Friday, 31 October 2014

Interiors: Monochrome

Image from Pinterest (see my board here)
Planning permission for our loft conversion has finally been approved! So I am officially allowed to start shopping around for my monochrome loft space...

Images from Pinterest
The key is to have white as the main palette, and then add chic black aspects. I love matt black lamps at the moment, and marble side tables - basically, I want to turn my loft into a New York boutique hotel room. 

As it's the first part of our flat that we will be decorating from scratch (and have extended our mortgage to do so), I want to do it right and not cut (too) many corners. Obviously there are some bits from H&M Home that I will add, but I'm excited to pick some more luxury pieces. I will be spending a lot of time on Bodie & Fou.

Bodie and Fou website
Here's what's on my current wishlist...

1. Organic ticking stripe duvet cover, £79, Toast

2. Metal basket, £12.99, H&M

3. 'Carousel' candle, £50, Byredo at Net A Porter

4. Ben Eine 'Change' limited edition print, £650, Nelly Duff

5. Leff brick clock, £259, Amara

6. Lamp, £120, Heal's

7. Pols Potten diamond lamp, £159, Amara

8. Knot chair, £296, Bodie + Fou

And the dream....Side table, £650, The Conran Shop

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Winter Buy: Ankle Boots

Jumper, Riyka London. Faux leather skirt, £38, Next. Boots: Tabitha Simmons
This year is the first time I have invested in a pair of boots, rather than a pair of frivolous, fancy shoes. And if we consider cost per wear, it's a much more worthwhile investment. Wear with rolled up jeans or a great midi skirt (this one from Next has solved all my winter wardrobe dilemmas).

'Soho' ankle boots, £129, Boden
Whether they be a classic pair of black boots, a glitter pair a la Saint Laurent or the go-with-anything leopard boots, they're a classic building block for your wardrobe. If you're going for an everyday style, look for block and kitten heels on the High Street (it won't be hard as they're everywhere this season).


1. 'Ezra' boots, £295, Kurt Geiger 

2. 'Cubana' boots, £269, Penelope Chilvers

3. 'Riley' boots, £185, Whistles

4. 'Cuthbert' boots, £235, Russell & Bromley

5. 'Mercy' boots, £90, Office

6. 60s block heel boots, £75, Next

Monday, 27 October 2014

Tired skin remedies

I don't know about you, but my skin needs a little TLC this month...working weekends, evenings with lots of travel in-between, I've turned to my favourite skin SOS products and thought I'd share with you too.

1. Elemis SOS Emergency Cream - this is quite a rich cream so use sparingly. I use once a week when I feel I need it, I immediately feel rehydrated. It's good for use on hormonal skin, too.

2. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream - I love putting this on at night before I go to sleep (it's also great whilst on a flight), I wake up feeling brighter and more awake.

3. Vichy Idealia Life Serum - a rich cream meant for people with busy lives, lacking sleep and facing lots of pollution - that would be me! You can use as an everyday moisturiser, too.

4. Eve Lom Tinted Moisturiser - when I'm trying to let my skin 'breathe', the last thing I want to do is clog up my pores with foundation. This tinted moisturiser gives great coverage whilst still feeling light on the skin.

5. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - I've been using this twice a week for an intensive pick me up 'shot' for my skin and it really is working, I've had hardly any breakouts since using it.

These are products I always have in my bathroom...I used to suffer from acne in my twenties (mostly brought about from stress), so once I found a formula that worked, I stuck to it. My advice is: great if you find something cheap that works, but if it doesn't, don't scrimp on your skin!

1. Eve Lom Cleanser - I LOVE this cleanser, it smells incredible and my skin feels so clean after using the muslin cloth. An iconic beauty product.

2. Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser - I use this daily, it is all natural and doesn't have a fragrance. Using Liz Earle's products really made me rethink about the way I cleansed and what I used on my skin. I was recommended by the Beauty Director when I worked on Eve magazine, 8 years ago, and have been using it ever since.

3. Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream - this brand's products feel similar to Liz Earle's, all natural and feel nourishing on my skin. I now mix it up and use this in my evening routine. I haven't actually found a product of theirs I dislike.

...and for when I really am feeling tired, I use a bit of self tan to pep my skin up. This Vichy version is one of the few I can use on my face (as well as body) which doesn't bring me out in spots. I'll use once a week now winter is upon us, to keep up a healthy glow. It's a really subtle colour and yet to leave me with streaks...

Saturday, 25 October 2014

3 ways to wear...the white shirt

Most of you probably know by now, my basic 'can't live without' staple is a classic shirt. So who better to show you 3 ways to wear it? 

My husband shot these photos of me over a few weeks in the UK, wearing a White Company shirt in 3 different situations - hope you like them!

Lunch with my sister in Tooting, wearing shirt: The White Company. Jeans: MiH Jeans. Clutch: Boden. Sandals: Swedish Hasbeens (buy similar here).

Working in Soho, wearing jumper: Winser London. Skirt: H+M. Bag: Atterley Road. Pom Pom keyring: Jigsaw. Trainers: New Look.

Trainers: £12.99, New Look (they are super comfortable)

Working at an event in Liverpool, wearing shirt: The White Company. Jumpsuit: Marks + Spencer. Jacket: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. Bag: Lulu Guinness. Pom pom keyring: Jigsaw. Trainers: New Look
Read the entire article on The White Company blog, here.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

How to wear pink

Cashmere jumper, £138, Iris & Ink at The Outnet. Culottes: £20, Asos. Bag: Zara. Trainers: £65, Adidas Gazelle
I'm not really a pink person, but you can't deny that it's a huge trend - everything about the hue just seems right (see my last ode to pink on the blog here). I love the soft, dusty version of this cashmere jumper - it's the finest loom, and is a great layering piece - under blazers and great for this weather.

Jumper: Iris and Ink. Jeans: MiH 'Phoebe'. Bag: BHS
Worn under my old New Look blazer

Textured knit, £125, Whistles

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

This Month I'm...

1. Going wheat and dairy free! My husband and I know we've been intolerant for a while but we've never done anything about it. Until now. There just seem so many more options these days, with blogs such as Deliciously Ella and even Sainsbury's selling 'Free From' products...we're using all our willpower to give it a go (for good!).

2...Meeting blogger friends - Briony from A Girl, A Style has been a kind of mentor to me on blogging, and it was about time I paid her a visit in her beautiful city of Cambridge. We're hoping to meet up on halloween for a day of coffee shops, catch ups and sights.

3...Getting over jetlag. Albeit a bit slowly, my body clock has been all over the place since my back to back New York and Arizona trips. I'm quenching my skin with Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream and Origins 'Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'.

4...Staying local for a bit. No big travel plans for the rest of the year, currently - so I'll be enjoying the next few months in London (trying out a few gluten free menus, I'm sure).

5...Waiting for the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration to hit stores on 6th November. I went to the Press viewing last week and it looks pretty good. My eye is on the leather backpack and sliders.

6...Replenishing my winter wardrobe. I probably have enough pair of boots, but these sparkly ones from Boden have been calling out to me.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Wardrobe Update: The Sheepskin Gilet

Gilet: £159.20, Wallis. Cashmere sweater: Gap. Skinny jeans: £40, Oasis. Bag: Todd Lynn Edition at Debenhams. Shoes: Jimmy Choo (in plain black here)
A sheepskin gilet is something I've wanted for forever. The perfect jacket for the humid inbetween days we've been having lately. The thing is, they're expensive. That's just it. If you want a chic, expensive looking one anyway.

Step forward the Wallis black long line sheepskin gilet. It's excellent quality and elevates every outfit to the next level. At £199 and with extra discount at the moment, it's a wardrobe statement worth getting your hands on quickly!
Sheepskin gilet, currently £159.20, Wallis
My new favourite cross-body leather bag: £79, Todd Lynn Edition at Debenhams

How To Wear:

1. Cashmere crew-neck jumper, £59.90, Uniqlo

2. Ponyskin clutch, £139, Hobbs

3. Neoprene culottes, £38, Atterley Road

4. Acetate sunglasses, £17.99, Mango

5. Gold-plated silver ring, roughly £85, Sophie by Sophie

6. Wool slip-on trainers, £20, Asos

I've also had a few questions about my leopard flats. They're the Jimmy Choo 'Wheel' slippers, they're rubber soled and the most comfiest, versatile flats I've ever owned. Money well spent.

'Wheel' suede slippers, £350, Jimmy Choo at Net A Porter
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