flutters in the breeze which slips in through the immaculate open glass doors of Selfridges, lightly tugging at it’s surroundings.

As you walk towards the tent you catch a glimpse of the inside: a flash of orange light, draping sheepskins- warm and cosy. Your feet crunch over dried leaves of reds and browns as you follow the pathway leading to the door. A single wisp of incense escapes the confinements of the tent and breaks free, gliding slowly towards you, filling your nostrils with the sweet and spicy smell of herbs. Pulling back the flap of the door, your senses are at once awakened: a warm golden glow seeps from rings of fairylights which are delicately strung around the interior of the space, creating soft shadows which dance along the tent walls, picking up the warm, woody fragrance of the burning red embers which lie clinging to each other in the rough, wrought iron fireplace. The floor is lined with soft Moroccan rugs in deep reds and flowing greys; tall, plush sofas draped with warm, snug sheepskins. Large wooden tables covered in baskets are heaped with nourishing hand creams and sweet smelling, moisturizing lip balms.’

I hope I have successfully created an image of our ‘brand’ Nomade (which doesn’t really exist of course) and that you have enjoyed this very long post (hehe).

Thank you lovelies.

Bye bye now,

Cordelilala

Hello, It’s me

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Hey there kiddos,

I’m Cordelia (or if you prefer, Cordelilala) and as you can probably see, I’m new to this whole blogging business (so be kind, k?). I’m here to talk about my interest in fashion, especially styling and fashion journalism, and just about anything I feel like sharing with anyone who takes the time to read this.

So firstly, you may want to know a little bit about me. I’m Cordelia (yep, just like the girl in Shakespeare’s famous play ‘King Lear’) and I’m a student with a passion for fashion (It rhymes!). I adore bright, bold colours and think they stand as a large part of the future of fashion as well as vintage clothing which, of course, is a classic.

‘Have you always been interested in fashion?’ you may ask, and the truth is, I haven’t. In fact for a large part of my life my fashion sense or ‘style’ (if you could even call it that) was pretty bad… Or maybe a better word would be boring. Both really. Anyhow, a classic outfit (they hardly varied) from younger Cordelia would be a fading orange zip up hoody (zipped up all the way of course), baggy skinny jeans (ouch), a blue and white striped T-shirt and too large, once upon a time white trainers which stretched out far too long, giving younger me a sort of dull, clownish look. My hair would always be tied back in one simple messy plait and probably the most exciting thing I wore in that period would be my collection of neon socks which I seemed to think would ‘spice up’ any outfit. Oh little me, how sweet you were. Then suddenly things started to change for me when I made my first ‘bold’ step into fashion by getting a gorgeous pair of cherry red, soft leather Doctor Martens which I still treasure dearly. My confidence started to gradually grow and finally I began to experiment more with what I wore. So that’s it I guess, that’s how I became a slightly more interesting version of my childish self.

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Heading back into the present, you might recall that I previously mentioned specific areas of fashion that I’m interested in- Fashion Journalism and Fashion Styling. Why? A simple answer is: my passions lie within clothes and the exciting and different ways you can style them and English as it allows you to express yourself freely in so many ways. Both these things excite me and that’s partly why I’m here, so I can explore them.

 

And that’s it, my first blog post EVER.

Thank you so much if you made it through and I will be back very soon to share more.

Bye bye now,

Cordelilala