18/11/2012

Black Hats!


Ok so I have a slight obsession with black hats at the moment, which is no surprise as there are heaps out there at the moment.
I have just bought a black floppy fedora hat from H&M and I love it! Trouble is now I want to start collecting different styles.
I just wanted to put together my top faves on the high street at the moment for you, I hope you like my choice. Other places to look are Marks and Spencers and Debenhams, they are both doing a wide selection of all different colours and styles.
I am also loving the chunky head bands around at the mo too, both H&M and Urban Outfitters do them, they look great!




 



 Hat – H and M
Dress – Miss Selfridge
Jacket – New Look
Leggings – H and M
Boots – Autograph at M and S
Purple nail varnish – Rimmel


Happy Shopping!

Christina x

14/11/2012

Dip Dyed Hair!



I took these photos in the car, on the way up to London for a party. I had just had my hair dip dyed and as you can see I was chuffed to bits with the outcome. I am now addicted to dip dye. My colourist Abbie (from Melanie Giles in Bath) suggested I had it more subtle to start with but at a later stage if you fancy you can intensify it and have  a more contrasty effect. I was told you have to be careful not to make the ends too dry though by having it done too much. Because my hair is long and thick and usually all one colour, it gives it more of a lift. I am very happy with it and can’t believe I haven’t done it sooner. The dip dye is an interesting process, I thought you literally dipped your hair in a bucket of dye but that isn’t the case, firstly my hair was back combed all over and then the bleach was applied to the ends. It is an Aveda salon so she always uses Aveda colour on my hair, as well as all the gorgeous smelling shampoos and conditioners. At home I can’t live without the Aveda Brilliant emollient finishing gloss, it tames my unruly locks.
My top fave products at the moment for hair care are in the photo below. I use Aveda Shampure shampoo and Aveda Smooth Infusion conditioner to wash my hair. After I have washed it and it is still wet I work either smooth infusion glossing straightener into my hair right down to the roots or I use Macadamia healing oil treatment (another staple favourite of mine). After blow drying and using my ghd straighteners I smooth any frizzy or wispy bits with the Aveda Brilliant gloss ,which I keep in my handbag at all times incase of any mad frizzy moments during the day.



Happy Dip Dying!
Christina x

08/11/2012

Christmas at Highgrove!




It was a festive night at the Highgrove shop Christmas launch event in Bath last Monday night. We were able to preview all their new luxury Christmas gifts and really felt in the true British Christmas spirit!
One thing I do have to highlight are the stunning Christmas decorations dressing the shop, designed by Shane Connolly himself. Shane Connolly designed the flowers for the Royal wedding! You must go and take a look, his garlands and window display are beautiful!
There is something for everyone in the Highgrove shop and all gifts are hand made by skilled craftspeople. Everything caught my eye and I walked around the shop over and over again finding gifts for all the family, but as usual I am always attracted to anything I can wear. I do however have a small candle obsession and the cinnamon and spice candle they had burning in the shop smelt amazing. They also sell a diffuser, potpourri and a room spray of the same smell…….yummy!

Here are my top picks below:

They sell beautiful cashmere socks (Knitted in Scotland) in different colours as seen in the photo below which you can buy with or without a cosy knitted hot water bottle cover which I also love.
 
They also do Corgi long wool blend socks (‘using traditional hand manufactured methods dating back to 1892, Corgi were the first company granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment’) They are great for wellies and the Christmassy Fair isle ones for curling up in front of the fire.
The jewellery is unique and beautifully handmade including little bumble bees inspired by the English country garden (handmade in Somerset) and Wren birds which are a frequent visitor to the English garden (handmade in Sussex). Prices do range, whether you have a ribbon tie or a silver chain, bracelet or earrings.


Don’t forget to grab yourself a cinnamon and spice Highgrove candle, it smells amazing! My house is already feeling Christmassy! Also add a traditional Highgrove hanging tree decoration to your collection, I have the red robin. You must take a look at The Highgrove shop website, I love the way each item has a brief description of where and how it was made making each item unique and special.

So go on you too can spend a traditional Christmas at Highgrove!




Happy Shopping!

Christina x


Apart from the first photo, all other photos courtesy of the Highgrove shop.

06/09/2012

Boux Avenue Comes to Bristol!

Cloe Lace set in Grey

Check Pyjama Pants and Floral Vest

I am really excited another Boux Avenue has been added to the collection! This time it is opening at Cabot Circus in Bristol on the 13th September. I am smitten with this shop. When it opened in Bath I was drawn in by the eye catching colours and styles. I especially love the grey Chloe balconette bra set shown above or the yellow plunge bra set they do, the 'Chloe lace plunge bra'. I even bought my Summer bikini from Boux, the 'Aruba boost multiway'. Having a smaller bust I just love the padded bras and the padded bikinis they do (I have often owned padded bras which I have wished were a bikini for the shape). 'Boux Avenue focuses on sizing options that range from 30A to 40H and from 6 to 20.' The owner Theo Paphitis is launching his thirteenth UK Boux Avenue store. ' The glamorous label will set lingerie lovers' hearts racing with it's sultry styles and flirtatious fabrics - making it an irresistible lingerie, nightwear and swimwear haven for Bristol shoppers.' Underwear which is fashionable, pretty, girly and affordable is what makes Boux Avenue so popular. The nightwear is also irresistible and will be on my Christmas list for sure. I have already put together my wish list which also includes their girly gifts and beauty products. They do a mini bra and knickers scented drawer sachet which I think is really sweet. Check out my top picks:


So go take a look when it opens and I promise you won't be disappointed!

Happy Shopping!

Christina x

Photos courtesy of Boux Avenue and Grayling PR.

28/08/2012

Benefit Beauties!


After going on holiday with my best mate and trying out her Benefit make-up, I couldn't wait to add it to my make-up collection. I have always been attracted to the eye catching packaging and have finally been converted. I firstly loved the product 'Brow zings'! Wow, it is heaps better than the pencil and brush I usually use. It is way more natural, it just blends perfectly. You use the soft wax using the angled brush to shape and define and then use the powder to fill in using the other brush. Even comes with a mini pair of tweezers! I just love this product, I have at last got perfect brows! Each Benefit product comes with instructions on how to use it so you can't go wrong.


I was also after a concealer that actually conceals dark circles and red patches. I have battled with all sorts of makes of concealer and have finally found the one! I couldn't believe that it actually completely gets rid of any bluey dark circles under the eyes. I was recommended the 'Perk Up Artist' complexion corrector!  It comes with three compartments, a corrector to neutralise red blemishes, a cover for dark circles and a brightener for the corners of your eyes to brighten tired eyes and give you an instant lift. At last no more red blemishes and dark circles!
I was also given this complimentary facial cream also to try out and it smells gorgeous, I put it on before I went to sleep last night and woke up with skin feeling really soft and hydrated. I wouldn't use it straight before you apply your make-up as it is very rich and needs time to soak into the skin, so before bed is perfect. Tessa was my beauty artist at House of Fraser in Bath (Jolly's) and couldn't have been more helpful advising me on the best product for what I needed it for and which would be best for my colouring. She even gave me a lesson on how to use the products.


Drop into your nearest Benefit Brow Bar for an instant make over! You don't even have to make an appointment. My nearest Bar is at Boots or Debenhams in Bath. Find your nearest one on the Benefit website. Also follow the Benefit Blog!



Happy Shopping!

Christina x

21/08/2012

STUDS U LIKE


Shirt - Bershka 
Denim Skirt - H&M
Shoes - Bershka


I am obsessed with studs at the moment and there is certainly no shortage of them in the shops, they are on everything! These were my purchases in Barcelona from one of my new found fave shops Bershka. Go check them out now if you haven't already heard of them, you will definitely find something you like. I knew I wanted to buy a white, studded collared shirt but when I saw these red slipper shoes I just had to buy them! I am always attracted to red shoes and I just love the smaller gold studs on them. My denim skirt is about 7 years old from H&M but it is a staple in my wardrobe and I love wearing it with this crisp white shirt. I will follow this look through to Autumn swapping the skirt for some skinny blue jeans.
Don't forget to go check out Bershka!
Happy Shopping!
Christina x