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Hey Boos’

I am a firm believer in the saying; “Do it once, do it right”. I tend to like to apply this quote just about anywhere to just about anything. Hair, make-up, a task at work (albeit that somehow doing tasks a multitude of times to suit multiple opinions seems to be the option chosen by all but me) relationships and buying clothing, gifts and accessories. You see, it is all to easy to fail, especially if you act in haste.

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My friends know I am the last in and last out. Punctuality is not my middle name. I habitually wait until the last possible minute for anything. However, I seem to have the last laugh because I avoid awkward moments such as: Arriving to a party first out of every invitee and waiting, trying not to look like a loner, trying not to spend all the nights petty cash on ‘waiting time drinks’, trying to avoid that creepy-seedy-looking guy at the bar waiting for you whilst you’re waiting for them. In fact, my time-keeping may be shit, but I never waste time; I have a nose for arriving just when its hot, or buying things at the best possible moment. Black-Friday is my middle name. Also, I do things once. Get things done. Do shit right… right at the last moment but right. So whilst all y’all early birds have too much time for error. I leave no room for it. It is a skill I shall so audaciously declare.

Yes I am that irritating Ebay Bidder that ‘oh-so-happens’ to get in there when there is 4sec to go on the clock. Thats right you silly early bidders whom wrench the price up with your all-too-eager premature ejaculatory selves! One lucky lastminute.com-find I managed to bag was indeed this awesome Leather Borg number. Yes I have posted about it before, but I thought I would brag post about it and another last min find; RiRi’s Talk That Talk Lipstick for Mac. I managed on the day, as I do, to casually rock into Harvey Nic’s London while there were just two left. I bought both. It was 9.32am on the launch day. *Two steps like a boss*.

Haters gone hate right?

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But sometimes I am just plain old fast-assed. I decided, when there was far too much excess month at the end of my paycheck, that I would be quick footed and buy a ‘DUPE’ version of the Vagabond Boot. The Libby Heeled Lace-Up in OFFICE carried a weighty price-tag of £100. Despite knowing that an OFFICE-in-house-resident friend of mine would score me a discount – if I waited until the following month. I was eager-beager and wandered into Topshop, carelessly stumbled across their Astrix Platform Lace-up Boot and somehow, they ended up leaving the store with me for a snippit of the price of the Vagabond’s.

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Topshop’s Astrix Lace-up Boot

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Office’s Vagabond Libby Lace-up Boot

… And after a few weeks of wearing the poorly-crafted-clonks, they ended up leaving me with a snippit of my baby toes intact. I HAVE NEVER HAD A CORN IN MY LIFE! *whimpers*

These boots and the dodgy inside seams, narrow fit and rough faux-leather upper, left my toes hanging onto my feet for dear life! Lordy!

So onto Ebay they went as quickly as I got them in the first place, and onto OFFICE I ventured, in tandem with my bestie-stroke-footwear-hookup …and into my bag went the Vagabonds. At long last.

And this my friends, is why I am not fast-assed.

Buy once, buy right. – Modedelaminx

Thats my quote for life.

La Minx

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Hey Boo’s!

You know that I am a sucker for a good old bit of Plaid right? I don’t think I will ever surpass my love for Tartan. Or a bit of a ‘tarting’ in general  perhaps.

The Numero Uno ‘FashFag’ at the Office, dropped the, “…and… *Snaps fingers and raises eyebrow* the looks a little Alicia Siverstone, Clueless?” In response to my outfit.

Ouch!

Teaches me not to wear brand clothing in the Office where I work. He is the PR Top Dog-Stroke-Top-Bitch… and I’m the newbie. Part and parcel of the pecking order I guess. I should have retorted, “Bitch I’m Fabulous! And its Stacy Dash – Thanks –

But I didn’t. Great witty comebacks never spring to mind in time do they?

I love him really, he is so fierce, and he saunters (literally dips the hips and clicks) around the office as if he can prevent everyone else’s shit from stinking. Ever-fragrant and fabulous, ever-singing and cracking the funniest jokes – and he effortlessly digs at and disses  everyone else in the office. Its like Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police but live and up close. In the end he proclaimed, “Oh and sugar, for the record I LOVE the look. Rockin’ the Plaid, I love a bit of Plaid…” I bet you do, lovely bit of Tart’ on a wee Johnny Scotsman, sans undergarments. Love you too boo.

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  • Levi’s Denim Jacket, Vintage
  • Lace Crop Top, River Island
  • Strapless Bra, Wonderbra
  • Plaid Skirt, American Apparel
  • Maroon Belt, American Apparel
  • Fishnet Tights, Accessorize
  • Pop Socks, Accessorize
  • Buckle Shoe Boots, Office Shoes
  • Studded Holdall, River Island
  • Watch, Diesel

And it doesn’t stop there, anything with a Tartan lining is also something I hopelessly love. So a good old Vintage Harrington Jacket is a wardrobe staple.  A little This Is England 86. Awesome Brit FlickUsually, I team this up with some Skinny Ankle Grazers, but I thought I would glam the look up with some high-waisted shorts. I have worn the crop top again to demonstrate how you can get more out of fashion basics and inserts. I think a Bowling Tee would look cute also, or a Striped Sleeveless number.

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  • Harrington Jacket, Vintage
  • High-Waisted Shorts, American Apparel
  • Hair Clip, American Apparel
  • Brogues, Dr Martens
  • Necklace and Earrings, Accessorize  

I love Vintage Brit Landmarks, Icons and novelty thrifty finds. I’m also a big fan of British Motor Vehicals, like the Mini. My mother had a Mini back in the 90s. Such a cute little car, we were like a family of clowns piling into it. She crashed it into Safeways. She was always a shit driver and I damn the examiner whoever passed her. Nostalgic love for a Mini though, despite the trauma of the 90’s…. so one day – if ever I pass my driving test (I’m sure vehicle-retardation is genetic) I would totally have a little Mini on my wishlist.

So I have also decided to throw a little tutorial into this post, I know that I need to get onto this Video Blogging Band Wagon, but I want to do my first video in October to mark the 1 year anniversary of my blog! So you guys will have to deal with a pictorial for now.

Its all about Ombre lips, yes thats right, put the peroxide down, we are so over the Dip-Dye hair. I’ve always loved ombre lips. However, they weren’t always cool or done very well back in the day. My first memory of this trend was of all the Nigerian women in church: Black Lipliner + Gold Frosted Lipstick. All so effortlessly NOT blended. However, I give credit to trend-setters where credit is due, regardless of the tax I apply for ultimate failure to blend or chose harmonic shades. So I dedicate this pictorial to you Mama Africa.

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1. Prep Lips by exfoliating and moisturising. Lush Cosmetics do a great Sugar Scrub in Bubblegum. I moisturise with Fushi Shea Butter.

2. Line Lips with a Deep Plum Lip Liner, I have gone with Vino from MAC Cosmetics.

3. Fill Outside edges of Lips with a Burgundy or Deep Red or Purple Lipstick, I have opted to go with Diva from MAC Cosmetics.

4. Fill the inner crease of lips with a solid Red, I have chosen RiriWoo from MAC Cosmetics to finish this look.

5. Now Weeeeerk’!

Go Get Em Gals!

Laters

La Minx

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Do(Gu) – ing it, Do(Gu)-ing it, Do(Gu)-ing it well…. I represent Queens, she was raised out in Brooklyn.

My, oh my those lyrics for that legendary LL Cool J hit are absolute filth.

I love that song.

Don’t judge me. Although – if you do I wouldn’t be entirely mad. Its funny because just last week, I was talking about pre-schoolers walking down Shoreditch with full ass cheeks hanging out of their apparently vintage turn-up denim thongs shorts. I mean fully out. In fact I have witnessed a few ass-calamities of late; girls wearing white knickers and them see-through, cheap looking leggings. In fact, anyone who wears surely-sheerly-nearly-black leggings should be stopped dead in their weave-tracks and told about this categorical error, so that they can have the opportunity to put this epic fail right. It is only fair. It is only right. Barely-there leggings and crop-top combo seem to be the next big thing. Girls are letting it all hang out – lunch and all. But seriously, this business of both cheeks being out of doors is not cool – I mean if I can see involuntary twerkage with raw skin – summat ain’t right!

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I’m here like… for real? But who am I to judge?

Like I said last week… sometimes I like to push it. (Salt N’ Peppers’ Here...)

Like I pushed it recently, by wearing Stockings outside of the bedroom. Yeah I know ‘Underwear’s the new Outerwear’ has been done and done-did again, but still – I think although Corsets, Bralets and High-Waisted Knickers have made it safely onto the streets of Portobello and happily disassociated themselves with the streets of Kings Cross – Stockings are still a little Taboo

So Taboo that some Ol’ Jamaican dude thought he would interject my happy-go-lucky-stocking-wearing-strut down the street with his unwanted opinion, “Do you want to degrade yourself any further”. Now I be like, “Who you talking to?” (trying my darn hardest to refrain from – shut yo’ mouth fool) Perhaps if his eyes were more focused on his ‘toe-up’ looking woman (who was galloping alongside him) rather than at my inbetweens, he wouldn’t have noticed my underwear-disguised-as-outerwear. Just saying.

Guess we all judge a little sometimes.

So I will let you, my friends, followers and fash-hoes be the judge of my absolutely GuGu, second crazy installment of what can only be called Cats on Crack. Here I am werkin… but not twerkin’ in the Park with my Pussy Galore Top. See I think stockings can be worn – in the right context of course – so not to a Christening or any even mildly Religious affair… I do have some tact.

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I guess its that age old saying… Whats good for the Goose is not good for the Gander… I was gonna reference the one about stones, but I know I’d be pelted by my elders for sure.

As the wise old Jay-Z said; “Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still Twerkin’

Yes… Twerk Miley Twerk. There is a little hoochie in every lady out there.

So on that note….

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Laters,

La Minx

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Hey Boo’s!

How have you been coping in this heat?

I have been doing just fine – usually the sun makes me incredibly grouchy… itchy, irritable, sweaty, dehydrated, dry-haired. arid-skinned and sloth-like are my usual summer statuses… This year something is seemingly different…So much newness has entered my life recently; at last I have an awesome new dream job, newfound friends, new hair, new clothes new attitude… y’all get the picture.

But it hasn’t been entirely. “out with the old”… Sure I put most of my closet on ebay, and most of my life in the recycling! However, all what is cherished has remained close at heart… but my oh my have I had some fun and frolics in this sun… I am literally like a cat in heat – all these happy hormones have bought a smile to many-a-face! Alley-cat maneuvers…

I finally managed to get some of the stuff on that wish list I posted a while back. One of those things were the absolutely ‘grunge-geous’ Cut-Out Buckle Boot Shoe from OFFICE! I have added them to my ever-growing alternative shoe collection. Alternative is how I describe nearly all my shoes; I don’t really posses anything relatively normal, acceptable or anything that abides with the common workplaces Health & Safety code.  Just like new shoes I like to break new audiences in gradually; week by week my shoes have gotten kookier and kookier… sometimes I really do think I am pushing it. I wore fishnet stockings last week with leather shorts in what can only be described as something only Rhianna is allowed to wear – Sure, I got some surprised-yet-intrigued looks, but I thought, “F*ck it” – by next year everyone will be wearing this shit and it will be perfectly acceptable!

Just like it seems to be acceptable for girls aged 12 and above to wear what can only be described as denim thongs – the (ass)cheek of them calling them Vintage Denim Shorts. Ass hanging out all over the place. Nah, it’s not a good look. I willl be ranting about this in a later post. I will call it, “Who Likes Short Shorts?”

Meanwhile, today I wanted to let the inner PussyCat roam free by wearing this amazing Penguin cut printed back vest dress. My dear friend Kendra J Horsburgh made this awesome number. I love the black front, dipped hem and fluro leopard printed back. Its like all my favourite things rolled into one.

I have styled this with my new OFFICE Shoe Boots and my new Diesel Watch.

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Also I am finally loving my new hair. I had a non-so-great hair cuts a few months back. I allowed myself to stupidly get talked into layering my just-grown-out-of-layers-only-need-a-trim tresses. BIG MISTAKE. The hairdresser at Shine on The Green was amazing, but I really wasn’t happy with the cut. Too choppy. I never learn. So I wore it curly for what seemed like an eternity to disguise the ‘chop-suey’ hairdo. I then got a Brazillian Blowdry, courtesy of my bestie, and yesterday had an awesome ‘Wash, Cut and Blowdry’ by a gentleman called Douglas at my local Coiffeurs Buzz Cuts….. wait for it….. for a bargain £23.00! Cant go wrong with that price. So I am super-happy with my silky tresses. The layers have been leveled out and my hair is back on its journey to waist length!

Hope you guys are all still jammin’ it up in the sun…

Make the best of it UK!

Laters

La Minx


Happy Sunny Sunday!

So the Black Pound is well and truly now a recognised form of currency. Just like the Pink Pound for the ladies, Grey Pound for the oldies and Rainbow Pound for the liberated…

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Finally, the make-up industry has woken up to the fact that women of colour spend a fair few bob on hair and beauty; relaxers, weaves and Uber expensive (and extensive) trips to the hairdressers have made Moguls millions… billions even! Surprised? Watch the Documentary, “Good Hair” by Chris Rock and you will be enlightened by the world of crazy black hair contests, lightening creams, creamy-crack-relaxers and the art of gluing hair onto your head that belongs to someone, somewhere half-way across the world.

MAC Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown have been coining in on the Black Pound for a over a decade, and MaybelinesDream Matte Mousse was the first foundation advertised on British screens for women of colour, sure, we only got one colour – being the obvious ‘Cocoa’ – but it was a start. A start that paved the way of the brown brick road to girls like me actually wearing a foundation that near enough matched the colour of the correct side of my hand. 2011 saw the counters of Chanel, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Nars, Illamasqua, Giorgio Armani proudly displaying darker shades, the ‘High Street’ brands joined the aptly coined “Carnival of Colour”, Rimmel, L’oreal, Max Factor, The Body Shop, Sleek and even BootsNo.7 have begun to service little brown bottles of love. Sure, there is a while to go, but the industry has come so far. There is now competition and more importantly choice in the market, as well as rising stars having a moment in the spotlight like Joan Smalls, thanks to the Estee Lauder Skin Tone Illuminator campaign.

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And after the foundation came the BB cream…

So the original Mac Daddy Beauty Balm – Clarins’ Beauty Flash Balm – somewhat (in the commercial retail UK Market) gave birth to BB (beauty or blemish balm) madness. Every advert is now about BB creams, and now CC (colour correction) creams have also taken over the networks intermission schedules. Im waiting for an A-Z of beauty creams to plague us all… I’ve already started thinking about what the abbreviations will stand for. But lets face it, all alphabetical jibes aside – EVERY WOMAN NEEDS A BB CREAM.

The Beautiful Iman now has launched an awesome little range of BB creams for darker complexions with IMAN Cosmetics.

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I was sent two shades to try from the BB range: Earth Deep and Earth Medium. I reckoned that I would be (as usual) awkwardly inbetween shades but Earth Medium was pretty much spot on; It definitely has the dewy consistency of a BB cream, but has the colour match properties of a foundation; very strong pigment, and this BB cream did even the darker areas of my face. There are six shades available, Sand Light, Sand Medium, Clay Medium, Clay Deep and Earth Medium and Earth Deep.

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Although I don’t like my face being too shiny, I did want this IMAN BB Cream to replace a moisturizer – as the two shouldn’t be used in conjunction. Unless you want your face to appear to be melting off of course.I swept some loose powder over my face just to take the sheen down a tad. The SPF 15 is an added bonus, women of colour tend not to think about sun protection. Yeah I said it. I love the sun, but suffer from heat rash and eczema, I also want everlasting youth or at least the appearance of it, so having a healthy relationship with the sun is important.

The other bonus is, the coverage; although sheer, its perfect for that everyday look, you know, that “Oh radiant? Me? I just rolled out of bed looking this good without having to slap on inches of foundation…” look. So I will certainly be packing this in my holiday bag. Sun Cream, Foundation and Moisturizer all in one! More space for hair stuff yay! Although I found I really had to work-in the product (unlike other glide on/glide off BB’s), I found that once dry, the product didn’t transfer onto my hand, my pillow, my Iphone, other peoples cheeks or rub off onto the cats! Result!

Me pictured with IMAN BB Cream in Earth Medium

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I am definitely a Happy (Lindt Chocolate) Bunny.

Now the retail price is a little high end at $20 (£14), but it is IMAN after all ladies. It is also a BB cream catered for women of colour too… there are some other high end, lower end and mid price-point choices from Smashbox, Gosh, Sleek and Maybeline… however the shade variety market-wide is a little limited/diminutive. So until the rest of the industry catches up with a product good enough to rival IMANS, y’all know what y’all need to do!

Laters,

La Minx

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Hey Guys and Dolls….

So I jumped on that Rihanna Bajan Bandwagon.. Yep. Yes-siree-bob. Yeezy. Yizzur. Giggedy. I did.

Well, more of I jumped on my usual MAC ‘limited edition’ wagon, I missed out on the ‘Orange Collection‘ and the ‘Archie’s Gals‘, so I felt rather justified in adding my Caribbean Flavoured Bad Gal, to the ‘must have‘ list. Also, as everyone some may know, I am rather competitive in spirit. You should see me on Ebay; Hawk-like in expression, Scavenger-like in technique and Magpie-like in mindset. When a bidding war is on, I get all kinda 50 shades of excited; heart-rate increases, beads of sweat form at my brow, breathing quickens, fingers at the ready… Boom! Got-cha!

GOT IT. GET IT. GOOD.

So obviously, when I got wind of the chaotic web-portal madness the RiRi fans in the USA were subjected to, I was on my A-Game.

Now people, I rarely set an alarm for anything other than work… but as the unemployed status liberated me from the phone-smashingly-irritating chime of the Iphone alarm, I thought I would put it to good use by setting a 11.50am reminder. Ready and set for the 12pm-sharp launch (which was not running on GMT as we know it, but as us folk like to call, “Ghana Maybe Time.” A whole 7 minutes late…. *Cue the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo Dat!” crazy mama* I had like four web windows open on MAC Cosmetics site simultaneously! I was super serious about getting the much anticipated goods…and with minimal struggle I did. I found it strangely easy (much to the bemusement of unlucky bidders), just clicked ‘I Want’ on all three Lipsticks, added to basket, and checked out. Piss easy. So easy I had the audacity to sign in again, and add the muchly-sought-after Heaux Lipstick to my cart again! Score. “I’m Up All Morning To Get Lucky”.

Saturday Morning arrived and with it came my MAC goodies! All packaged sweetly in a lovely black parcel. However, I would have thought MAC would have made their usual fuss with the packaging. I was a little perturbed to find my lipsticks in a ‘basic’ carton – I mean, RiRi herself is always going on about, “Basic Bitches!” So I’m here like, “really?”

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Still, the lipsticks are pretty dang divarish!

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The lipsticks are all Matt in finish, a little drier than the usual matt shades from MAC. However the staying power is to MAC‘s usual standard. The shades are a good selection – however, I don’t think they are very “Rihanna” – RiRi Woo? Yes. The other two? No not really.. The lavender hue is very Katy Perry, and the Heaux would have been more dramatic with a darker undertone… but then it would be too similar to the goth-friendly Yung Rapunxel from Miss Banks… I would have also imagined RiRi to have an orange rather than pink/purple, but then again, MAC probably didn’t really want to dilute the impact of their Orange Collection. Other than that, the shades are awesome, I don’t really have anything like Heaux – the fasting selling shade – but I do have Up The Amp, which is a satin finish dupe of RiRi Boy, and of course, like every other lipstick lady out there, I already possess Ruby Woo in my collection. Obviously. RiRi Woo is slightly bluer in tone, which is softer on my skin tone and perhaps on alabaster complexions too.

Can’t wait to showcase these with some outfits… Perhaps even pop some champagne to celebrate… Got a few things to celebrate…

Pour it up pour it up…

Admittedly, Champagne gets me drunk. Fast. I have a liver-damagingly-high-tolerance to alcohol, but Champagne is my Kryptonite.

Still… I be up all night to get lucky. *Cue stupid Pharrell Dance*

Laters,

La Minx

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Hey!

So we are almost half-way through 2013… I’m not sure how we have managed already to get five months into the year. The months have gone by so very quickly. This makes me feel a tad uneasy. I feel like my life is hurtling through time at 1000mph. Too fast. However, the speed gives me some relief; in all honesty I can not wait for this year to be over. 2013 has sucked for me thus far but I’m faithful in thinking that life can only get better from here? *Cue Drakes “Started From The Bottom” Track*. If Drake’s music is not to your taste try “The Only Way Is Up“, by Yazz and the Plastic Population instead. Either way, I’m sure you guys are with me on the poetic thought that when your down at the lowest level, with nowhere lower to go – upwards is the only option. Speaking of Hip-Hop and Popular 80s-90s music – Fashion has been rather pimped-up and thugged-out as of late – as you know I love this era being the latest inspiration for clothing design and that – but I think retailers (and teeny boppers) are still going overkill on it; the high-street now looks like Fat Joe choked up on a Big Mac and threw up all over Oxford Street. Huff. One of the reasons that I’m up sh*t creek without a paddle is the fact that I’m almost flat broke… I’m at present on a career break and to be honest, what I thought would be a liberating sabbatical experience is really a dire styling disaster. I can’t buy nada! To make things worse, my appetite for new “garmz” has suddenly inflated; Poetic Justice?

So I created a WISHLIST for May 2013; literally a collage of all the stuff I really wish I could afford.

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So have fun clicking on my favourites and spending your hard earned cash and that… (hating much?) These picks are perfect for festival season. I am IN LOVE with the Lazy Oaf Cat Leggings – being a mad cat lady and all.. and the Judgement Day Print Sweater from Mr Gugu & Miss Go is overly DOPE. You guys know how I feel about “see through” garments – so simply yet sexy – Motel have punked up the uber-feminine summer Baby Doll with black transparent mesh. I’m thinking nipple coverings, sans bra a la Iggy Azalea? Work, Work, Work ,Work, Working on my….

Good luck getting your mits on that limited edition Rhianna “RiRiWoo” Lipstick at MAC. OMG its lush – might have to just be added to my lipstick collection *breaks into piggy bank for small change*.

Love and Kisses,

La Minx

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