Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Current Clothing Crush

Does anyone have those moments when you can be working, making lunch, or even reading and suddenly think 'OMG I need "insert clothing/accessory/shoe item of choice". I have been having one of those moments today and I will let you know now that the item I am craving is a long playsuit.

I am thinking that black would probably be the best colour in terms of wearability..wouldn't this one from asos look amazing with statement jewellery and killer heels or dressed down with gladiator flats and a statement belt? How the playsuit is styled in the picture is actually how I would it most as the asymmetric shoulder provides enough detail and visual interest without the need of dozens of accessories, and still looks ultra chic and effortlessly stylish.

This cuffed denim playsuit from New Look is also gorgeous and again, could easily be dressed up or down. Isn't it great when fashion is also comfortable??

What are your playsuit recommendations?


This is a rather short n snappy post but I just thought I would share a recent 'Outfit of the Day' pic which was taken on sunny Sunday.

Dress: Zara
Sandals: Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses: Dorothy Perkins
Necklace: Charity Shop

Hope you like the look!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Outfit of the Day and New Bling Bling Ring!

I'm one of those people who hates getting their picture taken but alas, I decided to face my fear and break into the scary fashion blogging territory of posting an 'Outfit of the Day' picture.

So, here I am wearing a dress from Primark, denim waistcoat from Topshop, wedge shoes from New Look, H&M ring, River Island bangle and a Primark bag (which I think certainly looks more expensive than the £8 I paid for it!)

What do you think? This is also my first picture as used in the fabulous and newly relaunched Shop Pulse in our Office FASH-Off. If you haven't checked it out Shop Pulse's makeover yet, do so now by clicking here!

In other news, I am also very happy with a recent purchase pictured below. In my quest to find the perfect bling bling skull ring, I spied this little beauty on ebay for £5!


Sunday, 6 June 2010

Get Ready for the InStyle Fashion and Beauty Treasure Hunt!

Calling all fashion and beauty lovers! This forthcoming week marks a super exciting one in London town as InStyle magazine is launching an incredibly exciting fashion and beauty Treasure Hunt which will take place over 7 working days from today, Monday 7th June.

All InStyle readers will get the chance every day this week and next Monday and Tuesday to find the location of the InStyler who will be waiting with a hamper brimming full of gorgeous goodies ready to give out to the first people who find them.

Based in a different location in London over the course of the seven days, the InStyler will have an array of amazing designer fashion and beauty items at each spot. Each day will also see a different prize theme e.g. beauty, fashion, jewellery, watches etc.. The incredible range of prizes include beauty hampers, Zadig & Voltaire watches, Alex Monroe jewellery, a spree at My-wardrobe.com and a designer handbag.

All you have to do to take part is follow the InStyle Twitter @instyle_co_uk which will be revealing those all important clues as to where the goodies are located. You can also check out the InStyle page which will also provide the clues. Now, listen up as this part is VERY important; you MUST also come along with a copy of the new July issue of InStyle which is available to buy now.

To give you a teasing taste of what to expect from the treasure hunt, the prize today on Monday 7th June, is a £500 Selfridges voucher - what a way to brighten up your Monday!

So, make sure you grab your July issue of InStyle and start following the InStyle Twitter @instyle_co_uk to be fully prepared for tomorrow's first clue!

Happy hunting!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

The Woes of London Dating - The Dating Detox Trailer

There are so many Chick lits being churned out these days, and as an avid reader of the Chick lit genre (in addition to other genres too....of course), some are better than others for sure.

I recently read the debut novel ‘The Dating Detox’ by author Gemma Burgess and I have to admit that despite working with Gemma for a period of time, I did force myself to read the novel from a completely unbiased approach, else what would be the point, right? Anyway, needless to say that I wasn't forced to lie in my feedback for the sake of not hurting someone’s feelings and this is definitely one of the best Chick lits I have read in a long time – mostly due to the typically English humour and portrayal of the London dating scene, which is all too familiar (sigh).

However, Gemma has also gone that extra mile, putting even more of her creative talents to use by writing and filming a trailer to help promote the Dating Detox. It was released for public viewing yesterday and I have to say, that the casting is just so spot on in terms of how I visualised the characters to be. Some book trailers do tend to be a little...um...dull but this one is vibrant, funny and so easy to watch that you are left wanting more. Also, Gemma has a nice little cameo – see if you can spot her!

You can take a look at the Dating Detox trailer here-: www.thedatingdetoxtrailer.com

The Dating Detox Trailer from sam eastall on Vimeo.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Vintage Vs High Street Fashion

When it comes to summer style and even style in general, I tend to shy away from vintage fashion as I'm never quite sure if it suits me or if I'll look like a throw back from the 'olden days'. Some people can just 'do' vintage so effortlessly and though I don't think I fall into that category, this summer I'm determined to be more adventurous!

By adding a few vintage accessories or key pieces, you can instantly inject a unique touch to a current high street ensemble and it definitely enables to to put your own stamp on a popular trend that can see everyone looking like clones.

This Fash Shot Studio video by Liv TV and featuring fashion blogger Mademoiselle Robot, shows us exactly how to stylishly combine vintage pieces with current, trend inspired looks. There are some great insider tips so if you're stuck in a bit of a style rut and need some inspiration, look no further......

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

May Favourites

Another video! This one is the tag that goes around every month where you talk about your favourite beauty/cosmetic/fashion favourites....

Hope you enjoy!

Laura x

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Sex and the City 2 with Lactofree

On Friday night, I was invited to a private screening of Sex and the City 2 at the Odeon cinema in Covent Garden by the people at Lactofree. The commercial that Lactofree have made was also airing for the first time at this particular screening which is designed to raise awareness of how lactose intolerance affects a huge number of people and how the lactose free products made by Lactofree can help to combat this, and allow sufferers to make a simple lifestyle change without feeling neglected of lactose or the essential nutrients contained within it.

So, as for the film itself? Well, the excitement and anticipation was evident as we all settled in our seats, cocktail and popcorn in hand, wondering what was in store. Ok, to be blunt, Sex and the City 2 doesn’t have a gripping storyline and I was a little disappointed that the majority of the film was set in Abu Dhabi when it is that essence of the girls living in New York that makes the series and the first movie so easy to become submersed in and as viewers and fans; what we are familiar with. Also, the fact that Carrie is now married is just something that is difficult to get used to and though I hate to say this, it just seems like they are all a little too old now to be doing this.

However, Sex and the City was probably never intended to boast gripping and thought provoking plots and let’s face it, it is the fashion, the shoes, the boyfriends, the cocktail bars and Samantha’s hilarious sexual antics that provide our escapism when watching. Indeed, there are some beautiful outfits although again, there are only so many head scarves and maxi dresses you can take before you’re willing Carrie to return to her ballerina skirts and sky high Louboutins that define her sassy character and New York lifestyle. Some people have said that they found some of the elements within the film disrespectful to Arabic culture and also that Samantha’s constant referral to the menopause was a little offensive – to be honest, I didn’t think too much about it and I think in contrast, there were some lovely and somewhat poignant moments such as where Charlotte and Miranda admit to one another that they find motherhood a struggle. Miranda’s less-uptight character is fabulous in this movie and of course, Samantha’s one-liners are typically hilarious proving that after all of these years, her character hasn’t really changed at all - on the inside.

It does frustrate me a little that the film critics go to the utmost effort to claim that the film is awful, ghastly, appalling blah blah blah. No, it isn’t as good as the first one and yes, it does move away from the Sex and the City that we all know and love and no, there are no Oscar worthy performances. I don’t think it would be a great idea if they made a third film – I’m not entirely sure where they could go with it from here. But if they did, would I go and watch it? Hell yes, of course!

Many thanks to Nadine and to the rest of the Lactofree team for the lovely evening and gorgeous goody-bag (including the divine smelling SJP NY perfume!)