Saturday, 31 January 2015

today i'm wearing...

ASOS leather pencil skirt

Whistles fashioned rib knit jumper

3.1 Phillip Lim marine 31 minute clutch

Zara ponyskin ankle boots

Can never go wrong with a good texture clash if you ask me: knitwear, leather and ponyskin are a match made in heaven. Oh, and the lovely silver mesh of my beautiful new watch helps, too.

Whistles jumper / similar here
ASOS leather skirt / similar here
Zara ponyskin boots / similar here
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 minute clutch /
Larsson & Jennings watch /


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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

today i'm wearing...

ASOS black split front skirt

Zara leather zip boots

Whistles mini Verity rucksack

Whistles grey knitted jumper

This skirt was one of those "I've already bought way too much in the sales but damn, I need this" buys. And I'm so glad I caved in. Reduced to just £17, it's one of the most flattering skirts I own. It's both comfortable and elegant (no mean feat for a high-waisted piece), plus I love the front slit detail.

Whistles jumper / similar here
Zara boots / similar here
Whistles mini Verity rucksack /


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Saturday, 24 January 2015

today i want… eclectic by tom dixon candles

eclectic by tom dixon candle gift set


I have a lot of friends who think my obsession with candles borders on the well, shall we say, ridiculous. "How can you possibly need so many candles?" "Seriously, another candle?!" "It cost how much?!" "You're literally burning money!" But to them I say… I don't care. I love them. Genuinely there is little in this world that makes me happier than coming home from a shopping trip with a brand new Diptyque beauty, sealed in its perfect pristine white box, and lighting it for the first time to inhale the most wonderful aroma. Even just looking at them all lined up on my windowsill makes me happy. OK, yes, I am a little weird, but I'm sure there are some fellow candle-philes out there who understand. Anyway, back to the point. My latest obsession is these metallic beauties from Tom Dixon. They're just so minimalist and perfect. The scents are deep, intoxicating and decadent and they come with perfect little marble lids. I simply can't decide which one I like best, so it will have to be the gift set of all three. If only I hadn't just had Christmas and my birthday… Random end of January present to myself perhaps? One thing's for sure: my candle addiction knows no bounds. These will be mine sooner rather than later. Sorry, bank balance and naysaying friends…


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Thursday, 22 January 2015

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Tyler boyfriend jeans

Alexander Wang Prisma lizard tote

Zara black leather court shoes

Whistles Kumiko navy faux fur coat

Enjoying the new silhouette of these jeans. It's trickier to find the right footwear with boyfriend denim though: my usual shoe of choice, the ankle boot, doesn't quite cut it. You can't go wrong with a failsafe court, although going sockless in this weather isn't exactly ideal...

Whistles Kumiko navy faux fur coat / in black here
Zara grey cashmere jumper / similar here
Zara shoes / similar here
Alexander Wang Prisma tote / in matte black here


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Sunday, 18 January 2015

today i'm wearing...

Zara grey cashmere jumper

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli burgundy medium

Michael Michael Kors leather leggings

Whistles Tilla grey suede mules

Sorry for the blog silence over the last few days; I've just been taking a little birthday break. But I'm back now (one year older, gulp) so here's a look from a few days ago. Picked up this super soft cashmere knit in the Zara sale (along with a camel v-necked version) which is the perfect length to team with my leather leggings. Add to that my favourite new Whistles mules (obsessed with these) and it's the perfect greyscale combo.

Zara cashmere jumper / similar here
Michael Michael Kors leather leggings / similar here
Whistles Tilla mules / in black here
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli medium / in black here


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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

today i love… my top ten beauty tips

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This isn't a beauty blog and I don't claim to be an expert, but believe me when I say I have tried hundreds of products and learned a hell of a lot through trial and error. Also, I used to have bad skin as a teenager so I really had to learn how to use beauty products and make-up properly (don't ever trust beauty advice from someone who's had perfect skin all her life!) So here are the top ten rules I swear by. I hope they're useful!

1. Use a proper cleanser, every night.
Wipes are totally useless, and even normal face washes that you just splash water on your face to remove won't get rid of your make-up properly. Eve Lom's cleanser deserves its reputation as the best, for two reasons: it's gently exfoliating, and you remove it with a hot muslin cloth. This means you're wiping away every trace of make-up and leaving your skin properly clean. Liz Earle is the second best if you're on a budget.

2. Wear SPF 50, all day, every day.
If there's one thing I could go back and tell my teenage self it would be to start using SPF 50 on my face every day, much earlier than I did. Not even mentioning the risk of skin cancer, nothing ages your skin faster than the sun. And yes, that means SPF 50 all day, every day, even in the dark wintry rain. I recommend SunSense Daily Face.

3. Don't scrimp on lipsticks.
Some items of make-up, like mascara, aren't worth splurging on. I tend to just buy whichever one's on offer and I've never really found a firm favourite. But when it comes to lipstick, it really is worth buying a better brand. Cheaper versions will flake, run and dry out your lips. My absolute favourite formula is NARS' semi-matte (I'm wearing this above, shade Fire Down Below), but Chanel and YSL lipsticks are also lovely. Of course, it helps that the packaging is beautiful for these brands, too.

4. Talking of lipstick… Learn to apply it properly.
So many people just put one coat of lipstick on straight from the bullet and within an hour the colour's bleeding all over the place and has disappeared from the centre of their mouth. Here's how to do it in a nutshell: line your lips with a nude pencil. Apply the first coat using a lip brush. Blot, then apply a second coat from the bullet. VoilĂ . I learned this from the brilliant Lisa Eldridge's video.

5. When to comes to foundation, finding the right shade is paramount.
No matter how expensive your foundation is, if you don't have the perfect colour, it will look awful. End of story. There really is nothing worse than an orange tidemark on the jawline. If you're as pale as I am this can be tricky, but don't settle for anything less than an exact colour match (ignore anyone who recommends going a shade lighter or darker than your skin tone). I read somewhere that you should take a couple of little travel pots into the store and decant a small amount of a few testers. Then take them home and try them out (on your jawline) in natural daylight. Don't stop until you've found a shade that disappears into your skin: that's the one you want. For me it's Barbara Daly moisture foundation in Porcelain.

6. Eyeshadow primer will change your life.
I'm still annoyed I only discovered this last year. I spent my life up until then re-blending my eyeshadow at about 2pm every day when it had all gathered into creases on my eyelids. No more. Since I've been using Urban Decay's primer potion, my eyeshadow looks exactly the same 24 hours after applying it. Seriously a game changer.

7. Don't underestimate liquid eyeliner.
A lot of women say mascara would be their desert island make-up item, but liquid eyeliner's mine (Rimmel Exaggerate, to be precise). Nothing will make you look instantly more wide awake. Plus it'll transform your look if you've got tiny eyes like mine. The key is to apply very close to the lash line so you don't get that telltale gap between lash and liner. And the trick to getting a smooth kitten flick? Practice.

8. Dewy is key.
One cardinal sin I often see is over-powdering. There's nothing less flattering than a flaky, dull, matt face. Especially because I've got pretty dry skin, I'm always snapping up products which promise to give that dewy, babyfaced glow: primers, highlighters, light-reflecting everything. I apply NARS pro-prime under my foundation for a glow that's not shiny or shimmery, mix Soap & Glory Glow Lotion with my foundation and then only powder the T-zone to set my concealer. I also use a shimmery blush (NARS Orgasm) and, if I have time, dab a little Benefit High Beam on my cheekbones, under eyebrows and above the cupid's bow.

9. Good brushes are essential.
Take it from me: splash a silly amount of money on brushes as a one off (just close your eyes and hand over that credit card) and you won't regret it. They'll be with you for life. Better yet, do what I did and snap up a Laura Mercier travel brush set in the sale. I've been using mine daily for two years and only one of them is starting to lose its fibres. No matter how good your products, if you don't have good tools to apply them with it won't matter.

10. Treat the problem from the inside.
Above all: don't throw expensive skincare at the problem. If you've got bad skin, you need to treat it from the inside. At the end of the day what really worked for me was Roaccutane. Different solutions suit different people, but don't spend all your money on products promising to work wonders: go see a dermatologist. They really know what they're doing.


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Monday, 12 January 2015

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Tyler boyfriend jeans

Whistles navy merino wool jumper

Whistles mini Verity rucksack

It felt very strange to be wearing a different style of jean after years of nothing but skinnies, but strange in a good way. The key as with everything is to balance out proportions: a slim knit and a sharp heel keep these boyfriends in check.

Whistles navy jumper / similar here
Zara shoes / similar here
Whistles mini Verity rucksack /


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