London Fashion Week 2013

Mary Katranzou LFW

Last night I attended the Mary Katranzou show, organised by Vodafone. It was hosted by the stunning Angela Scanlon and Zoe Hardman (Take Me Out – The Gossip host) who both looked fabulous in pieces from the collection.

To be honest, except from the Topshop collection, I had not heard Mary’s name before. But from a little research it would seem she has become a major hit in a short space of time – and from the collection debuted last night I can see why.

Not only does she seamlessly blend digital prints in to fashionably gorgeous items of clothing, but she takes something like a pencil, garden or typewriter and the results are incredible. I can’t believe that a pencil could look so great on a top, but it really works!

The collection is bright and colourful, with dresses full of “swoosh” and trouser suits full of power but with their feminine detail intact. Their is great structure in some of the dresses and other feature embellishment that can do no more than leave you in awe of the skill and hard work involved!

Revlon Nearly Naked

Revlon Nearly Naked

Straight from the Lisa Perry show at New York Fashion week is the Revlon Nearly Naked and Colourburst range.

Revlon’s Gucci Westman captured designer Lisa Perry’s vision of a modern girl’s take on the popular mod look of the 60’s, to complement the bright and vibrant designs of the designer’s Fall 2013 collection.

I really love the Nearly Naked pressed powder, £7.99, shown below in Medium. It gives good coverage, gets rid of any shine and doesn’t leave the skin looking or feeling chalky. The compact comes with a sponge applicator, which I use for on the go top-ups, however I apply this with a larger face brush.

What I love from the Colourburst range is these two lip butters, in Sugar Frosting and Cupcake – £7.99 each. I must admit that Cupcake is my favourite, a glossy and subtle pink colour that is very long lasting. Sugar Frosting is more of a glitter/shimmer than exact colour, but looks cute layered upon a pink shade of lipstick.

Have you tried any of the products from these ranges?

Essex Bloggers Goody Bag

Essex Bloggers Event

This Saturday I organised an event for the bloggers of Essex. I have always taken a look at the other events organised for bloggers across the country and they looked like so much fun. There doesn’t seem to be too much happening for bloggers within the county so I decided that this would be a great way for us to meet up, get to know each other and have a nice afternoon.

We met at 2pm in Missoula, Chelmsford. There were 9 of us in total and we spent the afternoon sipping cocktails, wine and orange juice (for the drivers amongst us!). The food was wonderful and everybody had a great time.

I am really pleased that everybody enjoyed themselves so much and especially proud to have received so many thank you’s and well dones! I love organising, something I seem to have inherited from my Mum, so I was in my element arranging it all!

A great big thank you to all of the brands that got involved to help me put together a goody bag especially for all of the #EssexBloggers! These were really well received and the products are all wonderful.

Essex Bloggers Goody Bag

We’re hoping to get together again in the Summer and I look forward to it!

Sadly we didnt get too many pictures of the event, as it was difficult for many to get a word in edge ways there wasn’t much of a chance to start brandishing a camera around!

Sassibeau Salon

Sassibeau Salon

I get my hair cut once every 6 weeks but apart from that don’t really bother with it too much. Despite my natural light blonde my roots seem to be darkening and I wanted to brighten them up.

I found Sassibeau through Twitter, previously offering just home visits there is now a salon in Rayleigh, Essex where Sassibeau is based.

Sassibeau is a one woman show, run by the lovely Sarah. With many years experience in both colours, cuts and hair extensions she knows what she does & she does it well!

I went for some light blonde highlights, the environment was relaxed and friendly. The salon is small but means that there is never more than one client at a time. Allowing you to have some time to yourself without having to listen to other people’s conversations.

The salon is beautifully decorated, with a modern vintage look. The chair attached to the basin also features massage settings for that extra touch of pampering and relaxation!

Once my hair was rinsed, Sarah moved on to the BIG blow dry. Common with many Essex residents, this – shockingly – involved 5 roller brushes! The process took about 20-30 minutes and I can’t explain to you how much I loved the finish look! It was soft, not frizzy in the slightest and looked natural. My lightened blonde locks where perfect too!

I cannot rate Sarah enough and 100% recommend you pay her a visit if you’re in the Essex area. She is currently offering £12 blow drys and also offers hair extension packages based on your requirements and budget.

Vinyl Clock

Vinyl Clocks Review

Guest post by Matthew Dean

Vinyl is one of those things in life that is hard not to love. Personally, I find everything about vinyl cool. The look, the feel, the smell. As a DJ living in a now digital age, but having learnt on turntables and vinyl, I have developed a respect for the medium that will never leave me.

My girlfriend and I have recently moved home and I’m still in the process of arranging my home studio exactly how I want it. So when I came home from work and Katrina presented me with a Vinyl Clock, I was over the moon! What a perfect compliment to my beloved studio!

Picture1

The box it came in was nicely designed and contained the clock securely in a polystyrene case, making it extremely difficult for any accidents to occur during transit!

Upon opening the case, I was presented with a Beatles 7″ single featuring ‘She Loves You/I’ll Get You’ – very cool! On this occasion, the vinyl was selected at random but on the Vinyl Clocks website there is a huge range to choose from of both 12″ and 7″ vinyls, picture vinyls and even cover artwork.

The clock mechanism itself is very securely attached and contains a hook on the back to easily mount onto any wall. The hands of the clock are gold which looks great in contrast to the black vinyl. Not much more to report there – it does its job and that’s to tell the time!

Picture2

The website is smart, nicely laid out, easy to navigate and conveniently it uses PayPal as payment method. Considering the time it takes to source vinyls in good enough condition to use for display and to then mount the clock mechanism securely without damaging the vinyl, the pricing is very reasonable indeed starting from £13.95!

So, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not grab one now for the music lover in your life? Or even just for yourself! I am delighted with mine and know that you will be too.