29 September, 2012

♡ Label Lust ♡ -- Anna Dello Russo at H&M

Anna Dello Russo's accessories collection encompasses everything that I said I loved about Dolce & Gabbana in a previous post: the drama, the vibrancy, the colour & extravagance! From the get go you can see that this lady is another brilliantly passionate Italian, and I love it!

A native of Bari, Puglia (where my Ital is from!) Anna is currently the Editor at Large for Japanese Vogue, however, not content with just that to keep her busy, she has also branched out into designing accessories, creating these little beauties for H&M.

And the lady herself modelling some of her incredible designs...

I absolutely adore all the gold & turquoise, it's so bold yet beautiful. The bracelets/cuffs that Anna's modelling in the picture to the right really remind me of the Yves Saint Laurent 'Arty' rings, but even bolder & more captivating. What do you think? Let me know in the comments :)

All items in store & online soon!


28 September, 2012

September Favourites

This month I've been trying to watch my spending so I've not been buying a great deal of products, however, I have tried some brilliant samples.

They are...

01. I received a sample of Dior's new Nude foundation with September's Elle magazine. I love foundation samples & I'd been really impressed with the last Dior one I tried (Diorskin Forever).

I was lucky because the sample was shade 020 'Beige Clair/Light Beige' which was the perfect colour match for my skin (how often does that happen with a magazine sample!?) It gave brilliant medium-full coverage & lasted the whole day without touch-ups. The one thing that I wasn't a huge fan of was the SPF (no one likes a ghost face in photos) but that being said, I think this would be a brilliant daytime foundation so the SPF wouldn't be a problem. It comes in 10 shades & retails for about £31 for 30ml. 

02. The second sample I received this month was with a rather large ASOS order (I was desperately trying to find something for my cousin's wedding in 2 weeks time). They sent me a lovely little pot of Clinique's 'Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer'. 

I love night moisturisers & this one was lovely. It kept my face really moisturised without being greasy & made my skin really soft. It retails for around £34 for 50ml which to me is a pretty pricey moisturiser, however, I do think 50ml would last a couple of months if used every night so cost per use would only be about 70p per night :)

03. My final favourite product this month wasn't a sample, but it's little nonetheless: the TRESemmé mini paddle brush.

Since having a fringe cut I feel like I constantly need to brush it to keep it nice (first world problems!) So say hello to my little friend, this handbag sized mini paddle brush :) I've taken a photo of it next to my glasses so you can see how small it really is -- perfect fringe size! It's absolutely brilliant & does exactly what I need it to do + it's tough enough to brush the rest of my hair too, not just that pesky fringe! (RRP £4.19)

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below :)


26 September, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #25

Book #25 -- All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

This week's book, much like last week's, is chosen by a celeb book lover, Marcus Mumford off of Mumford & Sons.

Marcus has his own 'book club' section on the band's website & I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the books he's read & shared his thoughts on. Clearly the man loves American literature but I thought Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses would be a good one to pick as he's perhaps a little more well known compared to Marcus's other choices (other books by McCarthy: The Road (2006) & No Country for Old Men (2005)).

So, what does Marcus say about All the Pretty Horses?

'After John Steinbeck, Cormac McCarthy is my favourite American writer. McCarthy’s best known novels are thrillers, (he wrote No Country For Old Men) but his scope as a writer far outstretches what you might imagine for an author of that genre. No doubt he knows how to tell a good story, but he tackles more profound concepts along the way. In All The Pretty Horses he transforms what is, essentially, the narrative of a Texan cowboy’s gap year, into a thrilling life-or-death love story which confronts the essence of becoming a man in a quickly changing world. We’re taken on a journey where innocence is lost, but what is found is far more valuable (and far more interesting): one man’s relationship with the natural world, from his horse to his home, his forbidden love to his foreboding adulthood.
To be honest it’s not the best book to read when all you want to do is run off to a farm and learn to keep cattle. Or spent your life growing up in Suburban London playing Cowboys and Indians. The day I finished this book I went to Waterstones and bought the Eyewitness Guide to Horse Riding. McCarthy’s description of Southern Texas and Northern Mexico is so appealing as to suck you from your surroundings. The passage describing how John Grady and Rawlins have to break in sixteen horses in four days is written with the same exhilirating determination that it takes for the characters to finish their work. You feel like a real man just reading this stuff. 
But don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a book just for horse-lovers, or agricultural enthusiasts. I think McCarthy appeals to anyone who loves a good story well told; he has a knack for writing with such understated beauty and compulsion that justifies his worldwide populatiry and acclaim.
At times McCarthy’s tone and story telling is so direct that it seems callous, but then he’ll offer the reader a moment of intense emotion that we are grateful for his uncompromising style. He cuts straight to the real stuff when he has to, and he doesn’t waste words doing it.
So I bloody loved it. And I hope some of you can too.'

Amazon blurb: 'A critical triumph, this is the story of John Grady Cole, who at 16 finds himself at the dying end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. To escape a society moving in all the wrong directions, Cole and two fellow travellers set out for Mexico, a land at once beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilised.
But what begins as an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, leads, in fact, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood. Within months, one of the boys is dead, and the other two aged beyond their years.
A story about childhood passing, innocence and an American age, here is a grand story and an education in responsibility, revenge and survival.'

Have you read anything by Cormac McCarthy? I started reading The Road (and will finish it for next month's book club!) I found it really different & at times quite challenging as there aren't actually many words on the page. However, I did enjoy what I read & it may be a suggested 'must read' in a few weeks, I'll let you know.

If you have a 'must read' book that you think everyone should read, any genre, any subject matter, any publication date, let me know either in the comments below or on twitter :)

Happy reading!


Buy All the Pretty Horses from Amazon.

25 September, 2012

The Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain

So yesterday I had a spur of the minute trip down to London to see my pal, Matthew. I'd seen the new Pre-Raphaelite exhibition advertised & got very excited indeed so off we went to Tate Britain!

 The extremely rainy train journey down to LDN

 I wasn't sure if you were allowed to take photos in the exhibition but I fell in love with this William Morris wallpaper.

Other Tate delights... 

 So wrong it's right: Pre-Raphaelite cats :D

If you're not familiar with the Pre-Raphaelites they're Victorian artists & writers who loved a bit of realism. A lot of their work was inspired by history: The Bible, Arthurian legend, Shakespeare's plays, as well as literature such as the works of Keats, Tennyson & Christina Rossetti. In 'the flesh' the works were just incredible, the detail in some of the pieces blew my mind, my favourites were...

(photos from Tate archive)

Ophelia by John Everett Millais

 Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Chatterton by Henry Wallis

Peacock and Bird carpet by William Morris

Isabella and the Pot of Basil by William Holman Hunt

After the exhibition we went to Selfridges to admire their crazy delights. I loved these cute stickers & little toadstools.

Not quite Pre-Raphaelite but fun nonetheless :) I hope you all had a good day yesterday despite the rain!


23 September, 2012

Love for Lana - H&M Campaign AW12

While many have slated her live performances & lack of stage presence, one thing that cannot be denied is the woman's style:  a take on 1960s chic & elegance, something which I think H&M have captured beautifully in their AW12 campaign.

I think the photos of Lana look stunning & really showcase her unique look whilst making H&M's stuff look pretty darn good too!

Some of my favourites from the collection are...

Lana, to me, is summed up best in her video for 'National Anthem'. I love everything about it, her clothes, her hair, the way she recreates Jackie O chic but for the modern age. She's just a babe.

What are your thoughts on H&M's use of Lana to promote their AW12 collection? Let me know in the comments below :)


22 September, 2012

Most Wanted: Bouclé Jackets

I'm sure you've seen these bad boys everywhere for AW12; it looks like the Chanel-esque bouclé jacket is here to stay & I for one LOVE them!

Here are my favourites...

Top row: Studded jacket - Next, £42 // Fallaway jacket with PU sleeves - River Island, £55 // Jacket with leather cuffs/half sleeves - Zara, £89.99
Bottom row: Burgundy jacket - Miss Selfridge, £35 // Embroidered mint green jacket - Topshop, £95 // Cream jacket with neon trim - River Island, £30

I think bouclé jackets are brilliant because they can be dressed up or down so easily & add a bit of extra glamour to any autumn/winter outfit.

What are your thoughts on bouclé? Have you seen any other little stunners out & about? :)


20 September, 2012

The Girl #OOTD

So I've already broken the golden rule of 'outfit of the day' posts & not posted my outfit on the day that it was worn :O (slap my wrist if you must!) This is actually what I wore yesterday to meet someone at a country pub :)

Oversized blazer - H&M // Breton top - Primarni (old) // Navy 'Leigh' skinnies - Topshop // Brogues - Clarks (to my surprise they have some really nice shoes in there nowadays, not just for Nanas!)

Tortoise shell glasses - Chanel

I recently bought the Topshop skinnies & the brogues & I'm absolutely in love with them both! The 'Leigh' skinnies are super soft & form-fitting without being tight and horrible + I think the ankle grazer turnup is really flattering on shorter legs like mine :)

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last OOTD, I hope you like this one too :)


Post title: City & Colour 'The Girl'

19 September, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #24

Book #24 -- Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

This week's book has been chosen/suggested slightly differently. The other day I saw Kristen Cavallari (of The Hills/Laguna Beach fame for those of you who are cool like me & remember ;)) tweet about a book that she was really enjoying & I thought it would be a different take on the 'one book you must read' posts.

So, what does Kristen say?

Amazon blurb: 'Marian Caldwell is a television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian's perfectly constructed world-and her very identity-will be shaken to its core, resurrecting memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will force her to re-evaluate her family and future. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves -- a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.
[...] Kirby is adopted. She loves her parents and her sister Charlotte, but she's never really felt she fitted in. And now she's eighteen there's nothing to stop her finding her birth mother. But navigating her way, alone, to New York is only the start - and as Marian soon discovers, giving birth is the easy part. This is a story of what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a lover - and of how secrets have a way of multiplying.'

Have you ever read anything by Emily Giffin? I'd not heard of her, or this book, but it sounds really interesting & I always wanted to provide a range of titles to suit everyone so if The Game of Thrones series or Thomas Hardy aren't for you, perhaps something like this is?

If you have a suggestion for a brilliant 'must read' book let me know either in the comments below or via twitter :)


Buy from Amazon.

18 September, 2012

Shiny Locks Made Easy: My Hair Care Routine

Bonjour lovelies!

As you may have seen, I posted my first ever OOTD post on Monday & was lucky enough to get some really lovely comments, in particular about my hair & so I've put together a post about my hair care routine.

There's nothing shocking or particularly different about what I do but maybe the simple/non-fussy approach is the secret?

The products I use are:

Shampoos: VO5 'Give Me Moisture' for dry hair, or L'Oréal Elvive 'Full Restore 5' repairing shampoo
Conditioners: L'Oréal Elvive 'Triple Resist' reinforcing conditioner, or Dove Hair Therapy 'Intensive Repair' 1 minute conditioner & treatment
+ after washing: John Frieda 'Frizz-Ease' hair serum just on the ends of my hair

I use one of these shampoos & one conditioner each time I wash my hair (I shampoo my hair twice every wash to make sure it's super clean). I love the Dove conditioner as it's also a treatment mask so your hair is left really soft, I tend to alternate between using that & the L'Oréal 'Full Restore 5' one.

Other things I use:

 A sturdy brush for once my hair's dry & a wide-tooth comb to detangle it whilst it's wet. 
(For drying I have a Babyliss hairdryer & for straightening some trusty GHDs)

Every 4-6 weeks I dye my hair using Garnier Nutrisse's 'Nourishing Foam' (shade 4.15 Iced Mocha). It's much easier to use than normal liquid dyes & leaves my hair really shiny.

So, that's it! Not a complicated or long-winded routine but it's my secret to happy & healthy hair :)

Thank you very much to Sophie Rose for suggesting this post, if anyone has any other requests for posts I will be more than happy to do them :)

Much love,


17 September, 2012

Who's the fairest of them all? #OOTD

Ohai guys! So I've decided to try something new, well new for me anyway, an outfit of the day post :)
I've never actually taken photos of myself specifically for my blog (apart from the fringe snaps a week or so ago) as I've always felt a bit self-conscious. However, I'm so in love with this amazingly bizarre cat Snow White t-shirt -- as seen in one of Victoria's eBay posts -- that I thought I'd take a few photos of how I'd wear it.

T-shirt - eBay // Disco Pants - American Apparel // Nude flats with gold spikes - Topshop
(+ a photo of my tattoos on my feet in case any of you are interested :))

Let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this, like I said it's the first one I've done & I'm not sure how I feel about it. I love seeing other people's OOTD posts but it's new for me posting photos of myself/my style on here. I hope you like it! 


14 September, 2012

Most Wanted: Trainers

Ohaaai little monkeys! So recently I've seen amazing, fabulous, sometimes a little bit scary trainers everywhere & I thought I'd share some of my favourites with you all :)

The first pair that I absolutely fell in love with have completely sold out everywhere & I'm a little bit a lot heartbroken :( seen on the likes of Little Mix's Jade... the Adidas Originals Sleek trainers with bows :)

I have since found out, however, that the trainers are still available in other colours (namely red, and black & turquoise -- personally I don't think either are as nice as the black & red ones, boo!)

I think the trainers are extra cute because the bow is optional so if the Minnie Mouse sportswear look isn't quite you, it's A-OK.

 Or if you don't fancy the bows at all, what about these cheeky little beauties?

I really like these black ones as I think they'd go with so much and are a bit chic-er than normal trainers/sportswear.

And finally, for those of you really looking to push the boat out with your footwear, don't forget to check out these bad boys...

Who said trainers don't need wings or teddy bears? :D

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below :)


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