when life gives you lemons

Outfits,  Spring

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top: Can’t remember where it’s from!
jeans: Miss Brown Vintage

shoes: Scanlan and Theodore

new philosophy on life: when life gives you lemons, take a summery blog post.

so i haven’t worn these jeans in aaages. i think the key is to wear a smaller top with it. in the past i have looked oversized myself rather than my clothing. so i do think it can be a little tricky to pull off. it would seem you just have to be a tall bean and then you can wear anything and it will just hang off you, but in my case (and a lot of other peoples) i don’t have this luxury. sometimes i think i have to work way too hard to get a certain style or garment to work on me! it’s annoying.

one thing that i do like to do in order to give me a little confidence, slim me down and allow me to think that i can actually wear whatever the heck i want, is to fake tan. i must say it’s something that i do fairly well because it’s never really too obvious that i have fake tanned. but i think i am going to go through a bit of trial period and just try out all the best tans on the market until i find my perfectly natural, non-smelly, non-sheet-staining, long-lasting, golden colour. i don’t know, maybe it doesn’t exist. regardless, i will keep you informed of my search results. loving that this weather is warming up and i get to throw dinner parties and fun warm evening activities at my cribbb! i’m a little bit sad that i’m missing 5 weeks of summer, but not really. new york is going to be SO GOOD. anyway, it’s 2am and i’m asleep on my keyboard as i type this. so i’m going to leave before i say some too grammatically incorrect.

to the start of spring/summer!

dan xx

oily skin


hi guys,

so i have done my video on the way i like to do complexion for dry skin, and now here’s how i do it for an oily skin type. i would like to add, if you have normal skin you may follow either of these processes, however you can tailor it according to how your skin is feeling, or what finish you like on your skin (dewy or matte corresponding with dry and oily routines.)



even though you have oily skin, you must still hydrate!! if you cleanse your skin you can strip it of it’s natural oils, which is fine to clean out your skin, but if you don’t put the moisture back in, then your skin can over compensate and start to produce more oil. so, a good oil free moisturiser will actually keep you more balanced! there are a million you could use!

primer will be an oily skin’s best friend! you want one that will fill your enlarged pores and give you a super smooth surface, but also one that will help to control your oil production throughout the day. i used the smashbox photo ready primer, which is green, so it helps greatly with red, blemish-prone skin. another one of my absolute favourites, that also makes everything water resistant and is used hugely on the red carpet, is hourglass veil primer with +spf 15 for added bonus. so, if you ever notice your foundation is slipping off at the end of the day and you have an oil free foundation, then you need a primer upgrade. ideally, the right primer will keep your foundation looking shmick all day!

once again, an oil-free foundation will be your best friend. the general vibe that i get from people will oiliness as a skin concern, is that they prefer a matte, shine-free finish on the skin. there are people who still want to look glowing though, but without stickiness. i used an old formula from lancome that they don’t do any more, but the teint idole ultra foundation is a great option. a good one for a slightly sheerer coverage is chantecaille future skin, which is gel based, so super fresh on your skin! the nars sheer glow foundation is another good option for medium to buildable coverage. it is a clay based foundation so works really well on oily skin, but still leaves the skin with a little more glow, and not so matte.

for concealer, you want to still use something hydrating and illuminating, but also something that will set. that’s why i chose to mix the mac pro long-wear concealer, and the by terry touche veloutee concealer brush. the coverage and setting properties of the mac is great, but is too drying under my eyes, so i use the illuminating and hydrating properties of the by terry for that.

a compact powder foundation is usually the way to go to set the skin. it will give you a little more coverage, but is also a great product to be able to take with you incase of needed touch ups throughout the day. the stila illuminating powder is nice because it totally sets the makeup and takes off shine, but doesn’t leave the skin majorly powder-y and flat.

to contour i love the mac mineralize skin finish powder because it is so light and is easily buildable. i just chose a shade a few steps darker than my natural colour to really contour/shade the face. this is what a matte bronzer/contour product is really good for. then the ones with the shimmer and gold are more about all over warmth to the face and catching the light. again my two favourite bronzers for pale-normal skin, is the nars laguna and the chantecaille saint barth’s. within the two same brands are another two great options for normal-tan skin. they are the nars casino, and the chantecaille tahiti.

let me know if you have any questions. that really is the way that i like to do foundation on oily skin. winged liner and red lips are coming up as the next video!

dan xx


all black everything

Outfits,  Spring

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t.shirt: Supre
skirt: Scanlan and Theodore
boots: 2 Baia Vista
necklace: Poppy Lissiman
bag: House of Baulch


bought this new skirt the other day (after not a lot of convincing, but a fair amount of latter regret) which i really quite love. i thought it was a pair of shorts at first, but it just has an adorable pleat at the front giving it that appearance. a huge plus side to this garment is it’s length at the back. it is fairly mini at the front, but the back is what justifies it! i also actually really love this t-shirt i got from the supre discount store. it’s a joke in there. honestly i am finding myself all these bargains on simple items and all the rip-off designer garments that you will ever need, but then, you get to the counter and it’s had a further reduction! it’s out of control.

now, on the topic of hair. i have gone back brunette. i know i’m boring, but i am more comfortable this way. i still have intentions of lightening to some sort of olivia palermo/lilly collins colour/cut perfection. i think however, i will wait for new york and find a super trendy stylist to give me the change i’ve always wanted. or maybe, i’ll face facts, and my unrealistic hair expectations. maybe it’s like my dream-like fascination with new york, and my hair will never be as great as i desire, because, well, it’s my hair! also, makeup post coming up soon with super cool awesome video to watch (great for the oily skin peeps).

dan xx


Outfits,  Spring

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jacket: Cameo
blouse: Shakuhachi (called Gypsy and can’t find it online)
jeans: from Poppy Lissiman
boots: ASOS (not online anymore, but awesome options here)

so i’ve been trying to find the right pair of distressed boyfriend jeans for a while, and to be honest i didn’t really move that far out if my comfort zone – they’re still pretty tight where it counts. but the point of the bf jean is to not be fitted right? well, i guess it would really depend on the pant size of your boyfriend. as much as they would double my length, i think jordan’s jeans would be fairly tight on me? anyway. i don’t care if i’m following the rules correctly or not, coz these jeans are da bomb. only thing is, i accidentally put my foot in the whole and managed to really gash out the rip. my knee cap is now totally on display, and i’m feeling the draft moving further up my leg. contemplating stitching it back up.

these boots i totally dig, and when i went to share them with you i realised they’re no longer on the website! sozzle gals, i really was hoping they would be there because they kept going on sale. but they’re the coolest boots for adding height without going to dressy or anything. i like that the heel is so chunky that you don’t notice it so much. one thing you may have noticed however, is the colour of my hair. i had it lightened, and it honestly went a lot lighter/blonder than i had originally planned, but i don’t mind it. i mean, it’s just hair right? well that’s what i’m trying to tell myself. i’d like to be a lot more adventurous with my hair, and i think this is a start! and in saying all this, i think i will revert back to a little more brunette soon. how boring.

dan xx