Ticket to Saint Tropez?

Who else is obsessed with the French Riviera style? I love the dark blues, stripy off the shoulder dresses, straw hats, and big sunglasses. The style is sophisticated and effortless. I have collated a few things from the high street to give you an idea. You don’t really need to get a ticket to Saint Tropez but you can at least look french chic wherever you are.

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The weather was gorgeous in London today – the sunshine came!
After purchasing a straw basket bag today, I am a little obsessed with this summer trend. I have put together a few I have seen online, they are all divine for this warm weather and it’s hard to dislike them. Take it to the park, supermarket or a nice brunch with the girls in the sunshine, a versatile look for Spring/Summer.

Silly purchases

Arrgh does anyone else have the odd silly purchase and kick themselves or is it just me?
I bought these Mango platform sandals a size up, there is a method to this madness, I tried the size 5 in the shop and it looked amazing, but I thought they were a little tight. I went home and looked at them online because I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I decided to get the 6  – what could go wrong? they have a buckle so I can tighten them up. They arrived, hurray they fit well and look fantastic, I walk around my flat in them for a bit – I am happy. I am winning!

So a few days have passed and I have decided today is the day and I will venture out in them. I walk for about 10 mins and DISASTER! my toes keep popping under the top strap meaning my toe is sticking out underneath and it bloody hurts. Hit me with a feather –  I have to wear these all day. I get home, they are scuffed from a days walking which means I CAN’T RETURN THEM LOOKING LIKE THIS! they go back in the box, I don’t think I have worn them out again – BUGGER THAT. So ladies and Gentlemen there is exhibit A for a perfect example of a silly purchase.

They are currently on the Vinted App for sale – sad face.

Any room for the kitchen sink?

Has anyone tried taking a small bag out? I attempt to and then realise I need this, this and this. A book for the tube, headphones to listen to a podcast at work, hand cream, lip balm, phone, purse, tissues, the list is endless. I feel like if I carry all my items in a backpack my back hurts, switch to a shoulder bag, my shoulder hurts, I see a pattern emerging here. What’s the solution, I can’t part with essential items, can I ?

Big bag, small bag, you will find that something is always missing you should have, could have taken so I’ll try to ditch the heavy items for now because nobody likes lugging things on a daily basis.

Markle Sparkle

Now this is exciting, as well as a royal wedding to look forward to, we have inherited Meghan Markle, a 36 year old, LA girl who has already got us smitten.

She seems to have a very versatile look, she can pull off the classic jeans and white shirt, a frock o clock for all those Royal events, the suit, the biker chick, the sexy all black. It won’t be long until we see her as a style icon and eagerly await to find what her wedding dress will look like.

Now I have to be honest, I have never heard of her or seen the series Suits she has been acting on for 7 years, but I can only see it as a positive, it means I had no opinion of her.

From the interview with her and Prince Harry on the BBC last night following the announcement of their engagement. She came across wonderfully and we can’t wait to get to know her better. Prince Harry we already adore so they are a match made…

Roll on Spring 2018…

What’s in my make- up bag

So I took the plunge and did my first vlog, my god it was so hard, hats off to the people who do this on a regular basis. It can take absolute ages editing if you are so particular about every detail. I sat there for hours cutting and adding then deleting things but I have to say I’m pretty excited about doing some more.

The most important thing is coming up with ideas for content but I’m enjoying it and I hope you do too. I started with the contents of my make up bag and I have to admit it’s quite minimal, hence the reason for a 7 min video. I am most certainly more of a skin care girl so you can hold your breath for make up tutorials haha.

Here is the link to my infamous first one;

What’s in my make up bag

Enjoy!

Hurrah for new Vogue

So I finally purchased the new British vogue under newly appointed Editor in Chief Edward Enninful. I am extremely excited to see what this brings for the publication. I have to admit it has become a little stale and I stopped my subscription a while ago, but the spark might be back with new eyes, new ideas, and a new look.

All the best to Edward and his crew, long live British Vogue.

The December issue is out now for £3.99

Wish List

I thought I would do a little list of items I have my eye on, but holding back the reins to buy it because the struggle is real, and you just have to stop spending like a crazy person. This is in no particular order of preference, because let’s face it, I want it all.

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Gucci Leather Trimmed canvas waist belt – £270

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Bobbie Brown Intensive Skin Serum foundation – £45

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Glossier Phase 1 Set – $40

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And Other Stories blouse – £69

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Sandro  – Mary Janes £239

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Sezane –  Farrow Bag £185

Go French

Go French – I am obsessed with my beret, you have to carefully consider what you wear with it, otherwise you feel incredibly silly.

I found a long sleeved stripy top with squiggly red writing and of course had to buy it, what a sucker for a stripy top. This was £20 from Topshop and perfect for layering. Oui oui mon cherie.

Sunglasses; Victoria Beckham , Shoes; Blondie Vintage at Spitalfields, Nail Varnish; Chanel, Bag; Tamara Fogle Bags, Beret & Stripy top; Topshop.

Collab, no fab

The highly anticipated collaboration between Erdem and H&M landed on Thursday 2nd. Look back to the night before the launch when I didn’t get a chance to go to a preview to purchase 2 pieces I have had my eye on for ages but no bother I’ll go online first thing only to realise the launch starts at 9 am which is an absolute let down. I underestimated the popularity of this collaboration and had to find out the hard way.

I work part time and Thursdays is a working day, first I have to drop off my son to my mum and then catch a bus to work, in my head it’s all sorted I’ll jump online around half 9 when I’m on the bus and I should get my bag and white frilly shirt. I drop my son off and started searching online at the bus stop only to find it’s sold out – oh my gosh, I was devastated, I honestly thought it wouldn’t be sold out that quick but it was, I managed to get the bag shown in the picture here but not the shirt. By the time I got to work for 10, everything was almost gone. In hindsight I would have gone online before I got on the tube, and purchased the items.

I noticed people were selling items on e-bay literally by 10am or even earlier, double or even triple the original price but you can’t stop people doing this. I stopped off at Westfield on the way home just by chance if it was there but it wasn’t so I’ll have to get an alternative. Ah I’m over it (not)

Sample sales

London is a city where you will find a sample sale on somewhere. I am a shopper that despises the sales unless it is online, the idea of queuing, shoving or mess is something I can’t comprehend. Shops like TK Maxx for example is my idea of hell, I’m not a fan of organised chaos, I like structure and calm.

I went to a Bella Freud sample sale a few weeks ago, people make an effort to go to these things, timing is everything, I went at 10 ish, thinking strategically that people who needed to be at work were at work and lunch wasn’t for a while. I queued a short while to get in, paid £3 ( for charity ) and headed in. The room at the hotel was minuscule, tops and jumpers were in a mountain heap on tables and other items were hanging up but there was no way you could get to them. My anxiety levels hit the roof at this point I brushed past a line of people standing and asked how long they were queuing to pay, a lady said an hour, an hour to pay? A flight to Paris is about an hour and 15, need I say more. I was in and out within 5 mins. Why not get a larger room? More staff at the tills, something to sort out this madness. I came away disappointed and worse, empty handed.

On Thursday I went to a Victoria Beckham sample sale in Shoreditch, it was run by company called curate, maybe Bella should give them a ring. The venue was huge, all items were on hangers, trousers and jeans folded, shoes and bags, along with sunglasses were placed on tables, the price list was above each section so no need to ask questions, you check a code and it gave you the price. The tills were at the back near the exit, it was organised, and well managed, I was very impressed. I managed to pick these 70’s style sunglasses, I like the fact they are not pitch black lenses, you can still see my eyes.

That is the contrast of sample sales I wanted to share with you, you never know what it’s like until you get there and I guess you expect chaos as it’s a sale but I think brands should make an effort to at least provide space. Those two are enough for me for a while.

Skin Care goals

Once upon a time I was one of those people who tried a product once, thought it was ok and used it for a thousand years – the end.

Well, after watching a whole load of You Tube videos and over the years developing more and more of an interest in skin care, I have come to realise that you should try everything and anything until it’s the best thing ever and ditch anything mediocre. We don’t want to be basic, this is our skin after all.

I have always bought things here and there and stuck with them for years without thinking if I needed a change or branch out. I ran out of a few items and realised I really don’t have much at all, so went on a spending mission a few weeks back and I’m racking up the numbers in my bathroom cabinet slowly and surely. I will test as many as I can, if it is absolutely awesome it will be in the Fashion Rootle forever list, but if it’s a bit meh! It will be ditched.

I will review the items and save it for another post.

Happy cleansing.