Wednesday, 27 November 2013

COUNTRY ATTIRE VIP BLOGGERS EVENT

When I was invited to the Country Attire event two weeks ago,I was, to be honest, expecting to meet the PR and the other bloggers and to have a chat about the different products offered.



Well, let's say it didn't really go like that.

I had one of the most brilliant afternoon since I start blogging.

We were invited to the Country Attire warehouse itself where we met the Pr team and one of the founder and owner of the online store, Jenny!

I find myself having a sumptuous afternoon tea with the best cake ever (thank you Jenny's mum, your chocolate and guinnes cake will always have a special place in my heart) discussing shoes, clothes, brands, trends: let's call it heaven.


We were then introduced to EVERY staff member (sales, IT, marketing, buyers, everybody!) and showed all around the offices.


There were few jaw droppings when we visited the actual stock room, and I remember thinking "oh OK you can go, just lock me in"

We were given the chance to have a tour of the photography studio too, were all the pictures of the items on sale are taken. You can tell that they do an amazing job here, all the pictures are very neat, sharp and detailed (which I believe is very important when you are going to buy something online) and from when a picture is taken it takes only 48 hours to see it on the website.



Was pretty clear that at Country Attire, they deal with every aspect "in the house".

Jenny told us about how the business was born few years ago as an online place to shop luxury English brands, mainly focused on country fashion. During the past years, they have grown a lot and they are very proud now to stock not only the most established English brands but a best selection of international designer too, with buyers constantly looking for new names but never compromising on the quality of the products.

A small selection of clothes, shoes and accessories were there on display.




Look at the shoes!!!!




These were my faves, especially the black Vivienne Westwood number with the leopard bow.

They even stock the Sorel boots, this winter's must have footwear, featured few weeks ago in Look Magazine as one of the most famous among celebrities.


A pleasant surprise was to see and touch with hands Country Attire's own brand, CO/AT, where the best Scottish cashmere is used to realise some very posh and beautiful garments like these two knitwear with real Swarovsky details (* takes note, possible present for Mummy).



I was in love with Lily and Lionel printed scarves and Isabel Del Pedro  edgy pieces. All of us blogger have been drooling over this coat, modelled for us by the gorgeous Sindy.


Something that caught my eyes was this brand of lingerie, Yummie Tummie; I must admit I didn't know it but those pieces look like the most comfy things ever, soft and of course seamless.



When I came back home I had a good look at the website and I must say, I was really impressed.

The shop is the first place to stop for the quintessential of English names like BarbourZatchels Vivienne Westwood and many more, plus some big international brands like Italian Ash  (amazing shoes)and Napapijri (exquisite outdoor clothing) etc.



There is a good selection of Womenswear, Menswear, Accessories, Childrenswear and a Beauty section too, where they stock hyper luxury brand MOR (body butter=to die for).

Browsing the site and looking for products is very easy and intuitive.

Every item's description is accurate and full of details and pictures, with history of the brand and live stock availability: only pointing the mouse arrow on a product will show you the sizes in stock, the whole shopping experience couldn't be easier really.

They offer free worldwide shipping, free UK returns, same day dispatch if you order before 4pm and a live chat service, pretty impressive innit?

The fact that they have only the 12% of returns is a good sign these people know how to do their job and just to prove this you can see they have been higly commended for few awards.



If I were in you, I would advise parents/relatives/husband/boyfriend to have a good browse on the Country Attire Christmas is coming, you know?

In my wishlist are this Day Birger Night Bijou bracelet  and those Lola Cruz Trainers.



I don't wanna be selfish, so I could buy this Westwood Tie for my Perfect  Husband, this Sorel Toddler snow boots because I am a good mum and I can definitely see my Adorable Dog snoring on this Joules Snuggle Dog Bed. Family sorted!!!!

Ah, before I go, don't forget to check the sale section to find some amazing saving!

I really would like to thank everybody at Country Attire for the marvellous experience, Truth Pr Company and of course Jenny and Natalie for being so nice to me, you are such a great team!
Thank you of course for the goody bag, sweets were gone by the time I got home!



Thank you Joanna for driving me there, I would have probably been lost somewhere in the dark if it wasn't for you!


Now, pass me that last slice of cake and nobody will get hurt.




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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

ISABEL MARANT POUR H&M #2: OOTD


First thing I said when lovely Joanna sent me this pictures was "I need to start that diet".

Second thing was "All that time waiting outside the shop was worthy"

Here is a total look with some of my purchases.





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Monday, 25 November 2013

ISABEL MARANT POUR H&M

 
 
 
 
11th JUNE 2013: H&M announces its next designer collaboration will be with Isabel Marant and will be out in November.
The blogger: Oh, that sounds interesting, let's see what she pulls out.
10th JULY 2013: First image of the designer wearing a dress and boots from the collection is published on the web.
The blogger: Nice dress and boots but hopefully she will include in the collection some sneakers, I already own a pair but I could do well with another one.
25th SEPTEMBER 2013: The full collection is unveiled on the web.
The blogger: Oh God I don't like it at all. I was expecting much more, some dresses are nice but I am really not impressed and, most important issue, where are my sneakers?
OCTOBER 2013
The blogger: Maybe, and I say maybe, I like that gold dress..but I cannot be bothered to queue just for a dress.
The blogger: let me have another look..oh well those pants are ace.
The blogger: no, not going, not really worthy, price tags are quite high as well, no, let's save time and money.

BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER 2013
The blogger: The scarves are nice, let me see better this collection.

The blogger: You know what? I'll go and sleep at my friend's that lives nearby H&M, if it's not bloody cold I'll go early morning to have a look, still thinking about that gold dress.

13th NOVEMBER 2013, MORNING
The blogger: no, too cold, not going..where is the rain cover for my Precious Baby's pushchair?

13th NOVEMBER 2013, LATE NIGHT
The blogger: OK I am here at my friend's just in case I change my mind and I wanna go.
Alarm set: 7.00 am

10 MINUTES LATER

Alarm set: 6.00 am

10 MINUTES LATER

Alarm set: 5.00 am

14th NOVEMBER 
6 AM
The blogger: you must be kidding, It's too cold and windy, let's go back to bed.

6.05 AM
The blogger: Oh c'mon,  hailstone won't stop the world right? I want my dress.

6.20 AM
The blogger: Ready for an early morning walk my Precious Baby? Thanks God you can't talk..
Precious baby: somebody call the social services please.

6.30 AM
The blogger: I am hereeeeeee, not bad, queue is not bad at all.



7.30 AM
The blogger: Need to go to the toilet, Mum was right, never leave a place without going to the toilet first, damn it.

7.45 AM
The blogger:  So much fun talking to all the other girls, was a good idea to come even if I just want a dress.


8.00 AM
The blogger: I have got my bracelet with the entrance time! I am in the third group and I can shop from 9.40 till 9.50.


9.00 AM The shop opens, first and then second group are allowed in.
The blogger: Hey! People, be reasonable, leave something for us! Hey you, no, put that dress down, I want it, leave one for me, bloody hell..but..wait a minute..let me see better..NOOOOOOOO is that dress backless? I don't want it anymore. I don't like it.

9.30 AM 
The blogger: should I go home?

9.40 AM: The Blogger's turn!
The blogger: I am in, not really interested in the collection anymore. Well, just because I am here I may have a look around. Nice scarf, oh look, I need a red shawl and this one has got the fringes. This lace top is better than it looked like in the pictures, I could easily match it with these pants.
Excuse me lady, is that blouse a 12? can you pass it to me please?

Precious Baby: where the hell am I and where has she gone now?

Security staff: Whose is this baby????????








12.30 AM
The blogger: Let me have a look if they've got anything left online.

THE DAY AFTER
The blogger: Why, why, why, I didn't get the boots? What was I thinking? Silly, silly., silly me.


 
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Saturday, 23 November 2013

ETUDE HOUSE FOR DISNEY XOXO MINNIE COLLECTION 2013

Hello people,

hope you are all having a nice Friday.

Any plan for the week end? I am gonna have a couple of driving lessons, and this basically means my week end is gonna be rubbish, I hate that man.

I want to show you one of the cutest collection released this winter.



Korean brand Etude House has always the most kawaii packaging so when a collaboration in between the cosmetic brand and Disney was announced, I was quite impatient to see the products.

As for the Anna Sui's one, the collection is inspired by Minnie Mouse.

As soon as I saw the first pictures going around in the blogosphere I found myself browsing the dear old ebay.



The collection includes nail glitters, blushers, lipsticks, lashes, eyeshadows and mascara, all quite reasonably priced (maximum price is £10).

I went for the red lipstick and a pair of lashes.



Minnie Kissing Lips (£5.81) in mini red is a very intense blue based red shade. Is very soft and moisturising and glides on smoothly, that's why I always use a lip pencil to avoid it smudging all over.



It's quite persistent especially if I wear a couple of layers, but will completely disappear if I eat something..never mind!


I can say that I really like it, it's just a very easy red to wear, with a nice packaging at a reasonable price.




The Minnie Wink Lash #01 (£3.24) are quite long and flirty, proper Minnie style. I believe it's natural hair and they are very soft and easy to apply.



Inside the box there is a little vial of glue but to be honest I didn't use it, I stick to my trusty duo glue for the job.

The collection includes a lower set of lashes too but I don't really think i can see myself wearing lower falsies...maybe one day I'll try.

Overall I am quite satisfied with my purchases and even if both the products are very similar to more easy to find dupes, I couldn't resist to buy something so cure with Minnie Mouse's face on it.

This is the seller on Ebay, I didn't have any problem with my order that only took a week to arrive.

I am of course drooling over the Anna Sui collection but that price tag will be more than enough to keep me off it.

Any collection you are lusting after?




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Monday, 18 November 2013

PERFECT HAIR AND MAKE UP FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

Today's blog post is my personal entry to the competition hosted by Cosmetic Candy in collaboration with Total Jobs The Job Academy.

Having an appointment for a job interview is scary and challenging at the same time; we really want that job and we've got such a short time to prove the bosses we deserve a chance!

Getting ready for that day can be quite stressing, with all the things we've got in our minds that morning, how to blend the perfect smoky eyes is the last one we wanna think about.

I personally think the best way to deal with it is to try to treat ourselves with a real pampering session that will help to make us look better but most of all, feel better.

First step, let's begin the preparation with a shower using an invigorating shower cream scrub.



Rituals Fortune Scrub ( £10 at Feel Unique)  has got an energising smell of orange and cedar to make you feel polished and fresh, produces a soft foam and the scrub gives a proper boost of energy.

Whilst under the shower, you can treat yourself with a little facial, using a specific scrub and applying a face mask.



The Nip+Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix (£9.95 in Boots) thanks to the 3% glycolic acid helps your skin to look brighter and smoother.

A very quick and budget friendly mask I can advise is the Avon Planet Spa Egyptian Secret Peel Off Face Mask (around £3.50 Avon ); once applied, it sets in few minutes and comes off very easily, is not too harsh, and leaves skin feeling soft, reducing the appearance of the pores.


Don't forget to use a long lasting deodorant for your underarms and every other area you may be sweating ( anxiety can make you produce much more sweat than usual, we all know this).



The Bionsen Pump Spray Deodorant (I got mine in store at Morrisons for less than £3) is very gentle and effective, doesn't contain aluminium that can often cause irritations and thanks to the Japanese Minerals neutralises the bacteria that are responsible for nasty odours.

Now let's talk hair.

Unless you are applying for a job as drag queen, circus or fancy dress assistant, the basic rule is don't exaggerate! Leave feathers, big sparkling hairbands, giant and poor quality extensions home.

Try to look confident in what you are and how you look like: if you hide yourself underneath layers and layers of extension, fake tan, fake nails etc, the idea you give is that you don't like yourself, that you're not confident enough in how you look like, so why should they like you?

The first rule is of course to have CLEAN hair, this is not the day you want to use your dear time saver dry shampoo.


I use on a regular basis the Damage Reverse Shampoo and Conditioner from Ojon (you can find this brand in John Lewis) to have healty and smooth hair.



Be sure you do your roots if you normally colour your hair, no five shade darker or lighter or worse, white, roots admitted.

If you want to have you hair loose, be sure there are not a lot of split ends visible.

If you want to rock an updo, hair grips and hair donut are ok but leave those giant ones for other occasions, you don't want people interviewing you looking at the U.F.O. landed on your head right?

In both case be sure you use a good styling product to fix your hairdo, especially if it's a windy or rainy day: for this task, I trust my TRESemme' Extra Hold Hair Spray (£5.25 in Boots).




At this point you can get dressed and use some perfume.

My mum had a perfume shop, I was born in between fragrances and I can tell you something: some persons love sweet perfumes, some other hates them, some will like more masculine smells, some will find them disturbing but everybody, every single person, will like a fresh and clean fragrance.

DKNY Golden Delicious ( £67 at Debenhams) does the job, it's not too strong, not too sweet, but gives you a crispy fresh smell.



Use it like my Mum taught me: one pump to each wrist, one at the back of each knee and one up in the air in front of you, entering the fragrance mist as soon as you spray it.

You are now ready to do your make up.

I truly believe make up should be used to enhance our beauty, to help us to disguise small imperfections but shouldn't change dramatically our aspect.

After applying your usual moisturiser, it is a good idea to use a primer to help getting a flawless complexion and to make your make up last longer.



A very good one is the Korres Anti Ageing Primer (£7.95 at Amazon), 100% silicon free, contains Hyaluronic Acid to give your skin that wrinkles-free effect.



Be sure your eyebrows are tidy and clean in the shape, better to get them done the day before so you won't risk any redness or irritation.

To define the shape and fill up empty areas, the Shu Uemura Hard Formula pencil is perfect (£16 at Selfridges).



It's now time to apply the foundation.
Now, this will never be said enough times: try to match the foundation's shade to your natural colour.
It's one of the most common mistake and, to be honest, most disturbing thing to see,a face 3 or 4 shades darker or lighter than the rest of the body.

You can use a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream if you have got a good complexion to start with, as the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (£9 for the travel size at Debenhams), that is oil free and has got spf 20.



If you want to cover imperfections or sun damages, the Maybelline Fit Me Anti Shine Stick (£8.99 Superdrug) does an excellent job in terms of good coverage, shine control of oily patches and it works pretty well as a concealer too.

 
Set everything with a good powder as the Chanel Les Beiges (£38 at House of Fraser) or if you are on a budget, L'oreal Nude Magique BB Powder (£6.99 at Superdrug); just be sure it's a sheer powder you use, or your make up will end up looking too cakey and remember to pop this in your bag for small retouches.



At this point is important you proceed with a bit of contour and apply some blush or your face will look flat.
 
This can be done in 2 minutes with E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzer in Antigua (£3.75 at E.L.F.), applying the dark shade on a 3 shape at the side of the face and the pink shade on the apples of the cheeks.



When you go to do your eye make up, try not to go for a very dramatic look, even if you want to use bright colours, try to keep it simple: you want your interviewer to look into your eyes, not to stare at your eyes.

I find these Revlon Photoready Palettes (£8.99 at Boots) very useful for a quick ad effective results, thanks to the primer that helps to keep the powders in place and the little diagram at the back that explain where and when applying the different shades. A little bit of blending and voila', job done.



 If you normally use eye-liner, use a pencil one to achieve a neat and precise line and apply a single layer of mascara so the look doesn't result too heavy.

Mac Cosmetics Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack (£17 at Mac Cosmetics) and Maybelline Mega Plush Volumn Express Mascara (£7.99 at Boots) can work pretty well together.



For the lips, leave the glittery and extra bright shade for more informal occasions.

If you wanna go for a nude shade, the L'oreal Color Riche Collection Privee Eva's Nude (£8.19 at Boots) is a very smart and easy shade to wear.

 
If you want a touch of colour, you can always choose something more vibrant as this Avon Perfect Kiss in Fuchsia Flirt (£8.50 at Avon) that despite looking very bright on the pictures, is not that intense on the lips, giving a healty and nice look.


Last but not least, what to wear on the nails?

If you wanna be on the safe side, go with a good nude, but I think you can rock a nice dark shade without looking out of contest; a perfect manicured hand with a dark shade is very posh! Always remember to protect your nails with a base to avoid discolourations.



I find this Diamond Strength from Sally Hansen (£3.29 at Amazon) ideal to use with this deep raspberry colour from No7 in Queenie (a bargain at £1.99 at Amazon).

You are gonna shake few hands so a good idea can be to use a mosturising cream as this one from Crabtree and Evelyn (£10.30 at Amazon) to avoid dry skin, especially now that can be pretty cold out there.



Do you think you are finish?

No, you are not, I have got the most important advice for you: SMILE,SMILE,SMILE!
Never forget to SMILE!

It's the best look ever!

Having said that, good luck for your job interview!



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