31 May 2012

HAIR BY JAMIE STEVENS

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Jamie Stevens' new hair salon in Kensington for a cut and blow-dry.


The brand spanking new salon opened in early April (I attended the launch party to check it out over champagne with the who's-who of the hairstyling world) - it's a sleek, modern space with 12 chairs and a spa style backwash (with the best massage chairs I've ever been on) spread over two storeys.


Jamie Stevens had his own salon at 18 and went on to win the Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year 2012 award.  He's resident hairdresser on The X Factor, This Morning and How to Look Good Naked and has worked with Kylie, Stella McCartney, Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova, Myleene Klass and Emilia Foxx.  All of whom always have slick hair, right? You're in good hands here...

Plans in 2012 include opening a bespoke beauty area offering everything from facials to manicures and pedicures.


I opted for a trim for my neglected long hair (evidence above...) with some layers cut it to add movement and reduce weight at the length and left with a bouncy, baller blowdry.  Weeks later and I'm still happy with my cut.  I'll be back.

£65-£300 for a cut and blow dry (£50-£185 for men)
Jamie Stevens, 9 Russell Gardens, Kensington, London W14 8EZ

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30 May 2012

WHISTLES DRESSES

I keep walking past Whistles and eyeing up these pretty printed dresses which are perfect for street parties and picnics for the Jubilee weekend...  Which do you prefer?


100% silk twill shift dress with the colourful 60's flower placement print at front, back and sleeves. This easy shape has a round neck, cap sleeves and an invisible centre back zip.



Heavy silk shift dress in the all over Mosaic print. Style features a tie detail at the back neck and simply slips on over the head. Fully lined.
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29 May 2012

THANKS GEORGE

Recently George at Asda sent me a few pieces of clothing to try out which I gladly accepted because I'm always happy to give new brands a go.  It's quite easy to discount supermarkets for their clothes and other than the odd emergency pair of tights, I don't think I've ever properly looked through a George collection, yet alone owned anything.


Here I'm wearing a ruffle front sleeveless tee in a retina-searingly neon yellow.  Bright, stylish, easy-to-wear summer basics on a budget = exactly what supermarkets should do.  I'm wearing it with my white Ray-Bans which I haven't taken off for about two weeks (it's so great when the sun actually shines in England) and my new white crystal and pearl ALDO earrings.

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27 May 2012

MADDOX DINNER

A few weeks ago I was invited to Maddox for dinner as part of their fifth anniversary celebrations.  I'm fairly snobby about clubs with adjoining restaurants - I don't like box-tickers trying to be more than one thing at once; if you're a club, don't try be a cafe slash bar slash restaurant...  But I was pleasantly surprised.

Maddox Club

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26 May 2012

I LOVE YOU, TIFFANY

New arm candy in the form of a gorgeous Tiffany & Co. 1837 Sterling Silver Bangle from my boyfriend for my 25th birthday a few days ago and a white Jessica Studded Leather Bracelet from NELLY.


Speaking of Tiffany, the trailer for The Great Gatsby was released this week, which is directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and a lot of sparkly Tiffany & Co. jewellery.  I can't wait - everybody loved Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, so this is bound to be a crowd-pleasing extravaganza too...


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25 May 2012

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: SUN GLORIOUS SUN

I know I'm terribly English talking about the weather, but this weather is sick. 
Have a good, sunny weekend!

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24 May 2012

SPACE ACE

How ace are these space age (see what I did in the title there?) futuristic wedge sneakers from Topshop?  Very ace.  Very ace indeed…

metallic silver padded velcro trainers in 100% leather

I’m practically jogging everywhere in my new ASOS Wedge High Top Trainers because they’re so comfortable.  I hope wedged trainers are here to stay…  Of course they won’t be, such is the fickle nature of fashion, but I’m enjoying easy stomping whilst it lasts.


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23 May 2012

AX PARIS SATCHEL

AX Paris gave me this cute Colour Contrast Satchel at a recent event.  I love the unusual contrast of creamy beige, orange crocskin, patent pink and gold metal hardware which actually makes it clash/match with most things.


Treat your look to a new season bag with this colour contrast satchel bag. The perfect size for stylishly holding your essentials, the long handle is a must for draping over your shoulder or can use the handle with back zip pocket and front press fastening.

Not a label I'd normally think about, but check out more bags and purses and other accessories at axparis.co.uk - you might be pleasantly surprised...

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22 May 2012

PLANET BLUE NEON


Love Sarah Penaido's styling and Stacey Tan's hair & make-up in LA label Planet Blue's latest Space Lotus lookbook.  Crimped purple and pink dip-dyed hair with fluorescent sunglasses and a bright pink lip. Certainly not one for wallflowers...


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18 May 2012

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: HELLO DUBROVNIK

Today I'm off to Croatia for the first time, for a few days in the sun in the Croatian capital city and to turn 25. Mon. Dieu. See you on the other side!

The beautiful city of Dubrovnik in Croatia

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HEAVENLY PEONIES

Earlier this month I attended a wonderful event hosted by Penhaligon’s to celebrate the launch of the new summery Peony-inspired fragrance Peoneve at the Rose Lounge in Mayfair.  The latest floral creation from the royally-appointed fragrance house portrays an English garden in summer, bursting with the heady scent of blossoming flowers and green foliage.

Peoneve fragrance by Penhaligon's London - UK beauty blog

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17 May 2012

DIAMOND JUBILEE PARTY

I’m excited about the upcoming Jubilee weekend, particularly because last April I was doing an RYA sailing course in the Solent so I missed all the royal wedding joy in London… (Although I did end up welling up watching the ceremony on a tiny 5 inch TV screen on the boat.)




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PETER LINDBERGH

Peter Lindbergh is such a dude.  This black and white photograph of 90s supermodels Linda, Christy and Naomi is going under the hammer today at my favourite art gallery in London, Phillips de Pury & Company, for an estimated £15,000-£20,000.

Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Brooklyn, New York, 1990
Auction: Thursday 17 May at Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB
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16 May 2012

PASTEL HAIR BOWS

Pretty pastel hair bows at the Chanel Resort 2013 at Versailles, Paris
Chanel Resort Cruise 2013, Versailles
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LEATHER JACKETS

I ripped my faithful black leather bomber jacket when I was visiting mon frere in Amsterdam in summer 2009. I wore it ripped afterwards, but it didn't look punk rock, more... punk scrap. Not a good look.


So I've been half-heartedly looking for a replacement bomber/biker ever since but I've decided to ramp up my search because every girl needs one in her wardrobe; especially this season to toughen up all the sugary pastels and girly, summer bright colours.

Topshop has some rather snazzy biker jackets at the moment, from neutral leathers to statement brights...  I like the coloured and metallic versions going round, but I think I'm going to stay classic and go back to black.  Any recommendations?
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15 May 2012

BIOEFFECT DAYTIME

My beauty product of the week is Bioeffect's new Daytime moisturiser (£55).  It's a nourishing day cream and promises to improve complexion, rehydrate and firm the skin.


My new favourite skincare product is light, easily absorbed and smells of... nothing.  It's paraben-free and suitable for all skin types so just smells clean.

Bioeffect Daytime contains a patent-pending cellular activator called EGF, usually found in human skin, which boosts its natural ability to renew itself.

£55 for 30ml (coming to Boots.com soon)

The discovery of EGF and its role in cell renewal earned Dr. Stanley Cohen and Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1986, so I trust that this stuff is the real deal....

Plus, Bioeffect products are made in Iceland and I like anything related to that wonderful little island.

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14 May 2012

BIRTHDAY WISHLIST

It's my birthday later this month, so I've made a list of my favourite things at the moment:

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13 May 2012

THE ALTERNATIVE FLOWER SHOW

I recently went to the private view for Hepzibah Swinford's new The Alternative Flower Show exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.


The London painter's collection of new works of fresh, floral paintings is incredibly vibrant, colourful and mood-enhancing.  Despite wearing lots of black and monochrome, I'm a firm believer in a bit of colour therapy - I bet if you had one of her works in your house, it'd cheer you up on even the most miserable mornings.


The title of the show is of course in reference to the upcoming annual Chelsea Flower Show. I haven't been since 2008, when I was snapped by Vogue, but I hope to attend this year because I need a bit of green-fingered inspiration...  Are you going?


Chelsea Flower Show runs 22-26 May 2012 | The Alternative Flower Show runs until 19 May 
at Rebecca Hossack, 28 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NA
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12 May 2012

JIGSAW MENSWEAR IS BACK

With a collection focused around casual tailoring, textured knitwear and faded prints, Jigsaw menswear is back and better than ever...  To celebrate the launch, enjoy 20% off now online - free delivery applies to all orders over £100 too - and in Jigsaw stores. (Offer valid until Thursday 17 May 2012 for UK orders only.)

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11 May 2012

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: GLITTER & PASTELS


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NELLY UK LAUNCH

I had such fun at the NELLY UK launch party at Aqua London this week.  I chose some new (free!) shoes, met the gorgeous Sandra from 5 inch and up and drank delicious rose cocktails with the creme de la creme of fashion bloggers...


There was stacks of jewellery by Swedish label Mi-Lajki to try on by the photobooth (in these photos I’m wearing a mental necklace with cuffs linked with chains – I can’t find it on NELLY.com but more Mi-Lajki jewellery is sold here).


I've featured NELLY on my blog lots since I discovered it last year - if you haven't checked out Scandinavia's answer to ASOS, you definitely should.

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DOROTHY PERKINS SHOES

High street stalwart Dorothy Perkins is offering 20% off all shoes in stores and online for a limited time only.  Grab a bargain from their collection of boots, heels, flats and sandals.


I'm going away later this month and these Gold Leather Flat Sandals, £45 are great for both walking around sightseeing and the beach...

100% leather Ravel gold wide strap leather flat sandal with buckle fastening with 1cm heel

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10 May 2012

A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

I like a strong lip and bold colours calls for Lipcote.  The award-winning original lipstick sealer has been keeping lips smudgeproof for over 50 years and prevents lipstick from feathering, fading (or just being licked off) for up to eight hours.


Lipcote is one of those cult beauty products which should be in every girl’s make-up bag; if it isn’t already you can get it from Boots for a bargainous £3.35. I was sent it so I've been using it loads lately and my bright reds and neon pinks have been very long-lasting indeed.
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MICHAEL KORS

I'm loving these elegant work dresses from Michael Kors' diffusion line MICHAEL (always think of Arrested Development...):


Printed Stretch Jersey Dress
Introduce soaring shades and punchy prints to your new-season wardrobe with MICHAEL Michael Kors' indigo and pale blue stretch-jersey dress. Mottled with waves of indigo and pale-blue, this fitted style is a striking choice for day or night - swap flat sandals for elevating wedges to go from springtime strolls to cocktail sipping in the city.

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9 May 2012

SPRING FLOWERS

April showers bring May flowers


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PRINGLE AW12

A couple of weeks ago I attended the press show for Pringle of Scotland's AW12 and pre-fall collections.  I watched the runway show (streaming online, unfortunately I wasn't FROWing) so it was good to see some of my favourite pieces from the catwalk in the flesh.

Pringle press day favourites | UK fashion blog

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8 May 2012

ASOS TREATS

Thank you, Mr Postman - few things cheer one up after coming back to work from a long weekend better than a nice parcel full of goodies...


Rare Peplum Pencil Dress With Open Back

Mini dress by Rare. Featuring a round neckline with a bound edge, a high, fitted waist, wide waistband, peplum detail, a cut out insert to the reverse, button closure and a concealed zip fastening.


ASOS Striped Knitted Dress

Knitted tunic dress by ASOS Collection. Crafted in a pure cotton knit. Featuring a slash neckline, contrasting stripe to the main with a reverse pattern to the sleeves, twin patch pockets and three-quarter-length sleeves. Designed in a relaxed fit.



Vila Low Scooped Neck Sequin Dress

Bodycon dress by Vila. Featuring a boat neckline with all over cornelli sequin embellishment to the main, three-quarter-length sleeves and a deep scoop back with a mini length.

And, after months of deliberating over the right trainer wedges, I chose:


ASOS Deny Wedge High Top Trainers

Suede wedge trainers by ASOS Collection. Featuring panelled suede leather uppers with a lace front fastening and blind eyelets, a padded ankle cuff, a concealed wedge heel and a patterned tread sole.

Thank you ASOS!

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6 May 2012

UNITED NUDE

At IPR's press day, I saw these cool semi-transparent United Nude rubber shoes which come in an array of colours.


United Nude is a footwear brand set up by a Dutch and English guy with a focus on conceptual design, elegance and innovation.

The Lo Res Shoe is part of United Nude’s digital design revolution. Computer aided design cuts the smooth rubber surface like a diamond. With a removable strap and leather foot bed, these classy and comfortable pumps will become a girl's new best friend. 


Read more about the design project at loresproject.com and buy them in the sale at Javari in neon pink, off white, black and nude.

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5 May 2012

BIG BRITISH BANG

Selfridges has compiled some jolly good British-themed collections to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  The Big British Shop features products from home-grown designers, Queen Elizabeth motifs emblazoned on porcelain and chinaware and hella union jacks...


Charbonnel et Walker has been making handmade chocolates and truffles in England since 1875 and this special edition packaging is a Jubilee must!


Union Jack Fine Chocolate Selection

Charbonnel et Walker are proud to present this unique chocolate selection in our nation's flag. 2012 is an exciting year for the UK, with the summer games coming to London and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Browse the Big British Shop and British food at Selfridges.com.

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4 May 2012

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND


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MEN'S MUSTO-HAVES

It may be May, but we’re still getting April showers.  If I was a bloke, I’d wear some of these men’s coats and jackets from technical sailing brand Musto, because if they kit out offshore sailors, I’m sure they know a thing or two about keeping dry…




The Tallin Parka lends a more modern direction to Musto’s sailing-inspired outerwear with its cropped length and contrast trims. The coated cotton twill fabric enhances the weatherproof properties and gives it the perfect weight for a reliable, versatile jacket.

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3 May 2012

APC LEOPARDS

Love the snazzy animal print on this sweatshirt and sweatshirt dress - as seen on Cheryl Cole - from APC at my-wardrobe.com.


Leopard Print Sweatshirt
This gorgeous printed sweatshirt is an off-duty staple and will instantly inject a fun twist to the season's print trend into your wardrobe. Wear this cosy sweatshirt with your favourite skinny denim and classic ballet pumps for laid-back luxe at its very best.



Zip Pocket Leopard Sweatshirt

A sweatshirt dress is the ultimate in effortless laid-back chic and can simply be thrown on with your favourite pumps and loved leather accessories for enviable weekend cool. The bright leopard print of A.P.C.'s stylish design is eye-catching and effortlessly nails the season's print trends.

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