26/11/2014

Beauty Favourites #3


EOS Lip Balm Sphere in Strawberry
I might have a minor obsession with this little sphere of strawberry goodness! I'll be honest when I say the lip balm itself is not extraordinary, its a pretty basic balm but the addiction comes with the novelty shape of the product and the fun I seem to have when applying it. Admittedly, I neglect my lips and don't tend to moisturise very often at all, leading to dry skin and (out of bad habit) biting my lips a lot. The EOS lip balm has played a big part in changing my lip habits! Plus, it comes in lots of yummy flavours - strawberry is my pick! In the UK, these balms are sold at Selfridges, Topshop and Urban Outfitters and retail around £6, so I'd definitely recommend picking one up!

Zoeva Buffer Brush (#104)
It is strange to think about my make-up routine before this buffing brush came into my life. Is it sad to say, I don't know what I'd do without it? YES. This buffing brush has really revolutionised my beauty routine and has changed the way I apply foundation. The Zoeva #104 is a make-up tool that blends beautifully and really does make applying a base very simple and easy.

Superdrug Strawberry & Raspberry Shower Gel
My best friend Beth recently came to visit me here in NYC and left me with this shower gel that she didn't want to take home. I've been using this back home on and off for the last few years and seriously can't get enough of the scent. The fruity berries make showering glorious, plus its super cheap too! They range is really similar to Original Source products, but at half the price. I've also tried the Lemon and Mint ones, which are almost as lovely as the Strawberry & Raspberry!

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
I recently bought the full-size version of this BB cream after receiving a small sample size from the Missguided blogger event back in July. I find this product gives great full coverage that is long-lasting, easy to apply and with a flawless matte finish - not to mention is super affordable! The oil-free formula works excellently on my combination skin when blended with my Zoeva Buffer Brush. For my base, I'm currently switching between this product and the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation which I reviewed here.

Simple Eye Make-Up Remover
I recently had a bad experience when switching to drugstore own-brand eye make-up remover, which made me appreciate this product even more. Unlike some other alternatives, the Simple eye make-up remover doesn't sting the eyes and is really gentle, leaving my eyes fresh and mascara free. Its a very basic product to be included in my favourites, but nonetheless, one I could not live without!

What products are you loving lately?
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24/11/2014

My Dorothy Moment

Roll neck jumper, Forever 21
Pointed ankle boots, c/o Dorothy Perkins
Faux pony skin bag, c/o Warehouse
Rose gold watch, c/o Casio Sheen
Rings, Topshop and Forever 21
Nails, Floss Gloss in 95% Angel


I'm a black boots kinda girl through and through. I think I own 10 pairs, but they're all very different I promise! Some worn more than others, but loved all the same. It's not often a pair of shoes come along that surpass my collection and instantly become a new favourite, but that is certainly how I felt when the Dorothy Perkins package arrived at my New York apartment bearing this pair of Dorothy Perkins black patent ankle boots. Simple, patent and pointed, and just what I needed. I wore the boots with my cosy new roll-neck jumper for a wander through Central Park with Erika over the weekend. 
I'm slightly obsessed with my rose gold watch from the new Casio Sheen Collection! I really love the style and the colour, making it a refreshing change from my usual simple black strap watch. The collection of watches would make an excellent gift for over the holiday season or a little treat for yourself! 
Dorothy Perkins are currently running an exciting competition for you to to win a year’s supply of Dorothy Perkins shoes! Its super simple to enter, all you have to do is share your very own Dorothy moment using #DPShoeSelfie #mydorothymoment hashtags on Twitter or Instagram! You can find out more from the Dorothy Perkins Website. You can see my ‘From Where I Stand’ competition entry  on Instagram or Twitter

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21/11/2014

Soho Streets


Third Eye Beanie, NYLON Shop
Croc effect buckle boots, Fashion Union
Nails, Floss Gloss in Periwinkle


These photos were snapped in one of my favourite neighbourhoods in the city: Soho. I find myself spending so much time downtown in Soho lately, but with great places for brunch (Two Hands is a MUST) and lots of cool shops - who can blame a girl!
I've become a little bit more obsessed with this old Oasis skirt that I picked up in the sale last year! I'm loving metallics as we draw towards winter and this skirt is a great piece to incorporate into my day and night look. I've layered it over with this hilarious weiner dog Chanel sweatshirt, but the skirt also looks fab with a simple grey tee!
Hope you're all having a great week so far, I'll be busy with uni and my internship but hopefully cram some more sightseeing in over the weekend. Gossip Girl Tour of NYC needs to happen! 

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18/11/2014

The Life of: A NYLON Magazine Intern


As some of you may already know, I was lucky enough to score an internship at Nylon Magazine this semester and thought it might be nice to do a little blog post explaining about my role and experience so far!

The Ambition
I've always been very into fashion magazines and growing up, it has been an ambition of mine to work/intern in the world of publishing. Magazine internships are very competitive, but Nylon was a perfect fit for me in terms of style and the role. I'm taking an internship as one of my courses at LIM College (I'm on study abroad from London College of Fashion), so although my internship is unpaid, I do get college credit. I started my internship at the beginning of September and have been loving every minute of it so far.

The Role
My role at Nylon is working with the Nylon Shop, which runs alongside the magazine, offering a really cool range of clothing and accessories from small independent brands from across the world. As a Buying and Merchandising Co-ordinator, its my job to seek out new vendors, select stock for the site, upload products to the site and other general admin tasks. I also have a lot of input in social media for Nylon and work alongside other interns to style and photograph samples from brands and shoot with models (see images above). Although I've never done anything like styling before and did find it a little out of my comfort zone to begin with, I'm really enjoying dipping my toes into this aspect of fashion! I applied for my role online with the website Free Fashion Internships.

The Fashion
Working with the Nylon Shop means I get to work closely with a lot of really cool upcoming brands. A few of my favourites that we stock include: MYVLCoco & Breezy and Mod Dolly! Nylon is definitely all about the 'cool girl aesthetic' and its a lot of fun to work with all the quirky brand samples and to see really awesome merchandise. When it comes to dressing for my internship, Nylon is definitely a place were individual style and uniqueness is celebrated, so I love to experiment with my style and have a little fun!

The City
The Nylon offices are based in the ever-trendy neighbourhood of Soho here in New York City, which is a great place to be, not only for the cool spots to grab lunch but also for shopping after a day's work! I usually spend my lunch breaks visiting sample sales (3.1 Phillip Lim last week, The Row this week) and grabbing a bite from the array of sandwich shops in the area. Soho is also a great area for celeb spotting, last month I spotted Emma Stone!

The Experience
So what's it like working at the coolest magazine out there? Pretty damn awesome, I must say. I'm thoroughly enjoying my internship so far, I'm experiencing and learning a lot, plus the networking connections are second to none. The office is a really fun place to be and I'm still pinching myself a little that I actually intern at Nylon! Even if I choose not to go into publishing/buying/merchandising in the future, getting all-round experience in the fashion industry from a great brand such as Nylon will look great on my CV/Resume going forward. My name was also featured in print in the October issue of Nylon Magazine which was a pretty big deal for me. Let's just say I squealed a little and rang my Mum straight away!

Make sure to check on the Nylon Shop and if you have any more questions, feel free to tweet me @helloomonica!

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13/11/2014

All Black Everything

Sequin crop top, Forever 21
Clear quartz ring, c/o A Weathered Penny 
Nails, Essie in Go Overboard

All black e'rrrrythang is pretty much my uniform lately. I feel I'm severely lacking in Autumn/Winter clothing out of the selection I brought with me to New York and black seems to be all that I ever wear! I'm kinda already missing the carefree days of wearing summer dresses! To add a little bit of colour to my outfit, I threw on a cosy fluffy cardigan - which I also own in black too!
I picked up these faux leather trousers earlier in the year (they're still available here) from H&M. I find myself wearing them with everything from jumpers to crop tops and they're the perfect piece to go from day to night. 
These photos were snapped amongst the beautiful street art in Dumbo after a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge. I have so much appreciation for the cool and quirky art all over Brooklyn - plus it makes an awesome background for outfit photos. 


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