Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Mac Quite Cute - Yum Yum Indeed!

After hearing mumblings on Monday night, I was pleased to log onto the Mac website and be greeted with the Quite Cute collection...a good week earlier than expected!

I immediately popped two lipsticks into my basket and checked out with a free delivery code at about 11.30pm.  And to my delight, they were delivered today.

So what did I choose?  Well I couldn't resist Candy Yum Yum - a bright matt neon pink.  And the other?  After seeing a few swatches online, I chose to go for Quite Cute - a white lilac cremesheen, a lighter version of Blooming Lovely from the Liberty of London collection released last year...and one of my favourites.

So here they are -

Quite Cute, Candy Yum Yum
And the swatches...

Bare lips
Quite Cute
Candy Yum Yum
Apologies for the messy swatches...but hopefully you can see just how good these colours are!! I'm definitely impressed with both.  Candy Yum Yum is super bright, and despite the matte finish, is not at all drying on the lips.  Quite Cute is much more subtle, and would look great alone, or layered over another lipstick (or with a gloss) to 'lilac it up' - ha!!

I'm not sure when it hits the stores (guessing next week as the preview is next Wednesday!) and the website currently has orders suspended for a few days...but if you place the items in your bag and enter your email into the pop up on the site, you'll be informed of when it is up and running AND get a code for a free Haute and Naughty mascara - not bad eh?

So what do you think?  Will you be getting anything from Quite Cute? Let me know :)

Wish List Wednesday


Clockwise from Left - Zara, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Minnetonka
Are these the perfect "spring/summer/too cold for sandals yet" shoe?  I think they may well be!

Topshop tunic, Topshop dress, ASOS clutch, Kurt Geiger heels
In case you hadn't noticed from the satchel in last week's wish list, and the blouse I bought a few weeks ago, I am a little enamoured with yellow right now.  I had previously shied away from this colour as it did nothing for my yellow toned complexion and red hair, but the shades on offer at the moment are much much more flattering.  I picked up the mustard Topshop tunic last week and am now looking to brighten up my wardrobe little more...

Have you recently started to embrace colours you'd never been brave enough to wear before?  Or like me, have you found a colour that you once couldn't make work, actually suits you as long as you pick wisely?  Let me know :)

Lush Easter Range

Love the look of all of these cute!  And as for the bunny wrap...adorable :)

Oh, and before I sign off for today, have you entered my Hummingbird Bakery give away yet?  Click here to win a copy of their new book!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wish List Wednesday

Pay day this Friday - hurrah!! This is what I'll hopefully be making a beeline for once that money hits my bank account...

Antoni + Alison for Uniqlo Tees

I've always loved Antoni + Alison's designs and was delighted to see they had done a UT collaboration with Uniqlo.   Quirky tees for £12.99? Can't go wrong!! Annoyingly I'm yet to see these in store (ran into two before my lecture this evening to no avail) so I may have to make an online purchase...

Mac Quite Cute

An invite for a special preview evening popped into my inbox yesterday - which was a delight to see!! It isn't until 6th April so I'll have to put a little cash aside for at least one or two lippies...and oh well, go on then, one of the heart baked mineralise blushes as well.  Oh, and I need to remember to RSVP - I don't fancy the usual website scramble on a Tuesday lunchtime!

ASOS Satchel

How amazing is this yellow leather satchel?! Really don't think I can get away with the colour...but how I wish I could!!

So another wish list done - what's on your mind come payday?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A Little (cake related) Giveaway!

So I finally managed to get my mitts on a copy of the new Hummingbird Bakery book - Cake Days - and following the very positive response to my red velvet post, I couldn't resist picking up an extra copy for one of my readers.

So up for grabs is a brand new copy of 'Cake Days' as well as some lovely cupcake boxes ready to display your new baked goods!  I may also pick up a few more cupcake goodies this weekend...if you're lucky :)

Sound good?  Well if you want to enter, it's easy.  All you need to do is comment below with your dream cake recipe - and I'll start us off.  My ideal cupcake would be toffee apple - apple filled sponge with a toffee icing.  Yum!

If you would like an extra entry, please tweet about it (mention me - @jennyayre) and add an extra comment below.  Oh and you must be a follower, I will check!

This is open to everyone (UK and international) and will close on Friday 1st April.  So get your entries in!

Oh and to whet your appetite...a few images from the they look good or what?!

How to Wear - Colour Blocking

Sunglasses, £6.99, H&M
Vest £7.99, River Island
Skirt, £35, Topshop
Shoes, £95, KG by Kurt Geiger

Vest, £7.99, River Island
Jeans, £14.99, New Look
Shoes, £22, Office
Bangles, £8, ASOS

Dress, £46, Topshop
Bag, £30, ASOS
Wedges, £60, Office

Blouse, £38, Warehouse
Jeans, £39.99, River Island
Bag, £12, ASOS
Shoes, £55, Topshop

Top, £20, Oasis
Skirt, £35, Topshop
Shoes, £55, ASOS

Sunday, 20 March 2011

My A/W Round Up - Part Two

So here is part two of my round up of the autumn/winter shows and the rest of the trends I picked up on...


Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander Wang, Hermes, Paul Smith, Marc by Marc Jacobs
A particularly dominant feature of the Chanel show, menswear inspired pieces popped up in a number of different collections.  Peg leg and relaxed fit trousers are still as popular as ever, and were accompanied by flat boots and oversized coats and jackets, and even quiffs at Dolce & Gabbana.


Moschino Cheap & Chic, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino
Once again, checks were a key part of the autumn winter collections.  From the bright red checked coats and capes at Moschino C&C and Burberry, to classic tartans at Sonia Rykiel and Jean Paul Gaultier, there are a million and one ways to work the check this autumn.


Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Erdem, Alexander McQueen, YSL, Louis Vuitton
Egg shaped coats, oversized sleeves and tulip skirts were just a few ways volume was introduced to the autumn/winter collections.  Not a necessary unique trend, but it is interesting to see how the focus shifts from skirt and coat hems to the oversized shoulder and sleeve details as seen at Lanvin and Stella McCartney or the exaggerated hips at Louis Vuitton.

Winter Brights...

Bottega Veneta, Versace, Burberry, House of Holland, D&G, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Usually the reserve of spring and summer, the catwalks were dominated by vibrant oranges, pinks, greens and purples.  Whilst Burberry and Versace displayed dresses and outerwear in bold brights, House of Holland  and Bottega Veneta  offered up sugary sweet tweed separates and dresses.  I'm particularly taken by Burberry's coats - would anything else be better at brightening up a winter day?

...Winter whites

Chloe, Prada, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui
Yet again proving this is a season of contrasts, white also made a big appearance - in dresses, coats and suits.  How amazing is the YSL suit, and the bow neck Chloe cape...beautiful!

So that's my offerings for the next season...what is standing out for you so far?  And how do you think they will translate these designs to the high street?

Saturday, 19 March 2011

My A/W Round Up - Part One

A little later than I may have hoped - but at least it's here!  After scouring the shows, this is my round up of the recent autumn/winter collections and the key trends that really stood out for me.

Arts and Crafts

Christopher Kane, House of Holland, Matthew Williamson, Rodarte, Chloe, Preen
Crochet, patchwork and quilting were a strong feature in a number of collections - though often in a rather unconventional way, such as Christopher Kane's crochet print latex.  Clearly handmade will be featuring in a big way, and I can see this easily translating onto the high street - an easy way to give a nod to the trend will be in the House of Holland tights, in the same print as the crochet dresses.

Polka Dots

David Koma, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, YSL, Gucci
What Marc Jacobs does often dominates the mood of the season, and this time what he did (in a big way) was polka dots....whether printed or embellished, on the clothes or on the accessories.  Spots then started popping up all over the place, on delicate layers of sheer chiffon or on tough patent leather, in London, Paris and Milan.  A definite trend that can be worn by whatever way you fancy.


D&G, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Gucci, David Koma, Dolce & Gabbana
Definitely not for shrinking violets! Voluminous material, fur (though I wish it was fake), feathers, sequins and pom poms have been brought together to add a bit of drama to nightwear.  I especially loved the chiffon dresses covered in stacks of flowers at Gucci and can't wait to see who is brave enough to sport one on the red carpet.

Wet Look

Christopher Kane, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Giles, David Koma, Alberta Ferretti
Leather is always a dominant factor in the autumn winter collections, but this time around latex and pvc also played a rather large role.  Latex paillettes were built up on dresses at Prada and took the place of polka dots on a number of pieces at Marc Jacobs.  And at Christopher Kane had a special material produced to create sheer patterned dresses and separates.  Overall, wet is definitely a look for those brave enough to sport it!


Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, Lanvin, Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Moschino Cheap & Chic
One colour, over all others, was definitely vermillion - whether in flowing silk, voluminous dresses or structured coats.  This bright tomato red will be the perfect antidote to dull winter days, and I expect it to dominate the high street come September.


Preen, PPQ, Giles, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs
In stark contrast to the latex, leather and lace that dominated many catwalks, there was a little puritanical vibe showing through - high necklines, white collars and simple, modest shapes.  So if obviously sexy styles aren't your kind of thing, this could definitely be the look for you. 

So that's part one of my trend round up...anything caught your fancy so far? What are you looking forward to wearing come September? 

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Deja Vu

ASOS have done it again!

Mulberry Tillie (£812) ASOS Leather Keeper Satchel (£70)

Bewitched by the Mulberry Tillie satchel?  Don't have £812 to your name? Try ASOS, for this rather similar offering, priced at a rather more respectable 70 quid.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Wish List Wednesday

Not much on my mind this week - hectic week (and week before payday) = pathetic wishlist!  However there is one thing that is currently catching my eye...

Spring Stripes

Not quite breton, in case you think I'm heading in that direction again, no this time the stripes are inspired by a certain Miuccia Prada.  Big bold stripes in bright colours that are guaranteed to help you make an entrance, and my favourites so far have been spotted in H&M and ASOS.


  I'm thinking one of these bright striped dresses or tops are just the thing I need to cheer me up on a dreary day like today...go away fog!! I especially like the ASOS blue maxi - what do you think? I'm a little put off by the model's difficulty walking down the catwalk!

And...that's it.  Shocker! I'm sure I will think of more when I have some money burning a hole in my pocket...

In fact I still have my ASOS/Groupon code sitting patiently in my inbox, unfortunately I can't use it on the dresses I've had my eye on as they are already in the 25% off deal.  So I'm looking for inspiration beyond my saved items list! 

Did you get one of the deals? If so, have you spent your money yet? I'm actually hoping they get the new Illamasqua collection in now - fingers crossed!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Wrap me in red velvet . . .

As is tradition with me, it is one of my best friend's birthdays tomorrow so I set about baking some special cakes to help celebrate on Saturday.  Her cake of choice? Red velvet cupcakes!

I followed the Hummingbird Bakery recipe, which although a little complex, always turns out perfectly.  I topped them with the traditional cream cheese icing (though I always add vanilla to stop it tasting too 'cheesy'), and then decorated them in two different ways - the six that were set to be boxed up were topped with sugar paper flowers and edible glitter, the others were sprinkled with the crumbs of another cake from the batch.

I packed them up and brought them into London for an afternoon spent strolling around the corridors of the V&A and a relaxed late lunch in South Kensington...followed by cupcakes of course!

What's your cupcake of choice? Let me know if you want me to keep posting my various creations :)

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Deja Vu

ASOS, Prada

Prada banana print for £18?  Get to ASOS now...and check out their similarly inspired striped dresses whilst you're there. 

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Wish List Wednesday

Spring is in the air...! Well it may not be warm but at least the sun is shining and it's no longer dark on my drive home from work, which is wonderful.  So this week's wishlist is full of vibrant brights and pretty pastels to get us in the mood for this new season.  Bring it on :)

Floral Applique

Topshop, £30

This Topshop camisole is possibly one of the prettiest things I've seen around for a long while and brings a good splash of colour to even the dreariest of March days.  I really love a bit of floral applique, and this asos top also caught my eye - and clearly those of others as it's now sold out!  I think we'll be seeing a lot more of this style over the coming months, and I'm hoping I can get my hand on this soon.

Benefit Bella Bamba

Bella Bamba, Benefit, £23.50

I wasn't too fussed about this blusher until I saw a few swatches popping up online, and now I need it in my life!! Benefit describe it as a watermelon blush which I think is very apt indeed, and I love that the packaging now includes a mirror - about time too!

Essie French Affair

French Affair mini set, Essie, £20

Many of you may know that I am a bit of an Essie fan, and I don't need much encouragement to buy new polishes....well I don't think this set will be an exception.  In my opinion, what Essie does best is pastels - whenever I wear colours such as Van D'Go or Mint Candy Apple I always get complimented on my nails.  I especially like Nice is Nice, described as a 'whimsical light lavender' - yum.

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

I think this collection looks stunning (especially the promo pics) and cannot wait to see it in the flesh - especially the cream pigments (Especially Dab and Bedaub), Glister liner and Atomic lipstick.  I am a big fan of pastels and bright make up so with this and the upcoming Quite Cute collection from Mac I am in Heaven!

So that's another Wednesday, and another wish tell me - what's on yours?