28 Aug 2017

VIOLET AND WREN: BRINGING SEXY BACK TO LOUNGEWEAR

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LUXURY LOUNGEWEAR, LINGERIE AND LACE

Whatever you like to slip into in the comfort of your own home, I can guarantee that the designers behind sumptuous lingerie label Violet and Wren will have you covered. 

For a hint of glamour, or just plain practical, these girls know a thing or two about underwear, pyjamas and everything else that girls want! 

Check out my review for 55Factory here

 

22 Aug 2017

ALTAROMA: ROMAN FASHION

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I was invited to Altaroma “Who is on Next?” fashion week for the first time (!!!!) this season, and I am very glad I went! Seeing new talent, alongside established haute couture designers, in the romantic city of Rome was a very special experience. It is hosted in association with Vogue Italia, so as you can imagine, there was lots of hot talent to soak up.

Read my report for Schon! magazine here:

http://schonmagazine.com/eternal-city-of-style-altaroma/

31 Jul 2017

GROUNDBREAKING SKINCARE NEWS FOR IMPROVING CELLULITE

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Cellulite be gone

Celluence_Cream

So you might be at a perfect weight for your height but there is still some stubborn lumpy skin.

Sound familiar? 

Everyone gets cellulite, and that’s a fact. Even Kate Moss, so it’s no wonder that finding something to get rid of the bumps is an ongoing quest for most.  

Having tried rubbing and brushing and massaging, I was resigned that my skin was destined to be dimpled.. But as a las resort, I decided to try Celluence®, which is a two step process to be used twice a day for at least 1-3 months. Obviously this works best with cutting out sugar, alcohol, and upping the exercise routine, so I thought the summer time was the most likely time anyone would get to see my thighs, so why not give it a go? 

Feeling slightly dubious that lotions would be the answer to my prayers, I started looking in to the ingredients to see what they were actually meant to do. With horse chestnut, gotu kola, butcher’s broom, cocoa polyphenols, red pine bark, green tea, turmeric, coleus, green coffee, citrus fruit and mint, the combination sounded like something from Harry Potter! But I’ve seen the movies, and  I know that magic can happen…

Celluence_Cream

Using the two Celluence® creams (Phase One + Phase Two) in conjunction with each other, meant that my thighs and bottom got a thorough dosage of the active products, and was almost like taking the best of the best and doubling the results. 

Once I got used to the slight tingling- brought about by the mint and lemon peel, the tincture soaked in like moisturiser, so if anything, I could be sure that my skin would be softer than it had been, even if it didn’t look any better! However I continued in my quest for Cindy Crawford limbs, (albeit in my dreams)…And I did wonder whether I would be able to look at my kitchen tumeric in the same way…

Celluence_Cream

To be honest, I had a busy month, and trying to squeeze in gym sessions, birthdays, and a hectic workload, meant that I my rhythm went a little off kilter, and using the lotions twice a day went slightly array, nevertheless, after a month of increasing my gym classes, and drastically cutting down my alcohol, and remembering to apply to apply Celluence® for 80% of the time, I can say I can see a tighter bottom which is definitely not as pocky! 

Celluence_Cream

Would I continue with the product? Why not, if I can see a slight result in just over a month, this is bonus for me. There is more to achieve, but like I said, I have softer skin, and I quite like the refreshing tingle, so count me in for the long run.

Prices start from £45 for 100ml to £155 for 500ml.
The creams are exclusively available from lipotherapeia.com/celluence

 

24 Jul 2017

LEGENDS OF THE SANDBAR on your coffee table

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Legends of the Sandbar by Christopher Bickford

If you ever needed an excuse to learn how to surf, this coffee table book is it! However, this is not just a picture book- even though it contains some of the most stunning images of surf culture that I have seen.

Photographer and author Christopher Bickford, has made a home for himself in the sleepy Outer Banks in North Carolina, and uses it as a base to surf, write and collect documentary images. His book Legends of the Sandbar is an insider’s view of life on the Banks.

 

Legends of the Sandbar

Read more for 55Factory here

 

20 Jul 2017

THERE’S MORE THAN MAMA MIA IN SKIATHOS GREECE

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I love Greece. Fact! 

It’s got everything I need for the perfect, peaceful break- sea, sun, sand, sardines, surf.. and a blaring Mama Mia soundtrack!!! 

Although don’t let that put you off. 

If you like beaches, sunsets, amazing food and massages, I would highly recommend the Skiathos Princess resort.. it’s the perfect base for a Robinson Crusoe adventure and learning how to paddle board. 

Read what I got up to here- when I went on my five star adventure for The Bespoke Black Book…

http://www.thebespokeblackbook.com/skiathos/

 

03 Jul 2017

HEAD TO THE MED FOR PURE RELAXATION- TRAVEL WRITING

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I love Turkey. Fact! Read what I got up to when I visited the stunning, luxury D-Resort Gocek for Stylenest here. Warning, you might get some serious vacay envy!!!

The only thing to worry about on your trip to Turkey is what book to take to read!

26 Jun 2017

ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL CROATIAAAAAAAAA

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SUMMER IS HERE, AND SO ARE THE FESTIVALS….

If you are looking for something a little bit different, head to the sunny climes of Tisno in Croatia for Soundwave

It’s got Roy Ayres, Laura Mvulva, The Pharcyde. Booooom. 

Read more here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55travels-blog/soundwave-croatia-the-best-place-for-summer-music

25 Jun 2017

FRANCE DOES GOOD CHATEAUX: FACT

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I’m not always first off the blocks when it comes to history, but after my visit to the beautiful French Loire Valley, I can see a bit of a castle spotting addiction coming on. See what I got up to for 55Factory.net here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55travels-blog/you-say-castle-i-say-chateau

And enjoy my pics in the meantime! 

 

 

14 Jun 2017

PESKY POLLEN BE GONE WITH

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Spring has sprung, and summer is in the air. I can’t complain, but my poor eyes can! They positively weep at the jingle of the ice cream man, as that means the sun has his hat on, and the hay fever pollen is out.

I didn’t suffer with hay fever as a child. It is one of those pesky irritations which has developed, and is thriving even though I live by the beach. However, nothing is going to stop this Darling from going out and enjoying herself… and that is why I am very grateful to have found some non-irritable eye drops that soothe my poor itchy eyes, and I’m pretty sure give me some added sparkle! 

Murine_eyedrops

Thankfully, someone recommended Murine Bright & Moist Eyes which you can pop in morning, noon and night and the lubricating liquid gel adds that extra barrier of moisture. Be gone naughty itches! I love my sunglasses collection, but I like to wear make up underneath, with no fear of smudging down my face too! 

Boasting drops specifically for hay fever symptoms, and normal dry eyes, this is a brand I am super pleased to have discovered. Buy yours in most Boots stores, or online here.

 

 

 

 

14 Jun 2017

THE ART OF FRANCE

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Who doesn’t love a bit of  ‘oooh la la’?? 

I certainly made the most of my basic French when I visited the beautiful Loire Valley for Flush magazine.

See the full feature here

Loire Valley_FlushMagazine

 

Heading to The Loire Valley with my history head on, I wasn’t quite sure what delights I was letting myself in for. At a hop skip and short (90 mins) train ride from Paris, the pretty village of Amboise was worth the trek. Winding country roads, and chateaux a plenty, the village is probably best known for its Chateaux du Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years, but there are lots of other things to explore for a long weekend too, particularly if you are an outdoorsy sort, or like wine! Both of which appeal to me.

Everyone has heard of the Mona Lisa, but how much do you really know about the man behind her? With A-level art to back me up, I thought I might be teacher’s pet on the art- history part of the tour, but as Leonardo would say, there is always more to learn. In addition to his painting skills, Leonardo was a restless genius in many fields, excelling in whatever he set his mind to.

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He was invited to move in to the King’s estate in Amboise by King Francis I, as he was a great believer in Leonardo da Vinci’s talent. Giving him the title of “Premier Painter, Engineer and Architect of the King” he had a special, if ambiguous friendship with the Italian; Granting him full access to the Château of Cloux, (later known as Clos Luce) which was on the grounds and located only a few meters away from his own castle at Château d’Amboise. It is not known whether they were having a love affair, or whether King Francis just accepted his genius mind. Even with all the diaries and log books from the time, da Vinci’s sex life remains private.

Now open to the public, his home has been fully restored and furnished in the 16th-century style. The final years of his life at Château du Clos Lucé, were seemingly happy times, and he worked on several projects for King Francis, along with two of his trustworthy students. At the time, da Vinci was christened with the moniker “Renaissance Man” along with his contemporary Michelangelo, who was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet. A term which was befitting of both, working on the principle that man is the centre of the universe and has no limits. Knowledge is there to be consumed, questioned and embraced and every man should develop their own capacities for enrichment as fully as possible- which is completely