Saturday, 17 February 2018

January Sales Haul 2018 - Topshop, River Island, New Look, ASOS and more.

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January Sales Haul 2018 - Topshop, River Island, New Look, ASOS and more.

Ok, so let's talk January Sales... I'm literally excited for a good old January sale all year round, and I'm not even sure why, like ASOS have a sale on permanently, all shops have seasonal sales but there's just something real special about January sales. Why is that? Is it cheaper, is it because it's just after Christmas and you can spend more money on yourself (lol treat yourself always girl xo ) or is it just because it's a glorious excuse to splurge on more clothes. I vote all of the above, and more.

To be honest, I'm quite proud of myself this year, I didn't spend a heck of a let and I bought practical things I can wear 'out-out' and even to work with a bit of styling... I'm saving up at the moment to move house and what with deposits and furniture not being the cheapest things ever, that savings account is having to be built up instead of my wardrobe. Sad times, right? I know.

Anyway, let's get into the mini haul (that I should have really posted in January but hey, we'll let that one slide...) although I've not included everything such as my cold-shouldered pink satin dress, flared black disco pants, and silver culotte jumpsuit, and more, as they're hard to photograph, so I'm going to do an outfit of the day post for those instead, so watch out for that soon!

Black Mesh Floral Embroidered Top with Stud Details - Topshop 

This mesh top is my favourite purchase of the sales I think, plus it was a bargain and a half. Originally it sold for £42 but I bought it for £12, though it later got further reduced to £5. It's no longer available on Topshop's website so I'll link some other fave mesh tops I've found online that are hella cute. As well as a picture of my gold start mesh top from River Island which I bought for only £12 too. God bless black mesh tops, especially in the sale...
River Island Black Mesh Top with Gold Stars - My Amy Winehouse tattoo peeking through!

Other black mesh tops from the interwebs - 

Primark had a January sale on too (I know, it's cheap enough already, right? But I wasn't complaining haha) and I managed to bag these lovely western black ankle booties with star studs and buckles at just £3. I wanted to buy them in every colour and manage to stop at the black #proud

There were still some in my local Primark when I went in last (Northampton, hey girl hey) so it's worth popping in to have a little look, but I'll link similar ones from online, below...

The Jeans in the picture were also purchased in the sale, they were £20 down from £45 which is pretty damn good for Topshop. I'll link them, and similar below too!

Black Front Lace-up Skinny Jeans Tall - Topshop

Black Side Lace-up Skinny Jeans - Boohoo

So there's the peek at my January Sales haul, the rest I'll show you in outfit of the day posts, and styling videos. What did you guys get in the sales? Who's excited for the next seasonal one?
Thanks for reading,
StephLeaMead X

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Etsy Giveaway & Christmas Gift Guide 2017!

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Etsy Giveaway & Christmas Gift Guide 2017!
(Giveaway is at the bottom, also video link here!

Guys, I don't mean to alarm you but... "IT'S CHHRRIIISSTTMMMAASSSS" Too early for Slade yet? Sorry, haha.

So for those of you that have been following me a while, you know that I love supporting smaller, independent business' so I always buy gifts from there, and like to encourage others to do so, too!
Etsy is a website where business' can sell their handmade, and/or vintage products, so you end up finding some really unique pieces on there, which is perfect for presents, or even just buying yourself some cool bits and bobs (cuz y'know, treat yo'self).

I've picked out three sellers on Etsy to show you guys my favourite products on there at the moment, which are ideal gifts or for yourself, because in the words of Ru Paul "If you can't love yourself, how in the Hell are you gonna love somebody else" which basically translates to "buy yourself gifts before others at Christmas because... Love yourself" right? Right...

Anyway haha, let's get started...

So this Etsy shop called Classy Burd is owned by an awesome lady Linzi who illustrates and designs the items she sells. Ru Paul fans, your gonna love her stuff, the sickening top I'm wearing is just one of the Ru merch she has, there's also Sharon Needles tops and totes, and of course prints too. Sharon Needles is literally my favourite queen, the Sharon bag is on my wishlist for sure. Such perfect presents!
Check them out with the links below...

Ru Paul 'Sickening' tee -

Sharon Needles 'Spooky B*tch' Bag -

Louis Theroux 'Gangsta' Print -

The next shop which is perfect for stocking fillers is this little jewellery store; In The Moment. I love getting jewellery from places like this, as their much more unique and more my style than what I'd find anywhere else. It's also all handmade, and you can customise some pieces and choose whether to have a chain or a fabric necklace, which makes it feel more special!
Check out the super affordable pieces below... 

Ganesha Charm with Fabric Necklace -

Lotus Flower Charm Necklace -

Snowflake Charm Necklace -

And last but not least... Cosh Illustrates! Again, the lovely owner Clara designs and illustrates all of the artwork you see on her products, which are amazing. I picked my two favourite things on the shop, surprise surprise, drag related again haha... Jeremy Corbyn in drag though, no less! She also does a Theresa May mug which says Sashay Away, perfect to buy a Torie for Xmas, haha!
The Morrissey tee is brilliant, I've wanted a Morrissey and/or The Smiths tee for ages now, so glad I have this one. I mean, he's for sure my saint, xo
Check out the mug, tee and other goodies below...

Jeremy Corbyn in drag 'Shantay you stay' - 

Black Morrissey Saint Tee -

Star Wars Princess Leia Tee -

Now for the giveaway! 
Want to win a £25 Etsy voucher, which you can spend anywhere on the site, on anything you want?
Enter below for your chance to win!

Good luck! ('and don't f**k it up' hey Ru)
See you next time,
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 19 November 2017

New Tattoo, Faux Fur and Glitter Tights OOTD

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New Tattoo, Faux Fur and Glitter Tights OOTD

Eek, check out my new tattoo! My beautiful Amy Winehouse on my arm forever, in a gypsy, traditional style done by the amazingly talented Sophie Jess, based at Nevermore Tattoo Parlour in Daventry. (fellow vegan girly too, heeeey)
Check out Sophie's Instagram @BloodFlowersTattoo
It's my favourite piece of ink I have at the moment, though I'm torn between Amy and my dot-work Mandala on my shoulder... Adore them both!

Purple Faux Fur Coat - Miss Guided - Similar herehere  and  here.
Black and Silver Glitter Tights - Topshop
Canvas Tote Bag 'Fighting Animal Testing' - Lush
Black Fake Fur Boots - Nasty Gal
Black Mesh Spotty Top - H&M
Black and Pink Floral  Midi Dress - New Look - Similar here
Boho Silver Rings - Wish
Ganesha Silver Pendant and Black Choker Necklace -  Etsy, In The Moment UK here

Winter is definitely upon us now, and as much as I despise being cold, I really love big jumpers and fluffy faux fur coats. I want one in every colour and style, much to my partner's dismay haha.
I ordered this one from DePop, so it's second hand. It was only £30, and so warm. I searched for ages to try and find a fur coat in the style and colour I wanted on online stores and had no luck, and was so happy when I came across this on the app. I previously ordered a jacket made out of sequins from Depop too, I love it, such unique pieces on there! And you know, bargains...

The colder weather also means a lot more layering up. I still wear dresses, I just now wear them with tights, over jumpers, throw a cardigan on top, vest tops underneath and of course a big coat.
Jeans and jumpers are always my failsafe option though, but I still like to show off my style like this, I feel more 'me' then.
I've actually just ordered a pair of black lace-up corset jeans from New Look that I featured in my last blog post - so it's still unique when I do wear jeans and a tee, and I can feel good in them. They're super high waisted too, so I'm hoping they show off my small waist and make my bum look good, haha! See the jeans, here.

Also, I need to redo my hair. It's definitely high maintenance having coloured hair like this, but so worth it. I'll put some colour on it tonight, and book in for bleach at Rockabelles in Northampton soon. I might go pink and lilac after that... What do you think?

P.S I'm doing two giveaways soon, one with Etsy and one with t-shirt company Tee Ting, so watch out for those!

Have a fabulous week,
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Wishlist - Winter Edition - BooHoo, MissGuided, NewLook, ASOS.

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Wishlist - Winter Edition - BooHoo, MissGuided, NewLook, ASOS.
It's definitely getting chilly outside now! I've bought a new big faux fur coat, the scarf has come out of the bottom drawer and I'm on a search for a knitted hat (A big chunky knitted one, if anyone has any recommendations/suggestions?!

I always get super cold in these winter months, but I still want to look and feel good in the clothes I wear, and layer up with vest tops, shirts, jumpers, kimonos and coats, it's cute, but I often have a long cardigan peeking out of my coat which looks rather odd, haha.

I hope you enjoy this wishlist I've put together, you can click the pictures to get the website up, like Asos etc. so take a look, get some inspiration and buy yourself some winter goodies! I won't lie, I've specifically got my eye on the sequin boots, I would literally wear them casually, and to the upcoming Christmas parties, of course... Also, that black chunky knit long cardigan is going straight in my basket, it's too cosy not to purchase!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

New Mermaid Hair ft. Primark and Kurt Geiger

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New Mermaid Hair ft. Primark and Kurt Geiger
Hey girl heeyyyy! This is basically a quick blog post to showcase my new, fabulous hair which I am in freakin' love with! I feel like a mermaid, a magical unicorn, galaxy girl. I feel sickening, I love it! 

It's got a few colours in, though the main three are purple, green and blue. It's so bright and colourful, it's exciting. When I went to the hairdressers (Rockabelles in Northampton, fyi, thanks Chris!) I was initially going for a charcoal grey into a lilac purple, but my hair would not take. My boyfriend said it was being stubborn like it's human. Cheers, babe. (no denying it though, haha)
p.s he stayed with me the whole day, keeping me company and got me Subway. Keeper!
I was in the hairdressers from 9-6, it was like a full day at work, and literally a full day of work for my hairdresser, eek. My hair is just too damn long, haha.
I feel much more myself with my hair coloured in this way; I've had it ombre pink, green blue and so forth in the past, but nothing as extravagant as it is now. I'm so glad I've had it done, and cannot wait to get it dyed next time. Pastel pinks and lilacs? We'll see!

You can really see the different pinks and purples in this photo, I love it!
Ripped black jeans - New Look
Black furry heeled boots - Nasty Gal
Soft velvety grey blue jumper - Primark
Opal and black choker necklace - Primark
(old, prevegan) leather and chain backpack - Kurt Geiger
Black faux fur coat - Glamorous
Matte lipstick - Lottie in shade #TBT from Superdrug

It's been around a month since I've had this hair now, and I've had to top it up once which is a bit annoying, but it's a high maintenance jobby so! It's faded and is more lilac grey on top, but it still looks amazing. If you're toying with the idea of having bright hair, for sure go for it. You'll feel great! I was scared it wouldn't suit me, or I wouldn't like it, or people would make nasty comments (the latter has happened but w.e girl, you do you ok) but I feel so super confident and beautiful. Get down the hairdressers or go buy the dye from the shop (careful bleaching though, girls!) 

Anyway, see you in my next post, peace and love.
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 10 September 2017

London, baby! ft. Amy Winehouse OOTD

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London, baby! ft. Amy Winehouse OOTD
Black satin and lace slip dress - Noisy May / ASOS
Satin Oriental yellow and blue long Kimono - New Look
Metalic Silver heeled boots - Primark
Blue velvet mini back pack - Primark
Faux suede and crystal choker - Primark
Cat eye sunglasses - Vintage weigh & pay event
Silver hair rings - ASOS - pack of 3
Tattoo Artist - Sophie Jess Instagram - @Bloodflowerstattoo

London, babbbyyy! I went to the capital last week with my boyfriend Karl and it was such a cute day, we didn't buy anything, just food and train tickets, which for me is such a strange concept. Quirky Camden stalls plus pop up shops, and Oxford Street chain shops normally rinse me of my money, I just can't help myself. Although, evidently I can, haha.

We first wandered Camden, checking out vintage stores, staring at the cool shoes in the Dr Marten store and stood in awe at the graffiti art plastered on the walls. So many Amy Winehouse homage pieces, and of course I had to see the statue of her, near the Cereal Killer Cafe and of course take a picture with my beautiful girl.

There's a lot of different characters in Camden for sure, one of the first people I encountered was a guy with long dreads holding a sign that read 'Help a hippie get stoned' which I thought was so funny. Gutted I didn't take a picture with him now, but an original way to make money, gotta hand it to him.
There was also a guy there handing out white paper butterflies, I assume it was a social experiment to see how people would react. Karl said it made him feel bloody weird (his words, haha!) but I actually thought it was really cute.

Stick it to the man!
Love is love x
We ate at an awesome vegan Chinese buffet in Camden called Dou Dou, it's just past The Worlds End / the tube station. I actually fell in love, my new favourite place for sure! Their chicken balls were the absolute bomb and the vegan 'egg' noodles tasted exactly like 'normal' ones you would order from the local Chinese takeaway. I only managed two big plates, but for £6 it's such a bargain, and even my extremely fussy eater partner loved it, so you can't go wrong! Would 1000% recommend!

 I'm visiting London again at the end of November for a bit of Christmas shopping (did I really just mentioned Christmas, Halloween has not been yet?!), sight seeing and such. I might go somewhere like London Dungeons, or the ghost bus tour they have, we'll see! Any recommendations? Let me know!

See you next time, hope you liked my outfit and thanks for reading!
StephLeaMead X