Saturday, 30 October 2010

Harrods and Vogue's Fashion Night In

Right so we've had Vogue's Fashion Night Out so now it's time for Vogue's Fashion Night In! Get your laptops at the ready and have some nice relaxed fashion fun.

Vogue's Fashion Night In will be taking pace on Monday 1st November from 5pm, and this year the amazing and iconic will be taking taking part. will be offering shoppers the chance to win the Ultimate Girl’s Night Out Party Pack, with the best pick of accessories, shoes and beauty in preparation for the festive season. Exciting yes?

The Ultimate Party Pack includes a Monica Vinader Gold Vermeil and Black Onyx Cuff and Earrings, an Anya Hindmarch Valorie Sparkle Clutch, a pair of shoes of your choice up to the value of £500, Harrods Rosé Champagne NV, and a Pamper Day voucher for Urban Retreat, Harrods in-store hair and beauty spa. 

Prize Draw closes at midnight on 1st November.

You will also get a special 10% off any fashion and beauty purchases on the night, with free delivery on all orders. Now you can't say fairer than that!

More exciting news. The first 50 customers to place an order will receive an exclusive gift from worth £100!

£1 from every purchase will be donated to KidsCo.  

Visit for more information.

What will you be doing for Vogue's Fashion Night In?

Can't wait to hear from you


Friday, 29 October 2010

Damaris and Mimi Holliday SS11 Preview

This week I went to visit the gorgeous girls at Damaris for a preview of the Spring Summer 2011 collection.

Now I have never actually come across this luxury lingerie brand before, but goodness, I had no idea what I was missing. It is simply exsquisite. No other way to describe it.

The fabrics, the embellishments and the beautiful designs are truly stunning and left me wishing I had allocated more money to my underwear budget. Let's just pretend that I am organised, or sensible enough to have some semblance of a budget shall we?

Anyway, I'll stop going on and let you have a look. The first set of photos are Damaris SS11.

Damaris also have a diffusion line called Mimi Holliday. It's a slightly more playful take on luxury. Here are a few shots of the range for SS11.

The pieces were absolutely stunning. Everything beautifully constructed with the most exquisite details and finishes.

And I'm assured that even the big boob ladies are catered for with cups going up to a double G, whilst retaining the delicate features of a smaller bra. Now there's an idea. I am really looking forward to trying one out. I'll be sure to report back.

And guess what?! I got a gorgeous goody bag, and in it was my very own pair of pretty and sexy silk and lace knickers! Yay! I love them!!

Have you tried any Damaris or Mimi Holliday? For more information visit

Can't wait to hear from you


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream Review

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream
As the cold weather is starting to set in, I thought it was about time to start preparing my skin with a richer moisturiser.

I have been getting on beautifully with Trilogy'sBalancing Gel Cleanser, which is still going strong, so I thought I would give their Ultra Hydrating Cream a go.

It does have a lovely rich texture and if you like a cream you will love it, as it is thick without being too heavy, and feels very nourishing.

Also, a little bit goes a long way.

And it sinks in very quickly and leaves the skin with a hydrated yet matte finish. I am a big fan of a creamy consistency because I can't bear my skin feeling dry. I have used this before applying my primer and makeup and my skin has felt super comfortable and my makeup has stayed put.

I haven't suffered with any more shine than usual or any makeup slide, which is often the worry with using a cream for daytime use. Obviously, it's great for night time too, and if you do worry about using creams for daytime but would still like some extra hydration, you could just use is as your night cream.

I love the smell. It contains manuka honey and lavender, and has a fresh and clean aroma. The smell is noticeably organic, which I'm very fond of, but some people prefer less obvious aromas. This particular trilogy number contains manuka honey and lavender and lots of other yumminess like honey, coconut and avocado oils.

This time of year, my skin starts to feel drier and more sensitive and this cream has made it feel comfortable. The aim is to get it super hydrated before the real nasty weather kicks in. Ha! I'm prepared this time! And I am reassured by the fact that it's natural and organic and free from parabens and mineral oils.

Have you tried Trilogy products yet?

Can't wait to hear from you


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

House of Fraser Flagship Launches Apothecary

Back in August, I told you about the plan for House of Fraser's new Apothecary. This is House of Fraser's cutting edge beauty emporium.

Well Apothecary has now been launched in the flagship store in Glasgow and I thought you might like to see a couple of photos.

Doesn't it look gorgeous? The bright blue packaging on the top right is the Electric Body range I have told you about.

The founders of Electric Body, Denie and Shelley Hiestand, flew from the US to the UK  especially for Apothecary's launch in Glasgow. I had the pleasure of meeting them while they were in London. They were delightful, and so excited about their new partnership with House of Fraser. Electric Body is exclusive to House of Fraser in the UK.

Denie and Shelley Hiestand with their Electric Body Skin Elixir

Liz Hurley was also there at the Glasgow launch on 14th October, which coincided with Breast Cancer Awareness month. This was especially relevant for Electric Body whose formulations focus on anti-cancer theory and research.

For more information visit and

Click here to see all the beauty brands that House of Fraser currently stocks.

Have you heard about House of Fraser's Apothecary yet?

Can't wait to hear from you


Girls With Attitude - Lashings of Lashes!

Girls With Attitude False Lashes

Now with the party season fast approaching, there's no better way to dress up your face than with some fabulous false lashes. 

And if you are looking for a massive range to pick from you should most definitely check out Girls With Attitude. They literally have every angle covered.

Girls With Attitude have ranges in Glamour, Dramatic, Shorties, Natural, Extensions and Couture, and within each range a good number of options to pick from.

My favourites are 'vamp' from the Dramatic range for volume and depth of colour:

And also madame butterly from the Glamour range, for longer, more striking lashes:

There lashes are very soft and pliable and are made for comfort and ease of application.

Here are a few of the other lashes available to give you an idea of  what's on offer:

And there are loads loads more!

To see the full range visit You can also find them at Boots and Superdrug stores.

What's your take on falsies?

Can't wait to hear from you 


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Beautiful Soul - Eco-Aware Luxury Womenswear SS11

I took a trip this morning to London's Savoy Hotel to see the gorgeous folk at Forward PR as they showcased their fabulous brands' offering for Spring Summer 2011.

The first line I want to talk to you about was one I was particularly impressed by, and it was produced by an amazing eco-aware, luxury womenswear label, Beautiful Soul.  Creators of (in their own words):

"Timeless Pieces: Offering a true meaning, direction and soul..."

These stunning creations are the product of the genius upcycling of vintage kimonos into beautifully tailored pieces, each so individual, classic and timeless. The garments are made to last and the designer, and founder of Beautiful Soul Nicola Woods' intention is that each piece will last its owner a lifetime.

Beautiful Soul, founded in 2008, has an incredibly strong ethical focus inspired by the awareness of the impact that the fashion industry has on our environment. In addition to their innovative sourcing and recycling of fabrics from the all round the world, they also operate a zero waste policy.

Remnants of fabrics are engineered into smaller garments, such as corsets, used for fastenings and embellishments, and also in the construction of other garments, for example, the shoulder padding in the men's capsule range.

Nicola Woods says,

"I design with a compassionate outlook. I love this planet. I want the next generation to enjoy it as I am. I am not an eco-warrior. I just care.”

For information about Beautiful Soul, visit and to see these beautiful garments in action, have a look at this short film, Believe. It's super cute!

Beautiful Soul SS:11 Believe. from oliver Prout on Vimeo.

So what do you think?

Can't wait to hear from you


Famous Dave's Tanning Mousse Review

Famous Dave's Tanning Mousse - Gold Edition

Right so I have been wanting to try Famous Dave tanners since I went to a gorgeous Bourjois blogger event and one of the PR ladies was completely raving about it.

Now I feel so much better with a bit of colour, so using fake tanners that work well is incredibly important to me.

Famous Dave kindly sent me their tanning mousse to try, along with their tanning mitt.

In preparation for it's arrival, I let my previous tan fade and then did a little scrub on application day. Now I would normally tan before I go to bed for optimum results and to give the tan the longest time to develop undisturbed, but I was out for the evening on the day it came, so wasn't able to do this.

But desperate to try it out, I did it before work the next day. I had a quick scrub in the shower, dried off and then set to work.

The mousse went on really easily. The colour guide is fairly dark so you can clearly see where you have covered.  It blends in nicely and I covered my whole body really fast.

Its immediate result is great. I found the colour particularly flattering on my face. I stayed in my dressing gown for a few minutes but to be honest it was dry pretty much immediately. So I got dressed, did my make up and went off to work.

I made sure that I just washed the palms of my hands for the first few hours and after that I got on with things as usual.

The instant colour is beautiful and I had a gorgeous sun kissed glow that just got nicer and nicer as the day went on. If you were white and pasty and you needed to fix it fast and get a little dress on, you could definitely use Famous Dave's Tanning Mousse to do that.

I didn't notice any smell during application or while it developed, which is extremely unusual for any self-tan product and a major bonus.

I was out the whole day and evening and there was no transfer of the guide colour to speak of at all. I showered the next morning and was left with a lovely, even and incredibly natural looking colour. I didn't even feel inclined to wear makeup that day such was the flattering effect on my face.

I had it on for 5 days and it has faded very slowly and evenly. I wanted to do another application to freshen up the lovely brown glow. I did a light scrub and applied it again. It went on just as easily as it did before. I did it in the evening this time, slept on it, showered in the morning and it looked completely gorgeous and brown and fresh again.

So, in summary, I completely LOVE it. More than that, I ADORE it!

The Mousse is paraben and fragrance free.

For more information, and to see the whole Famous Dave's range, visit

Have you tried Famous Dave's tanners yet?

Can't wait to hear from you


Project Closet - Shoenami No More!

Right. I have so many clothes and so many shoes that the state of play in my bedroom and guest bedroom is getting completely ridiculous.

And because I know that I am unable to actually stop buying clothes and shoes, I am aware that the situation is only going to get worse. It's actually quite horrifying!

These are just recent pairs in boxes. There are other piles similar to this. There are other more terrifying piles not similar to this at all. There are piles that haven't arrived from the Kurt Geiger sale yet. If I think about it too much....well...I try not to think about it.

And then last week, a little email pinged into my inbox. From a company called Tszuji which specialises in shoe storage.

The author of the email said that they had been enjoying my blog and, I quote,

"It suddenly dawned on me that you and your devotees probably have some serious shoe collections ... and quite possibly a Shoenami in waiting!"

Well, the word Shoenami absolutely summed up what had happened to me just about an hour earlier when, I was trying to get a pair of shoes down from big pile of boxes on top of the wardrobe.  I had a little struggle and then there was an almighty avalanche!

How on earth did Tszuji know? It's uncanny! 

And then they said they would like to send me one of their shoe storage solutions to try.

Now this email triggered a chain reaction. It crystallised my complete dissatisfaction at the current state of affairs and has inspired a plan.

I am going to turn my guest bedroom into a walk in heaven of a wardrobe. The bed is going and will be replaced by a subtle sofa bed, and the rest will be clothes and shoes, clothes and shoes!! Yay!! Oh and a plethora of accessories and handbags as well. This is a fanfare moment.

I think my dream will be a fairly long time in the realising, as there are lots of other dependants,  but the first evidence of it arrived today.

My 50 pair, 10 tier, bamboo and chrome shoe rack. This is what it looks like right now:

Tszuji Bamboo & Chrome 50 Pair Shoe Rack

And suddenly I am starting to feel better about things. Of course, this will provide a stylish home for only some of my shoes but it is only the beginning of the plan. I'm very excited!

And while Project Closet is in progress, I am going to try my best not to buy any more clothes and shoes until I have created some order in the current chaos. I am going to pretend that I didn't just have to stop writing this post to go and sign for a package from the Outnet! Ahem...

How do you organise all your clothes and shoes? Can you give me any tips while I am still in the planning stages? All help will be utterly appreciated as organisation of this kind is hard when faced with countless garments and footwear.

For more information about Tszuji visit

Can't wait to hear from you


Monday, 25 October 2010

Barielle Shade 2010 Winter 'Holiday Hustle' Collection - Wrap Me in Ribbon

Barielle - Wrap Me in Ribbon

Now this colour from Barielle's Winter collection is super pretty. I wasn't sure I'd like it which is why I haven't tried it before, but I really do love it.

Here it is on my finger nails. I'm not showing you my toes this time because I really didn't want to take Barielle's Snow Day off them.

Two quick coats:

Barielle - Wrap Me in Ribbon

I have had lots of comments on this one. It is getting a very good reception. It's a pretty yet chic and classy colour. It isn't too girly.

Barielle describe it as a metallic raspberry with violet and copper pearl undertones. When I asked my boyfriend to describe it (poor thing, there's no escape for him) he said it was pretty and pearlescent. Good word for a boy don't you think? I love the copper tones in it.

Barielle has a signature '3-three' formulation which provides nails with safe, healthy and long lasting colour coverage which is free from formaldehyde, tolune and dibutyl-phthalate.

The polishes cost £8 each.

Visit for further information.

Have you tried Barielle yet?

Can't wait to hear from you



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