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...



THE FRUGAL EDIT




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...



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).

Angelina



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



Au revoir until next time, Paris!




Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tips From The Pros: Frugal Hair and Beauty

Want to know what the experts actually use? What's worth the money and what isn't? I asked a few of the top hair stylists and make-up artists (whom I often have the privilege of working with) to spill the beans on their secret frugal must-haves...



Mary Wiles, make-up artist (@marywilesmakeup)


Mary is a regular on our Red Magazine photo shoots, and also beautifies an array of red carpet celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Stella Tennant.

"L'oreal extra intense liquid pencil eyeliner is great for the inner eye and creating a smouldering lived in look, it dries waterproof but just enough time to smudge for a flattering sexy eye".

"Love coconut oil is under £10 great for so many things , which is good when travelling light for work as I can double up on products. Use it as a cleanser, moisturiser, or I put on the ends of my hair to replenish the oils for 20 minutes before I wash it. RMS beauty has a great coconut cleanser".


RMS beauty raw coconut cream cleanser, £13, Net A Porter
"Bioderma Crealine h20 cleanser, from France, is inexpensive and great for taking makeup off without a residue".
Bioderma cleanser, £15.50, Amazon 
Ben Cooke, hair stylist (@bencookehair)
Ben was the mastermind behind the hair on my recent shoot in Barbados, as well as being a regular on the celeb circuit, working with stars such as Nicole Scherzinger and model Cara Delevingne. He is also the co-founder of Lockonego (where I finally got the chop last month!).
"I think all girls should own a Tangle Teezer. As a very old and 'set in my ways' hairdresser it took me a while to get my head round the Tangle Teezer. I'm now addicted. Apart from the obvious, they are great for brushing out tonged waves, smoothing a fresh blow dry and even back combing. And so gentle on the hair, so get one for your handbag ASAP."

Tangle Teezer, £12.50, Asos
"Herbal Essence Bee Strong Intensive Mask is another good multi-tasking product. Ideal for your weekly treatments but also great for the beach - scrunch a small amount into wet hair and allow to dry naturally for beachy waves. Also helps to restore moisture after being in the sea. It smells amazing too!"
Herbal Essence Bee Strong Intensive Mask, £4.79, Boots

Monday, 14 July 2014

One night in Paris...

Jumper: £45, And Other Stories. Skirt: Peter Pilotto for Target. Bag: Zara. Faux fur scarf: Helen Moore. Shoes: Sophia Webster (buy similar here)

What a wonderful treat, to spend a mid-week evening in Paris. After a few minor hitches (where our train ended up being cancelled in the morning), we still made the most of it and had a wonderful night in the famous Brasserie Lipp (where Ernest Hemingway used to dine).




Unbeknownst to us at the time of booking, it was the Paris Couture shows that week (Chanel had showed this very afternoon), and Tommy Ton had taken a photo of the beautiful light down a similar Parisien Street. So I had my very own Couture moment...I was a little dressed up for a Tuesday night but then it's not every day you're in Paris...

Saturday, 12 July 2014

This Month I'm...



1. Wearing FitFlops! I have never considered myself a FitFlop girl in the past but this 'slider' style is so cool and comfy, they're my new summer staple...

2 & 3. Going to outdoor events in my area, now summer has finally managed to show its face. A few weeks ago I saw Stevie Wonder in Clapham Common with my husband, sister and brother-in-law; I'd never seen him live and he was fantastic - it rained all day but the sun came out as soon as he arrived on stage. We've also booked tickets to see 'Limbo' at London Wonderground. Even if you haven't got tickets for a show, the area on the Southbank has live music, bars, food stalls and a carousel - so great fun with the kids.

4. Enjoying Wedding season, last weekend's was the first of 5 for us this summer (including a few we're filming with LuckyNo13!) and I loved getting dressed up, I wore my pink John Lewis trousers with my stripe Equipment shirt from The Outnet.

5. Working full-time again for a while...Freelance has been very good to me and I'm actually working at a few titles at the moment. Currently, I'm working on a supplement with Conde Nast Traveller, one of my fave magazines ever, so I'm a very lucky lady.

6. Embracing A/W trends early...if there's one trend we can count on this season (and one the High Street has definitely picked up on), it's coloured faux fur. I'm going to be wearing this blue stole, from Helen Moore, over every coat I own!

7. Off to Paris. To celebrate our 1 year annniversary (can you believe it?!), we are packing our overnight bags and travelling to the romantic capital of the world. On our list: Musee D'Orsay and Brasserie Lipp - watch this space!
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