Monday, 27 January 2014

Glittery Cat Eyes at Chanel Couture S/S 2014

Silver glitter, winged eyeliner, Chanel, couture, SS 2014, summer spring,

I thought I'd share one of my favourite make-up looks from the summer spring couture shows in Paris last week. Make-up artist Peter Philips went for this gorgeous winged eyeliner and silver glitter look for Chanel's 2014 collection; "The eyeliner makes it chic and iconic, but then you've got the sparkle that feels relaxed and fresh yet creates magic." It's sparkly and exciting but definitely toned down enough to wear on a night out (in my staunchly pro-glitter opinion anyway). Funnily its something I've already done similarly at festivals and nights out so its cool to see it on the catwalk... wish I had the complexions of these models though! 

This collection is pretty revolutionary in that it is a couture collection featuring trainers on the models feet.... albeit pearl embroidered tweed sneakers worth about a gazillions pounds* You may not be able to afford them any time soon but try the make-up look yourself with Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner and multi-tonal silver glitter.

Chanel's ready-to-wear show featured a very different look. It was almost Picasso style with sharp black eyebrows, strong winged liner and bright splashes of primary colours. It went beautifully alongside a really exciting collection which featured brightly coloured and deconstructed versions of the classic Chanel tweed suit. 

What do you think of the make-up on the summer spring catwalks? Has anything caught your eye? 

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Friday, 24 January 2014

instaupdate #9

This month has been pretty busy so far! I went on a New Year's Eve lunch date to Pieminister (I've posted about them before!) and we ate LOTS. We didn't do much for New Year's eve but we did go out on New Years Day to motion. After that, and some hideous essay deadlines, I went back home for a few days and got to meet my friend's gorgeous baby. After coming back to Bristol I've just been working manically on the next issue of WestWorld, reading, making scrunchies and getting back into uni work! I've also been very naughty and bought a couple of things which I might show you soon... including rather a lot of pieces from Crown and Glory!

What have you been up to this month?

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

hair envy : Wella s/s #TrendVision

Wella, Trend Vision, pastel, hair, fishtail, neon, mermaid hair,
I know I've been talking about hair a lot recently, with my new hairdo and all, and I'm afraid I'm going to have to talk about it more! When I stumbled on these photographs from the Wella Trend Vision summer spring 2014 hair show I fell in love and had to share them with you.

The Urban Native collection is an incredible mixture of pastel meets punk meets mermaid meets Marie Antoinette. Though most of the styles are massively avant-garde and obviously not practical for any of us, the colours are stunning and of course a fishtail plait is easily attainable on a smaller scale!

Wella, Trend Vision, pastel, hair, fishtail, neon, mermaid hair, blue bob,
 "A casually crafted layered bob with an accent on a disconnected fringe. Deep intense blue inspired by the sea fades into the lightest platinum blonde."
Wella, Trend Vision, pastel, hair, fishtail, neon, mermaid hair, pink afro
 "A couture interpretation of the iconic afro, styled in a square shape the cut creates soft edges which are emphasised by blurred pinks, faded purple and cool blondes of various densities. "
Wella, Trend Vision, pastel, hair, fishtail, neon, mermaid hair,

 "An artificial fusion of length, texture and colour. Inspired by the sea, the flowing, loosely crafted fishtail braid and marine colours speak of mythical mermaids and undersea worlds."

Monday, 13 January 2014

silver sequins in the sale & a new fringe!

Say hello to my new fringe!! My lovely friend Amber needed a model for the Wella Exposure competition so I came home for a free cut and colour. I've been thinking about getting a fringe for a while and I'm so pleased with how it turned out, it was a big change for me. She also gave me some more highlights so I'm super duper blonde now and put some pink and blue pastel colour on the tips. Do you like it?

If you read my blog regularly you will know that while I love other personal style blogs I don't do this type of post very often, but today (aside from my new 'do) I really wanted to show you my two January sale finds. The skirt, which is covered in silver sequins, I found in Zara in Exeter for £9.99... down from £39.99. Bargain! These gorgeous princess shoes which you may already have seen on my instagram were another steal from Topshop in Bristol at only £12. Definitely got my glitter fix for the month! Did you find anything nice in the sale?

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Saturday, 11 January 2014

My feather headdresses featured in a video!

Inkprint (Architects of Our Republic, Southbank) from Chris Field on Vimeo.

My friends Misha, Rosie and Chris are all super duper talented film type people and last summer they made this video to go alongside the poem Inkprint by Vanessa Kisuule for the Southbank Literature Festival. 

I was thrilled when Misha asked if he could use one of my headdresses in it and even more thrilled when I saw how good it looked on that adorable little girl!! What do you think?? 

I mentioned in my new years resolution post that I am hoping to get Dulcie's Feathers properly up and running this year, including a bit of a rebrand and possibly a new name! At the moment I am still not sure about that bit and am still welcoming your suggestions... my latest idea is 'The Spangled Sparrow Boutique' as I wanted to have a name that left me open to sell anything. What do you recon?

To celebrate the rebrand (when it happens!) and the fact that I reached 500 likes last week I will be announcing a giveaway very soon. To make sure you don't miss it, give the page a like!

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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Happy New Year! | Resolutions 2014

Brandon Hill, night, Bristol, skyline,
My silhouette on Brandon Hill in Bristol by Jess

A very happy new year to you all! I hope you all had great time welcoming in 2014 and didn't have to put yourself to bed because you drank too much champagne like I did... Ooops.

I love writing my new years resolutions and feel like its a really useful exercise to create some goals at the beginning of the year, this year I decided that I would also review my resolutions from last year.

1. 'Try a bit harder at everything.'
2013 - This resolution was all about pushing myself a bit more; I think I succeeded. I finished my first year of uni with a not too shabby 2.1. My blog, though I didn't do much in the middle of the year, is still here and ever growing! And though I didn't apply for any work experience placements I was lucky enough to get the position of Arts & Fashion editor at the uni newspaper which is a fantastic opportunity for me.

2014 - This year I want to try even harder at uni; because second year actually counts! My main thing to focus on is my time management; I want to start assignments earlier and keep up with my mammoth reading list. I also want to get some magazine related work experience this year; be it one day in an office or a full blown internship, I just want to do something!

2. Be Healthier.
2013 - I feel I half succeeded on this one last year. Moving out of halls allowed me space to get more organised and a clean kitchen so I actually have loads of yummy salad and veggies in the fridge. Because I was travelling around so much this summer I didn't have the opportunity 

2014 - This year the fitness aspect of this resolution will be helped by the fact that I live at the top of a humungous hill (ha!). I'm not entirely sure if that counts though! I'm not sure if I have the time to commit to any kind of weekly fitness class but I do want to try out some different activities (planning on going to a roller disco at the end of the month). I also plan to cook more and try different foods. 

3. Save money!
2013 - My main aim of last year was just to get a job so I could afford to live and also have a fun summer. I managed to get two jobs and then packed them both in to start working on a Mexican food stall! This meant that I managed to combine the two parts of my resolution; 'get a job' and 'have a wonderful summer of fun and travel'. Additionally to this I started doing something I've always wanted to do and I started my own little business selling headdresses I had made. 

2014 - This year I'm pretty much in the same boat as I was last year but need to start applying to Bristol jobs a little bit earlier. I am also planning on having a complete rebrand of 'Dulcie's Feathers' (any name suggestions welcome) and I hope to have an online shop open by the summer.

4. Explore & Learn.
2013 - I think in comparison to 2012 this was pretty successful. I spent weekends away in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cambridge. I also went to festivals in the middle of Wales and the lake district, so I definitely got to see quite a lot of the country. I've got back into being creative and used my sewing machine a lot last year.

2014 -  I want need to go abroad this year as the last time I went abroad will be three years ago this summer... eek.  I am also planning to refresh my French skills (maybe the trip abroad will coincide with this?) as well as reading more and continuing to make more clothes.

4. Blog Resolutions!

I thought it would be good to have some specific blog resolutions this year and they are as follows:
+ Blog more... blog about everything! I often have accidental blogging hiatuses which are usually due to nothing more than laziness. Some new things I plan to start blogging about are books, cooking and my favourite places to go in Bristol.
+ Meet more bloggers! I went to four different events last year and finally got to meet some really lovely bloggers, I am super excited to do this some more this year.

Plus to keep up with my progress I'm going to do a monthly resolution review post.

Phew! I downloaded a great New Years 'Revolution' pack from Do What You Love which has some great resources for splitting up your goals and planning out how you will achieve them. I would love to know your resolutions for the year and how you are planning on keeping on track, please leave a comment! :)

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