Paul Costelloe Spring/Summer 18 at London Fashion Week

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Paul Costelloe’s Spring Summer 2018 collection brought fun, elegant, pastel colours with a silhouette that brings a sixties Jackie O’ vibe.

Showcasing his collection during London Fashion Week at The Waldorf Hilton grand ballroom, models paraded in coats of silk jacquard with exaggerated collars.  Soft pastel dresses, jumpsuits and light weight wool summer pieces were also featured. If that wasn’t enough even some Kim K latex was added for a provocative touch.

Oversized totes and mini Jessica bags accompanied the collection.

Menswear had the Costelloe signature tailoring with light wool and linen two piece suits.

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Beauty took on modern day inspired twiggy lashes with metallic silver and charcoal gloss shadows. Lips were painted with clear gloss with a tinge of orange. All in all it was a fun show that was charming with exciting wearable pieces for summer 2018.

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Image credit: @melinda_grant

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Decleor Aromesscense Neroli Amara oil

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Now that the winter month are upon us it’s sometimes best to adapt your skincare to work for the colder months.

I staple in my skincare regime is the Decleor Arromescence Neroli oil. Containing nourishing ingredients of Neroli, parsley, Hazelnut and sweet orange essential oil. It’s my favourite serum to use and I never like to be without it.

Clients love it when i use this as part of their skincare for prepping the skin before adding foundation. It gives a radiance to the skin.

Apply to cleansed face before your moisturiser. Three drops in the palm of your hand is all you need, rub together, inhale the fragrance and press into face and neck with sweeping strokes.  I find it perfect for my combination skin and use it morning or night.

I’ve found it hydrates, improves the complexion of the skin and I think it is often my beauty secret for going makeup free.

Available over at Look Fantastic where you can save 20% on Decleor.

 

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Introduce prepping your skin at 6 months before the day. A minimum of 2 months. This gives your skin the chance to adjust to new products.

Invest in the right products. You need a great cleanser, exfoliator and moistoriser that suit your skin needs. Ask yourself what skin type you have? Dry, oily, combination, normal. Do you have any skin concerns? Redness, fine lines, blemishes? Once you have answered these questions then you can research what products you should be using. Use products that contain AHA’s. These are exfoliating acids and are not as scary as it sounds. They remove dead skin cells which then enables to reveal brighter skin. Popular favourites are Pixi Glow Tonic and Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner.

Weekly Masks: Having weekly masks helps boost your skincare results and help specific skin concerns. Wake up to wedding day skin with Aveda who have an overnight wedding masque for the eyes and face as part of their Tulsara collection. You can buy as a duo or separately.

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Clear skin from within: I love skincare and makeup is great but to supplement the products you are using topically and to look after your skin for the long haul is to also start from the inside out.  Yes you will see quicker results when using products topically but who doesn’t want to have great skin all the time? This means oily fish for Omega-3 which is vital for glowing skin. If you are a vegetarian go for nuts and seeds. Cut down on sugar and caffeine. Opt for green tea instead. Green smoothies are excellent too and taste terrific.

Reduce stress: Stress can cause breakouts and generally makes our skin look drab. Yoga can be a excellent way to de-stress. YogaStudioApp is a great app that even beginners  can use with various levels to suit your ability. It syncs with your calendar so you can schedule in classes with other wedding prep. Perfect way to de stress and become centred all in the comfort of your own home.

Book a make-up trial. This is important and have a hair trail too. Both are crucial. We only want happy tears on the day. A thoughtful makeup artist will offer you or your maid of honour a touch-up kit for during the day. These can include anything from lipstick, blotting papers, tissues, compact mirror or darker eyeshadow for the evening.

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Brow shaping: Don’t forget those eyebrows. They frame the eyes and look so much better when they’re looking nice and neat. Book yourself into Kamini Beauty Salon. one of the best in Chelsea for threading. If tweezing is more your thing buy Barbara Caranza. These nifty tweezers align exactly to the eyebrow and are angled so you arm doesn’t hinder visibility. Available at QVC UK.

Manicure: Be sure to have a picture perfect mannicure for those close ups. Essie has teamed up with bridal designer Monique Lhuillier for a limited edition Gel Couture bridal collection. Available at Boots.

 

Wear a good quality lip balm. Apply especially at bedtime. Some of my personal favourites are Malin+Goetz and Elizabeth Arden. Create your own lip scrub using sugar, coconut oil or glycerine and rosewater.

 

Most of all take a deep breath and enjoy your special day!

 

My favourites from Organic Surge

I first discovered Organic Surge three years ago and loved not only the scent but the organic ingredients used. This is a organic skincare range that works and also affordable. This Scottish based brand are cruelty free, paraben free and SLS free. Their products cover hair, bath, body and baby. These are my favourites I have tried.

Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash

A gel face wash with a lovely Rose Geranium scent which cleanses without the uncomfortable tightness of the skin. Two small pumps is enough and it lasts for ages.

NATURAL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:

Organic Aloe Vera for soothing irritation or redness

Rose Geranium Leaf clears dull skin

Natural Glycerine acts as a humectant which attracts moisture to the skin

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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Organic Surge Extra Care Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

I love using this cleanser.  Enriched with Shea butter, damask Rose oil and Orange Peel Oil its suitable for all skin types.

It leaves my skin soft and smooth and best of all clean with out the tight feeling. I find it good to use as a second cleanse. It’s my go to product at the end of the day when wearing makeup.

HOW TO USE: Massage into dry skin over face and neck, then use a face cloth rinsed in hot water to wipe face clean. Rinse cloth and repeat.

NATURAL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:

Shea Butter for naturally  moisturising the skin

Damask Rose Oil calms, hydrates and moisturises

Orange Peel Oil naturally rejuvenates the skin

Suitable for vegetarians

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Organic Surge Daily Care Blissful Daily Moisturiser

This moisturiser is light and fast absorbing with a delicate citrus smell. It absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. I found it works well alone or with a serum/oil before moisturising. Also a great moisturiser before applying makeup.

NATURAL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:

Sweet Almond Oil for moisture

Lemon Essential Oil cleanses and detoxifies

Grape Seed Oil for moisture and natural antioxidant

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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I love these products from Organic Surge and rarely stray from them for long.

All products featured can be found at Lookfantastic.com

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

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A pre-shampoo treatment is often a forgotten step. But once you introduce it regularly into your routine it becomes second nature.

Elasticizer is an award winning  conditioning treatment for the hair.  Perfect for hair that’s thirsty with need of hydration and a must for coloured or chemically treated hair. Philip Kingsley originally created it for his client Audrey Hepburn as she wanted something moisturising and keep her hair in good condition with the constant styling on movie sets.

It’s suitable for all hair types. Although a thick cream it does not weigh the hair down.

It available in 2 versions. Elasticizer and Elasticizer Extreme for Afro-Carribean hair. I have tried both and been happy with the results.  I apply to my hair once a week before i shampoo my hair.

HOW TO USE:

Before shampooing, apply a generous dollop to damp hair. cover hair with plastic cap provided. I also cover the plastic cap with a  towel turban for extra insulation (heat activates the ingredients more).  Directions say to leave on a minimum of 20 mins. I leave it for at least 30 mins if not longer. Rinse out and follow with usual shampoo and conditioner.

The original formula is unscented but they have  several  fragrance versions that I’m looking forward to trying. These include Geranium & Neroli, Coconut Breeze which I’m looking forward to trying.

Available in different sizes and fragrances.

Spring Styling with flowers and plants

It’s officially spring and there is an abundance of spring bulbs  in florists and garden centres. I was kindly asked by homeware retailer Wayfair to select a few pieces to style together for their Bring The Outdoors In campaign. I chose this planter to display these beautiful hyacinths. The fragrance that come from these beauties are heavenly and are a great alternative to a reed diffuser to fragrance a room.

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I love cooking with herbs and so it only seemed right to have this herb box to display them in.

If florals isn’t your bag or you find it hard to keep plants alive why not opt for low maintainace like succulents which can also be used for glass terrariums. They are a fabulous way of styling your home and you don’t have to be a green thumb as they pretty much look after themselves. Why not introduce a botanical vibe and press leaves like fern and display them in a frame as wall art. Alternatively faux flowers can be used which now come in an array  varieties.

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If you have the extra coins to splurge and fancy bigger project go for a botanical print or mural wallpaper for an accent wall. This way you are bringing the outdoors in all year round. Pinterest and Instagram are great sources for inspiration.

 

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Pop over to Wayfair’s blog to see more tips of how I styled their pieces along with some other fabulous bloggers who were also involved with the #BringTheOutdoorsIn campaign.

*Some Items featured and provided by Wayfair for the purpose of this post.

New and emerging talent: London Fashion Week AW16.

First Stop was Little Shilpa AW16 presentation at Vinyl studios. Funky pastels and webbed lace were seen. This designer is also an awesome milliner. This unique collection is now available exclusively at Not Just A Label.

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Next was Edeline Lee showcasing her  AW16 collection4 behind a 3D mirrored backdrop. The Canadian born, London based designer showed minimal clean lines with a feminine silhouette.

 

Most of the shows offered vita coconut water to keep fashionistas hydrated which for me was a godsend whilst attending shows. With a quick water break my next stop was the Freemasons hall where Fashion Scout presented Barrus, which brought elegant gowns which was a real treat to witness. Here are just a few of my favourite looks.

 

David Ferreira won the prestigious Fashion Scout Merit Award. The University of Westminster graduate showcased ‘Opulent Child’ was a riot vivid reds mixed with pastel tones and embellishments.

 

 

Annabelle Neilson Book Launch

Ladies of London star and model Annabelle Neilson is releasing 3 books from her collection of the children’s series ‘The Me Me Me’s’ Dreamy Me, Messy Me and Angry Me.

The series of books aimed for children 3-5 years old offer different emotions through vivid characters offering younger readers an insight of how to handle different feelings. Annabelle offers a world she has created that every child can relate to with engaging stories together with wonderful illustrations.

I think this is a wonderful series of books and look forward to seeing more characters from The Me, Me, Me’s series.

You can meet Annabelle at her book signing on Thursday 11th February 2016 at Waterstones Piccadilly, London from 5pm.

Follow Annabelle on Twitter here

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Max Mara AW 15

Fashion Week brings us over to Milan with Max Mara making me rather excited about this autumn/winter. One of my favourite wardrobe staple is the coat and although I have way too many I never feel like I have quite enough. For a start I need a shade of camel to add to my collection.

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Max Mara looked towards the fifties which had an air Mad Men with pencils skirts and fitted knit sweaters. Plenty of cosy knits, mohair,  oversized coats and tasseled loafers paraded the catwalk. Below are my favourites from the collection.

Marilyn Monroe was the muse for this collection and who better to channel this winter to bring some fifties/sixties style. Our blonde bombshell of today was Gigi Hadid who opened and closed the show.

Catwalk images via Style.com

Julien Macdonald Glitterati collection for Graham & Brown

Julien Macdonald’s Glitterati range of wallpaper for Graham and Brown truly lives up to its name. There are florals, damask patterns and of course glitter in a range of colourways which all can be as subtle or dramatic depending on which mood you are going for in your room.

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Each wallpaper design is paste the wall meaning the wallpaper does not expand or contract when moisture is added. You can paste the wall and dry roll your chosen wallpaper. Making your D.I.Y project easy if its your first time wallpapering or if you need to decorate a room quickly. Below are some of my favourite looks.

 

Each wallpaper have an amazing sparkle or metallic detailing. “Designing a wallpaper collection was something that came instinctively to me, the link between fashion and home has never been closer; It was a natural progression.”  It is easy to see how the British designer brings his catwalk inspiration to his wallpaper designs.

Whichever design you choose you can be assured it will bring all the glitz and glamour to your home.