Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Wish List Wednesday

Wednesday? Already? Thank you bank holiday!

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend - I unfortunately, like many others, am now suffering with the beginnings of a warm, snuggly clothes have been catching my attention.  Thick chunky knits, simple flats and patterned dresses are all I want to wear right now.

Red printed Chelsea Girl dress, £25, River Island
Navy heart print dress, £45, Miss Selfridge

Chunky tweed knit cardigan, £55, Oasis

Yellow aran knit cardigan, £48, Topshop

 'Mars' pewter loafers, £30, ASOS

 Ahhh...comfortable, cosy and warm.  Just what I need.

What's on your wish list this week?

Friday, 26 August 2011

Buy It Now - Slippers

'Mikey' leopard print slippers, £30, ASOS

'Vava' pom pom slippers, £28, Topshop

'Vectra' studded slippers, £28, Topshop

'Embrace' heart slipper, £28, Miss Selfridge

Leopard chain front slippers, £30, River Island
Buschur glitter slipper, £50, Aldo

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wish List Wednesday - Hello ASOS!

In case you hadn't guessed...this week's wishlist comes courtesy of ASOS, who have been consistently impressing me over recent weeks.  These are a few items that have made their way into my saved items, ready for pay-day consideration -

Geo print pussy bow dress, £55
 Love the print and the cute shape of this dress - perfect for work or play.  It looks super short, but the model is 5'10" and I, most certainly, am not.

Burgundy spot dress, £40
Another very sweet frock - the gathered waist and quirky button detail - along with the sleeves (who doesn't love sleeves?!) makes it a real winner.

Scallop hem blouse, £30
Scallop hem? Peter pan collar? I'm sold.

Suede lace up shoes, £35

Love these shoes.  My big feet mean that traditional brogues can look a little 'manly' - the soft suede and bright colour ensures that these lace ups are nothing of the sort.

Horse detail cross body bag, £20
I am a big fan of anything horse related (as I write this I am sporting my House of Harlow horseshoe necklace) so this is a definite must have for me!

Are you loving ASOS right now? Or have you sworn allegiance to another brand?

Monday, 22 August 2011

Buy It Now - Patterned Knits

Pink and black sweater, £46, Topshop

Green and black sweater, £35, River Island

Tile print sweater, £45, Warehouse

Aztec cardigan, £45, Miss Selfridge

Navajo cardigan, £65, Topshop

Navajo cardigan, £55, Warehouse

Textured cape, £55, Oasis

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Wish List Wednesday

Geometric print dress, £30, Topshop
So wrong it's right? I love the clashing prints on this Topshop dress - can just see it with a statement necklace and chunky ankle boots.

'Valerie' studded ankle boots, £140, Kurt Geiger
Talking of ankle boots...these are rather good, no?  The perfect boots to team with skinny jeans, toughen up florals and keep your feet warm under a maxi skirt.  Love.

Navajo print jumper, £38, River Island
 Another 'so wrong it's right', I tried this jumper on last week but balked at the price of the maxi skirt I'd teamed it with and walked out of River Island in a huff.  However I may just have to go back for it.   And the skirt too, once I get paid of course :)

What's on your wish list this week?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Deja Vu

Are you one of those that has fallen in love with sheer panel polka dot dresses that dominated Stella McCartney's a/w collection, and have been seen on countless celebrities?

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Don't have the designer budget? Never fear, once again ASOS are there to provide a 'touch' of designer inspiration at a palatable price.

Spot mesh dress, £40, ASOS
Get those fingers a'clicking....this is bound to go quickly!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Thing of Beauty

Metallic leather satchel, £110, Cambridge Satchel Company at ASOS

Just a little something to set your weekend off with a bang...incredible yes?

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Wish List Wednesday

It feels a bit fickle to be writing about clothes and beauty when there is so much else going on right now, so my main wish this week is that you and your families are all safe and well.

But I don't know, rather than denouncing all things 'shallow', perhaps it is best to carry on as normal, as best as we can, to prove that mindless idiots can't dominate our every thought.  So here we go, a few pieces from some of my top UK retailers to prove that there are some fabulous things to be proud of in even the bleakest times.

Burgundy chiffon blouse, £35, Topshop

Cream lace belted dress, £35, River Island

Floral maxi dress, £40, Miss Selfridge

Really horrible to see the Manchester store yesterday - here's hoping they get back up
soon as there are some wonderful pieces at the moment.
Mustard belt, £28, Warehouse

Leopard print boots, £60, ASOS

See - something to be proud of.

Hope you all stay safe and this all blows over soon.  I feel so much for all of the people who have lost their homes, cars and livelihoods to this mindless vandalism and hope they can all receive the help they deserve.

Monday, 8 August 2011

What's on my face right now.

As new products make their way into my hands, my make up/skincare routine has changed steadily over the past few months.  This is what I'm loving right now...

Dermalogica Microfoliant

This was thrust into my hands by my mother last time I went to visit, as I lamented the cost of a good cleanser.  Her sensitive skin doesn't need a daily exfoliator, but mine definitely is starting to show the benefits.  It's a funny old product - a water activated powder that promises to even skin tone, reduce uneven pigmentation and clarify.  And it seems to be working pretty well so far! Fingers crossed in a few months my spot scars will be gone and my concealer can be thrust aside.

Illamasqua Skin Base (#8)

As soon as I heard about this foundation I had to get it, but I decided to hold tight and wait until I could get into a store rather than guessing my shade online.  And boy I'm glad I did, as I was matched with a shade about 4 up from what I'd imagined! 

I know a lot of people have had issues with this, primarily due to flaking, but my combination/normal skin loves the stuff.  This may be due in part to the fact that I use a primer first, but the finish is fantastic and lasts ALL day.  One of the main selling points to me was that this doesn't contain SPF.  I don't know why so many foundations do as there will be so little protection from the little blob of foundation, and there is no way it will provide the same coverage as a good sunscreen. By eliminating the spf, the dreaded 'flashback' white face is avoided...hello cameras!!

Mac Prep & Prime Skin

Whilst on the subject of foundation/primer - this is my current 'go-to' primer.  It's my second tube and I am still loving it - just one pump covers my entire face and smoothes my skin perfectly before I apply foundation.  And it definitely cuts down the 'mid-afternoon shine' that has blighted me many a time.  Will it be another re-purchase when this one runs out? I think so!

L'Oreal Lash Architect 4D

I am a cynical mascara purchaser, to say the least.  Being a natural redhead I am 'blessed' with blonde lashes and brows, so a black mascara is never far from my clutches.  I'd heard a few good things about L'Oreal's latest offering and I am so glad I picked this up.  This adds the perfect amount of volume, length and colour without clumps. 

My mascara application method? As much as possible!
I bought this when on offer in Boots (which may be over but is still on at Superdrug) and got a free colour infallible eyeshadow to replace the Mac Brule I smashed a few months ago - thanks magnetic palettes! I am also a big fan of this shadow, which does in fact seem to last all day without a primer...pretty good for a 'drugstore' product.

Mac 'Musky Amethyst'

The only item I picked up from the Semi Precious collection that debuted a few weeks ago, this lipstick is a bit of an unseasonal purchase, but I had been after a rich plum/berry lipstick for about a year and this fitted the bill perfectly.  It's a frost finish so perfect lips are a must, but the colour is exactly what I was after, and the finish means it can be worn as a sheer stain or layered up for a rich vampy pout.  Perfect with soft dewy skin and I can see this sticking with me right through winter.

What are your beauty must haves right now?

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Wish List Wednesday

What a conundrum.  I start to stock up on pieces for my autumn wardrobe and the weather finally heats up, relegating my long sleeved dresses, trousers and knitwear to the back of my wardrobe.

So this week's wishlist is all about transitional items, that can be taken from the humid 30 degree heat we're expecting today, to the cooler climes of September and October....

Sailor blouse, £39, Miss Selfridge

Perfect teamed with jeans or tucked into a skirt, this blouse is light enough for the summer months and the long sleeves and soft colour ensure it will 'work' well into the autumn.

Pink chunky knit sweater, £35.99, Zara
 Ok, so this may not be suitable for the 30 degree daytime heat, but I think it would be the perfect sweater to chuck over a delicate summer dress for those evenings spent lounging in a beer garden.  And as it gets cooler, how lovely would it look over a little skirt and black opaques, or teamed with jeans and pumps?  Definite must buy for me.

Burgundy jersey maxi skirt, £25, River Island
The maxi skirt is one of the best transitional pieces you can get.  Worn with sandals and a vest when it's scorching, or teamed with a leather jacket and ankle boots when it's cool.  And I love the colour (and price) of this River Island number.

Silk printed midi dress, £80, Warehouse
This midi dress is stunning, and would look just as good teamed with sandals as with ankle boots and a leather jacket. 

What's on your wishlist this week?

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Thank you H&M

I've mentioned a few times that my love affair with Topshop has been gradually waning.  I fall in love with items on the website (note my Toppers filled wish lists!) only to see them in store and become instantly disappointed with the poor quality and awkward fit.  The prices are gradually increasing, the hem lines are decreasing (there are many great work dresses I try on that barely skim my bum) and for the past few months I have been looking for somewhere else to shop.

Enter H&;M.

I have been consistently impressed by this store over recent months.  A little while ago I walked the length of Oxford Street and bought something in every H&M on the way.

Last week the autumn/winter catalogue dropped through the door and I was instantly drawn in by the rich colours, flattering shapes and amazing prices.  So when I managed to get to a store last week I scooped up armfuls of new season stock and came out with these two dresses.

They may not be the most original shape (remember the infamous Zara dress sported by Frankie Sandford and copied by a million others?) but there are a few things that make them special.  The length is long enough for office wear, the sleeves go well past the elbow (rather than sitting at that awkward section of the upper arm) and the colours are perfect for autumn.  But the best thing?  It has to be the price.  £14.99 each.  Yep.  Less than 15 quid.

I firmly recommend you get yourself down to H&M sharpish.  Let me know what you get!