Shop the AW14 Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

18 Sep

Next month will be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and once again you can help raise funds for charity by simply popping to the shops and spending some hard-earned cash!

Breakthrough Breast Cancer have unveiled their AW14 collection for Breast Cancer Awareness and it’s full of beautiful things for your wardrobe, make-up drawer and home. They’ve teamed up with Debenhams, Stella & Dot, Laura Ashley and many more this year and I really love what’s available.

At least 10% of each item sold will be donated to charity, so you can definitely shop knowing it’s for a good cause.

Here are my picks from the collection.

ghd Coral Bird of Paradise Styler

ghd Coral Bird of Paradise Styler, £129.00

Debenhams Floozie by Frost French Flower Statement Necklace

Debenhams Floozie by Frost French Flower Statement Necklace, Debenhams, £22.00

 

River Island Tee, £18.00

River Island Tee, £18.00, 30% goes to Breakthrough BC

Debenhams Think Pink Tea for One Set, RRP £20.00

Think Pink Tea for One Set, Debenhams, £20.00

Darcey Spot China Cup and Saucer, Laura Ashley, £12.00

Darcey Spot China Cup and Saucer, Laura Ashley, £12.00

Hope Necklace, Stella & Dot, £32.00

Hope Necklace, Stella & Dot, £32.00

Inspire Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

Inspire Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

Strength Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

Strength Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

I absolutely love the Stella & Dot bracelets and think they would be perfect stacked together. I also have my eye on the Debenhams homeware!

Will you shop pink this year? What is your favourite piece so far?

Bhavna

Introduction to Elizabeth Arden

31 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Debenhams store in the Bullring to check out the Elizabeth Arden counter. Now, I’ll be honest. I always thought Elizabeth Arden beauty was more for the older lady so although I knew of it, I hadn’t really tried any of their products.

Upon arriving at the counter, I was given a little introduction to Elizabeth Arden. As I edge closer towards 30 (cries) i’ve realised that I do need to start taking more care of my skin. One of the things that Elizabeth Arden do which is quite handy is a free skincare analysis. During the free consultation, the Elizabeth Arden experts bust out a skin scanner which analyses your skin on: texture, pigmentation, radiance and brightness, moisture and elasticity. I knew that I was feeling quite dehydrated that day as my mouth felt quite dry. After my skin analysis, it showed that even though my skin is generally in really good condition (‘A’ for elasticity woop) I was really lacking in moisture.

Elizabeth Arden Skin Scanner

Elizabeth Arden Skin Scanner

My Skin Scanner results

My Skin Scanner results

I’d started to make more of an effort to drink enough water and I thought I was putting enough moisturiser on but the skin scanner doesn’t lie.

It was then that I was introduced to the miracle cream… the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant. Now this is one Elizabeth Arden product that I’ve heard mentioned in conversations but I didn’t realise just how amazing it is! They say it’s an absolute must have for EVERY ONE and I get why.

The wonder cream: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

The wonder cream: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

This award winning cream soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin. It also soothes roughness, redness and minor skin irritations. As I mentioned earlier, my mouth and lips felt quite dry and I was told you can put a little bit of this cream on your lips too. I never realised how versatile it is! It’s slightly pricey (from £26) but considering how much you can do with it, it is a worthy investment. I’ve been using it since and I am now a convert.

As well as skincare, Elizabeth Arden also do beauty products. Although I’m quite happy with my current foundations (Max Factor Miracle Touch for every day and YSL Touch Éclat for special occasions) I did have a foundation shade matchmaker analysis done using another impressive gadget. Technology these days, huh.

Foundation shade matchmaker

Foundation shade matchmaker

At the event, I was kindly given a goody bag from Elizabeth Arden which included a few beauty products. I’m looking forward to testing them out especially the Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow Quads palette in Chic Brown.

If like me, you are not as clued up on skincare and beauty then do take advantage of free consultations such as these to educate yourself. I’m determined to go back in a couple of months to see if my moisture level has gone up from a C to at least a B!

A huge thank you to the Elizabeth Arden ladies at Debenhams, Bullring for introducing me to the wonder cream and to Kim from Retail Birmingham for the invite.

Are you a fan of the Eight Hour Cream? Have you ever had an Elizabeth Arden skin scan?

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Boosting Mind and Body with Adidas and Stylist

23 Aug

Last week I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Stylist magazine and Adidas. The Boost X event at the Adidas performance store on Oxford Street was focused on getting tips for keeping a healthy body and mind, as well as giving us a chance to check out the Boost trainers. Thank you Chloe for winning us tickets!

Our first set of talks were from sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley+Hemsley fame. The healthy eating duo have written weekly recipes for Vogue and have recently had their first book published.

They made everyone green smoothies for the evening, containing a whooping 17 ingredients! They were very delicious!

Hemsley+Hemsley, green smoothie

Delicious healthy smoothies!

The sisters spoke to us about the importance of eating our food properly (chew chew chew) and busted the myth that fat is bad for us. In fact we should be eating fats like butter rather than things like margarine and olive oil spreads which have trans-fats in them that our body can’t break down into anything that’s good for us. They also spoke to us about healthy breakfasts (their secret is eating savoury foods which will see us past the 11 o’clock slump) and mixing up smoothies as a quick, easy nutritional meal.

Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley

I want skin that looks that good!

I really enjoyed hearing them talk, and judging by how healthy they looked I think I’ll definitely be taking their advice and checking out their new book, The Art of Eating well.

Hemsley+Hemsley The Art of Eating Well

Hemsley+Hemsley The Art of Eating Well

We also heard a few talks from life coach Beth Reacher, who spoke to us about mindfullness and even helped us with a bit of a meditation exercise where we imagined talking to our future selves. It was a really interesting session, and I think her advice about thinking positively to attract more positive energy to ourselves was worth listening to. In light of the sad news about Robin Williams, I think we could all do with taking some time out of each day to remind ourselves of what we’re grateful for and to be kind to ourselves as well as to others.

Finally, there was a Q&A with Foxes, who spoke about her love of cake, and cake, and more cake, as well as how she always fits in running with her schedule and trying to eat healthier while on tour. I must admit, I don’t know much about Foxes, but she came across as very fun and likeable and she has the seal of approval from Pharrell Williams!

Foxes singer Adidas

In love with that jacket

It was a great evening overall, and has definitely inspired me to live a more healthy lifestyle. Activity has taken a bit of a backseat at the moment as I’m injured, but hopefully focusing on eating healthy will make sure my return to training.

What are you doing to Boost your training?

Bhavna

 

 

Bullring Bloggers Event

19 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Bullring Bloggers event. Us Wardrobe ladies love the Bullring- as we’ve mentioned before it’s become the venue for a Wardrobe catch-up. There’s nothing better than shopping, food and gossip with your best friends is there?

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Unlike other Bullring events, this was one followed a different format. Held in the management suite, we were taken to a room with lots of different stalls. I quite enjoyed this format, it meant that you could go around and speak to the brands and businesses that you wanted to. It was mainly makeup brands such as Urban Decay, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani Beauty (I didn’t even know that existed!) to food stalls such as Wagamama’s.

Events like these are great to catch up with my fellow local bloggers and in particular Clare from Pinklittlebean who had travelled all the way from Sheffield!

The first stall I went to was Urban Decay. I’ve heard so much about the Naked palettes so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. MUA Jack was on hand to tell me all about the palettes and test the second one on me. With a few weddings coming up, I wanted to experiment with some different shades. Have to say I was really impressed. I may be late to the party but a Naked palette is definitely on my wish list.

On the night we also had two presentations: one from Umberto Giannini and one from Karen Millen. Wardrobe faves Umberto Giannini are currently promoting their Curl Friends range which is perfect for people with curly hair. It’s time to embrace those curls girls! I was given a sample of the ‘Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly’ which I am looking forward to testing. The lovely Elca gave us a talk on Karen Millen’s AW14 collection. Karen Millen isn’t a store that I shop at- purely because of my lack of funds. However, I’m intrigued to find out more at the AW14 preview which Elca is organising soon especially on the trend ‘Modern Mod’.

It was a fantastic night and I have a bag full of goodies to keep me occupied with over the next few weeks! We also got an AMAZING gift- a personalised Tatty Devine necklace with our blog names. Seriously, HOW COOL?

Oh and one last thing… there was a raffle which the lovely Bullring team organised. Guess whose name was picked out of the hat to win a pair of Ray-Bans? MINE. I was in shock cos I’ve always wanted some Ray-Bans!

It was such a fun evening and not only did I leave with some new shades but a list of new make-up products to buy. Hurry up now payday…

Umberto Giannini

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends

Karen Millen AW14 presentation

Karen Millen AW14 presentation

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Urban Decay Makeover

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Clare from Pinklittlebean getting the Urban Decay treatment

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Wardrobe WIN!

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Amazing Tatty Devine necklace and my new Ray-Bans!

All images are taken by WardrobeMag

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Going Floral this Summer in a Perfect Playsuit

31 Jul

So this heatwave is still going isn’t it! Anyway, this weather calls for baring some more flesh, and playsuits are the perfect thing. They’re great to wear for a picnic in the park and make for stylish festival wear.

I was given the opportunity to review something from House of Fraser, and I immediately thought playsuit for summer. I found this beautiful floral two layer playsuit from the clothing brand Quiz and I really love it. Not only is it colourful for summer, but you could wear it during the day and make the transition into evening wear with it too.

Quiz Floral print two layer playsuit, House of Fraser

Quiz Floral print two layer playsuit, £19.99, House of Fraser

The back of it gorgeous too

The back of it gorgeous too

Sorry for the funny face, my housemate was making me laugh.

I love the colours and the floral print is absolutely stunning. It’s in exactly the kind of colours that I like to wear.

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This playsuit was £24.99 but is currently in the sale for £19.99, so it’s an absolute steal. The whole quiz brand available on the House of Fraser website is really affordable and the collection is full of summery prints. If you like this floral design you can also get a bodycon dress for just £24.99.

I would definitely recommend checking out the website and seeing what else is on offer. As well as the current House of Fraser sale, you can also browse some of your favourite high street brands such as Dorothy Perkins and Warehouse. Great for when you need something for a special occasion but don’t want to spend too much.

What do you think of this Quiz playsuit?

Bhavna

Running Gear: Bright and Blue

24 Jul

Having looked at my favourite running colours, I decided to put together an outfit with a few other things I’ve seen recently- lovely bright blue also looks great in this sunshine, combined with green to really make you feel summery! Down with boring black outfits!

Blue, running clothes, Adidas, Saucony, Sweaty Betty, Nike

From L-R

Lateral Run Tunic, £27 (in sale), Sweaty Betty

Adipure sports bra, £25, Adidas

Saucony women’s Kinvara 5, £104.99, Runners Need

Nike tempo shorts, £16.20, Wiggle.co.uk

What colours do you wear in summer?

Bhavna

Running in Summer- My Favourite Colours

21 Jul

Having recently bought a few more pieces for my summer running wardrobe and a brand new pair of trainers, I’ve been looking at the pieces I like to wear and realised that I have somehow subconsciously picked things within a certain colour scheme! It made me wonder if anyone else does this or whether colour and style is not so important.

The main colours I’ve been wearing have been purple, pink and orange.

I love wearing bright colours in summer. There’s something about bright oranges and pinks that seem right to wear in the summer months. They also put me in a great mood to get out there! I love knowing that I’m bright and colourful when I’m out and about in the park. Looking and feeling cheery.

My favourite running shoe brand is Brooks. Their support shoes are lightweight and great for over-pronators like me. I replaced them a few months ago, and love my new pair, simply because of the design. My old blue ones went with nothing I owned!

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, support shoes, running

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14

My new orange and purple shoes go with lots of things, and I feel good colour co-ordinating. I don’t really know why!

I’ve also picked up a few shorts from the Nike Factory Store for summer and was instantly drawn to the colours. There are a great range of Nike running shorts on their website too, but do head down to a factory store if you can.

Nike, shorts,Dri-fit, running

Nike shorts, Nike Factory Store

Nike, running, sportswear

I’ve been lucky enough to find sports bras that match my shorts and tops too. My favourite ones to wear are Adidas Supernova racer bras. They are really supportive and I love the racer back design.

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

Now whenever I look for running gear, I’m always looking for the same colours- anything that will pop. I think finding gear you love to wear is a great motivator to get out there and run. It’s not really about how you look- more that you love the clothes and actually want to wear them!

Does your sportswear follow a certain colour pattern?

Bhavna

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