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Jennifer.
UK fashion & beauty blogger.
Illustrator. Writer.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Must Have Bohemian Fragrances

   For some reason, I've become a closet perfume obssessive; not even a year ago, I could walk past a perfume stand and not be drawn in by the various scents wafting at me - now, I sample a fragrance I adore and I inevitably become attached to it like the family dog.

   An exemplary occasion happened earlier this week, when I stumbled upon Miller & Harris in Covent Garden. Of course, I've walked into this shop many a time when visiting the district with family, but I was never mature enough to appreciate the craftsmanship of their fragrances. 

   The sales assistant asked me a few questions about the scents I was attracted to, then talked me through a few fragrances that she recommended, one of which really stood out for me - it was the 'Le Jasmine' eau de parfum: a cocktail of beautiful citruses, florals and woody notes. After a sample spray, I was hooked. But then she told me that it was £155, and my heart plunged into my stomach.
  
   Being a student on a rather tight budget, I had to embarrassingly make an excuse and leave, but I couldn't stop smelling that little patch of aroma on my wrist for the entire day. I was actually so caught up in a moment of sensory stimulation, that I had half a mind to blow my entire day's shopping budget on one perfume.

   My boyfriend couldn't understand my manic fixation when, in his words, "perfumes all smell the same, so why buy more than one?". But, to me, this fragrance was the holy grail. I'm hoping that someone will be extra nice to me during my upcoming birthday and reunite me with this more than wonderful scent, but, in the mean time, here's a list of all the rather bohemian fragrances that I'm lusting after right now.

top row

'GYPSY WATER' EAU DE PARFUM BY BYREDO - FROM £88
TOP: BERGAMOT, LEMON, PEPPER, JUNIPER BERRIES
HEART: INCENSE, PINE NEEDLES, ORRIS
BASE: AMBER, VANILLA, SANDALWOOD

'le jasmin' eau de parfum by miller & Harris - £155
TOP: LEMON, BERGAMOT, ROSEMARY, LAVENDAR
HEART: JASMIN, ORANGE FLOWER, YLANG YLANG
BASE: CEDAR, OAK MOSS, MUSK

'oyedo' eau de toilette by diptyque - from £55

'Salina' eau de parfum by Laboratorio olfattivo - £90
top: lemon, pine needles, sea salt
heart: sand myrtle, sea notes, lavender
base: vanilla, tonka bean, cedar, white musk

bottom row

'Isis' by agonist parfums - £125
top: cistus, green tangerine, ylang ylang, black pepper, ginger
heart: anise peach, caramel, heliotrope, Nutmeg
base: amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla absolute, labdanum, lorenox

'Blenheim bouquet' eau de toilette by penhaglion's - from £65
top: lemon, lime, lavender
heart: none
base: pine, musk, black pepper

'Bergamote 22' eau de parfum by le labo - £105

'nashi blossom & pink grapefruit' eau de toilette by kiehl's - from £24.50
top: nashi blossom, pink grapefruit
heart: none
Base: ginger, soy milk, white musk

Thursday, 21 August 2014

But For You I'd Leave It All


SUNGLASSES - DOROTHY PERKINS / EARRINGS - VINTAGE / CHECK SHIRT DRESS (WORN AS JACKET) - RIVER ISLAND / VEST TOP - TOPSHOP / TROUSERS - DOROTHY PERKINS / SHOES - RIVER ISLAND

Sunday, 17 August 2014

London Shopping Haul 2014


   I think I've refined my style so much that it's actually having a negative impact on my shopping ability. Surprisingly, I only bought seven items at Westfield Stratford this weekend, and only three of which were clothing items (if you count socks as clothing).

   Don't get me wrong, I went in, guns blazing, with a list of items that I wanted to purchase - but nothing caught my eye! It was like fashion had given up on me.

   So here is my haul of seven items - I hope you enjoy!




PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Remington Hairbrush

Sally Hansen Nail Polish

Topshop Choker

Topshop Velvet Lips

H&M Socks

Pull & Bear Jeans - Not available online

River Island Shirt - Not available online

 Y O U T U B E / T W I T T E R / I N S T A G R A M

Friday, 15 August 2014

Ben de Lisi X Ryvita - Plus Delicious Recipes!


   I'm excited to reveal that one of my favourite healthy snack brands, Ryvita, is undergoing a fantastic relaunch. As part of this process, they've teamed up with internationally acclaimed designer, Ben de Lisi (whom you may know from his ongoing collab with Debenhams), to create a stunning, limited edition revamp of their good old Ryvita tin* which will be available to purchase from September 1st, 2014!

   The design of the new container reminds me of early 90s urban art and, in my opinion, more reflects the slightly extroverted style of Ben de Lisi's homeware collection, rather than the muted palettes and simple shapes of his clothing lines. 

   He "wanted to create a striking and bold look that would stand out and look great on people's worktops" - a great idea, as our nation's kitchens seem to be getting plainer and plainer as we convert into a more space age, minimalist aesthetic.

   
   Along with this delightfully fun tin, I was sent some delicious flavours of Ryvita in order to create some exciting recipes for you to try out! Below are my ideas for creating the perfect snack to combat those mid-afternoon hunger pangs; I recommend that these are eaten fresh to get the right texture and taste from your Ryvita!


LITTLE ITALIAN BITES


   For these little bites of Italia, I used the Ryvita Thins Multi-Seed Flatbreads (which are actually scrumptious by themselves!). I spooned a reasonable layer of hummus on each flatbread (above), to create a sticky base for my prosciutto butterflies (below).


   I then placed an olive or two on each flatbread, and hey presto! You've created a quick and easy, delicious snack. I served these to my family and they went down an absolute treat!


STRAWBERRY FOOL


   I may have pinched this idea from the Ryvita website, but I've just simplified it a bit so that it's easier for when you're on the go!

   All you need is a handful of chopped strawberries, some strawberry yoghurt, some honey (optional) and a pack of Ryvita Fruit Crunch Crispbread.


   First, spooned a small amount of the yoghurt into the bottom of a glass, then mashed up the Ryvita Crispbread and spooned it in on top. I then drizzled a thin layer of honey over the Crispbread, then layered some more yoghurt on top, followed by the strawberries.


   This is SUCH a simple recipe for a summery snack that tastes like a light and sweet granola!


   Let me know what you thought of these recipes, or if you're going to try them out! Also, leave a comment below letting me know what you think of Ben de Lisi's design on the classic Ryvita tin!

* Items were gifted for review purposes



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Bang Bang There Goes Your Heart


SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* / TOP - TOPSHOP / SKIRT - DOROTHY PERKINS / SHOES - RIVER ISLAND

Monday, 11 August 2014

What Makes A Personal Style Blog?


   The word 'oversaturated' is thrown around a lot in the context of blogging. 

   Unfortunately, some believe that blogging has 'had it's day' because it's become 'mainstream' and large numbers of people now have blogs of their own; but if this is so, why are we still doing it? It's simply because it brings us enjoyment, entertainment and happiness. Blogging is a hobby that is enjoyed by many - so why decry it? I, personally, read blogs everyday, and I'm constantly subscribing to new blogs, commenting and sharing.

   I can totally understand that it can be hard to find your feet starting a new blog, especially when you see others with hundreds or thousands of followers - but I can't stress this enough: DO NOT let this put you off. There are always ways to learn, improve, be inspired and enjoy working your way up.

   If you're reading this, and you're starting (or thinking about starting) a personal style blog, here are a few tips that could help you understand the basics:


1. PERSONALITY

   Personality is key, hence the title: 'PERSONAL style blog'. Your readers want to relate to a human being, not a computer, so make them feel like you're talking to them face-to-face, rather than through a screen. If you want to reflect a fun, down-to-earth make your readers laugh with a witty pun or a bit of sarcasm. If you're aiming towards the professional tone of a high-fashion publication, keep your text clear and concise.

   Talk about subjects that YOU really want to talk about. Don't write about things just because everyone else is. If you're not interested in a post, your readers will sense it. This is where research comes in: read magazines, newspapers, other blogs and scour social media for up to date topics that interest you.


2. YOUR OWN STYLE

   If your main priority is OOTD (outfit of the day) posts, mirror your personality in your style. 

   Wear clothes that you'd wear in real life, not just for the sake of a post. I used to dress myself up, take photos of the outfit for a post, then change back into jeans and an oversized t-shirt - after a while, I could see that I was trying to portray a person other than who I really was. I would look through posts and think, "this isn't me".

   Now, I've refined my style, and I'm happy with each OOTD that I publish.


3. THEME

   For me, it's important to see a theme running through a blog. A theme creates cohesiveness, but it's also another way to allow your personality to become visual.

   Your theme is mainly communicated through your blog design and your photographs. So invest in good quality graphic design software such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, or buy a blog template or theme from a designer such as Pipdig

   In terms of photography, most phone cameras have great pixel counts, for example the Sony Xperia Z1 has a 20.7 megapixel camera - perfect for taking snaps on the go. Or if you're really looking to invest in high quality photographs, a DSLR is the answer. I currently use a Canon 450d for all my OOTD posts, but I will be upgrading to a semi-professional DSLR, such as the Canon 70d, in the near future.



   Obviously, there are many elements involved in starting and maintaining a blog, but the fundamental component is to be happy with the content that you produce and the image that you convey!