Posts from — June 2013
It could be the happy hippy Summer feel – or the fact it’s ‘event’ hair that looks like it hasn’t tried too hard – but there’s something about the braid that has us all excited!
Pretty plaits – french, updo or fishtail – just make us feel feminine. You can add pieces in indivudually or go for the full on feel – either way – it says gorgeous and girlie – and anyone can do them!
Girls have been plaiting hair at home since the days of their pajama parties. It was probably your first foray into ‘doing’ hair and it was always two fold, braids look great straight away and when you take them out you are left with mermaid waves.
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Take inspiration from Juliane Hough and work a french side plait, add a braid band like Lauren Conrad for an Ibiza twist, section and mix it up with a bit of edge a la Cara Delevinge or go modern fishtail like Rita Ora.
Relaxed yet super sophisticated, it’s red carpet hair that feels natural. Dressing up jeans, softening edgier outfits and statement make up while pairing beautifully with delicate girlie pieces. Perfect for the beach, a ball or a weekend away – keeps the hair off your face in the sun and saves on evening hair prep – more cocktail time!
June 29, 2013 No Comments
Hot Orange and Bright Pink – the sublime colour combo for Summer 2013.
Beautiful blocking brights that lift you UP to the skies with sun drenched deliciousness. Ripe fruit, full bloom fabulousness – bold bold bold!
Bringing sunshine to your skin……let’s glow!
Think Rothko’s Orange Pink and wow with a slinky colour block dress. Make a handbag your focus. Bold colour in a statement ring, a bright wedge or a watch – will add a shot of sunshine to a simple look. We LOVE statement earrings – makes your eyes stand out!
Style the hair – go sleek and chic with a simple groomed pony or loose and lovely with beachy waves. Add a bit of drama to the eyes with subtle colour – dark brown kohl and glossy lashes. Pair with dewy skin and nude lips. Let your outfit do the talking.
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Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated earrings – £60 maxandchloe.com
Prada Candy Perfume – £41.50 – Debenhams
Maisy Bag – Paul’s Boutique – £61 – Selfridges
Criss Cross Vixen Dress – Naven – £98
Orange & Pink Grosgrain Watch – Tommy Hilfiger – £68
Brera Dress – Maxmara – £210 down to £126 at Matches
Western Dress – Testament – £98 revolveclothing.com
Jennie Flats – Kate Spade – £64 down to £44 couturezappos.com
Pink & Orange Bracelet – Anna Lou of London – £24
Glitterings Gold Tone Pink & Orange Enamel Ring – £13
Banet Wedges – Aldo – £19
June 26, 2013 No Comments
It’s the hottest look around – layering bracelets for a cool hippy vibe. Everything from gemstones to gold, friendship bracelets to pearl, knotted leather, silver, diamonds, spikes, multi-coloured beads – if its loaded – it’s got it going on!
Mix it up – semi precious stones and silver, gold charms and fluro leather, silk friendship next to Tiffany, sparkly shambala and neon plastic. Match them or clash them. Wear as many as you like on each wrist, we particularly love them in front of your watch.
Load and layer and LOVE it!
HOT! Enjoy the Summer……
June 25, 2013 No Comments
Following hot on the heels of the UK Summer Solstice yesterday, the longest day, Midsummer – we are ready for All Things Cosmic!
Shiny, shimmer, Milky Way….the stars, unicorns, planets – it all works. The idea is groovy cosmos with global chic. Throw a unicorn shirt over denim hotpants, wear cosmic vans with purple shimmer and paint your nails silver. Make a playsuit the focal point and keep jewellery simple. Purple, pink, blue, light aqua – its Cosmic with Colour!
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Navy Print Bandeau – £15 – New Look
Cosmic Daze Tee – £25 – Nasty Gal
Astley Clarke ColourTimbrel Milky Way Aqua Quartz Ring – £125
Related Cosmic Blast Playsuit – £123 – Oxygen Boutique
Marc By Marc Jacobs Twinkle Star Necklace – £225
Unicorn Shirt – £23 – ASOS
Cosmology Short Sleeve Shirt – £23 – Delias
Bam Bam Black Nebula Print Shorts – £50 – New Look
Silver Shimmer Polish – £7.44 – Sephora
Cosmic Galaxy Vans – £36 – vans.com
Laser Star Print Denim Shorts – £33 – ASOS
Real Love Silver Heels – £41 – Steve Madden
June 22, 2013 No Comments
There’s nothing quite like time in the sun. We all want to look and feel the very best we can – so preparation in key!
Start using these a few weeks before you go on holiday and by the time you check in – you will not only feel incredible – but look a million dollars.
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Dior Eau Svelte – (£42 – John Lewis) is a cult classic. Wonderful fragrance with ultimate benefits. Tones, tightens and smells unlike anything else.
Moroccan Oil (£30.45 – HQ Hair) is incredible – can be used on wet or dry hair and smoothes, glosses and conditions the hair like nothing else.
H20 Plus Sea Marine Revitalising Shampoo (£13 – beautybar.com) infuses the hair with marine botanicals and nutrients. Hydrating wakame, sea fennel and sea lettuce give you strength and shine. RICH lather and it smells great too. Gets your tresses in the best condition in preparation for the sun.
Garnier Body Tonic Sugar Scrub (£3.57 – Superdrug) exfoliates, tones and smells delicious.
Wish Upon a Jar – 21 Day Collagen Cream – Soap & Glory (£16 – Boots) is incredible. Not only does it look fantastic in your bathroom – like a cool silver globe – but use this for a few weeks and you will see the difference. I’m a big fan of the whole range but this sleek face cream is the business. It contains a potent mix of shea butter, tetrapeptides, antioxidants and oxygen boosters to boost moisture levels, smooth out fine lines and totally brightens tired skin. I love it.
Heel Genius – Soap & Glory – (£10) this stuff really works! You need pretty feet in the Summer and that means smooth and silky. Apply this regularly, under light cotton socks and wake up to fabulous footsies!
High Definition Body Lift – Clarins – Oh High Definition…..yes everything is up close these days, and you want seriously firm skin in the sun. High Definition Body lift does exactly what is says. It lifts, firms and tightens. The pink cream-gel with the active red microspheres that melt during application, is fast absorbing and really refreshing in hot weather. The 8 herbal extracts slim hips and thighs while cellulite becomes less prominent. Pricey at £50 but a godsend!
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Conditioner (£11) Any product that helps speed up hair growth gets the thumbs up! Lee Stafford’s products are clever, innovative and smell incredible. I love his vision for fun, sexy, gorgeous hair and his range literally has everything. I tried this conditioner earlier this year and its awesome.
Lovely Jubblies Breast Cream (£16.50 – Lush) Firm up your assets! An excellent natural alternative to many of the very expensive breast creams on the market that all too often contain questionable ingredients. When comes to your breasts, you want the BEST. Lush has done it again and produced a wonderful sweet smelling cream that makes the skin feel firm and fabulous. Orange Blossom, Rose and Jasmine combined with the ultra firming essence European Meadowsweet.
Get Ready – Get Gorgeous!
June 21, 2013 No Comments
Sleeveless shirts are the new casual cool. The simple clean lines in elegant white, cool grey or pretty pastels, show off just enough skin to be sexy, relax the ‘pristine’ effect of a shirt and are perfect to throw over jeans in the warm Summer months. You can even wear long styles alone over a bikini -a chic alternative to the neon or beachy brights.
This ASOS number ticks all the right boxes
£30 – http://www.asos.com
June 20, 2013 No Comments
Only the best make up in world……and a sublime celeb collaboration! Rihanna launches her Summer collection for MAC this week, on sale in the States now and worldwide tomorrow – 20th June.
RiRi Hearts MAC Summer is an online-exclusive colour collection created by the global superstar.
For the lips…..RiRi Woo a stunning classic red pictured above, Heaux – a pretty matte berry – RiRi Boy – a vivid lavender – all $15.
For the skin…..Hibiscus Kiss Coral Blush and Matte Bronze Duo $26 and Barbados Girl Rose Gold Bronzer Lustre Drops – $20
Great colours, lovely consistency – just beautiful. Get a bit of Ri Ri in your life!
June 19, 2013 No Comments
Cool and VERY easy to wear – the Pinafore dress is back!
Last seen in the 90’s – you’ll find more variety with the 2013 version. Back then, a chic grey pinnie over a black tshirt was the epitome of cool. This time around its all about mixing it up. While black and navy totally rock – colour is where it starts to get fun.
So simple to style: do Rachel from Friends with a classic short tee underneath, or pair with a crisp white shirt for preppy cool. You could also go Kate Moss on a night out with a sparkly corset underneath…..
Dress up or down – this look is equally perfect over a bikini on holiday or a vest at home.
Get your Pinnie on!
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Black Pinnie Dress – New Look – £17
Miss Real Blue & Pink – New Look – £25
Coral Rose – Miss Selfridge – £32
Blue Ribbed – Desire Clothing – £22
M Missoni – £335 down to £165 – ASOS
Black Floral Pinafore – New Look – £25
Denim Pinnie – Miss Selfridge – £45
Navy Hearts – River Island – £22
Black Pinafore – Debenhams – £13
June 13, 2013 No Comments
The quickest way to add a some serious chic to your outfit this Summer is with a statement necklace. Pair a simple dress with one of these….for some serious instant WOW!
Statement necklaces work so well as they add drama and colour instantly. They can change a simple look in seconds and can be cheaper than a new outfit! Wear yours with a dress, over a white t shirt, under an off the shoulder top for a 90’s twist. Keep your make up simple. The necklace IS the statement!
Get the look…..
Yellow, Coral and Pink Beads – David Aubrey – £65
New York Triple Strand Necklace- Kate Spade – £98
Turquoise Beaded – Lucky Brand – £45
Blue, Mint & Colbat Cabochon – David Aubrey – £78
Cluster Pebble in Gold Vermeil – Blue Nile – £180
Neon Dorothy Perkins – £44
Pieces Mai Short Statement Necklace – £35 – ASOS
Sam Ubhi Beaded Necklace – £50 – ASOS
Enamel Statement Necklace – £25 – Oasis
June 10, 2013 No Comments
THE shade of the season is the perfect Pastel Pink. A gorgeous smooth chalky pink with a very modern feel for 2013.
It’s been a style staple of mine for some time so its great to see the shops packed with such a wide variety of colours. From pale bubblegum to candy neon, pastel pink suits everyone. It gives you a fresh look that isn’t too ‘done’ – a chilled Summertime feel, perfect for poolside or on the dancefloor. It looks like you haven’t tried too hard = while all around you girls ask – WHERE did you get that gloss?
Get the look…..
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Liv – Illamasqua -£17 – ASOS
Kiss Me Colour – Philosophy – – £6.51
Viva Glam Nicki 2 – MAC – – £14
4 – Barry M – £2.80 – ASOS
Perfect Pink – Two Faced – £35 – beautylish.com
Pink Lily – Bobbi Brown – £15 – John Lewis
Maybe Baby – Viva La Diva – £6.95 – nelly.com
Schiap – NARS – £17
Cherie Bow – Addict by DIOR – £20
June 6, 2013 No Comments