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May 2012

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Bank holiday brights

May 7, 2012

And so another bank holiday weekend draws to a close, and for many of us four days of early mornings and long hours at work loom ahead. To brighten the mood I thought I’d sum up my favourite look of the past few days. After an amazing wedding on Saturday I was left with throbbing feet and the desire for comfy clothes. I wore this little ensemble to a BBQ in South London with friends on Sunday (some items I wore have had to be substituted as they’re no longer available, but I’ve chosen close alternatives).

White tee – Topshop £14.99, Metal necklace – H&M £9.99, Boyfriend Jeans – J Brand Denim £260, Studded bag – Zara £69.99, Lassie suede wedges – Topshop £55
Personally I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pair of boyfriend jeans, and teamed with a plain tee and chunky heels they scream casual cool. Sadly the weather doesn’t seem to be playing ball at the moment, but this outfit will take you from rainy days to balmy nights plus or minus a leather jacket. 
Sky-high wedges might not seem the obvious choice for swollen feet, but with the high platform and chunky heel these Topshop beauties are surprisingly comfortable. The studded Zara bag and metal H&M necklace pull the outfit together and add a tougher edge. You can check out the necklace in my earlier post on H&M’s new collection ‘Fashion against Aids’.
What did you do this bank holiday weekend?
Em xx
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Fashion against aids

May 4, 2012

As soon as I got wind of the launch of Fashion against Aids by H&M a few days ago, I hot footed it straight down to my nearest store to check out the collection. 25% of all proceeds go towards HIV/Aids prevention and education for young people all over the world, and the company have raised over $6.5 million since 2008.

Having only an hour during my lunch break to have a quick browse, I managed to pick up some really gorgeous pieces and donate to charity at the same time! First pick was this amazing metal necklace which caught my eye as soon as I walked through the door. It looks great teamed with a simple tee and smart blazer, or could be worn with a dressier outfit.

The main message of the campaign: use a condom! Not the usual slogan you’d find emblazoned across your jewellery store tags. Other great accessories (which I didn’t have the time or money to pick up, sigh) included some fantastic feather head bands – very Coachella – and a selection of colourful loop necklaces.

And the piece de resistance – a silky pyjama style jacket with black lining, coming in at under £30! I was immediately drawn to this unusual item, both for the shape, colour and texture. A mixture of pink, blue and yellow, it has a tie-dye, paint-shop vibe with a designer twist. Not one for the faint hearted, it’s sure to get you noticed and will add colour to any outfit. The shape isn’t the most flattering I’ve ever come across, but roll up the sleeves a little and it suddenly becomes a lot more wearable. Pair with denim cut offs and a white tee in the summer for instant boho chic.

Have you had a look at the Fashion against Aids collection yet? What were your favorite pieces?
Em xx

Glossybox April: The Natural Edition

May 3, 2012

A box full of beauty surprises arriving at your desk each month – need I say more? For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Glossybox, it’s a subscription service that delivers you 5 luxury beauty products each month in a really cute box for £10 (yep, a tenner), and is a great way to trial new products that you wouldn’t otherwise have tried. After reading about the service last year, I decided to give it a try. I now wait like an excited child each month for my box to arrive in the post, and subsequently put my colleagues through a 20 minute demonstration of each product.


This month, Glossybox went back to basics with The Natural Box. The theme provided a nice change after receiving a succession of pretty pink packages (as great as they were), including all natural products and a 100% biodegradable box. 
Products differ between boxes, but I seem to have gotten pretty lucky each month with my selection (last month I received a mini Burberry lipstick and YSL serum!). Below I’ve given my take on what this month’s box has to offer.
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum
A few weeks ago I attended a Glossybox event for Caudalie, so I was really keen to try the products having met the creator and learnt about the history of the brand. Essentially all of their products are based around the natural properties of none other than the humble grape (yep, vino). This serum is designed for all skin types, and to be used on the face before applying moisturiser in the morning. Having given it a try for the past few mornings, I can honestly say that my skin is feeling moisturised and certain dry patches appear less obvious. Luckily for me I recently noticed Caudalie is stocked in my local pharmacy, so this is one product I’ll definitely consider purchasing.
Kai Perfume Oil
I must say I felt a hint of disappointment when I received this product as the tiny size felt more like a tester I’d pick up in a store, particularly as a friend received Burts Bees hand cream instead! I’d never heard of the brand before, but was pleasantly surprised by the fresh scent and the length of time it lasted on my skin. This stuff has staying power, which ended up making up for the size.

Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Eyeliner
This product literally couldn’t have come at a better time. Friday afternoon at 5pm and I realise I’ve left my trusty brown eyeliner at home. The pub is calling and I’m looking for an alternative to avoid receiving ‘are you tired’ comments for the evening. I’ve recently been hooked on coloured eyeliners and had given black kohl a bit of a rest, but in my hour of need decided to try out this organic version. There’s only so much you can say about an eye pencil, but this one was actually top quality and lived up to the ‘rich and creamy’ consistency it advertises. It’s been in my make up bag ever since.
Ayuuri Natural Body Wash
For me this product is what Glossybox is all about. Very rarely would I ever think of trying specialist beauty brands for something like shower gel, simply picking up my preferred bottle during my weekly shop. The boyfriend and I however have been using this sandalwood body wash for the past week, and I must admit it actually feels quite luxurious to use a nicer brand. This smells great without being overpowering, and is a bargain at £4.95 for the full size version.

Figs & Rouge Lip Balm 
This peppermint and tea tree lip balm comes in really pretty packaging and is 100% pure, natural and organic. I love the fresh peppermint smell with a hint of tea tree, and the balm goes on completely clear – which I always prefer. The tin is literally gorgeous, and it can be used on the face and body as well as your lips. A good all rounder.
Did you receive this month’s Glossybox? What did you think of the products?
Em xx