Zara Pool Sliders: A Premature, Pay-Day Purchase

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Okay, so this purchase may have been a tad premature because I won’t be seeing an outdoor poolside until at least July, however I first saw these foot moulded sandals in the press last year and have been waiting for them to become available to purchase ever since. The aptly names “Sandals with Straps”, have been available to buy at Zara for about 2 months now, god knows why, but have continued to sell out every time they are restocked and are a bargain at £29.99.

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I bought myself a pair of white Birkenstock sandals last July from TK Maxx. At the time I was with two of my friends who weren’t entirely convinced by my purchase, all I can say is 1-0 to me suckers because these foot moulded, man repellant style sandals will be the shoe of the summer! TRUSTMEEEE.3660301040_2_2_1

If you fancy being ahead of the trend but freezing cold then you can buy them here and they are currently in stock in all sizes, for once.

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Let’s Talk Colour: Marc Jacobs Fall Hair Colour Trend

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MJ’s AW 14 collection was a wash of dreamy of nudes tones, exploring a what seemed like a spectrum of a nuetrality. The clothes were fabulous, it goes without saying, but it was the beauty aspects of the show that really caught my attention; the models blunt bobs in varying washes of beige with matching headbands and nude shimmer makeup. It all sounds very – beige, however the colours were a really beautiful and somewhat futuristic. Is her hair brown? ginger? blonde?

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These nameless shade created by hairstylist Guido and colour expert Victoria Hunter of Whittemore House Salon in New York City. The colour was inspired by a nude nail lacquer in MJ’s cosmetic collection he launched last year.

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The overall feel was quite impactful despite said wigs were some of the least shocking colours I have ever seen, what drew me in was the eerie, vintage, milky, pearlescent tones shimmering under the runway lights.

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“The shades are very chic and tasteful and powerful—and with everything that’s been out there with color being so literal, this is a cleverer alternative. It’s something unique, and we haven’t really seen it before, which is why I think it’s caused a bit of a craze,” says Victoria. Her mink-y hair colours have inspired woman around the world and she already has trend hunters calling up requesting the hair colour this season!

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Images: Emily Weiss 

Hair by Guido for Redken

Makeup by François Nars for Nars Cosmetics.

Whistles Spring 2014: Jumpers, Bracelets & Bags OH MY!

So, it’s a Tuesday night and I’m having my usual online sweep of my favourite brands and I realise Whistles is getting extra special attention tonight because I already have 25 tabs open in my browser. And so, inspired this Spring Edit post but with a theme: Jumpers, Bracelets and Bags!

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Shouty slogan tops are a trend that has never really taken me in. It seems far too obvious a fashion statement. However, if I am going to so blatantly label myself then it would have to be with either of these two Whistles jumpers. The grey, retro looking “W” Applique Letterman Sweater (£75) and the navy “Fleur” Logo Jumper (£75) have nothing shouty about them, in fact the Fleur jumper is kind of sweet. Pair with ripped, boyfriend jeans and slip – on sandals for a casual weekend look. Whistles have managed to change my mind on this trend so I will be investing, I just can’t decide which one…

Also worth a mention is this Carla V Neck Cropped Cashmere sweater (£325) in an irresistibly creamy, pink-bubblegum sweater.  Chunky cashmere is the ultimate luxury! Team with high waisted jeans or your tailored work wear trousers and platform menswear shoes. I am also loving this Quilted Cable Sweatshirt (£75) in a soft navy. A nod to the 80’s Versace chain trend Rihanna wears (a little too much) but in an oh-so-subtle and wearably chic fashion. Ah Whistles.

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Also, having a little fashion moment are Whistles’ bags. The designs are going from strength to strength so these days I make a bee line for their accessories corner because I almost always want everything they make. I am already a massive fan of the Rivington clutch bags (chic, affordable, handy, buttery soft leather) and every season I pray they discontinue them because I always want every single colour! This spring they have a gorgeous bright aqua, teal hue with a gold chain. One look and I’m dreaming of summer holidays, al fresco dining and endless glasses of chilled Sancerre. Take me away little Rivington.

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Whistles have always nailed the clutch trend but as of late my attention is being drawn towards their more pricey offerings in the shape of this gorgeous navy handbag, the Jenny Zip Top Tote (£250). A sort-of bowling bag shape, it’s my perfect day time bag; chic, multi-strap carrying options and a zipper so you aren’t constantly checking your bags contents are safe on your busy commute home.

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AND finally, this beauty; Verity Large White Rucksack (£275). 100% white Italian leather with rose gold zip hardware featuring a foldover zip top and zip front pouch, I think I just died. The Verity backpack is not going to be your Glasto backpack guys, Verity was made for the finer events in life.

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Whistles are stocking a select few pieces from jewellery designer MOXHAM, founded in 2011 by Madeleine Moxham, she delivers simple statement pieces in gold plated brass, chunky shapes to create simple, statement pieces. I love the bracelets and can see them working well as stand alone wrist candy or an interesting stackable piece. I adore the Moxham Otto Bracelet (£55) and the  Moxham Xeno Bracelet (£55) little bit Aztec Mayan a little but industrial, they speak to my modernist muse and my bohemian babe at the sometime. I say it’s time to INVEST!

Get your Whistles pieces here.

http://www.whistles.co.uk/

Steam Temple Experience: Park Lane Spa Intercontinental

A blustery Sunday in February and I am in for a treat. Me and the boyfriend are heading to The SPA Intercontinental on Hyde Park Corner for a Steam Temple experience for two. We are both rather excited about this, having fallen in love with the ancient Moroccan tradition of the Haman (intense, aromatic, infused steam rooms) when holidaying in Marrakesh 2 years ago. I was most keen on the idea of giving myself a full body face mask using their mineral rich muds. I think the boyfriend was most keen on reliving our holiday, either way this sounded like an exquisite experience we were both keen on.

We arrived and ascended to the first floor SPA. We were welcomed by a lovely lady called Lowenna who showed us into the champagne lounge. After grazing on complimentary nuts, fresh berries and tea, we headed into our steam suite. As Lowenna showed us around, talking us through the treatment, all the lovely Elemis products at our disposal, the rainfall His and Hers joint shower, and the beautiful mosaic tiled aromatic steam room, which was already steaming up for us.

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I haven’t had a couples spa treatment before so I was unsure how much attention/presence we would get from the staff but Lowenna was the perfect amount of available. After answering any questions we had, she gracefully exited the room and left us to it.

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The ambiance was relaxing, with mood lighting, Turkish inspired decor with modern dark wood cabinets and glass shower. There was exotic tinkling music playing throughout, but this was drowned out with when the Steam occasionally poured out of the clay shrine. Spa Intercontinental Steam Temple provides you with big towels and robes, disposable undies if needed, shower caps, slippers, his and hers wardrobes and deodorants for afterwards. When she showed me the vast collection of Elemis cleansers, toners and balms all at my disposal my eyes lit up 🙂 I even talked the boyfriend into taking advantage of this fab set up.

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Right, kit off, let’s get muddy. The aim of the ST experience is to relax in a therapeutic space, swathed in their skin moisturising, mineral-rich mud whilst basking in the infused steam temple. This treatment is the ideal to relax the mind, skin and body and can be booked as an individual or joint experience.

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Two pots of mud are set out for you when you go into the temple: 1 face mud, 1 body mud. What Lowenna maybe forgot to mention us was that by adding a little H2O to the mud, the stuff would go on a lot easier. We struggled to apply the c    laylike formula to our bodies until half a pot in, I realised that by adding water it became easier to spread. It was really funny and we laughed a lot and then remembered we were here to relax so sank into our deep spa chairs whilst the temple got super steamy. 45 mins later we are abruptly shaken from a steamy slumber by a warm-ish rain fall that descended from the heavens with surprise, we were warned about this though. Washed cleaned we hit the showers.

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Feeling relaxed and refreshed we go back to the champagne room for a glass of fizz and some more fresh fruit. I flick through this months Vogue dreading leaving this little cocoon of heaven.

I would totally recommend this treatment for a couple, as you are in close proximity, pretty much naked and slick with mud for an hour.  I probably wouldn’t do this with my mum or a mate but hey, if you and your gran fancy a steamy hour of relaxation then by all means book it in!

Steam Temple is available at The Spa Intercontinental for £75 for two people. The Spa uses Elemis products and have a tempting list of Spa treatments available as add-ons to your treatment. See the menu here.

LFW AW 2014: Highlights

Bi annually, London Fashion Week rolls around and I lose a couple of hours nay days to mind-munching my way through what our clever and talented British design pool have to offer. My brain experiences an overload of fashion lust. I end up with drool down my front, hating every piece of clothing I own and finger cramp from hours of click, scroll, zoom, click, scroll, zoom. It ain’t pretty but I can’t stop.

This season I am selecting my favorite looks from the runway. What I enjoyed most was the few designers willing to try something different rather than let the predictability of a 90’s, masculine theme dominate their collections. I am thoroughly enjoying the 90’s revival in my everyday wardrobe (I am officially old enough to relive a trend decade) but sometimes I need a taste of something sexy and dramatic. Maybe this is why the majority of my favorite looks were dresses?  The elegant and ladylike trend stood out for me most, styled exquisitely but Emilia Wickstead.

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Just check this swag out; so much crochet, so much Boho, so much romance, SO MUCH SEVENTIES. SSSSwoon. The model is a Gothic Cherub in white knit. I happened to be watching Almost famous on DVD when I was checking out Siblings latest offering for AW 2014. How appropriate, Penny Lane would totally rock most of these looks.

Emilia’s New Look

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It was hard for me two choose just one look from Emilia Wickstead’s collection. Oh how she impressed me with such ladylike elegance and poise, in a modern palette of leather, snakeskin and pops of bright colour. I am all about the statement pieces for next season; Dior’s New Look style waistlines, voluminous skirts and I will forever be statement coat obsessed. I may need to invest in some bright, long sleeved, leather gloves as well. It was a breath of fresh fashion among the masculine and 90’s influenced collections that eclipsed most other runway shows.

Fallen Cinderella

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Alice Temperly showed a beautiful bridal-like, sheer gown in a champagne hue styled with a casual pashmina scarf, swathing the models neck. Such a beautiful balance between the goddess-like gowns Temperly is known for with a slight nod to the causal comforts of grunge. The look for me conjures up the fantastical image of a fallen Cinderella moment.

The Secret Garden

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Mother of Pearl is new to me and fashion week but they told a lovely story this season. I mostly enjoyed their whimsical, Victoriana style prints which showed florals, horses, birds… MOP’s closing piece is what did it for me; a pretty palette of blue dress, intricately drawn prints which reminded me of childhood storybooks, mostly The Secret Garden.  Sleeve ruffles with a gorgeously awkward calf length hem, tan socks and slip on trainers in a matching print. So pretty.

Grunge Girl

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Happy 25th Joseph! Joseph’s AW 2014 collection made me happy in a comforting way that reassured me they are still good at what they do best, casual-luxe. Cosy knits and staples including outwear and tailored trousers dominated the collection. My favourite looks were the exaggerated knitted dresses with matching beanies and lace up boots. Comfortable, cute, wearable and grungy.

I am slightly crestfallen at not being able to praise Chris Kane and Alexander Wang this season. CK dressed his models in black bin bags and the AW show was like a day trip to clown school. No.

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Diptyque Launches Skincare Line

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DIPTYQUE is already a well-loved candle and fragrance brand and excitingly 2014 sees the brand branch into skincare! Skincare is a flooded market with a myriad of choice, so it will be interesting to see how the range fares and whether Diptyques legacy for beautiful smells will pique consumers interest!

The range, named L’Art du Soin, arrives 4 years after the brand first launched their body care range. It is a 5 piece collection based around natural cosmetic substances like clay, rice powder and floral wax. There is a strong Japanese theme in the range which excites me as many great skinnovations come out of Asia.

The 5 products being launched include: Infused Facial Water, Protective Moisturizing Lotion, Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay and a Radiance Boosting Powder.

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I am most looking forward to trying the Infused Facial Water (£35) which is 84% Damask Rose and 10 other infusions. I am a huge fan of this old school product and always pick up a beautiful frosted glass bottle of Rosewater Cologne when I am in southern Europe.  I expect it to be a cooling cocktail used to tone and cleanse the face.

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However, the most intriguing product would be the Radiance Boosting Powder, a delicate powder which when mixed with water turns into an exfoliating cleanser. The powder is made from white clay, orange blossom and packed with vitamins to create a soothing, anti-inflammatory cleanser.

The unisex range has been created for everyday use and the packaging looks absolutely gorgeous, truly Diptyque. The line launches exclusively in Diptyque stores on February 27th and then in mid-March in selected stores.

www.diptyqueparis.co.uk.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Face Kit: Product Review

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Collection Makeup have just made over there bestselling range, Lasting Perfection, so I was keen to give the products a go after hearing so many favourable reviews from users and MUA’s alike. I’m not going to lie I’m a bit of a foundation snob, I like premium packaging, dreamy, expensive smelling scents and a luxurious feeling product, it is after all going all over my face! Lasting  Perfection claims up to 16 hours of wear and is a 6 in 1 product promising to prime, conceal, cover, smooth, protect and mattify  so I was really keen to but these products through their paces.

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Today the circumstances weren’t in Collections favour; I woke after a heavy night of tapas and red wine (double dating to the max recently) so my skin is not looking its best and with a day of running errands ahead and a Friday night cocktail sesh with the girls let’s see if the perfection does indeed last…

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Half my face is bare and half has the foundation on.

I trialed Lasting Perfection Foundation in Warm Beige (£5.99) and the Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear powder in 02 Medium (£4.19). First impressions are of a lovely, heavy frosted glass bottle. The powder has equally nice packaging; a really sturdy acrylic compact, with split levels, a big mirror and a makeup sponge for application.

I have washed my face and applied my YSL Youth Liberator Serum (£48 at John Lewis) followed by the YSL Forever Youth Liberator  Creme (£63 also from John Lewis). No primer or concealer here as the foundation promises to do this for me.

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10am- After application, I added some Bobbi Brown nude lipstick.

The foundation is thick and has full coverage which you would expect from a long wear foundation. Use a buffing brush like MAC’s 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush (£33.50) instead of a flat brush to avoid stroke marks. This will ensure the product is applied evenly. Also avoid the hair line and go sparingly around nose creases so it doesn’t cake like mine did. The finish is matte velvety.

The powder is much more than a dry finish powder. It is my experience with these types of powders which makes me not bother using one in my beauty regime, but Collections Ultimate Wear Powder has a really pleasing, silky, creamy texture you would not expect of a powder at all. I thought it was interesting that they supply you with a sponge and not a puff, but that became clear when I felt the powders texture.  I used the powder on my nose as this is usually wear my make up comes off first.

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I am also trialing Collections Volumising Mascara 10 x Extra Volume (£3.99). First impressions is that its packaging is strikingly similar to Maybelline’s mascara. The brush is large and doesn’t seem to pick up the product that easily. The size also meant I struggled to get into my inner corner lashes. Having said that I really like the effect it has on my lashes, soft, fluttery, very princess-y but not what I expected as it is a volumising mascara. A mascaras formula changes in the first few weeks of opening so I will persevere with this one to see if it changes/thickens after a few weeks.

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6pm – Got my evening face on, I haven’t retouched the foundation and it’s still going strong.

To summerise I am really impressed with Lasting Perfection foundation. The coverage is full, the finish is matte and it’s perfect for an evening look and it does last! However the real hero product here is the Ultimate Wear Powder compact. Take it to dinner, drinking, dancing, wherever you go this product will work hard with your base to make sure you are putting a flawless face forward from dusk to dawn. I’m a total convert! I used the compact powder for touch up’s on my T-zone only twice throughout the night and had the girls clamoring to try it after they saw what a flawless finish it gave. When your girlfriends all want a go you know you’re on to something good. KUDOS!

All products are available at Superdrug & Boots

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