Monthly Archives: September 2015

Montagu Place

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A few weekends ago I was invited to stay at the newly redecorated Montagu Place, a quirky boutique hotel right in the heart of Marylebone. I had been in desperate need of a break, and so the opportunity to get away over the weekend and relax couldn’t have come at a better time, and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to do it either.

I had been booked into their ‘Swanky‘ room, which is beautifully furnished with a super king sized bed, flat screen TV, the hugest roll top bath and walk in shower, plus all of the little extras I could have ever wanted, from fluffy bathrobes, Molton Brown toiletries and all the latest fashion magazines to fresh ground coffee and herbal teas. The whole place is decorated to such a high standard, retaining lots of nice period features but with a modern, luxurious edge too.

After I’d finished sprawling out on the huge bed I left out to meet a couple of other bloggers who were out for drinks at a bar only a short walk from the hotel. We had a few glasses of wine before heading to a nearby Japanese restaurant for noodles, it was lovely to meet lots of new faces and so nice to not have to be watching the time and rushing off to catch a train like usual. As soon as I got back in I ran myself a bath, threw in my current favourite Intergalactic bath bomb from Lush and sunk into it with my book and a cup of tea. There is no greater luxury than a huge bath, and I made the most of it by laying in there reading for hours before wrapping up in a robe and falling straight into bed. I hadn’t felt this relaxed in such a long time, and I had the best nights sleep on that ridiculously comfy bed, I really didn’t want to get out of it in the morning!

After getting ready I made my way down for breakfast, continental is my favourite kind and the side was laid out with all the usual things, fresh bread and pastries, fruit, cereal, cold meats and cheeses. As I sat down a waitress came over to bring me some fresh coffee and I ordered scrambled eggs on toast, I thought it was a nice touch that the hot food was all fresh from the kitchen. Everything was so delicious that I could not stop eating, especially those buttery croissants! I may have overdone it slightly, as a guy on the tube on my way home offered me his seat, assuming I was pregnant – obviously I was not going to explain it was down to stuffing myself on continental breakfast, so I sat down feeling a mixture of smug satisfaction and embarrassment!

I could not recommend Montagu Place more highly if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in London, the location is just perfect being only 10 minutes from Oxford Street, a few minutes from multiple tube stations and yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be a truly relaxing place to come back to. The staff were all so friendly and went to every effort to ensure I had the best stay possible too, it was exactly what I needed and I definitely plan on making another visit.

I was a guest of Montagu Place for this stay. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

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Croc

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop x Todd Lynn tux jacket, River Island draped top, George Wonderfit jeans, ASH Mira crocodile ankle boots, Happiness Boutique Opalescent necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything smart casual dark style outfit. FAIIINT wearing Happiness Boutique opal crystal necklace. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop x Todd Lynn tux jacket, River Island draped top, George Wonderfit jeans, ASH Mira crocodile ankle boots, Happiness Boutique Opalescent necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything smart casual dark style outfit. FAIIINT ASH Mira crocodile textured leather black pointed ankle boots. Outfit details.

Finally I’m getting back into proper posting again, starting with a very overdue outfit post. I just wanted to say thankyou all for being so patient, and also for all of the lovely messages, comments, emails and general support and kindness over these past few weeks, every little one was so appreciated and genuinely helped to cheer me up. You are all awesome!

I have been looking for a great pair of almost flat boots for a real long time now, and as if on cue these crocodile ‘Mira’ boots from ASH fall into my life. They’re exactly what I’d been searching for, comfortable and casual but with a little bit of a wow factor, thanks to the super pointed shape and that glossy crocodile textured leather. Some of my favourite and most loved pairs of boots have come from ASH (looking at you poker boots!), they really know how to make a good pair and I’ve had no end of people asking where these were from already. The reptile texture has set me off and got me eyeing their lizard ‘Tiffany’ boots too!

The rest of this outfit is mostly pieces I just can’t stop wearing lately, I’ve been living in these ‘wonderfit’ jeans since I last mentioned them, they’re an absolute steal from George and though I’ve realised that they’re definitely not going to last as long as some of my more expensive pairs, for £20 I really don’t mind just replacing them when they do wear out. Talking of replacing, I’ve since brought a second ‘backup’ version of this draped blouse after I saw it go in the sale, it’s such a great versatile piece that I’m finding it hard to pull out anything else when I’m looking for a top at the moment.

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Passionata White Nights

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As some of you will know from my social media and lack of posts around here I’ve been having a bit of a rough time recently, I’ve been feeling pretty low in confidence in myself, completely confused and like a pretty rubbish person to be honest, so this little parcel from Passionata really couldn’t have come at a better time. There is nothing like beautiful underwear to cheer a girl up and I always feel a million times more confident when I’m wearing a gorgeous set, even if it’s just underneath my normal clothes. In fact, that’s one of my favourite things to do when I’m having a down day, knowing you have the full works on underneath and no one else has any idea definitely gives you a little extra self confidence and sass.

This beautiful balconette bra and bikini from the ‘White Nights’ range arrived just as I was leaving for London, so I quickly stuffed the parcel in my bag as I ran to catch my coach. Of course, as soon as I got to my hotel I had to try them on and I then spent half the day prancing around my room feeling awesome in them, so awesome that I couldn’t resist some cheeky mirror shots to show them off! It’s so nice to be able to look in the mirror and say, you know what I don’t have the flattest stomach, the most toned thighs or biggest boobs, but I don’t care because I feel amazing. Made from a gorgeous soft mesh with delicate Italian floral embroidery all over it’s the perfect mix between a pretty and more sensual look, and thanks to the great fit it’s comfortable enough to wear everyday and not just have to be saved for special occasions too.

I had a fitting arranged at the Little Big Bra Shop in Market Harborough a few weeks ago to make sure it would be the perfect fit when it arrived, as it’s been a while since I was last fitted. Here they don’t use tape measures, everything is done by eye and the lovely Karen got it absolutely spot on the first time just from looking at me. She surprised me by telling me I was actually a cup size bigger than what I’d been wearing (and had been told I was by a high street store), but also a back size down making me a bit of an awkward 30 back and explaining why I usually have issues with bras riding up, it was a bit of a revelation! I’d highly recommend getting fitted properly by someone with real expertise if you have never been before. I now also have the perfect excuse for new underwear shopping too!

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Artist Of Makeup by Zukreat at Femi Health & Beauty

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Last week Femi Health & Beauty held a small launch at their beautiful city centre salon to celebrate the arrival of Youtube sensation Zukreat’s Artist of Makeup range of cosmetics, being the first and only retailer in the whole of the UK to stock the line. Outside of the salon you can buy all of the products online, however it’s always nice to be able to swatch in person before committing to a purchase, especially with things like foundations and concealers.

A handful of press and local bloggers were invited for a preview before the salon opened to the public when everyone got the first chance to see and sample the products and for a meet & greet with Zukreat. The queue was huge, with lots of girls saying how excited they were to have the brand stocked here, so I imagine it’ll be a huge success. We were treated to canapés from Hotel Maiyango, and some of the most delicious macarons I’ve ever tasted from Macarons and More whilst we all chatted amongst ourselves. We then headed into the conservatory where Zukreat gave us a demonstration of the products, doing a full look on one of the beautiful Femi girls, showing us how best to use each product and explaining the formulas and backgrounds of each one as she went along. I was amazed by how quickly she did a full, super polished look and I definitely picked up a few tips and tricks myself.

The products themselves are an absolute dream, everything is very high quality and they are super pigmented and blend-able making them lovely to work with. We were kindly given a Contour Stick, Art Liner & Eye Shadow Palette to try for ourselves and I have raved about each one to my friends and family since, especially the Art Liner with its jet black formula and ingenious refill cartridges. I have been a lifelong liquid foundation user but I’m also very tempted to try the cream foundations now after seeing how glowy and natural it looked when she demonstrated them to us, doesn’t it make her skin look so luminous and incredible?

We were also given a full tour of the salon, Femi is one of Leicester’s premier salons having won a host of awards for it’s services and excellence over the years. They offer everything from facials, massages and hair removal to tanning, nail treatments and full makeup packages. The salon is so bright and airy throughout, with a huge variety of different rooms to ensure you have the perfect relaxing atmosphere for your treatment. After eyeing up all of the Femi girls perfect brows pretty much the whole time I was there, I know where I’ll be going when mine are ready for a reshape!

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Emma Brown Hair

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Last week I paid a visit to the lovely Emma at Emma Brown Hair for a long overdue tidy up of my hair. I am notoriously bad at keeping up with getting my hair cut, because it’s long, wavy and I wear it kinda scruffy, I never notice it needs cutting until it’s super overgrown and then I always feel a bit guilty admitting it’s been probably 6 months or more since it was last cut! Emma was lovely about it though and instantly knew how to freshen it up and give it a new lease of life.

The salon is situated on Clarendon Park Road, an area I don’t often find myself venturing over to but it has such a nice selection of shops and a real community spirit, perfect for a wander down if you’re in the area. Emma was telling me she actually grew up here, lots of her family are still nearby and she had always known this is where she’d want her salon. It’s the perfect place for it and the striking grey front really stands out amongst the other businesses. Stepping inside, the salon is beautifully decorated, it feels modern but relaxed and I loved the bright pink and purple accents. It is also one of only a few salons in the city that stocks the wonderful range of products from Aussie brand KEVIN.MURPHY, who take a skincare approach to haircare using the highest quality natural, organic ingredients to weightlessly deliver performance, strength and longevity. They are also all sulphate free, paraben free and cruelty free too. I have become a bit addicted to their ANGEL.WASH & ANGEL.RINSE since trying them out, it leaves my hair feeling so beautifully soft and nourished.

After talking, Emma decided to cut a good few inches off my hair to tidy it up and add in some really blended shorter layers to give it a bit more shape and body to stop it from looking so weighed down. My hair is actually wavy, but with how long it had grown if I left it to dry naturally it was virtually straight from the weight, now with the shorter layers it dries much beachier looking if I just leave it, which I love. As far as I’m concerned, the less time I have to spend styling it the better, so that’s a big plus! It also feels much healthier and in great shape too, which you’ll see when I get some outfit photos up soon. I’d definitely recommend booking an appointment if you’re in the area, your hair will be in great hands with Emma.

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