Mouseketeer

I never really had a chance (or an appropriate event) to take part in the 'ear trend' when it first took off so when the lovely Lara Bohinc had a gold themed birthday party earlier this year, I jumped at the chance to become 'goldie mouse'.... Yes I know that's not a real character but so what! 
p.s A lot of you often ask me what my hair looks like without the extensions. There are no extensions in this picture. x

Most Wanted

Striped bandeau bikini top: Bronzette
Floral Playsuit: TopShop
Flared Jeans: Rag & Bone
Pink Denim Shirt Dress: TopShop 'Unique'
'Cult' bag: Kandee
'Dakota' ankle boots: Alexander Wang

The shopping in Wilmington is practically non existent. Thank goodness for the internet. I love me some online browsing but nothing really beats the thrill of actually touching the clothes, trying them on and smelling that new clothes smell. Ahhhhhhhh.... 

Shopping addict? Moi?



FAQ

This is a snap of where I spend most of my time at the moment: My trailer. Actors get paid to wait around, the acting we do for free.... I can't remember who said that, if anyone knows let me know. It's so true!

Since outfit posts will be few and far between until the boy gets out to North Carolina (one week and counting!) I thought now would be the perfect time to finally do that long promised FAQ post...


*How would you describe your style?
Un-committed. I find it hard to stick to any one style. I love trying new things and get inspired by magazines, street stye and other blogs all the time so I'm always changing it up. I do have a penchant for anything studded, leather, patent or leopard!

*What are you wardrobe staples?
Leather jacket, skinny jeans and good t.shirt. I wear my Miu Miu shoes (both loafers and heels) a lot.

*Most expensive item in your closet?
My Chanel bag. 

*Most wanted item?
I'm on the look out for a small vintage Chanel bag. Preferably in red. 

*Favorite designer?
It changes every season but Alexander Wang has loads of stuff that I want/need.

*Do you prefer highstreet or designer?
Both! With vintage mixed in :)

*How much do you spend on clothes?
Depends on the month and what I'm up to. I'm not afraid to splurge on items that I feel will last and bring a lot to my wardrobe. For example my Miu Miu shoes. They were expensive but I wear them LOTS and they go with everything! My Chanel bag will be with me forever and it will only get better with age!

*What are your favorite places to shop in London?
My absolute favorite shop is Liberty. I could (and often do) spend all day in there. It's filled with lots of gorgeous things and is less stressful then Selfridges. I always have time for TopShop in Oxford circus. I like to go at 10am midweek. It's always quiet and they have more stock :)


*What are your favorite place to shop in LA?
I like LF on Robertson for casual everyday items and I love Decades on melrose for special vintage. The vintage market on the corner of Melrose and Fairfax is also really good. I get all my vintage levi shorts from there.

*Favorite fragrance?
I have three that I love. Chanel 'Beige', Frederic Malle 'Lipstick Rose' and Chloe 'Love'.

*Are you sponsored by any brands?
No. Several brands give me items to wear on the blog but I only wear items that I actually like and really want to wear. If I've been given something for free I will alway put "courtesy of..." If I'm sent something and I love it then of course I say so.

*Which camera do you use?
The boy takes the majority of the blog pictures using a Canon 5D. I edit all pictures in iPhoto. 

*Which blogs do you read?
I adore Andy's Style Scrapbook and Sabrina's afterDRK. Other favorite's include Fade to Black and Made By Girl. I follow around 50 blogs.

*Why don't you update everyday?
Because I have a job! If I'm not filming then I'm auditioning or preparing for auditions. Ring My Bell is my baby and I love doing it but acting pays my bills :)

*How did you become an actress?
I always knew what I wanted to do and I followed through. I went to acting and drama classes as a teenager and eventually went to the only free performing arts school in England,The BRIT school. I attended open auditions and got a job from one of them which in turn got me an agent. 

I always believed in the need to train fully as an actor so when I was old enough I auditioned for several drama schools and was lucky enough to get into RADA.  I go out on auditions every week.

*Will there be anymore episodes of 'The Beautiful Life'?
No. Sorry!

*How tall are you?
5,8"

*Do you smoke?
No. And I never will.

*Which ethnicity are you?
I am mixed raced. My father is half Swiss, half Nigerian, born in England and my mother is English.

*How do you maintain your figure?
I go to Bikram yoga 2-3 times a week and I eat healthily for most of the week. I always let myself have one day where I eat whatever I like and that's usually a burger and fries.... or pizza... or bagels..... or apple pie.... mmmmmmm

*How do you get loose waves/curls in your hair?
I use a ghd straightening iron and this video on the ghd website here shows exactly what I do. 

*Which hair extensions to you use? 
I use a 'full head' set of clip in extensions so that I don't have to commit to them for too long and they are less damaging on my own hair. I usually buy my extensions from Head Kandy and have mostly been very happy with them... although the last set were not up to their usual standard so I may have to find a new place. 

























Perfection

Rag & Bone 'Newbury' Boot

Some people search for the perfect black dress but I have been searching for the perfect black ankle boot... and I think I've finally found it. Rag & Bone's 'Newbury' boot is everything I've been looking for. Suede, cuban heel and no embellishments. Perfection.
Rachel Bilson as seen on The Vogue Diaries

Love how Rachel is rocking them, black upon black multiplied by black style. My kinda girl.










Hiatus


I don't usually care much for American Vogue but they've had two hot covers in a row now. Lady Gaga last month and now Rihanna. I'm still not crazy about the red hair but I love this cover so much that I'm willing to over look it. 

I'm now out in North Carolina to shoot my pilot so I'm unfortunately on an outfit post hiatus until I get back to LA and the photography skills of the boy next month. In the mean time I'll try to sneak some tweet pics of my costumes for you here :)

Portfolio

Shorts: Vintage. Shirt: TopShop
T.shirt & hat: Vintage.

I recently joined IMG and had to do a photo shoot for my portfolio. It's rare that anyone other then The Boy takes my picture and I actually enjoy it but it was a true pleasure working with Khalid El-Awad. Thanks Khalid, I love the pictures! 

You can see more pictures from the shoot here.  My heart actually stopped when I saw Tyra on the same page!





Bang

Boots & faux leather skirt: Courtesy of Storets.com
Shirt: APC. Cardigan: Urban Outfitters

I have nothing but good things to say about Storets.com. Seriously, everything I get from them I love. This skirt makes all my leather skirt dreams come true!

I went to the hairdressers today and was supposed to cut some bangs (a fringe for my fellow English people) but I chickened out at the last minute and just had some layers added. I've decided not to let my fear get the better of me and I'm going back tomorrow and getting myself some bangs.... I think. Eeeek!



Lotions & Potions

My new beauty discoveries.... Out with the old and in with the new! These have been my star beauty buys so far this year.

NARS concealer duo. 
Really smooth and easy to blend. No chalkiness at all. 


Shu Uemura sheer face powder
Keeps me shine free without making me look over made up.

TopShop blush in "Neon Rose"
Super lightweight creme to powder blush. Stays put for ages!

Shu Uemura Essence Absolute.
Literally the BEST thing I've ever put in my hair. Worth every penny.


**The winner of the prom queen giveaway is Stephanie Noel. Please send your address to: ringmybellblog@gmail.com