Oct 25, 2011

Childish behaviour

H&M racoon jumper

Wearing: Raccoon jumper from H&M (kids dept), skinny black trousers and sequin slippers from ASOS, white shirt from awear.com, red Cambridge Satchel Co satchel via Urban Outfitters, red Timex from Harvey Nichols, 17 Lasting Finish lipstick in Mulled Wine

Whilst at university I regularly shopped in H&M’s kids department for t-shirts and jumpers and it’s something I’m getting back into. Not only is the selection more fun but you don’t see every other person wearing the same thing as you! A couple of weeks ago I spied this cute raccoon jumper and I had to have it. They also do horse-print and kitten-print versions, I may get all three… Power jumpers are definitely going to rank highly in my autumn wardrobe this year.

I wore this outfit for a lazy Sunday shopping session, which actually wasn’t very successful. After cooing over some dachshund puppies for sale in Harrods - £1,700 each!! – I quickly lost patience with the chaotic, overcrowded store so we strolled to Hyde Park then Grosvenor Square for a bit of peace and quiet.

It actually worked out well, it was gloriously sunny which was especially nice as we’re now experiencing the vile weather you’d expect for this time of year. If you were hit with the torrential rain and/or flooding last night my thoughts are with you, stay safe!

H&M racoon jumper

H&M racoon jumper

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Oct 24, 2011

Review: Pond’s Cold Cream

Ponds Cold Cream

Pond’s Cold Cream was invented in the early 1900s (although cold cream is thought to have originated 2,000 years ago). While today’s beauty ads try to blind us with science and boast baffling-sounding ingredients, cold cream is made from simpler stuff such as beeswax and mineral oils. It’s used mainly as a make up remover although it can also soothe sunburn and be used as a skin softener. I was sent a sample pot so after using it for almost a month here’s what I thought!

Pros

- SCENT: The first thing that struck me about this product is the smell; chances are your Granny had a pot of this on her dressing table and the gorgeous fragrance of roses certainly seems wonderfully old-fashioned to my nose. Beautifully nostalgic!

- CONSISTENCY: The white cream is satisfyingly thick and smooth and very easy to apply. It left my skin feeling amazingly soft, I admit that the first time I used it I couldn’t understand how it could possibly be working when my skin didn’t have that now familiar just-cleansed tightness – but the used cotton wool pads were evidence in themselves!

- PRICE: At less that £5 for a 50ml pot you can’t go wrong! At that price even if you don’t like it at least you’ve not wasted a fortune.

SIZE: The 50ml pot I’ve been using for the 3-4 weeks is still over half-full so a pot should last a couple of months, very cost-effective.

Cons

TIME: I usually use Clinique Liquid Facial Soap which is easily incorporated into my daily routine and takes no extra time, however this product does require a more dedicated approach so if you’re one who likes to hit the snooze button it might not work for you!

So does it work?

Well it certainly melts make up off my face, even tricky waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and that is with a gentle swipe (no wrinkle-inducing rubbing!).

As I’ve mentioned before, I have very sensitive skin that often flares up when I switch skincare products however no such thing happened when I started using this. Whilst it didn’t clear up the stubborn adult acne I’ve recently developed around my chin it didn’t give me many new spots to worry about!

This cream can be used morning and night as a cleanser or slapped on and used as a 10 minute face mask. As a girl-on-the-go I did find it fairly time-consuming so I’ve been mainly using it in the evenings, when I massage it into my face and lie back for a couple of minutes with a hot flannel laid over the top. It’s absolute bliss, and when I use the flannel to gently scrub it off my skin is glowing!

Click here buy Pond’s Cold Cream at Boots for £4.49.

Are there any old-fashioned beauty products that you swear by? I’ve heard Sudocrem is good for spots (yep, the cream usually applied to babies bottoms!) so I’ve just bought a tub – I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Oct 22, 2011

Dot-to-dot

Dot to dot outfit

Wearing: monochrome spotted top & skinny black trousers from ASOS, grey blazer from Zara, purple leather loafers from Clarks, cashmere scarf from a street market in Florence, Vintage Bijoux locket c/o Gogo Philip, leather bag from NextNo7 Wild Volume Lipstick in Forever Cherry

Another Saturday equals exploration of another area of London! Chris and I headed to N1 for another poke around Camden Passage but it was too busy which didn’t make for an enjoyable experience. Instead we took a wander down Upper Street then back along Essex Road. And I made friends with a huge ginger cat along the way :)

The streets are lined with upmarket high street stores (think Whistles and Hobbs) as well as plenty of bars, pubs and cafés. There are also a few independent stores, like the amazing treasure trove that is After Noah. I’m a sucker for retro knick-knacks and could happily have spent a small fortune in there.

We filled up on calories with yet another meal at The Diner (chilli cheese fries and a Coke float mmm) - it’s definitely classed as an addiction now.

The gorgeous locket I’m wearing was gifted to me by Gogo Philip and I absolutely love it. It’s from their Vintage Bijoux range and looks like a genuine heirloom. I regularly wear a round gold locket that belonged to my paternal Gran but I like that this one has a long chain – it gives me a different option and it also means I can layer them. I bought this spotty top in the ASOS sale and it’s perfect for adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to an otherwise simple outfit.

Dot to dot outfit

Gogo Philip locket

Ginger cat

The Diner

Down at the fire station

As we were wandering around we came across a charity event taking place at Islington Fire Station. Besides anything else my inner-child won out, so we popped in for a cup of tea and of course to play in a fire engine :)

Have a nice weekend!

Islington Fire Station Macmillan Event, October 2011

Me at Islington fire station

Me in a fire engine

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Oct 20, 2011

Come as you are

AW11 grunge

Wearing: Deer print sweatshirt from ASOS, printed skirt c/o Marks and Spencer, lace-up leather boots from River Island, cable knit wool snood from Hobbs, leather handbag from Next, black tights from Primark, ToyWatch c/o Selfridges

Like a lot of people I don’t really think I have a ‘style’. One day I’ll wear a pretty lace dresse with false eyelashes and heels, the next I’m happy to throw on jeans, Converse and a parka. Of course this also changes season-to-season depending on trends. At the moment I love the new take on grunge.

It’s a look that’s so easy to achieve: just think moody colour palette, chunky accessories, worn leather and distressed details. When grunge and punk were huge in the early 90s, patterns like plaid and that of the union jack were also common.

With this outfit I’ve also nodded to the power jumper trend with this deer print jumper I snapped up in the ASOS sale. I had to add a touch of femininity though, after all there’s a fine line between looking effortless and looking scruffy! In this case I added a slash of hot pink lipstick from Natural Collection at Boots (Moisture Shine in Pink Orchid).

I’ve also been dying to wear this snood ever since I bought it. I’d been on the hunt for an affordable but top-quality snood for a couple of years so when I found this one reduced to £29 I was over the moon!

It’s definitely taken a chilly turn now but personally I love cold, crisp mornings – autumn is my favourite season and I’ve been happily breaking out the scarves and gloves this week. Plus cold mornings are a good excuse for a hot chocolate with all the trimmings :)

What’s your favourite thing about autumn? And what’s your favourite autumnal accessory?

AW11 grunge

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