Wednesday, 17 September 2014

LFW Day 3 - Beauty Look

Before I show you my LFW day 3 outfit (although if you follow me on Instagram you'll have already seen it), I thought I'd do a quick run down of my make-up. My focus here was on my eyes, which is a nice change for me as I don't usually give them much thought. I always wear mascara and normally go for a nude shadow (if anything), and occasionally winged liner. I took this very handy (and very cheap at £6) Makeup Revolution palette to London with me because it contains matte and shimmer shadows in all my favourite neutral shades, from pale cream to dusky pink to brown to black. For this look I used dusky pink shades, in particular the matte shade which is third from the right in the palette below. I have bluey greenish eyes, but this shade really makes the green pop! The smudgy, smokey look also worked well for a long day as it didn't matter if I smudged it more throughout the day. 

For my hair, I went for an imperfect looking slick back. This was partly due to necessity after a build up of product and very little time to make my hair look clean and nice, but I actually quite like how it turned out! I used a load of Label M Shine Spray, a product which I got in a goodie bag the night before but which seems to have served me very well. What do you think?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Orla Kiely SS15

A highlight of my first fashion week experience had to be the absolutely adorable Orla Kiely presentation. I made my way to the Vinyl Factory in Soho to find a stage area dotted with empty plant pots, backgrounded by a glass screen. A Rolling Stones song kicked in, three ladies in overalls started painting the backdrop from behind, and the first model emerged.

One by one the models came out armed with oversized flowers, which they placed in individual pots as they walked around the set. As the presentation went on, the glass screen 'grew' more and more flowers, so by the end the set was awash with colour. The whole thing was just so damn cute! Most importantly, though, the clothes were spot on. Due to the good weather we've had over LFW, it was much easier to get in the right mood for summer clothes. I love how Orla manages to consistently do 60s inspired without being dated - I left wanting smock dresses, some loose fitting trousers, one particular cocoon coat, and everything in the grey and white print above (please)! The shoes too cannot go unmentioned, I feel that the platforms in particular would greatly improve my life. They're part of another collaboration with Clarks (excellent news for everyone's bank balance); you can buy the AW14 collection on the Clarks website right now

See more of my photos from the presentation below, I hope you like them! 

Monday, 15 September 2014

LFW Day 2 - Outfit Of The Day

Looking through my blog I realised it had been a while since I had worn an all black ensemble (gasp), I had almost forgotten how much I love it! And what better way to get back into wearing all black than with this stunning sheer French Connection dress? I got so many compliments on it, and now I can't wait to wear it again. I actually changed it up slightly by wearing it over a nude slip rather than the black slip it comes with, I wanted the full effect of the embellishment. Over the dress I'm wearing a super soft Missguided faux suede biker, and I finished off my outfit with ASOS pointed flats, round sunglasses, and an old favourite in this total Alexander Wang rip off (oops), of which you can get a similar version on eBay here. I'm also wearing a dark burgundy lip (Limecrime Wicked) What do you think of my LFW day 2 outfit?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

LFW Day 1 - Outfit Of The Day

Tah-dah! Right now I am in the midst of my very first fashion week. Living in Manchester and not studying or working in fashion has meant that thus far I just haven't had the combination of opportunity and drive to go down, but I'm so glad I've finally made the trip. I'm eternally grateful to the people and brands who have allowed me to do this, in particular Oh My Love, Premier Inn and Megan! Friday was my first day, and here's what I wore.

For the first part of the day I was invited by Oh My Love to shoot some street style (which I'll be showing you in other posts) and hang out with the OML team and blogger babes Shope, Danielle and Amy. Naturally, my outfit consisted of an Oh My Love dress, and the most amazing fluffy OML bag! I kept my outfit monochrome with a black roll neck ribbed jumper from Motel and monochrome faux fur scarf from Primark (a terrible combination in hindsight, it was unbearably hot at times!), and super cute pointed monk shoes from Spy Love Buy. I'm also wearing House of Harlow sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop. 

These photos were taken on the rooftop of the incredible ME hotel at Company magazine's blogger breakfast. The view is amazing! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, both @hannahlouisef for more LFW photos and updates.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Street Style with Grafea

Dress - Bank* | Coat - BooHoo* | Bag - Grafea* | Shoes - Public Desire (similar)*

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting Grafea's new 'Wild At Heart' rucksack with them on the streets of Manchester. It's great to work with and support a Manchester company, particularly one which produces such great quality products. I can't wait to use my new backpack for university! They are pricey, but absolutely worth it in my opinion - they'd definitely make a great Christmas present, or maybe a moving away present if you're leaving home and have a generous family! I styled it with a really simple striped shift dress by Blonde & Blonde at Bank, white Public Desire sandals, and a pop of colour in this BooHoo coat which you might've seen in the photoshoot I blogged about here. Check out some other photos from my Grafea shoot and a little interview with me on the Grafea blog here.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Outfit Of The Day | Knee High Boots

Photos by Kirsty Fletcher

It's almost boot season! Not that I have stopped wearing boots over summer, but now I can wear them even more. Woo! I have steered clear of knee high boots in seasons gone by; partly because they reminded me of school socks, and partly because they remind me of not-very-cool-mum style. Neither of these are particularly accurate or rational reasons, so I finally went for it this year in the form of this beautiful suede pair from Daniel Footwear. They're incredibly soft and comfortable, and now I am fully won over and need a leather or faux leather pair that I can wear when it rains! This particular pair is undeniably very expensive (£239!) but you are paying for quality, and if you have that money to spend I would absolutely recommend them. If you're after a high quality but slightly cheaper pair, you could go for these or these.

Continuing with the suede theme, I'm also super happy with this new khaki faux suede jacket from PLT. It is really thick and has a faux sheepskin lining so is lovely and warm for winter, and the khaki makes a nice change from black for me - it also comes in black and burgundy! Finally my dress, also new, from Missguided. This was a surprise present from the lovely blogger outreach girls at MG, and they got it so right! Surprise presents can be a risky business, but the girls didn't disappoint and I think I'll be getting loads of wear out of this. It is arguably quite summery, but I like to layer up pieces like this to take them through to autumn/winter.

What do you think? Would you like to see more 'how to wear summer dresses in winter' type posts?