Friday, 4 October 2013


Sat on disgustingly early commuter train returning from the capital. Feeling blogger nostalgia, the need to write, rant and generally express an opinion. Hence the following rabble of pros. 

Since my last post, much has occurred. Life resembles that of a Japanese bullet train. A Japanese bullet train with a penchant for innovative marketing activations, apparel one cannot afford and running in increasingly painful patent Penny Loafers.

After escaping the parental nest in favour of over-priced, yet suitably glam city living, one has started to wonder if handing over almost half (an exaggeration but essential to the point) of monthly budget to landlord is ethically stable. Landlord must be revelling in the cash of young marketing execs. Wonder if landlord is single. Strike that, landlord is 55+ and talks only of efficiency of New Fridge-Freezer combo and need to ensure direct debit of rent payment. 

Feel writing style has been inspired by upcoming release of third Bridget Jones  novel, in which am told Mark Darcy is no-longer. Deep inhale..WTF. Irresponsible storytelling if I ever I saw it, to kill off the symbol, in which reasonably successful women worldwide pin their emotional stability. My god, prepare for an onslaught. Grocers ready the provisions (Diet Coke, Percy Pigs, Teaser Bars, Sweet & Salter M&S popcorn). Male convenience staff nationwide, refraine from Friday/Saturday evening purchasing commentary "So night in for one (looking down at tub of ice cream and share bag of M&Ms)...". I repeat, REFRAIN. 

On other hand, femanity may survive. One has potentially impressive occupation, excellent collection of handbags (thank you designer-aware parents), strong grasp of calorie content in Pret a Manger lunch options and stellar collection of appropriately hip pals. Phew. 

Note to self: Pre-9am moments of self-evaluation involuntarily lead to  increased heart rate, dull throbbing around the temples and most essentially interrupt reading of latest issue of Elle. Prognosis, best avoided.


Saturday, 13 April 2013


I have resurrected my blog to iterate a state of being. I am transfixed, consumed and somewhat absorbed. It seems something has quite literally appeared and knocked me for six, abolishing my usual cynical reserve in favour of a bashful state of admiration. 

The Big Black Book of house Esquire. Stark, dominant and alarmingly enigmatic. A sultry matt charcoal skin houses brash white typography, tangible embossed graphics and a reminiscent oxblood spine. Defined as 'The Style Manual For Successful Men', this text is evidently a work of wonder and great wisdom. Edited by man of the world, Alex Bilmes, the book is a refined compilation of culture, from fashion to art, design to travel. Behold the modern guide to greatness. Contributors include Damien Hirst, John Banville, Tobias Meyer and Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellen, composing a library of engaging and tenaciously accomplished essays, retrospectives and visuals. 

I have long been an advocate of intelligent pros and provocative imagery, I enjoy being entertained, educated and enlightened. Half-hearted floury editorial is not for me, I have neither the desire or the inclination to read about the latest faux-pas's from Britain's increasingly vulgar population of Z-list celebrities, or master this season’s hottest perspex-clad two-piece bathing suits. No I like manly clarity and honesty. Yes I am a girl, but does that mean I lack the mental capacity to value intelligent, candid works of language? And for the above, I read Esquire, GQ, Dazed & Confused, AnotherMan and now it seems, The Big Black Book. 

I heartily recommend pages 91-98, 'BB Notes and Essays'. My favourite being a particularly accurate assessment of the lacking style credentials of modern Hollywood, by Alan Fusser. While 'What I've learned by Ralph Lauren', captures the easy magnificence of the iconic man behind the polo (pages 68-69). Equally so, 'DOWNRIVER', featuring my favourite male model, Werner Schreyer is well worth a prolonged glance (pages 70-84). And finally conclude with a hauntingly beautiful Annie Leibovitz shot of a young Michael Jackson and accompanying anecdote from the director of Military Tailoring at Gieves & Hawkes, Savile Row. Excellent.

Esquire I salute you, what a glorious piece of publishing. 


p.s. Going forward I'm hoping to post on a more regular basis, probably with a heavy emphasis on art/fashion/music/film with a more editorial view, rather than OOTD posts, which admittedly make me feel like a bit of a lettuce! Obviously fashion and my style will still come into play, but I would really like to ramp up the journo element of Fashion Dictionary Kid. Hope that works for you guys. 

p.s.s Hello to the new GTC followers, THANK-YOU so much for following my blog, it's extremely generous and really lovely.

Saturday, 5 January 2013


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So here goes my first attempt at beauty blogging. From one who admits to knowing very little about make-up, hair & other general girlie paraphernalia, this blogger will attempt to create a fresher take on beauty commentary. Fake eyelashes, hair-extensions and gross stick-on nails will not feature, for this I do not apologise. Instead, I'll explain my daily make-up routine, talking through the products I've discovered, had recommended and the ones I swear by. I won't be analysing ingredients or referring to the latest high-tech trends, but I will be entirely honest and attempt to wade through all that intimidating jargon and nonsense I seem to see so much of. Basically this is everyday beauty for the everyday girl.  Right, let us proceed and people, try not to judge my efforts too harshly.

Firstly let's start with what happens pre-make-up, (I'm tempted to do a separate post concerning my skin routine, but that's for a later date) post-shower I use Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser, for Normal/Combination skin. My use of the Liz Earle products are a result of my extremely savvy mother, having devoutly used the Cleanse, Tone & Polish system for years, the need for expert skin-care is something that was drilled into me from a young age. 

After moisturising, I apply Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation (1), £31.00, in the shade 010. This is the lightest shade in the range and match's the extremely pale colour of my complexion perfectly. After using cheaper foundations, both liquid and mouse, I've found the majority of shades that are designed to suit my skin colouring, tend to be too white, covering my face in one shade, instead of adapting to suit the area. A friend recommended Dior, after I complained my make-up seemed to just slide from my face just hours after application. The Dior range is relatively expensive, yet the products seem to have excellent staying power and embody the ethos, a little goes a long way. Forever is a liquid-based foundation, which I apply with a make-up brush, working from the centre of my face, outwards. The consistency is the perfect variation of fluid, yet not too runny to leave my skin wet, the end result is a dewy, yet blemish-masking coverage, which I continue to be extremely impressed with. Once my foundation has been applied, I use Dior Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer (2), £20.50, in the shade Ivory. Dark circles and puffy eyes are a daily beauty grumble of mine, lack of sleep and stressful days seem to take the tole, so a good concealer is an absolute must. I apply the non-cakey, fresh formula using a small concealer brush to the skin under my eye, using small, dabbing strokes. I like Diorskin Nude because it adapts from masking dark circles to covering blemishes and blotchy skin, something very few other concealers seem to master. Again, as with the foundation, a little goes a long way, meaning after almost 2 months of daily use, the 10ml tube remains relatively full. Oh how I do love pocket-friendly beauty.

Moving on to bronzer. I use Accessorize Pearl Sands with Love Baked Bronzer (3), £6.00, in the shade Metallic Bronze. Now before any hasty preconceptions are formed relating to the quality of this very high-street bronzer, I would like to make this quick statement, it's blooming brilliant. As mentioned I have really pale skin and while I don't require a powder to darken my skin, I think a healthy glow is essential. I like the split colour option of the product, one side being a brown-based iridescent shade, the other a lighten, rose-coloured shade. I use a soft-hair bronzer brush to lightly cover my face and neck, then highlight my cheekbones using the rose side of the compact.

Post-bronzer, I use Bobbi Brown Blush (4), £18.00, in the shade Pale Pink. Using a rounded short-haired brush, I apply the blusher to the apples of my cheek, while donning the most attractive of faces, I've been told gives a natural, yet girlish look. I'm not sure about this, but I don't mind the end result. I like the warm shade of the product and it's ability to pull me from rather frazzled and in need of 40 winks, to energized and English Rose-esque. While I tend to re-fresh my make-up at lunch, my blush is pretty slip-resistant, meaning constant application isn't necessary, also meaning a compact I bought in 2011 is still going strong. Win, Win.

On to the eyes, something I once heard referred to as 'the nipples of the face' (queue odd laugh, remember I told you this was a fresher take on beauty commentary). Firstly I apply a pale, beige iridescent shade of eye-shadow from Dior 5 Couleurs Lift Eyeshadow Palette (7), £41.00, to inner and lid of my eye. I use my finger to smudge and manipulate the shadow, also highlighting the arch underneath my brow. Again, I'm not a fan of heavy eye make-up, so I really like the natural, minimal shades in the Lifting Rose compact. Next, I use No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil (8), £6.50, in Brown to line the inner-lids of my eyes. Having experimented with heavy black liners throughout my angst-ridden teens, I've found brown is most certainly my colour, perfect for defining, yet without the panda-eyes effect. I like the soft, smudge-able quality of the No7 Stay Perfect pencil and the resilient nature of it's staying power. Finally I recently discovered Dior New Look Multi-dimensional Mascara (10), £23.00, in Black, a gift from my lovely sister for Christmas. I also use MAC Haute & Naughty Lash (11), £17.50, in Black, which is a brilliant little mascara and extremely smudge-proof. Firstly, due to a super-clever rubber brush, Dior New look is amazing at separating and defining my lashes, without the heavy, clumpy look cheaper mascara's tend to have. I tend to apply several coats to both the top of lower lashes, building up layers until my lashes are long and distinctive. Since finding Dior New Look, I use MAC Haute & Naughty on a night when I want a more statement-worthy look. The brush splits into two, dividing into a large, volume-enhancing brush and a small, thin brush developed for the fiddly inner-lashes. Basically, I'm of the adamant belief investing in mascara is essential, as with heavy eye-liners, smudges of mascara residue is never a good look, something that almost goes hand-in-hand with cheaper products, so invest clever people, and buy Dior & MAC.

And finally, because honestly it feels like I have been writing for an age, demolishing the theory of my minimal approach to make-up, as minimal is surely defined in less than 100 words. Lips, because who can honestly abide crusty, un-smooch-worthy smackers. I like NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm (6), £2.50, in Big Apple Red, which has the most amazing apple scent and ruby shine. I tend to carry this little beauty treasure around in my pocket, applying quite frequently throughout the day, partly to hydrate and partly because I adore the glorious fruity scent. I like the glossy, yet moisturising consistency of the NYC product, which has all the colour of a lipstick but the easy-application of a balm. I also use Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter (5), £5.00, in Peach Parfait, which seems to be the elected rave-product of bloggers far and wide at the moment. Honestly I saw the impossibly pretty, Emma Stone, promoting the butters and felt a severe urge to purchase. Again I like the silky, balm-like consistency of the ColorBurst Lip Butters and the warm, dewy shades, which are shiny without being glittery, because honestly, who wants lips like a 70's glitter ball. So not retro cool.

Right, so that's my daily routine defined. What do we think? Was I innovative and super fresh? Or did I sound ridiculous and unworthy of my extremely costly university education? Let's pray not, because seriously my parents would freak. Peach out kidda's.


Tuesday, 1 January 2013


NYE 2012

So it's New Years Day, the 1st of January 2013. This means two things, I have been on this fair earth for almost 23 years and also, the world did not in fact end in 2012. Excellent news.

Happy New Year lovely people, did you have an adequately messy and eventful celebration? Was there shock couple-ings, drunken revelations and random nudity? No? Me neither, I went to the local, played 6 games of bingo and drank far too many £1.25 Vodka Diet Cokes. It was mega. Aside from the moment when it appeared obtaining a taxi was near-impossible and walking home was unavoidable. Fast-forward to my brisk march home and collapse fully-clothes into bed. Yes I live life on the edge. Now before brash judgments are formed, doubting my credibility to party like a G, because yes I can kick it, let me explain why I chose to stay local and pretty tame. I always spend NYE with my best pal, Michael, and after many failed NYE attempts at various hip drinking establishments in the West Yorkshire area, we came to the conclusion family, cheap and fast-following alcohol and un-pretentious  venues are the key. Long live the local Social Club.

I wore my new H&M boucle wool & leather dress with a pair of incredibly uncomfortable high black courts. I also took along my trusty Allsaints wool Military Trench coat and Mulberry Mitzy tote. I wore   my usual loose curls with the front sections of my hair clipped back behind my ears, I really like the chic, minimal quality of this style. I'm not a fan of fussy styles or accessories, so I tend to rely on plaits and Kirby grips to change-up my look.

Here are few shots from the night, yet again I got a little snap and Instagram happy. Follow me @ Lauren Lizzi Innes