Friday, 28 February 2014

Tea With Pandora

Everyone knows the Danish jewellery brand Pandora. I can safely say that with its stock of lovely, well made and affordable trinkets, this company saved more than one independent  jewellery shop from its closure. My friend, blogger Sonia Figone www.nelpaesedellestoviglie.com invited me to join her at #teawithpandora at their flagship store 465 Oxford Street W1C 2AU for an early afternoon of tea, cakes, pampering and view of a collection for Mother's day and the Spring.
The VIP lounge at Pandora shop was decorated with flowers, pink drapery and tables ready to welcome the winners of a competition on Twitter which my friend has been lucky to win. We sat at a table and we had our tea served together with a cake stand full of delicious sandwiches, macaroons and mini meringue and lemon pies, mini scones and other mini scrumptious cakes.
We've been joined by Emma Collings marketing manager and Emma Hedges marketing coordinator for Pandora and between a sip of tea, a sip of pomegranate and elderflower drink we've talked about the Pandora brand, fashion and the just finished LFW.
We could not miss a session of manicure with the great girls from Perfect 10 a mobile beauty company where it is possible to book a beauty treatment and they will come to your home. We had our nails filed and painted with a choice of three nail polishes in a pink nuance to match the decor of the room and the brand. www.perfect10mobilebeauty.co.uk
The VIP lounge was beautiful don't you agree ? We were just feeling like ladies who lunch and after a tiring period for the fashion week it was just the perfect treat for a relaxing couple of hours with a friend.
But let's talk about the Pandora collection dedicated to Mother's Day, a lovely selection of charms in silver, enamel and cubic zirconia. For example a nice idea to start a Pandora charm bracelet it could be at some beginnings like the birth of a daughter. At each occasion there is a specific charm that will be collected on a bracelet and when the kid grows up and maybe leaves the house to go to Uni or for any other reason, a gift with all the important steps in her life are grouped together on a bracelet which will become a collectible item as well.
As if we did not have had enough, at the end of our afternoon we left with a gorgeous goodie bag with sweet treats inspired by the occasion. A delicious cupcake, a Pandora charm, a delectable nail varnish with mini nail files and a nail buffer and a voucher from Perfect 10 in order to sample their treatments at home. Start today your collection or build up the bracelet of your life at www.pandora.net






Saturday, 8 February 2014

Princess Tam Tam Spring Summer Collection

I love the fashion lingerie brand Princess Tam Tam. This French label has that Gallic charm as well as being easy going. Styles range from very sensual lingerie sets to sportier line with boxer designed for women. Colours are a very important part in Princess Tam Tam collection that ranges from underwear, swimwear and lounge wear.
Alix is a stretch jersey little number in beautiful rose hip red or ivory. The choice of bras ranges from under wired, soft push ups or push ups with removable pads. The briefs can be mixed and matched choosing among hipster bikini, shorts or thong. I love the Swiss dots pattern and the bow at the front of bras and briefs.
The Fleur model is gorgeous with its delicate lace, which is a speciality from Calais. Brazilian boxers or hipster give a modern twist to the transparent  motif of the set. The bra can be a soft cup or half cup bra and as well as pearl grey a rose white nuance is available, depending on the skin tone.
This lovely little number is Pipa, a night gown in silk crepe. This is the perfect nightwear to put in a holdall for a week end away. It is available in blue or pink, the hottest colours for the next season. The peek a boo detail on the front is playful and classy.
I love pyjamas  and this polka dot model in cotton called Rose is a beauty. Either blue or grey, I would see it as one of those garments to wear when there is a pyjama party or when those charity events " Wear a pyjama at work" come up. Obviously sleeping in it is the main purpose, but if something we like we can wear it in more than one occasion, why not? All the lines at Princess Tam Tam are fabulous so check online at www.princesstamtam.co.uk or head down to Liberty , Fenwicks or Harrod's and treat yourself to some nice lingerie.





Thursday, 6 February 2014

Balance Me Skincare

I came across the Balance Me skincare brand  and I've loved its credentials. The use of natural ingredients, the fact that these products are of the highest quality but there are affordable, the aromas are delicious and there are not "baddies" like parabens, sulphates, petroleum, artificial fragrances and colours and more.
The Anti Ageing Face Serum at £ 36.00 for 30ml  firms and lifts and plumps the skin with its concentration of 100% natural ingredients, the Natural Protection Daily Moisturiser with SPF 18  is essential to protect your skin. An SPF is vital because even if we don't live in a hot country, the sun is still shining and the damages are invisible to start with but then you will pay later. The Radiance Face Oil is fantastic, the smell is fabulous and a must under your moisturiser and before going to bed. At £ 30.00 for 30ml or £ 15.00 for 10ml is one of those essentials to keep in the make up bag. And the Wonder Eye Cream so light yet so effective, perfect to soothe tired eyes. Great value at £ 20.00 for 15ml.
The Radiance Face Mask takes only 5 minutes of your time exfoliating, cleansing and brightening a skin with no life. At £ 18.00 for 75ml it is one product to have. The lovely pot contains the Stellar Face Balm with ingredients like shea butter and neroli, protecting the skin while plumping it and smoothing it. At £ 18.00 for 50ml you can't miss it. The Rose Intensive Lip Balm is 100% natural, petroleum free and perfect to protect and to hydrate parched lips. The delicious blend of rose otto essential oils is the cherry on top of the cake. Store it in your make up bag, at £ 12.00 for 10ml this product will last forever.
The Intensive Wrinkle Repair Cream is an anti ageing cream designed especially for deep lines and wrinkles, it is great as a night cream as well. At £ 30.00 for 50ml you've got premium protection with a small price tag. I love face mists and this Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist  is fantastic with its blend of rose water, neroli and spikenard essential oils. During the warm months and even when I'm working in front of my computer, I've always got a bottle of face mist. This one is priced at £20.00 for 60ml and the right size to carry in your handbag. The green packaging of the Facial Expression Filler  refines and lifts the skin as well as relaxing the muscles around the eyes,mouth and forehead that cause expression lines. At £ 22.00 for 15ml it is the natural answer to Botox.
The Radiance Face Oil is one of the stars of the "family", it is good for sensitive skins or when experiencing redness. visit the website at www.balanceme.co.uk and you will be spoilt for choice. Also, when buying Rose Otto Body Oil and Rose Otto Face Oil, 10% of the sales during February will be donated to the Breast Cancer Care campaign "Buy it with Love".





Jigsaw Spring Summer Collection

The new collection by Jigsaw is so beautiful that already some of the items have been sold out despite the cold weather. I think especially because of the cold weather we need to be cheered up by buying something bright and with a summery feel and any Jigsaw store can help in this, great items are already in display, ready to be picked up by a stream of loyal customers.
Orange is my favourite colour and this 1950s style coat with 3/4 sleeves is a beauty. It is the perfect coat to wear when invited to a wedding in a church and you can't bare much. So the coat will keep you covered without being too heavy and once out you can show off your strapless dress. In order to give more life to the coat, I would suggest wearing it in those office with air con at full blast. At £ 149.00 it is one of those great staple items in any woman's wardrobe.
Our spring is not very warm but we like to have something new and a bit lighter, just to welcome the new season. This fringe knit jacket priced at £ 189.00 is the right solution to a nippy weather. Its "chanellesque" look makes it a timeless classic. Teamed up with a floral lace top at £ 129.00 and a denim effect lace skirt at £ 139.00will take you from day to evening effortlessly.
I love tea dresses, they are so feminine and this Anemone print dress at £ 159.00 ticks all the boxes for the next season trends. With a cropped jacket is great for the office, with some jewellery(check the Jigsaw line, they've got some impressive pieces perfect for accessorising any outfit) for an evening out or for a shopping spree, very easy to take it off in the fitting room.
This is a very relaxed look but at the same time very smart. The Retro Jersey Amelie Top at £ 35.00 is a classic that should never be missing from a wardrobe. Here it it styled with a pastel leather skirt at £ 225.00, an investment piece that will last forever. The Mia sandals at £139.00 with their chunky heels make them very comfortable to wear and a roomy Montreal bag at £ 129.00 is the right accessorise where to store all of your essentials.
This sheer and solid tunic sweater at £ 89.00 is one of those garments that will follow you on your holidays and when you need something summery but it is not hot enough. The Chambray look trousers completed the look and it has been made smart with a pair of Jane suede court shoes at £ 139.00. Check online for more at www.jigsaw-online.com and see if you can resist from buying straight away or pop to one of their beautiful stores.





Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Very.co.uk Spring Summer Collection

It is still very cold but maybe we've got some holiday planned for the next few months in some hot place or maybe it is nice to browse the internet while on a office lunch break or Sunday afternoon at home. Very.co.uk  is the answer for a shopping spree that won't burn your credit card and it is full of great clothing, some of them designed in collaboration with celebrities like Fearne Cotton or Kimberly Walsh or Myleene Klass. This is my pick from the latest collection for Spring Summer already available.
Orange, being one of my favourite colours had to be the first in my wish list. From the Fearne Cotton line this peek a boo dress for £ 39.00 is a real bargain. it is very versatile worn as a dress only or with a pair of trousers in a pure 1970s style. The maxi dress in black with orange polka dots from the Fearne Cotton line is priced at £ 59.00 and it is the perfect  dress for a summer party and all those occasions where it is right to wear a maxi dress.
These  Amelia sandals from the Fearne Cotton line are gorgeous. With their colours and patterns will match all the outfits in your wardrobe. The lace up gives a  Victorian feel but the bright colours bring them in the 21st century. At £ 45.00 you can't leave them on the website.
I love hounds tooth check and this oversized version of the print is fabulous. From the Definitions line, this dress is priced at £ 29.00 and the pattern makes it a timeless classic. The  checked cami at the back in monochrome is perfect with anything from trousers, skirts, shorts and its black and white colours makes it great for any combination. Its price tag is £ 16.00, the black and white kimono dress at £49.00 is another classic that will never be outdated. With different styles of jackets and accessorises will change look every time.
This leopard print dress from the Love Label line is fun with its unusual fuchsia background. play with accessorises to maximise its effect or tone it down. Another great bargain at £ 35.00 and here as well wear it as a dress or as a tunic over a pair of leggings or trousers. Go wild with metallic accessorises and give it an edge with a black biker jacket. Start shopping now at www.very.co.uk



Superdry Spring Summer Collection

Superdry, despite its Japanese symbols emblazoned on its garments is a British brand and the flagship store in Regent Street is the temple of casual and sporty look. Some lines have been added with a more tailored cut, for who works in a smart office but wants to wear a cool brand. I've picked some of the looks for the next season, all very colourful, the perfect capsule wardrobe to put in your suitcase.
This look is very Riviera, the model looks like she just stepped out from a boat in Cannes. I love the red boat duffle jacket, teamed up with a Breton star crew tee and ankle grazer skinny trousers. The hammer high tops  are the cherry on top of the cake.
This mini Victory biker jacket gives an edge to the Hepburn Havana dress in turquoise with its delicate lace see through pattern. It is very sporty with a pair of aero sprint trainer, and the great thing about this outfit is that it is enough to change the shoes to change completely the look.
This look is very relaxed, perfect for a stroll at the market or for a visit to a museum or some other beauty spot on holiday or if you are at home on "staycation". The Croyd cable crew is great with the Havana skirt, here paired up with aero sprint trainers and a very roomy Jelly Whopper shopper. This bag is perfect for the beach as well.
The Hepburn dress in white and turquoise is very versatile, one of those staple garment which are a must in any young woman's wardrobe. Here it is styled with aero sprint trainers but it is great with any other kind of shoes and the Super Perforated bag in tangerine is just a beauty.
I love this dress with its bright colours, the Sundance Beach Club dress can be a tunic as well for who is not very confident to wear a mini. wear it over leggings or jeans or for a more 1970s look with a pair of flared trousers. The aero sprint trainers match the colours of the stripes and the gorgeous Super Perforated bag in fuchsia complements this fab look. Check online to see when these outfits will hit the stores at www.superdry.com




Sunday, 2 February 2014

L.K.Bennett Spring Summer Collection

I love L.K.Bennett shoes and bags, actually I am one of its customers, placing me in the same rank as Kate Middleton who everyone in the world knows that she wears the company shoes and she paid for them. She really is a real customer like the rest of us. The new collection that is hitting the stores step by step in the next  weeks is stunning. Lots of colours and lots of flats, perfect to wear all day long.
Gorgeous silver Patsy pump with a rose on the front. Available in pink as well and it is priced at £ 165.00 while the slingback with kitten heel in pink is the Peggy model which is available in silver as well and it is priced at £ 175.00. L.K.Bennett makes very comfortable shoes and it is very popular for big sizes, a friend of mine comes from Italy especially to buy its shoes here because she is not really a Cinderella in the foot department and she can find beautiful shoes only at L.K.Bennett.
The Rihanna shoes are a trio of beautiful court with a little drape at the front. It has a thin heel and it is perfect with a formal dress in occasion of a summer wedding or for the horse races. Available in Peony, Fuchsia and Grey  and it is priced at £ 185.00.
These beautiful sandals are the Mila and they are available in black and white with taupe leather and in green and black with gold leather. The chunky mid height heel makes it comfortable and great with any outfit. It is priced at £ 180.00 and if you need an excuse to buy another bag, there is a lovely matching clutch, the Portia at £ 185.00.

Another pair of gorgeous pumps with the Hope model in white and mandarin or blue and ink. Priced at £ 155.00 will see you through all the next season. Lovely matching clutches with the Drew model  at £ 225.00. All of them made in the most beautiful leather.
These shoes in woven fabric  are absolutely great. The court Flynn in gold and green is available in black and white as well at £ 185.00 while the sandals Lydia with the quirky platform are £ 245.00. Despite their height, the wedge makes them comfortable to wear them all day.
Tartan is present in this new collection with the Zoey shoes in black or white with patterned wedge. Their price tag is £ 180.00 and I find them great to give a twist to any outfit. The matching clutch Drew at £ 225.00 has got that punky edge so trendy this next season.
The Tally sandal in patent leather with  beads applied to the front takes you to a tropical beach in a jiffy. Available in red, blue and emerald  at £ 195.00 are the shoes to wear all summer. Feel free to play with nail polish matching the colour of the sandals. The lovely Evie raffia and patent leather clutch in red natural and red or green are priced at £ 225.00 have got the same motif on the front.
A selection of Kelly bags in different sizes and colours from £ 245.00 to £ 265.00. Orange,fuchsia, gold, white, all perfect to store all your essentials for a busy day. The roomy shape make them great for holding a netbook or tablet as well s the rest of all the things we need during the day. Check for more on L.K.Bennett 's website at www.lkbennett.com . Honestly I would have published all the pictures I've taken during the Press day, it has been difficult for me to choose the ones I've you see. Everything was just gorgeous.




Swatch Spring Summer Collection

I remember when in the early 1980s the first Swatch  hit the market. a playful watch in plastic, not expensive, it was the opposite of the watches we've seen before, which were serious and with an expensive price tag. Swatch is the contraction of " Second WATCH", the one you take on holiday or you practise sports with it and if it scratches it is not the end of the world. The funny thing that despite its colourful  models adults started to collect them, waiting eagerly for new releases. So maybe from this page you can find the next  Swatch to add to your collection.
From the Pastry Chef collection this wrap around model called " Caramellissima" is fun and takes you back to the candy shop after school where you were buying the candy necklaces and bracelets. I love it, even if I must admit all of the watches from this line are great. Perfect gift for a sweet tooth.
"For the Love of Patterns" is a fantastic collection, more adult than the Pastry Chef and perfect for men as well who maybe don't dare to go around with liquorice and cupcakes watches. This pair of watches are dedicated to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The polka dot in blue is "For The Love of K" while the Prince of Wales check is " For the Love of W". Other patterns include hounds tooth check and bandanna print as well as many more, mainly in monochrome black and white.
Here we've got from the "Le Swatch Dream Urban" a leopard print watch which together with the other models in this line has got all the characteristics of trendy patterns and popular prints seen on graffiti and video music. Camouflage, 1970s wallpapers, animal prints are just a small selection of what you can find in this collection. The lovely watch on the picture is the Orhanda model.
Another lovely model from the "Le Swatch Dream Urban" this pink " Rose Jungle" is for this colour's lovers. With the trends in fashion for the next season, this watch will match most of the garments on display in stores. Floral is going to be huge in spring and summer and this watch will be the perfect accessory.
These colourful Scuba Libre are some of the most popular models of Swatch since its beginning. From the " Island Galore" line  the blue " La Nave Va", the red " Deep Berry" and the lime " "Lemon Profond" will be your companions during your holidays. Perfect for a swim when you need to keep track of the time because your next meeting is with the bartender who will mix a fantastic cocktail.
From the "Classic Shine" collection I love this magnificent watch with leather cuff. It is not just a watch, it becomes a piece of jewellery, with this model "Dorata" you won't need to wear anything else. Other watches in this line comprise of mother of pearl face, gold and silver metal straps and gemstone like pastes applied on straps and faces.Check online to see the other model from Swatch at www.swatch.com where you can buy online or locate the nearest store to you where to go and be surrounded by all these beauties.







Saturday, 1 February 2014

Ralph Lauren Eyewear at Vision Express

At some point or other we will all need glasses, either because shortsighted or longsighted or astigmatic or maybe we need glasses for reading or to work in front of the computer. And for sure sunglasses are an essentials for anyone. So as a shortsighted etc etc I was eager to go to the launch of the new range of Ralph Lauren Eyewear at Vision Express at their beautiful shop at 181-183 Oxford Street London W1D 2JT. Celebrity stylist Gemma Sheppard was there to give tips on how to chose the best frame for your features as well as interviewing those celebrity she styled at Dancing On Ice and X Factor who came to see the new range.
All the frames are beautiful, all square or soft rectangular shapes in high quality handmade acetate and the sunglasses are very elegant with their square shape, inspired by the ones worn by Mrs Lauren.  Sixteen models in different colours from the classic black or tortoiseshell to the more vibrant reds or lilac.
I love these delicate pair in lilac. The frame is not big so it is perfect for a small face and it is just the perfect shape so that the eyes are like in a shop window ready to be admired. The weight is not existent and it is very important because as every glasses wearer knows, the weight on the nose can be uncomfortable after a whole day wearing glasses. Ralph Lauren frames are light and the bridge doesn't push on the nose leaving it free from red bruises.
This frame is a real fun with the external sidearms in a bright red and black colour and the internal in a tortoiseshell print pattern. Next to it a silvery frame, very sophisticated and classic, after all not everyone is working in a creative environment and there is a need for elegant and muted frames that don't scream . Ralph Lauren Eyewear caters for everyone and everyone taste.
This frame is great, black on the outside and red on the inside. Actually one of the girls working there on the evening of the event looked stunning with these pair of glasses. I had an eye test from the very skillful people at Vision Express. They've been great and they've given me a very accurate eye test using all the latest technology. Check online at www.visionexpress.com where you can book an eye test and choose your own frame among the many brands they've got in store.



New Look Spring Summer Collection

Lots of colours and fantastic outfits at New Look for the new season. If I had to put everything I liked from their collection I had to publish tons of pictures but I had to restrain myself in order not to make this post boring. And at the end of the day I give you a start and you can go online and at any stores to check all the latest arrivals.
Aren't they adorable? The citrus slice clutch is so sweet. Available either as a lemon or orange slice will be priced at £ 9.99 and it is perfect kept in a huge beach bag so when you go to the bar you can store a mobile phone, money and hotel key and being stylish. The cork clutch is great, one of my favourite at £ 12.99 is perfect to give a splash of colour, thanks to the orange texture, to any neutral colour outfits and the orange  point strappy sandals at £ 19.99 are a pair of shoes not be left in store.
This great skirt and top combo is from the Seattle Grunge line where big floral and palm prints and washed denim are the stars of the collection.m The top will be priced at £ 17.99 while the midi skirt will be priced at £ 19.99. This is the perfect outfit to wear at the airport when flying out on holiday and with high heel sandals will be great in the evening either away or during a staycation.
These  strappy wedges in fabric and cork are beautiful. Despite the height, the platform makes them very comfortable. Wear them with long floaty dresses, wide leg trousers or for a 1950s pin up look with denim shorts and checked shirt knotted at the waist. Buy them at £ 29.99 as soon as they hit the stores.
Monochrome is going to stay for next season and this outfit from the Tomorrows Yesterday line is great for going to work smart or for an evening out, or both . Just changing shoes the look will change radically.  The trousers are £ 19.99 and they are a staple in any woman's wardrobe and the jumper will be priced at  £ 17.99.
Tropical prints for this season swimwear and a wink to vintage style with high waisted briefs and bandeau tops.  This great look won't break your bank account because the top will cost £ 14.99 and the bottom will be £ 9.99.  Check for these and more at www.newlook.com