Something for the Weekend…

– Pick up a real bargain as the summer sales draw to a close, I have to confess to a spot of sale shopping at MatchesFashion.com. 

Charlotte Olympia Incy

– These are far too cute not to feature, I just need a little mini me to wear them now- finally a children’s range I can get behind. Thank you Charlotte Olympia. Mademoiselle Robot.

– Being a country girl has never looked so good thanks to the über talented Bella Freud teaming up with heritage brand Barbour. The Fash Pack.

– It’s back…. The Great British Bake Off hits our screens next week, enter the silver fox stage right.

Grurple nails

– Grurple- the new IT shade for nails- you heard it here first direct from team ELLE. ELLE UK.

Enjoy.x

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Mani Monday… Mint Macaroon

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Manicure Monday in Mint Macaroon….. delicious!

This week I fancied a tasty mint macaroon inspired manicure. I’ve never tried NYC (New York Colour) nail polish before but the shade was so lovely I had to give it a try. Actually I was really impressed…. considering I painted my nails in bed last night I’m rather pleased with the coverage and smooth finish (this is two thin coats). A splash of ring finger bling from my favourite Essie A Cut Above polish added a sparkly touch that lifted this manicure from everyday to extra special.

NYC Nail Polish

FFH Weekly Gems….

FFH Weekly Gems

Bank Holiday Monday teamed with the lovely warm weather sparked a little thought- what makes a great FFH Weekly Gem and why is it only jewellery that fits the criteria?

I guess I started doing FFH Weekly Gem posts to add a little sparkle to dull Monday mornings. Looking at shiny, pretty gems and wish-list lust kicks the week off with a certain je ne sais quoi. Anything that glitters on the greyest of days qualifies as a ‘weekly gem’. Working on that criteria I’ve put together a FFH Weekly Gems board designed to add a whole heap of sparkly goodness to the next bank holiday weekend.

From Top: Bombay Duck, Jewel Umbrella– £24.50, ASOS, Sunglasses– £12.50, Debenhams, Cake Slice– £12, Essie, Where’s my chauffeur?– £7.99, Net-a-Porter, RED Valentino shoes– £211, The Estate Yard, Glasses– £7 each, Net-a-Porter, Miu Miu Dress -£1,330, Not on the High Street, Tiffin tin– £39.95.

Spring Trend Edit- Cobalt Blue

Cobalt

Cobalt blue graced the catwalk at Gucci, Micheal Kors and Stella McCartney for Spring. Easy to wear and flattering as an alternative to black, it’s no surprise cobalt has popped up on high street too. Here’s the cream of the crop when it comes to cobalt…….

Nail Polish, Essie, Bouncer, it’s me.

Skirt, Jaeger, Paisley Print, £160.

Marc by Marc Jacobs, John Lewis, £109.

Wedges, Aquazzura, Harvey Nichols, £530.

Dress, Red Valentino, my-wardrobe.com, £415.

Bag, Lulu Guinness, Cobalt & Chalk Small Verity, £265

Beauty Edit….Korres Jasmine Body Butter

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Jasmine is a heavenly scent. I have a beautiful jasmine bush in my garden, memories of long summer days relaxing in the warm sunshine are infused with this exotic aroma. Combine this dreamy scent with my favourite body butter, which is frankly lush and this is a product I just have to try.

Korres Jasmine Body Butter is thick and luxurious, easily absorbed into the skin and creates a film on the skin that leaves you feeling protected all day. Shea butter moisturizes the skin while almond and avocado oil improves elasticity and appearance. Unlike most body butters, Korres body butters don’t leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy, clogging your pores. The next day you’ll notice your skin is super soft too.

Korres has been on my radar (& in my beauty cupboard) for a few years now for two very good reasons. 1. Their products really are effective and actually manage to live up to their promises. 2. Korres products are natural and based around homeopathic remedies, the Jasmine body butter has 92.5% natural products so won’t irritate sore/sensitive skin.

(I went for a sparkly ring finger manicure using coral pink polish from M&S and A Cut Above polish from Essie).

Fashion in 5…….The Online Stylist

When I first ventured out into the big wide world of work, my dad had a few pearls of wisdom to share with me. The one that always pops into my head is ‘be nice to people on the way up, you are likely to meet them on the way down’ particularly when people are unnecessarily abrupt (or just plain rude too me). Then there are those who are a pleasure to deal with, the one’s who are always ready to offer much-needed advice and support, like Amanda (The Online Stylist). As you can imagine I contact quite a few potential interviewees’ for ‘fashion in 5’ and I’m always amazed (and delighted) when people I admire in the industry respond- primarily because I love to find out more about them to quell my inquisitive nature. For anybody who doesn’t know The Online Stylist offers a Style Advice Service to take the work out of shopping online. Amanda took time out from styling the nation to answer a few questions……

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