The Top 10 Fashion and Beauty Commandments for Commuters

As you may, or may not be aware, I work in London. However, I don’t live in London. Instead, I choose, like thousands more, to commute to work each day. Whether this is a wise decision or not is to be debated, but that pretty much sums up my 9-5 (actually, it’s more like 7-7. YAWN)

So, what relevance does this have for my blog? Well, I’ve been thinking for some time to incorporate some of things I’ve learnt whilst travelling into some blog posts, so if you ever have to commute for work, visit London, or simply have a long journey ahead of you, I can hopefully help you.
This is the first blog in the series, and I wanted to start with the basics: The 10 commuter commandments: beauty and fashion edition. Let me know if you have any other commandments I’ve missed out, and anything you’d like me to investigate re. travel based beauty hacks, for example.
The Commuters Beauty and Fashion Commandments
  1. Hello hygiene! It might seem obvious (I hope this is obvious) but travelling for long hours isn’t just boring, it can also be stressful. Running for trains, especially in heat, can wreck havoc on your blood pressure, let alone your sweat levels (yuk). So, next time you’re heading the big smoke, stock up on your preferred brand of spray and go wild! Boots also do travel size versions so you can chuck one in your handbag for a cheeky top up at the end of the day. Not that you need it, but, y’know, just in case…
  2. Face wipes, face wipes, face wipes. I can’t say it enough, keeping your skin clean in a polluted city can make a biiiig difference. London is notorious for drying skin, and can change your unblemished complexion into one you’d rather hide. Only problem is, when you do get a breakout, you want to then cover up in heavy make-up. So, avoid those pesky blackheads and grab some face wipes next time you’re in Boots/Superdrug etc. My favourites are from Simple’s range. They are great at cleaning your skin, and getting rid of make-up – double whammy. d9888b3cbf506195a045a5dfc63f8ca6
  3. Layers or big coat? Always a tricky one. I’m definitely in the ‘layers’ camp. That way, I can de-robe on the Northern Line should it be rammed (which is ALWAYS). I always find that the temperature on the tube has no relation to the actual weather, so wrapping up warm for the bus is always wise, but bare in mind the packed Tube you’re about to get in when picking your outfit that morning. H & M and Topshop do some great basics pieces, which are great for layering, as well a some great statement coats if you want to opt for a big coat to get snuggly in. 9dc2144eea07c4435707b807ee0148bf
  4. Freshen up! Your commute might not take long, or you might be on a 7 hour flight – either way, if you don’t have access to a toothbrush you might feel like you want to inject some minty freshness in to your travels. Stick some gum in your makeup bag and you won’t be stuck avoiding after work drinks because you had tuna sarnies at lunch.
  5. Heels or flats? The age old debate I’ve seen rage on in several Metro issues: should women who work in the City (i.e. those who wear suits to work) wear trainers to work, and then change into heels in the office? Personal preference? I’d wear black flats, and then change, but honestly, each to their own. There are some great smart trainers nowadays, and flat pumps which double as fitness trainers, so you can wear them all day without worrying you’ll forget your backup heels. Especially if you have to rush into that meeting sans Kurt Geigers. 7951a8b4c23c43b11f85562a32778f1f
  6. It’s free, so why not? Who doesn’t love something that’s free? You are literally spoilt for choice in London which, like several other major cities, offers free magazines and newspapers to its visitors. Tuesday is my personal favourite – it’s Stylist day! I love Stylist because it covers everything from fashion to female opinion articles, beauty and book reviews. To be honest, I’d quite happily pay for Stylist – It’s that good. They’ve got a Twitter account too, if you don’t have the chance to pick up a copy.
  7. Hair refresh, or another hit of the snooze button? A daily challenge I can assure you. Do you get up and fully wash your hair, or leave it 5 minutes, and just condition? Or was it a crap night sleep, and you’d rather not even bother? No judgement, we have all been there, but if you do want to dodge the shower in the morning, grab some dry shampoo and hair ties/pins, and stick them with your travel sized deodorant for a quick spruce up half way throughout the day. They are also great if you get caught in a downpour, and your do just isn’t doing it any more.
  8. One outfit, or two? Been invited out for drinks after work, or visiting friends but don’t want to lug a massive over night bag on the train? Check out my previous blogs on day to night outfits that can take you from desk to dance floor in a quick change of makeup and jeans. It means you can take less to work, but still have a great night. Take a look at my Polyvore too if you want more outfit inspiration, or you just want a cheeky nose. I won’t tell anyone, promise.
    Dress Code #2: Day to Night, Office to Bar
  9. Let there be…water? hydrates your skin, especially in winter when there is less hydration in the air (hence dryer skin in December). So grab a bottle and stick it in your handbag for a top up on the train. Remember to drink up at your desk too. Try keeping a 2litre bottle by your laptop so you can see how much you’ve drank throughout the day.
  10. Experiment and explore. You could be travelling to a city you see every day, or visiting one for the first time. Either way, there is so much you could see and do, but more importantly there are so many new places to SHOP. Even in the train stations you can cram in a quick purchase or two before the train back home. 53fbfc12a6b411c7afab6ad218954ce1
I hope these commandments help you in your travels in the future! Would you add any others if you wrote your own commandments? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy travels!
Alice x
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It’s 2014 already?

Well, that happened quick! I was just reminiscing about Summer 2013, when I came hurtling into 2014 with a thud.

It’s fair to say I’ve been in a bit of a bubble lately. I’d planned on blogging every day in December, but illness/Christmas shopping/Work got in the way of my plans. However, that isn’t going to stop me in 2014!

New Year, new me?

Like most people with an internet connection and a Facebook account, I find my timelines inundated with ‘New Year, new me!’/‘2014 is going to be my year!’ statuses. And, yes, whilst I applaud anyone who sits up and makes postiive changes in their life, I don’t see why they should be limited to the start of January. I love to make little changes throughout the year, and I find it makes it easier to stick to and ‘resolutions’ I make, rather than a 12 month promise glooming over my head, where I constantly dread a letter from the gym stating that I ‘must try harder’ in 2014.

So, in a bid to help myself, and hopefully you lovely people, I’ve devised my aims for 2014 – not specific resolutions. They are both things I’m going to try to achieve, as well as things I’m going to try and limit. Let me know if your list is similar, or anything I’ve not added that you’ve resolved to change in 2014.

  • Attend Fashion Week. I’ve dreamed of visiting LFW for a very long time, and now I work in the capital I felt it was the perfect opportunity to visit some shows, and Somerset House for their Fashion Weekend.

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  • Run a half marathon. Last year I chickened out, even after I paid to enter, but I’m determined to enter and actually run. Pretty embarrassing considering my 52 year old Dad managed to not only enter, but run in a pretty decent time. No pressure then…

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  • Take more photos. I live and work in two pretty contrasting areas of the country, and yet I barely document either. Working in London was a big deal when I moved, especially coming from a smallish city like Peterborough. I’d love to take more pictures, probably Instagram them, and show you all the wonderful places I visit, especially with an upcoming European road trip planned. EXCITED.

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  • Travel more. I’ve never ventured outside of Europe. Pretty shocking, I know, but with Uni, and a fear of flying (despite being an Air Cadet?!), I hadn’t really travelled up until now. I’ve always wanted to visit Paris, and I’m hoping to road trip around Europe this Spring. No doubt there will be pictures galore on Instagram, and a blog post or two 😉

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  • Extend my blog. I’ve always been interested in writing, but never felt I had the skill, or patience, to write a novel. I also much enjoy fact over fiction, but that’s another story. I started blogging as an outlet to my shopping addiction, as well as a help with the industry I work in. However, I’m looking to litter my beauty and fashion posts with fitness, cooking and lifestyle articles in 2014. Let me know if you’d like to see anything else too.

So there it is! My aims for 2014. Here’s hoping I actually achieve these. Not like last year when I only managed to pass my driving test (after the fifth time of trying. I KNOW)

Comment below with your resolutions and aims for 2014, I’d love to know what they are 🙂

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Alice x

My week on Instagram: Windy walks and blogger meet ups

The first week of December is over, and with every advent chocolate I feel more and more guilty about not finishing my Christmas shopping! Oh well, I’m sure more chocolate will numb the guilt…

Anyways! This week I’ve gone a bit Instagram crazy, so below are some of my favourites, showing you what I’ve been getting up to.

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Let me know what you’ve been up to ok the comments below!

Find me on Instagram and Twitter

Happy blogmas!

Alice x

It’s almost December?!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s December tomorrow! Yes, Christmas adverts have graced telly for a few months now, but it still hasn’t sunk in!

So, it’s officially now the festive season, and to celebrate I’m uploading a new blog every day! Let’s call it Blogmas, why not…

Check back every day in December to find the latest blog on anything and everything from affordable winter fashion, Christmas party dress decoders and winter skin care rescue remedies.

And if after the festive season you feel a bit in need of a detox and a long run after too many mince pies, then head back after the 25th for some fitness fashion tips, detox secrets and New Years resolution inspiration.

I want to make this a collaborative blog too, so please feel free to comment or tweet me if you want me to cover any other topics! Find me on Twitter: @alicebrazier, Pinterest, Instagram and Bloglovin.

I’m really excited to share this with you, and I’d love to read your blogs too, so please share them in the comments below.

Happy blogmas!

Alice xx