Almost Famous Style | Film Friday #3

Almost Famous Fashion Inspiration Style Shannon Darko Penny Lane

This week's Film Friday is something a bit different as it has a fashion spin on it. I've found some clothes that have a 70's boho vibe to them and would fit in perfectly in Almost Famous.

For those of you who haven't seen the film, it's set in the 70's and follows William, a 15 year old wannabe music journalist who gets the chance to go on tour with his favourite band and write a piece about it for Rolling Stone. He meets lots of interesting people along the way, in particular Penny Lane (played by Kate Hudson) a mysterious and fascinating girl who seems so cool and care-free, but is actually putting on a bit of an act and is not all that she seems.

I haven't tried to find exact copies of things Penny wore in the film, mostly just pieces that I thought wouldn't look out of place in the film and give off that 70's rock 'n' roll or hippie vibe.

Almost Famous Style Fashion Inspired
Flower Hair Garland | Bracelets | Denim Shorts | Tassel Top | Boots | Floral Dress | Tassel Bag | Kimono

These pieces are all perfect for summer, especially for festivals. For an Almost Famous-inspired look, keep an eye out for tassels as they add that 70's feel straight away.
Almost Famous Fashion Style Inspired
Daisy Hair Garland | Floral Crop | Embroidered Shorts | Crochet Vest | Kimono |  Sunflower Crop | Floral Shirt

Penny Lane wears a lot of crop tops so they're a staple for this look. She often wears cream/white lace too, and I think the crochet vest looks exactly like something she would wear.

I hope I've given you some ideas with this post, whether you want to channel Penny Lane or you're just looking for some new summer clothes. Remember to watch the film too if you haven't already!

Which movie character's style would you like to try?

Kukee Jewelry Haul

Kukee Jewelry Haul

I was in need of some cute new jewelry but wasn't prepared to spend a fortune, so I was excited to come across Kukee, where everything is just £2.50.

Firstly I got two necklaces - the "Dark Side of the Moon" one and the "Antique Silver Skeleton". I really love both of these and the crescent moon is perfect for everyday wear. It's dainty and cute so it goes with everything. The skeleton one is great for adding interest to a plain outfit or for wearing with a v-neck as the pendant is quite long.

Kukee Necklaces

I wanted some nice costume rings so I picked out the "Silver Wishbone Chevron" - I've seen this kind of ring a lot recently and it's so simple yet interesting at the same time, I really love it. It also comes in gold if you'd prefer. I also got the "Anatomy Skeleton Spine" ring which has a little picture of a spine in it. I've never seen a ring like that before so I thought it was something a bit different.

Kukee Rings

When I received my order, there was a little surprise in it which was lovely! It was the silver druzy ring which I think is actually sold out now as I couldn't find it on the site. It's super pretty and sparkly but has an edge to it because of the size and texture. I love wearing this in the evenings when I'm going out for dinner or drinks.

I'll definitely be ordering form Kukee again in the future as there are so many lovely, unique pieces for a really great price. If you're looking for some new jewelry to go with your updated spring/summer wardrobe, you don't need to break the bank if you head over to Kukee!

What jewelry do you love?

Donnie Darko | Film Friday #2

I couldn't have a film series on my blog without mentioning Donnie Darko could I? I love it so much that I named my blog after it. It's that good. This post is just going to be full of love for my favourite film ever and hopefully it'll encourage you to watch it if you haven't already!

Donnie Darko is a difficult film to explain because firstly, it's quite a complex story and secondly, I don't want to spoil it for you. Part of the fun is figuring out what the hell it all means and I don't want to take that away from you! The first time I watched it, I got to the credits and just said, "what?" I watched it again just the next day and googled "What is Donnie Darko about?" and was like "AH HA". I would absolutely encourage doing something similar when you watch it for the first time. Watch it with no idea what it's going to be, then figure it out and watch it again. It's one of those films where you pick up something new every time you watch it.

The basic premise is that Donnie is a high school student who's always been a bit strange, but then he starts seeing a huge bunny called Frank who talks to him and coaxes him into doing things such as committing crimes. Donnie spends the whole film basically trying to find the meaning in what Frank says, as well as the other weird other things that are happening to him. I won't say anymore about the plot but there's much more to it than that.

There's a lot of mystery and symbolism in the film and you need to piece a lot of it together yourself - that's the exact kind of film I like so that's why I love it. If you're looking to watch something that's a bit different and a bit weird, give Donnie Darko a try.

Have you seen Donnie Darko? What's your favourite film of all time?

The Beauty Blogger Tag

I got tagged by the lovely Jade from Pint Size Pixie to do the beauty blogger tag so here it is!

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I started blogging because I've always loved writing and I'd been reading blogs for a while so thought it would be nice to give it a go myself. I've been blogging for just over a year now but it's been a bit on and off at times - from now on I'm hoping to be consistent though!

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
Of course Zoella because who doesn't love her?! 

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?
The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and YES it was 100% worth the hype - I still use it now.

What are your five favorite things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?
1. It's an outlet for my writing and gives me motivation to write regularly.
2. I get to share my love for make-up etc with people that actually care haha!
3. Talking to other bloggers and being part of this lovely community :)
4. I've learnt things I never thought I would such as HTML and SEO.
5. I like realising that my blog is something I created all on my own and that's something to be proud of.

What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger?
I've learnt much more about skincare than I ever knew and I now do lots of research on blogs before buying new skincare products. 

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger?
I take photos of everything before I open it haha! Just in case I need them for a review.

What advice would you give to a Beauty Blogger just starting out?
Don't be nervous - pretty much everyone in the community is really lovely and more than happy to give advice and encouragement if you need it. Join in with the twitter chats to talk to new people and get your blog noticed; it's a great way to get started.

What are your top 5 make-up brands?
Soap & Glory, Collection, Rimmel, MUA and Sleek.

Recommend your top 5 beauty products
1. Maybelline Collassal Mascara
2. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
3. Rimmel Matte Balm in Elusive
4. Benefit Sugarbomb Blusher
5. Soap & Glory Solar Powder

I Tag:

Veil Cover Cream* | Review

Recently, I was very kindly sent out some samples of Veil Cover Cream* to try out. Veil claims to camouflage a range of skin problems such as acne, scarring, pigmentation etc and even tattoos! This is a bold claim and I must admit I was skeptical at first. I've been using it for around a month now so I feel like I've had enough time to formulate a full opinion on the product.

To apply the cover cream, you simply pat it over the area needing concealed with either your fingers or a sponge. Blend it in then apply a generous amount of powder over the top to set it in place and keep it waterproof. I was sent a sample of the translucent powder too which I used and it worked well, but I also tried it with my own loose powder and felt that it worked just as well so maybe buying Veil's powder is not completely necessary.

I'm really not prepared to post a photo of my make-up free face on the internet so unfortunately I don't have a comparison photo of my face to show you. Sorry guys but my terrible skin is not made to be online! To demonstrate the coverage I used it on a freckle on my arm. Of course a freckle is much darker than a blemish but as you can see from the photos, Veil even covered that up!

Does this product completely conceal spots and scars? No, but what product truly does? It does cover them very well though and I really noticed a difference in my face when I used it. It can be tricky on dry areas as it can look a little patchy but I don't think it's too bad. If you're just popping out and don't want a full face of make-up, but still want some coverage this is perfect. I don't have the confidence to leave the house with no make-up on (terrible, I know!) but with Veil on I wouldn't feel so uncomfortable.

I really like this product and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for some heavy-duty coverage. as it does really make a difference. It can be used as a foundation too which I haven't tried but to be honest I think my skin is too dry for that. Another thing to note is that if you're worrying about which shade to get, you can buy a set of samples in lots of shades for £6.50 to find your perfect one. If you don't want to do that, you should still be alright because I was sent various shades and there were at least five that suited my skin, albeit to varying degrees, but if you're wearing foundation over the top you should be fine with various shades.

Have you tried Veil Cover Cream? What's your favourite heavy-duty concealer?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review | Film Friday #1

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Welcome to the first installment of Film Friday - a new feature on my blog! Every week I will post something related to films; it won't always be a review so things will be varied as the weeks go on.

This week, Adam and I saw the newest Captain America film so here's a little review for you all. Don't worry if you haven't seen it yet - I haven't included any spoilers!

While the first Captain America movie took place in 1942, this one is in the present day in the aftermath of the events of Avengers Assemble. Captain America is joined by the Black Widow and Nick Fury in Washington at the headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D when things start to go wrong. (Vague because I don't want to give any spoliers!)

This isn't the best film in the Avengers series to date and I was left a little underwhelmed by it to be honest. Captain America: The Winter Soldier lacks the wit and personality of the other Avengers films. I remember seeing Avengers Assemble and the whole cinema was laughing out loud throughout the film, but Captain America only managed a few chuckles here and there. I know this isn't supposed to be a comedy film but that classic Avengers humour is really missed.

The character of Captain America himself is not my favourite as I feel that he lacks any real personality and this film just makes that worse because we barely find out any new information about him or gain any insights into his character. When you have superheroes like Iron Man with such huge personalities, Captain America can seem a little dull.

I don't want this to be a wholly negative review though because I actually did enjoy this film. It's full of action, well-directed and it's fun to watch. It's definitely worth a watch and it's a good superhero movie that fans of the series will enjoy. If you liked the previous Avengers films then you will like this, just probably not as much.

What are your thoughts on Captain America and the Avengers series?

Life Update #3

Life Update Shannon Darko

So once again I have taken an unexpected absence from the blog and for that I do apologise. It's just been for the usual reasons really - uni is stressful! I thought I'd let you all know what I've been up to then we'll be back to regular programming, with a few little updates!

At the start of last month I went to see Chvrches and my review of the gig will be in the next issue of The Banter magazine or you can read it online now. Soon after I saw Russell Howard live and it was hilarious, as I expected. It was the first time I had been to a live stand up show and I really enjoyed it.  I also saw Fall Out Boy this month and oh my, it was the best gig I've ever been to. Fall Out Boy have been my favourite band since I was 11 so it was a very special night and I was quite emotional!

Chvrches Russell Howard Wonderbox

At the end of March I was asked to be the photographer at the Water Aid charity ball. I done it last year too and was so pleased to be asked back again, especially for such a worthwhile cause. You can see my photos on their facebook page.

water aid charity ball 2014

After that was Adam's birthday - we had a lovely night in and his mum made his favourite dinner and baked him a cute birthday cake. We then went out the following Saturday night to celebrate. We had an amazing dinner in Cocktail & Burger - I'd highly recommend it! We then went out for drinks and dancing but ended up in a bit of a silly situation because we forgot the clocks went forward and therefore missed the last night bus home. I'm still mourning the loss of the £18 for the taxi!

adam blowing out birthday cake

This week, Adam and I stayed in Edinburgh for a night as I bought him a stay in the lovely No.11 Hotel as a Christmas present. The hotel was beautiful and we had afternoon tea when we got there then a three course meal later on after a wander around the city. That night we went on a really creepy ghost tour which was so much fun then headed out for drinks. The next day, we visited the castle and got to see the amazing crown jewels but we weren't allowed to take photos :(

couple at edinburgh castle scotland

After a stressful week trying to get a big essay finished, I got a night off last night at a birthday party in Glasgow. It was so nice to get dressed up as I've spent most of the week looking like a tramp in the library!

couple at revolution glasgow

Today was the first Sunday I've had off in about six months so I enjoyed having a relaxing day for once! I put some clothes on Depop to help me fund my inter-railing trip (click here to read about that). Please take a look and give me a follow - I'll follow back and hopefully you'll like my clothes! I'll be adding more things over the next few weeks too. My username is shannondarko and here's a link to my profile.

shannon darko depop

This post was a bit more rambly than I intended but it's nice to have a chat sometimes isn't it? I'm in the process of developing a new schedule for my blog so I'll let you know about that when it's sorted. I also have a review of a cosmetic product and a jewelry haul coming up so look out for those! If you haven't already, I'd appreciate if you followed me on Bloglovin'.

What have you been up to recently? Let's have a chat!