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“Blink” New Designers: Cordwainers Footwear, Product Design and Development Graduate, Saul Robayna

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

We hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s posts about the LCF exhibition. From jewellery we move on to some footwear and wowsers, these boots are so super sexy! From graduate, Saul Robayna, these thigh highs are a stunning confection of lace and laces. I cannot wait to have the chance to add some of his work to my shoe collection.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Saul Robayna

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Saul Robayna

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“Blink” Retail: Arcadia’s AW’14 Press Day- Accessories

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Some more for you from the Arcadia AW’14 press event. This post is all about some rather lovely jewels, heels, bags and boots that were a particular highlight for me.

Starting things off are these very stylish jewels and stunning extra long, green suede boots from Dorothy Perkins. These were an extra surprise because I generally skip past this label- but I was quite literally stopped in my tracks by the really fabulous selection of accessories. I’ll be making a rare visit to good old DP’s come Autumn to see what will actually make it home with me.

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Next comes Freedom at Topshop. Never knowingly understated, this is THE label to hit for statement pieces that are always super hot and brilliantly blingy. This little number looks like wearing it might replace a heavy lifting session at the gym! I love the smokey shade of the gems, adding a touch of sophistication to an otherwise extra OTT number.

Freedom at Topshop, AW'14

Freedom at Topshop, AW’14

Topshop‘s shoes and bags are some of the best on the high street. Reflecting all the hottest Autumn directions and covering all occasions in a really creative and innovative way, the shoes on show at the press day were really exciting. As were the bags. We’re still good to be rocking backpacks come Autumn. Yay!

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Finally, we have Miss Selfridge. When they get it right, they really, really get it right, and this is generally it’s embellished, beaded and embroidered womenswear but also with some surprisingly good accessories. I really loved the styling of this blue gemmed style, sitting really beautifully on this blue/grey, high sheen print and pale lilac faux fur. It’s like an Autumn mood board all by itself.

Miss Selfridge, AW'14

Miss Selfridge, AW’14

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“Blink” Stylish Steals: Baby Lips

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Great timing to share this with you as these are the perfect prep for an excellent Valentine’s pout, as well as helping you with the post Valentine’s chapped lips if you manage to score lots of good snogging!

I must thank my lovely fashion protégé, Amy, who brought these gorgeous Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms to my attention as well as helping me capture the perfect shot of them.

Maybelline Baby Lips

Maybelline Baby Lips

At a couple of quid each (we picked ours up at Boots) these are a steal for sure. The formulation is smooth and super moisturizing, yet light. Each brilliantly bright colour tube has a different scent, and most with a slight hint of a tint. I love the graphic styling with it’s cool 80’s vibe, and I love their sweet smells that bring to mind those bonkers novelty scented rubbers (erasers to our American friends) that were all the rage in my school days. That’s a few quid well spent on a product that works, as well as a cheap ticket for a trip down memory lane.

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“Blink” Stylish Steals: Nip+Fab = Brilliant Beauty Bargains!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Here’s the third in our series of ‘Stylish Steals’. It’s the spot where we feature all of those amazing discoveries that punch well above their weight in price versus performance, impact and quality. In other words, smart shopping and a bargain too. It’s an eclectic mix of products, but all of them share the fact that they enhance our lives on a daily basis, and leave us feeling rather smugly clever while doing it!

We move on to beauty today. Not a day goes by without the new must have, you are not a true woman without this, you will be a wrinkled prune if you don’t buy it, ooh those bags dear, life enhancing wonder cream being foisted upon us. I know this because I am highly suggestible when it comes to skin care and beauty, never knowingly left behind when there’s a new innovation to be slathered all over. In addition to my suggestibility, I also have very sensitive skin so sometimes these new anti-aging solutions only make me look younger because they give me a rash that could be mistaken for teenage zits… Oh the joy.

With all of that in mind, it is with great pleasure that I share one of my recent skin care crushes with you. These products actually do what they say they’re going to do. These products are really well priced. These products work for me and my sensitive skin, without scrimping on the impact and benefits. These products are available from my retail guilty pleasure, Boots. I am talking about Nip+Fab, the accessible line from Rodial founder, Maria Hatzistefanis. And in particular I am talking about their brilliant glycolic line.

Nip+Fab

Nip+Fab

Lets start with a quick note about what glycolic acid can do for you. It’s a naturally derived, active ingredient that helps to shed those dead surface skin cells, revealing fresh, peachy and glowing skin underneath. The first Nip+Fab product that I added to my routine was the Glycolic Fix exfoliating pads. If you’re feeling a bit sallow, maybe you have a bit of a break out or just generally need a bit of help looking perkier, then a quick swipe with one of these pads with do the trick. The pack says to use them once or twice daily, but actually I only use them two or three times a week, just before bed so that they have the whole night to get stuck in renovating my chops.

After enjoying the benefits of the pads for a while, I noticed that they had a glycolic scrub. Yes, I could be accused of looking for a harder hit after being drawn in by the pleasure of using the pads… This scrub, when used in combination with my Olay Pro-X Cleansing System brush, is almost like administering a home version of microdermabrasion! This is serious stuff with the triple action benefits of glycolic acid, salicylic acid as well as the scrubby micro-beads. As a side note, it also smells deliciously of grapefruit. This stuff really works, delivering a polished, clear skinned face that is perfectly prepared to receive your favourite serum or moisturiser, which will then work better for you too.

As a good marker for a product’s effectiveness, what could be better than receiving compliments? Well, I can tell you that I have received quite a few of them on my fresh faced appearance, and not only from people who wanted me to buy things from them or who need a favour from me. Result!

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle

Monday, February 27th, 2012

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

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Enjoy! Lucy

Events- Secret Garden Party part 2: So festi, so nice

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

So, after setting the scene with yesterdays post, today we have some great Secret Garden Party style shots split into two posts- bit size chunks of fashion joy! From the theatrical yesterday to some slightly less ‘dress up’ looks today. They sum up this festivals mood of cool abandon, something a little off centre and more eclectic. Bright pattern, retro feel graphics, the ubiquitous denim shorts, maxi’s, minis and playsuits. Fill your boots and enjoy!

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Thanks Cat for the perfect subject choices and great photography.

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Events- 1234, Part 3: You’ve got Sole!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

And last but not least from our style spotting bonanza at the 1234 festival, we have an accessories focused post. Its one that takes me down memory lane..

We’ve been spotting the odd crepe soled shoe, otherwise known as ‘brothel creepers’ or ‘beetle crushers’, on some cool boys and few girls around town, but Saturday’s event sealed this shoe styles ascent back into fashion consciousness. We have also been aware of Dr Martens coming through again, but have felt a little unconvinced- again, until Saturday. You girls know how to rock a manly shoe with style and panache!

I lived in a much loved pair of crepe soled shoes when I was doing my Art foundation many moons ago (suffice to say that it was the late 80’s!). I can even remember buying them on Floral Street in Covent Garden. Was there a Rokit store there then, opposite Jones? I thought I looked so cool in them with my Dicky Dirts dungarees, a pair of Paul Smith silk boxer shorts and a vintage bustier. I must look out a photo… or maybe not!

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1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch