YOU BURN FIRST

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BEANIE* // STAG CLOTHING
NECKLACE* // BLACK SHEEP BOUTIQUE
BOMBER* // DROP DEAD
SHORTS* // WE ARE COW
BOOTS* // CAT FOOTWEAR
RINGS // PASTEL CLOUDS*, FORAGE + FIND* & MARKETS

This photo set has definitely made it into my favourites - I honestly wasn't expecting much at the top of a multi-storey car park but the dusk light was perfect, and there's the bonus of having no people around, therefore no awkward onlookers!
This outfit follows the general pattern of what I wear on a day-to-day basis; shorts, chunky shoes and a tee was basically my college uniform I wore it so often.  I love the colours; a change from black, but also not too in your face - add a pair of sheer tights or long socks, and this is the perfect transitional outfit.  Lastly - a recent addition to my shoe collection, my CAT boots are outrageously comfortable and go with everything, plus the silver detail on this pair is awesome, think they're slowly replacing my battered old creepers!
AMY X

Fashion Union AW14 Haul

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MONOCHROME DUSTER COAT // £45 
SEQUIN SHORTS // £25 
BELL SLEEVE JUMPER // £15 
LEATHER SKIRT // £20 
PASTEL BLUE COAT // £60 
TARTAN KNIT JUMPER // £20 
TARTAN KNIT SKIRT // £18 
GRID JUMPER // £24 
FAUX FUR COAT // £52 

FASHION UNION: SHOP // INSTAGRAM // TWITTER // FACEBOOK


I'm bustin' out the hauls at the moment!  I didn't think I'd be able to get everything edited & out on time, but I've been working really hard despite being held back with certain technological problems and it's kind of paying off!  Hope you like my latest AW14 haul, a little more colourful than my previous fall haul!  Let me know what you think of the items, and for more information from the video, make sure you check out the description.

PS. My editorial is now up on the Fashion Union site - take a look!
AMY X

Ray Ban Giveaway with The Sunglasses Shop

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It seems like forever since I've posted a giveaway, and I love giving back to you guys, so I'm finally back, as the lovely people over at The Sunglasses Shop want to treat one lucky reader to a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses!  I went for the blue & matte gold mirrored style - can't go wrong with a pair of aviators.  Which style would you go for if you won?  Let me know in the comments!

All you need to do is follow the rules below and enter using the Rafflecopter widget!

- Entrants MUST be a follower of Amy Valentine via Bloglovin' or GFC.  All other entries are optional.
- Must have parental permission to enter if under 18.
- Prize is one pair of Ray Ban sunglasses in the aviator style, under £122.
- Contest will run for 1 week (ends 06/10/14)
- Giveaway is picked randomly via Rafflecopter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!
AMY X

Sunday Summary Week 176

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1/ Blogger selfie with Hannah, Emma & Victoria  2/ AX Paris goodie bag haul

A very Instagram-lacking week unfortunately - I shut my phone in a car door, smashing the screen and the LCD so I can't see a thing, good one, Amy.  I swear I've got way clumsier than normal recently, is that a thing?  If so - I really hope my bad luck is over soon!
AMY X

Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm Review

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I would say it's blindingly clear that my little space on the internet is definitely more fashion focused, simply because it's what I know and love, but you cannot ignore that beauty plays a large role in the fashion industry.  I have particularly problematic skin, so I'm always searching for something new to improve it, now I'm no professional beauty blogger so I can't word as eloquently specific but of course I will try my hardest!

When the lovely people from Aurelia got into contact, asking if I'd like to review their Refine & Polish Miracle Balm I was very intrigued - anything with the word 'miracle' in it automatically triggers my curiosity, so I thought I'd do a little reading about it first.

Aurelia uses probiotics in their skincare, which means that it balances and protects your skin, and this particular mask uses fruit enzymes to deeply exfoliate skin, leaving it brightened and soft.  The scent is floral without being too powdery and it's generally quite high-end 'expensive' smelling.  The product itself is smooth with tiny exfoliating beads and feels luxurious on your skin - you can use it both as an instant exfoliant and as a mask and I do both.  I use it as a mask once a week and an exfoliator twice a week.  When you apply the product as a mask you feel a slight warming sensation, which I love because it feels like the product is really working, anything that reacts on the skin I'm a fan of.  In contact with water the mask dissolves into an oil and leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturised and plump rather than dry and tight, which I find a lot of exfoliators do.  One thing I do notice is that the tiny beads take a little while to be completely rid of your face, so I usually wash it off when I shower.

I feel as if I've been rambling on for ages now - I hope this makes sense!  To sum up, this product has really impressed me, it states that it is suitable for any skin type, including sensitive skin, but I feel it would work best for people with dry skin.  I have rather oily skin prone to breakouts and feel a skin-clearing type product would be better suited.  As for results, I can't judge too much as I've been using it on and off due to me being away from home a lot, but it definitely helps balance out my skin, meaning I get less oily throughout the day and after returning from festival season with clogged up, dull skin, I now have a nice little glow going on after a quick mask, so lets hope it stays this way!
AMY X

VIDEO // AX Paris Fall Haul

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Fur collar coat // £55 http://bit.ly/1teru4f
Glitter cardigan // £25 http://bit.ly/1qfARuw
Lace sleeve playsuit // £30 http://bit.ly/1tes028
Coated jeans // £30 http://bit.ly/1me9lSV
Duster coat // £38 http://bit.ly/1r0VQFp
Knitted top // £15 http://bit.ly/1u0S2rk
Knitted skirt // £12 http://bit.ly/1qfBSml
Side split maxi skirt // £20 http://bit.ly/1p12sjM

I'm so happy to announce that I'm finally back on YouTube with a haul video - hopefully I'll be able to keep up with 2 videos a week from now on as my computer is literally exploding with footage!  It'll be difficult as my computer has gone into repair, but I can use my dads for the time being, just annoying that all my vlogs are on mine, so for now you'll have to deal with a lot of hauls I'm afraid!

AMY X

Friday at London Fashion Week #OMLFW

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JACKET* // OH MY LOVE
TOP* // PRIMARK
SKIRT* // FASHION UNION
BOOTS* // ASH VIA BRAND BOUDOIR
MONOGRAM BRACELET* // ANNA LOU OF LONDON

What's this? A blog post published in a (somewhat) timely manner after an event? Yep, you guys better believe it. This fashion week I was an ambassador for Oh My Love so have written a coverage of my time at LFW along with more photos from the day over on their blog, read it here!
AMY X

Sunday Summary Week 175

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instagram // amyvalentine
    
1/ No eyeliner selfie  2/ Polaroid at LFW with Leigh & Georgia
3/ Fave rings combo (links)  4/ Awesome illustration by Niaraface

This week has ended with a series of unfortunate events; amongst many inconveniences, the most prominent is my laptop having an existential crisis and deciding to die on me.  I only bought it in October last year so it's still under warranty which is a relief, but it'll be another 8-10 days until I get it back from repair - and I'd just got to the stage where I was starting to make a dent in catching up on blog work, sod's law isn't it!?  For this reason, things will be moving even more slowly, so apologies in advance.  I will, as always, be keeping up regular posting on my Instagram & Twitter so they'll have to do for now!
AMY X

Glamour Kills AW14 Photoshoot

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PHOTOGRAPHY: JORDAN GREEN
 
OUTFIT 1
HAT // H&M (SIMILAR)

CHOKER* // CHXRMED
TEE* // GLAMOUR KILLS
CARDIGAN // PRIMARK
SHORTS* // NEW LOOK
BOOTS* // MISSGUIDED


OUTFIT 4
BEANIE* // GRIM APPAREL
CHOKER* // DOGBREATH
JUMPER* // GLAMOUR KILLS     
SHORTS* // UNIF VIA UO
BOOTS* // MISSGUIDED
OUTFIT 2
BEANIE* // STAG CLOTHING    
CHOKER* // BLACK MOON
TEE* // GLAMOUR KILLS
VEST* // GLAMOUR KILLS
SHORTS // THRIFTED
BAG* // USC
BOOTS* // MISSGUIDED

OUTFIT 5
HAT // H&M (SIMILAR)
SUNGLASSES* // ZEROUV
TEE* // GLAMOUR KILLS
SKIRT* // BOOHOO
BOOTS* // MISSGUIDED
OUTFIT 3
BEANIE* // GRIM APPAREL
JACKET* // GLAMOUR KILLS
TEE* // GLAMOUR KILLS
JEANS* // GLAMOUR KILLS
BOOTS* // MISSGUIDED



OUTFIT 6
BEANIE* // GRIM APPAREL
HOODIE* // GLAMOUR KILLS
JEANS* // GLAMOUR KILLS

A couple of weekends ago I took a little trip into London for a photoshoot with a suitcase full of the Glamour Kills AW14 line, to shoot with the super talented Jordan Green.  We went exploring round the busy streets of Shoreditch, and found some awesome locations - I like how it's not too East London cliché but still has a cool urban vibe (in my opinion, anyway!).  To see more photos from the shoot as well as an exclusive GK interview, head over to the Glamour Kills blog!
AMY X

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