The Tough Cuff

main picThis Spring my favourite jewellery is mens or unisex.  Statement, edgy pieces that can toughen up an outfit are definitely on my radar.   The cuff is a great unisex example as it can be altered to fit the smallest of wrists or worn as a set on the upper arms a la Sienna Miller at this years’ Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Formally known as the torque it’s history goes back to the European iron age.  Grecians and Romans wore them on the upper arm and Vikings liked them around the neck -fashioned from a range of metals such as bronze, brass, gold and silver, plain or twisted in design, it’s hard to believe that this style legend lives on and on.

Here are Trendstalkings favourites:

Cuff Group

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Brass Sheet Cutout Cuff with Crystal design Chilli Hot Chocolate £54.00 (made to order)
Above from Left: Silver Viper 11 Cuff Stephen Einhorn £626.00; Sterling Silver Twig Effect Cuff Anthony Blakeney £180.00; Rose Gold Plated Bangle by Jessie Harris for Chilli Hot Chocolate £410.00

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Get in the Queue for the all New Kate Moss for Topshop – 30th April!

KM MainIn my opinion Sir Philip Green was the one who put high street fashion back on the map.  You’ve got to take your hat off to him, one minute it was all about labels and catwalk designers, then the next thing we knew Phil had become besties with Kate Moss and the ‘collaboration’ was born!  This was a while ago now and the trend for model/blogger/designer high street couplings has gone from strength to strength and even taken over the cosmetics world!

KM Kaftan




So here we are again, another eponymous range from the lady herself.  With a more grown up feel than the previous collections this range is glamorous, well balanced and wearable for all ages/sizes but still edgy and undeniably Kate.  From slinky, tassled 20s inspired party dresses to boho, balearic kaftans with bright, slavic style embroidery there is sure to be something you’ll want from this range.  I’m in love with her pyjama chic style jacket (above) the clash of prints and textures works so well, it looks effortless and classy and dare I say it! comfortable (I’m getting old).

So fashionistas, get behind me in the queue on the 30th April or expected to be rugby tackled to the ground!

KM Double Pic

    Check it out at Kate Moss for Topshop

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Liz Earle – Botanical Beauty at Its Best!

Cleanse and PolishIf you are an avid magazine reader or, like me tend to linger on the QVC beauty channel of an evening much to the annoyance of your other half then you will most definitely be aware of the Liz Earle brand.  With its naturally active ingredients suitable for all skin types and ‘non fussy’ approach to skincare it has become a firm favourite of many of us busy ladies who, quite frankly have better things to do than wait for layer after layer of slap to dry on our skins before we can leave the house.

Liz Earle and Kim Buckland launched the brand back in 1996 on QVC and TV home shopping channels and the first product sold out in half an hour!  With Liz’s expertise and passion for botanical ingredients and natural health having been a beauty editor and the author of over 30 books and, Kim’s knowledge of the beauty world, cosmetic formulation and marketing they were always going to be a winning team.

EyebrightI started using their No.1 beauty award winner Cleanse & Polish about a year ago, although I’ve strayed being a blogger, I’ve always come back to this product to ‘normalise’ my skin, stop sensitivity and bring it back to life. With its easy, peasy application and its ability to remove every (yes every) scrap of makeup and grease using a muslin cloth and water it has even become a firm favourite backstage at shows and the theatre! It has a refreshing and decongesting menthol scent and doesn’t sting your eyes.  The grass isn’t always greener when it comes to cleansers and judging by Cleanse and Polish’s bulging trophy cupboard – I think there are quite a few of you out there that agree!!

Amongst my other favourite Liz Earle products are the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion – keep it in the fridge, it is a god send for allergy sufferers and contact lens wearers either wet cotton pads and place over eyes for a soothing eye recovery after a tiring day or, semi-circles under each eye to help dark circles or bags.

I could wax lyrical about Liz Earle products all day but I think the proof is in the pudding – so visit her website or a larger branch of Boots to try for yourselves.

Liz Earle April Collection


Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - £14.75 for starter kit;
Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion – £10.75;
Your April Skincare Essentials Regime Offer - £43.00
Be a radiant spring beauty with our dazzling new essentials offer. Order your cleanse, tone and moisturise trio for £43 before Thursday 24th April and we’ll treat you to a complimentary Botanical Shine Shampoo 200ml and Botanical Shine Conditioner for normal hair 50ml worth £13.75 – our award-winning and divinely fragranced haircare heroes


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Citrus Coats for Spring!

Tangerine Coat £69.00It’s finally Spring and as the sun struggles through the clouds our black staples are looking rather dreary and greyish, so clement times calls for clementine!

Citrus coats are currently all the rage from bright lemon, zesty lime to tangerine – team with denim or white jeans and clash your handbag!  Nike Airmax for day or some killer slingbacks if you’re out on the tiles – Spring into action and channel your fruity side! 

Here are Trendstalking’s favourites for all budgets and it’s Zara leading the way!!

Colour Collage

Main Picture: Tangerine Coat: Zara £69.00
Left: Lemon Coat: Zara £99.99; Green Jacket: Topshop £55.00; Orange Coat: Topshop £85.00


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Chilli Hot Chocolate – A Style Inspiration!

CHC_Teapot_023Chilli Hot Chocolate is the brainchild of Amandip Uppal.  It is a super sleek style emporium of multi-cultural and blendable pieces that will enhance you, your home and your way of thinking. 

Neutral and modular pieces sit alongside unusual ethic one-offs in Chilli Hot Chocolate’s current Spring/Summer Collection and it’s not just about the merchandise! You can download tasty recipes, browse their online art gallery or have your say on their blog – it’s a one stop culture shop!  Check out Chilli Hot Chocolate’s young designers such as Ikuko Iwamoto with her sea urchin inspired ceramics (left) and gorgeous, unisex jewellery designs by Jessie Harris and read their inspirational interviews.

Here are Trendstalking’s favourites!

CHC Selection

 Clockwise from top left: Headscarf: £174.00; Jessie HarrisNecklace: £415.00; Pots: £14.00 (pair); Shoppers: £54.00; Handmade Bowl: £11.40; Throw: £120.00; Scarf: £174.00; Jessie HarrisLeather/Crystal Necklace: £120.00; Jessie HarrisSilver Necklace: £345.00



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Vintage Treat from Bohemian Rose Vintage!

Wow, how amazing is this showstopper from the lovely folks at Bohemian Rose Vintage and, at £10.00 surely this must be bargain of the day!  Be the belle of the ball or snap up this 1970s treat as a gift for a friend, they’ll love you for it!  See not everything from the 70s is naff!

Necklace: £10.00 from Bohemian Rose Vintage @ ASOS Marketplace

BohemianRose Necklace

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Pretty in Pink!

One for the Credit Card - Simon Rocha £800.00

One for the Credit Card – Simon Rocha £800.00

This season’s massive trend is pink, what is more, you no longer have to be five to wear it!  Please take heed though we’re not talking tutus here, this colour, most commonly associated with spring , summer and femininity  is now to be worn with clout in the form of cosy, rosy outerwear. 

Think texture and coverage toughened up with black boots and leather.  Marks and Spencer jumped on the band wagon a month ago with their sell-out pink duster coat, this was snapped up by fashionistas and bloggers alike.  

For us on a budget opt for the blazer at ASOS Marketplace £42.99

For us on a budget opt for the blazer at ASOS Marketplace £42.99

Riding on its coattails the high street was soon to embrace the trend stocking it’s rails with lush, blush winter warmers. 

Come on fashionistas, channel your inner Tinkerbell and feel in the pink in one of these perfect, posy delights!

See my selection for all budgets! I particularly like this blazer.  Wear with leather mini, flat monk strap shoes and a monotone stripy scarf.

M&S Pink Duster Coat £85.00 & Zara Pale Pink Classic £179.00

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The Funky Monk Shoe!

Kirsten Stewart wears hers with Tartan Pants!

Autumn’s here and we’re finally waving goodbye to the heeled, western ankle boot that has dominated the shelves of our fashion retailers for a good few years now.  I’ve got to say it’s a sad farewell to this lovely, leg-lengthening stalwart but as we’ve all become heel stomping pavement clomping clones, I feel it is a time for change.  So ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the funky monk shoe! Flat of heel and oozing with cutting edge kudos this beautiful, foot tapping wardrobe staple is the next big thing. 

Originally created for medieval men of the cloth and then sixties gangsters this double or single strap shoe has now been updated to flatter us ladies with the addition of pointy toes, slimmer fits and funky brass or chrome hardware in a variety of designs. Mark my words fashionistas, with a pair of these on your feet you can recreate many a look.  Buckle up the two-tones with leather trousers for a European, classy edge or opt for the ankle boots with opaques and a mini kilt.  However you wear your monk shoes say Amen to this fashion 10!  Here are a selection of my favourites starting with Jimmy Choo at Net-a-Porter.

See below: Monk Boots £85.00 from OfficeTan Monk Shoes £15.00 Topshop; Black and White Monk Shoes KG by Kurt Geiger from ASOS £120.00



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Frock Me Event This Sunday!

Everything from 60s Dolce & Gabbana to
40s Tea Dresses!!

Sunday 20 October 2013

11.00am – 5.30pm
Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE
Join the mailing list for a free tickets!

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MERUMAYA Integrative, Effective Skincare at Debenhams!

Maleka DattuDebenhams welcomes MERUMAYA to its beauty floor.  This sleek, integrative, effective skincare range comes from one of the beauty industries’ biggest names Maleka Dattu.  Malekas’ interest in beauty started from a young age with parents heralding from Zanzibar and Dar-es-salaam she developed a fascination with skincare and makeup and was soon working her way up the well moisturised beauty industry’s ladder. From Clinique and Origins to her most recent time with Lancôme her hard work and striving for success gained her such accolades as Cosmetic Executive Women’s Achiever of the Year in 2006 and she was most recently credited with the launch of Lancôme’s most successful range ever Genefique!

Developing her own range was a natural progression and using all her beauty know-how she launched Merumaya in 2010.  This range is a powerhouse of proven ant-aging, active ingredients, with its luxe formulations and beautiful packaging it is sure to be a massive hit. 

Merumaya melting cleansing balm has become a beauty must-have with journalists and makeup artists and is included in the fabulous Tease Me Please Me™ Taster Kit (below) which at £24.50 is a snip for a selection of five products.  Go down to your local Debenhams and see what the hype is about!Merumaya

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