Hi sweets! Sorry for not updating you yesterday, it was just one of those days time wouldn’t cooperate. I’ve been working on setting up my “home office” and I think it’ll be really cute, I will show you once it’s done. We haven’t finished decorating the rest of the flat as, even though we love it, we’ve decided to find some place with a garden for Linus. Yes, moving again. I think it’s months and months away but equally we don’t want to buy furniture for the place if it doesn’t fit the next place so we’re only getting essentials. We’ll probably go to Monaco for the season next month or so so I’m not too fussed about it. Anyway, how are you guys? Are you having a great weekend? I hope so! We started the day in the park today and it was so lovely! I took lots of photos so I’ll share those with you later on! It was so nice to see people with big smiles, in cute summer dresses and fresh freckles, is spring really here?? :D ♥
Coat, top, jeans – Zara
Clutch – Alexander McQueen (scored here)
Shoes – Nicholas Kirkwood
Bracelet – Chloé
Watch – Cartier
Ring – Bulgari (similar for a great price here)
Pearls – Pinctada
I felt so inspired by the sunny weather in the park today I decided to go all white for dinner :D
Have a great Saturday night! Lots of love! xx
Aaaah, I’m hovering on materialistic happiness today! I’ve done some really great purchases and I can’t wait for them to arrive! I’m sorry for two sales posts in a row, I understand it’s less exciting to read but you always ask me where I’ve gotten my things and to give you a heads up on good sales and I thought both of these were too good to miss out on :)
Today I started my day with some good ol’ makeup brush cleaning. It’s been way too long since last time and I bet they were full of little grumpy germs. I need to get much better at regularly washing them like I used to. It’s hard keeping good routines when you travel a lot. You often ask me about what brushes I use and what I use them for so I thought I would write a quick post on my everyday brushes, my absolute essentials.
The small brushes from the left:
Brush to smudge the eyeliner – HERE
Brush to apply concealer to small spots/scars – HERE
Brush to apply lipstick – HERE
Brush to blend eyeshadow in the crease – HERE
Brush to apply eyeshadow to the whole lid – Bobbi Brown Eye Blender (similar HERE)
The big brushes:
Brush to apply highlighter to the cheekbone – HERE & similar HERE
3 x angled brushes for blush* HERE
Brush for contouring the cheekbone – HERE
Brush for powder or bronzer – HERE
*This brush can be used for anything, it’s a brilliant brush! And you need more than one, trust me!
Check out this post to see all my favourite makeup items as well as hair and skin care favourites.
They were all clean this morning but I’ve obviously used one of them today which is why it’s a bit pinky :)
Later tonight we’re going to the movies to see Oblivion with Tom Cruise, anyone seen it? I’m not a massive fan of Tom Cruise I must admit, but I’ve heard great things. James begged me to come with him so I swapped for 30 minutes of massage, ha ha, I feel I won this one.. ;)
Hope you’re having a great day! xx
The feeling of scoring something you’ve been craving for a long time on sale!! It is the mid season sale, and amazing finds can be done. My favourite sale of the mid season is the ShopBop Friends & Family sale! With the code WEAREFAMILY13 you get 20% off the whole shop, only valid today and tomorrow.
Here are some of the things on my wish list:
Travel jewellery case HERE // Leather biker trousers HERE // White see through face watch HERE // Chanel coffee table book HERE // Gladiator sandals HERE // Thin emerald ring HERE // Forever bracelet HERE // Dress HERE // Pink mirrored sunglasses HERE // Booties HERE // Skirt HERE // Iphone dock HERE // Mirrored sunglasses HERE
ShopBop is great because you get to pay the import duty fees at the checkout so you don’t have to worry about all of that as it arrives. If it ends up costing less they refund you. Easy :)
The Alexander Wang gladiator sandals are excluded from the sale but they are on the top of my wish list so I just had to include them. I want them sooo bad! I dream of wearing them with this skirt from Zara, a white crisp watch and super cool shades!
I’ve been a total slack today browsing through favourite online stores and their sales (asos has a pretty good one too btw) while enjoying breakfast in bed. Mango of course ;) It’s such a great way of starting the day only the hours fly by and before you know it it’s past noon ha ha. It’s a good thing this doesn’t happen too often! Both James and I woke up late today as we watched Dirty Dancing yesterday! Aaah, don’t you just love that movie? “No one puts baby in a corner!” ♥
Hope you’re having a fantastic day sweets! xx
TheOutnet is having a crazy sale at the moment so I just thought I’d share some of my favourites. If you’re not familiar with TheOutnet already you must click and check it out, it’s where all the goodies in Net-a-Porter end up, they are sister sites owned by the same people so it’s perfectly safe.
Good luck scoring something pretty :)
Good morning! Yesterday the sun was shining so we agreed to meet up in the park, there is something especially lovely about hanging out in the parks in London in the spring! Lots of happy and carefree faces, little kids running around picking flowers they’re not allowed to touch and excited dogs chasing sticks flying across the sky. I think spring is my favourite time of the year! It’s like Fridays – you have all of the good bit ahead of you :) You know spring has arrived when you can turn down the heating, shower in slightly colder water than normal and even turn on the air con from time to time.. aaah, the spring is very welcome ♥
Coat, top and shoes – Zara (current collection)
Ripped jeans – Gina Tricot (old), similar here
Bag – Céline Large Phantom tucked in on the sides
Bracelet – Hermès CDC croc w/ghw
Watch – Cartier Ballon Bleu medium size
Sunnies – Dolce & Gabbana A/W14, similar here and here
Lipstick – A mix of Chanel Super (hot pink) and Mac Russian Red (warm bright red), similar colour here
Nails – Chanel “Rose Exuberant”, similar here
Linus LOVES the park and yesterday he met a King Charles Spaniel puppy girl he instantly fell in love with, and he cried and cried and cried when we had to part them. He does it with all the girls he meets no matter their size, such a player ;)
Hope you’ll have a fantastic day!! Now I need to get on the treadmill and then I have a dvd date with Tracy Anderson :D xx
Consider yourself warned, this is a surprisingly delicious salad and it’s highly addictive, even to people whom aren’t obsessed with mango (which we all know I am). It’s packed with nutrients yet it has that heavenly forbidden taste.
- Baby spinach
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 stalk Celery
- 1/4 Cucumber
- 1/2 Mango
- 1/2 red Chili
- Juice of 1/2 Lemon
- A drizzle of roasted black sesame seeds (not optional, you need it!)
Proceed like this:
Start by chopping salad and spinach, it’s much easier to eat it that way and it tastes better too. Finely chop the rest of the ingredients and place on top. You can obviously chop your ingredients however you prefer, but personally I think the salad tastes much better if finely chopped as the ingredients mix better. Squeeze out the juice of half a lemon and drizzle toasted black sesame seeds on top. Seriously, you don’t want to leave out the sesame seeds.
I’m not trying to make my own recipe sound better than it is or anything, but it’s hands down a seriously delicious salad, it’s so good I couldn’t even wait for the photos to be finished before I pounced like Linus does when he’s served roast beef.
We all know the benefits of the amazing spinach and avocado, and I bet you know you can eat as much celery you like and actually lose weight while doing so? And who hasn’t heard about the benefits of lemon? And let’s not forget how chili can boost fat burn and release endorphins, we all know that shizzle. Mango however is not mentioned as much. I’m a massive addict to mango. I’ll have mango for breakfast, lunch and dinner – I can’t get enough of it and neither can Linus. We eat mango together all the time :) I praise myself lucky as I would be the size of a whale had mango not been so healthy. In fact, mango brings a number of health benefits:
- Prevents Cancer
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Clears the skin
- Provides good eyesight through A-vitamins
- Alkalizes the whole body
- Helps in diabetes
- Improves sex drive
- Improves digestion
- Remedy for heat stroke
- Boosts the immune system
So, all in all this little salad whipped up in less than 5 minutes not only tastes divine but it’s good for you too ♥
Other delicious recipes with mango:
How’s your start to the new week been? I’ve had a great start with 2 hours of exercise to lift my guilty conscious of the 3 naan breads I had yesterday! During the two weeks of travelling I haven’t managed to do as much exercise as I would like so I’m planning to have a healthier couple of weeks from now on, hence healthy salad recipe ;) I’m standing with wet pink nail laquer on my nails while carefully typing as I’m waiting for James to come home and then we’re going to the park together with Linus.
Hope you’re having a great day! xx
This updo is really gorgeous and glamorous, and despite it looking like something that would require a great deal of patience it’s actually done in less than 5 min which makes it a great go-to look for too early mornings (…or sunday mornings or just any morning) you just can’t be bothered spending time on your hair.
All you need is:
- Bobby pins
- Bad hair day
- Hair spray
Personally I find this look to actually work better on bad hair days than on good hair days because the hair is more light weight and textured. If you’re one of those who don’t have bad hair days (you little lucky duck) you can always create some texture and volume by using some dry shampoo, my all time favourite is by Batiste and is called XXL volume and can be found in Boots for next to nothing.
If I don’t wash my hair for a couple of days is ends up being as dry and intractable as cotton candy, perfect condition for a glamorous updo :)
Right let’s get to it.
1. Take the upper half of your hair and pin back. If you want some volume on the crown you can always tease a little bit first.
2. Divide into three sections.
3. Start with your middle section. Twist the hair and half roll it up while pinning it up. It doesn’t really matter how it looks like as you will have the other two sections up there too. I find that few and loose twisted sections work better for me, but you can of course have several well twisted sections too.
4. Do the same with the other two sections, twist – roll – pin. Have a look in the mirror and reorganise into an organised mess you’re happy with.
5. Do some quick pirouettes to make sure it’s all in place and finish off with hairspray. Tadaaaaa! :)
Whoa! It feels so great to be back in London and today I was finally out for a little stroll! Since I came back from Norway on Wednesday I’ve gone through endless piles of laundry, food shopped gigantic amounts of food (twice!), gone through over 1000 emails, and played lots with Linus the talented pomeranian whom I haven’t seen for more than a day for the last 2 weeks. Oh, and I’ve also done a quick update in my favourite online shops and ordered some bits and bops.
Yesterday it was raining cats and dogs so when the sun shined this morning I lept into my closet to find something spring-y. On my way home the rain started drizzling so we decided to do some outfit photos right there and then before the sky would open again.
PS. I have no ideas who’s stairs I’m sitting at thehe)
Coat- Zara (current season)
Cashmere jumper – Inhabit (scored for next to nothing here)
Trousers – Zara (current season), similar here and I also love these
Flats – Yosi Samra foldable flats in Ostrich (read more about these genius babies here, find a great selection here)
Earrings – Pearls from Pinctada
Necklace – here
Bracelet – Chloé
Bag – Céline leather suede edition luggage (similar Cèline can be found here)
I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! Up to anything exciting today? xx
When I cheekily played my little april fools prank on you saying we were moving to Dubai some of you said you were looking forward to tips from Dubai. Unfortunately I’m not moving to Dubai, I do however have a little secret treasure up my sleeve. For shopping in Dubai the malls are obviously the place to go, my favourite being Boutique1. But I’ve also discovered another little gem hidden away far from all the malls, a house filled with luxury second hand treasures. Dubai is full of women only wearing the latest seasons and often both clothes and bags are only worn once. Garderobe is where all these clothes, shoes and bags end up.
This is a must visit when in Dubai! I tried on three dresses and almost bought a Louis Vuitton dress. I’ve thought about it lots and I feel stupid for not buying it, it was really beautiful. I was also close on buying a brand new trapeze bag from Céline which the owner had received as a gift from one of her clients (she was a personal trainer), and super close on buying a beach bag from Chanel. That’s another one I’ve been knocking my head against the wall for not buying. Next time I’m going to Dubai that will be the first place I visit and I’m not bringing the impatient boyfriend.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Road 3, see road description here
I know some of you don’t have Instagram and miss out on some of the fun, so here you are, my latest photos from Instagram. Just click on the images to make them bigger.
Most of the photos are from Dubai obviously, there are just way too many beautiful colours to capture! I don’t remember if I mentioned it on the blog, but I was so positively surprised by Dubai this time. I’ve been to Dubai a couple of times before but I haven’t been very comfortable and I’ve even chosen to stay home some of the times James has gone. That will never happen again, I can’t wait to go to Dubai again! I think it might have something to do with the places we’ve been. James knows a lot of local people and the places we’ve gone are very different to the places most of the tourists go. We’ve never really had any time for lying on the beach or strolling carelessly around the malls. Once a backpacker always a backpacker by heart, having backpacked for months as younger searching for something undiscovered I never thought I would ever prefer to go to typical tourist places in any country, but in Dubai it’s different. I actually prefer the tourist places!
Btw, how amazing are the ASOS printed trousers in blue and green? They are my favourite trousers at the moment, and the best purchase I’ve done since I scored the pink Alexander McQueen dress that won me the “best dressed” title in the Dubai World Cup royal box on theoutnet. Woop, I managed to squeeze it in once more he he ;)
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