Whistles Winter Wonderland

This year I’ve been lusting after most of the Whistles winter collection, the chunky knits, the dainty cami tops and the beautiful christmas clutch bags. But the pieces that have made it into my collection this year are simply never going to leave!

I’ve never been a jumper dress kind or girl, but these two effortless styles are definitely here for the long haul. With temperatures only just starting to drop in the UK, these are perfect teamed with tights, a pair of boots and a big fluffy scarf!

This Rib Front Cashmere Mix Dress in Pale Grey is the perfect piece to jazz up your winter wardrobe, it’s supersoft and a luxurious blend of wool and cashmere with a lovely ribbed front panel. The style has a round neck, long sleeves and a stepped hem. Team with a pair of boots, a fluffy scarf and a simple tailored coat. Gorgeous.

The other dress I’ve been loving for the past few weeks is the Ava Padded Neck Tunic Dress in Dark Grey – if you want to opt for style, comfort and warmth then this is the dress for you. An effortless, super soft knit, simply style with an oversized scarf and a pair of boots for an easy go-to daytime look. The unusual modern padded neck adds a little somethin’ extra to this dress making it perfect for the office or for a day out.

This Small Cracked Clutch in Navy is perfect for the festive party season! Add an injection of this metallic blue hue to you outfit – this premium leather clutch bag is crafted from a subtle textured cracked leather, to add depth and interest to any outfit. Featuring a zip opening, ideal to use for a small clutch in the evening, large enough to fit all your essentials.

Speaking of the party season, Whistles are totally on point with their party wear! Just look at this Cecil Sparkle Textured Cami in black – this classic cami style, with adjustable straps is reinterpreted with texture. Pair with slim, sleek tuxedo trouser or black skinny jeans for an enigmatic look. A matching skirt is also available for a full textured sparkle look!

I absolutely adore this Chay Lace Cropped Shirt in Electric Blue – Feminine and elegant, this cropped shirt is the ideal day to night piece. With exposed lace sleeves, and a subtle body underlay this is perfect for the party season too! Team with a pair of high waisted jeans and heels for ultimate glamour.

If I were a rich girl, I’d have this gorgeous Clean Longline Leather Biker in my collection, with intricate details, asymmetrical silver zips, off centre fastening and clean lines, this sophisticated take on the traditional biker is just perfect. I’ve been waiting for a long time to find a longline leather jacket, too bad it’s not within price range, for anyone! If you’re luck enough to have a similar piece in you collection then team this collarless style with a crisp white shirt and dark denim for a monochrome daytime look.

Are there any items you’ve had your eyes on for winter?

Everyone’s Favourite Scent

The little Vietnamese seaside resort of Do Son is the inspiration for this sweet floral fragrance that is fresh and mysterious, warm and bright.
From the legendary French perfume house, Diptyque, Do Son is worn and adored by both women and men. This exquisite fragrance is one of my personal favourites, it’s sophisticated and sweet at the same time.

My favorite part about Do Son (other than the smell) is the description that Diptyque has on their site. It goes a little something like: “Relief from the sweltering climate, a pagoda on the shores of Ha Long Bay, where trade winds tenderly caress the flowers. A name that sings, undulating like waves upon a beach. Do Son is an eau de toilette rich with contrast, exuding the fresh, intoxicating sensuality of tuberose.”

And if that doesn’t make you at least a little intrigued about Do Son, I’m not sure what will. Pop into your nearest Diptyque and let your nose do all the work. Oh, and let me know your favorite Diptyque scents!

A Wake-Up Call

At the moment I am feeling engulfed in some kind of autumnal cold, my voice has gone and my temperature is up and down. As you can imagine I do paint a striking figure in my dressing gown, complete with red nose. It goes without saying I am currently feeling more than rubbish, and it shows in my skin – but one product I have taken pleasure in using is Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask.

I’m a bit of a fan of the Origins mask line-up, so I was well excited to give this a try. A clear gel formula, it’s designed to ‘refresh’, except here you leave on for 10 minutes then tissue of the excess leaving some serious glow behind. I’ve been using it in the evening as the final step of my routine as like a really intense moisturiser and wake up with a ready made dewy complexion.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask is a light, cooling gel mask that has been formulated to cool, and give dull, tired skin an extra boost before facing the day ahead. Oddly it doesn’t have the typical GinZing fragrance (citrus/orange) but rather has a fresh, almost floral scent – it is very, very mild which is what I like in a skin care product. It contains Coffee Beans to energize, Cucumber to refresh and Hoelen Mushroom to soothe.

On the skin this is very cooling – there is no need to keep it in the fridge as it always delivers an icy cool sensation on the skin. I believe the idea is that you apply this mask in the morning to revitalise and wake up the complexion for the day ahead. If you are looking for a face mask to restore dry skin this is not the one – don’t get me wrong it does hydrate but not on an intense level. This product’s powers lie in giving the skin a fresh, almost post facial glow with soothing and cooling properties.

If ever a face mask was created for the duller months it is this. It cools and calms and also perks up tired complexions.

What is not to love?

The Rival

Here’s something I thought I’d never find… a concealer that rivals the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer! Now, apart from the fact that every time I go to purchase a tube of the aforementioned product in Vanilla it out of stock(!) there would have been no reason for me to sway from my usual routine. But one day I decided to pick up the Clarins Instant Concealer in 01 and it’s love.

This concealer is basically an extra 5 hours sleep in a bottle. Being a water based, aloe vera infused concealer means this glides into the skin giving the illusion of a second skin. Creamy but due to the high water content it doesn’t settle into fine lines. Provides a medium but buildable coverage that evens out pigmentation and dark circles without looking ashy or over illuminated (providing you choose the right colour). Caffeine extract stimulates the delicate skin to help shift toxins, reduce puffiness and give skin a revitalised freshness.

The finish is softly radiant without being illuminating so you won’t get any flash back or panda eyes!

What Clarins say: This beauty product takes a three-pronged approach to disguising dark circles – the colouring correcting pigments illuminate, the aloe vera extract soothes and caffeine helps to stimulate circulation and de-puff.

For me, this has been a permanent fixture in my make-up bags since I got my hands on it. It hits the mark with all three promises and provides long-lasting, hydrating coverage without drying eyes out.

I keep calling this Clarins Creamy Concealer by mistake for the simple reason that this is one of the creamiest, smoothest textures I’ve felt in terms of concealers, it really holds it’s own against the NARS offering. You need less than a pea size for both eyes, and I’ve also been using this to disguise blemishes.

It’s rare that you find a concealer that camouflages the under eye area without going cakey after hours of wear, but Clarins manages to stay in place and excel at disguising blemishes and dark circles.

The down side is that this is only available in three shades – which is a shame. Each colour has a peach undertone. The peach tone counteracts the grey/blue undertones of dark circles. The three tones they do have however are really great at bouncing the light off of dark circles and give a beautiful silky, smooth finish under and around the eye.

Fallen off the track…

After a rather long absence I’ve mustered up enough creativity (and energy) to tell you about a product that I’ve been absolutely loving recently. It comes from Estee Lauder in the form of their Supreme Revitalizing CC Cream – this sits within Estee Lauder’s anti-ageing line Revitalizing Supreme and promises to even out the complexion, deeply hydrate and pack a serious anti-ageing punch. It offers all the benefits of the anti-ageing Supreme Revitalizing cream which works on lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness and dehydration, plus Colour Correction (CC) using micro-pigments that adapt to your skin tone.

The CC Cream comes out grey and when you blend it in to the skin the micro pigments activate and the colour adapts to your skin tone delivering a lovely, light and glowy coverage that really enhances the overall look of your complexion. Pumped with Hyaluronic Acid, SPF 10 and a formula that leaves the skin moisturised, but comfortably so, I’ve been using this as the last step in my morning skincare routine, straight after serum.

I absolutely love the finish. On good skin days I would use this alone and if I needed more coverage it would make the perfect primer for foundation and I’d need only the lightest touch to thoroughly perfect the appearance of my skin. And all the while Estee Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme anti-ageing ingredients are doing their work!

It is an instant hit with me. I love the look and the feel is so nice – really comforting, hydrating and plumping – with all the skincare benefits I could possibly need.

The downside? The price. At £40 a tube it’s not exactly purse-friendly and I have to admit that I don’t think it’s going to last me long either.

A CC love? Who’d have thought it.

Bobbi’s Killin’ It

This year Bobbi Brown is killing it with her eyeshadow palettes. I. Need. Them. All.

After having a swatch and try session today I’m happy to say that all shades stand up to Bobbi’s usual standards. Perfect.

Perhaps these are something to add to your christmas list?

Warm Eye PaletteLimited Edition – This palette has everything a girl needs to make her eyes stand out. Housed in this sleek compact is 4 matte shades, all of which deliver buildable, richly pigmented colour: Bone – an off white, Malted – a soft grey brown, Sable – a medium brown and Espresso – a dark chocolate brown. The other two shades in the palette are Champagne Quartz – a metallic eye shadow and Gold – a sparkle eye shadow, that both allow you to add a wash of shimmer to any look.
This palette would be top of my christmas list, it’s perfect for anyone who wants to create a range of warm and sultry eye looks. These silky matte, metallic and sparkle powder shadows are wearable and buildable in shades that deliver a range of subtle to sultry eye looks. Sweep the lightest shade from lashline to browbone. Next, dust any of the medium shades on the lower lid; if you choose to layer more than one shadow on the lower lid, start with a matte shadow then top with one of the sparkly or metallic shadows. Use the darkest shade to line eyes.

Warm Glow Eye PaletteLimited Edition – This gorgeous Eye Palette has everything you need to make eyes sparkle with rich, bronzy metallics, rose golds and deep browns. It comes in a gorgeous faux-croc case that you’ll love to pull out at parties. Ideal for the woman who wants to bring subtle, sultry Hollywood glamour to her look this Christmas with a range of confident, glam eye looks.

Hand-picked by Bobbi to flatter a wide range of skin tones, this palette is all you need for the Christmas party circuit. Palette includes matte shadows in Flesh – a warm pale cream, Beige – a warm beige, and Rich Caviar – a rich black brown; Metallic Eye Shadow in Golden Pink, Rose, Velvet Bronze and Golden Bronze; Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Bonfire and Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold.

Sweep the lightest shade from lashline to browbone. Next, dust any of the medium shades on the lower lid; if you choose to layer more than one shadow on the lower lid, start with a matte shadow.

Smokey Nudes Eye PaletteLimited Edition – The star of Bobbi’s Smokey Nudes Collection is this versatile eye shadow palette that creates smokey eye looks that work for both day and night — simply layer the shadows until you get the intensity you want. Featuring eight mix-and match shades in soft matte, sparkle and metallic finishes for looks that are subtle, yet sexy in all the right ways.

Just right for any woman who wants a wearable take on the smokey eye (from subtle to very sexy) — this palette is perfect for beginners as well as pros. This palette features shades that suit every skin tone, and these silky powder formulas create a natural look that’s buildable — all in limited edition mirror compact.

When layering the eye shadows featured in the Smokey Nudes Eye palette, start with a classic Bobbi eye — light allover shadow, medium lid shadow, dark liner and then layer Sparkle Eye Shadow on top.

Going Home – The Weekend Bag

My love of streamlining goes into overdrive when it comes to packing. I like to have all of my bits and pieces in one bag when I travel around so to keep things organised and neat. For this weekend’s trip, a jaunt down to my home town to visit my family, I think I’ve really nailed it with just ten products. So here’s one to bookmark for your next weekend away where you need to pack light – whether it be for space-saving reasons or just good clean fun…

A Light Coverage BaseBy Terry Sheer Expert – This natural and multi-corrective foundation adjusts and blends with the skin to reveal a perfect and natural complexion. Now this one is negotiable depending on what your weekend plans entail, but for a laid-back, night-out-free two or three day trip you can’t go wrong with this. It erases imperfections, combats shine, signs of aging and adapts automatically to all types of complexions. Best of all… it brightens the face for a visibly sublime glow.

A Cover All ConcealerNARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Blemishes? Done. Bags? Done. General annoying redness? Done.

A Cheek/Lip HybridNARS Multiple in Maui – A perky punch of colour to the cheeks and lips can be delivered by this handy stick which is creamy and long-lasting enough for both tasks in hand. Plus it can be applied with fingers. You see any brushes round here? No I think not…

A MascaraMax Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Brown– Any old mascara will do, but this is my favourite. Curl-holding, non-crumbling and length-giving. Plus, if brushed on lightly enough, this will easily double as a brow tamer!

A Smudgey Eyes ProductBy Terry’s Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection – Just in case you feel in the mood to ramp up your eye look somewhat then it’s always good to have some kind of brown creamy eye liner or shadow stick hanging around. Line, smudge, stick all over your lids. Sorted.

A Multi-Tasking OilCaudalie Divine Oil – Overnight treatment, all-rounder dry spot carer, in one handy little (most importantly) spill-free bottle.

A CleanserUna Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil – Infused with Vitamin C and nourishing Olive, Grapeseed and Rosehip oils, this highly soluble oil transforms itself, upon contact with water, into a light milky texture. Boosted with Rosemary oil, Vitamin E and soothing Cucumber oil it gently dissolves face and eye make-up and removes daily impurities. Perfect.

An AM/PM MoisturiserClinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion – Finding a moisturiser that’s rich enough for evenings (if you’re not feeling an oil), but light enough for a base layer during the day is a toughie, but this one is just right.

A Hair Do-It-AllOribe Dry Texturising Spray – A mattifier, holder, volumiser and all-round hair sexifier in one packable spritzer. I never travel without this.

A PerfumeDiptyque Vetyverio – The freshest perfume I own, a quick spritz and you’re done.

Add in some cotton pads and buds, a toothbrush, toothpaste, eyelash curler deodorant and you’re good to go. Oh and I’ve taken for granted the fact that where you’re visiting will have all the shower supplies you need on offer – shower gel, shampoo, conditioner. Ok, so maybe I cheated a little. But still the bulk of your beauty bag is set in just ten moves, not bad, huh?

Monday Pamper Session

Monday’s are always a struggle. It doesn’t matter whether you love your job, waking up and getting motivated on a monday morning is hard. To make things a little easier, I like to indulge in a monday papering session, and for this I like to call on the Laura Mercier duo in my collection to help scrub and smooth away those monday blues…

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Body Scrub – Enjoy polished and glowing skin by massaging your body with this Fresh Fig Scrub. Natural fig seeds gently exfoliate your skin while releasing the sweet, intoxicating fragrance. Breathe in the indulgent essence of fresh Celeste figs blended with dewy apricot nectar and sensuous ylang-ylang and feel invigorated in skin that is baby soft to the touch.

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Scrub is a polishing scrub made with jojoba beads and fig seeds to gently remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. Sweet almond and rice proteins, along with vitamin B5, provide moisture balance while shea butter and honey naturally condition and protect your complexion. I am in love with the creamy texture of this pampering scrub that not only clarifies and tones your skin, but also leaves your entire body feeling luxuriously soft and silky.

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Soufflé Body Crème – This silky smooth cream enriches your skin with the delicious scent of fresh figs. Active ingredients instantly nourish and soften without feeling heavy or greasy.

Ultra-rich yet heavenly-light, Laura Mercier’s Fresh Fig Soufflé Body Crème penetrates the skin with much-deserved vitamin A, C and E derivatives. Grape seed, macadamia nut and rice bran oil condition, while fig extract and honey sooth. Sweet almond and rice proteins combine with Pro-Vitamin B-5 to provide moisture, balance and protection – perfect for adding a bit of luxury to an otherwise dull monday.

Have you tried anything from the Laura Mercier bath and body range?

Autumn Outfit Edit – Sunday

The Autumn Edit concludes with outfit 7 – A cosy sunday outfit fit for chilling in bed with a film and a hot chocolate – a perfect way to spend a crisp autumnal day.

COS Striped Pyjama Top and COS Striped Pyjama Trousers – Nothing beats a cos pair of matching pyjamas, and this set from COS is just perfect. The lovely striped pattern is clean and pyjama chic. You wont mind if you have unexpected visitors and you’re snuggled up in these!

Zara Cashmere Sweater – Pair the pyjamas with this cashmere jumper from Zara and you’re on to the worlds most comfiest day in outfit.

The White Company Cashmere Bed Socks – These are not strictly necessary, but they’re nice, soft, cosy and warm. And that’s all the justification I need.

John Lewis Fur Throw – Wrap up in this cosy throw and you’ll be off to the land of nod in no time. It’s the snuggliest, softest blanket known to man and I just love it.

Diptyque Ambre Candle – Now this day wouldn’t be complete without a nice autumnal scented candle burning away in the background. Pop this on, sit back and soak up the scent you’ll be uber relaxed in no time.

I hope you enjoyed my Autumn fashion edit. Perhaps a Winter one could be rustled up next month?

Laura Recommends an Outfit for Autumn…

Yesterday I gave you a rummage through Laura’s Autumn makeup bag – today I’m giving you a peek into Laura’s closet… she’s fashion forward, glamour and sophistication rolled into one. So I quizzed her on what makes the cut for her ultimate Autumn outfit…
“When Autumn rolls around I like to opt for warm burnished toned clothes, like this stunning Bloomsbury Floral Print Midi Dress from Topshop – it’s the perfect mix of autumnal colours as well as having a timeless shape and style. I love how versatile this dress is – it can be layered or worn alone and looks stunning! I wear it with black tights for an autumnal day out or with black courts for a meal with friends!

For a nice day out outfit, I’ll pair this dress with my Luxe Boxy Cut Faux Fur Gilet from Topshop – Gilets are perfect for autumn weather when it’s not quite cold enough for a winter coat, but the best thing about this is that it can be worn casual or smart! Khaki is one of my favourite autumnal colours and looks great with browns and oranges! A perfect accessory for a cold day.

When it comes to autumn, footwear is always a tricky choice, but I think i’ve finally found a perfect pair of winter boots! These Margot Leather Tan Chelsea Boots from Topshop are both stylish and comfortable – the chelsea boot never seems to go out of style and the brown leather really compliments the oranges and reds in the midi dress. The best thing about these is that the small heel adds a little extra length to the legs, whilst not detracting from the detail of the dress.

To tie the whole outfit together I love to accessorise with my big Slouchy Holdall Bag from Topshop (can you sense the theme!) – this large fold over bag is the perfect size to keep all of my stuff in that I need day to day. I love the small gold detailing and the detachable strap, practical but fashionable!”

Hopefully I’ll manage to persuade Laura to get involved on the blog again sometime soon!