Faux Allowed

As much as it pains me to say, winter is drawing in on us English folk. The nights are getting darker earlier, the rain won’t cease and last night the central heating even went on. If there is one comfort I can take from the winter, it’s the fashion. I am 100% through and through a dresser for the winter. Knitwear, boots, big coats; you name them, I love them. However with the snow hopefully holding off for a few more months we need a jacket to get us through the autumn limbo stage. Cue: the leather jacket.

Ladies if you don’t own one already I can only encourage you and hope you go and treat yourself. Almost every high street shop will have them in stock in the up and coming months so the price range is down to you (but do bear in mind for the cheaper jackets, they probably won’t be real leather.)

If you do want to splash out and buy this jacket for life then I strongly recommend All Saints range of leather jackets. The price will be over a couple of hundred but start saving now and it will be such a satisfying purchase. Some come with fur trimming and others with a jersey lining so you can match it more to your wardrobe and taste. On  top of this, if you’ve always wanted a leather jacket but not sure what to team it with, then All Saints put a ‘related items’ column down the left hand side of the page to give you some inspiration. 

Caledonian Jacket, £295.00

Fleck Jacket, £275.00

Ruskin Jacket, £550.00
(100% Sheepskin not leather)

Telstar Jacket, £395.00

(All images sourced from Google)


Heaven on Earth

The word 'fate' I often think gets thrown around by people too much and used as an excuses for justification. However, there are definitely times when it is so appropriate. An example, me owning a pair of Christian Louboutin's. 

I've spent the last few days in London with friends and family and covered a vast area of shops including Knightsbridge, Oxford Street and as many places in between as possible. We delved into Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and on our way around Selfridges, I walked into what can only be described as shoe heaven. The Christian Louboutin section. It was all shiny and sparkly and shoes in every possible direction. These kind of items can sell themselves. 

I am going to openly admit to one of my aims in life, as shallow as it may sound, but it is to purchase and own a pair of my very own Louboutin's. Style, colour, price; I'm not to bothered. Just a pair I will love (not hard) and that will allow me to stare at the shiny red sole all day long. 

Work Hard, Shop Harder. Here's a few to wet your appetite.


Lady Daf - Spotted: Beyonce owns these. 
Need I say more?

Pampas Boots (all images sourced from Google images)

 Further signs of fate: opened a magazine on the train home, advert for a pair of zesty Louboutin's. I can't escape them! 


Time to Buy

If you’re not a girl who is mad for accessories like the majority of us but want to find that signature piece that you can treasure and will complete an outfit without it screaming over the top bling then I may have found the answer.

Liberty of London offer a stunning range of watches and I was lucky enough to be given one by my two sisters a few years ago for my 18th birthday. I don’t wear it every day because I’m two scared of ruining it and I like to save it for special occasions but having worn it on nights out, to dinner or just on a day when I felt like dressing up, I see no reason why this can’t be your permanent watch.

I was pleased to see then that Liberty are still making these gorgeous watches. The watches range from £55 to £90 and for a high quality, different but still sexy watch, it’s a very reasonable price. The £55 watches you have to tie as the strap is made from a stretch of material, so you  may need a little bit of help the first few times but I managed to grasp how to tie it myself pretty quickly. The more expensive watches are just as gorgeous but with a more original strap.

With Liberty’s spoiling you for choice, this won’t be a quick, snap, impulse buy but don’t lose sleep over it. I haven’t managed to pick a favourite from the 2011 range so you’ll be happy no matter what. And lads, it’s a go ahead for a birthday/Christmas present.

Liberty Print Knot Watch


Sun, Sea and Surf

After mentioning Mallorca in my last post, I thought I’d make a quick, very little photo diary to show off the place (Puerto Pollensa). I hope it encourages some of you to visit because it really is a gorgeous place! 


Dear hair, we’re sorry!

I’ve been using and abusing my hair recently in the ongoing battle for it to sit perfectly and exactly how I want it. Unfortunately, I must admit, with no prevail. Summer is always harsh on your hair with the heat frying it anyway, holidays causing us to be in and out of swimming pools (chlorine – our number 1 enemy) and the sea plus general day to day wear and tear. If you’re anything like me, the straighteners are on and off. I almost feel stabbing guilt whenever I put my hair between the irons. I know I should give my hair a rest for a while but I've got that annoying kind of hair that isn’t naturally straight but isn’t naturally curly and sort of just hangs in an unattractive manner. I think this is easily where my hair straightener addiction began.

What do we even want from our hair nowadays though? Straight is out of fashion, curly isn’t always the easiest style to get right and our desired ‘beach babe’ hair is so unattainable. Or so we thought.

The discovery of Bumble and Bumble sea surf spray. One word – incredible. This product is publicly known to be used by our beloved Blake Lively (and who wouldn’t want hair like hers?) After a week away in Mallorca (gorgeous country, strongly recommend to anyone) and dipping in and out of the sea I re-discovered beach hair, always a winner, but with the horrid weight and feel that the sea gives it. Well this is the answer, (I guess mostly because the sea is no longer right on our doorstep at home for some of us)and because you can’t feel any kind of product in your hair. I’ve been tracking this product for a while and due to the price of £19.00 in Space NK apothecary it took me a while to take the plunge but I couldn’t be more glad I did.

What is more, you can tell little white lies and say it’s your natural hair coz surely adding salt water is just a little extra help...

Happy styling! 

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray


Practice what you preach

After going down south for a week for a festival, the return to reality from outside that field, living in that lack-of-personal-space tent, there are things I realised I missed more than I thought and things that if I could, I would quite happily eliminate from my life. One of the main things I was (I won’t lie) ecstatic to see was my skin care. As I write this I can hear my dad saying ‘that’s sad, get a life’ but my skin is something I’ve battled with for many years so once you find the perfect antidote it’s hard to let it go.

My skin care heaven = Simple. A few of my friends are greatly amused by my skin care regime and often just state ‘you’re mad for Simple’ but I really am. I cannot swear by these products more because they’re so easy on your skin. For any of you who also have this battle with your skin, I really do sympathise with you and I’m not saying that picking up some Simple cleanser and toner will fix the problem but it can only help. Harsh chemicals and strong solutions with strip your skin of its natural minerals and dry it out even if it still feels oily. Stuff like your skin and hair will only cooperate if you treat it well so a regular daily routine, lots of water and fruit will make even the smallest difference.

If your skin really is bad and upsetting you, do seek medical advice. It took me years to go to the doctor for mine and within 5minutes, I was prescribed Duac one daily gel and three months later it was looking better than ever. 
Keep the faith. 

Simple cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye make-up