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April Showers

6 Apr

SO: we’re in April now and I feel like I still haven’t really got my Spring warderobe in to gear. I was so keen to get on the pastels trend about a month ago but nothing in the shops was tickling my fancy – but now that I’m kind of ‘over’ it, pastels are everywhere. There’s some lovely bits about, here’s my top picks.

Pleated midi skirt £19.99 New Look,  T-Bar Shoes £45 ASOS,  Colour block shirt dress £34.99 New Look,  Dress, £45 Miss Selfridge,  Broderie Anglaise blouse, £29.99 from Zara

Sunflowers, Spaceships and Flowerpots

16 Mar

Thought I’d share some of the lovely Visuals spotted on my travels recently.

Forever 21 Oxford St, London have upped their game with this window display. Pastel coloured furniture and lace decals and depth and dimension to this high window that some of their previous schemes have lacked – hope to see more great stuff from them in the future.

Paint drips frame these dressmakers’ mannequins. High impact and generally a pleasure to look at on the otherwise drab Regents Street.

COS, Regent Street. These upside-down plant pots made me do a double take. Love a bit of bonkers.

This is my favourite of the Liberty childrenswear windows currently on display, the colours are lovely and the hanging spaceships are so incredibly detailed they look like they’re on hire from NASA!

Massimo Dutti on Regents Street has a sophisticated Palm Springs vibe.

Desigual, Oxford St. I’m rarely a fan of their OTT schemes, but their mannequin hair and make-up is often wonderfully creative. These wigs couldn’t fail to catch my eye.

I’ve seen this scheme at a few branches of Zara including Regents Street (though this is a photo of the Windsor store – shame about the dropped clutch bag on the floor!) Such minimalism is hard to pull off but with a dramatic composition like this and fantastic styling, it makes a great statement.

Call Dale Winton – a River Island supermarket sweep would be right up my street!

Brand Obsession: Sephora

13 Mar

For anyone not familiar with Sephora: imagine a whole department store of cosmetics. It sells more brands than you even knew existed – from Benefit to Make Up Forever to Illamasqua to Bumble & Bumble to Shiseido – plus their own-brand.

As well as make-up and nail goodies you’ll find beauty accessories (from eyelash curlers to pumice stones to orange sticks), hair care and styling, body products and miracle products that get rid of your wobbly bits from brands such as Bliss. There is essentially nothing else you could possibly ever need.

Something about the bright, rainbow packaging is irresistible.  It’s kind of childish but chic at the same time; it looks like sweeties. It gives me that ‘I WANT IT ALL’ feeling.

These are some of my favourite Sephora purchases. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the quality of the brushes, the  3-toned bronzer gives a lovely colour (and has an inexplicably lovely smell), and the ‘vinyl lip crayon’ I absolutely can’t get enough of, it’s a great product.