Monday, 30 September 2013

M&S Autumn/Winter 13 collection...

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

M&S is a quintessential British brand. From great food to clothing, it has been at the heart of family life for generations.

Their most recent campaign is a nod to both talented and inspirational British leading ladies. Shot by Annie Leibowitz (one of my favourite photographers as it happens), this campaign features the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Ellie Goulding (one of my ultimate style icons as well as one of my favourite musicians), Katie Piper and Grace Coddington to name a few. In the campaign, the ladies are wearing some of their favourite pieces from Per Una, Autograph, M&S collection and the Limited Edition collection.

Recently, I was invited to attend a launch for their A/W 13 collection in Aberdeen. This was not only a chance to see the new collections but also to see part of M&S' refocus on clothing.

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

After officially launching the collection with a ribbon cutting ceremony,shoppers in-store were treated to style sessions highlighting the latest trends which provided much inspiration. In addition to the style sessions, shoppers also had personal shoppers to tailor their every need.

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13
(I couldn't find prices for these on the website!)

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

Marks & Spencer, M&S, British leading ladies, AW13

What strikes me most about the A/W 13 collection is how beautiful the pieces are. I am going to put my hands up and admit that I would have never thought about going into M&S previously for clothing. However, after being shown around store and being shown key pieces for A/W 13, I must say my view has very much changed. I fell in love with so many pieces when I was there and to be honest, I think I will be picking some up fairly soon.

Have you popped into M&S to view the A/W 13 collection?

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Keeping my hair blonde...

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Range

Having blonde hair is no easy feat and it goes without saying that keeping my hair blonde is always on my mind.

Recently, I was kindly sent both a shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda from their sheer blonde range to review.

As many blondes will know, keeping blonde hair blonde is a mission and there is nothing worse than watching your colour fade a few days later after walking out of the hairdressers. Both of these products are designed to preserve colour for longer leaving your hair feeling and looking fabulous.

Overall, I really enjoyed using these products. Generally I wash my hair every 2nd day and with that amount of washing, I find that my colour can fade quite quickly. Since I have been using these products, I have found that the speed at which my colour fades has been reduced. I have also found that my hair is left feeling really soft and shiny afterwards and still even looks great on the 2nd day.

Click here to learn more about the John Frieda Sheer Blonde range

Did you know John Frieda also have YouTube ?

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Mulberry SS 14

Mulberry SS14
Mulberry SS14
Mulberry SS14
Mulberry is known to take its influence from the English Countryside for its collections. This time the SS14 collection continues the same theme with a twist on English Heritage and opts for a pale palette littered with a romantic floral print throughout.

The pieces in the SS14 collection show the same sense of craftsmanship that we have become accustomed to over previous seasons. There are structured pieces, dresses and two piece sets to mention a few. There is enough selection present for even the pickiest of fashionistas to choose from.

As well as clothes, Mulberry also debuted some new accessories in the show such as the Kensal Shoulder bag as well as updates on classics such as the Willow and the Bayswater. All of these debuts provided much ooohing and aaahing in the fashion world with many people adding one to their mental wish list. Personally I love the Kensal Shoulder Bag. 

No Mulberry show is complete without a dog and this season was no exception. This time that honour was bestowed upon a  British bulldog named Turbo. Not unlike when the accessories were unveiled, Turbo also attracted a huge amount of comments (especially on twitter!)

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Holly Fulton S/S 14

Holly Fulton SS 14
Holly Fulton SS 14
Holly Fulton SS 14

Holly Fulton has always been among my favourite designers. Season after season she delivers exquisite collections which not only show her passion for design but also show her love for geometric shapes.

The S/S 14 collection is no exception. Full of pastels and prints, this collection has an almost vintage vibe to it. The colours complement each other perfectly in a way that is effortlessly refreshing. Her pieces are also a great combination of structured, oversized and fitted pieces.

True to Holly's form, there is also strong emphasis on geometric shapes whether in cut-out or printed form. In particular, there is a fan shape which is prominent throughout the entire collection both on clothing and on accessories.

All in all, I thought that this was a fabulous collection with a great colour palette as well as some serious print love.

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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sirius Sonic Skincare System

In the past year or so, I have become much less about my make-up and much more about what lies beneath - my skin. Perfecting a skin routine is no easy feat as there is a lot to consider.

One of the items which I have seen cropping up in routines from time to time are skincare systems such as this one which I was kindly sent to review by Sirius.

Sirius Sonic Skincare System
Sirius Sonic Skincare System £65 *

The Sirius Sonic Skincare System is a lightweight,vibrating handset which comes with 5 detachable heads. These are: a normal brush, a sensitive brush, a hydration brush, an exfoliation brush and finally a toning brush.

Overall, I have found that this system is really easy to use. The heads detach easily enough to swap over when required. The cradle is a useful addition too as it gives you somewhere to store it after use. Furthermore, this handset is waterproof which makes it great to use in the shower without worrying about it getting wet.

I have been using this a few times a week in the shower as part of my daily skincare routine. I did find that I was prone to a few breakouts with this (which is perfectly normal to begin with). However, the feeling on my skin afterwards completely makes the breakouts worthwhile. Overtime I did notice that my skin was looking much better and brighter.

Would I recommend this item? Definitely!

Sirius Sonic Skincare System is exclusive to Boots and retails for £65
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

August Favourites

Is it really September already? It seems like the summer has gone quicker than Usain Bolt running 100 metres.

Anyway, as its now September, I thought I would share with you my August Favourites. These include some new ones as well as an old faithful.

Q The Fine Fragrance Body Spray:
This item was first brought to my attention through Glossy Box. Yes, it is a body spray and generally a not too exciting product. However, this product is like an upper class body spray (if that is at all possible). The fragrance is incredible and smells very feminine. This particular one is Q Balance and is described as 'a floral harmony of Iris and Mimosa. Romantic, soft and sensuous.'

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:
Setting sprays are a fairly recent item into my daily routine. It was something I had never really considered using much before. Previously I was using one from ELF Cosmetics and while it was ok, I was keen to try others once it ran out. After attending an Urban Decay event, I had my heart set on trying this one as I had heard many good things about it. I purchased the smaller version (30ml) as I thought that it would be the perfect size for testing it out. I have been using this since I purchased it and I have to say I am impressed with it. Having purchased the smaller size, I have found that it is the perfect travel companion.

Topshop Cream Blush in Morning Dew:
Topshop blushers are by far my favourite cream blushers. They are easily blend-able and they come in a variety of shades. The shade Morning Dew is a gorgeous pink which appears bright in the pan. However, once applied it transforms to a gorgeous pink across your cheeks. A little word of warning: a tiny bit goes a long way!

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette:
Ah, the infamous Naked Eyeshadow Palette range. I must admit, I am up there with the people who rave about these palettes. Having purchased the Naked 2 palette and completely falling in love with it, I was extremely interested when they launched the Naked Basics Palette. For those that have been hiding under a rock (where have you been?), the Naked Basics Palette is a set of 6 neutral eyeshadows. However,unlike the Naked palettes where there is a lot of shimmery shades, the basic palette is completely matte. This is a great everyday palette which I have been using a lot and conveniently it fits in the palm of my hand.

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara:
As someone who has never really 'got' fake eyelashes ie they don't like me, I am always trying to find ways to make my lashes look lengthy.  I have tried many different mascaras with some working better than others. As someone who has tried Soap & Glory make-up before, I was keen to see what this mascara would do.
As it turns out, this mascara is superb at providing longer looking lashes as well as volume. No wonder it has sneaked its way into my August favourites.

Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Balm:
This is my 3rd and final Urban Decay product this month - I promise!This is another product which I saw at the Urban Decay event and fell in love with. It is classed as a Beauty Balm, however I use it as a primer which it is great for. Again, like the Topshop Blushers, a little goes a long way.

L'oreal Shampoo (Mango) & Conditioner (Strawberry):
Let's get one thing straight: being in my twenties, I am in no way a child. However, after reading something online about how children's shampoos & conditioners are less harsh than others, I thought that perhaps there was a chance that eventually I wouldn't have to wash my hair as much as I currently do by using these. At the present time, the jury is still out on whether its working or not but fingers crossed I will be able to squeeze another day before washing it (Yes, my long hair is a hassle to wash). If not, then at least my hair will smell lovely as they smell good enough to eat.

What have you been loving in August?

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Chinese Hamsters

Chinese Hamster Darwin

Today I am going to talk about something slightly different. Hamsters. Chinese Hamsters to be precise.
As you may or may not know, I have a lovely Chinese Hamster named Darwin. He is 3.5 years old and he has been a part of my life since he was a tiny baby.

Recently I have been noticing more and more Chinese Hamsters up for adoption - either on the SSPCA website (Scottish version of RSPCA) or in the re-homing section of Pets at Home. To see these lovely animals there breaks my heart. Personally, if I had the time and  the space, I would gladly re-home as many as possible, but sadly I do not (both Darwin & my Syrian, Mr Fluffles, keep me busy!).

To me, Chinese Hamsters make a wonderful addition to your family. They are intelligent and entertaining, but also extremely loving. Over time, they can become tame and trusting.However, I would say that they are more than likely best suited to a home without children as they can be quite shy. I know that if I make a loud noise in my flat, Darwin will run away and hide and I would imagine in a house with children, it would be quite noisy for a hamster.

Chinese Hamster Darwin

I have always kept Darwin on his own as after doing months and months of research prior to getting him, I discovered that they are solitary animals and will more or less hurt anything else in with them. I do know that a certain pet store will tell you that they are sociable with other hamsters, sadly they are not.

I feed both my boys my own mixture of hamster food. This includes normal hamster food with added extras. The things I add can include porridge oats, budgie seeds and seed mixes. As Chinese Hamsters are prone to diabetes, I limit sugary, pet shop bought treats to a strict minimum. To be perfectly honest, Darwin doesn't usually like these and much prefers the sunflower seeds I offer him or a millet stick on which he can pull off himself over sugary pet shop treats.

Chinese Hamster Darwin

When people think of hamster playtime, the first things that spring to mind tend to be either a wheel or a ball. Darwin doesn't like either. He has a flying saucer which he adores and will spend hours running on it. Instead of a ball, he has a playpen. This is simply a large plastic tub in which I will put lots of toys in it for him to play with. This can include egg boxes, tubes or a wooden barrel with holes in. I will also hide bits of food around the playpen for him to find.

Chinese Hamster Darwin

The things I love about Darwin:

He has learnt the noise of the sunflower seed tub opening and will wake up for treats.
He loves a good sand bath.
He is happy to snuggle up either in my sleeve or my hood for a cuddle.
He enjoys being in front of the camera and is quite capable of working a pose or two.
He doesn't like alfalfa bits and will quite happily put them to one side.
He enjoys building a fort type thing in his home.
He pouches sunflower seeds like they are going out of fashion.
He has the ability to melt people's hearts when they meet him. Considering my Mum was not a fan of dwarf hamsters before she met him, she now absolutely adores him and even has a nickname for him - DD!

Chinese Hamster Darwin

Chinese Hamster Darwin

I hope you enjoyed reading this different post. If you require any more information then Hamster Central is such an amazing resource for all Hamster related things. They have some really knowledgeable people on their forum which covers all breeds of hamster. Alternatively, if you have questions then leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them :).

Oh, I believe Darwin would like to give you all something for reading his post:

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Monday, 2 September 2013


Ducks at Dobbies//Missing Spacebar//Extreme Swatching//McMoos//Cup Party//
Listening to Music//Mr Fluffles//Floral Combo//My favourite snack//Strawberry Tart//
Goat//Barney//Feasting McMoo//My desk//Eggs for sale//
Dad & the giant cabbage//My new camera//Morning//McMoo//New buys

I'm going to start off by saying that I am sorry not sorry for the sheer volume of animal photos above. This is what happens when you leave the big city and head off into the unknown in the countryside. I'm also surprised about the lack of dinner photos there is as usually most of what appears on my instagram is food.

I can safely say that now I am back in the city, normal foodie photos will resume :)

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