Monday, 8 September 2014

What I Wore // A splash of colour

Dress - River Island
Clutch - Asos
Shoes - New Look
Nails - Nails Inc 
Bracelet - Tiffanys
Rings - Thomas Sabo, Vintage, Pandora, Engagement Ring.
Phone Case - Kate Spade

I spent ages umm-ing and ahh-ing over this somewhat bootilicious striped dress, but being only £25 in the sale I bought it anyway. Theres something about striped pieces that makes them impossible to walk away from - I'm a stripe lover through and through, especially with a bright colour against them a la Kate Spade! I'm currently trying to figure out how to incorporate stripes into our wedding theme whilst still fitting with our venue and overall theme. I wish I was good at this stuff...

I wore this to a friends wedding last weekend. Strangely enough it was the first wedding we've ever been to as guests rather than photographers - Dan was the best man! I've never realised how relaxed weddings can be, we're always so busy busy busy!

So how has everyone been?
What do you think?
S xx

Monday, 1 September 2014

Lancome Miracle Air De Teint Foundation // A perfectly airbrushed finish?





For a few years now, Lancome has been the home of my favourite foundations. Teint Idole Ultra, Teint Miracle, Visionnaire, they're all sublime. So when this foundation, or as Lancome prefer to call it, skin perfecter, arrived I expected great things, obviously. But in actual fact, I have a love/hate relationship with it. 

Some might think its expensive, but its so runny that a pump won't even do. Its thicker than water but still so very fluid. The pipette dispenses a controllable amount, and a few generous drops are absolutely more than enough for a whole face, and I do like to layer up. It'll last forever, I'm sure of it.

To apply is a very strange feeling - Lancome recommend that you use your fingers, but I still prefer a buffing brush. I can feel the silicone in this straight away, and its not a bad thing by any means. It glides on so silky smooth and feels so light, I've honestly never felt anything like it. When first looking in the mirror, I like the finish. No, I love it. This foundation is a relatively light/natural finish, with a veil of colour washing over, without completely covering blemishes, making it absolutely perfect for a naturally perfect look that absolutely looks airbrushed. However, on closer inspection, something strange happens to the skin around my nose - It seems to sink into pores and cling to dry skin. I'm sure nobody will be looking that closely at my nose, but still, I know, and its enough to stop this foundation from pinching the top spot on my favourites list. 

I will say that I've also tried the YSL Fusion and Armani Maestro foundation that have both been raved about. Those didn't particularly work for me either - BUT, this is a similar texture, and actually far superior in terms of colour range and lasting power with a revolutionary 'matte but dewy' finish. If you're after a foundation that looks and feels completely natural, you'll love this, but you might want to avoid it if you have dry skin! 

Have you tried this yet?
S xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Fashion Foundations // Ann Summers 'Sexy Lace' Bras

Finding a good bra can feel like a mission, much like finding the perfect jeans, or flats. Scouting out a good fit instantly makes me hold myself better (is there anything worse than fidgeting all day)? BUT,  finding a set that incorporates comfort, fit, quality and style often feels like some kind of diva demand. I was pleasantly surprised when Ann Summers, a place where I don't usually look for lingerie, presented their Sam Faiers 'Sexy Lace' Collection, I was pretty impressed, though I don't like the name. These styles mostly have removable padding, dainty features and delicate lace. And the fit is like a dream. Here are my favourites, but you can see them all here:

If you happen to be a pear shape like me, you'll most likely reach for a Plunge* in times of need. Some outfits just need a little more shape up top to even out my wide hips, and I always reach for a plunge when I'm wearing a body con dress or a low V-neck. If you're looking to show of your cleavage you'll love a good plunge, and this one is super comfortable. 

Love them or hate them, the Balconette* provides a naturally rounded look that isn't so obvious. I do love a balconette, but usually find them the least comfortable so I only own a few. This one is soft, malleable and has removable straps, so its pretty cosy, if you can call a bra that. I'd be wearing this with sheer tops, and low cut round or square neck tops for a naturally full décolletage.

An absolute basic, is the classic T-Shirt Bra*, which goes mostly undetected despite its lace decoration, and thanks to the completely seam free finish. I do think that this style requires a good fit to avoid gaps at the top, but if you get that sorted this is a lingerie drawer essential that you absolutely need to invest in. I tend to wear this style for work under my lovely NHS tunics, with close fitting dresses, or as the title would suggest, a T-shirt of course.  

The most surprising of the bunch is the Underwired* bra. I usually avoid bras with absolutely no padding with fear of giving the public more of a view than they bargained for. However, the comfort of this bra has got me sold - An absolute perfect fit, and soft material, not itchy as I expected. I'll be wearing this bra confidently with sheer tops and vampy lipstick. Feeling very Ooh-la-la! 

Which is your favourite?
What are your preferred styles?
S xx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

What I Wore // Pink Party

Top - Next
Jeans - Glamorous
Belt - Primark
Shoes - Glamorous
Camera Bag - Grafea
Nails - Nails Inc Latex - Shoreditch High Street *

I was so close to giving these jeans to my mum, before I found a second winded love for them and couldn't let them go. I was pretty sure they highlighted the widest part of me, but I just like rolling up the bottoms and the casual rips too much - Plus they're just so comfy! I wore this to pop to my friends pink party, raising money for the AMMF charity and stuffing my face with cake and pockets with raffle tickets. I took my fancy camera bag stuffed with lenses and took all of about 4 photos, oops. Sometimes I think its more important to put the camera down and enjoy the moment, no?

S xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Sprucing up your bedroom - Two new looks!

If you are stuck for inspiration for your beautiful dream bedroom, then look no further! Here are a couple of pinterest picked great bedrooms and a few pointers as to how you can achieve the look!

Red Hot Colour Pop Look //

From House & Garden

This bedroom has instant visual impact and these are purely because of the pops of red in the decor. If you strip those red splashes out, you will find a nice, but rather dull, neutral colour scheme that can be switched and changed with any other colour. I think I'd want to swap red for a bright yellow sometimes, just to change things about now and then without re-doing the whole lot! 

- The beautiful arrangement of pictures on the wall subtly emphasises the headboard, drawing the eye to the wall and giving the decor an elegant finish. Match the headboard and some cushions to the rug and you are away! A little bit harder to switch up a headboard I suppose, but pictures are easily updated!

-This lovely muted  Yorkshire Linen red duvet set adds great visual impact to the bedroom without making it annoyingly bright and colourful!  (Matching curtains are available too!) Spend some time finding the perfect shade for your room, as each colour can be interpreted in a number of different shades and tones by fabric and accessory manufacturers.

- This zig zag rug is quirky and is from West Elm. If you want to go for color contrasts, you can go infuse your room with your favourite contrasting colour (I really want this)!

-Instead of a chair in the bedroom and an ottoman at the foot of the bed, opt for a small sofa instead. This look is perfect for large rooms, and provides the perfect spot for sitting while reading, changing or getting ready ñ or even sorting out your wardrobe! This cool white sofa bed is from Direct Bedroom and it is ideal for use in the bedroom, and even doubles as a day-bed!

 -Finish off your dream bedroom with an unusual lamp and an ornament or two, like the ornamental owl pictured. These small, but significant, touches help to make the bedroom more personal, literally tailored around your tastes and preferences.
Monochrome Look // 

From House & Garden
This bedroom is a picture of monochrome elegance! The unusually stark light fittings may not be for everyone, but they are certainly very striking. The intricately patterned rug would look to busy against equally busy bedding or even just bedding with a lot of black in it, hence the use of almost pure white bed linens. Team it with beautiful square cushions to emphasise the near-minimalist look.

- The bedroom is saved from minimalism by the elegant and ornamental coat stand and oriental ornament that stand either side of the bed.  You definitely need an elegant, yet sturdy and useful Staples coat stand  for use in the home.

- Try and ensure that your furniture follows your decor theme or colour scheme, and, if monochrome is your ideal, opt for furniture like this charming black and white bedside cabinet. For example this one can be picked up via Direct Bedroom.

- Perhaps be a little wary of having too much patterning underfoot as this can be surprisingly off-putting when you get up in the middle of the night! The lighter patches seem closer than the darker ones and it is easy to walk into the wall having become disoriented just trying to navigate the carpet! Having said that, a strongly patterned and coloued carpet can give a bedroom some professional finish so you must decide whether to sacrifice beauty for safety or not! We Do Headboards have amazing headboards in a huge variety & this one is from there too.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Summer Skin Saviours // Top Three Body Skincare Products

Human+ Kind all-in-one Oil £14* // The multitasking oil that first reminded me of Nuxe dry oil, then overtook it in my estimations, despite the boring bottle (but super amazing box to make up for it)! Easily spread and quickly absorbed, this oil is now amongst my favourites after a shower. 

HealGel Body £40* // If you've got any body ailments, this thick cream is the one for you. I reach for this religiously for a few days after shaving and when my skin is feeling particularly rough and in need of some TLC. This one is also absolutely perfect for battling the horrible white knee look I seem to struggle with - Nothing else touches it!

Laura Mercier Body Souffle £45 // A winner if not only for the smell, (Ambre Vanille is my absolute favourite), this thick and creamy souffle is luxurious and truly diminishes the need for perfume. Yes, its thick, but absorbs easily and is a gorgeous all over treat. Less active treatment, more smelly luxury. 

So there we have it, three of my favourite summer skin products, the ones that I've been reaching for religiously over the last few months for different reasons. Let me know what you've been using recently or if you're loving any of these too! 

S xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Debenhams Style Challenge // Britain to Barbados

 Jacket - Zara
Wedges - Debenhams*
 Bag - Michael Kors
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

I was recently asked to take part in the #britaintobarbados challenge set by Debenhams, in which I was provided with a maxi and asked to style it as if I was in Britain, and in Barbados. And whilst I absolutely desperately wish I was in Barbados in the near future, unfortunately I'm stuck here! Saying that, the weather has been pretty bright these last few weeks!

I tend to take as few accessories as possible on holiday, so the Barbados look is pretty simple with neutral wedges, my hair off my neck in a bun, and super quick make up. At home I've added some waves to my hair and have access to a few more accessories and jackets just in case the weather takes a likely turn for the worse. The dress is pretty statement as it is, and it doesn't need much doing to it - Perfect for summer BBQ's and for evenings on holiday. Now all I need is a flight to Barbados!

S xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

£400 Links of London Bundle Giveaway

In view of a recent steer away from costume jewellery and more towards mid-range jewellery as mentioned here, I'm gleefully sharing an awesome giveaway courtesy of  Links of London. Its running throughout summer - Or as they prefer to call it, the 'summer of friendship.' By entering this giveaway you're in the line up to win a £400 bundle of Links of London goodies - You just have to decide whether you'd keep the lot or share it with your friends! This competition has made me realise just how busy I've been this summer, most weeks working 6-7 days. I've barely seen my friends, and I feel like I've currently got no life - oh the perils of saving for a house and a wedding, eh? Must change this!


T&C's // 
You'll be entered into a prize draw to win a bundle with a value of £400. This can be ordered via Links of London contact, or you can choose to receive a gift card. 
The winner will be contacted via Twitter @Links_of_London DM (not via myself), and they'll ask for you to email your details directly to them.
Prize cannot be exchanged for cash.
If no reply from the winner within a week, Links of London hold the right to choose another winner.
UK/NI only I'm afraid! 

Good Luck! 
S xx