Monthly Archives: June 2012

Product of the week- Prep + Prime Lip

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the day overhauling my make up bag with a make up artist with serious skills! Not only did he kindly replenish my stocks, with brand new products from his own kit- he introduced me to a senior make up artist at M.A.C HQ who helped me to pick a new foundations (one for summer, one for winter) after ten years of wearing the same one.

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Food for thought

The average brit has a repertoire of 7-10 dishes under their belt, that take on a cyclical nature. I’ve always known this, but reading  a family members article about her relationship with food, reminded me of how people (myself included) can get stuck in a food rut! Lauren (Andrew’s 2nd cousin) is a legend. Travelling the world solo, she has been a real inspiration to the family, taking on new experiences and challenges that most of us only dream of, and in particular conquering her many food phobias!!

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Holiday Skin Saviours

 

Pure Shea butter (above) is definitely a holiday skin saviour! Normally I am a mosquito magnet, and have really suffered in the past from  the little blighters love for my blood! This time I used the highest concentration of mosquito repellent I could find (50% Deet) and my mother was on hand with Pure Aloe Vera gel straight from a plant in the village, when I did get the odd bite.  Now they have calmed down.. but as so often with darker skins there is slight pigmentation which is going rapidly with the use of pure shea butter from Ghana.

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OOTD

 

If you missed the Lace & Tweed Vintage fair yesterday you missed out on Vintage Dior, Cacharel, Mulberry and more- it was a fantastic day with brilliant performers, wonderful cakes and a selection of some of the best vintage clothes I’ve seen in a long time!!! Look out for pictures from the day, details of suppliers as well as our choice of best dressed vintage shopper! I only intended to be there for the morning, but the day was so fun,  I stayed pretty much until the end.

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Rain on my Parade?

 

May was pretty much a washout, and with June set to be not much better, I am sorely disappointed with this poor excuse for a British Summer! Least not because for the first time, I’ve actually put some thought into my summer wardrobe, and moved on from the permanent ‘Vest top & Jeans’ look of my youth. I would seriously spend 6 weeks of the year in practically the same outfit.

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Lace & Tweed

 

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UN-Max your Drag

There was not much point applying foundation in Ghana..  unless I wanted to spend most of my time scaring small children with images of a melting face!  Away from the air conditioning,  even with one of my favourite primers (below), foundation was futile! Of course, for the evening powder was adequate; but it actually felt quite nice to be bare faced for a while. I took pleasure in knowing that the people I spent time with either often wore sunglasses, or were so blinded by the harsh sun beams that both served as a ‘natural cover-up’ for me anyway!!

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Gap Trap

Well over eighty percent of the clothes I have bought from charity or second hand shops (not vintage stores) bear the ‘Gap’ label. It wasn’t something I intentionally set out to accomplish, and odd because I never shop in Gap’s many  high street stores. There is  just something about the simple detail (‘oxymoronic’)  of particular pieces that grabs me! I love that with each piece I’ve found, I can stick on flip flips or flats to wear during the day, but can also thrown on a pair of heels and be ready to marry the night in a second.

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Jubilee Glee

 

This was supposed to be a post on my activities since Ghana, including a few events, the best vintage fair of the season, and the openings of some lovely restaurants in Surrey but after a cheeky comment from Mr G, exposing my ‘need to show my Jubilee nails’ in every photo I realised, without thinking about it that from head to toe, I had gone a bit Jubilee crazy!

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