My ‘surf holiday’ essentials

On a whim I booked a holiday to go surfing in Portugal which is approaching imminently. As pay-day cometh very soon (the only day of the month where I raise my hands to the sun in quavering praise akin to Rafiki with a lion cub) I thought you all might like to know what is on my shopping list:

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1) Serena 50s Palm Tree Dress – currently on offer in Fat Face and perfect for those casual nights out in the summer sunshine
2) A good book – I’ve been recommended The Book Thief (helpfully) and Dr Seuss Green Eggs & Ham (unhelpfully) … any suggestions appreciated (!)
3) Topshop earrings – Love the colour pop of these earrings which will set off a tan perfectly
4) Relaxed prints – Adore this entire look… from Urban Outfitters
5) Cute, flat sandals – Like these ones from Nine West
6) A slogan tee – LOVE this from FCUK… makes me feel ‘naughty-cal’

Are you getting paid soon, or perhaps going on holiday? What are you planning on spending?

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French Connection Spring/Summer 2012

Just a super quick post to share with you all the looks currently bouncing around at one of my fave high street stores – French Connection.

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I adore French Connection – I wear and continue to wear every item I’ve bought there. Alongside GAP, Vero Moda and Warehouse, I think it makes up the ‘brand identity’ of my wardrobe. I opt for simplicity, subtle pattern, fun colours, cut and comfort above high-end fashion.

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Spring and Summer are what French Connection do best in my opinion. The combination of happy colours and figure-friendly cuts mean this blogger is chuffed with every purchase. We’re not just thinking of cost here – I know FCUK products are often a little out of the price-range of most students and first jobbers, but I promise you – save up for a couple of key pieces and you’ll see their value in cost per wear. I’m still wearing a £70 dress that I bought over 5 years ago. 5 years! – and I swear I wear it at least twice a month.

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You can see three distinct trends here – monochrome, which comes into it’s own every Spring as us working folk rush to replace our warm-weather work wardrobe. Then a cute, playful look with warm colours, and a more directional, sport-luxe inspired set with cooler colours. A note here – avoid recreating sports luxe with cheaper brands, especially in these colours. It can veer into cheapness, so I’d always recommend a premium brand like FCUK.

Have you got your eye on a high-street store with fashion forward style? Perhaps you’d like me to do a feature? Let me know in the comments!

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Lisa Shepherd event & reader offer

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When the lovely Hayley from London Beauty Queen emailed me to let me know about a beauty event that she could no longer attend, I was overjoyed to discover that she wanted myself and Tamsin from Little Glitter to go in her place!

We rocked up to the newly opened Lisa Shepherd salon near Oxford Circus. I’ve popped some photos up of the simply awesome interior. I really love the fact that the salon pops with colour. For too long hair establishments have stuck to the same-old black ‘n’ chintz look that is so outdated – I really like the zing of the yellows, reds and lighting.

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The Lisa Shepherd salon is run by the simply lovely Jason Cocking, who I’ve popped a little photo of on the left. A very talented chap who has styled the hair of Cat Deeley, Nigella Lawson and the Olsen twins (there were little squeals of delight in the room when this fact was revealed!)

Jason gave us a little insight into the ‘mane menu’ offered at the London salon – a trend-led set of services that show off the skills of the hairdressers and really help you to look your best and most fashion forward!

One of the things Jason talked about was the ever popular dip-dye, and the more modern take on it that Lisa Shepherd offer. Instead of a block, one-size fits all approach, they take into account your face shape, hair type and skin colour and create the dip-dye of your dreams!

Jason was absolutely lovely, and you could tell that he was ever so passionate about hairdressing. It was really lovely to see and I thought he was a sweetheart! I can honestly say that I have no doubt that he will be winning London hairdresser of the year very soon.

I plumped for a very perfect finish, which was a cut and style and a little helping hand from one of the experienced hairdressers in the salon. My lovely lady (who I’ve forgotten the name of, which is really annoying as I want to grab her the next time I visit) took one look at my hair and said that I didn’t need to get the back cut, but just a little shaping at the front. I believe this is the mark of a good hair dresser – most see my hair and just want to whip the scissors out, but she understood that I was growing mine, and just needed a little more volume. With a snippety snip of the scissors and some styling (using a product I’m going to review later!) my hair was turned from dull to darling!

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A very happy face because I got my hair ‘did’ at Lisa Shepherd!

Bingo! Here I am! You can see the shaping she created in the front and the volume. I really loved what she had done and I was ever so happy with it!

She suggested that I should try a dip dye and I have to say I am tempted! Maybe I shall be visiting next pay day, and I’ll share the results if I do!

NOW – The lovely people at Lisa Shepherd have allowed me to share a fantastic offer with you all! If you call to make an appointment and quote my old blog name Tigerlily Blog, you will recieve 25% off any treatment and a complimentary shampoo & conditioner! I’d seriously recommend paying them a visit – this is a great offer and I honestly can say they really take into account *you* as a person, rather than treating you like an object. This is something I’ve yet to find in another London salon!

Will you be visiting the Lisa Shepherd salon in London? Perhaps you’d like to try a dip-dye! Do let me know if you go!

 

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The Style Me Vintage guide

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I was very kindly sent the above fabulous book by Naomi Thompson herself to give an independent and honest review so you all know whether it is worth buying.

Firstly – I love this book. It is simply beautiful, making for a gorgeous addition to your coffee table or bookshelf. The attention to detail is fabulous, from the cut-out, shabby chic strip add ons and buttons to the inner folds which have beautiful patterns. I was already drooling before I started to read!

Now if you are an old-time reader you may remember (and chuckle) at my stylish faux pas at a vintage store many moons ago. So this foolproof guide is something of a bible for me. With an easy to follow and informative section on each decade, Naomi helps us to identify ‘real’ vintage by zips, patterns and cuts. There is no preachiness and her tone is simply lovely – unlike many vintage-hounds I’ve met, I don’t feel a plum despite not knowing what a ‘peplum’ is.

The other bit which is great about this book is that Naomi recognises that certain eras worshipped certain body shapes. I’ve learnt that my go-to 60s/20s look isn’t the best for my figure, and I should instead look at 50s and 70s clothing. This was a real revelation for me and I definitely feel equipped for whatever those musty shelves throw at me!

In short, this was a delightful read, and thoughtful too – she has a real talent for writing and it shows. If vintage baffles you, I highly recommend this book as it takes your hand carefully and you feel very educated by the end of it! Would I buy it personally – yes! And I’ve already bought it as a present for a friend!
You can buy the Style Me Vintage guide to clothes by Naomi Thompson by clicking here.

What’s your top vintage tip?

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Vero Moda Press Day

A couple of lovely pictures to whet your appetite about some outfit posts that I’m planning (and just because I love photos of clothes!) Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to see the beautiful Vero Moda collections at Bestseller by the lovely Charlotte.
I’ve always been a fan of Vero Moda clothes – they won’t break the bank yet they are fashionable (but not fashion victim) and the cuts are really good for girls with a bust and bottom like myself!

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A little summer capsule collection – so beaut!
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Let me dive right in!
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Selected Femme clothes – so beautiful! Great for the discerning woman and appearing in Mary Portas shops soon!
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My personal fave – the Vero Moda collections
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The special designer section of Vero Moda – so fashion forward

I was given a couple of pieces of GORGEOUS Vero Moda lovely lovely stuff – and am planning a little photo shoot somewhere pretty so you can see how beautiful the clothes are! But for the moment, I’ll leave you with the below…

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Racks and racks of beautiful clothes! Personal nirvana!
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