Events, Lifestyle

Sky High Sessions

April 20, 2015

The Sky Garden has fastly become one of my favourite places in London. Thirty-five floors high in the sky above 20 Fenchurch Street is where you will find the Sky Garden, with its two restaurants and SkyPod bar. Last week Danny and I were invited along to one of the first evenings of the Sky High Sessions at the Sky Pod bar. Beginning last Friday the 17th April, the Sky Pod bar will host on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights live music, featuring some of the best musical talent, live bands and DJ’s.

Sky Pod Spring

Spring Sky Garden

As well as the new Sky High sessions, the Sky Pod bar has had a bit of a makeover since I last visited. Gone are the winter throws and in place are beautiful blooms, vintage bicycles, green faux lawns and comfy Spring cushions in its new English Country Garden theme.

Sky Pod Bar Music 3 and a half men

There are also newly created cocktails including Pink Is The Question – Ciroc Vodka, green apple liqueur, blueberries and lime, or try Rooibos Tea Party a mix of Bloom gin, DOM Benedictine, rooibos tea, lime juice and orange zest. Mine came complete with pink candyfloss and a fantastic view.

Cocktails at Sky Garden

It was great to see the sun setting across the city as I had only been in the daytime before and it all looks so different at night doesn’t it!

Tickets to Sky Garden in April/May are available on the website .

Beauty, Hair, Videos

How To Use Babyliss Curl Secret For An Evening Look

April 19, 2015

On Friday I was invited along to the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer launch event at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Aside being in a lovely venue, the event was to celebrate the launch of the Fashion Targets campaign, which sees numerous retailers each year such have various fashion pieces on sale which a percentage goes to the charity. The evening consisted of lots of drinks and nibbles, a charity raffle – where I won a love coaching session, not quite sure what that will entail and catching up with the Debenhams PR team who had invited me for the evening.

Babyliss Curl Secret

For the event I tried out a curly evening hair look using the Babyliss Curl Secret. This is the easiest curling appliance I have ever used and I am so impressed with the curls it achieved in a really quick amount of time. They last really well and the next day looked just as good. I filmed my look before I went out so you could see how easy it is.

I hope you enjoy the video and you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here and don’t forget I am running a giveaway to win a Herbalife skincare set -click here to enter.

Fashion Interviews, Interviews, Lifestyle

An Interview With Emma J Shipley

April 17, 2015

Emma J Shipley is a graphic artist, who after graduating from the Royal College of Art set up her own label of intricate and beautifully drawn and printed scarves in 2012. Showing at at London Fashion Week, the designs were picked up by Browns and since Emma has gone on to win numerous fashion awards, including the Emerging Fashion Brand prize at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards.

I met Emma at London Fashion Week, where she was displaying her newest collection. I instantly fell in love with her designs which are all hand drawn and so unique. As well as scarves she has branched out into womenswear and also jewellery.

Emma J Shipley Interview

Emma you are under the spotlight…

So Emma, how did you get involved in illustration/graphics, was it something you had always wanted to do?

I always loved drawing – it came naturally to me and it’s a medium I felt I could express myself in. After doing an art foundation course I pursued a Textiles BA, and then MA – I loved the way textiles can start with drawing and illustration but can also become something more than that.

Your scarf designs are beautiful where do you take your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from all over the place, but the main themes that are always present are patterns in nature, evolution, myths and fairytales. Each season I work with some particular inspiration – for example, for my upcoming Autumn/Winter 15 collection I have been inspired by prehistoric animals, the last ice age, astronomy and conceptual artist Joan Fontcuberta, to name a few.

Emma J Shipley Designs

I have got my eye on a scarf from the Tinkerbell inspired collection, the designs are so intricate and detailed. How long would you say it takes you to design a scarf from start to finish?

It’s a time-consuming process as I draw each complete scarf design by hand in pencil from start to finish. The drawing process can take anything from two weeks upwards, then colouring and digitising the design ready for printing is probably another two weeks. Hopefully the time that goes into each design is evident in the final products!

Tinkerbell Emma J Shipley

What made you want to branch into womenswear as well as the scarves?

My customers had often said that they would love to be able to wear the designs in garments as well as scarves – in a way they are a bolder statement as you can see more of the design – it is not folded or wrapped around the wearer’s neck. It was also a logical next step as I was already working with the beautiful Italian silks which translate so well into luxury womenswear.

You have won numerous awards for your talents including the ‘Emerging Fashion Brand prize at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards’ and the ‘RISE Newcomer Award at the UK Fashion & Textile Awards’, how does it feel to have your work acknowledged in the fashion world?

It’s been fantastic to have this kind of acknowledgement so early in my career. As I come from a graphic art and textile background, it’s great to feel that the fashion industry recognises this as just as relevant and interesting as fashion-trained designers. It also shows the business is doing well which is great as it gives stockists and new stores confidence in my brand.

Emma J Shipley

Do you ever do any custom designed pieces?

Yes I do take on private commissions occasionally – for example I’ve recently worked on a custom illustration based on a client’s cat, and also a wedding invitation.

Whose style do you admire?

I really admire women who are truly original and know their own style – for example Viv Albertine. I was also a big fan of Amy Winehouse.

Tinkerbell scarf Emma J Shipley deisgns

Have you got any exciting plans for the coming year for the brand?

We are launching our second and largest collection of womenswear later this year and I am currently working on a (top-secret) range of new products which I am very excited about. I also have another collaboration coming up which I cannot wait to tell people about!

Sounds like there are lots of exciting projects ahead Emma! You can shop Emma’s designs on her website at emmajshipley.com.

Beauty, Skincare

Get Your Legs Summer Ready!

April 15, 2015

It’s that time of year when on the weekend I changed my wardrobe over to the summer clothes that have been living in vacuum pack storage for the last six months.  My wardrobe now looks a lovely shade of bright prints and florals, which gets me excited for summer and holidays. With that in mind and the weather being LOVELY here in London, there is one slight fear – its time to get the legs out! So yes ladies we actually need to shave our legs now, add a bit of colour and paint our toenails. I have been hiding mine away in jeans and tights all winter, the first steps were baring the feet in some new shoes (which ended in blisters) but now I feel like the weather being so glorious today, I’m going to brave it in a dress!

Here is how I’ve been getting my legs ready for the sunshine.

Defuzz those legs for summer

First up, the defuzz. I have been using Philips Lumea for quite a while now and I am really impressed with the results although you do have to keep using it to stay fuzz free and I must admit I got a little lazy. It wasn’t the permanent hair removal I originally thought it was, I have some bald patches but I still do have to shave, not as regularly I may add but yes I still do have to unfortunately. I like to use the Wilkinson Sword Quattro with Bikini Razor, this is a great razor and also comes with a handy trimmer for the bikini area too. To shave with, instead of a foam gel I like to use this Ginger & Co creamy body wash, it is really moisturising and so as well as a body wash, it is great to shave with. It smells gorgeous too, with juniper berry, beauplex and ginger root.

Calcot Manor Gentle Salt Scrub

Next up I scrub to get rid of all the dead skin cells and prepare my legs for tanning. I love this Calcot Manor sea salt scrub from Beauty at Tesco, it’s gentle enough to not leave my skin all red but harsh enough to get rid of all of the dead skin – lovely image I know! It pairs well with the Calcot Manor Lazy Evening Dry Body Oil Spray, this has a light fragrance and also is light on the skin, so it doesn’t leave you all greasy or reminiscent of Peter Andre. It dries quick and leaves the skin nice and moisturised which is great for me as my legs have been very dry throughout winter and I shamefully don’t moisturise enough. So I like the quick and easiness of something like this. I use this after scrubbing and a day or so before tanning and then after tanning to keep them moisturised.

Get legs ready for summer

I then add a bit of colour to my little pale legs. For this I either use a self-tan like St Moriz or Garnier’s summer body moisturiser with a hint of colour. Both are great to add that golden glow to give me a bit of a confidence boost when the sun comes out. The St Moriz lasts about a week and the Garnier I like to build up the colour about 2-3 times a week for a lovely golden colour. The best thing is, both are under a fiver!

Are you ready to bare those legs yet?

St Moriz Tan & Garnier Summer Body

Fashion, Style Guide

Coachella Festival Style

April 14, 2015

Whether you were either at Coachella in California last weekend or sitting scrolling through Instagram wishing you were there, the celebrities were pulling out all the stops in the fashion stakes. Kendall Jenner was showing off her serious style and model body in cropped tops and bikinis, whilst Paris Hilton opted to wear cat ears all weekend. Anything went, with fringing, seventies boho vibes and oh yeah David Hasselhoff.

Coachella Style 2015

Inspired by the a few of the celebrities Coachella style. I have put together all the key festival fashion items you will need to see you through the summer festivals here in the UK. Whether you are on a budget or ready to splurge out, there are plenty to options to steal their style!

Kendall Jenner Coachella 2015Kendall Jenner rocked it pretty much everyday of the Coachella weekend, but this outfit on day one set her fashion bar high. Wearing Victoria Beckham mirrored aviators, Saint Laurent python ankle boots and Levi cut off long denim shorts she nailed it. Copy her style with lots and lots of chunky silver jewellery.

Steal Kendall’s Style

Daisy Lowe Floral Maxi Dress Coachella 2015

Daisy Lowe looked effortlessly chic at Coachella. Her outfit choice of a long floral maxi was so summery and looked beautiful. She kept it simple with lots of stacked silver jewellery and a beaded necklace.

Steal Daisy’s Style

Jourdan Dunn Coachella 2015

Of course another fellow model got it bang on at Coachella. Key pieces for Jourdan were fringed hotpants, a yellow Coach crossbody bag , lace cami crop top, coin necklace again silver -seeing a trend here? and of course that hat!

Steal Jourdan’s Style

Beauty, Competitions, Face, Skincare

Herbalife SKIN GIVEAWAY!

April 12, 2015

I have been using Herbalife SKIN skincare products for quite a few weeks now and have simply fell so in love with them. Last month I was lucky enough to have a facial with celebrity facialist Arezoo Kaviani, who worked wonders on my skin and left it completely glowing. Her massage techniques are simply amazing and she is also an ambassador of the Herbalife SKIN products, so used them all on my face. It was really great to see how she used them compared to how I was and pick up any tips and tricks along the way.

So with that in mind I wanted to share the love with you all and give away a Herbalife SKIN set to get your skin ready for Spring. The weather is warmer now after all, hurrah!

Herbalife SKIN Giveaway

These products are so brilliant and I can’t wait for you to try them. The Spring set will include the following and is valued at over £100!

1 x Herbalife SKIN Soothing Aloe Cleanser 150ml
1 x Herbalife SKIN Energising herbal Toner 50ml
1 x Purifying Mint Clay Mask 120ml
1 x Hydrating Eye Cream 15ml
1 x Replenishing Eye Cream 30ml

To enter just head to my YouTube where you can see the products in action in my latest video and follow the entry details to be in with a chance. The competition is open till May 3rd 2015 and is open worldwide.

Good Luck!