Monday, 3 August 2015

today i'm wearing...

Michael Michael Kors leather leggings

Topshop white mesh bomber

Kurt Geiger leopard crossbody bag

Zara nude sandals

The unpredictable British summer weather can be very difficult to dress for, but I do like when it allows somewhat unorthodox combinations such as leather trousers with a light mesh jacket. And I always save my favourite orange-red lipstick for warmer weather.

Topshop mesh bomber jacket / similar here
& Other Stories top / similar here
Michael Michael Kors leather leggings / similar here
Zara nude sandals / similar here
Kurt Geiger bag / similar here
NARS lipstick in Heat Wave /


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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

today i'm reviewing… grown alchemist anti-oxidant treatment serum

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I'm pretty much obsessed with Australian beauty brand Grown Alchemist, whose products boast not only divine packaging and heavenly scents but pretty reasonable prices, too. But do they do what they say on the tin?

I've got a few of their products but I've chosen to review the face serum because it's a particular beauty product that has so far eluded me. I've tried numerous serums but have never been taken with any of them. I was particularly put off after splashing out £42 on REN's rose serum only to find it smelled faintly fishy and didn't really do much. Happily, though, I think I've finally found my serum Holy Grail. The viscosity is perfect: not quite as runny as an oil (and less greasy), but not oddly thick and creamy like a couple of serums I've tried. It does need to be dispensed carefully as a little goes a long way and it will run off your face if you go overboard. And admittedly it can be tricky to get the perfect amount: I found I was using way too much at first, but if you don't use enough it doesn't feel as satisfying. But after a little trial and error I generally found that a centimetre's worth from the dropper is about right. A huge plus for me is that it smells absolutely gorgeous: like fresh rose petals, and if you know me, you know I'm obsessed with all things rose. The scent is luxurious and expensive, and it feels that way on your skin, too. Rub in smoothly with circular motions on a cleansed (and/or toned) face, and follow up with your usual moisturiser (unless you have very oily skin, in which case you could probably use it alone).

It's hard to quantify the effects of one facial product versus all the others I use simultaneously, but I do think it's left my face smoother and feeling more deeply nourished (I only use it at night, mind you, as it is probably too greasy for daytime). I also just really love applying it: it feels and smells wonderful. The only negative is that 20ml doesn't go a very long way, but then again I was using too much at first so if you're reasonably sparing you'll get a good amount of use out of it. Plus, it means I need to use less moisturiser so that's indirectly saving me money. The real test, though, is that I'm definitely going to buy it again. That for me is the ultimate decider.

Results: ****
Hard to quantify, but I love the way it makes my skin feel.
Packaging: *****
Beautiful. The perfect addition to any bathroom shelf.
Scent: *****
Gorgeous: fresh, sophisticated rose.
Cost: ***
Not exactly a bargain, but well worth it.
Overall: ****


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Saturday, 25 July 2015

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Monday, 13 July 2015

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Axel navy bubbleskin leather jacket

Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Zara quilted leather slides

Alexander Wang lizard black Prisma tote

& Other Stories black t-shirt

H&M denim shorts

Sorry for the blog silence lately. Just super busy at the moment but hopefully life should calm down in a couple of weeks. In the meantime here's a long overdue outfit post from the weekend. I love a good pair of ugly slides teamed with classic denim shorts, and not forgetting my new favourite navy leather jacket thrown on top. Oh, and a rarely seen accessory: a smile!

H&M denim shorts / similar here
Alexander Wang Prisma tote / mesh version here
Ray-Ban Wayfarers /


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Monday, 6 July 2015

today i love… the monday wish list



The reviews for this oil are pretty amazing. It's not cheap so it's a hell of a gamble, but maybe I'll be feeling flush enough one day to give it a try.

You can always rely on the Outnet to provide a great selection of discounted bags, especially Alexander Wang beauties (it's where I got my Prisma tote). I love this squashy black clutch with rose-gold hardware.

Last week's heatwave had me craving simple throw-on dresses which need little more than a really good bag and a pair of slides. This silky shirt dress is perfect.

Lace-up shoes are feeling very summer '15 appropriate. These would be perfect with the above dress, in fact. Or skinny jeans, a basic tee and leather jacket on a more normal English summer day.

5. Tom Dixon Hex bowl / £42.50 (reduced from £50)
Tom Dixon's metallic interior accessories are the stuff of home decor dreams. This hammered copper bowl would be perfect for fruit, bathroom essentials or even just on its own looking beautiful.

Despite the dodgy tan lines that might ensue, I'm obsessed with any scallop-edged swimwear. The flattering cut and deep V of this swimsuit would be perfect for the start of the holiday when you're not quite feeling up to beach goddess status just yet.


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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

today i'm wearing...

Topshop white mesh bomber

Topshop three strap heels

Larsson & Jennings CM silver watch

Whistles nude bucket bag

Topshop Boutique leather shorts

Finally some proper summer weather, so the perfect excuse to break out the leather shorts that have been sitting patiently in my wardrobe for a couple of months. I love the raw hems and the fact that unlike my other 3 pairs of leather shorts (slightly addicted), these babies are work-appropriate. Winner.

Topshop mesh bomber jacket / similar here
& Other Stories t-shirt / similar here
Topshop Boutique leather shorts / similar here
Topshop sandals / similar here
Whistles Onslow mini bucket bag / similar here
Larsson & Jennings CM silver watch /


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Friday, 26 June 2015

today i'm reviewing… frank body original coffee scrub

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Welcome to a new category on the blog: beauty reviews. Lately I've been spending almost as much on beauty products as I do on fashion (basically addicted to SpaceNK and FeelUnique), so I thought it was only right to expand the scope of the blog a little. Let me start off by saying that my reviews will never be paid for or influenced, or anything other than my own honest unbiased opinion. First up: Frank original body scrub.

I'd heard a whisper on the social media grapevine about Australian brand Frank's body scrub, and when I read in Grazia a few weeks ago that it was newly available in the UK, I knew I had to try it. It wasn't until I perused the brand's website and Instagram that I realised quite what a cult following it has. This coffee-based scrub claims to treat everything from acne to excema, and the customer reports on the hashtag #thefrankeffect are pretty astonishing. I have to say, I take this all with a pinch of salt, and I wasn't expecting miracles from it. I was, however, expecting a really good body scrub.

And happily, that's exactly what I got. I've invested in too many lacklustre scrubs in my time: ones that barely tickle you and don't so much exfoliate as lather. What you really want is something tough, rough and scratchy, to really get rid of all that dead skin. And that's exactly what this is. Essentially you scoop up handfuls of coffee granules (well, along with salt, sugar, almond and orange oil) and rub them all over yourself. Then you stand there looking as though you've been rolling around in soil for 10 minutes to let the ingredients do their thing. Finally you rinse off and reveal super duper baby-smooth skin. Now I've only used the scrub once so I can't comment on its long-term effects (I'll try and remember to come back and update you). But two days after using it my skin is still amazingly soft and my whole bathroom smelled amazing for hours. It is a bit of a faff and a bit of a mess, but that's totally worth it, if you ask me. The cherry on the cake is the price: under £12 and free delivery is an absolute winner in my book.

Results: *****
In a nutshell, does what it says on the tin.
Packaging: ****
I'd prefer it in a pot than a sachet, but I love the logo and marketing of the brand.
Scent: *****
A delicious heady mix of coffee and orange.
Cost: *****
Very good value for money.
Overall: *****


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