A (Belated) Easter Bonnet

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A couple of weeks ago I went to a charity lunch, to raise money for, I think, the NSPCC, though to be honest much Champagne was drunk, and the details are a little hazy. Anyway , the theme was Ladies Day at the Races, and we were invited to wear hats, with prizes to be awarded to the most striking/elegant/creative etc.

Never one to pass on a challenge (or the chance to get the glue gun out), I thought I’d make my own. And since Easter was around the corner, an Easter bonnet seemed just the ticket. I bought plastic eggs, fake blooms, and little fabric birds from Tiger, and a clear hair band and a fascinator base from EBay, then chucked them all together the night before.

With my sub-prime Phillip Treacy, I wore a silk blouse from the Marni for H&M collection, some River Island navy slubby trousers and orange suede courts from Clarks. The last time I wore the blouse I felt horribly frumpy in it, and nearly put it on EBay, but I’m glad I didn’t get round to it. My orange patent croc Mulberry got an outing to, so it was a good day for wearing old friends, all told.

The hat won a prize, requiring further Champagne. Sore heads (minus hats) all round the next day.

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Going strapless

It’s hard to find sandals this season that don’t have ankle straps. I like how they look on others, but find them problematic – they often dig into my ankle bones. Besides, I just bought a couple of pairs that work for me and think that’s my limit reached – I don’t want several pairs of sandals that might dated in a few years.

So… Look at these Zara fuchsia beauties! Coming to my wardrobe soon…

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They are faux suede, but for £30, that’s fine by me. I can wear fabric shoes, but not vinyl. A small, but important difference in comfort. Not to mention that I hate how vinyl shoes look. The odd things that matter…

I’m planning on wearing the shoes with a few things, including this rose print outfit (top and pencil skirt) that I just ordered from Oasis:

20140421-101741.jpg. Not a terribly subtle look, but the print is incredible and it’s good to try something new.

I also bought these fab Office black patent leather pointed flats (confusingly called “Kitten”). I think they will be really useful, and I have already discarded the ankle strap.

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As to what I have been wearing, here’s an outfit from Friday: Zara cream wool mix boucle blazer | Banana Republic cream viscose blouse | Mango distressed and patched jeans (I’m really annoyed at how much these have stretched out of shape. Alterations coming up soon…) | Russell & Bromley The Club pony skin leopard print studded slippers.

Happy Belated Easter!

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Airport Outfit

Finally we are going on holiday.
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Zara ripped jeans, Nike Airs, grey H&M tshirt, old snakeprint grey belt, Topshop ponte jacket, massive M&S snakeprint scarf. I’ll have La Bambina on my knee and we only get one hand baggage allowance so no fancy handbag for me, just a lilac Kanken full of toys.

Feels good to be wearing light-as-air Nikes. I need them to start keep up training for my run next month but might make a habit of travelling in them. I never get a plane without a multitasking huge scarf either.

We are staying in a villa rather than a hotel so I’ve packed a capsule wardrobe this time rather than my usual very serious planning of an outfit for every day and every night. Denim shorts and a variety of bandeau tops for the day (all H&M) and printed trousers, black camis and denim jacket for the evening. Unlike last summer when I embraced colour, I shall be wearing lots of black. I’ll let you know how the capsule wardrobe works out. If all fails, I’ll just have to raid my sister’s suitcase.

Cases packed, airport outfits on, beds made for our house sitters, I’m off!

Have a good Easter.

Patchy

I was looking for something on the ASOS website the other night, and came across these faded, patched, distressed Mango jeans. I ordered them in sizes 36 and 38, and kept the 36, but you really need to size down as much as possible as they do give a bit. I see they are now sold out, but I will be returning the 38 v soon.

Here I am in the glam surrounds of a local charity shop that sells children’s things. I bought more than I should, as usual, which is a bit ridiculous given that I am currently trying to declutter. Oh well.

Outfit: Gap navy wool biker | Zara navy and white striped top | Mango jeans (on sale, but sold out. If they get some returns (inc my 38), GIMME15 should get you an extra 15% off) | Aldo nude Dobrus pointed flats | M&S croc leather bag.

I actually think this outfit would look better w silver flats, but it’s school holidays and I don’t think Zara is ready for all 3 Bolters at once. Soon, silver shoes, you shall by mine, very soon (oh, maybe I should just do an online order!)

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Lancome Air de Teint Foundation Review

 

 

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The lovely Tracey Wornout alerted me to this and of course if there is a new foundation around then you can be pretty sure I feel compelled to try it.

I’m a fan of the Armani Maestro (see my review here) and in my view this is an almost exact dupe of that.  I put the Lancome on one side of my face and the Armani on the other and really couldn’t see any difference.  As well as the texture and performance similarities, both are 30ml and have an SPF of 15.  I did do swatches on my hand to show you but they blend in so well it was impossible to see them (and any differences) so I all I would have been posting is a picture of a hand looking a bit more polished than usual!

At a pinch I would say the Lancome is slightly less drying…but other than that they are identical.  However most importantly at £29.50 it is £9.50 cheaper than the Armani Maestro, which retails at £39!

As with the Armani, the Air de Teint has an amazing texture – like no other foundations I’ve come across – super light and you really don’t feel like you are wearing anything.

You only need to use very small amounts (so a bottle lasts for ages), it goes on beautifully and is relatively buildable (though I get a little bit of visible build up if I’m not careful).  I have found this works perfectly applied with fingers.  No need for faffing about with foundation brushes.  Always make sure you give it a very good shake before using it.

The reality is that this is a foundation for you if you already have good skin.  It makes it ‘better’ skin.  Perfect for the ‘no make up’ make up look that is being raved about in all the magazines (as it is every spring – I hate the way they always present it as a ‘new’ thing).  I find it evens out my skintone and gives me a more polished and ‘together’ look.  I have tried using concealer over and under it and have found, because of the light texture of the foundation it actually works better to use concealer under it.  I know this defies normal convention but I’m a craazzzy rule breaker ;-)

If I was going out for a party or needed to have my best skin I would still use my beloved Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua or Armani Lumimous Silk but this is a beautiful foundation for every day spring wear and, as mentioned, has the added bonus of it’s SPF 15.

I have dehydrated/sensitive but slightly combination skin.  I think if my skin was any drier it wouldn’t work for me (it did cling to drier patches) and would suggest that if you have dry skin you make sure you get a good sample  to test and ensure it doesn’t dry you out.  I found I have to powder less when using this, which is a nice benefit.

So well worth a try if you are looking for a very light, natural base that is perfect for spring/summer.

Next on the hit list?  I’m very tempted to also try the new Bobbi Brown foundation stick which, I hear is invisible on the skin but actually gives good coverage… and the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet.  I shall let you know how they work when I manage to get my hands on them.  If you’ve already tried them do let me know in the comments.  Also if you’ve tried either/both the Maestro or Air De Teint how you think they perform on your skin.

 

 

 

 

Orange You Hot?

I’ve found a new nail polish. Well, it came out in 2012 so isn’t new, just new to me.

China Glaze again though nowhere near as bright as the FlipFlop lots of us loved last year.
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This is a tangerine orange, almost pearly with a slight gold shimmer. It doesn’t have a cream finish like Flip Flop but I like that about it. Two coats make it almost opaque. I was trying to hide my messy cuticle in the first photo but it’s a good representation of the real life colour.

Here it is on.
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I can see it being nicely tan enhancing once I’m less pasty.

If you’re looking for something a bit brighter this Pool Side might float your boat.
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It’s a bright neon pink and looks better a day or two after application.

(I bought mine from Amazon but if you’ve got time maybe have a look around for the best price)

ASOS Drape Maxi dress

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I don’t usually get on with maxi dresses but I really like this ASOS drape pocket maxi dress.

I tried the khaki in a 12 which is a good fit. It covers a strapless bra and the cut is flattering on the upper body. I’ve never been a fan of hi-lo hems but the draping around the bottom of this dress seems to balance me out – always a problem in normal one length maxis.

I have the similar black long sleeved tunic version and it’s washed well.

I liked it with Birkenstocks, a lighter tan sandal and my stone Ash Jalouse. It is the kind of dress that goes perfectly with a denim jacket on top and I tried a draped tencel jacket which I liked too. When I am less pasty I will share some photos.

It is reduced to £26 and comes in black, grey and khaki.

Parking it

I saw a pic of Michelle Pfeiffer at Coachella, wearing some khaki trousers w black ankle boots and thought it looked good. I haven’t actually worn my skinny khakis w black shoes – going for nude / neutral shoes instead. I thought black shoes would look too grungy, somehow. A photo of Michelle Pfeiffer would convert anyone to an idea, though, wouldn’t it?! So I gave it a try – here’s my heavily modified version…

Outfit: H&M wool mix black biker | Zara cream cotton blouse | Warehouse skinny khakis (Gap are doing a good version this season) | Dune Nins black leather ankle boots (I wore these for a LONG walk chasing the Bolters through the park – they were fine. I doffs me cap to Dune for making good looking shoes that are comfortable).

It’s glorious in London at the moment with the blossoms out. Pretty street scene for you – doesn’t get any lovelier than this.

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Uniform

Mummy uniform today. Jeans and a stripy top.
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I’ve seen lots of red striped tops in magazines recently and was on the look out myself. This was from New Look many years ago and was in one of my summer clothes boxes. Result.

What was I wearing on my feet?
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Birkenstock of course!