Friday, 28 September 2012

Nail of the Day ~ pink spice.

accessorize illusion duochrome swatch pink spice
I love love love Accessorize's Illusion nail varnish collection, I already did a nail of the day with another one from the collection called Aztec. Today it's the turn of Pink Spice, which like all the Illusion nail polishes is a duochrome, and it's such a pretty one! The main colour is a vibrant shimmering fuschia and in different lightings shifts to orange. It's so nice! Normally I wouldn't wear something so pink but the shimmering effect makes it less bold and more ever changing. As always with duochromes it was really hard to catch the shift, I wandered around the house trying out different light sources til eventually I found a few suitable spots.
Application was good and easy and it dried quickly. Two layers was enough for full coverage but I did three. It did chip pretty quickly (hence why they look a bit uneven in the photos - I did a quick touch up) but since it's only £4 and I didn't use a topcoat I'd say that isn't too bad.

I am getting back into the blogging properly now that I'm getting into the swing of uni so watch this space!

Don't forget I'm currently doing a giveaway on the run-up to my one year blog anniversary where you could win an ASOS voucher, all you have to do is follow Good Morning Angel and leave a comment telling me what you like and what you think could be improved on the blog (enter here).

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Outfit of the Day ~ heather hued lips.

  Cross suspender tights ~ Missguided
Velvet skater skirt ~ Primark via ebay
Cross vest top ~ DIY
Chain print scarf (used as belt) ~ New Look
Butterfly necklace ~ Accessorize
Amber cuff, cross, star and charm bracelets ~ Past Time, ASOS, Pieces and gifted
Slouchy hat & creepers ~ ebay
Round sunglasses ~ Primark
Purple lipstick ~ Lime Crime in Chinchilla 
Under eye dots ~ Yves Rocher luminelle Eyeliner in Noir

Hi everyone!
This is going to be a short post, just warning you. I'm sorry I haven't been blogging very consistently recently, I've just started uni and things are busy - which is becoming too much of a common occurrence. Uni is good so far, some interesting modules (Principles of Neuroscience anyone?) but there's been a fairly major screw up which is a little annoying.
This outfit was taken on Brownsea Island - when I was on holiday with the boyfriend in Swanage, it's this lovely National Trust place near Bournemouth and you have to get a little boat to reach it. I'd been wanting to go for aaagggesss and when we finally went it was so nice! The weather was mainly good and we saw a deer (that I named Jennifer) who just didn't care and there were dragonflies everywhere. Brownsea is known for it's red squirrels, since grey ones haven't been introduced the red squirrels are thriving and we saw one the minute we got off the boat. Then there peacocks and peahens and their babies as well as chickens and ants building hills. It was just so full of nature!
I really wanted to wear my Chinchilla lipstick and at the moment 'cause of my black hair it looks alright. I love that some of the heather was the same pretty lilac colour! It's the little things. As for the hat I love how it adds an edge of grunge to most outfits, especially one like this which has a risk of being a bit too girly (for me). The other day I found out that BFF1 has in fact bought that exact same skirt after seeing me wear it and when we went to London together we ended up both wearing, it was pretty funny.

Anyway, that's it for now. I'll do a longer post at some point. I've got a few things planned (including a DIY or two, yay) so hopefully they'll be going up eventually.

Don't forget I'm currently doing a giveaway on the run-up to my one year blog anniversary where you could win an ASOS voucher, all you have to do is follow Good Morning Angel and leave a comment telling me what you like and what you think could be improved on the blog (enter here).

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Passion for Fashion ~ 5 outfits, 5 occasions.

Hey there!
Today's post is going to be slightly different to usual in that it is for a competition are hosting. The aim is to create 5 outfits each with their own theme; causal, outdoors, first date, party and office wear, using online shops with a budget of £200 for each. The overall winner gets £1000 and an ipad and a winner for each category will be picked and get £200 (for more info go here). It kind of sounded like a dream of a competition so in I dove (and just in time since the deadline is now tomorrow)! I definitely spent a ridiculous amount of time on this challenge but it was actually really fun so I regret nothing!
As a student (and a general money tight Scrooge) I am always looking for deals so when the brief said to “make potential savings wherever possible” I was on it! A lot of online retailers have student discounts and at the moment as well as discounts on their new or old collections. In the prices I have also included P&P since I think a lot of people ignore this even though it can make up quite a large part of the overall cost of buying an outfit online and I put any money saving oppertunities next to the prices to show all the factors that contributed to savings.
What I normally do when I'm working out an outfit (being it for an Outfit of the Day or something like this) is doodle it out to make sure everything works together, so I've included neatened versions of those drawings so if you're like me you can get an idea of the outfit when it's put together.

Casual ~ Grunge & Gothic

This is the kind of thing I’d wear if I was chilling at home, out shopping or with some friends. Even though it's an common connection to make I don’t think causal has to mean boring, I think these are the kinds of times where you can wear things that really represent your style and who you are as a person. I accidently ended up with a sort of black and white theme with a pop of colour with the jumper, which is nice and warm and can be worn with the sleeves rolled up, the way I like it. The creepers compliment the jeans with their black & white theme, without being too garish, since the jeans are already quite a statement. I love these jeans so much and even more due to the 20% student discount and Motel's free P&P all year round. 
These hats are so in at the moment and I love them, I quite like the idea of sprucing it up with one (or two) cute little pin badges. The nail varnish matches the jumper and I kept the jewellery simple due to the statement that the jeans already make.

Striped Jeans ~ Motel, £38.40 (20% off + free P&P)
Creepers ~ ebay, £19.98
Beanie ~ ASOS, £5.40 (10% off + free P&P)
Jumper ~ H&M, £23.39
Necklace ~ Rock n' Rose, £20.95
Badge ~ ASOS, £5.40 (10% off + free P&P)
Rings ~ H&M, £2.99 (combined P&P)
Rucksack ~ ASOS, £44.00 (on sale + free P&P)
Nail varnish ~ ASOS, £4.50 (10% off + free P&P)
Total: £165.01

Party ~ Pastel & Witchy

I don’t do things in half measures so when I go out I go all out. I love how much wearing a wig can change how you look entirely, as long as it doesn’t look tacky or cheap and I think this one is so beautiful and looks well made - I would probably wear it casually too. I chose this particular one because of how lovely and current dip dye and pastels are at the moment. I really like Jeffery Campbell Litas, however I am not willing to spend over £100 on a pair of shoes and I think a lot of retailers have cottoned onto this so now there is a massive range of similar designs for a lot less. I chose the lilac ones to match that amazing wig.
I decided on a long black dress because I think it's an under appreciated alternative to the little black dress. This one escapes being boring by having the slits that go just high enough, not only that but at the moment Urban Outfitters has 20% off for students and free P&P. Also, with the nights getting colder having a bit of extra material can be greatly appreciated.
I really love the witchy look at the moment (it doesn't help that Halloween is on the way) and although I chose a spiked headband I could have equally have gone for a black floral crown or a head chain. I love how black lipstick looks but at the same time a pastel nude would have worked as well if black is a bit too extreme for you, but for me it's perfect. Due to the dress being quite simple the jewellery I chose offers a lot more colour, texture and shapes.

 Bracelets ~ Topshop, £15 + P&P (10% off)
Lilac wig ~ Gothic Lolita Wigs, £47.50
Lipstick ~ Barry, £4.49 + £3.95
Necklace ~ Topshop, £16.50 (10% off + combined P&P)
Platform shoes ~ Missguided, £32.54 (15% off)
Dress ~ Urban Outfitters, £46.40 (20% off + free P&P)
Spiked headband ~ Topshop, £9 (10% off + combined P&P)
Clutch bag ~ New Look, £14.99 (click & collect)
Total: £190.37

Outdoor ~ Starry & Practical

As someone who goes on a fair amount of walks (generally in windy, muddy places) I know the most important thing about “outdoor” clothing is practicality, and especially as A/W rears its head, warmth. This parka is a nice variation on a classic (note that it isn’t the standard khaki) and with a big fluffy hood like that there’s not much of a need for a hat or an umbrella. I’d say it’s also thick enough that for the average walk knitwear isn’t needed either. Heels really aren’t an option but these gorgeous studded boots will definitely do, they look sturdy but on trend. I also like the idea of wearing a floral headband as a nod to festival wear, plus when walking through woodlands you can pretend you're some kind of faerie.
Everything is pretty simple in terms of patterns, with an overall theme of greys and reds so the t-shirt adds a main graphical element. Astronomical symbols are everywhere at the moment and this one is particularly pretty. To match it I chose some shorts with little star studs. I could have chosen tights but I like the idea of long, over the knee socks that can be pulled up high or pushed down if it gets too warm. Gloves and a snood are added for obvious reasons, but they're small enough to fit into the pocket of the parka if need be.

Parka ~ Dorothy Perkins, £53.10 (10% off + free P&P)
Boots ~ New Look, £34.99 (click & collect)
Over the knee socks ~ H&M, £10.89
Vest top ~ Urban Outfitters, £20 (20% off + free P&P)
Shorts ~ Etsy, £35.37
Gloves ~ ASOS, £4.50 (on sale + free P&P)
Snood ~ H&M, £6.99 (combined P&P)
Floral headband ~ Etsy, £22.11
Total: £187.95

First Date ~ Comfortable & Cute

So, here’s the thing. I’ve never really been on what I consider to be an official date, but I will use my imagination. If it were me I’d probably under dress for fear of looking like I’ve tried too hard but I thought I’d have a bit more fun with this outfit, I envisage a cute confident girl wearing this on her first date as opposed to myself - they are all things that I would wear. So my thinking is when going on a first date you want to look feminine without coming on too strong or looking like you’ve tried too hard. Obviously hearts and a lot of pink are a big no go. I chose this dress because I love it, the colour is such a rich, autumn colour and the stars are cute touch. It's a great shape, not too restricting, floaty and the sweetheart neckline gives a little bit of a romantic, vintage feel. Thanks to student discount I would get 10% off the price and everyone gets free delivery which I think is a really great feature of ASOS.
I paired it with sweet, frilly socks but also some tights to keep all that leg warm. I could have just chosen some plain nude tights but I liked the idea of adding another interesting little detail that isn't too overpowering. As a plus they're also on sale. I think it's important to feel comfortable in order to be yourself which on a date is pretty important. If you feel relaxed then you come across as yourself. With that in mind I chose a big, warm chunky knit cardigan in white to match the stars on the dress.
The accessories are dainty and subtle. The star theme is continued with the ring and the necklace in gold to add some warmth to the white. I couldn't resist adding a sweet velvet hair bow in the same colour as the dress. I kept the bag simple and fairly small, just big enough for a purse, a phone and a few essential, nothing too cumbersome and the little bows are a nice detail (I chose to buy a few things from Topshop so that I wasn't paying P&P for just one item). On the comfort theme again I chose flat shoes, I can't think of anything worse than tottering after your date in some ridiculous heels. I feel like flats keep it slightly more informal as well, if that makes sense.

Cross-body bag ~ Topshop, £29.00
Chunky knit cardigan ~ Ebay, £16.14
Dress ~ ASOS, £40.50 (10% off + free P&P)
Velvet bow headband ~ Etsy, £9.48
Star necklace ~ Etsy, £11.37 (free P&P)
Star ring ~ Etsy, £9.48
Brogues ~ Ebay, £19.74
Frilly socks ~ Topshop, £3.50 (combined P&P)
Tights ~ ASOS, £5.00 (on sale + free P&P)
Total: £123.36

Office Wear ~ Refined & Retro  

I’ve never been in an office situation (all of my jobs have been in retail or in bars) so I can only guess about these things. When I started putting together this outfit the dress came to mind straight away, I love it so much and I feel like the slightly retro heels and the white belt (which is currently 25% off at the moment!) counter balance the girly feel of the dress to still give a mature working woman vibe. The dress is quite busy (collar tips, polka dots etc) so the accessories had to modest. I chose a silver, white and black theme due to collar tips with dark green as a colour accent in the form of tights and nail varnish. Out of the earring (although all of them work with the outfit) I would chose the flower shapes ones with the pearl accents. Not only are these earrings amazing value for money, I managed to catch them whilst there was a free P&P offer for a few days!

I thought it'd be nice to include some practical things and I love the idea of stationary being an extension of someone’s style and Paperchase is definitely where it’s at in terms of fashionable stationary. I think these notebooks are such a great idea; each has a different function; a to-do list, notes and contacts, perfect! The laptop case as well is both fashionable and useful for looking after your computer. Another practical thing I wanted to include was a coat. This trench coat is simple and not too bulky, just perfect for walking from the train station to the office, with tights to keep legs warm.
I chose a fairly big bag, because as a working gal you have a lot you need to carry around; purse, laptop, diary, pencil case, makeup bag etc. In keeping with the slightly retro feel of the outfit I went for a timeless, luxurious looking tote. A really cool feature that a lot of retailers have started doing but what New Look did first is have the 'click & collect' option, where your order gets delivered to your local store where you can pick it up for free, no need to pay P&P. I live about 10 minutes from my closest store so I think this is such a great feature!
To top off the outfit I went for a beautiful, dark red lipstick. Classic and elegant! 

Dress ~ Glamorous UK, £34.94 
Shoes ~ ASOS, £16.50 (on sale + free P&P)
Belt ~ ASOS, £4.50 (25% off + free P&P)
Bag ~ New Look, £24.99 (click & collect)
Tights ~ H&M, £7.89
Nail varnish ~ ASOS, £3.00 (30% off)
Earrings ~ Dorothy Perkins, £6.00 (20% off + free P&P)
Notebook Trio ~ Paperchase, £12.25 (10% off)
Laptop case ~ ASOS, £15 (on sale + free P&P)
Trench coat ~ H&M, £29.99 (combined P&P)
Lipstick ~ ASOS, £3.00 (on sale + free P&P)
Bracelet ~ Etsy, £19.10
Total: £177.16

Friday, 21 September 2012

One Year Blogversairy Giveaway ~ ASOS voucher!

I am so happy to tell you that very soon (4th October) is the one year anniversary of when I put up my very first blog post. I have been writing Good Morning Angel for a whole 12 months! So I thought to celebrate I would do a little giveaway! I spent ages trying to think of something that would appeal to as many people as possible and then the boyfriend (you can tell he's the real brains behind the operation) suggested an ASOS voucher, so not only can you choose whatever you want but I can email it so I don't have to pay for P&P.
So there is a 
£10 ASOS gift voucher 
up for grabs as long as you do the following!

1. This is an international competition but the voucher will be for  
2. You have to follow Good Morning Angel on either GFC (the box on the right) or Bloglovin'
3. Leave a comment saying a) what you like about Good Morning Angel and b) what you think could be improved and include your email address
4. For an extra entry tweet about the giveaway where you must include a link to this post (and tag @L_Figment if you want), e.g. "@L_Figment is having a giveaway on her blog where you could win a £10 AOS gift voucher, check it out!"

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Good luck! The giveaway will last 3 weeks and the winner will be announced on the 5th of October.

P.S. I will be checking all the entrants and making sure they've done both compulsory requirements. So far there are some people who have only done two out of three.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Plastic Fantastic ~ Etsy Special, Part 2

Earlier this month I did a post focusing on all the amazing laser cut acrylic jewellery that can be found on Etsy. I couldn't fit everything I wanted to into one post and to be honest I've got so many more I want to share with you but I've decided to limit myself to two posts. Here is the second part full of imaginative, cute, affordable piece.
Hello, You! ~ Star Pendant, £4.46
I like how slightly witchy this is without relying on vaguely controversial symbols. Plus I'm just massive fan of stars anyway. It's also available in wood which is really nice and it's so cheap you don't really have a reason not to buy it.

Japanophile UK ~ Cherry Blossom Necklace, £5.99
I always like finding interesting uses or effect with laser cut acrylic and I think this is such a lovely, subtle piece, including that elegant curve.

Szmoon ~ Sin Kitten Necklace, £12.74
There's something so ridiculous and adorable about this silhouetted satanic kitten. I kind of sort of need it.

Didepux ~ Radiant Mermaid Necklace, £10.68
This effect is so pretty and I've been in a mermaid kind of mood recently (I blame the turquoise hair). It's also kind of Fairykei Decora style wise, which I like. I also really really like this mermaid as well, it's in a very pretty frosted acrylic. It was hard to pick which one to show but I've also featured something from the same shop at the bottom. Other word necklaces I like are this cute "Lolita" one and this glittery "Cute" one which is so cheap (£5.00) and in the currently super popular dripping font.

Gemmipop ~ Goldfish brooch, £6.00
I'd seen these brooches at a local shop in Brighton before so I thought it was cool to see them on Etsy too! They're so cute and affordable. I also really like the swan as well. If you prefer necklaces I found this really simple, really cheap (£4.00) little bat one.

Sarah Keyes Jewelley ~ Skeleton Key Necklace, £16.11
I know I already featured this shop in the last post but they have so much good stuff I had to show you one more thing. I love this design so much! Like the one from before it's subtle and elegant, which can be difficult with a potentially cheap looking medium like acrylic.

Finest Imaginary ~ Golden Apple Necklace, £7.10
Check out this fairytale Snow White-esque necklace, available in red as well! In an odd way I find it kind of dreamy. They also do a cute teapot design that I bought BFF1 for Christmas - I chose the wooden option.

C.A.B Fayre ~ Octopus Ink Splatter Necklace, £18.04
I really like how interesting the texture is on this is (although if you prefer it comes in plain colours) and octopuses are just cool really. I like it in brooch form too.

I'm Your Present ~ Custom Necklace, £11.54
 I've come across a lot of custom name necklaces (like the ones from Tatty Devine but much cheaper) and I think this one is my favourite. They offer a lot of cool fonts and colours, my favourite colour is the 'radiant' effect one, these cool inverted cross earrings are in the same effect. If you're looking for other cool custom name/word necklaces I would also recommend emiko - they do loads of different fonts, including the ever popular 'creepy/horror' font.

So, that's it from my forage into Etsy's laser cut acrylic jewellery and I've come up with a few too many beauties that I now need. 
What were your favourites? Found any others I missed?

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Outfit of the Day ~ little green birds.

Sewing machine necklace ~ gift
Ditsy floral shift dress ~ H&M
Noah's arch bracelet ~ And Mary via Ollie & Nic (gift)
Over the knee socks ~ Primark
Creepers ~ ebay 
Chunky knit cardigan ~ New Look

I've applied for a job at New Look and I am so impatient to find out if I'm even in the runnings for it, I've temped for them loads before but it would be super awesome to actually work there permanently. Plus, the store is like a 10 minute walk from where I'll be living (with the boyfriend) so I cannot think of a more perfect situation. I'm hoping I get it or else I will probably have to wait to dye my hair in case future employers aren't happy with it. I'm also starting my 2nd year of uni soon and I'm really excited for that as well!
We did this outfit during the last burst of summer, apparently things are looking to get colder now. We went to a nearby graveyard, although it's actually called the Peace Garden which is such a lovely name. Whilst we were walking around we saw a kid and his grandparents picking blackberries and later on there was a cluster of tree where there were loads of little birds flitting about in really close proximity to me. Peace Garden felt like a fitting name. There were some really old graves as well where trees had started growing sort of in them and it was really pretty how the wood and the stone had integrated.
The other week I went camping with some of my friends and it was kind of really lovely, the times before we've found glow worms and watched a meteor showes but this time we just chilled round the fire, played music and chilled. One of my friends has given up drinking for a bit and I think it had a good influence on everyone, now it's getting colder we have to say good bye to the little wood where we stay for a while.
As for this outfit, although it was too hot to wear it I wanted to show you the cardigan. I recently got it from the New Look on Oxford and I think it is just the most perfect shade of forest green and it's so soft and comfy. I also decided to take out BFF1's birthday presents to me out for a spin, they're freaking cute!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

I Put Some New Shoes On And Suddenly Everything Is Right.

Today's post is going to be short and sweet. I thought I would share with you one of my most recent purchases. I was browsing the ASOS sale the other day when I came across these beauties. I put them in my "Save For Later" section and when I checked a day later it was showing Low Stock which is not surprising considering these were £26 down from originally being £89 so I bought them asap.
Underground are a legendary brand for creepers (along with TUK and Demonia) so I was pretty damn happy that I got them and that when they arrived they were the right size. I wasn't sure if I was going to keep them however since they are just so green and my foot wear rarely veers far from black. However considering how gorgeous the quality of them is I decided to keep them, especially considering how terrible my other creepers are. I got those from ebay a few months ago and they are already falling very much apart, whereas these ones have a lovely weight to them, the insides feel nice and outers are actually suede.
The suede thing is both a good and a bad thing - it's good because suede is a great quality material but it's bad because it's a pain to look after and I've noticed already they get easily marked. Considering the every day torture my shoes go through I might have to be a bit more careful with these guys.
Either way, I'm glad I kept them, not only do they challenge my style a little bit I'd never be able to afford such great shoes normally. So yay!

Have you made any purchases recently that were total bargains? And have you got a favourite brand of creeper?

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