Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Standing Tall

Blue Seahorse Tunic

My last post championed the unspoken hero hue of yellow and I guess if this post had a shinning grace it would be blue. 

My likeness for blue is not something I have only just discovered. I have always had an attraction for the colour for as long as I can remember. If your a regular reader of Give Me More you may be able to think back to my trend posts on the electric, bold version. 

Lately I have fancied the softer, dusty and pastoral variants that give a more delicate touch to an outfit. But for this look, made up of a Primark white colourless, Scolloped edged jacket (well done Primark), a light blue Sugarhill Boutique seahorse patterned shift dress* and royal blue New Look heels, I wanted to see what pairing the two types of blue looked like against one another.

I thought it may have gone horribly wrong but somehow the clash makes for an interesting look, which is balanced nicely with the no-frills jacket. So far, my wardrobe is becoming ever the more colourful and now I am starting to become braver with mixing and matching too. I'm not sure what it is either. There must be something in the air...
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Monday, 21 July 2014

A Touch of Yellow

Yellow is a colour I have grown fond of recently. It is an odd development for me as I have never considered yellow as a fashionable hue or something which did much for me. But that view has changed as now I feel yellow is a delightful colour that is actually one of the few easy to wear brights. It not only oozes sunshine and positivity but instead of washing me out it actually brings out my skintone and hair. And the exciting thing is there are so many yellows to get stuck into.

This sample dress* from
Darccy - a London vintage inspired label which gives a modern and feminine edge to the clobber of yesteryear - is a great example of how mustard can be cool. The shade that once made me think of crepe fabric, childnren's dresses and hippy hand-me-downs has been given a new lease of life with an Eastern meets British design of elegant ruching and classic faux pearl detailing.

Add some sparkle cinderella sandlas from Dorothy Perkins and some complimentary purple jewelled earings and I feel ready to do yellow proud.
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Life is Balance

I am beyond excited to do this post today as I have been eagerly awaiting these photographs and the permission to share them with you. Not long ago my good friend Ellis - who you may have heard me talk about before (she was the nice lady who bought me my red Chanel lippy), is the founder of Balance - a shop selling various treasures and trinkets from clothing to interiors to my favourite, jewellery. 

It was the latter which sparked this photoshoot as Ellis and her co-owner Sol released their new jewellery collection and I was lucky enough to be part a part of promoting it. Photographer Georgina Martin, a seriously talented creative who I have worked with a couple of times was the magician behind the lens. I posed as model for the day to the floral backdrop of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens which involved prancing around bare footed and quite a lot of smizing (something I'm not sure I have mastered). Smouldering glares aside this was a lookbook all about showing off a more feminine side to the alternative brand. So, my tattoo-virgin skin allowed for the beautiful detailing of the pieces to shine through. But another recent shoot with a heavily art adorned lady translate a different attitude to the same pieces - one more fierce that appeals to Balances core consumers. But I think no matter your style Balance offer something everyone could fall in love with. 

Another reason I've been looking forward to writing this and partly why I was thrilled to collaborate with the female power duo was because the whole thing stood for so much that I value. First off, this is a born and bred Sheffield company and shop that has quality at their core. Shredded of the gimmicks that are normally associated with alternative lifestyle products (including smoking paraphernalia) this is a modern thinking store with a conscience. They care deeply about the planet and endeavour to source and stock only products of sustainable and fair trade origin. Meaning customers can feel safe in their purchases. Secondly, the development and future of Balance is really inspiring. It represents so much positivity - here are two people who made their humble dream a reality. And better still it is continually evolving and growing with ideas in the pipeline which will really set this company apart. 

So, if you are looking for somewhere a bit different and off the high-street then don't overlook this little gem! Everything is always done to the highest level of customer service, wrapped lovely, delivered promptly and hidden inside each order will be well made, hand selected goodies. Invest in the small people of the fashion industry and enjoy guilt free shopping! 

Photographs by Georgina Martin
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

HUGE Body Shop Haul and News

This blog post has been a long time coming but I just hadn't managed to make it happen how I intended - with a video review. Instead I choose a less time consuming photo post instead because these last couple of weeks have been manic. So, before diving into the review I best fill you in. If you don't already know I'm starting work tomorrow! And moving to London. So, it has been an extremely busy time getting ready but also cramming in seeing everyone I care about before I leave. I'll be working for Liz Earle in the marketing team and because of this there will be some slight changes to the blog. 

This will be the last beauty post. I can't say forever but it may very well be. My role requires this so it is something I am certainly going to comply with but does mean that a huge (and core) part of my blog content and format will now be no more. However, I quickly made peace with the idea as more important things will be happening around me and this opportunity isn't something I was going to miss. So, I have decided to replace the beauty part of my blog with lifestyle. That may include cooking, interiors, my working life, outings and an increase in look / style posts. Although one element is ending, it will open up more variety onto Give Me More and take it back to what it originally intended to be: a fashion blog. 

Hopefully, the new changes will be welcomed and I will try to use this time to document and explore my journey into the big wide world of work and the capital. Also, even though in the pass I have tried to commit to daily posts I am no longer going to put myself under so much pressure. From now on expect posts on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday... with the potential of an extra dose on a Saturday depending on what deadlines I have going on. But this new structure will begin next week. However, I want to get my Instagram and Twitter looking more interesting so will try to post daily on there with outfit details and more. If your not already following me there make sure you do now! Here @holliefur and Here @holliesworld. 

Finally, on to the Body Shop review. I've become a big admirer and user of Body Shop products lately and have to say that from body scrubs, to butters to fragrances I'm seriously impressed. The summer scents are fruity, fresh and invigorating and leave your skin feeling and smelling wonderfully dreamy. Since I can't pick a bad one amongst them I though instead I would pick out my top 3. 

The first one being the Coconut Beautifying Hair and Body Oil. This comes in a variety of scents from Mango to the newest addition Sweet Lemon but for me it will always be the tropical creamy scent of Coconut. On the skin things are left hydrated with a shimmering finish thanks to its lightweight blend of nut oils including Community Fair Trade marula oil. But it is on the hair which really gets me excited. With damaged ends I apply a mixture of water and droplets of this nourishing oil to the mid-ends of my hair for a mask like effect. Leave for up to 20 minutes and rinse. For on the go treatment I carry a spritzer bottle with a combination of 70% water to 30% oil and spray my hair when it begins to feels dry instead of using serum. 

Shea Butter is next and it is down to its unique smell and gorgeous formula that soaks into skin without leaving it tacky or greasy. As someone who enjoys munching on almond nuts and so on Shea Butter has a n earthy, distinct and nutty smell that almost doubles up as a perfume on the skin. I just love how it melts as you warm it up in the hands and leaves skin radiant and glossy. 

Last up is the Madagascan Vanilla Flower Fragrance Mist. This warm and sensual blend of floral and oriental notes is inspired by the tropical island. And I love nothing more than a product that mentally transports me on holiday. I am a big fan of vanilla in anything, food, candles and creams but to be able to easily spray this scent directly on to me or in a room is a delight. The Body Shop fragrances come in every scent imaginable so if vanilla ins't your cup of tea something certainly will be! 

That's it! That is my last beauty post done. Make sure to keep checking out the blog this week for a very special blog post and a look / style post thrown in there as well as a round up of my first week on the job!
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