John Frieda Product Release

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Today is just a quick post to let you know that John Frieda are currently working on the release of a new, mystery product!

Whilst the details are embargoed until the 12th February John Frieda have been kind enough to let me show you the teaser video below!

Let me know your suspicions an join the conversation over on Twitter at #hairrevolution.



Little Mistress at Get The Label

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

For a long time I have looked at Little Mistress dresses in awe; their intricate detailing and girly style has me hooked. The only problem is I am never quite sure when the right occasion is to wear one of their dresses out!

But when I discovered that Get The Label stocked Little Mistress dresses at discounts prices, I threw caution to the wind and decided to add a few items from the collection to my wardrobe.

The first item that caught my eye was this Peter Pan Collar Blouse at just £14.99. Firstly, I would note that it is entirely sheer – so you will definitely need to wear a cami underneath… well, unless you have a new bra you really want to show off! But this blouse is really well made, it is thick compared to other sheer items in my wardrobe and the collar is a really cute addition. I can’t to wear this for work tucked in to a high waisted skirt or pair of trousers, it would also look great for an evening out with the girls – just add jeans. Plus for that bargain price it is hard to ignore!

Little Mistress Blouse
The second item I selected was a dress that I may not be able to wear that often, but it looked so pretty I couldn’t avoid it! It’s a little bit princessy and ever girl needs something a overtly pretty and floaty in their wardrobe. This Lace Chiffon Dress is reduced to just £32.99 from the original £54.99 and would be a great dress for a christening or wedding. The detailed lace top has a keyhole back and compliments the pale pink chiffon bottom beautifully.

Little Mistress Dress
Team with a pair of nude heels and you are set to go.

There are SO many other Little Mistress items that I have my eye on from Get The Label and I will most certainly be ordering a few more too. They are stocked at really great prices and it means that maybe you can buy a couple instead of just the one – after all, a girl can never have too many clothes!



Nike Blazer at JD Sports

Friday, January 16th, 2015

I have never much been one for sensible shoes, proven by the fact that my choice of footwear for freezing cold Stockholm before Christmas was a pair of pumps.

However with it getting colder and me feeling like I might just need to add to my casual footwear collection, I was tempted by some Nike Blazer trainers from JD Sports. Their wide range of Nike trainers had me stumped for choice, however I have frequently added Blazers to my wishlist and thought that now was the perfect time to add them to my collection!

Nike Blazers

Nike Blazers

Nike Blazers

I went for a cool grey colour; the perfect addition to a variety of outfits. Great for throwing on when you need to pop to the shops on a lazy Sunday, but equally as good for casual Friday at work with a pair of trainers and a jacket. These versatile little things are really adorable and whilst I first thought that they might feel a little clumpy to somebody who is used to pumps, they are actually very comfortable and fit perfectly to the size of my feet.

I take a UK5/EU38 and in my opinion these shoes are true to size, I don’t feel like I need to have sized up or down even by half a size.

Not only do these solve the issue of cold feet in the winter, but come summer they would be the perfect footwear choice for a festival – just add a pair of denim shorts and a cami top! Clothing and footwear that I wear throughout a variety of seasons is a personal favourite thing of mine because it then means I have transitional staples that I can mix and match other items from my wardrobe with.

Even better these little things are reduced to just £40 instead of £70 at JD Sports.

So, what do you think – are you tempted by adding some Nike Blazers to your wardrobe?

 



Hosting a Chic Dinner Party

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Spending an evening with friends is usually a relaxed and convivial affair; however, there are some occasions when you may want to organize a dinner party that is particularly stylish and sophisticated; for example, if you’re celebrating something special – a significant anniversary or birthday, perhaps – and definitely if you’re entertaining the boss. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your chic dinner party – without going over the top.

Drinks

Quality is the watchword for drinks; cheap wine or imitation cocktails are not going to achieve the effect you want. It’s far better to limit the range to a few well-chosen drinks for the aperitifs, such as a Bacardi Cuba Libre cocktail and one of the better Scotch whiskies plus a choice of soft drinks or alcohol-free cocktails. It’s easy to dress up drinks simply with crushed ice and slices of fruit.

During the meal you may want to offer red, white and rosé wine (or simply red and one other) and perhaps an alcohol-free variety so that abstainers do not feel left out.

Food

Olives and pistachio nuts are good to serve with pre-dinner drinks – as long as you check for allergies among your guests beforehand. Your dinner party food can consist of relatively simple courses such as crostini or bruschetta with a variety of toppings and garnished with mint, parsley or thyme, or a warming soup topped with fresh herbs and a swirl of cream.

For main courses you don’t need to splash out on expensive options such as foie gras and filet mignon. For meat eaters, a quality roast chicken will appeal to a lot of guests; alternatively, pork shoulder is extremely versatile and can be prepared in a number of ways. Thankfully, options for feeding vegetarians are plentiful and straightforward to prepare.

With a few modest choices you can put together a stylish cheese plate – just keep it simple and include a soft cheese, a hard cheese and a blue cheese, for example. Great accompaniments include figs, crackers, grapes and truffle honey, all of which are wonderful when paired with cheeses.

Presentation

Your home should be warm and welcoming when guests arrive. Adjust your heating and lighting to create a pleasant ambience – a few carefully placed scented candles will enhance the effect of your décor.

A well-presented dining table doesn’t have to be overly fussy – opt for simple settings, perhaps mixing and matching your highest quality serving ware, dinnerware and stemware to achieve the best effect. Colorful appetizers served on simple white tapas plates, for example, will look tempting and delicious. You could add little handmade personalized place cards for guests, or put your energy into handmade mats and napkins from attractive fabric remnants or a simple, yet stunning centerpiece, using a mix of flowers and candles.

Remember, if you carefully put together these elements to make the most of great food, fine wines and good conversation, you will be giving a warm and special welcome that is sure to delight your guests.





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