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

frankoriginalbodyscrub


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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Sunday, 21 June 2015

today i'm wearing...

Topshop Boutique black ponyskin skirt

Whistles Tilla grey suede mules

Whistles Axel bubbleskin leather navy jacket

Can't get enough of this jacket. I love how navy goes with absolutely everything.

Topshop t-shirt / similar here
Topshop Boutique ponyskin skirt / similar here
Whistles Tilla mules / similar here
& Other Stories bag / similar here


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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

today i love… the wednesday wish list



A brief makeover for the Monday wish list in the form of the Wednesday wish list for this week only, for no other reason than that I'm ridiculously busy and behind on everything at the moment…

You can't go wrong with a trench. I think I love this khaki version even more than the normal beige. It's very simple and perennial: a true classic. Needs nothing more than black jeans, a white tee and slides.

2. Reiss Harlem black leather panel skirt / £110 (reduced from £189)
If you haven't got a simple black leather pencil skirt in your wardrobe yet, you need one pronto. This Reiss beauty is perfect and what's more, it's in the sale. Winner.

3. & Other Stories open toe leather mules / £47 (reduced from £95)
As with the leather skirt above, my second sale pick of the week goes to another item I think everyone needs to have in their arsenal. I have to admit I thought mules were a flash in the pan trend, but they're still going strong. I wear mine all the time. These are a great little pair at an even better price.

Everyone needs a good solid black tote which can work for any occasion and go with any outfit. Whistles have produced just that in this sturdy leather version, which is perfectly simple and non-showy, yet has just enough detail to be that little bit special.

I've heard very good things about this coffee body scrub from Australian brand Frank, which claims to sort everything from eczema to acne. What I need is something to sort out my dry winter skin and get it summer ready, and this promises to be just the ticket. I was very impressed to see they offer free delivery on all orders: a rare treat and the power of which should never be underestimated. I always think it makes me about 50% more likely to order anything. So needless to say it's on its way to me. I'll give you my verdict soon.

Like my skin, my hair is feeling pretty parched right now and in need of some TLC. This mask enriched with olive oil promises to restore dehydrated, damaged locks to their former glory. Sign me up.


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Thursday, 11 June 2015

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Axel navy bubbleskin leather jacket

Zara black mules

Topshop white Jamie jeans

Larsson & Jennings CM silver watch

Alexander Wang black Prisma tote

I snapped up this beautiful navy leather jacket in Whistles' 20% off event a couple of weeks ago and have been deliberating since then over whether to keep it. Not because I had any doubts over its beautiful, butter-soft navy appearance, but more because even at 20% off it wasn't cheap, and I've been spending too much money lately (as ever!) Of course the day after I did decide to keep it, it went in the sale (typical!) but my size had sold out anyway, so I don't have any regrets. As soon as I shrugged it over my shoulders I knew it was love. Just like all my favourite things it is a perennial classic (leather) but with a little twist (navy). Perfect.

Zara mules / similar here
Alexander Wang Prisma tote / similar here
Larsson & Jennings CM watch /


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Monday, 8 June 2015

today i'm wearing...

H&M leopard jacket

Topshop black Jamie jeans

Whistles mini Onslow bucket bag

You might think that this jacket is unusually non-minimalist for me, but actually I almost think of leopard print as a neutral. It's one of the few prints I'll be seen in, and it goes with absolutely everything, particularly a nude bucket bag and kick ass boots.

PS, Happy birthday to the lovely guy who took these photos for me!

H&M leopard jacket / similar here
& Other Stories t-shirt / similar here
Zara zip boots / similar here
Whistles mini Onslow bag / similar here
Larsson & Jennings CM silver watch /


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Saturday, 6 June 2015

today i'd love to wear...