Sunday, 29 December 2013

happy feet #3

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NIKE FREE TR FIT 3 BP c/o sportshoes.com 


Christmas is over, all the food has been eaten, the tree has been planted in the garden, and the new year is only days away. It all goes by so quickly. This is always the time of year where I become reflective about the year just gone. I know, many like to make new years resolutions, and have exciting goals and plans for the year ahead. My main goal is to be a healthier me, food wise and through exercise.
Once upon a time, when I was much younger, I used to love sports and swimming. I loved being part of a team, and making new friends along the way. I guess, blogging is very similar in this sense. I used to play netball, run cross country, and enjoy being active. Now, I'm less excited at the thought of exercise. I would like this to change. This year, I would love to be able to run a couple of miles for fun (yes, for FUN!). 

I'm so pleased that I have the perfect footwear to help me achieve my goal. These Nike Free cross training shoes, are designed to deliver comfort, support, and to mimic barefoot running. As you can see from the pictures, I headed to the beach to give them a test run. The concept and process behind the Nike Free shoes, makes for an interesting read. Nike are always so creative and innovative when it comes to design. N.B. Kim Kardashian wears a very similar pair of Nike's to these.
It is also a plus, that Nike Free Runs have become a stylish shoe to own. Fitness and fashion are quite the pair. I have always been interested in retro footwear and brands such as Nike and Gola. I think an outfit teamed with trainers, or Converse, can look great. So, I'm sure I will be wearing these Nike shoes more often than planned.

I'm lucky enough to have two people in my family to inspire me. My two sisters have both completed marathons (Paris) and completed the Tough Mudder 2013. So, I guess running and exercise can be fun. I'm fortunate to live near the Gower, and have a cycle and running path close to my house, so I have no excuse not to be active. I hope I can achieve my goal, and come to enjoy going for a run.

Thank you for reading, and a Happy New Year to you! What is your favourite way to keep fit?
xxxx


Friday, 20 December 2013

Sale Wishlist

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1. Jack Wills dress
2. Black leather backpack
3. Fred Perry Tartan Cord Pinafore Dress

I've got my eyes on the sales this year. I always love reading posts featuring what bargains can be had. This post, is a wishlist of the things I hope will be in the sales! I know some sales have started early this year, however, none of the above have as yet been reduced.
A bag is for life, not just for Christmas, this is a great motto for this time of year if you're looking to splash out on a new bag. There are many that I would love to own, such as a Whistles clutch, and the Autograph Leather Hobo bag from Marks & Spencers. I have chosen the darling, Dahlia soft leather backpack. It would be so useful for work, and for when I'm out walking the dogs, it's simply wonderful. The next, I found when reading What Olivia Did. Baia have teamed up with the lovely Olivia, to design this limited edition, understated bag. Olivia is effortlessly chic, so this collaboration in my eyes, is genius! This would be more of an investment piece, and a gorgeous one at that. So, fingers crossed these two gems will be on offer in the new year.
The two dresses above, can be found on Asos. The Fred Perry cord dress is so perfect, plus I need more tartan in my life! I love the buttons down the front and the fabric. The other dress featured, is by Jack Wills. My sister has mentioned that Jack Wills do good reductions, so I'm hoping this will be available as well.
The shops are too busy for me come January, and I'm not patient enough to scroll through the endless pages online. However, if I get just one thing from the above, I would call that a big success! 
If you are looking for tips when hitting the sales, Naked Fashions have done a great post, here.

Thank you for reading. Have you got your eye on anything, that you hope will be in the sales? 
xxxx


Sunday, 15 December 2013

THREE TURTLE NECKS

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CHECKED SHIRT /FAUX LEATHER STUDIO TOP SILK AND COTTON SWEATER


I wish I was better organised, so I could have planned out the twelve days of Christmas, fashion inspired posts. I started randomly, with the Five Golden Rings Gifts, so let's jump to Three Turtle Doves Necks.
This is a style that some dislike, others love! It's a style that has graced the covers of Vogue. Whilst searching pinterest, I came across some beautiful editorial shots. The high roll neck is a classic and chic item, and I automatically think of Audrey Hepburn wearing one.
I have chosen to share three ways to wear a turtle neck this winter. I was mainly inspired by the Zara Autumn/Winter collection, and the Zara Look book styles this piece in a number of ways.

One. A turtle neck can be a staple part of your wardrobe. It can be worn with tartan/printed trousers, as above, for a simple and stylish look.

Two. Now it's colder, we are more inclined to cover up. A turtle neck can transform an evening look, and create a modern, and some what practical outfit. The Zara lingerie style dress, for example, can be worn over a turtle neck, as Amy from Salted Roses did here. In outfit two, above, Zara have also mixed textures, another great way of styling a roll neck.

Three. Layers,layers, layers! Do we ever wear enough layers? I love to wear numerous layers, so the turtle-neck is ideal for adding another to an outfit, and a new shape with the high neck line. It can be be worn under shirts and jumpers, for a cosy and fun look.

Fun Fact - The name Turtle neck came from the eccentric, Swedish tailor and turtle lover, Gerhard Thorn. He used to take his turtles for walks in the evenings, and he created the turtle neck for his turtle, to keep them from freezing during winter walks. After his death, the patent was then expanded and designed for humans, by his son.

This has been a fun post to do, and I hope you have enjoyed. Do you have a turtle neck / roll neck in your winter wardrobe? 
xxxx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Favourites


This Sunday, I would like to share with you some of my favourites, from my new Clarins obsession to my black Friday discount. There are so many discounts and sales happening at the moment, it is hard to ignore, not to mention receiving emails every day just to remind me so.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening toner - I bought this after reading Katie's review over on Gold Dust. I used to read a good review, and think 'I need this product in my life!', but after realising what works for someone else, may not work for me, I'm not so quick to make that purchase. However, Katie referred to the Pixie Glow Tonic, and how it was very similar to the Clarins toner. I enjoyed using the Glow Tonic, myself, but have never repurchased it. So, I thought I would give Clarins a go for the first time. This toner, claims to 'eliminate impurities and dead skin cells, and boost cellular renewal'as well as tighten pores. Well, it was love at first try! This product leaves my skin feeling fresh, and seems to be keeping breakouts at bay, without drying out my skin. I love it so much, I just want to swim in it! (too much?). I bought this from Debenhams, and took advantage of the 10%-15% discount on their beauty products. 

Reindeer ornament - I picked this up on Black Friday, when I was in Asda looking at Christmas decorations. I weaved my way through the mass of people and their trolleys, that were making the most of the Black Friday deals, and came across this little figure. The ceramic deer, is so sweet, and for £1.50 - it was a little bargain.

Miss Etoile china jar - I think this is actually a sugar jar for the kitchen, a very cute one at that. My mum picked this Miss Etoile up in the Oliver Bonas sale, when visiting my sister in London. I keep all my cotton wool balls in this jar, so they are stored prettily for when I use my Clarins toner.
I discovered, Miss Etoile, is a Danish Company, that produces wonderful and quirky home ware. The french and art deco inspired designs, are so feminine and fun. After browsing their S/S 14 catalogue online, there is so much I love, the pastels, polka dots, and the hippo tea cup and saucer!

Asos Chunky jumper - Last weekend, I made an impulse purchase, as the 20% Asos sale was coming to an end on Sunday night (although it's 20% off everything this weekend, again). I wanted to get something, anything, I was in that kind of mood. I purchased this knit, in cream, and it is just so cosy and pretty. It's just the right side of being over sized, and has little specks of blue, red and yellow with the cream. This was one, quick purchase I do not regret. 


Hope you have had a good weekend. Have you been tempted by the sales?
Thank you for reading.
xxxx


Thursday, 5 December 2013

FIVE GOLDEN GIFTS


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MINI NAIL IN MAGPIE / Estella Bartlett Gold Plated Flower Ring / Whitstles Gold Clutch
Dazzling Highlighter Brightening Stick / VEST LUREX TULLE MIDI DRESS

In the spirit of Christmas, I have chosen five golden rings gifts for Her. This time of year, there are so many celebrations. There are work parties to attend, Christmas meals, and of course Christmas day and Boxing day. It's a busy month ahead! I have chosen some gifts, that would be ideal for these occasions, and for NYE (Yes, it's not long now).
I have picked out a gorgeous tulle dress, with a gold lurex top. I was pleasantly surprised at the price, and think Topshop do these style of dresses so well. I think, I would feel like a very happy pixie in this tutu style dress. It is ideal for the festive season!
Every dress deserves a bag that compliments it, and this Whistle bag does just that. The Whistle gold clutch would provide a glamorous touch to any outfit. I have fallen in love with the classic croc- effect leather clutch by Whistles, it would also look great with this outfit.
This Estella Bartlett ring, above, caught my eye whilst reading YOU magazine, one Sunday. The gold plated ring, has such delicate detail on the gold flower, and is very Pandora-like. This is a real Christmas treat!
I picked two beauty items that would make lovely stocking fillers. The mini Topshop nail varnish in Magpie, comes in at £5. Finally, the KiKo dazzling highlighter in Moonlight gold, to add a soft glow to your make up, and complete your golden look!

Thank you for reading, Do you plan your outfits for Christmas and NYE?
xxxx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!




I started a new job this week, so there has been early mornings, early nights, and a lack of blogging. I do take my Christmas hat off, to those who work and blog often. So, I was very happy to wake up Saturday morning and have the day to myself. I had my heart set on buying a (real) Christmas tree, and some decorations. I did just this! 
I bought the tree from Homebase, as well as some decorations. This is the first year, in a long while, we have got a real tree. There were so many cute, smaller trees, and we some how decided upon this one. It's cute and a little tubby! All the decorations, lights, are from;  Asda, Matalan, Sainsburys, Home Bargins, and Homebase.  
The Christmas trees in the shops, are so perfectly decorated and each bobble is placed with thought. My technique, is to just place them here, there and every where! I like a tree that has a little character! There is a wonderful feature in YOU magazine today, with craft blogger, Davina Drummond's unique and easy to make decorations. I wish I had some crafty materials in the house, so I could have a go myself this Sunday. I will have to do this though, I'm forever reading crafty posts (Erica's), and being inspired, so watch this space. Do you have your Christmas tree up yet? 

Happy December!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Home Sweet Home #1

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Ballerina framed print
Gold star-burst frame / Diptyque candle / Trinket box / Peony Bowl

I have decided to do a weekly post, called Home Sweet Home, featuring my favourite home accessories and interiors. The above, would look perfect on a dresser, or bedside table.
Firstly, I have chosen a Gold Star-burst frame, that compliments the minimal colour palette above, and is a lovely buy from Laura Ashley
The Diptyque candle, is a popular purchase for bloggers. I have seen numerous beauty blogs, that feature this candle in their photographs. There is a chic and Parisian feel to the design, and I would personally love to have a little collection of these, to light, in the evenings. However, these sought after candles do not come cheap. I have noticed, that these 'designer candles', although very pretty, do cost a lot more than the average candle.  
The trinket box, above, is from the Butterfly Home range by Matthew Williamson. I have always wanted a glass jewellery box, so this really is a gem in my eyes. It's ideal to keep your jewellery, and little treasured possessions, in. The Peony Bowl, would lighten up a room, with it's wonderful cream peonies display.
The Ballerina framed print is a soft and dreamy image of two ballerinas. I recently watched Black Swan for the very first time, and was very taken by the film, so was looking for a ballet-themed item. All the above items, have a feminine and light touch, that would look so precious in the home.

I hope you enjoyed. What is your favourite item in your home? I've been phone-less for a week, so I've not been able to take photographs :( I have lots of lifestyle posts planned for when I do have my phone back though!
xxxx


Friday, 15 November 2013

An Education


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An Education, staring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard (A Single Man), is a coming of age film set in 1960's suburban England. Mulligan plays Jenny Mellor, an intelligent school girl, studying to go to Oxford. It is uncertain if this is her dream or her father's ambition for her, to better her life and marry well. Jenny is only sixteen, but seems older than her years, with a unique appreciation of music, the arts and a love for everything french.
Jenny meets a charming, older man, David, on her way home from school one day. It is not long until she becomes enthralled in David's exciting lifestyle, attending bars and auctions. It is everything she has dreamed and romanticised about. He shrewdly charms her parents to allow him to take Jenny to Paris.
During the film, Carey's character goes from a dowdy school girl, to a glamorous young woman. Carey has an Audrey Hepburn elegance to her, especially in the Paris scenes.
There are a few moments, when David's life isn't quite all it seems. However, losing interest in school and Oxford, Jenny decides, being engaged to David is what she wants. Jenny's father is somewhat quick to marry his daughter off, and also forget all about Oxford. Why would she need to go, now she has met a man who can take care of her? On the way to celebrate the engagement, Jenny learns some home truths about David.
This film is a favourite of mine, for many reasons. Carey Mulligan is equally beautiful as she is talented, and always chooses great film roles. I have created a little collage of her looks from the film, and have chosen some pieces, inspired by Jenny's outfits. During the film Jenny's style evolves, from being a plain Jane, to wearing elegant frocks and feminine shapes. I just adore the gold and black embellished, velvet dress from Dahlia, shown above. It has a vintage feel, with beautiful gold detail - perfect for an evening out. I  have had my eye on the Topshop Lace dress, above, for some time. The over lay and print on the dress, gives it a modern twist on the 60's look. Peaches over at Style Peaches styled this dress perfectly! I have also chosen some accessories, inspired by the film, that would be ideal to dress up an outfit.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed. Have you seen An Education?

xxxx



Monday, 11 November 2013

pretty things


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Jigsaw Coral Belle Bedding / Deer Makeup Bag /  Looking back, Looking Forward Planner 

It's just a short and sweet post this Monday. As I'm excited that Christmas is just around the corner, Christmas decorations, and shopping are a must! Ok, it's a little early for the tree to go up and to sellotape a festive wreath to the wall, but I'm not surprised to hear many have finished their Christmas shopping already. There are so many wonderful gifts and pretty things in the shops at the moment, where do you begin? This month, I plan to post mini wishlists & gift ideas, as the countdown to Xmas has officially began!
1. So, I have picked the Coral Belle bedding from Jigsaw. This has a contemporary floral print, and is the perfect gift for those who love to snuggle up under a duvet and watch a film (who doesn't enjoy that?).
2. The deer make up bag is so cute, I'm loving everything deer-themed at the moment. I think this would be a lovely gift for my sister, especially if it was filled with mini beauty products. 
3. This charming note book is ideal for those ever growing things-to-do lists!

PS. I really love these braided up-dos, below. I'm hoping after watching a YouTube tutorial or two, I will be able to re create these cute styles myself. I fancy a change, and a new up-do is a start! wish me luck!


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Thank you for reading,and I hope you enjoyed! Have you started your Christmas shopping? 

xxxx

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Navy Baby

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DUCHESS SATIN SKATER DRESS / DRESS WITH CROSSOVER BACK / LONG SWEATSHIRT / ORLA KIELY
NAVY LONG SLEEVE ZIPPER SWEATER COAT / BEANIE / PENFIELD / BETTY JACKSON CANDLE


Is navy the new black? Well, for me, it's a resounding yes! I find that navy is softer and easier to wear than traditional black. That is why I have featured the little black navy dresses, above. These are the perfect party dresses, the colour exudes elegance and sophistication. The satin Topshop skater dress has a lovely shape, and the fabric gives it a chic look. The navy blues featured on the Zara site, have left me feeling far from blue! From oversized woollen jumpers, tartan prints and cosy duffel coats, I have a new found crush on Zara (sorry Topshop!). I adore the Zara dress with crossover back detail. It would make a great Christmas frock, fun to style and accessorize with your best-loved jewellery.
I could spend so much time browsing Sheinside. I have yet to make a purchase, although I do have my eye on the navy sweater coat, shown above. It comes in one size, and has faux leather and zip detail. It would be ideal for those cold days, when you just want to throw on something cosy.
Navy is an easy to wear colour, one that is on trend and stylish. This colour worn with pale pinks (another wishlist right there) is the dream match, the same can be said for navy and camel. Another colour match that I'm loving? Navy and black, worn by many celebrities, Victoria Beckham being one (I'm a big VB fan). Accessories are another way to add some navy to your colour palette (Autumn scarves, hats, faux leather gloves, tights).
If navy clothing doesn't excite you, there is always a Navy scented candle by Betty Jackson (a subtly sweet agapanthus scent). If you are a beauty lover, check out these two lovely bloggers, Chanelle (Chanelle Jade) and Jo (A little pop of Coral), both of whom reviewed a navy coloured beauty product!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed. Have you many navy items in your wardrobe? Or do you prefer black?
xxxx 

Friday, 25 October 2013

happy feet #2

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I have not one, but two, new pairs of boots! I would never usually get excited over shoes, believe it or not, but that has changed! I have wanted to buy a pair of boots for autumn/winter, ever since posting a wishlist on here. The pair I really, really wanted, were sold out on asos. I was not defeated though, I checked on ebay, and the asos site every day to see if they were available to buy. I noticed that there was a size 5 in stock on the asos site, and I immediately clicked 'add to bag' (winner!). I was one happy bunny when they arrived, the asos Academy boots are just perfect. They have a soft leather look, with a fluffy material inside (pure comfort). The sole does not look so chunky in the pictures, but they do have a nice size platform, so it gives me a little extra height too.
The second pair were purchased from the site next2nowt (a place to buy famous name clothing from the high street at affordable prices). This site is a gem, as the customer really does come first. The products are carefully checked and only sold if they are in pristine condition, with the price considerably reduced from it's original. The Arabel boots above, were exactly that. They still had the price/size sticker on the bottom and had no sign of wear. I discovered this site after reading a couple of bloggers managed to pick up these exact boots for such a great price (£85 £30). I love the cut out detail, and of course the fact they are Topshop boots!
I would highly recommend checking the site next2nowt, and ebay, if there is ever an item you 'must-have' but has unfortunately sold out. It worked out for me, this time (yey!).
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed. Have you bagged any bargains lately?

xxxx

Sunday, 20 October 2013

i love Sundays

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Sunday is by far my favourite day of the week, let me list a few of the reason why. Sunday morning usually involves reading some blogs, and flicking through You Sunday Magazine. It's a day that feels quieter than the rest, as most people like to spend the day at home. I will take one of the dogs out, either down the beach or the common (walking two dogs is mayhem for me, so I take in it turns to take them out). This Sunday, we headed over to the common, which is only a stones throw away from my house.

It was my birthday this week. I'm not a big birthday person, but I did manage to devour a whole cake with a a little help from others. The flowers in the pictures, were a birthday surprise from the boyfriend. Rarely does he buy me something that I don't know about, so it was such a lovely moment when I answered the door to a big bouquet of flowers.

The book, above, arrived this week. I have seen the film, The Virgin Suicides, but wanted to read the book in the hope it reveals more. The film left me asking many questions, so much went unsaid and the dream-like vagueness led me to purchasing this novel. I think this book will be a very good read.
I have also included my two Topshop buys, above. An oversized cropped top, and a jumper that has a cute wee bear on it. These have been worn all week, the striped top is so comfy. I'm loving Topshop far too much recently, and I plan on buying a pretty textured pink top next! Why must everything in Topshop be so pretty?

Next, the Aesop's Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. A face mask with a lovely scent and texture, it is ideal for a Sunday beauty treat. I have enjoyed this product so far, and I hope to do a review soon. The rest of the night will involve, some blog reading, the x factor results, and a hot chocolate (I wished I had marshmallows).

I was hoping to write a post that had a moral at the end. However, I do think it's the little things, like reading a book, flowers, that we should take enjoyment from. This is how my Sunday has looked, and it has been a very care-free day. Monday, fingers crossed, will be a productive day and will involve writing a cover letter or three (fun!).

I quite enjoyed having a ramble, it has been a fun post to write. I hope you are having a good Sunday. How do you enjoy your Sundays?
xxxx



Thursday, 17 October 2013

Retro London



Angel by London Retro c/o My Optique

This post feels very fitting, after writing how much I love the retro/throw back look in my previous post. So, carrying on with this theme, I received these wonderful glasses from My Optique. Retro shaped glasses and statement glasses is a trend I have never approached before. The glasses I have been wearing over the past couple of years have been simply, boring, and I only use them whilst driving. However, with these vintage inspired glasses, I am happy to wear them out and about. They came in a lovely, charming, tanned leather box, that has a vintage feel to it. The glasses are from the new Metropolitan Collection by London Retro. Each style in this collection is named after an iconic London tube line or station. The pair I have, are called Angel (how appropriate!). London Retro offer a lovely choice, 'combining retro shapes with seasons key colours and fabrication trend'. I opted for an oval shaped frame in a matte black, a texture that makes the retro frame, modern and on trend. I was also equally attracted to the two tone frame, in tortoiseshell and pink. I'm very pleased with these glasses, and I'm looking forward to trying some new looks too!

I have modelled these glasses, not on myself, but against The Fashion Book (birthday present from the boy).  I was very surprised by the size of this book, it's very large! I'm thrilled to add this to my growing book collection, the images inside are beautiful, and documents so many fabulous designers, icons and photographs. 

My mum also loved my new glasses, and wanted to view the collection herself. She commented that she used to wear a similar pair when she was young. So, after I heard this I was determined to find a photograph of this. Tadah! Below, photographs of my mum in her stylish black frames, back in the 1960s.


Above, my mum rocking a tartan skirt.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed. Do you wear glasses? What style frame do you like?
xxxx

Monday, 14 October 2013

Inspired.



This post is about my newly found source of inspiration. I recently discovered this designer and her wonderful work during London Fashion week. The Irish Designer being Orla Kiely. I was captivated by the images of her innovative S/S 14 presentation. I loved the creativity behind it, and detail, plus the models wore berets (yes!). I can only imagine how enjoyable the experience of watching this presentation/show live was.

So, I have been following Orla Kiely on Instagram, and it has fast become my favourite account to follow. I particularly loved that Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tennebaums was mentioned as a muse, as well as Mia Farrow and Patti Boyd. The  throw back style translates perfectly in Orla Kiely's designs and patterns. Zooey Deschanel is a big fan, known for her quirky and playful style, they are the perfect match.

I adore the 60's inspired A/W collection. The olivesplums, and signature prints will certainly inspire my wardrobe this season. The Climbing Daisy Velet Holly Bag is just utterly beautiful!
I have chosen some of my favourite images (above), that include past and present collections, film stillsbehind the scenes, and features from magazines. I do fall for the vintage/retro look so easily, it is oh-so-feminine! Follow Orla Kiely on Instagram here, and on Pinterest here for more inspiration, and beauty.

(Yes, another post featuring an image of Alexa Chung)

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed. What decade inspires you? I would love to know.

xxxx

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Beauty Bazaar

Harvey Nichols have exciting beauty packages and treatments available, alongside a stylish champagne and cocktail bar. What more can a girl want? 
In recent months, many of my friends have got engaged, and have weddings planned for next year. As a friend of the bride to be, it is usually your responsibility to plan a special hen party, and a day of celebrations. Beauty Bazaar is a perfect place to start. It offers a range of beauty treatments, with prices starting at £20 per person. 
There is a wonderful choice, and all packages can be completely tailored to your liking. Just imagine, getting pampered with your friends, sipping cocktails, whilst planning your outfit for the evening. It's the perfect way to get ready for any party.
Harvey Nichols offer your favourite brands, and have on hand, beauty consultants and stylists to give you expert advice. Below, are some of the packages available.

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I think this is the perfect treat for any bride to be and her 'hens'. A relaxing way to start a hen party, before heading out for the evening. In addition, it is also a lovely present for that someone special. Beauty Bazaar is the place to be pampered, and to have a very enjoyable experience with friends.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed. What treatment, from the above,would you have?
xxxx

Images / written in association with Harvey Nichols

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

My Favourites


James Pringle Weavers Scarf / Daniel Sandler EyeLiner c/o My Bag / Miss Dior / IT Alexa Chung

These are a few things I have been enjoying recently. It features my first piece of tartan, and a book I was far too excited to get my hands on. I have not blogged in over a week (which feels like a long time). I find blogging a welcome distraction, however, I have been less productive in other areas. I am still applying for jobs, and I really hope to get one soon. 

It was my mum's birthday last weekend, and my sister surprised her by coming down for the weekend. It's was lovely spending time with my mum and sister. We bought her flowers and tickets to see Marti Pellow in Evita. My mum was a big fan of Wet Wet Wet
My sister bought me a tartan scarf (above), and I'm thrilled to have some tartan in my life at last! It's a beautiful scarf in soft shades of blue, brown and white. It's nice to have tartan in these colours, as a change to the traditional reds and greens. The weather has gone a little dull and bleak recently, so it's just as well I have this darling scarf to keep me cosy. 


I have a love/hate relationship with eyeliner. I would love to master the 'cat eye', with the subtle flick of eye-liner in the corner of the eye. Unfortunately, I do not find this easy, and no matter how careful I am, it can go a little wrong. This is when practice comes in, and bloggers tips and tutorials. The Daniel Sandler Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner has become a favourite of mine. I use the shade Grey Velvet, a soft colour that is smooth to apply. I'm hoping my eyeliner skills will improve the more I try and master the cat eye look. 

I recently ran out of the perfume, Princess by Vera Wang. I decided to go for the popular Miss Dior (below) as my new scent. My dad kindly bought this at the airport, after coming back from holiday. The scent is a delight, it is romantic and feminine. The bottle is very chic, with a vintage appeal. It's a classic scent, that I will enjoy and no doubt repurchase. What is your favourite perfume? I would love to know.




Alexa Chung's tips on how to take a good self-portrait ('selfie'). Let me just refer to a blogger who has mastered this, Eleanor at Eleanor's Corner. I do adore the self-portraits that she features on her blog.


Jane Birkin inspired Alexa Chung 'with infinite outfit ideas and the confidence to dress like a boy but act like a girl'.

 

Lastly, Alexa Chung's d├ębut book 'IT'. This book was written by the style icon herself. It is a collection of illustrations, photographs and musing. 'IT', is no autobiography, nor a book that is going to cause a stir in the literacy world. However, this book gives us an insight into what inspires Alexa Chung, and a few tips along the way. I think this book is like a charming scrapbook, and her doodles and relaxed/witty style of writing, just reflects how down to earth she is. Alexa is not following suit by publishing an autobiography, or a style guide to create her look, but something a little different. This is why Alexa Chung is a style icon, because she does it her way. This book is a fun read, as well as being a gorgeous book to look at. It is a great Christmas present for anyone who is a fan of hers. 

Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed. What have you been enjoying recently? Have you read 'IT'?
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The B List



 1. Arria Velvet Block   2. NAVY PLATFORM ANKLE BOOTS 3. LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS 
4. Coltrane Cutout Boot 
 5. AUBREY 2  6. Dr Martens 7. ASOS ACADEMY Ankle Boots  8. Sally Boots


The B is for Boots, if you have not guessed! It's Autumn, the season to get your favourite boots out, or to go shopping for some new ones. I do have a lovely lace up, leather pair that I bought in the Asos winter sale. However, I have my heart set on the Academy Ankle Boot (7), as seen on Lily Melrose. These are perfectly on trend and are such a great price, but they subsequently sold out! I keep checking online, because I really need want these. Another popular boot this season, is the Topshop Arabel Boot, and again, sold out! There are many versions of this cut out boot available, from New Look, Lavish Alice, and the ones above, from Nasty Gal (4). 
I have been admiring the velvet block heels from Miss Guided. These would look lovely on an evening out, worn with a dress. I must admit, I am tempted to purchase a pair of navy heels, as I'm fond of the black and navy combination right now. There are so many outfits that a pair of chunky boots can look great with. I can't talk boots, without mentioning Dr Martens. A style that has come back in fashion a number of times (I'm quite the fan of the 90's trend). 
A celeb that styles and wears boots in such a way, is Sienna Miller. I adore her outfits and effortless, boho inspired look. Sienna has quite the boot collection!
The Chelsea boot (8), is another classic style that can be worn again, and again. I would love to be able to afford an expensive leather pair, that will wear well, and no doubt last me  for years. When you think about how much you spend, and how much you would wear them, it can be argued they are worth the price. 
I'm still hoping Asos will restock the boots I have my eyes on! If not, I have been spending some time on Asos Marketplace recently, and there are always great boots/shoes being sold.


UPDATE: Just checked the Asos site, and they had the boots (7) in my size! Can't wait for them to arrive!! 


Thank you for reading, and hope you have enjoyed. What style/detail of boots do you prefer? Any suggestions on where to shop?
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Friday, 20 September 2013

Autumn Beauty

The winter months can be very unkind to your skin and lips. The skin becomes vulnerable in the cold environment, often leading to dry skin and chapped lips. The products, below, are ideal for the care of your skin during the Autumn months. 

Recently, my hair has become increasingly dry at the ends, the result of hair colouring. Goldwell Dualsense Rich Repair 6 Effect Serum, is a multi purpose hair treatment for dry, stressed and damaged hair. Will this be the answer to my hair dramas? After using this for a couple of weeks, I have noticed my hair has become softer, and looks healthier. It contains Pashmina Silk proteins that provides an improved shine and softness. This product is simple to use, it is a leave in serum that you distribute through towel-dried or dry hair. 

handbag-essentials
Products c/o My Bag
The next product has been a welcome addition to my handbag. Laidbare, In Safe Hands, is a wonderful hand cream, that will not leave your 'mitts' greasy. The fresh aroma of this product, alone, makes it a pleasure to use. The skin on our hands is delicate, and exposure to the elements and everyday work can take it's toll (hands are the first to show signs of ageing, oh dear!). In Safe Hands, contains Sunflower Oil that is deeply moisturising, and organic Shea butter that melts into the skin. This natural beauty product truly nourishes and rejuvenates your hands. I will not, now, be worried about having dull, dry hands during this Autumn season. 

Lastly, another product that has a place in my handbag is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Repair Lip Balm. The colder weather can leave our lips prone to dryness also. I often suffer from unpleasant cracked lips during the Autumn. This balm, not only moisturises, but repairs dry, chapped lips. Here is a luxury product, that is renown for it's eight hour staying power and moisture boost. However, although it is a thicker balm than I am used to, it leaves my lips feeling hydrated and smooth.

It is very convenient to have the hand cream and lip balm in my handbag, so I can use when needed, without fuss! My Bag offer some great handbag essentials for beauty lovers
I hope you have enjoyed reading. Do your products change because of the colder weather?  What are your favourite Autumn beauty products?
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