Petit Bateau, which has previously collaborated with Carven (I have that beautiful navy collared dress) and Christian Lacroix, has just announced its latest designer collaboration - a partnership with Belgian designer and ex-Lanvin/ Cacharel Artistic Director Cédric Charlier for a new capsule collection launching in December just in time for Christmas, perfect for both parties and presents.

Cedric Charlier for Petit Bateau designer capsule collection


I've been looking for salad spoons for ages.  Years.  Obviously I've had some (simple metal House of Fraser ones, which were perfectly acceptable but plain) and some bamboo ones my friend brought back from Thailand (lovely, but very fragile) but I've been looking for the perfect servers - a simple large spoon and a three or four prong fork with good, heavy-ish handles - since I worked on interiors magazines way back in 2010.

Oliver Bonas gold feather salad servers


Irving Penn Miles Davis hand 3 black and white photograph, 1986
Miles Davis hand 3, by Irving Penn, 1986
I love this photo, I've had it up in my room for years.



One of the new designers added to The Outnet is Ostwald Helgason, the London-based designer duo by German-born Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason from Iceland, who established the brand in 2008, show at London Fashion Week and produce beautiful clothing made in Britain.  Hooray.

Ostwald Helgason Colour-block twill dress

This sixties feel preppy shirt dress in royal purple and electric blue blended silk finished with a bright white collar is a winner. Think this is my favourite. 

The bold use of bright colours, eye-catching prints and luxe fabrics jazz up the modern silhouettes, clean lines and smart shirting and I'm smitten.  There are plenty of goodies on the site, but these four dresses are all up to 65% off.  Eeny, meeny, miny, moe...


Spending your pocket money on 17 cosmetics at Boots is a rite of passage for every British teenage girl, but that doesn't mean the brand should be left behind in your twenties and thirties.  I recently attended a press day to play with the new products and colours launching this autumn, along with the much-loved hero products and their make up bag essentials.

London beauty blogger Emma Louise Layla at the 17 make up press day

Their make up artist and ambassador Vanesa Guallar applied a few of her favourite products and I got to choose a couple of things to take home and try...  The Instant Glow cream bronzer does exactly what it says on the tin - tanned bronze creamy coverage good for contouring, low on the shimmer, so ideal for day - the CC Cream is a fantastic light base before applying concealer, blush and bronze, and the Gel Colour nail varnishes, whilst not quite lasting the 8 days they claim, do last longer than normal polishes.

Seventeen make up

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