Monday, 8 September 2014

#TeenBlogSeries ; Hello!

Hello Stylistas!

So today I've been a bit cheaty with the theme 'Favourite high street products'... I actually did a guest blog post on YasElle's blog with the same theme... so it shall be on there momentarily! If not, tweet Yas :)

Also, I've also completed another guest post for 'Six out of Ten' Magazine entitled 'The real life of tabloid journalism' which you should visit now! tinyurl.com/l3r9xsz  

Ta ta for now, xo

Monday, 1 September 2014

It's our BLOGIVERSARY!

Happy birthday to ArrayO'Style! 

Yes this blog has been alive and living for 3 years now.

Today, I did have a big competition planned... but hey plans change and there are some things in life that just don't go according to plan. I could say that about ArrayO'Style. At the start it did take a long time to get readers coming back for more and I still think that. But, I think we are functioning fine as we are. So what we are not huge like Bethany Mota or Zoella's blogs? So what. We are fine for ourselves and well, readers do follow us and email lovely messages. <3

Stop comparing yourselves to others and you will soon flourish.

But, I do have a mini competition for you all- use the hastag #MYSTYLE with a picture and blog link to the favourite article I've posted. The best ones will get a retweet, regram and mention on the blog along with the chance to interview me for a future 'Viewers Q&A' post or maybe video...  :)



#TeenBlogSeries ¦ Best Foundation and Brow routine for teens

Hola Stylistas!

So as part of the #TeenBlogSeries programme todays post is about the 'Best Foundation and Brow routine for teens'. As someone who isn't a beauty blogger this will be a treacherous post. 

I'm not going to lie, but I don't do the whole make-up thing or brow routine so this post will probably lack in content... but lets begin.
Why don't I do make-up? Because I'm a teenager, not an adult. I'm not saying that teenagers shouldn't wear make-up in general, as no-one should judge anyone else. A lot of women in my life have said their best beauty tip is to not wear make-up when they didn't need to, especially when you're young and youthful as it'll be regretted in your latter years. And well, I'm not one to argue with my mum, grandma or anyone older :)

*Interupted by a parcel from Roxy and had a mini meltdown as it was not how it was in the photo, oh god*
So I class Foundation as make-up. Another reason I don't like applying it is A) my skintone has a chameleon ability, so it's hard to find one which isn't orange and actually matches. Frankly extra stress from finding a matching tone is not desired. B) Foundation just stops spots healing! Period. Spots need air to heal so concealing them with more toxic, chemicals just won't help in the long run. No-one wants another volcano eruption, am I right girls?

As for eyebrows... they've witnessed either high praise or nasty comments... from either make-up artists or peers. You can guess who said what in the comments :) * In regards to comments I have tried to reply to them, but blogger doesn't let me do threaded comments for some reason, so let me know on Twitter if you haven't received a reply as I value comments!*

Surprisingly, I do nothing to my face in general. Apart from cleanser, toner and moisturizer. For eyebrows, I've started using the Rimmel 'Brow this way' styling wand. Mainly because it was cheap and the ends of my brows have been going a bit wacko lately. Too early a stage to tell a difference. 

To conclude, I hope you've found this different but hey variety is the spice of life, one's rant is another's treasure.

Hasta La Vista Stylistas!
K. xo

Monday, 25 August 2014

#TeenBlogSeries ¦ 10 Facts about me

Hola Stylistas from far and wide!
So I've just heard about #TeenBlogSeries which is a ten week programme for teen bloggers where a different theme is revealed each week and all the teen bloggers involved post their interpretation of the theme at 6:30pm on Mondays through the #TeenBlogSeries hashtag.

Todays theme is '10 Facts about me' and on with the post we go...

  1. I've been blogging for nearly 3 years. This is an eye-opener as blogs have suddenly become a cult sensation within the last year, every company or retailer seems to have one and have only recently become a common factor in the job workplace, already. Sad as it now devalues the content written. 
  2. I've been retweeted by Zhenya Katava, Kelly Mittendorf and Karolina Kurkova. If you're a bit puzzled and feel alienated at the names you just read- they are models! And that's one of the issues I love to write about and even got me into the final of #ColumnIdol with The Sun Newspaper.
  3. A blogging event sent me to A&E with hypothermia. No further comments.
  4. The most popular blog post I wrote was 'Summer Bucket List 2013'- ironically I didn't do half of the things on the list.
  5. If I'm not blogging; you'll find me volunteering at Girl Guiding meetings, on a photo shoot, working, studying or burning off cupcakes.
  6. Yes, I go mad for cupcakes! Frankly, who wouldn't? It's a feasible, immaculately decorated portion of cake!
  7. My sister is my nail model as I have no nails for nail art tutorials! Literally, I had to order false nails for my prom night and well... I couldn't grab or hold anything as they were so impractically big for my fingers. 
  8. I don't wear make-up voluntarily. Which disadvantages me for future posts in this series sadly :(
  9. The Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game is slowly growing on me (I hate the Kardashians... sorry, but how is someone moaning about their expensive life worthy of a TV show?). I'm on the A-list, thank god.
  10. Until last Thursday, I was the only family member (in my house) to have not attended a grammar school. 



Good Morning Stylistas!

Happy Summer all!

If you are new to this blog or haven't checked out my twitter feed @ArrayOStyle - welcome. This morning I collaborated with the mainstream, morning Television show 'Good Morning Britain' about going back to school. I wasn't actually on the show (sadly, it was scheduled though) but I wrote '5 Top Tips to solve #BackToSchoolBlues' for the Good Morning Britain website- for you to view here: http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/back-to-school-blues 

And enjoy your back holiday Monday!


Friday, 22 August 2014

The Summer Tag




1. Favourite bronzer for summer?

I'm not really a make-up girl, (she says looking at the rest of these questions and realising this is rather inappropriate) and I think with the summer heat enriching your skin that bronzer will just melt on your face. Imagine, your sweat drenched from the sun with make-up on it. And as every girl (and occasional) guy knows; make-up makes you feel the opposite of 'fresh'/ 

2. You're relaxing in a hammock on a tropical island, what are you sipping on?
Tough question as I'm normally just a water girl (not literally, I hate swimming haha) but it depends how lazy the sun makes my mood, if so I'll just grab an old-skool Capri-Sun to prevent moving drastically. 


3. Favourite summer lip product?
My favorite summer lip product is the Kiehl's Lip Balm SPF4 'Sunscreen' in mango as it's non greasy and keeps these lips hydrated- with the tantalising taste of mango remaining for a good time length. 

4. Pool or beach?
If I was on holiday, it would have to be the beach as pool's are over crowded and the beaches abroad are sandy, scenic and pure. Giving the impression no-one has retired their in the heat ever. But in Britain, we have too many stones and sea weed on the beach- which is definitely not sandy, scenic or pure for relaxation. So undecided... but I'd lean towards the beach. 

5. Summer = crazy hair! What's your must have styling product?
None, keep it natural and sleek.  Release your inner hippie. 
6. Sun bathing or fake tan?
Sun bathing because who wants to look like a streaky, orange? 

7. Favourite summer nail polish?
I like the blue rhapsody polish by Essie because it reminds me of how the ocean should appear- idyllic. 

8. Any summer traditions?
I'm always working so I'm rarely chilling as said before... which is kind of sad because summer holidays are meant to be spiritual, mental and physical breaks from school and work.  But hey ho. It's becoming a summer tradition where I do some sort of work experience, write a whole bucket list which I never complete and try to get a head start on projects/musings. I think it's becoming a tradition on results day where my friends and I steal empty bottles of alcohol, fill them up with water and take photos with captions like 'Lets get hammered tonight'. :) 

9. Favourite summer scent?

I love Daisy by Marc Jacobs - it's effervescent floral, fruitiness is what summer's all about! Giving your mind a break and realising the beauty of the world - that is often underlooked in demanding, work lifes.  But anything Hollister as they just convey the scent of something exotic, flamboyant and out of my price range. 

10. Favourite BBQ food?

Hot dogs (she says, aware of having no BBQ around). 

11. What's your favourite summer proof product?

A good book is always a good summer proof product as it releases the reader to an unknown world, escapism. At the moment it is 'Moonwalk' by the King MJ, rest his soul
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12. Any summer vacation plans this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream trip...

Sadly no plans, just work and driving towards the dream. But if I had no travel restrictions I'd head to Paris in the morning to engorge the delectable pastries for breakfast then visit Miami Beach and chill with some friends for the day. When we surrender to the heat, a trip to Disneyland Florida for a bit. For lunch, I think a trip to Italy is ideal then a visit to Hawaii and watch the stars in the Maldives. 

I tag Alicia,  Stella Etoile and Chloe to do 'The Summer Tag' :)


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Monday, 18 August 2014

How to take a good selfie #SelfieSunday

How to take a good #Selfie. 

It pains me to even mention the dhastly word (well euphemism) on the blog, but I saw VOGUE comprise a similar post and it suddenly struck me the lengths of how self-obsessed we are as a society. Surely if Vogue are writing about it... it must be something worth writing about... or at least something that wants to be read. My sister agreed and said I should write up some tips for more readers (hey it's better than a generic 'summer wishlist' or 'back to school wishlist' blog post). 

** Before I begin, I'm not a 'selfie expert' (who is? okay maybe Izabel Goulart) but I do work with Photoshop and cameras on a regular basis, so I can give advice on a photographer and well, Instagram scroller's view**

Tip 1- Wear fitted clothes
This may seem obvious, but if your body parts are fighting to get viewed... We won't be liking them. It's just inappropriate.

Tip 2- Check the lighting 
This may be really obvious, but it's very hard to edit over even the smallest bit of dark lighting in a selfie (even with a filter), so try to get as much natural sunlight as you can when taking one. 

Tip 3- Check your surroundings

This may be common sense; but always double check your location for anyone ready to but in. Also, try to ensure no-one is watching the selfie taking session as well... they may bring it up later around someone potentially life changing or devastatingly attractive. 

Tip 4- Angle your face accordingly and POSE! 

I think of selfies as the natural you, in your natural habitat. In that case, selfies are spot lifesavers! If you see someone looking really great in their selfies, but rubbish in real life- they angle their face and the viewer's attention away from their imperfections. Got a spot? Use your hair to hide it away. Got no hair and a spot? Take the photo in a different face location- or maybe look the opposite way of the spot. 

And finally tip 5- SMILE. 


After all, no-one's going to follow you if you look unfriendly. 

Hasta la Vista Stylistas
K, xo
@Arrayostyle