Friday, 31 May 2013

We Like Short Shorts!

Summer is finally here! We think... Perhaps... Let me check... Um... I think I see the sun...? No wait...  Anyway, it's going to be November before you know it so as far as your summer wardrobe is concerned, the time is NOW! Suck it up, ditch the tights and brave it with bare legs. While you're at it, swerve the heavy knitwear and get some sun/day light on those pasty limbs.

We've got some great high-waisted beauties to get you in the mood for summer, perfect for festivals and even better for lapping up some proper weather in sunnier climes. Here at House of Jam we like to think of ourselves as connoisseurs of the high waist, hand picking only the finest selection for you lovely people, and tweaking them to the perfect up to date, on trend, fit and shape This season, our short shorts are the new Palazzo pant, think less length, more booty....

Monday, 27 May 2013

Festival Fashwan

Whether you're into rolling around Stone Circle or parading along Las Ramblas, one things for certain, the most important thing at festivals (after having fun) is your wardrobe.

We picked 5 festivals we're off to this summer and a fail safe get-up to match...

Sonar 13th-15th June
Ditch the flat, opt for a block and DON'T forget your sunnies. Our Tie dye dress work wonders with a little bit of added height, these Aladdin gladiator boots from TOPSHOP are the perfect match. 

Aladdin Gladiator Sandals - TOPSHOP, 'Together Forever' rings - NICO NI, 'Feel My Pulse' MAC lipstick

Glastonbury 26th - 30th June
Don't cringe out in a pair of pink hunters, man up! A bit of mud never hurt anyone. Keep it simple with our fringed Kimono, cut offs and a lil'bumbag for all your essentials. Don't forget the baby wipes!

Jeepers Peepers Sunglasses @ ASOS, sequinned bumbag - ASOS, Ankle Boots - ALDO

LOVEBOX 19th-21st July
The highlight of the London people watchers year, flat surfaces and open spaces. Long as it's dry we're pro-heel, but keep it thick though, save sinking into soggy grass for Glasto. 
Sunglasses - ASOS, 'Avenger' Chelsea Boot - ASOS, Viva La Glam Lipstick - MAC

Secret Garden 25th - 28th July
Don't go too cray cray with the face paint, it'll be on the floor in 10 minutes and you won't be able to pick up the pieces. Get physical with a tub of MAC reflects transparent pink glitter and shimmer your way through til Monday.

Striped rucksack - ASOS, Glitter - MAC, Sunglasses - ASOS

Dimensions - 5th - 9th September
There's nothing luxe about sun burn and sweat, which is why getting dressed in 30 degree heat sometimes calls for simplicity and no frills. Our polka dot 2 piece is not only easy on the eye but easily slipped on and off....Handy. 

Flatforms - ASOS, Lashes - Illamasqua, Earrings - TOPSHOP

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Musings of an aspiring Slap Artist - The New Classics #1

Following make-up trends, for some of us, can lead to disaster and a series of Facebook photos we'd rather weren't tagged. While powder blue eye shadow, might look good on Joan Smalls, it can leave the rest of us looking less Prada and more Pat Butcher.With make-up, while it's ALWAYS fun to experiment with different looks, knowing what suits your features, skin tone and face shape, and working within that sphere of familiarity is the most effective way to monopolize what yo'mamma gave you.

The best trends within make-up are the ones that stick, the ones that hang around for seasons at a time, developing steadily with only subtle variations each time they pop up. These are the classics that can be re-invented, and the thing about classics is, they're always en Vogue. We've selected our top 4 that all draw their inspiration from the archetypal beauty trends...

1. Lippy Red Riding Hood
The red lip's alter-ego.. The ombre is the Jessica Rabbit of pouts. Try a deep red with dark purple corners using M.A.C lipstick 'Lady Danger' and The Make-up Store liner in 'Jazz'. *** Leave matte for a more vampish finish or gloss over with clear gloss for a sticky icky icky wet look. We love this video from Lora Arellano, perfectly demonstrated and no annoying 'how to' noise!

2. BrowsBrowsBrows
Over plucked brows are like Kim Kardashian's maternity wear, they're offensive. They're unnecessary and a result of some deluded misconception that a more defined shape is always better. It's NOT. If you're lucky enough to a smooth, defined natural arch then you've got no excuse. Your grooming routine should be a case of pulling out the odd stray and nothing else. Full brows ooze sass, skinny tadpole.. not so much. There's so much that could be said on this topic, but for now just know... add to what you've got with a wax or pencil, Benefit do a great brow shaping kit, 'Brow zings', aaaaaand don't get carried away with those tweezers or you'll wind up looking like Jodie Marsh.

4. Colour Block Sockets
Eye shadow can be such a touchy subject. Obviously you can't go wrong with a smokey eye or nude, natural day shades but one look we're wearing out at the moment is colour blocking. Use one solid colour all over the lid, adding more in the socket and corners and highlighting while contouring the natural bones of your eye area. It's dramatic without being fussy, perfect for both night and day. Darker and brighter shades work for a more dramatic evening look while more muted shades suit your day time steeze.

5. Sweet Little Lines
Liquid liner is a god send. Whenever you're having one of those "I've got nothing to wear" days with your make-up just stick a feline flick on it and you're good to go. Team one of these with your ombre lip and you're pure FYAH. We're into this video from Miss Mila Victoria (Milataughtme), showing you 3 ways of sexing up your liner.