Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bridal Make-Up At The Bobbi Brown Counter And Boho Chic For Grown Ups At Monsoon

With a day out to Canterbury planned for yesterday, I was hoping to have a good look around a few shops that seem to have lots of stuff I love online and report back. Sadly things never ever go as planned! Well not in my world anyway. My eldest daughter picked me up at 9.30 and we just about made her 10.30 appointment at the Bobbi Brown counter in Fenwick on time. A bridal make-up run through and before you know it, it's gone midday. The MUA had another makeover waiting and we hadn't even decided what pieces to buy at this stage, nor have time for me to test out some colours that were on my Product Junkie radar!  So we headed off for a bite to eat, no time for the school holiday queues in Wagamamma's (much to my daughters disgust) instead a baguette and a coffee in the sunshine before her 1pm wedding dress fitting, which took 1 1/2 hours, then back to Bobbi's counter for a 2.30pm where I finally got to try out the products and colours I wanted, make a purchase or two, beg for freebie samples and before you know it, it's 3.30 and I haven't even looked at an item of clothing which wasn't ivory and covered in lace all day, grr, grr and treble grrrrrrr.

As we walked past Monsoon on the way back to the car park, I begged for a quick look around and my eldest indulged me (thankfully) as I have been falling more and more in love with Monsoon ever since the very first Yasmin Le Bon campaign and with Boho chic being high on every fashionista's radar thanks to Isabel Marant, what do you do if a) you can't afford Marant or b) feel you are just a tad too old for this seasons ethnic offerings from Mango? Well you pop into Monsoon of course!

If I didn't have my daughters wedding drawing ever closer and a hen party in Puerto Banus three weeks tomorrow, I could have done some serious monetary damage in Monsoon today. Sad that I couldn't, as I can imagine wafting around in the sunshine in a few of their gorgeous pieces. Le sigh.

Always drawn to a white top, as soon as picked this up Chloe said "that is so you" which of course it is because it is loose, off white in colour and will look fab with jeans and sandals. Pearl Kaftan £29 here.

I looked in my wardrobe this morning and realised there is an awful lot of navy, but I still want this, desperately! Liberty Embroidered Top £45 here.

Yet another white top to love, just pass me a pair of denim shorts! Summa Swing Top £29 here.

If you are looking to do that whole boho dress with bare legs and cute ankle boots thing this spring then this black dress fits the bill perfectly. I'd probably wear it with tan sandals but either way it's the perfect piece to rock the trend this time round. Helena Embroidered Dress was £79 now £59 here.

The store in Canterbury isn't the biggest Monsoon I've been in, I've found stacks more stuff with the bohemian vibe online to add to the wishlist! I think I might sell my whole wardrobe and just wear the one brand this summer! I really am in love!

Farah Heritage KaftanEmma Embroidered TopJamila Top

Ameline Printed KimonoAragon Embroidered Maxi DressDiego Denim Dress

And what did I decide to wear for our day out?

Last seasons Monsoon Camilla quilted jacket of course!

Are you shopping boho chic this season?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Steal Her Style - Elle McPherson (Fab At Fifty)

Just in case you were on planet Zog the other week, Elle McPherson celebrated her 50th birthday (yes you read that correctly) with friends over dinner at Zuma. 
To look that good at such an age, one can only assume she over indulged in a plate of lettuce leaves washed down with some very expensive water and bathed in the urine of a siberian tiger before she left home.  Either that or she has an amazing surgeon who keeps the facial wrinkles at bay and the cellulite zapped before it can even make it's way to her thighs. Jealous, me, never. OK just a teeny bit. How gorgeous is she?

I don't like to encourage women of a certain age to wear black bra's under white jumpers, but if you would like to get the rest of her look on the high street and look as chic as Elle in her on trend whites, shop away. I know I quite fancy going out for dinner in a similar outfit although somehow I don't think I'd look that good!

 Classic Link Bracelet £88 J.Crew. Glam 2 Desire Nail Laquer £15 Michael Kors. Bailey Court Shoes £99 Kurt Geiger. Mango Slim Fit Trousers £34.99. Cotton Waffle Jumper £38 Oasis.

Have you been celebrity style stalking lately?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Lets Have A Little Fun

I hope you enjoyed the Quiz on behalf of Nigel O'Hara Jewellers, don't forget to let me know who was your celebrity style twin, I was Orlando Bloom!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Spring Style - Day Time Uniform

Not exactly the most stylish of outfits you will see me in, but certainly one I do wear on a daily basis when I'm not up to much! Luckily I haven't had to do the school run for almost two years now, but if I did, with joggers and trainers becoming my daytime uniform of late, this would be exactly the kind of outfit I would wear.  Instead this look is reserved for lounging around at home (OK so not lounging so much, more walking the dogs, housework, ironing and being surgically attached to my laptop) and if I need to pop out to the village, or maybe visiting a local friend for a coffee, to me this the perfect casual daytime look, comfortable but with the addition of classic pieces (the trench, cross body bag in black) and an injection of trend led pieces (trainers, joggers).  

I was looking for an across body bag that would work for both day and evening looks and this one certainly does the job. I also often just tuck the strap in if I want a classic black clutch so this has proved to be the perfect bag for me and my needs.

It has felt quite liberating to not wear jeans everyday since I bought two pairs of the Baukjen joggers last spring, especially as I can wash and tumble dry these and if hung up quick enough, they don't need ironing - result!

Mac - Gap old, similar here.
T-shirt - Dorothy Perkins here.
Necklace - Wallis, similar here.
Joggers - Baukjen, old but still available here.
Trainers - New Balance available here and here.
Sunglasses - Chanel available here.
Bag - Anya Hindmarch Mini Gracie old but still available on sale here
I also love the full size Gracie shoulder bag available here.

What does your casual daytime uniform consist of?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Product Junkie - Origins Precipitation Extra Continuous Moisture For Very Dry Skin

When compiling my December Birthday and Christmas present list, you can pretty much bet your life that along with scented candles, make-up and all the usual girlie type stuff I ask for, there is always a body lotion or cream of sorts that makes the cut.

Seeing as I have been taking a little extra care to avoid as many nasties on my skin as possible (sulphate free shampoo and the like) I was looking for a hard core body moisturiser that was paraben free and jam packed full of natures goodies, so the Origins Precipitation Extra Continuous Body Moisturiser was the one I chose and very luckily received.

I have to confess I am becoming a bit obsessed with the thought that our skin is our biggest organ so why would we want to cover it in aluminium and the like? I'm probably a bit old now to be concerned about this, but hopefully it is something I am making my kids aware of, although you need to forget the deodorants from the Health Food Shop, they just don't work.

I've only just recently started using it as all my other lotions and potions have now well and truly run out and for a product that promises so much, it certainly lives up to it's name.  With my skin dry from not just old age, but the effects of winter, this wonder cream which due to it's thick consistency led me to believe it would be greasy upon contact and hard to absorb, was actually none of those things. Yes it is thick but it sinks into the skin really quickly, I can't stand creams that take forever to rub in, I simply don't have time.

Buy Origins Precipitation™ Extra Continuous Moisture Recovery For Very Dry Skin, 200ml Online at
£28 At John Lewis.

It has a very subtle scent which reminds me of an Aveda hair mist I used to use when I worked in London many years ago, hard to describe, but no fear of it overpowering your favourite fragrance if you bathe or shower before a night out, but attractive enough to make you feel gorgeous if you are just putting your pj's on and jumping into bed.  At least I won't have to wrack my brains over an array of body products in future, I'm definitely sticking with this one and no longer concerned about the drying effects the coming summer will have on my skin.  

Do you have a favourite body cream or lotion? 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Deeper And Deeper

Images via Pinterest

To say I've had a bit of a "thing" for the deep turn up jeans from MIH is a bit of an understatment. Certainly a fashion bloggers/editors favourite with plenty of sightings back at February's Fashion Week.

With the ever popular Phoebe jeans having a starting price tag of £185 going up to £220, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that us mere mortals with a budget for high street denim won't be getting a look in when it comes to the slouchy, boyfriend jeans with their deep turn ups, so I wondered if there was a way I could replicate the trend without breaking the bank or even better, actually spending any money. 

I don't own a pair of boyfriend jeans (only Current Elliott Dads Jeans - years old and hardly ever worn - massive, your dad is bigger than your boyfriend obviously), nor do I own any jeans that haven't had at least six inches lobbed off the bottom by a seamstress. Or so I thought. And then I stumbled across a pair in a pile on the shelf in my wardrobe which I remembered I had never had taken up, I always wore these with the bottoms rolled up. About twenty three times. Perhaps these could be the perfect pair to try and replicate the deeper and deeper micro trend.

The jeans are probably about three years old, the style is called "cherry" and they were from Oasis, so my first concern was if they would still fit, but luckily they are a very soft and stretchy denim, tighter than when last worn, thats for sure, but I can still do them up at least! They are described as a skinny jean but I have pairs that are far skinner, never mind as long as I can do the deep turn up thingy, I'm not really bothered.

Complete bloody result I never gave these the chop, they may not be slouchy but I am loving the turn up, so will press this baby in with the iron and reinvent them into something channelling the look I currently love.  Sometimes it's not so bad being a short arse!

Shop the MIH Phoebe jeans here and the full range of "cherry" jeans at Oasis here. I was shocked to find Oasis still do the "cherry" but I would definitely recommend them for softness and comfort and the fact mine had loads of wear a few years back and are still in great condition - a thumbs up for high street denim.

So do not fear if you are buying new jeans either skinny or boyfriend and normally need to have them taken up, as for this season at least, just turn them up, press with a hot iron and save your self a few quid!

Have you ever reinvented any old garments in the name of fashion?  Have you ever bought either MIH or Oasis jeans?

* Playing around with photo's - has anybody else realised that if you upload from phone straight into blogger app they come out blurry and horrid? Er why?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Bohemian Spirit

Whenever I am online window shopping (which is pretty much everyday) I have began to realise there is a bit of a theme going on.
Just show me a top in white or cream that features either lace, embroidery, crochet or broderie anglaise and I fall hook, line and sinker in love with not just the prettiness, but also the ease of which a top like this can be worn.  They work beautifully with jeans and take your outfit up a notch from the usual t-shirt/jean combo and I love them with denim shorts and tan sandals on holidays and warm summer days. Perhaps there is something to being born in the 1960's that brings about a deep seated affection for a bohemien vibe. Peace man and all that!

Buy Phase Eight Corrina Crochet Top, White Online at
Corina Crochet Top £49 Phase Eight

Buy Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Floral Embroidered Top Online at
John Lewis Collection Floral Embroidered Top £49 

Buy GĂ©rard Darel Ecru Shirt, Ecru Online at
Gerard Darel Ecru Shirt £185

Buy French Connection Fluid Crepe Lace Panel Shirt, Daisy White Online at
Fluid Crepe Lace Top £69 French Connection

J Crew Silk Crepe De Chine Top £150

J.Crew  outfit

See what I mean about styling them with your shorts? Such a great look for summer, especially if you are lucky enough to have legs like two bits of string gah!

Isabel Marant 
Tess embroidered Gauze Top £315 Isabel Marant

Although the Marant would be top of the wishlist (lottery win required) I think you will agree there are some gorgeous options to achieve this look on the high street.

Luckily I have a Ecru coloured one which I wore out the other day. It has lace detail on the yoke and the sleeves, with a scattering of broderie anglaise throughout, so when all else fails, I chuck this on with jeans and with Charlie on his first day of the Easter Holidays, I tried my hardest to pose for a photo which is so so hard, I am so uncomfortable having my photo taken and I have to say I didn't realise how bad the smog was until I saw these pictures, or perhaps it is just the unskilled teenage photographer in charge of my iphone?

Top - c/o Great Plains (old)
Jeans -  Paige Denim (old)
Bag - Givenchy here
Shoes - Jimmy Choo here.

What is your favourite "throw on" top with jeans?