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Friday, 30 November 2012

This Week's Best Instagram Pics + Links À La Mode

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1. Feeling very 70s in leopard, fur and a centre parting
2. Thinking that I need to chop a few inches off my hair...?
3. Been reminiscing about Sandy's dress in Grease - my mum made me a copy when I was 18 and I loved it
4. My Christmas party sequinned jacket courtesy of Kaleidoscope ready to be styled for an outfit post
5. Trying on new military style trousers from ASOS
6. Matching my new sweater with my bedroom painting
7. My two favourite perfumes - Marc Jacobs' Daisy and Lancôme's Trésor
8. Thinking of wearing the leopard skyscraper heels to a couple of Christmas bashes
9. At work - woolly hat, fingerless gloves, a crazy straw and Olly Murs on my board
10. Mini outfit post: Zara sweater, grey skinnies, retro watch and Mac Morange lips
11. Black and white and polka dots
12. Trying out the new rowing machine, a.k.a. getting fit for Christmas


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Finally... are we connected? I'd love you to "Like" me on Facebook, and follow me in the usual places... don't forget to also scroll down and check out all the Links A La Mode this week - I was stoked to find out my post about My 40 Year Old Face, Uber-Photoshopped made it this week!

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Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Catherine x


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Holiday Carousel

Edited by: Jess of Fresh Jess

Season’s Greetings! Around & around we go in a frenzy of holiday parties, gift shopping and spending time with loved ones. The holidays are in full swing, and yet, this week’s Links à La Mode featured bloggers have managed to stay stylish through it all. Each month, I'm more and more impressed at the thoughtful perspective shared in your blog posts. Whatever it is that you’re passionate about, you’re all doing an amazing job in channeling that passion and bringing it to the forefront in your posts. Shine on! Enjoy the vibrant colors, beautiful sights and wonderful tastes of the season as you read through this week’s picks.

LINKS À LA MODE: THE IFB WEEKLY ROUND UP: NOVEMBER 29TH

All Things Kate: Peachy Keen
Banjo Eyes: Fancy Pants
Buy Any Means Necessary: Holiday 2012 Gift Guide for Him & Her
Elegant Idiosyncracy: On the War Path
Fashion Moriarty: Passion in Fashion
Fear No Beauty: Behind the Scenes of a Great Gatsby Photoshoot
Glamgerous: If I Were a Boy
Idilvice Fashion: We Don’t Have a 80% Off Sale
Mis Papelicos: How to Back Up Your Blog + Tea in the Garden
Not Daydreams: A Simpler Life: Eva Mok
Not Dressed As Lamb: My 40 Year Old Face, Uber-Photoshopped
On a Brick Lane: Paint Me Red
Polished Panache: How to Survive a Vintage Market If You Aren’t a Hipster
Sara Constance: A Touch of Burgundy
Slowburn Fastburn: Rusty Heart
Style. Love. Repeat: DIY Above-the-Knuckle Rings
Style Tab: Ways to Wear: Holiday Party Dress
The Penny Rose: A Christmas Story
Vogue Villain: Dressed in Paintings
Youth Savage: Little Women and Heavy Husbands: a Response

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Checkered Knits & Those Heels Again

Green Checked Sweater & Purple Peg LegsASOS Wool Covered Shoes
Green Checked Sweater & Plum Peg Legs
Green Checked Sweater & Ponytail
ASOS Wool Covered Shoes
So after unveiling my amazeballs new shoes on Monday, I had of course to wear them again for a normal day at the office... there was no way these babies weren't going to be taken out straight away again! 

Due to the chilliness of my office, extra layers have to be added in the form of long sleeved tops, hats and socks... I know the socks are a bit over the top (being stripey like the shoes), but when the shoes are already crazy colourful, I just can't help but add to their craziness. So yep, I remind me of the Wicked Witch of the East when she gets trapped under Dorothy's house... I'm thinking witch-chic should be the new trend for AW2012 - who's with me?!

Hope everyone is having a great week :)
Catherine x
Shoes: ASOS*, Sweater: Thrifted, Trousers: ASOS, Pink top: La Redoute, Hat: Debenhams, Belt: ASOS, Socks: Topshop, Watch: 4itgirls.co.uk

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Black Evening Outfit With The Most Awesomest Heels Ever

Geometric jacket & all black
White clutch & geometric jacket
Geometric jacket
Woolly ASOS shoes http://rstyle.me/~2JqL
Just how amazing are these shoes from ASOS...??? I'm not kidding - they are made of (covered in) WOOL! Gorgeous, multicoloured strands of wool covering a perfect pair of platformed, heeled shoes, with said heels in a slightly glittery magenta sheen (that didn't show in the photos unfortunately). They'd been on my ASOS wish list for a while, and when they emailed me a 25% discount voucher, well - I couldn't exactly just leave them there, languishing on my wish list, could I...? 

This outfit was worn to a friend's birthday meal in town, so I wore all black to show off the heels and paired it with my River Island bargain blazer: it was as if the two of them were meant to be (the colours go sooo beautifully together). And for those of you who are surprised to see me in black, well - I tend to gravitate towards black for the evening. Very, very rarely do I wear black during the day (I dress like a flippin' rainbow most of the time), but come evening time, I'm all over black like a goth in a discount vampire store.

Hope everyone has a great week - do come back on Wednesday for another outfit with the same shoes (yes, I couldn't resist wearing them straight away again)!
Catherine x
Shoes: ASOS*, Blazer: River Island, Top: Old/unknown, Trousers: Dorothy Perkins (old, DIYed with elastic round the hem to make harem pants), Necklace: Debenhams*, Watch: Red Herring at Debenhams, Earrings: Unknown, Clutch: ASOS*, Bracelets: H&M / Next, Rings: Debenhams / ASOS

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Layered Knitwear & Denim

Knitted Layers With a Peter Pan Collar and Brooch
Knitted Layers With a Peter Pan Collar and Brooch
Knitted Layers With a Peter Pan Collar and Brooch
Knitted Layers With a Peter Pan Collar and Brooch
Firstly, I must just say a huge THANK YOU to all those people who left such lovely comments on my 40 Year Old Photoshopped Face post in the week... I really, really appreciate all those kind words, and loved how it seemed to strike a chord with so many of you! I was quite overwhelmed by the response... thanks guys :)) 

So it's the weekend, it's Thanksgiving for some (Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating!), and here in the UK we've been waiting for some sort of let up in the driving wind and rain from the mini hurricane we've been experiencing. Thankfully I got some pictures done when the weather was good, so I can show you all the warm layers I've been wrapping up in! I think these super flared jeans are my favourites, and this cardigan was bought from Zara last year - I'd forgotten I bought it, so it was another nice surprise when I swapped my summer and winter wardrobes over a little while back.

Here's wishing you all a great weekend, whatever you're doing. Stay safe and warm if you've got cold weather!
Catherine x

Cardigan: Zara, Sweater: Debenhams, Shirt: ASOS, Brooch: Unknown, Jeans: Unknown, Shoes: River Island

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Seeing Stars (& Polka Dots)

Stars & Polka Dots
Stars & Polka Dots
Stars & Polka Dots
Stars & Polka Dots
I think I'm "warming" to the cold weather. It's so nice picking out scarves and snoods and matching gloves and little beanie hats: woolly hats hide a multitude of bad hair days!

And I so love this stars snood from ASOS! It's a great addition to the Perfect Leather Jacket I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, which has been been doing the rounds a bit with all the skirts in my wardrobe. Dirty stopout ;)

Happy Wednesday everyone! Not long till the weekend (very soon for my US readers, you lucky people)!

Catherine x

Beanie: Unknown, Scarf: ASOS*, Jacket*: Red Herring at Debenhams*, Skirt: ASOS*, Boots: Dune*, Sweatshirt: ASOS*, Gloves: Unknown

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Musings Monday: My 40 Year Old Face, Uber-Photoshopped

An Uber-Photoshopped 40 Year Old Face
Before I start I'll tell you something: what I'm writing here is not at all what I intended to write before the images were produced. So I'll do something a little odd with this post and tell you the ending first: 
...I now actually like my real, ageing, 40 year old face, with all its crinkles, creases and uneven skin tone. I never in a million years thought I'd end up happier with the way my face is ageing than before I went onto Photoshop and picked up that over-used, over-hyped tool we know as Airbrush.
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I'd planned to do this post for a while, and I was completely unprepared for the results and my conclusions. I feel really weirded out and quite repulsed by the image I thought I would love, and feel as if I've discovered something about myself I never, ever knew. So I'll try and explain those feelings as best I can...!

The concept with quite simple: taking inspiration from the (mostly) heavily photoshopped pictures in advertising campaigns featuring models and celebrities, I'd always wondered what my face would look like if I gave it the same treatment. No wrinkles, a smooth, even skin tone, no dents or creases or jowly loose bits around my jawline. Beautifully clear, bright eyes and flush cheeks, perfectly arched eyebrows and a sculpted nose. The results in my head looked amazing, just the way I wanted to look in real life. I'd been really looking forward to seeing how I would appear and just how "perfect" I could make myself look. So of course I had to start with an untouched, close-up photo of myself - this would be the scary bit, to put such a close-up of my face on the web, but here I am in all my crinkly glory:

A 40 Year Old Face
click on the picture to see it reeeeeally close up and high res.

I wouldn't do it without make-up of course (I'm not a masochist), and although it wasn't terrible, I still looked at the photo and just saw wrinkles and creases everywhere. In other words, this was the best I could possibly look in real-life, in natural daylight, but without any help from that cosmetics industry's favourite, Photoshop.

Now don't get me wrong - I do think I've aged kind of okay for a 40 year old. There are things I do like about my face: I strangely quite like the crows' feet round my eyes; I also love my freckles, and my cheekbones have become more pronounced since getting older. I've never smoked, I wear sunscreen and have a reasonably healthy diet and lifestyle, so it's all aided a reasonable level of satisfaction with my ageing face.

So I sat at the computer with the untouched photo, and started perfecting my face toward what I thought would be that gorgeous, smooth look I'd been thinking about for so long.

But what I ended up with was more fascinatingly repulsive than I could possibly have ever imagined: 

An Uber-Photoshopped 40 Year Old Face
click on the picture to see it close up and high res.

This face - and I do not exaggerate - totally gives me the heebie jeebies. While I don't think the art direction department at L'Oreal are going to call me any time soon asking me to airbrush their latest wrinkle cream campaign (I have gone overboard with the smoothing out but that was the point), it is still the creepiest, scariest-looking picture I have ever seen of myself.

Nothing about the shape of my face or my features has been changed except the tiniest "lift" to my jawline on the right and some tweaking to make my hair a little more perfect. I simply cloned the wrinkles away, lightened the shadow areas, and airbrushed to oblivion. Then I whitened my eyes, perfected my eyebrows and smoothed the lipstick a little. And with each stage, I got more and more creeped out, all the time looking back at the original and starting to like her a little more, and this new person a little less. I didn't expect that to happen at all.

So my conclusion about the airbrushed adverts? Not for me. I've proved to myself it is too easy to make yourself look like a totally different person, one that's not even real - a plastic, waxy version of oneself. Although I always knew deep down of course the makeup adverts were touched up (and then some!), I still looked longingly at the beautiful, smooth skin and sparkling eyes and wondered if that particular brand of foundation/mascara/lipstick would make me look just as gorgeous.

So in contrast to my original expectations, I now actually like my real, ageing, 40 year old face, with all its crinkles, creases and uneven skin tone. I never in a million years thought I'd end up happier with the way my face is ageing than before I went onto Photoshop and picked up that over-used, over-hyped tool we know as Airbrush.

Catherine x

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