When I think about wearing hair clips, I’m immediately transported back to my childhood thinking about all the ways in which my unruly hair could be pinned and scraped back with hours of time spent picking out clips, hair ties and headbands galore. Fast forward 30 years with slightly tamer hair, and I find myself repeating the whole process all over again. Hair accessories are making a wonderful nostalgic comeback for 2019 and I for one am all for it. For me it’s all about the pearls, all day, everyday, in every way. So here is the roundup of my favourite pearly must-have hair accessories for this season.
Snake prints are having their moment of glory and still going strong in the New Year having been seen on many a runway for S/S19. Leopard print has always been a wardrobe staple for me and admittedly when the snake print came sliding in and taking some of the limelight, I wasn’t so sure it was for me. However, I was quickly convinced otherwise, having found that it is a wonderfully versatile print and I have found some pieces that I love. Whether you’re looking for bold, bright, neon’s or more subtle pastel tones, there is something to suit everyone. If you’re still undecided, maybe I can help- here is a collection of my favourite snake print pieces.
Karen Millen Yellow Wrap Dress £199– I can’t get enough of wrap dresses at the moment, they are so flattering and suit all figures, this yellow dress is a perfect for a day to evening look
Alexa Chung Maxi Dress
£435 £174– Sleek and fitted at over 50% off. This is a great dress to transition from Winter into Spring- whether it’s with a chunky knit and boots or a pair of strappy barely there sandals
Topshop Satin Cutout Midi Dress £49– A perfect dress for the evening in an amazing colour. The balloon sleeves and the high rising split at the front will be sure to turn heads.
H&M Pleated Midi Skirt £39.99– The pleated midi never gets old and can be worn through all seasons. I’ve lost count of how many I have now, but this is definitely another one to add to the list. I love the sage green colour – match with another tonal green or cream chunky knit.
Whistles Crepe Trousers
£119 £79– These are wide-legged, super comfortable to wear and end just above the ankle. I’m a huge fan of wide-legged trousers and they are so versatile in how they can be worn
Y.A.S Belted Maxi Dress £80– Another key colour trend for this year is brown and beige hues. This shade of terracotta brown is warm and rich and has lovely detailing with the tie belt and front pockets
£17.99 £5.99– This Raspberry Red buttoned shirt is an absolute steal, the fabric is lovely and soft and will give you a bold statement look with any outfit. Pair with some high waisted mom fit jeans!
Topshop Shirt £35– If you prefer a more subtle colour this powder pink shirt is a great alternative
Miu Miu Block Velvet Trim Pumps at the Outnet £332– Love the velvet block heel combined with the pink snake print, these pumps will transform any outfit
The Row Metallic Loafers at the Outnet £351– All gold everything. I can’t live without gold shoes in my life and loafers are classic and never go out of style
Mango Snake Print Round Bag £29.99– I’m a huge fan of the round bag, this one in particular with the gold handles and chain and it’s big enough to fit all of your essentials
Zara Reversible Tote Bag £19.99– This bargain reversible Zara tote bag comes around every season in different colours and prints. I love the deep burgundy shade and it’s the ideal size for all your daily needs – work, gym, shopping, hoarding?
Zara Cross Body bag with Suede Flap £49.99– Another wonderful bag from Zara that is snake print chic, love the cream suede flap and gold chain detailing, it has a detachable longer shoulder strap so you can choose how you wear it!
This is my first skincare post and I thought it was apt to start with the woes of winter skin.
Having suffered with eczema and dry skin for most of my life, I know my skin will start being truant when the temperature drops, central heating is at full blast and the days are blustery and windy, not to mention one too many late nights filled with a little bit more wine and a little less water leading to all those pesky dry, flaky & itchy spots. A notable mention also goes out to two wonderful cold weather wardrobe staples- Woolly jumpers and tights adding to irritation and skin dust (it’s a thing)!
This is the time of year that I see the most amount of skin complaints as a GP, whether it’s affecting your face, hands or body- there hundreds of products available with so many different ingredients and it can often be confusing trying to pick the right one. With the coldest weather just kicking in, here is my curation of wonderful products to help you change your winter skin to a winter glow.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion- £5.00 from Amazon but widely available everywhere- I simply can’t live without Aveeno, I have been using this lotion for years now and I can’t actually remember how I coped without it! This oat based product is great at locking in moisture and creating a protective barrier, it is also perfect for sensitive skin. Aveeno is generally the first lotion I recommend to my patients with dry skin complaints! You can use this on your hands face or body but Aveeno also has a wide range of products specifically for your face, hands or body as well as bath and shower products
CeraVe Moisturising Cream available in Boots £8.50– this is another great moisturising cream which I like to recommend to patients, it is particularly good for very dry skin and eczema prone skin, it can be use on your body or face. It is also widely available in most local pharmacies and as well as online. CeraVe is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, both of which are great for maintaining skin hydration and locking in moisture.
Both CeraVe and Aveeno can also be described as an emollient which you may or may not have heard of, it is a more medical term used to describe a moisturiser. Where normally you might just moisturise once a day, in the winter months if you skin is dry and irritated you should try and increase this to at least twice or even three times a day. I generally say to patients, apply lotions generously and work it into your daily morning and evening routine
Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Cream £36– Clinique has a whole moisture surge range which includes this brilliant pot of facial moisturiser. It is a gel based cream which contains aloe water, the texture is wonderfully light and non greasy leaving your skin feeling soft and plump.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream £70– This cream has won many beauty awards and was originally developed as a pick me up for models with tired and dry skin during fashion week. Its is jam packed full of lots of wonderful ingredients that your skin will love including aloe vera, vitamin C & E, essential oils, Shea butter and not forgetting hyaluronic acid. You might find that its worth switching your daily moisturiser in the Winter months and then changing back in the Spring.
Egyptian Magic £29– A multipurpose cream that can be used anywhere! It’s great for rubbing into small stubborn spots of dry skin and is made from all natural ingredients- including olive oil, honey and beeswax. Tip- use it before bed and allow it work overnight
Decléor Neroli Hydrating Night Balm £45– This is one of my favourite products that I have been using for over a year now. It has lots of essential oils and plant oils including neroli, tonka bean, basil, camomile and hazelnut. I noticed a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels, not only in terms of hydration but also in calming skin irritation and acne. This little pot goes a long way and worth every penny!
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve £15– Hand cream is a must all year round but especially in the Winter. I normally always keep some in my handbag, on my bedside table and in my car- if you’re like me and blasting your car heating straight onto your hands while your driving your hands must be suffering! Kiehl’s hand salve is luxuriously thick and perfect for extremely dry, rough and peeling hands with a blend of avocado, sesame and olive oil
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm £23– Another hand cream I love and it smells amazing with mandarin rind and rosemary leaf in it. It’s soaks in without leaving any greasiness on the skin, leaving your hands feeling supple and soft
Caudalie Lip Conditioner £5.50– All Caudalie products are wonderful but this lip conditioner is something I keep re-buying over and over. It is super soft, great for repairing chapped lips and each application lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep applying it every couple of hours
Purple Tree Miracle Balm £3.99– I first discovered this in Topshop and took forever deciding which one to buy because they all smelled amazing, I eventually chose the grapefruit. This is another multipurpose balm which is great for your lips but also for other small dry spots on your body. Products are made in the UK and are certified as 100% vegan friendly and animal cruelty free
The Organic Pharmacy Rose & Jasmine Body Oil £36– Body Oils are also a really good way to treat dry skin and give your skin a healthy glow. I use a range of Organic Pharmacy products as part of my daily routine. I love fragrance of the Jasmine and Rose in this and massage it after exfoliating my skin in the shower. It also contains Jojoba, Carrot and Rosehip oils
Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil £29.50– French pharmacy brand Nuxe is best known for this multipurpose oil, you can use it on your face and body or spritz it through you hair. Key ingredients are vitamin E, Camelia, Hazelnut, Macademia and Sweet Almond which all help to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also contains Tsubaki oil which is gaining huge popularity in skincare products, known for being rich in vitamins A and E, omega fatty acids and antioxidants which help protect as well as repair the skin.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil £19– Moisturising in the shower is also important for skin when it is dry and irritated, I would try switching your normal shower gel to a shower oil in the winter months to lock in more moisture. This Almond shower oil does a great job and smells divine
Miller Harris Rose Silence Bath Oil £38– Winter soaks in the bath tub are such a treat after long day. When my skin is feel particularly unhappy, I love soaking in this fragrant bath oil with vitamins A & E and Moringa, Argan and Almond oil
Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £36– If you fancy mixing it up and trying something alternative, I would highly recommend this wonderful candle. Burn for 30mins and let the oil pool, cool for a few minutes and then pour it onto your skin and massage it in, it feels amazing and also works to help you feel calm and de-stress. There are 24 essential oils blended together including Jasmine, Lavender and Rosewood. If you’re not convinced head to a Neom store for a demo- you won’t regret it!
So in summary, if you made it this far- Your winter skin loves- water, essential oils, vitamins A, C & E, omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acid which boosts hydration! You now know what to look for in skincare products to help your skin through the winter months
The nights are longer and darker, it’s the busiest time of year in terms of social activities and festivities, not to mention work! In those savoured moments of R&R I just love being in my favourite pair of pyjamas, whether it’s lazy Sundays curled up on the sofa with a glass of wine to hand, or splayed out in bed in post bubble bath lull. The last couple of years has seen a rise in brands specialising in beautiful sleepwear and I for one am so pleased about this. Here is this weeks style guide to the perfect pyjama party…
Liberty Iphis Silk Satin Pyjamas £395- The Liberty nightwear collection launched just over a year ago and the collection is just beautiful and so luxurious. This particular pair is available in pink and blue, there is also a range of amazing silk dressing gowns and eye masks to go with them. I definitely recommend a trip in store to pick out your favourite pair!
Liberty Gatsby Tana Lawn Cotton Pyjamas £165– The Liberty Collection also has pyjamas their signature cotton fabric, This pair has an amazing floral design, perfect for lazy Sundays!
The White Company Constellation Print PJ Set £75– I love all things to do with the stars and the moon and this pair has an elegant festive feel, perfect for your Christmas wish-list
Desmond & Dempsey The Jag Print Long PJ Set £150– A company set up by a wonderful couple with wonderful printed pyjamas all designed in house and even better they currently have a pop up shop which has just opened on South Molten Street! The Jag Print is my favourite but there are plenty to choose from
Phoebe Grace Yellow Mabel Cactus Silk Pyjama Set £195 + £175– British designer Phoebe Grace has created a line of sumptuous silk sleepwear that you can mix and match, there are camisoles and shorts available too. This particular pair will definitely brighten up the cold wintry nights ahead!
Chelsea Peers Bumble Bee PJ Set £40– Everyone needs a pair of these gold foil print bumble bee pyjamas in their life, also stocked on ASOS, Figleaves & John Lewis online.
Unique Avenue Blue Velvet Three Piece Set £39.99– If you don’t have enough velvet in your life, this is the ultimate lazy weekend pyjama set, I think I would live in these and they’re such great value. Also available in pink and a deep red colour.
Kate Spade Brown Stone Pyjamas £75– A fun and festive pair of pyjamas in soft brushed cotton, another set for the Christmas gift list list, question is – to have or to give?!
Hush Red Flower Cotton Pyjamas £55– This bold hydrangea flower print set is oh so lovely and the fit is oversized too to make sure you’re feeling extra comfortable
Anthropologie Karen Mabon Zodiac Print Sleepwear Set £158+£179– Another British designer and illustrator who creates beautiful silk scarves, cushions and pyjamas, this particular pair was designed specially for Anthropologie
Boden London Scene Woven Pyjamas £60– ‘The Snuggle is Real’ super soft jimjam set and I love the velvet tie!
Sian Esther Blue PJ Set £125– Take note of this inspiring designer who has created a ethical and socially conscious line of nightwear with an aim to support vulnerable and disadvantaged women. These pyjamas are elegant and sophisticated made from chambray cotton with velvet piping and detailing.
Hush Moon Dot Flannel Pyjamas £55– More cosmic lunar sleepwear in this beautiful white and gold combo
OYSHO Dotted Green Satin Pyjamas £25.99 + £19.99– OYSHO is a Spanish company which has so much choice for all of your sleepwear and underwear needs! You can mix and match between shorts or camisole as well as the shirt and trousers and this polka dot style is a classic in a lovely deep green colour.
Piglet in Bed White Linen Pyjama Set £88– Wear these pyjamas and feel like you have been whisked away on holiday, crisp clean and fresh and if you can be convinced they have a whole line of beautiful bed linen to match
Rails Checked Flannel Pyjama Set at Net-a-Porter £165– I love tartan and classic checked pyjamas are the best, I’m sure you have all seen checks everywhere this season and nightwear is no exception!
Uniqlo Blue Checked Pyjama Set £29.99– Uniqlo is always a great place to go for good quality wardrobe staples, this set is perfect for lounging about it and also available in red
Olivia von Halle Lila Zebedee Silk Pyjama £395– Olivia von Halle is the place to go for the ultimate indulgence in nightwear. This prancing zebra pyjama set is one of my favourites and there are a range of beautiful silk robes and eye masks to match
Victoria Secret Pink Fox Flannel Pyjama Set £49– I am particularly fond of foxes and this flannel set with printed foxes are so lovely especially with the little red bows. There are supremely soft and oversized perfect for the large quantities of mince pies that are being consumed right now!
ASOS Design Safari Animal Pyjama Shirt & Wide Leg Trouser Set £28– Love the orange rust colour with the animal print and the wide leg means they are great for lounging around in (all day)
H&M Black Satin Pyjamas £29.99– Sultry and chic with lacing detailing on the shoulders and trouser hems
Love Stories Intimates Blue Moon Satin Pyjama Shirt & Trousers £110 + £100– Dutch brand Love Stories believes that feeling beautiful and comfortable should come hand in hand. This silky starry pyjama set is so wonderful you could almost be convinced to venture leaving the house in them too.
Toast Velvet Silk Gown £325– Finally, I have to finish with this dressing gown. It is so amazing and luxurious I think I would live it in, spiced orange velvet with wide kimono sleeves
‘Tis officially Big Jumper season in all its chunky, cosy, oversized and festive glory! The temperature has noticeably dropped this week and I have moved all of my favourite jumpers to the front of my wardrobe and of course made room for a few more additions. Here is my style guide for all of the amazing knitwear we need in our life right now. Oh and Happy Black Friday, there is currently 20-25% off most items until Sunday! ✨
H&M Mohair Jumper £49.99– A classic wardrobe staple in an amazing sage green colour
Zara Sequin Jumper £49.99– Festive Jumper perfection- the colourful sequins stand out beautifully against the grey in this jumper, I ordered mine yesterday, I have a feeling this will sell out pretty quickly so grab yours while you can!
Maje Printed Floral Wool Jumper £209– Whether its Winter or Summer floral prints are always needed and this one will definitely brighten up the gloomiest of winter days
& Other Stories Beaded Floral Jumper £89– One my favourite jumpers! Brown hues and neutral tones have been seen everywhere this season and I love the beaded embellishment ✨(use code FRIDAYNOIR for 20% off)
Alexa Chung Oversized Sweater from Net-a-Porter £270– Don’t you feel happy just looking at this Jumper? Now think how much happier you could be if you were wearing it?!
Zara Bow Jewel Jumper £49.99– Simple & Chic, I only wish I could transfer the jewel bow from jumper to jumper
Uterque Chevron Knit £120– Another sparkly statement jumper with a wonderful colour combination and is also incredibly cosy
H&M Houndstooth Jumper £69.99– Roll neck, slouchy fit and great bold print…to hide all of the cheese, wine and mince pies soon to be consumed!
& Other Stories Floral Cableknit £69– I’ve lost count of how many cream jumpers I own, but there’s always room for one more and this one is so pretty!
Victoria Beckham Wool Blend Turtleneck £450– ….and this cream jumper too with a wonderful diamond weave design
Jigsaw Beaded Mohair Jumper £180– A combination of alpaca, merino and mohair to keep you super toasty with beautiful pops of colour from the beaded embellishment
River Island Leopard Print Wide Sleeve Jumper £38– Be sure to stand out in this eye catching knit in leopard print, you can’t escape it this season!
Marc Jacobs Tie Back Cashmere Sweater at Net-a-Porter £375– Probably the most vibrant cashmere jumper I have come across. Could this wonderful piece of knitwear convince you to swap you classic cashmere colours for glitter and stripes?!
I adore pastel colours with a particular penchant for pink, lucky for me pastel pink knits are in plentiful supply this year…
J Crew Tucker Cable Knit Cotton Blend Sweater £205– Another one of my favourites, bubblegum pink and a great weave pattern
Cos Jumper £89- Scandi Salmon Pink which also has a wonderful woven design
Whistles Sophia Mohair Sweater £139– A relaxed fit with balloon sleeves and delightfully comfortable
& Other Stories Eyelet Jumper £69– baby pink and so soft it’s like a never-ending hug (use code FRIDAYNOIR for 20% off)
Reserved Roll Neck Jumper £24.99– lastly a jumper from a brand that is fairly new to the London scene having opened on Oxford Street just over a year ago and available to shop online too. This purple jumper will add a wonderful pop of colour to any outfit and has a great price tag!
This season is all about sequins! There are so many amazing sequin, sparkly, glittering, dazzling and delightful show stopping dresses to be had, Whether you are looking for understated and classic or a bold statement piece, I think this collection of dresses has something to suit everyone. If you could only pick one, which one would you have?!
Zara Black & Gold Sequin Tassel Dress, £39.99 – this dress is incredibly light and comfortable to wear, shift style and classic wardrobe staple. Zara had a very similar dress in the same style and cut last year too!
& Other Stories Ombré Sequin Midi Dress, £85– So much love for this dress, the plunge neckline and clinching in at the waist makes it incredibly flattering
Zara Velvet & Sequin Wrap Dress, £79.99– Combining two of this seasons best trends into one amazing statment, in a beautiful sumptuous teal colour
Karen Millen Sequin Belted Midi Dress, £250 -There is currently 25% off everything at KM for Black Friday so you can actually nab this dress for £187.50 this week!
Needle & Thread at Net-a-Porter, Tulle-trimmed Sequin Chiffon Dress, £300
Warehouse Velvet Sequin High Neck Dress, £59– Available in four colours but this one in Bronze is the best!
RIXO Daisy Two Stripe Dress, £395– After careful consideration, I think this is my favourite, two tone sequin colours, gorgeous open back with a black velvet tie and dazzlingly chic. RIXO is a British Brand born in London and I just love them!
Zara Silver Sequin Dress, £29.99– Be the Silver Disco Dancing Queen until the early hours of the morning in this fabulous mini dress, at a great price tag too
LK Bennett Lazia Sequin Dress Forest Green, £550 – Amazingly festive and elegant – who has a Christmas event they can wear this to? Also available in Gold and there is 25% off everything in LK Bennett with Grazia at the moment!
Phase Eight Belda Big Sequin Dress, £79 – Big Bold Sequins!
H&M Sequin Mesh Wrapover Dress, £69.99– Kimono style knee length dress, lightweight and shimmery black, a wardrobe staple that you can keep on wearing
Moonsoon Sonique Rainbow Dress, £190– Statement rainbow pieces have been everywhere this season and this great dress definitely part of that list, it makes me happy just looking at it!
Zara Leopard Print Sequin Dress £39.99 – The fourth Zara dress in this edit, too much? This is another dress that combines two key trends this season-leopard print and sequins in one, it’s bold and fun, perfect for any upcoming festivities!