TOMB BRAIDER

Like the Lara Croft pun? Thought you might. To clarify, today I’m waffling on about BRAIDS! You remember, they frequented your dreams when you were counting down the sleeps until your holiday to Costa del Sol in the 90s, and were all you wanted for from your parents for the entire week (or ten days if you were an utterly posh and loaded middle class fuck).

You’d tire over deciding what colours would most impress your fellow year four groovy chicks, and which would most complement your Tammy Girl dress for the Valentines disco (where you were so totally going to dance to Titanic with your ‘crush’. – which obviously meant standing on the opposite side of the room to all the boys for the entire duration of the disco until your friends mum picked you up at the scandalous hour of 8.15pm).

You MIGHT have even been lucky enough to own one of these BAD BOYS:

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YES FOLKS THATS THE BABYLISS CRAZYBRAID – which didn’t produce the results quite as promised but you could usually manage to rustle up a half arsed plait with a few beads on the end to match your stick on earrings and body glitter, so all’s cool. Usually I’d link you to a purchase site, but unsurprisingly Amazon have dubbed it ‘currently unavailable’, which loosely translates as ‘caught up in a timewarp waiting for the world to be ready again’.

Anyway, if you’re nodding your head and snorting laughter at any of this (who am I kidding, I’m not THAT funny), you’ll be over the moon to hear that BRAIDS ARE BACK. Yes that’s right. Tommy Hilfiger is bringing sassy back with the hair braid – which is ironic really as Tommy Girl was likely the fragrance that you would spray on to complete your ‘stick-on-earringed-body-glittered-sass-pot’ look (if it wasn’t of course Glow by J-Lo, though that was mostly because of the totes gorge and classy necklace that came free).

At New York Fashion Week this week, Tommy Hilfiger hit the runway with its SS 2016 collection, rife with Caribbean colours and elaborate bikinis. But wait, wait, WHAT IS THAT WE SEE. Yes that’s right, hair braids. BRAIDS. THE MODELS ARE WEARING BRAIDS IN THEIR HAIR.

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Image credit @GraziaUK on Instagram.

Life complete. The accessories have properly come full circle, what with flares and platforms being fully acceptable. By this logic, it’s basically 100% fine to wear that ever gorge skirt-over-trousers combo. Just sayin’, it’s sure worth a try.

Anyway, given Tommy boy’s permish, I’m off to find any random lady on the street with all colours of thread from god-knows-where and pay a moderately reasonable fee her to pull my hair – what has to be an unhealthy amount – and wrap as many colours round it as possible.

I’m pretty sure that BRAIDS is all you really need to know about the SS16 collection, but if for any reason you’re keen to see the rest of the show, head to Hollywood Life (as they have an awesome 43 image strong gallery of the all the looks).

Love always,

Coco xxx

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Lets talk about…..DUNGAREES.

YES, THEY’RE BACK! We all had a pair when we were little. And probably wore them with some teeny tiny leggings in some form of velour, or floral print, and a pair of Doodles (you know, those canvas little shoes with the t-bar strap that came in loads of different prints?!). Thats right, I’m talking about DUNGAREES. Or overalls if you absolutely must (bf had no idea what dungarees were. Maverick.)

I had spotted a pair on Sabo Skirt, a site I was introduced to in Australia (see my post on it here), and considered buying a pair, but concluded the blonde tanned skinny model was probably the reason they looked so good, and waiting weeks on end for them to be shipped would probably end up in an evening of self loathing and throwing handfuls of chocolate at the mirror before stuffing my face and drowning in a chorus of fat slurs at myself. But when I spotted a pair in Primark for £12, I thought they were worth a shot. I won’t lie, it took me, NO JOKE, three trips into the store to actually get around to buying them. Each time, I picked them up, walked around with them, and then changed my mind. But tonight, I took the plunge! (Mainly because I panicked when I saw that stocks were depleting and I thought time might be running out!).

OKAY SO I ACTUALLY ADORE THEM. Do I wish my thighs were thinner? OF COURSE. But hey, that’s something I think I’ll always have to live with. Yet still, elephant thighs aside, I love these bad boys. They’ll be ideal for summer with a bandeau underneath, or a white or striped tee! I’ve definitely got my smug face on – the one where I get a complete bargain that I wasnt expecting to pull off.

Topshop has some similar pairs too, in faded wash denim, and I’ve seen them in Forever 21 as well, I think, but to be honest I’d recommend grabbing a pair of Primark’s finest. They have them in loads of colours, not just denim. I’m almost considering snapping up a white pair. Who would have thought it!!

Please tell me someone else has jumped on the dungaree bandwagon like me!!!

Here they are!

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Anyway, late night blog posts must be short and sweet! I need sleeps!

Ciaooooo

Coco xxx

This or That!

I was recently tagged by Golden and Sheen for the this or that tag, so here we go!

Make Up
Blusher or Bronzer:
Bronzer, definitely. It warms up any look, and there are so many different types to choose from. NARS Irrisistiblement is my fave!
Lipgloss or Lipstick:
Hands down, lipstick. I wear it almost every day without fail, and I think if you carry only one makeup item, it should be a lipstick. It completely transforms your face and can brighten you up any time.
Liner or Mascara:
It would have to be liner, as I don’t wear mascara because I have lash extensions!
Foundation or Concealer:
Without wanting to sound immodest, I’ve never really been cursed with too many blemishes, so I’m not really an expert on concealers. A good foundation sorts out my uneven skin tone, which is my biggest problem. I’m currently using Dior Airflash Spray On Foundation in shade 201. Its fantastic.
Neutral Eyeshadow or Colour Eyeshadow:
Neutral. I used to wear colours when I was younger but now they just cringe me out! I love earthy palettes like Urban Decay Naked.
Pressed or Loose Eyeshadow:
Pressed. Definitely. The inevitable face sprinkle that comes with loose powder is enough to put me off!
Nails

OPI or China Glaze:
I haven’t used China Glaze….I’m actually sinking in my seat as I am going to admit I haven’t heard of it. And here I am calling myself a nail expert. Oh the shame!
Long or Short Nails:
Short! Long nails break and snag my favourite clothes!
Acrylic or Natural:
Natural
Bright or Dark:
I like a bit of both really. I often do dark colour on four nails and a bright accent on the fourth finger.
Flower or No Flower:
No flower.
Body
Perfume or Body Spray:
Perfume. My designer faves are
Calvin Klein – Euphoria
Calvin Klein – Downtown
Marc Jacobs – Honey
Chanel – Coco Mademoiselle
But i’ve recently discovered high street perfumes that are really nice, too. Next’s £8 MILAN fragrance is gorgeous, as is Zara’s £12.99 range.
Lotion or Body Butter:
Lotion. Butters are too heavy for me.
Body Wash or Soap:
Body Wash. I love the body shop pink grapefruit range. Its so refreshing.
Lush or Other Bath Companies:
I’m kind of over Lush. I was obsessed with it in my teens but then I realised I was collecting an embarrassingly large collection of good-enough-to-eat bath bombs, and never actually using them. I think its one of those things. Its a good idea for gifts and first time buyers, but not a brand I would stick with.
Fashion:
Jeans or Sweat Pants:
Jeans!! Topshop Leigh and Joni are my saviours.
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves:
I don’t like my arms much, so long sleeves. I think there’s something really elegant about a long sleeved dress or blouse, too.
Dresses or Skirts:
Dresses
Stripes or Plaid
Plaid, definitely. Stripes look great on some people, but not me.
Flip Flops or Sandals:
Sandals, mainly. Flip flops are for pool runs on holiday and thats it! Sandals are much prettier for every day wear.
Scarves or Hats:
I love hats but don’t have the confidence to wear them.
Studs or Dangly Earrings:
For some reason dangling earrings make me look chavvy! Seriously. They do. People laugh at me when I say it, and I’ve been branded ridiculous on several occasions, but if you could see me in them, you’d know what I mean.
Necklace’s or Bracelets
Necklaces. I always lose bracelets and they aren’t on show as much as necklaces. Statement ones can transform something plain.
Heels or Flats:
I would have to say heels, though I loathe wearing them really. I am 5’8″ anyway, so even with smallish heels I’m not far short of 6 feet tall! Hardly ladylike!
Jackets or Hoodies:
Jackets
Hair
Curly or Straight:
I alternate. I love straight hair, but mine is naturally wavy, so its my effortless style.
Bun or Ponytail:
A bun
Bobby Pins or Bufferfly Clips:
Bobby Pins
Hair Spray or Gel:
Hair Spray
Long or Short:
Long, definitely. I’d love to have really long, thick natural hair, but until then, I’ve surrendered to extensions!
Light or Dark:
I’d love to be blonde, but I’m going to rep the brunettes and say dark!
Side Sweep or Full Bangs (Fringe):
Full fringe!
Up or Down:
Down.
Random
 
Rain or Shine:
Shine
Summer or Winter:
Summer
Autumn or Spring:
Autumn
Chocolate or Vanilla:
Vanilla
I’ve tagged:
Tammy at Cheap Vogue
Bethany Jade at Birds Words
Sophie at Sophie Etc
Coco xx

OOTD – £8 Tea Dress

This OOTD is basically a little round up of a few bargains I’ve snapped up in the past week! This super cute green patterned tea dress was £8 from Primark, so I thought I’d give it a try. Its quite small across the shoulders, and I generally find things big on me in that area as I’m not very broad, so definitely try on before you buy, but overall I’m really pleased with it. Its a great length, which is quite rare for dresses of this style for me, as I’m 5’8. The shoes I’m wearing were £9 from Tesco, and are surprisingly comfortable. I spotted them while doing a quick food shop, and couldn’t beleive it when there was a pair of size 6 heels in the sale! My size for everything is pretty much always one of the most popular ones – size 12 clothing is notoriously hard to find in sales, as are size 6 shoes, and 34DD bras are like gold dust to get bargains in – so I was most certainly smug about this find. The little shoulder bag was £10.50 in the Accessorize sale, and its a really great strap length – as you can see it sits just above my hip. Its a really nice light tan colour too, though you can’t see it much in this pic.

I’m looking forward to wearing this tea dress through whats left of summer, and then gradually layering it up and teaming with tights and boots as the winter comes. All in all, £8 well spent!

Enjoy

C

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Leighton Denny Nails. Confessions of a Polish-aholic

Today I was lucky enough to receive a belated birthday present in the mail (don’t you just love it when that happens!). It was the Leighton Denny Travel Collection, and contains three full sized polishes, a dual ended manicure set, hand cream, accetone free nail polish remover, a glass nail file and a slick tips pen, for nourishing nails on the go.

I have to say I am extremely impressed with the products, and would definitely purchase others in the range. I find that nail polish is a cosmetics item that really warrants premium brand purchases, as the quality is just so dramatically better. These polishes are quick drying and the colours are great. The three included are I Love Juicy, Spring Fling, and Keep it Light. I was at first a little dubious as two of the three had shimmer in, which I am usually opposed to as it can look tacky, but these look really cute and subtle.

The hand cream is really nourishing and improves the appearance of your hands too, as well as making them soft and smooth – absolutely essential for my poor waitress hands!! As is the quick tips nourishing stick, packed with vitamins to nourish your nails. Again, perfect for my waitress hands and tired nails! The manicure stick is ideal as we’re not supposed to wear polish, but being a complete obsessive, I sometimes try and get away with a really light colour, if I can!

The set is available to buy online from QVC here for just £32.98, or Look Fantastic sell their products too. This is a new nail brand to my 96 strong polish collection, and think it might be up there as a fave with Essie!!

Here is a quick snap of the I Love Juicy shade I’ve just slicked on. You can even get away with just one coat if you’re in a rush. This shown was one coat plus my trusty No.7 top coat. I am never without it!

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Snap some up asap!!! Highly recommended!!!

Night all

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Ready, Set, SALE

RIGHT, this is a speed of light post as the bulletin has just touched down in the inbox of Coco’s iPhone. Its time, THE TOPSHOP SALE has begun. Yes, thats right. So, to save you all sifting through the pages and pages or hit and miss sale items on your tiny phone screens trying not to get caught by your boss, I have chosen some of the best items for you to snap up before they’re gone!

Clockwise from top:

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Floral Sun Top. Was £26 now £12

Ditsy Origami Skirt. Was £40 now £20

Blush Stick in Sneak Peak. Was £10 now £7 (as seen in Vogue)

Pink Cigarette Trousers. Was £40 now £20

Blue Frill Collar Shirt. Was £28 now £12

Embroidered Swan Shell Top. Was £32 now £15

Pleat Front Tee in Blue Lilac. Was £28 now £12

Collar Tips. Was £10 now £5

Dungarees. Was £42 now £20

Tall Colour Block Shirt. Was £34 now £15

Chemicool Tee by Tea and Cake. Was £20 now £10

Embellished Top. Was £38 now £18

Statement Necklace. Was £15 now £7.50

Cut Out Platforms. Was £55 now £40

Silk Blazer. Was £120 now £60

Tan Gladiator Platforms. Was £70 now £40

Happy shopping!

Coco

‘Top Marks’ and Spencer

Today I was walking through Marks and Spencer, and actually couldn’t believe the number of little old ladies I passed. Okay yes it is their holy grail, well, that and garden centres, but there was not a single young person about! Anyway, as I was dashing through the boot cut trousers and linen shirts (making a beeline for the food hall as always) I spotted some unusually stylish finds for such s grandma friendly haven.

I spotted these pastel ankle strap sandals at just £25.00 for from the limited collection range. How bang on are these?! I can hardly see even the most stylish of grannies prancing into book club in these, can you?!

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And how about these colour block courts with Insolia, which works by shifting the weight from the ball of your foot onto your heel to enhance comfort and better body alignment. So basically, party friendly shoes! At last! Available in bluered, and black/white for just £55.00.

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Finally, why not splash out on a pair of these sleek Italian leather court shoes that’ll last you ages. They will set you back £129, but with Insolia, they’ll be perfect for the office and the weekend. Available in caramel or nude. They’re slightly different styles, but equally classic and staple.

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Enjoy!

C xx

Fat Hair!

Do you have flat, lifeless hair that just seems to fall the same way no matter what you do??? Well, I can’t say this is exactly applicable to me – my hair does have a fair bit of volume (thank god) as its naturally wavy, but after 6+ years of straightening, colouring, blow drying, dip dying, and now highlights, what was previously big, thick hair, has become much more limp and weightless. I think all the different hair styles and colours I’ve had have all contributed to my loss of thickness, but I am pretty certain it was my brief love affair with weaved hair extensions that broke the metaphorical camel’s back. Three rows of Shepherd’s Bush’s finest weaves and my hair has never been the same since, and FYI, I would NOT recommend it. The first few nights it feels like your head is on a bed of nails, and then its constant paranoia that they’re growing out (because if you let them grow out too far they knot and have to be cut), itching, and nothing but aggro when washing it (it feels so heavy when its wet, you feel like you’re wearing a full fur coat on your head). Not to mention that you can’t give your scalp a good scrub when you’re washing it, you have to wash the hair hanging down, so as not to knot it.

Anyway, recently I picked up a product called ‘Fat Hair’, which is sold exclusively in Superdrug (as far as I know). I was sceptical, as I’m usually quite specific with my hair products. Pantene and L’oreal, no thank you. I do believe you get what you pay for, so usually splash a bit more on more expensive ones, either direct from the salon, or more expensive shop brands like Tony and Guy or Lee Stafford. Aussie Mega ones are also generally quite good too, which is what I was using before Fat Hair.
A bottle of the shampoo cost just under £6, so its a pretty good bargain, and you can pick up some 2 for £7 deals sometimes too (only downside is the lack of boots advantage points, as its exclusive to Superdrug). Unfortunately they were out of the conditioner, so I went for the volume mousse instead, which you apply to wet hair after shampooing. That was also around £6. From what I have read the shampoo and conditioner work by enhancing the diameter of your hair strands, and the mousses and styling sprays work on making the hair look fuller, so I would recommend getting the shampoo and conditioner as well as any other products, as I think they actually thicken the hair, whereas the other bits just make the hair look fuller.
I have done two hair washes with both the shampoo and the mousse now – I substituted the conditioner with whats left of my Aussie Volume conditioner, for now, and to be honest I’m quite impressed. At first I thought it hadn’t worked, but as I was separating my hair to dry it, it looked much more bouncy and bigger, and it stayed like that the next day too, which is something my usual hair can’t sustain for more than a day or two. I have trained my hair to only need washing twice a week, so I usually resort to using product on the third and fourth days to keep it looking fuller, but with the Fat Hair range, it stays volumised for much longer! When I get my mitts on the conditioner, I am hoping it’l be even better, and I think it will get more effective over time when the hair strands start to thicken.
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Have a beautiful weekend!
C
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I’m not mini, can I midi?

Hey all,

Hope everyone is enjoying this bout of sun we’ve had lately…well, speaking to the fellow South coast-ers out there that is. Though having said that it is currently hammering what sounds like jelly beans against my window, but I’m sure its a minor glitch in the system. The unplanned indian summer will return tomorrow, I hope!

Now, the recent trend of midi dresses has been hard to ignore; racks and racks on the high street in prints I never knew existed, the midi dress/skirt craze has gone completely off the scale. So having dodged the trend thus far, mostly due to the epic resentment I possess against those skinny minnies who can wear them with crop tops and get their washboard abs out for the world to see, I eventually caved and purchased a bargain test-run from Primark to give it a try. Initially I was sceptical, but if I do say so myself, my hips and backside actually hid themselves away quite nicely for once, and so I thought, I’ve done it; I’ve officially opened up an entire new dress shape for consideration when shopping! Well well well, how wrong was I. Got a little too cocky a few days later and ordered a lovely floral, long sleeved, deep V neck (to allow the twins a little trip out) midi from Asos.com, with a cheeky 30% discount to boot. The parcel came, I slipped it on, and ran to the mirror, only to find I looked like I had stepped out of the 50 plus catalogue, worse still, the plus size section of the 50 plus catalogue! I was mortified.

So I have concluded, it is a really tricky trend to master, unless of course you’re a stick insect. With so many prints and cut variations out there, you really have to be careful of which are flattering and which are just a disaster waiting to happen to you and your lumpy bits!

Note to buyers: Invest in some spandex before purchase! Most designs on the high street are thinner than my Nan’s handkerchief – cellulite’s worst nightmare!

Anyway, I’ve scouted about and found some of the hottest midis about right now, but remember, try before you buy! These babies are far from consistent!

Ta ta

C

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