25 October 2022

Gold Hoops

Last year I was kindly sent some gold hoop earrings from British fashion jewellery brand Ottoman Hands.  I've worn them a lot, as pictured here ready to pop at 39 weeks pregnant last October, and then last month, taking Raphael to his first day of nursery.  I took this photo on the walk there, before I dropped him off and the tears came (but more on all the motherhood feels later).  A year of change, but the beautiful gold hoops remain!

Style Blogger Emma Louise Layla wearing Ottoman Hands Alana Textured Gold Front Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion Blog

Founded by Deniz Gurdal in 2010 and inspired by the traditions and craftsmanship of the Ottoman Empire, each piece is handcrafted by artisans in their Istanbul workshop.  Uniting eastern and western heritage, the designs are gold-plated recycled brass and feature semi-precious gemstones.

Ottoman Hands Alana Textured Gold Front Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion BlogAlana Textured Gold Front Hoop Earrings

I love the unusual design of these front-facing hoops, which are handmade in 21 carat gold-plated brass.  Both pairs of earrings are lightweight so really comfortable, and come with matching pieces if you want to complete the look.

Style Blogger Emma Louise Layla wearing Ottoman Hands Mati Gold Eye Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion Blog

Handcrafted in recycled brass plated with yellow gold, these eye hoops radiate artisanal character and playfully nod to the ancient evil eye symbol, thought to offer protection against evil forces.  The matte finish of the gold gives a well-loved, well-worn patina and vintage feel, as if they're old treasured jewellery box favourites.  And I'm sure they will be!

Ottoman Hands Mati Gold Eye Hoop Earrings - London Jewellery & Fashion Blog

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20 October 2022

Current Skincare Faves

Here are a few skincare favourites I'm currently loving.  After having limited time for self-care since a certain little someone came along, I'm enjoying having a (quick) morning and evening routine again.  These are all now empties, and are all recommended.

AHC Lightweight Hyaluronic Serum, Omorovicza Overnight Mask Gel, Aurelia London Cell Repair Oil, Youth to the People Vitamin C Serum, MZ Skin Retinol SPF30 Moisturiser, and Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel - London UK Beauty BlogAurelia London Cell Repair OilOmorovicza Overnight Mask GelAHC Lightweight Hyaluronic SerumMZ Skin Retinol SPF30 MoisturiserYouth to the People Vitamin C SerumDermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel and Dermalogica Eye Wand

For daytime, I'm using the 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum from vegan, eco-conscious brand Youth to the People.  Packed with vitamin C and caffeine derived from yerba mate and guayusa plants, this serum brightens, moisturises and reduces morning puffiness.

Next in the morning, I apply Hydrate & Nourish Age Defence Retinol Day SPF30 Moisturiser from MZ Skin, created by Dr Maryam Zamani.  This velvety-smooth, hydrating cream includes encapsulated retinol to smooth and refine, and factor 30 to protect the skin.

At night I'm using the Aqualuronic Serum from the #1 Korean skincare brand AHC.  It's a lightweight, moisturising serum formulated with ceramides and mineral-rich seawater clinically proven to boost hydration, which glides on the skin leaving it feeling smooth and refreshed.

For a night moisturiser, I love the Midnight Radiance Mask from luxurious Hungarian brand Omorovicza.  Packed with salicylic acid, it's an unusual, cooling gel consistency, which melts into the skin and works overnight to brighten, tone and reduce pigmentation.

These new parent dark circles just won't quit, so I'm relying on the new Awaken Peptide Depuffing Eye Gel from my favourite skincare brand, Dermalogica.  It firms, hydrates, helps minimise the appearance of fine lines, and works well under makeup so I've been using it morning and night.  I apply it with my little finger or Dermalogica's refreshing Ultimate Eye Wand, which I kept in the fridge over the summer to make it even more cooling on tired eyes.

Last but not least, before bed I apply a few drops of the Cell Repair Oil from all-natural, British brand Aurelia London.  This award-winning, nightly treatment uses botanicals and essential fatty acids to firm, tone and regenerate the epidermis, whilst antioxidants fight free radicals to reduce oxidative stress and ageing.

There you have it, my quick and efficient daily skincare routine.  I'm using the occasional face mask/ body scrub/ haircare treatment when I can, but I make time for these six products every day.  Let me know if you have any speedy big-hitters you recommend!

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10 October 2022

Milton Avery at the Royal Academy

It's your last chance to see the excellent Milton Avery exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which runs until Sunday.  The London gallery has brought together a selection of around 70 paintings for the first comprehensive exhibition of the American artist's work in Europe.

Milton Avery, Sails in Sunset Sea, 1960 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blog
Milton Avery, Sails in Sunset Sea, 1960

Featuring paintings spanning Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism from the 1910s-1960s, American Colourist is a celebration of harmonious colour and simplified form.  Quiet scenes of daily life and portraits of loved ones sit alongside serene landscapes and bold, colourful canvases depicted in Avery's unique style.

Milton Avery, Blossoming, 1918 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blogMilton Avery, Blossoming, 1918

Considered one of America’s greatest 20th-century painters, Milton Avery (1885–1965) was admired by abstract expressionists Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, and a major influence on the next generation of artists.  Hot foot it to Burlington Gardens this week to see for yourself why.

Milton Avery: American Colourist, runs until 16 October 2022 at The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy

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Milton Avery, Little Fox River, 1942 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blog
Milton Avery, Little Fox River, 1942

Milton Avery, Husband and Wife, 1945 - Royal Academy of Arts 2022 Exhibition - London arts & culture blog
Milton Avery, Husband and Wife, 1945

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