Harvey Nichols Edinburgh – An Evening of Beauty*

DSC_1094

Last week I was very kindly invited to attend Harvey Nichols Edinburgh’s Evening of Beauty, a semi-annual event which celebrates the best in new season beauty, and gets you completely ready for the new season.

DSC_1127

Greeted with rows and rows of Harvey Nichols’ own prosecco (seriously, it’s delicious and I currently have three bottles of the stuff in my fridge) the Evening of Beauty is simply the most glamorous way to treat yourself to what’s brand new in beauty as well as really treat yourself!

DSC_1120

The Harvey Nichols’ beauty department is something of a makeup lover’s dream at the best of times, but for the Evening of Beauty, they really went all out! Experts were posted at every beauty counter, to best advise on which products to go for, as well as offer wonderfully luxurious little treats.

DSC_1144

Getting to wander around, prosecco in hand really made for a wonderful atmosphere, as everyone gathered round to see the best ways to fill in brows, get hand massages and sample the newest products.

DSC_1108

There was also a serious incentive for treating yourself – at the moment, if you spend over £200 on two or more products in a single purchase, you get the most glorious of gifts. A gorgeous little makeup bag, curated by Violet Grey which contains some real must-haves! Even better? If you spend over £200 at Sisley you get an additional makeup bag absolutely packed with Sisley favourites. I’m still trying to decide what to go for – I’m thinking a pot of my Shea day cream, their lip balm and a new Phyto Twist?!

DSC_1150

Another counter I’m thinking of treating myself at is, of course, Creme de la Mer. I’m a big fan of the brand, and I’ve kept a pot of their original cream in my stash since I was about 16. It’s a serious investment, but nothing calms and evens out my skin like it, and I’ve been dying to try out their makeup line!

DSC_1154

The new perfume niche was also a rather wonderful place to spend a little time. Not only was the Creed display absolutely beautiful, but the selection of perfumes to choose from is incredible. They have such a well-curated department that holds brands like my favourite Atelier Cologne, they also have Killian fragrances, as well as of course, Creed.

DSC_1136

As if all the beauty treats weren’t enough, a seriously impressive fashion illustrator was on hand for the prettiest portraits you can imagine! Unfortunately, I had to dash off for my lift before I could secure a spot, but I so wish I had gotten one – can you imagine how good these would look framed!?

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh for having me!

Triumph Spring/Summer 2016 Collection*

DSC_0332

So, this weekend is Valentines, which invariably means it’s time to treat yourself to some rather luxurious underwear.

DSC_0324

Even if you don’t have that special someone, it’s probably time to update your underwear drawer. We’re a month and a half into the year, and it’s a good point to go get re-fitted and treat yourself a little! I’ve been absolutely lusting after basically all of Triumph’s new collection, as I love how the pieces are comfortable enough to wear all day yet pretty enough to feel incredibly special!

DSC_0313

I’m absolutely obsessed with the colour palette in Triumph’s Spring Summer 16 collection.  The mix of neutrals shades feels so chic and elegant to wear, and the attention to detail is spotless. From lace trims to tiny diamante finishes, Triumph’s underwear is the perfect mix of function and form.

 

The fabrics Triumph use are beautifully soft and comfortable, and I love the softly moulded cups, which gives the perfect amount of coverage and support, and keeps you looking perky!

Triumph’s Spring / Summer 2016 is available now, and you can find it here

Valentines Day at Harvey Nichols

556020_gold_and_other_1

So we’ve already hit February 1st, so I don’t feel too bad about sharing these gorgeous little treats that Harvey Nichols has right in time for Valentines Day. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite holiday, but I’m something of a fan. If there’s a chance to shamelessly enjoy some chocolate and bubbles, who isn’t going to indulge? How adorable are the Love and XOXO earrings from Maria Francesca Pepe, they’re a bit of a steal at £70.00 (here)

569749_honey_1

I’ve been lusting after Fendi’s Monster bag charms for what feels like an age! Valentines might just be the perfect time to cave in! They’re something of an investment, but I can’t get enough of the fluff! They’re priced at £510 here.

574041_addiction_1

If you want a little treat that’s easier on your wallet, Laura Mercier’s new Velour Lovers Lipstick is the perfect choice! They’re available in a rainbow of colour saturated shades, and they’re the perfect choice for sealing those cards with a kiss. They’re priced at £22 and are available here.

408515_1

Last up is a Valentines essential – you simply can’t celebrate without some fizz! Harvey Nichols’ champagnes and proseccos are some of my favourites! The Two’s Company gift box includes a 375ml bottle of Rose Champagne along with two glasses so you can share with your favourite person. It’s such an adorably simple gift, and it’s only £40 (here).

Avon Active*

DSC_0005

When I found out that Avon had newly launched a line of sportswear, I was intrigued to say the least! In my mind the brand is synonymous with bubble baths and body lotions, so hearing that they had a rather gorgeous sportswear line, I knew I had to try it out! I was very kindly sent an outfit, which I’ve been trying out in the gym over the past week or so, and I have to say, I’ve been impressed! Perhaps my favourite item from the range is the Active Longline Reversible Sports Bra. Priced at a seriously affordable £12.00 (although it’s currently on offer for £10) you can either wear it as a chic navy bra which is trimmed with the neon yellow, or, for a pop of colour, you can wear it as an all yellow number. The material is lovely and soft, and it has a decent amount of support if you’re into high impact exercise.

DSC_0027

The Avon Active Full Length Leggings are a gorgeous way to look chic and pulled together whilst getting sweaty. I think the blue and yellow combination is super fun. The material has CoolDry technology, which means you’ll feel as cool as possible during the hardest workouts.

DSC_0030

The waistband of the pants has a really beautiful watercolour pattern, and I love how well designed the pants are. The waistband has a handy little pouch tucked into the back which is just big enough for a couple of cards, a phone or some cash.

DSC_0018

If you’re looking for something to pop on after yoga, I’m in love with the Avon Active Open Back Top. It’s a really stunning navy colour, and it might just be the comfiest t shirt I own! It’s so easy just to pop on, and although it looks pretty basic from the back – there’s a surprise when you turn around!

DSC_0021

The back has the most gorgeous open detailing which feels so fun to wear!

DSC_0007

Last, but certainly not least, are the Avon Active Shockwave Trainers which I’ve been completely smitten with all week! Decorated with the same watercolor design as the legging’s waist band, the navy trainers look slick on, and I love the change from my regular black ones! The soles are wonderfully padded, and they are just the comfiest things to pop on. I’ve worn mine through a variety of workout classes, from kettlebells to BodyCombat, and they’ve been absolutely great!

 

You can find Avon Sportswear here

Gant Skinny Leather Belt*

DSC_0443

When it comes to accessorizing, I’m surprisingly low maintenance. A nice pair of shoes, a decent bag, and I’m good to go; but recently I’ve been feeling a little blah. I’m not sure if it’s the run up to Christmas or if it’s just I’ve been wearing basically the same outfits since I was 16, but when I’m wearing jeans and an oxford, this little pop of tan leather with golden accents has just made me feel way more pulled together! The belt is made of super soft tan leather, and rather than your regular buckle, it passes through two gold bars with a teeny gold stud. It’s adorable, and just unusual enough to get attention without feeling too showy. I can’t wait to wear this with white in the spring and summer – it just feels so chic!

You can find Gant’s belts here

Brora Cashmere Long Fingerless Gloves*

Brora Long Cashmere Gloves 3

So this morning we saw the first snow of the year. It transformed from big, damp flakes on my windshield to an almost complete whiteout in the space of a workout, so the drive home felt more than a little perilous. So, now that I feel we’re in the midst of real winter, I thought it would be a great excuse to share one of my favourite finds – Brora’s stunning Cashmere Long Fingerless Gloves.

Brora Long Cashmere Gloves

The gloves are made of the softest two-ply Scottish cashmere, and they dreamy soft! On cold, wet days like today, they are just what your want to pull on to feel as snug as possible.

Brora Long Cashmere Gloves 1

The fact that they’re fingerless is absolutely perfect for me! It’s a pretty widely known fact among my friends that I’m a bit of a klutz, so not having to whip the gloves off every time I need to send a text or an email feels like an absolute godsend!

Brora Long Cashmere Gloves 2

The cashmere is just the softest you can imagine, and they are so warm and cosy, they are just a dream to wear! The long arm length is super flattering (not to mention cozy) too! Since I tend to rotate through a wardrobe of neutrals, the pop of colour feels super fun, and I like to wear them slouched down over my wrists under blazers and coats.

Brora’s Cashmere Long Fingerless Gloves are priced at £59 and are available here

 

Brora Mohair Icelandic Jumper

Brora Icelandic Mohair Sweater 1

Now that we’re finally in November, I feel like I’m squarely in ‘sweater weather,’ and to be honest, I’m pretty happy about it! When the weather is as pretty as it is right now, getting to spend days outside in golden sunshine feels pretty wonderful! Since autumn is usually pretty short lived up in Scotland, I’ve decided to make the most out of every second of it!

Brora Icelandic Mohair Sweater 2

My sweater of choice on these sunny, but still rather cold days has been Brora’s stunning Mohair Icelandic Jumper. It’s not like anything else in my wardrobe, and it feels just perfect to wear right now. I’ve been wearing it mostly over my J. Crew keeper shirt and jeans for a cosy outfit which still looks pulled together!

Brora Icelandic Mohair Sweater 3

I’m just obsessed with the colours in the sweater – the soft, icy grey with the touches of sky blue just look so perfect against the increasingly wintery skies, and I can’t even begin to tell you how cosy it is! Made out of a super kid mohair blend, the jumper is the perfect mix of comfy, cute and I absolutely adore the hint of fluff it has!

Brora Icelandic Mohair Sweater

The Mohair Icelandic Jumper is such a work-horse of a sweater, I have absolutely fallen in love with it! I can’t even tell you how many compliments I’ve received wearing it!

Brora’s Mohair Icelandic Jumper is priced at £119 and it is available here

Thank you so much Brora for lending me the jumper!

Harvey Nichols – The Art of Style*

Harvey Nichols - The Art of Style

If you’re from Edinburgh, you’ll know how glorious Tuesday was. It was the perfect Autumn evening – all golden light and cool breezes, and it was an absolute joy to walk down George Street to Harvey Nichols to attend their Art of Style Trend Presentation.

DSC_0403

DSC_0404

Nestled in the middle of all of this season’s most beautiful clothes, I got to attend the most fabulous panel discussion which focused on the links between art and fashion (i.e. my main two loves)! As an Art History major, I can seriously geek out over the tiniest brushstroke or fabric pattern, so the evening was a must for me!

Harvey Nichols - The Art of Style 4

Designed as the pinnacle of Harvey Nichols’ The Art of Style calendar, the panel of speakers was really something special – the iconic Molly Parkin, Harvey Nichols’ Buying Partner Darren Skey, Project Director of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art Mal Burkinshaw along with Anne Lyden the Curator of Photography at National Galleries of Scotland.

Harvey Nichols - The Art of Style 5

Harvey Nichols - The Art of Style 3

Discussions ranged from Molly Parkins’ rather unorthodox childhood in a Welsh mining town to the technicalities faced by fashion buyers, as well as the on-going David Bailey exhibition currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery not to mention the burgeoning number of students currently flooding fashion schools. We even got a glimpse of Molly’s technicolor do!

DSC_0422

Harvey Nichols - The Art of Style 7

The conversation flowed freely for over an hour, and the chance to ask such a distinguished panel questions was a real thrill! I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I could have easily sat listening to everyone chat for hours, and once the panel had concluded, there was a chance to chat to everyone, resulting in the most interesting discussions which were wonderfully plied by the free flowing prosecco (Harvey Nichols’ own is absolutely delicious I have to say!) Chatting with both Molly and Anne was really incredible, and I’ve already arranged a trip with friends to visit the David Bailey Stardust exhibition next week (it’s on until the 18th of October).

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols for inviting me to this event.

My Very First Giveaway!

68675 Kitty Galore Brn Jillian

I’m so excited to share my first giveaway which I’m hosting on LuxeList! The lovely people at Patricia Eve have been kind enough to provide a stunning Miraclesuit for one of you lovely readers. It’s super easy to win – all you have to do is like and comment on this post (include your email) or like, follow and retweet me on Twitter (I’m @laurendall) and you can win this stunning suit.

Made with an exclusive Miratex® fabric that boasts three times the holding power of average swimsuit material, Miraclesuit Swim’s one-piece costumes promise to transform and smooth the body in an instant without the use of control linings or conventional girdles. Simply engineered like no other swimsuit in the world.

I’ve got a review of my own Miraclesuit coming up super soon, so get involved to get one for yourself!

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Aspinal of London – Burgundy Red Travel Collection*

Aspinal Travel Collection

If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me here) you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh kindly invited me to an event being hosted with Aspinal of London.

Aspinal of London Monogram

Aspinal of London personalisation

Positioned right in the centre of the swoon-worthy accessories department, Aspinal of London had set up a seriously old school monogram press, which meant that anything purchased could be personalised to your heart’s content. The selection of leather goods from Aspinal was truly the stuff of dreams – neon pouches, sleek clutches and the most glamorous of totes were all crying out for a little bit of initialing, so when I was handed a rather sleek box, I’m not ashamed to admit that I squealed more than a little bit!

Aspinal of London Monogram 1

Aspinal of London Travel Collection

Tucked inside was the chicest of collections – Aspinal of London’s Burgundy Red Travel Collection. I cannot tell you how long I have lusted after this selection of goodies! Every time I’ve stepped foot inside an airport I’ve promised myself that I’m going to treat myself to an Aspinal of London travel wallet – they are just the epitome of glamorous travel (not to mention being incredibly useful) and I’ve never gotten around to choosing one. So, you can imagine how excited I was to get my paws on the entire travel collection! Safe to say I can’t wait to book up somewhere terribly exotic to christen the set!

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Travel Wallet monogram

Crafted out of the finest Italian Saffino calf leather, the Travel Collection comprises of a Classic Travel Wallet, Passport Cover and two luggage tags (one for hand luggage and one for checked) and is available in a veritable rainbow of shades. Mine, burgundy is a new shade for Aspinal, and it’s also my favourite!

Aspinal of London Travel Wallet

The Classic Travel Wallet is everything you want and need when you’re travelling. Whenever I travel I tend to get super paranoid about losing tickets and passports, so to have everything in one terribly good looking package is an absolute dream!

Aspinal of London Travel Wallet interior

Inside the Travel Wallet, there’s a place for everything! From a zippered compartment for coins, to a slot for your boarding passes, tickets and passport, it means that fumbling around at passport control is a thing of the past!

Aspinal of London Travel Wallet interior detail

Aspinal Travel Collection Travel Wallet interior

The interior of the Travel Wallet is trimmed in stunning blue suede. It’s buttery soft, and it adds the most beautiful pop of colour to the wallet.

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Passport Holder

I was so happy to see the Passport Cover tucked into my box – my passport has definitely seen better days, so to get a super sleek cover like this one is the stuff of dreams. In addition to the gorgeous Saffino leather, the Passport Cover has reinforced corners so it stays looking pristine no matter what adventures you get into!

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Passport Cover ribbon

Once again, the Passport Cover is lined in gorgeous blue suede, and comes complete with a navy twill ribbon which acts as a page saver for whatever stamps and visas you need to keep out.

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Luggage Tags

The duo of luggage labels is just adorable. The two sizes means that one is perfect for hand luggage, whilst the other can be used on checked bags. I absolutely adore how the gold monogram shines out from the burgundy Saffino leather – it feels super grown up and glamorous, and it means I can easily identify my bag when it comes off the plane!

Aspinal London Travel Collection Luggage tags interior

Both luggage labels have little flaps which cover your name and address details, and again, the conners are reinforced with brass corners to make sure they hold up through even the most vigorous of baggage handlers.

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Aspinal of London for the beautiful Travel Collection!

Gemporia Stacking Rings

image001

On a day-to-day basis, I don’t tend to wear an awful lot of jewellery. Give my a pair of diamond stands, and my watch and I’m good to go. If I’m feeling fancy, I have a couple of delicate gold bracelets and necklaces that I’ve collected on my travels which give a little sparkle without feeling too cumbersome.

13594

Recently though, I’ve been feeling the need to add something extra to my jewellery box, and Gemporia’s stunning stacking rings have really caught my eye.

LOOKBOOK-PRODUCTS13598

Available in gold, rose gold and white gold, Gemporia’s rings are absolutely perfect if you’re after a good stack, and I love the mix-and-match idea behind them.

LOOKBOOK-PRODUCTS13607

Since all of my jewellery tends to be yellow gold, I’ve picked out my favourites, which are just the right mix of subtle and sparkle! How adorable are the tiny diamonds?!

Gemporia stacking rings are available here.