Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Hey guys!
Happy Easter! I finally managed to get round to taking some proper outfit shots for my blog, so I hope you like them! This is just a pastel outfit I put together with my recent purchases to show you how I style my Vintage Style Me Suzy dress :)



I hope you liked this post! I promise to try and get more personal style posts up in the future, as you may be able to tell it is a bit tricky to find a place to photograph the outfits in our little studio & the weather rarely allows for arty outside shoots!! Either way I shall try to get more up when I can :)

On a side note, This is also my 100th post on Duskdarlingstyle! So, I just want to say a huge thank you to those of you who take the time to click the link and come and see what I have babbled on to this page..I really, really value having people out there who visit my little blog! If you are there and you haven't said 'hello' yet, pleeeease say hello - I genuinely love to hear that you are there reading..! Here's to the next 100 posts of pastel themed outfits, too many lipsticks, Halloween costumes and hopefully much more to come!

Hope you are having a delightful Easter weekend, I am off to munch a lot of chocolate!


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Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Selection of Outfits

Hey Guys,
Today's post is a selection of outfits I have worn over the last month or so. I have been edging towards warmer weather dressing but still haven't delved into the bare legs genre yet (It'll take more than 'slightly sunny' England is offering at the moment to get to that point methinks). However, I have been adding more pastel colours & lighter fabrics to the mix, which is very welcome..I am delighted to finally pack away the heavy knit jumpers and bulky winter coats till October!

 Suzy Bishop
 I wore this dress as soon as it arrived, I was so pleased to receive it! It's the 'suzy' dress from and I think its ADORBALE. It's perfect for spring & so totally Suzy (Suzy Bishop from Mooonrise Kingdom - if you haven't seen it yet...just....just go watch it now ok?) And yes I do dress like I'm 12 occasionally..
Dress - Vintage Style Me
Tights & boots - Primark

Next up is this gorgeous shirt/cardigan hybrid I picked up from Collectif in the sale. I love Collectif but find I can only really excuse buying clothes in there in the sale! This shirt is so perfectly cowgirl-esque and I have a little obsession with cowboys so it is my new favourite thing!

Shirt - Collectif 
Jeans & brogues - Primark
Sunglasses - Anthropologie 
Leather Jacket - Miss Selfridge

Florals for Spring - Groundbreaking
I got this vintage floral midi skirt at a vintage market in Dorset. It came as part of an 80's co-ord which is so diviiiiiiiiiiiine and I can't wait to wear the set when the sun comes out! But, for now I shall suffice styling the lovely flowy skirt with black accessories. Get ready to see a whole lot more of this skirt through the Spring & Summer!

Skirt - Vintage
Top, Shoes - Primark

60's Mini
 This skirt was another bargain picked up (by my dear Mama) in the River Island sale... River Island is SOO hit or miss, sometimes I go in there and hate all the over the top patterned embellishment and sometimes I go in and lust after every last thing! Anyway, this skirt is like my 1960's DREAM, I have paired it with black again as the sun was yet to rear its head..however, I'm unsure my pins are nice enough to wear such a mini skirt without tights anyway!!
Keeping it Casual
Last of all is this 'casual' 'everyday' type outfit, I have this jersey drapey tee for uniform from work and its super cosy - it also has a zip up the back so it can be worn the other way around as a cardigan! What a dream! I've paired it with my normal black skinny jeans, black chelsea boots combo!

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

March Favourites

Hey guys, 
A belated favorites list of what I loved throughout march: 

Lush 'No Drought' Dry Shampoo

Starting with 'No Drought' dry shampoo from lush, this is a godsend!! I don't really get particularly greasy hair (I know - I'm a lucky girl!) but on the second or third day after washing my hair tends to flatten out at the top - particularly because my hair is quite thick and heavy so it gets weighed down. I tried this powder dry shampoo from lush and found it brings texture and volume back into my roots without looking white or too dry - perfect for last minute dash out the door pick-me-ups! (Plus its only 3.75 for a little pot!)

Lush 'R&B' Hair Moisturiser
Next, also from lush, is this hair cream. I love this spicy citrus-y smelling cream to keep my frizzy ends at bay - I avoid putting it near the scalp despite what the tub says! The cream smooths out dry hair and leaves it soft, shiny and smelling delicious - seriously, most of the time I just use this as hair perfume!! 

Maybelline - baby lips in 'Punch'
On days when I feel groggy or having been working long and hard and just CAN'T BE BOTHERED (preach,sister) , I love the maybelline baby lips balms - this one is in Punch and it leaves a nice pop of pink on the pout  but also feels really smooth and nice.

Sleek Contour Kit in Medium
I have gone back to this old favourite recently! After my MAC mineralize skin finish powder broke me out (not a happy Dusk at all) I love the matt ashy contour colour which doesn't leave any orangeness on the face and the middle colour is a lovely shimmery highlight 

Real Techniques Contour Brush
And, to contour with I have gone back to using the Real Techniques contour brush, the dense-but-fluffy texture is perfect for blending the ashy brown into my cheekbones, temples and around my nose, leaving a natural look!

The only fashion favourite this month (sorry!) has been a pair of plain plimsolls (I have white & black). I am not usually a casual shoe wearer but these bad boys have been perfect for days when I am running around London carrying my huge makeup case with me!! Plus I bought them for 4 pounds each at Shoe Zone.. yep that's right, I said it...Shoe Zone..!!!

hope you liked this post, what have you been loving this month? I need some new clothes shop recommendations.. leave your tips in a comment! :) 


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Monday, 31 March 2014

Finding Your Personal Style

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Todays post is my tips on finding your own personal style. I have quite a few people say to me they would like to have a particular style to stick to, something 'you'.. but they can't quite work out what it would be. I think when it comes to personal style you have to try and ignore trends & fads and realise what suits you and what you are most comfortable in..

1) Go back to the basics:
So to start with I recommend a wardrobe Spring Clean! Go through all your clothes and make sure you have all the basics needed for everyday dressing, I recommend:

- Plain jersey tshirts in  neutral shades (black,white,grey) I like h&m ones!
- Plain vests in neutral shades - in particular nude, for layering under anything sheer
- Jeans - look around for the perfect pair you feel most comfortable in , steer away from trendy styles like acid wash or boyfriend cut up jeans can get these later if you like them but you need a plain easy to wear pair initially!
- Neutral cardigans (black & grey - to go with anything you choose!)
-Leggings (I like these mainly for lazing around in but they are a good basic to have for layering if its cold!)
- A good pair of comfortable Neutral flats (black or brown depending on what you prefer) I like brogues and plimsoles
- A good pair of Neutral Comfortable Heels (preferably something you think you could wear day & night)

2)Finding your style:
 Take a look at the things in your wardrobe and pick out your favourite pieces:

Choose the pieces you feel most comfortable wearing & enjoy wearing the most.. lay them out and try and see a link that they all have - maybe they are quite 'rocker' style, maybe they are very printed or colourful, maybe they are minimalistic & clean lines, maybe they are floral & girly or neutrals and knits.

Take a look at, by typing 'OOTD' or 'Personal style' into the search you will find a huge selection of different outfits people have put together. Scroll through and pin onto a 'Style I Like' board..
Once you have pinned quite a bit take a look at your board and do the same as above..try to see similarities in the styles you like. From now on whenever you are browsing the internet and see a piece or outfit you like PIN it onto your board - you can always refer back to the board if you are feeling uninspired!

The best part! haha, Time to go shopping :) pick out some staple pieces in shops that suit the style you think you like - maybe its a leather jacket for a 'rocker' style or some floral print tops & skirts  for a 'girly' style, how about neutral cashmere jumpers? or a structured blazer for a minimalistic look! Make sure you try different shapes,cuts & styles on in the shop to make sure you feel comfortable in them! These staple pieces can be built on top of your basics to easily create outfits! 

Now that you have bought some staples in your style in the shops it will be easier to shop online... you have realised the shapes,cuts,styles that you like & that you think suit you so you can be a bit more adventurous in choosing more pieces that reflect the style you like! I have given a list of  links to shops I like to shop in:

3) Monki
4)Ever Ours (they are just updating but they do very girly pieces)
5) Zara
7) Vintage Style Me (very retro - very me!)
8) Romwe ( A site with many differents syles)
10) The White Pepper (Girly, Pastel, Childish shapes)

I hope you like this post & found it helpful! Are you Spring Cleaning your wardrobe at the moment? 


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Friday, 21 March 2014

Pick Of The Co-Ords

Matching separates... 
It's like marmite I think.. love or hate? For a long while I thought, wow.. I would look ridiculous in an all matching outfit,  you have to be very brave to get away with that! However, as part of an unspoken fashion resolution to try more daring things when it comes to trend choices, I would like to step into the pool of matching pieces which are popping up in highstreet shops. Other bloggers' got the hang of this look a long while ago, it's time I did the same! 

So, with that in mind today's post is a choice of different matching separates from various online stores that I like! Let's give it a go shall we?.......
gingham is very in this season dontcha know? I really like this cropped top & trouser set from Topshop. I think it would be an easy way to pull off all over pattern.. I particularly like the idea of wearing it with red lips and killer heels for a night out look!

I just love this dark floral set from ASOS, it totally suits this transitional seasonal weather - (florals for Spring? Groundbreaking) - no but seriously - add tights and cardi when its cold & wear with nothing but brown leather sandals in the sunshine!
I found this look on pinterest and it set off my pastel thing massively! I think this looks like something a modern day Marie Antoinette would wear to chomp down cakes on a Sunday afternoon! Soooo cute.

I think this is an easier way to pull of a Co-ord without being too obvious, dark denim looks good with black tights & leather as well as gorgeous summer golden skin. Can't go wrong!

The White Pepper
Again another floral set, this time from The White Pepper. I like the idea of wearing the skirt separately in a '1950's' style with white socks and pumps but also the set together is quite swishy and charming :)

That's all for now folks.. hope you liked this post! Are you into the Co-ords trend?


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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Springtime Outfit Inspiration

Hey Guys,
Just a quick post to show the pictures I have been looking at for my Spring outfit inspiration.

I keep a board on Pinterest that I have named 'What I Want to Wear' and whenever I am feel particularly fashionably-lost or just unsure of what to put on, I like to go on there and soak up the inspiration! I really recommend making a similar board, just pin whenever you see an ootd you like or a particular colour or way of styling you would like to try out!

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Tumblr Inspiration & Mixtape - Springtime in London

Hey guyss,
Another tumblr inspo post - this time I thought I would add a selection of songs that I have been loving (some from the charts & some rediscovered long lost loves)
Enjoy :)
Springtime in London by Dusk darling on Grooveshark

hope you like this post, 

Send me your top springtime songs!! 

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