fashion, makeup, jewellery

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Would you climb Kilimanjaro?


Sunset from Kilimanjaro

I would!

Although I haven't been on very many adventures in my life, I definitely feel I would be able to do this physically and mentally. Kilimanjaro is one of the tallest free standing mountains in the world and the most accessible summit. Plus it gives one a chance to explore the white beaches, surreal landscape and exciting wildlife in Tanzania. Always a plus after a rewarding mountain climb eh

The climb approximately takes 6-7 days and costs around £1300 including flight tickets, just what your typical 7 day trip to almost any country would cost. Of course the costs would vary based on whether you choose to do an open climb or a private climb but if it would be me, I'd surely opt for the private option as it would allow me to choose a personal porter, opt for a personalised route and upgrade to a fabulous hotel.

Plus not being the most congenial person in the world, huge groups, random people and a high altitude wouldn't be the perfect mix for me. I would love to climb Kilimanjaro with friends and family but seeing how they even refuse to board on a cruise with the fear of it 'hitting an iceberg', I guess I would have the plan the climb with my boyfriend whenever I do. Apparently, it's one of the easiest mountains to climb from what I've heard from colleagues, with a huge success rate. 

Unlike other mountain climbing expeditions, you're not expected to be a pro at Jillian Michael's 30 day shred workout dvd's but simply be able to indulge in regular cardio and strength training without fainting! Not bad no? With temperatures hardly varying throughout the year as the mountain is near the equator, all you'd need is some decent mountain gear, the right amount of determination, sufficient stamina and voila! 

The only varying factor is the rain which you would have to plan your trip around. If you don't mind a little bit of drizzle, even November and December are not bad months to climb Kilimanjaro at all, with the perks of a less busy period on the mountain and cheaper flight tickets. If money is no barrier, then September and October are the best months to plan your trip in terms of the dry weather and an enthusiastic crowd to keep you going. 

I've always been fascinated with East African countries and their wildlife and this dormant volcanic mountain comes with an opportunity to spot over a whopping 140 species! Sounds like the perfect adventure holiday to me. After making myself mentally ready to scuba dive in Mykonos when I head over there soon, I feel this should be on my travel-list to accomplish in the next few years. Lets start with snorkeling shall we? But if you're a more adventurous person than me and have crossed off most adventures from your bucket list, this will be right up your street! 

www.privateexpeditions.com

London Fashion Week 2015 - What to wear!

Starting from 12th September, London Fashion Week SS15 will dominate our lives for five consecutive days. As a Londoner and LFW regular, you might be used to the difficult fashion choices and must already know what you're going to strut around in the week. But if you're a first timer at the show, it's easy to make rookie mistakes. Hence below are three outfits that are foolproof, fashion blogger approved yet classy and timeless. You can never go wrong with neutrals, monochrome, a bit of grey, sheer fabrics and some rugged leather going on.


Stick to one shade dressing. It's proven popular amongst celebs and on the runway recently. It will be chilly so you totally can rock a grey gilet. The fur instantly adds a tonne of texture, makes the apparel interesting and is perfect for toning down any harsh, rock-chic fabrics like leather. Pair it with a silky longline cami top underneath and a light grey pencil skirt. Make sure to slightly vary the shades of grey chosen to prevent it from looking dated. Finish off the look with pointed peep toes with a matte mock-croc finish. Throw on an understated backpack in a multicolored grey to balance the ultra-glamorous theme a little. 



Channel you inner Kim K! Perfect for the slightly curvy girls out there, this figure flattering, part chic-part casual outfit is sure to be a winner for London Fashion Week 2015. It's a timeless classic with soft neutrals, trusty stilettos and those ripped denims. The textured peplum jacket adds a hint of seasonal trend into the apparel. It's quite a refreshing change to see peplum making an entry back into the fashionsphere as we did seem to love back in 2012. As for the leather handbag, I quite like this slightly slouchy, slightly sturdy number with some tassel detail going around. The dark brown colour contrasts the outfit but not as sharply as a jet black would. It looks like you haven't tried too hard and are casually just in-vogue. Perfecto! 




From Coco Chanel to Marilyn Monroe, the boy meets girl trend has earned popularity since decades hence slotting it into the timeless classic category. There's something effortlessly cool about macho shapes meeting ladylike detailing. The Chelsea Tan Handbag is a perfect fit to go with the apparel. It's got a nice, not-so-feminine shape and colour to blend in with the theme perfectly. The oversized checked coat, white poplin shirt, tartan cigarette pants to those front peep toe shoe boots are just the right amount of monochrome to keep it safe yet with a boyish hint to make it appear stylish for London Fashion Week. Also a great one for the nippy weather to keep yourself warm whilst clicking a gazillion pictures for Instagram.

Friday, 29 August 2014

My Little Box - by My Little Paris








Coming to the UK soon, My Little Box is your edgier monthly box option, branching out to fashion and lifestyle goodies besides your usual beauty bits. I have to say I didn't care much about it but when it arrived, the surprise element of digging out cute, unexpected stuff from playing cards, pastel scarves to bracelets was quite fun. They really don't scrimp by adding in samples of any sorts as all products I have seen in the boxes have been ones that would actually sell, or be travel sized at least. No samples, hah! The box has a strong cute and chic Parisian vibe going on with the prints and textures being so modern and refreshing. It's quite obvious that someone's put so much effort into sourcing uber adorable goodies that you'd actually like to wear. I've kept the playing cards, bracelet and exfoliator aside for my trip to Mykonos in October. They just screamed 'holiday' to me immediately. As for the L'Occitane cream, it's seriously so delicious to apply. The lip balm comes in the cutest of applicators and smells lush, much like vanilla. 

Do check them out at www.mylittlebox.co.uk.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Claudia Louch Protective Jojoba Day Moisturizer







If you've been scrolling through my blog since a while, you may know that I'm picky when it comes to face moisturisers. My skin is pure and utter confusion. Or it could be that I simply haven't figured it out till date. And when I finally do, it decides to change. Long story short, my moisturiser choices tend to be all over the place and basically like a lucky dip. It may work wonders or wreck havoc, all I can do is to wait and watch. This gorgeous beaut of a product by Harvey Street skin specialist Claudia Louch has managed to do the former. Containing rich ingredients like avocado, jojoba, grape seed and shea butter, I am actually quite surprised it didn't result in even a minute breakout in my skin. Although modern, non pore blocking ingredients, they are extremely rich in nature which makes me extremely happy to be able to use a moisturiser with hydrating benefits, without it resulting in teenage hormonal skin. Not a good look you see. 

It could be due to the fact the formula is 94% natural, free from chemical laden nastiness and has jojoba oil as it's hero product which is a saviour for us confused skin gals. It's anti-inflammatory and helps control excess oil production meaning clearer skin. Come winter, I can see myself slap it on daily without fail as it's so nourishing on the skin and comforting for those agitated skin days. Retailing at £52.50, the sleek black bottle houses a tonne of product that can actually last one a good few months considering you need a teeny bit at a time. Paired with a balm cleaner, an acidic exfoliator, a face oil and a collagen packed eye cream, your winter skincare needs are sorted. You can thank me later pal! 

www.claudialouch.com

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Love Me Beauty August Edition











This month's Love Me Beauty Box wasn't the most impressive of the lot I've received from the brand but nonetheless, it has some lovely things that quickly become a favourite. It just goes to show that sometimes the number of products stuffed into a beauty box don't matter, if they have been done so correctly. Starting from my favourite, the a la carte brow ink. I have used this before and loved it but it was one of the products that I never got around to repurchase. This time around, I've got a different shade than before however that's not deterred me from sketching it onto my brows. It's lush, easy to use and slides in between brow hairs like a dream. It's got a flexible yet sturdy nib and it's just overall wonderful. 

The Mirabella Lip Lustre Liner in Bashful is also quite refreshing. It's the first shimmery lip liner I've come across and it's quite cool to fill onto the entire lip. I wouldn't use it solely as a liner but for filling in the lip needs to make your pout look full, this works great. Plus it's pink and shimmery, full marks for that. Then we have an Oriflame ecollagen wrinkle correcting eye cream. It comes with a rollerball applicator and anything that's going to help with lymphatic drainage around the eyes, make me look less zombie like and cool and sooth the area, I'm going to slather on regardless. This one has an extremely thin formula, seeps into the skin well and is perfect for those in their twenties for a quick anti-ageing fix. 

We then have the marsk mineral eyeshadow in 'you're toast'. These 100% natural, mineral formulas are cruelty free and perfect to use wet or dry. I use it wet when I want to amp up the oomph factor. The warm, rich shade is easy to wear and perfect for the coming season. Autumn come soon! 

lovemebeauty.com

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

GIVEAWAY: Vanilla Paris £100 Voucher for a Leather Handbag!


Want to win yourself £100 voucher to spend on leather handbags? Yes please! I would any day love to splurge on arm candy that is similar to that sported by celebrities. And there's no one better than Vanilla Paris to get these designer like bags for less. I absolutely love their selection of handbags and they have been a celebrity favourite since years. They have a boutique in Chelsea for those who are a usual in the area but if it's inaccessible to you, their website is pretty much a replica of the selection available in store.

They have recently updated their stock in time for Autumn/Winter 2014 and I'm so excited! I mean of course Summer ended too soon but the thought of flaunting those deep, rich and lush coloured leather handbags for the colder months is enough to make me await September. Those rich monochromes, muted neutrals, pronounced textures, lush reds and mysterious shades of khakis make me want to go hunting for a Winter coat right now! 



Their New Tara leather handbags are gorgeous. Named after socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson who's a regular at Vanilla Paris boutique in Chelsea, it's dedicated to her passion for this particular arm candy. It's also her favourite to travel with. Another new addition to their range is the Bella leather handbag, which is right up my street. Sturdy, professional, chic and with a hint of gold to finish off the look. I have my eyes glued to this soft grey number which would look great with an all white or black outfit. 

If I have allured you enough to buy one of their handbags, no more keeping it on your wishlist for long. They are currently running a Giveaway on Facebook where on reaching 6000 likes, 1 lucky winner will win a whopping £100 voucher to spend in store. Who knows, it could be me, or you! For a chance to have your Autumn/Winter arm candy sorted, like them on Facebook and share their Giveaway status. The faster they reach 6000 likes, the quicker a winner will be announced.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Heyland & Whittle Handwash, Body Lotion & Candle











Heyland & Whittle is a quintessentially British brand which was established in 2003. The brand is all about being natural, chemical free, hand made yet deliciously smelling!  After trying out a few products from their range, I have to say they do all of that quite well.

First off, I am not a huge fan of Hand Washes. I am sure I am not alone as a majority of you wouldn't care less what hand wash lies on your washroom sink. I guess I always felt like that as the usual drugstore ones were so uninspiring and well...overtly soapy! This particular one has got everything spot on. The Rose and Neroli Handwash from their range is a dream to use. The packaging is clear and glossy, the handwash is beautiful in it's warm yet elegant colour and the scent is subtle yet long lasting. I seriously haven't been more fond of a handwash ever before. It almost feels like a lush hotel in my bathroom now. 

The Green Tea and Grapefruit Body Lotion is what resides next the handwash in my bathroom and smells absolutely delightful. It's clean and fresh with hint of fruity notes to it. Again, the pistachio coloured cream just adds to the overall decadence and simplicity of the packaging and makes it appear spa like. The lotion itself is very watery and light weight, with a quick absorbing formula and perfect to replenish moisture lost throughout the day. With no hints of sticky residue, it's perfect for Summer and Autumn when you don't want to use extremely hydrating products. 

As for the Jasmine & Lilac Candle, I believe it's from their classic collection. Again, simplistically packaged, it goes beautifully with an all-white home decor to add a soft hint of colour. The scent is crisp, slightly smoky and diffuses into a light floral scent. If you're not a fan of highly scented candles like myself, this is a good one to have in your living room or diner for a clean yet comforting atmosphere. regardless of the season. 

www.heylandandwhittle.co.uk