Style Icon | Alexa Chung

 Alexa Chung, chosen by most as a style icon and the desirable 'it' girl. It's not unusual to find her within the pages of a glossy magazine or rather, it's not uncommon. Adored by the fashion industry and adored by me, it's easy to see why she's regarded as influential under the critical eyes of the fashion world. 

It never hurts to be a little cliché does it? If you're an avid fashion blog reader, your tally of posts paying homage to Alexa Chung will probably be nearing double figures by now - but maybe that's just the number I've encountered over my time blogging.

To me, Alexa is a style icon, for lack of a better phrase. Her style isn't one that is strikingly similar to mine yet, I think that's a key attribute to which all of your style icons should posses as, they serve as a source of inspiration for your outfits and not someone to precisely copy.

Alexa Chung could dress in anything and she still would not fail in making it look good. Chung's style is so versatile, her outfits varying from 60's style dresses layered over a collared shirt for a structured, nostalgic look to high waisted jean shorts teamed with a striped top and a leather jacket thrown on top, giving the laid back look an edge. She is seemingly fond of leather minis, denim shorts and high necked dresses - anything that allows a good bare leg.
Chung's signature look usually incorporates a prominent collar or a simple t-shirt either paired with a trusty pair of light denim shorts or an a-line skirt. No look ever seems to look tired on Chung and she has a serious low number, if any, of fashion faux-pas in my eyes.
Alexa gives off the essence of fashions from the past with her adoration of oversized coats and loving of loafers. She incorporates all of these attributes into her outfits whether she's casual for the day or donning a dress for the night, her everyday style seems to display these quirks effortlessly.

There are a multitude of reasons for why Alexa is my ultimate style icon, for one thing - she's inspiring without being a try-hard and that's a quality which I admire. She influences me yes, through her clothes of course but her attitude to fashion is one that I love... she makes me want to develop my own personal style and just wear what I want to wear, paring pieces that I like together without well, trying too hard because at the end of the day, if you have to convince yourself that something looks good, it probably doesn't.

A WHITE AFFAIR








I haven't worn white on white (or rather cream on white) for ages, if ever now I come to think of it. There's just something about the sun that makes me want to wear lighter make up and dress in lighter colours. That revelation may not come as much of a shock to you (even if I am a bit of a wannabe self proclaimed goth) but I have become to notice that ever since the sun has been making more frequent appearances - I have been drawn to different items of clothing that I wouldn't usually consider. I definitely believe my style changes when the sun comes out - but maybe that's just my way of being a bit more extreme with transitioning into Spring/Summer wear.

It's been awhile since these Forever 21 patterned trousers made an appearance on my blog and to be honest I kind of forgot I had them (it's a bit concerning how much this happens to me regarding items of clothing). So, when I rediscovered them within the depths of my wardrobe it was like I'd just been shopping and they were new all over again and I have to admit - I kind of like that feeling. 

Also, this is the last outfit post that you will see of me with completely brunette hair, if you follow me on twitter you will know that I've gone blonde - it's a bit of a change! But I'll have more on that in future posts. 

Wearing: Shirt - Primark | Trousers - Forever 21 | Blazer - Missguided | Frilly Socks - Primark | Shoes - Topshop | Hair Wrap - Prairie Charms | Sunglasses - Primark | Choker - Ebay |

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | Review




I've got a confession to make, a crime under the eyes of the beauty bloggers... The long days before I wandered into good old boots to make a purchase of the wondrous Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - I had been using make up wipes to take my make up off. AH. There I said it, shocking isn't it? Just PLEASE know I am a good person and should not be punished for this sick act of carelessness. 

Before you all start to worry about the well being of my skin, I should inform you that it's alright - I have been converted. So you can all put your ten page speeches about the horrors of face wipes down - I will not be going back to the dark days of bad skincare.

I actually loved the Garnier cleansing water so much I decided it was worthy of a review.



There are many reasons as to why I love this product - the first thing is the price. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water retails for £4.99 - which by itself I think is definitely reasonable for the product but right now at Boots - it's currently on offer for £3.33 which is such a good price so, you should snap yourself up a saving now while you can.






As you can tell from the pictures, the cleansing water takes off makeup effortlessly. All you need is a few drops on a cotton pad, taking a gentle swiping motion to your face and your makeup will come off without a fuss. It wipes off all kinds of makeup including foundation and the ever so stubborn eyeliner. I have even been using it to tackle the hard task of removing mascara and it seems to be doing that job effectively too.

One thing I love about this product is that you can use it on all areas of your face including your eyes and lips. The formula is not harsh in the slightest and you can tell when applying it to your face, it doesn't feel like a makeup remover - it simply feels like water.




Overall, the amount of product you get is really good when compared with similar cleansing waters such as Bioderma. In my opinion, you get value for your money. The quality of the product is really good, it does most things, if not everything it claims to do and that seems to be a rarity with products - especially skincare - nowadays. I think the packaging of this product is great - the bottle top allows product to come out easily without spillage so no product is wasted.

The only con I can find with this product if I had to be picky is the claim that it will last for up to 200 uses, I think that's a bit of a far stretch. This is unreliable though as it would depend from person to person but for someone who takes off makeup at least 6 days out of the 7 in a week and uses more than one cotton pad per use, I highly doubt that one bottle of this cleansing water would last me for 200 uses.

If I had to rate this product out of ten I would honestly give it a 9/10.