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beautyMake up Trend: Greige nails

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They’ve done it again and created a shade we are all scrambling to Selfridges to get our hands on.  Ever since we saw Lily Allen at the Chanel show back in Jan, I’ve been waiting for it’s release.  Tracking a bottle down now though is tougher than completing the countdown conundrum.


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February 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Make up trends: eyeliner

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A good slick of liquid eyeliner will always be on trend.  Keep it clean and light for spring by paring down the rest of your make up.  Full, lightly defined brows and a flush of peach blusher should do it.

I discovered Boots 17 liquid eyeliner only last week after a friend recommended it.  I always battle with my make-up sliding due to my skin still behaving like an adolescent – I am 29, so when I was told this eyeliner stayed firmly put until the next morning (should you forget to remove it after a heavy night out) I yelped with excitement.  And it does exactly that – long lasting and extra black for £3.99.  Brilliant.

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February 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I need it now: Ivory Slip Dress

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I’ve been after something like this for ages. So many trends in one piece; white, lace, sheer, lingerie slip.  Love the black zip.  Really toughens it up. Would look fabulous worn with some scruffy old ankle boots for day and sky high neutral wedges for after dark.

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February 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Spring Trend – Gingham

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Christopher Kane’s SS 10 Collection introduced us to the modern gingham. I love the candied baby blues and pastel pinks combined with the more wearable navy and beiges.

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I am starting to bring in small amounts of gingham into my accessories now with some ribbon casually tied into a low pony.  It should look like you’ve been rolling around in a the hay….maybe at a Chanel hoedown.

Ribbon £3.50 for  3 metres  from a selection at John Lewis.

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February 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

Perfect Plaits

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Wear extra long, a little mussed up and slung over one shoulder

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February 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

A Day in Double Denim

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It took some nerve. Yesterday, I spent the full day in Double Denim.  Gap denim shirt and Topshop dark skinny cropped jeans were chosen as an updated version of the original jacket and jeans combo.  And the reaction was divided to say the least.

First part of the day was to brave ‘Dress down Friday’ at work.  As predicted, I got a lot of  ‘Yee Ha Cowgirl’…. Original.  Other comments included; ‘unique’ (polite way to say weird?) and one colleague declared that this look was’ not for beginners’.  Maybe the brogues didn’t help, but this definitely felt quite a masculine look – and that from someone whom 20% of their wardrobe is menswear.

On deciding to venture out after work for a drink in my head to toe denim, I exchanged my black brogues for some tan loafers and threw on a blazer.  Comments during the evening were much kinder than those I had experienced so far.  Girls seemed to really like the denim shirt, so much so, three asked me where I had bought it from while I was retouching my mascara in the ladies.

Most were in agreement that while denim was well and truly back to stay, it is much more accessible worn in just one piece. I have to agree.  The Gap denim shirt was a complete success. I’m already unsure how I ever lived without it and can’t wait to throw it over a floral playsuit come spring.

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February 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Playing dead

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Achingly AW 10.  I’m not fully convinced making oneself up like a corpse isn’t a smidge too far.

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February 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm