Author: agirlinherwalledcity

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 …

Show Dry : Harvey Nichols Leeds

‘Gorgeous hair is the best revenge’ – Ivana Trump Have you ever tried blowdrying your hair in a rush before? Yep, me neither. That’s because it just simply isn’t an option. The heavy barrel brush, the difficult angles, the time it takes. I can be at work sat at my desk with a cuppa much quicker by sticking to my usual routine of dangling my hair upside down and swirling my hairdryer around my head for a few minutes. However when my hair reaches pancake levels of flatness by lunchtime let’s just say I’m not having the best hair day of my life. The thing about my hair is I have quite a lot of it but it’s very fine and poker straight so achieving a bit of texture and volume is a big deal for me! Gone are the days of back combing and gallons of Elnette – the future is Kate Middleton hair. Glossy and naturally bouncy, K Mids has revolutionised the Blow Dry and with help from Show Dry it’s a possibility …

Spring Beauty Fix Blogger Event: Victoria Quarter, Leeds

On Thursday night I was lucky enough to attend a taster event for the Victoria Quarter’s Spring Beauty Fix, happening on 25th and 26th April. Myself and the rest of the bloggers enjoyed an evening of beauty bliss from skin-matching tests at Kiehl’s to a make-up session at Illamasqua. Charlotte Tilbury was a personal highlight; their counter in Harvey Nichols is adorned with glamorous spotlights and beautifully displayed products that are truly irresistible and look so sophisticated. I am dying to try out Charlotte’s Magic Cream and I have my eyes on a Colour Chameleon Eye Pencil in Dark Pearl (bring on Payday). Food followed in the form of Afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols’ Espresso Bar; the perfect pitstop to socialise some more and eat yummy sweet and savoury treats topped off with a scone of course! I found out that the Espresso Bar host a film night most Fridays where you are treated to a fashion-related film in the elaborate surroundings of the VQ plus a three course meal all for £30! A bargain when …

70s Boho: New Look 

Saint Laurent, SS15; Alberta Ferreti, SS15; Etro SS15  When a season commits to a revival of a certain era it’s pretty exciting. SS15 has brought back the Seventies: think Woodstock festival, hippies hugging trees and a whole load of suede tasseling. In other words: Boho. Sienna Miller created a ‘boho chic’ phenomenon in the early Noughties however since then it hasn’t had a chance to shine, until now. It’s not the sexiest of trends but it carries a lot of context in its cultural ties. That’s what’s so great about these powerful era-trends. They have a story. It’s embraced by many fashionistas from the cool, androgynous type to the glossy, girly type due to it’s place in our past – it’s part of all our histories. The high street is sure to be a major fan of the 70s trend this summer as it seems to be a trend that easily filters through from catwalk to shop floor. New Look’s summer collection is a shout out to the Seventies, brimming with floppy fedoras, suede A …

Steal her Style: Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung has reached a level of style status that is pretty untouchable. Her career as a fashion icon has progressed into the clique-y realm – you can spot a Chung-ista a mile off. I was looking through old magazines the other day and found a 2008 issue of ELLE with Alexa’s slightly rounder face on the cover. She looked like a Bambi in headlights, fresh to the fashion pages and unknowingly delving into a future life of style appearances and designer Frows. Her hair was cut into a cutely coiffed bob and she hadn’t quite conquered her famous eyeliner cat flick yet. I noticed something familiar though; her clothes. Unlike Victoria Beckham who evolved from Puma to Prada, Chung’s style was there from the starting line and dynamic to say the least. ELLE, April 2008 Whether she’s watching bands perform at Glastonbury or filming for Vogue at London Fashion Week, notes of her individual style are forever apparent as well as being totally interchangeable – she never looks out of place! Her street style …