27/09/2014

Layering


Cross necklace, Primark
Grey winged bag, c/o Marks & Spencer

Now that its cooling down a little here in New York City, I'm really loving layer dresses over t-shirts and my new black faux fur gilet over pretty much EVERYTHING. I've just realised, I seem to be a little H&M obsessed in this post, as everything I'm wearing is from there...
Sorry for the short blogging hiatus, life has been pretty busy lately but I'm determined not to let me time in New York pass me by without blogging about it! I've got a few exciting posts coming up soon that I can't wait to share with you guys!
In other news, I turned 21 last weekend! I had the most amazing birthday (well what I remember from it!). I spent night sipping cocktails and counting down my birthday at a rooftop bar in Brooklyn overlooking insane views of Manhattan. It was pretty surreal! I then visited the Empire State Building on my birthday which was, as you can imagine, so awesome. I then went for a lovely meal with my NYC pals and a few cheeky drinks after. All in all, an unforgettable birthday!

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11/09/2014

New York Fashion Week


Outfit 1: Wide-leg jumpsuit, TK Maxx. White flatforms, c/o Desire Clothing. Black backpack, Forever 21. Round sunglasses, H&M.
Outfit 2: White playsuit, Mystique Boutique. Metallic sandals, Primark. Grey winged bag, c/o M&S Sunglasses, c/o Matalan.

I thought it might be nice to share a few snaps from New York Fashion Week. The city is a pretty inspiring place anyway, but seeing street style at the Lincoln Centre and the lifestream of the shows (favourites include Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham) made me love this time of year. And kinda compensates for the fact I'll be missing out on the London Fashion Week action. 
Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend the RewardStyle rooftop party at the Empire Hotel. Any Gossip Girl fan would surely appreciate this... THATS THE HOTEL THAT CHUCK BASS OWNS! Along with the incredible rooftop reviews over New York City and the delicious cocktails, I also met a whole load of fashion bloggers and insta-queens!
Keep up by following me on Instagram - @monicabarleycorn

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08/09/2014

Madison Avenue

Turquoise patterned kimono, Miss Selfridge (very old) via eBay
Black cami, Oasis
A-line leather skirt, Oasis
Black leather belt, Warehouse
Bag faux leather bag, Primark
Chunky heeled boots, H&M
Gold rings, Forever 21
Nails, L'Oreal in Nouvelle Vague

This outfit is a true mix of all my favourite pieces. I've found myself throwing on this outfit a fair few times over recent months to go from anything to a gig, to a night out, to a day out shopping. The kimono is one of my favourite ebay bargains that can be added to any look for a boho edge. It a great transitional piece and I love the long length and of course the bell sleeves.
I've been lucky enough to score an internship at Nylon Magazine for the fall term here in New York!  I'm super excited to be getting experience in the world of publishing and I'm loving my internship so far!

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01/09/2014

Five Beauty Favourites


Although in the past I have self-proclaimed to be 'not very good at the beauty thing', I figured I'd start introducing some beauty posts to my blog and share a few of my favourite products right now. Let me know if you enjoy this post and I might consider doing similar bits in the future!

1.  YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Believe the hype... or I certainly do. This very much anticipated foundation (which had a waiting list of over 12,000 in the U.K!) has revolutionised by beauty routine and left me with the flawless skin that I've searched for many years to find. I luckily managed to bag this wonderous product the day it launched in here in the U.S from Saks on 5th Avenue after having a lovely makeover at the YSL beauty counter. Although it may have a £30.50 price tag, the 25ml goes a long way and with just a few swipes of the applicator my less-than-perfect skin is transformed. The super lightweight formula has a silky texture and matte finish that calls for no primer and no powder. To top it off, my skin feels almost make-up free and I don't feel the need to reapply every few hours. 

2. L'Oreal Les Blancs Range (L-R) Pistachio Dragee, Peach Negligee, Nouvelle Vague Pastel shades have been all over my nails this summer and I've found some real winners with L'Oreal. The pale shades of mint green, nude and lilac look refreshing with my summer wardrobe and the cool tones compliment my skin tone very nicely.  I'm also a big fan of the small bottle size - who uses a full size bottle before it goes gloopy anyway?! 

3. Dior Nude Healthy Glow Powder Having interned at Dior Beauty Head Office last year, I was lucky enough to receive a number of beauty goodies, including this bronzer. Certainly not a new addition to my make-up bag but a much loved one all the same, the Dior Healthy Glow Bronzer is my ultimate favourite product for creating a glowing face and defined cheekbones. 

4. Victoria's Secret Mango Temptation Fragrance Mist I stared at the countless choices of fragrance at the Victoria's Secret store last week before giving in to this bottle of happiness. Tropical, exotic and refreshing would be three words to describe this body spray, which is slowly becoming my signature scent. I can't get enough!

5. L'Oreal Volume Million Lash So Couture Mascara When it comes to mascara, I'm a plastic brush (over fibre) kinda girl any day. Not only does this mascara come in a pretty purple and gold tube, but also works wonders on my lashes. The thickening and lengthening brush transforms my (admittedly) short and stubby lashes into a wide-eyed look from root to tip.

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30/08/2014

Coney Island



Floral crop top, Miss Selfridge
Mint skort, New Look
Nails, L'Oreal in Pistachio Dragee

As much as I LOVE the city, Coney Island is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and only a short train journey away. Situated in southwest Brooklyn, the lovely little seaside resort feels a lot more LA than NY. With a large sandy beach, amusement parks and yummy ice-cream, I spent the first day of Labour Day weekend working on my tan and enjoying the glorious seaside views. I wore this cute floral crop top I picked up from Miss Selfridge last month. The boxy high-neck shape is really cool and I love the summery colours paired with my mint skort. 
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