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

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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!

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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

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With Valentine’s Day hitting this weekend, I couldn’t wait to share this absolutely stunning bouquet of Valentine’s flowers which Appleyard London very kindly sent over.

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The bouquet features baby pink sweet avalanche roses, white avalanche roses and lilac memory lane roses along with sprigs of silver eucalyptus.

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The bouquet is available in three sizes, and I opted for the large. It’s got to be my favourite bunch of flowers I think I’ve ever recieved!

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Packaged in a sturdy gray box, my flowers were delivered to my by a courier, and came complete with card, arranged in water and with a sachet of plant food. Considering they had made the trek from London to Edinburgh, all the roses were perfectly fresh, and the scent of them was just sublime!

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As you can see, I got a little snap happy with the flowers, but can you blame me? The mix of ivory, pink and lavender was just the prettiest you can imagine. I adore the mix, and it looked really stunning in a big crystal vase in my bedroom.

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Appleyard London guarantee their flowers for at least seven days, and I have to say, my Belle Bouquet easily lasted for ten before looking a little droopy. Even then, I just edited the flowers down a little and downsized the vase for a few extra days of floral lovliness.

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If you’ve fallen for the Belle Bouquet like I have (it’s seriously jaw-dropping) Appleyard London have been kind enough to give you an amazing 33% of any of their floral arrangements – just enter the discount code BLOG33. I absolutely adored my flowers, and I’m already deciding which ones to order next!

The Appleyard London Belle Bouquet is priced from £49.99 and is available here

 

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I’m always looking for the best little spots to go to in Edinburgh, and on Thursday I found an absolute gem in the form of the Holly Blue salon on Church Street in Edinburgh’s Morningside.

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I first popped in as part of a bring a friend evening, where we got to have a look around the salon, sip bubbly, chatwith the therapists, and watch as magic was performed in the form of HD Brows and LVL Lashes demonstrations.

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The salon itself offers every sort of treatment from waxing to manis and pedis, so when I got the chance to try one of their signature manicures using CND Vinylux polish, I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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So, last night, after a rather tiring day at work, I hopped up to Morningside for an hour or so of pampering!

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The salon itself is a little jewel box of relaxation, tucked away from the buzz of the city. High ceilings, soft music and butterflies all combine to create the absolute perfect place to get all girly -There are shelves and shelves of polishes, shellac and glitter to choose from, so you can imagine how excited I was!

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Since my nails were’t in exactly in tip top condition, I opted for a neutral shade of Vinylux polish. I’d never tried CND’s new formula before, but since it promises up to seven days of shiny, chip-free wear, I went for a stunning baby pink (middle row third from right).

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I was looked after by Sophie, who, by all accounts is a complete miracle worker! My dry and ragged cuticles were clipped, nails filed, buffed and shaped, and within an hour I swear, my nails looked longer and felt a million times better!

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The CND Vinylux applied smoothly, and was completely opaque in two coats. It even dried remarkably quickly! I haven’t really stopped looking at my hands since it was done, as the look and feel so much better than before. I love a pale pink or super vampy nail, but if you’re braver than me, Holly Blue offer the widest selection of glitters and nail art you can imagine! I’ve already booked up my next appointment!

Thank you so much to Holly Blue Salon for having me!

 

 

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A box of chocolate for Valentine’s Day is something of a no-brainer, but I think it’s safe to say that Charbonnel et Walker have completely blown  typical chocolates out of the window with their stunning new Fine Milk & Dark Chocolate Heart which has been released just in time for Valentines.

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Coming wrapped in a beautiful ivory satin ribbon, the box of chocolates is an absolute treat to unwrap, and it has to be the prettiest choice I’ve come across!

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Underneath the mounds of ribbon is the most glorious of illustrations by Queen’s Scholar Kerry Lemon. Her specially-commissioned peacock sweeps over the top of the box, referencing Victorian courting traditions, whilst it’s little crown is a subtle reference to Charbonnel’s Royal Warrant.

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Like all good boxes of chocolates, tucked inside the lid is a little menu of the goodies inside. Charbonnel’s is a stunning gold and ivory confection which is the loveliest way to ponder over which chocolates to select!

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Inside is every chocolate lover’s dream! Tucked snugly into little compartments is a rather decadent selection of the brand’s truffles.

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There are flavours to suit everyone – from gloriously rich and boozy to light and fruity, one of the truffles is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, or a sweet way to end a meal.

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Inside there’s a great balance of milk and dark chocolate,and getting to select them from such a stunning box is such a wonderful way to celebrate Valentines Day!

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The special edition peacock-adorned boxes are available in a selection of Charbonnel et Walker’s chocolates, so if you would prefer to feast only on Champagne or Salted Caramel truffles, they’ve got you covered!

Charbonnel et Walker’s Peacock Fine Milk and Dark Red Heart is priced at £30 and is available here

 

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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).

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A few months ago, a new Lululemon store opened up right in the middle of Edinburgh’s George Street, and if you’re not familiar with the brand, you pretty much owe it to yourself to have a good look around!

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The store is completely filled with the most swoon-worthy yoga wear.

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There are cuts and colours to suit everyone, and their leggings are some of the softest and comfiest I own.

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They also have the best selection of yoga accessories you can imagine – towers of mats, bundles of water bottles and bags, they have the cutest stuff (I dare you to go into the store and leave empty handed).

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As if the store wasn’t stunning enough already, if you slip downstairs there is the cosiest of yoga studio tucked beneath the store. Lululemon hold classes down there weekly, and the best part of it is, they are completely free! It’s such a nice idea if you’re just looking to start practicing yoga, or if you want to practice your vinyasas.

DSC_0294The Resolution Revolution class was a little different to the normal offerings, as the store had invited Sinéad Duffy, the creator of Yoghanda Oils over to talk about her brand and how best to use them.

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Sinéad is such an inspiring speaker – she’s a qualified yoga teacher, and her line is just divine, so getting tips on how to really focus energy towards our goals was truly inspiring.

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A lot of what Sinéad recommends is body-led, you can go up, smell all the different fragrances and see what your body responds best to. It sounds so simple, but actually taking a few minutes out of your day to really listen to yourself is incredibly important.

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She also talked about how the different oils can help with your different intentions. If you feel you want to cleanse yourself of energy the Detox Oil is the one for you, or, if you need a sense of calm, the Relax Oil is probably best.

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The Yoghanda Oils range includes three rollerballs and three body oils, and I have to say, they are some of my most used body care! Every night I massage a couple of drops of the Relax Body Oil into my arms and chest to help me calm down and unwind. The fragrance is really beautiful – a blend of lavender and vetiver which is just heavenly after a long day!

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Then, after listening to Sinéad and letting her guide everyone through breathing exercises, it was time for the class to begin.

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Crystal from New Town’s gorgeous new Tribe Yoga studio led the class, which was filled with everyone’s favourite stretches.

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The classes are such a wonderful way to practice yoga with some of the city’s best teachers, and they have such a lovely community feel.

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The mix of levels means that no matter how new or experienced you are, you won’t feel like your on your own.

 

Thank you so much to Lululemon Edinburgh and Yoghanda Oils for inviting me

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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

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Magnitone Barefaced Pink

As a rule, I really try to take care of my skin. There’s only so much makeup can hide, and I think there isn’t anything prettier than a glowy, barefaced look. Thankfully, Magnitone London have made keeping skin squeaky clean super easy with their stunning Barefaced brush.

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Available in a range of four colours, I opted for the rather gorgeous pink option. It’s definitely the prettiest way to cleanse every morning and night, and the cheery colour never fails to make me smile! Promising to deep cleanse, exfoliate and condition skin, I thought that this would be the perfect tool to help me stick with my skincare resolutions.

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The brush couldn’t be simpler to use – I add a little of my foaming cleanser to the brush head, run it under a little water and I’m good to go! Since the brushes have a vibra-sonic technology, the Magnitone Barefaced really cleans out skin, and keeps pores far clearer than you could even hope to get using your hands or a flannel.

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It honestly couldn’t be easier to incorporate the Magnitone Barefaced into your skincare regime. It’s 100% waterproof, so mine lives in the shower, meaning that it’s on hand to use every morning.

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The bristles of the Magnitone Barefaced are beautifully soft, meaning that even sensitive skin like mine isn’t irritated by regular use. Another handy feature is the built in timer –  it beeps every 20 seconds then turns off after a minute. This means you can’t overdo it! I absolutely adore how much of a difference the Barefaced Magnitone has made to my skin, you have to try it!

Magnitone Barefaced is priced at £70 and is available here.

 

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We’re getting awfully close to the big day, and if you’re still trying to find gifts which people are going to love and cherish, I’ve got a tip for you! The Christmas Cheerz Box is a gorgeous little surprise which anyone would be over the moon to find under the tree!

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Coming packaged in a stunning gift box, complete with silky ribbon, the Cheerz Christmas Box is a wonderful little surprise for all of your loved ones. You can upload photos either from your computer or from your Instagram account, which are then formatted to look like an old-school polaroid.

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I chose some pictures from my travels as I never get round to printing them off! They’re so pretty, and you can play about with filters so make them look as vintage as you like!

Cheerz Christmas Boxes are priced at £12.95 and are available here

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Getting a perfume designed to your exact specifications feels like something out of a dream. A pinch of something mixed with your favourite notes of this and that is something that most people can only fantasise about, but for Azzi Glasser, it’s her specialty.

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For the past few years, she’s been the nose behind some of the most beautiful perfumes. If you’ve sniffed Agent Provocateur’s scents (review here) or fallen in love with Bella Freud’s perfumes (review here) you’re familiar with Azzi’s work, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out she was releasing her own line of fragrances.

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Working closely with Harvey Nichols, Azzi Glasser has released a beautifully curated line of bespoke perfumes which are available exclusively from the store. So, as you can imagine, when I got the chance to sit down with Azzi a couple of weeks ago to learn more, I jumped!

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The opportunity was truly an incredible one – Azzi is the perfumer to the stars, and has created bespoke fragrances for everyone from Johnny Depp to Orlando Bloom, so getting to sit down and listen to her stories behind the fragrances was fascinating. Since I don’t have the £15,000 it costs to create a bespoke fragrance with her, I wanted to hear all about the 11 scents she’s created for Harvey Nichols; each one inspired by a rather glamorous character.

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The fragrances encompass everything from the rather stately smelling Old Books (Stephen Fry is a fan), to the wonderfully sexy Mr. Vetivert (beloved by ladies man Jude Law). Azzi has also included her own signature scent in the form of Sequoia Wood (a very sexy yet wearable blonde wood) in her line up, and I was very kindly gifted a bottle of the fragrance C.

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According to Azzi, C is worn by Kate Moss, and it is, undoubtedly, the darkest, sexiest scent I own. When first applied, there is a whoosh of rose and blonde woods, but it settles into a rich floral subtly accented with notes of Oudh and vetivert. It’s a scent for debauched evenings and I’m not surprised – the character of the perfume is described as ‘magnetic, confident and edgy,’ and it smell deliciously opulent! Since it’s such an attention grabbing fragrance – a couple of spritzes to my hair, neck and wrists keeps me smelling amazing all evening!

As if the perfumes weren’t beautiful enough, the effort put into the packaging of them is really something special. They come in a black box with resembles a book, complete with red seal. They’re really a thing of beauty, and really reinforce the links between Azzi’s perfumes and the characters she has created them for. Not only that, but if you’re collecting a few (and once you get a sniff of them, you’ll want to begin a collection!) they look incredibly imposing. Once you get inside the boxes, the bottles come in a black pouches which are perfect for popping into your handbag.

Azzi Glasser perfumes are priced at £95.00 each and you can find them here.

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and to Azzi Glasser

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Anti-Aging Bible

If you’re trying to find a gift for a rather beauty-obsessed member of the family, you really must check out Josephine Fairley & Sarah Stacey’s rather wonderful The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible.

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The rather fetching bright pink book is filled with the most extensive range of reviews and tips you could imagine. Every beauty, health and well being question you can think of has been thoughtfully answered by the authors.

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Even big issues like plastic surgery and fillers are addressed, so, if you’re contemplating some treatments, The Anti Ageing Beauty Bible is the perfect place to start your research.

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I love how comprehensive the book is! Everything from how to best tweeze your eyebrows to the best products for your skin and hair types. Basically, the book is everything you need to stay as glamorous as possible in the New Year!

The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible is on offer for £12.74 and is available here.

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