Holiday Essentials SS16

With a girls weekend in Ibiza just around the corner, it is time to step up the style stakes with beautiful accessories and prepare my pale, tired little body for a few days in the sun! Click on the titles for more information…

RAE Feather Beach Bag, £195

I’ve been following this stylish brand on Instagram for some time now and as soon as I spotted my favourite “Lady of London” Caroline Stanbury sporting the personalised basket, I knew I had to get my hand on a version of my own! I have gone for the monogram canvas shopper – perfect as my carry on luggage and will look super stylish besides the pool.

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Victoria’s Secret Bikini

I’ve only recently discovered the Victoria’s Secret range of swimwear and now can’t imagine going anywhere else for instant poolside style. I really struggle to find a good fitting bikini, but the supportive cups and adjustable tie straps make these a perfect fit for any size.

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Arbonne Sea Salt Scrub, £24

A good exfoliation is my essential ‘must do’ before a holiday to revive and refresh my skin. This is absolutely the best body scrub I have ever used. The sea salt will massage away dead skin and wake tired cells, whilst the natural oils including avocado and safflower seed will deeply moisturise leaving you feeling brand new. The smell is divine! As with all of the Arbonne products, the ingredients are botanical and vegan friendly.

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The Beach People Roundie Towel, £90

I’m hoping the weather will be warm enough to sit on the beach and enjoy this stylish round towel with fringed detail. It’s made by an Australian brand called The Beach People, it’s so much easier to lounge around on than your usual towel but rolls up just as compact.

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Renewing Body Gelée, £34

One to pack is this gorgeous tub of moisturising heaven. Specially formulated to sooth sun exposed skin and rehydrate after sports. Everyone that tries this can’t believe how far such a small amount goes, it’s incredibly easy to apply and absorbs instantly leaving you with an all over dewy glow.

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Sensi Studio Woven Straw Clutch, £115

This gorgeous clutch bag has summer holiday written all over it! Teamed with a simple summer dress or ripped pair of jeans, it will add instant summer glam to a throw on outfit. I can already see it resting on the table next to my Long Island Iced Tea 🙂

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AW16 Fashion Show, The Mall Camberley

Saturday marked the end of the 2 week fashion event at The Mall in Camberley with a full Autumn Winter ’16 Fashion Show. Hayley at Frock Me I’m Famous and myself hosted the event and styled 10 models each to highlight the trends available at stores in The Mall.

With help from my BFF behind the scenes, 5 of my nieces and nephews modelling the clothes and a sister snapping some professional shots of the event – I certainly felt more confident up on stage this time around!

Here are some pics of the day…

Hayley and I being introduced on stage by the lovely MC Lucy!

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First up was my niece Olivia wearing a French Connection ribbed crop top and navy jeans, bag by Accessorize, and jacket and patent brogues by Primark.

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Quite a looker eh? You can check out her beauty vlogs here

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Next we have Claudia, Olivia’s sister, she is wearing a long white shirt buttoned to the collar (she seemed too young for the statement necklace which I would normally put with this style), a leather-look waterfall style jacket – both by Miss Selfridge, fail safe Primark skinny jeans which cost just £7!!! and these fabulous little patent ballet pumps from Accessorize.  Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.08.57

Such a beaut!

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And this gorgeous thing is the youngest of the sisters – Saskia. She is wearing head to toe Primark and looks a million dollars.

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Saskia certainly had the best walk of the day, there was some serious attitude going down the runway!

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This is Hayley, the fashion expert and blogger who hosted the show with me. You can check out her blog here… Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.08.54

And on to the men… This is James – my eldest nephew, I was asked several times if he was a professional model (not that I would tell him that! We would never hear the end of it!). He is sporting the seasons sheepskin in this classic Levi’s jacket, Criminal shirt and slim fit 511’s – all available at House of Fraser. Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.09.16

Taking a moment!

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Here they are, the Anstee boys. giving ‘The Face’ a run for its money…Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.09.33

In addition to the show, myself and Hayley were set a challenge to dress a model each from head to toe for less than £50 in a Style War. Hayley followed the seventies trend with the suedette skirt and tasselled accessories and I opted for a classic trench coat and breton stripe combo. The audience were left to decide who won and I was very pleased that they voted my outfit to win!Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.09.18

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And here I am walking the runway with my family of models in the background 🙂 Last time I did this was for a Mini Miss competition in Ibiza when I was about 7 years old!
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I absolutely loved the whole experience from selecting the outfits, choreographing the models and finally presenting the show. I’m very much looking forward to what Spring Summer ’16 has to offer!

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My Fashion Workshop at The Mall, Camberley

I was recently approached by a PR agency working on several events around the country to promote various shopping malls and the brands within them. The event they contacted me regarding is called Fall For Me and is part of a 2 week fashion extravaganza being held at my local shopping centre, The Mall in Camberley. My brief was to present the shows as the Fashion Expert / Blogger, style all of the models and help choreograph the events on the day. With a background in marketing and a huge interest in fashion, I felt confident I could deliver so jumped at the chance to get involved!

After several conference calls between myself, the agency and the marketing manager of the mall, we met the heads of the retail partners involved to select which clothes to use that best highlight the trends of AW16. The main retailers I used were House of Fraser, Monsoon, Accessorize and Primark.

After checking the schedule for these events, I soon realised I needed extra help if I was going to pull this off! So I called in the help of my good friend and fashionista Yasmin Bond, who helped with the finishing touches and selecting the accessories for the models.

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Yasmin and I backstage at the Fashion Workshop event

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The first event which was held on 19th September was the Fashion Workshop. Here I was asked to discuss the current trends and how to wear them, offer some lifestyle and wardrobe tips, and showcase these trends and tips on 8 models in front of an audience at The Mall in Camberley.

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Arriving early before The Mall was open!

So after arriving at the marketing suite of the mall, we met with the rest of the team and models for a quick debrief on how the day would run and then it was time to get make up sorted and outfits ready.

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The endless rails of clothes I had handpicked from the retail partners ahead of the event.

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Matching the clothes to the models!

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Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. And boots.

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Dressing the models ready for the stage!

I also called in the aid of an old school friend and Make Up artist Nicola Waters who made up each of the models keeping the looks relevant to the trends featured on the AW16 runways. She kept the complexions fresh with a dewy finish, eyes were mostly natural shades of brown and the lips were coloured in the seasons warm berries. Each of the models looked and felt absolutely beautiful.

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Even the boys got to enjoy a quick session with our beauty expert!

I gave a quick talk to the models offering tips on how to pose and how best to show off the clothes and accessories, before making our way down stairs to the stage…

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Probably one of my favourite parts of the event. If there is one thing I know, it is how to pose…

I was incredibly nervous about the presenting part of this work… Styling? no problem. Project management? no problem. Script writing? no problem. Public speaking? slight issue with this one… The nerves got the better of me for the first show at 12 and the slight technical hitch with the microphones didn’t help! but by 2pm when the second show started I was feeling loads more confident and was happy to walk on stage when the MC Lucy introduced me.

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Lucy calling me up on stage at the 12pm show

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And I’m up! Legs are shaking, voice is low…

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Sharing a mic after my ear piece fell out! Not ideal…

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And this was the 2pm show, quick outfit change into this little French Connection dress and I was far more confident!

After a quick breakdown of the current trends of Autumn Winter 2016 and a few lifestyle tips (you can read my full script here including all of the trends I mentioned), we introduced the models and I talked through their clothes and accessories.

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Here they all are on stage at the end of the first show.

The models were actually competition winners with no experience in modelling and I only had dress sizes and heights to work with when selecting their outfits. This was perhaps the most challenging part of the brief! I was so lucky that each of the models were confident and wore all the clothes I selected for them absolutely perfectly. There was a huge risk of nothing fitting or suiting the models having not seen any of them before the event, but luckily – everything worked and they all looked fab!

Here are a few of the outfits we showcased on the day.

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Mel looked fab in the biker chic trend wearing a French Connection shirt and jacket, Monsoon jeans and Primark heels.

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Roselyn is following the Victorian trend in a lace top and jacquard print trousers, both from Monsoon. The shoes are Primark, £16!

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Vanessa demonstrating how to wear the seasons tribal prints! Jacket from Monsoon, polo neck from House of Fraser and seventies inspired jeans from Monsoon.

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All together!!

This was the perfect warm up to the real event taking place next saturday at The Mall in Camberley, the full Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Show. The stage is bigger, there is a 6m runway, there will be 20 models (including 6 of my gorgeous nieces and nephews) and even a style war between myself and another fashion blogger Hayley, at Frock Me I’m Famous (who incidentally is absolutely lovely and you should go check out her blog!). If you are anywhere near the Mall in Camberley on 26th Sept, please do come along, it’s set to be a really good show and of course there will be free goody bags!

AW16 High-Street Trend Report

For the fashion workshop I recently hosted, I was required to put together a trend report taking inspiration from the AW16 runways and make them apply to the looks available in stores on the high-street.

Here is the breakdown of trends I discussed at the event and some examples of the items my models wore…

The 70’s comeback dominated the runways with their fringed accessories, paisley prints and of course the denim flares.

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Monsoon, £49

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Oasis, £45

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Oasis, £22

The runways were rich in texture with faux furs, leather and Victorian lace and the colour of the season is red… from pillar box to warm berry.

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Linea at House of Fraser, £189

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Accessorize, £35

Touches of metallic were used to accessorise and to add Christmas sparkle to plainer outfits.

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Biba at House of Fraser, £39

Shoes have remained pointy and high, with Aquazurra owning the open laced up styles that I am sure you have seen in all the shop windows and that I have some great examples of today!

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Primark, £16

The poncho or blanket coat has been carried over from last season’s boho trends and biker chic has been updated for AW16 to a far more sophisticated style worn with silks and elegant shoes.

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Monsoon, £99

Valentino and Emillio Pucci revived the monochrome palette with bold accessories and Victoria Beckham took oversized bags to a whole new level.

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Coast, £115

When it comes to make up, a dewy fresh glow, subtle browns on the eyes and warm berry shades for the lips were popular on the ‘ready-to-wear’ catwalks whilst popping lips and heavy liners were more focused on the couture shows.

Summer Style 2015: The Holiday Edit

Holiday is booked, bikini is purchased, legs are shaved. Ok legs aren’t shaved, but we’re not going for a couple more weeks… We are heading back to the fabulous Gloria Resort in Turkey for some last minute sun and the holiday prep is well and truly underway! From hair protection to stylish sunnies, check out my break down of this years holiday essentials…

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All you need for Pool Side Glam…

1. Huit Dressy Foam Triangle Bikini, £77

Simple and elegant, you can’t beat a triangle top bikini but always go for a foam cup to offer more support and give a better shape.

2. Beaded Tusk Necklace, £19 

A subtle gold chain against a sun kissed décolletage gives just enough bling for instant poolside glam.

3. Seafolly Gili Island Striped Kaftan, £53

Seafolly do a great range of colourful kaftans with these gorgeous tasselled trims, they are so easy to throw on over your bikini whilst you enjoy cocktails by the pool.

4. Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Spray at Hairtrade.com, £9.99

Hairtrade.com is my first stop for all of my hair needs, this conditioning spray will protect against the suns harmful rays to stop your hair getting too dry.

5. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, £125

The celeb sunnies of summer 2015.

6. Tigi Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo at Hairtrade.com, £8.99

This shampoo is really hydrating, perfect for your summer holiday wash bag and can be picked up at discounted prices at Hairtrade.com.

7. I+I Jewellery Crescent Moon Ring, £160

I discovered this brand on instagram and am lusting after this crescent moon ring.

8. Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil, £34

An alternative to the after sun lotion is this luxury body oil for intense rehydration and to moisturise your skin. It also gives you a gorgeous dewey glow to compliment your holiday skin.

9. ESPA Skincare Optimal Skin ProDefense, £35

I keep this handy little pump in my hand bag and apply daily for instant protection from the sun. It’s great peace of mind whilst working as an intense moisturiser.

Post-Baby Summer Wardrobe

There is nothing quite so depressing as that first shopping trip after having a baby… Even after the majority of baby weight has gone, you are a totally different shape and your pre-baby style no longer seems to suit you. My advice would be to hold off on a visit to the shops for as long as you can bear and stick to your trusty yoga pants to see you through until you are feeling more body confident.

Aside from trying to find a new style that is going to suit the new body bestowed on you, if like me, you have the added shopping criteria of ‘suitable for breast feeding’, shopping can just be a massive chore! Well it has been 3 months since having Anastasia and although I’m not back to pre-baby weight and my shape is very different, I am happy with my new ‘mum bod’ and have found some really practical and stylish pieces that I wanted to share with any other new mums on the hunt for a post baby wardrobe! (Click on any pic to be taken to the site).

Vests

A loose vest will be your best friend in the heat whilst trying to breastfeed in public and the best I have come across are from Warehouse. They are such a nice shape and are flattering tucked in or worn loose. There is a huge selection of colours and are only £10. STOCK UP! I get through 2 most days thanks to baby vom…

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Stretchy Jeans

Whilst I love a good pair of skinny jeans, comfort comes first right now! I’ve just discovered Jack Wills do a brilliant pair of stretchy jeans and they are slightly higher waisted than I normally wear which again, covers any bulges when discreetly breastfeeding.

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Skirts

Dresses are simply out of the question when breast feeding, which is devastating when all you want to do is sling on a maxi and be done with it! So to stay cool, skirts are the only option but trying to find a flattering one for a 30 something is harder than you would think! I picked up a couple at Jack Wills and mix and match them with a selection of my new loose vests.

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Shorts

For those park days when a floaty mini skirt simply isn’t practical, you need a good pair of shorts to rely on. Especially if you have dare devil toddlers like me who regularly need rescuing from the top of climbing frames… Most shorts are just too short these days (and yes I know exactly how I sound when I say that) but I have found these from Zara which are practical and very stylish!

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Shoes

I’m still living in last years boat shoes from M&S, they are literally the most comfortable things I have ever worn so it’s no wonder I headed straight back there to see what they had on offer for Summer ’15! I struck gold with these brilliant suede sandals. The gladiator shoe is massive once again but you rarely find a pair that are actually comfortable. Unless you go to Marksies…

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For tips on what to look for when shopping for the ‘breast feeding’ wardrobe, check out my previous post here!

Post Baby Pampering

9 months of pregnancy can really take its toll on your body. Your hair, your skin, your nails, even your teeth can be effected by the new hormones circulating your body and it’s rarely for the better! So now that baby is here, I intend to give myself a weekly once-over with all of these luxury products to help repair and recover my tired body from the outside in! From oil pulling to body polishing check out my top luxury items for a DIY pamper session…

Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo, £11.05 at Hairtrade.com

Starting from the top – head straight to Hairtrade.com and browse their huge collection of luxury haircare at very affordable prices. I needed something pretty heavy duty for my dry hair so a luxury daily wash and weekly deep mask treatment was my best bet at bringing some life back into it!

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Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets, £18.10 at Hairtrade.com

If you have the time, leave this on towel dried hair for up to 15 minutes before rinsing away, the results are instant!

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Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Serum, £99

This really is the serum of all serums… To be applied before moisturiser, it will stimulate cell renewal and give you a glowing complexion within days of use. It promises to reduce fine lines but as I have only been using this for a few days I can’t comment on this, I can however tell you that my skin tone looks more even and certainly has a noticeably healthier feel!

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ESPA Skincare Exfoliating Body Polish, £32

This is a seriously luxurious body polish. I apply this to damp skin when I get out of the shower and then jump back in to wash it all off. Takes no time at all and the results are amazing! It’s a very gentle exfoliator but leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth.

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ESPA Skincare Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan, £34

And for a real treat, once my body is polished and moisturised, I add a touch of ESPA’s latest product – the Gradual Tan. No awful fake tan smell and certainly no streaks. It’s very mild and can be applied daily to build up a natural looking tan, but for a healthy glow – I’ll apply to body and face once a week. Just remember to wash your hands after 🙂

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Elemis Jasmine and Rose, Hand and Nail Cream, £18

I keep a quality hand cream on me at all times. My hands and cuticles get so dry these days, I’m not sure if it’s another post pregnancy effect or just the weather – but this gorgeous cream has certainly improved them.

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Cocowhite Assorted Flavours, £19.99

Now I haven’t actually tried these yet, but from extensive research these seem like the best in their field so are on my ‘things to get’ list! You’ve probably heard all about the teeth whitening benefits from oil pulling, but actually, it is the health benefits to your mouth that interest me most with this ancient remedy. Swishing the oil around your mouth actually pulls all toxins including bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums to make them much healthier all round.  Will let you know how I get on 🙂

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