Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Treats

Easter is more than just a long weekend off from the day job. Religious leanings aside, it is for me the true beginning of Spring. A time to buy flowers, a time when it is positively encouraged to eat copious amounts of chocolate, not to mention delicious Hot Cross Buns.

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Also, it is a time to treat oneself to sweet accessories. In this case, a beautiful porcelain and gold filled necklace from Let It Reign. You may remember a couple of previous posts here and here, showcasing some of their beautiful pieces, I absolutely adore this well curated site. This time, I received a bird necklace* from brand Me, Me, Me. Created by Jade Gallup, using fine quality porcelain and made with love from her East London studio. There are also necklaces available in Bunny and Owl designs too. So pretty and simple, I've been wearing mine stacked up with other delicate gold necklaces. Definitely worth checking out, the site has recently had a bit of a makeover plus they have changed their international shipping prices so instead of offering a flat rate for every order no matter how big or small, they now arrange international delivery on an individual basis so oversees customers can contact them with order details and they will find the most competitive and affordable postage they can.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Matchy Matchy

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These 'Matching Sets' have flooded the high street lately and I am seeing them in so many of the shops I frequent. I originally saw a navy print top and trouser combo when I was in Amsterdam but ended up buying this set in London the other week instead. So far I have only worn it once and may well end up wearing them as separates more than a set but I love the print and see myself getting a lot of wear out of them. With such a vibrant and striking print, I like to keep my accessories simple. In this case my most favourite pair of flat shoes. I bought two pairs of these as I knew I would wear them to death. They have quite a sixties vibe to them, with their flat and pointed style in a dressy patent leather.

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Zara Top & Skirt
Hermes Bracelet
Dior Rings
Konomo Watch via Top Shop
Tom Ford Lipstick in Wild Ginger
Chanel Nail Polish in Holiday


Designer Highlight: Anna Popovich

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As soon as I received a couple of mail-shot emails from luxury women's wear brand Anna Popovich, I knew I had to share them here. The clothes are everything I would love to be wearing this Spring / Summer. The photography and styling with the use of such vibrant colours and amazing choice of model, is so to my taste. Not to mention the make-up, can we just take a moment to admire this amazingly made up face. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tarte Has Arrived

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Last weekend I received a very exciting package through the post. The beauty brand I have been admiring from afar for so long finally landed on UK soil a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of QVC. My trip to NewYork last year also had me oohing and ahhing at the the beautifully packaged tarte cosmetics line, although in the end I didn't end up purchasing anything, as I couldn't make my mind up on exactly what to buy and my basket was already rather full by that point anyway. As luck would have it I was sent an amazing stash of goodies that you can see in these pictures today. I have another couple of posts lined up on the tarte range I was sent, including my personal favourites. For now, I just want to show you some of the products that are available.

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Amazonian Butter Lipsticks in Soft Coral, Golden Pink and Rose.

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Lip Surgence Lip Creme in Wonder, Thoughtful, Promise and Precious.

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Pure Maracuja Oil; Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer in Light and Fair; Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Balancing Foundation in Light; Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Flush.

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A range of brushes - concealer, foundation, foundation and eyebrow.

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Also missing a detailed picture, Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment.

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Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Black, Bronze and Plum. Each pot comes with one of these brushes.

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Waterproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Rich Brown, Medium Brown and Taupe. 

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I think you'll agree as well as the products themselves being rather dreamy, the packaging is to die for. This is one beauty line I will be happy to have proudly displayed on my dressing table.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

ilumi: Review (Part 2)

Finally, here is Part 2 of my ilumi post, a follow up to Part 1. Last time I showed you the amazing supply of meals I received from healthy food company, ilumi. Originally the plan was for me to stick to a one week meal plan as supplied by ilumi. But honestly, they supplied me with so much food it has lasted me so much longer than a week. And with a few holidays and trips away from home recently, I still haven't got through it all. There is not too much left now, but I thought it about time to show you some of the healthy meals I have been enjoying courtesy of ilumi.

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Breakfast - I was supplied with a box of Nairns Gluten-Free Porridge Oats. I am a huge fan already of porridge, although I have to say I like my oats thick and meaty (and not sloppy) which these definitely were. I enjoyed so many different fruit combinations with my porridge. The day I took the picture above, I sliced some strawberries and a banana along with some Agave Nectar and Flaxseed. I like to cook my porridge on the hob in this milk pan, using unsweetened almond milk and some freshly ground cinnamon. And a cup of steaming hot chai tea on the side.

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Snacks - I was also sent a box of Nairn's Gluten-Free Oat cakes which again can be eaten in so many ways, with so many toppings. Here I spread a thin layer of sugar-free Smooth Peanut Butter and a sprinkling of Flax Seed.

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Lunch - The lunch and dinner meals can be consumed at either time. This was a huge selection of vegetables with Aromatic Red Thai Curry Sauce and a packet of Yellow Basmati rice. This meal is so quick to prepare, only a minute in the microwave for the rice and a few minutes stir-fring the vegetables  with a packet of the sauce poured over and heated up. And so tasty and delicious, the sauce has so much flavour to it.

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Dinner - This meal was one of the complete ready meals, the Morroccan Style Tagine and I think was my favourite out of everything. I took one of these to work with me one day, as this range is so portable and easy to eat in the workplace. And two of my meat-loving friends could not take their eyes away from my lunch that day, commenting on how good it looked. Not bad for a vegetarian meal.

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Dinner - This meal was a packet of white long grain rice along with two Vegetarian Sausages (bought by me and not part of the range) cut up into pieces and a packet of Lentil Dahl poured over the top. The sausages were perhaps a strange extra for me to add in but I really had a fancy for them that evening and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. So filling too. 

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Dinner - This meal was a selection of stir-fryed vegetables again with a packets of the Tomato & Herb Sauce and Long Grain Rice. I think at a time when nutritionists and the media are constantly trying to instil in us how important it is to eat a regular supply of fruit and vegetables (no longer 5-a-day but 10!), having easy and healthy sauces and rice on hand to spruce up the vegetables is such a good idea.

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Dinner - And the final meal I have to show you was a Vegetarian Garlic & Herb Sausage (added in by me and not part of the range) in a packet of the Tomato & Herb Sauce and some Long Grain Rice.

So my overall opinion of ilumi meals? I was already sold on the concept from day one, healthy and nutritious meals delivered to my door? Yes please! What I also really enjoyed about them was having a constant supply of food in my home that I know I can reach for when I have little time to cook. The packets can be stored in a cupboard and have a very long expiry date on them. And yet when cooked, taste absolutely fresh. I wouldn't say I felt any healthier by eating them but that is probably more down to the fact that my diet is pretty healthy all of the time at the moment, so there was no great shock to my system. But I have thoroughly enjoyed trying out these products and would thoroughly recommend.