Sunday, 29 July 2018

WHAT TO WEAR TO WORK IN A HEATWAVE: LINEN

What to wear to the office in a heatwave? Getting dressed for work this past month has been a confusing business. How to look smart whilst negating dying a slow painful & overheated death on the Northern Line on route? Step forward linen, a fabric that is the answer to summer sartorial problems.
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Monday, 23 July 2018

THE SECRETS BEHIND QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S FASHION

If you’ve been watching Netflix hit series The Crown, chances are you will have developed a low-key obsession with The Queen. Claire Foy’s pitch-perfect portrayal captures a composed and considered feminist icon, commanding respect against the odds as young women in a patriarchal world. 

Leading with grace, dignity and duty, Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest serving monarch, having become the first British monarch to Sapphire Jubilee in February last year – marking 65 years on the throne. 

As well as being an outstanding leader, Queen Elizabeth has also been celebrated for her impeccable fashion sense, which has remained ever present throughout her reign. If you’re left wondering just how she does it, Fulton Umbrellas, designers of bespoke windproof umbrellas are here to lift the lid on the Queen’s fashion secrets, giving you a glimpse into how she stays styled and polished to perfection.  





Wednesday, 4 July 2018

5 NATURAL ANTI-AGING SKINCARE TIPS

With the rise of botox and fillers, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a surgeon-on-speed-dial is the only answer to preventing the ageing process. And that’s true in some respects; I’m not going to suggest it’s entirely possible to roll back the years and iron out wrinkles with good diet and good skincare habits. But there’s a lot to be said for maintaining good health from the inside out to promote a youthful appearance. Case in point - I think my skin looks at its best and most youthful when I’ve left the gym post-workout, there’s nothing that says ‘youth’ like health. 

Last month I visited the treatment rooms of Anu Jarvinen on Marylebone High Street (inside the Neal’s Yard Remedies store which has a really dreamy herbal scent), for a facial with an anti-aging focus. Anu Jarvinen’s approach to skincare is entirely natural, using essential oils, vegetable oils, clays, plant extracts and flower waters instead of chemical-based beauty products. Whilst I enjoyed an incredible facial (honestly, my skin has never looked better than post-facial, see selfie evidence here) Anu shared her top five easy-to-adopt tips to combat ageing naturally: 

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

THE PERSONALISED PRESENT EDIT

I'm a big fan of a personalised present. Namely because I like stuff with my name on it, and come to think of it, I'm yet to meet someone who doesn't love a Craig David-esque name check? It's also great from a gifting perspective because the world of personalisation is also a vast one. You may have a personalised card holder, but did you know you can personalise a watch face, or a champagne glass, or a hip flask? For a one-stop-shop for personalised presents, I've recently discovered Personally Presented, a UK website offering just about gift with a personalised touch. At Personally Presented monogramming is just the beginning when it comes to personalisation, the website also offer the option of adding thoughtful messages to many items from leather bags to travel wallets and hip flasks. I'm particularly into the personalised timepieces with customised watch faces, that happen to be really stylish too (sadly my birthday has been and gone, else I'd be dropping some hints). For some present-buying inspo, here's an edit of my favourite Personalised Gifts from Personally Presented

PERSONALLY PRESENTED


*This is a collaborative post with Personally Presented

Sunday, 10 June 2018

THE PERFECT BLACK BLAZER FROM BAUKJEN

Hey hey, here's a long overdue outfit post featuring the perfect black blazer.

Blazers are such an important part of my wardrobe, I have a unofficial work wear wardrobe and it's basically blazers worn with t-shirts, jeans, trainers and the occasional pair of court shoes when I'm feeling less lazy (it can't be overstated how lazy I am when getting dressed). What I love about a blazer is that it makes me feel instantaneously work-ready and pulled together, even when my brain might not be on the same page (it usually gets going sometime around midday on a Tuesday). 
Baukjen Ashcroft Blazer | UK Fashion blogger | How to style a black blazer
Outfit credits: Blazer: Baukjen (gifted) | Denim skirt: vintage (similar) | Earrings: Next (not online but I got mine recently in store for £6!) | Bag: Gucci | T-shirt : Gap | Mules: Next 




Sunday, 29 April 2018

BUDGET WEDDING GUEST DRESSES UNDER £100

In need of a wedding guest dress on a budget? You're not alone. Attending a wedding costs a small fortune these days. By the time you've forked out for the hen do in an exotic location (plus the copious rounds of shots and all-essential inflatable penis), your train ticket to the the actual wedding, your overnight stay at the stately home venue in the middle of nowhere, not forgetting the 100-thread count bedding from the Harrods-curated wedding list, you're lucky to have 50p to your sorry name.

Which is why you'll probably be hitting the high street to find your dress for said wedding, right? I put the below edit together with a tight budget in mind, nothing costs over £100 which is usually the budget I'm working to for event dressing. Having done some extensive 'research' hunting for the dress for my sister's June wedding, I strongly recommend going to take a look at dresses in person where possible, as something can look lovely online but the wrong fabric will look terrible to the naked eye. Finery, Topshop, Warehouse and Mango all have your cash-strapped back this season ~ whilst Next and Whistles are my go-to's for the finishing touches. Which budget wedding guest dress is your favourite? 

WEDDING GUEST DRESSES UNDER £100 | HIGH STREET WEDDING GUEST DRESSES

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

THE BEST YELLOW FASHION BUYS FOR SS18

Millennial pink move aside, there's a new colour trend for 2018 and it's all yellow. From custard to mustard through to citric lemon and golden turmeric, the high street is awash with buys fit for a sunny disposition. I think yellow can seem unwearable / a little scary at first glance, but it actually goes with everything. Black, white, denim and navy look timeless with a pop of colour, whilst I love the contrast between pinks, lilacs, reds, blues and yellow if you're feeling braver. 

The best thing about this trend is that it's really easy to do on the high street; you don't need to invest in designer when there's so many lovely pieces for under £100. New Look in particular have this trend nailed with a lovely selection of buttercup coloured sundresses. Also check out Topshop for the fab suede-effect yellow sandals - I'd wear mine with white jeans and a colourful t-shirt for a nice contrast. Oh and by the way, *technology upgrade* you can shop every product below by clicking on the icon on the image because I've final embraced the 21st century. You're welcome! 


YELLOW SS18 TREND

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