Monthly Archives: June 2011

A day out at the Races – Royal Ascot!

On Saturday the 18th June I went to the famous Royal Ascot Races at Ascot Racecourse.
Royal Ascot is one of Europe’s most famous horse race meetings, and dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by Queen Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the actual racing! ‘Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in a glorious setting at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the country.’
What does this mean??? DRESSING UP TIME! :)

I’d done all my shopping and had found the perfect outfit at Reiss; a stunning green Grecian style dress!
I matched my dress with a colourful fascinator (that I already owned) by Australian Designer Alannah Hill.
MakeUp wise this was my Face of the Day:
♥ Face
MAC Studio Fix concealer in NC20
Estee Lauder Double Wear (Stay in Place Makeup; SPF10) mix of Fresco (N2N) & Desert Beige (2N1)
FYF Cosmetics –Impeccable Mineral Loose Powder in Medium
NARS Laguna Bronzer
MAC Warm Soul Mineral Blush
MAC Charcoal Brown e/s fill in brows
MAC clear brow gel to set brows

♥ Eyes
NARS Dogon eyeshadow Duo (light shade all over lid & dark colour in outer lid, crease & lower lash line)
MAC Fluidline in blacktrack applied with MAC 210 eyeliner brush
MAC Smolder kohl liner in waterline
NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara

I proclaimed my love for the NARS Dogon eyeshadow Duo back in April at the launch of NARS’s Summer 2011 Collection. You can read my original review here. I think this is such a beautiful duo and I have been using it lots! I love wearing the lighter colour all over the lid with the darker shade in the crease (as done in this FOTD) but have also used the two colours on top of each other for a stunning charchaol green smokey eye!

♥ Dogon Duo Eyeshadow (Limited Edition) £23.50 – get it online at Nars Cosmetics
Named for the Mali-based culture, this metallic taupe (with icy green sheen) and charcoal black duo eyeshadow delivers an unexpected twist on an otherwise neutral color combo. Blend the lighter shade from lashes to brow and smudge the darker hue in the crease and along lashes for added impact. When blended together, the shades create an iridescent green cast on the charcoal hue!

NARS Dogon Swatched:
From left to right: light colour, dark colour and both mixed together
Left: No Flash                                                                 Right: With Flash
Here some more pictures of my day at Royal Ascot!
Loved my green dress! Reiss is one of my favourite shops here in London.

Oh and my friend’s blue dress is also from Reiss – it’s the blue version of this one!

I had a lovely day at the races; I got to see the Queen, drink (quite a few) champagnes, placed some bets on the horses (actually WON £20!) and watched a fashion show. Might have to do this again next year :)

Have you ever been to Royal Ascot or a day out at the Races in your country? xoxo

Happy Hump Day with Carrie Bradshaw

“Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous” ~Carrie Bradshaw.

Every girl loves Sex and the City! I adore the above quote and here are some more of my favourite quotes by the fabulous Carrie!

“As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”

“After all, computers crash, people die, relationships fall apart. The best we can do is breath and reboot.”

“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet!”

“As we speed along this endless road to the destination called who we hope to be, I can’t help but whine, ‘Are we there yet?”

“It’s like the riddle of the Sphinx…why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?”

“People say ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ These people are usually women. And these women are usually sorting through a break-up. It seems that men can get out of a relationship without even a ‘Goodbye,’ But, apparently, women have to either get married or learn something.”

“If you are single there is always one thing you should take out with you on a Saturday night… your friends.”

“Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course, we wouldn’t fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”

“I don’t believe in email. I’m an old-fashioned girl. I prefer calling and hanging up.”

“The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”

This list could have gone on and on….so many great quotes! Happy Hump Day everyone :)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Red Carpet Style

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been all over the internet recently. This is because she is on the promotional tour for the premiere of the new Transformers movie: Dark of the Moon. She has taken over from Megan Fox to play Carly, the new love interest of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in the Transformers 3 film.

The 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret model and now turned actress certainly knows how to ROCK a red carpet. I suppose she’s had plenty of practise from her years as a model on the catwalk and it seems that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is turning her movie red carpet outings into something of an art form. To me, Rosie is one of the most stunning models around at the moment. Her hair, makeup and outfits are always perfect. Glamorous and sexy but still very elegant!

Check out some of my favourite recent looks by the British model below:

Stunning at the London premiere in a midnight blue, backless satin dress, custom-made for her by Burberry. This look is just perfection to me; makeup, hair, dress – love it! // Rosie in a gorgeous metallic gown by Naeem Khan at the premiere in Berlin, Germany // Looking bronzed & glowing at the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards in London in Stella McCartney.

Showing off per amazing pins at a photo call in Moscow. Wearing a hot pink silk jersey draped asymmetrical gown from the Spring 2011 Michael Kors Collection // Super glam and sexy in a Michael Kors bodysuit as the makes her way in to the Ed Sullivan Theatre to tape an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman (super hair envy….)

Rosie at the premiere in Moscow, wearing a Gucci maxi chiffon dress with hand-painted flowers // Showing off her back in a Max Mara dress as she hits the red carpet at the 2011 Maxim Hot 100 Party

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon will hit the big screen on Wednesday (June 29) in the United States and the UK. Do you think you will go see this movie? I saw the previous two and actually quite enjoyed them. Shia makes laugh and Josh Duhamel is yummy eye candy! :)

My new watch!

So for almost a half a year now I have been lusting after a Michael Kors watch. My big dilemma however was, which one to get! Everyone seemed to be getting the gold big style watch and I seriously tried this on in the shops about twenty times but couldn’t never quite make the step to buy one. I wanted a big chunky gold watch but then again, I don’t wear a lot of gold. And it would be such a shame to buy a nice gold watch and then never really wearing it….

Hmmm so what’s a girl to do?? Duh, get a silver one instead! So after months and months of checking out watches I finally decided on the Michael Kors ‘White Mother of Pearl’ Chronograph Watch MK5020.

Check out my new baby:
I am seriously in love with my new watch. ♥ It’s big and chunky but also a bit more girly because of the mother of pearl dial and crystal index markets! YAY am so happy with my final choice! :) What do you think? xoxo

The Scent of Summer with Ted Baker

“This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet”.
William Shakespeare

T H E  S C E N T  O F S U M M E R

‘Waking up with light streaming through your window, the sound of the ubiquitous ice cream van, a barrage of BBQ invites, fresh strawberries and cream, warm afternoons well spent outside and long conversations held late into balmy nights. However brief, an English summer brings with it a delight of expectation.’ 

I have to say, I loooove summer time! Waking up to the birds chirping, sun streaming in, picnics, BBQ’s, summer dresses and I could go on and on :) 
Inspired by his new spring summer collections, Ted baker has released a new limited edition version of his fragrance called ‘Woman’. This lovely summer Eau De Toilette features top notes of Bergamot, and Lily of the Valley which dry down into a sandalwoody/ylang ylang and musk base. On the way you will experience the heart notes of basil, rose and orris. Perfect for hot days and warm nights!
I think this is a lovely fresh scent, perfect for a day in the park. It’s a bit like summer in a bottle :)
RRP £24.00, 100ml Eau de Toilette.
Available at selected Department stores, Pharmacies, Perfumeries and online at

Revlon – Peach Smoothie NOTD

I’ve had my eye on getting a lovely peachy/nude nail polish for a while now, so when my I spotted Revlon’s Peach Smoothie nail polish at Boots the other day, I had to pick it up. Plus I was very intrigued to test this whole new ‘scented’ nail polish concept!

Check out my Peach Smoothie NOTD here:
Revlon’s Peach Smoothie is an adorable colour! The perfect nude/peach with a pretty subtle gold sparkle. The formula is quite sheer and a little streaky so it does needs 2-3 coats for good coverage. Now onto the smell; basically the ‘scent’ develops as soon as the nail polish dries. I wouldn’t say it smells of peaches but it definitely has a sweet fragrance. The smell actually reminded me of those sugary candy string necklaces you used to get at kids parties!

It’s not a very strong smell, so don’t worry about it interfering with your perfume or anything. I could only really smell it when I ‘sniffed’ my fingers or my fingers were close to my face. The smell was the strongest on day one but after I’d had a shower I found it vanished quite quickly. It’s fun and different to your standard nail polish but just a bit of a gimmick really…

Revlon’s (Limited Edition) Scented Nail Enamel is available in 8 shades. Check out the full range of colours available here. I also quite like the look of ‘Pretty in Papaya’ and ‘Mad about Mango’. Revlon Scented Nail Enamel is priced at £6.49 and available from now (while stock lasts)

Think you will treat your hands to some sweet smelling nails? ;)

A little bit retro…

I opted for a red glossy lip and winged eyeliner look the other day and for some reason I felt a little retro hehe but I loved it :) Check out my Face of the Day:♥ Face
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
MaxFactor Translucent Loose Powder
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Body Shop Blush in Tea Rose
MAC Charcoal Brown e/s fill in brows
MAC clear brow gel to set brows

♥ Eyes
NARS Abyssinia eyeshadow (Makeup Your Mind Palette)
Urban Decay Naked & Buck eye shadows blended into crease
MAC Fluidline in blacktrack applied with MAC 210 eyeliner brush
NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara

♥ Lips
Bourjois Effet 3D Balm Action Gloss in 06

Hair wise I was inspired by a post on The Beauty Department which featured the lovely Marianna (she’s got a fab blog!) See the post that inspired my twisted, textured hair-do here. It comes with instructions on how-to create it yourself – super duper simple!

What do you think of my ‘a little bit retro’ look? xoxo