A Gift Guide That's Pretty Damn Glam

After a month of complete and utter blogger's block I have returned with a vengeance - and I come bearing gifts.

With just over 2 weeks til' Christmas we are about to enter panic-buying season, and nothing is more stressful than going shopping without any idea of what to get. 

Everyone knows the best presents are personal. Going for something that suits a person's style/personality is always a winner - and avoids the embarrassing recycled gift situation.

If you're having a mental block about what to get your friend and time's running out, I bring you inspiration in the form of my 3 all-time fave fictional characters - all very different but all equally fabulous.

All that's left to do is decide - is she a Holly, a Carrie, or a Regina?


 1.THE HOLLY:

First of all, if you haven't seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, do yourself a favour and watch it immediately. Holly Golightly is the original New York City it-girl and she just oozes elegance. If you've got a particularly classy friend who likes to look expensive at all times, check out the Holly-inspired gift guide below for some ideas...
Xmas Gift Guide - Holly Golightly

BUY IT: Fur Stole - £9, Eye Mask - £9, Lipstick - £26, Gloves - £38
Style Book - £12, Sunnies - £25, Earrings - £4, Robe - £24



2.THE REGINA:

We all know a Regina George. Whether it be the popularity, the overwhelming presence of pink (on wednesdays, naturally) or the downright bitchiness, there is no shame in channelling a bit of mean girl attitude when the time is right. Here are some gift ideas for your local queen bee, white gold hoops included...
Xmas Gift Guide - Regina George

BUY IT: Lipgloss - £14.50, Jumper - £16, Mug - £10, Book - £15, Shoes - £45
Clutch - £10, Skirt - £25, Phone Case - £6



3.THE CARRIE:

Last but by no means least, Carrie Bradshaw. She's always overdressed, always on the go and never afraid to push the sartorial boat out. If your pal is creative, hardworking or just downright fabulous, treat her to one of these glam pressies...

xmas gift guide - carrie bradshaw
BUY IT: Skirt - £34, Candle - £1.99, Mug - £5, Pencils - £13, Notebook - £12, Lipstick - £48, Watch - £45, Clutch - £45, Book - £7, Necklace - £10, Shoes - £60

And if your bestie doesn't identify with any of the above? 
Buy her a pair of festive socks - it's her own fault for not being fabulous enough.

Happy shopping!
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BACK TO UNI - A Mini Room Tour






It's that time of the year again and it's safe to say I'm more than a bit freaked out to be starting my third and final year at uni. I've had the best summer and I'm looking forward to getting back into the routine of uni life, but I am most definitely in denial about entering the 'real' world when it's all over - can't my life just consist of noodles and wine and lie-ins forever? 
As I've arrived a bit earlier than most of my flatmates I've kind of been twiddling my thumbs for the last couple of days (even though I should probably be reading ferociously to prepare myself for the first seminars next week...) so I thought I'd take a couple of snaps to show you guys my humble term-time dwelling. I love my little room, and although there's not a huge amount of space (it's so small that I couldn't take a whole-room picture, apologies) it's cosy and an all-round good deal considering it is student accommodation. 
I'm 100% one of those people who's mood is affected by their surroundings, so as soon as I moved in I busied myself with making the empty room a bit more 'me'. Minus the hideous brown carpet and TRAGIC wardrobe (had to leave half my clothes at home - don't want to talk about it) the room is now definitely less drab and more fab. Here's to third year!
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10 things I learned at V festival 2014


Yesterday I arrived home after 3 nights at V Festival in Stafford looking like I'd been locked in solitary confinement for 3 months. Don't get me wrong - I had a fab time with the loveliest people - but it's safe to say that I'm a girl who likes her creature comforts. Amongst all the fist-pumping/shouty singing, I picked up a few important lessons from my weekend in Weston Park (which I think probably apply to the majority of English festivals)so here they are:

1. You can only buy one type of food at a festival, and that is the beige variety. Deal with it.

2. Although the words 'mosh pit' conjure up images of heavy metal and nosebleeds, the English version tends to be more like a group of pre-pubescent boys politely bumping into each other whilst ferociously head-banging to Example.

3. Bum cheeks are the new black.

4. If you're feeling the cold, the most effective way to warm up is by going to a silent disco and doing the running man to Whitney Houston whilst everyone else is rapping to Tinie Tempah.

5. Never ever enter a port-a-loo without mentally preparing yourself for the horrors you will inevitably face. I wasn't ready; now I do a lot of rocking back and forth/staring into space whilst softly singing 'Everybody Hurts'.

6. Sometimes you'll be at the front of the crowd air punching for your life, sometimes you'll be half a mile away with a 7ft man mountain blocking your view of the tiny speck that everyone assures you is Lily Allen. That's just life.

7. Tents are all fun and games until you're having a wrestling match with the poles in torrential rain at 8am on Monday morning.

8. This is the only occasion where you can get away with wearing a poncho (apart from being on a log flume/in a small mountain village in Mexico), so make the most of it.

9. Do not name your future child Alan/Steve unless you want them to spend the rest of their life being shouted at by random drunk people from across a field. 

10. Justin Timberlake is a living god. Fact.
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How to be a Kardashian


1. Ensure you are at the top of your selfie game

To be a true Kardashian you must learn your angles - upload at least 1 selfie a day across all social media platforms to achieve optimum results. It's not that the world doesn't know how gorgeous you are already, it's just that they constantly need reminding - plus when you're wearing an outfit that costs half a mil' it'd be rude not to, right? Choose a filter and find the light, pronto.
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2. Master the art of the 'candid' photo
'O-M-G was that the paparazzi? I totally did not notice. I was just on my way to pick up a Starbucks and they caught me wearing nothing but Vuitton and an immaculate blow-dry. Damn.'
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3. Mingle with other famous and fabulous types
Actors, musicians and models will do, but the best kind of friend is the designer friend. Kim's already nabbed Balmain's Olivier Rousteing, and Khloe and Kendall have been seen cosying up to Valentino himself - so if you want to save your billions and get a cheap deal on next year's 'it' bag, you're gonna need to get networking.
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4.CONTOUR!
Your face must look like it has been carved from flawless marble at all times. Ensure that your live-in make-up artists sculpt your face within an inch of it's life before leaving the house - the end goal here is to look like a china doll crossed with a Disney princess. 
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5. Obtain cute kid to carry around as an interactive accessory
Possibly the most difficult on the checklist, but definitely do-able. They look great on camera, plus carrying around a baby whilst wearing 5 inch heels makes you look like superwoman - just make sure there's a team of nannies on hand if things start to get messy - nappy-changing just isn't very 'Kardashian' if you know what I mean.

Seems simple enough?
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Style Crush: Solange Knowles


There's no doubt her big sister has raised the bar when it comes to a bit of healthy sibling rivalry, but if there's one thing Solange has got Beyonce beat at - it's knowing how to dress. The younger Knowles sister is known for her musical and DJ-ing talents, but it's her bright, statement suits and colour-pop separates that have made her a big name in the fashion scene in recent years. Solange oozes casual cool, and she's not afraid to make bold choices both in clothing and beauty (I'm referring to those incredible floor-length braids that must have required their own seat on the private jet). Considering my love of monochrome and understatement in my own personal style, my obsession with Solange's rainbow wardrobe comes as a surprise even to myself. However there's no doubt colour blocking and crazy pattern prints are summer staples - and summer is what Solange does best.

Here are some of my favourite looks (special attention to that 3.1 Phillip Lim white ensemble - absolute perfection), to give you some spring/summer inspo!





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Clueless: Beverly Hills on a Budget

Let's not beat around the bush, Clueless was the Mean Girls of the 90's but with way cuter outfits. Okay, so some of the headgear Dionne sports is questionable, and let's be honest not many of us could turn up to school rocking a feather boa, but you can't help but respect Clueless Costume Designer Mona May for her brave and inevitably iconic choices. For a 90's girl like me, watching Clueless is like watching a personalised catwalk show. Every time I watch it I notice a different pair of shoes or a cute top (sometimes I even find myself pausing parts and searching Google for a particular outfit)and I'm ALWAYS tempted to buy white knee-high socks. Always. Granted, the film is pretty dated (it came out in 1995 - I was 1 year old and couldn't really pull off anything but a baby-gro at this point) but there is a timelessness in Cher's love of fashion, and her aversion to dressing to impress guys, that means she'll always be relevant. 

Exhibit A - Iggy Azalea's amazing video for Fancy, her new track with Charlie XCX. She has the Cher strut down. Fierce.



Inspired by Iggy and Charlie, and thinking that there must be someone else out there who lusts after the Clueless wardrobe as much as me, I've put together a few outfits that are as close as we can get to Cher, Tai and Dionne's fabulosity 19 years on. On a student budget of course... no Calvin Klein for me just yet.

Here are a few of my favourites and how to wear them now:
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The LRD



Dress - NELLY.COM £23, Lip - 'Trigger' Topshop £9, Shoes - TARGET.COM £39

The sexiest Cher looks in the whole film (apart from that sheer blouse/Calvin Klein number - goddamn). Save for special occasions only, like trying to seduce gay guys.

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Gym Bunny

Tshirt - Zalando £14, Vest - River Island £6, Shorts - H&M £3.99, 
Pumps - Dorothy Perkins £10, Bag - Accessorize £22

COME ON. Who looks that good playing tennis at school. Wish I could get my hands on that Chanel phone purse.

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Queen D
Co-ord - Etsy.com £36, Shirt - FashionUnion.com £11, Alice Band - John Lewis £3.50, 
Shoes - Dorothy Perkins £30, Gloss - MAC Lipglass in 'Viva Glam' £9

My absolute favourite outfit of the whole film. It just works. Even the crazy 70's collar and cuffs.

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Spicy Tai

 

Tshirt - Topshop £12, Cardigan - Amazon.com £7, Skirt - Zalando £29, 
Scrunchie - Forever 21 £0.60, Tights - Pret-a-Beaute.com £24, Shoes - Nine West £38

This is the first outfit Tai wears to school after her makeover, and there is no doubt she is officially a total 'Betty'. That skirt is the cutest of the cute.

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Check Her Out

Beret - Amazon.com £5, Shirt - Delias.com £18, Dress - Boohoo.com £27, 
Blazer - Jigsaw £69, Knee Highs - Debenhams £21, Shoes - Topshop £49

Not as iconic as the yellow checked outfit Cher wears at the beginning of the film, but much more wearable. Tartan is finally back and I couldn't be happier. Me and Cher have waited for this day for 19 years.
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P.s. Not only should we bring back matching outfits on a scary level, there are a few choice phrases of Cher's that need to be a thing again. Here's a quick glossary of the best 90's slang to go with your new knee-highs:


1)Totally Buggin'- upset/freaking out
2)As if! - used to express disbelief
3)Baldwin/Betty - goodlooking guy/girl
4)Monet - someone who looks good from far away but up close it's a 'big old mess'

Cher it up Bettys!
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Wanna-beys: The 5 Best Beyonce Covers


Although the majority of us are guilty of getting our diva on in the privacy of our own shower (excellent acoustics and wet hair whipping practically equal part two of the Crazy In Love video am I right?) it is only the very brave and very talented who dare to tackle the dreaded Beyonce Cover and share it with the world. Although I have spent many a happy hour (when I should be doing uni work, cleaning, or some other mundane, un-fab task) browsing home-made YouTube videos of people belting out Bey numbers, those who really seem to do the Queen justice tend to be musicians that we already know and love. I've always been a huge fan of Radio 1/1Xtra's Live Lounge and have recently been trawling through their back catalogue, as well as Rinse FM and Ont' Sofa archives to dredge up some of the most glorious Beyonce covers you will ever hear. You'll be singing 'SURFBORT' all week. You're welcome.





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