Sometimes I re watch movies, on this occasion I rewatched Atonement and I was drawn in again by the green gown, surely you know which one I mean, the unforgettable main attraction.

The dress was made by Jacqueline Durran, she made the dress specifically for the pivotal moment in the movie which I won’t spoil and the saucy scene in the library. The dress is feminine, strong and iconic. For me the back is just wow, it’s so beautiful and mesmerising. They commissioned a dress to have an impact and it did just that.

I also adored the scene by the fountain, the skirt with the buttons on one side and the sheer floral blouse. She looked romantic, and chic. Durran, again creating something that looks effortless, powerful and impressive. I can’t keep my eyes off it, similar to how the green dress makes me feel.

Another costume I love is the swimsuit, all white one piece with swimming hat to match. She was shimmering in the sunshine looking beautiful and I loved rewatching the movie just to see the iconic wardrobe once again.

Atonement is available to watch on U.K. Netflix.

What I purchased at the Simone Rocha x H&M collaboration.

These are the items I bought from the H&M x Simone Rocha collaboration. Bit dismal right ? Unfortunately I don’t get press gifts so had to stand by the internet at 8 am on the morning it dropped. I managed to get these items which I am happy with but would have loved a dress.

The lip balm is a very pretty colour but not really for black skin which I’m not in the least surprised about. I’m keeping it anyway I aim to scoop out the colour and add my own balm.

The hair bows are gorgeous, I would have been happy with the black too, the small ones had an outing yesterday and it kept flapping in the wind and more than once it felt I had an insect landing on my hair.

The tshirt is my favourite I think out of the 4 and most likely will be the one I will wear most often. I adore the picture and her name on the sleeve. Perfection.

The pink bag with the large bow, shocking how large this bag was in real life. The H&M product shot was very deceptive. I have decided to keep it regardless and can’t wait for the envious stares to begin.

Digging The Dig

So I recently watched the Netflix film The Dig and couldn’t help notice the wardrobe. The film was brilliant and I highly recommend it – it’s a true story about one of the most extraordinary archeological finds of all time in Sussex, England.

The attire was very appealing to the eye thanks to costume designer Alice Babidge my favourite kind of blouse worn by Carey Muligan with a Peter Pan collar in cream, accompanied by khaki trousers on the baggy side, I noticed her slim watch too.

There was a scene where Lily James comes straight from holiday and has inappropriate clothes for a dig and Carey lends her some clothes from her wardrobe.

She wore darker khaki trousers also on the baggy masculine side with a white shirt tied at the front, something you would easily wear today. She was also rocking some very cool looking glasses and a scarf, I suppose it’s the vintage look that gives us our cool edge in current times.

In another scene Carey is wearing a shirt with black diamonds which looked very sophisticated teamed with her raincoat. Some red trouser dungarees made an appearance which is something you would catch someone who shops at Urban outfitters today, absolutely gorgeous.

If you haven’t seen the film, you are in for a treat. Out now on Netflix.

Simone Rocha with H&M

Video Credit Instagram : @simonerocha_

“To be honest, it was really emotional going through all the pieces — it was a wonderful chance to reflect on seasons I was especially proud of, and to revisit collections that felt like milestones, and little gems of ideas that we maybe didn’t push as far as we wanted to the first-time round. The archive is so important to the way I work as a designer anyway. We are not a brand that abandons ideas each season — we often look back on past propositions or continue to evolve a silhouette, or shape,” says Rocha.

H&M have dropped their latest designer collaboration and I’m beyond excited that it is one of my favourite designers Simone Rocha.

The London based Dubliner is bringing her poetic, romantic pieces to us through womenswear, menswear and kids marking the first time she offers for the whole family. We can expect the usual statement delicate dresses, tartan, beaded shirts, trench coats, and accessories including her signature pearls.

I have always admired her and enjoyed the majestic feminine creations she bestows on us. Daughter of designer John Rocha, she has stores on both sides of the Atlantic and countless awards under her belt.

The collection arrives on 11 March, save the date. You will look amazing walking around the milk aisle at Waitrose, believe me.

Shortbread Stars ⭐️

Well if there is anything easier than making shortbread give me a shout. It’s just 3 ingredients – butter, sugar and flour. The results however are so good. I went beyond and dipped in white chocolate and crushed over pistachios but you can leave it plain, or dip milk chocolate and hazelnuts, the combos are endless.

I used a large star cutter which made 6 but you can use a smaller cutter to make a proper batch. I made it the night before and placed it in the fridge but remember to leave it at room temperature before rolling as it will get crumbly.

Recipe; 55g sugar 100g unsalted butter, 150g plain flour.

Enjoy …

Trend; Peter Pan Collar

Who wants to hear of a fun feminine trend this Autumn? I have just the thing! The Peter Pan oversized collar.

Elegance meets statement, embrace the blouse, the cardigan or the detachable collar and if you are feeling super brave, the dress, because let’s face it, it’s ridiculously pretty.

They were all over the catwalks, and seen on those stylish people going to and from the shows and now you can get it almost anywhere to update your wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourites, click on the image to shop…

Zara – Knit sweater with contrast collar – £29.99

And Other Stories – Embroidered statement collar blouse – £65
Topshop – white embroidered
detachable collar – £15.99
Ganni – Smocked checked
maxi dress – £315
Monki – Big collar blouse – £30

Cecilie Bahnsen

Anyone else in complete awe of Cecilie Bahnsen? I have never in all my years of scrolling through thousands of catwalk pictures seen anything so magical.

The danish designer got her inspiration for romance and detail from starting out in Paris and London merging the cities together to bring us such femininity that is soft but also strong. Her Scandinavian roots are also present with minimal detail with a touch of outrageous like the puffed sleeves.

I haven’t come across a piece I don’t like, the pastels, all whites and all blacks will make you drool. It emanates simplicity, luxury and romantic meets wow look at you all dressed up. Bahnsen is bringing something different and I’m intrigued to stalk her for a little while, as the future looks pink, puffed up and transparent.

Teacher gifts for Christmas, under £10

School is out for the Christmas holidays in about a week and if like me, you have 1; left it to the last minute and 2; have to purchase a gift for the lovely person that teaches your child then here are some ideas to get you thinking. I have gone for under £10 as £5 is almost impossible to find anything decent unless 5 packs of mince pies is your thing. She has 2 teaching assistants so they will also get gifts. It is exhausting work and they deserve a little something to say Thank You.

Descriptions below;
Top Left; Accessorize Carly Vintage Earrings £8
Top Right; Zara Link Bracelet with Medallion £9.99
Middle left; DECIEM Salicylic Acid Masque £9.90
Middle middle; New Look Mustard Cable Flip Top Gloves £7.99
Middle right; H&M Home Porcelain Tiger Print Cup £3.99
Bottom left; Oliver Bonas Paola Pink Coin Purse £9.50
Bottom middle; Burts Bees Honey Pot Gift Set £ 4.89
Bottom right; Hotel Chocolat Simply Thanks Box £8

Happy Gift Finding…

Glossier London Pop-Up, Part 2

A couple of years have come around quickly since their last pop up in London Town, and they are back with an even larger space and a lot more to show us, this time located in Covent Garden.

I went on over after I dropped the boy at school and I was welcomed in by a doorman, walking in you immediately get an overload of florals with red and pink prettiness from top to bottom even the wallpaper was covered. Funnily enough they were on Floral St, so the designer gets a gold star for paying attention.

The first thing I did was do a loop of the space so I know what I am dealing with, and I notice a few new products, I wanted them all but I must gain some self control. I asked one of the pink boiler suit wearing glossier girls if they recommend anything and she tells me about Futuredew which comes in a 30ml bottle. You put it on before and after your make up, It apparently lasts for 12 hours and gives you an illuminating finish, SOLD!

I ask for a concealer I have ran out of and the Future dew which came to £38 and then you have a flashback to your well behaved bank balance and proceed with the transaction.

If life gives you translucent skin that doesn’t cost the earth you grab it with both un-manicured hands and leave the vicinity sharply, so I did just that!.

Glossier is at 13 Floral St, Covent Garden until February 9th.
You are welcome!

Beauty Review of the week

Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Mask £37

This mask is of clear gel consistency and it is one of my favourite masks. It’s a refreshing change to the clay masks I tend to go for. You put a thin layer on and leave it on for 30minutes. You might forget it’s still on your face because it’s so light so set that timer to wash it off.

I’m impressed with the results there is a noticeable difference of bright dewy skin. This is particularly great if you have a night out looming and put it on just whilst getting ready – your skin will shine. The bottle comes in a good size that will last months.

Fashion Rootle Rating 9/10

Girl Crush – Zoe Kravitz

Who else is watching Big Little Lies series 2?

Relax, I won’t spoil it for you.

Zoe Kravitz and her ridiculously cool style without even trying is getting my attention. The girl is hot, everything and anything she wears instantly becomes WOW.

I love the way she plays with her look, sometimes girl next door, sometimes grunge, sometimes chic, sometimes bloody YIKES too hot to handle. Also let’s not forget the hair styles, short, long, black, white she looks good in every damn thing. Zoe, we see you, we salute you.

This dress has gone viral, did you get it?

Can a dress go viral? the answer is yes and it has. The £40 Zara dress pictured above is EVERYWHERE! even Victoria Derbyshire the BBC presenter was spotted wearing it on the tele of all places. It even has its own instagram Hot4TheSpot started by stylist Faye Oakenfull.

I spotted 2 people wearing it as I was coming home from Zara and it’s a 5min walk, I have to admit I find this highly amusing that a dress can cause so much hysterics. I promise you if you look, really LOOK you will spot [ pardon the pun ] someone in the dress. It’s comfortable and easy to dress up with a blazer and strappy sandals. It suits old or young.

Usually you will cringe when you see someone wearing the same item as you, but for this, there is an exception – you happen to be in the polka dot dress club.

Own it. Click on the shop tab and then the dress to be taken straight into Zara ( UK )