Loafer Love: Velvet Must-Have Shoes

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Topshop Kara Loafters
Say hello to my new faves the Topshop Kara Shoes.  Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, I’m desperately trying to make some seasonal style updates to my wardrobe. Swapping Acne Jensen ankle boots and slipping on these beauties instead.

As much as I’m lusting over the Gucci Horsebit Leather Slippers I just can’t justify them.  Actually, that’s a lie, I could give grounds for almost any purchase but can’t afford them.  If I want to you know, eat and stuff this month.  The Chloe Susanna boots with gold studs/hardware have been top of my wish list for years and I really want the Gucci shoes and a new handbag.  Do you see my problem here?  So yes, I headed to Topshop instead of Net a Porter for new shoes.

Oh let me count the way I love them.  If these aren’t a thing of beauty, I don’t know what is.  Backless, slip on, velvet, pointed toe perfection.  Did I mention that they have a bow?  They are supper comfortable and easy to wear.  I was worried they might fall, slide off or something but I bought my normal size and they fit perfectly.  I was surprised at how versatile they are.  Throw on, go with anything.  The add a little somethin’ somethin’ to even the most casual outfit.  I’ve been loving pairing these with boyfriend jeans, a blouse and leather jacket at the weekends.  They have been a welcome change from chunky biker boots. 

Thank you Topshop for your never ending parade of pretty helping me up my personal style game! Serious sartorial new season shoes.  I’m obsessed with the Topshop Kara Pointy Flats.

Barely There Blush for Spring

Monday, 20 March 2017

IsaDora Perfect Blush Review
This post has been a long time coming.  Sometimes life just gets in the way!  I honestly considering starting a series after my mother's diagnosis - MSA & Mum anyone?!  It seems so frivolous and vapid to be getting excited about makeup at a time like this but hey, I'm seeking solace in skincare and beauty! And excited I am.  I am utterly ob-sessed with these blushers from IsaDora.

IsaDora Perfect Blush in #62 Dusty Rose and #60 Pinky Peach.  I've been rotating between the two since I was lucky enough to receive them.  I rely on these to inject subtle warmth and colour into my pale, tired, I was up late binge watching This Is Us skin. Shade #62 Dusty Rose is a delicate almost brown toned dusky pink and far from the bright neon pink it initially appears to be shade #60 Pinky Peach softens to a warm peach pink hue.

Both can be worn as a natural, sheer wash of colour for barely there blush or built up for a more intense finish.  I've been loving wearing #62 Dusty Rose for work to enhance my pale complexion.  The two shades are super flattering, richly pigmented with a velvety soft finish.  I use my Real Techniques blush brush and the blend beautifully, seamlessly on to the skin.  I'm really impressed with the wear time and their long lasting colour but as they are compact, they are perfect for throwing into your makeup bag, the ideal handbag addition.

What is your favourite shade?

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Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Ambre Vanille

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Ambre Vanille
Swapping style for a scent switch up in today's post.  A new (to me) addition to the fragrance wardrobe is Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Ambre Vanille.  
I adore this.  I fell head over heels - love at first spritz.  Definitely sweet but not sickly or overly so.  It doesn’t have a synthetic fragrance.  Now I’m not saying it won’t make you crave cupcakes but I assure you that you won’t smell like baked goods!  (Although would that such a bad thing?!)  The vanilla and brown sugar are instantly recognisable.  Other notes include tangerine, orchid, heliotrope, almond, coconut and sandalwood along with amber.  Once settled on the skin, it drys down to a warm, cosy, rich scent. 
Although it is not an eau de parfum, I’ve been seriously impressed with the wear time.  I apply this in the morning and the scent is still discernible several hours later.  I’m a huge fan of vanilla based fragrances.  I wear this during the day and use Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille and Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille for evening.  (Full reviews on these here and here.)   Probably not the most seasonal coming into Spring but oddly it works.  
Living on the edge people - that's where you'll find me!  Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Ambre Vanille is simply divine.  If you’re near a counter, I urge you to try this.  I absolutely love it and I know you will too!