Saturday, 19 October 2013

Fantastic Footwear: Ash Jalouse Suede Ankle Boots from Allsole

Ankle boots are the boots of the season.  They look fab with anything, but for AW13 an easy, casual look is to pair them with some skinny jeans and a chunky jumper.

I have found some gorgeous and classic Jalouse suede ankle boots by the brand Ash.  They are perfect for pairing with jeans, but would also look great with shorter skirts, plus they're smart enough to be worn for work.  The vintage cowboy style makes them unique - but they are contemporary too!  The heel is 6cm, so not too high to be impractical but high enough to look good.  They are 100% suede leather too, so great quality that will last.
By far the best value ones can be found at Allsole right now - there's currently 20% off with the code MIDSEASON and they come in wood ash dark brown (pictured) for £135 or a topo tan/light brown for £149.  However, with the code, the wood ash pair is just £108 and the topo tan is £119.20.  The code ends on 22nd October 2013.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Louche Hender Fluffy Jumper from Joy the Store

As ever, there are loads of incredibly gorgeous items for Autumn and Winter from Joy the Store.  Knitwear is always a good bet for this time of year, and they have several pretty and warm fluffy jumpers to choose from.

I've picked this Hender pastel pink, cable-knit jumper as my favourite at the moment.  I think the colour is lovely and will brighten up a dull Autumn's day.  A cable-knit pattern will never go out of style and the relaxed yet slim-fit means that it will look great when layered over pretty much any top.  It can be worn with jeans, a scarf and boots for classic Autumn style or dressed up a bit with a skirt and some flat shoes.

This jumper's £42 in sizes 8 to 16, but Joy have an offer at the moment where customers get a free cardigan with spends over £75 or new customers can get 10% off first orders when they sign up to the newsletter.

Joy the Store Mailing List

Monday, 14 October 2013

A Great Cause: Think Pink at Debenhams for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Debenhams have got loads of products where a proportion of the sale price will go to various charities through their 'Think Pink' initiative. The ones that will benefit are Breakthrough Breast Cancer (45%), Breast Cancer Campaign (45%) and Pink Ribbon Foundation (10%).  I've picked out a couple of my favourite products to highlight and first up, is this pink and grey striped onesie.  Made of a comfy, snuggly fleece, it's got a zip fastening and a super soft white hood lining.  Perfect for cuddling up during those upcoming cold evenings - or during the day, even - it's £25.


Next, I love this dark pink Rocha, John Rocha floral t-shirt.  I love its pretty embroidered and sequin embellished floral motif and a twisted neckline.  It's also got the pink ribbon on the hemline.  This top is £26.


Finally, there's not just clothing but homeware too.  I love this pink spotty scented candle, which will brighten up any room and smell sweet too!  Apparently it smells like home baking - yummy!  It's £10.  There's also a powder blue one, that smells like fresh laundry.
There's over 30 items, including underwear, bags and wellies, so do have a look to see what can be bought to benefit these worthwhile charities - you know it's worth it!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Jaeger Metallic Stripe Breton Jumper from John Lewis

A cute Breton striped shirt or jumper is a classic.  However, I do find that the standard black and white stripe is a bit clichéd and looks a bit like it ought to be paired with a beret and a necklace of onions.  So it's often good to go for something a little different, in varying colours, like this Jaeger jumper available through John Lewis's clearance offers.  I love the sparkly, metallic stripes which are quirky and attractive - but not too obtrusive.  I'd wear it with skinny jeans, a scarf and flat pumps for a chic, Parisian look (without any onions or berets!) but it could be smartened up with a blouse underneath and skirt.  Still available in all sizes (small to extra large), it's been reduced from £120 to £75.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

A Great Cause: Ribbon Pink Patent Leather from Office for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I do like a charitable purchase.  And I do like a pair of killer heels.  So I am doubly excited when the two worlds collide to produce an amazing pair of stilettos like these Ribbon pink patent leather shoes from Office.  The colour is stunning, a simply perfect fuchsia pink.  Wear to work to brighten up monochrome office chic or wear out in the evening with a gorgeous dress.  They'd work for any special occasion.  They're £55, which I think isn't too bad - but a massive £40 plus VAT from each sale is going to Breast Cancer Care.  Brilliant!

Beautiful Bag: Spot Weekend Bag from Cath Kidston

One of my favourite sale events is the Cath Kidston sale.  They always have a great variety of items at a discount and it's easy to stock up on 'essentials' without going too overboard with spending.

This green spotty weekender bag has caught my eye in the latest sale.  The colour is vibrant and gorgeous and the spots are fun.  The size (48 x 33 x 15 cm) is perfect for a weekend away, not too big but not too small.  The handles are long enough to put over the shoulder, so easy to carry and it's oilcloth that can be wiped clean, so easy to keep looking (hoho, no pun intended) spotless!  Originally £60, it's been reduced by a third to £40, which is great value for a bag like this.
Cath Kidston (UK)

Friday, 11 October 2013

Delightful Dress: The Style London Women's Classic Tartan Red Skater Dress at Box Clothing

Tartan (or plaid to Americans) is a huge print for AW13 and there are so many fab items in the pattern.  I have found a classic, flattering, pleated skirted skater dress in a simple black and red check, which is simply gorgeous.  It's by designer brand The Style London, available from Box Clothing.  Wear in colder months with tights, boots and a leather jacket for a fab, urban, warm look.
It's £42 but new customers can get 10% off first orders by signing up to Box Clothing's newsletter.

A Great Cause: GLAMGLOW Cure Sexy Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

GLAMGLOW have released a limited edition exfoliating mud mask, of which 25% of the profits will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

It looks pretty amazing - it contains volcanic minerals, French sea clay and TEAOXI and can be used on all skin types (it will tingle when first applied) and promises to deliver everything needed for great skin. It is described as 'a 10-minute facial in a jar' which sounds luxurious.  All in all, it aims to:
  • Give a noticeable 3 day glow.
  • Give brighter, radiant skin in minutes.
  • Give noticeably soft and smooth skin.
  • Provide multi-level resurfacing exfoliation.
  • Penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin to soften fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Tighten, tone and lift the skin. 
  • Relieve dark circles and minimise pores. 
  • Absorb impurities without removing natural oils.
  • Help protect against everyday environmental aggressors.
It contains no artificial colours or fragrances, is 100% paraben-free, cruelty-free, and suitable for vegans. 
It's not cheap, at around £50 but just think of the percentage going to charity plus what can be saved using this instead of getting facials at a beauty salon!

I've found it at Marks and Spencer for £49.50 (and a £5 off code on the site), lookfantastic.com for £49.99 (with a 12% off £45+ spends: code SPEND45) and at feelunique.com for £39.99.  

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Terrific Top: Daisy Fest Lennon Sweater from Wildfox Couture

The weather may be cooling, but there's always a place for a pretty, floral top.  Of all people, I spotted Paris Hilton wearing this gorgeous daisy print top which is available from Wildfox Couture, an American vintage-inspired women’s clothing brand which combines great style and unsurpassed quality. Semi-sheer and soft, it will look perfectly pretty teamed with jeans for a gorgeous, everyday look.  Or dress it up with a maxi skirt and heels, like in the picture.  Just add a simple strappy vest top underneath - unless one is super-brave!
Until 25th December, customers can get 10% off first orders by subscribing to the Wildfox newsletter, reducing this top to £229.50.  Delivery is free.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Fantastic Footwear: Irregular Choice Flick Flack Heels from Rubbersole.co.uk

Most weeks, Rubbersole.co.uk do a series of 'private sales' whereby customers can get up to 50% off selected brands on the site.  This week (until 11th October), they've got deals including Havaianas, Converse and one of my favourite brands, Irregular Choice.  This brand is quirky, edgy and unique and there is nothing to rival it, as far as I can tell!

I love these red and white spotty 'Flick Flack' courts which have been reduced by 30% - from £74.99 to £52.49.  They are fun, feminine and funky but not too over the top; they can be paired with a fairly neutral dress to look fab.  This style is also available in a floral baby blue and a spotty basic black.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A Great Cause: Ugg Australia for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

So many gorgeous products to take advantage of, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month!  This time it's Ugg Australia who have three different products whereby £10 from each sale will benefit specialist therapy charity, The Haven.  They are all fabulous and I am tempted by them all.

First up are these pink short boots.  The colour is unique and stunning and will look fab with indigo blue skinny jeans.

If one prefers the more traditional Ugg, there's also the short boot in a chestnut.


And finally, these slippers are perfect.  I've had Ugg slippers before and they lasted years, despite the fact I was wearing them practically 24/7!  They are so comfortable and fit so well.


So there you have it - comfort, style and a charity donation.  Perfect!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Delightful Dress: Anna Scholz Lace Skater Dress from Simply Be

I haven't posted about dresses in a while, probably due to the weather; it's not really dress weather at the moment I suppose.  But then I spotted this fantastic Anna Scholz lace skater dress which is available from Simply Be.  It's simply stunning and flattering with a shaped bodice and waistband to create curve-skimming gorgeousness.  It's not clingy, so will skim one's shape effortlessly.  Wear for Christmas parties with contrasting bright, killer heels and look amazing.  But it's selling out fast - sizes 14 to 18 are still available, 20 and 26 low stock and 22, 24 and 28 are out of stock.  So act quickly!
It's £70 but new customers can get 10% off first orders at Simply Be with the code CQHC5 until the end of the year.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Over the Top: Carven Contrast Collar Tweed Coat from my-wardobe.com

The masculine, military coat is a key piece for AW13 and there are some simply superb ones on the market. I was after one that is unique, great quality, warm and stylish and I've found this brown and turquoise blue tweed one by Carven, available at my-wardobe.com.  It's a fantastic take on the masculine, military trend whilst still managing to maintain an element of femininity with the colours, bold collar and cinched, flattering, belted waist.  The fabric composition is the height of luxury - alpaca wool, angora, wool - and most importantly, will be snugly warm for the coming months.  A classic piece that will never go out of style - perfect!
It's a true investment piece at £657 but customers can get £50 off a £200 or more spend at my-wardobe.com with the code AWGUIDE50 until the end of the month, so a perfect time to indulge!

Nifty Knitwear: Intarsia Jumper from Joules

There's nothing like a cozy jumper as the weather turns and Joules have a fantastic selection at the moment.  My favourite are from the Intarsia collection, which have all sorts of cute animal prints on them.  There's seven different versions for women and it's so hard to choose just one - so I have picked a few that I love the most!  They will all look fab with jeans, perfect for a casual, restful day or a walk in the country.

First up is this navy and white striped jumper with a bluetit motif.  Stripes are always great and the bluetit is unique and makes it really interesting.
Then there's Mr Fox on a sage green background.  Less subtle than the bluetit, I think Mr Fox is sophisticated and suave!
Finally, again a sage green and perfect for Christmas is this duck patterned sweater.  Look!  They have Christmas hats and scarves and everything - so cute!
Other animals are a dog, French hens, a partridge and a Christmas dog.  Simply sweet!  Each of these jumpers is £69.95 but, until the end of today, Joules are offering a discount code as follows:
  • AFT20 - £20 off orders over £100
  • AFT30 - £30 off orders over £150

Saturday, 5 October 2013

A Great Cause: Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Instant Detangling Hairbrush

If you've got medium to long hair - or children - a tangle teezer is a must!  And if you haven't purchased one yet, why not consider this 'Penelope Pink' one in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
The colour is fab, with a retro 'Doris Day' bow print and, being a tangle teezer, will work amazingly well to detangle wet or dry hair.  It's compact, so can be popped in one's bag for on the move.  What's even better is that 20% of sales from this are going to Breast Cancer Care to provide much needed information and support to anyone affected by breast cancer in the UK.

It's available from quite a few places for £12.25, but one of my favourite online beauty sites is Feelunique.com which always offers free delivery - and quite often, discount voucher codes!  Another good site, again offering free delivery and discount codes is Lookfantastic.com.  Check out my voucher code page for the latest offers.

Friday, 4 October 2013

A Great Cause: Think Pink Beauty Heroes from Elemis

Another day, another fab offer in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This time it's from Elemis, one of my favourite beauty companies.  It's an utterly fab 'Think Pink Beauty Heroes' collection.  Presented in a gorgeous pink case, it includes:
  • Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 20g
  • Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
  • Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm 15ml
  • Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust 15ml
It's £36.50 but so worth it.  Love Elemis who have pledged to donate £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care to help raise vital money needed to provide information and support for anyone affected by breast cancer.  Elemis also have loads of offers on normally, so do check out the voucher code page to see what's current.
Elemis

Thursday, 3 October 2013

A Great Cause: Bobbi Brown French Pink Blush with Brush Set for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from John Lewis

I've mentioned before that supporting and raising money for cancer charities is a big part of my life and one of the closest causes to my heart is that of breast cancer.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so please can I urge everyone - men too - to check your breasts and get anything you're not sure about checked out.  I believe (what we thought was) being overly cautious saved my life - please, please, don't be blasé about it.

So I am not going to apologise for promoting any products I find this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, even if they aren't on special offer.  I posted about Neal's Yard Remedies yesterday and today, I've found this gorgeous Bobbi Brown French Pink Blush with brush set from John Lewis.  It's a beautiful colour which should suit most skin tones.  It's £35 but £5 from every sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Perfect.

Splendid Skirt: Doctor Who Van Gogh TARDIS Contour Skirt from Hot Topic

I've written about Hot Topic before, which is an American website that stocks current, fun and funky trends that can't be easily found elsewhere.

I adore this Doctor Who TARDIS skirt.  Hip hugging and edgy, it's perfect for an evening out at the pub if one is daring enough!  Combine with some Doc Marten boots or similar, t-shirt and leather jacket for a bold, urban look.

Available in sizes extra-small to extra-large, it's just $22.50 (about £14) but there's currently a 30% off flash promotion with the code 30OFF.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Nifty Knitwear: Penelope Texture Jumper from Phase Eight

I'm not entirely sure what's going on with the weather at the moment.  I guess we're technically in Autumn but I was quite warm today and I still haven't needed my jacket outside.  Which is why it's great that there are so many lightweight jumpers and cardigans available in the various sales that are on at the moment.

Phase Eight are currently having a sale where there is up to 50% off so many gorgeous items, including this Penelope textured jumper, which is still available in sizes 8 to 18.  Not only is it lightweight, so perfect for this changeable weather, but it's pretty with a flattering scoop neck, slim fit and stylish salt and pepper effect. It's mostly cotton, so should be snug and comfortable to wear, as well as being a quality product.  I'd wear it with skinny jeans and boots.  Originally £59, it's now £45 in the sale.

Putting my money where my mouth is: Neal's Yard Remedies Lip Gloss

One can never have too much lip gloss in my opinion and I have found a gorgeous, luxurious one from Neal's Yard Remedies.  Not only does it protect the lips and make them look scrummy but it contains a wonderful range of natural ingredients to condition, nourish and nurture the lips.  They have a fantastic selection of colours - and flavours - but the one I have been using is the plum.  It's simply perfect.
They're quite expensive at £9.50 but one only needs a tiny amount to be effective, so they will last for ages.  I was lucky enough to get one through attending a Look Good, Feel Better event for women with cancer, and I am happy to note that Neal's Yard Remedies are also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month this month, so I'll promote them as much as I can!  In fact, buy a deodorant from them and they will donate £1 to breast cancer support centres until the 31st.  So stock up on luxury and support a great cause - win/win!