I’m so excited to share this post with you all as I feel like working with this brand sums up perfectly the reasons why I love being a blogger. For those of you who have followed my blog for a little while – you may have read my previous post back in April reviewing Buth Bheag Candle Co.
Since the spring this luxury brand has gone from strength to strength with the help of bloggers and influencers from across the UK sharing the love for their stunning range of products. They have now landed themselves over 30 stockists and two brand new shops.
Sometimes when a project or new venture takes shape and naturally progresses a re-brand can be a really exciting and refreshing way to move forward and celebrate the success you’ve made. When the team announced the re-brand I instantly couldn’t wait to see what this meant for them as a company; I was pleasantly suprised to see that they are still taking their inspiration from their beautiful home of the Scottish Isles by keeping their scents named after the many beaches that make up the stunning coastline.
SENT WITH LOVE
When I opened the parcel up to reveal the two beautifully packaged items I thought for a moment what good gifts they would make. The re-brand has taken on a slightly more mature, sophisticated vibe.
You can tell as soon as you open the box that it’s a luxury item – from the on trend marble exterior to the minimal, slick glassware. Each and every perfectly executed little detail completely sets Essence of Harris apart from the other brands on the market. Everything down to their scent collections, packaging and brand story is unique and you truly feel like you have a little bit of paradise in your home when you purchase from them.
Each scent collection comes in a different colour palette, each with rose gold lettering which makes the new range ideal for gifts with the festive season coming around.
Another reason that makes this new collection special is the fact they’ve gone right back to basics by discussing how each of the candles and reed diffusers are made on the side of the packaging. Absolutely every single item is hand-poured with love in the Isle of Harris and you can even learn more about the creators of the brand on the ‘Our Team’ section of their website.
WINTER SCENT REVIEW:
A sophisticated, deep and sensual scent with top notes of pomegranate, plum and rose.
My birthday has just been which in my mind has always marked the start of summer -my favourite season. Just recently I’ve been looking through my wardrobe and digging out all the summery pieces I lived in this time last year and getting them ready for my upcoming holidays.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a private viewing of an exciting new luxury footwear brand ‘Zaccy’s’. The event itself was held at the designer’s home and gave attendees the chance to try on and shop the full collection. To say I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the shoes is an understatement. Zaccy’s encapsulates everything you would expect from a high end footwear brand and more. Each shoe has been visualised, designed and hand crafted with minute attention to detail, which comes down to the fact Meg Cope (founder of Zaccy’s) always dreamed of creating her own collection and her passion for design is evident.
Think espadrilles reworked. The collection comprises three key colour palettes which will easily slot into your capsule holiday wardrobe. The ‘Christina’ style in my opinion is the perfect wedge. This is the highest heel out of the three styles featured and just oozes elegance and class. This style is ideal for late summer night drinks with friends or special occasions. If you like to have a little bit of height but not so much that you feel as though you’re wearing heels the ‘Giselle’ is the shoe for you. I fell in love with and purchased the Giselle in Black for this exact reason! The iridescent black leather is just stunning, like nothing I’ve seen before. Minimal and subtly beautiful, just an absolute must have item. This same luxury leather is used for the ‘Margarita’ style. A low heeled, practical espadrille with a closed toe. At the event, I was torn between these two styles as I could see myself wearing them nonstop. Ideal for day trips, walks in the city and even for flying in. If you have a short break planned this summer, I would recommend the ‘Margaritas’ as they are a fantastic all-rounder. If you have a holiday planned with a small baggage allowance, they are perfect to help you transition from day to night in an instant.
Imagine super soft, buttery leather which moulds to the shape of your foot after a few days of wear. Wedges & most other forms of summer shoes can be SO painful & there really is nothing worse than buying a cute pair of shoes which you can’t wear because they cut and dig into your skin. All shoes in the Zaccy’s collection are lined with high quality leather and feature a breathable memory foam sole. Ideal for practical wear without sacrificing style.
Being almost 5’10 I sometimes struggle to find stylish low heeled wedges which I can wear casually – after all, nobody wants to choose between comfort and style… One of the main reasons I liked the Zaccy’s collection was the fact they feature a range of heel sizes to suit you; from a low heel, which you could easily wear all day for city breaks or spontaneous shopping trips, to a super high 6-inch heel which is sure to head turns wherever you walk them.
The orange embroidery and neon tones have flavors of the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 ‘Caretto’ collection. This pair is on my wish list this summer…
WHATEVER THE WEATHER
Wear and wear again without worrying about the weather forecast. Every shoe has an anti slip sole meaning you can walk with confidence no matter what the weather. Plus you can rest assured that your new favourite shoes won’t ruin in light showers; the hand applied waxed jute braids are waterproof meaning they will survive endless unpredictable British summers…
PURCHASE WITH PURPOSE
For each pair purchased, £2.00 is donated to Children With Cancer and CLIC Sargent charities. If you didn’t have enough reasons to purchase already, now you do.
I’ve always considered myself a bit of a magpie for all things shiny and metallic, so when I first saw this dress, I knew I had to have it!
Last Autumn I found myself getting back into shirt dresses and soft tailoring, I adore the combination of cutesy fabrics like satin and silk contrasted with traditional buttoned sleeves and collars. I consider myself to be half tomboy so this style reflects my personality perfectly!
I styled this look with a pair of bang on trend studded heels which I managed to get in the sale at Missguided, they’re currently at 67% off and cost just £10, absolute must have purchase! What I like about these shoes is the heel, from the side they look like traditional stilettos, however they actually have a wide heel which is 100x more comfortable to wear and party all night long in!
Studs are making a huge comeback this winter, you can shop my favourite studded garments (including the super hot heart studded Saint Lauren leather that took Milan fashion week by storm) in the Shop my Style section.
Adding studded accessories is a quick and easy way to make a smart/dressy outfit more relaxed and chic, if you’re new to this trend have a look at the images below for inspiration. Designers such as Louis Vuitton and Valentino have incorporated studs into their most famous collections…
GIVE ME SHAPE
Being 5’9, some dresses can make me feel shapeless which is why I’ve always been a fan of the wrap style dresses that tie in at the waist. This detailing brings attention to your smallest area (the waist) and gives the illusion of an hourglass figure, perfect for tall girls like me, or girls with a small bust that want to accentuate their curves.
The satin material of this dress itself is also very flattering, the fabric doesn’t cling or stick like some do. Instead, it hangs perfectly and the rouched detailing at the front combined with the deep plunge neckline gives this dress the all round wow factor.
First of all, Happy New Year to all of you! I really hope you had a fantastic festive break and spent it with your loved ones. New Year is such a good time to reflect on the last episode of your life and think about what new goals you want to work towards in this new chapter. If you’re in need of some motivation or tips on how to stick to your resolutions then have a read of my New Year Motivation post.
In this blog post I’m reviewing one of my new favourite accessory brands which I cannot wait to share with you! It’s rare that you come across an independent brand that has both incredible products and a super friendly team working behind the scenes. Personally, I feel as a blogger it’s important for me to only share with you the companies and brands that I truly love and support, that I feel proud to be associated with and honoured to wear.
I first heard about US brand Kozha Numbers while on holiday last year, I was recommended to take a look at them online by a friend. So I headed straight to their stunningly chic Instagram page and instantly fell in love! Their sleek leather designs are minimal and sophisticated – making them the ideal accessory for pretty much any outfit combination.
The two products I knew I had to add to my Christmas list! I’d been on the search for a new purse for a while as my old one was falling apart at the seams! Plus recently relocating back to London meant that I was also keen to purchase a Cardlet, just a little wallet style pouch which keeps your cash card or oyster safe when you’re travelling. I would highly recommend purchasing one of these as they eliminate the hassle of pulling out your purse every time you want to touch in or out on the tube.
Both the Cardlet and Cashlet from Kozha Numbers are made from super soft and sleek latigo leather and fasten with a thin silicone string which wraps around the purse keeping your items safe inside. Both products also feature the stunning Kozha Numbers logo which I’m a huge fan of. The gold writing against the high quality black leather is just stunning and so unique. If like me you have a love for simple minimal designs which have a big impact, you need to get to know this brand!
BAGS & OTHER ACCESSORIES
Kozha Numbers have an exceptional range of products on their website – all which follow the same slick and minimal design. You can browse the full collection by clicking here.
KOZHA NUMBERS, The Large Ket, $295.
For UK shipping enquiries or any questions regarding their products contact my friends llona & Lena at KOZHA NUMBERS firstname.lastname@example.org.
For serious fashion inspo and brand updates make sure you follow them on Twitter & Instagram.
Camden has always been one of my favourites spots in London – both for shopping and enjoying the colourful nightlife. I celebrated my 18th birthday in a club called ‘Proud’ situated in the famous horse stables market & had the most amazing time. Camden is in a league of its own with a huge food market, hundreds of independent stalls and super friendly atmosphere. There isn’t anywhere else like it – which is why I love spending time there.
On a recent visit, I walked down the cobbled market street and literally fell in love with a coat. Honest. I don’t know if it’s my love for fashion and styling or if I’m just a certified shopaholic but when I fall in love with an item of clothing, I have to have it.
Outfit Details: Faux Fur Coat, £129 Unit 11c, Camden Lock Market. Chunky Knit Jumper, £65, Zara. Joni Jeans, £39, Topshop. Cut Out Boots, £32.99 New Look.
At first I was struck by the super plush white faux fur hood, which can easily be detached so that you can wear the coat more casually or when it’s not so cold. I am a sucker for anything faux fur at the best of times but this coat encapsulates everything I love about styling for winter in one item. The oversized design combined with the soft tailoring detail is stunning & makes the coat an eye catching statement piece – ideal for when you want to still feel glam when it’s freezing outside!
The coat is one size, which can sometimes be a complete nightmare but it turned out to be my lucky day and the fit was perfect. With it being a Korean design I had a feeling when I put it on for the first time that it would be miles too small, but I was pleasantly surprised – the sizing translates to a UK 10/12/14 depending on desired fit.
Personally, I like to style the coat with a chunky knit underneath and keep the rest of the outfit minimal. The coat is a typical Korean design with a flattering dipped hem and darted sleeves. There’s something a little All Saints-y about the cut and shape of the coat – the material is also very similar to the heavy industrial standard fabrics that All Saints have recently used for their capsule AW collection.
If you’re a Londoner like me or even if you’ve got plans to visit soon, I would highly recommend visiting Unit 11c, their unusual designs are well worth browsing and the staff are absolutely lovely. For stock availability please contact 02074286483.
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This week I received a very special package from my favourite candle brand Buth Bheag Candle co. You may have already read about this brand on my blog back in April this year where I reviewed two candles from both the Losgaintir and Huisinins collection. You can catch up here.
Since my last post the company has been going from strength to strength with mini pop up shops and the launch of several new fragrances. It’s always a joy to collaborate with independent, ambitious brands that have created a unique and exciting product; Buth Bheag Candle Co. are the ultimate pleasure to work with, from the team to the products, it’s the ultimate luxury experience.
In this post I’m going to review two products each from new collections that have launched this year – both of which I absolutely love! Plus, this is my first festive post of the year which makes me so excited!
Cranberry Christmas Candle
“A festive combination of cranberries, orange and cinnamon with floral back notes on a base of sandal, cedar, musk vanilla and sugar.”
If like me, you love Christmas and all things festive, you have to get your hands on the new Christmas collection. When I first opened the box the scent reminded me of all things festive and when lit, the candle fills the room with a gorgeous rich fragrance. I wanted to point out that a lot of scented Christmas candles can become quite headachey after a while but this one is completely different. The soy formula burns slower than most candles I’ve purchased in the past, they also last a lot longer than most other brands I’ve tried.
The Christmas collection features wax melts and reed diffusers so you can choose which product works best with your household. One thing I really like about the Christmas candle is the glass jar and festive design – it makes the perfect centre piece for the dinner table or little addition to the mantle piece.
“Stimulating and sensual – evoking the tranquil beauty of an exotic eastern garden. Top notes of tangy lemongrass, Sicilian lemons and juicy limes lead into a heart of spicy ginger root and grated nutmeg, and a hint of refreshing eucalyptus. Base notes include sensual patchouli, white woods and creamy vanilla.”
This candle is very different from their other collections, this luxury scent is incredibly refreshing – the citrus burst makes you feel instantly uplifted, to me, this is the ideal scent to burn in the morning or to have in the bathroom.
I recently went for dinner at Sketch, the famous French restaurant in Mayfair, London and I remembered they has numerous Diptyque candles burning – the scent was very fresh and citrus based much like the Horgabost collection. When I first smelt this candle, I was reminded of that night – the scents are practically identical however Diptyque candles start at £40, four times the price of Buth Bheag’s collection! Not only do they use the very best ingredients – each scent is blended to perfection. What I love about this brand is the fact you can enjoy luxury in your home for less.
The deisgn of the Horgabost collection is similar to their previous collections with a minimal design. The chic packaging gives them a sophisticated edge and the greyscale beach scene on the sides is a reminder that each and every candle has been hand poured in the beautiful Isle of Harris.
If you’re looking to start your Christmas shopping early, take a look at the gift sets available on their website by clicking here.
Donned as the perfect lip for blondes, I got my hands on the fresh new shade to be added to the highly sought after Kylie Lip Kit collection.
As a girl who adores make-up, it’s a challenge to browse the range of Matte Liquid Lip Kits and not fall in love. The selection is huge and features everything from nudes to reds, wacky bright blues and even the new metallic shades – all of which I wanted to buy!
The nudes, image from Instagram @kyliejenner
After much deliberation, I decided to go for ‘Dirty Peach’ – a subtle orange shade. I’ve always loved the combination of orange hues and blonde hair, I think they compliment each other perfectly and can be worn through all seasons.
Blonde hair and peachy lips, images from Pinterest.
Kylie Jenner wears ‘Dirty Peach’
When I placed my order I was a little bit worried that it might be too bright/highly pigmented (I really didn’t want it to be too bright!)
When the adorable box arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the shade – it was exactly what I’d hoped for, nothing short of perfect!
When it comes to using the product, the wand which has a small applicator at the very end is highly saturated with the lipstick formula, I would recommend using the rim of the stick to get rid of some of the excess to allow an easier smoother application.
The Lip Liner is the very best I’ve ever used, I’ve tried and tested a handful that are available from most beauty stores and always found them to be cakey or too hard to blend. The lip liner from the Kylie Cosmetics set is ultra smooth, easy to blend and lasts all day. Plus, as the liner is slightly brighter than the lipstick you can use the liner as a lipstick as add a layer of Carmex lip balm or clear lipgloss over the top for a completely different nightime look.
When the Kylie Lip Kits first emerged I wasn’t able to get my hands on them quick enough which I found really disappointing, so, I searched the beauty stores in my area to find some duplicates. Most of the larger Boots stores now have an NYX counter and their matte liquid lipsticks are very similar to the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits.
The actual formula has the same consistency and feel to it, when comparing the two products they are pretty much identical.
It’s a little harder to find duplicates for ‘Dirty Peach’ as the orange hue is quite unusual. With this being said the closest I could find was NYX again with their ‘Extra Creamy Round Lipstick’ collection in the shade ‘Pure Nude’ the texture is slightly different and I had to keep applying the product every few hours to keep it looking pristine. In my opinion the Kylie Lip Kit was a much better choice.
Another brand I found that has a very similar range is Stila. I’ve used this brand for a few years and their highlighter is one of my beauty bag essentials – so when they brought out their new matte lipstick collection, I was eager to see how they compared to Kylie’s. Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Caramello’ is the ideal alternative to the popular Lip Kit shade ‘Exposed’. The Stila lipstick is priced at £16, £13 cheaper than the Kylie lip kit and that’s before the hefty US shipping charges! I would highly recommend Caramello to any one looking for a long lasting every day nude lipstick.
If you want to get your hands on your own Kylie Lip Kit, click here to browse the full collection & remember there’s Free international shipping on all orders $60 and above.
So as some of you may already know I’ve relocated back to my hometown of London and last week my good friend and fellow blogger babe Lauren came down to see me before an event – which called for shopping! We visited the one and only Selfridges first and browsed the designer jewellery sections on the first floor and that’s when I fell in love…
In the Chanel section, I spotted a coin style necklace on one of the mannequins which they’d styled with a classic two piece blazer and skirt suit. The necklace caught my eye as soon as I walked in because of its intricate detail and striking design. After seeing the full selection and trying on several items, Lauren and I decided to go to the Chanel flagship store on New Bond Street to browse their collection and compare it to Selfridges.
When we arrived I basically became the love heart eye emoji and got a little bit excited about the new A/W accessories campaign, not to mention the ready to wear capsule collection on the first floor! When one of the advisers approached us, I explained what I had seen at the Selfridges concession and the assistant then showed us their jewellery display. The Chanel flagship had a much bigger and varied selection of jewellery, I would recommend visiting the store as opposed to Selfridges, I would point out that the service is much better at the Chanel store too.
The necklace itself is timeless. The medallion style is similar to the vintage Chanel pieces which sell for over £16,000 on the vintage classic markets and the rich deep golden colour gives it that high end designer edge.
What I like best about the necklace is how you can adjust it to suit your mood. The necklace has two length options both of which I love.
When the necklace is set to its shorter length which is near enough a choker style, the excess golden chain hangs down your back with the tiny Chanel logo at the bottom. This style is absolutely ideal to wear with backless dresses along with a slick up-do to show off the stunning design.
The second longer setting is the one I choose to wear on a day to day basis as it looks fabulous either over a top or hanging down underneath a shirt.
For anyone looking for that perfect accessory to add instant style to any outfit this necklace is for you. It’s the perfect combination of class and elegance, its understated small detailing is eye catching in an enchanting way. I find a lot of designer necklaces to be very ‘in your face’ and brash – this piece is the opposite.
Another benefit to this necklace is that the beautiful design is so striking that it doesn’t need earrings, bracelets or even rings to match. Less really is more when it comes to accessorising an outfit.
If this post has inspired you to shop, I can recommend my adviser Yaneff at Chanel New Bond Street for appointments.
Last weekend I attended 2000 trees festival which is held in Cheltenham. This year was my third year running and I have to say it’s the one event I look forward to every summer. The festival itself showcases new & underground music from across the world of varying genres and personally, I find it so refreshing. Day to day I listen to house/electro/dance music mostly but aside from that I really rock & indie (especially live) so 2000 trees is a must for my inner rock chick!
You can catch up on last years line up & music review here.
The weather on the first day was gorgeous but I had to remind myself that we are in England so I wore an outfit prepared to adjust to any sudden showers. I absolutely LOVE this little dress by Boohoo, the embroidery reminds me of the Dolce & Gabbana SS Collection (see photo below). I teamed the dress with a western style belt just to give a little more shape and pull the outfit together.
Recently I’m liking feminine dresses and maxi skirts worn with distressed military boots, the combination is striking and suits pretty much everyone as you can put your own spin on it. This kind of grungy/rebellious style is perfect for festivals and I channelled this for Look One.
The second day wasn’t as sunny and it had rained the night before which called for the wellies! One thing I really like about festival fashion is that you can throw an outfit together in seconds and it works. I will admit I panicked slightly the morning of day two because the weather had predicted sunshine! I love the sequin top but I really wasn’t sure how it would look over a swing dress (plus the lack of full length mirrors really doesn’t help) so in true English festival style, I literally just threw it on and went with it. Looking back at the photos this outfit reminds me of the iconic Kate Moss Glastonbury snaps, have a look below for some glittery inspiration.
This year I kept my base make up natural by using a mineral foundation instead of my usual full coverage liquid one. I also find that using a mineral foundation makes it much easier to blend in your bronzer & highlighter which is ideal for festivals and holidays when you want to enhance your glow. My favourite products for festivals are listed below and you can find the tutorial for this heavy pigment eye make-up on my festival guide here.
Foundation – Bare Minerals
Bronzer – Mac ‘Give Me Sun’
Highlighter – Mac ‘Mineralize’ Skin Finish in Light/Medium.
For your festival make up bag…
Lips are a tricky one for festivals, I remember wearing a full red lip to a festival style day party in Ibiza and regretting it almost as soon as I arrived! High pigment coloured lipsticks are high maintenance at the best of times which is why i opted for my go-to natural lip combination of Mac ‘Soar’ lip liner pencil and Mac Satin Lipsick in ‘Faux’ these two products blend beautifully together and last all day. The colour is so similar to my natural lip colour that it doesn’t matter if I forget to re-apply. TIP: run a thin layer of liquid Carmex lip balm over the top to keep your lips from chapping and add an SPF 15.
Flower crowns are an absolute must have for any festival, a simple flower band instantly completes any outfit and compliments your face, hair and make – up. Plus they’re so easy to wear. My favourite has to be the ‘Cloud Nine’ crown from Candy Flower – you can find out more by reading my brand review here.
Harnesses are another simple accessory that I’ve found really make a difference. I was sent this black choker style harness a couple of weeks ago and I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear it. I personally love pulling together monochrome outfits and teaming black with crisp whites, so i decided to wear the harness underneath my favourite long t shirt dress by Missguided and threw my Zara leather jacket over my shoulders. The perfect combination for the journey to the festival.
For my nails I chose ‘Minted‘ by True Brit London from their Classic collection. I wanted to wear a fresh summery colour that would match every one of my outfits so this creamy peppermint shade was just right. The high gloss colour also has a pearly white tint which gives off a luminous glow – the perfect partner for silver jewellery.
I would recommend applying a coat of their caviar base coat and then two coats of the colour and finish it off with their high shine top coat for prolonged wear at a festival.
Remember you can save 10% on any order with my code ‘BECCI10’ just enter it at the checkout.