Necklace-DorothyPerkins, Boots-MissGuided, Socks-Primark, Skirt-AmericanApparel, Turquoise Bracelet-Market, Top-Topshop, Skull Bracelet-ClairesAccessories, Spike Bracelet-DorothyPerkins, Bird Bracelet-Etsy, Jacket-RiverIsland, Bag-Zara, Rings-H&M, Nail Polish-ModelsOwn(Utopia)

First off apologies for the quality of the photo's but my SLR isn't being very cooperative at the moment. Too be honest it just needs a good clean and resetting but I'll snap to it before my next post!

This is one of my favorite double layer chiffon style maxi skirts from American Apparel and although its one of my favorite its probably the one i get the least wear out of, just because it was a pricey £52 and I'm super scared i'll spill something on it...Although i already have but luckily it came out (Coffee Culprit).

The leather jacket is probably my staple peace (as featured all over the blog). Its the one thing i can throw on over anything and well... practically live in it. I do have a few different styles so they can last me all year round but this has been most worn this Winter with its cozy fur collar and full sleeves. 

I found this outfit was quite block in color so i added what i call my "slut pops"  or pop socks which they're actually named as they do remind me of stockings but they're fun to jazz up an outfit and not too thick in my warm studded boots. 

Hope you've all had a great Christmas!

Beki Xo 

 Topshop Nevada Lipstick 

I've been wanting to try Topshop's lipstick range for a while but £8 seems pretty steep for a lipstick that you won't be 100% sure if you like until you've purchased it. I mean although like most beauty stores Topshop do have a sample to test in store, a swipe on the back of the hand doesn't exactly give you the best idea of what its going to look like.

But then came this purchase. I've been wanting a wintry peachy-pink moisturizing lipstick for a while and this little treat fitted the bill although i was a little undecided whether i should take the £8 plunge in hope it would look as amazing on my lips as it did swiped across the back of my hand.

Thank god for impulsive buys!

The Topshop Lipstick in Nevada is a beautiful wintry shade which is probably the best pigmented lipstick i now own. Its more of peachy shade with only a slight rosy under tone which is great for fair skin. The silky texture moisturizes lips but i did find after a couple hours although the color did stay, my lips where a little dry. Saying that... a swipe of Vaseline or moisturizer and it looked back to square one as though i had freshly applied it!

Id highly recommend purchasing this lipstick, especially if your looking for a shade to match the cold weather and pale skin.

Beki Xo
Latest Outfit Post, Surprise Treats, Latest Beauty Post, Santa Animal Skull, Paper Snowflakes, Fut Coat, My Photo In A Photo Set, Typical Tipsy Photo, Costa Caramel Frappe, Pomeranian, Frosty Winter Leaves, Nail Foils, Set For An Outing, Wintery Cider, Hat Hat Hat

Coat-RiverIsland, Boots-MissGuided, Dress-Newlook, Necklace-MissSelfridge, LetterRing-ThunderEgg, Bag-Ebay, Nail Polish-Rimmel(SweetAsSugar), Hat-H&M, TriangleRing-Matalan, Belt-Newlook

This dress is my "Sunday slouchy day" dress. Its one of those you can just throw on and feel super comfortable in but then you can throw on some jewellery or a belt and dress it up a little. The pleats in the bottom are really flattering and it sits just above the ankle which with these damp and cold Winter days is a perfect length.  

I'm always one to throw on a hat when i cant be bothered to faff with my hair especially if the weather isn't too great. I have quite a few beret style hats as i prefer the slouchier fit and wearing them a little further back on my head (the secret to keeping them secure on your head is bobby pins). This one is from last years H&M and is one of my favorites due to its Wintry wine color, which seems to be a key color in my wardrobe at the minute. 

The boots are a more recent purchase. Since the seasonal turn from Autumn to Winter I seem to of developed quite a collection of ankle boots but these are by far my favorite  I bought them from MissGuided but had first seen some similar in Office which you can imagine the price difference even though they looked pretty much the same. So obviously i picked the £34.99 boots from MissGuided rather than the £120 ones from Office. These are super comfortable and durable and i love the small studded detailing on the back as it isn't to over the top which for some reason a lot of retail shops are doing with studs and spikes lately.

Beki Xo 

RevlonDefyingDNA-FreshIvory, BourjoisHealthySerum-Vanilla, BBGarnierCream-Light

My skin is usually in the combination category, meaning I have areas of dry, oily and normal skin type. But I always find that as soon as the Winter season hits with the frost, wind and rain that it tends to be prone to drying out. Therefor i have to sometimes change up my foundations and match them to the seasons. I find that for most people they find the perfect fit foundation but the next season fall completely out of love with it. This ISN'T because they've changed the ingredients (although some might so check first) or because you've changed your moisturizer. Most of the time its because your skins changed due to the climate.

Anyhow, through buying and sampling foundations through the year these 3 are my favorite for when my skin needs a little more moisture to help it through the day. 

Revlon Age Defying DNA - Fresh Ivory
This foundation is the newest member to my "extra moisture" collection. I must admit it was the bottle that first caught my eye as its pretty similar to the Stila Perfect & Correct. But secondly from being a past makeup artists I've learnt that many ageing and SPF products have extra moisturizing agents in them that are perfect for dry skin. The product itself is a perfect creamy light consistency which glides over the skin with a buffing or foundation brush without drying too quickly. The coverage is light to medium but can be built up if need be although throughout the week i tend to want quite a light base. It last me the whole day looking as though its freshly applied and without the usual patching around dry areas. The color is a perfect match and actually leaves my skin feeling moisturized the whole time I'm wearing it and is my favorite out of the 3.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - Vanille 
This foundation has been my most used product and a favorite for months. Its perfect gel like consistency means its super easy to apply without drying too quickly. The color matches pretty damn well  to my skin tone and the product leaves a matt finish without leaving patches throughout the day. The coverage is quite light so if you have any problem areas such as pimples you may need to use concealer in which the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer is highly recommended for as it states "lasting" coverage. But over all this is my 2nd favorite foundation for dry winter skin. 

Garnier BB Miracle Cream - Light 
This product gave me the ultimate moisture through the whole day and although isn't completely in the foundation category, does gives perfectly light coverage with a natural finish. BB Creams made their first appearance not so long ago and have since been manufactured from most known makeup/ skincare brands. But the Garnier BB cream is definitely my favorite in that it matches my skin tone perfectly. When first applied it does look like a more peachy/beige tone but once blended gives a natural light vanilla base with a barely there feel. It does appear a lot thicker than foundation before application as it is more of an extra coverage tinted moisturizer but this is an advantage to using less product and even blending.

Beki Xo 
Bag-Zara, Perfume-LadyGaGa, Gloves-MissSelfridge, Purse-LoungeFly, Phonecase-PrestigePrinting, Lipgloss-Missguided, Lipsticks-Rimmel(TellNoOne)-Maxfactor(PinkBrandy)-Bourjois(RoseInnocence), Brush-Primark, Varnish-MissSporty, Hand Sanitiser-Carex

I've always wondered what other people care to carry or more commonly lug around in their handbags with them on a daily basis. For some, its a tube of lip gloss, a coin filled purse, hand cream and the obvious mobile phone. But for others it could be the entire contents of their makeup bag along side a months worth of receipts and the odd chewing gum escapee (not consumed yet of course).
So through my own curiosity in whats in your handbags I've done a post of whats in my own.
I must admit i feel a little vulnerable throwing the contents of my handbag on the web as you could probably judge a girl from the contents. However i myself enjoy a good nosy of what others consider their daily essentials and if its similar to what i consider my own.

BB Cream/ Lipstick
I'm not one to touch up my makeup during the day as it generally stays in place and i usually think if you keep reapplying it tends to look "cakey". But i do carry around with me the Garnier BB Cream for a quick refresh if need be as its light and an added moisturizer. If anything I'm more of a 'throw on some lipstick and it'll distract from the mess' kind of girl (here's hoping it actually works). My favorite everyday one would be the the moisturizing pink Bourjois in Rose Innocence and a layer of Vaseline for it to last longer.

Hair Accessories
Hair bands, backcombing brush and bobby pins are probably my essentials if anything as its super easy to hide messy hair if you can throw it up into a pony or a bun and living in Manchester this happens ALOT.

Clear Varnish
I basically wear tights everyday and don't even own a pair of trousers. Therefor clear varnish is a must have to repair any ladders and holes I happen to stumble upon.

I'll admit if I'm not reading a book or magazine I sometimes shove them into my bag to weigh it down a little as it tends to swing around too much if its light weight. However in this case i am actually reading both of these!

I bought the sugar skull from the Lanes in Brighton, its made from ceramic and is pretty awesome! The Sally's professional card i haven't actually used in a while but i applied for it when studying Beauty/Specialist Makeup and it does give me great discounts....perhaps i should take more advantage of that.
This purse was actually in my Birthday Wish List and too my surprise the other half actually purchased it! It was the one thing i really wanted as I'm a little obsessed with skulls and the Aztec woven design is completely different to any purse I've seen.

Lady Gaga Perfume
I hate celebrity fragrances as most of the time they don't smell that great and only get bought because of the celebrity branding. BUT out of curiosity i smelt this in Superdrug and had to admit it was pretty amazing. My favorite perfume is Paco Rabanne Black XS as its a deep night time smell with a touch of sweet and the Lady Gaga perfume smells pretty similar.

Beki Xo

Bag-Ebay, Rings-H&M, Jacket-RiverIsland, Skirt-Topshop, Scarf-H&M, Hat-Newlook, Top-MissSelfridge, Necklace-H&M,  Nail Polish-Rimmel(StormySkies)

My love for Autumn/ Winter means I purchase at least 3 cosy scarves every year, one of which is always (not purposely) a tartan pattern or similar. This year i purchased this extra cosy and extra thick red tartan pattern scarf/shawl from H&M. Its a fraction of the one i had been eyeing up in Marks and Spencers at £7.99 and a lot wider unlike most tartan scarfs like the ones that can be purchased from EBay. 

I wore this for a wonder around town and into the Manchester Christmas Markets in which i knew it was going to be totally "shivering like a cold wet dog" kind of cold. So I teamed it with my favorite style of hat, the beret. Because my hair is quite thick most hats squish my head at the top and i end up with this large bulk of hair poking out the bottom, making me look a little like a pea head. So i find berets or loose beanies are great to sit a little further back on my head. 

The jacket I wore is actually the River Island one i did an outfit post on further down but without the fur collar attached. Its much better than my older leather jackets because for one, its fulled sleeved and actually a better, longer-ish fit and it was definitely worth the purchase!

Beki Xo 

(L-R) Smoked Haddock Leek & Rarebit Tart, Roadtrip, OOTD, Mojito, Outfit Post, Beef Chilli Salad, Vintage Necklace, Polka Dot Jumper, Style Post, Rimmel Sea Green Nail Varnish, Hunter OOTD, Home Made Humous, Starbucks Dinner, Update On Tattoo, Temporary Secretary Tattoo Heart Earrings

Jumper-Warehouse, Necklace-MissSelfridge, Bracelet-MarketStall, Skirt-Warehouse, Watch-MarcByMarcJacobs, Bag-Zara, Nails-Rimmel(StormySkies)

My wardrobe is like a game of Jenger. I have at least 2-3 pieces of clothing teetering on each lonely hanger. And that's when i tend to forget things I own or even recently purchased.

This weekend I had a mini clear out which I've sworn to do every so many months. That's when i came across my trusty leather pleated skirt from Warehouse. I bought it for New Years Eve last year and haven't had much wear out of it due to the fact its been playing hide & seek in my wardrobe. 
The leather skirt is probably a key item in most fashion forward wardrobes. Its a great Autumn/Winter piece which can be dressed up with statement jewellery and shoes boots or dressed down with a casual loose jumper and simple accessories. 

I paired it with my ultimate favorite Marc By Marc Jacobs rose gold watch and my burgundy bat wing jumper which is also from Warehouse, its a loose fit with fitted sleeves. I always find it to be the perfect jumper that i can throw on over a body con skirt for a more casual look or tuck it in with a cinched in waist skirt. The jumper shoulders are so detailed if you were going more for a casual look you probably wouldn't need a necklace as it slightly takes the attention away. 

Beki Xo 
Jacket-RiverIsland, Rings-H&M, Tshirt-Zara, Necklace-MissSelfridges, Skirt-MissGuided, Nails-Rimmel Stormy Skies, Bag-Zara

Winter Fur! Ive been looking for an Autumn/Winter jacket for a while now, trying to pick out a style that'll suit near enough everything in my wardrobe and honestly.....the trusty leather biker just kept cropping up.
 I bought this jacket from River Island, and i have to admit i wasn't always the biggest fan of faux fur but this coat completely changed my mind on the animalistic cozy fluff of a collar. The fit is pretty perfect and the fur is detachable so big tick for versatility!

Ive mentioned previously that maxi/midi skirts are taking over a big chunk of my wardrobe this season and i had to get my hands on this army khaki pleated skirt from MissGuided. Most of skirts are plain and this skirt is a great piece for adding texture as well as being very flattering with its paper bag waist.

The alphabet skeleton graphic t-shirt is a favorite of mine at the minute. I bought it from Zara a while back and I've definitely got my moneys worth of wear out of it. Only recently have i fallen dangerously in love with Zara's TRF section, they have some great unique pieces and designer lookalikes. The bag is another purchase from Zara and is such a great bag for everyday or even going out at night as it isn't too big or bulky and still has enough room to shove the usual crap in!

Beki Xo
(R-L) New fur trim leather jacket, My parents garden, Goats cheese cranberry salad, Starbucks RedCups, Amazing Argan Oil from Primark, Embracing pale, 17 Tattoo Me Liquid Liner, Claires Accessories jewellery post, OOTD, Wine and cooking, Autumn leaves, Getting inked, Nachos from HomeSweetHomeNQ, Rose gold bow bracelet from Claires Accessories, Most recent outfit post. 

Skulls, Crosses, Peace signs, statement necklaces and metallic touches, Claire's Accessories has stepped up its game and they kindly sent a package filled with just a few exciting pieces from their large jewellery collection. But this was only after I had taken a trip to the shop to pick up my usual essentials and ended up buying a hoard of skull, cross and turquoise stone jewellery which i tweeted about.

Claire's Accessories is probably know to most of us as the teenage hangout we all use to go to grab our rebel wearing school accessories or quirky stationary years ago and i have to admit I've never thought different until i had a proper look around and realized how much its change and if you like "grown up".

A lot of the jewellery are seasonal must haves and trend setters like popular detailing of spikes, skulls, flowers, peace signs, turquoise, crosses and tribal patterned pieces. They've covered it all from girlie to grunge with some unique pieces in between like the bow bracelet in a rosy gold colour.

I was surprised when i'd received the package of how much stuff they'd actually sent me, not to mention that a lot of the piece where what i had been eyeing up in the shop already. A couple of my favourite pieces are the turquoise stone peace chain and the spike and skull earrings not the mention the statement nude flower necklace, this was actually the first piece i wore with a white polka dot top, its a plain style top so this necklace added detail and attention.

I'm always one for changing my style so the fact they sent me a mixture of "pretty" and "hippie" and "grunge" is pretty darn great to go with my ever changing wardrobe!

Beki Xo
Disclaimer: As a perk of being a blogger I am sometimes offered free items in exchange for a review or product placement on my blog. However, I am very selective when it comes to accepting free items because i would only feature something on my blog which I myself would purchase or that I think positively about.
Jumper-FrenchConnection, Shoes-Vans, Skirt-Topshop, Necklace-DorothyPerkins, Jacket-Primark, Bag-Newlook, Sunglasses-RiverIsland

Hey Guys,
I'm really loving this cold weather at the moment, Autumn is definitely my favorite season. And with cold crisp mornings and burnt orange leaves come my craving for cosy knits and comfortable shoes.

I bought this jumper from French Connection, its a little shorter than a normal jumper so goes perfect with my Autumn/Winter maxi skirt obsession. Its a cable knit style so it is a little see through but who doesn't layer up in Winter? I wore it with my favorite gold bunting necklace from Dorothy Perkins which is a great statement piece.

My wardrobe is in need of more cable knit jumpers and cardigans this season especially in the Autumnal colors like burgundy, khaki, navy, browns and greys.

And like i said, in winter i seem to get a craving for cosy shoes meaning pumps and boots. So a new pair of white Vans went down a treat. They're always the shoe i throw on when I'm dashing quickly around town or traveling because they are super comfortable and easy to slip on and off.
I wouldn't mind a few pairs of Vans, as they are a great comfortable full shoe for winter time wondering.... 

Beki Xo

In celebration of my new name change im hosting my first giveaway to win one of two Minimum Mouse jewellery prizes!

Over the past few months I've inched away from posting only vintage and have found a new love for posting outfits, beauty, lifestyle and more or less a pick'n'mix of anything i want to throw onto my Blog. There for I figured a name change is in order!
I feel that somehow my old name "Tick Tock Timeless Vintage" was suggestive in that my Blog would be filled with only vintage. But don't get me wrong whenever I next find myself at a vintage fair or in a new vintage boutique I WILL be blogging about it, but its more of a Lifestyle post in the way that's its something i love and do at the weekend!

Smock To Frock has been one of those names I've had connected to my Blog through social media platforms and its always stuck. So I guess in a way I've always had a Blog name ready...if that makes sense.
Anyway to celebrate my name change I'm hosting my FIRST GIVEAWAY with TWO prizes!
And kindly indie fashion, kitsch jewellery and vintage accessories boutique MinimumMouse kindly provided me with goodies! Their online shop is a haven for quirky and unique styles that you wont find on the High-Street but you will also find on Asos Market Place and good old EBay.

1st Prize is a beautiful gold bunting aztec print necklace and a super cute camera ring.
2nd Prize is a Amour silver chain necklace, a long chain quirky robot necklace AND a worn silver cross ring.

Enter Below...Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons and Halloween is the best excuse in the year to get inspired and dress up! I was recently was contacted by Vision Direct and asked if i would like to create a blog post wearing a pair of their Halloween style contact lenses in whatever creative way i wanted to.
The fact i hadn't delved into my Special FX makeup box or had fun with face paints in a while made me jump at the idea.

First off their selection is incredible with too so much to choose from however i managed to narrow it down to 3 in which i couldn't decide and therefor asked them to do so for me! They sent me the vibrant green Lizard Eye style lenses which i immediately came up with 3 different ideas. The simple cat style makeup, the pretty Poison Ivy makeup and the gory Zombie makeup (Find out how to create the ZOMBIE look here). I figured covering all 3 aspects of gore, pretty & popular makeup would give people more of an idea of what to be this Halloween. 

The contact lenses themselves are pretty versatile lenses when it comes to styles of makeup and they really do make a difference to the overall end look which is why I've attached a small photo of the "before" contact lenses in a couple photos. 
When using them with the cat eye makeup you can see they practically bring together the whole look and because the makeup is quite basic the vivid boldness and sharp shaped pupils really attract your attention. 
They also made the biggest difference to the Zombie makeup as the look is very dull, worn & basically pretty darn dead and so your eyes do tend to disappear with the amount of makeup, so adding a sinister bright contact lens just completes the look.

Before i was sent these contacts i wouldn't of really chosen to wear any for Halloween but I've realized especially from the photos how much of difference they make to the overall end look and how easy/ comfortable they are to wear.

Hope you all feel inspired!

Beki Xo

Next PostNewer Posts Previous PostOlder Posts Home