Author: Jessica

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!

Summertime at the Victoria Quarter

Last week, the Victoria Quarter invited me to an afternoon full of food, fashion and fitness to celebrate summertime at the iconic shopping haven in the heart of Leeds City Centre. Home to luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith, the VQ is the primary destination for luxury shoppers in Leeds. It has even become an architectural landmark for tourists visiting the city due to the beauty of its elaborate, Victorian arcades which truly add to the experience. The VQ is a fashion hotspot however delicious food can also be found notably at Filmore & Union, a health-conscious restaurant located in the centre of the quarter underneath the colourful stain-glassed roof. If you’re looking for a sophisticated and nutritious pitstop to your retail therapy then Filmore & Union provides this in the bucket loads. With a natural and clean decor, the restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere. Open from 8am in the morning, the food guru brand provide a delicious breakfast menu with healthy options from protein pancakes to a Filmore style Skinny …