Picking the perfect graduation outfit

It seems very scary to me that my graduation is so soon! I've been blogging since the summer after my first year of university and it seemed to be very far away but I'm proud to say that it's almost here. I've been thinking for ages about the type of outfit to wear. It is important to pick something which has some form of shoulder which will allow for your hood to be pinned and prevent it from slipping. The choice of shoe (the dreaded "what if I fall before I get my degree" scenario) is also important. My robes are black and my hood is pale blue with a white fur trim- quite dramatic (and totally FAB)! I've had a look at some of  my favourite shops to hopefully inspire some of you for your upcoming graduation.

The dress
As a 5ft10 girl, getting a dress to hit my knee can be somewhat of a problem but I have been really impressed by the selections in both Marks & Spencer and Next. The biggest piece of advice that everyone has given me is to go "classic". You will have your graduation pictures for eternity.. Aztec print might be on trend now but will you look ridiculous in 2043? Personally, I have opted for a plain white dress. I think dresses which fit really well in a block colour will stand out the most and look the best under a gown. However, if you opt for a print, keep it soft. Flowers and pastels will not look to harsh against a black gown. Alternatively, if you aren't a fan of your legs or like me, are super tall and just enjoy them, why not opt for a super flattering long leg jumpsuit? They are really on trend at the moment and will get lots of wear after your ceremony.

Here are some of my favourites from online:

Cream Lace Dress, Next, £60
Floral printed dress, Karen Millen, £160

T- Shirt Jumpsuit, Topshop, £60 

The shoes
If you are not a heel person, do not pick your graduation to decide to try them out! At 5ft10, I always tend to go for 3-4 inch heels which don't make me too tall/wobbly! Zara does some of the best and most comfortable shoes EVER, and they have lots of shoes which are very affordable. A platform is always great to give extra height and to balance out the foot. Wedges are also a great alternative and look super summery.

Juliet Platform Court, Hobbs at House of Fraser, £74 in the sale
High Leather Court Shoe, Zara, £25.99 in the sale

Whippie Cross Over Wedges, Topshop, £45

I hope this style advice was helpful and that you have an amazing graduation. Education is important!

G x

My little trip to London

On Tuesday I traveled to London with my mum for a wee mini-break to celebrate finishing university and to generally just spend time together. My mum works so hard that sometimes it's easy for us to forget to hang out together!

We stayed at the lovely Strand Palace Hotel. I've stayed in many hotels in London and even though the Strand isn't the most glamorous, it's clean, friendly and has the best location. It's a 5 minute walk to Covent Garden tube stop and there is a bus stop outside. I would highly recommend it to anyone going to London. On Tuesday, we jumped on the bus and had a nosey around Selfridges which has their sale on. Charlotte Tilbury also has a pop-up makeup event in Selfridges at the moment where I picked up one of the make-up bags which has the lip prints of lots of celebs on it. I also was in need of new jeans so up I popped to the 3rd floor where Selfridges has a new, huge denim lounge. I ended up getting a pair from Primark which now has its own concession in the store. I picked up the super high-waisted jeans in black... they fit SO well and cost a bargain £10! We then headed down New Bond Street and I literally raided Victoria's Secret. I hate not having a Victoria's Secret in Belfast so usually heavily stock up everytime I go to the States. It's great that there are two in London, even if the stuff does work out a little more expensive. I picked up a Pink tracksuit (tacky I know, but I love them for going out walking), the 5 for £20 knickers from Pink and 3 for £24 body sprays (Love Spell being my favourite). The body sprays are the best thing- they last for ages and the smells are so fresh. We then headed to Louis Vuitton where I picked up my graduation present (which my mother said I am not allowed to show or tell until my graduation on June 1st!). On Tuesday evening, we headed off to Leicester Square Theatre to see the amazing Broadway diva Patti LuPone accompanied by Seth Rudetsky. Singing is my other big passion in life and getting to see Patti in person was amazing. I have been a huge fan for years and to be seated in the front row, about 10 feet from her, was incredible. It was a really casual show, talking about her life, the shows she has been in and lots of beautiful singing. Seth was also really funny. They had some technical problems during the show which involved changing the piano as the pedal wouldn't work, so Patti just dandered about the stage and came over for a chat. I stayed behind after the show and was lucky enough to meet both of them which was a total dream come true for me. 

Charlotte Tilbury event, Louis Vuitton purchase, me and Patti!

On Wednesday, I felt a little sick so we didn't venture too far. We went for a little walk up to Trafalgar Square and went to the Primark at Tottenham Court Road. On the way back we nipped into & Other Stories on Regent Street which is a new venture by H&M. It's a really cool shop and has some very classic pieces as well as an amazing cosmetic section which my mum was very taken by. We went to Liberty and Monki (which I had been dying to visit) and I picked up a dress in their sale. I also had some of my favourite macaroons from Laduree, the salted caramel variety! We had dinner at Steak&Co followed by some dessert at the amazing frozen yogurt company, Snog. My mum was 100% convinced that I was winding her up and that it was actually ice-cream!

Snog fro-yo, I loved this sign at a local bar and some yummy Laduree

We were getting our flight home on Thursday but we still managed to fit in a quick nip to Knightsbridge to go to Harvey Nichols, Harrods and weirdly, Rigby & Peller. I have been having serious "boob" issues. I've read so many reviews of Rigby & Peller and thought "If they are good enough for the Queen, they are good enough for me".  Largely out of interest, I just wanted to see if I was wearing the right size. I wasn't. I came away feeling so informed about measuring, body shape and bras that I honestly would pay the money to go once a year to see them and get re-measured. Their bras are expensive. I bought a basic bra which cost me £52 but it feels so worth it. If you are ever near Harrods, go to Rigby & Peller Knightsbridge and ask for Ursula. You'll not regret it! We had a brilliant lunch in Harvey Nicks as well- the 5th floor restaurant is lovely to sit in. I also had a good nosey around the BeautyMart in Harvey Nicks which sells lots of cult beauty products from around the world. A must visit for all beauty buffs. 

Lunch in Harvey Nicks

Overall, a great trip but now I am home, poorer and with sore feet!

G x

Easy 4 Product Face

I've been really lazy/stressed/worried/had a lack of sleep this week. It's been as quick as I can throw my makeup on and run out the door. I usually would probably use 7/8 products in my daily makeup routine which usually takes around 15/20 minutes. This easy 4 product face takes 5 minutes which is fab.

Firstly I start with Dr Jart Water Fuse BB cream. It has a SPF 25 and blends in beautifully. I usually just apply it with my fingers then use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to even it out. The BB cream has quite a wet texture when first applied so using a brush settles this. I follow this with They're Real mascara by Benefit. This is my current mascara of choice. I am very anti expensive mascaras but I love that you can get this mascara in a half size for the same price as a drugstore one. Mascara's seem to dry out so quickly and it's important to change them for eye infections etc. I really love the effect this gives. People have commented on the size of my lashes lately so it must be working! For my cheeks and lips I use another Benefit product, Fine One One. At first I was really dubious about this product but for speed purposes or for those a bit rubbish on the contouring/blusher front, it's perfect. It is a cream product in a stick form with 3 colours- a highlight, blush and contour. Apply on your cheek in a streak and blend out. I also use the highlight end on my nose and about my lips. I also use the contour colour on my lips. I've actually become obsessed with this product. It just shows that sometimes you have to give products a chance! Lastly, I fill my brows in with my Laura Mercier brow pencil in Warm Brunette and brush them through with a spooly.

It's such an easy, quick and clean summer face. I am much preferring BB creams these days. If I need a little refresh later in the day, a little spray of Urban Decay De-slick or a touch up with Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer comes in handy.


G x