Fairytale Fantasy

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July Favourites

Hey, so its been such a long time since I filmed a monthly favourites video. This months favourites include new discoveries such as the utter joy of Pretty Little Liars (spoil me and I'll kill your first born). Hope you enjoy!

Soph x

Monday, 27 July 2015

Books by their Covers

Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice has been one of my favourite novels for as long as I can remember. When I first read the text during my childhood, I struggled with the outdated language. I remember getting frustated and re-reading the text until I understood it. I loved it. Mum and I would watch the BBC adaptation constantly, and going to see the Keira Knightley version was our first 'Mummy/Daughter Dates'. In short, I have a lot of memories wrapped up in Austen's classic tale. In my lifetime I must have possessed three or four copies of Pride & Prejudice. As I said, I read it frquently so I tired the copies out quickly. Plus I have a habit of losing books, which is weird, as they should either be on the bookshelf or on my bedside table. Anyway, a few months ago I realised the one remaining copy I had was raggedy and torn. We've all heard the saying 'don't judge a book by its cover', but I felt my favoutite text deserved better. So when I saw this beautiful edition in Waterstones, I knew I had to have it. I love the rich blue with the gold embossing; and the simple design of the hardback. It sits proudly upon my shelf, and I can't help but smile when I look at it.

You can purchase this edition of the text from Waterstone's stores.

Soph x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

MAC's Soft and Gentle

Yes Sophie, we get it! Soft and Gentle is amazing and you love it, can we move on now? No, not yet. I just wanted to do a little write up before I stop banging on about it. And yeah, sorry for banging on about it. But its kind of beautiful.

Soft and Gentle is one of MAC's mineralize skinfinishes. The peachy-bronze powder can be applied as a highlighter whilst also giving a little colour to the area. I absolutely adore how glowy it makes your skin. The powder leaves a frosted metallic finish to the skin that looks stunning. The product itself is really pigmented, meaning that you don't need a lot to achieve a pretty glow. It's build-able too, so you can get a heavier, frosted look if that's what you want.

I've used Soft and Gentle in these videos and post:

Soft and Gentle is available here for £24.

I'd love to know your thoughts on Soft and Gentle, so let me know if you have it in the comments below.

Soph x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Pretty Packaging Conundrum

So I have a question. Who else has brought something they probably didn't need, but the packaging was so gorgeous they couldn't leave it be? Who has spent money they didn't have in a panic over limited edition products with beautiful packaging?
Evidently, I am guilty of the 'packaging pull'. In several cases, I didn't know enough about the products to know whether they were worth having, but the packaging, or product itself (hello Soft and Gentle) was stunning enough for me to part with the cash. 
I brought my first YSL lipstick when I was 18 with the money I had earned from bussing tables. I sat upstairs in the restaurant before my shift, and all the girls came over and took it in turns to inspect the trademark packaging. I didn't know anything about YSL products, apart from the fact that they were gorgeous. 
I find myself particularly vulnerable to MAC's limited edition collections, which are always so pretty. I spent way too much money on the MAC x Cinderella collection. I brought the products because they were for the film, but lets be honest, the pastel and gold design won me over. Last year, I came this close to paying £40 + £5 packaging for the limited edition Maleficent lipstick on eBay after MAC sold out before I got my hands on it. I regretted my bid immediately as at the end of the day, it was just another red lipstick. Fortunately for me, I was outbid within minutes, meaning I'm not the only one with this problem.
At Christmas, I lost my mind over the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection. I didn't even look at which brushes they were, other than the fact that they were insanely beautiful.
Luckily, most of the products I've bought in this way have been great, but it's still a risky business. Whilst we should probably all be paying money for the products that work well, there's no denying that packaging is a factor we consider when shopping. I guess the question I'm posing is to what extent we should let packaging influence our purchasing?

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, as well as if you have ever brought something just because it was gorgeously packaged!

Soph x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Bathtimes with Wilbur

We recently gave Wilbur his first proper bath. Before now he's paddled around in shallow water and seemed to love it, so we were excited to give him the full works: bubbles and all. When I wasn't playing with him I took some photos which came out quite sweet. I couldn't resist sharing them with you! 

Soph x

Monday, 13 July 2015

pinterest obsessed

When pinterest became all the rage, I resisted with the will that only a mis-informed teenager could. From my perspective at that time, it appeared to be tumblr with a cleaner interface so as to lure adults into its grasp. As I long-suffering tumblr addict, I found myself protective for my beloved site, which had allowed me to live 'vicariously' through the pretty photoshop edits made by other, more talented teens. At some point I realised that my boycott was futile and, frankly, peculiar and so created an account to test the waters. Now, I use pinterest for so many things I can't list them all on my fingers. I plan my dream wardrobes, find stunning beaches I can't believe truly exist, exclaim over the talent of makeup artists and attempt (and fail) to imitate their looks. I plan my future life to ridiculous extremes, from my dream home, to the wardrobes of both my husband and children.
I know. 
Basically, the boards you create can be a limitless source of eye-opening inspiration. Today I've selected a few of my favourite and most commonly used boards to share with you. I hope you enjoy them!
My profile and my main boards.

places to go
It should be pretty evident why this board is added to on a daily basis. As someone with a wicked case of wunderlust, yet living on a student budget, I explore the world virtually. I've picked out my next destination (hello Amalfi Coast) and the board will hopefully keep me inspired to save so I may one day experience the beauty for myself.

evening inspiration
I split my two generic fashion boards in two, one for daily inspiration and this one, for more glamorous evening looks. Frankly, this board contains mostly couture, designer gowns which cost thousands apiece, and so the likelihood of me ever wearing any of them are about a thousand to one. Yet its value lies in the inspiration it gives me. I can explore the pieces I could get the most usage out of, plan which would suit my colouring best. And, most importantly, inspire me to work hard so I can afford to dress like the princess I am inside!

intimates
''Sophie's put underwear on the internet again!'' Yes, this is a more risque board, but its one of the most important I have. I have an intense addiction to beautiful underwear and I use this board to discover dream pieces. The sad truth is that, as a, um, curvier woman, the majority of these pieces stop several cup sizes before my own. However as I lose weight and my monstrous chest decreases, the excitement of being able to purchase stunning bras and bustiers provides valuable motivation.

home decor {luxury}
I have two boards for home decor. One which is fairly standard, full of affordable ideas of how to beautify my home. And then there's this one. Full of mansions and chandeliers and underground pools that have me drooling onto my keyboard. You know that saying, ''I've never been rich but I think I'd be good at it''? Yep. That's this board.

writing
The last board I've selected is probably my most individual and intimate one. As you may know, I begun writing a novel in November and have always loved writing in general. As the worlds I create are fantasy, I have to work harder to describe them to the reader. The pins in this board help me do this, or provide ideas to incorporate in text.
I hope these boards have offered you some inspiration for possible boards on pinterest, or, if you are one of the few souls who are yet to have a profile, have aroused interest in creating your own virtual moodboards.
If you'd like to follow me on pinterest, check me out here.

Sophie x

Friday, 10 July 2015

Couture (Paris) Fashion Week Highlights

Bonjour! Couture Fashion Week, also known as one of my favourite weeks of the year, has now wrapped up in Paris. All the Fall/Winter collections have been displayed, from the princess fantasies of Elie Saab, the hippie-maidens from Versace to Jean Paul Gaultier's sailer chic. This is my highlights from the week, but I warn you, this post is a long one! So grab a cuppa and feast your eyes on the delectable couture offerings  from your favourite designers. My favourite collections this season were from Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Versace, so lets get started.

Elie Saab

Versace

Zuhair Murad


Ralph & Russo

Ulyana Sergeenko

Schiaparelli

Alexandre Vauthier

Valentino

Viktor & Rolf

Christian Dior

Alberta Ferretti

Jean Paul Gaultier

Giambattista Valli

Alexis Mabille

Armani

Chanel
Aaand we're done! I told you it would be a long one! Let me know which collection is your favourite in the comments. See you soon,
Soph x
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