Valentino Smoking Slippers

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With the rise in popularity of the smoking slipper, I have sat and ahhhhed and oooohhhhhhed over various offerings from designers: Miu Miu’s velvet and crystal offerings were considered, as were Christian Louboutin with the crazy fun plaid and studs, but these Valentinos just wouldn’t get out of my head. And so, my first shoes of 2013 were purchased. Despite looking like a dainty slipper, they are surpringly solid – leather under lace, sprinkled with teeny-tiny black caviar sparkles which glint in the light.

They feel supremely grown-up, and are a change from my wardrobe of ballerinas. Low-key, with no discernible logos, I can’t wait to wear these with J.Crew Minnie pants and a black cashmere sweater. We have just booked up Spring Break – so they will remain in tissue until then, where I will skip around East Hampton with my lady-shoes on.

Slippers $695 at Saksfifthavenue.com

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks*

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks*

Louise Galvin is a product which I have always been interested in – they are natural and the all important eco-friendly, but also promise volume and moisture for my processed ends.

First off – these products smell amazing. Not a regular “this is a nice smelling shampoo nice”, but an “Oh my god let me bathe in this forever” kind of a smell. It’s the mandarin which sets the scent apart. Online the brand also sells body lotion and hand and body wash – these are now on my list to try.

Ok, back to the shampoo and conditioners – I love, love, love the packaging – super sleek and easy to use, these perk up my shower room. Both products have pump dispensers which stops wastage and lets me control how much of each I’m using.

The shampoo is slightly thinner than my regular (Kerestase Bain Satin) but 4 pumps and some water and I’m good to go. The conditioner is about 6 pumps as I whack it on from ears to ends.

The results are great – soft hair, more volume and that to-die-for scent. What’s not to love?

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks shampoo £22
Louise Galvin Sacred Locks conditioner £24

Both are available for purchase at www.louisegalvin.com

Be-Jewelled

Be-Jewelled

It’s a pretty grey Tuesday, so what better way to brighten up than with some serious jewels. Neon and over-sized crystals can update any outfit.

Necklace – Tom Binns
Cameo Earrings – Tom Binns
Eagle Cuff – Shourouk
Pink Bracelet – Shourouk
Green Bracelet – Lulu Frost
Bottom Cuff – Dannijo

Laura Mercier Arabesque

Laura Mercier Arabesque

Heading into spring, I am pretty desperate to shed all the heaviness of winter, and Laura Mercier’s newest collection seems like the best way to do it.

The ballet-inspired shades are chic and wearable, and I can see myself reaching for all three of her newest offerings well into spring. The perfect pink is a hard thing to come by, but I think I might just have found mine.

Dolce and Gabbana Velvet Desire

Dolce and Gabbana Velvet Desire

Within their Velvet Collection of perfumes, Dolce and Gabbana created a range of perfumes inspired by Renaissance Italy. The scent is definitely one which makes a statement.

Before we go any further, I have to admit – I am a gardenia perfume fiend – Chanel, Annick Goutal and Estee Lauder’s Private Collection have all featured on my dressing table, and I consider the flower somewhat of a signature scent.

Dolce and Gabanna’s offering is up amongst my favourites – the scent is heady and luxurious. This isn’t a bottle I splash one before running out the gym. Nope – this is a full-on grown up choice, best worn when dressed up and heading out to somewhere fabulous.

The notes are predominantly gardenia, although tuber rose is also featured prominently in the line-up. Despite the statement the perfume makes, it’s super clean smelling, and has become my go-to throughout the wintry weather.

The perfume is priced at £165.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

5 of the Best

5 of the Best

Leopard print is something which has slowly sneaked its way into my wardrobe, and it’s an easy way of adding a ‘pop’ to an otherwise dull day.

Shoes – J. Crew
iPad case – Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses – Anna Karin Karlesson
Earrings – David Webb
Bronzer – Dolce and Gabbana

Keep it Classy

Keep it Classy

As much as I love some crazy glitter, there is a part of me which yearns to be all grown up!

Dress – Lanvin

Shoes – Givenchy
Compact – Estee Lauder
Lipstick – Dolce and Gabbana
Nail Varnish – Dior
Necklaces – both Jennifer Meyer
Bracelet – Cartier
Dress – Lanvin

Guerlain Kajal Khol

Guerlain Kajal Khol

This eyeliner is literally life changing; ok, not life changing, but it is pretty great!

Guerlain brings these out every year, and yes, they are expensive, but these things last for months and months. The colour payoff is great – a silky, inky black which rims the waterline really well! The crayon format of the liner means that the line is smooth and soft looking, making it super-easy to create a smoky eye.

Not only do I love the product, but the packing is sublime. I buy these year after year, and the ribbon and decorations change, but they are the most glamorous eyeliner around

The eyeliner is priced at $36 and available at Sephora.com

Pink and Shiny

Pink and Shiny

There are few things I like more than things which are pink and shiny. Seriously, I have the aesthetic leanings of an eight year old high on candy.

These pieces just make me happy (and want to shop).

Nail Varnish – Butter London
Clutch – Jason Wu
Trench – Burberry
Earrings – Kate Spade
Ring – Luxurybazaar.com
Necklace – Shourouk
Pumps – Christian Louboutin
Lip Tar – Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer*

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer*

The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a product which is hailed as a miracle worker throughout magazines and blogs. A look at the box shows its been awarded beauty prizes by Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle – two publications which know what they’re talking about! So I was super excited to try this miracle product.

Unlike a regular conditioning treatment, this goes on before you shampoo, and it is left on for 1/2 hour. To deal with the unavoidable spills a cute little branded shower cap is included in the box.

I do always find this pre-shampoo treatment idea a little bit of a hassle – but made the most of it by applying a face mask at the same time and had a little home-spa-thing going on.

So, after shampooing and conditioning with my regular products (Kerestase shampoo and Frederik Fekkai conditioner) my hair did feel super smooth.

The only negative I would say came when I came to blow dry my hair – it took forever. However, once I did manage to get it dry, my hair was super sleek and looked as if I had straightened it.

What I like about this is, not only does it work in repairing the damage already done, but also helps in the prevention of damage – smooth hair equals no straighteners for me.

Would I buy the Elasticizer once this tub runs out? Yep, I think I would. I’m a sucker for hair treatments, and this is one which certainly works!

150ml jar is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Pastels Please

Pastels Please
I’m seriously looking forward to spring and summer – sitting in the snow will do that to you! The pre-requisite pastels are looking super appealing right now, and I love them worn all together!
What are you looking forward to?
Necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane
Ring – Annette Ferdinandsen
Sunglasses – Mykita Velvet Eyewear
Shoes – Lanvin
Bag – Givenchy
Nail Varnishes – bottom all Estee Lauder
Pink Nail Varnish – Dior