Behind the scenes…

Firstly, let me apologise for going AWOL last week. A little while ago we decided against a traditional Christening for Bea and opted for a humanist naming ceremony. We planned it for our newly finished garden, found a celebrant and invited our closest friends and family. As a consequence, last week was busy!

It was such an amazing day and I’m so glad we did it. I’m going to come back soon and tell you all more about it but here are some pictures of the planning first. I actually enjoyed the build up and the day without feeling really stressed, probably because we did it exactly how we wanted it.

In the meantime, if you didn’t catch Erin’s post yesterday, do go back and have a look at how she wore June.


The Perfect Party: Florence Finds for Reverie

I absolutely love entertaining and this year Pete and I are hosting a New Years Eve party. I’m getting really excited about setting the scene, creating signature cocktails and feasting with all my friends.

Image credits: Invites, Paperless Post // Balloons // Cocktail // Table decor // Party Hats

Yesterday I shared my top 5 tips for festive entertaining with Reverie Magazine’s blog. Head on over to read about my ideas and pick up some tips of your own for the perfect party, whether it’s Christmas Eve drinks, Boxing day brunch or a full on shindig to welcome in 2013.

Are you all still with me or has everyone tuned out for Christmas already?! Drop me a comment if you are hosting a party this festive season and let me know your plans…


Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s frock is something special. Something that I idly looked at whilst browsing for a frock idea and was instantly hypnotised by. French Connection have released a new premium collection that I’ll admit I was a little sceptical about. Already famous for their embellished dresses in flattering looser styles (which I happen to love) I wondered how they would improve on that and make these dresses of the premium title and price tag.

How wrong I was though. With a strong twenties theme, loose tie waists, embellishment from neckline to hem and mermaid-esque amounts of shimmer, I was really blown away by the whole collection and I have to say, the Pearl Queen dress could almost pass for a Jenny Packham gown with its deco detailing.


Perfect occasion wear, perhaps you have a wedding to attend, would wear it to your own reception an evening dress, or like me, have a fabulous birthday approaching… I couldn’t possibly.

But for now, it’s Friday afternoon… treat yourself and see the shimmer up close in this promo video. I warn you, you should hide your credit card before you watch it.

Lots of Friday love and enjoy your weekends everywhere 🙂


My Month…

It’s nearing the end of January (and it hasn’t been that bad after all with Florence to help you through now has it?) So it’s time I shared a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ info in the shape of my Instagram snaps for January.

  • Wardrobe rehab – watch out for more on this coming soon, Florence’s tips on how to clean up, clear out and get ready for the new fashion .
  • Healthy Eating with English Apples
  • My Friday Frock with animal print Topshop tights.
  • Red and orange nails – (my sister wearing Leighton Denny and Me wearing Nails inc.)
  • Shopping for boots, J.Crew and leather at The Outnet.
  • Bertie shoes for work and play, in the sales.
  • Walking in the Elan valley, Wales.
  • Michelle (the mastermind behind these party ideas) and her friend Jayne at Pete’s party.
  • Healthy (fat free) frozen yogurt with blind eye brownie bits 😉 for a desperate chocolate treat.
  • Tabby… posing for you all with her spotty tummy.
  • And lastly a sneak peek of Pete’s party, more to come soon!

So, what were the highlights of your January? Have we made it more bearable?


PS Pop back this afternoon for a Real Room makeover!

The Fash Flash… Party Dresses

Ok, so, not having ever been an office worker, the whole office Christmas party has rather escaped me in the past. However the season is fast approaching according to my lovely twitter informants and I thought it was high time I did a little round up of festive frocks.

First up, the glitter gang. I love a sequinned frock, really I do, and I have walked into several shops of late open mouthed and squealing with excitement to see yet another sequinned dress. And therein lies the problem. They are everywhere.

Now, if you’re the type of person who dresses for yourself and hang the rest, then this is still the dress for you. But if there’s a remote whiff of self doubt there and the sight of someone in the same dress will send you straight to the bar loos with tears in your eyes, choose something else. Once the dress for the super confident, sequinned dresses are now for the masses, be warned.

All that said, there are some stunning examples and I have included a few here, chosen for their qualities aside from style (which is a given on these pages!) Despite the above I’ll be struggling to take my own advice and not make a purchase.

For those who don’t suit a high neck, which all the current sequinned dress offerings seem to have, try this V-neck champagne sequin dress from Dorothy Perkins. If you’re not one for tight numbers, this one-sleeved seventies sleeve number from Warehouse is low key luxe. Or, if you want an investment, this classic black strapless tube dress from French Connection will take you from Christmas eve to New Years eve, office party to birthday party and girls night out.

Want to do festive sparkle but not fancying the glitter factory explosion of an all-over sequinned dress? Nail the tribal trend with this beaded Warehouse number, or be super stylish in black and gold chevrons, also Warehouse. If you’re feeling a little bit more rock chick, the lines of this panelled dress from French Connection are super flattering and it’s an edgier look that will last beyond Christmas.

Next, a colour that’s just perfect for Christmas, but also happens to be bang on trend right now. There’s something about red (well, it did inspire a song…) that makes it a statement of confidence, no matter how you are feeling. I also like that when a dress is red, you can wear a simpler shape, something more demure and still look super sexy like this Warehouse midi dress. Ted Baker have also come up trumps with a flirty ruffled number and classic-as-you-like, preppy self-striped frock. I love.

Black is always a winner, and although it’s not a colour I wear, there are some really great black dresses around at the moment. My advice would be to steer clear of anything too classic and mix it up with sheers, try leather or this super fun polka dot number by Topshop Dress Up. Chiffon and sheer pleat dress, Mango. Embellished sleeve dress, Topshop.

Now, I know this is supposed to be party ‘frocks’ BUT, something occurred to me while I was putting this together… is the reign of the party dress over? There are so many other options right now, and separates are a massive trend – I’ve never been tempted to overlook the dress but shorts and jumpsuits are all I can think of when it comes to rocking a trend right now. So, if you’re not a frock girl or want to stay right at the front of the trends, here are my picks for festive style…

Polka dot jumpsuit, Whistles.
Print jumpsuit, Ted Baker.
Sequinned shorts, Warehouse.

And yes. My top choice of shop to get your sparkling festive fashion needs sorted if you’re short on time? You guessed it. Warehouse.

So, let’s hear about your party dresses, or if you have spotted something here that you’ll be seeking out for party action. Tomorrow we’ll talk party accessories from heels to handbags to complete your look 🙂


Halloween Inspiration

Good afternoon readers!

I feel like I’ve had so much to say about Autumn already! It really is one of my favourite times of year. I never want to go on holiday between October and New Year because it’s just one celebration (read ‘excuse for a party’) after another. There’s that back-to-school feeling, the leaves turning and crisp autumn walks, the first frosts and Halloween!

I love Halloween, and although not many people celebrate it much over here in the UK, I couldn’t resist putting some spooky ideas together for those of you who might want to! I’ve seen some really cool bits and pieces this year for decor, food and even nails!

  • Are you the crafty type? Try this DIY Halloween wreath from All Things Simple and decorate for pence.
  • I love this food table with Pumpkin Balloons from Martha Stewart, perfect for a lower key (UK style) Halloween get together
  • These are just awesome… Shrunken heads in Cider via Martha Stewart
  • I’m really wanting a bit of cobweb nail art after seeing some Sally Hansen cobweb nail stickers that sadly aren’t available here. How about giving a nod to the trend with these dark talons for a bit of Halloween style.
  • Rats in the house? I often think US Halloween decor takes over somewhat but loved this simple and tasteful(!) halloween decor for your home from Martha Stewart
  • Or how about ghostly decor for a haunted house – Country Living
  • Most Halloween food is plain wrong but I think these are super cool – amazing for a party! Lychee and Grape Eyeball Martinis – Martha Stewart
  • Got little ones to entertain? Try this halloween kids DIY (via Oh So Lovely) by KatieCupcake
  • And lastly… looking for some costume ideas for fright night? A tutorial on fun frizz for your Halloween costumes… via The Beauty Department


So now it’s over to you. I want to hear if you celebrate Halloween, if you bother with a pumpkin or if (lucky you!) you’re going to a party or dressing up this weekend!

Lots of ghoulish love,

Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Collection.

Now I wouldn’t normally venture to mention (shhhhh, whisper it,) Christmas, until Halloween and Bonfire night were well out of the way, however I swear I have a good reason today. Really I do. It’s a great reason in fact.

Every single year I buy somebody I know something from the Bobbi Brown holiday gift collection and I have to mention it now before it all disappears, because it always sells out, waaaaaaay before Christmas.

Without fail there are the most gorgeous glittering compacts – my favourites are always the metallic eye colours (which you weren’t previously able to buy apart from as part of these limited edition sets) and this year is no exception.

And here are my favourite finds from this year’s offerings…

The Black Ruby Sparkle Eye palette – this one is my must-have for £32, it’s perfect for my eye colour and the sparkle shadow glimmers like no other.

The Smokey Eye collection is a little pricey at £52, but includes a mini gel liner and mascara along with the five shades ranging from pearl through greys and silvers to graphite black.

The Warm Party Eye Palette – £39 for a golden eye!

And finally, the almost-too-pretty-to-use Pastel Sugar Sparkle Eye Quartz at £30.

If you want them, get there quick ladies before they’re gone.


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