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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Some Festive Favourites

At this time of year there is always a shift in my beauty department. The evenings are well and truly ‘drawn in’, the heating is on, and the cosy nights in call for a little bit of self indulgence which is why at this time of year I love to treat myself to some extra special products.

Makeup wise the shimmering shadows start to make an appearance, along with a splashing of deep burgundies from my eye palettes to my lipsticks. My favourite deep lipstick this Autumn has without a doubt been this one from Illamasqua. It’s a very intense shade and takes a little while to achieve the perfect application, but once it’s on, you’re good for the whole day with just a quick touch up here and there. As deep lip shades go, this one is incredibly wearable and seems to go with most day and evening looks.

Who says bold lips and a bold eye doesn’t work? Some days I create a striking look with eyeshadow, and other days I let my lashes do all the talking. I’ve recently re-discovered my YSL Babydoll mascara which really separates out the lashes with the stiff plastic wand but is also incredibly buildable. Three coats gives a real false lash effect and I even skip out the liner thanks to my lashes being ultra bold.

One product which is seriously special and very indulgent but I can’t resist at this time of year is my Tom Ford perfume. It’s pricey, yes, but this time of year calls for a little indulgence and for me this fragrance is worth every penny. With a deep musky oud which lingers for hours, it’s instantly recognisable and an absolute classic scent.

Finally, who said a bronzed complexion was just for summer? I like to prevent my skin from turning into a shade of milky grey during the colder months by treating my skin to some St Tropez at night. I love the facial oil with it’s skincare properties and luxurious texture which makes me look as though my skin has seen the sun even when the only warmth I’ve been experiencing recently is my hot water botte!

All of these treats add a little bit of self indulgence into my Autumn Winter routine  - who says we can’t treat ourselves every now and then!


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How to find the Perfect Christmas Dress!

Oh yes, it's coming up to that time of the year, and whether you're hosting or RSVPing to a Christmas party, finding the right dress can be make or break as to whether you feel fabulous on the night! Whether you have Kim K's curves or Kiera Knightley's demure style, I've been creating a Christmas dress wishlist, and here are some of my favourite styles for the festive season!

1. Sparkle!
You don't need tons of tinsel to shimmer at a festive gathering, but unleash your inner diva with sparkling styles this festive season. The first dress that I chose features eye catching sequins and feathers to ensure you keep sparkling long after the last gift has been unwrapped!

2. Velvet
Nothing screams festive and fashionable quite like velvet. On guys and girls, this luxe texture is going to be big this holiday season, so you can add a touch of velvet to your accessories or go all out on a velvet gown - why not invest in a luxe velvet blazer so you can shed your layers as the evening heats up!

3. White
Who says white is just for the snowman! A crisp LWD is a sophisticated an unexpected choice for the holidays. I'd pair this white midi length dress with rose gold jewellery and some sky high heels for an elegant ensemble.

4. Jewel Tones
Whether it's sapphire, garnet, or a Christmas-ready ruby or emerald, it doesn't get much more festive that these rich opulent hues. Take a tip from Pippa Middleton's festive attire; you don't need much accessorising when your dress teams bold colours with detailed embellishment.

5. Draped 
Sexy enough for cocktail parties but forgiving enough for a full feast, draped dresses are the most versatile style at this time of year. Ultra flattering and ultra feminine, it's no wonder they're a festive favourite!

What type of dress will you be rocking for your Christmas party?


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide : Perfumes!

It's about time things got a little more festive over here and Fashion Mumblr, but for me, I can't really get my head around Christmas until my birthday is over! (OK, it's still officially my birthday if you're reading this on the day it was published, but still!) But I thought a great way to kick things off would be my first (of many) Christmas Gift Guides - Perfume!

Fragrances are such lovely gifts to buy, and to receive and this year there are SO many incredible options that I decided to devote an entire post to them, as well as letting you know who I think they will work best for! So I hope this post gives you a little guidance to kick off your Christmas shopping!

For the Sassy Teen! Ariana Grande Eau de Parfum

I'm not usually a fan of celeb fragrances, let's just get that one out there straight away, and to be honest it's the seriously stylish bottle that made me want to include this in my gift guide! BUT, having said that, the fragrance isn't actually as offensive as I thought it would be from the sweeter-than-sweet pop star, oh no, it's actually..... rather nice! It's fruity and floral, playful and sweet, yes, but with a musky undertone that makes it very wearable.

For the Stylish Lady! ChloƩ Eau de Parfum

It's a timeless fragrance, and one which you really can't go wrong with buying for a gift. The classic scent of roses in a floral, feminine scent. The bottle is beautiful too - the iconic fluted glass with delicate bow around the lid, it will look beautiful on any dressing table!

As soon as I laid eyes on the sparkly bodice edition of the classic Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance, I absolutely knew I had to feature on the gift guide! The fragrance itself is a sexy, floral, oriental fragrance which lingers for hours, with fruity top notes including Raspberry and Bergamot.

For the Always-On-Trend friend! Calvin Klein Euphoria

In it's striking silver bottle, Calvin Klein Euphoria is one of those fragrances that never goes out of style. If you're struggling for a gift idea for the friend who always looks great and absolutely has to be wearing the latest trends, you can't go wrong with Euphoria. I'm yet to meet someone who doesn't love the musky, orchid and black violet tones.

For the Mysterious Lady! Jimmy Choo Illicit

There's something seriously special about the new fragrance from Jimmy Choo. A certain veil of mystique lurks on the skin after spritzing on this modern floriental (I love that word) perfume. It's elegant and edgy at the same time, with notes of Ginger and Bitter Oragne as well as Rose and Sandalwood.


For The One Who Sets The Trends - Elizabeth Arden Always Red

This fragrance is seriously under rated, and your girlfriends who love to discover new trends is bound to fall in love with this dry, sophisticated floriental fragrance. With ingredients such as Passion Fruit, Jasmine, and Velvet Rose Petals - it's unusual but instantly likeable.

For the Glamorous Gal - Theirry Mugler Angel Passion

Lovers of Thierry Mugler's iconic Angel fragrance will be lusting for this more glamorous and seductive eau de perfum. Notes of  patchouli and red berries give this classic scent a captivating edge - and the red star bottle is simply striking.

For the Haute Couture Honey - Miu Miu Eau de Parfum

The first scent from the Miu Miu fashion house truly encapsulates the spirit of the brand. The combination of lily of the valley and akigalwood is instantly a familiar scent, it's contemporary and natural but the soft blue glass bottle with the translucent red disk gives a pop of Miu Miu's signature quirky ways to the scent.


For the Teen Beauty Queen - GHOST The Fragrance Gift Set

With the Ghost fragrance and a body lotion too, this gift set makes a lovely treat to unwrap on Christmas day. Scented with fresh flowers followed by notes of Vanilla and warm amber, it's hard not to fall in love with this scent. 

For the Fashionista - Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Gift Set

A fresh and floral fragrance which is light and easy to wear - with notes of Violet Leaf, Strawberry and Jasmine as well as a warm top note coverage of Musk, Vanilla and White Woods. The bottle itself is a pleasure to see, with delicate daisies decorating the glass - this gift set both looks and smells incredible!

For the Daring Darling - Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme

Utterly extravagant and undeniably sensual, Tom Ford Noir is one of those fragrances which women aspire to wear. A floral oriental which encapsulates the Tom Ford woman in a sleek black and gold bottle, this is one to treat your utterly glamorous and unashamedly daring friend or lover.

For the Luxury Lover - Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir

This is the scent that I reach for on special occasions, and there's something incredibly luxurious and warming about the scent of fruity pomegranate on the skin. It's fruity and spicy, a very familiar scent which would make the most beautiful gift for anyone who loves a touch of luxury!

For the Fearless Fashionista - YSL Black Opium

An incredibly wearable luxury fragrance, it would be impossible for the recipient not to love you for tucking this EDP into their stocking. With hedonistic notes of black coffee, with sensual Patchouli and white woods - it smells as good as it looks in the glittering bottle whose diamond dust finish replicates the rock edge but modern glamour of the scent within.


Have I featured your favourite fragrance? Which would you most like to unwrap this Christmas?

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

New Look Cyber Week Sale Picks!

It's finally here, Cyber Week kicks off this weekend - aka the craziest week for huge discounts and sales from all of our favourite retailers! This year I'm going to be doing all my sale shopping online because, honestly, I can't be dealing with spending hours elbowing my way through the sale rails, and while I'm at it I thought I'd pull together some of my absolute favourite pieces so that you can get your hands on them too!

So I hope you like this style of post, let me know if you do (or don't!) as I may do a few more over the next week or so. I'm kicking things off with New Look. Their Cyber Week sale kicks off with a ginormous 40% off a HUGE range of their womenswear, menswear, and accessories. You don't need a discount code, just head straight to their sale section. It's limited time only and things will sell out, so don't hang around for too long!

I've chosen my favourite pieces from the bargains which you can shop by clicking on the links, or from the reel down below.


Clockwise from top left:

Grey Stone Jumper - £13.49 was £17.99
Burgundy Tie Front Cut Out Heels - £14.99 was £24.99
Stone Reverse Seam Jumper - £13.49 was £17.99
Grey Wool Tassle Floppy Hat - £11.24 was £14.99
Pink Scoop Neck Vest - £5.99 was £9.99
Mustard Cable Knit Roll Neck - £20.99 was £34.99
Cream Faux Fur Clutch - £14.99 was £19.99
Black Aztec Jacquard Skirt -  £14.99 was £19.99
Black Velvet Panel Clutch - £11.99 was £15.99


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Friday, 20 November 2015

How To Choose a Career in Fashion

If you're the kind of person who wants to work in the fashion industry, chances are, you'll already know it. You'll read the glossy magazines, follow fashion blogs (or perhaps even have your own) and your love of fashion defines who you are as a person. Deciding how to make a career out of that however can sometimes be tricky. It's not just fashion designers, but also visual merchandisers, boutique owners, buyers and many many more types of roles within the industry. 

Before starting Fashion Mumblr, I studied at the London College of Fashion - I knew I wanted to work within the fashion industry but wasn't sure which part of it, and the course that I studied gave me an insight into many different roles, going through the skills needed to run a fashion business - including Marketing, buying, merchandising, finance and PR. Once I graduated, I worked in the Marketing department at Mulberry, did some consultancy for John Lewis, worked in various shops and then finally worked as PR and Marketing Manager for a retail software company. Now, I'm a full time blogger, so it's fair to say I've tried a few different roles in fashion! So if you're just thinking about what kind of role you'd like in the future, then read on for a few of my top tips!

Fashion Marketing 

This is how I started my career in Fashion, and a role in marketing combines business and creativity. Designers and brands need to get their products to the market and make customers aware of them, and create a desire for them. This is where the marketing team comes in. When you start out in a marketing role, you can expect your tasks to include assisting at campaign photo shoots, organising in-store events, planning newsletters, assisting with social media, collecting customer information, working with store managers to ensure that they're up to date with the marketing strategy, and much more depending on the company that you work for. 

It's true what they say about the fashion industry, it so often is about 'who you know' and for me, even getting an internship at Mulberry to start with was a huge accomplishment and amount of luck (my mum met the god-father of one of the PR team at a dinner event!), but there are ways of getting into a marketing role without knowing someone. Firstly, you most likely will have to intern. Sadly it's often unpaid but most of the time it's the best way to network with people in the industry and get a foot in the door. Graduate schemes are another great way in but these are hugely competitive. Often, university courses will help you to make connections in the industry so take full advantage of 'Industry Speakers' and have a 30 second mental pitch prepared about why YOU should work for them.

Buying / Merchandising 

Firstly, what's the difference? Buyers and merchandisers work together to create a range that offers the best choice to customers, while maximising sales and profits. Buyers tend to work closely with designers and suppliers, considering the style, colour and overall look of a range and customers desires, whereas merchandisers work closely with financial information, structuring a range from a figures and sales point of view.

If you're not afraid of figures then merchandising roles can earn you decent money (as far as the fashion industry goes!) and also give you a real insight into the workings of a fashion company. Buyers will benefit hugely from experience on the shop floor, understanding customer needs, and the ability to know what's on trend and what a customer wants is non-negotiable! Friends of mine from uni often started out selling clothes on the shop floor and are now the ones deciding which clothes get on the shop floor in the first place.

Working for a Magazine

Whether an editor, photographer, copywriter or stylist, there are countless roles within a magazine. Many roles involve office based tasks and many external appointments so no two days are the same. Creativity is crucial, and if you want to work for a fashion magazine then experience is crucial. Many publications offer internships although they're very competitive so make yourself stand out. Do you have a blog? A photography portfolio? Thousands of Instagram followers who follow you to pick up style tips? When applying for a role it's important to do your homework and understand the style of the magazine - perhaps you could even write a mock article for them to show them how creative you are!

Boutique Owner

If you LOVE shopping and already spend a lot of time in boutiques, imagine the satisfaction of running your own - the fun and financial rewards from having your very own boutique? As boutique owner you choose the products, set the prices and open your doors to customers eager to snap up your latest collections. It's a career path I often think about, and had I not fallen into marketing I definitely would have pursued it. I'm currently spending my 'down time' as a virtual boutique owner via the new  Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward game for Nintendo 3DS. Within moments of launching into the game I was tempted with the option to work as a model, but after helping a friend put together a killer outfit (and styling her hair and makeup to suit her new look) I knew my calling was to be a boutique owner. Now, I run all aspects of the store from networking across the city, styling outfits according to customers exact specifications and budgets, and buying in new items according to my customers desires.

Other career paths within the game include being a designer – if you’ve got the eye for a well styled outfit then putting together fabulous looks is a great way of getting the word out about your boutique. You can also show off your perfect new hair cut and makeup and try your luck as a model, maybe even appearing on billboards around the city!

Fashion Blogger

I'll always maintain that if you're starting your blog to make money (or get free things) then chances are you're in it for the wrong reasons. Having said that, of course there is the possibility of making your blog a successful career choice. I blogged alongside working full time for two years, and only once I was generating a relatively consistent earning from the blog did I make the decision to take it full time. If you aspire to be a blogger then of course you'll need to start a blog, find your niche, and create consistently top quality content in order to grow your readership. Brands and readers will notice your efforts and eventually you may be able to make it your career.


There are mixed feelings about whether or not to go to university, especially given the recent hike in the costs involved. The career path that I took would only have been an option for me as a graduate - working in the head office of a major fashion retailer means you need to have industry knowledge that can only really be gained from a degree in retail (or similar) or having vast amounts of experience within the sector. If you decide that university isn't for you, then working in stores is the best way to get your foot in the door. If you can work in a flagship store then that's even better, as you'll probably meet the visual merchandising or marketing teams when they visit the stores. 

I hope this post has been useful for you, I know it only skims the very surface of the fashion industry and there is so much more I could say! If you have any questions then tweet me and i'll do my very best to answer them!

What's your ideal career within the fashion industry?


This post is kindly sponsored by Nintendo but of course all views are my own and I've genuinely become addicted to New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward!

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