Avenue 32 Wishlist

I want to start this post off by making a confession... my name is Carmen & i'm a shopaholic - I hold my hands up, there's no denying it! It's not my fault though, I blame online shopping entirely for my full-blown addiction. Back in the day if you had no dollar you'd just avoid the shops at all costs... but these days we have the internet, and it means that a new dress or new pair of heels are only a few clicks of a button & a postman away from being yours! I love nothing more than spending my evenings drooling over clothing websites and making wishlists (trying my hardest not to purchase anything & not succeeding very often), so I thought i'd share this little gem with you! I'm also treating this as a sort of AA meeting for shopping addicts... a problem shared is a problem halved after all! 

So this brings me on to my current fave e-tailer Avenue 32, I only recently discovered this fabulous online store & i'm already hooked! They have the most extensive portfolio of top designer brands, such as 3.1 Philip Lim, Preen, Giles, and Temperley London, to name a few! I've fallen in love with so many of the gorgeous pieces on their website so I thought i'd put a wishlist together, and share some of my faves with you...


Avenue 32 Wishlist | Maiden of Wood

L Agence Gold Legging | Felipe Oliveira Baptista Splash Patchwork Top | 3.1 Philip Lim Cross Body Handbag | Tim Ryan Multi Mohair Lurex Jacket | Calvin Klein Collection Platform Wedge | Illesteva Tortoise Leonard II Sunglasses 

The word 'wishlist' has never been so apt, as unfortunately for me I do not have the funds to purchase all of these gorgeous items :( But i'm trying my damned hardest to think of a special occasion in the near future that I could use as an excuse to buy at least one thing... or even better than that would be if one of my nearest & dearest would like to purchase one of these items as a gift, simply out of the goodness of their heart?! ...as my birthday isn't until August, and although it looks like it outside it certainly ain't Christmas! 

I adore the 3.1 Philip Lim Cross Body Handbag, and it just so happens I have been looking for something that sort of shape & size for ages to use as an evening bag. Ah well a girl can dream can't she!

If you are lucky enough to be able to treat yourself to something delightful from Avenue 32, then now is the time to do it as they currently have a 10% discount off all first orders which is applied automatically at the checkout... discounted designer gear is the one! :)

Happy shopping guuyyys!

Lorra love,
Carms xxx


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Frock On Vintage Event OOTN

I'm going to keep this post short & sweet, as I did all the talking in my last one. So this is just my #OOTN from the Frock On Vintage event. It was a very last minute 'I don't know what the hell to wear ahhhhh!!! Throwing clothes around the room in a panic' kinda outfit choices, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out in the end. It was pretty casual with the oversized vintage shirt & leggings combo, but dressed up a bit with my mahooosive UNIF Hellbounds!



Shirt: Vintage 'Good Old Times' From Urban Outfitters | Leggings: American Apparel | Shoes: UNIF Hellbounds | Rings: Vicki Marks & Shop Dixi | Necklace: H&M (I think?! Or it could be F21) 



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Frock On Vintage Event


So the other week I was very kindly invited to an event at the Frock On Vintage Studio by my lovely friend & fellow blogger Lola. If you live in the Birmingham area you might recognise Frock On Vintage, as they have their very own concession in the Bullring Topshop. 





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The Script Live & OOTN With Barclaycard Unwind

I was lucky enough to see The Script live at the Birmingham LG Arena on Saturday night thanks to my blogging buddy Chloe, and Barclaycard Unwind. They're not normally a band I would make the effort to go see, although I did discover I know a lot more of their music than I previously thought I did! My opinion of them has completely changed after seeing them live though... they were AMAZING! The vocals were unbelievable - it was just like listening to one of their records on the radio! The visuals were fantastic as well, I was blown away by them! It's always great to go to a gig where you're not only taken on a musical journey, but also a visual one too. It didn't deter from the music at all either, it just added that little something extra! I was totes swooning over Danny O'Donoghue too... what an absolute ride that man is! ;)


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Nominate me for Company Magazines #StyleBloggerAwards 2013...

I've been nominated for the Company #StyleBloggerAwards2013 :) I know it's massively unlikely i'll ever win, but it would be a total dream to be even be shortlisted! I would love it if you guys could vote for me and my little blog... it would mean the absolute world! I'll try not to bore you with my sob story, but it's been one hell of a struggle since graduating from University with a 2:1 in fashion & textiles (which i've discovered means very little in the real world)... my blog has been like a sort of an escape for me from the reality of working a full-time job that has no correlation to my degree at all, and also a way of me staying creative too! I've met some amazing people through blogging, and being part of the blogging community is fantastic - I love it! This award would really top all that off!!! Especially since Company is my fave magazine!
 
The three catagories I think my blog fits into are - 'Best Fashion Blog - Newcomer', 'Best Personal Style Newcomer Blog' and 'Best Designed Blog' (as I use all my own illustrations).
 
You can vote for me here :)
 
Thank you all so much!
 
Lorra love,
Carms xxx
 
 
 

Westfield Merry Hill Event & OOTD


I was very kindly invited to a fashion filled evening at Westfield Merry Hill last week, where they were showcasing some of their top trends for the Spring/Summer season. There was a discount event on at the weekend, which a few other Midlands based bloggers will have filled you in on i'm sure. Unfortunately this post is coming to you after the discount event - very sorry guys! Bad blogger! I thought i'd share the snaps I took at the event with you anyway, including my bright floral outfit & ombre lips...


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NEW VIDEO! Belated February Fashion Faves & More...



The rest of my February faves is up on my YouTube now!  It includes fashion, music, TV & foooood! I couldn't upload it with my beauty faves as I talk too much... 

Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to comment, rate & subscribe ;)

Lorra love,
Carms xxx



Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick Review

...and so my MAC Lipstick addiction continues. I just cannot help myself can I! I'd been eyeing up the Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick since first seeing a picture of it online back in December, but was completely put off when I first tried it on in the MAC store a few weeks ago. I was having a bad face day, so it probably wasn't the best time to try a new lippy on. As it's cool-toned I felt like it made my teeth look really yellow, and my face look extra pale. I was not impressed at first try! But I went back at the weekend with a bit of fake tan on, tried it on again and ended up loving it! It's definitely more of a 'going-out' kinda lippy; certainly not something i'll be wearing to work or when doing my weekly shop at the local Sainsbury's! It's described by MAC as a 'vivid pastel lavender pink' with an Amplified finish. It's a definite marmite shade... it certainly won't be for everyone; but if you're on the market for a stand-out lippy then this might tickle your fancy. I was so happy when I first heard Nicki was next in line to replace Gaga as the Viva Glam spokesperson, as I couldn't be further from a nude lippy girl if I tried. Knowing Nicki's crazy Barbie-esque persona & style I knew i'd love her lipstick shades. I absolutely loved & still do love Viva Glam Nicki 1, the flamingo pink is totes my kinda thaaang! This new one is definitely growing on me, but I don't have that same instant love I had for the first shade. Maybe if I get my teeth whitened and go for a 6 minute holiday then I might change my mind?! ;)





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February Beauty Faves

I've been really enjoying both old & new products this month; some of which are on my ultimate-all-time-favourites list! I thought i'd share these with you, as there may be some products here that you've yet to try out...

NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab | NARS Tinted Mosturiser in Alaska | ANEW Reversalist Range | Umberto Giannini Frizzi & Curl Friends Products | Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Palette

I have a February beauty faves video up on my YouTube channel where I go into more depth about why i've been loving these products during the month of February. I'll have my fashion faves up very soon too - so don't forget to subscribe to be updated when that's up! :)


Lorra love,
Carms xxx


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Get Ready With Me & OOTN Video...

Hey bbz!
 
 
I've finally managed to upload my latest OOTN video. Check out the blog post below if you haven't already for pictures etc.
 
Lorra love,
Carms xxx
 
 
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#OOTN & My New Purple Dip Dyed Huuurrr

Hey bbz!



So I went out on Saturday night for two of my lovely friends birthday's, and as we were celebrating in style we decided to start our night off at the champagne bar on the 25th floor of the iconic cube building in Birmz, it gives you the most incredible 360° view of Birmingham's city skyline... it's beautiful! but I also find it a tad scuuurrryy as I absolutely detest heights! It was a great night (from what I can remember) and I had fun with my gyals sippin' on some tasty cocks... get your mind out the gutter!... I obviously meant mojitos & frozen strawberry daiquiris haha!
 
Anyway, I thought i'd share my OOTN with you, as it mostly consisted of new pieces or things i'd not yet had the chance to wear out. I also decided on a whim to dye the ends of my hair purple, so now it's looking extra My Little Pony-esque :)

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