Author: Jessica

How To Be Style-Influenced At A Healthy Level

My sister and I have always fought about clothes. When I was 14 and she was 9, she’d want to wear exactly the same outfit as me for practically every occasion… As a newly-turned teen with an identity to figure out, I found this completely suffocating and incredibly embarrassing. I can still hear my mum’s ‘be nice to each other’ yells echoing up the stairs as my sister strolled around in my favourite checked shirt whilst I tried to rip it off her. Through my rage, I failed to notice what was truly going on in that moment. I was influencing her. On a very small scale, but it was still influencing.  To this day, I can still ransack my sister’s wardrobe and find a minimum of five pieces that belong to me. It’s most definitely a sister thing but also, in a way, just a human thing. If I had the ability to steal some of my friend’s clothes and get away with it like a sister could, I probably would. And, don’t even …

Why you should own a pair of white boots

My first pair of white boots spent most of this summer with me and, come to think of it, the summer before too. Their life sadly came to an end after a particularly raucous Arctic Monkeys gig – a pretty good way to go out you could say. After losing them to Manchester Arena’s mucky floor, I truly noticed the absence of my WAB’s (White Ankle Boots) when getting ready in a morning. I had never realised how much I relied on them to transform a boring weekend outfit or, at the other end of the spectrum, complement a statement get-up. Acting as both a blank canvas and a sartorial talking point, you can slip on a white boot with 99% of your wardrobe and it is guaranteed to work. Incredible paired with any shade of denim, print or colour, they’ll add a clean and minimal edge to your ensembles without trying too hard. A boot charged with a certain element of futurism, they contrastingly hail back to the retro days of the swinging Sixties. …

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How to perfect your Winter Skincare routine

As the country transforms into the set of Gilmore Girls, the whole nation completely forgets that summer even happened and, let’s face it, the countdown to Christmas begins. I’m not going to lie – I am a sucker for Autumn. My shopping addiction has tripled in the past few weeks as I just cannot stop buying knitwear and ankle boots. I even broke the ultimate ‘basic b*tch’ cliché yesterday and purchased an Autumn Leaves Yankee candle… As the air chills, it has become apparent that my current skincare routine just isn’t going to cut the mustard any longer. Although I have an oily skin type, I feel like my skin has been crying out for moisture these past few weeks. I have slowly started to up my game and whacked out the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream – an absolute classic for the winter months. I particularly love it as a lip balm and I’ve been applying it every night to keep cracked lips at bay (because, eww). So, when Victoria Leeds invited me to their …

My Week in Outfits

If you’re British, you’ve probably experienced a whole load of extreme weather conditions this week. *Looks out of window* It’s sunny, yay! *Walks out of front door* Bloody hell, it’s freezing. *Walks down street* It’s hail-stoning, great… This weather is as imbalanced as yours truly on one of those hormonal days when my boyfriend tries to hide from me. Creating outfits that are April-appropriate seems impossible sometimes. We all know the feeling… A few tips on how to dress for this crazy, unpredictable weather. 1) Invest in some lightweight jackets. Bombers are on trend and easy to style. 2) Stick to cropped denim jeans. We don’t live in the Bahamas, it’s not time for bare legs just yet – thank god (need to find my gym pass). 3) Wear suede before summer hits. I loved implementing suede into my winter wardrobe last year. I feel like this trend just won’t sit right for spring/summer – get your wear out of suede pieces now before it’s too late. Outfit #1: Out for drinks Last Saturday was …

Recent Skincare Loves

When you find a skincare routine that actually works… Skincare is like a game of minesweeper for me. A few weeks of haphazard cleansing with an exciting new product and my skin can explode into a red, irritable mess. It’s a small miracle when I actually find a routine of products that genuinely improve the clarity of my skin. At the moment, I feel like I’m winning the battle. On a scale of one to ten, ten being the expert level of Caroline Hirons, I’d say I feel about a seven for creating this magical beauty concoction (woah). So, time for the DL. I take my makeup off with the Emma Hardy Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. Pricey but a tiny bit goes a long way. Also feels like you’re giving your face a mini massage every evening which will in turn prevent wrinkles (score). Just an overall luxurious product that doesn’t break me out. Amen to that. I usually follow with a light cleanse using a gel based product, such as Kiehl’s Calendula Foaming …

NEW VIDEO: SS15 FASHION AND BEAUTY FAVES

Check out my recent Summer favourites in video form, including The Body Shop new Spa of the World range, a special shout out to DestinationSkin and my favourite trusty Topshop boots… Can I also just articulate via words the appreciation I have for full-time Youtubers. Creating and editing videos is so much more strenuous and tedious than it initially appears and takes a hell of a lot of dedication and motivation!