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Review: Beyonce Heat Rush

Smell is a strange thing. One whiff of a scent, and you’re instantly transported back to a specific time and place. If I ever smell Jean Paul Gaultier “Le Male”, I instantly think of a summer job at uni. I still own my mums last bottle of Chanel No 5 (and I will never be able to throw it out!, of course). But, when it comes down to it, I’m pretty rubbish at wearing perfume myself. The last two perfumes I bought for myself were because they smelled like parma violets, so when Fragrance Direct offered to send me a perfume of my choice, I tried to choose something that I wouldn’t have normally picked myself.

Beyonce Heat Perfume

Beyoncé has put her name to quite a few fragrances, but the one I chose was Heat Rush. (As much as the idea of Mrs Carter in a white lab coat creating her perfumes is a brilliant one, I highly doubt she was that involved. I would very much like to be proven wrong here!)

Heat Rush is described as a “fun and fruity” fragrance with top notes of Blood Orange, Passion fruit, and Brazilian Cherry, middle notes of Mango Blossom, Orange Hibiscus and Yellow Tiger Orchid and base notes of Teak Wood, Honey Amber and Musk. Honestly, I have no idea what that means. What it smells like – on me – is a fresh, fruity smell which is heavy, but not too heavy. It lasts a few hours, which is about average for me, and at £20 for the 100ml bottle from Fragrance Direct, isn’t too expensive that I feel guilty at reapplying this or wearing it everyday!

Beyonce Heat Perfume

Blue Is The Colour

OK, so before you scroll down, I feel like I should warn you. This isn’t like most of my outfits.

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Blouse: Boden | Trousers: Boden | Jumper: Mango | Shoes: New Look (way back when!)

LOOK I’M WEARING TROUSERS. (And looking ever so lumpy – I’m not sure what is wrong with the jumpers that House of Fraser had from Mango, but this is a medium and it’s still too bloody big)

Boden got in contact with me and asked if I would like to look through their ladies clothing and create a colour block look. I saw one of the promotional images on their site which had a blue-y jumper and thought I could recreate that look with this jumper I had bought a few weeks ago.

Blue isn’t a colour I wear very much of, and I only occasionally wear jeans at the weekends when I’m not going out anywhere, so I thought it was a good chance to expand my wardrobe choices (I know how ridiculous that sounds, and I’m OK with it) – I’ve been on a bit of a shopping spree lately, and it seems like everything I bought was a dress with a defined waist and flare-y skirt. (You already know I have about half a dozen of these skater dresses!) Which – well, it’s good to know what suits you (at least, I think it suits me!) – but it’s even more awesome to try something new.

This is the first blouse I’ve worn in a long time – perhaps 3 years? I’m in LOVE with it. Seriously, I’m thinking about buying a few more in different colours because it’s just the perfect fit for me. I went for a size 16, and it doesn’t gape at all across my chest. I feel like I’m getting a little evangelical about this shirt, but I’d kinda forgotten how a shirt looks without the buttons pulling even slightly (I used to have this problem even when I was a B-cup size 10. What is with blouse makers not considering boobs?)

Thank you Boden for making me choose a totally new look, and for introducing me to the new love of my life…wardrobe!

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Ring: a random eBay buy ages ago!

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

I’ve been a glasses wearer since I was 8, but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve paid attention to how a pair of glasses can influence an outfit. When I was at Uni, I was embarrassed about the styles of glasses that I wore – function over fashion – so I would refuse to wear them when we went out, meaning that I couldn’t see anything. (I know, how dumb.) Even now, I will wear contacts for parties, because I don’t feel like the glasses that I wear daily are special or fancy enough to go with my outfit. (Seriously, dumb.)

LensWay got in touch with me this month and sent me a few pairs of glasses, to show how they can go with different outfits. I’ll properly review the glasses soon (because this is the first time I’ve ordered glasses on line!) but I wanted to share a few looks with the different frames I was sent to show how they can complete an outfit, especially for New Years.

7019 outfits

These are the Derek Cardigan 7019 glasses which I love – I’ve wanted a pair in this sort of style before, but haven’t found anything quite suitable. For a New Years party, I’d match these up with either this spotty mesh dress from Dorothy Perkins*, the double collar dress from Dorothy Perkins* or (my favourite) this sparkly dress from French Connection*. I’d pair any of these dresses either with these killer studded wedges*, or these cute t-bar flats*, both from ASOS.

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My New Years outfit is more likely to look like this, since I prefer to just stay at home (and eat a LOT of cheese. Tis the season, and all that). Cosy jumpers and jeans would go well with the Derek Cardigan 7017 glasses which I would never have chosen myself, but after wearing them a few times, I’m in love with them! I love the Breton stripe top from Jaeger but a cheaper alternative would have to be this cable knit jumper from Miss Selfridge. I’d match them with either these cherry jeans* or the rinse wash ones*, both from Oasis, and I’d have to wear these metallic Converses*, or these tweed-ish ones.

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Finally, to go with the Calvin Klein 7759 619 frames – which, I’ll admit, were the safe choice, I’d choose either this cute collared velvet dress from Oh My Love*, or perhaps this flocked fit and flare dress by Motel* (I must see if this is in the Bristol shop!) which would have to be worn with a pair of silly heels – maybe these wedge boots from Dorothy Perkins* or these Steve Madden shoe boots*

I can’t wait to try out my new glasses from LensWay with more outfits…and hopefully I’ll be able to share them more with you!

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