Scouring through websites and shops during sale season are probably some people’s worst nightmare. But From high end to high street there are some amazing pieces to be found. I am a firm believer that you don’t have to empty out your account come every payday to do this and that you can absolutely mix and match designer pieces with high street pieces, look fabulous and no one would be able to tell the difference. The number of times my H&M has been mistaken for Celiné, my Other Stories for Gucci and Zara for Miu Miu (all true) confirms this for me. But ultimately whether it cost £300 or £30 the most important thing is to feel amazing in whatever you’re wearing.
Shell jewellery is the perfect trend to grace your Summer outfits this year. Dainty necklaces, earrings and bracelets which can all be layered with other items to add a touch of boho coastal charm to frilly frocks and loose linens. In golden and pearly tones here is a collection of my favourite pieces right now.
Zara Pearl & Cowrie Shell Charm Earrings £12.99– Zara’s jewellery game is on point this season, with far too many wonderful earrings to choose from. These however, are one of my favourite pairs, just the right drop height and not too heavy, with a lovely touch of colour with the red coral.
Chan Luu Shell & Multi-Stone Necklace at Net-a-Porter £111– Gold plated with pearls, moonstone and turquoise, this necklace is a beautiful piece and has an anklet to match. Chan Luu originally from Nha Trang on the coast of Vitetnam, started her jewellery brand from her little garage in L.A many years after moving. Visit her website for a whole collection of wonderful coastal inspired pieces. www.chanluu.com
Fresh, natural, sustainable and chic- linen is your new best friend for the Summer. If you haven’t already spotted some amazing linen pieces in almost every shop at the moment here are my favourite finds for this season.
H&M Balloon Sleeved Linen Blouse £34.99– Yellow is one of my favourite colours for this season, this top is slightly cropped with a wide neck-line and is very flattering on. Wear with high waisted jeans and a pair espadrilles for the perfect day look.
& Other Stories Floral Linen Ruffle Dress £99– Florals, puffed sleeves, wrap style and ruffles- all the makings of a perfect ultra feminine dress. I adore this dress- watch the website closely as it’s not available to buy yet!
M&S Linen Striped Jumpsuit £49.50– A great jumpsuit for Spring and Summer, I love the natural colour and the tie waist which is great for your figure. It’s versatile and elagant, whether you’re wearing it to work or socially and a matching jacket is available too.
Innika Choo Ruffled Embroidered Wrap Dress £210– This dress is so beautiful in pastel tones and ruffles. Summer wedding abroad? This is the dress you need. Innika Choo is an Aussie designer based in Bali and has gained huge popularity in the last few years through none other than Instagram. She has a whole collection of linen and cotton dresses that are just wonderful.
Toast Linen Check Dress £170– A simple and stylish pinafore style midi dress is a summer wardrobe classic and this one from Toast is perfect.
Mango Linen Dress £35.99– A great price and available in three colours, this dress is also classic wardrobe staple and maybe slightly reminiscent of your school summer uniform dress?
Three Graces Seton Linen Maxi Dress £500– I love the golden yellow hue of this dress along with the halter neck and gathered detailing, it looks great with or without the belt at the waist and definitely needs to be in your suitcase ready for your Summer getaway.
Uniqlo Linen Shirt £29.90– Uniqlo just launched a whole new linen collection which includes this shirt in fourteen colours. The lilac is my favourite, followed closely by the dark green and looks fab with a high waisted skirt or jeans.
Nicholas Belted Linen Midi Dress £498– One of my favourite pieces for this season- I just love the oversized resin and wooden buttons with the waist belt and the rich creamy colour is just wonderful. Pair with a wooden clutch and barely there ankle tie sandals.
Whistles Green Double Breasted Blazer £139– for a pop of colour to your wardrobe go for this bold green linen blazer and pair with a white broderie blouse and jeans or there is a matching pair of trousers available too.
As I contemplate braving bare legs in the hope that warmer weather is just around the corner, I begin my yearly Spring ritual of attempting to transform them from dry and flaky to scrubbed, buffed and glowing. To help me through this process I have managed to find the perfect products that never fail to deliver. Here is my favourite selection of exfoliators to help give your skin a Spring Glow.
Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant £38– Cocoa extract, cocoa butter, crushed cocoa shells and coconut oil- cocoa-loco-licious. I love Fresh products and this is one of my absolute favourite exfoliators, it smells divine and moisturises and scrubs your skin at the same time. A little pot of chocolate heaven which is worth every penny.
Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish at SpaceNK £32– I first discovered this beautiful brand on my honeymoon in Hawaii a few years ago and and at that time they hadn’t launched in the UK yet. Now, much to my glee they doing incredibly well in the UK and being stocked in Space NK and Liberty in London. The Coco Rose Polish delivers on exfoliating, polishing and moisturising your skin all in one, with coconut oil, moroccan rose, pink clay and Shea butter. Use twice a week on your legs to leave them glowing and super soft.
Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff Smoothing Scrub N’ Mask £21– A glorious scrub to divide the crowds- it’s thick, a bit messy, takes a while to wash off and might leave a slight yellow tinge if you don’t manage to get it all off- for some this is quite off putting but I think it’s worth it. It smells sublime and works a treat, particularly if your skin is on the dryer side. Packed with cupuaçu (coo-poo-assoo) butter and clay both from the Amazon, one to moisturise and the other to exfoliate along with Brazilian quartz and Açaí. Perfect for a home pamper session, leave it on for about 10 minutes before jumping into the shower and see it work it’s magic.
Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub £13.95– This Melbourne based company has boomed since launching a few years ago, the miracle super coffee scrub with a great price tag. The goodness of roasted ground coffee beans? Caffeine stimulates blood flow which can help with scarring, dark circles and pigmentation problems, it’s also rich in vitamin B3 and chlorogenic acid (CGA) which helps reduce inflammation of the skin and also has anti-bacterial properties which can help with skin conditions like eczema and acne. So in a nut shell (or a coffee bean), a pretty amazing substance. They have a whole range of products for the face and body- this one with added grapeseed oil, coconut oils and jojoba beads is my favourite. For rave reviews search #thefrankeffect on Instagram.
Now onto a different type of exfoliator- acid’s for your skin, more specifically AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s)- you may have heard of gylcolic acid and lactic acid. These bad boys help break down dead skin cells making the skin softer and smoother without being abrasive. There are lots of products available for your face which I will hopefully cover in another post, but these two in particular are body exfoliators which will give your skin a real glow.
REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum SpaceNK £35– This body serum has a lovely light texture with a citrus fragrance, it’s rich in lactic acid and xylitol which both work together to exfoliate and lock in moisture. I would use it a couple of times a week before bed on your legs and arms through the spring and summer months. (P.S remember your SPF!)
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish at Cult Beauty £17.50– This body exfoliator also uses lactic acid along with biodegradable bamboo granules to gently exfoliate the skin with the addition of Shea and Cocoa butter and coconut oil for hydration. Apply and leave on for a few minutes and then rinse off in the shower- it’s particularly good for rough and dry skin and again I would recommend using it 2-3 times a week.
Spring is finally in swing, my winter wardrobe has been officially packed away and I think I’m possibly ready to attempt a bare leg, even if it’s only for an hour or two. A wonderful array of ditsy floral dresses have emerged in the last month…having always been a wardrobe staple for me I now have far too many to choose from. From from tea parties to al fresco lunches or weekend getaways to wedding guest ready- here is a selection of my favourite dresses out at the moment. Happy Spring!
When I think about wearing hair clips, I’m immediately transported back to my childhood thinking about all the ways in which my unruly hair could be pinned and scraped back with hours of time spent picking out clips, hair ties and headbands galore. Fast forward 30 years with slightly tamer hair, and I find myself repeating the whole process all over again. Hair accessories are making a wonderful nostalgic comeback for 2019 and I for one am all for it. For me it’s all about the pearls, all day, everyday, in every way. So here is the roundup of my favourite pearly must-have hair accessories for this season.
Snake prints are having their moment of glory and still going strong in the New Year having been seen on many a runway for S/S19. Leopard print has always been a wardrobe staple for me and admittedly when the snake print came sliding in and taking some of the limelight, I wasn’t so sure it was for me. However, I was quickly convinced otherwise, having found that it is a wonderfully versatile print and I have found some pieces that I love. Whether you’re looking for bold, bright, neon’s or more subtle pastel tones, there is something to suit everyone. If you’re still undecided, maybe I can help- here is a collection of my favourite snake print pieces.
Karen Millen Yellow Wrap Dress £199– I can’t get enough of wrap dresses at the moment, they are so flattering and suit all figures, this yellow dress is a perfect for a day to evening look
Alexa Chung Maxi Dress £435 £174– Sleek and fitted at over 50% off. This is a great dress to transition from Winter into Spring- whether it’s with a chunky knit and boots or a pair of strappy barely there sandals
Topshop Satin Cutout Midi Dress £49– A perfect dress for the evening in an amazing colour. The balloon sleeves and the high rising split at the front will be sure to turn heads.
H&M Pleated Midi Skirt £39.99– The pleated midi never gets old and can be worn through all seasons. I’ve lost count of how many I have now, but this is definitely another one to add to the list. I love the sage green colour – match with another tonal green or cream chunky knit.
New Look Midi Skirt in Lilac & Neon Yellow, Both £22.99– Both of these skirts are fabulous and on point with key season colour trends, not mention the great price tags.
Whistles Crepe Trousers £119 £79– These are wide-legged, super comfortable to wear and end just above the ankle. I’m a huge fan of wide-legged trousers and they are so versatile in how they can be worn
Y.A.S Belted Maxi Dress £80– Another key colour trend for this year is brown and beige hues. This shade of terracotta brown is warm and rich and has lovely detailing with the tie belt and front pockets
Bershka Shirt £17.99 £5.99– This Raspberry Red buttoned shirt is an absolute steal, the fabric is lovely and soft and will give you a bold statement look with any outfit. Pair with some high waisted mom fit jeans!
Topshop Shirt £35– If you prefer a more subtle colour this powder pink shirt is a great alternative
Mango Snake Print Round Bag £29.99– I’m a huge fan of the round bag, this one in particular with the gold handles and chain and it’s big enough to fit all of your essentials
Zara Reversible Tote Bag £19.99– This bargain reversible Zara tote bag comes around every season in different colours and prints. I love the deep burgundy shade and it’s the ideal size for all your daily needs – work, gym, shopping, hoarding?
Zara Cross Body bag with Suede Flap £49.99– Another wonderful bag from Zara that is snake print chic, love the cream suede flap and gold chain detailing, it has a detachable longer shoulder strap so you can choose how you wear it!
This is my first skincare post and I thought it was apt to start with the woes of winter skin.
Having suffered with eczema and dry skin for most of my life, I know my skin will start being truant when the temperature drops, central heating is at full blast and the days are blustery and windy, not to mention one too many late nights filled with a little bit more wine and a little less water leading to all those pesky dry, flaky & itchy spots. A notable mention also goes out to two wonderful cold weather wardrobe staples- Woolly jumpers and tights adding to irritation and skin dust (it’s a thing)!
This is the time of year that I see the most amount of skin complaints as a GP, whether it’s affecting your face, hands or body- there hundreds of products available with so many different ingredients and it can often be confusing trying to pick the right one. With the coldest weather just kicking in, here is my curation of wonderful products to help you change your winter skin to a winter glow.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion- £5.00 from Amazon but widely available everywhere- I simply can’t live without Aveeno, I have been using this lotion for years now and I can’t actually remember how I coped without it! This oat based product is great at locking in moisture and creating a protective barrier, it is also perfect for sensitive skin. Aveeno is generally the first lotion I recommend to my patients with dry skin complaints! You can use this on your hands face or body but Aveeno also has a wide range of products specifically for your face, hands or body as well as bath and shower products
CeraVe Moisturising Cream available in Boots £8.50– this is another great moisturising cream which I like to recommend to patients, it is particularly good for very dry skin and eczema prone skin, it can be use on your body or face. It is also widely available in most local pharmacies and as well as online. CeraVe is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, both of which are great for maintaining skin hydration and locking in moisture.
Both CeraVe and Aveeno can also be described as an emollient which you may or may not have heard of, it is a more medical term used to describe a moisturiser. Where normally you might just moisturise once a day, in the winter months if you skin is dry and irritated you should try and increase this to at least twice or even three times a day. I generally say to patients, apply lotions generously and work it into your daily morning and evening routine
Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Cream £36– Clinique has a whole moisture surge range which includes this brilliant pot of facial moisturiser. It is a gel based cream which contains aloe water, the texture is wonderfully light and non greasy leaving your skin feeling soft and plump.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream £70– This cream has won many beauty awards and was originally developed as a pick me up for models with tired and dry skin during fashion week. Its is jam packed full of lots of wonderful ingredients that your skin will love including aloe vera, vitamin C & E, essential oils, Shea butter and not forgetting hyaluronic acid. You might find that its worth switching your daily moisturiser in the Winter months and then changing back in the Spring.
Egyptian Magic £29– A multipurpose cream that can be used anywhere! It’s great for rubbing into small stubborn spots of dry skin and is made from all natural ingredients- including olive oil, honey and beeswax. Tip- use it before bed and allow it work overnight
Decléor Neroli Hydrating Night Balm £45– This is one of my favourite products that I have been using for over a year now. It has lots of essential oils and plant oils including neroli, tonka bean, basil, camomile and hazelnut. I noticed a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels, not only in terms of hydration but also in calming skin irritation and acne. This little pot goes a long way and worth every penny!
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve £15– Hand cream is a must all year round but especially in the Winter. I normally always keep some in my handbag, on my bedside table and in my car- if you’re like me and blasting your car heating straight onto your hands while your driving your hands must be suffering! Kiehl’s hand salve is luxuriously thick and perfect for extremely dry, rough and peeling hands with a blend of avocado, sesame and olive oil
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm £23– Another hand cream I love and it smells amazing with mandarin rind and rosemary leaf in it. It’s soaks in without leaving any greasiness on the skin, leaving your hands feeling supple and soft
Caudalie Lip Conditioner £5.50– All Caudalie products are wonderful but this lip conditioner is something I keep re-buying over and over. It is super soft, great for repairing chapped lips and each application lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep applying it every couple of hours
Purple Tree Miracle Balm £3.99– I first discovered this in Topshop and took forever deciding which one to buy because they all smelled amazing, I eventually chose the grapefruit. This is another multipurpose balm which is great for your lips but also for other small dry spots on your body. Products are made in the UK and are certified as 100% vegan friendly and animal cruelty free
The Organic Pharmacy Rose & Jasmine Body Oil £36– Body Oils are also a really good way to treat dry skin and give your skin a healthy glow. I use a range of Organic Pharmacy products as part of my daily routine. I love fragrance of the Jasmine and Rose in this and massage it after exfoliating my skin in the shower. It also contains Jojoba, Carrot and Rosehip oils
Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil £29.50– French pharmacy brand Nuxe is best known for this multipurpose oil, you can use it on your face and body or spritz it through you hair. Key ingredients are vitamin E, Camelia, Hazelnut, Macademia and Sweet Almond which all help to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also contains Tsubaki oil which is gaining huge popularity in skincare products, known for being rich in vitamins A and E, omega fatty acids and antioxidants which help protect as well as repair the skin.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil £19– Moisturising in the shower is also important for skin when it is dry and irritated, I would try switching your normal shower gel to a shower oil in the winter months to lock in more moisture. This Almond shower oil does a great job and smells divine
Miller Harris Rose Silence Bath Oil £38– Winter soaks in the bath tub are such a treat after long day. When my skin is feel particularly unhappy, I love soaking in this fragrant bath oil with vitamins A & E and Moringa, Argan and Almond oil
Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £36– If you fancy mixing it up and trying something alternative, I would highly recommend this wonderful candle. Burn for 30mins and let the oil pool, cool for a few minutes and then pour it onto your skin and massage it in, it feels amazing and also works to help you feel calm and de-stress. There are 24 essential oils blended together including Jasmine, Lavender and Rosewood. If you’re not convinced head to a Neom store for a demo- you won’t regret it!
So in summary, if you made it this far- Your winter skin loves- water, essential oils, vitamins A, C & E, omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acid which boosts hydration! You now know what to look for in skincare products to help your skin through the winter months