Friday, 28 October 2011

Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards 2011

On Wednesday night I headed across London to SoHo to represent Judging Covers in the Cosmo Blog Awards with fellow reviewer Sarah. 
Cosmos at Cosmopolitan. I tasted one of Sarah's and it was rather strong (though apparently they got watered down a bit as the evening progressed) which made me feel not too fussed about my decision not to drink that evening!
I got very excited by the fact there was a Benefit makeup area. Even though I know almost all of their products (and own most of them too!) I always cannot help but going over to take a look!  The makeup artist tried Benefit's new illuminator/ highlighter 'Watts Up' on me, it looked okay and I think I'd like to go try it out at a counter where I can check it out in the daylight!
Sorry the photo is blurry, but I just had to show you these amazing cupcakes - they also tasted incredible, even if they were a bit sickly and I could only eat half! 
I'm really bad at putting names to faces, but from bloggers I already knew/ people who's blogs I'm a regular reader of in this picture we have  Jazmine, Kristabel, Lyzi & Jen.  I seemed to have missed Carrie and Olivia from the picture as I was squashed in between them!
The event was  sponsored by Stylist Pick, an amazing website I originally heard about on Rose's blog where you fill out a quiz and stylists pick out items that are exactly your style to shop from, and every item is £39.95 from shoes and handbags to jewellery. It was great to have a chat to the girls from the brand and to get to take a look at some of their fantastic collection!
They were way to big for me as they did not have my size, but I tried on these amazing boots - what is it with me and high heeled furry boots?
Anna with her beautifully illustrated 'Best New Beauty Blog' award - she really deserved it and I'm so happy for her! 

Even though Judging Covers did not really get a mention thank you so much to everyone who nominated us! We got some incredible goodie bags at the end of it, so look out for some reviews of some exciting products over on The Glossy Guide!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Weekly Love: Week 81

+ I headed over to the Diamonique pop up shop being held by QVC to check out the collection - all of the pieces were beautiful, and Sherin took some amazing photos!

Have you checked out my new charity venture, Hugs, Scones & Kisses yet? Please do, and help raise money for Myeloma UK!

+ Lunch in the street food arena of Westfield Stratford City. Last week it was Thai, this week Chinese (Dim Sum)!

+ Making a lovely hot bowl of homemade onion soup on a cold day.

+ Having lunch in the sunshine on Southbank.

+ Getting the opportunity to actually act and play around on the stage in The Globe Theatre with my university - such an amazing experience!

This London vs. New York Fashion Week info graphic.

+ Getting to meet some of my favourite bloggers at The Only Way Is Blogging event - thanks so much to London Beauty Queen for arranging it!

farlows+ I went to an incredible evening at the country store Farlows on Pall Mall. I'd absolutely appreciate it if you could like my photo on Facebook, so I can have a chance at dressing the window in Farlows on Pall Mall, London - I'd love you forever!

+ There is going to be a Harry Potter room opening in Harrods next week - so excited!

+ Freebies with my purchases at the farmers market. 

+ Last of the season Strawberries.

This stencil generator is the definition of awesome - try it out, I swear you'll love it!

+ I discovered a great new site for finding new blogs called Hello Cotton - if you're already on there feel free to add me!

+ Finally, this week on The Glossy Guide: Product Review: Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper & Product Review: FashionistA Custom Palette Review 

What have you been enjoying this week?

Friday, 21 October 2011

Hugs, Scones & Kisses

I don't think any of you noticed, but at the end of August I actually disappeared off to the Isle Of Man for a few days to attend my Grandmothers funeral - it felt better to be doing something normal - I blog practically every day so it made me feel better to just keep going. While I was there, after the funeral I started planning a project in her memory to raise money for Myeloma UK, an incredible charity who offer help and support to people suffering with the disease she died from. 
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The project is called 'Hugs, Scones & Kisses' and if you head over there now you'll be able to find out more about the charity and the project itself - I really hope you can get involved!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Introducing: The Harrods Christmas Rooms

After our Laudrée date a couple of Saturdays ago, upon heading that I'd never visited them before, Victoria took me up to the Harrods Christmas rooms. In spite of usually being totally anti anything Christmas related before December 1st I felt totally in love with the place it was so magical - I was getting all excited for the festive period and singing along to the Christmas carols that were playing in the background and everything! 
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I would totally have one of these instead of a Christmas tree if I could.
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I loved how they had a whole  army of London themed tree ornaments. We decided that they were a little bit tacky, bit if you did your whole tree up in  a London theme, it would become tacky in a totally good cool way.
A bit like this really - how amazing is this tree!?
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Check out how big this candy cane is, even if it is made only of plastic!
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At home my mother and I like to decorate our tree with miniature victorian style children's toys and little golden birds in the branches - wouldn't thee cages make a great accompaniment?
In case you can't read the tiny price placard in the picture, these crackers cost £399 a box - god knows what is in them!
I fell in love with all the beautifully themed table settings - I wish we dressed our table up like this at home - might be a mission for me to achieve this year!
I felt like such a tourist doing it, but I could not help but pose next to this totally adorable giant Harrods teddy. If he did not cost about £1,000 and would be a bit difficult to carry on the London Underground, I'd totally be taking him home with me!

Have you visited the Harrods Christmas Rooms before? They're totally magical, right!?

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Only Way Is Blogging

On Saturday I headed over to Mayfair to attend The Only Way Is Blogging, a wonderful beauty blogger meet up arranged by Hayley from London Beauty Queen. It was great to finally meet some of my favourite bloggers, and to get introduced to some new makeup brands too!
Sorry about the quality of some of these photos, I was playing around with flashes and settings all day - the lighting was very funny in the venue, so everyone was having a few problems!
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First up was a demonstration from a fantastic new  brand called FashionistA where they used their palettes to demonstrate looks from the Rodate, Mark Fast and Anna Sui shows.  I love the fact that wit FashionistA you buy the palettes and colours separately so you can make up your own with your own choice of eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters.
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There was also a makeup demonstration from Vivo, a new bright and colourful line available in Tescos. I also took away a bag full of goodies (the stuff I need for the perfect halloween look in fact), and there will be reviews of both lines to come soon on The Glossy Guide!
How amazing was this piece of body jewellery Lily was wearing? She got it from Topshop!
A very intense discussion about how Lily does her outfit posts.  (Left to right) Lily, Zoe, Kate & Lily.
It was lovely to meet Elodie - we've been reading each others blogs for a while now, and it was lovely to share some banter about life in France.
Elodie also took this photo of me so I could show off my new Asos dress that I've been wearing all the time. I'm wearing Carvella at Kurt Geiger boots. 
Lily and Zoe held a wonderful talk on blog photography, from how to utilise your SLR to taking effective blog photos on your phone. I knew most of it from having studied photography for AS Level, bit it was great to have a refresher. Also, it was brilliant to find out how Lily takes her outfit photos - they always look so clean, clear and fantastic!
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It was amazing to also meet Anna, who's blog, Vivianna Does Makeup I absolutely adore on so many levels, if you're not a follower you must go and check it out!
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We ended the day with a wonderful general blogging Q&A with Lily, Kate and Hayley. We talked about everything from PR's, blog names and attitudes to sponsored posts and freebies.

A big thank you to Hayley for arranging such an amazing day, and hopefully she'll be arranging another The Only Way Is Blogging event sometime next year! 

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Introducing: Laudrée

On Saturday I had a Laudrée date with my friend Victoria in Harrods so we could have a bit of a catch up (and enjoy some incredible macrons and delicacies!)
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This mint iced tea was actually incredible! I'm big on unsweetened iced teas - I usually go for peach but this one was one of the best I have ever tasted.
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You always know you're going to have a great afternoon tea if you're served with s silver tea service and silver cutlery. 
My pastry was absolutely divine.  The light pastry base had a sweet glaze and was filled with raspberry jam. The mini profiteroles around the side were filled with chantilly cream, there were more fresh raspberries inside and the cream piled on top was beautifully and delicately flavoured with rosewater.
Clockwise starting from the front: Rose, Salted Caramel, Raspberry and Chocolate. I had the Rose, which was so creamy and delicate and beautiful, and the Salted Caramel which was literally one of the most mouthwatering things I've ever tasted. 

Have you been to a Laudrée in London, New York or Paris yet? What did you have?

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Weekly Love: Week 80

+ On Wednesday I went to a drinks party hosted by Sarenza with Susie and Sherin to preview their new collection - it was a lovely evening, and it has made me realise that I need way more shoes in my life!

+ Getting down to the boat club and out onto the water - its been years since I'd coxed a crew!  

+ Benefit are doing a beauty amnesty at Boots - take in any used skincare product, and you can exchange it for a deluxe sample of either their It's Potent! Eye Cream or their Triple Performing Facial Emulation! The offer lasts until 18th october, while stocks last! 

+ Enjoying my Freshers Ball that was on a river boat cruising up and down the River Thames - I love London!

+ The lovely Indian Summer we enjoyed in the last few days of September in London. 

+ Lush baths. As I now have my own en-suite bath and the Lush at Westfield Stratford City is only one tube stop away, they have become my new addiction! Also, lusting after their new Christmas collection!

+ Receiving the tickets for my Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model Live giveaway - click here for a chance to win a pair!

+ The Talks is such an amazing interview website - there is literally something for everyone!

+ Innocent Orange Juice with bits. 

+ The pretty Kate Spade boutique in Covent Garden. 

+ One of the last speeches Steve Jobs ever made: why you should live every day as if it was your last.

+ Wandering around Central London on a crisp Autumn afternoon.
+ This incredible view out of my kitchen window. If you look closely you can see the tops of the Olympic park in the distance! 

+ ASOS. I've just received my first order, and its such an incredible site!

+ A glass of red wine with homemade chocolate chip cookies.

+ Getting my first article published in the student paper - so exciting!

What have you been enjoying this week?