Category Archives: Clothing and Accessories

The Outnet To Launch High End Beauty Sets

Posted on September 21, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve just heard some exciting news from designer fashion outlet, . Along with their designer bargains, they’ll also be adding beauty sets to the mix as part of their holiday campaign, woo hoo!

In case you’re not familiar with THE OUTNET.COM, they’re a sister company to NET-A-PORTER.COM and they offer amazing designer products at great prices. They stock a large selection of previous-season designer fashion from over 250 brands, as well as exclusive collaborations with high-profile designer labels and its own in-house label, Iris & Ink.

So, as of October (date tbc) – and for a limited time only, THE OUTNET.COM will offer beauty sets from 18 luxury beauty brands, including Natura Bisse, Lipstick Queen, By Terry, Eyeko, Ren, Goldfaden and Ellis. In addition, a range of sets by 111 Skin, Aurelia and Sarah Chapman exclusively created for THE OUTNET will make up part of the offering.

Each of the beauty sets will include several full-size, current season products with an amazing 20-30% off the RRP. This gives THE OUTNET.COM customers an opportunity to experience some of the leading beauty products already available at its sister site, NET-A-PORTER.COM.

Also, none of the products within the sets are sold individually, so I’m really excited to see which products they’ll match together. I predict these sets will be really popular for Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Silver Goodness from Pia Jewellery

Posted on September 20, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s not too often that I feature jewellery these days – I’ve been trying to cut back as my jewellery obsession has been getting a bit ridiculous! But then asked if I’d like to share some of their beautiful silver pieces with you, and who was I to say no! 😉

I have featured a couple of Pia rings quite a while ago on the blog – so I knew their jewellery would be of fantastic quality (you can check the posts out here) but today I have a gorgeous selection to show you, including a ring, two bracelets and a beautiful necklace.

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If you haven’t heard of Pia before, they offer a massive range of jewellery, predominantly in silver but also gold and rose gold, as well as watches, handbags and gifts.

The Pia collection celebrates their passion for creative styling and craftsmanship from all over the world. They offer timeless and classic designs, often inspired by nature or reflecting a cool modernity. Pia Jewellery is lovingly crafted to the highest standards and yet surprisingly affordable, whilst being safely delivered to your home in beautifully presented boxes.

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First up is the  (£35.00) –  this a gorgeous and interesting bracelet, made with five blue leather straps which hold a selection of small to large sized sterling silver orbs. I love how shiny the orbs are! This bracelet just looks fantastic paired with a minimalist outfit.

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And the beautiful  (£80.00) – This is so pretty and unusual, yet simple and elegant enough to add interest to an outfit. The length is pretty short, which suits me perfectly as I find longer necklaces don’t usually sit too well on my ample cleavage! This necklace is definitely my favourite out of the bunch, I’ve worn this constantly since it arrived!

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You may have noticed by now that I’m a massive fan of anything brightly coloured and unusual, so this  (£35.00) is right up my street! Mystic topaz is actually not a ‘real’ gem as such, it’s actually just clear topaz that’s been given a coating to jazz it up. This really doesn’t bother me though, I love the multi-dimensional effect the stone has, when it catches the light it’s just mesmerising!

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And lastly the  (£40.00) – another beautiful, simple and elegant piece. This pretty bracelet is super delicate, featuring four fine strands of silver, wrapped together in sections across the bracelet. This looks great worn on it’s own or layered up with other silver bracelets.

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Well, I’ve fallen in love with all of these pieces, they’re all so classic and easy to wear with pretty much anything, I know I’ll get many years of use out of them 🙂

I’d highly recommend you check out Pia Jewellery if you’re on the hunt for some silver jewellery. They offer so many different styles, there really is something to suit everyone. Also, it’s a fantastic site to check out if you’re looking for a gift – prices start from a little as £5.00 so you can grab som fantastic bargains!

I’d love to hear about your favourite jewellery? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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5 Things You Could Buy For The Price of a Louboutin Lipstick

Posted on September 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you’re into fancy schmancy, ridiculously beautiful and ahem, expensive beauty products, you’ve probably heard about the much anticipated Christian Louboutin Lipsticks – which have just launched yesterday at .

Following on from Christian Louboutin’s nail polish launch last year, his new lipstick collection includes 36 shades in three unique textures – opulent Silky Satin, luminous Sheer Voile and rich Velvet Matte – all wrapped up in a stunning jewel-like case.

At an eye-watering and purse-clenching price of £60 each, they aren’t cheap by anyone standards… but I still really want one! That said, if you can think of any higher priced lipsticks that aren’t a limited edition, (for research purposes of course) please do let me know! louboutin lipstick packaging Just look at them though… (insert heart eyed emojis here) So, while I’ve been lusting away after these beauties telling myself I DO NOT NEED A £60 LIPSTICK, that I know I won’t actually use as I won’t want to ‘ruin’ it, I’ve been thinking of what other gorgeous goodies could I could pick up for the same price as a Loubie lippie…

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This gorgeous  from Ted Baker has recently caught my eye. I love the look and style of Ted Baker clothing, but have never actually bought anything, mostly due to the price but also because they don’t cater for my size now. I love their digital prints, and this floral t-shirt is just so pretty. It’ll definitely be on my post weight-loss wish list!

Daisy Dixon Rose Gold Kate Watch

You know I have a thing about rose gold, well this  from ASOS is also on my wish list. I don’t need another watch – and who actually uses watches these days as anything other than an accessory? Long gone are the days where we would check our wrists to find out the time, watches are more about fashion than function now. So this is definitely not a necessity, but it’s still on my want list none the less.

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And what about this stunning  from Liberty? If I had the money, I really could manage to spend silly money on candles, but as it stands I’ll stick with my affordable favourites from Yankee and Flamingo! This beauty from Diptyque is just so pretty though, with a striking black and white marbled effect, it would be perfect to accessory for any home. The scent of the candle is spicy and floral, but I must admit, I haven’t actually tried it myself, if you’ve tried this candle and you’d recommend it please do let me know!

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I couldn’t complete this list without a perfume, could I? I absolutely love , and this is one of the few fragrances I really love that I don’t actually own.

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And lastly, what about this sweet, classic Cedar Street Slim Bee Purse from Kate Spade? I have my eye on most things on the Kate Spade site right now, but this super sweet wallet just ticks all the boxes for me. It’s simple and sophisticated whilst being affordable – what’s not to love?

So I guess the question is, would I rather fork out £60 for a Loubie lippie, or would I rather have one of these lovely things instead. I’m completely undecided! What would you do?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

How Is This Okay?

Posted on September 1, 2015

This morning whilst scouring the internet for all sorts of gorgeous expensive things that I don’t need and can’t afford anyway, I came across a particular designer’s brand new range of AW15 bags, and since then I’ve been struggling to put into words how I feel about them. prozak-clutch-bag Yes this is a EUR 945 / £694.43 hand embroidered designer clutch bag, by Sarah’s Bag, made to look just like a medication packet for Prozac…

After looking into this further I’ve found out that Sarah’s Bag have created a whole collection of ‘medicine’ themed clutch bags. The majority of them literally shocked me – (I’ve added a description about each medication under each bag to explain which illness that particular medication is for) lexotanine-clutch-bag Lexotanine Day Le Carre Clutch bag, EUR1215: Lexotanil / Bromazepam is marketed under several different names including Lectopam, Lexotan, Lexilium, Lexaurin, Brazepam, Rekotnil, Bromaze, Somalium and Lexotanil, it is a benzodiazepine derivative drug. It has mainly an anti-anxiety agent with similar side effects to valium. melatonin-clutch-bag Melatonin Day Case, EUR 675: Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body, so melatonin used as medicine is usually made synthetically in a laboratory. People use melatonin to adjust the body’s internal clock. It is used for jet lag, for adjusting sleep-wake cycles in people whose daily work schedule changes (shift-work disorder), and for helping blind people establish a day and night cycle. Melatonin is also used for the inability to fall asleep (insomnia); delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS); insomnia associated with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prozak-clutch-bag Prozak Day Box, EUR 945: Prozac (fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressant. Prozac affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Prozac is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. xanax-clutch-bag Xanak’s Day Clutch Me, EUR 594: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). Alprazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

Now I’m a big fan of kitsch and novelty bags and accessories, if I had the money I’d definitely be treating myself to some Charlotte Olympia goodness, and actually ASOS have some pretty awesome budget friendly ones in stock right now too. But this just doesn’t make any sense to me. Why on earth would anyone want to make a bag like this? And why would anyone buy it? WHO would buy it?

With over a quarter of the population being affected at any one point in the lifetime, mental illness is obviously no laughing matter. Yet products keep popping up on the market that trivialise and make fun of these illnesses as well as sufferers. Remember that Joy greetings card from last year? And the ‘joke’ hand sanitiser aimed at those with OCD?

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I suffer on and off with mental illnesses including anxiety and depression, but putting myself aside, someone very close to me suffers a lot worse than I do. She has been prescribed Prozac, for many years as she has severe debilitating, life-altering depression. She finds it difficult to function normally. She struggles to get up in the morning, to wash and look after herself, and I’m not even going into the social effects this has had on her.

How do you think she would feel if I went to visit her tomorrow sporting my brand new hand stitched designer clutch bag that’s styled like a medicine packet for her own medication, emblazoned with the pop-art style, comedy-esque slogan ‘Prozak – Feels like heaven every day’?

I’m just at a loss for words. I really am.

THIS IS SO WRONG, AND THIS IS NOT OKAY.

I mean have I missed something here? Am I so blinded by the thoughts and feelings created by my own illness that I’ve somehow missed the blindingly obvious joke? I just feel a bit flabbergasted and confused about the whole thing.

I’d be interested to hear what you think about this so please so let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Summer Brights Wish List!

Posted on July 24, 2015

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Hi Guys!

At the moment, I just can’t get enough of anything that’s bright, cute and kitsch. If it falls under the category of neon or novelty, I WANT IT. I need it in my life! I really feel like I’m clinging onto the summer with all my might – the weather is still hot and muggy, but unfortunately the sun seems to have ‘done one’ of late. And though I’ve been trying to be good when it comes to spending, I have actually been buying a few things recently… some beauty bits from some blog sales (all will be revealed soon) and some awesome new stationery from the US, which definitely falls under the cute and kitsch category! Hopefully my delivery will arrive soon so I can show you what I bought (and they’re all completely necessary, important things of course)

Is it just me or does anyone else spend a lot of time, and I mean A LOT, window shopping online, filling your virtual baskets with hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds of gorgeous goodies, just to take things out of said bag one by one to try to make it affordable? Then realising you shouldn’t really be buying anything anyway, and you should really be doing the washing up / hoovering / dusting / insert relevant chore, rather than browsing thing you can’t afford?

Yeah I spend a lot of time doing that, hence my latest wish list! I’ve included some fantastic bargains, as well as a couple of more expensive items – well it is a ‘wish list’ after all! I hope you like!

  • Kitty High Top Sneakers from ShopJeen
  • Rib Cage Cuff 70mm from Cooee
  • Chiara Ferragni Glitter Pop ‘n Dog Slip-On Sneaker from 
  • Skinnydip Pineapple Juice Across Body Bag from 
  • Cropped Stretch Cotton Trousers from 
  • Geo Transparent Strap Watch from 
  • Blue Tropical Print Ruch Side Mini Skirt from 
  • IRO Ashville Jacket in Coral from Trilogy Stores
  • Only Child Kaleido Crystal Ring from 
  • Far Out Tie Dye Halter Top from ShopJeen

If you can recommend any other stores for similar goodies that I might like, please do leave me a comment and let me know!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Ingle & Rhode Luxury Jewellers Q&A

Posted on July 5, 2015

Hi Guys!

Today I have a bit of a different post for you. I have an exclusive guest post interview / Q&A session with man-in-the-know, David Rhode from luxury jewellers Ingle and Rhode. David’s story began in 2006, when he was looking for an engagement ring but couldn’t find a jeweller who could tell him where their diamonds had come from, or the conditions under which their jewellery was produced. The more he looked into the industry, the more compromises he discovered he was being asked to make – from blood diamonds, to dirty gold, to sweatshops and child labour. Then in 2007 together David and his friend Tim Ingle launched Ingle & Rhode to offer an ethical alternative to the traditional luxury brands.

I’m a complete magpie when it comes to jewellery, and should probably admit that I own way more that my fair share! So I thought I’d take this opportunity to pick David’s brains on a few things…

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1. What are your favourite jewellery trends right now?

‘Stacking sets are popular at the moment; they offer great versatility as you can swap rings in and out of the stack depending on your mood. Also, you can add to the stack on special occasions over the years, so each ring might have different memories associated with it. On a wider level, bespoke commissions continue to thrive. Nearly one in every five engagement rings is made to order – it’s great that so many people have the confidence and the opportunity to create something really unique.’

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2. And what jewellery trends do you predict we’ll be seeing for AW15?

‘Rose gold has been popular for the last year or so, and increasingly we’re seeing this matched with fancy coloured sapphires – pinks and padparascha (orange/pinks) can work really well. It will be really interesting to see what other coloured gemstones people will try combining it with.’

3. Which one jewellery item do you think everyone should have?

‘A cocktail ring. It’s completely extravagant, a ring that’s impractical on a day to day basis – but lots of fun on a special occasion. It’s a great opportunity to use options outside of the ‘Big Four’ traditional engagement ring stones (diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald). It should be possible to create a really impressive ring without breaking the bank.’

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4. When choosing gemstones, what should I look for?

‘The specifics will vary depending on what type of stone it is, but in general it will break down into colour, clarity, and treatment. You should judge colour on hue, intensity, and light/dark. So a blue sapphire might have a hint of violet or green about it, that’s it’s hue. The colour might be rich and strong, or the opposite – that’s its intensity. And obviously gemstones vary in terms of how light and dark they are, we generally want to avoid stones that are too far to one extreme or the other.’

‘With clarity, it’s important to compare apples with apples. You are totally justified in expecting your diamond to be free of visible inclusions or blemishes, but that isn’t the case with all coloured stones. Emeralds for example are very rarely totally clean, and it’s not fair to judge them by the same standards. You need to know what is a reasonable expectation for the stone you are choosing.’

5. Which celebrities do you find inspirational in terms of the jewellery they wear?

‘A lot of celebrities just assume that ‘bigger equals better’, and are keen to show off their huge diamonds. It’s always good to see pieces that a show a little more thought . Zoe Soldana’s emerald engagement ring was a really interesting choice, so was Scarlett Johansson’s Art Deco style ring.’

Thanks so much to David for your answers! I think I need to get myself a cocktail ring now!

I’d love to hear about your favourite jewellery item? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This is a collaboration post with Ingle & Rhode.

ASOS Accessories Sale Haul!

Posted on July 1, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Ooh I do love a good bargain, and I’m pretty much guaranteed to grab something from ASOS’s regular sales every single time. They have SO MANY things on offer, from fashion, to accessories, to gifts to stationery (I actually just picked up some gorgeous stationery bits the other day!)

I’ve been part of Access All ASOS for a while now and they’ve kindly given me a £50 voucher to shop the sale – woo hoo! £50 isn’t really that much to go shopping with these days, but when there’s a sale on I think I’ll be able to grab quite a few bargains! I originally had my sites set on beauty, accessories and possibly shoes…

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Ok so you can see I didn’t end up picking up and beauty items, or shoes for that matter! Shoe shopping online can be a bit problematic for me as I’m a 5.5 so shoes often end up not fitting well. I decided to stay safe and went for accessories and stationery this time instead! Oh and I did cheat a little bit… the sale actually started on Monday at 8am, but as I’m part of ASOS Premier, ASOS often email their Premier customers with sale previews, so I sorted the whole of the sale into price order with cheapest first on Sunday evening (obv so I could get the best bargains) and added everything to my save list that I liked the look of. Then when Monday morning came I was all ready to purchase 😀

Here’s what I picked up!

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  • Stance Twister Block Socks (£8.00)
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I’m a bit of a magpie and ended up with quite a lot of jewellery, but I snapped up some fantastic bargains – the Gorjana bracelet for example was originally £95, and I got it for less than £20! I’d also highly recommend signing up to ASOS Premier, it’s only £10 for a years’ subscription and you receive free next day delivery with all orders, no matter how small, as well as free courier collection returns – saving you going to the post office, and not forgetting sale previews so you get the best picks of the sale before all the good stuff sells out!

I’m really pleased with my haul, I hope you enjoyed my post and I’d love to hear if you picked up anything in the ASOS sale? xxx