Saturday, 28 September 2013

I need that cosy feeling!

I went to the hairdressers today wearing a t-shirt!  Although we are lucky having warm(ish) weather at the moment, it's not going to be long until those jumpers are out of the closet 24/7!

Over the last couple of weeks I've seen Victoria Beckham wearing this latest look of  a sleeveless (fairly thick) knitted polo jumper quite a few times.  

She teams it with a t-shirt, trousers and high heels.  Whilst I've seen HER wear it, I can't seem to find this style on the high street, not even on her own site - but I'm sure it will be out there before Christmas!!

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The weekly glossy I was thumbing through at the salon had an article by Fearne Cotton who's alliance with was promoting some of her new items from her own collection.

She was clearly inspired by her own cats and last winter's trend of animal jumpers, that said, there are still lots of animal jumpers out there for this season, from horses heads to foxes to cats.


Another trend for Autumn/Winter this year is the poncho jumper - now I remember this being popular about eight years ago - the only issue I find with this style is that it's hard to keep warm!  But if your not bothered about that, here are two that look fabulous!

Octavia cable-knit wool-blend poncho

A cheaper option is this great looking poncho from Barbour, via ASOS.


Another one I liked on the ASOS site was this thick cardigan from Superdry - perfect for those Sunday afternoons for lunch in the pub after taking the dog for that long walk!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Alfresco Cafe shoes in good old London town!

I love shoe brands that give shoes names.  I will even make a buying-decision based on whether I like the name or not. 

My latest gorgeous pair, Alfresco Cafe, were simply perfect for my trip into town yesterday for a matinee.

Matinee's in the West End - do you dress up or not?  For those who are treating themselves, you want the extra pleasure of getting ready for the special event, but for those who want to be comfy and practical whilst getting around busy London, sometimes tend to get it all wrong!

Rucksacks for example, there should never be a rucksack in our gorgeous old theatres with the history and wealth of talent that have been on stage - and yet I was nearly knocked over by a hiker in the Royal Circle bar area - who clearly needed the safety gear, map, scruffy jeans and trainers!

Don't get me wrong...I did need comfort too, as I had a lot of walking to do - but I wanted to remain stylish, feminine with a little extra height too.  My recent investment in some new black pony textured shoes from Clarks also comes with the Clark Plus technology, extra cushioning in all the right places! My feet were walking on air - all day!

I teamed them up with black skinny jeans, a cream fitted top with cream blazer, accessorised with brown belt and bag - stylish, yet all the comfort to get around a busy need for a rucksack!

Alfresco Cafe - Black
Description from Clarks:
This season's must-haves, Alfresco Cafe are women's shoes inspired by the past yet bang on-trend. Designed in soft, textured 'pony' effect leather the loafer look is preppy and classic, and delivers a versatile silhouette you can wear day through to night. Clarks Plus technology maximises comfort with dual density cushioning while a smart trim and 80mm contrast block heel add the perfect finishing touches. As seen in Look magazine, August 2013 issue.

Oh and what did I go and see? (I hear you say!)

The brilliant Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock and Keely Hawes in Barking in Essex at the Wyndham's theatre. Funny, great story line and you simply can't beat a dancing from the talented Lee Evans who made the show!  It's on until the 4th January 2014

Friday, 13 September 2013

I'm loving the new M&S campaign!

If you've not yet seen the ads online or in your fashion mags, you really need to check out the films on YouTube from M&S - collaborating with some amazing and fabulous British women, who are inspirational for women of all ages.

Included are; Helen Mirren, Katie Piper (love love love!), Nicola Adams, Darcy Bussell, fashion legend Grace Coddington, Tracey Emin and many more.

Here's one for starters!

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Autumn season - Jackets

With summer heading off and chillier nights setting in - before getting that big woolly coat out of the closet why not opt for some lighter options.

As a result of leaving my lovely cream blazer in Portsmouth, I've bought a gorgeous khaki green parka, that I'm simply loving from Zara, for £59.  Perfect for weekends and particularly to go with my new Hunter brown wellies!  (you can check them out on Instagram - my bargain from TK Maxx)

Whilst out and about shopping for this, I spotted the jackets below which are great alternatives! 

Also from Zara
Fabric Blazer in Camel (available in black and mid-grey too)

This was simply gorgeous from Ted Baker - sadly my budget simply would not stretch!!
UPALA - Flannel suit blazer

I really liked this one from Hobbs, but I have something similar in black already.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Back to basics with Hair

Image from Explore Marbella

Do you remember my post about whether I should get a fringe or not?  

That was just before last Christmas...well "getting a fridge" was my way of trying to sort out a real need to improve the condition of my hair.  However, getting a fringe doesn't sort out the condition of your hair!

Us girls can spend lots of money on clothes and make-up; but the fact remains, if your hair does not look good then you are a) not feeling that great about yourself and b) not achieving that overall complete look!

Once the penny dropped that I really needed to focus on looking after my hair, I made a few changes to get me on the right road.  This was back in January, and I would say I'm about 80% there now!

So I would like to share some of my learnings for those of you, who like me, may not be totally happy with their hair:

  1. Firstly it starts with too much daily heat!  And so on work days I've stopped using my straighteners (yes it hurt!!) but it had to be done.  Not only have I discovered I can survive without them, but the ends of my hair are so much thicker!  It's taken about 4 months to achieve this.
  2. I'm wanted my hair long, and because I usually have split ends very quickly (through using straighteners), I was having my hair cut every 5-6 weeks - well my cycle now is 8 weeks and the length of my hair is longer than I've known it to be for years!
  3. I'm suppose to only blow-dry my hair every other day - however my morning bed hair is untameable!!! And so I've compromised, I blow dry my hair daily using the least amount of time and "pulling" with a brush as possible - again I think this has really helped!
  4. Using good quality styling products - my two favourite labels are James Brown London and label.m
  5. In the last two weeks, I've started using Moroccan Oil - this is not a styling product, but a leave in oil - this has added much needed gloss to my hair
  6. My final step is to convert to using a premium quality shampoo and conditioner.  This was recommended to me back in January, however my budget doesn't really stretch to this...I tend to opt for what ever the offer is at the supermarket, because I get through lots of shampoo.  However, my thoughts on this are changing!  I've been watching "How not to get old" with Anna Richardson and Louise Rednapp, and in an interview with a hairdresser he recommended not to use shampoos that contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS) - this agent makes all the foaming...apparently the more foaming the more unkind this type of shampoo is for your hair.  I'm now thinking this may be my the missing 20%? (one I'm still thinking about).

And so through making changes, being focused and committed, you can turn a situation around - it hasn't happened overnight.  I'm far more confident that the condition of my hair is back on track and I can keep it long without feeling the need to bob it, to lose the bad ends!

If you have any hair tips that you would like to share or know of any products that you think could help - leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!