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2 July 2015

Fashion's Essential | The White Tee

Come the warmer weather, summer style for me is all about mixing key wardrobe pieces with a fresh injection of colour and print. Taking things back to basics however, one stylish essential my wardrobe calls out for is the effortless crisp, cotton white t-shirt. Completing the foundations for any capsule wardrobe, there's nothing quite as timeless as a white tee thrown over your trusty denim skinnies with a slick of red lipstick - the words of a true self-confessed Pinterest addict.

Linen T-shirt - Banana Republic

Having pursued the many offerings from the high-street, Gap was a near winner and as was J.Crew with their famed vintage linen range, burdened with the pesky exchange rate - not so much. It wasn't until my (not so little) brother step foot into Banana Republic to try on a jacket (student life is so sweet), did I chance upon their take on the perfect white tee.

As Gap's slighter refined, more preppier older sister Banana Republic is brand I rarely find myself perusing. Capturing my full attention however were their neatly stacked piles of linen t's. Sheer without being too revealing, loose fitting without being too oversized, incredibly soft with a marl light textures - sure they might be hand-wash, but these t's deserve all the care and attention for being such a trusty staple.

So much so, I couldn't resist snapping up three. Originally priced at £25 (ouch), they were reduced to ten bucks with an additionally 25% off. Making that the grand total sum of three perfect t's for less than the original price of one. With the dark marl grey only available online, hop foot to your nearest branch to take a peek! I picked up mine in the quaint Sloan Square branch.

Tell me, where do you pick up your trusty wardrobe basics? 

30 June 2015

Beauty Talk | Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Portobello Girl

When word on the street that there's a hot new beauty launch, I like to patiently wait it out and suss out whether it's worth the splurge. Taking my sweet ass time, it became pretty darn apparent that where Charlotte Tilbury's new line was concerned I was seriously late to the party. Taking a nod from beauty blogger Adrienne, I made my way to Selfridges beauty hall (the mothership) where I became instantly smitten. Taking in the array of beautiful lipsticks, shadow sticks, blush compacts and that contour kit, all sleekly housed within the luxurious art deco packaging.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Portobello Girl

Having spent the last twenty years working as make-up artist, transforming some of the world's most leading ladies, Charlotte's work is nothing short of show-stopping. With her infectious charm and fiery red hair, she is on speed dial to the world's biggest designers, high-pofile super models and fashion photographers a plenty. Channelling her love for making women look and feel sexy and powerful, her beauty line was an instant success.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Portobello Girl

Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk ∙ Lipgloss in Portobello Girl  
 Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Portobello Girl

Capturing my full attention was the lip pencil in Pillow Talk, a soft nude pink shade. A best seller for the brand and dubbed the lip cheat, the lure of creating the perfect shape and ensuring your lip colour stays in place from dawn till dusk had me curious. So curious indeed, it hasn't moved out from my make-up bag since purchasing. Whether softly used to improve my cupids bow or as a sheer wash of nude all over, it really is a make-up artist's secret weapon. Not your regular beauty must-have to be used everyday, but when the occasion calls to feel fancy or polished, Pillow Talk will now be a permanent fixture in my collection. Without going Kylie Jenner all over your pout.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Portobello Girl

Gravitating towards the rest of the lip line-up, I couldn't resist swatching the perfectly hued nudes and retro lipsticks. With the temperature finally beginning to heat up, I settled my fancy on the Portobello Girl gloss. Perhaps the most luscious pink slash coral shade I have spent months coveting. Super high in gloss without the dreaded stickiness, it adds a hint of colour again without the fear of migrating around your face. Incredibly balmy on the lips, it feels hydrating and moisturising - not an easy feat to pull off where gloss is concerned. Complete with the rose gold sleek packaging, it's an effortless addition that I plan to use religiously.

Tell me, what are your Charlotte Tilbury must-haves?

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28 June 2015

Sunday Style | City Break Essentials

Before we begin I want take a moment to apologise in advance for the endless holiday countdown updates I will unashamedly and enviably post. I am that person. Just for the record it's 67 days. After much scrimping and saving, I cannot wait to jet off to the city that never sleeps and spot the bright lights of NYC. Whilst planning my five day trip (mostly around burgers), my thoughts have already turned to the essentials: packing for a city break.

Khaki Skirt - M&S   T-shirt - Gap   Jacket - Topshop   Bag - Mulberry   Suede Lace Sandals - Courtesy of M&S 

Unlike most beach holidays, where essentially a gazillion bikinis and summer dressers are haphazardly thrown in my suitcase. A city break calls for a more refined approach. A capsule wardrobe of looks that can be effortlessly be mixed and matched. Which naturally of course, leave me with masses of room to bring back American treasures (I'm looking at you J.Crew).

First on my agenda were a pair of Chloe inspired lace-up sandals. Perfect for stylishly stomping the concrete jungles of Manhattan, they needed to be high in comfort but pair perfectly with all the outfits I have planned. Say hello to the M&S Suede Cuff Lace Up Sandals. For true bohemian seventies luxe, these have fast become my ultimate must-have for summer.

With a discreet zip, a neat little heel and adjustable laces, these babies offered casual cool comfort from the get-go. Available in a soft blush hue or a rusty tanned shade, it was the softer pastel colour that I knew that would team well with almost any outfit. Whether with jeans and trusty t-shirt for city exploring or paired with a dress and clutch come roof top drinks in the evening.

Taking in the warm weather on the Kings Road earlier this week, I stopped by the Saatchi gallery to get snap happy. Teaming my new wardrobe sandals essentials with another M&S beauty of buy, the silky khaki green midi skirt that has quickly become another new found love. And a few forgotten favourites from last summer, my trusty Topshop striped jacket and my ultimate grey tee from Gap.

Tell me - what are your city break essentials? 

The kind folk at M&S also kindly whizzed over their beauty essentials for summer, I couldn't resist painting my nails with the Leighton Denny polishes! 

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