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Friday, 11 April 2014

HOLIDAY: MOROCCO PACKING


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Tomorrow morning we are jetting off to Morocco! We're staying by the sea in bohemian Essaouira, rather than in amongst it in Marrakech, but will be taking at least one day trip to experience all the hustle and bustle and hunt down beautiful bowls and kaftans to take home.

When I was starting to put my packing list together, my aim was to add a few fun pieces to my usual holiday wardrobe just to 'Moroccan it up' a bit, as well as ensuring I had clothes which would cover my shoulders and fall below the knee for day trips. In amongst a lace midi dress from ASOS, Topshop tile print leigh jeans and converse (for the camel ride of course!), I've added these beautifully light and colourful print trousers from Topshop and statement, layered jewellery from Topshop and Zara. These will dress up my simple wardrobe pieces, like this structured white Cos dress. The Mango dress I mentioned in my last post will feature on the journey to and from the pool and for lazy breakfasts (it's too short for normal day-time wear in Morocco outside the hotel).

I fell in love with this sequin jacket from Sandro and gold woven Anya Hindmarch clutch on a recent trip to Bicester Village and they'll be delicious for evening drinks. For if and when I need a heel, I've packed these simple chunky sandals from Topshop.

I'll be attempting to take lots of photos so check back soon!

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

MANGO SPRING/SUMMER

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Last summer, Mango did the most perfect embroidered cotton dresses and blouses. I spent much of the late summer (even into winter) kicking myself for not snapping it all up when I had the chance. Pouring over pinterest and spying Mango on tanned limbs in exotic, carefree locations here, there and everywhere. 

But all is not lost - they've done another round of great folk-inspired pieces this year! Perfect for hot summer days and breezy holidays, made for love-worn denim and tan leather sandals. 
I hunt for this sort of thing year on year - they're true summer classics which will never go out of style.

I urge you to get yourself to Mango asap to save your shins from the kicking you'd be sure to inflict upon them if you were to miss the boat. 

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

BEAUTY NEW IN: EVE LOM SHEER RADIANCE TRANSLUCENT POWDER





Ever since I first laid my hands upon a sample of Eve Lom's legendary Cleanser I have been a die-hard fan. I've stocked up on a big pot of the Cleanser and multiple muslin cloths and am this close to nabbing the Morning Time Cleanser too. The Eve Lom website have a great offer on at the moment - they send you a perfect travel sized 30ml pot of Cleanser with every order over £40. Run! 

So - given my new found love for all things Lom, I was very excited about the new make-up offering. I won't lie -  fuelled by Lisa Eldridge's rave review - there may even have been a pre-order.
This powder replaced my Shu Uemura Sheer Face Powder which I've been pretty loyal to over the past few years. However, sometimes I feel it has a bit of a dulling effect on my skin if I'm accidentally a little heavy handed with it. 

When I first tried the Eve Lom powder I was concerned a little too much came out of the brush and it was hard to control how much powder you apply. I'm used to applying my powder with a powder puff rather than a brush and only like a light sweep to mattify around the forehead, nose and chin. However, having used it a few times and become confident with the application I can safely say I LOVE IT! It mattifies perfectly (my number one concern), allows for light application and leaves my face with a nice glow. There is no dusty, powdery look that I sometimes find there is with Shu Uemura. 
It's also the perfect size to pop in your bag for a top up during the day. Perfecto!

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

WISH LIST: FRESH THINKING


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With Spring in the air, I'm lusting after the same sorts of things I always end up hankering for at this time of year. All things fresh, floral, crisp and clean! 

New pjs sets (all perfectly folded neatly in the drawer of course), watercolour florals and jacquard with neon trim? Yes please. Fresh scents come courtesy of Creed's wonderfully hopeful Spring Flower, Diptyque's Menthe Verte candle and a lavender scented oval. 

My attention is also moving towards upcoming trips abroad, starting with Morocco next month! 
So I'm hoping to snare these printed trousers for trips to the souks, a floppy hat (for lounging by the pool) and these cool (yet walkable) chunky heeled sandals would be such a welcome addition to my wardrobe! They'll work with midi dresses and cuffed jeans alike. 


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Sunday, 2 March 2014

50/50 BOOTS IN ACTION



This was a rather spontaneous outfit post - hence the messy, messy background (seriously could not have put together a more hotchpotch background if I'd tried - there's even a bike rack in evidence) and poor lighting!

I'm wearing: Topshop blazer, Whistles sculptured top, Topshop Jamie Jeans, Russell & Bromley Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots and Bijoux by Desi F necklace.

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

NEW IN: STUART WEITZMAN 50/50 BOOTS



 I've admired the 50/50 boots from afar for... well, years. They are just such a classic style that endures year on year. I visited these boots repeatedly before taking the plunge, but they've absolutely been worth it. 

I've often struggled to find boots that go with skirts and dresses as well as jeans, but these boots fit the bill for nigh on every outfit, are incredibly flattering and give such a polished edge. I went for the suede rather than leather because the suede is somehow less in your face. It's more subtle than leather when venturing into over the knee territory. Yes, suede requires a bit more TLC but that's fine with me. 

(Top tip if you're considering the 50/50s: I'm normally a size 3 but ended up getting the boots in a 2.5. I was terrified I'd made a dreadful mistake, but I was right to trust the Russell & Bromley salesperson's advice. These boots do stretch!)

Outfit posts to follow! 

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

NEW IN: PETER PILOTTO FOR TARGET DRESS


So, joyfully, this happened today. My beautiful new Peter Pilotto for Target dress arrived from NET-A-PORTER. I wasted no time in trying it on and prancing around. I'm really pleased with the quality, it is fully lined and there is great movement in the skirt. I'm happily adding it to my other pieces that I'm storing up for the summer - I'm amassing quite the collection!

(Incidentally - yes that is a chicken doorstop in the background. We call him Colin and I think you'll agree he's rather photogenic.) 

If anyone else managed to secure their own little piece of Pilotto I'd love to see it in action! 

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