Wednesday, 31 October 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

The shops have been filling with Christmas gifts over the past few weeks and I'm sure it won't be long before we start hearing Christmas songs on the radio (.. I'm secretly quite excited about that one!) I've spotted some great products available exclusively at Selfridges which are perfect for beauty lovers this Christmas! 

The Beauty Advent Calendar is the beauty addicts ideal way to countdown the season. It contains 24 luxurious mini products across some of the most popular make-up, skincare and fragrance brands including Lancome Mini Juicy Tubes, Kiehls Hand Salve, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Fragrance and Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil. 

Lancome have created this special set of Christmas Crackers containing their best selling products in mini sizes. They're the perfect addition to your Christmas table this party season! The crackers include Hypnose Mascara, Bi-Facil, A Mini Juicy Tube, Visonnaire, Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate and a Mini L'Absolu Rouge ßx Lipstick 06.

What products would your ideal beauty advent calendar contain? 


Monday, 29 October 2012

Pudsey Goes Designer 2012

The designer Pudsey 2012 collection has launched following its success last year. Pudsey has been given a makeover by 30 top fashion designers who have created their own unique versions of the loveable bear.

The bears reflect the designers' individual flair and style and offer an insight into trends for 2013 with designers including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Jonathan Saunders and Prada transforming Pudsey into a fashion icon! 

Alexander McQueen
The McQueen Pudsey is embellished in floral applique and on trend for the season with flashes of metallic gold on his ears and paws. 

Giles Deacon
Giles Deacon used over £20,000 of Swarovski crystal elements to create this bejewelled Pudsey.

Kate Spade New York
Kate Spade's metallic bear wears a pink bow and sports a printed headscarf. 

Burberry Pudsey wears his own version of their iconic trench coach and carries a duck umbrella. Made from quilted leather and suede he embodies the classic luxury of this renowned brand. 

Made at their Somerset Factory, the Mulberry bear evokes classic Mulberry style with a signature Mulberry tree on his paw and a leather heart. He sports a mini version of their new Bryn satchel which contains a longer strap inside so you can wear it too! 

The Pucci bear is made up of one of the Houses first print collections, the iconic Palio Prints from 1957. He's been created from brightly coloured silks and wears a monogrammed headband. 

Victoria Beckham
Victoria has created the first Pudsey dressed as a girl wearing a signature Victoria Beckham blush dress complete with a co-ordinating wrapped bandage. 

Tom Ford
The Tom Ford bear is made from materials used in their recent SS'12 mens collection. He wears a custom made ivory linen suit and silk polka dot shirt. His Panama hat is taken from a design from their summer collection and his gold rimmed 'Macro' sunglasses are based on one of their most popular styles. He sports a pocket square bandana, silk bow tie and Italian leather loafers. 

The bears are currently on display in the windows of Selfridges in London before going to auction on 14th November to raise money for Children In Need. Anya Hindmarch, Paul Smith and Selfridges have also created 10 inch limited edition Designer Pudsey’s, sold exclusively in Selfridges.

Which is your favourite designer Pudsey? 


Sunday, 28 October 2012

Chanel Little Black Jacket

Last weekend I visited the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea to see Chanel's Little Black Jacket exhibition. The photographic collection celebrates the release of Karl Lagerfeld's and Carine Roitfeld's Little Black Jacket revisited book. 

The timeless classic jacket has been reinvented to reflect the individuals personal style. It's worn in a variety of ways by both sexes captured in over 100 black and white photographs featuring friends of the House including Claudia Schiffer, Tilda Swinton and Sarah Jessica Parker.  

The exhibition is free to visit and runs until Sunday 4th November at the Saatchi Gallery, off the Kings Road in Chelsea, London. 

Have you visited the Little Black Jacket exhibition? 
How would you style this iconic jacket? 


Friday, 26 October 2012

The Bloggers Breast Cancer Awareness Raffle 2012

Sarah from a million dresses has organised this years Bloggers Breast Cancer Awareness Raffle  and today's the day to dig deep in your pockets and purchase your tickets!  Simply go to the JustGiving page by clicking here and for every £2.00 you donate you will receive a raffle ticket.. meaning if you donate £10.00 you will receive x5 tickets etc. 

The raffle is open to everyone in the UK so spread the word amongst your friends, family and colleagues to help raise as much money as possible in support of this worthy cause.

There's lots of wonderful prizes up for grabs including: 

A £50 gift voucher for Matalan
2 x £50 gift vouchers for Spartoo
A miracle frizz set from Aussie
A £30 lingerie gift voucher for M&S
Two washbags from Cath Kidston
One item from a selection at Warehouse

You've got until 23:59 tonight to buy your tickets and the winners will be announced on Sarah's blog.  

For the full list of prizes and more information click here.


Monday, 22 October 2012

Lana Del Rey at H&M

Last week H&M released new images from their AW'12 campaign featuring Lana Del Rey. Rising star of the fashion world Lana sports her trademark bouffant hair as she strikes a sultry pose against a classic car in these latest campaign shots. 


Their autumn/winter collection focuses on monochrome tones and ice cold colours for the season. Cosy knits and faux furs are layered against leather trousers and skinny fit jeans topped off with sparkling accessories.

Are you a fan of Lana's style?
Will you be shopping at H&M this season?


Friday, 19 October 2012

Lush Christmas 2012

Lush recently launched their limited edition Christmas range. I popped into my local store last weekend and was excited to see their newly launched products this year alongside the return of some of my old favourites including the heavenly smelling Snow Fairy shower gel!

New for this year this lavender scented shower gel is infused with essential oils perfect for a relaxing nights sleep. It shares the same fragrance as the popular Twilight Bath Bomb. Its gone straight on my Christmas list!

Following the popularity of their bubble wands Lush have developed the Bubblebeard Bubble Bar. Simply wave the moustache under the hot tap whilst running a bath for lots of cedarwood, sandalwood and tonka scented bubbles! 

The best selling creamy candy bubble bar is relaunched this year in this sweet pink and green swirled mountain. Drop it in your bath for sweet vanilla and candyfloss soft bubbles.

The Christmas Eve Bubble Bar has been designed to give you a boost and help to refresh you during the festive season. It'll fill your bath with Jasmine scented bubbles to leaving you feeling and smelling great! 

This bath bomb contains an added surprise hiding inside! Pop it in the water to watch it open revealing little gold soluble stars. It shares the same fragrance as the popular Snowshowers Shower Jelly which smells like a fizzing champagne cocktail! 

Sandy Santa is ideal if you love Lush products but don't have a bath. This citrus body scrub contains sodium bicarbonate which works as an exfoliator leaving your skin silky smooth! It contains Brazilian orange oil creating a tropical scent. 

There's a new range of festive inspired soaps for the season. My favourite scent has to be Mr Punch packed with juniper berry, blackcurrant and lime oils reminiscent of a bowl of summer punch! 

Following the success of Mr Frosty last year he's back again and brought his wife along this time too! Wrapped up inside you'll find a Butterball bath bomb, a So White bath bomb and a mini version of the berry scented Comforter bubble bar. 

What's on your Lush Christmas wishlist? 


Monday, 15 October 2012

Bags Of Love

Bags of Love specialise in handmade personalised photo gifts, turning your holiday snaps or photos of loved ones into treasured items. They offer a wide range of products including photo bags, laptop cases, storage boxes, cushions and bunting. You can even design your own scarf using your images!

I jumped at the chance to review a product from their range and chose a make up bag to help store my overflowing collection! 

I personalised my make up bag with a photograph of the New York skyline taken from the top of Rockefeller Center on my trip to the US a couple of years ago. It makes me wish I was back there each time I look at the bag! 

Their make up bags are available in vinyl and leather and come in a choice of four colours: soft pink, ivory, powder blue or black and feature a silver heart pull zip. Prices start from £35.00

Their website is user friendly and allows you to select from colour, black and white or sepia for your image. I chose to have the photo in sepia and I was really impressed with the quality of the image on the finished bag.

With Christmas on its way Bags of Love is an ideal place to browse for a photo gift for those who can be tricky to buy for. I also spotted these cute personalised Christmas stockings, perfect for little.. or not so little.. ones!

What photo would you put on a bag? 


Saturday, 6 October 2012

Lulu Guinness for Friends of The Royal Marsden

Renowned British handbag designer Lulu Guinness has created an exclusive tote bag for the Friends of The Royal Marsden, the UK's leading cancer care hospital based in Chelsea, London.

The bag features a fishnet design with her signature high heels and handheld mirror motifs. It's perfect for carrying your shopping in style whilst supporting a worthy cause.

It retails at £15.00 (+£2.50 P&P) and you can orders yours now from The Royal Marsden with 100% of the profits going straight to the charity.


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo's highly anticipated accessories collection for H&M launches tomorrow offering shoppers a glimpse into Anna's renowned style  The self confessed fashionista's designs for the high street chain reflect her Italian roots and love of opulence and gold.

The collection comprises gold jewellery with flashes of orange and turquoise hues and animal inspired designs, ornately decorated sunglasses, gold soled shoes, embellished bags and a baroque inspired suitcase!
Necklace - £34.99
Bracelet - £24.99
Earrings - £14.99
Sunglasses - £29.99
Bangle - £24.99
Leather Boots - £179.99
Suitcase - £99.99
Clutch Bag - £59.99
Beauty Case - £69.99

To celebrate the launch of her accessories collection Anna recounts her top ten rules of fashion in her hilariously fabulous take on a music video, 'Fashion Shower'

The collection will be available at selected H&M stores and online from 9.00am tomorrow

Are you a fan of Anna's style?
Will you be snapping up a piece from the collection tomorrow?


Monday, 1 October 2012

Lola&Grace AW'12

I visited lola&grace earlier this year shortly after their launch at Westfield Stratford. They've since opened a new store at Brent Cross. lola&grace is a fashion jewellery brand from Swarovski. They stock an impressive range of designs inspired by fashion trends hot off the catwalks. Their pieces are accented with Swarovski crystals and pearls perfect for adding a little sparkle to your style! I was excited to see their latest seasonal collections for Autumn/Winter:

Street Chic

Soft Stud Long Earrings - £23.90
Merging Shape Necklace - £35.90
Coloured Pearl Necklace & Earrings Set - £47.90
Elastic Stud Bangle - £7.90
Colour Reel Bangle - £23.90

'Street Chic' is my favourite of their new season styles featuring studded embellishments and flashes of metallic to add an edge to your autumn style. The designs have a glamorous and romantic vibe and are encrusted with Swarovski crystals and pearls to create a dramatic look. I love the spiked shape of the stud long earrings and rich emerald tones in the collection. 

Travel Snaps

Pattern Mix Dot Bangle - £11.90
Home Disc Necklace - £15.90
Stripe & Dot Necklace - £35.90
Cocktail Ring - £27.90
Folklore Charm Bracelet - £27.90

'Travel Snaps' features an extensive palette of colours and patterns mixed together inspired by eastern lands. The home disc necklace would make a great statement piece layered over a simple top. I love the retro feel to the patterned bangles, they're available in a mixture of clashing patterns and colours. 


Sparkle Pendant Necklace - £31.90
Square Solitaire Ring - £29.50
Square Solitaire Stud Earrings - £27.90

The 'Essentials' collection has been updated with new colours for the season including bright emeralds, smoky topaz and vintage rose. The essentials range is easy to wear and designed to add a touch of sparkle to each day. I love the square cut crystal solitaires, they're sure to inject some glamour into your autumn/winter style!

Have you visited lola&grace? 
Which is your favourite collection? 

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