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Crochet Dress -Inspiration

With the very slightly, (and I mean, slight ) change in weather here in the UK, and the surprise when I saw the yellow daffodils open in my front garden as I stepped out of the house this morning.

daffodile

I knew it was time. I knew Spring was imminent and this nasty cold depressing season we call winter is almost on its way out. ‘Bye Felicia’ I hear you say! With that and the blue skies up ahead I thought to myself it is now time to start searching for summer wear.

This thought also came into my mind as a few friends have booked a trip to Dubai in a few weeks so summer outfits is almost certainly important.

With that said, with also  watching a few episodes of reality show it dawned on me that I need a cover up for the beach! but a cute one! One that shows skin but also hides skin (after all its a traditional country)

No more sarongs..

My search landed me to these awesome crochet cover ups.

So Ladies (and gentlemen) here are a few inspirational images to get you ready for summer.

Ways to wear your cover up:

With Boots and a groovy scarf- Light natural and cool!

Don’t forget the matching bikini

Crochet coverup summer

They are incredibly easy to wear- just add a floral garland and a ribbon bracelet..

garland long dress crochet beach summer coverup

 

Don’t forget the extra large fashion sunglasses.. Your on the beach! It is a must!

 

 

 

 

 

short crochet beach dress

 

The Sun hat can also be a fantastic accessory- the larger the better!

 

Why not have inverse : a darker crochet coverup matched with a lighter swimsuit.

black crochet and white bikiniThe Backless crochet dress is a gorgeous choice… This can be made more formal with wedges!

backless crochet dress summer

 

This Long crochet dress still combines sexiness and glamour whilst keeping your modesty.

 

long crochet sexy dress

 

 

The Batwing crochet dress give drama and elegance to the simple crochet design!

crochet bat wing

 

Even Halle Berry opted for the coverup – looks good !

 

halle berry crochet dress

 

From Behind the dress looks just as good!

 

crochet  dress bum

 

Whilst sunning on a boat in Europe it really is an excellent item for the suitcase which will not make you go over those pesky weight allowances.

 

 

crochet dress dubaiWe hope your inspired!

crochet dress

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nirvana spa pool

This past week I was very kindly invited over to the Nirvana spa in Berkshire.

We of course get invitations all the time but it is very difficult to accept all with our schedules.

But I delightfully accepted this offer.

The Spa is about an hours drive away from central London so choosing to get to the spa at 10am I set off in the car to Nirvana!

This was a first visit to the spa and on entrance I was warmly welcomed with my towels and robe.

After changing into swimming costumes we proceeded to the main swimming pool.

nirvana spa pool

 

As you can see the gorgeous heart of the spa is frequented and photographed by most guests because it is simply stunning. A beautiful atrium.

The Salt scrub was the first treatment I had the pleasure of experiencing and one that I will ensure I have on a regular basis.

salt scrub

With winter well and truly on I noticed my skin wasn’t as glowy or happy as summer so I was game for anything to improve my skin.

So looking up the advantages of Skin Scrubs I was presented with the following amazing benefits..Here is the short version!

 

 #1 – Skin Glow

One of the biggest benefits to body scrubs, particularly the salt scrub, is the glow that your skin is left with. There are different grades of salt, and sea salt is the best option for a salt glow. The results for your body will depend on the type and grade of salt you or your spa technician uses.

#2 – Exfoliating

It might seem like an obvious benefit to mention, but body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells. This paves the way for fresh new cells to regenerate and leaves you looking and feeling fabulous.

 #3 – Increasing Flow

When you get a body scrub or give one to yourself, you are encouraging the natural flow of circulation and bodily fluids within. For the best results a professional should recommend and apply the body scrub that is appropriate for you.

#4 – Improve Cellulite and Aging

There are some claims that certain types of body scrubs can actually improve the look of aging and dimpled skin from cellulite. There is no miracle cure, but it certainly won’t hurt to try a body scrub that is enhanced with coffee.

SO it seemed to be a great idea so the lady got to work!

Heating each section of my skin with a warm compress then applying a mixture of salt and essential oils to massage them into the skin removing the dead skin cells with every swoop and motion.

After about 25mins I took a shower and examined my skin- which, was incredibly smooth for the first time in a few months. Smooth Silky and Clear.

I was impressed and hooked!

The Salt scrub is one I would recommend to any woman starting out at the spa.

Try it at home or at a spa it is worth it.

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You know that feeling when you walk past someone, be it on the tube, whilst walking down the street, in a shop or just in a small confined area and you take in a great big whiff of their perfume and think “oohhhh she smells nice” We all love that feeling, and the other day a randomer happened to say those exact words to me and it is the foundations of this post on my top 5 perfumes at the moment.

 

5.

Kimora Lee Simmons- Fabulosity

 

Yes- the queen of fabulosity has generated a really beautiful scent, I am never a fan of big celebrity endorsed perfumes but this one is actually really nice- and the perfume the randomer commented on last week. With such a good price tag I lovingly squirted a lot of the perfume over my clothes, hair and my “aura” which is spraying the air and walking through!

A good 6 or 7 squirts did the trick to create my beautiful surrounding of smell!

The scent is sweet lovely and at £18.00/ $25 its worth the beautiful glow and the oohh she smells nice face you get whilst walking in close proximity to any stranger!

fabulosity kimora perfum

 

4.Dune

This count down is prooving very hard as my perfumes all mean the world to me! A slight dramatisation but they are all pretty nice smells that I adore.

So choosing number 4 as Dune by Dior, came pretty hard.

Its a classic perfume, very rich, wealthy scent which warms to you as you wear it, I find it to be long lasting throughout the day.. It is a perfume that I wear on realy nice occasions as it is simply delightful.

Due to the branding of the Dior it retails at £37.00 however you will only need a few squirts of the perfume to get the desired “mmm” effect.

 

dune dior perfume3. Tresor by Lancom

 

Tresor is another favourite- very very similar to the effects of choice number 4, Dune- wealthy, warm smell which everyone always responds well to. It’s longevity and distinct nature of the perfume really makes it a favourite of mine. Retailing at £40 and up  it would be a good choice for yourself or as a gift to your mother, girlfriend, other half or friend but you only need a few spritz to make yourself smell as though you have bathed in roses.

tresor perfume

2. Cartier Delices,

I was given this perfume as a gift which was rather surprising as I had not really noticed Cartier for perfume but on pumping the first spray it was music to my nose! a melody to my nose and really just a sweet perfume, so sweet I wanted to eat it ( of course I wouldn’t in fear of death or at the very least a very bitter mouth) but this was a very sweet perfume- its young its fruity and really  a nice choice for going out for drinks or the cinema-  £35.00 a bottle.

 

cartier perfume

1. Gucci Rush

has to be my old time favourites- one of the first perfumes I ever purchased as a young teenage- at one stage I felt it was my own signature scent! A good friend once told me when ever he smelt the Gucci Rush smell it instantly made him think of me.. I guess that shows how much I chose to wear it- Instant love, only thing with it- is that it is a bit on the popular side that almost everyone has worn it and I guess for my friend he would smell it on a lot of people and I guess think of me a lot..

gucci rush perfume smells nice

Again due to branding it is not the cheapest of perfumes retailing at £29.00 and up.

 

 

It is amazing how smells can conjure up emotions and thoughts and people- so its important you get the smell correct- No one wants to be known for smelling bad HA! Any one of these perfumes will leave beautiful thoughts in a strangers mind about how amazing you smell.

So stop buy the stores and pick your favourite today..

Its been a little quiet around here for the past few weeks- this has been due to our annual vacations out to see what the world is up to.

I managed to escape away to the Big Apple over New Year and had the time of my life shopping, eating and partying whilst, of course, never forgetting about fashion- with that said, I would like to present to you my latest find.

I have always noticed certain girls that would turn up at clubs, bars, parties or even shopping with absolutely stunning eye catching brows- but due to time or circumstance I never really looked into or researched behind what it was that they were doing to create such a look- but during holidays I made sure I checked this out at the first opportunity- This happened to be whilst walking through Macys in New York City. I happened to spot, stop and question this gorgeous girl working on the jewellery counter with The Perfect Brows.

I did get a picture but she was a little shy so did not want to become famous on Sharp N Chic just yet! but I have found something in the same ball park of what I am referring to so that I can showcase it to you..

 

perfect eyebrows

 

As you can see the brows are PERFECT!

Amazingly shaped, Perfectly Angled and Incredibly Sharp and Rather Chic!

How can I achieve such a brow for everyday looking fabulous wear-I thought to myself. Well, its simple.. and it is found in one product.

Benefit Brow Zings shaping kit.

zing brows perfect makeup

This little bad boy which myself and my friends purchased for $30 / £22.50 was the magic key to providing me with the best brows I have ever seen on my face! I thought my current regimin of a monthly eye brow threading was enough but NOW my brows had at last truly arrived.

The lovely Porterican sales lady did a demonstration on my face which instantly persuaded and convinced me to buy she achieved this look within a matter of five minutes giving me some pretty awesome tips.

katy perry eyebrows

The Brow kit comes with a coloured wax and coloured blending dust which you apply and adheres on top of the wax- it also comes with two dinky brow applicators one for creating the right shape and the other for blending to create the natural and hypnotising gaze.

The tips that the fiesty latina gave to me included :

  1.  A Perfect Brows is all about parallel lines- this creates the most striking look and fits better with your face.
  2. Draw on the outline with the contour brush first then fill in with the blending brush
  3. Keep practicing as it gets better each time
  4. Find either your concealer or your foundation to go over the top of the brow as a highlight
  5. Highest part of the eyebrow should be at your pupil and soften from there
Thats pretty much it..
I have to say, initiailly trying this out it was one of the hardest things- I never do much to my eyebrows so it was a shock when I appeared to my friends like Ms Mono-brow but over the next few days I suprisingly got better. It is pretty easy.
The kit really does work and really creates a lovely looking brow.
It supposidly lasts up to 2 years which- is possible since the brow is only a small part of the body and you do not need THAT much, It also come complete with tweezers and the two brushes.
I think I will be investing in a larger normal sized brush to help me become a pro at the brows but as a starting kit- it is all you need for celebrity inspired Eyebrows.

Pop over to your nearest Benefit counter for a demo and I am sure you will purchase as well!

 

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Just last week I introduced to you the temporary stick on lipstick well now- today I bring you the stick on eye-liner. Thats right the stick on eye liner. Founded and created by Dior.

Dior-Velvet-Eyes-eyeliner-adhesive-patches-1

The limited edition Backstage Eyeliners boats the ability to speedily apply to the eyes to leave dramatic catwalk ready eye liner that anyone can wear, instantly transforming boring to stunning, which is a rather tall order and yet another item in that now huge carry case we call a make up bag.

make up case
Make up Case

A typical basic range of makeup now usually consists of a selection of  foundations, mascaras, primer, concealer, lip liner, eye shadow, blusher, bronzer, false eyelashes, lash glue, tatto stick on lipstick and NOW stick on eye liner- and thats just the products we apply to the skin- we cant forget the eye lash curler, brow brush, the entire range of Mac blending brushes, and blotting tissues.

I understand the need for everything to be quick and easy but COME ON- These will clearly make everyone look the same. Furthermore, all the glue these stick ons require can’t be good for the skin can it? The stick on eye liner is said to last a few applications and have 4 different styles in the box retailing at £47.00 per pack- I do not feel convinced that this is the right move in make up, but the cosmetic companies seem to be developing more and more stick on items, are they implying that everyone will be switching to a full face of stick on?

dior eyeliner stick on

I myself am no way a Van Gogh or michael angelo when it comes to paint and creating a work of art on my face- I stick to the basics with a bit of experimintation here and there- I quite liked the stick on lips because you are able to achieve uniuqe lips but eye liner- I think it is a bit overboard and not worth the time to attempt to apply. Eyelashes are hard enough to line up correctly I can only imagine sticking the black strips down straight initially but then ending the night with each strip aligned down my face like war paint. PRETTY!

war paint

Despite my not-so-postive reaction to these babies celebrities in true endorsement fashion have adopted them faster than you can say paycheque seen here is House actress Olivia Wilde posing in the regular dramatic version of the stick ons.

To be fair- applied professionally these look really good- but surely prior to this- she looked just as good?!

 

olivia wilde eyeliner dior

If you are interested to try out these for yourself they can be purchased from the Dior boutique in London or on line at Sephora

So, It looks like Lipstick has got an upgrade! with temporary tattoo lips.

We have all read about permanent makeup- which is ultimately, makeup; that usually, isn’t really ,THAT permanent, BUT lasts a few weeks or months- individual eye lashes for example tend to last 2-3 weeks if you are lucky and don’t wash your face or touch your eyes!

long eyelashes

Whilst eyebrow tattoo kits can last up to three months or real permanent eyebrows can last – well permanently!

eyebrow tattoo

But now, at long last the lipstick has got its permanent partner and this is found in the new craze that has seemed to have swept the American nation…not so much British just yet but we thought we would get in first to tell you about it!

Violet Lips call it “Temporary Lip Appliqués” which is basically temporary lip applications.

They sell them in packs of three- so thats three dramatic lip tattoos that can supposedly last 8 hours, which is longer than any normal lipstick or gloss.

The pack retails on their website from $9.99 and upwards depending on the style you want.

It has a similar concept to the Minx nail applications which you cut, wet and stick on for dramatic designs which cannot really be done free hand.

minx nails

 

Jessie J, is one of the most popular artists that have worn the union jack lip application- in this particular picture it has been retouched so it gives the effect of dripping but she also wore the similar pack to the set whilst she was performing her song.

jessie j lips

jessie j lip temp union jack

 

More recently Kendall Kardashian must have got the stickons sent to her through the post for a bit of “FREE” advertising aka ‘plugging’- she tweeted a picture of her in the stickons looking very pretty as usual.

She commented on the picture “Just tried these super cool purple leopard lips I got them from Violentlips tattoos. Love them!

I’m sure she also loved the cheque that came through as well!

Can’t blame the princess..

kendall jenner kardashian lips

Her sister also got a pair for the twitter pages as well as Vanessa from the Saturdays.

KHOLE KARDASHIAN LIPSTICK SILVER

VANESSA WHITE SATURDAY'S LIPSTICK

VIOLET LIPs seem to be everywhere and its like one big hidden secret – so for a semi permanent lip colour try out these exciting stick ons!

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The hottest member to join x factor judges stepped out on the red carpet for the press conference in preparation for the new series in Cineworld in the 02 arena on the today on the 17th August 2011

Kelly Rowland versace dress 2011 x factor

She posed for photos in the latest Versace Fall 2011 dress- the black and green dress paired with some Giuseppe Zanotti wedges very sexy.

She added accessories of a multicoloured nail varnish and a gold metallic cuff and simple dainty earrings.

She beautifully had her hair feathered with some low cut bangs.

 

kelly rowland face hair

 

We loved her matching make up of green under eye liner, long lash inserts black top eye liner and pink and purple eye shadow.

We recommend the Mac Eye Kohl which is a great soft on easy to use liner which leaves a rich colour and silky-smooth matte and pearl finish.

mac kohl

The new 5 colour eye palette by Dior that provides you with an assortment of colours in one handy compact case for long lasting wear and easy application.

 

 

Kelly Rowland’s dress can be seen here on the runway modelled by Isabella.

 

Versace fall dress 2011 Kelly rowland

 

The UK version of the X factor starts on Saturday 20th August at 8pm on ITV.

The X factor has a new set of judges from the young Tulisa from N Dubz aiming to attarct a younger audience into the demographics, Gary Barlow for the olders and the old Louis Walsh for the traditional viewers of ITV music live shows.

Everyone’s looking to see how the show will fair this new season without “The Simon!” My guess is ratings won’t be as high- the show is over done and we have had enough!

But its still great to see the fashion and what they have to wear!

 

new judges x factor

Beyonce was spotted this past week leaving her black SUV in New York wearing a rather colourful couture looking number which we managed to find for a mere $24.00, yes that’s right! $24.00.

Beyonce nyc block colourful dress one shoulder

Minus the shoes, the Run the world singer hit the streets in New York in this lush affordable asymmetrical one shoulder number.

The dress can be found on Love Couture– which she chose to match or rather, up-market the outfit with a pair of Black shiny Louboutins and Black toe nail varnish!

It is awesome to see a star of such high calibre still rocking the $24.00 outfits!

The true appeal is turning a $50 outfit into something that looks like a million bucks! and Bey as usual- turns it out!

beyonce dress off shoulder

Her oversized dark sunglasses alongside her large hoop earings give her a sun sea and San Tropez look which works well and can just as equally be achieved.

These D&G DG4101 tiger print framed glasses rrp $200.00 give Beyonce’s frames a run for thier money!

DG4101 d&g glasses

She tied her hair back in a timeless bun which completes the fresh free summer look.

beyonce sunglasses

Beyonce is also celebrating the amazing sell out of her intimate concert in New York which sold out in a record breaking time of 24s for the only four dates.

The concert will have the lady perform all the songs from her latest 4 album.

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Cat woman Halle Berry was spotted out in La today with her scrumptious daughter Nahla, whom munched on a scrummy ice cream.

giggles and hugs la

The mother and daughter pair were out in Westfields LA Giggles N Hugs which has been made popular by many celebrities such as Gwen Stifani, Ben Affleck and many other famous mummies and daddies.

 

 

halle berry black and white maxi dress
Cute

Halle opted for a gorgeous summer maxi halter neck dress with bold black and white print and baby Nahla matched in a black tiered dress and cute blue sandals and even cuter face painting from the Giggles N Huggs party store and restaurant.

Halle stuck to two colours keeping her outfit simple but striking- black gladiator sandals really kept the look looking chic.

Halle Berry white and black maxi dress

Alongside her little gold headband which matched her cool shades also complimented the elegant summer look and glowing skin.

The Gorgeous actress is facing court battles with her ex model boyfriend Gabriel Aubry over the custody of Nahla- but despite returning to court last month she looked stunning out in LA.

Halle berry and ex baby daddyAs it is officially summer many other celebs have been at the maxi dress shops and in particular picking the black and white combo…

black and white maxi dresses
Everyone is wearing one..

One famous beaut we have not seen in a while is Vanessa Hudgens– she was spotted refueling her Audi in a white maxi dress and wedges… we have to say we love the new hair cut and fuller figure-or rather NORMAL FIGURE… she looks amazing..I can already tell most people will begin to insult the girl- but not us…we love this..

vanessa hudgens
Looking Sharp

She looks very sophisticated with her new shorter cute hairstyle..

Great Job to Miss Halle and Vanessa..

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Whilst in Gatwick Airport a few weeks back on the way to Milan, I happened to stop in Duty Free store in search for a new ultra gloss as my old one had been discontinued.

I was keen to find a bright red, high shine gloss to wear day to day, so the search began…

The contenders…

Mac-Plush,

Mac Plush Gloss
Mac plush Gloss

Dior Addict and

Dior Addict Gloss
Dior Addict Little Red Dress

YSL Golden Gloss.

YSL Gloss
ysl gloss

From each of the ranges I wanted the brightest, loudest, and sparkly of the range.

Price did not play a factor as they all were similarly price around £15-£20.

Dior, immediatly caught my attention because of the display and I had seen the red I was after straight away, I have to also say I am slightly biased towards Dior, simply because my last lip gloss that I ABSOLUTELY loved was the Dior Kiss in bright red. So as I approached and saw something similar it struck a little heart string! Could this be my new favourite lip colour?!..

lip gloss

As with all glosses, it is paramount to try it on see what it looks like, the lady on the stand got me a new tester out and put the colour on for me, which was very nice, and my overall verdict was that quite simply. I loved it. It was very glamourous, high maintance, lots of presence, BOLD and very strong colour. It did not look too wet, which I believe is a bonus because wet look lipgloss can come off as a bit childish, or at least as if you have licked your lips too much!

The colour I chose to go for was the colour 856 Dior Addict Ultra Gloss flash- little Red Dress!

It has a beautiful 6.3ml glass effect bottle with a silver over-the-top lid.

Described as having a high spectacular shine providing oversized volume and a feminine finish.

And I would have to second that statement.

The colour was fab, however after sipping a drink or licking your lips a few times the colour will come off very easily but I guess there is no harm in re-applying. Or I guess buying a lipstick.

The addict range comes in three possible effects of colours:

Pearl- for fresh and a dash of colour

Glow- nude colours

Flash-Vibrant colours!

Since I bought this in duty free, i did not pay taxes so the gloss came up to around £16, which is mid range for a Designer lipstick.

A week later I am still wearing the gloss daily, Loving the attention and the demure affect the lip gloss provides.

I can defiantly say I will be using this again and I Want That Now

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