How to make a high street wardrobe look high end

How to make a high street wardrobe look more expensive

I am not a millionaire, not even close. I've bought designer bags in the past, and I've spent weeks eating beans on toast and/or e-baying half of my wardrobe in an attempt to make up for the whopping dent it made in my bank account. I love fashion - both high street and designer - but I don't think I'll ever be one of those people that can justify (let alone afford) a wardrobe full of Wang. These days, the majority of my money gets spent on council tax and cat litter, so when it comes to getting glammed up I'm always on the look out for pieces that look high end, but have a high street price tag. I live for the moment that I can tell

people my new shoes aren't in fact Marni, but from my local supermarket instead. I love it. I love seeing their faces change from somewhat impressed, to sheer confusion, (sometimes judgment) to absolute amazement. Having grown older, I've moved past the pressures of wearing the latest labels, and instead I focus more on - quite simply - whether or not I like the look of something. Of course quality control comes into account, but when you hunt enough it's 100% possible to compile an entire wardrobe that has longevity, a low price point and loads of style. Scroll down for some of my top tips!

How to make your clothes look more expensive
How to make your wardrobe look more high end


Generally speaking, super cheap jersey neither lasts, nor looks good. If your're scrimping on style, opt for more trustworthy fabrics like denim and wool.


Cheaper clothes tend to wear out quicker, so it's important to look after them. Dry clean, lint roll and hang up pieces to ensure they're pristine for longer.


Cheap price tags are tempting, but if it's not exactly what you want, don't buy it. Sure, it's cheap, but what's the point if you never end up wearing it?


I'm much more inclined to spend more money on a basic that I intend to wear every day. My advice? Save up for wardrobe staples, skimp on trend pieces.


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Why it's important to travel more

I'm such a home body. When it comes to the option of having a night out over a night in, you can bet your behinds I'll be sat on my sofa knee-deep in take away, having the time of my life. I like the idea of adventure, I really do. But for some reason I can't bring myself to be that person that lives their life each day as it comes. I love the idea of travelling and booking a one-way ticket to anywhere, not knowing where I'll go, how long for, and who I'll be at the end of it all. I love the idea of it all, but that's exactly it - it's the idea I like. Leaving my boyfriend, my family, my friends is the reality, and that's something I don't intend to do any time soon. Some people are born travelers, some people are born nap-loving home-bodies (me), but that doesn't mean we can't travel. Looking back on my old posts and seeing the places I've been (Sweden, Paris, Spain, Amsterdam..) has made me realise just how much I've grown as a person, having experienced so many different cultures and meeting so many people that live miles outside of the little bubble that is my home. This year, I hope to add to that list with as many weird and wonderful communities that I can.













I was recently introduced to the Okinawa Islands in Japan - one quick Google and I couldn't believe I'd never heard of this place before. A further look into what that islands have to offer and I added it straight to my bucket list. The people of Okinawa are renowned for their youth (something I think we can agree we're all on the hunt for) which is due to their diet, relationships, fitness regimes and general out look on life.

No matter where I've traveled to so far, the lifestyle remains very much modern, in that we apply expenses creams on our faces, go to the gym to exercise and message each other on social network to chat. In Okinawa, their out look on life remains very much traditional, in that they eat what they grow, communicate by spending time with one another, keep their mind fit as well as their bodies and beautify themselves from the inside out.

In Okinawa, there's a woman named Sumiko who is 98 years old, but doesn't look a day over 60 (see the video here). Her secret? Eating well and maintaining human contact with her friends and family. Male blogger Daniel also tried his hand at karate in Okinawa and, whilst also learning some new moves, learned how to keep his mind healthy, as well as his body (see that video here). Okinawa is about enhancing our lives from the inside, whether it's the food we eat, the exercises we do or the relationships we keep - which is exactly what I look for when I travel. #BeOkinawa.



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Beauty Pie Review and Product Dupes

Beauty Pie is the one of the latest subscription boxes to have found its way to my door step, and I'm sure it's one that's popped up on a lot of your beauty guru radars as of late. It's makeup, but without the mark-up, meaning you only pay the factory cost of the product, resulting in lipsticks costing less than a latte and high end foundations costing a fiver. I know what you're thinking - what's the catch? And to be honest, there isn't really one. A monthly subscription charge, sure. A £100 allowance (fair enough) and a little bit of secrecy when it comes to what product dupes what. But hey! That's what I'm here for. Here's everything you need to know..

The subscription itself costs £10 a month, but the minimum amount you can sign up for is 3 months. The £10 is the payment you essentially give Beauty Pie (otherwise, how are they supposed to make money!) that in turn allows you to buy all of the products at a factory price - which they break down for you over on the website. There's a limit to the amount of factory-priced products you can buy each month - averaging put at around 4-6 products  depending on what you buy.

It usually works out somewhere between £10-20 for the products. The £100 limit you're allowed relates to the RRP of the products. So if one product usually retails for £20, you can only buy five of them - but at the factory price. Any allowance you have left over rolls onto the next month. Still with me? 

The products are designed to be identical and/or incredibly similar to best-selling beauty products on the market. They don't say what dupes what, but with a little research you can find out products with similar (if not identical) ingredients. Postage costs around £6.50 for two days tracked, which is pretty reasonable. You'll also receive a payment charge of 1.8%, taken by your bank. Overall, for postage and extra charges you can expect to add on around £7 to your order, add that £10 subscription fee on and your average monthly purchase from Beauty Pie adds up to around £30 - although you're more than welcome to save up your allowance and order everything in one go. Is it as cheap as other subscription boxes that cost £10 a month all inclusive? No. But you do get a lot more for the amount that you pay..




I'm very picky when it comes to foundations. It's important that I say that before going into what I'm about to say - which is that I am literally head over heels in love with this bottle of beige. It's glowy (but not greasy), full coverage (but not cakey) and one pump covers just about everything I need. Rumour has it that it's Armani's Luminous Silk foundation, which I haven't yet tried, but it's been on my to try list for months.  At less than five pounds for the dupe I don't even feel the need to try it anymore. I love this!

YOU PAY: £4.75




This one was a little difficult to find a dupe for, and I almost gave up on finding out what this could possibly be, until I used the NARS stick concealer. I did some digging, and whilst the products aren't the same they do give almost an identical finish. Medium coverage, easily blended and fairly long wearing. Great for an under eye concealer! They also do another concealer which appears to be more full cover-age, so we all know that one is next on my to buy list.

YOU PAY: £3.02



Let me put it this way - I have never come across such a lightweight, but still mattifying powder. It's honestly incredible. I've done the research, but very few results come up when trying to find something remotely similar. The closest I've gotten is the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. I haven't tried it, but judging by the reviews it sounds a lot like Beauty Pie's variation. Buildable, non-cakey, luminising - pretty much everything you could ever want in a powder. The good price tag helps, too.


YOU PAY: £3.68




Of course this was the first item that made it's way into my shopping cart, and it did not disappoint. One quick Google and up came my favourite highlighter ever - Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator. On application, the colour 'Cosmic Shine' was a little too dark for me, but still utterly gorgeous. The formulation is almost identical to the Laura Geller Illuminators, which retail for around £21 a pop. Cosmic shine is a pretty great match for LG's 'Ballerina' Fingers crossed they come out with more shades, ASAP.

YOU PAY: £5.46



There's no denying that this eyeliner looks remarkably similar to Kat Von Ds Tattoo Liner in Trooper. But are they the same? Almost. The two options that come up as close match are the Trooper liner as well as Tilbury's Feline Flick. At £16, the price is right for KVD - but the felt tip is more akin to the Feline Flick. I still reach for my Trooper liner over anything else, but this comes in at a close second. It also comes in at a tenth of the price of KVD's liner. So, you be the judge.

YOU PAY: £1.50




Another tricky one to source, but I may have a slight lead here. Judging by the ingedients lists, a lot of Eyeko mascaras contain a combination of the ingredients found in the Uber Volume. At around £20 each, the price matches up nicely to the Beauty Pie RRP as well. As for the product itself? Not the best mascara I've ever used, but then again I often favour more plastic wands. At less than two quid, you probably won't find another mascara this cheap - especially not one this good.

YOU PAY: £1.93



Seriously, how can you really complain when you're paying £2.30 for a lipstick? I can't even buy a coffee for that! But, pricing aside, these lipsticks really are incredible. I have two of the matte shades (Cowboy Nude and Hush Now) and I can honestly say they rival my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lippies (which, by the way, contains the same ingredients). Beauty Pie also stock more satin finishes if that's more up your street. All in all, a big thumbs up for these babies!

YOU PAY: £2.30




Another product that I found to be tricky to source. I checked out some of the top-selling lip liners that fit the price point, but nothing appeared to have the same kind of formulation (which is amazing. and completely non-drying, btw). The only product I found that actually describes itself as also being a waterproof gel lip liner is one from BellaPierre - who I can vouch for as having amazing products. Who cares anyway? It's good, and it costs pennies.

YOU PAY: £1.47




Lipglosses are generally a pass for me, but these glosses I can get on board with. Are they my new favourite lip product? No. But the Superglazy glosses are by far one of the best that I've tried. Pigmented, flattering and almost balm like? I had to hunt a little for this one, but the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustres come up as a pretty close copy. I decided to dig out one of my own CT lip glosses and - despite being different colours and finishes - the feel of them on my lips was pretty much identical!

YOU PAY: £2.16

Will you be signing up to Beauty Pie?



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Valentines Day Gift Guide

When it comes to Valentines Day I'm very much a buy-me-pizza-and-i'm-yours kind of girl. Dominos over diamonds all day, every day. What can I say? Romance ain't dead. But, just because I prefer my cheese in a burger, as opposed to scrawled all over a card, doesn't mean I can't appreciate some of the finer things in life. And so, here are my top picks for Valentines day, whether you're treating yourself or you've re-directed your other half my way in hopes they take a hint. I see you there, confused boyfriends.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day?



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50 Potential Tax Deductions for Bloggers & Youtubers

What can bloggers and Youtubers write off as taxes

I am one of those people that put off doing my tax return until the very last minute. In fact, I'm actually writing this blog post instead of finishing off my taxes, which (if you weren't aware) is due in on the 2831st of this month. Like I said, big procrastinator over here. Can you blame me? Taxes are boring - not to mention hard. I think the hardest part about doing your own taxes when you're some kind of online influencer is knowing what you can actually write off as expenses. Self employed builders deduct building supplies, drivers deduct mileage, but what about bloggers? Our jobs pretty much consist of showing off our lives on the internet. So surely we can write off anything. Designer bags, Instagram-able meals out, luxury spa days. Right? Right!? Well, actually - you kind of can. Maybe not the designer bags and fancy meals, but there are definitely a lot of things bloggers can justify as expenses. Of course, this isn't about scamming the tax man - but when you're self employed every expense adds up. So keep your receipts and take note of some of these tax deductibles. You're welcome.


26. Work-related equipment rental

27. Printers, scanners etc

28. Trade show fees and displays

29. Days out (if for reviews)

30. Manufacturing products / merch

31. Custom chargers for PR gifts

32. Web design costs and upkeep

33. Business event hosting

34. Work-related books and research

35. Postage for products / merch

36. Further education classes

37. Subscriptions for research sites

38. Stock photo purchases

39. Software licensing fees

40. Tax and accounting software

41. Trademark and copyright fees

42. Business lunches/ meetings

43. Self-storage fees (for work)

44. Anti-virus programmes

45. Work phone bills / costs

46. Storage (online and external)

47. Long distance business calls

48. Work-related repairs

49. Advertising printing fees

50. Losses due to theft 

1. Website hosting fees

2. Domain cost(s) and renewals

3. Camera equipment

4. Editing software (Adobe Suite etc)

5. Freelance photographer fees

6. Business cards and letterheads

7. Computers, laptops, tablets etc

8. Computer upgrades

9. Hotel costs for business trips

10. Office supplies and stationary

11. Travel costs for business trips

12. PO Box addresses and fees

13. Business-related postage

14. Prizes and giveaways

15. Photo shoot props

16. Some clothing (if for a job)

17. Office furniture

18. Professional advice

19. Computer/tech insurance

20. Online self-promotion costs

21. A percentage of home insurance

22. Blog add-ons and plug-ins

23. SEO products and services

24. Entertainment (if for reviews)

25. A percentage of the internet bill


Have you completed your tax return yet?



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