Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Homewares Lust-List

Black metal plant stand, from £29, Holly's House
I also need some copper plant pots for that matter....but thinking DIY is the way to go.

Holly's House has also just launched their own range of homewares, with prices starting from £25 - dreamy cushions and linens:

Cushions, Holly's House
The plans for the loft are slowly going through and I'm thinking of furniture. Urban Outfitters has some great mid century style pieces and I love this chair, down from £395 to £200 (which I believe in chair terms is reasonable):

Chair, £200, Urban Outfitters
Velvet cushion cover, £6.99, H+M Home
Do you remember my Slim Aarons print? Well there is a fab site where you can buy the prints, wall mount, even a wall mural of his iconic pictures: Surface View. Click on your image, and even scroll through rooms to see what the picture would look like on the wall! They have all the famous prints, so a great place to get your hands on some...

Available from Surface View
And on my coffee table?

Jane + Serge. A family album (Taschen), £23.79, Amazon

Monday, 28 July 2014

Bardot Holiday Vibes

Beauty shoot in this month's Red Magazine, styled by me. Photograph: David Gubert. Hair: Ben Cooke. Make-up: Ashley Ward. Model: Bekah Jenkins

Bardot as holiday inspiration is something that comes up every year...but this summer it feels even more relevant. I styled this shoot back in February (!) but could already see BB's influence on the sumer scene. Big pant swimwear, polka dots and cat eye sunglasses are everywhere at the moment. And as I am STILL yet to go on my big summer holiday (it's not until September for me), I need to stockpile now.


1. Slogan breton top, £65, Petit Bateau

2. Scallop edged bikini top, £18, Topshop

3. Scallop edged top, £12, Topshop

4. Floppy straw hat, £15, Asos

5. Bandeau bikini top, £12, Next

6. High waisted bikini bottoms, £10, Next

7. Flamingo straw shopper, £19, F+F

8. Denim frayed shorts, £22.99, New Look

9. Sunglasses (exact ones from the shoot), £225, Prism

10. High waisted bikini bottoms, £86, Prism at Matches Fashion

*Frugal tip: buy an expensive pair of briefs and mix and match with a few different affordable plain black or white bikini tops

Saturday, 26 July 2014

On the beauty radar: Bella Freud Fragrance

If there's one beauty launch I've been excited about this year, this is it. Firstly, I'm a sucker for packaging and if there's one thing The Frugality readers may know about me it's that I like a) a slogan and b) Bella Freud. Secondly, I just believe in the brand, y'know? I just feel that Bella does things with integrity and when it's the right time. 

Bella has partnered up with Azzi Glasser, a renowned parfumer and launched this collection exclusively to buy at Harvey Nichols. I also love the description of the fragrances - 'Je t-aime Jane', for instance, is a girlish scent and the muse is a 'free spirit with a guitar'...

A 50ml bottle will set you back £65 but it will look so pretty on your cabinet...all available to buy here.
I can already see this on my side next to my Bella Freud candle...
Je T'aime Jane candle, £38, Bella Freud
Merino wool jumper, £280, Bella Freud

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Festival Style

At the Calling Festival, wearing stripe Iris + Ink cashmere from The Outnet, jumpsuit from Marks + Spencer and Adidas trainers

So everyone's festival style is different...I like to still look quite smart (I'm just not one for too dishevelled, it just doesn't work) but also put in a bit of effort in the style stakes as let's face it, most people are more into what people are wearing than who's playing these days. 

Apart from Calling Festival in London last month, I have one more festival to look forward to...and it's in Sweden (yes, I am OVER excited) - and here's a little round up of what I've got my eye on.

1. 'Gwen' cross body bag, £19, Accessorize

2. Cut out top, £32, Topshop

3. Gold-plated ring, £10, Z For Accessorize

4. Lace insert playsuit, £20, Boohoo

5. 'Agnes' folk dress, £39, Atterley Road

6. Gladiator sandals, £20, F+F

7. Felt fedora, £12.99, H+M

8. Embroidered top, £14.99, H+M

9. Acetate sunglasses, £168, Illesteva at Matches Fashion

10. Denim shorts, £32, Topshop

11. Denim jacket, £45, Topshop

12. Batiste dry shampoo, £2.46, Amazon

In my hand luggage will be this 3 in 1 cleansing water, which removes make-up and tones the skin without using any water (and it's in a 100ml bottle):
3 in 1 cleanser, £10, Bee Good

I'm also taking these with me to Sweden....GOLD FAKE TATTOOS from Mr Kate - it's like being a child again! Available from Red Ruby Rouge, I found out about them whilst at Conde Nast Traveller and now I am obsessed:

Mr Kate Beauty Marks, £12, Red Ruby Rouge

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Z For Accessorize (aka fab jewellery under £20)

Remember when I told you about the amazing new collaboration between cool jewellery designer Zara Simon and High Street giant, Accessorize (see here)? Well, it's all gold-plated, super cool and you can get your hands on it now.

Trying a few rings on for size in the Ibiza Accessorize store...

Here's my edit of the best pieces from the collection (and they're all under £20)...

Crystal bar necklace, £17
Pave crystal ring, £15
Heart tag necklace, £10
Star hoop earrings, £10
Pave crystal bracelet, £15
Stacking ring set, £15

Layered necklace, £15

Bangle with semi precious stones, £19

The entire collection is so wearable, it's hard to edit them down! These would make great gifts for friends (especially those looking for bridesmaid gifts), or even a little treat to yourself. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

What To Wear To A Wedding {Part 4}

Apologies if you're just not into weddings, this year. They seem to be on my agenda, lately. Not one to usually do cut-outs, I surprised myself when I bought this dress from Zara last year - but it seems to show just enough to be on the right side of skimpy. It's kind of my crop top philosophy: anything below the ribcage (in my case) shouldn't be on show.

I wore this to a friend's wedding last weekend, I felt really comfortable in it and had a lot of compliments. If you get the peekaboo balance right, they can be chic. And in this heat, it's a refreshing gap through which a (little) breeze can get through...


1. 'Patsy' snakeprint dress, £75, Oasis

2. Cut-out floral maxi dress, £55, Asos

3. Floral maxi dress, £120, Asos (I am in LOVE with this dress!)

4. Pink floral dress, £85, French Connection

5. Blue lace dress, £225, Whistles

6. Silk chiffon dress, £200, Acne at The Outnet

Friday, 18 July 2014

Minibreak: Monochrome packing rules

Clockwise from left: Sandals: Vagabond, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Blush: Bobbi Brown. Jumper: Theory (buy similar here). Bag: Zara.

My last post on packing proved a success, and I realised I don't often do 'how to' posts very often. As someone who travels (light) A LOT with work, I take things like packing for a minibreak for granted.

This time in Paris, I think I really cracked it. As it was only one night I was uber minimal but also discovered that a monochrome packing system really solves any wardrobe dilemmas, everything matches and has the added bonus of always looking chic. Et voila!

Sandals: Vagabond.  Jumper: Theory. Culottes: Asos

Lightweight trench: Maison Scotch at Atterley Road (sadly sold out but there are lots of other great coats in the sale)

Side Note: culottes make EXCELLENT travelling trousers! I was dubious about culottes but since buying my first pair, I have not really taken them off. This pair from Asos are super comfy, have pockets as well as an elasticated waist, and look just as good with flats as they do with heels. Also, the outfit styled up on the website couldn't be more apt...

Culottes, £30, Asos
My monochrome wardrobe at the Hotel
Coat: Atterley Road. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Jumper: Bella Freud. Jeans: Paige Denim. Shoes: Jimmy Choo (buy similar here). Bag: Zara.

Where We Stayed: Hotel Verneuil

The lounge area in Hotel Verneuil
We found this Hotel via Conde Nast Traveller: Best boutique hotels in Paris for under £200 - our perfect link! We knew we wanted to stay near Musee D'Orsay and this lovely hotel in St Germain was beautiful, really comfy (if slightly tiny) rooms and a stones throw from everything on our to-do list.

Where we ate: Brasserie Lipp

Steak frites in an age old Parisien establishment - what more could one ask for?! (and yes, those chips tasted as good as they looked).


What better way to escape the rain than a cup of pure, molten hot chocolate? Heaven...

See my outfit post via YouTube here:

Au revoir until next time, Paris!

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