Eat-ster treats!

Weeeee! It is almost Easter! I LOVE Easter as it is all about Eating Chocolate (and religious stuff of course). So let’s discuss some really delicious foods and drinks!

A cocktail is always a good way to mark the occasion and this Tanqueray Easter sour drink is perfect for the occasion, plus this pictures will look ammmmazing on your Instagram!
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Tanqueray Easter Sour:
45ml Tanqueray London Dry
15ml Cherry Brandy
25ml Lemon Juice
5ml Sugar Syrup
3 Teaspoons Cherry Jam
1/2 an egg white

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, then add cubed ice and give it a good ol’ shake (until your arm hurts!!) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with mini eggs!
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Joe & Seph’s Gourmet popcorn makes a really fun alternative Easter treat. I am obsessed with their delicious mushroom popcorn and all their original flavours! The ones I have are Caramel & Ginger (just like a gingerbread biscuit!) and also Triple Chocolate (cookies & cream, milk chocolate and white chocolate) super delicious and a really original Easter gift! Or in my case, just another treat to snack on over the weekend!
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A chic Easter gift for any friend (or yourself) is these delicious Godiva Chocolate Pop Easter treat eggs. All made with the finest Godiva chocolate and fillings such as vanilla ganache, hazelnut praline, mouse and dark chocolate. Chic, elegant and fun!
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Forget what the adverts on TV say, there is no better easter bunny than the Lindt bunny! There is so much more to this bunny than gold foil, a bell and ribbon, the chocolate inside is what I want and Lindt make the best milk chocolate ever! These bunnies are super-cute and super-delicious, Easter is not easter without one of these little bunnies!
20140417-104715.jpgFor me, the ultimate Easter egg is a Lindt Egg. I go nuts for Lindt chocolate and their giant easter eggs are always the ultimate indulgence! My man knows to buy me one of these every year, nothing else will do! This year is Lindt’s Heavenly Hazelnut, it’s an award winning egg! This egg is made from the finest Milk Chocolate, rolled in roasted Piedmont hazelnuts and then generously coated with a final chocolate layer to create Lindt’s thickest and most decadent Easter Egg yet. Yum!!

Which treats are you hoping to find in your egg hunt?

I love my new ring!

Yippeeeee! I have new jewellery and I am in love with it! I have been lusting after Monica Vinader jewellery for a good long while now, so I am so excited to finally own a piece! This ring is so pretty and so special, I am so happy with it!

Monica Vinader make beautiful jewellery, they have a beautiful boutique on South Molton Street and another in Canary Wharf and they stock in amazing stores around the world like Liberty London, Selfridges, Harrods and Fenwick. I have been eyeing up their jewellery for a good long while now, so I am super excited to finally own a ring by the brand!
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My ring is solid silver and plated with 18ct gold with a multifaceted lapis gemstone. Monica Vinader are famous for making stackable rings, I love this ring as I can wear it alone, or stack it up. The wide band make it a chunky statement while the tiny stone keeps it delicate. It is such a beautiful ring and such lovely quality, I am super happy with it! I think I need a necklace next!

Which is your favourite piece of Monica Vinader jewellery?
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How to: Dress like a modern day riot grrrl!

I spent my youth listening to the rants of Courtney love, the music of Babes in Toyland and Bikini Kill and reading homemade riot grrrl fanzines. It was zines that gave me my first taste of writing, Gwen Stefani that started me shopping for vintage (remember that blue dress in the ‘Don’t Speak video?) and Courtney that made me want bleach blonde hair.

I loved riot grrrl and it still influences me, I still love the music, the writing for fun, the new-wave girls (hi Tavi) and the style. It’s no coincidence I love a good collar, a Mary Jane shoe, messy bleached hair and I go nuts over Meadham Kirchhoff.

There are so many grunge/ riot grrrl style dresses on the high street. I see them in magazines and get excited, but when I go into the store they are a big old disappointment. It’s very rare I buy a new black and white collared dress, they just don’t compare to my vintage ones. There is always an exception to the rule though, and this dress by Lavish Alice is exactly what I want. Structured black fabric with structured collar and cuffs. It is a cute shape, a-line, not too full, not too narrow. It’s also a great length, on me it’s just above the knee, not too short, not too long. It’s perfect for the day time or clubs, worn with a denim jacket or white tights. This style of dress is always cool, but finding a good quality modern version is not always easy. I think this one, is perfect!1389198140-81589700

The original riot girl look was so damn cool, so I wouldn’t mess with it too much, you want to keep it fashionable but also keep it authentic and keep the spirit alive!

This Lavish Alice dress is the perfect mix of having great details, but also really fun to accessorise. I would team with it Mary Janes, they looked great in the 90′s and they are still perfect for the look. I have some super cute double strapped Mary Janes from Chanel, cute and retro, but the double strap adds a modern twist.

The sunglasses are Charlotte Olympia, they have a great retro, feminine feel, (very Babes in Toyland) but also modern and cool.

The necklace is by Momocreatura, back in the day small gold lockets were the look, I think this necklace is cool and fits with the outfit. It’s a brilliant design, and I think it gives the outfit a twist!

The barrette is an original Hole barrette from the 90s, these hair clips are super rare and it doesn’t see the light of day very often…It’s way too special! This would show all the other riot grrrls you know your stuff!

Penhaligon’s Cornubia is the perfect perfume for vintage glamour, it’s feminine, warm, sweet and sexy!

I added this heart shaped bag because it reminds me of a heart shaped box and it’s a great pop of colour! It’s by Minna Parikka, an amazing designer from Helsinki! Meadham Kirchhoff did something similar for Topshop last season, that was pretty cool too! If you have never heard of Minna Parikka, you should check her out…swoon!!
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His ‘n’ Hers!

It’s Monday, but it is hard to feel sad when I have had such a fun weekend and it is only a few day’s until it is Easter!
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This weekend I popped into Central London with my boyfriend, we had lunch in Bodean’s (amazing) and took a walk around some of our favourite stores on Bond Street and Oxford Street… I’m desperate for a bangle from Cartier (swoon!). I also saw some amazing dresses in Urban Outfitters and some really amazing beauty products in Liberty. There are so many great things in the stores right now, it is too hard to choose between all the amazing items I want!

My boyfriend was in need of some new brogues, so I suggested we had a look in Clarks, as I know my Clarks brogues are really cute and super-comfortable. He fell in love with these brown leather brogues with their subtle toe detail, cool aren’t they? Oh and now we match! His ‘n’ hers!

Dressing for Spring!

Recently I have been trying to organise my wardrobe, I have packed away my winter coats and scarves and I am trying focus on more pale colours and Spring vibes!

I have a couple of super-pretty new clothes which I cannot wait to wear! In fact, I am so excited, I have already started planning spring time outfits! Want to see one?

This dress is so lovely, it is by Glamorous at Bank and I just adore the pink, floral print with birds scattered within the design. It also has an adorable peter pan collar too, it is a perfect length and a perfect fit. I love this dress and it is an amazing price too!

To keep within the pretty theme, I picked out this delicate pearl necklace by Pearl & Queenie. The pearl is held within the setting with tiny hearts, how cute! I also have a pink Vivienne Westwood Orb brooch from a few seasons ago which I think will look really sweet with this outfit.

My bag is also by Vivienne Westwood, the shape is simple and classic, yet the bold gold leather adds a tiny amount of edge to the look, as do the Boohoo silver hologram shoes. I think the chunky heel toughens the look up slightly, as do the straps and buckles, but I think they are still in keeping with the outfit.

This Liz Earle salmon pink nail polish is obviously the perfect colour for the dress. If I am braving bare legs, it is essential to make sure they are moisturised perfectly, this new Healgel body is my current favourite body moisturiser, I absolutely adore this stuff! Finally, a spritz of Jo Malone London’s Blackberry and Bay and I am ready for summer!

Am I the only one who loves organising my wardrobe and planning outfits?!
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Competition!!! Win a Vivienne Westwood necklace!

I don’t do many competitions, but when I do one, I make sure it is REALLY good!! I have dug into my personal jewellery box to find this Vivienne Westwood necklace, and it could be yours!

I bought this necklace at the original Vivienne Westwood store at Worlds End, Kings Road. I had to have it, because it matches a ring I own. The only problem is, I don’t tend to like matchy-matchy jewellery, so I never wore it.
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Great ways to wear a scarf – The giant bow!

A few weeks ago, I did a blog post showing you one of my favourite ways to wear a classic silk scarf. For those who missed the post, you can read it here, it is a simple way to style your silk scarf as a statement necklace.

After I published the post I got loads of comments and direct emails thanking me for sharing the technique. We all seem to own many silk scarves, however, most of us just tie them in a classic knot around our necks, when we could be styling them up and knotting them in so many different ways to create really cool looks and statements. Scarves are such a versatile and chic accessory we own, yet, we are just not having enough fun with them!

This giant pussy bow technique is a great way to add a big playful bow to your outfit, it can be worn over jumpers, dresses and coats. It is a great way to look fabulous yet chic, and it is super easy to achieve!

This technique requires two scarves of the same size (medium of large sized, depending on how large you want your bow!) and preferably a similar weight and finish, but you can mix the colours and prints to your hearts content! I picked out two vintage scarves I have which are all red, white and blue. One is a nautical themed, the second is an umbrella print. I like the fact the colours are the same yet the prints are different, but you can mix them up in any way you like, it’s really fun to experiment.
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Method:
Fold the scarves diagonally into two large triangles. Knot the scarves together at the ends to attach the two scarves together. Roll the scarves inwards to create two columns. Put the scarf around your neck so the tiny knot is at the back of your neck, and tie into a bow.
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There are so many places to buy silk scarves, some of my favourite scarf designers include: Cleo Ferin Mercury, Hermes, Chanel, Kenzo, Liberty and Shinerock. Some of my favourite stores to buy scarves are Liberty London, Matches, The Outnet, Urban Outfitters and Joules.

What do you think of this way of wearing a scarf, I would love to know your thoughts!

Summer Swallows!

It’s almost summer time and I couldn’t resist this beautiful necklace by Pearl & Queenie at Amazon!

Swallows always come in pairs, which is why I love these two swallows which are the mirror image of each other. They are clutching a ruby and they are so delicate and pretty!

I can’t wait to wear it this summer, either alone with a simple top, or layered up with other chains for a bit of drama!

Sometimes you just have to splash out on something really beautiful and I had to have this necklace!
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Spring time clothing!

I had a tiny shuffle around of my wardrobe this weekend and I found a few pieces of clothing I just can’t wait to wear this Spring! They looked so pretty together, I thought I would lay them out and show you all.

First up, my new shirt, it is by Chinti and Parker, I absolutely adore the star print and the neon orange detail on the buttons. Isn’t it incredible? My shoes are by Charlotte Olympia, I adore my black Kitty Flats, but the white ones are perfect for summer. I wore them once or twice during the Winter, but they are much more suited to the summer months. I can’t wait to wear these every day, the beauty of Charlotte Olympia shoes is they are so well made and super comfortable, they are a joy to wear!

My green dinosaur necklace is super fun and also a super-thrifty necklace too, it is by Hey Sailor, and it is just £12! I think it is really fun for the summer!

My bag is AMAZING!! I have been desperate to wear this all winter, but every time I wanted to wear it, it just felt all wrong with my winter clothing. So I am beyond excited to wear it this summer. It is a amazing peachy and gold coloured clutch, with a hologram finish. It is amazing!!! Made by Kzeniya this bag is everything I need!

What are you excited to wear this Spring/Summer?
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Beauty reviews!

I got out the habit of doing beauty reviews and I forgot how much I missed it! So here are some more… enjoy!
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Kosmea Certified Organic Rose hip oil – I’m so into this! It ticks ALL my boxes; organic, rose scented, face oil. I love a face oil, especially at the moment as I am working on rehydrating my cheeks (more about that later on). I have been using this as a moisturiser under my night cream to really let the goodness soak in. It glides easily over slightly damp skin, smells amazing and then in the morning, my skin looks and feels really nourished and I swear my skin tone is slightly more even too. It also helps with the appearance of acne, scars, wrinkles and stretchmarks. I haven’t really noticed this yet, but as a face moisturiser, I really love it!

Balance Me Natural Protection moisturiser SPF 25 – A few weeks ago I had my skin scanned by Balance Me and it turns out I have dehydrated cheeks. I was really surprised as they never felt sore or looked flakey, but science assured me they are dry, so I have been working really hard to hydrate them and keep them hydrated. I do feel way better and I hadn’t realised before, but they were slightly rough and they are starting to soften up now. Balance Me had a skin scanner in Debenham’s on their beauty shop floor, I promise it wasn’t embarrassing as you put your head in a little tent, so no-one can really see you. If you ever see them doing this in Debenham’s again, I would highly recommend you trying it out, it was amazing, and I feel like in 5 minutes, I learnt so much about my skin, as it tells you about moisture levels, sun damage, congestion and levels of aging. Then they tell you what products you need to focus on so that you can correct it. For instance, I am a face- scrub addict, but they showed me how I was scrubbing too often and could cause damage eventually – it was amazing! To help my skin, I have been using the Balance Me face masks as well as their natural and super-hydrating moisturisers.

This Natural Protection Moisturiser is amazing, as it contains a natural SPF 25, perfect as the weather changes and the sun comes out in force. Natural SPF creams often leave your skin quite white (which I don’t really mind, as I am pretty pale already) but most people don’t want that. This cream soaks in and leaves no trace of white at all. It gives you natural protection from the sun and it is also super hydrating. The thing I really love about the product is that even though it is an SPF 25, it does not feel heavy on your skin, it feels like a normal moisturiser which is exactly what I want. Lots of protection and no fuss, particularly perfect for the summer!

O’right Purple Rose Oil for hair – I am a bit of a hair bleach and sea salt product addict. I like super bleached hair (sometimes with a hint of pink) and I like it to have messy texture, for which I love sea salt styling products. The problem is, my hair is not in the best condition ever and it *can* fall out…. embarrassing?! Yes, very! So I have been making the effect to use hair oil each time I wash it. It is amazing how much hair oil can improve the condition of hair, even beaten up locks like mine. This Purple Rose hair oil is great, you apply onto towel dried hair as normal, and when you hair is dry it is in much better condition without it feeling greasy. I direct the oil to the middle and ends of my hair and long term it does vastly improve your hair. If you have not tried it yet, you should, it is amazing and this Purple Rose Oil is a good solid product and a great place to start.

Mazorin Ockham’s Razor Shaving Cream – Here’s one for the boys! My boyfriend has been using this product recently and he told me he is really loving it, so I thought it would be nice to give it a little mention! I don’t really know much about shaving creams, but he tells me it is cooling and soothing, and helps give him a really close shave.