January 2016 - StephLeaMead

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Casual OOTD ft. White Converse || Cloggs

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Casual OOTD ft. White Converse || Cloggs
Hey, lovelies! Todays blog post is a really casual, street style outfit of the day including some shiny new white Converse which I received from an online shoe store, Cloggs
Check out the pictures below taken by Revive Photographic and read on to see how I styled them up and how I found ordering from Cloggs... Be sure to check them both out!
Check out how pristine they are?! I wonder how long that will last... Haha
So, we all know and love Converse, right?! When I saw Converse on their website, amongst other brands such as Dr Martens, Vagabond, Hunters and UGG, I was super excited and ordered from them after finally deciding which ones to get. (took me a long time, shoe lovers you'll understand me... haha)
Their website is really great to use, it's so simple and easy to understand. They have the standard categories at the top of the page, and from there you choose your category (in my case it was woman's) and a drop down menu springs from this, and you can then choose from sub-categories 'top brands'; 'by style' or 'best sellers'. I really love this feature and found it really helpful, I liked having a gander through each web page to see the variety of shoes they sell, and what was popular!

Here's what I decided to order, in the end!: http://www.cloggs.co.uk/invt/501

So after ordering, I got an email to confirm the order and payment, and another to tell me when it's on the way! Super handy. (Yes, the excitement kicks in again haha)
Delivery was brilliantly quick, and they came in their Converse cardboard box all neatly packed with tissue paper, until I impatiently ripped them out, anyway...
Onto the OOTD! Of course I had to style them up casually, so out came the black ripped skinny jeans (Topshop, lads) my boyfriends navy, baggy striped tee (trusty Primark) and a leather jacket from Bench that I've had since I was 13...
This is literally the most comfiest outfit, and I think it's so effortlessly chic, too. It gives me Alexa Chung, off duty model vibes through and through. Converses totally suit that stylish look, too!
Great outfit to just chuck on when you don't want to make the effort, but still want to look and feel nice. I definitely related to this today... Shopping with a hangover required a simple look, haha. 
Black leather jacket and long blue hair. Felt a bit badass, I won't lie...
Confession time, folks... I fell out of love with Converse for a very long time. I had a fashion love affair with them when I was a young teenager, and owned a few pairs of the high tops in various colours and patterns, but my style then evolved and I ended up giving them away to my sister or charity shops. I'm so glad I got these from Cloggs though, as I have now fallen in love with them again! I'm going to try and keep these for little trips to shops or something, opposed to dog walks and camping adventures. I used my black Vans for everything and they are well and truly wrecked! Haha.

Let me know what you style your Converse with in the comments below! I'd love to know everyones style.
Also, I'm thinking of doing a blog series aimed specifically at men bi-monthly and wondered if you thought it was a good idea, and would be interested? I want to do mens fashion posts, reviewing products and getting opinions from men, etc.
I don't think there's enough blogs or beauty reviews out there aimed at males, so thought it'd be good, and fun too! Let me know in the comments :)

Thanks so much for reading guys, and be sure to check out Revive Photographic and also Cloggs for all your photography and shoe needs!
StephLeaMead X

Monday, 25 January 2016

Valentines, Lingerie and Self Love || BooHoo.com

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Valentines, Lingerie and Self Love || BooHoo.com
This Valentines is all about a well needed bout of self love, lounging around in lovely lingerie from BooHoo, with Netflix and my bed... (My boyfriend might get a look in, too! we'll see... haha)

You can't escape the Valentines craze in February, everywhere you go whether it be online retailers or shopping stores, they're adorned with love hearts, soppy cards and reminders to grab your loved ones gifts.
Instead of (or as well as!) showering your partners with gifts, why not treat yourself this Vallie day?
Or even better, why not kill two birds with one stone... With these gorgeous BooHoo lingerie pieces, I feel like I'm doing just that! (Or am I just being a cheap Valentines grinch?! haha)
Buying myself chic, seductive lingerie always makes me feel so incredible and let's face it, my boyfriend absolutely adores it, too.

So, here's my proposal to you this valentines; whether you have a beau or not, treat yourself and make yourself feel like a queen. Surprise your other half with an exciting night in (netflix & chill, right?) instead of doing the norm of the 'super romantic dinner date'. Have a dance off with yourself in the mirror showcasing some amazing pieces of lace, and tell yourself how bloody beautiful you are! (because, you really are!) Whatever you're doing, wherever you're going, and whoever you'll be with, make sure you feel amazing! Remember, this Valentines is about self love! 

Check out my top picks, and what I'll be embellished in on Valentines, all from BooHoo, here:
Black floral applique mesh brahttp://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/new-in/diana-boutique-embroidered-mesh-bralet/invt/lzz99936
Black mesh 'Lena' thong: http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/new-in/lena-mesh-thong/invt/lzz99830

What are you planning on doing this Valentines, and how are you going to treat yourself?
What lingerie pieces make you feel incredible? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks so much for reading lovelies,
StephLeaMead X

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Basic Makeup Look & Review || Save on Makeup

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Basic Makeup Look & Review || Save on Makeup
Hey girrrl, for this blog post I teamed up with Save on Makeup who sell you well known brands such as Max Factor, Bourjois, Rimmel, L'oréal and the list goes on, for less than what you'd pay on the high street. Which means you can then buy even more make up! That still counts as saving money, right?...   

Save on Makeup gave me £20 to spend on their site, so I set out to see if I could get a full face of make up on that amount, and guess what? I managed to do it. *dances*
So, here's what I chose:

All from Save on Makeup
Max factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation
Bourjois Dark Khol Volume Mascara
W7 In The Buff Eyeshadow Pallette
Laval Moisturising Lipstick in VooDoo
I couldn't believe I could purchase all of these basic makeup items on just £20! This site is absolutely perfect for anyone who hasn't got the budget to spend on make up, yet still wants to wear good quality brands. If I had paid full price for these makeup items, I would have spent over £20 on the foundation and mascara alone. Shocking.
Students everywhere - get on this site!

The W7 In the Buff eyeshadow palette - similar available on saveonmakeup.
With these makeup items, I created a really simple, basic 'everyday' look, though I have a feeling I'm going to be back on their site to buy more extravagant & flamboyant items to have a play around with, and mix up my make up!
They even do fragrance and skincare on this site, so you could literally do your drug store shop on here, but for a lot less... Amazing, right?

I'm off to scour ASOS and such to spend all the money I saved (that definitely still counts as saving) and I'll see you on my next post!
Whilst you're here, have you seen my recent videos? Check out my YouTube channel, here! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2MW9UWqeSsX_27FYkI90w

StephLeaMead X

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Valentines Gift Guide 2016 || Etsy

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Valentines Gift Guide 2016 || Etsy
You can forget your stereotypical bouquet of flowers, love heart chocolates and fluffy teddy bears this valentines. I've scoured Etsy and found the perfect, quirkiest, useful & special little gifts that you can give to your loved ones this February the 14th. (You forgot the date, I know. You're welcome)
And the best thing? You'll be supporting small, independent business'!
Plus, you can almost guarantee that you'll be the only one you know with these handmade treasures!

I've also done a YouTube video showing you these gifts, so if you're more of a video person, click here!
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Phew. That's a whole load of handmade, quirky, independent UK sellers for you to have a gander through and treat yourself to lots of the goodies... I mean buy them for your partners on valentines, ahem...

I've done a video on these products too, so check out my YouTube for more! Click here.

Thanks for reading lovelies, don't forget to support small business' especially on holidays like Valentines, Easter & Christmas!
StephLeaMead X

*This blog post has not been sponsored. All photographs were taken by either myself, or Karl Smart at Revive Photographic. Contact me through stephl.mead@gmail.com for business enquiries.