Down By The River

Grey tee, H&M
Lilac backpack, New Look
Watch, The Watch Hut
Caroline Creba Ring, c/o House of Fraser

Incase you hadn't noticed, layering dresses over t-shirts is my latest obsession. Now that Fall is in full swing here in New York, it has been getting a little cooler. Although I'm not quite ready to give up wearing bare legs just yet... forever the optimistic dresser! Throwing on my favourite summer dresses over basic tees is a great way to recycle your summer wardrobe, plus I love the '90s vibe that outfits layering outfits can give off! I picked up this beautiful printed sunflower dress from Topshop, which is now on sale!
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen that I was on the UK Apprentice last week. I was asked earlier in the year to be part of a fashion focus group and had a great time filming with the team. I was only on for about 10 seconds, but still its so exciting! Check the link below for my clip.


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Favourite Things To Do in New York City

Here's a few of my favourite things to do when visiting New York City!

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Beauty Favourites #2

I wanted to share some more products I've really been loving this month. I really need to venture into the American beauty market while I'm here too!

MAC Lady Danger
Lady Danger has become somewhat my signature lip colour. I originally received this shade in a goodie bag from the British Fashion Awards no less, but lost it only weeks later and have since repurchased. There is something really unique about this vibrant orangey red colour and I seriously adore the matte finish! I find my skin tone really doesn't suit pinks but will be indulging into MAC's offer of reds to see which other gems I can discover...

Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eye Liner
I swear by this eye liner and have barely strayed away since the age of about 15. A bargain at under £3, this eye liner is my go-to product for creating my signature cat-eye flicks and is super easy to use. I find, in comparison to a couple of other eyeliners I have tried over the years, the Fast Stroke Eyeliner stays very black and refrains from smudging or sweating off when wearing all day. I'm actually praying my stash of Collection eye liner doesn't run out while I'm Stateside!

John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo & Conditioner
I'm a big JF fan and the latest blonde shampoo addition certainly does not disappoint. As a natural brunette, I bleach my hair around 3 times a year to keep up my ombre effect. Although less so in the summer months, my blonde hair tends to fade after a few weeks of bleaching... but the Go Blonder range is a blessing for dip-dye fanatics like myself and keeps my end looking brighter and lighter for longer. Its very reasonably priced too and definitely saves on bleaching so often.

Lancome Gel Eclat Clarifying Cleanser
I'm lucky to say my Mum is a huge high-end skincare product lover and have been taught religious skincare routines and make-up removal tips from a young age. I have a hatred of make-up wipes and swear by wash-off cleanser to remove my make-up. Having used a lot of different cleansers in the past, Lancome is rated as one of the best in my opinion and have used no other brand for at least the last year. I usually dampen my face with a splash of water before applying this product all over my face and then washing off. The gel texture removes even the heaviest foundation, leaving my skin fresh and make-up free before bed. I also have major love for the Lancome foaming cleanser which I might be repurchasing once this one is empty!

Seventeen 'Brows That!' Brow Kit
Another product my Mum introduced me too is this Seventeen Brow kit. Having never used a wax before on my eyebrows, I found this product to give a great bold effect which is really quick and easy to apply. Using the wax to start off with, I set a base for my brows and then use the brown powder to create definition and a bold arch. What I love about this product is than it comes with a highlighter which I love to use on my brow bone and as a shimmer over my lids.
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Black Wednesday

Third eye beanie, NYLON Shop 
Black Nike Free 5.0, Nike Store
Cross belt, Primark
Caroline Creba gold plated ring, c/o House of Fraser
Nails, L'Oreal in Peach Negligee

Ever since purchasing my new black Nikes, I have been loving pairing them with all black outfits and adding a sporty vibe to my wardrobe. I've been wanting these trainers for about 2 years now but don't know why it has taken me so long to finally purchase them, when visiting the Jersey Shore outlet stores last month. They go really well with my lilac marble print coat, which I bought earlier in the summer when working at Oasis, which matches the dress I blogged in this post - Marble print. I have barely taken this coat off lately, I just think it is a great lightweight transitional piece to ease into the autumn months. 
As many of you may know, I'm interning at Nylon Magazine this semester and when we were clearing out the Nylon fashion closet last week, I managed to grab a few of my favourite pieces that were going free for the office! This Mean Girls themed crop top is a fabulous fit and is so different to everything I own - plus its so so cool! Paired with my trusty Oasis leather skirt and a black beanie, it an easy laid-back look for an afternoon wander in Central Park. The items are still available to buy from the Nylon Shop so make sure to check out the site if you haven't already! 
A new addition to my jewellery collection is this Caroline Creba gold plated ring. As someone who is a little gem ring obsessed, I'm really loving wearing this blue topaz beauty, which goes beautifully with my nude nails! A firm favourite!

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Weekends in New York are just made for exploring. So it'd be rude not to take a short trip over the river to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Perhaps considered the Shoreditch of London, Williamsburg is a haven of quirky vintage shops, food markets and of course incredible views of Manhattan. A favourite for vintage shopping has to be the Artist's Flea Market where I bought a lovely little floral dress and a few bits of jewellery. When the time came around for a bite to eat, my friends and I stumbled across a huge food market with far too much choice! Lunch was a delicious treat of Moroccan chicken and herb brioche with mango lemonade (a must!) followed by homemade vanilla ice-cream. 
In the late September sun (perhaps the last we'll see for this year) I wore my much loved Topshop white midi skirt (similar here) paired with one of my favourite buys of the summer: my New Look embroidered cami top (similar here). The bright sunshine also gave me a chance to try out my new ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses, which were a bargain at only £10! The light colours and chunky sunglasses made for an easy outfit for a stroll along the riverside and across the Brooklyn Bridge. We were lucky enough to catch the sun setting as we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge. Although it was super busy, it really was a magical moment and I'd really recommend a visit!
I certainly can't wait to return to Brooklyn and I'm sure I'll be documenting more of my adventures from over the river very soon!

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