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?
Taser box - www.crukafe.com
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
My eyes have been looking fabulous this week, as I have been reviewing Eye of Horus products. It is an Australian colour cosmetics brand that promises to bring out your inner Goddess. Eye of Horus products are not tested on animals they contain natural ingredients and are paraben free. All products either come in gold or black stylish packaging. I was more than pleased with each product that I tested.
• Dynasty brow define-this is a thin make-up pen used for filling in your brows and giving you perfect arches as an end result. (My colour was medium/dark). One of the ingredients in Castor oil, which enhances your brows condition and growth.
• Babylon brown liquid define-this glides smoothly onto your eyes to give a loud but perfect line. It is also smudge proof and will stay on all day.
• Goddess smoky eye pencil-this was my favourite, I used this to achieve black smoky eyes. I used the pencil part to draw on the lines and then used the other end to smudge, ending up with perfect smoky eyes.
• Eye of Horus Goddess mascara-ingredients include Moringa oil that was found in King Tuts tomb. This make-up is based on ancient Egyptian formulas and is said to have beautifying powers by the Gods. It made my lashes longer, thicker and they did not smudge or clump together.
• Goddess smudge proof eye pencil-easily glides on, looks fantastic and does not smudge.
In my ultimate Goddess promotional pack I also received a custom cosmetic sharpener and a free promotional gift. Eye of Horus products help my eyes make a statement and it really has revealed my inner Goddess.
For 15% off Eye of Horus go online to: www.eyeofhoruscosmetics.com Code word: “Review”
Written By Hayley Sweeney
As I have numerous family, friends and Godchildren, I have already started my Christmas shopping. I do not want to be one those people who has to run around panicking, buying what ever gifts are left in the shops on Christmas Eve. In my search for unique presents I came across Hippie Chic while looking online. They sell clothes, jewellery and accessories.
Hippie Chic gets their inspiration for the items they make from the world that we live in. This could be fashion, nature, art or life. They strive to give you something that you have not seen before, something very special. When I was looking through the all the products that they had online I came across a Lily Stone watch which had a tan leather strap that I thought would be the perfect gift for a friend. The watches face told the time using Roman numerals and was gold in colour, I instantly fell in love with it. At only 35 pounds it was a steal.
I also spotted a Boho watch and bracelet set that I know my Mother would love and was an equally good price at 22 pounds. If your family and friends are not watch people (I know a few people who are sick of people asking them the time) then you should check out their selection of earrings. When you have looked at the Braye-metallic half moon tribal earrings, the Chari-matte gold plated arrowhead pendant earrings or the Cuanza- blue and matte gold beaded diamond earrings, I am sure that you will end up getting a few Christmas presents out of the way like I did or even end up treating yourself.
By Hayley Sweeney
Fountain of Youth: Restoring, Repairing and Rejuvenating.
FOY rejuvenating Night Cream, Moisturising Day Cream and Eye Contour Gel and Anti Cellulite Gel. Four beautifully packaged products, great consistency.
Moisturising Day Cream
FOY is designed for mature aging skin, basically anyone over the age of 25 but for me the day cream was not rich enough. My skin absorbs quickly and I felt that I needed to keep reapplying in order for my skin to feel fully moisturized.
Rejuvenating Night Cream
I liked the rejuvenating night cream as it was richer and left my skin feeling great all night long.
I decided to give the gel to a friend who has cellulite to test out and see if it made any difference on her skin. She tried it for a few weeks and said the smell was great, the texture was amazing. When applied the gel created a tingling sensation. No visible improvement was noticed after two weeks of usage. Everyone’s skin reacts differently so this does not mean the product did not work but maybeon her skin type it needed to be used for a little longer to see any results.
Eye Contour Gel
My FOY top pick has to be the Eye Contour Gel. As a sufferer of dark, itchy, tired eyes I am always looking for the perfect gels to moisturise the eye area and this was perfect! Out of all the products this is the one I would definitely invest in.
Find out more about FOY and the other products in the range here: www.foy.global
Reviewed by Deborah St. Louis Fashions Finest CEO
I am sure that we all remember having our very first tattoo.
Being told that it would be on our bodies forever and imagine how it would look when we were older. If you were anything like me at a young age then I am sure that you went straight ahead and had one anyway. You did not care about the warnings because in your head you were 100% sure that you would treasure your inked artwork forever. I do not know how long forever lasted for you but for me forever was a week. I hated the heart I had tattooed on my arm but lucky enough for me it could be covered up wearing certain clothing.
I say lucky for me because unlike my friend I never had the bright idea of having a skull tattoo on my neck. For my friend Rachel this has ruined her life. When she goes to job interviews she gets turned down because of this. Who wants to hire a lady to be secretary with a skull tattoo on her neck? From her experiences I would say no one. It really is a shame as she would be absolutely stunning if she were to wear a turtleneck at all times.
I think Rachel’s luck is finally in as we have just found out about London and Laser Tattoo Removal. PicoSure Tattoo Removal has been seen on channel 5’s, Spike TV’s Tattoo Disasters UK. As this is a faster and more effective way of removing tattoos’, it makes the whole process cheaper and will not require as many treatments to remove your unwanted ink. In only four sessions you can have your skin back to the way God/your Mother intended.
PicoSure even removes blues and greens and they have over 20 years experience in laser treatments. Both consultations and patch tests are free and finance is available. If you are regretting having a boyfriends/best friends name inked on your skin contact Pulse light clinic in London to discuss your options, prices range from 70 pounds and up.
Find out more information about Pulse Light Clinic: www.pulselightclinic.co.uk
Written by Hayley Sweeney
If you need a hairband that will not get wet when you are at the beach or even at your local swimming pool then invisibobble is the hairband for you. Invisibobble is a traceless hair ring, what this means for you is that after you remove them from your hair, whether your hair is straight, curly or frizzy it will not leave a kink or mark in your hair. Even after hours of use it will leave no trace of being there.
At long last we can finally say goodbye to the kinks that we would have to spend extra time on before leaving the house. Unlike other hairbands invisibobble will not leave you with hair breakage, which I know we could all do without. I am using invisibobbles in my weave at the moment and it does not tug at the hair like other bands I have used in the past. I pay too much for my weave to have it pulled out when I remove my hairband.
Invisibobbles look like the old telephone cords and come in several different colours. I was lucky enough to be gifted with a few pink, yellow, black and clear ones. Even after the invisibobble is stretched it will always return to its natural shape so you are getting value for money when you buy them. You will not have to replace them on a weekly basis like I had to with other bands.
My favourite fact about the invisibobble is that they do not get soaked in water, one thing I cannot stand is a soggy hairband. I now use invisibobbles when I go for a run, go swimming and for most of my daily activities.
You can purchase invisibobbles online or from Boots, Topshop and Urban Outfitters from 4 pounds for 3.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Summer is wedding season! It’s time to get out your shoulder-baring dress and flaunt tanned and toned legs. But if you’re feeling less than fabulous after a cold winter, now is the time to start getting ready to shine for those summer events.
Healthy Diet And Detox
True radiance starts from within, so the first step is to ensure you’re giving your body high quality fuel. Cut out the refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine; have water or a mocktail instead of a cocktail! Fresh fruit and vegetable juice in a refreshing cool drink will leave your eyes bright and your skin glowing. A healthy detox diet focussing on lean meat and leafy green vegetables will help you sleep well and wake refreshed and energised.
Sun Kissed Curves
Tanned summer skin doesn’t have to involve hours under the harsh rays of the sun or a sunbed. A high-quality airbrush tan will give you that gorgeous bronzed glow while ensuring you take care of your skin.
Keep your beautiful eyes looking flawless in those emotional moments with a high quality waterproof mascara. Or even better, invest in getting your eyelashes dyed by a professional beautician. You won’t regret it when the bride walks up the aisle and the tears start flowing!
A wedding is an excuse to add the latest fashion to your wardrobe. What better occasion than a glamorous summer event to get out the short skirt and Manolo Blahniks? Don’t let less-than-perfect legs hold you back from wearing what you want and looking your best. Varicose vein procedures these days are quick and low-impact.
Sun In Your Hair
Whether the big event will be set in a garden, a church or another special venue, you’ll want to keep that sunshine shimmer in your hair. Book in a visit to your favourite hairdresser a week before the day to achieve a subtly highlighted look that will turn heads.
Exfoliate For Gorgeous Skin
Exfoliation will buff away the winter chills to reveal your flawless spring skin to the world. Gently stroke your skin with a loofah or body scrub to remove dead cells and get a fresh glow. Don’t forget your neck and décolleté areas, but be gentle, as this skin is more delicate than the skin on your legs and arms.
There are lots of temporary cellulite fixes that can help you look your best in that little black dress. Drinking lots of water is key, as hydration will improve the texture of your skin and help your body release any retained fluid. Replacing the refined sugars in your diet with green vegetables will also help your body reduce dimpling.
Quick-fix Body Toning
Get a head start on summer with a combination of heavy and lighter weight resistance training, flexibility exercises and bodyweight workouts. Focus on the muscles that respond fastest to strength training – the shoulders, arms, lower abs and calves. Beginning even a short routine 6 weeks out from the big event will give you a sleeker, toned body, with inches lost around the middle.
Keep your skin fresh and smooth with a refreshing moisturising plan. A high quality and effective deep moisturiser will hydrate and penetrate the skin. Look for one that includes plant and marine active constituents to make your skin glow the natural way.
Finish The Look With A Pedicure
A pair of sweet feet peeking out of your open-toed heels will complete your sexy ensemble. Check out this hot DIY pedicure for a professional look.
Are you cutting back on caffeine drinking more water just to achieve healthy glowing skin?
Well for anyone who struggles to drink even 1 litre of water a day as i do this is a great alternative from OVIO. On tasting the drinks i instantly thought of the hot herbal tea infusions part of my daily intake but this although very similar comes cold and delivered in a bottle. They smell amazing and when you drink them, it’s apparent it’s water but with a hint of fruit.
‘Bursting with goodness, the mighty olive leaf is one of Nature's little miracles. Jam-packed with polyphenols and flavanoids (really healthy stuff) it inspires you to feel full of life’.
Lemon & Mint – It took some time for me to get used to this one as I felt the mint was too strong and I could not taste the lemon enough. But it was still refreshing.
Cucumber & Juniper – A nice combination no one flavour stood out more than the other
Strawberry & Elderflower – Although I am hooked on #lemon flavoured deserts and drinks this one out of the three was my favourite, with a lovely sweet and fruity smell.
Retailing at £9.54.for a pack of 6, that’s £1.59 per bottle from www.oviowellness.com
Give it a try for yourself and let us know what you think.
Written by Fashions Finest #CEO Deborah St. Louis