Sunday is family day in our house. It’s not so much a day of rest but a day of doing. We like to spend time with the children just hanging out with no plans and no stress. We decide what to do as we’re doing it and as with most outings it usually starts or ends with food and drink.
Today wasn’t any different. We headed out to the Greenwich Peninsular (think O2, Emirates Cable Cars and surrounding areas). We originally intended to go to the Greenwich Ecology Park which is amazing for the children as they can bird watch, pond dip and spot water scorpions but as we approached the river, I was side tracked by the distant beat of an African drum.
We stumbled across the Urban Village Fete and let me tell you, it was the best day out we’ve had as a family in ages! The atmosphere was amazing, the sun was shining and there was literally everything there from music to crafts, food and drink, clothes and even luxury dog food!
The Urban Village Fete was set up to put a spin on the traditional fayre. It was colourful. It was modern. It was innovative. Even the cranes that littered the Thames skyline were coloured! The fete attracted a really good mix of local suppliers, craftsmen and performers. At one point, the DJ was taking requests from the public which resulted in about 100 people dancing on green grass banks to Madness’ Baggy Trousers – coming from Liverpool, it was a pivotal cockney moment for me and it was a pleasure to join in with the crowd!
There were so many cool people selling their wares but my favourites definitely were Little Sparrow Tea, Pinkster Gin and the Bus Bar Company – all drink related, go figure!
We Brits love our tea and I am no exception to that rule. Imagine my excitement when I found Little Sparrow Tea that claims “each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage”. I kid you not, the display was mesmerising! I tried the Russian Caravan and sure enough I was transported straight to a trail of caravans transporting tea from China to Europe via Russia. It’s said that the smokiness of the flavour comes from the fires lit at night to keep the tea transporters warm. It definitely warmed me up!
Next up was Pinkster Gin, totally English with its HQ out near Cambridge. It’s a pink artisan gin made from berries and it’s so tastily refreshing. My summer is most definitely sorted!
After browsing the stalls, we took the children to the activity area where they drew, made paper vegetables and made dream books for the library. This was great as I instil in them to work hard for everything so writing down their dream got them thinking as to how they will achieve it. They now realise it’s not so easy to get to Disney Land after all!
I absolutely adore days filled with random surprises and this didn’t disappoint. I was spotted taking colourful photographers by another photographer which resulted in my pictures being included in her gallery. When you’re out doing what you love and people you don’t know show their appreciation, it totally makes everything you strive for worthwhile.
Before heading home we, we sat chatting to revellers who had perched themselves with direct access to the Bus Bar Company – an old route master totally kitted out as a travelling pub. As I sat listening to the music, watching the people and seeing my children enjoying themselves, I felt utterly grateful to live in such a buzzing, thriving city where you can go out for a leisurely walk and happen upon a totally adventurous day.
Sundays were most definitely not made to be lazy!
Written by KellyAnn Schiavo
Disclaimer: All pictures and opinions are my own.
With our busy lifestyles, spending long hours staring at a computer screen in heat conditioned offices and then heading off to party in windy conditions, as fun as it might be, takes a heavy toll on our health, including our eyes.
The environmental conditions combined with all those hours spend in front of a computer and enjoying our crazy social life, as well as the “not so nice” hay fever season leaves ours eyes feeling tired, dry, red and puffy and add to that an annoying headache. Believe me it is not a nice place for your eyes to be in.
I can vouch for that, as a sufferer of daily itchy irritated sore eyes. So you can image my joy when I was asked to try out the Bio True –re wetting drops and the Bio and Thera Pearl Eye-ssential mask.
First let’s get the business part out of the way with some product Facts
The Bio True rewetting drops comes in a 10ml dispenser with control grip making it easy to use in the office, during leisure time or while travelling. It is also preservative free and can be used for six months once opened.
It delivers instant and natural hydration because of its specific preservative free formulation based on hyaluronic acid.
The drops contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a favorite ingredient in beauty and skincare products. It is this essential ingredient that helps to keep your eyes lubricated and hydrated.
I tried the drops first as I suffer from daily itchy irritated sore eyes and was really looking for something to give me greater relieve, then previous products I have tried. I found that with Biotrue rewetting drops, instantly hydrated my eyes allowing me to get back to glaring at my computer screen.
I did however have one little problem with it, and it was that I found the blue bit, on the dispenser, that you have to push down a little awkward and would have preferred a squeeze bottle. But other than that I love the product and would highly recommend it.
Thera Pearl Eye-ssential Eye Mask
Provides 20minutes of soothing stress relief and relaxation, it also reduces puffy eyes and relieves headaches. What’s more it is re-useable so you can use it for 20minutes every day. The mask uses unique Pearl Technology which means it can retain its temperature.
When used cold, THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask
• Relieves puffy eyes
• Takes the sting out of a brow wax
• Relieves headaches
When used hot, THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask
• Provides soothing stress relief
• Relieves symptoms of dry eye/computer strained eyes, as well as blepharitis, and it can also treat Styes
Headaches are the biggest annoyance to me and because I am not a fan of painkillers. I often go to bed with a headache only to wake up with the same annoying headache. So the THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask, wow a perfect product. My headache was gone before I even got under the covers and I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and headache free.
Get your Bio true –re wetting eye drops in Boots and Superdrug. The eye drops come in a handy 10ml dispenser (£9.49), which can be used for six months once opened. They also come in single-dose packs (£6.49) Just the right size, to carry around with you in your handbag, to use wherever and when you need relieve from dry itchy eyes.
THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask is available from Superdrug RRP £7.99
So are you ready to welcome the fine jewellery trends setting up for year 2016? We don’t always have time to discuss the economy or world politics all the time. We all do regular things such as waking up, brushing teeth, getting dressed, open and staring at our closet and try to get the best items there that we actually like. Most of us are also curious about the recent fashion trends and start revamping our closet. In order to inform you about the fine jewelry trends, here are the best jewellery trends for 2016:
1. Oversize Earrings and Diamond Necklaces
Remember the Oscar Awards where many celebrities were wearing oversized earrings and even oversized diamond necklaces to flaunt at the event. You can also get customized earrings depending upon your personal requirements.
2. Statement Necklaces with Finest Crystal Work
This would definitely be one of the popular custom jewelry trends in 2016. The finest crystals working on statement necklaces make you look elegant and charismatic.
Today, we live in a global world and no more appreciate things merely on the basis of their religious association. You are now free to choose any rustic jewelry pieces or any customized jewelry without any hesitation of being judged by others. ‘Crosses’ is one of the finest and religiously customized jewelry items which is expected to be echoing in the jewelry market in 2016.
I am not kidding. Chains would definitely be back in fashion and it would also be coming in different forms such as palm bracelets, chokers, belts and double chain earrings in different colors, sizes and shapes.
This trend will remain evergreen or would be trending at least for a long time. Their geometric forms, conventional designing and a chain fragment to make a hoop make them the fine jewelry items globally.
Before I married my husband I didn’t pay too much attention to fashion. I was a student and happy in thrift store hand-me-downs, mixed with high street latest must-haves. Then, I was a traveller and spent the best part of 18months hanging around beaches in Thai fishing pants and flip flops. My nails were chipped and unpainted. My hair was bleached and crispy from the sun and my lips hadn’t been glossed in months!
Marrying an Italian was a revelation. Having style is like breathing air in Italy. The nation is brought up on “la bella figura” which literally translated means “a good figure”. It’s better understood as “a good image” and of course, Italians love to have a good image!
I had to up my game. I had just married into a country where Valentino designs the police uniforms and the footballers are kitted out by Armarni! Slowly I introduced colour into my wardrobe, I wore nail varnish and make-up and over time, I “Italianised” myself.
Italian fashion is so effortless. When I’m in Italy there’s nothing better than sitting at a cafe in a piazza and watching the world go by. The girls look glamorous and the men look polished. They don’t even try. I make so much more of an effort with my appearance when I’m in Italy. It’s not a case of fitting in but more a case of not standing out!
Here are my top 5 tips for achieving the Italian look, Street Style:
1) Accessories – Italians, male and female, love to match! Never leave home without a bag, necklace and sunglasses. Styles and shapes need to coordinate. If the necklace is small, the ring is huge! There is no age limit on accessories – it’s a cultural norm.
2) Big Hair – Italian women love nothing better than a blow dry. The bigger, the bouncier, the curlier, the better! Looking coiffed is almost a birth right in Italy!
3) Colour – It has to match. Colour coordination is big business. The shoes, the bag, the belt, they all have to complement each other, not necessarily in the same tone but you must accent your outfit.
4) Make-Up – Never EVER leave home without it. If you’re not made up, you have no self respect. Simple as that. Make-up matches the outfit, it finishes you off. Eyes are usually bold and lips soft. Nails and feet must be painted at all times. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mother in law without varnish!
5) Mess it Up! – Once you’ve done all of the above, mess it up. Don’t look like you’ve worked too hard. You’ve managed the chic, now you need to adopt the style. Street style is huge in Italy when on Saturday’s you’ll find Tewnty-Somethings meandering around the piazza purely to show off their outfit. They’re tailored but trendy, cool but casual.
Italian street style is not about making an effort. It’s about being chic. The women are elegant and feminine whilst the men are suave. Style in Italy comes as easy as eating pasta!
Written by Kelly Ann Schiavo
Most people have a desire to wear clothes that are latest and fashionable. But it seems that keeping up with latest fashion without having lots of money in your pocket is really difficult these days. This is because designer label items of clothing and clothes inspired by celebrity clothing are certainly very expensive and out of reach of the common man. However, there are many ways to look fashionable and trendy without breaking the bank or burning a hole in your wallet.
Focus upon classic, timeless items of clothing
If you try to catch up with the latest fashion and buy clothes accordingly, you will find that half of the garments in your wardrobe are such that you have no interest in wearing them. Fashion trends keep on changing and new and stylish clothes start to look outdated pretty quickly. But there are clothing items that remain timeless and classic such as black trouser, little black dress, white skirt, and so on. You can always look fashionable with the help of these classic items of clothing without spending a lot of money.
Buy more with less
There is nothing to worry if you do not have enough money to buy a designer dress for a party next week. Just take out your old party dress and get it ready for the event. Now buy new accessories to wear and carry during the function. Believe me, most people become engrossed with your handbag and the bracelet that you have worn instead of gazing at your dress. These bold and bright accessories give an altogether new look to your old dress and you become a star of the evening.
Keep an eye on sales
It goes without saying that like early bird that catches the worm, you can lay your hands on beautiful and fashionable dresses if you are aware of the end of season and clearance sales being organized by stores in your area. Also subscribe to receive news about discount sales on online stores to make the most of these opportunities.
Be Street Smart
You can look fashionable and trendy in very little money by buying items of clothing from vendors on fashion streets of your city. Believe me, you can beat all your friends wearing designer labels if you buy stylish clothes from street fashion and know how to accessorize to look very glamorous.
Last but not the least, pay attention to your beauty and hair care to dazzle others in cheap clothes and accessories.
No matter you’re a teenager or someone in 20s, first date is always a big deal for all of us. Yes, you are confident, clever and charismatic enough to charm your partner at your first date but this does not mean that you should not plan out for your first date.
Just imagine if you’re learning to drive first time and you hit it to a pole, will you have the same confidence to learn driving the next time. No, you don’t. Your confidence might not be shaken but it did hit you somewhere. Similarly, your first date is not something you can ruin just like that. Here are the 3 most important styling tips for your first date so that you don’t mess it up:
1. Be Casual
You may not believe in “First impression is your last impression” but this does not mean that your partner also does not believe in it. Primary advice for you here is to wear something that really fits the occasion. For instance, if you’re just here for a coffee, a casual dress with a comfy and cozy sweater and ankle boots will be enough to charm him.
2. Be Gorgeous and Sexy at the Same Time
If you know your first boyfriend through some online forum and you may know what his likes and dislikes about a woman’s dressing, you can use these tiny details at your first date with him. However, first date does not really mean that you’re going to have sex with him right away. So you need to look gorgeous and sexy at the same time. So it will be great if you wear a cool and elegant top with a cute and somewhat striking and attractive skirt to charm your man.
3. Formal and Dazzling Outlook
In case, you’re meeting your man for an after-work drink, it’s important for you to wear somewhat a formal dress to mark your presence. You cannot simply go into your casual trousers in this case. In order to get the perfect attire for your first date, you can wear skinny jeans along with a stunning blazer and high neck blouse.
When it comes to the most comfortable garment, leggings are one of the most preferred fashion trends for women. However, as we all are experiencing diversity and globalization today, so we have countless types of leggings available in the market and we sometime get confused whether to buy a specific one or not. Analyzing their flattering ways, level of comfort they provide and being able to wear it on regular basis, here are the top leggings trends you can follow in 2016 without worrying that you’re going to regret your decision eventually:
Don’t forget to read important rules to follow while wearing leggings as these rules can make you look charismatic and appealing in public instantly.
1. Translucent leggings
If you are looking forward to trying out something unique and trendy in 2016, translucent leggings which offers you the best Canadian legging designs but decorated with North American tattoos taken from the Indian tribes.
2. Leather Leggings
If you want to look super-cute, glamorous and appealing in public gatherings, go with the glossy, soft but attractive and traditional leather leggings as it will make you look stunning and appealing in public. Usually, women prefer to wear black leather leggings in addition to green and dark blue leather leggings. What color would you be choosing this year?
3. Jeans Leggings
Would you really think that your wardrobe is complete without jean leggings? It’s the trend that’s going to last for decades now and you just cannot help wearing jeans leggings wherever you go.
4. Classic Leggings
There is always room for wearing vintage and classic leggings especially if you like leggings with high waist. You will look stunning and elegant in high shoes and strict blouse. Classic leggings are especially recommended for fall and winter seasons.
5. Floral Leggings
Floral leggings are often associated with the most feminine type of legging and that’s why every girl wants to wear it. Most often women like to wear it in Spring and Summer Seasons. However, today autumn designs are also available in different colors, which propose a little bit darker tone in the shades of dark blue and burgundy.
6. Printed Leggings
That’s a relatively newer trend and if you think that you can only get leopard or tiger printed leggings, printed leggings are much more than that. So ready to witness some fascinating printed leggings this year.
Basic Rules to Follow Here
• Match it with your over-the-knee boots
• Make it a flirty cocktail dress by choosing not so bright colors
• Get yourself a moto-jacket with your favorite leggings when you are done with your routine work out
Never heard of Cru Kafe? Well there is no time like the present, it is UK coffee week after all.
CRU Kafe was founded in 2013 by three friends who wanted to get the best possible coffee out of their Nespresso® machines. It is Fairtrade and 100% organic deliciousness.
Photographer Trashy Blonde
For the past month I have freely enjoyed the taste of Cru Kafe first thing in the morning and a coffee break with my friends and colleagues and I’m not sure what I will do when it’s all gone. Here’s what I received…
1. Intense - Hazelnut with dark chocolate & cherry12 Capsules/Pods per pack. A powerful bold espresso, combining an exceptional Indonesian Arabica with one of the worlds best Organic Robustas. Roasted dark to bring out a deep chocolate body, this coffee is perfect for those who are looking for a strong, black coffee @6.99 per pack.
2. San Antonio - Single Origin Guatemalan Ground Coffee250g Capsules/Pods per pack Full bodied and naturally sweet with a lovely rounded earthiness in the mouth @5.99 per pack.
Cru Kafe are even giving everyone the opportunity to have a taste for free so what are you waiting for?
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Written by Deborah St. Louis (Fashions Finest Director)
Today, shoes are more beyond the things we need to walk on. Now it’s more about personal flair and how shoes offer an attractive and appealing finishing touch to your outfit. Usually, it’s easy to talk about different types of shoes but it’s pretty hard to narrow them as per your personal taste and preference. Many online platforms offer a variety of attractive and stylish shoes depending upon your personal as well as professional requirements. Here are a few popular products you should pick at least once in life:
1. Ballet Flats
It was one of the most iconic shoe style shown in one of the popular movies of 50s named as “Funny Face”. Ballet flats are normally known for its comfort and classy style. It provides you with numerous kinds of beaded, studded, quilted as well as the ballet flats made from plastic along with different colors and designs for our customers. Ballet shoes are mostly preferred to use casually like when you’re going around somewhere on a weekend or some casual event with your partner.
2. High Heels
As women sometimes want more than a classy pump in the form of sandals, peep toes and slingbacks in order to offer a unique, trendy and appealing flair in their life. High heels offer you a whole range of high heel shoes in terms of color collection, design and innovation to soothe your craze for high heels.
3. High Heel Boots
Women cannot wear the open high heel sandals during winter but this does not mean that you need to wait for other seasons to wear high heels again. You can complete your passion for high heels through high heels which offers you a taller, sexy and classier look on almost every outfit. It is especially recommended for working women as they have to walk around at different places during winter on daily basis. Imagine yourself with a pair of high heel boots along with a knee length skirt or fitted trousers depending upon your outfit requirements, your personality will surely prove to be appealing and convincing at a glance.
Are you ready to upgrade your wardrobe for 2016? No matter what kind of tops or other clothes you’re buying, you just cannot deny the importance of jeans. It’s like a new fashion symbol which everyone has to wear with no exceptions. It does not matter whether it’s winter, spring or any other season of the year, you always love to buy yourself a wide range of jeans due to its new silhouettes, soft fabrications and washable jeans.
However, we should always pick the right pair of jeans, which also matches with the fashion trends of that particular season. This blog will be talking about the jean trends for woman. Here is a list of latest and popular 5 women jeans trends you should be following in 2016 if you’re a true jean lover:
1. Cropped Jeans
If you need a short length jean along with comfortable and easy strides in relatively hotter period, cropped jeans will be the best jean for you. Cropped jeans are cooler, breathable and playful, thus the best choice for you in Spring Season 2016.
2. Kick Flare Jeans Style
It is almost like cropped jeans but with an addition of a flared hem. It’s a relatively new jeans trend among girls, which allow them to express a bit of leg action and make it a flirty jean type.
3. Flared Jeans
In case, you like the indigo hues and two-toned blues on your jeans, flared jean is the best jean for spring and summer months. It’s a trusted denim silhouette, so it would be best in quality and fabric.
4. Deeply Distressed Denim Style
Want to get a cool-girl vibe look? Deeply distressed denim style will make you look elegant and allow showing your wild side. Won’t that be exciting?
5. Raw-Edge Jeans
If you love to wear raw hem due to its loose and seamless feature, raw-edge will give you a casual and cool look on your weekends at home or at any hill station for a family trip.
It's Friday and the weekend is just around the corner. Maybe you are stuck for ideas of what to wear with the ever changing weather, well just incase you are here are some fashion picks we love and know you will too.
You can call it Activewear, Athleisure or sportswear but no one can deny the fact that it’s been on rise for a few years now and people are ready to move from usual fashion trends to Activewear especially in western countries. Initially, activewear was just present in the gyms, crossfit, dancing classes and yoga studios but it has now been present in almost everywhere.
There are many companies which are producing original and attractive activewear for both men and women, and world-class designers are using their creative designing skills to craft this new fashion trend in the world. Here are a few reasons as to why people are adapting to the activewear trend:
1. Activewear Are Colorful and Attractive
There was a time when clothing companies only design typical activewear which people wear while working out or going to the dance or yoga classes. However, today with the increasing interest of people in activewear trends, more and more colorful and exclusive activewear designs are becoming available in the market catching the attention of people.
2. The Status of Practical Market for Activewear
Those who still think that activewear does not have the capability to compete with usual fashion trends should see that according to a research report conducted by NPD, in August 2013, $36 billion sales for activewear and athletic footwear were recorded and the growth rate was up to 7 percent in 2013.
3. Activewear Offers You a Stunning and Charming Look
Who does not want to look good? Even today men want to look as good as women. Activewear are becoming popular especially among women as they offer them a stunning and charming appearance in front of others. It also allows them to feel good and happy.
People are always busy in search of better resources. Usual clothes are losing the charm they used to have in the past. Now people actually want something different and unique, which also has the potential to seek attention of other instantaneously and today activewear is the one of the best fashion trends people especially women are actively adapting. With more and more beautiful and innovative design availability of activewear, women prefer activewear over usual clothing.
4. Helping you to be in the Right Body Shape – The Motivating Factor
From day one, failing to follow a standard workout routine is one of the most common problems people face on regular basis. Although today workout has become cool for all of us and everyone wants to be get the right body shape all the time yet most of us are unable to follow what we are required to do for regular workouts. On the other hand, being in activewear all the time provides a kind of motivation for people and forces them to follow their daily routine. Moreover, it can also be used as a casual wear at any place.
Would you be willing to work out wearing a boring and same activewear all the time? Obviously, you won’t. You need motivation not only in your mind but also with a few external motivating factors and your activewear is one of them. Wearing colorful, charming and attractive activewears will definitely allow you to keep your motivation for workout and to be in the perfect body shape. So choose a fancy activewear which has pockets or have a spare jacket while working, so you can easily put your important belongings such as money, keys and smartphone. Don’t try to text or hold your belongings while working as it will distract your attention
Whether you’re a movie and television fan or not, you often get fascinated by the hair styles you often see of these famous actress on screen and always want to get such haircuts for yourself. Well, in the world of fashion, there is a number of famous haircuts you can get even from your local saloon instead of going to a celebrity saloon where famous hair stylist work. In order to guide you with the best and unique hair styles, here are 5 unique haircuts you should be following in 2016:
1. Easy Bed-Head Haircut
Although its name does not sound perfect to your attire yet when you wake up like Cara Delevingine, it’s like the smooth, casual and perfect haircut you always wanted.
2. Beachy Waves
You can even get this beachy waves haircut simply at home. When you woke up tomorrow after sleeping on your curls, don’t make the ends of your curling hair smooth and straight to get beachy waves haircut.
3. Side Part Haircut Trend
This trend is meant for a casual day-out. It just needs you to put your charming hair behind your ear and go for a deep side part from the other side. Now here you go! You are ready to flaunt your ironed hair.
4. Kittenish Pony
This is a little bit informal and a unique approach for a haircut. It’s also sometimes known as super high pony as you load on the layers. It needs you to have long hair locks and if you don’t have it, you will have to get clip-in extension to have the same volume need for Kittenish Pony.
5. Touseled Waves
If you’re not a high maintenance women and just want to get a haircut for an event you’re just going to, touseled waves is the perfect hair style for you. Its loosely wrap strands and hair waves will make feel comfortable, soothing as well as charming in public. Have you ever seen Dakota Johnson in Touseled Waves haircut? Do look out for it.
Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 fashion trends are claimed to be heavily influenced by the Korean designs. There was a catwalk show conducted in Seoul last year where collections of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 were presented along a colorful inter-seasonal line. Here are some of the fashion trends which somewhat bring similarities between Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 collections and Korean designs:
1. The Jogakbo Tradition – The Patchwork
One of the famous fashion clothing trends is the tradition of Jogakbo or in other words, patchwork. It’s definitely inspired by the Korean culture. Its colorful pattern was presented in Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 with an oversized flower button. Celebratory stripes are also used in this dress.
2. The Pink Petal Dress
This show also featured a traditional Hanbok in a highly fashionable and trendy manner. It was a petal and pastel pink dress which also included a black trim. There are also many other dresses which also are inspired from traditional Korean dresses.
It’s a conventional jacket which offers the appearance of an extreme empire waist. It is often worn with the traditional hanbok.
Here are a few more fashion trends of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 from Korean culture:
Stage 4 is all about the creation of the piece. Jake who I am sure you all remember hearing about in stages 1,2 & 3 but if you do not I will refresh your memory. Jake is the wonderful gentlemen who wanted to find the perfect ring for his future wife.
After Jake made the decision on what he thought to be the perfect diamond, the people at Bond could now create the piece exactly how Jake had designed it. It would be the exact image.
Bond utilise’s various techniques in their manufacturing. They ensure that the highest quality and precision standards are upheld. Where some pieces are created entirely by hand others are created utilising CAD 3D mouldings and sometimes a mixture of both, these are worked and crafted by Bond’s expert craftsmen.
Jake’s ring will be created against a CAD 3D rendering with a wax mould which will be created initially to ensure perfection. This is then created in platinum before diamonds set in the piece and all finishing and polishing is then carried out.
Jakes ring will be created against a CAD 3D rendering with a wax mould being created initially to ensure perfection. This then created in platinum before diamonds set in the piece and all finishing and polishing carried out.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
The weekend before last I was in London for my first Fashions Finest show so I knew I would need something to help relax me, as I was nervous.
When I arrived in London with my friend Kirsty we visited Thai Kosai for a massage. Kirsty opted for the Thai Aromatherapy Massage and I chose the Deep Tissue Massage as I suffer from backache.
The atmosphere as you enter Thai Kosai is an ambient and warm. It has a Thai themed reception area with a welcoming hostess who offered us both some herbal tea and then led us down some stairs to a hallway which continued the same Thai theme in an effective way.
Kirsty was shown to her room and I was shown to mine. I was asked to prepare for the massage and was handed a towel to place over my body after I had undressed and lay on the bed. As I lay on the bed I listened to the soft audio that played.
After a brief wait, the masseur entered the room and introduced herself then asked if the room temperature was to my liking and if so was I ready to begin?
I was more than ready every bone in my body was aching at this point. The massage was amazing and she made sure that every part of my body was taken care of. I was all I expected and more. The massage was truly enjoyable and my once achy back felt free from pain. The pressure she used to massage me was just right, not to soft but careful not to be to rough.
She was very thorough and spent a good amount of time on each problem area and I was so relaxed I nearly fell asleep a few times during the 60-minute massage. The massage is definitely worth the £90 that it will cost you.
The massage was a pleasant experience and the surroundings were beautiful, the staff there are friendly and welcoming and I would definitely recommend that you visit www.thai-kosai.com and see for yourself.
Writtten by Hayley Sweeney.
Valentines Day can be difficult when it comes to finding that perfect present. Red roses and a card are a little out dated, while some find that a simple ‘I love you’ is enough for them on the most romantic day of the year. But one gift that will never let you down is the perfect piece of jewellery, whether that be a classic silver bracelet, a beautiful pair of stud earrings or a timeless necklace.
Hazel and Kent have an amazing array of sparkling jewellery to choose from, with lots of wonderful pieces that will look perfect with your fresh, spring wardrobe. With prices ranging from £8-£230, there’s something for everyone with stylish accessories and dozens of great brands to choose from, including Guess, Fiorelli and Espirit. We’ve picked out some of our favourite pieces and how to style them for the new season.
Every girl should own a pair of special earrings which go perfectly with any outfit. There are plenty to choose from on the Hazel and Kent website, with varying colours, shapes and sizes. The silver and gold Daisy earrings are a great option to go with a pretty floral dress, or for something more dressy try the stunning Kit Heath for a more glamorous look if you’re heading out for a romantic meal on Valentines.
I love the Topaz Silver Round studs, a bargain for only £12.50. These sparkly jems are easy for work paired with a smart black suit and will see you through to evening too, such is their simple shape and design. And, they sparkly beautifully too! Check out the photos below of me modelling my Topaz earrings.
Rings are a huge spring trend, with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigan favouring the stack ring look. For a more artsy style, look no further than the Pasha silver plated ring in the abstract shape of a 3D circle or for that extra special piece, the violet Baccaret flower ring is a wonderful, at £210. We couldn’t help but fall in love with Hazel and Kent’s beautiful selection of necklaces too, with the trendy DKNY stainless steel ring necklace a particular favourite. (Look to the catwalks of Lanvin and Saint Laurent in regard to how to wear statement jewellery this season – bold and chunky basically.)
If you’re still struggling with gift ideas, than there’s always the old pearl favourite. Pearls have long been associated with a certain effortless style, and are usually a sentimental heirloom piece, much loved by the likes of Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor. Hazel and Kent have the perfect necklace, in the shape of the simple Perlissimo freshwater heart necklace. Sweet and stylish, this show stopping item will be sure to get heads turning when worn with a LBD or dressed down with a cashmere jumper and tailored trousers.
So there you have it. This year, there’s no excuse not to find that ideal present for that special someone on Valentines Day.
For more gift ideas, visit Hazel and Kent’s website at: www.hazelandkent.co.uk
When you have a daughter with long curly hair it is wonderful but problems can occur when their hair gets frizzy and dry and you are unable to find the right hair care. Every month we have to try new products as they do not moisturize the hair properly and it once again becomes frizzy especially at the front of her hair. Over the past two weeks I have tried Dominican Hair Cares;
Doctor Cabello Biotina magic hair shampoo (1): This is said to revitalize your hair and contains vitamin E, which nourishes dehydrated hair. Each strand of your hair gets coated with Biotin to leave your hair feeling moisturized, hydrated and it stops any further damage to your hair. (I washed my daughters hair with this shampoo and then rinsed it off).
Doctor Cabello Biotin magic hair treatment (2): This promises to give new life to damaged and tired looking hair. Also full of vitamin E, Biotin and B5 it restores your hairs natural volume, repairs any damage and adds a healthy sheen to your hair. (I left this on my daughter’s hair for 20 minutes before rinsing it out).
Doctor Cabello Biotina magic hair balsam (3): This is said to give your hair the loving care that it deserves. The vitamin E and Biotin rich conditioner instantly refreshes your hair and stops any breakage. (I left this in my daughter’s hair for 10 minutes before rinsing it out).
Doctor Cabello Biotina leave-in conditioner (4): This is suitable for any hair types just like all the other products in their range but was specially created for bringing moisture to dry hair. Just like the other products it too is enriched with vitamin E and Biotin to give your hair that healthy feeling and look. (As it is a leave in conditioner I massaged this into my daughters hair after towel drying it).
After using all the treatments in her hair the frizz was no longer and her hair became silky as the tangles were no more. Her hair is now back to the curly, shiny and healthy texture that it once was. As her hair is so easy to comb through now she is able to do it herself which saves me a job in the mornings. Her hands always seem to be stroking at her hair feeling how soft it is, she loves how good it feels. www.dominicanhaircare.co.uk
Written by Hayley Sweeney
I love reviewing beauty product and when I was sent the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil I couldn’t wait to try it out.
I have been using the cleansing oil now for one week as I think a week give your face time to get used to a new product. I like to keep my cleansing to a minimum so normally use two methods when washing my face 1. Wipes 2. Face wash and i usually find that neither removes fully every trace of makeup or daily grime. I don’t normally use a daily cleanser but getting used to adding this into my regime was a breeze especially when I saw how much more it cleaned my face and removed the last traces of makeup.
The oil comes in a lovely packaging and once opened it’s presented in a glass bottle with a pump. The consistency is a lovely and thick oil so you don’t need to use too much and it does not drip everywhere. My method was to massage the oil into my slightly damp face then remove with a damp cotton wool pad which left the face feeling great, totally clean, moisturised and hydrated all at the same time.
What gave the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil extra bonus point for me was that it used 100% natural ingredients. It did have a slight unusual smell which I guess was from the bran but it still did not put me off.
Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil is a 100% natural cleanser that also includes avocado seed botanicals. More about the ingredients below:
Rice Bran Oil
Borage Seed Oil
100% natural ingredients and no fragrance. No parabens, sulphates, petro-chemicals, PEGs, phthalates or plastic fillers.
I think the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil is a great product and worth every penny but if you don’t want to take my word for it why not buy a bottle and try it out for yourself. The hydrating cleansing oil (100ml) retails at 14.95 which isn’t too pricy as it will last a long time if used wisely. You can get it from www.rossiuvema.com
Enjoy and happy cleansing with Rossi Uvema!
Reviewd by Deborah St. Louis (Fashions Finest Director)
Every year at Christmas and on New Years Eve I dress up. There is something about those two dates that makes me want to wear fancy dress, the dates and the fancy dress partiesthat I get invited to. This year thanks to Tickled Pink fancy dress I will be dressing up in a Kigurumi purple unicorn costume. It is purple and white, has a long purple tail and on the hood it has the Unicorn’s ears, eyes nose and it has its famous horn, which is yellow.
As it is a onesie it is comfortable too. It has a low cut crotch and one size fits all. The sleeves and around the ankles are elasticated so you will not get the bottoms dirty. I absolutely love it and it is less than 40 pounds. If purple is not your colour there is no need to worry because it comes in pink and blue.
With the Kigurumi costumes you could also be a Fox, Leopard, White Tiger, Red Panda, Zebra or a Giraffe. As this costume is so easy to move around in you will not have to miss out when it is time to dance, you can whip and naa nae all night long.
Tickled Pink fancy dress provide many other outfits for you to choose from, they have Superhero’s, Pirates, Disney costumes, Halloween and Army costumes. They have a range of accessories to go with all the costumes, face paint and make-up, hats, wigs and moustaches and weapons and armour for all those going into battle for the night.
If you have not already got the perfect fancy dress costume for all the festive parties go online at Tickled Pink fancy dress and get yours.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Although many of the world's top fashion shows can provide an fascinating introduction to the next season's styles, for many who are interested to see what the latest range of cutting-edge designs look like in real life, there's no better way than by simply visiting the races.
Horse racing has enjoyed a long and close relationship with the aristocracy in many countries, and because of this many top couture houses have sought to use these spectacular occasions to unveil their latest creations.
So here's a look at how high-end fashion has managed to gain access to the racing world and provide an extra dose of entertainment alongside the betting options and of course the racing itself.
The introduction of ladies days as the pinnacle of fashion for many racing events has been greatly enjoyed by spectators, attendees and of course the press who relish the opportunity to comment upon the fashion successes and mistakes of the many celebrities who flock to the event.
Because of the huge amount of attention that many race-going celebrities attract, there's a great deal of competitiveness amongst many of the high-end designers to get such celebrities to wear their latest creations.
Although many of the prestigious events attract aristocratic celebrities such as Zara Phillips, it's invariably the fashion faux-pas of some of the more alcoholically-enhanced racegoers that attracts the greatest amount of press derision.
In order to not attract the wrath of the fashion police, it's always a good idea to take a few tips from some of the top designers in the country. So we asked Denise Mahmud from the London-based brand Moixa who specialise in beautifully-crafted and trend-resistant clothing her thoughts and advice on fashion at the races.
Why do you think horse racing events have become such an important part of the fashion calendar?
Considered a formal social event, horse racing has had close ties to fashion for decades. Since the early 1900s the races have been a place to see and show off new fashion trends.
If you had to design an outfit for the races, how would you get around the restrictions over dress codes in regards to hem lengths?
I designed outfits for the races every year. I try to help my clients understand that lady-like doesn't have to mean boring. Instead of working around the restrictions, I try and make them a feature that reflects the client's personality and style.
Do you approve of the rise of fascinators?
Personally, I'm not a fan of fascinators. They're like an Alice Band gone wrong.
Denise Mahmud's advice regarding dress codes is of key importance when considering fashion at the races. Many of racing's key social events such as Royal Ascot will frequently implement restrictive codes of dress for different areas of the racecourse and as such, it's always a good idea to check with the race course's website before attending.
The subject of fascinators is particularly sensitive in the world of racing, as many particularly outrageous designs have led to top racing events such as Royal Ascot banning the offensive headwear.
However, much as betting is part of the fun of Ladies Day thanks to sites like Betway who have a handy new mobile betting feature on their website, it's always important to remember to embrace the style challenges with a degree of fun and enthusiasm.
Whilst it can be tempting to try and adapt some of the latest designs from the couture houses into your look for the races, keeping your hemlines traditional and perhaps embracing some exciting new colours and textures could be a better way to approach this fashion dilemma.
Online boutiques such as Little Black Dress have provided a good selection of race-day dresses that capture a degree of sophistication thanks to some sharp 1960s cuts, whilst the subtle use of feminine floral imagery softens the look to make it perfect for the coming of spring.
As the many of the racing world's top events such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup tend to take place in the colder months of the year, it's always a good idea to try and layer up too. On-trend textures such as coloured suede can provide all of us with a stylish look that will keep us warm when we're out at the track all day. And if you're feeling particularly countrified, then you can always pay a fashion tribute to horse-racing's country origins by adopting a tweed look in the form of a sharply-fitting blazer.
So whether you're sipping champagne in a chic A-line dress in the executive box, or cheering on one of the favourites in the race in your warmest winter jacket, make sure that you have fun with your look and celebrate your betting at the races with the very best in British fashion.
At this time of the year I love lounging around at home, sitting by the open fire reading a book in my comfy pyjamas and drinking a hot chocolate with maybe a tiny splash of Baileys in. When it is the evening and I read a good night story to the children I like to make sure that I feel comfortable so choosing the right nightwear is a must. If I am not in the right night attire, then when it comes to falling asleep it is an absolute nightmare. Having my beauty sleep is a must.
When I was looking online the other day trying to find some new pyjamas to treat myself to I came across a website called The Pyjama Store in London. I instantly fell in love with all that they had. As I have not yet won the lottery (buying a ticket would help) I knew I could only choose a few to order. How would I manage to just pick a few, when everything they had looked so elegant and luxurious?
After I spoke to the lovely James who owns the store he told me that he would gift me with a pair of Ce Soir pyjamas with black and ivory stripes. To say I was delighted would be an understatement. I felt like a kid in a candy store looking at all they had to offer. One of my favourite pyjamas are: Three J: NYC ‘Jamie’ cotton white with grey trim. The Pyjama Store provides for men, woman and children so that no one in the family will be left out. Pyjamas are always a much needed present so why not treat your family and friends to some this Christmas?
Have a look online at www.thepyjamastore.com and then you and your family can sleep as well as I do at night.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
If you suffer from sweaty feet you really need to get your hands on a pair of slimsoles.
We tested them out for a week and they are comfortable and keep your feet fresh and dry all day long. They also have a grip foam to prevent the insole from bunching or sliding. Slimsoles are up to a UK women’s Size 9. For a comfortable fit, follow the printed guidelines on the insoles just cut them down to your shoes size.
Available in many highstreet stores and directly from Odor Eaters. Slimsoles are a musthave for anyone suffering from sweaty feet.
Reviewd by Deborah St. Louis CEO
We are currently onto stage 3 with Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. Jamie has decided on the perfect design with Jake so it is finally time to add what I would call the sparkle. It is time for Jake to go to Bond’s consultation suite and decide on what diamonds they should use for the engagement ring.
Having been told what Jakes budget was earlier on in the stages, Jamie has been able to find a number of diamonds for him to view and choose from. The diamonds all have unique characteristics; carat weight, colour and clarity. What all the diamonds will have in common is that they are all in a round brilliant cut that matches the design impeccably.
Jake was shown each diamond one after the other and had the differences of each one explained to him. He was told what impact this particular diamond would have on the rings price. After viewing 6 diamonds Jake fell in love with a stunning 1.16ct, D colour diamond.
The ring for Jakes future wife will include a 16 small 0.03ct stones set within the shoulders of the ring. All of the diamonds must match the centre stone on colour and clarity so that the brilliance and sparkle of all the diamonds will be equal. After Jake found the 16ct centre diamond he then found the smaller stones that would accompany.
Now the design and diamonds have been selected the real magic can begin; the creation stage. Even I am excited at this stage so I can only imagine how Jake must be feeling.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
What an enjoyable few hours spent this evening at the Bare Mineral counter at House of Fraser Nottingham.
I braced the wintery weather and was warmly welcomed by the two hosts with a glass of bubbly and strawberries dipped in chocolate and a raffle ticket.
Guests were given an overview of some of the best Bare Mineral products and offers in the range which would make great gifts for Christmas for family and friends.
We were also able to see a demo of the products being applied to two of regular people, one young and one more mature. The looks were nice and natural and showing how just adding a little more colour, eyeliner and heavier mascara can transform the face from a day look to evening look using one simple pallet.
After the demo we were given the opportunity to test and purchase any product we wanted and with every purchase we received a raffle ticket to win one of the lovely gifts on offer. I purchased the mineral powder and stoke of light eyebrightner for darker skin tones which was nice and light but had good coverage. Just how I like it!
Tha raffel was finally drawn and i won two prizes one of which was possibly the best on the table. The prizes were - travel makeup brushes, a gold bag with mineral powder, lip gloss, eye shadow, eye shadow brush, eyeliner and a makeup brush.
Before the evening ended we were all presented with a Bare mineral goody bag which contained even more fabulous gifts to sample from other brands within House of Fraser such a perfumes, eyeliner, body wash mineral foundation to name a few.
To say this was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience is putting it lightly and I have lots of lovely products and gifts to try out over the next few months.
If you have never used Bare Mineral products I suggest you give them a try.
A big thank you goes out to the ladies who hosted the event and I look forward to attending another event again soon and telling everyone all about it.
More information about their products here: Bare Minerals
Written by Fashions Finest Director Deborah St. Louis
According to H&M the jumpsuit is this season’s chicest around-the-clock piece. As it's the festive season why not go for colour or glam it up with glitter. When it comes to the shoes, dress it down with a pair of flats or rock it with elegant in heels.
I promised you that I would be back with more information on Jake and creating the perfect engagement ring for his future wife and this is the next instalment. We are now onto the second stage with Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. As Jake has now clearly explained to Jamie exactly what piece and style he likes, the process is able to move on. Stage two is where Jamie and the other employees at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds get together and begin to develop the perfect design for Jakes beautiful fiancé. This process involves sketches and computer-aided design.
Jamie is knowledgeable and keeps up to date with all the up and coming trends on the market so that his customers will never be disappointed with their designs. All the while Jamie keeps in constant contact with Jake sending him their ideas via meetings and emails. This gives the client full control in creating the perfect piece for their partner. Keeping the client involved is important as this is their way of expressing their love to another. Everything about the whole process must be perfect.
After a design has been decided on Jake will move on to selecting the right diamond or diamonds.
Written By Hayley Sweeney
I was asked to review AEOS facial products and hand cream and to be honest as I like a simple daily cleansing regime I was a little overwhelmed by all the different products and wondered if I would be able to continue for more than one day with the process. However I was willing to give it a try.
After persevering with these products I have to say I love everything about them. From the moment you open the pack, the presentation, the textures, the smells, everything. My face felt clean refreshed ready to take on the day and then also cleaned from all makeup and grime of the day ready for bed.
Favourite products from AEOS have to be 1. Dew Facial Wash 2. Gentle Cleansing Lotion 3. Enriching Moisture (blue) and 4. Realive Serum. All containing organic and essential oils like lemon, neroli, honey just to name a few.
However my ultimate favourite and #musthave from the AEOS range has to be the AEOS Enriching Spelt Hand Cream oh my days, this product felt like silk on the hands and the smell was out of this world. I shared it with my girlfriends and the expression on their face said it all. Nourished hands is all I can say.
Would I buy these products again? Absolutley!
Thank you AEOS for allowing me to test your products it was a pleasure!
More information about AEOS products here www.aeos.net
Reviewd by Fashions Finest CEO Deborah St. Louis
Having little girls makes you realise just how many bags they need (want) in their lives, I can’t tell you an exact number but I can tell you that’s it’s a lot. They need bags to take out when they go shopping with their friends (probably for more bags), bags for their toys, bags for their make-up etc.
Every time I go food shopping with my girls and they have picked up a few of what they would call vital essentials on the way round they insist on having their own bags to put them in. Buying them their own jute bag every time we frequent the shops can end up being quite pricey. I wished they could just stick to the one bag.
One of my friends told me to check out bags at ClaireaBella Classics when I told her my problem. What I saw on their website solved all my problems. I could choose a jute bag and then pick what design to have on it. Each of the designs where girls, you could pick what skin tone the girl was and what outfit she would wear. You could even pick what accessories she has. To make the bag even more perfect for your little girls, you can have their name added to it. I instantly knew my girls would fall in love with them. I picked the large jute bag costing just less than forty pounds.
It is not just jutes bags that you can buy at ClaireaBella but also suitcases with the same designs. This is a case that you wont be losing easily at the airport. They have many more gift ideas for the girls; you just need to look online. They sell make-up bags, latte mugs, personalised hoodies, and my favourite; wine glasses. There really is too much for me to mention, you need to have a look for yourselves, you will not be disappointed.
ClaireaBella has many celebrity fans such as Amy Childs, Kelly Brook, Fern Cotton and The Saturdays.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Her round curves and sleek lines are admired by fashion editors, celebrities and #chloeGIRLS everywhere.
The Drew bag comes is so versatile and comes in a number of colours ranging from light to dark which means it will go with just about any look.
Here are a few ways to rock the Drew bag:
Retailed at Chloe from £960.00 upwards, which may be too expeive for most of us but you can always opt for a cheaper version like this one from Topshop for £30.00.
We all love making lists. Whether it’s the weekly food shop or things to do on your day off - there is something very organised and efficient about setting yourself a good tick list. Well, fashion site Lyst, does exactly that, creating your own personal shopping experience.
The exciting website, www.lyst.co.uk allows you to shop for the latest trends from a variety of brands and stores, including everything from luxury designers Fendi and Stella McCartney to high street retailers Zara and Vans, and then create your own Lyst of items you’re lusting over. Browse through beautiful pieces from Rag & Bone, Michael Kors, Converse and Asos to name just a few, and add them to your own personalised ‘lysts,’ which are helpfully organised into different sections such as ‘wish list wardrobe,’ ‘gifts for me,’ and ‘gift lyst.’ Essentially, Lyst is a more ordered way to shop online, without any hassle.
As Christmas approaches, why not create your own Lyst on all things festive and fun for your winter wardrobe or how about the lovely, tan leather boots that are such a big thing this autumn. Group your favourite styles together and create whole looks by adding clothing, shoes, accessories and jewellery to find your perfect wish Lyst pieces in a variety of sizes and colours.
One of the biggest trends for autumn/winter 2015 is the ‘Ghillie’. You might not have heard of it, but you have definitely seen it before and you might possibly own a pair already. The ghillie is a type of shoe which laces up at the front, with no tongue originating from Scottish country dancing. Everyone from the Duke of Windsor, who was often seen sporting a pair of ghillies with argyle socks in the 1920’s to Naomi Campbell, who infamously wore purple wedge ghillies on the Vivienne Westwood catwalk where she took a tumble in 1993, have been seen wearing them. And on Lyst, you too can jump onto the band wagon and put a fashionable foot forward yourself, with current designers Isabel Marant and Aquazzura offering up some great styles.
Other great footwear available on the Lyst website are minimalist sneakers, functional flats, cosy boots and glamorous heels, which once added to your Lyst can be worked with other items you think will go nicely with your current wardrobe. It’s fun, free and very organised so start making your fashion shopping list today with Lyst.
Below are a couple of Lysts we put together on key Autumn fashion pieces and Halloween attire:
Written in collaboration with Lyst.
The brief was to come up with a current punk theme, to set the collection off. Heavy sultry eyes, full lips and big hair inspired by Edwardian theme but deconstructed to look punk also the pin curls inspired by the movement of the clothing but remaining sharp.
The result is Avant Garde punk perfect to show case Helens collection.
Black intense smoky eye paired with a red lip, combined together to bring out the inner confidents and personality of every women! Not afraid to be different and stand out of the crowed. Delicate yet a show stopper. Every girls envy…She’s a Drama Queen!
Hair was made up of lots of hair prices and extensions and another look of barrelled curls and pin curls a vintage method turned punk for the day.
Photographer: Drew Ormrod
Make up: Sita Gill
Hair: Karen Windle
Model: Charlotte Godfrey
Designer Brand Hellavagirl: Helen Woollams
Your make-up on Halloween is just as essential as your outfit. As an added extra this Halloween I have decided to change the colour of my eyes for the night. This is to create the perfect spooky look. To change the colour of my dark brown eyes I used contact lenses from VisionDirect.co.uk. The colours I had to choose from were amethyst, turquoise and gemstone green.
I picked amethyst as purple is my favourite colour and amethyst is quite close to that. They looked amazing when I put them in, as my eyes are dark brown the contacts did not look that bright on top of my own eyes but the subtle amethyst colour on top of them gave them a Halloween glow. I was now ready to sort out my Halloween make-up. First I had to choose what I would go as, as I had been invited to few Halloween parties and my aim was to stand out and look my best.
After an hour of racking my brain and searching the Internet for ideas I decided on a vampy look with a spiders web to complement it. Who wouldn’t love a vampy look with a creepy spiders web? To achieve the right look I went to Chez Titine salon in Leamington Spa. Jane who is a qualified make-up artist always does an excellent job and I knew if I attempted the look myself things could go terribly wrong. With Jane’s help I was on the way to a Halloween look I could be proud of.
1. Jane started the look by dabbing on white face paint to all areas of my face (this was done using a cloth).
2. Black eye shadow was then brushed onto my forehead, cheekbones and chin.
3. Using a black eye pencil Jane filled in my eyebrows so they would stand out.
4. Jane then concentrated on my eyes using a black eye pencil to draw on my top and bottom eyelids and then finally flicking the pencil slightly at the end for a winged effect.
5. Black eye shadow was then added to the eyeliner to make my eyes pop. This was added to both the top and bottom of my eyelids.
6. Using black eyeliner Jane proceeded to draw on the spider web above and below my eye. Jane referred to a picture as she did this.
7. My lips then had black lip liner drawn around them.
8. Red lip liner was then used to draw inside of the black lip liner.
9. The last step was the colouring in of my lips with red lipstick.
In the picture posted above you can see me without the contacts, then with the contacts and white face paint and then the completed look.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Being proposed to is an extremely special moment for a lady. Like most little girls it is probably a moment that they have been fantasizing about their entire childhood through to adult life. This is why everything about the proposal should be perfect down to the last detail. You have got to make sure that the engagement ring that you pick for your future wife is unique and shows her and the world exactly how you feel about her.
This is the ring that she will proudly show to her family and friends, so it needs to be as beautiful as she is. This is the reason why I want my future husband to have my engagement ring custom made at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. Their process starts with a face-to-face consultation in one of the offices at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds.
If you are unsure of what you are looking for then you will be guided and educated at your consultation. You will be talked through the different styles, types, metals and diamonds. No style is off limits at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. They are willing to guide you through the process, if that is all you need.
At the moment Bond Jewellery and Diamonds are in the process of designing an engagement ring for Jake who is having it made for his girlfriend Natalie. Jake knew what type of ring he wanted, a platinum band with a round brilliant centre stone, 4-claw set on diamond set shoulders. After Jamie discussed the piece with Jake they spoke about the characteristics of diamonds and the 4 C’s, which can affect a diamonds value.
Bond Jewellery and Diamonds make sure the client is informed every step of the way. Last but not least the budget was discussed so the sourcing of diamonds could begin. So for all of you that are lucky in love and ready to take the next step with your loved one you should visit Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. Even if you are not ready for marriage they provide jewellery for all the other occasions in your life.
Make sure you all stay tuned as the next stage for Jake at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds is the design stage, we will follow his magical story right through to the proposal.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
I was kindly gifted a pouch and wash bag from Lola and Gilbert. The pouch reads; this bag contains my face and the wash bag reads; it’s not easy being this damn pretty. These are two statements that I can firmly stand by. Lola and Gilbert are a London based company that is owned by Natalie and Kristina and they named the company after their beloved pets. They both design and hand screen print what I think are hilarious sayings onto canvas zipper bags which can be used as make-up bags, wash bags, bikini bags or passport holders, the possibilities are endless.
As Lola and Gilbert print each bag individually you are able to personalise them. You could have your favourite quote printed on them or even your name. I have told Claire who is one of my best friends all about what Lola and Gilbert has to offer as she is getting married soon and think that the pouches would make perfect presents for the bridesmaids. (I am of course one of the bridesmaids). You can even choose your fonts, sizes and colours. The choice is entirely yours.
My daughter is turning 13 in January and having a sleepover with a few friends and I personally think having their names put on pouches would make a fabulous parting gift. What girl wouldn’t want a pouch to put their prized possessions in?
Whether you need a bag to put your bits and bobs in or looking for a gift for a friend go online and check out Lola and Gilbert, you wont be disappointed.
Written by Hayley Sweeney