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- Ottolenghi Carrot and Walnut Cake
- Hereford Road Restaurant, Bayswater / Notting Hill
- Today is the right day…
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad
- Weekend in Whitstable by the seaside..
- What if you fly..
- Berners Tavern – The London EDITION Hotel
- Wedding weekend at Longleat House
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Monthly Archives: November 2011
First off I am sorry, I can’t believe it’s been a week since I have blogged! Life has just been a little busy the last few days with work, life and travel. I love blogging so it’s not that I have lost the ‘passion’ but sometimes the days just fly by and recently just haven’t had the time!
Now onto a product I have been loving recently: Wish Wash by FIX Malibu!
Wish Wash is a exfoliant cleanser but nothing like a traditional cleanser! It’s actually a finely milled powder that is activated by water into a light foaming cleanser that exfoliates and deep-cleans pores gently without stripping your skin. A powder cleanser was a totally new concept to me so was very intrigued to see how it would work & feel. The powder comes in a cardboard container that looks a bit like a pepper or seasoning shaker because it features the same type of lid.
All you need to do is tip a pea-sized pile of powder into the palm of your hand and mix in a little water. I was expecting the powder to turn into paste like consistency when mixed with water but instead it turns the powder into a lovely soft ‘foaming’ cleanser.
As well as naturally abrasive cellulose powders, it contains citric, salicylic and ferulic acids which are natural skin smoothers said to draw extract the dirt from your pores. Done this way, exfoliation allows any toner or moisturiser applied afterward to penetrate maximally, without irritating sensitive skin.
The idea behind the product is to gently but effectively exfoliate with every single wash, rather than just saving a harsher exfoliation for once or twice a month. I have been using this in the shower daily and love how it leaves my skin feeling refreshed, super-clean, soft and not stripped ‘raw’ like some other exfoliating products can do.
Wish Wash is available online at Cult Beauty here for £27.50
Rachel Bilson is definitely one of my favourite Hollywood Style Icons (as you can see here) so you can imagine I got rather excited yesterday when I read that she’s about to launch her own fashion range!
Following in the stylish steps of Kate Bosworth for JewelMint, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for StyleMint and Jessica Simpson for BeautyMint (which launches later this month), the former OC actress has teamed up with her stylist, Nicole Chavez, and Steve Madden for the project, which offers a monthly selection of shoes to members for US$79.99 each.
I especially LOVE the Isabel Marant Yoan alpaca-blend instarsia sweater she is wearing!
The shoes will be made from real leather and suede and will range from US sized 5-11. First shoe to be unveiled? A nude suede, platform which Bilson was sporting at a recent event!
Speaking about her new project, the ‘Hart of Dixie’ star said that “I loved the idea of designing really cute shoes that are affordable and accessible. The whole idea behind the BeachMint brand makes the online shopping experience so personal. More and more, people are shopping for shoes online and with BeachMint, I have the opportunity to design not just the shoes, but the full experience for our customers, which feels more personal and rewarding for me. As a designer, I’m always exploring new mediums and footwear is a category I’ve always been very passionate about.”
And in anticipation of the site launch, ShoeMint is holding a sweepstake in which five lucky winners will get a year of free shoes! Sign me up :) Check out all the details at ShoeMint.com.
And yes…that time of the week already
I quite like my checked shirt looks, as you can see here and here. So when I spotted a blue, white, red checked shirt in ZARA the other day I just loved it. It’s not your standard checked shirt because it comes with a cute ruffled/frilled neckline! Here is a recent OOTD wearing my new shirt :)
♥ Checked Shirt with frills by ZARA (available here for £29.99)
Can I just say ZARA used a terrible look to ‘sell’ this shirt, I vote I wear it better than the model ;)
♥ ‘Roxanne’ Jeans by 7 For All Man Kind (as seen here)
♥ White racerback singlet from ZARA
♥ Watch Michael Kors (as seen here)Then before heading out I just added my favourite leather jacket (by River Island as seen here) and aviator sunglasses and I was ready to roll. Am loving this simple but fun look :)
How do you wear your checked shirt? xoxo
A couple of weekends ago I went out for dinner and a few drinks (and ok maybe a boogie too!) in South Kensington with some friends. Back in September I’d bought this navy, lacy and slightly sparkly lowcut back dress from Trafaluc by ZARA so I decided a blue smokey eye would accompany this look perfectly.
Face: MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer (under the eye & to conceal any blemishes) // Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in the shade Desert Beige. This is very much a ‘stay-in-place’ kind of foundation and I love wearing this when I’m going out. It provides great smooth coverage and stays on perfectly all night long! // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Light // NARS Laguna Bronzer to contour // MAC Well Dressed Blush on the apples of my cheek
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion (as a primer to ensure my smokey lasted to the wee hours of the morning) // MAC Wedge eyeshadow to fill in and accentuate my brows // NARS Copacabana Multiple – applied over entire eyelid right up to my brows as a shimmery base // Estee Lauder – Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo in Clouds using the light blue colour on the inner corner of my eye until about half way and then applying the darker navy on the rest of the lid and working up into the crease/outer V and blending in the socket towards the brow // MAC Wedge eyeshadow – I used this a little bit to soften the socket/crease to blend it all together // MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack along the waterline and upper lashline // NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara applied (top & bottom) after curling my eyelashes
And to finish off my look. Lips: Ciate Lipgloss in St Barts (I got this for free with the July Marie Claire Magazine)
See here the Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo in Clouds that I used for this look and swatches of the eyeshadows in the palette. Very pigmented, long lasting and quality eye shadows!
Available online here for £22.50. What do you think of my blue/navy smokey eye?
Don’t those combinations just sound delicious? To eat yes but also to treat your body :)
I love using ‘I love’ cosmetics’ range of amazing smelling body and hand lotions to lather up my skin to keep them smooth, soft and hydrated whilst smelling luxuriously yummy!The only downside? Every time I lather up in the body lotion it leaves me CRAVING vanilla or cookies &cream ice cream ;) Click here for ‘I Love’ stockist information.
I hope you are all having a fabulous week? The cold weather is really hitting London now, this morning it was only 5 degrees when I left home for work!! Brrrr. Last Friday I went to the musical ‘the Lion King’ with a friend and have to say I LOVED it! The stage, the costumes, the music…FANTASTIC. If you ever have the opportunity to go to this anywhere in the world then I’d definitely recommend it. So because it’s Hump Day, this week’s message is little inspired by The Lion King!