SUMMER STYLING WITH LITTLE LIES [Ad]

Shopping small with independent brands has never been so important, now is absolutely the time to be championing new and local companies who like most of us out there, will still be struggling to readjust and recuperate from the effects of lockdown. Amongst the seas of fashion conglomerates firing out fast and disposable trend based garments more rapidly than you can keep up, it’s easy for the little guys to get left out and fall behind – they have to work ten times harder to make a success of their businesses because let’s face it, it’s a dog eat dog world out there.

One such small business that’s out there thriving and making serious waves right now, and one that I’ve had my eye on for a very long time is Dundee based boho brand Little Lies. This is one badass company with a ‘hell yeah!’ attitude and the spirit or rock ‘n’roll at heart.

“Little Lies is inspired by great tunes and beautiful things. We love seventies boho style, anything to do with Led Zepplin and all things festival. Our name comes from the classic Fleetwood Mac song, which cements our brands musical influences. Stevie Nicks in the seventies is our classic Little Lies customer. Amazing boho style with her own stamp. “

Little lies is a brand for all the rebels out there. Those who don’t conform to the masses and who take no bullshit in life. It’s a brand for all the free-spirited wild things out there, and it has music at it’s core. Think band tees, Glastonbury essentials, floaty dresses and fabulous sunglasses. If ever there was a brand that catered to about 90% of my wardrobe must haves, this is it!

Needless to say I was buzzing off my wee chops when they got in touch about working together. Their collection of carefully considered and curated pieces is an everything that a rock ‘n’ roll gal needs in her life, so choosing just a couple of pieces to feature was a near impossible task, because I want EVERYTHING on their site.

The Little Lies philosophy is one of sustainability and showing the garments you choose to buy the love and care that they deserve. It’s all to easy to get sucked in to throw-away culture that fast fashion encourages these days, but with these timeless pieces you’ll be wearing them for years to come, and feeling like a fucking rockstar every time you do.

With this in mind, I eventually picked two pieces that spoke to me about the spirit of summer, and ones that I knew I could style in a million different ways , and which would continue to give a totally awesome and unique vibe every single time.

Songbird Kimono Sleeve Top – £36

If there was ever one single staple item that could get you through any possible summers day scenario, it’s this little beauty right here. Festivals? Hell yeah. Beers in the sun? Absofuckinglutely. Sunday dinner with the in laws? Sure, why not, the dads will love it.

With gorgeous intricate crochet detail and the most dreamy floaty sleeves, this top is just a perfect little slice of boho pie, and I adore it.

This top is one size, but thanks to a draw string under the bust you can pull it in for a more shapely fit.

Think About Me Wrap Dress – £44

Another floaty sleeve number? Me? Never……

Ok so I have a thing with sleeves. Is it any wonder when the dress they’re on is as gorgeous as this little floral ditsy number?

This would be just as perfect dressed up with a pair of heels to a boozy brunch as it would styled with a pair of chunky boots and a hat at a gig shaking your thing . It’s got EVERYTHING.

Sizing on this one runs from 8-10, 10-12 to 12-14. I chose the 10-12 which leaves a bit of wiggle room, but the great thing about this is that it also has a drawstring to cinch the waist.

There is absolutely no doubt that these variations of these outfits will be on repeat steering me through the rest of the season for as long as the sun shines. We’ve simply GOT to start loving more and wasting less when it comes to the garments we choose to invest in.

Psssst…did you know that Little Lies have a Plus size range too reaching a size 28? Hell yeah to making every babe count!

Not only do Little Lies curate the most awesome collection of rock ‘n’ roll badassery when it comes to your wardrobe, but the also do a whole bunch of other cool stuff too. Homeware, accessories, jewellery, you’ve got it babes.

Here are a few of my top picks for from the site…

Metal Bison Skull Wall Decor – £34

Western style is just bloody cool, right? I’m dying to bring a little bit of the West in to my home too and this incredible silver anatomical bison skull is the ideal was to do it. It’s very firmly on my shopping list!


Straight To Hell Studded Biker Jacket – £98

Got a problem? Nah, didn’t think so. Trust me when I say that no one is going to fuck with you when you’re wearing this insane jacket! The best part? It’s faux leather, so the vegans can be badass too.

Available in sizes 8-22.


Sand Concho Fedora – £22.

Because I need another hat like a need a hole in the head…but boy is this one pretty. The perfect neutral to go with absolutely anything, and just look at that straight up cowboy detail on the trim. Swoon.


Led Zeppelin ’77 Band Tee – £25.

Every good rock chick needs a good band tee, and they don’t come more rockin’ than Led Zeppelin. Wear with literally anything, or better still, wear with nothing.

Availlable in sizes S – XXL.


Gold Snake Earrings – £16.

Don’t be a snake in the grass. Wear them on your ears and make a real statement instead. I’m a sucker for gold jewellery and this pair has got me all rattled up.

Not only do Little Lies have an incredibly cool website where you can browse for what seems like forever getting some serious style inspo, but you can also visit them at their store at 17 Union Street, Dundee. Road trip anyone?

Click HERE to check out the range yourself!

Until next time,

B x

*PRODUCTS IN THIS POST WERE KINDLY GIFTED, BUT THE VIEWS AS ALWAYS ARE MY OWN!

Charlotte Tilbury – my must have products

We all know that I’m the biggest fan of budget beauty and drugstore brands, because let’s face it, there’s nothing like the buzz of those rare occasions when you spend a fiver on a product and discover that it delivers every bit the same quality as it’s high-end alternative. I absolutely love a bargain and will go for the cheaper alternative nine times of of ten if there’s an option, but like most of you I’m sure, I have a weak spot…a crush if you will, and her name is Charlotte.

If the urge to splurge is upon me, Charlotte Tilbury has fast become my go to for true luxury. The high-end price tag is always completely justified, from the quality and powerful efficiency of the ingredients through to the insanely luxe and covetable packaging, in my books, anything CT is guaranteed to please. I am HOOKED.

For those of you (and I doubt there are many) still holding virgin status when it comes to Charlotte Tilbury, I’ve put together my top six must have, can’t live without products to get you started.

Now let’s get one thing straight – this was NOT an easy task because everything Charlotte touches is absolute gold (literally) and there are many other products that I also adore, but these picks have made the list because they’re universal, easy to use and can be incorporated in to anyone’s daily routine – no MUA experience necessary.


THE BASE…

Charlotte’s Magic Cream – 15mls, £25.

Bold statement time – this is probably the best moisturiser I’ve ever used – and believe me when I say that I have tried and tested a LOT of skin care in my time. Seriously though, whether it’s the combination of the eight ‘supercharged’ ingredients’ or some sort of witch-craft, this cream will instantly transform your skin and provide the best base imaginable for applying makeup. Skin feels plumper, smoother and immediately more nourished, plus it’s got SPF too! I can’t stress it enough when I say that I LOVE this product.

Flatlay photo of an open pot of the Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream

The fabulous thing about shopping at CT is that most products are available in travel sizes which is always a winner for me. With skin as temperamental as mine, there’s nothing worse than forking out a fortune on a product that doesn’t work for you, so this way you can try a smaller size before you buy.

Charlotte’s magic cream is also available in 30mls (£49) or 50mls (£75). I bought this cream as part of the super cute Bright Magic Skin Glow skincare duo set, which bags you the 15ml Magic Cream alongside a full size Brightening youth glow for just £40 – an absolute steal! Speaking of Brightening Youth Glow…

Brightening Youth Glow Primer – 40mls, £39.

While this priming product may seem to be aimed at more mature skin, I’d recommend it for anyone with tired, dull or uneven skin that craves a moisture boost. Packed with some of my favourite ingredients, including rosehip oil and niacinamide, Youth Glow contains a cocktail of skin clearing, radiance revealing beauty faves which will not only give you an immediate glow, but will work improve skin tone over time.

Apply liberally and allow to soak fully in for instantly luminous skin that blurs imperfections and pores, leaving skin ready for flawless foundation application.

Top Tip: The soaking in part is important as I find that applying foundation too soon afterwards can lead to a little separation when the two products mix.

THE FACE…

Airbrush Flawless Foundation – 30mls, £34.

If I had to choose one foundation to wear for the rest of my life, there’s a strong chance that it would be this (Fenty Pro Filt’r is hot on the chase with this one!).

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation in shade 3

Sweatproof, waterproof, basically lifeproof, and good for your skin too..?

Sounds to good to be true right? Well believe it, because this foundation really does have it all. The reason it’s so completely fabulous is that it’s a ‘hybrid’ product, made with both cosmetic finish and being awesome for your skin in mind in equal measures. Airbrush Flawless is infused with ‘Charlotte’s Magic ingredients’, (click the link for the technical jargon) all aimed at refining the skin, minimising pores and wrinkles and boosting hydration.

As for the finish, it’s soft focus, demi matte, weightless and really will last all day. While described as full coverage, personally I’d say it’s more medium – full, but it makes your skin look so good that the coverage is ideal anyway. Fabulously glowy when combined with either the Brightening Youth Glow or the classic Wonder Glow Primer.

Beauty Light Wand Spotlight – 12mls, £29.

It would be plain rude not to include a highlighter in this list and CT has got us covered with the Beauty Light Wand ‘Spotlight’. Super easy to apply thanks to the soft cushion applicator which evenly disperses the liquid product, it’s ideal for dabbing on to the high points of the face and then either simply patting in to the skin with finger tips or gently buffing in with a complexion brush.

The finish is dewy, light reflecting and just bloody gorgeous.

I have this in the shade ‘Candlelit’ which suits my pale skin perfectly. This came as part of the Hollywood Beauty Glow kit (£30) which also includes a 15ml Wonderglow primer, so this is a fab way of saving money and trying out a couple of new products at once, but the Beauty Light Wand is available to buy individually in all six shades (Pillow Talk I’m coming for you next!).

THE EYES…

Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow – 7mls, £22.

Cream eyeshadows…always a bit of a risk, right? I’m always a little dubious of the staying power and resistance to creasing, but when I saw these little babies from CT, I knew it had to be worth a go.

The shade ‘Rose Gold’ instantly caught my eye as it’s been popping up on social media everywhere lately. Guaranteed to not only be awesome for making my dark blue eyes pop, this was sure to be an essential for my kit for use on clients if it delivered what it promised to when it came to wear.

IT DID NOT BUDGE ALL DAY LONG.

The product is a little more sheer than expected given that the promo videos make it look like one effortless swipe gives a full colour pay-off, (but then don’t they always?!) but a couple of layers later and it is simply gorgeous. Easy to blend with either finger tips of a soft crease brush, this product is definitely a winner for me.

THE LIPS…

Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick – £25.

Ok, it’s time to address the elephant in the room here. Yes I blogged about the Matte Revolution lipsticks before (read the full review HERE) and while I liked them a lot, I didn’t LOVE them, but I’m going to put my hands up and say that I am fully converted, and it’s all thanks to this shade.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk

The iconic Pillow Talk. It’s a worldwide bestseller for a reason.

I always adored this universally flattering shade – like no BS, it suits absolutely everyone, however the reason that it wasn’t a full on knock out for me was that i felt it needed a bit of layering and that it didn’t give me all day wear. HOWEVER… since switching up my lip prep routine and adding the right liner, it’s safe to say that I’m as obsessed with it as the rest of the nation. I mean if it’s good enough for the mighty Jamie Genevieve to wear on her wedding day, it’s good enough for me.

Top Tip: Yes the CT liner is fab and is the obvious choice to pair it up with, but if you’re looking to save a buck or two, the Barry M Lip Liner in shade ‘Russet’ will do the job just as well, and for only £2.99 😉


What are your favourite Charlotte Tilbury products? Leave a comment and let me know!

Until next time,

B x

YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY OUTFIT MADE EASY – WITH MUST HAVE DRESSES

When it comes to Christmas, there are a few things that can raise the stress levels a little; trailing the crammed shops to find the perfect gifts, the epic task of erecting and decorating the tree just so, and one that I personally find has me pulling my hair out each year – finding the perfect dress for your Christmas night out.

With fast fashion and internet shopping at an all time high, it’s no wonder we see more and more of our local shops and boutiques closing every day, and it’s even less surprising when you show up to the party and three other people have on the same sparkly number that you bagged online for £20 and felt super smug about it. Awkward.

We hear the phrase fast fashion being thrown about more and more these days, but what exactly does that mean? Generally we’re talking about poorly constructed runway knock offs that warrant one or two wears before being stashed in the back of the wardrobe, never to be seen again until the next charity shop clear out.

‘What’s wrong with that you might ask? These garments are cheap? Right?’ They keep you up to date with the latest trends and it’s no big deal when you decide you don’t like them anymore because you only paid £20 for that balloon sleeved sweater, right?’ Then it’s off to the charity shop you go!

It really couldn’t be more wrong. Now I’m not saying that the British highstreet doesn’t have a wonderful and well earned place in today’s fashion market, Topshop, Zara, H&M and beyond all provide incredible gateways for young designers and form the building blocks in their journey towards a more couture based career path, and lord knows even I call upon Primark in times of need, but when did that clothes that for a moment we loved SO much, become so… disposable? 

Why is it that In a world that’s evolving to be more environmentally conscious every day; carrying our hydro flasks to avoid plastic waste, refusing to leave the house without a canvas shopping bag stashed in the bottom of our handbags, that we find it completely acceptable to treat time consumingly stitched, beautiful pieces of clothing as single use items?

If you ask me, we need to start treating our clothes with a little more respect. Hands up if you have a dress hiding in the back of your wardrobe that you’ve worn once to some glam event then never worn again? I know I’ve got a few of those! Well you’re not alone.

Let me give you a few facts…

  • 80 billion pieces of new clothing are consumed each year. How many of those do you think are worn only a handful of times? Global clothing production has doubled over the last 15 years, with garments being worn much less and being discarded much faster. 
  • There are over 40 million garment workers in the world, and the sad reality is that many of them to not share the rights or protections that people in the West do, meaning that they are often not only grossly underpaid, but subjected to poor working conditions. When we buy from stores that mass produce these cheap tems, we are affecting individual people, 85% of whom are women, usually trying to support their families.
  • Clothing made from polyester can take over 200 years to break down, so when we throw last seasons out of trend items away, they don’t just disappear. 
  • And then there’s the environmental factors. The fashion industry’s consumption of resources – like water and oil – is expected to double by 2030. The carbon emissions produced by textile factories are phenomenally high. Pretty scary, right?

So what do we mean when we talk about sustainable fashion? It’s about more than just using recycled materials, or picking up something from your local charity shop now and then. It’s about social change, and adjusting our attitudes when it comes to how we shop. It’s about fighting for workers rights to ensure that they are treated and paid fairly, and it’s about reducing the impact on the planet as much as possible when producing clothing.

There are so many ways that you can shop sustainably these days too, and it doesn’t mean making massive changes, you can start small – like having a quick Google for sustainable fashion brands. You can find local clothes swaps happening in your area where you can swap your unwanted items for someone else’s unloved treasure. We can shop on ebay and Depop where you can find some absolute gems in mint condition, and instead of spending hundreds of pounds on that stunning evening dress that you’re going to wear once then bury in the clothing graveyard.  You can HIRE an amazing dress from somewhere like Must Have Dresses, and dazzle in a gorgeous new outfit, every time you have to glam up, for a fraction of the price. 

Must Have Dresses are a dress hire company who have been flourishing online for some time, and have now opened a premises at 131 Rosemount place. Owner Vish and her team at this fabulous store can take all of the stress out of finding that perfect glitzy outfit without spending a fortune, and more importantly without the waste when that new dress inevitably finds its place at the back of the wardrobe immediately after its debut. 

Must Have Dresses also stock gorgeous jewellery by Varna Breeze

You can visit the store, either by dropping by or by making an appointment, and the lovely ladies at the store will act as a personal shopper, helping you try on and find the perfect showstopper to make sure you are the belle of the ball – and the best bit is, all you need to do is drop it off after the event and they’ll even dry clean it for you too – result! 

Must Have dresses stock unique and independent companies and designers such as Forever Unique, Amanda Wakely, Nadine Merabi and To The Nines, who created the absolute knockout of a dress that I’m pictured wearing below. Literally the fanciest thing I’ve ever worn and I felt like a bloody princess (apart the manky hair and peely wally face…you can’t have it all, right?!).

With a stunning selection of handpicked dresses, there’s something for absolutely any occasion, from floor length sequins for rubbing shoulders with the beau monde at an awards do, to simple and chic two-pieces to attend an elegant wedding. I really can’t think of a single reason not to visit them this festive season.

Check them out at www.musthavedresses.com or on Instagram here.

Until next time,

B x