GOODBYE…

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You may have noticed that I haven’t posted on The Yellow Dress for a while. I have been very torn as to what to do as I love the blog and love passing on my fashion finds. However, I start a new chapter in my life/career this week, and that is an MA in Curatorial Practice at university. In other words, apart from probably being the oldest student on campus, I will be learning about galleries, museums, exhibitions and archives. However, I will be specialising in fashion, so I am not bowing out of the world of fashion by any means.

I have decided to put The Yellow Dress on hold for now, as I believe it needs time and dedication which I just cannot give it. I will however, be chronicling my way through my life as a fashion curating student on my new blog, Curated Couture, so if that is of interest to you, please take a look and sign up.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years of The Yellow Dress, especially all the people I have met on Instagram as a result. Nothing changes there, simply the name, and I will continue to post my favourite fashion finds and outfits.

So it’s bye for now, and never say never…

 

 

 

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THE BEST MASCARA… EVER!

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This post is going to be short and sweet, because it’s about one thing, and one thing only, the best mascara EVER!

I went to stay with family over Christmas, and for the second time in a year, forgot my make-up bag. This always involves an emergency dash to Boots – this time on Christmas Eve – to get the essentials. I always carry several lip glosses and lipsticks in my bag, so I stocked up on the bare basics which were simply a BB cream and a mascara. Neither did I want to spend a great deal, as I knew that in four days time, I would be re-united with my make-up bag back home.

It was pouring with rain and I had other things on my list of ‘last minute things to do’, so I literally grabbed the first mascara (No7 Stay Perfect Mascara, £12,95) that I saw at the No7 counter.

I have always had a problem with mascara. For me, it’s like looking for the right hairdresser, I still haven’t found ‘the one’. Whatever brand I try, cheap or expensive, designer or high street, without fail, it smudges during the day and I end up with panda eyes by the end of the afternoon.

So what makes this the best mascara ever? It’s just not like normal mascara. Instead of coating the lashes with gloopy black stuff, it coats them with fibres (I don’t know how else to describe them), which don’t clog and stay put all day. The only tricky part is getting it off, but it just requires holding your cleansing wipe or cotton wool pad a little longer on the lashes, and you can literally see the fibres coming off. It’s brilliant.

I for one, have been converted, so whatever you do Boots, never change or get rid of this mascara please!

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AGEING ELEGANTLY

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There was a time when I dreaded getting older, but thanks to these inspiring women, I’m actually quite looking forward to ageing elegantly.

I’m just about to hit the grand old age of 47, and all during my forties I have started to feel ‘older’, and to be completely honest, I have hated it. I have dyed over my grey hairs since my late twenties, I question whether I can wear certain clothes now (I would hate to be perceived as ‘mutton’), and I can no longer get away with tinted moisturiser (I need one of those foundations that does everything: fills, covers, masks, reflects and lasts).

Yet, having said all of this, I have felt a shift over the last couple of weeks. It all started with watching the film Iris, a wonderful film about the later life of fashion and style icon, Iris Apfel. Wow, what an incredible woman, and at 93, and inspiration to us all. Proof that it’s never too late to start something new.

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Ageing elegantly is becoming cool, and I for one, am going to embrace it with open arms. One of my current favourite fashion brands, & Other Stories, clearly feel the same. Their Christmas campaign features a whole host of fashionably stylish and elegant women who are not in their 20s, 30s, or even their 40s. Real women.

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However, my latest fashion crush, is Linda Rodin, New York-based stylist and creator of beauty brand, Rodin. She is everything I would like to be – beautiful, elegant, stylish and successful. If this is what 67 looks like, I can hardly wait!

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Photograph by Dan McMahon

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GLITTER EYE MAKE-UP

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This weekend, I discovered the most incredible and dirt cheap glitter eye make-up. I came across it whilst looking for purple hairspray for Daisy’s seventh birthday party. It was a haunted house theme, and Daisy was dressing up as a bat with purple hair! I was going for the goth look, all in black with crows’ feathers in my hair.

So that’s when I came across Laval’s face and body glitter shaker, little pots of glitter which I thought would look great on the eyelids (very similar to M.A.C.’s Glitter, £16, but for a fraction of the price). I opted for purple – to colour co-ordinate with Daisy (!!).

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Because it was so cheap, I was slightly concerned that it may a. irritate my eyes, and/or b. clash with my contact lenses. It did neither. I used a dab of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream underneath (Vaseline would have worked just as well, it was just what I happened to have on my dressing table), and the effect was amazing.

It lasted all afternoon and well into the evening without any touching up. I have used expensive eye glitters in the past, and this was as good as the best of them, if not, dare I say it, better.

I found the Laval glitter at my local dressing up shop, but it’s also available online. Generally it’s priced from £3.20 on Ebay, but I have also found a few shades for 99p here.

Perfect for all those festive parties over the next few weeks, without breaking the bank.

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PAT MCGRATH LAB PERFECT GOLD PIGMENT

12 NOON TODAY… If you want to get your hands on infamous make-up artist, Pat McGrath’s Pat McGrath Lab perfect gold pigment (limited edition – only 1000 have been produced), simply named Gold 001, then make sure you log onto Pat McGrath at midday today.

Pat has worked with the likes of Madonna, Jenifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson to name a few, and has been responsible for the make-up on the ad campaigns of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Valentino Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent. It’s safe to say that this lady knows a good gold pigment when she sees one. I for one will have fingers poised at noon, please just don’t get there before me! Fingers crossed…

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