I am turning into a sweatshirt obsessive, if I could wear one every single day of the week, I would. And by that I mean, if I had enough in my wardrobe not because I have to dress in any specific way.
New Look have got five that I am in love with, I want every single one. You might notice a slight theme to them, they all have a slogan (I love a slogan top, it’s like my breton stripe) and they’re all grey, black or burgundy. In fact, I had picked the grey version of one of the burgundy but I thought it was a bit too much. I’m good like that.
Sweatshirt, skinny jeans, ankle boots. That is pretty much my A/W staple look. It’s warm, it’s comfy (I’m so high fashion aren’t I?) and it looks good. Plus, when it’s pitch black outside and I need to get the kids to school and myself to work I can’t be faffing around with what to wear. Grab and go, grab and go.
Ah winter. Sorry to say it, but my favourite time of year. Yes, I love throwing on a pair of flip flops but nothing beats snuggling up in huge boyfriend coats and buying that perfect pair of boots. Not to mention candles, blankets, hot chocolate, red cups and CHRISTMAS!
On my wish list, you know, that virtual list you have, where, if money were no object you’d be spending up like a crazy spend-y person are Dukes Boots. They are gorgeous. And, and! You can have them monogrammed! I am *all* over this right now so these babies are right up there!
It all started back in 2005 while Daisy (Dukes lady obviously) fell in love with a pair of boots. It turned out, of course, that it was impossible to get the boots in Britain, so Dukes Boots was born!
Daisy’s love affair with boots has a longer history than a love of our particular boots discovered on her travels. Boots run in the family for decades with her family designing the infamous Cowboy Boots – R.Soles.
Designed by Daisy in the UK, the boots are all handmade by traditional Artisans in the mountains of Spain using the highest quality natural materials. Every component is hand crafted using traditional methods ensuring the boots are designed not only to look beautiful but are made to last.
I present to you the boots I have been stalking….
We have, Emmie (with the orange) £155.00, Grace (dark brown leather) £160.00, Ruby (blue and pink) and Lily (brown and yellow) £150.00. The personalisation is £14 for two letters, £18 for three.
My issue would be which pair to pick, I love them all!
Side note, this isn’t a sponsored post in the slightest, I just love these boots!
Yeah baby! We’re getting on a plane, we’re leaving the UK and we are chasing the sun! It’s been a long time coming this holiday, The Boy has never been on a plane and GG has only got as far as Ireland on one, so to say we’re excited is a slight understatement!
The packing will commence next week, and I’ve already been stockpiling some goodies to take with me, top of that list are the proper beach things, I’m talking Designer Swimwear baby, all in one place – beach cafe – Ta Dah!!
I want every.single.thing here! It’s not often I get to daydream about laying on a beach, sunglasses on, book in hand, cocktail to the side (can you picture that scene?!) but it’s in touching distance now, so to go along with my daydreams, I thought I’d do my dream beach look.
I’m not that brave sadly, so this really is my wish list, my “wish I was bikini brave” list! Accessories though, all over those! I’ve even got some temporary tattoos by Flash Tattoos, in gorgeous metallics that last 4-6 days, they’re not your usual temporary tats either, think geometric shapes, jewellery, stars, I will probably cover myself in them! And, no doubt the kids will be having their fair share of them too. I bet I even get one on the bloke. Did I mention we got new tattoos the other week, and now he is addicted as me and is already planning his next two or three tattoos! *HOT*
I have the MOST amazing beach bag by Lemlem that is going to be earning it’s keep and going everywhere with us. Handwoven, pink, white and blue stripes with a bright, clashing print interior. It’s got pockets on the outside for easy grabbing of the purse, suncream, glasses, whatever and it’s HUGE so the whole day can get thrown in there ready to go.
I’ve got a stack of magazines that haven’t been read, a book that I want to grab at the airport – Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer – and no other plans whatsoever! We just want to sit on the beach, play in the sea, do a bit of sightseeing and just relax the hell out for the whole 7 days. I expect there will be a lot of alcohol, some really good food and plenty of freckles!
I love a good beauty box, ever since they first came out and I started subscribing I have been hooked. There have been, of course, a couple of not so good ones, which did put me off for a while, but the competition between them all is quite strong, so the good ones seem to up their games!
October is breast cancer awareness month, so it was really good to see a pink Birchbox land on my doorstep this weekend. There are 7 products included in the box, as well as a great leaflet on how you should check your breasts for early signs, and how often you should do it. The more it’s discussed openly and freely, the quicker it will become normal for women to check their breasts and notice anything out of the ordinary. There is also a little guide to each product and quick instructions on how to use them.
The first difference this month is the all the products are inside a cute little pink make up bag instead of Birchbox’s usual drawstring bag. I love this little pouch, it is perfect handbag size.
Inside the bag there are some really good products, I have to admit, last months box didn’t grab my attention, but this month is so much better. The first thing I noticed was the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm. I love Pixi products so I knew this would be good! The colour is perfect, not too bright. It’s full size and worth £8. This one is going to be kept in my bag at all times.
Next up is the KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Creme (£15.50 for full size) it smooths curls and waves (perfect for me in this ever so slightly damp weather!) You just apply to towel dried hair and comb through before blowdrying. It smells delish!
One product I’d not heard of before is the Shaveworks The Cool Fix (£11 FS) it’s a cooling gel lotion that treats ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness after hair removal. You apply it generously to dry, clean skin after waxing or shaving morning and evening until the irritation goes away. If this works, I am stocking up on this baby!
The Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm will probably go straight to GG. She loves Balance Me products, and I like the fact that they’re 100% natural on her skin. This is a cleanser with exfoliating oatmeal powder, for normal to dry skins. (£20 FS)
Last on the skincare list is a sample of Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum (£30.95 FS) I’ve been lucky enough to try this range in the past, but it disappeared off my radar for a while, so it’s good to see it again. It’s described as a sumptuous, radiance enhancing anti ageing serum from Dr Sebagh and Cindy. You’re meant to use it in the morning before moisturiser or anytime of day for an instant pick me up. Looking at pics of Cindy at George Clooney’s wedding, you can’t argue that whatever she uses on her face is working!
And by no means least, a funky little pink pen in the shape of a lipstick. I am hiding this baby because I know it will get ‘borrowed’ by my daughter and never be seen again! It’s going straight into my bag for me alone!
I really think the October box has been a huge success, and with the contents coming to almost £40 for a £10 subscription, you can’t really argue with the value. Even the sizes of the samples are good, the serum can fit in my make up bag alongside the lip balm and the pen.
You can subscribe to Birchbox here and find out more about Coppafeel here.
I am balm obsessed. Cleansing balms obviously started the love affair off, there is something about scooping out a dollop of solid balm and massaging it in until it’s almost liquid. Maybe it’s because it feels like you’re really applying it well, who knows! I’ve been smothering the husband in coconut oil, which is almost balm like and now there is Kahina Hand & Body Balm. Inspired by the mysterious and exotic city of Fez, Morocco, it’s a nourishing and soothing balm that will instantly restore and soften severely dry, chapped skin. A rich blend of argan oil, carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and mango nut butter creates a velvety base that deeply moisturises and naturally soothes irritated skin. Infused with calendula, known for its anti-inflammatory and powerful healing properties, the Fez Hand & Body Balm can be used on hands, feet, elbows and any other areas in need of softening and deep hydration. Scented with Kahina’s signature Fez fragrance, the balm leaves behind a subtle earthy, warm scent to calm the senses and ground the spirit while leaving the skin soft and radiant.
I’m really suffering with my hands (well hand) at the moment, I’ve been allergic to my wedding rings on and off for a while, but it’s gone a bit mad for some reason and I can’t even wear them for a day. It looks like I’m allergic to gold, and that’s all gold, including my gorgeous white gold engagement ring (sad, sad face) My ring finger is red raw, with horrible little pin prick blisters that are drying up (attractive no?) so I have been trying to keep it moisturised without irritating it more. The Fez hand balm has been a *lifesaver* I have it next to my mac, take a tiny blob and rub it into my finger whenever it starts to feel sore. Because I’m not smothering my whole hand in cream I’m not getting that horrible sticky feeling which I hate.
September 21st 2014, the last official day of summer, which means we can start getting ready for Autumn Winter. I know everyone goes on and on about summer not being long enough, hot enough, good enough, but for me, A/W are my favourite seasons. It’s time to get the boots out, the leather jacket, the big chunky scarves and all the good winter recipes on the go.
I’m always on the lookout for the perfect pair of boots, last year I found a pair in Clarks which I wore non stop but they have a slight heel to them, nothing major, but this year I wanted a pair of flat ankle boots. I’ve always loved chelsea boots, I had a pair when I was younger (before I got sucked into wearing heels!) and now they’re one of my favourite styles so when Esska offered me a pair from their new collection, I immediately fell in love with the Amy boots in bronze, they have the classic style with a little bit of an edge, which I love. They’re leather with a suedette detailing and an anti slip rubber sole.
From its humble beginnings in June 2006, Esska has become known for its stylish designs, layered materials and exciting colour combinations. The founder and designer, Souraya Karami originally trained and worked as an architect before deciding that her future lay in shoes. Having studied and re-trained in footwear design at the renowned Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion, Souraya spent a couple of years honing her skills before starting the Esska marque out of the spare bedroom of her East London flat.
She noticed a distinct lack of footwear that is designed for confident women who place equal value on comfort and beauty (hello flats, goodbye ridiculous heels) that led her to develop Esska. With a background in architecture it is unsurprising that the designs are inspired by the urban fabric; from streets, crossings and intersections to buildings and structures. Esska has a clear handwriting: geometry, interlacing and layering. All in a very pure, clean and unique style.
Since they arrived we’ve had nothing but pure sunshine so I haven’t had the chance to wear them at all, they’re sitting in their box waiting to be worn. I, will of course, be teaming them with my usual outfits of skinny jeans and shirts, but I can also see these boots looking great with short dresses and tights. They would probably look even better without the tights but my pasty white legs can’t pull that look off sadly!
They are so comfortable, and light as anything, I just need it to get a bit cooler so I can pack the sandals away and get on with wearing my favourite type of footwear!
The Amy Boots in Bronze cost £130 and are available from a list of stockists which can be found on the Esska website.