Anna Dello Russo for H&M

THIS is a H&M collaboration I will be finally be queueing for! I literally want it all! My fav pieces have to be the turquoise luggage and clutch bag and the snake bracelets. Hands off them in the queue ladies! Launched in selected stores and online October 4th.

Below are my favourite pieces from the collection and of course I HAD to include the HILARIOUS promo video featuring Anna herself = LEGE.

 

The promo video for the collection is H-ilarious!

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New York Fashion Week Scrapbook

Some of my favourite looks from NYFW…

Not biased at all but 3 of my favourite looks courtesy of the Queens at Marchesa

 

Alexander Wang – the God of Sports Luxe. Just look at the cut-out detailing! LUSH!

 

DVF. This dress reminds me of a gorge dress I had a few years back. A dress I WILL fit into again! Hello Gym!

Elizabeth & James. LOVE the simplicity of this collection but with quirky detailing

 

DKNY. I can see Gwen Paltrow wearing this gorge white maxi and just LOOK at the jacket!!

 

Zac Posen.

Victoria, Victoria Beckham. I always seem to prefer this line to the main VB collection and this time is no different

 

 

Spa Review: Isis Health & Beauty at Crowne Plaza Hotel

So this week I headed to the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Isis Spa to have a 75min full body hot stone massage. Now we all know I love my massages so 75 minutes worth of heaven was awaiting me!

After the initial problems with my booking and having to change it to a 10am start (not helpful after arriving home from Ireland the night before), I was hoping the treatment would unwind and relax me after all my travelling.

My thing with spas in Scotland is that they don’t offer/have enough pre/post spa facilities. I would love to have a spa treatment and then relax in saunas, pools, jacuzzis but there is not always this option which would be the downside for this spa review (though the hotel itself does have an onsite pool, gym).

On the plus side, after being taken to my treatment room, the massage was great. The scent, heat and decor of the treatment room where spot on. I did have a small issue with the bed, being tall, I found my feet where hanging off the table slightly and there was a pillow which meant when I was face down I had to turn my head to the side instead of having it face down.

After working on the pressure points on my face, the therapist placed and rubbed the hot stones up my body and used her hands to get into those hard to reach areas giving a relaxing massage. I would have preferred more pressure to be used around the back and shoulders and to have a head massage added to a full body massage but overall the treatment was good and the therapist was very chirpy and polite. I did feel that most of my knots and tensions where released with this treatment.

L x

House of Harlow 1960: a Richie love-in

I’ve loved Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 collections ever since they were first released back in 2009 and still in 2012 pieces such as the Aztec Bracelet and Sunburst Ring are both selling like hot cakes and are my favourite pieces: proof that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Below is my carefully selected edit from the current line.

One of the original pieces from the first line, the Aztec bangle is a classic and timeless piece. Coming in selected colours, you can wear one on its own or stack a few of them together up your arm.

Both versions of the sunburst ring are on my birthday lust list.

The sunburst pendant necklace is the perfect finishing touch for a skinny-jeans-tank-top combo outfit. Grab a pair of grey skinnies, some boots, a long white tank top and add this totally gorge necklace to dress up and finish the look. Also try pairing it with a smaller dangling chain.

There are a lot of box clutches kicking around nowadays but this one with the studded detailing and animal crystal clasp is very on trend 2012.

These sunglasses are an exact replica of the sunnies Nicole has been seen wearing over the years in LA: hence why they are aptly named Nicole Sunglasses. Perfect touch to a boho-rock outfit.

Available from shopbop.com (always have amazing prices), my-wardrobe.com and ASOS.com.

And the Gold goes to…

Stacey Keibler. Literally. The gold goes to her as she was dripping in it in this stunning gold Marchesa dress looking like an Oscar statue. Ahh well at least her other half George Cloonster got to go home with an Oscar after all. Loving the matching colour side-swept hair and how she lets the dress do the talking. And the flower…oh  the flower! I knew it would be a Marchesa creation that would get me excited on the Oscars carpet so once again *claps hands in excitement and approval, fashion thanks and hugs to Marchesa designers Georgina and Keren for lighting up the red carpet in what was a very lacklustre gown parading show this year. Seriously guys, we need some Mary Katrantzou and Mark Fast next year #just saying #NotBiastAtAll.

Food-spiration: pitta pizzas

A simple alternative to the traditional pizza bases. Why not grab some leftover pitta breads, salad, cheese and sauces from your lunches/dinners and throw them together for an easy, satisfying – and cheap – meal. It’s so simple to make.

INGREDIENTS

1 or 2 pitta breads depending on how hungry you are

Grated mozzarella cheese

Pizza base sauce (or any tomato sauce/puree you have in your cupboards will work just as well)

Salad leaves (you can also add onions, peppers and sweetcorn)

Grounded pepper

Chopped oregano

HOW TO COOK:

It is so simple that you literally just toss the ingredients on top of the pitta breads.

First step; spread the pizza base sauce liberally over the top of the pitta bread. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Sprinkle some grounded pepper and chopped oregano on top and to finish off add some salad on top.

Pop the pitta breads in the oven for around 5-10 minutes until cheese has melted and pitta is warm and slightly toasted.

Pop on a plate and serve on its own or with a side salad, crisps or use up your potatoes and make homemade oven fries to serve.

TOP TIP: for a pitta calzone why not slit open the top of the pitta bread, add all the ingredients inside the pitta and cook for 5-10 minutes. Voila!

Closet-Lust: Victoria, Victoria Beckham SS12 Collection

I swear my life will not be complete without at least one of the dresses from this collection in my closet. I (along with every fashion editor around town) absolutely heart the SS12 Victoria, Victoria Beckham line which is a more budget friendly line compared to her main line Victoria Beckham- well when I say budget friendly, prices still come in at around £400 but a LOT cheaper compared to the main line prices of £1000+.

I really love this whole look- Victoria has been spotted in this look recently- well what better way to PR your collections?

The detailing on this dress is fantabulous! Love the low-down pocket detailing and the cut of the neckline is just D-vine.

Again it’s all about the detailing in the dress. Very simple and almost Marni-like in its design and simpleness.

Blue and pastel pink- two shades which I don’t normal like together but it works really well in this outfit: something to do with the added black detailing perhaps.

Another dress VB has been spotted in and one which was a hit at the fashion show. Quirky and very 70s-like in its colour and shaping.

Very simple in its design and silhouette which I LOVE. Would look great with a pair of corkscrew heels or wedges come summer.

Balloons ahoy! 50s style skater and volume skirts where MASSIVE at the SS12 shows- check out the Louis Vuitton show for inspiration. Pear shapes like me should be veeery wary about wearing a design like this as the skirt will draw more attention to the bigger part of your silhouette.

The colour… To die for.

Loving the heart detailing shape at the bust and the knee length. This one would be great for the office closet.

This is my Cannes outfit. Period. Has yacht party written all over it. Grab a Chanel bag and Louboutins and your swinging.

Love the red version of the cat dress too. This will be perfect for picnic and BBQ dates with my MR D when I meet him.

Book-spiration

There are many a style book out there telling you what and when to wear what with what and without what and why and why nots which can be confusing to just about anyone not on Xanax so below are my top picks and trusted style bibles.

 

THE GODDESS GUIDE by Gisele Scanlon

There are a few volumes in the Goddess Series and I have two which I read time and time again. Great for not just fashion advice, interviews and hotspots buut food and city guides. Seriously buy one now.

 

 


 

THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF STYLE by Nina Garcia

She works at ELLE USA. Need I say more?

 

 

 

 

 

STYLE A to ZOE: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, and Everything Glamour by Rachel Zoe

This was the first style book that I ever bought and it really made me think about my style and what I was trying to express though my fashion choices. Full of great behind the scenes pics with Zoe’s clients too.

 

 

 

WHO WHAT WEAR: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

Great for those needing to arrange their closets into what they need and to help decide on style choices for various events.

Marni at H&M Collaboration

The latest H&M designer collaboration sees Italian giant Marni join the likes of Versace, Jimmy Choo and errr Madonna in designing a range for the high street store.

The long-awaited collaboration between Marni and high street emporium H&M saw Hollywood turn out in force to the launch party in LA last week.

Drew Barrymore wearing Marni at H&M

Jessica Chastain wearing Marni at H&M

Milla Jovovich wearing Marni at H&M

With silk and print detailing and their iconic accessory designs, the collection is a great way for us mere mortals to get Italian style and design on a high street budget. Below are some of my favourite pieces from the collection. See you in the queues.

Silk cardigan £59.99, Sandals £19.99, Scarf £19.99

Silk dress £69.99, Bracelet £24.99, Sunglasses £19.99

Silk dress £69.99, Coat £79.99, Belt £9.99

The collection will launch in 260 stores worldwide and online from March 8. Check out http://www.hm.com for further information.

Food-spiration: vegetable enchiladas

I have to admit, I LOVE Mexican food; nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, Burritos, enchiladas the lot! Although it may not be the best type of food for your waistband, it is DELISH so below you will find one of my favourite recipes to cook. YUM!

INGREDIENTS:

Chopped onions

Chopped peppers

Grated cheese

Enchilada sauce

Fajita or Mexican seasoning

2 x corn tortilla wraps

½  pack of Mexican-Style rice

Thousand Island dressing

HOW TO COOK:

This is a very simple recipe to cook. For ease of buying you can also grab an enchilada making pack from your local supermarket which will have the sauces, wraps and seasoning included for you so all you need is your veg and cheese (budget around £2 for the pack).

Pop the veg in an oiled frying pan and sprinkle some of the Fajita/Mexican seasoning over. Fry and toss for a few minutes to cook the veg.

Pre-heat oven and grease a baking dish with a little butter. Put two corn tortillas on the table counter and add some cheese and spoon in the seasoned veg mix once cooked. Wrap up the tortillas and place them together in the baking dish. Pour the enchilada sauce all over the top of the wraps (be generous) and sprinkle some cheese over the top. Place in the oven and cook for around 10 minutes – or until the cheese starts to go golden.

In an oiled frying pan toss half a packet of Mexican-Style rice which you can pick up from any supermarket. Cook for a few minutes ensuring that you toss the rice continually (else it will stick to the pan).

Pop the rice in a plate, add a splodge of Thousand Island dressing and pop the enchiladas in once cooked and hey Mexicana!