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Posts from — December 2013

Christmas Shimmer!

It’s Christmas! Time to sparkle and shine and look divine. Trim the tree in style and head out for Christmas Eve cocktails. Think full on glamour for Christmas Day and the biggest party night of the year – New Years Eve!

Here are the All Things Stylish  festive fashion favourites- for simply having, wonderful Christmas time…….

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Go glitzy! Kate Hudson rocks the sparkly mini dress

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All that glitters IS gold!

Taylor Swift stuns at the American Music Awards

Get the look….

So if you are still looking for a knockout dress check out gorgeous boutique MUSE on the Kings Road – http://www.musekingsroad.co.uk 

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They have stunning numbers in store NOW –  loved by celebs – from a range of amazing designers, including Sherri Hill, Pia Michi Jovani.

Beautiful, quality couture pieces you will love forever. From £350

For something a little different – check out Kelly Brook’s gorgeous jumpsuit for New Look – just £59.99

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We love the  Leona Sequin Mini ‘Goldie’ mini – £45

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And this green sequin stunner – £68 – Both Topshopgreen

And this Sapphire skater dress from French Connection works with all shapes –  £160

 

 

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 Rock the Red! Misguided  – £35red

The perfect clutch – ‘Dahlia’ LK Bennett – £225clutch

These incredible heels from Office are down to £42 now!

 

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 Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2013   No Comments

Ugg Sparkles!

What a perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit while keeping your feet warm! I LOVE these special edition Ugg Sparkle boots.

With beautiful bright shimmering sequins – the party starts here!

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Just stunning…….

£165 – http://www.uggaustralia.co.uk

December 17, 2013   No Comments

Chic Winter Essentials

When it’s  cold outside – it’s all about keeping warm and looking gorgeous. Here are the All Things Stylish favourites….

1. The Cashmere Sweater

A good cashmere sweater is a forever piece.  Warm up Winter with a red hot knit that feels amazing. The instant pop of festive colour is perfect now  – and will still look great in the Spring , matched with tan accessories. Team with black now and a studded handbag for a glam edgy feel.

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Theory – £170 – http://www.theory.com/

 

2. The Scarf

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Beautiful timeless infinity scarf in stunning soft alpaca. Available in camel (picutured) and stone. Simple, timeless chic. Wear with everything from leather jackets to crisp white shirts or simply keeping cosy at home.  You can wear as a snood – over the head, wrapped around the shoulders giving some elegant structure to a simple outfit or simply thrown around your neck for instant chic. It has a real Park Avenue/off duty Supermodel feel. Trendy but so elegant. It’s Grace Kelly meets Miranda Kerr.  Alpaca is hypoallergenic and breathable as well as feeling incredible.

The Snugalee – Buy at Muse Boutique Kings Road or http://www.arlettelee.com

3. The Elegant Waterproof Jacket

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The North Face Women’s Stella Grace Jacket offers outstanding waterproof protection with HyVent fabric performance.  Has a real Prada feel and fits sleekly to the body with no bulky padding. Gorgeous! £169

4. The Gilet

Beautiful fur gilets don’t come chicer than this. Incredibly luxe with a cool boho feel, this black piece will go with everything.  Loved by celebs like Sienna Miller and Adriana Lima – they are super versatile. Wear over dresses, shirts, jumpers and jackets and just feel glamourous everyday.  Perfect!

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5. The Jeans

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We all want great looking jeans – but in order to get a good fit the fabric is often thin. When it’s cold outside we want style that also keeps us warm.  The Naked & Famous brand fits the bill.

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A cool label with a realistic price tag that prides itself on its out-there fabric mixes. Cashmere, silk and wool mixes plus heavier denim styles to keep you warm.  Approx $140. Big celeb following – check them out!  http://nakedandfamousdenim.com

Uniqlo have also launched  weather proof jeans that don’t compromise on style! Windproof with heat retention functions and a great fit – the secret lies in the three layer structure. High tech chic!

heatHeat Tech Jeans – £34.90 – http://www.uniqlo.com

6. The Boots

We all need a chic pair of hard wearing boots in the colder months – and these gorgeous studded beauties fit the bill. A hybrid boot –  essentially glam ankle bikers  – which ties in well to the glossy punk trend. They toughen up cute dresses and give a sexy edge to leggings and skinny jeans. stud

 River Island – £40

 Stay warm, stay stylish!

December 15, 2013   No Comments

Jumpsuits

This season get set to sizzle with seriously on trend jumpsuits! The shape is key – fitted – but long, lean and loose.

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Julianne Hough works the trend in gorgeous cobalt.

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Nicole Scherzinger wows crowds at the X Factor

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Rita Ora and Nicole Richie look amazing in Emilio Pucci’s A/W 13 jumpsuit

Mesh or lace inserts add instant glamour  – or go simple and add gold accessories

Get the look

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ASOS – £50

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Warehouse – £70

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£27.99 – Misguided

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Cobalt Blue LOVE Jumpsuit – Topshop – £45

The simple structure is flattering and chic. So easy to wear and great for all seasons. Perfect for Christmas parties or New Year on the beach!

December 9, 2013   No Comments

Berry Lips

Warm up for Winter with beautiful BERRY lips. Everything from soft plum through to deep merlot works and looks amazing with all the luxe fabrics of the season. Add matching nails and grey eyeliner for an elegant feel or keep everything super simple to really show off that pout.

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Lea Michelle’s delicate gown is complimented with a soft berry lip

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Ashley Madekwe looks perfect in matte plum

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Miranda Kerr gives us high gloss, high glamour

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Rihanna goes for soft rich tones – perfect for day or night

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Lily Collins and Julianne Hough go dark for extra drama

The colours work so well with rich textures – velvet, lace, leather.  Flattering all skintones, this warm lip hue brings out your eye colour and gives you a sexy, glam feel.

Get the look

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Mac Rebel – £15

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L’Oreal Colour Riche – Plum Explosion

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Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony

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Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie in Live Large

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Bobbi Brown Blackberry – £19

December 4, 2013   No Comments

The Truth About Keratin and Other Hair Smoothing Treatments

About 9 months ago I suffered at the hands of a hairdresser who advised me that my bleached lifeless blonde locks were in need of some intense conditioning. He suggested that I needed to pump some much needed moisture back into my hair, sounds simple right! Of course I said yes, I mean who wants limp, damaged hair and I was in the hot seat and needed to answer fast. He made it all sound so appealing.

The first few days I was advise not to wash, dampen or put my hair up – easy. On the 4th day I washed my hair and then the intense itching started. Clumps of my hair started to come out as the days went on and a rash developed on my face. At first I had no clue had anything to do with the treatment.

For 3 months I lost almost half of my hair and you could see my scalp which was now pink and raw. I was devastated .

The image below is after 1 wash.

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9 months on and I still have not dared risk having any highlights or used any hair growth treatments incase it starts to fall out again.

I wanted to write this article for others that have experienced the same thing and to warn the industry to put tougher restrictions in place for skin patch testing and the use of formaldehyde!

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FACTS 

Fact: Formaldehyde is toxic.
The chemical can cause immediate, short-term irritation of the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract.

Fact: Hair treatments are unregulated.
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review, a panel of scientists that recommends safety standards in cosmetics, advises that beauty products should contain no more than 0.2 percent formaldehyde (most nail polish manufacturers have removed formaldehyde from their formulas) When Oregon OSHA tested more than 100 samples of various salon hair-smoothing products, they found some of the highest levels of formaldehyde—almost 12 percent—in a Brazilian Blowout formula that was labeled “formaldehyde-free.”

Here are some products that helped my hair loss and itching subside! I am grateful to you!!!!

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Eucerin Shampoo

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LOTS OF LOVE
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December 3, 2013   No Comments

Wax in the City!

There’s a new wax bar in town and it’s the ultimate in serious chic!

Wax in the City combines ultra fast, virtually painless affordable waxing with hip surroundings, a no need to book policy and late opening hours. Incredible!

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Bright discreet cubicals are  nestled  downstairs amongst cool art and funky furniture – you can nip in after work and take advantage of their speedy 25 min full leg wax or 15 minute brazilian, leaving you mega smooth and ready to go – with time to spare before dinner! The secret is in the WAX! Unlike most salons in the UK that use strip wax – this experience is all natural hot wax you literally peel off the skin! A few companies in London already use it – but there’s usually a two to three day wait for a booking. Wax in the City is set to change things forever.  A German company, founded in Berlin in 2005,  they are passionate about all things wax and have dedicated themselves to the highest possible standards. Everything from the beautiful surroundings, to the highly skilled therapists and waxing method – is perfect. They have created their own natural wax and aftercare products with soothing ingredients,  in a German Laboratory – and have a professional team of ‘Depiladoras’ training at the brand’s Berlin Academy before they can practice here! wax potbodycare_EPhair_4

Imagine a waxing session that actually felt relaxing!  As I lay on the firm, brightly coloured raised bed, they prepared the skin with hammelis water, then smoothed the all natural hot wax over my legs. Made with beeswax – not lycon, an artificial wax  used by some of the other companies. The wax felt wonderfully warm – a godsend on a cold Winter evening. They apply the wax in a really unusual way, from ankle to knee then knee to to top of your thigh and wait for it to set while they do the other leg. It’s a strange sensation but within moments, they smooth, pull and literally lift it off in one long piece –  leaving you seconds later with – gasp – totally smooth skin! You cannot quite believe they have covered such a large area so quickly – its high tech cool with natural skin loving benefits. The therapist then goes over the area again to make sure it’s all covered –  and it’s just so quick, so easy – and satisfying. A soothing treatment is applied after the wax, so your legs feel and look good shortly after –  meaning red bumps for days are a thing of the past.

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Incredibly chic surroundings – designed by ultra hip Berlin architect Prof Christoph Langhof, with firm raised beds to recline on. It looks like a trendy boutique hotel! They play ambient dance tunes during your treatment – so the whole experience leaves you feeling actually relaxed and soothed – really rare for a wax session! Prices are good and there’s also a loyalty card – so the 12th wax – of any kind – is free!  GREAT location at the end of the Kings Road near Beaufort House towards Worlds End – pop into the Bluebird after for a cocktail  to celebrate your new discovery. Waxing that isn’t a pain!

With over 20 studios located across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and now the UK. THIS is Way to Wax!

Wax in the City – http://www.wax-in-the-city.com

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December 2, 2013   No Comments