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I’m in LOVE with my new Collectif dresses

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A month or so ago I saw on Facebook that Collectif was doing a 50% sale… as you can guess lots of girl squeaks happened. I was devastated to find out that it went live when I was on a research day for work so would be in bookshops instead of at my desk! Thankfully with the help of 3G I managed to get my hands on a couple of fantastic dresses!

The fabulous Georgina HorneI’ve  known of Collectif for a while as they have a great shop in the Camden market but I was always a little hesitant because I’ve found that, with some modern vintage clothes,  “plus sizes” don’t always go together well – add in the fact that I’m so tall the waists of most dresses sit under my bust –  it’s never a good look!  It wasn’t until I saw the gorgeous Georgina Horne‘s facebook page filled with photos of her in all her dresses she’s got from there (and this most recent blog post on Fuller Figure Fuller Bust  about how Collectif have taken over her wardrobe) that I decided to take advantage of the discount and add to my ever-expanding wardrobe!

The first dress I bought was already in the sale but as it’s named after one of my favourite characters I had to buy the Rizzo Dress!

Packed with style and sass, just like the lady we named this dress after, the Rizzo is a fitted pencil dress with twist detailing to the bust. Available in Green, Lilac, Red, and Plain Black, this style is full of 1950s charm, with cute ¾ sleeves, turned up and buttoned to perfection!

Rizzo Dress green

The next dress was the Sarong Blue Hibiscus Dress. I had to buy it as I love the cut, pattern and the baboo detailing – so basically everything!!!

Tiki is definitely in, and look, it’s summer again! What a perfect combination! Embody Hawaiian inspired glamour in our Sarong Dress, now available in our fantastic Blue Hibiscus print! This flattering wrap design is completed by a belt to cinch in the waist and lovely gathered detail to the front. Essential for hot summer nights!

Sarong Dress Blue Hibiscus

I’m building up to purchasing one of their circle skirt dresses but for now I’m more than happy to have these two in my wardrobe! The fit is fantastic on both and the skirt length is still a good length on me stopping just above the knee! Can’t wait to wear them somewhere soon!

I managed to finally grab The Boy to get him to take a couple of photos of me in these beauties! Bear in mind that this was after a day long of dancing so my hair is scraped back but I still love these photos! (will explain more about the dancing in the next post!)

Green Dress tiki dress

 

I’m already looking to see what can be the next addition… bye-bye next month’s pay check!

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Glossybox July Review

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Glossybox July Review

Glossybox’s summer spectacular box got delivered last week wasn’t its most impressive for me. Yes the box was pretty being all blue and beachy and yes it was a nice surprise to get some Green & Blacks mini chocolate bar but none of the products where particularly useful

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Alterna -Bamboo Style Boho Waves Texture Mist

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Get tousled, “just-back-from-the-beach” waves with this weightless mist. Adds texture, volume and healthy shine to all hair types.

Now it doesn’t feel that long ago since I was sent one of these Sea Sprays and I wasn’t really a fan then. I have wavy/curly hair and adding this too it always makes it feel a little bit crispy. Though thinking about it… it may help with move of the vintage styles I’ve been trying out? It’s a nice sample size … just need to find a use for it.

Pukka Ayurveda -Radiance Serum

pukka_serum_800x800_2A wonder serum that will leave your skin feeling fresh and bright, gently fragranced with sandalwood. Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Aloe vera and manuka honey to soothe and refresh. Gotu kola and lemon balm to tone and brighten the complexion.

This is a nice product – not something I would buy for myself but with the london tube smog my skin can always do with a bit of brightening!

COOLA – Mineral Face Tint SPF 20 Rose Essence

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Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, a tinted, light Rose scented, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients.

Another tinted moistrizer. It’s light on the skin and protects from the sun but getting bored with them now!

Ciate – Paint Pots Pocket Money

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Ciaté use a combination of professional and lovingly chosen high performance formulas. Our beautiful and sophisticated packaging encourages an incredibly artistic and effortless nail painting experience. The long handle provides you the best strokes every time. With a dense 250 bristle flat brush, you are guaranteed a flawless even finish. The bottle has been ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand for maximum control. The formula is amazingly pigmented, long-lasting and available in a range of finishes whilst formulated to be easy to apply. And finally, the iconic satin bow as the finishing touch which crowns each polish.

Really pretty full size bottle of polish… shame about the bleh colour! Come on Glossybox whats with all the nude colours? If I’m going to paint my nails why would I want o one to notice!?

Anatomicals – Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz

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For normal, dry and sensitive skin. This facial spritz with calming lavender and refreshing peppermint extracts, helps to rehydrate and calm skin. Wonderful every day, during flights, at the beach, in the city or in the office

This is the only useful and properly useful in the summer product I received! large-sized sample, smells fantastic and will be a life saver on holiday next week! Doesn’t smudge my make-up about and is really refreshing! Perfect!

Over all not one of the best. Nice enough products but feels like I’ve had most of them before! I would have loved to try the coconut dry shampoo or the nail raps or the face oils – shame! Let hope they pull it back in the next months box.

GlossyBox June Review

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GlossyBox June Review

So this review has taken a while to go up partially because I’ve been at Download but partially because Glossybox didn’t send me one of my products so had to wait for them to send me a replacement!

June's Box

 

This is Glossybox’s summer box which was perfectly timed for Download and my up coming holiday! 4 miniatures perfect for my overfull backpack and 2 full-sized products – another pretty fab box.

MONU – Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 15

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Soft focus technology helps to blur imperfections and to correct skin tone. We use Zinc Oxide to provide a physical barrier against the sun’s harmful rays. This provides broad spectrum UV protection with good UVA to UVB ratio. Includes Vitamin E, an antioxidant, to fight free radicals. The best way to stop your face from ageing is to protect it from the sun.
This was unbelievably useful at the festival. The 30ml bottle was perfect for squeezing into my overfull backpack and with the SPF 15 in it when the sun did finally come out it saved my stupidly pale face! Smells nice too!

FIGS & ROUGE- Cherry Blossom

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100% Natural Tinted Lip balms in Soft Cherry, Blush Pink & Shimmer shades.

I’m not a massive fan of lip gloss… a little bit too gloopy for me. This one smells lovely and is all shimmery. In small doses I think I could like this! This is a full-sized product but perfect for the handbag!

NUXE – Huile Prodigieuse® OR

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95.2% of the ingredients in this Shimmering Dry Oil are of natural origin, it is a unique combination of 30% precious plant oils and Vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften your face, body and hair in a single step. Your face and body are left feeling soft and silky. Your hair is supple, soft and shines with health. The sensual golden particles leave a subtle shimmer on your skin and enhance your every move.

This is the product I was missing which I think it could have been really useful for the festival but think it could work well in Italy to stop my hair getting fried! It’s come in a cute glass bottle, easy to fit in my suitcase!

PAUL MITCHELL- Ultimate Wave and Full Circle Leave-In Treatment

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Ultimate Wave™
Beachy Texture Cream-Gel
Secret weapon for creating sexy, tousled beach waves.
Forms, separates and adds loads of texture.
Humidity-resistant for perfectly imperfect frizz-free styles.

Full Circle Leave-In Treatment™
Frizz-Free Curl Therapy
Lightweight conditioning treatment won’t weigh hair down. Do-it-all formula hydrates, detangles and tames frizz. Replenishes thirsty locks and helps protect against damage.

These two little sample bottles are what I am most excited about. My hair and heat are not friends so I’m looking forward to taking these bad boys to Italy and actually having good hair whilst I’m there!

Q – Body Spray

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Q is a collection of lighter, high quality fine fragrance body sprays for wearing everyday.
The female range – Radiance, Balance and Awe – is a blend of fine fragrances and soft sense-active deodorant protection.
Sheer, floral top-notes delicately blossom on the skin evolving into deep warm, sensual base notes for confident all over body fragrance and freshness.

It’s a nice spray. For a full-sized product it will still fit nicely in my make-up bag. Doesn’t smell like Impulse which is always good!

Again a rather nice box! Roll on July’s goodies

Beautiful Shoes

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Beautiful Shoes

The other week I had the awesome opportunity of being able to visit the Design Museum’s Christian Louboutin exhibition after attending a talk there – Heaven!

As the museum was shut for the talk the exhibition was nearly empty which gave the exhibition a beautiful eery quality! It was so lovely not the have to push through crowds and take my time!

 The Design Museum presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career showcasing twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Be taken on a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.

The Design Museum had out done themselves with the exhibition!  The exhibition is arranged under the thinking that ‘every woman wants to be a show girl’. Part circus, part garden party with a huge red runway down the middle, what could be a better place to show over 200 pairs of Louboutin most outrageous shoes. The exhibitions space is designed by Household

Household, which specialises in retail, leisure and workspace projects, has previously designed the Christian Louboutin Apartment space in Selfridge’s shoe galleries, which opened last year in the London department store. It has also designed Louboutin outlets in Beirut and Paris.

Though Louboutin did have his reservations about the exhibition…

From the press conference podium Louboutin explains that one of the difficulties of the exhibition was that the shoes were necessarily seen as objects rather than being viewed worn. “When I am designing it starts from a sketch but is never complete until the moment of seeing it on someone’s foot,” he says.

Christian Louboutin at Museum of Design in London (HD)

The Design Museum have a strict no photo policy (boo) but I found this fab video above which shows off the fantastically theoretical exhibition with it’s arched entrance,  neon “Entrée” sign, the black swagged curtains, the red velvet sofas, a carousel display and the mirrored plinths surrounded by bare bulbs, which resemble backstage vanity desks, the cabaret look is hard to miss.
Split into sections showing his different stages of his career from his inspirations to his internship as an assistant at the Folies Bergère (where he sketched shoes for the dancers in his spare time) to when he turned his hand to garden design and to his custom work with specialist artisans. They also hold his collection he did in for the Fetish exhibition in Paris in 2007 showing photography by David Lynch.

The models where apparently picked from the Crazy Horse dance troupe because of the arches of their feet! These shoes where amazing… more art than shoes.

The pièce de résistance of the show does have to be the hologram at the top of the runway of one of Louboutin’s clients Dita Von Tease.

The hologram shows Von Teese’s famous hourglass figure appears from an oversized Louboutin shoe into a dancer, before changing back once more into a large stiletto.

Making of the Show Girl

The exhibition stops on the 9th of July so if you haven’t been already make sure you get over to gaze in awe of at all the sparkles, feathers, spikes, pom-poms, googly eyes, fur and even mackerel and sardine cans with their beautiful red soles.