Monthly Archives: February 2013

Your past is just a story…

Some midweek wisdom for you all…


Think this is really true and something to keep in mind!

YAY for it being Wednesday; my week is flying by and I actually can’t believe it is March already on Friday. However, unfortunately, the weather here in London has gotten quite cold again recently. Urghhh, I am really craving some sunshine and bright skies at the moment – I think I need to plan a sunny break for the Easter Holidays to get some much needed Vitamin D into my system – do you have any suggestions?

Also I am excited to try a Barrecore exercise class tonight as part of my Sweaty Betty Fit Crowd experience. Have you tried this before? I will let you know how I get on! I hope you all have a Happy Hump Day :)

Best Dressed Oscars 2013

On Sunday the 85th Academy Awards took place in LA. I always love seeing what the stars wear at the most hyped up awards show of the season but I have to say that in general I was a little bit underwhelmed by the red carpet looks this year. However here a quick outline of my best dressed at the Oscars 2013.


My favourite would have to be Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé. She looks so elegant and like a bono-fida movie-star! The gold gown fits her beautifully and suits her porcelain complexion. The red lips and her incredible curls finishes off the look perfectly!


Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior! She won the Oscar that night for best actress and I loved the film Silver Linings Playbook so I felt her win was well deserved. Her dress is a total knockout and she kept the rest of the styling and accessories simple to let this dramatic gown to all the talking. I also loved the sparkly necklace bit attached to the dress at the back. As beautiful as the dress was; it did cause her to tumble on the stairs when going up to accept her award but I love Jennifer; she just laughed it off! She seems a great down-to-earth girl, and her post winning interview cracked me up (see video here).


Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta. Normally I am not that keen on too much ruffles and frill but I loved this silver grey dress. It was gorgeous from the back with the long sweep and I bet it made her feel like a princess :)


Naomi Watts sparkled in a one-shouldered Armani Prive gown! She was incredible in ‘The Impossible’ so her nomination was very well deserved. I like the dark beaded sequins and the different and modern feel of this dress. Hair and makeup was kept simple which I think was appropriate with this kind of ‘look at me’ dress.


Other notable mentions are for Charlize Theron in Dior Couture (even with her short shaved hairstyle I think she is still one of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood), Kerry Washington in Miu Miu and Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab.

What did you think of the stars on the Oscars 2013 Red Carpet this year?


Kisses from Clinique – Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss

This February, Clinique has created a special limited edition ‘Kisses from Clinique’ set featuring the bestselling shades of Clinique’s iconic Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss. ‘The Kisses from Clinique‘ set was put together for the KISS IT BETTER appeal – raising money to fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.

Kisses from Clinique

I am a big fan of the Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Glosses (a previous review here) and think this set contains six gorgeous shades that all deliver a super flattering sheen of colour whilst moisturising and keeping your lips soft and therefore kissable ;)


The ‘Kisses from Clinique’ Set Contains:

  • Currant 5ml
  • Raspberry 5ml
  • Lilac 5ml
  • Grapefruit 5ml
  • Apricot 5ml
  • Rootbeer 5ml


Here they are swatched on my hand. L-R: Apricot and Rootbeer, Lilac and Ginger and Currant at the bottom.

My personal favourites are Apricot (a sheer pinkened apricot) and Ginger (a mid tone nude brown with a hint of pink). But really I think they are all such lovely and wearable glosses and the formula is nice and glossy but not too sticky.


This must have set will be sold exclusively in House of Fraser stores nationwide and online at during the month of February, with 50% of the RRP (£24) going to the appeal. The full size Superbalm Moisturising Glosses are 15ml and retail at £14.50.


A £2 donation will also apply to all Clinique lipstick or lipgloss sold at House of Fraser stores nationwide, throughout February 2013. (£1.00 will be donated by Clinique and £1.00 will be donated by House of Fraser).

So what are you waiting for; Get kissing…I mean GIVING ;)


The Fit Crowd with Sweaty Betty!

A few weeks back I got approached by Sweaty Betty, a leading women’s fashion and lifestyle brand, with the question ‘did I want to be part of the Sweaty Betty The Fit Crowd‘? Now as you can imagine that’s not something I had to think that long and hard about – I mean who doesn’t want to be able to say; I belong to ‘The Fit Crowd’ haha! I was already a fan of Sweaty Betty’s workout gear so joining them on a journey of fun, fitness and fashion sounded perfect to me!

A few days after accepting a big box arrived from Sweaty Betty and I did a little woohoo in the office when I found my official welcome to The Fit Crowd invite inside! It also contained their latest Spring/Summer 2013 Look Book. I love so many of the outfits….







Sweaty Betty’s purpose is “to inspire woman to find empowerment through fitness” and they believe that healthy & fit = happiness and I am in total agreement with that! Next week I will be off to my first Sweaty Betty – The Fit Crowd event to meet the other health and fitness loving selected ladies and I will get to pick some clothes from the new collection and we’ll have some fitness fun together – I cant wait!

Will you join me on my Fit Crowd journey?


Introducing FLASH by Jimmy Choo & Giveaway!

A couple of months ago, I was invited to attend the top-secret launch party of Jimmy Choo’s new fragrance “FLASH” right at the top of one of the coolest buildings (the Gherkin) in town. However, at the time we were all sworn to secrecy to reveal anything about the name, bottle or the campaign until it had launched officially. In January the Jummy Choo FLASH perfume hit the stores which means I can now finally reveal everything about it. The launch party was quite the flashy affair, with the fragrance being unveiled amid hundreds of flashes reflecting the bottle’s inspiration – a paparazzo’s flashbulb!


FLASH, is the second fragrance by Jimmy Choo and Creative Directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway told us at the launch party all about the distinct vision they had for this perfume “FLASH is about the cool rush of excitement and the sense of power a woman feels when dressed in a pair of sexy shoes. Its character which is both heady and effervescent, captures this perfectly.”

The campaign for the fragrance, shot by photographer Steven Meisel featuring model Natasha Poly captures this vision to reflect the mood of luxury and glamour, while revealing a hidden sense of fun and the forbidden.


The fragrance itself, designed by perfumer Christine Nigel, is a gorgeous white floral scent featuring top notes of pink pepper and strawberry that give it a more modern and exotic twist.

Here is the lowdown:
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Strawberry, Tangerine
Heart Notes: Tuberose, Jasmine, White Lily
Base Notes: Heliotrope, White Woods

I have been wearing this fragrance a lot in the last few months and have to say I really like it. It’s soft enough for day-time but also fun and sexy for a night out on the town! Apparently he designed the fragrance with the Jimmy Choo woman in mind who is self-confident, urban, sexy, rebellious and sophisticated.
Moi? With a spritz of this stuff…for sure ;)


Jimmy Choo FLASH EDP retail prices start from £36/€45 (for 40ml) and there is also a Body Lotion and Shower Gel. All available now worldwide. Is this a fragrance you’d be keen to try?

Well here is your chance; I am giving one lucky reader a chance to win one 100ml bottle EDP of FLASH – valued at £62/€95! It’s easy, peasy; just enter via the Rafflecopter form below! Entry is open internationally and closes 1 March 2013. GOOD LUCK :)

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London Fashion Week – The Exhibition

When I was at London Fashion Week on Friday for the Bora Aksu AW13 Catwalk show; we also got passes to roam freely around Somerset House to check out The Exhibition. LFW – The Exhibition showcases a range of contemporary designers and ready-to-wear brands to complement the catwalk schedule. London Fashion Week at Somerset house is such a buzzing atmosphere; when walking around you are bound to spot someone famous dashing between shows, as well as countless fashion bloggers and street style pioneers milling about in the hope of being photographed, making it a perfect people watching spot!

Here some photos I took at The Exhibition.

20130216-011757.jpg20130216-011806.jpg20130216-011816.jpgLoved this table in the Courtyard show space


The Scandinavian Showrooms feat. Danish, Norwegian & Swedish designers exclusively for LFW.


Loved this Miss Lola jewellery in the Rock Vault!


More pretty things in the Rock Vault – Accessory section


Topshop NEWGEN – more information here


Adorable clutches and colour popping shoes by Sophia Webster (link)


Working space ‘The Study’ for press and bloggers to refresh with a cup of coffee whilst uploading their latest fashion shots!

20130216-011934.jpgThe MAC Media Lounge as the official makeup sponsor of London Fashion Week

Later in the day I also popped across to the One Aldwych hotel (the home of many stylish people during LWF) to the Handpicked Media LWF Suite to catch up with follow HPM bloggers and check out the brands they had on display that day..


Can’t wait to try St. Moriz tanning range – it’s been on my list for a while now.


I got an exclusive sneak peak at the SuperDry Beauty Range! I loved the fun packaging and the products seemed of great quality. I got to take home some lovely products so will share my thoughts about these later.

20130216-012017.jpgI love Moroccan Oil already so am excited to try their Shampoo & Conditioner!


Lingerie brand Playful Promises showcased their AW13 Russian Doll collection and I got this gorgeous lilac set to take home! I also really liked their Whistle & Wolf print dresses.


Seascape was also on hand to offer hand and arm massages to any tired Fashion Week bloggers! Unfortunately I didn’t have time to indulge in one of those because I had to run back to the office for the day job but I had a lovely day at London Fashion Week and can’t wait to try all my new goodies….