Saturday Fashion News

ELLE ELLE rethinks the print/digital divide, creating a ‘360’ team that embraces all platforms across the business. BoF. Kimye prove the doubters wrong, scoring a 20% rise on last months edition of Vogue with their wedding cover. Fashionista.com. Kim Kardashian stuns in Lanvin at the Met Ball… get all the action in one place. ELLE. 7 of the best fashion/beauty collaborations right now. Coco’s Tea Party. If you do one thing today, vote for the ME Association in the Direct Debit competition to secure £2000’s for bio medical research into a disease with no effective treatment or cure. ME Association.

Super Sunday Fashion Round Up

Giles Deacon X Ann Summers

– An unlikely but interesting collaboration, Giles Deacon teams up with Ann Summers. I can’t help but admire an inspired lingerie and illustration combo. Fashion Lollipop.

– Rita Ora talk lippy, statement brows & Rimmel. Style.com.

Rita Ora

– Liberty London Girl has just launch a very glamorous competition to win a 5* luxury holiday to LA, New York & the British Virgin Islands in conjunction with Tumi. Make like Charlie and find that golden ticket….. LLG.

– Kate Moss X Topshop has landed- shop the collection before it sells out completely. Topshop.

– Alexander Wang X H&M…. say no more! H&M.

A week of colourful collaborations. Happy Bank Holiday.

Fashion in 5 with Ceilidh Tucker from Harvey Nic’s

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A quick beauty pit stop with Ceilidh Tucker from Harvey Nichols.

1. I chose a career in PR because….

Without communication, there is no product.

2. What I love most about my job is…..

I love being able to help launch and grow new brands, very rewarding to see them develop.

Harvey Nichols

3. If I could start my career again I would….

Change nothing! Your path is your path for a reason.

4. Above all else I value….

Being a team, at work and at home.

5. This year is all about….

Taking control, doing it for yourself!

A big thank you Ceilidh.xx

Beauty Review: The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter

The Body Shop

The thirteen year old girl who had her first introduction into the magical world of make-up in store at The Body Shop would be squealing with excitement right now. Fifteen years on and I’m still pretty impressed The Body Shop asked me to review one of their products. I’ve always had a soft spot for The Body Shop, as a teenager I could browse and try out products undisturbed, without being hassled by assistants who clearly knew I couldn’t afford to buy half the stuff I was testing out. As an adult I’ve come to appreciate the moral price we pay by purchasing products manufactured unethically. Shopping at The Body Shop you can forget checking the labels for place of origin or animal testing, your conscious is clear and you’re free to enjoy messing around with make-up.

So I didn’t need to check the label when a pot of Moringa Body Butter arrived, I could focus on testing out the product. Anyone who has tried The Body Shop body butter before will know, thick creamy moisturiser containing Fair Trade shea butter is standard across the whole range and this product is no exception. I did notice how quickly the body butter absorbed into my skin and was pleasantly surprised that the fragrant scent remained long after the product had disappeared into my skin. To me Moringa smells like a heady mix of honeysuckle and jasmine after a summer storm, quite delicious. This one might not be a product I’d use everyday over my entire body, as I have oily skin but I will be smoothing this lush body butter into all/any dry patches of skin to ensure I’m bikini ready for the summer- thank you The Body Shop for this lovely gift.

Mani Monday: Cinderella Red

Jessica Nails

The fact I can line my collection of Jessica Nail polish up like dominos, indicates that I should probably stop buying new pots and use up at least some of the varnish I already own. But how boring would that be?!

manicure monday A pot of new nail varnish is practically a god-given right in my house. Every time I have a manicure, I buy the colour. Partly because I can retouch my nails to extend the life of my manicure but mainly because each colour has a memory attached to the day in question. This time I went for a rusty-red called Cinderella Red from the new collection.

April Wish List

April wish-list

Dannijo necklace, The Outnet, £297.49. Nail Varnish, Butter London, £12. Printed Kaftan, Zara, £35.99. Clutch bag, J.Crew, £150. Riko Heels, Sophie Webster, £595. Ipad sleeve, Liberty London, £95.

Turns out you can have too much of a good thing. If another email promoting this season’s must-have pastel trend pops into my inbox I think I’m going to scream! Two months of sugary sweet pastels is quite enough, if you haven’t bought a pink pastel coat yet, just except the moment is over and start looking ahead to summer. This April my wish-list is full of vibrant shades and fierce fashion…. enjoy!

March by Numbers

Congham Hall

I’m not really a numbers gal, I don’t count calories or know the exact price of every item in my shopping basket. Some people are obsessed with facts and figures; sensible when applied to financial matters but far to easy to get caught up with calculations and miss the point. For March I’m breaking down the numbers and laying out the facts and figures, so here goes….

– 2 spa visits (one to Congham Hall at the start of the month and a speedy manicure at Thoresby Hall World Spa).

– 129 new followers on Twitter, I won’t mention the unfollows.

– 4 trusty notebooks on the go, you can never have enough notebooks- check out Liberty’s  stationery section.

Zara

– 1 new pair of Zara sandals in the hope of some much-needed Spring sunshine.

– 3 new pairs of jeans- thank you GAP for reintroducing denim into my life.

– 1 new job started, check out my first article for Scarlett London.

Spa Ritual Nail Polish

– 3 Nail polish shades I fell in love with from Spa Rituals– Bismuth, Emerald City and It’s Raining Men.

How did your March stack up?

Beauty Trend: Cuticle Tattoos

Cara Delevingne

I place the blame solely on Cara Delevingne for this beauty trend. The lion tattoo inked on Cara’s index finger opened the flood gates for something other than jewellery to adorn fashionable fingers. I like the idea of a bold display of art in such a prominent position but I’m not sure I could commit to a permanent piece of work that’s constantly on display for the rest of my life.

Rad NailsCuticle tattoos are a great decorative alternative without the permanent consequences. I first spotted nail tattoos at Ciaté but decided on Your Point from RAD Nails (partly because Ciaté had sold out of little bow tatts’ at ASOS and I couldn’t get my hands on them anywhere else for love nor money). I’ve upped the style stakes with a coat of No7 Vivid Violet polish on my nails with a glitter top coat from Ciaté on my ring finger and index nail tip.

Sunday Fashion Supper

Sabine G

There’s a ‘Call the Midwife’ shaped whole in the TV schedule this week, with half an hour to spare before the charismatic Mr Selfridge graces us with his presence, catch up on last weeks news…

– Target makes a huge Photoshop faux pas, editing an unrealistic thigh-gap on to a teen model is not cool. Cosmo.

– American Vogue pops round to visit SJP at home. Fashion Foie Gras.

– Karl Lagerfeld’s European flagship store launches on Regent Street London, complete with mini Karl figurines, oh yeah! Red Magazine.

– Sabine G is my latest jewellery find. East meets West, undiscovered gems made in Florence. Browns.

– Dior introduces their new range of gel-effect nail polishes…. perfect shades and long-lasting polish (heaven). British Beauty Blogger.

Time for Social Media to Share?

ASAP54

The last 12 months has been jam-packed with fabulous fashion and beauty collaborations, Isabel Marant x H&M, Bip Ling/Pretty Ballerina, Adidas/Raf Simons, Lorde for MAC to name but a few. If collaboration is the key to success (the music industry has tons of great examples of what can be achieved when two or more exceptional talents combine forces to produce something that is so much more than the total sum of its parts), imagine what the tech boffins, hidden away in their ivory towers could achieve?

I know the subject of intellectual property is littered with ownership conflict and secrecy and yes, some of the most inspired brands and products of the 21st century were born out of undiluted genius. Idea’s that throw the rule book out the window and re-design the landscape, unrelated to anything that’s gone before.

Facebook opted for a straight buy out with Instagram, the photo sharing service is now one of the fastest growing social media platforms around. But acquisition bares little resemblance to collaboration and personally I don’t see much of an improvement in Instagram since Facebook bought the app.

More encouraging is the increasing level of investment in social media start-up’s. Large brands all desperate to discover the ‘next big thing’ first. ASAP54 predicted to become ‘Google’ of the fashion world reportedly secured $3 million in venture capital to launch their app which allows users to snap an image, submit it to ASAP54 and discover where to find that item within 24 hours. No more ‘I wonder where she got that from’- what a great idea.

I can’t help but wonder, what could be achieved if two complimentary companies combined….. the results could be phenomenal.