Tuesday, 30 December 2014

WIMW: Two Sequin clutches: Haul.

I am a magpie for sparkles.  They can be completely impractical, but I still gravitate towards them.  I purchased a(nother) sequin clutch this season.  I have been pretty good in the sales, so I don't feel too bad about purchasing this mermaid sequin clutch.  When I saw it, my heart skipped a beat (and my mouse clicked the clutch into my shopping bag!)

Isn't it pretty?  Love at first sight.  Mermaid Sequin Clutch.  Very spacious, faux leather back, internal zip pocket and TONNES of SEQUINS!  Unlike anything I own.  It is strikingly gorgeous and matches the shoes I blogged about in the last post!  I can see it paired with a black outfit, small heels and a cute jacket.  There aren't too many left but it is an affordable treat and a great January pick-me-up (link).

I purchased the one below in the summer it is now in the sale and sits perfectly for any season (winter festive sparkles, or a spring/summer wedding).  It is a mixture of silver and gold, meaning that it will compliment any jewellery.  The chain strap is delicate and can be be tucked inside, or kept on display if you prefer a more 'shoulder friendly and hands free' bag.  You can view further details here.

I am trying to be restrained, but something about sequins hypnotises me.  I also have a Michael Kors gold sequin fold clutch (sorry no photos*) so that brings my total to three... for now ;)

*My camera is charging so I hope to extract my Christmas Day outfit pictures shortly :) An actual OOTD post!

Do you like sequin bags?  Are you doing anything special for new year?
P.s. I have tweaked the blog a bit, and made a new header.  I'd love to know your thoughts!

Stand Tall x

Friday, 26 December 2014

Sale Picks

Boxing Day Sales.  Got to love them!  It does get a bit annoying when you see something you picked up a few weeks ago, suddenly appear with a huge reduction!

These shoes by Steve Madden caught my eye.  They are gorgeous duo-chrome in a turquoise with petrol hue.  Be warned, the heel is high, though they are well made.  I picked them up full price but had to return them because I fall between sizes.  If you are looking for a New Year's Eve outfit (or just a bright shoe to wear to work, then I an recommend these (and they are now £41) at Dune (link) and House of Fraser (link).  If your size is not in stock, then keep checking for returns.  I have stalked many items which are 'out of stock' until the returns flood in.

It's no in the sale, but I can't recommend this black jumper with beaded collar enough.  I wore it on Christmas day and I was so warm.  I did take a few outfit photos so I will try to upload them shortly.  I went up a size and it fits really well (and is long enough!) so don't be afraid to go up a size.  (Link)

I am also stalking Hush Homewear online a fair bit.  They make lovely items (long items!), and the quality is good.  They currently have a pre-sale on (which is 20% off everything).  However their real sale starts January 6th (and I'll be pressing refresh from the minute I wake up!).

My feet get so cold (#TallProblems) so I purchased the most soft and fluffy boot slippers I have EVER found.  They are the Freya booties from Fat Face and have worn then everyday since.  My feet are toastie warm.  Sadly I paid full price in November, but they are now £15. (link)

I'm now going to check out the French Connection Sale- I normally pick up a few skirts or dresses from there, an don't find the lengths too bad (though I tend to go for midi or knee length skirts, not the minis!).

Where have you been shopping?  Let me know if you have posted on what you have purchased!

Stand Tall x

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

#DearSally My Long Tall Sally Christmas outfit and gift picks!

Long Tall Sally asked me to share my festive fashion outfit and gift picks.  For us 'taller' girls, Long Tall Sally is a godsend.  Designed for 5' 8" and up, you don't have to be worried that their top might not cover your midriff, or the jeans might not reach the floor.  Each item is designed to fit and sit right- but with a few extra inches in length.  Below I share my picks for Christmas Day, a Christmas Party, Christmas Gifts and a Christmas Shopping trip.

Christmas Shopping

When I go shopping, I try to keep things simple.  Few layers, easy to try things on quickly (in case I get distracted by finding pretty clothes for me!), not so hot I will overheat in the crowded shops, but not so cold that I will freeze while going between the shops.

I normally pair a long jumper dress, with some skinny jeans- however sometimes skinny jeans aren't very warm.  These Leather Look Trousers from TTYA x LTS (link) and Two Tone Cowl Neck jumper dress (link) will trap a layer of heat and keep me nice and warm.  I love cowl necks as they mean I leave my scarf at home (and done end up trailing it about the shop floor)!  I have no idea how long I will be shopping, but there is nothing worse than 'shuffling' down the high street because your feet are on fire!  Flats are a must, and I like these Leather Ankle Biker Boots (link).

Some people go shopping without a jacket or coat, however I get cold easily and generally take a massive coat.  Then I overheat and wish I had left it at home!  I found a compromise by way of the Hooded Coated Jacket (link).  It is lightweight so won't weight you down, but adds a waterproof and windproof layer should you be shopping at an outdoor Christmas market or caught in a rain or snow shower while waiting for your train.  (Don't forget your long fingered gloves and a bobble hat!)

Christmas Party

This year I think it will be a 'straight from work' small do, so I will probably be wearing smart office wear.  Add a bit of volume to tired locks with a spritz of dry shampoo, and a quick touch of sophisticated darker makeup (For a quick party fix I love Chanel's Illusion d'ombre eyeshadows in Epatant or Mirifique as they can be applied in ten seconds with fingertips- but look like you took 20 minutes).  Add a hint of glitter or shimmer lipgloss (Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier), or a dark berry lipstick (Beguiled by Topshop) and you're good to party at the pub after work!

This Necklace Knit Sweater (link) is 2 for 1- you don't have to worry about accessories as it has an inbuilt necklace.  It reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn would wear.  Depending on how hot or cold the weather is that day, I would pair it with some simple black Leather Look Panel Camden Trousers (link) or a Coated Pencil skirt (link).  Add a double layer camisole top (link in case I overheat in the jumper), and a pair of double zip suede boots (link) that transition from day to night seamlessly.  However if you're lucky enough to have a Christmas ball to attend (rather than post-work office drinks) then LTS have some great long gowns.

Christmas Day

For Christmas Day, it has to be the novelty Christmas Jumper (link), and a pair of comfy, warm jeans (I love these skinny teal colour ones with 'super stretch' for after Christmas dinner!) and low heels (link) so I wont fall over after a sherry or two!  If the weather is dry, then I normally end up on a Christmas day walk, so a smart warm coat is essential.  This removable fur Boucle Coat (link) epitomises vintage glamour.  Add a bold lip (Japonesque have a great burnt red/orange lip paint) and sculpt your hair into a soft wave, and you could be straight out of the 1940s.

Gift Ideas

I am always careful to buy gifts that aren't too 'fitted', unless I know the recipients exact size.  This Cranberry Sequin Beanie hat (link) and matching snood (link) have a bit of Christmas sparkle and will brighten any friend's wardrobe.  I think the colour will compliment any hair colour making it a universal hit.  They are free size so anyone of any height can wear them.  They can also be purchased separately.  Any cat mad friend will love this Cat Sweater (link) (and if they are under 5' 8" then it'll be a jumper dress or tunic).  If your friend isn't cat mad then this Lacy Stitch Knit Jumper (link) is a soft, stylish extra layer, without looking weird if you accidentally buy too big.

Tall people often have poor circulation and keeping warm can be an issue.  LTS have a cute pair of fluffy slippers (link), and a good range of pyjamas long enough to cover your ankles.  I have these cosy, brushed cotton Large Gingham Check PJ Bottoms (link) for a friend, although the Spot Print PJ Set (link) in teal and white also caught my eye.  Yes onesies are great (and LTS have a few good ones!) BUT sometimes you want a good pair of PJs, complete with buttons down the front. 

So there are my picks.  I hope this has given you some inspiration and shown that if you are 5' 8" and up, you need not compromise fashion just because you are 'above average' height.  I also hope this post has provided a bit of inspiration for those of you who might be purchasing a Christmas gift for a special tall girl in your life.  LTS do have some great discounts at the moment so certainly worth a look.

What would be your dream wardrobe addition for Christmas? 

Stand Tall x
This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Long Tall Sally.  All thoughts, choices and words are my own.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Want / Wish / Wear 3: Winter Brights

I always feel really frumpy and lethargic in winter, so I decided to revamp my wardrobe and fake a bit of energy by wearing bright colours.  I may feel like hibernating, but my clothes are radiating a little brightness!

1) I have a slight addiction to Oasis' blouses.  They are light, perfectly tailored and have adjustable sleeves so can be worn in spring and summer too.  When I saw this lime blouse (although Oasis call it 'Yellow', but it's more a hot, bright lime)... I purchased two.  (Does anyone else purchase two of something they love??!)  I have the same blouse cut in several other colours and patterns and have had a lot of compliments (link).  I now have my eye on the teal one (link).

2) Long Tall Sally Herringbone Aline Magenta skirt.  I am a big fan of A-line skirts- flattering to the figure and easy to style for formal or casual wear, however many don't have pockets.  I am a practical girl and I love my trousers and skirts to have pockets.  (It feels wrong if they don't have pockets- maybe that is just me?)  The colour caught my eye, and I plan on pairing it with the cobalt blue coat... unless that is a bit bright... (link).

3) Wallis Cobalt Blue Funnel Coat (currently on offer with 20% off!) (link) I love this coat and it fits perfectly.  Having mostly had dark coloured coats, I felt it was time to brighten my outdoor attire.  A simple way to lift any outfit. 
Bright Coats.  Why not?

4) I'm now on the look out for a nice burgundy (or red) chunky scarf so I can keep the winter chills at bay.  I found this one on ASOS (link), though I am still determined to knit one at some point in my life!  If you know any good knitting sites, let me know!

5) Oasis Hummingbird jumper top.  I've actually been finding that I can wear quite a few items at Oasis, so it seems they are catering for the slightly taller girl.  Layering tops (or cheating and buying a 'fake' layered top) is a great way to gain an extra bit of length- especially with the current trend for cropped jumpers.  This one at Oasis caught my eye- I'm a sucker for vintage inspired (bird) prints (link).

Are bright colours just for summer?  How are you brightening your winter wardrobe?  

Stand Tall x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Sunday Service: Autumn, Furniture Purchases and Make-up purging!

Just a round-up of life, news, links, and things I like.
I was walking through some beautiful autumn leaves a couple of days ago and had to stop to take a photo for instagram.  It was too good to miss.  Beautiful leaves and my blue converse trainers (purchased from the great selection at Long Tall Sally (link)).  

Weirdly the jeans were from Fat Face a few months back.  I was really, really surprised that they fit length wise.  If you want to check them out then here is the link- I think they were the Smithy Bootcut Darkest Rinse Jeans.  Soft fabric with a bit of stretch.  Don't forget that if you are a student they will give you money off (and some stores have 20% off for students at the moment).

I actually needed a piece of furniture this week, so after stalking pinterest for a day (link) I headed off round the shops.  I ended up narrowing it down and then going between Next Home, Laura Ashley, Home Sense and Dunelm repeatedly.  I was actually a little scared at how giddy Home Sense made me.  I could actually legitimately buy things from there and not feel guilty!  Yes I know it is mass produced and most people will have the same things... but it still has this way of making me want to buy fifty things I didn't know I needed.  I know I have nowhere to put 10 cushions... but I still wanted them.  (I did spot a bunch of NEOM organics for £5-£10 and This Works deep sleep products, so if you are after a bargain then head to Home Sense (or it's sister store TK Maxx).  Sadly I have to go back to Dunelm.... hide my bank card!

I want that chair, and candle, and bed, and cushion and, and, and...

Finally, I've been poorly this last few weeks.  It wasn't caused by makeup but it did serve as a timely reminder that generally makeup and skincare products have expiry dates and that clearing them our periodically is good for your health!  Take mascara for example, each time you use it you are transferring bacteria from the tube to your face, and then new bacteria from your face into the tube (unless you use a new mascara wand each dip!).  Same with lipsticks, pencils, lipglosses (especially the tubs you dip your finger in), and some skincare.

The general rules are;
If it is broken or smells/looks weird... chuck it.  My recycle bin is now full.  I felt a little guilty but I now have a bit more space and will 'shop my stash' more!

See what Bobbi Brown says here (link).  Or see what I wrote way back in 2009! (link)  Bobbi uses cute graphics- I appear to have lost the pictures on my post, but the words are still there.

That's all for this Sunday Service.  What has your week been like?

Stand Tall x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tall Talk Tuesday: Lauren AKA Lauren Loves (5' 9.5")

Tall Talk Tuesday is where I'll introduce you to real people, tall or not so tall people!  We'll have a chat and a nose in their wardrobe, share funny tales...  Today I bring you Lauren of Lauren Loves Blog.  Lauren has been a blog friend for many years- we met via several events and she is really sweet.  Her blog is a place for her passions- beauty, fashion and day trips out with friends (and her very cute puppy!).  She also has flawless skin.

Lauren Loves Pink Hair!

Tell us about you?
My name is Lauren and I write www.laurenlovesblog.com – a blog about fashion, makeup, hair, baking and anything else I see and love!

How tall are you?
I’m 5 foot 9 ½ - I grew an inch 10 years ago when I had a spine operation meaning I can’t even slouch to hide how tall I am!

Like or Loathe your height?
A bit of both. Some days I love my height – being able to see at concerts, being able to pull off many different styles of clothes and being described as “legs up to here” are all pretty awesome. Some days it’s fairly rubbish, like when I hang out with my tiny friends or mum. I joke that when I wear heels with my friends I must look like a man in drag compared to them!
Lauren loves the outdoors

Where do you buy most of your clothes?
Most of my clothes come from Zara, Mango and ASOS – I tend to get around sizing by always wearing ¾ length sleeves, skirts, dresses and cropped trousers.

Are there any places you find the clothes too short?
Most places on the highstreet! Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Topshop if not in longer lengths, Primark. I’m that girl who has to try on everything in the shops because there’s no guarantee things will fit, much to the dismay of my boyfriend.
Lauren in a vintage style pussy bow blouse from Dorothy Perkins, layered over a long line tank top.

What was it like growing up tall?
I was always the tallest in school, which was embarrassing when the boys were all smaller. Sadly I grew so quick I developed scoliosis meaning I was in a backbrace and eventually had my spine fused.  (I wrote about it here http://www.laurenlovesblog.co.uk/2012/04/personal-post-my-scoliosis-operation.html)

Any funny ‘tall person’ storied to share?
Thankfully there aren’t too many funny stories, although a couple of weeks ago I met The Saturdays (http://www.laurenlovesblog.co.uk/2014/09/garnier-ultimate-blends-and-meeting.html) and standing next to them I looked like a giant which everyone else found very funny! I’m doing my best to dip my hip and look shorter here!

Lauren and The Saturdays

Who is your style inspiration?
I like to go a bit vintage-inspired so I tend to go for 60s looks (probably because I can get away with a lot of skirts and dresses rather than having to find trousers that fit!) I love Brigitte Bardot’s style, particularly her hair and makeup. I also love Rachel Bilson’s look and watched Hart of Dixie, drooling over her wardrobe, wishing I could wear shorts to work.

Any tall dressing style tips?
Embrace your height and don’t let it stop you wearing highstreet styles with skirts and cropped trousers. Make sure you try everything on and if you’re not 100% comfortable in what you’re wearing, then don’t bother! Walk tall and enjoy being able to see over other people.
Lauren Loves cropped dresses

What is the best thing about being tall?
Sounds strange, but my Mum always says the advantage is being able to put on a little weight and it doesn’t really show! Also, being able to step over rows of seating and fences to get to places quicker! I’m clearly impatient.

And the worst?
Being taller than boys! Also, my puppy Teddy is a small breed so doing puppy training classes were difficult because I had to twist and bend down to do a lot of the training exercises, whereas the 5 foot tall instructor made it look easy!
Teddy the puppy!

Tall + High heels.  Yes or No?
Depends… thankfully my boyfriend is 6’2” so I can wear heels with him and still be smaller. With girlfriends I tend to steer clear for fear of looking like a giant.

Any words of wisdom you’d like to add?
Just keep swimming!
Lauren loves seeing her friends.  Stop by her blog and say hi!

Thank you to Lauren for taking part in Tall Talk Tuesday!  I really enjoyed our chat, although I am now heading to broswe Mango online!  Oh and next time you meet the Saturday's, feel free to take me along to help balance the tall girl ratio :)

Please do check out Lauren's blog at http://www.laurenlovesblog.co.uk or you can find her on twitter @laurenlovesblog.  I know you will find lots of great blog posts and pictures.

If you have enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below and thank Lauren for taking part.  If you want to read more 'Tall Talk Tuesday' posts, or fancy taking part then click here (link).

Stand Tall x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sunday Service: Pinterest, Trees and a blog recommendation

Just a round-up of life, news, links, and things I like.

It's been a busy week, and this hasn't left time for much sadly.  My parcels arrived from Topshop and Monsoon, and I did a quick shopping trip this weekend.  I have had to return some of the haul but I'll try and share the items I kept.
5foot10 on Pinterest

I have joined Pinterest.  I am not sure I entirely understand it, but I'd love to find people I know!  My username is Emma 5foot10 (inspired, I know!) and you can find me at http://uk.pinterest.com/5foot10/ where I have boards for decor, outside spaces, places, food, fashion, tall inspiration, vintage and much more.  

I loved reading Hayley's blog (link) today as she shared some advice from a tree.  I think it summed up what 5foot10 blog means to me;

Stand tall and proud
Go out on a limb
Remember your roots
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
Drink plenty of water
Be content with your natural beauty
Enjoy the view
Hayley's blog is a good read with some stunning photography, so do stop by (and tell her 5foot10 sent you) :).  I'm off to enjoy the last moments of the weekend before I sent all my alarm clocks for an early start.  I'll never enjoy getting up in the dark, but I'm so grateful for my Lumie light alarm clock.  If you don't know what one of those is then click here.  I might do a post on it at some point.

Stand Tall

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sunday Service: Pixiwoo Style, Short Men and Cobblestones

Just a round-up of life, news, links, and things I like.

Just in case some of you missed the post about Sam Chapman (one half of Pixiwoo) and her amazing style then click this link.  I've had some great feedback from it, and there are some more in the pipeline.  She is 5' 10" and a style inspiration.
Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum

2) I was interested to read a BBC article this morning about how short men make better husbands.  This quote stuck out;

"In fact, people who have this kind of freedom rarely use it well. Fashion models, free to choose, inevitably choose rock stars - and since rock stars, freed by their glamour to choose, invariably choose to take a lot of drugs and go on the road and smash up hotel rooms in preference to being in a stable relationship, the models are always badly disappointed by their choice. You see them crying on the shoulders of the short men - dipping their long swan-like necks way down to do so, perhaps, but there you are, they do. Frequent failure is the true price of free choice"

The article touches on how short men are cute, like penguin chicks... That and how Napoleon wasn't actually as short as we generally make out (due to different measuring systems).  I'm not sure I agree with the article completely though it would be interesting to know how many if us girls have dated (or married) a shorter guy (or how many of you guys have dated a taller woman)?  You can read the piece here (link ).

Cobblestones and high heels.... potential for danger!

3) I went out to a nice traditional English town this weekend and found myself walking on some rather small cobbled stones, in heels.  I had to slow my pace quite considerably, to try and avoid damaging my ankles.  It got me thinking about how ladies (and men) have worn heels and attempted to walk over those very stones, and potentially done themselves a mischief.  I'm not saying I would get rid of them- they are far too pretty!  Is there a knack to walking over cobblestones in heels?  Answers in the comments below!

That's all for this Sunday.  I hope your weekend has been good!  I have been posting daily, and I am trying to keep posting regularly.  Let me know if you have any post requests.

Don't forget my giveaway is still open, but is for legitimate blog followers only.  It's a pretty big giveaway so if you like my blog then please feel free to take a look.

Stand Tall x

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Want / Wish / Wear 2: It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!

I have been doing a lot of internet browsing and shopping this week.  The colder weather is creeping in.  I was watching 'Despicable Me' earlier in the week so when I came across unicorn t-shirts, some cute Fluffy cat earrings, and eyelash skirt, long length leggings and lots of FAUX fur coats... I knew what I was going to say!

1. ASOS Burnout T-shirt with Unicorn Print.  TALL (link) or REGULAR (link - in the Sale)

2. Topshop Pleated Eyelash Lace Skirt (don't forget the code I posted yesterday for a free Topshop Lipstick! (link)

3. Cute Grey Fluffy Kitten Earrings from Etsy (link)

4. Miss Selfridge Shawl Faux Fur Coat (link) I find MS hit and miss for taller girls, but as this coat is of a looser style, and not modeled round the waist, it might fit all heights.

5. ASOS Boyfriend T-shirt with Cute Unicorn Print (link) (Available in Nude or White)

6. Extra Long Leopard Print Leggings.  Made in the UK and cost less than a manicure (link)

If you don't know what I am quoting from then see the video below.

My Monsoon Skirt arrived (see it here in my last Want / Wish / Wear post) so I will try that on later and try and get a photograph.

Stand Tall x

My giveaway is till running and there are not many entries so try you luck! 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Free Topshop Lipstick & Haul

Typical, Topshop release a code for a free lipstick the day after I place a huge haul!  It hasn't arrived yet but I'll let you know how I get on.   I've ordered a knitted Olive skirt, two floppy felt fedora hats (I love the style, I'm just not sure if it will suit me) and a knitted heart jumper.  I think the jumper is a cropped style but I hope that I can wear it with some of my high waisted vintage skirts...  Topshop also have a good tall section which is worth a look.

I plan on wearing it with Beguiled lipstick, a gorgeous dark berry tone for Autumn (it's here and I recommend it, along with Macaroon though that is a more summery colour).

1 Topshop Burgundy Felt Floppy hat (link)
2 Topshop Heart Motif Jumper (link)
3 Topshop Plated Rib Skirt in Olive (link)

The code for the free lipstick is TSLIPS and don't forget to use your student discount code if you have one!
If you are not quick enough then don't forget my £40 House of Fraser giveaway (link)

Stand Tall

5foot10 is now on Instagram!

I'm not sure how many of you use Instagram, an online space for displaying your camera phone photos, but 5foot10 now has an instagram account.  I'm using it to share purchases, style inspiration, decor, baking, places and possibly a few beauty products too.  It's a fairly new account so please feel free to follow @5foot10blog and leave me a comment, or leave me your twitter handle below!

I love instagram.  Random snaps of people's lives.  Beautiful places, creations, pets, designs, catwalk videos, funny texts.  I have hooked it up to my twitter (@5foot10blog) too so if you are a twitter follower then firstly thank you, and secondly I hope you see the instagram links in your feed- if not let me know and I'll try to fix it!

Stand Tall x
P.s Don't forget my House of Fraser £40 shopping spree giveaway! (link)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Want / Wish / Wear 1

A few things that have caught my eye this week (I've ordered the skirt).  As we move into October (and autumn) I have been digging out my knitted jumpers, and trying to wear jackets over the top.  It is important to buy a jacket that has enough space to wear a warm jumper underneath.  Get it wrong and once you have a jumper and a jacket on, you'll find yourself unable to bend your arms.  It might be bearable at the beginning of the day, but trust me, by the afternoon you'll be unable to bend your arm, let alone carry your handbag!  I love a good jacket and skirt combination, and the Monsoon Galaxy skirt is stunning- ready to party, or just add sparkle to the day.  I was quite surprised to find a sterling silver ring at Accessorize for a bargain price, and the cute shoes currently have 20% off until the end of the week.

1. Zara Leather Biker Jacket (link)
2. Topshop Heart Motif Jumper (link)
3. Monsoon Full Galaxy Jacquard skirt (link)
4. Accessorize Galaxy Pave Disc Ring (link)
5. Accessorize Gold Cut Out Heart Ring (link)
6. Accessorize Sterling Silver Heart Midi Ring (link)
7. Oasis Large Bobble Gold Sequin Purse (link) (bargain price)
8. Long Tall Sally Deluxe Black Suede Bow Court Shoes (link) (20% off until Sunday)

Are you a fan of jackets and skirts?  I hope you like these posts!

Stand Tall x
P.s. Don't forget my £40 House of Fraser shopping spree giveaway (link)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Tall Style: Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo) 5' 10"

I'm sure most of you know Sam Chapman- part of the sister duo 'Pixiwoo'.  Accomplished makeup artists, beauty gurus, teachers, youtubers, stylish business women, entrepreneurs, mums, and generally very inspiring women.  What you might not know is that Samantha Chapman is 5 foot 10 inches meaning that I would be crazy not to feature her as a style inspiration on 5foot10!
Sam and Nic Chapman (find their Youtube here)

As a makeup artist, it is sort of an unwritten rule that you wear black a lot.  Many makeup schools, counters (MAC) and agencies ask that you wear black.  Lets face it, makeup can be very messy so not only is black practical, it is easy to match an outfit in a precious few minutes (or at 5am for a early shoot) and look professional.  This isn't to say makeup artists don't wear other colours (of course they do!), it just means the majority will have a wardrobe that has a lot of black staples in it!


Topshop hat, Diane Von Furstenburg dress, Kurt Geiger Boots
Sam's style is simple glamorous chic.  Clean classic pieces with maybe one statement item of clothing or jewellery.  She mixes high-street items with higher end brands, and is not afraid of a bit of colour.  Although her job can demand appropriate professional attire, she is also a mum and time is precious.  Sometimes you just need to chuck on a jumper, pair of jeans and trainers and run out the door.  Sam's style shows how flattering clothes can be with the right cut and fit.  She has a killer figure due to healthy eating (and a bit of guidance from her brother who is a personal trainer and one half of The Lean Machines (link)).  However there are some style tips that we can all learn from, regardless of our height and weight.

This look screams 'designer' but is all high street.

Mixing high street Zara (dress) with Gucci boots
Two Topshop outfits, with the jacket styled two ways

Bionda Castana boots styled three ways: DVF Jumpsuit, Topshop dress, DVF Pink trousers and H&M blouse
And just to show that she does dress down sometimes when 'off duty'.
Jeans, Converse, Mulberry bag and a cute star jumper from Oui (link)

I do admire Sam's style- she gets it right every time.  Her wardrobe must be amazing- and I'd love a nose through her shoe collection.  From simple pumps to heeled booties- this girl knows good shoes!

Shooooes by Ursula Mascaro (link)
Shop Sam's Style at;
Topshop (link)
Zara (link)
DVF Diane Von Furstenburg (link)
Oui (link)
Gucci (link)
H&M (link)

And accessories from brands such as;
Ghost (link)
Chanel (link)
Mulberry (link)

If high end designers are a little too out of reach then keep an eye on The Outnet (link) (Sam is a fan and shared this lovely leopard print jacket on twitter).  Alternatively why not copy Sam's idea of accessorising a high street outfit with a designer broach or handbag.  Sometimes a small, well made, classic accessory is an investment for life.

  Sam spends her day being creative, helping others become empowered and find their own style.  Not only is she a flawless beauty with a big heart, her style is beautiful too.  

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.  On the off chance Sam reads this, thank you Sam for being inspiring.

Who else do you feel dresses well on Youtube?

Stand Tall x
Disclaimer: All photo credits and rights go to Samantha Chapman.

P.s. Don't forget my £40 House of Fraser Shopping Spree Giveaway (link).

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The most amazing socks!

I never thought I'd write a recommendation post on socks.  SOCKS!  Not exactly the most exciting item of a wardrobe, but these are worth a post on the blog.  BAM socks! (Does this name make anyone think of Batman beating up baddies?  BAM! KAPOW!)

BAM Bamboo Socks
They were a birthday gift last year, and I put them in my drawer until I had trainers and jeans day.  Given the bright pattern I needed to wear them with the right outfit!  The purchase was made for the novel idea that they are made from Bamboo and thus more ethical and sustainable than some other fabric sources.  My first thought was 'they're pretty, and soft, but I bet they wont wash well'.  How wrong could I be?

These socks are still as soft as when I was given them.  The colour hasn't run, and there are no wholes.  The moths haven't attacked them and they fit my feet perfectly.  All that sounds like a good pair of socks, but hardly 'amazing' I hear you say!  Well this is the amazing bit, that I didn't discover until I put them on the first time.  The toe box is made from soft, snuggly toweling.  This cushions your toes, not only keeping them warm but also helping to create a mini duvet for your feet.
A hidden, soft cushion for your toes!
If you are anything like me, once my feet get cold they are very difficult to warm up.  This means that in the colder months, appropriate socks are needed.  However if I wear those socks in the warmer months I find my feet overheating.  I have found BAM socks to regulate my feet perfectly.  I am not sure but I would think this has something to do with the natural fibers.

If you want to treat your feet, then I really recommend BAM socks.  Just don't feed them to a panda!

Bam socks are available for men and women and  come in a variety of colours from plain black to funky stripes.  You can find Bam online here, or at other outlets such as Riley and Silver (link) or amazon (link) and ebay (link).  It is also worth checking out your local natural health food shop to see if they are a stockist.

Bam make lots of yoga and sports wear too and if it is as good as the socks, it'd be perfect for working out in.

Stand Tall x
P.s. Don't forget my £40 House of Fraser Giveaway! (Link)