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Saturday, 17 December 2016

December Birchbox ❄️


 As you may have realised I haven't posted anything in the 'Beauty' section of the blog up until now. I guess this is because I'm not really that much of an expert! I like to keep my make up simple and to be honest I'm a bit of a creature of habit and I rarely try new products but this is something that needs to change. 

Beauty subscription boxes are such a great idea and give you the chance to sample products before you buy them & you definitely won't be stuck for choice... there  are so many different companies now offering this service. I decided to start with Birchbox, mainly because my lovely friend Josefine ordered her first box last month and she was really impressed, she gave me a code and this meant that I only actually paid £7.95 for my first box!

Birchbox is £10 / month + p&p and includes 5 products, there are various subscription options but I chose the monthly one. At least one product is full size which is great and usually you are given a code for a free product, however I couldn't use one this month as you cannot combine two codes :( 

I set up my profile and this means just answering a few questions, it's really worth it because it means the products they send are kind of tailored to you... ie. skin type / tone match etc. My box only took a few days to arrive and the packaging is so beautiful! 

My box contained:

Ciaté London : Fierce Flicks Eyeliner (full size)
RRP £ 15.00

Benefit Cosmetics : Benetint
RRP £ 24.50*

Elemis : Hydra-Boost Day Cream
RRP £ 39.00*

Percy & Reed : Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 
RRP £18.00*

Anatomicals : Smoother Butts Love Coconuts and Mango Body Lotion
RRP £ 3.99*

*RRPs correspond to full size items & prices at birchbox.co.uk/shop


Ciaté London : Fierce Flicks Eyeliner (full size)

Ok, so I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I don't actually wear eyeliner. Eeeeeek...sorry!
When I was younger I wouldn't be seen dead without it, but as I've got older I guess I've become a little more confident and also I have less time to faff around getting ready so eyeliner definitely isn't part of my daily routine. I'm so used to not wearing it that if I do I kind of feel like I look a bit weird, I'll sometimes wear it on a night out but I tend to avoid the stress of getting flicks to match. My little sister Isabelle is the total opposite... she honestly has the best brows and best eyeliner ever (I hate her sometimes) so I'm going to give this product to her. This eyeliner retails at £ 15.00 which is more than I paid for the whole box so I'm really happy with this one!


Benefit Cosmetics : Benetint

Unfortunately I think this is the product I was most dissapointed in this month, not because it's not a great product, just because I've tried it before and I didn't really get on with it, I would've really liked to have been able to try something different from the benefit range. I used to be pretty obsessed with Benefit and went through a stage of trying a lot of their products, I used their 'Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow' foundation for a long time and some of their eyeshadows are really lovely. This product can be used as a cheek or lip stain but I'm not a fan of the colour, especially on my cheeks... however this may just be because I don't wear a blusher so I'm not used to having 'pink' on my face. I'm going to try and use this on my lips and see how I get on, so many people rant about this product so I must be able to find some use for it!


Elemis : Hydra-Boost Day Cream

I used this product this morning after cleansing my face and I'm really impressed. This is a day cream for dry skin which is perfect for me right now, I have random break outs of dry skin on my face during winter and I tend to leave it because I'm always worried that using a cream could make things worse as usually the areas are quite sensitive. The cream is quite thick but dries in quickly and it isn't at all greasy or shiny, a particular problem area is around my nose, it's really dry and itchy but this cream already seems to be helping after just one application! I'm going to keep using it over the next few days and if the dryness continues to improve I will definitely buy the full size product.


Percy & Reed : Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 

Percy & Reed isn't really a brand I've used before, I think we have the hairspray in a cupboard at work but I don't really use it, however I really love their packaging, the illustrations are so cute! I haven't used this product yet as it is meant to prime your hair before styling. I'm trying to avoid using heat on my hair at the moment as I spent an awful lot of money having it cut and coloured at Daniel Galvin a few months back and I want it to stay as healthy as possible between cuts! When I next straighten my hair I will use this before hand. 


Anatomicals : Smoother Butts Love Coconuts and Mango Body Lotion

This product is an all over body lotion and I've used some 'Anatomicals' products before, mainly for bath time as they smell so yummy. This lotion however is a tiny bit sickly, I'd describe it as a 'pina colada' kind of smell and I think if you covered your whole body in this you'd end up with a bit a headache! I'm also not sure how it would be for sensitive skin as it is so highly perfumed, but it is paraben free atleast. I'll see how I get on with this, but I think it's something I'd pop in my little box that I keep on my desk at work just for if it is needed.




Overall I'm really impressed with the value for money of this box. The packaging is lovely and for just £ 10.00 a month I really do think it is worth it. As you can tell above I'm not necessarily head over heels about all of these products but it is never going to be the case that you love absolutely everything that you receive. I'm going to stick with this until January and then make a decision about whether to continue my subscription. I'll probably order a few different boxes in the new year also so I will review these for you too! 




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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Winter Wellbeing ☃️



I haven't posted on the blog for 2 weeks and you may have noticed I've also been pretty inactive on instagram which for someone who is usually attached to their phone is very odd. I've been ill, which was kind of inevitable. I always become sick during Autumn and Winter and usually it's just a fever  but I had a really nasty allergic reaction last week which definitely wasn't much fun!

I wanted to write a more personal post as although I love sharing my outfits and other details I guess it would be nice if you could get to know me a little bit more & I want to share my tips for Winter with you all. 

Like most others, I really struggle with these dark mornings and dark nights, I find it really demotivating and I feel like recently I've lost a little bit of direction. This year has been tough, apart from the craziness of Brexit and Donald Trump I've had a lot to organise and some really difficult decisions to make on a personal level so it's become really apparent to me that really only I can control my happiness.

It was my birthday 2 weeks ago and this year I just really couldn't be bothered to make a big deal out of it, which totally isn't like me and I'm just not feeling Christmas either. I watched Home Alone with a friend last week and he actually told me I was like the Grinch (thanks) ...usually I'd be obsessing over this movie. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year but for some reason I just can't get myself into the mood this year and I've got 12 days to turn this around. I refuse to hibernate and stuff myself with crap food so enough doom and gloom, there are plenty of things we can all do to feel a little bit better over Winter: 



Take the stairs rather than the lift 

Ok, if any of my work collegues are reading this they will probably be howling right now. You'll find me taking the lift without failure unless there is a fire, it's only 2 floors and it's so so stupid but its become a habit that I really need to snap out of. I spend a lot of time sat staring at my tiny macbook screen trying to somehow make hundreds of squares in super advanced excel spreadsheets make sense and calculate things my brain would never be capable of, however I do in fact use my brain an awful lot and sometimes it needs a break too! Its so important to take breaks and I find getting out of the office really helps... but I have to remember to take those stairs instead of the lift!

Stay hydrated & love your skin

I'm really awful at remembering to drink enough water, I fuel myself on caffiene and tend to end up with a really bad headache or the shakes by lunch time, which quite frankly is stupid of me. This also can mean dry skin which is such a nightmare during the winter months! Find some of my favourite moisturising skincare products below:



Spend time with people who make you smile, even when you don't feel like it

When I moved back to London after being schooled in the countryside I was thrown into a environment that I wasn't entirely used to. I would always flick through the Bystander section in Tatler but its safe to say I totally underestimated how crazy some people around here are... wait until you attend the parties yourself!

I spend the majority of my time in Mayfair because that is where I work and I guess I'm submerged in this world of extreme wealth and its taught me a lot, but one thing in particular... always stay humble no matter who you are or who you are surrounded by. Old money, new money... or no money, it is so easy to get caught up in all of this and to even feel like your in a scene from Mean Girls some times. You thought school was bad? Oh no, welcome to West London... there are NO secrets around here!

 I've realised recently that it is good to have lots of different groups of friends... we all have the girls we go out with until 6am, the ones who want to shop until you literally drop and the ones who you end up regretting you took to lunch because the bill is so extortionate that you now can't afford food for the rest of the month. What is most important are the friends who aren't necessarily always available but turn up with cheese and wine when you actually need them. One of my best friends told me earlier in the year that he didn't understand why I stayed in contact with people who didn't bring any positivity to my life and I refused to even listen to what he was saying, really because I was just too much of an idiot to admit that he was telling the truth. I then heard the exact same thing from another friend and I started to understand that I didn't need certain people in my life. Especially in winter you need people who lift you up, not bring you down and I always used to worry so much about cutting contact with people who made no effort with me. I always try to do everything I can for others & I don't think I was willing to accept that actually most people put themselves first. I've come to realise it's for good reason... the world can be shit and most people have been hurt and they don't want to accept their own problems, let alone expose themselves to yours, so accept that and leave them behind, they'll come when they're ready.

HYGEE

Denmark is apparently the happiest country on earth & I'm so lucky that I've been able to visit this place so many times this year. My two really good friends live there & at one point I was flying out basically every weekend to see a Danish guy... (long distance sucks)
 Copenhagen is such a breath of fresh air! If you've ever tried to learn Danish you'll know that trying to pronounce some of their word's is a bloody disaster but you kind of say it like 'hue-gah'. It doesn't directly translate into English but several words several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

I read the little book below and it really changed my outlook on a few things, I'd really recommend it!


Retail Therapy

My favouite obviously!
It's so important to treat yourself every now & again, ok maybe I treat myself a little too often but I honestly couldn't care less. Of course I realise there is more to life than material goods but I love shopping and it really does cheer me up.
I've been rubbish with keeping up with my outfit posts recently and I really need to get on top of this but here are two new purchases that you can expect to see in my posts soon:

Chloé Medium Faye Bag 
£ 1,280.00


Anya Hindmarch Maxi Feathweight Ebury Python 'Frosties' Bag
£ 2,995.00







Vitamin D


I didn't know until recently that if you're lacking in Vitamin D it can actually lead to you feeling depressed, seasonal or not. In the UK the sunlight doesn't contain enough UVB radiation in the winter so between October to around March time it's a lot harder for our skin to make Vitamin D. I've started taking a supliment which I picked up in Boots for around £ 5.00. You can also get Vitamin D from some foods such as oily fish, red meat and eggs. 




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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Outfit #4 November 2016 🌷


Pink, Pink and well.... just more pink











O U T F I T





1. Hermès Twilly
£ 115.00 here

You may have also seen this wrapped around the Hermès Kelly Bag in my Soho Farmhouse post:
 I actually dated a guy who asked me why I had a 'hanky' wrapped around my bag. Lets not discuss him.

... oh safe to say, that didn't work out.

2. Zara Limited Edition Mohair Pink Jumper
£ 59.99 here

3. Jack Wills Fernham Highwaisted Super Skinny Jean£ 49.95 here

4. Gucci Princetown Rose Slipper£ 480.00 here

5. White Ladies Tailored Shirt 
To be quite honest, I haven't got a clue where this shirt came from, it was just in my wardrobe and doesn't even have a label inside. You can pick up a white shirt in most stores so I'll leave that one down to you

6. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS BAG IN MORE DETAIL SO SCROLL DOWN!



    I wanted to share the details of my Givenchy bag with you all as I love it so so much! I bought this bag back at the start of the year and quite frankly it was a bit boring, it's also bloody huge. I wasn't using it much & I kind of forgot about it.

 In the summer I ended up in the Goyarde boutique in Mayfair and embarked on the 6 week wait for my initials to be handpainted onto my dream bag. I was obsessed and part of this obsession meant I was searching #goyarde on instagram all of the time to see how other bags had turned out (I'll show you mine soon). Anyway whilst doing this I saw a few Goyarde bags with crazy pop art designs painted on to them & I was totally confused... why did they not offer me this option?! But then I realised, these bags had been personalised by Boyarde  

It was too late to change my Goyarde order but I was determind to have Boyarde's work on one of my bags. I contacted Boyarde and spoke to her lovely assistant, I had all of the information that I needed so quickly & then I started rummaging through my wardrobe for a bag that needed a new lease of life - the Givenchy of course! It was time to make this bag fun and wow what a great job Boyarde did.

 My surname is a bit stupid because of that silly apostrophe between the O & H and when I've had items personalised in the past that has been a bit of an issue.. ie. Louis Vuitton's hot stamp doesn't include an apostrophe; but this was no problem for Boyarde as she hand paints these designs herself. I sent my bag off once we'd decided on a design and I think I waited around 3 or 4 weeks which flew by, I received an email with photos of the finished piece and I was so pleased; but the photos just don't do the colours justice. 
When I received the bag back I was amazed, it looks incredible, it's so different & quirky. I'm not going to disclose the price of this bag as it's so special to me and obviously nobody will want 'LO'H' on their bag, however if you would like something similar that is personal to you I would definitely reccomend browsing Boyarde's website and getting in touch... she honestly is so talented! 


Boyarde recently collaborated with L K Bennett :

& visit her pop up personalisation bar at Selfridges 










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Outfit #3 November 2016 🌵



Hello lovelies! So you may have seen earlier this week that I posted a photo of my beautiful Van Cleef and Arpels jewellery on instagram and promised to share my outfit details, so here they are.






O U T F I T


1. Urban Outfitters Burgundy Fleece Top 
This top is so so old... I think I bought it when I was in 6th Form which was a LONG time ago! 
But Burgundy is such a great colour for Autumn and Winter so there are plenty of jumpers like this out there

Miss Selfridge £ 32.00 here
La Redoute £ 45.00 here
John Lewis £ 75.00 here

2. Military Style Coat 
This is my sister's and to be honest it doesn't fit me (hence why I've just kind of thrown it over my shoulder). She found it in a sample sale and therefore unfortunately you guys won't be able to get this one but here are some similar jackets:

Topshop £ 39.00 here
Pull & Bear £ 39.99 here
Saint Laurent £ 1,755.00 here

3, Levis Mom Jeans
I found these in a vintage store in 'Rockit' a while back, they have a great selection of vintage items. 

4. Chanel Burgundy Ballerina Flats
These are from the Chanel Boutique on New Bond Street in Mayfair earlier this year & I love how classic they are. I'm not sure if this colour is still available but if you visit one of the stores you will be able to see all of the colours they have. I think these were around £ 500.00 

I'm not going to show alternate options because I'm pretty sure you all know where to pick up some more affordable ballerinas. 

5. Saint Laurent Duffle Bag 
£ 1,190.00 here

6. Helen Moore Burgundy Pom Pom Keyring
£ 27.00 here



J E W E L L E R Y 

[ bracelets: Van Cleef & Arpels . watch: Cartier ]

These bracelets are so beautiful and I love the colours, they match the burgundy top in the above outfit so perfectly! Unfortunately you do have to buy them seperately & the idea is to combine them. 
These 3 are part of the 'Alhambra' collection & there are different 3 motifs. I don't have the heart shaped one as it's not really my style. I'd recommend going to browse the different designs in a Van Cleef boutique and deciding which combinations / colours suit you best & if you have tiny wrists like me you may need the bracelets altered slightly.

Butterfly : Sweet Alhambra butterfly bracelet, yellow gold, white mother-of-pearl £ 1,100.00 here
Gold 'Clover' : Sweet Alhambra bracelet, pink gold.  £ 1,350.00 here
Dark Red 'Clover' : Sweet Alhambra bracelet, pink gold, carnelian £ 1,200.00 here

My watch is vintage Cartier and I've spoken about this in some of my previous posts, check them out for details! 






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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Oops, its that coat again! 21.11.16






I'm writing 2 blog posts at once, I'm not sure if you're meant to do that?! But I finally got to photograph the Zara coat I love again today & some other details. I didn't want to babble on in one post about 2 outfits.
If you read the previous post you'll know that I was waiting for a sunny day but it hasn't come.

Welcome to a very grey Notting Hill & a very grumpy Lily...

(yeah, we really need to get those steps cleaned... its on my never ending 'to do list')




O U T F I T 



1. Please see my previous post 'Shop My Instagram 17.11.16' for details of this coat

2. Zara Leather Look Trousers 
£ 19.99 here

3. UniQlo Merino Turtle Neck Sweater 
£ 24.90 here

4. Saint Laurent Classic star-appliqué leather trainers
£ 410.00 here

I can't find anything similar for a high street price, sorry guys! 
But I absolutely love these similar Golden Goose Trainers £ 265.00  here

5. Chanel Classic Green Quilted Bag
This bag is discontinued

Similar Vintage / Pre - Owned:
Farfetch  £ 5,530.00 here
Farfetch  £ 6,196.00 here

Current Chanel Collection available in boutiques or to view here

Similar more afforadable options:

ICCO  £ 52.00 here
Rebecca Minkoff  £ 320.00 here
Ferrogamo £ 650.28 here



J E W E L L E R Y 

[ signature bracelet: Monica Vinader . watch: IWC ]

If you follow me on instagram you'll probably have seen that I'm always usually wearing a watch. This is a recent obession of mine and up until a year ago I didn't really like wearing jewellery. You still won't really see me wearing earrings or necklaces but bracelets and watches are another story.

The first watch I bought myself was a 'Vintage Cartier Tank' which I think I've mentioned before & then things just escalated.

I'd say one fault of mine is that I just can't say no to a beautiful timepiece... especially if there is limited stock or a waiting list to join before discontinuation. However, these items are an investment & even if you don't plan on selling the watch on in the future they are such special pieces to keep in the family; they are built to last forever.  

Today I combined this IWC Portofino with the Monica Vinader Signature Bracelet

IWC Portofino Automatic Day & Night 37mm
£ 17,350.00 here
(personal choice of alligator strap not available online)

Monica Vinader Signature Thin Bangle
£ 225.00 here










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Outfit #2 November 2016 🐘




I'm writing super late tonight as this week has been totally crazy, but I really wanted to talk about my new coat! You may have seen the below photo on my instagram story earlier this week but frankly it doesn't really do it justice & I wanted to style it differently, hopefully on a sunnier day. Well... this is London and that sunny day hasn't arrived, in fact; the weather has only worsened.




 I've been looking for a faux fur coat for absolutely ages but being small I've really struggled to find something that doesn't drown me. I recently made a trip to Copenhagen (I will write about this soon) and if you've visited in winter you'll know all of the girls are in fur; this just made me more determind to find something. I searched Oxford Street, bought nothing & left needing a strong espresso martini... I honestly hate that place! I then decided it was time to search online & of course I fell in love with Gucci's take on Joseph's Technicolour Dream Coat. I'm not going to get into an ethical debate surrounding the topic of real fur, but anyway it just would've swallowed me up, so again... a no. 

I popped into Zara a few days later & a coat which had been shoved on a rail with some jumpers in the ladies section caught my eye.. I loved it and was totally shocked when I looked for the size & it     was 13-14yrs.                                      
HA! Yes, this coat is from Zara Kids & is £39.99. 

I then started having one of those heart vs. head moments. I was in love with this super soft teddy bear coat but what if I was walking down the street and passed a 5 year old wearing the same coat as me... well who the hell cares?! A 90 year old could buy the same ladies size 8 coat as a 22 year old so f*ck it, I was just going to make it my own. I hunted through my mum's sewing room and found some buttons, needle & thread (I hope she doesn't read this, she'll probably charge me for those) and attached a black faux collar I already had. VOILA!







1. Zara Colourful Kids Faux Fur Jacket 
£ 39.99 here

If you're not pocket sized I found some alternate options:
Asos £ 36.00 here
Religion £ 130.00 here
Lipsy £ 150.00 here

2. Jack Wills Fernham Highwaisted Super Skinny Jean
£ 49.95 here

3. & Other Stories Pointed Leather Boots
£ 125.00 here

4. Helen Moore @ Selfridges Faux Fur Collar
£ 35.00 here

5. Hermès Grey Kelly Bag
Ok, so if you're as obsessed with Hermès as I am you'll already know there is no way you are going to get your hands on a Kelly bag unless you join the crazy waiting list or buy vintage / pre-owned. I am so lucky that my darling friend used to work for Hermès & is probably one of the most generous people I know.
Ok so here are your options: 


You can find a good quality vintage piece here in black for roughly £ 5,000.00, but I will warn you now... these bags in different colours & exotic leathers sell for up to £ 50,000.00 + 

So I trawled the internet trying to find you guys affordable options... I really struggled. I think it's important to remember why these items have such long waiting lists, they are extremely well made, luxury items. You are not just paying for the name tag but the quality of the leather. 
Here are some similar designs: 

Aspinal of London  £ 595.00  here
Dolce & Gabbana £ 1,300.00 here
Ferragamo £ 1,585.00 here
Gucci  £ 1,630.00  here
















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