Sunday Fashion Supper

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There’s a ‘Call the Midwife’ shaped whole in the TV schedule this week, with half an hour to spare before the charismatic Mr Selfridge graces us with his presence, catch up on last weeks news…

- Target makes a huge Photoshop faux pas, editing an unrealistic thigh-gap on to a teen model is not cool. Cosmo.

- American Vogue pops round to visit SJP at home. Fashion Foie Gras.

- Karl Lagerfeld’s European flagship store launches on Regent Street London, complete with mini Karl figurines, oh yeah! Red Magazine.

- Sabine G is my latest jewellery find. East meets West, undiscovered gems made in Florence. Browns.

- Dior introduces their new range of gel-effect nail polishes…. perfect shades and long-lasting polish (heaven). British Beauty Blogger.

Home Decor: What to hang on the walls?

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That blank space on the wall beacons, what are you going to fill it with?

Deciding to go with either a picture or photograph is the first decision. Family photo’s are a lovely way of putting your life into context, remembering special days or family members that aren’t around. Too many images of your nearest and dearest can be a little overwhelming, especially in small spaces or rooms that need to have a sense of calm like the bedroom. In the bedroom I tend to opt for serene pieces of art that tone in with the rooms theme and colour scheme. Plus I hate that ‘eyes following you round the room’ feeling when I’m trying to sleep. I picked the picture above up last week from Dobbies but Not on the High Street has a great selection of unique prints and paintings.

Claire FearonAnother option is picking up the paintbrush and setting your artistic side to work. Paint, canvas and brushes are all available at most craft stores for a very reasonable price. And it doesn’t need to be a masterpiece either, just find a painting or print you like as inspiration and get started. So you may not be Monet but what does it matter? Here’s my attempt below.

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V Day, Me Day.

Valentines Day GiftsTurn V Day into Me Day.

Valentines Day isn’t just for loved up couples, spend the day lavishing a whole lot of love on yourself….. go on, you deserve it. Being single doesn’t mean Valentines Day has to be a wash out because you’re a one woman show. Check out my gift guide above, any of which would make this girl very happy.

1. Kiss, kiss. Pucker up with a Charlotte Olympia, pink and red pouch.

2. Shine on with this sparkly, art-deco flower necklace from Jaeger.

3. Snuggle up on the couch wearing Swiss-dot pyjamas designed by former British Vogue assistant Raphaëllla Riboud. Stylish and cosy.

4. Valentines isn’t all about grand gestures and fancy gifts, sometimes a cute and quirky gift is just perfect. The Margaret Annie mouse pin cushion from Liberty London is utterly adorable.

5. Sometimes a girl needs a little bling… My Flash Trash have it covered with the Skinny Dip encrusted phone cover.

Happy Valentines Day all. xx

Saturday Fashion News Catch Up

Peter Pilotto for Target

I’ve just discovered The Liberty Craft Blog, a fabulous little find, full of inspirational craft projects like this one from Stone Cold Comfort blogger Chloe. The Liberty Craft Blog.

Whistles and Hunter join the ever-expanding London Fashion Week official calendar. Fashionista.com.

Peter Pilotto’s much-anticipated collaboration with Target will be available to buy at Net-A-Porter. Sign up here.

Why We Heart It is set to be the next big social media network. Mashable.

Behind the scenes documentary about The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition featuring a whole lot of Anna Wintour. WWD.

Christmas Gift Guide: Online Exclusives

Christmas shopping is the stuff of nightmares. Trudging around town on a wet Wednesday in your lunch break sucks all the fun out of the festive season. Online shopping is a god send for anyone short on time. And I don’t view shopping online as the lazy option compared to stalking the high-street for the ‘right’ present. Why not select items available exclusively online which means it’s unlikely anyone else will have bought the same gift, so no worries about doubling up on any presents.

A couple of weeks ago Selfridges asked me what was on my wish-list…. well here it is-

Christmas Gift List

1. Christopher Kane dress, Net-a-Porter, £795.

2. Taupe Toe Cap shoes, Wallis, £31.50.

3. Mawi Clutch bag, Selfridges, £525.

4. Bracelet, Urban Outfitters, £10.

5. Ralph Lauren Candle, Selfridges, £120.

6. Urban Decay Naked palette, Debenhams, £18.90.

How to wear winter white…

This post is dedicated to all the list making lovelies out there. Peer inside your handbag and if there’s a crumpled to-do list tucked into one of the pockets, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re a list making lovely!

A couple of times a year I try to bring order to the chaos that is my wardrobe. I’ve tried arranging by colour, type and even grouping together items I think would work well together. Fortunately a nifty little app called Cloth is about to go all Cher Horowitz on my wardrobe. Take a snap of your outfit with Cloth and save it with a tag, e.g work, date-night or weekend wear. Instead of checking your wardrobe, just open the app and scroll through your favourite looks. Or you could make it really simple and go for a one colour, winter white wardrobe. Here’s my favourite winter whites this season…
Winter whites

From Top Right… Pearl Necklace, Jaeger, £65, White Glitter Snowflake Bauble, Liberty London, £3.95, True Gift Deluxe, Bare Minerals, £50,  Drina Cardigan, All Saints, £128, Shoes, Charlotte Olympia, £975, Candle, ESPA, £45, Coquette Teddy, Mimi Holiday, £115 and Small Suffolk Bag, Mulberry, £1,350.

Cosmo Blog Awards… Winners Announced

Cosmo Blog Awards

Pop those champagne corks…. it’s the Cosmo Blog Awards!

Today I wanted to give a big shout out to all the Cosmo Blog Award 2013 winners. Being recognised in an industry so heavily populated with excellence, it’s such a big achievement to win a Cosmo Blogger Award. Far from being intimidated by others excellence, it’s really worth while checking out what your peers are doing right and picking up a few tips that you can use to improve your own offering.

This years winners are:

BEST CRAFT BLOG

Winner: The New Craft Society
Highly-Commended: Trends With Benefits

BEST LIFESTYLE BLOG

Winner: The Londoner
Highly-Commended: Handbags and Cupcakes

BEST FOOD BLOG

Winner: The Cake Hunter
Highly-Commended: The Model Foodie

BEST TRAVEL BLOG

Winner: 40 Before 30
Highly-Commended: Pommie Travels

BEST SEX & RELATIONSHIPS BLOG

Winner: Reasons To Be Single
Highly-Commended: The Things I’ve Done To Impress Women

BEST INTERNATIONAL FASHION BLOG WITH IFB

Winner: Style Me Curvy
Highly-Commended: Thunder & Threads

BEST NEW FASHION BLOG SPONSORED BY BEST BRITISH BLOGGERS

Winner: Love Cloth
Highly-Commended: Fashion Influx

BEST ESTABLISHED FASHION BLOG

Winner: What Olivia Did
Highly-Commended: Lulutrixabelle

BEST VLOG

Winner: Fleur de Vlog
Highly-Commended: Mandy

BEST BEAUTY VLOG

Winner: Tanya Burr
Highly-Commended: It’s Simply Beauty

BEST ESTABLISHED BEAUTY BLOG

Winner: Hello October
Highly-Commended: DizzyBrunette3

BEST NEW BEAUTY BLOG

Winner: One Nail To Rule Them All
Highly-Commended: Oh Little Red

BEST INTERIORS BLOG SPONSORED BY NEXT

Winner: Love Chic Living
Highly-Commended: Tidy Away Today

NEXT NEWCOMER

Winner: Laura Louise and Her Naughty Disease
Highly-Commended: Gillian Lee Rose

Read more: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2013/cosmo-blog-awards-2013-winners#ixzz2gfMwzBOO

Congrats to all this years winners! x

Net-A-Porter in Print

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Online shopping giant Net-A-Porter to launch print magazine.

PORTER will be a bi-monthly consumer magazine featuring fashion, beauty & lifestyle produced by Net-A-Porter, headed up by Lucy Yeomans, launching 2014. Lucy currently edits ‘The Edit’ Net-A-Porter’s online magazine but this will be the retailers’ first venture into print publication following a 104 page tester magazine ‘The Collections Special’, sent out to 10,000 customers earlier in the year.

Retailers have spent the last decade trying to keep up with e-commerce by establishing digital platforms and investing in social media. This is a real change of pace for an online retailer to move into traditional media. I can’t wait to read PORTER and see how the publication stacks up against established magazines like Vogue & ELLE….

Home & Away…. Part One

Home is such an under-rated destination, I can’t quite work out why so many people are desperate to ‘get out of the house’ for no reason?

After you’ve spent all that time and effort making your house into a stylish home, there needs to be a pretty good incentive to leave. For me it’s the simplest of things that tempt me to go out- a silky cup of coffee, a tasty slice of carrot cake or an in-store beauty launch. It doesn’t have to be anything flash like tea at the Ritz, it just needs to spark my imagination. Otherwise I just don’t see the point, why not enjoy what’s right in front of you…

Onions and Galic

I’m giving my green fingers at work out this year with my onion, garlic and bean crops. There so easy to grow, just plant and water daily. Above is the first bunch of spring onions from the crop all tied up with ribbon.

Rose & Delphiniums

The best my garden has to offer. Delphiniums put on a fabulous display and come in the rarest of all colours in the garden- blue. Ready for my top gardening tip…. buy the oldest type of rose you can find, they smell the sweetest and have the most unique and distinctive  fragrance (the one above is called Tequila Sunrise).

Garden swing and Lavender

My dad is the handyman extraordinaire who built this swing. I convinced him to paint it blue. It’s the perfect spot to rest in the afternoon with a nice cup of Turkish apple tea.

The lavender is one of my favourite scents in the garden. It’s irresistible to bees and I can never resist running my fingers through the bushy lavender tufts as I wander past.

Hideaway

And this is where the magic happens, my little hideaway at the bottom of the garden (aka FFH HQ). The set of draws came from Out There Interiors and the note board I made myself from an old picture, re-spraying the frame gold and board cream. The chair is an antique I bought from eBay.

June Loves…. Hazy, lazy summer days…

June Loves

June is proving more hazy than sun drenched but this month holds my two favourite summer events- Wimbledon and Royal Ascot. This months edit celebrates all things quintessentially British. For Ascot a spectacular hat is essential, this Ben De Lisi (I love designers at Debenhams- such a clever idea that paved the way for other highstreet/designer collaborations) floral headpiece is fun, bright and breezy. With the weather being hazy rather than baking-hot this coral Zara dress (which now lives in my wardrobe) is the perfect cover up. The sale season is in full swing, pick up a set of Giles plates half-price at MatchesFashion.com. It’s no secret I’m slightly obsessed with Charlotte Olympia and the Fall collection is now online…. these Sunset heels are inspired by Hollywood but remind me of fairground rides and circus treats. Ear cuffs resemble all that’s good about England- quirky, inspirational and rebellious. Hearts will flutter when you’re wearing this ASOS gem. M&S is a British institution, I can’t count the hours lost in this department store. Time well spent when floral print fancies are on offer. Enjoy June. x