Monday, 31 October 2016

Freya Active AW16

Everyone is familiar with Freya Lingerie and its beautiful range of bras fitting up to a K cup.  Freya has got a sister production of active wear with the same characteristic, so that a full figured woman can find stylish outfits for the gym as well without renouncing to the comfort of a generous cup size for her sport wear. Welcome to Freya Active.
The Epic Crop Top Sport Bra has got  a micro fibre inner support, a wide curvature wire in an oval shape in order to reduce pressure on the body and a shape that encapsulates the breast instead of compressing it. Freya Active Epic bra has been designed for heavy workouts and active sports for a quite intense level of activity. I like the matching shorts as well with breathable panels, foldable marl waistband with moisture management and the reflective seaming that stand out in the dark.
If shorts is not really your cup of tea Freya Active has got a longer version matching the crop bra. The Intense Reflective Twist Legging have got the same characteristic as the shorts but also have got a concealed slip pocket inside the front of the waistband. Good for your locker key.
The Force Crop Top Soft Cup Bra by Freya Active gives full coverage, has got a soft and wide bottom band that gives support to the breast  and a slide hook fastening so it is easy to wear it. This bra as well can be worn for  heavy workouts and active sports. The Pace Loose Shorts have got a inner brief, a soft waistband with a concealed slip pocket inside the front of it.

The Dynamic Freestyle Soft Crop Top is made of soft marl fabric with a cross bust panels, racer back style so it is comfortable when stretching and exercising and it is recommended for gym work outs, exercise classes and moderate sports.

The Freedom Performance Capri Pant in black are the perfect staple item to match all the colourful crop tops. They are lightweight and stretchy with very clever ventilation designed for us girls in specific sweat zones, they are made of micro fibre and there is a back zipped pocket. Check out more on the Freya Active website at www.freyalingerie.com/active

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Perfume Shop Gift List

It is my opinion that if you know somebody well and you know what fragrance is on top of the list the only stop to go for Christmas is The Perfume Shop. Among the huge selection and the Limited Edition just for The Perfume Shop you are bound to find the perfect gift for anyone. I like to try new scents even if I've got few favourites.
Talking about favourites, this beautiful Angel by Thierry Mugler gift set with the unmistakable star shaped bottle,  contains this delicious fragrance  with its bouquet of chocolate, caramel, bergamot, honey and vanilla. Together with the fragrance, there are a body cream and shower gel so that you are completely immerse in this heavenly scent.

Marc Jacobs Decadence gift set comprises the handbag shaped bottle of EDP and a shower gel. I like this fragrance and being a bag lady, in the good sense of term obviously,  I've welcomed the beautiful shape of the packaging with the dark glass protecting the scent from the light.
The Perfume Shop has got few exclusive fragrances to choose from, something that you can find only at their stores and website. The new Limited Edition  DKNY Be Cristallized comes up with a choice of two scents : DKNY Be Delicious Cristallized in Apple Green and DKNY Fresh Blossom Cristallized in Apple Pink. They are beautiful to look at and the fragrances are fruity and floral.
To make a gift even more personal The Perfume Shop has create an Engraving Service exclusively online where you can choose the perfume and ask it to be engraved with initials or the name of the receiver or a small message. "Will you marry me" would sound great and it would keep that bottle forever as a family heirloom. Among the choice of 91 fragrances I'm sure you can find the one that appeals you.
The Perfume Shop has got a fantastic selection of stocking fillers that I wouldn't know what to choose. At the end, I've decided to show this  Ghost Deep Night Bauble with a Ghost Miniature and a Lip Gloss. At £ 8.00 it is a nice little present for friends, colleagues or to decorate your Christmas  Tree for a Christmas party where at the end every lady can take home a bauble.
 There are more and more fragrances to talk about, but I advise you to go online at www.theperfumeshop.com and if you haven't The Perfume Shop Reward Club card , enrol immediately because for each Pound spent online and in store you've got 1 point and when you reach 100 points it is £ 5.00 voucher to spend. Also having this Card will give you access to competitions and offers exclusively for its members.



Saturday, 29 October 2016

Joules at Christmas

It is very common, when thinking about Christmas, associating those holiday days with glam and sparkle. But Christmas is a time when the schools are closed and  we can enjoy few days out of town, so we need something warm and beautiful to wear. Joules, well known for its gorgeous outwear and smart countryside looks has got a fantastic range of jackets, accessories and more  to make you think of a Christmas day in some 15th century cottage in the Moor, walking in the snow and sitting in front of a roaring fireplace.
The Gosfield Padded Jacket in caramel with detachable faux fur collar is very flattering with its cut. Zipped pockets will keep safe keys and mobile phone. One very important thing is always to wear something brightly coloured while exploring a forest or in the snow so you are easily seen. This beauty is available at £ 139.00 and in Marine navy as well.
I love the Evedon Short Wellies by Joules.  The contrast between the slate grey boots and the pink ribbon  is amazing. Joules thinks of all the details to make a pair of wellies comfortable. In this case you can see the shape where they falls away at the back avoiding to have your calf rubbed by the border of the welly. At £ 69.95 these wellies are a must if you are thinking of leaving the town for the Christmas period.
Be embraced by this gorgeous Capability Poncho in dark plum. Machine washable it will be the perfect layering solution over a flannel shirt and skinny jeans with boots or if you want to wrap up yourself on the sofa in front of a DVD. At £ 79.95 it is a very versatile item to own.
This is one of the best ideas I've seen in a long time. Joules has come up with the Pop A Pom Bobble Hat. What is it ? Well as you can see it is a normal bobble hat and next to it you can see some key rings  in different colours. These key rings have got a surprise. They can be detached by the hook and with their hidden press stud they can be attached to the hat swapping the colour of the pom pom bought originally. So there are 8 different colours for the hats  and 8 different colours for the key rings. Depending on what you are wearing, if you like to match colours in your outfit, just changing the pom pom will give you a new hat...and a new keyring. Hats are £ 24.95 while the key rings are £ 9.95. A great gift if bought together.
The Paddington Tweed Bag in Heather Check unique to Joules, is a week end hold all for a short break. The shoulder strap can be adjusted,  making this bag very handy to be carried around. There is a pocket for a mobile phone and it has got a very easy maintenance, just wipe it clean with a damp cloth. The material is wool, cotton and viscose lining with polyester trim. This is a gift to yourself for £ 79.95.
The Westbourne Chelsea Boots are great worn with anything, comfortable and elegant. Among the few styles at Joules, these one with Leopard hair on hide are amazing. They are Chelsea boots with a twist and with the animal prints trend still going on strong, this is the perfect taking if you don't want to overdo it looking like Tarzan. Priced at £ 130.00 these Chelsea Boots will see you through the winter season and more.
Tired of being outdoor and you want to stay at home cosy and warm? Just slip in the Idlewhile Dressing Gown with a multi dogs print, soft and fleece lined, ideal for those gloomy evenings outside and you are  sipping a hot drink  relaxing in front of the telly. This is going to be in my wish list because at £ 49.95 you can't find better than that. For more ideas and to check where the closest Joules store is go online at www.joules.com







Friday, 28 October 2016

Neom Organics

I've discovered Neom Organics products and I've fell in love with them. Everything from the packaging to the scents used and the goodness of the ingredients has captured me. For Christmas the company has come up with a range of luxury candles and body products in a seasonal mix of fragrances that recall the festive period.
The Limited Edition Christmas Wish candles are sprinkled with real 18ct gold and 13 essentials oils including cinnamon, mandarin and tonka beans. You can have the candle with one or three wicks. The blending of these purest essential oils reduce stress levels while giving a festive scent to the whole room. The packaging is very elegant as well and makes it a perfect gift.
This Real Luxury Skin Treatment Candle is a treat for your skin. Just light up the candle for 30 minutes so that the oils will melt. Then cool it for a couple of minutes. The wax has been made purposefully to be applied on the skin without burning the skin by it if following the given instructions. You drizzle the melted warm wax on the skin and then massage where treatment is needed like dry elbows and heels or hands or legs. If very lucky a nice body massage is the ultimate luxury. The real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment has got among the essentials oils lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood while the Tranquillity Skin Treatment  has got  English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine.
Gift sets are always well received especially if the receiver doesn't know well a brand. This  Limited Edition "All I Want For Christmas Are Three Nights of Peace" by Neom Organics includes a miniature of Bath Oil Tranquillity, Great Day and Real Luxury. They have the same fragrance of the Tranquillity Skin Treatment Candle with the same benefits, great to de stress after a very busy period starting from the beginning of December with all the Christmas parties and finishing with the traditional meals with relatives. Start the new year with a bit of "me time" with this gift set.
One indulgent treat that not always is on our shopping list is a great scrub, so receiving or giving a product like this is always a well thought gift. The Neom Great Day Body Scrub is a blend of 8 pure essential oils with a top note of wild mint and mandarin. It is a very uplifting product and gives you energy under the shower to start the day.
Neom Organics has got a range of miniatures, great for travelling or to put them in your bag  so when you need a pick me up or a de stress moment  just rummage in your bag and it is ready for you.
The sizes make them perfect as stocking fillers or if you make your own crackers. These three products in the picture are the Intense Night Repair Body Oil with English Lavender, sweet basil and jasmine for a soft skin, and the lavender essential oil will have you relaxed in no time. The Intensive Deep Sleep Treatment is a roll on that will last up to three hours and it will help to have a restful sleep. The Perfect Night Sleep Pillow Mist . sprayed on your pillow will release a very calming fragrance that teamed up with the Intensive Deep Sleep Treatment will bring you to a relaxed state and you will sleep peacefully. For more ideas and to order online go to www.neomorganics.com
Neom stores are only in Leeds and in London at Wimbledon.






Thursday, 27 October 2016

Swatch Watches AW16

Swatch has been the first company to throw fun at watches, designing  colourful, affordable and stylish watches since 1983, introducing seasonal collections like a fashion house. They are actually a fashion house because they pick trends and they transport them on to their products.
The first watch is the Chesera model for lady in dark grey and white decor. Next to it there is the Chicken Run model for gent which I find great for lady as well. I would wear it because I like big watches and I adore the hounds tooth decor. The face has got the same print of the strap but a small detail, in the picture is pink but it comes up in yellow, blue or green at random.
If you are a collector of Swatch, the Uhrly model for gent has to be included in the collection. Taking inspiration from Switzerland  and the traditional cuckoo clocks, this is a piece that as well as working perfectly it can be put on a frame  mimicking the original cuckoo clock.
Still from the Swiss range the Edelblau for gent in blue and the Roetli for lady in red take inspiration from the traditional fabrics and embroideries typical from Switzerland that can be found in all the shops selling local crafts.
Being colours a characteristic of Swatch this Lillapop model with its blue dial, case and strap with pink print and orange loop is the right watch that goes with everything and it is great for both men and women and I dare say of all ages, depending when and where you wear it. The Me-How model with the hip hop style cat on the dial and white prints on the black strap is another collector piece and this one as well is a unisex model.
Two very colourful models for lady that get a round of applause. The Multi-Codes Swatch with orange dial and purple strap with printed stripes  bears my favourite colours while the Paseo De Gracia model reminds me of a 1970s prints that were used on crockery and stationary. Two nice watches that could be the beginning of a love affair between the Swatch house and a young girl.
Back to the gents with the Sir Dog model sporting a very sophisticated canine and with a blue strap inspired by the fabric of a tie or a man's dressing gown. This watch takes you to one of those townhouses, sitting in the library, sipping a scotch in front of a roaring fireplace, but here as well I don't find anything wrong if worn by a lady.
The Duck-Issime watch is another gent watch but here as well can be unisex. The duck printed on the dial and the checkered strap takes inspiration by the hunters' outfits worn while spending the weekend on the countryside at the family pile.
Let's finish with the Pink Cushion model in stainless steel strap rose gold plated and plastic case.
I love rose gold and I find this nuance of metal very flattering on the skin. It is a warm colour and very elegant. This watch definitely is a winner.
The Swatch collection is huge so I would suggest to go online at www.swatch.com so you can browse all the fantastic watches and buy them online as well as locating the store nearest to you in order to  immerse yourself in a very colourful environment.








Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Debenhams Christmas Gift List for Her

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents. Now it's the right time because new ideas, festive and sparkly items are in stores. Debenhams has got a fantastic  selection of gifts for every budget and under one roof it is possible to cross off most of your presents ' list. I've picked some items that could be perfect for us girls.
Aren't these sequins slippers from the Lounge & Sleep at Debenhams adorable? The furry lining keeps your feet warm and snug and the silver sequins give that festive look jazzing up any lounge wear in case of an unexpected visit. This is a gift that would much appreciated by anyone and priced at £ 12.50 I believe that you have to be quick to snap a pair before they are sold out.
A vase from the Star by Julien Macdonald with Swarovski crystals is a gift for the house but if you team it up with a bunch of flowers from Debenhams Flowers, this present becomes personal. The vases are very sophisticated, with a clear design and embellished with crystals in the right places in order to give  that sparkle.
From Star by Julien Macdonald range these beautiful mirrored boxes are great to store jewellery, silk scarves or other bits and bobs that we don't want scattered around but still we want them handy for immediate reach. I like the mirrored chest of drawers. I would store my precious lipsticks for a final finish in front of the mirror before leaving home. This is a gift for all ages, well received from the teenager at her first jewellery box to the grandmother who can put her beloved pictures somewhere safe.
Gifting gloves is always  right, you've never got enough gloves and every season new styles and new colours come out. Just changing gloves you can update an outdoor look. These beauties from J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams are the ultimate colours. They are in leather with knitted wool  palm. At £16.00 they are something to put in the Christmas list.
Sparkle and more sparkle with the beautiful clutches N1 by Jenny Packham, in black or gold beads. Both clutches have got a chain shoulder strap and they are roomy enough for an evening out 's essentials. Match them with this beautiful sandal by Debut available in silvery grey and ivory with beaded front. Buying a gift doesn't mean that this gift has to be only for somebody else. If you find something you like buy it ands ask it to be wrapped up like it was a gift for somebody else. For sure under the tree you will find something you like. Check online at www.debenhams.com and start filling up your list or leave the webpage open for other to pick the subtle hint.








Monday, 17 October 2016

Huit 8 Lingerie

A new season always prompt me to buy new lingerie, it is almost a rite and Autumn is for me like new year, it is customary to  renew something in my lingerie  drawer. Huit 8  has got quite a few offering.
The Candeur by Huit 8 style with the long line padded bra  is one of my favourite models. It gives support and it looks like a modern corset. The cups for this model goes up to D but with the same pattern  the Candeur style has got the full cup bra that goes up to DD while the soft bra is up to C. A lovely choice of briefs with a string or boxer shorts as well as normal briefs.


The nude nuance of the Dress Code by Huit 8 style is so delicate and the shape of the boxer shorts  looks very comfortable. The bra is the soft one which goes up to cup C but the full cup bra and the Magic Air Bra with push up air pads.
Colours are important even with the underwear. I like to match the colours of what I'm wearing with my underwear  and I know that with Huit 8 I can find a selection of bright colours to cheer me up. The De l'Air style in this ginger colour can boost any mood. The half cup bra with foam goes up to size E and a half cup bra is available as well. The briefs have got little and cute details like the bow and lace inserts and  the boxer shorts are in stock as well.
Arpege by Huit 8 has got a  fabulous cherry pink colour and the detailed lace for the half cup bra and the briefs is very sophisticated..The same model is available in black and ivory but this one is the AW16 new colour. The low waisted briefs go up to size XL while the half cup bra is up to size E. A soft bra and a Magic Air Bra are in the same range.

Plein Les Yeux by Huit 8 , literally to dazzle somebody or to take one's breath away and yes, this style has got this effect. Its slate blue nuance, the pattern the cut, it is so beautiful. The Magic Air Bra gives support and the String with its detailed lace goes up to size XL. Now for some serious shopping where you can find a Huit 8 Lingerie stockist ? Online at the best e-stores and for a brick and mortar shop check www.huit.com for a full list of retailers.




Sunday, 16 October 2016

Sorel Shoes AW16

Sorel Footwear has been around for five decades and it has specialised in boots, after all being based in Oregon, they know a thing or two about cold and snow and being comfortable during the coldest months of the year. Its collection has got colours, has got fur lining and gives our feet something to feel snug and warm and being stylish while going out and about fending off rain and snow or simply a cold snap that makes your toes freeze. Not anymore with Sorel Boots.
This is has to be one of my favourite, the Medina IV Premium boots. It has waterproof vulcanised rubber upper with ponyskin on leather, in this case it's a beautiful blue but it is available in black pony skin as well. Midsole,and outsole is made of vulcanised rubber and the outsole has got a herringbone pattern so that it won't  be slippery. The stacked heels are solid and keep you in balance.
The Sorel Major Moto is the black suede and leather  ankle boot with red and black textile lining. Its biker style with metal details gives that rock chick vibe as well as being very comfortable. The same style can be bought in tobacco leather with felt lining. The Sorel Major Pull On is the tan boot with double buckles made of oiled suede and leather and it is available in black as well, They can be right with skinny jeans, mini skirts and thick tights, the sky is the limit really.
Tivoli Go and Tivoli Go High are comfortable, light and very stylish sneakers. The upper is made of textile or sweatshirt, in this case you can see the sweatshirt option and the outsole is made with molded rubber pods for a great traction.
It is not just flat boots for Sorel. Among the huge selection I've picked the Conquest Wedge in black or tan premium leather. The design is a mix between the hiking boots with the red laces and metal hooks but the wedges give that fashion factor so these boots can be styled  in many ways and always be perfect.
These Cozy Carnival are part sneakers and part boots and they are very light in weight. Why I am saying this ? Because now with all the restrictions when travelling, a pair of comfortable, warm and waterproof shoes that are not taking up weight in your suitcase is a God send. With its fleece lining, molded rubber pods soles and waterproof nylon uppers, you just need to choose the colour you like among  black or blue, or red or off white.

The Out ' N About Moc are great slippers that  with their fleece lining  keep your feet warm and the rubber sole gives stability on a wet surface. Perfect if you live in a house with garden and you need to go out to pick up a parcel or for attending your pets or even to pop to the corner shop for that half pint of milk. Sorel shoes are sold through its website at www.sorelfootwear.co.uk or at Amazon, Net a Porter, Zalando, John Lewis and more.





Saturday, 15 October 2016

Luisa Spagnoli Boutique in London

I've known the iconic Italian brand Luisa Spagnoli forever. When I was living in Italy it was one of my favourite shops where I could always find something beautiful and affordable. Finally the shop has opened in London at 171 Piccadilly on the 13th of October and I can assure you, the AW16 collection is to die for. I've  picked few of the many looks on offer, just a teaser , because the shop deserves a visit.
The collection is a homage to the United Kingdom with tartan, hound tooth, tweed patterns and it  caters for every woman of all ages and every walk of life. One of Luisa Spagnoli outfit will be perfect in a board room, in an office or political engagement and I wouldn't be surprised to spot the Duchess of Cambridge wearing the brand. This short wowen tartan jacket with 3/4 sleeves and gem button is a beauty, great with jeans or with a skirt or classic trouser for work. It is possible to match it with at above the knee skirt.
This boho style dress in viscose grab the 1970s trend perfectly. it is gathered at the waist so it can be styled with a thin belt in tan leather and here it is worn with a mink tricot waistcoat in real fur.
At Luisa Spagnoli you can find as well as clothing, bags, scarves, belts, costume jewellery and hats. A perfume has been created as well , very feminine with notes of  jasmine, orange blossom and Taif rose.
 This stretch jacquard dress is the perfect canvas to play with colourful accessories, a bright jacket, sparkling jewellery, a statement bag, everything will be amazing in order to complement the look.
From work to party this is the dress to  be included in any wardrobe. The antithesis at the " I've got nothing to wear" moment.
Luisa Spagnoli loves colours and you will see the shop, elegant and sophisticated with rails dedicated to specific colours. I love this angora pullover with 3/4 length ruffles sleeves, teamed up with this tartan pattern boucle fabric skirt. The colour is just what we need during the cold grey months.
Luisa Spagnoli, in its collection has got a great range of formal dresses, perfect for a wedding. This floral dress with velvet belt reminds me of a look out of an Audrey Hepburn film. The style is timeless and the colour is very warm. That Christmas party is the perfect excuse to go and try it on.
For the very formal occasion this tulle embroidered dress is gorgeous and makes you feel like a princess. Straight neckline and not fussy in its design, given the silver sequins and embroidery, it will need only a pair of statement earrings and a clutch, maybe in a contrast colour.
I could post pictures over pictures but I want to whet your appetite not showing much so you can go to the website at www.luisaspagnoli.it to know the brand and its fascinating history and then go and visit the brand new shop at 171 Piccadilly W1J 9EH in London.