Sunday, 29 September 2013

Gola Redford Bag from Bagable

I was recently contacted by the kind folks at Bagable asking me if I would like to review one of the plethora of bags available on their website. Of course I responded with a resounding HELL YEAH and then proceeded to agonise over which one to get. I'm a bit of a bag addict (a baggict?) so this was no easy task, especially with the sheer amount of brand names they stock: NICA, Fossil, Kipling (my mum's favourite), Antler, Eastpak.. the list goes on. I eventually decided on a classic Gola Redford shoulder bag, as a throwback to the retro designs favoured during my teenage years.

Ooh look, my furry scarf is back! (AKA Boris, the Fake Roadkill)

I've taken a few flights this year and as a result was presented with the realisation that my bag collection was seriously lacking a suitable hand luggage option. Step forward the Gola Redford bag, you fit the bill perfectly! Roomy without being bulky it has a handy internal pocket, perfect for keeping those all important travel documents close to hand, with plenty of other space inside to pack full with my other travel essentials such as magazines, iPod, cosmetics, Kindle, duty free purchases... OK this is making me want to fly to foreign shores immediately. Sadly I have no immediate travel plans so let's look at me taking my bag for a walk past some bins instead. The glamour!

My Outfit:
Gola Redford bag*: | Jacket & Necklace: Primark (similar here and here)
T-shirt: Topshop | Jamie Jeans: Topshop Petite | Furry Scarf: H&M (similar here)
Converse: Office | Beanie: River Island (similar here) | Midi Rings: Topshop

Sunday, 22 September 2013

A Kimono In Autumn

Oh how I love a kimono! Maybe it's a hangover of my three years in Japan, but there's just something so casually elegant about a loosely draping, beautifully patterned 'over garment', I just can't get enough! This year though, I feel like the kimono has become almost like a uniform, continually being worn with denim shorts. Whilst I do genuinely love this look, I've become a bit bored of it recently and want to find alternative ways to wear it. My current favourite is with shiny leggings and a long-length camisole. Behold:

This ensemble has become my go-to going out outfit of late and has so far been to The Breakfast Club, Jamie's Diner, the Book of Mormon and drinks in Camden. Where shall we go next?

Hmmn, shall I go over there? What IS over there, anyway?

Despite my predominantly pro-kimono sentiments, I do have one issue I would like to get off my chest, so do forgive me having a little moan (a ki-moan-o! sorry...). Why are they always so damn expensive? Inexplicably priced around the £60 mark?? There's no warmth to them, they're not coats! They're not even cardigans! Why oh why oh why?! However, this particular H&M piece bucks that trend and comes in at only 20 British pounds! Yes, an affordable kimono. You can thank me later.

Kimono wa, kawaii desu!! (Translates as "cute kimono!!". Hopefully).
P.S. Apologies for the weird picture quality in a lot of these shots. Dunno what happened. To make it up to you, here's how it looks in action:

My Outfit:
Kimono & Earrings: H&M | Vest: Primark (similar here) | Leggings: American Apparel
Boots: Topshop | Necklace: River Island | Bracelets: Black Tied

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Topshop Teddy Fur Pea Coat

There's no doubt about it that autumn has well and truly arrived and as a consequence I started casting my eye out for a new addition to my coat collection. I had an idea of what I wanted: specifically black and fake fur, so during a stroll through Tophop recently, I was delighted to spot the embodiment of my musings... AND it was in the Petite range! Get in my wardrobe, immediately!

My Outfit:
Vest: Primark
Leggings: American Apparel
Boots: Topshop

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

John Frieda Full Repair Hair Range

My hair is the bane of my life. There. Said it. There's loads of it which I guess is a good thing, however it is pretty fine and so coarse that I'm fighting a constant battle with frizz - which doesn't seem fair when it is naturally so so straight. Add to the fact that I regularly colour and use heat on it (hair dryer, straightening irons, curling irons).. well, all of that results in generally unhappy hair. When I lived in Japan I used to get a 'straight perm' (AKA permanent hair straightening) every six months to fight the frizz, however this is so expensive to get done in the UK that I have since had to look to products alone to help me out.

I went on holiday to Ireland a couple of weeks ago and took along some John Frieda Full Repair products for the ride, seduced by the promise of them reviving overstyled, heat and colour damaged hair - their handy travel sizes were perfect to try on my rebellious titian mane.

I used their Full Body shampoo and conditioner and was very happy with it. It claims to reverse the look and feel of damaged hair with every use... it certainly seems to help! It also smells good and yes, does the job well. Whenever I wash my hair no matter what I'm using, I always shampoo twice, then comb through a generous dollop of conditioner before covering with a shower cap (sexy) leaving the conditioner to soak in for a few minutes. Believe me, my hair needs it and this method works a treat.

Repairing Oil Elixir
Here's what one pump of oil looks like. Ooh.
After rinsing, towelling dry and giving a good all over squirt of my usual conditioning spray, I decided to try out the Repairing Oil Elixir (i.e. hair oil), which should be used on damp hair. One pump of the hair oil is plenty enough and I applied to the ends of my hair, avoiding the roots. I then blasted my hair dry and went over it with the hair straighteners then curling iron, as always. I was very happy with the results - hand on heart, I love this hair oil! So much so that it has immediately made its way into my regular haircare routine. It leaves my hair silky soft and looking a great deal less coarse and frizzy, without feeling weighed down. Dare I say it, my hair seems to be on its road to recovery! That's a win all round. Here it is in (photographic) action:

My Hair Products:

Have you tried John Frieda products before? Do you have a favourite hair oil? Tell me your thoughts!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Seascape Island Apothecary - Les Petits Body Lotion

If you're a Deathly Pale like myself, it is possible that you spend the entire summer slathering yourself in lotions and potions to try and reduce the glare from the pallor of your limbs. I certainly do! If I'm not using heavy duty fake tan, then I use a daily fake tanning body lotion in my anti-corpse quest. However, as the weather starts to turn more autumnal, I'm less concerned with getting my legs out and more than a little relieved to get them back into the aesthetic safety of black tights, stashing away the fake tan for another year. Phew.

However, this opens up a whole new dilemma: the need to start frantically scanning the shelves for a replacement body lotion which does purely what a body lotion should do: moisturise one's body with a pleasant non fake tan (read: stale digestives) scent. I came across a bottle of Seascape Les Petits Body Lotion from and was delighted to discover that it does the job perfectly.

I'm also loving the Seventies seahorse!
This lotion is a good consistency, not too thick, not too runny. It sinks into my skin leaving it feeling lovely and moisturised but not greasy. Scented with 100% natural lavender and chamomile essential oils, it makes a pleasant change to fake tan biscuits. And the pi├Ęce de resistance? It has a handy pump action bottle, which I'm always partial to: if I don't have to waste precious seconds in the morning opening and closing a bottle of lotion, then that's a few extra precious seconds I can spend in bed. Who doesn't want that, I ask you.

My Body Lotion:

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