Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Light is something that has always fascinated me.  As someone who often picks up a paintbrush or drawing pencil you become very aware of the way sunlight changes throughout the year.  The high sun in the middle of summer creates cold, almost blue rays.  As the seasons change and you head towards winter the light begins to shower everything it touches in a golden haze.

If you're planning to get outside and make the most of this cold but beautiful weather there is no better way to enjoy it than in an elegant pair of ankle boots.  A great pair makes winter dressing effortless.  Just add your favourite denim, a simple knit and a smudge of lippy and you are sorted day after day.  I'm in love with this Dune burgundy suede style.  Their high ankle and lacing detail add just the right amount of luxury whilst looking incredibly simple.  The block heel means they are comfy enough to wear all day whether stomping around London or enjoying the silent countryside.  Shop these Orchid boots and a few of my other Dune favourites below.



Thursday, 10 November 2016


When it comes to my foundations I'm pretty set in my ways.  After all, when you're happy why shop around?  I have used the same two products by Clinique and Nars on and off for the past few years and have no complaints.  I like a light but good coverage liquid foundation that I apply with a beauty blender sponge to create a natural but blemish free finish.

With the increase in natural beauty products about I have taken quite an interest in not just how my make up works but also what is in it.  Are the ingredients good for my skin?  How about the environment?  I have had some hit and miss trials along the way but then I found this gem.  Australian brand Dusty Girls uses natural clays and minerals in their skincare that are good for your skin.  These products are perfect for anyone with sensitive skin or who just wants to put something 'good' on their face instead of chemicals.  The entire range is natural, healthy and vegan.

I have never got along with powder foundations in the past, finding them either useless or unnatural looking, so I didn't have high hopes for this Mineral Foundation Powder.  Using a large round brush I dabbed it into the insignificant looking power and started to dab onto my face.  I actually couldn't believe the results and have had to use it for several days to be sure.  The power is so light you can't see that you are really applying anything, however on the skin it looks natural yet gives brilliant coverage.  Any winter blemishes and redness suddenly vanished with very little work or product.  The colour is perfect and there is no powdery finish.  It just looks natural yet groomed.  I have been using it daily as it gives full enough coverage for work and weekends.

This natural make up leaves skin in great condition without the drying effect that some chemical foundations can cause.  I'm hugely impressed with this product and will definitely be stocking up!  

Tip - If you sign up for their pretty newsletter on the website now you can get 15% off.  I'm pretty fair skinned and used Medium Minerals w Golden Light.



Tuesday, 8 November 2016


There is no getting away from it now Christmas is coming!  I thought I'd pull together an early wish list to help you shop for friends and family who may just have similar taste to myself.  You may even see some pieces here you want to add to your own list.  These chic gifts will last well beyond December.


YSL Crocodile Card Holder - £150 Selfridges

YSL Red Leather Card Holder - £150 Selfridges

I've been after a card holder for as long as I can remember because a wallet is just TOO big for a small shoulder bag.  These YSL designs are beautiful forever pieces that will never date.  If you are after a more inexpensive but still delicious option Whistles have a great collection for just £25.  Their Croc (here) and Red Leather (here) are my favourites.  

Lancome Juicy Shaker - £18 John Lewis

In every shade of red and nude please!  I can't believe I still don't own one of these lip softening beauties. The Juicy Shakers are made from lip nourishing oils and colour pigments to plump your lips whilst leaving them butter soft.   The perfect gift for all of the women in your life.

Bella Freud Wool Jumper - £280 Selfridges

Bella Freud Signature Candle - £40

Because I have dreamt of Freud's classic Parisian knits for as long as I can remember.  They will never date or go out of style.  One of my personal Icons Freud now also has a fantastic selection of perfumes and candles that smell incredible.  Her signature matches in their beautiful logo box make a great dinner party gift at just £18.

Red Knit Sweater - & other stories £35

Yes, there's a red theme to my winter crushes.  This knit adds colour to my monochrome wardrobe in the simplest way.  Indigo jeans, this knit and red lip is a dreamy combination. & other stories is one of my favourite stores and I could quite happily own everything in there.

Mon Ami T shirt - Whistles £50

A breton tee may last forever but after a lot of wear they do start to get a little tired.  This Mon Ami printed long sleeve T shirt is the perfect update.  Wear it now with a metallic mini or trousers and after the party season with pale denim jeans.

Bigger Bolder Brow Kit in 01 - Benefit at John Lewis £28.50

Because I will happily wear zero makeup as long as my brows are groomed!  Benefits Ka Brow looks amazing and I have wanted to give it a go ever since it launches.  This pretty kit includes all the essentials for creating amazing brows every day.  Blondes go for 01 Light but their website also has a great tool to help you find the shade and kit for you.

Champagne Truffels - Charbonnel et Walker £4.50

Charbonnel et Walker truffles are the most delicious chocolates on the planet and it I could I would only eat these all year.

White Circular Satin Top - & other stories £65

There is a chance I'm addicted to white shirts.  I live in the things!  This zip pull neckline feels sporty and fun.  

Mini Hoop Earrings - & other stores £12

Earrings are the only piece of jewellery you need at the moment.  Sometimes huge styles get tiresome putting in and out but these gold minimal hoops would take you from day to night, Monday to Sunday.  Super pretty and feel far more luxurious than their £12 price tag.


Friday, 4 November 2016


Ever since Balenciaga sent their padded jacket down the catwalk the fashion world has been going a little bit crazy.  This anti-fashion, practical coat has gained serious cool-girl appeal.  Best styled off the shoulder with a lace body or polo-neck sweater, this down filled classic is another fashion item to land that is actually going to keep us warm this winter.  An oversized black style is the simplest option and makes creating a monochrome wardrobe easy.  If you are after something with a little more wow-factor then follow in Balenciaga's footsteps and head for red.  Look for details that make it stand out from the traditional puffer such as large quilting, high necklines, cropped hems and zip details.  These are a few of my favourites out now...


Black Belted Down Coat - Stradivarius £79.99

Green Down Coat - Mango £59.99

Red Coat With Zip Detail - Zara £69.99

Khaki Satin Crop Coat - boohoo.com £35

Black Shell Jacket - net-a-porter £945


Thursday, 3 November 2016


I'm not sure anything beats the freedom of wearing trainers to bounce from meeting to meeting on a manic work day.  When you have appointments in Central London, then East, then back to Central.  When the tubes are delayed and the bus didn't turn up and you suddenly have the ability to walk there instead.  

From kicks to bomber jackets, joggers to baseball caps, active clothing has been filling our fashionable wardrobes for a few seasons.  Styling one of two fitness pieces with a silk slip dress, simple tee or satin trench makes them perfect for work or weekend.  As someone who is a bit of a sucker for keeping fit and healthy I love the freedom these pieces give you.  

Move over clothing as now it's our accessories turn!

I first started lusting over activity trackers around a year ago when as a runner I realised wearing one of these clever watches meant I could track my route, speed, time and more.  Gone was the need for strapping my large phone to my arm.  Gradually more features appeared on these devices including your heart rate, monitoring your sleep, tracking your steps and even details of a  phone call or text.  Ok, so now it's a serious gadget.  

Although I'm currently on a break from running (I'm nearly five months pregnant and have suffered horribly with serious morning sickness) I am finding my Fitbit is still giving me the motivation to stay active.  I'm jumping off the tube early to get my steps up or taking a weekend walk in the park.  These watches are no longer for gym bunnies but for gadget lovers everywhere.  Plus they are fun!

Fitbit's new Charge 2 heart rate and fitness wristband is even better with it's interchangeable straps, calendar alerts and guided breathing sessions.  This may just be something you want to add to your Christmas list! I know I will be.


Watch - Fitbit / Trainers - Nike Cortez / Bomber - Topshop / Leggings - Gap / Earrings H&M

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