Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Step away from black and into the yellow...

Like many girls I like black clothing... not in the Gothic, black eyeliner kinda way.  But more of the slimming trying to look like Kate Moss way. Whether it is my Reiss black cardigan, Top Shop black jeans or my trusty cotton Whistles black t-shirt - during the dull weather i wrap up and stick to the London Fashion Week staple of an all black outfit.

Though one thing I am known for is my love of accessorises and this is where I try to step away from the safe-ness of the darkness!


One of my favourite colours in spring is yellow and these earrings and perspex clutch from Zara were my go to items recently for a date night and helped me inject some colour into my otherwise all black outfit- teamed with red nails and loose curls date night outfit sorted!
'til next time xx

Monday, 3 March 2014

London in the Sunshine...

February has turned out to be a pretty good month - catching up with friends, seeing my gorgeous new nephew, celebrating my anniversary with my man, booking my trip to Milan in May and  a birthday trip away New York/Boston for later in the year (so so excited!). This weekend I took a trip to to the sunny streets of Brick Lane, London.


I often forget how beautiful London can look in the sunshine. I get great pleasure in grabbing a coffee and sitting outside to soak up the sun and the atmosphere - Yep even in February! Although I didn't sit on my butt for the whole trip; I visited my usual top shops Absolute Vintage and Rokit, munched on brunch at Bishops-gate Kitchen and wondered round looking at beautiful accessories in Spitalfields Market -  where I did find some amazing gems but will leave them for another time!





Coat - Topshop /T-Shirt - Topshop
Diamond necklace - Accessories/ Sunglasses - RayBan
Jeans - Whistles/ Boots - Office
Bag - Mulberry/ Fur Stole - Vintage 1930's

'til next time xx

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Testing Botanics Ultra Calm range...


As the winter weather is playing havoc with my skin this season, I thought it would be an ideal time to try out some products that aim to calm and sooth sensitive skin, as well as replenish lost moisture in the cold and bitter winds that we are being dealt with (fingers crossed for some spring sunshine soon!).

For the last four weeks I have been using the Boots Botanics; Ultra Calm range, which all include natural marshmallow extract to calm and sooth sensitive skin.


What does it claim to do?
This comforting moisturiser immediately calms irritable skin, with continued use reducing sensitivity.
The unique formula instantly boosts the moisture levels of delicate skin, providing all day hydration and advanced protection from the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays.

Marshmallow is nature’s soothing star. The roots are packed with natural sugars and polyphenols that work together to help leave skin less reactive and altogether calmer.

Our beauty scientists use active plant extracts approved by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to bring you beautiful skincare that's proven to work. 


What items are in the range?
Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Calming Day Cream SPF15 50ml £6.99
Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Relief Serum 30ml £7.99
Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Calming Night Cream 50ml £6.99

What did I think of it?
I have to say when I first used the day moisturiser and the serum together after cleansing my face, I did have a slight reaction to the cream and my skin went very red and hot for a few hours -  so not a great start.

Since then I have tried again with the combination of the moisturiser and the serum and the same thing happened. Not sure if I have extra sensitive skin or just the combination of both products reacted to my skin.

However in the last three weeks I have used the day mosturiser in the morning on its own and the night cream as the last phase of my cleansing routine before bed, leaving out the serum and I can say my skin does seem less red and dry then it was over the Christmas period.

For under £10 the two creams are a good pick for those looking for a budget beauty bargin -  though I think I might try out some other serums to get one that my skin gets on with!

For more information or to view the full range by Botanics go to boots.co.uk

'til next time xx

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The little things you learn...


Last year was the the year of learning for me, and though I posted slightly less on here, this didn't mean that there wasn't anything going on in my life.. quite the opposite! My brother got married, I became an Auntie, I moved in with the boy and secured my roots in the rolling countryside of Buckinghamshire... as well as taking on more responsibilities at work. So some  big changes.

However instead of me dealing of a long list of goals for 2014 and setting that annual goal of wishing to have the body of Kelly Brook, I want to reflect on 2013 and some of the key things I learnt, which might actually be useful to some of you... when you find yourself crossing the same obstacles  or conundrums.

  1. Make time for others, but make time for yourself
  2. Read labels on clothing - I have managed to shrink two jumpers and damage a blouse as they were hand wash/dry clean...take a minute to read... if in doubt hand wash! (...and make sure there are no biro's left in your trouser pockets!!)
  3. Don't get bogged down in your weaknesses; we aren't perfect
  4. Juicing is an amazing way of life -  I am a complete convert and will continue to do juice detoxes in 2014 ( for more information on juicing check out www.juicemaster.com)
  5. Don't be influenced by nasty comments, snide digs.. stand your ground and maintain your dignity & integrity 
  6. When moving in with your boyfriend make sure you don't dismiss all their treasured possessions.. learn to compromise - Indeed their 30 year collection of Viz magazine may send you into shock and the Sega Mega Drive given prize position in the living room may make you think "why am I doing this?".. but just remember he isn't questioning the 62 statement necklaces you want on display and the ever-growing collection of beauty products you need to own!
  7. Step out of your comfort zone occasionally 
  8. If an item you love is broken try and fix it asap -  loosing gems out of a necklace, a clasp on a watch being loose, a hole in a jumper or a button coming off a coat can be the breaking point of  not being able to wear something get off your butt and fix it! I now have spare buttons, superglue, spare earring backs and other handy bits and bobs in tin so I can fix the item myself there and then!
What did you learn in 2013? is there anything you are going to change or work on in 2014?


'til next time xx

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Birthday sparkle with the help of Zara...

I think everyone has that moment once or twice before they go for a meal or date, when you question yourself on your choice of atter and ponder if you have made the right choice you don't know what the dress code is for the evening... turning up in a sequin number and then all the other girls have come in jeans and pumps... can make you look a bit of an attention seaker... especially if the night is about someone else!


Last weekend I went out on the town to celebrate one of my best friends birthdays, with a meal and some drinks and I had this dilema. What kind of a restaurant we were going to? and what was the dress code we were going for? (sequins were on the cards for the first 4 hours), however I went back to my failsafe look which is a simple top (though in a high end fabric like silk) teamed with skinny jeans and mid heel court shoes. However as it is me and I do love a bit of bling the statement necklace I went for is this beauty for Zara that I got about a year ago.. and yes it is as sparkly in person!. I adore it.. however I did notice that the waitress talked to my chest rather than my face for this reason!




'til next time xx

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Juicing detox done and dusted...

So after a week of following Jason Vale's Juice Master program where I literally lived off nothing but fresh juice and water for 7days straight. I have finished the program and pleased to say I lost 3 inches off my hips, an inch off my waist and 7lbs in weight. Though more importantly I feel more alert and not sluggish during the working day and have also been sleeping better. So over all looking back on the week it has been a good experience. Over all a good plan!


As many of you would have seen from my Twitter updates there were some food cravings during the way, which weirdly included pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and steak. Before the detox I liked the odd bit of chocolate and Chinese, though overall I ate pretty well so I do think this made the week go a bit easier for me, then someone who may eat a lot of junk food and saturated fats. Also if you drink caffeine a lot you can suffer from headaches up until the 3-4 day though drinking lots of water can get rid of these pretty easily.

Jason recommends doing a 7 day detox every 3-4 months, so I am going to have another detox in the new year.

If you are interested in Jason Vale 7lbs in 7 days visit his website here for more information.


'til next time xx