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Elizabeth Arden launches Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil

elizabeth-arden-introduces-eight-hour-cream-all-over-miracle-oil-300x377If you’ve never heard of Elizabeth Arden’s famous Eight Hour Miracle Cream, then quite frankly, I don’t know what you’ve been doing!

The famous cream has been a staple in women’s toiletry bags for decades, however get excited as the brand has revealed a spin-off oil product which is about to change your life yet again.

The Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil is ideal for use on the face, body and hair, providing luxurious, head-to-toe conditioning benefits and moisturisation for 8-12 hours,

The product, which is available now, uses Tsubaki oil from the camellia flower, native to Jeju Island off the coast of Korea, known for its anti-oxidative, anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory, smoothing and soothing effects. It contains a high concentration of Omegas 6 and 9 to help nourish, soothe and protect the skin. In addition, it helps to boost skin’s natural collagen to smooth skin and improve its overall texture.

Further natural key ingredients that enhance the formulation, according to Elizabeth Arden, include: grape seed oil to moisturise and condition the skin, ginger root extract to help improve the skin’s texture and tone, boswellia resin to improve the skin’s firmness, vitamin E to help condition the skin and protect against free radical damage, as well as olive, avocado and sunflower seed oils and rosemary extract.

All that for a bargain priced of £29 for 100ml! What are you waiting for – get yours now!

Sam x

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Event: Wimbledon Art Studios Open Access Free Show

Open studioSo, still being quite new to London (I moved here properly in January), I still don’t think I have seen very much of the city yet.

I mean, once you’ve done a full week and had a few bevvies on a weekend, it is easy to just stay in bed and watch Netflix to recuperate, especially in those horrid, rainy winter months.

However, now that the sunshine has actually started to come out, I have decided that I really want to make the most of my weekend and see and explore all that London has to offer!

Now, I know what you’re thinking ‘It’s too expensive to do loads in London every weekend’, and it can be. However, it can also be very, very reasonable when you start searching out the whole host of free events that are going on in the city.

One such event was the Wimbledon Art Studios Open Access Show that took place at the weekend (Thurs 14- Sun 17 May).

This free show allows visitors to come and view the art of all those based at the studios, as well as buy the artwork commission-free. There is also fashion shows, food, a bar and a tearoom on hand to keep you fed, amused and hydrated whilst you make your way around all the different art on offer.

As I said above, the event was open from Thursday, but I decided to take a little stroll down to the studios on Sunday for the afternoon. As soon as I walked in my eyes were treated to an array of amazing works full of colour, texture and interesting concepts.

I’m the type of person that always needs to be stimulated in some way, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the amazing paintings, photography, jewellery , clothes and accessories on offer.

peter vaillantThe first thing I saw when I walked in was Peter Valliant‘s breathtakingly colourful acrylic paintings. His inspiration behind the work is the ‘dramatic essence of light captured from the last hues of colour from the day’, which you can definitely tell from his pieces.

Next I came across Atlas & I, who specialises in making personalised products all printed on vintage maps of your choice. This brand really grabbed my attention, as my sister Kerri loves maps, so I wanted to get lots of photos just to show her! Sophie Kirkpatrick, who has been running the brand since 2011, creates a whole host of products, including leather stationery and fashion accessories, to wall art and greetings cards, all made to order, printed with a vintage map, location of your choice, here in the UK.

Another highlight for me was Raj Burnett’s adorable jewlellery line. Raj has been working on the range for the last four years and creates all her pieces by hand – hoping to create a unique product that her customer can treasure. Again, her tea range particularly caught my eye as my friend Laura loves tea-inspired accessories, so it reminded me of her and how much she would like them! She also has a ‘Laser Garden’ range too, inspired by nature and a semi-precious line on its way.

However, I do have to say that my favourite artist that I discovered at the event was Gavin Mitchell. On display at the show gavin mitchellwas his ‘East Meets West 2015’ artwork that I instantly fell in love with.

Describing the range, Mr Mitchell says: ” The ongoing collection of work using early 20th century Japanese postcards depicting the daily routine of a Geisha. Disrupting the inherent tranquility and ethereality by juxtaposing Western iconic imagery and exposing the implied seductiveness behind these culture portrayals.”

I have also looked at Gavin’s other art collection and they are just as inspiring – I would definitely recommend you having a look at his website.

Of course, there were many other great artists on display, however I don’t want to bore you by listing my view of every single one of them here.

You can check out all of the artists at the studios here though and definitely keep an eye of for the next free event coming in November.

For now, check out the Wimbledon Arts Studios website, Twitter or Facebook page if you’re after more info and check out some more pictures of the event below…

Sam x

British Fashion Awards 2014: Nominees Unveiled

bfa2The nominees for this year’s British Fashion Awards have been announced.

Renowned named in the fashion industry are up for awards, including Roland Mouret, Christopher Kane, Charlotte Olympia and Stella McCartney.

The prestigious ceremony, which will take place at the London Coliseum on December 1, will once again be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall. The annual event is organised by the British Fashion Council to celebrate the creativity and success of those in the British fashion industry.

Categories at the event cover emerging and established stars and brands in all aspects of the fashion industry. This includes menswear, womenswear and accessory designers. There is also awards for ‘International Designer’ and ‘Red Carpet Designer’, meanwhile Cara Delivigne, Jourdan Dunne and Sam Rollinson will fight it out for model of the year.

The awards have been known to attract A-list celebrities, with guests and presenters at last year’s ceremony including Kate Moss, Donatella Versace, Harry Styles and Sienna Miller.

To find out more about the event, including the full list of nominees, visit the British Fashion Awards website. You can also follow all the latest news for the awards on Twitter.

My five best links from the internet this week #2

Obviously being a blogger, I am always on the internet looking for inspiration and reading lots of articles. So I thought I’d share with you the best links I’ve found this week. Hope you enjoy & let me know if you’ve spotted a good article too this week!

1. If Guy Best Friends Acted Like Girl Best Friends

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This Youtube video from Buzzfeed is actually hilarious. It features two guys who show us what it would be like if men acted like girls with their friends. I definitely recognize a lot of this in my friendships I have to say!

2. Gorgeous yet affordable homeware brands you’ve never heard of

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Buying clothes is my number one hobby, but I also love buying cute homeware too. This Stylist magazine article is great for finding some fabulous new brands.

3. London Film Festival highlights 2014 – 25 LFF films you need to see

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I love films, I love London and I love festivals, so what better event is there than the London Film Festival (LFF). This handy guide from Time Out London tells you about all the films you need to see at the event. Hopefully I’ll manage to get myself to some!

4. 46 brilliant short novels you can read in a day

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I absolutely love to read, but I can’t always find the time. That’s why this article from Buzzfeed is great, as it lists tons of books you can read in just 24 hours – amazing!

5. From Nutella croissants to Malteser macarons, the desserts made from our favourite chocolates

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Another one from Stylist here all about making cakes & desserts out of your favourite chocs. Absolute heaven!

Fashion post: So I’m currently sports obsessed

my nikesSo the title speaks for itself really, I am currently obsessed with buying and wearing sportswear.

It all started when I got a new pair of Nike trainers for the gym. At the same time, I also bought a sports luxe blazer that I happened to stumble on in Primark too. Those two combined started this dangerous new fixation with all these sports.

For the first time ever, instead of Topshop and Asos, I was scanning the online stores of Nike and Adidas religiously and I still am a few weeks on!

Today I bought some Nike Air Force 1’s from Schuh (see right) as well as some hi tops off Ebay, however it hasn’t stopped my craving. As soon as I got home I went on the Adidas website, adding about five pairs of shoes to my ‘shopping cart’ as well as some cute jackets. I just can’t stop myself!

Luckily, I didn’t actually purchase these latter items that I put in my bag, otherwise I really would be broke. Instead I decided to write this blogpost to share my new found sporty favourites with you and lust in them online, rather than raid my purse again.

At least buying sports items are practical I guess, especially as this time of year as trainers are always good for festivals and outdoor stuff, as are jackets when it gets cold in the evening.

Anyway, check out my favourite must-have sports items below and know that if you buy any I will be immensely jealous!

Much love,

Sam x

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(L-R) Adidas Supergirl Hip-Hop Track Jacket – £60, Nike Dunk Sky Hi Print – £71.89, Adidas Chiffon Flower Jacket – £37.

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(L-R) Nike Blazer Mid iD – £90, Colorado Windbreaker – £23, Adidas ZX 700 Shoes – £65

 

V Festival 2014

256px-V_Festival_UKHi guys,

So I thought I’d write a little post about my time at this year’s V Festival!

To be honest, I never thought I’d see myself go to V, as I’m into more rockier music & usually favour Reading & Leeds. However, when I heard Justin Timberlake was on the bill, I knew I just had to go! You see I’ve loved Justin forever and really wanted to see him sing some of his new material (epecially ‘Suit and Tie’). I know he did a tour recently, but the tickets were so expensive I couldn’t really justify it to myself.

Anyway, we were a bit worried about the weather as it was a tiny bit overcast when we got to the Hylands Park site in Essex, however luckily it stayed nice all day & was only a bit chilly in the evening. We just bought a day ticket for the Saturday (Justin’s headliner spot), however looking at the line-up for the Sunday, I would have liked to have gone to both as there was people such as Paulo Nutini, Tinie Tempah, Lily Allen, Rita Ora & Rizzle Kicks who I missed out on, who always seem fun acts.

We got to the festival a little later than the opening time so didn’t get to see everyone. However, we did see some great acts such as Bastille, Example, Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Josh Record (who we got a photo with) and Justin, of course.

Also to brighten up our day we took an inflatable banana, which we named Barry, with us as a laugh. That made for some funny pictures and a great talking point as people called us the banana girls.

I would definitely say V Festival is great for younger people who like good pop music, or for first-time festival-goers as it’s not too big or scary. I can’t really say I found any great new bands at the event, however I definitely had fun.

Check out some of my snaps from the festival below…

 

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Left: Fooling around with Barry the Banana. Right: Bastille perform!

 

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My sister Kerri with our yummy (but expensive) fruity drinks.

 

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Watching Josh Record on the Futures Stage was one of the highlights of the day!

 

Throwback TV: My amazing idea

Saved by the BellSo I  woke up this morning with an amazing idea.

Scrolling through my Instagram, I noticed some #ThrowbackThursday pictures. Standard, seeing that it is a Thursday. However, one of the fashion accounts I follow had posted a picture of Zac from nineties show ‘Saved By The Bell’.

Now, if you are too young to remember what that show is then you might as well stop reading now, seriously. But for the rest of you nineties veterans, you know what I’m on about right? The old gang, Zac, Screech, Kelly, A.C. Slater – those were the good old days right?!

I found myself thinking ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be cool to watch some of the episodes again’. I mean, I remember that I loved it, but I can’t remember any of the jokes or anything anymore, which is a bit sad. Not just ‘Saved By The Bell’ either, there are loads of nineties shows I’d loved to watch again; ‘Sister Sister’, ‘Boy Meets World’, ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’ and even cartoons such as ‘Recess’, ‘Doug’ and ‘Hey Arnold!.

So my great idea is that some TV exec out there should great a TV channel that shows such programmes (obviously stating me as the source of the inspiration). I thought that it could be called Throwback TV. I’m pretty sure that it would be one of the most popular channels.

They could even show classic films too like ‘The Parent Trap’ and the one where they Olsen twins explore Rome (I can’t remember the title). It would be amazing! I mean, they still show re-runs of ‘Friends’, so why not anything else?

Wow guys, I think I have just found a new career path as a TV exec!

Sam x