Monthly Archives: October 2012

Jessica Biel wedding dress – hit or miss?

Ok don’t get me wrong here…

1) I love Jessica Biel. She is an unbelievably beautiful woman and I usually adore her sense of style.
2) JT and her are such a great and fun couple
3) I thought their wedding photos looked amazing; a stunning romantic location in Italy and overall it looked lots of fun!

…But sorry what was shethinking with that pink, fluffy, prom style wedding gown?

It it just me or do you agree? Xoxo

A girly weekend of R&R at The Olde Bell

Occasionally we all need to escape the busy city life and spoil ourselves to bit of R&R in the country side. Fresh air, walks, massages, fireplaces in country pubs and delicious food are all good for the soul, so me and a girlfriend decided to go on a wee road trip out of London and book ourselves a room at the gorgeous The Olde Bell in Hurley. The Inn is only a 45min drive from the city; located in a wee village along the Thames and is very close to famous English countryside towns Henley on Thames, Maidenhead and Marlow.

The Olde Bell is not a hotel where the rooms dominate, but where the common spaces are the heartbeat of the place. It has a lovely pub area where you can sit down for a casual lunch or enjoy tea and cakes or a glass of wine by the fireplace.

After arriving at the hotel we checked into our room, dived onto the bed and did a big ‘whoooopie we’re here!’ and then headed downstairs to enjoy a delicious parsnip soup with freshly baked breads in the pub.

The Modern Coaching Inns rooms are designed by the celebrated designer Ilse Crawford (portfolio includes Soho House New York, Grand Hotel Stockholm, Cecconis and more). I loved the design and style of the hotel; a perfect mix of old and new. Old beams, wooden floors, wool and fluffy blankets and modern furniture. The bathroom featured an amazing claw foot bath and lots of Aesop goodies!

After our heart-warming lunch we decided to go for a walk in the cold countryside. We had a mix of four seasons during our two and a half hour walk; sunshine, wind and rain! But I loved being in the fresh air, getting some exercise, catching up with my friend and exploring in the woods.
I think autumn is one of my favourite seasons!
See I am no princess! I don’t mind getting a little muddy and luckily I had my trusted Hunter wellies!
Perfectly timed after we got back from the walk (a little windswept and wet from the rain) our room got magically transformed into a private beauty spa because through the hotel we’d booked for a mobile treatment by Flutterby. I got a full body massage and my friend a facial. After this we felt super relaxed and could have almost hopped into bed right then and there but we managed to pep ourselves up for dinner in the main restaurant of the hotel. This was my casual outfit of the night…
Jeans by Abercromby & Fitch (link)
Leopard print shoes by ALDO (link)
Green off the shoulder top (purchased in small boutique shop in Barcelona)
Black wool cardigan by Country Road
Double layer navy/beige leopard printed scarf by ZARA (recent purchase)
The main restaurant serves simple, rustic and great quality food so we decided to order from their three course menu at £29.50 per person. We both had the goats cheese and baked beets as a starter and I had the braised lamb shoulder with pearl barley and red cabbage and Katharina indulged in the sirloin steak with triple cooked chips and bone marrow gravy. It was a lovely evening; enjoying delicious food, a glass of red and wonderful company! But best part had to be…
….DESSERT!! ;) I had the Rhubarb and Apple Crumble and Katharina the Sticky Toffee Pudding ♥
After dinner we retreated to our room for some reading and a great nights sleep! To be continued…. x

Burgundy outfit of the day

Here a recent outfit of the day featuring my beloved new burgundy jeans! When I was in New York City I fell in love with the shop Aritzia. Aritzia is a women’s fashion boutique that offers a mix of beautifully designed clothes that are on trend, high quality, and good value. They have boutiques across the US and Canada. Me and my flat mate spent quite a lot of time in their dressing rooms trying on clothes and from there deciding how much damage this shop would do to our bank accounts because we seroiusly wanted to buy it all! This scarf is one of the items I just had to have, the colours are perfect for fall and a girl can never have too many scarfs right?

Burgundy waxed jeans by Gina Tricot // White v-neck tee by Zara // Black jersey blazer by Zara // Linen scarf from Aritzia // Leather over the knee high boots by Oasis

Grey cable knit vest from United Colors of Benetton // Watch by Michael Kors // Black leather biker jacket from River Island


Weekly food for thought….

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

Happy Hump Day everyone :)

Simply Be, Be Beautiful at any size!

For you curvy ladies out there, check out this great little video by Simply Be showcasing their latest Anna Scholz collection that is available online now. I think it’s great to see an increase in fashion retailers offering a wide range of fashionable and on-trend items for sizes 12-36. Because no matter what size you are you should be able to feel beautiful and find clothing that make you feel amazing and confident.

I was also happy to read recently that Australian model Robyn Lawley has become the first plus-sized model ever to score a major campaign for high-end fashion designer Ralph Lauren. In the past, Ralph Lauren has been highly criticised for airbrushing its models to unrecognisable versions of thin. I mean these beautiful girls below for example have been photoshopped so much they look alien-like….

The 23 year old plus-sized model is rapidly making a name for herself in the fashion industry! Robyn Lawley’s curves have already been featured in Vogue Italia and French Elle and now Ralph Lauren’s move to book the size 12 model is a hugely positive step forward to reshape people’s ingrained thinking that bigger can’t be beautiful. I mean look at her….this girl is STUNNING!

I spotted the following quote on the Simply Be Pinterest Page: “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” ~ Mae West. Haha I love it.

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Clinique Chubby Sticks now more intense!

Following on from the success of their cult Chubby Sticks range (read my review hereClinique is now releasing a new line and this time round their crayon style lipsticks will be INTENSE! The new moisturising lip colour balms will feature a new fuller coverage formula that will give you bolder colour pay off.
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense will be available in 8 shades: Curviest Caramel, Chunkiest Chili, Heftiest Hibiscus, Mightiest Maraschino, Plushest Punch, Roomiest Rose, Broadest Berry, and Grandest Grape retailing at £16 each.

The chunky pens are perfect for applying on the go, because your simply twist up the base to dispense more product. Plus whilst now adding a more intense touch of colour to your lips the formula still contains the loveliest ingredients including shea butter, mango seed butter and jojoba seed oil to deliver plenty of moisture leaving your lips soft and soothed.

As mentioned there will be 8 shades in the range and lucky me was able to get my hands on two shades before they are released nationwide in mid-November.

Let me introduce you to Chunkiest Chilli and Plushest Punch:

 Chunkiest Chilli is a slightly brown brick red shade and Plushest Punch is a bright fushia pink shade.
I have swatched both Chubby Sticks below; first swatched normally and then swatched slightly blended out for if you prefer a softer look as a glossy balm but still with plenty of colour pay-off.
Top: Chunkiest Chilli
Bottom: Plushest Punk
The bright punchy pink is definitely up my alley but when I first saw the brownish red Chubby stick I didn’t think it would suit me at all. However I was pleasantly surprised and quite like this more brownish natural toned shade at the moment for a chic autumn look.
If you are a fan of the original Chubby Stick formula but prefer something with a bit more of a kick then I’d say definitely check out the new Intense range when it comes out in November!