Friday, 9 October 2015

Jog, Jog, Jogging Along. Again.

If there is one thing I absolutely hate having to do, it's replacing items that are absolute wardrobe essentials for me, which was recently the case with my Baukjen jogging bottoms. When you have a winter wishlist as long as your arm and you have to replace the staples, it pains me somewhat but I knew it was something that had to be done, otherwise I'd have nothing to wear indoors all winter!

Nevis Jogger reduced to £35.

Now these may not be the height of fashion which they were when worn with heels or ankle boots a few seasons ago, but for me they are items I rely on heavily when working from home and not only because they are so comfortable and work well if I just have to slip on a pair of trainers and pop to the Village shops, but ever since I became a dog owner, it's pretty clear that the black leggings I used to lounge around in are no longer an option due to the copious amount of pug hair they end up covered in, which is quite frankly nothing short of gross, so joggers it is.

The two pairs I purchased about two and half years ago really were on their last legs which isn't bad considering for about 8 months of the year I have one pair on and one pair in the wash! So on a cost per wear basis the price is such a massive minus, I honestly feel like I got them for free!

I ordered two pairs and have to say they are both completely different fabrics and also different fabrics from my two previous pairs.  First up the blue denim melange "Bray Jogger" which are like a heavy silky jersey material and classed as a summer jogger but don't worry they aren't ultra thin or anything and I shall be wearing them all winter. Then the pale grey marl "Nevis Jogger" which are far more like a traditional tracksuit bottom with a similar fleecy feel to the inside of the fabric, fab for keeping warm when the temperature drops a tad plus these babies are on sale, so win win if you are after some winter warmers!

Just look at the Baukjen styling of both pairs, kills me every time.......

So let me apologise in advance to all my friends, family and other visitors, because I'm back in uniform! Oh yes the bare legs and dresses are gone and it's joggers and bretons from now till next May. Move along, nothing new here, just a love for some old favorites rekindled! Oh and did I say how I have worn these to travel in whenever I have gone somewhere and its not high summer?  Super comfy!

What are your lounge wear favourites?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Oils Of Life

Its fair to say I am a big Body Shop fan and eagerly await any new collections that are released by the brand especially it's latest range "Oils of Life"  I was intrigued by the use of seed oils in skincare but am impressed with the benefits they offer from an antioxidant, anti-bacterial point of view.

Giving life to a new plant, seeds are one of the most concentrated sources of essential nutrients known to man and Body Shop have incorporated three of these seeds into their new skincare range. Black Cummin, Camellia and Rosehip seed oils sourced from exotic shores, are to your skin what super foods are to your health and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to try these out for myself and have been using them on a daily basis ever since.

First up, the toner, or Essence Lotion as it's called. Now I've been using a spray toner recently so went back to a cotton wool application for this, although of course you could decant into a spray container if you wished. It honestly feels and smells so amazing, I couldn't stop wiping my skin with it the first time I tried it! I honestly thought I would be red raw by the time I had finished, I was hooked on first application oh boy this stuff is intoxicating!

Next was the Facial Oil and to be honest I haven't used a facial oil for years and like many other women worry about being left with a greasy feel or the affects it might have when applying foundation, but all those concerns were and are unfounded because even greasy skin can benefit from a light oil, so don't be put off.  I left it to sink in for a few minutes before I applied moisturiser and it's been totally fine.

Finally the Gel Cream (Moisturiser) whose texture I adore. Light to apply and quick to sink in, its a product junkies dream cream and feels lovely and cool upon application.  I have to admit to having a lot of fun with the facial massager too, although I do look a bit of a fright as my cheeks are rolled somewhat closer to my eyeballs than is normal, but I am sure my skin is grateful for the oxygen this will bring to the surface of my skin.

Check out for the Oils of Life range here with free delivery over £25!

Have you tried Oils of Life yet?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Leopard Lover

Image 3 of Alice & You Animal Print Shift Dress

When you suddenly find your diary full of birthday parties, naming ceremonies and surprise 50th celebrations, 2 of your "go to dresses" are in the dry cleaners who have shut up shop and cleared off to sunnier climes for a fortnight, what is a girl to do? Well it's time to buy a new dress obviously but when you are penny and not style pinching, where is a girl to go for a quick fashion fix?

My dress requirements are short sleeves with a shift or A Line shape, so at least I manage to refine my search, having thousands of dress options gets a little bit daunting for me and can put me off the bigger websites but on this occassion the Asos price points were right, with so many cards and presents to buy over the last few weeks, there was little left in the coffers for a new outfit.

At just £30 the leopard print dress fitted the bill perfectly and although I have always been a massive fan of leopard print and have various accessories and a jacket, I have never had a dress in this timeless print that designers roll out in their collections every season.

Image 2 of Glamorous Tall Animal Print Shift Dress

Simple to throw on and accessorise, its an outfit that takes little on the styling front, the print does all the talking and boy did it get some compliments! I was amazed by my facebook comments and 106 likes - certainly boosted the old girls confidence I can tell you and I look forward to wearing this timeless dress on a few nights out in the run up to Christmas, making it a purse friendly purchase on a "cost per wear" basis (can't beat a bit of fashion maths to justify a purchase or two).

Image 2 of Glamorous Petite Animal Print Shift Dress

Another thing I was really impressed with is that the dress comes in petite, tall and plus size options, so there is a fit and length for all. I will certainly be dropping into Asos again when funds are low and style is high on the agenda, I have a feeling this won't be the first and only dress I purchase from them, my daughters all have prime delivery as they use the site daily around their pay days!

Now it's time to move on to the Leopard Print Ankle Boot search.............

Have you bought a dress from Asos recently?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Grey Boucle Knit Coat:

Having only just returned from holiday last week, I'm loathe to start thinking about Winter Wishlist items.  I have a confession to make - I'm still wearing dresses and bare legs complete with goosebumps, please don't let me cover up the tan just yet!

So chic. This is totally my style and my colors!! Style Inspiration: Shades of Black:

I haven't even trawled through the winter collections on my favourite websites as yet, however there is one thing I know that I want and whether that is bought early on, or goes on the January sales list, I'm not really sure, but it's a grey coat. I know we are supposed to be buying our coats in August but sorry I just can't get my head around that right no. No I need a bit more time to peruse what's around and get the shade of grey right. I will know it when I see it. Or try it.
It does of course have to flatter the apple shape without swamping my 5ft 2 1/2 inch frame, doesn't look like it's gonna be an easy ask and knowing me with my impulsive shopping tendencies I will no doubt buy exactly what I like even if not the most flattering piece of outerwear out there!

Traveling? 25 Comfy-But-Cute Outfits to Wear on the Plane | StyleCaster:

Yes I'm feeling a grey coat, it's a definite "wish" and not "need" item and I'm going to wear it over a completely black outfit. I see it in my head already and by the time you get to read this I shall be off to Pinterest to gather images of gorgeous looking creatures half my age looking ultra chic in my imagined ensemble.
See I kept my promise! Don't they all look lovely?

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I will of course add a nice little collage of what I think are the best around at the moment, do let me know which is your favourite!

1.Whistles Sasha Slim Coat £195.
2.French Connection Apollo Wrap Coat £180.
3.Linea Weekend Coast Ombre Wool Coat £150.
4.Phase Eight Josie Ruched Collar Coat was £180 now £126.
5.Autograph Overcoat with New Wool £129.
6.Asos Coat with Hairy Wool £75.

What piece of outwear is featuring on your A/W wishlist?

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Summer Holiday - Marbella

So the annual pilgrimage to Marbella is over and Teen Boy is back to school tomorrow boo!!!

After a couple of grotty days in the UK since my return home late on Thursday evening its nice to upload a few photos of our 10 nights in the sun in a place that feels like my second home I go there so often!

I managed to go to a couple of places this year that I had never visited before one was El Ancla as recommended by Anne Marie of FashionMumOf40 who is also a regular visitor to the area. We meant to try and get there last year and now really wish we had because I loved this Beach Club with it's enourmous pool, gorgeous white sunbeds and restaurant overlooking the beach. Anne Marie mentioned that she had read about this place some years ago in the Sunday Times "Things To Do Before You Die" - eat Paella at El Ancla, so naturally I did!

We arrived as soon as the pool area opened, booked a table in the restaurant for lunch and lounged around all day, until it closed at 8pm in fact.  Lying there reading my book (which I highly recommend by the way), drinking Margaritas, listening to the chill out music and the waves lapping at the shore was honestly pure heaven for a day so I wanted to make the most of it.

Its strange how you can be going somewhere for years but not have heard of great places like El Ancla. In fact I was shocked that the couple we have rented an apartment from for years now (ever since the H10 went adult only) hadn't even heard of this place and they live there!

We also visited Naga another Anne Marie restaurant recommendation and also one of some friends of mine who own an apartment out there and who we met up with on the Friday for the day.  Once they told us they eat there frequently, we rang and booked a table and was really impressed. I opted for a traditional Green Curry and it was delicious but I also got to taste some of the other dishes ordered by other members of the family and can confirm the Crispy Duck was on another level completely. Very impressed and will go back here for sure also. It's located just past the end of El Corte Ingles - look over to your right and you will see it. Well worth a visit.

After having spent 6 weeks before I went away clean eating and cutting out sugar (didn't lose an ounce by the way - gutted) it was fair to say this holiday was all about relaxing and eating some great food.  Tapas in the old town with an obligatory Cosmopolitan..............

and no visit would be complete without dinner at La Sala where the Pork Belly is quite possibly my favourite meal in the whole world. I mean who can really get the crackling that spot on?

I still haven't got over the Valentino Rockstud obsession so had to pop into El Corte Ingles to take a peek at the various styles and colours around this season and although there are 6 different shoes on my phone, naturally I choose to share the leopard print ones with you! Aren't they just divine?

I also had a shifty round the perfume department and can confirm I have fallen hook, line and sinker for the new Paco Rabanne Olympia (strong and lasts ages - great for nights out) and a Roberto Cavalli (hated it at first but once it changed from it's initial smell, I spent the whole evening sniffing my arm - it was intoxicating! The one in the pink box - Just Cavalli).  The two bottles of Jo Malone I took with me, although beautiful looking - they just don't last long enough so these two will be going on my Birthday and Xmas lists for sure. I've never had a scent from either of these brands, usually opt for what I consider a more classy fragrance but when you fall in love, what can you do?

It sounds stupid but for the first time ever and after 13 visits to the area, I was actually choked up as we pulled away from the apartment.  It was only the thought of cuddles with my beautiful grand child that got me through.

Looks like there could possibly be a "girlie" one next May - so until next time Marbella xx


Monday, 6 July 2015


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Michael Michael Kors Crepe Jumpsuit now £64.

You gotta love a bargain and I certainly feel in my element during sale time! Nothing gets my adrealine racing like snapping up a bargain, it's far more exciting than being able to pick up something desirable at full price and not having to worry about the outcome - it really must be boring being well off enough to buy what you want when you want but somehow I think I would always be searching for great deals and investment purchases even if I did happen to win the lottery if I'm honest.

My daughter gets staff discount at NAP so I am always on the lookout for designer desirables at bargain basement prices so check out my edit of  favourite summer pieces to take you through this season and many more to come!

1. Paul Andrew Tan Espa Leather Sandals was £255 now £76.50 (70% off) - fab classic tan sandals, nice big buckles, espadrille sole - whats not to love? 
2. Needle and Thread Tiered Chiffon Maxi was £175 now £87.50 (50% off) - I adore the embellishment used on every piece this brand has to offer and this dress would see you through many an occassion as well as hot holiday evenings - gorgeous!
3. Zoe Karsssen Joggers was £95 now £47.50 (50%) off - I can't tell you how much I wear my joggers around the house! I really do live and die in them during the colder months and they make great Sunday sofa attire!
4. Zimmermann Fully Reversible Swimsuit was £235 now £94 (60% off) - Hand Luggage only? No problem with this fully reversible swimsuit to free up room in your carry on. Two looks for the price of one - no that's what I call a bargain!
5. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Plated Faux Pearl Cuff was £120 now £60 (50% off) - Love the simplicity of this cuff and it's ability to accessory any outfit easily and beautifully.
6. Saint Laurent D Frame Sunglasses was £195 now £97.50 (50% off) - These are Saint Laurent, they are half price. I have a sunglasses addiction. Enough said.
7. Equipment Silk Camo Shirt was £295 now £88.50 (70% off) - No Fashion Editors wardrobe is without a classic Equipment silk shirt. Get your hands on this pastel camo version to dress up indigo, black or white denim for nights out or take it down a notch and pair yours with shorts and sandals for a laid back summer vibe.
8. Michael Kors Selma Mini Bag was £140 now £98 (30% off) - Add a pop of colour to breton stripes and white summer dresses with this super cute bag that can be worn on your shoulder or across body.

Have you picked up any designer bargains this summer?

Friday, 3 July 2015

SAEA Summer Staples - The Tan Wedge

Brides: Get the Look: Steal Kate Middleton's White Zimmermann Dress

Tan flat sandals were my footwear wish list item of choice last summer and this year see's the tan wedge making its way onto my list of most desired footwear for the season.

I honestly don't think you can beat a tan sandal whether flat or high with a white summer dress as demonstrated by the Duchess of Cambridge above.

I am also a big fan of tan shoes with black, navy, breton stripes and of course denim, so this for me makes a tan wedge a sure fire summer footwear staple.

Ever mindful of heel height I just can't cope with anything too high, it really has become a struggle to walk in anything topping the 3 inch mark and finding something that is still on trend and comfortable isn't always the easiest thing, in fact I trawled virtually every website known to man for my edit and just had to sneak in a bargain New Look pair which I know are way too high for me but I love them anyway!

KG By Kurt Geiger Nelly Sandals £99.   Phase Eight Bonnie Sandals was £89 now £39 here and here. Jigsaw Lia Wedge £89. New Look Cut Out Wedges was £27 now £20.50. Carvela Sophie Sandals was £95 now £59.

Do you own a pair of tan wedges or are they also on your wishlist?