The Blues…

After my collection of inspiration last week featuring pink as an accent colour for my newly decorated grey rooms, I also wanted to explore blue. I already have a bit of blue, albeit subtle, in the aforementioned rooms and I find it a calming colour. I also love flashes of unexpectedly bold or bright turquoise, sea and peacock blues but find it can be a bit cold when used en masse.

It was hard to find images that weren’t of blue rooms or walls, (although a few have sneaked in here,) but where blue was the accent, be that with soft or hard furnishings, art work, flooring or accessories, but I’ve gathered a collection that I love and am slowly honing my vision for the two rooms.

Let us begin the tour…

I love this bright turquoise chair in an otherwise neutral room. And who doesn’t want one of these gorgeous SMEG retro fridges? I love the pop of blue against this elegantly rustic kitchen.

Clearly, most of us don’t have artfully distressed walls, but the subdued blue upholstered bed frame is easily reproducible, or perhaps you like your blues soft – perfect for a classic bedroom in duck egg and dove grey.

I’m looking for accents and am completely in love with this pair of lamps against the dark backdrop and warm natural woods. Or how about a vibrant silk cushion – super cheap and striking against this shades-of-grey high design living space

It’s all about the dining chairs again with these velvet upholstered numbers looking very elegant. I wish I had a dining room this chic…

How about accenting the walls like in this simple bathroom with grey-brown walls and a band of turquoise above picture rail level? And I love how the print in this image stands out against the walls of a similar shade.

I wish I had the confidence to use a rug with a pattern like this one, (or just be lucky enough to find one!) or maybe artwork is the answer like these graphic prints.

Or for a bit of rustic chic, if that’s more your thing, I love the pop of this bright blue shelf laden with finds, or the coloured glass of these old blue bottles filled with toning blooms.

Now it’s time to hear your thoughts. Is blue a better accent for you?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

I know I am probably the least practical person ever to be doing posts like this… we’re in the middle of February and I can’t for the life of me see anything warm I want to wear. However, I’m pretty sure all of you will be able to identify with today’s conundrum, as this weekend I have an event to attend – a Christening, and I am going to be a Godmother!

I know there will be lots of you with winter weddings to attend too, so this week’s Friday Frock is day-appropriate occasion wear from Oasis.


Oasis Colour block pleated midi dress, £65

This particular number comes in a really lovely coral too, but as I don’t usually go for blue, and in honour of the little boy who’s christening it is, I chose the powder blue version today. 🙂

Apart from the cute little belt, the back detailing is different with a single pleat swing back that hangs over the waist line giving a slightly more relaxed look.

I’d wear it with grey shoes and accessories, and maybe a nude blazer…

Tell me, have you got any occasions coming up that I should be searching for Friday Frocks for?

TGI Friday Love (It’s been a very long week!)

Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Whistles SS12

It’s not a secret that I am a big fan of Whistles, and this season, I am loving the early press releases of their collections. Full of pieces that are easy to wear (read: loose shapes and chiffon pleats) there’s also a healthy dose of colour interspersed among the navy that I love.

First up, my key seasonal piece – the laser cut out leather top. You’ll be seeing a lot of this in the ad campaigns I suspect (ditto leather on the whole this season) and I think it’s one of those pieces that will go a long way in your wardrobe, seasonless and a style staple for years to come. Expect long waiting lists and sell out success.

Next, my favourite, the floral prints. I was a little underwhelmed by Whistles last season, mainly due to the lack of colour and as a big fan of brights my prayers have been answered. Although I’m not sure I’m brave enough to rock the tailoring in fuschia, the yellow print dress virtually has my name on it. Check out the sample of print here that translates into this fabulous jumpsuit too.

Your sartorial fashion crises solved for any summer formal events? The dresses. There’s not a season goes by without me buying a Whistles dress, although I have also been known where possible (and Whistles often do it) to buy the top and skirt in one print then wear together or separately, particularly when it comes to a more casual look. The jumpsuit featured here has been tipped for the top of the style charts but I am head over heels about the scallop edged cream dress. Come to Mama.

Lastly, global prints. Although I’ll admit when I first clocked these I wasn’t that keen, I’ve now scoured the collection images 3 or 4 times and each time I get more and more enamoured with the look. There is something very nonchalant about the shapes. Did I mention those sunglasses – chic.

I’m also loving the styling in these images. Often absorbed by the clothes themselves, I am actually kind of wishing I was the model in these shots with her grown-up look and simple style. All in all, Whistles SS12 is a winner for me..

What do you think readers? Are you a fan of Whistles or could this collection convert you?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’Clock

Sometimes Friday Frock has to be a flight of fancy and whilst I’m pretty sure not many of you would be rushing out to purchase this Issa dress it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy looking at it. Doesn’t it just make you dream of tropical beaches and Caribbean glamour?


Image: Issa @ My-wardrobe.com

Issa, famous amongst fashionistas for many a season before The Duchess of Cambridge immortalised one of their dresses in her engagement announcement photocall, have used their classic wrap waist here in a gorgeous fresh tropical print. I’m having a real thing about orange at the moment and I love it teamed with this cornflower blue and imagine the wrap waist will be infinitely more flattering (if that’s even possible,) in the maxi length.

Do you like readers? What are you craving this Friday?

Happy Friday 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Don’t forget to come back and take part in tomorrow’s Saturday Survey again over the weekend and thank you so much to all of you who took part last week.

Spotted: The Mulberry Harriet

I try to be democratic on Florence Finds, and cover clothes for all budgets, but sometimes Florence must imitate life and reflect something I have been coveting beyond all reason, beyond financial sense.

Today, that lust after item is one of my all time favourite brands, Mulberry. Going from strength to strength and even seeing sales rise despite the recession, it’s not hard to see why when they produce such stylish yet classic bags.

Today, I’m sharing my favourite from the recent early collection releases… The Mulberry Harriet bag.

Ok, they’re astronomically expensive, but there are times in life when you need a treat, a windfall perhaps, a work bonus or inheritance, hell even a lottery win. Particularly when the weather is like it has been recently, some online window shopping is most definitely allowed.

I’m not sure I’m 100% on the sludgy green colour, although I imagine it would look fabulous with neutrals, but I am in LOVE with the satchel in navy spongey patent. And could that shade of nude-beige look anymore luxe?

No, I didn’t think so either.

So just close one eye, squint a little and block out the price, then tell me your favourite. Let’s lust after them together…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

DIY Makeup: Disco Eyes

This morning, as it is (allegedly) the night to end all nights, the party of all parties (can you sense the sarcasm here?) tomorrow; yes, that means New Year’s Eve folks, so I’m sharing a party makeup look. It’s my turn to play model this time, again, to highlight that these looks can work on any average Joe.

Another of the tutorials we shot a couple of months ago now, this was inspired by the catwalks again and a look that was called ‘Beetlejuice’, a coloured smokey eye using greens and blues and purples like the iridescence of a black beetle’s back. Coupling that with the Seventies resurgence that is still massive right now and the disco fever that is perfect for parties (think jumpsuits, Halston Heritage and Studio 54) we opted for a D-I-S-C-O look.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

I think it’s my favourite look so far, mainly because I love playing up my eyes, then just working a slick of gloss on the lips. I hope you all love it too! 🙂

I’ll hand over to Catherine from Ivy Clara makeup now to give you the how-to and thanks go once again to her and Zoe Hodson for taking the fab photos.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

When using any strong colour, it is really important to use a cream base coat in order for the powder colour to stick to and remain vibrant throughout the night. This also ensures that the colour does not slip so avoids the dreaded panda look after a couple of hours of dancing. Pat on with a finger or a flat brush and then use a fluffy brush to buff out the edges into the socket line. My favourite products are Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner by Benefit. I used a lilac based colour called ‘Stilleto’ on Rebecca’s eye but the product comes in a range of shades. Any of the brighter shades would be suitable as a base for the ‘Peacock Eye’.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

The next step is to build up colour in the outer corners to create depth. I used a pure pigment shade by Illamasqua in ‘Illuvium’ which is a high shine, metallic product perfect for a disco vibe. Use a small brush to apply the product into the outer ‘V’ and then buff along the socket line towards the inner corner of the eye. Repeat this process a few times, using a ‘little and often’ approach. This way you are creating a multi-tonal effect with the eyeshadow and strong definition without harsh lines.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

Next, line the lower water line with a soft pencil. I used eye kohl by MAC in ‘Blooz’ but if you have chosen to recreate this look in purple or green, use a pencil in a corresponding colour. Take a slanted brush, and using the same colour used in the eye socket, apply along the lower lash line. A good tip to avoid any fall down of product onto the cheek, is to hold a tissue under the eye while doing this. Any product will be caught by the tissue instead of ruining your base.

To live up to the ‘Disco Eye’ title, add some sparkle to the centre and inner corner of the eye. Using glitter can be tricky! To be more twinkly eyed than disco ball, mix the glitter with a sealant such as Illamasqua sealing gel and pat onto the eye with a flat brush. A cheap alternative is to mix some glitter with a small amount of vaseline before patting onto the eye. Stick to glitters that are formulated especially for eyes. I used Holo Glitter Shaker in ‘Lazer Purple’ by Stargazer, which comes in a range of vibrant colours.

To finish off the look, add a few coats of mascara brushing through the lashes after each application. I love Volume Million lashes Luminizer by L’oreal which contain tiny particles of colour. There are formulations for blue, green and hazel eyes.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

If any glitter or eyeshadow has run astray, tidy this up using your foundation brush which will have surplus foundation on it.

Finally finish with a luminizing blusher in a pink or peach tone. I love ‘Anglikia’ and ‘Amour’ blushers by Nars. Apply to the the apples of the cheeks, building colour up gradually until you reach the desired effect.


Photography: Zoe Hodson and Makeup: Catherine from Ivy Clara

As you can see, it wasn’t only me who had their make-up done by Catherine… we also created this look for Mahj, who suited a peacock take on the look in emerald greens and vibrant blues. Of course, you can change your choice of colours to work with your skin tone or eye colour, or just when you fancy a change!

I hope you liked the tutorial and once again thank you to Catherine, Zoe and Mahj for helping out!

So, what are you all doing for New Year’s Eve?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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