LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO [+] UNIFANT

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant

I've talked about my love of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+] before: it's the spot-fighting cream that really makes a difference. So when La Roche-Posay were kind enough to send me the new tinted version to try I was very excited. After using it for a couple of months I'm now able to give my full review of their Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant.*

This is an anti-blemish cream with a 100% mineral tint so it provides a bit of coverage while also helping your skin. It has been proven to treat and reduce blemishes in 24 hours, and although I don't think it acted as fast as that, it definitely did help reduce my blemishes. Since cutting out dairy my skin has greatly improved, but recently I had a little phase where the cravings for cheese just got too much and I couldn't resist. Although those cheese fries were heavenly, I paid for them with my skin and the spots were pretty stubborn, but this definitely helped them along.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of coverage Unifant provides. Of course it's not comparable to a foundation, but it's like a particularly good BB Cream. It covers redness and looks nice and natural on the skin, so I've really been enjoying using this product. It's good to know that your skin is being looked after and its problems are being addressed even while you're wearing makeup.

The Effaclar range has a bit of a cult following and if you've tried it before you'll understand why. The Duo [+] range has been the number one blemish treating skincare range in Europe since its launch, and is recommended by dermatologists so it's definitely got a huge seal of approval.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant Light Swatch
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant in Light, blended out on the right

On days where I don't want a full face of makeup but still want some coverage, this is the perfect product and has become my go-to for such days. I apply it with a damp beauty blender, add a bit of concealer and set with a small amount of powder. I usually then lightly fill in my brows and add some mascara, then I'm good to go with the perfect "no makeup makeup look". On other days I sometimes wear it under my usual makeup routine so I'm getting a more full coverage as well as the skincare benefits.

I used the shade Light, which worked surprisingly well on my very pale skin! Since it's a sheer coverage, it blends out well so you can get away with the shade not being 100%, but they still definitely need more than two shades. La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant retails for £16.50 at Boots.

Have you tried Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant?


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THE COAT EDIT

It seems like the cold weather has hit all of a sudden and I found myself caught short last week when I realised on my way to work that my leather jacket just wasn't cutting it anymore. And so began my yearly hunt for the perfect coat. I'm pretty fussy when it comes to coats so it took me a while to find the right one for me, but I came across some lovely ones on my search and thought I would share them with you.


Black Textured - ASOS | Burgundy Maxi - Missguided | Grey - New Look


Camel - ASOS | Black and White - Zara | Navy Trench - H&M


Leopard Collar - Topshop | Pink - H&M | Leopard - New Look


Black - H&M | Checked - Topshop | Brown - New Look

In case you're wondering, I eventually settled on this simple yet stylish Topshop beauty and I love it! I prefer to have a fairly plain black coat so that it'll go with everything and I can change the way it looks with whatever I'm wearing with it.

The past two years I made the mistake of buying cheap coats and they only lasted me one winter each so I thought instead of spending £20-30 every year it'd make more sense to spend £60 on a better quality one that will hopefully last me for a few years. If I had the funds I'd definitely invest in a proper high-quality coat but I'm still searching for that elusive graduate job so I'll have to put that plan on hold!

 I do enjoy getting cosy with a nice coat, over-sized scarf and wooly hat, and I certainly need it with the temperatures we get in a Scottish winter! I've already started buying some new jumpers for this year and I've got my eye on a few of the gorgeous blanket scarves that Zara have in at the moment. Anything to make winter seem a bit more appealing, eh?

What kind of coat are you looking for this winter?

SHOP SMART WITH COLOUR ELEMENTS | STYLE

Colour Elements App

I was recently invited along to Castle Galleries in Princes Square to find out all about Colour Elements and how their app can help you find the colours that work best for you and reduce clothing waste.


Simply send the team a selfie through their social media or email it to them, and you’ll receive a free, personalised colour ID with the ideal element for you – Earth, Fire, Air or Water. You can then use the app to browse colours from your element and create colour cards with complimentary combinations in order to inspire your outfit choices.

Colour Elements App Earth

At the event, Colour Elements director Karen Finn talked about how so often we wear just 20% of our wardrobes and the rest goes unworn as it’s full of impulse buys and things that don’t suit our style. I can certainly relate to buying things that are a bit different then sticking to my usual uniform of black Joni jeans and black or grey t-shirts! Colour Elements aims to help you understand what works best for you so you can shop smarter and really make the most of your wardrobe to reduce your own spending as well as the huge waste created by unworn clothes.

According to WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, an estimated £100 million worth of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year, and around 30% of the clothes in British homes have not been worn in at least a year. The impact on our finances and the planet is staggering, so finding ways to reduce our waste should be a priority.

Colour Elements Blogger Event Glasgow
Photo from the Colour Elements Facebook, with @kerrylyle_ and @meganflockhart

But it's not all so serious - Colour Elements is designed to make you feel more confident about incorporating colour into your life and help you find clothes that make you feel amazing. They are keen to point out, though, that they're not being strict with you and saying these are the only colours you should ever wear - at the end of the day everyone should wear whatever we want! Your ID is simply intended as a guide to help you, not a rule book.

The main element for me is Fire, which I'm not surprised about because of my hair! But Earth colours are also good for me due to my dark features and can help ground the Fire colours. This means all types of reds, deep greens and golds work well for me. Once you know your color ID, you can receive weekly emails with outfit ideas curated for your element, which you can then shop directly.

At the moment the app is only available on Apple devices which is a shame because I'm all Android, but I convinced Adam to download it on his iPad so I could have a play around with it. Hopefully it will be on Android in the future, but for now you can always use the website and sign up for the newsletter, as well as keeping an eye on their social media for more fashion inspiration.

The Body Shop Eyeshadow Palette

The Body Shop were also at the event to tell us a bit about their new masks and eyeshadow palettes. All the Body Shop girls were so friendly and knowledgeable about their products, and the eyeshadows I tried out were gorgeous! They were so kind to give us an amazing goodie bag which contained some of my favourite products as well as some new things that I can't wait to try!

Sugar Dumplin' provided amazing rum cocktails and thanks to The Trading House I now like rum when it's mixed with fruity things so I really enjoyed them! Zizzi's provided loads of food and I was over the moon to see dairy-free pizzas as well as gluten-free - it was so lovely of them to think about that! Snuggle Muffin served up delicious cupcakes and gave us cookies in the goodie bags and since I have a mild cookie addiction I was over the moon!

Everyone worked so hard to provide an amazing night for us all and it was lovely to meet some new bloggers and bond over our Instagram struggles! Be sure to tweet your selfie to Colour Elements or tag them on Instagram to find out your element!

How do you incorporate colour into your life?

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AUGUST RECAP

Shannon Darko

August was a pretty good month - I had loads of fun events to attend and occasions to celebrate. The downside though was the amount of time spent applying for jobs and the fact that I still don't have one. I'm writing freelance for a few places but would love to secure a full-time job, so hopefully in my next Monthly Recap that'll be the highlight! Anyway, here's all the awesome stuff that happened this month:

Thaikhun Silverburn Buddha

At the start of the month Adam and I tried out Thaikhun's new menu and saw Suicide Squad the same night. Check my Thaikhun post for a detailed review but spoiler alert: it was fab! Suicide Squad surprised me because I had been looking forward to it for ages, then the reviews were so bad and really put me off it, but it actually wasn't as bad as it was made out to be. It's not a cinematic masterpiece and I was a bit disappointed with the portrayal of Harley Quinn, but it was entertaining and definitely worth a watch.

8th Birthday Niece

My niece Orla turned 8 this month and I had a great day seeing her and the rest of my family for a catch-up and cake. I bought her a sparkly cat jumper which to be honest I was very jealous of! She loved it too, as well as the cute necklace I got for her and she seemed to have a great day so smiles all round!


Adam and I celebrated our anniversary this month, so after prosecco and strawberries at home we went for dinner and a comedy show at Wild Cabaret. We drink there quite often but this was the first show we went to and we really enjoyed it, even if the staff were a bit rude! The curry and comedy deal is great value at £10 each and the food was great so if you're looking for something to do on a Wednesday night I'd recommend it.

Colour Elements Event Glasgow Princes Square

Last week I went to the Colour Elements event in Princes Square where I learned all about their colour matching service and their app which tells you the colours that work best for you. I'll have a full post on this soon so look out for it! I met some fab girls there and had a lovely night drinking cocktails and eating amazing food provided by Zizzi!

Pug puppy

My sister Kelly got a pug called Hugo and I totally fell in love with him when I went to visit for the first time. Look at that face!! I'm dogsitting him and also looking after my two nieces next week and I'm very excited about it. He's such a snuggly little pup and spent so much time asleep on my lap, so adorable!

Glasgow Summer Sessions 2016 Biffy Clyro Fall Out Boy

Last weekend was the highlight of the month when I saw Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy (and more!) at Glasgow Summer Sessions in Bellahouston Park. It was a huge outdoor gig with a brilliant atmosphere and thankfully the weather was actually pretty good! Fall Out Boy have been my favourite band for over a decade (read my previous Fall Out Boy review) and they played Hum Hallelujah, my absolute favourite song of theirs, so I was very happy! Biffy put on an amazing show for two hours and the setlist was fantastic. They're definitely one of the best live bands I've seen and I can't wait to see them again in November!

What I listened to in August: Moose Blood - Blush, Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis, Honeyblood - Ready For The Magic
What I watched in August: Stranger Things (Loved it, obviously!), Bates Motel Season 2, Pretty Little Liars Season 7

What did you get up to this month?

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THAIKHUN SILVERBURN | NEW MENU REVIEW*

Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Silverburn

Last year, I was invited along to the launch night of Thaikhun in Silverburn shopping centre and had a great night sampling some of the dishes, so when they got in touch to ask if I'd like to try out their new menu I jumped at the chance.

Thaikhun Menu Curry Stir Fry

Adam and I headed there on Saturday, and after some shopping went for our dinner then to see Suicide Squad, so we had a great day. Especially when the weather's miserable (what summer?) it's good to have an indoor place like Silverburn to spend the day.

Street Sipper Cocktail Thaikhun

We got started with some drinks - we had a cocktail each and mine was so delicious. It was the Street Sipper, made with gin, passion fruit and orange - and served in a plastic bag! It was sweet and refreshing, and I could have drank many more! Adam had the Thai Takeaway which combined vodka, rum, pineapple, lime and coconut. Not my thing at all but he enjoyed it.

Thaikhun Moo Ping Pork Skewers Starter

To start, I went for the Moo Ping pork skewers and Adam had Moo Dad Deow - deep fried pork strips. Both dishes were lovely, but we both agreed the Moo Ping was the nicer of the two as the sticky marinade was so good! It also came with a chilli dip, the slight sweetness of which complimented the marinade perfectly.

Thaikhun Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob

My main was a dish famous in Bangkok called Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob. It was slices of pork on a bed of rice topped with a sweet barbeque sauce. It was very nice but I would have liked some more sauce as it was so tasty but there just wasn't enough of it! There was, however, a lot of meat (two different types of pork) and I just couldn't eat it all. Just one type of pork with more sauce would have been perfect.

Thaikhun Panang Thai Red Curry

Adam went for a classic Thai Red Curry called Panang. He said the sauce was very light and refreshing, and you can choose what meat you want with it which is a good option. He went for the duck and gave the meal two thumbs up! Again, the portion was quite big (there was a lot of meat in that bowl!), which is great, but as we were having three courses we did struggle to get through everything!

Thaikhun Thai Waffle Green Tea Ice Cream Dessert

Earlier in the day I had a craving for a sweet waffle but was unable to find any, so it seemed like fate when I saw it on the Thaikhun dessert menu! It was absolutely heavenly, drizzled with toffee sauce and topped with green tea ice cream, which I had never tried before but was surprised at how much I liked it. Adam went for chilli chocolate ice cream, which he enjoyed but the spice got a bit too much in the end, especially after a curry!

Singha Beer Thaikhun

There's a huge selection of restaurants in Silverburn and it can be overwhelming to decide where to go, but Thaikhun is well worth a visit, especially because you're guaranteed to get something a bit different there - whether it's a cocktail in a tin can topped with jalapenos, interesting flavour combinations you'd never have considered or even real creepy crawlies for the kids (!!) And please, do yourself a favour and get the waffle dessert - you will not regret it!


*Our meals were kindly provided by Thaikhun for consideration of review. All opinions are 100% my own as always. See my Disclaimer for more info. 

COULD DAIRY BE HARMING YOUR SKIN?

Does dairy cause acne?

If you've ever suffered from acne, you'll know the huge toll it can take on your confidence. You'll know that you end up spending tons of money on all kinds of skincare products, only for none of them to work.

I've been there. It's not something I've ever really talked about because I've always been embarrassed to, and didn't want to draw attention to my skin at all. But now that it's looking much better I feel more comfortable discussing it. Yes, I've tried countless different skincare brands and techniques, I've been prescribed a million different antibiotics which never made the slightest difference and I've spent hours researching skin online. I even went on Roaccutane which is a very harsh drug and the side effects were so unbearable that I had to stop taking it, even though my skin had started to improve a bit.

The only thing that has actually helped my skin in any meaningful way is cutting out dairy. I want to point out here that everyone's skin is different and it's also wise to speak to a professional before making any big changes to your diet. This is my story, it might not work for you but I hope it does. Also, there are no before photos in this post because even though my skin isn't bad now, the thought of posting photos from when it was is still terrifying!

The curious thing about this is that there's not a ton of scientific research to back up the claim that dairy can cause acne, but a quick Google search will show you loads of anecdotal accounts from people who swear it was the main contributor to their acne. I have spoken to many dermatologists and while they all stress that there is not enough evidence to firmly state that dairy can make acne worse, most agree that they often see a difference in patients who cut it out. The last dermatologist I saw said she never consumes dairy for that very reason.

My skin is now the best it's ever looked.


In 2013 the American Academy of Dermatology reported that studies were beginning to show that there was actually a possible link between dairy and acne, and the Harvard School of Public Health found a "clear link" between regular milk drinkers and acne sufferers. But what exactly is it about dairy that can be so bad for your skin? The main thing is the hormones in dairy, which can encourage over-production of sebum and lead to spots forming. Everyone has a different tolerance for this, which is why the dairy affects some people's skin more than others, and why some people see no negative effects at all.

I now know that dairy definitely has a huge impact on my skin and I can see the difference when I do eat it. When I was on holiday this year I allowed myself to eat it because come on, who can say no to numerous ice creams on a hot day by the pool? When I got home, my skin was terrible, even though it was pretty much fine before I went. I didn't regret having dairy on holiday but I was strict with myself when I got home and after just a week or so being back to dairy-free my skin had almost completely cleared up.

I'm not going to lie, it's been hard. Especially because I bloody love cheese. I still fall off the wagon sometimes and indulge in spaghetti carbonara or a nice lemon cheesecake, but that's okay. This isn't a diet and I'm not going to constantly deny myself things I love or beat myself up over eating some mac and cheese.

My skin isn't perfect and I don't know if it will ever be, but this change in my diet has helped give me back the confidence that I lost a long time ago. It's kind of frustrating, though, that I spent over ten years struggling with my skin, when really the solution was pretty simple all along. I wish one of the many doctors and dermatologists I have seen had at least mentioned dairy as a possible factor, because it could have saved me years of self-consciousnes. Like I said, everyone is different but if you're struggling with acne I would suggest that you consider cutting out dairy for a month or so to see if it helps at all.

Have you noticed a link between dairy and your skin?

2016 GOALS | UPDATE

At the start of the year, I talked about my Plans and Goals for 2016 so here's an update on how I'm getting on with the goals I set for myself in that post.

Books Lolita Just Kids Clothes Music Boys Vivienne Westwood

1. READ MORE

I've definitely achieved this one and I knew I would. Any uni student will know that studying leaves little time to read books of your own choice, especially in that final year. Since I finished uni in May I've constantly had a book on the go (currently reading Lolita) and have been reading my favourite magazines whenever I have any spare time. I'm absolutely loving having this extra time to read and I've discovered so many new authors recently.

2. BE MORE CONFIDENT IN MY SKILLS

I outlined three main ways that I could feel more confident in my writing: write more, read back my work and let others read it. I've taken steps for all three of these and have definitely been writing a lot more in the past few months. When I was at my internship at Kerrang! magazine I had a great opportunity to get feedback from several professional writers, which was so valuable. My lack of confidence showed here in that I was actually very surprised by how good the feedback was. I was told that my feature pitch was one of the best they'd seen from an intern and my album reviews were highly praised too. This gave me a huge confidence boost and I also took on board all the feedback I was given in order to improve.


3. IMPROVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY

This is an area I've made a bit of progress in, but not as much as I would have liked. Writing has been my main focus recently so I haven't been spending enough time on my photography to improve it a lot. I have been happier with my Instagram recently though, despite that stupid new algorithm! Next week, I'm going to spend one of my days off working on my photography and trying to take lovely photos for both this blog and my Instagram, so keep an eye out to see how that goes.

4. CHANGE MY OUTLOOK

This has been the hardest goal and the one with which my progress has been the least consistent. I go through phases of being very aware of my thought patterns and actively trying to make them more positive, then after a while I fall back into my old cynical habits. However, I have noticed that I'm generally more conscious about the way I think and often have a little word with myself when I'm getting upset or annoyed about something that's not actually that important. As cliche as it may be, I've been on the lookout for little postcards etc with nice quotes on them to put on the wall next to my desk. Paperchase do lovely ones for about 60p so I usually pick a few up each time I go in, and I now have a nice collection of reminders for myself.

I think I'm doing quite well with my goals so far, and this little check-up halfway through the year has spurred me on to start working harder on the things I've been neglecting. It's so important to assess your progress with things like this, and give yourself a pat on the back for your achievements. I'll do a final update at the end of the year, when hopefully I'll be happy with the changes I've made!

How are you getting on with your goals?

JUNE RECAP

June was a pretty crazy month, with lots of exciting stuff going on, so I just covered the major events here to stop the post being crazy long!

Blow Finnieston Salon Glasgow


My birthday was on the 12th and as it was a Sunday I decided to celebrate for the whole weekend. It definitely got off to a good start when I found out on the Friday that I had got a 2:1 for my degree! I was so happy, and after changing up my hair at the amazing Blow salon in Finnieston, I headed out for some celebratory drinks.

Maison De Moggy Edinburgh Ragdoll Cat Cafe


I spent the Saturday at one of my favourite places - the cat cafe in Edinburgh! As always, I had the best time cuddling the gorgeous kitties and hiding my cake from the very mischevious sphynx Elodie!

Birthday Dinner Glasgow Prezzo


I turned 22 on the 12th and spent the afternoon having tea and cake at Cup tearoom then had a lovely meal with Adam and my parents at Prezzo. Unfortunately I had tonsillitis and the symptoms started on my birthday so I wasn't feeling too great but I had a really nice birthday anyway, even though I had to spend all of the next two days in bed!

Kerrang Magazine Internship

The following week I was off to London on my own for my Kerrang! magazine internship, which was nerveracking and very exciting! I learned so much during my time there and all the staff at Kerrang! are so lovely - they gave me loads of great advice and I feel even more excited now to finally begin my journalism career.

Strathclyde University Graduation 2016


My graduation was at the end of the month and it was such a great way to bring my university life to an end. I has a brilliant day and thankfully the weather held up so there was plenty of opportunity to take nice photos, and there was also a photobooth which I can never resist! We then headed out for a nice dinner and drinks, and later I ended up dancing til 3am at the Cathouse, despite being massively overdressed for a Wednesday night there!

Big Ben London


This was definitely the best month of the year so far for me, as it was my first full month without any university stress and lots of exciting things were happening. I can't believe I'm now a graduate! Next month will be less eventful but I'll be spending a lot of time writing and looking for jobs, and I'm actually quite looking forward to just chilling out for a change!

What did you get up to this month?

ON TRYING NEW THINGS

I’ve never been the best at stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things, but that’s something I’ve been working on recently, and this new found adventurousness has worked quite well timing-wise with what’s going on in my life at the moment. Graduating from uni has meant that my whole life feels a bit up in the air while I’m wondering what the hell to do next. I know I want to go into journalism but I’m interested in so many different topics as well as different platforms. I’d be just as happy writing for a music magazine as I would be for a news website. I’ve been enjoying looking into different areas and shall hopefully be dipping my toe into them all over the summer to find out what’s best for me.

The Trading House Glasgow Bar


In the spirit of trying new things, I was invited along to The Trading House in Glasgow last month for their #ChallengeTradingHouse event, which centred around cocktails. I love a good cocktail but always stick to vodka or gin-based ones (French Martinis are my fav!) The purpose of the evening was to encourage us to give other cocktails a chance and so head bartender Calum asked each of us which spirit we didn’t like and the challenge was for him to make us love a cocktail with that spirit in it.

The Trading House Glasgow Bar


I said I didn’t like rum as I’ve tried it a few times and have never found it pleasant at all, and in all honesty I did not expect to like whatever was made for me. Calum decided to make me their signature cocktail, The Trader. It was made from Bacardi rum, elderflower, apple juice and “English Summer Garden” tea leaves. I never really enjoy floral drinks so I was even more skeptical, but I had to admit, the drink looked beautiful! Apparently a previous customer said the drink looked like it had been created by fairies and I totally got that! I could imagine drinking this on a hot summer's day in a magical forest, and who wouldn’t want a drink like that?

The Trader Cocktail Trading House Glasgow


So, the important part: did I like it? Yes! Honestly, I really did, so much so that I ordered another one! It was so light and refreshing, the total opposite of what I imagine rum to be. It tasted very summery and fruity, and not too strong. The rum didn't overpower the other flavours and I really enjoyed it. Calum said it’s a shame when people automatically dismiss a cocktail because they don't like the spirit in it and I'm definitely guilty of that. This event encouraged me to be a bit more open to different ideas and if I like the sound of the other flavours, I'll give it a go! I had a little sip of the other girls’ cocktails too and let’s just say that I can definitely see why The Trading House was named best cocktail bar in Scotland!

The Trading House Glasgow Cocktails



Now that I have the confidence to be more adventurous with my drinks choices, I can work on transferring that confidence to other areas of my life. I want to try loads of new things this summer and I have a few lined up – I’ll be heading on my first-ever solo trip to London in two weeks, finally starting driving lessons next month and hopefully doing a lot of new writing. This will be the Summer of Newness and I’m so excited for what’s to come!

MAY RECAP

May was a very busy month indeed, with quite a lot going on. The first half of the month was completely taken up by uni as it was my final semester. My dissertation was due on the 4th and I'm quite happy with what I produced. It was about the effects of social media on feminism so it was really interesting for me to research and I learned so much.

Dissertation Hand In

I then had three exams which were terrifying but I think they all went okay and the feeling of relief when I finished my last ever exam was insane! I can't believe I'm actually done with uni now, it's scary and amazing at the same time. Now it's just the agonizing wait for my results then I'll be graduating (hopefully!) at the end of next month.

Trading House Glasgow Bar


Just two days after my exams finished I had a lovely night at The Trading House in Glasgow for their Challenge event based around cocktails. Look out for my post about the event very soon, but it was great to hang out with some lovely ladies and relax after all the stress!

Sentido Zeynep Hotel Turkey


Adam and I booked a very last minute holiday to Turkey and left four days after I finished up with uni, so it was a mad rush to get all my holiday clothes on time but it was totally worth it for the amazingly chilled 9 days in the sun! Our hotel was beautiful and we had the most perfect sea view, plus the staff were all so lovely so it was a great holiday. I was able to just lay by the pool or on the beach, drinking cocktails, reading and generally relaxing and it was exactly what I needed. I feel so refreshed and with a much clearer head than before I left.

Kerrang Magazine Internship


Also this month I was offered an internship at Kerrang! magazine which I'm so, so excited about. I really didn't expect to have this opportunity and I'm so grateful for it as it'll be great experience for my career. I'll be spending a week at their offices in London in June so if you have any recommendations for cool things I can do on my own in the city please let me know!

Next month will be very busy too but it's all exciting things that are happening and I'm so happy that my summer has officially begun!

What did you get up to in May?

GANT WHITE SHIRT X WHITE PAGE | OOTD

Gant White Shirt x White Page


Gant have recently launched their White Shirt x White Page project to highlight the versatility of a classic white shirt. It's like a blank canvas for you to get creative with and tailor to your own style. They asked me to show how I would style this key piece and this is the look I came up with.

Gant White Shirt x White Page Project


I wanted to add a bit of an edge to the shirt as that's my kind of style and I don't tend to like looking too pristine or done up. A leather biker jacket is the easiest way to toughen up any outfit and it works so well as a contrast to the clean white shirt.

Gant Air Oxford Shirt White

Forever 21 Black Cord Wrap Choker


A shirt can be styled in so many different ways just by changing up the way it's buttoned - I unbuttoned it quite low to show off this awesome choker for a subtle nod to the Western trend. When unbuttoning it so far, I think the choice of bra is important. A non-padded, non-push-up keeps it more sophisticated and doesn't show too much.

Monochrome Grunge Outfit


I sized up in the shirt for a more casual feel and so that I could have it half tucked in without being too tight, but I probably could have stuck with my usual size as the shirt isn't too small-made anyway. The way you tuck in a shirt is another way to completely change the look and fit of it, so play around with different sleeve lengths and ways of tucking the bottom in to create different vibes.

Leather Biker Jacket Black Skinny Jeans OOTD


I always love a good black and white outfit because it just always looks chic and it's so easy to mix and match monochrome pieces. I do tend to wear mostly black so throwing on a lovely clean white shirt is a quick way to brighten up my look, especially now that we're getting some sun!

Gant White Shirt x White Page Project


Shirt: Gant*
Jacket: Mango (similar)
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: H&M
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Choker: Forever 21 (similar)

Big thanks to Adam for being my lovely photographer!

How would you style a white shirt?

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