Friday, 30 November 2012

Crash Land

 Dress: c/o Fashion Culprit
This is my new favourite dress for work. It's literally so comfy and to make things even better, so pretty! I don't actually own anything like this, and hadn't got anything new with a Peter Pan collar in a while, so this is a fun addition to my wardrobe! I feel very Zooey Deschanel-esqe when I wear this too, so that's never a bad thing! 

It's so hard to find stuff to wear to work now, it's just so cold and miserable all the time - I just want to wrap up in big snug jumpers, scarfs, leggings and boots! Mmm! Talking of wrapping up, I have been going coat mad this winter, currently at a grand total of three new winter coats purchased over the last two months - whoops!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Last Christmas

Dress: c/o Chi Chi, Shirt: Asos

So the Christmas party season is upon us and I've started looking the ideal work party outfit. I wanted something Christmasy but still work appropriate. So, I teamed this white scalloped collar shirt with this gorgeous peplum dress from Chi Chi. I love how expensive and glamorous the gold floral pattern is against the black, and this gold foil effect is so perfect for this winter season. I'd probably complete this outfit with a chunky, black pair of lace up shoe boots and gold accessories. 

What will you be wearing to your Christmas party this year? I'd love to hear about your glam, winter looks!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

ghd Style & Protect Gift Set

Now here's a great Christmas gift idea for any hair obsessed girl - like me ;) This sleek and sophisticated set includes the Style Straight & Smooth Spray, the Final Style Shine Spray, a paddle brush and two sectioning clips.

The ghd Style Straight & Smooth Spray is designed to h
elp smooth and de-frizz your hair, containing ghd Heat Protection System that ensures a sleek and long lasting look. This heat protectant is light weight  and fruity, perfect for refreshing your hair between washes before heat styling. I struggle to find a heat protecting spray that doesn't weigh down my hair and make it greasy when applying to dry hair, however a few spritz of the straight and smooth spray absorbs into my hair really quickly and it doesn't feel like I've over loaded my hair with product. Despite the spray being aimed at straight hair styles, I do find it helped in creating loose and silky curls - my favourite hair look. 

The Final Style Shine Spray is my new favourite hair spray! I hate hate hair sprays that stiffen your hair and give it that crunchy, unnatural look. This spray is so fine and allows your to rework your hair whilst still holding the style naturally. It also smells sweet and fresh unlike my usual hair spray which often chokes me to death when I apply it!

I love the paddle brush that comes with the set, perfect for post-hair curling when I want to soften my curls and create smooth waves. Followed by the Final Shine Spray is the perfect combination for quick styling. 

This kit is a perfect essentials kit, making your hair gloriously shiny with minimal effort. 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Happy 1st Birthday Marie Loves!

 A Year In Outfit Posts

I can't believe I've been running my little bloggy for a year now. It has actually flown past! But it has been an amazing journey and so encouraging watching it grow and flourish as the past year has progressed. I have to say, and I think most bloggers would agree, starting Marie Loves has been one of the best decisions I ever made. It's amazing how something so enjoyable can be so rewarding and extremely beneficial in so many ways.

Primarily, I began my blog as a way to write about one of my biggest passions, fashion and beauty, whilst hoping to connect with like-minded individuals who swoon over the same pretty little things that I do. However, I also began blogging as a demonstration to potential employees that I was capable of working on something outside of my degree, to show initiative and dedication - I would definitely say blogging has proven itself a valuable asset to my CV. The biggest example of this being that it was the main point of conversation when it came to both my internship and the interview for my current job. 

As much as my blog has taken a lot of dedication, including hours upon hours of getting ready, taking photos, testing out products and so on, my blog would not be what it is without the amazing beauty bloggers community that I am so proud to be a part of! I would definitely say integrating yourself with fellow bloggers makes blogging the most worth while, and the #bbloggers chat on a Sunday night (despite the occasional dramas) has now long been a perfect way to end my weekend.

A special shout out to some of favourite bloggers right from the beginning goes to Nicola, Sian, Tereza, Kat, Rebecca, Katy, Paula, Eloise, Sarirah, Lizzie, Leigh, Fee, Ysis and Corrie. These girls have inspired me as well as given me some major outfit/hair/make up envy over the past year, and it has been amazing to see all your blogs achieve the greatness and more they deserve! 

So here's to many more years of Marie Loves! Thank you to all my followers, I hope you've enjoyed my posts so far ;)

Sunday, 4 November 2012


Studded Jumper: Oh My Love (c/o), Chelsea Boots: Primark, Lipstick: L'Oreal Color Riche in Plum Passion

As my love affair with thick knit jumpers continues, this Studded jumper definitely has me smitten. I love the contrast of the soft, cream knit with the silver studded shoulders - its amazingly on trend whilst still keeping you cosy (my idea of perfection). Oh My Love is an amazing little gem - I've actually spotted my next jumper crush, an amazing Christmas jumper which is just too cute for words.

I paired the jumper with my trusty Primark Chelsea boots, which sadly are starting to look a little worn after receiving  so much love from me over the past year. I wonder if Primark have any more in this year, does anyone know?