Style Build: The Style Grid

Hello Lovelies,

Earlier in the week I posted an Autumn/Fall workwear capsule wardrobe using items currently available on the UK high street. I used the style grid developed by Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb because I think it is simple to use yet really effective. I encountered Catherine’s blog last summer and became a little obsessed with creating mini capsules with her grid on Polyvore. I thought I’d share some of them with you here. Most of them are pretty colourful and fun. I hope they inspire you to create mini capsules with your own clothes and help you when you shop for new items.

This one is called ‘Slimy Pink’. It’s a play on the psychobilly look I love to rock on most occasions. Slime green is one of my favourite colours, it contrasts well with pink (and purple too). It’s kind of creepy but humorous too.

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Slimey Pink

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Slimey Pink by misshoneybare featuring a cotton knee length skirt

This one is called ‘Juicy Brights’. I think this is a great work wear capsule for summer time, the colours are so fun yet a few of the pieces are tailored and chic. Pink and orange are not seen together very often yet they harmonise well.

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Juicy Brights
The following one is called ‘Sly Green’. The various shades of green harmonise with one another and are taken back a bit with the black and grey pieces in the capsule. Check out those McQueen peep toe heels, drool!
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Sly Green
I named this capsule ‘Monochrome Splash’. A black and white set with splashes of bright red to lift it a little. These are the colours I used to wear almost exclusively for a good long while, black, red and white. Apparently tartan is on trend this season, so it seems every Autumn/Winter!
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Monochrome Splash
The final capsule I’m sharing with you today is called ‘Cute Chic’. Very overtly girly pieces mixed up with some tougher elements, like the DM boots and the spiked cuff.
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Cute Chic
And there they are. Which one is your favourite? I think mine are Monochrome Splash and Sly Green, they closely resemble my current style. I hope you enjoyed looking at them as I did putting them together. That’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading!
MHB
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Paris Trip: What I wore.

Paris Trip. Tiki BarHello Lovelies,

I arrived home from Paris a couple of days ago, me and my Beau had an amazing time. We mostly looked at dead stuff which was interesting, creepy and fun. It was pretty cold over there but it was dry and sunny at least. We did a lot of walking, I am still pooped out! Here’s what I wore from my capsule wardrobe…

Day 1: I totally forgot to take a photo but I wore my black Capri pants, indigo vest top, black sweater and boots traveling out there. Comfy and practical and yet still smart. We checked into our hotel and then went wandering up to the Bastille (well, where it used to be) and along the river before heading to a vegan Asian fusion restaurant for take-away to eat in our hotel room.

Day 2: Striped stretch pencil skirt, long sleeve black scoop neck top and indigo sweater. I wore my leopard print beret to keep my head warm. I wore my boots again because we were doing a lot of walking and I decorated them with my purple rose hair clips. We went to the Pantheon, ate vegan cake and went for drinks at the Pop In bar in the evening.

Paris Outfit 01Day 3: I wore my striped skirt again but this time I wore it with my off the shoulder tee and a red belt. I wore a red bandana too to tie the colours together. I wore my boots and added skeleton hands to my bandana. We went to Pere Lachaise cemetery to see the graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison to name just a few. Paris Outfit 02Day 3- Evening: I changed into my leopard print wiggle dress and added red lipstick for the evening. I originally planned to wear my heels to my beau’s gig at the International but kept my boots on so I could have a proper dance.Paris Outfit 03Day 4: On the Sunday, we were heading off to the catacombs. It was freezing so I put on my Capri pants, leg warmers, boots, vest top, sweater and my convertible wrap with my fuzzy hat to boot. Not the most stylish of outfits but I was damned if I was going to freeze!Paris Outfit 04So, as you can see, I didn’t wear everything I packed. I didn’t wear my heels, all of my accessories, evening top or blouse but had we gone out for dinner somewhere fancy, I would have had something to throw on. It also meant I had plenty of choice without over packing. I managed to get my Mr’s clothes and toiletries into the same small case as my stuff! I’ll be posting more about my Paris trip over the next week, including a look at some of the vegan eateries and the creepy places we visited. That’s all for now though, thank you for reading.

MHB

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Look of the Day: Slimy Pyschobilly Shimmers

LotD 09Hello Lovelies,

Quick Look of the Day post. This was the hair and makeup I wore to last week’s Death Jam, complete with creepy accessories.

I primed my eyes and dusted them with a bit of translucent powder. I then used a shimmery lime green all over my lid and up to the crease. In the outer corner of the crease I blended in a pearly sea foam blue/green. Using the brush with the translucent powder on to blend out at the brown bone.

LotD 04I lined my eyes with black liquid liner ending in a wing. I used a long wearing black eyeliner to line my lower waterline. I finished off my eyes with two coats of jet black mascara.

LotD 02I penciled in my brows using a taupe colour and gave them a slight flick up at the ends. I blushed my cheeks with a wash of pink creme blush and added a beauty mark with the liquid liner.LotD 03 I then used a bright juicy pink lipstick on my mouth and blotted it back slightly so that my eyes were the emphasis.

LotD 05I piled all of my hair up on top of my head in neat little barrel curls and stand up pin curls. I made a little side rolled fringe and tied in a lime green chiffon scarf. I added a few creepy accessories for good measure. LotD 07 LotD 06 LotD 01LotD 08 Although the shimmery green shadow is quite a bright colour, it hasn’t shown up as well on my photos (bad lighting, tsk!). Although this makeup and hair was for an evening event, it’s a look I like to wear in the day too. Bright colours cheer me up, especially in the depths of winter!

Well, that’s all for today, as always, thank you kindly for reading. Until next time. <3

MHB

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Nails: A (kind of) Leopard Print Nail

Hello Lovelies, just thought I would do a quick post on the nail look I wore to go with my Flaming EyesLotD. It kind of looks like leopard print which I was very excited about as it was really quick and easy to achieve. I used one coat of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects foil varnish in ‘320’ gold. I then added one coat of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects crackle varnish in ‘311’ black.

I topped it all off with a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat to seal it all in. It doesn’t look too leopard print like up close, but from a distance it kind of does and in a pinch, that is good enough for me. I love leopard print but I don’t always have the time (or patience) to paint on a proper 2 or 3 colour leopard print nail design.

Look of the Day: Flaming Eyes

Hello Lovelies. Today I thought I would share with you a hair and make-up look I wore to Raven Six’s burlesque graduate show with The Cheek of It Burlesque school. Check out her performance here, she’s another one to watch! I’m calling this look ‘Flaming Eyes’ because, well, the eyes looks kinda flamey!

Awh, I look kind of sad in this photo, lol. Anyway, this look was all about the eyes and is deceptively easy to do, trust me! I started off with a little Too Face Shadow Insurance eye primer to ensure my shadow stayed put all night. I then used my Mac Fluidline Gel liner in ‘Blacktrack’ and a flat brush with a pointed end to paint on my winged cat eye shape.

I then used a matte red shadow (mine was from the one from the Curacao Sleek palette) and blended it up from the crease line upwards to fade it out. Make sure that you do not go over the black, it’s meant to be a crisp line.

Next, I used a matte nude shadow to blend downwards from under the brows and into the red to diffuse it slightly. White eye pencil was used to line the lower waterline. I added the outer edges of some false lashes I had left over and lashings of jet black mascara. I finished off the look with a light coverage foundation, a wash of soft pink blusher and a pink lipgloss. Eyebrows were darkened slightly with Rimmel’s brow pencil in ‘Taupe’ and a slick of Barry M’s clear brow gel/mascara. I kept everything else light as I wanted the eyes to be the focus. Of course, if you fancy a bold lip, go for it!

I kept my hair simple, sweeping it up into a chignon and attaching a poinsetta hair flower I made (forgot to get a photo of that, sorry!). I rolled the front of my hair backwards into a swirly pomp to prevent my hair looking too severe. I sprayed a ton of Tresemme’s Freeze Hold hairspray onto it to make sure it stayed in place. That stuff is seriously strong! So there you have it, flaming eyes. Let me know if you give it a go, I’d love to see photos. You could even try it with different colours. I also like to do this look with slime green instead of red.

Look of the Day: My Birthday Style

Hello Lovelies. Last week it was my birthday and the boy took me out for a day of adventures at the Natural History Museum. We then had some cake and then Thai food in the evening, bliss! Here is the make-up and hair style I wore for the day.

I applied eye shadow primer to start. I used a silver shadow from the upper lash line to the crease. I then placed a small amount of black shadow to the outer crease.

I then used a fluffy blending brush to diffuse it slightly. Blending into the crease and upwards. I then used a matte nude shade from the brow bone and blended it down to the crease to soften.

I brought the silver shadow to the lower lash line. I used the black shadow on the outer corner of the lower lash line and blended them together. I lined my lower waterline with white. I finished my eyes off with a flick of black gel liner and black mascara.

On my mouth I used a bit of soft pink lip stain with some lip balm over the top. I wanted my eyes to be the focus of this look.

My brows were defined using a taupe pencil, I extended them slightly and flicked them up a touch at the ends. I used a rose pink blush on my cheeks and used the black gel liner to create a small beauty spot on my upper cheek. I set the spot with black eyeshadow to make it last longer. I wore my hair in a sleek 50’s bob with an antique coloured rose on the side I had pinned back.

I painted my nails with two coats of a metallic Navy Blue from Barry M (colour 292). I stuck a skull and crossbone nail sticker (from Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique) on each pinkie. I topped the whole thing off with a coat of Seche Vite to seal it.

I had a great day geeking out and goofing off with Simon. Here’s to another fab Birthday! Thank you kindly for reading. x

Look of the Day: Misty Swamp

Hello there! Well, it’s been quite some time since I posted saying I’ll be blogging on this site. I have been paying a lot of attention to Heyday Honey, Sticky Honey’s vintage sister site. But here I am with Sticky Honey’s first real blog post and it’s a look of the day. I’m calling this eyeshadow look ‘Misty Swamp’, I was inspired by all the foggy, frosty mornings we have been having in London lately. It puts me in mind of 1950s B-Movies, where some vile monster emerges from a misty swamp to bring terror to the inhabitants of some small, back-water town!

I used a matte vanilla shadow over my entire lid as a base. I then blended in a slightly shimmery aqua green into the socket line, right up to the inner eye.

Tip: If you have close-set eyes, you may want to keep the green shadow to the outer socket line to give the illusion that they are slightly further apart.

I then brought it out and into a sideways ‘V’ shape on the outer corner of the eye. I lined my entire eye with a dark green kohl pencil and smudged it out a little to soften the look. I added a dusting of white glitter shadow over the centre of the top lid and finished my eyes off with some black mascara to ‘ground’ the look.

Tip: Adding shimmer to the centre of the lids of deep-set eye is great as it helps bring them forward.

I lightly defined my brows with a taupe brow pencil and set with brow gel. On my cheeks I applied a pinky cream blush and a pink tinted lip stain on my mouth so that the emphasis was on my eyes.

My look was finished off with a pomp and a ponytail and I was all set to meet my friend for a tasty minty hot chocolate. Yummy!