Tuesday, 2 December 2014


The annual British Fashion Awards took place at the London Coliseum last night and the style stars were out in force. In attendance were designers, models, editors - basically every influential person in the fashion industry.  As you'd expect, there was not only a fierce fight amongst the celebs to win the awards, but also to win the crown of best dressed on the red carpet. Luckily, I'm here to give my verdict on the ensembles from the night...

Cara Delevingne won model of the year wearing this stunning Burberry gown with Christian Louboutin heels. Gorgeous.

Saturday, 29 November 2014


Oh why hello there, haven't seen you in a while. I think it's about time we had a good catch up isn't it?

Back in September I had one of the best experiences of my life. My dream of having work experience at a magazine finally came to fruition...
Waking up at what seemed like the crack of dawn for a teenager (but in reality was 7am, a pretty reasonable time for most), I scrambled to find my most "fashionable" outfit. I then made the short trip to my local train station and headed for London Paddington. 
The moment I stepped off the train, the typical London public transport chaos ensued but I kept a cool and level head as I made haste for the Bakerloo Line. Getting off at Oxford Circus I switched lines to Central. I was one stop away. Tottenham Court Road.
The hour and a half journey had flown by and standing outside the big glass doors of Bauer Media, inside awaited my fashion and beauty work experience placement at Heat magazine.

Sunday, 14 September 2014


A few weeks ago I went on a family holiday to St Tropez in the south of France. Not only is St Tropez famous for it's amazing beaches and boats that fill the harbour, it is also renowned for it's designer shopping stores. One such store is the Dior House.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Thanks Izzie from Fashion et Moi for nominating me for the Liebster Award. For those of you who don't know, the Liebster Award is a cyber award for bloggers with less than 200 Bloglovin' followers and is a great way to interact with other bloggers and get to know them better. 

The Rules
- Link the blogger/s that nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions they asked
- Nominate 11 more bloggers with less than 200 Bloglovin' followers + let them know
- Come up with 11 new questions for them to answer
- You cannot nominate the person that nominated you!

So here are my answers to the questions Izzie asked me...

Monday, 25 August 2014


Recently I have become increasingly obsessed with interior furniture and decorations, (maybe it's a sign that I'm getting older *oh dear*). The one thing however I have been most obsessed with is: desk space. I absolutely hate the desk I currently have in my bedroom. It's too small and I find I never have enough space to work productively - I almost always end up doing my work on my bed, which is not ideal. So I thought I'd do a little blog post on some desk space ideas that I really like, and hope to one day have in my room. 

Saturday, 16 August 2014


The world's first material girl. The pioneer of the conical bra. The age defying leotard wearer. Yes, I am of course talking about Madonna. A style icon, who's a perfect example of the world's of music and fashion colliding. Often changing her style, ranging from goth to disco, Madonna truly is a chameleon of fashion. Here are some of her most famous looks. Enjoy!

Looking youthful in a promotional shot for her second album, Like a Virgin in 1984.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


Devon has always been like a second home to me. I've been going there ever since I was a child as my grandparents lived in the little sea side town of Brixham. Since their passing, Devon seems to hold a special place in my heart and my family actually bought a house down in Kingswear seven years ago.

Ever since holidaying in Kingswear, we have always made it our mission to drag ourselves out of bed and have breakfast at a café called Alf Fresco (see what they did there?) at least one time every trip. Situated in Dartmouth just a short ferry ride away on the other side of the harbour, it's open from 7am - 2pm, and because of it's popularity, there is normally if not always a queue. This time however, we were lucky. No queue.

Monday, 28 July 2014


Walking through the large glass doors you are immediately presented with what seems like a traditional Italian marble wall. On the wall reads the words: THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION.

Last week, I attended The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the V&A Museum, which ended sadly yesterday. The exhibition showcased fashions by designers including Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, and Giorgio Armani, spread across 5 sections: Return to Luxury, Tailoring, Made in Italy, Cult of the Fashion Designer, and Italian's Fashion Future.

Monday, 21 July 2014


If you know anything about me, you'll know that I love Disney. When I was younger, I always wanted to be a Disney princess, so much so that one time I tried to close a door just like Cinderella but managed to trap my fingers! Nice one Anna. 

One of  reasons Disney movies are so good is of course their staying power. Years later, I find myself still attached to these characters and I don't feel embarrassed to admit that, and I can happily watch the films and listen to the songs without cringing. (However, I refuse to watch Bambi, Dumbo and The Fox and the Hound ever again! *wipes tears from eyes*). Not only are the classic Disney films still great, but the company is still releasing entertaining films today such as Tangled and Frozen (Olaf is literally the best thing ever!).

And now it seems these characters from my youth have come to life - well, almost... Artist Jirka Väätäinen has created some beautiful photo manipulations of these animated royals, and one villain - Ursula haunted my dreams for a good few years - entitled Real Life Disney Girls.

Cinderella from Cinderella

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


This is without a doubt, my favourite lipstick of the summer! Maybe of the year, but we'll have to what until 2015 to see. So, what is the mystery best beauty buy in question...?

 When I came home for the summer after my first year at university, I was pleasantly surprised at the selection of lipsticks that had magically appeared on my dressing table in a make up bag. It turns out, my mum had decided to give me some of her lipsticks that she had never used. What a sweetheart my mum is.

Monday, 14 July 2014


Coco Chanel and Bridget Bardot lead the charge for fashionable French women in the first half of the 20th Century, but there are plenty of women following in their fashionable footsteps today. Marion Cotillard is one such woman. Capitulated into the limelight in 2007 after her multi-award winning performance in La Vie En Rose (she earned an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe!), Cotillard has been one of my red carpet and off duty fashionistas ever since. While she took some time to get into her stride (lets not look back at the early noughties shall we?) once she got it, she got it good.

She wore this gorgeous white cape with a Chanel Couture dress to the 2008 BAFTA Awards.

Thursday, 10 July 2014


It happens to all of us. We get judged on our appearance. Some may say this is a normal part of life and we just have to deal with the fact that the prettier people get further in life - this could not be more wrong. Girl's and women these days are growing up with the wrong ideas of what it is to be beautiful, and how much importance should be placed on striving towards the ideal standards of appearance - the belief that if they look better, they are better. 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


My first outfit of the day on ANNA IN VENTURE is finally here! Saturday 21st June was the longest day of the year, a.k.a. the summer solstice, and in honour of that day I decided to dress in my most summery outfit of the year so far.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


A few weeks ago, on Monday 26th May, I visited the Pradasphere exhibition at Harrods in London. 

On the 4th floor of this world famous department store, was a Prada inspired paradise, with clothes, shoes, books, and images everywhere. It was like a mini museum tucked away in the maze that is Harrods. 

The exhibition was arranged in six zones: Origins, Evolution, Typologies, Specimens, Construction and Observations. 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


In celebration of Miss Jolie's 39th birthday, I am taking a look back at her most memorable and fashionable looks. From goth girl to glamazon, Angelina's style has grown up with her. Whilst she still gives us hints of her former black-dominated style here and there, her fashion sense has evolved into that of a sophisticated woman. Keep rocking the red carpet Angie!
I love this picture of a very young Angelina. Even at 10 years old she had her own sense of style. Here she is attending the Oscars with her dad, John Voight.

Sunday, 18 May 2014


My  most recent makeup purchase is this: Rimmel London's Wake Me Up Concealer. I have heard a lot of good things about this product so thought I would try it for myself to see what all the fuss was about. Well, the fuss was justified...

Thursday, 15 May 2014


That's it. My first year of university is officially complete.
Yesterday, I submitted my last assignment, and I just wanted to write a post about my fresher experience...

I have honestly had the most amazing/interesting year. I remember the first day I arrived. Lots of my flatmates had already moved in and I was one of the last to arrive. Not only was I nervous because I was one of the last to arrive, but I had been at my school since I was 11, and hadn't been in a new educational environment since then. I've had the same friends since I was 11 and had forgotten what that "new school" environment felt like, where you don't know anyone and try and make new friends. Luckily for me, everyone in my flat was lovely and I settled in very quickly, despite being extremely homesick.

I loved the first few months. Getting to know everyone, in your flat and on your course; discovering a new city; learning how to cook; and trying to manage my money... (not so good at that last one). Everything was new and exciting and I felt independent for the first time in my life.
Freshers was an absolutely crazy two weeks. I never really went out clubbing before I came to uni so that whole scene was new to me too. Going out every night for 14 days straight was exhausting, but I loved it. Advice: definitely take advantage of freshers fortnight.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014


Mean Girls is possibly the most quotable film of all time. It's unsurprising it has stood the test of time, still being popular today, 10 years later.
If you haven't seen Mean Girls, seriously what have you been doing with your life?!
Don't be put off if you think  "chick flicks" aren't your thing. Mean Girls is actually a lot more than that. It's a cleverly written comedy showcasing a satirical view of the high school experience to which both boys and girls can relate.
If you haven't seen it yet, here are some gifs to help convince you. And if you have, watch it again! You know you want to!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Hollywood's new sweetheart and Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has just been named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman 2014. To celebrate this, take a look back at her best red carpet looks! Not only has this beauty got serious acting chops, she can give anyone a run for their money in the style stakes...

 Lupita stunned in this white and gold Prada gown, worn to the Toronto premiere of 12 Years A Slave.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


I absolutely love Easter. What is better than relaxing all day whilst eating a shed load of food mainly consisting of chocolate? That's right, not much.

This year, myself, my mum, dad, and dog all crammed in our car filled to the brim with food, and drove up to Stafford to visit my brother at university. Two and a half ours and one toilet stop later and we were there. Unfortunately, our lovely plan of having a picnic by the Staffordshire castle was thwarted by rain, however we managed to get a table at a local pub and the hot helpings of a Sunday roast certainly warmed our cockles.

By the time we had stuffed our stomachs fit to burst, the rain had stopped, and so we decided to venture up the castle and give the dog a bit of a run about. For a 14 year old dog, she can still give me and my brother a run for our money in the energy department.

Monday, 31 March 2014


Is makeup art? I believe we may have found the answer to that question in this. And the answer is yes.
Three extremely talented artists have teamed up to create the "Art of Faces" series. The team consists of photographer Alexander Khoklov, retoucher Veronica Ershova and make up artist Valerya Kutsan, who have combined their skills to make these optical illusion images. 2D or 3D?

Optical illustion makeup on real people

Monday, 24 March 2014


A week ago today I turned 19. In celebration of only having a year left of being a teen, I thought I'd share some of my recent accomplishments with you, and things that I hope to achieve in the future - kind of like a New Year's resolution post, but a very late one.

1. Last September I began studying fashion journalism at university. This was quite a big deal for me as this is something I have always wanted to do, but I never believed it would happen. It was never made aware to me that fashion journalism was an option at university. I was told it was either "fashion" or "journalism" - never a combination of the two. I didn't want to make clothes, and I didn't want to write about the news. I wanted to combine them both and WRITE ABOUT FASHION. Now I can say, that I DO write about fashion and I'm loving it. Not only has being at university let me study something I love, it has made me more independent, as I now have to do all my own cooking and cleaning. I have also met some amazing people who I hope to stay friends with for a very long time. I hope that studying this degree will open up more opportunities for me in the world of fashion and that I'm not scared to take them!

Monday, 17 March 2014


Today, I have decided to do a beauty post. Considering the fact that I have quite a substantial makeup collection, I honestly don't know why I haven't posted about beauty and makeup previous to this post. But nevertheless, here we go! This post is all about my basic 5 items that I use everyday.

The rules of the Face Five Challenge Tag:
1. Use 5 and only five products to create a complete makeup look
2. Each different product counts as 1 product
3. No palettes are allowed
4. Tag 5 others to complete the challenge
5. Have fun!

So here's my 5... 

Monday, 24 February 2014


Most people spend their Valentine's either on a cute date with their partner, or crying into a tub of ice cream. I, however, did neither. On Friday 14th February, I was lucky enough to attend a blogging event at the fabulous Danish eyewear company CrossEyes in London.

CrossEyes is possibly the coolest eyewear brand ever focusing on style rather than price. I was especially impressed with the wooden sunglasses and glasses. With a varied range of colours and styles, there is a pair to suit everyone, and it's definitely value for money!

Set out in an equally stylish space, the company's staff were on hand to help and are clearly passionate about the brand and it's concept.

I am in love with CrossEyes and you should be too!

Saturday, 1 February 2014


Zooey Deschanel. Actress. Singer. Designer?

I absolutely fell in love with Zooey as Jess in the hilarious sitcom New Girl. However, before this career defining role, she had supporting roles in films Almost Famous, The Good Girl, Elf, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Failure to Launch, Yes Man and (500) Days of Summer. Quite an impressive list. But this kooky Californian truly found international fame in the form of Jessica Day. A teacher looking for a new apartment after breaking up with her boyfriend moves in with three guys, and becomes the 'new girl' in the loft. On top of all the awards she has won and been nominated for, Zooey also finds time to do music with M. Ward, creating the unique sound of She & Him. So what's next for this accomplished star? Fashion, designing a capsule collection for Tommy Hilfiger.

Saturday, 4 January 2014