Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Fashionista

New-ish kid on the block Shrimps already has a cult following for their playful coloured faux fur pieces. Treat your favourite fashionista to a midnight blue and baby pink collar for a ton of brownie points.


This hardworking little slip combines two of SS15’s biggest trends, monochrome and lace, it’s sure to be a wardrobe staple for next season.
 

Fashionistas love accessorising to transform basics, I’m a total sucker for body chains and the like to liven up an outfit, I wear them over plain dresses and under sheer or low cut tops for added interest.
 


I have been obsessed with these Gianvito Rossi shoes for about a year. They are so utterly sexy and vampy but simple enough to be worn with jeans or to work (if you have a hot date straight after). This shade is from SS15 so bonus points for shopping the new season collections.


Ahead of the phenomenally successful Savage Beauty exhibit coming home to London next Spring, the book on the exhibition is a really thoughtful gift for a fashion obsessed friend. When I’m gifting a book, I always write a little message on the inside cover with a date for a personal touch.
 
 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Gym Bunnies

Gym bunny attire needn’t be dull, thanks to indie sportswear labels like Lexie Sport. These leggings feature a flash of print down the side and have a 4-way stretch so they’re super comfy too.


 
Charli is another indie sportswear brand which blurs the lines between fashion and functional sportswear. Case in point, this gorgeous sports bra was seen in Vogue on Kate Upton.
 

This little baby monitors everything from your fitness activity to your steps and even your sleep. The ideal gift for the health conscious.
 

Yoga mats are such a boring purchase and kind of unnecessary as most studios tend to have mats but having your own mat is SO much nicer than using one which a lot of strangers have used. Kind of gross if you think about it. This Sweaty Betty one comes with a carry strap which doubles as a yoga strap, added bonus.
 

Nutribullet - £99.95
Every fitness obsessed person I know is also obsessed with their Nutribullet – a nifty little device which extracts goodness from fruit and vegetables to maximise nutrients and minimise wastage. It’s much more effective than a blender and extracts goodness from seeds, stems and skin. 
 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Addicts

The ultimate crackers for any beauty babe, this pretty set contains six gorgeous products including Hypnose Volume mascara, Le Cryon kohl eyeliner, L’absolute lipstick and a load of skincare goodies.

Buying make up for a beauty addict is a bit of a minefield so I tend to stick to safe bets or cult skincare or bodycare classics. This gift set contains some of Kiehl’s best products including Crème de Corp and Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

 
 
 
I’m not one for limited edition beauty treats but this has to be the hottest collaboration of the year. Recently crowned Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards 2014, this is Victoria’s first beauty collaboration and the shades of deep red and delicate bone are oh so covetable, the perfect addition to any beauty gal’s arsenal.


 
This kit contains a lip glaze, all over shimmer, eyeshadow and waterproof liner in Stila’s iconic, suit-all-skintones shade Kitten.


 
Le Labo rose 31 - £105
A scent from niche perfume brand Le Labo is the perfect way to spoil your favourite beauty addict. Rose 31 is one of the best selling scents and take it from me, it smells incredible. Santa, if you’re reading… 
 
 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Wildfox loves Barbie

 
 
As a child, I was a very girly girl. It was all pretty dresses, bows, pink and playing with dolls. When I grew up, it was a different story and you’d find me climbing trees with cuts and scrapes on my knees just like the boys but while I was young it was all very proper. As a child of the 80s, I favoured the glamorous American Barbie over boring British Sindy, who had no place in my toy box. Barbie on the otherhand, well I had everything from Doctor Barbie and Gymnast Barbie to Superstar Barbie along with the house, horse, car and of course Ken. I still have a secret soft spot for Barbie; I was overjoyed when I went ‘blonde like Barbie’ a few years ago.
 
When I heard on the grapevine that super cool LA-based brand Wildfox were creating a Dreamhouse collection, I was more excited that a 20-something should be! The collection consists of 12 limited edition capsule pieces which pretty accurately represent what Barbie would wear if she was real and living in 2014 and had a bit of a thing for the 80s. The campaign really brings the collection to life, shot in Barbie’s Dreamhouse and showing everything from her morning workout to lounging by the pool and of course her hot pink Corvette makes a cameo.
 
Stand out pieces include the ‘My resume’ tshirts which have a list of occupations on the back (because Barbie can be anything she wants to be), the ‘I love Ken’ tops, all of the workout clothes, the limited edition pink aviators and the Barbie bikini. There are so many cute little details, including sunscreen and cotton candy scented fabrics – whatever happened to scented and colour changing tshirts?! 
 



 

Victoria's Secret show 2014

 
 
As if the British Fashion Awards weren’t exciting enough, the Victoria’s Secret show 2014 took place in London for the very first time! Hysteria for the show has been steadily building since the themes and incredible costume sketches were unveiled.  Thanks to social media and in particular Instagram, we’ve had a sneak peek of the gruelling preparation and glamorous private jet in the lead up to the big event through the eyes of Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel et al.


 
 
Joined with honorary Angel Taylor Swift, shoes designed by Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster and not one but TWO fantasy bras, this has to be the biggest Victoria's Secret show to date. I’m sure we’ve all seen the show and highlights as it’s aired in over 200 countries but I wanted to share my favourite candid images from behind-the-scenes, which are even better than the show. Who’s your favourite Victoria’s Secret Angel?
 


 

 
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