Saturday, 27 July 2013

ARK Skincare - 3 for 2 Summer Special!

Great summer offer from ARK Skincare offering 3 for 2 on all their products.  If you haven't checked out these fabulous age aware products, then simply click here to read more & buy!

Offer ends 31st July...!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Catwalk Show @ The Coronation Festival

The catwalk runway at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace was under beautiful large trees, providing an idyllic setting to a glamorous occasion.

The Royal Warrant holders who specialise in clothing and accessories represented their  designs on British style covering the last 60 years.  All the models give you a timeless yet contemporary look.  Great inspiration to adapt your own style.

There were so many legendary brands taking part on the catwalk; these included Gieves & Hawkes, DAKS, Austin Reed, Hunter Boot along with John Lewis to name a few.

Here are a few pics I took from the show and if you look closely you may spot a ballerina or two!

Read more about our day at The Coronation Festival here.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Our day at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace

I was very excited to get two tickets to the Coronation Festival and who better to join me than the fabulous Sadie!  We went on the hottest Saturday so far this year and surprisingly we didn't have to queue to get in.

The Coronation Festival is to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by having, in affect, a garden party in her grounds using the Royal Warrant Holders to provide us with a fabulous selection of products, for us to look at.

They were the most glamourous market stalls, showing off products that covered style, pursuits and pastimes.  They also had some interesting displays for those interested in design and technology and a catwalk area covering music, entertainment and fashion.

There was one area though that Sadie & I spent a lot of our time...Food & Drink - no surprises there.  As we went round, Sadie frequently thought "I have this at Christmas" and that then gave discussion to, why wait until once a year!  We tasted some wonderful delights from ham to cheese to bacon, many varieties of chocolates but I think our favourite ones were definetly the Pimms and Beer stand!

One of my personal highlights was having a chat with the owner of Launer, the Queen's favourite handbag brand.  A fabulous selection, a lot more modern than you would expect, prices start from £450 and go up to £1,500.

We finished our time there with a glass of Champagne from The Ritz London, so why not pour yourself a little glass of bubbly and have a look through some pictures of our day.


A little entertainment from the Wind in the Willows

Sadie & I really liked this display from Stewart Parvin

Socks being made by Corgi Hosiery Ltd

Loved this idea for a picnic hamper!  - From The General Trading Company 
We found the beer that my Uncles grows his hops for!

Fabulous design by Sanderson

Sadie & I enjoying the sunshine

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Bored with flip flops? I'm loving...

Don't get me wrong, I love flip flops, but sometimes you just want something a little different in the summer without looking too formal.

I bought these from River Island just over a month ago, and I'm simply loving them!  They go with jeans, shorts and dresses - what more could a girl want?

Was £30, now £20!! (bargain)

They also do them with a white lace trim!  Perfect to go with the white dresses I featured a couple of weeks ago.
Was £30, now £20

Not for you?  Still fancy something different?
Why not check out the Freedom range from Havaianas - I'm loving these gold ones below.  They come in an array of colours, like coral, white, silver, light blue and black.  And they are all just £26.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Have you got the Wimbledon serve?

I can't believe it, but we have done it!!  Fabulous news that Andy Murray has won Wimbledon.

Love tennis and love the "tennis" come "sportswear" look this summer?  Then there is one brand you should check out!


Their sporty dresses are a great casual look for the weekend and here are three of my favourites!  You need to be they have a sale!

Stretch Polo Dress
Was £110, Now from £55

Plain Dress with Pockets
Was £160, now £80

Striped Stretched Polo Dress

Not quite as sporty...but I love it!
Striped Sleeveless Dress
Was £200, now £100

All images are from Lacoste.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Traditional Kese Body Scrub

And so I've spent the last couple of weeks on holiday; the week before last I was staying at the fabulous Xanadu Resort Hotel on the Brodrum Peninsula, and in true Lizzi style one of my first actions was to book up my spa treatments for the time I was to be there.

Shang-Du was a tranquil and luxurious spa; with all the usual kind of treatments to offer - their packages were great value and even better you could split this throughout your stay, so I opted for this. 

Starting with a traditional kese body scrub to prepare my skin by removing all the dead skin.   And then towards the end of my break,  I opted for an all over body massage, which involved a lot of elbows being used on my back, much more pleasurable than it sounds!!

Now I've had the occasional body scrub, it's not usually a relaxing treatment; this experience took place in a warm Turkish harma, I had to lie on the large stone bench in the middle of this room.   The masseuse then covered me with lots of hot water, which was a lovely feeling as you are lying on warm stone.

Next she used a hand mitt and started working across my body, beginning with my feet and moving up, whilst slightly unpleasant it was much nicer than the scrub salt versions you usually get.  Once completed, this was all rinsed off again with lots of hot water, pleasurable and really relaxing.

She then moved on to covering my whole body in foam, I've never seen this foam technique before and I'm not sure my explanation will do it justice!  It looked like she had a very thin pillow case that had been placed in soapy water and then by waving it in the air the bag filled with foam, which she then released it across my body.   She did this several times - and then massaged my whole body using the foam, and then rinsed again.

I simply loved this treatment, and I'm glad that I decided to leave the massage to later in the week as you get a full massage with this anyway.

To be personally bathed is a slight weird but pleasurable experience, and should you be getting married abroad then I think this would be a lovely treatment to have done the morning of your wedding.  The room is so grand, you feel that you a being prepared as part of a ritual - so for a wedding it would be perfect.

Later that day, my body was so soft and smooth, it lasted all week - probably helped by the vast amount of sunscreen being used in 36-38 degree heat!  SPF 30 was definitely needed as I could feel that my new skin was so fragile and it needed lots of protection.

One ladies to look out for!   And a holiday is not a holiday without a Spa treatment (or two!).