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Discover A World Of Beauty Event : Giveaway

Discover A World Of Beauty Event : Giveaway

| March 14, 2014 | 15 Comments

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I have a flash giveaway for you this weekend, perfect for all you beauty lovers especially living in the Nottingham area. I’m going to keep it simple, and all you need to do is follow me on twitter and tweet a phrase.

With 5 pairs of tickets to win to the event being held this Wednesday in Nottingham, you have a great chance of winning!  I am going too, so hopefully I’ll see you there! Continue Reading

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Transforming Your Living Room for Summer

| July 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
Summer Living Room

We are well and truly in the Summer season now, with hot days, and warm balmy evenings for the last week.  The weather really has been beautiful in the UK.  In this post I thought I would look at transforming your living room for Summer.

Colour

One of the hot trends for Summer 2013 is to add patterns and bold colours to a living room. So this is exactly what I did. I at first choose the rug, which reminded me of sweet-peas, the colours being very vibrant but summery. I then coordinated the living room around this key piece.

Colour can have a such a huge impact, and in summer it’s really a great excuse to ditch the gloomy colours and go all out! Colours that you can find outdoors are a great idea.  Even if we are forced inside with yet another wet summer, we can feel light and breezy in our ‘outside in’ creation.

There is a great selection of sofas and chairs at John Lewis, I choose a natural coloured linen sofa, as I thought it worked well with the summer scheme, adding the colour with a brightly coloured cushion.

Lighting

Even in summer with light nights, lighting is important.  I choose to add pops of colour with my lamp shades, but with glass bases, to enhance the feeling of light and space. Keeping walls and curtains light will also help with the lighting of the whole room.

Don’t ditch candles in summer, they can still be used, as in affordable way to add colour to a room.  I love lighting candles, on a warm summers evening, but choose light and floral scents at this time of year. Or if you have all of your windows open, ones that ward off those pesky insects.

 

Pattern

Botanicals are another hot favourite for 2013 summer living rooms.  You could go all out with true botanical prints on curtains, rugs, cushions and paintings in the room.  Or you could, as I have, choose a more abstract botanical image, that suggest flowers and plants.  Choosing botanicals this way, can really keep the room looking fresh, light and unfussy.  If you are hanging new curtains, try to choose fabric such as linen or cotton.

Texture

Layering different textures is always a popular, but is especially so for this summer. The use of lots of texture in a summer living room enhances the natural feeling plus the feeling of space.

Choose mirrored furniture, or a large mirror, to reflect light around the room.  Accent with wood and glass and a jute rug, keeping the look natural.  Silks, linen and metallic are also key in the fabrics

So what do you think to my design ideas, are you planning on making any changes to your décor this summer?

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John Lewis Nottingham : 1 Million Pound Makeover

John Lewis Nottingham : 1 Million Pound Makeover

| May 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

Bobby Brown John Lewis Nottingham

 

The beauty department at John Lewis In Nottingham has had a radical Makeover, not only has it introduced new brands but it looks and feels so different. I am incredibly impressed, the whole thing has been done so quickly and without disruption to the shoppers.

Amanda Dammers, managing director of John Lewis Nottingham said:

“This investment will enable us to offer our customers an enticing range of new brands in store and demonstrates our commitment to the local community, having traded here for more than 40 years.

“The refurbishment will also contribute to the vitality of Nottingham city centre to ensure it retains its rightful role as the regional shopping destination of choice.”

Penny, Becky and I were invited to the opening, and were given a guided tour of the department.  As ever the staff are passionate and always know their stuff. We were greeted by the lovely Louise (who is the head of Marketing and PR for the store) and the gorgeous Lucy (who you will remember me blogging about before…she is my personal stylist now, don’t you know) later with a glass of champagne.  It was a real treat, to listen to Jen from ‘A Little Bird Told Me‘ talk about what her top 5 beauty must haves are, as well a watch a live Bobby Brown Makeover.

 

 

Penny and Becky

 

There are a few new brands that have been introduced, Aerin being one of them. Really beautiful make-up and skin care range from the granddaughter of Estee Lauder, luxurious but young and fresh, I would describe it as.  This is a brand I must try out soon!Aerin Beauty Estee Lauder

Also new to the team is Bare Minerals, also a make-up and skincare range.

As the mineral experts, we believe makeup and skincare should not only make you look good, but they should also be good for your skin. That’s why we started the mineral makeup revolution with our award-winning Original SPF 15 Foundation, and it’s the reason minerals remain an essential part of every innovation that we develop for your skin. Experience the transformative power of bareMinerals.

I know this is a very popular range, and the counter was always busy on the night.

Bare Minerals

 

Origins and Benefit have also got gorgeous new beauty areas, both firm favourite with me.  Each of the Spa areas has also had a makeover, with a complete refit to the Elemis spa room. It smelt devine, I cant wait to pop back for a facial some time!

Penny and I before we left, decided to take Bobby Brown up on the offer of a 5 minute Instant Make-up refresh.

Bobby Brown CounterI am a real liquid liner girl, I have tried everything else but it just doesn’t compare. My Bobbie Brown beauty advisor recommended that I try the gel eyeliner, AND most importantly the correct brush for the job. Well what a revelation, she tweaked also where I applied it, and also recommended that I try a cream blush rather than a powder, adding a little lip glass, and in under 5 minutes I had been Bobby Brown’ed.

Well let me tell you I loved the new look!

Bobbi Brown 5 min Instant Makeup Update

 

The transformation of the beauty department at John Lewis Nottingham, is so impressive, if gives the shopper more access to each of the brands, in the way they have arranges all of the counters, making it feel more accessible to feel and touch products.  Well done John Lewis, another triumph!

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Disclaimer : I was not paid to write this post, but was given a goody bag for attending the event.

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Being Styled By John Lewis

Being Styled By John Lewis

| April 3, 2013 | 8 Comments

John Lewis Nottingham

Oh, I really have been excited about this.  Not only about experiencing the styling session for myself, but also to share it with you all.

Ok, so first of all, I have never experienced a one to one appointment with a stylist before.  I think I was hesitant to actually take the plunge.  Well if, I could convey anything with this blog post, it would be, please please try this, it is AMAZING!

I was greeted by Lucy (my stylist) at the Nottingham John Lewis store, and shown into the very well-appointed, private fitting room and lounge area.  John Lewis, offer free fashion advice with one of the in-house ‘Experts on Hand’ stylists.

We sat down, and chatted about what I wanted from the appointment.  I have a blogging event I am going to (BritmumsLive) so really wanted to have a new outfit or dress for the occasion.  Lucy asked me lots of questions.  She was professional but I felt so at ease, it was like chatting with a good friend.

Lucy soon decided that she thought a dress would be the way to go,  picking up on the fact, I love Maxi dresses and concentrated on those.  Lucy then explained she would go on the shop floor and find some options for me to try on.  I was left sipping my champagne, and reading magazines, absolute bliss!

I was having my styling session on a very busy Easter Saturday, John Lewis in Nottingham was so bustling with shoppers, but I felt unrushed, calm, pampered and excited by the thought of trying some new clothing on, in my secluded corner of the store.

John Lewis Fashion Advice Service

So Lucy came back around 10 minutes later, with around 12 different options for me to try. I felt like she was excited to see me in them too, and Lucy ushered me to try on her first selection. Well the first dress, I absolutely loved, I fell in love with the colour and the material, it draped beautifully.  What I loved most about it, is I would never have even picked it up. I just simply wouldn’t have thought it would suit me.   I think I have a strong sense of my own style, however, since going to the styling session, I think I most definitely realise that I need to rake more risks especially with colour.

PicMonkey Collage

As we went through all of the dresses, I felt so confident that Lucy and myself were on the same page.  At the Nottingham store, there is a fitting room, so you can try the clothes in private, but you then enter the lounge area, where the stylist is waiting.  Sometimes, as I entered the area, we simultaneously would say yes, and in the same respect, we both said no when the dress didn’t suit me.  There were actually many more dresses I liked, than disliked and was only one dress that we disagreed on. However, it was the length of that dress that Lucy was unsure of, so she recommended that I could in fact have the dress lengthened by the in house seamstress.

Some dresses, needed accessories  or even a different bra.  Nothing was too much trouble, and Lucy simply went to find the items, so that I could make an informed decision. I, at no point felt that I was being pressurised to purchase anything. Sometimes, we would talk about other items, that I had in my wardrobe that could be worn with the new items.  Even considering whether items would travel well, honestly Lucy, seemed to think of everything!

I thought I would produce a mood board to illustrate the items that I loved, and purchased, and ones that we talked about that I had at home to complement the looks.

John Lewis Styling Session
  1.  Black Leather Bomber Jacket – Mango {to buy}
  2. Hobbs Savanah Maxi Dress, black and cream {purchased}
  3. Ted Baker Maxi Dress in light green {my sponsored dress to attend Britmums Live}
  4. Portofino Phase Eight Maxi Dress, navy and white {purchased}
  5. John Lewis Bead Necklace, gold and brown {have similar at already}
  6. Denim Jacket, this is from French Connection {have similar at already}
  7. Dune, taupe shoe – Marthas {purchased}
  8. Phase Eight Jumpsuit in Navy {purchased}
  9. Chanel gold nail varnish {have at home}

As you can see, I had a very successful shopping trip, as I bought three dresses, a pair of shoes and even a new bra!

So if you are looking a special outfit for an occasion, about to start a new job, need a entirely new wardrobe the options are endless, and the fashion tips and wardrobe updating ideas will be given to you thick and fast. I’m voting to leave my future purchases to the experts.

With thanks to the John Lewis team, especially Lucy and Louise, who helped make this experience so fabulous.

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Disclosure: John Lewis have sponsored me a dress, whilst I am attend Britmums Live.  Its the green Ted Baker dress, in the above photographs, and I love it.  Thoughts however expressed in this post are 100% honest and are my own.

I will be wearing some of the items picked out for me by Lucy, when I attend Britmums Live.  If you enjoy my posts and would like to vote for me in the LIFESTYLE category of the BIB’s I shall give you cake and lots of it…thank you.
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