Feeling Majestic in McQueen

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Welcome back to The Monica Way, it’s been a while!

This week I wanted to introduce you to Hire That Look, a concept that I found to be both innovative and resourceful. The idea behind the concept is simple; to have accessibility to amazing designer brands all without the hefty price tags.

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Wearing Multicolour Floral Fluted Mini Dress by Alexander McQueen

Special occasions are the perfect excuse to get glammed up, feel extra special and showcase a new outfit…but this often entails buying an expensive dress, only to wear it once or twice. That’s where Hire That Look comes into play.

Hire That Look is an online dress hire site featuring top of the range dresses from all your favourite designers. By using Hire That Look you’re met with an array of beautiful designer dresses all at the click of a button. Designers range from Anna Sui to Victoria Beckham through to Marchesa Notte to True Decadence and they’re constantly being updated. The dresses are a fraction of their RRP and are delivered directly to your door in cute pink HTL suit carriers. Very convenient and straightforward.

The hiring process was super hassle-free and you can hire the dress for up to 8 days. When I was finished with my dress, the postage box contained the required returns label and I sent it back to be dry-cleaned for the next lucky lady.

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With no strings attached, using HTL was the perfect opportunity to try out a look that was a little outside my comfort zone. I went for a loud and bold Alexander McQueen number with belled sleeves and plenty of colour. I would much prefer to wear a well made and designed piece of clothing than succumb to the ever-expanding fast fashion industry… HTL makes that possible.

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I don’t often have access to designer dresses so readily and I certainly felt amazing stepping out into the streets of London in this dress. I must admit, now I’m impatiently waiting by the letter box in hope for an invitation to a glamorous event so that I justify hiring out another gorgeous dress to wear.

Let me know what you thought of this Majestic in McQueen look in the comments below!

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With love,

Monica

 

 

A Floral Frenzy

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Welcome back to The Monica Way.

 

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Camden Passage, a beautiful and stimulating avenue full of vintage treasures, dainty trinkets, charming eateries and all the second hand books a girl might ever desire.

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HERITAGE SQUARE by Henry London

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A simple and sleek understated watch is perfect for a London day out

Inspired by the sylvan and antique beauty of Camden Passage, I wanted to feel dressy but also in tune with my surroundings. A floral full sleeved tier dress and my vintage inspired Henry London bronze watch was the perfect blend for a day out exploring the delights the passage had to offer.

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The Henry London Heritage Square watch is dainty and delicate, not overpowering.

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Camden Passage is a pedestrian passage off Upper Street in the London Borough of Islington. Alongside its many antique shops it also boasts quirky, picturesque back streets and contemporary markets, cafes and bars.

I spent the day here with my Mum whilst she was visiting for the weekend. We indulged in naughty Nutella crepes and trawled through the vintage stalls dotted about the passage.

Whilst you all know that I love a second hand bargain, my Mum on the other hand prefers to buy first hand. The area has the perfect balance of old and new, offering both second hand shops and also independent boutiques and well known brands.

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If you’re a vintage fan, a bloguette, a foodie or a book lover, Camden Passage is a great way to pass an afternoon, grab a coffee and maybe pick up a few treats.

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Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

-Hans Christian Andersen

 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my Floral Frenzy look of the day as we’ve explored the Camden Passage together.

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Have a wonderful week,

With love,

Monica

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2018, A Blank Canvas makeover

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Welcome back to The Monica Way! I hope you’re enjoying the new year and getting into the swing of January.

For some, the new year means new year’s resolutions and changing old habits, for others it’s an opportunity for a completely fresh start and way of life.  For me, the new year is all about achieving the goals I’ve set for myself, building on my skills and opening the door to new opportunities and experiences.

In today’s blog I’m going to be showing you my New Year weekend makeup look using the Deluxe Hamper Set from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.

This look takes around twenty minutes to apply and is perfect for daytime events or a casual evening rendezvous.

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Blank Canvas Cosmetics makeover using the Deluxe Gift Box set

The hamper comes complete with all the staples needed to create a sultry but natural makeup look. Inside the box you can find a 5 piece brush set, the F01 Face Brush, the Pippa for Blank Canvas Palette, the Winging IT Eyeliner, the Borderline Eyeliner, the Blank Canvas Brush Soap and a beautiful Blank Canvas Gift Candle.

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The colours in the hamper are perfect if you’re like me and don’t like to feel caked in heavy makeup and thick consistencies.  I like my skin makeup to be light and fresh in warm golden tones, peaches and tans.

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After priming my face, I started this look by applying a basic contour using the Blank Canvas 10 Cream Contour palette. The palette is super easy to use and blends seamlessly. As I wouldn’t contour on an average day, I followed a basic contour guide as an outline.

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A basic contour guide

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Applying the contour using the E44 Flat Brush

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FO1 Face Brush and 10 Cream Contour Palette

To blend the contour cream I used the F20 Flat Buffer Brush followed by the F22 Round Buffer Brush. The creams are lightweight and a medium coverage which render them perfect for a more natural and soft look.

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I wanted to create a really bold and alluring effect for the eye segment of this look. When choosing eye makeup shades, I often stick to the rules of the complimentary colour wheel. Orange is the opposite of blue on the colour wheel; therefore, if you have blue eyes try  colours with orange undertones like golds, champagnes, browns and tans. For those of you with brown eyes, its little more flexible, I find that shades of Merlot and deep purple can really bring clarity to dark eyes whilst pinks and salmons can make dark eyes pop.

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The Pippa For Blank Canvas Palette

Running a thick brush of the shade Susu from the Pippa for Blank Canvas Palette, along my eye line and lash line, I kept the eye-shadow really simple. To widen and enlarge the appearance of my eyes, I applied a thin winged eye using the Winging IT Eyeliner and a touch of the shade Lily on the inner corner of my eye.

To finish off this look, I added a few light strokes of the shade Armour just below my cheek bone and a light dab of the shade Lulu to the tip of my nose, cheek bone and brow bone.

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I love this look as its simple and easy to create. The warm colours add a real sense of youth and invigoration during these duller months, without looking overly chaotic. The Pippa palette is compact and can be carried around in a small purse (handy if you get caught in the January rain and need a quick top up).

This is definitely my go-to look for this January. It’s super quick and gives me the extra time needed to focus on the other tasks and daily errands that come with the new year.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this look in the comments, or if you have any questions feel free to contact me. Have a lovely week and thanks for reading!

With love,

Monica