Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Next Embroidered Folk Tunic

Last Sunday I hopped on a train, and 12 minutes later I was shopping in Bath with my mum for some good ole retail therapy. It was a surprisingly warm day so I decided to wear this embroidered folk tunic I bought in the Next sale a few months back. It reminds me of Tom Ford's Spring/Summer '12 collection and is similar to a traditional Romanian blouse.

There was no need to wear a jacket or coat, so I embraced my inner boho girl and rocked my blouse with a taupe Primark fedora, some Wildfox jeans and a pair of Chatham Marine boat shoes.

Boho Street Style
Embroidered Folk Tunic
Chatham Marine Boat Shoes
Primark fedora
Tunic: Next - Jeans: Wildfox - Hat: Primark - Sunglasses: Ray-ban

This fedora was an absolute bargain at £7! My hat collection is getting a bit out of hand, I can't quite remember how many fedoras I own but I should probably stop when I get to the 20 mark. I love shopping in Bath and I even bought my second Christmas present of the year (I knoooow, blame Jade). I actually took these snaps in front of Primark... I think Bath must be home to the prettiest Primark store.

Bath's streets are perfect for posing in but annoyingly, whenever I whip my camera out in public, a thousand tourists want to walk by and get in the shot. I think my DSLR is a crowd magnet.

Have you ever been to Bath? Are you a fan of the boho trend?

T - A mad hatter.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Newey New Balance Neon Newness at JD Sports!

Even though fashion faves Pharrell and Jessica Alba took them on an age ago, it's taken me a while to get into the whole New Balance trend. At first I thought I couldn't work them into my current wardrobe because the colourways were a bit out there, but the more I saw them on girls the more I grew to really like them! I think the trick is to not actually try to work them into your wardrobe, they're just supposed to be your go to throw on trainers regardless of what you are wearing, for effortless style.

This week I got my paws on the New Balance 574 Neon Pack Grey/Orange (£70) from JD Sports, a style inspired by neon graphics and the bright lights of the city and also available in black/pink. Grey and neon is always a good time to me, it's one of my fave combinations and these trainers totally prove why. To the outfit! . . . 

Outfit: New Balance 574 trainers - c/o JD Sports, Jeans - Wildfox, Tshirt - Wildfox, Jacket - Pull & Bear, Bag - Grafea.

New Balance 574 Neon Pack JD Sports

Ahhhhhh, I LOVE these! They're so bouncy and comfortable, totally unlike any other trainers that I have outside of my 'gym' Nikes (I couldn't even write that with a straight face). If you're wondering, they're true to size, I'm a 5 and they feel perfecto :)

I toyed with the idea of wearing them with my leather joggers, but eventually decided to see how they faired with a standard jeans and leather jacket outfit, i.e. no sportswear or sports luxe in sight. I personally think they look awesome, and now I get it. Let's face it, 9200 fashion girls couldn't be wrong, shame on me for doubting!

New Balance 574 Neon Pack JD Sports
New Balance 574 Neon Pack JD Sports

The upper is a yummy fuzzy textile, it looks like suede but is more flexible on the foot. I also can't get enough of the neon laces, takes me back to being an 80's kid! These are definitely eyecatching and colourful, but not tacky - hurrah!

New Balance 574 Neon Pack JD Sports
New Balance 574 Neon Pack JD Sports

If you're on the fence about New Balance I am definitely on the 'For' side pulling you over. I wouldn't spend too much time thinking about how they will fit in with your clothes, just choose the colours you love and they'll fit themselves in! I'm also a big fan of the New Balance 410's with a leopard print textile upper, and at just £55 from JD I think they are next on my list.

J  xo

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Clarks Likeable Me Knee Boots and AW14 Oasis!

This Aztec waterfall cardigan is the cardi of my dreams. I remember spotting a very similar one on Pinterest last year and becoming obsessed with trying to find it. Sadly it sold out months before (like everything on Pinterest) so when I spotted this Oasis version last week, I had to buy it immediately! Oasis sizing is quite generous, this cardigan is an XS and both my dip back cami and Jade skinny jeans are roomy size 8's.

I'm really enjoying wearing Autumn clothing again, even if it is still a little too warm for chunky knits and riding boots. These snaps were taken by the Bristol harbourside. I love taking street style photos when possible.

Aztec Waterfall Cardigan
Oasis Black White Cardigan
Oasis Jade Wax Coated Jeans
Clarks Likeable Me Knee BootsCardigan, cami & waxed skinnies: Oasis Neclace: Low Luv x Erin Wasson - Hat: H&M - Clarks boots via Very.co.uk: (c/o)

My beautiful Clarks Likeable Me suede riding boots are from Very.co.uk, who we recently collaborated with for their Autumn Edit. Very have so many awesome pieces in at the moment, especially their winter florals, faux fur and epic range of boots! These knee highs are super comfortable and great quality. I find Clarks tend to run a little big, I can be a UK 6.5 but these are a 6 and I still have room for thick socks.

What are your favourite trends for Autumn? Are you a fan of statement knitwear?

T - Carefree cardi lover.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Debenhams Liverpool x Kiehl's Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate #BBloggers Event!

Last week I was invited to check out the new Kiehl's counter in Debenhams Liverpool One (seriously, as if this beauty hall isn't swoonworthy enough?!) for an introduction to Kiehl's newest product, Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, and to experience a skin consultation with Gerwyn Powell, Kiehl's Retail Education Manager for UK and Ireland - errrr, yes please?!

Big wave to fellow bloggers Laura, Karen, Vicki, Abigail and Naffy, and Ellie and Michelle, the lovely and super knowledgeable Kiehl's consultants who were on hand to answer all our questions!

Kiehl's skincare

The night started with a little get to know you with the new and fresh counter, with us all grabbing a glass of something sparkling and wandering off to touch some products and familiarise ourselves with the set up. 

Kiehl's was originally founded as an old-world apothecary in New York's East Village over 150 years ago, resulting in a unique blend of cosmetic, medicinal, pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge developing over generations into the brand we know today. Gerwyn gave us a bit of Kiehl's history before the product demonstrations, and we were all totally hooked on his enthusiasm for their back story - from the origins of the in-store motorbikes to Kiehl's active involvement in essential AIDS research. I can't even cover it all properly for you because I won't do it justice (I feel like Miss Geist in Clueless here), but if you want to learn more then I definitely recommend hitting up the About Kiehl's page for a bit of extra credit.

Kiehl's skincare
Kiehl's skincare
Kiehl's skincare

Anyhoo, Gerwyn took us through several different products that are all key to the moisture levels in our skin, something I know I don't focus on enough. I'm so wrapped up on getting rid of spots and shrinking my pores that I tend to ignore the important stuff like anti-ageing! 

An oil level paper test measures for skin type (mine is surprisingly 'normal' *side eye*) and we were also given a moisture level test which was really interesting. Mine was 33% which is average but still dehydrated. Gerwyn explained that his is around a healthy 49%, and this is achieved not just by eating well and drinking plenty of water, but by the products we use on our skin so it's important to use the right ones for your skin type. Quite simply, natural ageing is one of the main causes of skin dehydration, and it's a battle Kiehl's are intent on helping us fight! 

Vicki with Gerwyn taking her through her personal skin consultation, with Dr Bones in the background! :)

Kiehl's skincare

We were shown five of Kiehl's flagship products:

  • Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate - contains 10.5% stable Vitamin C and helps to reduce the lines found around the mouth, chin and crows feet. It has a warming sensation when applied which is nice. I've been using it daily for only 5 days now and (combined with the other new products) my skin does look noticeably brighter - ta daaaa!
  • Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 - oil free, safe for sensitive skin and works perfectly inder make-up. Now I knew that SPF was important but basically, Gerwyn kind of changed my whole way of thinking. I generally just make sure that there is one in my BB or foundation, but now I'll be sure to wear a stand alone SPF too because I learnt that they intensify the productivity that other serums, moisturisers etc have on your skin!
  • Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution - This was one of the products that Gerwyn recommended to me in my personal consultation. I have pigmentation spots from sun damage in my teens (ugh) but apparently this product could turn them around if I catch them early. The formulation is like water, and it's key ingredients get to work for results in 8 weeks. Sign me up for a piece of that!
  • Midnight Recovery Concentrate - A Kiehl's customer favourite! Made up of 99.8% natural ingredients that boost your skin's natural overnight repair process, topped off with a beaut lavender scent to aid sleep. Again, I've only been using it for 5 days but yes, it works. My skin definitely looks and feels noticeably brighter and softer in the morning. 
  • And finally, the new Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate! This wonder serum is basically a big gulp in a teeny pump. It's super light so it can be used under your moisturiser, make up or even under other serums which is pretty unique! Formulated with a potent complex of 15% plant based glycerin (a natural moisture magnet) and Shiso leaf extract (which helps to protect the anchoring of deep moisture into skin surface layers), it has been proven to sustain hydration over a 72 hour period - wow?! Again I've been using it for 5 days now, but twice a day. My skin definitely feels hydrated for longer. I work in an office and I'm usually drying out and visibly flaking by 3pm but not this week so it must be doing something right - high five!
We were so lucky to get a full size bottle of the new serum in our take home goodie bags, along with the other products in sample sizes. I know right? SPOILT.

Kiehl's skincare

I also treated myself to a couple of the other products Gerwyn had recommended for me during my consultation. I still suffer from blemishes, and I have a tendency to equate oiliness with spots so I strip my skin with harsh face washes and exfoliate too much. Gerwyn recommended the Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser and Calendula Herbal Extract Toner as a base routine to get my skin back on track. It sounds obvious to me now but by cleaning my skin so harshly, I'm forcing it to overproduce on oil, which in turn is causing my spots. This double act should calm my skin down and take it back to it's natural levels so I can really see what I'm working with!

Kiehl's skincare

I've been using both products for 5 days (along with the serums) and there is a marked improvement on my pores and blemishes for sure. I'm going to report back in a few weeks about all of these products because you can't review skincare after a week, it's impossible, but I do have faith in Kiehl's and I will definitely be doing a future show and tell on my new routine so watch this space!

This was probably the most interesting and informative beauty event I've been to in a long time, I feel like I learnt so much about the science behind the beauty and hopefully with that better understanding of what my skin wants and needs will come actual better skin!
Huge thanks to the Kiehl's team and Debenhams Liverpool One, as one legendary motorbike rider said - I'LL BE BACK!

J - Kiehl'd over.
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