Thursday, 28 February 2013

Equipment Nixie Cold Shoulder Blouse VS Forever 21 Cutout Shirt

Last year I fell in love with this Equipment blouse after seeing Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere wear it in both black and nectar. Unfortunately $208 is more than a tad out of my budget so whilst browsing Forever 21 earlier today I got more than a little excited when I saw this shirt for only £11.50. That's means saving over 90%. It comes in black, cream, mint and light pink. And the even better news my shopping ban is over tomorrow!

I am gutted that I have to miss out on the Shopbop code happening right now, since the code ends before my ban. Did anyone else pick up anything from the sale?

If you haven't you still have time using code 'SPRINGEVENT' and save up to $300.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Toasty Toes

Happy Wednesday! Yes I am wearing Ugg boots in my blog pictures! My circulation is awful and my toes haven't been warm in days so I'm living in my Uggs and multiple layers of socks until I get some feeling back in my toes!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Mint & Glitter Nails

I saw this post over at The Beauty Department last week and instantly recognised the glitter they had used! It was the perfect way to use the glitter for some springtime nails and of course I had to try it out.

Barry M Mint & OPI The Living Daylights

And the winner of my Valentine's Giveaway was entry #9 - Martina! I will be emailing you to send you your prize!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Stacey's Smiles

It has been one of those weeks which started out good and ended awfully. I haven't felt like smiling much these past couple of days but I have to remember that tomorrow is always a new day and a fresh start again. My prints from the SS Print Shop did arrive on Friday which cheered my up a lot, along with the carrot cake I made myself after work!

Tomorrow is also the last day to enter my Valentine's Day giveaway here!

Clearance buys from T K Maxx.

A very pink Monday morning!

Belated Valentine's for my friends.

Finally finished and on the blog soon!

And a sweet package from the SS Print Shop.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Shopping Ban Update

Well I only have 7 days left to go on my shopping ban and it has been a lot easier than I thought it would be! I was almost tempted by the 40% and free shipping at J Crew on Monday but I resisted! I have been deleting all the offer emails as soon as they arrive in my box without opening them.

I do have a wish list for March and these are a few of things I've been eyeing.

I haven't shopped at Baublebar yet but they have the most amazing selection of jewellery for affordable prices. These earrings I saw over at Nicole's Guide To Style would be perfect for spring.

As much as I love the Current/Elliott Jeans  I want to find them on some sort of sale so until I do, I might try these instead.

And I will just carry on dreaming about this one.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

eShakti Review

eShakti contacted me a while ago and asked me if I would like sample one of there pieces and review it for my blog! I had such a hard choice picking out something but I decided to go for a dress I could wear for work and then easily take to an evening out.

eShakti stocks clothes from a size US 0 right through to a US 36. The thing I loved most about the site is that you can customise pieces in anyway you like, from the sleeve type to the length. You can also submitted custom measurements to get the perfect fit!

I went for a simple black dress with a peplum detail and because you can enter your height it was the perfect length for me to wear to work! I always struggle to find dresses a suitable length for work because I am climbing up on stools and bending over to reach things all day I need the dress to be a bit longer than if I was in an office environment.

eShakti Dress, H&M Cardigan, Priamrk Flats

To take my work look to evening, I added a pair of simple heels, some pearls, a sparkly clutch and pinker lip.

eShakti Dress, H&M Clutch, Vintage Pearls, Michael Kors Heels

There is so many new items perfect for spring on eShakti right now and I would happily order again, especially for dresses for work!

Jessica Alba in H&M

I love Jessica Alba's off duty style, she always looks so chic and put together even in just jeans and tee! I just spotted these pictures of Jessica out in West Hollywood yesterday and instantly recognised her adorable coat from the new H&M catalogue that arrived on my doorstep last week. It is a steal at just £49.99 (or $79.95 in the US). I love the imitation leather details and it is the perfect coat to transition from winter to spring. Get it here online now!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Springtime Nails

After seeing so many pictures of the beautiful pastel Estee Lauder nail Lacquers all over Instagram, I had the urge to paint my nails lilac this weekend! I have also loved the half moon manicures I've seen on Pinterest, so I tried it out on one nail because I didn't have time to do all my nails!

Kiko Lilac & OPI Glitzerland

And you have until Sunday to enter my giveaway here!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Current Uniform

I seem to be grabbing a chunky knit sweater, boots and a coat all the time at the moment! Please can it start to warm up already! I had to add a bit of sparkle with my EllandEmm Audrey necklace because every weekend needs something shining in it!

There is still plenty of time left to enter my giveaway here too!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Stacey's Smiles

I cannot believe that it is Friday again already, I'm not too sure where this week has gone and what I have achieved! I hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day! As a single girl it's not my favourite day of the year but my best friend surprised me after work with some sweet gifts and we just hung out since her boyfriend was away!

Shopping Ban Update - I am still going strong, no purchases yet and I am half way there! I have been buying craft things instead and I have an ever growing wish list for when the month is up! How is everyone else doing?

Sunday's breakfast fresh from the oven.

Something I have found to be very true!

A haul from T K Maxx.

Valentine's gifts from my best friend!

A yummy treat.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

I thought it was time that I had a little giveaway for all my lovely readers! And since it is Valentine's Day I decided to make all the gifts pink!

The winner will receive
  A Forever 21 pink & gold polka dot cosmetics bag
  Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose
  Some of my DIY hair ties in pink & gold
  Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream 50ml
  Soap & Glory Hand Maid Hand Cleansing Gel 50ml

Entry is really easy just follow Five Minute Style via Google Friends Connect and leave a comment below and include your email.

For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each extra one you do)

- Follow me on Pinterest here.
- Follow Five Minute Style on Bloglovin here.
- Follow me on Instagram - Spark1988.
- Follow Five Minute Style on Twitter here and tweet about the giveaway including @fiveminutestyle     and a link to the giveaway.

This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide and is open until Sunday February 24th 2013 11.59pm GMT and the winner will be announced on the blog and twitter on Monday February 25th.

Good Luck!!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Pastel Love

I fell in love with this coat back last year when I found an odd one left in my local H&M, but it wasn't my size! However good things come to those who wait because I found this on sale for over 50% off and I think it's the perfect coat to take me into spring!

I also did a cute little Valentine's manicure using a cocktail stick to make the hearts! Tomorrow I'll be having a small giveaway for all my lovely readers!

H&M Coat & Sweater, William Rast Jeans, Deena & Ozzy Boots,

Monday, 11 February 2013

Jewel Toned Jacket

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend! I didn't manage to quite finish my table but it is almost done! I'm excited for spring to get here but until then I'm going to enjoy wearing jewel tones to brighten up a cloudy day.

H&M Blazer, William Rast Jeans, New Look Hat, Tolani Scarf,

Friday, 8 February 2013

Stacey's Smiles

So I have made it 8 days in to my shopping ban with out any temptations as of yet! I have loved seeing all the pictures from New York Fashion Week, my twitter feed has been filled with updates from all the lovely bloggers attending so I don't feel like I'm missing out!  I have work tomorrow and on Sunday I am going to try and finish my current DIY project! What is everyone else up to this weekend? We are suppose to get some more snow soon!

A Valentine's inspired manicure.

A refreshing treat from Selfridges.

Finally getting around to a DIY project that will be on the blog as soon as I finish it!

A freebie from a rep at work (go smell this and the other flavours available)
A giveaway is coming up on the blog next week featuring the raspberry rose one! 

A new purchases for my room from Hey Oyster on Etsy.