Jack and I have started flat hunting for next summer and its got me all excited about interiors. I was never so bothered by homewares until I got my own place this year and now I just love looking for new decor inspiration, whether on Instagram and Pinterest or window shopping around Edinburgh. A couple of my favourite shops for homeware are Oliver Bonas and Lifestory; read on to see my wish lists for each room in the home. My inspirations? Geometry, marble, pastels, distressed wood and metallics.
What do you think?
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
This Italian cosmetics brand has caught the attention of fashionistas throughout Glasgow where they have their Scotland flagship store (with an Aberdeen branch opening soon!). I’m really late to the Kiko Milano train, but better late than never.
What really appealed to me, as a supporter of cruelty-free beauty, was that none of their products are tested on animals, and also, as a skint student, the prices are unbelievably affordable. They actually had a sale on some of the make-up, so I came home with more than a few bargains, including the Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation, Radiant Fusion Baked Powder, Unlimited Stylo Lipstick and the Full Coverage Concealer.
Aptly named universal fit because its a good basic liquid foundation that works for everyday use. Not too thick or oily, but needs topping up throughout the day if you want better coverage.
Amazing coverage on even really stubborn spots and blemishes, plus brightens around the eye area while acting a a great base for eyeshadow when you want a strong pigment. One of my favourite concealers I’ve yet sampled, only coming second to Bobbi Brown!
This illuminating pressed powder has become my go-to for a glowy highlight all over the face. With a gentle shimmer, its suitable for everyday use, but can easily be built up for night.
I chose a super bright orangey-coral shade (number 05) as I’ve been told it contrasts well with blue hair and blue eyes! The formula is nice and moisturising and the colour translates to lips as well as it does on a swatch. Not very long-lasting.
One semester at university I was assigned to write a couple of reports on a fashion retailer of my choice, so naturally I opted for one of my favourite shops on the high street.Anthropologie is utterly unique in my eyes, offering a diverse assortment of women’s fashion, accessories and home décor which exhibits global influences from independent designers, so I wanted to share with you guys my Report on Anthropologie Edinburgh and my Report on Anthropologie as a company for anyone interested in the world of fashion retail.
Pictured is me in my favourite embroidered crop top, which is now on sale!
Read more to check out my Anthropologie wishlist, all currently on sale, now with an extra 20% off, and click on the pictures to shop now!
Felicity Belted Skirt £49.56 (£88.00)
Quincy Swing T-Shirt £32.76 (£58.00)
Tasmin Cross Body Bag £39.16 (£98.00)
Saskia Cupro Dress £71.96 (£128.00)
Liana Suede Heels £77.56 (£138.00)
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
Two exciting new celebrity and retailer collaborations have been launched this week: Beyonce x Topshop, and Alexa Chung x M&S.
Beyonce co-created the sportswear range Ivy Park , a capsule collection of stylish, modern activewear, including sports bras, leggings, shorts, t shirts and jackets.
Alexa has breathed life back into some vintage classics with Archive by Alexa – a selection of M&S designs from their archive, reworked for 2016.
Read on to see what I’m coveting, and click here to see another post about great collaborations.
Who doesn’t love a classic shirt? I am certainly a huge advocate of oversized shirt dresses, so The Edna Shirt (£35.00) really ticks all the boxes! Plus vertical stripes are definitely the most flattering print for a menswear-style piece.
I also absolutely adore The Misty Dress (£45) which really plays on the 1950’s suburbia vibe. It’s actually inspired by a skirt from the archive in the same pattern, which I think works really well in this tea dress shape. Definitely on my wishlist as it’s not surprisingly nearly sold out!
Trench coats are just one of those things that every woman (and man) needs in their wardrobe. A timeless classic, since I got a vintage one recently it’s transformed my style, just have a peek at these outfit shots featuring the vintage beauty!
I love the khaki colour (another evergreen style) teamed with he black buttons here, and the deep pockets are a must.
This piece (‘The Frances Trench) took its inspiration from a 1950’s raincoat, but is now available a just £89 here.
Roll up the sleeves, tie the belt tight and team with chelsea boots and you are good to go. The sidewalk is your catwalk after all!
Below are some pieces I really like from Ivy Park at Topshop. The matching sports bra and running shorts combo are a definite win for the gym, and the leggings are such an interesting print, totally disguise any lumps and bumps and will instantly make you feel ready to work out. I am definitely a believer in wearing the right gear, and have a rather large selection of yoga pants, but stylish sportswear genuinely makes you want to exercise! Shop the whole collection here.
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx