Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire ‘Rose Velours’

Oh! how I adore roses. I love that rich, warm, heady smell. It’s just so dreamy!

Recently, I have been wearing Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Rose Velours’ from their Collection Extraordinaire. Van Cleef & Arpels are a French Fine jewellery brand who were founded in 1896. They are an iconic luxury brand who have adorned the necks of women such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The brand are known for their super-luxe jewels, in particular, their flower shaped charm. Flowers inspire their jewellery as well as their perfumes.

If Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery is good enough for Elizabeth Taylor (the Queen of jewels!), then their perfumes are good enough for me! Especially one which contains Rose Absolute, the most precious extract from my favourite flower scent, the Rose. This perfume is a beautiful blend of rose absolute, sweet honey and wood, with a touch of citrus and violet. I feel like there might be a slight drop of oud in there too, which is another favourite of mine.

I absolutely adore this perfume, it’s fabulous and delicious. It smells so rich and perfect, every note is crystal clear and they balance well with each other. The scent jumps around a lot and you pick up different notes, but the rose is always perfectly at the forefront of this perfume. Every drop of this perfume is precious, it lasts all day and it is fabulous!

van cleef and arpels rose velours perfume

Thanks to Van Cleef & Arpels for reaching out to me, it was a pleasure trying your perfume. I’m hooked!

New jewellery obsession… Holts Jewellers

A few weeks ago I went to a breakfast in honour of Holt’s Jewellers new collection, ‘The Holt’s London Collection’. It is so fabulous and I am so embarrassed it has taken me weeks to blog about it, as it really is the most beautiful collection, if I had the cash, I would buy pretty much every piece!

Holts Jewellers was founded in 1948 by Robert Holt, originally he started trading as a diamond polisher and then later became a diamond cutter also. Holt’s still cut and polish diamonds, but they also trade in precious and semi precious loose stones, create bridal jewellery, cocktail jewellery and fine jewellery. They have also just launched their own line collection of beautiful, fashion forward fine jewellery, The Holt’s London Collection.

This is a magnificent collection of jewels, which are fine yet fabulous. Think bold mounts, big stones, exciting shapes and top quality craftsmanship. The stones are used in different ways to what we expect, for instance the Park Life Pendant, which is carved emerald. The Vivienne ring is of course punk inspired, a big, smoky moonstone set into 18k gold with cut out circles and blue and green diamonds studded onto the shoulders. It’s not every day jewellery is studded with diamonds!

Want to see more? Check out the Holt’s Jewellers website!

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the holts london jewellery collection

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the park lane pendant by holts london jewellers

No. 11 Pimlico Road and Chanel No. 5

I may have spent the whole of my Saturday working away behind my computer screen, but today was a lot more fun!

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We headed to Chelsea/Pimlico area for lunch, we had been told the Sunday Roast at No.11 Pimlico Road is *amazing* and we couldn’t wait to check it out. We actually ended up ordering burgers and brunch because it was too warm for a hearty roast. I had a bacon sandwich and a side of chips, and my man had the burger, which also came with a side of chips and we shared the avocado salad. I had total food envy when my boyfriends burger came out. It was EPIC! Two burger patties, bacon, salad, blue cheese, relish… basically everything, as well as a good portion of chips with aioli, oh and it came on a brioche bun!

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no eleven pimlico road salad

 

My bacon roll was pretty good, but if I am honest, I should have ordered the bacon crispy, as it was streaky bacon and way too fatty for my taste, but I discarded the bits I didn’t want and I still had a pretty darn delicious bacon roll, again served on a brioche bun. The chips were delicious and perfectly indulgent for a Sunday lunch. The avocado salad was one of the best I have ever had, it was huge chunks of avocado, spring onion, lemon and chilli oil. Delish! Everything was so tasty and so fresh!

no 11 pimlico road

If you are in the Chelsea/Pimlico area and you want a spot of lunch, No.11 is really lovely. It’s a really beautiful venue, beautifully decorated, relaxed service so you can sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch and the food is really great too, for the area, the prices are reasonable too, especially for the area. Chelsea is such a beautiful area to wonder around, the buildings, the shops, everything there is just lovely!

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The dress code at No. 11 is very Chelsea. Most of the men were wearing open collar shirts with jumpers tied around there necks and chinos. Women wearing jeans with boots over them and some kind of tweed or linen jacket, I saw other women in casual jeans and simple knitwear with a Birkin bag.

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chanel aw14 collection london store

After lunch, my man insisted we had to go to Chanel to look at the new collection in store. We foolishly headed to the nearest branch on Sloane Street, which was of course closed as it is a Sunday. I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of the window display to share with you all… isn’t it fabulous?!
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So we hopped on the tube and went to the Bond Street store, we love this store, it is so beautiful and the staff there are always so friendly and helpful. They always remember you, offer you drinks and have a nice chat and share extra information with you about the products. The Chanel AW15 collection is so cool, the show was ‘set’ in a supermarket and there are loads of cool accessories like the Chanel shopping basket, keyring bottle opener, sweets necklaces, handbags in plastic boxes and shopper handbags. Really cool!

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The jewellery I have spied online is not yet in store, so we looked at the handbags which are really fun this season and then we went upstairs to check out the shoes. This season at Chanel is all about the trainers, while I’m not a trainers freak, I went crazy for one pair. Wowzer, black tweed with multicoloured threads running through and gold holographic leather! Swoon! Even though the collection only landed in store a couple of days ago, the trainers had already sold out in most sizes, including my size. I tried them on in the closest size, but they were too big, my boyfriend was ready to buy them for me, but they were just a bit too big. I’m in Paris next week, so you never know…

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hush puppies boots black and brown

Today I wore a simple black dress from ASOS, with black Pretty Polly tights, Hush Puppies boots and my green Chanel bag.

New Balance… New Kicks!

It’s may be the weekend, but I have spent my whole day writing and taking photos for my blog. Basically, just trying to play catch up, as I am massively behind on everything at the moment, but things are looking up and maybe tomorrow I will tackle my over-flowing inbox! Phew!

I have only left the flat once today and that was to get a coffee, I just can’t make them as well as the baristas do! My casual Saturday outfit consisted of print trousers and my new Safari pop New Balance trainers from Bank. I like to think I look pretty badass in them!

The trousers are vintage Moschino, back in the early 90’s they made some amazing printed jeans, including Monopoly print, which I hope one day I will track down! I keep an eye out for them on the Chic & Seek website, which is an amazing place to find pre-owned and vintage designer clothing. In all other Moschino news, have you seen the SS15 collection!? It’s Barbie-tastic! One of the best things I have seen in ages, go check it out!

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new balance trainers and vintage moschino trousers

I’m just hanging out by a brick wall, like I’m in a cool gang or something… my New Balance trainers are making me feel so cool!

Sweaty Betty! Sports Luxe!

I am *so* behind with blogging it is embarrassing… I’m not quite sure what happened, shall we blame LFW? Although in reality I was probably just wearing my One Piece and watching Rich Kids of Beverley Hills (it’s the most fun show ever, literally #obsessed!)

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A few weeks ago I was invited along to Sweaty Betty to see their new range, Sports Luxe. I’m not a big fan of going to the gym (my local gym is terrifying, there are a lot of rude boys doing huge weights and grunting really loudly). But recently, I have been thinking I should renew my membership and there is nothing more inspirational, than a new outfit!

My gym-going friends are all obsessed with Sweaty Betty, they don’t just have one gym outfit, they have many and they absolutely love it. For one of my friends, it is her go-to place for a pay-day treat!

It’s not easy finding nice gym clothing. You need the techy features, but you also want them to be the right fit, not too loose and not too close. Some girls like neons, some like black. Sweaty Betty make everything you need, along with sports accessories like bags, socks, water bottles, trainers etc.

Just recently, Sweaty Betty have launched their Sports Luxe range. All the sports and tech know-how, mixed with slightly more fashion forward designs. You can wear to the gym or yoga class, but you could also wear it on a lazy Saturday to run errands and look cool and casual. My personal favourite from the collection is the WKND top. It’s a great design, really cool and boxy, but with sports science in the manufacturing. Personally, I would wear this WKND jumper with a skirt or jeans!

Here are some items I like from the Sports Luxe range, but it is well worth popping in store to see the collection or clicking on their website! It’s a nice mix between being sports and street wear and since sportswear has never been more fashionable, it is quite nice to buy it from a sports brand, rather than a fashion brand.

What do you think of Sweaty Betty’s Sports Luxe collection?

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LFWeekend : ‘Style It Out’ with Sunglass Hut

London fashion week might be over, but that just means it’s time for London fashion weekend!

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For those who have never been, London fashion weekend is a customer event where the public can go along and find some great designer bargains. Somerset house turns into a treasure trove of pop-up shops and small stalls, all hosted by different brands and designers.

I got a tip-off from my friends at Sunglass Hut that their shop was well worth visiting, so I popped along to see if there was any nice treats for me! It is basically a treasure trove of the best sunglasses you can imagine; Prada, D&G, Ray-Ban… and of course, my favourites, Miu Miu! Not just the classic shapes, but they even had the glitter cat eyes and the glitter round frames. I was close to tears trying to figure out which pair I like the most, but in the end I went for some incredible Dolce & Gabanna glasses. Oversized with a slight cat eye and handcrafted floral mosaic details on the arm. Incredible!

The Sunglass Hut ‘Style It Out’ team are super helpful, giving advice on what looks good, but also fitting in with your own personal style. Budget and brand choice! Sunglasses are a tricky purchase, as what looks good on the shelf might not look good on your face, after all a shelf doesn’t have a face shape, eye brows, colouring and face size to work around. So it’s great to get a little help from experts! They are also on hand to take photos too, which you can print out and keep, or post to your Facebook page and let your friends help choose which pair. It is really fun and takes all the stress out of sunglass shopping!

Other great brands at London Fashion Weekend include; Mawi, MFP, Pringle of Scotland, Lulu Guinness, Miista, Joseph, Kate Maconie and many more!

You have to buy tickets to get in (Bronze level tickets are £20) but you save a lot of money once you are in and shopping,  you also get a limited edition tote bag designed by Lulu Guinness. You can upgrade your tickets to get into catwalk shows too, but for me, it is all about the shopping!

Here were some of my favourite Sunglasses at the Sunglass Hut Style lounge, but there were SO many great pairs there, it was hard to believe! From Ray Ban Wayfarers to heavily embellished Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses,

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miu miu pastel sunglasses

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LFW Street Style with Fuji Film Instax

This week has been CRAZY busy at London Fashion Week, but I did manage to take some time out to wander around with my new Fuji Film Instax Wide Camera to get a few street style pics!

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I don’t normally do street style blog posts, but I have to admit, it was kind of fun! There are LOADS of photographers at Somerset house at this time of year papping outfits and taking street style photos for blogs and magazines, but I was the only one using a super-fun Fuji Film Instax wide camera! Everyone loved it, some people even insisted on waiting a few minutes for the picture to develop so they could take an iPhone photo of it.

While iPhones and DSLR’s take beautiful crisp instant photos, there is still something really magical about Polaroid photos! Thanks to Fuji Film for partnering with me on this!

What do you think? would you like to see more Instax pictures on my blog?

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fujifilm instax street style LFW ss15

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What’s all the stuff? Miu Miu sunglasses from Pretavoir, Boots by Superdry, Bag by Aspinal of London, Pink glitter card holder by Betty Brice, Majorette Benefit blush, David Longshaw illustrating dresses at the ME London Hotel, Propercorn, Swarovski Pen.

Orla Kiely SS15 Presentation

My Saturday mornings are usually spent eating pancakes, bacon and maple syrup. I don’t skip this ritual for many reasons, but I will forgo the treat for the LFW Orla Kiely Presentation!

That’s right, we have 6 months to save our pennies to buy some new pretty floral dresses and vintage inspired handbags. I am also super excited to confirm that for the Third season, Orla Kiely have partnered with Clarks to produce another collection of shoes. The shoes are perfect, my favourite of the three collections; lots of t-bar straps, flowers and cut out detailing all in pastel shades. Really cute and super wearable, I couldn’t get any photos of the shoes, but you can see the full Orla Kiely collection on Style.com, which includes the shoes.

The Presentation started with a glass backdrop with polka dots all over, throughout the show girls behind the glass painted the spots into flowers, until it was almost all flowers. Continuing the floral theme, each model carried a giant flower on stage and “planted” it in giant plant pot. You might be able to spy the girls painting in the background and each model holding a giant flower… very cute!

The thing I love about Orla Kiely clothing, is that it is really cute, great shapes, lovely prints and really wearable. There are so many beautiful pieces in this collection, so many things I want! Which is your favourite?

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW flowers presentation

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW clutch bag

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW floral dress

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW floral shirt

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW pink coat

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW pink dress

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW pink jacket

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW pink top ruffles

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW pink top

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW presentation

Orla Kiely SS15 LFW

Le Couvent des Minimes

Have you heard? Le Couvent des Minimes Beauty brand launched today. This range is huge in Europe and Japan, but it has only just reached the UK. It is all French, all natural and all super-affordable!

Le Couvent des Minimes

Le Couvent des Minimes is the sister company of L’Occitane. While it isn’t *quite* as lush and fabulous, as it’s older sister. It’s a really great beauty range, choose from Colognes, Footcare, Bath & Body, Lip care and Hair care.

The collection is exclusive to Boots and also available on their own website (use the discount code BLOG14 for 25% off your order). Well worth checking out, the prices are fantastic and the product is lovely! My personal favourite is the Gardener’s Hand Healer retailing at just £4.75 for a 25ml tube. Also, when it comes to Christmas and everyone starts buying Boot’s 3 for 2 beauty gift sets, I really hope I get this one!

LFW: Felder Felder

Earlier this week I went to The Felder Felder show with my friends at Penhaligon’s. I snapped away for the whole show long, but I ended up only taking two photos I was vaguely happy with, I got about a million blurred shots, but let’s be honest, no-one wants to see blurred runway pics on blogs.

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The Felder Felder show was full of metallics, chiffon and sports references, check out the full show on www.style.com if you want to see more!

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Also, if you have been wondering around LFW, you may have noticed the exhibitions and BFC show spaces have been scented with Penhaligon’s ‘Samarkand’. It is an oriental fragrance of sweet flowers and wood, it is the official scent of LFW SS15!

In all other Felder Felder news, the sunglasses the models were wearing in the show, (you can just see them in the pic) are Silhouette Frames x Felder Felder!